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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    Walt Disney Japan have announced they will release a collection of all short films by Studio Ghibli spanning 1992-2016 on DVD, Blu-ray and for DVD rental in Japan on July 17, 2019.

     

    A collection of Ghibli shorts was first released in 2005 and featured everything from the studio’s their ever animated short Sora Iro no Tane (1992) to the latest animated PV at the time. The new collection will feature all of those plus another eleven for a total of 33 shorts. This is also the first time they will be released on Blu-ray.

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    The first trailer for the collection was released on the official Disney Studios Japan YouTube channel. It begins with a message from Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki which reads: “Long films aren’t Ghibli’s only thing. This and that too are authentically Ghibli.”

    In the video we see a whole range of short animations, including various collaborative ads made for Lawson, the Studio Ghibli Museum and more. We also see a music clip for Sora Tobu Machi Keikaku by Yasutaka Nakata (Capsule).

     

    This is sure to be a must-have collector’s item for any Studio Ghibli fan.

     

    ©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.

    We bought a wooden ema plaque which is used for writing prayers and wishes on. We wrote on it our hope for MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON to become the number one website in the world!

    Tonari no Kakigori Shaved Ice: ¥648

    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

  • Collection of Studio Ghibli Short Films to be Released on DVD & Blu-ray

    10.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME

    Walt Disney Japan have announced they will release a collection of all short films by Studio Ghibli spanning 1992-2016 on DVD, Blu-ray and for DVD rental in Japan on July 17, 2019.

     

    A collection of Ghibli shorts was first released in 2005 and featured everything from the studio’s their ever animated short Sora Iro no Tane (1992) to the latest animated PV at the time. The new collection will feature all of those plus another eleven for a total of 33 shorts. This is also the first time they will be released on Blu-ray.

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    House Foods “Ouchi de Tabeyō” Series Commercial – “Niwa no Chigusa” Version

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    This one is a must-have for collectors of Studio Ghibli movies.

     

    ©2016 Studio Ghibli

    ©2019 Studio Ghibli

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

    29.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    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.

    Makkuro na Kuro Goma Ohagi no Ocha Set: ¥864

    Inspired by the soot sprites of My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away, this set comes with a black sesame seed rice ball and tea. It is served with small colourful sugar candy balls.

    Haku Mai no Onigiri: ¥864 (*Comes with tea)

    Taking its name from Haku from Spirited Away, which means ‘white,’ this dish comes with three white rice balls wrapped in bamboo. The rice ball fillings are a secret making the eating experience even more fun.

    Tonari no Kakigoori: ¥648 (*Can be ordered for takeout)

    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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    The largest ever MANGA exhibition in the country

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    1/1000 Scale Giant Model of Tokyo and Visuals Installation

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

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    Installation to Experience Reality merged with Characters

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    Section 1: Cycles of Deconstruction and Reconstruction

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

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

    Depiction of catastrophic damages to Tokyo, inflicted by unprecedented natural disasters or mysterious creatures, is almost routine in Japanese manga, anime, games and tokusatsu works. This section includes works with themes of  “destruction and reconstruction.”

     

    Section 2: Life in Tokyo

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    Edo As Pre-Tokyo

    “Sakuran” ANNO Moyoco ©Moyoco Anno / Cork

     

    From the Beginning of Modernization to the Post-modern City

    “Rurouni Kenshin” WATSUKI Nobuhiro ©Nobuhiro Watsuki / SHUEISHA

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

    From the End of the Century to the Present

    “Solanin” ASANO Inio © Inio Asano / Shogakukan

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

    Section 3: Characters vs. the City

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

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

     

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

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    Photo by Joshua White JWPictures/©Academy Museum Foundation

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    lmageboard, ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988), Hayao Miyazaki © 1988 Studio Ghibli


    Still Image, ‘Spirited Away’ (2001), Hayao Miyazaki © 2001 Studio Ghibli・NDDTM

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    Hayao Miyazaki Exhibition – What to Expect

    Tree Tunnel


    Still Image, ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988), Hayao Miyazaki © 1988 Studio Ghibli

    Journey through the iconic “Tree Tunnel” conceived by Hayao Miyazaki for the film My Neighbor Totoro just like 4-year-old Mei does when chasing the mini Totoro.

     

    Creating Characters


    Still Image, ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ (1989), Hayao Miyazaki © 1989 Eiko Kadono・Studio Ghibli・N

    Creating Characters will introduce Hayao Miyazaki’s many protagonists from such celebrated works as My Neighbor TotoroPrincess Mononoke, and more. This will include original character design illustrations as well as pieces never before exhibited outside of Japan.

     

    Making Of


    Imageboard, ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’ (1984), Hayao Miyazaki © 1984 Studio Ghibli・H

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    Creating Worlds


    Background Image, ‘Spirited Away’ (2001), Hayao Miyazaki © 2001 Studio Ghibli・NDDTM

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    Sky View Installation

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    Magical Forest

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    Photo of Hayao Miyazaki by Nicolas Guerin

     

    Toshio Suziki, Studio Ghibli Producer & Co-Founder | Comment

    “It is an immense honor that Hayao Miyazaki is the inaugural temporary exhibition at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Miyazaki’s genius is his power of remembering what he sees. He opens drawers in his head to pull out these visual memories to create characters, landscapes and structures that are busting with originality. It is our hope that visitors will be able to experience the entire scope of Hayao Miyazaki’s creative process through this exhibition. I am deeply grateful to all those who have been instrumental in presenting this exhibition.”

     

    Bill Kramer, Academy Director | Comment

    “We could not be more excited to launch our new institution with the most comprehensive presentation of Hayao’s Miyazaki’s work to date. Honoring the masterful career of this international artist is a fitting way to open our doors, signifying the global scope of the Academy Museum.”

     

    Jessica Niebel, Academy Museum Exhibitions Curator | Comment

    “Hayao Miyazaki has a singular ability to capture how we perceive life, with all its ambiguities and complexities. It has been a privilege to collaborate with Studio Ghibli in creating an exhibition that will appeal to the most avid Miyazaki fan and those not yet familiar with his work.”

  • Demon Slayer Exhibition to Open at Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido

    09.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Sapporo Factory is set to welcome an exhibition themed on the popular TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba from October 17 to November 8 this year.

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. The popular series has over 80 million copies in circulation and spawned a hit anime series last year. The upcoming anime film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train set for release on October 16, 2020 will serve as a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series and is being animated by ufotable.

     

    The exhibition will look back over the anime series to date, as well as the upcoming film, which will be released the day before the exhibition starts. Fans can expect a variety of exhibits at the event, from video content to artwork, as well as exclusive merchandise.

     

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  • Japan’s Pixar Bullet Train Project ‘GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with Pixar’ Details Announced

    28.August.2020 | SPOT

    JR Kyushu has signed a promotional license agreement with Walt Disney Japan to launch the “GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with PIXAR” project, which will see the shinkansen bullet trains decorated in characters from the Pixar animated filmography starting on September 12, 2020.

     

    The project comes at a time when Pixar celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original Toy Story film, which released back in 1995 as the first entirely computer-animated feature film.

     

    New details have been released for the upcoming project, including the unveiling of the key visual, the content of the collaboration, campaigns that will be held, and limited-edition merchandise which will be sold.

    Key Visual

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    Character Visuals

    Poster Design

    All major stations along the JR Kyushu Line display the key visual along with the above-pictured poster featuring various Pixar characters. Each of Kyushu’s seven major prefectural train stations listed below will also have additional posters for different Pixar films.

     

    Hakata Station: Toy Story
    Saga Station: Up
    Nagasaki Station: Finding Nemo
    Oita Station: The Incredibles
    Kumamoto Station: Cars
    Kagoshima-Chūō Station: Monsters, Inc.
    Miyazaki Station: Wall-E

     

    Tabloid Distribution

    For illustrative purposes only. Distribution from September 12, 2020.

    At all major stations running the JR Kyushu Line, commuters can get their hands on a free tabloid inspired by the “My Adventure Book” from the Pixar film Up. The content of the tabloid features information related to the collaboration and where you can find Pixar characters at stations throughout Kyushu, so you too can have your own adventure.

     

    Photo Spots

    Cars photo spot

    The seven JR Kyushu prefectural stations will also have their own photo spots where you can snap a picture. You’ll also spot Woody and Buzz dolls and Hakata Station and Sully and Mike ones at Kagoshima-Chūō Station.

     

    Participating Stations: Hakata Station, Saga Station, Nagasaki Station, Oita Station, Kumamoto Station, Kagoshima-Chūō Station, Miyazaki Station

     

    Special Site & Official Instagram

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    Special Movie

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    Campaign: Find the Pixar Ball

    Original sticker designs

    If you spot a station staff member at any of the JR Kyushu prefectural stations wearing a Pixar ball badge, call out to them and they’ll give you one of seven possible Pixar stickers as pictured above. All seven can be put into your “My Adventure Book,” so try collecting them all!

     

    Participating Stations: Hakata Station, Saga Station, Nagasaki Station, Oita Station, Kumamoto Station, Kagoshima-Chūō Station, Miyazaki Station

    *Depending on the time, platform staff may not be wearing the badges

    *Stickers are available while supplies last

     

    GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE Digital Stamp Rally

    A digital stamp rally will be held on the official JR Kyushu app. Board the JR Kyushu WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE Shinkansen, visit JR Kyushu Stations, and get some original stamps.

     

    1st Stamp Rally: September 12, 2020 – January 31, 2021

     

    Limited Edition Merchandise

    Merchandise lineup

    A special collection of merchandise has been created featuring designs of Kyushu and the Pixar characters. The items will be sold at shops around JR Kyushu stations and online in Japan.

     

    Release Date: September 12, 20202
    Merchandise List: https://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/train/wakuwaku-adventure/goods/

     

    Those who ride the very first departing train will receive an original Pixar design train ticket. The Tsubame 363 train bound for Kagoshima-Chūō Station will depart from Hakata Station at 12:19 on September 12, 2020.

     

    ©Disney/Pixar

  • Review: Tokyo’s The Quintessential Quintuplets MAKEOVER Exhibition

    22.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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

    Tokyo Report

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


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

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

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

     

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


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

     

    ©Negi Haruba / Kodansha

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

    19.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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

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

     

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

  • Yowamushi Pedal Live-Action Film Promoted With Art & Movie Exhibition in Shibuya

    15.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The live-action film adaptation of Wataru Watanabe’s manga series Yowamushi Pedal was released on August 14, 2020, and to promote it PARCO is set to hold the “Yowamushi Pedal ART & MOVIE EXHIBITION” at Shibuya PARCO’s GALLERY X between August 21-31.

    The exhibition will showcase various colour and full-colour displays of panels from the manga series as well as costumes used in the live-action film and more. There will also be a behind-the-scenes photo exhibit featuring photos of Ryota Bando who plays Shoukichi Naruko in the live-action film.

    Acrylic Key Rings | ¥400 (Tax Included)


    T-Shirt | ¥4,400 (Tax Included)


    Blanket | ¥4,180 (Tax Included)

    Fans can get their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise too. These items will be posted on PARCO’s online store on August 25 for those who can’t attend the event.

     

    ©️2020 “Yowamushi Pedal” Film Production Committee ©️Wataru Watanabe (Akita Shoten) 2008 

  • Enter the World Of My Neighbor Totoro in Japan’s Oita and Miyazaki Prefectures

    14.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    My Neighbor Totoro is one of Studio Ghibi’s most celebrated animated feature films, adored by people around the world. If you’ve visited Japan, you’re bound to have run into something Totoro-related, but did you know there’s actually several locations in Kyushu which takes it to the next level, bringing the world of the film to life?

     

    Today, we are joined by Rie who posts her Kyushu travels on her Instagram page. She has provided us with photos of these amazing spots, which are must-visits for Totoro fans, along with her thoughts.

     

    Tataragi Bus Stop | Hita, Oita Prefecture

    When you roll up to Tataragi Bus Stop (多々良木バス停) in Oita’s city of Hita, you are welcomed by a giant piece of wall art made into the moss that grows on the wall. This bus stop is actually a stop used exclusively by school buses, so ordinary people can’t actually catch a bus here. And unfortunately, you won’t see any cat buses running down the street if you wait long enough in the rain, but it’s still a must-visit for fans.

    Address: Amagasemachi Gota, Hita, Oita, Japan (In Japanese: 大分県日田市天瀬町合田)

     

    Totoro’s Forest | Saiki, Oita Prefecture

    This area is visited by many tourists and sightseers throughout the year because of how similar it looks to something from My Neighbor Totoro. There is a small park near the bus stop which is known as Totoro no Mori (Totoro’s Forest).

    Being surrounded by nature, enveloped by the green trees and foliage, makes you feel like Mei and Satsuki from the movie. It’s like being transported back to my childhood. It’s a strange place that makes you feel nostalgic even if it’s your first time visiting.

    Address: 1368 Ume Oaza Minamitabaru, Saiki-shi, Oita Prefecture (In Japanese: 大分県佐伯市宇目大字南田原轟1368)

     

    Takahara, Miyazaki Prefecture

    The next spot I want to show you is where an ordinary person made their very own Totoro statue. If you hold up an umbrella in the rain you can take a photo that recreates that one scene from te movie. There is a sign nearby the statue with a caution written on it as the Totoro is actually inside a family garden. When visiting to take a photo, please make sure to follow the caution and not cause any trouble for people in the neighbouring area.

    Address: 7538-6 Kamamuta, Takaharu, Nishimorokata-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture (In Japanese: 宮崎県西諸島県群高原町大字蒲牟田7538-6)

     

    Rie posts photos of all her visits around Kyushu on Instagram, so if you’re thinking of ever visiting there, be sure to follow her for ideas on where to go.

     

    Photos by Rie

    *The information listed in this article is correct at the time of publishing

  • Inuyasha Spin-Off Anime ‘Yashahime’ Releases First Trailer, Promotional Exhibition to Take Place Across Japan

    09.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The first trailer for the upcoming TV anime series Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is here. The anime, which will air from October 3, serves as a spin-off series of the anime adaptation of Inuyasha which originally ran from 2000-2004 and wrapped up with Inuyasha: The Final Act in 2010.

    Confirmed cast members for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon include Sara Matsumoto as Towa Higurashi, Mikako Komatsu as Setsuna, and Azusa Tadokoro as Moroha.

     

    To promote the series, a series of exhibitions celebrating the history of Inuyasha will take place across Japan including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Niigata—the latter of which is the hometown of Inuyasha author Rumiko Takahashi. Merchandise will also be available for fans to buy.

    The main visual for the exhibition

    Details on tickets, merchandise, and the full content of the exhibition will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned.

     

    ⒸRumiko Takahashi / Shogakukan・Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation・Sunrise 2009

  • Kiki’s Delivery Service 2-Way One Piece Dresses Released by Donguri Closet in Japan

    06.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Donguri Closet is releasing two new “2-way shirt one piece” dresses inspired by Kiki’s clothes from the Studio Ghibli animated film Kiki’s Delivery Service.

     

    Donguri Closet is a brand by the official Studio Ghibli merchandise shop Donguri Kyowakoku, which is managed by Benelic.

    Kiki’s Delivery Service 2-Way Shirt One Piece – Essential Kiki | ¥6,800 (Before Tax)

    The one piece dresses come in two colour variations, one of which is based on Kiki’s regular dress, and the other inspired by the pastries sold at the bakery she works at in the movie.

    Kiki’s Delivery Service 2-Way Shirt One Piece – Bread Wreath | ¥6,800 (Before Tax)

    The dresses are one size fits all, but measure for those who stand at 150cm-168cm tall. Both are made from cotton and hemp so feel soft on the body and are the perfect choice for the hot weather. The dresses can also be worn like a Japanese haori if you undo all of the buttons, giving it more of a shirt look.

    Dress like Kiki with these new dresses from Donguri Closet.

  • TV Anime The Rolling Girls Exhibition to Take Place in Tokyo This September

    04.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Rolling Girls is an anime series produced by Wit Studio that aired in 2015. In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the girly, road movie-like series, the anime will be released in a special Blu-ray box in Japan on December 16, 2020.

    The 5-year milestone will also be celebrated with an exhibition at Space Caiman in Tokyo from September 18 to 21. There will be illustrations and messages posted up from the anime’s production staff, including the director Kotomi Deai, screenwriter Yasuyuki Muto, character designer tanu, and character setter Katsuhiko Kitada, and as well as the Mob themselves—the four main characters.

    The event will be one no fan will want to miss out on as staff and fans come together to express their love for the series.

     

    A special display will also be set up which will showcase drafts and production materials from when the anime was being produced.

    This includes character illustrations, image boards, character settings, original works, background art, and more. Fans can also get their hands on some exclusive 5th anniversary merchandise too.

     

    ©2015 The Rolling Girls Production Committee製作委員会

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