Studio Ghibli Museum Photo Exhibition to be Held at HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA in Tokyo
A photo exhibition will be held at the HMV Museum in Shibuya from March 6, 2020 for a limited time in promotion of the release of Studio Ghibli Museum’s first official photo book, Ghibli Bijutsukan Monogatari (“The Story of the Ghibli Museum”).
“Ghibli Bijutsukan Monogatari” Photo Book – ¥3,800 (Exhibition Pre-Sale: March 6, 2020 / General Release: March 20, 2020)
Photography is strictly forbidden at the Studio Ghibli Museum, but this exhibition gives a rare look inside without having to go inside. There will be panels of photos of both inside and outside the museum, a display of miniature figures of characters like the Robot from Laputa: Castle in the Sky, writings from Studio Ghibli film producer Toshio Suzuki, and more. The museum’s popular photo spots will also make an appearance at the exhibition for taking a photo next to.
Exclusive Desk Calendar (*Limited to 500 people per day, first-come first-served)
Desk calendars will also be available, featuring the photos used at the exhibition.
Exclusive Exhibition Merchandise
Tote Bag – ¥2,000 / T-Shirt – ¥2,800 / Hanging Scroll – ¥30,000 / Photos (3 Designs) – ¥8,000 Each
Visitors will be able to get their hands on the photo book early at the exhibition, and those who buy it at HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA will be invited to a signing and talk session on March 7, 2020 on a first-come, first-served basis. The signing will be attended by Kanyada and Toshio Suzuki, who will also be present at the talk event in addition to film director Ryutaro Nakagawa.
Exclusive merchandise will be sold at the exhibition. The exhibition itself encourages people to feel like a lost child, and its layout will reflect that without any set paths or routes.
Dive into the wonderful world of Studio Ghibli at the Ghibli Bijutsukan Monogatari Photo Exhibition.
*Please note that the number of people allowed to enter the exhibition will be restricted due to the ongoing situation surrounding the new coronavirus. This will widen the space between visitors and allow them to enjoy the exhibition in an uncrowded space. More details can be found on the official HMV Museum website.
Ghibli Bijutsukan Monogatari Photo Exhibition
Location: HMV Museum (HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA Floor 6F)
Running: March 6, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Open from 17:00 on March 6, 2020)
Last Entries: 20:30
Entry Price: ¥500 (Tax Included) *Free for preschool children
Event Page (Japanese): https://www.hmv.co.jp/news/article/2002141000/
*Opening hours subject to alteration
*For more details, please check the event page above or HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA’s official Twitter page
Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Original Merchandise
22.October.2020 | FASHION
All branches of the official Studio Ghibli merchandise Donguri Kyowakoku in Japan, along with the shop’s online website Sora no Ue, are releasing a new collection of merchandise to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved animated feature film Whisper of the Heart.
Whisper of the Heart Clock | ¥17,000 (Before Tax)
This clock is inspired by the one that appears in the movie when the protagonist Shizuku Tsukishima meets the shop owner. It features all the details of the clock seen in the film like the Elf Princess and the miners at the bottom.
Whisper of the Heart Baron | ¥18,000 (Before Tax)
This figurine is like the Baron has stepped out of the film and into the real world. Green Tiger’s Eye are used for his eyes.
Whisper of the Heart Wristwatch (ACCK 716) | ¥13,000 (Before Tax)
The clock face features a beautiful rendition of the King of the Dwarves and the Elf Princess that’s sure to have you sucked into their magical world.
Customers can receive either an exclusive desk pad or mirror when they spent over ¥4,000 (before tax) on merchandise at the shop. These two bonus items are available while supplies last.
Will you be watching Whisper of the Heart once again in celebration of the 25th anniversary?
Store List: https://www.benelic.com/service/donguri.php
Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service and Whisper of the Heart Get Fragrance Candle Release
Donguri Closet is releasing two new fragrance candles this month inspired by the hit Studio Ghibli animated feature films Kiki’s Delivery Service and Whisper of the Heart.
Donguri Closet is a store brand in Japan which is a branch of the official Studio Ghibli merchandise shop Donguri Kyowakoku managed by Benelic.
The Donguri Closet brand focuses on the heroines of Studio Ghibli’s moviesーfemale characters who are by nature gentle but all of whom are strong women. The brand’s concept centres on being a place where people can be themselves through the merch.
Kiki’s Delivery Service Fragrance Candle – A Fulfilling Day (Citrus) | ¥2,700 (Before Tax)
The Kiki’s Delivery Service candle bears the words written by Kiki to her mother and father in a letter, in English:
Everything at work seems to be falling into place nicely. I’m even starting to gain some confidence. There are still times when I feel sad… but all in all, I sure love this town.
The candle is a relaxing citrus fragrance to fill you with positivity.
Whisper of the Heart Fragrance Candle – Close Love (Berries) | ¥2,700 (Before Tax)
The Whisper of the Heart candle features the words written by the Baron, who appears in the protagonist Shizuku Tsukishima’s dreams, in English:
Louise and I were happy… because he had made us so we could love each other.
The candle smells of sweet berries to relax you during those times you can’t settle.
Once you’ve used up the candle, you can reuse the beautiful glass it comes in which has plants inside it.
Donguri Closet LAZONA Kawasaki Plaza
Address: LAZONA Kawasaki Plaza Floor 3F, 72-1 72-1 Horikawachō, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
Donguri Closet Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/closet_by_donguri/
*The candles are also available at Donguri Kyowakoku LUCUA Osaka, Donguri Kyowakoku Nagoya Takashimaya Gate Tower Mall, Donguri Kyowakoku Tokyo Skytre Town Solamachi, and Donguri Kyowakoku Canal City Hakata
New Studio Ghibli Book Focuses On the Main Characters’ Daily Lives
14.October.2020 | FASHION
Tokuma Shoten Publishing released a new picture book entitled Studio Ghibli no Ironna Kurashi in Japan on October 9, 2020 which is centred on the everyday lives of the protagonists from 13 of Studio Ghibli’s animated feature films.
The book looks at where the characters of these films reside and what kinds of lives they live, whether it be in the Toxic Jungle of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, or Sophie taking up the role of the cleaning lady in Howl’s Moving Castle, or Sosuke and Lisa who live upon the cliff in Ponyo.
Life in the castle in Howl’s Moving Castle ©2004 Studio Ghibli・NDDMT
Who’s who in the family? What kind of house do they live in? What job do they work? These are the questions that the book will answer as it delves deep into the livelihoods of the globally-beloved characters conceived by the incredible minds of Studio Ghibli.
The town of Koriko in Kiki’s Delivery Service ©1989 Eiko Kadono・Studio Ghibli・N
Arrietty’s house in The Secret World of Arrietty ©2010 Studio Ghibli・NDHDMTW
Noboru Yoshida (Art Supervisor for The Secret World of Arrietty)
The house that Satsuki and Mei move to in My Neighbor Totoro, the dwelling of Totoro, the wartime life of Seita and Setsuko living in Kobe in Grave of the Fireflies, the town where Kiki begins her life living alone at the age of 13, and so on.
The book is a must-have in the collection of any fans of Studio Ghibli, and is sure to make you want to step into those magical worlds once again.
Studio Ghibli no Ironna Kurashi (Japanese Title: スタジオジブリのいろんなくらし)
Films Featured: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, The Secret World of Arrietty, From Up on Poppy Hill, The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Release Date: October 9, 2020
Price: ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
Size: B5 Hardback
Pages: 96 full colour
Publisher: Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.
Product Page: https://www.tokuma.jp/book/b535734.html
Tokyo’s Mickey Mouse Exhibition ‘THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND’ Previews 5 Japanese Artworks
The Asahi Shimbun and Nippon TV are set to host an exhibition centred on Mickey Mouse at the MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY in Roppongi, Tokyo, from October 30, 2020 to January 11, 2021, in celebration of 90 years since Mickey Mouse’s screen debut. The exhibition will showcase works shown at the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition held in New York in 2018-2019.
Before the exhibition opens, five participating Japanese artists have each revealed their never-before-seen artworks which will be on display.
The Tokyo exhibition will be a travel back through time, looking at Mickey Mouse from the past to the present. It will be split into three zones: “The Origin,” “The True Original,” and “Beyond.” The five artists showcasing their work early will be featured in the “Beyond” zone and include Tomoko Oshima, Kosuke Kawamura, Nana Soeda, Calligrapher MAMI, and WAKU. Below are their featured pieces along with their comments.
Tomoko Oshima | Comment
“What’s fascinating about Mickey Mouse is, for reasons I can’t begin to work out, how he became a part of each person’s life. I was raised in a household that banned cartoon characters, so it always felt like something unobtainable. Mickey Mouse is like a hero to all of us. He’s dazzling and radiant, a kind of being I can’t look directly in the face of. When working on my Mickey Mouse art [for the exhibition], my concept was to create a Mickey that’s special only to me, so I challenged myself to turning that Mickey Mouse that everyone feels happy looking at and loves into my usual art style.”
Oheya (Bedroom), Tomoko Oshima
Kosuke Kawamura | Comment
“What I find fascinating about Mickey Mouse is that no matter how old I get, he always transports me away from the real world to a world of dreams. He’s an idol of mine. I even have my own collection of merchandise I’ve been collecting over the years. For the exhibition, I needed to creating something for the Beyond [zone], so I tried shaping Mickey Mouse from how I see him in my head. I’ve always made sure to balance my artwork in such a way that it can be seen in two ways. When you stand close, you can see the detailed composition, but when you step away, it looks different. This time around I gave myself a little challenge and made the silhouette of his face and hands using flowers. If you get close to it you’ll see that it’s made up of lots of flowers, but stand from afar and you’ll be able to see the facial expressions and his pointing figure. I’d like people to give both a go, so when you’ve looked at it up close then take a step back.”
Untitled, Kosuke Kawamura
Nana Soeda | Comment
“I feel Mickey Mouse’s appeal from his long history and how he has changed overtime, so I tried to express these aspects in the piece I made. The theme for it is centred on Mickey Mouse in the future, so when I was thinking about what he might look like in the future, I looked to past [designs] and tried fixing them up. So in my piece there’s a trace of looking back at past Mickey Mouse while giving him an update. Creating those ‘futures’ made me feel like I was walking through my own past and processes. You can’t know exactly what’s to come in the future even for someone as internationally popular as Mickey Mouse. But by learning from past memories and mistakes, you can draw on those to create a future, don’t you think? That’s something I wanted to convey in this piece, and I did so by creating something that’s close to the Mickey Mouse of the past with both 2D and 3D surfaces. The Mickey Mouse I drew is the one of ages past that looks completely different to his appearance today. But those look at it might feel something newer about it than older. That, or they might feel uncomfortable seeing him in a way they’re not used to. I want people to take their time looking at both and feeling whatever they feel when they do.”
LOVE, Nana Soeda
Calligrapher MAMI | Comment
“I’ve captured Mickey Mouse’s silhouette as its own kanji by using calligraphy. His appearance is iconic worldwide, and by making him recognisable through this common language, I’ve tried to create a new kanji, effectively breaking the language barrier of calligraphy, something which is difficult in itself to overcome for people. Another thing with calligraphy is that you can write the same piece hundreds of times which means it can be fine tuned over and over. I believe that overlaps with Mickey Mouse’s design as he has too has evolved for a hundred years. But by no means have his designs he just spring out of existence immediately. He has undergone trial and error through the times, and always shines bright. It’s because of everyone who will see my piece as this exhibition that I’ve been able to create something I can feel from the heart.”
ZEN Mickey, Calligrapher MAMI
WAKU | Comment
“I think the appeal of Mickey Mouse lies in the fact that people around the world all remember him from their childhoods. We form memories during our childhoods, and ever I’ve been able to recognise those memories inside of me, Mickey Mouse was something that was always close to me. When I see three circles together, Mickey Mouse’s face comes into my mind. He might be the first internationally recognisable symbol. I felt that the affinity between symbolism and neon signs is very high. So for my piece, I incorporated the techniques used for traditional Japanese neon signboards, something which I see less of these days. I took that and created the three Mickey Mouse circles using light.”
Untitled (Still Being Worked On), WAKU
MICKEY THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND
Running: October 30, 2020 – January 11, 2021
Venue: MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Floor 52F)
Entry Price: General ¥2,800 / Junior & High School Students ¥2,000 / Elementary School Students ¥1,200 / Preschoolers – Free
Official Website: mtob.exhibit.jp
Picasso’s Ceramic Works to be Displayed at Tokyo’s New YOKU MOKU MUSEUM
YM House is set to open the new YOKU MOKU MUSEUM in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo, on October 25, 2020. The museum began taking bookings on October 2. It will limit the number of people allowed in the museum at once as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 so that visitors can enjoy the works on display without worry. Tickets are available directly at the museum on the day, but since there’s a capacity limit, it’s recommended that visitors book online.
About YOKU MOKU MUSEUM
YOKU MOKU is a Japanese confectionery company best known for their Cigare cookies which are shaped to look like cigars. The company was founded by Noriichi Fujinawa, who maintained that “confections are creations.” Toshiyasu Fujinawa, the Chairman of YOKU MOKU Holdings, will act as the Museum Director at YOKU MOKU MUSEUM where a wide selection of artworks from YOKU MOKU’s collection will be displayed, including the Picasso ceramics the company has collected for over 30 years.
About the YOKU MOKU Collection
YOKU MOKU’s collection boasts a comprehensive line-up of Picasso’s ceramics that the artist himself made at the Madoura workshop in Vallauris. That makes the works in the collection even more prized as the ceramics themselves were shaped by Picasso’s skilled hands.
The artist’s passion for ceramics developed in 1947 and he worked on them at the Madoura workshop until his death in 1973. He forged everything from bowls to plates, jugs, and more.
YOKU MOKU MUSEUM
Address: 6-15-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)
Closed: Mondays / New Year Holidays / October 26, 2020
Access: 12-minutes on foot from Omotesando Station
*Information subject to change depending on COVID-19
The Promised Neverland Special Exhibition Arrives in Tokyo This December
A special exhibition centred on the popular manga series The Promised Neverland will take place at Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View in Tokyo from December 12, 2020.
The Promised Neverland is a manga series written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu. The series was published in Weekly Shonen Jump and concluded with its final volume on June 15, 2020.
The exhibition will explore and celebrate the world of The Promised Neverland in detail, with displays, illustrations, early conceptions, and much more. A special manga episode will also be shown.
A towering display of every manga book cover will be on show, spanning 6 meters tall and 17 meters across. A photo spot for fans to take pictures with their favourite characters will be placed at the entrance area. Tokyo’s night sky will also provide a beautiful backdrop.
Tickets to the exhibition will go on sale via LINE Tickets on October 5, 2020. Limited edition tickets will also be sold which comes with a special booklet. And to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading, visitors must book a time and date in advance when purchasing their tickets. Full details are available here in Japanese.
Merchandise & Themed Food
Fans can also get their hands on a selection of exclusive and rare merchandise. The exhibition will also open CAFE GRACE FIELD, a collaborative cafe serving up food themed on the series.
©Kaiu Shirai・Posuka Demizu / Shueisha
THE PROMISED NEVERLAND SPECIAL EXHIBITION
Running: December 11, 2020 – January 11, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:30)
Location: Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View Sky Gallery
Address: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Floor 52F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Exhibition Website: https://yakuneba-ten.jp/
Tokyo’s TERRADA ART COMPLEX Ⅱ Welcomes 3 Modern Art Galleries
TERRADA ART COMPLEX Ⅱ, an art complex facility in Tokyo managed by Terrada, has announced the opening of three new galleries: Contemporary Tokyo, Tokyo International Gallery, and UG Gallery.
gallery UG Tennoz
gallery UG is not only celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, but opening its second-ever gallery at TERRADA ART COMPLEX Ⅱ. The gallery, like the Galerie Maeght in Paris, helps support the creation of artists’ work as well as carries out various promotions and creates opportunities for the growth of young, up-and-coming artists. It aims to help expand the space of contemporary art, which it will do throughout the year at its new gallery with various exhibitions, such as solo exhibitions including one that showcases the amusement of 3D art, to more specialised exhibitions.
Contemporary Tokyo takes on a more international approach by helping support Japanese artists based in Tokyo and various cities throughout China. The gallery will participate in numerous annual art fairs as well display the artworks of many contemporary Japanese artists. Looking towards the future, Contemporary Tokyo will eventually welcome artwork from Chinese artists, becoming a bridge between the art worlds of Japan and China.
Tokyo International Gallery
Tokyo International Gallery (TIG) was founded in 2019 with a mission to introduce global artists and global methods to the insular Japanese art scene. TIG wishes to to rethink the position of art in society, including environmental issues, urban planning, historical traditions, freedom of expression, and the questions and expressions that arise in the relationship between individuals and groups, subjectivity and objectivity, as well as dealing with subjects that are not framed or not actively discussed in a “borderless” manner. Its aim is to exhibit experimental works by a variety of unique artists.
TERRADA ART COMPLEX Ⅱ plans to open around 10 galleries by spring 2021 as well as a cafe and garden. TERRADA ART COMPLEX Ⅰ, which opened in September 2016, currently has 6 galleries which are also a must-see together with the upcoming new ones.
TERRADA ART COMPLEX
TERRADA ART COMPLEX Ⅰ, 1-33-10 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
TERRADA ART COMPLEX Ⅱ, 1-32-8 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Access: 8-minutes on foot from Exit B of Tennōzu Isle Station via the Rinkai Line / 11-minutes on foot from the Central Exit of Tennōzu Isle Station via the Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport Line
Official Website: https://terrada-art-complex.com/ja/
Creamy Mami and Kimagure Orange Road Manga Artist Akemi Takada Gets Exhibition in Okayama
Kurashiki City Art Museum is now holding an exhibition dedicated to Japanese manga artist and character designer Akemi Takada. Titled TAKADA Akemi Exhibition: Angel Touch, the exhibition is set to run until November 8, 2020.
Akemi Takada majored in graphic design at Tama Art University. After graduating, she entered the world of animation where she learned character design working for the Japanese animation company Tatsunoko Production. She went on to design characters for a range of popular anime series such as Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel, Kimagure Orange Road, Patlabor, and more. Today, she works as an illustrator as well as a designer for book covers.
Angel Touch ©TAKADA Akemi
Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel ©Pierrot
The exhibition introduces original pictures of famous anime characters and Takada’s illustration work. Though solo exhibitions have been held many times for her in both Japan and abroad, this hails as one of the largest exhibitions ever with 200 drawings. Fans will also get to see new works as well which were drawn for the exhibition.
Kimagure Orange Road ©Izumi Matsumoto / Shueisha・Nippon TV・Toho
Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel 2
TAKADA Akemi Exhibition: Angel Touch
Running: Until November 8, 2020
Location: Kurashiki City Art Museum, 2-6-1 Central, Kurashiki, Okayama
Official Website: https://www.city.kurashiki.okayama.jp/kcam/
Manga Series Tokyo Revengers Gets Exhibition at Tower Records Shibuya
Tower Records Shibuya will host an exhibition dedicated to the ongoing manga series Tokyo Revengers from September 26 to October 18. The exhibition is being held to promote the release of the 19th volume which hits shelves in Japan on September 17.
Tokyo Revengers is a manga series written and illustrated by Ken Wakui. An anime adaptation is scheduled to broadcast in 2021.
The exhibition will feature a variety of works drawn by Ken Wakui for the series, both black and white as well as coloured illustrations, as well as panels of each character, and more. There will also be an exhibit for the upcoming live-action film.
Tokyo Revengers x TOWER RECORDS OSMO Stamps (22 Designs) | ¥909 Each (Before Tax)
Tokyo Revengers Monochrome Panels | ¥30,000 Each (Before Tax, Includes Shipping)
Fans can also get their hands on a range of exhibition-exclusive merchandise, and from October, the exhibition will sell some Tokyo Revengers x Tower Records collaborative merch. There’ll be some signed artwork for sale too.
Character Business Cards (11 Designs)
And for every ¥1,000 spent at the exhibit, fans will receive one of 11 possible character business cards.
Tokyo Revengers Exhibition – Tower Records Shibuya
Running: September 26, 2020 – October 18, 2020
Time: 12:00-15:00 / 16:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:30)
Location: Tower Records Shibuya Floor 8F SpaceHACHIKAI
Entry: Free (But you must book a place online)
Exhibition Information (Japanese): http://towershibuya.jp/news/2020/09/15/148467
Released the song “Shape My Story” produced by kz (livetune) in August 2013. Performed as the vocalist on a single for kz’s solo project ‘livetune’ in January 2014. Both songs were used as theme songs for anime series and received attention in Japan and overseas. In October 2015, she formed a new unit with kz called ‘livetune+’ and they released their first EP “Sweet Clapper” on May 11, 2016.
Active as a model, especially in fashion magazines. Receives tremendous support for her cute and distinct fashion. In February 2014, she debuted her apparel brand ‘Aymmy in the batty girls’ where she works as a designer. She was the first Harajuku and Aomoji-kei model to establish an authentic apparel brand. She develops clothing items through her unique fashion sense lens.
“Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.
Japan’s Largest Manga Exhibition MANGA⇔TOKYO Is Being Held At The National Art Center, Tokyo
The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT) introduces Japan’s distinctive culture to all areas of the world. The project started with MANGA＊ANIME＊GAMES from JAPAN which ran from June 24 – August 31, 2015. This was followed by the same exhibit held in Thailand and Myanmar. In 2018, as part of Japonismes 2018: les âmes en resonance, the NACT held the MANGA⇔TOKYO exhibition (November 29 – December 30, 2018) in Paris, France, which attracted over 30 thousand visitors. This time, the NACT will bring the renovated exhibition back to Japan.
Over 500 items are being displayed, including original drawings of manga and materials related to anime production, from a total of over 90 titles.
The largest ever MANGA exhibition in the country
The exhibition displays over 500 items such as original drawings of manga, production documents and visuals of anime and games, from the total of more than 90 titles of manga, anime, games and tokusatsu (SFX films) works that are closely related to Tokyo, in a 2000 m² exhibition space.
1/1000 Scale Giant Model of Tokyo and Visuals Installation
A 1/1000 scale giant model of Tokyo, 17m wide and 22m long, along with visuals of anime, games and tokusatsu (SFX films) works staged in Tokyo, will allow spectators to experience the intertwined relations between “Tokyo” and “MANGA.”
Exhibits are displayed so that visitors can experience the integrated reality of “Tokyo,” with scenes of various stories and memories of characters merging into the real cityscapes.
Installation to Experience Reality merged with Characters
While manga, anime, games and tokusatsu (SFX films) in Japan have been influenced by the existing city, characters from those works appear in the sphere of reality, such as at stations, on trains and at convenience stores, altering the scenes and images of the city. It has become part of everyday life for those who live in Tokyo to live side by side with characters, which this exhibition will show through various installations.
Section 1: Cycles of Deconstruction and Reconstruction
EVANGELION:2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE. ©khara
Based on the graphic novel “Akira” by Katsuhiro Otomo. First published by “Young Magazine”,Kodansha Ltd.
© 1988 MASH・ROOM/ AKIRA COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.
Depiction of catastrophic damages to Tokyo, inflicted by unprecedented natural disasters or mysterious creatures, is almost routine in Japanese manga, anime, games and tokusatsu works. This section includes works with themes of “destruction and reconstruction.”
Section 2: Life in Tokyo
The three sections Edo as Pre-Tokyo, From the Beginning of Modernization to the Post-modern City, and From the End of the Century to the Present represent different eras of Japanese history.The exhibit depicts Tokyo as a place where ordinary people live despite the surreal experience of city-wide destruction and reconstruction.
Edo As Pre-Tokyo
“Sakuran” ANNO Moyoco ©Moyoco Anno / Cork
From the Beginning of Modernization to the Post-modern City
“Rurouni Kenshin” WATSUKI Nobuhiro ©Nobuhiro Watsuki / SHUEISHA
“CITY HUNTER” by HOJO Tsukasa © 1985 by TSUKASA HOJO/NSP
From the End of the Century to the Present
“Solanin” ASANO Inio © Inio Asano / Shogakukan
“5 Centimeters Per Second” © Makoto Shinkai / CoMix Wave Films
Section 3: Characters vs. the City
The Life-sized Unicorn Gundam statue in Odaiba.
Location: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza © SOTSU, SUNRISE
The last section focuses on characters existing alongside real life, for example, in cities as mascots for promotions, in advertising and in tourism.
Explore the history between Tokyo and Japanese pop culture media at MANGA⇔TOKYO.
Exhibition title: MANGA⇔TOKYO
Dates: Aug. 12 (Wed.) – Nov. 3 (Tue.), 2020
Closed: Tuesdays (except for September 22, November 3)
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo, Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo 106-8558 Japan
MANGA⇔TOKYO website: https://manga-toshi-tokyo.jp/
Hayao Miyazaki Exhibition to Open Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has announced that its inaugural temporary exhibition will be a retrospective honouring the internationally beloved and celebrated Academy Award-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. It will open on April 30, 2021.
Photo by Joshua White JWPictures/©Academy Museum Foundation
It will take place inside the Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery and will hail as the first North American museum retrospective dedicated to the work of Miyazaki. Works will be curated by the museum’s Exhibition Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant curator J. Raúl Guzmán.
lmageboard, ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988), Hayao Miyazaki © 1988 Studio Ghibli
Still Image, ‘Spirited Away’ (2001), Hayao Miyazaki © 2001 Studio Ghibli・NDDTM
The lineup will showcase over 300 objects include original imageboards, character designs, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds, posters, and cels, all from the archives of Studio Ghibli. Fans of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki’s works can look forward to seeing their favourite films celebrated such as My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away (2001).
Hayao Miyazaki Exhibition – What to Expect
Still Image, ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988), Hayao Miyazaki © 1988 Studio Ghibli
Journey through the iconic “Tree Tunnel” conceived by Hayao Miyazaki for the film My Neighbor Totoro just like 4-year-old Mei does when chasing the mini Totoro.
Still Image, ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ (1989), Hayao Miyazaki © 1989 Eiko Kadono・Studio Ghibli・N
Creating Characters will introduce Hayao Miyazaki’s many protagonists from such celebrated works as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and more. This will include original character design illustrations as well as pieces never before exhibited outside of Japan.
Imageboard, ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’ (1984), Hayao Miyazaki © 1984 Studio Ghibli・H
The Making Of section will illustrate Miyazaki’s early career and the founding of Studio Ghibli together with the deceased Isao Takahata, as well as the process of producing an animated feature film such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984). Early works showcased will include, but are not limited to, the television anime series Heidi, Girl of the Alps (1974) which Isao Takahata was also involved in as an animator, and The Castle of Cagliostro (1979).
Background Image, ‘Spirited Away’ (2001), Hayao Miyazaki © 2001 Studio Ghibli・NDDTM
Creating Worlds will capture the contrast between beautiful, natural environments and industrial settings, a theme that Miyazaki often explores in his movies. This will include a look at original storyboards from Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), as well as concept sketches and background images that offer a peek into the imagination of Miyazaki. It will also look at the famous bath house of Spirited Away, the underwater world of Ponyo (2008), and themes of ‘flying’ as seen in Porco Rosso (1992) and The Wind Rises (2013).
Sky View Installation
A must-see at the exhibition is the Sky View installation which captures one of Miyazaki’s other themes: the desire to lay back and relax, have a day off, think, and dream.
Transformations will explore the metamorphoses Miyazaki’s characters and settings often experience, such as the influences that human beings have on the natural world like in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Magical Forest, with its Mother Tree installation, will highlight the interconnected aspects of humans, nature, and the spiritual worlds, such as the Kodama forest spirits seen in Princess Mononoke.
Photo of Hayao Miyazaki by Nicolas Guerin
Toshio Suziki, Studio Ghibli Producer & Co-Founder | Comment
“It is an immense honor that Hayao Miyazaki is the inaugural temporary exhibition at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Miyazaki’s genius is his power of remembering what he sees. He opens drawers in his head to pull out these visual memories to create characters, landscapes and structures that are busting with originality. It is our hope that visitors will be able to experience the entire scope of Hayao Miyazaki’s creative process through this exhibition. I am deeply grateful to all those who have been instrumental in presenting this exhibition.”
Bill Kramer, Academy Director | Comment
“We could not be more excited to launch our new institution with the most comprehensive presentation of Hayao’s Miyazaki’s work to date. Honoring the masterful career of this international artist is a fitting way to open our doors, signifying the global scope of the Academy Museum.”
Jessica Niebel, Academy Museum Exhibitions Curator | Comment
“Hayao Miyazaki has a singular ability to capture how we perceive life, with all its ambiguities and complexities. It has been a privilege to collaborate with Studio Ghibli in creating an exhibition that will appeal to the most avid Miyazaki fan and those not yet familiar with his work.”
Hayao Miyazaki Exhibition
Opening: April 30, 2021
Venue: Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery)
Demon Slayer Exhibition to Open at Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido
Sapporo Factory is set to welcome an exhibition themed on the popular TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba from October 17 to November 8 this year.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. The popular series has over 80 million copies in circulation and spawned a hit anime series last year. The upcoming anime film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train set for release on October 16, 2020 will serve as a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series and is being animated by ufotable.
The exhibition will look back over the anime series to date, as well as the upcoming film, which will be released the day before the exhibition starts. Fans can expect a variety of exhibits at the event, from video content to artwork, as well as exclusive merchandise.
Tickets go on sale in Japan on September 15 at 17:00 via Lawson. The first round of tickets will be allocated to random people who sign up.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Exhibition (Japanese Title: TVアニメ「鬼滅の刃」全集中展)
Running: October 17, 2020 – November 8, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:30 (Last Entries 18:30)
*Open until 17:00 (Last Entries 16:30) on November 8
Location: Sapporo Factory Building 3 (Floor 3F