WHAT CAFE, Warehouse TERRADA’s Art Gallery Cafe, Holds TRiCERA x WHAT CAFE double exhibitions

WHAT CAFE, an art gallery cafe operated by Warehouse TERRADA will have an exhibition TRiCERA x WHAT CAFE double exhibitions from May 25th, 2021 (Tue) until June 19th (Sat).

WHAT CAFE is a space for promoting art and culture that aims to support up-and-coming artists in the industry. This art space is a combination of a gallery and a cafe, boasting a floor space of 800 square meters (or around 8,611 square feet). Visitors can enjoy meals and drinks while appreciating and purchasing artworks by up-and-coming artists proactive in the Japanese art industry.

In collaboration with TRiCERA, Inc. which is offering artworks by young artists from more than 80 countries worldwide through its global art marketplace, TRiCERA and WHAT CAFE will unearth and promote young talent based on themed exhibitions. TRiCERA’s exhibition entitled SLANGS, like slang that evolves uniquely through language, will focus on figurative art based on the universe, cultures and social issues. WHAT CAFE, based on its concept RE-DISCOVERY, will feature young talented artists who fuse traditional japanese painting techniques and cutting-edge sensitivity to offer an opportunity to rediscover the beauty of Japanese paintings.

Mainly focusing on the storage of artworks, we have been developing a wide range of art related businesses including artwork restoration, packing, transportation, and exhibitions to pass on the passion of artists and the intrinsic value of art to future generations. Through running facilities that promote art and culture, such as the art materials lab PIGMENT TOKYO and TERRADA ART COMPLEX, Japan’s largest gallery complex, Warehouse TERRADA has been working to turn Tennoz into a major center for the arts. Going forward, our goal is to create exhibition spaces that not only serve the main stakeholders of contemporary art such as artists, collectors and galleries, but that also open up contemporary artworks to broader fan bases and help revitalize the market for art in Japan.

Images of TRiCERA's exhibition SLANGS, and WHAT CAFE's exhibition "RE-DISCOVERY"

[Exhibition Overview]

Title: TRiCERA x WHAT CAFE double exhibitions
Exhibition dates: May 25th, 2021 (Tue) – June 19th (Sat)
Open hours: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Each of the eight artists we focus on this exhibition has his/her firm belief in creativity and also has his/her individual process of figurative art expression. When one faces their works, the feeling may be laborious, strange, and peculiar as if it were a foreign language. Please listen to the language by each artist through his/her unique perspective.

Exhibiting artists: Kubo Aki, Narumi Sasaki, Hotaru Tachi, Yushi Dangami, Ryoko Furukawa, Jiahao Ma, Ahmed Mannan, and Taro Maruyama

by Ahmed Mannan

by Ryoko Furukawa

by Taro Maruyama

WHAT CAFE will exhibit 40 works by eight young and promising artists of Japanese painting including those who have participated in art fairs. Through their artworks fusing ancient traditional techniques and cutting-edge sensitivity, it will offer opportunities to rediscover contemporary Japanese painting.

Exhibiting artists: Yukiko Aoki, Meiko Kinoshita, Risa Kuwahara, Asuka Kobayashi, Shinosuke Tazumi, Sachiho Tamura, Saori Masuda, Yuki Yamada

by Yuki Yamada

by Yukiko Aoki


WHAT CAFE is an art spot that regularly displays dozens of contemporary art pieces created by artists who represent the future of Japan’s art industry. By replacing all art pieces at the end of each event, we offer many artists the opportunity to display and sell their artworks, and provide visitors the opportunity to regularly encounter new art. To give as many artists as possible the opportunity to establish themselves, we will also be calling for submissions via our official website, with selected submissions being exhibited. We also hold workshops and events related to the works displayed, and meet-and-greets for art fans. The cafe offers visitors a unique way to experience art with all five senses. And, of course, everyone can enjoy food and drinks sold in the cafe space while surrounded by art.

Facility name  : WHAT CAFE
Business           : Exhibition and sales of contemporary art, cafe
Address            : 2-1-11 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002
Access               : a 4-minute walk from Rinkai Line “Tennoz Isle Station” B Exit, or a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Monorail “Tennoz Isle Station” Central Exit
Opening hours: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM year-round
Entry fee          : Free
Instagram        : @whatcafe_terrada
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