The Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli Exhibition Opens in Tokyo
The Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli Exhibition finally opened on July 1, 2022 at Warehouse Terrada in Shinagawa, Tokyo.
First held at Kanda Myojin in 2019, the reception for the exhibition was incredible, and after popping up in Nagasaki and Kyoto, the newest Tokyo exhibition will be the first held in three years. It features significantly more exhibits and content, so Ghibli fans won’t want to miss it.
Toshio Suzuki, a producer at Studio Ghibli, has worked with both Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata on a number of beloved masterpieces. The exhibition will feature a large bookshelf housing 8,800 of Suzuki’s publications. Many of these were published before Suzuki joined Studio Ghibli, and guests are invited to see how the producer was inspired to join the legendary studio.
This exhibition was realized after Suzuki himself proposed the idea of exhibiting his books for the first time following the 2019 event. The giant bookshelf containing 8,800 tomes was based on a brick-and-mortar store that once served as Suzuki’s ‘hideout.’
The Massive Abura-ya Annex
Chihiro’s Bathhouse – Chilled Footbath
As a limited event, the Tokyo exhibition will also feature the Abura-ya Annex, a huge space that recreates the world of Spirited Away. Visitors can transform themselves into No-Face using AR or enjoy the Chilled Footbath after getting their fortunes told at the Yubaba and Zeniba Luck and Love Fortune Telling Corner.
8,800 of Toshio Suzuki’s Favorite Books
Valuable Documents, Behind-the-Scenes Details, etc.
No-Face perches atop one of the many bookshelves at the exhibition, lost in a tome of his own. All 8,800 books were read by Suzuki, and all of them influenced the creator’s decision to join Studio Ghibli. The wallpaper was designed by William Morris, a favorite of the producer since his youth. Some of the books can be picked up and enjoyed, so be sure to flip through some of these inspiring pages!
Rare materials and copy that led to many of the studio’s blockbuster hits are all on display, and visitors can trace the secret story behind the establishment of Studio Ghibli and how the company created everything from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind to their latest release Earwig and the Witch. Suzuki is known for his incredible scripts, such as the many lines he wrote for the title character in The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
On June 30, an opening ceremony was held with Suzuki in attendance. “I’ve stored away so many items that have been important to me in my life, and while it can be somewhat embarrassing to have them on display, I’m glad that so many can appreciate them,” he said. “My dream was to collect all the books I’ve read over the past 70 years and display them in one room. I was so happy when I realized that we could fit all 8,800 books in one space. I hope as many people as possible come to enjoy the exhibition.”
Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli Exhibition
Running: July 1 – September 7, 2022
Location: Warehouse Terrada B&C Hall/E Hall
First ‘Made in Abyss’ Anime Exhibition to Open at Ikebukuro and Nagoya PARCO
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~
Chibi Maruko-chan Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Exhibition at SKIP CITY Visual Museum
The Chibi Maruko-chan Exhibition, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the anime adaptation, will be held from September 13, 2022 until January 15, 2023 at the SKIP City Sai-no-Kuni Visual Plaza at the Visual Museum in Saitama.
Chibi Maruko-chan began serialization in the shoujo manga magazine Ribon in 1986. The anime adaptation began on January 7, 1990. In May 2022, the series reached 1,500 episodes, and the series continues to be popular with men, women, and children alike.
This exhibition will showcase the charm of the anime series, which depicts the daily life of the cheerful and funny Maruko and her friends.
Something interesting to note is the transition from the analog era to the digital age. The exhibition will also include character materials and items detailing the personal life of the original author, Momoko Sakura, as well as her thoughts and feelings.
30 Years of Chibi Maruko-chan Shown in Chronological Order
From the moment guests enter the venue, they are surrounded by all things Chibi Maruko-chan. The entrance welcomes guests with a special video and an impressive 21-character movie along with profiles and signboards. Continuing on, visitors will be able to view a wide variety of over 320 valuable materials, ranging from production items like cels and settings to theme songs, movies, and merchandise.
Momoko Sakura’s Memories
Momoko Sakura has always loved creating things. In addition to her busy schedule, she created a number of other works in her private life. Many of the things she created were made from everyday items, so come and see the source of her boundless creativity!
Diorama Photo Spot
Come rediscover the charm of Chibi Maruko-chan at this impressive exhibition!
Chibi Maruko-chan 30th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: September 13 – January 15, 2022
Venue: SKIP City Sai-no-Kuni Visual Plaza, Visual Museum
Hours: 9:30-17:00 (Last Entry at 16:30)
Details / Official Site: http://www.skipcity.jp/event/vm/maruko/
Popular Manga Series Chihayafuru Celebrates Finale with Exhibition in Nagoya
Matsuzakaya Nagoya will hold an exhibition for the popular manga series Chihayafuru from August 10 until August 29. The manga concluded on August 1 after 15 years of serialization and tells the story of Chihaya, a girl aiming to become the greatest competitive karuta player in Japan. Karuta is a Japanese card game, requiring players to memorize a collection of 100 classical poems in order to play. Generations of readers have been sucked in by the inspiring and romantic tale, and the series has grown to include an anime adaptation and a live-action film. The story has now reached its inevitable climax, and fans are saying farewell to Chihaya, Taichi, and Arata.
Works on Display
Original Exhibition Goods
Daddy Bear Plush / Snow-maru Plush
Maki-e Nail Clippers by Hashimoto Lacquerware
Goshuin-cho (Shrine and Temple Stamp Book) Set
The exhibition will feature over 500 original drawings and will offer a look back at the series as a whole. Guests will also be able to see new drawings made exclusively for the event. In addition to valuable setting materials and research notes, the exhibition will also go behind the scenes, and a video of the elaborate production process and the creator Yuki Suetsugu’s thoughts on the work will be shown. If you’re a fan, you shouldn’t miss it!
Running: August 10 – August 29, 10:00-18:00
Venue: Matsuzakaya Nagoya 7F, Main Event Hall *Closing at 17:00 on August 29
Tokyo Station Hotel to Offer Accommodation Plan in Conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition
Starting on October 8, Tokyo Station Gallery will begin the 150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition. To celebrate the opening of the event, Tokyo Station Hotel will begin offering a special lodging plan which includes a special ticket for entry starting September 15.
2022 marks the 15th anniversary of Japan’s first railroad. The exhibition will look back at the history of railroads from their inception in 1872 to the present day, and will also feature modern and contemporary Japanese art.
Over 150 works will be on display, from oil paintings to photographs. The exhibition will also include Kawanabe Kyosai’s Jigoku Gokuraku Meguri-zu and Utagawa Hiroshige’s masterwork Steam Train Running Along the Shore at Yokohama. The train headmark was designed by Katsuhiko Hibino in 2021.
The accommodation plan will include a special tour held on the morning of check-out day before the gallery opens to the public. Visitors can enjoy the exhibition in depth while listening to explanations by the curators who planned the exhibition. After the tour, visitors can enjoy the exhibition again. The special ticket features Utagawa Hiroshige’s painting Steam Train Running Along the Shore at Yokohama and is perfect as a souvenir.
Enjoy a rare moment surrounded by the historic architecture of Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi Station Building and immerse yourself in the history of the railroad.
150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition Room Plan
Available: October 14 – December 23, 2022
Reservation Period: September 15, 12:00 – December 23
Official Site: https://www.tokyostationhotel.jp/
150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition
Running: October 8, 2022 – January 9, 2023
*Please check the official website for closure dates.
Venue: Tokyo Station Gallery
Official Site: https://www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery/
Nanao City in Ishikawa Prefecture Holds Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia Manga Event
In 2023, an anime adaptation of the manga series Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia will air on television. During the Nanao Port Festival held on July 17 in Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture, fans were treated to tons of artwork and collaboration visuals. After all, the series takes place in Nanao City! Over 1,500 flyers for the show were handed out in under two hours, and the local community was thrilled to know that such a popular anime series would bring more attention to the town.
As part of the collaboration between Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia and Nanao City, an exhibition will be held featuring 30 reproductions from the original manga manuscript and some original anime drawings!
The exhibition will be held from August 10 until September 25 at Patria, located directly in front of Nanao Station and prominently featured in the series. Admission is free and reservations are not required, so fans should consider coming to check it out!
Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia is the latest work by Makoto Ojiro. Set in Nanao City, the coming-of-age story follows Ganta Nakami, a high school boy suffering from insomnia, and Isaki Magari, a girl with the same issue. The manga is serialized in Weekly Big Comic Spirits.
Kimi wa Hokago Insomnia will receive an anime adaptation in 2023, and a live-action film is also in the works. The first trailer for the anime series has been released, so be sure to give it a watch!
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Anime 10th Anniversary Exhibition Announces More Venues, Details Tokyo Event
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime. To commemorate the event, a special anniversary exhibition will be held around Japan starting on August 10! The first venue will be Ikebukuro Sunshine City in Tokyo.
*This event will be held exclusively at the Tokyo venue. Please note that the café will not be open during the “Premium Preview” on August 9.
*The cafe will be held within the venue. Only visitors with a ticket for the day will be allowed entry.
The official website for the exhibition has revealed more information about the Tokyo event, including the collaboration cafe menu. Details about the exclusive merchandise that will be on sale have also been posted. This year’s exhibition will feature a large selection of canvas boards that can only be obtained at each venue. Canvas boards exclusive to the Tokyo venue for the first leg of the tour will feature Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando. The characters will change from venue to venue, so keep an eye out for more details!
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Anime 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: August 10 – September 4, 2022
Hours: 9:00~/11:00~/13:00~/15:00~/17:00~ (Last entry at 19:00)
Venue: Ikebukuro Sunshine City Bunka Kaikan Bldg. 3F, Exhibition Hall C
Official Site: https://jojoanime10th-ex.com/
JOJO 10years Anniversary Café
Venue: Ikebukuro Sunshine City Bunka Kaikan Bldg. 3F, Exhibition Hall C
Running: August 10 – September 4, 2022
Running: September 17 – October 10, 2022
Venue: Niigata Manga Animation Museum
Running: October 19 – November 7, 2022
Venue: Daimaru Sapporo 7F Hall
Running: November 30 – December 18, 2022
Venue: Hakata Hankyu 8F
Running: December 21, 2022 – January 9, 2023
*Closed on January 1
Venue: Hankyu Umeda 9F, Hankyu Umeda Gallery
New Anime Series ‘BanG Dream! Morfonication’ Gets Virtual Exhibition
27.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Starting July 25, fans of the upcoming anime mini-series BanG Dream! Morfonication will be able to visit the Morfonication Virtual Exhibition!
BanG Dream! is a next-generation girl band project that links anime characters and live performances. The franchise has become a media giant inspiring anime series, games, and live shows. The voice actors from the virtual bands Poppin’Party, Roselia, Morfonica, and RAISE A SUILEN have formed bands in real life and are actively performing!
The Morfonication Virtual Exhibition is being held on NTT’s social VR platform DOOR. Fans can access the exhibition from their smartphone, PC, or other devices, and there’s no need to install an app. You can even visit from a web browser, or for those wanting a more immersive experience, the exhibition supports VR headsets.
The two rooms currently open to the public are the Exhibition Room and Atelier of the Hiromachi Family. More rooms will open as they become available.
The exhibition room recreates the world of BanG Dream! Morfonication, a new original anime focusing on Morfonica, the fourth band appearing in the series. The Atelier of the Hiromachi Family is a faithful reproduction of the Hiromachi family’s atelier, as you may have guessed.
Come enjoy the world of BanG Dream! Morfonication from the comfort of your computer chair!
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Kawaii King Sebastian Masuda to Hold ‘COLORS FOR PEACE’ Charity Art Exhibition in New York City
Sebastian Masuda, known as the “father of kawaii,” moved to New York City in 2022 to be more active in the Big Apple while continuing his activities in Tokyo.
His first event since moving to the city will be the COLORS FOR PEACE charity art exhibition, which will be held at the Mizuma & Kips gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side from July 29 until July 31. A portion of all proceeds from the sale of artwork and donations collected will be donated to the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, a human rights organization supporting those whose lives have been impacted by war.
Masuda wanted people to think about peace, which is the theme for the COLORS FOR PEACE exhibition. The showing will feature artwork in four primary colors–blue, yellow, green, and pink.
Along with original paintings and lithographs, the exhibition will also feature a bed installation where guests can freely relax. Visitors will be able to think about the people whose peaceful daily lives are threatened by the ongoing war, and will be able to support them through art.
An opening reception for the event will be held on the evening of July 29, and reservations are open now. More information will be announced on Masuda’s social media accounts, including when the artist himself will appear.
Comment from Sebastian Masuda
“COLORS FOR PEACE is an event with a very straightforward theme, and that is for guests to think about peace. Close your eyes. Imagine it. Understand it. Understand how wonderful it is that you can sleep in your own bed at home tonight. We all know how comfortable it is to be able to sleep in our own bed, with our own sheets that have our own scent.
Through my activities over the years, I’ve come to realize that the ‘kawaii’ movement is one of the best ways to inspire peace. It helps us to understand each other, and the bright and vibrant colors make people happy, both in Japan and around the world. I hope that the COLORS FOR PEACE venue will be filled with many smiling faces and that it will transcend race, religion, age, gender, and all other borders.”
COLORS FOR PEACE
Running: July 29 – July 31, 2022
Venue: Mizuma & Kips
Address: 324 Grand St, New York
July 29: 12:00-18:00
July 30: 12:00-18:00
July 31: 12:00-17:00
July 29, 18:00-20:00
Official Site: https://sebastianmasuda.com/exhibition/colors-for-peace/
More Details about The Rose of Versailles 50th Anniversary Exhibition Revealed
Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills will hold ‘The Rose of Versailles 50th Anniversary Exhibition –The Rose of Versailles Forever-’ from September 17 until November 20, 2022. The exhibition will feature original drawings and gorgeous color illustrations from the original creator, as well as new developments and a look back at the anime series and many stage performances by the Takurazuka Revue. The venue will also feature a spectacular production inspired by the real Palace of Versailles.
<Exhibition Entrance> ©Riyoko Ikeda Production
At the back of the elegant entrance corridor, inspired by the Palace of Versailles, are four lifesized panels of Marie Antoinette, Oscar, Andre, and Fersen.
On the windows, portraits of the characters will appear as if they were portraits in a palace. The incredible backdrop of the Tokyo skyline is sure to create a lasting memory.
Riyoko Ikeda debuted as a manga artist at the age of 20 and had a massive interest in history, particularly the life of Marie Antoinette. Publishing The Rose of Versailles was a dream for the artist, though the subject matter was strange for the time.
[Chapter 1] The Rose of Versailles
Approximately 180 original drawings from The Rose of Versailles, including color illustrations and rare original two and four-color drawings from the time of its original serialization, will be on display.
In addition to the charming story, guests can enjoy the incredible art and heart-wrenching dialogue.
Also on display will be original drawings from The Rose of Versailles: Episodes, which shares many secrets and truths not revealed in the original story. This is the first new book in 40 years. The exhibition will also share Ikeda’s thoughts on her work and behind-the-scenes details, giving fans a deeper understanding of the creator’s process.
Along with additional artwork, the exhibition will feature a dress that Oscar only wore once in his life. Created by students of the haute couture department of Bunka Fashion College, the dress, made with lustrous silk fabric and thousands of beads, is sure to bring a tear to your eye.
©Riyoko Ikeda Production
[Chapter 2] The Rose of Versailles Musicals by the Takurazuka Revue
The Takurazuka Revue is a Japanese all-female musical theater troupe known for its Broadway-style productions of Western-style musicals and adaptations of films, novels, and manga. The Rose of Versailles was first performed by the group in 1974 at the Takurazuka Grand Theater in Hyogo Prefecture, inspiring a major Versailles boom.
Since then, it has inspired a number of new musicals, and in 2014, it became one of Takurazuka Revue’s most popular productions, attracting a total audience of 5 million people. The exhibition will feature a part of the set from Oscar’s room, in which Oscar and Andre pledged their love to each other. The costumes and props work and used by Oscar and Marie will also be on display.
<Takurazuka Revue’s Cosmos Troupe performs The Rose of Versailles – Oscar & Andre- in 2014> ©Riyoko Ikeda Production
[Chapter 3] The Rose of Versailles Anime Series
While the series continued to be popular even after its serialization ended, it was adapted into an anime series in 1979. The opening theme song, Roses Scatter Beautifully, became a big hit when the show was first broadcast.
Along with rare cels, the exhibition will discuss the show’s directors Tadao Nagahama and Osamu Dezaki, while also highlighting some of the best parts of the anime series.
[Chapter 4] The Future of The Rose of Versailles
For half a century, The Rose of Versailles has remained in the public consciousness.
This part of the exhibition highlights the many collaborations, goods, and releases related to The Rose of Versailles, including overseas releases, nostalgic items, spin-off manga, and more. Are you familiar with this impactful shojo manga series?©Riyoko Ikeda Production / Shueisha
The Rose of Versailles 50th Anniversary Exhibition – The Rose of Versailles Forever –
Running: September 17 – November 20, 2022
Venue: Tokyo City View, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F (6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://verbaraten.com/
HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE Apparel Collection to Bring Studio Ghibli Merch to Hot Topic in the U.S.
HARAJUKU COLLECTION, a Studio Ghibli-inspired apparel collection by popular American counterculture chain Hot Topic, will be available in stores throughout the U.S. and Canada starting in August! These items will be available on the Hot Topic online store in Japan as well, and a limited-time pop-up shop is scheduled to open in Harajuku on August 10. This is the first time that one of Hot Topic’s apparel collections will be made available in Japan.
HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE, an Apparel Collection from Studio Ghibli and Hot Topic
Hot Topic has been popular in the states for years, with over 800 stores in America in 2022. Founded in 1988, the company is best known for selling apparel and goods inspired by popular music, games, movies, and anime. The new HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE collection brings the heart of Japanese culture to the chain, adding to the ongoing collaboration with the store and Studio Ghibli which began in 2014. Hot Topic stores will sell 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. This will be the first time these creators will be releasing items inspired by the famed animation studio, so expect to find a new vision of Studio Ghibli’s world!
HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE Limited Time Pop-up Store to Open in Harajuku
To celebrate the collection’s release, a pop-up store will be opening in Harajuku for a limited time. Visitors will be able to see and purchase the available items while in this unique space, and more details will be released on the official HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE’s social media pages, so keep an eye out!
STUDIO GHIBLI × HOT TOPIC – HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE
Release Date: August 10, 2022
*Only select items to be released in the U.S. will be sold in Japan.
*Japan-original items will only be sold in Japan.
HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE Pop-up Store
Open: August 10 – August 28, 2022
Venue: AF GALLERY 1F (3-21-8, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
*See HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE’s official social media accounts for more information.
Online Store (Japanese)
Open: August 10 – December 31, 2022
Special Site (Japanese): https://ghibli-harajukucollective-ec.com/
HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE Official Social Media Accounts (Japanese)
Instagram: @harajuku_collective (https://www.instagram.com/harajuku_collective）
Blue Period Exhibition Showcases Art from Students Across Japan
Blue Period Exhibition ~Art is a gift?~ will run from June 18 until September 27, 2022, at Tokyo’s Warehouse TERRADA G1 Building. The manga series, written and illustrated by Tsubasa Yamaguchi, has been serialized in Kodansha’s seinen manga magazine Monthly Afternoon since June 2017.
Blue Period follows Yatora Yaguchi, an aspiring painter trying to get into the Tokyo University of the Arts. For this exhibition, 34 students from art college prep schools around Japan drew the first six covers of the Blue Period manga series in their own unique styles. These creations were made across multiple media including charcoal, pencil, and oil paint. All 34 paintings will be on display during the exhibition period.
Selection of Paintings to be Displayed
Artist: Tomori Marimo
This angel was drawn by art club member Mori-senpai in the series and inspired Yatora to pursue art. Appears in Volume 1.
Artist: Yamamichi Shota
The painting Yatora drew based on the theme of ‘Fate.’ It was the first F100 painting and seemed like it would swallow him up. Appears in Volume 3.
Artist: Yamazaki Yuko
Piece drawn for Yatora’s first exam. The theme was ‘self-portrait.’ Appears in Volume 4.
Artist: Tamana Moteki
Piece drawn for Yatora’s second exam. The theme was ‘nude.’ Finished at the last minute. Appears in Volume 6.
The in-person event will also invite fans of Blue Period to see 50 works of art integral to the series. An immersive theater will also be open, and visitors can see exclusive commentary from the series creator.
Blue Period Exhibition ~Art is a gift?~
Running: June 18 – September 27, 2022
Venue: Terrada Warehouse G1 Building (2-6-4 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://blueperiod-ten.jp/
Hololive VTubers Announce Hololive Summer Event and Comiket Appearance
21.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The Hololive Summer event, first held in the summer of 2019, will return this year!
A ton of new content and special panels will be shown at the 2022 event, so check the official Hololive Production Twitter account often for more information!
Hololive will also have a booth at this year’s Comiket on August 13 and 14! A number of exclusive commemorative Hololive Summer 2022 goods will be on sale.
The back cover of the Comiket 100 catalog, on sale July 16, shows the official Hololive Summer 2022 key visual. Be sure to keep an eye out for more details!