Upcoming dates:
Nijo-Jo Castle, Kyoto
October 25 (wed) – December 11 (mon)
EVENT OUTLINE
Ticket pre-orders of all sorts,
including value-priced
Early Bird Discount Tickets, now available!
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BEAUTY AND PAGEANTRY! AQUATIC ANIMAL ART TEEMING WITH GOLDFISH WILL PRODUCE A MAGNIFICENT, FESTIVE WORLD THE BIGGEST ART AQUARIUM EVER WILL SEE NIJO-JO CASTLE APPEAR IN A FORM UNLIKE ANY YOU’VE SEEN BEFORE A NEW PRODUCTION COMMEMORATING ‘TAISEI HOKAN 150TH ANNIVERSARY’ WILL ALSO BE UNVEILED!

7.6 million total visitors so far! (* As of September 10th)
For the first time in two years,
ART AQUARIUM returns to bring vibrant light to the Kyoto night and thrill Japan once more.

The ART AQUARIUM CASTLE is the sole outdoor portion of this exhibition.
It is also the largest part of the entire exhibition.
Nijo-jo Castle has a history of over 400 years, and once served as an imperial villa.
It is usually not open to the public.
However, on nights during this special period,
the ART AQUARIUM CASTLE will be held in the majestic spaces that are the Ninomaru Palace Garden,
the Old Chef’s Quarters, and the garden in front of the Old Chef’s Quarters.

In a space fashioned out of the classically Japanese beauty of goldfish and colored carp,
and the latest in production techniques using light, music, video, and more,
ART AQUARIUM: World of Japanese Art will shine all the more.
This space, together with the traditional Japanese crafts for which Kyoto is known, such as kimono,
will transform into an entirely new form of art.
Here, a magnificent, festive world will emerge, one where you can savor dance performances,
the local sake and matcha of Kyoto, traditional Kyoto confectionery from long-standing shops, and more.

大政奉還150周年記念 ロゴ
One of the symbols of the Edo period (1603–1868), Nijo-jo Castle has a history of over 400 years.
This year, the castle sees the 150th anniversary of the Restoration of Imperial Rule (Taisei Hokan).
Nijo-jo Castle was the setting for the announcement of the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate,
a major turning point in the history of Japan.

At the ART AQUARIUM CASTLE, held at Nijo-jo Castle as it celebrates
the 150th anniversary of the Restoration of Imperial Rule (Taisei Hokan),
we will focus on the influence that this major historical turning point had on the art world,
and unveil the Taisei Hokan Byobu-e (painted folding screens), new works that represent that influence.
These three new ART AQUARIUM pieces,
which symbolize the periods of the “Late Edo”, “Early Meiji”, and “Modern Civilization”,
represent the transitions in the history of Japanese art made possible by the Restoration of Imperial Rule.

We are planning the biggest and best exhibition in our history.
In addition to new works of such massive scale that they are only possible at an outdoor exhibit,
we intend to display works including: “Super Oiran”,
which will make its first ever appearance in western Japan; dazzling pieces made from Edo Kiriko glass,
which symbolizes the culture of the Edo period; and extravagant pieces made from Kutani ware,
a style of pottery that was created in the Edo period and continued to evolve into the Meiji period (1868–1912).

WORK INTRODUCTION


Taisei Hokan Byobu-e (painted folding screens) NEW

Cutting-edge works made with three “Byoburiums”, which represent ART AQUARIUM.
They use the latest in imaging technology to combine the real with the virtual, and are emblazoned with images of swimming goldfish.
The three Byoburiums are adorned with fantastic art, featuring real goldfish as well as images that incorporate the characteristics of art from each of the three periods: the Late Edo, the Early Meiji, and Modern Civilization.
This momentous new work of art incorporates the cultural ideas of the Folding Screen Festival (which is part of the Gion Festival in Kyoto), and can be seen as a survey of the artform of the folded screen.
These three folding screens provide a sense of the changes that have unfolded in Japanese art, as made possible by the Restoration of Imperial Rule.


Super Oiran1st appearance in western Japan

This massive artwork is the culmination of the Oiran series and celebrates the 10th anniversary of ART AQUARIUM!
Oiran, the first installment of ART AQUARIUM that has held pride of place in the exhibit for ten years and wowed six million people, has now been revamped to an almost unimaginable scale.
Befitting the name of “Super,” this piece is the world’s largest goldfish bowl and conveys the spiritual beauty of a god destined to become the talk of legend and a jaw-dropping sense of size.
This new and stunning artwork features 3,000 goldfish swimming vividly about a bowl and surpasses the previous Oiran work with the addition of 1,000 fish.
Illuminated with lighting in seven colors and video effects enhancing the sublimity of the occasion, this is truly the pinnacle in the Oiran series and will stun all who view it.


Kirikorium1st appearance in western Japan

Artwork usind Edo-kiriko which is the traditional craftwork from Edo period.
Making use of the characteristic of Edo-kiriko cut glass technology, kingyos look mysterious and beautiful when looking from above and the side.
Beneath part is made by acrylic, the modern craftwork, imitating the Edo-kiriko.
The ancient and modern craftwork technology Japan is proud of have collaborated to bring out elegant beauty to the artwork.


Kutani Goldfish Exhibition1st appearance in western Japan

An art aquarium crafted through the traditional Japanese art of Kutani porcelain.
Adorned with goldfish designs applied using the three foundational Kutani techiniques: Kutani blue, akae red, and hanatsume pink.
With this luxury piece, you'll be able to take goldfish that seem real enough to appear in a real exhibition from the top, while the sides will allow you to enjoy a brilliantly colorful world of goldfish adorning the Kutani porcelain.


Title to be determinedNEW

This large-scale work, which would not be possible anywhere but this outdoor exhibit, will appear for the first time at Nijo-jo Castle, Kyoto in 2017.
We hope you are looking forward to seeing the ART AQUARIUM worldview on a massive scale.

* There will be many other artworks displayed.

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07.12.2017
Promotional Film from ART AQUARIUM 2017 Press Preview, May 24th
On May 24th, a press preview event offering an overview of ART AQUARIUM 2017 was held
at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
We are now streaming the promotional film that was shown at the venue that day!

アートアクアリウム城 特別公演“芸妓・舞妓の舞” “金魚の舞”

A nightly invitation to a world of dreams, where a magnificent dance unfolds

佳つ智による「京舞」公演イメージ

Photo of “Kyo-mai (Kyoto dance)” performance by Katsutomo

荒城蘭太郎による「花魁の舞」公演イメージ

Photo of “Dance of Oiran” performance by Rantaro KOJYO

SPECIAL STAGE: STAGE OF SUIGI

On our special Stage of Suigi stage, song and dance performances will unfold in vibrant fashion,
conjuring vivid images of the culture of Japan’s old capital of Kyoto,
where feasts were enjoyed night after night.
Stage of Suigi will host “ART AQUARIUM: World of Japanese Art”,
which blends performances grounded in tradition with a space created through skillful use of the latest in
production technology, including light, music, and video.
Traditional performance art becomes a stunning artistic experience unlike anything you’ve seen before.

DANCE OF GEIKO & MAIKO

Katsutomo previously served as a maiko (apprentice geisha) at Odamoto,
a tea house with a traditional facade from the Edo period and
a history spanning more than a century in Gion-Koubu (one of Kyoto’s five geisha districts).
Now, she has advanced to the status of geisha.
Along with her maiko Shino, she will present a performance of Kyo-mai (Kyoto dance).
Please join us for an elegant evening of Kyoto culture.

Geiko & Maiko
The Geisha who train from the ages of 15 to around 20 in the five geisha districts of Kyoto, Pontocho, Kamishichiken, Miyagawacho, Gion-Koubu, and Gion-Higashi, are called Maiko.
Then, after a period of study, when they come of age as women of refinement who are accomplished in both the arts and culture, they come to be called Geiko, a title that signifies respect.

Kyo-mai (Kyoto dance)
One of the schools of traditional Japanese dance, Kyo-mai (Kyoto dance) is classified as a form of Kamigata-mai (traditional dance from the Kansai region), and is named for having originated and evolved in Kyoto.
It is distinguished by the use of physical techniques from the waist up to represent emotions.

Performance dates: October 25th (wed) – 31st (tue)   Performance times: 7:50 PM / 8:50 PM (2 performances per night)
* On the opening night of October 25th (wed), there will be only one performance, beginning at 8:20 PM.
佳つ智

Katsutomo

Popular geisha from Odamoto, a tea house with a history of over 100 years and a facade from the Edo period (1603–1868) located in Gion-Koubu, one of Kyoto's five geisha districts.

In September 2015, she advanced in status from Maiko to Geiko.

She has earned rave reviews for her performances at ‘GEIKO & MAIKO NIGHT’ at “ECO EDO Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM 2017 ~Edo, Coolness of Kingyo~ & Night Aquarium”, which is currently underway in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

DANCE OF KINGYO

This is a chance to enjoy a dance performance from Rantaro KOJYO, star of the Gekidan Kojyo theater troupe.
His dancing conjures vivid images of the culture of Japan’s old capital of Kyoto,
where the people delighted in vibrant song and dance on a nightly basis.

He will be performing “Dance of the 24 Seasons and 72 Climates”,
which is inspired by the old lunisolar calendar and its representation of Japan’s uniquely fleeting seasons,
as well as “Dance of Oiran”,
which could be considered a stage version of ART AQUARIUM’s best-known piece, “Oiran”.

The kimono worn by Rantaro KOJYO are the ultimate examples of kimono.
They are based on the lunisolar calendar, which is also the theme of one of his dances.
They were designed by Hidetomo KIMURA, and made by traditional artisans from Kyoto.
Along with his captivating dance performances, Rantaro KOJYO will wear 10 kimono in sequence,
all emblazoned with seasons, flowers, and goldfish.
Each one represents one of the 10 seasons that will arrive during the performance period.

Dance of the 24 Seasons and 72 Climates
For five nights only, this dance will be accompanied by music that changes with the flow of the 24 seasons, and kimono that change with the 72 “climates” of the lunisolar calendar.
Music created on the theme of the 24 seasons will play.
Rantaro KOJYO will don kimono made with the very best of Kyoto craftsmanship, emblazoned with seasons, flowers, and goldfish that signify the 72 “climates”.
The world from which these concepts come will be expressed through his beautiful dancing.

Dance of Oiran
A special ART AQUARIUM CASTLE version of Gekidan Kojyo’s “Oiran Dochu” (“Procession of the Courtesans”).
This dance will showcase the full extent of Rantaro KOJYO’s distinctive, dynamic dancing, which overflows with a beautiful yet forceful sense of humanity, capturing the imagination of the audience.

Performance dates: November 1st (wed) – December 11th (mon)  * Suspending performance Date: November 17th (fri)
Performance times: “Dance of the 24 Seasons and 72 Climates” 6:00 PM / 7:00 PM / 8:00 PM
“Dance of Oiran” 9:00 PM (4 performances per night)
荒城蘭太郎

Rantaro KOJYO

Second-eldest of four brothers who are members of the popular theater troupe Gekidan Kojyo.
Born April 11th, 1995 in Iizuka, Fukuoka.

Plays both leading roles (male roles) and female roles in traditional theater and dance.
Son of troupe leader Shingo Kojyo. Younger brother of second-in-command Kantaro Kojyo. Older brother of Tsukitaro and Torataro.
In addition to serving as the troupe’s star actor, also uses his natural talent to oversee the troupe’s sound and lighting.

At age 14, met Masahiro Nitta, second-generation member of the folk music group Nittaryu.
Since then, looking up to Nitta as a mentor, he has also been passionately involved in Tsugaru shamisen music.
For a performance marking his 19th birthday, wrote, directed, and acted in “Shun-Ka-Shu-To: Sakura no ki no shita de”.
Following great reviews, gave a repeat performance at the Asakusa Mokuban Theater.

THE 24 SEASONS AND 72 CLIMATES

Today, the concept of four seasons is common.
However, at one time in Japan, spring, summer, winter, and fall were divided into 24 seasons
(including the “first day of spring” period, the “rain water” period, and the “first day of summer” period).
These 24 seasons were further divided by three (once every five days).
These smaller divisions were called the “72 climates”, reflecting the popular sense of how the seasons changed.

夜祭うたげ

A stylish, glamorous Kyoto night reminiscent of a night festival

夜祭うたげ イメージ
NIGHT FESTIVAL BAR & TEA CEREMONY SPACE

Here, in an open, outdoor space, you can enjoy ART AQUARIUM creations,
with local Kyoto sake, or perhaps a Tea Ceremony Space pairing of matcha and a Kyoto-style confection
from a noted shop in hand.

Details on Night Festival Bar & Tea Ceremony Space will be announced at a later date

EVENT OUTLINE

Taisei Hokan 150th anniversary
ART AQUARIUM CASTLE ~Kyoto, the Dance of Kingyo~
Period October 25, 2017 (wed) – December 11 (mon) / Open throughout the period

* The exhibit will continue even if it rains, but we may suspend operations in the event that a storm warning is
announced due to bad weather, etc.

Opening Hours 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM (last admission 9:30 PM)

* Please note that for the first day only, 10/25 (wed),
General Admission is from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (last admission 9:30 PM).

* Taking picture of the artworks is allowed, but please refrain from using flash, tripod, monopod, selfie-stck,
and taking video.
* Because of the display method of the artworks, the venue is dark inside.
* Displayed artworks and fish might change without notice.
* 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 the Old Chef’s Quarters, Old Chef’s Quarters)
Access
Entrance Fee
at the door
(Tax incld.)
General: 1,500yen (13 years old and older)
Child: 1,000yen (12 years old and younger, 4 years old and older)
3 years old and younger is free of charge

* Please note that a part of the exhibit is difficult to access by wheelchair, so you may be unable to see
the pieces up close.

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

Tickets that are just right for you, like value-priced Early Bird Discount Tickets,
now available for pre-order at イープラス ロゴ(eplus) !

* For ticket information, please scroll down the page and check the “TICKET INFOMATION” section.

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TICKET INFOMATION

We’re releasing various tickets in stages,
including Early Bird Discount Tickets, a great deal!

Entrance Fee General Ticket Early Bird Discount Tickets
General
(13 years old and older)
1,500yen 1,300yen
Child
(12 years old and younger)
1,000yen 800yen
* Please note that for the first day only, 10/25 (wed), General Admission is from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (last admission 9:30 PM).
* Children under three get in free / children younger than 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
* Tickets purchased through eplus will be subject to an additional 10% handling fee.
* Early Bird Discount Ticket will be sold from 9/1/2017 (fri) until 11:59 PM on 10/24 (tue).
Tickets are valid while the event is ongoing. [10/25 (wed) to 12/11 (mon)]

* We will begin same-day Admission ticket sales from 10/25 (wed).
Until the final day of the event, you can enter the venue after buying tickets at the venue ticket sales counters or other locations.

* All the tickets are non-refundable.
* At the time of congestion, there will be entry control and we kindly ask you to wait in the waiting line for entry.
Thank you for your understanding.
* Tax incld.

Tickets that are just right for you,
like value-priced Early Bird Discount Tickets, now available for pre-order at eplus!

About [Priority Entry]
These tickets enable you to enter the venue even when admission limits are in effect, without having to wait in the standby line.
If your ticket does not say [Priority Entry], please be aware that you may need to wait to enter the venue during busy times.
Click here for details ▽
Early Bird Discount Ticket

Bargain-priced Early Bird Discount Tickets are valid for entry until the end of the event

Valid Date October 25, 2017 (wed) – December 11 (mon) / Open throughout the period
Sales Period September 1 (fri) 10:00 AM – October 24 (tue) 11:59 PM
Price General 1,430yen (13 years old and older)
Child 880yen (12 years old and younger, 4 years old and older)
Number of tickets sold No limit
How to buy
Notes * Please note that for the first day only, 10/25 (wed),
General Admission is from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (last admission 9:30 PM).

* Cannot be used on Special Event dates or during the corresponding periods.
In order to enter the venue, you must purchase a special ticket at eplus beforehand.
When coming to the venue, please check this page beforehand.
Details on Special Event dates will be made available at a later date.

* Children under three get in free / children younger than 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
* 10% charge included in ticket(s) price.
* We cannot reissue the ticket once it’s issued. Tickets are all non-refundable. Please be careful.
* Please note that a part of the exhibit is difficult to access by wheelchair, so you may be unable to see
the pieces up close.
* Please note that if the venue is congested, admission will be restricted, and you may be asked to line up to wait
for entry.
* The exhibit will continue even if it rains, but we may suspend operations in the event that a storm warning is
announced due to bad weather, etc.
Click here for details ▽
Pair Tickets with drinks included

ドリンク付きペア券 イメージ

Value-priced tickets for two people, with a cup of sake included

Valid Date October 25, 2017 (wed) – December 11 (mon) / Open throughout the period
Sales Period September 21 (thu) 10:00 AM – December 11 (mon) 8:00 PM
Price General 4,400yen (20 years old and older - tickets for two people)
* There are no child admission tickets.
Number of tickets sold No limit
How to buy
Exchange
area
Night Festival Bar Counter / You will be able to choose sake from among our selection of brands.
* Please be careful not to lose your (2) Drink Vouchers.
Notes * Please note that for the first day only, 10/25 (wed),
General Admission is from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (last admission 9:30 PM).

* Sake and other beverages cannot be taken into Nijo-jo Castle / Old Chef's Quarters.
* Minors are prohibited by law from consuming alcohol.
Visitors under the age of 20 as well as those who have driven to the venue will not be permitted to use
Drink Vouchers, and will not be served alcohol.
* Cannot be used on Special Event dates or during the corresponding periods.
In order to enter the venue, you must purchase a special ticket at eplus beforehand.
When coming to the venue, please check this page beforehand.
Details on Special Event dates will be made available at a later date.

* Children under three get in free / children younger than 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
* 10% charge included in ticket(s) price.
* We cannot reissue the ticket once it’s issued. Tickets are all non-refundable. Please be careful.
* Please note that a part of the exhibit is difficult to access by wheelchair, so you may be unable to see
the pieces up close.
* Please note that if the venue is congested, admission will be restricted, and you may be asked to line up to wait
for entry.
* The exhibit will continue even if it rains, but we may suspend operations in the event that a storm warning is
announced due to bad weather, etc.
Click here for details ▽
Senior Pair Ticket

A pair can use these bargain-priced tickets if one person in the pair is over 65 years of age

Valid Date October 25, 2017 (wed) – December 11 (mon) / Open throughout the period
Sales Period September 1 (fri) 10:00 AM – December 11 (mon) 8:00 PM
Price General 2,860yen (Seniors - tickets for two people)
* There are no child admission tickets.
Number of tickets sold No limit
How to buy
Notes * We ask that you show proof of age when you come to the venue.
Please note that if you cannot show proof, you must pay the price difference at the venue.

* Please note that for the first day only, 10/25 (wed),
General Admission is from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (last admission 9:30 PM).

* When entering the venue, we ask that purchasers of these tickets and their companions enter together as pairs.
Please be aware that if you and your companion are entering separately, you may be asked to wait until you are
both present.
* Cannot be used on Special Event dates or during the corresponding periods.
In order to enter the venue, you must purchase a special ticket at eplus beforehand.
When coming to the venue, please check this page beforehand.
Details on Special Event dates will be made available at a later date.

* Children under three get in free / children younger than 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
* 10% charge included in ticket(s) price.
* We cannot reissue the ticket once it’s issued. Tickets are all non-refundable. Please be careful.
* Please note that a part of the exhibit is difficult to access by wheelchair, so you may be unable to see
the pieces up close.
* Please note that if the venue is congested, admission will be restricted, and you may be asked to line up to wait
for entry.
* The exhibit will continue even if it rains, but we may suspend operations in the event that a storm warning is
announced due to bad weather, etc.
Click here for details ▽
 [Priority Entry]
October / November / December:
Date-specific admission Tickets

These tickets enable priority entry on specific dates,
without having to wait in the standby line due to admission limits.

Valid Date October 25, 2017 (wed) – December 11 (mon) / Open throughout the period
* On the first day only, 10/25 (wed), entrance with this admission ticket is from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
(last admission 9:30 PM)

* Valid only for the dates specified.
Sales Period September 1 (fri) – December 11 (mon) 6:00 PM
* Can be purchased up to 6:00 PM on the desired day of admission.
Price General 3,850yen
* General only. (13 years old and older)
Number of tickets sold Sales will end when a prescribed number of tickets is sold
How to buy
Notes * On the first day only, 10/25 (wed), entrance with this admission ticket is from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
(last admission 9:30 PM)

* You can enter at the specified date without waiting in line due to entry restrictions.
This is not a ticket for priority viewing of stage performances, etc.

* Cannot be used on Special Event dates or during the corresponding periods.
In order to enter the venue, you must purchase a special ticket at eplus beforehand.
When coming to the venue, please check this page beforehand.
Details on Special Event dates will be made available at a later date.

* Children under three get in free / children younger than 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
* 10% charge included in ticket(s) price.
* We cannot reissue the ticket once it’s issued. Tickets are all non-refundable. Please be careful.
* Please note that a part of the exhibit is difficult to access by wheelchair, so you may be unable to see
the pieces up close.
* The exhibit will continue even if it rains, but we may suspend operations in the event that a storm warning is
announced due to bad weather, etc.
In the event of a closure, this ticket will grant you priority entry on another date of your choosing during this period.
You will receive a full refund only in the event that you are unable to attend at a later date.
Further details will be provided to you at the email address that you have provided when purchasing tickets.

In addition to these,
we are currently designing tickets for visitors to be able to
personally experience aspects of the Kyoto culture that are unique to the Kyoto / Nijo-Jo Castle exhibit
We will release details of the ticket information to the public in the future, so don’t miss it!

  10/25 (wed) Release
General Ticket