A cultural communication project of the Agency for Cultural Affairs

The media arts exhibition that fuses traditional Japanese culture and technology will be on display at Haneda Airport and elsewhere starting on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

TOKYO, Jan. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Government of Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs launched an innovative cultural promotion project called "CULTURE GATE to JAPAN" at the airport Haneda and Tokyo International Cruise Terminal for the second year on January 19, 2022. This project enables artists and creators active in the field of Media Arts to create works based on various aspects of Japanese culture. and display them in 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 technology into traditional hanging scrolls 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 (David Watts manager inc.), known for his work as the creative director of MUTEK.JP.

[Summary of each exhibition](1) Exhibition title: "NEO-KAKEJIKU"Location: Haneda Airport Terminal 2, 2nd Floor MarketplacePeriod: 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 attraction 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 Art, including modern forms of entertainment such as manga and animation, as well as other forms of art using technology.

Hanging scrolls mount paintings and calligraphy in places like bedrooms and walls for decoration or to be appreciated. In this exhibition, we have added modern technology and interpretations to that traditional medium to establish new manifestations. A monitor has been placed in the central area called "honshi", which is usually adorned with a painting or calligraphy, to play videos created by five artists working in the field of contemporary media arts.

Inside the display, which resembles a hanging scroll, artists and creators present the culture and charm of Japan using new perspectives and methods to greet and inspire airport visitors.

(2) Exhibition Title: "Transcending Prayers"Location: Haneda Airport Terminal 2, 2nd Floor MarketplacePeriod: January 19, 2022 – TBD*

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

Historically, fireworks displays have been known to have the conflicting meanings of "festival" and "memorial/repose service" and have thrived with both aspects. For this work, SHIMADA focuses on this dualism of the fireworks festival. Collect and analyze the temporal and geographic data of all fireworks canceled in Japan until 2020 due to COVID-19, and create the real fireworks that evoke another world that might have been and to honor the lost festivals. The form of the exhibition changes in stages, starting with a video work of the production process and data simulations, up to the installation consisting of tubes used from the launch of real fireworks and filmed sequences.

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

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

*Please note that there is a possibility that the exhibition may be relocated or canceled due to the circumstances of the venue or the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the official website for the latest information.

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

*Tokyo International Cruise Terminal is currently closed in accordance with Tokyo Metropolitan Government policies. The exhibition is scheduled to open at the same time as the terminal is reopened to the public. Please visit the official website for the latest schedule and other information.

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

When contemplating the sea from the Tokyo International Cruise Terminal, in the drift of the waves that come and go incessantly, as creators we feel the 'time' that is measured with a different scale than the hours of society human and imagine new interactions of the spirit within ourselves and others.

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

The three artists whose works are exhibited here take an introspective cultural vision and capture this relationship of the human spirit and the sea as a world centered on itself. The works invite a view that moves the spirit, and mark a time that confronts essential questions like undulating waves that surpass the ages. At the Tokyo International Cruise Terminal, discover the "sea" within your "spirit", and along with the view of Tokyo Bay, appreciate these new perspectives on Japan's maritime culture through artistic representations.

in alphabetical order


The creative team produces contemporary art across a variety of media, including television, commercials and music videos, based on intense, energetic expression and passionate, realistic illustrations. The high-speed illustrated 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 in the category of television and commissioned films at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Since 2019, AC-bu is a visiting professor at Kyoto University of the Arts.

Creative Label nor

Creative Label nor is an artistic collective created in 2017 by members from diverse backgrounds, including scientists, musicians, architects, programmers, engineers and designers. Using technology to express natural phenomena as works of art, the group aims to embody the "sublation of science and art." The artwork "dyebirth" (2017), which 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 was born in Tokyo in 1985. She is an artist and video jockey. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK) in the Netherlands, for more than ten years she has been involved in show business, working on various stages, mainly concerts, in roles such as video production and the operation as video jockey. In 2020 he began his activities in earnest in Japan and abroad. Under the motto "the virgin landscape in my memories", he creates works of art in the field of digital art. His 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. He started in 2010 with his first serial publication, "YugatamadeniKaeruyo" (I'll Be Home In The Afternoon; 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. It represents 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 SugokuFushigi" (Something Really Weird Happened One Day; Hayakawa Publishing Corp.), and "Anatawa Bun-chan no Koi " (You're Bunchan's Love; Kodansha, Ltd.).


Nyamyam (UK) is an independent development studio made up of three skilled game creators from Japan, UK and Germany who have a great love for Japanese culture. "Tengami" (2014) is a puzzle adventure game that incorporates the texture of Japanese 'washi' paper, one of Japan's traditional beauties, and the structure of pop-up books into its visuals. He 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

OISHI Hiroaki was born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1984. He graduated from the Kyushu University School of Design. He produces video art that seeks interactive, organic and emotional expression with the body and the environment through computer graphics and algorithms, and carries out research and educational activities. His recent major projects include the teamLab video production "Universe of Water Particles" (2013) and a music video production "Queen of xxx" by Minori Nagashima (2019). He is a Senior Lecturer in Design Informatics, Musashino Art University.


NAGASHIMA Minori is an artist who works freely 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 participating in stage performances, fashion shows, and video productions as a composer and arranger, she is also a member of the band QUEEN BEE. She is also active as a director of exhibitions and works of art. In recent years, he 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). His work includes musical composition and acoustic design for those works of art.


SHIMADA Sayaka graduated from Nihon University's College of Art Film Course and is pursuing a doctoral program at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Features film-focused artwork and installations. When she was a college student, she was introduced to fireworks and was fascinated by its energy. She also works as a designer of fireworks shows. He tries to bring to light new achievements and issues by investigating and reconstructing the elements that make up fireworks, physicality, explosives engineering, and cultural and historical backgrounds in various areas from various angles.

In addition to fireworks, he also creates works of art with 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 is an artist and designer based in Tokyo. She creates new hands-on, sense-altering experiences by combining different functions and senses. Build portals to thoughts while pursuing technology and sophisticated designs on the side. He received an honorable mention in the Digital Musics & Sound Art from Prix Ars Electronica and was nominated for the 2017 Ars Electronica STARTS Award for "Bug's Beat" (2017). "Slime Synthesizer" (2014) won the New Face Award in the entertainment division of the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival. He works in Japan and internationally, and his work has been exhibited in Singapore and the Netherlands.


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


TAKEKAWA Junichi was born in Shinjuku in 1972, and is the representative of David Watts Inc. He works mainly 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 constantly seeks new first-hand experiences through comprehensive planning and staging projects in industries and businesses that differ in his way of thinking. He is the director of the General Incorporated Association PEACE NIPPON PROJECT which carries out activities to communicate the beauty of Japan as a message for the future. He is also a Director of the General Incorporated Association MUTEK Japan and Creative Director of MUTEK.JP, Asia's only electronic music and digital arts festival.

――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――About CULTURE GATE to JAPAN

The Government of Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs launched an innovative cultural promotion project called "CULTURE GATE to JAPAN". The project consists of a series of art installations held at Haneda Airport and the Tokyo International Cruise Terminal. Participating artists and creators, active in the field of media arts, exhibit works of art inspired by the unique culture of each area of ​​interest in Japan with the aim of communicating the growth of a broader appeal around Japanese culture. .

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

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