Studio Ghibli Exhibition to be Held in Aichi Prefecture This Summer
Aichi Prefecture and Chunichi Shimbun have revealed that they are to hold a Studio Ghibli exhibition at Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art from July 22, 2020 – September 3, 2020.
Yubaba wearing a Mask ©TS ©Studio Ghibli
The exhibition, called Ghibli no “Dai Janai” Hakurankai (Ghibli’s “Not So Big” Exhibition), will be taking all necessary safety measures against COVID-19 to ensure people’s safety.
Never before seen Ghibli material a must-see for fans
Ghibli Park’s “Seishun no Oka” (Hill of Youth) Area ©Studio Ghibli
The exhibition will look back at Studio Ghibli’s past as well as into the studio’s future. Fans will be able to look at construction materials and sketches of Ghibli Park, a new Studi Ghibli themed facility set to open at Aichi Expo Memorial Park in autumn 2022, as well as dolls of the characters from the upcoming animated film Earwig and the Witch which is being written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro. The film was originally scheduled to premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19 and will now be aired by NHK this winter.
The Cat Bus from the Studio Ghibli Museum will also be showcased at the event; stills taken from Studio Ghibli’s films such as Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Kaguya and more will be displayed; there will be a photo spot for taking photos, and much more.
Fans of Spirited Away will also be able to get their own omikuji fortunes from the giant Zeniba and Yubaba faces.
Ghibli no “Dai Janai” Hakurankai (Japanese Name: ジブリの”大じゃない”博覧会)
Running: July 22, 2020 – September 3, 2020
Location: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art Galleries A/B/H/I
Address: 1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays) *Last entries 30 mins before closure
Official Website: https://www.ghibli-daijanaiexpo.jp/
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba x Lagunasia Theme Park Collaboration Event Begins in March
Lagunasia, a theme park managed by Laguna Ten Bosch, has announced an event in collaboration with the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which will run from March 6 to June 5.
©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable
©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable
The event will feature an immersive attraction called “Trial of Recollection: Tanjiro’s Journey” as well as a rally event to hunt down all the stickers around the theme park, a Demon Slayer themed menu line-up, exclusive merchandise, and more.
Further details will be announced in the coming months.
Laguna Ten Bosch x Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Event
Running: March 6, 2021 – June 5, 2021
Location: Lagunasia, Laguna Ten Bosch
Official Website: https://www.lagunatenbosch.co.jp/event/kimetsu/index.html
Netflix Series Rilakkuma and Kaoru Gets Exhibition in Tokyo
An exhibition for the popular stop-motion animation Netflix series Rilakkuma and Kaoru will run at SEIBU Ikebukuro in Tokyo from December 27, 2020 to January 5, 2021. Fans of the series can look forward to plunging themselves into its adorable world with recreated sets, statues, photo spots, limited-edition merchandise, and more.
Stop-motion sets and figures used in the animated series
The actual sets and set pieces used for the stop-motion animation will be exhibited at the event including Kaoru’s apartment, Rilakkuma who looks like he’s about to pop to life, and more.
Stop-motion animation behind-the-scenes
Catch a behind-the-scene glimpse of the efforts put into creating the series including early sketches, character reference, designs, and more.
Take a photo at Kaoru’s apartment
Fans of the series won’t want to miss out on a special photo spot recreating Kaoru’s apartment with Rilakkuma and co waiting to greet you inside.
Over 500 pieces of limited-edition merchandise
Special Replica Plush Toy Korilakkuma With Serial Number | ¥25,300 (300 available in Japan / 200 elsewhere)
Kaoru’s Album Post Card Set | ¥1,650
Plush Pouch | ¥2,200 Each
Fans can get their hands on a selection of exclusive limited-edition merchandise, including a replica Korilakkuma plush toy of which only 200 are available, each with its own unique serial number on the foot.
Designs given randomly
For every ¥5,000 spent in one transaction (tax included), visitors can receive a free original bag. These are available to the first 200 people per day of the exhibition.
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Rilakkuma and Kaoru Exhibition
Running: December 27, 2020 – January 5, 2021
Location: SEIBU Ikebukuro Floor 7F
SEIBU Ikebukuro Official Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/ikebukuro/
Reborn! Anime Series Now Holding Online Exhibition Until February 2020
18.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Japan’s online exhibition service Anique began holding an exhibition on December 10 centred on the popular anime series Katekyō Hitman Reborn!.
Katekyō Hitman Reborn! Riunione
The exhibition welcomes the reunion of the Reborn! characters where they will talk, laugh, and continue the inextinguishable flame that is the Reborn! series.
What’s an Online Exhibition?
Anique’s online exhibitions take place at a real art museum which you can watch for free on a smart device and PC. The exhibition is divided into different rooms focusing on different arcs and episodes from the Reborn! anime series.
[Dec 10-16] Daily Life Arc
[Dec 17-23] Kokuyo Arc
[Dec 24-Jan 6] Varia Arc
[Jan 7-20] Future Arc
[Jan 21-Feb 3] Future Final Battle Arc
[Feb 4-17] All Episodes Exhibit
*Dates subject to change
Fans of the series can come together to comment their love for the series as well as get on group chats. Original artwork has been drawn for the exhibition, and there’s even exclusive merchandise.
The exhibition is currently holding a fan vote for their favourite scenes from the anime series. Winning scenes will be chosen to be displayed at the exhibition.
Voting Dates: December 10, 2020 – December 21, 2020
Exhibition Limited Edition Collection
Fans can remember the exhibition by getting their hands on one of the exclusive items available.
Reborn! Exhibition Exclusive Illustrations (7 Designs) | ¥34,000
7 illustrations have been drawn exclusively for the exhibition and framed. Fans who buy one will also receive a special certificate from the exhibition organisers, Anique.
Reborn! Exhibition Premium Rose Juice & Vongole Glass Set (8 Designs) | ¥12,000
Drink in style with an specially-made rose juice and gorgeous wine glass made in Italy. The bottle’s label features illustrations of the anime characters.
Reborn! Exhibition Smartphone Cases (8 Designs) | ¥3,500
Deck your phone out with one of these 8 Reborn! character cases.
Katekyō Hitman Reborn! Riunione
Running: December 10, 2020 – February 17, 2021 at 11:59am (JST)
Official Website: https://lp.anique.jp/exhibition/reborn/
Tokyo Ghoul Author Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Exhibition Reveals Key Visual
Sui Ishida, the author of the internationally celebrated manga series Tokyo Ghoul which has shipped over 44 million copies worldwide, is getting his first ever large-scale exhibition next year. Titled “Sui Ishida Exhibition [Tokyo Ghoul JACK JEANNE],” the event is set to take place at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo from February 6, 2021 to March 7, 2021 before moving to Fukuoka Asian Art Museum on April 10 where it will run until May 16.
The first key visual for the event has been unveiled which Ishida drew himself for the exhibition. It features the protagonist of his Tokyo Ghoul series Ken Kaneki as well as Kisa Tachibana from his upcoming game JACK JEANNE.
The exhibition is a place to discover all things Sui Ishida and will focus on his career from zero to the spawn Tokyo Ghoul and his upcoming game Nintendo Switch title JACK JEANNE which he designed the characters, created the storyline, illustrations and scenarios for. There will be a range of exhibits, illustrations, and more to see.
Pre-sale tickets to the exhibition were released on Thursday (December 10) via the official websitw. The exhibition will be carrying out capacity restrictions each day in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The exhibition is a must-see for fans of the author’s work.
©Sui Ishida／SHUEISHA ©Sui Ishida／BROCCOLI
*Nintendo Switch is a trademark of Nintendo.
Sui Ishida Exhibition [Tokyo Ghoul JACK JEANNE]
Venue: Sunshine City Exhibition Hall A
Running: February 6, 2021 to March 7, 2021
Times: [Weekdays] 13:00-20:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 10:00-20:00
Venue: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Running: April 10, 2021 – May 16, 2021
Exhibition Official Website: https://www.ishidasui-ten.com
My Neighbor Totoro Bag Hanger Released by Studio Ghibli Store Donguri Kyowakoku
Studio Ghili merchandise store Donguri Kyowakoku, and its online shop Sora no Ue, is now selling a new bag hanger inspired by My Neighbor Totoro.
My Neighbor Totoro Bag Hanger | ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
The hanger is inspired by the opening scene of My Neighbor Totoro when Mei is talking to her father and lines up the yellow flowers.
At first glance, the hanger looks just looks like the flowers, but if you peek a little closer you’ll see small Totoro hiding behind the leaves, crafted with all the little details.
The hanger is perfect for at home or at the office when you want to hang your bag so it doesn’t touch the floor.
Official Website: https://www.benelic.com/service/donguri.php
BUSTERCALL = ONE PIECE Exhibition to Take Place at Yokohama ASOBUILD
The BUSTERCALL Project is holding a One Piece themed exhibition called BUSTERCALL = ONE PIECE Exhibition at Yokohama ASOBUILD from November 20 to December 27 at Yokohama ASOBUILD. BUSTERCALL is a project formed of 200 artists and creators around the world to deliver events and exhibitions centred on the popular manga and anime series One Piece.
At BUSTERCALL = ONE PIECE Exhibition, fans can pick up a range of merchandise as well as make their own original T-shirts at the workshop.
Original Emblem: ¥1,000 (Tax Included) *27 designs
Original T-Shirt: ¥3,500 (Tax Included) WHITE/BLACK SIZES: S/M/L/XL
Fans can make their own original emblems which can be attached to one of 27 different T-shirts.
One Piece fans can also get their hands on a selection of apparel, figures, and other pieces of merchandise, some of which will also be available to buy online in Japan. Some creators are also selling special items in limited quantities.
All fans who visit the art exhibition will get a free original sticker too.
BUSTERCALL = ONE PIECE Exhibition
Venue: ASOBUILD Floor 2F ALE-BOX
Address: 2-14-9 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Running: November 20, 2020 – December 27, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:00)
Official Website: https://jp.bustercall.com
Japan’s Tom and Jerry Exhibition Celebrates 80 Years of the Animated Series
23.November.2020 | SPOT
Tom and Jerry is an animated franchise created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Adored worldwide for its titular rival characters, the hit series has won Academy Awards for Animated Short Film.
The series is now getting its first ever exhibition, and it will take place in Japan, celebrating 80 years of the beloved franchise. Fans can look forward to seeing 250 original illustrations, animation cels from the debut animation short in the series Puss Gets the Boot, rough sketches, storyboards, and more. There will also be exhibits of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons loved by Japanese children.
The Exhibition Break-Down
Chapter One: The Birth of the Legendary Duo
Chapter One of the exhibition will look at the history behind the birth of Tom and Jerry in 1940, and visitors will be able to watch the episodes that received Academy Awards.
Chapter Two: The Charm of the Tom and Jerry Series
The episodes, layout, secondary characters, title backgrounds, and more will be explored in detail. There will also be 3D recreations of Tom being out-done by Jerry.
Chapter Three: Passing Onto Future Generations
This chapter will explore Tom and Jerry from 1986 onwards. Visitors will also be able to see a recreation of the desk of American animator Spike Brandt who worked on numerous Tom and Jerry films.
Chapter Four: Onto Television
Chapter Four will explore the limits of what Hanna-Barbera were able to do in the early days on a low budget. Episodes and sounds nostalgic to Japanese people who grew up with their animations will also be played.
Chapter Five: Tom and Jerry’s Eternal Chase
Exhibits of the Tom and Jerry Show, as well as an exclusive animation made for this exhibition, will be showcased. Visitors can also get their hands on a selection of 200 pieces of exclusive merchandise and pre-sales on original items.
TOM AND JERRY and related characters and elements ⓒ ＆ ™ Tuｒner Entertainment Co. (s20)
Tom and Jerry Exhibition
Running: December 18, 2020 – January 13, 2021 (Except January 1, 2021)
Location: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse 1 Floor 2F, 1-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 10:30-17:00 / [Weekends] 10:00-18:00
Official Website: https://akarenga.yafjp.org/event/tomandjerry/
Attack on Titan The Final Season Themed Cafe to Open in Ikebukuro
Two branches of Animate Cafe, Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3 and Animated Cafe Nagoya 2, are set to collaborate with Attack on Titan from November 25 in promotion of the anime’s upcoming final season which will begin airing on December 7. This marks Animate Cafe’s fourth collaboration with the anime.
Animate Cafe held a poll amongst customers who dined at the previous Attack on Titan collaboration cafes to find out what the most popular dishes were. These have been chosen to go on the menu for this collaboration.
5 Years Colossal Hamburger & Mother’s Handmade Stew | ¥1,000
Eren Meringue & Bertholdt Tart | ¥750
Hange’s Experiment Drink | ¥600
Eren’s Death Wish Drink | ¥600
New additions to the menu include Hange’s Experiment Drink and Eren’s Death Wish Drink.
The Final Season Special Rose Cake | ¥750
Gorgeous Champagne Jelly | ¥600
Big Acrylic Stands (4 Designs) | ¥1,600
Trading Pins (A Group: 6 Designs/B Group: 7 Designs/C Group: 4 Designs) | ¥400 Each
Print Cookies | ¥1,000 Each (Comes with 1 illustration card)
©️Hajime Isayama・Kodansha / Attack on Titan The Final Season Production Committee
Animate Cafe x Attack on Titan The Final Season
Running: November 25, 2020 – December 14, 2020
Locations: Animate Cafe Ikebukuro 3 / Animated Cafe Nagoya
*On November 25, November 27, and weekends, customers must sign up to dine at the cafes – those who sign up will be selected randomly. On all other days, it’s free-entry where you don’t have to book, but keep in mind that the cafe may still be busy on these days.
Official Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/event/shingeki2011/
My Neighbor Totoro Baseball Jacket to be Released by Studio Ghibli Clothing Brand GBL
27.October.2020 | FASHION
Japanese company Benelic revealed a new baseball jacket inspired by Studio Ghibli’s internationally-beloved animated featured film My Neighbor Totoro. The jacket will be released at the Studio Ghibli stores GBL in Japan on October 31, 2020.
My Neighbor Totoro Baseball Jacket – Gale Cat Bus Shibuya ver. | ¥29,800 (Before Tax)
The first edition of this baseball jacket was released in 2018 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro and almost sold out during pre-orders. It is now being re-released to commemorate the recent opening of GBL MIYASHITA PARK with a special Shibuya design.
The body has been changed from black to navy blue, and the sleeves are now embroidered with the Dust Bunnies seen in My Neighbor Totoro.
The front of the Cat Bus on the jacket also reads that its destination is bound for Shibuya, and the inner collar reads ‘2020 Shibuya’ too. Sizes are available from Small to XL. The jacket will also be available to order online in Japan via Sora no Ue from November 4, 2020 at 11:00am (JST).
© Studio Ghibli
My Neighbor Totoro Baseball Jacket – Gale Cat Bus Shibuya ver.
Release Date: October 31, 2020
GBL Official Website: http://www.gbl.tokyo
Demon Slayer Merchandise Collaboration With Onigawara Demon Decorative Tile Makers Announced
Sanshu Onigawara Kogeihen, a traditional crafts company in Takahama, Aichi, which is known for making ‘onigawara’—a type of decorative tile in Japan (kawara) traditionally bearing the face of a demon—has announced a collaboration with the hit TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which will begin in the city of Takahama on October 30, 2020.
The tiles are made by artisans called Onishi and are used for warding away evil spirits and evil in general. For the collaboration, Demon Slayer fans can get their hands on a selection of original kawara tiles, get involved in an Onishi workshop, and more.
Original Kawara Merchandise
Demon Slayer x Kawara
Crafted by a real Onishi, the kawara line-up includes paperweights, magnets, card stands, and other items all with Demon Slayer designs. They can be purchased at the ONI-House tourist information centre, Takahamashi Yakimononosatokawara Museum shop, Sanshu Onigawara Kogeihen’s online shop, and elsewhere.
Onishi Workshop (Reservations Required)
A special workshop will be held by a real Onishi where people can learn to make their own paperweights featuring characters from Demon Slayer. All participants will also receive a free original pin badge and folder. Bookings for December workshops will open at the end of this month (October) and January workshop bookings open in November.
A monument to the 14 Taishi from the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series will be put up in front of Takahama City Hall for a limited time. A selection of exclusive merchandise will also be sold at the city’s tourist information centre and museum shop too.
There is lots planned for this collaboration which is set to run until January 29, 2021. More details can be found on Takahama City’s official website.
Onishi x Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Collaboration
Running: October 30, 2020 – January 29, 2021
Location: Takahama, Aichi
Takahama City Official Website: https://www.city.takahama.lg.jp/
*Event subject to cancellation or postponement depending on the situation of COVID-19
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