DANDELION PROJECT Exhibition at Famed La Samaritaine Department Store in Paris
Naked’s interactive art installation, the DANDELION PROJECT, is coming to Paris. From November 6 until November 20, the exhibition will be on display at La Samaritaine, one of the most historic department stores in the city.
After a brief closure for renovations, La Samaritaine reopened on June 23, 2021, and features a breathtaking Art Nouveau style. All decorations and facades have been carefully restored to their original state, making guests feel as though they have walked back in time. This Paris location now joins other DANDELION PROJECT installations in Tokyo, Kyoto, Saga, Kochi, Singapore, Seoul, and other places worldwide. 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.
Active DANDELION PROJECT Locations (During Paris Exhibition)
Tokyo Tower Main Deck: Semi-permanent
Kitano-temmangu Shrine (National Treasure/Important Cultural Property): November 13-14
Kiyomizu-dera (World Heritage Site/National Treasure/Important Cultural Property): November 17 (Closed to the Public)
Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea: Semi-permanent
Saga Prefectural Observation Hall/Saga Castle Park ‘Night Art Walk NAKED GARDEN SAGA’ Exhibition: October 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022
Kochi Castle ‘NAKED FLOWERS Kochi Castle’ Exhibition: November 19, 2021 – January 10, 2022
DANDELION PROJECT PARIS
Location: La Samaritaine 5F, Voyage Samaritaine
Running: November 6 – November 20, 2021
Official Site: https://naked.co.jp
Van Gogh Exhibition Inspires Collaboration Rooms at EJ Anime Hotel for a Limited Time
05.October.2022 | Uncategorized
In collaboration with the currently-running Van Gogh exhibition, EJ Anime Hotel in Tokorozawa Sakura Town has opened reservations for a Van Gogh collaboration room.
For those unable to book a room, fear not! An original collaboration dinner menu will be available for non-guests at the hotel’s restaurant Tiam.
The Van Gogh exhibition collaboration plan is linked to the ongoing exhibition Van Gogh: This Is How I See the World. The interactive digital art exhibition is being held at the nearby Kadokawa Musashino Museum. Collaborative rooms were inspired by Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and guests will feel as though they have stepped into the painting itself.
Guests can also enjoy music played at the exhibition in their room, and a 150-inch big-screen projector and high-quality sound bar will immerse visitors in Van Gogh-related movies. Guests will also receive an Original Van Gogh Chronological Table as a gift, and a collection of the artist’s works and goods available at the Museum store will also be on display.
For dinner, visitors can enjoy a special culinary experience with a 7-course dinner inspired by Van Gogh’s world at the hotel’s restaurant Tiam.
Come enjoy the cool autumn weather while surrounded by the works of a master artist.
Van Gogh Exhibition Collaboration Plan
Available: October 3 – November 27, 2022
Reservations: EJ Anime Hotel Official Site
Jalan net: https://www.jalan.net/ (Search EJ Anime Hotel)
Official Site: https://www.kadokawa.co.jp/
NAKED FLOWERS 2022 Autumn to Open at Nijo Castle in Kyoto
NAKED will hold the NAKED FLOWERS 2022 Autumn event at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage Site in Kyoto! The event will run from October 28 until December 4 and will feature both real and digital art, including a virtual experience in the Metaverse.
The phoenix depicted on the Kara-mon of Nijo Castle will be the guide for the exhibition, which will take visitors on a tour of the property, decorated and transformed by NAKED’s art. Visitors can enjoy the fantastic night view of Nijo Castle, which includes historical buildings such as the Ninomaru Palace (National Treasure), the Great Eastern Gate (Important Cultural Property), and the Kara-mon. A projection-mapping show will shine across the Kara-mon, and fall colors will light up the night sky. On the stone wall of the inner moat, phoenixes will fly, and visitors can take part! In the garden, food and beverage stalls will provide plenty of autumn sweets and hot drinks from the popular cafe TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park.
Guests can also see a collaborative work between artist Ryotaro Muramatsu and Yuki Ikenobo, the headmaster of the historical flower arrangement school Ikenobo. Visible in both the real world and the Metaverse, the interactive art piece will invite visitors to create their own flower arrangements using digital flowers. Why not come create a piece of your own art using flowers that will never wilt?
Kara-mon, Important Cultural Property
Special Scenic Spot – Ninomaru Garden
Interactive Experience / Projection-Mapping Show
NAKED’s Art to Prevent Disease
Ryotaro Muramatsu x Flower Arrangement School Ikenobo’s Headmaster Yuki Ikenobo
Collaboration Work (Both real and linked to the Metaverse)
NAKED FLOWERS 2022 Autumn at Nijo Castle (World Heritage Site)
Venue: Nijo Castle
Running: October 28 – December 4, 2022
Hours: 18:00-22:00 (Last entry at 21:00)
Tickets/Event Details: https://flowers.naked.works/
teamLab Forest Fukuoka’s Interactive Digital Art Installation Gets Autumn Theme
Starting September 23, teamLab Forest Fukuoka will be transformed for the autumn season! The interactive digital art installation will feature animals made entirely of fall foliage, and guests can enjoy red and orange leaves fluttering through the one-of-a-kind 3D world.
teamLab’s prolific works are known for changing with the seasons. This autumn version of the popular exhibition will only be on display for a limited time, and visitors can use their
smartphones in the Catching and Collecting Forest to catch and collect the animals on display! The forest and ocean scenery will change as you explore, and starting on September 23, the trees will begin to show off beautiful autumn colors.
In the Forest of Movement, guests can enter the ‘Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives’ exhibit, where creatures made of autumn flowers exist in a three-dimensional space. The space is meant to make guests think about the cycle of death and rebirth, as flowers blossom and die each and every year.
The ‘Soft Terrain and Granular Topography’ will display tons of colorful grains raining down on visitors, while the ‘Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life’ will change the usual butterflies to have autumn colors as they fly around guests. This is a kind of autumn scenery you can’t see anywhere else, so be sure to come to Fukuoka during this beautiful season!
teamLab Forest Fukuoka – SBI Securities Co., Ltd.
Venue: BOSS E・ZO FUKUOKA 5F (Next to Fukuoka PayPay Dome)
Address: 2 Chome-2-6 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Official Site: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/forest/
NAKED Night Walk Art Project to Open at Famed Zuiganji Temple in Matsushima
Japanese creative company NAKED will hold a Night Walk event at Zuiganji Temple in Matsushima, located near one of the top three most scenic spots in Japan. The event will run from October 29 until November 23, 2022.
The NAKED Night Walk was created to revitalize hot spring resorts and other tourist spots during the pandemic. This special event will bring the illuminated experience to Zuiganji Temple, one of the Tohoku Region’s most famous Zen temples. Guests will be invited to carry beautiful lanterns around the grounds, maintaining social distancing while enjoying the cool evening weather. These lanterns will cast one of three unique designs onto the ground below–a starry sky, a camellia flower, or a lotus.
Guests can also enjoy NAKED’s Flower Fortune Telling, pulling unique paper flowers from a massive wall, with each holding a personalized fortune. These flowers can then be tied to a nearby tree to further spread NAKED’s art. You can also take home your flower as a souvenir!
The event will only run for a limited time. For more information including admission fees and hours, see the official website!
NAKED Night Walk – Matsushima, Zuiganji Temple (National Treasure)
Address: Zuiganji Temple (Chonai-91 Matsushima, Miyagi District, Miyagi Prefecture)
Running: October 29 – November 23, 2022
Hours: Weekdays 17:00-20:00 / Fridays, Weekends, Holidays 17:00-21:00
Official Site: https://zuiganji.or.jp/
BTS TinyTAN Pop-Up Shop Open in Nagoya for a Limited Time
BTS fans will want to head to Nagoya! The TinyTAN Licensed Product Special Exhibition is now open at Nagoya Kintetsu Pass’e until October 2, 2022. Tons of new products inspired by Butter are available at an on-site pop-up shop!
The exhibition opened on September 17, and fans of the BTS song Butter are flocking to the event to snag some adorable new merch. In addition to new interior goods being unveiled for the first time, popular products have been released with entirely new designs.
Many other world premiere products will also be available, including the 4 Season Blanket decorated with TinyTAN characters and inspired by spring, summer, fall, and winter. This will be available in limited quantities, so don’t miss out!
TinyTAN Licensed Product Special Exhibition in Nagoya (DIRECTOR JAPAN)
Venue: Nagoya Kintetsu Pass’e 4F Special Event Space (1-2-2 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya)
Running: September 17 – October 2, 2022
NAKED to Open DANDELION PROJECT for Peace in Umeda, Osaka
26.September.2022 | SPOT
NAKED and Ryotaro Muramatsu’s interactive art installation, the DANDELION PROJECT, is coming to Umeda, Osaka. The project aims to connect people around the world, stressing the importance of world peace. Those wanting to participate may do so from October 7 until October 9 at Umekita Sotoniwa Square.
In July 2020, Umekita Sotoniwa SQUARE opened under a unique premise–it would be open for 1,000 days only. The outdoor area was inspired by cities of the future, featuring plenty of green space. The DANDELION PROJECT fits in perfectly with this concept, using modern technology and networking to create art that also serves as a universal prayer for peace. This is the second time the work has been exhibited in Osaka–it was shown in Nakanoshima during the Osaka Hikari no Renaissance 2021 event last December.
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. So far, it has appeared in 25 locations–19 in Japan and six abroad. In Japan, it has popped up at Tokyo Tower, Nijo Castle, and other historical sites. Abroad, it has been shown in Paris, Singapore, San Francisco, and Shanghai. The piece aims to bring about change 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 exhibition will also be a satellite venue for NAKED GARDEN ONE KYOTO, a next-gen art project allowing guests to experience Kyoto virtually from September 15 until December 25, 2022.
NAKED – DANDELION
Running: October 7 – October 9, 2022
Venue: Umekita Sotoniwa Square
*Open daily during event period
Official Site: https://sotoniwa-uk.com/
Special ‘Roots of Kawaii’ Exhibition Marking Rune Naito’s 90th Birthday to Open in October
A special exhibition commemorating the 90th birthday of Rune Naito will be held at the Hanshin department store in Osaka from October 19 until October 31. Titled ‘Roots of Kawaii,’ the event will look back at the life of the esteemed artist, illustrator, writer, and designer. Known for his illustrations of large-headed baby-faced girls, he first became interested in art after discovering the works of Jun’ichi Nakahara, joining Nakahara’s company after graduating high school. In 1959, Naito got his big break, designing the cover of the girls’ magazine Junior Soleil. Following this, Naito would become active as an illustrator for a number of magazines, and from the 1960s on, he began other activities, even producing a line of commercial goods from glassware to stickers.
The exhibition’s theme is ‘Life’s fantastic dreams,’ and over 300 items will be on display, including rare original drawings, goods, personal sketches, and more. The event will be held in celebration of Rune Naito’s birthday on November 20, and will also feature a special shop. Admission is ¥1,000 for adults, ¥700 for high school and college students, and free for junior high school students and younger. Discounts are available by preordering tickets. For details and tickets, check out the official website.
Rune Naito’s 90th Birthday Exhibition
Running: October 19 – October 31, 2022
Venue: Hanshin Department Store, Umeda Main Store 8F
(1-13-13 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka)
NAKED’s Halloween Event Coming to Tokyo Tower for a Limited Time
22.September.2022 | SPOT
Digital art collective NAKED will hold a special Halloween projection mapping show at Tokyo Tower! The Tokyo Tower City Light Fantasia ~Halloween Party 2022~ event will run from September 16 until October 31 on the 2nd floor of the tower’s main deck.
NAKED has collaborated with Tokyo Tower in the past to create shows inspired by the seasons. These incredible illuminations captivate audiences at night, and this fall, visitors will be captivated by autumn leaves dancing in the breeze along with silvergrass swaying and the sound of chirping insects. The scene will eventually change into something more spooky–a ghost will appear alongside witches, bats, and pumpkins! The main deck will be enveloped in Halloween colors perfect for a fall photoshoot!
TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ~Halloween Party 2022~
Venue: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150m), 2F North Side Floor
Running: September 16 – October 31, 2022
September 16 – September 30 / 18:00-Close
October 1 – October 31 / 17:30-Close
Entry: Guests can enjoy the main deck for only the price of entry to the observation deck.
First Large-Scale Made in Abyss Exhibition to Open at Nagoya PARCO
Nagoya PARCO will hold a massive Made in Abyss exhibition from October 1 until October 16, 2022! The Tracks of the Challengers exhibition is being held to celebrate the new season of the anime series.
Photos from the Ikebukuro Venue
*Contents of the exhibition are subject to change.
Mini Bromide Collection
Acrylic Stand Figure
Mini Acrylic Character Stands
Type 5 Energy Ration
Mug (with Coaster)
Explorer Utensil Set
Explorer Cooking Set
*All photos are sample images.
The exhibition features original drawings from the first and second seasons, as well as the film. Fans can see special video content only being screened during the event, and can enjoy artifacts from the story and photo spots perfect for grabbing shots for social media! In addition, those purchasing an audio guide ticket will be led through the exhibition by Nanachi herself! New items have been added for the Nagoya event, including a script for Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul! Original goods will be on sale at the venue as well.
Made in Abyss Exhibition ~Tracks of the Challengers~
Running: October 1 – October 16, 2022
Venue: PARCO GALLERY (Nagoya PARCO West Building 6F)
Dates for Advance Ticket Sales: October 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16
Preorder Tickets Here:https://eplus.jp/miabyss/
Same-day tickets: Same-day tickets will be sold at the venue if space is available on the day of the event.
*Information on same-day tickets will be announced on the official Nagoya PARCO Twitter page.
Official Anime Site: http://miabyss.com/
Nodame Cantabile Exhibition to Open in Tokyo and Osaka in Fall 2022
With over 38 million copies sold, Tomoko Ninomiya’s music manga Nodame Cantabile remains popular 20 years after its debut. To celebrate this milestone, a Nodame Cantabile exhibition will be held in Tokyo from October 8 until October 23 and in Osaka from November 23 to December 5, 2022.
Mini Towel in a Turmeric Box
Fans of the series won’t want to miss the special event visual of Nodame and Chiaki drawn by Tomoko Ninomiya herself for the occasion! A number of incredible items will be on display, including completed manuscripts and original sketches. Certain areas will allow visitors to enter the world of Nodame Cantabile themselves, and commemorative goods will be on sale at each venue. The latest information regarding tickets, exhibit details, and merch will be announced on the official website and Twitter, so keep your eyes peeled!
Nodame Cantabile Exhibition
Running: October 8 – October 23, 2022
*Closing at 18:00 on October 19
*Closing at 15:00 on October 23
*Last Entry 30 minutes prior to closing.
Venue: Tokyo Solamachi 5F Space 634
Running: November 23 – December 5, 2022
*Opening at 13:00 on November 23
*Closing at 17:00 on December 5
*Last Entry 30 minutes prior to closing.
Venue: Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store, Wing Building 9F Event Hall
Official Site: https://nodame-ten.com/
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Displays India-Ink Painting from the Film ‘Sen wa, Boku o Egaku’
From October 1 until November 27, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo will hold a special event in conjunction with the film Sen wa, Boku o Egaku. Visitors to the hotel’s historic One Hundred Steps Staircase will be surrounded by a world of color and paintings made from India Ink.
Fisherman and Woodcutters Room with Colored Wood Carvings
Grapevine, Hiromasa Togami.
Atelier (Image courtesy of Toho)
The coming-of-age story Sen wa, Boku o Egaku won 3rd place in the 2020 Honya Taisho and the 2019 TBS King’s Brunch Book Grand Prize. The book received rave reviews from booksellers nationwide and has now been adapted into a live-action film by Norihiro Koizumi, best known as the director of the Chihayafuru film adaptation. The film will be released on October 21, 2022. As a tie-up project with the film, the One Hundred Steps Staircase, a Tangible Cultural Property of Tokyo built in 1935, will be the setting for an incredible display of paintings that appear in the film.
Sen wa, Boku o Egaku at the One Hundred Steps Staircase
~The World of India-Ink Filled with Color~
Running: October 1 – November 27 *Open daily during event period
Hours: 11:00-18:00 (Last entry at 17:30)
Venue: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, One Hundred Steps Staircase (Tangible Cultural Property of Tokyo)
Suntory Museum of Art to Display Art from Chishakuin Temple in Kyoto for the First Time
From November 30, 2022 until January 22, 2023, the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo will hold the ‘Treasures from the Chishakuin Temple in Kyoto’ exhibition.
National Treasure. Maple Tree. Hasegawa Tohaku. (Four of Six Sides) Momoyama Period / 16th Century.
Chishakuin Temple. [On display during the entire exhibition.]
Chishakuin Temple is located in Higashiyama, Kyoto, and is the headquarters of the Chisan School of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. This originated with Kobo Daishi (774-835), and the sect now has 3,000 temples around Japan. Founded during the Muromachi period (1095-1143) the temple was originally built in Wakayama Prefecture in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s son Sutemaru, but the builds were brought to Kyoto in 1598 on the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Kobo Daishi Scroll
Muromachi Period, First Year of Bun’an Era (1444)
[On Display from November 30 until December 26, 2022]
Kyoto Prefecture Designated Tangible Cultural Property – Kogyo Daishi Scroll
Kamakura Period / 13th Century
[On Display from November 30 until December 26, 2022]
National Treasure. Cherry Blossoms. Hasegawa Tohaku. (Four of Five Sides) Momoyama Period / 16th Century.
[On display during the entire exhibition.]
The temple is best known today for its panel paintings and gardens, the latter of which was inspired by tea master Sen-no-Rikyu. Half of the original paintings remain, with some having been lost to fire and some simply being degraded over time.
National Treasure. Diamond Sutra (Partial) – Zhang Jizhi
Southern Song Dynasty, First Year of Houyuu (1253)
[On display during the entire exhibition]
Important Cultural Property. Mahamayuri Scroll.
Kamakura Period / 14th Century
[On Display from December 28, 2022 until January 22, 2023]
Important Cultural Property. Green Maple and Waterfall. Song Dynasty / 13th Century
[On Display from November 30 until December 26, 2022]
Ladies at Tea. Insho Domoto. 4 sides. Showa 33 (1958)
[On display during the entire exhibition]
This exhibition will mark the first time that many of the paintings are shown simultaneously outside of the temple, including Cherry Blossoms, Maple Tree, and Pine Tree with Autumn Plants. Visitors can also enjoy National Treasures and items from the temple’s treasure trove of Buddhist Art. Would you like to come and browse these incredible pieces?
Treasures from the Chishakuin Temple in Kyoto
Running: November 30, 2022 – January 22, 2023
*To preserve the works, items will be switched out during the exhibition period.
*Dates are subject to change. Please check the museum’s website for the latest information.
Venue: Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo Midtown, Galleria 3F
(9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: suntory.jp/SMA/