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/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Announces ‘LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project’ to Support Rural Areas
20.January.2022 | Uncategorized
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major label debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back in the news. The artist will perform at this year’s Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States, and recently released her first full-length album in three years ‘Candy Racer’ in October 2021. On January 16, Kyary embarked on the largest tour of her career, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ which will see the singer performing 30 shows across Japan.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the “LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project” was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. The 30 stops on the new tour include many that Kyary has not visited before, and were chosen based on the singer’s desire to perform for fans who may not typically be able to attend one of her shows.
This initiative aims to bring attention and support to local industries and to inspire more tourism to rural areas.
This project is a new attempt to enliven local communities by collaborating with companies that have roots in the rural locations where these concerts will be held. These company’s logos have been reimagined, paying homage to the artwork associated with Kyary’s previous song releases. T-shirts designed with each of these collaborative logos will be on sale for a limited time, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the local community for development and social contributions.
For the encore of the first live show, Kyary wore a collaboration logo T-shirt inspired by Suzuhiro Kamaboko, a company in Kanagawa Prefecture. The artist also introduced the project and its aim to the excited audience. More collaborations will be announced through July 2021.
Check out the ‘LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project’ website for more details!
Comment from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
“This tour is to commemorate my tenth anniversary, and as I travel all over Japan to express my gratitude to those who have supported me over the past decade, I also want to do something for everyone else. I’m happy to support these local companies and I’d like to work with them to revitalize the entire country. We’ll be engaging in all sorts of collaborations around Japan, so look forward to it!”
January 16, Kanagawa Performance: Suzuhiro Kamaboko
Suzuhiro Kamaboko, a long-established fish paste store in Odawara that has been in business for 156 years, has agreed to take part in the project. Their normally navy blue brand logo has received a major makeover in colorful pink, green, and purple hues.
The T-shirts featuring the new collaboration logo on the front and the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th anniversary logo and ‘LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project’ logo on the back are now available for purchase!
*Otono Kuni (From 4th Album ‘Japamyu,’ 2018)
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/otonokuni
January 29, Gunma Performance: Oginoya Kamameshi
Oginoya, the largest Ekiben shop in Japan, was established 136 years ago in Yokokawa, Gunma Prefecture.
Their main dish, Touge no Kamameshi,’ has been sold for over 60 years and often makes appearances at events all over Japan. The company’s logo has been reborn through the lens of Kyary’s popular song Tsukematsukeru. A special kamameshi dish will also be prepared for the project, and will be sold in limited quantities at the Gunma concert venue on January 29, Kyary’s birthday!
*Tsukematsukeru (1st Single, 2012)
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/tsukematsukeru
May 20, Fukushima Performance: Kourakuen
Kyary will appear in commercials for Kourakuen as part of the project. The company started as a small diner in Aizuwakamatsu and is now is a national chain of ramen restaurants serving over 54 million people a year! The new logo and collaboration details will be revealed at a later date, so keep an eye out!
LOCAL POWER JAPAN project
Maybe Baby (Written and Composed by Yasutaka Nakata)
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/KPP_MaybeBaby
5th Full Album ‘Candy Racer’ (Produced by Yasutaka Nakata)
Buy the CD: https://nippon-columbia.lnk.to/CANDYRACER
Tour Details: https://kpp10.jp/japantour2022/
Lawson Ticket: https://l-tike.com/kpp10th/
TeamLab Opens Permanent Megalith Garden Exhibit at Shanghai Shopping Mall
On December 23, 2021, the digital art collective TeamLab unveiled ‘Megaliths in the Garden,’ an interactive work of art at the One ITA shopping mall in Xujiahui, one of the largest commercial districts in Shanghai. This permanent exhibit shows the birth, bloom, and fall of the white magnolia and other local flowers throughout the year, and also changes in response to visitors’ movements.
In ‘Megaliths in the Garden,’ the flowers that bloom in the area throughout the year are born and die in eternal repetition from hour to hour. When people approach each piece, the flowers fall, and when they stay still more bloom. The plants will also change to suit the particular season. How would you like to visit Shanghai to see this incredible digital art piece?
Megaliths in the Garden
Location: Co-FUN Garden
One ITC LG1
1901 Hua Shan Road, Xujiahui Ddistrict, Shanghai
Official Site: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/megaliths_garden
Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto and Okuratouen Release Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea
From February 1 until February 28, 2022, visitors to the Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto can enjoy a leisurely Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea courtesy of a new partnership with Okuratouen.
Okura Pottery is known for its exquisite Blue Rose tableware which features heavily in this collaboration.
The menu features the special Blue Rose Macaroon with its distinctive high-quality taste along with a variety of sweets and savory dishes surrounded by strawberries and roses. Guests can enjoy this three-tiered selection of goodies from 12:00-16:00 during the event period at the hotel’s Mayfair Tea Lounge.
Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea
Running: February 1 – February 28, 2022
Address: Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto 2F, Mayfair Tea Lounge
Hours: 12:00-16:00 (2-hour block) *Reservations required by previous day at 17:00
Tokyo Revengers Collaboration Event to be Held at Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Toei Kyoto Studio Park will hold a special collaboration event with Tokyo Revengers from December 25, 2021 until February 13, 2022. Exclusive illustrations of the main cast will appear around the park, and a stamp rally will be set up around the entire city of Kyoto. Collaborative merchandise and food will also be available during the event period.
Photo Spot #1
Photo Spot #2
Target Shooting Game Prizes
First Prize: Background Panel (6 varieties)
Second Prize: Acrylic Coaster (6 varieties)
Third Prize: Sticker (12 varieties, random)
Baji and Chifuyu’s’ Yakisoba (Includes a Baji or Chifuku Card): ¥800 (Tax Included)
Takemichi and HIna’s Parfait: ¥950 (Tax Included)
Tokyo Revengers Meetup Drink (Coffee Float): ¥700 (Tax Included)
Business Card Style Cards (Featuring Original Illustrations, Life-size)
Business Card Style Cards (Featuring Original Illustrations, Mini)
Stamp Rally Special Postcard
Special Gift: Towel with Purchase of Ticket to Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Manjiro Sano announces a meetup in Kyoto, but Mikey and takemichi have their own agenda. After a number of hijinks, can visitors solve the slapstick happenings going on around Kyoto?
Tokyo Revengers Tokyo Meetup ~I Wanna Eat Dorayaki~
Running: December 25, 2021 – February 13, 2022
Location: Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Movie Village Padios 2F Event Exhibition Hall / Animate Kyoto / Kyoto Tower Observatory (Free area on 11F) / Sanjo Station on Keihan Electric Railway / Shugakuin Station on Eizan Electric Railway / Arashiyama Station on Randen Railway
Event Details: https://www.toei-eigamura.com/tokyo-revengers/
Official Site: https://www.toei-eigamura.com/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Explores Tomakomai, Hokkaido in New Tour Video
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is introducing potential travelers to the charms of Tomakomai, Hokkaido in a new two-part tourism video on her YouTube channel.
In the new videos, fans can see Kyary in a new light very unlike her onstage persona. Along with her tour guides, she travels for two days around this gorgeous city on Japan’s northernmost island.
The first video begins with her visit to a Red Eagles Hokkaido hockey game, quickly followed by tons of outdoor activities like canoeing and horseback riding. The singer enjoys plenty of local dishes and captures some spectacular views of Lake Utonai.
Who is the one who invited Kyary to Tomakomai anyway? Fans will have to watch to find out. Whether living in Japan or dreaming about visiting someday, these videos are sure to inspire a future trip.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu presents Around Japan
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Tomakomai Tour ~A Beautiful Trip to Tomakomai~
Release Date: December 16, 2021 (Part 1) ／ December 23, 2021 (Part 2)
Where to Watch: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Official YouTube Channel
TeamLab to Hold Garden Festival of Light in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture in 2022
Interactive digital art collective TeamLab will hold the Kairaku-en (Japanese Garden) Festival of Light at one of Japan’s three most beloved gardens located in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture from February 1 until March 31, 2022. A total of eight creative works showcasing the ‘longevity of life’ will be on display, utilizing the greenery of the surrounding 180-year-old garden itself. One work will illuminate over 1,500 plum trees, while another will see giant cedars interacting to guests’ presence. During this period, the Mito Ume Festival (February 11 – March 21) will also take place at the gardens. The festival has been held continuously for over 120 years.
Kairakuen is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan and was built by Tokugawa Nariaki during the Edo period (1842). The other two gardens are Kenroku-en in Ishikawa Prefecture and Koraku-en in Okayama Prefecture. In 1922, Kairaku-en was designated a National Historic Site and also a National Place of Scenic Beauty. In 2022, the garden will celebrate its 180th anniversary, and features over 3,000 plum trees of over 100 varieties.
TeamLab’s ‘Digitized Nature’ art project utilizes technology to ‘turn nature itself into art in its natural state’ without destroying or uprooting any of the plants or trees. It can be difficult for humans to imagine the world that will exist after their particular life ends, and this installation hopes to show the beauty that is possible even after a hundred or a thousand years. Through the combination of human creations and nature itself, TeamLab wants to remind people what is possible when we live side by side in harmony with one another.
TeamLab Kairaku-en Festival of Light 2022
Running: February 1 – March 31, 2022
Location: Kairakuen, Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of January.
Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto to Hold Strawberry Fair in 2022
15.December.2021 | FOOD
From January 4 until April 30, 2022, Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto will hold a special Strawberry Fair at its cozy lounge.
Those who love strawberries enough to want to drown in them won’t want to miss this limited-time event featuring four unique desserts and an afternoon tea set.
Strawberry Parfait ‘Drowning Strawberries’
Guests can enjoy pouring warm homemade confiture made from Kyoto strawberries from Uesugi Farm in Yawata City over thin chocolate hidden beneath strawberry ice cream. This is recommended by the patisserie.
‘Strawberry Shortcake ~Buried in the Glass~’
This limited-edition version of the hotel’s strawberry shortcake is filled with white meringue and soft sponge, with cherry brandy flavoring making it light and easy to eat.
‘Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set’
Strawberry Stack Option
The popular ‘Afternoon Tea Set’ is served in a bamboo box made by Kochousai Kosuga, a bamboo craft manufacturer in Kyoto. This special strawberry version features nine sweet and nine savory items, including strawberry shortcakes and cream puffs. For a limited time until March, guests can add a pile of strawberries to the third tier. Using the special scoop spoon, you’ll feel as though you’re harvesting strawberries of your own! Be sure to take pictures.
Overflowing Strawberry Gift Box
Although it looks like a present, this dessert is meant to be enjoyed on-site! Overflowing with strawberry mousse, strawberry jelly, and pistachio brulee, raspberry sorbet, and streusel are hidden beneath the white chocolate box. Now that’s luxury!
Strawberry Fair ~Drown, Overflow, Indulge~
Location: Lounge (1F at All Day Dining Kaza)
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Order: Dessert 18:00 / Other 20:30)
Running: January 4 – April 30, 2022
*The Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set, Strawberry Layer Cake, and Strawberry Shortcake are only available until March 31, 2022.
Official Site: https://www.rihga.co.jp
Adorable Hamster-shaped Cakes from Kyoto Now on Sale
13.December.2021 | FOOD
Aoki Koetsudo, a 129-year-old confectionery shop in Kyoto, and 2:00, a Kyoto-based company specializing in unique products, have come together to create some incredibly cute hamster-shaped cakes. These pastries are called monaka, and feature azuki bean jam filling sandwiched between two crisp wafers made from mochi. Each set includes 6 wafers, six helpings of bean jam, and a bag of nuts, so customers can enjoy creating the pastries themselves!
How to Enjoy Hamster Monaka
Fill the Hamster-shaped monaka with as much azuki jam as you like.
Cover the monaka with the wafer and add one of the nuts provided.
Paint the eyes and ears with chocolate to give each pastry some personality!
NAKED to Open Immersive Night Experience at Heian Jingu in Kyoto
Creative company NAKED has released the details of an upcoming immersive night experience at Kyoto’s Heian Jingu, one of the most well-known temples in Japan. The event will take place from December 15 until December 30, and will fill the temple grounds with colorful lights and new experiences as the new year approaches. The first of these Yoru Mo-de experiences took place at Toyokawa Inari, and the event attracted over 20,000 people in its 10-day run.
Given the state of the world and the current pandemic, NAKED has found a way to attract people to a new kind of night worship that provides a safe and secure way to visit shrines and temples. By using their projection mapping technology and art installations to highlight the beauty of these Japanese locales, guests can experience something truly special in the midst of these difficult times.
The popular NAKED Flower Cleansing, which broadcasts realistic flower projections into guests’ hands, will have a Heian Jingu update for the event. Guests will also be able to hold the NAKED Distanced Lanterns, which will illumate the ground as people explore the grounds. Sounds and light will combine to create an entirely new world, and visitors will also be shown the history of Heian Jingu through a new projection mapping show. NAKED’s DANDELION PROJECT will also be installed at the site, inviting visitors to send wishes of love and peace to other installations around the world.
The Illuminated Outenmon Gate, an Important Cultural Property
NAKED Flower Cleansing
NAKED Distanced Lanterns
Illuminated Grounds -Echoes of Light-
Projection Mapping –Hanamusubi–
Taiheikaku -Corridor of Light-
DANDELION PROJECT Heian Jingu
13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival to Screen All 5 Rurouni Kenshin Films
09.December.2021 | MOVIE
The 13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival has announced its screening lineup and will be held both in-person and online. In addition to all five live-action Rurouni Kenshin films being screened, five carefully-selected historical films from around the world have been chosen from over 200 applicants. These will be screened at the Japanese event and can only be seen during the festival.
Italian film Inferno, produced in 1911 and shown at Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna in 2021, will make its Japanese premiere along with a piano accompaniment. Oshuraga: Land of Souls will also be screened in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Kyoto-Quebec Friendship and Collaboration Agreement.
41 films will also be available to stream on the MIRAIL streaming service, with tickets going on sale on January 22, 2022.
13th Kyoto Historica International Film Festival
Running: January 22 – January 30, 2022
Location: The Museum of Kyoto 3F Film Theater
Pre-order Tickets Starting December 25, 2021 at Ticket Pia
*Advance Tickets are available for Historica Special only. All other tickets will be sold at the door.
Available on MIRAIL Video Streaming Service
How to Watch: Purchase tickets from MIRAIL on or after January 22, 2022
Official Site: https://historica-kyoto.com/
Canada Goose×CONCEPTS×BAPE® Release Collaboration Collection
08.December.2021 | FASHION
Long-time partners CONCEPTS and BAPE® have launched collaboration collection which is now available at Canada Goose Sendagaya branch and Ron Herman Kyoto ‘Canada Goose’ shop in shop.
The collection includes 6 pieces inspired by the heritage of Canada Goose featuring the iconic BAPE® ABE Camo and Snow Camo to take streetwear to the next level.
Nijo Castle Light-Up Event Streaming Tickets Now Available
One of seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto is currently being illuminated in a sea of otherworldly lights. Nijo Castle in Kyoto is the location for the One to Ten: Evening Party, using projection mapping to bring out the beauty of this magnificent locale. For those who can’t visit in person, an event on December 7 is inviting people to watch the lights online, including the illumination of the Karamon Gate and the Ninomaru Garden. Tickets for the online event go on sale on December 3, 2021.
To capture the feeling of being on-site and to convey the incredible atmosphere, a camera will guide viewers along the normal route through the castle grounds with audio commentary. The popular ‘Special Performance,’ which only allows a limited number of people each day due to space constraints, will be available to view in its entirety during the stream.
The live event will air on December 7 at 10:00 PM JST, and will be archived until December 26 at midnight. Tickets to watch are available from December 3 until December 26.
One to Ten: Evening Party at Nijo Castle
Running: November 5 – December 12, 2021 *Closed December 8
Hours: 18:00-21:20 (Grounds close at 22:00)
*The event may be canceled due to inclement weather. Content may be changed at the discretion of the organizer.
Official Site: https://yakai.1-10.com/nijojo/