Traffic Culture Exhibition

About Exhibition

Exhibition at Railway Stations

Poster of the Traffic Culture Exhibition

Public transportation system is something we use for everyday commute and also for traveling. In order to bring a new perspective to public transport system, every year, we invite photography and haiku submission. (Application period is from mid June to the end of July.) Themes for the photography category are “Transportation in Japan” and “New Tourist Destinations”. Themes for the Haiku category are things pertaining to railway or things that portray and appreciate Japanese values. Works selected are exhibited at venues like Tokyo station around Railway Day (October 14th) in October every year and those works judged the best receive awards such as Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Award.


The Photography Category
The Photography Category
The Haiku Category
The Haiku Category
Sakuryokai, the group of representative artists of Japan
Sakuryokai, the group of representative artists of Japan
Exhibit activities of public art
Exhibit activities of public art
Invited artist's public art exhibition
Invited artist’s public art exhibition
Selection scenery
Selection scenery


An exhibit of leading artists of painting and calligraphy

Scene of Sakuryokai
Scene of Sakuryokai

At Traffic Culture Exhibition, which is held annually in fall at stations, Japan Traffic Culture Association also holds “SAKURYOKAI, an exhibition to present new works by representative artists of Japan. The artists with whom Hisao Taki, Director General of our association has been interacting since 1970s participate in this exhibition. Currently, about 30 artists in Japanese paintings, Western paintings, and calligraphy present their works. Among the artists, There is an expatriate American who works at Biwako lakeside. SAKURYOKAI implies “a society with full energy” as dragons going up the rapid river. Traffic Culture Exhibition is also an opportunity to be able to appreciate excellent arts in public space of station.

List of the artists who participated at Sakuryokai 2017

Japanese Painting

  • ISHIODORI Tatsuya
  • UTOO Sei
  • OYA Nori
  • KAWASAKI Asako
  • KAWASAKI Suzuhiko
  • KAWASAKI Haruhiko
  • KITANO Haruo
  • SUZUKI Chikuhaku
  • NAKAJIMA Chinami
  • FUKUMOTO Tatsuo
  • HORI Fumiko
  • MIYASAKO Masaaki

Western Painting

  • OTSU Eibin
  • OKUTANI Hiroshi
  • KANAYAMA Keiko
  • SANO Nui
  • NAKAYAMA Tadahiko
  • NOMIYAMA Gyoji
  • FUKASAWA Takaya
  • Brian WILLIAMS


  • ISHIGE Keido

(Titles are omitted. By section, Japanese syllabary order. As of October 2017)

Promotion of Public Art Special Exhibition

Opportunity for getting familiar with public art

Showing the public arts around Japan
Showing the public arts
around Japan

In order to make public art widely known, since 2013, we have set up a section for “Promotion of Public Art Special Exhibition” within the Traffic Culture Exhibition. The effort of public art to create a pleasant environment by installing art in public spaces such as stations, airports, and libraries is unfortunately still not known enough in Japan. At the Traffic Culture Exhibition held every year in October, besides introducing public art installed across the country and artists, we also present picture panels, models, and actual art parts to showcase the process of creating public art, such as stained glass and ceramic relief from Creare Atami Yugawara Aletier (Atami, Shizuoka prefecture), which Japan Traffic Culture Association supports.


Photography Category

  •    KUMAKIRI Keisuke
    ©YAMAGUCHI Shuji
    KUMAKIRI Keisuke
  • Japan Tourism Agency, Chief of Regional Development Department
  • Ministry of Environment, Director of Global Environment Bureau
  • East Japan Railway Company,
    Railway Operations Headquarters,
    Deputy General Manager
  • Japan Travel and Tourism Association, President & CEO
  • Kotsu Newspapers, Managing Editor

Haiku Category

    Haiku Poet

Winners 2017

The Photography Category — Photographs for New Japan Tourism

The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award [Shinme (A Sacred Horse) Dashing] TANAKA Minoru
The Minister of the Environment Award [Blue Eye in the Sky] AKISHINO Shigehito
The Hokkaido Railway Company President Award [Going Through the Wilderness] SHIMIZU Atsutoshi
The Japan Travel and Tourism Association Chairman Award [KOINOBORI (Carp Streamer) Run] SHIMAMURA Tadayuki
First Place [Brocade Autumn] UMENO Hidekazu
[On the Hill Once Loved by Jomon People] KUBOTA Taichi
Second Place [To Have Been Inherited for Three Hundred Years] KOJIMA Misako
[Unveiling] SHIBASAKI Shizuo
[New Year Celebration] ARATAKE Masaki
Third Place [Setting Off] NAGATANI Nobuaki
[Overnight Express Train] TSUBUKU Shinichi
[Revival! The Golden Age of Steam Locomotives] MIYAGAWA Kazunori
[Severe Winter] MURATA Shigeru
Win a Prize [Coloring Mt. Fuji] NAKANE Eiji
[Tono Shishi-Odori (Deer Dance)] MANABE Shintaro
[Santa Cruise] KODAKA Kousuke
[Drumming Sound of Fox Movement] NAKAGAWA Hideo
[Welcoming] OZAKI Hiroshi
[A Path of the Sun] UESUGI hiroaki
[Forest of Fantasy] KINOSHITA Shigeru
[Fire-Walking to Burn Evil Passions] ITO Takehiro
[A Perfect Day for Cruising] KOBAYASHI Kenichi
[Route to School] TAKAHASHI Hiroyuki
[Two Sunsets] FUKUMOTO Hideyuki
[Yellow Carpet] HAYAKAWA Noriyuki
[Dancing on a Lake] TAGAMI Kazuki
[Come and Beat the Drum!] ITO Masaaki
[Gun Salute] USUI Yutaka
[What a Magnificent View! The Tatara Bridge!] OKUBO Shigeyoshi
[Flame of the Ancient Times] KASAHARA Akio
[Pulse of Dawn] MASUDA Shunji
[A Fine Day of Big Moments for Horses] TAKII Chieko
[Lakeside in Sunset] HIGUCHI Kazuo

The Haiku Category

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.
First Place [wife-to-be
sitting by the window
return home in summer]
KONDO Mariko
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.
Second Place [dynastinae
holding it on platform
a farewell]
KATO Yoshiaki
Third Place [a local train
riding quietly
hope for autumn]
[garden cosmos
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]
KONNO Mitsuhiro
[summer holiday
riding Shinkansen
here it arrives]
[a garden
train passing through
[a young boy
sweating with a ticket
travels alone]
[the farthest station
attracted by the phrase
overnight train]
OGIWARA Masatomo
[evening shower
wet hat waits for
train to come]
OTSUKA Hatsuko
[making haiku
summer clouds rise
what a fun trip]
[straight into
the station platform
comes afternoon sun]
[the very first ticket
holding it tightly
with summer hat on]

Harajuku Fashion Joy Board Culture Festival

Harajuku Fashion Joy Board Culture Festival

What is Harajuku Fashion Joy Board Culture Festival ?

Appealing to young people through big signboards at JR Harajuku station

The big signboards at Takesita-dori exit of JR Harajuku Station
The big signboards at Takesita-dori exit of JR Harajuku Station

Harajuku, Tokyo is known to the world as a hub to create youth culture. Young people in the world are drawn to, and follow, young fashion, goods and design, and life style created in Harajuku. Harajuku is a “sacred spot” for Kawaii culture and we can say it is an originating place for “Japan is cool”. Along the platform of Harajuku station, there are sixteen big signboards (height 3m, width 4m) that Japan Traffic Culture Association owns. Harajuku Fashion Joy Board Culture Festival is an event whereby big posters with social and cultural messages are posted on these big signboards and has become a seasonal tradition of Harajuku. Recent posters include “Bring Olympic and Paralympic Games to Japan!” and “Travel campaign to rediscover the charm of Fukushima” with a aim to bring back tourists to Fukushima prefecture damaged considerably by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, 2011, getting attention of young people passing through the station.

44th Harajuku Fashion Joy Board Culture Festival

At Harajuku Fashion Joy Board Culture Festival from April to October 2015, Japan Traffic Culture Association and Information-technology Promotion Agency have co-hosted a campaign called “Protect and foster IT society; Striving for realization of a reliable IT society”, in which Manga is used to appeal the importance of password strengthening to prevent unauthorized log-ins.

Harajuku Fashion Joy Board
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