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/
Yunohana Onsen Resort Reveals Contemporary Art-Inspired Guest Rooms
Sumiya Kihoan, a cozy inn at Yunohana Onsen in Kameoka City in Kyoto, opened a unique new guest room on April 28, 2022. The room’s concept is “where guests can stay in the middle of contemporary art,” and was inspired by the works of internationally-acclaimed contemporary artist Yukinori Yanagi. The new room, created as part of the Art Room Project, has been named ‘Kofuu.’
The Icarus Corridor Connecting Heaven and Earth
Heavenly Bath Welcoming a Rainbow at Dusk
In-Ground Bath Featuring Oribe Glazed Ceramic
Concept Drawing of the Art Room Project by Yukinori Yanagi
The new room includes an open-air bath where guests can be transported into the world of Yanagi’s contemporary art while gazing at the gorgeous Kyoto landscape. Upon entering the inn, guests are greeted by a long corridor leading to the bedrooms, dining room, and two creative open-air baths. The space was created in collaboration with Yanagi and local artists and craftsmen, such as potter Ishii Naoto, obi craftsman Yamaguchi Genbei X, plasterer Kusumi Akira, and Japanese paper craftsman Hatano Wakaru. A delicious menu is prepared by chef Hosoi Kunihiko.
Ryokan Sumiya Kihoan
Address: Yunohana Onsen, Kameoka City, Kyoto
Room Details: https://hakutai.sumiya.ne.jp/artroom-kohoo/
Room Reservations: https://reserve.489ban.net/client/sumiya/0/plan/id/119287/stay?noSearch=1
Official Site: https://www.sumiya.ne.jp/
Hong Kong and Virtual Exhibition to Reimagine Japanese Contemporary Art, Fashion as NFTs
26.April.2022 | FASHION
From April 21 until May 15, 2022, Startbahn is holding the ‘Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality’ exhibition at a pop-up venue in Hong Kong! A virtual showroom by VIRTRIX is also open for those who can’t attend in person.
‘Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality’ utilizes blockchain technology and NFTs to showcase cutting-edge Japanese creativity in the worlds of fashion, art, and crafts, bringing the physical and virtual worlds together. The lineup was brought together by Startbahn, a leader in blockchain and Web3 infrastructure in Japan. Participating artists include fashion stars Tomo Koizumi and Anrealage, ceramic artist Takahiro Koga, and Yumi Kishi, known for creating digital portraits using artificial intelligence. The latter has appeared in Vogue and worked with Nike.
Participating Fashion Brands / Designers, Artists
Fashion Brands / Designers
B-OWND / Takahiro Koga
SBINFT Market Artists:
Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality
Running: April 23 – May 15, 2022
Venue: Shop Go1, K11 Art Mall (K11 Car Park, 18 Hanoi Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong)
Virtual Showroom / Official Site: https://www.virtrix.io/startbahn/madeinjapan3.0
Midland Square Sky Promenade Digital Art Museum Crystal: Hanging Garden of Light Now Open
26.April.2022 | SPOT
Hitohata has opened an incredible new experience in Nagoya! The Midland Square Sky Promenade Digital Art Museum Crystal: Hanging Garden of Light is open to visitors until May 17, 2022.
The event takes place at night at the Sky Promenade, an outdoor observatory on the 44th to 46th floors of Midland Square, the tallest building in the Tokai region. Using projection mapping, digital art inspired by jewelry covers the walls and floors, taking guests on a sensory adventure high above the Nagoya streets. Why not come enjoy this 360-degree night view of the city as the walls around you glitter like jewels?
Midland Square Sky Promenade Digital Art Museum Crystal: Hanging Garden of Light
Dates: April 23 – May 17, 2022 / 19:00-22:00 (Last entry at 21:30)
Venue: Midland Square Observation Deck Sky Promenade
Official Site: https://www.hitohata.jp
Global Creators to Screen Films for Peace at Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Nagasaki
08.April.2022 | SPOT
Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Nagasaki, will be screening ‘ENLIGHTENMENT,’ a film series for world peace from April 1 until April 28, 2022.
The event is taking place as a way to show support for the people of Ukraine and to pray for world peace by blending together short videos expressing love and compassion from video creators around the world. These videos are being projected on buildings and signage in countries around the world amidst the concerning current situation in Ukraine.
The film has already been shown in more than 16 countries around the world and is now coming to Huis Ten Bosch, which boasts the world’s largest illumination event with 13 million light bulbs.
Running: April 1 – April 28, 2022
Screening Times: Twice a day at 20:00 and 21:00
Location: Jardim da Arte ‘Waterfall of Light’
NAKED to Hold Nighttime Cherry Blossom Event at Toyokawa Inari in Aichi Prefecture
21.March.2022 | SPOT
Toyokawa Inari in Aichi Prefecture will be taken over by NAKED projection mapping and events with a spring theme from March 22 until April 3, 2022.
NAKED Tsukubai – Spring Ver.
NAKED Distanced Lanterns – Spring Ver.
Projection-Mapping ‘Sakura Pilgrimage’ *Spring Exclusive
‘Sando Illumination – Rim of Light’ Spring Ver.
NAKED Flower Fortune Telling – Spring Ver.
The Tokyokawa Inari x NAKED YORU MO-DE is being transformed as spring approaches, and popular NAKED attractions are being reimagined with cherry blossoms in mind. The popular NAKED Tsukubai, in which guests have their hands purified with art, will show cherry blossoms blooming. The NAKED Distanced Lanterns, made to encourage social distancing, will also feature a sakura theme.
Visitors can also participate in Flower Fortune Telling, which has been very popular across social media. Why not come see the temple illuminated with cherry blossoms?
Projection-Mapping Event at Okazaki Castle in Aichi Prefecture Captured on Video
24.February.2022 | SPOT
Okazaki Castle in Aichi Prefecture is one of the most beloved historical spots in Japan. The fourth-largest castle in the country and the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the spot was illuminated by an impressive projection mapping event in early January. Now, thanks to a new video of the show, people around the world can experience it for themselves!
During the event, incredible images of the city’s cultural assets and artworks were shone on the gate, including those by Reizi Tamechika. The region’s popular Mikawa Fireworks made appearances as well, along with more modern digital art. The 16.4-meter wide and 11-meter high gate to the castle was also covered in brilliant lights!
Video Recording of Event
In 1959, Okazaki Castle’s tower was reconstructed, and in 2006, the location was selected as one of the 100 best castles in Japan. Each floor inside the castle has a different theme, and the location’s history is introduced through a collection of exhibits and a diorama theater. Guests can enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the observation room on the 5th floor
The creators of the event hope that visitors and viewers from around the world can experience Japanese culture, art, and tradition through digital entertainment.
Okazaki Castle Main Gate Projection Mapping
Dates: January 8 – January 10
Address: Okazaki Castle in Okazaki Park (561-1 Kosei-cho, Okazaki City)
Official Site: https://www.hitohata.jp
NAKED Opens Traditional Craft Workshop in Saga Prefecture
Creative company NAKED has begun producing a collection of workshops on traditional crafts found in Saga Prefecture. Along with local creators, the event will continue through February 2022.
NAKED, together with Saga Prefecture, started a project called the ‘Saga Art Prefectural Government Project’ in 2016, which focuses on promoting the night economy in Saga. From the fall of 2021 until winter 2022, visitors to Saga will be able to enjoy a night walk surrounded by lanterns and local pieces of artwork.
During this event, workshops led by Saga’s top creators will invite visitors to create a number of unique, personalized items, from lanterns to hand lotion. Certain workshops are for both adults and children, making this a fun event for the entire family.
aroma*aroma Fragrance School Seminar House: Aromatherapy Soap Making for Parents and Children
Arita Porcelain Lab Painting Experience
Ogi Akari Project Bamboo Lantern Making Experience
Making Magatama at Yoshinogari Historial Park
Balloon Museum: Paper Balloon Making Experience for Parents and Children
full of flowers hyakka Flower Swag Making Experience
aroma*aroma Fragrance School Seminar House (with aroma lecture) Hand Cream Making Experience
Bubbleman Store for Adults: Saga Lotion Making Experience/ Bubbleman Store Candy Soap Making Experience for Parents and Children
Ureshino Warmth Festival Lantern Making Experience
Night Walking Art Display NAKED GARDEN SAGA
Address: Saga Prefectural Office, Top Floor Observation Hall
Running: October 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022
Hours: 18:30-22:00 *Final entry at 21:30
Tokyo Revengers Daruma Now Available from Shirakawa Daruma
Shirakawa Daruma Souhonpo in Fukushima Prefecture, which has been in business since the end of the Edo period, is now selling seven Tokyo Revengers-themed daruma. These good luck items are available both at Daruma Land on the second floor of S-PAL Koriyama in Shirakawa City and at the Shirakawa Daruma online store.
Some characters available in Daruma form are Takemichi, Mikey, and Draken. Shirakawa Daruma Souhonpo, which has been in business for 300 years, makes use of Japanese traditional techniques to form each doll by hand. These palm-sized dolls are only 45mm long and are perfect for decorating any room.
Let these Tokyo Revengers-themed good luck charms make this the best year ever!
Tokyo Tower to House NAKED Projection Mapping Show Inspired by Showa and Heisei Eras
Creative company NAKED has started a new projection mapping show at Tokyo Tower! CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ~Eternal Lights in TOKYO~ encapsulates the style and feel of the Showa and Heisei eras and will be held on the second floor of the main deck until March 11, 2022.
Since 2020, Japan has been experiencing a retro boom, bringing styles and trends from the Showa and Heisei eras back into the mainstream. This nostalgia has inspired creativity in people of all ages, and this projection mapping show is sure to bring people together, even in this difficult time in history.
This projection mapping shows the various types of lights that Tokyo Tower has seen over the past sixty years. From the warm glow of lights illuminating a quiet snowy town to the colorful neon signs of Tokyo’s downtown, this show is sure to conjure up plenty of memories of the past.
CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ~Eternal Lights in TOKYO~
Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck 2F
Running: December 26, 2021 – March 11, 2022
January 11 – February 13 / 17:30 until close
February 14 – March 11 / 18:00 until close
Price: Included in Observation Deck Fee
Official Site: https://naked.co.jp
Biwako Hotel in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture Introduces the Hyakunin Isshu Cocktail
Biwako Hotel in Shiga Prefecture is now selling two original cocktails inspired by the Hyakunin Isshu poem anthology until March 4, 2022. Originally created in 2021, these drinks will be available at the Bel Lago Bar.
Biwako Hotel began selling a series of Hyakunin Isshu-inspired cocktails starting in 2017 to commemorate the 1350th anniversary of the relocation of the capital to Otsu. In 2019, the location opened a 100-person sweets buffet, and in the spring and fall of 2021 the hotel offered an afternoon tea set based on the 100 famous poems. By 2021, the hotel had come up with 35 cocktails, but due to the spread of COVID-19, this was put on hold. Two of the best cocktails are now back for a limited time.
“Feel the love deepen over time, like the stream widening into a river as it descends Mount Tsukuba.”
Poem 13, Retired Emperor Yozei
This poem compares the poet’s ever-deepening and melancholic love to the course of the Minano River.
This drink includes layers of colorful liqueurs. The delicate color of the border reminds guests of the complexity of love.
Osaka no Seki
“Truly, this is where travelers who go or come over parting ways–Friends or strangers–all must meet: The gate of “Meeting Hill.”
Poem 10, Semimaru
This poem speaks of the Osaka Barrier, which was located on the boundary between present-day Kyoto and Omi, now known as Shiga Prefecture.
The author, Semimaru, had a hermitage near this famed border. The mellow green color of the beverage evokes the image of a traveler passing by on a mountain road in early spring.
What is the Hyakunin Isshu?
Those who have seen the anime series Chihayafuru will be very well acquainted with the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, a collection of 100 famous poems in Japanese history collected from the early tenth to the early thirteenth century. These poems are said to have been selected by Fujiwara no Teika, a poet and critic of his day. In the Edo period, these poems were illustrated and became popular among the general public. Students in Japanese schools memorize many of these poems at a young age.
Hyakunin Isshu Cocktail
Available until March 4, 2022 from 18:00-22:00 (Last order at 21:30)
Location: Biwako Hotel 2F Bel Lago Bar
Official Site: https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/
Scandinavian Artist Lisa Larson Opens Preorders for JAPAN Sekku Series
26.January.2022 | FASHION
Lisa Larson, a beloved Scandinavian artist, has turned two of her most popular characters from the JAPAN SERIES into Hina dolls! Introducing Ohina-kun and Ohina-sama.
The original character Pelle was first introduced in ‘Larson’s Children’s Series,’ created between 1964 and 1980. Stina is also an original character, created as a prototype in Lisa’s studio in 1957.
Lisa Larson’s Vintage Prototypes
While the cheerful impression of the original works is still intact, Pelle and Stina have been transformed into traditional Japanese dolls.
Ohina-kun and Ohina-sama
Just in time for the Doll’s Festival! Larson worked with a creative kokeshi doll studio in Gunma Prefecture to design this duo, and each piece is handcrafted from local wood. These are perfect for seasonal celebrations.
This dignified young warrior shows off his magnificent helmet and how he has grown up just in time for the Dragon Boat Festival. His cat has been replaced by a Japanese war fan, and the tiger signifies a healthy and honorable life for boys.
Ohina-kun and Ohina-sama
TONKACHI STORE: https://shop.tonkachi.co.jp/
The Museum of Japanese Art Yamato Bunkakan Opens Japanese Ceramics Exhibition
From January 5 until February 13, 2022, the Museum of Japanese Art Yamato Bunkakan in Nara will feature a large exhibition of Japanese pottery, spanning from the Jomon period to the present day.
Important Cultural Property – Painted Platter (Imari Ware) / Yamato Bunkakan Collection
Celadon Porcelain Vase – By Soubei Kinkouzan (Taisho Period) / Privately Owned
The exhibition will feature both potteries from the museum’s collection and those held by private individuals. The history of pottery in Japan began in the Jomon period around 14,500 BCE, and this earthenware eventually evolved into Sue ware, formed on a potter’s wheel. The Nara period saw the emergence of glazed ceramics. During the Momoyama period (1573-1603), the world of pottery was revitalized with the popularity of the tea ceremony. During the Edo period (1603-1868), porcelain was first successfully fired in Arita, and these pieces became popular throughout Japan. Painting on ceramics also became popular during this period, and although pottery saw less popularity after the Meiji Restoration, it has since evolved in different ways with more modern technology.
Japanese Pottery: From the Jomon Period to Today
Running: January 5 – February 13, 2022
*Closed on Mondays (Open on January 10, closed on January 11)
Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Last Entry at 16:00)
General: ¥630 / High School, College Students: ¥420 / Elementary, Middle School Students: Free
Official Site: https://www.kintetsu-g-hd.co.jp/culture/yamato/