Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition Bound For Nagasaki This Summer

10.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

The second run of the Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition is set to take place at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki from July 13 to September 23. The event is focused on longtime Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and centres on specific “words” he wishes to convey through this work.

 

The exhibition had its first run in Tokyo back in April this year. We covered that event in detail so be sure to give it a read.

The enormous 3-meter tall Yubaba & Zeniba centrepiece will return at the Nagasaki exhibition. Visitors can draw omikuji fortunes from the display which have Suzuki’s keywords written on them along with his explanation of them. You can take these home with you―a perfect addition for your Studio Ghibli collection!

An extremely special merchandise shop will also open at the site with exclusive items and products on sale and decor and decorations that will have you feeling you have stepped right into an enchanting world woven by Studio Ghibli.

Fan: ¥702 (Tax Included)

Get your hands on an official Spirited Away fan to cool yourself down at the event this summer. On one side is an illustration of Yubaba and on the other some powerful words from Suzuki.

Tote Bag: ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

Express your love for Studio Ghibli everyday with this tote bag featuring the same illustration of Yubaba―which is the main visual for the exhibition―on the side. It’s big enough to be worn on your shoulder making it a convenient day-to-day item.

Tea-Towel: ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

This beautiful tea towel is made in collaboration with dyed goods company Chikusen who have been around since the Edo period. It has a traditional indigo blue colour and is made from high quality material. A perfect gift and souvenir for any fan of Studio Ghibli.

 

We can’t forget the themed food menu either. You’ll find it on the first floor of Huis Ten Bosch at the Tea Salon.

Bath House Dessert: ¥850 (Tax Included)

A fitting dessert for any guest of the Spirited Away bath house, look forward to a bamboo charcoal-black chocolate-sprayed vanilla ice cream, colourful sugar candy and a cookie. It’s also served with iced corn tea.

Toast For Adventure Lovers: ¥650 (Tax Included)

Served with a glass of iced corn tea is a delicious egg-topped slice of toasted baked in the hotel bakery. Like you see in anime series, it makes you want to grab it, shove it between your teeth and run outside on an adventure.

Any fans of Studio Ghibli’s work aren’t going to want to miss out on this very special event. If you’re in Japan this summer be sure you get to go.

 

©️TS ©️Studio Ghibli

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    ©2019 Studio Ghibli

  • Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition: What “Words” Does Suzuki Want to Convey Through Ghibli’s Films?

    22.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / SPOT

    The Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition is currently taking place at EDOCCO Edo Culture Complex at Kanda Shrine from April 20 to May 12. This is the first official large-scale Studio Ghibli exhibition in Tokyo in three years.

    This exhibition is focused on the “words” of Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki. It features writings and illustrations by Suzuki as well as the first ever showcasing of the “Yubaba & Zeniba’s Love and Fortune Omikuji,” a model of the Aburaya bathhouse from Spirited Away and much, much more.

    On the initial opening day of the exhibition attendees were met by Toshio Suzuki himself as well as Mari Natsuki, the voice actress of Yubaba from Spirited Away. Suzuki expressed his gratitude in being able to hold the event at Kanda Shrine. “I visited here with my mother 2 years ago before she passed away,” he explained.

    The two of them took no time at all in getting involved with the event as they drew from the new Yubaba and Zeniba omikuji fortunes.

     

    Mari Natsuki’s read, “Live in the here and now.” Some kind of power dwells in this statement. It’s powerful, and feels graceful. I definitely want to get that fortune myself too!

    The host speaker asked Suzuki what he has been working on recently to which he replied he has been storyboarding for a new film for the past three years. From his reply it seems that the storyboarding should be finished sometime soon. This is the framework for the film that we’ll get to see in probably around three years or so. I cannot wait for the day to arrive where we get to see a brand new Ghibli movie.

     

    The exhibition begins at the red entrance where illustrated lamps are strung up. Toshio Suzuki’s writing lines the event. Inside, the main area is divided into ten chapters. It begins with Suzuki’s childhood and progresses through to today. The written explanations are accompanied by numerous artwork displays.

    The words Suzuki has written are done so in a variety of ways including title lettering, slogans, and calligraphy he has done in recent years. There are many different words to read, such as “Balse” from Laputa: Castle in the Sky. I encourage people to stand in front of their favourite words and picture their deeper meaning.

    The exhibition also includes an area displaying Suzuki’s favourite films from the Showa era, magazines he is associated with from his time worknig at Tokuma Shoten, and more. Seeing the things that Suzuki loved and was passionate about when he was younger adds a deeper layer to his collection of words―words which have come into fruition through a multitude of experiences.

    Set up in the next area are scenes taken from several Studio Ghibli films with famous lines from each work overlaying them. Standing in front of these has you reliving those iconic scenes.

    Reading the words and lines throughout the exhibition makes you feel the same feelings as the person who wrote them does: everything from strength to kindness, sadness, serenity. Looking at them, I too feel as Suzuki does.

    These are the Yubaba and Zeniba omikuji fortunes that was shown at the beginning of the exhibition. You pull a string, check what number is given to you, and pull out that fortune from inside the mouth. You even get a divine message from Yubaba herself! If you’re at the exhibition and have time be sure to give it a go.

    If you don’t have time then there’s some “quick fortunes” available as well.

    The final display is a model of the Aburaya bathhouse from Spirited Away. Surrounding it are famous lines said in the movie. This too is a spectacular area.

    When you exit the exhibition you will come to a souvenir corner. It has lots of items you can’t gt anywhere else, so be sure to take your time to enjoy everything they have on display.

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    Haku White Rice Onigiri w/ Tea: ¥864

    There is also a cafe on the first floor selling food inspired by Studio Ghibli films too. There’s also limited-time food available on certain days for one day only, so if there’s something you want to try I recommend getting there nice and early.

     

    The fortune I drew was “excellent luck” and it read, “Live in the here and now.” These words are featured a lot in the exhibition.

     

    Live not in the past, but in the here and now. Treasuring what you have now will tie into the future. The now has also determined who I am up to now and will determine who I will become in the future. The exhibition made me realise again that I can be forgetful if I live too busily.

    The exhibition is littered with the magical power of Toshio Suzuki’s words. Pay a visit and try finding the words which ring close to you. You never know, you might even find a hint as to how to move forward and live with your head held high.

     

    ©TS ©Studio Ghibli

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Department)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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  • Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition Reveals Themed Menu & Special Items

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    The Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition was announced last month. It is set to run from April 20 to May 12 at EDOCCO Edo Culture Complex at Kanda Shrine.

     

    A special menu of four items has been cooked up for the exhibition, and merchandise made in collaboration with Kanda Shrine can be obtained. The themed food can be enjoyed at MASU MASU, the EDOCCO cafe located on the first floor of EDOCCO.

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    Another movie-inspired dish, this time My Neighbour Totoro. This beautiful melt-in-the-mouth shaved ice uses ice made from natural mineral water. It is based on the deep forest where the ocarina-blowing creature dwells.

     

    To commemorate your trip you can also pick up an omamori charm and ema board.

    *Images for illustrative purposes only. Designs subject to change.

    Ema Board (Yubaba)

     

    Omamori (Yubaba)

     

    Omamori (Gods)

    The charms and boards were made in collaboration with Kanda Shrine and feature designs of characters from Spirited Away.

     

    And from April 20 to 26, you can also get your hands on a Yubaba mask. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis with just 1,000 available per day.

    Mari Natsuki, the voice of Yubaba from Spirited Away, is also being invited for a talk with Toshio Suzuku on April 19. The talk will be streamed live via the event’s official Instagram. Full details TBA.

  • Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition Taking Place at EDOCCO Edo Culture Complex in Tokyo

    14.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Advance tickets for the Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition, which is set to run from April 20 to May 12 at EDOCCO Edo Culture Complex at Kanda Shrine, were released on Sunday.

     

    Official Twitter and Instagram accounts were also launched on the same day where the latest information regarding the exhibition and related events will be posted.

    <Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition – New Visual> ©︎TS  ©︎Studio Ghibli

    Tickets are being sold via Lawson Tickets, e+ and at select Animate stores.

    <Advance Ticket Bonus – Original Yubaba Notepad (Limited Quantity)> *Design subject to change  ©︎Studio Ghibli

     

    Those who purchase an advance ticket via Lawson or e+ will receive an additional ticket to get their hands on an original notepad of Yubaba from the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away. These are limited in stock and will be given to buyers when entering the exhibition.

     

    A ticket set containing tickets for the exhibition as well as admission to the Studio Ghibli Museum will also be released on March 10, 2019.

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    Chocomoo Interview

     

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    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. 

  • Poop-Themed Exhibition to Teach People All About Poop in Fukuoka

    20.September.2019 | SPOT

    Fukuoka PARCO and Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens are collaborating to hold a poop-themed exhibition entitled “Poop Exhibition: Poop Academy Cultural Festival in Fukuoka” on floor B1F of the south building of Fukuoka PARCO from September 27 to October 27.

    There will be many elements to the exhibition. The first of these is the language section where sentences written in Japanese will be draped all across one room, each with references to poop.

    Above photo taken from the Ikebukuro exhibition

    In the “Outdoor Lesson” corner, there will be cased displays of different animal droppings with descriptions, enabling people to see the different shapes and sizes poop comes in.

    In the “Poop Arithmetic 3rd Year Students” corner is a photo spot where you can pose like the Poop Maths Teacher as shown on the right.

    At the end of the exhibition there’s an exam room where you can take a test based on what you have learned from the exhibition.

     

    There’ll even be a range of original and exclusive merchandise.

    Postcard Set (5 Designs) – ¥400

    Folders – ¥300

    Toilet Roll – ¥348 / Character Tape Cutter – ¥700 / Leather Futon Books (2 Designs) – ¥500 Each

    Japan is having a poop craze right now, with the opening of the Unko Museum in Yokohama which is also set to arrive in Shanghai next month.

     

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Listed prices are pre-tax. Event content subject to change.

  • Japan’s Poop Museum Dumps Its Load in Shanghai

    05.September.2019 | SPOT

    The poop-themed exhibition Unko Museum is set to roll into Shanghai on October 19 where it will run until January 3 next year.

     

    The museum first appeared at the entertainment facility ASOBUILD, which is connected to Yokohama Station, where it is still running as Unko Museum YOKOHAMA. It was then followed by Unko Museum TOKYO where it is still open at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. This will mark the museum’s first trip overseas.

     

    Just 4 months after opening in in Yokohama, the museum had amassed over 200,000 visitors. The subsequent Tokyo museum served to promote the new Japanese concept of “kawaii poop” to tourists both Japanese and foreign. It was a huge success and enjoyed substantially more visitors than predicted.

     

    With the museum receiving huge attention from both Japan and overseas, Shanghai was chosen as the next destination as a means to develop the concept outside Japan since Shanghai is one of the main global cities of the Asian region. There is also the fact that mainland China has a population of over 1.4 billion. The Unko Museum aims to promote and establish itself as a new entertainment experience.

     

    The museum will be set up at Joy City Shopping Mall, which is home to a whole host of experience entertainment, as well as restaurants, shops, and even a Ferris wheel. It will have the same content as the museum in Japan, including giant poop statues, the “Unstagenic Area,” a combination of the Japanese word for “poop” (unko) and the words “Instagram” and “photogenic” with cute and stylish poops, and more.

  • Andy Warhol Exhibition to Grace Kyoto’s Kyocera Museum of Art in 2020

    29.August.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 on September 19, 2020.

     

    The exhibition will showcase pieces available only at the The Andy Warhol Museum in Pennsylvania, US. It will be the first Andy Warhol exhibition of its kind to hit Japan and will also touch on his deep knowledge of Kyoto.

    The exhibition will be the first to take place in the museum’s new Toyama Cube building which is currently under construction.

     

    More details will be announced on the exhibition’s website and social media accounts below.

  • Princess Mononoke Inspired Reversible Jacket Releasing at GBL

    26.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    GBL is an American casual clothing brand that decorates its items in all things Studio Ghibli. They are set to release a new sukajan (a type of Japanese jacket inspired by baseball jackets) with an original Princess Mononoke design on the Donguri Kyowakoku Sora no Ue online store on August 31 from 11am (JST).

    This marks the release of the brand’s second sukajan. It includes a reversible design. The outside layer is velveteen and features black colouring with the Forest Spirit on the back. The inside layer of the coat is made from rayon and comes in autumntime colours.

    Both includes beautiful original motifs and illustrations of the film’s various characters.

    The velveteen layer also has embroidery of the cursing Tatarigami demon.

     

    Look stylish this autumn while showing off your love for Studio Ghibli with this new sukajan

  • Gundam Artist Yuji Kaida Exhibition Announced For Osaka Umeda LOFT

    13.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To celebrate 40 years of Yuji Kaida’s illustration artwork for the Gundam series, an exhibition entitled Yuji Kaida Gundam Gallery will take place on the fifth floor LOFT Forum of Umeda LOFT in Osaka from August 23 to September 8.

     

    Yuji Kaida is known for his longtime work on box art for Gunpla model kits. The exhibition will feature a gorgeous collection of his iconic Gundam artwork, covering traditional art from Mobile Suit Gundam to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing to digital art in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

    Over 70 pieces illustrated by Kaida will be displayed, each categorised into one of four themes. Many of these will include artworks being shown to the public for the first time such as the Gwazine-class battleship.

     

    There will also be enormous towers of piled-up Gunpla boxes, a showcasing titled “Maiking of Hi-νGUNDAM” the process of digital art, and more.

     

    The exhibition is an absolute must-visit for all fans of the Gundam franchise.

     

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