Arashi’s Satoshi Ohno will take you on a virtual tour of his art exhibition

Lim Yian Lu
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A painting of a boy from Arashi singer Satoshi Ohno's art exhibition Satoshi 2020.
A painting of a boy from Arashi singer Satoshi Ohno's art exhibition Freestyle 2020.

Pop music idols just sing, dance and look good, right? No – at least, that’s not the case for Arashi’s leader, Satoshi Ohno, who also produces intricate canvas artworks and quirky clay models. Since 2008, the 40-year-old multi-talented artist has held two art exhibitions in Japan titled Freestyle and Freestyle II — he even held one in Shanghai in 2015. His third art exhibition, Freestyle 2020, has concluded in Tokyo. But lo and behold, Ohno-san will be streaming a ticketed virtual tour of Freestyle 2020 on 11 December!

Ohno-san is so popular that on his birthday recently, his fans’ hashtag for his birthday wishes trended at No. 2 worldwide on Twitter.

This is just a teaser and not the actual tour itself:

In the virtual tour, Ohno will introduce and explain the inspirations behind his past works, such as:

An enlarged figure of a smiling face from Arashi singer Satoshi Ohno's first art exhibition.
An enlarged figure of a smiling face from Ohno's first art exhibition.
A fish with a mask modelled after his face that is caught on a fishing hook from Arashi singer Satoshi Ohno's art exhibition Satoshi 2020.
A fish with a mask modelled after his face that is caught on a fishing hook.
An illustration of the late Johnny Kitagawa (founder of Johnny and Associates) from Arashi singer Satoshi Ohno's art exhibition Satoshi 2020.
An illustration of the late Johnny Kitagawa (founder of Johnny and Associates).
A metallic robot with long arms from Arashi singer Satoshi Ohno's art exhibition Satoshi 2020.
A metallic robot with long arms.

The virtual tour of Freestyle 2020 not only allows those who visited the art exhibition before to relive the experience, but also provides first-timers an opportunity to see and understand the artworks with the artist himself.

Tickets are now on sale on Johnny’s Net Online at 1,500 yen (about S$19), till 13 December, 11pm (JST). Although the virtual tour will be streamed on 11 December, 7pm (JST) for about 40 minutes, it can be replayed on-demand till 13 December, 11:59pm (JST). It does not look like there will be English subtitles for the virtual tour, but as long as we get a glimpse at his creations which we otherwise would not have been able to, it is still a pretty good deal, right?

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