Weathering with You’s Official Art Book to Feature Over 240 Breathtaking Background Pieces
KADOKAWA has announced that it is releasing an official art book for Weathering with You on May 27, 2020. The hit anime film directed by Makoto Shinkai (Your Name, The Garden of Words) was released in July last year to critical acclaim, earning the title of Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Art Book Sleeve
The art book is to feature over 240 gorgeous pieces of background art which of course includes image of Tokyo’s sky changed by the weather in the film. It will also include an interview with the director Makoto Shinkai, comments by the art director Hiroshi Takiguchi, and plenty more for a detailed, behind-the-scenes look into the movie.
The book is split into 14 chapters such as “Clear Sky Tokyo,” “Rainy Tokyo,” “Abandoned Warehouse,” “Hina’s Apartment,” and more. Each chapter is coupled with comments from the art staff who give their thoughts on the gorgeous backgrounds and how they change during the movie when the weather changes.
To Tokyo / Shopping District / Abandoned Warehouse / Clear Sky Tokyo / Rainy Tokyo / Suga Office / Hina’s Apartment / Shitamachi Private Houses / Shrine / Backstreets / Parks / Escape / Clouds & Sky / The World Years Later
*Chapter names translated from Japanese
The book will feature an interview with the film’s director Makoto Shinkai on the film’s layout, storyboarding, and more. It will also include talks with the art director Hiroshi Takiguchi as well as Nizou Yamamoto (who was the art director for Studio Ghibli’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky) who worked on the film’s shrine and ceiling art, and other staff.
Background Art Pre-Production
Comments by art director Hiroshi Takiguchi along with visuals will show the four stages of pre-production for the background art including storyboarding, colouring, rough sketches, and 3D models.
Step into the breathtaking world of Weathering with You once more by picking up a copy of the official art book, out May 27, 2020 in Japan.
©2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee
Weathering with You Official Art Book (Japanese Title: 新海誠監督作品『天気の子』美術画集)
Release Date: May 27, 2020
Size: B5 (224 pages, comes with sleeve)
Rolling out on Amazon Japan and Japanese book retailers
KADOKAWA Official Webpage: https://www.kadokawa.co.jp/product/321911000087/
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
ART SHINSAIBASHI Event to Display Over 300 Pieces of Contemporary Art
08.January.2022 | FASHION
ART SHINSAIBASHI, previously held twice in 2021, will return for its biggest showing ever from January 15 until January 22, 2022. 300 unique works of contemporary art will be on display, with some created by up-and-coming creators and others from seasoned masters of their craft. Three locations will house the art, with Space 14 at Shinsaibashi PARCO will serve as the main venue. Some of the most notable artists include Banksy, KAWS, and Jean-Michael Basquiat. Featured domestic artists include Hiroko Koshino and Youhei Sugita, the latter holding a live painting stream on January 15 and 16.
Main Venue (PARCO 14F Space 14)
‘Contemporary Art Collection’
Running: January 15 – January 22, 2022
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Admission until 30 minutes prior to closing / Closing at 16:00 on January 22)
Youhei Sugita Live Painting Stream / January 15, 16 from 14:00-15:00
Selected Works on Display
URGE1 – KAWS
Flying Copper – Banksy
WORK#1790 – Koshino Hiroko
pith series yellow – Youhei Sugita
Anime Cel Art Collection
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Second Venue: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building 8F Artglorieux
Nick Walker Contemporary Art Collection
Running: January 12 – January 18, 2022 / 10:00-20:00 (Closing at 16:00 on January 18)
VANDAL vs LOUVRE
Yukyo Yamamoto Solo Exhibition
Running: January 19 – January 25, 2022 / 10:00-20:00 (Closing at 16:00 on January 18)
Bit Coins on the Dollars
第三会場 大丸心斎橋店本館1F 御堂筋側イベントスペース Third Venue: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building 1F Event Space
Contemporary Art Pop-Up Store
Running: January 14 – January 25, 2022
How Fun! – Takashi Murakami
Running: January 15 – January 22, 2022
Location: Shinsaibashi PARCO 14F Space 14
Work Details: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/shinsaibashi/art_shinsaibashi/
Live Painting Stream by Youhei Sugita
Date: January 15, 2022 at 14:00
Where to Watch: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Official Instagram Account (@daimarushinsaibashi)
*The completed works will be sold by lottery at the venue.
A lottery box will be set up at the venue, and winners will be contacted on or after January 17, 2022.
Online Art Exhibition ‘Creators Show Up’ Announces Original Catalogue, Contest
07.January.2022 | FASHION
The online art exhibition for artists from the current era ‘Creator’s Show Up Gallery Online’ has announced the creation of a new original catalog, along with a contest to decide the best work from among the exhibitors’ booths.
The original catalog will include the works of all exhibitors of the online gallery. The cover features a key visual drawn by najuko. For those wanting to be included in the catalog, register as an exhibitor on the site, and then register for a booth. Sales will begin on January 20, 2021 for a limited time only.
A new contest is being held under the theme of ‘the emergence of new talent.’ Winners can snag prizes regardless of fame or achievements prior, and the top prize is ¥100,000 and a YouTube thumbnail created by singer-songwriter John/TOOBOE.
2022 Anime & Game Summit 2022
Running: January 20, 2022 at 11:00 – January 21, 2022 at 18:00
Exhibit Fee: Free (*Some fees may apply)
Exhibition Application Deadline: January 12, 2022
How to Apply: https://showbooth.dmm.com/events/animegame/exhibitor/
Visitor Registration: Free
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/ags_DMM
Event Details: https://shutsugen.com/event.php#shutsugen
Contest Entry Guidelines
Step 1: Register as an exhibitor in the gallery.
Step 2: Register your work at the booth.
Entry Deadline: January 13, 2022 at 23:59
Running: January 20 – January 23, 2022
Official Site: https://shutsugen.com/
Exhibitor Application Page: https://shutsugen.com/eve†ts/ex/venue/request/exhibit_auth.php
Wall Art Commemorating Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Appears in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya
06.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
To commemorate the start of Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 on January 9, 2022, some powerful new wall art filled with storyboards and other imagery from the series has appeared in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya train stations for a limited time!
These incredible images will only be available to see until January 9, so if you’re near any of these stations, be sure to check them out! Starting on January 4, a countdown video of ‘favorite scenes’ as chosen by six popular creators will be posted to the official anime Twitter account (@anime_shingeki).
Storyboards featured in this wall art comes from episodes 76 to 80 of the anime series. The largest board is 22.5 meters in length.
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Commemorative Wall Art
Location: Tokyu Dogenza Happy Board AB30
(In the underground passage near the A0 and A1 exits on B2F towards Dogenzaka on the Denentoshi Line at Shibuya Station)
Viewing Period: January 4 – 9, 2022
Location: Tokyo Metro / Shinjuku Metro Super Premium Set
(In the corridor connecting the east and west exits of Shinjuku Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR West Japan Railway / Sakurabashi Avenue, Osaka Station
(In the underground passage towards the Sakurabashi exit of JR Osaka Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR Central Japan Railway / Nagoya Wide Wall
(Inside the Sakuradori Gate of JR Nagoya Station, on the North Street)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Official Site: https://shingeki.tv/final/
Ayako Suwa’s New Work ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’ on Exhibition at KAMU Kanazawa
KAMU k=k, the sixth space in the private contemporary art museum KAMU Kanazawa, will officially open on December 17, 2021. The location was created as a multi-purpose exhibition space, and it’s first project will be ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’ by Ayako Suwa, active in the field of food art. The work is seat in Hakusan and Kanazawa and revolves around the themes of nature, cities, and water circulation.
TALISMAN in the woods ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of KAMU kanazawa
In the year and a half since its opening in 2020, KAMU Kanazawa has continued to inspire with unique spaces inspired by artist’s individuality. The opening of ‘KAMU tatami’ in October made a big splash, and ‘KAMU k=k’ will only be a limited space for around four years. This follows the museums philosophy that the role and shape of a city changes over time, meaning that the museum should change along with it.
KAMU k≐k Courtesy of KAMU kanazaw
The space is five meters high, and seven meters wide and deep, giving a theater-like atmosphere. Giving a wildly different impression than it’s surroundings, visitors can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime art experience.
TALISMAN in the woods ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of KAMU kanazawa
The first exhibition held in “k≐k” will be “TALISMAN in the Woods” by Ayako Suwa. Ripples will spread outside of the museum, following the theme of water circulation. Visitors will be asked to pay attention to how nature silently impacts daily life, and will be inspired to create connections with the world around them. In this exhibition, Suwa will share insight on water from Hakusan, a city supplying water to huge areas of Ishikawa Prefecture. This three-dimensional work was created by the artist during 2020 during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic. Using Cedar branches and leaves from Hakusan, the installation is on a massive scale consistent with the new space.After the exhibition, the talismans displayed in the work will be returned to the soil of Hakusan to connect the exhibition with local nature.
©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
Through crowdfunding, guests can snag a piece of Suwa’s work along with other special items. In addition to simply owning a piece of art, upon the death of these talismans, guests can participate in the ritual of returning these pieces to the forest.
TALISMAN ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
Open: December 17, 2021
Ayako Suwa’s ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’
Exhibition Period: December 17 – December 23, 2021
Admission: ¥1300 (Ticket for all spaces) / Free for Elementary Students and Under
Closed on Mondays (unless a national holiday)
Address: KAMU Kanazawa (1-1-52 Hirosaka, Kanazawa)
*KAMU Sky is not currently open to the public.
Open Period: November 22 – December 27, 2021
Crowdfunding URL: https://motion-gallery.net/projects/kamu_ayakosuwapjt/
Platform: MotionGallery (https://motion-gallery.net/)
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.
Artist Auto Moai Holds Limited-Time Exhibition at Seibu Ikebukuro
Auto Moai, known for creating evocative works of faceless people, is making an appearance at the Seibu Ikebukuro main store from December 9 to December 14, 2021! A limited-time exhibition will welcome guests to peruse the creator’s works, and certain items will be on sale to the general public. There will also be an 8-meter-long piece of art at the venue! Seibu and Sogo are using the work of Auto Moai for their 2021 Christmas promotion, and the artist’s works will be featured on wrapping paper and gift bags.
Jointly, the Creators on Demand event will also be held at the Seibu Ikebukuro main store. This event was designed by artists and creators from a number of different fields to make art more accessible and enjoyable to the public. Merchandise will also be available at the venue.
Auto Moai CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION 2021
Running: December 9 – December 14, 2021
Location: Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store 7F Event Hall
Official Site: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/christmas/#artist
Creators on Demand Auto Moai x SEIBU SOGO
Running: December 8 – December 25, 2021
Reception: Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store 3F Women’s Section / Seibu/Sogo Shopping Site
(7F Event Hall will only hold exhibition)
Art Project ART BASE ZERO next Highlights Up-and-Coming Artist CHRIS
The Human Miracle Company launched ART BASE ZERO next in October 2021 to highlight up-and-coming artists. Inspired by 90s street culture in Tokyo, their new exhibition with CHRIS, whose works are made using a decollage technique, will open at Tokyo Hinode Pier from December 4 until December 26, 2021.
CHRIS is a contemporary artist inspired by Tokyo street culture of the 90s. He uses the decollage technique, which utilizes cutting, tearing and removing pieces of an original image. At first glance, his style seems to be normal paintings, when in fact he uses pasting and forming printed materials to express them in new three-dimensional ways. To get this effect, he shapes them over and over again over a long period of time. In addition to participating in domestic and international art fairs and holding solo exhibitions, CHRIS has collaborated with fashion brands such as Columbia, GOD SELECTION XXX, GUESS, atmos, and more.
CHRIS x Hi-NODE Exhibition “Love is a battlefield (It’s hard to see Love)”
Running: December 4 – December 26, 2021
Address: Hi-NODE, Tokyo Hinode Pier (2-7-103 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Official Instagram: @artbasezero_next
Online Shop: Open to the public starting at 9:00 AM on December 4
Online Shop/Official Site: https://www.thehumanmiracle.com
Art Group Mirrorbowler to Hold Mindblowing Exhibition at Shinsaibashi PARCO
Mirrorbowler will hold their first large-scale indoor solo exhibition at Shinsaibashi PARCO in Osaka from December 19, 2021, until February 13, 2022.
Along with some truly massive pieces of artwork, the artists behind the creations will also hold workshops and release limited-edition goods at the venue to commemorate the event. Mirrorbowler is known for their expert use of light and reflection, and have participated in creating artwork for outdoor events, fashion shows, and CD jackets in the past.
Beginner Origami Art (Star)
Intermediate Origami Art (Sphere)
Mirrorbowler 2022 Calendar
Mirrorbowler Journey to the Stars Mirror
Mirror Ball Caricature Book
The theme for the exhibition is “to create something that does not exist anywhere, that has no proper name, that will never be the same twice, and that will never look the same to different people.”
Mirrorbowler’s work features light and shadow as central themes, and guests are invited to look beyond what is in front of their eyes to find something deeper and more hidden. This imagery will be blended with sounds, scents, and hidden items just asking to be found.
While there is no set route to experience the exhibition, the creators hope visitors will wander back in forth to see things from different angles. Tickets are available to preorder now, so don’t miss this memorable event!
Mirrorbowler Journey to the Stars – PLANET OF MIRRORBOWLER by ELEMENTS
Running: December 19, 2021 – February 13, 2022
Location: Shinsaibashi PARCO 14F PARCO Event Hall
Official Site: http://www.parco.co.jp
Available for direct purchase at FamiPort in FamilyMart stores.
Lawson Ticket: https://l-tike.com/mirrorbowler
Tickets can also be purchased from Loppi at Lawson or Ministop stores.
L Code: 59200 (For Admission from 12/19 – 1/16) / 59300 (For Admission from 1/17-2/13)
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse to Hold 17th Annual Art & Ice Skating Event ArtRink
30.November.2021 | SPOT
Starting in 2005 to add more color to Yokohama’s winter season, the ArtRink event held at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse combines artworks and ice skating for a bright and colorful way to spend a cold day. The 17th annual event will be held from December 4, 2021, until February 20, 2022, and will feature two artists: Moeno Ootsu and unpis, both taking part for the first time. The theme for this year’s art is ‘Stepping Out in Slippers.’
Message from the Artists
For this event, we’ve created an everyday space, ‘home,’ in a very not-everyday space: ArtRink in Yokohama.
Guests should come on an adventure that begins at the front door, then dance on ice through the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and more!
You might discover something new among the familiar furnishings and snippets of daily life.
We hope that once you leave ArtRink and return home, you’ll try to keep dancing from time to time.
Just have fun. Dance with us!
Whether you’re wearing skates, sneakers, or slippers…
Just take a step and have the best possible time this winter.
ArtRink at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Running: December 4, 2021 – February 20, 2022
Location: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Event Space
Hotel Koe Tokyo in Shibuya to Hold Solo Exhibition by Illustrator Kae Tanaka
Kae Tanaka will hold a solo exhibition at Hotel Koe Tokyo in Shibuya from November 26 until December 10, 2021. The artist has recently collaborated with popular girls group Nogizaka46 and actress Rio Uchida, and is skyrocketing in popularity throughout Japan.
Kae-chan Soft Vinyl Figures in Limited-Edition Color (By Lottery)
Over the past year, Hotel Koe Tokyo has been supporting the solo exhibitions of up-and-coming artists. This ima no koe (The Voices of Today) initiative is helping to highlight local talent that may otherwise be overlooked.
Kae Tanaka is a Tumblr-based illustrator who has garnered large amounts of attention across social media. Collaborative goods created in conjunction with the hotel will be available, all of which are unisex and created by the French brand Le Pigeon Voyageur. A special Kae-chan vinyl figure will be available by lottery.
Kae Tanaka Exhibition ‘Select’
Running: November 26 – December 10, 2021
Location: Hotel Koe Tokyo 1F ‘koe space’ (3-7 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo)
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.