Ennosuke Ichikawa IV to Attend Monster Strike Exhibition in Tokyo & Osaka

23.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

It has been announced that kabuki actor Ennosuke Ichikawa IV will take place in planning as creative director of the upcoming Monster Strike Exhibition, a new interactive art event set to begin on September 28.

 

The theme of the event is “The day from when you downloaded Monster Strike.” Users will have the chance to relive the experiences of each and every monster.

 

Over 50 popular artists are collaborating with the event. NAKED have also produced an interactive event using projection mapping that will allow people to experience extreme quests in real life.

 

Ennosuke Ichikawa IV is also involved creating a kabuki outfit based on the character Ishikawa Goemon which will be displayed at the exhibition.

Comment: Ennosuke Ichikawa IV

Originally, it was men who would perform in kabuki theatre, so at first I felt it would be extremely difficult to pull off the monster Ishikawa Goemon. But I also thought that it is value in making sure to not ruin the image of the character while incorporating into it a kabuki atmosphere. You probably think that my point is she’s female. I racked my brain to find a way to get away from the Ishikawa Goemon we know and instead bring out her femininity, vividness and colour. I hope that people will think this unconventional combination of kabuki and Monster Strike goes together well.

 

There will also by sculptures of the monster characters exhibited at the event created by art director and artist Sebastian Masuda, the visionary mind behind the fashion design of XFLAG Entertainment Partner Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

*Illustration is a work in progress

Additionally, attendees of the exhibition will receive illustrations of Avalon SP drawn my Japanese manga artist Masakazu Katsura.

 

More details regarding the event will be released on the official exhibition website, Monster Strike website and Monster Strike YouTube channel.

 

■Information

Monster Strike Exhibition

Venues/Access

Tokyo Exhibition: Daimaru Tokyo 11F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

Closest Station: Right outside the Yaesu North Exit of Tokyo Station via JR

 

Osaka Exhibition: Daimaru Shinsaibashi 14F Event Hall, 1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Closest Station: Directly connected to Shinsaibashi Station (South-North Gate/South-South Gate) via Osaka Metro Midosuji Line

 

Time/Date

Tokyo

September 28, 2018 – October 8, 2018

Monday-Wednesday & Weekend: 10:00am-8:00pm / Thursday-Friday: 10:00am-9:00pm (Last entries 30 minutes before closing time)

 

Osaka

October 19, 2018 – October 28, 2018

10:00am-8:30pm (Last Entries 8:00pm)

 

Tickets

XFLAG TICKET: https://event.xflag.com/events/monst_exhibition_1

*XFLAG ID neeced to purchase ticket

*Tickets are first-come, first served

 

Tickt Price: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

・One purchase of up to 4 tickets per XFLAG ID.

・Tickets not required for pre-school children .

*Up to 3 people allowed for those with pre-school children.

 

Artist Line-Up (As of September 20)

Inio Asano, Keita Amemiya, Ishibashi Yosuke, Ennosuke Ichikawa IV, Ichimaru Kisuke, isuZu, Otagaki Yasuo, Kasukabe Akira, Kosawa Takumi, 桂福蔵, Masakazu Katsura, Kafun, COGA, Kotoyama, GODTAIL, Yoshinobu Saito, Takashi Shiina, Kazuhiko Shimamoto, Sekiyayu Rie, Taiki, Takahashi Shin, Takahashi Noboru, Hiroyuki Takei, Katsumi Tatsuzawa, Natsuki Tanihara, Arina Tanemura, Choboraunyopomi, Chirori, 豊井祐太, 名央, Nagi Ryo, Aoi Nishimata, Yoshiyuki Nishi, Masaharu Noritsuke, Yūichi Hasegawa, Hida Keiji, hippo, ひと和, Yuji Himukai, Hyogo Nosuke, Shinji Hiramatsu, Rei Hiroe, Fukuda Hiroshi, Tooru Fujisawa, Takuya Fujima,Kamui Fujiwara, Boichi, Hiro Mashima, Sebastian Masuda, Susumu Matsushita, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Misaki Kurehito, 326, Mifune Takashi, Suzuhito Yasuda, lack, LAM, 竜徹

*Line-up subject to change

 

Exhibition Website: https://event-info.xflag.com/monst-exhibition/

Monster Strike Website: https://www.monster-strike.com/

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    06.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    2018 is the year of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who released her new song Kimino Mikata earlier this year and recently concluded her 4th world tour. Excitement and anticipation surrounding the singer has been high, and this has become even more so with the recent announcement of her first new album in four years. Titled Japamyu, the brand new record will drop on September 26.

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    ■Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata Music Video

     

    The story takes place in a world where 13 years ago, part of Tokyo suddenly breaks away and floats up into the sky. Our protagonist Kanata (Masataka Kubota) is your every day high school student who began living with his grandmother after his parents passed away. He encounters Sora (Alice Hirose), a mysterious girl who came from the sky. The two of them work together to help save the citizens whose worlds are fated to war. Kanata, who still doesn’t know exactly who he is, must learn to mature alongside Sora and his allies as they navigate through the war.

     

    The film’s main theme song Kizunami was written by music producer Yasutaka Nakata who ensured to maintain the story’s theme of strong friendship. It’s an oriental and jaunty track in which you can very much feel Kyary’s essence and outlook. A collaborative music video was also released that features the song together with scenes of the movie.

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Comments
    In the movie, the protagonist Kanata meets characters like Sora and the vampire siblings Tōya and Yūna who he fights and grows alongside while discovering the importance of the bond between friends. I think the lyrics [of the song] convey things like how it’s good to have friends and how wonderful it is to be connected to the heart of those important to you you want to protect. I particularly love the title ‘Kizunami.’ I believe it’s a heartwarming pop song that makes you think about the people precious to you.

     

    The full tracklist has also unveiled, including new songs like Oto no Kuni and Enka Natrium, as well as a cover of CAPSULE’s famous song Koi no Hana (2001). They are all songs that Yasutaka Nakata himself has much confidence in. Digital pre-orders for the album will open on the iTunes Store on September 7 so be sure to check it out.

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will hold a special live event at LakeTown’s 10th Anniversary Special Live on September 30 at 4:00pm to promote the release of the album.

     

    It’s time to get excited about the next big release from one of Japan’s most internationally celebrated artists.

     

    ■Information

    “Japamyu”

    On Sale: September 26, 2018

    ・First Press Limited Edition: CD+DVD – ¥4,800 (Pre-Tax) [WPZL-31480/1]

    *First press limited edition includes digipak packaging, special photo book and 23-track live DVD at “KPP Japan Iyahoi Tour 2017.”

    ・Regular Edition: CD – ¥3,000 (Pre-Tax) [WPCL-12900]

     

    “Kizunami” Standalone Release

    On Sale: September 7, 2018
    Download Link:  https://kyary.lnk.to/Kizunami

     

    Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata
    Release Date: October 5, 2018
    Cast: Masataka Kubota, Alice Hirose, Kōichi Yamadera, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Aoi Yūki
    Theme Song: “Kizunami” by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

     

    Album Release Event
    LakeTown 10th Anniversary Special Live – “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Original 4th Album ‘Japamyu’ Commemorative Special Event”
    Venue: AEON LakeTown mori
    Date: September 30, 2018
    Time: 4:00pm
    Location: mori 1F (Ki no Hiroba courtyard)
    Programme: Mini live show and handshake session
    *Free to watch
    Full Details (Japanese): https://wmg.jp/kyary/news/82084/

     

    Tour Schedule
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu JAPAMYU HALL TOUR 2018 “Hoshikuzu”: http://2018hall.kyary.asobisystem.com

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Official Website: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/

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    29.April.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    A kabuki adaptation of Naruto is slated for August later this year at the Shinbashi Enbujō theatre in Ginza.

     

    It has been unveiled that Wagakki Band will provide a song for the production.

    新作歌舞伎NARUTO

    Naruto was first serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999 and tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who trains in the art of ninjitsu, who must take out his enemies, and who ultimately aspires to be Hokage, the leader of the village. The series has brought in fans across the globe, with well over 220 million copies sold in over 40 countries outside Japan. Kabuki actors Bandou Minosuke and Hayato Nakamura will appear in the new kabuki adaptation where they will play the roles of Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha respectively.9

     

    Comment by Bandou Minosuke (Naruto Uzumaki):
    “On this occasion we will be borrowing the power of Wagakki Band. It’s very encouraging! No other music is better to combine the unique perspective of the original Naruto work which has spanned all ages and nationalities, and the purely Japanese image of kabuki!”

    Comment by Hayato Nakamura (Sasuke Uchiha):
    I am so happy for Wagakki Band to be kindly providing a song for the new Naruto kabuki play. Wagakki Band’s sound, which combines traditional Japanese instruments and Western instruments, though new, has a sense of nostalgia within it, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing how that ties in with the kabuki.

    Comment by Yuko Suzuhana (Wagakki Band):
    “I really wanted to do a kabuki collaboration, so I am humbly honoured for my voice to have been heard. That Wagakki Band’s sound was said to be a necessary element has realised our mutual love. We have felt the overwhelming popularity of Naruto when we have been overseas, so to be associated with such a representative piece of work from Japan through music has all of us, who have been fans of Naruto since long ago, very excited.”

    和楽器バンド
    The chemistry between the world created by the new Naruto kabuki play and Wagakki Band is something to very much look forward to.

     

    ■Information
    Naruto Kabuki

    Location: Shinbashi Enbujō, Tokyo

    Running: August 4, 2018―August 27, 2018
    Official Homepage: http://naruto-kabuki.com/

     

  • HELLO KITTY will challenge Kabuki! Sanrio Puroland’s “KAWAII KABUKI”

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    The new musical using the motif of “Kabuki (Japanese traditional drama performed by male actors) named “KAWAII KABUKI ~HELLO KITTY Ichiza no Momotaro~” will be performed from at Meruhen Theater inside Puroland from the 10th of March 2018 (Sat.)

     

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    A press conference was held on the 7th of March (Wed.) and persons who are related to the play such as Kensuke Yokouchi who produced the script/rendition/lyrics of the play (he has been producing “Super Kabuki”) and Esaburo Ichikawa, a kabuki acting coach, participated in the press conference. Also, Sanrio’s characters including HELLO KITTY appeared on the stage.

     

     

    It can be said that it is a new type of “spectacle entertainment show” using projection mapping and the motif of kabuki. The performance incorporates both the “kawaii” of Sanrio and the traditional “wa” culture of Japan.

     

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     Let’s enjoy Sanrio’s new type of collaborative musical of Sanrio characters and kabuki!

     

     

     

    ■Information

    KAWAII KABUKI ~HELLO KITTY Ichiza no Momotaro~

    Starting date: 2018/03/10 (Sat.) last day – undecided

    Venue: Sanrio Puroland Meruhen Theatre

    Performance time: 40 minutes

    URL:https://www.puroland.jp/kawaiikabuki/

     

     Sanrio Puroland

    Address: 1-31, Ochiai, tamashi, Tokyo

    Business hours; https://www.puroland.jp/calendar/

    TEL:042-339-1111

    URL:https://www.puroland.jp/

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    KAIKA TOKYO is renovated from a 7-floor 1966 warehouse building and is comprised of an artist lounge and a hotel. It aims to become a new hub for contemporary art in Japan.

     

    The name “KAIKA” is derived from several Japanese words, all of which are read as kaika: “開架” which means open-access i.e. giving open access to the warehouse, “開化” which means enlightenment i.e. to spread and make known Japan’s art culture, and “開花” which means blossom, i.e. to bring out the talent of future artists.

     

    Sumida is a city popular amongst local and foreign tourists for its many art and cultural facilities. It is a promoter of art and culture in many ways, and KAIKA Tokyo aims to be a part of that process. One way in which it will do this will be with the new “KAIKA TOKYO AWARD.” The judge for awarding the prize is Yūji Akimoto—the director of and lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts—and Japanese artist Noritaka Tatehana. The prize itself will be having your art piece displayed inside KAIKA TOKYO. To commemorate the grand opening, an exhibition by Noritaka Tatehana himself entitled FORM AND COLOR will be displayed until August 16, 2020.

    The downstairs lounge which is accessible to guests will include the art storage area as well as the KAIKA TOKYO AWARD winning pieces. There are also appliances and amenities for guests to freely use too, like kettles, microwaves, plates, cutlery, washing machine, and a vending machine.

    Rooms have a relaxed vibe to them thanks to the colours and materials used. There are 73 rooms in total split across 10 different types which can cater to 2, 4, and even 6 people.

    The 1st floor bar lounge is open to non-guests during the evenings where they sell Japanese tea cocktails, coffee, Japanese finger food, and more. The coffee served uses single-origin beans from a local cafe in Sumida, Tokyo. The bar is open 19:00 to midnight, with last orders ringing in at 23:30.

  • Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art Opens New ART LAB KYOTO Shop

    27.May.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art opened its new museum shop ART LAB KYOTO on May 26 where it is set to promote the centre of Japanese culture—Kyoto, a place which reveals in tradition and history while constantly evolving and innovating.

     

    The museum shop opens in line with the recent revamp the museum underwent, with design work co-created by Japanese architects Jun Aoki and Tezzo Nishizawa.

     

    ART LAB KYOTO is a spacious shop were guests can get their hands on goods related to exhibitions held at the museum as well as books and items on everything from traditional Kyoto culture to the city’s contemporary art, items made in collaboration with artists, exclusive sweets, and more.

     

    Let’s take a select look at just some of the items you can pick up at ART LAB KYOTO.

     

    Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art x BEAMS

    Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art has teamed up with BEAMS to release a line of original merchandise bearing the museum’s logo—a new logo which represents both the design of the revamped museum carried conceived by the museum’s newly-appointed museum director Jun Aoki, and contemporary art. The merchandise’s design is minimal, combining white and grey.

    The line-up aims to function not just as souvenirs, but as items that can be used in everyday life, from bags to notebooks and more.

     

    Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art Collection x Miyawaki Baisen-an

    Miyawaki Baisen-an is a preserver of traditional Japanese folding fans which has been around since 1923. The company has joined hands with Kyocera to release an exclusive line of fans that represents the art museum.

     

    Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art Collection x Juko Confections

    “Juko” is a confectionery from Kyoto which changes flavours with the season. Twice a month, they will be sold in limited quantities at the shop.

  • Weathering with You Anime Film’s Official Art Book Limited Edition Bonuses Revealed

    24.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    The official Weathering with You art book is set for release in Japan on May 27, 2020. The book will include a limited edition version, and depending on where you purchase it from you will receive a different bonus item.

     

    KADOKAWA announced the release of the art earlier this month. The hit anime film directed by Makoto Shinkai (Your NameThe Garden of Words) was released in July last year to critical acclaim, earning the title of Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

     

    The art book is to feature over 240 gorgeous pieces of background art which of course includes image of Tokyo’s sky changed by the weather in the film. It will also include an interview with the director Makoto Shinkai, comments by the art director Hiroshi Takiguchi, and plenty more for a detailed, behind-the-scenes look into the movie.

     

    Let’s check out the different stores offering their exclusive bonus items.

     

    Animate

    IC Card/Smartphone/Tablet Stickers (Sticker Set A)

    Books Kinokuniya

    IC Card/Smartphone/Tablet Stickers (Sticker Set B)

    MARUZEN & JUNKUDO

    IC Card/Smartphone/Tablet Stickers (Sticker Set C)

    *Stickers are available at select branches only. Please enquire in-branch for more information.

     

    The three different sticker sets feature breathtaking background art from Weathering with You, and can be used on IC cards, smartphones, or tablets.

     

    Amazon

    PC Wallpapers (3 Designs/3 Sizes) – these can be used as backgrounds for online calls too

    Smartphone Wallpaper (1 Design)

    If bought on Amazon, you’ll get some PC wallpapers and a smartphone wallpaper.

    *Wallpaper designs subject to change without notice. The wallpapers are exclusive to customers who buy the book by July 31, 2020 at 23:59 (JST). Wallpapers can be downloaded until October 29, 2020 at 23:59 (JST).

     

    ©2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • Reiko Sudo’s Incredible ‘Japanese Fanfare’ Installation Art Now Viewable Online

    23.May.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    Reiko Sudo’s installation art piece Japanese Fanfare is currently on show at Compton Verney Art Gallery in the UK as part of its Fabric: Touch and Identity exhibition. Dubbed the “weaver of ideas,” Sudo is the co-founder, CEO, and Design Director of NUNO Corporation, an internationally lauded innovative textile company.

    Japanese Fanfare by Reiko Sudo, 2020, Fabric Touch and Identity ©Compton Verney, photography Jamie Woodley

    Compton Verney Art Gallery is temporarily closed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, but the art museum is now showcasing the Fabric: Touch and Identity exhibition online in a series of videos detailing each piece on display.

     

    Tearing down easy assumptions about gender and sexuality

    Compton Verney Art Gallery is a Grade I listed 18th century art gallery located in Compton Verney, England, and is enveloped in an immense stretch of parkland. One of their latest exhibitions, Fabric: Touch and Identity, “explores how clothes and textiles conceal, reveal and seduce through the lenses of art, design, fashion, film and dance” in a playful and provocative manner.

    Liz Rideal《Terme di Diocleziano》2017, Fabric Touch and Identity(c)Compton Verney, photography Jamie Woodley

    Vivienne Westwood《RED SUIT》1992, Fabric Touch and Identity(c)Compton Verney, photography Jamie Woodley

    The exhibition welcomes works by a diverse range of contemporary artists from around the world, and seeks to explore how artists and designers have used fabric to both express and subvert societal expectations, as well as sexuality and identity. The artist line-up includes Reiko Sudo and Noda Suzumi from Japan and British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, just to name a few.

     

    A world of indigo-dyed fans

    Japanese Fanfare by Reiko Sudo, 2020, Fabric Touch and Identity ©Compton Verney, photography Jamie Woodley

    The final art piece to enter the Fabric: Touch and Identity exhibition was Reiko Sudo’s Japanese Fanfare. This art installation was also set up at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. back in 2017 to commemorate the national centre’s 100th anniversary. The installation is made up of 223 individual fans―a type of fan which was invented in Japan during the Heian Period―all of which are dyed in indigo, a colour worn by many Japanese people up until the last century. Both the fan and the colour are therefore synonymous with Japanese identity.

     

    Be sure to check out the piece on Compton Verney Art Gallery’s official website below along with all the other exhibits.

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