Moomin Market 2022 to Open at Hiroshima PARCO for a Limited Time

25.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / SPOT

Hiroshima PARCO is currently hosting Moomin Market 2022, an exhibition offering special merchandise inspired by the Finnish character Moomin. The event is open now at PARCO FACTORY in the facility’s main building until May 8, 2022. 

 

Selected Goods Lineup

The Moomins have continued to be loved by audiences around the world since the release of Tove Jansson’s novel The Moomins and the Great Flood in 1945. The event is offering a number of new goods, including those from the Moominmamma’s Rose series, which are perfect for Mother’s Day. Guests should also look forward to the Moomin House on display at the venue!

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    The exhibition is themed around a ‘Museum of Voices.’

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    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!

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  • Macaroni Empitsu 10th Anniversary Exhibition Makes Triumphant Return to Tokyo

    22.January.2023 | MUSIC / SPOT

    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!”

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    teamLab <Castle Tower> 

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    teamLab <Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives in the Stone Wall>

     

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    teamLab <Resisting and Resonating Ovoids on the Stones of Oblivion>

     

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    In addition, visitors can turn their own drawings of generals into pins that they can take home as souvenirs!

    teamLab <Sketch Generals>

    teamLab <Sketch Factory>

     

    Several other works will be exhibited around the castle during the event as well.

     

    The castle tower was designated a National Treasure in the early Showa era but was destroyed by fire in an air raid during World War II. It was rebuilt in 1966. 



    teamLab’s Digitized City project has become popular across the world, allowing the art collective to utilize real-world locales to display artworks without damaging or altering the location chosen.

     

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    teamLab <Walk, Walk, Walk -Fukuyama Castle>

     

    ©チームラボ

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    Rabbit Eating Pizza

    Naked Rat Lying Down

    Suki Rabbit in a Cup

    Portrait of a Cat’s Day

    Portrait of a Sad Bear

     

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    Square Cushion

    A5-size Clear Folder (8 varieties)

    Capsule Toy Pin (6 varieties)

    Stained Glass Pin

    Glass Hair Tie (2 varieties)

    Canvas Art (4 varieties)

    Sticker Sheet

    Eco Tote Bag (3 varieties)

    Black Memo Pad

     

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    Koupen-chan Constallations

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    Exclusive Ikebukuro Stamp

    Purchase Bonus for Guests Spending ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

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    Drawstring Bag

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    Come have a tasty snack and a refreshing drink while you grab some limited Chiikawa merch!

     

    ©nagano / chiikawa committee

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    The Moomin Sweets Buffet will feature adorable desserts created by expert pâtissiers and will be inspired by Moomin and his friends enjoying the summer. From red velvet cake made to look like Little My’s dress to chocolate mousse in the style of Moominpappa’s Silk Hat, fans of the series will want to snap plenty of pictures before they dig in! Tons of sweets will include popular Scandinavian ingredients like red currants, raspberries, and blueberries. The welcome plate, limited to one per person, will change monthly, with a Tropical Parfait coming in July and an Edible Jungle coming in August. Light meals will also be available to compliment the sweets.

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  • Moominmamma’s Rose Fair to Celebrate Mother’s Day with Moomin Style

    18.April.2022 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Moominmamma Rose Fair is ready to brighten the spring season from April 16 until May 8, 2022!

     

    Moominmamma always brings happiness to those around her and warmly looks after those in need. The adorable mother figure will play a leading role in this event, which is also being held in conjunction with the Spring Festival.

     

     

    Fruits Sandwich

     

    Latte Art

     

    Original Pin Making

     

     

    Limited-Edition Goods (Selection) / Pancake Mix

     

    Limited Design Goods Purchase Bonus: Original Card

     

    Guests can enjoy washing their hands with rose-scented water at the Floating Flower Walk, and a selection of limited-time food items will be sold during the event. Visitors can also take place in unique workshops where they can make their other Mother’s Day gifts.

     

     

  • Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku to Open MOOMIN POPUP STORE by Small Planet

    05.April.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    From March 30 until April 12, fans of Moomin will want to visit the Odakyu Department Store in Shinjuku for a special pop-up store!

     

     

    Lineup

     

    Odakyu Preorder Items 

    Toto Bag

    Synthetic Leather Coaster

    Masking Tape

     

    Event Exclusives

    T-Shirt

    Acrylic Keychain

     

    Stainless Steel Tumbler

     

     

    Purchase Bonuses

     

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    Pocket Thermos Bottle, Joxter Cloud Design (Not for Sale)

     

     

    (April 2 ~) Bonus for purchases of ¥3,300 or more

    Sea Orchestra Acrylic Keychain (Not for Sale)

     

    (April 9 ~) Bonus for purchases of ¥5,500 or more

     

    Snufkin & Joxter Acrylic Stand Set (Not for Sale)

     

     

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  • 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

     

    Merchandise

    Pins (21 varieties)

     

    Acrylic Keychain

     

    Mini Canvas

    Diorama Acrylic Stand

    Blanket

    Acrylic Signboard Stands



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  • Moomin Cafe to Offer Afternoon Tea for a Limited Time

    21.March.2022 | FOOD

    Select Moomin Cafe locations in Japan are now offering Moominmama’s Afternoon Tea for a limited time!

     

    This afternoon tea fully expresses the hospitality of Moominmamma, who always warmly welcomes guests. Each set comes on a two-tiered tea stand with wooden plates with a Scandinavian feel, and features desserts and light meals with two different themes: the upper tier being ‘Friends of Moomin Valley’ and the lower tier being ‘Nordic Finland.’

     

    The upper tier will feature sweets such as five-tiered mini pancakes and Snufkin’s hat-inspired tarts, while the lower tier will feature a potato and anchovy gratin pie based on Jansson’s Temptation,  a familiar Scandinavian home-style dish. In addition, there is a choice of seven types of tea available, including the aromatic Scandinavian Söder tea and Earl Grey, as well as Moomin Café’s original flavor of blueberry pancake milk tea.

     

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