Access the Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- Exhibition Online This Summer
20.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The Touken Ranbu -Honmaruhaku- 2020 exhibition was originally set to take place in seven cities across Japan from January 2020 to March 2021. Dedicated to the PC browser and mobile game Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-, the event was only able to take place in Tokyo in January 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, forcing all other dates to be cancelled.
Fans who were looking forward to the exhibition will be excited to hear that it has returned in an all-new online experience. The exhibition opened on the Japanese event app MiloQ+ on Wednesday and is now running until the end of July.
Touken Ranbu -Honmaruhaku- exhibition main visual
Map of the online venue
One of the exhibits
Real swords on display
Outfits, artwork, and commentary
5th anniversary area
Exhibits not to be missed
Mikazuki Munechika interactive image
One must-see area is a hallway lined with illustrations of 81 swordsmen. If you click on the image at the online exhibition, you’ll get more details about that character.
Toaru Honmaru map
Toaru Honmaru interactive images
Another exhibit not to be missed is a 1/100 scale diorama of Toaru Honmaru from the game. There are 49 interactive locations across the map which offer lots of interesting details.
Read through 314 different haiku poems, which are about Honmaru, in full CG.
Though the exhibition is taking place online, the venue itself is a real location in Aichi. The venue was prepared like an in-person exhibition and turned into a virtual experienc, so visitors can access it whenever they like.
Machida City Museum Hosts Looking at Prints: Techniques, Expressions and Histories Exhibition
The Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in Machida, Tokyo, is currently holding the Looking at Prints: Techniques, Expressions, and History exhibition until December 5, 2021. Featuring over 130 prints created with a large variety of techniques, guests can take a deep dive into how each piece of art was made.
An Up-to-Date Parody of the Four Classes – Utagawa Kunisada. 1857. Letterpress, wood, multi-color printing.
Artists featured in the exhibition have used many different techniques to create their masterpieces, including woodblocks, copper plates, lithographs, and stencils. The main exhibit introduces famous printmakers such as Albrecht Durer, Pablo Picasso, and Shiko Munakata, but also a number of lesser-known artists who utilized less traditional techniques. All explanations are in an easy-to-understand manner, so why not come learn about art in Tokyo?
Looking at Prints: Techniques, Expressions, and Histories
Running: Until December 5, 2021 (Closed Mondays)
*Contents will undergo partial changes throughout the exhibition.
Weekdays – 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Weekends/Holidays – 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Address: Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts (4-28-1 Haramachida, Machida, Tokyo)
Official Site: http://hanga-museum.jp/
Worlds Largest “Washi” Print Exhibition ‘Awagami International Mini Print Exhibition 2021’ to be Held in Tokushima Prefecture
The Awa Washi Traditional Industry Center, a foundation which strives to inform and preserve the Awa Washi paper’s 1,300 years of history, will be holding the ‘International Mini Print Exhibition 2021’ between October 9 and November 7. The event will exhibit over 1,800 prints from 58 countries.
This international print exhibition will be displaying works from both domestic and overseas artists, all printed on A4 Wagami, or Japanese Paper. The exhibition is being held to increase the amount of artists displaying their works, while allowing local residents to feel an international connection through Awa Washi culture. This is the fifth instalment of the exhibition, which is held once every two years. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the organizers experienced some troubles such as shipping delays, but despite this, a total of 1,375 domestic and international artists applied to display their works. Each print has been carefully created by the artist, and will be displayed in one place to encourage not only those familiar with Awa Washi, but also introducing the culture to general art fans.
Why not immerse yourself amongst Japanese and International artwork at this unique paper event?
Awa Gami International Mini Print Exhibition 2021
Duration: October 9 ~ November 7 2021
Opening Hours: 9:00 ~ 17:00
Venue 1 General Incorporated Foundation Awa Washi Traditional Industry Center (141 Kawahigashi, Yamakawa-cho, Yoshinogawa-shi, Tokushima)
Admission Fees: Regular: ¥300 Student: ¥200 Elementary-Middle School: ¥150
Official Site: http://miniprint.awagami.jp/
Matsuya Ginza to Hold Largest-ever Exhibition of Drawings from Chihayafuru Manga
12.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Yuki Suetsugu’s manga series Chihayafuru continues to be a massively popular series in Japan and abroad since its start in 2007. Now, the largest-ever collection of the artist’s original drawings will be on display at Matsuya Ginza from December 27, 2021, until January 17, 2022.
Chihayafuru tells the story of Chihaya, a girl aiming to become the greatest competitive karuta player in Japan. Karuta is a Japanese card game, requiring players to memorize a collection of 100 classical poems in order to play. The Chihayafuru manga series has greatly boosted the popularity of competitive karuta in Japan. Generations of readers have been sucked in by the inspiring and romantic tale, and the series has grown to include an anime adaptation and a live-action film. With the series approaching completion, the three main characters, Chihaya, Arata, and Taichi, will take center stage at this expansive exhibition.
With more than 500 items on display, guests are invited to take a look back at the story’s origins. Some pieces were created for the exhibition, while others will be shown in color for the first time. While the drawings may be the main focus, the exhibition will also include notes, setting materials, and behind-the-scenes footage.
Running: December 27, 2021 – January 17, 2022 (Closed January 1)
Address: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Space
Advanced Tickets will be available from Lawson Ticket until December 26, 2021
Official Site: https://www.matsuya.com/ginza/
Miniature Photographer Tanaka Tatsuya to Hold Second Exhibition, Opening in Hiroshima for Limited Time
Miniature photographer Tanaka Tatsuya, who has garnered attention from all across the world, will be holding the ‘MINIATURE LIFE 2 ~ Tanaka Tetsuya’s Lifelike World~’ exhibition between November 26 and December 13 in the Sougo Hiroshima 9F exhibition hall.
Event Limited Goods
The popular “MINIATURE LIFE Exhibition” which captured the hearts of 1.5 million people within Japan and overseas, has returned with even more power than before. You’ll find a sushi roll train rolling along the tracks, a clip becoming a waiting room chair, and a hot-air balloon lettuce floating in the sky… Tanaka Tatsuya is a miniature photographer living in Kagoshima, who crafts a tiny and funny world by transforming everyday items.
Their unique and creative works will make you laugh and groan, transcending borders and attracting over 3.2 million followers on Instagram! Tanaka is spreading the joy of miniature art from Kagoshima to the world.
In this long-awaited second exhibition, around 170 works will be displayed, including some brand new pieces. Venue-limited merchandise and miniature dolls that feature in the artworks can be purchased at the event, so don’t miss out!
Be sure to check out the ‘MINIATURE LIFE 2 ~ Tanaka Tetsuya’s Lifelike World~’ exhibition, where your everyday life will be transformed into a wonderful new world!
MINIATURE LIFE 2 ~ Tanaka Tetsuya’s Lifelike World~
November 26 ~ December 13
Address: Sougo Hiroshima Main Building 9F Exhibition Hall (6-27, Moto-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima)
Tickets & Exhibition Details: https://www.home-tv.co.jp/event/miniature_life2_tatsuya-tanaka/
‘Marubeni Gallery’ to Exhibit Marubeni Collection Pieces under Variety of Themes
Marubeni Corporation will be opening the Marubeni Gallery at their head office building on November 11 2021.
Marubeni has been collecting and preserving textile-related businesses since 1858, preserving dyed woven products from the Edo period (kimono, obi, fukura etc) and curating the Marubeni Collection, a collection of Western paintings collected from art businesses in 1970-1980, along with modern Japanese paintings which have been collected from artists and their circles, and a selection of weaved designs.
From the left:”Crimped Fiber Tasuki Chrysanthemum & Seigaiha Print Furisode” (Designated as an item of cultural importance in 2020) / “Iso Tsuzure Go” by Takeuchi Seihou / “La Bella Simonetta” by Botticelli (late 15th century).
The Marubeni Collection will be displayed at the Marubeni Gallery, exhibiting a variety of themes under the concept of “a space where the beauty of the East and West resonates.”
There are plans for special exhibitions to be held three times a year, and the Autumn 2022 event will be showcasing Botticelli’s “La Bella Simonetta,” the representative work of the Marubeni Collection.
Be sure to visit the Marubeni Gallery, where the beautiful of the East and West join together beautifully.
Opening Memorial Exhibition I: The Echoes of Modern Art between Japan and France
Duration: November 1 2021 ~ January 31 2022
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00 (Last Entry at 16:30)
Closures: Sundays, Public Holidays, New Year, Exhibition Renewal Dates
Official Instagram: https://instagram.com/marubeni_gallery_official
Exhibition Featuring Famed Silk Fabrics from Tsuruoka in Yamagata Prefecture Now Open
Tsuruoka, Yamagata prefecture is known throughout Japan and the world for its silk production. Beginning on September 18, a new exhibition is inviting guests to see some of the incredibly beautiful fabrics to come out of the area, particularly highlighting Reiko Sudo, an innovative cloth-maker living in the area. These stunning pieces are being displayed at the Matsugaoka Reclamation Site, celebrating 150 years of history in 2021 and known as the birthplace of Tsuruoka silk. In particular, Sudo’s own Kibiso fabrics, created with the intent of blending long-held traditions with modern technologies, will be making an appearance! Kibiso refers to the first silk that comes off the cocoons in industrial silk spinning.
Kibiso Stripes & Streaks: 2018 Photo Sue McNab
Kibiso Zori: Photo Keiko Matsubara
Swinging Cherries: 2021 Photo Keiko Matsubara
An exhibit featuring the production process, original design sketches, and prototypes
Kibiso – Ogarami Choshi Sheets: 2018 Photo Keiko Matsubara
Ogarami Choshi, the byproduct of the silk mill: Photo Keiko Matsubara
The First Cultivation of the Matsugaoka Reclamation Site
Tsuruoka City is the only region in Japan where the entire silk-making process–from caring for silkworms to dying and wearing–is completed in a single place. Silk production began in 1872 when the former Shonai clam’s samurai warriors began cultivating new lands around the Matsugaoka area. During the Meiji period, a local inventor named Saito Toichi invented the automatic weaving machine, making the production of silk fabrics much quicker and easier. The new fabrics were exported around the country to be used in dresses, and silk production quickly became the area’s main industry.
Kibiso, a type of thread made from the first silk discharged from a silkworm, has been in production since 2007 and is breathing new life into the area’s industry. The thread is hard and thick, making it very difficult to work with–but once these works are completed, the textile is extremely durable. It holds moisture well, has antibacterial properties, and will help protect the wearer from UV rays. Combining new designs with functionality, Kibiso also cuts down on waste, and museums in the United States and the United Kingdom currently have some of these creations on display, with more requesting installations.
At the current exhibition, 29 unique textiles, mainly Kibiso, are hung from the ceiling. Visitors are allowed to touch each of these pieces, and can also view the entire creative process from sketches and prototypes to the final product. All pieces were created together with the members of NUNO, a textile design studio directed by Sudo. The designs were decided on through conversations with craftsmen throughout Japan. By reviewing traditional processes and helping them evolve to suit modern needs, Kibiso was born and is helping to revitalize the silk industry in Tsuruoka.
A highlight of the exhibition is ogarami choshi, a byproduct of silk production often caught in the thin metal tubes of silk mills. These can be torn into sheets and used for new creations, and by doing so, helps reduce waste.
Circular Design -Kibiso Continues-
Running: September 18 – October 17, 2021 (Planned to be extended until the end of 2021)
Hours: 9:00-16:00 (Closed on Wednesdays)
Address: Matsugaoka Reclamation Site, Silkwork-Raising Room 2F (29 Haguromachi Matsugaoka, Tsuruoka, Yamagata)
#GucciGardenArchetypes Exhibition Held for Brands 100th Anniversary, Explores Brands’ Archetypes and Vision
To celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary, Gucci will be hosting the ‘Gucci Garden Archetypes’ exhibition in Tennozu, Tokyo, between September 23 and October 31. The exhibition reflects the vision, aesthetics, and inclusive philosophies of creative director Alessandro Michele, as shown through advertising campaigns throughout his years in the position.
An Archetype refers to something that many things have been based on, and Gucci’s advertisement campaigns are exactly that – the Archetype to Gucci’s world.
The exhibition features astronauts, aliens, horses, angels, and more motifs that were featured in venues throughout the world, from Tokyo to Los Angeles, and even Paris’ May Revolution in 1968. Visitors are whisked away on a spectacular journey through Alessandro Michele’s kaleidoscopic vision. You will also discover the music, art, journeys, and pop culture that inspired Gucci’s campaigns.
Exhibition director Alessandro Michele spoke, saying “I thought it would be interesting to invite people to join me on this six year journey, experiencing a dazzling world of fantasy and surprises. From there, I decided to create an immersive world that people could jump into through the advertisement campaigns. After all, it is the campaigns that best represent my vision.”
The exhibition is made up of multiple spaces built using cutting-edge technology, sophisticated craftsmen, and innovative interior design. The studio was designed by Archivio Personale, who has transformed Alessandro Michele’s vision into a narrative space.
As you enter the venue, you’ll discover a control room, seemingly behind the scenes of the first exhibition as photos of Michele’s campaigns are projected onto screens. Each room is based on a different theme, connected by aisle to recreate the diverse and wonderful world of Gucci’s campaigns.
The Gucci Beauty room is full of screens at different angles, each showing footage from a lipstick collection campaign with the phrase “for the bold, the bright, and the beautiful.” The room dazzles those entering with the smile of punk singer Dani Miller, which is said to have overturned beautify standards in the cosmetics industry.
The Gucci Bloom room is a floral paradise with its rich, floral scent. This campaign featured actress Dakota Johnson, feminist artist and photographer Petra Collins, and Hari Nef, a transgender actress and model, as the protagonists, each hiding away in an imaginary hidden garden. The three charismatic and unconventional women perfectly reflect Michele’s vision of modern femininity.
The 2018 pre-fall collection campaign paid homage to the young people who participated in Paris’ May 68 movement to mark the 50th anniversary of the event, using graffiti to add depth to the atmosphere.
The room featuring the 2018 Spring/Summer campaign features visuals by Ignashi Monreal, who is known for his elaborate and expressive artwork, covering the walls and ceiling with a giant mural.
The room for the 2016 Fall/Winter collection takes you to Tokyo, using thousands of sequins across the walls to recreate Tokyo, a city that shines even at night. Meanwhile, the 2017 Fall/Winter room will take you all the way to space, with otherworldly creatures, aliens, and astronauts, all introduced in a Natural History Museum inspired diorama style.
The 2018 Fall/Winter room reflects the world of an eccentric collector, with shelves covering the walls from floor to ceiling. There are countless collectors items, with cases of butterflies, cuckoo clocks, colorful plushies, and even a number of Gucci GG Marmont bags. There are even set spaces, such as the 2016 Spring/Summer campaign which was set in the toilets of a 1980’s club in Berlin and the luxurious modern villa from the “Party of a Lifetime” cruise collection campaign in 2020. Head behind the scenes and traverse deeper into this maze-like space, riding the Los Angeles subway to return to Alessandro Michele’s very first campaign in 2015 Fall/Winter.
Lose yourself in the world of Gucci’s advertising campaigns with this immersive space!
Images Courtesy of Gucci
GUCCI GARDEN ARCHETYPES
Address: B&C HALL・E HALL 2-1-3, Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Duration: September 23 ~ October 31
Opening Hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00 (21:00 on Fri, Sat.) ※Last admissions are 30 minutes before closing.
Entry: Free, reservation required. Reservations can be made via the Official Gucci LINE account.
Official Site: www.gucci.com
Is the Order a Rabbit? Series 10th Anniversary Exhibition Coming to Tokyo and Osaka
The popular four-panel manga series Is the Order a Rabbit? premiered in 2011. Written and illustrated by Koi, the series has been serialized in Manga Time Kirara Max for the past decade and is still ongoing, while three seasons of the anime have been aired starting in 2014. To commemorate the series’ ongoing success, a new exhibition is scheduled to open in both Tokyo and Osaka in October and November.
Mini-Panels Drawn by Koi (7 varieties)
Tickets for the Tokyo event will go on sale starting at 5:00 PM on October 15. Remember, these tickets are first-come, first-served, and each will feature a specific date and time, so don’t miss out! As a special gift, those buying tickets will receive a random original mini-panel drawn by the series creator upon entry. Head to the official Twitter page to take part in a new campaign to win tickets to the Tokyo exhibition!
Is the Order a Rabbit? Exhibition Café Lumière Tokyo
Running: October 29 – November 7, 2021
Address: Hulic Hall 2F (1-22-16 Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last admission at 19:30)
*Exhibition will close at 18:00 on November 7, last entry at 17:30
Ticket Information (Tokyo)
General Admission: ¥1,800 (Advance tickets) / ¥2,000 (Day-of tickets)
Tickets on sale starting October 15, 17:00
Where to Buy:
In-store sales: Available directly from Loppi at Lawson and Ministop stores.
Is the Order a Rabbit? Exhibition Café Lumière Osaka
Running: November 18 – November 30, 2021
Address: Daimaru Umeda 13F (3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last admission at 19:30)
*Exhibition will close at 18:00 on November 30, last entry at 17:30
**Hours of operation are subject to change.
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/GochiusaT (@GochiusaT)
Official Site: https://gochiusa-exhibition.com
Collab Exhibition Opens Featuring DANDELION PROJECT & Japan Sinks Drama Series
05.October.2021 | SPOT
An exhibition between the art initiative DANDELION PROJECT, formed by the creative company NAKED, and the TBS drama series Japan Sinks: People of Hope, will be held during the month of October on the first floor of Akasaka Biz Tower in Tokyo.
The DANDELION PROJECT is inspired by the idea of world peace and hopes to help transcend barriers and connect people in an increasingly divided world. This networked initiative wants to bring this change about by planting (or installing) dandelion-inspired art around the world, while it invites people visiting these dandelion exhibits to send their prayers for peace as a digital flower in real-time. The theme of ‘hope’ found in the new Japan Sinks drama fits perfectly into this exhibition.
When you see the petals of the dandelion flow through the air after being hit with a gust of wind, that means that someone from around the world caused that to happen. Due to the recent pandemic, rather than blow on cotton wool as is usually done at these exhibits, guests can hold up their smartphones to cause the same thing to happen. The DANDELION PROJECT will also be making an appearance at Tokyo Tower, Saga Prefectural Hall, and other places, so be sure to participate in this unique exhibit!
DANDELION PROJECT Installations Currently Open Around Japan
Saga Prefectural Exhibition Hall
Tokyo Tower Main Deck
Japan Sinks x DANDELION PROJECT
Address: Akasaka Biz Tower SHOPS&DINING 1F (5-3-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Running: October 1 – October 31, 2021
Official Site: https://naked.co.jp
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）
Daikanyama T-SITE Holds Exhibition to Celebrate Marimekko Art Book Release
30.September.2021 | FASHION
Marimekko, a Finnish textile and fashion company, has been a major inspiration in the art world for 70 years. The Japanese edition of Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking, published by Thames & Hudson to commemorate the brand’s 70th anniversary, will be released on October 1, 2021. To commemorate the release of this highly-anticipated art book, a special Marimekko exhibition and pop-up store are coming to Daikanyama T-SITE starting on September 21, feating an outdoor installation featuring Marimekko printed fabrics. A bookstore display of photos taken by Osma Harvalahti, along with other Marimekko art books, will be waiting for interested guests.
The four chapters of Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking highlight the collaborations and colorful print designs that the Finnish brand has released over the years through vintage archival photos and advertisements. The tome contains the philosophy of the Marimekko brand, and introduces the Herttoniemi print factory, working with the inspirational brand since its inception. In the future, Marimekko aims to be more sustainable while also finding new sources of boundless creativity.
Fans of art and history shouldn’t miss out on this limited-time event, running until October 15, 2021!
Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking Exhibition & Pop-Up Store
Running: September 21 – October 15, 2021
Address: Daikanyama T-SITE (16-15 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://store.tsite.jp/daikanyama/
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）