Nakaya's Fog Sculpture #08025 "F.O.G.," Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
Nakaya was born in Sapporo in 1933, where her father Ukichiro Nakaya, who is credited with making the first artificial snowflakes, was at the time an assistant professor at Hokkaido University. Her father later produced a number of documentary films and radio programs and founded Iwanami Productions, a producer of documentary and educational films, and was also an accomplished sumi-e artist.
She created the world's first fog sculpture at the Pepsi Pavilion, Expo '70, Osaka, Japan, as a member of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) and has since established fog installations at galleries worldwide, including the Australian National Gallery, Canberra and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
She opened Japan's only video art gallery, Video Gallery SCAN in Harajuku, in 1980.
She was a lecturer in the Department of Cinema, College of Arts, at Nihon University from 1979 to 1998.
She has received numerous awards including the Australian Cultural Award, the Laser d’Or at the Locarno International Video Festival, the Yoshida Isoya Special Award, the Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Award for artistic contribution to HDTV programming and the Special Achievement Prize at the 2008 Japan Media Arts Festival 
- 1970 : Fog Sculpture "PEPSI PAVILION", Expo'70, Osaka
- 1974 : Fog Environment for David Tudor Concert "ISLAND EYE ISLAND EAR" (Collaboration with David Tudor, Jacqueline Monnier), Knavelskar Island, Sweden (Produced by E.A.T.)
- 1976 : Fog Sculpture #94768: Earth Talk, The 2nd Biennale of Sydney
- 1980 : Opal Loop/Cloud #72503, New York
- 1980 : Fog Sculpture: Kawaji, Festival of Light, Sound and Fog, Tochigi (collaboration with Bill Viola)
- 1982 : Fog Sculpture #94925: Foggy Wake in a Desert: An Ecosphere, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (permanent installation)
- 1988 : Fog Sculpture: Skyline, jardin de l'eau, Parc de la Villette, Paris
- 1992 : Foggy Forest, Children's Park, Showa Memorial Park, Tachikawa (Tokyo)
- 1994 : "Greenland Glacial Moraine Garden", Museum of Snow and Ice, Kaga City, Japan (Architect : Arata Isozaki), Kaga
- 1998 : Fog Sculpture #08025: F.O.G., Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (Permanent Collection)
- 2001 : IRIS, Fog Sculpture in collaboration with Shiro Takatani in Valencia harbour, The 1st Valencia Biennial, Spain
- 2004 : Fog Sculpture #28634: "Dialogue", Technology for Living: Experiments in Art and Technology, Norrköpings konstmuseum, Norrköping
- 2005 : Fog Chamber-Riga #26422, for Conversations with Snow and Ice, The Natural History Museum of Latvia, Riga
- 2010 : Cloud Forest, fog installation, light and sound in collaboration with Shiro Takatani, commissioned by the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
- 2011 : fog installation in collaboration with Shiro Takatani, Ishibutai Tumulus , Asuka Historical Park, Nara
- 2011 : Fog Garden #07172 - Moss Garden Nicey-sur-Aire, Vent des forêts, Arrondissement de Commercy
- 2013 : Fog Bridge #72494, Exploratorium, San Francisco
- 2015 : "Fog Bridge", fog installation and exhibition at the Arnolfini Centre of Contemporary Arts, commissioned for IBT15 Bristol International Festival, England
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