teamLab’s ‘A Forest Where Gods Live’ Exhibition Returns to Saga in 2019
01.March.2019 | SPOT
teamLab’s annual A Forest Where Gods Live exhibition is set to take place for the fifth year in a row from July until October 31 at Mifuneyama Rakuen Park in Saga Prefecture.
The exhibition is part of teamLab’s Digitized Nature project which is conscious of how nature has formed over a very long period of time, and that we can gain a sense of the continuity of nature by turning it into art through forms like rocks, caves and forests. This is the same at Mifuneyama Rakuen where these elements have formed over a long time which people across all generations have sought meaning in them.
Mifuneyama Rakuen Park opened in 1845 and spans an enormous 500,000 square meters. It is considered a National Treasure of Japan.
Standing at the borderline of the park is the grand and scared 3,000-year-old Okusu tree of Takeo Shrine. The park is also home to another 300 year old Okusu tree which sits in the heart of the forest. teamLab notes how the border between the garden and the wild forest is ambiguous and that before people know it, they have already entered the woods and animal trails.
teamLab will use the rocks, caves and forest to encourage contemplation of the meaning of “Continuous Life” through their digital art which while is non-material does not harm nature in any way.
List of Major Works
Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats – Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond
teamLab, 2015, Interactive Digitized Nature, 13min 24sec, Sound: Hideaki Takahash
Life is Continuous Light – Azalea Valley
teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Ever Blossoming Life Rock
teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Universe of Water Particles on a Sacred Rock
teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature
Rock Wall Spatial Calligraphy, Continuous Life – Five Hundred Arhats
teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Resonating Forest – Cherry Blossoms and Maple
teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Abstract and Concrete – Forest Entrance
teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Graffiti Nature – Living in the Ruins of a Bathhouse
teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup
teamLab, 2016, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke
teamLab, 2018, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
This is just a sample of the exhibitions set to arrive this year. teamLab has many new pieces in the works, so don’t miss out on the chance to experience this wonderful coming together of digital art and nature.
teamLab “A Forest Where Gods Live – earth music&ecology”
Address: Mifuneyama Rakuen (4100 Takeocho Oaza Takeo, Takeo, Saga Prefecture)
Running: July 2019 – October 31, 2019 (Subject to Change)
Cooperation: earth music&ecology
Event Page: https://www.teamlab.art/e/mifuneyamarakuen2019/
earth music&ecology Official Website: http://www.earth1999.jp/
teamLab Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/
The Arita Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced that the online Arita ware website “Arita Toukichi” has been extended until May 5, 2020 where it will close at 5:00pm (JST).
Arita Toukichi is a marketplace in the town of Arita in Saga Prefecture which bustles every year with people all year round who flock there to buy the town’s famous Arita porcelain wares. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the market has been postponed and instead has temporarily moved online.
Around 130 makers of Arita ware have close to 10,000 pieces of ceramics and pottery on display. Until now, you had to actually make the trip to visit Arita to get your hands on such goods, but now people all around Japan can purchase the latest items online.
If you spend more than ¥2,000 from one seller shipping (within Japan) is free.
If you’ve never seen the beautiful wares from Arita then make sure you check out the website before it closes.
Arita Toukichi Online
Sponsor: Arita Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Immerse Yourself in Japan’s Cherry Blossoms at teamLab Planets This Spring
12.February.2020 | SPOT
Tokyo’s interactive art museum teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM, located in Toyosu, consists of several exhibition spaces where visitors become part of the art by moving through them. After opening in July 2018, 1.25 million visitors from 106 countries and regions visited within one year. The museum is famously known for its large mirror-walled room of water with an interactive projection mapping display where visitors move barefoot through the water to influence the beautiful display on the water’s surface.
With the coming of spring, teamLab Planets is giving two of their attractions a sakura makeover. The new attractions will run from March 1 to April 30, 2020.
The Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers exhibition, where visitors are showered in beautiful flowers which grow and change overtime, will be replacing the flowers with cherry blossoms for spring.
The famous attraction Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity, where visitors move through water barefoot, will also be transforming for spring. The koi fish projection mapping will be replaced by an infinite number of cherry blossoms, which will gently fall apart as you move through the water and reform elsewhere.
As spring arrives in Japan and the cycle of life is born again, teamLab’s world of digital art is the perfect place to explore changing seasons and the beautiful cycle of nature.
teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM
Address: teamLab Planets TOKYO, 6-1-16, Toyosu, Kōtō, Tokyo
Monday – Thursday: 10:00-19:00
Saturdays and the day before national holidays: 9:00-21:00
Sundays and national holidays: 9:00-19:00
* Last entries accepted 30 minutes before closing time.
*Open from 9:00-21:00 from March 20 to April 4
* Open from 9:00-19:00 on April 5.
Closed: February 13, March 12, April 6, April 14, April 15, 2020
teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM Tickets: https://teamlabplanets.dmm.com
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art
Tour Tokyo, Pick Strawberries and Enjoy Afternoon Tea On The ichigosan bus
04.January.2020 | FOOD
From their popular AWAPA Foam Party event where you can dance in a club filled with foam to their BATHTUB CINEMA event where you can watch a movie with your friends in a bathtub, Afro&Co. never fails to bring us new and creative ways to have fun. They are now collaborating with Saga prefecture to run the ‘ichigosan bus’: a sightseeing bus which will introduce you to wonderful spots in Tokyo with an unexpected strawberry twist to celebrate the first anniversary of Saga prefecture’s strawberry farm ‘ichigosan’. Enjoy strawberry picking inside the bus and then tuck into a strawberry-tastic afternoon tea set and much more. The bus will be running for a five day period from January 1 to 19, 2020.
ichigosan Afternoon Tea
ichigosan Panna Cotta
The ichigosan bus commemorates one-year since Saga Prefecture launched their new brand of delicious succulent strawberries called ‘ichigosan’. The collaboration hopes to spread the delicious flavour of ichigosan strawberries to as many people as possible with the five-day-limited strawberry-tastic bus tour. Hop on the red double-decker bus, which looks just like a London tour bus, to enjoy strawberry picking on floor one and an original strawberry afternoon tea set prepared by a chef from Royal Garden Cafe Aoyama on floor two.
This three-experience-in-one tour bus introduces you to the newest famous spots in the city, offers you a fun strawberry picking experience and even comes with a delicious strawberry afternoon tea set. You can book tickets in advance online and there are two kinds of tickets available for on-the-day purchases. As this is the best season to enjoy ichigosan strawberries in Japan, make the most of it on this tour and you will be berry pleased.
Running: January 15 – 19, 2020
Operating Times: 11:00 – 18:30
Arrival and Departure Point: Royal Garden Cafe Aoyama
(2 Chome-1-19 Kitaaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo)
Bus Tour Time: 55 Minutes
5 Tours per Day
Price: Tickets are sold in pairs, ¥3,800 Per Person
Tickets: Reserve online or purchase on the day. There are two kinds of same-day tickets. (Subject to change)
Official Website: https://www.saga-ichigosan.jp/ichigosanbus2020/
teamLab to Take Their Interactive Installation ‘The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life’ to Odaiba in Tokyo
18.November.2019 | SPOT
Christmas is about to fall upon VenusFort in Odaiba, Tokyo, with a snow-pile of Christmas content set to take place at the mall from November 30 onward. This will include the exhibiting of teamLab’s hugely popular “The Trees of Resonating Colors of Life” installation.
teamLab, The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life, 2018, Interactive Installation, Endless, H: 8000 mm W: 6000 mm D: 6000 mm Sound: Hideaki Takahashi© teamLab
Located in the Olive Plaza, this interactive art piece is a three-dimensional tree made up of many light spheres which change colour as people touch them.
The popular annual “SNOW WISH” event will also take place again this year, where delicate snow falls gracefully from the ceiling. This year the event is collaborating with “VenusFort Illumination 2019-2020 -Grateful Harmony-” to create a heart-warming and enchanting Christmas display that’s sure to put you in the Christmas mood.
There will also be a Christmas raffle where you can win prizes, a special VenusFort Christmas party menu, as well as a Black Friday Market where you can grab some serious bargains.
Be sure to add Odaiba on your list of places to visit if you’re celebrating Christmas and the holiday season in Tokyo this year.
teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins to Take Place in 2019-2020
07.November.2019 | SPOT
teamLab has announced a new digital art event entitled “teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins” which will bring interactive digital art to Fukuoka Castle from November 29 to February 2.
Breathing Resonating Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Ruins, teamLab, 2017, Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Construction of Fukuoka Castle began in 1601 and took place over the course of 7 years. The historical landmark is lined with hundreds of meters of stone walls, which has led the castle to be nicknamed Stone Castle.
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
The exhibition is a part of teamLab’s Digitized City art project, the concept of which is that non-material digital technology can turn a city into art without physically altering it.
The castle’s enormous span of 20,000 square meters will be decorated with interactive digital art that reacts to people’s presence.
Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, teamLab, 2019, Digital Installation, 4 min 20 sec (loop), Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Sketch Kuroda Kanbei, teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi, Kenta Matsukuma, Jun Tanaka (Big Cats Creatives)
7 installations will make up the exhibition, including 4 new ones such as Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, where three-legged crowds from Japanese mythology known as Yatagarasu are rendered in light and fly across the castle walls, and Sketch Kuroda Kanbei, where people can draw Kuro Kanbei and historical figures and see them come to life.
teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins 2019-2020
Running: November 29, 2019 – February 2, 2020 (No planned holidays)
Time: 18:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:30) *Open until 1:00am the following day on December 31
Location: Maizuku Park, Fukuoka Castle (Jonai, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka)
Tickets: Available on Ticket Pia, 7-Eleven, and directly at Fukuoka Castle
①8 minutes on foot from Akasaka Station or Ōhorikōen Station via the Kūkō Line (Fukuoka City Subway)
②5-8 minutes on foot from the “Fukuoka-jo Korokan-mae”, “Fukuoka-shi Bijutsukan Higashi-guchi” or “Otemon & Heiwadai Rikujo Kyogijo-iriguchi” bus stops, or 10 minutes on foot from “Akasaka 3-Chome” bus stop via the Nishitetsu bus
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/fukuoka-castle/
*Please note that there are stairs and areas with different height levels as well as unpaved areas, and so there may be areas which are difficult to access for those with wheelchairs, a physical disability, pushchairs, and so on
*Drunk attendees, attendees who cause disruption for others and so on will be ejected from the premises
*The exhibition will be cancelled on the day in the case of severely bad weather
teamLab Now Holding Digital Art Exhibition at World Heritage Site Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto
With the increase in number of collaborations between contemporary digital art and traditional and historical Kyoto sites, teamLab is getting in on the action with its new digital art exhibition “Digitized Forest at the World Heritage Site of Shimogamo Shrine.”
We are joined by Instagrammer Macchan who recently attended the exhibition and who has provided photos for us.
Shimogamo Shrine is a shrine located between the Kamo River and Mount Kōya. It was registered it as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The shrine is associated good luck in marriage and welcomes sightseers from Japan and around the world. It can be reached by the 205 Bus from Kyoto Station and getting off at either Shimogamo Shrine (下鴨神社) or Tadasu Forest (糺ノ森前). It’s also about a 20-minute taxi ride from Kyoto Station.
This marks the third run of teamLab’s “Digitized Forest” exhibition at Shimogamo Shrine, and this year’s exhibition has been made even bigger. It is running until September 2, 2019.
Floating by the Rōmon Gate of the shrine are spheres of light which change colour and emit various musical tones unique to the colour when touched by a person. They also react to the other spheres around them, changing to the same colour and letting out the same tone, creating a chain reaction.
Egg-shaped orbs of light can be found dotted around the Tadasu Forest by the shrine which illuminate the trees. Like the light spheres, when the eggs are pushed they change colour and play a musical noise specific to that colour, the sound and tone spreading through the forest.
These objects of light can also be found at Mitarashi Pond where they float on the water. The orbs shine brightly and then fade slowly as if breathing. If pushed by people or blown by the wind they will change colour and emit sound.
The best part about teamLab’s art exhibitions is how visitors become part of the exhibition itself by interacting with the installations, offering a much more engaging experience than simply looking. Visit Shimogamo Shrine before the exhibition ends to see digital art meet a traditional Japanese shrine at night.
If you’re looking for more sightseeing recommendations for Kyoto then be sure to follow Macchan on Instagram!
Photos by まっちゃん
Address: 59 Shimogamo Izumikawachō, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Official Website: https://www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp/english/
Digitized Forest at the World Heritage Site of Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto Art by teamLab – TOKIO INKARAMI
Running: August 17, 2019 – September 2, 2019
Time: 18:30-22:00 (Last Entries 21:30)
Location: Shimogamo Shrine
Price: Weekdays ¥1,300 / Weekends ¥1,500
*Free entry for elementary school children and below. Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 20+.
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/shimogamo/
teamLab Set Up Permanent Exhibition ‘A blackboard where Little People Live’ in Stockholm Sweden
15.August.2019 | SPOT
teamLab opened a permanent exhibition of their interactive art piece A blackboard where Little People Live on the 4th floor of MUJI Åhléns City in Stockholm, Sweden on August 16, 2019.
Inside this interactive digital art display lives a population of little people, and we can interact with their world by drawing lines and popping bubbles with our fingers. There is no goal in this game, you are simply encouraged to interact freely as you wish.
Experience the incredible world of digital art like you have never seen with teamLab.
MUJI ÅHLÉNS CITY STOCKHOLM
Address: MUJI ÅHLÉNS CITY STOCKHOLM Plan 4, Klarabergsgatan 50, Stockholm, Sweden
MUJI Official Website: https://www.muji.com/se/
teamLab Official Website: https://www.team-lab.com/en/product/
teamLab Blooms Digital Sunflower Art at teamLab Planets TOKYO
03.July.2019 | SPOT
teamLab Planets is a museum in Tokyo’s Toyosu area that will celebrate one year since opening on July 7. At this museum, visitors move through water and traverse its four vast exhibition spaces.
The museum is set to showcase its new digital art piece Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity for a limited time from July 7 to 21. Koi swim on the surface of the water that stretches to an infinite horizon. The koi fish are influenced by the movement of people in the water and turn into flowers when they collide.
As well as this, the museum will serve up new summertime foods at its restaurant The Bowl Steakhouse, where it will serve shaved ice, and its food stand Everything Is In Your Hand, where it will sell sandwich wraps.
Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity
teamLab, 2016-2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Three shaved ice desserts will be sold from July 20. In the picture from the left the flavours include strawberry, matcha adzuki and mango. Each is served with velvety fresh cream in each respective flavour.
Five wraps will be served from July 13. These include Mexican Chili Con Carne, Chicken Salad, Salmon & Cream Cheese, Avocado & Shrimp, and Vegan Salad.
Cool yourself down this summer by stepping into the waters of teamLab Planets and enjoying some refreshing seasonal food.
teamLab Planets TOKYO – TOKYO DMM.com
Address: 6-1-16, Toyosu, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Running: July 7, 2018 – Fall 2020
Official Website: https://planets.teamlab.art/tokyo/
teamLab Open ‘The Life of Animals in Japanese Art’ Exhibition at National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
14.June.2019 | SPOT
teamLab are currently holding an exhibition entitled “The Life of Animals in Japanese Art” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. until August 18.
The exhibition serves as the first devoted to artworks that represent animals―whether real, imaginary or religious. A selection of over 300 pieces are on display from artists back in the 5th century to today. The showcasing includes artirange from Sesson Shūkei, Itō Jakuchū, Soga Shōhaku, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, to Okamoto Tarō, Kusama Yayoi, Issey Miyake, Nara Yoshitomo, and Murakami Takashi.
United, Fragmented, Repeated and Impermanent World / teamLab, 2013, Interactive Digital Work, Endless, 8 channels, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Itō Jakuchū was a Japanese painter of the early modern period who was active during Edo times in Kyoto. He is known for his unique painting method called masumega which sees his works built up of tens of thousands of squares which are all painted individually. One of these pieces is the above-pictured famous Birds and Animals in the Flower Garden.
The exhibition will feature a range of mediums including sculptures, paintings, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and more.
The Life of Animals in Japanese Art #teamLab
Location: National Gallery of Art, East Building, Concourse Galleries (6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC)
Running: June 2, 2019 – August 18, 2019
Time: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-17:00 / [Sun] 11:00-18:00
Enquiries: Pace Gallery email@example.com
teamLab Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/
A Digital World Where Art Meets Nature: Don’t Miss teamLab’s Immersive Exhibition in Kanazawa
05.June.2019 | SPOT
teamLab is a creative group of professionals and artists that creates collaborative digital art projects and exhibits them to the public. Visitors have the opportunity to fully immerse their bodies in the exhibition and become part of the art. Now, teamLab is heading to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Ishikawa).
From Friday 9th August to Sunday 1st September, the exhibition Impermanent Flowers Floating in a Continuous Sea will take place in the museum. Tickets can be purchased from Seven Ticket (Seven-Eleven convenience stores) or from event’s official website.
Continuous Life and Death at the Now of Eternity, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together
teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Reversible Rotation – Black in White
teamLab, 2018, Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
The main exhibition features one continuous wave produced by one installation. The concept is; Black Waves: Lost, Immersed and Reborn. The movement of the patterns in the exhibition are influenced by the movements of the visitors. The exhibition aims to show people that the continuous cycle of life and death exists in a moment that lasts forever. You cannot control it, but you can learn to live alongside it.
Black in White is another immersive exhibition. Here, you stand in the exhibition space and watch Japanese sho (calligraphy) being drawn all around you in 3D. The Graffiti Flowers Bombing exhibition is where visitors can draw their own flowers which then grow and bloom on the walls and spread all over the exhibition space.
Graffiti Flowers Bombing
teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
All visitors are invited to become one with the art together. As your body intwines with the art, the borders between people and the exhibition disappear, creating a new borderless relationship with the world. This is a chance for anyone to experience the latest technology to their heart’s content.
teamLab exhibition: Impermanent Flowers Floating in a Continuous Sea
Running: Friday 9th August ー Sunday 1st September 2019
Venue: Shimin Gallery A & B, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Address: 1 Chome-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Opening hours: 10:00 ー 18:00 (until 20:00 onFri & Sat)
＊Last entries accepted up to 40 minutes before closing time
Seven Ticket: http://7ticket.jp/g/001913
Official website tickets: https://kanazawa21.teamlabticket.com
Hokkoku Shimbun Reader’s service centre: https://hk-event.jp/event/ev_pcMap.php?mp_kind=ticketcenter
No regular holidays
teamLab exhibition information: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/kanazawa21/
teamLab Official Website: http://teamlab.art/jp/
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Official Website: https://www.kanazawa21.jp/
Daisho Temple is located up 350 meters in Saga Prefecture’s town of Kitagawa. Every year, from early June to late July, around 5,000 hydrangeas of 70 varieties bloom across the area. Since the temple is situated at such an elevated level, those that climb up there can also see a sea of clouds. Because of this, the temple is also nicknamed Tenkuu no Ajisaiji, or “The Hydrangea Temple in the Heavens.”
This year, from June 8 to 30, a festival will be held to celebrate the hydrangeas. Stalls will line the area and be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
A visit to Daisho Temple also means you get to see Japan’s oldest tree, an Inumaki that is over 500 years old, as well as the Mochi and Kashi trees that have merged together to become one.
If you’re looking to get out into nature in Japan this summer then don’t miss the colourful Hydrangea Festival.
Running: June 8, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Location: Daisho Temple (6694 Osaki Kitagatacho, Takeo, Saga Prefecture)
Price: 13+ Years – ¥200 / 12 and under – ¥100
Details (Japanese): http://www.takeo-kk.net/event/001361.php
Get a Night Pass to the teamLab Borderless Digital Art Museum in Odaiba
17.May.2019 | SPOT
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless is an art museum co-managed by MORI Building and teamLab which is home to a borderless world without any maps in sight. The museum is currently displaying its spring display until the end of May.
It has been announced that this summer, from July 13 to September 1, the museum will extend its weekday hours to weekend hours where it will stay open until 21:00. They will also begin selling a limited number of Night Passes which enables guests to enter the museum from 18:00 for a closer, more intimate interaction with the exhibitions.
If you’ll be in Japan this summer then take advantage of this opportunity to enter teamLab’s immersive borderless world of digital art.
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless
Address: 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Price: Adults – ¥3,200 / Children – ¥1,000 / Disability Discount – ¥1,600
Night Pass: Price: Adults – ¥2,900 / Children – ¥1,000 / Disability Discount – ¥1,500
*Night Pass available from July 13 to September 1 only. Entry from 18:00 permitted.
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10:00-19:00 / Weekends 10:00-21:00
*Opening hours to run from 10:00-21:00 all week from July 13 to September 1.
*Last entries are one hour before closing time.
Closed: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
*Also closed Saturday June 22 and Saturday August 10. Open on Tuesday August 13.
Official Website: https://borderless.teamlab.art/