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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 2020
Organized by
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, Japan Traffic Culture Association
Railway Day Executive Committee
Date : October 21 (Wed.)-October 26 (Mon.),2020
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 Hisao Taki, Director General of our association has been interacting since 1970s participate in this exhibition. Currently, about 25 artists in Japanese paintings, Western paintings, calligraphy, and other works 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 2020

Japanese Painting

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

Western Painting

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


  • AOKI Noe


  • ISHIGE Keido
  • TAKAGI Seiu

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.


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,
    Managing Director
  • Japan Travel and Tourism Association, President & CEO
  • Kotsu Newspapers, Managing Director

The Haiku Category

    Haiku Poet

Winners 2020

The Photography Category — Photographs for New Japan Tourism

The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award “Thank You for Waiting!” HASEGAWA Yuji
The Minister of the Environment Award “Splendid Jump” SASAKI Koki
The Central Japan Railway Company President Award “Town for the Coming and Going” ITO Masaru
The Japan Travel and Tourism Association Chairman Award “Good Friends” ITO Naomi
First Place “Spring Light” IGUCHI Koshi
“Gathering at Remote Station” ITO Masaaki
Second Place “Wow!” KAWAMURA Kazuhiko
“Sound of Spring” SATO Shigeyuki
“Train at Dusk” HIROSE Yasuyuki
Third Place “A Volley of Shooting” KOGUCHI Tsuyoshi
“Put on a Mask, Streetcar As Well” IWAMA Hiroshi
“Running Through the Wetland” MIYATA Yoshiaki
“Evening Scenery of Mt. Asama” SAKAGAMI Sonosuke
U-22 Award “Trip to a Stratum Exposed in the Fault” SAKURAI Toshiaki
Winner “Run Through the Morning Mist” OGINO Etsuo
  “Carp-Shaped Streamer in the River” HASE Toshihiro
  “Struggle with Snow of Konan Railways” TERADA Hirokazu
  “Heading for Tomorrow” NAMIKI Tatsuro
  “Spring in Full Blossom” SUGIURA Masayuki
  “Bridge Construction by Two Multi-Wheeled Trailers” MASUDA Koji
  “Protecting the Main Line” (Set of Four Photographs) FUKUDA Naoto
  “Departure” TAMURA Atsushi
  “Popular Transportation” OHASHI Kazuhito
  “Locomotive in the Winter’s Wetland Line” TAKAHASHI Kazuyuki
  “Festival in the Mountain Village” SHIRAISHI Nobuo
  “Great People” MURATA Shigeru
  “Inspection for Safety Operation” KURUMA Keiji
  “Fixed Well!” MORITA Eiichi
  “Bullet Train” TATEISHI Kazuyoshi
  “Mountain Asceticism” IKUTA Mamoru
  “Vitality of Northern End, Tonami” KIDOBA Takayuki
  “World Record Snake” UEKI Hajime
  “It Was a Good Day to Play in the Mud” MASUDA Tetsuko
  “A Buddhist Pilgrimage” SHIBASAKI Shizuo

The Haiku Category

Japan Traffic Culture Association
Director General Award
[after the last train
is gone
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
this summer,
the train]
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
KATAYAMA Jinichiro
[traveling alone
under another country’s sky
summer festival]
MAEDA Shigeaki
[my train lurches to the station
where grandmother waits
this summer]
KOGA Yumiko
Winner [getting off at the station
I trudge along
an autumn beach]
KAJI Masayuki
[map in hand
that summer in my youth
the trip north]
OKADA Kiyoshi
[carp streamers
the train slowly
pulling away]
[left behind
in that town
my summer hat]
[on being asked the way
I too am a traveler
midsummer sky]
NAITO Yasuyuki
[summer train
wearing the wind
from the Pacific Ocean]
[when it stops slowly
in my hometown
a columns of clouds]
[Tokyo Station
starts to pulse
summer morning]
[when I get off
I become a boy
a station in summer]
[this train takes
just five minutes to reach
the early-summer sea]
MASUDA Toshiaki

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 sixteen 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
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