Kageki Shojo!! Anime Series Gets Event at Tokyo’s Amusement Park Asakusa Hanayashiki

03.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Asakusa Hanayashiki, an amusement park in Tokyo, has announced a summer event in collaboration with the ongoing anime series Kageki Shojo!! which will take place from August 21 to September 12.

Cute original artwork illustrated for the event

Take part in the stamp rally

Original Ticket Folder (With Pseudo Ticket)

 

Original merchandise

 

Bromides: ¥550 (Tax Included)

Acrylic Figure: ¥500 (Tax Included) / Acrylic Figures: ¥880 Each (Tax Included)

Acrylic Keyrings | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)

Pins: ¥300 Each (Tax Included)

Receive a free postcard when you order a drink or dessert

Receive a free coaster when ordering a drink

Receive an original tote bag when buying a special ticket

Kageki Shojo!! is a manga series by Kumiko Saiki. The anime adaptation began airing on July 4. A collection of cute original illustrations of 22 characters from the series have been drawn for the event which will be dotted around the park. Fans can also take part in a themed stamp rally, enjoy food inspired by the series, buy merchandise, and more.

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    In a new fall collaboration, the prestigious Hosei School of Noh Theater, established during the Muromachi Period, and photographer Hiroshi Seo will present a unique blend of traditional culture. ‘Experience Noh and Art in Autumn ~Noh at Night: The Tale of the Heike ‘Kiyotsune’ x BEYOND PHOTO BY HIROSHI SEO’ will begin for four limited showings starting September 24, and will connect the photographer’s work ‘BEYOND’ with the theme of water present in the classic tale of Heike. Ancient and modern will overlap during this special autumn event, so don’t miss it if you’re in Tokyo!

     

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    During the 12th century, the Minamoto and Taira clans were at war. Awazu-no-Saburo returns to the capital after the Taira were defeated in battle, carrying with him a keepsake for his lord Kiyotsune’s wife: a lock of hair that Kiyotsune left before committing suicide. Saburo visits the wife, and upon learning of Kiyotsune’s death, she can barely stand the sight of his hair, ordering that the keepsake be returned to a shrine in Kyushu. Upon falling asleep, she sees his ghost in her dreams, and they argue over what has occurred. Kiyotsune recounts his final days, choosing suicide by drowning over capture and defeat. He is then blessed, and finds his way from Hell to eternal enlightenment. 

     

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  • Kuroko’s Basketball Pop-Up Shop in Akihabara to Features New Illustrations

    17.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    BANDAI NAMCO Amusement is hosting a character pop-up store for anime ‘Kuroko’s Basketball,’ featuring new illustrations of the characters dressed in trad style. The shop will be open from September 16 2021 at the Atre Akihabara Store, stocking original goods using the new artwork.

     

    Kuroko’s Basketball Acrylic Stand trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,980 each (Tax Incl.)

    Kuroko’s Basketball Can Badge trad style ver. (7 types): ¥540 each (Tax Incl.)

     

    Kuroko’s Basketball A4 Acrylic File trad style ver.: ¥550 (Tax Incl.)

     

    Kuroko’s Basketball Cloth Poster trad style ver.: ¥1,800 (Tax Incl.)

     

    Kuroko’s Basketball Spoon trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,200 each (Tax Incl.)

     

    Kuroko’s Basketball Fork trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,200 each (Tax Incl.)

     

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    Kuroko’s Basketball Jacket Style Acrylic Keychain trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, B Prize

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    Kuroko’s Basketball Die-cut Illustration Sheet trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, D Prize (random)

     

     

     

    Be sure to check out this limited shop to immerse yourself in the world of Kuroko’s Basketball!

     

     

     

    ©Fujimaki Tadatoshi / Shueisha, Kuroko’s Basketball Production Committee 

  • Hotel New Otani Announces Second PAUL & JOE Collaboration

    17.September.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    Hotel New Otani Tokyo has collaborated with PAUL & JOE for the second time to offer a new accomodation plan, which will be available for one-night stays between December 1 2021 and January 4 2022.  The rooms will not be available between December 31 and January 2.

     

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    The pink and ivory room features the brand’s icon; Designer Sophie’s beloved cats, Nunet and Gypsy. The decorations also feature Crisantemo flower motifs.

    Not only is the wallpaper covered in PAUL & JOE motifs, but even the smaller pieces such as cushions, curling irons, and brushes are themed too. In addition, to celebrate the festive season, the room will include a special Christmas tree, allowing you to enjoy a special Christmas with somebody special, sharing a view of Tokyo Tower.

     

     

    The second round of cosmetics is focused on the 2021 CHRISTMAS COLLECTION. The ‘Lipstick Treatment’ features adorable cats wearing Santa hats, while the ‘Lipstick Limited’ comes in a luxurious Christmas red – and also features cats in hats! Plus, the new ‘Wrapping Hand Cream’ will wrap your hands in a fresh moisturising texture. In addition, the best-selling ‘Moisturizing Foundation Primer,’ which was renewed on September 1, and the P&J skincare selection (oil, lotion, cleansing), each must-haves for the upcoming dry season, have been miniaturized into take-home samples in a limited edition pouch, especially for hotel customers.

     

     

     

    Alongside the limited cosmetic samples, there will be matching pajamas and slippers available for purchase and take home, with a that will take you even deeper into the PAUL & JOE world. While these cat-and-floral print PJs are perfect for a girls-only gathering, a men’s line has also been released due to popular demand, ideal for spending a romantic Christmas in matching pajamas.

     

     

    Why not spend a wonderful Christmas in this PAUL & JOE room?

  • Back to the Future Exhibition Displays Props from 1985 Film in Japan for the First Time

    16.September.2021 | MOVIE / SPOT

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    Along with the opening of this exciting event, the TOY SAPIENS Tokyo store is also unveiling its new location. The much larger shop is now an easy walk from Shibuya Station and Harajuku Station!

     

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  • Crayon Shin-chan and Adorable Bunny Rabbits Available from Ikumimama Animal Donuts

    16.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

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    14.September.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

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  • niko and…Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Curious George with New Collab Items

    13.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese fashion brand “niko and…” will release a collection of Curious George-inspired items to celebrate the character’s 80th anniversary. These items are now on sale at the brand’s stores nationwide, and on the official web shop, as well as on ZOZOTOWN and Rakuten Fashion.

     

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    12.September.2021 | MUSIC

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    Comment from riria.

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    Comment from Nagumoyuuki

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    10.September.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

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    The exhibition will be held at NANZUKA 2G, located on the 2nd floor of Shibuya PARCO, as well as within the PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO on the 4th floor.

     

     

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    Martin Margiela: In His Own Words

    © 2019 Reiner Holzemer Film – RTBF – Aminata Productions

     

     

    #HotelKawashima

     

     

    Kensaku Kakimoto Exhibition ‘Devoting Time’ Collaboration with Luke Bubb, Piotr Stopniak

     

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    Nori Okawa Solo Exhibition ‘Good Boy, More Drunk’

     

     

    Hikaru Ichijo Exhibition ‘CHIDORI ASHI,’ with a motif of ‘people who are carried away by alcohol’

     

     

    Mariko Enomoto Solo Exhibition ‘Moments,’ depicting the fluctuations of daily life

     

     

    Emi Ozaku Solo Exhibition ‘Good something for you’

     

     

    Exhibition of Tetsuji Aoyama’s works, ‘21XX A Future Odyssey ~Someday in a Hundred Years~

     

     

    Exclusive collaboration products by VOILLD x FACE on sale

     

     

    Shun Komiyama Photo Exhibition ‘The Wind Responds,’ by MIDORI.so Gallery

     

     

    A group exhibition ‘’ DONOKO? ‘’ Portrait series Curated by TOKYO URBAN ART

     

     

    “Welcome back to your “Home Position” – Selecting art for the interior based on ‘likes’



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    An ART PASSPORT, distributed by the gallery and other stores throughout the complex, contains plenty of information about the events throughout the museum, as well as exclusive special offers. Be sure not to miss the interview with Jean Jullien!

     

     

     

     

    Jean Jullien Exhibition「PAPER PEOPLE」/「POCKET PARENTS」

    ©Jean Jullien Courtesy of NANZUKA

    ©Jean Jullien Photo by Shigeru Tanaka Courtesy of NANZUKA

    ©Jean Jullien Photo by Shigeru Tanaka Courtesy of NANZUKA

     

     

    Jean Jullien’s solo exhibition “PAPER PEOPLE,” curated by NANZUKA, will be held at the PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO on the 4th floor, and will depict the creative process of the artist through the medium of paper. Jullien, who has a deep knowledge and love of Japanese manga culture, is sure to bring some charm and comedy to the showing, as is typical of his style. The artist, from Brittany in France, has always been inspired by Japan, and also by the natural beauty of his homeland. Each of the nearly 50 works in the exhibition were created during the Coronavirus pandemic, and 25 special screen prints will be on sale via lottery, both at the event and online.

     

    In the “POCKET PARENTS” exhibition at NANZUKA 2G on the 2nd floor of the complex, Jullien’s upbringing and experiences as a parent are expressed in a hilarious story about aging and responsibility. Compared to “PAPER PEOPLE,” this offers a different perspective from the artist, which visitors can learn more about in his interview.

  • Anohana Anime Series Commemorates 10th Anniversary with Tokyo Amusement Park Asakusa Hanayashiki

    09.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tokyo-based amusement park Asakusa Hanayashiki, said to be the oldest such park in Japan, will hold an event starting September 18 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Anohana anime series.

     

    The event itself will feature a brand-new illustration of the six main characters standing outside the gates of Asakusa Hanayashiki, as well as original merchandise, a menu of Anohana-inspired food, and a park-wide stamp rally. Those purchasing special tickets in advance will get exclusive offers, so don’t miss out if you’re in Tokyo!

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    Ticket Holder (only for special ticket holders)

    Stamp Rally Card

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    Hanayashiki Collaboration Chibi Attraction ver. Pins (12 designs): ¥440 each / BOX: ¥5,280 (Tax Included) *Random

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    09.September.2021 | FASHION

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    07.September.2021 | FASHION

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    Korilakkuma & Chairoikoguma Tissue Case: ¥3,949 (Tax Included)

    Rilakkuma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)

    Korilakkuma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)

    Kiiroitori Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)

    Chairoikoguma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)

    Rilakkuma Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)

    Korilakkuma Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)

    Kiiroitori Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)

    Chairoikoguma Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)

    Lining Design

     

    Maison de FLEUR released their first collection of Rilakkuma-inspired goods last year, focusing on the character Korilakkuma. Many of the goods sold out instantly, and restocks were necessary to keep up with demand for these adorable items. This new collection focuses not only on the popular Korilakkuma, but on Rilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and the honey-loving Chairoikoguma.

     

    This limited-time collaboration features tote bags, tissue cases, card cases, and bag charms, for a total 0f 15 different products to collect. Each features these popular San-X characters adorned with the quintessential Maison de FLEUR ribbon. The tote bags are large and spacious, while the tote bags bring a more adult flair to those wanting a touch of playfulness in their wardrobe.

     

    Which of these fluffy goods is on your wishlist?

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