World-Renowned Illustrator Chocomoo Teams Up with ROXY for New Line
06.September.2021 | FASHION
Active lifestyle brand ROXY has collaborated with globally popular Kyoto-based illustrator Chocomoo for a funky new fall collection.
CHOCOMOO LOGO LONGSLEEVE TEE
CHOCOMOO GO OUT
CHOCOMOO TOTE BAG
Chocomoo is a Japanese artist who has collaborated with a number of apparel brands and musical artists both in Japan and abroad. Her original pop-art pieces are drawn in black and white, and her unique designs are instantly recognizable as being her work at a single glance.
Are you a fan of this collection? Which pieces are your favorites?
Collection Available Now
Where to Buy: ROXY TOKYO, ROXY WEB STORE, QUIKSILVER STORE, etc.
Official Site: https://www.roxy.jp
Art Charity Auction Opens to Support the Fight Against COVID-19
20.September.2021 | FASHION
Last year, the Pola Museum Annex in Tokyo hosted a charity auction to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic breaking out across the globe. As the world continues to feel the effects of the virus, the charity event is returning for a second year, and is set to be held from November 12 until December 5, 2021. The title for this year’s art exhibition is ‘Find Your Travel.’
Lemon Tree – Yuka Kashihara. Acrylic and oil on canvas. 2020.
POLA Dot or snowball ~Based on Tosa Mitsuyoshi’s Colored Painting of Yugiri from The Tale of Genji~ – Tetsuya Noguchi. Acrylic. 2020.
our whereabouts – Moe Nakamura. Camphor, bronze, oil. 2021.
Philanthropy – Yuko Higuchi. Hemp paper, pen, watercolor. 2020.
Baby Heel-less Shoes – Noritaka Tatehama. Cowhide, pigskin, dye, metal zipper, coated crystal glass. 2020.
Last year’s charity auction raised over ¥9,145,000 (about $83,000) for the Japanese Red Cross. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the globe, and as Japan remains locked down, this year’s event hopes to raise even more useful funds to help medical professionals on the front lines.
20 artists are participating in the exhibition, with each creating one work based on the theme of ‘travel.’ In addition to simply viewing these pieces at the exhibition, a silent auction will also be held online. With travel being severely restricted, these works of art seek to inspire and encourage visitors to imagine a better future, when the world is open once again. All proceeds will once again be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
Find Your Travel Charity Auction
Running: November 12 – December 5, 2021
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last entry 18:30) / Admission Free
Address: Pola Museum Annex 3F (1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: http://www.po-holdings.co.jp/m-annex/
Contemporary Painter Yasunari Ikenaga Opens Shou Inspired New Exhibition in Ginza
Tsutaya Ginza, located inside Ginza Six, will hold an exhibition of new works from artist Yasunari Ikenaga starting September 25, 2021. Titled ‘Shonen, Shou,’ the pieces in the collection were all inspired by up-and-coming actor and model Shou.
Physical Education, Shou – Yasunari Ikenaga. 2021.
Glaring, Honami – Yasunari Ikenaga. 2015
Yasunari Ikenaga is a leading figure in the world of contemporary beauty painting. In 2012, he won Honorable Mention at the 8th Tatehiko Suga Grand Prize Exhibition, which attracted a great deal of attention in the art world and established the genre of contemporary beauty painting. Ikenaga’s paintings are characterized by their unique coloring, which is created by using mineral-based pigments. This style, as individual as the models he paints, has a uniqueness and presence that has redefined the art of painting human beings in the Japanese art world.
‘Shonen, Shou’ is an exhibition focusing on new model and actor Shou, born in 2006. This is the first time Ikenaga has used a boy as his muse, and various prints of past works will also be on display during the event.
Yasunari Ikenaga Exhibition ‘Shonen, Shou’
Running: September 25 – October 15, 2021
Address: Tsutaya Ginza Art Wall Gallery
Photography and Noh Theater Collide in New Collaboration between Hiroshi Seo and Hosho School
In a new fall collaboration, the prestigious Hosei School of Noh Theater, established during the Muromachi Period, and photographer Hiroshi Seo will present a unique blend of traditional culture. ‘Experience Noh and Art in Autumn ~Noh at Night: The Tale of the Heike ‘Kiyotsune’ x BEYOND PHOTO BY HIROSHI SEO’ will begin for four limited showings starting September 24, and will connect the photographer’s work ‘BEYOND’ with the theme of water present in the classic tale of Heike. Ancient and modern will overlap during this special autumn event, so don’t miss it if you’re in Tokyo!
The Story of The Tale of Heike ‘Kiyotsune’
During the 12th century, the Minamoto and Taira clans were at war. Awazu-no-Saburo returns to the capital after the Taira were defeated in battle, carrying with him a keepsake for his lord Kiyotsune’s wife: a lock of hair that Kiyotsune left before committing suicide. Saburo visits the wife, and upon learning of Kiyotsune’s death, she can barely stand the sight of his hair, ordering that the keepsake be returned to a shrine in Kyushu. Upon falling asleep, she sees his ghost in her dreams, and they argue over what has occurred. Kiyotsune recounts his final days, choosing suicide by drowning over capture and defeat. He is then blessed, and finds his way from Hell to eternal enlightenment.
BEYOND PHOTO BY HIROSHI SEO Exhibition
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world. Yet even during this turmoil engulfing the world, artists were trying to make a new path. Photography is but a fragment of the real world, but through the eyes of the one taking the photo, it becomes an art form, and allows us to see the world in a different way. For this exhibition, Hiroshi Seo will present several new works, including photographs from Sado Island, the home of Noh, where one-third of all Noh stages in Japan are located. This chain of water-inspired images will weave together with the story of Kiyotsune, and will tell a brand-new story for modern audiences.
Experience Noh and Art in Autumn ~Noh at Night: The Tale of the Heike
‘Kiyotsune’ x BEYOND PHOTO BY HIROSHI SEO
With Performance: September 24, 2021 (Tickets on sale now.)
No Performance: September 25, 2021 (Free admission for photo exhibition only. No admission to auditorium.)
With Performance: October 29, 2021 (Tickets on sale now.)
With Performance: November 26, 2021, 17:00 (Tickets on sale September 25.)
Address: Hosho Noh Theater, 1-5-9 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Official Site: http://www.hosho.or.jp/nohgakudo/
Crayon Shin-chan and Adorable Bunny Rabbits Available from Ikumimama Animal Donuts
Ikumimama Animal Donuts has been a popular topic on social media for it’s cute creations, many based on popular characters. Now, customers located in Japan can purchase the new Crayon Shin-chan and Otsukimi Usa-chan Donut Sets online!
Otsukimi Usa-chan Set
Otsukimi Usa-chan (White)
Otsukimi Usa-chan (Pink)
Otsukimi Dango Donuts
Crayon Shin-chan Donut Set
Otsukimi means ‘moon-viewing’ in Japanese. On the 15th day of the eighth month of the traditional Japanese calendar, it’s tradition to hold a celebration to view the harvest moon. The Otsukimi Usa-chan set is perfect to serve during a get-together as you watch the starlit sky with friends. This year, September 21 is the lucky day! Dango, or dumplings, are popular snacks to enjoy during this event, and these coconut-filled Dango Donuts are a fun twist on a traditional treat.
Shinnosuke, Shiro, Buriburizaemon, and Himawari all make an appearance in the new Crayon Shin-chan collaboration.
Which of these sugary sweets looks the most scrumptious?
Magnificent Work of Art on Display at Sado Island Galaxy Art Festival Until October 2
16.September.2021 | SPOT
Sado Island, sitting off the Japanese mainland close to the Niigata coast, has been holding an incredible art festival since August 8, 2021. The highlight of the event is a massive glowing sculpture, made as a collaboration between Koiwa Kanaami Co., Ltd. and the Nobuaki Furuya+Yuri Fujii Laboratory at Waseda University. The eye-catching installment is meant to honor the historical Sado gold mine, one of the largest in the country, and a designated National Historic Site of Japan.
The peak production period of the mine was 400 years ago, between 1615 to 1645. The mines on Sado produced over 400 kilograms of gold and nearly 38 tons of silver each year, making it one of the largest producers in the world at the time. The town of Aikawa, where the mine is located, is now filled with historical and tourist sites, with many buildings preserved and used as museums to teach visitors about mining technology over the years. A number of rail lines once ran around today’s Oma Port, carrying ore and other mining materials.
The Sato gold mine was developed by Takato Oshima, one of the most important engineers in Japanese history, and the man also responsible for creating the first blast furnace and Western-style gun in Japan.
Headlining the event, the ‘Scene Spinner’ installation consists of two spiral concepts: one, based on the spiral pumping machine used to drain water seeping into the mine, and the other inspired by the rail system around Oma Port. These spirals were made by using a wire mesh frame, which resembles the silhouette of the Sado gold mine. Each piece shown at the Galaxy Art Festival is meant to express the remaining historical importance of this often-overlooked area.
The exhibition site, the former Oma Port, marks the location where materials were brought from the mines, and where the remains of the modern mining industry remain today. Oma Port, which has served as the gateway between Sado Island and the mainland, seems the perfect spot to hold this inspiring event, asking visitors to look around and think about the history made on this beautiful island.
Sado Island Galaxy Art Festival
Running Until October 2, 2021
Address: Aikawa, Oma Terminal (16 Aikawa Shibamachi, Sado City)
Official Site: https://www.koiwa.co.jp/sado-art
The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto Opens Meiji Era Exhibition
14.September.2021 | SPOT
A special exhibition titled ‘Japanese Landscapes Discovered: Views from and for the Outside World,’ showcasing a private collection of Meiji era paintings, is now on display at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto until October 31, 2021.
Inside the Exhibit
Inside the Exhibit
This exhibition is designed to take visitors on a journey through the Meiji period (1868-1912), the beginning of Japan’s modern era, through oil and watercolor paintings of the time, and through the landscapes and customs depicted in these pieces of art. During this time, many foreign painters visited Japan, and were inspired to paint the country’s beautiful landscapes and unfamiliar customs, bringing these creations back to their countries of origin. Japanese artists studied these unfamiliar painting techniques, and made their own culturally-inspired paintings, often selling them to foreign visitors as souvenirs.
Many works on display in this exhibition have never been shown publicly, with many being brought back to Japan from locations abroad. These include long-lost oil paintings by Kuroda Seiki and a massive newly-discovered work by Tamura Soryu. Other Japanese artists inspired by Western-style on display include Hiroshi Yoshida, Jirokichi Kasagi, Shotaro Koyama, and Ioki Bunsai.
Also on display are works by foreign artists who visited Japan during this period, including British news painter Charles Wirgman, French news painter Georges Bigot, and British landscape painters Alfred Parsons, Alfred East, and John Varley Jr. These three men in particular triggered a watercolor boom in Japan during the late Meiji period. Vibrant female painters such as British watercolorist Ella du Cane, a lover of Japanese gardens, also make an appearance.
Be sure to see these incredible depictions of Japan before they’re gone.
Japanese Landscapes Discovered: Views from and for the Outside World
Running: September 7 – October 31, 2021
Hours: 9:30-19:00 (Until 20:00 on Friday and Saturday)
Closed: Mondays, and on September 21. *The museum will be open September 20.
Tickets/Official Site: https://www.momak.go.jp/
*Admission is open until 30 minutes before closing.
*To prevent the spread of COVID-19, hours are subject to change. Please check hours before visiting.
Enjoy Contemporary Art in Nature with the ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-‘
14.September.2021 | SPOT
The Kobe Tourism Bureau will be opening the limited time ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-‘ tour on Kobe City’s Rokko Sanjo between September 11 and November 24 2021.
Rokko Mountain was developed as a leisure spot by foreign residents during the Meiji Era, and is still beloved to this day for its magnificent views and abundant nature.
The ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ tour opened in 2010 in order to convey the charms of Mt. Rokko to as many people as possible while introducing them to contemporary art. Over 400 artist groups have exhibited since its opening, with visitors being able to enjoy the innovative works and scenery which changes with the art.
The ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ is not only for art fans but also for those who wish to visit Mt. Rokko for sightseeing and leisure, allowing each visitor to experience art with their five senses as the seasons change.
Some pieces are modified by the artist throughout the exhibition period, allowing you to feel the changes of the works each time you visit. Due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions, opportunities to come into contact with nature and art have greatly decreased. In response, the ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ has started a variety of projects, including online exhibitions and workshops.
Experience this fun combination of nature and contemporary art for yourself at the ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-!’
Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-
Duration: September 11 ~ November 23 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00
Location: 12 spots throughout Rokko Sanjo
Satellite Venue: Arima Onsen Area
JR Sannomiya Station Square Special Exhibition: ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ Selection
Tickets・Official Site: https://www.rokkosan.com/art2021/
Nihonbashi Art Aquarium Museum Closes for Renewal and Relocation
The Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM will be closed on September 26 2021 to make way for new exhibits and works. The museum is scheduled to be relocated in the first half of 2022.
The ART AQUARIUM Museum opened in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on August 28 202 with the concept of “a museum where life dwells.” This will be the largest renewal in the history of the museum Museum, opened by writer and general producer Hidetomo Kimura, with the addition of more exhibits and new and improved interactive areas.
The Nihonbashi Art AQUARIUM Museum opened alongside the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic, with the expectations that visitors would come from both within Japan and overseas, thanks to the exhibitions which easily explain and represent Japan’s proud traditional culture and performing arts, but due to Covid restrictions, foreign tourists are still unable to enter the country. Despite this, the Museum saw many customers and with the closing of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the museum will be closed in preparation to relocate to the new ART AQUARIUM. If you want to see the Nihonbashi location for yourself then this is your last chance!
In addition, the “ART AQUARIUM” digital tour is being held from September 12, allowing you to appreciate the Museum in a digital format until the reopening.
Make sure to check out the Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM while you have the chance!
ART AQUARIUM Museum
Address:：1-3-9 Nihonbashihonchō, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00~19:00 (L.A 18:30)
Official Site: https://artaquarium.jp
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/
niko and…Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Curious George with New Collab Items
Japanese fashion brand “niko and…” will release a collection of Curious George-inspired items to celebrate the character’s 80th anniversary. These items are now on sale at the brand’s stores nationwide, and on the official web shop, as well as on ZOZOTOWN and Rakuten Fashion.
Collaboration Items at a Glance
Remote Control Box: ¥1,540 (Tax Included) / Slippers: ¥2,090 (Tax Included) / Tissue Case: ¥4,180 (Tax Included)
Large Plushie: ¥4,840 (Tax Included) / Medium Plushie: ¥3,520 (Tax Included) / Vinyl Umbrella: ¥1,320 (Tax Included) / AC Adapter: ¥2,860 (Tax Included) / Charging Cable: ¥1,760 (Tax Included)
Masking Tape: ¥440 each (Tax Included) / Bath Chair: ¥2,970 (Tax Included) / Bath Bucket: ¥1,430 (Tax Included) / Alarm Clock: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Curious George is celebrating his 80th anniversary in 2021. In Japan, the monkey character was first introduced in 1954, and has been loved by countless people ever since. This collection combines the humorous and retro feel of Curious George with the sensibilities of “niko and…,” creating a unique mash-up of products.
Are you a fan of Curious George? Which of these products are you most likely to grab?
※Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey, are copyrighted and registered by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and used under license.All Rights Reserved.
※Universal Studios Licensing LLC（ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ライセンシング LLC）との商品化契約に基づき、株式会社アダストリアが企画・制作した商品です。
niko and… x Curious George
Release Date: September 8, 2021
Where to Buy: niko and…shops nationwide, and in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China / Official Web Shop / ZOZOTOWN / Rakuten Fashion
Online Store: http://www.dot-st.com/nikoand
Product Page: https://www.dot-st.com/cp/nikoand/202109product_zakka
Official Site: https://www.nikoand.jp
MOUSSY Announces Third Installment of Art and Fashion Venture PROJECT U
13.September.2021 | FASHION
High-casual brand MOUSSY launched a new art and fashion venture in March 2021 titled PROJECT U. The third installment of the project is launching on September 10, and has been made in collaboration with artist JUN INAGAWA.
PROJECT U was created to bring MOUSSY together with a variety of talented creators and artists, and to see what possibilities could open up from different collaborations. MOUSSY has fused fashion and culture together countless times in the past along with popular characters from Disney and other brands. PROJECT U focuses exclusively on art!
The third installment of PROJECT U will feature plenty of apparel, from T-shirts and hoodies to tote bags and skateboards. JUN INAGAWA helped design these limited-edition items, with some featuring imagery from his ‘Otaku x Street’ collection, as well as a theme he works with often: destruction and rebirth. Apparel will be available in two unisex sizes.
The SHEL’TTER TOKYO and MOUSSY FLAGSHIP SHOP will also be holding JUN INAGAWA’s solo exhibition and accompanying workshop. For more info on the apparel or exhibition, head to the PROJECT U special site!
Collaborative Music Project MAISONdes Releases New Track Featuring Nagumoyuuki and riria.
12.September.2021 | MUSIC
MAISONdes is a unique music project. Extremely popular on TikTok, it’s described only as ‘a fictional apartment building somewhere,’ where a different singer and creator features on each and every track. Each song is even labeled with a room number. This allows up-and-coming artists to collaborate in ways they never expected, and leaves the listeners enjoying an all-new sound. Rather than stick to what’s comfortable, artists taking part in the project express themselves freely with their new creative partner.
Following artists like yama, Nakimushi, Kujira, Moka Sato, Riu Domura, Wanuka, and haruno, we come to Room #107. This time, Nagumoyuuki and riria are up to bat in the new single Natsukaze ni Tokeru, out September 8. Nagumoyuuki wrote the lyrics and arranged the track, while riria provided the vocals.
Room #107 – ‘Natsukaze ni Tokeru’ feat. riria., Nagumoyuuki / MAISONdes
MAISONdes began a YouTube channel in February 2021, and has already featured plenty of creators leading the new music scene. Released in May, ‘Yowanehaki feet. Wanuka, asmi’ won the TikTok Song Ranking four times in a row and has over 100 million views on the app. In August, vocalist asmi appeared on THE FIRST TAKE. The song also attracted a great deal of attention on Line Music, Spotify, and Apple Music.
In Fall 2019, singer-songwriter riria posted a video to TikTok and YouTube, in which she performs without showing her face. Currently, the artist has over 1.3 million followers on TikTok.
Nagumoyuuki is an up-and-coming composer who has written music for yama, who performed in Room #101, and who has featured massively popular singer Ado in her own work.
Comment from riria.
I was incredibly honored to participate in the MAISONdes project, and to sing Nagumoyuuki’s incredible song. It wasn’t the type of song I usually sing, so I was able to express myself in a new and fun way. Please give it a listen!
Comment from Nagumoyuuki
riria did an incredible job singing this song, which is about two people just passing the time during a quiet night. I hope you enjoy listening to it, no matter what’s going on in your life.
The illustrations used for the song were created by NANAKI PANTZ, who has also contributed to other videos from MAISONdes in the past.
This track is sure to be another hit across SNS, and the future’s looking bright for MAISONdes! Be sure to check out the rest of their tracks on YouTube.