Gundam Artist Yuji Kaida Exhibition Announced For Osaka Umeda LOFT
To celebrate 40 years of Yuji Kaida’s illustration artwork for the Gundam series, an exhibition entitled Yuji Kaida Gundam Gallery will take place on the fifth floor LOFT Forum of Umeda LOFT in Osaka from August 23 to September 8.
Yuji Kaida is known for his longtime work on box art for Gunpla model kits. The exhibition will feature a gorgeous collection of his iconic Gundam artwork, covering traditional art from Mobile Suit Gundam to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing to digital art in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
Over 70 pieces illustrated by Kaida will be displayed, each categorised into one of four themes. Many of these will include artworks being shown to the public for the first time such as the Gwazine-class battleship.
There will also be enormous towers of piled-up Gunpla boxes, a showcasing titled “Maiking of Hi-νGUNDAM” the process of digital art, and more.
The exhibition is an absolute must-visit for all fans of the Gundam franchise.
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Yuji Kaida Gundam Gallery
Running: August 23, 2019 – September 8, 2019
Time: 11:00-21:00 (Until 18:00 on September 8) *Last entries 30-minutes before closing time
Location: LOFT Forum, Umeda LOFT Floor 5F, 16-7-5 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka
Entry Price: Adult ¥500 (Includes novelty gift) / High School Children & Below ¥400 (Includes novelty gift) / Elementary School Children & Below – Free
Official Website: https://art.parco.jp/
Japan’s Largest Fireworks Show Opens with 800 Drones and 45,000 Fireworks
01.October.2022 | SPOT
To promote the 2025 Osaka Expo, hundreds of drones and thousands of fireworks lit up the sky at the planned site for the event. SKYMAGIC LIVE PTE. LTD., known for creating original shows using drones, put on the show on Yumeshima, a man-made island in Osaka’s Konohana Ward on September 25, 2022. The event was the first large-scale outdoor drone show in the Kansai region, with 800 LED-equipped drones flying through the night sky.
Nearly 15,000 visitors were in attendance at this spectacular event. The event aims to promote a hopeful future in which Japan thrives after the impact of the pandemic, and also aims to promote the upcoming Expo to people around the world. 45,000 fireworks were set off, marking one of the largest fireworks displays in Japan. Launched to rid the area of bad luck, guests will likely never forget the unique display of futuristic technology and traditional fireworks.
As the fireworks show began, countless drones took off one after another into the sky. As many would expect, Myak Myak, the official character of the Osaka/Kansai Expo, appeared above the crowd, standing 135 meters tall and 80 meters wide. A countdown to the Expo appeared after, with the Let’s Go Expo 2025 logo shining in the sky, made entirely by synchronized drones.
Archived live footage of the event is also available.
Ryota Shirahama, chairman of the event’s organizing committee, made a comment regarding the impressive event. “Japan’s resurgence is about to begin,” he said. “The world has been looking down, and we want it to look up. We want people to look towards the future–that’s the goal of this project. Yes, there was a pandemic. But like the phoenix seen during the drone show, we can start over. I hope that those who saw the show will be inspired to take a new step forward.”
Let’s Go Expo 2025 Countdown 3 ~Yumeshima Fireworks~
BTS TinyTAN Pop-Up Shop Open in Nagoya for a Limited Time
BTS fans will want to head to Nagoya! The TinyTAN Licensed Product Special Exhibition is now open at Nagoya Kintetsu Pass’e until October 2, 2022. Tons of new products inspired by Butter are available at an on-site pop-up shop!
The exhibition opened on September 17, and fans of the BTS song Butter are flocking to the event to snag some adorable new merch. In addition to new interior goods being unveiled for the first time, popular products have been released with entirely new designs.
Many other world premiere products will also be available, including the 4 Season Blanket decorated with TinyTAN characters and inspired by spring, summer, fall, and winter. This will be available in limited quantities, so don’t miss out!
TinyTAN Licensed Product Special Exhibition in Nagoya (DIRECTOR JAPAN)
Venue: Nagoya Kintetsu Pass’e 4F Special Event Space (1-2-2 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya)
Running: September 17 – October 2, 2022
NAKED to Open DANDELION PROJECT for Peace in Umeda, Osaka
26.September.2022 | SPOT
NAKED and Ryotaro Muramatsu’s interactive art installation, the DANDELION PROJECT, is coming to Umeda, Osaka. The project aims to connect people around the world, stressing the importance of world peace. Those wanting to participate may do so from October 7 until October 9 at Umekita Sotoniwa Square.
In July 2020, Umekita Sotoniwa SQUARE opened under a unique premise–it would be open for 1,000 days only. The outdoor area was inspired by cities of the future, featuring plenty of green space. The DANDELION PROJECT fits in perfectly with this concept, using modern technology and networking to create art that also serves as a universal prayer for peace. This is the second time the work has been exhibited in Osaka–it was shown in Nakanoshima during the Osaka Hikari no Renaissance 2021 event last December.
The DANDELION PROJECT is inspired by the idea of world peace and hopes to help transcend barriers and connect people in an increasingly divided world. So far, it has appeared in 25 locations–19 in Japan and six abroad. In Japan, it has popped up at Tokyo Tower, Nijo Castle, and other historical sites. Abroad, it has been shown in Paris, Singapore, San Francisco, and Shanghai. The piece aims to bring about change by planting (or installing) dandelion-inspired art around the world, while it invites people visiting these dandelion exhibits to send their prayers for peace as a digital flower in real-time.
The exhibition will also be a satellite venue for NAKED GARDEN ONE KYOTO, a next-gen art project allowing guests to experience Kyoto virtually from September 15 until December 25, 2022.
NAKED – DANDELION
Running: October 7 – October 9, 2022
Venue: Umekita Sotoniwa Square
*Open daily during event period
Official Site: https://sotoniwa-uk.com/
Abeno Q’s Mall Announces Collaboration with Street Fighter II Starting October 1
Street Fighter II will collaborate with a commercial facility for the first time in history! The beloved fighting game will take over Abeno Q’s Mall in Osaka from October 1 until October 31, 2022. Popular characters from the game will appear all over the premises, and visitors will be able to take part in unique games to win exclusive prizes.
There are also a number of interesting challenges that will pop up around Abeno Q’s Mall. At the entrance, visitors will be greeted by Ryu and Ken, the main characters from Street Fighter II, as they unleash their Hadouken. Guests will be able to take pictures with Ryu with a special AR Photo Spot, and characters and stages from the title will appear around the mall. A participatory game event, Street Fighter Challenge, will be available for customers spending ¥3,000 or more (including tax). These customers will actually be able to test their Street Fighter skills, with winners winning a ¥500 yen mall gift card if they are victorious. Fans of the fighting game won’t want to miss this unique event!
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Abeno Q’s Mall/Street Fighter II Collaboration
Running: October 1 – October 31, 2022
Address: 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka
Official Site: https://qs-mall.jp/abeno
Special ‘Roots of Kawaii’ Exhibition Marking Rune Naito’s 90th Birthday to Open in October
A special exhibition commemorating the 90th birthday of Rune Naito will be held at the Hanshin department store in Osaka from October 19 until October 31. Titled ‘Roots of Kawaii,’ the event will look back at the life of the esteemed artist, illustrator, writer, and designer. Known for his illustrations of large-headed baby-faced girls, he first became interested in art after discovering the works of Jun’ichi Nakahara, joining Nakahara’s company after graduating high school. In 1959, Naito got his big break, designing the cover of the girls’ magazine Junior Soleil. Following this, Naito would become active as an illustrator for a number of magazines, and from the 1960s on, he began other activities, even producing a line of commercial goods from glassware to stickers.
The exhibition’s theme is ‘Life’s fantastic dreams,’ and over 300 items will be on display, including rare original drawings, goods, personal sketches, and more. The event will be held in celebration of Rune Naito’s birthday on November 20, and will also feature a special shop. Admission is ¥1,000 for adults, ¥700 for high school and college students, and free for junior high school students and younger. Discounts are available by preordering tickets. For details and tickets, check out the official website.
Rune Naito’s 90th Birthday Exhibition
Running: October 19 – October 31, 2022
Venue: Hanshin Department Store, Umeda Main Store 8F
(1-13-13 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka)
First Large-Scale Made in Abyss Exhibition to Open at Nagoya PARCO
Nagoya PARCO will hold a massive Made in Abyss exhibition from October 1 until October 16, 2022! The Tracks of the Challengers exhibition is being held to celebrate the new season of the anime series.
Photos from the Ikebukuro Venue
*Contents of the exhibition are subject to change.
Mini Bromide Collection
Acrylic Stand Figure
Mini Acrylic Character Stands
Type 5 Energy Ration
Mug (with Coaster)
Explorer Utensil Set
Explorer Cooking Set
*All photos are sample images.
The exhibition features original drawings from the first and second seasons, as well as the film. Fans can see special video content only being screened during the event, and can enjoy artifacts from the story and photo spots perfect for grabbing shots for social media! In addition, those purchasing an audio guide ticket will be led through the exhibition by Nanachi herself! New items have been added for the Nagoya event, including a script for Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul! Original goods will be on sale at the venue as well.
Made in Abyss Exhibition ~Tracks of the Challengers~
Running: October 1 – October 16, 2022
Venue: PARCO GALLERY (Nagoya PARCO West Building 6F)
Dates for Advance Ticket Sales: October 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16
Preorder Tickets Here:https://eplus.jp/miabyss/
Same-day tickets: Same-day tickets will be sold at the venue if space is available on the day of the event.
*Information on same-day tickets will be announced on the official Nagoya PARCO Twitter page.
Official Anime Site: http://miabyss.com/
Nodame Cantabile Exhibition to Open in Tokyo and Osaka in Fall 2022
With over 38 million copies sold, Tomoko Ninomiya’s music manga Nodame Cantabile remains popular 20 years after its debut. To celebrate this milestone, a Nodame Cantabile exhibition will be held in Tokyo from October 8 until October 23 and in Osaka from November 23 to December 5, 2022.
Mini Towel in a Turmeric Box
Fans of the series won’t want to miss the special event visual of Nodame and Chiaki drawn by Tomoko Ninomiya herself for the occasion! A number of incredible items will be on display, including completed manuscripts and original sketches. Certain areas will allow visitors to enter the world of Nodame Cantabile themselves, and commemorative goods will be on sale at each venue. The latest information regarding tickets, exhibit details, and merch will be announced on the official website and Twitter, so keep your eyes peeled!
Nodame Cantabile Exhibition
Running: October 8 – October 23, 2022
*Closing at 18:00 on October 19
*Closing at 15:00 on October 23
*Last Entry 30 minutes prior to closing.
Venue: Tokyo Solamachi 5F Space 634
Running: November 23 – December 5, 2022
*Opening at 13:00 on November 23
*Closing at 17:00 on December 5
*Last Entry 30 minutes prior to closing.
Venue: Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store, Wing Building 9F Event Hall
Official Site: https://nodame-ten.com/
Sebastian Masuda to Unveil Hands-On Live Performance Work
From September 30 until October 2, 2022, artist Sebastian Masuda will present a hands-on live performance work titled Polychromatic Skin – Minitsukeru, nugisuteru at kagoo in Kitakagaya, Osaka.
Masuda, who currently resides in New York, is returning to Japan temporarily to prevent this colorful and experimental participatory live performance, inspired by the street style of the 90s. The title of the artwork is pulled from the artist’s intention to break through and liberate people’s unconscious stereotypes that stand in the way of gender freedom. This work is the second in a series following Polychromatic Skin -Gender Tower- and Polychromatic Skin -Gender Wall- to be exhibited at Roppongi Art Night 2022.
The theme of this art piece is ‘wearing something by taking it off.’ Audience members will participate in the live performance by wearing masks, tops, and bottoms based on the idea of androgyny, or the body of a human before it is divided into male or female.
Upon entering the art space, guests will be surrounded by live music consisting of drums and violins and visuals, while being invited to act accordingly to create their own art. Each session lasts 60 minutes, and participation in the live performance must be reserved in advance. Tickets to view the works without participating in the performance will be sold at the venue on the day of the event.
The performance will take place at kagoo, a former warehouse space in Kitakagaya, an artistic area of Osaka. A free area at the entrance will feature a pop-up store filled with Sebastian Masuda’s art, along with items from 6%DOKIDOKI, a popular Harajuku apparel brand celebrating its 27th anniversary in 2022.
<Comment from Sebastian Masuda>
“In Brooklyn, New York in 2018, I wandered off to go to the restroom at a club. The male and female signs on the restroom doors had been smashed together, and the sign only said ‘non-gender.’ Bewildered by the unexpected instructions, I opened the door with the usual color and found a completely different sight than I was expecting. Shocked to realize that there were stereotypes hiding unconsciously within me, I returned to the club floor to find the space is as fun as ever. Since then, I’ve wondered if there is a way to break the stereotypes I have. I can’t stop thinking about it.
Is breaking down the walls the only shortcut?
The right answer is inside all of us.
Sometimes, to see the truth, you just need to put something on.
Cast off the self by taking it off.”
Polychromatic Skin -Take Off by Wearing-
Running: September 30 – October 2, 2022
Venue: kagoo (5-4-19 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka)
Miffy’s Collaboration Cheesecake Appears at Osaka-Umeda Station
13.September.2022 | FOOD
From September 22 until October 3, fans of Miffy will want to head to Hankyu Osaka-Umeda Station! Some tasty collaboration sweets will be available at the station, including some scrumptious cheesecake.
As part of the ongoing collaboration between Miffy and the Hankyu Railway, a new Cheesecake Bar will be available at the Dick Bruna TABLE POP-UP SHOP at Osaka-Umeda Station, which will be open for a limited time. This is a dream collaboration between the very popular Miffy Cheesecake Bar at Dick Bruna TABLE Kobe, a wine bar and cafe where fans can enjoy wine and food along with Dick Bruna’s world-famous illustrations, and the maroon color of the Hankyu Railway. Rich cheesecake and blackcurrant will be sold in sets of two, and sweets lovers won’t want to miss it.
How could you not want to try these tasty Miffy goods?
Cheesecake Bar – Miffy Maroon Color Version
Available: September 22 – October 3, 2022
Venue: Dick Bruna TABLE POP-UP SHOP in Hankyu Osaka-Umeda Station
Address: Hankyu Osaka-Umeda Station 2F, Inside the Central Ticket Gate
Hours: 11:00-22:00 *Opens at 13:00 on September 22
Suntory Museum of Art to Display Art from Chishakuin Temple in Kyoto for the First Time
From November 30, 2022 until January 22, 2023, the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo will hold the ‘Treasures from the Chishakuin Temple in Kyoto’ exhibition.
National Treasure. Maple Tree. Hasegawa Tohaku. (Four of Six Sides) Momoyama Period / 16th Century.
Chishakuin Temple. [On display during the entire exhibition.]
Chishakuin Temple is located in Higashiyama, Kyoto, and is the headquarters of the Chisan School of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. This originated with Kobo Daishi (774-835), and the sect now has 3,000 temples around Japan. Founded during the Muromachi period (1095-1143) the temple was originally built in Wakayama Prefecture in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s son Sutemaru, but the builds were brought to Kyoto in 1598 on the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Kobo Daishi Scroll
Muromachi Period, First Year of Bun’an Era (1444)
[On Display from November 30 until December 26, 2022]
Kyoto Prefecture Designated Tangible Cultural Property – Kogyo Daishi Scroll
Kamakura Period / 13th Century
[On Display from November 30 until December 26, 2022]
National Treasure. Cherry Blossoms. Hasegawa Tohaku. (Four of Five Sides) Momoyama Period / 16th Century.
[On display during the entire exhibition.]
The temple is best known today for its panel paintings and gardens, the latter of which was inspired by tea master Sen-no-Rikyu. Half of the original paintings remain, with some having been lost to fire and some simply being degraded over time.
National Treasure. Diamond Sutra (Partial) – Zhang Jizhi
Southern Song Dynasty, First Year of Houyuu (1253)
[On display during the entire exhibition]
Important Cultural Property. Mahamayuri Scroll.
Kamakura Period / 14th Century
[On Display from December 28, 2022 until January 22, 2023]
Important Cultural Property. Green Maple and Waterfall. Song Dynasty / 13th Century
[On Display from November 30 until December 26, 2022]
Ladies at Tea. Insho Domoto. 4 sides. Showa 33 (1958)
[On display during the entire exhibition]
This exhibition will mark the first time that many of the paintings are shown simultaneously outside of the temple, including Cherry Blossoms, Maple Tree, and Pine Tree with Autumn Plants. Visitors can also enjoy National Treasures and items from the temple’s treasure trove of Buddhist Art. Would you like to come and browse these incredible pieces?
Treasures from the Chishakuin Temple in Kyoto
Running: November 30, 2022 – January 22, 2023
*To preserve the works, items will be switched out during the exhibition period.
*Dates are subject to change. Please check the museum’s website for the latest information.
Venue: Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo Midtown, Galleria 3F
(9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: suntory.jp/SMA/
teamLab to Hold Solo Exhibition at Seoul’s Pace Gallery
Art collective teamLab will hold a solo exhibition at Pace Gallery in Seoul from September 2 until October 29, 2022. Titled ‘teamLab: Massless Suns,’ the exhibition will mark the opening of the expanded gallery space at the internationally-recognized art landmark. The collective will also be unveiling a new work, Massless Suns and Dark Spheres, in which countless light and dark objects without boundaries fill the space around guests.
Massless Suns and Dark Spheres
Dissipative Figures – Human
Dissipative Figures – 1000 Birds
As visitors stare into the strange balls of light and darkness, it will seem as though the space around them is warped. If you reach out to try to touch the light spheres, they will shine brighter, and the orbs around them will respond in succession. The work questions the nature of existence and relies entirely on visitor perception.
Continuous Life and Death at Now of Eternity II
Waves of Light
Resonating Microcosms – Solidified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset
In March, the Pace Gallery opened a new exhibition space dedicated to experimental and immersive interactive works. Those familiar with teamLab will recognize some of their most popular works appearing during the exhibition, including the Dissipative Figures series and Waves of Light.
In the newly-opened outdoor courtyard, the work ‘Resonating Microcosms – Solidified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset’ will be on display, constantly transforming due to wind and rain, as well as influence from guests. A new concept work, ‘Solidified Light Color,’ will shine with 61 colors, inviting the environment and visitors to become a part of the art itself.
teamLab: Massless Suns
Running: September 2 – October 29, 2022
Venue: Pace Gallery Seoul (267 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul)
Sneak Peak: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Anime 10th Anniversary Exhibition in Tokyo
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime.
To commemorate the event, a special anniversary exhibition is currently being held at Ikebukuro Sunshine City in Tokyo. Check out some highlights of the event below!
Upon entering the venue, fans will be welcomed by life-sized characters and a projection of anime clips on a massive screen.
Bloodlines x Duels
This area features 22 life-sized cutouts of main characters and villains from the anime series. A family tree of the Joestars and a timeline will also be on display, allowing visitors to review the many connections between each series before moving on to the next area.
A Soul Passed Down
This area is the centerpiece of this exhibition. Here, visitors can look back on the characters and the many struggles of the anime’s production team, with scripts, original drawings, storyboards, settings, and other materials on display.
The exhibition is divided into rooms for each series, and each room features a different vibe. Phantom Blood, the first part of the JoJo story, is set in 1880s England, so the area has a chic and classic look.
In the Battle Tendency area, the walls are covered with masks and images from the second series and is the perfect spot to take photos. Following this, the Stardust Crusaders area was designed to trace the footsteps of Jotaro and his friends as they traveled from Japan to Egypt.
The Diamond is Unbreakable area offers a good look at Morioh, the setting of the arc.
The Golden Wind arc was set in Italy, and its area is laid out like a museum to match the stylish feel of the work.
The final area of the exhibition looks at the latest series Stone Ocean. The panels of the characters are surrounded by a prison-style fence, in reference to the prison in which the series is set. A large number of materials from the first season are on display, perfect for brushing up on the story before the second half begins airing this fall.
A Hymn to Humanity: The Road to the Future
This spectacular area is lined with portraits of beloved characters from the anime series and is sure to make long-time fans feel incredibly nostalgic.
Goods at a Glance
After leaving the exhibition area, guests will find a shop selling original merchandise. Some items are limited and only available at specific venues, so don’t miss your chance to grab your favorites!
A collaboration cafe will offer nine tasty dishes inspired by characters from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. This will only be offered at the Tokyo venue.
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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Anime 10th Anniversary Exhibition – Tokyo Venue
Running: August 10 – September 4, 2022
Venue: Ikebukuro Sunshine City Bunka Kaikan Bldg. 3F, Exhibition Hall C
Official Site: https://jojoanime10th-ex.com/