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  • The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award<br>“Shining in the River” USUI YutakaThe Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award
    “Shining in the River” USUI Yutaka
    Comment by SHIMIZU Tetsuro:Expressed like a scene from a movie is the beauty of the town at dusk just as the riverboat is turning around, and tourists move through the lighting event. All of this thanks to the photographer’s perfect shutter clicking timing, exposure and composition. The photo technique allows for the viewers to expand their own imaginative sense of the scene as they see unusual installation of lamps and Japanese paper umbrellas or even another boat in the distance. As I looked at the picture my impulse was to also join those Kurashiki visitors and experience this spring evening lighting event.
  • The Minister of the Environment Award<br>“Seif-Righteousness” LIN WeimingThe Minister of the Environment Award
    “Seif-Righteousness” LIN Weiming
    Comment by SHIMIZU Tetsuro:The ice flow drifting in the blue sea in front of the island of Kunashiri as the sun rising adds a morning glow showing color gradation, is a breathtakingly beautiful scene. The white-tailed eagle bathing in this pale vermillion glow impresses me with its strong life force while expressing the fragility of life as well. Looking at this almost empty picture and its lone eagle struck my imagination deeply. I became aware once more of the magical charm of the Shiretoko Peninsula—a world heritage site.
  • The East Japan Railway Company President Award<br>“Hometown” GOTO YoichiroThe East Japan Railway Company President Award
    “Hometown” GOTO Yoichiro
    Comment by SHIMIZU Tetsuro:This photograph pictures a snowy night falling at the Aizu Sakashita station. It’s a common scene imprinted in our unconscious memory because we experience it daily. Two trains coming opposite directions have stopped simultaneously at the station. Some of us will recall our own hometowns, and others may feel a traveler’s emotion. I applauded the photographer (a high school student) who has interpreted this scene of “the railway and the station” so lyrically.
  • The Japan Travel and Tourism Association Chairman Award<br>“A Perfect Day for Rice Reaping” MASUDA TetsukoThe Japan Travel and Tourism Association Chairman Award
    “A Perfect Day for Rice Reaping” MASUDA Tetsuko
    Comment by SHIMIZU Tetsuro:The scene is of a rice harvest under a beautiful sunny sky. We see kids helping their parents. The volume of the rice they’re carrying varies according to their age. The toddler walking at the head of the group looks so proud just to be included with her brothers. The vast natural beauty of these fully ripe rice fields makes it hard to believe that just three years ago the place had suffered a devastating earthquake. It was encouraging to see that these people as well as their land and agriculture have been making a steady recovery.
  • First Place<br>“Encounter on the Bridge” YOKOYAMA KazuoFirst PlaceYOKOYAMA Kazuo
  • First Place<br>“Beyond the Heisei Age” NIWA AkihitoFirst PlaceNIWA Akihito
  • Second Place<br>“Go Down a River on a Raft” SAITO NobukoSecond PlaceSAITO Nobuko
  • Second Place<br>“Wind from the Sea” (Set of Four Photographs) SAITO HisaoSecond PlaceSAITO Hisao
  • Second Place<br>“Spring has Come” YAMAGUCHI MotohiroSecond PlaceYAMAGUCHI Motohiro
  • Third Place<br>“Fire Flowers in the Coldest Winter” NAGUMO MakotoThird PlaceNAGUMO Makoto
  • Third Place<br>“Winter's Forest” MURAKAMI TakaomiThird Place MURAKAMI Takaomi
  • Third Place<br>“Waiting for Sun Set” TAKUSHIMA MasanoriThird PlaceTAKUSHIMA Masanori
  • Third Place<br>“Festival on the Sea” KADOWAKI KoetsuThird PlaceKADOWAKI Koetsu
  • U-22 Award<br>“Cool Flow” TATEISHI RyutaroU-22 AwardTATEISHI Ryutaro
  • Winner<br>“Bullfighting” OKI YukoWinnerOKI Yuko
  • Winner<br>“Joined Forces” ENDO YoshioWinnerENDO Yoshio
  • Winner<br>“Cherry Blossoms at Night” ASUKAWinner ASUKA
  • Winner<br>“Have fun in the Tottori Sand Dunes” SHIMOKAWA TakanaoWinnerSHIMOKAWA Takanao
  • Winner<br>“A Blow of Tradition” 
KOGUCHI TsuyoshiWinnerKOGUCHI Tsuyoshi
  • Winner<br>“Looking for Azalea” YOSHITAKE ToshimiWinnerYOSHITAKE Toshimi
  • Winner<br>“Brilliant Terraced Paddy Field” GOTANI HiroshiWinnerGOTANI Hiroshi
  • Winner<br>“Ran Through Beautiful Scenery” KITAMURA KazuhikoWinnerKITAMURA Kazuhiko
  • Winner<br>“Borderless World of Fireflies” NAKAMURA GenichiWinnerNAKAMURA Genichi
  • Winner<br>“Artwork of Paddy Field” TYAYAMA MasakoWinnerTYAYAMA Masako
  • Winner<br>“Chuggington in Okayama” HAYASHI TakayoshiWinnerHAYASHI Takayoshi
  • Winner<br>“Rice Planting Season” TSUCHIYA KatsunoriWinnerTSUCHIYA Katsunori
  • Winner<br>“Beautiful Beach for Instagram” MIKI MasayaWinnerMIKI Masaya
  • Winner<br>“Night Landing” TAKAMURE JunichiWinner TAKAMURE Junichi
  • Winner<br>“Sky High” WASHINO TetsuoWinnerWASHINO Tetsuo
  • Winner<br>“Girl in The Terraced Paddy Field” HIGASHI KiyoshiWinnerHIGASHI Kiyoshi
  • Winner<br>“Full Bloom” YASUDA ToyojiWinnerYASUDA Toyoji
  • Winner<br>“Memory of Summer” YANASE ShinWinnerYANASE Shin
  • Winner<br>“Receive a Wellcome from Humpback Whale” IMAI KanjiWinner IMAI Kanji
  • Winner<br>“Japan Color” SHIMIZU SusumuWinner SHIMIZU Susumu

Haiku Section

Japan Traffic Culture Association Chairman Award [Just to see
the big tree
my summer trip]
Comment by HASEGAWA Kai:What a wonderful trip just to see a tree! Usually we travel for sightseeing, business, or perhaps for recreation. Unlike practical trips, here the author travels to see a tree. I wonder what kind of tree it is. One day, I shall make such a journey.
First Place [clickety-clack . . .
an alien sky
high in the window]
Comment by HASEGAWA Kai:Just looking up at the sky makes one feel like traveling. Although this haiku is composed with simple words that everyone can understand, it depicts the mind of the traveler well. In the vibrating train, traveling to a new place, we see the spread of a blue autumn sky through the window
Second Place [dandelion puffs
stuck on the train car
now arriving]
Third Place [in Osaka
through the heat wave
the Shinkansen]
[in the old days
inside a freight train
cows were hot]
SAWADA Shinichiro
[the straightness
of a single-track line
returning home]
Winner [summer whitecaps
jump into view
Joban Line]
[in my station bento
all the tastes
of autumn mountains]
YAMADA Tomoaki
[one last station
before I reach my hometown—
rice planting over]
[preparation for New Year—
in Tokyo Station
my hometown]
OKADA Motoshige
[the day stays fine
for the tea-pickers—
tea at the station]
[early summer
you wait
at the platform’s end]
[leading the children
on their sports trip
my summer]
[a limited express
from Haneda to Narita—
summer’s come]
[back to my youth—
in the middle of summer
I travel alone]
[my paperback lasts
just as long
as my summer trip]
Display of higher ranking awards of haiku


List of the artists who participated at SAKURYOKAI 2019

Japanese Painting

  • ISHIODORI Tatsuya
  • UTOO Sei
  • OYA Nori
  • KAWASAKI Asako
  • KAWASAKI Suzuhiko
  • SUZUKI Chikuhaku
  • NAKAJIMA Chinami
  • FUKUMOTO Tatsuo
  • MIYASAKO Masaaki

Western Painting

  • OTSU Eibin
  • OKUTANI Hiroshi
  • SANO Nui
  • NAKAYAMA Tadahiko
  • NOMIYAMA Gyoji
  • Brian WILLIAMS


  • AOKI Noe


  • ISHIGE Keido

(Titles are omitted. By section, Japanese syllabary order. As of October 2019)

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

In 2019, 22 leading Japanese artists in the world of painting, printmaking and calligraphy have submitted works at the SAKURYOKAI. 11 artists exhibited their work in Japanese painting, including Mr. KAWASAKI Suzuhiko, 9 artists exhibited their work in Western painting, including Mr. NOMIYAMA Gyoji, and Mr. ISHIGE Keido exhibited his work in calligraphy, and from this year Ms. AOKI Noe, sculptor and judge of the International TAKIFUJI Art Award, exhibited her work in print. We regret to inform you that Mr. SUZUKI Chikuhaku passed away in February 2020. We would like to express our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Promotion of Public Art Special Exhibition

Panel of Public Art installed in 2019.

This section introduces initiatives that propose to create a richer environment by installing artworks in public places such as stations and airports. In 2019, a ceramic relief work “Osamu Tezuka, Characters on Parade”, based on an original drawing by manga artist, TEZUKA Osamu be installed at Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line, and “Four Seasons, Tokyo Bay” at Shinbashi Station on the Yurikamome Line, a stained glass work based on an original painting by the artist HIRAMATSU Reiji. These were introduced on panels. This year’s event also featured a video introducing the artists of Creare Atami Yugawara Studio, where public art is being produced, and the efforts towards the legislation of “1% for Art” in Japan were also introduced.

Creare Atami Yugawara Studio Artist Introduction Video.
Introducing “1% for Art” legislative recommendations with supporters.

Public Art Exhibition by invited artists

[Wave of Seasons] KANEMARU Mikako

[Wave of Seasons] KANEMARU Mikako
[Wave of Seasons] KANEMARU Mikako

“Wave of Seasons” Ceramic board piece and Japanese paper collage works by Ms. KANEMARU Mikako

Japanese painter Ms. KANAMARU Mikako is the winner of the 36th International TAKIFUJI Art Award (2015). Ms. Kanemaru, who has been working and producing art at the same time, was invited to create her first ceramic board piece for the exhibition. The work, entitled “Wave of Seasons”, was created using Kanemaru’s unique technique of baking a ceramic board and then crushing and collaging it.

Ms. KANEMARU Mikako Biography
Born in Fujioka City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Kanemaru graduated from Takasaki Keizai University High School in 2009 (Fine Arts Course) and Tohoku University of Art & Design in 2012 (Japanese Painting Course). She was awarded the 36th International TAKIFUJI Art Award in 2015, the Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program in 2016, and completed her postgraduate studies at Tohoku University of Art & Design in 2018. In 2018, she completed her postgraduate studies at Tohoku University of Art & Design. She is currently working as an artist and has been showing her work in exhibitions from time to time.

A piece of ceramic plate (left) and a piece of Japanese paper dyed with acrylic paint.
A piece of ceramic plate (left) and a piece of Japanese paper dyed with acrylic paint.
Central work made by fitting crushed ceramic plates.
Central work made by fitting crushed ceramic plates.
The surface of the ceramic plate piece that retains the shape of the fingers.
The surface of the ceramic plate piece that retains the shape of the fingers.


  • Display of art by public applicants in Haiku
  • The section of Haiku
  • The section of Haiku
  • The space for ‘SAKURYOKAI’
  • The space for ‘SAKURYOKAI’
  • Promotion of Public Art Special Exhibition space
  • Promotion of Public Art Special Exhibition space
  • Invited Artist Public Art Exhibition
[Wave of Seasons]
  • Invited Artist Public Art Exhibition
[Wave of Seasons]
  • The exhibition space (The Hirokoji exit side of JR Ueno station)

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