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The unveiling ceremony of the ceramic relief designed by Katsuhiro Otomo, “Kinka Doji Riding the Waves Accompanied by Fujin and Raijin” (キンカドウジフウジンライジンヲシタガエテハトウヲコユルノズ) installed in the Sendai Airport took place today. A special website in Japanese, English and French was launched where the work is described:
Katsuhiro Otomo, the world-renowned manga artist whose works include the seminal AKIRA, was born in Tome City, Miyagi Prefecture. This relief, which was designed by Otomo, depicts Kinka Doji astride a mechanized goldfish, flanked by Fujin and Raijin—the gods of wind and lightning—rising above the billows and beckoning the auspicious clouds. The artwork represents our children—on whom the future rests—armed with twin pillars of knowledge and understanding, opposing the mighty powers of nature and moving bravely forwards in the face of intense difficulties. It is hoped that Kinka Doji will come to be cherished as a guardian deity of the region.


Dimensions: 8.7m x 2.8m (approx.)
Design and Supervision: Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋)
Production: Creare Atami Yugawara Kobo (クレアーレ熱海ゆがわら工房)

To mark the completion of the relief Otomo's original design has been reproduced as a 250 limited-edition, hand-signed, commemorative artwork, complete with edition number, through a unique method of art printing. 200 copies will be available for sale in Sendai Airport on a first-come first-served basis from march 12 to april 11, 2015. On April 13 the rest of the copies will be available online for international customers. A percentage of the profits made from the sale of the of this pieces will be donated to support the regeneration of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.


Number of artworks: 200 + 50
Dimensions: Frame—952x416mm; Artwork—758x270mm
Sales Price: ¥129,600