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Decoration Never Dies, Anyway

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Decoration Never Dies, Anyway
at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-11-18 - 2018-02-25)

Spotlighting the decorative arts, this show explores motifs from different eras and cultures through the works of seven artists of different ages, nationalities, and genres. Kour Pour references Persian carpets in his paintings. Yoshikazu Yamagata is a designer for the fashion brand writtenafterwards. Akiko and Masako Takada overturn viewer’s preconceptions and sense scale with architectural structures presented as small everyday items. Explore the significance of decoration from diverse perspectives including painting, fashion, and sculpture in this exhibition marking the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum’s first opening since April. [Related Events] Artist Talk On 18 November, Sat. 13:00− Short presentation by participating artists (with simultaneous interpreting English-Japanese) Venue: Annex Gallery 2, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum Seating capacity: 120 Pre-registration required (available on TTM website from 18 Oct.) Free with museum admission




Projects by Assa Ashuach + Marcel Helmer

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Projects by Assa Ashuach + Marcel Helmer
at Kyoto Institute of Technology - Kyoto Design Lab Tokyo Gallery (Chiyoda area)
(2017-12-20 - 2018-02-25)

The Projects exhibition centres on recent work developed at Kyoto Design Lab during recent residencies by two designers. Assa Ashuach is a pioneer in the use of additive manufacturing and was D-lab’s 2017 Designer-in-Residence. Assa studied the natural geometrical growth patterns of the bamboo and translated this into producible 3D structures. He created a 3D structural growth algorithm inspired by the bamboo bio-microstructures which took into consideration the limitations of the 3D printing process. On show are the many 3D printed prototypes and developed and the final STEM chair that the process inspired. Marcel Helmer, a communication and interaction designer from the RCA’s Design Interactions course was Kyoto Design Lab’s 2016 Design Associate. His science education design project centred on finding a new way of communicating the qualities of drosophila and their value as scientific tools within medical research and biology.




Sawako Ura “Versoa”

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Sawako Ura “Versoa”
at Spiral (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-05 - 2018-02-25)

This exhibition is part of an original collaboration with Sawako Ura, a textile designer based in Finland whose concept of design is based on the aesthetics of nature and sceneries of people’s memories. Gaining a Master of Arts from Aalto University in 2011, she collaborated with Marimekko for her thesis and designs for the Marimekko 2012 spring collection. Since graduating, Ura has been working with Marimekko, Samuji and kokka as a freelance designer. The first part of this collaboration with Mina-to will present a variety of tote bags and pouches. The inspiration for these designs is drawn from the sprouting of plants in spring. To mark the release of these goods, this solo exhibition - Ura’s first in Tokyo for three years - introduces original design drawings and textiles that have not previously been show publicly in Japan. Venue: Mina-To (Spiral 1F)




The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan

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The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan
at Tokyo National Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-12-05 - 2018-02-25)

Swords have a long history in Japan and have been admired as objects for more than 600 years. This thematic exhibition allows visitors to appreciate the different aspects of swords as they have come to be valued over time, inviting them to look at various actual blades. Many technical terms are referred to in the appreciation of Japanese swords meaning that it is often difficult for non-experts to understand the extent of their appeal. Generations of Japanese ancestors, however, have employed such language freely in order to comprehend the abstract beauty of swords. Here visitors can enjoy the enigmatic but striking beauty of swords against the backdrop of their history in Japan. Venue: Honkan Room 14




Twin Stars Twinkling

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Twin Stars Twinkling
at Books & Gallery cafe Tentekido (Musashino, Tama area)
(2018-02-14 - 2018-02-25)




Masami Yanagida + No Panties “Love Call”

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Masami Yanagida + No Panties “Love Call”
at Rocket (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-22 - 2018-02-28)

Masami Yanagida presents more than 500 new works available for purchase, including drawings and stickers, while No Panties will show a selection of illustrations displayed on the gallery walls. There will also be original goods for sale, such as No Panties trainers and T-shirts, stickers and accessories.




Miho Katsuragawa “Eye to Eye”

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Miho Katsuragawa “Eye to Eye”
at Flew Gallery (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2018-02-23 - 2018-02-28)

Eye to eye, hand and hand, heart and heart. Miho Katsuragawa looks to connect people through her works comprised of dyed textile hangings.




History and Folklore of Musashino: From the Collection of the Former Musashino Folk Museum

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History and Folklore of Musashino: From the Collection of the Former Musashino Folk Museum
at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-26 - 2018-03-04)

In 1993, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum took over the collection of the Former Musashino Folk Museum, which was located on the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum’s site from 1954 to 1991. This exhibition offers a sampling of some 250 artifacts from the Former Musashino Folk Museum, including documents and other exhibits on the archeology, industry, lifestyles, beliefs, and amusements of Musashino culture. Displays include earthen earrings designated as Important Cultural Properties.




Love Cats - Nekoten -

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Love Cats - Nekoten -
at Gallery Kopis (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2018-02-25 - 2018-03-04)




Splendid Form – Five Artists

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Splendid Form – Five Artists
at Wako Hall (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-02-23 - 2018-03-04)

Exhibiting works by five leading practitioners of traditional Japanese crafts.




World Book Design 2016-17 feat. Book Design of the Czech Republic in the 21st Century

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World Book Design 2016-17 feat. Book Design of the Czech Republic in the 21st Century
at P&P Gallery (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-12-01 - 2018-03-04)

This exhibit features some 200 books, including books of superior design from Japan, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Canada, China, and the Czech Republic, as well as books accepted for the “Best Books From All Over the World” 2017 competition, which is hosted in March each year at the Leipzig Book Fair. There are books whose binding, printing, and typography are flawlessly designed in a traditional manner, as well as many surprisingly unconventional books. All the books on display make you realize just how impressive the level of design and bookbinding techniques are today. 2017 is the “Year of Czech Culture in Japan,” so in addition to the works awarded at “Nejkrásnější české knihy roku 2016,” there will be a special section that focuses on Czech book design of the 21st century, introducing around 50 books in total. *Some limited editions will not be on exhibit; this is not a complete exhibition of all of the prize-winning titles. [Related Events] Talk Event “Recent trends in Czech book design and the impact of comics” Date: Jan. 27 (Sat) 14:00-18:00 Speakers: Pavel Kořínek (Researcher at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Czech Literature), Jean-Gaspard Páleníček (Former Director or Czech Center Paris) Venue: Gutenberg Room, Printing Museum Tokyo (basement) Admission: Free (Printing Museum Tokyo admission ticket is required) Capacity: 80 (booking required)




Tama Art University Department of Ceramic, Glass and Metal Works Graduation Exhibition 2018: Kagari

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Tama Art University Department of Ceramic, Glass and Metal Works Graduation Exhibition 2018: Kagari
at Spiral (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-23 - 2018-03-05)

Two-part exhibition of graduation works by students of Tama Art University Department of Ceramic, Glass and Metal Works. See how each of these graduates approaches materials in their artistic process. Part 1: Feb. 23 (Fri) - 27 (Tue) Part 2: Mar. 1 (Thu) - 5 (Mon) *Closed on Feb. 28 (Wed) for rehanging Venue: Spiral Garden, 1F Spiral




Vitra Home Office Story

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Vitra Home Office Story
at Isetan Shinjuku Store (Shinjuku area)
(2018-02-21 - 2018-03-06)

The design studio Vitra presents furniture for home offices in a time when working and living are becoming more closely intertwined. Accessories by Jasper Morrison available in Japan for the first time are also featured.




Lecture Series “The Dawn of Design – From the Oldest Stone Tools to Handaxes”

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Lecture Series “The Dawn of Design – From the Oldest Stone Tools to Handaxes”
at Intermediatheque (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-02-09 - 2018-03-09)

This lecture series is organized to accompany the special exhibition “The Dawn of Design – From the Oldest Stone Tools to Handaxes” currently being held at Intermediatheque and The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT) (Hongo Campus). This is a collaborative exhibition introducing some of the oldest stone tools discovered in Ethiopia that focuses on the design of the stone tools in their formative periods. The lecture series will be given by the staff and faculty members behind the planning of this exhibition. “African Human Fossils and Stoneware Date: Feb. 9 (Fri), 18:00-19:30 Speaker: Gen Suwa (Professor at The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT) specializing in physical anthropology and paleontology) Venue: Academia Lecture Theater, 2F Intermediatheque Capacity: 48 Admission: Free (no booking required) *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details and information on other events.




Tokyo Midtown Design Hub 71th Exhibition Local Design Studies 2018: Projects for Revitalizing Communities

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Tokyo Midtown Design Hub 71th Exhibition Local Design Studies 2018: Projects for Revitalizing Communities
at Tokyo Midtown Design Hub (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-02-23 - 2018-03-11)

“Local Design Studies,” an exhibition introducing projects utilizing local characteristics through displays and talk events, is held here for the third time. At past editions, local areas were observed from a design viewpoint, and projects that solved local issues and conveyed the charms of those areas after discovering them were introduced here in the capital. This time, with the themes of “relocating”, “working”, and “connecting,” the exhibition enters the phase of taking specific actions. While concentration of the economy, industries, and population is in cities, and various distortions are occurring, people who find possibilities in local areas and relocate there are gradually increasing. Also, with the spread of IT, the environment that enables people to work regardless of their location has been established, and people’s way of living and working has become diversified. For example, not only living in one place but living in two areas or doing weekend pro bono. The people who learn and work while moving their bases become the media who link culture to economy, person to person, and town to town, connecting peoples passions. If small lights are connected and the dots become a line, then a surface, wouldn’t Japan as a whole shine with great passion? Explore a way of life and work that connects “town to town” and “person to person” by seeing displays of local projects selected from around the country, and by encountering key individuals who thrive in local areas.




Kei Takemura “Which moment is the most exciting?”

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Kei Takemura “Which moment is the most exciting?”
at Pola Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2018-01-13 - 2018-03-11)

Kei Takemura is an artist who attributes new aesthetic value to forgotten objects, past memories, and personal stories through his works such as those comprising the “Restored” series. Here he combined pieces of embroidered thin white cloth with photographs and drawings to produce works that reconstruct and keep a record of personal stories relating to himself and his close friends, and that which has been lost or forgotten. Takemura also temporarily fixes personal items that have been damaged through everyday wear and tear by wrapping them in thin fabric that is then stitched with white silk thread. This exhibition focuses on the individual moments that overlap to create the flow of daily life, and the beauty of time in memoriam. Recently Takemura has produced works that incorporate playing cards sharing universal meanings that function regardless of geographical or linguistic differences. Here you can see the 24 works from the “Playing Cards 2017, Austrian Cards on German Cards” series, where he has embroidered German-made cards with Austrian designs using Japanese silk thread, expressing the transgression of geographic and temporal borders. You can also see pieces from “Playing Dominos in J.City,” which is a series inspired by a card game named “Domino” that the artist first came across this year and is popular in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta. This is the first time any of these works has been shown publicly. [Related Event] Artist Talk & Performance of “Meeting Point with Playing Card” Date: Jan. 13 (Sat), 15:00- Performer: Kei Takemura Venue: 1F Atrium Gallery, Pola Museum of Art *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for booking and further details.




Our Favorite Shop’s Hinamatsuri: Goten Decorations and Hina Dolls

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Our Favorite Shop’s Hinamatsuri: Goten Decorations and Hina Dolls
at Our Favourite Shop (Shirokane, Hiroo area)
(2018-02-16 - 2018-03-11)

This year’s annual event celebrating “Hina Matsuri,” also known as Girls’ Day, will present a colorful array of handmade Hina dolls designed by Kigi and produced by Mataro Doll, Kigi and Pass the Baton. You can also see a selection of goten decorations that Yoshie Watanabe has be making since the start of the 1960s. [Related Events] Enjoy Hinamatsuri with Chioben spring-themed boxed lunches A chance to try beautifully colorful and deliciously fresh bento boxed lunches by Chioben. Date: Feb. 24 (Sat), 25 (Sun), 12:00-15:00 Limited to 35 per day (booking is possible) Price: ¥1500 (inc. tea and dessert) *Please see the website for booking and further information




The Empire of Imagination and Science of Rudolf II

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The Empire of Imagination and Science of Rudolf II
at Bunkamura Museum of Art (Shibuya area)
(2018-01-06 - 2018-03-11)

Rudolf II (1552-1612) reigned as the Holy Roman Emperor and is known as an unrivalled collector and patron of art. He made major contributions to European artistic culture during the late-16th and early-17 centuries by amassing paintings, writings, artifacts, and flora and fauna from around the globe. This exhibition displays work by Giuseppe Arcimboldo and other artists under Rudolf II’s patronage. Won’t you take a look into the world of art and science contained in his “Chamber of Curiosities”?




Kouga Hirano and Shobunsha

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Kouga Hirano and Shobunsha
at Ginza Graphic Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-01-22 - 2018-03-17)

For roughly three decades between 1964 and 1992, Kouga Hirano was in sole charge of the covers on books published by Shobunsha. Indeed, it is rare for a single designer to handle all of a publisher’s output. Shobunsha was the standard-bearer of the counterculture days, and Hirano’s unique style blew a breath of fresh air through the publishing establishment. Here, some 600 of the more than 7,000 titles Hirano produced over nearly half a century are on display, focusing mainly on his work for Shobunsha. There will also be around 80 works printed on Japanese paper on display, including distinctive decorative hand-written letters, works freshly returned from an incredibly popular exhibition in Taiwan this spring, and many of his theater and concert posters and flyers that have been retouched by Hirano himself, some even with added notes. Visitors are able to take the book covers in hand - just as if they were in a secondhand bookstore - to see and feel the close bond between books, publishing, cover designers, and the times.




Collection Exhibitions: “Expanding Colors and Shapes” + “Yoshio Akioka Complete Collection 5, Works by KAK”

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Collection Exhibitions: “Expanding Colors and Shapes” + “Yoshio Akioka Complete Collection 5, Works by KAK”
at Meguro Museum of Art (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-03-18)

Meguro Museum of Art, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017, hosts annual exhibitions introducing works from the collection. This year, two collection exhibitions will be held simultaneously: “Expanding Colors and Shapes” and “Yoshio Akioka Complete Collection 5, Works by KAK.” In the former, works by Genichiro Inokuma and Kumi Sugai on the theme of abstract expression in the 1950s and 1960s will be showcased. The latter will explore the work of Yoshio Akioka, Itaru Kaneko and Junnosuke Kawa, though their highly individual work for the design company KAK. [Related Event] Yoshio Akioka DOMA Exploration (within Meguro Ward) Date: Feb. 25 (Sun), 13:00-16:00 Facilitator: Curator Capacity: 20 (suitable for high school students and above) Admission: ¥1000 *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details.




Carton - Color -

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Carton - Color -
at SFT Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-01-24 - 2018-03-19)

Cardboard comes in all colors, shapes and sizes, often adorned with wonky print, bar codes, mailing invoices, handwritten memos, you name it. Carton, aka Fuyuki Shimazu, is fascinated not only by the color and design of boxes, but also by how they are used and then disposed of. It is this interest in the individuality of cardboard, which slowly makes its way around the world, that has lead Shimazu to build a personal collection. This show focuses on the color and personality of such cardboard, which is typically seen buried in piles of urban waste.




Delicate Crafts

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Delicate Crafts
at Matsuya Design Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-02-20 - 2018-03-19)

The woodcraft artisan Ryuji Mitani, respected among the Japanese design community for his fine taste, introduces the work of five selected artisans and antique dealers in an exhibition asking how crafts are perceived in today’s society, how they should be understood, and how their roles in our lives are changing.




The Modern Minstrels in Metalworking

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The Modern Minstrels in Metalworking
at LIXIL Gallery 1 & 2 (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-01-11 - 2018-03-20)

Lixil’s Future of Creation series presents exhibitions directed by art director Toshio Shimizu, metal craft artist Ryohei Miyata, and architect Kengo Kuma. Each three-month show features works representing the future of a unique subject chosen by the director. The 14th Future of Creation exhibition is Ryohei Miyata’s “Minstrels in Metalworking.” On display are 20 works by 11 artists on the front lines of metal craft, including two holders of important intangible cultural properties. Parts I & II of the exhibition will display different works by all 11 artists. Part 1: Jan. 11 (Thurs)–Feb. 13 (Tues) Part 2: Feb. 15 (Thurs)–Mar. 20 (Tues) [Event] Artists’ Symposium Presenters: Ryohei Miyata and others Date: Feb. 9 (Fri) 18:30–20:00 Reservations required. Please see the official website for reservations and details.




Herend: Porcelain from Hungary

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Herend: Porcelain from Hungary
at Shiodome Museum | Rouault Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-01-13 - 2018-03-21)

The town of Herend in western Hungary became a legendary site of porcelain production in the 19th century as it flourished under the patronage of the Habsburg Dynasty with works treasured by European heads of state. Herend: Porcelain from Hungary presents some 250 works of Herend porcelain, from early pieces to items in Baroque and Rococo styles and Eastern-inspired works based on study of Asian ceramics. Experience 190 years of history in the timeless grandeur of Herend, a name that stands for the highest quality. *Some of the items on display will be replaced midway through the exhibition period. The initial display will be from January 13 to February 13; the second display will be on show from February 15 to March 21. [Related Events] Victorian Table Coordination Exhibition Dates: Jan. 13 (Sat) - Mar. 21 (Wed), 10:00-17:00 (closed on Weds. but open Mar. 21) Venue: Reform Park, Panasonic Living Showroom Tokyo, 1F Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Building Tea Tasting Event Dates: Feb. 9 (Fri) - Feb. 12 (Mon), 11:00-16:30 *No booking required. *Please be aware that there may be a wait involved if the event is crowded. *The event may end early if the tea runs out.




Cut and Paste: Cutting Sheet x Spoken Words Project

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Cut and Paste: Cutting Sheet x Spoken Words Project
at CS Design Center (Bakurocho area)
(2018-02-05 - 2018-03-30)

Nakagawa Chemical Co. Ltd. and Spoken Words Project have joined forces to search for new approaches to the creation of fabrics. Here they present a pre-collection exhibition at CS Design Center.




A Bouquet of Incense Containers

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A Bouquet of Incense Containers
at The Nezu Museum (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-22 - 2018-03-31)

Lidded containers for incense known as kogo are one of the most popular utensils used at tea gatherings. Chinese lacquerwares were initially used as incense containers, but with an increase in the popularity of tea culture, Japanese ceramics such as Kiseto and Shino wares, as well as old lacquer boxes with gold maki-e and mother-of-pearl inlay designs and new Chinese wares such as blue-and-white ceramics and celadons, were also adopted for used in tea gatherings. These containers were made from a wide range of materials, from lacquer to ceramics, and their shapes were also richly varied, limited not only to round and square containers, but even taking the form of animals and musical instruments. Incense containers can be said to be the most diverse of tea utensils. This exhibition features approximately 170 incense containers that show how their world blossomed. [Event] Curator’s Slide Lecture Dates: Mar. 9 (Fri) and Mar. 16 (Fri) 13:30–14:15 In Japanese. Please see the official website for details.




La Parisienne: Portraying Women in the Capital of Culture, 1715-1965 from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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La Parisienne: Portraying Women in the Capital of Culture, 1715-1965 from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
at Setagaya Art Museum (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2018-01-13 - 2018-04-01)

The word “Parisienne” refers to women who live in the alluring city of Paris. This traditionally included refined hostesses who oversaw salons, women who sported novel hairstyles and trendy attire, models who served as artists’ muses, and painters and actresses whose flourishing talent allowed them to make their own way in life. The myriad lifestyles of these women were reflections of the age. This exhibition focuses on the women who embodied French culture from the 18th to the 20th century in some 120 works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In addition to extravagant dresses and hand-colored prints that depict trends and fashions of the period, viewers can look forward to Renoir’s painting of a woman in exotic costume, Manet’s portrait of a dignified singer on a street corner, and works by Mary Cassatt, an American artist who made a name for herself in Paris. Enjoy this diverse range of works related to Parisiennes. [Related Events] Lecture Series (with sign language interpretation) Venue: Auditorium, Setagaya Art Museum Capacity: 140 Admission: Free *Numbered admission ticket will be distributed from 13:00 on the day of the event. Lecture: Portraits of Women of the Belle Epoch - As a Painter, As a Women, As a Parisienne Date: Jan. 14 (Sun), 14:00-15:30 (doors open 13:30) Speaker: Nobuyuki Senzoku (Director of Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum) ¥100 Workshop - O France Fragrance Date: Every Saturday during the exhibition period, 13:00-15:00 (attendees can join/leave at any point) Venue: B1F workshop rooms, Setagaya Art Museum Admission: ¥100 per session *Events in Japanese. *Please see the official website for information on further events.




d design travel Chiba Exhibition

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d design travel Chiba Exhibition
at Shibuya Hikarie 8/ d47 Museum (Shibuya area)
(2018-02-16 - 2018-04-01)

The long-running travel guidebook series “d design travel” introduces each of Japan’s 47 prefectures from a design perspective. Its 23rd issue focuses on Chiba, and this accompanying exhibition features tools, decorations, and other local items that deeply impressed the editor. Also be sure to stop by the shop selling a selection of hand-crafted goods with trademark Chiba design and grab a bite at the “Chiba cafeteria” with local dishes.




Go! Go! Limited Express Trains!

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Go! Go! Limited Express Trains!
at Railway History Exhibition Hall, former Shimbashi car park (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-21 - 2018-04-08)

The advent of “limited express” trains began with the Kodama, a popular shinkansen (bullet) train that started running between Tokyo and Osaka/Kobe in 1958. Over the last six decades various types of trains have been added to the railroads that connect Hokkaido and Kyushu, offering all kinds of services and running speeds. This exhibition traces the history of limited express trains, introducing them through photographs, ephemera, videos, models and so on. It will cover both Japan Railway trains and those operated by private companies. Here you can encounter the latest E353 series now running on the Chuo main line “Azusa” service, as well as the now defunct 583 series that was taken out of circulation in spring 2017 after 50 years in operation.




Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family

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Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family
at Mitsui Memorial Museum (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-04-08)

“Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family” is an annual event marking the coming of spring in Nihonbashi. In this exhibition, Hina dolls and miniature furniture treasured by the wives and daughters of the Mitsui family are displayed. It features luxurious pieces once belonging to Motoko (1869-1946), the wife of Takamine Mitsui (10th generation head of the Kita Mitsui family), Toshiko (1901-1976), the wife of Takakimi Mitsui (11th head), Hisako Asano (1933- ), the only daughter of Takakimi, and Okiko (1900-1980), the wife of Takahisa Mitsui (9th head of the Isarago Mitsui family). The highlight is the gorgeous display of Hina dolls on a 3-meter wide five-tiered stand specially made by Heizo Oki V of Maruhei, Oki Doll Company in Kyoto. *Please see the official website for information on related events.




The Hosokawa Clan and Chinese Ceramics

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The Hosokawa Clan and Chinese Ceramics
at Eisei-Bunko Museum (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-04-11)

Chinese ceramics have been held in high esteem in Japan since ancient times, considered works of superior quality and quantity. Eisei-Bunko Museum is home to more than 100 Chinese ceramic items produced from the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) right through to the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1912), its founder Moritatsu Hosokawa (16th generation the Hosokawa Clan, 1883-1970) having built the collection of Chinese art objects while traveling in Europe from 1926 for around a year and a half, continuing to add to it thereafter. The family was also known for its interest in the tea ceremony tradition, which can be traced back to Tadaoki Hosokawa (1563-1645). As a result they also collected many Karamono ceramics used in tea ceremony. This exhibition will trace the history of Chinese ceramics through the 50 or so exhibits showcased, including two items recognized as important cultural properties.




Edo Skin Care

Edo Skin Care
at Research Institute of Beauty & Culture (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-11-01 - 2018-04-18)

Washing your face, using toner…people did this more than 150 years ago in the Edo period just as they do today. This exhibition looks back on the history of skin care and women’s unchanging dedication to the health and beauty of their skin.




Hello World - For the Post-Human Age

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Hello World - For the Post-Human Age
at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito (Greater Tokyo area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-05-06)

Art as radar acts as “an early alarm system,” as it were, enabling us to discover social and psychic targets in lots of time to prepare to cope with them.(1) These are the words of media theorist Marshall McLuhan, writing in “Understanding Media” with sharp insight in the 1960s and predicting the social revolution that new technology would bring. Half a century has now passed since McLuhan published his important work, and the Internet has permeated our society and new technological innovations like artificial intelligence are rapidly advancing. “Any technology tends to create a new human environment.”(2) As McLuhan said, technology generates an entirely new world for mankind. While these changes will open up the door to a new age full of incredible promise, there is apprehension about the various problems and confusion that will also be ushered in. In what ways are artists responding to the positive and negative aspects that technological innovation brings? This exhibition presents the work of seven artists and one artist group from Japan and overseas, who are responding astutely to our current crossroads in history as well as the future. Their work offers us opportunities to think about the future of the society that technology makes. (1) Marshall McLuhan, “Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man” (1964) (2) Marshall McLuhan, “The Gutenberg Galaxy: the Making of Typographic Man” (1962)




Guimet Room Inaugural Exhibition “Small Chamber of Curiosities”

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Guimet Room Inaugural Exhibition “Small Chamber of Curiosities”
at Intermediatheque (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2015-10-02 - 2018-06-30)

The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT) has received in donation from the city of Lyon in France six antique showcases related to Émile Guimet (1836-1918), famous as a collector of Asian art. These have been installed as a permanent exhibition, titled “Small Chamber of Curiosities.” The large showcases in the Guimet Room were specially ordered more than a century ago for the Guimet Museum in Lyon. They were made in a pseudo-Asian style in order to exhibit items from East Asian civilizations. They thus have particular value as examples of “Japonism” in France. In these showcases, UMUT now presents a carefully selected collection of scientific specimens ranging from categories of natural history to cultural history. The loan of artworks in the context of exhibitions has become extremely common, but rarely do the showcases containing these artworks become the object of such exchanges beyond geographical and historical borders. These showcases made in France to exhibit art from Far East Asia have been brought to Japan and given a second life as exhibition furniture for the 21st Century. *Closing date of the exhibition is to be confirmed.




"Boro" Exhibition

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"Boro" Exhibition
at Amuse Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)

"Boro" is now becoming an international phrase, originated from Japanese snowy north area, meaning the patched clothes that people back then used for many generations in a household by adding stitches and/or pieces of cloth on it over and over. The word “Boro” now also has an artistic sense to it, highly rated among the field of the textile art design, and requested for purchase by various artists and collectors. Boro is patched clothing with a lot of small cloths here and there, but nothing fancy like today’s quilted or patched works. It was made purely for the practical purposes of retaining warmth in the snowy areas and for making it last as long as possible where it was hard to obtain any other sorts of cloth. When we review its practicality and design from today’s point of view, we are able to realize its incredible sophistication. Amuse Museum is exhibiting Boro for the first time after a century has passed since its last use. It contains no waste, and this is what is called “Yuyo-no-Bi" (Beauty of Practicality), a concept which we seem to have forgotten already, the opposite of today’s prevailing consumer culture.




D.I.Y. Dept.

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D.I.Y. Dept.
at At Btf (Odaiba, Kachidoki area)

In the D.I.Y. spirit, custom painter Masataka Kurashina and the modeling arts unit Gelchop have created one-of-a-kind works from items sold at home centers. Kurashina and Gelchop transform everyday objects into art in projects that include merchandise and public art.




Toshiyuki Kita “Use Native Materials As New Materials”

Toshiyuki Kita “Use Native Materials As New Materials”
at Good Design Marunouchi (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-02-26 - 2018-03-11)

Products made with bamboo from Shimane Prefecture and timber from Akita Prefecture for collections debuting in Milan over the past two years are on display. These items demonstrate the concept of “making Japanese original products into world products with craftsmanship technology.”