Sony Park Mini, an Experimental Pop-up Space, Opens in Ginza, Tokyo
06.April.2022 | SPOT
Sony Park Mini, a tiny experimental art space in Ginza, is going to hold fans over until Ginza Sony Park opens in 2024.
Sony Park Mini is located in a small 3.5 square meter space on B1F of the Nishiginza parking lot adjacent to Ginza Sony Park, which is currently under construction. The concept of the space is to “hold events that highlight local artists.”
More than 30 experimental programs will be held throughout the year highlighting unique creators and artists from all backgrounds including music, film, art, food, fashion, and shopping. Depending on which programs are popular, the project may extend to other cities.
The first event, ‘Ayatake Exaki presents None Session,’ will run from March 23 until April 5, 2022, and will feature the musician and his piano.
1: March 23 – April 5, 2022 / Ayatake Ezaki (Musical Artist)
2: April 6 – April 19, 2022 / Takuro Tamayama (Contemporary Artist)
3: April 20 – May 2, 2022 / Chiaki Kadota (Painter)
4: May 3 – May 16, 2022 / Neo Sora (Film Director), Aiko Masubuchi (Film Curator)
*The period of these events is subject to change. Any changes will be announced on Sony Park Mini social media accounts.
The Nishiginza Parking Lot Coffee shop, located inside Sony Park Mini, will offer a lineup of drinks made from carefully selected coffee beans. Vegan donuts and cookies made with natural ingredients will also be available.
Sony Park Mini
Address: Nichiginza Parking Lot B1F (5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 11:00-19:00 / Nishiginza Parking Lot Coffee 8:00-18:00
Official Site: https://www.sonypark.com/mini
Hyatt Centric Ginza to Display Christmas Tree Made by Social Advocacy Group HERALBONY
From December 1 until December 25, guests at Hyatt Centric Ginza will be able to see the first-ever Christmas tree designed by the social advocacy group HERALBONY. The Light-Hearted ART TREE will welcome guests to the 4F library and lounge area, and the tree lighting ceremony will be streamed on Instagram live.
It’s no surprise that the hotel is collaborating with HERALBONY again–from May to November of this year, the HERALBONY ART ROOM was open for guests to enjoy. This is the first time that the unit is designing a Christmas tree, and the piece is inspired by one of their most iconic pieces of art–Yukihito Okabe’s Hoo! Hey! Visitors of all ages can enjoy this beautiful piece, filled with color and sure to bring joy.
Along with the tree, the showcase and lounge will also be decorated in a number of HERALBONY pieces. Come enjoy the Christmas season in this one-of-a-kind space!
Hyatt Centric Ginza x HERALBONY
On Display: December 1 – December 25, 2022
Venue: 4F Library / Lounge
Official Site: http://hyattcentricginza.jp
Coffee from Around Japan to be Featured at the Yokohama Coffee Festival
20.September.2022 | FOOD
Yokohama Coffee Festival is coming back for the first time in three years! The event will bring together the best coffee from around Japan, showing off the personality and individuality of each shop. The festival was created to build bridges between shops and customers and to spread coffee culture in Yokohama. Coffee fans should head to Yokohama Park on October 23, 2022.
Coffee tickets–four cups for ¥1,000–will be available to purchase on the day of the event, allowing visitors to compare different shops. From those who are just starting to enjoy coffee to those who are coffee fanatics, this event will allow everyone to enjoy coffee to the max! Be sure to chat with the charming baristas as you explore the festival!
Yokohama Coffee Festival
Date: October 23, 11:00-17:30
Venue: Yokohama Park
Matsuzaki Shoten to Hold First Collaboration Between Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei and Cat’s ISSUE
Matsuzaki Shoten will hold a special collaboration event between Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei and Cat’s ISSUE starting on August 6, 2022. The Cat’s Festival 2022 will be an incredible event for cat lovers, and guests will be able to grab some special hand towels and bowls produced exclusively for the festival. In addition, there will be an exhibition of works by Ayako Ishiguro, a picture book artist associated with Cat’s ISSUE.
Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei x Cat’s ISSUE
This Japanese-style hand towel features illustrations of unique cats based on the concept color of Matsuzaki Shoten, the main Matsuzaki Senbei shop in Ginza.
Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei x Cat’s ISSUE
Matsuzaki Senbei’s flagship product has been decorated with cat illustrations, each painted by hand. During the event, customers can choose four of their favorite pieces from a total of nine different patterns and pack them in a box wrapped with beautiful paper with a special design. Guests can also purchase these goods separately.
Collaboration with Ayako Ishiguro, a Picture Book Artist Specializing in Monster Art
This comical cat scroll created by Ayako Ishiguro will be on display during the exhibition. Hand towels made in collaboration with Ishiguro will also be on sale. These have previously been sold to huge fanfare.
If you love cats and classic Japanese art, this is the event for you!
MATSUZAKI Cat’s ISSUE – Cat Festival 2022
Running: August 6 – August 21, 2022
Venue: Matsuzaki Shoten (4-13-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Teppanyaki and Yakiniku Restaurant Honten Yamashina Opens in Ginza
On July 18, the upscale teppanyaki and yakiniku restaurant Honten Yamashina opened a new location in Ginza! The hybrid restaurant has taken over the entire top floor of GINZA PLACE, which is directly connected to Ginza Station. Overlooking the Ginza 4-chome intersection, it’s a gorgeous place to enjoy some authentic Japanese cuisine.
Honten Yamashina mainly uses fully-matured Omi beef, the highest grade available among Shiga Prefecture’s top-tier beef, from Okazaki Farm. The cows are allowed to fatten for a considerable amount of time and live stress-free lives for over 40 months. Less than 1% of all Wagyu cattle are shipped after 24 months of age, and this delectable meat is characterized by its sharp taste and fattiness.
Luxurious Wagyu and Sea Urchin Sushi
Early Summer Plate to Enjoy with Seasonal Flowers
Selected Extra-thick Beef Tongue Steak Made with Refined Attention to Detail
Grilled Spiny Lobster Made on a Charcoal Grill
The Playful Yamashina Wagyu Slider
Melt-in-your-mouth Sweet Amala Tomato (Vegetable of the Day)
Hand-selected Omi Beef Steak
Guests can enjoy authentic Japanese teppanyaki cuisine with a modern twist. While sitting at the contour, visitors will enjoy a live performance by Taku Osada, a teppanyaki chef with over 20 years of experience.
The wide variety of meat can be enjoyed in a number of different ways, whether it be raw, grilled, stewed, or properly cooked. From tongue and rump to filet and sirloin, you won’t leave hungry. Visitors can also enjoy seafood and seasonal Japanese vegetables along with their meat, and the flowers and leaves that adorn each plate will change depending on the time of year.
In addition to rare teppanyaki dishes like skirt steak and 3cm-thick beef tongue, Honten Yamashina also offers some playful dishes such as sliders. As the temperature differs on different parts of the steel cooking plate, each item can be cooked to a temperature that maximizes its specific flavor. Honten Yamashina also has a massive cellar housin over 1,000 bottles of wine and hard-to-find spirits.
For those looking for a more private experience, guests can enjoy yakiniku in a completely separate room. Each private room has a grill that will cook meat to the perfect temperature, and only at Honten Yamashina can you enjoy fully-matured Omi beef. The signature cutlet sandwich is made with chateaubriand cooked at a low temperature and deep-fried in a thin batter, then served on crispy bread with a soft, fluffy interior.
Teppanyaki and yakiniku are typically thought of as meat-based dishes, but the restaurant can accommodate vegetarian guests if contacted in advance.
When Japan opens up to tourism, will you be visiting this incredible restaurant in the heart of Tokyo?
Address: GINZA PLACE 11F (5-8-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/honten_yamashina/
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Exhibition 2 in Tokyo to Show Footage from Upcoming Film
The second exhibition for the popular manga, novel, and anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime will open at Matsuya Ginza on July 21. With over 30 million copies in print, the series has become massively popular both in Japan and abroad, and an anime film is scheduled to release this November.
The exhibition will be open until August 9, 2022, and is then scheduled to begin a regional tour.
Certain scenes from the highly-anticipated upcoming film will be shown exclusively at the exhibition. Those who are having trouble waiting until November won’t want to miss this rare chance!
During the previous exhibition, guests were able to enter a lottery to win a signboard autographed by Miho Okasaki, the voice of Rimuru. Due to the large number of entries, prizes for the second lottery are even more incredible!
The following autographs, which were previously displayed during the last exhibition, will be given away to some lucky fans. More details are available on the official Twitter page!
Signboard autographed by That Time I Reincarnated as a Slime author Fuse / Signboard autographed by Tenchura! That Time I Reincarnated as a Slime author Fuse / Signboard autographed by That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Trinity in Tempest artist Tae Tono / Signboard autographed by That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Ways of the Monster Nation author Sho Okagiri / Signboard autographed by That Time I Got Reincarnated (Again!) as a Workaholic Slime illustrator Shizuku Akechi / Signboard autographed by The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime artist Shiba
*Prizes are awarded at random.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Exhibition 2
Running: July 21 – August 9, 2022
Venue: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Square
Official Site: https://sp.ten-sura.com/tensuraten2/
SPYxFAMILY Pop-Up Store Opens at Matsuya Ginza
The SPYxFAMILY pop-up shop, first held inside Tokyo Station’s Character Street in April, will be coming to Matsuya Ginza from June 29 until July 12, 2022.
Limited edition merchandise will be making a return, each featuring exclusive illustrations that saw huge popularity at the Tokyo Station event. Guests will also be able to purchase eight new items!
The lineup includes a rubber coin case (3 varieties, random), a clear multi-use pouch (3 varieties, random), an acrylic keychain featuring Anya, a Peanuts T-shirt with a new Anya illustration, and a mug. Each item is accented with Anya’s pink hair, adding to the cute factor.
Bonus Cooling Towel
Customers spending ¥3,300 or more at the pop-up shop will receive a bonus sticker. Those spending ¥5,500 can choose between a mug or a cooling towel!
SPYxFAMILY Pop-up Shop
Running: June 29 – July 12, 2022
Venue: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Square
(Closing at 19:30 on July 3, July 10 / Closing at 17:00 on July 12 / Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing.)
Official Site: https://marimocraft.co.jp/
Ginza Tsutaya Books to Hold ‘What is Kawaii’ Exhibition Featuring Art by Three Female Artists
From April 2 until April 22, Ginza Tsutaya Books will be holding a 5th-anniversary exhibition featuring art by three young female artists! These creators specialize in drawing girls, and the event will ask one question: what is ‘Kawaii?’ The artists featured are Amane Ishii, Azusa Nozawa, and Yumi Nagata.
These three artists have captured the spotlight with their unique styles. Ishii prefers oil painting, Nozawa has a style perfect for manga, and Nagata specializes in more Japanese-style paintings. Those who planned the exhibition noted that the reason these three artists have become so popular stems from how they depict cuteness–they don’t try to conform to society’s idea of ‘cute,’ but rather depict what they themselves consider to be cute.
Many motifs in Ishii’s works are based on the artist’s personal experiences, many stemming from childhood. Her unique characters are sure to grab your attention, and although her pieces are two-dimensional, the linework almost makes them seem 3D.
For Nozawa, ‘cute’ is the most important element found in her works. She often uses pastels, and something about the way she draws her characters is nostalgic, harkening back to purikura filters and manga characters of the early 2000s. Her unique worldview and nostalgic characters amount to truly one-of-a-kind pieces.
The girls appearing in Nagata’s pieces are projections of herself. She draws the clothes she would like to wear and the poses she’d love to strike! Pursuing her idea of ‘cuteness’ with traditional Japanese techniques and paints, she often includes polka dots in her works, which are a feminine symbol.
The exhibition will feature two of Ishii’s oil paintings and 13 drawings, the first time such a large number of drawings have been shown all at once. In addition, three of Nozawa’s new portrait series will be on display, along with nine of Nagata’s works.
‘Kawaii’ is one of the most prominent keywords found in contemporary Japanese culture. What does it mean to you?
What is Kawaii? Exhibition
Running: April 2 – April 22, 2022
Location: Ginza Tsutaya Books Artwork Gallery
Ginza Sony Park, which is scheduled for completion in 2024, re-launched its Park Live program at the end of last year, delivering experimental live performances while the site is under construction.
D.A.N. has been attracting attention worldwide for their minimalist mellow grooves with electronic elements and multi-layered band ensemble. The group released its third album ‘NO MOON” in November 2021, and the now three-member band will be the first to perform at the reinstated event. The performance will be broadcast for free on YouTube Live on March 19 at 21:00.
Daigo Sakuragi, Junya Ichikawa and Teru Kawakami formed D.A.N. in April 2014. They released their first album ‘D.A.N.’ in April 2016 and were won an award at the CD Shop Awards 2017. D.A.N. performed at FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL’16 in July for the second year in a row and performed at James Blake’s show in Japan in February 2017.
In April, they released the mini-album ‘TEMPEST.’ In November, they performed in London, their first time playing a show overseas. The band appeared on Gilles Peterson’s radio program Worldwide FM and performed live in the studio. In February 2018, D. A.N. performed at The xx’s Tokyo show, and in May, they embarked on a UK tour and performed at THE GREAT ESCAPE’18. Their second album ‘Sonatine’ was released in July 2018, and the group appeared at FUJI ROCK FES’18 for the third time in a row. In September, they played a sold-out 17 stop tour, performing in nine cities in Japan as well as in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.
2020 saw the release of their third album, with Mogwai and Airhead creating remixes of some of the band’s more popular tracks. Band members have also involved themselves in other creative activities such as providing music for Uniqlo and NOVA commercials and contributing tracks for Shinichiro Watanabe’s anime series Carole & Tuesday.
Park Live × D.A.N.
Date: March 19, 2022 at 21:00
Streaming: Ginza Sony Park Official YouTube
*Free to watch
D.A.N. Official Site: http://d-a-n-music.com/
Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0MtUeg-nWPwrSquHP-raPQ
New Food-Themed Sylvanian Families Exhibition Opens at Matsuya Ginza
The adorable Sylvanian Families characters are the subject of a new food-inspired exhibition at Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo! Until March 21, guests can enjoy tons of new merchandise for sale at the event space.
Sylvanian Families is a line of collectible animals made of flocked plastic, originally released in Japan in 1985. Made to place inside dollhouses, these little creatures have remained popular in over 70 countries since release. Over 200 million units have been sold over the years.
The theme of this event is ‘delicious time,’ and guests can find adorable sets featuring popular characters cooking meals, preparing desserts, and baking cakes.
“A Delicious, Happy Life” Photo: Keigo Morii
Ash Mimi “The Fairy’s Mysterious Sweets Shop”
“Delicious Times with Friends in the Forest” Japan Dollhouse Association
In addition to panels and photos of unique combinations featured on social media, the exhibition features the first public showing of works by members of the Japan Dollhouse Association. A large photo spot also makes guests feel as though they’ve entered the world of Sylvanian Families!
[Only for Sale at the Venue] Baby Trio (Bakery) *Price to be Decided
A special store on-site will sell original merchandise, including dolls and illustrations. A limited number of special goods vouchers are also on sale for a short time, and guests exchanging one will receive an original hand towel!
Tasty Times with Sylvanian Families
Running: March 7 – March 21, 2022
Location: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Square
*Closes at 17:00 on March 21, last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Matsuya Ginza Website: https://www.matsuya.com/ginza/
Special Merchandise Coupon
How to Purchase: Available at Lawson Ticket (Code: 36777) / Loppi at Lawson & Ministop
Vintage Furniture Exhibition ‘Life in Art: Tokyo Modernism 2022’ to Open at Three Venues Including MUJI HOTEL GINZA
Ryohin Keikaku, which operates the interior design brand IDÉE, will open the ‘Life in Art: Tokyo Modernism 2022’ exhibition from February 25 until April 10, 2022. Vintage stores and galleries from all over Japan that deal mainly with furniture from the 1940s to 1960s will come together to introduce audiences to exquisite designs from around the world. Shinichiro Nakahara and Takahiro Goko have organized the exhibition in an effort to spread the word about modern design in the golden age. The exhibition will be held in three parts, beginning with a showing at ATELIER MUJI GINZA and continuing to an auction at IDÉE Tokyo. The final exhibition will be held at MUJI HOTEL GINZA.
This exhibition is composed of items from a number of unique galleries and stores. Intended to promote the beauty of mid-century vintage furniture and interior design, each piece will be introduced alongside stories from the original designers.
Modernism Auction #Chairs
Store owners, creators, and artists participating in TOKYO MODERNISM 2022 will be auctioning off a selection of unique chairs during this unique event.
About 30 galleries and vintage shops from around Japan will transform the guest rooms on the 7th and 8th floors of MUJI HOTEL GINZA into stores for this special show. This is the main event and will gather together masterpieces of modern design from the United States, Brazil, Scandinavia, and Japan.
Life in Art “TOKYO MODERNISM 2022”
Running: February 25 – April 10, 2022
Address: ATELIER MUJI GINZA (Muji Ginza 6F / 3-5-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Modernism Auction #Chairs
Part 1: February 25 – March 16, 2022
Part 2: March 18 – April 10, 2022
Address: IDÉE TOKYO (Square Zero Area #48, B1F, Gransta Tokyo inside the ticket gates of JR Tokyo Station)
Running: April 7 – April 10, 2022
Address: MUJI HOTEL GINZA 7F/8F Guest Rooms (3-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
April 7, 17:00-20:00 / ¥5,000 (Tax Included) *Preview
April 8-9, 11:00-20:00 / ¥3,000 (Tax Included)
April 10, 11:00-17:00 / ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Official Site: https://www.idee-lifeinart.com/
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
Wako Tea Salon in Ginza Offering Seasonal Strawberry Parfait
Those familiar with the Ginza district of Tokyo will recognize the iconic Wako clock tower. The department store sells everything from watches to chocolates, and on the second floor of the Wako Annex, guests will find the Tea Salon. The bright and relaxing place invites adult shoppers to enjoy seasonal sweets, with its popular Strawberry Parfait constantly reinvented depending on the time of year.
This season’s strawberry parfait includes pistachios and local fruit. For a limited time, guests can also enjoy the Lychee and Raspberry Parfait until the end of February. A Fruit Parfait is available in March and April, and the Chocolate Parfait is available year-round.
At the Wako Annex Tea Salon, visitors can also enjoy light meals alongside tea and coffee specially blended for Wako by Yoshiaki Kawashima, known as the ‘coffee hunter.’
Lychee and Raspberry Parfait
Wako Annex 2F Tea Salon
Address: 4-chome 4-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Open Year-Round (Except New Year holidays)
Hours: 10:30 – Last order at 19:00 (Last order at 18:30 on Sundays and holidays)
Access: Immediately in front of Ginza Station Exit B1 on Tokyo Metro
*Young children are not permitted in the restaurant.
Online Store: https://shop.wako.co.jp/
Official Site: https://www.wako.co.jp/