The Embassy of Canada is organizing a free exhibition of “mokuhanga” woodblock prints by three Canadian artists and one Japanese artist in conjunction with the International Mokuhanga Conference 2014.
The exhibition will be held at the Prince Takamado Gallery at the embassy in Akasaka through Sept. 12 on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (8 p.m. Wednesdays).
The exhibition explores the traditional form of Japanese multi-color woodblock print-making, which was developed during the Edo Period. With the advance of modern technology and increased availability of mokuhanga materials, the number of artists creating mokuhanga outside Japan has grown.
To further promote exchanges between artists and the growth of mokuhanga worldwide, the conference will host meetings for institutions with artist-in-residence programs. Information about artist-in-residence programs in Canada will be available at the gallery.
This showcase of talent from both countries is well-timed as this is also the 85th year of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada.
An airport space for kids
In celebration of the third anniversary of its renewal, the New Chitose Airport Terminal in Hokkaido opened two new entertainment facilities this summer.
Airport Kids Athletic is outfitted with kid-friendly play equipment, including a long trampoline, climbing equipment and swings.
Children must be older than 1 year and be no more than 120 cm tall to use the facility, which is located on the fourth floor of the domestic terminal building.
Admission is ¥500 for the first 60 minutes and ¥200 for each additional 30 minutes. There is no charge for accompanying adults.
The second one is called Magical Road, an optical illusion art facility built around the animals and marine life of Hokkaido.
It offers amusing photo opportunities using the artworks as backdrops, which is guaranteed to amuse children.
Magical Road is located on the second floor of the terminal connecting facility and admission is free.
Hokkaido is a popular tourist destination and well-known for its food, nature and seasonal sports activities.
Heating up the hoodie
Columbia will release a new line of hoodies, called Cliffhanger II, in September.
The jacket makes use of omni-heat, a Columbia-developed thermal reflective technology, which helps to regulate the wearer’s temperature with little silver dots that reflect and retain the warmth the wearer generates. The hoodie also wicks away moisture to keep them dry and comfortable.
The outer layer of the jacket is water-resistant as well and it comes with a small bag for easy storage.
It will be available in five colors and will be in stores from September at a retail price of ¥19,500 (excluding tax).