|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
|Third Place||[in Osaka
through the heat wave
|[in the old days
inside a freight train
cows were hot]
of a single-track line
jump into view
|[in my station bento
all the tastes
of autumn mountains]
|[one last station
before I reach my hometown—
rice planting over]
|[preparation for New Year—
in Tokyo Station
|[the day stays fine
for the tea-pickers—
tea at the station]
at the platform’s end]
|[leading the children
on their sports trip
|[a limited express
from Haneda to Narita—
|[back to my youth—
in the middle of summer
I travel alone]
|[my paperback lasts
just as long
as my summer trip]
(Titles are omitted. By section, Japanese syllabary order. As of October 2019)
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.
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.
“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.
Comment by Ms. Mikako Kanamaru
I have wanted to use ceramic for a long time. When I started work, at first I thought it would be easier to fill in the joints if there was less difference in the thickness of the clay, so I just made a pattern on the surface of the thin clay. But then I was told by the workshop staff, “That’s no fun. There is no point in using clay. You have to have more fun with it”. The thickness of the clay started to change and I tried to put so much pressure on it that it left the shape of my fingers, which gave me more freedom. I guess I was thinking with my head at first. If that person hadn’t told me, I think my work would have been very hollow. While I was making the ceramic, I thought again about the words of someone who said “the hand is the best tool”.
I had no idea how the piece would turn out in the end because I made the colours I would use first. With a painting you can rewrite it, but with a ceramic plate you can’t. The impression of the work changes depending on how uneven or broken it is. When I talked to the staff at the studio, they said, “You have to grasp the big flow”. But I can’t do that. At first, At first I wanted to make use of the shape of the fragments, so I arranged them in different colours to make each one stand out. But when I looked at other artists’ work, I found that they shifted the broken pieces and put similar colours next to each other to create a big flow. It made me realise that ceramic’s works is the same as any other material.
Glazing was also challenging. Because even when I glazed as per test piece, the thickness of the ceramic gives different colours, so you can’t tell until you bake it. Blue is a beautiful colour, but red and pink are difficult to get a pleasant colours. But I was happy when a few of the colours came out to my liking. It was just an entrance experience, but I thought it was a really deep world. I want to use it in my future work.
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.
|Organized by||Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, Japan Traffic Culture Association
Railway Day Executive Committee
|Venue/Date||Venue: JR Ueno station Central Exit, Grand Concourse, Special Exhibition Site
Date: October 25 (Fri.) – October 30 (Wed.), 2019
|Juries – Photography Section||SHIMIZU Tetsuro (Photographer / Member of Japan Professional Photographers Society) / Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan Tourism Agency, Regional Development Department, Director General / Ministry of Environment, Director of Global Environment Bureau / East Japan Railway Company, Managing Director/ Japan Travel and Tourism Association, President & CEO / Kotsu Newspapers, Managing Editor|
|Jury – Haiku Section||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: 1.3MB）
Poster of calling for entries for New Japan Tourism Photography（PDF: 1.2MB）
Poster of the Traffic Culture Exhibition 2019（PDF: 1.6MB）