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Mar . 28, 2020

Periodical Publication Booklet on Culture・Art “ARTIS” No.4 (Bimonthly) will be issued. (From Apr. 1)

“ARTIS” (Art in Latin) No.4, introducing the collection of our gallery in various perspectives, and receiving favorable responses from the readers, will be published. In this booklet, in the interview to Shigyo Sosyu “The Art Talk,” he speaks on the theme of “Yohaku no Bi (Beauty of the Space),” through the comparison between “Mono no Aware (Sorrow of Nature) and the aesthetic sense of Westerners, and closes in on the beauty underlying in the depth of Japan, taking Hakuin and Sen no Rikyu as example.
It is distributed free, and if you are interested, please contact Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa (Direct phone: 03-3511-8162).

Click the image to view the sample page.
Click the image to view the sample page.

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〈Opening Page〉Pursue an Artwork:Nakahara Nantenbo “En-so (Round-shape)”
〈Interview〉The Art Talk:Yohaku no Bi (Beauty of the Space)
〈Column〉 Creators:Senge Takatomi
〈Free Project〉Here and Now:The Silence known as “Hi-yuu (Non-existence)”
〈Contribution〉My EYES:Kimura Yohei
〈Serials〉Letter from Toshima Yasumasa
    Curator News
ARTIS No.4

ARTIS No.4

Mar . 14, 2020

From April 20, “Yohaku no Bi (Beauty of the Space)” Exhibition will be held.

This time, “Yohaku no Bi (Beauty of the Space)” Exhibition (Apr. 20, 2020, Mon. ~ Jul.4, 2020, Sat.) will be held at Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa (Kouji-machi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo). In this exhibition, starting from Nantenbo’s Zen paintings and calligraphic works, we are focusing on the works prominent in their “Yohaku (the Space), which is the unique Japanese aesthetic sense. Not to be drawn is what is being drawn, White is Black, and we sincerely hope to have you enjoy the profound silence infused with Yohaku (the Space) in this exhibition. We cordially await for your visit to our gallery. ※During the exhibition, part of the works will be exchanged.


〈Bo-zu (Figure of a Stick)〉a part, Nakahara Nantenbo

〈Bo-zu (Figure of a Stick)〉a part, Nakahara Nantenbo

〈Kodai-Moji (Ancient Characters)〉a part, painted by Yamaguchi Takeo

〈Kodai-Moji (Ancient Characters)〉
a part, painted by Yamaguchi Takeo

“Yohaku no Bi (Beauty of the Space)” Exhibition

Period: Apr. 20, 2020 Mon.) ~ Jul. 4, 2020 (Sat.)
Open: Weekdays・Saturdays 11:00–18:00 /Closed on Sundays and Holidays
Location:Shigyo Sosyu Collection/Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa BIOTEC Building, 1-10 Kouji-machi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
※Please call us before visiting our Gallery. (Tel:03-3511-8162)

Map here

Feb . 8, 2020

[Greatly Favored] Display period of “Toki no Aru Fukei (Time-Embracing Scenery)” Exhibition ( ~ Apr. 21) remains to be 2 months!

We would sincerely like to thank you for the great favor received from the viewers on our present display of “Time-Embracing Scenery” Exhibition. The works of maestro Abe Hiraomi, from Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu, newly joining Shigyo Sosyu Collection this time, starting from 130 size “Ieji (Homeward Journey),” we have received a large number of comments remarking that they were amazed by the overwhelming impact of the artworks.

Director Shigyo Sosyu said when he first viewed “Ieji (Homeward Journey),” he sensed the most primordial and ardent spirit based on the ancient civilization named Jomon and succeeded to Susano (Unruly Savage Deity) of Japanese myth, which the Japanese possess.(※Periodical Publication Booklet “ARTIS No.2” in Interview column, Shigyo Sosyu speaks on the artworks of Abe Hiraomi is hereWe would like to have you visit our gallery and experience the primordial energy by transcending time and tracing back to remote antiquity.

[Greatly Favored] Display period of “Toki no Aru Fukei (Time-Embracing Scenery)” Exhibition ( ~ Apr. 21) remains to be 2 months!

And number of oil paintings of Toshima Yasumasa in his Spain days, as well as numerous artworks of Hirano Ryo and Hayashi Takeshi are displayed.

Display period remains to be about 2 months (until Apr. 10, Sat.), and we would like to welcome who have not yet visited and also who have already visited our gallery to visit once again.
[Greatly Favored] Display period of “Toki no Aru Fukei (Time-Embracing Scenery)” Exhibition ( ~ Apr. 21) remains to be 2 months!
Abe Hiraomi



Abe Hiraomi(1920-2006)

Born in Nogata-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu. Graduated from Tokyo Bijyutsu Gakko, Oil Painting Department. While attending school, he contracted tuberculosis and exempted from military service. After the War, he started to teach art classes in his hometown Nogata. Exhibited his artworks at Jiyuu Bijyutsuka Kyokai, Syunyo-kai. And at Kodo Bijyutu Exhibition, received the award for best new artist in his first entry, and received number of awards from Kodo Bijyutsu thereafter. Toured around the Middle East, Europe, South America, and held solo-exhibition in São Paulo, Brazil and Tokyo Nihonbashi Gallery. His artworks are collected by Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. “Ieji (Homeward Jouney)”, “Bokujin (Herdsman)” and “Sekireki (Stone History)” and others.
⇒If you would like to know more about Abe Hiraomi, please refer to “ARTIS No. 3.”


Feb . 1, 2020

Periodical Publication Booklet on Culture・Art “ARTIS” No.3 (Bimonthly) will be issued. (From Feb.1)

“ARTIS” (Art in Latin) No.3, introducing the collection of our gallery in various perspectives and receiving favorable responses from the readers will be published. In this booklet, in the interview of Shigyo Sosyu “The Art Talk,” he speaks on the theme of “Passion of Flower,” and what is the magnetism of the person described to possess Hana (Flower). And narrates a philosophical thought of “Aware (Sorrow)” of the Japanese referring to Zeami (Japanese aesthetician, actor, playwright of Noh).
It is distributed free, and if you are interested, please contact Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa (Direct phone: 03-3511-8162).

Click the image to view the sample page.
Click the image to view the sample page.

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〈Opening Page〉 Pursue an Artwork: Toshima Yasumasa “Season of a Flower”
〈Interview〉 The Art Talk: The Passion of Flower
〈Column〉Creators: Abe Hiraomi
〈Free Project〉Here and Now: The Horizon of Passion
〈Contribution〉 My Eyes: Miura Ryu
〈Serials〉 Letter from Toshima Yasumasa
     Curator News
ARTIS No.3

ARTIS No.3

Jan . 7, 2020

Solo Exhibition of Toshima Yasumasa will be held at Akita Museum of Art! (Oct. 24, 2020 ~ Jan. 10, 2021)

At Akita Museum of Art, Toshima Yasumasa’s Solo Exhibition will be held.
Akita Museum of Art is a unique architecture designed by Ando Tadao, and the museum is highly acclaimed not only in Japan but also abroad. Many artworks of Fujita Tsuguharu are exhibited and among them, a large mural painting of scenery of Akita, size over height 3.5m. and width 20m. is in permanent exhibition. The Museum is very conveniently accessed by 10 min. walk from Akita station. This time, more than 200 artworks are scheduled to be displayed, and furthermore, in this enormous space, the first public exhibition of many size 150 class large artworks will be displayed and it will be the largest scale of solo exhibition of Toshima Yasumasa. We will await for your visit to the museum.


Solo Exhibition of Toshima Yasumasa will be held at Akita Museum of Art! (Oct. 24, 2020 ~ Jan. 10, 2021)
Solo Exhibition of Toshima Yasumasa will be held at Akita Museum of Art! (Oct. 24, 2020 ~ Jan. 10, 2021)

Toshima Yasumasa’s Solo Exhibition(at Akita Museum of Art)

Site: Akita Museum of Art
Location: 1-4-2 Nakadori, Akita City, Akita 010-0001
Period: Oct. 24, 2020 (Sat.) ~ Jan. 10, 2021 (Sun.)
Tel:018-853-8686・018-833-5809
Official Site:https://www.akita-museum-of-art.jp/contents/contents_show.php?contents_id=201


Nov . 25, 2019

“Toki no Aru Fukei (Time – Embracing Scenery – Eien o Tsunagu (Linking Eternity) –“ Exhibition (Dec. 16 ~ Apr. 11 ) will be held.

“Time – Embracing Scenery” depicted by the western painters of Shigyo Sosyu Collection will be displayed. Toshima Yasumasa, Hirano Ryo and others, and the first public exhibition of the paintings of Abe Hiraomi newly joining the Collection will be displayed. ― Sceneries change and people depart. The brush-work of contemplation is touched up eternally and here and now, it is unfinished. Where has the time the painter yarned for ever existed? We hope to have you enjoy a moment of going beyond space-time.

Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa / Shigyo Sosyu Collection ・1-10 Kouji-machi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, BIOTEC Building ・Open Mon.~ Sat. 11:00-18:00 / Closed on Sundays and holidays ※Please call us before visiting our Gallery. Tel:03-3511-8162

Sekireki (Stone History)  Painted by Abe Hiraomi
Sekireki (Stone History)  Painted by Abe Hiraomi

Bokujin (Herdsman)  Painted by Abe Hiraomi

Bokujin (Herdsman)  Painted by Abe Hiraomi

「ARTIS」Cover

「ARTIS」Cover

Periodical Publication Booklet on Culture・Art “ARTIS” No.2 (Bimonthly) will be issued. (From Dec. 1)

Bimonthly periodical publication booklet “ARTIS” (Art in Latin) No.2 will be issued (from Dec. 1). It introduces the collection of our Gallery in various perspectives, and starting from an interview article of Shigyo Sosyu on the theme of the next exhibition “Toki no Aru Fukei (Time – Embracing Scenery),” and introducing “Object” by Kitagawa Kenji from Shigyo Sosyu Collection in Opening Page. And also in the coming display, the first public exhibition of the paintings newly joining the Collection of the painter・Abe Hiraomi from Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu will be introduced. We hope you will view it taking it in your hands.

It is distributed free, and if you are interested, please contact Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa03-3511-8162(11:00~18:00).


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Nov . 15, 2019

In “Miyabi to Aware (Chivalrous Grace and Sorrow)” Exhibition, “Warawa-mai (Child-dance)” and “Tsuru-uchi (Twang Bow-strings)” painted by Yasuda Yukihiko are displayed.

“Miyabi and Aware” Exhibition (Oct.7 – Dec.7, 2019) receiving favorable responses, has past the mid-term and leaving less than one month of the exhibition period. This time, the works of Yasuda Yukihiko are much focused and from today, new works “Warawa-mai (Child-dance) and “Tsuru-uchi (Twang Bow-strings),” which are recently added to the collection, are displayed.
“Warawa-mai (Child-dance)” is a dance, which the child before coming-of-age of Imperial court nobles dances to congratulate the gratefulness to the Emperor. This work of beautiful child dancing in the presence of the nobles at the grand occasion is depicted by Yukihiko’s brilliant color brush with novel composition. “Tsuru-uchi (Twang Bow-strings)” is one of the significant works of Shigyo Sosyu Collection, and it is truly divine painting depicting the ceremony of Shinto Shrine named Meigen-shiki (Twang Bow-string Ceremony) to clear-away wicked spirit. In this period toward Shiwasu (December, the year-end), this work shall clear-away the doubts in our heart and make us feel crystal-clear.

In “Miyabi to Aware (Chivalrous Grace and Sorrow)” Exhibition, “Warawa-mai (Child-dance)” and “Tsuru-uchi (Twang Bow-strings)” painted by Yasuda Yukihiko are displayed.

Nov . 15, 2019

[A Study of Actuality]—Live Solely by Own-self— will be on sale.

Shigyo Sosyu’s book [Gendai no Kosatsu (A Study of Actuality)] will be published by PHP Institute, Inc. Based on the lectures held at PHP Institute for over one year, which were 2 hours lecture and over 4 hours of questions and answers session every time・total of 6 lecture sessions are recorded, and it is a great literary work of 816 pages. “Bushido to Gendai (Bushido and Today)” “Doku o Kurae (Eat the Poison)” “Minshushugi to wa Nanika (What is Democracy?)” “Geijutsu no Imi (The Meaning of Art)” “Shigoto to Jinsei (Work and Human-life)” “Shisei-kan to Jinsei (Life-Death philosophy and Human-life)” are the main theme, and in each chapter a preface written by Shigyo is printed, so that the readers could read the content of each lecture by grasping the essentials in advance. And at the end of each lecture, there is a question and answer session, in which Shigyo sincerely answered to the numerous questions asked by the participants are also recorded. This is one book, which could fully sense the philosophical thought of Shigyo Sosyu “Live Solely by Own-self, and Die Solely by Own-self.”

[A Study of Actuality]—Live Solely by Own-self— will be on sale.

[A Study of Actuality]

Shigyo Sosyu lecturing


[Gendai no Kosatsu (A Study of Actuality)] —Live Solely by Own-self—

Scheduled to be on sale in mid-December  PHP Institute, Inc. 
by Shigyo Sosyu
¥3,500 (excluding tax) 816 pages
ISBN:978-4-569-84530-2

Favorably on sale at bookstores.


Nov . 15, 2019

[Zanshin-sho (Mementos of the Heart)] – My Grandfather・Miura Giichi and his Waka Poems – will be on sale.

This time, [Zanshin-sho (Mementos of the Heart)] – My Grandfather・Miura Giichi and his Waka Poems – by the poet Miura Ryu, granddaughter of the imperialist・Waka poet Miura Giichi, will be published from PHP Institute, Inc. Miura Giichi is the personage whom Shigyo Sosyu highly esteemed from his young days, and in 2017 he cooperated in republishing Giichi’s collection of poems [Hiten (Sorrow of the Heavens)]. This book is one volume of the soul, which traces the not-known history of the Miura family together with Giichi’s Waka poems. And it is a valuable record depicting the not-known history of Showa period. Bibliography by Shigyo Sosyu “Contemplate on 〈Zanshin-sho (Mementos of the Heart)〉” is included in this book, and also he contributed his words on the book-cover strap.

Giichi’s poems seem to call out only to one who lives at the risk of one’s life. They are thus much grave poems. The author is challenging to such poems. Being his granddaughter, and as one woman, she is throwing herself into the existence of Giichi. I have continuously sensed the genuine human courage in this book. This courage seems to exist in the genealogy of Miura. This blood of courage is haltingly uncovered.

―― from Bibliography 〈Contemplate on Zanshin-sho (Mementos of the Heart) 〉
by Shigyo Sosyu.

[Zanshin-sho (Mementos of the Heart)] – My Grandfather・Miura Giichi and his Waka Poems – will be on sale.

Author Ms. Miura Ryu

Author Ms. Miura Ryu


[Zanshin-sho (Mementos of the Heart)]

Scheduled to be on sale in early December PHP Institute, Inc. 
Written by Miura Ryu/ Bibliography by Shigyo Sosyu
¥2,500(excluding tax) 368 pages
ISBN:978-4-569-84527-2

Favorably on sale at bookstores.


Oct. 7, 2019

“Miyabi to Aware (Chivalrous Grace and Sorrow)” Exhibition has started

From today, Oct. 07 (Mon.), “Miyabi to Aware (Chivalrous Grace and Sorrow)” Exhibition (Oct. 07 – Dec. 7, 2019 ) has started. Beginning with the paintings of Yasuda Yukihiko, Kikuchi Keigetsu redolent of Japanese beauty and spirit, and also fresh and limpid Sho (Calligraphy) of Sasaki Nobutsuna, Senge Takatomi and others color the exhibition. From the artworks of the painters who have unceasingly continued studying Japanese history, it is possible to follow what they have “Sought after.” Along with the autumn wind, we would be delighted to have you view the spirit of “Miyabi to Aware.”

Scene of display Hakubai (White Japanese apricot blossoms)(painted by Yasuda Yukihiko)
Scene of display            Hakubai (White Japanese apricot blossoms)
                  (painted by Yasuda Yukihiko)

Seigyu-to(by Yasuda Yukihiko)

Seigyu-to(by Yasuda Yukihiko)

Scene of display

“Miyabi to Aware (Chivalrous Grace and Sorrow)” Exhibition Scene of display

“ARTIS”

“ARTIS”

Periodical Publication on Culture・Art “ARTIS” (Bimonthly) is issued.

This time, to celebrate nearly 10th year of the starting the activities of Shigyo Sosyu Collection and Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa, our periodical publication booklet “ARTIS” (meaning Art in Latin) is issued. The contents will be to introduce our Collection from various approach bimonthly. The feature of this issue is starting from the distinctive content of an interview article on “Miyabi to Aware” to Shigyo Sosyu , and in the opening page, introduces an episode on “Kurama-yama (Mount Kurama)” depicted by Yasuda Yukihiko, and also the letters by Toshima Yasumasa will be entered as the serialized article.

It is distributed free, and if you are interested,
please contact Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumas. 03-3511-8162 (Reception hours: 11:00~18:00)


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Past Information

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