Poop-Themed Exhibition to Teach People All About Poop in Fukuoka
20.September.2019 | SPOT
Fukuoka PARCO and Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens are collaborating to hold a poop-themed exhibition entitled “Poop Exhibition: Poop Academy Cultural Festival in Fukuoka” on floor B1F of the south building of Fukuoka PARCO from September 27 to October 27.
There will be many elements to the exhibition. The first of these is the language section where sentences written in Japanese will be draped all across one room, each with references to poop.
Above photo taken from the Ikebukuro exhibition
In the “Outdoor Lesson” corner, there will be cased displays of different animal droppings with descriptions, enabling people to see the different shapes and sizes poop comes in.
In the “Poop Arithmetic 3rd Year Students” corner is a photo spot where you can pose like the Poop Maths Teacher as shown on the right.
At the end of the exhibition there’s an exam room where you can take a test based on what you have learned from the exhibition.
There’ll even be a range of original and exclusive merchandise.
Postcard Set (5 Designs) – ¥400
Folders – ¥300
Toilet Roll – ¥348 / Character Tape Cutter – ¥700 / Leather Futon Books (2 Designs) – ¥500 Each
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Listed prices are pre-tax. Event content subject to change.
Poop Exhibition: Poop Academy Cultural Festival in Fukuoka
Running: September 27, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Until 18:00 on October 27; last entries 30 minutes before closing times)
Location: Fukuoka PARCO South Building Floor B1F
Entry Price: ¥600 (Free entry for preschoolers)
*POCKET PARCO members get ¥100 off
Event Page: https://art.parco.jp/fukuoka/detail/?id=297
Inuyasha Spin-Off Anime ‘Yashahime’ Releases First Trailer, Promotional Exhibition to Take Place Across Japan
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
Running: November 7, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Time: 10:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:00)
Location: Ikebukuro PARCO 7F PARCO FACTORY
*Open until 18:00 (Last Entries 17:00 on November 23
*Advance tickets to be sold but are not required
*Opening hours subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time
*Exhibition subject to sudden changes, postponement, or cancellation depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time
*For the latest details and updates, check the event’s official website and Twitter page
Niigata, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka Exhibitions
TV Anime The Rolling Girls Exhibition to Take Place in Tokyo This September
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
The Rolling Girls 5th Anniversary Book
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Price: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Pages: 40 (Full Colour)
The Rolling Girls Exhibition
Running: September 18, 2020 – September 21, 2020
Location: space caiman, 4-5-15 Nihonbashihongokucho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Entry Price: ¥800 (Tax Included)
*Information on tickets TBA
Official Website: rollinggirls.com
Shibuya PARCO: Food, Shopping & Events in July and August 2020
29.July.2020 | SPOT
Shibuya PARCO has a packed showcase for summertime this July and August, with pop-up shops, events, exhibitions, new products, and much more. The YUI ARAGAKI NYLON JAPAN ARCHIVE BOOK 2010-2019 photo exhibition, which sold out tickets, was posted as an online exhibition. The popular curry house Good Luck Curry, originally located in Ebisu, has moved to Shibuya PARCO. Let’s take a deeper look at the line-up.
4F PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO Relics of Kanto Through Time
Running: August 1, 2020 – August 16, 2020 | Entry Price: ¥700
New York City-based American artist Daniel Arsham is teaming up with Pokémon for a special exhibition centred around Arsham’s concept of “Fictional Archeology.” Visitors can enter for a chance to win a “Crystalized Pikachu” as well as get their hands on a variety of exhibition products. A two-meter tall Pikachu made from bronze will also be put on display on the first floor of Shibuya PARCO.
B1F GALLERY X YUI ARAGAKI NYLON JAPAN ARCHIVE BOOK 2010-2019 PHOTO EXHIBITION
Running: July 16, 2020 – July 27, 2020 (Online Exhibition) | Price: ¥300
This exhibition is centred around Yui Aragaki’s photo book YUI ARAGAKI NYLON JAPAN ARCHIVE BOOK 2010-2019 which compiles her work features in the fashion magazine NYLON JAPAN between 2010 to 2019. The book celebrates Aragaki at the age of 31, and was so popular at the time of its release that it sold out.
B1F Good Luck Curry
Good Luck Curry is a curry house managed by the chefs of Ata, a bistro in Daikanyama. Originally situated in Ebisu, the restaurant has been revamped and moved to Shibuya PARCO where they are serving a range of delicious spicy curries topped with a colourful array of vegetables.
B1F GAN-BAN FUJI ROCK COLLECTION “CREW NECK T-SHIRT” Limited Edition Sale
The “FUJI ROCK COLLECTION” of T-shirts are always so popular that their stock never fails to sell out. The new crew neck version is now available at the official FUJI ROCK shop and are being sold at Shibuya PARCO.
B1F Mirai Nihonshu-ten & SAKE BAR “Summer Sake Cocktails”
For this summer only, Mirai Nihonshu-ten and SAKE BAR are serving up two refreshing cocktails.
Left: Hakuju Salty Lemon | Right: Suzu Sweet Green
The Hakuju Salty Lemon is like a Salty Dog cocktail. It has notes of citrus and a salty sea salt bite. The Suzu Sweet Green is made with a sake known as “Kubota Suijyu” which is mixed with cocoa vinegar. It has a subtle sweetness.
Tokyobike is set to open a new shop in Fukuoka, its first branch outside of Tokyo. The shop will have its pre-opening this week on July 23 followed by its grand opening on August 1. The store is being managed by FILAMENTS Inc. which is known for running the Hiroshima-based sports bike store “grumpy” as well as the bicycle lifestyle shop “pop grumpy.”
What is Tokyobike?
Tokyobike is a bicycle manufacturer which launched in 2002 on the east side of Tokyo. Specialising in bikes that can be enjoyed in the city and people’s everyday lives, the company now has over 200 stores in Japan, as well as three directly-managed shops in Tokyo and eight partner shops overseas.
The company’s Tokyobike Plus brand is a concept shop made in collaboration with a range of the company’s unique partners and offers a “plus” factor and value that can only be experienced with Tokyobike, showcasing a range to customers that shows them how to enjoy the bicycle life.
Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka is located in Yakuin which is just a 10-minute walk from Tenjin in central Fukuoka. It’s surrounded by bustling cafes, interior design shops, popular confectionery stores, and more. It’s also close to Ohori Park, Fukuoka Zoo and Botanical Garden, Ropponmatsu, and plenty of other places within 3km which can be easily reached by bike.
The store offers bike repairs and maintenance, sells bike-related goods which can be sifted through with a complementary cup of coffee, and staff can give information to riders on how best to enjoy riding around Fukuoka. Its interior design was conceived by Makoto Obuchi of GO!design factory Inc. who is responsible for creating the designs for the Italian restaurant Cernia in Fukuoka, the Akasaka-based izakaya Machiya Akariya, Meshiya Koyama Parking in Kego, and more.
To celebrate the opening of Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka, the first 80 customers will receive a free original Tokyobike hand towel designed by Kamawanu, a company specialising in making hand towels which are individually dyed using a traditional method known as chuusen.
Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka
Address: 16-1 Yakuinifukumachi, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
Official Website: https://tokyobike-fukuoka.com
Studio Ghibli Exhibition to be Held in Aichi Prefecture This Summer
Aichi Prefecture and Chunichi Shimbun have revealed that they are to hold a Studio Ghibli exhibition at Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art from July 22, 2020 – September 3, 2020.
Yubaba wearing a Mask ©TS ©Studio Ghibli
The exhibition, called Ghibli no “Dai Janai” Hakurankai (Ghibli’s “Not So Big” Exhibition), will be taking all necessary safety measures against COVID-19 to ensure people’s safety.
Never before seen Ghibli material a must-see for fans
Ghibli Park’s “Seishun no Oka” (Hill of Youth) Area ©Studio Ghibli
The exhibition will look back at Studio Ghibli’s past as well as into the studio’s future. Fans will be able to look at construction materials and sketches of Ghibli Park, a new Studi Ghibli themed facility set to open at Aichi Expo Memorial Park in autumn 2022, as well as dolls of the characters from the upcoming animated film Earwig and the Witch which is being written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro. The film was originally scheduled to premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19 and will now be aired by NHK this winter.
The Cat Bus from the Studio Ghibli Museum will also be showcased at the event; stills taken from Studio Ghibli’s films such as Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Kaguya and more will be displayed; there will be a photo spot for taking photos, and much more.
Fans of Spirited Away will also be able to get their own omikuji fortunes from the giant Zeniba and Yubaba faces.
Ghibli no “Dai Janai” Hakurankai (Japanese Name: ジブリの”大じゃない”博覧会)
Running: July 22, 2020 – September 3, 2020
Location: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art Galleries A/B/H/I
Address: 1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays) *Last entries 30 mins before closure
Official Website: https://www.ghibli-daijanaiexpo.jp/
Japan’s Pingu Exhibition to Take Place in Ginza Showcasing Lots of Noot Noot Treasures
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Swiss claymation children’s television series Pingu. Japan is celebrating the milestone with the “Pingu Exhibition” which will take place on the 8th floor of Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo from August 12 to 24.
Original material for Pingu by the show’s creator Otmar Gutmann will be exhibited, as well as the actual clay figures, dioramas, storyboards, and more that were used during the filming in Switzerland. Many of the 400 or so items on display have never been shown in Japan before.
There will also be a recorded interview with Seishi Kattou, the only Japanese animator that was working in the Pingu studio at the time. But the fun doesn’t end there, as there will even be an AR attraction made using CG and original animations from the Pingu in the City 3D CG film.
A peek into the exhibition
The secret story behind Pingu’s creation
Visitors will be able to learn about the author Otmar Gutmann as well as see production materials, storyboards, and other treasured items that give insight into how the creator and studio gave rise to Pingu.
Exhibits: Notes from Otmar Gutmaan, storyboards, clay figures, dioramas, pilot episode screening, and more
The Clay Room
Pingu’s iconic exaggerated elastic movements are made possible through the use of clay. These movements play an important part in conveying characters’ emotions and are one element of the show’s storytelling. These movements will be exhibited in the event’s Clay Room where you’ll get to see different models morphing into different shapes. These clay figures are all handmade by the Pingu studio staff themselves.
Exhibits: Clay figures, tools, Pingu studio videos, and more
3DCG Animation and Pingu in the future
Pingu in the City is a Japanese 3D CG animated series which used the same style of the original series but instead opted for computer animation, adding a different layer of charm to the internationally adored series. Visitors will be able to enjoy this digital Pingu in a variety of ways.
Exhibits: Digital videos, AR, and more.
There will also be exclusive Pingu exhibition merchandise on sale, as well as pre-sales of Pingu merchandise yet to go on sale.
Shin Sobue (Pingu Exhibition Art Director) | Comment
“This will be the first all-out exhibition for Pingu, a series which has transcended borders from Switzerland and the UK to Japan. This will be a happy exhibition that neatly divides everything for people to enjoy, from its mysterious language to its comical movements, story, and laid-back humour.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)
Pingu 40th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: August 12, 2020 – August 24, 2020
会場： 松屋銀座 8階 イベントスクエア 東京都中央区銀座3-6-1
Street Fighter Exhibition at Fukuoka City Science Museum Rescheduled For July
The Street Fighter exhibition “Street Fighter: Ore Yori Tsuyoi Yatsura no Sekai Ten” (Street Fighter Exhibition: The World of Those Stronger Than Me) was originally scheduled to run from March 14 to May 24 but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, it has been announced that the exhibition has been rescheduled and will take place from July 1 to September 22.
A ticket system is in place where attendees need to book a time and date in advance as a precaution against the novel coronavirus. Tickets can be bought in advance from the exhibition’s official website.
Street Fighter is a fighting video game franchise developed and published by Capcom. The first game was released in 1987 for arcades. Street Fighter II was released in 1991 is hailed as a landmark title in the series and would set the standard of fighting games that followed. The latest instalment to the series, Street Fighter V, was released in 2016, with Street Fighter V: Champion Edition following in 2019.
The Street Fighter exhibition is set to display treasured documents and art pieces from the franchise, as well as showcase a cabinet of the arcade games. With full support and cooperation from Capcom, the exhibition is a must-visit for all fans of the influential fighting game.
Here’s just a select glimpse of what to expect.
Street Fighter Gallery
This incredible gallery features a physical catalogue of game packages and cases, posters, and much more from across the series.
Memorable Street Fighter Scenes
①BONUS STAGE 2020 in FUKUOKA
Interactive Content: Destroy the car with a Surge Fist
②CONTINUE? Match Loss Facial Expression Collection
EXTRA ROUND: Secrets
A display of initial Street Fighter concepts, logos, character art, backgrounds, and more
CONTINUE: The Legend of Street Fighter Continues to Evolve
Street Fighter Exhibition (Japanese Name: ストリートファイター「俺より強いやつらの世界展」)
Running: July 1, 2020 – September 22, 2020
Closed: Tuesdays (Except August 11/August 18/September 22)
Time: 9:30-18:00 (Last Entries 17:30) (Open until 21:30 from August 7-19)
Location: Fukuoka City Science Museum (4-2-1 Ropponmatsu, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka)
Price: General ¥1,100 / High School & Junior High School Students ¥800 / Ages 4+ ¥500
Official Website: https://streetfighter.artne.jp/
Help Fukuoka’s Hotels During COVID-19 With Crowdfunding Project
17.June.2020 | SPOT
Fukuoka’s tourism industry is suffering greatly as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and so the city has launched a crowdfunding project to ask for people’s help and support.
By donating, you can receive a special ticket which can be used when travel returns to normal which can be used at hotels you have donated towards. The tiers are priced at ¥3,000 and ¥5,000, which will get you tickets priced at ¥3,300 and ¥5,500 respectively to be used in the future. If you’re thinking of travelling to Fukuoka, or already had plans booked to go there, then consider donating towards the city.
Fukuoka is a city loved by Japanese people and foreigners alike. It has a rich food culture, incredible festivals, a rich history, and an amalgamation of urban and rural scenery.
Experience Japan’s Poo Museum at Home With Unko Museum Online
26.April.2020 | SPOT
Akatsuki Live Entertainment and KAYAC are bringing Japan’s famous Unko (Poop) Museum into your home this Golden Week with Unko Museum Online. The website is set to launch on May 1, 2020.
Experience the Unko Museum at home during the lockdown
The Unko Museum’s hugely popular poop game “Unko Shutter” has been turned into a mobile game. It can also be played on PC. The game has players snapping the perfect pictures of poop that’s flying at different speeds.
Change your backgrounds on video calls to have different coloured poop designs on the screen. Make your call even more fun by creating your own poop world.
Normally, the illustrations displayed at the museum drawn by famous people can only be seen in person at the Unko Museum, but now you’ll be able to check them out online. Also, on Twitter, the museum has a poop template that invites everyone to design their own poop. Create yours and post it on social media!
Unberto at Home
Unberto is the god that protects the Unko Museum. He’ll be doing Instagram live streams from time to time starting from May 1, 2020. He’s there to answer everyone’s worries. Follow the museum’s official page below.
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unko_museum/
Streaming: From May 1, 2020 and onward on random days
Unko Food for a special price
Unko Museum Tokyo is currently closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, the best before dates on their food snack items are approaching their end, and so the museum is selling items at heavily discounted prices, such as a set of 6 Unko Gummies for just ¥2,000 (that’s 45% off) or a box of four for ¥7,500 (47% off).
Running: April 24, 2020 – May 1, 2020
Official Website: https://unkomuseum.shop/
Unko Museum Online
Opening: May 1, 2020 at 13:00 (JST)
*Currently not live
Cherry Blossoms and Rape Blossoms Compete For Spring at Kusaba River in Fukuoka
19.March.2020 | SPOT
The town of Chikuzen in Fukuoka Prefecture is home to a 2km strip of cherry blossom trees which bloom their pink beauty along the Kusaba River in spring. The area sees countless people flock there during the Hanami season to see the trees in full bloom.
But Kusaba River isn’t only home to cherry blossoms; it also sees rape blossoms sprout their yellow flowers during springtime, which offers a beautiful contrast to the overhead pink from the cherry trees.
The place is lit up in the eveningsーa great chance to see the cherry blossoms in a different light at night.
Rich verdure lines the whole of Kusaba River, so be sure to visit if you’re heading to Fukuoka this spring to see the cherry and rape blossoms.
Address: 875 Hisamitsu, Chikuzen, Asakura-gun, Fukuoka
Bloom Period: Late March – Early April
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Shincho Bus Stop (新町バス停) via Nishi Tetsu Bus
THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA: New Coffee Shop Opens in Fukuoka’s Hakata Ward
14.March.2020 | FOOD
Japan’s biggest online coffee publisher Good Coffee is opening a new cafe called “THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA” in Hakata, Fukuoka.
Good Coffee looks to bring together coffee lovers with all kinds of coffee shops. THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA will be their second branch of “THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND” in Japan following the branch they opened in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Good Coffee provides a wealth of information and the latest news on where to get delicious coffee inside and outside Japan. They have joint sponsorship and manage the TOKYO COFFEE FESTIVAL where roasters from across the country all come together and serve coffee in a variety of ways, host live performances, and more.
The coffee beans at THE LOCAL aren’t roasted in-house. Instead, the head barista, Yuji Otsuki, personally selects roasts every month from shops published on Good Coffee. This is a rare style of coffee shop in Fukuoka where every month, customers can enjoy a different cup of high quality coffee every month from popular roasters inside and outside Japan from the comfort of Fukuoka.
The coffee beans used for the cafe’s opening month of March will be drip coffee from GLITCH COFFEE&ROASTERS in Jinbocho, Tokyo and espresso from CRAFTSMAN COFFEE ROASTERS in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi. Events are scheduled to be held at THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA every month where baristas and coffee roasters will be invited as guests.
Find your new favourite coffee at THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA.
THE LOCAL COFFEE STAND FUKUOKA
Address: 2-14-1 Hakataekihigashi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9:00-23:00 (*Pre-opening hours)
Access: 5-minutes from Hakata Station’s Tsukushi Exit
Official Website: http://thelocal2016.com/fukuoka/
DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN Exhibition Shows Off Dress Line-Up Inspired by Japanese Culture
The DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN exhibition at HANKYU Umeda Store in Osaka began on March 1 where it is set to run until March 22.
The collection features a complete line-up inspired by Japan’s rich culture, from dresses serving haute couture to exquisite Lady Dior bags re-interpreted by various artists. This exhibition is a coming-together of DIOR and Japan and expresses savoir faire the way a maison should.
The exhibition is also home to a gift shop selling a range of different items. It also has an audio guide presented by Japanese actress and fashion model Yuko Araki and actor and model Ryusei Yokohama, both of whom were selected as Japan Fashion Ambassadors for this exhibition.
See the worlds of DIOR and Japan collide at DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN.
DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN
Running: March 1, 2020 – March 22, 2020
Location: HANKYU Umeda Gallery (HANKYU Umeda Store Floor 9F)
Address: 8-7 Kakudacho, Kita, Osaka
Official Website: http://bit.ly/DiorFromParisToJapan