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Maple Leaves

Submitted by Mariko Yoshihashi

Client: JBAC

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $800

Project Team


Mariko Yoshihashi


Manabu Yoshihashi


The exhibition was held as a project to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Japanese emigration to Brazil. Brazil has the largest population of overseas Japanese. November, when the exhibition was held is a season of coloured leaves. Four hundreds and fifty coloured leaves which were made of ceramics were placed on the wall inside the Latin American Museum.


The brief for this project was to create a work to celebrate the historical links between Japan and Brazil. There were about 20 artists involved, 10 Japanese and 10 Brazilian.I felt that the maple leaves invoked a Japanese feeling, which could also be appreciated by people from other countries, such as Brazil.An important factor was to show how texture and colour can be an important and beautiful aspect of ceramic work and design.


My work was selected by the JBAC, who organized the exhibition with the Museum curator for this project.

Additional Information

Brazilian artists also had the chance to show their works in Japan, and Japanese artists went to Brazil. This allowed us to communicate and exchange our ideas and different aesthetic ideas with each other, and with the public in both countries.