Pui Pui Molcar Inspires Pop-up Shop at Shizuoka PARCO
01.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT
Shizuoka PARCO will open a pop-up shop inspired by the popular stop-motion series Pui Pui Molcar from March 30 until April 10! The shop has opened at seven PARCO locations nationwide so far, attracting over 45,000 fans.
Pui Pui Molcar aired for 12 episodes from January to March 2021. The series was directed by Tomoki Misato, and has attracted a worldwide fandom with its cute and fuzzy characters.
Extra-large Photo Spot
Pins (21 varieties)
Diorama Acrylic Stand
Acrylic Signboard Stands
The venue will feature an oversized photo spot where visitors can take commemorative photos in a full-size Molcar, as well as a collection of commemorative merchandise featuring illustrations drawn exclusively for the shop. Since the first pop-up shop opened at Shibuya PARCO in July 2021, it has traveled to Urawa, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sendai, Hiroshima, and Shinsaibashi. Why not check it out?
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Pui Pui Molcar Town Pop-up Shop
Running: March 30 – April 10, 2022 (10:00-20:00)
Address: Shizuoka PARCO 2F Event Space (6-7 Koyamachi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka)
Official Site: https://shizuoka.parco.jp/
HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE, a Collaboration Between Hot Topic & Studio Ghibli, Gets Pop-Up Store at Shinsaibashi PARCO
Last year, the HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE collaboration appeared at AF Gallery in Harajuku from August 10 until August 28, garnering massive acclaim from fans. The collection is now being sold at Shinsaibashi PARCO until March 12, 2023.
HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE is a Studio Ghibli-inspired apparel collection by the popular American counterculture chain Hot Topic. Bringing more Japanese culture to the ongoing Studio Ghibli collaboration launched in 2014, Hot Topic stores began selling original items produced by nine Japanese creators and brands, as well as some original American items produced by Hot Topic’s executive designers.
The lineup of Japan-original items includes T-shirts, tote bags, and other items featuring exclusive artwork by up-and-coming creators. These items depict beloved characters from Studio Ghibli’s works, as well as logos created for the collaboration. Fans won’t want to miss grabbing these unique items!
Details on the Previous HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE Pop-Up Store: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/625747
Running: February 23 – March 12, 2023
Venue: Shinsaibashi PARCO B1F Pop-Up Space (1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Official Site: https://ghibli-harajukucollective-ec.com
Online Store (Open until March 31, 2023): https://ec.ghibli-harajukucollective-ec.com
HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE Official SNS:
Twitter: @harajuku_collect (https://twitter.com/harajukucollect)
CreepHyp to Bring 10th Anniversary Exhibition to Nagoya PARCO
From February 11 to February 26, an exhibition inspired by the popular rock band CreepHyp will be held at the PARCO GALLERY on the 6th floor of the Nagoya PARCO West Building. The event is being held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of CreepHyp.
The exhibition is themed around a ‘Museum of Voices.’
A person’s voice is said to be a true expression of their personality. This exhibition will give fans a new sense of what CreepHyp is and will feature their music, their MC content, and various radio appearances.
Visitors will be able to listen to the member’s voices, but they’ll also be able to step on them, dive into them, look at them, and experience plenty of other ways to enjoy the band’s content. Completely immersed in this world of voices, this experience promises to be like no other. Come experience it while you can!
The exhibition was largely created by CHOCOLATE, the creative team behind CreepHyp’s past exhibitions. Exclusive merchandise will also be available on-site.
Let Creephyp’s Music Rain Down on You like a Shower Exhibition
Running: February 11 – February 26 (15 days) *Closed on February 15
Venue: Nagoya PARCO West Building 6F, PARCO GALLERY
*Pre-sale ticket lottery begins on January 21 at noon
Macaroni Empitsu 10th Anniversary Exhibition Makes Triumphant Return to Tokyo
Fans of the pop rock band Macaroni Empitsu will want to head to Tokyo from February 17 to March 6, 2023 to enjoy a newly-reworked 10th-anniversary exhibition. Guests are invited to look through various macaroni holes around the exhibition hall to catch glimpses of some curious and rare items only on display for a limited time.
After being held at several locations around Japan, the exhibition will return to Ikebukuro PARCO in Tokyo next month.
Items appearing in the Macaroni Empitsu 10th Anniversary Book -Macaroni Kuronikuru- will be on display, and a short film titled Aspirations will be screened following its premiere in Shibuya.
Graphic designer Shun Sasaki served as the art director for the exhibition.
Fans won’t want to miss out on the exhibition’s original merchandise featuring key visuals and lyrics from the band. Come get a glimpse at the history and personal lives of Macaroni Empitsu’s members while you can!
[Comment from Vocalist Hattori]
“Macaroni Empitsu’s exhibition is making a triumphant return to Tokyo! New content has been added this time around, so be sure to come fall into the macaroni hole!”
Macaroni Empitsu 10th Anniversary Exhibition in Tokyo
Running: February 17 – March 6, 2023
Venue: Ikebukuro PARCO 7F / PARCO FACTORY
Hours: 11:00 – 21:00 *Admission permitted up to 30 minutes prior to closing
*Closing at 18:00 on March 6
Admission: ¥500 (Tax Included) *Reservations required. For more information, check parco.art.
*Free for preschool children
*Event details are subject to change without notice.
*Hours of operation are subject to change.
<Touring Exhibition Information>
Umeda LOFT 4F Event Space
Running: January 13 – February 5, 2023
wheel of life EP
Release Date: March 8, 2023
wheel of life EP Special Site: https://macaroniempitsu-wheeloflife.com/
TALTO Night 2023
March 3, 2023 / Zepp Haneda
Performers: SAKANAMON / Macaroni Empitsu / Yayuyo / WON
*Opening act planned
Official Site: http://macaroniempitsu.com/
Izu Kogen Grand Illumination to Offer New Experiences for 8th Season
14.October.2022 | SPOT
From November 11, 2022 until August 2023, Izu Granpal Park in Shizuoka Prefecture will host the 8th Izu Kogen Grand Illumination event!
The Izu Kogen Grand Illumination was ranked #1 in the Walker+National Illumination Ranking for six consecutive years and is beloved by visitors of all ages. This isn’t just a collection of pretty lights–the Grand Illumination also includes a number of hands-on experiences for everyone to enjoy.
In 2021, the event won first place in the Ninth Illumination Awards for the second year in a row. Known as Japan’s first ‘hands-on illumination experience,’ the park has continued to evolve year after year, adding more attractions and finding its unique style. These attractions include a zip line through the lights, Dinosaur Go-Karts, and more.
This year, the Flower Lantern Area and Sweets Lantern Area have been completely redesigned and upgraded to be even more three-dimensional and colorful. Come enjoy this incredible world of lights and have some fun with the whole family!
Izu Kogen Grand Illumination ~8th Season~ (Hands-on)
Venue: Izu Granpal Park
Running: November 11, 2022 – August 2023
Official Site: https://granillumi.com
Pui Pui Molcar Driving School Inspires New Tamagotchi Set, Coming 2023
30.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Fans of Pui Pui Molcar will be able to grab some new Tamagotchi friends inspired by the adorable characters soon! To celebrate the new series, Pui Pui Molcar: Driving School, these new toys will be on sale everywhere on February 4, 2023.
Pui Pui Molcatchi (Driving School Ver.) Blue / Scarlet: ¥2,860 each (Tax Included)
The new Tamagotchis feature an original character, Baby Molcar, as it enters a driving school. By taking care of your little friend, you can watch it evolve into one of the popular characters from the series!
Your Tamagotchi could turn into Potato, Shiromo, Abbey, Choco, Teddy, or many more for a total of 29!
Carrots and lettuce are the Molcar’s favorite foods and are indispensable for their daily care, as well as for their meals and snacks. Users can also play four different mini-games inspired by the new series, so be sure to grab one of these when they release next February!
©見里朝希／PUI PUI モルカーDS製作委員会
Pui Pui Molcatchi (Driving School Ver.)
Release Date: February 4, 2023
Where to Buy: Toy stores nationwide, department store toy sections, electronic stores, online, etc.
Musee du Qouvre Inspires Limited-Time Store at Ikebukuro PARCO
PARCO will open a special shop inspired by Musée du Qouvre at its Ikebukuro location from August 19 until September 11, 2022.
Suki Rabbit Dance
Suki Rabbit with Apple
Rabbit Eating Pizza
Naked Rat Lying Down
Suki Rabbit in a Cup
Portrait of a Cat’s Day
Portrait of a Sad Bear
Musée du Qouvre Special Layered Acrylic Stand
A5-size Clear Folder (8 varieties)
Capsule Toy Pin (6 varieties)
Stained Glass Pin
Glass Hair Tie (2 varieties)
Canvas Art (4 varieties)
Eco Tote Bag (3 varieties)
Black Memo Pad
*Designs are subject to change.
*All prices include tax.
*The specifications of the goods are subject to change without notice.
*Some items will be sold randomly. Specific designs cannot be chosen.
*The above merchandise is only a selection. More will be available.
*Products are available in limited quantities.
*The number of items purchased may be limited.
The exhibition toured PARCO locations nationwide, and audiences loved the bizarre animal images created by Qrais. Now, the museum shop will feature a huge collection of goods inspired by the artist’s works.
At the venue, guests will be able to enter a raffle to win a painting by the artist himself!
Musée du Qouvre Museum Shop
Running: August 19 – September 11, 2022 / 11:00-21:00
Venue: Ikebukuro PARCO 6F (1-28-2 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
First ‘Made in Abyss’ Anime Exhibition to Open at Ikebukuro and Nagoya PARCO
15.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT
To commemorate the release of Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun, an exhibition will open at PARCO FACTORY in Ikebukuro on September 2 and at PARCO GALLERY in Nagoya on October 1!
Guests can see original drawings from the first and second seasons of the anime and the movie, special video content that mixes full-length anime footage with original drawings, and artifacts from the story. Photo spots will also allow visitors to experience famous scenes from the series.
Those wanting to be guided through the exhibition can purchase the One Point Nanachi voice guide! The voice actress Shiori Izawa will lead you through key parts of the venue.
Original goods will also be on sale at the venue. A special collaboration menu will be available at Cafe Address on the 6th floor of Ikebukuro PARCO, including savory dishes, desserts, and drinks inspired by the show’s characters.
Additional information will be announced on the exhibition’s official website, so keep an eye out for more!
Made in Abyss Exhibition ~Tracks of the Challengers~
PARCO FACTORY (Ikebukuro PARCO 7F)
Running: September 2~
PARCO GALLERY (Nagoya PARCO West Building 6F)
Running: October 1~
Rascal the Raccoon Collaboration Event to Open at Shizuoka’s Chibi Maruko-chan Land
08.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT
Starting on August 11, Chibi Maruko-chan Land in Shizuoka will begin a series of events in collaboration with Rascal the Raccoon! Exclusive merchandise will be on sale during the event period, so fans of either franchise won’t want to miss out.
Rascal has come to play in the world of Chibi Maruko-chan! Nakano-san is a little afraid of the animal, but Rascal tries to calm him down. This adorable imagery is everywhere, and everyone’s favorite raccoon meets a ton of popular characters from the Maruko-chan anime and manga series, so be sure to take a look!
On opening day, Maruko and Rascal will greet guests at the entrance. A photo session will be available for guests with admission tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.
For a limited time only, the projection mapping area in the park will host a Chibi Maruko-chan Carnival dance event with Maruko and Rascal!
Merch at a Glance
Medical Diary Cover: ¥550 / Pen: ¥550 / Mechanical Pencil: ¥550 / Clear Folder: ¥385
Wet Tissue Pack (2 varieties): ¥550 each / Mini Towel: ¥880 /
Hand Sanitizer Spray: ¥880 / Acrylic Stand: ¥1,430
A campaign is also underway at Chibi Maruko-chan Land. Those spending ¥2,000 or more on Maruko goods or collaboration goods will receive an original sticker while supplies last.
Come have fun with Maruko and Rascal during this special event!
Chibi Maruko-chan Land
Collaboration Event Dates: August 11-15, 20, 21, 27, 28
*The photo session will only be held on August 11.
Address: S-Pulse Dream Plaza 3F (13-15 Irifunecho, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka)
Official Website: https://chibimarukochan-land.com/
New Stop-Motion Series Pui Pui Molcar: Driving School Gets Brief Trailer
19.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The stop-motion series Pui Pui Molcar began airing in January 2021. The adorable TV show is set in a world where guinea pigs have transformed into cars, attracting fans both young and old. Japanese viewers aren’t the only ones who fell in love with the series–in Taiwan, Pui Pui Molcar was broadcast 32 times a week due to its immense popularity. The NY Times even reported on the show’s success, and a Molcar boom is taking place around the world.
Last month, it was announced that a new Molcar series was on the way. This time around, the adorable characters from the first series will be heading to driving school and meeting four new characters: Peter, Hii, Fuu, and Mii. Even more new Molcars will appear in the series, so be sure to tune in!
A short trailer has finally been released, hinting at new encounters, special bonds, and plenty of new adventures!
Pui Pui Molcar: Driving School is scheduled to air on TV Tokyo and other stations in October 2022. More information will be released soon.
The series will be directed by Hana Ono (UchiPeople), who previously worked on storyboards for the first season. Tomoki Misato, the director of the first season, will supervise.
A chat with Hana Ono and Tomoki Misato has been uploaded to the official YouTube channel. Fans won’t want to miss this exclusive talk, so be sure to check it out!
©見里朝希／PUI PUI モルカーDS製作委員会
Pui Pui Molcar: Driving School
Airing on TV Tokyo in October 2022
Official Site: https://molcar-anime.com/
Adorable Penguin Koupen-Chan Inspires Starry Sky-Themed Exhibition at Ikebukuro Parco Factory
From July 15 until August 1, Ikebukuro PARCO will hold a special exhibition featuring the adorable penguin character Koupen-chan!
The exhibition will show Koupen-chan among the stars. The character has become massively popular on social media, inspiring a collection of books and merchandise.
[Admission Bonus] Foil-stamped Art Card
Unreleased Original Drawings
Koupen-chan’s Video Corner
Exclusive Ikebukuro Stamp
Purchase Bonus for Guests Spending ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Purchase Bonus for Guests Spending ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Purchase Bonus for Guests Spending ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
New Picture Book – Koupen-chan: Summer Friends
New Picture Book – Koupen-chan & You
Original Sticker with the Purchase of a Book
Exclusive Event Merchandise
Shooting Star Koupen-chan Stuffed Animal
Koupen-chan Moon & Star Stuffed Animal
When You Wish Upon a Star Art Reproduction
When You Wish Upon a Star Art Reproduction
The venue will be transformed into a starry sky-themed space and over 100 original drawings will be on display. These have never been posted on social media, so be sure to visit if you’re a fan! The exhibition will also include a photo spot and a video corner, and visitors to the Ikebukuro venue will get a unique stamp. New picture books will be on sale, including autographed copies, and those spending a certain amount on merchandise will receive a special purchase bonus.
Come spend some time surrounded by the encouraging Koupen-chan in this magnificent space!
Koupen-chan’s Starry-Sky Exhibition
Running: July 15 – August 1, 2022
Venue: Ikebukuro PARCO Main Building 7F, PARCO FACTORY
Official Site: https://ikebukuro.parco.jp/
Popular Character Chiikawa Inspires Collaboration Cafe at Shizuoka PARCO
From July 22 until August 21, fans of the adorable character Chiikawa will want to visit Shizuoka PARCO! The Chiikawa Chinese Restaurant and Drink Stand will be offering up some themed dishes for a limited time.
Original Menu at a Glance
Cream Soda with Winning Lottery Number
Otter’s Iced Cocoa
Hot Spring Style Hot Apricot Milk with Marshmallows
Chestnut Manju Alcohol-Free Drink
Chiikawa Meat Bun
Bonus for Drink Orders: Original Cafe Coaster (17 varieties)
Original Goods at a Glance
Acrylic Smartphone Ring
Silicon Ice Tray
T-Shirt / Meat Bun
Goods Purchase Bonus
The Chiikawa Chinese Restaurant is a collaborative cafe project featuring a Chinese-inspired menu and newly-drawn illustrations. This cafe was a huge hit in Tokyo in the past, and those who missed out will have another chance to enter the world of this popular character!
The collaboration menu includes three kinds of cream soda with a winning lottery stick, iced cocoa similar to a strawberry parfait, and other items to enjoy the world of Chiikawa. Guests can also purchase goods featuring illustrations of Chiikawa, Hachiware, and Usagi in Chinese costumes.
Come have a tasty snack and a refreshing drink while you grab some limited Chiikawa merch!
©nagano / chiikawa committee
Chiikawa Chinese Restaurant and Drink Stand
Running: July 22 – August 21, 2022
Venue: Shizuoka PARCO (6-7 Yoichi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka)
Drink Stand: 1F Parque Cafe
Goods Shop: 3F Special Event Space
Laid-Back Camp Collaboration Event Takes Guests on a Tour of Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures
04.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / SPOT
The globally popular slice-of-life series Laid-Back Camp is currently serialized in COMIC FUZ.
Set in Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, Laid-Back Camp is a relaxing series following a group of high school girls going camping and enjoying their daily lives. The original comic has sold over 7 million copies, and the series has helped people around the world destress. In 2018, the first anime series premiered, inspiring a spin-off Room Camp in 2020 and a second season in 2021. An animated film will arrive in theaters on July 1, 2022.
The series has announced a collaboration with Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, which are both depicted in the work, as well as JR Central. The ‘Laid-Back Camp Dramatic Puzzle Solving Game: Two Treasure Maps and a Trip Down Memory Lane’ event will run from July 1 until August 31, 2022. The Rin Route will begin in Kofu and the Nadeshiko Route will start in Shizuoka. Participants will receive a small gift for completing each route.
In conjunction with the event, JR Central will sell special Laid-Back Camp one-day round-trip tickets, and a collaboration train will be decorated with illustrations from the series.
The poster for the event shows new illustrations of Rin and Nadeshiko made by Green House, the illustrators behind Bikkuriman. These illustrations will also appear on a variety of original goods!
When Japan opens again, how would you like to journey through these beautiful areas?
Laid-Back Camp Dramatic Puzzle Solving Game: Two Treasure Maps and a Trip Down Memory Lane
Running: July 4 – August 31, 2022
Booklet Distribution Locations:
Yamanashi Prefecture – Kofu City Tourist Information Center / Shimobe Roadside Station / Minobu Station Shop
Shizuoka Prefecture – Shizuoka City Tourist Information Center