Poop Art Drops Its Load at the Unko Museum in Yokohama
14.February.2019 | SPOT
The new Unko Museum Yokohama is set to open on March 15, 2019 on the second floor of the new ASOBUILD entertainment facility in Yokohama which is opening on the same day.
This limited-time museum features a range of poop-themed exhibitions from giant sculptures to cute and sparkly area known as the Unstagenic Area, a combination of the Japanese word for “poop” (unko) and the words “Instagram” and “photogenic.” There’s also the Untelligence Area where you can learn about the history of faeces and the conditions of people’s poop around the world. There’s even the Unteractive Area where you can enjoy playing poop-related games.
The UK is home to its own National Poo Museum and South Korea has a toilet museum called Mr. Toilet House. Japan has hosted numerous events related to faeces to discuss diet and toilets too, but this is the country’s first amusement-type facility focused on it and it welcomes people of all ages and nationalities to get involved.
Advance tickets are now live on the ALE-BOX official website and will also be sold via e+ on February 16. Additionally, all people who visit the museum during the period March 15 to 17 will receive some original merchandise.
Further information will be posted via the museum’s official Twitter page in the run up to its grand opening.
An original pop/house song written has also been written for the museum and can only be heard by attending. It was written by Kenmochi Hidefumi of Wednesday Campanella with Frasco on vocals.
Unko Museum Yokohama
Address: ALE-BOX, ASOBUILD Floor 2F, 2-14-9 Takashima, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Running: March 15, 2019 – July 15, 2019
No Fixed Holidays.
[Monday-Thursday] 11:00-20:00 (Last Entry 19:30)
[Friday-Sunday & Holidays] 10:00-21:00 (Last Entry 20:30)
Attending: You must order an advance ticket but will be permitted entry without one if there are enough spaces on the day
Entry Times: Entry times are fixed on weekends, national holidays and days before holidays for the following slots: ①10:00-14:00 / ②14:00-17:00 / ③17:00-20:30
Price: Junior High School Student and Older – ¥1,600 / Elementary School Student – ¥900 / Toddler – Free料
Official Website: https://ale-box.com/unkomuseum/
Artist Maki Ohkojima Collaborates with UpcycleLino to Create Sustainable Items
20.October.2021 | FASHION
Artist Maki Ohkojima is inspired by life and the environment. UpcycleLino is creating completely recyclable products that produce zero waste. It makes sense that these two would collaborate, and their new items ask people to think more about their relationship with nature. With a theme of ‘circulation,’ these items will be on sale at participating shops around Japan and online.
UpcycleLino × MANDALĀJU Big Band Collared Shirt
UpcycleLino × MANDALĀJU Sketched Tote Bag
UpcycleLino × MANDALĀJU Scarf
The ‘Tree of Life’ project is inspired by the theme of coexistence between the environment and all living things. It is important to protect limited resources for future generations. UpcycleLino is a completely sustainable company, using fabric scraps from other projects to create brand new clothes.
People, animals, insects, plants, and all other living things exist in the circle of life, and this is the message conveyed through Maki Ohkojima’s art. What can we do to better coexist with the planet?
Kadokawa Musashino Museum ‘Maki Ohkojima Art Exhibition – Perforated Spiral’
Date: October 8, 2021 ~
Address: Kadokawa Musashino Museum (3-31-3 Higashi Tokorozawa, Saitama)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:00-18:00 (Last Entry at 17:30) / Friday, Saturday: 10:00-20:00 (Last Entry at 19:30)
Official Site: https://kadcul.com/
October 8, 2021~
Where to Buy:
Kadokawa Musashino Museum Shop
nest Robe: https://store.nestrobe.com/nestrobe/ / CONFECT Online Shop and the following shop locations: Omotesando, Ginza, KITTE Marunouchi, Takasaki, Umeda, Kyoto, Nagoya, Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Osaka Takashimaya
Colorful Collection of Wajima Lacquered Goods Appear at Yokohama Takashimaya
02.October.2021 | FASHION
An exhibition featuring artisan Hiroshi Nakakado’s unique lacquerware will be on display at Yokohama Takashimaya from September 29 until October 5, 2021. Wajima, located in Ishikawa prefecture, is home to 25,000 people, and a number of craftsmen producing Wajima-nuri, known throughout the country as some of the most durable and beautiful lacquered products in Japan.
Umbrella Dessert Dish: ¥31,900
Umbrella Dessert Dish: ¥59,400
Coffee Cup & Saucer: ¥49,500
Pasta Bowl: ¥30,800
Cube Vase: ¥26,400
Umbrella Cup: ¥52,800
Limited-Edition Takashimaya 190th Anniversary Goods | Wine Glass: ¥67,100 / Dry Lacquer Sake Cup (small): ¥33,000 / Dry Lacquer Sake Cup (medium): ¥35,200 / Oval Tray: ¥60,500
Nakakado Lacquerware, established in 1928, specializes in the top coating of Wajima-nuri, the traditional lacquerware made in the small city of Wajima, in Ishikawa prefecture. Nakakado Hiroshi, a fourth-generation craftsman, is one of the leading experts on ‘colored lacquer.’ Using his unique technique, each piece is treated like a canvas and painted on appropriately. Gazing at each detailed piece, it’s easy to see that Nakakado has over 40 years of experience in his field–he has created over 100 different colors of lacquer, and continues to create modern lacquerware featuring trendy techniques such as gradation. His innovative pieces break the mold of traditional Wajima-nuri, and are beginning to become popular with younger generations.
In recent years, the production value of Wajima-nuri has begun to decline, largely due to changes in lifestyle, the aging population, and a lack of successors due to the low birth rate in Japan. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to foreign tourism, with local tourism also in a steep decline over the past year. Compared to the amount of production in 1991, the current rate is only 20%, and the number of workshops and craftsmen continues to decline year after year.
If you’re in the area, be sure to check out this exhibition highlighting one of the traditional crafting areas of Japan. Purchasing any of these items will also help revitalize Wajima city, and hopefully, bring more attention back to this fading craft.
Fukuoka Unko Museum Finale Campaign Held, Halloween Event Coming to Tokyo
01.October.2021 | SPOT
With the Unko (Poop) Museum’s run in Fukuoka coming to an end, the Unko Museum Fukuoka Thank You Campaign will be running from October 1 until October 24 to show appreciation for guest’s patronage over the past six months. A number of new photo spots and merchandise will be available, and concurrently, the Unko Museum Tokyo will be holding a special Halloween event from October 1 until October 31, 2021.
The Golden Poo
Ticket Pre-order Bonus: Limited-Edition Fukuoka Clear Folder
Influencers should take a trip to Fukuoka because a new photo spot is inviting photo-savvy visitors to sit on a golden toilet bowl for some one-of-a-kind pictures. Is it strange? Sure, but how could people not like that kind of Instagram post?
Each person who takes the time to rub the giant Golden Poo at the gift shop will receive an exclusive not-for-sale golden poo sticker! Anyone who spends over ¥1,300 (including tax) in a single transaction will also receive an exclusive bag!
Halloween Event「MAX UNKO HALLOWEEN 2021」
Umberto, the guardian God of the Unko Museum, dressed up for Halloween
The Unko Volcano, known as the symbol of the museum, will be illuminated with a special Halloween image! Though the space will still be as fun as ever, it will be just a little more spooky than usual–and those who show up in costume will get a free Umberto sticker! Following the Unko Museum Instagram account will also get you some additional goods, so be sure to do so. This event will certainly be one you’ll never forget.
Unko Museum Fukuoka Thank You Campaign
Running: October 1 – October 24, 2021
Admission: Free *Admission to the museum not included.
Location: CHIKYUJIN presents Unko Museum Fukuoka Powered by HAWKS
Ticket Site: https://ticket.e-zofukuoka.com/#/
Official Site: https://e-zofukuoka.com/unkomuseum/
MAX UNKO HALLOWEEN 2021
Running: October 1 – October 31, 2021
Admission: Free *Admission to the museum not included.
Location: Unko Museum Tokyo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/unko_museum/ (@unko_museum)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unko_museum/ (@unko_museum)
Official Site: https://unkomuseum.com/tokyo
Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers Offers Halloween Menu to Enjoy in Lounge and at Home
Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers have announced a Halloween themed menu using seasonal Autumn ingredients. The ‘Sweets Parade~ Halloween~’ buffet will be held on the second floor of the Seawind lounge on Thursdays and Fridays between October 7 and October 29. In addition, a Halloween version of the popular take-out ‘Home de Afternoon Tea’ will be available in their basement floor pastry shop Dorer for a limited time between October 1 and October 31.
Lounge ‘Sea Window’ Sweets Parade ~Halloween~
‘Purple Potato Mont Blanc’ with Okinawan purple potatoes.
‘Shiro-An Yokan’ with skulls (front) Mousse Chocolate Marron (back right)
Caramel Coffee (left) / Matcha Anmitsu (right)
‘Orange and Strawberry Jelly’ with vivid graduation coloring (center)
Pumpkin Tart (front) / Eyeball ‘Vanilla Cassis’
Pastry Shop Dorer ‘Home de Afternoon Tea ~Halloween~’
Smoked Salmon Salad
Chestnut Rice with Pumpkin
Five variations of Ronnefeldt Tea / Alain Milliat Strawberry Jam
Lounge ‘Sea Window’ is back with another charming ‘Sweets Parade ~Halloween~’ sweets menu. The menu boasts a lineup of photogenic Halloween sweets, including a glossy ‘Purple Potato Mont Blanc’ made using Okinawan purple potatoes, a peering eyeball ‘Vanilla Cassis,’ a pumpkin and almond cream ‘Pumpkin Tart,’ and a jack-o-lantern themed gradient ‘Orange and Strawberry Jelly.’
There is also a selection of luxurious light meals, each featuring seasonal ingredients, that will offer you a taste of the hotel, including the pumpkin-filled ‘Chestnut Rice’ and ‘Pumpkin Soup’, and the ‘Chestnut Danish.’
For the first time, pastry shop Dorer will be offering a ‘Home de Afternoon Tea ~Halloween~’ experience, allowing customers to enjoy Halloween sweets from the comfort of their own home. The cute box is filled with a variety of fun sweets and savory snacks such as a ‘Purple Potato Mont Blanc,’ ‘Monster Macarons,’ a skull-covered ‘Fig Tart’ and ‘Shining Grape Petit Cream Puffs.’ The afternoon tea set makes the perfect gift to any loved ones!
You can visit the lounge and experience a luxurious time at the adult-aimed sweets buffet, gazing through the atrium during the long Autumn evenings, or you can enjoy the colorful afternoon tea set from the comfort of your own living room!
Why not experience a special Halloween in your preferred setting?
Lounge ‘Sea Window’ Sweets Parade ~Halloween~
Location: Lounge ‘Sea Window’ / 2F
Availability: October 7 ~ October 29 2021 on Thursdays and Fridays
Pastry Shop ‘Dorer’ Home de Afternoon Tea ~Halloween~
Location: Pastry Shop ‘Dorer’ B1F
Availability: October 1 ~ October 31 2021 (Reservations required, to be made 3 days in advance)
Rainbombs, a collection of bath bombs that release rainbows when added to the tub, has a curious new product–the Rainbomb Mini Poop, now available to order online. Why a poo motif, we’re not sure, but they’re adorable regardless of the questionable subject matter.
When added to the bath, three colors will spray from the base, like others in the Rainbombs collection. The bombs come in either Grape or Peach scents. (Thank goodness.)
With the scent of juicy grapes, this purple bath bomb exudes a strange sweetness with it’s big eyes.
This pink poop gives off a fresh peach scent, sure to relax you after a long day.
Check out how the rainbow appears here:
What do you think? Are poop-shaped bath bombs something you’d try?
Rainbow Mini POOP
Release Date: September 10, 2021
Price: ¥550 (Tax Included)
Official Site: https://www.dreams6.com/products/rainbomb/index.html
Nihonbashi Art Aquarium Museum Closes for Renewal and Relocation
The Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM will be closed on September 26 2021 to make way for new exhibits and works. The museum is scheduled to be relocated in the first half of 2022.
The ART AQUARIUM Museum opened in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on August 28 202 with the concept of “a museum where life dwells.” This will be the largest renewal in the history of the museum Museum, opened by writer and general producer Hidetomo Kimura, with the addition of more exhibits and new and improved interactive areas.
The Nihonbashi Art AQUARIUM Museum opened alongside the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic, with the expectations that visitors would come from both within Japan and overseas, thanks to the exhibitions which easily explain and represent Japan’s proud traditional culture and performing arts, but due to Covid restrictions, foreign tourists are still unable to enter the country. Despite this, the Museum saw many customers and with the closing of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the museum will be closed in preparation to relocate to the new ART AQUARIUM. If you want to see the Nihonbashi location for yourself then this is your last chance!
In addition, the “ART AQUARIUM” digital tour is being held from September 12, allowing you to appreciate the Museum in a digital format until the reopening.
Make sure to check out the Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM while you have the chance!
ART AQUARIUM Museum
Address:：1-3-9 Nihonbashihonchō, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00~19:00 (L.A 18:30)
Official Site: https://artaquarium.jp
New BT21 Cafe Coming to Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, and Okinawa
The 9th BT21 Cafe ~Relaxing Holiday~ will be open for a limited time in six venues across Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, and Okinawa. If you’re a fan of these adorable LINE FRIENDS, just take a look at the menu items and goods on offer!
Chicken and Orange Hot Sandwich: ¥1,760 (Tax Included)
Grilled Vegetable Curry: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Tandoori Chicken Tacos: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Bacon: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Pistachio and Chocolate S’mores: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Cinnamon Apple Pie: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Maple Lemon German Pancake: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Mixed Berry German Pancake: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Mojito/Kiwi Mojito/Peach Mojito: ¥990 each (Tax Included)
Coffee (Iced/Hot) / Black Tea (Iced/Hot): ¥550 (Tax Included)
Pins (Random, 7 designs): ¥660 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keyrings (7 designs): ¥770 (Tax Included) / Clear Folder: ¥440 (Tax Included)
Stickers (7 designs): ¥770 each (Tax Included) / Placemat (2 designs): ¥1,000 each (Tax Included)
Swizzle Stick (7 designs): ¥990 each (Tax Included) / Tote Bag: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Canvas Pouch: ¥1,980 (Tax Included) / Mini-towel (7 designs): ¥990 each (Tax Included)
Bandana (2 designs): ¥1,320 each (Tax Included) / Marshmallows: ¥972 (Tax Included)
Customers who book a table in advance will receive a randomly selected A5-size clear folder and a random clear coaster for each drink ordered.
The first installment of the 9th BT21 Cafe run, ~MY LITTLE BUDDY~, began in July 2021. The menu and goods, based on cute babies and their friends, received rave reviews.
~Relaxing Holiday~ is inspired by summer and being outside with friends. Menu items look like what people may eat while camping, and the original character art features your favorite BT21 characters eating their favorite foods. Various soups and desserts are available in cute souvenir cups, and anything ordered is perfect for posting on social media!
Which menu item looks the most delicious to you?
*Images for reference only.
BT21 Cafe 9th Run ~Relaxing Holiday~
Address: SHINJUKU BOX café&space Lumine EST (B1F 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Running: August 28, 2021 – October 3, 2021
Address: HARAJUKU BOX Alta (3F 16-4 Jingumae 1-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Running: September 16, 2021 – October 31, 2021
Address: Collabo_Index Lumine Yokohama (6F 2-16-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa)
Running: September 1, 2021 – October 3, 2021
Address: Nagoya Box café&space (B1F LACHIC, 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi)
Running: September 30, 2021 – November 7, 2021
Address: Shinsaibashi contact (1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka)
Running: August 27, 2021 – September 23, 2021
Address: OKINAWA BOX café&space (Naha OPA 2F, 1-20-1 Izumizaki, Naha, Okinawa)
Running: September 3, 2021 – October 3, 2021
Official Site: https://2021-2.box-cafe.jp/
BT21 is a globally popular cast of characters from LINE FRIENDS.
*The products and menu items produced and sold by LEGS COMPANY, Ltd. are the result of an official license agreement with LINE FRIENDS Co., Ltd. and may not be reproduced or sold without permission from LINE FRIENDS Co., Ltd.
Pokémon Postboxes Arrive in Yokohama For a Whole Year
Japan Post Service has teamed up with Pokémon to set up three postboxes with Pikachu, Eevee, and Piplup designs in Yokohama. They first opened on July 7, 2021 and will be available until June 30, 2022.
Yokohama is no stranger to Pokémon as it is the city that hosts the annual Pikachu Outbreak event, one which is set to return this year from August 7-13. It is also one of the cities taking part in the Poké Lid project to place Pokémon manhole covers across Japan.
And if you post your letter in the postbox pictured below, located in Yokohama Port Post Office, your envelope will be stamped with a special Pokémon stamp.
Locations: 2 at Yokohama City Hall / 1 at Yokohama Sakuragi Post Office
Running: July 7, 2021 – June 30, 2022
Pokémon Stamp Post Service
Location: Yokohama Port Post Office
Running: July 7, 2021 – June 30, 2022
Japan’s Manga Artists Gather at Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo is set to host the Moshimo Tokyo Exhibition as part of Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL’s 13 special exhibits from August 4 to September 5. The event is free to enter but tickets, which are now available, must be ordered in advance.
Japan’s top manga artists drew exclusive pieces for the exhibition
©Inio Asano – taken from TP
©Shinichi Ishizuka – taken from Tokyo Sound
©Sumito Oowara – taken from East East
The theme of Moshimo Tokyo is “Tokyo” and will exhibit works from 20 big Japanese manga artists, such as Taiyō Matsumoto (Ping Pong; Tekkonkinkreet; Sunny), Inio Asano (Goodnight Punpun; Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction), and Shinichi Ishizuka (Blue Giant). Each artist has illustrated special pieces in line with the exhibition’s theme which will be shown at the in and around museum.
Moshimo Tokyo Exhibition
Running: August 4, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Address: 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022, Japan
Closed: Monday (except August 9 so will be closed August 10) / Mondays during Tokyo 2020 (except August 30)
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Entries 17:30)
Book Here: https://artsticker.app/events/646
Official Website: https://mangamoshimotokyo.jp/
Key Coffee has recreated its coffee from 1920’s when the cafe chain first opened. Named the Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend, the coffee was released on July 20 and will be available at their 54 branches up and down Japan until August 24, the same date when the coffee shop first opened.
Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend
A picture of Key Coffee’s Yokohama branch in 1936 when it was known as Kimura Coffee
Retro Showa-style espresso con panna
Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend recreates the same flavour of coffee that the cafe served in 1920 when it first opened in Yokohama, an area bustling with restaurants serving both Asian and Western cuisine. It uses Brazilian coffee beans at its base, a type which was circulated a lot at the time. It has a distinct sweet fragrance and goes well with milk and sugar.
Back them, coffee was a commodity yearned for by the people of Japan. After releasing their hit coffee syrup in 1921, Key Coffee began serving coffee in a way that was simple, tasty, and accessible to everyone such as drip coffee and their Noi coffee-making series. In the 1930’s their products began to line the shelves of department stores as they began to develop as a spearhead for the emergence of coffee culture in Japan. They also began selling TOARCO TORAJA in 1978, a highly-regarded premium coffee. Today, the chain continues to be a hub for coffee lovers, and is creating new coffees and techniques.
Japan has been a boom in junkissa in recent years, a classic cafe which blends the atmosphere of the Meiji and Showa periods. Key Coffee is showcasing two coffees on their recipe page which capture this flair including an espresso con panna and milk brûlée.
Yokohama 1920 Founding Blend
Running: July 20, 2021 – August 24, 2021
Price: ¥648 (Tax Included) / 100
Recipe Page: https://www.keycoffee.co.jp/store/direct/2021foundedblend_recipe
Official Website: https://www.keycoffee.co.jp/
Minerva Cafe to Open at The Promised Neverland Jailbreak Arc Museum Exhibition
Roppongi Museum is set to open its The Promised Neverland exhibition on July 17 where it will run until December 30. The exhibition covers the Grace Field House Jailbreak Arc, where guests can feel like they’re really walking through the house.
As part of the exhibition, a themed cafe called the Minerva Cafe will open inside the museum serving food and drink inspired by the anime series.
BLT Sandwich & Salmon Cream Cheese | ¥1,740 (Tax Included)
Minerva & Phil’s Chocolate Banana Pancakes | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
The Minerva Cafe menu includes the mysterious William Minerva who Emma, Norman, and Ray are pursuing, chocolate banana pancakes with Minerva and Phil designs, and more, including a range drinks.
Latte Art | ¥770 (Tax Included)
Isabella’s Brown Sugar Milk Tea | ¥540 (Tax Included)
The Emma, Norman, and Ray lattes also come with a coaster you can take home, and there’s a special Isabella milk tea you can buy at THE ALLEY, a food truck at Roppongi Musuem that’s popular for its Taiwanese milk teas.
The Promised Neverland Grace Field House Jailbreak Arc Exhibition
Running: July 17, 2021 – December 30, 2021
Venue: Roppongi Museum
Address: 5-6-20 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Until 20:00 on Saturdays)
Tickets: On sale June 30, 2021
Event Page: https://neverland.taiken-museum.com
Kyoto’s National Museum of Modern Art Announces ‘Modern Crafts’ Exhibition
09.July.2021 | SPOT
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto has announced a new exhibition. A Chronicle of Modern Crafts: Works from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Collection will run from July 9 to August 22.
Crafts are one of the pillars of the activities at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, a facility that opened in 1963. This emphasis has helped form one of Japan’s premiere collections of crafts. Moreover, they have on occasion presented exhibitions such as the International Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Contemporary Ceramic Art: Canada, U.S.A., Mexico and Japan, Fiber Works: Europe and Japan, and Contemporary Glass: Europe and Japan, which introduced and compared crafts from other countries with Japanese works, and exerted a strong influence on the Japanese art and crafts scene.
In this exhibition, the museum takes a look back at some of these events from the past based on works from the museum collection while retracing the development of modern crafts. This includes the exhibiting of 305 pieces, 231 from Japanese craftsmen and 74 from those overseas.
A Chronicle of Modern Crafts: Works from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Collection
Running: July 9, 2021 – August 22, 2021
Venue: National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 9:30-17:00 (Until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Closed: Mondays (but open August 9) and August 10
Price: General ¥1,200 / University Students ¥500 / Free for those aged 18 and below
*Opening hours subject to change depending on COVID-19