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  • Owner
    Wahei Aoyama
    1979 Born in Tokyo, Japan
    2001 BA, New York University (USA)
    2003 MA, University of Oxford (UK)
        Joins Yufuku Gallery
    2007 Starts Toku Art
    2011 Merges Toku Art and
       Yufuku Gallery
    2020 Renames gallery to
        A Lighthouse called Kanata
  • Director of Finance and Gallery Operations
    Yoriko Takahashi
    2009 Joins A Lighthouse called Kanata
        In charge of Japan Operations and Finance, Artist Management
  • Gallery Director
    Kumiko Sunahara
    2008 BA, Central Saint Martins (UK)
    2011 Joins A Lighthouse called Kanata
       In charge of Art Fairs such as TEFAF and all International Exhibitions, Artist Management
  • Director of Website and PR
    Maho Fujino
    2015 Joins A Lighthouse called Kanata
        In charge of Kanata’s Website and Public Relations, Artist Management
  • International Manager
    Ami Nakano
    2018 Joins A Lighthouse called Kanata
        In charge of Kanata’s Artistic Design and all Publications and Publicity including SNS, Artist Management and Art Fairs
  • International Manager
    Takeshi Montero
    2016 BA, Aichi Prefectural University of
       the Arts
    2018 Joins A Lighthouse called Kanata
        In charge of Kanata’s Art Logistics
       and Installation,
       Artist Management and Art Fairs
  • International Manager
    Yishu Yang
    2017 BA, Fudan University (China)
    2020 MA, The University of Tokyo
       (Japan)
        Joins A Lighthouse called Kanata
        In charge of Kanata’s Chinese
       Operations, Artist Management
       and Art Fairs
  • International Manager
    Akinori Kasai
    1998 Born in Tokyo
    2021 BA, Sophia University, Faculty of
       Liberal Arts
       Joins A Lighthouse called Kanata
       In charge of all Digital Media
       including the Shooting of all
       Photography, Video, Digital
       Editing and Artist Management

The Team

About Us

About
the
Gallery
kanata

A LIGHT HOUSE CALLED KANATA
THE KANATA AESTHETIC

Yufuku Gallery is now
A Lighthouse called Kanata,
and has reccently relocated to
a new gallery space in Nishi-Azabu,
Tokyo, just south of Omotesando
and west of Roppongi.

Kanata means “Beyond” or “Far Away”,
a quintessentially Japanese ideal imbued
by the two characters that comprise it,
literally meaning “Towards” and “You.”
Towards you, I wish to be,
but you are far away,
a quintessentially Japanese ideal filled
with ambiguity and nuance.
At Kanata, we will continue
to introduce exceptional
Japanese and international artists
whose artworks define space itself.

And why a lighthouse?
A lighthouse is a symbol of
many ideals we hold dear.
The night is dark and full of shadows,
and we will continue to shine a light
at the vast ocean before us,
hoping to serve as a beacon of light
for not only our artists,
but for future generations.

At a Lighthouse called Kanata,
a new dawn rises.

The light nears.
Wahei Aoyama
Owner
A Lighthouse called Kanata

Access

  • Tokyo
  • A Lighthouse called Kanata
    Kasumicho Terrace 6F,
    3-24-20 Nishi-Azabu,
    Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0031
    11am to 6pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays,
    and by Appointment. Closed Sundays,
    Mondays and National Holidays.