Exhibition Opens at Select Animate Stores to Celebrate 30 Years of Mana RPG Series
17.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The Mana series (known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu) began in 1991 as an offshoot of the popular Final Fantasy RPG series. Since release, the twelve original Mana titles released have sold over eight million copies, and to commemorate 30 years, the ‘Mana: 30th Anniversary Exhibition in animate ONLY SHOP’ will take place at certain Animate locations around Japan. The event will kick off at Ikebukuro animate on October 9, 2021.
Character Pin Collection HEROS&HEROINES (24 varieties): ¥440 each (Tax Included)
Legend of Mana Character Pin Collection (20 varieties): ¥440 each (Tax Included)
T-shirt – Monster Design: ¥7,150 (Tax Included)
Blanket – Monster Design: ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
Legend of Mana Mini Acrylic Stand Collection (23 varieties): ¥770 each (Tax Included)
Postcard (51 varieties): ¥165 each (Tax Included)
Hardcover Notebook (3 varieties): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Legend of Mana Tote Bag: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Mug – Monster Design: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
What’s your favorite game in the Mana series?
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Mana 30th Anniversary Exhibition in animate ONLY SHOP
Ikebukuro Animate 8F: October 9 – October 31, 2021
Nagoya Animate: November 6 – November 21, 2021
Osaka Nipponbashi Animate O.N.SQUARE 2F: November 27 – December 12, 2021
Fukuoka PARCO Animate: December 18, 2021 – January 10, 2022
Sendai Animate: January 15 – January 30, 2022
Official Site: https://www.jp.square-enix.com/mana30th/
New ‘Ways of Telling’ Exhibition Unravels People’s Narratives in Artistic Ways
‘Ways of Telling’ Venue Photographer: Kioku Keizo
The Ways of Telling Exhibition is now open at the Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery in Tokyo. The focus of the gallery is to closely inspect how people ‘tell,’ or communicate with others. Human beings often depend on hearing or seeing as ways to get information, but there are many other ways to express thoughts and emotions, from paintings and photography to video creation. The exhibition highlights different attempts to receive and express invisible ‘narratives,’ and visitors will have to rely on their imagination to understand each piece.
‘Ways of Telling’ Venue Photographer: Kioku Keizo
‘Ways of Telling’ Venue Photographer: Kioku Keizo
‘Ways of Telling’ Venue Photographer: Kioku Keizo
Exhibition Space Design – Hideyuki Nakayama Architecture / Photo: Takashi Kato
Eight artists have contributed to the exhibition, each utilizing a wide variety of mediums. Hideyuki Nakayama, the architect behind the exhibition space, wanted to encourage visitors to use their imagination. “A building is a place that has been given a name and a fixed purpose, but I tried not to see it that way. I wanted it to feel like a different place for each guest. I hope that the space will overlap with the underlying purpose of the exhibition, in a way,” he explains.
Bringing together both the seeing and the blind, a special book club was established as a place to discuss each person’s ‘way of seeing’ when it comes to art. In the exhibition space, Rinko Kawauchi’s book Hajimari no Hi, containing images and thoughts captured by blind individuals during the book club, will be displayed in both words and other mediums.
Ways of Telling
Running: October 9, 2021 – December 26, 2021
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Closed Mondays)
Address: Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Galleries 1 & 2, and Interactive Space
Manga Artist Kazuo Umezu’s Work Featured in UMEZZ ART PROJECT Exhibition
UMEZZ ART PROJECT logo featuring self-portrait by Kazuo Umezu ©Kazuo Umezu
The UMEZZ ART PROJECT, focusing on the works of manga artist Kazuo Umezu, is coming to Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo from January 28 until March 25, 2022. The artist is widely known for his work on a number of horror series including Cat Eyed Boy and The Drifting Classroom, Working in the industry since 1962, his works have inspired a number of other manga creators, with Urusei Yatsura and Inuyasha creator Rumiko Takahashi once serving as Umezu’s assistant.
The Drifting Classroom（1972-1974）
My Name is Shingo（1982-1986）
*Dates of serialization in parentheses.
Demon Slayer Game Adds Rui and Akaza as Playable Characters in First Free Update
18.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The highly-anticipated Demon Slayer game is only a day away from launch! Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles is hitting consoles and PC on October 14 in Japan and in Europe and North America on October 15. The first free update will be adding Rui and Akaza as playable characters with two more free updates coming sometime after launch. The announcement was published in this week’s Weekly Shonen Jump.
It’s unclear exactly when the two characters will be added to Versus Mode, given that the first update doesn’t yet have a release date.
New Playable Characters Included with the First Free Update
Lower Rank 5, Rui
Upper Rank 3, Akaza
Are you excited for these bad guys to make their appearance?
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Machida City Museum Hosts Looking at Prints: Techniques, Expressions and Histories Exhibition
The Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in Machida, Tokyo, is currently holding the Looking at Prints: Techniques, Expressions, and History exhibition until December 5, 2021. Featuring over 130 prints created with a large variety of techniques, guests can take a deep dive into how each piece of art was made.
An Up-to-Date Parody of the Four Classes – Utagawa Kunisada. 1857. Letterpress, wood, multi-color printing.
Artists featured in the exhibition have used many different techniques to create their masterpieces, including woodblocks, copper plates, lithographs, and stencils. The main exhibit introduces famous printmakers such as Albrecht Durer, Pablo Picasso, and Shiko Munakata, but also a number of lesser-known artists who utilized less traditional techniques. All explanations are in an easy-to-understand manner, so why not come learn about art in Tokyo?
Looking at Prints: Techniques, Expressions, and Histories
Running: Until December 5, 2021 (Closed Mondays)
*Contents will undergo partial changes throughout the exhibition.
Weekdays – 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Weekends/Holidays – 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Address: Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts (4-28-1 Haramachida, Machida, Tokyo)
Official Site: http://hanga-museum.jp/
Worlds Largest “Washi” Print Exhibition ‘Awagami International Mini Print Exhibition 2021’ to be Held in Tokushima Prefecture
The Awa Washi Traditional Industry Center, a foundation which strives to inform and preserve the Awa Washi paper’s 1,300 years of history, will be holding the ‘International Mini Print Exhibition 2021’ between October 9 and November 7. The event will exhibit over 1,800 prints from 58 countries.
This international print exhibition will be displaying works from both domestic and overseas artists, all printed on A4 Wagami, or Japanese Paper. The exhibition is being held to increase the amount of artists displaying their works, while allowing local residents to feel an international connection through Awa Washi culture. This is the fifth instalment of the exhibition, which is held once every two years. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the organizers experienced some troubles such as shipping delays, but despite this, a total of 1,375 domestic and international artists applied to display their works. Each print has been carefully created by the artist, and will be displayed in one place to encourage not only those familiar with Awa Washi, but also introducing the culture to general art fans.
Why not immerse yourself amongst Japanese and International artwork at this unique paper event?
Awa Gami International Mini Print Exhibition 2021
Duration: October 9 ~ November 7 2021
Opening Hours: 9:00 ~ 17:00
Venue 1 General Incorporated Foundation Awa Washi Traditional Industry Center (141 Kawahigashi, Yamakawa-cho, Yoshinogawa-shi, Tokushima)
Admission Fees: Regular: ¥300 Student: ¥200 Elementary-Middle School: ¥150
Official Site: http://miniprint.awagami.jp/
Matsuya Ginza to Hold Largest-ever Exhibition of Drawings from Chihayafuru Manga
12.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Yuki Suetsugu’s manga series Chihayafuru continues to be a massively popular series in Japan and abroad since its start in 2007. Now, the largest-ever collection of the artist’s original drawings will be on display at Matsuya Ginza from December 27, 2021, until January 17, 2022.
Chihayafuru tells the story of Chihaya, a girl aiming to become the greatest competitive karuta player in Japan. Karuta is a Japanese card game, requiring players to memorize a collection of 100 classical poems in order to play. The Chihayafuru manga series has greatly boosted the popularity of competitive karuta in Japan. Generations of readers have been sucked in by the inspiring and romantic tale, and the series has grown to include an anime adaptation and a live-action film. With the series approaching completion, the three main characters, Chihaya, Arata, and Taichi, will take center stage at this expansive exhibition.
With more than 500 items on display, guests are invited to take a look back at the story’s origins. Some pieces were created for the exhibition, while others will be shown in color for the first time. While the drawings may be the main focus, the exhibition will also include notes, setting materials, and behind-the-scenes footage.
Running: December 27, 2021 – January 17, 2022 (Closed January 1)
Address: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Space
Advanced Tickets will be available from Lawson Ticket until December 26, 2021
Official Site: https://www.matsuya.com/ginza/
Miniature Photographer Tanaka Tatsuya to Hold Second Exhibition, Opening in Hiroshima for Limited Time
Miniature photographer Tanaka Tatsuya, who has garnered attention from all across the world, will be holding the ‘MINIATURE LIFE 2 ~ Tanaka Tetsuya’s Lifelike World~’ exhibition between November 26 and December 13 in the Sougo Hiroshima 9F exhibition hall.
Event Limited Goods
The popular “MINIATURE LIFE Exhibition” which captured the hearts of 1.5 million people within Japan and overseas, has returned with even more power than before. You’ll find a sushi roll train rolling along the tracks, a clip becoming a waiting room chair, and a hot-air balloon lettuce floating in the sky… Tanaka Tatsuya is a miniature photographer living in Kagoshima, who crafts a tiny and funny world by transforming everyday items.
Their unique and creative works will make you laugh and groan, transcending borders and attracting over 3.2 million followers on Instagram! Tanaka is spreading the joy of miniature art from Kagoshima to the world.
In this long-awaited second exhibition, around 170 works will be displayed, including some brand new pieces. Venue-limited merchandise and miniature dolls that feature in the artworks can be purchased at the event, so don’t miss out!
Be sure to check out the ‘MINIATURE LIFE 2 ~ Tanaka Tetsuya’s Lifelike World~’ exhibition, where your everyday life will be transformed into a wonderful new world!
MINIATURE LIFE 2 ~ Tanaka Tetsuya’s Lifelike World~
November 26 ~ December 13
Address: Sougo Hiroshima Main Building 9F Exhibition Hall (6-27, Moto-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima)
Tickets & Exhibition Details: https://www.home-tv.co.jp/event/miniature_life2_tatsuya-tanaka/
Scarlet Nexus Opening Video Features New Song by THE ORAL CIGARETTES
The new theme song for Scarlet Nexus is here! As with the first opening track, it was performed by rock band THE ORAL CIGARETTES and is titled MACHINEGUN. The song will be released digitally on October 13, 2021.
Scarlet Nexus Second Creditless Opening
Scarlet Nexus is based on the action RPG of the same name, released on June 24, 2021, for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC. The new opening shows the ongoing battle between Yuito, Kasane, and the other soldiers against the incoming army of monsters. Head to Apple Music and Spotify to pre-save the track now ahead of release!
Hetalia World★Stars Takes Over Namjatown in Tokyo with Newly Drawn Illustrations
Located inside Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Namjatown is an indoor theme park offering a number of themed attractions and tons of tasty food! Known for collaborating with popular anime and manga series, the complex will be teaming up with Hetalia World★Stars starting on October 20! Following this, Namjatown in Osaka will host the event starting January 14, 2022.
Riddle Solving Letter Set (14 varieties): ¥650 (Tax Included) *Random
Acrylic Pen Stand (14 varieties): ¥2,400 each (Tax Included)
56mm Pin Collection (14 varieties): ¥550 each (Tax Included) *Random
In-Store Exclusive Merchandise
Bag Hooks (14 Varieties): ¥1,500 each (Tax Included)
Cat-Shaped Illustration Sheet (14 varieties)
Web Shop/Hugood! from NAMJATOWN (Osaka) Exclusive Merchandise
Acrylic Picture Frame (1 type): ¥3,300 (Tax Included) *Not available at Namjatown.
‘Bon Appetit! Pasta Raffle’ Mini-Game
Example of Prizes
A Prize: Pouch (14 Varieties)
B Prize: Keychain (14 Varieties)
C Prize: Pin Collection (14 Varieties, Random)
‘Aim! Kugelschreiber!’ Mini-Game
Example of Prizes
Winner’s Prize: Acrylic Stand (14 Varieties)
Participation Prize: Photo Collection 2-piece set (14 Varieties, Random) *Includes 2 bromides of the same design
These prizes will also be available in online mini-games at the Namco Parks Online Shop.
Weekly Commemorative Stamp
Original Themed Food and Desserts
Where to Buy: Namja Gyoza Stadium, Fukubukuro Dessert Alley
Italy, Germany, and Japan Assortment Plate: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Czech Republic and Slovakia Coffee Float: ¥890 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Hugood! CAFE
World★Stars Waffle: ¥780 (Tax Included)
Icing Cookies, available for takeout (14 Varieties) / Acrylic Plate Set: ¥1,900 each (Tax Included) / Individual Cookies: ¥650 each (Tax Included)
Fortune Latte ‘World Greetings Latte’ (14 Characters x 3 Greetings): ¥690 each (Tax Included)
*The greeting on the cup will change depending on the time of day you order (morning, noon, or night).
*Icing Cookies and Fortune Lattes do not come with a cat-shaped illustration sheet.
Sparkling Acrylic Keychain (14 Varieties)
Those familiar with the Hetalia series will recognize these country-based characters, even when they’re sporting cat ears. Guests will be able to purchase a number of completely original goods, play mini-games for prizes, and chow down on themed menu items. Certain goods will also be available from the Namco Parks Online Store.
During the event period, a total of six unique original stamp designs will be available on a weekly basis. Starting on October 20, the Italy, Germany, and Japan stamp will be available, with a new design popping up each Monday.
Hetalia World★Stars in Namjatown
Running: October 20 – November 28, 2021
Namco Parks Online Store: https://parks2.bandainamco-am.co.jp/category/GOODS/
Open: October 20 – November 29, 2021, at 23:00
Premium Bandai Namjatown Online Shop: https://p-bandai.jp/namjaonlineshop/
Open: October 20 at 10:00 – November 29, 2021 at 23:00
Namco Parks Online Store (Mini-game Giveaway): https://parks2.bandainamco-am.co.jp/category/PRIZE/
Running: October 20 at 10:00 – November 29, 2021 at 23:00
Date of Giveaway: October 20, 2021 *January 14, 2022 for namco HEP FIVE store.
Participating Namco Amusement Stores:
Online Crane Mall Torumo
October 20, 2021, at 10:00
Torumo Site: https://s.torumo.namco.co.jp/sh/het_W
Torumo iOS App: https://s.torumo.namco.co.jp/sh/het_i
Torumo GooglePlay App: https://s.torumo.namco.co.jp/sh/het_A
Hetalia World★Stars in Namjatown – Umeda, Osaka
Running: January 14, 2022 – February 6, 2022
Address: Hugood! from NAMJATOWN (HEP FIVE 9F, 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hugoodfn_osaka
*Please note that certain events may differ at each Namjatown location.
‘Marubeni Gallery’ to Exhibit Marubeni Collection Pieces under Variety of Themes
Marubeni Corporation will be opening the Marubeni Gallery at their head office building on November 11 2021.
Marubeni has been collecting and preserving textile-related businesses since 1858, preserving dyed woven products from the Edo period (kimono, obi, fukura etc) and curating the Marubeni Collection, a collection of Western paintings collected from art businesses in 1970-1980, along with modern Japanese paintings which have been collected from artists and their circles, and a selection of weaved designs.
From the left:”Crimped Fiber Tasuki Chrysanthemum & Seigaiha Print Furisode” (Designated as an item of cultural importance in 2020) / “Iso Tsuzure Go” by Takeuchi Seihou / “La Bella Simonetta” by Botticelli (late 15th century).
The Marubeni Collection will be displayed at the Marubeni Gallery, exhibiting a variety of themes under the concept of “a space where the beauty of the East and West resonates.”
There are plans for special exhibitions to be held three times a year, and the Autumn 2022 event will be showcasing Botticelli’s “La Bella Simonetta,” the representative work of the Marubeni Collection.
Be sure to visit the Marubeni Gallery, where the beautiful of the East and West join together beautifully.
Opening Memorial Exhibition I: The Echoes of Modern Art between Japan and France
Duration: November 1 2021 ~ January 31 2022
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00 (Last Entry at 16:30)
Closures: Sundays, Public Holidays, New Year, Exhibition Renewal Dates
Official Instagram: https://instagram.com/marubeni_gallery_official
Exhibition Featuring Famed Silk Fabrics from Tsuruoka in Yamagata Prefecture Now Open
Tsuruoka, Yamagata prefecture is known throughout Japan and the world for its silk production. Beginning on September 18, a new exhibition is inviting guests to see some of the incredibly beautiful fabrics to come out of the area, particularly highlighting Reiko Sudo, an innovative cloth-maker living in the area. These stunning pieces are being displayed at the Matsugaoka Reclamation Site, celebrating 150 years of history in 2021 and known as the birthplace of Tsuruoka silk. In particular, Sudo’s own Kibiso fabrics, created with the intent of blending long-held traditions with modern technologies, will be making an appearance! Kibiso refers to the first silk that comes off the cocoons in industrial silk spinning.
Kibiso Stripes & Streaks: 2018 Photo Sue McNab
Kibiso Zori: Photo Keiko Matsubara
Swinging Cherries: 2021 Photo Keiko Matsubara
An exhibit featuring the production process, original design sketches, and prototypes
Kibiso – Ogarami Choshi Sheets: 2018 Photo Keiko Matsubara
Ogarami Choshi, the byproduct of the silk mill: Photo Keiko Matsubara
The First Cultivation of the Matsugaoka Reclamation Site
Tsuruoka City is the only region in Japan where the entire silk-making process–from caring for silkworms to dying and wearing–is completed in a single place. Silk production began in 1872 when the former Shonai clam’s samurai warriors began cultivating new lands around the Matsugaoka area. During the Meiji period, a local inventor named Saito Toichi invented the automatic weaving machine, making the production of silk fabrics much quicker and easier. The new fabrics were exported around the country to be used in dresses, and silk production quickly became the area’s main industry.
Kibiso, a type of thread made from the first silk discharged from a silkworm, has been in production since 2007 and is breathing new life into the area’s industry. The thread is hard and thick, making it very difficult to work with–but once these works are completed, the textile is extremely durable. It holds moisture well, has antibacterial properties, and will help protect the wearer from UV rays. Combining new designs with functionality, Kibiso also cuts down on waste, and museums in the United States and the United Kingdom currently have some of these creations on display, with more requesting installations.
At the current exhibition, 29 unique textiles, mainly Kibiso, are hung from the ceiling. Visitors are allowed to touch each of these pieces, and can also view the entire creative process from sketches and prototypes to the final product. All pieces were created together with the members of NUNO, a textile design studio directed by Sudo. The designs were decided on through conversations with craftsmen throughout Japan. By reviewing traditional processes and helping them evolve to suit modern needs, Kibiso was born and is helping to revitalize the silk industry in Tsuruoka.
A highlight of the exhibition is ogarami choshi, a byproduct of silk production often caught in the thin metal tubes of silk mills. These can be torn into sheets and used for new creations, and by doing so, helps reduce waste.
Circular Design -Kibiso Continues-
Running: September 18 – October 17, 2021 (Planned to be extended until the end of 2021)
Hours: 9:00-16:00 (Closed on Wednesdays)
Address: Matsugaoka Reclamation Site, Silkwork-Raising Room 2F (29 Haguromachi Matsugaoka, Tsuruoka, Yamagata)
#GucciGardenArchetypes Exhibition Held for Brands 100th Anniversary, Explores Brands’ Archetypes and Vision
To celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary, Gucci will be hosting the ‘Gucci Garden Archetypes’ exhibition in Tennozu, Tokyo, between September 23 and October 31. The exhibition reflects the vision, aesthetics, and inclusive philosophies of creative director Alessandro Michele, as shown through advertising campaigns throughout his years in the position.
An Archetype refers to something that many things have been based on, and Gucci’s advertisement campaigns are exactly that – the Archetype to Gucci’s world.
The exhibition features astronauts, aliens, horses, angels, and more motifs that were featured in venues throughout the world, from Tokyo to Los Angeles, and even Paris’ May Revolution in 1968. Visitors are whisked away on a spectacular journey through Alessandro Michele’s kaleidoscopic vision. You will also discover the music, art, journeys, and pop culture that inspired Gucci’s campaigns.
Exhibition director Alessandro Michele spoke, saying “I thought it would be interesting to invite people to join me on this six year journey, experiencing a dazzling world of fantasy and surprises. From there, I decided to create an immersive world that people could jump into through the advertisement campaigns. After all, it is the campaigns that best represent my vision.”
The exhibition is made up of multiple spaces built using cutting-edge technology, sophisticated craftsmen, and innovative interior design. The studio was designed by Archivio Personale, who has transformed Alessandro Michele’s vision into a narrative space.
As you enter the venue, you’ll discover a control room, seemingly behind the scenes of the first exhibition as photos of Michele’s campaigns are projected onto screens. Each room is based on a different theme, connected by aisle to recreate the diverse and wonderful world of Gucci’s campaigns.
The Gucci Beauty room is full of screens at different angles, each showing footage from a lipstick collection campaign with the phrase “for the bold, the bright, and the beautiful.” The room dazzles those entering with the smile of punk singer Dani Miller, which is said to have overturned beautify standards in the cosmetics industry.
The Gucci Bloom room is a floral paradise with its rich, floral scent. This campaign featured actress Dakota Johnson, feminist artist and photographer Petra Collins, and Hari Nef, a transgender actress and model, as the protagonists, each hiding away in an imaginary hidden garden. The three charismatic and unconventional women perfectly reflect Michele’s vision of modern femininity.
The 2018 pre-fall collection campaign paid homage to the young people who participated in Paris’ May 68 movement to mark the 50th anniversary of the event, using graffiti to add depth to the atmosphere.
The room featuring the 2018 Spring/Summer campaign features visuals by Ignashi Monreal, who is known for his elaborate and expressive artwork, covering the walls and ceiling with a giant mural.
The room for the 2016 Fall/Winter collection takes you to Tokyo, using thousands of sequins across the walls to recreate Tokyo, a city that shines even at night. Meanwhile, the 2017 Fall/Winter room will take you all the way to space, with otherworldly creatures, aliens, and astronauts, all introduced in a Natural History Museum inspired diorama style.
The 2018 Fall/Winter room reflects the world of an eccentric collector, with shelves covering the walls from floor to ceiling. There are countless collectors items, with cases of butterflies, cuckoo clocks, colorful plushies, and even a number of Gucci GG Marmont bags. There are even set spaces, such as the 2016 Spring/Summer campaign which was set in the toilets of a 1980’s club in Berlin and the luxurious modern villa from the “Party of a Lifetime” cruise collection campaign in 2020. Head behind the scenes and traverse deeper into this maze-like space, riding the Los Angeles subway to return to Alessandro Michele’s very first campaign in 2015 Fall/Winter.
Lose yourself in the world of Gucci’s advertising campaigns with this immersive space!
Images Courtesy of Gucci
GUCCI GARDEN ARCHETYPES
Address: B&C HALL・E HALL 2-1-3, Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Duration: September 23 ~ October 31
Opening Hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00 (21:00 on Fri, Sat.) ※Last admissions are 30 minutes before closing.
Entry: Free, reservation required. Reservations can be made via the Official Gucci LINE account.
Official Site: www.gucci.com