JAPAN 47ARTISTS x CASA FLINE PROJECT Launches Second Collaboration
03.February.2021 | FASHION
The “JAPAN 47ARTISTS x CASA FLINE PROJECT,” a project by the ethical select shop CASA FLINE, launched its second collaboration on January 28, 2021 which sees the project come together with Nagano-based dyeing artist Katsuyuki Sado.
JAPAN 47ARTISTS x CASA FLINE PROJECT x Katsuyuki Sado Hand Towels | ¥2,800 Each (Before Tax)
The “JAPAN 47ARTISTS x CASA FLINE PROJECT” was set up by CASA FLINE to promote the traditions and artisanal work passed down in Japan for generations from a modern perspective. They do this through the release of products, interviews with craftsmen, releasing rare videos of artisans at work, and more, all to capture the beauty of the craft across Japan.
The project’s second collaboration is taking place with the Nagano-based dye artist Katsuyuki Sado who has created a collection of hand towels. He describes the changing of colour in the dye process as similar to the way that sounds, light, wind, water, the seasons, and people change. The hand towels represent Japanese craftsmanship at its finest and make for worthy products for ownership.
JAPAN 47ARTISTS x CASA FLINE PROJECT x Katsuyuki Sado
Released: January 28, 2021
Where: CASA FLINE Omotesando, 4-15-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
JAPAN 47ARTISTS x CASA FLINE PROJECT: https://casafline.com/feature/artists_collab_arc
Katsuyuki Sado Collaboration Collection: https://casafline.com/feature/artists_collab_2
Project On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PbsQni2pzk&feature=emb_title
CASA FLINE Official Website: https://casafline.com/
Ace Hotel Kyoto Commemorates 1st Anniversary With Yu Nagaba Exhibition
Ace Hotel Kyoto marked its 1st anniversary on June 11 since opening. In celebration of hitting the milestone, the hotel is collaborating with Japanese artist Yu Nagaba by displaying his work at its gallery until June 30. The works displayed are of the sights and people that Nagaba saw and penned in a memo pad while staying at Ace Hotel Kyoto. All of the illustrations were made for this exhibition and so they are being exhibited for the first time. One of the pieces is also being sold at stickers in the hotel’s shop.
Yu Nagaba‘s work
Yu Nagaba | Comment
“After I heard whispers that Ace Hotel was setting up in Kyoto, I hoped I could do something, so I was happy to take part in this project, but I also spent my time wondering what I could draw, and no ideas came to mind. After pondering I went to find inspiration by deciding to stay at Ace Hotel. I drew what came to mind during my time there as I walked the streets of Kyoto and spent time at the hotel. I drew a total of 49 illustrations in my memo pad. I painted six of my favourites on canvas. I hope people can get a feel for my experiences of Kyoto in these pieces.”
Ace Hotel Kyoto x Yu Nagaba
Running: June 7, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Location: Ace Hotel Kyoto (Floor 1F Gallery Space)
Official Website: https://www.acehotel.com/kyoto/
Japan’s Virtual Art Museum ‘In ART’ Announces Abstract Painting Solo Exhibition by CBA
15.June.2021 | FASHION
In ART is a Japanese virtual art museum displaying works by a line-up of specially-selected artists. The museum is accessible through VR where users can not only look at art pieces but watch commentaries by the artists as well as shop at the museum store.
In ART has revealed that abstract painter CBA will be the third in a line-up of solo exhibitions. CBA is a graphic designer with over 20 years of experience and is also active as a musician both in Japan and overseas. They changed jobs to become an artist in 2010, and since then, their unique style which breaks language and cultural barriers has garnered them many fans from outside Japan. Most recently, CBA opened a solo exhibition at Franck Muller Boutique in Madrid, Spain. Their work is inherently universal, getting through to people regardless of age, language, or culture, something which is best appreciated when seen for yourself, and is now observable at In ART.
Some of CBA’s works on virtual display
CBA | Comment
-shine on the life- Pray for better life
“The foundation of my work is built on putting together different elements to create something, just like how you would techno music. Colours and shapes elicit emotions and smells. Abstract painting isn’t just playing around experimenting or taking chances—it’s something that’s formed and composed, and I’d love for people to enjoy that aspect when looking at my work. I urge you to enjoy the colours, shapes, and compositions as you would music.”
In ART opened as a service offering people the opportunity to spend time enjoying art, even alone in their own house, as well as serving as a platform to support artists. Its aim is to make art a normal part of of everybody’s lives, and it does this in the form of a virtual museum which uses 3DCG technology. While it is an art museum, you don’t have to pay to enter. You can enjoy artwork at your leisure on your favourite device, and if there’s a piece you want to buy, then you can.
Don’t miss the abstract work of CBA in their virtual solo exhibition.
Sarutahiko Coffee x BE@RBRICK Limited-Edition Bear Figure Releases
Sarutahiko Coffee reached its 10-year milestone on June 8. To celebrate, the Japanese coffee chain launched a 10 year anniversary promotion on the same day.
The coffee giant released its 10th Anniversary Mocha No.1 Blend and 10th Anniversary Mocha No.1 Superior Java Blend for its first rollout of the promotion. For its second release, Sarutahiko is teaming up with MEDICOM TOY’s popular BE@RBRICK figure series to release an original model at its Ebisu and The Bridge Harajuku Station branches as well as its online store.
The palm-sized figure is coloured Sarutahiko’s iconic blue colour and features a brown logo on its chest. It’s a simple but cute design and is a perfect gift to coffee lovers.
BE@RBRICK x Sarutahiko Coffee Figure
Released: June 8, 2021
Price: ¥1,800 (Tax Included) *Max. 2 per person
Available: Sarutahiko Coffee Ebisu / Sarutahiko Coffee The Bridge Harajuku Station / Sarutahiko Coffee Online Shop
Sarutahiko Coffee Online Shop: https://shop.sarutahiko.co
Sarutahiko Coffee Official Website: https://shop.sarutahiko.co/
*Available while supplies last
Mountain Climbers and Admirers Gather at Mt.TAKAO BASE CAMP Exhibition
Tokyo sneaker culture brand atmos is now holding an exhibition titled “First steps with Salomon Presents by atmos” until June 20.
Mt.TAKAO BASE CAMP is a guest house located just 3-minutes on foot from Takaosanguchi Station. Equipped with showers, lockers, and a cafe/bar, it’s a hot spot amongst mountain climbers. It’s there that atmos and Salomon are hosting the exhibition in collaboration with UND, an art duo made up of illustrators FACE and SHINKNOWNSUKE, themed on mountains.
Visitors are made with a giant piece of UND art at the entrance window of two hikers. They iwll also be handed an exclusive zine which includes a map of Mt. Takao.
First steps with Salomon Presented by atmos at Mt.TAKAO BASE CAMP
Running: June 5, 2021 – June 20, 2021
Address: Mt.TAKAO BASE CAMP, 1799-3 Takaocho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.atmos-tokyo.com/
Lacoste Announces Artists to Create Art From Second Hand Clothing
10.June.2021 | FASHION
Lacoste launched its ‘REGENERATION’ project in April to turn the brand’s second-hand clothes into artwork. The first instalment of the environmentally-considered project received huge praise, finishing collections of old clothing on May 31. The 488 items received will serve as the base for various products and art. The next step is the REGENERATION phase which invites various artists on board.
Artists participating in the project include Marie who’s active in working against environmental and societal problems through fashion and Hikaru Matsubara who has won awards at various art fairs up and down Japan. The products are planned for release on August 18 with more info set to roll out on Lacoste Japan’s official website in the lead up. Fuyuki Shimazu, an artist who makes furniture from cardboard boxes, is also involved in the project. The three artists are working to add value to items that have seemingly lost it by turning Lacoste’s second hand clothes into something that can be used by the next person.
teamLab Borderless Tokyo Celebrates 3rd Anniversary With Two New Installations
09.June.2021 | SPOT
June 21 will mark three years since MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless first opened. Located in Odaiba, Tokyo, the digital art museum is commemorating its anniversary with two new installations: Sketch Aquarium: Connected World and Sharing Rock Mass, Transcending Space. Experience digital art, which blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, change in real time as people come into contact with it.
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab
Sketch Aquarium: Connected World
teamLab describes this exhibit:
The fish drawn by everyone swim around in this aquarium.
Color in a fish on the paper provided. See the picture you have drawn come to life in the massive aquarium in front of you, swimming together with the fish drawn by other people. If you touch the swimming fish, they will swim away. If you touch the food bags, you can also feed the fish.
The tuna you draw will transcend the boundaries of the artwork and swim out into the Sketch Aquariums and Sketch Oceans of exhibitions around the world. And the tuna drawn in other parts of the world may appear and swim in the Sketch Aquarium right in front of you.
Sharing Rock Mass, Transcending Space
teamLab describes this exhibit:
A rock mass floats in the world of the teamLab Borderless museum in Shanghai. The rock mass floats through the hallway of teamLab Borderless Shanghai and sinks into the wall. The rock mass transcends the physical space of the museum itself, the part that sinks into the wall appears in the world of the teamLab Borderless museum in Tokyo.
When people touch the part of the rock mass emerging in Tokyo, it shines with blue light. This light flows to the rock mass sunken into the wall in Shanghai. When people touch the part of the rock mass sunken into the wall in Shanghai, it shines with a red light which flows to the rock mass here in Tokyo. When red light flows into the rock mass, it indicates that someone in Shanghai is touching the rock mass.
teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery, Martin Browne Contemporary and Ikkan Art International.
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless
Address: Odaiba Palette Town, 1-3-8 AOmi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
*teamLab Borderless introduced a booking system on June 1, 2021 to restrict admissions in an effort to combat COVID-19
Shu Uemura Releases Sustainable ‘Mindfully Crafted in Japan’ Collection
09.June.2021 | FASHION
Japanese cosmetic brand Shu Uemura is set to release its new origami-inspired ‘mindfully crafted in japan’ collection on June 18, but presales opened on their online shop last Tuesday. The collection is a display of Japanese tradition and craftsmanship with sustainability at the core of its concept.
ultime8 ∞ sublime beauty cleansing oil (Limited Edition Design) | ¥12,650 (Tax Included)
hard formula hard 9 (seal brown 02) (Limited Edition Design) | ¥2,860 (Tax Included)
petal 55 foundation brush (Limited Edition Design) | ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
The collection focuses on three aspects of mindfulness with Japan as its focus: mindful of Japanese nature with locally and sustainably resourced ingredients, mindful of Japanese resources by taking only what is needed, and mindful of Japanese traditional craftsmanship by preserving traditions from the past.
Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oil is one of the brand’s most notable sustainable products, preserving everything important about Japanese culture from its history to its natural environment. Using traditional methods passed down the ages, the product is made from plant-derived ingredients sourced sustainably, and the packaging is made from 100% recyclable plastic. The Cleansing Oil bottles were also added to Shu Uemura’s new recycling program which began on May 5 which enables bottles to be reused.
Don’t miss out on this special new collection by Shu Uemura.
mindfully crafted in japan collection
Release Date: June 18, 2021
Available: shu tokyo makeup box
Address: B-SIDE 5-11-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-0001
Pre-Sale: Online from June 1, 2021
Official Online Shop: https://www.shuuemura.jp
My Hero Academia Kokeshi Dolls Include Deku, Bakugo, Uraraka, and Todoroki
A cute collection of kokeshi dolls inspired by the characters from the anime series My Hero Academia has been released in Japan.
My Hero Academia is an ongoing manga series by Kōhei Horikoshi’s serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. It’s set in a world where 80% of people have special powers known as “Quirks.” In the story, people with Quirks aspire to become heroes to protect people and the society they live in. The fifth season of the series’ anime adaptation began airing in February, and a new anime film, My Hero Academia The Movie: World Heroes’ Mission, is slated for release this year.
Kokeshi Dolls | ¥4,400 Each (Tax Included)
The collection of 8cm-tall cute dolls feature designs of Deku, Bakugo, Uraraka, and Todoroki, all of whom are wearing their iconic Hero suits.
Tomura Shigaraki’s Hand | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
The collection also includes a Shigaraki ware cup inspired by Tomura Shigaraki, a Villain in the series.
Todoroki’s Buckwheat Noodle Cup & Chopstick Set | ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
It even includes a set based on Todoroki’s buckwheat noodle cup and chopsticks. Now you can enjoy your noodles like him!
Orders for this collection are open in Japan until June 23. You can get them at Animate stores, Animate’s online shop, and via Movic.
These Disney Ceramic Teacups and Plates Are Traditional Kiyomizu Wares From Kyoto
07.June.2021 | FASHION
Asahido is now selling a collection of Disney-inspired ceramics made using a traditional Japanese pottery technique known as Kiyomizu which originated in Kyoto.
Winnie the Pooh Hundred Acre Wood Teacup
This collection of teacups features hand drawn designs of Winnie the Pooh and his friends relaxing in their home of the Hundred Acre Wood. They are dyed indigo using a traditional dyeing technique known as gosu which makes the colour run deep into the design. There are cups to pick from, one big and one small and both with different designs. More details here (in Japanese).
Mickey & Minnie Traditional Dyed Pattern Mugs
These smiley teacups are made using the same dyeing technique and feature Mickey and Minnie made from collages of traditional Japanese patterns that have long been used in Kyoto.
Disney Princess Plates
Seven Disney Princesses have been feauted in this hand-painted Kiyomizu ware plate collection, all of which are lined with gorgeous colours including gold. They make for beautiful decorations for any Disney fan’s room.
Mickey & Minnie Kiyomizu Dolls
“Rakuyaki” is the name of the hand-mouldered pottery technique used to crafts these Mickey and Minnie Mouse dolls, one which has been used since the Taisho Period. Compared to the other ceramics on this list, these dolls are baked at a lower temperature, giving the colours a softer look. Red and black are classic colour combinations used in this technique, so Mickey and Minnie were the perfect candidates. Only 100 of each will be sold.
Asahido’s Kyoto Traditional Design Disney Series
Official Website: https://www.asahido.co.jp/lp/disney/
Olympic Heritage Collection Releases Lucky Cat Tokyo Edition
Sports and culture site WAGTI Inc. released the Lucky Cat Tokyo Edition on May 11. The item is part of the Olympic Heritage Collection, an item series officially licensed by the Olympics.
The Lucky Cat Tokyo Edition features designs that fuses the traditional Japanese waving cat with manga. Exclusive to Olympic Heritage, the designs were created by two legends of the manga industry: Leiji Matsumoto who is perhaps best known for Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999, and Yoichi Takahashi who penned the classic Captain Tsubasa.
This high-end art collection is a celebration of iconic moments from the Tokyo 1964 Olympics. It serves as a remembrance of that time, memorialising the Games’ history.
Feel the love from Matsumoto and Takahashi
Tokyo 1964 was a celebration of post-war Japan, a country no longer a wartime enemy, and a perfect opportunity to show its appeal to the world. Not only did Japan as a country see reformations, but sports there did too. Leiji Matsumoto has said that his memory of the Olympics, when he was in his 20’s, is still fresh in mind. He found his joy in the swimming events which are captured in the artwork for his Lucky Cat. Yoichi Takahashi, who released one of the most famous football manga series to the world, created his design in support of the football events in The Olympics and Paralympics. Both cats serve as a symbol of good luck and embody not only Tokyo 1964 but Tokyo 2020 too.
Mineko Orisaku Exhibition Combines Gold Leaf With Photography
FUJIFILM SQUARE in Minato, Tokyo, has announced the HAKU graphy Hommage to Hokusai exhibition by Mineko Orisaku which will run from July 21 to August 19 this year.
Hommage to Hokusai ©Mineko Orisaku
Following sunset (Tanuki-ko Lake) ©Mineko Orisaku
Pine and Mt.Fuji (Kawaguchi-ko Lake) ©Mineko Orisaku
Since announcing her “HAKU graphy” project in 2017, Mineko Orisaku has been experimenting with combining gold leaf and photography. This is different from the usual method of printing photos onto printing paper or washi paper, instead using FUJIFILM’s Acuity UV inkjet printer to print delicate gold leaf. This technology allows a wider use of printing materials and colours.
Mineko Orisaku’s exhibition is an homage to Hokusai, one of Japan’s most celebrated ukiyo-e painters and artists. She has used FUJIFILM’s large-format GFX digital camera for her works on Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji to create something unique to her vision. Her work can be enjoyed alongside another Hokusai exhibition taking place at FUJIFILM Photo Salon Tokyo’s Space 1 and 2.
HAKU graphy Hommage to Hokusai
Running: July 21, 2021 – August 19, 2021
Times: 10:00-19:00 (Until 16:00 on August 19)
Venue: FUJIFILM Photo Salon Tokyo Space 3 inside FUJIFILM Square
Address: Tokyo Midtown West, 9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052
Official Website: https://fujifilmsquare.jp/
Keith Haring: 360° Exhibition in Yamanashi to Explore Pop Artist’s Lifework
The Nakamura Keith Haring Museum in Yamanashi is set to welcome the Keith Haring: 360° exhibition which will explore the diverse works of American pop artist Keith Haring. The exhibition will run from May 15, 2021 to May 8, 2022.
Keith Haring was an American pop artist whose work began in the 1980’s when he would create spontaneous drawings in the subways of New York City. Haring participated not only in solo exhibitions, but national and international shows too, such as documenta 7 in 1982 and Venice Biennale in 1984. His later works took on more political and societal themes such as drugs, racism, sexuality, and AIDS. Haring died of AIDS-related complications in 1990 at the young age of 31.
Photo by ©︎Makoto Murata
Untitled (Figure Balancing on Dog), 1989
Untitled (KH.200), 1982, The Museum of Art, Kochi
My Town, Peace I–IV, 1987, Tama City Cultural Foundation
Nakamura Keith Haring Collection
One of the most noteworthy appearances at the exhibition is Haring’s Figure Balancing on Dog (1989), a rare sculpture made of raw aluminium. As the title suggests, the piece features a person riding atop a dog, which may be a depiction of balance. It brings to mind the relationship between humans and animals and the anxiety towards a strange society that cannot be measured. Other works will also Untitled (KH.200) (1982), My Town which was drawn by 500 children from Tama, Tokyo, My Town, Peace I–IV (1987), and a series of six drawings entitled Bad Boys (1986) which Haring produced in Amsterdam.
For the first time ever, visitors will be able to see photos taken by Japanese art journalist Makoto Murata who interviewed Haring when visiting New York from December 1982 to January the following year.
The exhibition will look at Keith Haring, his diverse work, and deep messages of society from all angles – a 360° view.
Keith Haring: 360°
Running: May 15, 2021 – May 8, 2022
No Fixed Holidays
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
Official Website: https://www.nakamura-haring.com/