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
Maruoka Castle in Fukui Teams Up with NAKED for Updated Projection-Mapping Event
22.October.2021 | SPOT
Japanese creative company NAKED has begun a new projection mapping event at Maruoka Castle in Fukui, as well as the nearby Otenshuzen Park. The company has also introduced a new way to safely promote the area’s beautiful nighttime scenery, with the NAKED Distanced Lanterns.
Since 2014, NAKED has used new creative and futuristic technology to better highlight the appeal of local sites around Japan.
In March 2021, NAKED’s influence at Maruoka Castle became permanent with the start of the Maruoka Castle x NAKED Hikari Musubi installation. The castle itself is one of the oldest in Fukui prefecture, and visitors and locals alike can now enjoy a symphony of beautiful lights shining on the historic landmark year-round. This new version of the projection-mapping project is ‘Hikari Musubi ~Creating the Future~’, and it hopes to convey the charm of Sakai city to the rest of the world.
The company brought its projection-mapping technology to Shinzen Izumi Elementary School in Tokyo in 2014 and to Kesennumakoyo High School in Miyagi in 2015. In 2016, NAKED launched the 0 x 0 Mugen Project in collaboration with the Osaka University of Arts, which supports the projects of students at the university as well as those of prospective students.
Maruoka Castle Tower
The theme of this projection-mapping show is ‘From Maruoka Castle to the World and the Future.’ The Maruoka Junior High School Chorus Club is responsible for some of the event’s music.
NAKED Distanced Lanterns®︎
A participatory artwork allowing people to create light while maintaining social distance, the NAKED Distanced Lanterns project has invited local citizens to design lanterns to display outside Maruoka Castle.
Maruoka Castle x NAKED Hikari Musubi ~Creating the Future~
Address: Maruoka Castle (1-59 Maruokacho Kasumicho, Sakai, Fukui)
Running: October 1, 2021 ~ *Daily Screenings
Maruoka Castle Tower Projection-Mapping – Twice daily at 20:00 and 21:00
Otenshuzen Park Projection-Mapping – 18:00-21:00
NAKED Distanced Lanterns®︎ – Six Days Only, on October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
Official Site: https://maruoka-castle.jp/
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.
Tokyo Mega Illumination at Tokyo City Keiba to Collaborate with NAKED for AR Experience
2021 marks the fourth year that the Oi Racecourse, also called Tokyo City Keiba, will be bathed in a sea of over eight million colorful lights! The Tokyo Mega Illumination is back from October 16, 2021, until April 10, 2022, and features a water fountain show synchronized to music, a 100-meter tunnel covered in twinkling lights, and more. This year, in the Twinkle area of the event, guests can enjoy various AR illuminations created as a collaboration with NAKED, a creative production company headquartered in Shibuya. The NAKED BIG BOOK interactive experience will also welcome visitors to enjoy a projection mapping experience like no other.
NAKED BIG BOOK
AR Horse Camera Filter
Limited-Time Area: Tree Playing with Lights (Lawn Area)
NAKED’s most popular work, NAKED BIG BOOK, utilizes projection mapping to allow guests to turn the pages of a giant book and experience a unique world separate from their own. Using web filters and AR, guests can also see the object as a pop-up picture book!
During this special collaboration held on a horse racing track, visitors can also see a giant white horse in AR as they explore the grounds. Colorful horseshoes and stars will pop up from people’s footprints, and the sound of visitors’ steps will take on the sound of a horse’s hooves instead. Be sure to make some memories by snapping commemorative photos with themed filters during the event!
Tokyo Mega Illumination 2021-2022
October 16, 2021 – April 10, 2022
Open Saturday and Sunday throughout October (Closed October 31)
Open Daily from November 1, 2021 – January 10, 2022 (Closed on Race Days and January 1)
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays from January 11, 2022 – April 10, 2022 (Closed April 1)
Tickets are sold for the following week. New tickets for the following week go on sale each day at 0:00.
Official Site: https://www.tokyomegaillumi.jp/
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/
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/
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
teamLab Installation, Future Park Coming to Shenzhen in Summer 2022
06.October.2021 | SPOT
Art collective teamLab has announced a massive new interactive art space coming to C Future City in Shenzhen, China! Set to open in the summer of 2022, the facility will also house a permanent installation of teamLab Future Park, an educational virtual ‘amusement park’ inviting kids and adults to create things together.
Universe of Water Particles and People Create Vortices
teamLab Future Park
C Future City will permanently house four gigantic interactive public artworks that will be forever changing and shifting, influenced by people’s behavior. Art by teamLab is always inspired by how people connect with one another, so the installation completely relies on those who come to experience it.
This so-called ‘amusement park of the future’ project was born out of the idea that co-creativity could transform people and cities. Rather than being an individualistic endeavor, teamLabs wants people to come together to bring new ideas and pieces to life.
Look forward to teamLab’s new installation in Shenzhen in Summer 2022!
C Future City x teamLab
Opening Summer 2022
Address: C Future City (9283 Binhe Ave, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China)
C Future City Website: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/cfuturecity/
teamLab Future Park: https://futurepark.teamlab.art/places/cfuturecity/
Collab Exhibition Opens Featuring DANDELION PROJECT & Japan Sinks Drama Series
05.October.2021 | SPOT
An exhibition between the art initiative DANDELION PROJECT, formed by the creative company NAKED, and the TBS drama series Japan Sinks: People of Hope, will be held during the month of October on the first floor of Akasaka Biz Tower in Tokyo.
The DANDELION PROJECT is inspired by the idea of world peace and hopes to help transcend barriers and connect people in an increasingly divided world. This networked initiative wants to bring this change about by planting (or installing) dandelion-inspired art around the world, while it invites people visiting these dandelion exhibits to send their prayers for peace as a digital flower in real-time. The theme of ‘hope’ found in the new Japan Sinks drama fits perfectly into this exhibition.
When you see the petals of the dandelion flow through the air after being hit with a gust of wind, that means that someone from around the world caused that to happen. Due to the recent pandemic, rather than blow on cotton wool as is usually done at these exhibits, guests can hold up their smartphones to cause the same thing to happen. The DANDELION PROJECT will also be making an appearance at Tokyo Tower, Saga Prefectural Hall, and other places, so be sure to participate in this unique exhibit!
DANDELION PROJECT Installations Currently Open Around Japan
Saga Prefectural Exhibition Hall
Tokyo Tower Main Deck
Japan Sinks x DANDELION PROJECT
Address: Akasaka Biz Tower SHOPS&DINING 1F (5-3-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Running: October 1 – October 31, 2021
Official Site: https://naked.co.jp