About Takehisa Yumeji

Yumeji with mandolin at Horiuchi's house, 1911

Takehisa Yumeji(竹久 夢二) 1884-1934

Known broadly as an idol of popular culture in his lifetime, Takehisa Yumeji has now become a lasting symbol of Japan's good old days in the first half of the 20th century. Born in a small village of Okayama Prefecture, this self-educated painter, designer, poet and writer succeeded in embodying what is often called as "Taisho Romanticism."