Bonsai has evolved as an art.
This exhibition is a new attempt by bonsai master Masashi Hirao, who has continued to convey the charm of bonsai in unprecedented ways, such as live performances, while inheriting the will of traditional "bonsai" in Japan. This time, the theme is “ZEN”, as well as live performances of pronouns. In addition to bonsai works by Masashi Hirao, we will also be exhibiting work in collaboration with calligraphy, music and digital art. Please experience the world of bonsai we do not know yet through this exhibition.
Masashi Hirao was born in Ikedacho, Miyoshi-shi of Tokushima. Hirao, then a student at the Kyoto Sangyo University, was profoundly inspired by Mirei Shigemori’s Hojo Garden on a visit to Tofukuji temple. The experience instilled in him a wish to contribute to the preservation of Japanese culture, and he become an apprentice at the Kato Manseien in Bonsai-cho, Saitama-shi. His mentor, the late Saburo Kato, urged Hirao to “become one to communicate the art of bonsai both within and outside of Japan”. Kato’s words stayed with Hirao as he went on to refine his craft and eventually take his ventures overseas. These included demonstration workshops and performances in multiple countries, and in 2013 Hirao was appointed to Japan Cultural Envoy by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. This was followed by a 4-month, 11-country mission introducing the beauty and charm of bonsai to the rest of the world. He is now also exploring the possibilities of bonsai as a medium of expression.
2015：Performance at Expo Milano 2015
2016&2019：Exhibits at Setouchi Triennale
2016：Donation of bonsai to Royal Family of Bhutan
2017：Takashimaya Nihombashi New Year bonsai installation
2017-2019：FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL Youtube Lounge bonsai design
2019：SUITS OF THE YEAR 2019 Art & Culture category
- 「平尾成志 盆栽展 ZEN」大宮公演 実行委員会
- エイベックス・クラシック・インターナショナル/サンライズプロモーション東京/Pizza Works/エニー・チケットポート
- NAIKIDESIGN INC./SHARE BASE
- さいたま市大宮盆栽美術館/荒川技研工業株式会社 まどか株式会社