The Prince of Tennis 20th Anniversary Celebrated at Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum

07.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum is currently holding a special event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular manga series The Prince of Tennis. Centred on both The Prince of Tennis and The New Prince of Tennis, the event is running until February 14.

©Takeshi Konomi / Shueisha

The event is a must-visit for fans of the manga series, who will get to enjoy seeing drafts by the author, full-colour manga panels, and more. They can also get their hands on a line-up of original merchandise produced for the event.

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    05.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the anime series Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, which aired from 1990-1991, an exhibition is now taking place at Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum until June 20, 2021. The series was directed by Hideaki Anno who also worked on Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996) and The End of Evangelion (1997).

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    The exhibition features a bounty of original materials from the anime’s production, from notes jotted down by Hideaki Anno to image boards, character designs, storyboards and more by Mahiro Maeda, and so on. It’s an unmissable deep-diving opportunity into the anime classic.

  • Anime Film Belle’s Studio Chizu Announces Exhibition at TeNQ Space Museum

    02.June.2021 | MOVIE / SPOT

    Studio Chizu, the Japanese animation studio working on the upcoming anime film Belle which is set for release sometime this summer, has announced an exhibition at TeNQ Space Museum in celebration of their 10th anniversary and in promotion of their newest work. It will be held from July 7 to November 14.

     

    Studio Chizu’s past works have enjoyed great success both in Japan overseas and include Wolf Children (2012), The Boy and the Beast (2015), Mirai (2018), and the highly-anticipated forthcoming entry Belle (2021). All the films are directed by the Academy Award-nominated Mamoru Hosoda.

    One of the biggest aspects when it comes to creating an animated world are the backgrounds used. This exhibition will focus on two key background features threaded throughout Hosoda’s creations: the sky and clouds. Both of these sceneries are showcased in different ways in all four of his films and will be explored throughout the event with a special, exclusive showing of a slideshow with various scenes of the sky and clouds littered in the filmography, as well as a more ‘academic’ exhibit of the cumulonimbus, a cloud that symbolises Studio Chizu, and more.

    Limited edition mask case 

    There will also be a selection of original merchandise for anime fans to pick up, as well as a limited stock face mask case when purchased together with select tickets.

     

    Exhibits to look out for at the event

    Who are Studio Chizu?

    Learn about the 10 year history of the Japanese animation studio Studio Chizu.

     

    Studio Chizu and the cumulonimbus

    The cumulonimbus is a cloud synonymous with Studio Chizu’s works – see it in all forms from their filmography in this special exhibit.

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  • Mineko Orisaku Exhibition Combines Gold Leaf With Photography

    16.May.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    FUJIFILM SQUARE in Minato, Tokyo, has announced the HAKU graphy Hommage to Hokusai exhibition by Mineko Orisaku which will run from July 21 to August 19 this year.

    Hommage to Hokusai ©Mineko Orisaku

    Following sunset (Tanuki-ko Lake) ©Mineko Orisaku

    Pine and Mt.Fuji (Kawaguchi-ko Lake) ©Mineko Orisaku

    Since announcing her “HAKU graphy” project in 2017, Mineko Orisaku has been experimenting with combining gold leaf and photography. This is different from the usual method of printing photos onto printing paper or washi paper, instead using FUJIFILM’s Acuity UV inkjet printer to print delicate gold leaf. This technology allows a wider use of printing materials and colours.

     

    Mineko Orisaku’s exhibition is an homage to Hokusai, one of Japan’s most celebrated ukiyo-e painters and artists. She has used FUJIFILM’s large-format GFX digital camera for her works on Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji to create something unique to her vision. Her work can be enjoyed alongside another Hokusai exhibition taking place at FUJIFILM Photo Salon Tokyo’s Space 1 and 2.

  • Keith Haring: 360° Exhibition in Yamanashi to Explore Pop Artist’s Lifework

    10.May.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Nakamura Keith Haring Museum in Yamanashi is set to welcome the Keith Haring: 360° exhibition which will explore the diverse works of American pop artist Keith Haring. The exhibition will run from May 15, 2021 to May 8, 2022.

     

    Keith Haring was an American pop artist whose work began in the 1980’s when he would create spontaneous drawings in the subways of New York City. Haring participated not only in solo exhibitions, but national and international shows too, such as documenta 7 in 1982 and Venice Biennale in 1984. His later works took on more political and societal themes such as drugs, racism, sexuality, and AIDS. Haring died of AIDS-related complications in 1990 at the young age of 31.

    Photo by ©︎Makoto Murata

    Untitled (Figure Balancing on Dog), 1989

    Untitled (KH.200), 1982, The Museum of Art, Kochi

    My Town, Peace I–IV, 1987, Tama City Cultural Foundation

    Nakamura Keith Haring Collection

    One of the most noteworthy appearances at the exhibition is Haring’s Figure Balancing on Dog (1989), a rare sculpture made of raw aluminium. As the title suggests, the piece features a person riding atop a dog, which may be a depiction of balance. It brings to mind the relationship between humans and animals and the anxiety towards a strange society that cannot be measured. Other works will also Untitled (KH.200) (1982), My Town which was drawn by 500 children from Tama, Tokyo, My Town, Peace I–IV (1987), and a series of six drawings entitled Bad Boys (1986) which Haring produced in Amsterdam.

     

    For the first time ever, visitors will be able to see photos taken by Japanese art journalist Makoto Murata who interviewed Haring when visiting New York from December 1982 to January the following year.

     

    The exhibition will look at Keith Haring, his diverse work, and deep messages of society from all angles – a 360° view.

  • GALLERY COLLAGE: Stay at the New Contemporary Art Gallery in Gifu

    10.May.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    GALLERY COLLAGE is the name of the new contemporary art gallery that recently opened at NIPPONIA Mino Shokamachi, an accommodation housed in a remodelled townhouse that’s situated in a place famous for its mino variant of Japanese washi paper.

     

    1. Raising local value with contemporary art

    The world of local culture, such as local business and customs, has been abandoned in favour of rapid economic growth and globalisation. But those halcyon days and their background, which are rooted in their respective local history, culture, and nature, have once again come to be of huge importance to many people. It’s in these times that things like the sounds of insects in the evening that are local to the area should serve as the direction that people move forward in. The artwork showcased at GALLERY COLLAGE will depict scenes familiar to locals to show them in a new light. In doing so, NIPPONIA Mino Shokamachi hopes that connecting contemporary art with washi paper will promote and raise the value of the local traditional industry.

     

    2. Season Lao’s “Mino – blank-leaving” exhibition on show

    Contemporary artist and photographer Season Lao is currently holding his Mino – blank-leaving exhibition at the site. He has used his unique approach to utilise mino paper, a type of Japanese washi paper with a history spanning 1,300 years and is also registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Property. An online talk will take place on May 22 hosted by participants of Lao’s photography workshop that was held for the event’s opening. It focuses on photos taken by locals, including pictures from their high school days.

     

    3. Season Lao’s Accommodation Plan

    With support from NIPPONIA Mino Shokamachi, the Season Lao Accommodation Plan will see guest rooms decorated in numerous artworks by the artist, and guests will be given a tour of the mino paper factory amongst other exciting things.

  • Disney Princesses Help You to Answer the Question ‘What is Love?’ at This Tokyo Event

    10.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    As part of Disney’s Ultimate Princess Celebration, a worldwide festival themed on courage and kindness that began in April, an event titled “What is Love? ~The Secret to Shining Bright Lies in the Princess World~” will take place at Shibuya Marui in Tokyo from June 23 to July 29 this year. It will subsequently move to JR Nagoya Takashimaya from August 4 to 23 and finally conclude next year in Shizuoka where it will run from January to March.

    This event tries to answer the question “What is Love?” through a range of content that encourages the use of all five senses: visually, digitally, musically, through scent, and more.

     

    What is Love? ~The Secret to Shining Bright Lies in the Princess World~

    Visitors are guided by 12 Disney princesses who will take them on a journey of their ‘love’ in six different areas.

     

    A Look at the Event

     

    1. Introduction: 12 Shining Princesses

    At the event, you will meet the 12 princesses and learn their story, what their personality is like, and more.

    2. Opening Theater: Discover the Secrets to Shining Bright

    Attend the theatre and watch the stories of the princesses with your own eyes.

     

    3. 7 Keywords Unravelled From Their Stories

    Seven keywords that appear in the princesses’ stories will be explored, each of which are tied back to love. This will include exhibits of scenes from the Disney animated movies, an AR experience using smartphones, and more.

    From Beauty and the Beast

    Using their smartphones, visitors can hold up their phones and utilise AR technology to see various scenes from Beauty and the Beast in an area inspired by the library that Beast bestowed upon Belle.

    From Tangled

    In Tangled, the King and Queen release lots of sky lanterns on Rapunzel’s birthday each year in hopes that she will see them and return. Let your own lanterns fly like in the movie and witness a beautiful spectacle.

     

    4. Music and Fragrance: Clad in Radiance Unseen to the Eye

    A unique experience combining music and fragrances inspired by the princesses, who radiate from love, will let visitors feel closer to them.

     

    5. Glowing Lines: Words That Make the World Shine

    At the Closing Theater, words and lines said by the princesses will be displayed, offering another way of enjoying their world that radiates from love.

     

    6. Prologue: Your Own Unique Story Begins

    Pick up a range of merchandise featuring designs of the exhibition’s main visual, the seven key words, and more.

     

     

    Services and Content Offered by Disney at the Exhibition

     

    Disney+

    Disney+ is a streaming service that brings together all Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic content in one place, as well as exclusives. Those at the exhibition can watch the content offered by Disney+ at the Opening Theater.

     

    Disney DX App

    The Disney DX is an app exclusive to Japan that comes as a set with Disney+. It offers the chance to see cut scenes from movies, behind-the-scenes content, and more. The exhibition utilises this app through AR experiences, so if downloaded, you’re sure to have an even more fun time.

     

    A curated list of Disney Princess music is played at the exhibition. If you head to the shop, you can pick up movie soundtracks and other albums. Disney even created a playlist themed on the princesses that’s now available on music streaming services.

  • Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition Opens at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

    08.May.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition opened at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, on April 29. It was also announced that the Japanese illustrator is releasing the first artbook to compile all of his CD cover art on May 28, but the book can be bought early at the exhibition.

    Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition

    Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition CD Artworks

    Yusuke Nakamura has designed covers forASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Masashi Sada, Spitz, and more

    Commentary on the CD covers written by the Yusuke Nakamura himself

    Rough sketches are featured in the book

    A talk between Yusuke Nakamura and Masafumi Gotoh (ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION)

    It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call Yusuke Nakamura one of Japan’s most prolific artists, having worked with some of the country’s biggest names such as ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Gentouki, Masashi Sada, and more. His new artbook, entitled PLAY, compiles all of his CD covers from 2002-2020, commentary, rough sketches, talks, and more. While many things from the book are explored at the exhibition, there’s plenty of content exclusive to the book too, so it’s a must-grab for fans.

     

  • Blue Lock Manga Series Announces Exhibition in Shibuya to Promote 14th Volume

    07.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    In promotion of the 14th volume of Muneyuki Kaneshiro’s manga series Blue Lock, an exhibition will take place at SpaceHACHIKAI inside Tower Records Shibuya in Tokyo from May 15 to June 6.

     

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    Character illustrated cards

    Vinyl-style panels

    This will be Blue Lock‘s first-ever exhibition since it began serialisation in 2018. It will feature displays of manga drafts, uncoloured illustrations, and more. There will also be a special spot for taking photos. A collection of exclusive merchandise will be available for fans to buy, as well as free bonus items when a purchase it made.

     

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  • Japan’s Biggest Goldfish Museum Reopens After Refurbishments

    06.May.2021 | SPOT

    The Kingyo Museum, which stands in Nara as the biggest goldfish aquarium and museum in Japan, reopened on April 27 after undergoing refurbishments.

    AQUA oasis, an aquatic display and power spot

    JAPANESE AQUARIUM DISCO

    JAPONE Lane

    Goldfish have been tied to Japanese culture since the beginning of the 16th century during the Muromachi Period when they were imported from China. The city of Yamatokoriyama in Nara Prefecture is the oldest location in Japan that has been raising goldfishes.

     

    Due to COVID-19, many summer festivals and events where goldfish would be present have been cancelled up and down the country. That’s where Kingyo Museum’s renovations come in as a way to bring in tourists and sightseers. The museum has expanded to almost double its previous size to bring in new areas that utilise projection mapping and art, such as the AQUA oasis and the JAPANESE AQUARIUM DISCO which has brought in Japan’s first die-cut fish tanks. Visitors can enjoy 38 of Japan’ most prominent goldfish species, from familiar faces to rarer kinds.

  • 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.

     

    60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii is currently taking place at Matsuzakaya Art Gallery in Nagoya until June 12 and will move to Ōita Prefectural Art Museum where it will run from July 10 to September 5 before heading to TOKYO CITY VIEW.

     

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    This exhibition will not only look back over Sanrio’s 60-year history, but will also dive into how Japan’s culture of ‘kawaii’ came about. Fans of Sanrio and Japan’s kawaii can expect product and design showcases, in-depth explanations, and more.

     

    Over 800 products, documents, and materials related to Sanrio will be presented, many of which will shine a spotlight on some of their most famous characters out of their roster of 400, such as Hello Kitty and My Melody, and other characters that might not be known to those outside Japan such as best friends Patty & Jimmy.

     

    What to look out for at Sanrio’s 60th anniversary exhibition

    Unforgettable Tower by Sebastian Masuda

    Sebastian Masuda, a pioneer of kawaii culture, will showcase his symbolic art pieces at the event at TOKYO CITY VIEW’s observation deck, combining his iconic work against a breathtaking background.

     

    The Beginning of Kawaii

    Learn about the history of Sanrio’s culture of kawaii, beginning as a service to ‘move people’s hearts’ through gifts and products. Visitors will get a chance to see the secrets of Sanrio’s iconic style which draw a line under fancy products from other companies.

     

    There will also be a chance to see Japanese illustrators Takashi Yanase, Ado Mizumori, and Rune Naito’s work with Sanrio.

     

    The Birth of the Characters

    What makes something kawaii or not kawaii? Why do characters not necessarily need to have a story to become so popular? These questions are more will be answered as the exhibition looks at the birth of Sanrio’s characters.

     

    Sanrio’s Characters

    How did their hit characters come to be? During the 1980’s, Japan was a warzone for characters. Sanrio changed how characters became popular, moving from characters that were popular with everyone to creating characters that people wanted for themselves – their own personal characters. Discover how Sanrio’s long list of characters came about, including ones that have stood the test of time and ones that have declined in popularity.

     

    Ichigo Shimbun

    Ichigo Shimbun is a magazine published by Sanrio all about Sanrio and their characters – a familiar read to all fans in Japan. The magazine will be featured at the exhibition.

     

    Hello Kitty: The Character Who Turned Into a Global Icon

    Hello Kitty is known the world over, with even Lady Gaga having worn a dress of Hello Kitty plush toys in the past. This dress will be exhibited at the event, amongst many other things related to Sanrio’s global idol.

     

    A Battle Between Artists

    Artists from various artistic background will participate in the exhibition by creating a range of different Sanrio works. Participating artists and their specialities include Ryūsuke Fukahori (objects), Hajime Nakatomi (bamboo art), Takaya Mori (sculptor), Mio Hashimoto (sculptor), and Risa Fukui (paper cut-outs).

  • Japan’s Pingu 40th Anniversary Exhibition Heads to Sapporo

    25.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the Swiss claymation children’s television series Pingu which first hit the air in 1980. Japan has been celebrating the milestone with the Pingu Exhibition, and now it’s heading to Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido where it will run from April 23 to May 30.

     

    Original material for Pingu by the show’s creator Otmar Gutmann will be exhibited, as well as the actual clay figures, dioramas, storyboards, and more that were used during the filming in Switzerland. Until last year’s exhibition, many of the 400 or so items on display have never been shown in Japan before.

     

    There is a Pingu Market at the exhibition where fans of the noot-nooting penguin can get their hands on a range of exclusive items, pre-orders, and more. The exhibition also sees the return of the popular Pingu Egg capsule toy which has a mini Pingu figure inside.

     

    Pingu Market Exclusive Merchandise

    The market shelves are lined with limited-edition exclusives, pre-orders, items made in collaboration with popular brands, and more. Please note that a ticket to the exhibition is required to enter the shop.

     

    Pingu Egg (5 Possible Prizes) | ¥300 Per Turn (Tax Included)

    Have a turn at the capsule toy gacha where the figure you receive in your Pingu Egg is completely random. Each comes with an accessory.

     

    Pingu 40th Figure (Robby) | ¥17,600 (Tax Included)

    The Robby figure captures a scene taken from the 7th episode of the Pingu series titled Hide and Seek in English. Only 100 of these figures are available to buy and is limited to one per person.

  • Netflix’s Devilman Anime Series Gets Online Virtual Reality Exhibition

    20.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    An exhibition centred on the Devilman manga series by Go Nagai, the 1972 Devilman anime adaptation, and Netflix’s 2018 DEVILMAN crybaby anime adaptation, is set to take place on the online exhibition platform Virtual Utopia from April 28 to May 31.

     

    What to look forward to

    *Visuals are of an exhibition still in development

    *Visuals are of an exhibition still in development

     

    A devilish experience split into 11 areas

    Devilman has been entertaining readers and anime-lovers for almost half a decade. The exhibition will depict the comparisons between humans and demons of the series in 11 different areas, each recreating scenes that are sure to be instantly-recognisable to fans.

     

    Main Area: Heart of a Demon / Heart of a Human

    The main portion of the exhibition is split into four areas which fans will find themselves going back to numerous times, and in different orders, giving each visitor their own unique perspectives and interpretations. There’s also a hidden area which can only be accessed by those who have seen the ‘special exhibit.’ There’s also a free-to-enter area with messages from the creators.

     

    Go deeper into the VR Devilman Exhibition with the voice guide
    Forget your usual guides, this exhibition incorporates voiceover guides to walk people through the exhibition. For an extra fee, fans can have Megumi Han, who plays Miki Makimura in DEVILMAN crybaby, and Tomokazu Seki, who for this exhibition is playing Psycho Jenny, guide them through the different areas.

     

    *Visuals are of an exhibition still in development

    Users can download the Virtual Utopia app for free, and the exhibition can be attended even without a VR headset. There will also be talks by the author and other notable people in the industry which can be watched live on YouTube, so anyone can get involved.

     

    Ground Y T-Shirt Collaboration

    The exhibition is also collaborating with Yohji Yamamoto’s fashion brand Ground Y on six original tees.

     

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    TVアニメ版「デビルマン」©ダイナミック企画・東映アニメ―ション
    DEVILMAN crybaby        ©Go Nagai-Devilman Crybaby Project
    ©VRデビルマン展実行委員会

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