Restaurant ‘TREE by NAKED’ in Yoyogi Park Combines Traditional Culture with Ultramodern Technology
TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park has updated part of its menu and direction this month. The restaurant has introduced a completely new eating experience to its Japanese and western fusion cuisine by installing projection mapping, VR, sensors, lights, smoke, scents and music.
The restaurant first opened in July last year in front of Yoyogi Park in Tokyo as an experience-based art restaurant where customers can enjoy Japan’s latest cutting edge technology and next-generation gastronomy. Its popularity rose rapidly, earning itself a reputation for offering an experience that stimulates all five of the senses, as well as the restaurant’s photogenic interior decor. The restaurant accepts bookings only and allows 8 groups a day. Customers are led by a guide dressed in a kimono to on a journey through the life of a tree from its sprout to maturity. Each phase of the growth is represented by six different meals served to customers as well as two performances.
One of the performances incorporates koudou, a traditional Japanese performance art that takes the form of an incense-smelling ceremony. Customers are served food on plates that use projection mapping which shows the process of the four seasons changing. The course offers a variety of references to Japanese culture, including a story based on The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.
The menu includes a variety of ingredients and several ways of eating unique to Japan, from Japanese Black aitchbone to ochazuke with wasabi that you grate yourself and high-quality houjicha green tea made by a tea master.
Also, every day from 10am to 4pm, they sell gourmet deli food made using fresh vegetables like beetroot, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and purple cabbage that you can order to take away.
The restaurant is gaining much attention right now. It made an appearance on TV in Hong Kong in February this year. Why not true this unique dining experience for yourself while in Tokyo?
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition Opens at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
The Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition opened at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, on April 29. It was also announced that the Japanese illustrator is releasing the first artbook to compile all of his CD cover art on May 28, but the book can be bought early at the exhibition.
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition CD Artworks
Yusuke Nakamura has designed covers forASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Masashi Sada, Spitz, and more
Commentary on the CD covers written by the Yusuke Nakamura himself
Rough sketches are featured in the book
A talk between Yusuke Nakamura and Masafumi Gotoh (ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION)
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call Yusuke Nakamura one of Japan’s most prolific artists, having worked with some of the country’s biggest names such as ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Gentouki, Masashi Sada, and more. His new artbook, entitled PLAY, compiles all of his CD covers from 2002-2020, commentary, rough sketches, talks, and more. While many things from the book are explored at the exhibition, there’s plenty of content exclusive to the book too, so it’s a must-grab for fans.
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition
Running: April 29, 2021 – May 29, 2021
Location: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Official Website: https://www.kanazawa21.jp/
Release Date: May 28, 2021
Price: ¥2,273 (Tax Included)
Stay in Harajuku’s Yados Jingumae Hotel if You Love Art
Japanese company Rokuyon, which is responsible for creating a variety of hotel plans in Shibuya including at our own MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS, has launched a new project for guests of various hotels who are fans of brands and artists.
For their first endeavour, Rokuyon has teamed up with Yados Jingumae which has undergone major renovations. Guests staying in Room 202 this spring can enjoy a range of artworks as part of the room’s exclusive Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition, while in summertime Room 301 will incorporate furniture by Sekai Class.
Yados Jingumae Room 202: Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition
CHiNPAN | April 23, 2021 – May 30, 2021
CHiNPAN began their career as an oil painter after getting selected at the 2008 Asia Creative Art Exhibition at The National Art Center in Tokyo. They explore the possibilities of oil painting by not limiting themselves to just paper. “Fusion” is the theme of their work which has taken them to creating visuals for shops, fashion, music, and more.
BANBU | June 10, 2021 – July 19, 2021
BANBU is a 24-y-ear-old artist who studied art abroad in Canada and New York after graduating at a vocational school in Japan. Currently based in Tokyo, they create colourful and eye-catching graphics with their three-eyed character.
Hotel Stay x Artists Come Together
“Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition” is the theme of Room 202 which will collaborate with different illustrators, video makers, photographers, and other artists every 1-2 months, shining the spotlight on each of their unique visions.
Yados Jingumae Room 301: Sekai Class
Hotel Stay x Furniture
Vintage furniture and artwork from around the world will be brought together in Room 301 so guests can experience a ‘world living’ experience. What’s more is that all of the furniture, art, and items on display will be purchasable, and will change on a fixed schedule.
Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition
CHiNPAN Exhibition: April 23, 2021 – May 30, 2021
BANBU: June 10, 2021 – July 19, 2021
Rokuyon Official Website: https://rokuyon.co.jp/
Nail Decals Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Paintings Release in Japan
06.May.2021 | FASHION
Felissimo’s vintage daily wear fashion brand MEDE19F released the sixth installment of its art decal series designed by Japanese nail designer Risa Omori on April 19.
The nails are inspired by three paintings of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh including Sunflowers, Starry Night Over the Rhône, and Almond Blossoms. The line-up includes gold leaf-tipped designs perfect for the vibrant summer season.
Peter Luger Steak House Opens First Japanese Branch at Ebisu Garden Place
Hailing originally from Brooklyn, the 130-year-old Peter Luger Steak House has announced the opening of its first-ever Japanese branch which will welcome customers at Ebisu Garden Place in Tokyo this September with its 3-storeys of red brick.
Peter Luger is credited with spreading the mouth-watering wonder of dry-aged beef steak to the world which has made the restaurant’s name globally famous. The restaurant of course wields a Michelin Star and has been featured high on the Zagat Survey for over 30 years.
The secret behind Peter Luger’s signature ingredient
The restaurant’s beef fillet and New York strip are signature items on the menu, both of which are made from porterhouse steak. Their steak is also made from USDA Prime beef which is dry-aged by hand to intensify the flavour and aroma.
The porterhouse is placed directly onto the broiler and seasoned solely with salt. The steak is flipped only once during the broiling process. A knob of melted butter is added to a serving platter and the steak is sliced atop it. It’s then placed back into the broiler for a few minutes depending on the doneness requested by the customer. It’s this process that gives Peter Luger’s steaks their deliciousness.
Brooklyn red brick building and theatre decor
The Japanese branch takes inspiration from the Brooklyn restaurant with its red brick exterior.
The first floor is home to the bar where customers can enjoy food and cocktails. There’s also a takeout shop with gifts and other items.
The second floor is the spacious dining space which is home to Peter Ruger’s first-ever open kitchen. The third floor is another seating area with balcony-like seats so you can look out over the city.
There are seven private dining rooms of varying sizes for those looking a little more intimacy and privacy. The restaurant’s lighting was also designed by a New York designer.
Peter Luger Steak House Tokyo
Grand Opening: September 9, 2021
Address: 4-19-19 Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo
Bookings: From August 2021
Peter Luger Steak House Japan Official Website: https://peterluger.co.jp/
niko and … Collaborates With Kumamoto Painter to Promote New Store Opening
28.April.2021 | FASHION
Style editorial brand “niko and …” opened pre-orders for a new collection with Kumamoto resident oil painter Takeshi Matsunaga at its new AMU PLAZA KUMAMOTO branch on April 23. The line-up is set to be subsequently released via the online webstore “st.” as well as five branches of niko and … on April 29, including their Tokyo store.
MATSUNAGA TAKESHI MEETS niko and … KUMAMOTO
The line-up is a collection of everyday items from tote bags and mugs to key rings, pencil cases, iPhone cases, t-shirts, caps, and more. Each item features a design inspired by Rakunou Gyunyu, a brand of milk that’s hugely popular in Kumamoto. Matsunaga adds his delicate touch to the oil-painted series. Part of the proceeds generated from the sales of these items will be donated to the city of Kumamoto in support of restoration efforts from the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes.
niko and’s new Kumamoto store also has a cafe attached to it, “niko and … COFFEE,” where a milk smoothie will be sold for a limited time until September 30. Each will come with a milk-flavoured wafer featuring Matsunaga Takeshi’s art on it.
niko and … x Matsunaga Takeshi
Pre-Sales: April 23, 2021
Where: niko and … AMU PLAZA KUMAMOTO
General Sales: April 29, 2021
Where: .st / niko and … TOKYO/ Five branches of AMU PLAZA in Kyushu (Oita, Kokura, Hakata, Kagoshima, Nagasaki)
Japanese Artist Hideyuki Tanaka Holds Exhibition at Marc Jacobs Bookstore BOOKMARC
26.April.2021 | FASHION
Japanese artist Hideyuki Tanaka, who has penned work for street fashion, video games, the music scene and more since the late 90’s, has announced his own exhibition which will take place at New York-based fashion brand Marc Jacobs’ bookstore BOOKMARC in Shibuya from April 30 to May 12.
The exhibition is centred on the work Tanaka did for Marc Jacobs’ new line Heaven. There will also be a special limited-edition artbook on sale of the anime character Super Milk-chan designed by Tanaka.
Hideyuki Tanaka Exhibition 21 @heaven
Running: April 30, 2021 – May 12, 2021
Where: BOOKMARC (4-26-14 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Opening Celebration/Signing: April 30, 2021 from 19:00
Hideyuki Tanaka Gallery Talk: May 4, 2021 from 19:30
Guest: Mero Yamashita (Researcher on the Heisei retro movement)
Watch on Instagram Live: https://www.instagram.com/marcjacobsjapan/（＠marcjacobsjapan）
Hideyuki Tanaka Signing @ MARC JACOBS Parco Shibuya: May 7, 2021 from 19:00 (Shibuya PARCO Floor 2F)
Hideyuki Tanaka’s SUPER MILKCHAN FOREVER❤︎
Price: ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Available: Exclusive to BOOKMARC
KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2021 to Showcase the Craftsmanship of Kanazawa
KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2021 is set to be held at Hyatt Centric Kanazawa from November 26 to November 28. The event is also taking submissions for the exhibition gallery.
Scenes from KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2019
KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa is an annual art fair that has been held in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, since 2017, showcasing the best of the region’s craftsmanship. The event is taking submissions from both young up-and-coming artisans to seasoned craftsmen. Kogei is a branch of fine art unique to Japan that promotes traditional Japanese culture such as the tea ceremony, the essence of zen, Noh theatre, and more.
This year marks the 5th run of the art fair and will be its first collaboration with Hyatt Centric Kanazawa which opened in August of last year. The hotel will display many works from local artists and act as a hub for the promotion of Ishikawa’s culture.
KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2021
2021/11/26 @ 13:00-19:00 (First View)
2021/11/27 @ 11:00-19:00 (General Opening)
2021/11/28 @11:00-18:00 (General Opening)
Location: Hyatt Centric Kanazawa (Floors 5F & 6F)
Address: 1-5 Hirooka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0031, Japan
Price: ¥2,000 (for two days)
Exhibits: 30-40 exhibits to be displayed from both Japan and overseas
Sign-up window: April 19, 2021 – June 25, 2021 at 18:00 (JST)
Sign up here: https://kogei-artfair.jp/
teamLab Joins Saudi Arabia’s Light Upon Light: Light Art Since the 1960s Exhibition
26.April.2021 | FASHION
Japanese art collective teamLab have joined Light Upon Light: Light Art Since the 1960s, an art exhibition curated by former curator of the Guggenheim Museum Susan Davidson, and Raneem Zaki Farsi, expert in Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art scene, which is now taking place at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Exhibition Hall in Saudi Arabia until June 12.
© Noor Riyadh
Flowers and People − A Whole Year per Hour by teamLab, 2020.
teamLab are showcasing their immersive art piece Flowers and People − A Whole Year per Hour. The work captures a year’s worth of seasonal flowers blooming over the course of an hour, continuously scattering and changing. The piece is not a pre-recorded image that is played back: it is created by a computer program that continuously renders the work in real time. The interaction between people and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork: previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur. The picture at this moment can never be seen again.
Noor Riyadh is a new citywide annual festival of light and art organized by Riyadh Art, the first national public art initiative in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which transforms the city of Riyadh into a gallery without walls, and a creative powerhouse for the digital age. The Noor Riyadh festival consists of numerous public art installations across the city; “Light Upon Light: Light Art since the 1960s,” a landmark exhibition of light art; and a diverse program of talks, workshops and events.
Light Upon Light: Light Art Since the 1960s
Running: March 18, 2021 – June 12, 2021
Time: 18:00-01:00 everyday
Venue: King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Exhibition Hall
Address: Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13511, Saudi Arabia
Exhibition Details: https://www.teamlab.art/e/riyadhart/
Tokyo’s Sensorial Experience Cafe INTERSECT BY LEXUS Welcomes The Path of Color Installation
The ground-floor Garage space at INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO is welcoming the The Path of Color installation in collaboration with the creative unit SPREAD starting on April 28.
Past installation collaborations
Anti-Splash Flag Partitions
After Image installation recreates afterimages seen from the car window
The Path of Color is a kaleidoscopic sensory experience that hangs freely overhead as a ‘path’ and expresses the energy to make it unto the morrow. This colourful installation features a scarlet net with motifs of life and which is filled with colourful fragments torn by hand. Colours have an influence on the memories and feelings of people, and so by gazing at the rainbow hues of this overhanging fragmented path, visitors’ imaginations will be stirred, resulting in recollection and emotional experience. The installation hopes to give people the positivity to make it through to tomorrow during the difficult COVID era.
Each colourful paper fragment was printed using an old-time printer which has created a unique gradation that can only be recreated by such a machine from that time. Together with the relaxing lights of LEXUS, customers are sure to sink into their chairs as they kick back and recall old times. LEXUS is a place that treasures moments of beauty, such as falling cherry blossom petals and the arrival of autumn. This richness will serve as a kick-starter to customers finding their own colourful paths.
SPREAD and INTERSECT have come together on numerous occasions, such as for the bistro/cafe’s current flag partitions for creating a safe environment during the pandemic, and for 2019’s After-Image installation.
The Path of Color
Start Date: April 28, 2021
Where: INTERSECT BY LEXUS ‒ TOKYO 1F GARAGE
Stay in Harajuku’s New Hotel Produced by Rolling Roster of Artists
India-ink painter CHiNPAN is collaborating with Rokuyon, who is known for helping to create a range of unique accommodations such as MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS, to launch a new kind of hotel experience in Harajuku beginning on April 23, 2021.
The project’s name is Harajuku Yofukashi Art Exhibition, with yofukashi being Japanese for ‘staying up late.’ It will invite a new artist or creator on board every one or two months as an opportunity for them to showcase their works.
One of the art pieces
Works displayed in the living space
The bedroom with art pieces against the walls and on the ceiling
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS Series
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is our own hotel site located in the heart of Harajuku’s tourism: it is within walking distance of Takeshita-dori (Takeshita Street), Meiji-dori, the Ura-Harajuku area, and Omotesando. This makes it the ideal place to stay for travellers visiting Harajuku.
SAKURA | More details here
ORIGAMI | More details here
DOSUKOI | More details here
With art events and exhibitions cancelled or severely restricted due to the pandemic, this project serves as a get promotional opportunity for artists to display their works and for art lovers to appreciate them. It aims to grow and become a new way to enjoy art.
Harajuku Yorufukashi Art Exhibition
Japanese Name: 原宿夜ふかしアート展
Start Date: April 23, 2021
Where: Yados Jingumae (Formerly Wind Jingumae)
Address: 2-26-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.chillnn.com/1773daedf52237
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 to Promote Sustainability, Eco-Friendliness, and an Organic Lifestyle at Yoyogi Park
15.April.2021 | SPOT
This year’s Earth Day Tokyo will take place at Yoyogi Park from April 17-18 where messages of eco-friendliness, organic products, sustainability, ethics, and inclusiveness will be at the core of various events held as part of the festival.
This year marks Earth Day Tokyo’s 20th run as part of the global Earth Day initiative and brings together environmental NPOs, charities, and locals. Due to COVID-19, in-person events will only take place on April 17 and 18 but the festival will run online from April 17 to 25.
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 Concert
Concerts will take place across the two-day Yoyogi Park festival. Many musicians and guests have committed themselves to the future of the planet at the Earth Day Tokyo’s concerts, with past line-ups including Japan’s King of Rock Kiyoshiro Imawano, UA, BONNIE PINK, and more.
This year will see performances from Itou Seikou ITP, Kenichi Nagira, yae, scoobie do, Taiji Sato, Nozomi Nobody, hachi_Aigoz, tico moon, Rokuta Yanagiya, and Ichido Ryutei.
Every single product at the market booths has a story, and visitors will be able to hear about them from the makers in-person as they shop. And the items sold at the market will be different each day, stocking something to add a little environmental consideration into our lives.
C. W. Nicol’s “Nicol’s Forest Kitchen” sausages help plant forests
The late Welsh-born Japanese writer, actor, and singer-songwriter C. W. Nicol was the Executive Committee Chairman for Earth Day Tokyo from 2000 until his passing last year. He also launched Nicol’s Forest Kitchen in 2011 which has been a regular at Earth Day Tokyo to help protect Japan’s forests. The food stall will make an appearance this year too.
C. W. Nicol began to wonder how he could help raise people’s interest in forests as well as help revitalise forests that had been destroyed. Nicol’s Forest Kitchen project was his answer: to spread awareness through food, and in doing so, the project could help build up forests.
Visitors separate garbage themselves with the help of volunteers
At the Eco Station, volunteer staff will help direct visitors in separating garbage properly, raising awareness on the proper procedures which they can take away home with them.
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 @ Yoyogi Park
Running: April 17, 2021 – April 18, 2021
Where: Yoyogi Park
Earth Day Tokyo Official Website: https://www.earthday-tokyo.org
Japanese Artists Associated With The TEA-ROOM Launch Art Production and Management Company
13.April.2021 | FASHION
Mucha Kucha is announced the launch of a new art production and management project that aims to create a space and opportunities for people to discover the Japanese spirit and value through performances and products created by artists associated with the The TEA-ROOM.
The project brings together seven diverse artists from different backgrounds whose mission is to “Respect and Go Beyond.”
Art Production & Management Project
Participating artists will showcase their experience and personalities in a variety of ways as part of the project in an effort to create new possibilities within Japanese culture while seeking to elevate cultural value.
The TEA-ROOM productions
Art and products
Souryou Matsumura (Tea Ceremony Instructor)
Shiho Sakamoto (Confectioner)
Fumihiko Sano (Artitect/Artist)
Gentaro Yokoyama (Potter)
RYOTA HAGIWARA (Flower Arranger)
Masahiro Inoue (Paperer)
The TEA-ROOM (Art Collective)
Official Website: https://mucha-kucha.co.jp/