artKYOTO 2019: The International Art Fair at Kyoto’s World Heritage Site Nijō Castle

27.January.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

artKYOTO 2019 will take place at the World Heritage Site and former imperial villa Nijō Castle from September 6 to 9.

 

Kyoto has a long and fascinating historical background spanning over a thousand years. The traditional city has come to establish itself as a place for creating and innovating culture. But it also has a new art market, and artKYOTO 2019 aims to consolidate this valuable medium as a new artistic era.

But the fair is not just limited to the past and present times of Kyoto, because more than 40 art galleries from inside and outside Japan are set to exhibit each of their unique works through the lens of their own aesthetic. With the move of the Agency for Cultural Affairs to Kyoto, the exhibition will offer a chance to appreciate and even purchase artwork that shows the value of Kyoto society from a new perspective while keeping history in mind.

 

The event also lines up with ICOM KYOTO 2019 which is taking place from September 1 to 7 to celebrate Kyoto’s museums.

 

artTOKYO―which runs this event―is also set to host the annual Art Fair Tokyo in March at Tokyo International Forum. One of the biggest art events in Tokyo, the 2018 run saw over 150 participate and over 60,000 attendees.

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  • The gelato shop “Premarché Gelateria” which uses natural ingredients will open for Nijojo for a limited time offer!

    09.July.2017 | FOOD

    Prema, a natural food distribution brand in Kyoto opened this “gelateria” which offers gelato made with natural ingredients at Kyoto’s oldest local shopping area called Sanjokai Shotengai from the 1st of April, 2017. The gelateria is now running a business at Motorikyu Nijojo’s Socho Kaijo (7:00 to 10:00), the famous world heritage site in Kyoto starting from the 1st of July until the 31st of August for a limited time offer.

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    The head of Prema, Nobuo Nakagawa headed to Italy and learned how to produce gelato. He has been producing many flavors that do not use dairy products and animal ingredients. The gelato store was opened at Kyoto’s Sanjokai Local Shopping Area from the 1st of April, 2017 and they have been offering 40 kinds of gelatos and half of them do not use any animal ingredients.

    Under the concept of “Beyond food barrier!,” the store gained huge popularity within three month. Since they offer flavors that do not use milk or allergic ingredients, the store is now popular among vegan-interested Europeans and North Americans who obtain information via SNS such as TripAdviser and Facebook.

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    There are two kinds of vegan flavors, “Kiseki no Kome 100% Gelato Kome no Umami Milk”and “Kiseki no Kome 100% Gelato Kome no Roast Caramel” which uses fermented rice and the flavor draws out the taste of the ingredients fully. It can be said that the gelato is a “perfect gelato” because it does not use sugar, animal ingredients, gluten, soy, nuts, stabilizers and emulsifiers!

     

    In addition, the“The Ninja Shojin Ninjasyoku”flavor is made of black beans, seeds and cereal which ninjas used to eat in order to maintain their athletic abilities. These ingredients are also known to be effective to boost stamina and instantaneous force. This flavor is very popular with foreign tourists. The flavor is recommended for those of who are looking for vegan food in Kyoto.

     

    At the “Nijojo’s Socho Kaijo,” the gelateria will open for a limited time offer, from 7:00 to 10:00. The gelato shop caters to both Japanese and foreign people it is a great food item for those who want to avoid the hotness and enjoy Nijo Castle.

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    Why not try this gelato which uses natural ingredients to its full.

    ■Information

    Premarché Gelateria

    Business hours: 12:00 to 18:00

    Holiday: Wednesdays /Possibly public holidays

    Address: 〒604-8331

    308, Gokusho, Inokuma Nishiiri, Sanjodori, Chukyoku, Kyoto

    Premavillege Kyoto Sanjo

    Premarché Organics Inokuma Yard / parallel establishment

    Premarché Gelateria HP http://gelato.live

     

    Premarché Gelateria temporary branch shop

    Venue: Nijo Castle

    Date: July 31st to August 31st

    Time: Socho Kaijo (7:00 to 10:00)

    Detailed information:http://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/bunshi/page/0000219098.html

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  • The Forever Museum of Contemporary Art Where Yayoi Kusama’s Works Are Showcased to Close in February

    05.January.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Forever Museum of Contemporary Art (FMOCA) is a limited-time museum that has been running since June 2017. Located in Gion, Kyoto it has been announced that the museum will finally shut its doors on February 28, 2019.


    FMOCA is situated inside Yasaka Kurabu, a traditional palace that was built in 1913 and is a registered tangible cultural property.


    It is home to tatami-matted floors and the walls are decorated with traditional time-honoured colours of Japan such as light blue and rouge. Shoes must be taken off before you sit when you get the opportunity to relax and take in the art around you, offering the chance to see traditional and contemporary come together from the architecture and Yayoi Kusama’s works respectively.

    The museum currently displays 123 works from Yayoi Kusama in its exhibition rooms including “The World of Pumpkins” as one of the exemplary motifs of her artwork.

     

    FMOCA Comment:
    “We hope that we can meet all [of our guests] again in another place. We hope the museum to return again in the future for everyone to enjoy. We ask for your continued support. Yayoi Kusama, Gion, contemporary art, traditional architecture, tatami, traditional Japanese gardens… Please enjoy your time here to experience things you cannot anywhere else.”

  • TV Anime Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan Stamp Rally Taking Place in Kyoto

    09.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Kyoto Tower is holding a stamp rally from December 25 to January 31 themed on the ongoing anime series Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan. The series follows the adventures of the cute emperor penguin Chitose-chan who strolls curiously around famous places in Kyoto. The stamp rally will have participants collection stamps from three places that appear in the anime series: the Kyoto Municipal Subway, Kyoto Aquarium and Kyoto Tower.

    Each stamp rally location has been given its own name: “Ride Kyoto Municipal Subway,” “Enter Kyoto Aquarium” and “Climb Kyoto Tower.”

    Each spot earns you a unique stamp based on that location. What’s more is that if you get involved, the first 1,000 people at each spot will receive an original Chitose-chan folder (pictured below).

    Kyoto Tower will also be decorated with panels and boards displaying scenes from the anime.

     

    Kyoto Aquarium appeared in episode 10 of the anime on December 7. Kyoto Tower will appear in episode 11 which airs on December 14. If you’re in Japan this month then follow Chitose-chan’s trip around Kyoto!

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  • Attack on Titan Playing Cards Win Big at the Ani-Monozukuri Awards 2022

    02.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    At the 5th annual Kyoto Ani-Monozukuri Awards 2022, a collection of Attack on Titan playing cards made in traditional Japanese style took the Gold Prize in the Craft Design category. In Japanese, monozukuri means ‘to make something by hand.’

     

    The Kyoto Ani-Monozukuri Awards aims to revitalize business between the anime industry and local companies and organizations. It honors outstanding collaborative products, inviting those with a creative streak to try their luck at designing something uniquely anime-inspired. This year’s awards show saw 157 total entries, with one winning the grand prize, seven winning both gold and silver, and six winning bronze.

     

    Charaditional Toys was launched this year, and the company aims to create items for adults who love anime characters. The Gold Award was granted to the company after judges were inspired by the traditional Japanese craftsmanship and high quality shown in the final product. Made by Oishi Tengudo, a company founded in Kyoto in 1800, the cards were made using classic methods. These 48 original playing cards are like nothing fans of Attack on Titan have seen before. 

     

    A second project is scheduled for release in winter 2022, so stay tuned!

     

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  • teamLab Forest Fukuoka’s Interactive Digital Art Installation Gets Autumn Theme

    29.September.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    Starting September 23, teamLab Forest Fukuoka will be transformed for the autumn season! The interactive digital art installation will feature animals made entirely of fall foliage, and guests can enjoy red and orange leaves fluttering through the one-of-a-kind 3D world. 

     

    teamLab’s prolific works are known for changing with the seasons. This autumn version of the popular exhibition will only be on display for a limited time, and visitors can use their
    smartphones in the Catching and Collecting Forest to catch and collect the animals on display! The forest and ocean scenery will change as you explore, and starting on September 23, the trees will begin to show off beautiful autumn colors.

    In the Forest of Movement, guests can enter the ‘Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives’ exhibit, where creatures made of autumn flowers exist in a three-dimensional space. The space is meant to make guests think about the cycle of death and rebirth, as flowers blossom and die each and every year.

    The ‘Soft Terrain and Granular Topography’ will display tons of colorful grains raining down on visitors, while the ‘Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life’ will change the usual butterflies to have autumn colors as they fly around guests. This is a kind of autumn scenery you can’t see anywhere else, so be sure to come to Fukuoka during this beautiful season!

  • Sound! Euphonium Collaboration Cafe Opens at Kyoto’s Hotel Keihan

    27.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Fans of the Sound! Euphonium anime will want to visit Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande from September 23 until November 20, 2022! The second-floor restaurant Octava will be holding a special collaboration cafe with the series in conjunction with the Keihan Electric Railway. The project is part of the collaboration between the series and the local railway that began in August, and fans will be able to order food and drink items inspired by their favorite characters.

     

    Collaboration Menu

    Kumiko’s Omurice

    Reina’s Pasta with Sweet and Spicy Tomato Sauce

    Hazuki’s Matcha Ice Cream & Sapphire’s Macarons

    Mr. Taki’s Spicy Curry Pizza

    Sound! Tuba-kun’s Fruit Cake

     

    Drink Menu

    Kumiko’s Strawberry Milk

    Reina’s Butterfly Pea

    Hazuki’s Blue Soda

    Sapphire’s Orange Juice

    Band President & Vice President’s Matcha au Lait

    Straw Tags

    Bonuses

    Bonus for Dining In-store: Lunch Mat

    Drink Order Bonus: Coaster (5 varieties, 1 secret)

    *Coasters will be given at random.

    Life-size Panels

     

    From omurice and pasta to fruit cake and spicy curry pizza, there is certainly a dish perfect for everyone at the cafe. Guests can also enjoy five different types of drinks, and a coaster will be handed out at random for each order. Those dining at the cafe will enjoy their meal on a special lunch mat, and life-size character panels will be perfect for snapping some photos for social media. Music from the series will be played on-site, so come enjoy while you can!

  • Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Displays India-Ink Painting from the Film ‘Sen wa, Boku o Egaku’

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    Fisherman and Woodcutters Room with Colored Wood Carvings

     

    Grapevine, Hiromasa Togami.

    Atelier (Image courtesy of Toho)

     

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  • Kyoto’s Itohkyuemon Offering Uji Green Tea Mont Blanc Parfait & Chestnut Sweets Plate for a Limited Time

    08.September.2022 | FOOD / SPOT

    Uji, Kyoto is known for its tasty matcha. Founded in 1832, Itohkyuemon offers up some of the most delicious green tea sweets in Japan. Starting on September 1, several locations are serving up an Uji Green Tea Mont Blanc Parfait and a tasty Chestnut Sweets Plate!

    Uji Green Tea Mont Blanc Parfait and Chestnut Sweets Plate

     

    The Uji Green Tea Mont Blanc Parfait is decorated with a beautiful chestnut skin on top and served with yellow candied chestnuts and baked meringue with a dazzling white color. The inside includes cookie dough, homemade Uji green tea jelly, crunchy agar, two kinds of ice cream, and Uji green tea honey. This autumn-only parfait allows guests to enjoy the taste of Uji green tea while also sampling the delicate flavor of Japanese chestnuts. The Chestnut Sweets Plate offers eight kinds of sweets in one go, including the autumn-only Chestnut Green Tea Roll Cake and Chestnut Green Tea Daifuku, Uji Hojicha Cheesecake, Uji Green Tea & Hojicha Raw Chocolate, Uji Green Tea Mini Parfait, and Uji Green Tea & Chestnut Ice Cream.

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    Chestnut Sweets Plate

  • HOTEL SHE, KYOTO Invites Guests to Stay in a Gallery for a Limited Time

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  • Suntory Museum of Art to Display Art from Chishakuin Temple in Kyoto for the First Time

    31.August.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    From November 30, 2022 until January 22, 2023, the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo will hold the ‘Treasures from the Chishakuin Temple in Kyoto’ exhibition.

     

    National Treasure. Maple Tree. Hasegawa Tohaku. (Four of Six Sides) Momoyama Period / 16th Century.

    Chishakuin Temple. [On display during the entire exhibition.]



    Chishakuin Temple is located in Higashiyama, Kyoto, and is the headquarters of the Chisan School of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. This originated with Kobo Daishi (774-835), and the sect now has 3,000 temples around Japan. Founded during the Muromachi period (1095-1143) the temple was originally built in Wakayama Prefecture in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s son Sutemaru, but the builds were brought to Kyoto in 1598 on the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

     

    Kobo Daishi Scroll

    Muromachi Period, First Year of Bun’an Era (1444)

    [On Display from November 30 until December 26, 2022]

    Kyoto Prefecture Designated Tangible Cultural Property –  Kogyo Daishi Scroll

    Kamakura Period / 13th Century

    [On Display from November 30 until December 26, 2022]

    National Treasure. Cherry Blossoms. Hasegawa Tohaku. (Four of Five Sides) Momoyama Period / 16th Century.

    [On display during the entire exhibition.]

     


    The temple is best known today for its panel paintings and gardens, the latter of which was inspired by tea master Sen-no-Rikyu. Half of the original paintings remain, with some having been lost to fire and some simply being degraded over time. 

    National Treasure. Diamond Sutra (Partial) – Zhang Jizhi

    Southern Song Dynasty, First Year of Houyuu (1253)

    [On display during the entire exhibition]

    Important Cultural Property. Mahamayuri Scroll.

    Kamakura Period / 14th Century

    [On Display from December 28, 2022 until January 22, 2023]

    Important Cultural Property. Green Maple and Waterfall. Song Dynasty / 13th Century

    [On Display from November 30 until December 26, 2022]

    Ladies at Tea. Insho Domoto. 4 sides. Showa 33 (1958)

    [On display during the entire exhibition]

     

    This exhibition will mark the first time that many of the paintings are shown simultaneously outside of the temple, including Cherry Blossoms, Maple Tree, and Pine Tree with Autumn Plants. Visitors can also enjoy National Treasures and items from the temple’s treasure trove of Buddhist Art. Would you like to come and browse these incredible pieces?

  • Halloween Afternoon Tea with a Ghost Theme Coming to Kyoto for a Limited Time

    30.August.2022 | FOOD / SPOT

    Art Grace Wedding Hills, a wedding venue in Kyoto, will be offering a ghostly Halloween Afternoon Tea experience in September and October!

    Mischievous Ghost Halloween Parfait *Sample Image

    Sweets *Sample Image

    Savory Dishes *Sample Image

     

    Adorable ghosts and Halloween-inspired sweets made with autumn flavors such as pears, apples, chestnuts, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes will be on the menu. The Mischievous Ghost Halloween Parfait has a refreshing finish with blackcurrant mousse and blood orange jelly. The marshmallows, made to look like ghosts wearing witch hats, are perfect for posting on social media.

     

    How would you like to spend a sweet time in Kyoto this Halloween season?

  • teamLab to Hold Solo Exhibition at Seoul’s Pace Gallery

    23.August.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    Art collective teamLab will hold a solo exhibition at Pace Gallery in Seoul from September 2 until October 29, 2022. Titled ‘teamLab: Massless Suns,’ the exhibition will mark the opening of the expanded gallery space at the internationally-recognized art landmark. The collective will also be unveiling a new work, Massless Suns and Dark Spheres, in which countless light and dark objects without boundaries fill the space around guests.

    Massless Suns and Dark Spheres

    Dissipative Figures – Human

    Dissipative Figures – 1000 Birds

     

    As visitors stare into the strange balls of light and darkness, it will seem as though the space around them is warped. If you reach out to try to touch the light spheres, they will shine brighter, and the orbs around them will respond in succession. The work questions the nature of existence and relies entirely on visitor perception.

     


    Continuous Life and Death at Now of Eternity II

    Waves of Light

    Resonating Microcosms – Solidified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset

     

    In March, the Pace Gallery opened a new exhibition space dedicated to experimental and immersive interactive works. Those familiar with teamLab will recognize some of their most popular works appearing during the exhibition, including the Dissipative Figures series and Waves of Light. 

     

    In the newly-opened outdoor courtyard, the work ‘Resonating Microcosms – Solidified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset’ will be on display, constantly transforming due to wind and rain, as well as influence from guests. A new concept work, ‘Solidified Light Color,’ will shine with 61 colors, inviting the environment and visitors to become a part of the art itself.

     

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  • NAKED Exhibition Inspired by Tea Master Sen no Rikyu Opens at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa

    16.August.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    NAKED’s newest work, inspired by Sen no Rikyu, has opened at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa! The exhibition will run through September 3 and blends physical art pieces found in the museum with the Metaverse. 

     

    NAKED’s first exhibition at this popular Kanazawa Museum brings visitors a modern version of chanoyu, or the ‘Way of Tea.’ This year marks the 500th birthday of Sen no Rikyu, a historical figure who had a significant influence on the tea ceremony still found in Japan today. NAKED wants to honor his contribution to shaping this massive part of Japanese culture. Visitors are invited to a traditional tea ceremony room, but the experience itself has been modernized by NAKED. This unprecedented art exhibition allows both those who know nothing about Sen no Rikyu and those who know him well to experience his philosophy and aesthetics in an entirely new way.

     

    Gate: Greetings from the Master

    Open-air: The Crossroads of this Transient World

    Wash Basin: Where the Four Seasons Float

    Dry Landscape Garden: The Teachings of Rikyu

    Tea Whisk: “Make a Good Tea for your Guest.”

    Hanging Scroll: The Master’s Memories

    Small Room: Evolution

    Tearoom: The End and the Beginning

    NAKED Fuji Canele

     

     

    Tsukubai, or a low stone basin filled with water, is used to cleanse the hands before entering a tearoom. Using interactive art, the water’s surface is covered in digital flowers that blossom when a guest’s hands pass over the basin. 

     

    In the ‘Small Room: Evolution’ area, guests will find the Sustainable Contemporary Golden Tearoom, which was created by NAKED staff together with sixth graders using golden trash collected at Kanazawa University Elementary School. The calligraphy on display in the tearoom was also done by children, with the best creations selected to be included in the exhibition. The scent was produced by EarthRing, an aroma brand located in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture. The ‘Tea Whisk’ area offers a unique experience for all five senses, including the scent of matcha, which guests can smell when they mimic the act of prepping tea. 

     

    In addition, guests can purchase special NAKED Fuji Canele and a Kutani ware Original Tumbler with special tea-inspired motifs. The Canele is a triple collaboration with Fukumitsuya, the oldest sake brewery in Kanazawa, so don’t miss out!

  • Italian Pop Trio Il Volo to Perform for Charity at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Film to be Released

    02.August.2022 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Il Volo, an Italian operatic pop trio known for its incredible tenors, will be the first foreign artist to be filmed at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. The concert will be held without an audience and will be filmed, with proceeds going to charity.

    The musical trio is known around the world for its mesmerizing harmonies. Their music manages to sound modern while still channeling tradition, making them an excellent choice to perform at the center of Japanese cultural traditions in Kyoto. The group will also perform in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.

     

    The music video for the group’s song Grande Amore, released in 2015, has racked up over 200 million views on YouTube. Loved by fans around the world, Il Volo’s music transcends language barriers, and the group is sure to impress on their Japan tour.

  • teamLab Opens Art-Filled Nighttime Botanical Garden Exhibition in Osaka

    31.July.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    Art collective teamLab will open a permanent nighttime exhibition at the Nagai Botanical Garden in Osaka starting July 29, 2022. On-site video footage shows off several new works, such as Sculptures of Dissipative Birds in the Wind, a digital work impacted by the environment. Birds flying around the work and the wind’s strength impact how the art moves.

     

    Life is Flickering Light Floating in Darkness – Sunflowers

     

    In summer, 20,000 sunflowers bloom in the Life Garden, where seasonal flowers are transformed into an interactive space filled with illumination. This was opened to the public for a limited time to celebrate the exhibition’s opening and will be open until August 5.

     

     

    The Nagai Botanical Garden covers 240,000 square meters and is home to roughly 1,200 species of plants. teamLab has transformed the space, with the digital art pieces changing according to the behavior of guests. 

     

    In the future, teamLab plans to introduce seasonal works, making use of plants that bloom in spring, summer, fall, and winter.

     

    Resonating Microcosms in the Common Camellia Garden – Liquified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset

    Floating Resonating Lamps on Oike Lake

     

    teamLab’s art project Digitized Nature explores how nature can become art. The concept of the project is that non-material digital technology can turn nature into art without harming it.



    Field of Light Color – Muhlenbergia Capillaris

     

     

    teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka is a botanical garden by day and an art space by night. The art space transforms interactively, influenced by wind and rain, as well as by the behavior of the people and birds in it. People become a part of the artworks along with nature, and a part of the long continuity of time. The artworks, people, and nature; the self and others; the past, present, and future; all form a continuity without boundaries.

     

    Come soothe your soul in the heart of Osaka.

     

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