Osamu Watanabe’s Mouthwatering Museum of Sweets Showcases Giant Candy Unicorn & More

11.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

Have you heard of Osamu Watanabe? You won’t forget his name by the end of this article. He is an installation and contemporary artist that draws his inspiration from the world of sweets and confections. He has drawn much attention not just in Japan but overseas too in countries like the US, Italy, Turkey, Indonesia and China with his various exhibitions.

Watanabe is set to take his “Museum of Sweets” exhibition to Shinjuku where it will open at the Odakyu Department Store on July 31.

The candy creations will be split throughout 9 different areas such as the titular room Museum of Sweets as well as the Forest of Sweets, Banquet of Sweets, Sweets Aquarium and more, all of which are sure to tickle the taste buds of sweet tooth visitors.

What’s more is that you are permitted to take photos, opening the door for countless photo opportunities for Instagram.

 

Osamu Watanabe will also be present to host a workshop on 4 separate days so you can craft your own cookie charm using materials Watanabe actually uses in his creations.

 

Enter a fantastic candy land cooked up by the one and only Osamu Watanabe.

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    Untitled, Kosuke Kawamura

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    ZEN Mickey, Calligrapher MAMI

     

    WAKU | Comment

    “I think the appeal of Mickey Mouse lies in the fact that people around the world all remember him from their childhoods. We form memories during our childhoods, and ever I’ve been able to recognise those memories inside of me, Mickey Mouse was something that was always close to me. When I see three circles together, Mickey Mouse’s face comes into my mind. He might be the first internationally recognisable symbol. I felt that the affinity between symbolism and neon signs is very high. So for my piece, I incorporated the techniques used for traditional Japanese neon signboards, something which I see less of these days. I took that and created the three Mickey Mouse circles using light.”

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    Original Merchandise

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    Strange Dreams Series: Tote Bags ¥2,200 Each / T-Shirts ¥2,500 Each


    Honey Series: Acrylic Key Ring ¥480 / Plush Toy ¥3,600 (Available from November 20)

     

    Bonus Items


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    Customers who book a table in advance and order something from the menu will receive one of four possible lunch mats. And if they spend over ¥2,500 (before tax) on cafe and cafe logo series merchandise, they’ll receive one of two possible small mamezara plates too.

     

    © Disney. Based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.

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