Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’ CD Cover Displayed at Otsuka Museum of Art
Since Kenshi Yonezu released his single Lemon in March last year, it has gone on to enjoy huge success, reaching numerous milestones.
The song was written as the main theme for the TBS drama Unnatural which aired in January 2018. Its music video was released the following month and garnered huge views in an instant, and after just 475 days it had reached over 400 million. It was also the first Japanese music video to gain 300 million. Lemon has also sold over 300 million copies. It is the first song to rank three times in a row on Billboard JAPAN Hot 100: for both halves of 2018 and the first half of 2019.
Photo by Tomokazu Yamada
Speaking of its continued success, Yonezu comments: “I am thankful. It exceeded my expectations a long time ago, but I’ve been very interested to see just how far it will go. I’m mostly unaware of my own songs. I’d like it to continue to be loved by people.”
As a show of gratitude to how much Lemon has resonated with people, the CD cover art will be displayed permanently at the Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima in the form of a ceramic tile from July 30.
Touban, or “ceramic tiles,” don’t lose their colour or deteriorate and so can keep their colour and shape for up to 2,000 years.
“Lemon” Touban Exhibit
Exhibiting: From July 30, 2019 (*permanent exhibition)
Location: Otsuka Museum of Art, Sistine Hall (Fukuike-65-1 Narutochō Tosadomariura, Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture)
Size: 93cm x 93cm
Otsuka Museum of Art Official Website: http://o-museum.or.jp/
Kenshi Yonezu Official Website: https://reissuerecords.net/
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
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
Kenshi Yonezu Releases ‘Paprika’ Song Digitally as 2020 ‘HYPE’ Tour Kicks Off
02.February.2020 | MUSIC
Kenshi Yonezu’s song Paprika has become a hit amongst the children of Japan since its release, even taking home the top award at the 61st Kagayaku! Japan Record Awards. Its music video has garnered over 70 million views on YouTube, and tomorrow (February 3) the song will be released digitally.
This version of the song is a “self-cover” in which Yonezu sings. The original version was written and produced by Yonezu but he did not actually sing in it. In July 2018, he announced a new project to cheer on the people of the world in 2020 and beyond. It began with the formation of Foorin, a group of child singers who sang the original Paprikamusic video which Yonezu wrote the lyrics for as well as composed and produced the music. A was released in July 2018 which has amassed over 164 million views (as of January 1, 2020), which features Foorin performing choreography created by Tomohiko Tsujimoto and Koharu Sugawara.
At the end of 2019, Foorin had already performed on numerous music television programmes, and a new group was formed called Foorin team Eーa group of international children who performed Paprika in English. Thus began the worldwide phenomenon of Paprika.
Within just 4 days and 9 hours of its release, Kenshi Yonezu’s self-cover version released on YouTube had already surpassed 10 million views. Now, the self-cover is set to be released digitally on February 3, 2020. The artwork for the digital release was created by Ryu Kato.
Paprika will be used for NHK’s TV and radio program Minna no Uta (“Everybody’s Song”) throughout February and March.
Kenshi Yonezu’s 2020 “HYPE” tour in Japan and Asia has finally kicked off. Find the full schedule below.
“Paprika” Digital Single
Released: February 3, 2020
Digital Download: https://smej.lnk.to/9MqZk
NHK – “Minna no Uta”
Paprika will be used on air February-March 2020
Minna no Uta Official Website: http://www.nhk.or.jp/minna/
Kenshi Yonezu 2020 HYPE Tour Schedule
2020/2/1 @ Wakayama Big Whale, Wakayama Prefecture
2020/2/2 @ Wakayama Big Whale, Wakayama Prefecture
2020/2/8 @ Sun Dome Fukui, Fukui Prefecture
2020/2/9 @ Sun Dome Fukui, Fukui Prefecture
2020/2/15 @ Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa Prefecture
2020/2/16 @ Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa Prefecture
2020/2/22 @ Hiroshima Green Arena, Hiroshima Prefecture
2020/2/23 @ Hiroshima Green Arena, Hiroshima Prefecture
2020/2/27 @ Sekisui Heim Super Arena, Miyagi Prefecture
2020/2/28 @ Sekisui Heim Super Arena, Miyagi Prefecture
2020/3/7 @ Mie Prefectural Sun Arena, Mie Prefecture
2020/3/8 @ Mie Prefectural Sun Arena, Mie Prefecture
2020/3/11 @ Osaka-jo Hall, Osaka Prefecture
2020/3/12 @ Osaka-jo Hall, Osaka Prefecture
2020/3/17 @ Saitama Super Arena, Saitama Prefecture
2020/3/18 @ Saitama Super Arena, Saitama Prefecture
2020/3/25 @ Marine Messe Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
2020/3/26 @ Marine Messe Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
2020/4/4 @ Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center, Hokkaido
2020/4/5 @ Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center, Hokkaido
Concert Name: Kenshi Yonezu 2020 TOUR / HYPE IN TAIPEI
Date: April 18, 2020
Time: 16:00 OPEN / 17:00 START
Venue: Taipei Arena
Ticket Prices: NT$4,500 / 3,900 / 3,600 / 2,400 / 1,800 / 800
Promoters: 超級圓頂娯樂 / 大鴻藝術BIG ART
Concert Name: Kenshi Yonezu 2020 TOUR / HYPE IN SHANGHAI
Date: April 29, 2020
Time: 18:30 OPEN / 20:00 START
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena Shanghai
Ticket Prices: 1680元 / 1280元 / 780元
Promoters: STAR GROUP上海星族文化艺术发展有限公司
Kenshi Yonezu Official Website: http://reissuerecords.net/
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/
Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’ Music Video Breaks 500 Million Views On YouTube
17.December.2019 | MUSIC
Kenshi Yonezu’s 2018 single Lemon has broken many milestones to date, and today marks yet another etching in history.
The music video for Lemon officially broke 500 million views on December 17, 2019 at 10:08am (JST), which marks one year and 295 days since it was released on YouTube. Yonezu now holds the record for most viewed Japanese artist on the video platform.
Photo by Tomokazu Yamada
Yonezu’s other music videos have also garnered huge views: Uchiage Hanabi is on 327 million, Aine Kuraine is on 236 million, and LOSER is on 228 million (as of December 17, 2019). All nine of his music videos total over 1 billion views (the aforementioned four, orion, Peace Sign and Haiiro to Ao (+Masaki Suda), Flamingo, and Paprika), and he has 4.59 million subscribers, making him the most subscribed-to Japanese music artist. His channel also has over 2.4 billion views, and the numbers continue to soar.
Lemon enjoys yet another year of success following its overwhelming popularity upon its release in 2018. To thank fans for its success, a billboard has been put up at the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station in Tokyo, which reads “Kenshi Yonezu” on the left and “Music Carries On” on the right. It will be up until December 29, 2019.
Kenshi Yonezu – “Lemon”
Released: March 14, 2018
Lemon Edition (First Press) (CD+Letter Set): ¥2,000 (Before Tax) [SRCL-9745~9746]
Video Edition (First Press) (CD+DVD): ¥1,900 (Before Tax) [SRCL-9747~9748]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,200 (Before Tax) [SRCL-9749]
Kenshi Yonezu Official Website: http://reissuerecords.net/
‘Lemon’ by Kenshi Yonezu the First Song to Lead Billboard Charts in Japan and the U.S. for Two Consecutive Years
06.December.2019 | MUSIC
Particularly over the past two years, Kenshi Yonezu has been making history in the charts. His song Lemon was highlighted as song of the year on Billboard JAPAN Hot 100 of the Year 2019 and the U.S Billboard HOT 100 for two consecutive years in a row, making Yonezu the first ever artist to top the Billboard charts for two consecutive years in a row with the same song.
Photo by Tomokazu Yamada
Following the release of Lemon in March 2018, its digital and physical downloads scored ranks in the charts 25 times, pushing Yonezu onwards to continue his streak into 2019 where he saw more no.1s, 3 million downloads on his song Lemon, which set the record for fastest downloaded song in Japan, and now almost half a billion views on the official music video for Lemon. The song’s overwhelming popularity even scored it no.1 in Japan’s karaoke rankings where it reigned for a whole 85 weeks: the longest of any song.
Yonezu dominated the Billboard JAPAN Hot 100 of the Year 2019 download rankings for two consecutive years in a row and four of his ten songs made it onto the charts, including Lemon at no.1, Uma to Shika at no.5, Machigai Sagashi at no.6 (performed by Masaki Suda, written by Yonezu) and Paprika at no.7 (performed by Foorin, written by Yonezu). His achievements even stretch to producing and he is loved by children and adults in Japan alike.
Kenshi Yonezu: ‘Lemon’
Release Date: March 14, 2018
Lemon edition (first limited edition)：CD＋letter set ￥2,000+tax / SRCL-9745～9746
Video version (first limited edition)：CD+DVD ￥1,900+tax / SRCL-9747～9748
First limited edition/normal edition：CD only ￥1,200＋tax / SRCL-9749
Interview with Kenshi Yonezu by Billboard JAPAN (Japanese Only): http://www.billboard-japan.com/special/detail/2815
Kenshi Yonezu Official Website: http://reissuerecords.net/
Kenshi Yonezu-Produced Foorin team E Releases Paprika English Ver. Music Video and Song Worldwide
02.December.2019 | MUSIC
Aiming to cheer everybody on in the runup to 2020 and beyond, Kenshi Yonezu formed two music groups consisting of young children called Foorin and Foorin team E to perform the Japanese and English versions of his song Paprika respectively as part of an ongoing music project.
Foorin team E “Paprika” Dance Video
Check out the English version of Paprika performed by Foorin team E on YouTube.
Paprika was dropped on digital services worldwide on December 2. Paprika will also be released on CD in First-Press Edition and Regular Edition copies on January 22 in Japan. The First-Press Edition comes in a seven-inch jacket containing the lyrics on a displayable card, a DVD of the music video and origami paper. There is also the chance to get your hands on a bonus Paprika dream magnet which will be in limited availability at selected music shops in Japan. Information on places to purchase will be revealed in the near future. The illustration for the CD jacket was created by Ryu Kato, who also created the illustrations used in the music video for Kenshi Yonezu’s cover of Paprika and the illustrations for the jacket of Foorin’s version of Paprika.
As is the case with the Japanese version of Paprika, the royalties generated by Yonezu from the release of the English version of Paprika and its secondary usage will be donated to Independent Administrative Corporations and Japanese sports foundations in order to assist athletes of the future generations.
Photo by Takako Noel
Paprika is working up a sensation throughout Japan as a break-through kid’s song. When Foorin released Paprika in 2018, the dance music video was viewed over 140 million times on YouTube and Paprika-related videos on NHK’s website generated over 260 million views. The song’s lyrics and music writer and producer Kenshi Yonezu even released his own cover of Paprika earlier this year in August. In just four days and nine hours since its upload, the cover was viewed over 10 million times, which is the fastest record for any of Yonezu’s music videos. Now the video has over 50 million views and is loved by people of all generations.
Yonezu’s projects are propelling forward full steam ahead. Who knows what he’s got next up his sleeve?
Paprika by Foorin team E
Release Date: December 2, 2019
*The song may be released on different digital services at different times. Please confirm the song’s status after December 2, 2019
Andy Warhol Exhibition in Kyoto: Select Major Artworks Revealed
20.November.2019 | SPOT
An exhibition centred around Andy Warhol, the American artist who was at the forefront of the pop art movement, is set to roll up to the Kyocera Museum of Art in Kyoto from September 19, 2020. Around 200 pieces of art will be showcasedーover 100 of which have never been displayed in Japan beforeーas well as 15 video art pieces.
Three Marilyns (1962), Andy Warhol. The Andy Warhol Museum. *First showcasing in Japan
All of the pieces to be shown at the exhibition are the property of The Andy Warhol Museum, which is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the US, where Warhol was born.
The Last Supper (1986), Andy Warhol. *First showcasing in Japan
Tunafish Disaster (1963), Andy Warhol. *First showcasing in Japan
Peacock (1957), Andy Warhol. *First showcasing in Japan
The line-up displays Warhol’s diverse works, including his highly treasured Three Marilyns, as well as Tunafish Disaster from his Death and Disaster series, the enormous The Last Supper piece, Peacock which makes use of the Japanese style of gold leaf art, and more.
Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera) (1956), Andy Warhol.
The exhibition will also turn its attention to Warhol’s connections to Kyoto which haven’t been discussed before. It will feature Warhol’s sketch of Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto which he drew during his trip around the world.
*All pieces are property of The Andy Warhol Museum
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
ANDY WARHOL KYOTO
Running: September 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Location: Toyama Cube, Kyoto Kyocera Museum of Art
Exhibition Website: https://www.andywarholkyoto.jp/
Exhibition Twitter: https://twitter.com/andywarholkyoto/
Exhibition Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andywarholkyoto/
Exhibition Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andywarholkyoto/
Kenshi Yonezu To Release English Version of ‘Paprika’ with English-Speaking Children
15.November.2019 | MUSIC
Foorin is a music unit made up of elementary school children with music and lyrics produced entirely by Kenshi Yonezu. Their single Paprika was released on August 15, 2018. Following auditions for native English-speaking children, Yonezu formed Foorin team E to create an English version of Paprika.
Since the debut of Foorin’s song and dance video in 2018, the song appeared in collaboration with NHK Educational TV and has made multiple appearances in events across Japan, adding a sprinkle of fun to the lives of Japanese children. It has become one of the most phenomenal kid’s songs of the century.
Yonezu’s cover of the song became an instant hit among people of all generations and was well-received overseas. With a desire to make singing and dancing to Paprika more of a global sensation, he set about creating an English version of the song with native English-speaking children.
Foorin team E consists of main vocalists Jasmine (10) and Corban (8) and chorus and dancers Len (12), Evangeline (12) and Clara (6).
Foorin team E’s first-ever performance of Paprika will take place at ABU TV Song Festival in Tokyo on November 19 at NHK Hall and they will also perform alongside Foorin for the first time at Japan’s 70th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen.
Get together with your family and younger siblings to enjoy two exciting versions of this cheerful song.
Foorin Artist Photo by Taro Mizutani
Kenshi Yonezu Artist Photo by Tomokazu Yamada
Official Touken Ranbu Event to be Held Across Japan to Celebrate Game’s 5th Anniversary
The key visual for the upcoming “Touken Ranbu Honmaru Haku 2020” event has been released. The event will take place across Japan, including Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo from January 5 to 19 next year in celebration of the online browser and mobile game’s 5th anniversary.
The event was first held in 2017 to celebrate two years since the game’s release where it was taken to 5 cities around Japan. This new event promises to be even bigger and better than before, with each room having its own theme. It will be a coming together of everything encompassing the franchise, including the anime, stage play, musical, film and more. After Ikebukuro, it will head to Osaka, Aichi, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Niigawa, Ishikawa, and elsewhere. More dates and details are to be announced.
All tickets are designated to specific time slots for each day. Pre-sale tickets for Ikebukuro opened on October 25 will close on October 31, so don’t miss out.
Touken Ranbu Honmaru Haku 2020
Running: January 5, 2020 – January 19, 2020
Venue: Ikebukuro Sunshine City Exhibition Halls A & B (3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo)
Entry Price: ¥2,000 (Tax Included) / With Folder ¥2,600 (Tax Included)
*Same-day and advance ticket prices are the same
Event Website: http://honmaruhaku2020.jp
Shibuya PARCO Refurbishments Reveal Collaboration Exhibitions With AKIRA, AUTO MOAI, JUN INAGAWA And More
The new fully refurbished Shibuya PARCO shopping complex is set to reopen on November 22, 2019. When Shibuya PARCO closed for renovations in 2016, GALLERYX BYPARCO was moved to Spain-zaka in the centre of Shibuya. This November, GALLERY X will return to its home on the basement floor 1 of the shopping complex.
The first opening exhibition of GALLERY X is titled “AKIRA ART OF WALL Katsuhiro Otomo × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION” which will see an entire wall decorated in a collage of art by manga author and film director Katsuhiro Otomo and his legendary series AKIRA until May 2020.
The art wall is in fact a relocation of the AKIRA art wall that has existed at the infrastructure building site in Shibuya for almost two years. Parts of it was damaged over time, and so it will resurface at PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO on the 4th floor of the new Shibuya PARCO. That’s not all: there will also be valuable original works displayed as well as posters, 3D model recreations of things seen in AKIRA, the series soundtrack by Geinoh Yamashirogumi playing, 3D attractions where you can interact with a futuristic “Neo Tokyo” and much more.
AUTO MOAI (December 2019)
Kazuki Iio (Zun) (December 2019)
Misaki Tanaka (February ー March 2020)
JUN INAGAWA (April 2020)
The first exhibition will be followed by a strong lineup of exhibitions. The exhibition areas will be filled with a wide range of attractions, making it appealing for a wide range of people with different tastes.
* The above information and dates are subject to change at any moment without prior notification.
GALLERY X is full of originality and is a source of the latest entertainment culture so please check it out.
Address: Shibuya PARCO floor B1, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 21:00
Official Website: art.parco.jp/