Golden Island Zipang 2020 Illumination Event Lights Up Matsue in Shimane

03.December.2020 | SPOT

The splendid Yuushien Garden in Matsue, Shimane, is now hosting a dazzling winter illumination event titled Kogane no Shima Zipang 2020 (Golden Island Zipang 2020) until January 11, 2021.

 

Golden Island Zipang 2020

Yuushien Garden is located on the eastern side of Matsue on Daikon Island, a volcanic island in Nakaumi. The garden has been called the most beautiful Japanese-style garden in all of Japan, which makes it the perfect setting for the illumination event. 50 projectors at the garden are using projection mapping to create a flurry of flashy illuminations.

 

It’s a full pixel illumination display coupled with music that’s sure to dazzle all who visit. this winter.

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    Ai Higuchi

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    Win Morisaki

    “Over this past year, the respect I have for the position I’m in where I can express myself has really sunk in. I’m so happy I’ve been able to get involved with this challenge. And getting to sing with an orchestra, it’s magnificent. I’m so excited about what’s to come.”

     

    Meimi Tamura

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    Kayoko Yoshizawa

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    The Game’s Story

    “I want you to find the treasure of Asakusa for me.”

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    The incredible Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE, a beachside cafe which offers guests a breathtaking ocean view along the Okinawan coast, has announced the upcoming Beachside Art Festival which will take place from April 10 to May 9. The festival will bring together artwork from a range of artists born and raised in Okinawa and leading the island’s youth culture. There will be a range of events from live painting to workshops, exhibits, and more.

     

    The participating artists have all taken part in personal art exhibits, art events, showcased their work at concerts, and more both inside and outside Japan, but due to COVID-19, many events have of course been cancelled. Beachside Art Festival will serve as a way to display their wonderful works while supporting them at the same time.

     

    The Artist Line-Up

    DENPA

    nami

    HAYATO MACHIDA

    Chibana Yukinaga

    MACHIDA visiting BANTA CAFE to check the feel of the ocean and their artwork

     

    Vibrant artwork with the ocean as the backdrop

    Visitors will be greeted by artwork dotted across various locations around BANTA CAFE. If they follow the top of the cliff down to the beach they will find sofas to sit on which have also been decorated with the artists’ artwork. Then there’s the Goro Goro Lounge with its enormous window that stretches an entire wall and offers a panoramic view of the sea. Here, visitors can look out at the artwork which will look like it’s floating above the horizon. All drinks ordered also come with a free sticker featuring artwork by the four participating artists.

     

    Experience art-in-the-making with live painting

    DENPA and MACHIDA will host their own live painting sessions where they will take inspiration from the surrounding environment.


    HAYATO MACHIDA @ April 10, 2021 / April 11, 2021

    DENPA @ April 18, 2021

    Times: 11:00-13:00 / 14:00-17:00

    Where: In front of BANTA CAFE on the beach

    Price: Free

     

    Have a go at traditional Okinawan bingata dyeing

    Visitors can have a go at making their very own coasters from nine different colours using a traditional Okinawan stencilled dyeing technique known as bingata.


    Running: April 24, 2021 / May 1, 2021 / May 2, 2021 / May 5, 2021

    Times: 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00 / 16:00 (Each slot lasts approx. one hour)

    Capacity: 4

    Where: Iwaba Terrace

    Price: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)

    Note: Online booking required

     

     

    Take home a souvenir at the beachside museum shop

    A museum shop will be open for the event on weekends and holidays where you can pick up art prints, stickers, postcards, and other mementos.


    Opening Days: Weekends & Public Holidays

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Where: Beachside Terrace

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    28.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / SPOT

    Seibu Ikebukuro will pay host to the upcoming ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’ event which will take place from April 8 to 19 in cooperation with Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Japan. Pixar fans can look forward to viewing a special selection of valuable concept art, buying merch, and more.

     

    A Look at Pixar Animation’s History

    Feel Like You’re at Pixar Animation Studios

    The event will be a celebration of all things Pixar, from their early animation shorts to their upcoming film Luca. This will include a special area that recreates the real-life Pixar Animation Studios.

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    BnL T-Shirt (One Size Fits All) | ¥3,520

    Canvas Panel (29.7cm x 21cm) | ¥3,850

     

    Event-Original Merchandise (Excerpt)

    Plates | ¥990 Each

    Shopping Bag | ¥880

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    There will also be a trivia quiz to test how much fans know about their favourite films, as well as a special video showcasing the making of the original artwork displayed at the event. Around 200 pieces of merchandise will also be sold.

     

    PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR! is a popular annual festival in Japan and a must-visit for any fan of Disney/Pixar.

     

    ©DISNEY/PIXAR All rights reserved. No reproduction or republication without written permission.

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