Experience the Attack on Titan VR Game at the MORI Tower Sky Deck in Roppongi Hills

03.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

As part of the ongoing Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL event that is taking place at MORI Arts Center Gallery until September 8, a new addition has been added to the event that will take place from August 6 to September 8.

Titled “Sky Deck ~The Colossal Titan’s Invasion~,” the event will take place on the open-top roof of Roppongi Hills MORI Tower that will make use of the surrounding environment and utilise AR technology to project the Colossal Titan before your very eyes, up 270 meters high.

 

What happens when the Colossal Titan himself appears before you in real life? This virtual experience will give you a peek into the cruel and terrifying world of Attack on Titan.

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  • 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

  • SEL OCTAGON TOKYO: Roppongi’s Night Club and Lounge Revamps and Reopens

    08.October.2020 | SPOT

    SEL OCTAGON TOKYO—Japan’s first ‘private booth lounge club’—has reopened after undergoing a revamp and is set to deliver the latest in cutting edge technology together with an incredible DJ line-up once again to the people of Roppongi in Tokyo.

     

    SEL OCTAGON TOKYO’s luxury space has been given a pop makeover to serve what they are calling ‘luxury pop.’ They mean to serve up night life in a new and fun way for clubbers.

     

    The night club and DJ bar has done a first in Japan by removing the dance floor and replaced them with socially-distanced seated areas with sofas and chairs. The club also opens at 8pm everyday (except Sundays) so that even those catching the last train or coming from work can make it in time to party.

    The ‘lounge club’ was designed under the South Korean creative director of OCTAGON who has also cemented popularity in some of the world’s biggest night life hubs such as Ibiza, Miami, Las Vegas, Seoul, and more.

     

    The space is split into individual private booths so that clubbers can enjoy a safe night. SEL OCTAGON TOKYO also benefits from a high quality sound system to blare out plenty of booty-shaking dance music.

    The club is taking all the necessary precautions and outlined by Japan’s Night Club Entertainment Association including providing face masks, alcohol gel, taking people’s temperature, keeping the venue sanitised, and so on. Before entering the actual club, guests must also pass through an anti-bacterial mist gate.

     

    There’s also a high-efficient ventilator system in place that stays on the entire time, renewing the air in the room every 4-6 minutes.

  • 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 

  • Tokyo National Museum Announces VR Experience of the Famous Pine Trees Screen

    05.October.2020 | SPOT

    Tokyo National Museum has announced that it is set to showcase the Shōrin-zu byōbu, or Pine Trees Screen, in VR at its TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theatre from October 7, 2020.

    Japanese artist Hasegawa Tōhaku’s Pine Trees Screen has been digitally rendered in 25,376,150,000 images so that visitors can appreciate the details of this ink-on-paper work of this officially-recognised National Treasure of Japan.

     

    Additionally, another one of Tōhaku’s works, Kaedezu Kabeharitsuke (Maple Trees) will also be available to view in VR from October 6 to November 29.

     

    About the Pine Tree Screens

    Of the many National Treasures kept at Tokyo National Musuem, Hasegawa Tōhaku’s Shōrin-zu byōbu is one of the most popular. It’s a piece that has much mystery surrounding it, with people not knowing the pine tree location that he painted, or why he painted it. The VR experience will look into how the painting may have come about as well as take a stroll through Tōhaku’s other works, his life, and more.

     

    The VR experience is an incredible opportunity for people unable to visit Tokyo National Museum to see a masterful and respected piece of Japanese art.

  • Attack on Titan The Final Season Reveals New Key Visual Reveals December Release

    25.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    A second key visual for the upcoming fourth and final season of Attack on Titan was revealed. It has also been confirmed that the new season will be released on December 6, 2020.

     

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    Fans’ excitement only continues to surge as they can now mark a date in their calendars. Stay tuned for any further updates.

     

    ©Hajime Isayama・Kodansha / Attack on Titan The Final Season Production Committee

  • Mickey Mouse Exhibition ‘THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND’ to be Held in Roppongi

    23.September.2020 | 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.

     

    Walt Disney’s concepts and ideas are formed around innovation, creativity, imagination, and storytelling. And one character who walked that journey with him and continues to this day is none other than the iconic Mickey Mouse, who since making his first appearance in Steamboat Willie in 1928, has gone on to be a symbol of the Walt Disney Company loved by people the world over.

    Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in New York

    The Mickey: The True Original Exhibition held in New York looked at how Mickey Mouse has influenced art and pop culture over the years, covering everything from Steamboat Willie which hailed as Walt Disney’s first black and white sound film to over 100 colour short animations, artwork, and more.

    Keiichi Tanaami – “Mickey’s Japan Tourism”

    Javier Sanchez Medina – “Studio for Mickey’s hands”

    The exhibition was ran from November 2018 to February 2019 and saw installations from over 20 international artists including New York-based artist Daniel Arsham and Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer Brian Roettinger.

    Brian Roettinger – “(L)imitation of Sound”

    DRx – “3000% Mickey Be@r”

    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 Beyond zone will welcome original artwork from five Japanese artists.

     

    Original Merchandise – Pin Badge

    Original Merchandise – Ballpoint Pen

    The exhibition’s museum shop will have exclusive Mickey Mouse merchandise for sale, as well as pre-sales on other items. See new official goods from works like Steamboat Willie and Fantasia as well as items designed by Japanese artists. It’s a chance to see Mickey in a variety of different ways.

    Free eco-bag

    Visitors to the exhibition will also receive one of four original eco-bags for free upon arrival.

  • Yoshiki Collaborates With Attack on Titan in New WONDA Coffee Commercial

    05.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MUSIC

    Yoshiki has teamed up with Asahi Soft Drinks once again in their latest commercial for WONDA coffee which sees the musician animated into the world of Attack on Titan. The commercial hit Japanese television on Thursday.

     

    Yoshiki becomes a Survey Corps member in the new commercial

    The 3D CG animated commercial sees Yoshiki as a Survey Corps member who bites his hand to turn into a Titan like Eren, but the only thing he is attacking in the video is his drum kit. He treats himself to WONDA’s “Morning Shot” coffee beverage after falling over his drums.

     

    Check out the commercial below.

     

    WONDA x Attack on Yoshiki Coffee Cans

    Limited edition cans of the Morning Shot coffee will also be sold, featuring Attack on Titan designs. Each can also has a QR code which when scanned will take you to a website to enter the serial code written on the can to win one of the Yoshiki designs as pictured below.

  • Roppongi Hills’ Exquisite Autumn 2020 Sweets and Desserts Are Something Else

    29.August.2020 | FOOD

    Roppongi Hills, the popular development project in Tokyo’s Roppongi district home to shops and restaurants, has revealed a lineup of some of its autumnal sweets and desserts that customers can expect to sink their teeth into this year.

     

    The finger-licking collection ties into the coming season with its pantry of autumn-time ingredients from chestnuts from the city of Tamba in Hyogo to black soy bean, purple sweet potato powder, chestnut sauce, and more.

     

    KISSHOKA Dormitory – Roppongi Hills North Tower (B1F)


    Sweet Potato & Apple Parfait | ¥1,404

    Hailing from Gion, Kyoto, KISSHOKA Dormitory is serving up their ‘Sweet Potato & Apple Parfait,’ a divine mix of purple sweet potato powder-dusted meringue, tea-flavoured jelly, apple granita, purple sweet potato tiramisu, and plenty of other seasonal treats. The candied sweet potato is oven baked to draw out the sweetness even more. Pour over the apple sauce that comes with it for even more flavour.

     

    Ukeian – Roppongi Hills North Tower (B1F)


    Chestnut Castella | ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    Ukeian’s castella confection is popular for its rich flavour and moist texture. For a limited time only, the scrumptious cake-like dessert arrives in a chestnut flavour. The subtle sweetness of the egg goes well with the chesnut. The shop farms their own eggs from their chickens in Ishikawa Prefecture.

     

    Shiseido Parlour | Roppongi Hills North Tower (B1F)


    Autumn Cheesecake (Chestnut) | Three – ¥990, Six – ¥1,998

    Shiseido Parlour is a symbol of Ginza, and has whipped up an autumnal cheesecake made with rich cream cheese, chestnut sauce, and a biscuit base made with wheat flour from Hokkaido. It’s layered with a full-bodied chestnut paste and baked.

    *Available while supplies last

     

    Jiichiro | Roppongi Hills North Tower (B1F)

    Jiichiro’s baked up two different flavoured baumkuchen: chocolate and berry.

    Jiichiro & cacao’s Bamkuchen (Dark/White) | ¥1,994 (Tax Included)

    The shop has teamed up with chocolate shop ‘cacao’ to create both dark and white chocolate variants of their delicious baumkuchen.

    Berry Baumkuchen | ¥1,188 (Tax Included)

    The pastry of the berry baumkuchen is laced with raspberries and strawberry liqueur. Its surface is coated with a raspberry nappage.

     

    Bicerin | Roppongi Hills North Tower (B1F)


    Iced Chocolate with Gianduja | ¥700 (Tax Included)

    This drink by long-standing cafe Bicerin is exclusive to Roppongi Hills. It takes their signature beverage ‘Bicerin’ which has rich dark chocolate sauce and turns it into an iced drink topped with fluffy fresh cream and hazelnut flavoured gianduja.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this autumn, then be sure to stop by Roppongi Hills for your fill of sweets and desserts.

  • Pokémon Virtual Fest Virtual Theme Park Trailer Released

    14.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Pokémon Company’s “Pokémon Virtual Fest” is now open for business in Japan and is set to run until August 31, 2020. A trailer was posted on the official Pokémon YouTube channel in promotion of the event.

     

    Pokémon Virtual Fest | Promotional Video

    Pokémon Virtual Fest is accessible by using the ‘cluster’ app on mobile or PC. Pokémon Trainers can look forward to jumping into a fully-realised Pokémon world with themed attractions, events, and much more. More content will be added to the virtual theme park in the coming weeks.

     

    Being a theme park, Pokémon Virtual Fest of course has its own attractions like the Pokémon Ferris Wheel, the Galarian Weezing Train which gives players a tour of the park, and more. Players can watch Pokémon Sword and Shield Pokémon battles on the stage, complete various escape games, visit the store area, go to the beach, and much more. For a full run-down of the event, check out our detailed breakdown here.

     

    ©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.
    © 2017 Cluster, Inc.

  • THE PROMISED NEVERLAND EXHIBITION to be Held at Roppongi Hills Observation Deck in Tokyo

    11.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    A special exhibition of THE PROMISED NEVERLAND will take place at Roppongi Hills Observation Deck’s Tokyo City View Sky Gallery from December 11, 2020 to January 11, 2021.


    THE PROMISED NEVERLAND is a popular manga series written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu that was serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. The 20th and final volume will be released in October this year. A 12-episode anime series aired last year, with a sequel currently in the works which is set for release in January 2021.

    Though the exhibition is several months away, we have been given an early look at the key visual which was illustrated exclusively for the event. There is much for fans to look forward to at the exhibition, including an original 19-page manga display which will be also made just for the event.

     

    To promote the original manga, a Twitter campaign will be held for people to be invited to the exhibition. The campaign will run from August 11, 2020 at 10:00 (JST) to September 14, 2020 at 23:59 (JST). To enter the campaign, fans must follow Tokyo City View’s official Twitter account and post what they think the manga will be about from one of the four options specified along with the hashtags #約ネバ展 and #約ネバ展描きおろしEP大予想. 5 pairs (a total of 10) lucky people who choose the correct answer will be drawn and be invited to the exhibition. More details can be found here.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo in December or January, don’t miss out on this special exhibition.

    ©Kaiu Shirai・Posuka Demizu / Shueisha

  • Kyoto’s World Heritage Site Nijo Castle Announces Summer Evening Illumination Event

    09.July.2020 | SPOT

    NAKED, INC. has announced that it is holding a special summertime light-up event at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage Site in Kyoto, from August 8 to August 30. The company has also released its first ever 3DCG VR experience NAKED NINJA -Nijo-jo Castle- on the official NAKED, INC. online store.

    Enjoy art entertainment in person or at home

    NAKED, INC. has collaborated with many World Heritage Sites, Cultural Properties, tourism centres, leisure spots, and more over the years. Right now, the company is grappling with the question of what the shape of tourism, as well as art and entertainment, looks like during the COVID-19 outbreak—and what shape it will take post-pandemic. Nijo Castle is no exception, a place that enjoys tourism from both Japanese people and people overseas. In considering these issues, NAKED has conceived two different ways Nijo Castle can still entertain tourism now and in the near future.

     

    The first is holding an event in person at Nijo Castle in the form of an outdoor light-up event that will have people wandering around as opposed to being stationary. In spring of 2017, NAKED held “Nijo Castle Cherry Blossom Festival 2017” where they hosted a variety of performances and events in line with the season. In fact, one such event was planned to take place at Nijo Castle this summer, but it had to be reconsidered as a result of COVID-19. Those involved still wanted to come up with a way that people who live close by could still enjoy some leisure time this summer, which is what led to this light-up event from NAKED.

     

    Visitors will be able to enjoy the light-up safely by staying a set distance from one another while walking around Nijo Castle. The number of people inside at once will also be restricted. As well as this, people will need to wear masks, temperature will be regulated, and alcohol gel will be provided—all to ensure that visitors are kept safe.

     

    The second way that NAKED has devised for people to still enjoy Nijo Castle is with the release of NAKED NINJA -Nijo-jo Castle-, the company’s first ever full 3DCG VR experience that lets people enjoy Nijo Castle online in a virtual space. This is so that people who cannot visit Nijo Castle can still enjoy its sights. NAKED plans to launch even more real and virtual, offline and online experiences in the future too in order to promote tourism in a new way during COVID-19.

  • Tokyo National Museum Now Showing ‘Secrets of Screen Paintings’ Exhibition in its VR Theater

    04.July.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theater—a theatre set up by Tokyo National Museum, The National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties, and Toppan Printing where visitors can experience cultural assets in virtual reality—had to temporarily closed due to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, they their Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn exhibition can finally go ahead in the VR experience which will run from July 1 to October 4.

     

    Additionally, Tokyo National Museum will display Japan’s painting and cultural property Wind God and Thunder God in Room 7 of the main building from July 21 to August 10.

     

    The Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn online exhibition speaks for itself: it is a VR recreation that looks into the secrets behind two screen paintings and cultural properties—Wind God and Thunder God by Ogata Kōrin and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn by Sakai Hōitsu.

     

    VR “Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn”

    There’s something hidden behind Kōrin’s byōbu screen painting Wind God and Thunder God. Incredibly, it’s Hōitsu’s masterpiece Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn. Kōrin’s screen painting belonged to Hōitsu’s family. Hōitsu long admired Kōrin and considered him his mentor.

     

    The exhibition will dive into this secret story behind Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn, the famous painting of rain-drenched and wind-battered flowers.

     

    The ancient paintings brought to life

    The two folding screen paintings have been separated and safely stored since 1974 to ensure their preservation. The VR experience recreates the paintings’ original back-to-back form.

     

    Understand the secrets

    Wind God and Thunder God was painted on the front of the folding screen while Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn was painted on the back. By looking at both, we uncover the deeper story behind these ancient paintings.

     

    See the folding screens in the right light

    Thanks to VR technology, the folding screens can be made bigger to look at all of the little details and in the right light.

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