Adorable Penguin Koupen-Chan Inspires Starry Sky-Themed Exhibition at Ikebukuro Parco Factory

11.July.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

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

Message Corner

Koupen-chan Constallations

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!

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    16.August.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

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    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

     

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    Musée du Qouvre Special Layered Acrylic Stand

    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

     

    *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.
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    *Products are available in limited quantities.
    *The number of items purchased may be limited.

     

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    At the venue, guests will be able to enter a raffle to win a painting by the artist himself!

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    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!

     

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    12.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

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    Hana’s Homemade Sandwich Bento: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

     

    Featuring plenty of tasty and healthy ingredients, this high-protein and veggie-heavy dish is delectable.
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    *Available from August 9 until August 22

     

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    Enjoy the world of Aoashi at this collaborative cafe!

     

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    Daddy Bear Plush / Snow-maru Plush

    Maki-e Nail Clippers by Hashimoto Lacquerware

    Goshuin-cho (Shrine and Temple Stamp Book) Set

     

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    04.August.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

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    Menu

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    Goods

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    30.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    From August 3 until August 30, VTuber group NIJISANJI EN fans won’t want to miss two unique collaboration cafes coming to Ikebukuro and Nagoya! The cafes are being held at Animate Cafe and a number of themed dishes and goods will be available for purchase.

     

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    From July 22 until August 7, AMOCAFE Ikebukuro is holding a special collaboration cafe with the anime series The Devil is a Part-Timer!

     

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    The Devil’s Experiment (Honey Cucumber & Konnyaku): ¥990 (Tax Included)


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    [AMOCAFE x Chiho] Special Omurice: ¥1,210 (Tax Included)


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    Urushihara’s Hard-earned Crystals / Daikokuya’s Shaved Ice: ¥880 (Tax Included)

     

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    In addition, new illustrations of Mao and Chiho working at the beach house with Emi on surveillance are available from the AMOCAFE webshop. A number of products are on sale, including acrylic stands and water-resistant tapestries. Check the AMOCAFE Ikebukuro and AMOCAFE webshop Twitter accounts for more details soon!

     

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    26.July.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

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    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.”

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