BE:FIRST to Hold Photo Exhibition at Umeda LOFT in Osaka
BE:FIRST is a seven-member dance and vocal group created during THE FIRST boy band audition. Organized by BMSG, a company founded by popular rapper SKY-HI, the group immediately amassed an army of fans who immediately fell in love with the suave members. The group’s first photo exhibition was held for three months in Tokyo, Nagoya, and online, with more than 10,000 people showing up.
Because of the incredible response to the event, a second version is coming to Osaka for a limited time from January 7 until January 23, 2022. The exhibition will feature about 200 photos highlighting their debut, their first solo concert, and other curious moments in their career. Those interested will be able to see the photos online as well!
BE:FIRST PHOTO EXHIBITION “We Just Gifted.” Ver.2
Running: January 7 – January 23, 2022
Address: Umeda LOFT 5F Loft Forum (16-7 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Admission: ¥500 (Tax Included) *No re-entry
Official Site: https://art.parco.jp
World Trigger Anime Series gets Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Store at LOFT Locations
07.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Popular anime series World Trigger is getting a Valentine’s Day pop-up store at six LOFT locations starting January 7, 2022. The event will feature exclusive illustrations of the main characters with lots of chocolate motifs.
Replica Small Avatar Mascot: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
World Trigger Acrylic Stand VD: ¥1,650 each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keychain VD: ¥792 each (Tax Included)
World Trigger Acrylic Stand Heart Cat: ¥990 each (Tax Included)
World Trigger Acrylic Keychain Heart Cat: ¥792 (Tax Included)
World Trigger Heart Pins: ¥440 each (Tax Included) / BOX: ¥3,960 (Tax Included)
World Trigger Imabari Towel Replica: ¥990 each (Tax Included)
World Trigger Pen: ¥396 each (Tax Included)
World Trigger Clear Folder: ¥440 each (Tax Included)
World Trigger Hoodie: ¥5,720 (Tax Included)
World Trigger Crunchy Chocolate Pin Sweets: ¥864 (Tax Included)
World Trigger – Ikoma’s Eggplant Curry: ¥972 (Tax Included)
World Trigger Acrylic Stand Badge Sweets: ¥880 (Tax Included) / BOX: ¥7,920 (Tax Included)
World Trigger Plate: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
World Trigger Chocolate: ¥880 each (Tax Included) *Available in February
World Trigger Masking Tape: ¥462 each (Tax Included) *Available in February
World Trigger POP UP STORE in LOFT
January 7 – January 27, 2022 (Nagoya)
January 12 – January 25, 2022 (Sapporo)
February 5 – February 25, 2022 (Yokohama)
February 10 – March 1, 2022 (Umeda)
March 10 – March 31, 2022 (Shibuya)
March 15 – March 31, 2022 (Tenjin)
Manga Author Ai Yazawa, Known for ‘NANA’ and ‘Paradise Kiss,’ to Open Exhibition in Summer 2022
Shojo manga artist Ai Yazawa will hold her own exhibition in 2022! The event will begin at Shinjuku Takashimaya in late July before traveling to Osaka Takashimaya and Yokohama Takashimaya.
Yazawa’s most popular manga series include Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai, Neighborhood Story, Paradise Kiss, and Nana. This exhibition will serve as a ‘best-of album’ for her many beloved works. Typically, Yazawa’s storylines center heavily on young women and their relationships, with each of these characters being very stylish. In the west, this inspired more interest in Tokyo street fashion.
The Ai Yazawa ALL TIME BEST Exhibition will feature over 100 original drawings and illustrations, as well as never-before-seen materials from the production of Yazawa’s many manga series and anime adaptations.
Ai Yazawa ALL TIME BEST Exhibition
Late July – Early August 2022 / Shinjuku Takashimaya 11F Event Hall
Late August – Early September 2022 / Osaka Takashimaya 7F Grand Hall
Late September – Early October 2022 / Yokohama Takashimaya 8F Gallery
*Schedule as of December 21, 2022. Dates and content are subject to change.
Ai Yazawa Gallery Official Website: https://yazawaai-ten.com/
BE:FIRST to Appear Regularly on J-Wave Radio Show ‘Spark’ Starting January 2022
01.January.2022 | MUSIC
Boy band BE:FIRST will serve as regular Monday hosts on the J-WAVE radio program ‘SPARK’ starting in January 2022. The seven-member dance and vocal group have been incredibly popular since their debut, with their debut song Gifted hitting #7 on Billboard’s Hot Trending Songs weekly chart. This will mark the first time that all members of the group will have regular radio roles.
SPARK is a late-night radio show based on the concept of ‘finding dreams and giving them shape.’ Listeners are invited to submit their artistic works, with hosts and guests giving feedback and helpful interviews to help those trying to achieve their dreams.
The show also tackles a different project on each day of the week. As BE:FIRST is a singing and dance group, Monday’s show will introduce the member’s musical roots. Guests will also be invited to send in dance videos.
Comments from BE:FIRST
I’m extremely happy and nervous at the same time because this is the first time we’ll be starring in a regular radio show.
I’ll do my best to make this the best show it can be!
The members of BE:FIRST will be hosting SPARK each Monday starting in January! Thank you so much for the opportunity!
I can’t wait to share more about our lives, our favorite songs, and our personal lives!
I’m going to have so much fun hosting SPARK, and I hope that my feelings are contagious. Please tune in!
Broadcast: Monday through Thursday, 24:00-25:00
（Monday) BE:FIRST ※NEW
（Tuesday) Shizuku (POLKADOT STINGRAY）
（Wednesday) Motohiro Hata
（Thursday) Ryuji Imaichi (Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS from EXILE TRIBE）
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/JWAVESPARK
Official Site: https://www.j-wave.co.jp/original/spark/
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!
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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/
Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition to Open in Kanazawa for Limited-Time
The Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition will be open at Daiwa Korinbo in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture from December 26, 2021, until January 12, 2022. The event commemorates the 10th anniversary of the anime series, and this limited-time run will be the first time the exhibition has been held in the Chubu and Hokuriku regions.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition Admission Ticket with Goods
The Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition invites visitors to relive the series’ story with newly-drawn key visuals, production materials, illustrations, videos, and much more.
In addition to original merchandise such as tapestries and new illustrations, visitors can find local acrylic charms for purchase.
Kanazawa is located close to the Sea of Japan, and visitors coming during this holiday season can enjoy the beautiful snowy scenery and delicious local fare as well!
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition in Ishikawa
Address: Daiwa Korinbo 8F Hall (1-1-1 Korinbo, Kanazawa, Ishikawa)
Running: December 26, 2021 – January 12, 2022
*Closed on January 1, 2022.
Official Site: https://10th.madoka-magica.com/madokaten/
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/)
2022 Exhibition to Celebrate 100th Birthday of Snoopy Creator Charles Schulz
15.December.2021 | SPOT
Following the current exhibition being held at Japan’s Snoopy Museum, the 100th birthday of the popular character’s creator Charles Schulz will be celebrated from January 15 until July 10, 2022. The title of the new exhibition is simply ‘Laugh and Smile.’
Selected Works on Display
I Don’t Remember Making a Joke
Original Peanuts Comic / August 20, 1954
Smile for the Three-Legged Race
Original Peanuts Comic / April 6, 1999
The Dog Who Wanted to be a Cheshire Cat
Original Peanuts Comic / April 19, 1967
Do Your Best and Have a Laugh
Original Peanuts Comic / July 17, 1974
Our Friendship is Priceless
Original Peanuts Comic / April 14, 1999
The World’s Best “I’m Home!”
Original Peanuts Comic / November 19, 1965
Museum Shop ‘Brown’s Store’
Fabric Poster: ¥1,800 (Tax Included) / Color Postcard: ¥220 (Tax Included)
Charles Schulz 100th Birthday Products
Kalita Coffee Mill: ¥5,800 (Tax Included) / Kalita Dripper: ¥1,680 (Tax Included) / Flower Vase: ¥1,298 (Tax Included) / Chopstick Rest: ¥858 each (Tax Included)
Products featuring Snoopy Designs from the 1950s
Gauze Handkerchief: ¥1,100 each (Tax Included)
Drawstring Bag: ¥1,397 (Tax Included) / Pouch: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
A collection of 60 original and reproduced paintings featuring Snoopy and his friends.
The theme of the exhibition, ‘Laugh and Smile,’ focuses exclusively on the smiling faces of the Peanuts characters, and aims to start 2022 off with happy faces.
Charles M. Schulz, the author of “Peanuts,” was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 26, 1922. He grew up in St. Paul.
Stay tuned for more information when a 100th birthday website is launched soon!
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Snoopy Museum Exhibition ‘Laugh and Smile’
Running: January 15 – July 10, 2022
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Entry at 17:30)
*Closed on February 15
Official Site: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/snoopymuseum-tokyo/
Special Exhibition Commemorating Miffy’s 65th Anniversary Now on Display at Matsuzakaya Nagoya
Matsuzakaya Nagoya is holding an exhibition to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the birth of Miffy, created by Dutch illustrator Dick Bruna, until January 16, 2022. The theme of the exhibition is “with”. It introduces the story of Miffy and her friends, with more than 300 precious original drawings, sketches, and creative notes.
Miffy the Ghost, 2001. (Manuscript)
Miffy the Ghost, 2001. (Manuscript)
Queen Miffy, 2007. (Manuscript)
Miffy and Poppy Pig, 2011. (Manuscript)
Miffy in the snow, 1963. (Manuscript)
UFD Miffy Set of 4 ￥4,400（Tax Included）
Rollbahn M ￥638（Tax Included）
Pounch M ￥1,760（Tax Included）
Half Zip ￥1,650（Tax Included）
Floating Pen ￥1,320（Tax Included）
This exhibition marks the first visit to Japan of the original drawings including “Usako-chan: Obake ni naru” (2001) and “Usako-chan wa Jyoou-sama” (2007), as well as reference materials. Also, the original drawings of “Usako-chan on Snow Day” (1963), one of Miffy’s first four works that has only visited Japan once before, and which features a winter outfit, is exhibited together for the first time. In addition, the exhibition reveals the memories and creative fascination of Bruna, who developed close friendships with Japanese picture book authors and children’s literature writers and had a significant influence on the picture book culture in Japan.
The original drawings for “Usako-chan: Obake ni naru” (2001), “Usako-chan wa Jyo-oh-sama” (2007), and “Usako-chan to Fugako-chan” (2011), which was the last work to feature Miffy, are all in Japan for the first time. These drawings tell the story of Miffy playing ghosts, flying airplanes, and spending time with her family and friends.
It is also an opportunity for visitors to trace the creative process of Bruna with notes that show how he repeatedly tweaked his words and cuts that were not selected for the books.
Miffy’s 65th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: Until January 16, 2022.
Where: Matsuzakaya Art Gallery Museum
Official Site: https://www.matsuzakaya.co.jp/nagoya/museum/
LOVE LOVE Snoopy Exhibition Opens at the Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store
The LOVE LOVE Snoopy Exhibition ~Take Care with Peanuts~ has come to Japan for the first time, and will be open at the Seibu Ikebukuro main store until December 29, 2021.
Heartfelt Market (Selected Merchandise)
Acrylic Keychain / Acrylic Character Charm
Memo Pad (A6-size)
Clear Folder (A4-size)
Fair-trade Cotton Tote Bag
The first 200 customers on each day who spend ¥5,000 or more (including tax) will receive a cotton gift bag (4 varieties) which changes daily.
This Snoopy exhibition puts an emphasis on loving one’s friends but also loving the environment. The event space brings together three themes: Loving yourself, loving each other, and loving the Earth. At the end of the exhibition, a ‘tree of kindness’ will be created from messages left by visitors. Visitors can also pick up some cute merchandise at the Heartfelt Market, which will feature over 1,000 items including special event goods.
© 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
LOVE LOVE Snoopy Exhibition ~Take Care with Peanuts~
Open until December 29, 2021
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
*The exhibition will close at 16:00 on December 29.
Location: Seibu Ikebukuro Annex 2F (Seibu Gallery)
Tickets: ¥500 (Free for high school students and under.)
Official Site: http://www.snoopy.co.jp/
Report: Sebastian Masuda’s ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ Exhibition at Kanda Myojin Shrine Goes Beyond ‘Cute’
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）
YES, KAWAII IS ART at Kanda Myojin Shrine
Running until December 12, 2021
Location: Kanda Myojin Shrine
Running: December 11, 2021 – January 10, 2022
Location: Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery
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)
Naoki Onogawa Museum of Art in Kagawa Prefecture Holds Folklore Exhibition
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.”
Naoki Onogawa Folklore Exhibition
Address: Naoki Onogawa Museum of Art (289-33 Aza-Higashi-Motohama Kou, Tonosho, Shode-gun, Kagawa)
Running: November 26 – December 26, 2021
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Entry at 17:00) *Closed Wednesdays
Adults: ¥1,500 / Middle School Students: ¥750 / Elementary School Children and Younger: Free
Official Site: http://shl-olive.co.jp/