Art Exhibition Envisions Hatsune Miku, Astro Boy in Traditional Japanese Painting Style

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Hatsune Miku and Korin’s Irises screen

On May 20th through 29th, Daikanyama, Tokyo-based art gallery AL will be holding an art exhibition that reimagines popular characters in the style of the Rinpa school of traditional Japanese painting.

The exhibition, organized by kimono company Toyowado, expands on a previous event at the Kyoto International Manga Museum in 2015 that featured the company’s stable of artists. Popular anime and manga characters such as Hatsune Miku and Astro Boy have been reimagined in the historical Japanese style of the Rinpa school in a crossover event that spans centuries.

Started roughly 400 years ago by Tawaraya Sotatsu and Hon’ami Koetsu, the variant of the Yamato-e painting genre was later revived and advanced by Ogata Korin. The technique’s name is partially derived from the “Rin” in “Korin”.

The exhibition’s artwork features popular characters inserted into famous Rinpa paintings, with Lucky Star’s Kagami Hiiragi joining “Red and White Plum Trees” and Hatsune Miku appearing in Korin’s “Irises” screen, among others. Original Toyowado works will also be on display.

On May 21st at 6:00 PM, the art gallery will host a conference and reception with Nippon Broadcasting System radio announcer Naoki Yoshida and Toyowado art director Shinya Yamada. Live painting events with Toyowado artists will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on May 25th and 26th.

The exhibition will be open daily from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

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アトム,琳派,Astro Boy
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Rinpa Exhibition