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Animal Art Museum

Animal Art Museum

Jul 16 - Oct 10, 2022
10:00 - 17:00
Saga Arashiyama Museum of Arts and Culture

Animals often appear in Japanese painting. The theme that many painters have tackled since ancient times has been how to depict moving creatures by observing wild animals that live close at hand, such as deer and raccoon dogs, as well as domestic animals that have supported people's lives as livestock, such as cows and horses. This exhibition introduces a variety of animal paintings, including the thoughts of painters who were fascinated by animals and the background to their work. https://www.samac.jp/cms/img/1657936421.pdf

Rainbow Flower Fes

Rainbow Flower Fes

Jul 16 - Oct 10, 2022
08:00 - 16:00
Fuji Motosuko Resort

At "Rainbow Flower Fes", visitors can enjoy viewing 10 different sorts of flowers creating a beautiful scenery. Details:https://www.fujimotosuko-resort.jp/flower/rainbowflower/ (in Japanese)

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Jul 16 - Oct 10, 2022
10:00 - 18:00
Mori Art Museum

This exhibition introduces the world and the impact of Alice in Wonderland, which has been expressed in a variety of genres such as art, films, music, fashion, theater, and photography from the 19th century to the present day. From the illustrations by John Tenniel, the animation cels of Disney Movies, the movie Alice in Wonderland directed by Tim Burton, and the works of Salvador Dali and Yayoi Kusama who were influenced by Alice, to the stage costumes in ballet, fashion designs by Vivienne Westwood and co. and others, approximately 300 works and materials related to Alice will be on display.   https://macg.roppongihills.com/en/exhibitions/alice/index.html    

Winnie the Pooh Exhibition

Winnie the Pooh Exhibition

Jul 16 - Oct 2, 2022
10:00 - 18:00
PLAY! MUSEUM

The exhibition will closely explore the world of Pooh the Bear with approximately 100 of Shepard's original drawings from the 1950s and 1960s, and Milne's text. The entire space will be filled with the "dreamlike time" that Christopher Robin spent with his favorite Pooh and his friends.   https://play2020.jp/article/pooh/

Ko-Imari Ware - Special Exhibition for the 35th Anniversary of the Opening of the Museum

Ko-Imari Ware - Special Exhibition for the 35th Anniversary of the Opening of the Museum

Jul 29 - Nov 6, 2022
10:00 - 17:00
Toguri Museum of Art

This exhibition features about 80 pieces of Ko-Imari from the export period, including some works exhibited for the first time. The exhibition will unravel the intermingling of Eastern and Western cultures in the Ko-Imari period. http://www.toguri-museum.or.jp/tenrankai/next.php

Lively, full of people - Kano style and more

Lively, full of people - Kano style and more

Aug 27 - Oct 2, 2022
09:30 - 17:00
ITABASHI ART MUSEUM

Enjoy works depicting unique characters, mainly from the Edo period. https://www.city.itabashi.tokyo.jp/  

The Sublime Art of Japan's Modern Crafts

The Sublime Art of Japan's Modern Crafts

Aug 31 - Nov 6, 2022
10:00 - 18:00
Kokugakuin University

The University has had a relationship with the Arisugawa family since its foundation, and through the highness of Her Imperial Highness Princess Kikuko Nobuhito Takamatsu, who succeeded to the Arisugawa family rituals, the University has received and acquired items related to the Arisugawa and Takamatsu families that have been in the collection of the Imperial Household. To commemorate the 140th anniversary of Kokugakuin University, we are pleased to introduce the collection of Mr. Kohiko Kaneko, a world-renowned collector of Japanese and foreign marquetry for half a century, in addition to items inherited from the two Imperial Families. The collection is a collection of marquetry works collected by Siebold in 1832. After Siebold's Japanese collection was exhibited in the Netherlands in 1832, Japanese arts and crafts gradually gained interest in Europe. After the Meiji Restoration, the Meiji government concentrated all its efforts on the Vienna World Exposition of 1873 to "collect and exhibit the best of Japanese art and crafts, and to show abroad the fertility of the Japanese land and the sophistication of its artisans. The result was a boom in Japonism, as the intricate and magnificent crafts caught the eye of Europeans. The beauty of marquetry, in particular, made Japan's advanced woodworking and decorative techniques known to the world. This exhibition presents a selection of Japan's glittering and exquisite modern crafts that have had an impact on the world in the modern era.   http://museum.kokugakuin.ac.jp/special_exhibition/detail/2022_140th_anniversary.html

STAR WARS JUMP TO HYPERSPACE

STAR WARS JUMP TO HYPERSPACE

Sep 3 - Oct 30, 2022
11:00 - 19:00
TOY SAPIENS TOKYO

Star Wars costumes on display, prototypes on display, and limited-edition merchandise for sale. http://www.hottoys-store.jp/starwars-jth/

Miwotsukushi: Beauty Galore

Miwotsukushi: Beauty Galore

Sep 14 - Nov 13, 2022
10:00 - 18:00
Suntory Museum of Art

  Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts opened as the third public (prefectural or municipal) art museum in Japan, following Tokyo and Kyoto, in May 1936 (Showa 11).Its collection was built through the support of many people and covers a wide range of genres such as Japanese and Chinese paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, and craftwork. Chronologically, it ranges from before the Common Era to modern times, and number-wise, there are more than 8,500 items in the collection. Another characteristic of the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts Collection is the point that it includes numerous individual collections formerly belonging to business leaders who were active mainly in the Kansai region. The museum’s location in Chausuyama, Tennoji-ku, was originally where the Sumitomo family’s principal residence was located. The grounds, together with the garden (Keitakuen), were donated to the city of Osaka.The present building is Registered Tangible Cultural Property (structure) designated as a rare example of a large-scale art museum built before World War II. Before Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts celebrates the ninetieth anniversary of its opening in 2026, it will undergo large-scale improvement work. While the museum is closed for renovation, we have organized a traveling exhibition introducing masterpieces carefully selected from a variety of genres. These masterpieces have rarely been shown together in a single show even at Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts, and this is the first time they are being exhibited en masse outside the museum itself.The exhibition title “Miwotsukushi” literally means “the best of beauty,” and, phonetically, it also implies “miotsukushi (channel mark),” the Osaka City emblem. Like the channel marks in the former port Naniwazu indicating a safe sea route, we shall “miwotsukushi,” again a pun, which can also be interpreted as “do our very best,” to navigate you through this collection, which is indeed a profusion of beauty.   https://www.suntory.com/sma/exhibition/2022_4/index.html

Iittala Stars of Finnish Glass

Iittala Stars of Finnish Glass

Sep 17 - Nov 10, 2022
10:00 - 18:00
Bunkamura

To celebrate Iittala's 140th anniversary, this exhibition is a reorganisation of the exhibition held by the Finnish Design Museum in 2021, with a further chapter in the Japan exhibition focusing on the relationship between Iittala and Japan. The exhibition will explore the technology, philosophy and design aesthetics of Iittala through approximately 450 pieces of classic glass designs from the mid-20th century, which symbolise the company's history, as well as ceramics and porcelain, and a mixture of films and installations. https://www.bunkamura.co.jp/museum/exhibition/22_iittala/ (JP)

Hokusai’s Book World—An Unknown Domain of Woodblock Printed Books

Hokusai’s Book World—An Unknown Domain of Woodblock Printed Books

Sep 21 - Nov 27, 2022
09:30 - 17:30
The Sumida Hokusai Museum

One of the forms of ukiyoe painted during the Edo period was the itabon (book in wood block prints). Hokusai published many hanpon, which were either illustrations for stories or his own collection of paintings. This exhibition features approximately 110 itabon works by Hokusai and his students. This exhibition introduces the fascination of hanpon that has been handed down since the Edo period.   https://hokusai-museum.jp/modules/Exhibition/exhibitions/view/2187?lang=en

32nd Hokkaido Fair in Yoyogi

32nd Hokkaido Fair in Yoyogi

Sep 29 - Oct 2, 2022
Yoyogi Park, Yagai Ongakudo-mae Hiroba

This event is a good opportunity to taste various Hokkaido foods in Central Tokyo. While the admission to the event is free, the food will require a fee. The event is held from 10 AM to 7 PM from September 29 to October 1 and from 10 AM to 6 PM on October 2. For more information, please check the event's website.Details:https://www.hokkai-syokudo.jp/yoyogi/ (in Japanese)

JOMON DAYS SATELLITE

JOMON DAYS SATELLITE

Oct 1, 2022 - Jan 9, 2023
Tokyu Plaza Ginza

The "JOMON DAYS SATELLITE" is an event designed to promote awareness of Japan's Jomon culture, which is said to have a lot to do with the SDGs of today, and to provide an opportunity for people to think about the future together.   https://jomon-days.com/en/

SCAJ World Specialty Coffee Conference and Exhibition 2022

SCAJ World Specialty Coffee Conference and Exhibition 2022

Oct 12 - Oct 14, 2022
10:00 - 17:00
Tokyo Big Sight, West Halls 3 and 4

SCAJ is "the coffee-focused event that is the Asia's largest international trade fair". Once a year, diverse, high-quality coffee beans from all over the world gather at SCAJ. From state-of-the-art machines to a wide variety of related products, everything about coffee is here. https://scajconference.jp/en/

The World of Miniature Bakery Exhibition 2022

The World of Miniature Bakery Exhibition 2022

Oct 21 - Nov 27, 2022
11:00 - 19:00
TODAYS GALLERY STUDIO

Among the 200,000 visitors to the "World of Miniature Photography" exhibition, miniature works centering on food such as bread, cakes, and pies are particularly popular. This exhibition features only such bakery works, which are filled with delicious aromas, so that visitors can enjoy an atmosphere as if they have jumped into the world of a miniature bakery store. Visitors can take pictures from various angles and post their own unique photos on social networking sites.   http://tgs.jp.net/event/miniature-bakery/