Collection exhibition Onomatopoeia in Glass Art | QR Translator

Collection exhibition Onomatopoeia in Glass Art

Václav ŘEZÁČ, White landscape, 2018, Photo: SUEMASA Mareo

This exhibition of works from the collection focuses on “onomatopoeic” elements in glass art.

The term onomatopoeia encompasses inanimate phonomimes (giongo) like the sound of “knocking” at a door, and phenomimes (gitaigo) that represent psychological states and actions such as “heart-pounding” excitement. Living in Japan one finds onomatopoeia frequently woven into conversation as a language available to all, from tiny babies to grown adults, that on occasion also serves as a reliable way to communicate our thoughts in a more nuanced fashion.

So what about glass-related onomatopoeia? Whether it is the painful togetoge spikiness or “Ouch!” of chiku evoked by a sharp broken shard; a fluffy fuwafuwa or puffy pukupuku lightness that overturns our image of glass as a cold, hard material; the soft, gloopy torori, dorori of falling molten glass; or the kirakira glittering or pikaa! flash when light passes through glass or is reflected by it—when we turn our attention to the onomatopoeic elements in glass works, as well as finding they make glass art a more familiar and relatable presence, we may find ourselves amazed at the sheer breadth and potential of glass art expression.

Join us to unearth this unexpected wealth of onomatopoeia in glass art, and explore more of the many mysteries surrounding this endlessly versatile material.


Toyama Glass Art Museum, Floors 4, Exhibition Room 4 & Transparent Storage


2022.11.19 Sat – 2023.6.4 Sun


Sun-Thu 9:30-18:00 (admission until 17:30)

Fri-Sat 9:30-20:00 (admission until 19:30)
※January 2, 3, 2023 9:30-17:00 (admission until 16:30)


First and Third Wednesdays, December 29, 2022-January 1, 2023, 10 May 2023

(except for 3 May)


Toyama Glass Art Museum


200 yen (170 yen)

*Price in brackets for groups of 20 or more.

*Admission fee is free for high school students and younger.

*Tickets also allow admission to the Glass Art Garden at the 6 floor.


Václav ŘEZÁČ, Erwin EISCH, Kristina USLAR, KADONAGA Kazuo, KOJIRO Yoshiaki, GONJO Mafune, SASAKI Masahiro, SUGASAWA Toshio, TAKAHASHI Yoshihiko, NAKAO Yuko, FUJIKAKE Sachi, HONGO Jin, Marta KLONOWSKA, MURO Shinichi

Exhibited works (partially)

GONJO Mafune, Scent of mist, 2017, Photo: SUEMASA Mareo
FUJIKAKE Sachi, Vestige, 2018, Photo: OKAMURA Kichiro
Václav ŘEZÁČ, White landscape, 2018, Photo: SUEMASA Mareo
HONGO Jin, Fragments, 2008, Photo: OKAMURA Kichiro

*Reproduction of photos are prohibited.


[From Toyama Station]

○20-minute walk.

○Take the tram (Shinaidensha) for Minamitoyamaeki-mae. Get off at Nishicho. 1-minute walk.

○Take the Loop Line tram (Shinaidensha Kanjō-sen). Get off at Grand Plaza-mae. 2-minute walk. (Tram takes approx. 10 minutes from Toyama Sta. to Nishicho/Grand Plaza-mae.)

[From Toyama Airport]

○Take the Airport Bus to Toyama Station (Airport Express Bus/Local Bus (Route no.36)) and get off at Sogawa. 4-minute walk.


5-1 Nishicho, Toyama City, Toyama 930-0062, Japan

TEL 076-461-3100

FAX 076-461-3310

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