DANDELION PROJECT Comes to Kosho-ji Temple in Uji, Kyoto for Limited Time
NAKED’S DANDELION PROJECT has popped up at seven different locations around Kyoto, including the famous Kiyomizu-dera and Heian Shrine. From December 3 until December 5, the participatory art project for peace will come to Kosho-ji Temple at nighttime.
Kosho-ji Temple is famous for its autumn foliage and is designated as a place of scenic beauty by Kyoto prefecture. The gently sloping path from the front gate along the Uji River to the temple gate is called Kotozaka, because the flowing freshwater sounds like a Koto, the national instrument of Japan. The event will include a nighttime viewing of the temple along with lights around the grounds and gardens. The Uji Light Path will line the streets of the town with lanterns based on The Tale of Genji.
NAKED’s popular attractions–the NAKED Distanced Lanterns and NAKED Flower Cleansing–will also be available to participate in during the event.
DANDELION PROJECT in Uji, Kyoto
Address: Kosho-ji Temple (27 Yamada, Uji, Kyoto)
Running: December 3 – December 5, 2021
Hours: 17:30-20:00 (Last Entry at 19:00)
Official Site: https://naked.co.jp
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
FUKUCHA to Offer Limited-Time Strawberry Desserts with Uji Tea Pairings
FUKUCHA Teahouse, a Fukujen cafe in Kyoto, will start a limited-time Strawberries and Uji Tea Fair on January 8, 2022. Last year’s Matcha fair was incredibly popular, and certain items will also be available again in 2022. The new menu includes a strawberry version of the popular Herbal Tea Pairing Set, making it even more fun and elegant! Guests can enjoy flavorful Uji green tea along with a number of tasty strawberry treats.
Mont Fraise: ¥1,150
Mont Fraise means ‘mountain of strawberries’ in French. This dessert is made with thin white chocolate and sponge cake soaked in matcha syrup with matcha cream and strawberries covering every inch. It is also served with a green tea chocolate sauce.
Strawberry Pairing Set: ¥1650
The strawberry version of the popular Herbal Tea Pairing Set on the regular FUKUCHA menu.
・Ginger Blend Genmaicha and Strawberry Cheese Tart
・Hibiscus Blend Hojicha and Strawberry Chocolate Bonbons
・Cinnamon Blend Twig Tea with Strawberry Cream
・Peppermint Blend Twig Tea with Large Strawberry
Marscapone Strawberries: ¥1450
Using 10 strawberries, this parfait is designed to look like a herbarium. Putting a spoon into the light mascarpone cream will reveal the bright green color of the matcha chocolate sauce.
Strawberry and Uji Tea Fair
Running: January 8 – May 15, 2022
*Limited to 10 Servings per day.
Official Site: https://www.fukujuen.com/
Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto and Okuratouen Release Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea
From February 1 until February 28, 2022, visitors to the Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto can enjoy a leisurely Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea courtesy of a new partnership with Okuratouen.
Okura Pottery is known for its exquisite Blue Rose tableware which features heavily in this collaboration.
The menu features the special Blue Rose Macaroon with its distinctive high-quality taste along with a variety of sweets and savory dishes surrounded by strawberries and roses. Guests can enjoy this three-tiered selection of goodies from 12:00-16:00 during the event period at the hotel’s Mayfair Tea Lounge.
Strawberry & Blue Rose Afternoon Tea
Running: February 1 – February 28, 2022
Address: Weston Miyako Hotel Kyoto 2F, Mayfair Tea Lounge
Hours: 12:00-16:00 (2-hour block) *Reservations required by previous day at 17:00
NAKED Illuminated Matsushima Palace, Near One of the ‘Three Views of Japan’
10.January.2022 | SPOT
Creative company NAKED is now providing incredible projection mapping across Matsushima Palace, located close to the many tiny islands of Matsushima, known as one of the ‘Three Views of Japan.’
The light show completely envelops the Retsuru Tower, the symbol of the property, along with the gardens around the palace. Guests can expect a once-in-a-lifetime experience as they wander the grounds at night.
Matsushima has a long history, with many unique geographical highlights developing thousands of years ago. Many poets have written poems about the area since the Heian period (794-1185). The projection mapping show will highlight the past, present, and future of the area, inviting guests on a trip through time and space.
Aqua Park Shinagawa Partners with NAKED for Special Event
10.January.2022 | SPOT
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa has started a special seasonal event, ‘NAKED SNOW AQUARIUM.’ Beginning on December 29, 2021, the festive scenes will continue until February 27, 2022.
The event, which brings to life the beautiful, crystal-clear world of winter, has been a popular tradition at the aquarium since 2015. The snow, ice, and aurora images created using projection mapping were made by creative company NAKED.
Marine Snow Dome
Winter Color Street
Harmony for Winter
Bright Crystal (Night Version)
The main attraction, the ‘Dolphin Performance,’ consists of two programs: a ‘winter orchestra’ in the daytime and a ‘mysterious world of snow and ice’ at night. The dolphin’s dynamic jumps will be performed on a seasonal stage, with a unique blend of lighting, snowfall effects by an on-site ‘snow machine,’ and projection mapping.
The ‘Patterns’ area is filled with snowflakes, and sea creatures with colors and patterns reminiscent of falling snow are on display. Watching these little critters along with the special projection mapping will create a scene visitors will never forget!
NAKED Snow Aquarium
Running: December 29, 2021 – February 27, 2022
Address: Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa
NAKED Creates Projection Mapping Show with Students from Osaka University
Creative company NAKED has teamed up with students from Osaka University of Arts and Kintetsu Real Estate for a new projection mapping show at the Abeno Harukas Observatory, Harukas 300. The work is available now through February 27, 2022.
The artwork is found on the 58th floor ‘Twin Tower,’ and serves as a hands-on presentation to foster students’ creativity. The theme for the project is ‘Towards the Future, a Journey of Hope,’ and it is intended to send a ray of hope from one of Japan’s tallest buildings to the whole country. Hope is sorely needed after two long years of the pandemic.
Those participating in this years class, which started in 2021, learned about the impact creativity can have on the world, as they also created plans, concepts, and storyboards for a projection mapping project. Now, their work has come to fruition.
In the hopes that more people will be able to see the new artwork, the projection mapping piece will be left up during another event being held at Harukas 300 focusing on the theme of ‘connection.’ Hopefully, this art will positively impact those who have had a difficult time over the past few years.
Towards the Future, a Journey of Hope
Running: December 22, 2021 – February 27, 2022
Address: Abeno Harukas Observatory, Harukas 300
Abeno Harukas Observatory, Harukas 300:
Official Site: https://naked.co.jp
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/
Tokyo Revengers Collaboration Event to be Held at Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Toei Kyoto Studio Park will hold a special collaboration event with Tokyo Revengers from December 25, 2021 until February 13, 2022. Exclusive illustrations of the main cast will appear around the park, and a stamp rally will be set up around the entire city of Kyoto. Collaborative merchandise and food will also be available during the event period.
Photo Spot #1
Photo Spot #2
Target Shooting Game Prizes
First Prize: Background Panel (6 varieties)
Second Prize: Acrylic Coaster (6 varieties)
Third Prize: Sticker (12 varieties, random)
Baji and Chifuyu’s’ Yakisoba (Includes a Baji or Chifuku Card): ¥800 (Tax Included)
Takemichi and HIna’s Parfait: ¥950 (Tax Included)
Tokyo Revengers Meetup Drink (Coffee Float): ¥700 (Tax Included)
Business Card Style Cards (Featuring Original Illustrations, Life-size)
Business Card Style Cards (Featuring Original Illustrations, Mini)
Stamp Rally Special Postcard
Special Gift: Towel with Purchase of Ticket to Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Manjiro Sano announces a meetup in Kyoto, but Mikey and takemichi have their own agenda. After a number of hijinks, can visitors solve the slapstick happenings going on around Kyoto?
Tokyo Revengers Tokyo Meetup ~I Wanna Eat Dorayaki~
Running: December 25, 2021 – February 13, 2022
Location: Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Movie Village Padios 2F Event Exhibition Hall / Animate Kyoto / Kyoto Tower Observatory (Free area on 11F) / Sanjo Station on Keihan Electric Railway / Shugakuin Station on Eizan Electric Railway / Arashiyama Station on Randen Railway
Event Details: https://www.toei-eigamura.com/tokyo-revengers/
Official Site: https://www.toei-eigamura.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/