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Tree of Children (Kodomo no Ki)

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 12 November 2016 in Art & Design.

Aoyama-dori intersects with Omote-sando and down this street was a building I was interested in seeing. Along the way, I ran into this curious sculpture that you've seen before. It's by Taro Okamoto, 1985.

I learned that it's in front of the National Children's Castle (Kodomo no Shiro) that is now closed after 30 years. It was a multi-story play space and learning center where kids could play in the big city.

Omote-sando & Aoyama-dori
Tokyo, Japan

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Now I have seen that such a statue can someone do. It is quite spectacular and gives room for thought. Figure combine nicely childhood and adulthood. What's more, brings the statue is a fun .

12 Nov 2016 5:35am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Quite a gal!!

12 Nov 2016 5:48am

Martine from France

Je trouve que le vélo et la sculpture vont bien ensemble.

12 Nov 2016 6:32am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique scène.
Belle composition, reflets, sculpture, ombre tout y est.)

12 Nov 2016 7:01am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Extra !

12 Nov 2016 8:15am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Yeah, Taro Okamoto was a great artist !

12 Nov 2016 9:37am

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very interesting and original tree

12 Nov 2016 9:54am

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran

Nice street photo.
Well done

12 Nov 2016 10:23am

jean pierre a from France

même pas peur!! amitiés

12 Nov 2016 10:35am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a wonderful camera-moment this makes . . a perfect chance composition. Sorry to read of the closure of the Center.

12 Nov 2016 11:24am

martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Très belle ta photo

12 Nov 2016 12:12pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, colors, lights & shadows!
A M A Z I N G !!!!!!!!!!!

12 Nov 2016 12:59pm

Anne from France


12 Nov 2016 2:00pm

Frances from Boston, United States

Fantastic image! The color and clarity combined with the strong light are brilliant.

12 Nov 2016 3:00pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

kinda scary

12 Nov 2016 3:36pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

One moment well used.
It's sad to close spaces like this one

12 Nov 2016 3:44pm

Don from Spokane, United States

The contrast of the unique statue and the lady riding makes an interesting and somewhat strange image.

12 Nov 2016 4:17pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Tout en vert cette dame à vélo quelle compo et cette statue colorée sueprbe.

12 Nov 2016 5:42pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

COntrast of young and old. SOrry to hear it is closed

12 Nov 2016 6:35pm

alezandro from France

Même pas peur la dame!

12 Nov 2016 7:01pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

EXCELLENT. I like it very much.

12 Nov 2016 8:05pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great capture of this sculpture and the street . And very interesting .

12 Nov 2016 8:41pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

I wonder why it closed... sad to hear...

12 Nov 2016 9:51pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Excellent composition. Wonderful capture of a scene with an art work and a person.

13 Nov 2016 12:31am

k@ from Paris, France

Balance she sure has ! Love the light tilt of your frame and the whole image !

13 Nov 2016 8:46am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh marrant

13 Nov 2016 9:55am

Chrysalide from anglet, France

J'adooore! C'est original et j'aime le décalage entre la sculpture et la mamie sur son vélo...

13 Nov 2016 10:12am

Devi from Chennai, India

what a nice image here...The toy sculpture and the aged on a cycle !!!!
Ah! The inevitable change !! sad the centre had to be closed!

13 Nov 2016 3:21pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Playful or intimidating?

13 Nov 2016 7:11pm

Denny Jump Photo from Bellevue, WA, United States

This is wonderful, Steve! I love the counterpoint of concepts here - a Tree of Children with one who never ages riding the Bicycle in foreground! This is a GREAT piece, Steve!!

13 Nov 2016 9:18pm