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Skateboards as Canvas: Yoshitomo Nara x THE SKATEROOM "Across the Skate-Border" Exhibition

Pre-opening day of the exhibition 

Exhibition Photo: Maki Moritaka Flyer

Design & Art Direction: drop around @THESKATEROOM


In Spring 2023, an artistic haven was born on the banks of Lake Toya, Hokkaido, known as "tou;" . Named after the Ainu word that speaks of love for the lake and the surrounding environment, tou; is hosting its inaugural exhibition, "Across the Skate-Border," featuring a skateboard collection realized through a collaboration between renowned artist Yoshitomo Nara and Belgian outfit, THE SKATEROOM.

This exhibition presents the unique perspectives of the owner and artist Nara, deeply rooted in skateboard culture. Nara's distinctive artwork imprinted on skateboard decks is on display. These decks are not ordinary; they are special pieces where art painted by Nara is printed and further embellished with his hand-drawn accents.

Exclusive poster: available for purchase only to visitors

Poster Deck Photography & Design: drop around @THESKATEROOM

Exclusive poster: available for purchase only to visitors

Poster Deck Photography & Design: drop around @THESKATEROOM

「ふらっと奈良さんと」's project - Collaborative creation with Yoshitomo Nara and children 


Nara describes his artwork on the skate decks as something akin to "quality record sleeves, posters, or book covers that one might decorate with," rather than traditional art pieces. His work reflects the unique essence of the time deeply intertwined with street culture, not just sports or leisure, due to the skateboarding boom of the 1990s.

The "Across the Skate-Border" Yoshitomo Nara skateboard collection exhibition runs to August 13, 2023, at tou;. Exclusive posters are available for purchase for attendees.

This exhibition is a must-see for those seeking a distinctive art display, those wanting to enjoy a day amidst the natural splendor of Lake Toya, and above all, fans of Yoshitomo Nara. At tou;.


Exhibition Period: April 29 to August 13, 2023

Venue: tou;

Address: 128-7 Toya Town, Abuta District, Lake Toya Town, Hokkaido, Cokyuu 2nd Floor

Opening Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Admission: Free

Access: 1 minute on foot from "Toya Mizu no Eki" Donan Bus stop, or 5 minutes on foot from "Kagawa Entrance" Donan Bus stop.


「ふらっと奈良さんと」 Mr. Yoshitomo Nara @ Lake Toya, Hokkaido


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