“Summer Wars” Exhibition to be Held in Thailand at Animate Bangkok!

18.August.2017 | SPOT

It has been 8 years since “Summer Wars” was released back in 2009. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda, the film went on to become an international hit, being distributed in over 90 different countries including the US, France, UK, Germany, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and more, and was one of the first feature length animated movies to be shown at the Berlin International Film Festival, the world’s third biggest film festival. It has gained much attention overseas and Hosoda has been praised by critics around the world.



Due to popular demand displayed by passionate fans of the film, a special “Summer Wars” exhibition will be set up at “Animate Bangkok” in Thailand.


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The gorgeous original illustrations, background, character setting, story boards and more will be shown outside Japan for the very first time. Fans have also expressed their desire to see “Summer Wars” on the big screen, so as part of the exhibition, it will be shown in the movie theatre absolutely free. After the screening, a talk is scheduled to be held by Summer Wars producer Yuichiro Saito of Studio Chizu, an animation studio that was established during the production of Hosoda’s own “Wolf Children.”


The exhibition will feature merchandise designed by Takashi Okazaki, who was responsible for the designs of numerous avatars that appear in the film, including King Kazuma and Love Machine. There will also be brand new Summer Wars merchandise up for grabs which you can only get in Japan.


Although Thailand is in Southeast Asia, Japanese anime is very popular over there. There will be an event titled “Anico” by the Thailand publisher and Japanese publisher running at the same time.



If you have plans to visit Thailand and are a big Summer Wars fan, then make sure to drop by Animate Bangkok on your visit.



▶︎Comment from the manager of Animate Bangkok

“Animate opened its doors in Thailand in February 2016. Once year has passed, and I feel that Japanese pop culture, such as anime and manga, are spreading at a rapid pace in Thailand. And now, because “Summer Wars,” a Japanese animated film, is being shown once more here in Thailand after being shown in the past and proving to be remarkably popular, I hope that all Thai fans of anime can enjoy the screening while also getting close and personal with the wonder of Japanese animation. That’s why we have planned this screening. I dare say that the main thing reason for holding this screening is because we want people who could not see the film when it was shown in theatres previously the beautiful aesthetic of the scenery and the virtual world in which Summer Wars is set.”



Running: Saturday September 9, 2017 to Sunday September 10, 2017

Location: Animate Bangkok store, Mahboonkrong Center (MBK) 7F

Event: Screening (free) at 14:00-16:00 in the MBK Cinema

Talk Event: 16:30-17:30 <MBK 5F *ANICO>



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    There will also be a Jump Fair collection of mini paper (pictured below) available to those who purchase or order select items. Other character related bonuses be available this year too which will change through the duration of the event including both manga and anime related items.


    Below is a small look at some of the items that will be sold.


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    Dragon Ball Full Colour Art Board: ¥3,250 (Before Tax)


    Yu Yu Hakusho Full Colour Art Board: ¥3,250 (Before Tax)


    Fans of Jump series can’t afford to miss out on this year’s Jump Fair!

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    KSUKE has taken the stage at the world’s electronic music battleground, Ultra Music Festival, in Miami, Korea and Japan. He has also performed at Universal Studios Japan’s end-of-year countdown party.

    He continues to be a dominating presence at his live sets. His latest single, POOL feat. Meron Ryan, ranked as one of the most listened to tracks of 2017 on Spotify in Japan.

    His influence is also proven with his other rankings: he ranked 3rd in “Best of 2017 Electro Tokyo,” 14th in “Best of 2017 Top Hits Japan,” and “Best of 2017 Tokyo Super Hits.”


    KSUKE is set to conquer overseas some more as he darts his way into 2018. His schedule will see him embark to Thailand and Myanmar.


    KSUKE maintains distinguished power and is likely to expand his sphere of influence outside Japan even more this year. Watch this space.



    Title: KSUKE – POOL feat. Meron Ryan

    Digital Release: June 16, 2017


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    Tour Dates:

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    26.December.2017 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sawatdii kha! My name is Takahashi and I am now staying in Thailand for study.

    Here in Thailand, the streets are filled with Christmas related decorations and small illuminations.

    I grew up in Japan so the temperature in Thailand is too hot for me. It is the first time in my life to experience wearing short sleeves and short pants during the Christmas season.

    By the way, I would like to introduce to you, “IWANE GOES NATURE” which is a café located in Asoke, a Japanese quarter in Bangkok. The owner of this café is Mr. Iwane, a Japanese man, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to speak Thai.

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    When I visited the café, there were several Japanese people dining there. The interior of the café is very stylish.

    I found a dish which has a unique name – Ogikubo (the name of a town inside Tokyo)

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    This is a drink named SAKURA.


    This is a menu which is like a donburi dish of Japan

    I hear the history of donburi dishes goes back to the Edo Period and it is kinda funny that I can eat donburi in Thailand.

    You can also buy different kinds of alcohol in this café.

    This is a cocktail named “SAMURAI BLUE” which is the popular name given to Japan’s official football team. The color of the drink (blue) is very beautiful.

    You can also buy tasty breads. Why not visit this café when you visit Thailand!

    writer:Anna Takahashi



    Address:10110 bangkok 14 Sukhumvit 23
    Business hours:7:30-22:00

    Fixed holidays: None


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    Sawatdee ka. My name is Takahashi and I’m currently studying abroad in Thailand until December.


    I heard that people are already wearing coats in Japan because it’s so cold. But people are still wearing short sleeves in Thailand. It’s summertime here. But my Thai friends here are saying that it’s actually winter and cold. (Of course, you can wear short sleeves and shorts).

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    In this article I will introduce you to “Hello Kitty House Bangkok” in Siam at the heart of Bangkok.


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    It’s located on the ground floor of Siam Square One. The display is simply dreamlike.


    Here’s the entrance, with lots of Hello Kitties waiting to greet you. There’s also a counter there where you can order takeout with ease.


    The interior is all Kitty-chan! It’s super cute.


    Even the walls and ceiling light…


    And don’t forget the tables and chairs. Everything is Hello Kitty!


    There’s also an extraordinarily cute photo spot too (though anywhere you snap a photo in here is going to look good…😉)

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    It’s enveloped in a cute light pink colour, giving it a romantic vibe.



    There was also a warning sign. It wasn’t written in Thai though, haha.


    “This area is free to take photos and see the samples, but touching the goods is not allowed. If you need any information please contact out staff.”


    Basically, don’t mess around. Also, Kitty-chan’s facial expression is really captivating.




    Next, I found a staircase leading downstairs.


    I walked down, and…


    Oh, what could this be?


    Hello Kitty heaven!


    They sell lots of Hello Kitty merchandise here. The most popular 3 items are:


    The hats.


    The shirts.


    And pocket chargers!


    Let’s head back upstairs and take a look at the café.


    When I sat in my seat the staff member came over with a menu for me.


    This is what I ordered:

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    If you want to know why it’s a “Tokyo” friend potato, then you should come and see for yourself.


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    The latte art is very well done.


    And once again, the Hello Kitty drawn with matcha is cute…



    It was a Sunday so it was a little busy in there. There were even customers dressed in cosplay at the café. People from all different countries were dressed in all kinds of different fashion enjoying the world of the “Hello Kitty House Cafe.”


    The café also has a second floor. There was a children’s birthday party happening upstairs. I could hear the sound of lots of kids having fun.


    If you celebrate your birthday at a wonderful place such as this it’s sure to be one to remember.


    I recommend this as a place to snap a photo.

    Where in the café is it I hear you ask? You’ll have to stop by and find out yourself!


    Please be sure to visit Hello Kitty House Bangkok for a wonderful time.




    Hello Kitty House Bangkok

    Address: Siam Square One Pathumwan Rd, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

    Open: 10:00〜22:00

    TEL: +66 2 115 1335

    Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hello-Kitty-Cafe-Bangkok/996718223728225



    Writer: Anna Takahashi