After I graduated from Nippon Photography Institute in 1997, I went back to my hometown in Kagoshima. I became an apprentice to a beekeeper and looked after bees. I have always loved animals, so naturally, I thought I would pursue my career as a beekeeper until one day.

I became fascinated with bones. In 2004, I found a raccoon dog lying on the road. It must have been in an accident. I took it home to treat it, but it was too late. The raccoon dog was no longer breathing. What should I do with it? Eventually, I came up with the idea of taking its the bones. I had read a book called “The School of Bones” the junior high school teacher had written and had always wanted to try it myself. However, when it came to the actual dissecting, my hands wouldn’t move out of fright. “It may just have passed out and could still be alive”. The thought crossed my mind and I couldn’t bring myself to use the scalpel on it. I was shocked to find out that I couldn’t tell the difference between life and death. After 3 hours of hesitation, I finally gathered my courage and began to dissect. My hands trembled and couldn’t proceed as I planned. By the time I took out all its bones, I was utterly exhausted. The bones of the racoon dog seemed to say to me “You know nothing about life or death”.

The idea of making flowers with bones came to me, after I had decided to leave for Tokyo to start my new career as a photographer. One evening in 2008, I was watching outside from a second-floor window of a cafe do on a crossroad in Ginza. As it started to rain, I saw colorful umbrellas opening. They reminded me of lotus flowers blooming upon the surface of the water. That was the moment I was inspired with the idea of “creating flowers with bones and photographing them”.

In order to realize it, I made a living by driving a forklift, and continued to create it for 4 years without showing to anyone. In 2012, I exhibited it for the first time at the exhibition - YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4 and received the Grand Prix. My artist career began from then. More recently, exhibitions overseas have increased, and in the spring of 2018 I had a solo exhibition at the gallery in New York.

1974 Born in Kagoshima, Japan
1997 Graduated from Nippon Photography Institute, Department of documentary photography, Tokyo
2004 Return to pick up the raccoon was dead on the road, take bones the first time
2008 Works of "HONEBANA (Bone Flower)" was begun
Currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan
HONEBANA (Photo exhibition), GALLERY KOGURE NEW YORK, NY, USA, January 12 - February 3
2015 NO-BANA (Brain Flower), LOWER AKIHABARA. , Tokyo, May 30 - June 13
2013 HONEBANA (Bone Flower) - Queen of the night -, LOWER AKIHABARA. , Tokyo, April 5-20
2017 spiral take art collection, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, December 15-25
YUKI-SIS presents The Fools ≒ Great Artists, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, August 18-27
The Fools -Group exhibition by various artists, Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo, March 4-18
2016 UFO has arrived at YUKI-SIS, Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo, March 12-26
2015 Young people who open up the era, Takamatsu Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Kagawa JP, June 30-July 06
Yayoi Kusama and New Age Artists, Hiroshima Mitsukoshi Gallery, Hiroshima JP, June 16-22
Yayoi Kusama and New Age Artists, Niigata Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Niigata JP, June 9-15
Animals revived in Art, Istean Shinjuku Art Gallery, Tokyo, May 11-17
Art exhibition with bones, Istean Shinjuku Art Gallery, Tokyo, April 15-21
LOST ANIMALS II - The Group Show, Gallery Art Composition, Tokyo, January 16-February 14
2014 The Fools ⇔ The Great Artists, Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo, November 8-22
2013 ReSTART, Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo, October 12-26
Esperanto, Bunkamura Box Gallery, Tokyo, July 13-22
CABINET DA-END 03, Galerie Da-End, Paris, France, May 21-July 20
2012 Magnetic Field Resonance, Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo, September 22-October 13
Melting Point, Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo, June 16-30
2011 YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4, LAFORET Museum Roppongi, Tokyo, September 30-October 2
2018 Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, USA, April 26-29
2015 FINE ART ASIA, Hong Kong, October 3-7
ART FAIR ASIA FUKUOKA 2015, Fukuoka JP, September 4-6
2013 OFF ART FAIR 2013, Brussels, Belgium, April 19-22
Affordable art fair NYC, NY, USA, April 3-7
2012 ULTRA005 - Emerging director's art fair, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, October 27-30
2011 PhotoTaipei 2011, Taipei, Taiwan, December 15-18
2011 YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4 Grand Prix, JP
2018 Japanese translation version : Anatomy Rocks, Rodolphe Lachat, Graphic Company, JP, December 10
Nikkei Shimbun newspaper, JP, July 25
ACS Magazine May/June 2018 issue, Renee LaVerne Rose, US, May 1
Shukan NY Seikatsu Shimbun newspaper, US, March 27
TRIBECA ART : Flowers Made from Animal Bones (US)
Marina Honda, a master's thesis, Portrait of history -A Hideki Tokushige's viewpoint in Honebana-, JP, January 1
2016 Anatomy Rocks: Flesh and bones in contemporary art, Rodolphe Lachat, Cernunnos, US, October 18
MERRY -NOnsenSe MARkeT FINAL- LIVE DVD Artwork, JP, June 22
ART is AHO!#14 / TV Show, Fuji Television, JP, February 26
Honda Marina, a thesis, Image of death in Hideki Tokushige's Honebana, JP, February 2
2014 MERRY -NOnsenSe MARkeT-, Album Cover Artwork, JP, December 24
2013 Wired.co.uk (UK)
Daily Mail Online (UK)
The Huffington Post (US)
ART is AHO!#4 / TV Show, Fuji Television, JP, March 1
2012 SNAPPP Photo magazine, August Issue, Taiwan