Presents from Eiji Mitooka:
Designs to Make People and Cities Happier

 Exhibition Information

Term :
From 28th June 2014 to 15th September 2014
Closed :
Every Tuesday (When Tuesday falls on a national holiday, we close at the next day.)

Museum hours :
10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (No admission after 7:30 p.m.)
Entrance fees :
Adults: 1000yen (800yen)
People over 65 years: 800yen (600yen)
University/High School Students: 500yen (400yen)
Junior High School Students (with current ID) or under: Free
*Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups which in more than 20 people. The reduced price is also available for those who are physically or mentally handicapped.
Venue :
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto GalleryⅠ,Ⅱ

Organizer by :
Kumamoto City, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto (Kumamoto Art and Culture Promotion Foundation), Kumamoto Nichinichi Press, TKU TV Kumamoto
Cooperated by :
Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kumamoto City Board of Education, Kumamoto Ken Bunka Kyokai (Cultural Association of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Ken Bijutsuka Renmei (Artists' Union of Kumamoto), NHK Kumamoto, J:COM Kumamoto, Kumamoto International Convention and Tourism Bureau, FM-Kumamoto, FM791
Planning Supported by :
Don Design Associates
Special Supported by:
JR Kyushu Railway CompanyJRkyusyu
Sponsored by :
Hitachi, Ltd., Panasonic Corporation, DAIKO ELECTRIC CO.,LTD., Suminoe Textile Co., Ltd., HOXAN CORPORATION, Kyushusharyoshizai Co.,Ltd., SUMINOE INDUSTRIES CO.,LTD., Nittax Corporation, Kyowa Corporate, Tsuchie Corporation, Adachi Co.,Ltd, Modelnics Co., Ltd., Inoue Sangyo, Rat Engineering, SG Moving Co.,Ltd., Bizen Kagu Seisakujo, Sagano Soan|DWH, City Kenchiku Kobo, Jowa Studio
Subsidied by :
Japan Arts Counciljac
Contemporary Art Museum,
Kumamoto 2-3, Kamitori-cho, Chuou-ku, Kumamoto city
860-0845 Japan
FAX. +81-96-359-7892
 The Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto is pleased to present the exhibition, Presents from Eiji Mitooka: Designs to Make People and Cities Happier. Eiji Mitooka is an internationally acclaimed designer, well-known for designing "Kyushu Shinkansen" and "Seven Stars in Kyushu."
 In his design work, Mitooka aims at creating an environment that helps people develop richer sensibilities. His diverse designs are based on innovative ideas and make use of regional characteristics. His designs go beyond simple, unitary products, extending from rolling stock to stations and the surrounding city streets. They are meant to bring a creative influence into the lives of people. The theme of this exhibition is Mitooka's design concept of "offering enjoyable memories to many people" and it is pervaded by Mitooka's characteristic generosity. It presents much of his work in varied forms, including representative of his early works, cabins of the "Seven Stars in Kyushu", models of the "Kyushu Shinkansen", original furniture, and idea sketches.
 In August 2014, Kumamoto City is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its first streetcar and in October a new train designed by Mitooka will go into service. Called COCORO, it features an extremely low floor. Along with this new streetcar project, Mitooka is exhibiting his illustrations of the streets and natural environment of Kumamoto, drawn from the vantage point of urban design. In these drawings, he explores the kinds of design and service needed in Kumamoto, which aims at being a "city that provides a better life."
We hope that visitors to the exhibition will be able to sense the capacity of Mitooka's design to create excitement and happiness and fulfill people's dreams.


Kyushu Shinkansen The New 800 Series (2009) (The 800 Series (2004))

Kyushu Shinkansen The New 800 Series (2009)

Kumamoto Station (1991)

Kumamoto Station at Night

Blueprint of the Cruise Train
"The Seven Stars in Kyushu" (2013)

Kuro-chan White Seats for parents and children
The Limited Express"ASOBOY!" (2011)

The Limited Express"ASOBOY!" (2011)

The Steam Locomotive Hitoyoshi (2009)

The Steam Locomotive Hitoyoshi (2009)

Wakayama Electric Railway
"Tama Train" (2009)

Exhibition Image
"Eiji Mitooka Happy Railway Designs Exhibition"
JR Kyushu Hall (JR Hakata City 9F etc.)(2012 Dec 2nd- 2013 Jan 14th )

Exhibition Image
"Eiji Mitooka Happy Railway Designs Exhibition"
JR Kyushu Hall (JR Hakata City 9F etc.)(2012 Dec 2nd- 2013 Jan 14th )

Profile of Eiji Mitooka

Born in Okayama prefecture in 1947.
Illustrator, Industrial Designer, Producer.
He established Don Design Associates in Tokyo in 1972.
He has been designing various genres of works including architectures, trains, graphic products etc. The stations and trains he designed for JR Kyushu have particularly attracted people's attention widely. He has received many awards for these designs, including the Brunel Award and Blue Ribbon Award. His typical design works are Shinkansen New 800 Series, Cruise Train "Seven Stars in Kyushu", Limited Express 787 Series, 883 Series, 885 Series, Kumamoto Station building, Hakata Station building "JR Hakata City" in JR Kyushu, Osaka Station "Osaka Station City", Akune Station, Tramcar "MOMO" in Okayama Electric Tramway, "Ichigo Train" "Omocha Train" "Tama Train" and "Tama Station" in Wakayama Electric Railway, "Fuji-tozan Train" in Fujikyuko Railway, "Orange Restaurant Express" in Hisatsu Orange Railway, "Koshikishima Liner" and "Sendai Port Terminal" in Satsuma Sendai City, etc.
Celebrating the 90th anniversary of Kumamoto City Tram, a new train "COCORO", designed by Mitooka, will go into service in the fall of 2014.

Eiji MitookaEiji Mitooka
(Photo by Yoshiaki Tsutsui)

Related Program

Artist Talk by Eiji Mitooka
   "The Essence of Design"
Date and Time: June 28 (Sat) 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Autograph Session by Eiji Mitooka
Date and Time: July 20 (Sun) 14:00-15:30
Place: Exhibition Space
Admission: Exhibition tickets are needed

Talk Session by Eiji Mitooka
   and Seishi Koyama(the Mayor of Kumamoto City)
   "The Social Design to Make People and Cities Happier"
Date and Time: August 10 (Sun) 14:00-15:30
Meeting place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Expectant Mother's Tour + Family Tour
This is a tour for enjoying the exhibition with family or friends. We also show you convenient facilities for future mothers such as the nursing room or play space for children. This offer is children aged 0-6 years accompanied by adults. Capacity is 7 groups (bookings required)
Date and Time: July 12 (Sat) 10:30-
Place: Exhibition Space
Admission: Exhibition tickets for adults are needed

CAMK Lecture College
The exhibition curator outlines the aim and the plan of this exhibition, discusses the featured works.
Speaker: Aki Ashida (Curator of Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto)
Date and Time: July 13 (Sun) 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Daily events in CAMK

Monday Movies
We show various films every Monday in our museum theater.
Date and Time: Twice on every Monday, 14:00-, 18:00- (*No Showing on July 28)
Place: 5F Art Loft
Admission: Free

Music Wave
Concerts of music or reading related to exhibitions or seasons.
Date and Time: July 26 (Sat) 17:30-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

CAMK Yomigatari
Storytelling Hours for Kids by Museum Volunteers.
Date and Time: July 19 (Sat) [Theme: Ghosts],
August 16 (Sat) [Theme: Summer Vacation],
September 13 (Sat) [Theme: Family]
(Every time starts at 11:30-12:00)
Place: Art Sky Gallery
Admission: Free