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ART AQUARIUM WILL BRIGHTEN UP THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE THIS YEAR AGAIN!


 

ART AQUARIUM which fascinated over 5 million visitors
comes back to brighten up beautifully the autumn night of Kyoto!

ART AQUARIUM CASTLE, is produced by Art Aquarium Artist, Hidetomo KIMURA, who always fascinate visitors with his original world.
He pursues the theme, “revival and dispatch of REAL JAPAN”.
ART AQUARIUM CASTLE is a very special exhibition held at Nijo-jo Castle with 400 years of history,
taking place at the venue usually not open to the public, and held during the night time, the hours which are usually closed.

"Japanese world of ART AQUARIUM" is expressed mainly by kingyo (goldfish) and nishiki-koi,
and Japanese traditions of Kyoto, which are proudly presented through kimonos, Japanese sweets, Japanese tea, and Japanese sake.
They are reborn as art and fused into the world of ART AQUARIUM.

Both history and the present are sublimated into art and the true Japanese beauty where you can feel the future is presented.
At ART AQUARIUM CASTLE, you will be able to experience extreme sense of Japanese beauty and spend an exquisite time.
Please visit the one and only art exhibition in the world and experience the gorgeous banquet
at the castle held during this season of long autumn nights.

DISPLAY & VENUE IMAGE

There will be many artworks that will be displayed for the first time in Kyoto

Nionomaru Palace Garden
ART AQUARIUM artworks matching the history of Nijo-jo Castle will appear including
“OoOku” that will come to Kyoto for the first time !

Nijo-jo which was built by the first shogun of Tokugawa-bakufu, Ieyasu, as his residence castle.
Starting with Kanou style wall painting, there are many paintings, sculptures and architects over 300 years of history.

In Kyoto where celebrating 400 years of Rimpa, “Rimparium”, which uses world’s first interactive art technology and uses “tarashi-komi” and
“continuity”, the techniques for RImpa, is displayed.
Also, artworks that follows Rimpa and uses projection, “Byouburium Ⅰ”, “Byouburium Ⅱ”, “Kimonorium”,
and “Four Seasons Aquarium” are displayed and it is the first time in ART AQUARIUM history to gather these 5 masterpieces in one venue.

When first built, Hakusho-in in Ninomaru Palace was a place that was same place as “OoOku” in Edo Castle.
Here in Hakusho-in, the grand masterpiece of huge kingyo-bachi, “OoOku” is displayed.

Kitchen
Kagyoryoran Monyozu no Ma
(The Room for Flower and Fish Blooming in Profusion pattern)

The theme of this artwork is the seasons changing every 5 days, called “NIjushisekki and Shichijuniko”.
It is very Kyoto-like space and it is the collaboration of the kimono collection with kingyo pattern sewn in,
the theme of flowers expressing the 72 divisions of a year, and “Ikenobo” which has created “ikebana” and in the long history of Japan,
always has been in the center role in the world of ikebana.

Ikebana produced by Yuki IKENOBO, the next master of Ikenobo, and about 30 kimonos that bases faithfully on the production techniques
which has been passed on from ancient Kyoto, are displayed.
The lighting image of underwater brings dreamlike atmosphere, reminding you of kingyo elegantly swimming in the changing seasons of Japan.
All the kimono design displayed are supervised by Hidetomo KIMURA.

Ikenobo Headmaster Designate
Ikenobo continues for 553 years since Senkei Ikenobo, a master who refined ikebana,
first appeared in the historic record “Hekizan Nichiroku,” in 1462.
As a Buddhist floral offering, Ikenobo has passed down through generations of the Ikenobo family and from teacher to student.
Ikenobo has spread throughout Japan and around the world, having around 400 bases in Japan and 100 bases overseas.
The style is from traditional to modern and is also used for regional development.

Headmaster Designate of Ikenobo / Yuki Ikenobo

Yuki Ikenobo has taken Buddhist vows (her Buddhist name will be "Senko"),
and as Ikenobo Headmaster Designate she will in the future be the 46th Generation Ikenobo Headmaster.
She has been widely active based on Ikenobo Ikebanas’ spirit of “make use of life”.
In 2013, she did workshop at Harvard University and at United Nations Headquarter in New York, she send flowers hoping for the world peace.

NIjushisekki and Shichijuniko
In the present, seasons divided into four are common but in ancient time in Japan, spring, summer, autumn,
and winter were divided into 24 divisions.
This 24 divisions were farther divided into 3 sections, 5 days each, dividing a year into 72 seasons to feel the changing of seasons.

WORK INTRODUCTION


Rimparium   Kyoto first appearance

It is a grand artwork with the interactive projection mapping, size being 3.6m wide, 1.8m height,
with the motif of “fusuma” which is a fitting used as a partition in a Japanese-style room.
The biggest features of this artwork is that the leading role of this interactive art is kingyo, and another characteristic is “tarashikomi”, RImpa’s technique, and “continuity” which is the characteristic of Rimpa drawing are adopted.
This is the world’s first trial to complete the interactive art by kingyo.
The track where kingyo swims, flowers and trees are drawn so the projection continues changing the picture on the “fusuma”.

Stage of Suigi

It is fusion of traditional and the newest entertainment.
Gorgeous performance just for ART AQUARIUM, realizing the totally new "Real Japan".
The traditional entertainment will become the highest quality art which you have never seen before.

Reflectrium F.5

It is a new artwork which put a concave lens, a convex lens, the double lens, and lens of the various vanity to an aquarium.
The fish swimming inside are sometimes seen big, seen small, seen double, seen deflected, bringing mysterious world.
The edgy structure beauty is also worthy of note.

Giyamanrium

It is the new challenge of “Prisrium” aquarium which brings prism effect by the transparent polyhedron.
During the Edo Period, shining things like diamonds and glass were called “Giyaman” and that is where the title came from.

Byouburium Ⅱ   Kyoto first appearance

It is a new version of “Byouburium Ⅰ” which has been very popular since its debut in 2008.
There were 6 surface but in the new artwork, doubled it to 12 and also renewed the projection and the music.
Using the characteristic of 12 surface, the beauties of nature shows the 12 months season using projection mapping.
The moving byoubu picture is projected and the real kingyo swims in it.
It is an artwork realizing the fusion of the virtual and the real, blend of the real live kingyo’s shadow created by the newest projection technology.

Paradoxrium

It is an artwork with special structure with no vertical surface.
Aquarium tank is usually watching the underwater world through the vertical surface glass but here, there is none.
The impression you get looking from the distance and looking from close brings totally different result.
Using the mirror effect of the water, the fish swimming inside can be seen in many ways.

Reflectrium F.8

It is a new artwork which put a concave lens, a convex lens, the double lens, and lens of the various vanity to an aquarium.
The fish swimming inside are sometimes seen big, seen small, seen double, seen deflected, bringing mysterious world.
The edgy structure beauty is also worthy of note.

Andonrium

From the goldfish swimming inside and the graphic made from the lace on the side,
it creates the complex shadow that continuously changes which brings out the new attractiveness of the goldfish.
Motif being “andon” whichis the traditional Japanese light, it can be said this work is the compilation of the thought, lighting by aquarium.

Bonborium

The series that likened an aquarium to illumination.
A work reflecting the image of a “bonbori” (traditional Japanese light) which is familiar in Japan from the Edo era to the present.
The attractiveness bonbori has is emphasized.
Please enjoy the collaboration of kingyo lighted with an abstracted air and the slowly changing light.

Kimonorium

It is an artwork, fusion of projection and real kingyo, following the flow of “Byoburium”.
Burying Kyoto’s traditional crafts “KyoYuzen”, the highest class kimono, in the aquarium tank,
expressed the pattern of kimono with the live kingyo and 3D projection mapping.
The live kingyo swimming up and down and the projection world of Kyo Yuzen, brings the beautiful completion moment.

OoOku [palace special version]   Kyoto first appearance

Epic huge kingyo-bowl series following the flow of “Oiran”.
It is a complex artwork of 3 meters wide, expressing the “OoOku” which is the symbolic culture of Edo Period when the kingyo culture flourished.
OoOku is the gorgeous world where many women competed their beauty.
Their life were shined by the beauty and elegance but on the other hand a vanity life similar to the life of kingyo.
Probably at Nijo-jo Castle long time ago, the women lived their life in OoOku.
Travelling beyond time and space, OoOku re appears in Nijo-jo Castle.
This time at ARTAQUARIUM CASTLE, “OoOku” is displayed specially in gorgeous arrangement, as “palace special version”.

Byouburium Ⅰ   Kyoto first appearance

Byoubu (screen) is created by aquarium.
Kingyo swimming in front of the black and white drawing projection, is the fusion virtual and the real.
This fusion finalize and complete this representative work of a very new Art Aquarium.

A Show of Kingyo

It is the group of artwork to enjoy kingyo which swims elegantly in the circle tank with no waves on water surface.
It is very suitable design for kingyo show.
You will feel as though you are looking at the mass of water with kingyo floating in the air.

Kagyoryoran Monyozu no Ma (The Room for Flower and Fish Blooming in Profusion pattern)

The theme of this artwork is the seasons changing every 5 days, called “NIjushisekki and Shichijuniko”.
It is very Kyoto-like space and it is the collaboration of the kimono collection with kingyo pattern sewn in,
the theme of flowers expressing the 72 divisions of a year, and “Ikenobo” which has created “ikebana” and in the long history of Japan,
always has been in the center role in the world of ikebana.
The lighting image of underwater brings dreamlike atmosphere, reminding you of kingyo elegantly swimming in the changing seasons of Japan.
All the kimono design displayed are supervised by ART AQURIUM Artist, Hidetomo KIMURA.

The Four Seasons Aquarium

It is huge 8 meter work where the real “nishikigoi (carp)” swims in the japanese four seasons which are projected by projection mapping.
The work that reminds you of japanese garden also reproduces beautifully the scenery reflecting on the pond.

* An exhibition work, the exhibition fish seed have a case to change without a notice.

ART AQUARIUM CASTLE SPECIAL PERFORMANCE“THE DANCE OF KINGYO”

The gorgeous dance that brings you to dreamlike world

Special Stage “Stage of Suigi” at Ninomaru Palace Garden

At the stage in front of “Byouburium Ⅱ”, the world of elegant culture of ancient Kyoto where banquet with songs and dance
were gorgeously performed night after night reappears.
At “Stage of Suigi”, performance that follows the tradition, and the newest entertainment space are fused together creating
the whole new Real Japan.
The traditional entertainment will turn into art of the supreme bliss.

“ART AQUARIUM CASTLE Special Performance, the Dance of Kingyo” held at the stage is total produced by Hidetomo Kimura
from the lighting, music, and even kimono.
In this special space, the dance by female-role player, Rantaro Kojo from Theatrical company Kojo or
“Kyo-mai (Kyoto dance)” by geiko Katsutomo from Kyoto, Gion-Koubu will be performed.

During Oct.23 (fri) - Oct.30 (fri), and Nov.12 (thur) - Dec.14 (mon), every night from 18:10, 19:10, 20:10,
“the dance of Nijushisekki and Shichijuniko” is performed. From 21:10, “the dance of Oiran” is performed.

From Oct.31 (sat) to Nov.11 (wed), the talented geiko Katsutomo from the biggest hanamachi of Kyoto,
Gion-Koubu, will perform refined and artistic “Kyo-mai”. Performance time will be from 19:50 and from 20:50, 2 times a night.
The two kimonos worn by Katsutomo are very precious kimono designed by Hidetomo Kimura and when it is not used for the performance,
it is displayed in the “Kithcen” space.


* In case of rain, the performance might be called off. Also, when there is warning announcement due to bad weather, the performance might also be called off.
Thank you for your understandings.

Rantaro Kojo
Rantaro Kojo
Born on April 11, 1995 in Iizuka city, Fukuoka.

He has three brothers and is the second son of Shingo KOJYO,
father and chairman of Theatrical Company KOJYO.
In dramatic entertainment and dance performance, he plays both male and female role.
Besides his success as the star player at Theatrical Company KOJYO, with his inborn sense,
he also directs sound and lighting.

He performed “dance of Oiran” at “Art Aquarium Castle ~Kyoto, Dnace of Kingyo~” in 2014,
and also at “Milano Art Aquarium Exhibition”in 2015 and attracted the audience.

Theatrical Company KOJYO:http://www.d8.dion.ne.jp/~koujyou
Twitter:https://twitter.com/kojyorantaro

“the dance of NIjushisekki and Shichijuniko”

Traditional Japanese counting of season that there is 24 seasons in a year
which is further divided into 5 days each, creating 72 season.
This is called “NIjushisekki and Shichijuniko”.
The dance expressing these season will be performed in kimono made for 11 seasons matching
the period of the opening of ART AQUARIUM CASTLE.
You will be able to enjoy the music and traditional dance performance.

Performance Time: Oct.23(fri) – Oct.29 (thu) / Nov.12 (thu) – Dec.14 (mon)
18:10 / 19:10 / 20:10 (about 10 minutes each, 3 times per night)


“the Dance of Oiran”

It is ART AQUARIUM CASTLE special version of “Oiran Do-chu”,
the work of theatrical company Kojo where Rantaro belongs.
His characteristic of beautiful yet strong, and dynamic dance filled with humanity is fully expressed
in this performance and attracts the audience.

Performance Time: Oct.23 (fri) – Oct.29 (thu) / Nov.12 (thu) – Dec.14 (mon)
21:10 (about 10 minutes, 1 time per night)
“the dance of NIjushisekki and Shichijuniko”image
Katsutomo
katsutomo
Very popular “maiko” from from ochaya, Odamoto,
which has over 100 years of history in Gion-Koubu, the most popular hanamachi in Kyoto.

In Sept., 2015, she has become form maiko to geiko.

At “ART AQUARIUM Nihonbashi 2015” which was held this summer between Jul.10 – Sept.23
and collected over 500 thousand visitors,
she performed at “Maiko Night” and gained a great applause.


“Kyo-mai”

Kyo-mai is one of the school of Nihon Buyo and divided into Kamigata-mai.
For it blossomed in Kyoto, it is called “Kyo-mai”.
Using above the waist for expressions is the characteristic.

Performance Time: Oct.31 (fri) – Nov.11 (wed)
19:50 / 20:50 (about 10 minutes each, 2 times per night)

ART AQUARIUM CASTLE SPECIAL PERFORMANCE“THE DANCE OF KINGYO”

Refined Beautiful Kyoto Night suggestive of Night Festival Banquet

“Night Festival BAR” image
Night Festival BAR & Tea Ceremony seats at “Garden in front of Kitchen”

Beautifully and colorfully decorated by Japanese lanterns, “Night Festival BAR” appears.
You can enjoy local Japanese sake, Japanese pickles of Kyoto, and at “Tea Ceremony seats”, enjoy Kyoto tea and sweets
from long-established sweets brands.

Local Japanese sake is prepared by “Saito Shuzo”, “Sasaki Shuzo”, “Tanyam Shuzo”, “Masuda-Tokubei Shuzo”, and “Mukai Shuzo”.
(* shuzo=brewer)
“Shuzo Night” which opens every night close up on each of these brewers.
Please enjoy refined night with Japanese sake and fresh tasty seasonal Japanese pickles from “Daiyasu”.
For the first time, “Kyoto type oden” appears, perfect for cold night.

Also at “Tea Ceremony seats”, Kyoto’s long-established three brands collaborates to make original tea ceremony set for this exhibition.
This includes fresh sweet from “Oimatsu”, dry confectionary from “Kamesuehiro”,
and Uji Green-tea with gold powder, Asaka Hojicha-tea from “Fukujuen”.
For tea ceremony set, dry confectionary from “Kamesuehiro” will change every 15 days according to the “Nijushi-Sekki (24 solar terms).
Fresh sweet from “Oimatsu” will change every 5 days according to the “Shichijuni-ko (72 pentads)”.

EVENT OUTLINE

Celebrating 400 years of Rimpa
ART AQUARIUM CASTLE ~Kyoto, the Dance of Kingyo~

Period Oct. 23, 2015 (fri) – Dec. 14 (mon) / Open throughout the period

* Rain or shine. However, please note that In case of severe weather warning, the exhibition may close.

Opening Hours 17:00 – 22:00 (last entrance 21:30)

* For the first day, Oct. 23 (fri), the general entry will be between 19:00 – 22:00 (last entrance at 21:30).

* Taking picture of the artworks is allowed, but please refrain from using flash, tripod, monopod, selfie-stck,
and taking video.
* At the time of congestion, there will be access control. Thank you for your understanding.
Venue Nijo-jo Castle
(Ninomaru Palace Garden, Garden in front of Kitchen, Kitchen)
Access Please click here (jump to Nijo-jo Castle Official site)

* Take the Tozai Line Subway or City Bus to “Nijojo-mae” station.

Entrance Fee
(tax inclusive)
At the door: General (junior high school students and above) 1,600yen
Child (Elementary school students and under) 1,000yen / 3 years old and younger is free of charge

* Please note that there are areas which are difficult to access or to see in wheelcharis.
* A guardian must accompany children of elementary school level and younger.

Organizer Kyoto City, ART AQUARIUM CASTLE Committee (H.I.D. INTERAQTICA, Asahi Broadcasting)
Planning & Produce Aquarium Creator’s Office
Produce Hidetomo KIMURA (Art Aquarium Artist)
Support World Cultural Heritage Community Partnerships Committee, Rekishi Kaido Promotional Council,
Sailors for the Sea
Contact TEL: 050-5542-8600 [Operating between: Oct. 1 (thu) – Dec. 15 (tue)]
in Japanese 8:00 – 22:00 / in English 9:00 – 18:00
Contact by email from here

* Because of the display method of the artworks, the venue is dark inside.
* Displayed artworks and fish might change without notice.

TICKET INFOMATION

Please contact hereunder for details and inquiry regarding the tickets

At the door: General (junior high school students and above) 1,600yen
Child (Elementary school students and under) 1,000yen / 3 years old and younger is free of charge

* A guardian must accompany children of elementary school level and younger.


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