Stylish Textile Face Masks Made in Japan to be Released by Q-pot.
22.April.2020 | FASHION
Q-pot. released a new collection of textile style face masks from its “Made in Japan” apparel line Q-pot.Dress via its online shop on April 22, 2020.
The masks arrive in response to the serious shortage of masks in Japan for those who need them the most. The masks can also be washed repeatedly, and feature the same textile design seen in Q-pot.Dress’s attire collections. The inside is made from cotton double gauze which feels comfortable on the skin.
Cloth Face Mask – ¥2,200 (Before Tax)
There are four designs in total: “Strawberry Field” with its nostalgic aesthetic, “Chocolate College” which features sweet and tempting chocolate across the whole front, “Honey Lemon” which gives sunshine vibes of early bring, and the green and girly “Patisserie Q-pot. Morning.”
These masks can of course be used as a preventative measure against coronavirus, as well as for hay fever and for fashion too.
Q-pot.Dress Cloth Masks
Order Window: Available from April 22, 2020 until stock sells out
Q-pot ONLINE SHOP (Available from 12:00pm, JST)
A Sneak Peek at Sebastian Masuda’s ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art’ Exhibition at Kanda Myojin Shrine
The Godfather of Kawaii Sebastian Masuda will open his ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art’ exhibition at the 1,300-year-old Kanda Myojin Shrine on December 4, 2021. A number of Masuda’s representative works will be on display at the historical site, known as one of the most important shrines during the Edo period.
Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-
Kanda Myojin Shrine
Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare- has been shown in New York, Milan, and Amsterdam over the past few years, and will now make an appearance as part of this exhibition. Given the magnificence of the venue, the work will be presented in a unique way–in the basement of the shrine. In addition, a part of the research on Kawaii culture conducted in collaboration with Kyoto University of Arts Ultra Factory will be on display as well. Guests will be invited to ponder the nature of Kawaii, and what makes it so beloved by audiences worldwide.
Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-
Time After Time Capsule Art Project
Kawaii Archival Research
Near the entrance to the shrine, the Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK will be on display. Clad in the cutest colors imaginable, it has become a symbol of Harajuku around the world. The Hello Kitty-shaped time capsule, which was on display for five months in New York City in 2015, will also be shown on the temple grounds. The participatory art project has made it to 12 cities around the world so far.
Kawaii culture will blend with traditional Japanese culture during this exhibition, so keep an eye out for more details coming soon!
What is ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art?’
Sebastian Masuda has been at the helm of the global Kawaii movement for decades.
In 2020, Masuda asked a number of questions to fans of Japanese pop culture around the world–what is Kawaii? Why does Kawaii cross borders, generations, and gender? This new exhibition tries to find an answer to those questions while bringing some joy and excitement to the local community.
Sebastian Masuda Exhibition ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art’ at Kanda Myojin Shrine
Dates: December 4 – December 12, 2021
Hours: 12:00-18:00 (Last Entry at 17:30)
Address: Kanda Myojin Shrine (2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Admission: Free (¥500 for Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-)
For more details on the event, follow Sebastian Masuda’s Twitter:
Sebastian Masuda Kawaii Exhibition to be Held at 1,300-Year-Old Kanda Myojin Shrine
Sebastian Masuda, the Godfather of Kawaii, is bringing his ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ exhibition to Tokyo. If that isn’t cool enough, the event will be held from December 4 until December 12, 2021, at the 1,300-year-old Kanda Myojin Shrine, known as one of the most important shrines during the Edo period.
Kanda Myojin, the Tokyo Venue
Work at ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ Venue in Osaka
Related Event, 6%DOKIDOKI Fashion Show
Originally scheduled to arrive in Tokyo in September, the exhibition was postponed due to the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kanda Myojin is known as the site of the Kanda Festival, one of the three major Shinto festivals in Tokyo started by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1600. The shrine is very close to Akihabara, and has become a place for technophiles to pray for their electronics!
Sebastian Masuda is known as the Godfather of Kawaii, and his colorful and crazy art is known around the world. In 2020, Masuda asked a number of questions to fans of Japanese pop culture around the world–what is Kawaii? Why does Kawaii cross borders, generations, and gender? This new exhibition tries to find an answer to those questions while bringing some joy and excitement to the local community.
Osaka’s City of Art Kitakagaya has hosted Masuda’s exhibition since October 30, with his works spread out across three different venues. These will be open until November 30, 2021.
Additionally, on November 13, a street fashion show by Masuda’s popular Harajuku fashion brand 6%DOKIDOKI will be held at the third venue. The brand turns 26 this year.
Yes, Kawaii is Art
Sebastian Masuda’s “Yes, Kawaii is Art” Exhibition at Kanda Myojin Shrine
Running: December 3 – December 12, 2021
Address: Kanda Myojin Shrine (2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
*Details to be announced at a later date.
Venue 1: ¥500 (Weekdays) ¥1,000 (Weekends/Holidays)
Both Venue 1 + Venue 2: ¥1,500 (Viewing) ¥2,000 (Experience)
Venue 3: Free
Access: Close to Kita-Kagaya Station on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line, Exit 4
Venue 1: kagoo
Main Work: ‘Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-
Running: October 30 – November 21, 2021
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, November 17
Address: 5-4-19 Kita-Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Venue 2: Oto Building
Main Work: ‘Fantastic Voyage, Prototype II’
Running: November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
Hours: Shows at 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 *Only at 17:00 on November 14
Address: 5-5-1 Kita-Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Venue 3: Chidori Bunka
Main Work: ‘Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-
Running: November 12 – November 21, 2021
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Address: 5-2-28 Kita-Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
6%DOKIDOKI Fashion Show ‘Colorful Riot’
Date: November 14, 2021
Address: Venue 1 (Free Admission)
Official Site: https://sebastianmasuda.com/
Q-Pot. Releases Monsters, Inc. Collection to Celebrate Film’s 20th Anniversary
Japanese accessory brand Q-pot makes jewelry that looks like real sweets and desserts. To celebrate twenty years of the Disney Pixar film Monsters, Inc., the company is releasing an adorable new collection on November 20, 2021. Characters Sulley, Mike, Boo, Randall, and others make an appearance, so be sure to snag your favorite!
CupCake -Sulley- Necklace: ¥11,000 (Tax Included) / Bag Charm: ¥9,900 (Tax Included)
Sulley / Whipped Cream Ring: ¥7,150 (Tax Included) / Earrings: ¥7,150 each (1 piece, Tax Included)
Everyone’s favorite monster has been recreated as a cupcake topped with fluffy whipped cream!
CupCake -Mike- Necklace: ¥11,000 (Tax Included) / Bag Charm: ¥9,900 (Tax Included) / Whipped Cream Ring: ¥7,150 (Tax Included) / Earrings: ¥7,150 each (1 piece, Tax Included)
Mike’s eye was made to look like jelly, and each of these items looks almost good enough to eat.
CupCake -Boo- Necklace: ¥11,000 (Tax Included) / Bag Charm: ¥9,900 (Tax Included)
Inspired by Boo in her cute monster suit, these items were based on a red sweet potato Mont Blanc cupcake.
CupCake -Randall- Macaroon Necklace: ¥9,900 (Tax Included) / Bag Charm: ¥8,800 (Tax Included) / Transparent Macaroon Necklace: ¥9,900 (Tax Included) / Bag Charm: ¥8,800 (Tax Included)
Randall, with his white teeth peeking out of his mouth, was based on a macaroon with pure white cream. The character can change his body’s color from purple to clear, so these give fans a chance to buy their favorite!
Melt Ring: ¥13,200 (Tax Included) *Comes in sizes 11, 13, 15, 17
These rings look like melting ice cream and come in Sulley, Mike, and Randall colors. Each is carefully made with epoxy resin and handmade by craftsmen.
Mike Collection Ice Cream Candy Necklace: ¥11,000 (Tax Included) / Earrings: ¥7,700 each (1 piece, Tax Included)
Little Mikey Chocolate Earring: ¥6,600 (1 piece, Tax Included) / Charm: ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Helmet Candy Charm: ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Energy Tank Candy Earring: ¥6,600 (1 piece, Tax Included) / Charm: ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Disney Story Dreamed by Q-pot. Monsters, Inc. Collection
Release Date: November 20, 2021
Where to Buy: Q-pot. Locations/Q-pot. Online Shop/Shop Disney
*Release date and product specifications are subject to change. No layaway, pickup, or delivery requests by phone on the first day of release. On November 20, purchase is limited to one of each item per person.
Q-pot. Shop List: https://www.q-pot.jp/shoplist/
Q-pot. Online Shop: https://shop.q-pot.jp/
Q-pot CAFE. Serving Up Christmas-Themed Dishes in Omotesando
While Q.pot. is largely known as an accessory brand in Japan, its Q-pot CAFE in Omotesando, Tokyo serves up some of the most indulgent and decorative sweets you can imagine. The location has just started serving up its 2021 Christmas menu, featuring edible snowmen, teddy bears, and much more!
Limited Menu Pop-Up Snowman Cake Plate: ¥2,060 (Tax Included)
This mousse cake is covered with streusel, crunchy almonds, and a mix of lemon cream and chocolate. Guests can also enjoy yogurt mousse with apple pulp, mascarpone, fluffy almond chocolate cream, and plenty of Christmas spirit!
With a face made of crispy meringue, a nose made of sweet chocolate, and a hat made of red velvet cookie, how could anyone resist this Santa Clause?
Teddy Bear’s Merry Christmas Plate: ¥2,060 (Tax Included)
How would you like to spend Christmas with this sweet teddy bear?
This bear is a scrumptious oatmeal cookie that’s not too sweet. Underneath the layer of raspberry cream are a rich cream cheese mousse, chocolate mousse, and plenty of crunchy almonds drenched in dark chocolate.
Teddy Bear’s Almond Chocolate Tea Latte: ¥850 (Tax Included)
This special tea latte was inspired by a flower garden, featuring a slightly sweet fragrance reminiscent of fresh blooms and fruits. The beverage is served with oatmeal cookie ears and topped with almond chocolate cream.
Snowman & Teddy Bear’s Dreamy Afternoon Tea Set: ¥2,500 per person (Tax Included)
Top: This limited-edition Christmas afternoon tea set features a pistachio mousse cake with marshmallow snowmen and oatmeal cookie bears. Guests can find cinnamon-flavored pound cake, grapefruit jelly decorated with red velvet Santa hat cookies, creamy macaroons, and plenty of other sweets to lift those holiday spirits!
Bottom: If sweets just aren’t enough, this meal is sure to fill those hungry bellies. Crispy croissant sandwiches are covered with a black pepper and herb glaze and are served with rich lobster bisque and plenty of pickles and olives.
Q-pot CAFE. Christmas Menu
Where to Buy: Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando
Available: November 1 – December 25, 2021
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Order at 18:30)
*Hours subject to change.
King of Kawaii Sebastian Masuda Opens Exhibition in Osaka
Artist Sebastian Masuda is a leading figure in Japan’s culture of KAWAII. The creator of the popular Harajuku brand 6%DOKIDOKI, the creator has worked with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and a number of other kawaii personalities in the past. Now, his exhibition titled ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ is coming to Osaka from October 30 to November 21, 2021. The event will take place in Kitakagaya, an art district located in an old factory area, with three distinct venues opening each week. Each will exhibit a different work.
Fantastic Voyage Digest Video
Presale tickets for Fantastic Voyage, Prototype II, a performance taking place at the second venue, went on sale on October 21. The prototype was created as a device for ‘imagining the isolated future,’ and shows a transparent capsule traveling through space. The thirty-minute performance will surround viewers with sounds and images and is sure to dig deep into the psyche.
An exclusive VIP plan will be available on October 30 and 31 and is reserved for only two groups per day. Those who can afford the ¥80,000 per person ticket price can enjoy a luxurious Halloween buffet at the Conrad Osaka hotel. Each scrumptious sweet was designed by Masuda himself, and VIP guests can also tour rooms where his works are displayed. Masuda will accompany visitors to directly explain his works, so the cost might be worth it!
Yes, Kawaii Is Art
1st Showing – kagoo (General reception and ticket office)
Featuring ‘Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare– and more
Running: October 30 – November 21, 2021 (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and November 17)
Address: 5-4-19 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
2nd Showing – Oto Building
Featuring ‘Fantastic Voyage, Prototype II’
Open: November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 13:00, 15:00, and 17:00 (Only 17:00 on November 14)
Address: 5-5-1 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
3rd Showing: Chidori Bunka
Featuring ‘Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK– and more
Open: November 12 – 21, 2021 (Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Address: 5-2-28 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
6%DOKIDOKI Fashion Show ‘Colorful Riot’
Date: November 14, 2021 from 15:00-16:00
Address: At 1st Showing location’s Free Area
“Yes, Kawaii is Art” VIP Plan
Yes, Kawaii is Art VIP Plan Including Conrad Osaka Halloween Buffet
Price: ¥80,000 per person (Tax Included, limited to two groups per day)
Dates: October 30 & 31, 2021
Private Art Tour Plan for Groups and Businesses
Price: ¥200,000 (Tax Included)
Dates: November 6, 7, 10, 11, 12
Hours: Morning Group 10:00-12:00 / Evening Group 18:30-20:30
VIP Plan Details/ Reservations: https://forms.gle/BMjMHb9jr6RMZg1G7
Masuda Sebastian is Spreading KAWAII Culture with these Commemorative Events
Artist Masuda Sebastian, a leading figure in Japan’s KAWAII culture, is celebrating his 30th year of activities this year. His works express KAWAII from a variety of perspectives, taking the world by storm and creating a new KAWAII culture with new values. His store 6%DOKIDOKI opened in Harajuku in 1995, and Masuda has since been working as an art director, spreading KAWAII culture throughout Japan and across the world.
He has also been in charge of the art direction and costumes for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s music videos since her debut in 2011, often featuring 6%DOKIDOKI pieces. The combination of art and music captured the imagination of fans across the globe, inviting them into their world of music.
To commemorate his anniversary, fans will be able to experience his artwork, both past and present, at a variety of special KAWAII events.
Be sure to check out these unmissable events and exhibitions!
【SPOT】Masuda Sebastian and 6%DOKIDOKI 1995→2021
Duration: Until October 3 2021
Masuda Sebastian opened 6%DOKIDOKI in Harajuku back in 1995. To commemorate the 26th anniversary since it’s opening, a limited pop up shop has opened in Shibuya PARCO to celebrate the brand’s history. Here you can find posters featuring designs from the 90’s alongside modern 6% products.
【SPOT】MORI ART MUSEUM – Masuda Sebastian Pop Up Store
Duration: Until October 17 2021
A pop up shop from Masuda Sebastian’s art brand, Sebastian Masuda ART. The shop will stock the latest goods from the brand, alongside a selection of art pieces. The store will be opened in TOKYO CITY VIEW on the 52nd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, which is also hosting the ‘Sanrio Exhibition: 60 Years of Japanese Kawaii History,’ where you can view Masuda Sebastian’s ‘Unforgettable Tower’ art piece.
【SPOT/FOOD】Masuda Sebastian x Conrad Osaka Second Collaboration
Duration: October 31 2021
Masuda Sebastian has worked closely with Conrad Osaka’s executive pastry chef Jimmy Boulay to create a limited-time Halloween sweets buffet. Why not treat yourself to a colorful sweets party this Autumn, packed full of seasonal ingredients?
【SPOT】Yes, Kawaii Is Art
Duration: November 12 ~ November 21 (closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
A Masuda Sebastian art exhibition hosted in Kitakagaya, Osaka’s City of Art. Here you can experience his artwork while discovering the “KAWAII” that has influenced the world and sparked new ideas.
【BOOK】Masuda Sebastian’s Artworks PAINT IT, COLORFUL
Published in 2020, this is Masuda’s first artbook. It compiles a variety of his works, including those from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s PONPONPON and Fashion Monster music videos, the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE restaurant, and Sanrio Puroland’s Miracle Gift Parade. Dive into Masuda Sebastian’s world with this colorful book which showcases all his art from around the world.
【SPOT】Future Peace Nursery
Masuda Sebastian was the visual producer for this nursery which opened in Sendagaya in June 2019. The community contribution project was headed by childcare facility developer Edulead and ASOBISYSTEM, which fosters and spreads Japanese culture. Masuda’s colorful design creates a bright and charming space, ideal for nurturing children’s growth.
TEXT：Natalie（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Masuda Sebastian Exhibition “Yes, Kawaii is Art’ Held in Kitakagaya, Osaka’s City of Art
Artist Masuda Sebastian will be holding the ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ exhibition in Osaka and Kyoto. The exhibition will be starting in Kitakagaya, Osaka’s City of Art, held between October 30 and November 30.
The exhibition explores the current state of ‘Kawaii,’ a keyword which has influenced the world, along with a selection of Masuda Sebastian’s works.
In 2020, Masuda started conversations with Kawaii communities across the globe to light up the world with vivid colors following the pandemic. What is Kawaii? Why does Kawaii surpass borders, generations, and gender, as the community moves onwards? This exhibition investigates the depths and new possibilities that Kawaii offers, through the works of Masuda Sebastian and his activities as an activist.
Venue 1: Japan’s First Colorful Room Exhibition
The first venue features a full-room installation titled ‘Colorful Rebellion Seventh Nightmare.’
The piece was first released in 2014 and was created as a self-portrait representing the seven deadly sins. Following its first exhibition in Chelsea, New York, it has since been exhibited in Florida’s Young at Art Museum, Milano’s Milano Salone, Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum, and Antwerp’s Museum aan de Stroon. This will be the first exhibition of this work in Japan.
Second Venue: An Experience Based on the Artist’s Memories
The second venue features the experience-type exhibit, ‘Fantastic Voyage.’ The piece, which was originally shown for just three days in Tokyo during February 2021, has been reworked and will be exhibited once more. The art reflects the current world, where everything is rapidly changing due to the Covid pandemic.
A transparent capsule drifts through space, travelling through a world studded with snippets of sound and words. Both the guest experiencing this world and the person within the capsule are experiencing the same time together without exchanging words. It is the concept and prototype of “a device that imagines the future in an isolated world.” The performance lasts for 30 minutes, reaching deep into the viewer’s senses.
Venue Three: Harajuku’s Famous World Time Clock is Revived in Two New Forms
The third venue features the famous ‘Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-,’ a piece which was beloved by the city of Harajuku since its unveiling in 2015, remembered by tourists from all over the world. The original 2015 world clock, which was displayed on the streets of Harajuku, has been reconstructed while retaining the original faded materials. The 2019 version, which was made based on the colors of the original world clock, will also be displayed.
The Tokyo exhibition was expected to open in September 2021 but was postponed due to Covid-19. Details for the new exhibition dates will be announced in the future.
“I want to see the future of Kawaii. That is why I cannot stop creating; that is what drives me.” – Masuda Sebastian.
“Yes, Kawaii is Art”
First Venue – kagoo: 5-4-18 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Duration: October 30 ~ November 21 2021 (Closed Sunday and Tuesdays, closed on November 17.)
Opening Hours: 12:00 ~ 18:00
Second Venue: 5-5-1 Oto Building, Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Duration: November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14, 2021
Opening Hours: 13:00 ~ 14:00 / 15:00 ~ 16:00 / 17:00 ~ 18:00 (*Only open between 17:00 ~ 18:00 on November 14.)
Third Venue: 5-2-28 Sendori Bunka Hall, Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Duration: November 12 ~ November 21 (Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Opening Hours: 12:00 ~ 18:00
Official Site: https://sebastianmasuda.com
Maison Kitsuné Reveals Collaboration Mask with PITTA MASK
23.September.2021 | FASHION
Maison Kitsuné, a popular Parisian lifestyle brand that produces unique music and fashion items, has collaborated with Japanese mask brand PITTA MASK, a brand which has become famous for its extraordinary outlook. The trendy mask was unveiled at NYFW: The Shows on September 10 2021.
The collaboration combines the creative direction of both Maison Kitsuné and PITTA MASK, working together to transform the typical mask, which has become a daily necessity, into something fun and stylish, all while maintaining the spirit of each individual brand.
PITTA MASK and Maison Kitsuné, a lifestyle brand known for combining fashion and music, have collaborated to create a stylish and colorful mask that goes beyond just protecting the face, both practical and fashionable.
The two collaboration masks, which were unveiled during New York Fashion Week, will be presented as a free gift to customers who spend over ¥8,000 (Excl. Tax) in Maison Kitsuné stores in New York, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka from the end of September. The set is made up of two masks, in navy and white.
Quantities are limited, so be sure to check out the latest information on social media!
Maison Kitsuné x PITTA MASK Collaboration Face Mask
Gift Campaign Period: Late September 2021 Onwards (scheduled)
Maison Kitsuné Official Instagram: www.instagram.com/maisonkitsune/
Godfather of Kawaii Sebastian Masuda Celebrates 30 Years in Showbiz with Pop-Up Shop at Roppongi Hills
21.September.2021 | FASHION
Sebastian Masuda is a powerhouse of all things cute. From starting the popular Harajuku-based brand 6%DOKIDOKI in 1995 to creating the now-legendary music video for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s PONPONPON, Masuda is now celebrating 30 years in the industry. An exhibition of the artist’s works will be shown in an upcoming exhibition in both Tokyo and Osaka from Fall 2021 until 2022. Prior to that, a Sebastian Masuda pop-up shop is coming to Roppongi Hills and Shibuya PARCO starting this month!
From September 23 until October 17, the art goods brand Sebastian Masuda ART will hold a pop-up shop within the Mori Art Museum Shop on the third floor of Roppongi Hills West Walk. In addition to the latest art goods, including the brand-new ‘Inner Voyage’ series, a number of Masuda’s colorful art pieces will be on display, with some being for sale.
When visiting Roppongi Hills, don’t forget to head up to the 52nd floor for the 60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii, running from September 17 until January 10, 2022. Sebastian Masuda’s work ‘Unforgettable Tower’ will be on display when entering the event, while the Tokyo City View store will be selling some of the artist’s products! Basically, both the 3rd and 52nd floors will be nothing but kawaii.
Mori Art Museum Shop
Stickers: ¥550 – ¥2,860 (Tax Included)
Inner Voyage T-Shirt: ¥7,480 (Tax Included)
Microcosmos -Tattoo Pink & Me-
Sebastian Masuda & 6%DOKIDOKI 1995→2021
Mesh Top: ¥10,450 (Tax Included)
Long Sleeve T-Shirt: ¥8,250 (Tax Included)
DOKI DOKI Earrings: ¥4,290 (Tax Included) / Logo Plate Necklace: ¥7,590 (Tax Included) / 6% Logo Pochette: ¥6,050 (Tax Included)
Charm Pouch – Kawaii Company: ¥2,860 (Tax Included) / Sebastian Masuda STUDIO COLOR PALETTE: ¥4,400 – ¥2,860 (Tax Included) Felissimo
The Sebastian Masuda & 6%DOKIDOKI 1995→2021 event will be held from September 17 to October 3 at Hobonichi CultureN, located inside Shibuya PARCO. Guests will be able to look back at the 26-year history of the 6%DOKIDOKI brand.
2021, much like 2020, has lost a lot of it’s brightness due to the ongoing pandemic. Why not surround yourself with some kawaii goods to raise your spirits?
Sebastian Masuda Pop Up Store
Running: September 23 – October 17, 2021
Address: Mori Art Museum Shop (Roppongi Hills West Walk 3F, 6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Sebastian Masuda & 6%DOKIDOKI 1995→2021
Running: September 17 – October 3, 2021
Address: Hobonichi CultureN (Shibuya PARCO 4F, 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Art Charity Auction Opens to Support the Fight Against COVID-19
20.September.2021 | FASHION
Last year, the Pola Museum Annex in Tokyo hosted a charity auction to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic breaking out across the globe. As the world continues to feel the effects of the virus, the charity event is returning for a second year, and is set to be held from November 12 until December 5, 2021. The title for this year’s art exhibition is ‘Find Your Travel.’
Lemon Tree – Yuka Kashihara. Acrylic and oil on canvas. 2020.
POLA Dot or snowball ~Based on Tosa Mitsuyoshi’s Colored Painting of Yugiri from The Tale of Genji~ – Tetsuya Noguchi. Acrylic. 2020.
our whereabouts – Moe Nakamura. Camphor, bronze, oil. 2021.
Philanthropy – Yuko Higuchi. Hemp paper, pen, watercolor. 2020.
Baby Heel-less Shoes – Noritaka Tatehama. Cowhide, pigskin, dye, metal zipper, coated crystal glass. 2020.
Last year’s charity auction raised over ¥9,145,000 (about $83,000) for the Japanese Red Cross. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the globe, and as Japan remains locked down, this year’s event hopes to raise even more useful funds to help medical professionals on the front lines.
20 artists are participating in the exhibition, with each creating one work based on the theme of ‘travel.’ In addition to simply viewing these pieces at the exhibition, a silent auction will also be held online. With travel being severely restricted, these works of art seek to inspire and encourage visitors to imagine a better future, when the world is open once again. All proceeds will once again be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
Find Your Travel Charity Auction
Running: November 12 – December 5, 2021
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last entry 18:30) / Admission Free
Address: Pola Museum Annex 3F (1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: http://www.po-holdings.co.jp/m-annex/
Sanrio 60th Anniversary Event Reveals Collaboration Cafe Menu
One of the most popular franchises to come out of Japan is celebrating a massive milestone! The Sanrio Exhibition: 60 Years of Kawaii Culture in Japan will be held on the 52nd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower starting September 17. The event will feature over 800 unique character products, the largest number in Sanrio history, and will allow guests to experience the charm and wonder of one of the most well-known parts of Japan’s ‘kawaii’ culture.
Special light effects have been added to the ‘Godfather of Kawaii’ Masuda Sebastian’s unique entrance art, titled “Unforgettable Tower.” Singer and actor Aoi Shouta acts as the audio guide for the exhibition.
Comment from Aoi Shouta / Audio Guide
“I’m excited to experience the history of Sanrio together with you as the audio guide for the exhibition. I’m also incredibly honored to be a part of this project, since I’ve been a fan of Sanrio for as long as I can remember. Please enjoy this time with your favorite characters!”
Comment from Sebastian Masuda / Designer of the “Unforgettable Tower”
“Sanrio characters and goods exist in a far corner of everyone’s memories. For a long time, this was specifically a Japanese feeling. Now, it’s true of people all over the world. Memory is an odd thing. It can be fuzzy, and difficult to capture. However, sometimes the nostalgia and feelings remain, and I’ve captured this strange balance in the ‘Unforgettable Tower.’ The Sanrio exhibition is a journey to undertake along with your own memories. I invite you to let your thoughts wander as you gaze at this work of art, and pass through the entrance gate of the exhibition.”
Collaboration Menu & Photo Spot
Left: My Melody Curry with Winter Vegetables and Pork Cutlet: ¥1,580 / Middle: Pochakko’s Pumpkin Stew: ¥1,520 / Right: Hello Kitty’s Whole Apple Waffle: ¥1,380
Left: Pochacco’s Hot Strawberry Milk: ¥1,050 / Middle: Pom Pom Pudding in a Pudding Shake: ¥1,080 / Right: Cinnamoroll’s Balloon Trip: ¥1,100
The restaurant and cafe THE SUN AND MOON is located on the same floor as the exhibition, so be sure to get these delicious treats when you visit!
Left: Halloween, September 17 – October 31 / Middle: Christmas, November 1 – December 20 / Right: Anniversary, December 27 – January 10
Seasonal afternoon tea will be available during each special event period.
Restaurant Photo Spot Image
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The walls of this red retro restaurant are covered with images of popular characters, making it the perfect place to snap some commemorative photos. Each photo spot will change depending on the holiday season, so don’t miss the Halloween, Christmas, and Anniversary backgrounds!
Left: Square Acrylic Keychain: ¥1,210 (4 designs) / Middle: Triple Acrylic Keychain: ¥1,210 (4 designs) / Right: Bag: ¥1,650 (4 designs)
Guests can grab over 100 original items, with both modern and vintage designs.
Sanrio Exhibition: 60 Years of Kawaii Culture in Japan
Running: September 17, 2021 – January 10, 2022
Location: Tokyo City View (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 52F)
Open: 10:00-22:00 (Last admission at 21:30)
*Due to various circumstances, business hours may change.
Tokyo City View: https://www.tokyocityview.com/sanrio-museum-ex/
VTuber Group kawaii Holding Audition for Second-Generation Members
kawaii Productions, which premiered its first-generation of VTubers this April, is looking for new talent to join for the groups second-generation. Auditions are open until August 31, and the company is looking to hire five successful candidates.
According to the official audition page, kawaii is looking for those who want to be a VTuber, have English language skills, and who love singing, games, and chatting. They also mention that it’s a great way to gain popularity.
Production kawaii is a newly launched VTuber production company aiming to spread the idea of ‘kawaii’ around the globe.
Comment from kawaii management staff:
“Production kawaii is now recruiting aspiring Vtubers who will work with both the management team and first-generation members to spread ‘kawaii’ around the world. Currently, we use YouTube as a platform to share Japanese ‘kawaii’ culture with English-speaking countries. If you want to use your talents and chase your dreams, now’s your chance! Don’t miss this chance to challenge yourself!’
Do you think you have what it takes to be a kawaii VTuber?
Kawaii Second Gen Audition
Application Period: August 1-August 31, 2021 (at 23:59)
Interview to be held online (Showing face not necessary)
Interview period: Beginning to Middle of September
Successful Applicants to be announced at end of September
Official Site: https://production-kawaii.com/en/home-2/