A renowned Japanese sculptor, Tsuchiya was invited to Australia as the inaugural Toshiba International Foundation artist in residence at Bundanon in 1998. Following his residency, the works were shown at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sherman Galleries, to great acclaim, with the two major works at Sherman Galleries being purchased by a significant American collector. He was also a participating artist in the 1996 Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery which acquired his major work.
Tsuchiya has since been invited back to Sydney in 1999 to complete a commission for the City of Sydney Sculpture Walk. He has recently been awarded a commission in Japan for a substantial sculptural peace memorial which will be unveiled by the Emperor in March 2001. In Japan, Kiyoshi Oshima, Head Curator of Setagaya Museum placed the artist along side Miyajima, Kawamata, Morimura and Yanagi within a list of the 100 Japanese with the power to compete internationally.