Artist, born 1946 in Kagoshima
He sticks Japanese paper on his own original woodblocks to make gigantic structures which have freely changing expressions in harmony with the space around them.
As for the objects he creates, he's a very dynamic artist who in New York collaborated with fashion designers, and in Tokyo and Paris, created works that were worn on the street. He also received an International Art Promotion Grant from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, and even stretched a 7km net over a river.


1989 Private exhibition of large woodblocks at the Oya Stone Museum, a gigantic underground space at the old Oyaishi Stone Quarry, Tochigi Prefecture.
1991, 93 Under a grant from the National Arts and Culture Promotion Council of the Ministry of Culture, he strung a rope of 7km total length across the upper reaches of the Yamano River, Kagoshima prefecture (1st and 2nd messages from the source).
1995 Art work made from 500 bamboo poles. On exhibit at the Sachi Studio Gallery, Kagoshima prefecture.
1996 Huge 3D wooden horse made of wood and hemp rope, 14m high. On exhibit at the Oya Stone Museum.
1997, 98 Installation at the Omori Bellport Atrium (Tokyo).
2001 New Art Style Project Exhibition at Kagoshima City Art Museum.
2002~12 Part-time lecturer at the Construction Department, Kagoshima University.
Private exhibition of woodblocks at the Northern Cultural History Museum (Niigata).
2006 Private exhibition at NY Tenri Center Gallery (New York).
Private exhibition of 3D woodblocks, Azabu Juban Gallery (Tokyo).
2011 3D woodblocks wrapped in colored fabrics. Fukuyama Outdoor Art Exhibition (Hiroshima).
2012 Installation where ordinary participants wearing designs imprinted on Japanese paper walk around freely on a runway. Street runway in Tokyo.

In addition, many stage exhibitions, private exhibitions and group exhibitions.


Park Hotel Tokyo 10th Anniversary, NAOKI TAKENOUCHI Exhibition


Admission Free / Open every day
(*There maybe occasions due to events in The Loungewhen viewing is not possible)

Washi is traditionally made Japanese paper.
It is soft yet durable and has a unique feel which is why is has been used in traditional Japanese paintings and prints for centuries.
Its ability to control humidity makes it ideal in the hot climate of Japan and it is used widely in Japanese clothing and construction as well as furniture and the many types of sliding doors.
It is deeply rooted in Japanese culture and tradition but is also currently to be found in many warps of life all over the world as a trusted natural material.
In the next edition of ART colours we will be exploring this incredible natural material after its transformation in print through an exhibition of the creative works of Naoki Takenouchi.
This autumn will see the 10th anniversary of Park Hotel Tokyo and in conjunction with our new concept Infinite time and space amid cognizant Japanese beauty and the Atrium Garden in the Skies we hope the beauty of the washi can be fully appreciated.
The contrast of the modern Atrium space which houses our 30 meter high projection imagery every evening and the traditional art work should provide for an interesting experience.
We invite you to relax this autumn season in our Japanese Paper Garden.

[Cooperation]: Hagurodo [Produced by] Creativecreative unit moon
[Video Production]:antymark

※During the duration of the event, works by Antymark,
a visual arts creative unit, related to the exhibition will be projected on a large screen in the atrium.

NAOKI TAKENOUCHI作品試着試着Would you like to experience the garden of Japanese paper yourself?

You can take a commemorative photo of yourself wearing an artwork made of Japanese paper created by the artist Naoki Takenouchi - an "experience artwork".
If you would like to try one on, please tell the hotel staff.
(availability time: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm)

[The Installation in the Atrium]
On this occasion, the artists produced his work at the Park Hotel Tokyo before the opening of the exhibition.