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/
teamLab Forest Fukuoka to Introduce Spring Sakura Theme for a Limited Time
07.March.2023 | SPOT
Starting March 4, the permanent museum teamLab Forest Fukuoka will transform its artwork into a stunning spring theme. Guests will be able to enjoy gorgeous cherry blossoms for a limited time, and starting March 24, the Catching and Collecting Forest will also be transformed in the same way.
TeamLab’s works are created in real time by procedural generation, meaning that they are always changing and evolving. Each work changes depending on the season.
▼Starting March 4
Both Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives – A Whole Year per Year and Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives II – A Whole Year per Year are only available to see during spring. Come and see animals made entirely of cherry blossoms as they roam through the museum!
The work titled Soft Terrain in Granular Topography shows multicolored grains of light pouring from the sky, while Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life surrounds visitors with brightly colored butterflies
▼Starting March 24
In the Catching and Collecting Forest, visitors can explore with their smartphones and catch various animals made entirely of cherry blossoms.
teamLab Forest Fukuoka – SBI SECURITIES Co., Ltd.
Venue: BOSS E･ZO FUKUOKA 5F, Next to Fukuoka PayPal Dome
Address: 2-2-6 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Official Site: http://forest.teamlab.art
Next Generation Creative Girls’ Collective bala Kicks off New Activities
The Tokyo-based girl artists and creators’ collective bala has finally launched for real! The group will release its first single barla on March 8.
bala consists of MANON, SUNNY ONLY 1, DAN, and KANO, each with their own global background. The project aims to resonate with Gen Z youth culture and to be a collective of artists that connects hybrid Japanese pop culture with audiences around the world.
The debut song barla was produced by Shinichi Osawa, who has numerous hits under the name Mondo Grosso. It was co-written by Kenmochi Hidefumi from Wednesday Campanella. With Y2K culture making a comeback around the world, the track features the house sound popular in the late 90s which is showing signs of becoming the next musical trend yet again. The groovy dance tune is a perfect theme song for these girls who will lead the next generation of pop culture.
<Comment from Shinichi Osawa>
“I’m honored to be involved in bala’s debut. The members are super unique, and collaborating with Kenmochi-san for the first time was a dream come true.”
<Comment from Kenmochi Hidefumi>
“I’m happy to be able to work with the members of bala and Shinichi Osawa. Everyone is so uniquely talented, and this song is filled with everyone’s energy and excitement inspired by their long-awaited debut!”
bala 1st Single「barla」
teamLab Opens Solo Exhibition at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia
Art collective teamLab has opened a new solo exhibition at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia. One of the largest museums in all of Scandinavia, the exhibition will run through May 7, 2023, and guests can also enjoy a large amount of Estonian art from the 18th century onward. In 2008, the Kumu Art Museum won the European Museum Forum award for the Best Museum in Europe.
teamLab – Impermanent Flowers Floating in a Continuous Sea
teamLab: Impermanent Flowers Floating in a Continuous Sea depicts flowers that are continuously growing and dying, multiplying in an eternal sea in which everything is connected. Guests can feel as though they’ve become one with the art as they stroll through the exhibition.
Black Waves: Immersive Mass is made up of interconnected waves. Without a beginning or an end, visitors progress through the workspace until they too are drawn into the water.
Waves in classical East Asian art are often represented by sets of lines, but these detailed waves are unique.
teamLab – Black Waves: Immersive Mass ©teamLab
In Black Waves: Immersive Mass, flowers can be seen blooming, blossoming, and seeing the end of their lives. When people touch the flowers, they wither and die.
teamLab – Proliferating Immense Life ©teamlab
The flicker of flame will welcome guests to this part of the museum. Visitors can even take the work home by approaching it with the Distributed Fire app on their smartphones. When held up to another person’s smartphone, the flames will connect and grow larger.
teamLab continues to find ways to connect people through modern experimental artworks. What will they create next?
teamLab – Universe of Fire Particles ©teamLab
Kumu Art Museum – Photo: Tõnu Tunnel. (Courtesy of the Art Museum of Estonia.)
Come dive into the world of teamLab in the frosty north!
teamLab: Impermanent Flowers Floating in a Continuous Sea
Running: November 11, 2022 – May 7, 2023
Address: Kumu Art Museum (Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1 10127 Tallinn)
teamLab Fukuyama Castle Light Festival Opens to Celebrate the Hiroshima Castle’s 400th Anniversary
The art collective TeamLab will hold the TeamLab Fukuyama Castle Festival of Light event at Fukuyama Castle in Hiroshima Prefecture from December 2, 2022 to January 29, 2023. The exhibition will transform the stone walls, the tower, and the outside of the iconic castle, which is currently celebrating its 400th anniversary. Light art will transform the space in different ways depending on the number of guests and the weather.
In August 2022, Fukuyama Castle recieved a major restoration with iron paneling installed on the north side, the only such restorative technique used on a Japanese castle to date. As guests walk around the keep, the included musical experience will change according to your walking speed and pace.
teamLab <Castle Tower>
The stone walls of Fukuyama Castle will depict animals shaped by flowers as they continuously die and are reborn. When guests touch the flowers, they disperse; if they continue to touch and the flowers disperse too much, the animal dies and disappears.
Built during the Edo period, the castle survived the Meiji Restoration but was damaged heavily in WWII.
teamLab <Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives in the Stone Wall>
Ovoids made of light sit at the bottom of the castle. When pushed by a person or blown by the wind, these unique creations will change color and interact with the nearly ovoids, which will change to the same color and make a similar tone.
teamLab <Resisting and Resonating Ovoids on the Stones of Oblivion>
In the Sketch Generals section, visitors can draw historical warlords associated with Fukuyama Castle, including Katsunari Mineno, the first lord of the Fukuyama domain and builder of Fukuyama Castle, Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Nagamasa Kuroda, Ieyasu Tokugawa, and Masahiro Abe. When the generals are touched, famous quotes appear in speech bubbles!
In addition, visitors can turn their own drawings of generals into pins that they can take home as souvenirs!
teamLab <Sketch Generals>
teamLab <Sketch Factory>
Several other works will be exhibited around the castle during the event as well.
The castle tower was designated a National Treasure in the early Showa era but was destroyed by fire in an air raid during World War II. It was rebuilt in 1966.
teamLab’s Digitized City project has become popular across the world, allowing the art collective to utilize real-world locales to display artworks without damaging or altering the location chosen.
With its lengthy history, Fukuyama Castle is a magnificent canvas, transforming as both visitors and nature interact with the lights. People, animals, nature, and art can live side by side, without boundaries. Wouldn’t you like to come to visit this winter?
teamLab <Walk, Walk, Walk -Fukuyama Castle>
FUKUYAMA CASTLE EXPO 2022 – teamLab Fukuyama Castle Light Festival
Running: December 2, 2022 – January 29, 2023
Venue: Fukuyama Castle (1 Chome-8-3 Marunouchi, Fukuyama, Hiroshima)
Official Site: http://fukuyamacastle.teamlab.art
TeamLab Unveils Three New Works at Singapore’s Permanent ‘Future World’ Exhibition
Art collective TeamLab has redesigned two exhibitions at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. The world’s first permanent exhibition from the creators, Future World: Where Art Meets Science, was opened in 2016 at the Museum of Art and Science. Guests can now enjoy three new works along with the Digital Light Canvas, a huge, interactive space inviting guests to share their own pieces of art.
Visitors can immerse themselves in these impressive new works while experiencing a complex, three-dimensional world. They can also create new worlds with others!
The Drawing Flight, part of the Amusement Park of the Future series, is based on the concept of co-creation, allowing visitors to not only draw an airplane that will fly but also allowing them to operate it from a pilot’s point of view using a tablet. Whether visitors draw a butterfly or a hawk, they’ll see the world from the perspective of each creature and enter a world constructed by the creature’s unique perceptions.
Aerial Climbing through a Flock of Colored Birds
In Aerial Climbing through a Flock of Colored Birds, guests are asked to perceive the world with their entire bodies. Visitors cross a space with sticks floating three-dimensionally in the air.
Autonomous Abstraction, Continuous Phenomena from the Universe to the Self
Autonomous Abstraction, Continuous Phenomena from the Universe to the Self offers a new and abstract concept. As people touch the dots, the rhythm of the dots flickers and their hue changes and disintegrates. The picture will then change dramatically, and despite these changes, the beauty remains.
Digital Light Canvas
Graffiti Nature – Red List Digital Light Canvas
Digital Light Canvas is a space consisting of a 15-meter-diameter circular link of light and a 20-meter-high cylinder of light made up of a collection of light dots. Team Lab’s interactive artwork, which changes depending on how many people are around, is on permanent display.
By visiting the Digital Light Canvas area, guests can also enjoy the Drawing Factory, where they can turn their own drawings into pins, T-shirts, and other items!
Come fully experience this curious art exhibition!
Future World: Where Art Meets Science
Final Fantasy Artist Yoshitaka Amano Holds Art Exhibition at Myoshin-ji in Kyoto
Yoshitaka Amano, known by international fans as the artist behind the legendary Final Fantasy video game series, is celebrating his 70th birthday with a unique art project from November 23 until December 8 at Myoshin-ji in Kyoto.
On the first day of the event, the venue, decorated with autumn leaves, was crowded with visitors including foreign tourists, who marveled at the fantastic space filled harmoniously with gold and blue. The exhibition will be held at Myoshin-ji, the head temple of the associated branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. This collection of works was designed to question visitors’ sensibilities and provide a new kind of art exhibition for fans to enjoy.
After the exhibition, the main art piece by Yoshitaka himself will be converted to 3DCG, and a Virtual Golden World will be developed in collaboration with the Yoshitaka Amano VR Museum. By integrating traditional and modern art methods, guests will be able to engage more deeply in the art by enjoying digital works, the metaverse, and NFTs.
Don’t miss this curious exhibition!
Golden World: Infinite Light by Yoshitaka Amano
～GOLDEN VIEW OF THE WORLD～
Running: November 23 – December 8, 2022
Hours: 9:00-12:00 / 13:00-16:00
Tickets on sale until 15:30 each day.
Official Site: https://www.myoshinji.or.jp/
Nagoya Castle to Hold Special Autumn Night Art Viewing for a Limited Time
The historic Nagoya Castle will hold a special nighttime viewing event for 14 days only, from November 25 until December 8, 2022. During this period, Honmaru Palace will be open to the public at night, and the Chrysanthemum Corridor inside will be open to visitors for the first time.
The Ninomaru Garden will also be illuminated and will transport guests to a different place and time by showing a space only possible during dark hours.
Inspired by the relationship between light and shadow, this event focuses on changes that occur over time and the creation and emergence of new ideas and things.
Honmaru Palace, Typically Closed to the Public, to be Open at Night
Nagoya Castle’s Honmaru Palace was completed in 1615 and served as the primary residence of the Lord of the Owari Domain and as the Domain’s government office. The interior of the palace was lavishly decorated with paintings and other art pieces and was praised as a masterpiece. Sadly, it was destroyed by an air raid in 1945. Restoration work began in 2009 and was completed in 2018 with unparalleled accuracy. The Honmaru Palace gives off a completely different aura at night.
First Public Viewing of the Jodan-no-ma in the Joraku-den
The Joraku-den was added to Nagoya Castle to accommodate the third Shogun, Iemitsu, on his way to Kyoto. It is the most luxurious of all the Honmaru Palace buildings, and this event marks the first time that the Chrysanthemum Corridor on the north side will be open to the public. Visitors are welcome to admire the golden-blue paintings as they stroll through the historic site.
See Spectacular Paintings when Entering the Tsugi-no-ma Room
During this period, visitors can enter the Tsugi-no-ma room to view classical period paintings, giving a more clear idea of how people acted and dressed during this time in history.
[Ninomaru Garden Special Viewing]
~Witness a Never-Before-Seen Feudal Lord’s Garden through a Spacial Presentation~
Scenography for this unique show was provided by the creative label PERIMETRON. In order to show another side of the Ninomaru Garden at night, the company focused on light’s characteristics, from reflection and transmission to refraction and absorption. Light and shadow intertwine in various ways, and guests will be transfixed by this curious showing.
Nagoya Castle: Autumn Night Special Viewing ~KEI~
Running: November 25 – December 8, 2022
Viewing Hours: 9:00-19:30 (Gates close at 20:00)
Official Site: https://www.nagoyajo-kei.jp/
Naruto Anime Series Celebrates 20th Anniversary With New Gallery Featuring Collaborations With Five Animators
10.November.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the globally popular Naruto anime series, NARUTO THE GALLERY will be held at AKIBA_SQUARE inside Akihabara UDX from December 10, 2022 until January 31, 2023. The gallery will feature collaborations with five animators.
This will be the first Naruto exhibition held since 2015. The event will focus on the growth of the characters, the bonds they share with their friends, and the many fights that have taken place over the past two decades.
Iconic scenes from the Naruto anime series will be on display in collaboration with five up-and-coming animators: Ai Niina, Kohei Kadowaki, que, Kosuke Sugimoto, and Kohta Morie. This will give fans the chance to see an unprecedented and unique view of the world of Naruto which can only be seen at the event.
Admission Bonus: Gemaki-style Card
An original Gemaki-style Card featuring a newly-drawn visual will be handed out to those visiting the exhibition.
The first lineup of exclusive event-only merchandise has been revealed and longtime fans of the series won’t want to miss adding some of these goods to their collection.
Participating Artists / Episode
Ai Niina / Sasuke’s Ninja Way
Kohei Kadowaki / Naruto’s Path
que / The Land of Waves
Kosuke Sugimoto / Sasuke’s Vessel
Kohta Morie / Naruto and Kurama
©NARUTO THE GALLERY実行委員会
NARUTO THE GALLERY (Naruto 20th Anniversary Project)
Running: December 10, 2022 – January 31, 2023
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last entry at 19:30)
Venue: AKIBA_SQUARE (Inside Akihabara UDX)
Official Site: https://naruto-20th.jp
Final Fantasy Artist Yoshitaka Amano Holds Art Exhibition at Myoshin-ji in Kyoto
10.November.2022 | FASHION
Yoshitaka Amano, known by international fans as the artist behind the legendary Final Fantasy video game series, is celebrating his 70th birthday with a unique art project in Kyoto.
The exhibition will be held at Myoshin-ji, the head temple of the associated branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. Stepping into the temple, guests will be met with colorful autumn leaves and a sea of gold and blue art pieces.
“I want people to enter this world of light and experience being part of it,” Amano said. “Rather than art being something flat on a wall, I want to present something new and unique.” This collection of works was designed to question visitors’ sensibilities and provide a new kind of art exhibition for fans to enjoy.
The main art piece, newly painted by Amano himself, will be on display in the Dharma Hall, which was decorated by one of Kano Tan’yu’s masterpieces. Tan’yu was an Edo-period painter.
The three meter tall column features Amano’s own interpretation of Hiten, part of Mount Meru, a part of Buddhism cosmology considered to be the centre of all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. Four smaller pieces will be displayed on all four sides to create a three-dimensional mandala.
Golden World: Infinite Light by Yoshitaka Amano
～GOLDEN VIEW OF THE WORLD～
Running: November 23 – December 8, 2022
Venue: Myoshin-ji (1 Hanazonomyoshinjicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto)
Hours: 9:00-12:00 / 13:00-16:00 *Tickets sold until 15:30
Admission: Adults ¥700 / Children ¥400
Official Site: https://www.myoshinji.or.jp/
Popular Illustrator and Character Designer Mika Pikazo Holds Solo Exhibition in Shibuya
Mika Pikazo is an illustrator and character designer. The artist has designed characters for many popular titles including Fire Emblem Engage, the latest in Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series, as well as book covers and CD jackets.
Starting December 10, the artist will hold his second solo exhibition in three years at the Hz event space in Shibuya.
According to a press release, the exhibition is being held to show a number of creations Pikazo has made recently, and aims to show off new animation and past illustrations to merge his past and future selves. The creator hopes to challenge himself more going forward.
The first main visual, REVENGE, can be seen on the exhibition’s official website. A total of three visuals have been newly drawn for the event and will be released sequentially. In addition, a number of collaborative works with other creators will be on display, so art fans won’t want to miss out.
Limited-edition merchandise featuring new illustrations will be on sale at the venue, and autograph sessions are planned to be held. For more details, check the official Twitter page!
Be sure to come to see Mika Pikazo’s colorful pieces in person!
Mika Pikazo Exhibition – REVENGE POP
Running: December 10 – December 29, 2022
Venue: Hz, 1F (4-3 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Official Website: https://revenge-pop.mikapikazo.info/
Saiyuki 25th Anniversary Art Exhibition to Open in Osaka, Tokyo, and Fukuoka
30.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT
Anime and manga merchandise seller AMNIBUS will hold an exhibition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kazuya Minekura’s Saiyuki series! The art exhibition will be held in Osaka, Tokyo, and Fukuoka, with the Osaka event beginning on December 30, 2022, and running through January 15, 2023. The Tokyo event will run from May 12 until May 28, 2023, and the Fukuoka event will run from August 11 until September 3, 2023. Additional events will be held in other locations to be announced at a later date.
Minekura’s Saiyuki manga series has sold over 25 million copies as of January 2021. Loosely based on the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West, the series tells the story of four heroes traveling west to stop demons from killing all of mankind. Over the past 25 years, the manga series has spawned several anime adaptations, live-action musicals, video games, and more.
The exhibition will feature plenty of must-see items for fans, from original manuscripts to full-color drawings by the original creator. Will you be attending this once-in-a-lifetime event?
*Addition venues, exhibition details, ticket and merchandise sales information, and additional details will be announced at a later date.
Saiyuki 25th Exhibition
Address: Nanba Marui 5F Event Space
(3-8-9 Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Running: December 30, 2022 – January 15, 2023
*Details on New Years’ holiday closures will be announced at a later date.
Address: Yurakucho Marui 8F Space 7, 8
(2-7-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Running: May 12 – May 28, 2023
Address: Hakata Marui 7F Event Space
(9-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka)
Running: August 11 – September 3, 2023
NAKED GARDEN ONE KYOTO Night Walk Project Invites Guests to Stroll Through the Tale of Genji
28.October.2022 | SPOT
From November 11 until December 4, NAKED will hold the unique NAKED GARDEN ONE KYOTO event in Uji. The one-of-a-kind art project is being produced through a partnership with Kyoto City, Uji City, and Otsu City in Shiga Prefecture. Several events and art exhibitions will appear in the Kyoto area until December 25, 2022.
The project first began on September 15 at Kyoto City Hall, and it will move to Uji on November 11. NAKED’s unique digital art will bring color to Uji, a place steeped in Japanese history and the heart of Japanese tea culture. The Asagiri Bridge, appearing in The Tale of Genji, will be illuminated, and the Zen temple Kosho-ji will be offering tea ceremonies and a digital teamaking experience for guests to enjoy. NAKED’s popular Distance Lanterns will return, allowing visitors to explore Uji at night while properly socially distancing.
At Kosho-ji, guests can enjoy the renewed DANDELION PROJECT. Created by Ryotaro Muramatsu, the art project has appeared in a number of towns and cities around the world, inviting participants to create flowers and send them around the globe digitally as a hope for peace. Visitors can use their smartphones to send dandelion fluff with their name on it to the metaverse version of Kosho-ji and beyond, eventually causing a digital flower to bloom.
Why not come take a quiet walk through the streets of Uji, Kyoto?
Urasenke Tea Ceremony and Digital Teamaking Experience
『DANDELION PROJECT』by RYOTARO MURAMATSU / NAKED
NAKED Distance Lantern®︎
Asagiri Bridge and Kotosaka Interactive Illuminations
Chazuna’s New Mobility C⁺walkT Experience
NAKED GARDEN ONE KYOTO Uji
Venue: Uji, Kyoto (Near Kosho-ji)
Running: November 11 – December 4, 2022
Kosho-ji Exclusion Dates: 11/19-28, 12/3-4
*Kosho-ji is open from 17:30-20:00 (Last entry at 19:30)
Official Site: https://garden.naked.works/venue_kyoto/1450/