Tokyo’s Pixar Exhibition ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’ to Open in Spring 2021
A Japan-original Pixar exhibition by the name of PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR! is set to run from April 8-19 at Seibu Ikebukuro in Tokyo. The exhibition is a celebration of all things Pixar Animation Studio and Walt Disney Japan where fans will have the opportunity to glimpse never-before-seen concept art, learn about the secrets of the studio’s office building, hear interviews with Japanese staff who work at the animation studio, and much more.
Pixar fanatics can expect to see all their favourite characters from the filmography such as Monsters Inc., Toy Story, Wall-E, Coco, Finding Nemo, and more. There will be plenty of merchandise to add to the collection too—around 200 pieces in fact—including items with official artwork that has never been made into merch before.
New official artwork illustrated by Pixar Animation Studios for ‘PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!’
The artists at Pixar Animation Studios have created an original collection of artwork for the exhibition which will be displayed around the site itself as well as on merchandise sold there. There will also be a behind-the-scenes video showing at the exhibition where you can see the staff drawing the pieces.
A historical lookback at Pixar’s filmography
The exhibition will pay homage to everything Pixar has to offer, from their roots of animation shorts to their critically acclaimed full length animated features. If you have a favourite from any of these, you’re sure to find merchandise of it at the exhibition.
Feel like you’ve been invited to Pixar Animation Studios
The exhibition will have an area decorated with a gallery of posters, the famous Pixar lamp and ball, Woody and Buzz statues made from Lego, and more, as well as a photo gallery from pictures taken inside the studio.
Learn all there is to know about Pixar
Learn all the trivia about Pixar from what kind of Japanese people work at the studio, what characters are hidden throughout their films, and more.
Fans can sift through around 200 pieces of original merchandise.
Movie Poster Collection
The posters released for each of Pixar’s films have been shrunk down into a collection of postcards.
Final frame merchandise
A line-up of merchandise featuring the final frames taken from all 23 of Pixar’s feature length animations.
Early concept art
The exhibition will sell an array of merchandise featuring artwork that has never been turned into merch before, such as early concept art.
There will also be merchandise featuring fun Easter eggs hidden throughout Pixar’s films.
Pixar Animation Studios
A line-up of merchandise that makes you feel like you’re part of the Pixar office.
Visitors that spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) on merchandise at the exhibition will receive one of 8 possible pins. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, spending over ¥6,000 will get fans an original bottle too.
The exhibition will also be moving around Japan after its Tokyo run. Check the locations below.
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PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR!
Running: April 4, 2021 – April 19, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Where: Seibu Ikebukuro Annex Bldg. Floor 2F
Price: General ¥800 / Children ¥500
Running: April 21, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Where: Daimaru Kyoto Museum Floor 6F
Running: July 21, 2021 – August 12, 2021
Where: Matsuzakaya Nagoya Floor 7F
Running: December 29, 2021 – January 16, 2021
Where: Matsuzakaya Shizuoka Floor 8F
Where: Fukuoka PARCO Floor 5F
Running: April 17, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Official Website: https://www.ntvs.co.jp/ppp-official/
Attack on Titan Playing Cards Win Big at the Ani-Monozukuri Awards 2022
02.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME
At the 5th annual Kyoto Ani-Monozukuri Awards 2022, a collection of Attack on Titan playing cards made in traditional Japanese style took the Gold Prize in the Craft Design category. In Japanese, monozukuri means ‘to make something by hand.’
The Kyoto Ani-Monozukuri Awards aims to revitalize business between the anime industry and local companies and organizations. It honors outstanding collaborative products, inviting those with a creative streak to try their luck at designing something uniquely anime-inspired. This year’s awards show saw 157 total entries, with one winning the grand prize, seven winning both gold and silver, and six winning bronze.
Charaditional Toys was launched this year, and the company aims to create items for adults who love anime characters. The Gold Award was granted to the company after judges were inspired by the traditional Japanese craftsmanship and high quality shown in the final product. Made by Oishi Tengudo, a company founded in Kyoto in 1800, the cards were made using classic methods. These 48 original playing cards are like nothing fans of Attack on Titan have seen before.
A second project is scheduled for release in winter 2022, so stay tuned!
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan x Original Playing Cards
Price: Wooden Box Version ¥3,800 / Framed Version ¥18,000 (Both Excluding tax)
Keyakizaka Lights, a Tokyo Winter Tradition, to be Held Again in 2022
02.October.2022 | SPOT
From November 11 until December 25, 2022, Roppongi Hills Christmas will cover Tokyo in glittering lights once again. The Keyakizaka Lights, one of Tokyo’s most popular winter attractions, will also take place in 2022, with the 400-meter-long Keyakizaka street covered in over 800,000 blue and white LED lights.
For the first time in three years, the Mohri Garden will be covered in lights as well. The annual Christmas market will invite guests to experience an authentic German Christmas, and Christmas cakes and gourmet food unique to Roppongi Hills will be for sale.
The Roppongi Hills Christmas event utilizes LED lights and has done so since the first event was held in 2003. Clean power will be used again this year, and the lights will be switched on from 5 PM until 11 PM each night.
Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka Lights
Running: November 10 – December 25, 2022 *Daily from 5:00 – 11:00 PM
*Lights may begin at a different time on November 10 only.
Location: Roppongi Keyakizaka Street
Official Site: https://www.roppongihills.com
teamLab Forest Fukuoka’s Interactive Digital Art Installation Gets Autumn Theme
Starting September 23, teamLab Forest Fukuoka will be transformed for the autumn season! The interactive digital art installation will feature animals made entirely of fall foliage, and guests can enjoy red and orange leaves fluttering through the one-of-a-kind 3D world.
teamLab’s prolific works are known for changing with the seasons. This autumn version of the popular exhibition will only be on display for a limited time, and visitors can use their
smartphones in the Catching and Collecting Forest to catch and collect the animals on display! The forest and ocean scenery will change as you explore, and starting on September 23, the trees will begin to show off beautiful autumn colors.
In the Forest of Movement, guests can enter the ‘Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives’ exhibit, where creatures made of autumn flowers exist in a three-dimensional space. The space is meant to make guests think about the cycle of death and rebirth, as flowers blossom and die each and every year.
The ‘Soft Terrain and Granular Topography’ will display tons of colorful grains raining down on visitors, while the ‘Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life’ will change the usual butterflies to have autumn colors as they fly around guests. This is a kind of autumn scenery you can’t see anywhere else, so be sure to come to Fukuoka during this beautiful season!
teamLab Forest Fukuoka – SBI Securities Co., Ltd.
Venue: BOSS E・ZO FUKUOKA 5F (Next to Fukuoka PayPay Dome)
Address: 2 Chome-2-6 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Official Site: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/forest/
Sound! Euphonium Collaboration Cafe Opens at Kyoto’s Hotel Keihan
Fans of the Sound! Euphonium anime will want to visit Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande from September 23 until November 20, 2022! The second-floor restaurant Octava will be holding a special collaboration cafe with the series in conjunction with the Keihan Electric Railway. The project is part of the collaboration between the series and the local railway that began in August, and fans will be able to order food and drink items inspired by their favorite characters.
Reina’s Pasta with Sweet and Spicy Tomato Sauce
Hazuki’s Matcha Ice Cream & Sapphire’s Macarons
Mr. Taki’s Spicy Curry Pizza
Sound! Tuba-kun’s Fruit Cake
Kumiko’s Strawberry Milk
Reina’s Butterfly Pea
Hazuki’s Blue Soda
Sapphire’s Orange Juice
Band President & Vice President’s Matcha au Lait
Bonus for Dining In-store: Lunch Mat
Drink Order Bonus: Coaster (5 varieties, 1 secret)
*Coasters will be given at random.
From omurice and pasta to fruit cake and spicy curry pizza, there is certainly a dish perfect for everyone at the cafe. Guests can also enjoy five different types of drinks, and a coaster will be handed out at random for each order. Those dining at the cafe will enjoy their meal on a special lunch mat, and life-size character panels will be perfect for snapping some photos for social media. Music from the series will be played on-site, so come enjoy while you can!
Keihan Electric Railway x Sound! Euphonium 2022
Running: September 23 – November 20, 2022
Lunch: 11:30-14:30 (Last order at 14:00)
Dinner: 17:30-22:00 (Last order at 21:30)
*From 2:30 to 5:30, only items from the take-out drink menu are available.
Reservations Now Open
Venue: Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande, 2F Restaurant Octavar
BTS TinyTAN Pop-Up Shop Open in Nagoya for a Limited Time
BTS fans will want to head to Nagoya! The TinyTAN Licensed Product Special Exhibition is now open at Nagoya Kintetsu Pass’e until October 2, 2022. Tons of new products inspired by Butter are available at an on-site pop-up shop!
The exhibition opened on September 17, and fans of the BTS song Butter are flocking to the event to snag some adorable new merch. In addition to new interior goods being unveiled for the first time, popular products have been released with entirely new designs.
Many other world premiere products will also be available, including the 4 Season Blanket decorated with TinyTAN characters and inspired by spring, summer, fall, and winter. This will be available in limited quantities, so don’t miss out!
TinyTAN Licensed Product Special Exhibition in Nagoya (DIRECTOR JAPAN)
Venue: Nagoya Kintetsu Pass’e 4F Special Event Space (1-2-2 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya)
Running: September 17 – October 2, 2022
Special ‘Roots of Kawaii’ Exhibition Marking Rune Naito’s 90th Birthday to Open in October
A special exhibition commemorating the 90th birthday of Rune Naito will be held at the Hanshin department store in Osaka from October 19 until October 31. Titled ‘Roots of Kawaii,’ the event will look back at the life of the esteemed artist, illustrator, writer, and designer. Known for his illustrations of large-headed baby-faced girls, he first became interested in art after discovering the works of Jun’ichi Nakahara, joining Nakahara’s company after graduating high school. In 1959, Naito got his big break, designing the cover of the girls’ magazine Junior Soleil. Following this, Naito would become active as an illustrator for a number of magazines, and from the 1960s on, he began other activities, even producing a line of commercial goods from glassware to stickers.
The exhibition’s theme is ‘Life’s fantastic dreams,’ and over 300 items will be on display, including rare original drawings, goods, personal sketches, and more. The event will be held in celebration of Rune Naito’s birthday on November 20, and will also feature a special shop. Admission is ¥1,000 for adults, ¥700 for high school and college students, and free for junior high school students and younger. Discounts are available by preordering tickets. For details and tickets, check out the official website.
Rune Naito’s 90th Birthday Exhibition
Running: October 19 – October 31, 2022
Venue: Hanshin Department Store, Umeda Main Store 8F
(1-13-13 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Ghibli Park Gives First Look at Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse Ahead of November Opening Date
Ghibli Park Phase 1 will open to the public on November 1 in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture at Moricoro Park within the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park. Ahead of the exciting day, fans are getting their first glimpse at the Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse area!
For those looking to immerse themselves in the world of Ghibli, look no further. Phase 1 will see the opening of a theater, a shop, a cafe, and three unique exhibits.
The theater will screen ten short films that were previously only available to watch at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo.
Trio of Special Exhibitions
The Famous Scenes Exhibition will invite guests to pretend to be a character in their favorite Ghibli films, stepping directly into recreated scenes. In addition, due to how often fans claim that food in Ghibli films looks exceptionally tasty, a special exhibition from the Ghibli Museum is also coming to Ghibli Park featuring these delectable-looking treats.
The on-site store and cafe will also be selling original products only available at the park. A new trailer has been released for the park as well, showing what fans can look forward to in November. Tickets for Ghibli Park will go on sale on the 10th of each month and are reservation-only, with a date and time assigned for each area. Lottery sales for December admission will run from September 10 until September 21 at 23:59.
© Studio Ghibli
Phase 1 Opening: November 1, 2022
Address: Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park (1533 Ibaragabasama, Nagakute, Aichi)
Official Website: https://ghibli-park.jp/
First Large-Scale Made in Abyss Exhibition to Open at Nagoya PARCO
Nagoya PARCO will hold a massive Made in Abyss exhibition from October 1 until October 16, 2022! The Tracks of the Challengers exhibition is being held to celebrate the new season of the anime series.
Photos from the Ikebukuro Venue
*Contents of the exhibition are subject to change.
Mini Bromide Collection
Acrylic Stand Figure
Mini Acrylic Character Stands
Type 5 Energy Ration
Mug (with Coaster)
Explorer Utensil Set
Explorer Cooking Set
*All photos are sample images.
The exhibition features original drawings from the first and second seasons, as well as the film. Fans can see special video content only being screened during the event, and can enjoy artifacts from the story and photo spots perfect for grabbing shots for social media! In addition, those purchasing an audio guide ticket will be led through the exhibition by Nanachi herself! New items have been added for the Nagoya event, including a script for Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul! Original goods will be on sale at the venue as well.
Made in Abyss Exhibition ~Tracks of the Challengers~
Running: October 1 – October 16, 2022
Venue: PARCO GALLERY (Nagoya PARCO West Building 6F)
Dates for Advance Ticket Sales: October 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16
Preorder Tickets Here:https://eplus.jp/miabyss/
Same-day tickets: Same-day tickets will be sold at the venue if space is available on the day of the event.
*Information on same-day tickets will be announced on the official Nagoya PARCO Twitter page.
Official Anime Site: http://miabyss.com/
Nodame Cantabile Exhibition to Open in Tokyo and Osaka in Fall 2022
With over 38 million copies sold, Tomoko Ninomiya’s music manga Nodame Cantabile remains popular 20 years after its debut. To celebrate this milestone, a Nodame Cantabile exhibition will be held in Tokyo from October 8 until October 23 and in Osaka from November 23 to December 5, 2022.
Mini Towel in a Turmeric Box
Fans of the series won’t want to miss the special event visual of Nodame and Chiaki drawn by Tomoko Ninomiya herself for the occasion! A number of incredible items will be on display, including completed manuscripts and original sketches. Certain areas will allow visitors to enter the world of Nodame Cantabile themselves, and commemorative goods will be on sale at each venue. The latest information regarding tickets, exhibit details, and merch will be announced on the official website and Twitter, so keep your eyes peeled!
Nodame Cantabile Exhibition
Running: October 8 – October 23, 2022
*Closing at 18:00 on October 19
*Closing at 15:00 on October 23
*Last Entry 30 minutes prior to closing.
Venue: Tokyo Solamachi 5F Space 634
Running: November 23 – December 5, 2022
*Opening at 13:00 on November 23
*Closing at 17:00 on December 5
*Last Entry 30 minutes prior to closing.
Venue: Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store, Wing Building 9F Event Hall
Official Site: https://nodame-ten.com/
gelato pique Releases Chip ‘n Dale Bedding Collection
17.September.2022 | FASHION
Chip ‘n Dale will appear in a new bedding collection from the roomwear brand gelato pique! As part of the gelato pique Sleep collection, the adorable chipmunks will appear on a number of new products inspired by the theme of ‘getting ready for bed.’ Fans of the characters won’t want to miss the body pillow, nightcap, pillowcase, and other products sure to liven up your bedroom and sleep routine!
Chip ‘n Dale / 3-piece Set (Single)
Chip ‘n Dale Jacquard Cover
Chip ‘n Dale Jacquard Pillowcase
Chip ‘n Dale Nightcap
Chip ‘n Dale Body Pillow
The products will go on sale on the official site and online department store USAGI ONLINE starting on September 20, 2022 at 12:00 PM. They will also be available to purchase in select stores starting October 14.
Kyoto’s Itohkyuemon Offering Uji Green Tea Mont Blanc Parfait & Chestnut Sweets Plate for a Limited Time
Uji, Kyoto is known for its tasty matcha. Founded in 1832, Itohkyuemon offers up some of the most delicious green tea sweets in Japan. Starting on September 1, several locations are serving up an Uji Green Tea Mont Blanc Parfait and a tasty Chestnut Sweets Plate!
Uji Green Tea Mont Blanc Parfait and Chestnut Sweets Plate
The Uji Green Tea Mont Blanc Parfait is decorated with a beautiful chestnut skin on top and served with yellow candied chestnuts and baked meringue with a dazzling white color. The inside includes cookie dough, homemade Uji green tea jelly, crunchy agar, two kinds of ice cream, and Uji green tea honey. This autumn-only parfait allows guests to enjoy the taste of Uji green tea while also sampling the delicate flavor of Japanese chestnuts. The Chestnut Sweets Plate offers eight kinds of sweets in one go, including the autumn-only Chestnut Green Tea Roll Cake and Chestnut Green Tea Daifuku, Uji Hojicha Cheesecake, Uji Green Tea & Hojicha Raw Chocolate, Uji Green Tea Mini Parfait, and Uji Green Tea & Chestnut Ice Cream.
Uji Green Tea Mont Blanc Parfait
Chestnut Sweets Plate
Uji Green Tea Mont Blanc Parfait and Chestnut Sweets Plate
■Uji Green Tea Mont Blanc Parfait
Available: September 1 – Early October
Where to Buy: Uji Main Store, JR Uji Station Store, Shijo-dori Store
■Chestnut Sweets Plate
Available: September 1 – Late November
Where to Buy: Uji Main Store, JR Uji Station Store, Shijo-dori Store
Official Site: https://www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/corporate/
Popular Manga Series Chainsaw Man Gets Pop-Up at Iwataya in Fukuoka
Jewelry brand Tasaki has announced a special collaboration pop-up with the popular manga Chainsaw Man from September 7 until September 13, 2022 at KIRAMEKI BOARD on the first floor of the Iwataya Department Store in Fukuoka. The pop-up is being held to celebrate new items in the ‘danger’ line, one of Tasaki’s new iconic items.
At the venue, guests can peruse a selection of Tasaki’s fine jewelry, including the new ‘danger’ collection which was inspired by the beauty of insectivorous plants. This is a perfect mix with Chainsaw Man, which has captivated audiences around the world with its unique plot, savage content, and one-of-a-kind characters. Special visuals of the main characters wearing jewelry from the ‘danger’ collection will be on display, drawn by the original author of the series Tatsuki Fujimoto. Also on display at the venue will be a special Pochita figure, whose chainsaw will be lavishly set with pearls.
To celebrate the collaboration, unique jewelry inspired by Chainsaw Man, Pochita, and Power will be on sale exclusively at the pop-up venue. These will only be available in limited quantities.
Fans of the series who are looking for some gorgeous new drip shouldn’t miss this curious crossover event!
TASAKI x Chainsaw Man Pop-Up
Running: September 7 – September 13, 2022
Venue: Iwataya Main Store 1F, KIRAMEKI BOARD
Official Site: http://www.tasaki.co.jp/