Synchronized Cherry Blossom

  • Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019
    Synchronized Cherry Blossom, 2019
    Photo: Kenji Morita


This exhibition comprises three works. Time goes by shows interviews with elderly Taiwanese people who speak Japanese as a result of "national language education" in colonial Taiwan under Japanese rule from 1895 to 1945. Dreaming future documents the artist's actions covering drunken people sleeping on the street in flags printed all over with logos of global companies. Synchronized Cherry Blossom was made exclusively for this Aichi Triennale. Uiro, a steamed cake specialty from Nagoya, became widely known when the Tokaido Shinkansen was launched as the world's first bullet train right before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. With the next Olympic Games coming up, Dokuyama presents Uiro in the form of cherry blossoms in full bloom.
These individually made yet mutually corresponding works encourage us to think about the relationships between nations and history, or discuss aspects of loyalty and self-sacrifice. The artist emphasizes that his works are supposed to function as triggers that inspire diverse interpretation and discussion, rather than communicate his own statement.


  • Born 1984 in Fukushima, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan

Dokuyama Bontaro started his artistic practice after witnessing the utter change to his hometown of Fukushima brought about by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, and the meltdown of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear Power Plant. He creates videos and installations investigating forgotten memories of the past, places, issues and phenomena that have become hard to see in contemporary society. Dokuyama's work involves the intervention of the artist himself by going to the location of a given incident to collect interviews with the people affected; he warns viewers of the possibility that, in our unpredictable modern world, anyone could become a victim at any time. By facing the past and investigating what has been left behind, as well as what has disappeared, Dokuyama reveals the memories and emotions of people who have fallen through the cracks of history, and the reality that fragments of ourselves may be buried in the future.

Selected Works & Awards

2019 Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Public archive (solo), AOYAMAMEGURO, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Assembling, K11 Art Mall, Shenyang, China
2017 Koganecho Bazaar 2017 "Double Façade - Multiple ways to encounter the Other", Koganecho area, Kanagawa, Japan
2016 The 4th branch, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (solo), Anti-nuclear Occupy Tent Museum, Kasumigaseki, Tokyo, Japan


Maison Nagono 808


2-8-11 Nagono, Nishi-ku, Nagoya 451-0042 JAPAN


Admission until
15 minutes
before closing


Mondays (Except for National Holidays)


・12 minutes on foot from Marunouchi Station on the Sakura-dori Subway Line or Tsurumai Subway Line.
・7 minutes on foot from Kokusai Center Station on the Sakura-dori Subway Line.
・10 minutes on foot from Nagoya Station.