Japanese Snack Wrapping Artist Holds First Tokyo Exhibition in Ikebukuro, Offers Autographs
Make sure you stock up on snacks ahead of time, as these sculptures are enticing.
At the time we did our first report on Karabako Shokunin Harukiru (Empty box Artisan Harukiru), he was already a huge viral hit on the Twitterverse in Japan. Harukiru, also known by his extensive Twitter account @ 02ESyRaez4VhR2l, aroused the interest of Japanese craft enthusiasts in 2017 with its intricate paper sculptures. Fragile and delicate, these sturdy structures are constructed only from cut paper.
▼ Harukiru’s first viral hit.
– (@ Frosch_04) December 1, 2017
He has also gained notoriety for the sculptures formed entirely from Meiji’s sleek The Chocolate packaging, although these have long been deleted from his Twitter profile. Maybe they just weren’t up to his current level of work.
▼ The glamorous Moonlight cookie jar sculpture is one of our favorites
But thank goodness he kept his obsession with transforming chocolate and candy wrappers, because now he has enough work to complete an exhibition at The Parco Museum of Ikebukuro! Although Harukiru has already exhibited his impressive library of Pringles mascots and shonen-style superheroes in Nagoya, this will be his first exhibition in Tokyo.
▼ The exhibition, entitled “A Fantasy World Made From Snack Boxes”, welcomes you to a strange and wonderful world
The exhibition will open on October 26 and stay until November 11th. Admission fee 800 yen (US $ 7.38), although elementary and secondary students can enter for only 500 yen. Once inside, you can stock up on Harukiru’s bizarre and colorful cardboard creations, as the exhibit consists of over 30 separate pieces!
Snapshots from the previous exhibition in Nagoya.
▼ One of Harukiru’s iconic sculptures is this cheerful Pringles mascot.
Each piece deserves a second or even a third look, due to the completeness of the details and the impressive consideration of the structure of the sculpture. The exhibit will even have its own special products for sale, so you can take a little piece of perfection home with you as a souvenir.
▼ The lineup includes tote bags, postcards, clear files and a complete book of his work.
But there is still more in store for die-hard Harukiru devotees. At certain times, Harukiru himself will be present to distribute autographs at the store for any customer who spends 2,000 yen or more on exhibit merchandise. Autographs are limited to one per customer, and Harukiru will only be present from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. to October 26 and 27, as well as from November 1 to 4, then from November 9 to 11. (This schedule may change.)
And hey, while you’re already discovering art in Tokyo, could you skip over to the current exhibit on the Ghibli Museum? It’s the perfect dose of 2-D art to complement 3-D.
A fantasy world made of snack boxes / お 菓子 の 箱 で つ く る 夢 の 世界 展
Address: Tokyo-to, Toshima-ku, Minamiikebukuro, 1-28-2, Ikebukuro Parco Main Hall 7F, Ikebukuro Parco Museum
東京 都 豊 島 区 南 池袋 1-28-2 池袋 パ ル コ 本館 ７F ・ パ ル コ ミ ュ ー ジ ア ム
Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last admission at 8:30 p.m.)
Admission: 800 yen (500 yen for elementary / middle school students)