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February 2017

S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018

February 1, 2017 - June 1, 2018

S.Pellegrino Young Chef S.Pellegrino holds S.Pellegrino Young Chef, a global competition in search of the extremely talented young culinary chefs. This year applications open on February 1, 2017. The competition provides the young chefs opportunities to not only show off their skills but to also challenge themselves. The contest will now take place over a span of 18 months, with this next edition lasting from 2017 to 2018. Please visit the website for more information.

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Keith Haring and Japan: Pop to Neo-Japanism

February 5, 2017 at 9:00 am - January 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Nakamura Keith Hering Museum Art, 10249-7 Kobuchizawa-cho Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi Prefecture 408-0044  Japan + Google Map
¥13 - ¥900

Nakamura Keith Haring Collection It is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection of Keith Haring's artworks. Zen and  Eastern philosophers are sources of inspiration for him and he combines modern and traditional aspects into his works. "The concept of what I produce is based on 'Pop' so I think it can be received in the same way in both Tokyo and New York. I think the Japanese are looking to the Western World a bit much right…

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March 2017

Japan’s Modern Beauty

March 18 at 9:00 am - September 24 at 5:00 pm
Pola Museum of Art, 1285 Kozukayama
Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi Japan
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¥700 - ¥1800

Japan's Modern Beauty This exhibition will showcase a collection of Japanese cosmetic utensils and magazines during the late Edo period through the Showa period (1926-1989). This exhibition allows you to discover the progress and transition of the modern Japanese woman's aesthetic sense.

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April 2017

WOLS: From the Street to the Cosmos

April 1 at 9:30 am - July 2 at 5:00 pm
¥65 - ¥1300
Nicole Bouban; Wols (French, born Germany, 1913 - 1951), Georg Heusch; Paris, France; negative: about 1933; print: 1976; Gelatin silver print; 13.6 ÁE20.2 cm (5 3/8 ÁE7 15/16 in.); 84.XM.140.168

Wols (Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze, 1913-1951) was a painter and photographer. He started painting in watercolors and pursued drawings as well. When war broke out between Germany and France, he was captured in French prison, where he spent his time in working on watercolors and drawing. Soon after his death, his work gained more attention. Wol's art was first introduced in Japan from 1956. Starting from April 1st, Wol's art work will be featured at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of…

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Special Exhibition “Geodaisia- Modern Cartography from Tadataka Ino to Remote Sensing”

April 14 at 11:00 am - September 3 at 6:00 pm
JP Tower Museum Intermediatheque, KITTE 2-3F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Japan + Google Map

Starting from April 14 till September 3rd, the JP Tower Museum Intermediatheque is opening a special exhibition "Geodaisia- Modern Cartography from Tadataka Ino to Remote Sensing." Ino Tadataka was a Japanese surveyor and cartographer. He is known for creating the first map of Japan using modern surveying techniques. The Map of Great Japan's Coastal Areas was composed in eight volumes, unfortunately, during the great Kanto earthquake in 1923, the volume of Kanto region was lost. However, because of the rapid development…

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Collection of Museum Bojimas Van Beuningen Bruegel’s ” The Tower of Babel” and Great 16th Century Masters

April 18 at 9:30 am - July 2 at 8:00 pm
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 8-36 Ueno-Koen
Taito, Tokyo 110-0007 Japan
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¥600 - ¥1400

Pieter Bruegel is a Dutch artist who was known for his landscape and peasant scenes. The creation of his masterpiece " The Tower of Babel" will be introduced and is the main highlight of the event at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

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The Sophisticated Women and Men of Edo as seen in their Kimonos and Accessories

April 22 at 10:00 am - July 2 at 6:00 pm
Tobacco and Salt Museum, 1-16-8 Jinnan Japan + Google Map
¥50 - ¥100

One would not expect the Tobacco & Salt Museum to be hosting an exquisite exhibition, displaying a collection of high-class colorful kimono fabrics. The exhibition's title is pretty self-explanatory. Kimonos and Accessories from the Edo and Taisho periods will be assembled by bag merchant Kiyoshi Nakamura. Items include wallet-like hakoseko, tobacco pouches, and batik-printed sari imported from India and Java. Trying to figure out the intricate imagery in the prints is part of the exhibition's fun and adds a stronger participative draw to the…

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The Art of Disney – The Magic of Animation

April 29 at 10:00 am - September 24 at 5:00 pm
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, 2-3-6 Aomi
Koto-ku, Japan
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¥6 - ¥600

Disney madness is descending upon Odaiba's Miraikan, with 450 animation sketches and storyboards from the studio's best pictures. You can expect a peek at the makings of golden oldies like Steamboat Willy or brand new blockbusters like Moanna. Not only are you looking at the behind-the-scene constructions of each film, but the development of different technologies in the field. The exhibition guides you through the past of animation, which started with flick books and has grown into the world of 3D…

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May 2017

Star Village Camping, Chiba

May 8 - August 27
Star Village Ichihara Campsite, 176-1 Hagi, Ichihara-shi Chiba + Google Map
¥6 - ¥12.

Calling all June weekenders... take the chance to escape the city with an idyllic camping trip to Chiba. Just over an hours drive from central Tokyo, the spacious Star Village campsite offers overnight and daytime-only camping. So take the kids, pack barbecue picnic food, and set off! Enjoy a lovely stay communing not only with nature but horses and calves as your neighbors for the night. Don't forget the dog, who can take part in Star Village's dog running event!…

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Zipang Festival 2017

May 8 - August 27
Shirahama Flower Park, 1454 Shirahamacho-Nemoto, Minamiboso-shi Chiba + Google Map
Photo from UPPER KIDZ

How about journeying out of Tokyo to Shirahama Flower Park for an all-night dance and art party by the beaches of the Boso Peninsula. A combination of house and techno will be accompanied by video performances, live painting, farmers markets and endless food stalls. The lineup is laced with Tokyo favorites, the likes of Kihira Naoki, Killer-Bong, DJ Nobu Altz and many more. Note that food and drink will not be allowed into the venue and those under the age…

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Into Nightmares

May 8 - July 14
血を吸う薔薇  © Toho Co., Ltd.

Starting in May, Japanese gothic and horror films will be showcased over 13 weeks at Asagaya’s Laputa. The provocative programme includes works such as Vampire Guttaro (1968), Kinji Fukasaku’s Black Lizard (1968) and Nobuhiko Obayashi’s feature debut, House (1977). Admission tickets go on sale at 10:15am each day, and screenings close when the capacity reaches 48. May 8–Jul 14, 9pm. ¥1,200 general/¥1,000 students. Laputa Asagaya. Laputa Bldg, 2-12-21 Asagaya-Kita, Suginami-ku. Asagaya. www.laputa-jp.com

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Tokyo Tower Highball Garden

May 18 at 4:00 pm - October 1 at 10:00 pm
Tokyo Tower, 4-2-8 Shibakoen Japan + Google Map
Free Entry

Yet another beer garden in Tokyo. However, this one is uber-Tokyo, taking place at the city's iconic tower. This year, it kicks off the outdoor drinking season with a double dose of whiskey highballs. On top of the standard terrace at the base of the tower, where the lengthy menu of highballs is combined with a variety of snacks, is the roof terrace of the Tower Foot Town building if you fancy more of a view. Watch out for the weather- both…

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Dayanita Singh, Museum Bhavan (“Large House Museum”)

May 20 - July 17
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 1-13-3 Mita
Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0062 Japan
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Dayanita Singh is one of the most outstanding photographers active in the world today. The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is presenting an exhibition of her work as part of the celebrations of the twentieth anniversary of its comprehensive opening. Beginning her career as a photographer for Western magazines, Dayanita Singh gradually came to detest producing pictures of the exotic, chaotic poverty that conformed to the foreigners’ image of India. As a result, she retired from photojournalism in the latter half…

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A Hundred Million Light Years Tunnel

May 20 at 11:00 am - July 20 at 5:00 pm
Musee Hamaguchi Yozo, 1-35-7 Kakigaracho, NIhonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan + Google Map
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This summer exhibition is held in the privately owned,  Musee Hamaguchi Yozo, featuring the artist Natsuo Okumura. He used his time, working nights as a security guard, sewing to create stunning works of art in the hope to compensate for the time on a piece of cloth.

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The Yoshinobu Ashihara Archives

May 22 at 10:00 am - August 13 at 6:00 pm
Musashino Art University Museum & Library, 1-736 Ogawacho, Kodaira-shi Tokyo + Google Map

Yoshinobu Ashihara, the modernist architect, famed for the Sony Building and the Tokyo Metropolitan Threatre is being celebrated in this display of drawings photos and models. It will be a look into 11 of his most career-defining works from the Msuashino Art University's Yoshinobu Ashihara Architectural Archives collection. Included in the exhibition will be materials from Ashihara's days at Harvard, timelapse photos and digital data on all 300 of his designs. Not to be undervalued next to his contemporaries Kunio Maekawa…

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The Art of Eric Carle

May 22 at 10:00 am - July 2 at 6:00 pm
Setagaya Art Museum, 1-2 Kinuta-koen
Setagaya-ku, Japan
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Variant art from The Very Hungry Caterpillar © Eric Carle

The Setagaya Art museum is hosting an exhibition to celebrate the life and career of Eric Carle, the famous American picture book author, designer, and illustrator. You must have been living under a rock during your childhood if you haven’t heard of Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into more than 62 languages over the years. He has won numerous awards for work in children’s literature, including the Japan Picture Book Award, the Regina Medal and the…

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Mercedes-Benz Art Scope

May 27 at 11:00 am - August 27 at 5:00 pm
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, 4-7-25 Kita-Shinagawa Japan + Google Map
¥500 - ¥700

Mercedes-Benz Art Scope has been an annual event since 1991, giving contemporary artists from Japan and Germany a chance to experience a different culture. This year the show will include three artists: Japanese artist, Taro Izumi who lived in Berlin in 2016, German artist Menja Stevenson who lived in Tokyo in 2015 and Japanese artist Tokihiro Sato, who has taken part in the show in the past and spent his residency in France in 1993. Works will range from video installations,…

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June 2017

Tokyo Tower Milky Way Illumination

June 1 - September 3
Tokyo Tower, 4-2-8 Shibakoen Japan + Google Map
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This summer, Tokyo Tower will host its annual "Milky Way" illumination where the outdoor stairs and observation deck are flooded with a stream of blue and white "stars" (130,000 LED bulbs). With a canopy of flickering lights above and a fantastic view of Tokyo below, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better night view in Tokyo this summer.   Illuminations run from 9:00 to 23:00 every day until September 3rd (light-up stairs from 17:00)

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