Masuda Sebastian Exhibition “Yes, Kawaii is Art’ Held in Kitakagaya, Osaka’s City of Art
Artist Masuda Sebastian will be holding the ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ exhibition in Osaka and Kyoto. The exhibition will be starting in Kitakagaya, Osaka’s City of Art, held between October 30 and November 30.
The exhibition explores the current state of ‘Kawaii,’ a keyword which has influenced the world, along with a selection of Masuda Sebastian’s works.
In 2020, Masuda started conversations with Kawaii communities across the globe to light up the world with vivid colors following the pandemic. What is Kawaii? Why does Kawaii surpass borders, generations, and gender, as the community moves onwards? This exhibition investigates the depths and new possibilities that Kawaii offers, through the works of Masuda Sebastian and his activities as an activist.
Venue 1: Japan’s First Colorful Room Exhibition
The first venue features a full-room installation titled ‘Colorful Rebellion Seventh Nightmare.’
The piece was first released in 2014 and was created as a self-portrait representing the seven deadly sins. Following its first exhibition in Chelsea, New York, it has since been exhibited in Florida’s Young at Art Museum, Milano’s Milano Salone, Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum, and Antwerp’s Museum aan de Stroon. This will be the first exhibition of this work in Japan.
Second Venue: An Experience Based on the Artist’s Memories
The second venue features the experience-type exhibit, ‘Fantastic Voyage.’ The piece, which was originally shown for just three days in Tokyo during February 2021, has been reworked and will be exhibited once more. The art reflects the current world, where everything is rapidly changing due to the Covid pandemic.
A transparent capsule drifts through space, travelling through a world studded with snippets of sound and words. Both the guest experiencing this world and the person within the capsule are experiencing the same time together without exchanging words. It is the concept and prototype of “a device that imagines the future in an isolated world.” The performance lasts for 30 minutes, reaching deep into the viewer’s senses.
Venue Three: Harajuku’s Famous World Time Clock is Revived in Two New Forms
The third venue features the famous ‘Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-,’ a piece which was beloved by the city of Harajuku since its unveiling in 2015, remembered by tourists from all over the world. The original 2015 world clock, which was displayed on the streets of Harajuku, has been reconstructed while retaining the original faded materials. The 2019 version, which was made based on the colors of the original world clock, will also be displayed.
The Tokyo exhibition was expected to open in September 2021 but was postponed due to Covid-19. Details for the new exhibition dates will be announced in the future.
“I want to see the future of Kawaii. That is why I cannot stop creating; that is what drives me.” – Masuda Sebastian.
“Yes, Kawaii is Art”
First Venue – kagoo: 5-4-18 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Duration: October 30 ~ November 21 2021 (Closed Sunday and Tuesdays, closed on November 17.)
Opening Hours: 12:00 ~ 18:00
Second Venue: 5-5-1 Oto Building, Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Duration: November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14, 2021
Opening Hours: 13:00 ~ 14:00 / 15:00 ~ 16:00 / 17:00 ~ 18:00 (*Only open between 17:00 ~ 18:00 on November 14.)
Third Venue: 5-2-28 Sendori Bunka Hall, Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Duration: November 12 ~ November 21 (Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Opening Hours: 12:00 ~ 18:00
Official Site: https://sebastianmasuda.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 ‘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.
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.
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/
Baccarat Crystal Commissions YOSHIKI to Design Piece for 180th Anniversary
X JAPAN leader YOSHIKI was one of eleven designers chosen to submit an original design for Baccarat, commemorating the 180th anniversary of the crystal manufacturer’s Harcourt glass. The work was unveiled at Paris Fashion Week in Fall 2021.
Baccarat is a manufacturer of fine crystal founded in 1764 in the Lorraine region of France. The company’s iconic Harcourt glass features a hexagonal base with three-button feet and is known as a timeless and iconic symbol of the brand.
This year marks the 180th anniversary of the glass, which was first created during the time of Louis Philippe I. It’s hard to believe that these pieces have been on the tables of royalty for almost two centuries!
YOSHIKIMONO, the kimono brand created by YOSHIKI, has been featured at Tokyo Fashion Week multiple times. In 2020, his works were shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK, along with the Tokyo National Museum.
Known for his blend of rock and classical music, YOSHIKI continues to express his individuality in both his sound and fashion taste. From the front, the glass looks to be on fire, while from the top, there is a sense that a poisonous flower is taking bloom. The work is a one-of-a-kind blend of east and west and was a new challenge for the performer.
Comment from YOSHIKI
“I am honored to have been chosen as a designer for the 180th anniversary of Baccarat’s Harcourt glass. I’d like everyone to also keep an eye out for some new music coming soon. Thank you to all of the fans who continue supporting me in everything I do.”
Baccarat x YOSHIKI
‘Marubeni Gallery’ to Exhibit Marubeni Collection Pieces under Variety of Themes
Marubeni Corporation will be opening the Marubeni Gallery at their head office building on November 11 2021.
Marubeni has been collecting and preserving textile-related businesses since 1858, preserving dyed woven products from the Edo period (kimono, obi, fukura etc) and curating the Marubeni Collection, a collection of Western paintings collected from art businesses in 1970-1980, along with modern Japanese paintings which have been collected from artists and their circles, and a selection of weaved designs.
From the left:”Crimped Fiber Tasuki Chrysanthemum & Seigaiha Print Furisode” (Designated as an item of cultural importance in 2020) / “Iso Tsuzure Go” by Takeuchi Seihou / “La Bella Simonetta” by Botticelli (late 15th century).
The Marubeni Collection will be displayed at the Marubeni Gallery, exhibiting a variety of themes under the concept of “a space where the beauty of the East and West resonates.”
There are plans for special exhibitions to be held three times a year, and the Autumn 2022 event will be showcasing Botticelli’s “La Bella Simonetta,” the representative work of the Marubeni Collection.
Be sure to visit the Marubeni Gallery, where the beautiful of the East and West join together beautifully.
Opening Memorial Exhibition I: The Echoes of Modern Art between Japan and France
Duration: November 1 2021 ~ January 31 2022
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00 (Last Entry at 16:30)
Closures: Sundays, Public Holidays, New Year, Exhibition Renewal Dates
Official Instagram: https://instagram.com/marubeni_gallery_official