Katsuhiro Otomo’s Masterpiece AKIRA Gets Collage Art Wall Display in Shibuya
The new Shibuya PARCO shopping complex is set to open on November 22, 2019. It will house the new PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO and GALLERY X, both of which aim to promote art and culture to the people of Tokyo.
The opening exhibition is titled “AKIRA ART OF WALL Katsuhiro Otomo × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION” which will see an entire wall decorated in a collage of art by manga author and film director Katsuhiro Otomo and his legendary series AKIRA. It is a collaboration with collage artist Kosuke Kawamura.
The art wall is in fact a relocation of the AKIRA art wall that has existed at the infrastructure building site in Shibuya for almost two years. Parts of it have been damaged over time, and so it will resurface at PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO on the 4th floor of the new Shibuya PARCO. That’s not all: there will also be valuable original works displayed as well as posters, 3D model recreations of things seen in AKIRA, the series soundtrack by Geinoh Yamashirogumi playing, and more.
Down in GALLERY X on floor B1F there will be various life-sized installations. There will be a graphic design zone with exhibits from YAR spearheaded by Japanese graphic artist YOSHIROTTEN who has teamed up with numerous projects both inside and outside Japan.
Fans of AKIRA can also look forward to getting their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise, including t-shrits made in collaboration with apparel brands.
*Product pictures are for illustrative purposes only; actual designs are subject to change without notice. Prices TBA.
Shibuya is a popular tourist spot for overseas visitors, so if you’re an AKIRA fan planning a trip there this November or December, be sure to hit up the exhibition.
AKIRA ART OF WALL Otomo Katsuhiro × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION
PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO (Shibuya PARCO 4F): November 22, 2019 – December 16, 2019 @ 10:00-21:00
GALLERY X (Shibuya PARCO B1F) November 22, 2019 – December 18, 2019 @ 10:00-21:00
*Exhibitions at both sites will end at 18:00 on their final dates. Last entries to PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO are 30-minutes before closing times.
Entry Price: General ¥1,000 / High School Students and Below ¥800 / Preschoolers – Free
Grand Opening: November 22, 2019
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops & Services 10:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-23:30 (*Select store times may differ)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://shibuya.parco.jp/
Kamen Rider Clothing Collection Arrives in Full Tokusatsu Style in Japan
HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER launched its second collection last Wednesday (March 3) in collaboration with the 2010-2011 tokusatsu drama series Kamen Rider OOO. HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER is a fashion brand centred around the multimedia tokusatsu series Kamen Rider.
The collection is available both via HENSHIN’s official website and a pop-up store at Shinsaibashi PARCO in Osaka which is open until March 16.
HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER
Collaboration With NEGLECT ADULT PATiENTS
Kamen Rider is known for its catchphrase “Henshin!” which is Japanese for transform/transformation. In the series, a motorcycle-riding superhero fights supervillains, quite often kaijin which are giant beasts.
The collection is a must-grab for fans of the series who are sure to enjoy the diverse range of attire available, from stills to illustrations and motifs across T-shirts, sneakers, and more.
(C)2016 石森プロ・テレビ朝日・ADK EM・東映
The Ultimate Chocolate and Confectionery Indulgence is Here With LIFE IS PÂTISSIER’s White Day Gifts
Japanese chocolate and baked goods bakery LIFE IS PÂTISSIER is now selling a collection of luxurious treats for White Day, the sequel to Valentine’s Day in Japan, via their online store until March 14.
LIFE IS PÂTISSIER is a takeout chocolate bakery that specialises in chocolate and baked confections. Some of their signature items include their pound cake and chocolate bonbons. They also serve sable biscuits, madeleines, and much more. They are based in Jiyugaoka, a neighbourhood in Meguro, Tokyo, where they enjoy plenty of customers both local and tourists. Due to the pandemic, they are currently operating entirely online.
LIFE IS PÂTISSIER White Day Gifts 2021
Leaf Caramel | ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
Crunchy chocolate caramel bites drizzled in even more sweet, melty caramel.
Macarons | ¥2,300 (Before Tax)
A rainbow-coloured collection of raspberry, pistachio, caramel, lemon, and chocolate macarons.
Madeleines (Contains 6) | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
Refreshing madeleines made with a mix of Japanese and Italian lemons. Refrigerating them gives the outer icing a delicious crunchy texture.
Strawberry Milk Crunch | ¥900
Smashed cookies and caramel combined with strawberry chocolate and milk chocolate.
Special Box | ¥4,500 (Before Tax)
A very special collection of raspberry chocolate treats coated in dark chocolate.
Flower Swag | ¥3,200
A fragrant flower swag composed of an assortment of fresh flowers. Perfect for decorating walls and doors and overtime become dried flowers.
White Day Cards
LIFE IS PÂTISSIER is also offering White Day cards which people can couple with their gifts.
LIFE IS PÂTISSIER White Day Gifts
Release Date: March 14, 2021
LIFE IS PÂTISSIER Official Website: https://www.life-is-patissier.com/
Disney Japan Celebrates Minnie’s Day With Exclusive Minnie Mouse Merchandise
22.February.2021 | FASHION
Minnie’s Day is set to fall in Japan on March 2, so to celebrate, Walt Disney Japan is getting in on the festivities nice and early by announcing the release of a new Minnie Mouse merchandise collection, called the “Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park,” which will be officially released at Disney stores in Japan on February 23. Pre-sales will also roll out at select stores and Disney Japan’s online store shopDisney from February 19.
Plushie ¥3,300 / Makeup Brush Set ¥2,640 / Tote Bag ¥2,090 / Room Fragrance ¥4,180 / iPhone Case (iPhone 11) ¥3,520 / Mirror ¥2,420 / Ballpoint Pen & Notebook Set ¥1,980 – (Prices Include Tax)
nuiMOs Plushie ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Kelly Park is an artist that is enjoying immense popularity in South Korea right now. Their new “Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park” is an exclusive release in collaboration with Disney Store.
The line-up is a celebration of all things Minnie Mouse for her big day, aptly named “Minnie’s Day,” on March 2. Vibrant blue is the main colour for the collection which Kelly Park has created to support fellow dreamers out there – those who have big hopes and aspirations in their everyday lives. The designs are bright, beautiful, and full of positivity, making them a perfect pick for the coming spring season. Minnie fans can feel fresh this spring season with fahsion items, accessories, stationery, a variety of lifestyle goods, and more.
Disney’s popular nuiMOs plushie range will welcome an exclusive new Minnie Mouse plushie on February 26 which features the date “March 2, 2021” on it for Minnie’s Day. It also comes with a pin. These plushies are limited-edition and only 320 will be sold – a number that of course aligns with March 2.
Celebrate the day of the original Disney Princess with the new Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park.
Disney ARTIST COLLECTION by Kelly Park
Pre-Sales: February 19, 2021 @ shopDisney, Disney Store Shibuya Koen-dori, Disney Store Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi, Disney Store Shinsaibashi
General Sale: February 23, 2021 @ Disney Stores in Japan
Store List: https://www.disney.co.jp/store/storeinfo.html
Minnie’s Day: http://shopDisney.jp/MinnieMouse/2021/
Shibuya PARCO Reveals Fashion Campaign Key Visual For Spring 2021
17.February.2021 | FASHION
Shibuya PARCO has unveiled its key visual for its Spring 2021 fashion campaign “SHIBUYA PARCO S/S NEW LOOK” which features Japanese model Lala Takahashi.
SHIBUYA PARCO S/S NEW LOOK Key Visual
In the visual, Lala Takahashi is donning the ‘Pablo’ series by UNDERCOVER which is inspired by Picasso’s ‘Blue Period.’ It’s been transferred onto a print of an abstract oil painting by Jun Takahashi. The photo was taken by visual artist Takako Noel, while the conceptual headpiece, which is made from recycled plastic, was created by hair stylist Haruka Tazaki.
The campaign brings with it a wave of new fashion and cosmetic items from stores inside Shibuya PARCO. A special coupon that can be used on the PARCO online store from February 9 to 28 is also available. It comes in response to stay-at-home measures raised in Japan due to the pandemic.
Cute Milk Bottle Pudding Releases at Milk Bakers in Tokyo
12.February.2021 | FOOD
Tokyo-based bakery Milk has released an adorable new milk pudding at two of its branches, both of which are served in cute milk bottles.
Smooth Pudding / Milk Pudding – ¥380 Each (Tax Included)
Box of 4
Box of 8
Carefully-selected and fresh milk of high quality is used to make these Japanese-style puddings, known as purin. Each and every one is handmade individually, and they can be bought separately or in boxes of 4 and 8. No preservatives, additives, of any nasty stuff is added to the dessert either.
Also on the menu is a milk-loaded soft serve ice cream. The cup it’s served in has a cute retro design to it.
Available: Milk Sano / Milk Shibuya
Address: 2-7-1 Sano, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Official Website: https://tokyo-milk.jp/
Blue Bottle Coffee to Open Pop-Up Stores at Shibuya Scramble Square in Tokyo
07.February.2021 | FOOD
Blue Bottle Coffee Japan has announced that it will open a pop-up store on the second floor of Shibuya Scramble Square in Tokyo from February 10 to March 15.
Cacao Candy & Instant Coffee Set | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
Coffee Set | ¥3,200 (Before Tax)
Sweet Bean Jelly & Instant Coffee Set | ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
The pop-up shop will sell a variety of Blue Bottle Coffee products like fresh coffee beans, mugs, Valentine’s Day gifts, item sets, and more.
Blue Bottle Coffee Pop-Up Store
Running: February 10, 2021 – March 15, 2021
Location: Shibuya Scramble Square Floor 2F
Address: 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Houes: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://store.bluebottlecoffee.jp/
hotel koe tokyo Celebrates 3rd Anniversary With Luxurious Financier Strawberry Open Sandwich
07.February.2021 | FOOD
hotel koe tokyo is celebrating its third anniversary by serving up a special financier strawberry open sandwich at the koe lobby on the first floor.
Financier Strawberry Open Sandwich | ¥1,045
The sandwich is made using a financier bread baked by the hotel koe bakery. This fluffy and airy treat has crunchy sides and sits on top of a bed of fresh cream bathed in crème anglaise. It’s finished with a loaded topping of fresh strawberries which add a sweet and tangy flavour to the sandwich.
If you’re staying in Tokyo this month, don’t miss out on this limited-time treat which is being served from February 8 to 28.
hotel koe tokyo Financier Strawberry Open Sandwich
Where: koe lobby @ hotel koe tokyo
Serving Dates: February 8, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Serving Times: 15:00-18:00提供期間：2021年2月8日（月）～2月28日（日）
[Morning] 7:30-11:00 (Last Orders 10:30)
[Lunch] 11:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:30)
[Tea Time & Dinner] 15:00-20:00 Last Orders 19:30)
Official Website: https://hotelkoe.com/food/
Japanese Band DISH// to Promote New Album ‘X’ With Tokyo Exhibition
The Japanese pop rock band DISH// will celebrate the release of their new album X, which is their first in almost two years, with an exhibition at PARCO FACTORY inside Ikebukuro PARCO in Tokyo from February 13 to 28.
The exhibition will feature a variety of displays related to the new record as well as explanations of the song lyrics in voice recordings by the band members themselves. There will also be a shop set up selling exhibition merch.
X will be released on February 24, 2021.
Running: February 13, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Time: 11:00-20:00 (until 18:00 on February 28)
Location: PARCO FACTORY
Address: Ikebukuro PARCO Floor 7F, 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Entry Price: ¥500
*Attendees get a free sticker chosen randomly from 4 possible designs
PARCO FACTORY Official Website: https://art.parco.jp/parcomuseum/
Kingdom Anime Collaborates With Firsthand On Exclusive Merchandise
Creative and sustainable concept store Firsthand released a collection of items in collaboration on Wednesday (January 20) with the TV anime series Kingdom, which is set to begin airing its third season this April, and Japanese artist Kosuke Kawamura. The items are available to buy both online in Japan and at a pop-up store at OPEN STUDIO inside FREAK’S STORE Shibuya.
Firsthand is a Japanese brand centred on upcycling and sustainable production. Fans of the ongoing anime series can get their hands on a range of clothing items, phone cases, and more. If they head to OPEN STUDIO they’ll also find an illustration exhibit, a photo spot, and more. The gallery is also selling posters signed by Kosuke Kawamura.
Will you be watching Season 3 of Kingdom this spring?
Kingdom x Firsthand x Kosuke Kawamura Pop-Up Shop
Running: January 20, 2021 – January 25, 2021
Location: OPEN STUDIO, 1-31-1 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
TEL : 03-6415-7728
Where to buy the merchandise collection:
・OPEN STUDIO (Limited time January 20th-25th)
・Firsthand RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK (From January 26th)
・FREAK‘S STORE ONLINE (From January 24th) @ http://www.freaksstore.com/
・ZOZOTOWN (From January 28th) @ https://zozo.jp/shop/freaksstore/
Event Details: https://firsthand.jp/news/3609/
Foodies Make Their Way to Zi-tempo’s Pop-Up Eatery in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi PARCO
PARCO has teamed up with Kaji Kaji H, Koichi Igarashi—who is known for his work with BEAMS JAPAN’s brand projects—and a certain chief editor at a popular Kansai fashion magazine to open Zi-tempo, a limited-time food spot aimed at foodies that will run for 20-days at PARCO Shinaibashi in Osaka.
Zi-tempo brings together designers from popular fashion brands working in Kansai, editors from fashion magazines, stylists, writers, more to serve up a creative menu by a line-up of individuals not involved in anyway in the food industry. As well as food, visitors can get their hands of a selection of related merchandise, clothing, and more.
The First Serving
Running: January 13, 2021 – January 19, 2021
Curry Mala: Enjoy the unique spices of both curry and mala
Spicy curry has recently become something of a soul food in Osaka. For the first serving, foodies can enjoy discovering a wonderful combination of spices in a selection of curries, as well as a numbing line-up of mala made with mapo tofu. This menu is the creation of ‘R,’ a designer at a fashion brand, and ‘T,’ a former chief editor of a Japanese fashion magazine. R is actually the owner of a popular curry house called COBACHI CURRY in Nakazakicho, while T has tasted countless mapo tofu dishes. This makes them the perfect curry-mala combo for this experiment.
・Curry Mala Shokuhako – ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
・Curry Mala 1 (Spice Chai) – ¥500 (Before Tax)
・Curry Mala 2 (Spice Highball) – ¥500 (Before Tax)
・Curry Mala Hoodie – ¥7,800 (Before Tax)
・Curry Mala Long T-Shirt – ¥5,800 (Before Tax)
The Second Serving
Running: January 20, 2021 – January 26, 2021
Tacos Variar x Berbers Ya!: Traditional Mexian and Moroccan dishes
The second serving sees a coming-together of tacos and couscous by two creators working in Kansai: nahonic who works at Tacos Variar at an underground spot in Kansai selling tacos, and stylist Sunny, both of whom enjoy homecooked couscous from their Moroccan mothers growing up. Foodies will get to enjoy both Mexican and Moroccan food at the same time, a perfect opportunity during the current climate when travelling is difficult. There will also be a variety of apparel and goods from creators like the mystery creative group “the golden dawn.”
・1P ¥350 (Before Tax)
・2P ¥700(Before Tax)
・3P~ ¥300 / 1P(Before Tax)
The Third Serving
Running: January 27, 2021 – February 1, 2021
Natouya: Taste and compare an array of natto rice bowls
Eateries serving gyudon, or beef rice bowls, never fail to bring in repeat customers for their cheap prices, quick service, and delicious taste. But our heal is the most important thing, so why not change it up once in a while with a natto rice bowl? At the event, foodies get to tuck into a selection of dishes using 5 different kinds of natto beans that vary in size and colour, served sticky, yummy, and in generous portions. These natto rice bowls were conceived by Murakami, a researcher of natto and editor of a certain fashion magazine. There will also be goods from natto apparel brand NNBean, natto crockery, and plenty of other things for lovers of natto to enjoy.
・Five Bean Natto Rice Bowl – ¥900 (Before Tax)
・NNBean Sweater – ¥7,100 (Before Tax)
・NNBean Long T-Shirt – ¥5,800 (Before Tax)
・Natto Plate – ¥4,200 (Before Tax)
If you’re in Osaka throughout January, and love food, don’t miss out on a unique eating experience over at Zi-tempo.
Running: January 13, 2021 – February 1, 2021
Location: Shinsaibashi PARCO B1F “THE KITCHEN”
Address: 1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Subject to change depending on COVID-19 and weather)
Shinsai PARCO Official Website: https://shinsaibashi.parco.jp/
Tokyo Welcomes New KISS,TOKYO Bench at Shibuya River Street
02.January.2021 | SPOT
What is being dubbed as a new sightseeing spot in Shibuya, “KISS,TOKYO,” an artistic bench, appeared at Shibuya River Street on Christmas Day. The street runs from SHIBUYA STREAM towards Daikanyama.
“KISS,TOKYO” is a project and nod towards those who love Tokyo, taking inspiration from the “I♡NY” slogan and logo. Japan isn’t a country where kisses are used as greetings like other places around the world, but the bold notion of “KISS,TOKYO” expresses the feeling of love wards the people and city. It’s a mark to welcome visitors to the capital of Japan.
The bench was made in cooperation with the Shibuya City Tourism Association and Tokyu and under a crowdfunder.
A pop-up shop is now open at WIRED SHIBUYA selling merchandise with the KISS,TOKYO logo on it. It will run until January 31, 2021.
If you’re planning a trip to Shibuya, make sure you get a photo with the city’s new sightseeing and tourist spot.
Location: Shibuya River Street (3-22 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Running: December 25, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Location: WIRED SHIBUYA (3-27-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
KISS,TOKYO Official Homepage: https://kiss.tokyo/
Gintama Themed Cafes to Open in Shibuya and Sapporo in Collaboration With Tower Records
Tower Records is promoting the upcoming release of the anime film Gintama The Final by turning two of its own Tower Records Cafe branches in Sapporo and Shibuya into Gintama-themed spaces serving inspired dishes and selling exclusive merchandise.
Gintama x Tower Records Trading Acrylic Key Rings (6 Designs) | ¥800 (Before Tax)
Gintama x Tower Records Towel | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
Get your hands on a Gintama x Tower Records key ring or towel featuring the main cast wearing Tower Records aprons just like the real-life staff at the music store chain. These items are available to pick up at 41 Tower Records stores, three Tower Records Cafes, and their official website.
Tower Records Cafe has collaborated with numerous anime series before, but this will be its first with Gintama. Two menus will be rolled out, the first being served from January 1, 2021 to January 14, 2021 and the second from January 15, 2021 to January 24, 2021. The first menu is themed on the series’s six main characters while the second menu will be based around Gintama The Final as well as the two-part anime special Gintama The Semi-Final.
Menu ① (Excerpt)
Kagura’s Tenshidon With Kombu Salad | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Inspired by the heroine of Gintama, Kagura, and served with her favourite vinegar kombu salad.
Toshiro Hijikata’s Mayo Chicken Nanban | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Hijikata is known for his love of mayo, so it was only right that this mayo chicken nanban be served with three types of mayonnaise.
Gintoki’s Week’s Worth Of Sugar Parfait | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
A strawberry-loaded parfait with plenty of sugar content, just how Gitoki likes it.
Kotaro Katsura’s Elizabeth Dessert | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
An Elizabeth crepe with something hidden inside…
Gintoki’s Perm Drink | ¥750 (Before Tax)
A cotton candy dessert drink inspired by Gintoki’s luscious natural perm.
Shinsuke Takasugi’s Blueberry Smoothie | ¥750 (Before Tax)
A cool blueberry smoothie whose delicious flavour comes from it being chilled in the refrigerator.
Menu ② (Excerpt)
Yorozuya’s Special Curry | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
Inspired by the friendship between the three members of Yorozuya, with the white rice representing Gintoki, the pink (sakura denbu) Kagura, and the blue (powdered cheese) Shinpachi.
Sadaharu’s Pancakes | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
Inspired by the pet of Yorozuya, served with three sides representing the three members.
Shinpachi’s Ramune | ¥750 (Before Tax)
A ramune based on Shinpachi, topped with a cherry to express his cherry boy-ness!
Gintama Quote Omurice | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
Classic Japanese omurice served with one of six famous quotes in Japanese from the series. Not available at the Nagoya Sakae SKYLE or Umeda NU Chayamachi branches.
Yorozuya Gin-chan’s Takeout Drink | ¥900 (Before Tax)
A takeout drink based on Yorozuya Gin-chan with two different coloured jellies at the bottom to represent Shinpachi and Kagura with the white Calpis drink being Gintoki.
Coasters (6 Designs)
Those who reserve the bonus item ticket at Ticket Pia machines will receive one of six possible Tower Records x Gintama coasters.
Menu ① Postcards (6 Designs)
Menu ② Postcards (6 Designs)
For every item ordered on the menu, you’ll get a free postcard. This includes takeout items.
Set of 3 Bookmarkers (6 Designs)
Those who order a food item, dessert, and a drink all together will get a set of three bookmarkers.
Lunch Mat (During Menu ② Servings Only)
Those who dine at the cafe during the second menuy serving will receive a free lunch mat featuring the key visual for Gintama The Semi-Final.
Gintama x Tower Records Merch Collab
Pre-Orders: December 10, 2020
Release Date: December 24, 2020
Merch Collab Page: https://tower.jp/gintama/
Gintama x Tower Records Cafe Collab
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Shibuya
Address: Tower Records Shibuya Floor 2F, 1-22-14 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:45-20:50
Menu ①: December 24, 2020 – January 7, 2021
Menu ②: January 8, 2021 – January 17, 2021
*Closes at 17:20 on December 31 and closed for the day on January 1 and 2
TOWER RECODRS CAFE Sapporo PIVOT
Address: PIVOT Floor 5F, 4 Chome Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Opening Hours: 11:20-20:00
Menu ①: January 5, 2021 – January 21, 2021
Menu ②: January 22, 2021 – February 7, 2021
TOWER RECODRS CAFE Nagoya Sakae SKYLE (Takeout Menu Only)
TOWER RECORDS CAFE Umeda NU Chayamachi (Takeout Menu Only)
Menu ①: January 5, 2021 – January 14, 2021
Menu ②: January 15, 2021 – January 24, 2021
Cafe Collab Website: https://tower.jp/gintamacafe
Gintama The Final
Release Date: January 8, 2021
Official Website: https://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/gintamamovie/
Gintama The Semi-Final (dTV Japan Only)
Episode 1: January 15, 2021
Episode 2: January 20, 2021
Official Website: https://pc.video.dmkt-sp.jp/ft/s0007147?campaign=sgm100149