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teamLab Toshiyuki INOKO

teamLab (founded in 2001) is an art collective, interdisciplinary group of ultratechnologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, design and the natural world. Various specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects form teamLab. teamLab aims to explore a new relationship between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world through art. Digital technology has allowed art to liberate itself from the physical and transcend boundaries. teamLab sees no boundary between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world; one is in the other and the other in one. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity of life. teamLab’s works are in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Asia Society Museum, New York; Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Jomon Art

All the six Jomon national treasures were exhibited for the first time in “JOMON: 10,000 Years of Prehistoric Art in Japan” exhibition. We have the pleasure of introducing Jomon potteries and dogus (clay figurine) with an exclusive article by an archaeologist who specializes in Jomon period, Dr Simon Kaner, Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute.

Simon Kaner
Obtained MA Cantab, PhD (2004). Specializes in the prehistory of Japan. He has undertaken archaeological research in Japan, the UK and elsewhere and worked for several years in archaeological heritage management in the UK. He has taught and published on many aspects of East Asian and European archaeology. Published many books including The Power of Dogu: ceramic figures from ancient Japan, which accompanied a major exhibition at the British Museum. Executive Director and Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute. Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia. Research Fellow in the Japanese Section, Department of Asia, The British Museum.

Japonismes 2018: les âmes en résonance

Paris is hosting one of the largest cultural events to promote Japanese culture overseas: “Japonismes 2018: les âmes en résonance.” To commemorate the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Japan, Japonismes 2018 will feature more than seventy events dedicated to Japanese culture across Paris from July 2018 to February 2019. In addition to an interview with Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation, we will introduce some of the official projects of Japonismes 2018.

Hiroyasu ANDO
Graduated from the Tokyo University in 1970. Entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
After having served as Minister of the Embassy of Japan in the United States, Director General of the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, Ambassador and Consul General of the Consulate General in New York as well as Ambassador to Italy, is working as President of the Japan Foundation since 2011.
Japonismes 2018: https://japonismes.org/en/
The Japan Foundation: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/index.html

Hiroto Rakusho

Born in Kyoto in 1962. Graduated from Kyoto College of Art (currently Kyoto University of Art and Design), majored in oil painting. Started traditional metal leaf design under his father, Jisaku Nishiyama. Has been devoting himself to applying metal leaf in art ever since. While collaborating with Ralph Rucci and Parfum Givenchy, he reproduced under the Digital Archive Project, a project to preserve cultural properties, Sotatsu’s Wind and Thunder Gods, collected in Kennin-ji Temple, as well as various Japanese paintings collected in overseas museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His highly acclaimed reproductions are officially registered under the name of ‘Kyo Hanga.’ Held exhibition at NY Bergdorf Goodman, a private exhibition in Kuwait, solo exhibition at the Hosomi Museum and Artglorieux, GINZA SIX. Certified Master of Traditional Handicrafts by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

nendo: Oki SATO

Born in Toronto, Canada in 1977. Designer. Received M.A. in Architecture from Waseda University. Chosen by Newsweek Magazine as one of “The 100 Most Respected Japanese” in 2006. Won many “Designer of the year” of major awards include from Wallpaper magazine and ELLE DÉCOR magazine. Designs can be found in various museums around the world such as in the Museum of Modern Art in NY, as well as Centre Pompidou in Paris. Chief designer and founder of nendo.

Tadao ANDO

Born in Osaka in 1941. Self-educated in architecture. Established Tadao Ando Architect & Associates in 1969. Won many important prizes including the Annual Prize of the Architectural Institute of Japan in 1979 with the “Row House in Sumiyoshi”, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, the Gold Medal of the Union Internationale des Architectes in 2005. Received the Order of Culture in 2010. Appointed Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2013 by the French Government. Invited by the Yale University, the Colombia University and the Harvard University as Visiting Professor. Currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo (2003-).

OHI Chozaemon XI

Born in Ishikawa,1958. Succeeded to the name of OHI Chozaemon XI in 2016. Obtained MFA from Boston University. Entered the Buddhist priesthood at Gesshin-ji Temple in Kanazawa. Received the tea ceremony master name by SEN Soshitsu XVI of Urasenke. Held many solo exhibitions including the Exhibition to Commemorate Succession to the name of OHI Chozaemon XI, was/ being invited to many invitational exhibitions in Japan and abroad. Won as ceramic artist many prizes including the Prime Minister of Japan Prize at Japan Contemporary Craft Exhibition, Special Prizes in Nitten Exhibitions. Is also active in the fields of interior design such as the design of Kagaya restaurant of Ginza. Won prizes in interior design including the Good Interior Design Prize of Ishikawa. His ceramic arts are collected to some of the renown museums/foundations of the world such as the LA County Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, David Rockefeller Office in NY, the Inner Kagura Hall of the Ise Grand Shrine, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art of Kanazawa, Japan Foundation, Urasenke Chado Center in Kyoto and Sogetsu Hall. Currently Visiting Associate Professor in the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), Tainan National College of the Arts (Taiwan) and Kanazawa University. Advisory Member of the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Member of International Academy of Ceramic Arts. Member/Judge of Nitten. Executive Director/Judge of the Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Association.


Born in Shimane, 1931. Obtained BFA and MFA in Sculpture Course of Tokyo University of Arts. Former President of Tokyo University of Arts. Studied under Denchu HIRAKUSHI. Engaged in supervising the design of Tokyo Sky Tree. Created numerous environmental sculptures such as the Tower of Wind Tower of Tokyo Bay Aqua Line or Yaesu GranRoof of Tokyo Station. Presently Professor Emeritus and Advisor of Tokyo University of Arts. Member of the Japan Art Academy. Person of Cultural Merit.


“Digital Food Award” for Anne’s Kitchen Website
Food & Wine Magazine, US (2013). “Best non-fiction book” for Anne’s Kitchen Luxembourg Book Prize (2014). Founder and Vice-President of “Luxembourg Food Academy” asbl. Member of the Guild of Food Writers.

Paul Smither

Garden Designer, Horticulturist. Born in Berkshire, the United Kingdom. He learnt horticulture and garden designing at Wisley Garden of the Royal Horticultural Society (UK) and the Longwood Gardens (USA).Since the establishment of the Garden Rooms in Mitaka City, Tokyo, Japan in 1997, He has designed and constructed gardens at private houses, commercial facilities, and public spaces. Also, he serves as garden designer, consultant and lecturer. In 2000, he won the RHS Premier Award
(Presentation Garden, the 1st Gardening Show, Tokyo). He published many books include: Paul Smither no Shizen-ryu Niwazukuri (in Japanese, Paul Smither’s Natural Gardening, Kodansha Ltd.), etc. He also published a series of DVDs entitled “Shiki no Garden Seikatsu, Paul Ryu Engei Technique (in Japanese, Four Seasons’Gerden Life - Paul Style Gardening Technique), 4-volume, BS Fuji. http://www.gardenrooms.jp/