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Everyone in Edo is interesting. Homage to the Edo era.

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Everyone in Edo is interesting. Homage to the Edo era.
at Gallery Kopis (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2017-11-19 - 2017-11-25)

Art and accessories inspired by the lifestyles and customs of the Edo era (16th to 19th centuries).




Artists’ Book Exhibition Sendai ⇄ Tokyo Chapter 1

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Artists’ Book Exhibition Sendai ⇄ Tokyo Chapter 1
at NADiff a/p/a/r/t (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-11-03 - 2017-11-26)

In order to explore the expressive platform known as the “Artist Book,” this event will bring together artists working in various fields who have employed their own unique methodology to create one of these books, connecting the world of art and print. What is the current value of these books, which were once considered a cutting-edge format, and how effective are they today? What does the unique physical reality of the book experience, characterised by the thickness of the pages, the overall weight, the smell of the ink, and the marks of aging, bring? Taking such factors into consideration, the creators participating in this exhibition will attempt to embody their artistic expression in the book medium. This is a chance to experience the expressive potential of books. The exhibition will be held simultaneously at six venues in Tokyo and Sendai. Each venue will present different content so it is worth visiting as many as possible. Artists: Kana Aoki, Satoru Itazu, Jin Imamura, O Jun, Ari Ookubo, Kanon Kawakubo, Toshiyuki Kimura, Sonoko Sakurai, Kenshu Shintsubo, Fumi Natsume, Seiichiro Miida, Nanae Mitobe, Shuji Yamamoto [Related Event] Talk Event: The Story of Books - The Connection Between Art and Books Event Date: Nov. 3 (Fri) 17:00-18:30 (doors open 16:45) Speakers: Akiko Takiguchi (curator at Urawa Art Museum), O Jun (painter) Venue: inside NADiff a/p/a/r/t Capacity: 50 Admission: ¥500 *Event in Japanese *Please see the official website for booking and further details.




Design Trial 2017

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Design Trial 2017
at Ars Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-21 - 2017-11-26)

Prototypes by six designers from the same background working in different fields.




F/Style

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F/Style
at Claska Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-10-28 - 2017-11-26)

Shoes, wool-knit garments, kitchenware, and other new items by the design studio F/style.




Hiromatsu Furniture Inc. “Fun with Materials!”

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Hiromatsu Furniture Inc. “Fun with Materials!”
at BankArt Studio NYK (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-11-26)

The 14th exhibit by Hiromatsu Furniture Inc. presents 10 days of “Fun With Materials!” Enjoy seeing, touching, and experiencing new furniture s made with lacquer, rare woods, a new cement-like material, and new upholsteries.




Hommage to Frank Loyd Wright

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Hommage to Frank Loyd Wright
at T-Art Hall (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-11-23 - 2017-11-26)

Yamagiwa Inc. has organized this exhibition to commemorate the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright. Three leading creators will present works made in hommage to Lloyd Wright, based on the best selling “Taliesin” series by this renowned architect representative of the 20th century. The models on display here will be available for purchase during a limited period (Nov. 22, 2017 - Dec. 31, 2018). The participating creators include architect Shigeru Ban, interior designer Yukito Hashimoto, and the design studio Groovisions.




Lake of Grace #001 “Chikubu Island’s Green”

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Lake of Grace #001 “Chikubu Island’s Green”
at Our Favourite Shop (Shirokane, Hiroo area)
(2017-11-09 - 2017-11-26)

Ceramics, furniture, textiles, and other products inspired by Lake Biwa’s Chikubu Island. These items were created by Kikof, a brand collaboration between Kigi and artisans from the Lake Biwa area.




LÄMPÖ by Kauniste

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LÄMPÖ by Kauniste
at Case Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2017-11-18 - 2017-11-26)

Displaying and selling wool clothing and other winter items by the Helsinki-based textile brand kauniste.




Sheep Adventures

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Sheep Adventures
at Gallery Re: tail (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-11-21 - 2017-11-26)

Scarves and other accessories by a wool craft group.




The Living Treasures of France

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The Living Treasures of France
at Tokyo National Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-09-12 - 2017-11-26)

Modeled on the Japanese certification of a “Living National Treasure,” the French equivalent, called “Maître d’ Art” or “Master of Art,” was established in 1994 by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the ministry in charge of cultural and artistic affairs. The purpose of this certification is to preserve and pass down traditional craftsmanship to future generations while promoting innovation. This is the first exhibition of its kind in the world to introduce one artist from each of the fifteen classified fields, including ceramics, glass, leather, tortoiseshell, feathers, umbrellas, fans, and wallpaper. Visitors are invited to view and experience outstanding craftsmanship and tradition, as well as splendid beauty that will inspire future generations. Venue: Hyokeikan inside Tokyo National Museum




Zushi Art Festival 2017

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Zushi Art Festival 2017
at Zushi Beach (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-10-07 - 2017-11-26)

Zushi Art Festival 2017 presents more than 70 works including photography, painting, installation, and more by artists on the international scene. A public exhibition, culture festival, music, and other events will also be held. Please see the official website for details. Venues: Zushibunka Plaza Hall, Zushi Kaikan, Zushi Catholic Church, Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine, Zushi City Hall, Kotsubo Fishing Port, Kikuchi Bldg. 2, others




d design travel Gunma Exhibition

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d design travel Gunma Exhibition
at Shibuya Hikarie 8/ d47 Museum (Shibuya area)
(2017-10-13 - 2017-11-26)

This exhibition presents a three-dimensional expression of the content of a Gunma Prefectue guidebook from a design perspective. Various tools and decorative items will be installed in place of the guide book itself, recreating the attraction of what the publication, and Gunma, have to offer.




Pile Up Life

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Pile Up Life
at ARTnSHELTER (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-11-23 - 2017-11-27)

Art and Shelter in collaboration with Waiming Wee, founder/curator of Ebury Bridge Arts, London, presents “Pile Up Life” workshop and exhibition. Pile Up Life is an innovative concept that all of us can be a designer without hassle! A simple customisation tool that allows us to design our own chairs in a sustainable environment, and yet at the same time, participate, understand the process of furniture making and most of all, cherish your own design. From materials, shape and sizes to colours, it shows our creativity, personality and design thoughts – and most of all, designing a unique piece for ourselves, it’s never the same again! Pile Up Life is the brainchild of Sam Tsai and Lawrence Yen, graduates from Parsons School of Design in New York. They would like to bring everyone closer to their design methodology and build a long-lasting relationship with everyone, through the interaction of Pile Up Life tool. It’s a playful, interactive and yet, knowledgeable workshop and exhibit for all walks of life regardless of background and age!




HaNNa “What do you stand for?”

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HaNNa “What do you stand for?”
at Lamp harajuku (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-10-19 - 2017-11-30)

What are you fighting for? What do you speak up for? Here HaNNa will present can pin badges as they are produced in the basement gallery at Lamp. The exhibition will also spread to the first floor window display. This is a participatory exhibition where you’re encouraged to get involved.




Loewe International Craft Prize

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Loewe International Craft Prize
at 21_21 Design Sight (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-16 - 2017-11-30)

Gallery 21_21 Design Sight displays works by 26 nominees featured in the first edition of the Loewe Craft Prize. This is the third of three touring exhibitions showcasing the merits of modern craftsmanship. The imagination, diversity, and techniques on display all attest to the crucial role artisans have in the ongoing construction of cultural heritage.




The Shape of Paper 2

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The Shape of Paper 2
at Mihoncho Honten (Chiyoda area)
(2017-10-06 - 2017-12-01)

Following up on a 2015 exhibition on the same theme, in this exhibition three groups of young architects explore the shapes and forms paper can take. Experience the new possibilities of paper.




The beauty of Spanish embroidery - Spanish embroidery and the everyday

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The beauty of Spanish embroidery - Spanish embroidery and the everyday
at Instituto Cervantes Tokyo, Japones (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-11-15 - 2017-12-01)

There are various ethnic and cultural influences evident in embroidery from Spain. Furthermore, there are variations in method depending on the specific region. The temperate southern part of the country, for example, is known for tulle embroidery and vainica calados. Traditionally, these techniques have been passed down from mothers to children. A selection of works by Momoko Uchida will be on show here.




Amazing Craftsmanship! From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art

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Amazing Craftsmanship! From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art
at Mitsui Memorial Museum (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-12-03)

Exhibition focusing on newly accredited exceptional works of Meiji Kogei craft from the Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum collection of Masayuki Murata, as well as inspired and technically impressive works by contemporary artists who have inherited the DNA of Meiji forerunners working in the craft tradition. Many of these current artists are still largely unknown, but 100 or 200 years from now the value of their craftsmanship is sure to be recognized. This collaboration between Meiji Crafts and contemporary art invites a re-evaluation of traditional crafts within the so-called hierarchy of art and the art history discipline. Discover for yourself how the transcendental DNA of uniquely Japanese crafts has been passed on. [Related Events] Night Museum The museum will be open until 19:00 every Friday as well as Sep. 30 (Sat) during the exhibition period “Eco Edo Nihombashi 2017: Yukata Art Aquarium” Mitsui Memorial Museum has teamed up with Eco Edo Nihombashi 2017 so that those who turn up to the exhibition wearing kimono or yukata, or have an admission ticket to an Art Aquarium 2017 event, will be able to enjoy a special discount: Adults: ¥1000, University and high school students ¥600.




Art Library IKI Vol.15 - Colors and flowers -

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Art Library IKI Vol.15 - Colors and flowers -
at Park Hotel Tokyo (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-08-28 - 2017-12-03)

Artworks available for sale will be displayed and on the bookshelves of the lobby lounge on the 25th floor. These seasonal works are designed by the artist group Project IKI, produced according to the concept, “A study where one can feel Japan.” The theme for this season is “Colors and flowers.” Venue; 25F Lobby Lounge, Pacific Hotel Tokyo




Ikuo Hirayama & the Heritage of the Silk Road

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Ikuo Hirayama & the Heritage of the Silk Road
at Sogo Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-10-27 - 2017-12-03)

Known as a major star in Japanese painting, Ikuo Hirayama (1930-2009) was long-time president of Nihon Bijutsuin (Japan Art Institute) and focused his energies not only on the Japanese art world, but also on the preservation of cultural property from around the globe. He was born in Hiroshima Prefecture and later graduated from Tokyo Art School (presently: Tokyo University of the Arts). Influenced by his experience of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the age of 15, Hirayama’s early paintings depicting Buddhist themes began receiving attention, these works in turn sparking his interest in walking the Silk Road in pursuit of the origins of Japanese culture. He began following the road, which was not only a path for civilization but also the route by which Buddhism traveled to the East, in 1968, continuing his journey for 40 years thereafter. This exhibition will introduce roughly 170 cultural items gathered from various countries by Hirayama together with his wife Michiko, including precious gold and silver jewelry and other artifacts unique to specific regions. They are presented alongside around 40 paintings by Hirayama, recording his travels along the Silk Road, befre and after depictions of the destroyed Buddhas of Bamiyan, his wall painting at Yakushiji Temple in Nara, and other subjects. The attraction of Hirayama’s art and the culture of the Silk Road are interwoven with the perspective of the artist and his wife. [Related Events] Lecture: Ikuo Hirayama and his preservation of cultural heritage Event Date: Oct. 28 (Sat) 14:00- Venue: Inside the exhibition space at Sogo Museum of Art Speaker: Masaaki Miyasako (Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School) Capacity: 40 Admission: ¥500 Lecture: Ikuo Hirayama and the Silk Road Event Date: Nov. 4 (Sat) 14:00- Venue: Inside the exhibition space at Sogo Museum of Art Speaker: Tamon Goto (Director of Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art) Capacity: 40 Admission: ¥500 *Please see the official website for booking. *Events in Japanese.




MiW Morita Exhibition

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MiW Morita Exhibition
at Gallery 201 (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-11-25 - 2017-12-03)

Illustrations, embroidery, and original merchandise by the brand moritaMiW.




Seasonal Poetry - 140 years since the birth, and 50 years since the death of poet Utsubo Kubota

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Seasonal Poetry - 140 years since the birth, and 50 years since the death of poet Utsubo Kubota
at Bunkyo Museum (Chiyoda area)
(2017-10-21 - 2017-12-03)

Utsubo Kubota (1877-1967) spent more than 50 years studying Japanese poetry and literature from his base in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. During his long literary career, which spanned the Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1926) and Showa (1926-1989) eras, Kubota penned more than 14,000 poems, counting those in his anthologies alone, while also researching classical Japanese waka poetry, and teaching at Waseda University. He supported the growth of many successors who continue to dedicate themselves to Japanese poetry. This exhibition celebrating the 140th anniversary of his birth, and marking 50 years since his death, will focus on Kubota’s seasonal poetry about Bunkyo and other related works. [Related Event] Talk but the curator Event Dates: Nov. 1 (Wed), 16 (Thu) 14:00-14:30 *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details.




“Subject⇌Object”

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“Subject⇌Object”
at Axis Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-18 - 2017-12-03)

Presenting new works, including some shown in Japan for the first time, by the design project collective Takt Project.




Climb Every Mountain vol. 1: The Lives and Embroidery of the Miao people

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Climb Every Mountain vol. 1: The Lives and Embroidery of the Miao people
at Setagaya Culture Life Information Center, Seikatsu-Kobo (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-10)

The first installment of the “Climb Every Mountain” series, which will introduce the lives of peoples residing in mountainous regions around the world, focuses on the Miao people of Guizhou Province in southwestern China. Roughly 60 traditional ethnic garments will be presented here, tracing a single year in the life of the Miao people who celebrate so many festivals that they are often said to “hold a small festival every day.” Here you can discover the lives of this ethic group through their embroidery. Venue: Seikatsu-Kobo Gallery, Workshop room B [Related Events] Business trip tour counter: Let’s visit Guizhou Event Date: Dec. 2 (Sat) 11:00-16:00 Speakers: Koji Arai (Eatable of Many Orders), Ryoko Ando (Design Musica), Kao Kanamori (Drifters International) Venue: Workshop room A Admission: Free (fee applies to mini workshop and food) *Event in Japanese. *No booking required. *You can join and leave the event freely at any time. *Please see the official website for further details and other events.




Modern Fragrances and Cosmetics - The birth of Japanese Western-inspired aesthetics

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Modern Fragrances and Cosmetics - The birth of Japanese Western-inspired aesthetics
at Isehan-Honten Museum of Beni (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-10-21 - 2017-12-10)

Encounters with Western technology and culture that followed the opening of Japan in the mid-nineteenth century introduced new values ​​to Japanese society. This year, marking 150 years since the country set out on its path to modernity, the museum will explore the modernization of fragrances and cosmetics in Japan. Domestic cosmetics from the Meiji era (1968-1912) through to the early Showa era (1926-1989) will be introduced alongside imported products and related print matter, which informed the subsequent manufacture of Japanese items. This is a chance to discover the progress and essence of modern cosmetics in Japan. From the Meiji era onward, the Japanese cosmetics industry was heavily influenced by products from countries such as France, Germany, England, and the United States. The introduction of scientific knowledge triggered the pursuit of safe materials, in turn promoting the manufacture of harmless cosmetics, while, at the same time, increasing the variety of products available. The strong aroma of overseas products is something that stood out as being completely different from the traditional fragrances of ancient Japan, imported perfumes thus becoming an essential factor in advocating these cosmetics of the new era. Meanwhile, the appearance of cosmetics and the gap between the design of foreign products and Japanese items was strongly apparent. The Japanese cosmetics industry thus grew with the help of inspiration from the beauty of the West. [Related Event] Talk Event: Meiji and Taisho era cosmetics - Japanese aesthetics reshaped by Western culture Event Date: Nov. 17 (Fri) 18:30-20:00 Speaker: Hiromi Yamamura (scholar of the culture of cosmetics) Capacity: 20 Admission: ¥500 *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for details on booking.




The 1964 & 2020 Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games: A Legacy for the Future

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The 1964 & 2020 Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games: A Legacy for the Future
at Discovery Museum (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-10-06 - 2017-12-10)

October 28 marks the 1,000-day countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This exhibition presents newspaper and media reports on the world’s top athletes, who have been training tirelessly since childhood for these Games. It will also feature messages from medalists in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games looking ahead to 2010 with competitive passion.




The Beauty of Chanoyu Curated by Sen So-oku — Selected Works from the Collection

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The Beauty of Chanoyu Curated by Sen So-oku — Selected Works from the Collection
at MOA Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-10-27 - 2017-12-10)

MOA Museum of Art presents an exhibition of chanoyu (the Japanese Way of Tea) to showcase its beauty, with arrangements of items carefully selected from the museum’s exclusive collection of tea utensils. Sen So-oku, a hereditary successor of the Mushakojisenke tea school and an innovator of modern chanoyu with expertise in fine arts from antiques to modern art, is a guest curator for the exhibition. Sen So-oku has created the arrangements of the utensils, recreating the ambience of a tea room in a special display case using Japanese traditional materials to maximize the enjoyment of these utensils. The case was designed by New Material Research Laboratory led by an internationally renowned modern art creator Hiroshi Sugimoto and architect Tomoyuki Sakakida. The exhibition extends outside the gallery with a special display in the Golden Tearoom. There will also be a lecture and demonstration by Sen So-oku.




Pinnacle of Elegance: Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection

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Pinnacle of Elegance: Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection
at Nezu Institute of Fine Arts (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-03 - 2017-12-17)

The soft-metal fittings affixed to Japanese sword mountings became increasingly more detailed and decorative from the Edo period onward, with flamboyant works that in some cases it is hard to believe are even metal. Toshimo Mitsumura (1877-1955), a businessman in the Meiji period, built a large collection of sword fittings and published them in a monumental tome entitled, “Tagane no Hana (Flowers of the Chisel).” Concerned that sword fittings were starting to be deemed unnecessary and that the techniques used to produce these fittings could be lost, Mitsumura brought attention to the plight of the craftsmen by paying tribute to the beauty of sword fittings through a wide range of activities. In doing so, he not only imparted a deeper understanding of sword fittings, but also preserved the craft. Currently, the Nezu Museum has approximately 1200 pieces from the Mitsumura Collection. Centered on items in the museum’s collections, this exhibition introduces the metallic beauty that fascinated Mitsumura, with around 130 sword fittings, as well as a selected number of swords and paintings, on exhibit. [Related Events] Talk event with slideshow: Pinnacle of Elegance Event Date: Nov. 17 (Fri) 13:30- Venue: Auditorium, Nezu Institute of Fine Arts Speakers: Naoko Naito (deputy curator of the Osaka Museum of History), Shigeru Matsubara (head of curatorial department at Nezu Institute of Fine Arts) Capacity: 130 *Events in Japanese *Please see the official website for booking and details of other events.




The Century of Bicycle – Bicycle = Life + Design + Ecology

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The Century of Bicycle – Bicycle = Life + Design + Ecology
at Sakura City Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-10-28 - 2017-12-17)

Sakura City in Chiba Prefecture has become a destination for cycling enthusiasts in recent years as the setting for the animated version of the popular manga “Yowamushi Pedal” about competitive racing. This exhibition introduces the history, lifestyles, arts, and future of bicycles from a variety of angles, telling the story of the close relationship between society and the bicycle over the past century. [Event] Sakura Architectural Cycling Tour Date: Nov. 11 (Sat) 10:00–16:00 Participants: 20 (Must be able to cycle 20 km) Meeting point: Wayo Women’s University Sakura Seminar House Ending point: Sakura City Museum of Art Reservations: required Admission fee: required Please see the official website for reservations, details, and information on more related events.




Orbis 30th Anniversary Exhibition: The Beauty of Everyday Life

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Orbis 30th Anniversary Exhibition: The Beauty of Everyday Life
at Pola Museum Annex (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-12-24)

Haré and Ke form a duality within traditional Japanese culture: Haré is the remarkable and Ke is the usual. Moments of Haré are transformative and celebratory, when occasions rise, whereas Ke are the routines of ordinary life, best when uneventful. In contemporary society it can seem that glamorous Haré gets all of the attention, even though we know that rare and special Haré is only possible upon the repletion of humble Ke. In this exhibition we turn our attention to Ke, and illuminate the aesthetic propositions by creators for beauty that resonates deep within everyday life. [Artists] Yukiko Ishimura, Shinichiro Ogata, Ito Ogawa, Kengo Kuma, Kundo Koyama, Izumi Shiokawa, Fumie Shibata, Sooku Sen, Yoshiharu Doi, Ikuko Harada, Tomi Matsuba, Akira Minagawa, Karoku Yanagiya, Kaoru Yokoo




Art Lounge “Fragment of This Star”

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Art Lounge “Fragment of This Star”
at Park Hotel Tokyo (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-10-30 - 2017-12-27)

Artwork inspired by the shape, colors, brilliance, and other properties of stars. [Event] Opening Reception Date: Oct. 30 (Mon) 18:00–21:00




Denmark Design

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Denmark Design
at Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art (Shinjuku area)
(2017-11-23 - 2017-12-27)

Denmark is the Northern European country that produced Andersen’s fairy tales, Lego, and other items well-known even in Japan. Approximately 5.7 million people live in this small country, which is about the size of Kyushu and known as the happiest country in the world. Denmark is also a design powerhouse that continues to turn out great numbers of design masters, even within the Northern European design boom of recent years. In particular, in the so called mid-Century period following World War II - the golden age in the history of design - Danish designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl produced a large number of outstanding items. These objects’ simple beauty, combined with high quality unpinned by functionality and technological strength, has been a major characteristic of Danish design up to the present day. They reveal Denmark’s approach as a welfare state, an approach that advocates everyone having a good quality, comfortable home. Drawing on academic cooperation from Denmark’s Designmuseum Danmark, this exhibition focuses on the appeal of Danish design by presenting furniture, tableware, light fittings, daily necessities and other items from the latter half of the 19th Century, through the mid-Century period to the present day, under one roof. [Related Events] Gallery Talk Event Date: Dec. 1 (Fri), Dec. 15 (Fri), 16:00- Admission: Free (exhibition admission required) Talk Event: A lifestyle that values hygge Event Date: Dec. 9 (Sat) 14:00- (doors open: 13:30, duration approx. 1 hour) Speaker: Kentaro Hagiwara (journalist) Venue: 2F Large Hall, Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art Capacity: 100 (booking required) Admission: Free Talk Art at the Gallery Spend an hour looking at the works while listening to a dialog, then enjoy another hour freely exploring the gallery. Event Date: Dec. 18 (Mon) 14:00- (duration approx. 2 hours) Capacity: 30 Admission: ¥1000 (exhibition admission ticket is not required) *Events in Japanese.




Beautiful Books Can Change the World: The Universe of Tara Books, India

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Beautiful Books Can Change the World: The Universe of Tara Books, India
at Itabashi Art Museum (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-11-25 - 2018-01-08)

Tara Books is an independent publishing house based in Chennai, South India that creates handmade picture books akin to crafted objects. Since its establishment in 1994, it has published a number of titles, focusing mainly on picture books, with an emphasis on paintings, text, graphic design, and book building. Their beautiful handcrafted publications typically feature multicolored silkscreen prints on thick handmade paper and have attracted much attention around the globe. Though printing techniques and the methods by which books are constructed tend to be hidden from view, the essence of Tara Books is in its editorial policy; when working with folk artists they visit various places in India, meeting with the painters and working alongside them. They also work together with overseas artists and designers in countries such as Japan, seeing this as a way to challenge established approaches, and address social problems and the situation of commercial art in India, for example. By introducing titles such as “The Night Life of Trees” and “Waterlife,” which are well-known in Japan, this exhibition shines the spotlight on Tara Books’ method of book construction and their handmade book building process with folk artists. Enjoy the array of picture books, original artwork, photographs, videos, and other 300 or so objects on show that invite you to learn about their publishing activities. [Related Events] Opening Talk Event: “Making a Tara Books book - What publishers can do” Date; Nov. 25 (Sat) 14:00-16:00 Speakers: Gita Wolf, V. Gita (founders of Tara Books) Moderator: Kiyoko Matsuoka (Vice Director of Itabashi Art Museum) Venue: 1F Auditorium, Itabashi Art Museum Capacity: 80 (booking required, selected by lottery) Admission: Free *Event in Japanese and English. Make a dish from a banana leaf! All-you-can-eat South Indian cuisine! Date: Dec. 17 (Sun) 12:30-14:00 Speakers: Masalawala (Hiroyoshi Takeda, Shinji Kashima) Capacity: 60 (booking required, selected by lottery) Admission: ¥2500




Shobu Style “Thanks to you”

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Shobu Style “Thanks to you”
at SFT Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-01 - 2018-01-22)

Shobu Style is a social welfare facility in Kagoshima City that nurtures the creative activity of those in this supportive community, producing free, fun, and expressive art. Numerous highly individual works created at four different workshops - woodwork, Japanese paper making, ceramics, textiles - are showcased in this craft exhibition.




Yuta Nakamura “Willow Festival Little Willow Festival”

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Yuta Nakamura “Willow Festival Little Willow Festival”
at Gallery Koyanagi (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-18 - 2018-01-27)

Gallery Koyanagi is proud to present a solo show by Yuta Nakamura, titled “Willow Festival Little Willow Festival” from Nov.18 (sat) 2017 to Jan. 27 (sat) 2018. He will construct a metaphorical cityscape of Ginza, using documents and merchandise from “Toho Koyanagi (Koyanagi Ceramics)” and other commercial entities such as Shiseido, in the form of an installation art. The effect is to visualize the efforts made by the predecessors to make believe a happy and ideal lifestyle, despite the catastrophic events like the Kanto Great Earthquake and WWII. The work was made possible by the artist’s research, looking into the archive of the Koyanagi’s, formerly a small department store specialized in ceramics, established in 1852.




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)

This decoration-focused exhibition features seven artists whom are all different in age, nationality, and genre. The means of expression they employ are diverse, including a trailer adorned with Gothic decoration, carpets that mix together patterns derived from various cultural spheres, and paintings that through the façade of windows imagines the life and personalities of the people who live there. In their works the artists juxtapose entirely different epochs and values, imagine worlds that do not actually exist, and attempt to interpret the concept of “decoration” as it exists in the context of daily life. In observing their endeavors, we as viewers recognize that the act of decoration is indeed the essential key to perceiving the vivid and complex reality that inextricably surrounds us. After all, “Decoration never dies, anyway.” [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




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.




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.




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.




The Research Associate Exhibition 2017

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The Research Associate Exhibition 2017
at Musashino Art University Museum & Library (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-11-27 - 2017-12-22)

This exhibition displays the results of the creative work and findings of the research associates who assist in Musashino Art University’s various laboratories. It presents the rich range of styles in which the research associates, while taking charge of teaching and related tasks on an everyday basis, engage as artists, designers, and researchers. The research associates - the artists showing their work in this exhibition - have planned and produced it themselves. [Related Events] Artist Talk Date: Dec. 9 (Sat) 14:30-16:30 Speakers: Participating artists Venue: Art Hall, Musashino Art University Admission: Free (first-come-first-served, no booking required) *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further information on other events.




Tube Socks

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Tube Socks
at Guardian Garden (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-28 - 2017-12-23)

Starting November 28, Creation Gallery G8 and Guardian Garden - two galleries in Tokyo’s Ginza district - will host an exhibition focusing on tube Socks for this year’s addition of the annual “Creation Project.” It represents a collaboration involving 167 creative artists and a small manufacturing company based in Osaka. Higuchi Knitting Company, located in Hirakata City in Osaka Prefecture, is a producer of socks that was founded in 1933. Sock production in Japan peaked in the late 1980s and has been in decline ever since. In the face of inexpensive imports from Asia, the Japanese sock industry as a whole is in a severe state. Higuchi Knitting takes maximum advantage of its resilience as a small-scale producer, however, creating made-to-order socks on request from the customer - even responding to orders for a single pair. The items on exhibit here are based on tube socks developed by Higuchi Knitting at the request of its customers. The company’s tube socks are unusual in having no heel and being of extra-high quality. Those featured in the exhibition are all original articles with knitted designs created by artists from various fields and backgrounds. All items on show will be available for purchase. The absence of a heel, combined with outstanding elasticity, means that Higuchi Knitting’s tube socks fit all sizes, from children to adults. They make ideal gifts, for Christmas or other occasions, and for oneself. Proceeds from the sale of the tube socks will be donated to “Save the Children.” Under that program, funds are used locally in Japan for a number of important purposes: to relieve child poverty, prevent child abuse, support recovery in disaster-affected regions, etc.




Tube Socks

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Tube Socks
at Creation Gallery G8 (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-28 - 2017-12-23)

Starting November 28, Creation Gallery G8 and Guardian Garden - two galleries in Tokyo’s Ginza district - will host an exhibition focusing on tube Socks for this year’s addition of the annual “Creation Project.” It represents a collaboration involving 167 creative artists and a small manufacturing company based in Osaka. Higuchi Knitting Company, located in Hirakata City in Osaka Prefecture, is a producer of socks that was founded in 1933. Sock production in Japan peaked in the late 1980s and has been in decline ever since. In the face of inexpensive imports from Asia, the Japanese sock industry as a whole is in a severe state. Higuchi Knitting takes maximum advantage of its resilience as a small-scale producer, however, creating made-to-order socks on request from the customer - even responding to orders for a single pair. The items on exhibit here are based on tube socks developed by Higuchi Knitting at the request of its customers. The company’s tube socks are unusual in having no heel and being of extra-high quality. Those featured in the exhibition are all original articles with knitted designs created by artists from various fields and backgrounds. All items on show will be available for purchase. The absence of a heel, combined with outstanding elasticity, means that Higuchi Knitting’s tube socks fit all sizes, from children to adults. They make ideal gifts, for Christmas or other occasions, and for oneself. Proceeds from the sale of the tube socks will be donated to “Save the Children.” Under that program, funds are used locally in Japan for a number of important purposes: to relieve child poverty, prevent child abuse, support recovery in disaster-affected regions, etc.




A Very Vintage Christmas

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A Very Vintage Christmas
at Isetan Shinjuku Store (Shinjuku area)
(2017-11-29 - 2017-12-05)

A selection of vintage European design in ceramics, glassware, furniture, jewelry, and other works by René Lalique and brands like Dome (France), Meissen (Germany), and Georg Jensen (Denmark). 5F Art Gallery




Shigeko Ikeda “Yokohama Style”

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Shigeko Ikeda “Yokohama Style”
at Sogo Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-12-13 - 2018-01-08)

Shigeko Ikeda (1925 - 2015) was a collector, designer and stylist credited as being responsible for rekindling the trend for vintage kimono. Kimonos that had enjoyed their heyday during the Meiji (1869-1912), Taisho (1912-1926), and early Showa (1926-1989) eras found a new lease of life at the hands of women of the Heisei (1989-) period who wore them in a new contemporary way. While she paid attention to the specific suitability, period and seasonality of kimono, in her styling the Yokohama-born Ikeda had a preference for chic Edo tastes rather than Kyoto’s more refined elegance. To be bold yet graceful. Her unique “Yokohama Style” picking up on elements of Edo tradition focused to the fine line between being overly chic and erring towards becoming unsophisticated. This exhibition shining the spotlight on Shigeko Ikeda is organized around the concept of “handing down aesthetic sensibilities” and will feature around 150 items. You can learn how Yukiko Ikeda inherited Shigeko’s aesthetic approach, and see the kimono that the two women produced together for the beauty brand IKKO on display. Furthermore, Shigeko Ikeda’s private room will be reconstructed here, and the changes that kimonos and the aesthetic sensibilities surrounding them underwent can be traced through the archive copies of “Fujingaho” and “Utsukushii kimono” exhibited. [Related Events] Talk Event: Shigeko Ikeda and Yokohama Style Date: Dec. 13 (Wed) 14:00-15:99 Speakers: Kyoko-Tomikawa (editor of “Fujingaho” and “Utsukushii kimono”), Rieko Adachi (kimono journalist), Yukiko Ikeda Venue: Inside the exhibition space Capacity: 60 Admission: Adults: ¥500 (exhibition admission ticket also required, no booking required), Junior High School Students and Under: Free Gallery Talk Date: Dec. 22 (Fri), Jan. 6 (Sat), 15:00- Speaker: Yukiko Ikeda Venue: Inside the exhibition space Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required, no booking required) *Events in Japanese