Agency for Cultural Affairs, Goverment of Japan

Haneda Airport

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 modern 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.

This exhibition was ended.

Location: Feb. 5 - Feb. 15 Haneda Airport Terminal 2, 2nd Floor Departures Lobby, Security Checkpoint D
Feb.16 - Mar.21 Haneda Airport Terminal 2, 2nd floor Marketplace

Exhibition theme


Maneki-neko (lucky cat) AC-bu

Iruka-kun, Maneki-neko in cherry blossoms

Artist's Comment:
"Dolphin Iruka-kun" produced by the AC-bu is a character made with the theme of healing. In this work, Dolphin Iruka-kun is dressed as Maneki-neko (lucky cat) and beckons to you as if to say, "Welcome to Japan”. This work was created with the hope that visitors who see him will be relieved of their travel fatigue. The Maneki-neko is a unique Japanese lucky charm that is said to have originated in the culture of the townspeople of Edo (now Tokyo) during the Edo period (1603-1868). It is popular throughout Japan as a mascot that invites good fortune.

Maneki-neko (lucky cat)
  • 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.

Ink wash painting Creative Label nor

dyebirth_seeing as

Artist's Comment:
This work was created with the theme of simulation, which is part of the technique and rhetoric of Suibokuga (ink wash painting). Dyebirth creates patterns by viscous dendrite formation (Viscous Fingering) and a natural phenomenon called the Marangoni Effect. We organically depict mountain river plants by simulating these changing patterns as tree branches and flowers, rocks and clouds, and a series of mountains.

*Suibokuga is a style of painting that uses the shades of black ink. It was introduced to Japan from China during the Kamakura period (1185-1333) and developed thereafter.

Ink wash painting
Shuto Sansuizu Fuyugeshiki by Sesshu Toyo (National Treasure, Muromachi Period) / Tokyo National Museum
  • 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.

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter MIYAZAKI Natsujikei

Into the Bamboo

Artist's Comment:
“Once upon a time, there was a man named Taketori no Okina”. This reminds me of the cream-colored paper that I used to write on repeatedly with a pencil in the first calligraphy class of the new year as a child. From that translucent paper, I dreamed about the multiple layers of sheltering bamboo, bamboo groves, shoji screens, and twelve-layered kimono wrapped around the princess, and secretly imagined what she might be wearing underneath. I see this as a reflection in our daily lives, where our private expressions are hidden under a mask.

* The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is a story about a princess called Kaguyahime. It is said to be the oldest narrative literature in Japan. Kaguyahime is found in bamboo, grows up under the care of an old man, and then ascends to the moon.

Cooperation: Hitsuji

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
(Photo provided by: Rikkyo University Library)
  • 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.).

Washi paper (Japanese paper) Nyamyam


Artist's Comment:
Using Japanese washi paper, a traditional art of beauty in Japan, we re-edited the video of a piece previously published as a delicate and beautiful ancient Japanese mythology trick book adventure game This time we used the vertical format of Kakejiku (hanging scroll). "If we had been developing Tengami (the video game) with a vertical frame..." we made it while looking back at the development of that time.

* Japanese washi paper is handmade paper made by an ancient Japanese manufacturing method. It is made from fibers such as mitsumata, kozo, and ganpi.

Washi paper
  • 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.

Kaitai Shinsho (New Text on Anatomy) YOSHIGAI Nao

What is in the sea
is also in me.

Artist's Comment:
I dove into the sea at night and felt from the sea, where life and death are all mixed together, that "what is in the body is also in the sea”. In this work, based on that feeling, I will create a video with the motif of "Kaitai Shinsho", the first illustrated text of Western anatomy translated in Japan. In the past, when SUGITA Genpaku and others dissected the body and copied the organs in sketches, I assumed they felt as if they were touching the inside of their own living bodies. With respect to the "Kaitai Shinsho", I hope to touch the universe of the body that has yet to be revealed.

* The Kaitai Shinsho was written in the Edo period (1603-1868) and was the first full-scale translation of a text on Western anatomy in Japan.

“Kaitai Shinsho” (published in 1774)
    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.

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