|Japan Traffic Culture Association Chairman Award||[after the last train
the winter galaxy]
|Comment by HASEGAWA Kai : The last train has already gone, and dusk has come to the city. The daytime bustle is gone, and the nightlife too has cooled down. The Milky Way appears white in the winter night sky. At dawn, until the first train starts to move, this quietness lasts. Before the bustling daytime, the quiet night spreads itself. A haiku written by a fourteen-year-old junior high school student.|
|First Place||[like a wobbling record
|Comment by HASEGAWA Kai : I assume that this is a large LP record. When I play a record, it sometimes wobbles slightly. The sound of a train—gatan-goton—is similar to this, but here the author suggests that the summer is also rippling. The abruptness is a surprise and joy. The scenery passing outside the windows also plays its rhythm. The comma is used very effectively here.|
|Second Place||[at the window
a ladybug, too,
is on a trip]
|Third Place||[the summer sky
shaking with the sound
under another country’s sky
|[my train lurches to the station
where grandmother waits
|Winner||[getting off at the station
I trudge along
an autumn beach]
|[map in hand
that summer in my youth
the trip north]
the train slowly
in that town
my summer hat]
|[on being asked the way
I too am a traveler
wearing the wind
from the Pacific Ocean]
|[when it stops slowly
in my hometown
a columns of clouds]
starts to pulse
|[when I get off
I become a boy
a station in summer]
|[this train takes
just five minutes to reach
the early-summer sea]
(Titles are omitted. By section, Japanese syllabary order. As of October 2020)
In 2020, 25 leading Japanese artists of painting and calligraphy belong to SAKURYOKAI, a group formed by our association, displayed their works at the venue. 13 artists exhibited their work in Japanese painting, including Mr. KAWASAKI Suzuhiko, 9 artists in Western painting, including Mr. NOMIYAMA Gyoji, and Mr. ISHIGE Keido and Mr. TAKAGI Seiu both in calligraphy, and Ms. AOKI Noe in drawing. We regret to inform you that Mr. FUKUMOTO Tatsuo passed away in February 2021 after the exhibition of 2020. We would like to express our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
This section presented our initiatives to create a richer environment by installing artworks in public places such as railways stations and airports. In 2020, a stained glass work “Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms” based on the original drawing by manga artist KOUNO Fumiyo, have been installed at Hondori Station on the Hiroshima Rapid Transit Astramline, Hiroshima City, and “Splendors of Sado” at Sado Kisen Niigata Port Bandaijima terminal, Niigata City, a Metal and ceramic relief work based on an original painting and produced by the artist MIYATA Ryohei. These were presented on panels. Also, this year, we presented the production process of public art, as well as a proposal for the drastic reform of the policy of culture and art. This proposal titled “Now is the time to realize ‘1% for Art’ in the midst of the Corona disaster” was handed over to the government officials and politicians in May 2020.
Ceramic works with various motifs made of clay
OHKOJIMA Maki deepens her reflection on the earth’s environment and on humans, nature, and the universe by using the expressive medium of art. Having started her career with painting, she has expanded the breadth of materials she employs—in proportion, it would seem, to the deepening of her thoughts—to include paper, fabric, wood, soil, and also ceramics. She is a rising young talent who won the 29th International TAKIFUJI Art Award in 2008.
OHKOJIMA Maki’s comment
The word agora signifies a plaza, a gathering place. The soil comprises layer upon layer of the lives and deaths of innumerable beings, forming a vast concatenation. In this work, I attempt to recreate within a station building, a veritable public space, the image of a more-than-human “public sphere” in which multiple entities across differences of species and of life and death gather, converse, and intertwine through the intermediary of soil.
Ceramics are made by kneading soil, firing, and coloring with glaze, which is made from minerals. Over the past several years, I have created works with the ocean as the theme, and in the process, I have come to realize how the ocean and soil are interconnected, both environmentally and ecologically. I find it intriguing that I am now getting to grapple with the medium of soil, because it is as though my creative work itself is converging with this ring of circularity.
In the show at Ueno Station, I am hoping to exhibit an organism consisting of a ceramic head and a body made of actual soil. This soil has real moss and plants growing in it; this ecology is presented as being part of the organism’s body.
Incidentally, I recently invented the word “humucracy”. It is modeled on the word democracy and combines the Latin humus (organic matter in soil formed by the decomposition of plant and animal substances), which is a multitude of untold lives and deaths all mingled together, with the Greek kratos, which signifies power or strength. The idea is that of the soil itself regaining its power. The soil at once symbolizes the intertwining of myriad beings and is something that exists as separate, diverse entities. A plant that grows in a certain soil may not grow in another soil. I sense that the bedrock of cultural diversity lies there.
Working with ceramics requires relying on the power of all the elements—water, fire, wood, metal, and soil—which I believe is why it has such a primitive appeal. As I create organisms using ceramics, I am reminded of how our bodies, too, are similar to soil, and that our bodies are far from self-sufficient, relying on various other beings and existing in a web of interconnectedness with them.
OHKOJIMA Maki Biography
Born in Tokyo in 1987. Entered Joshibi University of Art and Design in 2005, won the 29th International TAKIFUJI Art Award in 2008, and received a master of arts degree from the Joshibi University of Art and Design in 2011. Participated in the Tara marine research expedition in 2017. In addition to presenting the solo exhibition Eye of Whale at the Aquarium de Paris in France, has dedicated a ceiling painting at Minamizawa Hikawa Shrine and produced the drawings of 88 constellations for the Tamarokuto Science Center Planetarium. Her numerous honors include the 2009 Tokyo Wonder Wall Award, the 2011 Ichiro Fukuzawa Prize, the 2014 Terrada Art Award, and the 2014 VOCA Encouragement Prize.
|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 21 (Wed.) – October 26 (Mon.), 2020
|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:776KB）
Poster of calling for entries for New Japan Tourism Photography（PDF:826KB）
Poster of the Traffic Culture Exhibition 2020（PDF:760KB）