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It is the end of February when Tokyo was wrapped in the wintry sky that we saw << Prismatic Cloud >> introduced now first in central colonnade of GINZA SIX. We were attracted by installation like Naruhito Yoshioka who continued playing a global role in domain of art and design and wanted to appreciate from many places. It was the same as looking at the sky over window at the time of taking off and landing of airplane and felt as if mind bounded when we saw work from 2F to 5F while being arrested with escalator many times, and going down.
It was over calmly this spring while wanting to further see cloud which shined. The morning of Friday when what revisit met refrained from the summer solstice close. Though it was unfortunate rain, my heart lightened for art to float that he/she reached gently. Okay, this is magic of Yoshioka work……. Yoshioka who dealt with work of light including sculpture of PRISM which gave off spectrum such as rainbow and "church of rainbow" so far.
Yoshioka says. "We do not imitate form of beautiful nature. We want to express energy itself of nature that heart is shaken. Nature which we hide strength in at the same time to be delicate. By the way, we may be overwhelmed for scene more than imagination. Though it is not just calm, therefore our heart is moved very much by straight light that we can take in, and sense is reminded of.
This work which brightness of rainbow color can see depending on angle is formed with PRISM rod of 10,000 by set of particle of water and ice so that cloud is formed. Yoshioka talked about this "light-sculpture" like this. "Light is existence to show life itself figuratively. In the case of work production, such a thing thought that as each person's brightness gathered, the world might be surrounded in brightness, too"
Solar light and light including moonlight as material of expression, each memory and experience, will be dokino feeling and Yoshioka work valued overlapping then. Yoshioka is pushing forward production of public art installed in underground passage of subway Ginza Station in the long term currently, and this becomes expression of light, too. This autumn to be able to see with << Prismatic Cloud >> is long in coming.
We will always enjoy the powerful charm of nature without changing, and staying by another art.
<< Living Canyon >> by Patrick Blanc of Aristrist is 11 meters of perpendicular gardens in botanists for 3 floors. Solar light becomes expression from the top of poured cliff to the close bottom of the gorge, and plant is slim, and three years are brought up from work setting in past now. We paid more attention to the details while going up stairs here, and withdrawing after having appreciated from far away. About 75 kinds including endemic species to vegetate as for the plant in Japan. Valley of Ginza wrapped in stem that leaf yahyutto of form that we have not seen grew, light including bulb which we do around and want to touch is very rich expression.
Want to further taste encounter with art produced by heart turned naturally, next time to "Van Cleef & Arpels." Design image from Archive of maison was displayed in staircases from B1F to 2F and was introduced to high jewelry prepared a lot in comfortable space where mind of maison was condensed by GINZA SIX shop.
Flowers that "furivoru" where angle of petal made by exactness reflected back light (we sell all necklace 1,380,000 yen, earrings 1,476,000 yen ※ lower than + tax price, earrings at limited store) right wore glitter. In addition, "rotasuantoreredoaringu" where is prepared two ways of pleasure in addition to good description of lotus (3,468,000 yen). Let alone charm of molding, it is art full of charm as expression of vitality of the natural world.
Moreover, from popular Collection of Van Cleef & Arpels which got inspiration in drama "A Midsummer Night's Dream" of Shakespeare who assumed forest where fairies gathered the stage, and was born "foridepure" (bracelet 12,120,000 yen, earrings 6,840,000 yen). Brightness of flowers which continue blooming if there are skill, savoaferu of tradition of maison called diamond and delicate, rich color by KOLOR sapphire and "golden hand" including minute setting.
Creativity is expressed as poetic sentiment of juera with watch thoroughly. Watch to feel the lapse of time to spin poetic sentiment that "middonaitopondezamuru" (23,496,000 yen) represents maison. It is lovers meeting at "bridge of love" that come up on this clock. Woman who had umbrella in her hand advances from the left side in the hour hand slowly. Man of the minute hand from the right side to the center. Two people whom we were able to meet at 12:00 embrace each other in moonlight, and they exchange kiss……. We are fascinated with glitter of diamond which seems to convey two people's minds.
"At first, saying there is story, and therefore development of mechanism is accomplished"; Atsushi Takeuchi of manager. In night view of Paris described in clockface in grisaille enamel technique that has been conveyed from the 16th century, we watch black, gray, white shadow which layer of Limoges white brings beautifully. We want to give sincere applause for power of creation to be able to show story as real thing.
It cannot separate scenery marked on memory deeply with flavor of the place either. And flavor and taste recall me to various scenery. Well, next time to "mixology salon" of restaurant floor 13F. The world of mixology cocktail which free idea is made use of in so that we are surprised. "Mixology cocktail stated with composite art" before, and nankumoshu*san which played an active part in owner bartender worldwide came.
In here Ginza store, Japanese green tea-based cocktail is prepared abundantly. "Sargasso Teru" that what we had from cocktail of tea produced including Gyokuro, Matcha, sencha by production center, ingredient, the manufacturing method, quality of tea leaves, flavor by how to serve, research of difference in taste on that day does not include alcohol. While we heard story of Manabu Ito of cocktail bartender, we knew different very deep course of the development that we used alcohol. It is like long long trip.
The trip knows that it is important from moment of opening. "At first, we never compromise with careful selection of tea to be vivid, and to express "tea feeling" that we can go" through. Study of extracting method of tea leaves is scolded, too. Moreover, challenge that one investigates one infinite possibility including blending of tea varying in taste with one roasting eye, two roasting eyes, three roasting eyes and goes is done every day at laboratory and place to call. What was finished in that way, and made from Tanaka "blue roast lemonade" (1,400 yen).
Taste of fruit that depth of green tea of Yame and flavor including pineapple and lemon are light. Leaf of maple that what we attached to glass is fresh and young. We felt as if, from "tea-ceremony room" of Ginza that could see plate of tea service set and officer of textiles including teakettle, scenery of early summer spread.
"Pear mountain oolong tea and cocktail of passion fruit" which fruity taste made with pear mountain tea which was Taiwanese Takayama oolong tea of characteristic and fruit of southern country as for one cup to continue (1,400 yen). Delicacy of tea spreads successively when we have while being fresh and young, and tasting flavor and acidity that we did well and is startled. We have been surprised again. Characteristic of tea and fruit sounds so that melody which sound and sound are piled up, and thinking does not hang is played so that new color comes out of layer of color.
"The world filled with combination and discovery that are unexpected with mixology. Saying repeat studies to have feel just like picture and picture for three-dimensional impression of taste and flavor visually; Ito. There is the essence of art letting our sense wake here.
Relation that it was natural on that day over GINZA SIX was able to meet work of depicters who investigated the world of creation carefully as if being provoked by work of Naruhito Yoshioka who paid more attention to light of the natural world. For art such as poetry of one part that we can wear or various scenery appears in heart.
Rain stopped when over those lingering sounds on chest on street, and blue sky spread. Summer air which surrounded street was comfortable.
Text: Noriko Kawakami Photos: Sohei Oya Edit: Yuka Okada(81)
I first saw Prismatic Cloud, currently on display in the GINZA SIX central atrium, at the end of February, when cold skies hung over Tokyo. I was mesmerized by this installation by Tokujin Yoshioka, an artist and designer active around the world. Very much in his style, the piece prompts you to take it in from every conceivable angle. I went up and down the escalator from the second to fifth floor and back multiple times. As I looked at the work, I felt an elation similar to what one feels when seeing the sky from the window of a plane while taking off or landing.
I wanted to see this sparkling cloud once again, but I spent the spring quietly. I saw it next on a Friday morning close to the summer solstice. It happened to be raining, but the greeting from this floating work did wonders to lighten my spirit. Indeed, this is the magic of Yoshioka. He’s known for works of light, for Rainbow Church and other prismatic sculptures that release a spectrum of colors like a rainbow.
“I don’t replicate nature’s lovely forms,” Yoshioka says. “I try to express the energy of nature itself, an energy that touches the heart.” For all its intricacy, nature also has an elemental power. At times, we’re overwhelmed by something—sights that carry with them something beyond the imagination. A single strand of light—which isn’t simply tranquil; this is why we perceive it acutely—moves us and awakens our senses.
Depending on the angle, the work here at GINZA SIX sparkles in the eye like the colors of the rainbow. Like cloud formations made of water vapor and particles of ice, the work is formed of ten thousand prismatic rods. On this light sculpture, Yoshioka commented: “Light is a symbolic expression of life itself. The sparkling light of every person gathered here would envelope the world in brightness. I was thinking something along those lines when I was putting together this work.”
The light of the sun, the light of the moon, light as a medium of expression—Yoshioka’s work draws attention to one’s memories and experiences, as well as the feelings we hold inside. Yoshioka is currently at work on a piece of public art for long-term display in an underground passageway of the Ginza subway station. It, too, will be an expression of light. I can’t wait until fall, when I’ll see both that work and Prismatic Cloud.
Come bear witness to the true charms of nature—in constant and ceaseless flux—in yet another form, the form of art.
Living Canyon, by artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, is an 11-meter-high vertical garden covering three floors. It depicts a canyon, from its sun-drenched rocky rim to the deep valley below. Three years have gone by since it was installed. The plants are now growing vigorously. I viewed it from afar, then ventured up and down the stairs to get a closer look at the details. The work features some 75 varieties of plants, including some native to Japan. Leaves of uncommon shapes, stems shooting up, hearty bulbs you’d like to reach out and touch—this canyon in Ginza, shrouded in light, is eloquent and expressive.
Seeking out yet another encounter with art created by a heart turned toward nature, I made my way to Van Cleef & Arpels. With design sketches from the maison’s archives exhibited in the stairway area from the first belowground floor to the second floor, the space is a pleasant condensation of the maison’s own spirit. Here I had the opportunity to examine some of the GINZA SIX store’s many works of high-end jewelry.
The Frivole collection, featuring reflections of light from the facets of intricately crafted flower petals, presents flowers clad in sparkling light (necklace 1,380,000 yen; earrings 1,476,000 yen; all prices listed before tax; earrings not sold at all locations). The Lotus Between the Finger Ring (3,468,000 yen) offers an ingenious depiction of a lotus blossom and two modes of enjoyment—this is art brimming with the charms of both sculpture and the expressive force of the natural world.
And here is Folie des prés, the beloved Van Cleef & Arpels collection (bracelet 12,120,000 yen; earrings 6,840,000 yen), which takes its inspiration from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s play set in a woodland faerie realm. The diamonds, the intricacy and vivid colors of the colored sapphires, the delicate details of the setting—these flowers continue to bloom and sparkle thanks to the traditional techniques and savoir faire of the maison craftsmen, known as “Mains d’Or” (“Golden Hands”).
The charm and lyric character found in the jewelry collections are just as eloquent in the watches. The maison’s iconic Midnight Pont des Amoureux (23,496,000 yen) is a watch for experiencing the arc of time spun from pure poetry. Depicted on this watch are lovers with a rendezvous on the “Bridge of Love”. The woman with an umbrella in hand is the hour-hand, moving languidly from left. The man, the minute-hand, paces from the right to the center. The two meet at 12 o’clock in an embrace under the light of the moon. The enchanting sparkle of the diamonds appears to embody the internal world of the two lovers.
“The story came first,” says store manager Jun Takeuchi. “Then we developed the movement for the story.” The Paris at night scene on the dial was made using grisaille enamel techniques from the 16th century. Layers of limoges white generate a contrasting black, gray, and white that transfixes one’s gaze. The creativity applied in turning this story fragment into an evocative tangible object deserves a round of applause.
Scenes engraved in memory are intertwined with aromas, so much so that flavors and aromas can make us recall various scenes and landscapes from memory into perfect focus. I choose to go to Mixology Salon on the 13th floor, the Restaurant Floor. This is the world of Mixology cocktails, which draw freely on unexpected and creative ideas. The owner and bartender, active on the world stage, is Shuzo Nagumo, who refers to Mixology cocktails as composite works of art.
The Ginza Mixology features an expansive selection of cocktails based on Japanese green tea. The bar’s green tea cocktails are the product of extensive research on differences in aromas and flavors in gyokuro, matcha, and sencha teas. Their specific character and flavor profiles also vary with growing region, nutrients, production methods, quality, and brewing techniques. Today I enjoyed a non-alcoholic version, a mocktail, as they’re called. Listening to the cocktail bartender Manabu Ito, I learned about the development process, which differs from alcoholic beverages. The fascinating explanation described a long, long journey.
I learned, too, that every moment of the journey matters. “Getting across a striking ‘sense of green tea’ means you have to avoid any compromise in the tea selection process.” Much research also goes into how to extract flavor from the tea leaves. Teas offering different tastes on the first, second and third infusions are blended—the challenge of delving deeply into limitless possibilities, one after another, is a daily pursuit at the company lab. Of their many successes, the creation put before me is this Aohoji Lemonade (1,400 yen).
It combines the depth of Yame tea with the fresh, fruity aromas suggesting pineapple, lemon, and more. The glass is tastefully adorned with vibrant maple leaves. From my viewpoint in this Ginza tearoom, where one can see teakettles and utensils, and even Oribe dishware, all this created the feel of an unfolding early summer scene.
My next drink is the Li Shan Oolong Tea and Passion Fruit Cocktail (1,400 yen), made with Li Shan tea, a high mountain oolong tea from Taiwan with a fruity character, and tropical fruit. As I’m enjoying the fresh, robust aroma and sour notes, the startling delicacy of the tea fills my mouth—an impression both unexpected and vivid. Just as layering colors can create new colors and layering sounds can create unexpected rhythms, the characteristics of this tea and this fruit generate a series of surprising flavors.
“Mixology,” Ito tells me, “is a world of unexpected combinations and discoveries. We pursue endless explorations to present something that communicates the vividness of flavors and aromas, the way paintings and movies communicate visual impressions.” This is the essence of any art that awakens the senses.
Drawn here by the work of Tokujin Yoshioka, whose eyes are turned to the light of the natural world, I’ve toured GINZA SIX and encountered works by people at work in spheres of creativity attuned to their links to nature. Here I’ve encountered art in the form of poems that can be worn and that lodge in the heart, like stories that unwind in the mind, scene after scene.
I take these resonances to heart and venture out into the street. The rain has lifted, unveiling a blue sky above. The enveloping summer air offers both pleasure and promise.
Text: Noriko Kawakami Photos: Sohei Oya Edit: Yuka Okada（81）
Journalist; worked as an editor at AXIS, the design magazine, before launching a freelance career. Writes mainly on artists and artisans in the field of design, seeking to introduce them to Japan and the world. Served as guest curator for the “Japon Japonismes, Objets inspirés 1867–2018” exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and seeks to convey the multifaceted appeal of art and design through exhibitions and judging activities. She helped organize the “Second Nature” exhibition at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in 2008, where she’s been involved with planning as an Associate Director since the facility opened in 2007, inviting Tokujin Yoshioka to serve as Exhibition Director.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram