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"CULTURE GATE to JAPAN"
TOKYO, Jan. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- A Cultural Communication Project by the Agency for Cultural Affairs 
- Media Arts exhibition fusing traditional Japanese culture and technology to 
be exhibited at Haneda Airport and one other location starting Wednesday, 
January 19, 2022 

The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, launched an innovative 
cultural promotion project called "CULTURE GATE to 
JAPAN"<https://culture-gate.jp/> at Haneda airport and the Tokyo International 
Cruise Terminal for its second year on January 19th 2022. This project, allows 
artists and creators active in the field of Media Arts to create works based on 
various aspects of Japanese culture and exhibit them at airports and cruise 
terminals to convey the appeal of Japanese culture.

Two installations will be on display at Haneda Airport. The first, 
"NEO-KAKEJIKU", infuses traditional hanging scrolls with technology and in a 
modern interpretation, and the second installation is based on the theme of 
'fireworks'.

The Tokyo International Cruise Terminal will host "+A+" (pronounced "Plus 
A-Plus"), an exhibition of video works on the theme of the sea and the human 
heart, curated by TAKEKAWA Junichi  (a representative of David Watts inc.), 
known for his work as the Creative Director of MUTEK.JP.

[Overview of Each exhibition]
<Haneda Airport>
(1) Exhibition title: "NEO-KAKEJIKU"
Location: Haneda Airport Terminal 2, 2nd floor Marketplace 
Period: January 19, 2022 – March 21, 2022*
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/AT8JmxsPREQ

The incorporation and blending of inherited traditional culture and 
cutting-edge technology can be highlighted as an allure of Japanese culture. We 
will exhibit Welcome Art installations at the airport, inviting visitors to 
experience and appreciate the confluence of traditional Japanese art with a 
wide range of contemporary Media Arts, including modern forms of entertainment 
such as manga and animation, as well as other art forms utilizing technology.

Hanging scrolls mount paintings and calligraphy on places such as alcoves and 
walls as decoration or to be appreciated. In this exhibit, we have added 
technology and modern interpretations to that traditional media to establish 
new manifestations. A monitor has been placed in the center area called the 
'honshi,' which is usually adorned by a picture or calligraphy to play videos 
created by five artists who work in the realm of contemporary Media Arts. 

Within the screen that resembles a hanging scroll, the artists and creators 
present the culture and allure of Japan using new perspectives and methods to 
greet and inspire airport visitors.

Cultural Resource × Artist: 
- Maneki-neko (lucky cat) × AC-bu
- Ink wash painting × Creative Label nor 
- The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter × MIYAZAKI Natsujikei
- Washi paper (Japanese paper)× Nyamyam
- Kaitai Shinsho (New Text on Anatomy) × YOSHIGAI Nao

(2) Exhibition title: "Transcending Prayers"
Location: Haneda Airport Terminal 2, 2nd floor Marketplace
Period: January 19, 2022 – TBD*

"Hanabi/Fireworks", enchanting spectacles shared by many around the world, has 
taken slightly unique development path in Japan. Since 17th century, it has 
been evolving together with the local cultures in various regions throughout 
this nation and come to hold the cultural significance of the country. Artist, 
SHIMADA Sayaka, using this global yet local symbol "fireworks", as the means of 
expression, explores the complex culture of Japan filled with the coexistence 
of concepts even in histories, philosophies, and aesthetics.

Historically, the fireworks displays are known to have contradicting meanings 
of "festival" and "memorial service/reposing the souls" and have thrived with 
both aspects. For this work, SHIMADA focuses on this dualism of the fireworks 
festival. She collects and analyzes the temporal and geographical data of all 
the fireworks cancelled in Japan through 2020 because of COVID-19 and creates 
the actual fireworks that evoke another world that could have been and to honor 
the lost festivals. The form of the exhibition changes in stages, starting from 
a video work of the production process and data simulations, and to the 
installation consisting of used tubes from the actual fireworks launch and 
filmed footage. 

Not only as an artist but also as an award-winning fireworks designer, SHIMADA, 
envisions to create the world that contrasts the various aspects of fireworks 
by examining the historical and cultural backgrounds.

Cultural Resource × Artist: 
Fireworks ×  SHIMADA Sayaka 

The archive of last year's artworks will also be displayed on monitors and 
panels at FLIGHT DECK TOKYO on the 5th floor of Haneda Airport, Terminal 2, 
until March 21, 2022*.

*Please note that there is a possibility of the exhibition being relocated or 
suspended due to circumstances of the venue or the situation relating to the 
COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the official 
website<https://culture-gate.jp/ja> for the latest information.

<Tokyo International Cruise Terminal>
Exhibition title: "+A+"
Location: Tokyo International Cruise Terminal, 3rd floor, LED display 
Period: TBD

*Tokyo International Cruise Terminal is currently closed in accordance with the 
policies of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The exhibition is slated to open 
at the same time the terminal is re-opened to the public. Please visit the 
official website<https://culture-gate.jp/ja> for the latest schedule and other 
information.

YouTube links:

1. https://youtu.be/h8oisus5qr8 
2. https://youtu.be/28fWPuCvdUs   
3. https://youtu.be/lXtQ_3AqWV0 

"Welcome to the terminal that entices you to the spirit of the sea"

While looking out on the sea from Tokyo International Cruise Terminal, in the 
drifting of the waves that move closer and farther away without ever ceasing, 
as creators we feel 'time' that is measured by a different scale than the hours 
of human society and imagine new interactions of the spirit within ourselves 
and others.

+A+ (Plus A Plus) is an exhibit that uses sound and images to appreciate the 
'world' of +A+, an imaginary code that connects to the port. 'A' represents the 
process of cultural and artistic activities in which 'A'rtists express and 
'A'rchive the interaction between the existence of the port that encompasses 
encounters and traditions, and the sea that 'A'dapts to the contexts of 
Japanese culture.

The three artists whose works are exhibited here take an introspective cultural 
view and capture this relationship of the human spirit and the sea as a 
self-centered world. The work invites you to a vista that touches the spirit, 
and marks a time that confronts essential questions as rolling waves that 
surpass the ages. At the Tokyo International Cruise Terminal, discover the 
'sea' within your 'spirit,' and together with the view of Tokyo Bay, appreciate 
these new perspectives of Japan's sea culture through artistic renderedings.

Curator: TAKEKAWA Junichi 
Cultural Resource × Artist: 
- Bird's-eye view of Japan × OISHI Hiroaki + NAGASHIMA Minori
- Enoshima Engi (the story of Enoshima's origins) ×  EHARA Saeko 
- Edo eel ×  TAKIDO Dorita

<Artists> alphabetical order

AC-bu

The creative team produces topical artwork in various media including TV, 
commercials, and music videos based on intense, energetic expression and 
impassioned, realistic illustrations. The high-speed picture–story show, "Safe 
Driving Guide" (2014) was chosen in the Jury Selections for the Entertainment 
Division at the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival. "Powder/New Tribe" (2019) was 
nominated for the TV and Commissioned Films category in the Annecy 
International Animation Film Festival. Since 2019, AC-bu is a visiting 
professor at Kyoto University of the Arts.

Creative Label nor 

Creative Label nor is an art collective launched in 2017 by members from 
various backgrounds and includes scientists, musicians, architects, 
programmers, engineers, and designers. By utilizing technology to express 
natural phenomena as artworks, the group aims to embody the 'sublation of 
science and art.' The artwork, "dyebirth" (2017) that drips ink according to an 
algorithm was chosen in the Jury Selections for the Art Division at the 22nd 
Japan Media Arts Festival.

EHARA Saeko

EHARA Saeko was born in Tokyo in 1985. She is an artist and a video jockey. 
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) in the 
Netherlands, for over ten years she has been involved in the entertainment 
world, working in various stages, primarily in concerts, in roles such as video 
production and operation as a video jockey. She began her activities in earnest 
in Japan and abroad in 2020. Under the theme, 'the unspoiled landscape in my 
memories,' she creates artworks in the field of digital art. Her latest major 
activities include "MUTEK.JP" (2021) and "XRE's Ars Electronica Festival Garden 
NYC Portal" (2021).

MIYAZAKI Natsujikei

MIYAZAKI Natsujikei was born in Miyagi Prefecture in 1987 and is a manga 
artist. She got her start in 2010 with her first serial publication, "Yugata 
madeni Kaeru yo" (I'll Be Home by Evening; Kodansha, Ltd.) in "Gekkan Morning 
Two" No. 40. "The News of Transformation" (Kodansha, Ltd., 2013) was chosen in 
the Jury Selections for the Manga Division at the 17th Japan Media Arts 
Festival. She depicts the swirl of intense emotions in everyday life through 
carefree designs.

Her books include "There's Nothing Wrong with Me" (Kodansha, Ltd.), "To, Aru Hi 
no Sugoku Fushigi" (Something Really Weird Happened One Day; Hayakawa 
Publishing Corp.), and "Anata wa Bun-chan no Koi" (You're Bunchan's Love; 
Kodansha, Ltd.).

Nyamyam

Nyamyam (UK) is an independent development studio comprised of three skilled 
game creators from Japan, the UK, and Germany who have a keen love of Japanese 
culture. "Tengami" (2014) is a puzzle adventure game that incorporates the 
texture of Japanese 'washi' paper, one of the traditional beauties of Japan, 
and the structure of pop-up books into its visuals. It won awards at SXSW 2014, 
IndieCade, SOWN, Develop Showcase, and Game Connection BIG Festival, and was 
chosen in the Jury Selections for the Entertainment Division at the 18th Japan 
Media Arts Festival.

OISHI Hiroaki &#65291;NAGASHIMA Minori

-OISHI Hiroaki

OISHI Hiroaki was born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1984. He graduated from Kyushu 
University Graduate School of Design. He produces video media art that strives 
for interactive, organic, and emotional expression with the body and 
environment through computer graphics and algorithms, and carries out 
educational and research activities. Recent major projects include the teamLab 
video production of "Universe of Water Particles" (2013) and a music video 
production of Minori Nagashima's "Queen of xxx" (2019). He is a senior lecturer 
at Design Informatics, Musashino Art University.

-NAGASHIMA Minori

NAGASHIMA Minori is an artist who works freely going back and forth between the 
fields of music and art. She graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and 
Keio University graduate school. In addition to being involved in stage 
performances, fashion shows, and video productions as a composer and arranger, 
she also participates in the band, QUEEN BEE. She is also active as an 
exhibition and artwork director. In recent years she has played a key role in 
major art projects, such as "yorunoyo - YOKOHAMA CROSS NIGHT ILLUMINATION" 
(Yokohama City, 2020) and "JINTAI NETWORK SYMPHONY at THE BODY—Challenging the 
Mystery" (National Museum of Nature and Science, 2018). Her work includes music 
composition and acoustic design for those artworks.

SHIMADA Sayaka

SHIMADA Sayaka graduated from Nihon University College of Art Cinema Course and 
is in a doctoral program at Tokyo University of the Arts.

She presents artworks centering on films and installations. While a university 
student, she encountered fireworks and became fascinated with their energy. She 
also works as a fireworks show designer. She attempts to bring to light new 
realizations and issues by researching and reconstructing elements that compose 
fireworks, physicality, explosives engineering, and cultural and historical 
backgrounds across areas from a variety of angles.

In addition to fireworks, she also creates artworks on the motifs of natural 
elements such as fire, lightning, radiation, and water. She participates in 
fireworks shows in Japan and other countries as a fireworks director.

TAKIDO Dorita

TAKIDO Dorita is a Tokyo-based artist and designer. She creates new hands-on 
experiences that disrupt the senses by combining different functions and 
senses. She builds portals to thoughts while pursuing technology and 
sophisticated designs side by side. She earned Honorary Mention at the Digital 
Musics & Sound Art of Prix Ars Electronica and was nominated for the 2017 Ars 
Electronica STARTS Prize for "Bug's Beat" (2017). "Slime Synthesizer" (2014) 
won the New Face Award in the Entertainment Division at the 18th Japan Media 
Arts Festival. She is active in Japan and internationally, with her work having 
been exhibited in Singapore and the Netherlands.

YOSHIGAI Nao

YOSHIGAI Nao was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1987. She is a filmmaker, 
dancer, and choreographer. She directs, performs in, and choreographs videos, 
films, commercials, and music videos while addressing her own physical 
sensations and emotions. Her film, "hottamaru days" (2015) won the New Face 
Award in the Entertainment Division at the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival. She 
appeared in and choreographed the music video for YONEZU Kenshi "Lemon" (2018), 
and her film, "Grand Bouquet" (2019) was officially screened at the Cannes Film 
Festival in the Directors' Fortnight.

<Curator>

TAKEKAWA Junichi

TAKEKAWA Junichi was born in Shinjuku in 1972, and is the representative of 
David Watts Inc. He primarily works in Tokyo and Kanagawa. He creates moments 
that give rise to human creativity as experiences that discover links between 
art and technology that transcend space and time. He is constantly searching 
for new firsthand experiences through comprehensive planning and staging 
projects across industries and businesses that differ in thinking. He is 
director of the General Incorporated Association PEACE NIPPON PROJECT that 
conducts activities to communicate the beauty of Japan as a message for the 
future. He is also director of the General Incorporated Association MUTEK Japan 
and creative director of MUTEK.JP, the only electronic music and digital arts 
festival in Asia.

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About CULTURE GATE to JAPAN

The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, launched an innovative 
cultural promotion project called "CULTURE GATE to JAPAN". The project is a 
series of art installations held at Haneda Airport and Tokyo International 
Cruise Terminal. The participating artists and creators active in the field of 
Media Arts exhibit artwork inspired by the unique culture of each area of focus 
in Japan with the goal of communicating growing a broader appeal around 
Japanese culture.

Organizer: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan             
Official Website: https://culture-gate.jp/ 

SOURCE  CULTURE GATE to JAPAN Initiative

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