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
200 Varieties of Japanese Iris to Bloom at Odawara Flower Garden
10.January.2021 | SPOT
The plum blossoms of Odawara Flower Garden, which is located in Odawara, Kanagawa, are at the height of their blossom right now. The park’s Keiryu no Baien (“Mountain Stream Plum Garden”) area boasts the largest collection of plum blossoms in Japan’s Kanto region, with 480 trees spanning 200 species.
480 individual Japanese ayame plum blossoms of 200 varieties will adorn the garden once again this year. The event has a different theme each year, with this year’s focusing on the interweaving of red and white coloured flowers on each tree branch.
Visitors will be able to see the beautiful colour combination from many different iris varieties such as the murui-shibori which sometimes sees red safflowers come to life, the wachigai which witnesses wonderful variegated flowering, the impeccably beautiful maki-tateyama, and more.
2021 Keiryu no Baien
Running: January 23, 2021 – March 7, 2021
Location: Odawara Flower Garden
Address: 3798-5 Kuno, Odawara, Kanagawa
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
*No holidays for the duration of the event – open every day
Keiryu no Baien Guide Tour
Takayuki Otsubo, the president of the garden, is also an advisor on the management of its plants. He will be offering a detailed tour for the event.
Date: February 21, 2021
Times: 10:30 / 13:30 (1 hour each)
Capacity: 30 per slot (first-come, first-served)
*Tour will be held seated indoors if it rains
Keiryu no Baien Flowers and Kimono Girls
A kimono rental and fitting service will be available at the event so visitors can take photo next to the gorgeous flowers while adorned in traditional Japanese dress.
Date: February 13, 2021
Time: 9:30-16:00 (Bookable slots)
Price: ¥3,000 (Tax/Rental/Fitting included)
No. of People: 15 (Booking required)
Bookings: By phone call by February 7, 2021
*Must be at least 140m tall
*Visitors are asked to do their own makeup
*Male kimono are available in limited quantities
The Odawara Flower Garden cafe, Cafe Hibiscus, is serving a selection of plum blossom themed meals and drinks for the festival. This includes the above-pictured new soba noodle dish, which is topped with plum pulp grown in Odawara as well as kamaboko fish cake, shrimp fritters, and spring onion. The broth in particular is worth of note which the staff went to great lengths to create. There’s also plum blossom ice cream too made with nanko plums, as well as other delicious bites.
Plum Blossom Festival Soba Noodles – ¥600 (Tax Included) / With Drink ¥700 (Tax Included)
Plum Ice Cream – ¥380 (Tax Included)
Location: Cafe Hibiscus
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00 (Last Orders 15:30)
*No holidays for the duration of the event – open every day
Plum Blossom Souvenirs
A selection of plum blossom-themed souvenirs will be available like umeboshi dried plum, plum jelly, and more.
Available: From early January 2021
Location: Entrance souvenir corner
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
Odawara Flower Garden
Address: 3798-5 Kuno, Odawara-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Official Website: https://www.seibu-la.co.jp/odawarafg/
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse x One Piece Spin Off Story Celebrates Manga’s 1000th Chapter
The Japanese branch of the New York-based steakhouse Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is celebrating the 1,000th chapter of the Weekly Shonen Jump manga series One Piece by creating an original spin-off story animation which will be posted on their official homepage and social media accounts at the end of January.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is a steakhouse hailing from New York. Wolfgang Zwiener opened the chain over 40 years ago and it has gone on to open several branches in Japan, the first being in Roppongi in Tokyo followed by Marunouchi, Osaka, and Fukuoka. A new brand, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Signature, opened in Aoyama, Tokyo.
What tasty story awaits the Straw Hat Pirates? We will find out at the end of this month!
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse x One Piece Collaboration
Showcasing: End of January 2021 to end of October 2021
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Official Website: http://wolfgangssteakhouse.jp/
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wolfgangssteakhouse.jp
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Official Instagram: ＠wolfgangssteakhousejapan
Natural and Organic Cosmetic Shop Biople by CosmeKitchen to Open New Branch in Shichirigahama
07.January.2021 | FASHION
Biople by CosmeKitchen, a Japanese natural and organic select shop stocking everything from cosmetics to vitamins and more, has announced the opening of a new branch in Shichirigahama for early February. The ocean-facing store aims to promote the organic life to the people of Shichirigahama, a beach near Kamakura.
Just as we have a beautiful sunrise and sunset each day, Biople by CosmeKitchen’s outlook centres on helping people feel good all day long with its diverse stock of natural and organic products. Biople by CosmeKitchen Shichirigahama will promote a healthy and beautiful organic life while capturing the culture and energy of the locals.
An exclusive line-up for the beach lovers of Shichirigahama
The new store will of course stock Biople by CosmeKitchen’s line-up of self-care items for both the inner and outer body, but it will also sell a range of items exclusive to the Shichirigahama branch. Customers can enjoy sifting through around 60 items from sun care supplements to UV cream and more.
To promote the protection of our beautiful oceans, the Shichirigahama store will also used limited-edition packaging from the New Zealand-based sustainability brand ecostore.
Biople by CosmeKitchen Shichirigahama will begin taking pre-sales of a new starter kit which contains mini skincare, hair care, body care, and other products.
Biople by CosmeKitchen Shichirigahama
Address: Weekend House Alley 1F, 1-1-1 Shichirigahama, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Grand Opening: Early February 2021
Official Website: https://store.biople.jp/
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
Rapeseed Flower Festival Offers a View of 100,000 Plants With Mount Fuji in the Background
12.December.2020 | SPOT
The Rapeseed Flower Festival is set to bloom on Soleil Hill, a park in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, from December 18 when around 100,000 bright yellow rapeseed flowers will shine across the flower beds.
Turnip Rape (Photo taken December 1, 2020)
Soleil Hill is a 5,000㎡ rolling expanse in the Miura Peninsula in Yokosuka, Kanagawa. The turnip rape is an early springtime flower that is blooming around a month earlier this December due to there not having been many typhoon disasters in the area this year, which will welcome the flower’s peak blossom.
Photo taken last year with 100,000 turnip rapes, Sagami Bay, and Mount Fuji in the shot
The flowers bloom for a long period from December to March, around 100 days, and the incredible view can be enjoyed with Sagami Bay and Mount Fuji in the background.
Rapeseed Flower Festival
Photo taken last year at the of December with the rapeseeds in full bloom
The Rapeseed Flower Festival will run from December 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020 in line with the turnip rape’s peak blossom. Visitors can enjoy a selection of food inspired by the flower beds and view as well as take part in a variety of programs.
Mount Fuji & Rapeseed Curry | ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
The Mount Fuji & Rapeseed Curry is inspired by the view of Mount Fuji and the flower beds during a sunset as represented by the red curry.
Rapeseed Herbarium Workshop | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
Visitors can try making their own rapeseed herbarium in a bottle at the crafts workshop too.
Rapeseed Flower Festival
Running: December 18, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Location: Yokosuka Soleil Hill
Address: 4 Chome Nagai, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
Opening Hours: [March-November] 9:00-18:00 / [December-February] 9:30-17:00
Official Website: https://www.seibu-la.co.jp/soleil/
*Event is subject to postponement or cancellation depending on the pandemic
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/
One Piece x Shu Uemura Makeup Collection is a Pirate Girl’s Dream
The second instalment of the “Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection” finally launched on November 15. The collection was first announced back in September with the first instalment released on November 1.
The special collection is inspired by the brave and heroic Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates from One Piece, one of Japan’s biggest manga and anime franchises. The second instalment welcomes a new collection of highlighters, makeup brushes, and more for the holiday season.
Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection
Fearless Crew Highlighter Gold Feast / Fearless Crew Highlighter Romance Dawn (¥5,000 Each Before Tax)
Smooth, silky highlight powder to accentuate the face. Colours include shining gold which glistens like pearls and sun-basked peach. These highlighters capture the lively energy of Nami and Robin.
Fearless Crew Premium Brush Set (¥6,500 Before Tax) | Includes: Face Brush, Cheek Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, and Eyebrow Brush
The high quality mini brush set includes a face brush, cheek brush, eyeshadow brush, and eyebrow brush. Their small sizes makes them conveniently portable for the party season. They come in a marine blue bag with the Straw Hat Pirates on the front of it.
Petal 55 Foundation Brush (¥6,000 Before Tax)
A high quality Shu Uemura brush with beautiful form and functionality crafted by the brand’s makeup artists. Their foundation brushes are very popular for layering the perfect base makeup.
Wanted Gold Eyelash Curler (¥2,000 Before Tax)
Add some volume to those lashes with this golden pair of curlers equipped with a One Piece skull charm.
©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation
Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection
Japan Release: Instalment Two – November 15, 2020
Product Page: https://www.shuuemura.jp/holiday-collection/
Pokémon Illuminations to Light Up Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest This Year
Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest’s annual SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION winter event is set to run from November 14, 2020 to April 4, 2021, and this year, it has been announced that a new Pokémon area will be set up at the event with Pokémon illuminations.
About SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION
SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is an annual winter event held at Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest. About an hour from the main city, the event takes place up a high slope with the 6 million lights becoming one with the surrounding natural environment. The event uses the latest in lighting technology and has gotten bigger and better every year. In 2018, it was chosen as one of Kanto’s three biggest illumination events.
This year marks the 12th run of SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION, and this time around it’s collaborating with the Pokémon franchise with lots of colourful illuminations set to light up forest and trees. Wild Pokémon illuminations roam everywhere and there are plenty of Pokémon photo spots to take your picture with including Pikachu sleeping in the forest, Charmander taking a nap by an open-air, and more.
Eevee Friends Rainbow Lift
The Rainbow Lift this year features nine colours inspired by Eevee and all of its evolutions. Ride up high with a carpet of colourful lights underneath.
The Pokémon decoration-wrapped gondola will ride visitors up 420m high. There are 36 different Pokémon gondola designs to see.
There are plenty of photo opportunities to be had at the event, from a Pikachu 100,000 volt exhibit to Pikachu napping by a fire and more. Take a picture with your favourite Pokémon.
Pikachu’s Forest of Light
Visitors will definitely want to check out the forest too which is filled with Pikachu. Deep in the forest stands a giant, towering Pikachu too. Various Pikachu-related events will also take place including a Pikachu light show, a photo meeting, and more.
Coaster (For illustrative purposes only)
Visitors who order from the ILLUMILLION menu at the park’s Wild Dining restaurant will receive a Pokémon lunch mat, and if they order a drink one of eight possible coasters. They can also receive a Pokémon eco-bag if they spend over ¥3,000 at Pleasure Station.
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Pokémon, ポケットモンスター, and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc.
Address: 1634 Wakayanagi, Midori-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Running: November 14, 2020 – April 4, 2021
Illumination Times: 16:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30)
*Illumination times to begin from 17:00 starting in February
Official Website: https://www.sagamiko-resort.jp/illumillion/
Shaun the Sheep Themed Food Served Up in Japan to Celebrate 25th Anniversary
15.October.2020 | FOOD
To celebrate 25 years since the screen debut of the beloved clay animated Shaun the Sheep, a new shop and cafe called “Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand” is opening up in Kanagawa serving up themed food, drink, and desserts.
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand will open on October 15, 2020 in Kamiooka, Kanagawa, as a takeout cafe stand inspired by Shaun the Sheep. Customers can look forward to a selection of coffees and desserts based on the adorable sheep himself. And to celebrate the cafe’s grand opening, a special free show will take place there from October 15-18, 2020.
Shaun Soft Cream | ¥500 (Before Tax)
Subtly sweet soft serve ice cream topped with a Shaun the Sheep cookie.
Shaun Cafe Latte | ¥700 (Before Tax)
A foamy latte with a cute Shaun marshmallow sat on top.
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand
Location: mioka LIST (Floor 6F)
Access: Directly connected to Kamiōoka Station via the Tokyu Line and Yokohama City Blue Line
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:45)
Shaun the Sheep Village Shop & Cafe
The Shaun the Sheep Village Shop & Cafe in Minami Machida Grandberry Park, which opened in November 2019, introduced a limited-time autumn menu last month which is still being served.
Shaun’s Special Meatball Spaghetti | ¥1,580 (Before Tax)
A hot meatball spaghetti served with a Shaun the Sheep waffle which can be enjoyed together with fresh cream, maple syrup, and the meat sauce.
Baby Shaun’s Forest Grape Trifle w/ Drink | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
A towering trifle topped with seasonal grapes, vanilla ice cream, grape sherbet, custard, and grape jelly for a sweet and sour autumntime mix.
Fluffy Baby Shaun Custard or Caramel | ¥250 for one, ¥1,000 for five (Before Tax)
An adorable confection enjoyed by both child and grown-up customers. The cafe has now introduced a new caramel flavour.
Shaun the Sheep Village Shop & Cafe
Location: Grandberry Park Central Court Wonder Theatre (Floor 1F)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Food Last Orders 21:00 / Drinks Last Orders 21:30)
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe: Halloween Menu
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe, a permanent cafe located inside Prime Tree Akaike Shopping Mall in Aichi, is serving up a special Halloween menu this year.
Shaun’s Happy Halloween Plate 2020 | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
A bright-red tomato sauce hamburger served with pumpkin cream soup and salad.
Shaun’s Happy Halloween Dessert Assortment | ¥1,180 (Before Tax)
A sweet combo of pumpkin mont blanc and a pumpkin tart.
SHAUN THE SHEEP AND SHAUN’S IMAGE
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Shaun the Sheep Japan Official Website: https://www.aardman-jp.com/shaun/25th/
Tokyo’s Mickey Mouse Exhibition ‘THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND’ Previews 5 Japanese Artworks
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
MICKEY THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND
Running: October 30, 2020 – January 11, 2021
Venue: MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Floor 52F)
Entry Price: General ¥2,800 / Junior & High School Students ¥2,000 / Elementary School Students ¥1,200 / Preschoolers – Free
Official Website: mtob.exhibit.jp