Date | Ocean “The Origin of Life” 5.10 (Wed) – 6.26 (Mon). 2023
Root “The Gathering of Life” 5.10 (Wed) – 6.26 (Mon). 2023
Forest “The Return to Origins” 6.28 (Wed) – 7.24 (Mon). 2023
Time | 10:00 – 24:00 (1F Window), 10:00 – 22:00 (9F floor)
Venue | Hankyu Umeda Store 1F Window (Ocean/Forest), 9F floor, SHUKUSAI Plaza (Root)
Address | 8-7 Kakuda-cho, Kita-ku,Osaka City 530-8350 Japan

Organizer | HANKYU HANSHIN DEPARTMENT STORES, INC., Produce | DESIGNART, Lighting Engineer | LUFTZUG, DOTWORKS Inc., Construction Coordinator | waki process inc., Balloon | DAISY BALLOON, fiber | TOYOSHIMA & CO.,LTD., ONUKI LIMITED

The 7-panel window display in the concourse of the Hankyu Umeda Main Store was created by Daisy Balloon. The balloon shells* used throughout this exhibition started as a representation of the ocean, which then transformed into roots, and is now finally coming to a close in the form of a forest.
*The balloon shell is a sculpted work made of thread (or other fiber materials) wrapped and hardened around a balloon. Each shell represents the smallest unit of matter, with the inner balloon as the 'cell' and the outer shell as the 'cell wall.' When the cells form a mass, they become lifeforms and civilizations. This work is a visual representation of both the micro and macro workings of life. The balloon shells in the Hankyu Umeda first floor concourse window and the ninth floor Shukusai Plaza are made of recycled and leftover fibers (thread).

Ocean “The Origin of Life” | This work captures the energy of schooling fish when they innately respond and repel as part of a collective movement in which they circulate continuously in torus formation, expanding and shifting as they move along. Balloons enclosed within their hardened fiber shells (balloons shells) will slowly degrade throughout the duration of this exhibition. (Photo | 01-06)
Root “The Gathering of Life” | An immense root collects the energy created in the ocean and provides our earth with a continuous supply of life forms. There will also be a light show in which vast roots absorb water and returns energy to the forest, depicted by the movement of light. (Photo | 07)
Forest “The Return to Origins” | An array of vast roots filled with the energy of life form the forests of our earth, which then give rise to new life such as flowers, fruit, and animals. This is a visual representation of the cycling of energy. (Photo | 08-12)



Date | 9.27 (Tue) – 10.11 (Tue). 2016
Time | 10:30 – 20:00
Lighting time | 17:00 – 6:00
Address | 3-14-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Japan.160-0022

Daisy Balloon was in charge of the window displays for Isetan Shinjuku Honten from Sept. 27 (Tuesday) through Oct. 4 (Tuesday).
Titled ITS FOR ISETAN SUPPORTED BY DIESEL, the works spread across a span of 12 windows. Featuring the designs of Yuko Koike, winner of the OTB AWARD, the window pieces were created to mesh with her works and included massive balloon flowers and patterns made of strictly of balloon bears. Our aim was to make a visual connection and create harmony with the materials.


Date | 10.20 (Mon) – 11.20 (Thu) . 2014
Address | 3-5-30, Kitaaoyama Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061

We created the Anniversaire Omotesando window display titled Colorful Party, inspired by the connection between individual and society.
“COLORFUL PARTY” | One particular bird has become a part of our lives. What normally would have been a member of a flock of birds in nature was born into our human society and now interacts with us as an individual. As we showered her with affection, we started to take an interest in the ecological phenomenon of flocking. If you think about it, we people come from a history of living in groups, with each person bringing their own color, but in modern society we have become able to live independently. Our connections are weakening as a result. As with our bodies, we are made up of a great number of cells, and this may be proof that we cannot be held up by just a single cell.


Date | 11.26 (Tue) – 12.25 (Wed) . 2013
Address | 52 Shincho, Kawaramachi Nishiru, Shijo-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto. 600-8520

DAISY BALLOON Book vol.2 | “Existence”
Date | 11.2013
Page | 71-77
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan
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Curator | Daisuke Nagamori, Copy writer | Akihiro Maede, Producer | Naohito Miyagi, Photographer | Yasushi Kurihara

Existence | Digital has come to change the concept of existence in a large way. Photos, film, the dots on a map which we can information-based services, and lightwaves are two dimensional, and humans have evolved these to exist as three dimensional matter. We incorporate a fourth dimension to give rise to an even newer existence. That dimension we call time, through which lengthy histories rise and become societal symbols. We travel between the second and third dimensions, hoping to be filtered through time. To exist, in terms of time as a dimension, is to achieve an everlasting honeymoon with memory.


Date | 3.28 (Wed) – 4.17 (Tue) . 2012
Time | 10:00-20:00
Address | 5-1-5 Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka. 542-8510

DAISY BALLOON Book vol.2 | “Rinten”:
Date | 4.2013
Page | 31-36
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan
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Curator | Daisuke Nagamori, Copy writer | Akihiro Maede, Producer | Naohito Miyagi
Photographer | Hiroshi Manaka, Photo Retouch | Yoshiaki Sakurai, Hair | Koji Ichikawa, Make-up | Ken Nakano, Stylist | Koji Oyamada,
Movie : Edit : Hiroshi Ouchi, Sound | Leo Sato

Rinten | When the human realm and the spiritual natural world come to understand one another, something beautiful is created.The subliminal beauty we see in the spiritual and natural realms appears in front of our eyes as a temporary encounter.Nature is at times harsh and at times forgiving. It teaches us fear and forgiveness. It makes us conscious of life and death. The raw nature of life and death are obscured by massive devices in modern society and we are distanced from it. However, as nature tells its story, death is the beginning of life and life is the beginning of death; constant loop that spins in the periphery of our lives. Life and death are reversible and has no good or evil. When life starts to vanish, death shines a new light.