Special kabuki night returns to this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival!
16.September.2017 | SPOT
The next Tokyo International Film Festival will run from October 25th to November 3rd. The annually loved “Kabukiza Special Night” will also make a return this year on Thursday October 26th.
This year marks the festival’s 30th run. The Japanese film “Gate of Hell” (1953) will be shown this year in 4K and with English subtitles. The film was directed by Japanese movie master Teinosuke Kinugasa, who won the Palme d’or at the 7th Cannes Festival as well as the Academy Honorary Award and Academy Award for Best Costume design for the 27th Academy Awards.
“Gate of Hell” was praised as an artistic achievement by Jean Cocteau who acted as Jury President at the Cannes film festival. It’s a story of hell fire passion burning in the tenacity of love. The kabuki show will unravel the loves and hates of humans and be performed against the backdrop of picture scrolls from Genpei Jōsuiki.
Ichikawa Ebizō XI will also be present to perform his kabuki dance piece “Otokodate Hana no Yoshiwara.” The dance tells of a chivalrous man named Goshono Gorozo and his many rendezvous with his lover.
The program for the kabuki night can be enjoyed by kabuki first-timers and frequenters.
▼Comment from by Ichikawa Ebizo XI (translated from Japanese by MMN)
“It is an honour and a privilege for me to be able to perform at the Kabukiza Special Night event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Tokyo International Film Festival. I will be performing Otokodate Hana no Yoshiwara, a piece I create 3 years ago. It comes from the Sewa-Kyogen piece Gosho no Gorozou by Kawatake Mokuami. It tells of the charm and disposition of a chivalrous man going to see his lover. I hope you will enjoy the stylised beauty of kabuki which overflows with elegance. Many people come from all over the world every year to see Kabukiza Special Night, so I am very much looking forward ot it. I hope to deliver the wonder of Japanese culture to first-timers of kabuki and the rest of the world.”
A line-up of films for the Japanese Classics Sections has also been announced for this year.
This includes “Kagemusha,” directed by Akira Kurosawa, which has won many awards including the Grand Prix at the 33rd Cannes Film Festival, “Sansho the Bailiff,” directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, winner of the Silver Lion at Venice Film Festival; and “The Ballad of Narayama,” directed by Shohei Imamura, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; and other famous films.
The film takes place during the Sengoku Period. Daiymo of the Takeda clan, Shingen Takeda, cheats death and orders his death to be kept a secret for 3 years. A body double must take the place of the great Shingen Takeda as a decoy against the rise and fall of Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu.
“Sansho the Bailiff”
An internationally renowned film and winner of the Silver Lion at the 15th Venice Film Festival. The film has been restored in 4K by The Film Foundation founded by Martin Scorsese.
“The Ballad of Narayama”
The film tackles the universal human themes of life and death and the human relations of parent and child. Shohei Imamura paints a touching tale of the soul locked within the abyss of our hearts that humanity has always sought.
The Tokyo International Film Festival is a time for people around the world to enjoy their favourite medium together. It’s also a time for Japan to showcase their own famous movies as well as the art of kabuki to the rest of the world.
Onoe Matsuya and Ukon Onoe Team Up for Traditional Japanese Art Experience ‘Kabuki Derby’
13.May.2022 | FASHION
The 89th Tokyo Yushun, or Japanese Derby, is scheduled to take place on May 29, 2022. Ahead of the event, a special site featuring Kabuki actors Onoe Matsuya and Ukon Onoe was opened on May 12. That’s right–it’s time for the Kabuki Derby!
Celebrating its 89th year, the Japanese Derby is considered one of the finest horse races in the world. To make this traditional and prestigious event even more exciting, a collaboration with the traditional Japanese performing art of Kabuki is getting people talking.
Tokyo Yushun Kabuki Simulation Game
In the Kabuki Derby, visitors can enjoy tons of unique content made with Onoe Matsuya and Ukon Onoe. The site’s racing game even has a completely original story! Trivia quizzes related to the Derby and obstacle courses will also provide hours of fun.
Special Video: Home Horse Racing!
Special Video: Instant PAT!
Special Video: Full House Derby
In the original videos, both Kabuki actors appear as brothers in the Edo Period. The two are sure to make you smile with their performances, as they explain what they do on their days off and show off how fun horse racing can be.
There will also be a Twitter campaign where you can win prizes depending on the results of the Japanese Derby. Be sure to tune in and root for your favorite horse!
Available May 12, 2022
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
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
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
Kabuki Actor Somegoro Ichikawa VIII Becomes Brand Ambassador for Shu Uemura Japan
11.March.2022 | FASHION
Shu Uemura Japan has announced that Kabuki actor Somegoro Ichikawa VIII will be the brand ambassador for its popular cleansing oil and other cosmetic items.
Shu Uemura products are all crafted in Japan and the brand exemplifies the Japanese spirit of perfection, care, and tradition. This advanced technology and cutting-edge design philosophy is a perfect match for Somegoro Ichikawa, who is incredibly passionate about Japanese artistry through his work in kabuki theater. This collaboration is bringing kabuki, a 400-year-old art form, to the mainstream, infusing it with modernity.
Comment from Somegoro Ichikawa
“I’m honored to have been chosen to serve as an ambassador for Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, which I personally use on a regular basis. What can we do to pass on Kabuki and other Japanese traditions to future generations? I feel a strong connection between my own ideas and challenges and those of the Shu Uemura brand.”
Official Site: https://www.shuuemura.jp
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/
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
New 90-Second Trailer, Key Visual Released for DEEMO: Memorial Keys
DEEMO: Memorial Keys is scheduled to release in select locations nationwide on February 25, 2022, and a new key visual and 90-second trailer filled with brand-new footage just dropped!
The key visual was created by Mebachi, a popular illustrator known for creating the character designs for both DEEMO and the ending animation of Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club.
Against the backdrop of the castle where Deemo lives, a spiral staircase made of piano keys leads guests to a mysterious world. Alice, the main heroine, and Deemo, the masked girl, along with other characters are seen gazing up at the sky. Cherry blossom petals and light pour down from above in this emotional key visual that perfectly encapsulates the story’s world.
DEEMO tells the story of a girl who falls from the sky. She has no memories and finds herself traversing a strange castle. The sound of piano rings out, and the girl must discover the truth of who she is, and where she finds herself.
DEEMO: Memorial Keys Trailer
Based on the popular DEEMO mobile game, many famous tracks from the title will appear in the movie, so fans shouldn’t miss it!
ⓒRayark Inc./「DEEMO THE MOVIE」製作委員会
DEEMO: Memorial Keys
Official site: deemomovie.jp
Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe to Hold ‘Special Strawberry Day 2022’ for Two Days Only
The Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe in Tokyo will hold the ‘Special Strawberry Day 2022’ event for two days only, on January 14 and 15, 2022. Guests will be able to enjoy a Strawberry Parfait prepared using carefully selected varieties of strawberries from all over Japan. Two varieties of the dessert will be available for the first time in 2022, with twelve varieties available in total–some varieties will only be available on a specific date.
Special Strawberry Parfait with ‘Angel Strawberries’ from Saga Prefecture: ¥2,600 (Tax Included)
Special Strawberry Parfait with ‘Marihime Strawberries’ from Wakayama Prefecture: ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Only available on January 15
Premium Strawberry Parfait with Strawberries from Saga Prefecture: ¥3,600 (Tax Included)
Premium Strawberry Parfait with ‘Mino Musume Strawberries’ from Gifu Prefecture: ¥3,600 (Tax Included)
Royal Strawberry Parfait with ‘Kotoka Strawberries’ from Nara Prefecture: ¥5,000 (Tax Included)
Cocotte de Fraise Sales Period: January 14 – January 15
Shiseido Parlour Ginza
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 1F (8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
*Closed during the New Year holiday
Ginza Lion Building, Japan’s Oldest Beer Hall, Listed as a Tangible Cultural Property
15.December.2021 | SPOT
The Ginza Lion Building, built in 1934, has been officially recognized as a registered Tangible Cultural Property.
On April 8, 1934, a beer hall was opened on the first floor of the building. The interiors were lavish and incredible for the time, and were admired by citizenry and architects alike. During the war, many beer halls were destroyed by air raids or torn down for evacuation, but this location in Ginza survived and was seized in September 1945. It was then made into a beer hall exclusively for the Occupation Forces. In 1952, the site was made available to the public again.
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Present Day
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Original Construction Completed
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Present Day
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Original Construction Completed
Large Glass Mosaic Mural at the Bar
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Store Interior
Lighting with Grape Motif
Lighting with Beer Foam Motif
The red brick walls of the restaurant are meant to resemble the Earth bearing a rich harvest
A pillar made to look like barley
The banquet hall on the 6th floor of the building, Ginza Classic Hall, was once used as a conference room and is currently used as a party venue. The interior hasn’t changed much since its establishment, and guests enjoy the historical setting as they knock back a few brews. Ginza Lion Beer Hall celebrated its 87th anniversary on April 8, 2021.
The interior concept of the hall is ‘fertility and harvest,’ and the Lion was built with the intention of being the ‘best building in the world, and a representative beer hall in Japan that will last for generations to come.’
Ginza Beer Hall
Address: 7-9-20 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Official Site: https://www.ginzalion.jp/shop/brand/lionginza7/