The Apothecary Diaries: A special exhibition will be held at Yakushiji Temple in Nara Showcasing Touko Shino's beautiful illustrations

A special exhibition of Natsu Hyuga 's popular light novel "The Apothecary Diaries," which originated from the novel submission website "Let's Become a Novelist," will be held at Yakushiji Temple in Nara from April 27th to May 6th. Digital manuscripts of the cover illustrations and frontispieces for each volume by Touko Shino, who is responsible for the illustrations for the novel, will be exhibited in high-definition digital color. The high-definition digital color is printed using more than 10 ink colors that have excellent light resistance and color development, allowing the nuances of color shade and vividness to be expressed in greater detail. More than 30 works on display can be purchased on the spot.

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This exhibition will be held to commemorate the collaborative event "The Pharmacist's Nara Journey" with JR Central's "Oshi Tabi" project, and the release of "The Apothecary Diaries Art Book." Goods featuring the cover illustrations and other designs will also be on sale. Admission is free all day. Visitors must make a reservation in advance.

The story of "The Apothecary Diaries" is set in the glamorous harem of a certain continent, and follows the story of a young girl named Maomao, who works as a poison taster, and the handsome eunuch Jinshi, who get caught up in an incident that occurs in the harem, where conspiracies and rumors are rife... The series began publication in 2014 under the Hero Bunko (Imagine Info) label, and the comic adaptations published by Square Enix and Shogakukan have also been gaining popularity.

The TV anime series has also garnered popularity, with the first season airing from October 2023 to March 2024. There is also talk of a second season being produced and set to air in 2025.

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