New Cardcaptor Sakura exhibition to open at Hirakata Park, Osaka!

28.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

From Saturday 8th June to Sunday 15th September 2019, Hirakata Park, Osaka will be hosting The Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition: Magical Art Museum. Popular manga Cardcaptor Sakura has captured the hearts of people of all ages all over the world! Now you can enter the world of Cardcaptor Sakura!

 

At this magical exhibition, many original works from the manga have been reproduced. The exhibition is also a place where you can experience the magic of the cards that appear in the series.

 

Looking for spoilers? This is what the Roppongi Hills exhibition was like: Entering the Magical Art Museum of Cardcaptor Sakura in Roppongi Hills

Illustrations drawn specifically for the exhibition by the series’ authors and illustrators CLAMP are featured in the original artwork zone of the exhibition. Make sure to look out for a photospot! This is your chance to get a picture with your favourite character!

Still wanting more? Dive into a world of fun! There’s a Kero-themed ball pit decorated with Kero’s special stickers!

 There will also be a giant, fluffy Kero on display along with giant takoyaki* props to complete the attraction Osaka-style! Not only can you enjoy a giant hug from Kero, but you can take a fun picture to commemorate your trip! How about taking a picture holding the giant takoyaki for a very Osaka-like photo! There is also a magic circle photo spot that you just can’t miss!

 

*Takoyaki is a ball of wheat flour-based batter that is typically filled with diced octopus, cooked in a moulded pan, and then topped with various sauces and toppings. Osaka is famous for its takoyaki.

 

This Osaka exhibition is bound to be loads of fun! Please come visit!

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    Tokyo Revengers is a manga series written and illustrated by Ken Wakui. An anime adaptation is scheduled to broadcast in 2021.

     

    The exhibition will feature a variety of works drawn by Ken Wakui for the series, both black and white as well as coloured illustrations, as well as panels of each character, and more. There will also be an exhibit for the upcoming live-action film.

    Tokyo Revengers x TOWER RECORDS OSMO Stamps (22 Designs) | ¥909 Each (Before Tax)

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    Character Business Cards (11 Designs)

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    Released the song “Shape My Story” produced by kz (livetune) in August 2013. Performed as the vocalist on a single for kz’s solo project ‘livetune’ in January 2014. Both songs were used as theme songs for anime series and received attention in Japan and overseas. In October 2015, she formed a new unit with kz called ‘livetune+’ and they released their first EP “Sweet Clapper” on May 11, 2016.

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    14.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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    The largest ever MANGA exhibition in the country

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    模型制作:株式会社ニシムラ精密地形模型/株式会社マーブリングファインアーツHD

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    Installation to Experience Reality merged with Characters

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    Section 1: Cycles of Deconstruction and Reconstruction

    EVANGELION:2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE. ©khara

    “AKIRA”
    Based on the graphic novel “Akira” by Katsuhiro Otomo. First published by “Young Magazine”,Kodansha Ltd.
    © 1988 MASH・ROOM/ AKIRA COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.

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    Section 2: Life in Tokyo

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    Edo As Pre-Tokyo

    “Sakuran” ANNO Moyoco ©Moyoco Anno / Cork

     

    From the Beginning of Modernization to the Post-modern City

    “Rurouni Kenshin” WATSUKI Nobuhiro ©Nobuhiro Watsuki / SHUEISHA

    “CITY HUNTER” by HOJO Tsukasa © 1985 by TSUKASA HOJO/NSP

    From the End of the Century to the Present

    “Solanin” ASANO Inio © Inio Asano / Shogakukan

    “5 Centimeters Per Second” © Makoto Shinkai / CoMix Wave Films

    Section 3: Characters vs. the City

    The Life-sized Unicorn Gundam statue in Odaiba.
    Location: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza © SOTSU, SUNRISE

    The last section focuses on characters existing alongside real life, for example, in cities as mascots for promotions, in advertising and in tourism.

     

    Explore the history between Tokyo and Japanese pop culture media at MANGA⇔TOKYO.

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  • Demon Slayer Exhibition to Open at Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido

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  • 5 Character Themed Cafés Running in September 2020 – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    08.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series and various franchises by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them. Let’s take a look at 5 must-visit cafés in September 2020.

     

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    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/340782

     

    KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE

    Location: EGG&SPUMA

    Address: Shinjuku Lumine EST 8F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    Running: August 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

    TEL: 03-6273-0255

    Official Website: http://salt-group.jp/shop/egg-spuma/

    © 1976,  2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611679

     

    PIXAR FEST @ OH MY CAFE, Harajuku Tokyu Plaza

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    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/351140

     

    PIXAR FEST OH MY CAFE

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    Osaka

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    Nagoya

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    Pixar Fest OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://pf2020.ohmycafe.jp/

    ©Disney/Pixar

     

    Sanrio Character Collaboration Café @ POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU

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    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/338947

     

    POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU

    Address: IMON Bldg. B1F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6450-6037

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

    Official Website: https://k-tanuma.com/company#04

    © ‘76,‘79,‘89,‘96,‘01,‘05,‘20 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.L611638

     

    Miffy Café @ Tokyo Solamachi®

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    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/356067

     

    Miffy Café

    Address: TOKYO BOX cafe&space, Tokyo Solamachi 1F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

    Running: September 11, 2020 – November 3, 2020

    Reservation Fee: ¥500

    Official Website:  https://miffy-skn-65.cafe.jp/

    Illustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv, 1953-2020  www.miffy.com

     

    Hello Kitty Café @ Narita Airport

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    As well as themed food, drinks and merchandise, customers can take a Hello Kitty quiz, learn the history behind Hello Kitty, and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/336417

     

    Narita Anime Deck – Hello Kitty Collaboration Cafe
    Running: July 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020
    Location: Narita Anime Deck Entertainment Cafe
    Address: Narita International Airport Terminal 2 Main Building Floor 2F (1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba)
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:30)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Narita Anime Deck Official Website: https://www.animedeck.jp/en/narita/

     

    © 1976, 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611439

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan for the end of summer and start of autumn, then be sure to visit all the character cafes you can.

  • Universal Studios Japan Announces Halloween 2020 Event

    07.September.2020 | SPOT

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    EXILE NAOTO | Comment

    “We are returning again to Universal Studios Japan this Halloween to perform Sandaime J Soul Brother’s ‘Rat-tat-tat’ once more! This year, we’ve evolved the dance into the ‘Social Distancing Rat-tat-tat’ so that people can still enjoy the dance while keeping a distance from other people. It would make me happy to see people get involved!”

     

    Kenjiro Yamashita | Comment

    “I’m aware that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of places that people can have a good time have become few in number across the world. I’m thankful to the many people who joined in with our ‘Rat-tat-tat’ dance last Halloween. This year, we’ve powered up the dance and kept social distancing in mind so that everyone can feel safe, so please be sure to give it a go!”

     

    At USJ, which is known as the ‘holy ground for costumes and dress-up,’ they are continuing to provide exciting entertainment for people during the new normal to ensure that anyone can participate and feel safe.

     

    Halloween food and merchandise

    The Minions, Sesame Street characters, and others will be dressed up in their Halloween best. There will also be a special Halloween art display of the Minions and Snoopy at the 42nd Street Greeting Gallery.

  • Egyptian God Anime Series To-totsuni Egypt Kami to be Narrated by Tomoya Nakamura

    01.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Some new information has finally arrived for Frontier Works’s upcoming web anime series To-totsuni Egypt Kami.

     

    Synopsis: To-totsuni Egypt Kami

    Who would have thought that the Egyptian gods could be kawaii? Well, that’s exactly what they’ve become in To-totsuni Egypt Kami, a series set in Ancient Egypt where the Egyptian deities, like Anubis, Thoth, Bastet, and Ra live laid-back and relaxed lives. The series is adapted from a popular line of character mascots of the same name.

    Japanese actor Tomoya Nakamura has been confirmed as the narrator for the web anime series, whose warm and gentle voice will convey the chilled lives of the Egyptian pantheon of gods.

     

    Tomoya Nakamura – Comment

    “I think we’ll see a domino effect with the number of people who will find themselves healed by these adorable and mysteries Egyptian gods. I hope you’re sat back, relaxed, and looking forward to it.”

     

    To-totsuni Egypt Kami main voice cast

    The full voice cast for To-totsuni Egypt Kami has finally been revealed, along with comments from the members. Here are some words from the main cast.

     

    Hikaru Midorikawa – Comment

    Medjed | Hikaru Midorikawa

    “Everything about [Medjed] is riddled in mystery. His movements are bizarre , and nobody can predict what he’s going to do next. And for his finishing move, he can… shoot a laser beam from his eyes? I think for an anime series, the movements of the gods make them that much more charming.”

     

     

    Nobunaga Shimazaki – Comment

    Horus | Nobunaga Shimazaki

    “Horus is a very powerful god with the head of a falcon. He’s also a hard worker who works a busy part-time job day and night. He doesn’t get along with Set who he fights with a lot. The world of ‘To-totsuni Egypt Kami’ is really pop and cute, but somewhat mysterious. It would delight be if you enjoyed it in a laid-back manner.”

     

    Hiroyuki Yoshino – Comment

     Set | Hiroyuki Yoshino

    “The god of destruction. He doesn’t get along with Horus and always tricks and harasses him. But his appearance makes you feel calm… I guess you’ll have to look forward to the anime series to see!”

     

    Kenjiro Tsuda – Comment

    Ra | Kenjiro Tsuda

    “Ra, the god of the sun. He’s the father of everyone. He likes to sail a lot and bring back souvenirs for everyone, but there’s something more to him… Sit back and look forward to it!”

     

    *Comments translated from Japanese by MMN

     

    Initial Broadcast: December 2020

    The series will began airing online this December, including on YouTube. It is being directed by Katsuya Kikuchi (The Royal Tutor), with series composition by Yūichirō Higashide (Fate/ApocryphaFate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia), and character designs and animation direction by Suzuna Okuyama (The Royal Tutor). Check out the promotional video below.

    Themed cafe in collaboration with Animate Cafe Gratte

    Gratte cookie design

    Several branches of Animate Cafe Gratte in Japan are collaborating with To-totsuni Egypt Kami to serve themed food and drinks.

     

    To-totsuni Egypt Kami x Gratte

    Running: September 19, 2020 – November 8, 2020

    Participating Branches: Animate Cafe Shibuya / Kichijoji PARCO / Sendai / Osaka Nipponbashi / Okuyama

     

    ©yuka/To-totsuni Egypt Kami Project

  • Hello Kitty, My Melody and Kuromi Themed Dessert Buffet Whipped Up at Hilton Osaka

    27.August.2020 | FOOD

    Hilton Osaka has revealed a special dessert buffet called “Mysterious Sweets Forest ~Hello Kitty, My Melody & Kuromi’s Collaboration Tea Party~” which will be served at the hotel’s Folk Kitchen restaurant from September 18 to December 20 this year.


    Themed on a mysterious magic forest, the dessert line-up is a tantalising buffet of 25 sweet treats made with chestnuts, sweet potatoes, apples, pear and other tasty bites. The buffet will also have several photo spots for people to take cute photos, including one with a giant Hello Kitty ribbon and one with My Melody and Kuromi.

     

    Following the success of the “Summer Sweets Buffet Festival ~Hello Kitty & My Melody Collaboration Tea Party~” held at Hilton Osaka this summer which we also covered, the Sanrio characters return, this time with the cute and mischievous Kuromi joining the party.

    Mochi Mochi Doughnuts Parfait

    The “Mochi Mochi Doughnuts Parfait” is a sweet mix of Japanese gyuhi and raspberry jam topped with a doughnut that has a cute Hello Kitty chocolate on it.

    Kuromi’s Jet Black Heart Chocolate Mousse

    Kuromi’s chocolate mousse is made with fruity organic chocolate from Dominica and is topped with fruity chocolate crunch pieces for added texture.

    Magic Pudding

    The Magic Pudding is made using sweet potato and is served with a square-shaped chocolate that has different My Melody illustrations on it.

     

    There’s also the “White Candle Cake” which is made to look like a candle you would light at home, made from moist almond sponge and filled with berries and vanilla Bavarian cream. It’s finished with a chocolate Hello Kitty ribbon.

    Forest Mushroom Cinnamon Bavaria

    The hotel’s pastry chefs recommend the Forest Mushroom Cinnamon Bavaria. Their yellow colour and red dots will catch your eye, and one bite will have you hooked as sweet and sour redcurrant jelly and cinnamon Bavarian cream create a harmony of flavours on your taste buds.

    Snow Covered Gateau Chocolate

    This snow-covered chocolate cake is filled with various spices like cloves and ginger and a coating of snowy cream. This one’s really giving those winter vibes.

    Children of the Forest

    The “Children of the Forest” which are actually lemon cakes dipped in chocolate. Other desserts include the “Vegan Chestnut Cream Cupcakes” which are generously topped with mont blanc cream, “Apple Pie” made luxuriously with apples, “Mysterious Forest Mousse” which combines sour yuzu citrus with bitter matcha, and lots of others.

     

    There’s also savoury options too like curry, mushroom soup, pumpkin and mushroom salad, and more.

    Finally, Hilton Osaka’s cafe and bar “MYPLACE” is also getting in on the tea party by serving up a special Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Kuromi afternoon tea, all served in a beautiful jewellery box.

  • Review: Tokyo’s The Quintessential Quintuplets MAKEOVER Exhibition

    22.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Everybody’s favourite sister quintuplet has rolled up to an all-new, revamped exhibition this summer. The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition MAKEOVER is currently taking place at Tokyo’s Sunshine City World Import Mart Bulding in Ikebukuro until August 30 and will subsequently move to Osaka’s Nanko ATC Museum from November 26 to December 6.

    Tokyo Report

    At the entrance to the exhibition is a message and signature from Negi Haruba, the author and illustrator of the The Quintessential Quintuplets manga series. Nearby are messages from the five sisters, as well as a special video, both of which can only be viewed by attending the exhibition.


    Dotted throughout the exhibition are numerous displays that look back at the series, as well as interviews with the author that can be read, and plenty of illustrations of the characters.

    There are also photo spots where fans can take photos alongside life-sized panels of the sisters, a full display of the final chapter and turning point of the manga, the sister’s dresses, and more.

    As it says in the message from Negi Haruba, the exhibition is like a photo album into the daily lives of the Nakano sisters.

     

    All visitors to the event also receive a free mini card. Depending on the day you visit, the design will be different.


    Fans can get their hands on exclusive merchandise, including items with original illustrations drawn by Negi Haruba for the exhibition, superdeformed figurines, and plenty more.

     

    ©Negi Haruba / Kodansha

  • Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY Now On Display at Osaka’s ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum

    19.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY is currently ongoing at ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum in Osaka until August 30, 2020. Around 500 pieces of art are being shown, celebrating the beloved characters of the Moomin series created by Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson (1914-2001). The exhibition will subsequently move to Sapporo, Kumamoto, and finally Shizuoka once the Osaka one closes up.

    The exhibition’s showcase features a specially selected collection from the Moomin Museum—the world’s only museum centred on the Moomins with over 2,000 art pieces on display—illustrations and sketches from Moominvalley, and more. There’s also ukiyo-e paintings alongside the Moomins, celebrating the 100 year friendship between Japan and Finland.

     

    The Moomins are popular worldwide, especially in Japan, so if you’re travelling there this year then be sure to visit the exhibition and find out where it’s going next.

  • Pixar Animated Film Themed Food to be Served for ‘PIXAR FEST’ in Japan

    19.August.2020 | FOOD / MOVIE

    OH MY CAFE, a chain of cafes in Japan, has announced a special Pixar-themed food event called ‘PIXAR FEST’ which will run in Tokyo and Osaka from August 28 and Nagoya from September 4.

     

    “Keep On Smiling” is the the concept of the event, which will serve up a whole range of different foods including a Lightning McQueen exclusive on September 5, a special drink inspired by Disney Pixar’s Onward which released earlier this year, a collection of strawberry desserts centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to celebrate Toy Story‘s 25th anniversary, and more. Let’s take a closer look.

     

    Food

    Pixar Ball Bread: ¥790 / With Plate ¥1,690

    Any fan of Pixar will be able to instantly recognise what this subtly sweet bread is inspired by. You can order it together with a special plate too.

    Left: Ratatouille – Remy’s 5 Star Restaurant Ratatouille | ¥1,190

    Right: Monster’s Inc. – Sully & Mike’s Spaghetti Plate | ¥1,790

    Ratatouille is a comfort food of southern France, and the one served for PIXAR FEST is of course inspired by the titular film. Sully and Mike also have their own pasta dish, combining a Sully cream cheese paste and Mike guacamole potato salad.

    Left: Finding Nemo – Mr. Ray’s Friendly Tortilla Sandwich | ¥1,590

    Right: Toy Story 3 – Toy Box Cream Stew Loaf | ¥2,390

    Mr. Ray’s tortilla sandwich contains garlic chicken and egg salad, while everybody’s favourite toys have sprung out of a whole bread loaf filled with chicken stew.

     

    Drinks

    Left: Pixar – Juicy Grape Squash | ¥590, With Coaster ¥1,490
    Middle: Toy Story 3 – Straight Iced Tea | ¥490, With Tumbler ¥1,990

    Right: The Incredibles – Jack-Jack’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Smoothie | ¥990, With Coaster ¥1,590

    The drink line-up includes a bubbly grape soda, an iced tea which you can order in a tumbler featuring the Sunnyside Daycare logo, and a cute cookie smoothie that comes in a baby bottle.

     

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear’s Strawberry Fair

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear will have his own special menu items too. These are available for a limited time only from October 10 to November 24.

    Left: Toy Story 3 – Lots-o’s Strawberry Chicken Hamburger | ¥1,990

    Right: Toy Story 3 – Lots-o’-s Strawberry Drink | ¥590

    Pick from a cute and hearty chicken, vegetable, and strawberry burger and a pink-coloured strawberry beverage.

     

    Lightning McQueen & Onward’s Special Menu

    Left: Cars – Lightning McQueen’s Kachow Lightning Hamburger Sandwich | ¥1,890
    Right: Onward – Ian & Barley’s Pink Sunset Blue Mallow Tea | ¥1,090

    The tire-shaped bread is fitting for Lightning McQueen’s burger. The Onward drink is served with a side of lemon syrup which transforms the the colour of the drink into a gorgeous concoction. These items are available for a limited time only from August 28 to October 9.

     

    Merchandise

    The cafes will sell their own collection of PIXAR FEST merchandise in three different types: the “PIXAR FEST Series” which uses the cafe’s main visual for its design, the “Vintage Series” which uses a cute purple, and the “Alien Mix” which has a pop design with the Little Green Men from Toy Story.

     

    PIXAR FEST Series

    Acrylic Key Rings (12 Designs) | A4 Folder | Lunch Mat (set of 4)

     

    Vintage Series

    Pin Badges (16 Designs) | Stickers (8 Designs)

     

    Alien Series

    Eco Bag | Bath Towel | Letter Set

     

    Bonus Items

    Face Mask Cases (12 Designs) | Stickers (12 Designs)

    Customers who book a table in advance and order from the themed menu will receive one of 12 possible face mask cases. And for every ¥2,000 (tax included) they spend on the cafe-exclusive merchandise, they’ll receive one of 12 possible stickers.

    But that’s not all. If you order from the Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear menu and spend over ¥1,000 (tax included) on cafe-exclusive merchandise, you’ll receive two postcards of the fuzzy bear. These are available while supplies last.

     

    Customers can also receive a limited-edition OH MY CAFE sticker if they order something from the menu, buy some merchandise, and post their thoughts about the cafe and their items on Twitter with the hashtags #キャンペーン #PIXAR FESTカフェで最高の思い出を作ろう #OHMYCAFE.

     

    ©Disney/Pixar

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