Kaiju Monsters to Take Over Shibuya With Limited-Time Exhibition

24.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

The world’s first ever exhibition for kaiju monsters that have fought with Godzilla or who have always stayed as minor characters is set to take place at Seibu Shibuya from April 27 to May 6.

The line-up will include an army of different monsters including the instantly-recognisable ones that even people who aren’t fans will know, like Baragon and Hedorah, amongst others. The exhibition will feature figures, monster suits, recordings of monster fights, and more.

 

The exhibition will also feature written commentary throughout by production designer Toshio Miike. Miike will also appear at the event on the final day to give a guided tour on the exhibition.

Japanese mangaka Shinji Nishikawa will also hold a live drawing performance. Full details are on the event’s official website.

 

Promotional material for the upcoming film Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be dotted throughout the event. The movie is set for worldwide release on May 31, 2019.

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    30.July.2021 | MOVIE / SPOT

    The Art of DC – The Dawn of Super Heroes opened at Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills Tower last month where it’s set to run until September 5.

     

    The exhibition shines a spotlight on DC’s Superheroes and Supervillains, such as Superman, Batman, and Joker, with over 400 exhibit items from comics to original documents and more on display. Let’s take a closer look at just some of the things for DC fans to enjoy.

     

    World-first exhibits of film costumes

    In the Suicide Squad area, the actual costume worn by Margot Robbie when she played Harley Quinn in the film is on show. The costumes worn by Bloodsport and Peacemaker in the upcoming film The Suicide Squad are also being displayed.

     

    See the Dark Knight’s Batpod

    The real Batpod used in The Dark Knight Trilogy stands in its full 3.7 meter long glory against a backdrop of night-time Gotham City.

     

    A collection of masks worn by Heath Ledger’s Joker

    The mask and outfit worn by Heath Ledger as the Joker is also being showcased. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the character in The Dark Knight. This one’s a must-see for fans of the legendary character.

     

    Harley Quinn & Joker afternoon tea

    Harley Quinn & Joker Afternoon Tea | ¥5,000 (Tax Included)

     

    Head to THE SUN & THE MOON restaurant to enjoy an afternoon tea inspired by Harley Quinn and Joker.

     

     

    Superman Sky-High Drink | ¥1,400 (Tax Included)

    The Clown Prince of Crime | ¥1,400 (Tax Included)

     

    There’s also a menu of mocktails to enjoy which are inspired by the characters of the DC universe.

     

    DC Menu

    Running: Until September 5, 2021

    Location: THE SUN & THE MOON (Restaurant)

    Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00

    Official Website: http://thesun-themoon.com/

     

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  • 60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii to Open at Roppongi Hills

    25.July.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    From Hello Kitty to Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, and more – Sanrio’s internationally adored cast of characters can be universally agreed to be representatives of Japan culture of ‘kawaii.’ In celebration of Sanrio’s 60th anniversary, the company have announced an exhibition centred on the beginning of kawaii culture. The event will take place at TOKYO CITY VIEW from September 17, 2021 to January 10, 2022.

     

    60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii recently finished up at the Matsuzakaya Art Gallery in Nagoya on June 12 and is set to move to Ōita Prefectural Art Museum where it will run from July 10 to September 5 before heading to TOKYO CITY VIEW. This exhibition will not only look back over Sanrio’s 60-year history, but will also dive into how Japan’s culture of ‘kawaii’ came about. Fans of Sanrio and Japan’s kawaii can expect product and design showcases, in-depth explanations, and more.

     

    Sebastian Masuda’s iconic artwork is the centrepiece of the exhibition

     

    Entrance exhibit in the daytime

    At the entrance of the venue is the Unforgettable Tower, a symbolic art piece by Sebastian Masuda created exclusively for this exhibition which towers 6 meters tall. It’s made up of countless plushies of Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty.

    Entrance exhibit in the evening

    The kawaii installation stands gorgeously against the cityscape of Tokyo which makes for an Instagrammable photo in the evenings when the city is lit up. The piece, as its name suggests, hopes to create unforgettable memories. The exhibition is set to run through Halloween, Christmas, and New Year, so visitors are sure to make some memorable ones.


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    Shouta Aoi’s voice as the tour guide

    Having lent his voice to other Sanrio events, including at Sanrio Puroland and in collaboration with the Little Twin Stars, the Japanese singer, actor, and voice actor Shouta Aoi has recorded announcements for the exhibition which will be played to guide people around the event.

     

    A themed menu created for the Tokyo exhibition

    From Left: Anniversary Afternoon Tea / Hello Kitty Daisuki Fried Apple Mille-Feuille / Cinnamoroll’s Balloon Trip

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    THE SUN & THE MOON, a cafe and restaurant fusion on the same floor of the exhibition, will serve up food, desserts, and non-alcoholic cocktails inspired by the Sanrio characters. Special seasonal afternoon tea sets will also be sold on Halloween, Christmas, and more too.

     

    Dates
    Restaurant: September 17, 2021 – January 10, 2022

    Cafe: December 15, 2021 – January 10, 2021

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    The main exhibition

    The exhibition will be split into six zones with 10 different themes. Over 800 products, documents, and materials related to Sanrio will be presented, many of which will shine a spotlight on some of their most famous characters out of their roster of 400, such as Hello Kitty and My Melody, and other characters that might not be known to those outside Japan such as best friends Patty & Jimmy. It’s a chance to walk through the history of Sanrio and Japan’s culture of kawaii.

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    © 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. SP610376

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    One of the six zones will look into secrets of Sanrio through the globally-beloved kawaii icon Hello Kitty. Another will display outfits such as the Hello Kitty dress worn by Lady Gaga.

     

    Original merchandise

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    Sanrio fans can also get their hands on a collection of merchandise with designs ranging from the exhibition’s main visual to classic designs. There will be over 100 items to sift through.

     

    Tickets for the exhibition will be available from August 1. A limited number of special tickets that include free merch will also be released.

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  • Kyoto Exhibition Celebrates Traditional Japanese Women’s Clothing and Dyeing Techniques

    23.July.2021 | FASHION

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    Edo Period garments

    19th century garment from the Edo and Meiji periods

    19th century garment from the Edo and Meiji periods

    Dyeing and weaving festival procession

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    21.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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    Japan’s top manga artists drew exclusive pieces for the exhibition

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    Haiku area

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  • Devote Your Heart to Attack on Titan in the Final Survey Corps Project

    17.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME

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  • Godzilla Singular Point Merch Collection Stomps its Way Online

    05.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    A new collection of Godzilla Singular Point merchandise has hit up the Japanese anime, manga, and hobby online store CharaDepa and includes stickers, badges, and multipurpose pouches. The items are available to buy until June 11.

     

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    Acrylic Pass Cases | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)

    Multipurpose Pouches | ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

     

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  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Anime Exhibition Opens in Japan

    05.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the anime series Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, which aired from 1990-1991, an exhibition is now taking place at Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum until June 20, 2021. The series was directed by Hideaki Anno who also worked on Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996) and The End of Evangelion (1997).

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  • Anime Film Belle’s Studio Chizu Announces Exhibition at TeNQ Space Museum

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    Who are Studio Chizu?

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    16.May.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    FUJIFILM SQUARE in Minato, Tokyo, has announced the HAKU graphy Hommage to Hokusai exhibition by Mineko Orisaku which will run from July 21 to August 19 this year.

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    Mineko Orisaku’s exhibition is an homage to Hokusai, one of Japan’s most celebrated ukiyo-e painters and artists. She has used FUJIFILM’s large-format GFX digital camera for her works on Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji to create something unique to her vision. Her work can be enjoyed alongside another Hokusai exhibition taking place at FUJIFILM Photo Salon Tokyo’s Space 1 and 2.

  • Godzilla x Ed Hardy Collection Stomps Its Way Online

    11.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese online retailer ARMA BIANCA is now taking orders for an all-new Gozilla and Ed Hardy collaborative collection. ARMA BIANCA’s concept is to create merchandise that brings about new value by way of collaboration.

    T-Shirt | ¥4,500 (Before Tax)

    The collection includes a t-shirt fusing together the worlds of Godzilla and Ed Hardy. It features standard styling and a silhouette adaptable in many situations.

    Hoodie | ¥6,980 (Before Tax)

    A simple pullover hoodie that can be worn as loungewear or outdoors.

    Tote Bag | ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

    A handy large-sized tote bag with a versatile design.

    Sticker | ¥600 (Before Tax)

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