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Shin-Yamaguchi Station (former Ogori Station) "Four Seasons in Akiyoshidai"

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Stained Glass "Four Seasons in Akiyoshidai" / Original Painter : Shin Miyazaki / Concourse, Shin-Yamaguchi Station (former Ogori Station) / Installed on June 16, 1980 See Original Painting

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Artist's Message

Shin MiyazakiWestern-style PainterI am honored to be in charge of creating the original painting for a stained glass in Ogori Station as a person from Yamaguchi this time. When I learned in Europe, I was deeply impressed by seeing stained glasses such as at Chartres Cathedral and at Churches in Cologne. On the other hand, when I actually drew the original painting, I was troubled in choosing motifs and so on and was puzzled with the first experiences for me. However, owing to a mural artist Mr. Louis Fransen's kind advices and enthusiastic cooperation, I completed it finally and I am so glad about that. I believe that I did satisfactory work, because I took care of the colors with transparency and the whole composition, which is the life of stained glass, mostly. I am glad to know that there is an organization promoting public murals like Japan Traffic Culture Association in Japan also. I hope that this work will touch the eyes of many people and impress them deeply.

Commentary

Until "Four Seasons in Akiyoshidai" is made

SL that is firmly popular in railway fans revived between Ogori and Tsuwano with getting into the news, and a strong desire to create something moist for the passengers and local residents has come up at National Railways, in commemoration of the sales operation of this SL which made a great contribution to the local Yamaguchi's tourism publicity. Japan Traffic Culture Association, which has been involved in public arts with high standard by master artists in the premises of Tokyo Station, Shimbashi Station, Kyoto Station, Sendai Station, etc. so far, took the first step towards the creation of a large stained glass with beautification of the environment for Ogori Station. That is about two years ago from now.
The first big challenge was whom we should ask to create the original painting. Since we were oriented to a local colorful work familiar to the masses, we thought that an artist who is familiar with the scenery and the four seasons of Yamaguchi and a western painter (to create an original painting for stained glass) was appropriate. Considering various conditions in addition, we finally reached the conclusion that we had to ask Mr. Shin Miyazaki. Mr. Miyazaki accepted it pleasantly with understanding the purpose of public art well, although there were difficulties for him to work on stained glass as an unknown field and to comply with a tight schedule.
Although Mr. Miyazaki had experience of feeling the splendid beauty of stained glasses directly in various places during his staying in Europe, this is the first time for him to work on the original painting by himself. The painter first departed from the difference between the artistic climate of Europe and the artistic climate of our country. The stained glass produced in contemporary Europe has an abstract symbol emphasizing the beauty of lines and shapes as mainstream, and it has become impossible to see concrete figures depicting the Christ's dramas in it as seen in medieval churches. Even if you introduce the trend that is prevalent in Europe into a work, it will never become a unique work for Japanese. It was also a basic theme in original painting production that the place to be installed is a National Railways station where the masses goes and leaves. "Four Seasons in Akiyoshidai" was drawn in such groping efforts, and Mr. Miyazaki said about the original painting as follows. "I adopted concrete subjects centered on the scenery of Yamaguchi, and devised the transparency of light which is the life of stained glass to be fully utilized."
About six months was purely spent for the original painting creation. From Kamakura, where there is his atelier, to Yamaguchi, he traveled many times for material collection. Mr. Miyazaki had desire to paint what he saw with his own eyes, without depending on memories and books, even though for the scenery of his hometown. Since then, his other works were interrupted, and he devoted himself to the stained glass for a while. A tremendous amount of esquisses (sketches) drawn at that time represents the depth of the painter's enthusiasm. The original painting was reworked again and again as such and carefully examined until just before being handed to the stained glass studio.
Antique glasses imported directly from Europe were used for this work. They are handmade glasses specially manufactured for stained glass, which have a special taste different from glasses which are mass produced in terms of light refraction and color transparency. It is also remarkable that the antique glasses made in a factory in France, same as those used by Chagall, were mostly used this time.

Message from Persons Related

Chairman, Ube Industries, Ltd.
Kan-ichi Nakayasu
It is truly my pleasure that a splendid stained glass "Four Seasons in Akiyoshidai" decorating the concourse of Ogori Station has completed.
Since this project to install a masterpiece with artistic aroma at the head of Ogori Station which has become an entrance of Yamaguchi prefecture from the opening of Shinkansen to be appreciated by many people visiting here is exactly satisfactory for me, I decided to sponsor it with my pleasure.
The beauty of the colors of the seasons that this stained glass, which depicts Akiyoshidai symbolizing our hometown Yamaguchi, reflects through natural light, will calm and enrich people's minds forever. Today, which is said to be a regional era, we are pleased to contribute to improve the local culture as a company which has walked with the local community, and we would like to continue that as much as possible in the future also.
In conclusion, regarding the stained glass production, I would like to express my sincere respect and gratitude to Mr. Shin Miyazaki, a painter from our hometown, Mr. Jun Eto, the former Head of Hiroshima Railway Administration Office, and other stakeholders for their great efforts. (June 1980)

Art Critic
Takachiyo Uemura
I have heard that Mr. Shin Miyazaki, who is from Yamaguchi prefecture, is creating a stained glass mural to be installed at Ogori station in Yamaguchi prefecture this time. I saw the original painting and the work in production with photographs, and I found that there is a unique characteristic in color, a fresh composition and an unique screen with his conspicuous color senseation in the mural art whose concept was made with the theme of "Four Seasons in Akiyoshidai", since he is a painter having fresh sense.

Shin Miyazaki is currently a most spirited painter in the middle of the age 50. To summarize his history, he was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1922, graduated from Oil Painting Department in Japan Art School during the wartime, entered the military and experienced a four-year Siberian detention life. He returned to Japan in 1950, then appeared in the tumultuous postwar art world, became a member of Kofukai Art Association in 1959, won a prize at the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition (Nitten) in 1966, received Yasui Award at the 10th Yasui Award Exhibition by "Show Performer" in 1967 and established his position as a spirited painter in the painting world. Since Yasui Award of those days was a powerful gateway to success especially, it can be said that it was a proof of the excellent talent of this artist as he appeared in the painting world so rapidly.

After that, he left the association and improved himself as a lone painter. He went to Europe for a couple of years from 1972 aparting even from the painting world in Japan, mainly resided in the craftsmen and woman performers residential area at the Jewish district in Paris, produced a series of woman performers which has strong impressions with unique melancholy and fantasy, returned home, presented it at a solo exhibition in Tokyo, and gained popularity. The charm of his style is a unique mood created from a unique color composition. On that point, this painter is a unique colorist.
Even in this stained glass work, the sensation as a colorist is a remarkable feature. From his own words, you can read his emotion and fight to challenge the transparent color of the stained glass.

In the semi-abstract screen, there are a shape like the entrance of the limestone cave, bird shapes, shapes like grass and flowers, and a taste of the four seasons in Akiyoshidai is represented as a kind of color arabesque with an amorphous color composition with cold and warm colors including green, red violet, light yellow and whitish color. When this is completed in the transparent stained glass colors, I think that it will make you feel the colors of the fresh natural seasons. (June 1980)

Former Head of Hiroshima Railway Administration Office
Jun Eto
Japan, which has achieved remarkable growth after the war, has now certainly joined the first rank of the world. However, even though our industrial power and economic power have exactly reached the top level, I think that we have many things which shall be learned from other countries from cultural point of view. For example, in foreign countries public arts such as mural paintings and sculptures are always placed at public buildings, but in our country there are still few works of this type. As a person who involved in civil engineering and construction in the field of railways, I wanted to install a highly artistic public art in a station of National Railways, which can be said to be a representative of public squares. A great stained glass will be installed at Ogori Station this time, owing to the great cooperation by the ladies and gentlemen in Ube Industries including Chairman Nakayasu and President Mizuno, Mr. Miyazaki who was in charge of the original painting creation, and the ladies and gentlemen in Japan Traffic Culture Association which was in charge of planning and production, and I am sincerely pleased with it as a former railway person and as a person from Yamaguchi prefecture. It is a full-fledged stained glass work with drawing the scenic spots and specialties in Yamaguchi, and since it means that another place of interest will be born following SL Yamaguchi, I am so glad that I related with both of them luckily. I hope that more people will feel the high cultural aroma of Yamaguchi prefecture, and this opportunity will further increase public arts. (June 1980)

Data

Original PainterShin Miyazaki PlannerJapan Traffic Culture Association, (Promoted by Hiroshima Railway Administration Office)
LocationConcourse, Shin-Yamaguchi Station (former Ogori Station) Map ProducerJapan Traffic Culture Association, (Supported by Modern Mural Arts Institute (currently CREARE Studio))
Installed on June 16, 1980 SponsorUbe Industries Group
TypeStained Glass News
Size4.0m × 7.8m
KeywordsAkiyoshidai

Data

Original PainterShin Miyazaki
LocationConcourse, Shin-Yamaguchi Station (former Ogori Station) Map
Installed on June 16, 1980
TypeStained Glass
Size4.0m × 7.8m
KeywordsAkiyoshidai
PlannerJapan Traffic Culture Association, (Promoted by Hiroshima Railway Administration Office)
ProducerJapan Traffic Culture Association, (Supported by Modern Mural Arts Institute (currently CREARE Studio))
SponsorUbe Industries Group
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