Imperial Palace・ Tokyo Sta.・ Hibiya Event Ainu Woodcarver Fujito Takeki: Envoy of the Forest
|Date/Time||Saturday, July 17 to Sunday, September 26, 2021
10:00 am to 6:00 pm (8:00 pm on Fridays)
*Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
*The details of the exhibition are subject to change in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
*This exhibition will be held only at this museum.
|Closed||Jul. 19, Aug. 10, Aug. 16, Aug. 23, Sep. 6, Sep. 13|
|Venue||Tokyo Station Gallery (1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)|
|Access||In front of the ticket gates at the Marunouchi North Gate of JR Tokyo Station|
|Admission Fees||Adults: 1,200 yen
High-school and university students: 1,000 yen
Junior high-school students and younger: Free
*Individuals with a disability certificate or similar receive a 100 yen discount, and one accompanying helper is admitted free.
*Tickets can be purchased from Lawson Ticket(L-code＝36117, 36118, 36119).
|Organizer||Tokyo Station Gallery (East Japan Railway Culture Foundation)|
Ainu Woodcarver FUJITO Takeki Envoy of the Forest
FUJITO Takeki never made any sketches in the creation process. All he did was to make simple marks on the log, and then he carved out the shape at once. It was as if he could see the shapes lurking in the wood beforehand, and just took them out. FUJITO acquired this ability by carving bears incessantly. Through repeated carving, he came to understand the form of the bear and the space surrounding it.
I am a bear carver by heart, like my father was.
At the age of 34, he was commissioned to create a standing statue of Kannon, which was a major turning point in FUJITO's production. FUJITO, who had never carved anything other than bears, went to Kyoto and Nara and spent a week looking at Buddhist statues, burning them into his eyes. For six months, he devoted himself solely to this statue of the Kannon and completed the work. This was the beginning of a major expansion of FUJITO's work. Not only bears, but also figures, wolves, deer, marine creatures, and many other motifs were brought to life by FUJITO's hands and carved out of the wood. In particular, his life-size carvings of the Ainu people's ancestors express a dignified presence in their elaborate realistic depictions, which leave viewers deeply moved.
I am proud to be born Ainu.
At the age of 17, FUJITO saw a stuffed wolf at the Hokkaido University Botanical Garden and told his father that he wanted to carve a wolf. His father, however, exclaimed, "What are you talking about when you can't even carve a bear on your own?" From then on, carving a wolf became a major goal for FUJITO. By the time he was able to carve a wolf to his satisfaction, he was 70 years old. The story of the wolf and the boy" was created by FUJITO after he turned 80. It is a series of nineteen works expressing a story that he had kept in his heart. It is said that the wolf (Ezo wolf) became extinct around 1896. These works reflect FUJITO's strong wish to preserve the stories among animals, Ainu and Japanese people.
REVIEW Post impressions
40's Woman2021-08-03 22:15:02とても素晴らしかった。一つ一つの作品に魂が込められていた。本当に心から感動した。何故か星野道夫さんを思い出した。静かな空間で、涙が溢れるのを抑えることができなかった。期間中、また訪れたいと思う。