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Exhibition at Railway Stations

Public transportation system is something we use for everyday commute and also for traveling. In order to bring a new perspective to public transport system, every year, we invite photography and haiku submission. (Application period is from early June to the mid of July.) Themes for the photography Section are “Transportation in Japan” and “New Tourist Destinations”. Themes for the Haiku Section are things pertaining to railway or things that portray and appreciate Japanese values. Works selected are exhibited at venues like Ueno station around the Railway Day (October 14th) in October every year and those works judged the best receive awards such as Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Award.

Traffic Culture Exhibition 2023

Poster of the Traffic Culture Exhibition

Organized by
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, Japan Traffic Culture Association
Railway Day Executive Committee
Date : October 20th (Fri.)- 25th (Wed.), 2023
Opening hours: 9:00a.m. – 7:00p.m.
Venue : JR Ueno Station Central Exit, Grand Concourse, Special Exhibition Site
Admission : Free

The Traffic Culture Exhibition will be held for the 70th time in 2023.

70th Commemorative Exhibition

The Traffic Culture Exhibition, which began in 1954 as the The Traffic Culture Exhibition for the Traffic Workers, will be held for the 70th time in 2023. At the venue, the history of the 70 times was exhibited.

Photography Section
-New Japan Tourism Photopgrahy-

Photography Section Judges

  •    SHIMIZU Tetsuro
    SHIMIZU Tetsuro
    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,
    Executive Director
  • Japan Travel and Tourism Association,
    President & CEO
  • Kotsu Newspapers, Director,
    General Manager Newspaper Division

Photography Section winner

The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award “Gaburi Competition” SUEHIRO Shuzo
The Minister of the Environment Award “A Night at the Sunflower Field” YAHAGI Toshiro
The West Japan Railway Company President Award “Shinkansen Aglow with the Setting Sun” NASU Haruka
The Japan Travel and Tourism Association Chairman Award “Typical Mid-winter at Lake Inawashiro” SUZUKI Genzo
First Place “Never Give Up” HASEGAWA Yuji
“An Enchanted Mikoshi Parade” ISHII Ryoji
Second Place “Yamatano Orochi” KOJIMA Takumi
“Bus Stop” (A set of four pictures) TSUCHIYA Eri
“Brave Cats” ITO Yukika
Third Place “A Station during the Spring Rains” EBISAWA Yoshio
“Celebrating Mt. Fuji Day” SATO Masami
“A Night with a Full Moon” MIZUNO Hideki
“Courtship Jumping” TANAKA Yuji
U-22 Award “JR Suigun Line in Summer” TAKAHASHI Ichiro
Winner “The Sky Aglow with the Setting Sun” ITABASHI Noboru
  “Road for Everyday Walking” YONO Teruhiko
  “Competition of Drum Floats” SHIOZAKI Nobuyoshi
  “Asleep In the Starry Night” HIRANO Yuji
  “A Spectacle of Dazzling Gorgeousness” MIYAKAWA Kazunori
  “Under a Confetti Storm” HIRANO Toshiyuki
  “A Restaurant with a Spectacular View” (A set of three photos) HACHIYA Masato
  “High, High, very High” ASANO Mitsuo
  “Cable Car Incline Is Back after the Corona Virus Pandemic” TAKATSU Hiroto
  “Thank You SL Ginga!” TAKAHASHI Tsuyoshi
  “Swirling Cherry Blossom Petals” TANIGUCHI Kanichi
  “Elongated Lion Performance on a Boat” NAKAGAWA Yuki
  “Momotaro Street Sunset” ITO Naomi
  “Mikoshi Rocking Performance” KUSANOBU Yoshimasa
  “Golden Railway Tracks” SHIGETA Kazutoyo

Haiku Section

Display of higher ranking awards of haiku

Haiku Section Judge

    Haiku Poet

Haiku Section winner

Japan Traffic Culture Association
Director General Award
the rails seemed
to stretch endlessly
distant summer
Comment by HASEGAWA Kai :
There was a time when railroads were not just a means of transportation, but vehicles that carried people’s dreams. Trains, diesel cars, and electric trains. . . . In every era, the rails led everywhere. Even into the distant future that we have yet to see.
First Place placing peace
on the net rack—
summer journey
Comment by HASEGAWA Kai :
An idyllic summer trip. The idea of “peace” on a net rack is interesting. The world today is not like this, but it seems that “peace” is maintained only on the train, on the net-shelf. This haiku expresses the wish that the peace on the shelf will last forever and spread all over the world.
Second Place Mt. Fuji on a clear day—
I missed it
while napping
Third Place my forehead
on the train window
looking for Mt. Fuji in summer
taller than the rainbow
over River Totsugawa
the two houses
on this day when I celebrate
my retirement
cherry blossom trip
INADA Takanori
Winner where adventure
is about to start . . .
summer timetable
with no purpose
on a summer day . . .
local line
a mass of iron
mid-summer freight train
KAN Nobuaki(KAN-chan)
eighteen-year-old me
waves at me—
broad summer fields
BABA Hiromi
the branch line leads
to a military camp
in summer
NIEKAWA Yoshiaki
in the local train
with my post-operation eye
swaying in autumn
to the right and left
of the switchbacks
cherry blossoms
KAWAI Yukiko
the sound
of the crossing gate sees off
the summer train
MASUDA Yoshiko(Koko)
hanging straps
swaying in the coolness—
the Kosei Line
in the vast sky
looking for my hometown
white clouds


An exhibit of leading artists in Japan


At Traffic Culture Exhibition, which is held annually in fall at stations, Japan Traffic Culture Association also holds “SAKURYOKAI” , an exhibition to present works by representative artists of Japan. The artists with whom TAKI Hisao, Director General of our association has been interacting since 1970s participate in this exhibition. SAKURYOKAI implies “a society with full energy” as dragons going up the rapid river. Traffic Culture Exhibition is also an opportunity to be able to see works of leading artists in public spaces like stations.

In 2023, we had 12 Japanese-style painters, 8 Western-style painters, and 2 calligraphers participate in the exhibition.
Unfortunately, two long-time exhibitors, Mr. NOMIYAMA Gyoji passed away in June 2023 and Ms. SANO Nui passed away in August 2023. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to both of them for their contributions and cooperation to this exhibition, and we pray for their soulful rest in peace. The paintings of both teachers exhibited at this year’s exhibition were painted before their deaths for this year’s “SAKURYOKAI”.

List of the artists who participated at SAKURYOKAI 2023

Japanese Painting

  • ISHIODORI Tatsuya
  • UTOO Sei
  • OYA Nori
  • OSHIMOTO Kazutoshi
  • KAWASAKI Asako
  • KAWASAKI Suzuhiko
  • NAKAJIMA Chinami
  • NOJI Mikiko
  • MIYASAKO Masaaki
  • WATANABE Nobuyoshi

Western Painting

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


  • ISHIGE Keido
  • TAKAGI Seiu
  • (Titles are omitted. By section, Japanese syllabary order.)

Promotion of Public Art Special Exhibition

Opportunity for getting familiar with public art

Introducing the public art that
the association has worked on and
exhibiting the works of invited artists
Introducing comments from
experts on “1% for Art” and and
the efforts of the association

Since 2013, the Transportation General Culture Exhibition has included a “Public Art Promotion Activities Special Exhibit” section to promote public awareness of public art. This exhibition corner introduces public artworks installed nationwide and the 1% for Art initiative. In addition, public art works by invited artists are also exhibited as a parallel exhibition.

New and Relocated Public Art

The 2023 exhibition featured a total of six works, five of which the association planned and cooperated with during the year and one that was relocated, along with highlights and photos of the production process. It also introduced the structure and significance of the “1% for Art” legislation promoted by the association, with comments from experts on the legislation.

Public Art Exhibition by invited artists

“Inside-Outside” HONGO Yoshiya

“Inside-Outside” HONGO Yoshiya “Inside-Outside” HONGO Yoshiya

Public art work based on the history and image of stained glass

HONGO Yoshiya, the 27th recipient of the International TAKIFUJI Art Award, is a sculptor who works mainly in metal. As an invited artist, he presented an ambitious work based on the history and image of stained glass at the 70th “Traffic Culture Exhibition 2023.

HONGO Yoshiya
1982 Born in Saitama Prefecture
2006 The 27th International Takifuji Art Prize
2007 B.F.A in Sculpture, Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts
2009 M.F.A. in Sculpture, Tokyo University of the Arts
He currently works as a sculptor and has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions and art festivals, as well as undertaking several commissioned works.

5枚一組のステンドグラス作品 5枚一組のステンドグラス作品
The patterns of the five windows are connected.
石を打ち付けてできた微細な亀裂も生かされている 石を打ち付けてできた微細な亀裂も生かされている
The minute cracks created by the hammering of
the stones are also utilized.


The Photography Section
The Photography Section
The Haiku Section
The Haiku Section
Exhibit activities of public art
Exhibit activities of public art
Invited artist's public art exhibition
Invited artist’s public art exhibition
Selection scenery
Selection scenery

Harajuku Fashion Joy Board Culture Festival

Harajuku Fashion Joy Board Culture Festival

What is Harajuku Fashion Joy Board Culture Festival ?

Appealing to young people through big signboards at JR Harajuku station

The big signboards at Takesita-dori exit of JR Harajuku Station
The big signboards at Takesita-dori exit of JR Harajuku Station

Harajuku, Tokyo is known to the world as a hub to create youth culture. Young people in the world are drawn to, and follow, young fashion, goods and design, and life style created in Harajuku. Harajuku is a “sacred spot” for Kawaii culture and we can say it is an originating place for “Japan is cool”. Along the platform of Harajuku station, there are 12 big signboards (height 3m, width 4m) that Japan Traffic Culture Association owns. Harajuku Fashion Joy Board Culture Festival is an event whereby big posters with social and cultural messages are posted on these big signboards and has become a seasonal tradition of Harajuku. Recent posters include “Bring Olympic and Paralympic Games to Japan!” and “Travel campaign to rediscover the charm of Fukushima” with a aim to bring back tourists to Fukushima prefecture damaged considerably by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, 2011, getting attention of young people passing through the station.

44th Harajuku Fashion Joy Board Culture Festival

At Harajuku Fashion Joy Board Culture Festival from April 2015, Japan Traffic Culture Association and Information-technology Promotion Agency have co-hosted a campaign called “Protect and foster IT society; Striving for realization of a reliable IT society”, in which Manga is used to appeal the importance of password strengthening to prevent unauthorized log-ins.

Harajuku Fashion Joy Board


The 27th International TAKIFUJI Art Award winner

HONGO Yoshiya Sculptor

Sculptor HONGO Yoshiya is the 27th recipient of the International TAKIFUJI Art Award. He will presen
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