Hong Kong and Virtual Exhibition to Reimagine Japanese Contemporary Art, Fashion as NFTs
26.April.2022 | FASHION
From April 21 until May 15, 2022, Startbahn is holding the ‘Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality’ exhibition at a pop-up venue in Hong Kong! A virtual showroom by VIRTRIX is also open for those who can’t attend in person.
‘Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality’ utilizes blockchain technology and NFTs to showcase cutting-edge Japanese creativity in the worlds of fashion, art, and crafts, bringing the physical and virtual worlds together. The lineup was brought together by Startbahn, a leader in blockchain and Web3 infrastructure in Japan. Participating artists include fashion stars Tomo Koizumi and Anrealage, ceramic artist Takahiro Koga, and Yumi Kishi, known for creating digital portraits using artificial intelligence. The latter has appeared in Vogue and worked with Nike.
Participating Fashion Brands / Designers, Artists
Fashion Brands / Designers
B-OWND / Takahiro Koga
SBINFT Market Artists:
Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality
Running: April 23 – May 15, 2022
Venue: Shop Go1, K11 Art Mall (K11 Car Park, 18 Hanoi Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong)
Virtual Showroom / Official Site: https://www.virtrix.io/startbahn/madeinjapan3.0
First Phase of Rakuten NFT Art Gallery Offering Works by ORIHARA, Ado’s Image Director
20.May.2022 | FASHION
Rakuten NFT, an NFT marketplace and sales platform, will launch the Rakuten NFT Art Gallery featuring original NFT artwork on May 26, 2022 at 17:00.
Rakuten NFT offers a marketplace where users can buy and sell NFTs inspired by sports, music, animation, and other entertainment. It also gives IP holders a place to publish and market NFTs. The first phase of the Rakuten NFT Art Gallery will include works by ORIHARA, the image director for the popular singer Ado; Numata Zombie!?, the artist responsible for creating the cover art for Ado’s song Gira Gira; and yasuna, known for using incredibly detailed sophisticated techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Users can use Rakuten ID for payment, and doing so will earn Rakuten Points. Purchased NFTs can be added to a personal page and can also be listed for sale on the marketplace.
The NFT art packs to be sold include nine total works by all three artists. ORIHARA will release two works based on the theme of ‘Shibuya Kawaii.’ Numata Zombie?! will release three works depicting girls with pigtails and white hair, while yasuna will release four pieces of art with personal meaning. The latest information on the Rakuten NFT Art Gallery will be posted to the official Twitter page.
Limited Edition Sake Released Alongside NFT Art to Share the Value of Japanese Spirits with the World
Two incredible new Junmai Daiginjo bottles, the highest-quality sake, have been released in limited quantities. Hitou ASCENDING and Touka ILLUMINATING were made by sustainable means and incorporate NFT art to share the process of sake creation with the world.
While sake companies keep traditional Japanese production methods alive, some are seeking to solve problems in the sake industry by turning to current technology, like the blockchain and NFTs. In this age of convenience and automation, this particular sake maker is aiming to show the true value and authenticity of Japanese craftsmanship to the rest of the world.
Certain types of sake can only be made and enjoyed at certain times of the year, as they are not suitable for storage at room temperature and can only be consumed for a brief period to get the best taste. Many sake fans around the world might not be aware of this, so the new NFT collaboration aims to educate!
The bottles contain unique ukiyo-e NFT art prints of a dragon and phoenix on the bottle, respectively. Those who purchase a bottle will also find the year of production and bottle number etched onto the glass with lacquer. Be sure to keep the bottle even after the delicious sake is gone!
Rice / Tobe Rice
In Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture, farmers have been cultivating this unique brand of Koshihikari rice without the help of pesticides or fertilizers for over two decades. The rice is called the best in all of Japan, and one-third of its yield is used to make sake.
Water / Pure Groundwater
The Japan Median Tectonic Line, also known as the ‘Dragon’s Vein,’ is a massive fault line that is home to numerous sacred sites, including Suwa Grand Shrine, Toyokawa Inari Shrine, Tenkawa Benzaiten Shrine, Ise Grand Shrine, and the Koyasan Mountain. The groundwater found here is some of the purest found in Japan and flows from the Bungui Pass in Ina, Nagano Prefecture. The pass has been featured in many publications as one of the most famous power spots in Japan.
Brewing / Ono Brewery
While dealing with some of the harshest winter weather in Japan, the brewery has continued to create sake the old-fashioned way–with human hands. For the creation of these two bottles, the brewers took on the challenge of making a very small amount of sake, something they had never done before. Based on the concept of “making the most of the environment,” the rice was prepared in a special room with no air conditioning under the watchful eye of the master brewer.
Bottle Art/ Ukiyo-e Artist, Shun
The art displayed on the bottle is printed in a unique way, allowing it to be put on display separately. The Japanese-style art is perfect for the collaboration and was inspired by one specific hope: that a new path will open to those who work hard after the many difficulties and troubles caused by the pandemic.
Bottle Making / Maruyoshi Kosaka Wood & Urushi Works
The circular label symbolizes the moon (water) and the sun (fire), each representing a world where different values are not only accepted but welcomed. Hand-painted and made with pure platinum and gold leaf by the talented craftsman at Maruyoshi Kosaka Wood & Urushi Works in Shiojiri, Nagano, these advanced painting techniques are sure to impress.
Each Bottle Features the Brewing Year, Number Printed in Lacquer
Marked with a unique serial number, all proceeds from the sales of these special sakes will be used to maintain and promote sustainable agriculture, support sake brewers, and bring traditional Japanese craftsmanship to the world.
Junmai Daiginjo – ‘Hitou ASCENDING,’ ‘Touka ILLUMINATING’
Official Site: https://hitoutouka.com/
Japan’s First NFT Anime Project ‘Zombie Zoo’ to be Released in May
12.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Zombie Zoo, Japan’s first animated adaptation of NFT art, will be released this month! Based on the NFT art collection by Zombie Zoo Keeper, a 9-year-old Japanese boy, Toei Animation is in charge of the series.
The main staff, character designs, and an advanced cut of the live-action portion of the series have been revealed ahead of the project’s official release. YP of YURUPPE is directing the series. Jiro Sameyama is the character designer. The character design settings are now on display in the Metaverse at NFT FESTA 2022 SPRING.
©️Zombie Zoo Keeper
Zombie Zoo Keeper
Coming in May
Official Site: https://www.toei-anim.co.jp/zombie-zoo/
AmPm Give In-Depth Explanation of NFT Appeal During 5th Anniversary Project
25.April.2022 | MUSIC
In 2017, the masked musical unit AmPm made its debut with the song Best Part of Us, and has continued to attract listeners from all over the world. In celebration of its 5th anniversary in 2022, the pair are planning tons of new projects. Each will be announced on the 16th of each month.
Along with releasing original music, AmPm has been working to create valuable assets in the Metaverse, starting with the sale of NFT. In a first for a Japanese artist, the pair began selling a limited trial of unreleased music in 2021. Recently, AmPm announced some new NFT digital art.
Based on the pair’s experience of music curators, the NFT project hopes to provide unique pieces for an affordable price, allowing as many people as possible to become familiar with the NFT space.
AmPm recently purchased ‘Jidori Girls,’ a project by JidoriDeployer, on OpenSea. They decided to purchase it not only because of its immediate appeal, but also because it fit with AmPm’s worldview.
After the announcement, there was an exchange on Twitter with the creator of Jidori Girls. Fans from around the world also chimed in with comments like “You are incredible,” “Awesome collab!,” and “Thanks for joining our community!”
AmPm Delivering “THE BOOK”
In the note section, the pair explained the NFT, how they came to purchase it, its appeal, and the significance of the purchase.
It’s unclear how NFTs will affect AmPm’s future activities. Fans will just have to stay tuned to find out!
Artwork by ‘Eren the Southpaw’ Protagonist Available as NFTs
19.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Digital manga distributor Number Nine Inc. is teaming up with gumi Corporation and double jump.tokyo to sell two pieces of street art drawn by Eren Yamagishi, the main character in Kappi’s manga series Eren the Southpaw, as NFTs. The company announced that it will auction off the pieces starting April 20, 2022.
Night in Chelsea
A special spin-off manga, THROW UP THE DEUCE, has also been published on the website ‘cakes.’
THROW UP THE DEUCE – Eren the Southpaw | Special Edition
Those winning the bid will also be able to enjoy some special bonuses. The two who win the NFTs will appear in the second part of the spin-off manga series, and will also receive another commemorative NFT.
Don’t miss your chance to actually appear in a manga series!
Eren the Southpaw Street Art NFT Collection
Special Site: https://eren.nftplus.io/
tofuNFT Auction Site: https://tofunft.com/ja/launchpad/eren_the_southpaw
Auction Begins April 20, 21:00 / Auction Ends April 23, 21:00
Ceramic Artist Takahiro Koga and B-OWNED Hold First NFT Pop-Up Event at Yard Miyashita Park
The pop-up event ‘Takahiro Koga -CRYPTO- ~Pottery in the Age of Subversion x NFT~ produced by B-OWND’ will be held at Rayard Miyashita Park from April 4 until April 11, 2022.
Real Work Neo Manekineko -Crypto-
NFT Work Neo Manekineko -Break-
Rayard Miyashita Park, South 2F Atrium Plaza (Digital signage will differ during the event)
The event will feature new works and 3D computer-generated digital art pieces by up-and-coming artist Takahiro Koga. The exhibition will utilize the pillar-shaped digital signage found in the building, and will demonstrate the potential for new art exhibitions going forward.
During the event, visitors will receive a white list NFT for the purchase of artwork, which will serve as a preorder coupon for the NFT art piece Neo Manekineko -Break-. A total of 100 guests who utilize this coupon will receive an NFT art piece as a gift. Additional pieces of NFT artwork will be available on the NFT sales platform HARTi.
Artist Takashi Murakami and Swiss Luxury Watch Brand Hublot Collaborate on NFT
05.April.2022 | FASHION
Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot and top Japanese artist Takashi Murakami have released two pieces of digital NFT artwork inspired by Hublot’s ‘Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami’ watches shown at the international watch exhibition ‘Watches & Wonders.’
These pieces of digital artwork were inspired by the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black watch and the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow Watch. Both items were released in 2021 and marked the first collaboration between Hublot and a Japanese artist. These two watches were released in quantities of 200 and 100 pieces, respectively, and both sold out in only a few days.
The collaboration includes two pieces of digital artwork featuring smiling flowers, a symbolic theme of Murakami’s work and the Superflat art movement. There are 216 digital art pieces inspired by the All Black watch and 108 pieces inspired by the Sapphire Rainbow watch. These NFTs are primarily intended for current owners of the two limited-edition watches. Current watch owners must apply for the NFT between April 1 and April 25.
But don’t worry: these NFTs will also be available to the public in limited quantities in May 2022!
Hublot x Takashi Murakami NFT
Official Site: https://www.hublot.com
NAKED’s Popular Sakura Artwork Transformed into Company’s First NFT
29.March.2022 | FASHION
The NFT platform ‘Adam by GMO’ will offer the creative company NAKED’s first piece of NFT art. Sakura Ousai has been featured in the hands-on art exhibition NAKED FLOWERS held in Nihonbashi, Nijo Castle, Hong Kong, and Korea. The NFT will be available in late March and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to support Ukraine.
Since its establishment in 1997, NAKED has constantly produced incredibly unique art installations to fit with the times. Starting with the projection mapping of Tokyo Station in 2012, the company has created unprecedented art and entertainment experiences by combining real space with virtual experiences. The current theme is ‘borderless creativity,’ and creating NFT art fits into this vision.
NAKED FLOWERS, one of NAKED’s signature events, has been held since the New Year 2016. The NAKED FLOWERS experience has now been converted into a piece of NFT art for the first time, and buyers can enjoy these cherry blossoms no matter their location!
NAKED Opens Traditional Craft Workshop in Saga Prefecture
Creative company NAKED has begun producing a collection of workshops on traditional crafts found in Saga Prefecture. Along with local creators, the event will continue through February 2022.
NAKED, together with Saga Prefecture, started a project called the ‘Saga Art Prefectural Government Project’ in 2016, which focuses on promoting the night economy in Saga. From the fall of 2021 until winter 2022, visitors to Saga will be able to enjoy a night walk surrounded by lanterns and local pieces of artwork.
During this event, workshops led by Saga’s top creators will invite visitors to create a number of unique, personalized items, from lanterns to hand lotion. Certain workshops are for both adults and children, making this a fun event for the entire family.
aroma*aroma Fragrance School Seminar House: Aromatherapy Soap Making for Parents and Children
Arita Porcelain Lab Painting Experience
Ogi Akari Project Bamboo Lantern Making Experience
Making Magatama at Yoshinogari Historial Park
Balloon Museum: Paper Balloon Making Experience for Parents and Children
full of flowers hyakka Flower Swag Making Experience
aroma*aroma Fragrance School Seminar House (with aroma lecture) Hand Cream Making Experience
Bubbleman Store for Adults: Saga Lotion Making Experience/ Bubbleman Store Candy Soap Making Experience for Parents and Children
Ureshino Warmth Festival Lantern Making Experience
Night Walking Art Display NAKED GARDEN SAGA
Address: Saga Prefectural Office, Top Floor Observation Hall
Running: October 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022
Hours: 18:30-22:00 *Final entry at 21:30
Tokyo Revengers Daruma Now Available from Shirakawa Daruma
Shirakawa Daruma Souhonpo in Fukushima Prefecture, which has been in business since the end of the Edo period, is now selling seven Tokyo Revengers-themed daruma. These good luck items are available both at Daruma Land on the second floor of S-PAL Koriyama in Shirakawa City and at the Shirakawa Daruma online store.
Some characters available in Daruma form are Takemichi, Mikey, and Draken. Shirakawa Daruma Souhonpo, which has been in business for 300 years, makes use of Japanese traditional techniques to form each doll by hand. These palm-sized dolls are only 45mm long and are perfect for decorating any room.
Let these Tokyo Revengers-themed good luck charms make this the best year ever!
Biwako Hotel in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture Introduces the Hyakunin Isshu Cocktail
Biwako Hotel in Shiga Prefecture is now selling two original cocktails inspired by the Hyakunin Isshu poem anthology until March 4, 2022. Originally created in 2021, these drinks will be available at the Bel Lago Bar.
Biwako Hotel began selling a series of Hyakunin Isshu-inspired cocktails starting in 2017 to commemorate the 1350th anniversary of the relocation of the capital to Otsu. In 2019, the location opened a 100-person sweets buffet, and in the spring and fall of 2021 the hotel offered an afternoon tea set based on the 100 famous poems. By 2021, the hotel had come up with 35 cocktails, but due to the spread of COVID-19, this was put on hold. Two of the best cocktails are now back for a limited time.
“Feel the love deepen over time, like the stream widening into a river as it descends Mount Tsukuba.”
Poem 13, Retired Emperor Yozei
This poem compares the poet’s ever-deepening and melancholic love to the course of the Minano River.
This drink includes layers of colorful liqueurs. The delicate color of the border reminds guests of the complexity of love.
Osaka no Seki
“Truly, this is where travelers who go or come over parting ways–Friends or strangers–all must meet: The gate of “Meeting Hill.”
Poem 10, Semimaru
This poem speaks of the Osaka Barrier, which was located on the boundary between present-day Kyoto and Omi, now known as Shiga Prefecture.
The author, Semimaru, had a hermitage near this famed border. The mellow green color of the beverage evokes the image of a traveler passing by on a mountain road in early spring.
What is the Hyakunin Isshu?
Those who have seen the anime series Chihayafuru will be very well acquainted with the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, a collection of 100 famous poems in Japanese history collected from the early tenth to the early thirteenth century. These poems are said to have been selected by Fujiwara no Teika, a poet and critic of his day. In the Edo period, these poems were illustrated and became popular among the general public. Students in Japanese schools memorize many of these poems at a young age.
Hyakunin Isshu Cocktail
Available until March 4, 2022 from 18:00-22:00 (Last order at 21:30)
Location: Biwako Hotel 2F Bel Lago Bar
Official Site: https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/
Scandinavian Artist Lisa Larson Opens Preorders for JAPAN Sekku Series
26.January.2022 | FASHION
Lisa Larson, a beloved Scandinavian artist, has turned two of her most popular characters from the JAPAN SERIES into Hina dolls! Introducing Ohina-kun and Ohina-sama.
The original character Pelle was first introduced in ‘Larson’s Children’s Series,’ created between 1964 and 1980. Stina is also an original character, created as a prototype in Lisa’s studio in 1957.
Lisa Larson’s Vintage Prototypes
While the cheerful impression of the original works is still intact, Pelle and Stina have been transformed into traditional Japanese dolls.
Ohina-kun and Ohina-sama
Just in time for the Doll’s Festival! Larson worked with a creative kokeshi doll studio in Gunma Prefecture to design this duo, and each piece is handcrafted from local wood. These are perfect for seasonal celebrations.
This dignified young warrior shows off his magnificent helmet and how he has grown up just in time for the Dragon Boat Festival. His cat has been replaced by a Japanese war fan, and the tiger signifies a healthy and honorable life for boys.
Ohina-kun and Ohina-sama
TONKACHI STORE: https://shop.tonkachi.co.jp/