‘Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021’ Film Inspires Limited Edition Ukiyo-e Prints
Fans of Doraemon and traditional Japanese artwork won’t want to miss this special collaboration! On March 30, preorders will open for ukiyo-e prints inspired by the film ‘Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021.’ These limited-edition pieces were created by Iwano Ichibei, a Living National Treasure.
The prints show Doraemon and friends along with the alien Papi and the special gadget the “Small Light.” The tool is giving off light depicted in a traditional Edo pattern believed to bring good luck, and the characters are shown inside its silhouette.
Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Production
Engraving by Craftsman
Printing by Craftsman
First, a sketch is made, and a monochrome version of the print is carved. After carving a number of woodblocks for each color and using them to rub the painting tirelessly to bring it to life, one single woodblock print is completed.
The extremely delicate and advanced techniques these craftsmen utilize have been passed down from the Edo period. Imagine having one of these beautiful pieces hanging in your home!
‘Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021’ Commemorative Ukiyo-e Prints
Preorders Open: March 30, 2022
Price: ¥33,000 (Excluding Tax and Shipping Charges)
Painter: Living National Treasure Iwano Ichibei
Online Shop: http://ukiyoework.com/
Naruto Anime Series Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Traditional Kokeshi Dolls
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Naruto anime series, Usaburo Kokeshi has created two traditional dolls modeled after Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha. The original manga series by Masashi Kishimoto has become a global phenomenon, and fans won’t want to miss out on these unique pieces! Preorders are now open.
Usaburo Kokeshi makes each of these pieces by hand, transforming them from children’s playthings into traditional works of art. The wood used to create these pieces is from trees in Gunma Prefecture.
Usaburo Kokeshi Doll – Naruto Uzumaki
Usaburo Kokeshi Doll – Sasuke Uchiha
These adorable dolls completely recreate both character’s outfits and hairstyles, and the designers clearly focused on the small details. Enjoy these palm-sized versions of your favorite Naruto characters!
Naruto Kokeshi Dolls from Usaburo Kokeshi
Orders Open August 3, 2022 at 11:00
Release Date: Late October 2022
McDonald’s Japan Launches Festive Doraemon-Themed Summer Sweets
On August 5, McDonald’s Japan will begin selling some summer-only sweets! The McShake Doraemon Ramune and Doraemon Choco Banana Pie items are based on a summer festival, and the packaging will feature adorable Doraemon imagery.
These treats will bring back memories of summer festivals, with popular flavors like chocolate banana and ramune. Each sweet will be available in a total of six newly-designed packages, so you might need to buy a few until you get your favorite character!
McShake Doraemon Ramune
The McShake Doraemon Ramune features the nostalgic flavor of ramune and a creamy texture. Two types of ramune flavors were used to create a taste that will keep you coming back for more, and citrus flavors were added to create a refreshing flavor perfect for summer. This tasty treat is available in three versions–Doraemon, Nobita, and Gian.
Doraemon Chocolate Banana Pie
The Doraemon Chocolate Banana Pie consists of a crispy pie crust packed with banana filling and a rich chocolate sauce. Fans of Doraemon can grab this pie in three different sleeves–Dorami, Shizuka, and Suneo.
※Product images for illustration purposes only. Actual products may vary.
Round 1: August 5 – August 11
Round 2: August 12 – August 18
In addition, Doraemon-related items will be packed with every Happy Meal starting August 5.
Nagoya City Museum to Hold Special Exhibition Featuring Ukiyo-e Prints of Anthropomorphic Cats
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if cats could talk? Anthropomorphization is when a non-human creature is depicted in a way that imitates humans.
The Moshimo Neko Exhibition, which focuses on anthropomorphic cat artworks by the ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, will be held at the Nagoya City Museum from July 2 to August 21, 2022.
Popular Cat’s Juggling Act – Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Private Collection)
New Cat’s Balancing Act – Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Private Collection)
Piece from Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Private Collection)
This exhibition presents 135 works featuring humanized cats, with a focus on the fun of Edo-era anthropomorphic expression centered on the works of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Those who love cats and ukiyo-e will be in heaven here, and these charming cats are sure to make you giggle.
From around 1841, the ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi released numerous works featuring anthropomorphized cats and portraying actors as cats.
The Hazy Moon Cat’s Writings – Kyozan Santo・Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Private Collection)
Popular Cats in a Noh Play – Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Private Collection)
Guests can also take part in a quiz to more deeply understand the works found in the exhibition and an AR component will make it seem like the cats are jumping out of the paintings.
Moshimo Neko Ten (What If We Were Cats Exhibition)
Running: July 2 – August 21, 2022
Venue: Nagoya City Museum
Closed July 4, 11, 19, 25, 26 / August 1, 8
Official Site: https://www.ctv.co.jp/nekoten/
Creative Social Media Site Behance Promotes Traditional Japanese Culture in New Project
29.June.2022 | FASHION
Behance, the world’s largest creative social media network, has started a new project to promote Japanese traditional culture and arts and crafts to the world. Works on Behance will be transformed into NFTs, with the goal to establish a new way for traditional craftsmen to profit from their work.
Japan’s traditional arts and crafts are well-known by many around the world. On the other hand, challenges still remain as many regions’ traditional manufacturing industries are digitized. Sharing more detailed information about these crafts with overseas markets has also been difficult.
According to the “Survey on the Revitalization of Local Traditional Manufacturing Industries” published by the Development Bank of Japan in 2018, Japan’s traditional arts and crafts industry peaked around 1980. Due to the recession caused by the burst of the bubble economy, the rise of inexpensive foreign products, and changes in lifestyle, the amount of production has been declining year by year. Compared with the peak period, current production has dropped to one-fifth or about 100 billion yen. The workers involved in traditional crafts are also aging, making it difficult to pass on their skills to younger creators.
On Behance, users can not only get inspiration from other people’s work but can also publish their own works and receive helpful feedback and comments. Marketing professionals also use Behance to find creators for campaigns and collaborations, and previously, a Japanese creator who had uploaded his work to the social media site was asked to illustrate the cover of the New York Times.
This project is designed to promote traditional Japanese arts and crafts in the hopes of supporting their continued development in the face of many difficult conditions.
Digital Council for Traditional Culture x Adobe
Official Site: https://tcdc.jp
Tasty Half-Moon Sandwiches Coming in Second Doraemon Tokyo Banana Collaboration
Doraemon Tokyo Banana Half-Moon Sandwiches are coming on April 1, 2022! These tasty snacks come in a pack of eight and are sure to make the perfect gift.
This release of Doraemon Tokyo Banana is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Tokyo Banana brand and the 50th anniversary of Doraemon. Why not enjoy your daily snack time with these cute treats?
Each sandwich is filled with chocolate-banana cream with the dough baked into a crispy, savory crust with a winking Doraemon on both sides.
©Fujiko-Pro,Shogakukan,TV-Asahi,Shin-ei,and ADK ※画像はイメージです
Doraemon Tokyo Banana Half-Moon Sandwich
Where to Buy: JR Tokyo Station Hanagataya Tokyo Chuo Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station, Daimaru Tokyo Tokyo Banana Studio 1F – STUDIO
Release Date: April 1, 2022
Official Site: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/
Doraemon Reappears as a Traditional Japanese Candy
The Tabemas brand transforms popular characters into traditional Japanese sweets. A new chilled Doraemon dessert is now available at Lawsons locations nationwide, but it might be too cute to eat.
Everyone’s favorite robot cat is showing off two distinct impressions in this 2022 release. Do you like the winking Doraemon or the playful one with his tongue sticking out?
Be sure to try one of these intricate sweets! You don’t need to visit a traditional sweets shop to get an authentic taste of Japan.
Tabemas Doraemon 2022
Available starting March 8, 2022
Available in chilled dessert section at Lawson’s nationwide. (*Excludes Natural Lawson and Lawson Store 100 locations.)
Haircare Brand Merit Launches Limited-Edition Doraemon Bottle
The haircare brand Merit will launch limited-edition bottles featuring the beloved character Doraemon on February 5, 2022.
Merit Shampoo & Conditioner Set (480ml x2)
Merit Foaming Kids Shampoo + Refill (300ml +2 40ml)
The company released its first Doraemon bottle design last year, and in response to overwhelmingly positive feedback, Merit is bringing the bottles back with brand new packaging.
Merit Foaming Kids Shampoo + Refill for Tangled Hair (300ml + 240ml)
This year, the bottles also come with AR camera content for families to enjoy together. By holding a camera up to the bottle, Doraemon will appear for a special photo shoot!
Doraemon Limited Edition Bottle
Release Date: February 5, 2022
Where to Buy: Drugstores Nationwide
Campaign Site: https://www.kao.co.jp/merit/doraemon/
Hat maker CA4LA to Unveil the First Set of Special Collection in Collaboration with DORAEMON
Hat maker CA4LA has unveiled its first item, the “DORAEMON KNIT CAP,” which had only been displayed in silhouette on its special site for the collection in collaboration with DORAEMON.
DORAEMON KNIT CAP ￥9,900 (Tax Included)
DORAEMON is embroidered across the front of the knit cap. When the knit cap is folded over, DORAEMON’s worst enemy, a mouse, emerges!
The item will be available from December 10 at CA4LA retail stores nationwide, CA4LA online store, ZOZOTOWN, and CA4LA retail stores in Taiwan. The second set of items will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
Doraemon Appears in Traditional Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Limited-Edition Release
11.October.2021 | FASHION
Everyone’s favorite robot cat is making a peculiar appearance inside a piece of famous Japanese art! Using traditional Ukiyo-e crafting techniques, the Hanzou company has successfully inserted Doraemon into the painting Fujimigahara in Owari Province by Hokusai, originally created between 1830 and 1832. The painting will be available to preorder online starting October 8, 2021, with only 300 copies available!
Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Production Process
Engraving by Craftsman
Rubbing by Craftsman
First, a sketch is made, and a monochrome version of the print is carved. After carving a number of woodblocks for each color and using them to rub the painting tirelessly to bring it to life, one single woodblock print is completed. The extremely delicate and advanced techniques these craftsmen utilize have been passed down from the Edo period.
The original painting was created after Hokusai turned 70, and took two years to complete. The painting is said to portray the view of Mount Fuji from Fujimi-cho, Naka-ku, Nagoya City. An eccentric piece for the time, looking closely shows that each and every line and dot was meticulously calculated. Note the vivid indigo sky and the abundance of blue shades that Hokusai loved to use. Doraemon and Nobita are shown having fun as they make barrels, a welcome departure from the more stoic figure in the original painting.
Doraemon Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print: Fujimigahara in Owari Province from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
Preorders begin on October 8, 2021, at 12:00
Price: ¥46,000 (Tax and Shipping not Included)
Number of available copies: 300
Echizen-Manufactured Washi Paper Provided by Iwano Ichibei
Online Shop: http://ukiyoework.com/
Results of First Japanese Traditional Culture Grand Prix Announced
With 130 entries submitted from all parts of Japan, the 8 winners of the first Japanese Traditional Culture Grand Prix have finally been announced. The contest was spearheaded by the Japan Traditional Culture Promotion Project, established in May 2020 as a collaborative effort among companies, associations, and local governments to establish a sustainable framework for the continued development of Japanese traditional culture.
Grand Prix Winner: Nakagawa Woodcrafts Hira Studio “Wave” series (left) “YORISIRO” series (right)
The winner of the top prize was Nakagawa Woodcrafts Hira Studio, in which the craftsmen still use a 700-year-old technique to create their famous wooden buckets. These buckets, once used for storing rice and miso, are still used today for a variety of different purposes, from bathing to cooling champagne! In stepping away from their typical works, the Nakagawa Woodcrafts studio created the more freeform “Wave” series, and the name surely fits–each bucket looks too free to have been manmade. The “YORISIRO” series, rather, keeps the natural curvature of the wood. Both are signature pieces of traditional Japanese artisanal culture.
Runner-up: Cubism in Calligraphy “Natural Stance,” Atelier Sisyu, Sisyu
Excellent Award: Kyo Braided Cords Sanjiku-Kumiori “Kujaku Kouki,” Saiko Ltd., Koichiro Murokado
Excellent Award: Structured System “Kumiko Endurance Wall,” Tosa Kumiko Co., Daisuke Iwamoto
Excellence Award: Porcelain “Yuragi” Hiroshi Taruta
Excellence Award: Lacquer Art “Tataeru” Shinsuke Aoki.
Excellent Student Award: Picture Frame “KOZAI” Ryohei Nomura.
Special Award: Rinku, a group of young female craftswomen from the Toukai region
The Japan Traditional Culture Promotion Project began this contest as a way to honor outstanding works from creators around Japan. The jury consists of 18 people from various fields, including Richard Collasse, the Chairman of Chanel LLC, and popular model Kozue Akimoto. A collection of online presentations and interviews with the winners is planned in future events, and the project aims to help these artists continue to work sustainably. The second round of applications will open in November 2021.
‘UCC CAFE＠HOME’ Release Coffee to Match Doraemon & Dorami’s Favorite Snacks
UCC Ueshima Coffee is currently developing the Food with Coffee themed ‘UCC CAFE@HOME’ selection, pairing snacks with a perfectly matching coffee. Doraemon is the latest to appear in the CAFE@HOME series in the new collaboration, designed by Sanrio. The new series features coffee and gifts based on the Doraemon characters’ favorite snacks and was released on September 3, Doraemon’s birthday.
CAFE@HOME Doraemon Series
UCC CAFE@HOME DORAEMON Dorayaki Suited Coffee VP10g: ¥281 (Tax Incl.)
UCC CAFE@HOME DORAMI Melon Pan Suited Coffee VP10g: ¥281 (Tax Incl.)
UCC CAFE@HOME NOBITA Caffeine-free Coffee VP10g: ¥281 (Tax Incl.)
UCC CAFE@HOME Doraemon Secret Gadget Print 6-piece Set: ¥1,901 (Tax Incl.)
UCC CAFE@HOME Doraemon Open Lot Printed 6-piece Set: ¥1,685 (Tax Incl.)
Doraemon Mug (Dorayaki): ¥1,540 (Tax Incl.)
Doraemon Cotton Handkerchief (Yellow) ¥990 (Tax Incl.)
Present Campaign Freebie: Original Coaster
CAFE@HOME, main product and cafe brand of UCC Group’s COFFEE STYLE UCC, are releasing a lineup of Doraemon themed coffees, each to be drank with the characters’ favorite snacks: One to go with Doraemons beloved Dorayaki, one for Dorami’s preferred Melon Pan, and a caffeine-free blend for the sleep-loving Nobita.
UCC has been researching coffee and food combinations for many years, using taste sensors to analyze both the coffee and food before diagnosing the comparability rating between each product. The company has patented their ‘Food Matching System’ technology, which has now been used to find out which coffee would be best suited to Doraemon’s Dorayaki.
An in store campaign has been announced to celebrate the release of CAFE@HOME’s Doraemon series, starting on September 3. During the campaign, customers who spend over ¥3,000 on CAFE@HOME’s Doraemon series will receive a free coaster. The coasters are only available in store and are limited in quantity.
Taste the world of Doraemon for yourself with UCC CAFE@HOME’s special coffee technology!
CAFE＠HOME Doraemon Series
On Sale Now
UCC Official Site: https://coffeestyle.jp/
Doraemon Mirai Department Online: https://mirai-dora-world-online.com/
Store Availability Information: https://coffeestyle.jp/assets/pdf/csu_doraemon_series_storelist20210825.pdf
Campaign/Series Details: https://coffeestyle.jp/special/doraemon_collab
Official Site: https://coffeestyle.jp/
Doraemon Tokyo Banana Now Available by Mail-order Nationwide for Limited-time
Tokyo Banana World has started selling 8-packs of the new Doraemon Tokyo Banana by mail for a limited time. The treats will be available on the Tokyo Banana Official Online Shop until September 14. (Once they’re gone, they’re gone.)
In the first week of release, the Doraemon Tokyo Banana sold over 150,000 units.
Doraemon Tokyo Banana ‘Found it!’ (8-pack): ¥1,188 (Tax Included)
The Doraemon Tokyo Banana is a fluffy, gluten-free sponge cake baked in a Doraemon pattern with rich banana custard cream in the center. The treats come in a cute gift box adorned with Doraemon’s smiling face.
The sponge cakes come in 6 different designs, with the Takecopter design being the rarest. If you snag one, consider it good luck!
Doraemon Tokyo Banana
Available from: August 17- 17:00 on September 14, 2021
*The online store will close as soon as products are sold out.
*Unable to be shipped to certain remote islands.
Doraemon Tokyo Banana: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/products/banana_doraemon.html
Online Shop: https://www.paqtomog.com/shop/c/cdora-b/