December 15th, 2011

The Fascination of Glaze

The mysterious world of glaze is like magic. Some contain poison and are dangerous. The porcelain sculpture that I am working on for the Ota-Ward Gymnasium is challenging, seriously working with different types of glaze.

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December 6th, 2011

Closed during snow season

Kazenobi in Shintotsukawa-cho is closed during snow season.
Will be open again at the beginning of May next year.
kazenobi_winter photo by machiko endo

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Outdoor terra cotta sculpture

I have designed a small water garden which consists of a fountain, a terra cotta sculpture, stripe stone floor and a stone bench.
Also have participated in designing the entrance hall interior.

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Working at a ceramic studio in Yugawara

I have been working on a ceramic sculpture for a gymnasium in Ota ward, Tokyo, having fun at glazing.
The art work will be integrated with 1600 convex mirrors on the wall.

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September 15th, 2011


When Yoshino Elementary School closed its doors after 103 years, the agrarian town of Shin-Totsukawa-cho, the neighboring town of Takikawa where I grew up, decided to restore (architectural restoration plan by Yoshihiko Iida) and appropriate the school facility into my atelier and gallery. I wanted it to be a place of communication and experience through sculpture, named Kazenobi (Beauty of the Wind).

Kazenobi is open daily except Mondays from May to October. A tiny shop sells my special art pieces only available here, and one can enjoy exquisite cookies and tea at the café.

kazenobi_cafe photo by machiko endo

Unlike museums and galleries, where one is confronted with art, Kazenobi is a place to spend a pleasant time surrounded by art. For this reason, not too many works are exhibited at the same time. By changing the exhibited works from time to time, one can encounter new artworks and enjoy the change in space. Moreover, admission is limited to a number of people entering at the same time, allowing for a quiet and peaceful time to enjoy the surrounding nature. Locals and visitors from far away come here to seek tranquility in a beautiful environment.!/kazenobiyoshino

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May 5th, 2011

Paseo Unveiling Ceremony

One of four artworks I have been working on in Shigaraki since last year has been installed in the shopping mall at the Sapporo JR Station. This artwork is made of terra-cotta, and the accentuated 103 vertical lines represent
trees. The title is “Terminus Forest” and the size is 118″ height x 709″ width. The unveiling ceremony was held on April 29, 2011. I also designed the underground public square and passage walls. All artwork will be completed
in October 2011.

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March 17th, 2011

“cosmos” Installed in Takikawa Municipal Hospital, February 2011

Plywood cut-out and tied together with silk strings.
This artwork has been donated and installed at the entrance of Takikawa Municipal Hospital, Hokkaido, Japan.

Category: Art

February 24th, 2011

Art Challenge Takikawa Lecture Series #24



Sorry, this lecture is only available in Japanese.

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December 9th, 2010

Bibliographic by Jason Godfrey

Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books that is the compilation of the best design books of the last 100 years has been published in London. Igarashi Alphabets, published by ABC verlag, is included in this book.

Bibliographic is available on
Igarashi Alphabets is available on designshop

Category: Design

Geijutsu Shincho (Japanese Monthly Art Magazine)

Igarashi’s essay “Design, sculpture, and My Chronicle” has been publishing serially in Geijutsu Shincho Magazine since March, 2010. (Only available in Japanese.)

Category: Press