Mickey Mouse Exhibition ‘THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND’ to be Held in Roppongi

23.September.2020 | 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.

 

Walt Disney’s concepts and ideas are formed around innovation, creativity, imagination, and storytelling. And one character who walked that journey with him and continues to this day is none other than the iconic Mickey Mouse, who since making his first appearance in Steamboat Willie in 1928, has gone on to be a symbol of the Walt Disney Company loved by people the world over.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in New York

The Mickey: The True Original Exhibition held in New York looked at how Mickey Mouse has influenced art and pop culture over the years, covering everything from Steamboat Willie which hailed as Walt Disney’s first black and white sound film to over 100 colour short animations, artwork, and more.

Keiichi Tanaami – “Mickey’s Japan Tourism”

Javier Sanchez Medina – “Studio for Mickey’s hands”

The exhibition was ran from November 2018 to February 2019 and saw installations from over 20 international artists including New York-based artist Daniel Arsham and Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer Brian Roettinger.

Brian Roettinger – “(L)imitation of Sound”

DRx – “3000% Mickey Be@r”

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 Beyond zone will welcome original artwork from five Japanese artists.

 

Original Merchandise – Pin Badge

Original Merchandise – Ballpoint Pen

The exhibition’s museum shop will have exclusive Mickey Mouse merchandise for sale, as well as pre-sales on other items. See new official goods from works like Steamboat Willie and Fantasia as well as items designed by Japanese artists. It’s a chance to see Mickey in a variety of different ways.

Free eco-bag

Visitors to the exhibition will also receive one of four original eco-bags for free upon arrival.

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    From Hello Kitty to Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, and more – Sanrio’s internationally adored cast of characters can be universally agreed to be representatives of Japan culture of ‘kawaii.’ In celebration of Sanrio’s 60th anniversary, the company have announced an exhibition centred on the beginning of kawaii culture. The event will take place at TOKYO CITY VIEW from September 17, 2021 to January 10, 2022.

     

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    Sebastian Masuda’s iconic artwork is the centrepiece of the exhibition

     

    Entrance exhibit in the daytime

    At the entrance of the venue is the Unforgettable Tower, a symbolic art piece by Sebastian Masuda created exclusively for this exhibition which towers 6 meters tall. It’s made up of countless plushies of Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty.

    Entrance exhibit in the evening

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    © 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. SP610376

     

    Shouta Aoi’s voice as the tour guide

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    A themed menu created for the Tokyo exhibition

    From Left: Anniversary Afternoon Tea / Hello Kitty Daisuki Fried Apple Mille-Feuille / Cinnamoroll’s Balloon Trip

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    THE SUN & THE MOON, a cafe and restaurant fusion on the same floor of the exhibition, will serve up food, desserts, and non-alcoholic cocktails inspired by the Sanrio characters. Special seasonal afternoon tea sets will also be sold on Halloween, Christmas, and more too.

     

    Dates
    Restaurant: September 17, 2021 – January 10, 2022

    Cafe: December 15, 2021 – January 10, 2021

    *Closed December 21-26

     

    The main exhibition

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    © 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. SP610376

    © 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. SP610376

    © 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. SP610376

    One of the six zones will look into secrets of Sanrio through the globally-beloved kawaii icon Hello Kitty. Another will display outfits such as the Hello Kitty dress worn by Lady Gaga.

     

    Original merchandise

    A small peek at just some of the items available

    © 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. SP610376

    Sanrio fans can also get their hands on a collection of merchandise with designs ranging from the exhibition’s main visual to classic designs. There will be over 100 items to sift through.

     

    Tickets for the exhibition will be available from August 1. A limited number of special tickets that include free merch will also be released.

    © 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. SP610376

  • Showa Summer Dessert Drinks Get Served Up at AWESOME STORE & CAFE IKEBUKURO in Tokyo

    22.July.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    AWESOME STORE & CAFE IKEBUKURO is now serving up two new summer-exclusive dessert drinks inspired by the Japanese Showa era. The ‘Imitation Gold’ and ‘Blue Light Awesome’ are both available now until September 26.


    Imitation Gold: ¥467 (Tax Included) / Blue Light Awesome: ¥467 (Tax Included) *both served in plastic cups (see below)

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    Chocolate High | ¥396 (Tax Included)

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    AWESOME Organic Coffee (Hot/Iced) | From ¥217 (Tax Included)

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    21.July.2021 | FASHION

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    renacnatta is a brand which weaves clothes using deadstock fabric from Japan and Italy and by using traditional Japanese weaving techniques.

     

    Skirts

    Banshu Mermaid Wrap Skirt – Matinee|Collaboration with Shiki Theatre Company | ¥35,200 (Tax Included)

    Banshu Mermaid Wrap Skirt – Soiree|Collaboration with Shiki Theatre Company | ¥35,200 (Tax Included)

     

    Neckties

    Banshu Tie – Matinee|Collaboration with Shiki Theatre Company | ¥9,350 (Tax Included)

    Banshu Tie – Soiree|Collaboration with Shiki Theatre Company | ¥9,350 (Tax Included)

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    20.July.2021 | SPOT

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    Artwork on the columns at Bunkamura

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    Atsuhi Ito | Comment

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    20.July.2021 | SPOT

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    The archway at the entrance is a gateway to a world of wonder. From the moment you step into the house, the excitement is bound to build.

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    The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, fridge, and other daily necessities. Colourful KAWAII tablewares are lined up so that you can enjoy the world of the room more.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS

    The first room  ‘SAKURA’

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    The second room ‘ORIGAMI’

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    The third room ‘DOSUKOI’

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    The rooftop

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    Why don’t you create your own story at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS, a place full of unique concepts that you can only experience here?

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    Kit Oisix Lilo & Stitch Hawaiian Loco Moco

    Recipe book contents page

    Recipe book step example

    Summer Challenge from Donald section

    Summer Challenge from Donald work sheet

    A child taking on Donald’s summer cooking challenge

    The ingredients and recipe book delivered with the Donald Duck Kit Oisix

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    The ingredients and recipe book delivered with the Lilo & Stitch Kit Oisix

    Lunch Mat

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    19.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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    The exhibition is a powered up version of the original exhibition that took place from 2017 to 2019. It will feature lots more artwork for fans of the series to enjoy. The key visual for the exhibition is based on the original monochrome illustration that Arakawa drew 20 years ago to announce the manga’s serialization. She has redrawn it with colours for the exhibition.

     

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  • Veuve Clicquot La Grande x Yayoi Kusama Collaboration Gets Restocked

    19.July.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    First released in 2020, the limited-edition Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012 Yayoi Kusama is set to be restocked in limited quantities. To promote the re-release, three pop-up shops are set to open in Japan: one in Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store from July 28 to August 3, another in Iwataya Mitsukoshi from August 14 to August 17, and another in Mitsukoshi Nagoya Sakae Store LACHIC from August 14 to August 22.

     

    Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012 Yayoi Kusama Gift Box | ¥27,740 (Tax Included)

     

    Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store Pop-Up Shop

    Iwataya Mitsukoshi Pop-Up Shop

    Mitsukoshi Nagoya Sakae Store LACHIC Pop-Up Shop

    Yayoi Kusama

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    The Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012 Yayoi Kusama Gift Box can be bought at the three stores, and at LACHIC, you can try a glass of the champagne.

  • Manga Artist Arina Tanemura Opens Cafes Based On Seven of Her Series Including Phantom Thief Jeanne

    19.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    Two branches of Animate Cafe in Ikebukuro and Nagoya are celebrating seven manga works of manga artist Arina Tanemura including I.O.NPhantom Thief JeanneTime Stranger KyokoFull Moon o SagashiteSakura Hime: The Legend of Princess SakuraThe Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross, and Neko to Watashi no Kinyōbi.

     

    The collaboration will run from July 28 to August 23. Table reservations must be made for those wanting to dine from July 28 to August 1 as well as on weekends and public holidays. Reservations are not required for all other days.

    Arina Tanemura Precious Wedding Party at Animate Cafe

     

     

    The Menu Line-Up (Excerpt)

     

    Full Moon o Sagashite: Negi Ramen Lunch | ¥980 (Tax Included)

    Arina’s Precious Wedding Plate | ¥1,300 (Tax Included)

    Phantom Thief Jeanne: Tiramisu | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross: Glass Dessert | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    I.O.N: Drink | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Phantom Thief Jeanne: Sindbad | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Time Stranger Kyoko: Crystal Stranger | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Full Moon o Sagashite: Honey Hot Milk | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross: Espresso | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura: Soda | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Neko to Watashi no Kinyōbi: Curry Soup With Bread | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Free coaster with every menu order

     

    Exclusive Merchandise (Excerpt)

    Big Acrylic Stand (Wedding Ver.) | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)

    Wedding Card | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    CoLotta Acrylic Plate Keyrings | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    Big Ribbon Pouch | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)

    Stamp Card Campaign

    Arina Tanemura made her debut in the shojo manga magazine Ribbon Original in 1996 with her short manga The Style of the Second Love. In 1998, she garnered mainstream popularity when her work Phantom Thief Jeanne began serialisation which has over 5.5 million copies in circulation. Some of her other famous works including Full Moon o SagashiteSakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, and The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross. In 2015, she worked as the character designer for the smartphone game IDOLiSH7.



    This marks her third cafe collaboration, and this time it’s themed on a ‘Precious Wedding Party’ with food inspired by the characters from her stories as well as exclusive merchandise.

     

    ©種村有菜/集英社

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