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.
“Rimparium” display & venue image
“OoOku palace special version” display & venue image
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.
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.
“Kagyoryoran Monyozu no Ma” venue display
On the day of the season matching the 72 divisions of the year, Rantaro Kojo will be wearing that kimono at the “Stage of Suigi” for his performance.
This is why we challenged to express the season using the real flower as the main display.
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.
Rimparium Kyoto first appearanceIt is a grand artwork with the interactive projection mapping, size being 3.6m wide, 1.8m height,
Stage of SuigiIt is fusion of traditional and the newest entertainment.
Reflectrium F.5It is a new artwork which put a concave lens, a convex lens, the double lens, and lens of the various vanity to an aquarium.
GiyamanriumIt is the new challenge of “Prisrium” aquarium which brings prism effect by the transparent polyhedron.
Byouburium Ⅱ Kyoto first appearanceIt is a new version of “Byouburium Ⅰ” which has been very popular since its debut in 2008.
ParadoxriumIt is an artwork with special structure with no vertical surface.
Reflectrium F.8It is a new artwork which put a concave lens, a convex lens, the double lens, and lens of the various vanity to an aquarium.
AndonriumFrom the goldfish swimming inside and the graphic made from the lace on the side,
BonboriumThe series that likened an aquarium to illumination.
KimonoriumIt is an artwork, fusion of projection and real kingyo, following the flow of “Byoburium”.
OoOku [palace special version] Kyoto first appearanceEpic huge kingyo-bowl series following the flow of “Oiran”.
Byouburium Ⅰ Kyoto first appearanceByoubu (screen) is created by aquarium.
A Show of KingyoIt is the group of artwork to enjoy kingyo which swims elegantly in the circle tank with no waves on water surface.
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”.
The Four Seasons AquariumIt is huge 8 meter work where the real “nishikigoi (carp)” swims in the japanese four seasons which are projected by projection mapping.
“The dance of Oiran” performance image of Rantaro Kojo
“Kyo-mai (Kyoto dance)” performance image of Katsutomo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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)”.
|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.
(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.
|｜||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.
|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.