|Japan Traffic Culture Association Chairman Award||[buying ticket
on your tanned face
I see your aspiration]
|Comment by HASEGAWA Kai: What is one’s aspiration? When you buy a ticket, it is not only about where you want to go. The author must have felt she saw a passion for life on the person’s face. In that sense, this “ticket” is also a “ticket for life”. Wishing you a happy future!|
|First Place||[summer and me
both on train
|Comment by HASEGAWA Kai:This haiku is written by a junior high school student. It is a great idea that not only he but also summer is on the train. Where does the train take them? To the sea? To the mountains? Or somewhere far away, in time and space? Traveling the world with summer. This haiku offers a plethora of potential dreams.|
|Second Place||[last train leaving
moon in sky]
|Third Place||[god of wind
Ise’s green paddy fields]
travelling long journey
further than me]
with only one knapsack
on non-reserved seat]
|Win a Prize||[summer on platform
with train approaching
I am back to life]
|[station in hometown
straighten my back
summer is here]
by station master
|[butterfly in summer
one stop train ride
till the sea]
my summer trip]
glimpse of ocean
trip in summer]
four hours and two minutes
further to the north]
in last train]
(Titles are omitted. By section, Japanese syllabary order. As of October 2016)
28 leading painting and calligraphy artists in Japan exhibited their new work for SAKURYOKAI 2016. These included, SUZUKI Chikuhaku, the oldest Japanese-style painting artist, and 13 other artists from this genre, NOMIYAMA Gyoji and 13 other artists specializing in Western-style painting and TAKAGI Seikaku and ISHIGE Keido representing calligraphy, exhibited.
Unfortunately, OHYABU Masataka and GOTO Sumio passed away during the Exhibition. Both had contributed to the Traffic Culture Exhibition for a long time. Our express our sincerest condolences.
We exhibit art in public places such as stations and airports to promote an enriched environment. Here we celebrated the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen on March 2016 and provided information on major public art exhibits in 6 prefectures in Tohoku and Donan in southern Hokkaido which were planned and initiated by Japan Traffic Culture Association, titled “Let’s go see art in the ‘New Tohoku Tourism Zone!!’.” Not only new public art for Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station and Akita Airport but also for Sendai International Airport, Fukushima Airport and others that have been landmarks of the area. Also, we promoted “The Case Legislating the One Percent for Art Program” and called for sharing photos of the public art on Instagram.
Let a Railway Station be a Facade
The Japan Traffic Culture Association (JPTCA) requested Art Director, Mr. Hattori Haruhisa, to create public art for the Traffic Culture Exhibition 2016. The title of the work is “Harvest Festival”.
JPTCA issued a magazine called “Public Space” twice or three times a year in the 1980s and 1990s. In the special edition published in June 1990, under the theme of “Rebuilding Japanese Culture”, we interviewed well-known intellectuals. One of them was Zaha Hadid, an architect from Iraq, who was on the cover of the magazine. She is the architect whose design was once chosen for the new national stadium in Tokyo, but then it was rescinded. It is only in the 21st century that she became recognized globally, and we are rather proud of the fact that we featured her on our cover more than ten years before that. Unfortunately, she died in March of this year during a trip to the US at the age of 65.
In this magazine, Mr. Hattori brought up an interesting point, suggesting that a railway station could be a facade. “A railway station is the first place visitors see. The impression it provides affects the impression of a district. Also, a station is often situated in the center of the town. For these reasons, it needs to be the face of the town.” “With such a mindset, by using space at a station as medium, it is all about producing and presenting beauty, fun, something relating to events, something providing a sense of the season, and/or something offering a feel of history.” At that time, he was working on shop windows for WAKO in Ginza, therefore, this suggestion was very much based on his work of making a facade for Ginza. In a way, it might be appropriate to call shop windows with outstanding artistic character public art.
For 10 years until 2013, Mr.Hattori designed the four-sided shop windows of Sapporo JR Tower, each for all four seasons. This year marks the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen, and we are pleased to have Mr. Hattori’s work decorate Ueno Station, because he worked on the Sapporo JR Tower and Ueno station is like a point of departure to go to Tohoku/Hokkaido. According to Mr. Hattori, the spirit of the work is “Omotenashi” – offering visitors fun, joy, and a startling moment. Please enjoy the work with photos on panels from the time he was in Sapporo.Read less
Born 1936 in the city of Shenyang, Manchurian (China). Graduated Chiba University in 1960, then joined Wako Ltd. Over 30 years, he worked on shop windows in the Ginza district in Tokyo before establishing his own design company in 2000. From 2003 to 2013, he designed the shop windows of Sapporo JR Tower. He received many awards for his work.
|Organized by||Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, Japan Traffic Culture Association
Railway Day Executive Committee
|Venue/Date||Venue: Grand Concourse, JR Ueno station Central Exit, Special Exhibition Site
Date: October 16 (Sun.) – October 21 (Fri.), 2016
|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: 3.4MB)
Poster of calling for entries for New Japan Tourism Photographs(PDF: 4.3MB)
Poster of the Traffic Culture Exhibition 2016(PDF: 3.8MB)