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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/  

ANDY WARHOL KYOTO

ANDY WARHOL KYOTO

Sep 17, 2022 - Feb 12, 2023
Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum

Andy Warhol drew inspiration from images of popular culture and consumerism and was a leading figure of New York City’s Pop Art movement starting from the early 1960s. This exhibition is the first major Warhol exhibition in Kyoto. It presents over 200 works exclusively from the collection of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and includes early works from the 1950s when Warhol worked as a commercial illustrator, iconic 1960s canvas paintings such as the Death and Disaster series, underground films and television shows, commissioned celebrity portraits, and works from Warhol’s later years that touched upon his Catholicism and further entrenched his fame. Warhol stopped over in Japan during his world trip in 1956 and visited Kyoto. He returned in 1974, Kyoto was a source of inspiration and fascination for Warhol. The exhibition also presents artwork and archival objects emphasizing his relationship with Kyoto and Japan, including drawings, clothing, photographs, and ephemera.   https://www.andywarholkyoto.jp/en/    

Special Exhibition “POISON”

Special Exhibition “POISON”

Nov 1, 2022 - Feb 19, 2023
09:00 - 17:00
National Museum of Nature and Science

In this exhibition, specialists in the fields of zoology, botany, geology, anthropology, science and engineering will delve thoroughly into the poisons that exist everywhere in nature, including animals, plants, fungi, minerals and man-made poisons, and explain them from the unique perspective of the National Science Museum. This is the first special exhibition on the theme of poisons to be held at the National Science Museum. https://www.dokuten.jp/outline_en.html    

Kobe Illuminage in Kobe Fruit and Flower park

Kobe Illuminage in Kobe Fruit and Flower park

Nov 19, 2022 - Feb 26, 2023
17:00 - 22:00
Fruit and Flower park

This year, there are plenty of magical interactive illumination tricks with light! Visitors can also enjoy a carnival gimmick with sound and light, a light monkey show and many other events. The illumination spreading across the vast grounds feels like you've wandered into a palace of light. Tickets for the day are also available at the entrance. https://illuminagegroup.com/kobe2022/    

OSAKA CASTLE ILLUMINAGE

OSAKA CASTLE ILLUMINAGE

Nov 22, 2022 - Feb 26, 2023
17:30 - 21:30
Osaka Castle - Nishinomiya Garden

Osaka Castle Illuminations is held at Osaka Castle Park and Nishinomaru Garden for the first time in two years. The theme is 'OSAKA LOVER Osaka Illumination History'. In addition to the regular illumination, a new interactive illumination is being introduced this year. Visitors can enjoy a spectacular space full of "Osaka" with a vivid light display.   https://illuminagegroup.com/osaka2022/  

Kotatsu Picnic on the Water

Kotatsu Picnic on the Water

Dec 1, 2022 - Mar 19, 2023
11:00 - 17:00
Higashi yokobori river

'Kotatsu Picnic on the Water' would be a magical experience where you can enjoy a warm picnic while floating on the river with a kotatsu on top of a round sap boat. There is also a rental service for cassette stoves, so you can bring your own food and enjoy takoyaki and barbecues. https://www.citysup.jp/picnic-win/  

Van Gogh Alive (Nagoya)

Van Gogh Alive (Nagoya)

Dec 10, 2022 - Mar 5, 2023
Kanayama Minami Art Museum

Van Gogh Alive is a completely new immersive exhibition that combines artistry and entertainment with all five senses. The popular content, which has attracted more than 8.5 million visitors worldwide to date, finally arrives in Nagoya from Australia this winter. The space where Van Gogh's masterpieces are vividly recreated in huge, vivid images, accompanied by powerful classical music, is otherworldly. You feel as if you are walking through the world of the paintings. From the moment you step into the venue, you will be enveloped in a vivid symphony of light, colour, sound and scent, and the experience of surrendering yourself to the visuals and sounds that flow one after another will be a special, "unforgettable" experience. Photography and video recording are allowed, so please enjoy not only the experience, but also the memories. https://goghalivejp.com/nagoya/

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Dec 10, 2022 - Mar 5, 2023
Abeno Harukas Art Museum

This exhibition introduces the world of Alice in Wonderland and its charms, which have been expressed in various genres from the 19th century to the present day, including art, film, music, fashion, theatre and photography.   https://alice.exhibit.jp/about/

Film History in Posters Part 4: Horror Films

Film History in Posters Part 4: Horror Films

Dec 13, 2022 - Mar 26, 2023
00:00 -
National Film Archive of Japan

 For more than 120 years, movies have aroused a diverse range of emotions in audiences. One of those emotions is, of course, horror, which has long been an irresistible attraction. Films have provided audiences with horror in various forms, from monsters on the screen and psychological contexts revealing the dark side of the human mind to supernatural phenomena described with vivid image. In Japan, as in other countries, horror films continue to be a significant film genre. Works range from numerous period dramas made in the silent film era that are linked to Japan’s ghost story culture to the “J-horror” films that first appeared in the 1990s. This fourth part of the “Film History in Posters” series, Horror Films, presents posters from films dating back to the earliest days of cinema. Featuring items held in the National Film Archive of Japan and other collections, it traces the lineage of films that have both frightened and entertained audiences over the years. Exhibited posters include those of such classics as Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Italian horror films by Dario Argento and so on, and disaster films such as Jaws. The posters of Japanese ghost stories and the latest J-horror films are also presented. We invite you to admire their creative visuals and catchphrases and immerse yourself in a world of chilling horror.   https://www.nfaj.go.jp/english/exhibition/horrorfilms2022/    

Unique Home Appliances Grand March !! Showa Retro Home Appliances -Masuda Collection Exhibition

Unique Home Appliances Grand March !! Showa Retro Home Appliances -Masuda Collection Exhibition

Dec 24, 2022 - Feb 19, 2023
The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

For the first time in three years, Mr. Kenichi Masuda's precious collection, which he has been fascinated by retro home appliances from the 30's of the Showa era and has been collecting for over 20 years, will be exhibited. This is the 7th time, and about 150 unique home appliances from the Masuda collection will be exhibited. Please enjoy the home appliances with surprising ideas unique to the era of trying to electrify everything, the home appliances that reflect the times such as the space boom, and the home appliances with distinctive designs.   https://www.osaka-angenet.jp/konjyakukan/exhibition_special/260000509

Masterpieces of Early Modern Noh Masks: The “Tenkaichi” Mask Makers

Masterpieces of Early Modern Noh Masks: The “Tenkaichi” Mask Makers

Jan 2 - Feb 26, 2023
Tokyo National Museum

Noh theater is a traditional Japanese performing art. It attained its completed form during the Muromachi period (1392–1573), with many new Noh masks produced during this time. Noh became a cherished pastime of the warrior class and this led to soaring demand for copies of famous masks. From 1593 to 1682, the most accomplished replica makers were awarded the name “Tenkaichi.” Their copies would perfectly replicate the originals, from the facial features and inner carving to the maker’s branded seal and any cracks and blemishes. Despite this fidelity, the individuality of these replica masters still shines through in these works.   https://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=2561&lang=en    

The Buddhist Sculptures of Daianji Temple

The Buddhist Sculptures of Daianji Temple

Jan 2 - Mar 19, 2023
Tokyo National Museum

  Daianji was Japan’s first temple built by the state. Its predecessor was Daikan Daiji (Great State Temple), with the temple assuming the name Daianji after relocating to the new capital Heijō-kyō (present-day Nara) at the start of the 8th century. Known as one of Nara’s Great Temples during the Nara period (710–794), Daianji flourished as a hub for Buddhist studies. It had a cosmopolitan atmosphere, with priests travelling from India, Vietnam, China, and elsewhere to reside and study on the temple’s spacious grounds. Daianji’s Nara-period Buddhist sculptures are carved from single blocks of wood. They are also characterized by exquisite carving and skillful bodily depictions. As such, they are pioneering examples of the wooden Buddhist sculptures prevalent in Japan from the Heian period (794–1192) onwards. With a focus on these statues, this exhibition explores the appeal of Daianji, the foundation of Japanese Buddhism.   https://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=2555&lang=en  

Salon Du Chocolat

Salon Du Chocolat

Jan 18 - Feb 14, 2023
JR Kyoto Isetan

The Salon du Chocolat, a chocolatier festival from Paris, will be held in Kyoto again this year for the 18th time under the theme "LOVE is PEACE! The theme of this year's event is "LOVE is PEACE!" and there will be a large selection of chocolates from over 100 brands from all over the world, as well as an area focusing on cocoa ingredients. New brands will appear one after another, including one-day-only shops that change every day. https://www.mistore.jp/store/kyoto/event_calendar/sdc.html    

Tableware Festival in Tokyo Dome

Tableware Festival in Tokyo Dome

Jan 27 - Feb 5, 2023
Tokyo Dome

The Tableware Festival, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, is Japan's largest tableware festival, bringing together a wide range of tableware, including works by potteries from all over Japan and around the world, as well as glass and lacquerware. The festival is one of the largest tableware festivals in Japan, bringing together a wide range of tableware from all over the world, as well as works by Japanese potteries and ceramics from around the country. https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/tableware/

Shirayuki Kura Matsuri

Shirayuki Kura Matsuri

Feb 12, 2023
10:00 - 16:00
Shirayuki Brewery Village Chojugura

Great chance to enjoy many different types of sake! At Shirayuki Kura Matsuri, there are various events such as Kagami-Biraki, treating of sake, and other family-friendly entertainment. Venue: Shirayuki Brewery Village Chojugura3-4-15, Chuo, Itami-shi, Hyogo5 minute-walk from Hankyu Itami Station