teamLab Serves a Forest Sauna, Ruins Art, and Tea Experience at Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel
If you visit Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel in Saga Prefecture, you’ll discover teamLab’s permanent exhibition teamLab Ruins and Heritage: Rinkan Spa & Tea Ceremony. On Friday (February 19), the exhibition began serving EN TEA, a new brand of tea grown in Hizen.
The exhibition is an art and sauna experience by teamLab and the Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel Rakan Bath, the winner of SAUNACHELIN in 2019 and 2020. There, visitors can clear their minds, feel the ever-expanding space through their bodies, and immerse themselves in the art and the forest dotted with ruins. After their sauna experience, they can enjoy a cup of EN TEA to wind down.
EN TEA is a brand of tea made in collaboration with tea master Shunichi Matsuo and Maruwakaya, a brand that focuses on Japanese traditional culture and brings together artisans. It’s brewed at a low temperature for 15 minutes which lowers the amount of caffeine inside. After enjoying the sauna, visitors can visit the EN TEA HOUSE at Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel for their cup.
teamLab Planets Blooms Original Blue Orchids That Are the First of Their Kind in the World
teamLab Planets TOKYO revealed two brand new, original blue-coloured phalaenopsis aphrodite orchids on July 8 as part of its new Floating Flower Garden exhibit. The flowers are the first of its kind in the world and there are no plans for it to be sold, meaning the only way to see them is by visiting the Tokyo-based digital art museum.
Unique, never-before-seen orchids
teamLab has named the flowers Phal.‘teamLab Sunshine Star’ and Phal.‘teamLab Moonlight Star’ in cooperation with Haruhiko Kato of the Lama Orchids Center.
The flower enjoys a full bloom for around a month. The reason why this orchid is so special is because until recently only four types of phalaenopsis had been found to be blue. The fifth, Phal.lueddemanniana coerulea, was discovered in recent years, and this brand new version was born from it.
The teamLab: FIRE smartphone app lets you take flames home
The new app ‘teamLab: FIRE’ has been created for teamLab Planets TOKYO’s Universe of Fire Particles – Continuity exhibit which lets you enjoy the piece on the go. When you launch the app and approach a specific artwork or a fire held by another person, your smartphone will light up with flames. When you bring the flame close to another person’s teamLab: FIRE, the flame will connect. As you connect the flame you received with another person, and they connect that flame with someone else, the flame will spread all over the world.
Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity
The museum’s Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity exhibit will transform into bright colours for the summer season from July 21 to August 6. The digital artwork sees koi swim on the surface of water that stretches out into infinity. Visitors can walk into the water. The movement of the koi is influenced by the presence of people in the water and also other koi. When the fish collide with people they turn into flowers and scatter.
teamLab Planets TOKYO
Address: 6-1-16 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo
July 2021: [Weekdays] 10:00-20:00 / [Weekends] 9:00-20:00
*Open 9:00-20:00 from July 22-31
*Last entries one hour before closing time
Closed: July 20, 2021
Official Website: https://planets.teamlab.art/tokyo/
teamLab Forest Fukuoka’s Interactive Digital Art Installations Get Summer Makeover
teamLab Forest Fukuoka is getting a makeover for the summer season from July 17. Look out for seasonal digital installations including a bed of bright yellow sunflowers, animals made of summer flowers walking around, and more.
Summer Digital Artworks
Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II
Soft Terrain and Granular Topography, 2020
Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life
For summertime only, teamLab’s Athletics Forest presents Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – A Whole Year per Year where various animals made from seasonal flowers, such as sunflowers, roam the area. There’s also A Whole Year per Year / Soft Terrain and Granular Topography – A Whole Year per Year where visitors can see varying levels of three-dimensional soft terrain, and Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life – A Whole Year per Year, where butterflies flutter in summer colours.
The teamLab Athletics Forest and Catching and Collecting Forest are new museums by teamLab. In the Athletics Forest, visitors use three-dimensional thinking using the body, while in the Catching and Collecting Forest, they capture the wonder of catching and collecting things as children.
teamLab’s artworks are not pre-recorded images that are played back; they are created by a computer program that continuously renders the artwork in real time. As a whole, they are continuously changing, and previous visual states are never replicated. The picture at this moment can never be seen again.
teamLab Forest Fukuoka – Summer 2021
Start Date: July 17, 2021
Venue: BOSS E・ZO FUKUOKA (Floor 5F)
Address: 2 Chome-2-6 Jigyohama, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/forest/
Sendagaya’s Japanese Tea Cafe Hachiya Reopens After Renovations
07.July.2021 | FOOD
Hachiya, a Japanese tea cafe located in Setagaya, Tokyo, reopened on June 28 after undergoing renovations.
Handmade onigiri rice balls
Seasonal fruit anmitsu with Japanese tea set
Hachiya offers a new way to enjoy Japanese tea, serving it in a range of styles such as carbonated, as a tea latte, in smoothies, and more. It’s located in Setagaya, a stylish and relaxed part of Shibuya that’s surrounded by trees and plants and has become more talked about in recent years. Alongside the cafe’s reopening, it has also introduced new items to the menu such as onigiri and animitsu which can be enjoyed together with a cup of tea.
Matcha with confections
Ice cream available in four flavours: vanilla, nanko-ume, sobacha, and kusa mochi
Other new menu items include a set of matcha and confections as well as four different ice cream flavours, all of which go perfect with Japanese tea.
The cafe has incorporated a new lightning system and has also introduced a special coating that uses photocatalysis which can eliminate up to 99% COVID-19, allowing for guests to enjoy their time there safely.
Reopening: June 28, 2021
Address: 3-2-10 Setagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 8:30-18:30 (Last Orders 18:15)
Closed: Weekends / National Holidays/ New Year
Acccess: 2-minutes on foot from Kita-Sando Station / 8-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station
Hachiya Official Website: http://8ya.jp/
teamLab x KDDI Digital Art Installation Opens in Ginza
02.July.2021 | SPOT
Japanese art collective teamLab is teaming up with KDDI at GINZA 456 Created by KDDI in Ginza, Tokyo this summer where they have opened their new art installation Catching and Collecting Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders. The installation is running until August and makes use of a dedicated smartphone app.
Catching and Collecting Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders | teamLab, 2021
The world brought about by 5G will be a borderless world. The boundaries between the real world and the digital world will disappear, as will the boundaries between the world and language. KDDI and teamLab started this project in order to let you experience such a future.
“Catch, Study, Release” is the theme of this interactive art experience in which people explore the world with their bodies, discovering, catching, and broadening their interests based on what they catch. Visitors explore using the app to capture various butterflies, study them, and create their very own collection book.
The art installation is the newest to arrive following Walk, Walk, Walk Home which ran until June 27.
GINZA 456 & teamLab: Catching and Collecting Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders
Running: June 30, 2021 – August 22, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:30-19:15 (Last Entries 18:35)
Venue: GINZA 456 Created by KDDI (4-5-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Book Here: https://ginza456.resv.jp/reserve/calendar.php?x=1624261153
*Booking is mandatory due to COVID-19
*You must also book to enter GINZA 456 in advance
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
Kirin Announces Restoration Project With Gogo no Kocha Milk Tea
01.June.2021 | FOOD
Kirin Beverage launched the Gogo Tea Happiness Project on June 1, 2021. The project will donate the proceeds made from select products to locations in Japan that require support in restoration efforts. The first product to launch is the ‘Gogo no Kocha for HAPPINESS Kumamoto Strawberry Tea’ which released in limited quantities in Japan on Tuesday.
Kirin Group launched a similar project in 2011 called the ‘Kirin Bond Project.’ in 2016, they began efforts to support the people of Kumamoto after the earthquake that struck there that year – to ‘bind’ them to the future. From then until 2018, they also shot commercials for their Gogo no Kocha milk tea brand at Miharashidai Station, Shirakawa River, and other places around Kumamoto, as well as promoted the village of Minamiaso to showcase its beautiful natural environment.
The Gogo Tea Happiness Project takes Kirin back to Kumamoto to continue helping to support restoration efforts, something the company has been doing since July 2011 after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. For every bottle of Gogo no Kocha for HAPPINESS Kumamoto Strawberry Tea sold, not only does 3.9 yen of the proceeds go towards supporting Kumamoto, it also gives people around Japan the chance to try a type of strawberry grown in Kumamoto called yuubeni. The project also ties in with the 35th anniversary of Kirin’s Gogo no Kocha tea.
Gogo no Kocha for HAPPINESS Kumamoto Strawberry Tea
Japanese Product Name: キリン 午後の紅茶 for HAPPINESS 熊本県産いちごティー
Released: June 1, 2021
Price: ¥140 (Before Tax)
Official Website: https://www.kirin.co.jp/
Cinnamoroll’s Warm & Fluffy Dessert Party to Grace Hilton Osaka This Summer
22.May.2021 | Uncategorized
Hilton Osaka’s second floor restaurant Folk Kitchen has announced a collaboration with Sanrio to serve up Cinnamoroll’s Warm & Fluffy Dessert Party, a food menu themed on Sanrio’s popular character Cinnamoroll who took home the number one spot in the 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking. He was born up on a cloud in the sky, and that’s where guests are invited to dine with him: on his dessert wonderland, featuring around 25 dreamy-cute items, atop a fluffy cloud. The restaurant will take on special decorations for the menu’s duration, and guests might even spot some other familiar Sanrio faces too like Hello Kitty, My Melody, and more.
Raindrop & Dance Yogurt Ring Cake
Kuru Kuru Coffee Cup Peach Mousse
Warm & Fluffy Cloud Mousse
Cafe Cinnamoron Cream-Loaded Pastries /Brown Sugar Chocolate Flower Tarts
I Dropped My Ice Cream – Chocolate Mousse & Blackcurrant Cake
This is Hilton Osaka’s third summer dessert buffet in a row held in collaboration with Sanrio’s characters. Focusing on the greatly loved Cinnamoroll, whose fandom is mostly made up of those in their teens and 20’s, guests can look forward to tucking into a deliciously kawaii menu. The restaurant’s pastry chef Hyaku, also known as the wizard of smell and texture, recommends the ‘Raindrop & Dance Yogurt Ring Cake’ which is made with a fruity mango cream that melts into a creamy sour mousse. The raindrops are represented by chocolate, and the fluffy cloud is actually crunchy meringue. The dessert captures the bright and sparkly world of Cinnamoroll.
The ‘Kuru Kuru Coffee Cup Peach Mousse’ is loaded with peach compote and vanilla mousse for an exquisite balance of flavours. It’s topped off with Sanrio characters made of chocolate.
The ‘Warm & Fluffy Cloud Mousse’ has a gorgeous pink gradation. Inside the honey mousse is a refreshing layering of sudachi citrus jelly, fresh orange, and pistachio biscuit.
There’s also the ‘Cafe Cinnamoron Cream-Loaded Pastries’ and ‘Brown Sugar Chocolate Flower Tarts’ which capture the cuteness of Cinnamoroll.
There’s also a refreshing dessert-in-a-glass for cooling down over the summer: the ‘Marshmallow Truffle’ which is inspired by unicorns. It has alternating layers of raspberry and lychee cream which when mixed create all-new delights for your taste buds.
Another fun item on the menu is the ‘I Dropped My Ice Cream – Chocolate Mousse & Blackcurrant Cake.’ Now that’s a mouthful! The ice cream cake is steeped in elderflower foam which goes amazingly well with the chocolate mousse. Other bites include the hibiscus-scented ‘Almond Panna Cotta White Peach Compote’ and the ‘Rainbow Agar-Agar’ among other things.
Cinnamoroll’s Warm & Fluffy Dessert Wonderland – Sanrio Characters Collaboration Afternoon Tea Set
There’s even a special afternoon tea set served in a cute little jewellery box!
There are many kawaii moments to be had in Japan, and this is one of many!
Cinnamoroll’s Warm & Fluffy Dessert Wonderland – Sanrio Characters Collaboration Tea Party
Japanese Name: シナモロールのふわもこスイーツワンダーランド ～サンリオキャラクターズ コラボティーパーティー～
Running: June 4, 2021 – September 12, 2021
Where: Folk Kitchen (Hilton Osaka Floor 2F)
Serving Times: Everyday 15:00-16:30
Price: [Weekdays] ¥4,900 Per Person / [Weekends] ¥5,300 Per Person
Afternoon Tea Set
Running: June 4, 2021 – September 12, 2021
Where: MYPLACE Cafe & Bar (Hilton Osaka Floor 1F)
Serving Times: 12:00 until daily limited stock runs out
Price: ¥4,500 Per Person
Enjoy a Cup of High Quality Japanese Tea in the Morning at This New Cafe in Nagoya
Mirume Shinryoku Sabo is a new cafe and tea-lover paradise that opened in Nagoya on May 10, 2021, serving high quality bottled Japanese tea, desserts, and other delicious delights.
Daifuku : Eat-In ¥250 (Tax Included)
Ise Tea Sweet Bean Jelly: Eat-In ¥250 / Store ¥500 (Tax Included)
Ise Tea Cheesecake: Eat-In ¥350 / Store ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Mirume Shinryoku Sabo is the newest cafe to be opened by Shinryoku Sabo, an award-winning tea company in Mie Prefecture. The cafe’s tea experience includes using a kyuusu, which is a type of small teapot, to brew Isecha green tea. Customers can learn the best way to prepare tea from an in-house instructor of Japanese tea, who will also provide backstory on the tea leaves used. Their deliciously brewed cup can be paired with a variety of desserts like daifuku, maju, cheesecake, and more.
The cafe also sells the “Morning Bottle,” its signature bottled cold-brew tea which is prepared on the day in the early morning. Bottles can be returned to the cafe to be reused, allowing for no waste. Since the tea is cold-brewed, it also contains little caffeine.
Mirume Shinryoku Sabo
Address: 1-36-57 Nagono, Nishi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 451-0042, Japan
Opening Hours: [8:00-10:00] Morning Bottle only / [11:00-22:00] Cafe & Store
Shonai Hotel Suiden Terrasse Reopens With New Sauna Area
08.May.2021 | SPOT
Shonai Hotel Suiden Terrasse reopened on April 29 after refurbishments to install a new sauna. The hotel, located in Yamagata Prefecture, is known for being situated atop rice paddies. Along with the sauna, it has also introduced a new spa program and healthy new menu made using organic vegetables grown by the hotel company itself.
An authentic Finnish-style sauna
The sauna is based on the Finnish-style löyly sauna, fully equipped with an authentic kiuas sauna stove inside which sauna stones are placed to heat up the room. Hinoki scented water is also used in the sauna.
The Sauna Features
The male sauna features hexagonal designs on the seats, ceiling windows, and bath. The seats can be moved around freely so guests can decide how high they wish to sit for optimal heat customisation. The sauna rooms overlook the rice paddies outside, and there’s open-air baths outdoors too so guests can feel at one with nature.
The women’s sauna is also a löyly type but uses raised benches instead of chairs. After sweating it out, guests can head to one of the outdoor baths and enjoy the view and sky.
There’s also a bar where guests can order local beers, sake, and wine, as well as fruit juice and ice cream. While relaxing, they can pick out from one of the 1,000 books available.
As well as fitness and massage services, morning yoga will begin this June. The MOON TERRASSE restaurant is also introducing new healthy dishes and drinks made with organic local ingredients.
SHONAI HOTEL SUIDEN TERRASSE
Address: Shimotorinosu-23-1 Kitakyōden, Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0053, Japan
Official Website: https://www.suiden-terrasse.yamagata-design.com/
Love Japan’s Hot Springs and Sento Bath Houses With RAGEBLUE
30.April.2021 | FASHION
Japanese casual fashion brand RAGEBLUE is celebrating the opening of its new store in AMU PLAZA KUMAMOTO by releasing a collection of hot spring and sento bath house-related items in collaboration with Sauna Boy and Kumamoto Prefecture’s sento. The collection went on sale at RAGEBLUE AMU PLAZA KUMAMOTO and online at .st on April 22, 2021.
Kumamoto Sento Tote Bag | ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Sauna Boy Tees (5 Colours) | ¥2,750 Each (Tax Included)
Sauna Boy Caps (3 Colours) | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Sauna Boy Bucket Hats (3 Colours) | ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
Sauna Boy HAVAHANK Bandanas (4 Colours) | ¥1,100 Each (Tax Included)
The collection aims to have younger people in Japan become interested in sento public bath houses as it’s not a big part of the country’s young generation. The items include illustrations by Yone, an artist born and raised in Kumamoto known for their isometric, bird’s-eye view, and map artwork. There’s also a collection of items made in collaboration with the Japanese creative group Sauna Boy. The target audience for this RAGEBLUE line-up is those in their 20’s.
teamLab Joins Saudi Arabia’s Light Upon Light: Light Art Since the 1960s Exhibition
26.April.2021 | FASHION
Japanese art collective teamLab have joined Light Upon Light: Light Art Since the 1960s, an art exhibition curated by former curator of the Guggenheim Museum Susan Davidson, and Raneem Zaki Farsi, expert in Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art scene, which is now taking place at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Exhibition Hall in Saudi Arabia until June 12.
© Noor Riyadh
Flowers and People − A Whole Year per Hour by teamLab, 2020.
teamLab are showcasing their immersive art piece Flowers and People − A Whole Year per Hour. The work captures a year’s worth of seasonal flowers blooming over the course of an hour, continuously scattering and changing. The piece is not a pre-recorded image that is played back: it is created by a computer program that continuously renders the work in real time. The interaction between people and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork: previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur. The picture at this moment can never be seen again.
Noor Riyadh is a new citywide annual festival of light and art organized by Riyadh Art, the first national public art initiative in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which transforms the city of Riyadh into a gallery without walls, and a creative powerhouse for the digital age. The Noor Riyadh festival consists of numerous public art installations across the city; “Light Upon Light: Light Art since the 1960s,” a landmark exhibition of light art; and a diverse program of talks, workshops and events.
Light Upon Light: Light Art Since the 1960s
Running: March 18, 2021 – June 12, 2021
Time: 18:00-01:00 everyday
Venue: King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Exhibition Hall
Address: Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13511, Saudi Arabia
Exhibition Details: https://www.teamlab.art/e/riyadhart/
Enjoy Japanese Cherry Blossoms From Your Home With teamLab’s ‘Sakura Bombing Home’
16.March.2021 | FASHION
Japanese art collective teamLab launched their new Sakura Bombing Home experience on March 10 which lets people enjoy Japanese cherry blossoms from the comfort of their own home using digital devices. The service is running until April 30, 2021.
Sakura Bombing Home
How to Participate
Firstly, download drawing paper at teamLab’s official website. There are numerous cherry blossom designs to choose from and colour in either on your smartphone or by printing and colouring by hand.
Next, upload your completed cherry blossom illustration.
Your submitted cherry blossom art and other people’s from around the world will be compiled into a single art piece to be showcased on YouTube Live.
Finally, you can download your flower art after submission. This is a great opportunity to enjoy Japanese cherry blossom without being in Japan, as well as to stay safe during the spring season if you are in Japan.
teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery, Martin Browne Contemporary and Ikkan Art International.