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Banksy Artworks from Masatoshi Kumagai Collection

Banksy Artworks from Masatoshi Kumagai Collection

Apr 13, 2022 - Dec 31, 2023
11:00 - 20:00
GMO Digital Museum

Only at GMO Digital Museum can visitors enjoy three of Banksy's most famous works at the same time. https://banksy.tokyo/ (JP) Tickets: https://www.e-tix.jp/gmo-art/en/  

FUJIKO F Fujio's Sukoshi Fushigi World

FUJIKO F Fujio's Sukoshi Fushigi World

Oct 22, 2022 - Oct 10, 2023
FUJIKO-MUSEUM

Fujiko F. Fujio, who had made dream-filled children's manga his life's work, published The Minotaur's Plate for adults in 1969, the year before the serialisation of Doraemon began, with little change to the touch of his children's manga. This work shocked many readers, and subsequently, Fujiko F. Fujio's SF manga began to be published in various magazines. This exhibition of original manga drawings presents the original manga drawings of that SF short story series on an unprecedented scale. The exhibition will be divided into three sessions, with the original drawings on display scheduled to be replaced approximately every four months. https://fujiko-museum.com/exhibition/  

Poison Exhibition (Mokudoku Exhibition) ReMix

Poison Exhibition (Mokudoku Exhibition) ReMix

Mar 17 - Nov 5, 2023
Sunshine Aquarium

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Sunshine Aquarium Special Exhibition of Poisonous Creatures “Modokuten”,which had attracted 400,000 total visitors throughout the series, has come back! Why not learn about the diversity of creatures that coexist with humans on this earth from the theme of “poison”?This invites you to the world of poison. https://sunshinecity.jp/file/aquarium/moudoku_remix/

Special Exhibition: Tōfuku-ji in Kyoto

Special Exhibition: Tōfuku-ji in Kyoto

Oct 7 - Dec 3, 2023
Kyoto National Museum, Heisei Chishinkan Wing

Famed for its spring verdure and rich autumn colors, Tōfuku-ji is one of Kyoto’s representative Zen temples. It was established during the early Kamakura period on the orders of the imperial regent and advisor Kujō Michiie. He entrusted the founding to Enni (Shōichi Kokushi), a priest who had previously travelled to China to study Zen (Ch.Chan) Buddhism. The name "Tōfuku-ji" was taken from the first character of Tō-ji and the second character of Kōfuku-ji, two temples in Nara. Also known as the "Tōfuku no Garanzura", the temple complex creates a striking impression with its vast array of huge medieval-style buildings. This exhibition marks the first chance to view the temple’s many treasures in one place. The legendary Buddhist painter Minchō’s Five Hundred Arhats will be displayed in its entirety for the first time since the completion of restoration work, for example. It will be joined by a number of precious cultural properties that somehow survived destruction during Ōnin War of 1467-77. The exhibition also showcases several masterpieces of painting and calligraphy as well as Buddhist sculptures whose monumental size chimes well with the temple’s vastness. While tracing the temple’s history since its founding, the exhibition presents a board overview of the Zen culture that bloomed through exchanges with the rest of Asia. It also explores Tōfuku-ji’s enduring appeal and its significance to Japanese culture. https://tofukuji2023.jp/english.html