ONI Statueのはじまり














Story of ONI statue

It was the end of 2012.
I suddenly received an international phone call from an overseas gallery.
I had never met the gallery before.

I saw your website. Don’t you make three-dimensional works? I was then focusing on two-dimensional works using washi paper.

At the time, I was mainly creating two-dimensional works using Japanese paper. However, I had an idea and had just started to make a three-dimensional demon that morning.

I answered, “I was just working on one in the morning, and I’m almost finished. I replied.

He told me, “Upload it on your website immediately.

Of course, I finished it as soon as I got home and uploaded it to my homepage.

Around the same time, my sister-in-law opened a restaurant. Her name has a demon in it. I asked her about it, and she told me that it was her nickname from long ago. I told her that I had just created a three-dimensional “ONIKKO” of an ogre, and since the name was also a perfect fit, we decided to hold a private exhibition.

After the exhibition, we decided to go to the Domyoji Temmangu Shrine in Osaka.

An acquaintance invited me to see a kobudo show and thought it would be a good idea to show my son.

When I entered the hall to see the performance, I heard someone calling out Theo’s name in a loud voice. The person in the precinct was a well-known local man who had traveled with Theo to Italy 15 years earlier. I asked him about it, and he told me that this was the shrine that he had always been a part of and that he would be happy to introduce me to the chief priest.

We exchanged business cards, and he stared at Theo’s name and said, “Ah, you are of the Doji clan. This is Tenmangu Shrine, but there is also a temple of the Doji clan within its precincts,” he said, showing us around. He told me that it was one of the four clans of the Doji clan.

The Doji clan is said to be the family that changed the custom of burying kings with their subordinates during the Kofun period, and turned those who died in the line of duty into haniwa (clay figurines). I told him that I was just beginning to make such three-dimensional objects myself, and he nodded his head and said that it was his ancestors’ DNA.

Later that day, I was invited to give a dedication performance of Tsugaru shamisen and three-dimensional artwork at that location.

It was a series of events that seemed to be guided by the ogre haniwa.