Ginza Tsutaya Books to Hold ‘What is Kawaii’ Exhibition Featuring Art by Three Female Artists

08.April.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

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?

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    05.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Matsuzakaya Nagoya will hold an exhibition for the popular manga series Chihayafuru from August 10 until August 29. The manga concluded on August 1 after 15 years of serialization and tells the story of Chihaya, a girl aiming to become the greatest competitive karuta player in Japan. Karuta is a Japanese card game, requiring players to memorize a collection of 100 classical poems in order to play. Generations of readers have been sucked in by the inspiring and romantic tale, and the series has grown to include an anime adaptation and a live-action film. The story has now reached its inevitable climax, and fans are saying farewell to Chihaya, Taichi, and Arata. 

     

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    Original Exhibition Goods

    Daddy Bear Plush / Snow-maru Plush

    Maki-e Nail Clippers by Hashimoto Lacquerware

    Goshuin-cho (Shrine and Temple Stamp Book) Set

     

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  • Tokyo Station Hotel to Offer Accommodation Plan in Conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition

    04.August.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    Starting on October 8, Tokyo Station Gallery will begin the 150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition. To celebrate the opening of the event, Tokyo Station Hotel will begin offering a special lodging plan which includes a special ticket for entry starting September 15. 

     

    2022 marks the 15th anniversary of Japan’s first railroad. The exhibition will look back at the history of railroads from their inception in 1872 to the present day, and will also feature modern and contemporary Japanese art.

     

    Over 150 works will be on display, from oil paintings to photographs. The exhibition will also include Kawanabe Kyosai’s Jigoku Gokuraku Meguri-zu and Utagawa Hiroshige’s masterwork Steam Train Running Along the Shore at Yokohama. The train headmark was designed by Katsuhiko Hibino in 2021.

     

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    Enjoy a rare moment surrounded by the historic architecture of Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi Station Building and immerse yourself in the history of the railroad.

  • Nanao City in Ishikawa Prefecture Holds Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia Manga Event

    03.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    In 2023, an anime adaptation of the manga series Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia will air on television. During the Nanao Port Festival held on July 17 in Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture, fans were treated to tons of artwork and collaboration visuals. After all, the series takes place in Nanao City! Over 1,500 flyers for the show were handed out in under two hours, and the local community was thrilled to know that such a popular anime series would bring more attention to the town.

    As part of the collaboration between Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia and Nanao City, an exhibition will be held featuring 30 reproductions from the original manga manuscript and some original anime drawings!


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    Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia is the latest work by Makoto Ojiro. Set in Nanao City, the coming-of-age story follows Ganta Nakami, a high school boy suffering from insomnia, and Isaki Magari, a girl with the same issue. The manga is serialized in Weekly Big Comic Spirits.

     


    Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia will receive an anime adaptation in 2023, and a live-action film is also in the works. The first trailer for the anime series has been released, so be sure to give it a watch!

     

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    02.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime. To commemorate the event, a special anniversary exhibition will be held around Japan starting on August 10! The first venue will be Ikebukuro Sunshine City in Tokyo.

     

    Menu

    *This event will be held exclusively at the Tokyo venue. Please note that the café will not be open during the “Premium Preview” on August 9.
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    Goods

    The official website for the exhibition has revealed more information about the Tokyo event, including the collaboration cafe menu. Details about the exclusive merchandise that will be on sale have also been posted. This year’s exhibition will feature a large selection of canvas boards that can only be obtained at each venue. Canvas boards exclusive to the Tokyo venue for the first leg of the tour will feature Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando. The characters will change from venue to venue, so keep an eye out for more details!

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    01.August.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    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.

     

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  • teamLab Opens Art-Filled Nighttime Botanical Garden Exhibition in Osaka

    31.July.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

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    Life is Flickering Light Floating in Darkness – Sunflowers

     

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    The Nagai Botanical Garden covers 240,000 square meters and is home to roughly 1,200 species of plants. teamLab has transformed the space, with the digital art pieces changing according to the behavior of guests. 

     

    In the future, teamLab plans to introduce seasonal works, making use of plants that bloom in spring, summer, fall, and winter.

     

    Resonating Microcosms in the Common Camellia Garden – Liquified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset

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    28.July.2022 | FOOD / SPOT

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    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. 

     

    Japanese-style Yakiniku

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    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?

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    27.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    Starting July 25, fans of the upcoming anime mini-series BanG Dream! Morfonication will be able to visit the Morfonication Virtual Exhibition!

     

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    The two rooms currently open to the public are the Exhibition Room and Atelier of the Hiromachi Family. More rooms will open as they become available.

     

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    Come enjoy the world of BanG Dream! Morfonication from the comfort of your computer chair!

     

     

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  • Kawaii King Sebastian Masuda to Hold ‘COLORS FOR PEACE’ Charity Art Exhibition in New York City

    26.July.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    Sebastian Masuda, known as the “father of kawaii,” moved to New York City in 2022 to be more active in the Big Apple while continuing his activities in Tokyo.

     

    His first event since moving to the city will be the COLORS FOR PEACE charity art exhibition, which will be held at the Mizuma & Kips gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side from July 29 until July 31. A portion of all proceeds from the sale of artwork and donations collected will be donated to the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, a human rights organization supporting those whose lives have been impacted by war.

     

    Masuda wanted people to think about peace, which is the theme for the COLORS FOR PEACE exhibition. The showing will feature artwork in four primary colors–blue, yellow, green, and pink.

     

    Along with original paintings and lithographs, the exhibition will also feature a bed installation where guests can freely relax. Visitors will be able to think about the people whose peaceful daily lives are threatened by the ongoing war, and will be able to support them through art.

     

    An opening reception for the event will be held on the evening of July 29, and reservations are open now. More information will be announced on Masuda’s social media accounts, including when the artist himself will appear.

     

     

    Comment from Sebastian Masuda

    “COLORS FOR PEACE is an event with a very straightforward theme, and that is for guests to think about peace. Close your eyes. Imagine it. Understand it. Understand how wonderful it is that you can sleep in your own bed at home tonight. We all know how comfortable it is to be able to sleep in our own bed, with our own sheets that have our own scent.

     

    Through my activities over the years, I’ve come to realize that the ‘kawaii’ movement is one of the best ways to inspire peace. It helps us to understand each other, and the bright and vibrant colors make people happy, both in Japan and around the world. I hope that the COLORS FOR PEACE venue will be filled with many smiling faces and that it will transcend race, religion, age, gender, and all other borders.”

  • More Details about The Rose of Versailles 50th Anniversary Exhibition Revealed

    24.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills will hold ‘The Rose of Versailles 50th Anniversary Exhibition –The Rose of Versailles Forever-’ from September 17 until November 20, 2022. The exhibition will feature original drawings and gorgeous color illustrations from the original creator, as well as new developments and a look back at the anime series and many stage performances by the Takurazuka Revue. The venue will also feature a spectacular production inspired by the real Palace of Versailles. 

    <Exhibition Entrance> ©Riyoko Ikeda Production

     

    Entrance

    At the back of the elegant entrance corridor, inspired by the Palace of Versailles, are four lifesized panels of Marie Antoinette, Oscar, Andre, and Fersen.

     

    On the windows, portraits of the characters will appear as if they were portraits in a palace. The incredible backdrop of the Tokyo skyline is sure to create a lasting memory.

     

    Riyoko Ikeda debuted as a manga artist at the age of 20 and had a massive interest in history, particularly the life of Marie Antoinette. Publishing The Rose of Versailles was a dream for the artist, though the subject matter was strange for the time.

     

    [Chapter 1] The Rose of Versailles

    Approximately 180 original drawings from The Rose of Versailles, including color illustrations and rare original two and four-color drawings from the time of its original serialization, will be on display.


    In addition to the charming story, guests can enjoy the incredible art and heart-wrenching dialogue. 

     

    Also on display will be original drawings from The Rose of Versailles: Episodes, which shares many secrets and truths not revealed in the original story. This is the first new book in 40 years. The exhibition will also share Ikeda’s thoughts on her work and behind-the-scenes details, giving fans a deeper understanding of the creator’s process. 

     

    Along with additional artwork, the exhibition will feature a dress that Oscar only wore once in his life. Created by students of the haute couture department of Bunka Fashion College, the dress, made with lustrous silk fabric and thousands of beads, is sure to bring a tear to your eye.

     

    ©Riyoko Ikeda Production

     

    [Chapter 2] The Rose of Versailles Musicals by the Takurazuka Revue

    The Takurazuka Revue is a Japanese all-female musical theater troupe known for its Broadway-style productions of Western-style musicals and adaptations of films, novels, and manga. The Rose of Versailles was first performed by the group in 1974 at the Takurazuka Grand Theater in Hyogo Prefecture, inspiring a major Versailles boom. 

     

    Since then, it has inspired a number of new musicals, and in 2014, it became one of Takurazuka Revue’s most popular productions, attracting a total audience of 5 million people. The exhibition will feature a part of the set from Oscar’s room, in which Oscar and Andre pledged their love to each other. The costumes and props work and used by Oscar and Marie will also be on display.

    <Takurazuka Revue’s Cosmos Troupe performs The Rose of Versailles – Oscar & Andre- in 2014> ©Riyoko Ikeda Production

     

    [Chapter 3] The Rose of Versailles Anime Series

    While the series continued to be popular even after its serialization ended, it was adapted into an anime series in 1979. The opening theme song, Roses Scatter Beautifully, became a big hit when the show was first broadcast.

     

    Along with rare cels, the exhibition will discuss the show’s directors Tadao Nagahama and Osamu Dezaki, while also highlighting some of the best parts of the anime series.

     

    [Chapter 4] The Future of The Rose of Versailles

    For half a century, The Rose of Versailles has remained in the public consciousness. 

     

    This part of the exhibition highlights the many collaborations, goods, and releases related to The Rose of Versailles, including overseas releases, nostalgic items, spin-off manga, and more. Are you familiar with this impactful shojo manga series?

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  • teamLab Botanical Garden in Osaka Debuts Illuminated Nighttime Sunflower Field and More

    21.July.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    Art collective teamLab will open a permanent nighttime exhibition at the Nagai Botanical Garden in Osaka starting July 29, 2022. Tickets for teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka are on sale now at the official website, and a new group of exhibits take full advantage of the beautiful setting. In summer, 20,000 sunflowers bloom in the Life Garden, where seasonal flowers are transformed into an interactive space filled with illumination. As the flowers change each season, so will the art.

    Resonating Microcosms in the Common Camellia Garden – Liquified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset 

    Life is Flickering Light Floating in Darkness – Sunflowers

     

    Other works on display include Life is Continuous Light – Bald Cypress and Life is Continuous Light – Crepe myrtle, both taking advantage of the natural environment. The 240,000 square meter park will be completely transformed, with the digital art pieces changing according to the behavior of guests. More exhibits will be added in the future.

    Crepe myrtles at Nagai Botanical Garden

     

    Nagai Botanical Garden opened in 1974, and had its reopening on April 1, 2022 following extensive efforts to create an environment where plants can thrive and grow into the future, involving tree thinning, replanting of trees in anticipation of root growth, and soil improvement.

    Nagai Botanical Garden’s Bald Cypress

     

    teamLab’s art project Digitized Nature explores how nature can become art. The concept of the project is that non-material digital technology can turn nature into art without harming it.

    Floating Resonating Lamps – One Stroke

    Universe of Fire Particles – Secondary Forest

     

    teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka is a botanical garden by day and an art space by night. The art space transforms interactively, influenced by wind and rain, as well as by the behavior of the people and birds in it. People become a part of the artworks along with nature, and a part of the long continuity of time. The artworks, people, and nature; the self and others; the past, present, and future; all form a continuity without boundaries.

     

    Come visit another dimension right in the heart of Osaka!

     

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  • Blue Period Exhibition Showcases Art from Students Across Japan

    21.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Blue Period Exhibition ~Art is a gift?~ will run from June 18 until September 27, 2022, at Tokyo’s Warehouse TERRADA G1 Building. The manga series, written and illustrated by Tsubasa Yamaguchi, has been serialized in Kodansha’s seinen manga magazine Monthly Afternoon since June 2017.

     

    Blue Period follows Yatora Yaguchi, an aspiring painter trying to get into the Tokyo University of the Arts. For this exhibition, 34 students from art college prep schools around Japan drew the first six covers of the Blue Period manga series in their own unique styles. These creations were made across multiple media including charcoal, pencil, and oil paint. All 34 paintings will be on display during the exhibition period.

     

    Selection of Paintings to be Displayed

    Artist: Tomori Marimo
    This angel was drawn by art club member Mori-senpai in the series and inspired Yatora to pursue art. Appears in Volume 1.

     

    Artist: Yamamichi Shota
    The painting Yatora drew based on the theme of ‘Fate.’ It was the first F100 painting and seemed like it would swallow him up. Appears in Volume 3. 

     

    Artist: Yamazaki Yuko
    Piece drawn for Yatora’s first exam. The theme was ‘self-portrait.’ Appears in Volume 4.

     

    Artist: Tamana Moteki
    Piece drawn for Yatora’s second exam. The theme was ‘nude.’ Finished at the last minute. Appears in Volume 6.

     

    The in-person event will also invite fans of Blue Period to see 50 works of art integral to the series. An immersive theater will also be open, and visitors can see exclusive commentary from the series creator.

     

    ©山口つばさ/講談社/ブルーピリオド展製作委員会

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