|Japan Traffic Culture Association Chairman Award||[linear motor car
it came, it saw, it disappeared
a bank of clouds]
|Comment by HASEGAWA Kai: “veni (I came), vidi (I saw), vici (I conquered)” is a phrase that appears Julius Caesar’s Gallic War. Borrowing that phrase, the author describes the speed of a linear motor car by saying, “It came, It saw, It disappeared”. The expression, “It disappeared” is especially great. All of this was a blink of an eye under a bank of clouds.|
sitting by the window
return home in summer]
|Comment by HASEGAWA Kai:This haiku describes a scene where a young man returns to his hometown with what appears to be his finance. The author must have seen them in a train. The young man let his fiancé sit by the window so that she can see the landscape of his hometown, as if he protects her. This is a congratulatory haiku for this couple the author happened to see in the train.|
holding it on platform
|Third Place||[a local train
hope for autumn]
with a ticket
would be a traveler]
|[the Sea of Japan
in the glow of sunset
|TSUSHIMA Mitsuru (Komatsusho)|
|Win a Prize||[crab meat rice
eating on the seat
spring in the North]
|[a bank of clouds
unlimited train ticket
three more days]
here it arrives]
train passing through
|[a young boy
sweating with a ticket
|[the farthest station
attracted by the phrase
wet hat waits for
train to come]
summer clouds rise
what a fun trip]
the station platform
comes afternoon sun]
|[the very first ticket
holding it tightly
with summer hat on]
(Titles are omitted. By section, Japanese syllabary order. As of October 2017)
“SAKURYOKAI”, the exhibition of new work by Japan’s leading artists for both painting and calligraphy, invited anew two Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) artists.
Mr. Tatsuya Ishiodori has had his atelier in Paris for a long time and has crafted Nihonga in a modern spirit with his perspective from abroad of Japanese history and tradition. Mr. Sei Utoo has been teaching at Kyoto University of Education and is well known for his paintings of the Asuka area landscape and its birds.
The exhibition enjoyed a larger display area than usual. Fourteen Nihonga artists including the above newly participated artists, twelve Western painting artists including Mr. Hiroshi Okutani who received the Order of Culture, and a calligraphy artist Mr. Keidou Ishige for a total of twenty seven artists exhibited in SAKURYOKAI representing a variety of styles and schools.
Our association promoted our forty five year history of public art activities and efforts to realize the “the One Percent For Art Program” and our hope to “Transform the place where people gathered, a heart-warming one” with public art work. 524 public art works that we planned and coordinated were displayed on a map of Japan. And we promoted a stained glass art work, ‘The Creation of the Universe’ (1972), which was the first public art installed in Tokyo station; a ceramic relief, ‘Utopia’ installed in Fukushima Airport; a ceramic relief by comic artist, Mr. Katsuhiro Otomo, installed in Sendai Airport and the latest public art “ ‘Aogaki (Green Persimmon)’ Resonance of Color and Shape” installed in Oita Airport. We also promoted the profiles of the artists who created the original paintings. As well as posts of the art on Instagram, too.
When I make iron sculpture, every time I heat iron, welding and cutting it
When the iron take heat, it glows like platinum as the sun,
and a snappy fire sparkled.
After while the fire is extinguished, I see the red color like evening sunlight
inside the iron.
Every time when I make sculpture, I feel that iron is a semitransparent metal
Glass melt like iron, embrace light and transparent.
But it has color.
Red,blue,green, gold color let the light pass through well.
How beautiful the color is!
Among the various colors, I made blue color’s sculpture,
like return to the sky, go back to the water.
We invited Ms. Noe Aoki, sculptor and the first award winner of the Takifuji Art Award (currently the International TAKIFUJI Art Award, established 1980), to create a public art work that would be a symbol of The Traffic Culture Exhibition 2017. She has been expanding her field of endeavor from sculptures with iron to etching and woodcuts to show the world from her perspective and her work is ingenious and graceful.
1958 Born in Tokyo
1976 Enter at Musashino Art University Sculpture department
1980 The 1st TAKIFUJI Art Award
1981 Graduate courses (sculpture) at Musashino Art University
1983 Finished graduate courses
2000 Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts
2003 Excellent Prize of Teijiro Nakahara Prize
2014 Mainichi Art Award (in 2013)
2017 Teijiro Nakahara Prize
|Organized by||× Railway Day Executive Committee|
|Venue/Date||Venue: Grand Concourse, JR Ueno station Central Exit, Special Exhibition Site
Date: October 18 (Wed.) – October 23 (Mon.), 2017
|Judges – Photography Category||KUMAKIRI Keisuke (Photographer / Japan Professional Photographers Society, Chairman) / Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Agency, Regional Development Department, Director General / Ministry of Environment, Director of Global Environment Bureau / East Japan Railway Company, Managing Director, Railway Operations Headquarters, Deputy Director-General / Japan Travel and Tourism Association, President & CEO / Kotsu Newspapers, Managing Editor|
|Judges – Haiku Category||HASEGAWA Kai (Haiku Poet)|
|Supported by||Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism / Ministry of the Environment / Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency / The Association of Japanese Private Railways / Hokkaido Railway Company / East Japan Railway Company / Central Japan Railway Company / West Japan Railway Company / Shikoku Railway Company / Kyushu Railway Company / Japan Freight Railway Company / Railway Information Systems Co.,Ltd. / Railway Technical Research Institute / Japan Travel and Tourism Association / National Governors’ Association / Japan Association of City Mayors / National Association of Towns & Villages|
Poster of calling for entries for publicly sponsored exhibition（PDF: 2.0MB）
Poster of calling for entries for New Japan Tourism Photographs（PDF: 2.2MB）
Poster of the Traffic Culture Exhibition 2017（PDF: 1.2MB）