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Historic artwork returns



“Blessing,” an artwork by the renowned artist Toko Shinoda that has long belonged to the FCCJ, was unveiled in a new place of honor by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on March 29. The work was restored and reframed by the Tolman Collection, whose founder, Norman Tolman, is an Associate Member. 

“Blessing,” now displayed at the junction of the main corridor leading to the Main Bar, is a stunning example of traditional Japanese calligraphy and modern abstract expressionism by Shinoda, who turned 106 the day before the event. 

A number of her other works were also on display at the Club for several weeks, courtesy of the Tolman Collection.

In her remarks at the unveiling, Governor Koike, an admirer of Shinoda’s art, expressed her appreciation to the Club for its support of Japanese artists.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike unveils the artwork alongside the Club’s Second Vice President Robert Whiting, and celebrates with Norman Tolman.

Published in: May 2019

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