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short video works《Tokyo Dango》 is now avilable. 2021-Feb-27 〜2021-Mar-21. on line, Free.

The woodblock print《Banana Meets Toiletpaper》will be the design for the wallpaper from WALPA / WALLTZ . Coming soon.

You can buy SUMIFUDE's woodblock prints at Gallery Soumei-do online web site (2021.02.04)

《SHITEN chair》
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This is an art series called "ORI” which creates multiple dimensions by folding a flat surface. What you see is a chair which represents the multiple-distance technique used in ukiyo-e woodblock printing in traditional Japanese art. Although it is made with steel plate as thin as 2mm, its structure can support the weight of a person sitting down on it. Copyright in Registered Design,Oda Collection, exhibited the Milano Salone Fuori, Kyoto and Tokyo

《SHOIN》Installation art, Woodblock prints and objects.
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A series of art works with Shoin-zukuri, one of the traditional architectural styles in Japan, as its theme. The architectural concept is divided into three parts: partition, cascade and innermost area. Each of them is represented by one piece of art, and displayed in a tokonoma part of a room of a Shoin-zukuri style house (inside gallery space). By moving from one place to another, a viewer would observe the concept of Shoin-zukuri as a moving line in space.

《SUZURI-BOX》Wagashi design
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Traditional Japanese sweets which carry the artistic tradition of the Rinpa School in Japan. It received a grand-prix in a traditional Japanese sweets contest. In traditional Japanese haiku poetry we have the concept of fueki-ryuko which means pursuing something new and different will eventually return us to its eternal value. This sweet in its two layers represents these two elements of fueki-ryuko. Grand-prix in the Kyogashi Design Award

Series《view》《view2》Woodblock prints
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This is a diagonal stripe series. It goes beyond traditional textile expression with the combination of vertical and horizontal threads, and expresses innovation using diagonal stripes. The rich gray color is not based on the combination of black and white, but represents the tasteful Edo period culture called shiju-haccha and hyaku-nezumi (forty-eight brown and one hundred gray) which is the color they enjoyed. Prize in International Mokuhanga Exhibition

《wave》Woodblock print
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A woodblock print with a theme of the Rinpa School, which was a significant and historical art movement in the late Momoyama period.Prize in International Print Triennial Krakow

Series《ORI》Woodblock print
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“ORI” series which show multiple-viewpoints and multiple-dimensions learned from ukiyo-e, traditional Japanese woodcut printing

《Fish2》 Woodblock Print
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北京留学中に制作した木版画。中国における机上の宇宙とする盆栽をテーマに制作。水性凸版木版画(和紙に天然鉱物顔料)

《Banana Meets Toiletpaper》Woodblock print
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This displays how Chinese erotic woodblock prints are different from those of Japan. I created this print during my study-abroad in Beijing of traditional woodcut printings.

《Hidden Geometry》 Woodblock Print
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本作品のミッションは「紙を折ったときに最も美しい角度を模索し、平面のテロリズムを企てる」こと。太宰治は著書『富嶽百景』のなかで平面芸術の浮世絵に描かれる富士山について実際の角度よりも鋭角になっていることを挙げ、西洋の透視図法的な構図ではなく描き手による意図が反映された角度で富士山が描かれていることを指摘している。それは現代の日本アニメにおける「シャフト角度(シャフ度)」にも通じるものがあり、菱川師宣《見返り美人図》から綿々と受け継がれている「一瞬が永遠になるための角度」といっても過言ではない。観る人の記憶に残すために既視感をわずかに超越した適度な違和感を与える角度、およびその表現について模索した作品。浮世絵の技法「空摺り」という凹凸のエンボス表現で手と紙を表現している。水性凸版木版画(宣紙紅星牌に天然鉱物顔料)

《Architecture Dango Project》
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Dango are traditional Japanese sweets made of sticky rice. It is the ultimate finger food which could be either a snack or a meal. It is also a food which carries local flavor. This is a project to create architecture which forms a view of Tokyo by using dango which the climate of Japan produced and which also created the culture of Japan.

《Kaleidoscopes》
workshop, Tokyo University of the Arts




From a workshop on making kaleidoscopes using discarded materials. How beautifully materials recycle when they go in sequence shows the sustainable cycle of recycling. I planned and managed this workshop.

《Read a Book Shelves》
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A project of visiting houses to see their book shelves, and illustrating that person’s world I imagine. I have been doing this for almost all my life.

SAKUTEIKI
media art, Macromedia Director


A game of creating one’s own Japanese garden park. The title of the work was named after Sakuteiki which is the oldest book in Japan on gardens.

《Discord》
media art, Macromedia Director


Work on an attempt to transform sound into writing. Using Macromedia Director, the four different intonations and syllables of Chinese language in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching are visualized. It is an attempt at Oto no sho, the writing of sounds.

《BONSAI-no-utsuwa|凡才の器》 Installation and Performance

A set and exhibition for visitors to throw balloons into a box-shaped monument suspended from an open ceiling space in a building. On the last day of the exhibition the balloons are broken. It was designed as an answer to the question “What are we learning at the College of Fine Art?”. mixdmedia H4200xW1500xD1500mm
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《Mourning Works》kinetic installation

My first artistic creation. Its theme is the “mourning works” which one does when facing his/her death.mixed media, blower and control timer

《Gradayon|グラデーヨン》 Crayon
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Crayons which re-image our concept of color. When you look at a red apple carefully, you will find the color is blended with green and brown. The color of sky also changes as time goes by. The colors in nature are not simple, but rather complex. They also change when time passes. We tend to oversimplify or categorize things for ease or convenience. By doing this, however, we may miss something significant or important for us. These crayons also have the self-contradiction of limiting the choice of colors, and represent the difficulty of expressing the range of colors.

《first clock》 Clock


An educational first clock for children to learn how to tell time. It introduces duodecimal and hexadecimal systems in an easy-to-understand way. Because it is easier for children to recognize shapes than colors, the clock has special arrangements for the numbers and pointing arms. Two colors, dark red and pale blue, are used because they are also easy for color-blind people to recognize.



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