Chiba City Museum of Art Brings Ukiyo-e Exhibition to Osaka’s Takashimaya Department Store
21.September.2021 | SPOT
New Prints: The Evolutionary Beauty of UKIYO-E, featuring pieces from the Chiba City Museum of Art, will be held at Takashimaya Osaka from September 15-27, 2021.
Ukiyo-e, or woodblock prints, were exceptionally popular as a Japanese art style from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Now, a new exhibition coming to Osaka is highlighting the ‘Shin-hanga’ movement, which took place during the early 20th century and focused largely on the creation of pieces to sell to foreign markets. The man behind this movement was Shozaburo Watanabe, who commissioned artists to design prints blending traditional Japanese techniques with unique elements of Western paintings at the time, such as shadowing and different perspectives.
The exhibition will contain 120 works selected from the Chiba City Museum of Art’s Shin-hanga collection, ranging from early masterpieces such as Goyo Hashiguchi’s ‘Woman at her Bath,’ Ito Shinsui’s ‘Before the Mirror,’ as well as rich depictions of Japanese landscapes by Hasui Kawase and international landscapes by Hiroshi Yoshida.
Selection of Featured Works
Twelve Months of Tokyo: Evening Glow at Yanaka – Hasui Kawase. 1921.
The Twelve Months in Tokyo series consists of twelve paintings based on sketches made by Kawase between December 1920 and October 1921. While twelve pieces were planned, only four circular pieces and one square piece were completed. Evening Glow at Yanaka depicts a five-story pagoda glowing faintly in the light of the setting sun. Kawase has stated that as he finished sketching the piece, he heard the sound of a bell, and for some reason, he had the uncanny feeling that he needed to straighten his collar.
Sailing Boats in the Morning: Inland Sea – Hiroshi Yoshida. 1926.
Yoshida began work on the Sailing Ship trilogy in 1921 under Shozaburo Watanabe, but all of his woodblocks and most of his works were lost in the Great Kanto Earthquake. Five years later, Yoshida decided to tackle the project again, this time deciding on six pieces. In contrast to the originals under Watanabe, these pieces tackled more nuanced periods of time and give a stronger sense of tranquility. Pay attention to the slight variations in color and light.
Before the Mirror. Ito Shinsui. 1916.
This is the first Shin-hanga work by Ito Shinsui. The piece only uses three colors: red, black, and white, and utilizes serrated carving to give the impression of shadows. Using layers of rare high-quality red paint, this work has been deemed a masterpiece by fans of the movement, conveying Shinsui’s subtlety when depicting the feminine figure.
Fashions of the Modern World: Tipsy – Kiyoshi Kobayakawa. 1930.
This portrait of a modern lady is one of six in the Fashions of the Modern World series by Kobayakawa, and is regarded by many as the best in the bunch. Produced between 1930 and 1931, the artist portrayed the unique personalities of women, rather than sticking to tradition. The woman in this portrait isn’t demure or quiet, but instead shows off her short hair, a cigarette, rings, and a cocktail in her hand, showing a different side to the Japanese women of the period.
Combing the Hair. Goyo Hashiguchi. 1920.
With her overflowing black hair and elegant appearance, the subject of Combing the Hair makes it clear why this is Hashiguchi’s most representative work. The woman’s name is Tomi Kodaira, and she modeled for many of the artist’s works, being discovered by him as she was modeling at a nearby art school. The pose is said to be inspired by Rossetti’s Lady Lilith, but her expression is unique to Hashiguchi and the typical style of ukiyo-e.
Installation from Chiba City Museum of Art – Shin-hanga: The Evolutionary Beauty of UKIYO-E
Where: Takashimaya Osaka 7F, Grand Hall
Running: September 15 – September 27, 2021
Gorgeous Project Mapping Event Coming to Yamashiro Onsen in Kaga, Ishikawa
26.October.2021 | SPOT
DMM.com will sponsor a projection mapping project titled Yamashiro Night Promenade Fall 2021 on Yamashiro Onsen Street in Kaga, Ishikawa prefecture from October 30 until November 28, 2021.
The limited-time project is being organized by the Yamashiro Onsen Tourist Association with support from DMM. Under the themes of harmony and local tradition, brilliant images of flowers, water, and geometric patterns will illuminate the hot spring resort while accompanied by music. There will also be traditional Taiko performances during the event.
Yamashiro Night Promenade Fall 2021
Running: October 30 – November 28, 2021
Hours: 20:20-21:20 (Canceled for rain)
Address: Yamashiro Onsen Street in front of Hatori Ryokan (17 Onsen-dori, Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga City, Ishikawa)
Official Site: https://sousei.dmm.com/
no mark.Café in Tokyo Collaborates with Parent-Child Art Unit Musee du Aouvre
Located in an old traditional Japanese house in Kiyosumi Shirakawa, no mark.Café has a cozy ambiance for guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. From October 15 until November 30, the cafe is collaborating with the parent-child art unit Musee du Aouvre, and thirteen works from the group’s blog will be on display throughout the building. A campaign will also be held, giving visitors the chance to receive some original coasters and a small wind God figure to sit on the side of a coffee cup.
Campaign Present A. Aouvre Coaster / B. Aouvre Wind God Figure
The cafe aims to be a place where guests can enjoy art as they relax, and to further this idea, they will be collaborating with a number of artists in the ‘CAFE DE ART’ project.
The first collaboration is with Musee du Aouvre, an art unit consisting of a father and son duo who copy famous works of art. These aren’t just any forgeries–they are incredibly adorable and pay proper homage to the original creations. Thirteen works will be selected from the pair’s blog and will be exhibited under the title ‘The no mark.Café Great Counterfeit Exhibition.’ A 2022 calendar and postcards of the works will be on sale at the store, and videos will provide information about the original works of art. Visitors can also participate in the Twitter and Instagram campaign to win a special collaborative item!
The no mark.Café Great Counterfeit Exhibition
Running: October 15, 2021 – November 30, 2021
Address: no mark.Café (3-7-3 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nomarkcafe1 （＠nomarkcafe1）
Official Site: https://show-ohdo.jp
New Rap Track by monyusode Inspired by 1926 Short Story ‘The Izu Dancer’
20.October.2021 | MUSIC
Female duo monyusode just released their new track With no ODORIKO on October 8, 2021. The song is available on the iTunes store and major streaming sites.
The song was inspired by the 1926 short story The Izu Dancer by Nobel Prize-winning Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. Kawabata was the first Japanese writer to win the award in 1968 and the short story follows a young boy from Tokyo traveling to Izu on a lonely summer holiday. On this trip, he repeatedly crosses paths with five traveling musicians who bring joy back to his life.
Comment from monyusode
“With no ODORIKO is a song that combines a traditional enka-style melody with modern rap. Be sure to pay attention to the lyrics!”
“The music video tells the story of a traveler who meets and falls in love with a dancer. It was shot in the town of Murata in Miyagi prefecture and features this rare and incredibly beautiful scenery. We hope you’ll enjoy the casting!”
New ‘Ways of Telling’ Exhibition Unravels People’s Narratives in Artistic Ways
‘Ways of Telling’ Venue Photographer: Kioku Keizo
The Ways of Telling Exhibition is now open at the Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery in Tokyo. The focus of the gallery is to closely inspect how people ‘tell,’ or communicate with others. Human beings often depend on hearing or seeing as ways to get information, but there are many other ways to express thoughts and emotions, from paintings and photography to video creation. The exhibition highlights different attempts to receive and express invisible ‘narratives,’ and visitors will have to rely on their imagination to understand each piece.
‘Ways of Telling’ Venue Photographer: Kioku Keizo
‘Ways of Telling’ Venue Photographer: Kioku Keizo
‘Ways of Telling’ Venue Photographer: Kioku Keizo
Exhibition Space Design – Hideyuki Nakayama Architecture / Photo: Takashi Kato
Eight artists have contributed to the exhibition, each utilizing a wide variety of mediums. Hideyuki Nakayama, the architect behind the exhibition space, wanted to encourage visitors to use their imagination. “A building is a place that has been given a name and a fixed purpose, but I tried not to see it that way. I wanted it to feel like a different place for each guest. I hope that the space will overlap with the underlying purpose of the exhibition, in a way,” he explains.
Bringing together both the seeing and the blind, a special book club was established as a place to discuss each person’s ‘way of seeing’ when it comes to art. In the exhibition space, Rinko Kawauchi’s book Hajimari no Hi, containing images and thoughts captured by blind individuals during the book club, will be displayed in both words and other mediums.
Ways of Telling
Running: October 9, 2021 – December 26, 2021
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Closed Mondays)
Address: Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Galleries 1 & 2, and Interactive Space
Manga Artist Kazuo Umezu’s Work Featured in UMEZZ ART PROJECT Exhibition
UMEZZ ART PROJECT logo featuring self-portrait by Kazuo Umezu ©Kazuo Umezu
The UMEZZ ART PROJECT, focusing on the works of manga artist Kazuo Umezu, is coming to Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo from January 28 until March 25, 2022. The artist is widely known for his work on a number of horror series including Cat Eyed Boy and The Drifting Classroom, Working in the industry since 1962, his works have inspired a number of other manga creators, with Urusei Yatsura and Inuyasha creator Rumiko Takahashi once serving as Umezu’s assistant.
The Drifting Classroom（1972-1974）
My Name is Shingo（1982-1986）
*Dates of serialization in parentheses.
Kadokawa Musashino Museum Celebrates First Anniversary with Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris Project
To celebrate the location’s first anniversary, the Kadokawa Musashino Museum will hold a 360-degree experimental exhibition titled Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris starting October 30. The theater continuously holds showings to help share Japanese culture with both domestic and international visitors.
Bowie as Kidomaru. Masumi Ishikawa for the Ukiyo-e Project
Momoiro Clover Z and KISS. Megumi Oishi (BALCOLONY) for the Ukiyo-e Project
In the Edo period, the price of one ukiyo-e print was 28 mon, the same as a bowl of soba noodles. The word ukiyo means ‘this world,’ and these paintings captured the familiar and the mundane. In that period of time, these creations were what television, the internet, and Instagram are to us today. In the 19th century, ukiyo-e pieces first appeared in Europe and made a large impact on impressionist artists, which continues to this day.
Danny Rose Studio has helped create a giant video space for the new exhibition, combining the old and the new. The Dreamed Japan – Images of the Floating World exhibition has been experienced by over 2 million people in France and is now coming to Japan for the first time with some new enhancements. Twelve unique works of art will be dynamically projected on a massive space, transporting visitors into an entirely new world. Clocks will tick, lanterns will dance in the air, cherry blossoms will flutter in the wind, and waves will rush overhead.
In the back of the Grand Gallery, a large number of ukiyo-e prints used by the Danny Rose Studio will be on display along with works by contemporary Japanese ukiyo-e artists.
Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris
Running: October 30, 2021 – April 10, 2022
Kadokawa Musashino Museum 1F Grand Gallery
Sumikko Gurashi Themed Cafes Open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Aichi to Commemorate Second Theatrical Movie
To commemorate the release of the their second movie, ‘Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahou no Ko,’ Sumikko Gurashi will be opening the limited-time ‘Night Party with Sumikko’ cafe in Osaka on October 20, Tokyo on October 21, and Aichi on November 11.
(Advance Reservation Benefit Only) Original Invitation with Postcard (Five types)
Tokage’s Night Party Curry: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl.)
Shirokuma’s Warming Hot Rice Casserole: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl.)
Five’s Recommended Children’s Lunch: ¥1,650 (Tax Incl.)
Magician’s Party ~Açai Bowl~: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl)
Aoi Tsukiyo’s Fruit Punch: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.) + ¥220 for one mini ice cream
Sumikko’s Pudding Ice Cream: ¥880 each (Tax Incl.)
Starry Drink: ¥990 each (Tax Incl)
Hot Café Au Lait: ¥880 (Tax Incl.)
Acrylic Keyholder (Random out of five): ¥770 (Tax Incl.)
Phosphorescent Sticker (Random out of eight): ¥605 (Tax Incl.)
Acrylic Stand (Random out of five): ¥880 (Tax Incl.)
Muddler (Three types): ¥1,100 each (Tax Incl.)
Mug Cup: ¥1,980 (Tax Incl)
Purse: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
Fluorescent Pen Set: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
A5 Clear File Duo: ¥605 (Tax Incl.)
Bandanna: ¥1,870 (Tax Incl.)
The Sumikko Gurashi characters are beloved by both adults and children for their gentle touch and tone. Their first movie, ‘Sumikko Gurashi Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko’ was released in November 2019 and received great popularity. The sweet story of the Sumikko’s adventures through a story-book world attracted over 1.2 million viewers across Japan.
The heartwarming cafe menu includes “Tokage’s Night Party Curry,” “Shirokuma’s Warming Hot Rice Casserole,” Five’s Recommended Children’s Lunch,””Magician’s Party ~Açai Bowl~,” “Aoi Tsukiyo’s Fruit Punch,” “Starry Drink,” and more. The cute, Instagrammable dishes feature the characters who feature in the movie, which tells a mysterious story that begins under a blue moon in the Sumikko’s hometown. A lineup of limited edition goods and perks will also be available, adding to the movie excitement.
Enjoy a cute, social-media friendly meal and original merchandise at the exciting Sumikko Gurashi cafe!
©2021 Japanese Sumikko Gurashi Association Film Club
Sumikko Gurashi Cafe
Tokyo: BOX cafe&space Tokyo SolaMachi (Previously TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo SolaMachi)
October 21 ~ December 5 2021
1-1-2 Tokyo Sky Tree Town Solamachi 1F, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Shinsaibashi, Osaka: kawara CAFE＆DINING Shinsaibashi
October 20 ~ December 5 2021
1-4-3 Shinsaibashi OPA 9F, Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Aichi & Nagoya: BOX cafe&space Nagoya LACHIC 1F (Previously NAGOYA BOX cafe&space A)
November 11 ~ December 12 2021
3-6-1 LACHIC Basement 1F, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi
Reservation Fee: ¥650 (¥715 incl. tax) *Reservation comes with benefits *Up to four seats can be reserved per application.
Cafe Online Shop opens November 11 12:00 until December 12 at 23:59
Reservations & Official Site: https://sumikkogurashi-movie-cafe.jp
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/cafe_sumikko
Online Shop: https://sumikkogurashi-movie-cafe.jp/online_store
Contemporary Art Festival ART@FUKUOKA Opens at Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin
Department store Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin will host the contemporary art festival ART@FUKUOKA for the first time, from October 13 until October 25, 2021.
The art market is growing year by year, with more and more people curious about incorporating unique works into their interior design, or purchase pieces as assets. In particular, the contemporary art market has become the focus of a large movement and continues to elevate a number of new personalities. The ART@FUKUOKA festival will feature 300 works by promising young artists from both Japan and abroad. This is a great chance for those unfamiliar with the contemporary art world to get a feel for what it represents!
Main Building 8F Works at a Glance
Sadamasa Motonaga – Untitled
©Motonaga Data Research Office
Nick Walker – Vandalism
DOLK – Winner blue dolk
ONEMIZER – Bicause Pipi
ART ~New Expressions~ (Main Building Antenna Plus 1F) Works at a Glance
The contemporary art movement is gaining more popularity worldwide. Each year, expressions become more and more diverse, and more unique creators spring onto the scene. The ART ~New Expressions~ section focuses on artists with the potential to lead the next generation.
BABYTECTOR [PRISM]. 2021.
Emoji_Alligator_Emoji (Output. ver). 2021.
BREAK DANCE. 2021.
Panther and Phoenix. 2021.
Running: October 13 – October 25, 2021
Address: Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin
Venue 1/Main Building, 8F: 10:00-6:00 *Closes at 5 PM on October 25
Venue 2/Antenna Plus, Main Building 1F: 10:00-8:00
Official Site: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/fukuoka/
10 Locations in Japan and Beyond Participating in Naked’s DANDELION PROJECT
The DANDELION PROJECT has a powerful message: we’re all connected, even during these isolating times. Naked’s interactive art project began in Tokyo, Singapore, and other cities last year, and given their success, locations are now set to open at Heian Shrine in Kyoto and Kumamoto Castle this fall.
The original idea for the project came from artist Ryotaro Muramatsu, who decided to plant (or install) dandelion art pieces worldwide and bring people together to help them bloom. Those participating in the installations are able to send their wishes for world peace on digital dandelion fluff to other locations where DANDELIONs are planted around the world, and these messages are delivered in real-time. Even those unable to attend one of these installations can participate from home on the official website.
With new DANDELION PROJECT locations set to open around Japan, places with historical significance are happy to participate, including Kamigamo Shrine and Ninna-ji Temple in Kyoto, Kumamoto Castle, and Kochi Castle. There are plans to hold more events around the world in the near future.
DANDELION PROJECT Locations
Tokyo – Tokyo Tower Main Deck
Tokyo – TBS drama series Japan Sinks: People of Hope Collaboration, Akasaka
Kyoto – Kamigamo Shrine (World Heritage Site)
Kyoto – Ninna-ji Temple (National Treasure/World Heritage Site)
Kyoto – Heian Shrine (Important Cultural Property)
Kyoto – Kosho-ji
Aichi – Kochi Castle (Important Cultural Property)
Saga – Saga Prefectural Observation Hall
Kumamoto – Kumamoto Castle (Important Cultural Property)
Korea – Seoul
Official Site: https://breathbless.com
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/
Popular SNS Character ‘BLUE HAMHAM’ has Landed at Hanshin Umeda, with New Limited Items
BLUE HAMHAM, a character by animator Arimura Taishi, will be featured at the ‘BLUE HAMHAM POP UP SHOP -AUTUMN PLANET-,’ open from October 8 until October 19 at Hanshin Umeda.
Event Limited T-Shirt (Size: M/L Colors: BLACK/WHITE): ¥4,400
Event Limited Sticker: ¥385
Event Limited Acrylic Stand: ¥1,320
Event Limited Keychain: ¥935
Customers who spend over ¥6,000 will receive a free special shopping bag.
The event, which will be held in the newly opened Riakuro EVENT SPACE floor following the Umeda store renewal, will have four one meter-tall 3D BLUE HAM HAM statues greeting customers as they enter the store, each wearing adorable matching mufflers. There will be 15 new Autumn/Winter products overall, including T-shirts and stickers featuring artwork by creator Arimura Taishi. The BLUE HAMHAM muffler will also be available to purchase.
Customers who spend over ¥6,000 instore will receive a limited edition shopping bag for free! Not only that, customers who add the Official Hanshin Umeda LINE account will receive a coupon, while the first 200 customers will also receive an additional event-original postcard.
Popular animations will be looped on retro-themed TV monitors, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the world of ‘BLUE HAMHAM.’ Be sure to check out this limited shop and the new Autumnal character designs!
*Images are samples and may differ in real life.
BLUE HAMHAM POP UP SHOP -AUTUMN PLANET-
Duration: October 8 2021 ~ October 19 2021 (Scheduled)
Location: Hanshin Umeda 4F Riakuro EVENT SPACE (13-13 Umeda 1-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka)
Official Site: https://bluehamham.com/
Hotel New Otani Osaka Offering Halloween Plans for a Limited Time
For those looking for a safe getaway for Halloween, Hotel New Otani Osaka is offering a limited-time room plan allowing guests to enjoy a selection of scrumptious and spooky dishes in the privacy of their hotel room. A bottle of very photogenic blue sparkling wine will also be served!
The menu includes a pumpkin quiche and mini-burgers, along with mummy-themed sausage pie rolls, black pasta with squid, and plenty of other treats to tantalize your taste buds.
Enjoy a toast with the lively La Vague Bleue sparkling wine from France, offering a dry and refreshing taste perfect for pairing with food. Room service will be available to serve plenty of other drink items, including wine and cocktails!
Exclusive to the Halloween plan, a slightly terrifying sweets plate is available, featuring pumpkin mont blanc, bat-shaped cookies, eyeball blancmange, and more! If a Halloween getaway isn’t in the cards this year, enjoy this completely private party in a luxurious hotel room instead!
Halloween Getaway Party
Hotel New Otani Osaka
Available: October 1 – October 31, 2021
*Reservations are required at least three days in advance.