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For this meetup, we will spend a Saturday afternoon in Marunouchi-Hibiya area to check out the following exhibitions. 1. ŌTSU-E: Another History of Edo Painting 2. Aramata Hiroshi’s Grand Treasure Trove MANGA-ful Meeting Time: 2:00PM (14:00) Meeting Spot: Around the entrance of Tokyo Station Gallery (http://www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery/english/access.html) **Important Information** You need to make a reservation to see ŌTSU-E, the first exhibition. You will find a link to do so around the middle of this announcement. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ #First Exhibition# ŌTSU-E: Another History of Edo Painting #Location# Tokyo Station Gallery #Admission Fee# 1,200 yen #Information about the exhibition# http://www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery/english/archive_202008_otsue.html "Ōtsu-e were inexpensive souvenirs that were mass-produced in the area around the Ōtsu post town on the Tōkaidō highway from the early Edo period onwards. Characterized by their direct and amusing appeal, Ōtsu-e spread throughout Japan, but there are not many still in existence today since they were regarded as cheap ephemera of everyday life. As Japan modernized, Ōtsu-e lost their function as special souvenirs of the ancient highway but became a source of fascination for many cultural figures. Connoisseurs with an eye for beauty such as the literati painter Tomioka Tessai, the Western-style painter Asai Chū, and Mingei Movement founder Yanagi Sōetsu recognized the value of old Ōtsu-e in particular and collected such paintings. This trend continued after the Pacific War, with Ōtsu-e being collected by people such as the Western-style painter Koito Gentarō and the textile dyer Serizawa Keisuke. This exhibition is a chance to view around 150 Ōtsu-e masterpieces that are known to have belonged to the collections of such famous connoisseurs from the early modern period." [from the museum site (http://www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery/english/archive_202008_otsue.html)] **Important Information** You need to make a reservation to see this exhibition through the page below. The page is in Japanese,so please seek a help from a Japanese speaker if you do not understand the language. https://l-tike.com/event/mevent/?mid=538617 Please make a reservation for October 24th (Sat) 14:00 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ #Second Exhibition# Aramata Hiroshi’s Grand Treasure Trove MANGA-ful #Location# Chiyda Public Library #Admission Fee# 300 yen "The Kyoto International Manga Museum has an ongoing mini exhibition series called 'Treasure Trove MANGA-ful', curated by the museum's Executive Director Aramata Hiroshi, with the aim of “tracing forgotten ancestors of manga to search the roots of contemporary manga”. The 'MANGA-ful treasures', as coined by Executive Director Aramata, include manga that are “as good as buried in the trash unless someone finds them”, and their value is that junk is intrinsically fun. This exhibition was designed as a special grand version of 'Treasure Trove MANGA-ful', produced by Executive Director Aramata himself. In a sense, Aramata Hiroshi has been the director of 'Treasure Trove MANGA-ful' since his childhood. We will showcase his personal collections and creations to introduce a life valued by writing and drawing, collecting things, objects, and figures that others have overlooked." [from the museum web site of the Kyoto International Manga Museum (https://www.kyotomm.jp/en/event/exh_daidaimangarakutakan/)] *The exhibition at the Chiyda Public Library is a traveling show originally held at the Kyoto International Manga Museum. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Chat session We will take a coffee break between the first and second show to have a chat session.
For this meetup, we will spend a Saturday afternoon to check out two exhibitions of Ishimoto Yasuhiro. 1. Ishimoto Yasuhiro Centennial: Tradition and Modernity 2. Ishimoto Yasuhiro Centennial: The city brought to life Meeting Time: 1:00PM (13:00) Meeting Spot: Around the entrance of Tokyo Opera City Gallery (https://www.operacity.jp/en/access/index.php) **Important Information** You need to make a reservation to see the first exhibition, "Ishimoto Yasuhiro Centennial: Tradition and Modernity" at Tokyo Opera City Gallery. You will find a link to do so around the middle of this announcement. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ #First Exhibition# Ishimoto Yasuhiro Centennial: Tradition and Modernity #Location# Tokyo Opera City Gallery #Admission Fee# 1,200 yen #Information about the exhibition (Japanese only)# https://www.operacity.jp/ag/exh234/ "With 'tradition and modernity' as the starting point, this exhibition focuses on the first half of the Yasuhiro Ishimoto’s activities and pays attention to his gaze that penetrates various subjects. At the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the focus is on Ishimoto’s unique view of the city with select works from his mid to late years. Through the two exhibitions, the whole picture of Ishimoto’s activities will be revealed from a more diverse perspective. After that, a culmination of the two exhibitions will be held at the Kochi Museum of Art." [from Tokyo Art Beat (https://www.tokyoartbeat.com/event/2020/E39D)] **Important Information** You need to make a reservation to see this exhibition through the page below. https://www.operacity.jp/en/ag/information/ Please reserve your spot for October 31st (Sat) 01:00PM. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ #Second Exhibition# Ishimoto Yasuhiro Centennial: The city brought to life #Location# Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. #Admission Fee# 700 yen (We can get 20% discount with the ticket stub for the first exhibition) "Globally influential photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto is renowned for his strict sense of composition and form backed by the principles of modern design. Ahead of the year 2021, which marks the 100th anniversary of Ishimoto's birth, this exhibition looks back on Ishimoto's approximately 60-year trajectory as a photographer. Ishimoto's works were extremely diverse, ranging from his representative work 'Katsura Imperial Villa,' which identifies modernist elements in classic Japanese architecture, to his 'Chicago' and 'Tokyo' series, which questions the relationship between humans and the city. Other projects include architectural photographs and portrait works that show his interactions with architects, designers, and editors, his later-year work Toki (Moment), and a series of multiple exposure color photographs that traveled together with him for over half a century. Ishimoto pursued the art of photography with the unwavering determination of a photographer who could apply keen insight into his subjects. Through his works, we will trace the life of Yasuhiro Ishimoto the artist and explore the great appeal of his works." [from the museum web site (https://topmuseum.jp/e/contents/exhibition/index-3837.html)] ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Chat session We will take a coffee break between the first and second show to have a chat session.