TSUTAYA Nara Location Opens HAPPA STAND Fair to Highlight Traditional Japanese Tea Culture
From December 21, 2021 until February 13, 2022, TSUTAYA Nara will hold the HAPPA STAND Fair to coincide with the traditional holiday season. This special location will highlight traditional Japanese teacups under the concept of ‘Be Classic, Not Old.’ Enjoying traditional tea doesn’t have to be old school–it can be chic and fit into a modern lifestyle as well.
HAPPA STAND is located on a corner in Mino, Gifu Prefecture, surrounded by classic Japanese homes. This area is an important traditional building preservation district and aims to blend the chic with the classic to attract visitors and show off local artisans and food.
The creator of this event previously lived abroad, and after experiencing ‘fake Japanese food culture,’ he decided to return to Japan to find a way to highlight the reality of Japanese cuisine. HAPPA STAND was initially begun in 2018.
The stylish store was renovated from an old house built over 150 years ago, and is filled with delicious tea grown in Uji, Kyoto, and local Mino ware ceramics. For those thinking of enjoying a taste of authentic Japan, this won’t be a place to miss.
HAPPA STAND Fair
Running: December 21, 2021 – February 13, 2022
Address: TSUTAYA Nara Store 1F
Japanese Painter Uemura Shoen and Others to be Featured at Shohaku Art Museum in Nara
Shohaku Art Museum in Nara will be exhibiting works by Uemura Shoen, Shoko, and Atsushi from September 6 until November 27. This will include sketches and rare works by these classical Japanese artists, many of which will be shown for the first time in two years.
Hanagatami. Uemura Shoen, 1915
Hanagatami (Rough Sketch) Uemura Shoen, 1915
Yang Guifei. Uemura Shoen, 1922
Tsudumi no Oto. Uemura Shoen, 1940
Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons. Atsushi Uemura, 2010.
The museum has a large number of valuable materials in its collection, including drafts, miniatures, and drawings by Shoen and Shoko. Even the drafts by Shoen are meticulously crafted, down to each and every crease in the kimonos. By viewing the original sketches with the final paintings, guests can feel the emotion that went into them. The exhibition also provides a glimpse of how Shoko and Atsushi deepened their understanding of their subjects through sketching. Fans of Japanese artwork shouldn’t miss this valuable exhibition!
Shohaku Art Museum Collection 2022: Uemura Shoen, Shoko, and Atsushi
Running: September 6 – November 27, 2022
Venue: Shohaku Art Museum
Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Last Entry at 16:00)
Official Site: https://www.kintetsu-g-hd.co.jp/culture/shohaku/
Evangelion’s Unit 1 Featured on Limited Edition Edo Faceted Glass at Tsutaya Books Daikanyama
The first Evangelion-themed Edo faceted glasses were released in November 2021, and Tsutaya Books Daikanyama will soon be selling limited quantities online! These items were previously only available to purchase locally.
Evangelion Unit 1 Edo Faceted Glass: ¥64,900 (Tax Included)
The Evangelion Unit 1 Edo Faceted Glass was designed along with a traditional pattern inspired by chrysanthemums, which symbolize longevity in Japanese culture. While the standard colors of faceted glass are red and blue, the gold and purple colors used in this unique item are extremely difficult to create, with only a few factories capable of producing them.
The glassware is designed and cut by Kosho Nemoto at Nemoto Glass, which has produced the finest Edo faceted glass in Tokyo for three generations. The webpage below also explains how these glasses are produced.
The product is scheduled to be released in late June 2022 and is currently available for pre-order. The amount available is extremely limited, so be sure to order as soon as possible if you’d like to add one of these valuable glasses to your collection.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Nara’s Kakinohasushi Hompo Tanaka for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
In April, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu made a big splash around the world when she performed at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States.
The second half of the singer’s 10th anniversary nationwide tour 31-show has begun, gaining even more momentum following the announcement of a solo concert at Nippon Budokan in October. In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. As with past concert locations, a new collaboration has been announced following Kyary’s June 5 performance in Nara.
During the late Meiji period, persimmon leaf-wrapped sushi became a local delicacy during the summer months in Nara after the delicacies began popping up at a shopping district near JR Gojo Station. In 1973, Kakinohasushi Hompo Tanaka officially opened its doors, selling this delicacy for dine-in or carry-out. Kyary has collaborated with this famous local treat, transforming the shop’s logo into a new version inspired by the singer’s 2014 song Kira Kira Killer. The jacket art originally featured Kyary with a collection of bizarre hairstyles, but these have been turned into persimmon leaves for the collab.
During the collaboration period, fans were able to buy specially-branded packages of Kirakira Persimmon Leaf-wrapped Sushi. While the leaves themselves aren’t edible, they act to preserve the sushi for days without refrigeration. This version contains mackerel and vinegar-soaked rice. The sushi was sold in limited quantities at Nara Centennial Hall, the venue of Kyary’s June 5 concert.
A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only starting June 3. Support Japanese businesses and pick one up while you can!
Tea Ceremony Brand Saron Launches Customizable Matcha Shaved Ice for a Limited Time
Nara-based tea ceremony brand Saron is serving up a tasty treat perfect for the warm weather! White shaved ice with dark matcha topping is now available until mid-September, and guests are invited to adjust the taste by altering the amount of tea added.
Lately, Nara has been experiencing a major shaved ice boom. Inspired by Himuro Shrine, known for housing a guardian deity of ice, the city introduces plenty of created recipes for the summer treats each year. The tea ceremony brand Saron was founded by Nakagawa Masashichi Shouten, in business since the Edo period–so it’s safe to say that the company knows what they’re talking about!
Guests can enjoy shaved ice made from pure Yamato ice, which is frozen for 72 hours, gently shaved, and topped with Nara’s Kasiya sweet bean paste, shiratama, agar, and condensed milk that has been boiled for four hours.
To finish off this luxurious dish, guests can add koicha, a thick matcha tea with concentrated flavor and incredible sweetness and depth. Polished twice as much as typical matcha, this is a taste you’ll never forget.
Why not come enjoy this traditional Japanese sweet this summer?
Saron – White Shaved Ice with Dark Matcha Topping
Available: May 11 – mid-September
Where to Buy: Saron Nara (31-1 Ganriincho, Nara)
Official Site: https://salon-tea.jp/
Stationery Fair Opens at Tsutaya Books Nara
A popular stationery event held last year is back! The pop-up space on the first floor of Tsutaya Books Nara has been filled to the brim with unique stationery items from a number of creators. Guests can grab these inspiring items from March 15 until April 17, 2022.
Visitors can use a variety of printing techniques like letterpress and foil stamping at echos. Connect with your loved ones through printing and design, and show your creativity!
These nostalgic yet new paper products pull from Showa-era illustrators to give an authentic antique feel.
This general store and gallery is located in Nanba, Osaka. The shop mainly deals in original handmade goods, antique European tools, and merchandise by illustrator makomo. Both store owners are stationary lovers, and they have recently begun offering a wide selection of paper products of all genres and styles.
Otome Printing makes paper goods by printing each sheet of paper one color at a time on a letterpress! The handmade printing gives each sheet a one-of-a-kind feel by virtue of the indentation of the printing plate, ink blurring, and crooked prints. The lineup includes postcards, letterheads, pouch bags, and gift bags decorated with these unique prints.
Printing Studio Tan
Printing Studio Tan has been making Nara-inspired letterpressed pieces since it opened its doors. The symbol for ‘tan’ refers to the color of red earth, symbolizing the values of ancient Nara, once the central city of Japan. The company’s products feature ancient patterns associated with classic Japanese culture.
Kei Printing, with a factory in Kobe, offers delicate items with incredible attention to detail. With the goal of designing ‘memorable printed materials,’ customers are sure to find items that will help them to express themselves.
With a storefront located in Tenmabashi, Osaka, Yonagadou also has a small gallery in the back featuring items from both Japan and abroad. The shop offers a wide variety of small items, from Taisho and Showa-inspired paper goods, handkerchiefs, and more.
This year, paper lovers will find an array of products using letterpress printing. Many items were also inspired by Nara, so travel lovers will also be thrilled!
Tsutaya Books Nara Stationery Fair
Running: March 15 – April 17, 2022
Location: Tsutaya Books Nara 1F Pop-up Space
Ginza Tsutaya to Opens Spring Ceramics Fair
Ginza Tsutaya, located on the 6th floor of the GINZA SIX department store, is now holding a Spring Ceramic Fair until March 7, 2022.
Many popular ceramic artists are coming together for the event. This year’s lineup includes dishes and mugs with botanical patterns and animal motifs in spring-like colors to add color to tables and living spaces. A large number of works, from vases to tableware and even ceramic brooches, will be on display, including works by Wato Maekawa and Oda Pottery.
Participating Ceramic Artists
After studying pottery in England, Imai currently lives and works in Mashiko, Tochigi Prefecture. This year’s exhibition will show off her dyed works, including Zougan works, a technique in which different materials are inlaid into one material. Enjoy her small plates and teapots with soft colors.
Miki Furuhata is a pottery artist in Nagano. Using gentle colors and unique self-made glaze, her colorful pieces are a lovely addition to one’s daily life.
Hanako Sakashita uses a ‘kneading’ technique, in which colorful clays are kneaded together to create patterns, marbles, stripes, checks, and countless other patterns. Enjoy the many textures, shades, and patterns found in her works!
A ceramic artist living in Toyama Prefecture, Wato Maegawa creates works inspired by the four seasons. Her flower-shaped plates are reminiscent of Japanese sweets.
Using candle wax to make prototypes, these ceramic brooches and boxes are made with a technique adapted from candle making. These hand-painted pieces are very popular, and those on sale in this year’s exhibition are covered with flowers, birds, and animals in spring colors.
Oda Pottery was founded in 1921 in Mizunami City, Gifu Prefecture. Their lineup features vases that are easy to incorporate into any interior.
Ginza Tsutaya Spring Ceramics Fair
Running: February 7 – March 7, 2022 *The exhibition will end when all works are sold.
Location: Stationary Area
Naoki Nomura Exhibition “The Story of the Earth” to Open at Tsutaya Ginza
From January 15 until February 4, 2022, an exhibition of Naoki Nomura’s works will be on display at the Tsutaya location in Ginza, Tokyo. The art show will feature ten ceramic works created between 2015 and 2021, tracing Nomura’s history and growth as an artist.
Strawberry Girl. 2020
Naoki Nomura was familiar with clay before he became an artist. Fascinated by the firing of clay and the beautiful colors of finished ceramics, Nomura’s works are inspired by daily life. Fans of the artist’s work have fallen in love with his strangely adorable ‘creatures,’ each featuring a strange appearance. Some are wearing seasonal fruits, others have distinctive hairstyles, and all of them have ambiguous and unreadable expressions.
Visitors are invited to imagine their own stories as they wander the exhibition.
Comment from the Artist
There are so many little discoveries to be made in our daily lives.
Through our encounters with various objects and people, through our casual conversations, our imagination expands and we invent our own stories.
The characters from my own stories take up residence in my mind and using my hands, I have brought them into the real world.
Naoki Nomura Exhibition “The Story of the Earth”
Running: January 15 – February 4, 2022
Location: Tsutaya Ginza, In Front of the Information Counter
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/
Boy Band BE:FIRST Celebrates Debut by Becoming the Managers of Shibuya’s Tsutaya
BE:FIRST, scheduled to make their debut on November 3, will serve as the managers of Shibuya’s Tsutaya location for a limited time. Visitors can enjoy some exclusive privileges and see special videos only at this location during the event.
The group was assembled during BMSG’s ‘THE FIRST’ audition and will release their first single Gifted next month. The sales floor of Shibuya’s Tsutaya location will be decorated to celebrate, with huge panels of each member lining the aisles and a huge monitor showing videos of the band.
Those who purchase the Gifted single at this location will be given a special Store Manager member card (7 varieties) at random. Those who purchase the CD from the Shibuya Tsutaya official online store will also receive this special gift!
Hotel Nikko Nara Teams Up with JR Tokai for Special Shinkansen Shaved Ice
Two new tasty types of shaved ice are now on sale at Hotel Nikko Nara! The Shinkansen Shaved Ice will be available until November 30, 2021, at the Lobby Lounge Fountain on the hotel’s third floor.
Shinkansen Shaved Ice – N700S
Sliced Mango, dried apricots, and almond jelly
Shinkansen Shaved Ice – Inspection Train
Caramel sauce, chocolate syrup, and dried apricots
This collaboration with JR Central Japan Railway is only available for a limited time, though Hotel Nikko Nara serves up tasty shaved ice year-round. This collaboration began on October 1 to celebrate the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen. These treats are created with nitrous oxide, which transforms the shaved ice into a mousse-like foam!
For those able to make it to Nara in time, which of these special sweets will you be trying?
Shinkansen Shaved Ice
Available: October 1 – November 30, 2021, from 13:00-18:00 (Closed Thursdays)
Where to Buy: Hotel Nikko Nara Lobby Lounge Fountain (3F)
Official Site: https://www.nikkonara.jp/pr/
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan x TSUTAYA Pop-Up Shops Open
02.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME
TSUTAYA is launching a collaboration with the TV anime adaptation of Gaku Kuze’s dark comedy manga series Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan from August 10 which will see pop-up shops open at all TSUTAYA branches where fans can get their hands on a range of newly-illustrated merchandise featuring the four main characters: Uramichi Omota, Tobikichi Usahara, Mitsuo Kumagai, and Iketeru Daga.
Acrylic Stands | 4 Designs | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)／5 Folders | 5 Designs | ¥770 (Tax Included)
／Square Pins | 5 Designs | ¥660 (Tax Included)
／B2 Tapestry | 1 Design | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
／Hand Towel | 4 Designs | ¥880 (Tax Included)
／Clear Pouch | 1 Design | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Bonus Novelty Fans | 5 Designs | Free to those who purchase any of the above items
Online exclusive items
Big Tapestries | 4 Designs | ¥13,200 (Tax Included)
Primo Art (R) High Class | 1 Design
Spend over ¥2,200 on select products and receive one of 5 possible bonus fans between August 10-31.
Join the characters of Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan this summer at TSUTAYA.
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan x TSUTAYA
Start Date: August 10, 2021
Location: All TSUTAYA stores iin Japan
Order Window: August 10 – August 31
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan Official Website: http://uramichi-anime.com/
TSUTAYA Official Website: https://shop.tsutaya.co.jp/
Order Window: August 10 – August 31
Pick-Up Date: From Mid-October 2021
Primo Art (R) High Class
Order Window: August 2 – August 31
Pick-Up Date: From Mid-October 2021
*Bonus item available at select stores only
*Bonus item available while supplies last
*Bonus item unavailable when ordering online
Sebastian Masuda and Felissimo Release Kawaii Multicoloured Miwa Soumen Noodles
Felissimo and Sebastian Masuda’s cute and happy KAWAII COMPANY project released a new collection of multicoloured soumen noodles at Senjutei Somen Chaya on July 11 which are available for a limited time until August 31. The colours of the noodles are naturally-derived.
KAWAII COMPANY 5 Kawaii Soumen Noodles | 1 Set = ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
The cute Miwa soumen noodles are made by Ikeri, a long-standing shop that was established in Nara over 170 years ago. Each noodle colour signifies a different colour: Japanese purple sweet potato, plum, kabosu citrus, beefsteak, and plain. The noodles are packaged in a wooden box featuring KAWAII COMPANY’s key visual designed by Sebastian Masuda along with golf leaf.
The noodles aren’t designed just to look cute – they are authentic in flavour and in how they are made with traditional Japanese techniques.