Japanese Illustrator Mai Yoneyama Releases Limited-Edition T-Shirts

09.April.2021 | FASHION

To commemorate her exhibition “EGO” exhibition currently taking place at Anicoremix Gallery in Harajuku, Japanese illustrator Mai Yoneyama has released a collection of limited-edition t-shirts in collaboration with the sneaker brand atmos. The exhibition, which is showcasing many of Yoneyama’s works, is running until April 14.

Wear Mai Yoneyama’s iconic pop style wherever you go with these limited-edition tees.

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    The cool Autumnal menu is made up of sweet and savory violet snacks, with purple potatoes, cassis, blueberries and more. You’ll find yourself able to taste the season, with the rich fig cheesecake and sweet chestnut scones.

     

    Enjoy bottomless drinks with a selection of 16 herbal and flavored teas, coffees and lattes. You can even enjoy a cup of tea from TWG, a luxury brand from Singapore.

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    The aquarium’s famous 50m ‘Kaleidoscope Tunnel,’ which is formed of 5,000 mirrors, will be transformed into a Halloween wonderland for the ‘Jellyfish and Halloween’ event. Eight aquariums are embedded into the walls, with colorful background panels which feature Halloween motifs such as witches and pumpkins. The jellyfish look just like festive ghosts!

     

    Moon Jellyfish Aquarium in the Kaleidoscope Tunnel 

     

    Each aquarium introduces seven mysterious facts about jellyfish – For example, did you know that jellyfish have no heart, and have tons of eyes?

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    A jellyfish comparison workshop

     

    A jellyfish comparison workshop will also be held at the aquarium’s Aqua Academy. Young children can participate in the workshop which explains the visual differences between different types of jellyfish, while crafting a cute jellyfish mobile under staff supervision.

     

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    Travel Information & Assistance

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    Sale of Goods

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    Guests presenting an Ueno Zoo ticket stub or annual pass at the Ueno Hard Rock Cafe location will receive 10% off. (Full details available on the Hard Rock Cafe website.)

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    Long Sleeve T-Shirt: ¥8,250 (Tax Included)

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    Combination-cut in 2 – Saki Matsumura

    Galloping on a Free-floating Planet – Yui Suzuki

    real screen – Takuro Sugiyama

     

     

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    Tamatebako *Limited to 10 cakes


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    Second Layer

     

    A shortcake with strawberries from Kayama Farm.

     

     

    Pralines & Pistachio

     

    Cassis & Fig

     

    Coffee & Tonka

     

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    Stollen

     

     

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    20.September.2021 | FASHION

    Last year, the Pola Museum Annex in Tokyo hosted a charity auction to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic breaking out across the globe. As the world continues to feel the effects of the virus, the charity event is returning for a second year, and is set to be held from November 12 until December 5, 2021. The title for this year’s art exhibition is ‘Find Your Travel.’ 

     

     

    Lemon Tree – Yuka Kashihara. Acrylic and oil on canvas.  2020. 

     

    POLA Dot or snowball ~Based on Tosa Mitsuyoshi’s Colored Painting of Yugiri from The Tale of Genji~ – Tetsuya Noguchi. Acrylic. 2020. 

    our whereabouts – Moe Nakamura. Camphor, bronze, oil. 2021. 

    Philanthropy – Yuko Higuchi. Hemp paper, pen, watercolor. 2020. 

    Baby Heel-less Shoes – Noritaka Tatehama. Cowhide, pigskin, dye, metal zipper, coated crystal glass. 2020. 

     

    Last year’s charity auction raised over ¥9,145,000 (about $83,000) for the Japanese Red Cross. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the globe, and as Japan remains locked down, this year’s event hopes to raise even more useful funds to help medical professionals on the front lines. 

     

    20 artists are participating in the exhibition, with each creating one work based on the theme of ‘travel.’ In addition to simply viewing these pieces at the exhibition, a silent auction will also be held online. With travel being severely restricted, these works of art seek to inspire and encourage visitors to imagine a better future, when the world is open once again. All proceeds will once again be donated to the Japanese Red Cross. 

     

     

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