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/
Adidas Originals and atmos Collaborate to Release Sneakers Based on Shibuya’s Hachiko
17.September.2021 | FASHION
A new pair of kicks based on the iconic symbol of Shibuya, Hachiko, will be released for round three of the SHIBUYA PACK! This collaboration between Adidas Originals and sneaker shop atmos will be sold at A.T.A.D, atmos stores and atmos Online on September 18, with lottery registration open now. The sneakers will also be available from the Adidas App and the Adidas Online Shop starting September 25.
Adidas Originals SUPERSTAR DOG atmos “HACHI”: ¥15,400 (Tax Included)
These exclusive Superstars, a timeless pair of sneakers from the Adidas Originals brand, will feature a unique texture that expresses the character of the dog Hachiko. The shoe’s tongue features a silver Trefoil logo, while the midsole has the address of where Hachiko’s statue is located. Of course, there’s a special Hachiko design on the insole!
Hachiko is a famous symbol of Shibuya, with his statue being a popular meetup point for friends and couples. Known for his loyalty to his owner, the dog waited for over nine years for the man to return after his death.
Proceeds from the sale of these sneakers will be used to support the YOU MAKE SHIBUYA souvenir program, which is helping to revitalize the local community by selling products marked with the special YOU MAKE SHIBUYA logo!
Adidas Originals SHIBUYA PACK – Round 3
Release Dates/Where to Buy:
September 14: Lottery Opens
September 18: A.T.A.D, atmos stores, atmos Online Store Pre-orders open
September 25: Adidas App, Adidas Online Shop
Official Site: https://www.atmos-tokyo.com/
Multimedia Project aoppella to Get New Pop-Up Shop at Namba Marui
The new multimedia project aoppella tells the story of eleven male high school students discovering the art of a cappella. Now, a new pop-up shop will be selling new merchandise from the project at both Shibuya MODI and Namba Marui this fall! Limited-edition items will feature chibi versions of the characters.
Prizes Available by Lottery
Prize A: Original Illustration Cushion
Prize B: Original Illustration Mini-Standee (11 varieties) – Choose 1 of your favorite character
Prize C: Complete Set of Original Illustration Postcards (11 varieties)
Prize D: 1 Random Original Illustration Postcard (11 varieties)
Acrylic Stand (11 varieties): ¥660 (Tax Included)
Flat Pouch (2 varieties): ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Heart-shaped Case (11 varieties): ¥660 (Tax Included)
Lunch Tote (2 varieties): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Candy Tin with Magnet (2 varieties): ¥880 (Tax Included)
Guests who spend ¥3,000 or more (including tax) at the event venue and pay with an EPOS card will be entered into the lottery to win special prizes once per checkout.
aoppella!? Pop-Up Shop
Running: September 17 – September 27
Location: Shibuya MODI 7F Event Space
Running: October 22 – November 3, 2021
Location: Namba Marui 7F Event Space
Official Site: https://www.aoppella.com/
10-Day Sustainability Themed Event ‘Love Earth, Love Us’ to Open at Sendai PARCO
Sendai PARCO will begin a 10-day event focusing on the idea of sustainability starting September 17 and concluding September 26, 2021. ‘Love Earth, Love Us’ will highlight sustainability-related products and services available at the shops within Sendai PARCO, and a web page has already been opened to get people thinking about this important subject. Those purchasing or using any of these products and services will receive certain added bonuses, as a way to raise awareness and give back to those making an effort to support the health of the planet.
The main visual used in promoting the event was drawn by Toshiya Nakashima, and depicts Mount Vinicunca in Peru, often called Rainbow Mountain. The drawing was commissioned by Heralbony, an art gallery featuring pieces by those with intellectual disabilities, who will also hold a limited-time pop-up shop inside Sendai PARCO during the event. The shop will sell unique items, including hand towels featuring this gorgeous portrait of Rainbow Mountain, so don’t miss out!
Popular Chichiyasu Chi-bou Fair 2021 Returns to LOFT Locations After Two Years
Household goods shop LOFT is teaming up with beverage company Chichiyasu for the Chichiyasu Chi-bou Fair 2021 at four locations nationwide. The event will run from September 16 until September 29 at Shibuya LOFT, and from October 20 until November 3 at Nagoya LOFT, Umeda LOFT, and Tenjin LOFT. Chi-bou is the name of the adorable character on the Chichiyasu logo.
Chi-bou Drawstring Bag (Set of 2): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Chi-bou Gauze Handkerchief: ¥770 each (Tax Included)
Chi-bou T-shirt: ¥2,200 each (Tax Included) *Only available at Shibuya LOFT and Umeda LOFT.
Chi-bou Pouch: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Chi-bou Rubber Keychain (Set of 2): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Chi-bou A5-size Notebook: ¥385 each (Tax Included)
Chi-bou Mug: ¥1,650 each (Tax Included)
Chi-bou Eco Bag (with Pouch): ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Chi-bou Masking Tape (Chichiyasu Milk/Boxed Milk): ¥495 each (Tax Included)
The Chichiyasu Chi-bou Fair was a popular event held at Shibuya LOFT in 2018 and at Yokohama and Umeda LOFT locations in 2019.
How would you like to buy some of this adorable merchandise?
Chichiyasu Chi-bou Fair 2021
Shibuya LOFT 1F, Masaka Stage
Nagoya LOFT 5F, Variety Goods Section
Umeda LOFT 1F, Loft Market
Tenjin LOFT 5F, Variety Goods Section
Shibuya LOFT: September 16 – September 29, 2021
Nagoya LOFT, Umeda LOFT, Tenjin LOFT: October 20 – November 3, 2021
Hours: Same as LOFT business hours *Shibuya LOFT and Umeda LOFT to close at 18:00 on the final day.
Official Site: https://www.loft.co.jp/
Wakayama Culture Festival 2021 Coming to Shibuya
ASOBISYSTEM, in cooperation with the Agency for Cultural Affairs, will hold the Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021 in Shibuya on October 3, 2021. The event will be free to attend, and will take place at Shibuya CAST, a modern commercial facility located between Shibuya and Harajuku.
The Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021, taking place in Wakayama Prefecture from October 30 to November 21, is the one of the largest cultural festival in Japan. This event will bring many popular presentations and goods from Wakayama to Shibuya, allowing Tokyo residents to experience some of the beauty and traditions of this area of the Kansai region. A number of celebrity guests will be in attendance, and local Wakayama goods will be on sale. Measures will be taken during the event to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Promoting the Wakayama Culture Festival Throughout Shibuya!
In a special collaboration with SHIBUYA TELEVISION, the largest media outlet in the Shibuya area, a promotional video produced in Wakayama Prefecture will be aired on eight large screens in the Shibuya area from September 27 to October 3. Select restaurants in Shibuya will also serve dishes featuring ingredients from Wakayama for a limited time.
Get the Wakayama Panda Mask Cover for Attending!
An original Wakayama Panda Mask Cover, produced by ASOBISYSTEM, will be given to visitors on the day of the event. *Quantity limited.
If you’re in the Tokyo area, be sure to come out to this special event where you can experience the charm of Wakayama!
Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021 in Shibuya
When: October 3, 11:00-17:00
Where: Shibuya CAST. (1-23-21, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Content: Wakayama Product Market / Stage Show, etc.
Guests: To Be Announced
Organized by: Agency for Cultural Affairs
Planning: ASOBISYSTEM / Channel 47
* In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the event may be subject to admission restrictions, changes in content, or performance cancellations.
CAPCOM vs. Tezuka Osamu CHARACTERS’ Exhibition Coming to Ikebukuro PARCO
Originally held as a special exhibition at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takurazuka, the CAPCOM vs. Tezuka Osamu CHARACTERS’ Exhibition is coming to the Kanto Region for the first time starting October 1. The event will be held on the 7th floor of Ikebukuro PARCO until October 18, 2021.
The collection features characters from Tezuka’s many manga works, and pits them against many popular characters from Capcom properties, including Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, and more. Seeing popular personalities from Astro Boy and Black Jack with these modern video game characters is quite a sight!
This year’s event will feature new main event illustrations, new Devil May Cry and Ace Attorney exhibits, and an updated layout.
In addition to the products previously sold in Takarazuka, new merchandise will also be available for purchase at the venue.
CAPCOM vs. Tezuka Osamu CHARACTERS’ (Dash)
Running: October 1 – October 18, 2021 (11:00-20:00)
Where: PARCO FACTORY (Ikebukuro PARCO 7F)
Official Site: https://art.parco.jp/parcomuseum/detail/
YUZU, 24 Artists to Participate in Japanese Pixel Art Exhibition
Produced by art project production group WATOWA GALLERY, the YUZU x Shibuya Pixel Art YUZUTOWN Special Exhibition will be open at elephant STUDIO in Shibuya starting September 15! The theme of this year’s event is ‘bringing courage to Shibuya during the Coronavirus pandemic.’
SHIBUYA PIXEL ART, one of the world’s biggest pixel art contests and festivals, has been held in Shibuya each year since 2017. The area was called ‘Bit Valley’ in the late 1990s.
The YUZUTOWN Special Exhibition will commemorate the release of popular J-pop duo YUZU’s 15th album, YUZUTOWN. A total of 24 artists will be exhibiting and selling their pixel art creations, including Kazuko Shibuya, who has provided works for some of Japan’s most famous fantasy RPGs such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Shigetaka Kurita, immortalized in the MoMA as the creator of ‘emoji,’, and eBoy, who provided the album cover for YUZUTOWN, will also be in attendance.
YUZU × Shibuya Pixel Art “YUZUTOWN Special Exhibition”
Running: September 15 – September 30, 2021
Location: elephant STUDIO (1&2F, 2-7-4 Shibuya, Tokyo)
Admission: ¥1,650 (Tax Included) *Reservations required.
Buy Tickets: https://artsticker.app/events/765 *Reservations now open.
Official Site: https://pixel-art.jp/reboot
Popular Character Chiikawa Gets Large-Scale Exhibition at Hiroshima PARCO
Illustrator Nagano’s popular character Chiikawa is coming to Hiroshima PARCO FACTORY (6F) from September 10 until September 26. Chiikawa no Mori will be the first large-scale exhibition for the tiny mouse and friends.
Guests to the venue will enter into a world taken over by the characters, and will be able to see a special movie made for the event, enjoy a Chiikawa photo booth, and more. Visitors will also be able to experience pulling weeds, as is mentioned so often in Chiikawa’s comics, and write messages to the characters.
Bye Bye photospot
Entrance ticket pochette bag bonus
Weed-pulling game stickers
Exclusive shopping bag for customers spending over ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Chiikawa x Hiroshima Toyo Carp Exclusive Merchandise
A5-size Sticker Sheet: ¥880 (Tax Included) / Face Towel: ¥2,200 (Tax Included) / Tote Bag: ¥2,970 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand & Pin from Capsule Machine (6 varieties): ¥400 per try (Tax Included)
Cap (2 designs): ¥3,960 each (Tax Included)
T-shirt (3 designs): ¥3,190 (Tax Included)
Exclusive Chiikawa no Mori Postcard Book: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
The event will feature a special collaboration with the Hiroshima Toyo Carps baseball team, with crossover goods only available during the exhibition. Other commemorative items, including a postcard book with visuals drawn specifically for the event, will be on sale at the goods corner.
Are you a Chiikawa fan? What message would you like to leave for the characters?
Chiikawa no Mori
Running: September 10 – September 26, 2021
Location: Hiroshima PARCO (6F)
10-1 Hondori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
*Goods corner located on 4F of the main building (only visitors with tickets will be admitted.)
Buy Tickets: https://eplus.jp/chiikawa/
*If there are openings on the day of the event, tickets will be sold at the venue.
*Please note that this information is subject to change.
Event Details: https://art.parco.jp/hiroshima/detail/?id=681
Official Site: https://art.parco.jp/
Gintama Pop-up Store to Open at MAGNET by SHIBUYA109
Anime and manga goods seller AMNIBUS STORE will open a special Gintama pop-up shop at the AMNIBUS STORE/MAGNET location inside Shibuya109 starting August 31.
Event Pre-sale Merchandise
Pins featuring original art (Random, 12 designs): ¥440 each (Tax Included) / Box of Pins: ¥5,280 (Tax Included) *Box contains randomly selected badges.
Acrylic Keychains featuring original art (Random, 12 designs): ¥715 each (Tax Included) / Box of Keychains: ¥8,580 *Box contains randomly selected keychains.
Character stands featuring original art (Random, 12 designs): ¥825 each (Tax Included) / Box of character stands: ¥9,900 (Tax Included) *Box contains randomly selected character stands.
BIG Acrylic stand (6 designs): ¥1,980 each (Tax Included)
BIG Acrylic Keychain (6 designs): ¥1,100 each (Tax Included)
Clear folders (7 designs): ¥440 each (Tax Included)
B2-size tapestry (7 designs): ¥3,300 each (Tax Included)
Special Gift for Box Purchases
Pins (12 designs)
Acrylic Keychains (12 designs)
Character stands (12 designs)
As an event-only promotion, visitors will receive a special photo (six varieties) at random.
Much of the Gintama merch will be sold in advance, and the AMNIBUS STORE will have a limited amount of purchase rewards to distribute.
In addition, a Follow and RT campaign is also being held to celebrate the event. By retweeting the selected tweet and following both the official AMNIBUS and AMNIBUS STORE Twitter accounts, one person will win a complete set of the event-only special photos!
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Gintama POP UP SHOP in AMNIBUS STORE/MAGNET by SHIBUYA109
Running: August 31 – September 15, 2021
Location: MAGNET by SHIBUYA109 4F / AMNIBUS STORE
Address: 1-23-10 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo
AMNIBUS Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMNIBUS
AMNIBUS STORE Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMNIBUS_STORE
Official Site: https://magnetbyshibuya109.jp/
Cafe & Gift Shop Disney HARVEST MARKET By CAFE COMPANY Pre-Opens
Disney HARVEST MARKET By CAFE COMPANY, pre-opening for reservations on August 12, is a new cafe and gift shop that offers “Food that connects with the future.”
The ‘Health-ertainment’ themed menu is healthy for people, society, and the earth itself, while staying tasty, fun, and enjoyable to reflect Disney’s world view.
Afternoon Tea Party: ¥3,200 per customer (2+ guests)
An Afternoon Tea set with seasonal fruits, pancakes, open sandwiches and drinks.
From the bottom: Otoboke Barista Cafe Latte: ¥770 / Cheerful Farmer Jumbo Mushroom Burger: ¥2,530 / Fluffy & Crumbly Doggy Potato (Curry Flavor): ¥935 / Cute Chef’s Pink Berry Pancake: ¥2,200 / Stylish Patisserie Double Berry Glass: ¥1,980 / Careless Fisherman’s Wholegrain Carbonara : ¥2,200
The menu is made up of the characters and stories that make up Disney, starting with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, perfect for both adults and children.
In addition, with the concept of Japan Local, there will be a special menu that allows you to experience the four seasons of Japan, with menu items that reflect Japanese seasonal events.
By combining the act of eating with entertainment through Disney’s world view, the customer can enjoy a “delicious and fun” food experience.
Oh!Miyage ~GOODS EXPERIENCE~
The gift shop offers not just Omiyage (souvenirs) but Oh!Miyage, filled with original products and traditional crafts made by trustworthy creators from across Japan. The gift shop provides an experience packed with the fun of choosing, buying, gifting, and using your purchases while offering awareness of both yourself and the makers.
A ‘Harvest’ Experience Full Of Disney
The Harvest store is decorated with wood and greenery, built using both new and recycled goods made from waste materials.
The menu represents the four seasons of Japan by combining Japanese culture and natural motifs with designs inspired by Mickey and Friends.
The back of the store is taken up by a huge white Mickey Mouse statue, standing 1.7m tall. The statues outfit and display changes based on the season, welcoming guests as a symbol of the store. Limited merchandise based on the statue’s hand towel and muffled designs are scheduled to be released in the future.
The store background music is full of timeless and beloved tunes, perfect for relaxing in a cafe. Songs have been selected from Disneyland Records and Burns Vista Records, both popular since the 1950’s, including legendary Disney tunes from the Sherman Brothers and Annette.
You can also hear rare tracks sung by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and other disney characters within the playlist.
Make sure to enjoy this Disney-colored ‘Health-ertainment’ experience for yourself!
Disney HARVEST MARKET By CAFE COMPANY
Location: 2-21-1, Shibuya Hikarie 7F, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00~20:00 (FOOD L.O.19:00 DRINK L.O. 19:00)
Official site: http://d-harvestmarket.com/
*The above information is based on regular opening hours and seat availability. Please note that the store is currently operating at different opening times and reduced seating to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Nao Tatsumi Holds Google Street View Inspired Solo Exhibition at hotel koé tokyo
hotel koé tokyo, opened by the lifestyle brand koe, is hosting a solo exhibition by the popular artist Nao Tatsumi titled “He saw, She saw.” The exhibition will be open until August 23, 2021.
T-shirts (S/M/L): ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
Tote Bag: ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
Magnet: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Keychain: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Tatsumi’s art has attracted worldwide attention. His surreal ‘Street View Journey’ paintings depict international landscapes spotted on Google Street View reimagined in unique colors and styles. This exhibition features 20 works inspired by film settings, and visitors are welcome to use the presented coordinates to find each location. Do you think you could figure out which film each painting was inspired by?
The art displayed at the exhibition will be on sale, along with some collaborative goods exclusive to the hotel koé tokyo event. Tatsumi will also be in the gallery on August 21 to discuss his work.
In the words of Tatsumi, “Life is like a film, and you’re the main character. Let’s live dramatically.”
Nao Tatsumi’s Comment
“I grew up watching movies, starting at a very young age. I feel like the paths each main character walked and the landscapes they saw are still alive within me, and have begun overflowing into my works.”
NAO TATSUMI SOLO EXHIBITION “He saw, She saw”
Running: August 12-August 23, 2021
Location: hotel koé tokyo, koe space (1F) and koé Shibuya (2F)
Address: 3-7 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo
*Nao Tatsumi will be attending the exhibition on August 21 to discuss the works on display.
The Meguriwa Exhibition to Touch on Sustainability in Japan
Meguriwa, a project promoting sustainability in Japan, will hold a two-day market and exhibition on November 12-13, 2021. The venue for the event isn’t a large convention center, but rather an old house forgotten by time in southern Shibuya, surrounded by new development. The space blends traditional Japanese atmosphere with a modern Western style, and promises a sense of nostalgia to all who attend.
The event will bring together a large collection of artwork, products, and materials from creators and companies all over Japan who focus on recycling-centric creation. This includes products made from wood sourced from forest thinning, as well as those using a portion of proceeds to support environmental conservation efforts. In the midst of major societal changes, humans must continue to coexist with natural phenomena like climate change, viruses, and earthquakes. With this in mind, Meguriwa hopes to share their vision of a ‘circular bioeconomy,’ in which mankind doesn’t separate themself from nature, but instead both fears and appreciates it.
The event is advertised as a place where people can both learn and have fun while considering our impact on nature, and how we can impact the future. An online seminar, ‘The Meguriwa Study Hall,’ will take place each week for a month prior to the event!
This event is for a great cause. Get to know local craftsmen and more about long-term sustainability this November!
November 12, 2021 10:30-19:00
November 13, 2021 10:30-18:00
Location: OLD HAUS (An old house with a garden near Namikibashi)
Address: 1-26-32 Higashi, Shibuya, Tokyo
Price: Entrance Free
① Free Ticket: Free
② Priority Admission (Priority Entry): ¥1,000