Sebastian Masuda And Other Phenomenal Artists Create Outstanding Doraemon Exhibition

17.July.2019 | SPOT

28 artist groups and individuals have created artistic pieces to represent Japan’s favourite animated character Doraemon. From July 12 to September 23, 2019, you can see these magnificent creations at the Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 which will take place at Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan.

The Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 features a range of artists who exhibit their works in Japan and even in foreign countries. This is a fantastic chance to meet a range of new Doraemon that the world has never seen. This event covers a range of genres through modern art that is overflowing with creativity and dedication for the anime character that has grasped the nation. 

On July 11, the day before the opening of the exhibition, there was a special opening ceremony and private viewing event held exclusively for staff and the press, which was a massive success. 

 

Press releases of the event reveal that artists Yasumasa Morimura and Sebastian Masuda were present at the ceremony for photos and greetings. 

Yasumasa Morimura commented with deep emotion: “I am so happy to have finally taken part in the Doraemon Exhibition. For this creation, I used lots of paper to make the costumes. I collaborated with Junko Koike, collecting lots of Doraemon manga as raw materials for the dress. As Doraemon has the power to manipulate time and space, and has the ability to create a door that leads to anywhere he desires, I thought a grey dress would be appropriate. In fact, the entire exhibition venue is just like the inside of Doraemon’s pocket ー it is packed with the work of 28 solo artists and groups. What a fun experience it is. I hope that many people in the Kansai region come see this,” he explained.

Sebastian Masuda commented: “I’m actually the same age as Doraemon and I share the same birthday as Noby; the main character from the series. I was born with a love for Doraemon.”

 

He then commented on his art piece: “I actually wanted to make it as big as the Budha statue at Todaiji Temple in Nara, but we wouldn’t be able to fit it in the venue so I made it two metres tall instead”, he laughed. “I collected materials from markets from all around the world, so the final piece is literally made up of the colours of the world,” he continued. 

 

His message to the people of Osaka is: “I would love it if lots of children came to see this. It would really make my day to hear reactions from them like “whoa, it’s huge” or “that’s so cool!””

 

Please come stop by to visit your favourite Doraemon!

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  • Toy Story 4 Themed Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo& Nagoya

    12.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MOVIE

    Did you catch Toy Story 4 at the cinema yet? If you’re in Japan this summer then you won’t want to miss the official Toy Story 4-themed cafes opening in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya on July 20 and in Hokkaido on July 21 for a limited time.

     

    The film was released just last month but is only set to hit Japanese theatres on July 12. It serves as the fourth and final film in the Toy Story series, wrapping up the story that first warmed the hearts of the public when the first movie dropped back in 1995.

     

    The cafe will be a toy box of fun for all fans of the films, featuring a Toy Story inspired menu and decorations laced with trivia.

    It costs ¥500 (before tax) per person to book a seat at the cafe. Customers who order from the menu will receive one of 13 possible stickers pictured above in the style of theatre tickets.

    Everyone who enters the cafe will also receive one of these 13 possible entry bands.

    <Woody & Bo Peep> Fateful Reunion Plate (¥1,890)

    Fans of Woody and Bo Peep should look at ordering the Fateful Reunion Plate, a chicken sandwich and vichyssoise set based on both characters’ outfits. Find the sheep hidden amongst the dish!

    <Duke Caboom> High in the Sky! Stunt Burger (¥1,890)

    Duke Caboom’s chicken burger is served with mint sauce and a heap of assorted vegetables. Fly high in the sky with the dish’s delicious combination of flavours.

    <Buzz, Ducky & Bunny> Night Carnival Pasta (¥1,790)

    This meat pasta dish is topped with colourful vegetables. Keep the fun going at the moving carnival at night!

    <Gabby Gabby & The Bensons> Afternoon Tea Set (¥1,790)

    Paying tribute to Gabby Gabby and the dummies, the afternoon tea set comes with a tuna sandwich and a fruit and yogurt sandwich. To drink you can enjoy a decaff Earl Grey tea.

    <Jessie> Pomegranate Water (¥890 or w/coaster ¥1,790)

    Feel refreshed with Jessie’s satisfyingly sour pomegranate water.

    <Slinky> Orange Yogurt Smoothie (¥890 or w/coaster ¥1,790)

    Or order Slinky’s orange flavoured yogurt smoothie with kiwi sauce.

    Ordering from the food menu will also get each person a specially-made paper apron.

     

    There are lots of other items on the menu to look forward to as well. And don’t miss out on the range of exclusive merchandise they have either.

    Acrylic Key Ring (13 Designs): ¥500 Each

    A5 Folder (10 Designs): ¥350 Each

    Mini Duralex Glass (5 Designs): ¥800 Each

     

    The Toy Story hype doesn’t seem to show any signs of stopping just yet. Be sure to visit the official Toy Story 4 cafe in Japan.

     

    ©Disney/Pixar

    © POOF-Slinky, LLC

    *All prices include tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only and so designs are subject to change.

  • Play Hide And Seek at After Hours Spooky Japanese Theme Park in Osaka

    09.July.2019 | SPOT

    Hirakata Park in Osaka is set to host its scary nighttime horror event “Hide And Seek at Hiraka Park” again this year from August 26 to September 1. Tickets are now on sale via Lawson Tickets. The event is being held in collaboration with MBS, Yami and ICT of NTT West.

    The park will take a turn for the worse as soon as evening settles and night envelops the sky, bringing a spooky shift to the usual mirthful atmosphere during the day. Something terrible will lurk in the dark after the park closes.

     

    Participants of this event will need to use their electronic devices, such as a tablet or smartphone, to help them reach the goal within an hour while keeping hidden from any spirits that may be lying in wait in the shadows. We also recommend taking a spare pair of pants.

     

    But that’s not all, as guests at the park can now get involved in another frightening experience using VR technology. This VR game, which is called “The Vengeful Sleep Paralysis Ghost’s Mansion,” was introduced to the park on July 6 and is available for a limited time only.

     

    If you’re down for some hair-raising spooks but can’t wait until Halloween, then you know where you need to go this summer.

  • Ojamajo Doremi Anime Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo & Osaka

    29.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of TV anime series Ojamajo Doremi, two themed cafes named Ojamajo Doremi Cafe&Kitchen will open in Tokyo and Osaka from July 12 and August 29 respectively.

     

    Ojamajo Doremi is an original magical girl created by Toei Animation that ran from February 1999 to January 2003. The series was a huge hit with young girls in Japan when it was released, sending them into a magical daze and further spreading the love for magical girl series. The Cafe&Kitchen is aimed at today’s young girls and the girls from back then who have now turned into women. The cafe promises to be kawaii through and through.

    Doremi’s Adoration! Steak Sandwich Plate: ¥1,490

    Steak is Doremi’s favourite so there was no way the cafe was going to leave it off the menu. This steak sandwich is served in a baguette and is served with cheese sauce to make the steak even more delicious.

    Momoko’s New York Memories… Meat Ball Pasta Salad: ¥1,290

    This dish is inspired by Momoko’s memories of how New York tasted back when she lived there as a young girl. The salad pasta bowl is colourful and filled to the brim, representing Momoko’s overflowing energy and liveliness. Pour the saffron flavoured cream cheese over to make it look and taste even more American.

    Ojamajo Doremi’s 20th Birthday Cake: ¥1,190

    The Cafe&Kitchen is a celebration of the series’s 20th anniversary, so they whipped up a birthday cake fitting for a magical girl. It’s a combination of roll cake and sponge cake so you’re sure to never tire of the flavour. Help celebrate Doremi’s 20th by tucking into this whipped cream covered birthday cake!

    Magical Girl Apprentice’s Rainbow Pancakes: ¥1,190

    Based on the iconic colours of the magical girls, this stack of cute pancakes are shaped like hearts. Scoop up the anglaise sauce and eat together with the pancakes for an even sweeter flavour.

    Onpu’s Purple Tapioca Milk: ¥790

    The famous idol Onpu gets her very own brown sugar bubble tea with tapioca pearls. Served in her image colour, the drink is whipped with whipped cream and showered with rainbow sprinkles♡

    Aiko’s Blue Lemonade Float: ¥890

    You’re sure to cool yourself down in the summer heat with Aiko’s blue lemonade topped with deliciously refreshing ice cream, lime and mint.

    Acrylic Key Ring (6 Designs): ¥600

    Clear Pouch (1 Design): ¥1,500

    With art director by popular creators Etoile et Griotte, who are popular with lovers of kawaii things, the Cafe&Kitchen will also sell a selection of cute and exclusive merchandise.

    Customers who book a table in advance (¥500 per person, excluding tax) and order from the menu will receive one of the six above-pictured original clear stickers chosen randomly.

    Those who dine at the cafe will also receive one of these two possible original lunch mats.

    Finally, customers who order a drink will receive one of six possible character coasters.

    Visit the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe&Kitchen this summer to celebrate 20 years since the series first aired.

     

    *All prices listed are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only

    ©Toei Animation

  • Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL Will Take Place at Hirakata Park in Osaka

    25.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    It has been announced that Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL will be on exhibit at Hirakata Park in Osaka from September 21 to December 1.

    It was announced earlier this month that the exhibition is also to take place at the MORI Arts Center Gallery on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills MORI Tower from July 5 to September 8. The exhibition serves to plunge fans into the world of Attack on Titan in a number of different ways, from art displays to diorama reconstructions of the world and more.

     

    Advance tickets for the Hirakata Park event will be released on July 1.

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  • Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe Reveal New Desserts Including Polteageist Tea Set

    20.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe are releasing a new teatime menu at their respective branches on October 24, 2020.

     

    Pokémon Cafe

    Polteageist & Sinistea Tea Party! Fruit Tea Set ~Apple Flavoured~ | ¥1,188 (Tax Included)


    Polteageist & Sinistea Tea Party! Fruit Tea Set ~Strawberry Flavoured~ | ¥1,188 (Tax Included)

    Pokémon Cafe is serving up two different fruit tea sets based on the Ghost-type Pokémon Polteageist and Sinistea. Customers are free to pour in their desired amount of fruit syrup which changes the colour of the tea. The sets come with a cute cookie too.

     

    Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe

    Left: Polteageist’s Tea Party! Fruit Tea ~Mixed Berry Flavour~ / Right: Polteageist’s Tea Party! Fruit Tea ~Peach Orange Flavour~ | ¥700 Each (Before Tax)

    Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe is also going to serve up some Polteageist themed fruit teas as well as a selection of desserts like macarons and financier almond cakes which have Pokémon tail and ear designs.

    After ordering one of the Polteageist fruit teas, customers can place their cups under the Polteageist tea pot as pictured above and activate the pot to dispense their drink, so it’s like Polteageist  really pouring tea for you.

    Left: Swirlix Strawberry Macaron | Middle: Pikachu Vanilla Macaron | Right: Galarian Ponyta Pistachio Macaron – ¥500 Each (Before Tax)

    Treat yourself to one of the super cute Swirlix, Pikachu, or Ponyta macarons each with designs that tell you instantly which Pokémon they’re inspired by.

    Polteageist Fruit Tea and & Pikachu Macaron Set

    Customers can order a tea and macaron combination set too.

     

    Pikachu Parfaits

    Pikachu Glass Parfait Set | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)

    An adorable set of Pikachu parfaits, one being caramel banana flavoured and the other chocolate.

    Pikachu Tea Party Assortment – Pika Pika Pikavee Set | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)

    Another set to share between friends and family, this time with two Pikachu glass desserts as well as Pikachu and Eevee cupcakes.

    Pikachu Tea Party Assortment – Ghost Type Set | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)

    This set comes with the Pikachu glass desserts as well as Ghost-type Gengar and Litwick mousse cakes.

     

    The Polteageist teapot and Sinistea teacup used at the Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe will also be released at Pokémon Center Online in Japan on December 5, 2020.

     

    © 2020 Pokémon.©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
    Pokémon, ポケットモンスター, and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc..

  • World’s First Mario Cafe and Shop Opens at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka

    20.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) announced earlier this month that its new Nintendo-themed area SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will open in spring 2021. While the grand opening of SUPER NINTENDO is still a while away yet, USJ has everyone covered, as the new and first of its kind Mario Cafe & Store officially opened inside the park’s Hollywood Area on October 16, 2020.

     

    The cafe and shop is dream come true for fans of the Mario bros as they enter into a world inspired by the video game series with Mario and Luigi and level decorations in every corner. It can be easily spotted thanks to the red and green “M” and “L” letters on the windows symbolising Mario and Luigi as well as the Mario and Luigi hats. Gamers can enjoy this exciting space while they wait for the official opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.

     

    Themed food and merchandise line-up

    Decorations are instantly recognisable with Question Blocks and Pipes on the walls, Mario Mushroom-coloured tables, and more.

    The food line-up includes dishes, drinks, and desserts like pancake sandwiches made to look like Mario and Luigi’s hats, fruit dream soda inspired by the brothers’ moustaches, and a selection of original merchandise which reads “WHOSE CAP?” on it like T-shirts and more. You can see more of what’s on the menu here.

     

    © Nintendo.

  • Disney: Twisted-Wonderland Mobile Game Gets Themed Cafes in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya

    19.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    LEGS, INC. has announced that it will open three cafes themed on the mobile game Disney: Twisted-Wonderland at OH MY CAFE branches in Tokyo and Osaka on November 20 and in Nagoya on November 27.

    Disney: Twisted-Wonderland is a Japanese mobile game that was released on March 18, 2020. The concept, character designs, and scenario for the adventure rhythm game were conceived by Yana Toboso, the creator of the popular Black Butler manga series. The game is centred on the villains of Disney.

     

    The cafe’s theme places customers in the food hall of Night Raven College, the magic training school where the game is set. It will be adorned in decorations inspired by the game’s food hall, and coupled with that, the cafe will serve up food and drink that actually appear in the game. There’s also exclusive merchandise for players to get their hands on.

     

    The Menu

    There are four different lunches to pick from, all of which are low in salt content and so are a healthy option for wizards and witches flying into the cafe.

     

    Food

    <Lunch Option A>


    Deluxe Menchi Katsu Sandwich | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    The most popular item on the food hall’s menu is the non-fried menchi-katsu meat cutlet sandwich.

     

    <Lunch Option B>


    Salmon Cream Stew | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    A cream stew packed with salmon and vegetables and served with slices of baguette for dipping.

     

    <Lunch Option C>


    Tomato Base Squid Ink Pasta | | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    A colourful tomato-based veggie pasta in squid ink and served with fruity yoghurt.

     

    <Lunch Option D>


    Four Mushroom Risotto | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

    A creamy, mild-flavoured risotto served with four different kinds of mushrooms.

     

    Drinks


    Character Drinks (7 Flavours) – Heartslabyul, Savanaclaw, Octavinelle, Scarabia, Pomefiore, Ignihyde, Diasomnia | ¥890 with coaster ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    A selection of colourful tinted waters inspired by seven different characters seen in the game.

     

    Merchandise


    Superdeformed Series Art Example


    Pattern Series Art Example

    Magic-wielding players can get their hands on a selection of merchandise both at the cafes, and from November 20, via the OH MY CAFE STORE website. There are two different designs for the merch line-up as pictured above.

     

    Bonus Items

    Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 before tax per person) at the cafe will receive one of 22 possible lunch mats, and if they order a drink, one of 22 coasters.

    ©Disney

  • Rilakkuma Book Cafe Themed Afternoon Teas in Osaka Will Serve Bear-Huggingly Kawaii Food

    17.October.2020 | FOOD

    Major bookstores across Japan are rolling out the Rilakkuma Book Fair where fans can get their hands on short Rilakkuma fairy tails, exclusive merchandise, and more.


    In line with the event, Fruits Parlor & Bakery Season & Co., a cafe in Umeda, Osaka, is serving up a special menu with the theme “Rilakkuma Book Cafe” from October 30 to November 30. This includes a afternoon teas which also celebrates the cafe’s 1st anniversary, more exclusive merchandise, and novelties for customers who order from the Rilakkuma menu.

    Rilakkuma Zukin Afternoon Tea | ¥4,000 (Before Tax) *Reservation-only

    A special afternoon tea featuring 13 different goodies from desserts to a sandwich, quiche, and more. It comes with a fruit iced tea welcome drink too.

    Rilakkuma Yuki Hime Afternoon Tea | ¥4,000 (Before Tax) *Reservation-only

    A different afternoon tea that serves up 12 items. This also comes with a fruit iced tea.

    Rilakkuma’s Honey Apple Smoothie | ¥800 (Before Tax)

    A honey apple smoothie topped with refreshing vanilla ice cream, smooth fresh cream, and a Rilakkuma jelly candy.

    Rilakkuma’s Royal Chocolate Milk Tea | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

    Classic royal milk tea served with chocolate Rilakkumas. Eat on their own or dip into your tea!

     

    The cafe is now taking reservations for the afternoon teas. Bookings must be made two days in advance by telephone or the official website.

  • Tokyo’s New Art Cafe WHAT CAFE Opens in Tennozu

    15.October.2020 | FASHION / FOOD

    Warehouse TERRADA opened up the new art cafe ‘WHAT CAFE’ in Tennozu, Tokyo, on October 15, 2020.

    Left: Overlap of paint (dot3) by Soichi Yamaguchi | Right: Ichijiteki ni Inu, Ichijiteki ni Hito, Ichijiteki ni E by Dan Isomura

    WHAT CAFE will serve as a hub to support artists in Japan’s art industry by functioning as both a gallery and cafe in a 800㎡ space. The gallery will change out the artwork from time to time to allow for more artists to showcase their works to visitors throughout the year. There will be hundreds of pieces shown in an entire year.

    Left: Peel off the paint “No.125” by Haruna Shinagawa | void #35 by KIKUCHI Ryo

    Tokyo’s Tennozu area is looking to become a major stop for art in Japan and is currently home to various art facilities like the pigment lab PIGMENT TOKYO and Japan’s biggest gallery complex TERRADA ART COMPLEX.

     

    If you’re interested in contemporary art in Japan, and are visiting Tokyo, then you won’t want to miss a stop to Tennozu. Be sure to stop by WHAT CAFE.

  • Tokuma Shoten Publishing released a new picture book entitled Studio Ghibli no Ironna Kurashi in Japan on October 9, 2020 which is centred on the everyday lives of the protagonists from 13 of Studio Ghibli’s animated feature films.

    The book looks at where the characters of these films reside and what kinds of lives they live, whether it be in the Toxic Jungle of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, or Sophie taking up the role of the cleaning lady in Howl’s Moving Castle, or Sosuke and Lisa who live upon the cliff in Ponyo.

    Life in the castle in Howl’s Moving Castle ©2004 Studio Ghibli・NDDMT

    Who’s who in the family? What kind of house do they live in? What job do they work? These are the questions that the book will answer as it delves deep into the livelihoods of the globally-beloved characters conceived by the incredible minds of Studio Ghibli.

    The town of Koriko in Kiki’s Delivery Service ©1989 Eiko Kadono・Studio Ghibli・N

    Arrietty’s house in The Secret World of Arrietty ©2010 Studio Ghibli・NDHDMTW

    Noboru Yoshida (Art Supervisor for The Secret World of Arrietty)

    The house that Satsuki and Mei move to in My Neighbor Totoro, the dwelling of Totoro, the wartime life of Seita and Setsuko living in Kobe in Grave of the Fireflies, the town where Kiki begins her life living alone at the age of 13, and so on.

     

    The book is a must-have in the collection of any fans of Studio Ghibli, and is sure to make you want to step into those magical worlds once again.

  • Tokyo’s Mickey Mouse Exhibition ‘THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND’ Previews 5 Japanese Artworks

    14.October.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Asahi Shimbun and Nippon TV are set to host an exhibition centred on Mickey Mouse at the MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY in Roppongi, Tokyo, from October 30, 2020 to January 11, 2021, in celebration of 90 years since Mickey Mouse’s screen debut. The exhibition will showcase works shown at the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition held in New York in 2018-2019.

     

    Before the exhibition opens, five participating Japanese artists have each revealed their never-before-seen artworks which will be on display.

     

    The Tokyo exhibition will be a travel back through time, looking at Mickey Mouse from the past to the present. It will be split into three zones: “The Origin,” “The True Original,” and “Beyond.” The five artists showcasing their work early will be featured in the “Beyond” zone and include Tomoko Oshima, Kosuke Kawamura, Nana Soeda, Calligrapher MAMI, and WAKU. Below are their featured pieces along with their comments.

     

    Tomoko Oshima | Comment

    “What’s fascinating about Mickey Mouse is, for reasons I can’t begin to work out, how he became a part of each person’s life. I was raised in a household that banned cartoon characters, so it always felt like something unobtainable. Mickey Mouse is like a hero to all of us. He’s dazzling and radiant, a kind of being I can’t look directly in the face of. When working on my Mickey Mouse art [for the exhibition], my concept was to create a Mickey that’s special only to me, so I challenged myself to turning that Mickey Mouse that everyone feels happy looking at and loves into my usual art style.”

    Oheya (Bedroom), Tomoko Oshima

     

    Kosuke Kawamura | Comment

    “What I find fascinating about Mickey Mouse is that no matter how old I get, he always transports me away from the real world to a world of dreams. He’s an idol of mine. I even have my own collection of merchandise I’ve been collecting over the years. For the exhibition, I needed to creating something for the Beyond [zone], so I tried shaping Mickey Mouse from how I see him in my head. I’ve always made sure to balance my artwork in such a way that it can be seen in two ways. When you stand close, you can see the detailed composition, but when you step away, it looks different. This time around I gave myself a little challenge and made the silhouette of his face and hands using flowers. If you get close to it you’ll see that it’s made up of lots of flowers, but stand from afar and you’ll be able to see the facial expressions and his pointing figure. I’d like people to give both a go, so when you’ve looked at it up close then take a step back.”

    Untitled, Kosuke Kawamura

    Nana Soeda | Comment

    “I feel Mickey Mouse’s appeal from his long history and how he has changed overtime, so I tried to express these aspects in the piece I made. The theme for it is centred on Mickey Mouse in the future, so when I was thinking about what he might look like in the future, I looked to past [designs] and tried fixing them up. So in my piece there’s a trace of looking back at past Mickey Mouse while giving him an update. Creating those ‘futures’ made me feel like I was walking through my own past and processes. You can’t know exactly what’s to come in the future even for someone as internationally popular as Mickey Mouse. But by learning from past memories and mistakes, you can draw on those to create a future, don’t you think? That’s something I wanted to convey in this piece, and I did so by creating something that’s close to the Mickey Mouse of the past with both 2D and 3D surfaces. The Mickey Mouse I drew is the one of ages past that looks completely different to his appearance today. But those look at it might feel something newer about it than older. That, or they might feel uncomfortable seeing him in a way they’re not used to. I want people to take their time looking at both and feeling whatever they feel when they do.”

    LOVE, Nana Soeda

     

    Calligrapher MAMI | Comment

    “I’ve captured Mickey Mouse’s silhouette as its own kanji by using calligraphy. His appearance is iconic worldwide, and by making him recognisable through this common language, I’ve tried to create a new kanji, effectively breaking the language barrier of calligraphy, something which is difficult in itself to overcome for people. Another thing with calligraphy is that you can write the same piece hundreds of times which means it can be fine tuned over and over. I believe that overlaps with Mickey Mouse’s design as he has too has evolved for a hundred years. But by no means have his designs he just spring out of existence immediately. He has undergone trial and error through the times, and always shines bright. It’s because of everyone who will see my piece as this exhibition that I’ve been able to create something I can feel from the heart.”

    ZEN Mickey, Calligrapher MAMI

     

    WAKU | Comment

    “I think the appeal of Mickey Mouse lies in the fact that people around the world all remember him from their childhoods. We form memories during our childhoods, and ever I’ve been able to recognise those memories inside of me, Mickey Mouse was something that was always close to me. When I see three circles together, Mickey Mouse’s face comes into my mind. He might be the first internationally recognisable symbol. I felt that the affinity between symbolism and neon signs is very high. So for my piece, I incorporated the techniques used for traditional Japanese neon signboards, something which I see less of these days. I took that and created the three Mickey Mouse circles using light.”

    Untitled (Still Being Worked On), WAKU

  • BT21 Cafe to Open in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya For Autumn 2020

    13.October.2020 | FOOD

    The 7th run of the popular BT21 Cafe is set to open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya starting from October 17, 2020.

    BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe has seen six runs in Japan until now, and has proven immensely popular amongst fans for the selection of original dishes and drinks as well as exclusive merchandise. The 6th run ran back in February and March with a spring theme.

     

    The theme of the 7th edition is centred on having a pyjama party in the long autumn evenings. The cafe artwork as well as food and merchandise is all themed on the autumn season.

     

    FOOD

    The food menu is a choice of a main, such as pasta or paella, and a side like clam chowder which is served up a cute character mug of your choice.

    Fish Ragu Fusilli Pasta Set Menu Example | ¥1,490

    A fusilli pasta dish served with a seafood tomato sauce.

    Eggplant & Zucchini Lasagne Set Menu Example | ¥1,490

    A lasagne served with the summer vegetables eggplant and zucchini as the main ingredient.

    Seafood Paella Set Menu Example | ¥1,490

    A Spanish dish containing Paella made with a seafood stock and served with potato wedges covered in a bravas sauce.

    Margherita Pizza Set Menu Example | ¥1,490

    The staple takeout pizza topped with tomatoes, mushrooms, and basil.

     

    DESSERT

    A selection of cakes served in different mugs with BT21 character designs.

    Shortcake / Chocolate Cake / Mont Blanc / Cheesecake  – ¥1,290 Each

     

    DRINKS

    Drinks are self-service and include carbonated water, milk, and other beverages all of which can be topped with a dollop of character ice cream. This is a new kind of drink to be introduced at BT21 Cafe.

    Character Drinks: KOYA/RJ/SHOOKY/MANG/CHIMMY/TATA/COOKY  – ¥990 Each

    Glass Drinks: KOYA/RJ/SHOOKY/MANG/CHIMMY/TATA/COOKY – ¥500 Each

    TAKEOUT DRINK | 1,690

    The takeout drink is a blueberry milk combination.

     

    GOODS

    Fans can get their hands on a selection of original and exclusive miscellaneous merchandise all with the stay-at-home pyjama party theme.

    Heart Pins | ¥600 Each (Design Chosen Randomly)


    Card File | ¥1,300

     

    Bonus Items

    Cafe Original Cards

    Cafe Original Coasters

    Customers who book a table in advance will receive a free cafe original card, and those who order a drink a free coaster.

     

    ©BT21

  • Picasso’s Ceramic Works to be Displayed at Tokyo’s New YOKU MOKU MUSEUM

    10.October.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    YM House is set to open the new YOKU MOKU MUSEUM in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo, on October 25, 2020. The museum began taking bookings on October 2. It will limit the number of people allowed in the museum at once as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 so that visitors can enjoy the works on display without worry. Tickets are available directly at the museum on the day, but since there’s a capacity limit, it’s recommended that visitors book online.

     

    About YOKU MOKU MUSEUM

    YOKU MOKU is a Japanese confectionery company best known for their Cigare cookies which are shaped to look like cigars. The company was founded by Noriichi Fujinawa, who maintained that “confections are creations.” Toshiyasu Fujinawa, the Chairman of YOKU MOKU Holdings, will act as the Museum Director at YOKU MOKU MUSEUM where a wide selection of artworks from YOKU MOKU’s collection will be displayed, including the Picasso ceramics the company has collected for over 30 years.

     

    About the YOKU MOKU Collection

    YOKU MOKU’s collection boasts a comprehensive line-up of Picasso’s ceramics that the artist himself made at the Madoura workshop in Vallauris. That makes the works in the collection even more prized as the ceramics themselves were shaped by Picasso’s skilled hands.

     

    The artist’s passion for ceramics developed in 1947 and he worked on them at the Madoura workshop until his death in 1973. He forged everything from bowls to plates, jugs, and more.

  • SUPER NINTENDO WORLD Will Open at Universal Studios Japan in Spring 2021

    08.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced that its new Nintendo-themed area SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will open in spring 2021. The park was originally scheduled to open last year, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, but the date was postponed due to COVID-19.

     

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD: A Nintendo Fan’s Dream

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as themed restaurants, merchandise shops—the list goes on. There is endless amount of fun for fans to feel a part of the Nintendo world as they take up the role of Mario and hit blocks to receive coins, collect items, and much more.

     

    While the grand opening of SUPER NINTENDO is still a while away yet, USJ has everyone covered. The new and first of its kind Mario Cafe & Store will officially open inside the park’s Hollywood Area on October 16, 2020. Let’s take a closer look.

     

    Mario Cafe & Store

    Mario Cafe & Store’s location inside the Hollywood Area


    This Mario themed space will serve up food and drink inspired by everybody’s favourite plumber as well as sell merchandise.

    The cafe and shops’ exterior designs

    The cafe and shop can be easily spotted thanks to the red and green “M” and “L” letters on the windows symbolising Mario and Luigi as well as the Mario and Luigi hats. Gamers can enjoy this exciting space while they wait for the official opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.

     

    Mario & Luigi themed food

    The food and drink line-up pays tribute to the beloved Mario video game franchise with instantly-recognisable motifs.

    ①Strawberry Shortcake Mario Hat Pancake Sandwich ②Grape Cheesecake Luigi Hat Pancake Sandwich ③Mario’s Strawberry Cream Fruit Cream Soda ④Luigi’s Apple Cream Fruit Cream Soda ⑤Soft Drinks (Super Mushroom, comes with drinks bottle)

    Everything on the menu is sure to have you snapping some photos for Instagram.

     

    Exclusive Mario merchandise

    The shop is located next to the cafe and offers a whole range of exclusive merchandise with references to the Mario games like the brothers’ hats, Princess Peach’s crown, and more.

    There’s also a special “WHOSE CAP?” series of goods to grab.

     

    Stay tuned for future updates on SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.

     

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  • The Promised Neverland Special Exhibition Arrives in Tokyo This December

    08.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    A special exhibition centred on the popular manga series The Promised Neverland will take place at Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View in Tokyo from December 12, 2020.

     

    The Promised Neverland is a manga series written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu. The series was published in Weekly Shonen Jump and concluded with its final volume on June 15, 2020.

    The exhibition will explore and celebrate the world of The Promised Neverland in detail, with displays, illustrations, early conceptions, and much more. A special manga episode will also be shown.

     

    Entrance Exhibition

    A towering display of every manga book cover will be on show, spanning 6 meters tall and 17 meters across. A photo spot for fans to take pictures with their favourite characters will be placed at the entrance area. Tokyo’s night sky will also provide a beautiful backdrop.

     

    Tickets

    Tickets to the exhibition will go on sale via LINE Tickets on October 5, 2020. Limited edition tickets will also be sold which comes with a special booklet. And to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading, visitors must book a time and date in advance when purchasing their tickets. Full details are available here in Japanese.

     

    Merchandise & Themed Food

    Fans can also get their hands on a selection of exclusive and rare merchandise. The exhibition will also open CAFE GRACE FIELD, a collaborative cafe serving up food themed on the series.

     

    ©Kaiu Shirai・Posuka Demizu / Shueisha 

  • Review | ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM: A Magical Place Swimming With Life

    07.October.2020 | FEATURES / SPOT

    ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM officially opened permanently in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, on August 28, 2020. Before that, it was simply an exhibition that was held around Tokyo which brought together over 10 million visitors throughout its run, exhibiting goldfish in a variety of breathtaking ways.

     

    We visited ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM together with Japanese model Yuna Yabe to take a deeper dive into what lies within those doors.

    ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM can be found in Nihonbashi, an area of which served as one of many places where ART AQUARIUM previously held its exhibitions. Nihonbashi is steeped in tradition and is actually the place where Japan’s goldfish culture spawned from during the Edo Period.

     

    ART AQUARIUM was conceived and is managed by Hidetomo Kimura, an author and general producer. It’s a collaboration between art, design, and entertainment, all fused into an aquarium to create a completely unique experience. The museum has taken what was once a pop-up exhibition and expanded it many-fold, housing close around 30,000 goldfish.


    The aquarium is divided into different areas each with its own unique theme that plunges visitors into a multitude of fantastical worlds. One of the must-sees when visiting ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM is the masterful Oiran works—giant goldfish bowls as pictured above—which are inspired by the red light district of the Edo Period.

    Perhaps the most striking and gorgeous part of the Edo Period was Hanamachi, the districts where geisha worked. The high-ranking courtesans, known as Oiran, engaged in what was known as the Oiran Dochu, or procession of the courtesans, and this too has been captured at the museum in the designs of the beautiful fish tanks in this area.

    Another unmissable part when visiting the aquarium are the Goldfish Shrines, towering fish tanks lined up like a column of water trees which make for an incredible viewing experience.

    The lighting and music is ever-changing, and so transports visitors into a completely different realm every time. It can be one way one moment, and in the next instant it changes entirely.

    From the second floor you can overlook the fish shrines with dynamic 3D visuals in the background. These visuals change depending on the season, so you’ll be in for a treat however many times you visit.

    There are countless works of goldfish art scattered throughout the aquarium—too many to count, so your eyes will never grow tired.

    Suigian Lounge – Old Pine Tree Area

    ART AQUARMIUM MUSEUM even has its own dining lounge where guests can enjoy a meal while gazing at a painting of old pine trees, a cultural property of the Edo Period said to have been painted by those of the Kano school of Japanese painting. Traditional performances are also carried out on the stage for diners.

    These drinks are ¥1,200 each (before tax)

    Every five days, a new line-up of cocktails is served at Suigian Lounge. Japan used to be divided into 24 sekki rather than the now-used four seasons of springs, summer, autumn, and winter. These were further divided into 72 , which are five days apart each. That’s where the lounge gets its idea for changing its cocktails every five days. So you’re sure to find an interesting flavour on every visit.

    Kagyo Ryoran – Joy Area 

    Kagyo Ryoran is a separate cafe lounge at the aquarium where they serve authentic Japanese sweets in collaboration with famous confectionery shops.

    From Left Clockwise: Goldfish Sarasa ¥750 / Palet D’or Cacao Soda ¥900 / Echire Butter & Cream Castella ¥800 / lohasbeans coffee Matcha Tiramisu ¥850 / Goldfish Jelly ¥750 (All Before Tax)

    The cafe serves up range of tasty Japanese desserts, from traditional ones to others inspired by goldfish and some made in collaboration with other shops.

    Large Plush Toys: ¥3,200 Each (Before Tax)

    The aquarium event sells its own souvenirs, such as goldfish plushies in various sizes, original confections, collaborative products, and more.

    “Everything was magical—the goldfish, the sounds, the lights, the atmosphere!” explains Yuna. “They have a lot of different varieties of goldfish, and the fish tanks come in all shapes and sizes, which makes for plenty of Instagram-worthy moments. And since it’s inspired by Edo culture, it has a Japanese vibe to it too. The fish are always swimming around, so no two moments are ever the same, meaning you’re offered something fresh every time you visit.”

     

    If you’re visiting Tokyo, be sure to pay a visit to ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM.

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