Hatsune Miku and Rascal the Raccoon to Collaborate at Magical Mirai 2020 in Osaka
13.November.2020 | MUSIC
Nippon Animation and Crypton Future Media are set to collaborated for the 4th time by bringing together the popular character Rascal from the Japanese animated series Rascal the Raccoon and VOCALOID. The two companies will release pre-sales of collaborative merch at Magical Mirai 2020 in Osaka from November 27 to 29.
Rascal celebrate hits 40th anniversary back in 2017, the same year his collaboration with VOCALOID began. “Japanese Festival” is the theme for the merchandise line-up which sees the adorable raccoon come together with familiar faces from the VOCALOID roster including Miku, Rin, Len, Luka, KAITO, and MEIKO, all of whom are donning their appropriate festive garbs. There’s also a “Firework Festival” collection of merchandise too which was designed in collaboration with Japanese illustrator Omutatsu.
The merchandise will also be released at the official Nippon Animation shop ANi★CUTE in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on December 18, 2020.
Magical Mirai 2020 in OSAKA
Running: November 27, 2020 – November 29, 2020
Venue: INTEX Osaka Buildings 3 and 4
Address: 1 Chome-5-102 Nankokita, Suminoe Ward, Osaka
Official Website: https://magicalmirai.com/2020/
COCOLLABO Official Website: https://www.cocollabo.net/sp/Magicalmirai2020/
Nippon Animation Official Shop ANi★CUTE
Release Date: December 18, 2020
Location: Sunshine City Alpa 2F
Address: 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Music Festival Celebrating 10 Years of Senbonzakura Announced
Senbonzakura continues to be one of Hatsune Miku’s most popular songs, even ten years after its initial release. To celebrate an entire decade of the song, a special live performance will be held in Chiba featuring a number of popular performers who have performed Senbonzakura sometime over the past ten years.
The first round of acts have just been announced, and the event will take place at the Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba on November 21, 2021.
Performers include Vocaloid producer and bassist of Wagakki Band Asa, talented female vocalist +α/Alfakyun., violinist and cosplayer Ayasa, and massively popular YouTuber UMI☆KUUN. Also appearing is Sachiko Kobayashi, an enka singer who performed Senbonzakura at the 66th Kouhaku Uta Gassen New Year special in 2015, and Marasy, a pianist who performed the song in a 2013 Toyota Prius commercial. The MCs for the show include streamer-turned-pro host Hyakka Ryoran and voice actress Saki Fujita, who performs the character voice for Hatsune Miku.
Those who purchase a ¥30,000 (Tax Included) ticket will receive a commemorative golden happi coat and will guarantee a seat in the first five rows of the venue. The ¥15,000 (Tax Included) ticket will include a pink happi coat. General admission will cost ¥8,500 (Tax Included).
More information regarding the second round of performers will be released soon, along with more details on exclusive merchandise to be sold at the venue.
Senbonzakura 10th Anniversary Festival ~The Fearlessly Fashionable Revolution!~
Date: November 21, 2021
Address: Maihama Amphitheater (Chiba)
Doors open at 14:00, show begins at 15:00
Asa/+α/Alfakyun./Ayasa/UMI☆KUUN/Sachiko Kobayashi/Marasy, and more!
Hyakka Ryouran/Saki Fujita
Senbonzakura Festival Site: http://senbonzakurafes.com/
Senbonzakura 10th Anniversary Site: https://whiteflame.jp/10th-senbonzakura/
Sumikko Gurashi Themed Cafes Open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Aichi to Commemorate Second Theatrical Movie
To commemorate the release of the their second movie, ‘Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahou no Ko,’ Sumikko Gurashi will be opening the limited-time ‘Night Party with Sumikko’ cafe in Osaka on October 20, Tokyo on October 21, and Aichi on November 11.
(Advance Reservation Benefit Only) Original Invitation with Postcard (Five types)
Tokage’s Night Party Curry: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl.)
Shirokuma’s Warming Hot Rice Casserole: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl.)
Five’s Recommended Children’s Lunch: ¥1,650 (Tax Incl.)
Magician’s Party ~Açai Bowl~: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl)
Aoi Tsukiyo’s Fruit Punch: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.) + ¥220 for one mini ice cream
Sumikko’s Pudding Ice Cream: ¥880 each (Tax Incl.)
Starry Drink: ¥990 each (Tax Incl)
Hot Café Au Lait: ¥880 (Tax Incl.)
Acrylic Keyholder (Random out of five): ¥770 (Tax Incl.)
Phosphorescent Sticker (Random out of eight): ¥605 (Tax Incl.)
Acrylic Stand (Random out of five): ¥880 (Tax Incl.)
Muddler (Three types): ¥1,100 each (Tax Incl.)
Mug Cup: ¥1,980 (Tax Incl)
Purse: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
Fluorescent Pen Set: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
A5 Clear File Duo: ¥605 (Tax Incl.)
Bandanna: ¥1,870 (Tax Incl.)
The Sumikko Gurashi characters are beloved by both adults and children for their gentle touch and tone. Their first movie, ‘Sumikko Gurashi Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko’ was released in November 2019 and received great popularity. The sweet story of the Sumikko’s adventures through a story-book world attracted over 1.2 million viewers across Japan.
The heartwarming cafe menu includes “Tokage’s Night Party Curry,” “Shirokuma’s Warming Hot Rice Casserole,” Five’s Recommended Children’s Lunch,””Magician’s Party ~Açai Bowl~,” “Aoi Tsukiyo’s Fruit Punch,” “Starry Drink,” and more. The cute, Instagrammable dishes feature the characters who feature in the movie, which tells a mysterious story that begins under a blue moon in the Sumikko’s hometown. A lineup of limited edition goods and perks will also be available, adding to the movie excitement.
Enjoy a cute, social-media friendly meal and original merchandise at the exciting Sumikko Gurashi cafe!
©2021 Japanese Sumikko Gurashi Association Film Club
Sumikko Gurashi Cafe
Tokyo: BOX cafe&space Tokyo SolaMachi (Previously TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo SolaMachi)
October 21 ~ December 5 2021
1-1-2 Tokyo Sky Tree Town Solamachi 1F, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Shinsaibashi, Osaka: kawara CAFE＆DINING Shinsaibashi
October 20 ~ December 5 2021
1-4-3 Shinsaibashi OPA 9F, Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Aichi & Nagoya: BOX cafe&space Nagoya LACHIC 1F (Previously NAGOYA BOX cafe&space A)
November 11 ~ December 12 2021
3-6-1 LACHIC Basement 1F, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi
Reservation Fee: ¥650 (¥715 incl. tax) *Reservation comes with benefits *Up to four seats can be reserved per application.
Cafe Online Shop opens November 11 12:00 until December 12 at 23:59
Reservations & Official Site: https://sumikkogurashi-movie-cafe.jp
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/cafe_sumikko
Online Shop: https://sumikkogurashi-movie-cafe.jp/online_store
Popular SNS Character ‘BLUE HAMHAM’ has Landed at Hanshin Umeda, with New Limited Items
BLUE HAMHAM, a character by animator Arimura Taishi, will be featured at the ‘BLUE HAMHAM POP UP SHOP -AUTUMN PLANET-,’ open from October 8 until October 19 at Hanshin Umeda.
Event Limited T-Shirt (Size: M/L Colors: BLACK/WHITE): ¥4,400
Event Limited Sticker: ¥385
Event Limited Acrylic Stand: ¥1,320
Event Limited Keychain: ¥935
Customers who spend over ¥6,000 will receive a free special shopping bag.
The event, which will be held in the newly opened Riakuro EVENT SPACE floor following the Umeda store renewal, will have four one meter-tall 3D BLUE HAM HAM statues greeting customers as they enter the store, each wearing adorable matching mufflers. There will be 15 new Autumn/Winter products overall, including T-shirts and stickers featuring artwork by creator Arimura Taishi. The BLUE HAMHAM muffler will also be available to purchase.
Customers who spend over ¥6,000 instore will receive a limited edition shopping bag for free! Not only that, customers who add the Official Hanshin Umeda LINE account will receive a coupon, while the first 200 customers will also receive an additional event-original postcard.
Popular animations will be looped on retro-themed TV monitors, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the world of ‘BLUE HAMHAM.’ Be sure to check out this limited shop and the new Autumnal character designs!
*Images are samples and may differ in real life.
BLUE HAMHAM POP UP SHOP -AUTUMN PLANET-
Duration: October 8 2021 ~ October 19 2021 (Scheduled)
Location: Hanshin Umeda 4F Riakuro EVENT SPACE (13-13 Umeda 1-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka)
Official Site: https://bluehamham.com/
Hotel New Otani Osaka Offering Halloween Plans for a Limited Time
For those looking for a safe getaway for Halloween, Hotel New Otani Osaka is offering a limited-time room plan allowing guests to enjoy a selection of scrumptious and spooky dishes in the privacy of their hotel room. A bottle of very photogenic blue sparkling wine will also be served!
The menu includes a pumpkin quiche and mini-burgers, along with mummy-themed sausage pie rolls, black pasta with squid, and plenty of other treats to tantalize your taste buds.
Enjoy a toast with the lively La Vague Bleue sparkling wine from France, offering a dry and refreshing taste perfect for pairing with food. Room service will be available to serve plenty of other drink items, including wine and cocktails!
Exclusive to the Halloween plan, a slightly terrifying sweets plate is available, featuring pumpkin mont blanc, bat-shaped cookies, eyeball blancmange, and more! If a Halloween getaway isn’t in the cards this year, enjoy this completely private party in a luxurious hotel room instead!
Halloween Getaway Party
Hotel New Otani Osaka
Available: October 1 – October 31, 2021
*Reservations are required at least three days in advance.
Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2021 Official Album on Sale, Copies Limited
KARENT, the Vocaloid music label, just released the official album for Hatsune Miku’s Magical Mirai 2021 concert! The album release comes prior to the Magical Mirai 2021 concert tour, set to be held at Intex Osaka and Makuhari Messe in October and November.
The tracklist includes the event’s theme song Hatsune Creation Myth, produced by cosMO, and Kaito’s 15th-anniversary track Rainy Snow Drop by Re:nG. The album is a mash-up of songs by tons of different Vocaloid personalities and includes the bonus track HappY EnD, a fan favorite. A DVD containing a special music video of the theme song will be included, and some fans may even find a live ticket to the concert in their CD case! Specific stores carrying the album will be giving away specific bonuses while supplies last, so be sure to check the official website. Copies are extremely limited–don’t miss out!
Art by 左 © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net
Hatsune Miku – Magical Mirai 2021 Official Album
Release Date: September 29, 2021
Price: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
CD Special Page: https://magicalmirai.com/2021/goods_cd.html
Nico Nico Douga: https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/so39333547
Official Site: https://magicalmirai.com/2021/
Universal Studio Japan to Expand Super Nintendo World with Donkey Kong Area
Since opening in March, Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan has caught the world’s attention, leading global game fans to pray even harder for Japan to reopen for tourism. Now, the park is scheduled to level up with a new Donkey Kong-themed area scheduled to open in 2024.
Currently, Super Nintendo World is filled with Mario-inspired attractions, dining options, and shops, recreating some of the most memorable parts of the franchise in a larger-than-life way. The new Donkey Kong area will feature a roller coaster and more interactive experiences, as well as themed merchandise and food options. Guests will be able to walk through lush jungles, where Donkey Kong and his friends live. The creation of the new area will more than double the size of Super Nintendo World.
Launched as an arcade game by Nintendo in 1981, Donkey Kong quickly took the world by storm, with games continuing to be released on Nintendo systems from the SNES to the Nintendo Switch. As of March 2021, the series has sold over 65 million units worldwide.
Comment from Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto
“I am very happy to be able to make the world of Donkey Kong a reality following the world of Mario. I am looking forward to creating a thrilling Donkey Kong experience with the amazing team at Universal. It will take some time until it is completed, but it will be a unique area for not only people who are familiar with Donkey Kong games but for all guests.”
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Second Tom & Jerry Cafe Opens in Tokyo and Osaka for Limited Time Only
Did you know that ‘Cheese Day’ takes place every year on November 11? To commemorate this tasty holiday, the second Tom & Jerry cafe will open for a limited time in Tokyo and Osaka, selling a variety of themed goods and original merchandise.
Original Postcards (4 varieties), given to guests who purchase advance tickets
Jerry Cheese Omurice
BOOM! Macaroni & Cheese Burger
Rolling Meatball Pasta
Jerry and Tuffy Tiramisu
CHASE! Cheese Set
BE HAPPY Cheesecake Parfait
Tom’s Little Cake Plate
Jerry’s Little Cake Plate
Tom’s Cream Soda
Jerry’s Cream Soda
Cheese Cream Tea
Tom and Jerry Cafe Latte
Sticker (6 varieties, random)
Acrylic Charm (6 varieties, random)
Acrylic Magnet (5 varieties, random)
Acrylic Pin (5 varieties, random) / Clear Folder
Memo Pad with Case / Tote Bag
Handkerchief / Mug
The animated Warner Bros. series Tom & Jerry celebrated 80 years in 2020 and became a fast favorite with kids. Tom the Cat and Jerry the Mouse are the perfect slapstick duo, and even after so many decades, the two characters still have plenty of fans.
The first Tom & Jerry cafe was open from March until May 2021 to celebrate the release of the Tom & Jerry film. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, the cafe is back with an updated menu and new goods!
The new menu includes a Macaroni and Cheese Burger inspired by the bulldog Spike, Meatball Pasta inspired by the diaper-wearing Toffee, a gorgeous cheese set, and character-inspired drinks. Popular at the previous cafe, the Omurice and Tiramisu are making a comeback. The space will be decorated with tons of cute and colorful character art, so don’t miss out!
TOM AND JERRY and all related characters and elements © & ™ Turner Entertainment Co. (s21)
Tom & Jerry Cafe
Address: BOX cafe&space LUMINE EST Shinjuku B1F (3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Running: October 7 – December 5, 2021
Address: Abeno Q’s Mall 4F (1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka)
Running: October 8 – November 14, 2021
How to Reserve:
Available on Online Shop from October 7 – December 5, 2021
Online Shop: https://tomandjerrycafe.jp/online_store
Official Site: https://tomandjerrycafe.jp/
Grand Front Osaka to Feature Disney Princess Christmas Tree
Starting November 11, Grand Front Osaka, home to over 260 different shops and restaurants, will host the ‘Grand Wish Christmas 2021: Disney Ultimate Princess Celebration ~Sparkling Moments~’ event! This global celebration pays special attention to the Disney Princess’s qualities of courage and kindness, and guests are welcome to take part in the festivities until Christmas Day.
An 11-meter high Christmas tree will feature motifs of popular Disney Princesses dancing atop a music box, while nearby photo spots will invite families to create some magical memories to last a lifetime. A digital stamp rally will take place throughout the facilities, while a limited-time pop-up shop will sell a variety of Disney goods.
The song Starting Now -A New Me- will act as the theme song for the event, with a daily light show sure to infuse guest’s hearts with joy and inspiration in this holiday season.
（C）2021 Disney and its related entities
Grand Wish Christmas 2021
Disney Ultimate Princess Celebration ~Sparkling Moments~
Running: November 11 – December 25, 2021
Address: Grand Front Osaka North Building, South Building, Umekita Plaza, etc.
Official Site: https://www.grandfront-osaka.jp/
Disney Princess Digital Stamp Rally
Running: November 11 – December 25, 2021
Address: Grand Front Osaka
Disney Princess Pop-Up Shop
Running: November 11 – December 25, 2021
Address: South Building 4F Pop Up Space
Disney Characters Chip & Dale Getting Limited-Time Cafe in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya
Everyone’s favorite chipmunk brothers Chip & Dale will be in the spotlight at a new limited-time cafe coming to Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya! The theme of the cafe is ‘always together,’ and fans of Disney duo can look forward to a healthy menu filled with fruits and nuts, along with some original goods!
Those who make a reservation in advance will receive one random original lunch mat (4 varieties)
Best Friends Hide & Seek Plate
Chip’s Mushroom Gratin Plate
Everyone’s Favorite Acorn Stew
Chip’s Chocolate Smoothie (right) / Dale’s Caramel Smoothie (left)
Those who order from the drink menu will receive one random acrylic stand coaster (4 varieties)
Acrylic Keychain (8 varieties, random)
Acrylic Magnet (4 varieties, random)
Mask Case (5 varieties, random) / Sticker (4 varieties, random)
Reuseable Shopping Bag
Pouch *On sale starting October 22
Mini Towel / Cushion
Though Chip and Dale may disagree sometimes, the two are always together. This cafe invites those who love these two characters to enjoy some healthy dishes, all meeting Disney’s guidelines for nutritional content and low salt and sugar. Be sure to grab some cute goods only available at the cafe!
Chip & Dale OH MY CAFÉ
OH MY CAFE TOKYO
Running: October 22, 2021 – January 1, 2022
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 3F (4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
OH MY CAFE OSAKA
Running: October 6 – November 16, 2021
Address: 2F 1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO
Running: October 14 – November 23, 2021
Nagoya PARCO South Building 5F (3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya)
*Event period subject to change.
Official Site: https://alwaystogether.ohmycafe.jp
Cafe Opens to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Hatsune Miku’s Song ‘Senbonzakura’
Manga cafe Akihabara Nagomido will hold a limited-time collaboration cafe to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vocaloid Hatsune Miku’s popular song Senbonzakura! The event will run from September 30 until November 7, 2021.
Menu at a Glance
Drinks (with coaster and muddler) *Muddler can be taken home.
Senbonzakura Rice Curry: ¥1,390 (Tax Included)
Full-Bloom Sakura Parfait: ¥1,390 (Tax Included)
Collaboration Cafe Limited Gacha Goods
Limited-edition Pins (8 varieties): ¥400 per spin (Tax Included)
Gacha Lottery Prize: B2 Poster
Senbonzakura Mug: ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura Bag: ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura B2 Tapestry: ¥3,000 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura Acrylic Stand: ¥1,900 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura Light-Up Acrylic Stand: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura x Akihabara Nagomido Castella (Plain): ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura x Akihabara Nagomido Castella (Cherry Blossom): ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Kurousa-P Acrylic Keychain: ¥700 (Tax Included)
Kurousa-P Acrylic Stand: ¥800 (Tax Included)
Lacquered Chopsticks: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Lacquered Bookmark: ¥770 (Tax Included)
WAKUPITA Mask (2 varieties, Miku Crest & Butterfly and Sakura): ¥1,000 each (Tax Included)
Guests can enjoy various cherry blossom displays throughout the event space, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area!
Senbonzakura 10th Anniversary x Akihabara Nagomido Collaboration Cafe
Running: September 30, 12:00 – November 7, 2021, 18:00
*The store is open 24 hours a day, but the collaboration menu will only be available from 12:00-20:00 (last order at 19:30.)
Address: Akihabara Nagomido (Sakai Suehiro Building B1F, 6-14-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://whiteflame.jp/10th-senbonzakura/
Masuda Sebastian Exhibition “Yes, Kawaii is Art’ Held in Kitakagaya, Osaka’s City of Art
Artist Masuda Sebastian will be holding the ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ exhibition in Osaka and Kyoto. The exhibition will be starting in Kitakagaya, Osaka’s City of Art, held between October 30 and November 30.
The exhibition explores the current state of ‘Kawaii,’ a keyword which has influenced the world, along with a selection of Masuda Sebastian’s works.
In 2020, Masuda started conversations with Kawaii communities across the globe to light up the world with vivid colors following the pandemic. What is Kawaii? Why does Kawaii surpass borders, generations, and gender, as the community moves onwards? This exhibition investigates the depths and new possibilities that Kawaii offers, through the works of Masuda Sebastian and his activities as an activist.
Venue 1: Japan’s First Colorful Room Exhibition
The first venue features a full-room installation titled ‘Colorful Rebellion Seventh Nightmare.’
The piece was first released in 2014 and was created as a self-portrait representing the seven deadly sins. Following its first exhibition in Chelsea, New York, it has since been exhibited in Florida’s Young at Art Museum, Milano’s Milano Salone, Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum, and Antwerp’s Museum aan de Stroon. This will be the first exhibition of this work in Japan.
Second Venue: An Experience Based on the Artist’s Memories
The second venue features the experience-type exhibit, ‘Fantastic Voyage.’ The piece, which was originally shown for just three days in Tokyo during February 2021, has been reworked and will be exhibited once more. The art reflects the current world, where everything is rapidly changing due to the Covid pandemic.
A transparent capsule drifts through space, travelling through a world studded with snippets of sound and words. Both the guest experiencing this world and the person within the capsule are experiencing the same time together without exchanging words. It is the concept and prototype of “a device that imagines the future in an isolated world.” The performance lasts for 30 minutes, reaching deep into the viewer’s senses.
Venue Three: Harajuku’s Famous World Time Clock is Revived in Two New Forms
The third venue features the famous ‘Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-,’ a piece which was beloved by the city of Harajuku since its unveiling in 2015, remembered by tourists from all over the world. The original 2015 world clock, which was displayed on the streets of Harajuku, has been reconstructed while retaining the original faded materials. The 2019 version, which was made based on the colors of the original world clock, will also be displayed.
The Tokyo exhibition was expected to open in September 2021 but was postponed due to Covid-19. Details for the new exhibition dates will be announced in the future.
“I want to see the future of Kawaii. That is why I cannot stop creating; that is what drives me.” – Masuda Sebastian.
“Yes, Kawaii is Art”
First Venue – kagoo: 5-4-18 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Duration: October 30 ~ November 21 2021 (Closed Sunday and Tuesdays, closed on November 17.)
Opening Hours: 12:00 ~ 18:00
Second Venue: 5-5-1 Oto Building, Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Duration: November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14, 2021
Opening Hours: 13:00 ~ 14:00 / 15:00 ~ 16:00 / 17:00 ~ 18:00 (*Only open between 17:00 ~ 18:00 on November 14.)
Third Venue: 5-2-28 Sendori Bunka Hall, Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Duration: November 12 ~ November 21 (Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Opening Hours: 12:00 ~ 18:00
Official Site: https://sebastianmasuda.com
Chiba City Museum of Art Brings Ukiyo-e Exhibition to Osaka’s Takashimaya Department Store
21.September.2021 | SPOT
New Prints: The Evolutionary Beauty of UKIYO-E, featuring pieces from the Chiba City Museum of Art, will be held at Takashimaya Osaka from September 15-27, 2021.
Ukiyo-e, or woodblock prints, were exceptionally popular as a Japanese art style from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Now, a new exhibition coming to Osaka is highlighting the ‘Shin-hanga’ movement, which took place during the early 20th century and focused largely on the creation of pieces to sell to foreign markets. The man behind this movement was Shozaburo Watanabe, who commissioned artists to design prints blending traditional Japanese techniques with unique elements of Western paintings at the time, such as shadowing and different perspectives.
The exhibition will contain 120 works selected from the Chiba City Museum of Art’s Shin-hanga collection, ranging from early masterpieces such as Goyo Hashiguchi’s ‘Woman at her Bath,’ Ito Shinsui’s ‘Before the Mirror,’ as well as rich depictions of Japanese landscapes by Hasui Kawase and international landscapes by Hiroshi Yoshida.
Selection of Featured Works
Twelve Months of Tokyo: Evening Glow at Yanaka – Hasui Kawase. 1921.
The Twelve Months in Tokyo series consists of twelve paintings based on sketches made by Kawase between December 1920 and October 1921. While twelve pieces were planned, only four circular pieces and one square piece were completed. Evening Glow at Yanaka depicts a five-story pagoda glowing faintly in the light of the setting sun. Kawase has stated that as he finished sketching the piece, he heard the sound of a bell, and for some reason, he had the uncanny feeling that he needed to straighten his collar.
Sailing Boats in the Morning: Inland Sea – Hiroshi Yoshida. 1926.
Yoshida began work on the Sailing Ship trilogy in 1921 under Shozaburo Watanabe, but all of his woodblocks and most of his works were lost in the Great Kanto Earthquake. Five years later, Yoshida decided to tackle the project again, this time deciding on six pieces. In contrast to the originals under Watanabe, these pieces tackled more nuanced periods of time and give a stronger sense of tranquility. Pay attention to the slight variations in color and light.
Before the Mirror. Ito Shinsui. 1916.
This is the first Shin-hanga work by Ito Shinsui. The piece only uses three colors: red, black, and white, and utilizes serrated carving to give the impression of shadows. Using layers of rare high-quality red paint, this work has been deemed a masterpiece by fans of the movement, conveying Shinsui’s subtlety when depicting the feminine figure.
Fashions of the Modern World: Tipsy – Kiyoshi Kobayakawa. 1930.
This portrait of a modern lady is one of six in the Fashions of the Modern World series by Kobayakawa, and is regarded by many as the best in the bunch. Produced between 1930 and 1931, the artist portrayed the unique personalities of women, rather than sticking to tradition. The woman in this portrait isn’t demure or quiet, but instead shows off her short hair, a cigarette, rings, and a cocktail in her hand, showing a different side to the Japanese women of the period.
Combing the Hair. Goyo Hashiguchi. 1920.
With her overflowing black hair and elegant appearance, the subject of Combing the Hair makes it clear why this is Hashiguchi’s most representative work. The woman’s name is Tomi Kodaira, and she modeled for many of the artist’s works, being discovered by him as she was modeling at a nearby art school. The pose is said to be inspired by Rossetti’s Lady Lilith, but her expression is unique to Hashiguchi and the typical style of ukiyo-e.
Installation from Chiba City Museum of Art – Shin-hanga: The Evolutionary Beauty of UKIYO-E
Where: Takashimaya Osaka 7F, Grand Hall
Running: September 15 – September 27, 2021