Attack on Titan Exhibition to Take Place at Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi
The first Attack on Titan exhibition to be held was “WALL TOKYO” back in 2014 at The Ueno Royal Museum, a collection of art pieces made in collaboration with contemporary artists which brought in 250,000 fans.
This summer, five years on, a new exhibition entitled “Attack on Titan Exhibition Final” will be held at Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi from July 5 to September 8. Pre-sale tickets for the initial pre-opening will be released on April 9.
Fans can look forward to an array of art pieces that represent the world of Attack on Titan, voice guides from characters in the anime, more original drawings than the last event, and much more.
Further details will be announced on the exhibition’s website and social media pages in the near future.
Attack on Titan Exhibition Final
Location: Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Floor 52F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo)
Running: July 5, 2019 – September 9, 2019
Pre-Opening: July 5, 2019 – July 7, 2019
First Period: July 8, 2019 – August 4, 2019
Second Period: August 5, 2019 – September 8, 2019
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:00)
Exhibition Website: http://www.kyojinten.jp/
On Sale: April 9, 2019 at 12:00 (JST) – April 16, 2019 at 23:59 (JST)
Valid: July 5, 2019 – July 7, 2019
Price: ¥1,900 (Tax Included)
Available: Via Ticket Pia
July 5 (3 Slots) – 10:00 / 13:00 / 16:00
July 6 (5 Slots) – 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00 / 16:00 / 17:30
July 7 (5 Slots) – 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00 / 16:00 / 17:30
*Tickets bought are allotted to a specific time slot
For information on regular advance tickets and same-day tickets please visit: http://t.pia.jp/help/index.jsp
©Hajime Isayama・Kodansha / Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL Production Committee
Studio Ghibli Exhibition to be Held in Aichi Prefecture This Summer
Aichi Prefecture and Chunichi Shimbun have revealed that they are to hold a Studio Ghibli exhibition at Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art from July 22, 2020 – September 3, 2020.
Yubaba wearing a Mask ©TS ©Studio Ghibli
The exhibition, called Ghibli no “Dai Janai” Hakurankai (Ghibli’s “Not So Big” Exhibition), will be taking all necessary safety measures against COVID-19 to ensure people’s safety.
Never before seen Ghibli material a must-see for fans
Ghibli Park’s “Seishun no Oka” (Hill of Youth) Area ©Studio Ghibli
The exhibition will look back at Studio Ghibli’s past as well as into the studio’s future. Fans will be able to look at construction materials and sketches of Ghibli Park, a new Studi Ghibli themed facility set to open at Aichi Expo Memorial Park in autumn 2022, as well as dolls of the characters from the upcoming animated film Earwig and the Witch which is being written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro. The film was originally scheduled to premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19 and will now be aired by NHK this winter.
The Cat Bus from the Studio Ghibli Museum will also be showcased at the event; stills taken from Studio Ghibli’s films such as Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Kaguya and more will be displayed; there will be a photo spot for taking photos, and much more.
Fans of Spirited Away will also be able to get their own omikuji fortunes from the giant Zeniba and Yubaba faces.
Ghibli no “Dai Janai” Hakurankai (Japanese Name: ジブリの”大じゃない”博覧会)
Running: July 22, 2020 – September 3, 2020
Location: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art Galleries A/B/H/I
Address: 1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays) *Last entries 30 mins before closure
Official Website: https://www.ghibli-daijanaiexpo.jp/
Japan’s Pingu Exhibition to Take Place in Ginza Showcasing Lots of Noot Noot Treasures
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Swiss claymation children’s television series Pingu. Japan is celebrating the milestone with the “Pingu Exhibition” which will take place on the 8th floor of Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo from August 12 to 24.
Original material for Pingu by the show’s creator Otmar Gutmann will be exhibited, as well as the actual clay figures, dioramas, storyboards, and more that were used during the filming in Switzerland. Many of the 400 or so items on display have never been shown in Japan before.
There will also be a recorded interview with Seishi Kattou, the only Japanese animator that was working in the Pingu studio at the time. But the fun doesn’t end there, as there will even be an AR attraction made using CG and original animations from the Pingu in the City 3D CG film.
A peek into the exhibition
The secret story behind Pingu’s creation
Visitors will be able to learn about the author Otmar Gutmann as well as see production materials, storyboards, and other treasured items that give insight into how the creator and studio gave rise to Pingu.
Exhibits: Notes from Otmar Gutmaan, storyboards, clay figures, dioramas, pilot episode screening, and more
The Clay Room
Pingu’s iconic exaggerated elastic movements are made possible through the use of clay. These movements play an important part in conveying characters’ emotions and are one element of the show’s storytelling. These movements will be exhibited in the event’s Clay Room where you’ll get to see different models morphing into different shapes. These clay figures are all handmade by the Pingu studio staff themselves.
Exhibits: Clay figures, tools, Pingu studio videos, and more
3DCG Animation and Pingu in the future
Pingu in the City is a Japanese 3D CG animated series which used the same style of the original series but instead opted for computer animation, adding a different layer of charm to the internationally adored series. Visitors will be able to enjoy this digital Pingu in a variety of ways.
Exhibits: Digital videos, AR, and more.
There will also be exclusive Pingu exhibition merchandise on sale, as well as pre-sales of Pingu merchandise yet to go on sale.
Shin Sobue (Pingu Exhibition Art Director) | Comment
“This will be the first all-out exhibition for Pingu, a series which has transcended borders from Switzerland and the UK to Japan. This will be a happy exhibition that neatly divides everything for people to enjoy, from its mysterious language to its comical movements, story, and laid-back humour.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)
Pingu 40th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: August 12, 2020 – August 24, 2020
会場： 松屋銀座 8階 イベントスクエア 東京都中央区銀座3-6-1
Attack on Titan Season 4 Trailer Reveals Final Battle and Film Officially Announced
01.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME
The first trailer for the highly-anticipated season four of Attack on Titan is finally here along with a new key visual. With the animation efforts moved to MAPPA, the new staff have also been revealed including Yuichiro Hayashi as the final season’s director.
The following five statements were released from staff alongside the new trailer, including from Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama, the final season director Yuichiro Hayashi, the season one director and seasons 2-3 chief director Tetsurō Araki, MAPPA’s CEO Manabu Otsuka, and WIT STUDIO’s CEO George Wada. All comments translated from Japanese by MMN.
Hajime Isayama (Author, Writer and Illustrator, Attack on Titan)
“With this, the entirety of Attack on Titan has been adapted into anime. For that, I give my heartfelt thanks to all of the readers who have supported the series up to now. The manga has been serialised more than 10 years, so we’ve been together for quite some time now. To director [Tetsurō] Araki, WIT STUDIO, everyone in the Storyboard Corps, and everybody else, I would like to thank you for giving me so many happy memories—so many I could die! I would like to continue making more amazing memories together with director [Yuichiro] Hayashi and everyone at MAPPA for the continuation of the Attack on Titan anime!”
Yuichiro Hayashi (Director, Attack on Titan: The Final Season)
“I have been given the responsibility of director for the final season. My heart has been pounding since we’re in the middle of a battle in the anime, and because this is such a huge series. We’ve kindly received full cooperation from everyone at WIT as well as director [Tetsurō] Araki. They have set everything up for us up this point. The quality of the series up to now is thanks to them. The staff have poured blood and sweat into their work. We will continue that as much as possible, and put our utmost best into what we do. So please look forward to the final season of Attack on Titan!!”
Tetsurō Araki (Director, Attack on Titan Season 1 / Chief Director, Attack on Titan Seasons 2-3)
“Our beloved anime series Attack on Titan will continue with an incredible battle formation formed of MAPPA and director Yuichiro Hayashi. We’ve been mutually exchanging information with them and holding meetings for quite a long time now. I’m positive they will piece this out, no doubt about it. We are also really looking forward to seeing the continuation of Eren and everybody else’s journey!”
Manabu Otsuka (CEO, MAPPA)
“Attack on Titan is a series loved by countless fans. It will continue with a great studio, and a team of outstanding creators. I feel motivated at the fact that the studio will be part of the series’s final season. I look forward to us freely forging the final battle.”
George Wada (CEO, WIT STUDIO)
“The final season of Attack on Titan has finally been announced!! It has taken a long time for us to prepare for this, but first and foremost, I’m extremely happy that we have arrived at this point. We laid the foundations for the greatest manga ever, and the greatest team ever will be adapting the final season. I have nothing but high hopes. To all of you out there, please look forward to it!!”
The final chapter of Attack on Titan is nearly upon us. It seems only yesterday that the first season aired and took the world by storm.
In the lead up to the final season, a movie entitled Attack on Titan: Chronicle has also been announced. Releasing on July 17, 2020, it will cover everything in the first three seasons of the anime series.
Attack on Titan: Chronicle Trailer
Attack on Titan: The Final Season Trailer
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan At-Home Puzzle Game Has You Surveying Ancient Ruins
12.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
NAZO x NAZO Gekidan, a company in Japan that creates and produces interactive, real-life puzzle solving games, has made a new limited-time Attack on Titan themed game to be played from the comfort of your own home.
There is yet another mystery on our hands at the ancient ruins of Joypolis. We, the Survey Corps, have discovered new material from the relics we brought back that unravel the history surrounding those ancient ruins. You must put your heads together with your comrades with Eren, Armin, Mikasa, Hange, and Levi, and solve the mystery of the ruins!
Tickets for the game are available via NAZO x NAZO Gekidan’s official website, and participants get a free folder as pictured aboveーa must grab collector’s item for fans of Attack on Titan. The game can be played on smartphones, and has both easy and challenging sections to it.
©Hajime Isayama・Kodansha / “Attack on Titan” Production Committee
Attack on Titan: Survey the Ancient Ruins! (Japanese Title: 進撃の巨人×謎解きゲーム 謎の古代遺跡を調査せよ！)
Time: Those with puzzle-solving experiences can complete it 1 hour, but those with no experience may take 2-3 hours or more
Tickets: Now on sale
Price: ¥2,400 (Tax Included/Includes Shipping)
Official Website: https://nazogeki.stores.jp/
・This game can only be played once.
・Parts of this game make use of a mobile phone, so an internet connection is required. Any fees charged for connecting are the responsibility of the customer.
TSUTAYA TOKYO ROPPONGI Re-Opens After New Renovations Catering to International Customers
10.March.2020 | SPOT
TSUTAYA TOKYO ROPPONGI originally opened in 2003 as a “BOOK & CAFE.” On March 7, 2020, it has now reopened as a TSUTAYA BOOKS.
The concept of the newly-renovated location is to create a place that better caters to Roppongi’s large population of foreign tourists. On average, 40 million travellers from around the world flock to Roppongi Hills annually, so to create a more comfortable environment for them, TSUTAYA TOKYO ROPPONGI has increased its number of Western books and magazines. It stands proud as a “Global Thinker” that serves what Roppongi has to offerーfrom a global perspective.
Customers can read a book or magazine while enjoying a cup of coffee at the coffee shop before they make their purchase, or they can enjoy a drink in the new “BOOK & BAR-LOUNGE.”
as exotic as you can be, inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s “Summer” – ¥2,400
after this , you may, inspired by Paul Gauguin’s “Woman Holding a Fruit” – ¥2,200
Enjoy one of the many creative cocktails inspired by famous artworks.
The store also has its own souvenir shop for people to take a piece of Japan back home. Made by expert craftsmen, items include stationery, gadgets, items for decorating homes, and much more, all offering a new standard when it comes to lifestyle proposals.
TSUTAYA BOOKS goes above and beyond what an ordinary bookshop is, instead providing a place for people to really stand back and think what it is they are looking for. It’s a place where you can discover what’s going on in the world right now, what’s popular, and where you stand amongst it all. You are sure to discover something new or surprising, so be sure to pay a visit to the new TSUTAYA TOKYO ROPPONGI if you’re travelling to Tokyo.
TSUTAYA TOKYO ROPPONGI
Address: Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka-dori 1F/2F, 6-11-1 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 7:00-Midnight (2nd floor BAR-LOUNGE is open 10:00-Midnight)
TEL: 03-5775-1515 (BAR-LOUNGE TEL: 03-5843-1467)
Official Website: https://store.tsite.jp/roppongi/
DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN Exhibition Shows Off Dress Line-Up Inspired by Japanese Culture
The DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN exhibition at HANKYU Umeda Store in Osaka began on March 1 where it is set to run until March 22.
The collection features a complete line-up inspired by Japan’s rich culture, from dresses serving haute couture to exquisite Lady Dior bags re-interpreted by various artists. This exhibition is a coming-together of DIOR and Japan and expresses savoir faire the way a maison should.
The exhibition is also home to a gift shop selling a range of different items. It also has an audio guide presented by Japanese actress and fashion model Yuko Araki and actor and model Ryusei Yokohama, both of whom were selected as Japan Fashion Ambassadors for this exhibition.
See the worlds of DIOR and Japan collide at DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN.
DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN
Running: March 1, 2020 – March 22, 2020
Location: HANKYU Umeda Gallery (HANKYU Umeda Store Floor 9F)
Address: 8-7 Kakudacho, Kita, Osaka
Official Website: http://bit.ly/DiorFromParisToJapan
Studio Ghibli Museum Photo Exhibition to be Held at HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA in Tokyo
A photo exhibition will be held at the HMV Museum in Shibuya from March 6, 2020 for a limited time in promotion of the release of Studio Ghibli Museum’s first official photo book, Ghibli Bijutsukan Monogatari (“The Story of the Ghibli Museum”).
“Ghibli Bijutsukan Monogatari” Photo Book – ¥3,800 (Exhibition Pre-Sale: March 6, 2020 / General Release: March 20, 2020)
Photography is strictly forbidden at the Studio Ghibli Museum, but this exhibition gives a rare look inside without having to go inside. There will be panels of photos of both inside and outside the museum, a display of miniature figures of characters like the Robot from Laputa: Castle in the Sky, writings from Studio Ghibli film producer Toshio Suzuki, and more. The museum’s popular photo spots will also make an appearance at the exhibition for taking a photo next to.
Exclusive Desk Calendar (*Limited to 500 people per day, first-come first-served)
Desk calendars will also be available, featuring the photos used at the exhibition.
Exclusive Exhibition Merchandise
Tote Bag – ¥2,000 / T-Shirt – ¥2,800 / Hanging Scroll – ¥30,000 / Photos (3 Designs) – ¥8,000 Each
Visitors will be able to get their hands on the photo book early at the exhibition, and those who buy it at HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA will be invited to a signing and talk session on March 7, 2020 on a first-come, first-served basis. The signing will be attended by Kanyada and Toshio Suzuki, who will also be present at the talk event in addition to film director Ryutaro Nakagawa.
Exclusive merchandise will be sold at the exhibition. The exhibition itself encourages people to feel like a lost child, and its layout will reflect that without any set paths or routes.
Dive into the wonderful world of Studio Ghibli at the Ghibli Bijutsukan Monogatari Photo Exhibition.
*Please note that the number of people allowed to enter the exhibition will be restricted due to the ongoing situation surrounding the new coronavirus. This will widen the space between visitors and allow them to enjoy the exhibition in an uncrowded space. More details can be found on the official HMV Museum website.
Ghibli Bijutsukan Monogatari Photo Exhibition
Location: HMV Museum (HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA Floor 6F)
Running: March 6, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Open from 17:00 on March 6, 2020)
Last Entries: 20:30
Entry Price: ¥500 (Tax Included) *Free for preschool children
Event Page (Japanese): https://www.hmv.co.jp/news/article/2002141000/
*Opening hours subject to alteration
*For more details, please check the event page above or HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA’s official Twitter page
Grab Tokyo Souvenirs at Roppongi Hills’ New Food & Gift Area
The new “Food & Gift Area” at Roppongi Hills is set to open in the North Tower on Floor B1F on April 10 where you can get your hands on a huge range of exclusive gifts and souvenirs, as well as quick and delicious food. It will house a total of 19 stores; that’s 12 shops selling Japanese confections and other picks perfect as gifts to yourself or someone else, and 7 eateries offering takeout and eat-in options.
In the gift area, 12 storesーa mix of new establishments as well as well-known businesses setting up shop in Tokyo for the first timeーwill open their doors, such as the New Style Ginza Sembikiya cafe, Kashi no Kirokujo which sells exquisite cakes that are hard to get your hands on, and more. And there’s a whole range of Roppongi Hills exclusives too, like artistic yokan sweet bean jelly inspired by Tokyo’s streets, castella with the Roppongi Hills logo on it, senbei rice crackers, assorted sliced mochiーthe list goes on.
Gift Area – Roppongi Hill Exclusives
Tokyo Enbo – ¥4,320 (Tax Included) @ Wagashi Yui
Recreated are the landmarks of Tokyo in the morning sun, with the beautiful silhouettes of the city’s skyrise buildings formed into sweet bean jelly. Try and find Roppongi Hills in this picturesque perfection.
Ukeian Castella Wasanbon – ¥2,160 (Tax Included) @ Ukeian
This castella cake is made rich and moist thanks to the eggs laid by specially-bred chickens. It’s made with wasanbon fine-grained Japanese sugar, which gives it a tantalizing smell. The logo stands out too, giving it a beautiful appearance in addition to the delicious flavour.
Roppongi Hills Sanmaido (5 Included) – ¥702 (Tax Included) @ Ginza Matsuzaki Senbei
The senbei rice crackers have a gentle flavour, handcrafted one by one by the shop’s master chefsーincluding the Roppongi Hills logo design of these tile-shaped rice crackersーby adding eggs and sugar to wheat flour.
Kinanomiya Sando (Exclusive Packaging/3 Included) – ¥540 (Tax Included) @ KISSHOKARYO
KISSHOKARYO Japan Premium “Miyabi” – ¥1,870 (Tax Included) @ KISSHOKARYO
Munch down on these delicious chocolate cookies made with high quality soy flour, almonds, and oat milk.
They’re also serving a special Japanese parfait for eating-in, made with specially-selected Uji matcha from Kyoto and homemade soy flour.
Sankaku Box Sando – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) @ New Style Ginza Sembikiya
Roppongi Hills Exclusive Melon Parfait – ¥2,700 (Tax Included) @ New Style Ginza Sembikiya
Added to the thick and fluffy bread is fresh fruit and subtly sweet cream to make a refreshing sandwich. The chocolate sandwich in the left of the picture is exclusive to Roppongi Hills.
The must-try is the melon parfait, which is made with melons grown in Shizuoka that have been specially selected by the shop.
Cake Shop Miracle Collaboration Set – ¥3,456 (Tax Included) @ Kashi no Kirokujo
This set is an assortment made by four long-standing cake makers: Akasaka Kakiyama, Obusedo, Ganyudo, and Nanohana.
Roppongi Lingotto – ¥3,240 (Tax Included) @ Bicerin
Caffe mocha al Bicerin – ¥660 (Tax Included) @ Bicerin
Served in a limited-edition Roppongi Hills box, the “Roppongi Lingotto” bears the shopping complex’s logo, and is a popular gift that was even served to members of the Japanese government at the G7 Ise-Shima and G20 Osaka summits.
When dining in, you can order a rich bicerin which is a mix of espresso, milk, and chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream that’s shaped to look like a hill.
Raw Pound Cake Assortment – ¥1,700 (Tax Included) @ Pavlov
Choose from seven adorable small-size cakes, including cream vanille, pistachio fruits rouges, chocolate orange, very berry, Kyoto matcha, caramel nuts, and mont blanc.
Roppongi Exclusive GIFT – ¥918 (Tax Included) @ Jiichiro
Wrapped in special Roppongi Hills packaging, this box contains an assortment of Jiichiro treats from their popular baumkuchen to rusk, gateau chocolat, and more.
In the Food Area, seven restaurants will open serving quick, authentic food. A number of popular restaurants are also making an appearance, like Kyu Yamutei which is famous for its Osaka spice curry, as well as THAI STREET FOOD by KRUNG SIAM. The menu line-ups will include dishes exclusive to Roppongi Hills.
Food Area – Roppongi Hill Exclusives
Curry-Gear MAX – ¥1,650 (Tax Included) @ Kyu Yamutei
This curry combines unique ingredients and spices. The ingredients and roux are switched up every month, and you can pick from one to four rouxs.
Khao Soi No-Broth Mazemen Noodle Curry – ¥1,200 (Tax Included) @ THAI STREET FOOD by KRUNG SIAM
This mazemen noodle curry is a spin on the hugely popular khao soi Chiang Mai ramen, made without any broth. It has the full-bodied aroma and spiciness that comes with Thai-style curry. Change up the flavour with a topping of homemade pepper.
Fisherman’s Seafood Spaghetti alla Pescatora – ¥1,848 (Tax Included) @ Pasta & Pizza Uota
Piled with plenty of seafood, this luxurious and specially-made tomato pasta wastes no flavour of the fish used for its rich sauce.
Brioche Vendée N – ¥864 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie Bonheur
A traditional brioche from Vendée in France. It’s combined with orange flower water and contains raisins soaked in Kirsch. The center is moist and just melts in your mouth.
Seafood & Eel Dashi Chazuke – ¥1,320 (Tax Included) @ Dashi Chazuke En
Another exclusive to Roppongi Hills is this chazuke, filled with all the flavours and sea like tuna, porgy, eel, and more. Try it as it is first and then pour over the broth.
Spring Vegetables & Fried Fish Lunch Box – ¥900 (Tax Included) @ Dexee Deli
A set of seasonal vegetables like edible chrysanthemums, asparagus, and cabbage, combined with fried fish, rice, and bamboo shoots.
Find a whole world of food, desserts and gifts at Roppongi Hills’ new Food & Gift Area.
Roppongi Hills Food & Gift Area
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Grand Opening: April 10, 2020
Official Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/
Sanrio Character Museum to Open in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills For 60th Anniversary
Sanrio is set to turn 60-years-old in August 2020. To commemorate, the company has announced that it will open a museum called “Sanrio Character Museum” in summer 2020 where it will tour around Japan until 2025. The full dates and locations have yet to be announced, but its first stop will be the Tokyo City View Sky Gallery located on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Tokyo. Details for this first stop will be revealed sometime next month.
ⓒ ’74, ’75, ’76, ’77, ’79, ’80, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’85, ’86, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’92, ’93, ’96, ’98, ’99, ’01, ’04, ’05, ’20 SANRIO CO., LTD.
Since its establishment, Sanrio has sought to spread kawaii culture to the world, as well as the message of everybody getting along and being friends. But how have gotten to this point with each passing generation? The museum exhibition will answer that very question, exploring its line-up of over 450 characters Sanrio has created over the years, including the most prominent ones like Hello Kitty, My Melody and Little Twin Stars who have been around for more than 40 years. It will also showcase characters that will be nostalgic to longtime Sanrio fans.
The exhibition will peruse the history of Sanrio from before it created its characters, and delve into the origin of the company’s kawaii world. Fans can expect to see valuable prints, products, materials, and more. The exhibition will also include works made in collaboration with some of Japan’s up-and-coming and prominent artists. Expect plenty of kawaii, and plenty of what is sure to be invaluable information for Sanrio fans.
60th Anniversary Sanrio Character Museum
Start Date: Summer 2020
*Details TBA at the time of posting this article
Universal Cool Japan 2020 Finally Begins: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World & More
This year’s Universal Cool Japan finally opened at Universal Studios Japan on Tuesday, where it is set to run until June 28, bringing together the ‘cool’ aspects of Japan enjoyed by the rest of the world. Four internationally beloved franchises take the spotlight for 2020: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World, Detective Conan, and Lupin III.
A host of lucky guests were able to experience the attractions before anyone else. Today, we hear their review and comments of the all-new rides, attractions, live shows and restaurants centred around the four big contenders which serve to fully immerse fans in their incredible worlds.
Attack on Titan’s first XR ride
The Attack on Titan manga series has celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. For this year’s Universal Cool Japan, the internationally-acclaimed series welcomes its first ever XR ride, as well as its own “Survey Corps Diner.”
Guests wear VR goggles that transport them into a 360° rendering of the world of Attack on Titan, with life-size Titans appearing before their very eyes. Guests ride a roller coaster and fly alongside the Survey Corps. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to soar up high with ODM maneuver gear, now’s your chance. The Attack on Titan XR Ride offers a thrill like no otherーone so tense you’ll be left wondering whether you will survive.
“It was so much fun! The visuals are breathtaking and connect superbly to the ride’s movements. I was completely immersed in the visuals; it really felt like I was riding a wagon. Eren and the Survey Corps members were so cool, and even the horses looked realistic. It was amazing!” (Woman, 20/Osaka Prefecture) *Translated from Japanese
The themed restaurant, “Attack on Titan Survey Corps Diner,” is so realistic to a quality you wouldn’t believe, with the Survey Corps members’ weapons and personal belongings left casually around the place. Guests can feel immersed as they listen to the conversations between the characters will chowing down on their meal, take a photo with life-sized versions of Levi and Hange, and more.
Detective Conan World’s two new attractions with Shuichi Akai have fans screaming
At Detective Conan World, fans can expect to see the appearance of the hugely popular character Shuichi Akai who is set to star in the upcoming animated film Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (releasing April 17, 2020). Four rides and attractions can be enjoyed at Detective Conan World, including the manga series’ first-ever story-packed roller coaster named Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride.
Guests can also look forward to joining Conan solve cases in Detective Conan: The Escape ~The Scarlet Bullet~, an escape game featuring an original story and a live performance by a real cast. Participants will make use of AR technology and solve the cases within the time limit to escape. Expect appearances from familiar faces too like Rachel Moore, Richard Moore, and others.
In Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride, you’ll be placed in the passenger seat with Akai on the wheel who will use some extreme driving techniques to shake off the criminal. Look forward to plenty of thrills in this immersive experience.
“Not only do you solve cases, there’s also a gaming aspect to the challenges which require the use of the AR terminal. It’s also a team game where you work with others, so I enjoyed it with everyone else. A lot of characters make an appearance too, it was so cool.” (Female, 20/Osaka Prefecture) *Translated from Japanese
There’s also the Detective Conan Mystery Challenge in which guests take a hands-on approach to solve various incidents around the theme park. Harley Hartwell, Kazuha Toyama, and Tomoya’s love rival Momiji Ooka are also present in this game with in the form of a real-life cast.
Fans can also tuck into some mystery-themed food at the Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant which combines food and live entertainment. Fans reacted overwhelmingly to the appearance of Masumi Seraーthe sister of Akai. There’s also appearances from Amuro Tooru and Serena Sebastian too.
Lupin the Third: The Live
Witness a live cast playing the roles of the popular Lupin III, Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa XIII, Fujiko Mine, and Koichi Zenigataーthe latter of which is trying to chase down Lupin. It features live entertainment by real cast members who will perform right before guests. The reaction to this live show has been overwhelming as guests feel like they are running through Delancey Street in New York with Lupin in this interactive story.
“I was amazed to have been able to see such an amazing show right in front of me. Lupin and the gang came from above, below, left, and right. There were too many good moments. I didn’t have enough eyes! <laughs>” (Female, 20/Hyogo Prefecture)
Last year’s Lupin III restaurant, Ristorante Amore, has received an upgrade for 2020. Experience being served by Lupin himself, with his gentle approach and know-how when it comes to getting with the ladies, and Goemon Ishikawa XIII, who is aloof and has terrible romance skills. They are serving up authentic Italian cuisine.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK
The Monster Hunter video game franchise is loved the world over, and is appearing once more at Universal Cool Japan after two years. Use interactive VR technology and go hunting in the world of Iceborne, the hit expansion to Monster Hunter World, in an experience so immersive you’ll forget about the real world.
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Universal Cool Japan 2020
Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020
*Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK running from March 20, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/universal-cool-japan2020/
Interview: Internationally Popular Japanese Artist Chocomoo Talks About Upcoming Harajuku Exhibition
23.January.2020 | SPOT
A huge exhibition of Chocomoo’s artwork is set to adorn WITH HARAJUKU HALL from August 20 to September 28 this year for “Chocomoo EXHIBITION -OUR SECRET PARTY- Supported by WITH HARAJUKU.”
Chocomoo is a Japanese artist born and bred in Kyoto. Her work is known for its originality and pop style which she draws in black and white. Her work has been used for clothing and apparel brands, for music artists, and for many other special collaborations with other companies. She is active internationally and draws huge popularity with Japanese women between the ages of 10-20. We have translated an interview with her which was just released.
“I’ve loved drawing ever since I was a kid. I’d draw in notebooks, sketchbooks. When I went to New York for the first time, too, I kept a sketch diary and would draw in the park. I was later asked by a guy who managed a gallery if I’d put my work on at his site.”
It was there at that gallery exhibiting several of her works that the first buyer came by.
“I sold my first piece of art. A piece of art drawn by an ‘ordinary person,’ not someone who was an active artist. It was about 30 dollars, if I recall, but I was super happy.”
New York helped pave the way for Chocomoo to begin her first steps towards becoming an illustrator.
She would post her art on her blog and social media, which was seen by singers and songwriters who got in touch with her. She penned artwork for their tour merchandise, album covers, and more. Recently, she collaborated with Italian car brand FIAT. They released 100 limited edition cars with her art on it. Japanese convenience store FamilyMart even sold umbrellas with Chocomoo’s illustrations on them. The reach of her work has no limits.
“When I create a piece, I incorporate a lot of positive words into it in the hopes that it lifts people up.”
One distinct aspect of Chocomoo’s art is the black and white monotone colouring. When asked why she draws in this way, she said: “I did calligraphy from elementary school to high school and was captivated by how we would write in black. When using black ink, it has a matte look to it, and when using black paint, it’s got a glossiness. I think that’s part of the reason why I do it.”
This will be Chocomoo’s biggest exhibition. She is currently working on new material and looking into the details of the exhibition. Speaking about it, she said: “I want to try evolving in a way that’s me. I’m aiming to stimulate the people who come to see my work in a different kind of way.”
She also commented on the ‘OUR SECRET PARTY’ part of the exhibition title. “It’s an exhibition of my work, but I want everyone to enjoy it like they would a party. There’s also new things to be discovered which you won’t no about unless you visit, so I put ‘secret’ in there.”
Chocomoo was asked to give a comment on her future plans and goals. She said, with a smile: “I want to steadily keep doing what I’m best at without changing what I already have, but I also want my work to reach lots of children too. I’d be happy for them to colour in my work, and I want to challenge myself to making some kind of video format aimed at kids. After that, since I’ve already painted a car, I want to go bigger and paint an aeroplane!”
Interview/Original Text: Naho Sotome (五月女菜穂)
Photos: 大黒屋 Ryan 尚保
English Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
As Chocomoo looks to expand her portfolio and reach, we look forward to seeing what she has in store for her exhibition in Harajuku.
Chocomoo EXHIBITION -OUR SECRET PARTY- Supported by WITH HARAJUKU
Running: August 20, 2020 – September 28, 2020
Location: WITH HARAJUKU HALL (1-14-30, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) *Building under construction at the time of posting this article
Exhibition Website: http://chocomoo-exihibition.com/
BALCÓN TOKYO: Roppongi’s Sophisticated New Bar and Restaurant Offers Luxurious Food & Drinks
16.January.2020 | SPOT
BALCÓN TOKYO is the newest luxury bar and restaurant to hit Tokyo’s Roppongi district. Set to open on the 14th floor of Mitsui Garden Hotel Roppongi Tokyo Premier on January 24, BALCÓN TOKYO offers opulent lounge and balcony spaces for fine wine and dining.
Located away from the hustle and bustle of busy Roppongi, the establishment offers a breathtaking view of Tokyo’s city nightscape in both the eastern and western directions.
When customers pass through the beautiful bar and lounge they are met with the spacious museum-like balcony area where they can enjoy a dining experience wrapped in soft warm lights. For those looking for a more private meal, they can reserve one of the individual private rooms, each of which has its own distinct touch and flavour. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink or dinner, or even midnight teatime, BALCÓN TOKYO caters to customers’ needs.
The interior design is the brainchild of none other than Yasumichi Morita of GLAMOROUS co.,ltd., and company that specialises not only on interior and exterior building and establishment designs, but graphic visuals, products, and more.
Taking the spotlight at dinnertime is the restaurant’s incredible and mouthwatering roast beef which is aged at ice temperature and cooked carefully with time and care. The gravy sauce drizzled over the meat takes three days to make and only adds to the delicious offering of the beef.
The restaurant also offers plenty of seasonal foods and ingredients that go perfect with a glass of champagne. Whether you’re celebrating something special or just out for a casual meal, the restaurant caters to all.
For breakfast, a half-buffet of western-style food is prepared where you can pick one main. And so that foreign guests can get a taste of the quality of Japanese food, all ingredients used at the restaurant are domestic to Japan. The restaurant also uses organic vegetables shipped directly from growers and producers.
To celebrate the grand opening of BALCÓN TOKYO, customers who reserve a table online or via telephone between January 24 and February 29 this year will receive a 30% discount on meal courses.
Address: Mitsui Garden Hotel Roppongi Tokyo Premier (Floor 14F), 3-15-17 Roppongi, Minato War, Tokyo
・Morning 6:30-10:30 (Last Orders 10:00) *Please note that there may be waiting times due to priority going to hotel guests
・Dinner 17:00-02:00 (Food Last Orders 01:00 / Drinks Last Orders 01:30)
Official Website: http://balcon-tokyo.jp/
Reservation Page: https://www.tablecheck.com/shops/balcon-tokyo/reserve