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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/  

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/    

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  

Van Gogh Alive (Kobe)

Van Gogh Alive (Kobe)

Mar 18 - Jun 4, 2023
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

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/