teamLab Bring Digital Art to Kyoto World Heritage Site Shimogamo Shrine
11.June.2018 | SPOT
teamLab is an ‘artist collaborative, interdisciplinary creative group’ made up of specialists including programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects – the list goes on. They work to blur together the art, science, technology and creative industries.
The team are bringing their Light Festival in Tadasu no Mori digital art exhibition to Shimogamo Shrine, which stands as one of seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The event will run from August 17 to September 2.
Resisting and Resonating Ovoids and Forest – Forest of Tadasu at Shimogamo Shrine
teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Shimogamo Shrine sits between Kamo River and Takano River. It is one of Kyoto’s oldest shrines, having been a place of worship to countless people since old times. ‘Tadasu no Mori’ (Forest of Correction) is a sacred grove at the shrine and reminder of times gone, stretching 124,000 square meters. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1994.
Resonating Spheres – Forest of Tadasu at Shimogamo Shrine
teamLab, 2016, Interactive Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
teamLab will showcase the above two art displays. Light, sound and digital technology will surround the trees leading up to the shrine and gate. The exhibits will transform with the presence of people.
Head to one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines to see a fusion of tradition and modern technology.
TeamLab Opens Permanent Megalith Garden Exhibit at Shanghai Shopping Mall
On December 23, 2021, the digital art collective TeamLab unveiled ‘Megaliths in the Garden,’ an interactive work of art at the One ITA shopping mall in Xujiahui, one of the largest commercial districts in Shanghai. This permanent exhibit shows the birth, bloom, and fall of the white magnolia and other local flowers throughout the year, and also changes in response to visitors’ movements.
In ‘Megaliths in the Garden,’ the flowers that bloom in the area throughout the year are born and die in eternal repetition from hour to hour. When people approach each piece, the flowers fall, and when they stay still more bloom. The plants will also change to suit the particular season. How would you like to visit Shanghai to see this incredible digital art piece?
Megaliths in the Garden
Location: Co-FUN Garden
One ITC LG1
1901 Hua Shan Road, Xujiahui Ddistrict, Shanghai
Official Site: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/megaliths_garden
Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto and Okuratouen Release Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea
From February 1 until February 28, 2022, visitors to the Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto can enjoy a leisurely Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea courtesy of a new partnership with Okuratouen.
Okura Pottery is known for its exquisite Blue Rose tableware which features heavily in this collaboration.
The menu features the special Blue Rose Macaroon with its distinctive high-quality taste along with a variety of sweets and savory dishes surrounded by strawberries and roses. Guests can enjoy this three-tiered selection of goodies from 12:00-16:00 during the event period at the hotel’s Mayfair Tea Lounge.
Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea
Running: February 1 – February 28, 2022
Address: Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto 2F, Mayfair Tea Lounge
Hours: 12:00-16:00 (2-hour block) *Reservations required by previous day at 17:00
ART SHINSAIBASHI Event to Display Over 300 Pieces of Contemporary Art
08.January.2022 | FASHION
ART SHINSAIBASHI, previously held twice in 2021, will return for its biggest showing ever from January 15 until January 22, 2022. 300 unique works of contemporary art will be on display, with some created by up-and-coming creators and others from seasoned masters of their craft. Three locations will house the art, with Space 14 at Shinsaibashi PARCO will serve as the main venue. Some of the most notable artists include Banksy, KAWS, and Jean-Michael Basquiat. Featured domestic artists include Hiroko Koshino and Youhei Sugita, the latter holding a live painting stream on January 15 and 16.
Main Venue (PARCO 14F Space 14)
‘Contemporary Art Collection’
Running: January 15 – January 22, 2022
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Admission until 30 minutes prior to closing / Closing at 16:00 on January 22)
Youhei Sugita Live Painting Stream / January 15, 16 from 14:00-15:00
Selected Works on Display
URGE1 – KAWS
Flying Copper – Banksy
WORK#1790 – Koshino Hiroko
pith series yellow – Youhei Sugita
Anime Cel Art Collection
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Second Venue: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building 8F Artglorieux
Nick Walker Contemporary Art Collection
Running: January 12 – January 18, 2022 / 10:00-20:00 (Closing at 16:00 on January 18)
VANDAL vs LOUVRE
Yukyo Yamamoto Solo Exhibition
Running: January 19 – January 25, 2022 / 10:00-20:00 (Closing at 16:00 on January 18)
Bit Coins on the Dollars
第三会場 大丸心斎橋店本館1F 御堂筋側イベントスペース Third Venue: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building 1F Event Space
Contemporary Art Pop-Up Store
Running: January 14 – January 25, 2022
How Fun! – Takashi Murakami
Running: January 15 – January 22, 2022
Location: Shinsaibashi PARCO 14F Space 14
Work Details: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/shinsaibashi/art_shinsaibashi/
Live Painting Stream by Youhei Sugita
Date: January 15, 2022 at 14:00
Where to Watch: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Official Instagram Account (@daimarushinsaibashi)
*The completed works will be sold by lottery at the venue.
A lottery box will be set up at the venue, and winners will be contacted on or after January 17, 2022.
Online Art Exhibition ‘Creators Show Up’ Announces Original Catalogue, Contest
07.January.2022 | FASHION
The online art exhibition for artists from the current era ‘Creator’s Show Up Gallery Online’ has announced the creation of a new original catalog, along with a contest to decide the best work from among the exhibitors’ booths.
The original catalog will include the works of all exhibitors of the online gallery. The cover features a key visual drawn by najuko. For those wanting to be included in the catalog, register as an exhibitor on the site, and then register for a booth. Sales will begin on January 20, 2021 for a limited time only.
A new contest is being held under the theme of ‘the emergence of new talent.’ Winners can snag prizes regardless of fame or achievements prior, and the top prize is ¥100,000 and a YouTube thumbnail created by singer-songwriter John/TOOBOE.
2022 Anime & Game Summit 2022
Running: January 20, 2022 at 11:00 – January 21, 2022 at 18:00
Exhibit Fee: Free (*Some fees may apply)
Exhibition Application Deadline: January 12, 2022
How to Apply: https://showbooth.dmm.com/events/animegame/exhibitor/
Visitor Registration: Free
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/ags_DMM
Event Details: https://shutsugen.com/event.php#shutsugen
Contest Entry Guidelines
Step 1: Register as an exhibitor in the gallery.
Step 2: Register your work at the booth.
Entry Deadline: January 13, 2022 at 23:59
Running: January 20 – January 23, 2022
Official Site: https://shutsugen.com/
Exhibitor Application Page: https://shutsugen.com/eve†ts/ex/venue/request/exhibit_auth.php
Wall Art Commemorating Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Appears in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya
06.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
To commemorate the start of Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 on January 9, 2022, some powerful new wall art filled with storyboards and other imagery from the series has appeared in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya train stations for a limited time!
These incredible images will only be available to see until January 9, so if you’re near any of these stations, be sure to check them out! Starting on January 4, a countdown video of ‘favorite scenes’ as chosen by six popular creators will be posted to the official anime Twitter account (@anime_shingeki).
Storyboards featured in this wall art comes from episodes 76 to 80 of the anime series. The largest board is 22.5 meters in length.
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Commemorative Wall Art
Location: Tokyu Dogenza Happy Board AB30
(In the underground passage near the A0 and A1 exits on B2F towards Dogenzaka on the Denentoshi Line at Shibuya Station)
Viewing Period: January 4 – 9, 2022
Location: Tokyo Metro / Shinjuku Metro Super Premium Set
(In the corridor connecting the east and west exits of Shinjuku Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR West Japan Railway / Sakurabashi Avenue, Osaka Station
(In the underground passage towards the Sakurabashi exit of JR Osaka Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR Central Japan Railway / Nagoya Wide Wall
(Inside the Sakuradori Gate of JR Nagoya Station, on the North Street)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Official Site: https://shingeki.tv/final/
Tokyo Revengers Collaboration Event to be Held at Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Toei Kyoto Studio Park will hold a special collaboration event with Tokyo Revengers from December 25, 2021 until February 13, 2022. Exclusive illustrations of the main cast will appear around the park, and a stamp rally will be set up around the entire city of Kyoto. Collaborative merchandise and food will also be available during the event period.
Photo Spot #1
Photo Spot #2
Target Shooting Game Prizes
First Prize: Background Panel (6 varieties)
Second Prize: Acrylic Coaster (6 varieties)
Third Prize: Sticker (12 varieties, random)
Baji and Chifuyu’s’ Yakisoba (Includes a Baji or Chifuku Card): ¥800 (Tax Included)
Takemichi and HIna’s Parfait: ¥950 (Tax Included)
Tokyo Revengers Meetup Drink (Coffee Float): ¥700 (Tax Included)
Business Card Style Cards (Featuring Original Illustrations, Life-size)
Business Card Style Cards (Featuring Original Illustrations, Mini)
Stamp Rally Special Postcard
Special Gift: Towel with Purchase of Ticket to Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Manjiro Sano announces a meetup in Kyoto, but Mikey and takemichi have their own agenda. After a number of hijinks, can visitors solve the slapstick happenings going on around Kyoto?
Tokyo Revengers Tokyo Meetup ~I Wanna Eat Dorayaki~
Running: December 25, 2021 – February 13, 2022
Location: Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Movie Village Padios 2F Event Exhibition Hall / Animate Kyoto / Kyoto Tower Observatory (Free area on 11F) / Sanjo Station on Keihan Electric Railway / Shugakuin Station on Eizan Electric Railway / Arashiyama Station on Randen Railway
Event Details: https://www.toei-eigamura.com/tokyo-revengers/
Official Site: https://www.toei-eigamura.com/
Ayako Suwa’s New Work ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’ on Exhibition at KAMU Kanazawa
KAMU k=k, the sixth space in the private contemporary art museum KAMU Kanazawa, will officially open on December 17, 2021. The location was created as a multi-purpose exhibition space, and it’s first project will be ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’ by Ayako Suwa, active in the field of food art. The work is seat in Hakusan and Kanazawa and revolves around the themes of nature, cities, and water circulation.
TALISMAN in the woods ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of KAMU kanazawa
In the year and a half since its opening in 2020, KAMU Kanazawa has continued to inspire with unique spaces inspired by artist’s individuality. The opening of ‘KAMU tatami’ in October made a big splash, and ‘KAMU k=k’ will only be a limited space for around four years. This follows the museums philosophy that the role and shape of a city changes over time, meaning that the museum should change along with it.
KAMU k≐k Courtesy of KAMU kanazaw
The space is five meters high, and seven meters wide and deep, giving a theater-like atmosphere. Giving a wildly different impression than it’s surroundings, visitors can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime art experience.
TALISMAN in the woods ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of KAMU kanazawa
The first exhibition held in “k≐k” will be “TALISMAN in the Woods” by Ayako Suwa. Ripples will spread outside of the museum, following the theme of water circulation. Visitors will be asked to pay attention to how nature silently impacts daily life, and will be inspired to create connections with the world around them. In this exhibition, Suwa will share insight on water from Hakusan, a city supplying water to huge areas of Ishikawa Prefecture. This three-dimensional work was created by the artist during 2020 during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic. Using Cedar branches and leaves from Hakusan, the installation is on a massive scale consistent with the new space.After the exhibition, the talismans displayed in the work will be returned to the soil of Hakusan to connect the exhibition with local nature.
©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
Through crowdfunding, guests can snag a piece of Suwa’s work along with other special items. In addition to simply owning a piece of art, upon the death of these talismans, guests can participate in the ritual of returning these pieces to the forest.
TALISMAN ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
Open: December 17, 2021
Ayako Suwa’s ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’
Exhibition Period: December 17 – December 23, 2021
Admission: ¥1300 (Ticket for all spaces) / Free for Elementary Students and Under
Closed on Mondays (unless a national holiday)
Address: KAMU Kanazawa (1-1-52 Hirosaka, Kanazawa)
*KAMU Sky is not currently open to the public.
Open Period: November 22 – December 27, 2021
Crowdfunding URL: https://motion-gallery.net/projects/kamu_ayakosuwapjt/
Platform: MotionGallery (https://motion-gallery.net/)
TeamLab to Hold Garden Festival of Light in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture in 2022
Interactive digital art collective TeamLab will hold the Kairaku-en (Japanese Garden) Festival of Light at one of Japan’s three most beloved gardens located in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture from February 1 until March 31, 2022. A total of eight creative works showcasing the ‘longevity of life’ will be on display, utilizing the greenery of the surrounding 180-year-old garden itself. One work will illuminate over 1,500 plum trees, while another will see giant cedars interacting to guests’ presence. During this period, the Mito Ume Festival (February 11 – March 21) will also take place at the gardens. The festival has been held continuously for over 120 years.
Kairakuen is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan and was built by Tokugawa Nariaki during the Edo period (1842). The other two gardens are Kenroku-en in Ishikawa Prefecture and Koraku-en in Okayama Prefecture. In 1922, Kairaku-en was designated a National Historic Site and also a National Place of Scenic Beauty. In 2022, the garden will celebrate its 180th anniversary, and features over 3,000 plum trees of over 100 varieties.
TeamLab’s ‘Digitized Nature’ art project utilizes technology to ‘turn nature itself into art in its natural state’ without destroying or uprooting any of the plants or trees. It can be difficult for humans to imagine the world that will exist after their particular life ends, and this installation hopes to show the beauty that is possible even after a hundred or a thousand years. Through the combination of human creations and nature itself, TeamLab wants to remind people what is possible when we live side by side in harmony with one another.
TeamLab Kairaku-en Festival of Light 2022
Running: February 1 – March 31, 2022
Location: Kairakuen, Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of January.
Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto to Hold Strawberry Fair in 2022
15.December.2021 | FOOD
From January 4 until April 30, 2022, Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto will hold a special Strawberry Fair at its cozy lounge.
Those who love strawberries enough to want to drown in them won’t want to miss this limited-time event featuring four unique desserts and an afternoon tea set.
Strawberry Parfait ‘Drowning Strawberries’
Guests can enjoy pouring warm homemade confiture made from Kyoto strawberries from Uesugi Farm in Yawata City over thin chocolate hidden beneath strawberry ice cream. This is recommended by the patisserie.
‘Strawberry Shortcake ~Buried in the Glass~’
This limited-edition version of the hotel’s strawberry shortcake is filled with white meringue and soft sponge, with cherry brandy flavoring making it light and easy to eat.
‘Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set’
Strawberry Stack Option
The popular ‘Afternoon Tea Set’ is served in a bamboo box made by Kochousai Kosuga, a bamboo craft manufacturer in Kyoto. This special strawberry version features nine sweet and nine savory items, including strawberry shortcakes and cream puffs. For a limited time until March, guests can add a pile of strawberries to the third tier. Using the special scoop spoon, you’ll feel as though you’re harvesting strawberries of your own! Be sure to take pictures.
Overflowing Strawberry Gift Box
Although it looks like a present, this dessert is meant to be enjoyed on-site! Overflowing with strawberry mousse, strawberry jelly, and pistachio brulee, raspberry sorbet, and streusel are hidden beneath the white chocolate box. Now that’s luxury!
Strawberry Fair ~Drown, Overflow, Indulge~
Location: Lounge (1F at All Day Dining Kaza)
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Order: Dessert 18:00 / Other 20:30)
Running: January 4 – April 30, 2022
*The Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set, Strawberry Layer Cake, and Strawberry Shortcake are only available until March 31, 2022.
Official Site: https://www.rihga.co.jp
Adorable Hamster-shaped Cakes from Kyoto Now on Sale
13.December.2021 | FOOD
Aoki Koetsudo, a 129-year-old confectionery shop in Kyoto, and 2:00, a Kyoto-based company specializing in unique products, have come together to create some incredibly cute hamster-shaped cakes. These pastries are called monaka, and feature azuki bean jam filling sandwiched between two crisp wafers made from mochi. Each set includes 6 wafers, six helpings of bean jam, and a bag of nuts, so customers can enjoy creating the pastries themselves!
How to Enjoy Hamster Monaka
Fill the Hamster-shaped monaka with as much azuki jam as you like.
Cover the monaka with the wafer and add one of the nuts provided.
Paint the eyes and ears with chocolate to give each pastry some personality!
NAKED to Open Immersive Night Experience at Heian Jingu in Kyoto
Creative company NAKED has released the details of an upcoming immersive night experience at Kyoto’s Heian Jingu, one of the most well-known temples in Japan. The event will take place from December 15 until December 30, and will fill the temple grounds with colorful lights and new experiences as the new year approaches. The first of these Yoru Mo-de experiences took place at Toyokawa Inari, and the event attracted over 20,000 people in its 10-day run.
Given the state of the world and the current pandemic, NAKED has found a way to attract people to a new kind of night worship that provides a safe and secure way to visit shrines and temples. By using their projection mapping technology and art installations to highlight the beauty of these Japanese locales, guests can experience something truly special in the midst of these difficult times.
The popular NAKED Flower Cleansing, which broadcasts realistic flower projections into guests’ hands, will have a Heian Jingu update for the event. Guests will also be able to hold the NAKED Distanced Lanterns, which will illumate the ground as people explore the grounds. Sounds and light will combine to create an entirely new world, and visitors will also be shown the history of Heian Jingu through a new projection mapping show. NAKED’s DANDELION PROJECT will also be installed at the site, inviting visitors to send wishes of love and peace to other installations around the world.
The Illuminated Outenmon Gate, an Important Cultural Property
NAKED Flower Cleansing
NAKED Distanced Lanterns
Illuminated Grounds -Echoes of Light-
Projection Mapping –Hanamusubi–
Taiheikaku -Corridor of Light-
DANDELION PROJECT Heian Jingu
13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival to Screen All 5 Rurouni Kenshin Films
09.December.2021 | MOVIE
The 13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival has announced its screening lineup and will be held both in-person and online. In addition to all five live-action Rurouni Kenshin films being screened, five carefully-selected historical films from around the world have been chosen from over 200 applicants. These will be screened at the Japanese event and can only be seen during the festival.
Italian film Inferno, produced in 1911 and shown at Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna in 2021, will make its Japanese premiere along with a piano accompaniment. Oshuraga: Land of Souls will also be screened in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Kyoto-Quebec Friendship and Collaboration Agreement.
41 films will also be available to stream on the MIRAIL streaming service, with tickets going on sale on January 22, 2022.
13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival
Running: January 22 – January 30, 2022
Location: The Museum of Kyoto 3F Film Theater
Pre-order Tickets Starting December 25, 2021 at Ticket Pia
*Advance Tickets are available for Historica Special only. All other tickets will be sold at the door.
Available on MIRAIL Video Streaming Service
How to Watch: Purchase tickets from MIRAIL on or after January 22, 2022
Official Site: https://historica-kyoto.com/