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Artists think outside the box for paper exhibit at children's museum in central Japan

"Big Little Mermaid" made with cardboard and other materials is seen here at an exhibit at the World Children's Art Museum in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture. (Mainichi/Takafumi Watanabe)

OKAZAKI, Aichi -- An exhibit of over 260 works made primarily of paper has been launched an art museum here in this central Japan city, ready to surprise visitors.

    The exhibit, "The surprising world of paper: the world of art made of various kinds of paper," is being held at the World Children's Art Museum in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture. It features three-dimensional works of art made by six artists using cardboard, newspaper and other paper materials.

    The 266 items on display vary from dynamic to delicate pieces, but the most eye-catching installation is "Big Little Mermaid," which is 3 meters tall and 6 meters long. She is smiling as she pushes herself onto land from the ocean.

    The exhibit will run through Oct. 25. General admission is 500 yen, and 100 yen for elementary and junior high school students. For details, contact the museum (in Japanese) at 0564-53-3511.

    (Japanese original by Takafumi Watanabe, Okazaki Local Bureau)

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