Photo/IllutrationFormer SMAP member Shingo Katori stands in the venue of his solo art exhibition, in Tokyo’s Koto Ward, on March 14. The installation on his right is titled “Boum! Boum! Boum!” (Tatsuro Sekiguchi)

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Former SMAP member Shingo Katori’s first solo exhibition in Japan is currently running at the IHI Stage Around Tokyo theater in the capital’s Toyosu district.

Featuring a total of 126 artworks including 16 newly created pieces displayed on a 360-degree rotating stage, the art event is loaded with entertaining aspects.

The singer and actor has been energetically producing works of art, and held his solo exhibition in the basement hall of the Louvre Museum last year.

Many works at the Tokyo exhibition are themed on Katori’s own body parts.

“I made them hoping that ‘I want spectators to get into my body,’” he said.

The main exhibit titled “Boum! Boum! Boum!” is an installation in the shape of his heart.

When spectators position their ears close to the object, they can hear Katori's heartbeats, which he recorded while working on the installation.

Other exhibits include objects Katori made using his own hair and teeth marks and an artwork featuring illustrations drawn around a photo of his pupil.

“For an idol, the subject matter is himself or herself,” Katori said. “I can show deeper sides of myself with art.”

Katori chose a theater instead of a museum for the Tokyo show. Visitors watch a 10-minute video before moving on to the exhibits, which are displayed in three parts on the stage, accompanied by music, alternating lights and smoke effects.

It is quite amazing how the busy idol managed to find time to work on so many art pieces, but Katori said his creative urge was unstoppable.

The artist was in bed when inspiration stuck for “The Fourth Yawn” in 2013. Katori said he didn’t want to waste time sleeping, so he put a canvas on his stomach and worked on the drawing, rotating it as he went, while still in bed.

Katori paints without making rough sketches. His improvisational brush strokes show his passion for painting.

The exhibition runs until June 16. The venue is closed on May 7 and 21 and June 4.

Visit the official website at (https://boum3.com/).