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Exhibition at Railway Stations

Poster of the Traffic Culture Exhibition

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 category are “Transportation in Japan” and “New Tourist Destinations”. Themes for the Haiku category 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 2022
Organized by
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, Japan Traffic Culture Association
Railway Day Executive Committee
Date : October 19th (Wed.)- 24th (Mon.), 2022
Opening hours: 9:00a.m. – 7:00p.m.
Venue : JR Ueno Station Central Exit, Grand Concourse, Special Exhibition Site
Admission : Free


The Photography Category
The Photography Category
The Haiku Category
The Haiku Category
SAKURYOKAI, the group of representative artists of Japan
SAKURYOKAI, the group of representative artists of Japan
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


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. Currently, about 23 artists in Japanese paintings, Western paintings, calligraphy present their works. 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.

List of the artists who participated at SAKURYOKAI 2022

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
  • OKUTANI Hiroshi
  • 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

Showing the public arts

Showing the public arts

public art works by invited artists

public art works by invited artists

In order to make public art widely known, since 2013, we have set up a section for “Promotion of Public Art Special Exhibition” within the Traffic Culture Exhibition. The effort of public art to create a pleasant environment by installing art in public spaces such as stations and airports is unfortunately still not known enough in Japan. At the Traffic Culture Exhibition held every year in October, besides introducing public art installed across the country and artists, we also present picture panels, models, and actual art parts to showcase the process of creating public art, such as stained glass and ceramic relief. In addition, public art works by invited artists will be exhibited.

*Video screened at the Traffic Culture Exhibition “6 Places to see Public Art in Asakusa and Ueno”


The Photography Category

  •    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,
    General Manager Newspaper Division

The Haiku Category

    Haiku Poet

Winners 2022

The Photography Category — Photographs for New Japan Tourism

The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award “Galloping Wisteria Blossoms” KAWASAKI Naruto
The Minister of the Environment Award “Throbbing Pulse of Life in the Sea” TANIGUCHI Tsuneo
The Kyusyu Railway Company President Award “A Great Leap Forward” NAGASAKI Minato
The Japan Travel and Tourism Association Chairman Award “An Endangered Species Finds Refuge” OKUBO Tatsuro
First Place “Musical Notes in the Sky” ISHII Yoshiaki
“Spring Has Come to Satoyama” YOSHIDA Masahiro
Second Place “Sleepless Tokaido” SATO Yoshiki
“A Railway Station in the Woods” HASEGAWA Tsuyoshi
“Summer in Okinawa”(A set of four pictures) DU JING
Third Place “I Am on Holiday Too” TAKAGI Mika
“Fireworks Reflected on Rice Terraces” TAKAMURE Junichi
“Train Passing through the Bekanbeushi Wetlands in Extreme Coldness” IGARASHI Masaki
“Traditional Lion Dancing and Drumming” FUJISHIMA Junshichi
U-22 Award “Twilight Shadow” NITTA Ryuichi
Winner “Rafting” TAKAHASHI Masami
  “Welcome to Okuizumo Town!” ENDO Tsutomu
  “The World of Golden Autumnal Color” ENDO Satoshi
  “A Tour of the Olympic Stadium” TAKASHIMA Satoshi
  “Shimmering Landing Lights” YAMAMORI Keiko
  “Communion” ITO Ryoichi
  “Anpanman Train Has Come!” ONISHI Hiroyuki
  Sanaburi Season Gratitude to Nature” SHIMIZU Yasuhiro
  “Trains Runninng Over the Waterfalls in the Dusk” HORIUCHI Isamu
  “Rainbow Tunnel” TAIRA Naoharu
  “Running alongside the Teshiogawa River” SASAKI Yasunari
  “Sarutahiko God Walking Across Flames” YAMASHITA Kazunari
  “Heavenly Nap at an Onsen” INUKAI Asuka
  “Exorcism in Snowy Country” (A set of three pictures) ONODERA Mitsuhiko
  “Train Stuck in a Snowstorm” (A set of three pictures) MURAKAMI Yoshiaki
  “Koumi Line Trains Challenging the Mountain Pass” YAMAOKA Nobuhiko
  “Erecting the Onbashira Pillars: Keep It Up!” KUSANOBU Yoshimasa

The Haiku Category

Japan Traffic Culture Association
Director General Award
enjoying freedom
savoring peace
a summer trip
OBATA Ritsuko
Comment by HASEGAWA Kai :
Russia invaded Ukraine in the spring of this year. When I see the devastation, I am deeply grateful for freedom and peace. This is true even more if you go on a trip.
First Place summer vacation
an unknown world
in the train window
Comment by HASEGAWA Kai :
Scenery seen for the first time through a train window. We are excited about encountering the unknown world during the summer holidays. There were many applications from Saitama Prefectural Sakado Deaf Academy.
Second Place rape flowers
blooming, blooming
the local line
Third Place a straw hat
on the baggage rack
heading for my hometown
blazing sun—
the rails are lost
in deep thought
a chapter finished—
the window
of summer
Winner a trip taken after a long time
the mackerel sky
after a long time
on my back
looking at spring sideways
I return home
buying a ticket
already I’m a traveler
in summer
a food shopping train
on a long-remembered day . . .
cumulonimbus clouds
rails buried
under summer grasses
time stops
around the abandoned line
sunflowers bloom
in profusion
my hometown station
in smoke
from a burning field
wiping sweat from a child
resting his head on my lap
the local line
a station
after summer holidays
the silence
a cow moos
summer freight trains
through the prairie

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 to October 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 37th International TAKIFUJI Art Award winner

KOMI Taku Sculptor

Sculptor KOMI Taku has mainly worked on stone works. He created a work using stained glass for the f
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