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Venetian Renaissance Paintings from the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

Oct 22, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 4-2-55 Nakanoshima, kita-ku, Osaka
Osaka, 530-0005 Japan

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Italy, an exhibition of some 60 superior works from the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice is being held in Japan for the first time. This display features paintings created during the Italian Renaissance between the 15th and 17th centuries, a time when Venetian artists

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Noboru Tanaka + Masanori Nishimura “Resonance of the Landscape”

Nov 1, 2016 - Apr 30, 2018
Art Court Gallery, 1-8-5 Tenmabashi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
Osaka, 530-0042 Japan

Art Court Gallery Until Apr 30, 2018 This open-air exhibition will be set along the OAP Sculpture Path until April 2018. Witness Noboru Tanaka’s nature-themed granite sculptures including Black Rain and Sound of Wind. Also explore Masanori Nishimura’s ethereal Blossom Tunnel and giant yellow Schoolchild Umbrella/Raining Light sculpture, among other works. Open: 11am–7pm (until 5pm

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Railway Arts Festival Vol. 6: Adventure of the Structure

Nov 12, 2016 - Jan 22, 2017
Art Area B1, 1 Chome-1 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi
Osaka, 530-0005 Japan

Art Area B1 Until Jan 22 The Railway Arts Festival brings together creators working to capture the unique characteristics and history of railway culture. Volume 6 focuses on physical and metaphorical structures existing within society in the context of film, literature, painting, and music. Open: 12pm–7pm • Closed: Mondays (except Jan 9) & Jan 1–3,

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Sujin Memory Bank Project #01: Deracinated Memories

Nov 12, 2016 - Jan 22, 2017
Yanagihara Bank Memorial Museum, 6-3 Shimonochō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto-shi
Kyoto, 600-8206 Japan

Yanagihara Bank Memorial Museum Until Jan 22 This exhibition highlights anonymous local people captured in rare historical photos housed in the Yanagihara Bank Memorial Museum archives. Works include commemorative shots and family albums of everyday citizens forgotten by history. This display is a modest attempt at giving these untouched images a new breath of life.

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¥1300
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Shiko Munakata “I’m Becoming Van Gogh”

Nov 19, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017
Abeno Harukas Art Museum, 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka
Osaka, 545-6016 Japan

View the unparalleled works of one of Aomori’s most renowned painters and woodblock printmakers. Active during the Showa period, Shiko Munakata created vivid, primal portrayals of natural and religious imagery, interweaving stark black lines over primarily white backgrounds. He endeavored to imitate the works of Vincent Van Gogh, originally inspired by the Post-Impressionist painter’s Still

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¥1000
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Paintings Go Motion! – Kitayama Seitaro and Artists in the Taisho Era

Nov 19, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017
The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, 1-4-14 Fukiage Wakayama-City
Wakayama, 640-8137 Japan

Toward the end of the Meiji era, interest in European art movements such as Impressionism, Futurism, and Cubism began spreading through Japan. As some Japanese students of Western-style painting went to study abroad, many more young artists acquired knowledge of these exotic art forms domestically through magazines, books, and viewings of exhibitions featuring international masterpieces.

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¥600
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Christmas Flower Show 2016

Nov 19, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum, Hyogo, 4 Yumebutai, Awaji-shi
Hyōgo, 656-2306 Japan

光りと花のページェント クリスマスフラワーショー2016 Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum, Hyogo Until Jan 15 Enjoy the festive season in the botanical garden, gloriously designed in the theme of the universe. Arias and pop music will be performed at the foot of the main Christmas tree Dec 23 to 25. Time: 10am • Admision: ¥600 adults, concessions • Access: JR

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¥510
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Hanaya Kanbei: A Photographer and His Age

Nov 19, 2016 - Mar 19, 2017
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, 1-1-1 Wakinohama Kaigandori, Chuo-ku
Kobe, 651-0073

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art Hanaya Kanbei was a photographer active in Ashiya City, Hyogo prefecture from the pre-war era. Born in Osaka in 1903, he later bought a photography supply shop and co-founded the amateur Ashiya Camera Club in 1930. He and his fellow club members experimented with design techniques already occurring in the

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¥800
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Whose Manga Is It?

Nov 23, 2016 - Feb 7, 2017
Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nakagyo-ku, Karasuma-Oike
Kyoto, Kyoto 604-0846 Japan

Kyoto International Manga Museum Until Feb 7 This exhibition explores the question, “Who is manga for?” through the lens of three specific genres: educational manga, satirical manga, and moe bijin shojo illustrations. These subjects are interpreted from the viewpoints of conventional audiences and those with non-traditional perspectives such as international fans, cosplayers, visually impaired readers,

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¥1800
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Louvre No. 9 – Manga, The Ninth Art

Dec 1, 2016 - Jan 29, 2017
Knowledge Capital in Grand Front Osaka, Osaka, 3-1 Ōfukachō, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi,
Osaka, 530-0011 Japan

Grand Front Osaka Knowledge Capital Until Jan 29 The term Bande Dessinée refers to Franco-Belgian comics, an influential creative genre that is now referred to in France as the “ninth art.” This exhibition, co-organized by the Louvre Museum in Paris, showcases an impressive selection of works by talented manga artists from around the world. Open:

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White Promenade

Dec 1, 2016 - Feb 28, 2017
Shirahama Beach, Wakayama, Shirahama, Nishimuro District,
Wakayama , 649-2211 Japan

白砂のプロムナード Shirahama Beach, Wakayama Until Feb 28 A display of winter illuminations. Artistically designed shining objects brighten up the white sand beach. Time: 5pm–10pm • Admission: Free • Access: JR Shirahama Stn bus to Shirahama • nanki-shirahama.com

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Sennin-Buro Hot Spring

Dec 1, 2016 - Feb 28, 2017
Kawayu Onsen, Wakayama, 1452 Hongūchō Kawayu, Tanabe-shi,
Wakayama, 647-1717 Japan

仙人風呂 Kawayu Onsen, Wakayama Until Feb 28 A natural outdoor hot-spring is open for free. A giant open-air bath is created on the banks of the Ohtou River. It will be lit up with lanterns on Saturdays. Time: 6:30am–10pm • Admission: Free • Access: JR Shingu Stn, bus to Kawayu Onsen • hongu.jp/onsen/kawayu/senninburo

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¥600
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The Pleasure of Collecting: Inbande Plates and Asian Kites

Dec 7, 2016 - Feb 13, 2017
Osaka Museum of History, 1-32 Otemae 4-Chome, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Osaka, 540-0008 Japan

Osaka Museum of History Until Feb 13 Over one thousand patterned plates accumulated over the course of 30 years are on display. These works were produced during the Meiji and Showa periods using a traditional transfer-printing pottery method called inbande. Additionally, kites from around Asia adorned with designs representative of local trends can be seen.

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¥800
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LOVE ♥ RIBON ♥ FUROKU

Dec 8, 2016 - Feb 5, 2017
Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nakagyo-ku, Karasuma-Oike
Kyoto, Kyoto 604-0846 Japan

Kyoto International Manga Museum The renowned girls manga magazine Ribon was first issued by the Shueisha publishing company in 1955. Over the years, a number of famous shojo (literally, ‘young woman’) manga artists have gotten their start by appearing in Ribon, such as Arina Tanemura, Ai Yazawa, and Wataru Yoshizumi. Each issue of the magazine,

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¥2297 - ¥3223
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Sengoku The Real at Osaka Castle

Dec 16, 2016 - Mar 12, 2017
Osaka Castle Park, Osaka-jo 1-1
Osaka-shi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002 Japan

戦国•ザ•リアルat 大坂城 Osaka Castle Park, Osaka Open for 56 days between Dec 16 and Mar 12 Universal Studios Japan presents a spectacular entertainment event at Nishino-maru Garden in Osaka Castle Park. Using projection mapping and pyrotechnics, the live performance will feature the great samurai warrior Yukimura Sanada. Time: Depend on date. Admission: ¥2,297 / ¥2,760

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Yasuka Goto “The Patch of Despair”

Dec 16, 2016 - Jan 21, 2017
Gallery Fleur at Kyoto Seika University, 137 Iwakura Kinochō, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi
Kyoto, 606-8588 Japan

Gallery Fleur at Kyoto Seika University Until Jan 21 Yasuka Goto’s wall-sized paintings focus on struggles experienced by her grandfathers and great-grandfathers who survived periods of war, as well as those of laborers alive during the same era. Her emotionally dynamic works portray an amazing determination to live bravely through times of cruelty and despair.

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¥1400
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The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl: Transmitting a Secret Art across Generations of the Raku Family

Dec 17, 2016 - Feb 12, 2017
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Okazaki Enshoji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Kyoto, 606-8344

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto In 16th-century Kyoto, Japanese tea master Sen no Rikyu asked Chojiro, a potter, to make tea bowls for use in sacred wabi-style tea ceremonies. The original techniques used to create these chawan tea bowls gave rise to a unique genre of traditional pottery now known as Raku ware.

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¥1500
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A Journey to the Land of Immortals – Treasures of Ancient Greece

Dec 23, 2016 - Apr 2, 2017
Kobe City Museum, 24 Kyōmachi, Chūō-ku
Kōbe-shi, Hyōgo-ken Japan

Kobe City Museum The aesthetic refinement of Ancient Greek art has mesmerized audiences from cultures around the world since the era of its creation. Centering on themes of polytheism and the intricate relationship between gods and mortals, the style depicted in Ancient Greek works has stood out against other historical art forms for its glorified

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¥1030
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Automata Europe and Japan

Dec 26, 2016 - Mar 1, 2017
Rokko International Musical Box Museum, Kitarokkō-4512-145 Rokkōsanchō, Nada-ku, Kōbe-shi,
Hyōgo, 657-0101 Japan

からくり人形西洋と日本 Rokko International Musical Box Museum, Hyogo Until Mar 1 An exhibition of European automata and Japanese mechanical puppets. While showing these classical dolls moving, they demonstrate their internal mechanisms and explore their history. Time: 10am–5pm (Closed Thursdays, Dec 31 & Jan 1) • Admission: ¥1,030 adults, concessions • Access: Rokko Cable Line, Rokkosanjo Stn,

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The Muggles

Jan 01 - Jan 29
Woodstock Café, Ashiya, 2-11-201 Hamachō, Ashiya-shi
Hyogo, 659-0025 Japan

Every Fri & Sat Mellow ballads, classic rock, and dynamic rock-n-roll from Osaka-based jamming band Woodstock Café, Ashiya • Group Sounds & Rock • Admission free (¥2,000 for 2 drinks + snack) • Tel: 079-734-1044

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¥1600
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The Louvre Museum Special Exhibition Louvre No.9

Jan 02 - Jan 29
Knowledge Capital in Grand Front Osaka, Osaka, 3-1 Ōfukachō, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi,
Osaka, 530-0011 Japan

ルーブル美術館特別展 漫画、9番目の芸術 Knowledge Capital in Grand Front Osaka Jan 2–29 Comics in France are considered the “Ninth Art” and are increasingly becoming a significant topic for study and review in the 21st century. This exhibit introduces bande dessinée, another name for French comics, co-organized by the Louvre Museum in France. The BD project introduces talented manga

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¥500
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Plum Tree Bonsai Exhibition

Jan 07 - Mar 12
Keiun-Kan, Shiga, 2-5 Minatochō Nagahama-shi
Shiga, 526-0067 Japan

第66回長浜盆梅展 Keiun-Kan, Shiga Jan 7–Mar 12 This is the best exhibition of plum-tree pots in Japan. Take a look at a 400-year-old tree, a three-meter tree and 90 other magnificent pots of plum blossoms set in a traditional Japanese house. Time: 9am–5pm • Admission: ¥500 adults, concessions • Access: JR Nagahama Stn, 3-min walk •

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Toka Ebisu Festival

Jan 09 - Jan 11
Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, 1 Chome-6-10 Ebisunishi, Naniwa-ku, Ōsaka-shi,
Osaka, 556-0003 Japan

十日戎 Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka Jan 9–11 The Toka Ebisu festival is held all around Kansai but no place does it bigger and better than Imamiya Ebisu Shrine. Every year, over one million people make the pilgrimage from all over Kansai and beyond to Imamiya Ebisu Shrine to pray for success in business to Ebisu,

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¥1000
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Marginal Records New Year Party (Juke/Bass/Hip Hop/Techno)

Jan 11
Socore Factory, 2 Chome-13-26 Minamihorie, Nishi-ku, Ōsaka-shi
Osaka, 550-0015 Japan

Acts: Fulltono, Tuttle, Ce$, Jimmer, Sumio Iwase, Aaakkkiii, Irimoto, Wataru, Pan • Open: 9pm • Admission: ¥1,000 • Where: Shinsaibashi • Tel: 06-6567-9852 • socorefactory.com

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