TripAdvisor Announces Top 20 Best Museums & Best Art Museums in Japan for 2018
18.October.2018 | SPOT
Restaurant and travel website TripAdvisor® has released its lists for the Top 20 Best Museums in Japan 2018 and Top 20 Best Art Museums in Japan 2018 as ranked by its users.
Taking the number one spot for art museums is Teshima Art Museum in Kagawa Prefecture and for museums the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki Prefecture.
The Teshima Art Museum is located on the island of Teshima in the Seto Inland Sea just a 30-minute ferry ride from Takamatsu. It’s home to a single piece of artwork – a concrete shell structure devoid of pillars that’s made in the image of a water droplet just as it’s about to land. The structure takes in natural light, sounds and wind from the surrounding area, combining man-made artwork with nature.
The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is based in the city of Nagasaki and was built in remembrance of the Nagasaki atomic bombing which occurred on August 9, 1945. It houses permanent exhibitions as well as occasional temporary exhibitions all giving historical background to the atomic bombing and postwar nuclear weapons. The museum also has a library with books and picture books relating to peace, nuclear weapons and other relevant topics, as well as a museum shop.
There are twenty each of museums and art museums ranked on TripAdvisor’s list, all must-visits celebrated for their individual and unique exhibits. The art museums are also not only revelled for what they have on show but for their architecture and gardens where one can enjoy nature through all four seasons; many users commented on how they lose track of time and find themselves healed from visiting. A number of facilities related to the disasters of the war ranked in the lists, including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Top 20 Best Art Museums in Japan 2018
1. Teshima Art Museum (Kagawa)
2. Fujishiro Seiji Museum (Tochigi)
3. Nezu Museum (Tokyo)
4. Otsuka Museum of Art (Tokushima)
5. Ghibli Museum Mitaka (Tokyo)
6. Adachi Museum of Art (Shimane)
7. Okada Museum of Art (Kanagawa)
8. Pola Museum of Art (Kanagawa)
9. Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa (Nagano)
10. The National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo)
Top 20 Best Museums in Japan 2018
1. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum (Nagasaki)
2. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima)
3. Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo)
4. Motorcar Museum of Japan (Ishikawa)
5. Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History (Fukuoka)
6. Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (Fukui)
7. The Museum Meiji-mura (Aichi)
8. Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (Aichi)
9. National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka)
10. Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo (Shimane)
If you’re looking to visit a museum while you’re in Japan then be sure to check out TripAdvisor for reference.
Top 20 Best Museums & Best Art Museums 2018
TripAdvisor (English): https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/
Top 10 Landmarks in Japan – Popular Tourist Spots Announced by TripAdvisor
26.May.2018 | SPOT
Travel and restaurant website TripAdvisor® has unveiled the most popular landmarks around the world of 2018 for its Travellers’ Choice Awards.
This is the sixth edition of this ranking. 759 famous locations throughout the world with cultural and historical backgrounds were selected. Taking the top spot this year once again was Angkor Wat in Cambodia. From Japan, Fushimi Inari-Taisha ranked in at number one for the fourth year in a row for the Japanese selections. It also placed 24th worldwide and 5th in Asia.
Seven brand new locations made it into the ranking, including Old City (Switzerland) and London Bridge (UK). In the Asia category, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (India) and Supertree Grove (Singapore) appeared for the first time. Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture made its debut in the list for Japan.
Let’s take a closer look at the most popular tourist landmarks that ranked from Japan.
Top 10 Landmarks in Japan
(*Numbers in brackets denote their position last year.)
1st (1) – Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto
2nd (2) – Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto
3rd (6) – Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima
4th (5) – Senso-ji, Tokyo
5th (8) – Todai-ji, Nara
6th (3) – Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto
7th (10) – Himeji Castle, Hyogo
8th (10) – Meiji Shrine, Tokyo
9th (9) Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Tokyo
10th (First Time Ranking) – Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima
Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto placed number one once again for the fourth year in a row. The red ‘floating’ torii gate is truly a beautiful spectacle.
Kinkaku-ji placed second again with its dazzling and gorgeous yellow appearance.
In third place was Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a symbol of peace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history
Full details can be found over on TripAdvisor, so be sure to reference it during your Japan travels!
Top 20 Best Castles to Visit in Japan 2018 – TripAdvisor
23.August.2018 | SPOT
TripAdvisor® is the world’s biggest travel website for locating the best places to stay, eat and have fun. The rankings for each location are determined by the public who rate and review the places they visit.
The website has just published its 2018 ranking for the best castles to visit in Japan.
This marks the 6th run for best castles in the country. Included this year are 11 castles and 9 castle ruins.
Coming in top place for the 3rd year in a row is Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture. It boasts as the first castle in Japan to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The castle underwent significant renovation from 2009 to 2015. Known for its distinct white walls, the castle has been attracting much popularity in recent years.
In 2nd place is Nijo in Kyoto which has gone up three places from last year.
Ranking at 3rd place is Matsuyama Castle located in Matsuyama, the capital of Ehime Prefecture. This castle came in 3rd place last year too.
Matsumoto Castle was chosen for 4th place. It also goes by the name “Crow Castle” due to its black exterior – quite the opposite of the white walls of Himeji Castle.
Oka Castle came in 5th place, the highest ranking of the castle ruins. All that’s left of it now are stone walls, but it is known as the castle which served as a model in pianist Rentaro Taki’s song Kojo no Tsuki (‘The Moon Over the Ruined Castle‘). This is noted in the Japanese comments on TripAdvisor, with people describing the contrast between the moon and castle as breathtaking as mentioned in the song.
Inuyama Castle in Ehime Prefecture came in at 7th place, moving up the list significantly. It’s one of the 12 original castles of Japan and known for its castle tower being designated as a national treasure.
Castles are an important part of Japanese culture and an incredible immersive experience of the country’s history. Make use of this list to visit at least one during your trip!
Top 30 Attractions in Japan by International Travelers 2018 – TripAdvisor
15.June.2018 | SPOT
TripAdvisor have announced the top 30 best attractions across Japan in 2018 as voted by international travelers. The list features the regular line-up of famous spots like shrines, temples and castles to more niche locations that even Japanese people aren’t familiar with.
This marks the 10th time this ranking has taken place. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Kyoto has clocked in at number one for the 5th year in a row. As of June 2018, the TripAdvisor page for the shrine has over 20,000 reviews, 70% of which are in languages other than Japanese. More than 25 languages have been recorded on the page, proving the shrine’s popularity overseas as a representative spots in Japan. Moving from 3rd place to 2nd place this year is Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and in 3rd place is Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine).
There are several newcomers to the list this year, including Byodoin Temple which people may recognise as being printed on the back of 10 yen coins.
Sanzen-in Temple has a gorgeous garden that is beautiful throughout all four seasons.
Nezu Museum in Tokyo also made the list this year which is home to many national treasures and cultural assets. It first ranked last year for its entertainment facilities, but this year it’s earned popularity amongst foreign tourists for its greenery and tranquillity.
7 places ranked in Kyoto, as well as 6 in Tokyo, and 2 each in Hiroshima, Nara and Kanagawa. 1 place ranked in each Ishikawa, Wakayama, Hyogo, Chiba, Kagoshima, Tochigi, Kagawa, Aichi, Gifu, Toyama, and Nagano.
Check the list for yourself, and why not use it for reference when you come to Japan?
Top 30 Attractions in Japan by International Travelers 2018
Numbers in brackets denote the location’s ranking last year. Asterisks denote newcomers to the list.
1st Place (1) – Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (Kyoto)
2nd Place (3) – Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima)
3rd Place (4) – Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine) (Hiroshima)
4th Place (5) – Todai-ji Temple (Nara)
5th Place (7) – Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (Tokyo)
6th Place (14) – Kenrokuen Garden (Ishikawa)
7th Place (10) – Koyasan Okunoin (Wakayama)
8th Place (8) – Kinkakuji Temple (Kyoto)
9th Place (9) – The Hakone Open-Air Museum (Kanagawa)
10th Place (13) – Himeji Castle (Himeji)
11th Place (30) – Sanjusangendo Temple (Kyoto)
12th Place (11) – Nara Park (Nara)
13th Place (26) – Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (Chiba)
14th Place (-) – Samurai Museum (Tokyo)
15th Place (-) – Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley (Kagoshima)
16th Place (-) – Senso-ji Temple (Tokyo)
17th Place (-) – Nikko Tosho-gu (Tochigi)
18th Place (-) – Ritsurin Garden (Kagawa)
19th Place (25) – Ryogoku Kokugikan (Tokyo)
20th Place (12) – Eikando Zenrinji Temple (Kyoto)
21st Place (16) – Hase-dera Temple (Kanagawa)
22nd Place (-) – Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings (Tokyo)
23rd Place (-) – Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (Aichi)
24th Place (-) – The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (Gifu)
25th Place (29) – Kyoto Station Building (Kyoto)
26th Place (-) – Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Toyama)
27th Place (*) – Byodoin Temple (Kyoto)
28th Place (*) – Nezu Museum (Tokyo)
29th Place (-) – Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (Nagano)
30th Place (*) – Sanzen-in Temple (Kyoto)
*Taken from reviews, numbers of posts and unique algorithms on TripAdvisor between April 207-March 2018.
teamLab’s ‘A Forest Where Gods Live’ Exhibition in Saga Introduces Autumn Inspired Digital Art
teamLab’s annual A Forest Where Gods Live exhibition is currently taking place at Mifuneyama Rakuen Park in Saga Prefecture until November 8, 2020. For autumn this year, the digital art team has introduced a seasonal piece entitled Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain.
Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain
teamLab, 2018, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Available to see for this autumn season only, Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain showcases Kasane no Irome, which are nuances of layered colours that were seasonal colours created in silk before Japan’s modern era, in the form of lit lamps.
The lamps in the exhibition shine brightly and then fade. In the light, one can see the eight autumn Kasane no Irome colours: Budding Leaves, Green Leaves, Fallen Green Leaves, Yellow Leaves, Fallen Yellow Leaves, Fallen Leaves, Fallen Red Leaves, and Autumn Leaves.
Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup
teamLab, 2016, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Make tea in the tea house at the exhibition. Flowers will bloom inside the teacup, which if you pick up, sends the flowers scattering and spreading to the outside of the cup. Flowers will bloom infinitely as long as there is tea. For September, there are safflowers, dianthus, and Chinese asters, while next month will introduce cosmos, osmanthus, and chrysanthemums.
Ever Blossoming Life Rock
teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins
teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation
You can also see autumn flowers in the Ever Blossoming Life Rock and Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins exhibits too.
Visitors can also get set tickers which includes entry to the exhibition as well as a dip in the Rakan no Yu hot springs of Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel. These tickets are limited to 40 people per day.
teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live
Running: July 22, 2020 – November 8, 2020
Address: Mifuneyama Rakuen, 4100 Takeo, Takeo-cho, Takeo City, Saga, Japan
Jul 22 – Sep 13, 2020 19:00 – 22:30
Sep 14 – Oct 11, 2020 18:00 – 22:30
Oct 12 – Nov 8, 2020 17:00 – 22:30
*Enter from Entrance 1. Entrance 2 is only available 60 min after the opening.
*Last entry is 22:00.
Tokyo National Museum Announces ‘Journey Through Asia’ Exhibition
21.August.2020 | SPOT
Tokyo National Museum has announced its 7th run of its Journey Through Asia exhibition, and this time, the museum will feature China. The event will take place from September 8 to October 11.
The theme this year is “Legends.” This word is rooted in the legends of history, but in modern times has been attached to those in the sports and art world. It’s a word that has diversified over time, and this year’s Journey Through Asia will further build on its meaning through the lens of Asia in three perspectives: “What Legends Showed,” “What Legends Made,” and “What Legends Collected.”
The museum is currently limiting the number of people allowed in the museum at once as a measure against COVID-19. Several annual events and tours have also been postponed.
Journey Through Asia – Asian Legends
Running: September 8, 2020 – October 11, 2020
Venue: Tokyo National Museum
Opening Hours: 9:30-17:00 (until 21:00 on Fridays & Saturdays)
Closed: Mondays (Except September 21) / September 23
Price: General ¥1,800 / University Student ¥500 / High School Students and young & Seniors – Free
*You must book online in advance to visit the museum
Monet & Matisse Exhibition at Hakone’s Pola Museum of Art Expanded
Pola Museum of Art in Hakone, Kanagawa is currently holding an exhibition centred on Monet and Matisse titled Monet and Matisse: Visions of the Ideal. Eight more Monet works and six more Matisse pieces were added to the exhibition on Saturday.
The exhibition opened on June 1, but due to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum was not able to obtain the full line-up of artwork from abroad that was originally scheduled to be exhibited. The entire range is now on display, including Monet’s Wisteria borrowed from Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris as well as Matisse’s tapestry The Lute from Mobilier National, also in Paris.
Claude Monet, Wisteria, 1919-1920
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris ©Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images 原画：アンリ・マティス
Henri Matisse, The Lute, 1947-1949, Pola Museum of Art
Mobilier national, Paris © Mobilier national / Isabelle Bideau
No.35 Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1907
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métro-Pole
Yves Bresson / Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole
No.80 Henri Matisse《光の縞模様のある室内》1942年 油彩／カンヴァスマティス美術館、ル・カトー＝カンブレジ
Musée départemental Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis
Photo Musée départemental Matisse, Philip Bernard
The exhibition is running until November 3, 2020, and is a chance for people in Japan to enjoy the original works from two of France’s most famous painters.
Monet and Matisse: Visions of the Ideal
Running: August 8, 2020 – November 3, 2020
*Closed September 1-3
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)
Pola Museum of Art
Address: 1285 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture
Official Website: https://www.polamuseum.or.jp/english/exhibition/20200423s01/
Red Bean Paste Shaved Ice & Seasonal Products at Ginza Sony Park This Summer
Ginza Sony Park has announced a range of seasonal items and food for Summer 2020.
Toraya Cafe・An Stand
Red Bean Paste Shaved Ice with Matcha & Rice Flour Dumplings | Small ¥841, Regular ¥901 (Tax Included) | Ginza Park Floor B3F | Available: Until September 29, 2020
Loaded with red bean paste and in-house made honey, this limited edition shaved ice is served with matcha sweet bean jelly made with Uji matcha.
Red Bean Paste Shaved Ice with Cointreau & Coffee | ¥540 (Tax Included) | Ginza Park Floor B3F | Available: Until September 17, 2020
This one’s for the grown-ups, served with Cointreau and Hawaiian coffee.
An (Red Bean) Paste – Raspberry | ¥864 (Tax Included) | Ginza Park Floor B3F | Available: Until Late August 2020
Enjoy a raspberry version of the bean paste for yourself which has been mixed with brown cane sugar.
CHECKER SHOPPER BAG | ¥7,700 (Tac Included) | Ginza Park Floor B1F
THE CONVENI is selling a checked shopper bag made from thin PVC so that it does not get dirty easily and also makes it waterproof. The bag, which bears the name of the store, also has pockets inside the bag.
Ginza Sony Park Art Walk
SHUN SUDO – “ART IN THE PARK”
Left: NAIJEL GRAPH | Right: SP. by yuko mohri (Available until August 26)
Ginza Sony Park will also display a range of large-scale art including SHUN SUDO’s wall art ART IN THE PARK, work from NAIJEL GRAPHIC, and more.
BOTTEGA VENETA ‘THE CHAIN’ Exhibition Image | August 16, 2020 – August 30, 2020
A huge installation art piece called THE CHAIN by BOTTEGA VENETA will be displayed on the rooftop for a limited time. This installation piece has been taken around the world, and serves as a message of strength and connection to people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ginza Sony Park 2nd Anniversary
Free stickers will be handed out until August 16, 2020 to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Ginza Sony Park, which has delivered unique forms of entertainment to Tokyo’s district of Ginza.
Ginza Sony Park
Address: 5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
*Reduce hours. Usual hours are 10:00-20:00.
Official Website: https://www.ginzasonypark.jp/
RIVERSIDE CLUB: Food, Art & Music Culture Come Together in Nakameguro’s New All-Day Lounge
RIVERSIDE CLUB officially opened on the first floor of “THE WORKS” along Meguro River in Tokyo on July 17, 2020. An all-day lounge which can be enjoyed from breakfast to dinner, its concept is a fusion of food, art, and music cultures which it calls “GOOD CULTURE SALON.”
RIVERSIDE CLUB boasts an incredible menu forged by chefs at the forefront of Tokyo’s food culture. Meals can be enjoyed while gazing at the various artwork on display, and customers can look forward to seeing collaborations with numerous apparel brands. It’s a unique space designed by adults for adults, the likes of which has never been seen before.
Comfort food is at the heart of RIVERSIDE CLUB’s menu design which they have cooked up using their own unique vision.
For breakfast, customers can enjoy a healthy smoothie made from a blend of kale, pineapple, kiwi and avocado. If they’re looking for something more classic, they can order the avocado toast served with bacon and eggs, or cold-pressed juice by SUNSHINE JUICE which hails as Japan’s first shop specialising in cold-pressed juice. The thought behind the morning menu is making sure to get both a tasty and nutritional meal down customers even if they’re in a rush.
If customers are looking for something a bit more hearty in the morning then they can check out the all-day menu where they’ll find the lounge’s fat and juicy 100% beef “RIVERSIDE BURGER.” There’s also the “Lemon Rice” provided by LEMON RICE TOKYO, a popular Shibuya-based restaurant owned by Yuhi Komiyama, the vocalist of Hoff Dylan and known as the gourmet chef of the music industry. Everything on the menu is made with Tokyo’s food culture in mind, and if you’re looking for something very Tokyo-esque, then there’s the “Hamburger Naporitan,” a bed of spaghetti topped with a hamburger.
Popular foods from NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE will also be served, such as scones, carrot cake, apple crumble, lemon pie, and more. NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE is a popular Hawaiian bakery which was originally in charge of pastries served at Diamond Head Market & Grill, which is famous for its Hawaiian lunches and scones, but subsequently opened its own store in Kyoto and became so popular that it often sells out its stock by evening time. Coffee made using specially selected coffee beans provided by Minami-Aoyama-based coffee rosters will also be served and goes perfectly with NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE’s food. Customers will be able to order their own coffees or buy their own bag of beans to take home.
RIVERSIDE CLUB has collaborated with numerous artists for graphics on show there. Their logo was created by “& Supply,” a Tokyo-based creative studio. Various artwork will be displayed, including a photograph of Lady Gaga taken by Nobuyoshi Araki for a bondage-themed photoshoot in Vogue Hommes Japan. Pieces by LEEGET, who creates graphics and illustrations, will also be displayed. RIVERSIDE CLUB will continue to serve its “GOOD CULTURE SALON” theme by promoting more artwork in the future.
RIVERSIDE CLUB also allows pets, so customers can enjoy a quiet time with their furry comrades. Pets will get their own pet-friendly menu, toys, and more in the future.
Address: 3-18-3 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://theworks.tokyo
Sebastian Masuda’s New Art Book Covers Everything From Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s ‘PONPONPON’ to Today
Sebastian Masuda, the leader of Japan’s culture of kawaii, released his first art book Masuda Sebastian Artworks PAINT IT, COLORFUL on July 31, 2020.
The scope of Sebastian Masuda’s influence is unrivalled. His touch can be seen all across Japanese kawaii culture, ranging from his work on Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s viral hit music video PONPONPON which skyrocketed her career, to Harajuku’s famous concept restaurant KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, the Miracle Gift Parade at Sanrio Puroland, as well as countless work on TV, commercials, advertisements, characters, stage, concerts, and more.
Printed in full colour, the art book covers Masuda’s art direction from 2010 to 2019 in the form of photos of his actual works, design sketches, and plenty of other content for fans to soak up.
It also includes photos of an installation that has been visited by over 20,000 people which was created during Masuda’s time overseas in places like New York and Amsterdam, as well as his art exhibit currently on display at World Disney World Florida.
Sebastian Masuda’s career as an artist spans over 30 years. Get your hands on a copy of his first art book to see his success over the past decade.
Masuda Sebastian Artworks PAINT IT, COLORFUL
Released: July 31, 2020
Price: ¥3,200 (Before Tax)
Size: A4 (Sleeve Included)
Tokyo’s New ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM to Open in Nihonbashi This Summer
26.July.2020 | SPOT
ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM is set to open in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on August 28, 2020. Produced by Hidetomo Kimura, the museum will be Art Aquarium’s first permanent museum which will fuse music and lighting to create a breathtaking aquarium experience
ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM will offer Art Aquarium’s biggest museum space to date, with each area having its own unique theme.
Dive into the extraordinary world of water. This area will showcase popular artworks of past events held by Art Aquarium, with artwork altered on an irregular basis from the company’s collection.
This area symbolises the modern Edo Hanamachi district, which represents the basic concept of the Art Aquarium. Feel the beautifully transient stories and gorgeous glittering world through the life of oiran.
Visitors are invited to an extraordinary world and surreal space, one with different dimensions beyond human wisdom. Is it on the ground? Underwater? In the universe? Stepping into this mysterious and overwhelming space where different worlds coexist at the same time will bring you incredibly unforgettable experiences.
Here, you can feel the Japanese aesthetics while gazing at Oimatsu, the cultural property drawn by the Kano school during the Edo period. Traditional art performances will often take place here too.
The sense of taste is most familiar to human beings among five basic human senses. Enjoy the Art Aquarium and feel the Japanese nostalgic atmosphere along with the original cuisines of the Cafe Lounge.
Souvenirs are essential for remembering the places where you have visited. Visit the gift shop and take away a piece of the dreamlike Art Aquarium world away with you.
ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM
Grand Opening: August 28, 2020
Address: 1-3 Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (subject to change)
No Fixed Holidays (Except for planned maintenance, special events, and so on)
Official Website: https://artaquarium.jp/en/
Tokyo National Museum Now Showing ‘Secrets of Screen Paintings’ Exhibition in its VR Theater
TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theater—a theatre set up by Tokyo National Museum, The National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties, and Toppan Printing where visitors can experience cultural assets in virtual reality—had to temporarily closed due to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, they their Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn exhibition can finally go ahead in the VR experience which will run from July 1 to October 4.
Additionally, Tokyo National Museum will display Japan’s painting and cultural property Wind God and Thunder God in Room 7 of the main building from July 21 to August 10.
The Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn online exhibition speaks for itself: it is a VR recreation that looks into the secrets behind two screen paintings and cultural properties—Wind God and Thunder God by Ogata Kōrin and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn by Sakai Hōitsu.
VR “Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn”
There’s something hidden behind Kōrin’s byōbu screen painting Wind God and Thunder God. Incredibly, it’s Hōitsu’s masterpiece Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn. Kōrin’s screen painting belonged to Hōitsu’s family. Hōitsu long admired Kōrin and considered him his mentor.
The exhibition will dive into this secret story behind Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn, the famous painting of rain-drenched and wind-battered flowers.
The ancient paintings brought to life
The two folding screen paintings have been separated and safely stored since 1974 to ensure their preservation. The VR experience recreates the paintings’ original back-to-back form.
Understand the secrets
Wind God and Thunder God was painted on the front of the folding screen while Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn was painted on the back. By looking at both, we uncover the deeper story behind these ancient paintings.
See the folding screens in the right light
Thanks to VR technology, the folding screens can be made bigger to look at all of the little details and in the right light.
Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn
Location: TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theater (Tokyo National Museum Floor B1F)
Running: July 1, 2020 – October 4, 2020
Times: [Wed-Sun/National Holidays] 11:00/12:00/13:30/15:00/16:00
* Running time: about 35 min.
* All visitors must make an online reservation to the museum.
* Screening times are subject to change.
* Admission starts 5 minutes prior to screening.
* You may not enter/exit mid-way through the program.
* Please purchace tickets ahead of screening time. (Tickets are sold on the day only.)
Official Website: http://www.toppan-vr.jp/mt/en/showing/
KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS: Asakusa’s New Artist Lounge and Hotel Fusion
20.June.2020 | SPOT
KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS is set to open on July 15, 2020 as the 8th branch of THE SHARE HOTELS, a chain of renovated hotels which aim to find and share new beauty of the local area.
KAIKA TOKYO is renovated from a 7-floor 1966 warehouse building and is comprised of an artist lounge and a hotel. It aims to become a new hub for contemporary art in Japan.
The name “KAIKA” is derived from several Japanese words, all of which are read as kaika: “開架” which means open-access i.e. giving open access to the warehouse, “開化” which means enlightenment i.e. to spread and make known Japan’s art culture, and “開花” which means blossom, i.e. to bring out the talent of future artists.
Sumida is a city popular amongst local and foreign tourists for its many art and cultural facilities. It is a promoter of art and culture in many ways, and KAIKA Tokyo aims to be a part of that process. One way in which it will do this will be with the new “KAIKA TOKYO AWARD.” The judge for awarding the prize is Yūji Akimoto—the director of and lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts—and Japanese artist Noritaka Tatehana. The prize itself will be having your art piece displayed inside KAIKA TOKYO. To commemorate the grand opening, an exhibition by Noritaka Tatehana himself entitled FORM AND COLOR will be displayed until August 16, 2020.
The downstairs lounge which is accessible to guests will include the art storage area as well as the KAIKA TOKYO AWARD winning pieces. There are also appliances and amenities for guests to freely use too, like kettles, microwaves, plates, cutlery, washing machine, and a vending machine.
Rooms have a relaxed vibe to them thanks to the colours and materials used. There are 73 rooms in total split across 10 different types which can cater to 2, 4, and even 6 people.
The 1st floor bar lounge is open to non-guests during the evenings where they sell Japanese tea cocktails, coffee, Japanese finger food, and more. The coffee served uses single-origin beans from a local cafe in Sumida, Tokyo. The bar is open 19:00 to midnight, with last orders ringing in at 23:30.
KAIKA Tokyo by THE SHARE HOTELS
Grand Opening: July 15, 2020
Address: 2-16-5 Honjo Sumida Ward, Tokyo
Access: 8-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station / 9-minutes on foot from Honjo-Azumabashi Station / 9-minutes on foot from Kuramae Station
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Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art Opens New ART LAB KYOTO Shop
Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art opened its new museum shop ART LAB KYOTO on May 26 where it is set to promote the centre of Japanese culture—Kyoto, a place which reveals in tradition and history while constantly evolving and innovating.
The museum shop opens in line with the recent revamp the museum underwent, with design work co-created by Japanese architects Jun Aoki and Tezzo Nishizawa.
ART LAB KYOTO is a spacious shop were guests can get their hands on goods related to exhibitions held at the museum as well as books and items on everything from traditional Kyoto culture to the city’s contemporary art, items made in collaboration with artists, exclusive sweets, and more.
Let’s take a select look at just some of the items you can pick up at ART LAB KYOTO.
Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art x BEAMS
Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art has teamed up with BEAMS to release a line of original merchandise bearing the museum’s logo—a new logo which represents both the design of the revamped museum carried conceived by the museum’s newly-appointed museum director Jun Aoki, and contemporary art. The merchandise’s design is minimal, combining white and grey.
The line-up aims to function not just as souvenirs, but as items that can be used in everyday life, from bags to notebooks and more.
Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art Collection x Miyawaki Baisen-an
Miyawaki Baisen-an is a preserver of traditional Japanese folding fans which has been around since 1923. The company has joined hands with Kyocera to release an exclusive line of fans that represents the art museum.
Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art Collection x Juko Confections
“Juko” is a confectionery from Kyoto which changes flavours with the season. Twice a month, they will be sold in limited quantities at the shop.
ART LAB KYOTO
Address: Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art Floor B1F (124 Okazaki Enshojicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto)
Opening Hours: 10:30-18:30
ART LAB KYOTO Official Website (English): https://kyotocity-kyocera.museum/en/shop
Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art Official Website (English): https://kyotocity-kyocera.museum/en/
Weathering with You Anime Film’s Official Art Book Limited Edition Bonuses Revealed
The official Weathering with You art book is set for release in Japan on May 27, 2020. The book will include a limited edition version, and depending on where you purchase it from you will receive a different bonus item.
KADOKAWA announced the release of the art earlier this month. The hit anime film directed by Makoto Shinkai (Your Name, The Garden of Words) was released in July last year to critical acclaim, earning the title of Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
The art book is to feature over 240 gorgeous pieces of background art which of course includes image of Tokyo’s sky changed by the weather in the film. It will also include an interview with the director Makoto Shinkai, comments by the art director Hiroshi Takiguchi, and plenty more for a detailed, behind-the-scenes look into the movie.
Let’s check out the different stores offering their exclusive bonus items.
IC Card/Smartphone/Tablet Stickers (Sticker Set A)
IC Card/Smartphone/Tablet Stickers (Sticker Set B)
MARUZEN & JUNKUDO
IC Card/Smartphone/Tablet Stickers (Sticker Set C)
*Stickers are available at select branches only. Please enquire in-branch for more information.
The three different sticker sets feature breathtaking background art from Weathering with You, and can be used on IC cards, smartphones, or tablets.
PC Wallpapers (3 Designs/3 Sizes) – these can be used as backgrounds for online calls too
Smartphone Wallpaper (1 Design)
If bought on Amazon, you’ll get some PC wallpapers and a smartphone wallpaper.
*Wallpaper designs subject to change without notice. The wallpapers are exclusive to customers who buy the book by July 31, 2020 at 23:59 (JST). Wallpapers can be downloaded until October 29, 2020 at 23:59 (JST).
©2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee
Weathering with You Official Art Book (Japanese Title: 新海誠監督作品『天気の子』美術画集)
Release Date: May 27, 2020
Size: B5 (224 pages, comes with sleeve)
Rolling out on Amazon Japan and Japanese book retailers
KADOKAWA Official Webpage: https://www.kadokawa.co.jp/product/321911000087/
Reiko Sudo’s Incredible ‘Japanese Fanfare’ Installation Art Now Viewable Online
Reiko Sudo’s installation art piece Japanese Fanfare is currently on show at Compton Verney Art Gallery in the UK as part of its Fabric: Touch and Identity exhibition. Dubbed the “weaver of ideas,” Sudo is the co-founder, CEO, and Design Director of NUNO Corporation, an internationally lauded innovative textile company.
Japanese Fanfare by Reiko Sudo, 2020, Fabric Touch and Identity ©Compton Verney, photography Jamie Woodley
Compton Verney Art Gallery is temporarily closed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, but the art museum is now showcasing the Fabric: Touch and Identity exhibition online in a series of videos detailing each piece on display.
Tearing down easy assumptions about gender and sexuality
Compton Verney Art Gallery is a Grade I listed 18th century art gallery located in Compton Verney, England, and is enveloped in an immense stretch of parkland. One of their latest exhibitions, Fabric: Touch and Identity, “explores how clothes and textiles conceal, reveal and seduce through the lenses of art, design, fashion, film and dance” in a playful and provocative manner.
Liz Rideal《Terme di Diocleziano》2017, Fabric Touch and Identity（c）Compton Verney, photography Jamie Woodley
Vivienne Westwood《RED SUIT》1992, Fabric Touch and Identity（c）Compton Verney, photography Jamie Woodley
The exhibition welcomes works by a diverse range of contemporary artists from around the world, and seeks to explore how artists and designers have used fabric to both express and subvert societal expectations, as well as sexuality and identity. The artist line-up includes Reiko Sudo and Noda Suzumi from Japan and British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, just to name a few.
A world of indigo-dyed fans
Japanese Fanfare by Reiko Sudo, 2020, Fabric Touch and Identity ©Compton Verney, photography Jamie Woodley
The final art piece to enter the Fabric: Touch and Identity exhibition was Reiko Sudo’s Japanese Fanfare. This art installation was also set up at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. back in 2017 to commemorate the national centre’s 100th anniversary. The installation is made up of 223 individual fans―a type of fan which was invented in Japan during the Heian Period―all of which are dyed in indigo, a colour worn by many Japanese people up until the last century. Both the fan and the colour are therefore synonymous with Japanese identity.
Be sure to check out the piece on Compton Verney Art Gallery’s official website below along with all the other exhibits.
Fabric: Touch & Identity
Location: Compton Verney Art Gallery
Partnership: University for the Creative Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University
Online Exhibition: www.comptonverney.org.uk/fabric-touch-identity
*The exhibition has been extended until January 2021. The exhibition will run once again after the lockdown has been lifted in the UK.
*For the latest details on the exhibition, be sure to visit the official website: www.comptonverney.org.uk