NEWS LETTER on 2017.10.6

October 19, 2017

1. News

THE BANK 1 Year Reopening Anniversary

It has been one year since Wonderwall revived THE BANK, a bar located in Kamakura which had once closed with the passing of the former owner Kaoru Watanabe. To celebrate its 1-year anniversary since reopening, an exhibition dedicated to the late owner and legendary art director will be held in the newly opened event space THE BLANK located on the second floor of THE BANK. This exhibition marks the second event to be held at THE BLANK, and will feature items Katayama inherited from Kaoru Watanabe including scrapbooks that were sources of Kaoru’s creative inspiration, as well as other items that were closely connected to his life.

We invite you to come marvel at Kaoru’s perspective on the second floor of THE BANK, a bar which is itself a culmination of this legendary art director’s aesthetic philosophy.


Saturday, October 7 – Sunday, November 19, 2017
Weekdays: 17:00 – 24:00
Saturday & Sunday: 15:00 – 25:00
Closed: Monday & Tuesday

Location: THE BLANK
Address: THE BANK 2F, Yuigahama 3-1- 1, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Photos of the event will be updated on Instagram @theblank_kamakura

An event space located on the second floor of the bar THE BANK in Kamakura. Events and exhibitions are held here under the curatorial direction of THE BANK.
“The Collector 4” by Adrian Ghenie will appear in a London auction

One of Katayama’s collected art pieces, “The Collector 4” by Adrian Ghenie, will appear in an auction tonight at PHILLIPS in London as part of its “20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale.” This auction follows the single owner auction that was held last month in New York.

Please check the website for details:

20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Auction Date/Time: Friday, October 6, 2017 from 17:00 – (BST)
Auction Location: PHILLIPS London (30 Berkeley Square, London)


2. Project Update

Images of our website have been updated.

Scye Mercantile

This is the first-ever boutique for “Scye,” a fashion brand led by Hideaki Miyahara and Hisayo Hidaka. The concept returns to the basics with the keyword “mercantile”—the interaction between the storekeeper who presents his products with genuine enthusiasm, and the client who relishes the selection process. The brand is the result of a creative duo who, while influenced by English tailoring, have devoted themselves to the creation of clothes with unique sensibilities. The store is designed to embody such honest and sincere qualities of the brand in a space which brings back to life the stores of the olden days within a modern setting.


3. Media Information

* 2017.9 Wallpaper* October issue/ UK
Project: domaine tetta
* 2017.9.6 Discover Japan October issue/ Japan
* 2017.9.15 Asahi Shinbun Digital/WEB(Japanese)
Project: THE BANK (1st half)
* 2017.9.29 Asahi Shinbun Digital/WEB(Japanese)
Project: THE BANK (2nd half)