Demon Slayer Exhibition to Open at Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido

09.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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.

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    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.

     

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  • 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

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    Chapter Three: Passing Onto Future Generations

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    Chapter Four: Onto Television

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    Chapter Five: Tom and Jerry’s Eternal Chase

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  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Collaborates With Fujifilm’s instax Cameras

    20.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

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    First introduced in 1998, the instax instant camera allows users to take and produce photos on the spot. The new Demon Slayer models are packed in limited-edition boxes in promotion of the recently-released anime film Demon Slayer: Mugen Train which hit theatres in Japan on October 16, 2020.

    Tanjiro Model

    Nezuko Model

    The collaboration uses the instax mini 11 model as its base are adds motifs that reference Tanjiro and Nezuko.

    Each comes with its own themed accessories too including a shoulder pouch and camera strap. All these items are exclusive to those who purchase the box.

     

    More info as well as a promotional video can be found over on instax’s official website here.

     

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  • Hoshino Resorts Tomamu’s Ice Village Will Be Open For Winter 2020-2021

    18.November.2020 | SPOT

    Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, Hokkaido’s top snow resort where you can stay, has announced that this year’s Ice Village will open from December 10, 2020 to March 14, 2021.

     

    Ice Village opens up at Tomamu in wintertime only and has done so every year since 1998. It boasts 3.2 hectares of land and houses 10 enormous igloos to create a little village of ice. At its lowest, the temperature there can drop to -30°C which is what works the magic behind the Ice Village.

     

    Many events around Hokkaido have been cancelled this year as a result of the pandemic, and so Tomamu has decided to remain open to both guests and non-guests while operating under strict countermeasures against COVID-19. This way, people can still enjoy the wonderful winter season of Hokkaido. This year sees the opening of the Ice Milk Cafe and Ice Fruit shop in the Ice Village where they can order a variety of food and drink to take out onto the Ice Terrace. There’s even the Ice Hotel and Ice Chapel.

     

    Draw fresh milk from the Ice Milk Cafe

    The one-meter tall Ice Milk Bottle lets visitors who order a glass of Ice Milk at the Milk Cafe draw fresh Tomamu Milk which has a distinctly deep flavour during winter. You can also mix the milk on an ice sheet to create gelato.

     

    Ice Milk Cafe

    Opening Hours: 17:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

     

    Enjoy chilled fruits at the Ice Fruit Shop

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    Ice Fruit Shop
    Opening Hours: 17:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

     

    Enter a magical frozen world at the Ice Terrace

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    Ice Terrace
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    Order a crisp drink at the Ice Bar

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    Ice Bar

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    Dogs are allowed at the Ice Hotel

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    The Ice Chapel made entirely of ice

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    Visiting Times: 17:45 / 19:45 / 21:45 (10 minutes each)
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    Crafts at the Ice Atelier and shopping at the Ice General Store

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    Ice Atelier / Ice General Shop
    Opening Hours: 17:00-22:00

     

    Kids and adults can have fun at the Ice Slide and Ice Rink

    The Ice Slide is the most popular part of the Ice Village where kids and adults alike can slide down and overlook the bustling village. Right next to the slide is the Ice Rink, another bustling spot popular with visitors.

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    3rd Key Visual & New Promotional Video

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    Akaza is a new face in the anime adaptation

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    Kyojuro Rengoku’s father, Shinjuro Rengoku, is voiced by Rikiya Koyama (Yamato in Naruto Shippuden and Kogoro Mouri in Case Closed), while his younger brother, Senjuro Rengoku, is voiced by Junya Enoki who voiced Peter Parker and Spiderman in the Japanese dub of Marvel’s Avengers film series as well as the Spider-Man films.

     

    Akira Ishida (Voices: Akaza) | Comment

    “When I read the script, I saw how it certainly isn’t wrong that Akaza is a character who makes sense when it comes to good and evil. And not just him either. Kyojuro is like that too. And they both clash when it comes to these two things, and I found that dynamic to be really interesting. I hope people get to enjoy it at the cinema.”

     

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  • Demon Slayer Merchandise Collaboration With Onigawara Demon Decorative Tile Makers Announced

    24.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    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.

    Other Merchandise

    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.

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge/Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Collaborates With Kyoto’s Famous Kabuki Theatre Minami-za

    21.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Minami-za, one of the most respected kabuki theatres in Japan, has announced a special exhibition in collaboration with the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which will run from November 6 to 23.

     

    Minami-za is the oldest theatre in Japan and is registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of Japan. The Demon Slayer exhibition will feature displays, decorations, and a range of exclusive merchandise.

     

    Lobby Exhibit

    Fans will find a range of character boards displayed at the entrance lobby to Minami-za with the characters donning traditional kabuki attire.

     

    Special Stage Photo Spots

    Cut-outs of the main cast of characters will be displayed on stage. People will be able to stand up on stage and take photos with the characters in this unique collaboration with kabuki.

     

    Signboard

    An original signboard will be displayed at the entrance to Minami-za.

     

    Free Bonus Items

    All customers who visit the theatre will receive one of these 18 possible coasters for free.

     

    Merchandise

    Those who hold a ticket to the event will be able to purchase a selection of original merchandise at the theatre. The items will also be sold online at Shochiku Kabuki-ya Honpo.

    Teabags (4 Flavours) | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    Special teabags will also be sold at the Tokyo and Kobikicho Square branches of Shochiku Kabuki-ya Honpo as well as their online website between October 21 and 23.

     

    Tickets to the event are available via Lawson in Japan.

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge/Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

  • Demon Slayer Confections Slash Their Way Into Lawson Convenience Stores in Japan

    16.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Bandai Candy’s character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas collaborating with the popular TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba to release two confections themed on the show’s main characters Tanjiro Kamado and Nezuko Kamado as well as a collection of tarts. The sweet treats will hit the chilled desserts corner of Lawson convenience stores in Japan on October 20, 2020.

     

    Tabemas x Demon Slayer


    Tabemas x Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Tanjiro Kamado/Nezuko Kamado) – ¥264 Each (Before Tax)

    The tarts feature all the little details of the beloved characters, from the scar on Tanjiro’s forehead and his earrings to the bamboo pipe in his sister Nezuko’s mouth and her hair adornment. It also captures the designs of their clothes. Both are filled with Japanese red bean paste with Tanjiro being chocolate flavoured and Nezuko strawberry flavoured.

     

    Demon Slayer Tarts


    Demon Slayer Tarts | ¥231 (Before Tax)

    An assortment of biscuit base tarts laced with caramel mousse. The tart designs feature a range of popular characters from the anime series including the Kamado siblings, Zenitsu, Inosuke, Shinobu, and Tomioka.

     

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. The popular series has over 100 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, which is being animated by ufotable, is set for release tomorrow on October 16, 2020 will serve as a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series.

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge/Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

  • Tokyo’s Mickey Mouse Exhibition ‘THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND’ Previews 5 Japanese Artworks

    14.October.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    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

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