Daruma Themed Exhibition and Auction Featuring 11 Artists Opens in Shimokitazawa

20.October.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

From October 13 to October 27, artists are flocking to BONUS TRACK Gallery in Shimokitazawa to display some incredible works based on daruma, a type of lucky Japanese traditional doll. These works will also be up for sale in an online auction happening during the event period!

October 2020 Exhibition

October 2020 Exhibition



The motif of BONUS TRACK is the daruma, which are seen as symbols of perseverance and good luck in Japanese culture. This marks the third time that artists have been invited to create and sell their daruma-inspired works.

 

20% of the final bid price for each piece will be donated to various organizations. 30% will be given to the venue, while 50% will be given to the artists themselves. 

 

During the first event, donations went towards the Nippon Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund for Coronavirus. Other organizations supported include the Kitazawa Osekkai Club, a group involved in PTA and youth committee activities in the area, and Peace Wanko Japan, a dog protection organization in Hiroshima. 

RELATED ENTRIES

  • Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021 Event to Illuminate the City’s Marunouchi Area

    09.December.2021 | SPOT

    East Japan Railway and Mitsubishi Estate Company are teaming up for Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021, a special light-up event being held at Tokyo Station from December 14 until December 25. This year’s theme is ‘Scenery at Dawn,’ and was inspired by the phrase ‘after the night comes the day.’ 2021 was another difficult year for people around the world, and this event signifies the dawn of a new era. 

     

    The Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building, the trees in the Station Square, and the trees along Gyoko-Dori Avenue will all be decorated with lights that gradually change color. Hopefully, 2022 will be an easier year!

     

    2021 Event Theme: ‘Scenery at Dawn’ 

    After all of the hardships of the year, Christmas 2021 will be the dawn of a new era. 

    Tokyo will give citizens and guests a beautiful moment illuminated with the morning sunlight.

  • Report: Sebastian Masuda’s ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ Exhibition at Kanda Myojin Shrine Goes Beyond ‘Cute’

    09.December.2021 | FASHION / FEATURES / SPOT

    What does the word ‘kawaii’ mean to you? For most people overseas, it’s a purely Japanese aesthetic combining colorful visuals with cutesy characters to make something so adorable it defies imagination. In recent years, however, ‘kawaii’ has become a kind of philosophy that transcends language, national borders, and even consciousness. It’s a driving force behind people’s lives and something that pulls people out of bed in the morning–it’s something capable of instantly putting a smile on people’s faces. For those wishing to study the philosophy behind the ‘kawaii’ movement, the Godfather of Kawaii Sebastian Masuda is currently holding an exhibition at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo until December 12, 2021. What is it about ‘kawaii’ that is so capable of inspiring so many different people and cultures around the world? 

    A correlation chart welcomes guests to the grounds. The ‘Kawaii Archival Research,’ a project on kawaii culture conducted with students from the Kyoto University of Arts, collected data on ‘kawaii’ trends from the post-war period to the present day. Through interactions with the worldwide ‘kawaii’ community, it’s clear how much of an impact the aesthetic has had on people around the globe. 

     

    In the midst of the pandemic in 2020, Masuda announced #KAWAIITRIBE, a way to encourage those coping with depression during the days of COVID-19. His followers were asked to use ‘color’ to bring the world together, and more and more, the ‘kawaii’ movement became a way to express and love oneself. Using #KAWAIITRIBE, more and more fans of the movements became connected–even if those users were countries apart. 

     

    The hashtag #SPEAKUP was also utilized by Masuda to collect data from ‘kawaii’ lovers around the world, asking about hobbies, interests, and opinions on ‘kawaii’ culture. The data collected over the course of 12 days was incredibly meaningful to Masuda and led to plenty of new discoveries about the community as a whole. 

     

    Masuda explains that each country has different types of ‘kawaii,’ and that the aesthetic is expressed in different ways around the world. One country may have people influenced mainly by ‘kawaii’ expressions in anime and manga, while another expresses it through fashion or music. ‘Kawaii’ is diverse, just as people are diverse. 

     

    Sebastian Masuda has also held a Zoom meeting with people in ‘kawaii’ communities around the globe to discover how they became involved with the aesthetic initially, while also asking how it inspired them and gave them strength during these difficult times. Certain people claimed that ‘kawaii’ helped them in their personal growth, while others say it has brought out some of their potential in new and unexpected ways. While Masuda’s artwork may simply seem visual, ‘kawaii’ has become a tool for new communication and personal healing and growth. Some may even call it a kind of therapy: a place where people can surround themselves with color and joy to heal from the difficulties of life. The bold colors of the ‘kawaii’ movement can inspire people to be bold in their daily lives. Individuality should be celebrated and self-confidence should reign supreme–that is yet another message of the ‘kawaii’ movement. 

     

    Many people involved in the Zoom call had never met, and after the initial meeting, the room was left open to give people a place to communicate. Afterward, the ‘kawaii’ circle only became bigger, with a Facebook group bringing together more and more members of the community. 

    The research done during the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic has given ‘kawaii’ lovers a reason to think deeply on how to overcome the many struggles born from the ‘new normal,’ and these forums are perfect places to share colorful messages of hope and strength. 

    Inspired by Masuda’s own struggles during his time in Manhatten in 2013, Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare- is on display at Kanda Myojin. The installation has previously appeared in locations around the world including New York City, Milan, and Amsterdam. This time, the exhibit was inspired by ‘muro,’ a basement room in Omotesando where amazake is fermented. The room was used as an air-raid shelter during the war, and walking along the dimly-lit path leading to Masuda’s brightly-colored room, it’s hard not to wish that those evacuees could have been surrounded by these beautiful colors instead of pitch darkness. 

    It is no exaggeration to say that this is Masuda’s representative work. Created in the midst of the artist’s own struggles, it has helped establish the philosophy of ‘kawaii’ culture and continues to help those dealing with their own problems.

    The Time After Time Capsule Art Project, starting in 2014 and held in 12 cities around the world, is a massive time capsule filled with messages and wishes for the future. Shaped like the beloved Sanrio character Hello Kitty, the capsule is gradually changing color as it becomes heavier and heavier with wishes for peace and happiness from fans around the world. Originally planned to be exhibited at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this couldn’t come to fruition due to the current pandemic. This is the first time it is being shown in Japan. 

    The WORLD TIME CLOCK, a once-famous landmark of Harajuku, has also been recreated and installed within Kanda Myojin. 

     

    ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art’ at Kanda Myojin is a deeply emotional, personal, and inspiring exhibition allowing visitors to experience firsthand how ‘kawaii’ culture is capturing the hearts of people around the world. Sebastian Masuda isn’t slowing down any time soon, and his works will continue to heal people and bring joy for many years to come. 

     

    Sebastian Masuda’s solo exhibition ‘Primal Pop’ will be held at Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery from December 11, 2021, until January 10, 2022.

     

    TEXT:Natalie(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

  • Artist Auto Moai Holds Limited-Time Exhibition at Seibu Ikebukuro

    08.December.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    Auto Moai, known for creating evocative works of faceless people, is making an appearance at the Seibu Ikebukuro main store from December 9 to December 14, 2021! A limited-time exhibition will welcome guests to peruse the creator’s works, and certain items will be on sale to the general public. There will also be an 8-meter-long piece of art at the venue! Seibu and Sogo are using the work of Auto Moai for their 2021 Christmas promotion, and the artist’s works will be featured on wrapping paper and gift bags. 

     

    untitled

    untitled

     

    Jointly, the Creators on Demand event will also be held at the Seibu Ikebukuro main store. This event was designed by artists and creators from a number of different fields to make art more accessible and enjoyable to the public. Merchandise will also be available at the venue. 

  • Naoki Onogawa Museum of Art in Kagawa Prefecture Holds Folklore Exhibition

    06.December.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Yokai Art Museum, which often works with local artists and community organizers in the ‘maze town’ of Shodoshima in Kagawa Prefecture, is currently holding the ‘Folklore Exhibition’ at the Naoki Onogawa Museum of Art. Six new works inspired by the Setouchi region are on display until December 26, 2021. 

     

    Naoki Onogawa creates incredible sculptures made from tiny origami cranes that are folded one by one using only 1cm paper–and they’re made without tweezers! After experiencing the Tohoku Earthquake in 2011 when he was a student, he visited Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Prefecture a year after the disaster. Shocked and deeply impacted by what he saw, he began making origami cranes. The way he utilizes cranes is not as the traditional symbol of peace, but as solemn prayers to encase his feelings that have no other outlet. His works have a delicate and mysterious beauty that pulls in visitors and makes them think about the meaning of life itself. 

     

    His new works, six of which were inspired by the Setouchi area, were on display at the Setouchi Municipal Museum of Art from March 9 to May 5, 2021.

     

     

     

    My History with Paper Cranes | A Message from Naoki Onogawa

    “Origami was my passion when I was a child. The origami crane is one of the most famous forms of traditional origami, and as I spent time making them, I started to feel that I could channel my emotions into them. It started to become a habit, then an obsession. I couldn’t stop. There was no endpoint or goal in mind, I just made them as often as I could. 

     

    In 2011, the Tohoku Earthquake happened. In April of the following year, I visited Rikuzentakata City to listen to the community’s stories and to see the devastation firsthand. It was terrifying to see how helpless human beings are in the face of nature, but even still, I was struck by how strong human beings could be to persevere. No matter our age, race, gender, or status, we all face the major threats of nature, while also living in harmony with it. At that time, I was very aware that it was important to live in the moment. Beside a school building that had been totally destroyed by the tsunami, I saw a thousand paper cranes. 

     

    It was akin to a solitary ritual. The paper cranes were used to express those feelings that had nowhere else to go and to pray for those who had been lost. I can’t really put it into words, but the cranes I make now might have come from those solemn prayers. This is the place for my cranes now. When I look at them now, I think that origami cranes are incredibly precious, and hide something mysterious within them. They are the ultimate beauty in my mind. 

     

    Each of us has our own personal journey with these paper cranes. It’s up to each person to decide how he or she feels and how his or her thoughts are layered. I just hope that while looking at these works people will find their hearts moved.”

  • Art Project ART BASE ZERO next Highlights Up-and-Coming Artist CHRIS

    05.December.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Human Miracle Company launched ART BASE ZERO next in October 2021 to highlight up-and-coming artists. Inspired by 90s street culture in Tokyo, their new exhibition with CHRIS, whose works are made using a decollage technique, will open at Tokyo Hinode Pier from December 4 until December 26, 2021. 

     

    Selected Items

     

    CHRIS is a contemporary artist inspired by Tokyo street culture of the 90s. He uses the decollage technique, which utilizes cutting, tearing and removing pieces of an original image. At first glance, his style seems to be normal paintings, when in fact he uses pasting and forming printed materials to express them in new three-dimensional ways. To get this effect, he shapes them over and over again over a long period of time. In addition to participating in domestic and international art fairs and holding solo exhibitions, CHRIS has collaborated with fashion brands such as Columbia, GOD SELECTION XXX, GUESS, atmos, and more. 

     

     

  • Gundam World Contrast Touring Event Starts at Nagoya PARCO

    03.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Nagoya PARCO will host the Gundam World Contrast event from December 24, 2021 until January 16, 2022. The event will feature a deep-dive of Mobile Suit Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED from various perspectives and will show the contrasts between the two popular series. The event will then travel nationwide after finishing in Nagoya.

    Plastic Model for Advanced Ticket Holders

    Bonus: Gundam World Contrast Limited Design Special Promo Card

     

     

    Story Wall

     

    Special Photo Spot

     

    Exhibition of Katsumi Kawaguchi’s Contrast Diorama

    Conceptual Exhibitions

    Limited-Edition Merchandise

    Only at Gundam World Contrast

    MG 1/100 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver 3.0 (Event Exclusive)

    1/100 Aile Strike Gundam Ver.RM (Event Exclusive)

    ENTRY GRADE 1/144 Strike Gundam (Event Presale)

    Clear Folder (Set of 2, Gundam World Contrast Exclusive)

    Pop Socket (Gundam World Contrast Exclusive)

    Acrylic Stand (10 varieties, Gundam World Contrast Exclusive)

    Choco Crunch (Gundam World Contrast Exclusive)

    Mug (Gundam World Contrast Exclusive)

     

     

    Visitors can enjoy the exhibition corner, which shows the history of both works including famous scenes and the emotional growth of the main characters. The merchandise corner will feature a number of goods only available at the event including Gunpla. Fans of the franchise shouldn’t miss this, as visitors will get a promo card to use for Bandai’s latest arcade card game Mobile Suit Gundam Arsenal Base, scheduled to release in spring 2021.

     

    ©創通・サンライズ

  • Sakura Wars Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Events in Tokyo, Osaka, and Aichi

    03.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To celebrate 25 years of the franchise, a special Sakura Wars event is coming to three major Japanese cities in December and January! The Sakura Wars Art Festival 2021 will feature original artwork and newly-drawn prints by Hidenori Matsubara, the character designer for the 2000 Sakura Wars anime series. Original goods and lithographs will also be on sale at each event. At the Tokyo venue, a special talk show will be held with the voice actors of the Sakura Wars series. Most exhibited works will be available for purchase. 

    Sakura Wars 25th Anniversary Logo – Colored

    Sakura Wars 25th Anniversary Logo – Black and White

    Ai ga Kaoru Koro ni

    Kimi yo Hana yo

     

    Are you a Sakura Wars fan?

     

    (C)SEGA イラスト/松原秀典

  • A Sneak Peek at Sebastian Masuda’s ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art’ Exhibition at Kanda Myojin Shrine

    01.December.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Godfather of Kawaii Sebastian Masuda will open his ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art’ exhibition at the 1,300-year-old Kanda Myojin Shrine on December 4, 2021. A number of Masuda’s representative works will be on display at the historical site, known as one of the most important shrines during the Edo period. 

     

    Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-

    Kanda Myojin Shrine

     

    Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare- has been shown in New York, Milan, and Amsterdam over the past few years, and will now make an appearance as part of this exhibition. Given the magnificence of the venue, the work will be presented in a unique way–in the basement of the shrine. In addition, a part of the research on Kawaii culture conducted in collaboration with Kyoto University of Arts Ultra Factory will be on display as well. Guests will be invited to ponder the nature of Kawaii, and what makes it so beloved by audiences worldwide.


     

    Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-

    Time After Time Capsule Art Project

    Kawaii Archival Research

     

    Near the entrance to the shrine, the Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK will be on display. Clad in the cutest colors imaginable, it has become a symbol of Harajuku around the world. The Hello Kitty-shaped time capsule, which was on display for five months in New York City in 2015, will also be shown on the temple grounds. The participatory art project has made it to 12 cities around the world so far. 

     

    Kawaii culture will blend with traditional Japanese culture during this exhibition, so keep an eye out for more details coming soon!

     

    What is ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art?’ 

    Sebastian Masuda has been at the helm of the global Kawaii movement for decades. 

     In 2020, Masuda asked a number of questions to fans of Japanese pop culture around the world–what is Kawaii? Why does Kawaii cross borders, generations, and gender? This new exhibition tries to find an answer to those questions while bringing some joy and excitement to the local community. 

  • Tokyo Daijingu Shrine in Iidabashi Offering Rilakkuma Themed Ema Plaques

    30.November.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    The popular character Rilakkuma was recently appointed as the tourism ambassador for Chiyoda City in Tokyo. To commemorate this lofty position, Tokyo Daijingu Shrine will begin offering Ema decorated with Rilakkuma starting December 1, 2021. Ema are small wooden plaques found at shrines, and visitors can write their wishes or prayers on them before hanging them up for the Gods to receive them. 

     

    Tokyo Daijingu was built in the early Meiji period so that residents of Tokyo could worship the many deities enshrined at the Grand Shrine of Ise from afar. Originally built in Hibiya, the shrine was moved to Iidabashi in 1928 after the Kanto Earthquake. 

     

    Rilakkuma became the tourism ambassador for Chiyoda in August and aims to convey the many charms of the area to as many people as possible. These Ema feature an original Rilakkuma design along with the crest of Tokyo Daijingu.

  • Art Group Mirrorbowler to Hold Mindblowing Exhibition at Shinsaibashi PARCO

    30.November.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    Mirrorbowler will hold their first large-scale indoor solo exhibition at Shinsaibashi PARCO in Osaka from December 19, 2021, until February 13, 2022. 

     

    Along with some truly massive pieces of artwork, the artists behind the creations will also hold workshops and release limited-edition goods at the venue to commemorate the event. Mirrorbowler is known for their expert use of light and reflection, and have participated in creating artwork for outdoor events, fashion shows, and CD jackets in the past. 

     

    Past Works

    Past Works

    Beginner Origami Art (Star)

    Intermediate Origami Art (Sphere)

    Mockel

    Space Plant

     

    Original Merchandise

    Mirrorbowler 2022 Calendar

    Mirrorbowler Journey to the Stars Mirror

    Mirror Ball Caricature Book

     

    The theme for the exhibition is “to create something that does not exist anywhere, that has no proper name, that will never be the same twice, and that will never look the same to different people.” 

     

    Mirrorbowler’s work features light and shadow as central themes, and guests are invited to look beyond what is in front of their eyes to find something deeper and more hidden. This imagery will be blended with sounds, scents, and hidden items just asking to be found.

     

    While there is no set route to experience the exhibition, the creators hope visitors will wander back in forth to see things from different angles. Tickets are available to preorder now, so don’t miss this memorable event!

     

  • DANDELION PROJECT Comes to Kosho-ji Temple in Uji, Kyoto for Limited Time

    30.November.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    NAKED’S DANDELION PROJECT has popped up at seven different locations around Kyoto, including the famous Kiyomizu-dera and Heian Shrine. From December 3 until December 5, the participatory art project for peace will come to Kosho-ji Temple at nighttime. 

     

     

     

    Kosho-ji Temple is famous for its autumn foliage and is designated as a place of scenic beauty by Kyoto prefecture. The gently sloping path from the front gate along the Uji River to the temple gate is called Kotozaka, because the flowing freshwater sounds like a Koto, the national instrument of Japan. The event will include a nighttime viewing of the temple along with lights around the grounds and gardens. The Uji Light Path will line the streets of the town with lanterns based on The Tale of Genji. 

     

    NAKED’s popular attractions–the NAKED Distanced Lanterns and NAKED Flower Cleansing–will also be available to participate in during the event.

     

  • Hotel Koe Tokyo in Shibuya to Hold Solo Exhibition by Illustrator Kae Tanaka

    29.November.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    Kae Tanaka will hold a solo exhibition at Hotel Koe Tokyo in Shibuya from November 26 until December 10, 2021. The artist has recently collaborated with popular girls group Nogizaka46 and actress Rio Uchida, and is skyrocketing in popularity throughout Japan.

     

    Collaboration Goods

    Overalls

    Overalls

    Socks

    Hoodies

    Tote Bag

    Kae-chan Soft Vinyl Figures in Limited-Edition Color (By Lottery)

     

    Over the past year, Hotel Koe Tokyo has been supporting the solo exhibitions of up-and-coming artists. This ima no koe (The Voices of Today) initiative is helping to highlight local talent that may otherwise be overlooked. 

     

    Kae Tanaka is a Tumblr-based illustrator who has garnered large amounts of attention across social media. Collaborative goods created in conjunction with the hotel will be available, all of which are unisex and created by the French brand Le Pigeon Voyageur. A special Kae-chan vinyl figure will be available by lottery. 

     

RANKING

  • DAILY
  • MONTHLY

FOLLOW US