A message from Mr. Fujitani
for the Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial 2015

We are pleased to present the fifth Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial, an event that began in 1995 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Tama Art University. This year’s Triennial celebrates the 80th anniversary of TAU, and for the first time entries were solicited from all over the world via the Internet, as well as by post. In total, the number of applications amounted to more than 2,000 from 84 countries and regions, and from these applications approximately 300 were selected for display at the University Museum, as was done for the event 10 years ago.

The world today is changing at a dizzying pace and the role of art in society is becoming ever more important. In response to this situation, the triennial has two distinctive merits. One is that the exhibition has collected a great many artworks, which represent the diverse characters of each country and region for the exhibition. This provides an opportunity to foster shared intercultural awareness and understanding while at the same time raising questions about global issues addressing our collective future.

The second remarkable quality of the triennial on this occasion is the blending of old and new technologies. The print works have been submitted both via the Internet and by post, which has enabled the collection and disclosure of scholarly data to the public, contributing to the creation and expansion of new modes of expression.

I hope that you can all enjoy the fresh aesthetics and masterful skill on display in such a great number of versatile and unique works. I would also like to express my sincerest gratitude to all of the artists presented here, as well as to everyone else whose support and assistance have made this event possible.



Chairman of Board of Directors, Tama Art University

General Comment

Printmaking is a form of expression based upon the similarities and differences between an original (A) and a copy (A') of it made onto paper or some other medium. What is important is that the artistic qualities depend upon, or emerge from, the relationship of A to A', and that there is a beauty which can be presented only through employing the art of printmaking. A good example of this is the artistic superiority of ukiyo-e prints vis-à-vis the original picture.

It should be noted that, traditionally, this relationship has been conveyed by hand, and in the case of the current exhibition, a line is drawn when it comes to prints for which the entire process from the original to the print is mediated completely by personal computer, i.e., digital prints. The major reason for this is that the intervention of the artist's “hand” in the original provides two of the print's most appealing aspects, namely a sense of “smallness” (intimacy) and “closeness” (immediacy). Expediency and practicality of course factor into our reasons for insisting on the mini-print format, but it is primarily because of a strong desire to see works which are true to the originals from which they are derived.

The 2015 Mini-Print Triennial received 2,174 entries (1,735 from overseas and 439 from within Japan), and after an initial round of screening based on pictures of the works, 342 works were chosen. For the second round of screening, among the chosen ones, 331 original works were sent and arranged in the exhibition venue, and six judges selected 10 works each (ensuring no overlaps). Then, each judge once more assessed the works and tagged (without regard for overlaps this time) those which he felt were deserving of an award. The results were one work which received three votes (tags) and 12 works which received two votes. Because there was no overwhelming consensus, another vote was held between the work by Ayaka YAMADA, which had received three votes, and the work by Mehrdad KHATAEI, which was the strong favorite amongst the works receiving two votes. The result was a tie of three votes apiece. After deliberation, the judges chose Yamada's work (a lithograph featuring a thoroughly distinctive image of a solemn knight) for the Grand-Prix, and the works of Khataei (a copperplate etching conveying a situation of grave intensity) and Thai artist Piangchompu (a woodcut revealing a glimpse into the soul) for the Semi Grand-Prix. The task of judging was made incredibly difficult thanks to the fact that all of the works demonstrated careful and meticulous artistry.

Apart from the judges' awards, other notable works deserving of mention are Ikuhiro KUGO's representation of nature through the use of countless, clear streaks, Eun Ji CHOI's (Korea) landscape constructed from an overlapping plan of light and shade and Vlad ZARETSKIY's (Russia) fresh and vibrant sunset.


Dean of the Graduate School Tama Art University / Art Critic


Nationalities 84 Countries/Regions / Number of Applicants 2,174 (Abroad: 1,735, Japan: 439) / Selected Artists 324 (Abroad: 246, Japan: 78) / Prize Winners 20 (Abroad: 12, Japan: 8)

Countries / Regions Number of Applicants Selected Artists
Japan 439 78
India 190 9
Poland 174 12
Mexico 148 11
Thailand 71 13
Serbia 65 4
France 57 3
Italy 55 7
Ukraine 53 8
Brazil 52 2
United Kingdom 50 3
Russian Federation 49 6
Argentina 47 2
Turkey 46 4
USA 44 8
Taiwan 44 7
Spain 42 7
Indonesia 35 2
Canada 28 9
Bulgaria 27 10
Croatia 24 3
Romania 24 5
Australia 23 5
China 22 5
Hungary 23 5
Lithuania 16 4
Germany 15 4
Venezuela 15 4
Iran 14 4
Netherlands 13 3
Egypt 13 0
Greece 13 2
Korea 13 5
Belarus 12 4
Finland 12 2
Portugal 12 1
Macedonia 11 1
Belgium 10 1
Chile 10 0
Slovakia 10 3
Slovenia 10 2
Czech Republic 9 2
Israel 9 1
Countries / Regions Number of Applicants Selected Artists
Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 1
Ireland 8 2
Malaysia 8 3
Colombia 7 2
Estonia 7 2
Latvia 7 3
Bangladesh 6 2
Sweden 6 1
Austria 5 2
Moldova 5 2
Peru 5 2
Switzerland 5 1
New Zealand 4 2
Costa Rica 3 1
Hong Kong 3 2
Kosovo 3 1
Montenegro 3 1
Norway 3 1
Albania 2 1
Cuba 2 2
Ecuador 2 1
Nepal 2 1
Pakistan 2 1
Viet Nam 2 1
Algeria 1 1
Armenia 1 1
Bahrain 1 0
Cyprus 1 1
Denmark 1 1
Dominica 1 1
Guyana 1 1
Iceland 1 1
Jordan 1 0
Mongolia 1 1
Morocco 1 1
Namibia 1 1
Panama 1 1
Puerto Rico 1 1
El Salvador 1 1
Singapore 1 1
Uruguay 1 1
Total 2,174 324

Entry Period: (Mon.) January 5, 2015ー (Sat.) February 28, 2015

Competition Rules

  • Entries must be prints produced in or after 2013.
  • Entry is limited to 1 work per artist.
  • Entries must be signed and numbered (edition number) by the artist.
  • Entrants can use any type or technique of printmaking, but the organizer will not accept prints merely output from computer printer.
  • Print size (including the surrounding paper) must not exeed 20.0×25.0cm.
  • The organizer may reject entries that are likely to soil or damage the facilities or that are difficult to handle.
  • Entries become the property of the Tama Art University Museum.
  • The jury will screen images of the entries sent to the triennial site through the website.
  • The entrants who pass the 1st screening must send the original physical prints. The jury will then select the award-winning works from the original prints.


1st: (Wed.) March 18, 2015
2nd: (Sat.) May 16, 2015
Yuji KOBAYASHI (painter)
Kuniko SATAKE (print artist)
Hiroko FURUYA (print artist)
Kunio MOTOE (art critic)
Tatsumasa WATANABE (print artist).
Seishi OZAKU (print artist)
Keisei KOBAYASHI (artist)
Akira TATEHATA (art critic)
Fumiaki FUKITA (print artist)
Toshiaki MINEMURA (art critic)
Kunio MOTOE (art critic).
  • Grand-Prix (1)
    300,000 yen
  • Semi Grand-Prix (2)
    100,000 yen
  • Jury Award (6)
    70,000 yen
  • Museum Award (11*)
    30,000 yen
*Following the juryʼs decision, there was a change in the number of winners from 10 to 11.
Seishi OZAKU
print artist
art critic
Fumiaki FUKITA
print artist
art critic
art critic