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.
Winter Scenery Coming to teamLab Forest Fukuoka for a Limited Time
The permanent museum teamLab Forest Fukuoka is bringing winter scenery to the virtual exhibition for a limited time starting November 20, 2021. Many of the virtual exhibits will be covered in fluffy snowflakes as butterflies flutter by in seasonal winter colors. Animals made of winter flowers will wander by guests as they explore this magical world.
Works to Feature Seasonal Changes
Soft Terrain and Granular Topography – A Whole Year per Year – teamLab, 2020
Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life – A Whole Year per Year – teamLab, 2020
Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – A Whole Year per Year – teamLab, 2020
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II – A Whole Year per Year – teamLab, 2019
teamLab’s works are drawn in real-time by computer programs and are constantly changing and evolving, with many changing with the seasons. This is the perfect place to enjoy the winter season out of the cold!
Sauna Art Appears at Underground Experience in Tochigi Prefecture
10.November.2021 | SPOT
From October 30 until November 23, 2021, a unique underground experience is taking place at a former quarry in Oyamachi, Utsunomiya. UnderMuseumChallenge 01 GATE invites guests to enjoy massive pieces of artwork while pondering the boundaries between society, nature, daily life, and the body. The main focal point of the exhibition is the Genki Furnace, a piece of sauna-inspired art.
Usually, this old quarry isn’t open to the public. This year’s event will offer two types of tickets: one allowing visitors to view art and drive through the underground space, and the sauna art experience. Takashi Kurimayashi’s art will certainly stick with you, so either choice is a positive one. The sauna art experience will invite guests to stand within the furnace as they are surrounded by hot herbal steam. The website asks that visitors bring a swimsuit, change of clothes, and their own towel.
The quarry is located about a 30-minute drive from the center of Utsunomiya. Stone from the area is well-known across Japan, and this particular region was named a Japanese Heritage Site in 2018. Last year, more than 700,000 tourists visited the region.
Special Regional Exhibition ‘UnderMuseumChallenge 01 GATE’
Running: October 30 – November 23, 2021 / 9:30-16:00 (Last Entry at 15:30)
Address: 1446 Oyamachi, Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Admission/Participation Fee: ¥1,000 each
Special Website: https://www.under-museum-project.com/
teamLab Reconnect Art and Sauna Exhibition Unveils New Autumn Art Space
Art collective teamLab has made a splash with their Reconnect exhibition, inviting visitors to enjoy a number of alternating hot and cold baths to transform their senses as they traverse a massive and constantly transforming art exhibition. From October 18 until November 23, the exhibition will feature incredible autumn scenery, including the piece ‘Proliferating Immense Life in the Rain – A Whole Year per Year.’ This constantly-moving image is not pre-recorded, but rather, the leaves will sway and respond to visitors’ movements. Due to the popularity of the exhibition, more ticket plans are now available, including morning tickets for limited entry on weekdays. Guests can also reserve one sauna room for private use.
Ephemeral Solidified Light
teamLab, 2021, Interactive Installation, Sound: teamLab
Step into the Light Circle
teamLab, 2021, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi, teamLab
A Whole Year per Year / Proliferating Immense Life in the Rain – A Whole Year per Year
teamLab, 2020, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
teamLab, 2021, Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
In collaboration with popular app TikTok, Reconnect aims to be a more down-to-Earth art experience. Rather than going to a prestigious museum, guests are invited to reconnect with the world and with the concept of time as they explore the exhibition. With senses heightened by the use of each sauna, visitors might find that they are able to relax and experience the beauty of the world more than ever before.
teamLab & TikTok, teamLab Reconnect: Art and Sauna
Address: 5-10 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Across from Keyakizaka Intersection)
Running: March 22, 2021 – November 23, 2021
Hours: 10:00-23:00 (Last entry at 21:30)
Official Site: https://reconnect.teamlab.art/jp
teamLab Installation, Future Park Coming to Shenzhen in Summer 2022
06.October.2021 | SPOT
Art collective teamLab has announced a massive new interactive art space coming to C Future City in Shenzhen, China! Set to open in the summer of 2022, the facility will also house a permanent installation of teamLab Future Park, an educational virtual ‘amusement park’ inviting kids and adults to create things together.
Universe of Water Particles and People Create Vortices
teamLab Future Park
C Future City will permanently house four gigantic interactive public artworks that will be forever changing and shifting, influenced by people’s behavior. Art by teamLab is always inspired by how people connect with one another, so the installation completely relies on those who come to experience it.
This so-called ‘amusement park of the future’ project was born out of the idea that co-creativity could transform people and cities. Rather than being an individualistic endeavor, teamLabs wants people to come together to bring new ideas and pieces to life.
Look forward to teamLab’s new installation in Shenzhen in Summer 2022!
C Future City x teamLab
Opening Summer 2022
Address: C Future City (9283 Binhe Ave, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China)
C Future City Website: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/cfuturecity/
teamLab Future Park: https://futurepark.teamlab.art/places/cfuturecity/
Editor’s Choice! 3 Best Exhibitions to Visit Before Time Runs Out
Autumn has shaped up to be a great time for art lovers to explore Japan, with a number of inspiring exhibitions of all different genres popping up around the country. The editorial team at Moshi Moshi Nippon has taken special notice of three must-visit events still open now, so be sure to check these out while you still can!
[Tokyo] ‘Shonen, Shou’
Yasunari Ikenaga, a leading figure in the world of contemporary beauty painting, is currently holding an exhibition featuring portraits of the up-and-coming actor and model Shou. Pay special attention to the delicate techniques the artist utilizes to capture the subject’s expressions.
Running: Until October 15, 2021
[Fukuoka] teamLab Forest
Art collective teamLab has opened a permanent museum in Fukuoka City! Those wanting to see the interactive exhibits transformed for autumn, however, better hurry before the event ends.
[Saitama] Machi Tawara: #JustOneLike – From Salad Anniversary to Size of the Future
Japanese poet Machi Tawara, the winner of the Kadokawa Tanka Award in 1986, is a powerhouse in the world of prose. Her 1987 book Salad Anniversary sold over three million copies, and 35 years later, the writer is still at the forefront of her field. This exhibition depicts her life in words and is sure to inspire.
Running: Until December 5, 2021
Text: Natalie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Massive teamLab Exhibition to Open in Hamburg, Germany in 2024
Art collective teamLab, popular for its digital art installations, will open a large-scale art space in Hamburg, Germany in 2024. ‘teamLab Borderless Hamburg: Digital Art Museum’ will consist of a series of immersive works by the collective, inspired by the idea that all things are connected. Permanent exhibitions from teamLab are currently on display in Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai, Macau, and other global cities, with more set to open in Beijing, Utrecht, and Jeddah, in the near future.
Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke. 2016.
Forest of Flowers and People: Lost, Immersed and Reborn. 2017.
Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Transcending Space. 2017.
A Whole Year per Year / Proliferating Immense Life – A Whole Year per Year. 2020.
Chromatic Light Wall. 2019.
Wander through the Crystal World. 2018.
Memory of Topography. 2018.
teamLab’s boundary-less art swirls and moves, interacting with other pieces, influencing each other, and blending together to create new works. Visitors will experience art without walls, and inspiration will certainly come as they wander through these incredible installations.
In 2018, in its first year of operation, teamLab Borderless in Odaiba, Tokyo, welcome 2.3 million visitors from more than 160 countries around the world. This incredible success earned it an impressive accolade: as a single artist’s museum, it recorded the largest annual number of visitors in the world, surpassing the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The museum was also named one of the ‘World’s Greatest Places 2019’ by TIME Magazine.
Enjoy Kyoto Vegan Ramen Among teamLab’s Artwork in Tokyo with New Store
teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM, located in Toyosu, Tokyo, have completed the refurbishment of their outdoor food stand, opening Vegan Ramen UZU Tokyo on October 8 2021. The new shop allows customers to eat vegan ramen from Kyoto in a new art space from teamLab. In addition, the teamLab Flower Shop & Art will be opening, a shop where customers can purchase orchids previously used in one of the group’s art pieces to take home with them.
Vegan Ramen Flower (Cool): ¥1,980 (Tax Incl.)
Vegan Ramen Tea: ¥1,650 (Tax Incl.)
Vegan Ramen Soy Sauce: ¥1,320 (Tax Incl.)
Vegan Ramen Miso (Spicy): ¥1,320 (Tax Incl.)
Newly Released Works
Reversible Rotation – Non-Objective Space, teamLab, 2021
Table of Sky and Fire, teamLab Architects, 2021
Floating Flower Garden: Flower, Myself and Cognate, Garden and Myself as One
teamLab Planets Original Tote Bag
The menu at Vegan Ramen UZU uses no animal products like meat or fish, instead condensing the taste of vegetables into a delicious ramen that you can enjoy in a space designed by teamLab. Vegan Ramen UZU Kyoto first opened in March 2020 to great popularity, with many customers queuing for over an hour to get inside the store.
At the new Tokyo store, customers can enjoy a bowl of vegan ramen while enjoying teamLab’s latest art installations, the Non-Objective Space and the Table of Sky and Fire.
Not only that, you can also take home some of the orchids used in the Floating Flower Garden: Flower, Myself and Cognate, Garden and Myself as One exhibit that was held from July 2, along with a section of teamLab merchandise such as stickers, patches, postcards, and more, at the newly opened teamLab Flower Shop & Art store.
Look forward to tasting this healthy ramen while immersed in an artistic space!
Don’t Miss Out! 6 Art Exhibitions to Visit This Fall
2021 hasn’t been as free as many of us would like. Restrictions are still keeping many people inside, but a number of incredible art exhibitions throughout Japan are the perfect place to get out of the house safely, and away from dense crowds. From contemporary art to traditional Japanese-style paintings, these exhibitions offer a glimpse into the history and culture of Japan. Catch them before they’re gone!
[Niigata] Sado Island Galaxy Art Festival
Being held on Sado Island, this exhibit features a breathtaking glowing sculpture created to pay homage to the historical Sado gold mine.
Running: Until October 2, 2021
[Hokkaido] JOZANKEI NATURE LUMINARIE – WATER LIGHT VALLEY
This light-up event, now in its sixth year, presents the beauty of nature by inviting guests on an illuminated night walk beside the Toyohira River.
Running: Until October 20, 2021
[Kyoto] Japanese Landscapes Discovered: Views from and for the Outside World
Focusing on the Meiji period, this exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the oil and watercolor works of the time through landscapes and customs depicted in this massive collection of rare paintings.
Running: Until October 31, 2021
[Saga] VOLVO teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live
Located at the Takeo Onsen in Mifuneyama Rakuen park, this teamLab installation surrounds guests with bright and interactive autumn scenery.
Running: Until November 7, 2021
[Hyogo] Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-
Rokko Mountain, beloved since the Meiji Era for its magnificent views and natural beauty, is now playing home to a number of contemporary art pieces.
Running: Until November 23, 2021
[Tokyo] Memories of the City: A Thirty Thousand Year History of Tokyo
At this massive exhibition at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, guests can wander through 30,000 years of human history as mapped through the Japanese capital, from the Paleolithic era to the present day.
Running: Until December 5, 2021
TEXT： Natalie（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Sauna-loving “Sauna Manager’ Starts New Apparel Brand ‘Saunatte Iiyone!’
24.September.2021 | FASHION
‘Saunatte Iiyone!’ is a new street x sauna apparel brand from the mysterious Sauna-ryman (sauna + salaryman) Sauna Manager (@sauna_bucho37), a Tokyo-based Instagrammer who really loves saunas!
Sunglasses Bag Logo Long-sleeved T-shirt
The manager checks out locations nationwide in search of the perfect sauna, conveying the charms of saunas each day through their Instagram. Their sensational and fun new brand fuses street with the sauna, conveying the owners knowledge and love for the experience. The first items include a long-sleeved t-shirt and towels featuring the brand logo.
They will continue to produce new sauna goods while paying careful attention to fabric and details, so be sure to keep an eye on them!
Release Date: September 18 at Noon
Purchase Location: Online Store
Official Site: https://saunaiiyone.com
Autumn Scenery Coming to teamLab Forest Fukuoka for a Limited Time Only
The permanent museum teamLab Forest Fukuoka is bringing autumn scenery to the virtual exhibition for a limited time only beginning September 18, 2021. A number of animals made of autumn foliage will be roaming through the space, and you won’t want to miss this memorable experience!
teamLab Forest Highlights
Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – teamLab, 2020
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II – teamLab, 2019
Soft Terrain and Granular Topography – teamLab, 2020
Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life – teamLab, 2020
The prolific works of the teamLab art collective change with the seasons. In the Forest of Movement, guests can enter the ‘Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives’ exhibit, where creatures made of flowers exist in a three-dimensional space. For this fall event, these flowers will be those found in the autumn months. The ‘Soft Terrain and Granular Topography’ will display tons of colorful grains raining down on visitors, while the ‘Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life’ will change the usual butterflies to have autumn colors as they fly around guests.
teamLab Forest is a new museum created by art collective teamLab. The museum consists of two sections: the first, ‘The Catching and Collecting Forest,’ invites guests to explore with their smartphone to capture various unique creatures, while the second, ‘The Athletics Forest,’ is a physical creative space which asks visitors to use their body to immerse themselves in interactive areas.
Would you like to visit this distinctive museum in Fukuoka on your next trip to Japan?
teamLab Forest Fukuoka – SBI SECURITIES Co., Ltd.
Autumn Scenery Coming on September 18, 2021
Venue: BOSS E･ZO FUKUOKA 5F, Next to Fukuoka PayPal Dome (2-2-6 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka)
Official Site: http://forest.teamlab.art
BEAMS to Sell Limited-Time Goods Based on Post-Sauna Drink Mix Oropo
Ryusenji no Yu is a chain of bath facilities throughout Japan, offering saunas, bedrock baths, and artificial hot springs. Saunas are surprisingly popular throughout the country, and recently, a beverage called Oropo has been called the perfect drink to enjoy after sitting in the heat. A mixture of the vitamin drink Oronamin C and sports drink Pocari Sweat, it’s a perfect blend to refuel after all that sweating.
The Nagoya Moriyama location will begin selling Oropo-branded goods by BEAMS starting September 16!
Merchandise sold in the odd collaboration will include mugs featuring markings to help mix the perfect amount of Oronamin C and Pocari Sweat to make the ultimate Oropo. T-shirts with pop-up store character Oropo-kun are already the talk of social media. Those who purchase a certain amount of goods will be given a bonus sticker.
As expected, Oropo will be served during the campaign, along with Oropo Shaved Ice, created by the queen of shaved ice Asako Harada!
Ryusenji no Yu x BEAMS
On sale until September 26, 2021
Where to Buy: Ryusenji no Yu – Nagoya Moriyama Location
teamLab Announce New Autumn-Limited Scenery for Art Exhibition in Mifuneyama Rakuen Park in Kyushu
The natural art exhibition “VOLVO teamLab: A Forest where Gods Live,” hosted by teamLab at the Takeo Onsen in Mifuneyama Rakuen park, will be decorated in autumnal scenery for a limited time to mark the season. The lights will be lit up in the shades of autumn leaves, while interactive seasonal flowers will bloom in your tea. The Light Sculpture of Flames will also be unveiled, exhibiting until November 7 2021.
VOLVO teamLab: A Forest where Gods Live
Works that change with the seasons
Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain, teamLab, 2018.
Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup, teamLab, 2016.
Newly Opened Works
Light Sculpture of Flames, teamLab, 2016.
The Mifuneyama Rakuen Park was built on a 500,000 square metre site that has been surrounded by nature for over three million years. This year marks the seventh year of the ‘VOLVO teamLab: A Forest where Gods Live” outdoor exhibition, which opens every summer and autumn. The exhibition combines nature and art on a grand scale, even featuring in CNN’s list of “Outdoor art exhibitions to see around the world.”
One of the special features of teamLab’s works is that they change with the season, including this one, where the colours will be changed to match the Autumn.
The lamps in the Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps, which can be found in the lobby of the Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel, will light up in warm fall shades to create the Autumn Mountain. In addition, you can enjoy drinking tea brewed using seasonal flowers at the Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup installation. This is a unique Autumn experience!
The Light Sculpture of Flames has been on display at teamLab’s large-scale solo exhibition and will be shown in public for the first time, having been described as the “first art piece to be accepted in Silicon Valley.”
The interactive light sculpture forms a 3D flame using multiple light points and will be shown in a collaboration space with VOLVO, the exhibits main partner.
Why not immerse yourself in the nature of Autumn with teamLab?
VOLVO teamLab: A Forest where Gods Live
Duration: July 16 ~ November 7 2021
Location: Mifuneyama Rakuen
Address: 4100 Takeocho Ōaza Takeo, Takeo-shi, Takeo City, Saga
Contact Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel: 0954-23-3131
Exhibition Details: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/mifuneyamarakuen/
Mifuneyama Rakuen: https://www.mifuneyamarakuen.jp/
Official Site: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/