#StayHome and Enjoy Art With Pola Museum of Art’s Creativity Packed Website
05.May.2020 | SPOT
Pola Museum of Art, an art museum in Hakone, Kanagawa, has launched a new page on its website for people to immersive themselves in the world of art while at home. From gallery talk videos to painting activities that kids and adults alike can enjoy, the web page is packed full of fun and diverse content.
The page is split into four sections: “Watch,” “Read,” “Create,” and “Learn About Pola Museum of Art.”
A menu of videos showcasing exhibitions and artwork from the museum. This includes videos hosted by the museum’s curators who talk about certain works of art, paintings, art tools, and more.
Learn more about art by reading commentary about artists and their works. This includes manga, life drawing, and much more. Discover the history of these artists, see how scientific research has brought to life the process of how they created their works, and more.
A wide selection of video tutorials encourage you to simply move your hand to create something yourself. From painting to cutouts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
＜Learn About Pola Museum of Art＞
This section is a chance for people who have never heard of the Pola Museum of Art, or who have never visited it, to get to know the place. It covers everything from Fuji Hakone Izu National Park where the museum is located to the work that goes on behind the scenes at the museum.
Pola Museum of Art will continue to update the page, so be sure to check it out.
Pola Museum of Art – Enjoy at Home
Yoshitaka Amano Exhibition Now Open at Kikka Gallery in Omotesando
Known for his work on the Final Fantasy series, Yoshitaka Amano is one of the most beloved artists in Japanese popular culture. From November 5 until November 30, an exhibition displaying many of his works is open at the Kikka Gallery in Omotesando, Tokyo. Online lottery sales of many Amano works shown in the exhibition began on November 20.
While overseas fans know him best for Final Fantasy, Amano is also the creator of many iconic characters such as Gatchaman, Tekkaman, and Casshan.
The PREMONITION OF HAPPINESS exhibition boasts 111 paintings and 3D works on display, all of which are one-of-a-kind. A number of colorful works drawn on traditional Japanese paper and bamboo plates are also attracting guests, based on his fine artwork CANDY GIRL, which he has been working on since 2015.
MetaTokyo Launches First Project in the Metaverse with Genereativemasks
22.November.2021 | FASHION
The Metaverse has been in the news lately, and the future is looking more and more digital. ASOBISYSTEM, ParadeAll, and Fraction Ventures have teamed up to build Japan’s first pop-up museum focusing on generative art in MetaTokyo, an open cultural city in the open Metaverse using NFT. This will exhibit one of the largest NFT art projects in Japan, Generativemasks.
Generative art refers to artworks that are generated by code, using computer software.
MetaTokyo Pass (MetaTokyo Digital Passport)
The architecture of MetaTokyo was created by MISOSHITA, a Metaverse/VR creator active not only in Japan but around the world. The interior and exterior were designed in collaboration with Generativemasks and other contributors to make a completely unique structure in the Metaverse. The NFT MetaTokyo Pass, functioning as a digital passport, is on sale now, allowing owners to access a number of activities and special privileges, including access to exclusive events and restricted areas within the MetaVerse.
MetaTokyo is the world’s first project to connect NFTs with the MetaVerse and is the first project of its kind to be implemented globally.
Up-and-Coming Artist Rei Nakanishi to Hold Exhibition at Shinsaibashi PARCO
Shinsaibashi PARCO in Osaka is celebrating its first anniversary. As part of the celebration, young contemporary artist Rei Nakanishi will be holding a solo exhibition, VESICA PISCIS, from November 20 until November 30, 2021.
A number of artworks were made specifically for this showing, and each will show the unique style of this up-and-coming creator. Certain pieces will be sold by lottery at the venue as well.
Comment from Rei Nakanishi
My paintings always feature two conflicting themes.
I create my works using both digital and analog techniques, and complete them with skull and flower motifs, reminding us of the reality of life and death.
The theme of this exhibition is ‘black and white.’
For me, using only black and white in my works was a very meaningful challenge to take on.
By not using any color, the essence of each painting comes through more strongly and more clearly.
The exhibition’s title, VESICA PISCIS, references two circles overlapping as you see at the very beginning of cellular division.
I hope that people will take note of the refined shapes and fluid beauty of these works in comparison to those with color.
– Rei Nakanishi
Rei Nakanishi VESICA PISCIS
Running: November 20 – November 30, 2021
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (*Closing at 18:00 on November 30)
Address: PARCO Pop Up Gallery, Shinsaibashi PARCO B1F (1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Official Site: http://www.parco.co.jp
Creative Brand HAKU to Hold Stone Exhibition in Nagareyama
21.November.2021 | SPOT
For two days only, HAKU, a creative brand known for its underground art experience, will feature some of its unique works at Starts Otakanomori Hall in Nagareyama City, Chiba prefecture.
The inside of the Philharmonic Hall will be transformed with lights and sound to mirror the natural environment surrounding the city. Within this immersive space, images will be projected on the ceiling, walls, and floor, and visitors will be surrounded by the sounds of the river, insects, wind through the trees, and more.
Visitors will be given sensors to track them in real-time, allowing more interactivity with the digital environment. The water flowing through the venue changes its flow based on guest movement. What do you think of this bizarre experience?
Shinsaibashi PARCO Opens Mysterious P.O.N.D. mini Exhibition Inside SkiiMa Gallery
Skiima, a community workspace operated by PARCO, will hold a limited-time event, ‘P.O.N.D. mini – Let’s Meet at PARCO, in a New Dimension,’ to celebrate the first anniversary of the Shinsaibashi PARCO location. The event will run from November 19 until November 30 in the SkiiMa gallery on the fourth floor of Shinsaibashi PARCO.
Fumika Endo, Photographer
Hana Watanabe, Filmmaker / Visual Artist
Taketo Kikuchi, Artist
Yuka Numata, Contemporary Artist
Shuzo Tajima, Artist / Musician
P.O.N.D. is a cultural festival featuring up-and-coming creators from all genres, including art, fashion, music, and food. First held at Shibuya PARCO in October, the event attracted over 5,000 visitors over 10 days.
Five artists from the Shibuya exhibition will make their way to Osaka for this event, with a theme of entering a new and unexplored dimension. The keyword for 2021 is ‘Transfer,’ and these creators hope to transfer the meaning behind their pieces to the audience.
P.O.N.D. mini – Let’s Meet at PARCO, in a New Dimension
Running: November 19 – November 30, 2021
*On November 19, the artists will visit the gallery.
Address: SkiiMa gallery, Shinsaibashi PARCO 4F (1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Official Site: https://pond.parco.jp/
Naked’s DANDELION PROJECT to be Exhibited at Shanghai Light Festival
17.November.2021 | SPOT
Naked’s interactive art installation, the DANDELION PROJECT, is making a stop in China! From November 19, 2021, until January 3, 2021, the exhibition will appear at the Shanghai Light and Shadow Festival, one of the largest light events in Shanghai. The DANDELION PROJECT will be located in the Hall of the Sun.
The concept of the Shanghai Light and Shadow Festival is that light is a gift of nature, and the history of mankind and the technology we’ve developed has all happened as we have gathered around light. This year’s event will be held at Ruihong World, a new entertainment complex in Shanghai. The location is connected to The Bund, the most famous tourist destination in the city.
This DANDELION PROJECT exhibition will, of course, be connected to consecutive exhibitions being held in Japan and around the world. Those participating in the installations are able to send their wishes for world peace on digital dandelion fluff to other locations where DANDELIONs are planted around the world, and these messages are delivered in real-time.
Shanghai Light and Shadow Festival
Location: Shanghai Ruihong World – Sun Palace (Rui Hong Xin Cheng)
DANDELION: Hall of the Sun
Running: November 19, 2021 – January 3, 2022
Hours: 17:00-22:00 (Shanghai UTC)
Official Site: https://naked.co.jp
Winter Scenery Coming to teamLab Forest Fukuoka for a Limited Time
The permanent museum teamLab Forest Fukuoka is bringing winter scenery to the virtual exhibition for a limited time starting November 20, 2021. Many of the virtual exhibits will be covered in fluffy snowflakes as butterflies flutter by in seasonal winter colors. Animals made of winter flowers will wander by guests as they explore this magical world.
Works to Feature Seasonal Changes
Soft Terrain and Granular Topography – A Whole Year per Year – teamLab, 2020
Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life – A Whole Year per Year – teamLab, 2020
Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – A Whole Year per Year – teamLab, 2020
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II – A Whole Year per Year – teamLab, 2019
teamLab’s works are drawn in real-time by computer programs and are constantly changing and evolving, with many changing with the seasons. This is the perfect place to enjoy the winter season out of the cold!
Sneaker Art Project artrA to Hold Final Exhibition in Osaka and Tokyo
12.November.2021 | FASHION
Street culture is ever-evolving, and sneakers play a big part in street fashion. Combining sneakers and art, the artrA project is about to wrap up its first successful season. SNKRDUNK, Japan’s premier sneaker selling app and popular shoe shop atmos have teamed up for this exhibition, which will feature the famous AIR JORDAN 1. These exhibitions have taken place in seven cities across Japan since July. The final exhibitions will be held in Osaka in November and in Tokyo in December.
A total of 26 up-and-coming illustrators, graphic designers, and even ukiyo-e artists have come together for this unique event. The artwork in this exhibition will incorporate the AIR JORDAN 1 brand, and merchandise featuring this street-styled artwork will be available at the venue.
Those who purchase a T-Shirt on-site will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of AIR JORDAN 1 sneakers. In addition, a special lottery will allow winners to purchase a pair of sneakers to take home.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the second season of the artrA project brought to you by ASOBISYSTEM!
artrA – SEASON 1 FINAL –
“artrA Vol.8” in OSAKA
Running: November 19 – November 23, 2021
Address: atmos SHINSAIBASHI (2-7-6 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
“artrA Vol.8” in TOKYO
Running: December 24 – December 26, 2021
Address: A.F GALLERY (3-21-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Official Site: http://asobisystem.com/
150 Japanese Artists to be Featured in ILLUSTRATION 2022 Publication Next Month
12.November.2021 | FASHION
Selling over 110,000 copies to date, the ILLUSTRATION series shows off the current state of Japan’s art scene. Japanese artists are recognized around the world for their unique style, and 150 diverse pop-culture creators will be featured in ILLUSTRATION 2022, releasing on December 6, 2021. Compared with last year’s release, this tome will feature ninety percent new artists, keeping readers abreast of the state of contemporary illustration today.
ILLUSTRATION 2022 (Standard Edition)
ILLUSTRATION 2022 (Special Edition)
The cover art was provided by Tsumi Cotoh, known for her work with popular music duo YOASOBI. The book was designed by up-and-coming designer Arima Tomoyuki.
At the end of the book, readers can enjoy an interview with Sony Music Entertainment’s Yohei Yashiro, the man behind YOASOBI. PIEDPIPER, the general producer of Kamitsubaki Studio, also gave an interview. Tsumi Cotoh and Arima Tomoyuki also discuss the process of creating the book.
ILLUSTRATION 2022 utilizes the newest artbook printing technology, ‘Brilliant Palette,’ to deliver the most high-quality color prints. A Special Edition featuring a unique cover will be sold in limited quantities, so try to grab one while you can!
Release Date: December 6, 2021
Shoeisha Online Shop:
https://www.seshop.com/product/detail/24827 (Special Edition)
Immersive Art Event Now Open at Kyoto World Heritage Site Nijo Castle
10.November.2021 | Uncategorized
Nijo Castle in Kyoto is one of seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, built by the Tokugawa Shogunate. It’s worth a visit on a trip to the old capital of Japan, but a new event is making it even more exciting! From November 5 until December 12, 2021, guests to the castle at night can enjoy projection mapping across the castle grounds and a collection of food from Kyoto’s most famous restaurants.
The giant interactive light show will take over 400 square meters, and was created by the company Creative AI. By analyzing environmental information such as density and location of visitors and surrounding weather, the art will change to engage the senses. Shifting light and sound will enhance Nijo Castle’s beauty–guests should pay special attention to the Karamon Gate, an Important Cultural Property, and the Ninomaru Garden. This is the first of these evening parties held in Kyoto, meant to infuse traditional Japanese culture with modern innovations.
Kyoto is a city that has been based around Feng Shui since ancient times, with a local saying claiming that the water flowing beneath Nijo Castle carries good energy. These thoughts resonated with the historical figures that lived in Kyoto during the construction of the castle, and they believed that the spot was special. The Ninomaru Garden is the perfect location to use this new technology to bring this energy to life!
One to Ten: Evening Party at Nijo Castle
Running: November 5 – December 12, 2021 *Closed on December 8
Hours: 18:00-21:20 (Grounds close at 22:00)
Address: Nijo Castle (541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto)
Tickets/Event Details: https://yakai.1-10.com/nijojo/
Sauna Art Appears at Underground Experience in Tochigi Prefecture
10.November.2021 | SPOT
From October 30 until November 23, 2021, a unique underground experience is taking place at a former quarry in Oyamachi, Utsunomiya. UnderMuseumChallenge 01 GATE invites guests to enjoy massive pieces of artwork while pondering the boundaries between society, nature, daily life, and the body. The main focal point of the exhibition is the Genki Furnace, a piece of sauna-inspired art.
Usually, this old quarry isn’t open to the public. This year’s event will offer two types of tickets: one allowing visitors to view art and drive through the underground space, and the sauna art experience. Takashi Kurimayashi’s art will certainly stick with you, so either choice is a positive one. The sauna art experience will invite guests to stand within the furnace as they are surrounded by hot herbal steam. The website asks that visitors bring a swimsuit, change of clothes, and their own towel.
The quarry is located about a 30-minute drive from the center of Utsunomiya. Stone from the area is well-known across Japan, and this particular region was named a Japanese Heritage Site in 2018. Last year, more than 700,000 tourists visited the region.
Special Regional Exhibition ‘UnderMuseumChallenge 01 GATE’
Running: October 30 – November 23, 2021 / 9:30-16:00 (Last Entry at 15:30)
Address: 1446 Oyamachi, Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Admission/Participation Fee: ¥1,000 each
Special Website: https://www.under-museum-project.com/
Fruit of the Loom Collaborates with Illustrators Nah and Kayoubi on New Collection
09.November.2021 | FASHION
American apparel brand Fruit of the Loom is teaming up with two ASOBISYSTEM talents for a new collection! Illustrators Nah and Kayoubi, both popular with Gen Z will begin selling items from the new collaboration at ROOP TOKYO on the ZOZOTOWN site starting November 12, 2021.
Nah Collaboration Items at a Glance
A 24-year-old illustrator from Fukuoka, Nah began her career in 2018. Particularly popular on Instagram, she’s become known for using pastel colors in her sexy and cute pop art. Her concept is one word: oddball. Her main character is a girl who is one step ahead of everyone else.
Kayoubi Collaboration Items at a Glance
With charming retro designs spiced with a bit of modern flare, Kayoubi’s art inspires a love for the 80s and 90s. The artist is currently involved with a number of collaborative projects, including those will apparel brands and CD jacket designs.
The designs for the collaborative project feature cute girls in bright colors. Along with hoodies and T-shirts, bucket hats and tote bags are also available. Which design is your favorite?
Fruit of the Loom x Nah, Tuesday
Release Date: November 12, 2021
Where to Buy: ROOP TOKYO in ZOZOTOWN https://zozo.jp/shop/rooptokyo/