The Location of This Bloody Rose Tokyo Ghoul Restaurant in Ginza is a Secret
To celebrate the upcoming July 19 release of Tokyo Ghoul S, Japanese movie studio and production company Shochiku is opening an ‘immersive’ blood-themed Tokyo Ghoul restaurant from July 5 to August 4. The location of the restaurant is being kept a secret, but it is somewhere in Ginza, and is wrapped in 40,000 roses.
The Ghoul Restaurant makes an appearance in the film itself as a secret eatery where ghouls go to dine. This immersive recreation is a combination of interactivity, gourmet food, and performance and display put on by professionals.
Much of the interactive content that can be found in the restaurant was produced by AFROMANCE, such as the “SAKURA CHILL BAR by Saga,” an indoor hanami experience with a littering of 1.2 million rose petals.
The entire restaurant will be steeped in an overwhelming deep crimson.
The gourmet ghoul menu was conceived by Hideo Yamamoto, a chef at the famous modern French restaurant Restaurant Air.
The creative menu brings together taste and beauty by using luxurious and high quality ingredients such as foie gras.
Performances will be carried out by live entertainment company Out Of Theater, film director and producer Issei Shibata, and video game and and visual effects company Polygon Magic. From the moment you enter to when you are dining to when you leave, you will be thrown into the world of the Ghoul Restaurants as a string of actors do the unpredictable.
Fans of Tokyo Ghoul aren’t going to want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Details on what you need to do next can be found below.
Running: July 5, 2019 – August 4, 2019
Opening Hours: Two Slots – Slot ① Meeting 17:00 / Dining 17:30-19:30, Slot ② Meeting 20:00 / Dining 20:30-22:30
Location: Ginza (*Those who purchase a ticket will be told the exact location)
Menu: Blood & Rose Gourmet Dinner Course – ¥10,000 (Before Tax)
*Tickets will be released on June 14, 2019 at 12:00 (JST) at the official website below
Official Website: http://afroand.co/ghoulrestaurant/
Tokyo Ghoul S
Based On: Tokyo Ghoul (Young Jump Comics, Shueisha) by Sui Ishida
Directors:Hiramaki Kazuhiko / Takuya Kawasaki
Screenwriter: Chūji Mikasano
Distributed by: Shochiku
Release Date: July 19, 2019 (Japan)
Official Website: http://tokyoghoul.jp/
Tokyo Ghoul Creator Sui Ishida Reveals Drawing of Marvel’s Moon Knight
The latest live-action series from Marvel Studios, Moon Knight, premiered on March 30, and is airing every Wednesday at 16:00 on the Disney+ streaming service. The main character, portrayed by Oscar Isaac, is one of the darkest and most mysterious heroes in the history of the MCU, suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida decided to surprise fans by releasing a crossover image to celebrate the start of the series and highlight the similarities between the two main characters, Moon Knight and Ken Kaneki.
The tagline of the illustration translates to “Clad in white madness,” and shows Kaneki with his pale white hair and a red background beside Moon Knight in pure white with a dark black background.
Moon Knight protagonist Steven Grant is a kindhearted man who works in the gift store of the National Museum in London. He constantly suffers from blackouts and only remembers terrifying snippets of a former life. Eventually, he becomes the avatar for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu.
Tokyo Ghoul has become one of the most popular manga series in Japan, with over 47 million copies in print as of January 2021. The series takes place in an alternate reality where ghouls, creatures who seem like humans but feed on human flesh, live among the general population in secret. After the main character Ken Kaneki receives an organ transplant from a ghoul, he becomes half-ghoul himself and must learn how to survive. Ishida highlighted the similarities between Moon Knight‘s Steven and Tokyo Ghoul‘s Ken, saying that they both have a lot of knowledge of what they’re interested in and have their own dreams, but feel hopeless. Both are also mild-mannered, introverted, and invested in not becoming complete monsters.
Ishida commented that Moon Knight might be his favorite Marvel superhero of all time. The manga artist praised the new show’s fast-paced action, the gray morality in its violence, and the comical sadness of its protagonist. “I saw Oscar Isaac in Star Wars, and I’m wondering what kind of hero he’ll become in Moon Knight,” Ishida said. “I’m really looking forward to it!”
Are you tuning into Moon Knight on Disney+? Tokyo Ghoul fans might want to give it a shot!
© 2022 Marvel/ ©石田スイ/集英社
Airing on Disney+ Wednesdays at 16:00
Official Site: https://disneyplus.disney.co.jp/program/moon-knight.html
Ginza Tsutaya Books to Hold ‘What is Kawaii’ Exhibition Featuring Art by Three Female Artists
From April 2 until April 22, Ginza Tsutaya Books will be holding a 5th-anniversary exhibition featuring art by three young female artists! These creators specialize in drawing girls, and the event will ask one question: what is ‘Kawaii?’ The artists featured are Amane Ishii, Azusa Nozawa, and Yumi Nagata.
These three artists have captured the spotlight with their unique styles. Ishii prefers oil painting, Nozawa has a style perfect for manga, and Nagata specializes in more Japanese-style paintings. Those who planned the exhibition noted that the reason these three artists have become so popular stems from how they depict cuteness–they don’t try to conform to society’s idea of ‘cute,’ but rather depict what they themselves consider to be cute.
Many motifs in Ishii’s works are based on the artist’s personal experiences, many stemming from childhood. Her unique characters are sure to grab your attention, and although her pieces are two-dimensional, the linework almost makes them seem 3D.
For Nozawa, ‘cute’ is the most important element found in her works. She often uses pastels, and something about the way she draws her characters is nostalgic, harkening back to purikura filters and manga characters of the early 2000s. Her unique worldview and nostalgic characters amount to truly one-of-a-kind pieces.
The girls appearing in Nagata’s pieces are projections of herself. She draws the clothes she would like to wear and the poses she’d love to strike! Pursuing her idea of ‘cuteness’ with traditional Japanese techniques and paints, she often includes polka dots in her works, which are a feminine symbol.
The exhibition will feature two of Ishii’s oil paintings and 13 drawings, the first time such a large number of drawings have been shown all at once. In addition, three of Nozawa’s new portrait series will be on display, along with nine of Nagata’s works.
‘Kawaii’ is one of the most prominent keywords found in contemporary Japanese culture. What does it mean to you?
What is Kawaii? Exhibition
Running: April 2 – April 22, 2022
Location: Ginza Tsutaya Books Artwork Gallery
Sony Park Mini, an Experimental Pop-up Space, Opens in Ginza, Tokyo
06.April.2022 | SPOT
Sony Park Mini, a tiny experimental art space in Ginza, is going to hold fans over until Ginza Sony Park opens in 2024.
Sony Park Mini is located in a small 3.5 square meter space on B1F of the Nishiginza parking lot adjacent to Ginza Sony Park, which is currently under construction. The concept of the space is to “hold events that highlight local artists.”
More than 30 experimental programs will be held throughout the year highlighting unique creators and artists from all backgrounds including music, film, art, food, fashion, and shopping. Depending on which programs are popular, the project may extend to other cities.
The first event, ‘Ayatake Exaki presents None Session,’ will run from March 23 until April 5, 2022, and will feature the musician and his piano.
1: March 23 – April 5, 2022 / Ayatake Ezaki (Musical Artist)
2: April 6 – April 19, 2022 / Takuro Tamayama (Contemporary Artist)
3: April 20 – May 2, 2022 / Chiaki Kadota (Painter)
4: May 3 – May 16, 2022 / Neo Sora (Film Director), Aiko Masubuchi (Film Curator)
*The period of these events is subject to change. Any changes will be announced on Sony Park Mini social media accounts.
The Nishiginza Parking Lot Coffee shop, located inside Sony Park Mini, will offer a lineup of drinks made from carefully selected coffee beans. Vegan donuts and cookies made with natural ingredients will also be available.
Sony Park Mini
Address: Nichiginza Parking Lot B1F (5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 11:00-19:00 / Nishiginza Parking Lot Coffee 8:00-18:00
Official Site: https://www.sonypark.com/mini
New Food-Themed Sylvanian Families Exhibition Opens at Matsuya Ginza
The adorable Sylvanian Families characters are the subject of a new food-inspired exhibition at Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo! Until March 21, guests can enjoy tons of new merchandise for sale at the event space.
Sylvanian Families is a line of collectible animals made of flocked plastic, originally released in Japan in 1985. Made to place inside dollhouses, these little creatures have remained popular in over 70 countries since release. Over 200 million units have been sold over the years.
The theme of this event is ‘delicious time,’ and guests can find adorable sets featuring popular characters cooking meals, preparing desserts, and baking cakes.
“A Delicious, Happy Life” Photo: Keigo Morii
Ash Mimi “The Fairy’s Mysterious Sweets Shop”
“Delicious Times with Friends in the Forest” Japan Dollhouse Association
In addition to panels and photos of unique combinations featured on social media, the exhibition features the first public showing of works by members of the Japan Dollhouse Association. A large photo spot also makes guests feel as though they’ve entered the world of Sylvanian Families!
[Only for Sale at the Venue] Baby Trio (Bakery) *Price to be Decided
A special store on-site will sell original merchandise, including dolls and illustrations. A limited number of special goods vouchers are also on sale for a short time, and guests exchanging one will receive an original hand towel!
Tasty Times with Sylvanian Families
Running: March 7 – March 21, 2022
Location: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Square
*Closes at 17:00 on March 21, last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Matsuya Ginza Website: https://www.matsuya.com/ginza/
Special Merchandise Coupon
How to Purchase: Available at Lawson Ticket (Code: 36777) / Loppi at Lawson & Ministop
Vintage Furniture Exhibition ‘Life in Art: Tokyo Modernism 2022’ to Open at Three Venues Including MUJI HOTEL GINZA
Ryohin Keikaku, which operates the interior design brand IDÉE, will open the ‘Life in Art: Tokyo Modernism 2022’ exhibition from February 25 until April 10, 2022. Vintage stores and galleries from all over Japan that deal mainly with furniture from the 1940s to 1960s will come together to introduce audiences to exquisite designs from around the world. Shinichiro Nakahara and Takahiro Goko have organized the exhibition in an effort to spread the word about modern design in the golden age. The exhibition will be held in three parts, beginning with a showing at ATELIER MUJI GINZA and continuing to an auction at IDÉE Tokyo. The final exhibition will be held at MUJI HOTEL GINZA.
This exhibition is composed of items from a number of unique galleries and stores. Intended to promote the beauty of mid-century vintage furniture and interior design, each piece will be introduced alongside stories from the original designers.
Modernism Auction #Chairs
Store owners, creators, and artists participating in TOKYO MODERNISM 2022 will be auctioning off a selection of unique chairs during this unique event.
About 30 galleries and vintage shops from around Japan will transform the guest rooms on the 7th and 8th floors of MUJI HOTEL GINZA into stores for this special show. This is the main event and will gather together masterpieces of modern design from the United States, Brazil, Scandinavia, and Japan.
Life in Art “TOKYO MODERNISM 2022”
Running: February 25 – April 10, 2022
Address: ATELIER MUJI GINZA (Muji Ginza 6F / 3-5-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Modernism Auction #Chairs
Part 1: February 25 – March 16, 2022
Part 2: March 18 – April 10, 2022
Address: IDÉE TOKYO (Square Zero Area #48, B1F, Gransta Tokyo inside the ticket gates of JR Tokyo Station)
Running: April 7 – April 10, 2022
Address: MUJI HOTEL GINZA 7F/8F Guest Rooms (3-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
April 7, 17:00-20:00 / ¥5,000 (Tax Included) *Preview
April 8-9, 11:00-20:00 / ¥3,000 (Tax Included)
April 10, 11:00-17:00 / ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Official Site: https://www.idee-lifeinart.com/
Ginza Tsutaya to Opens Spring Ceramics Fair
Ginza Tsutaya, located on the 6th floor of the GINZA SIX department store, is now holding a Spring Ceramic Fair until March 7, 2022.
Many popular ceramic artists are coming together for the event. This year’s lineup includes dishes and mugs with botanical patterns and animal motifs in spring-like colors to add color to tables and living spaces. A large number of works, from vases to tableware and even ceramic brooches, will be on display, including works by Wato Maekawa and Oda Pottery.
Participating Ceramic Artists
After studying pottery in England, Imai currently lives and works in Mashiko, Tochigi Prefecture. This year’s exhibition will show off her dyed works, including Zougan works, a technique in which different materials are inlaid into one material. Enjoy her small plates and teapots with soft colors.
Miki Furuhata is a pottery artist in Nagano. Using gentle colors and unique self-made glaze, her colorful pieces are a lovely addition to one’s daily life.
Hanako Sakashita uses a ‘kneading’ technique, in which colorful clays are kneaded together to create patterns, marbles, stripes, checks, and countless other patterns. Enjoy the many textures, shades, and patterns found in her works!
A ceramic artist living in Toyama Prefecture, Wato Maegawa creates works inspired by the four seasons. Her flower-shaped plates are reminiscent of Japanese sweets.
Using candle wax to make prototypes, these ceramic brooches and boxes are made with a technique adapted from candle making. These hand-painted pieces are very popular, and those on sale in this year’s exhibition are covered with flowers, birds, and animals in spring colors.
Oda Pottery was founded in 1921 in Mizunami City, Gifu Prefecture. Their lineup features vases that are easy to incorporate into any interior.
Ginza Tsutaya Spring Ceramics Fair
Running: February 7 – March 7, 2022 *The exhibition will end when all works are sold.
Location: Stationary Area
Wako Tea Salon in Ginza Offering Seasonal Strawberry Parfait
Those familiar with the Ginza district of Tokyo will recognize the iconic Wako clock tower. The department store sells everything from watches to chocolates, and on the second floor of the Wako Annex, guests will find the Tea Salon. The bright and relaxing place invites adult shoppers to enjoy seasonal sweets, with its popular Strawberry Parfait constantly reinvented depending on the time of year.
This season’s strawberry parfait includes pistachios and local fruit. For a limited time, guests can also enjoy the Lychee and Raspberry Parfait until the end of February. A Fruit Parfait is available in March and April, and the Chocolate Parfait is available year-round.
At the Wako Annex Tea Salon, visitors can also enjoy light meals alongside tea and coffee specially blended for Wako by Yoshiaki Kawashima, known as the ‘coffee hunter.’
Lychee and Raspberry Parfait
Wako Annex 2F Tea Salon
Address: 4-chome 4-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Open Year-Round (Except New Year holidays)
Hours: 10:30 – Last order at 19:00 (Last order at 18:30 on Sundays and holidays)
Access: Immediately in front of Ginza Station Exit B1 on Tokyo Metro
*Young children are not permitted in the restaurant.
Online Store: https://shop.wako.co.jp/
Official Site: https://www.wako.co.jp/
Naoki Nomura Exhibition “The Story of the Earth” to Open at Tsutaya Ginza
From January 15 until February 4, 2022, an exhibition of Naoki Nomura’s works will be on display at the Tsutaya location in Ginza, Tokyo. The art show will feature ten ceramic works created between 2015 and 2021, tracing Nomura’s history and growth as an artist.
Strawberry Girl. 2020
Naoki Nomura was familiar with clay before he became an artist. Fascinated by the firing of clay and the beautiful colors of finished ceramics, Nomura’s works are inspired by daily life. Fans of the artist’s work have fallen in love with his strangely adorable ‘creatures,’ each featuring a strange appearance. Some are wearing seasonal fruits, others have distinctive hairstyles, and all of them have ambiguous and unreadable expressions.
Visitors are invited to imagine their own stories as they wander the exhibition.
Comment from the Artist
There are so many little discoveries to be made in our daily lives.
Through our encounters with various objects and people, through our casual conversations, our imagination expands and we invent our own stories.
The characters from my own stories take up residence in my mind and using my hands, I have brought them into the real world.
Naoki Nomura Exhibition “The Story of the Earth”
Running: January 15 – February 4, 2022
Location: Tsutaya Ginza, In Front of the Information Counter
Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe to Hold ‘Special Strawberry Day 2022’ for Two Days Only
The Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe in Tokyo will hold the ‘Special Strawberry Day 2022’ event for two days only, on January 14 and 15, 2022. Guests will be able to enjoy a Strawberry Parfait prepared using carefully selected varieties of strawberries from all over Japan. Two varieties of the dessert will be available for the first time in 2022, with twelve varieties available in total–some varieties will only be available on a specific date.
Special Strawberry Parfait with ‘Angel Strawberries’ from Saga Prefecture: ¥2,600 (Tax Included)
Special Strawberry Parfait with ‘Marihime Strawberries’ from Wakayama Prefecture: ¥2,600 (Tax Included) *Only available on January 15
Premium Strawberry Parfait with Strawberries from Saga Prefecture: ¥3,600 (Tax Included)
Premium Strawberry Parfait with ‘Mino Musume Strawberries’ from Gifu Prefecture: ¥3,600 (Tax Included)
Royal Strawberry Parfait with ‘Kotoka Strawberries’ from Nara Prefecture: ¥5,000 (Tax Included)
Cocotte de Fraise Sales Period: January 14 – January 15
Shiseido Parlour Ginza
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 1F (8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
*Closed during the New Year holiday
Ginza Lion Building, Japan’s Oldest Beer Hall, Listed as a Tangible Cultural Property
15.December.2021 | SPOT
The Ginza Lion Building, built in 1934, has been officially recognized as a registered Tangible Cultural Property.
On April 8, 1934, a beer hall was opened on the first floor of the building. The interiors were lavish and incredible for the time, and were admired by citizenry and architects alike. During the war, many beer halls were destroyed by air raids or torn down for evacuation, but this location in Ginza survived and was seized in September 1945. It was then made into a beer hall exclusively for the Occupation Forces. In 1952, the site was made available to the public again.
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Present Day
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Original Construction Completed
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Present Day
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Original Construction Completed
Large Glass Mosaic Mural at the Bar
Lion Beer Hall 7-chome / Store Interior
Lighting with Grape Motif
Lighting with Beer Foam Motif
The red brick walls of the restaurant are meant to resemble the Earth bearing a rich harvest
A pillar made to look like barley
The banquet hall on the 6th floor of the building, Ginza Classic Hall, was once used as a conference room and is currently used as a party venue. The interior hasn’t changed much since its establishment, and guests enjoy the historical setting as they knock back a few brews. Ginza Lion Beer Hall celebrated its 87th anniversary on April 8, 2021.
The interior concept of the hall is ‘fertility and harvest,’ and the Lion was built with the intention of being the ‘best building in the world, and a representative beer hall in Japan that will last for generations to come.’
Ginza Beer Hall
Address: 7-9-20 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Official Site: https://www.ginzalion.jp/shop/brand/lionginza7/
‘Found MUJI Exhibition – Journey to Meet Good Things-‘ to be Held at ATELIER MUJI GINZA
The ‘Found MUJI Exhibition – Journey to Meet Good Things-‘ event will be held at ATELIER MUJI between November 12 and December 12.
10 years have passed since Found MUJI Aoyama was founded in Tokyo, having since visited over 30 countries and regions. Found MUJI explores the life and culture of land, researching tools, handicrafts, and techniques to help improve daily living – Hence the name ‘Found’ MUJI. From roadside benches and mops dried in the eaves to aluminium stoves, each tool is naturally used on the land without consideration.
Our daily lives are filled with various items. When, and why, did we start using those in particular? How did we discover them? Why do we keep them so close? If you take a closer look at the items you consider to be precious, you should be able to understand why you were attracted to it, love it, and hold it dear to you. Start by loving the items which are close to you – Look at then with a renewed outlook to find what you think is good about each item. Then, perhaps, visit the ‘Found MUJI Exhibition – Journey to Meet Good Things’ exhibition to learn more.
Found MUJI Exhibition – Journey to Meet Good Things –
Duration: November 12 ~ December 12 2021
Opening Hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00
Venue: ATELIER MUJI Gallery 1・2, MUJI Ginza 6F
Official Site: https://atelier.muji.com/jp/
Matsuya Ginza to Hold Largest-ever Exhibition of Drawings from Chihayafuru Manga
12.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Yuki Suetsugu’s manga series Chihayafuru continues to be a massively popular series in Japan and abroad since its start in 2007. Now, the largest-ever collection of the artist’s original drawings will be on display at Matsuya Ginza from December 27, 2021, until January 17, 2022.
Chihayafuru tells the story of Chihaya, a girl aiming to become the greatest competitive karuta player in Japan. Karuta is a Japanese card game, requiring players to memorize a collection of 100 classical poems in order to play. The Chihayafuru manga series has greatly boosted the popularity of competitive karuta in Japan. Generations of readers have been sucked in by the inspiring and romantic tale, and the series has grown to include an anime adaptation and a live-action film. With the series approaching completion, the three main characters, Chihaya, Arata, and Taichi, will take center stage at this expansive exhibition.
With more than 500 items on display, guests are invited to take a look back at the story’s origins. Some pieces were created for the exhibition, while others will be shown in color for the first time. While the drawings may be the main focus, the exhibition will also include notes, setting materials, and behind-the-scenes footage.
Running: December 27, 2021 – January 17, 2022 (Closed January 1)
Address: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Space
Advanced Tickets will be available from Lawson Ticket until December 26, 2021
Official Site: https://www.matsuya.com/ginza/