After welcoming Brazil in 2013, Le Bon Marché is spotlighting Japan this fall. Until October 18, the Paris department store’s windows, exhibition spaces and fashion collections focus on the land of the rising sun.
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Franco-Japanese cultural partnership, Le Bon Marché is welcoming over a hundred brands from the island nation. Among the surprises to be discovered this fall are an ultra-edgy Tokyo pop-up store, beauty care products containing powdered gold, sesame and macadamia nut snacks, a collection of bamboo craft furniture, plus a line of Japanese paper figurines and oyster shell powder products.
La Grande Epicerie de Paris is featuring a selection of curated Japanese gourmet brands and very special culinary events. Chef Taku Sekine is joining La Grande Epicerie’s chefs to cook up exclusive creations, while the Ogata tea bar will schedule daily half-hour tea ceremony tasting sessions.
Le Bon Marché has also invited two special guests to show their creations under the elegant glass roof on the top floor. Japanese designer Chitose Abe is presenting the hybrid, conceptual wardrobe of her Sacai label, including pieces created exclusively for the event. Philanthropist Soichiro Fukutake has come to Paris with a major artistic project he has developed since 1989 on the islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima. He has selected and installed over a hundred contemporary art works on the islands that create stunning contrasts with the surrounding natural environment. This initiative is joined by Tadao Ando, who has designed four museums, four hotels and an “art house” on the islands. The installation created for Le Bon Marché includes an exclusive video projected on a panoramic screen, plus a giant model of Naoshima Island commissioned by Tadao Ando from students at the Ecole Boulle fine arts school, bringing a touch of the magical atmosphere of this artistic paradise to Paris…
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