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Photographs for New Japan Tourism

  • Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award<br>[Shinme (A Sacred Horse) Dashing] TANAKA MinoruMinister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award
    [Shinme (A Sacred Horse) Dashing] TANAKA Minoru
    Comment by KUMAKIRI Keisuke: This is dynamic scenery, where sacred horses are dashing valiantly. As seen in the energetic expressions of beaters who are chasing the horses, this is a powerful piece of work, whereby you feel the excitement and the cheers of Yatsushiro Myouken Festival from the entire photograph. It looks as though the beaters desperately holding the reins, flying water splash, and voices of many spectators on the riverside come together as one to approach towards us.
  • Minister of the Environment Award<br>[Blue Eye in the Sky] AKISHINO ShigehitoMinister of the Environment Award
    [Blue Eye in the Sky] AKISHINO Shigehito
    Comment by KUMAKIRI Keisuke: The landscape of so-called “Dragon-eye” of Kagaminuma, which can be viewed close to the peak of the Mt. Hachimantai, creates a mysterious image. Only the part of the “Dragon-eye” is filled with a different atmosphere from the surrounding scene. It is like a cosmic space left in the snow and stimulates the creativity of viewers. If I ever encounter this scene, I would just stand still, not making any move for a while.
  • The Hokkaido Railway Company President Award<br>[Going Through the Wilderness] SHIMIZU AtsutoshiThe Hokkaido Railway Company President Award
    [Going Through the Wilderness] SHIMIZU Atsutoshi
    Comment by KUMAKIRI Keisuke: An attractive photograph, which leverages natural landscape to capture the Train of Nemuro Main Line in Hokkaido together with the scene of ten-or-so Yezo deers moving in groups in the wilderness. The visual expression to incorporate the oblique ray on the wilderness into the screen is especially fascinating, proving a depth to the work. The attractiveness of the motifs, such as railway cars and Yezo deers, are fully exploited.
  • Japan Travel and Tourism Association Chairman Award<br>[KOINOBORI (Carp Streamer) Run] SHIMAMURA TadayukiJapan Travel and Tourism Association Chairman Award
    [KOINOBORI (Carp Streamer) Run] SHIMAMURA Tadayuki
    Comment by KUMAKIRI Keisuke: I was impressed by the beauty of this photograph, which captures the scenery of Koinobori run spreading across the picture. Although it seems the photographer had a difficulty capturing this image, its beauty does not make us feel such a difficulty and he did absolutely a great job in vividly expressing the magnificence of the landscape. The stunning view of morning glow has been well captured with an outstanding camerawork, making this a very high-quality piece of work. Splendid emotions with colors are expressed on this photograph.
  • First Place<br>[Brocade Autumn] UMENO HidekazuFirst PlaceUMENO Hidekazu
  • First Place<br>[On the Hill Once Loved by Jomon People] KUBOTA TaichiFirst PlaceKUBOTA Taichi
  • Second Place<br>[To Have Been Inherited for Three Hundred Years] KOJIMA MisakoSecond PlaceKOJIMA Misako
  • Second Place<br>[Unveiling] SHIBASAKI ShizuoSecond PlaceSHIBASAKI Shizuo
  • Second Place<br>[New Year Celebration] ARATAKE MasakiSecond PlaceARATAKE Masaki
  • Third Place<br>[Setting Off] NAGATANI NobuakiThird PlaceNAGATANI Nobuaki
  • Third Place<br>[Overnight Express Train] TSUBUKU ShinichiThird Place TSUBUKU Shinichi
  • Third Place<br>[Revival! The Golden Age of Steam Locomotives] MIYAGAWA KazunoriThird PlaceMIYAGAWA Kazunori
  • Third Place<br>[Severe Winter] MURATA ShigeruThird PlaceMURATA Shigeru
  • Win a Prize<br>[Coloring Mt. Fuji] NAKANE EijiWin a PrizeNAKANE Eiji
  • Win a Prize<br>[Tono Shishi-Odori (Deer Dance)] MANABE ShintaroWin a PrizeMANABE Shintaro
  • Win a Prize<br>[Santa Cruise] KODAKA KousukeWin a PrizeKODAKA Kousuke
  • Win a Prize<br>[Drumming Sound of Fox Movement] NAKAGAWA HideoWin a PrizeNAKAGAWA Hideo
  • Win a Prize<br>[Welcoming] OZAKI HiroshiWin a PrizeOZAKI Hiroshi
  • Win a Prize<br>[A Path of the Sun] UESUGI hiroakiWin a PrizeUESUGI hiroaki
  • Win a Prize<br>[Forest of Fantasy] KINOSHITA ShigeruWin a PrizeKINOSHITA Shigeru
  • Win a Prize<br>[Fire-Walking to Burn Evil Passions] ITO TakehiroWin a PrizeITO Takehiro
  • Win a Prize<br>[A Perfect Day for Cruising] KOBAYASHI KenichiWin a PrizeKOBAYASHI Kenichi
  • Win a Prize<br>[Route to School] TAKAHASHI HiroyukiWin a PrizeTAKAHASHI Hiroyuki
  • Win a Prize<br>[Two Sunsets] FUKUMOTO HideyukiWin a PrizeFUKUMOTO Hideyuki
  • Win a Prize<br>[Yellow Carpet] HAYAKAWA NoriyukiWin a PrizeHAYAKAWA Noriyuki
  • Win a Prize<br>[Dancing on a Lake] TAGAMI KazukiWin a PrizeTAGAMI Kazuki
  • Win a Prize<br>[Come and Beat the Drum!] ITO MasaakiWin a PrizeITO Masaaki
  • Win a Prize<br>[Gun Salute] USUI YutakaWin a PrizeUSUI Yutaka
  • Win a Prize<br>[What a Magnificent View! The Tatara Bridge!] OKUBO ShigeyoshiWin a PrizeOKUBO Shigeyoshi
  • Win a Prize<br>[Flame of the Ancient Times”] KASAHARA AkioWin a PrizeKASAHARA Akio
  • Win a Prize<br>[Pulse of Dawn] MASUDA ShunjiWin a PrizeMASUDA Shunji
  • Win a Prize<br>[A Fine Day of Big Moments for Horses] TAKII ChiekoWin a PrizeTAKII Chieko
  • Win a Prize<br>[Lakeside in Sunset] HIGUCHI KazuoWin a PrizeHIGUCHI 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]
Display of higher ranking awards of haiku


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)

You can appreciate the works of celebrated artists at your leisure.

“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.

Promotion of Public Art Special Exhibition

Displaying activities of public arts for 45 years in six sides display panels

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.

Instagram posts were displayed on the side of the panels
Highlighting our efforts on the map of Japan to pass legislation supporting “the One Percent For Art Program”

Invited Artist Public Art Exhibition

[Water of sky / blue] AOKI Noe, sculptor

Artist comment

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

Ms. Noe Aoki in front of her work that just finished its exhibition
Being three meters tall attracts people to come closer and gaze intently
German hand-blown glasses were set in iron


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