New Food-Themed Sylvanian Families Exhibition Opens at Matsuya Ginza
The adorable Sylvanian Families characters are the subject of a new food-inspired exhibition at Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo! Until March 21, guests can enjoy tons of new merchandise for sale at the event space.
Sylvanian Families is a line of collectible animals made of flocked plastic, originally released in Japan in 1985. Made to place inside dollhouses, these little creatures have remained popular in over 70 countries since release. Over 200 million units have been sold over the years.
The theme of this event is ‘delicious time,’ and guests can find adorable sets featuring popular characters cooking meals, preparing desserts, and baking cakes.
“A Delicious, Happy Life” Photo: Keigo Morii
Ash Mimi “The Fairy’s Mysterious Sweets Shop”
“Delicious Times with Friends in the Forest” Japan Dollhouse Association
In addition to panels and photos of unique combinations featured on social media, the exhibition features the first public showing of works by members of the Japan Dollhouse Association. A large photo spot also makes guests feel as though they’ve entered the world of Sylvanian Families!
[Only for Sale at the Venue] Baby Trio (Bakery) *Price to be Decided
A special store on-site will sell original merchandise, including dolls and illustrations. A limited number of special goods vouchers are also on sale for a short time, and guests exchanging one will receive an original hand towel!
Tasty Times with Sylvanian Families
Running: March 7 – March 21, 2022
Location: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Square
*Closes at 17:00 on March 21, last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Matsuya Ginza Website: https://www.matsuya.com/ginza/
Special Merchandise Coupon
How to Purchase: Available at Lawson Ticket (Code: 36777) / Loppi at Lawson & Ministop
Final Fantasy Artist Yoshitaka Amano Holds Art Exhibition at Myoshin-ji in Kyoto
Yoshitaka Amano, known by international fans as the artist behind the legendary Final Fantasy video game series, is celebrating his 70th birthday with a unique art project from November 23 until December 8 at Myoshin-ji in Kyoto.
On the first day of the event, the venue, decorated with autumn leaves, was crowded with visitors including foreign tourists, who marveled at the fantastic space filled harmoniously with gold and blue. The exhibition will be held at Myoshin-ji, the head temple of the associated branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. This collection of works was designed to question visitors’ sensibilities and provide a new kind of art exhibition for fans to enjoy.
After the exhibition, the main art piece by Yoshitaka himself will be converted to 3DCG, and a Virtual Golden World will be developed in collaboration with the Yoshitaka Amano VR Museum. By integrating traditional and modern art methods, guests will be able to engage more deeply in the art by enjoying digital works, the metaverse, and NFTs.
Don’t miss this curious exhibition!
Golden World: Infinite Light by Yoshitaka Amano
～GOLDEN VIEW OF THE WORLD～
Running: November 23 – December 8, 2022
Hours: 9:00-12:00 / 13:00-16:00
Tickets on sale until 15:30 each day.
Official Site: https://www.myoshinji.or.jp/
Ad Museum Tokyo and Felissimo Collab on Nail Stickers Inspired by Edo Period Trends and Showa Style
28.November.2022 | FASHION
Felissimo’s Museum Department has teamed up with Ad Museum Tokyo to release a collection of nail stickers inspired by famous works of art from the Edo Period. They also released an incense collection inspired by classic matchbooks on November 21, 2022. Nishiki-e is a type of Japanese multi-colored woodblock printing, and those interested in traditional art will love showing off their new style with these easy-to-apply stickers.
Edo Trend Nishiki-e Gel Style Nail Stickers
One Hundred Beauties from Famous Places of Edo – Ninghocho
Sixteen Female Sennin
Keisei Oyodo – Ichikawa Masunojou
Showa Modern Incense with Matchbox Labels
These incense sets were inspired by classic matchboxes, each featuring ads from the time. Each stick burns for about 10 minutes, making them perfect for use in your spare time. After using the incense, these are perfect for using as boxes for jewelry or other small items!
Ad Museum Tokyo x Felissimo Nail Stickers
Orders open November 21, 2022
Official Site: https://www.felissimo.co.jp/
Felissimo Releases Items Inspired by Popular Manga Series Ranma ½
On November 16, Felissimo unveiled a collection of original items inspired by Rumiko Takahashi’s popular manga series Ranma ½ on their official website. These items were made for adults to enjoy, and the collection includes plenty of apparel and items for the home. Whether you’re looking for pajamas, tote bags, or pillowcases, Felissimo’s got you covered!
Naruto Patterned Pajamas
These soft pajamas are perfect for the cold winter months and were inspired by the PJs Ranma wears in the series.
Fluffy P-chan Pouch
With his yellow bandana and fluffy body, this P-chan pouch is sure to brighten up your desk at school or work!
This scene of Ranma walking along the fence while Akane follows on the ground is one of the most well-known moments in the series. Now, fans can relive it each time they reach for a pencil or pen.
This romantic moment from the series has been immortalized on a sweatshirt perfect for adults to wear with muted colors and a sleek design.
These pass cases are perfect for your Suica card and are each printed with popular battle poses from the series.
2-WAY Earrings with Tassels
These earrings feature designs of Ranma, Akane, Shampoo, and P-chan. The tassels can be removed for a more subtle look.
Reversable Tote Bag
This tote bag features a mature black design with a print of Ranma and friends. It’s also reversible, with the opposite side a sleek white with flowers. This bag easily fits A4-size items.
Character Nail Stickers
Decorate your nails with Ranma, Akane, and Shampoo! These gel-like nail stickers are decorated with gold and silver foil. Tip: paint your nails different colors for unique effects!
These socks can be paired with a number of styles. While they were inspired by the classic manga series, there’s no reason you can’t wear them with a proper dress for a night out!
These pillowcases will bring some fun to your bedroom! Whether you want something romantic or cute, snag one of these while you can.
Felissimo x Ranma ½
Release Date: November 16, 2022
Hyatt Centric Ginza to Display Christmas Tree Made by Social Advocacy Group HERALBONY
From December 1 until December 25, guests at Hyatt Centric Ginza will be able to see the first-ever Christmas tree designed by the social advocacy group HERALBONY. The Light-Hearted ART TREE will welcome guests to the 4F library and lounge area, and the tree lighting ceremony will be streamed on Instagram live.
It’s no surprise that the hotel is collaborating with HERALBONY again–from May to November of this year, the HERALBONY ART ROOM was open for guests to enjoy. This is the first time that the unit is designing a Christmas tree, and the piece is inspired by one of their most iconic pieces of art–Yukihito Okabe’s Hoo! Hey! Visitors of all ages can enjoy this beautiful piece, filled with color and sure to bring joy.
Along with the tree, the showcase and lounge will also be decorated in a number of HERALBONY pieces. Come enjoy the Christmas season in this one-of-a-kind space!
Hyatt Centric Ginza x HERALBONY
On Display: December 1 – December 25, 2022
Venue: 4F Library / Lounge
Official Site: http://hyattcentricginza.jp
monopo Collaborates with Kyoto-Based Brand Shokuraku Asano to Share Traditional Japanese Textiles with the World
21.November.2022 | FASHION
Global creative agency monopo is teaming up with Shokuraku Asano, a 100-year-old obi maker from Kyoto! The company is working to create a digital experience for interested viewers, sharing each artisan’s personal story. Those who love Japanese culture are welcome to enjoy traditional Japanese crafts in an entirely new way!
Using a one-of-a-kind QR obi, a new storytelling method is showing off the hard work and love that goes into the company’s textiles. A special website and video allow interested viewers to experience the process of making an obi digitally, simply by using their smartphone. Even those unable to visit Japan to see these obi in person can dive into the history of the area’s textiles and become more acquainted with one part of Kyoto’s manufacturing culture.
Kyoto was the ancient capital of Japan. The city is known for its history and preservation of Japanese culture, and prior to the pandemic, the city was constantly filled with visitors from around the world anxious to learn more about the country’s traditional culture. When the pandemic hit the world in 2020, it changed the city forever–tourists disappeared and the city became much quieter. Now that Japan has opened its borders, however, tourists are returning in droves.
While Shokuraku Asano upholds tradition, it also seeks to leave a mark on new generations by embracing new technology. This unique project is worth noting, so get your smartphone out and start learning!
We applaud monopo’s attempt to share this incredible traditional Japanese craftsmanship with people around the world.
Chiikawa and Sanrio Characters Collaborate for Special Merch Collection
19.November.2022 | FASHION
A collection of must-have goods featuring Chiikawa and Sanrio characters has been announced! The items will be available at the Sanrio Online Store on November 24 and Sanrio shops nationwide, including department stores, starting November 25. The popular character Chiikawa, created by illustrator nagano, has been invited into the world of Sanrio, and the results are perfectly adorable. The merch lineup includes 21 items from plush toys to acrylic keychains. Purchase bonuses will also be given to those snagging any of the items on offer.
Goods at a Glance
This marks the second collaboration between Sanrio characters and Chiikawa. Fans will want to grab these limited-edition goods, including fluffy plush toys, a mascot-style brooch set, pouches, tote bags, clear folders, and handy cases perfect for storing small items. These items feature completely original designs. Which one is your favorite?
Available at Sanrio stores, Sanrio corners in department stores, etc. (*Products are not carried at all locations.)
Release Date: November 25, 2022
Sanrio Online Shop
Available: November 24 at 10:00
Rakuten Marketplace: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/sanrio/
Yahoo! Shopping: https://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/sanrio/
Official Site: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
Short Film Featuring Star Wars Character Grogu and Studio Ghibli’s Dust Bunnies Released on Disney+
Over the past few decades, Star Wars has become one of the most beloved properties with fans around the world.
Grogu, known by many fans as Baby Yoda, first appeared in The Mandalorian, a series on Disney+ currently celebrating its third anniversary.
With his mysterious background and incredible use of the Force, the tiny and adorable character became a hit with fans around the world, quickly making him one of the most popular characters in the recent Star Wars series.
World-renowned Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli recently produced a short animation starring Grogu and Makkuro Kurosuke, also known as the Wandering Soot or, in the title for the short, Dust Bunnies. The characters first appeared in the film My Neighbor Totoro.
Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki have long been friends with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who readily agreed to produce the short as a symbol of their longstanding friendship. The short was directed by Katsuya Kondo.
Will you give this a watch on Disney+?
（C）2022 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.（C）2022 Studio Ghibli.
Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies
Streaming: November 12, 2022
Available on Disney+
Family Restaurant Coco’s Announces Collaboration with Uta no Prince-sama: The Movie
Japanese family restaurant chain Coco’s has announced a new collaboration with Uta no Prince-sama: The Movie! The campaign will begin on November 15.
Coco’s Original Clear Folder
Phase 1: November 15 – November 28
Phase 2: November 29 – December 12
Phase 3: December 13 – December 26
*Sample images only.
*Available while supplies last.
ST☆RISH Dream Cocotte Hamburger Steak
UUUU Wild Mud Pie
SAMURAIZM Sweet Anmitsu
Lottery Prize: Coco’s Original Big Towel
Collab Menu Purchase Bonus: Original Postcard with QR Code including Special Christmas Voice Message
Exclusive In-Store Goods
Coco’s Original Acrylic Stand (7 varieties, Random)
Coco’s Original Pin (7 varieties, Random)
Goods Available Online
180cm Banner / B2 Tapestry
The campaign will feature a collaboration menu inspired by the idol group ST☆RISH, which appears heavily in Uta no Prince-sama: The Movie, along with collaboration desserts inspired by the songs UUUU and SAMURAIZM that appear in the film. Those ordering any item from the campaign menu will receive an original Coco’s clear folder.
Shinomiya Natsuki (Taniyama Kishow), Ichinose Tokiya (Miyano Mamoru), Ajima Cecil (Toriumi Kousuke), Jinguji Ren (Suwabe Junichi), Ittoki Otoya (Terashima Takuma), Kurusu Sho (Shimono Hiro), and Hijirikawa Masato (Suzumura Kenichi). Fans will want to keep an eye out for life-size panels at select locations and exclusive merchandise!
©UTA☆PRI-MOVIE ST PROJECT
Coco’s x Uta no Prince-sama: The Movie Campaign
Start Date: November 15, 2022
*This campaign will take place at all 511 stores except the Yamaguchi Ube Airport location.
ONE PIECE FILM RED and Cake.jp Collaboration Vending Machine Appears in AEON MALL Locations
Cake.jp, a website specializing in cakes and sweets, is installing special vending machines in AEON MALL locations! These machines are part of a collaboration with ONE PIECE FILM RED.
The collaboration vending machines will offer canned cakes inspired by Luffy, Uta, and Shanks from the popular film. Each cake tin features original designs by Cake.jp and each character’s cake has a unique flavor.
Luffy: A refreshing cake with orange cream, jelly, blueberry cream, and more.
Uta: A colorful cake with a variety of flavors including melon, lemon, orange, and blueberry cream.
Shanks: A chocolate-based cake with berry cream and a perfect balance of richness and acidity.
Collaboration Vending Machine
While the Cake.jp official website sells these cakes exclusively in a set of three, the collaborative vending machine allows customers to purchase them separately. Fans of all ages will love these tasty treats, so after seeing the film why not pick up some of these sweets for yourself or a friend?
Nijigen no Mori Announces New Goods and Menu Items in Fifth Collaboration with Demon Slayer
On November 19, Nijigen no Mori, an amusement park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo, will begin its fifth collaboration with the popular anime series Demon Slayer. New merchandise, such as acrylic keychains and long-sleeve t-shirts, and menu items will be available, so fans shouldn’t miss their chance to visit!
A limited number of hand warmers with an original illustration of Kyojuro will be given to guests who participate in the Natagumo Mountain Night Walk event after November 19. Don’t let the cold weather stop you from taking part in the festivities!
Long-sleeve T-shirt (White/Black)
The new lineup of original goods includes pins, keychains, acrylic stands, and long-sleeve T-shirts featuring beloved characters from the series. All illustrations were provided by ufotable exclusively for this collaboration event.
Tanjiro’s White Dashi Udon
Kyojuro’s Spicy Korean Soup with Shredded Beef
Drinks: Original Clear Bottle (8 varieties)
Exclusive Lunch Mat
Hand Warmer with Original Design
The Demon Slayer food truck will offer warm food and drinks for the winter season. The White Dashi Udon features tasty noodles and yams, while Kyojuro’s collaboration dish is filled with spiciness. Hot drinks will be served in a special way–just pick a clear bottle featuring your favorite character!
Those who purchase items from the collaboration menu will receive a coaster with an exclusive design, and those who want to purchase a special lunch mat can do so for only ¥650. Come enjoy the cold months with your favorite characters!
Nijigen no Mori x Demon Slayer Collaboration Goods & Menu (#5)
Release Date: November 19, 2022
Official Site: https://nijigennomori.com/kimetsu_awaji/
60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii to Open at Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in February 2023
The word ‘kawaii’ is now commonly used around the world. Sanrio is largely to thank for this, and the beloved company has announced that the 60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition will open at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art from February 11 until April 2, 2023. Advance tickets will include a discount and will be available until November 14 online.
“Sanrio celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020, and the company continues to share Japan’s character culture with fans around the world,” Sanrio said in a comment. “Kawaii is now a universal language, and this is very much thanks to the over 450 characters that are part of Sanrio’s history, from Hello Kitty to My Melody.
This exhibition traces the history of Sanrio and guests can enjoy seeing rare materials including merchandise, publications, and early designs from the company’s founding. We want to continue to grow and develop our characters while valuing communication with our fans, ensuring that our adorable characters are loved by generations to come.”
The Sanrio exhibition is something that generations of fans can enjoy, so come immerse yourself in this kawaii world! For more details, visit the official website.
60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii
Running: February 11 – April 2, 2023
Hours: 9:30 – 17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
Venue: Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (17-chome Kita 1 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido)
Official Site: https://stv.jp/event/sanrio
Snidel Home Unveils Harry Potter Homewear Collection
11.November.2022 | FASHION
Through a partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, loungewear brand Snidel Home has announced a limited-edition Harry Potter collection. Items will go on sale starting November 11 and will be available at participating stores nationwide and online at USAGI ONLINE and the Snidel Home official website.
Each piece features embroidery inspired by the four Hogwarts houses and the beloved Golden Snitch. Enjoy the magical Harry Potter Collection with its college-style, vintage-inspired designs, and magical touches.
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