↓ (1923-1951)

  • Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019
    ↓ (1923−1951), 2019
    Photo: Takeshi Hirabayash



  • Born 1985 in Miyagi
  • Based in Tokyo

Both sculptor and researcher, Odawara Nodoka deploys art and writing to critically engage with the topic of Japanese sculpture, specifically during the beginning of the modern period and the Second World War. Her work goes beyond dealing with sculpture as an artistic genre, bringing to the fore the underlying issues of Japan's modern and contemporary history. The trajectory of public sculpture closely reflects the shifting of eras and of society. Attesting to this are the arrow-shaped pillar that once marked the epicenter of the atomic bomb's explosion in Nagasaki, the statues of soldiers and the monument formerly known as the Hakkō Ichiu Tower erected during the war, as well as the proliferation of statues of female nudes in the post-war period. Odawara is keenly aware of how public sculpture, to a greater extent than artwork in museums, is formed by the times, society, and the subconscious of the people that inhabit them.

Selected Works & Awards

2018 Methods of Symbolise, Tomonotsu Museum, Hiroshima, Japan
2017 STATUMANIA (solo), ARTZONE, Kyoto, Japan
2016 SHIRAKAWA Yoshio and ODAWARA Nodoka: Matters of Sculpture, Satellite Gallery of Aichi University of the Arts, Aichi, Japan


Shin-Toyo Park


8-7 Wakamiyacho, Toyota, Aichi 471-0026 JAPAN




Mondays (Except for National Holidays)


・2 minutes on foot from Toytashi Station on the Meitetsu Mikawa Line.
・Soon reached on foot from Shin-Toyota Station on the Aichi Loop Railway.
・2 minutes on foot from Toyotashi Bus Stop on the Meitetsu Bus.