Junpaku no Mori Night Museum: Japan’s Wedding Facilities Turned Into Pure White Forests

26.May.2019 | SPOT

Japanese wedding company NOVARESE Inc. is set to open 19 of its marriage ceremony facilities as museums for a limited time this year. The theme of this art event is “Pure White Forest” and will showcasing tree-inspired objet d’art, candles and more, and projection mapping will also be used.

 

This event will run from June 7, 2019 to February 20, 2020 and will roll out from different dates at each venue. Venues in Chiba, Atsugi, Kyoto, Ashiya, Gifu and Aomori will open on Friday June 7 and will be open until Saturday June 8. Entry is free and there are no age restrictions.

To create the Pure White Forest, the banquet table of each main venue will give way to 14 huge white trees decorated in glitter and hanging decorations. Tables and the floor will be lined with white lace reminiscent of leaves and flowers. The walls and ceilings will transport guests into a wonderful white world using projection mapping. Flower-shaped interior lights will also be dotted around  with white LED lights to brighten the room. Once the doors open, you are transported into the dazzling world of the Pure White Forest.

150 enchanting floating candles of various sizes will bob by the wedding aisle of the chapel.

There will also be a 1.94m x 1.3m tall white canvas where a living painting session will be carried out. Expect to take lots of photos too at the “Flower Walls” that adorn each venue as well as herbariums made from dried flowers and preserved in glass bottles.

If you’re in Japan, have your camera in hand and head to one of the wedding venues to see the forest for yourself.

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    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!””

     

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    PAPABUBBLE has set up shop in over 30 cities worldwide. The main shop will contain art pieces made from candy. Considering all the candy shops that are currently out there in the world, nobody has ever seen anything quite like this before. 

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  • Official Final Fantasy XIV-Themed Weddings Now Available in Japan

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    In the hugely popular MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV, players are able to participate in a marriage system called the Ceremony of Eternal Bonding in which they can get married in game. But Square Enix are about to take it to the next level as they team up with Bridal Heart to offer real-life, official FFXIV-themed weddings.

     

    Registrations for the wedding plan opened on May 22 in which people can look forward to professional wedding photography, gourmet cuisine, decorations and much more.


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    The banquet table will be adorned with an original wedding cake and Eternal Chocobo, music will chime, and there will be weapons carefully and elaborately recreated from the game. The immersive atmosphere is sure to make your wedding an emotional and memorable one.

    Of course, we mustn’t forget the gourmet menu line-up which is a mix of both Japanese and Western-style cuisine. It includes a full course as well as drinks, cakes, and more.

     

    This is the kind of wedding any fan of Final Fantasy XIV is going to want to have.

  • Check out the new Snoopy museum logo and image!

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    In Autumn 2019, the Snoopy Museum will relocate to Grandberry Park, Minami Machida. The museum, which once stood in Roppongi, will be twice the size and come with a new logo and upgraded image.

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    The plan comes with an original Pokémon wedding registration sheet and paper bag. Newly wed couples will also be gifted Pikachu Welcome Boards for signing their marriage contract.


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    Enjoy a very special and memorable wedding together with Pikachu.

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    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.

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  • 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.

     

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    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.

  • Purification Footbath Introduced at Meotoiwa Museum in Ise, Mie Prefecture

    03.May.2018 | SPOT

    In the town of Futami, located in Ise, Mie Prefecture is ISE Meotoiwa Meato Yokocho, one of the largest shopping facilities for souvenirs across the Shima Peninsula. Inside is the Meotoiwa Museum where they offer activities for tourists. They have just introduced the Misogi no Ashiyu, or ‘Purification Footbath,’ which uses seawater from Meotoiwa, Futami.

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    Futami is a place where purification ceremonies took place at Misogi Hama, the purification beach of Futaminoura where the Meoto Iwa, or ‘Married Couple Rocks’ are located. This happened before one went to pray before the Ise Grand Shrine at a steam bath during the Edo Period, which is now next to Okitama Shrine. Additionally, in 1882, it received recognition as Japan’s first swimming area in the ocean, and bustled with members of the imperial family who used it as a health resort, including Emperor Taisho. The ocean water used in the purification footbath is normally taken from the seawater well located inside the facility. It is poured into the footbath bucket after being heated at the source of the free-flowing water.

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    There’s plenty of other fun content to enjoy too, including a new purification-style fish tank, a spot to take photos themed on the Married Couple Rocks, and more!

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    Why not enjoy a footbath to cleanse yourself before going to see the Married Couple Rocks?

     

    ■Information
    ISE Meotoiwa Meato Yokocho

    Address: 580 Futamichoe, Ise-shi, Mie Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (Times may vary depending on the season)
    TEL: 0596-43-4111
    Website: https://ise-seaparadise.com/

     

    ISE Sea Paradise

    Address: Same as above

    Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
    TEL: 0596-42-1760
    Website: https://ise-seaparadise.com/

     

  • Experience-based, gold-leaf museum “Hakkokan” was renewed!

    23.April.2018 | SPOT

    Japan’s largest “experience-based museum,” “Hakkokan” was renewed on the 20th of April 2018.
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    The museum was built about 20 years ago and it was renewed to become “an experience-based gold-leaf museum” using the latest technologies such as projection mapping. Museum staff will entertain and introduce the beautifulness and charms of “gold-leaf” to their customers.
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    The panels that include directions written in 8 languages (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, French, Spain and German) were installed. They will also offer various contents related to gold-leaf such as an entertainment spot named “Taikangata Kinpaku Museum,” “Taikendokoro” where both children and adults can play together.
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    The largest gold-leaf specialized shop in the Hokuriku Area, “Hakuichi Café” where they will sell very popular menu items named “Kinpaku no Kagayaki Soft Cream.”
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    And “Sozo Kogei,” a gallery which was opened last winter.
     Let’s visit Hakkokan to learn about gold-leaf.
    ■Information
     

    Experience-based gold-leaf museum “Hakkokan”
    Address: 1-1, 2nd avenue, Morito, Kanazawashi, Ishikawa Prefecture Business hours: 9:00 to 18:00
    TEL:076-240-8911
  • Let’s learn about the history of Japan at renewed “EDO-TOKYO MUSEUM”

    12.April.2018 | SPOT

    After closing for 6 months, EDO-TOKYO MUSEUM was reopened on the 1st of April and about 22,000 people visited the museum between the 1st to 7th of April.

     

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    They held talk sessions and live performances between the 1st of April (Sun.) to the 7th (Sat.) which was designated as reopening commemoration week named, “EDO→TOKYO VISION Edo Tokyo no Rekishi (history) Bunka (culture) to Tsunagaru (connect with) Isshukan (one week).”

     

    First, Shiriagari Kotobuki from Nakamuraza appeared on the stage and along with the performance of Kanya Tsuruzawa, a Gidayu Shamisen player, he performed live drawing on a 30m long Japanese paper using sumi (Japanese ink.) The audience was glued to the performance. Lastly, he drew the illustration of Sky Tree and hung the work from “Nihonbashi,” one of the works exhibited in the museum.

     

    The event started with the rakugo performance (Japanese traditional comic storytelling) of the female rakugo performer Kokintei Kikuchiyo. She performed one of popular story created during the Edo period named, “Tarachine.”

     

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    About 300 spectators attended the“Rekishi Special Acoustic Live.” The venue was filled with excitement right after Rekishi wearing a hakama appeared on the stage with the sound of a trumpet shell and drums.

     

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    EDO-TOKYO MUSEUM is planning to introduce the history and culture of the Edo Period and Tokyo to those who love history, to those who have never visited the museum and to tourists from foreign countries. They will hold many events to become a focal point of Tokyo’s culture.

     

    Let’s visit the renewed EDO-TOKYO MUSEUM and learn about the history of Tokyo!

     

    ■Information
    EDO-TOKYO MUSEUM
    Address: 1st avenue, 4-1, Yokoduna, Sumidaku, Tokyo
    Opening hours: weekdays 9:30 to 17:30 (Sat – 9:30 to 19:30) ※last entrance – 30 minutes before closing time
    TEL:03-3626-9974
    Website:https://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp

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