Gallery Puru Puru (Asahikawa City) is managed by a non-profit organization. Hiroshi Abe is the president of this organization, and also a children’s picture book artist. He was born in Asahikawa City in 1948, and worked for Asahiyama Zoo, a highlight of Asahikawa tourism and famous throughout Japan, for 25 years before becoming an artist. His picture books usually use animals as characters. At the gallery, original drawings by Hiroshi Abe and the work of other artists are exhibited. There is a bookshop next door focusing on picture books. The gallery opened in May, 2011. Workshops are sometimes held there.