French Artist Nicolas Buffe’s Art to Appear at GINZA SIX Christmas Event

30.October.2018 | SPOT

Christmastime is coming to Ginza’s biggest shopping complex GINZA SIX this year with an event that translates to GINZA SIX CHRISTMAS 2018 “Fantastic Gift”: The Tale of the Kingdom of Winter and the Kingdom of Summer. It will run from November 12 to December 25.

Photo by Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)

Christmas art by French artist Nicolas Buffe will be used for the event, with a huge piece being displayed in GINZA SIX’s symbolic open space that runs down the center of the building as well as at the front entrance facing Ginza Chuo-dori Street, the show window on floor B2F and elsewhere. There will also be an immersive piece that makes use of the latest cutting-edge AR technology.

A “tale” is always at the core of Buffe’s work, the charming visuals of which pull both kids and adults alike into their unique worlds.

 

The theme of this year’s tale is “gift.” The Kingdom of Summer and the Kingdom of Winter are both at their wits’ end trying to solve problems caused by both of their children. To resolve the quandary the two countries, they both send gifts to each child. To open up the cold heart of the princess of the Kingdom of Winter, she is sent the Kingdom of Summer’s elephant of light. To calm the hot-tempered prince of the Kingdom of Summer, he is sent some refreshing ice cream. Both countries are met with peace as a result.

The radiating elephant that appears in the story will also appear in the middle of GINZA SIX as a huge 4 meter plus art piece. Drones will be used to create a flying scene.

At various locations including the front entrance an app can be downloaded and used which when put up to different art pieces will make use of AR tech.

A range of items made in collaboration with Buffe will also be sold including tote bags featuring characters from the tale, four different ice candies based on the countries and more. There will be plenty of things perfect to pick as a present for someone.

 

・Ginza Tsutaya Books (Floor 6F): From December 1, 2018 – TBA

・SIXIÈME GINZA (Floor 2F): From November 28, 2018 – February 28, 2019

・PALETAS (Floor B2F): From November 12, 2018 – February 24, 2019

・PHILIPPE CONTICINI (Floor B2F): Date TBA

 

Spend a fantastical Christmas at GINZA SIX where the season for giving will be played out in the form of Nicolas Buffe’s newest creation.

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    27.October.2018 | SPOT

    PLUSTOKYO™️ is a new facility opening in Ginza on November 27, 2018. It will be home to two floors: the 990m² lounge floor themed to look like a hotel lobby, and the 595m² rooftop that lets has you feeling like you’re at a resort despite being in the middle of Tokyo.

    PLUSTOKYO™️ will be one of the city’s biggest rooftop music lounges, located on the twelfth floor of the Kirarito Ginza shopping complex. It will fuse music with art, food, workshops and parties.

    The sound system uses ‘Pioneer Professional Audio.’ The floor will have 48 speakers for live performances by DJs and recognised artists from both in Japan and overseas.

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    16.October.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    GINZA SIX, the biggest shopping complex in the Ginza Area, is getting ready for Christmas with a range of special seasonal foods and desserts. The line-up retains the sophistication GINZA SIX is known for as it prepares for the final Christmas of the Heisei Era of Japan.

     

    Let’s take a look at the gourmet selection on offer by splitting them into five separate themes.

     

    Christmas Cakes: From Regulars to One of a Kinds – Gems That Glow the Skills of Patissiers

    Monde argenté (ISHIYA GINZA): ¥4,000

    Noel Framboisier (Ginza Sembikiya): ¥5,000

     

    Classic Sweets: Promoting New Trends for the Last Heisei Period Christmas

    Stollen Pistachio (PALETAS): ¥2,593

    Sweet Potato Almond Noel Box (Minamikaze Noukasha Dessert House): ¥1,852

     

    Limited Edition Christmas Sweets Gifts: Classics in Glamorous Christmas Packaging

    Stardust Cookies (JOTARO SAITO): From ¥540

    Limited Edition Christmas Wheat Gluten Cookie Gift (Fu Fu Fu and): ¥3,000

     

    Party Food & Sake: A High Grade Selection to Decorate the Table

    Limited Edition Christmas Charcuterie & Salad (meat&green shunjyukusei): ¥2,560

    Okawa Sparkling Vinegar (Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery): ¥2,000

     

    Cafes & Restaurants’ Christmas Menus: Bringing a Moment of Bliss on the Holy Night

     

    Fantastic Christmas Course (Bistro Ozami): ¥8,000 / ¥12,000

    Christmas Afternoon Tea Set (THE GRAND GINZA): ¥3,800

     

    A range of pop up shops will also appear for a limited time. This includes pop up shops for fashion brands making their way to Japan for the first time as well as fashion x art collaborative brands, brands that will hold events where you can experience craftsmanship and more.

     

    Additionally, Ginza Sembikiya on floor B1F, which opened the first fruit parlour in Japan in 1894, will open a cafe for a limited period serving a range of fruit products that are good for health and beauty. Open from November 3, 2018 to January 31, 2019.

    <GINZA SIX Limited Edition> Ginza Sembikiya Parfaits: ¥1,500 Each (Pre-Tax)

     

    These parfaits are made with an abundance of fruit that  has been carefully selected by Ginza Sembikiya. The fruits are cut into large slices so you can enjoy their full original flavour. The parfaits are also made with a rich homemade fruit sauce. Choose from three parfait flavours: Muskmelon, Strawberry or Fruits Mille-Feuille.

     

    Bulgari will also open a pop up store called Bvlgari Pop (Up) Corn in the second floor SIXIÈME GINZA. The store is a reinterpretation of a 1960s movie set where they will sell a range of items including a limited edition model bag. Open from December 12, 2018 to January 15, 2019.

    <GINZA SIX Limited Edition> Product Name: Serpenti Forever / Price: ¥295,000 (w/tax ¥318,600)

     

    There’s plenty of other exciting Christmas and seasonal winter food and content to look forward to at GINZA SIX as well, so be sure to check their official website for more details.

  • teamLab to Bring Digital Art Exhibition to GINZA SIX Rooftop

    30.June.2018 | SPOT

    • Ultratechnologists teamLab are taking their Resonating Trees digital art masterpiece to the rooftop garden of GINZA SIX, the biggest shopping complex in Ginza. It will run from August 1 to September 2.

     

    The theme of the work is “Digitized Nature.” Taking place in a 56-meter roof garden, this digital art space combines sound and lights which change and transform as people walk by. This is the first time for this piece to be held in the city and offers people a dreamy experience with the nightscape of Ginza’s streets and buildings as the backdrop.

    The trees lining the garden will be individually lit up with bright and colourful lights. It will seem as if the trees are resonating with each other as they fade in and out of different colour tones. As watchers walk by, the colour tone of a tree will change and transmit to the trees next to them. The changing of colours signifies the presence of people, and in turn teamLab hopes people will become aware of the existence of other living things in the same space.

     

    Experience the latest in cutting-edge digital art technology at GINZA SIX.

     

    ■Information
    teamLab: Resonating Trees in GINZA SIX GARDEN

    Location: GINZA SIX GARDEN, GINZA SIX roof

    Running: August 1, 2018 – September 2, 2018 (*Shops and restaurants closed on August 27)

    Time: Sunset-11:00pm

    Entry: Free

    Event Page: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/ginzasixgarden

    Resonating Trees: https://www.teamlab.art/w/resonatingtrees

     

    GINZA SIX
    Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops & Cafes (B2F-5F) 10:30am-8:30pm / Restaurants (6F, 13F) 11:00am-11:00pm

    *Business hours different for select shops.

    No Fixed Holidays.

    *Shops and restaurants closed on August 27.

    TEL: 03-6891-3390 (GINZA SIX Information Desk / 10:30am-8:30pm)

    Website: http://ginza6.tokyo/

     

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    This is a corn, pumpkin and minced chicken dish served with a cold soup and brown rice. This depicts the image of Frederick collecting the sun as he does in the story. The rice is served hot.

    “I know it” Cheesecake: ¥1,250 (price with drink set)

    This is a baked cheesecake made using rhubarb and summer berries sourced from Hotaru Noen Tatsuno Farm, Nagano. This delicious cheesecake depicts the scene right at the end of the story where the mice praise Frederick saying: “but Frederick! You are a poet,” to which Frederick replies: “I know it”.

    Frederick Cheese Tea: ¥900 

    This is a pineapple iced tea with cream cheese and a Frederick biscuit perched on the top. The pineapple flavour is sweet yet slightly sour. This is bound to leave you feeling refreshed, making it the perfect summer drink. 

     

    From July 13 to September 29, 2019, there will be a special discount campaign running at the Minna no Leo Lionni Ten; an exhibition dedicated to Lio Lionni which is currently running at the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art. Please consider stopping by. 

     

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  • Japanese Souvenirs to Take Home With You This Summer at GINZA SIX

    17.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    GINZA SIX hails as the largest shopping facility in Tokyo’s upmarket district Ginza. This summer, the centre has a prepared a lineup of must-buy souvenirs and gifts, particularly in the food department, that will delight the family back home. Many of these items are available at GINZA SIX only giving you even more incentive to pay a visit while in the capital.

     

    Listed by price range, we have selected some of these summer treats that we know you’ll absolutely want to get your hands on.。

     

    ¥999 and under summer gifts made for showing a little thanks

    Namacha Tea Jelly @ Nakamura Tokichi Honten – ¥417 (GINZA SIX only)

    Tokichi is serving up a special GINZA SIX-only flavour of its matcha namacha jelly with added matcha bean paste. This bean paste is specially prepared matcha wrapped in white bean paste. It has a smooth texture and slight sweetness that marry together deliciously and heighten the richness of the flavour of the matcha.

    Summer Limited Kohaku Tani Goldfish Yukata Ver. @ GINZA KYOUKASUIGETSU – ¥550 (GINZA SIX only)

    These snacks comes in summery yukata design packaging with goldfish on them. Perfect for reminding one of Japanese summer.

     

    ¥1,000-¥2,999 summer gifts for adults

    KOHAKU Fruit Bar @ PALETA – ¥1,482

    This traditional wagashi (Japanese confection) is made from melted agar agar, sugar and starch syrup which is hardened to create a lollipop-like treat. Each one is handmade and crated with love and care by the confection artisans at PALETA who make them transparent like refreshing Japanese ice candy.

    Basket of 5 Mio @ KASHISHOU SUEHIROAN – ¥1,759

    This set comes with 5 different seasonal flavours which makes for the ultimate taste-testing gift.

     

    ¥3,000-¥4,999 delicious summers gift to share

    Semi-Dried Fruits Box @ AYAfarm – ¥3,519

    The perfect sharing gift to pick up, this box contains 9 different semi-dried fruits sourced from high quality fruits in Japan. The circular shape of the box make it great as a gift, and since each fruit is packaged individually, they can be enjoyed over time.

     

    ¥5,000+ premium Ginza-quality summer gifts for someone special

    Parfum du Miel Series @ ハL’ABEILLE – ¥6,000 (GINZA SIX only)

    Treat yourself or someone special to this premium lineup of original honeys which include bergamot, cognac and rose flavours. A sweet and tasty accompaniment to tea or ice cream.

     

    This is just a small selection of the items on offer over at GINZA SIX right now this summer. To see more, be sure to plan a shopping trip there while in Tokyo.

  • Sebastian Masuda And Other Phenomenal Artists Create Outstanding Doraemon Exhibition

    17.July.2019 | SPOT

    28 artist groups and individuals have created artistic pieces to represent Japan’s favourite animated character Doraemon. From July 12 to September 23, 2019, you can see these magnificent creations at the Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 which will take place at Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan.

    The Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 features a range of artists who exhibit their works in Japan and even in foreign countries. This is a fantastic chance to meet a range of new Doraemon that the world has never seen. This event covers a range of genres through modern art that is overflowing with creativity and dedication for the anime character that has grasped the nation. 

    On July 11, the day before the opening of the exhibition, there was a special opening ceremony and private viewing event held exclusively for staff and the press, which was a massive success. 

     

    Press releases of the event reveal that artists Yasumasa Morimura and Sebastian Masuda were present at the ceremony for photos and greetings. 

    Yasumasa Morimura commented with deep emotion: “I am so happy to have finally taken part in the Doraemon Exhibition. For this creation, I used lots of paper to make the costumes. I collaborated with Junko Koike, collecting lots of Doraemon manga as raw materials for the dress. As Doraemon has the power to manipulate time and space, and has the ability to create a door that leads to anywhere he desires, I thought a grey dress would be appropriate. In fact, the entire exhibition venue is just like the inside of Doraemon’s pocket ー it is packed with the work of 28 solo artists and groups. What a fun experience it is. I hope that many people in the Kansai region come see this,” he explained.

    Sebastian Masuda commented: “I’m actually the same age as Doraemon and I share the same birthday as Noby; the main character from the series. I was born with a love for Doraemon.”

     

    He then commented on his art piece: “I actually wanted to make it as big as the Budha statue at Todaiji Temple in Nara, but we wouldn’t be able to fit it in the venue so I made it two metres tall instead”, he laughed. “I collected materials from markets from all around the world, so the final piece is literally made up of the colours of the world,” he continued. 

     

    His message to the people of Osaka is: “I would love it if lots of children came to see this. It would really make my day to hear reactions from them like “whoa, it’s huge” or “that’s so cool!””

     

    Please come stop by to visit your favourite Doraemon!

  • Ginza’s Hidden Tokyo Ghoul Restaurant Receives Extended Opening Period

    07.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    To celebrate the upcoming July 19 release of Tokyo Ghoul S, Japanese movie studio and production company Shochiku opened its ‘immersive’ blood-themed Tokyo Ghoul restaurant on July 5. The location of the restaurant has been kept a secret, but it is somewhere in Ginza, wrapped in 40,000 beautiful roses.

     

    The restaurant was originally set to stay open until August 4, but due to all tickets for its 31-day run selling out in just three days, it has been extended until August 18. Tickets for these extra two weeks will go on sale on the restaurant’s official website on July 12 at noon (JST).

     

    Tokyo Ghoul Restaurant Details: The Location of This Bloody Rose Tokyo Ghoul Restaurant in Ginza is a Secret

     

    Die-hand fans of Tokyo Ghoul aren’t going to want to miss out on this exclusive ghoulish gourmet experience.

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