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Though he started his artistic journey working in oil paint, Toyokuni Honda had an epiphany as a young man when he saw the ancient, faded paintings in temples in Mongolia and the Gobi Desert. He realized that color is fleeting and temporary; line is everything. At that point he began his lifelong practice of the medium of sumi ink and pigment to explore Asian themes.
Among his greatest achievements were the monumental “Great Nirvana” mural at Zenjo-ji Temple, in Kyoto, Japan, which measures 26x 147 feet, completed in 1999 after two years of preparation and four years of actual work. The mural depicts 44 kannons, or goddesses of mercy, surrounding images of nirvana. In 2001, he began his ongoingUSA 50 project, in which he will depict every American state from his own viewpoint using traditional Japanese techniques.
Besides gaining renown in his native Japan, he has also received international attention for his work, having been awarded prizes at exhibitions in Bologna, Italy; Lannion, France; Bratislava, Slovak Republic; and Tsingtao, China.
Beginning in 2002, Mr. Honda launched a series of live sumi-e performances, painting on huge canvases in front of audiences in Japan and the US, sometimes in collaboration with various rhythmic musicians, to reintroduce to viewers the joyful and spiritual world of sumi-e.
His personal gallery “Toyokuni Atelier Gallery” was opened at Jimbocho, Tokyo in Japan on April 2014.

Sumie paintings by Toyokuni Honda

Sumi-e Live Painting Performance

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Sumi-e live performance is an event that draws the sumi painting on large canvas improvised in front of a large number of people.
Audience will be enthusiastic about sumi painting to go completed steadily and splashes vigorously. Energy of Sumi explodes with an exuberance, works come along rapidly gives full of energy and strong impression from children to adults. One that combines the fun of art and a variety of charm is the sumi painting live performance.

Sumi-e painting live performance has been done nearly 50 times in Japan and overseas already. Toyokuni has been drawing a lot of themes. They gave him a compliment and a big applause from the audience all. Theme Highest Rated is the dragon. The dragon has enthralled audiences everywhere.

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USA 50 Project

~ Painting all states in the United States in sumi-e painting ~

Toyokuni Honda made a decision at Laguna Beach in Southern California in the spring of 2001.
Painting all states of the United States, it was the starting as the project of USA 50. He wanted to paint and express out breathes of people and lives with a variety of vast nature in that country.
Soon, he had started the long way to finish them. First, he made some sketches there with some beautiful viewpoints and their spirits and lives of the people. Then, he had come back to his home and paint his works on washi papers with sumi-ink and draw a numerous strokes on his history and Japanese traditional technique. When he had done it, the next stage was begining…

 

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The message from Toyokuni honda

Toyokuni Honda said,
“USA 50 gives us a great experience and great joy along with the various difficulties. I have the backup of a lot of people, and with thanksgiving and happy feeling, USA 50 is proceeding slowly and surely to enjoy the powerful. I do not know when to be the day of completion, but I will work hard with the aim of the day. We look forward to your support.”

Important ones, such as sumi-e ink painting workshop and performance was born from the USA 50. This project has been highly appreciated, we have an exhibition of the work at the Tokyo American Club prestigious Tokyo. Donation of painting has also been made ??to the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle.

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We have a lot of works by Toyokuni Honda, paintings, woodcut prints, paintings on the rock, T-shirts and more. And you can see many works by special artists here. Also you can get original museum goods, postcards, mug cups, iphone case and more. Please get them as Japanese souvenir. We are looking forward to seeing you! Please come here and have some fun!

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Hours

Tuesday to Saturday:12:00~19:00
Sunday & National holidays:12:00~17:00

Holiday

Monday and irregular holidays

Address

101-0051  東京都千代田区神田神保町3-1-13-1F
Post Number : 101-0051
3-1-13-1F Kanda Jimbocho Chiyoda Tokyo Japan

Directions

5 mins by walk from Exit No.6 of Kudanshita Sta.
3 mins by walk from Exit A1 of Jimbocho Sta.

from Tokyo station
1.The Marunouchi Line Tokyo Station
> Transfer at Otemachi to the Hanzomon Line
> Jimbocho Station
2.The Tozai Line Otemachi Station
(5 mins from Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Sta.)
> Kudanshita Station

from Shinjuku station
The Toei Shinjuku Line Shinjuku Station
> Kudanshita Station or Jimbocho Station

from Asakusa station / Ueno station
The Ginza Line Asakusa Station or Ueno Station
> Transfer at Mitsukoshimae
to the Hanzomon Line > Jimbocho Station

from Ikebukuro station
The Yurakucho Line Ikebukuro Station
> Transfer to the Tozai Line at Iidabashi
> Kudanshita Station

Access Map

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Sumie Class Experience

Sumi-e class “Experience”
Fun Sumie Ink Painting Lesson in Tokyo with English Speaking Instructor

This class is for beginners. It’s an experience but it’s so fun! You could be a sumi-e painter soon!

Let’s have fun with Sumi-e Painting!!

In this activity, you’ll be taught how to paint bamboo, San-sui landscape, and more in sumi-e painting. You’ll paint 4-5 pieces an hour in the class.
No mistake in our sumi-e. Also no well no bad in painting. Because it’s a great point of your masterpiece. That is sumi-e painting. All of you will have some fun. Of course children can also have some fun. They could do it better than adults by any chance…they have insatiable imagination.
After the class, you all could be a painter of sumi-e painting! Easy and fun! Let’s try to paint!
Let’s have some fun with sumi-e painting!

Sumi-e Class “Experience” Review

Cost : 2,000 yen per person (1h)
Includes materials and art instruments.
Start Time : 13:00/15:00/17:00
Irregular holidays.
Please check out our web site www.nekomachi.com as well, for more information.
Capacity : 1-6 people
Place : Toyokuni Atelier Gallery
Instructor : Yuta Honda (the master of the gallery)
Credit card : Accepted(VISA, Master Card, American Express)

Reservations and Inquiries :
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You’d better to researve a class on e-mail. Please let me us 1.Your Name, 2.Number of persons, 3.Date(only afternoon).

Attention :
Please just bring yourself. We take care of everything to paint. And please come in older clothing Your clothes may get some paint on them.

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Message from Sumie painting instructor Yuta Honda

I’m a son of the master of sumi-e painting Toyokuni Honda and I’m the master of the gallery.
I’ve had a sumi-e class Experience for the purpose of telling pleasures of painting in sumi-ink to the whole world. I think it’s more important to have some fun than to learn how to paint well. So please come see sumi-e and feel it and have some fun with sumi-e world at the gallery.
I’m looking forward to seeing YOU!

Thank you,
Yuta