AEON booth delivers Japanese culture to the world @ NYC – and also sell 24 different kinds of colourful backpacks!
JAPAN WEEK was held at New York’s Grand Central Terminal last week from March 10th～12th. MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON and AEON worked together for this overwhelmingly successful event.
There were many booths on show, such as the Kaiten-zushi Shinkansen (bullet-train conveyor belt sushi). One that really caught the gaze of the attendees was the AEON booth who were selling 24 different coloured ransel backpacks.
Ransel backpacks have been picked up by fashion magazines and as a result have been recognised worldwide, so attracted the immensely curious New Yorkers immediately. From children to adults, lots of people tried the backpacks out for themselves by wearing them and feeling their lightness and durability.
A photoshoot was also held by model Yuna Yabe, who is active in a variety of media, including Japanese Harajuku fashion magazine Zipper. Attendees enjoyed having their photo taken with Yuna Yabe while wearing their favourite coloured ransel. Those who post with the hashtag #ENJOYAEON will receive a special SNSNAP photo as a present! If you head on over to the ENJOY AEON! website you can see the ransel SNSNAP photos.
Other booths at the event included the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON booth where they sold a variety of goods and promoted their website, and also handed out copies of the magazine Time Out Tokyo where Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is featured on the front cover. A campaign was also held after the event which detailed information about Japan.
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON and ENJOY AEON! will be continuing their EXPO WORLD TOUR attending Japanese culture events worldwide. Together with our ambassadors representing Japan, the EXPO WORLD TOUR project will be delivering the goodness of Japan to the world. Information for future schedules will be announced on the official ENJOY AEON! and MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON websites, so keep an eye out!
Experience Japanese Culture from Anywhere with Kanda Myojin Shrine’s Virtual Space
09.June.2022 | SPOT
Kanda Myojin Shrine dates back over 1,270 years, making it one of the most well-known religious sites in Tokyo. Dai Nippon Printing is now making it possible for interested visitors to experience the site from anywhere in the world, unveiling the Kanda Myojin CG Space this week. Developed with approval from the shrine, the virtual space faithfully reproduces the structure and design of the location using 3D laser measurement technology and CG techniques developed by DNP over many years. The space will be open online to all audiences.
A portion of the work from the Masayuki Kojo 10th Anniversary Exhibition currently behind held on-site at Kanda Myojin from June 4 until July 10 will also be available to view in the CG space. The space will also be linked to ‘Virtual Akihabara,’ developed by DNP in conjunction with the AKIBA Tourism Council. Using XR (Extended Reality), the company hopes to develop a wide variety of new communication styles.
The Kanda Myojin CG Space was created by using DNP’s laser measurement technology to recreate three-dimensional objects. By using high-definition photography and photogrammetry technology, images of objects are taken from many angles, creating a realistic 3DCG space to explore. The structure of the shrine, which was rebuilt in 1934 after being damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquake, has been faithfully reproduced in every way.
In conjunction with events held at the Kanda Myojin Museum, the Kanda Myojin CG Space will make the history of Kanda Myojin and its collection of materials, including rare ukiyo-e prints, available online for anyone to access. Through these exhibits, people both in Japan and abroad can experience Edo culture through their web browsers!
Kanda Myojin CG Space
Masayuki Kojo 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: June 4 – July 10, 2022
Hours: 9:00-16:00 *Last entry at 15:45, open daily
Address: Kanda Myojin Cultural Exchange Center 1F (2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Hong Kong and Virtual Exhibition to Reimagine Japanese Contemporary Art, Fashion as NFTs
26.April.2022 | FASHION
From April 21 until May 15, 2022, Startbahn is holding the ‘Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality’ exhibition at a pop-up venue in Hong Kong! A virtual showroom by VIRTRIX is also open for those who can’t attend in person.
‘Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality’ utilizes blockchain technology and NFTs to showcase cutting-edge Japanese creativity in the worlds of fashion, art, and crafts, bringing the physical and virtual worlds together. The lineup was brought together by Startbahn, a leader in blockchain and Web3 infrastructure in Japan. Participating artists include fashion stars Tomo Koizumi and Anrealage, ceramic artist Takahiro Koga, and Yumi Kishi, known for creating digital portraits using artificial intelligence. The latter has appeared in Vogue and worked with Nike.
Participating Fashion Brands / Designers, Artists
Fashion Brands / Designers
B-OWND / Takahiro Koga
SBINFT Market Artists:
Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality
Running: April 23 – May 15, 2022
Venue: Shop Go1, K11 Art Mall (K11 Car Park, 18 Hanoi Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong)
Virtual Showroom / Official Site: https://www.virtrix.io/startbahn/madeinjapan3.0
NAKED Opens Traditional Craft Workshop in Saga Prefecture
Creative company NAKED has begun producing a collection of workshops on traditional crafts found in Saga Prefecture. Along with local creators, the event will continue through February 2022.
NAKED, together with Saga Prefecture, started a project called the ‘Saga Art Prefectural Government Project’ in 2016, which focuses on promoting the night economy in Saga. From the fall of 2021 until winter 2022, visitors to Saga will be able to enjoy a night walk surrounded by lanterns and local pieces of artwork.
During this event, workshops led by Saga’s top creators will invite visitors to create a number of unique, personalized items, from lanterns to hand lotion. Certain workshops are for both adults and children, making this a fun event for the entire family.
aroma*aroma Fragrance School Seminar House: Aromatherapy Soap Making for Parents and Children
Arita Porcelain Lab Painting Experience
Ogi Akari Project Bamboo Lantern Making Experience
Making Magatama at Yoshinogari Historial Park
Balloon Museum: Paper Balloon Making Experience for Parents and Children
full of flowers hyakka Flower Swag Making Experience
aroma*aroma Fragrance School Seminar House (with aroma lecture) Hand Cream Making Experience
Bubbleman Store for Adults: Saga Lotion Making Experience/ Bubbleman Store Candy Soap Making Experience for Parents and Children
Ureshino Warmth Festival Lantern Making Experience
Night Walking Art Display NAKED GARDEN SAGA
Address: Saga Prefectural Office, Top Floor Observation Hall
Running: October 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022
Hours: 18:30-22:00 *Final entry at 21:30
Tokyo Revengers Daruma Now Available from Shirakawa Daruma
Shirakawa Daruma Souhonpo in Fukushima Prefecture, which has been in business since the end of the Edo period, is now selling seven Tokyo Revengers-themed daruma. These good luck items are available both at Daruma Land on the second floor of S-PAL Koriyama in Shirakawa City and at the Shirakawa Daruma online store.
Some characters available in Daruma form are Takemichi, Mikey, and Draken. Shirakawa Daruma Souhonpo, which has been in business for 300 years, makes use of Japanese traditional techniques to form each doll by hand. These palm-sized dolls are only 45mm long and are perfect for decorating any room.
Let these Tokyo Revengers-themed good luck charms make this the best year ever!
Biwako Hotel in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture Introduces the Hyakunin Isshu Cocktail
Biwako Hotel in Shiga Prefecture is now selling two original cocktails inspired by the Hyakunin Isshu poem anthology until March 4, 2022. Originally created in 2021, these drinks will be available at the Bel Lago Bar.
Biwako Hotel began selling a series of Hyakunin Isshu-inspired cocktails starting in 2017 to commemorate the 1350th anniversary of the relocation of the capital to Otsu. In 2019, the location opened a 100-person sweets buffet, and in the spring and fall of 2021 the hotel offered an afternoon tea set based on the 100 famous poems. By 2021, the hotel had come up with 35 cocktails, but due to the spread of COVID-19, this was put on hold. Two of the best cocktails are now back for a limited time.
“Feel the love deepen over time, like the stream widening into a river as it descends Mount Tsukuba.”
Poem 13, Retired Emperor Yozei
This poem compares the poet’s ever-deepening and melancholic love to the course of the Minano River.
This drink includes layers of colorful liqueurs. The delicate color of the border reminds guests of the complexity of love.
Osaka no Seki
“Truly, this is where travelers who go or come over parting ways–Friends or strangers–all must meet: The gate of “Meeting Hill.”
Poem 10, Semimaru
This poem speaks of the Osaka Barrier, which was located on the boundary between present-day Kyoto and Omi, now known as Shiga Prefecture.
The author, Semimaru, had a hermitage near this famed border. The mellow green color of the beverage evokes the image of a traveler passing by on a mountain road in early spring.
What is the Hyakunin Isshu?
Those who have seen the anime series Chihayafuru will be very well acquainted with the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, a collection of 100 famous poems in Japanese history collected from the early tenth to the early thirteenth century. These poems are said to have been selected by Fujiwara no Teika, a poet and critic of his day. In the Edo period, these poems were illustrated and became popular among the general public. Students in Japanese schools memorize many of these poems at a young age.
Hyakunin Isshu Cocktail
Available until March 4, 2022 from 18:00-22:00 (Last order at 21:30)
Location: Biwako Hotel 2F Bel Lago Bar
Official Site: https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/
Scandinavian Artist Lisa Larson Opens Preorders for JAPAN Sekku Series
26.January.2022 | FASHION
Lisa Larson, a beloved Scandinavian artist, has turned two of her most popular characters from the JAPAN SERIES into Hina dolls! Introducing Ohina-kun and Ohina-sama.
The original character Pelle was first introduced in ‘Larson’s Children’s Series,’ created between 1964 and 1980. Stina is also an original character, created as a prototype in Lisa’s studio in 1957.
Lisa Larson’s Vintage Prototypes
While the cheerful impression of the original works is still intact, Pelle and Stina have been transformed into traditional Japanese dolls.
Ohina-kun and Ohina-sama
Just in time for the Doll’s Festival! Larson worked with a creative kokeshi doll studio in Gunma Prefecture to design this duo, and each piece is handcrafted from local wood. These are perfect for seasonal celebrations.
This dignified young warrior shows off his magnificent helmet and how he has grown up just in time for the Dragon Boat Festival. His cat has been replaced by a Japanese war fan, and the tiger signifies a healthy and honorable life for boys.
Ohina-kun and Ohina-sama
TONKACHI STORE: https://shop.tonkachi.co.jp/
The Museum of Japanese Art Yamato Bunkakan Opens Japanese Ceramics Exhibition
From January 5 until February 13, 2022, the Museum of Japanese Art Yamato Bunkakan in Nara will feature a large exhibition of Japanese pottery, spanning from the Jomon period to the present day.
Important Cultural Property – Painted Platter (Imari Ware) / Yamato Bunkakan Collection
Celadon Porcelain Vase – By Soubei Kinkouzan (Taisho Period) / Privately Owned
The exhibition will feature both potteries from the museum’s collection and those held by private individuals. The history of pottery in Japan began in the Jomon period around 14,500 BCE, and this earthenware eventually evolved into Sue ware, formed on a potter’s wheel. The Nara period saw the emergence of glazed ceramics. During the Momoyama period (1573-1603), the world of pottery was revitalized with the popularity of the tea ceremony. During the Edo period (1603-1868), porcelain was first successfully fired in Arita, and these pieces became popular throughout Japan. Painting on ceramics also became popular during this period, and although pottery saw less popularity after the Meiji Restoration, it has since evolved in different ways with more modern technology.
Japanese Pottery: From the Jomon Period to Today
Running: January 5 – February 13, 2022
*Closed on Mondays (Open on January 10, closed on January 11)
Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Last Entry at 16:00)
General: ¥630 / High School, College Students: ¥420 / Elementary, Middle School Students: Free
Official Site: https://www.kintetsu-g-hd.co.jp/culture/yamato/
Actor Chafurin Performs Special Reading of ‘Hoichi the Earless’ at Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris’
The Kadokawa Musashino Museum in Saitama is currently holding the 360-degree experimental exhibition Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris to continuously promote Japanese culture to the world. Actor Chafurin, known for his voice work in popular anime series like Detective Conan and Chibi Maruko-chan, is the owner of ‘Shurindo,’ a group of popular actors devoted to storytelling with sake. The recitation group will be holding a special event at the museum on January 16, 2022, where a group of personalities will perform the classic story ‘Hoichi the Earless,’ a popular piece of Japanese folklore.
Ukiyo-e from Paris Design
Starring: Chafurin, Ryota Osaka, Mutsumi Tamura, Mai Nakahara, Satoshi Tsuruoka, Kafu Ohmine (Biwa Player)
Danny Rose Studio has helped create a giant video space for the new exhibition, combining the old and the new. The Dreamed Japan – Images of the Floating World exhibition has been experienced by over 2 million people in France, and was brought back to Japan with enhancements in October 2021. Twelve unique works of art are dynamically projected on a massive space, transporting visitors into an entirely new world based on ukiyo-e pieces.
This performance will be a special one-time event bringing together a selection of famous actors and a traditional biwa player. Hoichi the Earless tells the tale of an extremely skilled blind biwa player and his experiences with the samurai and a terrifying ghostly retainer.
After the show, guests can enjoy the afterparty in which visitors and the performers can mingle and have a cocktail. More details will be announced on social media soon!
Participants are yet to be determined. There will be no archive of the afterparty. Those purchasing alcohol will be asked for ID. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
Reading at Ukiyo-e in Paris Exhibition, ‘Hoichi the Earless’
Date: January 16, 2022 at 18:00 (Doors Open at 17:30)
Address: Tokorozawa Sakura Town Kadokawa Musashino Museum 1F Grand Gallery
(3-31-3 Higashitokorozawawada, Tokorozawa, Saitama)
Admission: ¥10,000 (Tax Included)
Show URL: https://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv335023330
Archive Viewing Period: Available until April 10, 2022 at 23:59 / Watch as many times as you like during the viewing period. For more details, visit the Niconico website.
Price: ¥3,000 (Tax Included)
Starring: Chafurin, Ryota Osaka, Mutsumi Tamura, Mai Nakahara, Satoshi Tsuruoka, Kafu Ohmine (Biwa Player)
Lifestyle Shop KEYUCA Releases Nature-Inspired Hagi Ware for the Holidays
01.January.2022 | FASHION
Lifestyle shop KEYUCA is known for its eclectic collection of original clothing, food, and home goods. On December 24, the company will release the new ‘Saiun’ series to its popular Hagi ware line, which will include new cups and plates perfect to use during the New Year’s holiday!
[Hagi ware] Colored Cloud Cup: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
[Hagi ware] Colored Cloud Plate: ¥2,350 (Tax Included)
KEYUCA’s colorful new items remain classy while offering a different take on traditional tableware. Hagi ware is a type of Japanese pottery that originated from the town of Hagi, Yamaguchi, and these pieces usually feature natural and subdued colors. This made them popular with feudal lords, but modern audiences are looking for something a little more chic.
Simple Color Chopsticks, 5-piece Set: ¥1,760 (Tax Included)
[Mino ware] Small Dish: ¥429 (Tax Included)
Along with these new Hagi ware pieces, a number of other items are also available at reasonable prices, such as colorful small dishes perfect for kaiseki and festive chopsticks.
Official Site: https://www.keyuca.com
Neo JAPAN, a Fair Dedicated to Traditional and Modern Japanese Culture, Held by niko and…
26.December.2021 | FASHION
Lifestyle editorial brand niko and…is currently holding the Neo JAPAN event, blending aspects of traditional and modern Japanese culture. The fair is being held on the brand’s official web store and at select stores nationwide. The key visuals were created by ukiyo-e artist Naga, and the store will sell a number of goods perfect for the New Year’s holiday.
Feng Shui Daruma Plate
Coasters (2 Pack)
Year of the Tiger Chopstick Rest
またniko and … TOKYO店限定で、2メートルを超える特大ガチャが設置され、新年らしい商品を詰め込んだ楽しいガチャとなっている。
This year’s lineup of merchandise includes traditional Daruma along with tiger-themed art to honor the Chinese Zodiac for 2022. Guests can also participate in a silk-screening workshop at participating locations, while the niko and…TOKYO location will have a two-meter long gacha filled with fun New Year’s items!
Event begins December 22, 2021
Participating Locations: niko and…TOKYO, niko and…Mozo Wonder City, niko and Kobe Harborland umie, niko and…Yokohama Bay Quarter, niko and…Aeon Mall Asahikawanishi, niko and…LaLaport Tokyo Bay, Official Web Store (.st)
*Product release date may differ depending on the store.
Silk-Screening Workshop: January 1, 2022
Participating Locations: niko and…TOKYO, niko and…Mozo Wonder City, niko and…Kobe Harborland umie
*Check each location’s social media for more details.
Official Site: https://www.nikoand.jp
Spend the Winter in a Unique Shinshu Snow Hut with Limited-Time Package
17.November.2021 | SPOT
A part of Hoshino Resorts, KAI Alps is an incredible hot spring inn located in Omachi, Nagano prefecture, at the foot of the Northern Japanese Alps. In February 2022, the hotel will allow guests to book the Shinshu Snow Hut Experience, where visitors can enjoy the winter in a traditional snow-packed hut surrounded by bamboo lights. This area is one of the snowiest places in the region, and the locals have plenty of knowledge when it comes to getting through the cold.
Nagano prefecture is often called the ‘Space prefecture’ for its beautiful starry skies. Inside the snow hut, guests will be surrounded by lights, and bamboo lanterns will light the way. These gentle lights are perfect for the white of winter, despite the cold.
Exclusively for this package, a kotatsu (heated table) will be placed inside the huts, and guests can wear traditional local clothing perfect for the weather. Sweet sake made at the Hokuan Sake Distillery in Omachi City and local rice cakes with Nozawa pickled greens, a Shinshu specialty, will also be served up.
How would you like to partake in this traditional experience?
Shinshu Snow Hut Experience
Running: February 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
Price: ¥2,000 per person (Tax & Service Charge included)
Reservations: Make on the website at least one week in advance
Capacity: 1 group per session (2-4 people per group)
Location: KAI Alps – Hoshino Resorts
Hours: 19:00-19:45 / 20:00-20:45
Limited to Hotel Guests Only
Anime Idol Group HAKOMEN Becomes Tourism Ambassadors for Hakodate
Hakodate is one of the main cities in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. In September 2021, the city launched a new tourism initiative called HAKOMEN, an anime idol group based on historical figures associated with Hakodate. Starting November 1, the members are now official tourism ambassadors! In July 2021, the Jomon historical sites in Hokkaido and the northern Tohoku region were registered as World Heritage Sites, so what better time to promote these incredible areas?
Debut Song ‘Kimi to HAKO☆DATE’
HAKOMEN lore tells the story of incredible historical figures summoned to the present day by the Hollow Dogu, the only National Treasure in Hokkaido and on display at the Hakodate Jomon Culture Center. Forming an idol group to promote the town, the five members see the Hollow Dogu as their producer. On October 14, HAKOMEN made their debut with the song Kimi to HAKO☆DATE, which is already racking up impressive YouTube views.
Comments from the Members
Hijikata Toshizo / A Cutting-Edge Commander and Moodmaker
“I was surprised that I, a man who had mastered the way of the blade, would somehow become Hakodate’s tourism ambassador.
I will put all of my energy into promoting this place!”
Takeaki Enomoto / A Highly Ambitious Peacemaker
“I’m not even from this era, but you want me to do PR for Hakodate?!
Now that I’m here, I’ll be sure to convey some of the charms that only someone from the past would know!”
Takuboku Ishikawa / A Calm and Peaceful Lover of Sweets
“I love Hakodate so much that I moved there during my time, so I’m thrilled to promote it as an ambassador!
I’ll do my best to make all kinds of people fall in love with Hakodate!”
Matthew C. Perry / A Happy and Gourmet Scatterbrain
“Back when I showed up on my black ships, the people of Hakodate were so lovely♪
It’s such an honor to be able to work with Hakodate~ I’ll do my very best!”
Ayasaburo Takeda / An Open-Minded Big Brother Character
“As an ambassador for tourism to Hakodate, I’d love to promote Goryokaku fortress which I designed as an architect in 1855.
Of course, it’s not the only attraction Hakodate has to offer!”
Official Site: https://www.hakobura.jp/hakomen_official/