Tokyo National Museum Now Showing ‘Secrets of Screen Paintings’ Exhibition in its VR Theater

04.July.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theater—a theatre set up by Tokyo National Museum, The National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties, and Toppan Printing where visitors can experience cultural assets in virtual reality—had to temporarily closed due to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, they their Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn exhibition can finally go ahead in the VR experience which will run from July 1 to October 4.

 

Additionally, Tokyo National Museum will display Japan’s painting and cultural property Wind God and Thunder God in Room 7 of the main building from July 21 to August 10.

 

The Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn online exhibition speaks for itself: it is a VR recreation that looks into the secrets behind two screen paintings and cultural properties—Wind God and Thunder God by Ogata Kōrin and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn by Sakai Hōitsu.

 

VR “Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn”

There’s something hidden behind Kōrin’s byōbu screen painting Wind God and Thunder God. Incredibly, it’s Hōitsu’s masterpiece Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn. Kōrin’s screen painting belonged to Hōitsu’s family. Hōitsu long admired Kōrin and considered him his mentor.

 

The exhibition will dive into this secret story behind Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn, the famous painting of rain-drenched and wind-battered flowers.

 

The ancient paintings brought to life

The two folding screen paintings have been separated and safely stored since 1974 to ensure their preservation. The VR experience recreates the paintings’ original back-to-back form.

 

Understand the secrets

Wind God and Thunder God was painted on the front of the folding screen while Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn was painted on the back. By looking at both, we uncover the deeper story behind these ancient paintings.

 

See the folding screens in the right light

Thanks to VR technology, the folding screens can be made bigger to look at all of the little details and in the right light.

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    Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, Tokyo, has revealed its upcoming Q-pot CAFE. “KUMA”STMAS MENU which is set to be served from November 1 to December 25.

     

    Happy Merry “KUMA”STMAS!

    “KUMA”STMAS is a portmanteau of the Japanese word for bear (kuma) and Christmas. The cafe’s cute menu is here to bring warmth and cosiness this holiday season.

    Merry “KUMA”STMAS Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)

    A sweet assortment cute enough to tug your heartstrings.

    Q-pot CAFE.’s pastry chefs take their time to delicately handmake the adorable bear’s baby face oat milk cookie. The cookie is sat on top of a fluffy duvet of whipped cream, berry jam with fresh berries, and a chocolate génoise cake. It’s a sweet and tangy combination of raspberry and strawberry.

     

    The cookie-topped cake is also served with a rich pistachio cream Christmas tree.

    Merry “KUMA”STMAS Bitter Caramel Milk Tea – ¥750 (Tax Included)

    A warm and cosy beverage to heal your heart, mind, and soul. This baby bear looks sweet but has delightfully rich notes thanks to the caramel. The tea is one of the cafe’s originals, the “Sweet Weekend,” which has a refreshing after taste and goes perfectly with the caramel cream.

    Merry “KUMA”STMAS Afternoon Tea Set | ¥2,400 per person (Tax Included) *Photo shows a set for two

    If you love teddy bears, then this afternoon tea set is a dream come true.

    Top Plate

    The top plate is a delicate assortment of sweet and crunchy oat milk cookies, a glass dessert of fromage blanc and fresh orange jelly, velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream made to look like a Christmas tree, and creamy macarons.

    Bottom Plate

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    Special Novelty <Teddy Bear Message Card>

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  • See the Sun Sit Atop Mount Fuji at Tokyo’s Sunshine 60 Observation Deck

    27.October.2020 | SPOT

    SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck is holding its 5th Tentai Kanshokai this year where visitors can witness the phenomenon known as Diamond Fuji, a rare occurrence that only happens several times a year where the sun looks like it is sitting on top of the mountain peak and looks like a sparkling diamond. The first session was held on October 1, 2020 and the next ones will be held from November 12 to 18.

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    The phenomenon occurs most often during the winter solace when the days are shorter and can do so for both the sunrise and sunset depending on the time and place. SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck offers a spectacular view for this visual wonder.

     

    Diamond Fuji at SKY CIRCUS

    Running: November 12, 2020 – November 18, 2020

    Time: 16:10-16:30

    Location: SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck

    Price: Entry to Observation Deck only

    *Depending on the weather conditions the phenomenon may not be visible

     

    The Sunshine 60 building is also offering rooftop viewings to the 30 people between November 14 and 16, with 10 people allowed per day on a first-come, first-served basis. The 227m view offers the perfect vista for a photo and so a photographer will be on site in co-operation with Bic Camera to take photos of people on the day.

     

    Rooftop Photos

    Running: November 14, 1010 – November 16, 2020

    Time: 15:30-17:00

    Price: ¥5,000

    How to Book: Telephone bookings only on 03-3989-3457 from October 30 at 10:00am (JST). 10 people per day, first-come, first-served.

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    26.October.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

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    BOTANIST’s flagship shop BOTANIST Tokyo will be serving up a special Northern European-themed holiday season menu at its second floor BOTANIST Cafe from October 31, 2020. The line-up is made with the wish in mind that everyone can live with hope in mind as we draw closer to the end of 2020 and ready for the start of the New Year.

     

    Holiday Menu

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    White Mushroom & Meatball Pasta | ¥1,250 (Tax Included)

    A vegan pasta with must-have meatballs covered in a lip-smacking tomato sauce. The pasta is made from rice flour.

    Shiitake Patty & Shimeji Sauce Hamburger | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)

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    Christmas Set To Go


    Christmas Set To Go: ¥2,200 (Tax Included) / Uber Eats: ¥2,600 (Tax Included)

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    BOTANIST Botanical Winter Coffret (Premium Hair Care Set) | ¥8,690 (Tax Included)

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    19.October.2020 | SPOT

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  • Disney: Twisted-Wonderland Mobile Game Gets Themed Cafes in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya

    19.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    LEGS, INC. has announced that it will open three cafes themed on the mobile game Disney: Twisted-Wonderland at OH MY CAFE branches in Tokyo and Osaka on November 20 and in Nagoya on November 27.

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    The cafe’s theme places customers in the food hall of Night Raven College, the magic training school where the game is set. It will be adorned in decorations inspired by the game’s food hall, and coupled with that, the cafe will serve up food and drink that actually appear in the game. There’s also exclusive merchandise for players to get their hands on.

     

    The Menu

    There are four different lunches to pick from, all of which are low in salt content and so are a healthy option for wizards and witches flying into the cafe.

     

    Food

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    <Lunch Option B>


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    <Lunch Option C>


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    <Lunch Option D>


    Four Mushroom Risotto | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

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    Drinks


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    A selection of colourful tinted waters inspired by seven different characters seen in the game.

     

    Merchandise


    Superdeformed Series Art Example


    Pattern Series Art Example

    Magic-wielding players can get their hands on a selection of merchandise both at the cafes, and from November 20, via the OH MY CAFE STORE website. There are two different designs for the merch line-up as pictured above.

     

    Bonus Items

    Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 before tax per person) at the cafe will receive one of 22 possible lunch mats, and if they order a drink, one of 22 coasters.

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