Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse to Hold 17th Annual Art & Ice Skating Event ArtRink
30.November.2021 | SPOT
Starting in 2005 to add more color to Yokohama’s winter season, the ArtRink event held at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse combines artworks and ice skating for a bright and colorful way to spend a cold day. The 17th annual event will be held from December 4, 2021, until February 20, 2022, and will feature two artists: Moeno Ootsu and unpis, both taking part for the first time. The theme for this year’s art is ‘Stepping Out in Slippers.’
Message from the Artists
For this event, we’ve created an everyday space, ‘home,’ in a very not-everyday space: ArtRink in Yokohama.
Guests should come on an adventure that begins at the front door, then dance on ice through the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and more!
You might discover something new among the familiar furnishings and snippets of daily life.
We hope that once you leave ArtRink and return home, you’ll try to keep dancing from time to time.
Just have fun. Dance with us!
Whether you’re wearing skates, sneakers, or slippers…
Just take a step and have the best possible time this winter.
ArtRink at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Running: December 4, 2021 – February 20, 2022
Location: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Event Space
Hotel Made Entirely of Ice Opens in Tomamu, Hokkaido
19.January.2022 | SPOT
Hoshino Resort Tomamu, one of the largest stay-and-go snow resorts in Hokkaido, will open a hotel made entirely of ice from January 20 until February 28, 2022. The ceiling, walls, and furniture will all be made of ice, and guests can also enjoy an outdoor ice bath! In addition, a new Ice Dinner will be on offer, where visitors can enjoy a beautiful table surrounded by ice overlooking a forest of white birches while staring up at the starry winter sky.
The seamless dome-shaped ice structure is about 8.5 meters in diameter and 3.5 meters high. Sleeping bags will be provided to guests to keep them warm and comfortable until morning.
Visitors can enjoy a hot spring in the open winter air in Shimukappu Village’s Scan Portopia Yunosawa Onsen.
The aforementioned Ice Dinner features three ice-themed dishes and welcomes guests to sit at a table made entirely of ice surrounded by majestic nature.
The appetizer includes iced vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers, and cauliflower. Each is dipped in a warm garlic sauce, balancing the sweetness of the veggies, which become more sugary when cold.
The main course, Iceberg Bouillabaisse, is covered with ice. This begins to melt as the soup pot is slowly heated in front of the guests, revealing gorgeous seafood like cod and shrimp. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds!
The frozen fruit dessert mixes strawberries and kiwis with hot wine and a touch of cinnamon. Sweet and sour flavors come together to end the night on a high note.
Running: January 20 – February 28, 2022
Price: ¥28,000 per person, per night (Includes tax, service charge)
Check-in: 21:40-22:00 / Check-out: 8:00
Capacity: 1 group per day (Minimum 1 guest, maximum 2 guests)
Eligibility: Must be elementary school age or older and staying at Tomamu The Tower or Hoshino Resort RISONARE Tomamu
*Must be made at least 1 week in advance.
Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama to Start Strawberry Garden Sweets Fair
Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama, a popular location for anniversary celebrations, is holding a limited-time Strawberry Garden fair for a limited time, from January 7 until February 6, 2022. Guests can enjoy a collection of strawberry sweets and pink drinks to start the new year in style.
Limited-Time Dessert Menu *Limited Quantities
Strawberry Plate: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Caramel Pain Perdu: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Mont Blanc: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Limited-Time Drink Menu
Strawberry Tiramisu Latte, Hot (Left)/Iced (Right): ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Sparkle Berry Soda (Center): ¥990 (Tax Included)
Limited-Time Afternoon Tea Plan *Limited Quantities/By Reservation Only
Strawberry Stand Afternoon Tea: ¥3,800 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Plate Afternoon Tea: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Limited-Time Sweets for Takeout *Limited Quantities
Petit Fleur (5 pieces): ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
Running: January 7 – February 6, 2022
Address: Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama (2-1-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa)
Hours: Weekdays 11:00-17:00 (Last Order 16:00) / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-21:00 (Last Order 20:00) *Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hours are subject to change.
Official Site: https://cafe.anniversaire.co.jp/minatomirai/
TeamLab Opens Permanent Megalith Garden Exhibit at Shanghai Shopping Mall
On December 23, 2021, the digital art collective TeamLab unveiled ‘Megaliths in the Garden,’ an interactive work of art at the One ITA shopping mall in Xujiahui, one of the largest commercial districts in Shanghai. This permanent exhibit shows the birth, bloom, and fall of the white magnolia and other local flowers throughout the year, and also changes in response to visitors’ movements.
In ‘Megaliths in the Garden,’ the flowers that bloom in the area throughout the year are born and die in eternal repetition from hour to hour. When people approach each piece, the flowers fall, and when they stay still more bloom. The plants will also change to suit the particular season. How would you like to visit Shanghai to see this incredible digital art piece?
Megaliths in the Garden
Location: Co-FUN Garden
One ITC LG1
1901 Hua Shan Road, Xujiahui Ddistrict, Shanghai
Official Site: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/megaliths_garden
ART SHINSAIBASHI Event to Display Over 300 Pieces of Contemporary Art
08.January.2022 | FASHION
ART SHINSAIBASHI, previously held twice in 2021, will return for its biggest showing ever from January 15 until January 22, 2022. 300 unique works of contemporary art will be on display, with some created by up-and-coming creators and others from seasoned masters of their craft. Three locations will house the art, with Space 14 at Shinsaibashi PARCO will serve as the main venue. Some of the most notable artists include Banksy, KAWS, and Jean-Michael Basquiat. Featured domestic artists include Hiroko Koshino and Youhei Sugita, the latter holding a live painting stream on January 15 and 16.
Main Venue (PARCO 14F Space 14)
‘Contemporary Art Collection’
Running: January 15 – January 22, 2022
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Admission until 30 minutes prior to closing / Closing at 16:00 on January 22)
Youhei Sugita Live Painting Stream / January 15, 16 from 14:00-15:00
Selected Works on Display
URGE1 – KAWS
Flying Copper – Banksy
WORK#1790 – Koshino Hiroko
pith series yellow – Youhei Sugita
Anime Cel Art Collection
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Second Venue: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building 8F Artglorieux
Nick Walker Contemporary Art Collection
Running: January 12 – January 18, 2022 / 10:00-20:00 (Closing at 16:00 on January 18)
VANDAL vs LOUVRE
Yukyo Yamamoto Solo Exhibition
Running: January 19 – January 25, 2022 / 10:00-20:00 (Closing at 16:00 on January 18)
Bit Coins on the Dollars
第三会場 大丸心斎橋店本館1F 御堂筋側イベントスペース Third Venue: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building 1F Event Space
Contemporary Art Pop-Up Store
Running: January 14 – January 25, 2022
How Fun! – Takashi Murakami
Running: January 15 – January 22, 2022
Location: Shinsaibashi PARCO 14F Space 14
Work Details: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/shinsaibashi/art_shinsaibashi/
Live Painting Stream by Youhei Sugita
Date: January 15, 2022 at 14:00
Where to Watch: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Official Instagram Account (@daimarushinsaibashi)
*The completed works will be sold by lottery at the venue.
A lottery box will be set up at the venue, and winners will be contacted on or after January 17, 2022.
Online Art Exhibition ‘Creators Show Up’ Announces Original Catalogue, Contest
07.January.2022 | FASHION
The online art exhibition for artists from the current era ‘Creator’s Show Up Gallery Online’ has announced the creation of a new original catalog, along with a contest to decide the best work from among the exhibitors’ booths.
The original catalog will include the works of all exhibitors of the online gallery. The cover features a key visual drawn by najuko. For those wanting to be included in the catalog, register as an exhibitor on the site, and then register for a booth. Sales will begin on January 20, 2021 for a limited time only.
A new contest is being held under the theme of ‘the emergence of new talent.’ Winners can snag prizes regardless of fame or achievements prior, and the top prize is ¥100,000 and a YouTube thumbnail created by singer-songwriter John/TOOBOE.
2022 Anime & Game Summit 2022
Running: January 20, 2022 at 11:00 – January 21, 2022 at 18:00
Exhibit Fee: Free (*Some fees may apply)
Exhibition Application Deadline: January 12, 2022
How to Apply: https://showbooth.dmm.com/events/animegame/exhibitor/
Visitor Registration: Free
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/ags_DMM
Event Details: https://shutsugen.com/event.php#shutsugen
Contest Entry Guidelines
Step 1: Register as an exhibitor in the gallery.
Step 2: Register your work at the booth.
Entry Deadline: January 13, 2022 at 23:59
Running: January 20 – January 23, 2022
Official Site: https://shutsugen.com/
Exhibitor Application Page: https://shutsugen.com/eve†ts/ex/venue/request/exhibit_auth.php
Wall Art Commemorating Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Appears in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya
06.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
To commemorate the start of Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 on January 9, 2022, some powerful new wall art filled with storyboards and other imagery from the series has appeared in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya train stations for a limited time!
These incredible images will only be available to see until January 9, so if you’re near any of these stations, be sure to check them out! Starting on January 4, a countdown video of ‘favorite scenes’ as chosen by six popular creators will be posted to the official anime Twitter account (@anime_shingeki).
Storyboards featured in this wall art comes from episodes 76 to 80 of the anime series. The largest board is 22.5 meters in length.
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Commemorative Wall Art
Location: Tokyu Dogenza Happy Board AB30
(In the underground passage near the A0 and A1 exits on B2F towards Dogenzaka on the Denentoshi Line at Shibuya Station)
Viewing Period: January 4 – 9, 2022
Location: Tokyo Metro / Shinjuku Metro Super Premium Set
(In the corridor connecting the east and west exits of Shinjuku Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR West Japan Railway / Sakurabashi Avenue, Osaka Station
(In the underground passage towards the Sakurabashi exit of JR Osaka Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR Central Japan Railway / Nagoya Wide Wall
(Inside the Sakuradori Gate of JR Nagoya Station, on the North Street)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Official Site: https://shingeki.tv/final/
Pac-Man Museum Open at Sky Garden on 69th Floor of Yokohama Landmark Tower
Yokohama Landmark Tower’s 69th floor Sky Garden observation deck will, strangely, host a Pac-Man Museum event from December 17, 2021 until February 28, 2022.
Video Game Art Gallery
Pac-Man Sparkling Fruit Drink
Pac-Man became a smash hit upon release in Japan in 1980 and is still beloved around the world to this day. The event will include a huge lineup of Pac-Man exhibits, and even those not familiar with the title will be able to enjoy the incredible view and history of this iconic franchise.
In addition to a gallery filled with original drawings of Pac-Man and other games from the 1980s, guests can also view handwritten game plans from this important era. Visitors can also play a number of games on-site. Special collaboration drinks and merchandise inspired by Pac-Man will be on sale as well!
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Pac-Man x Sky Garden – Pac-Man Game Museum
Running: December 17, 2021 – February 28, 2022
Location: Yokohama Landmark Tower 69F Sky Garden
Official Site: http://www.mjpm.co.jp/
Ayako Suwa’s New Work ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’ on Exhibition at KAMU Kanazawa
KAMU k=k, the sixth space in the private contemporary art museum KAMU Kanazawa, will officially open on December 17, 2021. The location was created as a multi-purpose exhibition space, and it’s first project will be ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’ by Ayako Suwa, active in the field of food art. The work is seat in Hakusan and Kanazawa and revolves around the themes of nature, cities, and water circulation.
TALISMAN in the woods ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of KAMU kanazawa
In the year and a half since its opening in 2020, KAMU Kanazawa has continued to inspire with unique spaces inspired by artist’s individuality. The opening of ‘KAMU tatami’ in October made a big splash, and ‘KAMU k=k’ will only be a limited space for around four years. This follows the museums philosophy that the role and shape of a city changes over time, meaning that the museum should change along with it.
KAMU k≐k Courtesy of KAMU kanazaw
The space is five meters high, and seven meters wide and deep, giving a theater-like atmosphere. Giving a wildly different impression than it’s surroundings, visitors can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime art experience.
TALISMAN in the woods ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of KAMU kanazawa
The first exhibition held in “k≐k” will be “TALISMAN in the Woods” by Ayako Suwa. Ripples will spread outside of the museum, following the theme of water circulation. Visitors will be asked to pay attention to how nature silently impacts daily life, and will be inspired to create connections with the world around them. In this exhibition, Suwa will share insight on water from Hakusan, a city supplying water to huge areas of Ishikawa Prefecture. This three-dimensional work was created by the artist during 2020 during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic. Using Cedar branches and leaves from Hakusan, the installation is on a massive scale consistent with the new space.After the exhibition, the talismans displayed in the work will be returned to the soil of Hakusan to connect the exhibition with local nature.
©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
Through crowdfunding, guests can snag a piece of Suwa’s work along with other special items. In addition to simply owning a piece of art, upon the death of these talismans, guests can participate in the ritual of returning these pieces to the forest.
TALISMAN ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
Open: December 17, 2021
Ayako Suwa’s ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’
Exhibition Period: December 17 – December 23, 2021
Admission: ¥1300 (Ticket for all spaces) / Free for Elementary Students and Under
Closed on Mondays (unless a national holiday)
Address: KAMU Kanazawa (1-1-52 Hirosaka, Kanazawa)
*KAMU Sky is not currently open to the public.
Open Period: November 22 – December 27, 2021
Crowdfunding URL: https://motion-gallery.net/projects/kamu_ayakosuwapjt/
Platform: MotionGallery (https://motion-gallery.net/)
TeamLab to Hold Garden Festival of Light in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture in 2022
Interactive digital art collective TeamLab will hold the Kairaku-en (Japanese Garden) Festival of Light at one of Japan’s three most beloved gardens located in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture from February 1 until March 31, 2022. A total of eight creative works showcasing the ‘longevity of life’ will be on display, utilizing the greenery of the surrounding 180-year-old garden itself. One work will illuminate over 1,500 plum trees, while another will see giant cedars interacting to guests’ presence. During this period, the Mito Ume Festival (February 11 – March 21) will also take place at the gardens. The festival has been held continuously for over 120 years.
Kairakuen is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan and was built by Tokugawa Nariaki during the Edo period (1842). The other two gardens are Kenroku-en in Ishikawa Prefecture and Koraku-en in Okayama Prefecture. In 1922, Kairaku-en was designated a National Historic Site and also a National Place of Scenic Beauty. In 2022, the garden will celebrate its 180th anniversary, and features over 3,000 plum trees of over 100 varieties.
TeamLab’s ‘Digitized Nature’ art project utilizes technology to ‘turn nature itself into art in its natural state’ without destroying or uprooting any of the plants or trees. It can be difficult for humans to imagine the world that will exist after their particular life ends, and this installation hopes to show the beauty that is possible even after a hundred or a thousand years. Through the combination of human creations and nature itself, TeamLab wants to remind people what is possible when we live side by side in harmony with one another.
TeamLab Kairaku-en Festival of Light 2022
Running: February 1 – March 31, 2022
Location: Kairakuen, Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of January.
Boutique Hotel TRUNK to Hold Winter Market with Outdoor Comfort Concept
15.December.2021 | SPOT
From December 20 until December 26, 2021, TRUNK, a boutique hotel in Jingumae, Shibuya, will hold the TRUNK Winter Market 2021. The theme of the event will be ‘outdoor comfort,’ and carrying on last year’s tradition, the hotel will deliver content aiming to warm the body and soul during the cold winter season. The public terrace will be decorated with fire pits and lanterns, creating a space where visitors can fully enjoy the cozy atmosphere. The limited-time event will offer workshops, food, and drinks to be enjoyed with family and friends.
The food menu includes ‘Chicken and Mushroom Pan Stew,’ served in a bread bowl and made with fresh ingredients. Guests can also enjoy a ‘Cheddar Cheese Crepe with Homemade Roast Ham,’ along with plenty of scrumptious desserts. Perfect for the Christmas season, warm eggnog and mulled wine will be served, and kids will love the organic hot chocolate!
Four different workshops will be set up at tents in the public terrace. Kids Gabbeh Painting will teach kids how to design their own Gabbeh, a traditional small fabric woven by nomads in southwestern Iran. After drawing their design, artisans will weave the Gabbeh, and will send it to your home. The ‘Socializing Flower Swag’ workshop allows visitors to make swag using dried flowers that were upcycled from fresh flowers that would otherwise be thrown away. These will be silk-screened and wrapped for a great souvenir. Outdoor Candle is a workshop where visitors can create original leather candle holders.
At Campfire Roast Coffee, guests can roast coffee over an open fire pit. Imagine how good it smells! Afterwards, you can take home your spoils.
There will also be a TRUNK Vintage Store on-site, where hotel staff will sell decorations and furniture no longer needed in the hotel, as well as clothes and other goods.
Artist Auto Moai Holds Limited-Time Exhibition at Seibu Ikebukuro
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.
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.
Auto Moai CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION 2021
Running: December 9 – December 14, 2021
Location: Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store 7F Event Hall
Official Site: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/christmas/#artist
Creators on Demand Auto Moai x SEIBU SOGO
Running: December 8 – December 25, 2021
Reception: Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store 3F Women’s Section / Seibu/Sogo Shopping Site
(7F Event Hall will only hold exhibition)
Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe Offering Afternoon Tea with Cute Miniatures
If you’re looking to feel like a kid again, Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe is offering a chance to have afternoon tea with some adorable miniatures in a dollhouse atmosphere. The popular set will be reimagined during December to feature a Christmas motif, and is the perfect backdrop for Twitter or Instagram pictures!
‘Afternoon Tea for ‘me’ and ‘my friends,’ drink included: ¥1,380 per person (Tax Included)
The set includes seven beautiful desserts crafted by a pastry chef and features seasonal fruit. Whether you enjoy tea and cakes by yourself or with friends, feel free to take pictures of the miniatures for a jolt of cuteness.
Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe
‘Afternoon Tea for ‘me’ and ‘my friends’
Available: Daily after 15:00
No reservations needed
Address: Tokyu Square 1 B1F, 2-3-2 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama (Connected to Minatomirai Station)
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hama.spa/