Illustrator Macoto Takahashi’s Works on Display in New Tokyo Exhibition
Starting on July 20, the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi store will be celebrating illustrator Macoto Takahashi’s 88th birthday with a special exhibition. The event will display many of Takahashi’s works, featuring beautiful girls and festive flowers.
For over six decades, Takahashi has been drawing princesses and girls to turn heads, each of them full of life and captivating coquettish energy. With fans around the world, the artist dominated the Showa period with his pieces which were frequently on the covers of girls’ manga magazines. With the artist’s 88th birthday coming up next month, this exhibition will focus on many of Takahashi’s original paintings, as well as his recent collaborations with apparel brands such as COMME des GARCONS and Anna Sui.
Original Illustration – Elaine’s Flowers
Flowery Mademoiselle II
Original Illustration – Sunflower Prayer
“I want people to feel warm and healed when they see my works. I want them to feel euphoric. Euphoria brings peace, and it cultivates mutual respect for each other,” Takahashi said about his works. His recent work Sunflower Prayer, on display at the exhibition, shows a Ukrainian girl in a traditional costume wishing for peace.
“I’m an artist, so I was able to convey my hope for peace through my work. I hope that you’ll also express your desire for peace in any way that you can,” Takahashi said. This work painted by the 87-year-old is a major highlight of the event.
Original Illustration – The Prince and His Dog
Original Illustration – Fairy-Tale Wedding
Takahashi’s original paintings often sell out quickly due to their popularity. During this massive event, the largest number and widest variety of the artist’s works will be displayed and sold. The lineup is packed with highlights, ranging from works made during the 1990s to the creator’s latest works from 2022.
To commemorate the event, new goods featuring nostalgic illustrations seen on girls’ magazine covers in the 1970s will be available, including stationery, buttons, and more.
Macoto Takahashi’s 88th Birthday Exhibition: A Collection of Beautiful Woman
Running: July 20 – July 25, 2022
Venue: Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Building 7F Event Space
Official Site: https://artgallery.co.jp/
Jagi from Fist of the North Star Featured in New Collection from Fashion Brand CUNE
Fashion brand CUNE has launched a limited-time collaboration collection inspired by Fist of the North Star! The manga series was a major hit for Shonen Jump in the 1980s, and Buronson and Tetsuo Hara’s magnum opus lives on in fashion form. However, this time around, the available apparel focuses entirely on the popular character Jagi.
The key visual for the collection features Taiji Ishimori, a professional wrestler active in New Japan Pro-Wrestling and the current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
The unisex collection includes over 30 items, from T-shirts and hoodies to dresses and accessories. These items will be available at CUNE stores nationwide starting August 11 and on the CUNE Official Online Store starting August 12.
Don’t miss out on these special collaboration items!
CUNE x Fist of the North Star
Release Dates/Where to Buy:
August 11 – CUNE stores nationwide.
August 12 – CUNE Official Online Store
August 13 – CUNE Directly-Managed Stores
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/
Street Fighter 6 and Onitsuka Tiger Announce Collaboration
Street Fighter 6, the next installment of the classic Capcom fighting series, is teaming up with Japanese shoe company Onitsuka Tiger.
This marks the second collaboration between Capcom and Onitsuka Tiger, following the release of the Street Fighter V Arcade Edition collab shoes in 2019. The two are committed to impacting culture and feel strong ties to their Japanese roots, honoring the classic ways while being inspired by modern style.
New visuals of Chun-Li and Kimberly, a new character scheduled to appear in Street Fighter 6, have been created for the collaboration. In this tag team featuring an old and new character, Chun-Li wears Onitsuka Tiger’s iconic MEXICO 66 model shoes, while Kimberly wears the DELECITY model, combining the essence of classic kicks with the spirit of the here and now. A special T-shirt has also been created featuring these new visuals, so check out the Capcom online store eCAPCOM or visit the Capcom stores in Tokyo or Osaka to snag one.
In addition, Onitsuka Tiger plans to sell collaborative items in the first half of 2023, featuring original visuals of Chun-Li and Kimberly drawn by Thai cartoonist Wisut Ponnimit. Ponnimit is known as the creator of Mamuang, a popular character around the world.
Expect to see more exciting collaborations between Capcom and Onitsuka Tiger in the future!
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
BE@RBRICK, BABY MILO, and Furniture Maker Karimoku Collaborate on New Figure
04.August.2022 | FASHION
BAPE’s iconic BABY MILO, Medicom Toy’s BE@RBRICK figure, and upscale furniture shop Karimoku are coming together for a unique collaboration. On August 6, a 400% size wood figure will be available at the BAPE.com Web Store, the Toy Medicom online store, and select retailers.
Karimoku x BABY MILO® x BE@RBRICK 400% (Height: 280mm）
Overlapping wood tones make this a must-have for BE@RBRICK collectors.
BE@RBRICK x Karimoku x BABY MILO® HORIZON
Release Date: August 6, 2022
Where to Buy: BAPE.com Web Store, project1/6, Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Store, 2G, Medicom Toy Online Store
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
ONE PIECE FILM RED Inspires Collaboration Event with Raku Spa
From August 18 until September 19, 20 Gokurakuyu and Raku Spa locations will hold a special collaboration to celebrate the release of ONE PIECE FILM RED.
During the event, a new bath will be available each weekend. Guests can enjoy fragrant baths inspired by Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Shanks, and Uta. Check the website to see which baths will be available at which locations!
Those visiting can find some new merchandise featuring exclusive illustrations made for the campaign and a tasty menu inspired by One Piece characters, so don’t miss it!
ONE PIECE FILM RED x Gokurakuyu Raku Spa ~Mugiwara Bathhouse~
Running: August 18 – September 19, 2022
Venue: 20 participating Gokurakuyu/Raku Spa locations
Raku Spa: https://www.rakuspa.com/
Collaboration Details: https://rakuspa.com/onepiece-film-red/
Q-pot Announces 8th Sailor Moon Collaboration Collection
Q-pot, an accessory brand whose products are made to look like tasty desserts, will be collaborating with Sailor Moon for the eighth time! To celebrate Sailor Moon’s 30th anniversary, new items will be available at select Q-pot locations and the Q-pot Online Shop starting August 5, 2022.
Sailor Moon is part of our history. These meltingly sweet accessories will bring back plenty of beautiful childhood memories.
Cosmic Heart Ganache Cupcake: ¥13,860 / Bag Charm: ¥12,760 (Tax Included)
This seemingly melt-in-your-mouth sweet and sour strawberry chocolate is topped with a clear and juicy jelly. The Cosmic Heart Ganache Cupcake represents the classic Cosmic Heart Compact and is perfect for any fan.
Prism Heart Macaron Necklace: ¥17,600 / Bag Charm: ¥16,500
The long-awaited Prism Heart Macaron is here! Sailor Chibi Moon’s transformation item, the Prism Heart Compact, has been reborn as a tasty macaron, perfect to pair with any outfit!
Makeup Whipped Cream Charm Necklace: ¥30,800 / Ring, Earrings, Charm: ¥6,050 each (5 varieties / 1 piece)
Sailor Moon’s transformation items from past generations have been reimagined alongside some tasty whipped cream! This nostalgic set will bring back tons of happy childhood memories. Each of the five whipped cream charms is removable, and these items can also be purchased as charms, rings, or earrings.
Sailor Moon Melty Memories Toy Box Necklace: ¥27,500 / Earrings: ¥12,100 (3 varieties)
The Sailor Moon Melty Memories Toy Box looks like a toy box turned upside down, and is filled with the Transformation Brooch, Moon Stick, Crystal Star Compact, Cosmic Heart Compact, and Spiral Heart Moon Rod.
Each of these pieces are perfect for longtime Sailor Moon fans, or as gifts for someone special in your life. The necklace also features a star and heart-shaped design with asymmetrical left and right chains.
To celebrate this eighth collaboration, customers will also be able to snag some special bonuses. Those spending ¥44,000 or more (including tax) will receive a light-up accessory stand. To celebrate Sailor Moon’s 30th anniversary, fans will receive their purchases in a special box decorated to look like a cake.
Come celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sailor Moon with some gorgeous accessories and sweets!
Q-pot. x Sailor Moon 8th Accessory Collection
Order Period: August 5 – August 21, 2022
Where to Buy: Q-pot. Omotesando / Q-pot. Takashimaya Shinjuku / Q-pot. Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi / Q-pot. Ikspiari / Q-pot. LUCUA (Osaka) / Q-pot. Online Shop (12:00PM~)
Items will be available from early December.
Q-pot. Online Shop: https://shop.q-pot.jp/
*Only accessories and bonuses are available to order.
These items will not be available at other Q-pot stores or Q-pot CAFÉ locations.
*The Q-pot. International Online Shop will not offer these products.
*The Q-pot. Online Shop does not ship outside of Japan. We apologize for the inconvenience.
*Q-pot Café products, including Sailor Moon collaboration sweets and goods, will not be eligible for a bonus gift.
Matsuzaki Shoten to Hold First Collaboration Between Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei and Cat’s ISSUE
Matsuzaki Shoten will hold a special collaboration event between Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei and Cat’s ISSUE starting on August 6, 2022. The Cat’s Festival 2022 will be an incredible event for cat lovers, and guests will be able to grab some special hand towels and bowls produced exclusively for the festival. In addition, there will be an exhibition of works by Ayako Ishiguro, a picture book artist associated with Cat’s ISSUE.
Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei x Cat’s ISSUE
This Japanese-style hand towel features illustrations of unique cats based on the concept color of Matsuzaki Shoten, the main Matsuzaki Senbei shop in Ginza.
Ginza’s Matsuzaki Senbei x Cat’s ISSUE
Matsuzaki Senbei’s flagship product has been decorated with cat illustrations, each painted by hand. During the event, customers can choose four of their favorite pieces from a total of nine different patterns and pack them in a box wrapped with beautiful paper with a special design. Guests can also purchase these goods separately.
Collaboration with Ayako Ishiguro, a Picture Book Artist Specializing in Monster Art
This comical cat scroll created by Ayako Ishiguro will be on display during the exhibition. Hand towels made in collaboration with Ishiguro will also be on sale. These have previously been sold to huge fanfare.
If you love cats and classic Japanese art, this is the event for you!
MATSUZAKI Cat’s ISSUE – Cat Festival 2022
Running: August 6 – August 21, 2022
Venue: Matsuzaki Shoten (4-13-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)