Goldfish Art Exhibition Begins at Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari in Tokyo Odaiba

26.June.2019 | SPOT

Onsen theme park Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari in Odaiba, Tokyo launched its biggest event of the year Kingyo Matsuri Art Exhibition on June 24. The festival feature a range of exciting exhibits including Japan’s biggest terrarium developed by aquarium creator Masanori Miyazawa.

 

Aquarium ①: Japan’s biggest Japanese-style Terrarium

A terrarium is a sealable glass container inside which soil is placed to grow plants. Aquarium creator Masanori Miyazawa, who goes by the artist name GA☆KYO, has built Japan’s biggest Japanese-style terrarium which represents the change from the old generation into the new. Standing at 5-meters tall and stretching 1.5-meters wide, the terrarium makes use of bonsai, moss and driftwood.

 

Aquarium ②: Yukata x Aquarium x Photo Spot

Inspired by the ladies of Edo Castle, beautiful cylindrical fish tanks with kimonos wrapped around them act as a great photo opportunity together with the goldfishes.

 

Aquarium ③: Meet the 1 Million Yen Ryukin Goldfish

This innovative art installation pairs the Ryukin, a type of Japanese goldfish that has been sold in long-standing fish shops for more than 200 years, with onigawara decorative tiles that have been used to ward off spirits since ancient times, bonsai and more. Also in the exhibit is the “Pre-Edo Goldfish Tearoom” and “Large Round Fish Tanks.”

 

Summer Festival Drinks & Desserts

From Left: Blue Goldfish Shaved Ice: ¥550 @ Kuranoe / Goldfish Blue Hawaii Soda: ¥580 @ Yumeakari / Blue Mojito: ¥850 @ Ooedo Cafe

Feel the festive spirit with these summery drinks and desserts.

 

Goldfish Goodies

The souvenir store Ryokokuya is selling a range of goldfish themed merchandise perfect as gifts and souvenirs or for taking on summer trips with you.

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  • Hotel Gajoen Tokyo to Hold Japanese Art Exhibition at Hyakudan Kaidan

    12.June.2019 | SPOT

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is both a museum and a hotel which celebrated its 90th anniversary in December 2018. The establishment is set to hold its 5th Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan art exhibition at its Hyakudan Kaidan, or ‘100 Steps Staircase’―which was registered by Tokyo Prefecture as a Tangible Cultural Property in 2009 for its exceptional architecture and artistic beauty.

     

    The event will run from July 6 to September 1 and will feature all-new exhibits from 40 independent artists and groups from around Japan: from Aomori in the north to Kagoshima in the south.

    Bamboo Artwork by NIITAKE

    Participating in the exhibition for the first time is bamboo artist NIITAKE from Nichinan, Miyazaki. His pieces will include entrancing room installations as well as a colourful collaboration with the Nagasaki Lantern Festival which enjoys an incredible one million visitors.

    emullenuett: The Sand Art Duo

    emullenuet are an up-and-coming duo who create artwork out of sand. The two of them have created some pieces just for this exhibition such as Japanese ranma transoms.

    Edo Furin Wind Chimes

    This dramatic exhibit will include lacquer work, glass work, metal carving and more by Tokyo Teshigoto―a group backed by the city of Tokyo which is a collaboration between contemporary designers and traditional Edo techniques which aims to pass down theses kills to the next generation. Summertime furin which chimes will also line the showcase with their delicate designs and sounds. Other contemporary artists will also display their work with Japanese-style paper, allowing for visitors to see cultural assets established during the early Showa period.

    Aomori Nebuta

    This year’s exhibition will also see the return of some legends who have enjoyed popularity at previous runs of the event. As you descend the huge mother-of-pearl raden elevator you will be welcomed by an overwhelming assortment of standout pieces.

    Ishimaki Kokeshi

    Other popular names include Tadaharu Kawamura, a sculptor who works with natural materials such as leaves, shells and Japanese lantern cherries, and Takatoshi Hayashi who is known for their kokeshi dolls.

  • Art Exhibition: ‘Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan’ to Take Place in Meguro Gajoen

    17.June.2018 | SPOT

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a hotel and museum celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The hotel is home to the Hyakudan Kaidan, or 100 Steps Staircase, where the Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan art exhibition will take place from June 7 to September 2. This marks the 4th run of the event, which will put on a fantastic display of lights and installations celebrating Japanese summer and its events.

     

    The 100 Steps Staircase was built in 1935 and has been a place of meeting for many people over the course of Gajoen’s history. It was registered by Tokyo Prefecture as a Tangible Cultural Property in 2009 for its exceptional architecture and artistic beauty.

    During the exhibition’s first run in 2015, the Hyakudan Kaidan was celebrated in collaboration with the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, a registered Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. The ideas and concepts surrounding the exhibition have changed each year. The second run saw a boost in popularity with over 90,000 attendees, more than the prior year.

     

    This year, 63 exhibitors will participate in the event, close to double the amount than last time. It will be a celebration of everything from the giant Aomori Nebuta Matsuri to Edo Kiriko glassware that you can hold in the palm of your hand. An amalgamation of festivities, art, design, craftsmanship and technology, attendees are permitted to take photos of anything there.

    This year’s exhibition will see a huge range of content, including art installations by MIRRORBOWLER, three new works completed by Majima Hidenori at the end of last year that took him 6 years to complete, a light-up byobu folding screen that people can draw on, products by body care brand SABON who originate from Israel and are celebrating 10 years since arriving in Japan, and much more.

    There will be a bunch of collaborative projects too. Full details can be found on the event website.

     

    Get up close with Japanese art and culture at this year’s exhibition.

     

    ■Information

    Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan 2018

    Location: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

    Running: July 7, 2018 – September 2, 2018 (*No Holidays)

    Time: [Monday-Thursday] 10am-5pm (Last Entries 4:30pm) / [Friday, Weekends, Holidays & August 13-17] 10am-8pm (Last Entries 7:30pm)

    *Photography allowed. However, tripods and flash photography are prohibited.

    Entry Price: Same Day – ¥1,500 / Advance – ¥1,200 (¥1,000 until July 6 at entrance) / Students – ¥800 (ID Required) / Children – Free

    TEL: 03-5434-3140 (10am-6pm)

    Official Page: http://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/event/wanoakari2018

     

  • teamLab Brings “Resonating Trees” Permanent Digital Art Exhibition to Tokushimaken Bunkanomori Total Park

    06.April.2018 | SPOT

    teamLab will set up their Resonating Trees exhibition as a permanent display at Tokushimaken Bunkanomori Total Park on April 29th. This digital art space transforms and alters with lights, sounds and tech when people are present.

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    teamLab is an ‘artist collaborative, interdisciplinary creative group’ made up of specialists including programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects – the list goes on. They work to blur together the art, science, technology and creative industries.

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    The exhibition set to hit Tokushimaken Bunkanomori Total Park is titled ‘Resonating Trees’ and is one of the team’s Digitized Nature art projects. Rows and rows of trees will illuminate the area. Each of the tree lights is automatic so will resonate gently as they glow on with dazzling light before fading away. When passersby and animals pass through the trees, the colour of the lights will change and different sounds will play. Each trees’ lights will diffuse one after the other.

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    Experience digital art like you’ve never seen it before with teamLab.

     

    ■Information

     

    Resonating Trees

    Open: April 29, 2018 (*Permanent Exhibition)

    Location: Tokushimaken Bunkanomori Total Park

    Address: Mukōterayama-1 Hachimanchō, Tokushima-shi, Tokushima Prefecture

    Time: 19:00-21:00

    Days: Tuesday–Sunday

    Closed: Mondays (In the case that a Monday falls on a national holiday, it will close on Tuesday)

    Entry: Free

    Website: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/resonatingtrees_bunkanomori

     

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    A special event for the wildly popular Tokyo Revengers anime series will be held on December 18, 2021. The first visual for the event has been released!

     

    The new image shows Takemichi, Chifuyu, Peh-yan and the founding members of the Tokyo Manji Gang taking a well-deserved break. Takuya Eguchi, who plays the role of Shuji Hanma, will make an appearance during the evening show. Along with the members of the Tokyo Manji Gang, members of Valhalla will be present too, so it’s sure to be a wild time. 

     

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    Tickets went on sale December 1 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

     

     

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    The Yokai Art Museum, which often works with local artists and community organizers in the ‘maze town’ of Shodoshima in Kagawa Prefecture, is currently holding the ‘Folklore Exhibition’ at the Naoki Onogawa Museum of Art. Six new works inspired by the Setouchi region are on display until December 26, 2021. 

     

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    His new works, six of which were inspired by the Setouchi area, were on display at the Setouchi Municipal Museum of Art from March 9 to May 5, 2021.

     

     

     

    My History with Paper Cranes | A Message from Naoki Onogawa

    “Origami was my passion when I was a child. The origami crane is one of the most famous forms of traditional origami, and as I spent time making them, I started to feel that I could channel my emotions into them. It started to become a habit, then an obsession. I couldn’t stop. There was no endpoint or goal in mind, I just made them as often as I could. 

     

    In 2011, the Tohoku Earthquake happened. In April of the following year, I visited Rikuzentakata City to listen to the community’s stories and to see the devastation firsthand. It was terrifying to see how helpless human beings are in the face of nature, but even still, I was struck by how strong human beings could be to persevere. No matter our age, race, gender, or status, we all face the major threats of nature, while also living in harmony with it. At that time, I was very aware that it was important to live in the moment. Beside a school building that had been totally destroyed by the tsunami, I saw a thousand paper cranes. 

     

    It was akin to a solitary ritual. The paper cranes were used to express those feelings that had nowhere else to go and to pray for those who had been lost. I can’t really put it into words, but the cranes I make now might have come from those solemn prayers. This is the place for my cranes now. When I look at them now, I think that origami cranes are incredibly precious, and hide something mysterious within them. They are the ultimate beauty in my mind. 

     

    Each of us has our own personal journey with these paper cranes. It’s up to each person to decide how he or she feels and how his or her thoughts are layered. I just hope that while looking at these works people will find their hearts moved.”

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    Selected Items

     

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    Visitors can enjoy the exhibition corner, which shows the history of both works including famous scenes and the emotional growth of the main characters. The merchandise corner will feature a number of goods only available at the event including Gunpla. Fans of the franchise shouldn’t miss this, as visitors will get a promo card to use for Bandai’s latest arcade card game Mobile Suit Gundam Arsenal Base, scheduled to release in spring 2021.

     

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  • Sakura Wars Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Events in Tokyo, Osaka, and Aichi

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    Near the entrance to the shrine, the Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK will be on display. Clad in the cutest colors imaginable, it has become a symbol of Harajuku around the world. The Hello Kitty-shaped time capsule, which was on display for five months in New York City in 2015, will also be shown on the temple grounds. The participatory art project has made it to 12 cities around the world so far. 

     

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    Comment from Rei Nakanishi

    My paintings always feature two conflicting themes. 

     

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