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-)
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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
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!
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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!
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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/)
2022 Exhibition to Celebrate 100th Birthday of Snoopy Creator Charles Schulz
15.December.2021 | SPOT
Following the current exhibition being held at Japan’s Snoopy Museum, the 100th birthday of the popular character’s creator Charles Schulz will be celebrated from January 15 until July 10, 2022. The title of the new exhibition is simply ‘Laugh and Smile.’
Selected Works on Display
I Don’t Remember Making a Joke
Original Peanuts Comic / August 20, 1954
Smile for the Three-Legged Race
Original Peanuts Comic / April 6, 1999
The Dog Who Wanted to be a Cheshire Cat
Original Peanuts Comic / April 19, 1967
Do Your Best and Have a Laugh
Original Peanuts Comic / July 17, 1974
Our Friendship is Priceless
Original Peanuts Comic / April 14, 1999
The World’s Best “I’m Home!”
Original Peanuts Comic / November 19, 1965
Museum Shop ‘Brown’s Store’
Fabric Poster: ¥1,800 (Tax Included) / Color Postcard: ¥220 (Tax Included)
Charles Schulz 100th Birthday Products
Kalita Coffee Mill: ¥5,800 (Tax Included) / Kalita Dripper: ¥1,680 (Tax Included) / Flower Vase: ¥1,298 (Tax Included) / Chopstick Rest: ¥858 each (Tax Included)
Products featuring Snoopy Designs from the 1950s
Gauze Handkerchief: ¥1,100 each (Tax Included)
Drawstring Bag: ¥1,397 (Tax Included) / Pouch: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
A collection of 60 original and reproduced paintings featuring Snoopy and his friends.
The theme of the exhibition, ‘Laugh and Smile,’ focuses exclusively on the smiling faces of the Peanuts characters, and aims to start 2022 off with happy faces.
Charles M. Schulz, the author of “Peanuts,” was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 26, 1922. He grew up in St. Paul.
Stay tuned for more information when a 100th birthday website is launched soon!
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Snoopy Museum Exhibition ‘Laugh and Smile’
Running: January 15 – July 10, 2022
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Entry at 17:30)
*Closed on February 15
Official Site: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/snoopymuseum-tokyo/
Special Exhibition Commemorating Miffy’s 65th Anniversary Now on Display at Matsuzakaya Nagoya
Matsuzakaya Nagoya is holding an exhibition to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the birth of Miffy, created by Dutch illustrator Dick Bruna, until January 16, 2022. The theme of the exhibition is “with”. It introduces the story of Miffy and her friends, with more than 300 precious original drawings, sketches, and creative notes.
Miffy the Ghost, 2001. (Manuscript)
Miffy the Ghost, 2001. (Manuscript)
Queen Miffy, 2007. (Manuscript)
Miffy and Poppy Pig, 2011. (Manuscript)
Miffy in the snow, 1963. (Manuscript)
UFD Miffy Set of 4 ￥4,400（Tax Included）
Rollbahn M ￥638（Tax Included）
Pounch M ￥1,760（Tax Included）
Half Zip ￥1,650（Tax Included）
Floating Pen ￥1,320（Tax Included）
This exhibition marks the first visit to Japan of the original drawings including “Usako-chan: Obake ni naru” (2001) and “Usako-chan wa Jyoou-sama” (2007), as well as reference materials. Also, the original drawings of “Usako-chan on Snow Day” (1963), one of Miffy’s first four works that has only visited Japan once before, and which features a winter outfit, is exhibited together for the first time. In addition, the exhibition reveals the memories and creative fascination of Bruna, who developed close friendships with Japanese picture book authors and children’s literature writers and had a significant influence on the picture book culture in Japan.
The original drawings for “Usako-chan: Obake ni naru” (2001), “Usako-chan wa Jyo-oh-sama” (2007), and “Usako-chan to Fugako-chan” (2011), which was the last work to feature Miffy, are all in Japan for the first time. These drawings tell the story of Miffy playing ghosts, flying airplanes, and spending time with her family and friends.
It is also an opportunity for visitors to trace the creative process of Bruna with notes that show how he repeatedly tweaked his words and cuts that were not selected for the books.
Miffy’s 65th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: Until January 16, 2022.
Where: Matsuzakaya Art Gallery Museum
Official Site: https://www.matsuzakaya.co.jp/nagoya/museum/
BE:FIRST to Hold Photo Exhibition at Umeda LOFT in Osaka
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 who immediately fell in love with the suave members. The group’s first photo exhibition was held for three months in Tokyo, Nagoya, and online, with more than 10,000 people showing up.
Because of the incredible response to the event, a second version is coming to Osaka for a limited time from January 7 until January 23, 2022. The exhibition will feature about 200 photos highlighting their debut, their first solo concert, and other curious moments in their career. Those interested will be able to see the photos online as well!
BE:FIRST PHOTO EXHIBITION “We Just Gifted.” Ver.2
Running: January 7 – January 23, 2022
Address: Umeda LOFT 5F Loft Forum (16-7 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Admission: ¥500 (Tax Included) *No re-entry
Official Site: https://art.parco.jp
LOVE LOVE Snoopy Exhibition Opens at the Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store
The LOVE LOVE Snoopy Exhibition ~Take Care with Peanuts~ has come to Japan for the first time, and will be open at the Seibu Ikebukuro main store until December 29, 2021.
Heartfelt Market (Selected Merchandise)
Acrylic Keychain / Acrylic Character Charm
Memo Pad (A6-size)
Clear Folder (A4-size)
Fair-trade Cotton Tote Bag
The first 200 customers on each day who spend ¥5,000 or more (including tax) will receive a cotton gift bag (4 varieties) which changes daily.
This Snoopy exhibition puts an emphasis on loving one’s friends but also loving the environment. The event space brings together three themes: Loving yourself, loving each other, and loving the Earth. At the end of the exhibition, a ‘tree of kindness’ will be created from messages left by visitors. Visitors can also pick up some cute merchandise at the Heartfelt Market, which will feature over 1,000 items including special event goods.
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LOVE LOVE Snoopy Exhibition ~Take Care with Peanuts~
Open until December 29, 2021
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
*The exhibition will close at 16:00 on December 29.
Location: Seibu Ikebukuro Annex 2F (Seibu Gallery)
Tickets: ¥500 (Free for high school students and under.)
Official Site: http://www.snoopy.co.jp/