|Japan Traffic Culture Association Chairman Award||[this quiet world
towards the train tracks
July 2nd ]
|Comment by HASEGAWA Kai : What would the world look like to someone who is blind or deaf? A small journey out of the house to the train tracks. The world lies in silence. The author is a seventeen-year-old student at a school for the deaf. There are a hundred different worlds for a hundred different people.|
|First Place||[the train now
has crossed the great river
soaked in sunset]
|Comment by HASEGAWA Kai : A great river colored with the sunset. The phrase “soaked in sunset ” gives life to the haiku. The author is facing the sublimity of this world.|
|Second Place||[the station
where the youth gets off
|Third Place||[moving away
from the platform
you in a white shirt]
|[glorious autumn day
on the train]
|[leaving the station
into a strange summer]
|Winner||[from the train window
|[this scenery too
will someday be a memory
summer’s train window]
on the way to Kishū
flowers here and there]
|HORIKAWA Atsushi（WAKAURA Ryo）|
since the time of National Railways
the flower station]
|[I cherish the flowers
seen from the train
my seventieth year’s journey]
at a station somewhere
a ticket to the next
is a swallowtail]
should travel alone
with the departure bell
becomes a mane
(Titles are omitted. By section, Japanese syllabary order. As of October 2021)
In 2021, 24 leading Japanese artists of painting and calligraphy belong to SAKURYOKAI, a group formed by our association, displayed their works at the venue. 12 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.
This section presented our initiatives to create a richer environment by installing artworks in public places such as railways stations and airports. In 2021, a stained glass work “View of Flourishing South End Nihonbashi”, based on an original drawing by painter, YAMAGUCHI Akira be installed at Nihonbashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, and “ELEMENTS OF FUTURE” at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, a ceramic relief work based on an original drawing by manga artist OTOMO Katsuhiro. These were presented on panels. In addition, this year’s event featured a video and illustration map of public artworks installed in the Ueno area, as well as an exhibition of the “1% for Art” legalization efforts promoted by the Association and examples of “1% for Art” in Taiwan.
“WORLD” Ceramic relief works by XU Ning
XU Ning, the 38th International TAKIFUJI Art Award winner. As an invited artist for the Traffic Culture Exhibition 2021, she challenged her first work using ceramic plates.
XU Ning’s comment
I gave the title “World” to this work. It refers to the world of coexistence and co-prosperity, not the world of any particular person, but the world of humanity as a whole. My goal is to contribute to such a world.
As an oil painter, it was my first time to work with ceramic relief. The first step in making a ceramic relief is to knead the clay. It was tough but fun. I made a square shape out of the clay and slammed it on the floor to release the air. I was pounding it so hard that it became too soft and would not take shape. I didn’t know that kneading too much would make it soft. I couldn’t stop laughing. After that, I was careful not to over-knead.
The first week in the studio, I learned about glazing. Glazing a test piece and burning it in a pottery kiln but unexpected colors appear. It depends on the thickness and the surface condition of a test piece. With paint, red is red, but with glaze, it was hard to imagine beforehand and frustrating. Eventually, I began to understand what kind of color would come out depending on the shape of the test piece. I put my heart and soul into my work, so I didn’t care if I failed in some cases. Some of the colors came out wonderfully by accident.
I think that in the end, both ceramic relief and paintings are about expressing oneself. The good thing about ceramic boards is that they have a strong sense of materiality and exist as reality. You can enjoy the slippery and rough textures. When people stand in front of my work, I would be happy if I could evoke some kind of emotion, such as “this is interesting” or “I’ve never seen anything like this”. People have joys, worries, and struggles every day, and I try to capture these emotions and experiences in my works. I hope that there is resonance and empathy between the viewer and the work.
XU Ning Biography
Born in Beijing in 1979. After graduating from the Capital Normal University in Beijing (specializing in oil painting), she moved to Japan with her family in 2006, and completed her master’s degree in painting at Tama Art University in 2020. In her fourth year at Tama Art University she received the 38th International TAKIFUJI Art Award for Excellence. She was selected for the Shell Art Prize 2019, the Grand prix at the Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2020, and the 24th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art (2021). She currently lives and works in Kanagawa Prefecture.
|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 27 (Wed.) – November 1 (Mon.), 2021
|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, Senior Executive Officer/ 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 2021（PDF:760KB）