Yokohama Station "Poem of Yokohama"

Ceramic Relief

Ceramic Relief "Poem of Yokohama" / Original Painter and Supervisor : Nobumichi Ide / Front of the underground shopping area entrance, Yokohama Station East Exit / Installed on June 10, 1981 See Original Painting

Production Scene

Artist's Message

Nobumichi IdeWestern-style PainterThe station in the present era is not simply a stop but a base point of urban culture. I feel sympathy and appreciation for the Japan Traffic Culture Association's activity to install mural arts in that place.
Although I tried to seek subjects from the present and the past and the future of Yokohama at first, but the imagination of Yokohama is too vague to be grasped, since the present evolves to the future continuously and unlimitedly.
Regarding Yokohama's romantic in my heart, I would like to stated that a black ship came here for the first time, Western civilization gradually established in tumult with Western-style clothes spreading and horse-drawn carriages running in Bashamichi, and the civilization opening in Japan started from here, Yokohama.
"Haikara san (a stylish person)" I wanted to show off the origin of such Yokohama.
When I first saw the site in the east exit of Yokohama Station, I was surprised with the size of the scale in the dark underground, and then I got a plan drawing and started planning the artwork. When the underground shopping mall appeared as a luxurious shopping street due to the progress of the difficult construction at the site, I decided to be in charge of underpainting also by myself because I found that it was brighter than I had imagined.
The shaping work from the underpainting was proceeded by Mr. Louis Fransen, and I went to Shigaraki factory in the snow to see it. Meanwhile, I saw the light at the site of Porta in the morning, daytime and night and thought about the matching of the color of Shigaraki ware with it, and that made me pass the days of anxiety and expectation. Knowing it was reckless, I asked the mural art production staff to study on test firings.
It is a collaboration with painting and shaping and Shigaraki ware.
The word "Haikara san" was remarked by Yukio Ichijo, the former president. Although he had been greatly motivated to produce this mural, he suddenly deceased in early April and I am so sorry that I could not show him the completion of the work.
It was the aiming at this work to coordinate the beautiful Yokohama's romantic at the civilization opening in Japan with the melting taste of Oriental color of Shigaraki ware.

Message from Persons Related

Representative Director, Yokohama Station East Exit Development Corporation
Bungo Tsuda
"A space with familiarity and relaxation"

Yokohama station east exit development project which had been progressed in the expectations by Yokohama citizens and Kanagawa citizens entered the new stage by the completion of the underground shopping mall Porta last November. Since the remaining construction near the central staircase was finished this time, the whole underground shopping area has appeared finally.
With the above completion, we were able to see the completion of the large mural as the face of the underground shopping mall on the front wall of the central staircase.
The original painting of this mural was made by Mr. Nobumichi Ide, the shaping was produced by Mr. Louis Fransen, and it was realized through the cooperation by Japan Traffic Culture Association. As a motif suitable for the entrance of Yokohama (PORTA), an appearance at the time of the port opening is represented by a dynamic ceramic relief. I hope that many people will be familiar with the new symbol of Yokohama with highly artistic aroma for many years.
I sincerely express my heartfelt gratitude to all the sponsor companies and everyone concerned who agreed to the purpose of this project and showed a deep understanding to its artistry. (June 1981)

Art critic
Michiaki Kawakita
In the annual Japan Fine Arts Exhibition (Nitten), Mr. Nobumichi Ide's paintings are always outstandingly prominent. It is not only because many of them are with the subject of the festival. But because his style of painting and his expressions themselves convey lively, dynamic, bright and unrestrained rumble.
Since Mr. Ide was born in Kumamoto in 1912, it is imaginable that he may have a bright dynamic nature of the southern country. However, such a style is not born only from the nature. As a matter of course he had to learn fundamentally on the nature, and a suitable theme had to come up.
In 1933, when he was still in Tokyo Art School, Mr. Ide won the first prize at Imperial Art Institute exhibition with the work "Fisherman and Child", and he graduated from the Western painting department in 1935, and after learned at the sculpture department also, he left the school in 1940. I think it is great that he learned sculpture, to capture the figure in three dimensions, and to cultivate his eyes that surely capture the movement. By looking at his style, you may find that such an elementary background becomes the foundation, and he distinguished himself when "the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition (Nitten) era" has started. He received the Minister of Education Award at the "Aoi Festival" in 1964, received the Japan Art Academy Prize by "Parade with Thousand People" in 1966, became a member of the Japan Art Academy in 1969, and became an important presence supporting the Western-style Painting Division of the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition. He has also worked as Chairman of Japanese and Western Painting Exhibition Committee from 1977. Meanwhile, he has painted a lot of brilliant festival customs filled with movements, including "Flag Festival" with the theme of Soma Nomaoi, and developled his style which can be distinguished at a glance on them.
This time, the ceramic mural art which has installed at Yokohama station has also a dynamic and lively color composition from Mr. Ide's typical ideas. Horses that the painter likes to use, a lively group of people, a sailing ship and others are gathered in a bright rumbling.
A Meiji era train which seems to be leaving Shimbashi with a whistle enters the station with smoke from the right side, and a male and a female are riding on a two-horse carriage on its left. In addition, you can see a stagecoach and a scene of the age of evolution with parasols in the vicinity of the sea as an impressive foreign-ruled custom on the other side. Regarding this ceramic mural, it can be said that a scenery of the sea representing Port Town Yokohama is arranged on the left, and an emerging city in modern Meiji era, which are sandwiched between a train and a ship, is expressed in his top-notch way. This is a work in which the painter's feature is living.

Yokohama City Mayor
Michikazu Saigo
Yokohama station east exit area comprehensive development is progressed as a town development plan to make a new center in Yokohama. Porta Yokohama east exit underground shopping mall, which is a part of the plan, opened in last November, and a ceramic relief with the dawn of civilization in Japan as a motif will appear in front of the citizens this time.
We could say that this mural art shows the effect of creating a new urban space that combines artistic, cultural and citizenship as well as mere commercial facilities such as an underground shopping mall.
I would like to pay my respect to the stakeholders including Yokohama Station East Exit Development Corporation and Japan Traffic Culture Association and others. In the developed countries like Europe and USA, it is customary to install arts in public buildings and strive to cultivate it, but in Japan it is still weak. From such a view point, I am very pleased that such a high-grade ceramic relief was installed at the east exit that can be called a gateway of Yokohama that has opened its windows overseas for a long time. Starting from this east exit area comprehensive development, I would like to do my utmost to promote town development that is refreshing, relaxing, high-tech and fitting for Yokohama.


Original Painter and SupervisorNobumichi Ide PlannerJapan Traffic Culture Association
LocationFront of the underground shopping area entrance, Yokohama Station East Exit Map ProducerCREARE Atami-Yugawara Studio, CREARE Shigaraki Studio
Installed on June 10, 1981 SponsorYokohama Bank, Yokohama Sogo, Keikyu Corporation, Tokyu Corporation
TypeCeramic Relief News
Size2.51m × 17.34m
KeywordsYokohama , Haikara-san


Original Painter and SupervisorNobumichi Ide
LocationFront of the underground shopping area entrance, Yokohama Station East Exit Map
Installed on June 10, 1981
TypeCeramic Relief
Size2.51m × 17.34m
KeywordsYokohama , Haikara-san
PlannerJapan Traffic Culture Association
ProducerCREARE Atami-Yugawara Studio, CREARE Shigaraki Studio
SponsorYokohama Bank, Yokohama Sogo, Keikyu Corporation, Tokyu Corporation


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