Experience Japan’s earliest hanami flower-viewing at interactive art exhibition “FLOWERS by NAKED 2018 -Rondo-” in Nihonbashi

07.December.2017 | SPOT

NAKED have unveiled that they will hold a thematic and immersive flower art exhibition titled FLOWERS by NAKED 2018 -Rondo- which will run next year from January 23rd to February 26th.

The show is held every year at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall alongside the slogan “Japan’s earliest flower-viewing is at Nihonbashi”

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2018 will mark the 3rd run of the annual New Year’s springtime exhibition and it’s looking to be bigger than ever. The total number of people that have attended up to now is over 250,000, and there are more than 47,000 Instagram hashtags (as of December 1, 2017) talking about the event.

Next year’s event promises to be even bigger and better, with 10 new interactive experiences and displays.

A flower world of unprecedented beauty – flower art created by attendees
A concept taken under wing by NAKED for the event is “finding a secret garden in the city.” This garden will amalgamate fresh flower arrangements, artificial flowers, projecting mapping, objet d’art, sensing art, music, scent and more to produce an enjoyable and unique experience that stimulates all 5 senses.

 

“FLOWERS by NAKED” in 2018 takes the best contents from previous years that focus on appreciation and revamps them to get people more involved. You will feel like a protagonist in a movie as you find yourself lost in a wondrous world of flowers and use technology to bloom your very own flower art.

Popular brand LANVIN en Bleu have collaborated with the event to produce their own art fun. You can enjoy creating your own personal flower art by taking photos of flowers around the exhibition and holding them out to a white flower object onto which the photo’s colours will be transmitted. The flower will sway and change colour.

There will even be a great photo spot decorated with bloomed spring flowers. There are 10 interactive activities planned for attendees to enjoy.

Enjoy a city-only flower-viewing experience with some sake among the flower art, musical performances and dances

The entertainment side of things are also receiving a fine update, with 2018’s theme centered around “rondo.” Dancers dressed as springtime spirits will dance right in front of you and there will be a violin performance every 10 minutes. You can look forward to watching the dancing spirits on an interactive flower bed stage.

Indulge in some cherry blossom wine coolers courtesy of popular Yoyogi-Uehara based restaurant “9STORIES” and alcoholic cocktails designed with flower beds in mind. Luxuriate in a range of original flower themed drinks and Japanese sake while giving rein to an early spring.

 

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Experience a special ‘hanami’ (flower-viewing) only possible in the city at “FLOWERS by NAKED 2018.”

 

◼︎Information

FLOWERS by NAKED 2018 -Rondo-

Address: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, COREDO Muromachi 15F (entrance is on 4F)

Running: January 23, 2018 – February 26, 2018

*Open 10:00-20:00 with no planned closures. Last entries are 30 minutes before closing time.

Price:

<Advance Ticket> On sale until January 22, 2018

Adults – ¥1,200 / Children (elementary-middle school) – ¥700 / Ticket w/ masking tape – ¥1,600

*People who purchase an advance ticket with masking tape will be able to attend a special early viewing 2-days before general opening to the public on January 21, 2018 at 18:00-21:00.

<Same-Day Ticket> Available January 23rd – February 26th

Adults – ¥1,400 / Children (elementary-middle school) – ¥900

URL:https://flowers.naked.works/2018rondo/

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    Sebastian Masuda commented: “I’m actually the same age as Doraemon and I share the same birthday as Noby; the main character from the series. I was born with a love for Doraemon.”

     

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    His message to the people of Osaka is: “I would love it if lots of children came to see this. It would really make my day to hear reactions from them like “whoa, it’s huge” or “that’s so cool!””

     

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    ©2019 Sōichirō Yamamoto・Shogakukan/Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 2 Production Committee

  • Described as the “most interesting sweets shop in the world”, PAPABUBBLE sells a range of cute and fun confections. On July 1, PAPABUBBLE will open a Candy Art Museum on basement floor 2 of GINZA SIX.

     

    PAPABUBBLE has set up shop in over 30 cities worldwide. The main shop will contain art pieces made from candy. Considering all the candy shops that are currently out there in the world, nobody has ever seen anything quite like this before. 

    The museum contains around 20 different ornaments that are edible sweets. Visitors who wish to purchase the ornaments can do so. Besides the standard sweets, the display items and range of sweets for sale will be changed every day. 

     

    When the museum opens in July, visitors will be able to enjoy the wonderful texture and flavour of candy lampshades, enjoy the artistic and charming glow of candy mushrooms, and gaze in bewilderment at an antique vase baumkuchen cake. 

    To commemorate its grand opening, customers who spend more than ¥5,000 (after tax) on display items or on the sweets shop range will receive either a soft gummy brain or soft gummy dentures. This campaign will be running throughout July. 

    Along with the grand opening of the art museum, there will also be Ginza-limited products on sale that are completely unique to the Ginza branch. The lineup includes sweets made from ingredients that are rarely seen in Japan. This includes colourful and fruity chocolate such as rocky roads and soft candy sweets made from snow sugar. PAPABUBBLE will also sell souvenirs that represent Ginza such as Kirihako boxes which are beautiful boxes made from wood. 

     

    If you are in Tokyo, you just cannot miss this museum that is overflowing with originality.

  • KAWS’ HOLIDAY Scultupure Makes its Way to Mount Fuji With Merchandise Collection

    28.June.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    The next stop for New York-based contemporary artist KAWS’ HOLIDAY sculpture known as COMPANION is Mount Fuji. The 40-meter long art piece will arrive near the mountain on July 18 as teased in a sketch drawn by KAWS.

    The HOLIDAY project is a collaboration between KAWS and Hong Kong-based creative studio AllRightsReserved. The COMPANION has made his way around Seoul, Taipei and Hong Kong, with his fourth stop set for the land of the rising sun’s World Heritage Site and symbol Mount Fuji.

     

    KAWS:HOLIDAY JAPAN is a camping experience sponsored by Herschel Supply where visitors can admire the sculpture with Mount Fuji in the background at the Fumotoppara campsite in Shizuoka Prefecture. It will take place from July 19 to 24.

    KAWS will travel to Japan to kick off the experience with the “Ceremonial Camp Day” event on July 18. Tickets will go on sale worldwide for just 24 hours via the official website from June 28 at 10:00am (JST). The tickets will roll through a lottery system with 400 randomly selected winners.

     

    Exclusive merchandise will also be available to purchase worldwide over on DING DON Takuhaibin’s online store from July 18.

    Items include various plush toys, 9.5″ vinyl figures, a set of three kokeshi dolls, a set of four ceramic plates, t-shirts, cushions and more. They are all limited in stock so be sure to get your hands on them quick. There will also be Japan-exclusive colours for the t-shirts and plush toys too.

  • Hotel Gajoen Tokyo to Hold Japanese Art Exhibition at Hyakudan Kaidan

    12.June.2019 | SPOT

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is both a museum and a hotel which celebrated its 90th anniversary in December 2018. The establishment is set to hold its 5th Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan art exhibition at its Hyakudan Kaidan, or ‘100 Steps Staircase’―which was registered by Tokyo Prefecture as a Tangible Cultural Property in 2009 for its exceptional architecture and artistic beauty.

     

    The event will run from July 6 to September 1 and will feature all-new exhibits from 40 independent artists and groups from around Japan: from Aomori in the north to Kagoshima in the south.

    Bamboo Artwork by NIITAKE

    Participating in the exhibition for the first time is bamboo artist NIITAKE from Nichinan, Miyazaki. His pieces will include entrancing room installations as well as a colourful collaboration with the Nagasaki Lantern Festival which enjoys an incredible one million visitors.

    emullenuett: The Sand Art Duo

    emullenuet are an up-and-coming duo who create artwork out of sand. The two of them have created some pieces just for this exhibition such as Japanese ranma transoms.

    Edo Furin Wind Chimes

    This dramatic exhibit will include lacquer work, glass work, metal carving and more by Tokyo Teshigoto―a group backed by the city of Tokyo which is a collaboration between contemporary designers and traditional Edo techniques which aims to pass down theses kills to the next generation. Summertime furin which chimes will also line the showcase with their delicate designs and sounds. Other contemporary artists will also display their work with Japanese-style paper, allowing for visitors to see cultural assets established during the early Showa period.

    Aomori Nebuta

    This year’s exhibition will also see the return of some legends who have enjoyed popularity at previous runs of the event. As you descend the huge mother-of-pearl raden elevator you will be welcomed by an overwhelming assortment of standout pieces.

    Ishimaki Kokeshi

    Other popular names include Tadaharu Kawamura, a sculptor who works with natural materials such as leaves, shells and Japanese lantern cherries, and Takatoshi Hayashi who is known for their kokeshi dolls.

  • ECO EDO Nihonbashi 2019: Nihonbashi Readies For Annual Summer Event

    06.June.2019 | SPOT

    The 12th annual ECO EDO Nihonbashi event is set to take place across the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo again this year from July 5 to September 23.

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi sees lots of events take place through the town that give a modern spin on the lives of those in the traditional Edo period. “Cool and refreshing” is the theme of the event and something that was born from Nihonbashi during this period. It encourages people to use of all five senses: to feel the coolness as they observe the goldfish, lanterns and fireworks, to feel it by wearing a yukata, to hear the refreshing sounds of the wind chimes by means of the wind, to taste and smell the refreshing gourmet food prepared, and so on.

    Goldfish Lantern Road

    The Goldfish Lantern Road returns again this year, a path imbued with that Edo atmosphere that leads up to Fukutoku Shrine. The giant goldfish lanterns will be strung up once again to bring that summertime vibe. Digital lighting will also be used to illuminate the path for an even better experience. The lighting performance this year was created by Nihonbashi-based creative company flapper3.

     

    Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

    Light-Up Time: 19:00-23:00

    Location: Nakadori Street (Between Coredo Muromachi 1 and 2)

     

    Little Path in the Wind Chime Forest

    The little path that connects Fukutoku Shrine to Fukutoku Forest will be draped with around 20 little Edo-style wind chimes. The sound of the chimes as they are brushed by the wind will allow you to enjoy the cool air. For the first time this year, the area will also be lit up in the evening. Be transported into a magical world as the wind chimes are illuminated by the beautiful lights.

     

    Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

    Light-Up Time: 19:00-23:00

    Location: Little path at Fukutoku Forest, right beside Fukutoku Shrine

     

    Goldfish Sweets & Bar Crawl

    110 shops and restaurants in the Nihonbashi area, from those in shopping malls to individual stores, will serve up a selection of goldfish themed goodies once again which proved very popular last year. Tuck into goldfish inspired Instagrammable sweets, bar food, and alcohol.

     

    Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

     

    Kyorakutei Yukata Station (*Booking required)

    Rent out a yukata or have your own fitted onto you in a Japanese-style room with this yukata service.

     

    Running: Every Saturday from July 5, 2019 – September 21, 2019 (Except August 31)

    Business Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Rentals from 10:30-17:30)

    Location: Kyorakutei (Coredo Muromachi 3 Floor 3F)

    Price: Yukata Fitting ¥3,000 / Yukata Rental ¥5,500

    TEL: 03-5652-5403 (Shinnichiya) (Weekdays 10:00-17:00)

     

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2019: Cool Edo & Goldfish Night Museum

    The Art Aquarium is an aquatic art museum managed by aquarium artist Hidetomo Kimura which fuses art, design and entertainment. The beautiful fish tanks are inspired by traditional Japanese design and focus on goldfish, combining sound, visuals, music and smell for an completely new and unique art experience. To date, over 9.45 million people have paid to enter this exhibition which is held only during ECO EDO Nihonbashi.

     

    Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

    Location: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall (Coredo Muromachi 1 Floor 5F. Entrance accessed via Floor 4F.)

     

    Art Aquarium Natsumatsuri Summer Festival

    Celebrating its third year, the Art Aquarium Natsumatsuri Summer Festival returns for 2019. A host of events will take place every weekend including Bon Odori dancing, goldfish scooping and more. This year, visitors will be able to experience Bon Odori dancing from various locations across Japan.

     

    Running: Every weekend from July 20, 2019 – September 1, 2019

    Location: Fukutoku Forest

    Entry: Free (A fee is required for the goldfish scooping however)

    *Subject to cancellation during rainy weather.

    *Please check here to see the days when the Bon Odori and goldfish scooping are taking place.

     

    Lots of other fun events are taking place besides these ones too, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer be sure to get involved.

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