Manga Series ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’ Gets Exhibition in Ikebukruo
An exhibition centred on the hugely popular Weekly Shonen Magazine manga series The Quintessential Quintuplets by Negi Haruba is set to take place on the 4th floor of the Ikebukuro Sunshine City World Important Mart building from August 17 to September 1 this year.
Its theme is “an exhibition that both guys and girls can enjoy.” Though the series is serialised in a magazine aimed at males, it enjoys huge support from female readers. The anime’s first season ran from January to March this year which bolstered the fan base on both sides. It has become the most read romance series serialised in a male magazine by women.
Girls have taken to social media to express their love for the series, with some saying how the worries the quintuplets experience and their growth overlaps with their own. Others have described how cute the heroines are even from a female perspective.
The exhibition will house a plethora of illustrations, including hand drawn pictures by Negi Haruba, unfinished and completed illustrations, as well as outfit displays and more. Original merchandise will also be sold.
If you’re a fan of the quintuplets and are in Tokyo in August then be sure to drop by the exhibition.
The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition
Locations: Ikebukuro Sunshine City World Important Mart Building Floor 4F (3-1-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo)
Running: August 17, 2019 – September 1, 2019
For details on advance tickets and more check out exhibition’s official website here: http://www.gotobun-exhibition.com/
Mobile Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Gets Themed Cafe in Tokyo, Osaka, & Nagoya
LEGS COMPANY is opening three cafes in Tokyo (Ikebukuro), Osaka (Umeda), and Aichi (Nagoya) based on the popular mobile game Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party for a limited time from July 31, 2020.
Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party is a rhythm and adventure mobile game that was released in Japan in 2017. It is part of Bushiroad’s “BanG Dream!” music media franchise which is centred on all-female bands.
Since summer 2017, LEGS COMPANY has opened themed cafes based around the game every year. 2017 saw the cafes focus on the vocalists of the bands in the game. In 2018, it was the keyboardists and DJs, and last year the drummers. Each theme brought with it illustrations and decorations created specifically for the cafes, as well as a food menu inspired by the characters, original merchandise, and more.
This year marks the 4th run of the annual summer cafe which will hit Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. The theme this time around focuses on the seven main bands from the game. Seven characters from the bands, including one from a new band, will welcome fans in the form of kawaii-packed dishes, drinks, and desserts.
Yamabuki Bakery’s Mini Croissant Plate (Poppin’party): ¥1,590 (Before Tax)
Kitazawa Butcher’s Stamina Croquette Curry (Hello, happy world!): ¥1,490 (Before Tax)
All of the main dishes on the menu are colourful and vivid, plated with hearty portions of delicious and nutritional goodies.
Strawberry Rock Parfait (Afterglow): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)
Colourful Doughnut Sandwich (Pastel＊Palettes): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)
This gourmet dessert is topped with fruit, so gorgeous it seems a waste to eat.
There are colourful drinks too with each colour representing a different band. Support your favourite band by getting a glass!
Pin Set 2020 ver. (7 Designs): ¥3,100
Canvas Art (7 Designs): ¥3,500 Each
Birthday Pins (4 Designs): ¥650 Each
Fans can get their hands on plenty of exclusive merchandise too, and there’s even birthday items and food available too.
Online Birthday Cake (4 Designs): ¥3,850 Each (+¥950 shipping fee)
Cushions (22 Designs): ¥3,800 Each
You can even order your own special birthday cake in Japan from the cafe, and they’re not short on exclusive merchandise.
©BanGDream! Project ©Craft Egg Inc. ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved.
Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Cafe 2020
IKEBUKURO BOX cafe&space / July 31, 2020 – September 6, 2020
Address: Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ikebukuro Part 2 (Floor 4F), 1-22-8 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
UMEDA BOX cafe&space / July 31, 2020 – September 6, 2020
Address: Umeda LOFT (Floor 1F), 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
NAGOYA BOX cafe&space / July 31, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Address: LACHIC (Floor B1F), 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Booking Price: ¥650 (Before Tax) *Max 4 people per booking, comes with gift
Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Cafe 2020 Official Website: https://bang-dream-cafe.jp/
Ikebukuro’s Sunshine Aquarium to Open Magical New Jellyfish Area
01.July.2020 | SPOT
Sunshine Aquarium in Ikebukuro, Tokyo is set to open its brand new jellyfish area as part of the aquarium’s third major renovation on July 9, 2020.
Jellyfish Panorama Tank
Two tanks will grace this area: the magnificent moon jellyfish will dance across the 14-meter wide “Jellyfish Panorama” tank, while sea nettle jellyfish, which are known for their long tentacles, will swim in the “Jellyfish Screen.”
The jellyfish exhibit already in Sunshine Aquarium is also being renovated, with gorgeous new flooring and walls being put in place. Six tanks will be housed here, including the 360° “Jellyfish Tunnel,” “Jellyfish Loop,” “Jellyfish Drop,” and “Jellyfish Dream.”
A Spectacular Performance of Music, Smells, and Lighting
The new jellyfish area will feature original sounds newly recorded to capture the vibe of the jellyfish’s movements. There will also be special fragrances you can smell, as well as beautiful lighting that twinkles like the swaying of the water. All of this serves to make visitors feel calm and relaxed.
Exclusive Tully’s Coffee Beverage
T’s Splash Nata de Coco in Oasis: Have-In ¥649 / Takeout ¥637
This refreshing carbonated drink is inspired by jellyfish filled with lemon flavoured nata de coco coconut jelly. Exclusive to Sunshine Aquarium, the drink comes with one of four possible special jellyfish straw flags.
Grand Opening Commemoration Products
High Grade Jellyfish Confection: ¥400
Limited in stock, this confection was made in collaboration with Ikebukuro’s long-stand confectionery shop Ikebukuro Miharado and also under the guidance of the aquarium’s jellyfish staff.
Jellyfish Konjac: ¥972
Konjac shaped just like real jellyfish.
Grand Opening Commemoration Menu
Jellyfish Cold Greens: ¥1,100 / CHUKA SHUNSAI RYOURI・HINABE SHU (Alpa Floor 3F)
Blue Hawaii Tiny Aquarium & Jellyfish Jelly: ¥495 AGIO (Alpa Floor 3F) *15 served per day
Select restaurants in Sunshine City Alpa will also serve up some limited-time jellyfish-inspired dishes and drinks from July 9 to celebrate the opening of Sunshine Aquarium.
Address: Sunshine City World Import Mart Bldg. Rooftop, 3-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 9:30-21:00 (until September 10) / 10:00-18:00 (from September 11)
General (High School Students and Older) ¥2,200 (¥2,400 from July 9)
Children (Elementary & Junior High School Students) ¥1,200
Infants (Aged 4+ Years): ¥700
Official Website: https://sunshinecity.jp/
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. All listed prices are tax-inclusive.
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
Natsume’s Book of Friends Exhibition to Take Place at Animate Ikebukuro in Tokyo
The Animate Ikeubkuro Temporary Store has announced a special exhibition for Natsume’s Book of Friends which will open on July 10, 2020 and be free to enter.
Natsume’s Book of Friends
Natsume’s Book of Friends is a manga series by Yuki Midorikawa. It was first published in the shojo manga magazine LaLa DX in 2003 and began serialisation in 2005. It subsequently switched to LaLa in 2008 where it continues to be published. A 74-episode anime adaptation spread across six seasons aired between 2008 and 2017.
There are five illustrations of Nyanko-sensei and keywords scattered around the 2nd floor of Animate Ikebukuro Temporary Store. If you can find them all, you’ll receive a free folder as pictured above in the bottom right. The exhibition will also showcase illustrations drawn by Yuki Midorikawa, drafts, sined pictures, and more.
Natsume’s Book of Friends Exhibition (Japanese Name: 「夏目友人帳」緑川ゆき先生複製原画展 & 復刻・ニャンコ先生を探せ!)
Running: July 10, 2020 – July 26, 2020
Location: Animate Ikebukuro Temporary Store (Floor 2F)
*Folders are limited in stock
*Restricted entry during busy times
*A face mask must be worn at all times in the store
*Event subject to change, postponement, or cancellation
Exhibition Website: https://www.animate-onlineshop.jp/contents/fair_event/detail.php?id=104117
Animate Ikebukuro Temporary Store Official Website: https://www.animate.co.jp/special/301734/
Mr. Osomatsu Themed Cafe to Open at Animate Ikebukuro This Summer
Animate Cafe, a chain of cafes in Japan which collaborates with popular anime, manga and games, has announced that it’s set to serve up an Osomatsu-kun themed cafe at Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 4 from July 15, 2020.
Osomatsu-kun is a comedy manga series by Fujio Akatsuka which was rebooted in 2015 with the anime series Mr. Osomatsu (also known as Osomatsu-san). A second season aired between 2017-2018 and an anime film, Osomatsu-san the Movie, was released in 2019.
Choromatsu’s Grape Drink: ¥650
Todomatsu’s Revenge Strawberry Milk: ¥650
BIG Acrylic Stands (6 Designs): ¥1,600 Each
Acrylic Name Badges (6 Designs): ¥500 Each
“Kindergarten” is the theme of the cafe collaboration, which sees the six Matsuno brothers turned into kindergarteners for the merchandise designs. Fans can tuck into food and drinks themed on brothers as well as get their hands one exclusive merchandise.
Free Coasters (6 Designs)
Customers who order from the collaborative menu will receive a free coaster. Those who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) will receive two coasters from a different set of 15 coasters.
©Fujio Akatsuka / Osomatsu-san Production Committee
Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 4
Running: July 15, 2020 – August 17, 2020
*Between July 15 and July 19, reservations will be mandatory and customers who sign up will be selected randomly. From July 20 to August 17, reservations are not necessary.
*Dates and times subject to change.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
*Prices listed are tax-inclusive.
Animate Cafe: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/event/osomatsusan2007/
SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro to Open in Tokyo’s Sunshine City On June 5
Sanrio is set to open the new SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro in on floor B1F of Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on June 5, 2020.
Just a convenient 8-minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station, SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro will serve up a menu that captures the kawaii world of Sanrio’s roster of characters.
The cafe is divided into two areas: the main cafe space, and then the wagon corner for takeout. Enjoy dining surrounded by adorable Sanrio characters on the walls and ceiling, or take your character-inspired food and drink away with you.
The cafe is putting the health and safety of its customers and staff at the top of its list in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and so will operate the cafe while taking all necessary safety measures.
If you’re in Tokyo, or the next time you’re in Tokyo, make sure you don’t pass up the chance to dine at SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro.
SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro
Grand Opening: June 5, 2020 at 10:00 (JST)
Location: Sunshine City (Floor B1F), 1-28-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
TEL: 03-5985-5600 (Open from June 5, 2020)
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
*Please note that opening hours are subject to change or closure depending on the status of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). For the latest updates, please visit Sanrio’s official website.
Yaoi Manga Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu Collaborates With Animate Cafe in Ikebukuro
animate cafe—a cafe chain which collaborates with popular anime series, games, and manga—is opening a new store called “DECOTTO by animate cafe” in Ikebukuro on June 24, 2020. For its first collaboration, it will collaborate with Hashigo Sakurabi’s popular yaoi manga Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu from June 24, 2020 to July 27, 2020.
CHOCOTTO DECOTTO Character Doughnuts (Tonyaka/Chunnya): ¥600 Each
animate cafe operates cafes both in Japan and overseas, and has seen countless collaborations with popular series. DECOTTO will open as a new brand of the company which will serve doughnuts inspired by anime, manga, and game characters.
DECOTTO GIFT Souvenir Doughnuts (Tonyaka/Chunnya): ¥400 Each
CHOCOTTO DECOTTO will be served as cute, decorative doughnuts based on characters. They are nothing short of Instagram-worthy.
Seasonal DECOTTO TEA: ¥600 Each (More flavours available)
Bonus Coasters (9 Designs) / Bonus Straw Markets (2 Designs) *Designs chosen randomly
DECOTTO will serve both regular doughnuts as well as seasonal flavours. When you order a doughnut or a drink, you’ll also receive a free coaster or straw marker.
Doughnut Squishies (2 Designs): ¥800 Each
Doughnut Shaped Towels (2 Designs): ¥1,000 Each
Get your hands on exclusive doughnut merchandise too.
Hashigo Sakurabi’s popular yaoi manga Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu has sold over 3.5 million copies. A 13-episode anime series aired in 2018.
“Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu” x “DECOTTO by animate cafe”
Running: June 24, 2020 to July 27, 2020
Location: DECOTTO by animate café (Animate Annex, 3-2-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo)
Access: 8 minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station
*June 24-28 is reservation only, and reservations will be allotted randomly
*June 29-July 27 will be normal service
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/decotto_donut/
The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime Gets Mobile Game
28.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
The popular TV anime series The Quintessential Quintuplets is getting its first ever mobile game. Titled Go-Tōbun no Hanayome Itsutsu Ko Chan wa Puzzle o Go-Tōbun Dekinai (The Quintessential Quintuplets: The Quintuplets Can’t Divide the Puzzle Into Five Equal Parts), the game will be released digitally this year.
The Quintessential Quintuplets is a manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. A second season of the anime series is set to air in January 2021. The story follows high school student Futaro Uesugi who becomes a private tutor for the sisters of the wealthy Nakano family, all of whom have no interest in study or grades. It’s up to Futaro to change their minds.
The game is a romance comedy puzzle game whereby the player deepens their bonds with the five sisters. Players take the role of the series protagonist Futaro through an original story with new voice acting recorded for the game.
To promote the release of the game, the official Twitter page is running a campaign where fans can receive a signed card by the voice actress cast. Details on how to sign up can be found on the official Twitter page.
Running: May 27, 2020 – June 6, 2020 at 23:59 (JST)
Reward: Signed Card (5 winners to be selected)
Signers: Ichika (voiced by Kana Hanazawa), Nino (Ayana Taketatsu), Miku (Miku Itō), Yotsuba (Ayane Sakura) and Itsuki (Inori Minase)
Be sure to check out the campaign in the run up to the game’s release.
©Negi Haruba・Kodansha / “The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬” Production Committee ©G Holdings Co., Ltd. ©enish,inc.
Go-Tōbun no Hanayome Itsutsu Ko Chan wa Puzzle o Go-Tōbun Dekinai
(Japanese Title: 五等分の花嫁 五つ子ちゃんはパズルを五等分できない。)
Release Date: 2020
Official Game Website: https://5hanayome-puzzle.enish.com/
Twitter Campaign: https://twitter.com/5hanayome_pzl/status/1265463962532900865
The Quintessential Quintuplets Special Event to be Streamed Online
12.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
A special event was set to take place for the anime series The Quintessential Quintuplets at Nakano Sunplaza on May 16, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak the event has been postponed to April 18, 2021.
In place of the event, and for all of the fans that were looking forward to it, another special event that was held for the series last year at Yomiuri Hall in Tokyo on May 5, 2019, will instead be streamed this Saturday (May 16).
The event was attended by the voice actresses of the five main characters: Ichika (voiced by Kana Hanazawa), Nino (Ayana Taketatsu), Miku (Miku Itō), Yotsuba (Ayane Sakura) and Itsuki (Inori Minase). The quintuplet voice cast spoke about their characters and the show after season one finished airing, played games, read an original script written exclusively for the event, and more. There was also performances of songs from the show including the ending theme Sign by Aya Uchida, the insert-track Gobun no Ichi by the fice sisters, and the opening theme Gotobun no Kimochi.
The stream is being promoted on the anime’s official Twitter page from May 11 to 16 with exclusive voice recordings from the cast.
The Quintessential Quintuplets is a manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. Season two of the anime series, The Quintessential Quintuplets∬ will air in January 2021.
©Negi Haruba・Kodansha / “The Quintessential Quintuplets” Production Committee
The Quintessential Quintuplets SPECIAL EVENT in Yomiuri Hall
Stream Date: May 16, 2020 only
Available: 24 hours for free
Platform: GYAO! Yahoo
Official Website: https://gyao.yahoo.co.jp/
The Quintessential Quintuplets Official Website: https://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/5hanayome/
The Quintessential Quintuplets Official Twitter: @5Hanayome_anime
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
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/