Sebastian Masuda Kawaii Exhibition to be Held at 1,300-Year-Old Kanda Myojin Shrine
Sebastian Masuda, the Godfather of Kawaii, is bringing his ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ exhibition to Tokyo. If that isn’t cool enough, the event will be held from December 4 until December 12, 2021, at the 1,300-year-old Kanda Myojin Shrine, known as one of the most important shrines during the Edo period.
Kanda Myojin, the Tokyo Venue
Work at ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ Venue in Osaka
Related Event, 6%DOKIDOKI Fashion Show
Originally scheduled to arrive in Tokyo in September, the exhibition was postponed due to the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kanda Myojin is known as the site of the Kanda Festival, one of the three major Shinto festivals in Tokyo started by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1600. The shrine is very close to Akihabara, and has become a place for technophiles to pray for their electronics!
Sebastian Masuda is known as the Godfather of Kawaii, and his colorful and crazy art is known around the world. In 2020, Masuda asked a number of questions to fans of Japanese pop culture around the world–what is Kawaii? Why does Kawaii cross borders, generations, and gender? This new exhibition tries to find an answer to those questions while bringing some joy and excitement to the local community.
Osaka’s City of Art Kitakagaya has hosted Masuda’s exhibition since October 30, with his works spread out across three different venues. These will be open until November 30, 2021.
Additionally, on November 13, a street fashion show by Masuda’s popular Harajuku fashion brand 6%DOKIDOKI will be held at the third venue. The brand turns 26 this year.
Yes, Kawaii is Art
Sebastian Masuda’s “Yes, Kawaii is Art” Exhibition at Kanda Myojin Shrine
Running: December 3 – December 12, 2021
Address: Kanda Myojin Shrine (2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
*Details to be announced at a later date.
Venue 1: ¥500 (Weekdays) ¥1,000 (Weekends/Holidays)
Both Venue 1 + Venue 2: ¥1,500 (Viewing) ¥2,000 (Experience)
Venue 3: Free
Access: Close to Kita-Kagaya Station on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line, Exit 4
Venue 1: kagoo
Main Work: ‘Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-
Running: October 30 – November 21, 2021
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, November 17
Address: 5-4-19 Kita-Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Venue 2: Oto Building
Main Work: ‘Fantastic Voyage, Prototype II’
Running: November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
Hours: Shows at 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 *Only at 17:00 on November 14
Address: 5-5-1 Kita-Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Venue 3: Chidori Bunka
Main Work: ‘Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-
Running: November 12 – November 21, 2021
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Address: 5-2-28 Kita-Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
6%DOKIDOKI Fashion Show ‘Colorful Riot’
Date: November 14, 2021
Address: Venue 1 (Free Admission)
Official Site: https://sebastianmasuda.com/
Rascal Pop-Up Store Coming to Abeno Q’s Mall in Osaka for Limited-Time
The animated character Rascal the Raccoon is a beloved figure in Japan. Based on the 1963 novel Rascal, A Memoir of a Better Era by Sterling North, Nippon Animation created the adorable character that fans know today. Now, a Rascal pop-up store will be open at Abeno Q’s Mall in Osaka from December 1 until December 14, 2021.
Paper Bag for those who spend ¥2,000 or more (Including Tax)
Take-Out Tumblers for those who spend ¥6,000 or more (Including Tax)
More than ten new products featuring Rascal will be available at the pop-up store, as well as the above bonus gifts for those spending certain amounts.
Rascal’s Tail in Abeno Q’s Mall
Running: December 1 – December 14, 2021
Address: Abeno Q’s Mall 1F, in front of Sketchers (1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka)
Official Site: https://www.araiguma-rascal.com/
A Sneak Peek at Sebastian Masuda’s ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art’ Exhibition at Kanda Myojin Shrine
The Godfather of Kawaii Sebastian Masuda will open his ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art’ exhibition at the 1,300-year-old Kanda Myojin Shrine on December 4, 2021. A number of Masuda’s representative works will be on display at the historical site, known as one of the most important shrines during the Edo period.
Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-
Kanda Myojin Shrine
Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare- has been shown in New York, Milan, and Amsterdam over the past few years, and will now make an appearance as part of this exhibition. Given the magnificence of the venue, the work will be presented in a unique way–in the basement of the shrine. In addition, a part of the research on Kawaii culture conducted in collaboration with Kyoto University of Arts Ultra Factory will be on display as well. Guests will be invited to ponder the nature of Kawaii, and what makes it so beloved by audiences worldwide.
Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-
Time After Time Capsule Art Project
Kawaii Archival Research
Near the entrance to the shrine, the Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK will be on display. Clad in the cutest colors imaginable, it has become a symbol of Harajuku around the world. The Hello Kitty-shaped time capsule, which was on display for five months in New York City in 2015, will also be shown on the temple grounds. The participatory art project has made it to 12 cities around the world so far.
Kawaii culture will blend with traditional Japanese culture during this exhibition, so keep an eye out for more details coming soon!
What is ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art?’
Sebastian Masuda has been at the helm of the global Kawaii movement for decades.
In 2020, Masuda asked a number of questions to fans of Japanese pop culture around the world–what is Kawaii? Why does Kawaii cross borders, generations, and gender? This new exhibition tries to find an answer to those questions while bringing some joy and excitement to the local community.
Sebastian Masuda Exhibition ‘Yes, Kawaii Is Art’ at Kanda Myojin Shrine
Dates: December 4 – December 12, 2021
Hours: 12:00-18:00 (Last Entry at 17:30)
Address: Kanda Myojin Shrine (2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Admission: Free (¥500 for Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-)
For more details on the event, follow Sebastian Masuda’s Twitter:
Tokyo Daijingu Shrine in Iidabashi Offering Rilakkuma Themed Ema Plaques
The popular character Rilakkuma was recently appointed as the tourism ambassador for Chiyoda City in Tokyo. To commemorate this lofty position, Tokyo Daijingu Shrine will begin offering Ema decorated with Rilakkuma starting December 1, 2021. Ema are small wooden plaques found at shrines, and visitors can write their wishes or prayers on them before hanging them up for the Gods to receive them.
Tokyo Daijingu was built in the early Meiji period so that residents of Tokyo could worship the many deities enshrined at the Grand Shrine of Ise from afar. Originally built in Hibiya, the shrine was moved to Iidabashi in 1928 after the Kanto Earthquake.
Rilakkuma became the tourism ambassador for Chiyoda in August and aims to convey the many charms of the area to as many people as possible. These Ema feature an original Rilakkuma design along with the crest of Tokyo Daijingu.
Tokyo Daijingu Shrine Rilakkuma Ema
Available: December 1 *Only available while Rilakkuma is Tourism Ambassador.
Official Site: http://www.tokyodaijingu.or.jp/
Tokyo Revengers Art Exhibition to Open in Tokyo and Osaka in 2022
The globally popular manga series Tokyo Revengers has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine since 2017 and has sold over 40 million copies. An anime series began in April 2021, and a live-action film made its way to theaters in July. In 2022, a Tokyo Revengers art exhibition will be coming to Tokyo and Osaka for a limited time. The event will be coming to Tokyo in January and to Osaka in March.
Ticket + Merch Bonus: T-Shirt
Stickers for Visitors (6 varieties)
*One sticker will be given to visitors at random. Guests cannot choose the pattern.
*Stickers cannot be exchanged unless they are defective.
*Stickers will be available while supplies last.
*Admission privileges will be distributed only to those with paid admission.
Teaser images for the event have already been unveiled, and the first ticket lottery is now underway.
Tokyo Revengers Exhibition
Address: Ikebukuro Sunshine City World Import Mart Building 4F Exhibition Hall A
Running: January 29, 2022 – February 14, 2022
Address: Osaka ATC Gallery
Running: March 19, 2022 – March 27, 2022
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/revengers_ex (@revengers_ex)
Official Site: https://www.revengers-exhibition.com
Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021 and Keyakizaka Lights, Tokyo’s Signature Christmas Event, Begin
17.November.2021 | SPOT
Tokyo’s favorite Christmas event has begun! Roppongi Hills is a popular destination for shopping, eating, and having a good time, and the Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021 celebration brings the complex to life with plenty of holiday spirit. The Keyakizaka Lights signal the beginning of the Christmas season in the area, and this winter tradition is not to be missed!
The 400-meter-long Keyakizaka street is covered in over 700,000 blue and white LED lights, and the scene has become a popular representation of what Christmas looks like in Tokyo. This year’s West Walk shopping arcade will also feature the special Bon-Bon Blossom installation, a Christmas tree made to look like bonbon chocolates.
Does this look like your ideal Christmas scene?
Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021
Dates: Beginning of November – December 25, 2021
Address: Roppongi Hills (Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori, etc.)
Dates: Beginning of November – December 25, 2021
Address: Roppongi Keyakizaka Street
Bon-Bon Blossom at West Walk
Running: November 19 – December 25, 2021
Address: West Walk 2F South Atrium
Official Site: https://www.roppongihills.com
Code Geass Celebrates 15 Years With Themed Cafe in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Anime series Code Geass is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2021. To celebrate, a winter-themed Code Geass Cafe will open in Shinjuku for a limited time, from December 2, 2021, until January 23, 2022. The cafe will feature a lineup of luxurious and stylish food and drink items to celebrate Lelouch’s birthday.
[Lelouch] Chicken Steak
[Suzaku] Demi-glace Steak
Cream Pasta with Shrimp and Mushrooms
Happy Birthday Plate
Student Council’s Afternoon Tea Set
[Nunnally] Black Tea Whipped Cream Millefeuille
Christmas Glass Parfait
New Year Glass Parfait
Lelouch, Suzaku, Nunnally
Student Council’s Tea Party (Black Tea, Coffee)
Pin (9 varieties, random)
Acrylic Keychain (9 varieties, random)
Acrylic Stand (9 varieties, random)
Clear Folder Set (2 included)
Acrylic Stand (Lelouch, Suzaku, Nunnally)
Muddler Spoon Set
Code Geass debuted in October 2006, and the series was recently re-aired in Japan with a new opening and ending theme. A new series, Code Geass: Z of the Recapture, is coming in the future.
Lelouch’s birthday is on December 5, so there will be plenty of treats to celebrate. Be sure to come give your well wishes!
©SUNRISE／PROJECT L-GEASS Character Design ©2006-2017 CLAMP・ST
Code Geass Cafe -Winter Celebration-
Address: BOX cafe&space Shinjuku Mylord Building 1 7F (1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Running: December 2, 2021 – January 23, 2022
Online Shop Open: December 2, 2021 at 11:00 – January 23, 2022 at 23:59
Cafe Official Online Shop: https://cafe-cg.jp/online_store
Sneaker Art Project artrA to Hold Final Exhibition in Osaka and Tokyo
12.November.2021 | FASHION
Street culture is ever-evolving, and sneakers play a big part in street fashion. Combining sneakers and art, the artrA project is about to wrap up its first successful season. SNKRDUNK, Japan’s premier sneaker selling app and popular shoe shop atmos have teamed up for this exhibition, which will feature the famous AIR JORDAN 1. These exhibitions have taken place in seven cities across Japan since July. The final exhibitions will be held in Osaka in November and in Tokyo in December.
A total of 26 up-and-coming illustrators, graphic designers, and even ukiyo-e artists have come together for this unique event. The artwork in this exhibition will incorporate the AIR JORDAN 1 brand, and merchandise featuring this street-styled artwork will be available at the venue.
Those who purchase a T-Shirt on-site will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of AIR JORDAN 1 sneakers. In addition, a special lottery will allow winners to purchase a pair of sneakers to take home.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the second season of the artrA project brought to you by ASOBISYSTEM!
artrA – SEASON 1 FINAL –
“artrA Vol.8” in OSAKA
Running: November 19 – November 23, 2021
Address: atmos SHINSAIBASHI (2-7-6 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
“artrA Vol.8” in TOKYO
Running: December 24 – December 26, 2021
Address: A.F GALLERY (3-21-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Official Site: http://asobisystem.com/
Banana Fish Collaboration Cafe and Bar Coming to Tokyo and Osaka
While the Banana Fish anime series will make you cry, this new collaboration cafe will have guests smiling from ear to ear. This stylish New York-inspired cafe and bar will be open from November 25, 2021, until January 16, 2022, in Tokyo, and from December 2, 2021, until January 30, 2022 in Osaka. Guests can enjoy dishes and drinks inspired by the show’s characters and can grab some limited merchandise too.
Banana Fish began as a manga series in 1985 and was created by Akio Yoshida. Set in New York City, the series follows the teenage gang leader Ash Lynx as he tries to overcome his painful past and solve the mystery of ‘banana fish,’ a strange drug that drove his brother mad during the war in Vietnam. He is joined by Eiji Okumura, a Japanese college student and photographer’s assistant who arrives in America to help with a story about gang violence.
Tofu and Salmon Salad Bowl
His Main Dish for the Night
N.Y. Style Tacos
Grilled Banana Waffle
Chinese Sweets Plate
N.Y. Style Cheesecake with Caramel Nuts
Ash, Eiji, Shorter
Hot Cocoa, Hot Cafe Latte
Acrylic Pin (7 varieties, random)
Aurora Sticker (7 varieties, random)
Acrylic Stand (7 varieties, random)
Acrylic Keychain (6 varieties, random)
Clear Folder Set (Includes two folders)
Acrylic Stand (Ash, Eiji, Shorter)
Cork Coaster (Ash, Eiji) / Cup Sleeve
Glass (Ash, Eiji) / Plate
Bonus for Advanced Reservation Holders: Paper Ornament (8 varieties, random)
How would you like to spend some time with these characters in a swanky New York-style cafe?
© 吉田秋生・小学館／Project BANANA FISH
Banana Fish Cafe and Bar -New York Night-
BOX cafe&space Omotesando Hills B3F (4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: November 25, 2021 – January 16, 2022
BOX cafe&space Umeda LOFT 1F (16-7 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Running: December 2, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Reservations now open
Reservation Fee: ¥715 (Tax Included) *Includes reservation bonus
Official Site: https://bananafish-cafebar.jp/
Open: November 25, 2021 at 11:00 – January 30, 2022 at 23:59
Tokyo Bay Night Cruise Collaborating with Love Live! Superstar!! for Five Nights Only
How would you like to cruise around Tokyo on a ship decked out in Love Live swag? Tokai Kisen will hold a five-day event to promote Love Live! Superstar!! Starting November 13 on the Salvia Maru, an incredible passenger ship.
November 13/ November 27 / November 28 / December Date to be Announced / December Date to be Announced
The cruise liner will ferry guests around the capital city, traveling between Yokohama and Takeshiba Ferry Terminal. Limited-edition collaboration merchandise will be sold at the ship’s store, so fans shouldn’t miss this unique opportunity!
SHIBUYA109 Taken Over by Sanrio’s Popular Character Kuromi
Kuromi is taking over the fashion headquarters of Japan! The #WorldKuromificationProject x SHIBUYA109 Autumn Campaign featuring My Melody’s punk rival is currently underway until November 21, 2021!
Kuromi Pop-up Shop: Let the #WorldKuromification Process Begin!
Kuromi came up with the #WorldKuromificationProject to inspire people to become their best possible selves. It’s also a way to create more ‘Kuromies’: what Kuromi calls her fans. SHIBUYA109, a hotspot for trending fashion and new styles, is the perfect spot for the character to help people find themselves through fashion and pop culture.
During the event period, the famous building will be decorated from top to bottom in Kuromi swag, and original collaboration goods with popular brands will be available for pre-sale. A pop-up store will be selling unique Kuromi items, so don’t miss out on these before they disappear! A campaign will also be held to give away tickets to Sanrio Puroland, and visitors will discover plenty of photo spots and other surprises as they explore SHIBUYA109.
#WorldKuromificationProject x SHIBUYA109 Autumn Campaign
Running: November 3 – November 21, 2021
Address: SHIBUYA109 (2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya)
KAWAII MONSTER KITCHEN by ASOBISYSTEM Opens in Osaka
For visitors to Tokyo who love Japanese pop culture, the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE was a rite of passage. Opened in Harajuku in 2015 and produced by the Godfather of Kawaii himself Sebastian Masuda, the restaurant was a love letter to all things cute. Starting in February 2021, ASOBISYSTEM has taken over the operation of this beloved property.
Regrettably, due to the state of the world, KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU closed at the end of January 2021. However, the spirit of this colorful place isn’t dead, and a new concept and menu are now coming to fruition in Osaka!
Monster Cake and Choppy
Colorful Tonkatsu Monster Burger (Red): ¥1,380 (Tax Included, Drink Included)
This bright red monster burger will make a great subject for an Instagram photo and is filled with pork cutlet and bacon dipped in a special tomato sauce.
Colorful Shrimp Fritter Monster Burger (Blue): ¥1,380 (Tax Included, Drink Included)
This tasty shrimp fritter sandwich is best enjoyed with plenty of tartar sauce!
Colorful Blue and Red Mini Burgers: ¥1,280 (Tax Included)
Can’t decide which burger you’d like to try? How about both! Guests can also design their own monster burgers with a special topping kit.
Cooking Class Fee: ¥700 (Tax Included)
Cooking Class Fee with Cutlery: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Length: 30 minutes
Quiz Rally Card
Traverse the four floors of the Hug Museum for a special quiz rally! There will be one question on each floor, marked by Choppy! Those who answer all the questions correctly will receive an original mask case!
The Hug Museum, sponsored by Osaka Gas, offers plenty of hands-on exhibitions related to food. The grand opening of the KAWAII MONSTER KITCHEN was held on November 2, and inspired children and adults alike to have fun with their food and embrace all th ings kawaii. A photo spot featuring a massive monster cake has also been installed, supervised by Sebastian Masuda. Come experience the spirit of kawaii culture in Osaka!
KAWAII MONSTER KITCHEN
Grand Opening: November 2, 2021
Address: Hug Museum (3-2-59 Chiyozaki, Nishi-ku, Osaka)
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed Wednesdays, New Years)
Admission: Free (Fees may apply in certain areas)
KAWAII MONSTER CAFE
Official Online Store: https://kawaimoncafe.base.shop/
Four Must-See Winter Illuminations in the Kanto Region This Holiday Season
Even though it feels like 2021 just started, winter is already approaching! Though the weather is turning cold and the leaves are falling from the trees, there are plenty of colorful events taking place throughout the Kanto region sure to warm your body and soul. Holiday lights can transform even the darkest and most frigid evenings into magical memories. Here at Moshi Moshi Nippon, we’ve compiled the four best winter illumination locations for 2021, perfect for dates, family outings, or even solo reflection!
[Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture] 20th Anniversary Garden of Light ~Flower Fantasy 2021~
In October 2017, Ashikaga Flower Park was recognized as having one of the three best illumination events in Japan, along with the Sapporo White Illumination in Hokkaido and the Huis Ten Bosch Kingdom of Lights in Nagasaki. It has also ranked number one in the Night View Convention and Visitors Bureau Illumination Awards for five consecutive years from 2016 until 2020. Be sure to visit the popular and newly-renovated Flower Castle!
Location: Ashikaga Flower Park
Running: Until February 14, 2022
[Shinagawa, Tokyo] Tokyo Mega Illumination 2021-2022 x NAKED
Tokyo’s Oi Racecourse will be decorated with over eight million lights until April 2022! The location is complete with a water fountain show and a 100-meter tunnel bathed in light, while creative production company NAKED has teamed up with the event to offer AR illuminations guests can only experience here!
Location: Oi Racecourse
Running: Until April 10, 2022
[Inagi, Tokyo] Yomiuriland Jewellumination The Light of Hope! ~A Diverse Symphony of Color~
Yomiuriland’s newest illuminations were produced by Ishii Motoko, and the park is home to the world’s first light display to use LED lights made to glitter like jewels. These lights have a low environmental impact, and are perfectly suited for the event’s theme of “Hope.”
Running: Until April 3, 2022
[Hibiya, Tokyo] HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021
Locations throughout Hibiya in Tokyo will be transformed into magical Christmas scenes, with trees lit up in a gradient of colors. This year’s lights were designed to be sustainable, with the LED lights used utilizing 40% less power compared to regular bulbs.
Location: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, Hibiya Nakadoori, Hibiya Chanter locations
Running: Until February 14, 2022