Tomokazu Matsuyama “Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art”


KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce Tomokazu Matsuyama’s participation in “Tenkukaikatsu”, an outdoor exhibition held at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan.


Celebrating its 100th anniversary since its establishment, Meiji Jingu is hosting “Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art”, an art and cultural festival presenting exhibitions and events starting from March 20, 2020. Within the festival is “Tenkukaikatsu”, an outdoor art exhibition which Matsuyama’s work is presented.


Meiji Shrine is one of the most historical and important shrines in Japan, consisting of 700,000 square meters of forest that encompasses the inner and outer garden. Located in the midst of the bustling city of Tokyo, the shrine acts as a space of sanctuary, and it is not widely known that trees in the forest were planted by young volunteers a hundred years ago — volunteers across the country came together to put forth their academic knowledge and effort to create a sustainable natural landscape in the city.


In the process of making the sculpture “Wheels of Fortune”, which is exhibited in the forest of Meiji Shrine, Matsuyama has done an extensive research on the history of the shrine, how the forest was made, and traced back the creation of Shintoism, and how Meiji Shrine came to be a monumental shrine that is today. He extracted few essences from the research, fused them, and recreated a completely new form: its stainless surface reflects the surroundings like a mirror, and an organic, deer horn or flame-like shape juxtaposed with an artificial form of car wheel seems to connote the contradicting history of the man-made forest.


The outdoor exhibition will be on view until December 13, 2020. 

If you are in Tokyo area, please come visit Meiji Shrine to appreciate the fresh air of the forest and the beautiful work by Matsuyama, and also to celebrate Meiji Shrine’s centennial.


*As the preventative measures against the spread of the COVID-19, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is advising the citizens, residents and visitors in Japan to stay indoors and avoid nonessential travel. For our own safety and to prevent further escalation of the pandemic, please takes these advisories in consideration when visiting Meiji Shrine.



Outdoor Sculptural Exhibition “Tenkukaikatsu” 
–Dates and Hours –
Mar. 20th – Dec. 13th, 2020   
Open hours correspond to Meiji Shrine, please check the website
– Venue –
Meiji Jingu Inner Shrine
– Website–
Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art:
Image: Tomokazu Matsuyama, Wheels of Fortune, 2020