Start off 2016 Halloween with “KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU”! There will be Halloween specials as well as rare dishes are offered!
03.October.2016 | FOOD
“KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU” will hold varieties of event in “KMC SHOW CASE MONSTER HALLOWEEN MONTHLY EVENT” from 10/3 (mon) to 10/31(mon).
Starting from 10/3(mon), the store offers halloween food designed by Sebastian Masuda. One can enjoy 5 different types of Halloween foods by eating or even looking!
One can also enjoy Halloweens food such as fish burger mixed with pink tartar sauce or edible eyeballs pumpkin mont blanc at MONSTER CAFE. These special dishes will be offered from 10/3(mon) – 10/30 (sun).
In addition, there will be a halloweeen event on these two night! 10/7(fri) “TOKYOPOPxHALLOWEEN” 10/29(sat) “NIGHTMARE HALLOWEEN VOL2”. We have not only invited prominent DJs but also planed costume competition which has surprise present for the winner! Let’s enjoy upcoming Halloween at HARUJUKU!
KMC SHOW CASE MONSTER HALLOWEEN MONTHLY EVENT
Available:10/3 (mon) to 10/31(mon) 2016
Address：4th floor 4-31-10 Jingumae Shibuyaku
Disney Princess Inspired Cupcakes Released at Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan
22.February.2020 | FOOD
Disney princesses around the world won’t be able to resist the nine new cupcakes released at Ginza Cozy Corner last week in Japan.
The cupcake collection is being released to celebrate Hinamatsuri, a festival held annually in Japan on March 3, which prays for the well-being and healthy maturity of girls. The line-up can be enjoyed by child and adult Disney fans alike, and includes not only Disney princesses, but other female characters in the Disney cast. This includes Minnie Mouse, Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, and more.
Disney Girl’s Collection (Contains 9) – ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
These cute cupcakes look like they have come straight out of a Disney character toy box. They not only look pretty, but sound delicious too, like the raspberry Minnie cupcake, lemon-flavoured Belle cake, cheesecake Cinderella, and more.
Celebrate Hinamatsuri in Disney-style by picking up a box of these cupcakes at Ginza Cozy Corner.
Disney Girl’s Collection (Contains 9)
Available: February 15, 2020 – March 3, 2020
Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Rurouni Kenshin Live-Action The Final/The Beginning Movies Drop First Trailer
It was revealed last Friday that Japanese-American actor Mackenyu will play the part of Enishi in the upcoming ‘Final Chapter’ film adaptations of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s popular manga series Rurouni Kenshin. Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final and Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning will premiere in Japan on July 3, 2020 and August 7, 2020 respectively.
The original Rurouni Kenshin manga, along with its anime adaptation, is an internationally beloved series the world over that has made it to over 100 countries worldwide, including North America, UK, Europe Hong Kong, South Korea, and so on. It is one of the best-selling manga series, with over 72 million copies in circulation.
Fans have finally been given a first look at the movies in the form of a special promotional trailer.
In the trailer, we get to see Kenshin fighting in several tense-looking battle scenes. We also see several of the characters from the cast, including Kaoru Kamiya, Sanosuke Sagara, Megumi Takani, and Yahiko Myojin. At the end of the trailer, we see Kenshin confronting Enishi in a grand and epic sword fight.
The staff that have worked on the film series since the first film, released in 2014, have continued to exceed fans’ expectations when it comes to level of quality. Knowing that this is the most important arc for Kenshin, the team knew that the series wouldn’t be over unless they shot this last chapter, and so they endeavoured to deliver to fans only the best of everything. Fans of Takeru Satoh, who plays Kenshin in the film series, agreed from the start that this role is well-suited to him. He returns in The Final and The Beginning to reprise his role for the last time after one year of hard work working on the films.
The films were shot over a period of seven months, ending in June 2019, across 43 locations in Japan including Kyoto, Nara, Saga, Mie, Hyogo, Kumamoto, Hiroshima, Tochigi, Saitama, Fukuokaーthe list goes on.
The Final and The Beginning are looking to be worthy closures to the film series. With the release of this first mini trailer, fans won’t be able to settle until the films’ release.
©Nobuhiro Watsuki / Shueisha ©2020 “Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final/The Beginning” Production Committee
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final
Release Date: July 3, 2020
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning
Release Date: August 7, 2020
Official Website: http://rurouni-kenshin.jp
Gorgeous Ukiyo-e iPhone Cases Released by ARTiFY in Japan
22.February.2020 | FASHION
Smartphone case brand ARTiFY showcased its Klimt and ukiyo-e glitter cases at art museums in Japan last year, which was a huge hit. They were so popular that the company has decided to make them available to consumers online.
The brand’s name, ARTiFY, means to “make something into art.” But for them, that doesn’t simply mean a piece of art to look at: it’s things you can wear, things you use in your everyday life and beyondーbringing life and art together and making it more fun and integrated.
ARTiFY’s products are on the rise. You can find their products at the Ukiyo-e exhibition at the Fukuoka Art Museum’s museum shops, and in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the number of souvenir shops aimed at foreign tourists they are stocked in are set to go up.
Ukiyo-e iPhone Glitter Cases
Designs: Soma no Furudairi by Utagawa Kuniyoshi / The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai / Fine Wind, Clear Morning by Hokusai
Released: February 10, 2020
Price: ¥3,960 (Tax Included)
Compatible With: iPhone6, 6s, 7, 8, iPhoneX/Xs, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
Available: Art museums, museums, online stores and elsewhere in Japan
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Announces New Song ‘KAMAITACHI’ at Her Concert With Yasutaka Nakata
22.February.2020 | MUSIC
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Yasutaka Nakata performed a two-man show entitled “Yasutaka Nakata x Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Presents SPECIAL DJ & LIVE TOUR 2020 YSTK×KPP Vol.02” at Toyosu PIT in Tokyo tonight on February 21, 2020.
The background music provided before the start of the show was music that was like from a car game. As excited fans waited with bated breath, the PlayStation startup sound rang throughout the room, at which point Kyary shouted “Time to dance!” and appeared on stage together with Nakata. They opened the show with Invader Invader -Extended Mix-.
Dancers joined the stage next for Minna no Uta -Extended Mix- and PON PON PON. The audience responded with great pleasure to Nakata and Kyary’s high-speed and ingenious song mashup. It was non-stop jumping and dancing as the performers continued to roll out more bangers like Enka Natrium, Ninja Re Bang Bang, and Mi, the bass grabbing hold of the crowd’s heart at every moment.
When Kyary and Nakata’s set reached its middle portion, they went full hardcore club mode as they performed Level Up from Nakata’s solo album Digital Native. Things got crazy when they mashed Kyary’s Fashion Monster into a trap beat with Star Wars as a Star Wars-style opening reel ran across the LED monitors.
They continued with a string of internationally-known pop songs, like Kyary’s Tsukema Tsukeru and Sokenbicha no Uta, as well as Harajuku Iyahoi. The ever-changing set kept the crowd on their feet with its mix of live music and club music.
Kyary and Nakata weren’t anywhere near finished yet however. They returned to mashup mode with Kyary’s Cherry Bon Bonーa track from her early days with a Eurobeat soundーand performed a cover of AIAIAI, which Nakata wrote for virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI, during which Kizuna AI appeared as a hidden character.
The internationally iconic SEGA logo sound then rolled across the venue before Nakata and Kyary performed a special version of Ichibanka which Nakata wrote for Japanese reggae band Shōnan no Kaze. The song is used as the main theme for the PS4® game Yakuza: Like a Dragon which will be released worldwide this year. Kyary provided some cute “Soiya Soiya!” chants during the song.
In the last spurt, they rolled out the hit tunes Kizunami and Mondai Girl before wrapping up with Oto no Kuni. Kyary pulled fans into her “Japamyu” world while Yasutaka Nakata smashed out some 8-bit video game beats.
But fans needed more, and the call for an encore didn’t die down. Kyary came out and said excitedly, “Thank you for the encore! Who’d’ve thought I’d sing some Shōnan no Kaze?! ” She also thank Nakata, before announcing the release of a new digital single entitled KAMAITACHI. Release details are TBA.
She also announced a mini 5-show tour to promote its release. The song’s lyrics have a traditional Japanese-feel to them, and so the tour too will take place at kabuki theatres around Japan.
To wrap up the concert, Kyary and Nakata performed KPP’s pop anthem Sai & Co -Extended Mix-.
Pre-sale tickets for Kyary’s “KAMAITACHI TOUR 2020” will go live on her fan club, KPP CLUB, on February 22, 2020 at 10:00 A.M (JST). Check her official website for the latest information.
Original Text: Fukuryu (Music Concierge)
Photo: Aki Ishii
Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Yasutaka Nakata x Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Presents SPECIAL DJ & LIVE TOUR 2020 YSTK×KPP vol.02
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu KAIMACHI TOUR 2020
2020/4/26 @ Yachiyo-za (Japanese: 八千代座), Kumamoto
2020/5/2 @ Kyōto Minami-za (Japanese: 京都四條南座), Kyoto
2020/5/6 @ Misono-za (Japanese: 御園座), Aichi
2020/5/9 @ Nagame Yokyujo (Japanese: ながめ余興場), Gunma
2020/5/23 @ Uchiko-za (Japanese: 内子座), Ehime
KPP CLUB Pre-Sale Tickets
Ticket Window: February 22, 2020 at 10:00 (JST) – February 26, 2020 at 23:59 (JST)
Price: All Reserved Seating – ¥9,500 (Before Tax) *Comes with zabuton floor cushion
*These details are for the Kumamoto, Gunma, and Ehime shows only. Kyoto and Aichi ticket details TBA at a later date (as of publishing this article).
*Ticket tout resales are strictly forbidden
*All photography, sound recording and video recording is prohibited
*Select first floor seats and all second floor seats do not fall under the reservation status and so are designated in order of arrival
*Preschool children are not permitted entry
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Official Website: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/
Mario Question Blocks Appear in New York to Win a Trip to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is set to open at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in 2020ーthe year of the Tokyo Olympicsーas the world’s first theme park area centred on the world, games and video game characters from Nintendo. A whopping 60 billion yen has been injected to make the park a reality.
In promotion of the park, the “SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE” was held in New York, US on February 19.
Fans dashed to Grand Central Terminalーa tourist hot spotーwhere the event was held to play a game involving the iconic Question Blocks from the Mario video game franchise. The set-up, which brought to mind a Bonus Stage from the game, had people hitting the question blocks just like Marioーsomething which we all must have imagined doing before.
1,000 people participated in the event which they signed up to prior. It was a day of fun for not only players but onlookers too. Grand prize winners won trips to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, which is set to open before the Tokyo Olympic Games start, while all other participants got their hands on some exclusive SUPER NINTENDO WORLD merch early.
One participant said: “I love everything about Mario, so I knew I’d definitely be taking part today! I’ve loved Mario since I was a kid, I even had a plush toy of him. Mario really is exciting. I’ve always wanted to be Mario, so I’m really happy with how today turned out. I want to go to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD with my best friend and try out all the attractions. I’m sure it’s gonna be a lot of fun!” (Male, 20 / Staten Island, New York) *Translated from Japanese
One of the grand prize winners said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Nintendo’s games since I was 3-years-old. I was lucky to get to take part in the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE today, but to go and win the grand prize is an amazing feeling! I’ll be going to Japan with my girlfriend who I love so much! I’m always paying attention to news about SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. The Mario Kart attraction will definitely be a ride, I’m looking forward to it so much I just can’t wait! I always thought it would be great if they made a Mario theme park, so the fact they’re doing it in both Japan and even the US is amazing!” (Male, 20 / The Bronx, US) *Translated from Japanese
The Question Blocks also made an appearance in Times Square. The event was covered on the morning news in the US with fans visible at the event, Rockefeller Plaza, and elsewhere.
If you’re a Mario and Nintendo fan planning a trip to Japan then be sure you get to experience SUPER NINTENDO WORLD when it opens this year.
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
Kirby Café HAKATA to Open Permanently in Fukuoka’s Canal City Hakata
The second permanent Kirby Café, themed entirely on Nintendo’s popular video game series Kirby’s Dream Land, is set to open in Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka on March 12, 2020.
Kirby Café HAKATA has its own story that the cafe is based around. One day, Kirby motioned Whispy Woods to help him collect the tools needed to open another Kirby café. Together with Whispy Woodsーwho appears in the cafeーKirby will serve hospitality to his customers.
The food menu includes the same stone oven baked pizzas serve at Kirby Café TOKYO.
Kirby Café Stone Oven Baked Dessert Pizza ~Whispy’s Caramelised Apples~: ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Kirby Café Stone Oven Baked Dessert Pizza ~Waddle Dee’s Freshly-Picked Chocolate Bananas~: ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
As well as standard savoury pizzas, the café includes a selection of dessert pizzas made with fresh fruit. The flavours of the dessert pizzas here are exclusive to the Hakata branch of Kirby Café.
Kirby’s Home: ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
Kirby’s High-Spirit Helping Parfait: ¥1,580 (Before Tax)
There are lots of cute food dishes and desserts to enjoy at Kirby Café. Kirby’s Dream Land home has also been turned into a dessert, and there’s also a cute parfait which Kirby himself helped make.
Kirby Café Hakata Exclusive T-Shirt – Kirby & Home: ¥3,400 (Before Tax)
Fans can also pick up a selection of new and exclusive Kirby merchandise, and an original Kirby Café soundtrack created by HAL Laboratory will play in the café.
Priorities are given to those who book a table in advance, which can be done on the café’s official website starting on February 25, 2020.
Get sucked into the world of Kirby and inhale your food like he does at the all-new Kirby Café HAKATA.
Kirby Café HAKATA
Grand Opening: March 12, 2020
Address: Canal City Hakata North Bldg. B1F, 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp/hakata/
*Kirby Café is a character café managed by BENELIC CO.,LTD. under the license of WARPSTAR Inc., a copyright management company entrusted by Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Turns Voice Actress in Upcoming New Crayon Shin-chan Movie
Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes is the 28th and newest anime film to enter the beloved Crayon Shin-chan series, which is set to release in Japan on April 24, 2020.
Crayon Shin-chan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshito Usui. It was first serialised in Weekly Manga Action in 1990, and subsequently received its first anime adaptation in 1992. Since then, it has become one of the most recognisable and loved series in Japan.
The story of Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes is as follows: For many years, a giant kingdom fuelled by doodles created by humans has been peacefully floating in the sky. As time has gone by, less and less people have been doodling, resulting in fuel supplies running critically low. As the kingdom crumbles, doodles have been falling from the sky. As the kingdom starts to face the threat of complete collapse, the kingdom’s forces soon get on the case, forcing the innocent people of earth to produce more doodles to save the kingdom. The kingdom just happens to be floating above the city of Shin-chan’s residence: Kasukabe. Knowing that the lives of many are at stake, the princess of the Rakuga Kingdom entrusts the Kingdom’s sacred Miracle Crayon to a hero – the five-year-old, mischievous and carefree Shin-chan. Shin-chan harnesses the power of the miracle crayon, drawing up a superhero team to save the world. Shin-chan’s three drawings jump right out of the sketch book and right into action in an attempt to save the day.
Voicing the part of the princess, who entrusts Shin-chan with saving the Rakuga Kingdom, is none other than Kyary Pamyu Pamyuーwho herself is a huge fan of Crayon Shin-chan.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s song Kimi ni 100 Percent (2013) was used as the 15th opening theme for the Crayon Shin-chan anime series, and maintains the record for being used the longest out of all of the series’ opening themes. It was also used as the opening theme for the 2014 film Crayon Shin-chan: Intense Battle! Robo Dad Strikes Back. Kyary even appeared in the series as herself. Her history with the series has led her to being recognised as a member of the Shin-chan family.
Kyary received the offer to voice the princess in the upcoming new film after the production team heard her voice work for the character Mecchaka in the NHK Educational TV series u&i. They were impressed by the voice work, and initially didn’t know it was Kyary. After finding out it was, they sent her the offer.
Kyary is a huge fan of Crayon Shin-chan and read the manga religiously. She is now taking this opportunity to challenge herself to some real seiyū anime voice acting. But it doesn’t stop there either, as she will also perform the opening theme for the film too. Titled Rakugaki Ouen Taishi (“Support Ambassador for Rakugaki”), the song is centred around the Rakuga Kingdom.
Kyary and Shin-chan released some words of their own regarding this dream collaboration. Read them below.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Comment
“I appeared as myself in the anime series once before, but this time I’m challenging myself to some authentic voice acting as the princess, so I hope everyone enjoys seeing a completely different side to me. I’ve been collecting and reading the Shin-chan manga since elementary school. Whenever I scored 100 in a test my dad would buy me a volume. I was bad at studying, but Shin-chan helped me work hard. He’s like the hero who scooped me up and saved me! As a fan I’m super happy too, since this movie is based on a part from the manga series. I hope everyone who loves Shin-chan will look forward to it too!” *Translated from Japanese
Shinnosuke Nohara | Comment
“Kyary-chan, I’m super happy I get to see you again! So you’re gonna be the princess who trusts me with the Rakuga Kingdom treasure, the ‘Miracle Crayon,’ right? I’ll make sure to catch your love baton. And you’re gonna be the Rakugaki Support Ambassador with me too. I’m way too excited. We’re a dream combination! Enjoy yourself at the cinema.”
©Yoshito Usui / Futabasha・Shinei・TV Asahi・ADK 2020
Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes
Release Date: April 24, 2020
Official Website: http://www.shinchan-movie.com/
Tokyo Disneyland® Celebrates Opening Of New Park Area With Special Menu Line-Up
Tokyo Disneyland’s new biggest area is set to open on April 15, 2020, which will house four new exciting facilities: the new Beauty and the Beast attraction, the Fantasyland Forest Theatre, the Baymax’s Happy Ride attraction, and the Minnie’s Style Studio.
To celebrate the new area’s opening, several restaurants and eateries in Tokyo Disneyland will serve up some special menu items. Participating restaurants are calling this special menu line-up “New Dreams, More Fun!” Let’s take a look.
Sparkling Drink (Mixed Fruits) – ¥450 @ Boiler Room Bites and elsewhere
Boiler Room Bites and other eateries in the park are serving these colourful sparkling drinks packed full of fresh fruit pieces. The cups have special designs of Disney characters like Mickey mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Baymax.
Special Set – ¥990 @ Refreshment Corner
The special set being served at Refreshment Corner is inspired by Beauty and the Beast. It includes an apple cinnamon hot dog (contains nuts), a unique combination of juicy sausage, cinnamon, caramel, and nuts.
Blue Bayou Course – ¥5,200 @ Blue Bayou Restaurant
Another Beauty and the Beast-inspired dish is this special full course served at the Blue Bayou Restaurant. Buffet-style eatery Crystal Palace Restaurant will also serve up new dishes themed on each of the four new facilities of the new area starting on June 1, with a new one being introduced with each season.
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Ziploc® x BEAMS COUTURE Re-Release First Collaborative Collection at BEAMS Japan
21.February.2020 | FASHION
Most of the 12 items offered in the second collaboration between Ziploc and BEAMS’s upcycle and handmade concept label BEAMS COUTUREーwhich dropped on January 29, 2020ーhave already sold out.
Their first collaborative collection, which was sold in the US last spring, is being restocked in limited supplies and will be available at a pop-up shop inside the Shinjuku branch of the BEAMS Japan store on February 20, 2020 at 11:00 A.M.
Cap: ¥5,400 (Before Tax)
Tote Bag: ¥6,600 (Before Tax)
Backpack: ¥7,800 (Before Tax)
Sacocche: ¥1,080 (Before Tax)
The pop-up shop will run until March 4, 2020, where it will stock a range of Ziploc items with designs created by Japanese art director and graphic designer Yuni Yoshida.
As part of the collaboration, eleven original Instagram GIF stamps are available to users, with designs such as fruits flying out of Ziploc bags, a Ziploc vinyl umbrella opening and closing, and many more fun ones. Try searching for Ziploc and BEAMS.
Ziploc® x BEAMS COUTURE
1st Collaboration Re-Stock
Release Date: February 20, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. (Limited Stock)
Available: BEAMS Japan Shinjuku
*Up to 3 items per person
*Available while supplies last
BEAMS Japan Shinjuku
Address: 3-32-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, Japan
Official Website: https://www.beams.co.jp
Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector Opening Theme ‘Synthetic Sympathy’ by Who-ya Extended to Release Digitally
Who-ya Extended is a creative unit centred around 20-year-old vocalist Who-ya who, despite having little information made public, made their name known with the release of their debut track Q-vism which serves as the opening theme for the TV anime series Psycho-Pass 3.
Q-vism was so popular it charted at No. 1 on iTunes Japan and Amazon Japan for digital downloads. The music video also hit 1 million views on YouTube soon after its release.
It has been announced that Who-ya Extended’s new song Synthetic Sympathy, which will feature as the opening theme for the upcoming film Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector, will be released digitally on March 9, 2020.
Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector will be released in Japan on March 27, 2020. Hear the song in the newest promotional video for the film below.
©Psycho-Pass Production Committee
TK from Ling Tosite Sigure Announces New Album ‘Sainou’ – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON
21.February.2020 | MUSIC
TK from Ling Tosite Sigure announced last year the release of a new album. More information has now been released with regards to the albumーhis fourth album in total and the first in three years.
TK’s new album is entitled Sainou, and it’s releasing on April 15, 2020. It will include such hit tracks as katharsis, which was the opening theme to the popular anime series Tokyo:re; P.S. RED I which was used as the main theme for the Japanese release of Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse; the opening theme Chou no Tobu Suisou forthe ongoing anime series pet; and his digital single melt which featured suis of rock duo Yorushika on guest vocals. First Press Edition copies of the album include a bonus CD featuring the audio taken from TK’s acoustic live show Bi-Phase Brain “R side” which was held at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo in December 2019.
Fans who purchase the new album together with TK’s single Chou no Tobu Suisou, which was released on January 22, 2020, have the chance to be invited to rehearsals for the singer’s upcoming tour which will promote the new record. Full details can be found on his website.
The 11-date tour is entitled “TK from Ling Tosite Sigure Sainou TOUR 2020” and will kick off at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM in Tokyo on April 22, 2020.
Supporting TK on tour is BOBO on drums, who has supported TK since his early days, Honoka Sato on violin, and Ichiro Yoshida on bass. MARI (Gesu no Kiwami Otome) and Kie Katagi (jizue) will also join as support members.
Release Date: April 15, 2020
First Press Limited Edition (2 Discs): ¥4,545 (Before Tax) [AICL-3886~7]
Regular Edition (1 Disc): ¥3,000 (Before Tax) [AICL-3888]
Official Website: http://tkofficial.jp/
JAPAN BONSAI: The New Portal Site For Everything About Japanese Bonsai Trees
20.February.2020 | SPOT
The JAPAN BONSAI Association opened a new portal site on Friday which hosts a wealth of information with regards to Japanese bonsai trees.
The bonsai tree has traversed overseas from Japan and become an art enjoyed by people around the world. What sparked the tree’s name to become known outside of Japan was the Tokyo Olympic Committee Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition, which was held during the run of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Around 350 bonsai and suiseki pieces were displayed at Hibiya Park in Tokyo where the Olympics took place. The exhibition garnered huge attention amongst foreigners, proving pivotal in introducing the art form of bonsai to the rest of the world.
Almost 50 years since that time, the Japanese word “bonsai” has entered the lexicon of languages everywhere. The World Bonsai Convention held in Saitama in 2017 saw 1,215 bonsai lovers from 40 countries, including Japan, in attendance, and the bonsai exhibition held alongside it saw over 45,000 attendees from countries around the world. The tendency for bonsai to be re-recognised as part of traditional Japanese art and culture also continues to grow.
In the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, JAPAN BONSAI is using the opportunity to establish “Japanese bonsai” as steadfast brand and provide a bounty of information for those interested in bonsaiーfrom amateur beginnings to professionals with their own bonsai gardens and creations.
Launched: February 14, 2020
Official Website: https://www.japan-bonsai.jp/