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17th “1_WALL” Photography Exhibition

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17th “1_WALL” Photography Exhibition
at Guardian Garden
Hulic Ginza 7chome Bldg., B1F 7-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8227
Media: Photography
(2017-10-31 - 2017-11-24)

The 17th “1_WALL” Photography Exhibition is part of an open competition for the right to mount a solo show at the gallery. The exhibition will feature works by six finalists who have been selected following two rounds of judging: the first round focusing on all entrants’ portfolios, and the second round consisting of one-on-one discussions between the photographers selected in the initial round and the judges. In this group exhibition, each finalist is allocated one wall on which to show his or her works. The final round of judging will take place on November 2 while the exhibition is in progress. During this round, which is open to the public, the six finalists will give presentations about their works, and the judges will then discuss the relative merits of the six contenders’ works and select the Grand Prize winner. The winner’s prize includes the privilege of holding a solo show at the gallery one year later, 100,000 yen budget to prepare for the show, plus the right to prepare an exhibition pamphlet. The seventeenth exhibition in this series brings together an eclectic array of young photographers. Manami Uetake connects the moles and blemishes on her father’s back, as though they were constellations, and photographs the results. Yu Kawasaki takes photos of his family, offering glimpses of the chaos and tranquility to be found in everyday life. Satoshi Terada, using silkscreen, prints photographs of his pregnant wife on newspaper pages. Gai Den photographs scenes, together with people, of towns that once flourished from oil production but are now abandoned. Mio Fukuda depicts her own ill-at-ease feelings amid her ties with others and with society. Machiko Fujimoto takes periodic portrait photos of the same two people. [Related Events] Public Jury Meeting - Final Round of Judging Event Date: Nov. 2 (Thu), 18:00-21:30 *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for booking and further details.




Ark School III Part 2

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Ark School III Part 2
at Aoki Gallery
Shimada Bldg, 3-5-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103
Media: Painting
(2017-11-18 - 2017-11-24)

Paintings made with a variety of methods and materials by participants in the third session of Ark School.




Joe Foti “The Adventures from Beaver Creek Part 3”

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Joe Foti “The Adventures from Beaver Creek Part 3”
at Chrome Hearts Ginza
6F, 5-4-9 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Illustration - Painting
(2017-11-10 - 2017-11-24)

“The Adventures From Beaver Creek” is a series based on the small town of Bristol, located on the border between the states of Tennessee and Virginia, where Joe Foti spent his childhood during the 1960s and 1970s. He was inspired to create this work when he went back there six years ago, soon realizing that the scope of the project was so large that it would end up shown in a three-part exhibition. The first installment focused on the early history of the town dating back to the Civil War, while the second chapter addressed how the town Foti once knew is now slowly disappearing as the beautiful historic buildings are being demolished. This final installment expresses the artist’s irreplaceable memories of being on the cusp of leaving this small town for the exciting big city.




Chisato Yoshikawa Exhibition

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Chisato Yoshikawa Exhibition
at K's Gallery
Daiwa Ginza Ichi Bldg. 6F, 1-13-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Venue: K’s gallery in Ginza.




Decorative Porcelain Cakes

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Decorative Porcelain Cakes
at Galerie Vivant
1F Tomizen Bldg., 2-11-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)




Hiroko Koshino “Paintings Visible in Clothing”

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Hiroko Koshino “Paintings Visible in Clothing”
at KH Gallery
B1F Wako Namiki-dori Bldg., 4-3-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting - Installation - Fashion
(2017-10-10 - 2017-11-25)

Hiroko Koshino has had an amazing 60-year career as a fashion designer and she still currently announces two collections a year, which continue to share beauty ahead of its generation. She has also tirelessly been releasing works of art in recent years, creating a unique world combing fashion and art. This exhibition displays clothing works from past collections in three categories of “quality, shape and color,” which have been re-defined from the design elements of paintings. Her fashion is captured in a new manner from an artistic perspective. The series with clothing works enclosed in flat and clear acrylic cases allows guests to view in detail this “quality” including different materials for each work of art, handmade decorations and the picturesque structure. Meanwhile, the optical installation features infinite “shapes” which can be imagined from one dress. You can also take in “colors” in KH gallery’s first exhibition of colorful giclée style paintings which sparkle in their own small worlds. Discovering “works of art” from past clothing could be another step forward in the fusion between fashion and art.




Kana Ito “Christmas”

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Kana Ito “Christmas”
at Gallery Goto
1-7-5-7F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-12 - 2017-11-25)




Keisuke Nakagawa Exhibition

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Keisuke Nakagawa Exhibition
at Gallery Q
Kusumoto 17th Bldg. 3F, 1-14-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)




Kenichiro Isaka Exhibition

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Kenichiro Isaka Exhibition
at Galerie Shimon
6-13-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Paintings by Kenichiro Isaka.




Michiyo Sona Exhibition

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Michiyo Sona Exhibition
at Gallery 58
4-4-13-4F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Michiyo Sona produces paintings for herself, expressing everything that she has seen with her eyes, and all that she has accumulated in her body through experience.




Shintaro Maezawa Exhibition

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Shintaro Maezawa Exhibition
at K's Gallery
Daiwa Ginza Ichi Bldg. 6F, 1-13-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Venue: K’s gallery-an in Ginza.




Shunsuke Kobayashi Exhibition

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Shunsuke Kobayashi Exhibition
at Gallery Ueda
8F Iraka Ginza Bldg., 6-4-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-06 - 2017-11-25)

The first exhibition at Gallery Ueda for Shunsuke Kobayashi, a professor at Yamagata University whose paintings of layered color on oval-shaped canvases are easily mistaken for ceramic works. See his new world of painting for yourself. The artist will be at the gallery on Nov. 10, Nov. 11, Nov. 17, Nov. 18, Nov. 23, and Nov. 24




Toru Seko “Things I’ve Seen”

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Toru Seko “Things I’ve Seen”
at Ai Gallery
1-5-2-2F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Small works by painter Toru Seko.




Wakana Tsuchida “Selfish Tears”

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Wakana Tsuchida “Selfish Tears”
at Gallery Nii, Tokyo
Ginza Katagiri Bldg. 5F, 1-13-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Photography
(2017-11-18 - 2017-11-25)

Twenty black and white photographs of Okinawa landscapes and Tsuchida’s own children reflect on the hidden loneliness and fright of home life.




7th Haruo Sofue + Mitsue Sofue Exhibition

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7th Haruo Sofue + Mitsue Sofue Exhibition
at Gallery Kabutoya
8F Iseman Bldg., 8-8-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Crafts
(2017-11-21 - 2017-11-26)




Eriko Hiyoshi Exhibition

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Eriko Hiyoshi Exhibition
at O Gallery
Daiichi Tamura Bldg. 3F, 1-4-9 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting - Drawing
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-26)




Shogo Omori Exhibition

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Shogo Omori Exhibition
at Tachikawa Blind Ginza Space Åtte
B1F Tachikawa Ginza Showroom, 8-8-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting - Party
(2017-11-21 - 2017-11-26)

Twenty five works by Shogo Omori, a landscape painter known for his warm, soft touch.




Go Journal Launch Exhibition

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Go Journal Launch Exhibition
at Ginza Tsutaya Books
Ginza Six 6F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Photography
(2017-11-22 - 2017-11-27)

A photography exhibition to mark the launch of Go Journal, magazine by the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Foundation with creative direction by Mika Ninagawa.




Eiko Fukugawa Exhibition

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Eiko Fukugawa Exhibition
at Ginza Mitsukoshi 7th Floor Gallery
7F Ginza Mitsukoshi, 4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8212
Media: Sculpture - Ceramics
(2017-11-22 - 2017-11-28)

Eighty ceramic sculptures and other works by Eiko Fukugawa.




Machumayu Exhibition

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Machumayu Exhibition
at Gallery Seizan
#102 Ginza Habitation, 5-14-16, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-30)

Loneliness, despair, desire, and pleasure are complicated and unstable emotions that exist inside us. Machumayu expresses them through the depiction of children and animals, comforting us and shedding light on our feelings.




Mai Shibata “Layered Landscapes”

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Mai Shibata “Layered Landscapes”
at Dai-ichi Life Gallery
1-13-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8411
Media: Painting - Party
(2017-11-06 - 2017-11-30)

A solo exhibition for 2013 VOCA Prize-winning painter Mai Shibata, who reconstructs landscapes according to their images as travel destinations and sites of historical events. Shibata uses her experience in printmaking to create layers and applies masking tape to form unique lattices of lines with scattered motifs telling stories and revealing psychological scenery.




Akinori Ito Exhibition

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Akinori Ito Exhibition
at Gallery Goto
1-7-5-7F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-20 - 2017-12-02)




Fumi Abe “Deep in the Night”

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Fumi Abe “Deep in the Night”
at Gallery Hirota Bijutsu
Zenya Bldg. 1F, 7-3-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-17 - 2017-12-02)

Face portraits in oils, craypas, pencil, candle wax, and other materials. These psychological self-portraits reflecting the soul of the artist take on universal properties as they resonate with the viewer.




Naoto Hashida Exhibition

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Naoto Hashida Exhibition
at Gallery Ju-ichi gatsu
Hasegawa Bldg.3F, 7-11-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-20 - 2017-12-02)

People throughout the ages live within a system where history repeats itself and gets passed on. A new system is born each day, changing shape, with future generations deciding what is good or bad about that system.




Art Library IKI Vol.15 - Colors and flowers -

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Art Library IKI Vol.15 - Colors and flowers -
at Park Hotel Tokyo
Shiodome Media Tower, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7227
Media: Photography - Sculpture - Product - Crafts
(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




Marc Chagall: The Third Dimension

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Marc Chagall: The Third Dimension
at Tokyo Station Gallery
1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints - Sculpture - Ceramics
(2017-09-16 - 2017-12-03)

Marc Chagall is famous as a painter and engraver, but in his later years he also created many sculptures. This is the first exhibition in Japan to offer an in-depth look at his sculptures. Based on the distinctive traits of Chagall’s sculptures, which have a deep connection with his two-dimensional works, this exhibition guides the visitor around the three-dimensional world of Marc Chagall, displaying his sculptures along with related sketches and paintings, as well as works based on the same themes. The exhibition is made up of 60 sculptures and ceramics, 70 oil and watercolor paintings, and 40 sketches and prints. Many of the exhibits have not been displayed in Japan before, making this a precious opportunity to see new facets of Marc Chagall’s art.




Masuo Ikeda × Chiaki Shuji “Dance of Autumn Color”

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Masuo Ikeda × Chiaki Shuji “Dance of Autumn Color”
at Park Hotel Tokyo
Shiodome Media Tower, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7227
Media: Painting - Video and Film
(2017-08-28 - 2017-12-03)

This exhibition featuring the work of colorists (color artists) Masuo Ikeda and Chiaki Shuji expresses vibrant autumn colors. At the entrance on the 25th floor, you’ll be greeted with a six-panel folding screen by Ikeda, and can enjoy the contrast with the colorful works of Shuji that decorate the opposite wall. At the second exhibition venue, located in the elevator hall and Gallery Room on the 31st floor, you’ll see Shuji’s dancing watercolors, while in the six windows of the corridor, lithographs with Ikeda’s vivid colorings will be exhibited. The collaboration work produced by these two artists, which will be exhibited at the atrium style lobby and the winding corridor on 31st floor, will allow you feel the splendor of the changing seasons. Enjoy the beauty of Japan in the sunshine and beneath the moonlight.




The Golden Age of Botanical Art – Flowers from the Collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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The Golden Age of Botanical Art – Flowers from the Collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Painting - Talks
(2017-09-16 - 2017-12-03)

The first of the “Intermediatheque Natural History Series,” this exhibition is a unique opportunity for audiences in Japan to appreciate 28 botanical artworks from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s great collection. The concept combines historical botanical artworks from Kew with scientific botanical specimens held at the University of Tokyo, a leading institution in botanical studies. It will communicate the beauty and richness of “Natural History,” as seen through the eyes of both botanical artists and botanists. [Related Events] Talk Series Event Dates: Sep. 29 (Fri) 18:00-19:30, Oct. 22 (Sun) 14:00-15:30, Oct. 27 (Fri) 18:00-19:30, Nov. 10 (Fri) 18:00-19:30. *In Japanese only.




Motonari Kakei Exhibition

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Motonari Kakei Exhibition
at Galerie Nichido
5-3-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-20 - 2017-12-04)

After repatriating to his hometown of Fukuoka, a painter who spent 30 years developing his own interpretations of form while in Paris reflects on the connections between Paris and himself.




2017…the present: From the atelier of the 99-year-old Fumiko Hori

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2017…the present: From the atelier of the 99-year-old Fumiko Hori
at Nakajima Art
3F Abe Bldg. 5-5-9 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-16 - 2017-12-06)

For this exhibition Fumiko Hori, who celebrated her 99th birthday this year, will select as yet unseen works from those among her studio to present to the public for the first time. In the 1970s, when she was younger, Hori worked on illustrations for magazines and newspapers, producing colorful works and images inspired by trips she was sent on around Japan for the purpose of seeing different local areas during the country’s distinct seasons. In such works you can see the origins of the techniques that are used in her later masterpieces.




Ryan Su “Times of Night”

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Ryan Su “Times of Night”
at Megumi Ogita Gallery
2-16-12-B1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting - Party
(2017-11-17 - 2017-12-09)

As a modern Asian artist, Ryan Su imbues his works with subjects that have symbolic meanings rooted in Eastern philosophy and are suggestive of animism. He uses only black and white, as is common in traditional Chinese painting, representing the original essence and purity of life. The suggestion is that hope, expressed often as light, is not exterior but exists inside of ourselves within the darkness. For this artist, every animal stands as a metaphor for the essence of life - for wisdom, power, fortune. This is his homage to the world history of culture. 15 of his latest paintings will be presented here.




Charity Exhibition: The Secret 2017

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Charity Exhibition: The Secret 2017
at Ricoh Imaging Square Ginza 8F, A.W.P Gallery zone
San-ai Dream Center 8F, 5-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Photography - Party
(2017-11-15 - 2017-12-10)

10% of the proceeds raised at this charity exhibition featuring 28 photographic works - all available for purchase - are donated towards regeneration of the Tohoku region. Each of the participating artists has contributed one work to the event, but as the title suggests, the names of the artists do not appear alongside the works on show. It is only after the exhibition has finished that the name of the artists who produced each individual image will be published on the official website. This is a chance for visitors to purchase work based on their personal taste, without the temptation to make any assumptions.




The Recital of Eros

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The Recital of Eros
at Art Gallery M84
5F, 4-11-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-8001
Media: Photography
(2017-11-20 - 2017-12-16)

Thirty-eight rare prints of nude portraits by world-famous photographers.




Picture…book?

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Picture…book?
at Atelier Muji
Muji Yurakucho 2F, 3-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Media: Graphics - Drawing - Workshops - Talks
(2017-11-03 - 2017-12-17)

The relationship between people and books is long-established. At first these objects that form an integral part of our lives were made from natural materials such as stone, soil, plants, and animal skin. Over the years, however, the structure of books has changed, and we now have books available in digital formats. How about if books and picture books became three-dimensional? Would this be a strange reading experience? Here four artists/artist groups explore this question, interrogating what a book is. [Related Events] Gallery Talk The artist will deliver a talk in the gallery space. Details of when it will be held will be published on the official website. Venue: Atelier Muji, 2F Muji Yurakucho Admission: Free Speaker: Anna Budanova *Please see the official website for booking.




Styles of Calligraphy II - Succession and Originality of Beauty -

Styles of Calligraphy II - Succession and Originality of Beauty -
at Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Teigeki Bldg.9F, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Media: Drawing
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-17)

It was after studies of Chinese calligraphic works that the tradition of cherishing calligraphy as an art form was cultivated in Japan and a distinctive framework established. Intellectuals of each distinctive time period throughout the ages have been well acquainted with “calligraphic writing,” maintaining the discipline and respecting the rules while also competing with each other to improve their skills. Such customs remain in place today and have brought about the development of many styles. This exhibition will explore how calligraphic traditions have been carried forward since the old days and demonstrate how people have sought for originality and ideal beauty. In addition, it will consider the manner in which calligraphy can be appreciated through calligraphic masterpieces from China and Japan.




Painters of Passion: Adventures in Color by Kandinsky, Rouault, and Their Contemporaries

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Painters of Passion: Adventures in Color by Kandinsky, Rouault, and Their Contemporaries
at Shiodome Museum | Rouault Gallery
Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Bldg. 4F, 1-5-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8301
Media: Painting - Talks
(2017-10-17 - 2017-12-20)

This exhibition marks a first attempt to visually link the works of German Expressionists - primarily Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), considered one of the founders of abstract art - with those of Georges Rouault (1871-1958), the greatest religious artist of 20th-century France. For a period of time in the early 20th century, Kandinsky displayed his works at the Salon d’Automne - an annual art exhibition in Paris that Rouault co-founded - while Rouault presented his works at exhibitions hosted by Kandinsky’s Munich New Artists’ Association. The two events gave birth, respectively, to Fauvism and German expressionism. The fact that the two men participated in both exhibitions suggests they had a mutual interest in each other’s artistic movements. Similarities in colors and motifs used by Rouault and the German Expressionists further indicate that they shared a common aesthetic. Driven by what he called “inner necessity,” Kandinsky eventually arrived at abstract art, as did his good friend Paul Klee (1879–1940). Rouault, too, followed his “inner necessity” towards a unique style defined by his Christianity. The exhibition will consist mainly of works on loan from the Miyagi Museum of Art, which owns one of Japan’s largest collections of paintings by Kandinsky, Klee, and other German Expressionists. Oil paintings, watercolors, prints, sketches, books, and other materials on loan from the Rouault Foundation in Paris and other organizations will make up the rest of the 130 items on display. [Related Events] Talk Event: Live Colors - The Battle of Kandinsky, Rouault, and Klee Event Date: Nov. 3 (Fri) 14:00-15:30 Speaker: Ayako Goto (Lecturer at Keio University) Capacity: 150 (booking required) Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) Venue: 5F Hall, Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Building *Not suitable for young children. Goro Yamada Art Talk Event Date: Nov. 10 (Fri) 13:30-14:30 Speaker: Goro Yamada (art critic) Capacity: 250 (booking required) Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) Venue: 5F Hall, Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Building *Not suitable for young children. Gallery Talk by the Curator Please note that if the gallery is crowded the talk will take place as a slide show. Event Dates: Oct. 22 (Sun), 28 (Sat), 31 (Tue), Nov. 8 (Thu), 24 (Fri) 14:00- Admission: Free (no booking required, exhibition admission ticket required) *Events in Japanese. *For further details on events please see the official website.




Kae Masuda “Orbit”

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Kae Masuda “Orbit”
at Un Petit Garage
1F Ginza Musashino Bldg., 7-17-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting - Party
(2017-10-06 - 2017-12-22)

Kae Masuda is a 2004 graduate of the Kyoto City University of Arts Painting Department Graduate School. Focusing on the processes by which events such as those in the natural world take shape, she employs a variety of styles in her paintings of undulating imagery that transforms from the concrete to the abstract. Her work has been featured in both domestic and international solo and group exhibitions.




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
Pola Bldg. 3F, 1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Architecture - Product - Crafts - Sound
(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




Renoir

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Renoir
at Galerie Tamenaga
7-5-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-11-01 - 2017-12-24)

Master of Impressionism Pierre August Renoir is one of the most admired artists of the 20th century. Renoir’s paintings on recurring themes such as beauty, joy, and affection appear to resonate powerfully with his audiences, evoking feelings of warmth and love. This exhibition will showcase more than 40 paintings executed by the artist from the 1870s until his death.




Tadao Ando Exhibition

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Tadao Ando Exhibition
at Akio Nagasawa Gallery
6F Ginsho Bldg., 4-9-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Drawing - Photography - Architecture
(2017-09-29 - 2017-12-24)




The Eugene Studio “1/2 Century later.”
The Eugene Studio “1/2 Century later.” at Shiseido Gallery Shiseido Bldg. B1, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 Media: Installation (2017-11-21 - 2017-12-24) The Eugene Studio presents an installation of previously unseen works based around the theme “1968” here in this exhibition titled “1/2 Century Later,” which refers to “the half century since then” (as well as “the half century from now”). The Eugene Studio has been exploring fresh new images of the future that “we of today” can create by connecting with today’s reality and contrasting such images with our previous images of the future. This exhibition space features a large glass-sheet installation piece on the motif “the legacy of ‘future images’ drawn by the stories of the past,” and around this are arranged works that reflect the next future. The futures these artists have contributed include: the 2D work “Agricultural Revolution 3.0,” which depicts a tranquil life in which biotechnology and agriculture have merged; portions of a script and sketch board for a story about an artificial intelligence agency; and “White Painting,” a work central to this exhibition and created through a collective method that adopts the structures characteristic of the social media era to convey small hopes for the new globalization. The legacy of “future images” from the past half-century come face-to-face in the gallery with the start of the new yet contiguous future in which we are living now. Visitors may get to experience the feeling of a new society as this refined worldview resonates the spectacle of the exhibition space. This is to perceive the values of the new future as illuminated by art along with the progress of 21st-century science and technology, and it is also the experience of expressing this in words. In recent years, The Eugene Studio has drawn on research and conferences featuring participants from Cambridge University, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, OMA NY, and others, and these feature in the biotechnology and agricultural themes in “Agricultural Revolution 3.0.” It has also collaborated with science fiction writer Ken Liu (winner of three of the most prestigious American science fiction awards), and has been expanding its international presence to include full involvement in film production. Even as it takes an active look back on the history of art itself, art history and the circumstances of the past, The Eugene Studio also continues to renew the map of that “contiguous future,” in which the past and the present alike find connection, by purposefully involving itself in today’s real society through a multifaceted sphere of activity, including participation in cutting-edge R&D in fields like artificial intelligence, urbanization, and biotechnology. It can be said that these are the kinds of activities which, even while embracing the conceptual creativity, contextuality and forms of pure contempor[...]



Movie Posters from the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Film Center Collection

Movie Posters from the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Film Center Collection
at Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery
2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Painting
(2017-11-10 - 2017-12-25)

Established in 1970, the Film Center at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo is the only national film organization in Japan that actively collects and preserves films as cultural property, while also offering a consistent program of film screenings for the public. In addition to the movies themselves the collection also includes movie ephemera such as posters, photographic stills, screenplays, press materials, and books. This exhibition presents 10 items selected from among each of the three historically valuable collections held by the center.




Art Lounge “Fragment of This Star”

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Art Lounge “Fragment of This Star”
at Park Hotel Tokyo
Shiodome Media Tower, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7227
Media: Graphics - Photography - Sculpture - Product - Crafts - Ceramics - Party
(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




Koh Myung-Keun “A Blending Space”

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Koh Myung-Keun “A Blending Space”
at Tokyo Gallery + BTAP
8-10-5 7F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Photography - Sculpture
(2017-11-02 - 2017-12-30)

Koh uses photography, a two-dimensional medium, but transforms it into three dimensional artworks by employing a unique technique: he makes digital prints of his photos onto film, which he then laminates with clear plastic, and constructs into three-dimensional forms using a heat gun. The semi-transparent photographic layers have been constructed as if they were the walls of a building, but not as an attempt to recreate the structure of the subject. What we see is a paradoxical space, where the interior seems to be the exterior itself. Koh has been using this method since the 1980’s, creating series based on three main subjects: nature, architecture, and the figure. This show will exhibit works based on photographs he has taken of cities in Asia. The architecture, with its profound expression of cultural heritage, and the thin, transparent images work together to create an extraordinary space. On the other hand, the series titled “Chamber” proposes a space that maintains a more intimate distance with the human figure. The image creates an illusion of contact between the viewer and subject based on the “viewed/viewer” relationship.




The Face of Medicine

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The Face of Medicine
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Painting
(2016-12-03 - 2017-12-30)

In the summer of 2015, forty-four portrait paintings and eight statues were transferred from the University of Tokyo Hospital to the University Museum of the University of Tokyo. These included the collection of portrait paintings that had once hung on the large wall behind the stage of the hospital’s Auditorium of Internal Medicine. There, the portraits of the successive hospital directors aligned on five levels formed an impressive panorama expressing the authority of medicine and the history of education. As these artworks were kept at elevated positions in the auditorium space, the collection remained untouched and well-preserved for a long period of time, creating an environment allowing for the perfect tracing of the genealogy of the hospital directors. Such a well preserved selection of official portraits is particularly rare, so once discovered the University Museum began cleaning and restoring them. Although the restoration is still in progress, the museum is now presenting, with the cooperation of conservator Fujiko Suzukamo, the first results of this work to the general public. Until now, there has been no opportunity to take a close look at the portraits, whether they collotype prints or oil paintings. *Dates for Intermediatheque’s Special Exhibitions are subject to change.




Pattern - Forms of Beauty

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Pattern - Forms of Beauty
at The Club
6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Graphics
(2017-10-28 - 2018-01-04)

Representing both Western and Eastern perspectives, this exhibition includes key artists such as Christopher Wool, now regarded as one of the most important abstract painters of this century, and Agnes Martin, who was selected for a recent retrospective at the Guggenheim museum in 2016, as well as works by Yayoi Kusama and Genichiro Inokuma. Inokuma is a Japanese artist who was selected to present work at “The New Japanese Painting and Sculpture” exhibition organized by New York’s MoMA in 1966. He is also the designer of a very popular pattern titled “Hana-Hiraku (Flowers in Bloom),” which was originally commissioned as the first original wrapping paper for Japanese department store chain Mitsukoshi. The pattern holds its timeless charm to this day and continues to be a highly recognizable design all around the world. The exhibitors on this occasion also include critically acclaimed European artist Daan van Golden, who discovered Japanese graphic traditions of pattern design during his stay in the country in the 1960s and later incorporated them into his own creative process. This exhibition brings together well-known works by Inokuma and Golden, which both portray the “Hana-Hiraku” motif. The exhibition also presents new works by Richard Rhys, a London-based artist who explores the possibilities of patterns in multiple media and made his name with his exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery and other prestigious venues. History has given birth to a variety of forms of “beauty,” as well as an assortment of value systems to gauge them, all of which represent tastes that are intrinsic to each time period and its inherent context. Within human creation, patterns can be said to be unique in their ubiquity, present in all geographical regions in diverse forms; sometimes as ornamental elements that constitute what came to be called art, and other times as pragmatic elements that give shape to signs and many other means of communication. This exhibition is pleased to present various patterns expressing what may be considered “universal beauty,” connecting art and our everyday life.




Prints in Paris 1900: From Elite to the Street

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Prints in Paris 1900: From Elite to the Street
at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Media: Graphics - Prints - Talks
(2017-10-18 - 2018-01-08)

In Paris at the end of the 19th century, prints that up until that time were just for transmitting information or a means of reproduction became the latest medium for artists to widen the potential of expression. These artists elevated print to the level of art and created the origin of 20th century graphic art. At the same time in Paris, there was a flowering of mass culture with spending, amusement and pleasure. The world was filled with images as never before in the form of posters on the streets and in theatres, and illustrations in books, and a wide range of people came to enjoy art on a daily basis. This exhibition is jointly planned by the Van Gogh Museum which boasts the world’s largest collection of late 19th century prints, and the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum which houses a collection of lithographs and posters by Toulouse-Lautrec. This exhibit will bring together selected, superbly preserved works of graphic art, by Toulouse-Lautrec and other representative artists of the late 19th century.




Marimekko Spirit

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Marimekko Spirit
at Ginza Graphic Gallery
DNP Ginza Building 1st floor, 7-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Graphics - Party - Talks
(2017-11-15 - 2018-01-13)

Marimekko is a brand now loved by fans all around the world, with its unique designs brimming with originality and its fascinating approach to color. When craftsmanship and industrialization began to come together in Finland, a woman with a clear vision and an acute sensitivity, Armi Ratia (1912-1979), emerged with her new brand, Marimekko. She was not only talented in spotting promising designers, but also pioneering in her advocation of an open environment where designers could challenge their free creativity from the very start, leading to the development of timeless and much loved that remain representative of the brand. This exhibition will focus on three designers essential to the brand today - Paavo Halonen, Maija Louekari and Aino-Maija Metsola - introducing their creativity in terms of both art and design. It will include four of each of their most recognizable patterns produced for Marimekko, original works, and interview videos, addressing their individual characteristics. The show also intends to give an overview of the “Marimekko Spirit” as embodied by these three designers, inherited from the many successive designers of this company over than 65 or so years. Further, the designers - all three of them born and raised in Finland - have challenged themselves to create a new pattern on the theme of ‘Japan,’ this this is the first time that any of them have ever visited the country. Discover how their original concept of ‘Japan’ harmonizes with their skills and professional passion, turning their ideas into textile patterns and beautiful fabrics. Many Japanese have long admired Finnish design for its simple style, learning from the beauty of nature to enrich everyday life. Thus, this exhibition also attempts to explore what creativity within Finnish design resonates with the sensibility of Japanese aesthetics. [Related Events] Gallery Talk Event Date: Nov. 15 (Wed) 16:00-17:30 Speakers: Minna Kemel-Kutvonen, Paavo Halonen, Maija Louekari, Aino-Maija Metsola Venue: 3F DNP Ginza Building Capacity: 70 Admission: Free (booking required) *Please see the official website for booking and further details. “Marimekko Spirit – Elämäntapa” Exhibition Exhibition Dates: Dec. 15 (Fri), 2017 - Feb. 28 (Wed), 2018 Venue: Gallery A4




Quai Branly Tokyo “Treasures from Foreign Lands – The Jewelry of Desert Tribes”

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Quai Branly Tokyo “Treasures from Foreign Lands – The Jewelry of Desert Tribes”
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Fashion - Crafts
(2017-01-31 - 2018-01-21)

JP Tower Museum Intermediateque (IMT) presents “Treasures from Foreign Lands – The Jewelry of Desert Tribes,” the fifth installation of its Quai Branly Tokyo project jointly organized with the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris. Exquisite jewelry works produced by populations from Maghreb and the Near East are displayed.




Yuta Nakamura “Willow Festival Little Willow Festival”

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Yuta Nakamura “Willow Festival Little Willow Festival”
at Gallery Koyanagi
Koyanagi Bldg. 9F, 1-7-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Installation - Product - Crafts
(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.




Guimet Room Inaugural Exhibition “Small Chamber of Curiosities”

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Guimet Room Inaugural Exhibition “Small Chamber of Curiosities”
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Product
(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.




MADE IN UMUT - The University of Tokyo Collection
MADE IN UMUT - The University of Tokyo Collection at Intermediatheque 2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003 (2013-03-21 - 2018-06-30) Since its foundation in 1877, the University of Tokyo has accumulated a considerable scientific and cultural heritage. Such historical specimens are most certainly an important heritage from the past. However, at the same time, they constitute a resource which we should activate now while facing the future. In order to demonstrate this, we have collected as much historical heritage as possible, and modified its design for a new use, in accordance with our contemporary needs, in the name of a process called ReDESIGN+. Just as the Intermediatheque is built on the reincarnation and inheritance of the former Central Post Office, we have renovated this ancient building and given it a new life as a museum. Nevertheless, this does not imply that we have to consider ReDESIGN+ as a bare revamp activity. In the same way as the etymological meaning of the word design, ReDESIGN+ deals with the problem of appearance at the same time as it raises epistemological issues on our view of things and our view of the world. As for the spatial distribution of the exhibits, we deliberately avoided the common method of setting up a visiting route. What the Intermediatheque aims at is providing a museum space where visitors, and especially younger generations, can experience a direct visual contact with exhibits, in an encounter full of discoveries and astonishment. Considering the fact that the architecture of the former Post Office building is representative of early Showa modernism, the permanent and semi-permanent exhibition spaces were designed so as to produce a retromodern atmosphere. Respecting the building’s original design, we have adopted an eclectic design principle stimulating our twenty-first century sensitivity, tentatively named retrofuturism. We thus intend to present to our visitors a period bridging three centuries, from the 19th to the 21st Century. Such is the base of our design strategy for the Intermediatheque. With such a scheme in mind, we have actively redesigned and reused the prewar wooden furniture that was accumulated in our museum. On the other hand, a modern sensitivity is created through the use of showcases made of thick green glass and designed in a retromodern style. These are a fruit of the research conducted in product design at the Intermediatheque. Venue:COLONNADE 2 COLONNADE 3 *The period of the Special Exhibitions of Intermediatheque are unconfirmed and so the final date recorded on TAB is only a temporary guideline [...]



Play IMT (7) - In Between Worlds

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Play IMT (7) - In Between Worlds
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Performance Art
(2017-11-24 - 2017-12-03)

This seventh installment of the Play IMT series reconsiders the series’ basic concept of experimenting with theater and museums, developing a theatrical performance throughout the Intermediatheque, with “the in-between” (that is, what appears between the theatrical and museum worlds) as its key theme. By actively integrating the Intermediatheque collection and activities as well as people who gather there within the process of theatrical creation, the museum consistently explores what kind of theatrical expression can be crystallized within a museum space. In this performance, the theatrical experimentation within a museum context will gather the Intermediatheque’s space and exhibits, as well as original music and storylines, installations, props, costumes and actors. Therefore, actors are both neutral beings - among the aforementioned theatrical elements - and special entities - mediating and connecting all these elements. Members of the audience are also essential elements of the performance, in that they contribute to give form to various new images emanating throughout the play. As the performance grows organically, members of the audience get gradually involved, thus nourishing the play. This event aims to be participatory, with all the people present contributing to create a new world. Performers: Hiroshi Fujimori, Norihisa Honke, Kim Hyeryong, Inori Imamura, Mai Sasaki, Chikako Shibasaki, Yoshiki Shibata, Mirano Suzuki, Mana Takenouchi, Shinji Tozawa, Chie Yoshida Dates: Nov. 24 (Fri) 18:30-; Nov. 25 (Sat) 14:00-, 17:00-; Nov. 26 (Sun) 14:00-, Dec. 1 (Fri) 18:30-: Dec. 2 (Sat) 14:00-, 17:00-; Dec. 3 (Sun) 14:00-. (duration approx. 40 mins.) Venue: Intermediatheque 2-3 F *Event in Japanese




Tube Socks

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Tube Socks
at Creation Gallery G8
Recruit GINZA 8 Bldg. 1F, 8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Product - Fashion
(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 Guardian Garden
Hulic Ginza 7chome Bldg., B1F 7-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8227
Media: Product - Fashion
(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.