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  • [Aoyama MIHONCHO] Showcase "TANT ROMBO"

The exhibition below is introduced in Aoyama MIHONCHO's showcase.

[Aoyama MIHONCHO] Showcase "TANT ROMBO"

July 19th, 2022 (Tue.) – August 26th, 2022 (Fri.)
Open hours: 10:00-18:00
Except: Saturdays, Sundays, and official holidays
*Dates closed in summer holiday: August 12th (Fri.) & 15th (Mon.) 

TANT ROMBO  is an exhibition of card games produced using some of the many colors
of the TANT series of fine papers. Eight groups of creators each selected eighteen from
a range of two hundred and ten colors, comprising the two hundred TANT colors and the
ten TANT KIRA pearlized colors, using the heavy TANT BOARD F.
The color selections represent the distinctive aesthetics of the individuals who selected them,
and are combined with enjoyable games. Together they make a delightful presentation of
the breadth of colors in the TANT series.

Planning & game design: Rocca Spiele
Logo graphic design:  wabisabi
Color selection: 
Ryoji Arai/ Shinji Ishii/ Makoto Ueda/ Masahiro Kakinokihara/ Naoki Honjo
  Reversible Destiny Lofts Mitaka/ Mo©EK/ Wabi Sabi

Sponsorship: Tohoku-shigyosya.Co.Ltd., ROKKA CORPORATION

TANT ROMBO: Rombo game in colors and colors, colors and colors
Rocca Spiele (game designer)
Drullishi! (“Hello” in the Trulie idiolect)
One of the ways to express a large variety in Japanese is “iro-iro.”
Literally, “iro-iro” means “colors and colors.”
According to game designer Trulie Okamocek:
I was inspired to create games by game designer Alex Randolph (1922-2004), who lived in Venice.
The Italian for “lots” is “tanto,” which sounds like TANT. I have fond memories of Alex patting his
stomach and saying “Tanto, tanto!” after a good meal of pasta, seafood, and Italian sweets,
shared with his wife, Gea. 
The TANT series of fine papers is said to have taken its name from the Italian word “tanto.” Paper
with lots of color and colors…It’s a wonderful name. For this project, the idea was to create
a new game in collaboration with TAKEO. We called this little game TANT ROMBO.
“Rombo” is an Italian word meaning a diamond shape (rhombus).
Incidentally, the diamond-shaped fish known in Japan as “hirame” is also called “rombo” in Italian.
I can no longer remember whether my meals with Alex and his wife had “rombo” on the menu.
After making diamond-shaped cards from the two-hundred and ten TANT colors, laying them out,
piling them up, and turning them over, I had the idea that in addition to displaying the cards,
“it would be good to have a variety of sets, not just those that I selected.”
Lots of colored diamonds selected by lots of people. I wrote to some of my Japanese friends,
sending them cards, and asking them to send back their own selection from among the two-hundred
and ten colors.

TANT ROMBO from Ryoji Arai
TANT ROMBO from Shinji Ishii
TANT ROMBO from Makoto Ueda
TANT ROMBO from Masahiro Kakinokihara
TANT ROMBO from Naoki Honjo
TANT ROMBO from Reversible Destiny Lofts Mitaka
TANT ROMBO from Mo©EK/ Wabi Sabi

Lots of colored diamonds were selected by lots of people, representing creators in lots of areas,
including picture books, novels, design, photography, painting, graphic design, architecture,
and music—linking, overlapping, and mixing those areas.
Placing rombos of colors and colors, colors and colors on the table creates a wonderful space.
And each time you play a game, you can enjoy different worlds with lots of other people.
  (Translation into Japanese by Rei Okamoto.)

Click here for rules of TANT ROMBO game rules

Venue / Contact info:
Place Aoyama Bldg. 1F,
4-2-5 Shibuya, Tokyo map
Tel. 03-3409-8931



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