Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY Now On Display at Osaka’s ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum

19.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY is currently ongoing at ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum in Osaka until August 30, 2020. Around 500 pieces of art are being shown, celebrating the beloved characters of the Moomin series created by Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson (1914-2001). The exhibition will subsequently move to Sapporo, Kumamoto, and finally Shizuoka once the Osaka one closes up.

The exhibition’s showcase features a specially selected collection from the Moomin Museum—the world’s only museum centred on the Moomins with over 2,000 art pieces on display—illustrations and sketches from Moominvalley, and more. There’s also ukiyo-e paintings alongside the Moomins, celebrating the 100 year friendship between Japan and Finland.

 

The Moomins are popular worldwide, especially in Japan, so if you’re travelling there this year then be sure to visit the exhibition and find out where it’s going next.

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  • Foodies Make Their Way to Zi-tempo’s Pop-Up Eatery in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi PARCO

    18.January.2021 | FASHION / FOOD

    PARCO has teamed up with Kaji Kaji H, Koichi Igarashi—who is known for his work with BEAMS JAPAN’s brand projects—and a certain chief editor at a popular Kansai fashion magazine to open Zi-tempo, a limited-time food spot aimed at foodies that will run for 20-days at PARCO Shinaibashi in Osaka.

     

    Zi-tempo brings together designers from popular fashion brands working in Kansai, editors from fashion magazines, stylists, writers, more to serve up a creative menu by a line-up of individuals not involved in anyway in the food industry. As well as food, visitors can get their hands of a selection of related merchandise, clothing, and more.

     

    The First Serving

    Running: January 13, 2021 – January 19, 2021
    Curry Mala: Enjoy the unique spices of both curry and mala

    Spicy curry has recently become something of a soul food in Osaka. For the first serving, foodies can enjoy discovering a wonderful combination of spices in a selection of curries, as well as a numbing line-up of mala made with mapo tofu. This menu is the creation of ‘R,’ a designer at a fashion brand, and ‘T,’ a former chief editor of a Japanese fashion magazine. R is actually the owner of a popular curry house called COBACHI CURRY in Nakazakicho, while T has tasted countless mapo tofu dishes. This makes them the perfect curry-mala combo for this experiment.

     

    Menu

    ・Curry Mala Shokuhako – ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
    ・Curry Mala 1 (Spice Chai) – ¥500 (Before Tax)
    ・Curry Mala 2 (Spice Highball) – ¥500 (Before Tax)
    ・Curry Mala Hoodie – ¥7,800 (Before Tax)
    ・Curry Mala Long T-Shirt – ¥5,800 (Before Tax)

     

    The Second Serving

    Running: January 20, 2021 – January 26, 2021
    Tacos Variar x Berbers Ya!: Traditional Mexian and Moroccan dishes

    The second serving sees a coming-together of tacos and couscous by two creators working in Kansai: nahonic who works at Tacos Variar at an underground spot in Kansai selling tacos, and stylist Sunny, both of whom enjoy homecooked couscous from their Moroccan mothers growing up. Foodies will get to enjoy both Mexican and Moroccan food at the same time, a perfect opportunity during the current climate when travelling is difficult. There will also be a variety of apparel and goods from creators like the mystery creative group “the golden dawn.”

     

    Menu
    ・1P ¥350 (Before Tax)
    ・2P ¥700(Before Tax)
    ・3P~ ¥300 / 1P(Before Tax)

     

    The Third Serving

    Running: January 27, 2021 – February 1, 2021
    Natouya: Taste and compare an array of natto rice bowls

    Eateries serving gyudon, or beef rice bowls, never fail to bring in repeat customers for their cheap prices, quick service, and delicious taste. But our heal is the most important thing, so why not change it up once in a while with a natto rice bowl? At the event, foodies get to tuck into a selection of dishes using 5 different kinds of natto beans that vary in size and colour, served sticky, yummy, and in generous portions. These natto rice bowls were conceived by Murakami, a researcher of natto and editor of a certain fashion magazine. There will also be goods from natto apparel brand NNBean, natto crockery, and plenty of other things for lovers of natto to enjoy.
     

    Menu

    ・Five Bean Natto Rice Bowl – ¥900 (Before Tax)
    ・NNBean Sweater – ¥7,100 (Before Tax)
    ・NNBean Long T-Shirt – ¥5,800 (Before Tax)
    ・Natto Plate – ¥4,200 (Before Tax)

    If you’re in Osaka throughout January, and love food, don’t miss out on a unique eating experience over at Zi-tempo.

  • Universal Studios Japan Announces Easter Universal Celebration 2021

    13.January.2021 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan is set to spring into Easter starting on March 12 with the announcement of Universal Easter Celebration 2021. This year, which marks the 20th anniversary since USJ opened, will see the park’s cute and iconic characters once again lull guests into an unforgettable Easter dream at Universal Wonderland and Minion Park.

     

    Universal Easter Celebration

    USJ will see colourful pastel decorations cover the Universal Wonderland and Minion Park areas, and the characters too will be dressed in their seasonal Easter costumes. A special Easter rendition of the Wonderland Seasons Joy show will also take place to commemorate the park’s 20th anniversary with song and dance.

    Wonderland Seasons Joy ~Easter Ver.~

    Minion Park Easter

    The park will also introduced a special egg hunt after Elmo and the Minions dropped some of their eggs. If you manage to find them all you get a limited-edition gold medal. USJ is also taking the Easter festivities online too with a special celebratory live stream called Let’s Cooking! Kawaii Easter Party

     

    WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s21)
Minions and all related elements and indicia TM & © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
TM & © 2021 Sesame Workshop
© 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC TM & © Universal Studios & Amblin Entertainment
Universal Studios Japan TM & © Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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  • Super Nintendo World Releases Virtual Tour of Entire Theme Park Area

    07.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) announced last month that its highly-anticipated new Super Nintendo World area will open on February 4, 2021, which also happens to fall on the day of USJ’s 20th anniversary.

     

    Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.

     

    With just one month left until the grand opening, USJ has launched a special website for Super Nintendo World which offers a virtual tour through each part of the new theme park area. Mario fanatics are sure to be delighted by the adornments from Bowser’s Castle to Pipes, Mushrooms, Question blocks, and more, as well as familiar faces like Goombas, Thwomps, Yoshi—the list goes on.

     

    Accessing the site will bring you to an overview of the map. As you scroll down the website takes you on a virtual journey to each of its iconic attractions, all of which are designed to make you feel like you’re really in the world of Super Mario.

  • Doraemon Future Department Store to Open Pop-Up Shop in Osaka and Nagoya

    26.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Doraemon’s official shop Doraemon Future Department Store, which is located in Odaiba, Tokyo, is celebrating its 1st anniversary of opening this December by opening two limited-time shops in Osaka and Nagoya this month and January respectively. Fans can get their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise and more.

     

    Customise Service

    The pop-up shops will offer a customisation service which lets customers have different embroideries put into the T-shirts, tote bags, and other merch they buy. The work is done on the spot by hand so you can see the result of what will be a very special item of which only one exists in the world. Perfect for Doraemon fans and gifts to friends and family.

     

    Post Office

    The shop will offer a postal service for sending off Doraemon letters and postcards with original Doraemon stamps.

     

    Bonus Items

    1st Anniversary Postcard

    Mini Tote Bag

    Those who buy anything from the department stores will receive a free 1st anniversary postcard. And for every ¥5,000 spent (tax included) they’ll get a mini tote bag. These are all limited in stock so you’ll want to get them while they’re hot.

     

    If you’re in Osaka or Nagoya over the New Year be sure to pay a visit to the Doraemon Future Department Store pop-up shops.

     

    ©Fujiko-Pro

  • Netflix Series Rilakkuma and Kaoru Gets Exhibition in Tokyo

    25.December.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    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.

     

    Bonus Items

    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.

     

    © 2020 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • A Dream Collaboration Between Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi Announced For Hirakata Park

    20.December.2020 | SPOT

    Hirakata Park in Osaka has announced a special collaborative event with San-X’s popular characters Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi which will begin on March 6, 2021.

    Park entrance

    Rilakkuma and friends as well as the characters of Sumikko Gurashi will both have their own special pavilions raised at the park entrance. At the Rilakkuma tent, the cute bear and his comrades where will be showcasing their three fundamental elements that go into having a leisurely and relaxing time. Over at the Sumikko Gurashi tent, you’ll get a peek into the lives of these cute characters which are known for their lifestyle of dwelling in the corner.

    The event will welcome a range of original Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi themed food and merchandise too.

     

    ©2020 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • 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.

     

    Episode Rooms
    [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.

     

    Event

    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.

    ©︎天野明/集英社・テレビ東京・リボーン製作委員会

  • teamLab Borderless Shanghai Opens Museum Shop Selling Eco-Friendly Folding Rice Bag

    14.December.2020 | SPOT

    Art collective teamLab opened a shop at their Shanghai-based art museum teamLab Borderless Shanghai on Saturday (December 5). teamLab Borderless Shanghai opened its doors in Huangpu, Shanghai, in November 2019, displaying around 50 pieces of artwork by teamLab. The company’s Borderless project is a ‘world of artworks without boundaries, a museum without a map.’

    The museum’s new shop sellings a variety of items, from stickers to postcards to the official teamLab Folding Rice Bag. More items are scheduled to be added to the stock in the future.

     

    teamLab Folding Rice Bag

    The eco bag can be folded up and stored when not in use. It’s a 30kg rice bag that was acquired directly from the farmer, originally used for storing rice before milling and would normally be discarded after use. It’s traditionally used to store and sell rice. Still present in the Japanese countryside today, these bags are made of strong, durable materials that protect the rice inside from moisture and damage. The bag is made of paper, and it can be folded up and stored in your pocket for use at any time.

  • Tokyo Ghoul Author Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Exhibition Reveals Key Visual

    12.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    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.

  • Japan’s Moomin Cafe Releases Christmas Takeout Food For the 2020 Holiday Season

    02.December.2020 | FOOD

    Moomin Cafe branches around Japan, which are themed on the Swedish fairy-tale Moomin books, released their Christmas menu on November 20.


    Moomin Cafe Winter Season Menu | ¥4,800 (Before Tax) *Photo is a portion for 2

    The seasonal menu is a very special set containing a burger, chicken, salmon milk soup, raspberry juice (which is adored by the Moomin family), and more, so you can eat heartily like the Moomins this winter.

    Souvenir Cup (2 Designs)

    Visitors can also order a dessert and choose from two different mugs. Takeout is available at each of the cafes so you enjoy a Moomin Christmas at home.

    Table reservations are available via the Moomin Cafe website so customers can ensure they can get booked in during the busy holiday season.

     

    If you’re in Japan for Christmas then don’t miss out on a visit to the Moomin cafe.

     

    ©Moomin Characters TM

  • KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory Themed Cafes to Open in Japan This Holiday Season

    01.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese company LEGS has announced the opening of two limited-time cafes themed on the video game KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory which will run from December 11, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

     

    KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory is a rhythm action game developed by Square Enix. Released on November 11 in Japan and November 13 everyone else, it is the latest instalment to Square Enix and Disney’s video game series Kingdom Hearts.

     

    The cafe menu features a line-up of dishes, drinks, and desserts inspired by characters and worlds found throughout the internationally-beloved video game series. The items all adhere to Disney’s nutrient guidelines and so are low in salt and sugar, offering fans a healthier option. The cafe will also sell a range of original merchandise.

     

    The Menu

    Food (Excerpt)

    <Sora> Power of Waking Tomato Pasta | ¥1,599

    A red tomato pasta inspired by Sora that comes with a potato salad shaped like King Mickey.


    <Riku> Daybreak Chicken Burger | ¥1,599

    A black chicken burger based on Riku becoming enveloped by the Power of Darkness. This dish also comes with a potato salad shaped like King Mickey.


    <King Mickey> King’s Tuna Sandwich | ¥1,399, with plate +¥2,000

    A tuna sandwich branded with a King Mickey symbol that comes with a side of fruit.


    <Neverland> Island Seafood Curry | ¥1,699

    A squid and shrimp seafood curry inspired by Peter Pan’s Neverland which you can travel to in Kingdom Hearts.

     

    Drinks (Excerpt)


    <Sora, Riku & Kairi> Fate’s Pineapple Herb Soda | ¥899, with acrylic coaster +¥1,000

    A pineapple herb soda based on the Paopu Fruit from the series.


    <Roxas, Xion, Axel> Sea Salt Ice Cream & Milk | ¥1,199, with acrylic coaster +¥1,000

    Based on the sea salt ice cream that Roxas, Xion, and Axel all eat together. It’s served with hot milk that can be poured over the ice cream for a tasty treat.


    <Hundred Acre Wood> Honey Latte | ¥799, with mug +¥1,650

    A latte sweetened with Winnie the Pooh’s favourite thing in the world: honey.

     

    Merchandise (Excerpt)

    Folder ¥500 / Acrylic Magnet ¥700


    Tote Bags (3 Designs) | ¥3,500 Each (Timeless River/Keyblade A/Keyblade B)

     

    Bonus Items

    Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 before tax) and order from the menu will receive one of two folders, and if they order a drink, one of four coasters. Available while supplies last.

    © Disney. © Disney/Pixar.

    *All prices listed are pre-tax

  • Super Nintendo World Theme Park Area to Open at Universal Studios Japan in February 2021

    01.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced that its highly-anticipated new Super Nintendo World area will open on February 4, 2021, which also happens to fall on the day of USJ’s 20th anniversary.

     

    Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.

    While the grand opening is still a couple of months away, USJ is teasing fans by unveiling a portion of the park’s Mario Kart-themed ride which takes place inside of a reconstructed Bowser’s Castle.

     

    Bowser’s Castle

    Bowser’s Castle stands as one of the main symbols of Super Nintendo World. It’s a faithful recreation with towering stone walls, thick and heavy steel doors, pointed iron fencing, and more, not to mention the enormous stone Bowser statue that adorns the middle of the winding staircase ready to greet guests. There are plenty of thrills and chills to look forward to inside the castle of the King Koopa himself.

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge will open as the world’s first theme park ride centred on the popular video game series Mario Kart.

    Thomas Garrity (Universal Creative, Executive Producer) | Comment

    “Deep inside Bowser’s Castle lies Mario Kart: Bowser’s Castle, a collaborative effort between Nintendo and Universal Studio’s Creative Team to recreate the world of the hugely popular Mario Kart series which has sold over 150 million copies. Guests will put on their headsets and experience limitless excitement and thrills as they speed around courses.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge is an XR ride that lets people feel like they are inside the world of Mario Kart while in the real world. The ride will feature all the details fans of the video game series are familiar with as they drift and spin around exciting courses alongside the game’s characters while collecting items from boxes to use on their opponents.

    The attraction makes use of AR and projection mapping technology to make the game as immersive as possible. Fans are sure to love driving through their favourite courses and scenes recreated using leading-edge technology. The attraction is six years in the making and the results of efforts between Nintendo’s Creative Team, USJ, and the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto himself.

     

    Endless fun for fans of Mario

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as a themed cafe, merchandise shops—the list goes on. There is endless amount of fun for fans to feel a part of the Nintendo world as they take up the role of Mario and hit blocks to receive coins, collect items, and much more.

     

    Guests will be able to purchase the Power Up Band, a wristband that works together with a smartphone app that allows you to collect virtual coins by punching Questions Blocks like Mario which are scattered around the park. Scores can be seen on the leaderboard so you can see how you stack up against other players.

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