Moomin Comic Strips Exhibition Showcases 280 Items at Hiroshima Museum of Art This Summer
The Moomin Comic Strips Exhibition is set to run at Hiroshima Museum of Art from July 17 to September 5, showcasing approximately 280 comic drawings and sketches by Tove and Lars Jansson which have never been shown in Japan before.
The comics by Tove Jansson (1914-2001) began publication in the British newspaper The Evening News in 1954. With the help from her younger brother Lars Jansson (1926-2000), the series continued to be published for more than 20 years. At its peak, Moomin comics were published in over 40 countries, 120 newspapers, and read by 20 million people.
The Moomins are immensely popular in Japan and have enjoyed numerous exhibitions up and down the country. Fans will be delighted to lay their eyes upon artwork from Moomin Characters’ collection which have never been displayed in Japan until now.
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/
R4G x Tokyo Revengers Collaboration Pop Up Store Opens in Hiroshima
Anime fashion brand R4G has collaborated with Tokyo Revengers to produce a lineup of limited collaboration items that will be sold in AZUL BY MOUSSY AEON MALL Hiroshima between October 8 and October 17.
TOKYO REVERSIBLE COACH JAKET ¥14,300 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS TEE ¥4,400 (Tax Incl.)
SCENE PHOTO TEE ¥4,400 (Tax Incl.)
SCENE PHOTO L/S TEE ¥5,500 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS CAP ¥3,300 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS RUBBER KEYCHAIN ¥660 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS COIN CASE ¥1,650 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS CREWNECK ¥6,600 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS SWEATPANTS ¥8,800 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS ACRYLIC STAND Hanagaki Takemichi / Sano Manjirou / Ryūguji Ken ¥1,650 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS CLEARFILE Hanagaki Takemichi / Sano Manjirou / Ryūguji Ken / 3shot ¥550 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS STICKER ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS RIBBON KEYCHAIN 花垣武道/佐野万次郎/龍宮寺堅 ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS FACE COVER(Reversible) ¥1,980 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS BADGE 75mm ¥550 (Tax Incl.)
A part of the store will be converted into a Tokyo Revengers pop up shop, with life-sized panels of Hanagaki Takemichi, Mikey (Sano Manjirou), and Draken (Ryūguji Ken) wearing the collaboration clothing. You’ll find yourself wanting to get dressed up and twin with your favorite character! A scene from the anime will also be set up as a photo spot, making it the perfect space for any Tokyo Revengers fan.
The AEON MALL Hiroshima Fuchu store will be stocking 14 designs overall, including printed T-shirts, a brand-new reversible coach jacket, keychains with pixel dotted logo and gang name designs, and a coin case with the words “TOKYO” and “REVENGERS” printed all across the fabric. These items are all limited edition and are only available for a short time, so be sure to pick them up while you can! Some pieces will be released online, so be sure to check it out.
©Wakui Ken・Kodansha / Anime ‘Tokyo Revengers’ Production Committee
R4G x ‘Tokyo Revengers’
Availability: October 8 ~ October 17 2021 (10 Days)
Location: AZUL BY MOUSSY
AEON MALL Hiroshima Fuchu
Tokyo Revengers Corner
2-1-1 Osu, Fuchu, Aki District, Hiroshima
AEON MALL Hiroshima Fuchu 1F
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 20:00
Online Store: https://www.ec-store.net/category/R4G
Official Site: https://azul-m.com/
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/
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.
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）
Machi Tawara Exhibition Highlighting Poet’s Inspirational Works to be Extended
The Kadokawa Musashino Museum in Tokorozawa, Saitama, has been holding an exhibition honoring the works of contemporary writer and poet Machi Tawara since July 21 of this year. Now, the showing has been extended until December 5, 2021, to allow more people to enjoy the work of this inspirational and prolific creator.
Tawara won the Kadokawa Tanka Award in 1986, and in 1987, her collection of poems were published in the book Salad Anniversary, which went on to sell three million copies and become a literary phenomenon. In the 35 years since, Tawara has published six more poetry books, and in 2021, her latest collection Size of the Future received the highest award in the world of tanka. A genre of classical Japanese poetry, tanka is what put Tawara on the map, and the writer is credited with revitalizing the style in the modern age. Her poetry tackles countless personal subjects, including love, childbirth, single motherhood, the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, moving, and most recently, COVID-19.
Since its opening in July, the exhibition has been well-received by visitors, resonating with both the young and old and bridging the gap between those who lived in the Showa era, the Heisei era, and the current Reiwa era. There is something for everyone to connect to in this gorgeous showing of raw emotion in the form of poetry.
Popular Character Chiikawa Gets Large-Scale Exhibition at Hiroshima PARCO
Illustrator Nagano’s popular character Chiikawa is coming to Hiroshima PARCO FACTORY (6F) from September 10 until September 26. Chiikawa no Mori will be the first large-scale exhibition for the tiny mouse and friends.
Guests to the venue will enter into a world taken over by the characters, and will be able to see a special movie made for the event, enjoy a Chiikawa photo booth, and more. Visitors will also be able to experience pulling weeds, as is mentioned so often in Chiikawa’s comics, and write messages to the characters.
Bye Bye photospot
Entrance ticket pochette bag bonus
Weed-pulling game stickers
Exclusive shopping bag for customers spending over ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Chiikawa x Hiroshima Toyo Carp Exclusive Merchandise
A5-size Sticker Sheet: ¥880 (Tax Included) / Face Towel: ¥2,200 (Tax Included) / Tote Bag: ¥2,970 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand & Pin from Capsule Machine (6 varieties): ¥400 per try (Tax Included)
Cap (2 designs): ¥3,960 each (Tax Included)
T-shirt (3 designs): ¥3,190 (Tax Included)
Exclusive Chiikawa no Mori Postcard Book: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
The event will feature a special collaboration with the Hiroshima Toyo Carps baseball team, with crossover goods only available during the exhibition. Other commemorative items, including a postcard book with visuals drawn specifically for the event, will be on sale at the goods corner.
Are you a Chiikawa fan? What message would you like to leave for the characters?
Chiikawa no Mori
Running: September 10 – September 26, 2021
Location: Hiroshima PARCO (6F)
10-1 Hondori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
*Goods corner located on 4F of the main building (only visitors with tickets will be admitted.)
Buy Tickets: https://eplus.jp/chiikawa/
*If there are openings on the day of the event, tickets will be sold at the venue.
*Please note that this information is subject to change.
Event Details: https://art.parco.jp/hiroshima/detail/?id=681
Official Site: https://art.parco.jp/
teamLab Solo Exhibition Opens at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum
A solo exhibition from Japanese digital art collective teamLab opened at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum on July 23, 2021. The museum has one of the most extensive collections of Asian art in the world, housing over 18,000 pieces of art and artifacts spanning over 6,000 years.
teamLab: Continuity was created to express a world without boundaries, and is housed in the Akiko Yamazaki & Jerry Yang Pavilion, a new long-term addition to the museum.
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.
Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Transcending Space
Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Flying Beyond Borders, 2018.
Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well – Black in White, 2014.
The Way of the Sea, Transcending Space – Colors of Life, 2018.
The Way of the Sea, Flying Beyond Borders – Colors of Life, 2018.
Sharing Rock Mass, Transcending Space, 2019.
Reversible Rotation – Cold Light, 2019.
Reversible Rotation, Flying Beyond Borders – One Stroke, Cold Light, 2019.
Reversible Rotation – Continuous, Cold Light, 2018.
Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, Ephemeral Life, 2016.
The Void, 2016.
Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, Transcending Space, 2019.
Born From the Darkness a Loving, and Beautiful World, 2018.
Life Survives by the Power of Life II, 2021.
Sketch Ocean, 2020.
When humans perceive the world around them, we tend to divide everything into pieces and parts. teamLab: Continuity asks visitors to try and see everything without boundaries, with the understanding that everything is connected. While traditional art often takes the form of individual physical objects, the pieces throughout this exhibition move and flow, often influenced by and communicating with other works. By the end of a tour, teamLab wants people to see the beauty in the idea of togetherness and continuity.
Open Date: July 23, 2021
Location: San Francisco Asian Art Museum
Address: 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA
Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, November 25, December 25, January 1.
Official Site: https://asianart.org/
‘átoa,’ Part Art Museum and Part Aquarium, Opening in Kobe
12.August.2021 | SPOT
Blending living creatures with art, átoa, a new urban aquarium, will open in Kobe’s Shinkocho on October 29, 2021. New images have just been revealed, and we now have an idea of what the interior will look like!
‘átoa’ comes from a combination of the words ‘aquarium’ and ‘art,’ and as the name suggests, the space will blend over 100 pieces of digital and performance art with 3,000 ocean creatures to provide a never-before-seen experience.
The exterior of the Kobe Port Museum looks like a contemporary art gallery
The stairway leads guests to a cave entrance, making the visit feel more like an adventure
‘MARIN NOTE – The Movement of Life’ embodies underwater life
‘ELEMENTS – The Forest of Spirits’ welcomes you to a foggy sea of trees
Light cutout show by famed cutout artist Atsumi Sakai
A mysterious walk through a traditional Japanese garden
‘PLANETS,’ a journey through the darkness of outer space and the deep sea
Food & drink offerings worthy of posting on social media
A spectacular view of the Kobe Bay area
átoa original products on sale
Rokko, the land on which Kobe City sits, is said to have been formed over one million years ago by the upheaval of the Earth and consistent water erosion. The Kobe Port Museum (KPM), where átoa is located, has long attracted visitors with its unique exterior, embodying the ancient origins of the surrounding lands.
átoa will be divided into eight different zones, each with its own theme and distinctive presentation. Visitors will first enter the ‘Cave of Beginnings,’ where fish-shaped lights reflected on the walls and floor lead you deeper into the space, as if through a kaleidoscope.
After emerging, ‘MARIN NOTE – The Movement of Life,’ a visual embodiment of underwater life, will greet you. The sound and scents of the sea will surround guests, with a cylindrical water tank at the center of the room filled with zebra sharks, spotted garden eels, and many more underwater creatures.
On the second floor, enter ‘ELEMENTS – The Forest of Spirits,’ a foggy sea of trees straight out of a fairy tale. This is where you can find freshwater fish, amphibians, and adorable tree-dwelling animals not typically found in aquariums, like woodchucks! This is another highlight of átoa: you might find more animals you wouldn’t expect!
The third floor houses both ‘MIYABI’ and ‘PLANETS,’ where guests can enjoy a ‘theatrical aquarium experience.’ Discover Atsumi Sakai’s famed cutout art in the ‘MIYABI’ area, meant to simulate a Japanese garden. Enjoy the magical experience of fish swimming just beneath your feet as you stroll along a glass-covered floor.
The ‘PLANETS’ area houses AQUA TERRA, one of Japan’s largest spherical water tanks, with a diameter of 3 meters. Guests are welcome to ponder the vastness of both outer space and the deepest stretches of the sea. The area is bathed in the light of countless stars thanks to optical fibers embedded in the floor, while mist will continuously pour from above.
Housed on the fourth floor, an outdoor exhibit, the ‘SKYSHORE Sky Garden,’ will soothe your soul as you play with only the most adorable marine life, from penguins to otters. This is also where visitors can enjoy the átoa cafe, offering a lineup of Instagram-worthy food and drink.
The observation deck ‘ROOF TOP’ also provides a breathtaking view of Kobe. Whether you visit during day or night, take in the views of Kobe Harborland and Meriken Park to your heart’s content. A full museum shop will be stocked with adorable plushies and other original products.
Address: 7-2, Shinkocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Open Date: October 29, 2021
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Open Every Day)
Official Site: https://atoa-kobe.jp
Limited-Time Autumn Harvest Event Comes to Moominvalley Park
As the summer heat begins to wane and the cool and comfortable autumn air arrives, why not celebrate the season with Moomin? The Moominvalley Park Harvest event is coming for a limited-time only, starting on September 4, 2021 and continuing through October 24, 2021.
Moominvalley Park is a theme park centered on the popular Swedish comic The Moomins. Announced in 2013, the complex opened on Lake Miyazawa in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture in March 2019. Moominvalley Park has two specific zones: the Metsä area, free to visitors, features lakefront dining and shops, while the Moomin zone contains different attractions, such as Moomin’s house and an art museum.
Images of Last Year’s Balloon Art
The creatures who live in the Moominvalley enjoy the bounty of all four seasons, and the harvest from summer to autumn is particularly tasty, filled with berries and mushrooms ripe for the picking. Nutritious blueberries, raspberries, lingonberries and cloudberries spring from the bushes, and the Moomin family would love to welcome you with some of these tasty snacks! Limited-time menu items and workshops will be available, so visitors can have their fill of the autumn season.
Last year’s balloon art event was hugely popular, and will be making a comeback in 2021. Berries are a symbol of the harvest throughout Scandinavia, and guests are welcomed by these sweet treats floating in the sky. Beneath the autumn sky and surrounded by lush trees beside the lake shore, the Moominvalley feels like a storybook brought to life. Don’t miss this colorful and joyous event!
Japan’s Manga Artists Gather at Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo is set to host the Moshimo Tokyo Exhibition as part of Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL’s 13 special exhibits from August 4 to September 5. The event is free to enter but tickets, which are now available, must be ordered in advance.
Japan’s top manga artists drew exclusive pieces for the exhibition
©Inio Asano – taken from TP
©Shinichi Ishizuka – taken from Tokyo Sound
©Sumito Oowara – taken from East East
The theme of Moshimo Tokyo is “Tokyo” and will exhibit works from 20 big Japanese manga artists, such as Taiyō Matsumoto (Ping Pong; Tekkonkinkreet; Sunny), Inio Asano (Goodnight Punpun; Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction), and Shinichi Ishizuka (Blue Giant). Each artist has illustrated special pieces in line with the exhibition’s theme which will be shown at the in and around museum.
Moshimo Tokyo Exhibition
Running: August 4, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Address: 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022, Japan
Closed: Monday (except August 9 so will be closed August 10) / Mondays during Tokyo 2020 (except August 30)
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Entries 17:30)
Book Here: https://artsticker.app/events/646
Official Website: https://mangamoshimotokyo.jp/
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/