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/
Details of Mobile Police Patlabor 30th Anniversary Exhibition in Tsuchiura Announced
Mobile Police Patlabor is celebrating 30 years with a special exhibition in Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture from January 14 until February 13, 2022.
The exhibition has traveled to four locations so far, starting in Osaka in 2019, then Tokyo, Nagoya, and Niigata soon after. It has been extremely well-received by fans, and this new iteration will exhibit original drawings and cells from Mobile Police Patlabor 2: The Movie, along with poster and cels.
Other production materials from the 47-episode TV series broadcast on NTV from 1989 until 1990 will also be available to peruse for the first time.
1. Exhibition of Original Drawings and Cels from the Original Time of Production on Display for the First Time
The original jacket illustrations for the TV anime version and Mobile Police Patlabor 2: The Movie drawn by character designer Akemi Takada, as well as celluloid images discovered by the editorial department of KADOKAWA Newtype, and valuable original art owned by the animation production company Production I.G will all be on exhibition.
2. Exhibition of New 3-D Works
The exhibition will feature new sculptures created by sculptor Hideki Kawabata.
Especially noteworthy is the 1.2-meter tall Griffon statue.
3. New Merchandise on Sale
New booklets featuring the anime and movie will be available for purchase prior to the start of the exhibition.
Also, new Griffon goods, still very popular among fans, will be available.
4. Commemorative Stamp Rally
To commemorate the opening of the exhibition, a stamp rally will be held around the city.
Those who visit every spot will receive a clear folder decorated with the main visual of the exhibition drawn by Yukio Kitta.
5. AR Audio Guide Exclusive to the Venue
As with the previous Niigata exhibition, guests can listen to AR voice guidance by Miina Tominaga (Noa Izumi) and Yoshiko Sakakibara (Shinobu Nagumo) while at the venue.
Mobile Police Patlabor 30th Anniversary Celebration in Tsuchiura Exhibition
Location: Tsuchiura City Gallery (Arcus Tsuchiura 1F, 1-1 Yamato-cho, Tsuchiura)
Access: 1-minute walk from the Tsuchiura Station West Exit
Running: January 14 – February 13, 2022
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Entry 17:30)
*Please allow about one hour for viewing.
Tourist Information and Goods Center Kirarakan (Tsuchiura City Hall 1F, 9-1 Yamato-cho, Tsuchiura)
Official Goods: https://www.amazon.co.jp/stores/page/8931A4C7-C1EF-4435-A813-5650084F3700
Stamp Rally Details: https://www.city.tsuchiura.lg.jp/page/page016117.html
Official Site: https://patlabor.tokyo/
Tokyo Revengers Exhibition to Offer Exclusive Goods in Tokyo and Osaka
20.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The hugely popular manga series Tokyo Revengers began serialization in Weekly Shonen Magazine in 2017 and has sold over 40 million copies to date. Author Ken Wakui, initially known for his work Shinjuku Swan, has found unforetold success since the series was released globally. An original Tokyo Revengers art exhibition will be held in Tokyo from January 29 until February 14, and in Osaka from March 19 until March 27, 2022.
Shopping Bag for Guests Spending Over ¥5,000 (Including Tax)
Selected Special Merchandise
Acrylic Stand (10 varieties)
B2-sized Tapestry (10 varieties)
Clear Art Panel (3 varieties)
Metal Badge Collection (10 varieties total)
Clear Folder Set
Original Work Clear Folder (10 varieties)
Manga-style Memo Pad (4 varieties)
Full-Color T-shirt (2 varieties)
Light-up Stand (2 varieties)
Mascot Plushies (22 varieties total)
The visual for the exhibition was drawn by Ken Wakui and features ten popular characters from the series. Check out social media for more details about the exhibition!
Location: Ikebukuro Sunshine City World Import Mart Bldg. 4F Exhibition Hall A
Running: January 29 – February 14, 2022
Location: Osaka Nanko ATC Gallery
Running: March 19, 2022 – March 27, 2022
*The exhibition and available merchandise may be subject to change, postponement, or cancellation.
Tickets/Event Details: https://www.revengers-exhibition.com
BE:FIRST Photo Exhibition “We Just Gifted.” Ver. 2 Opens at Shibuya PARCO
In October 2021, boy band BE:FIRST held their first photo exhibition at Shibuya PARCO. Now, a second version of the exhibition is triumphantly returning to the Tokyo venue!
BE:FIRST is a seven-member dance and vocal group created during THE FIRST boy band audition. Organized by BMSG, a company founded by popular rapper SKY-HI, the group immediately amassed an army of fans from around the world. The photo exhibition held in Tokyo, Nagoya, and online for three months starting in October attracted over 10,000 visitors.
In response to the large demand, the BE:FIRST Photo Exhibition “We Just Gifted.” recently visited Osaka, before returning to Tokyo. The first showing focused heavily on the member’s journey towards a major debut, but now, more than 80% of the photos have been replaced. Since BE:FIRST’s major debut on November 3, the boys have held their first solo concert and fan meetups. Over 200 photos of the members post-debut will be on display.
The online photo exhibition, which was scheduled to end on January 31, will be extended to coincide with the new exhibition at Shibuya PARCO. Be sure to check it out!
BE:FIRST PHOTO EXHIBITION “We Just Gifted.” Ver.2
Running: January 26, 2022 – February 8, 2022
Location: Shibuya PARCO B1F GALLERY X BY PARCO (15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 11:00-20:00 *Hours subject to change.
Admission: ¥500 (Tax Included) *Reservations required for all days. First-come, first-served. Re-entry is not permitted.
Official Exhibition Site: https://art.parco.jp/galleryx/detail/
*Content of the exhibition is subject to change without notice.
Tickets for the event are now available on the Livepocket website.
Buy Tickets: https://art.parco.jp/galleryx/detail/
Noraneko Gundan Exhibition to Open at Daimaru Umeda in Osaka for a Limited Time
The Noraneko Gundan exhibition, which saw great success in 2021, is now open in Osaka until January 31, 2022! The popular character is making the rounds to celebrate Noriko Kudo’s 20th anniversary as a children’s author. In addition to over 250 illustrations and videos on display from the Noraneko Gundan picture books, guests can enjoy a photo spot and other activities.
Osaka Exclusive Merchandise
IC Card Case with Octopus: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Cookie & Tin with Octopus: ¥1,400 (Tax Included)
Clear Folder with Octopus: ¥418 (Tax Included)
Sticker with Octopus: ¥385 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keychain (Noraneko & Octopus / Mami & Octopus): ¥660 each (Tax Included)
Noraneko, Mami, and Octopus Acrylic Stand: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Baby Wipes & Can (Noraneko & Octopus / Mami and Octopus): ¥550 each (Tax Included)
New Products at Osaka Venue
Moisture Absorbing Coaster: ¥880 each (Tax Included)
Pin: ¥440 each (Tax Included)
Special Purchase Bonus for guests spending over ¥3,000 (Tax Included)
The first 100 guests to arrive each day will receive a special clear folder.
The exhibition will also include over 350 pieces of merchandise, including limited-edition goods for the Osaka exhibition, books, plush toys, figures, and more.
Noraneko Gundan Exhibition – Noriko Kudo’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
Running: January 3 – January 31, 2022
Address: Daimaru Umeda 13F Event Space
Official Site: https://dmdepart.jp/museum/umeda/noranekogundan/
Upcoming Noraneko Gundan Exhibition Tour
Running: March 23 – April 4, 2022
Location: Daimaru Sapporo
Running: June 4 – July 31, 2022
Location: Fujieda City Provincial Museum and Literary Museum
Running: August 6 – September 25, 2022
Location: Fudenosato Kobo Art Museum
TeamLab Opens Permanent Megalith Garden Exhibit at Shanghai Shopping Mall
On December 23, 2021, the digital art collective TeamLab unveiled ‘Megaliths in the Garden,’ an interactive work of art at the One ITA shopping mall in Xujiahui, one of the largest commercial districts in Shanghai. This permanent exhibit shows the birth, bloom, and fall of the white magnolia and other local flowers throughout the year, and also changes in response to visitors’ movements.
In ‘Megaliths in the Garden,’ the flowers that bloom in the area throughout the year are born and die in eternal repetition from hour to hour. When people approach each piece, the flowers fall, and when they stay still more bloom. The plants will also change to suit the particular season. How would you like to visit Shanghai to see this incredible digital art piece?
Megaliths in the Garden
Location: Co-FUN Garden
One ITC LG1
1901 Hua Shan Road, Xujiahui Ddistrict, Shanghai
Official Site: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/megaliths_garden
ART SHINSAIBASHI Event to Display Over 300 Pieces of Contemporary Art
08.January.2022 | FASHION
ART SHINSAIBASHI, previously held twice in 2021, will return for its biggest showing ever from January 15 until January 22, 2022. 300 unique works of contemporary art will be on display, with some created by up-and-coming creators and others from seasoned masters of their craft. Three locations will house the art, with Space 14 at Shinsaibashi PARCO will serve as the main venue. Some of the most notable artists include Banksy, KAWS, and Jean-Michael Basquiat. Featured domestic artists include Hiroko Koshino and Youhei Sugita, the latter holding a live painting stream on January 15 and 16.
Main Venue (PARCO 14F Space 14)
‘Contemporary Art Collection’
Running: January 15 – January 22, 2022
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Admission until 30 minutes prior to closing / Closing at 16:00 on January 22)
Youhei Sugita Live Painting Stream / January 15, 16 from 14:00-15:00
Selected Works on Display
URGE1 – KAWS
Flying Copper – Banksy
WORK#1790 – Koshino Hiroko
pith series yellow – Youhei Sugita
Anime Cel Art Collection
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Second Venue: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building 8F Artglorieux
Nick Walker Contemporary Art Collection
Running: January 12 – January 18, 2022 / 10:00-20:00 (Closing at 16:00 on January 18)
VANDAL vs LOUVRE
Yukyo Yamamoto Solo Exhibition
Running: January 19 – January 25, 2022 / 10:00-20:00 (Closing at 16:00 on January 18)
Bit Coins on the Dollars
第三会場 大丸心斎橋店本館1F 御堂筋側イベントスペース Third Venue: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building 1F Event Space
Contemporary Art Pop-Up Store
Running: January 14 – January 25, 2022
How Fun! – Takashi Murakami
Running: January 15 – January 22, 2022
Location: Shinsaibashi PARCO 14F Space 14
Work Details: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/shinsaibashi/art_shinsaibashi/
Live Painting Stream by Youhei Sugita
Date: January 15, 2022 at 14:00
Where to Watch: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Official Instagram Account (@daimarushinsaibashi)
*The completed works will be sold by lottery at the venue.
A lottery box will be set up at the venue, and winners will be contacted on or after January 17, 2022.
Online Art Exhibition ‘Creators Show Up’ Announces Original Catalogue, Contest
07.January.2022 | FASHION
The online art exhibition for artists from the current era ‘Creator’s Show Up Gallery Online’ has announced the creation of a new original catalog, along with a contest to decide the best work from among the exhibitors’ booths.
The original catalog will include the works of all exhibitors of the online gallery. The cover features a key visual drawn by najuko. For those wanting to be included in the catalog, register as an exhibitor on the site, and then register for a booth. Sales will begin on January 20, 2021 for a limited time only.
A new contest is being held under the theme of ‘the emergence of new talent.’ Winners can snag prizes regardless of fame or achievements prior, and the top prize is ¥100,000 and a YouTube thumbnail created by singer-songwriter John/TOOBOE.
2022 Anime & Game Summit 2022
Running: January 20, 2022 at 11:00 – January 21, 2022 at 18:00
Exhibit Fee: Free (*Some fees may apply)
Exhibition Application Deadline: January 12, 2022
How to Apply: https://showbooth.dmm.com/events/animegame/exhibitor/
Visitor Registration: Free
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/ags_DMM
Event Details: https://shutsugen.com/event.php#shutsugen
Contest Entry Guidelines
Step 1: Register as an exhibitor in the gallery.
Step 2: Register your work at the booth.
Entry Deadline: January 13, 2022 at 23:59
Running: January 20 – January 23, 2022
Official Site: https://shutsugen.com/
Exhibitor Application Page: https://shutsugen.com/eve†ts/ex/venue/request/exhibit_auth.php
Wall Art Commemorating Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Appears in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya
06.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
To commemorate the start of Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 on January 9, 2022, some powerful new wall art filled with storyboards and other imagery from the series has appeared in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya train stations for a limited time!
These incredible images will only be available to see until January 9, so if you’re near any of these stations, be sure to check them out! Starting on January 4, a countdown video of ‘favorite scenes’ as chosen by six popular creators will be posted to the official anime Twitter account (@anime_shingeki).
Storyboards featured in this wall art comes from episodes 76 to 80 of the anime series. The largest board is 22.5 meters in length.
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Commemorative Wall Art
Location: Tokyu Dogenza Happy Board AB30
(In the underground passage near the A0 and A1 exits on B2F towards Dogenzaka on the Denentoshi Line at Shibuya Station)
Viewing Period: January 4 – 9, 2022
Location: Tokyo Metro / Shinjuku Metro Super Premium Set
(In the corridor connecting the east and west exits of Shinjuku Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR West Japan Railway / Sakurabashi Avenue, Osaka Station
(In the underground passage towards the Sakurabashi exit of JR Osaka Station)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Location: JR Central Japan Railway / Nagoya Wide Wall
(Inside the Sakuradori Gate of JR Nagoya Station, on the North Street)
Viewing Period: January 3 – 9, 2022
Official Site: https://shingeki.tv/final/
Manga Author Ai Yazawa, Known for ‘NANA’ and ‘Paradise Kiss,’ to Open Exhibition in Summer 2022
Shojo manga artist Ai Yazawa will hold her own exhibition in 2022! The event will begin at Shinjuku Takashimaya in late July before traveling to Osaka Takashimaya and Yokohama Takashimaya.
Yazawa’s most popular manga series include Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai, Neighborhood Story, Paradise Kiss, and Nana. This exhibition will serve as a ‘best-of album’ for her many beloved works. Typically, Yazawa’s storylines center heavily on young women and their relationships, with each of these characters being very stylish. In the west, this inspired more interest in Tokyo street fashion.
The Ai Yazawa ALL TIME BEST Exhibition will feature over 100 original drawings and illustrations, as well as never-before-seen materials from the production of Yazawa’s many manga series and anime adaptations.
Ai Yazawa ALL TIME BEST Exhibition
Late July – Early August 2022 / Shinjuku Takashimaya 11F Event Hall
Late August – Early September 2022 / Osaka Takashimaya 7F Grand Hall
Late September – Early October 2022 / Yokohama Takashimaya 8F Gallery
*Schedule as of December 21, 2022. Dates and content are subject to change.
Ai Yazawa Gallery Official Website: https://yazawaai-ten.com/
Pac-Man Museum Open at Sky Garden on 69th Floor of Yokohama Landmark Tower
Yokohama Landmark Tower’s 69th floor Sky Garden observation deck will, strangely, host a Pac-Man Museum event from December 17, 2021 until February 28, 2022.
Video Game Art Gallery
Pac-Man Sparkling Fruit Drink
Pac-Man became a smash hit upon release in Japan in 1980 and is still beloved around the world to this day. The event will include a huge lineup of Pac-Man exhibits, and even those not familiar with the title will be able to enjoy the incredible view and history of this iconic franchise.
In addition to a gallery filled with original drawings of Pac-Man and other games from the 1980s, guests can also view handwritten game plans from this important era. Visitors can also play a number of games on-site. Special collaboration drinks and merchandise inspired by Pac-Man will be on sale as well!
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Pac-Man x Sky Garden – Pac-Man Game Museum
Running: December 17, 2021 – February 28, 2022
Location: Yokohama Landmark Tower 69F Sky Garden
Official Site: http://www.mjpm.co.jp/
Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition to Open in Kanazawa for Limited-Time
The Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition will be open at Daiwa Korinbo in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture from December 26, 2021, until January 12, 2022. The event commemorates the 10th anniversary of the anime series, and this limited-time run will be the first time the exhibition has been held in the Chubu and Hokuriku regions.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition Admission Ticket with Goods
The Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition invites visitors to relive the series’ story with newly-drawn key visuals, production materials, illustrations, videos, and much more.
In addition to original merchandise such as tapestries and new illustrations, visitors can find local acrylic charms for purchase.
Kanazawa is located close to the Sea of Japan, and visitors coming during this holiday season can enjoy the beautiful snowy scenery and delicious local fare as well!
(C)Magica Quartet／Aniplex・Madoka Partners・MBS
Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition in Ishikawa
Address: Daiwa Korinbo 8F Hall (1-1-1 Korinbo, Kanazawa, Ishikawa)
Running: December 26, 2021 – January 12, 2022
*Closed on January 1, 2022.
Official Site: https://10th.madoka-magica.com/madokaten/
Ayako Suwa’s New Work ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’ on Exhibition at KAMU Kanazawa
KAMU k=k, the sixth space in the private contemporary art museum KAMU Kanazawa, will officially open on December 17, 2021. The location was created as a multi-purpose exhibition space, and it’s first project will be ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’ by Ayako Suwa, active in the field of food art. The work is seat in Hakusan and Kanazawa and revolves around the themes of nature, cities, and water circulation.
TALISMAN in the woods ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of KAMU kanazawa
In the year and a half since its opening in 2020, KAMU Kanazawa has continued to inspire with unique spaces inspired by artist’s individuality. The opening of ‘KAMU tatami’ in October made a big splash, and ‘KAMU k=k’ will only be a limited space for around four years. This follows the museums philosophy that the role and shape of a city changes over time, meaning that the museum should change along with it.
KAMU k≐k Courtesy of KAMU kanazaw
The space is five meters high, and seven meters wide and deep, giving a theater-like atmosphere. Giving a wildly different impression than it’s surroundings, visitors can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime art experience.
TALISMAN in the woods ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of KAMU kanazawa
The first exhibition held in “k≐k” will be “TALISMAN in the Woods” by Ayako Suwa. Ripples will spread outside of the museum, following the theme of water circulation. Visitors will be asked to pay attention to how nature silently impacts daily life, and will be inspired to create connections with the world around them. In this exhibition, Suwa will share insight on water from Hakusan, a city supplying water to huge areas of Ishikawa Prefecture. This three-dimensional work was created by the artist during 2020 during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic. Using Cedar branches and leaves from Hakusan, the installation is on a massive scale consistent with the new space.After the exhibition, the talismans displayed in the work will be returned to the soil of Hakusan to connect the exhibition with local nature.
©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
Through crowdfunding, guests can snag a piece of Suwa’s work along with other special items. In addition to simply owning a piece of art, upon the death of these talismans, guests can participate in the ritual of returning these pieces to the forest.
TALISMAN ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
Open: December 17, 2021
Ayako Suwa’s ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’
Exhibition Period: December 17 – December 23, 2021
Admission: ¥1300 (Ticket for all spaces) / Free for Elementary Students and Under
Closed on Mondays (unless a national holiday)
Address: KAMU Kanazawa (1-1-52 Hirosaka, Kanazawa)
*KAMU Sky is not currently open to the public.
Open Period: November 22 – December 27, 2021
Crowdfunding URL: https://motion-gallery.net/projects/kamu_ayakosuwapjt/
Platform: MotionGallery (https://motion-gallery.net/)