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about  Yoko-Bon




Yoko-Bon, born in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, where abundant natural beauty coexists with numerous historical landmarks. 
In her early twenties, Yoko-Bon worked at a three-dimensional modeling studio, creating realistic representations of wood, rocks, corals, and more for museums and aquariums. Through this experience and her involvement in various sculpting projects like dinosaurs and character dolls, she acquired the fundamentals of three-dimensional art.  Eventually, she began crafting her own original dolls through self-study.
Yoko-Bon's main material for her artwork is felt, which she has been familiar with since her childhood. Throughout history, people have created dolls as objects of faith, as well as dependence of soul and spirit.  
They represent hope for people, coexistence with nature and peace of soul, spiritual world….
It is the beginning of an endless journey to explore and express the dependence of the soul and the spiritual world.
Having experienced the pandemic of Corona, Yoko-Bon presented felt installations as a new expression of the theme of the cycle of life and reincarnation at museums in Hiroshima in 2021 and in Kanagawa in 2022.


And now...

In the midst of her concern and self-questioning about the world facing the historical catastrophe, Corona Pandemic and the Ukraine Invasion by Russia, she was influenced by the Yokai paintings of Utagawa Kuniyoshi and other Ukiyo-e artists, Japanese animation, Buddhist statues, the religious paintings.  She continues to create and explore more deeply the world of Japan’s ancient “Animism” through her unique method, "Sculpting felt".

豊かな自然の中に多くの歴史遺産が残る日本の古都、奈良に生まれた Yoko-Bon。





Yoko-Bon is a fabric sculptor


Exhibition History

2022 / Selected for "The 25th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art”

Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki-City


2021 / Yoko-Bon's World! Picture Books, Cats and Dolls Special Exhibition for the 30th Anniversary of Mirasaka Peace Museum of Art Hiroshima

2019 / Doll Picture Book “Mann-maru Pan”(The Kolobook folktale) ~Yoko-Bon's World Exhibition~
Tawaramoto Town Library, Nara

2017 / Doll Picture Book “Mann-maru Pan”~Yoko-Bon's World Exhibition~ Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library,Osaka

2016 / Doll Picture Book “Mann-maru Pan" ~Yoko-Bon’s World Exhibition~ Nara Prefectural Library and Information Center, Nara

2016 / Doll Picture Book “Mann-maru Pan” ~Yoko-Bon's World of Dolls and Dioramas~ Shonan T-SITE Tsutaya Bookstore , Kanagawa

2015 / Publication of Doll Picture Book "Mann-maru Pan" Published by Gunzo-sha

2009 / Teddy Bear & Friends 2009
Isetan Shinjuku Store-Famouse Department Store in Tokyo 
Collaboration Exhibition
“Cheeky-Punkie Domestic Popular Artists Collaboration" "One-of-a-Kind Artwork"

2008 / 3rd Disney Character Teddy Bear & Doll Convention Isetan Shinjuku Store
Collaboration Exhibition
“Cheeky by Merrythought Ltd. × Popular Artists 3"
Limited production of 6 Dumbo

2006 / 2nd Disney Character Teddy Bear & Doll Convention  Isetan Shinjuku Store Limited production of 10 Pinocchio

2004 / Solo Exhibition "Yoko-Bon"
Izu Teddy Bear Museum, Shizuoka


Articles in Newspaper:
Three of the five major newspapers in Japan
(The Yomiuri Shimbun、 The Mainichi Newspapers Co.,Ltd、 Sankei Shinbun CO. LTD.)

Television broadcasting:
NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corporation)Several times
※ Japan's public broadcasting organization and it is responsible for radio and
television broadcasts both within the country and internationally.


2004 / 「Yoko-Bon」展


2016/『人形絵本「まんまるパン」Yoko-Bonの人形とジオラマの世界』(湘南T- SITE 蔦屋書店)

2016/『Yoko-Bon まんまるパンの世界展』

( 奈良県立図書情報館)




2019/「まんまるパン~Yoko-Bonの世界展 」

(田原本町立図書館 奈良県)

2021/ 三良坂平和美術館30周年特別企画展

「Yoko-Bon's World ! 絵本と猫と人形たちと」(広 島)


2006 / 第2回ディズニーキャラクターテディベア&ドールコンベンション (ピノキオ限定10体製作)高島屋巡回展

2008 / 第3回ディズニーキャラクターテディベア&ドールコンベンション (ダンボ限定6体製作)高島屋巡回展 / 

「メリーソート社チーキー×人気作家コラボレーション3」 伊勢丹新宿店

2009 /テディベア&フレンズ 2009

「チーキ・パンキー国内人気作家コラボレーション」「オンリーワン作品」 (伊勢丹新宿店)

2022 /「第25回岡本太郎現代芸術賞展」入選


作品名「人形絵本 まんまるパン」

著者 翻訳 片山 ふえ
人形制作 Yoko-Bon
ISBN番号 9784903619521 1928797015009

2022年 書籍 「猫びより」

2022年 11月号

ISBN番号 491007247112601136


読売新聞社、毎日新聞社、産經新聞社 NHK

【Artistic Career】

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