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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 2021
Organized by
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, Japan Traffic Culture Association
Railway Day Executive Committee
Date : October 27 (Wed.)- November 1 (Mon.),2021
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 24 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 2021

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


  • AOKI Noe


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

The Haiku Category

    Haiku Poet

Winners 2021

The Photography Category — Photographs for New Japan Tourism

The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award “My Favourite Home Town” MASUDA Syunji
The Minister of the Environment Award “Izunuma Lake Dyed in Red” ENDO Yoshio
The Kyusyu Railway Company President Award “Flower Tunnel” KASHIMA Kazuo
The Japan Travel and Tourism Association Chairman Award “Sunrise” Dan SCHOLL
First Place “Hirono Emotion”(Hospitality activities by Hirono’s people) SHIRAYAMA Kenetsu
“Into the Sky!” HIRANO Toshiyuki
Second Place “Runners and Bullet Trains” IMAI Tomomi
“The Station on a Snowy Night” IGUCHI Koshi
“Midsummer” ONOGI Fumikazu
Third Place “Solar Guidance” TSUSHIMA Yukio
“I’m in Training” HASEGAWA Yuji
“Here Comes the Train!” AKISAWA Makiko
“Climax” YOSHIDA Masahiro
U-22 Award “Tail Lights in Spring Breeze” UCHIDA Naruhiro
Winner “A Cold Morning” YAMADA Toru
  “The Passage of the Savannah”(Where the Iron Giraffe Watching Over) KUDO Mitsuyoshi
  “Hydrangeas in Evening Glow” MICHINOBU Takeo
  “The Galaxy Railway Firefly Journey” USUI Yutaka
  “Good Luck Until the End!”(Series 700 of Bullet train on the verge of retirement) HISATOMI Yuito
  “Shiretoko in the Glittering Winter” TAMURA Yuya
  “A Secluded Station DAN Yoshio
  “Godzilla Appears” ISHII Yoshiaki
  “Hina Dolls on the Water” KAWAMOTO Izumi
  “Galaxy Travel” (Set of Three Photographs) AKISHINO Shigehito
  “Through the Morning Mist” KONO Kiyoshi
  “Hurry up ! To the vaccination Center” (Set of Three Photographs) TACHIKAWA Akira
  “Concerto for an Autumn Evening” SOMA Tatsuya
  “Get into the Spirit” MATSUBARA Tomomi
  “Raising Children Now” HAYASHI Hiroshi
  “On the Way Home…” SUZUKI Yoshiaki
  “Autumn Seclusion” MIKI Masaya
  “To the Sky of Hope” MIZUTAMARI Keiko
  “Coexisting with Nature” MORIKAWA Katsumi
  “Blue Saphir” TANIGUCHI Akito

The Haiku Category

Japan Traffic Culture Association
Director General 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]
BABA Hiromi
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
summer vacation]
Third Place [moving away
from the platform
you in a white shirt]
[glorious autumn day
sleeping lightly
on the train]
[leaving the station
I slip
into a strange summer]
Winner [from the train window
that summer
Mt. Yōtei]
[this scenery too
will someday be a memory
summer’s train window]
ONOZAWA Taketsugu
[the train
on the way to Kishū
flowers here and there]
since the time of National Railways
the flower station]
SAITO Hiromi
[I cherish the flowers
seen from the train
my seventieth year’s journey]
TAMURA Yasuhiko
[waking up
at a station somewhere
summer moon]
[changing seasons—
a ticket to the next
is a swallowtail]
KOUNO Yamato
should travel alone
summer vacation]
[summer goes
with the departure bell
[the Shinkansen
becomes a mane
summer wind]
YAMADA Tomoaki

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


The 38th International TAKIFUJI Art Award winnner

XU Ning Painter

XU Ning, the 38th International TAKIFUJI Art Award winner. As an invited artist for the Traffic Cult
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