Shibuya PARCO’s AKIRA ART OF WALL AKIRA ART EXHIBITION Merchandise Revealed
The new Shibuya PARCO shopping complex is set to open on November 22, 2019. It will house the new PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO (floor 4) and GALLERY X (floor B1), both of which aim to promote art and culture to the people of Tokyo. Both venues are home to the AKIRA ART OF WALL Katsuhiro Otomo × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION.
The unmissable ART WALL is covered in illustrations from the legendary manga series AKIRA, which was written by manga author and film director Katsuhiro Otomo, who stands at the forefront of the manga scene in Japan. The ART WALL was reconstructed in collaboration with collage artist Kosuke Kawamura. Details on the merchandise and entry process have been announced.
T-Shirt: ¥4,000 (Before Tax)
Long-Sleeved T-Shirt: ¥6,000 (Before Tax)
iPhone X/XS Case: ¥3,500 (Before Tax)
There will be a large number of commemoration merchandise to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. Each person can purchase up to four items per entry. This includes the same item of different sizes. A ticket must be for the exhibition in order to purchase merchandise.
Exhibition Commemoration Book Set
AKIRA ART OF WALL Set of 4 Accordion Fold Books (comes in a special box)
The first three books display the different areas the of the AKIRA collage during Shibuya PARCO’s renovation project. The fourth book contains the actual project itself with pictures by TAKAMURADAISUKE and includes both a discussion between and individual interviews with Katsuhiro Otomo and Kosuke Kawamura. Each book was specially designed by Katsuhiro Otomo and Kosuke Kawamura down to the covers. These books are filled with high quality and unparalleled designs.
AKIRA ART OF WALL
Price: ¥10,000 (Before Tax)
Authors: Katsuhiro Otomo, Kosuke Kawamura
Book Set of 4 (3-Set Accordion fold book series on the making of the ART WALL + Interview Book)
Comes with an A2 Poster
AKIRA ART OF WALL × nana-nana
AKIRA ART OF WALL × nana-nana
AKIRA PVC A5: ¥9,500
AKIRA PVC A4: ¥10,500
AKIRA OPAQUE A5: ¥11,500
AKIRA OPAQUE A4: ¥12,500
AKIRA iPhone Case: ¥6,800
This is just a small selection of merchandise available at the exhibition. Fans will not be able to control themselves upon stumbling into the collaboration-limited merchandise goldmine.
Tickets for entry between November 22 and December 1 will be selling on a first-come, first-served basis on the ticket website E Plus. Depending on how many tickets are sold in advance, it may be possible to buy tickets on the door. This will be clarified nearer to the time.
©MASH・ROOM/KODANSHA ©Kosuke Kawamura ©︎AKIRA ART OF WALL EXHIBITION
AKIRA ART OF WALL Otomo Katsuhiro × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION
Location: PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO (Shibuya PARCO Floor 4)
Running: November 22 – December 16 (10am – 9pm)
GALLERY X（Shibuya PARCO Floor B1) November 22, 2019 – December 8, 2019 (11am – 9pm)
* Last entry at both venues is 6pm on the last day)
*Entry to PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO is 30 minutes before closing time on all days)
Entry prices: ¥1,000 (General Entry), ¥800 (High School and Under), Free for Pre-School and Under
*E Plus tickets will sell from 12pm on November 2.
* Visitors who purchase advanced tickets will receive a logo sticker.
Official Exhibition Website: https://art.parco.jp/museumtokyo/detail/?id=299
Tickets: Advanced tickets will include a specified date and time slot.
Selling Period: November 2 (12pm) until 6pm on the day of entry
Entry Date/Time Slots: November 22 (10am) – December 1 (8pm)
Entry prices: ¥1,000 (General Entry), ¥800 (High School and Under), Free for Pre-School and Under (Tax Included)
*Tickets are valid for entry to both the PARCO MUESEUM TOKYO venue and GALLERY X venue.
Show your Advanced Ticket to the staff upon arrival to receive your free logo sticker.
*Stickers will not be given to those who purchase tickets on the door or children who are Pre-School-aged or under.
Ticket Website: https://eplus.jp/akiraten/
Ticket Enquiries: http://support.eplus.jp/
PARCO Art Official Website: https://art.parco.jp/
Gintama @ Dash Store to Open in Ikebukuro and Osaka This April
The Gintama @ Dash Store pop-up shop is returning to Ikebukuro P’PARCO and Animate Osaka Nipponbashi where fans can get their hands on lots of merchandise of Hideaki Sorachi’s manga series Gintama.
Gintama’s characters wear blue for the store
Dash Store will sell a range of exclusive items as well as offer pre-sales on upcoming merchandise. The illustration pictured above of the characters in blue hoodies was also drawn exclusively for the store and will feature on a range of items.
For every ¥2,000 (tax included) spent by fans at the store they will receive one of nine possible bromide pictures. And for an extra ¥500, those who buy one or more items can get a special tote bag too.
A look at some of the merch line-up
Acrylic Stands | ¥1,650 Each (Tax Included)
Folders | ¥440 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Key Rings | ¥715 Each (Tax Included)
Hoodies | ¥5,500 Each (Tax Included)
Sustainable Fashion Week Event to Take Place at Earth Day Tokyo 2021
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 is set to run from April 17 to April 25 both online and offline. Messages of eco-friendliness, organic products, sustainability, ethics, and inclusiveness will be at the core of various events held as part of the festival and it will bring together environmental NPOs, charities, and locals.
As part of this year’s Earth Day Tokyo, sustainability and fashion are set to interweave with the SUSTAINABLE FASHION WEEK 2020+1 event which is running on April 24 and 25.
With less than nine years to go until the world must achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Earth Day Tokyo believes individuals need to be doing more to change their lifestyles and the way they do certain things. Fashion is an area that enrichens people’s lives—but it’s also one that can call for environmental action by changing our consumption habits.
SUSTAINABLE FASHION WEEK 2020+1 will bring together various teams and organisations to hold booths and talk sessions online and offline where people can learn about these issues. It’s a collaboration between Fashion Revolution Japan, the Japanese branch of the global Fashion Revolution campaign to reform the fashion industry by enabling a greater transparency in the fashion supply chain amongst other problems. Fashion Revolution Week takes place every year on April 24, the same date as the 2013 Dhaka garment factory collapse where 1,134 people died and more than 2,500 people were injured.
The main visual for SUSTAINABLE FASHION WEEK 2020+1 features Japanese singer and artist KOM_I who is best known as a member of the Japanese music group WEDNESDAY CAMPANELA. It was created by HYPE FREE WATER, an artist collective headed by KOM_I and art director Minori Murata. KOM_I will participate in a planned talk program at MIYASHITA PARK on April 24 and 25.
A Message From KOM_I
“HYPE FREE WATER will be taking part in Sustainable Fashion Week at Earth Day this year. Our organisation focuses on the future of water. We want to be able to wear something beautiful without having to make sacrifices like selling out the future or destroying the environment. I’m looking forward to new people getting involved with us as this discussion takes off.”
Earth Day Tokyo 2021
Running: April 17, 2021 – April 18, 2021
Earth Day Tokyo Official Website: https://www.earthday-tokyo.org
SUSTAINABLE FASHION WEEK 2020+1
Running: April 17, 2021 to April 25, 2021
Where: Shibuya Miyashita Park / RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK
Address: 1-26-5 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Fashion Revolution Japan: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/asia/japan/
Little Glee Monster and Other Japanese Artists Announced For Tokyu Musix Challenge
Tokyu Musix Challenge is set to take place at Bunkamura Orchard Hall this year on March 7 at 18:00.
2020 saw the cancellation of music events across the world, with Japan being no exception. Shibuya, Tokyo’s hub of countless live music venues and halls, was particularly affected by the effects of the pandemic. But the energy and power that music artists hold is one they can offer to brighten up peoples’ time during today’s times. That’s where Tokyu Musix Challenge comes in, a new kind of music festival that will bring together a multitude of genres, and where better for it to be held than the cultural melting pot that is Shibuya.
This year will be the first run of the festival, where a collaboration between classical music and contemporary pop music will clash at Bunkamura Orchard Hall. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which is recognised as Japan’s oldest symphony orchestra, will play alongside acts such as Little Glee Monster, Ai Higuchi, Win Morisaki, Meimi Tamura, Kayoko Yoshizawa, ROTH BART BARON, and more. And the line-up is set to grow as more performers will be announced in the lead up to the event.
Comments from the Artists
Little Glee Monster
“We are really looking forward to feeling the fresh breeze of our music colliding with the grand scale of an orchestra. We’ll be sure to play our part so that we don’t lose to the overwhelming performance of everyone in the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, but also so that our music complements theirs. We hope that everyone can have a good time and feel good from the strength that music has.”
“In 2020, we may have all lived kind of complicit with so many options in front of us leading down different paths. A certain friend might have gone to a drinking party, another might not have seen their lover for a long time. What choices do we make? We become darker depending on our choices. In Shibuya, a city that continues to change, I will sing my unchanged songs.”
“Over this past year, the respect I have for the position I’m in where I can express myself has really sunk in. I’m so happy I’ve been able to get involved with this challenge. And getting to sing with an orchestra, it’s magnificent. I’m so excited about what’s to come.”
“I can’t contain my excitement at a genre collaboration between classic, which is the foundation of music, and pop which is strongly tied to Shibuya. I think I’m going to start feeling tense at getting to perform alongside everyone in the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and singers of all different kinds of music. We don’t have a lot of freedom today during the pandemic, but I will work my hardest so that I can deliver love through music from the city of Shibuya.”
“My chest roars and having the opportunity to perform along side Japan’s oldest and longest-running Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the legendary Orchard Hall. It’s my first time experiencing singing with an orchestra, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the songs will be structured, and how my voice will sound, when we do it.”
Tokyu Musix Challenge
Date: May 7, 2021
Time: Doors 17:30 / Start 18:30 / End 20:00
Venue: Bunkamura Orchard Hall
Address: 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥7,000 (Tax Included)
Buy Tickets: https://l-tike.com/st1/tokyu_musix_challenge
Tokyu Musix Challenge Official Website: https://tokyu-musix-c.com
Harajuku’s Pompompurin Maid Café to Open on April 14
Akihabara’s premiere maid café chain “@home café” announced last month the opening of a permanent maid café themed on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin. The café is set to open along Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street on April 14, 2021.
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@home café has collaborated with many of Sanrio’s popular characters in the past at its Akihabara-based café branches such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, and of course Pompompurin, but this time the collaboration is flying out of Akiba and straight into the heart of Japanese pop culture: Harajuku.
This new Pompompurin Café is themed on Pompompurin throwing a party for everyone—that’s you and your friends. It’s a place for Purin to deliver happiness to all who visit in the form of cute and tasty food.
Of course, the @home café maids will also be present, and all wearing original maid uniforms coloured like Pompompurin.
A little look at some things on the menu
Soufflé Omurice | ¥1,450
Butter Chicken Curry | ¥1,300
Pompompurin Pudding | ¥700
Chocolate Banana Mountain Waffle | ¥1,200
Custard Pudding Latte | ¥850
Muffin’s Caffe Mocha | ¥850
Take a commemorative photo
For just ¥550, you can take a chekki photo at the café. It comes with café-original stickers and paper. For an extra ¥300, you can take a photo with one of the maids.
Pompompurin Birthday Party
April 16 is Pompompurin’s birthday, so on that day the café will have a special dessert prepared (which you can see below) along with novelties for customers, new decorations, and more.
Pompompurin’s Birthday Dessert
Special Birthday Parfait | ¥1,700 | Serving: April 14, 2021 – April 30, 2021
To commemorate Pompompurin’s birthday and the opening of the café, all visitors will receive the pin below for free.
Pompompurin will visit the café
On the evening on April 16, Pompompurin will visit the cafe for his birthday to celebrate with everyone. Details and bookings can be found here in Japanese.
Pompompurin Cafe x @home cafe
Grand Opening: April 14, 2021
Where: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU Floor 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-22:00 / [Weekends] 10:00-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: https://pompompurincafe.com/
@home Official Website: http://www.cafe-athome.com/
Japanese Sensu Folding Fan brand BANANA to YELLOW Opens Pop-Up Shop in Shibuya
11.April.2021 | FASHION
Japan’s long-standing Kyoto-based sensu folding fan brand BANANA to YELLOW, which has been around since 1823, opened a pop-up shop at Shibuya PARCO in Tokyo on Friday, the store’s first-ever pop-up shop outside Kyoto.
BANANA to YELLOW’s goal is to make traditional Japanese sensu folding fans a fun and stylish experience for the modern day no matter the scene or season. The fans sold at the Shibuya pop-up shop will also include limited-edition designs.
The line-up features some of the brand’s signature fans which fuse traditional Kyoto-style folding fans with modern designs. Some of the fans are also printed by hand.
The fans can not only be used as they were originally intended—for manners, style, art, warding off evil, and so on—but also as a general accessory.
The brand also has a collection simple and casual of t-shirts featuring a classic folding fan pocket as originally featured on Japanese kimono.
A hand two-way tote bag also equipped with a sensu pocket.
Eau de Toilette
Miyawaki Baisen-an’s popular eau de toilette makes an appearance at the pop-up shop in four daily fragrances with a Japanese-style scent to them.
BANANA to YELLOW has collaborated with various artists to develop a range of fans. The first three guests include fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga (Anrealage), artist Shinro Ohtake, and Mahito the People (Gezan).
BANANA to YELLOW POP-UP STORE
Running: April 9, 2021 – April 22, 2021
Where: Shibuya PARCO’s Floor 1F GATE Pop-Up Space
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://shibuya.parco.jp/event/detail/?id=3285
Hio Miyazawa and Suzu Yamanouchi Feature in Special Rainwear Commercial
09.April.2021 | FASHION
Japanese rainwear brand Wpc. released a special new commercial featuring actors Hio Miyazawa and Suzu Yamanouchi. The collaborative video is entitled “What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed.”
The Rainwear Items
Basic Jump Umbrella – Off Paint
Big Silhouette Rain Poncho – Unisex Caramel
Floral Pink Gradation
Colour Mesh Coat – Beige
The message of the commercial is one of positivity: that though somethings might change, others do not. It refers to the state of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, that despite being unable to see our loved ones, and that we’re unable to lead the lives we once did, our feelings towards those special to us, and those around us, is eternal.
What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed
Lookbook: Free distribution at Wpc. Shinsaibashi PARCO and Wpc. pop-up shops
Official Website: https://bit.ly/3uw2BFn
Shun Nakao Solo Exhibition to Open at SkiiMa Gallery in Shinsaibashi
Japanese artist Shun Nakao is set to hold their GENKOUHAN exhibition at SkiiMa Gallery in Shinsaibashi PARCO from April 9.
A look at some of the merchandise to be sold
Lithographs | ¥4,200 Each (Tax Included)
Lithographs | ¥4,200 Each (Tax Included)
T-Shirts | ¥4,200 (Tax Included)
Sodagirl Acrylic Key Ring | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Nakao’s colourful and laid-back art is a pleasant sight for the eyes during these dark times. Fans of their work can also get their hands on a range of merch from lithographs to t-shirts, acrylic key rings, and more – all created for this exclusive exhibition.
Running: April 9, 2021 – April 26, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Location: SkiiMa Gallery at Shinsaibashi PARCO’s (Floor 4F)
SHUN NAKAO Official Website: https://www.shunnakao.com/
LINE Friends Themed Cafe Opens in Ikebukuro
The popular LINE Friends characters now have their own pop-up cafe inside Ikebukuro PARCO which is running until April 25. The characters form part of a series of stickers used on the Japanese messaging app LINE which is used by other 200 million people worldwide.
Brown’s Beef Burger | ¥1,250
Lattes | ¥950
LINE FRIENDS Parfaits | ¥1,100 Each
Alphabet Die-Cut Stickers | ¥330 Each
Lunch Tote Bag | ¥1,650
Brown Mug | Available to the first 300 people who visit to the cafe
Join Brown, Cony, and Sally as they serve up a fun and tasty menu along with a collection of merchandise exclusive to the cafe as well as items also sold at the LINE Friends Store.
LINE FRIENDS POP-UP CAFÉ
Running: April 1, 2021 – April 25, 2021
Where: THE GUEST cafe&diner Ikebukuro
Address: Ikebukuro PARCO Floor 7F, 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-8557
Official Website: http://the-guest.com/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Fragrance Brand Nostalgia Syndrome Releases Lily & Jasmine Series
07.April.2021 | FASHION
Nostalgia Syndrome opened pre-orders for its new Lily & Jasmine series of fragrances on March 31. The products will be released on April 22.
Nostalgia Syndrome is a fragrance brand produced by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu which launched last year. The new Lily & Jasmine series will be available to purchase online and will also be sold at two brand pop-up shops in Tokyo and Osaka. Those who spend over ¥10,000 online or at either of the stores (tax included) will receive a free Nostalgia Syndrome novelty – these are available in limited supply.
Online Store Novelty: Original Thermal Bottle
Pop-Up Store Novelty: Original Big Eco-Bag
Lily & Jasmine Series
Eau de Toilette | ¥8,250 (Tax Included)
Room & Fragrance Spray | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Aroma Diffuser | ¥7,150 (Tax Included)
Bath Salts | ¥3,410 (Tax Included)
Hand Soap | ¥3,520 (Tax Included)
Scented Candle | ¥8,140 (Tax Included)
Eau de Toilette Two-Set (9mL)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Comment
“This is Nostalgia Syndrome’s second fragrance release. After mixing together various ingredients, I was finally able to catch the right scent. The theme for this one is ‘travel fragrance.’ Because of COVID, our time spent outdoors has gone down dramatically, but smells tied to our memories make up part of us all. And smelling them brings back those memories. This is a blend of sweet, sophisticated lily and refreshing jasmine, so it’s a really easy one to use that can be enjoyed by both guys and girls. We’re also opening our first pop-up shop so please be sure to drop by to try out!”
Lily and jasmine are vibrant fragrances and perfect for the spring season. Order yours today!
Nostalgia Syndrome Lily & Jasmine
Pre-Orders: March 31, 2021 (Shipping from April 22)
Release Date: April 22, 2021
・＋SPBS (SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE 2F)
Running: April 22, 2021 – May 26, 2021
Where: +SPBS, SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE Floor 2F, 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Running: May 13, 2021 – May 20, 2021
Where: Shinsaibashi PARCO Floor B1F, 1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi-, Osaka
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Nostalgia Syndrome Official Website: https://www.nostalgia-syndrome.com/
Sustainable Concept Store Opens in Nagoya PARCO
Sustainable Think. is a concept shop centred around sustainability and SDGs which first opened in Yurakucho Marui in March. The store has now moved to Nagoya PARCO where it opened on April 3.
A look at some of the participating brands
The store hopes to teach people about the importance of sustainability with a collection of products that are socially- and environmentally-friendly. Sustainable materials and methods are used to produce the items sold at the store.
The store is decorated in 17 colours to represent the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a series of global initiatives being taken to create a sustainable future for people around the world. It also features an installation made from hikkake Japanese washi paper with colourful pull-out boxes containing items by participating brands.
Sustainable Think. Nagoya PARCO
Opened: April 3, 2021
Where: Nagoya PARCO Floor 2F
Official Website: https://sustainablethink.com/
sumika to Perform at IN THE FLIGHT’s 5th Anniversary Event
IN THE FLIGHT inc. has announced that sumika will join the artist line-up for their 5th anniversary event that’s taking place at Toyosu PIT in Tokyo on April 26 and 27.
IN THE FLIGHT inc. is a Japanese event organiser and music artist manager and producer that’s also known for producing hotel koe tokyo. This year marks the company’s 5th anniversary which it’s celebrating with a two-day concert. April 26 will see sumika, GLIM SPANKY, SPiCYSOL, and sankara perform while April 26 will welcome Nulbarich, FIVE NEW OLD, Have A Nice Day!, and NAGAN SERVER to the stage. All of the artists are associated with IN THE FLIGHT. Tickets for the concert were released on March 24. Both shows will be held following social distancing and government guidelines.
A pre-event is also scheduled to take place at hotel koe tokyo in Shibuya on April 24 where RUNG HYANG, ASOBOiSM, sorange, Bule Vintage, and sankara will play.
Speaking about the event, Kenta Kataoka of sumika said, “Clothes are also a part of the music. This will be the birthday of a special someone who taught me that. Since setting out to establish the company, I have made many memories together with them, so I went to go all out with the celebrations. I’d like to say congratulations, and my follow-up to that I’ll show you on stage.”
IN THE FLIGHT 5th Anniversary
Running: April 26, 2021 – April 27, 2021
Venue: Toyosu PIT
Times: Doors 17:30 / Start 18:30
Ticket Window: March 24, 2021 – April 4, 2021
Buy Here: https://eplus.jp/intheflight5th/
Venue: hotel koe tokyo
Date: April 24, 2021
Times: Doors 16:00
Tickets: ¥1,000 + one mandatory drink charge
Venue: TOKIO TOKYO
Date: April 24, 2021
Times: Doors 17:00 / Start 17:30
Buy Here: https://eplus.jp/intheflight5th/acc/
IN THE FLIGHT inc. Official Website: https://intheflight.com/
Poupelle of Chimney Town Themed Cafe to Open in Shibuya
000Cafe by tlc, a coffee stand in Shibuya with its own pop-up space, is collaborating with the hit film Poupelle of Chimney Town to offer a limited-time cafe experience based on the movie. It will run from April 1 to June 30.
The cafe design concept
SHIBUYA CHIMNEY COFFEE
Poupelle of Chimney Town is an animated fantasy film based on Akihiro Nishino’s picture book of the same name. It was released on Christmas Day last year and was nominated for Animation of the Year at the 44th Japan Academy Film Prize.