12 Illustrators Collaborate on Flowers & Women Art Collection
29.August.2022 | FASHION
An anthology illustration collection themed around women and flowers will be released in September 2022! The collection will contain 142 beautiful illustrations by 12 up-and-coming artists. Interviews with these artists will be included at the end of the book.
The images within range in style from girly and stylish to pop and cute, with each girl surrounded by flowers pulled from each season. The delicate brushwork and vivid colors of the popular artists will inspire the reader’s creativity, so don’t miss out on this book when it releases next month!
Buchi / Keiko / YUE / potg / mashu / Minami / Niwa Haruki / Hinano / Yukorin / Suzu Sakuraba / Ayata / Toaruocha
Hyakka Ryouran FLOWER and GIRLS STYLE ILLUSTRATIONS
Release Date: September 2022
Official Site: http://www.graphicsha.co.jp/
Mitsui Shopping Park’s LaLaport TOKYO-BAY to Collaborate with meeco
In collaboration with illustrator meeco, LaLaport TOKYO-BAY is currently holding the cashless ‘AUTUMN FESTA 2023 Find Happiness;’ event for the entire month of September.
In a special area of the shopping center, the latest fall items and fashions will be displayed along with an art exhibit dedicated to meeco’s creations. Visitors will receive an original card featuring a new illustration by meeco (while supplies last).
Be sure to browse the special website for more details.
AUTUMN FESTA 2023 Find Happiness
Running: September 1 ~ September 30
Natsumi Sato’s “peloringirl series,” featuring girls sticking out their tongues in vivid pop colors with a 90s feel, has become increasingly popular. On June 2, the artist opened a new solo exhibition at A.F GALLERY in Harajuku.
In addition to many of her past creations, visitors will also be able to see newly drawn works created especially for the exhibition, as well as works from the recently released NFT project City Pop TOKYO, for which Natsumi Sato acted as the character designer.
Sato is planning on holding exhibitions in Fukuoka and Osaka in the future.
Natsumi Sato Solo Exhibition TOKYO
Running: June 2 – June 16, 2023
Venue: A.F GALLERY (Tokyo)
Address: ASOBIFACTORY 1F (3-21-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
■Natsumi Sato Gallery Visits
June 2 – June 4
June 10 – June 11
City Pop TOKYO Collaborates with Idol Group FRUITS ZIPPER to Produce Member-Inspired Legendary NFTs
The NFT project City Pop TOKYO is inspired, fittingly, by City Pop, a music genre from Japan that is immensely popular worldwide, particularly among Gen Z. Now, the project is collaborating with the incredibly popular idol group FRUITS ZIPPER!
Starting at the end of April, Legendary NFTs inspired by the members of FRUITS ZIPPER will be released sequentially as part of the City Pop TOKYO NFT collection. These collaborative NFTs feature rare designs that are unique among the other characters in the City Pop TOKYO NFT collection and were drawn by Natsumi Sato, the illustrator who oversaw character design for the collection.
This collaboration will commemorate the release of City Pop TOKYO’s main collection, which will be available starting at the end of April. City Pop TOKYO will allow both NFT holders and non-holders to participate in new character development through a series of Twitter posts after the main NFT collection is sold. Characters will level up by earning training points when they post on Twitter, which will also be reflected in their NFT properties. The final ranking will be based on level, and a subsequent audition will be held, with winners being invited to join ASOBISYSTEM as new talents.
For this collaboration, the wildly popular FRUITS ZIPPER is sure to bring some new excitement to this incredible project.
●Seven FRUITS ZIPPER NFTs inspired by the group’s members will be added to the City Pop TOKYO collection as Legendary NFTs.
● Legendary NFTs were created by Natsumi Sato, the illustrator behind City Pop Tokyo. Each special edition release has its own unique parts.
● Unlike standard collections, Legendary NFTs will be sold via auction.
Available: April 19 at 21:00 ~ April 20 at 21:00
Amount Available: 7
Price: To be determined at auction
Below are the NFT designs. Illustrations will be sent to auction winners as NFTs.
<Special Benefits for Legendary NFT Holders>
● One NFT airdrop from City Pop TOKYO’s main NFT collection
● Easier to accumulate XP points when developing characters on Twitter
● A 3D model from the Gemie Metaverse (Design to be selected from airdrops from the main collection)
●NFT airdrops of future collections (details to be announced as soon as the collections are available)
*Legendary NFTs cannot participate in the promotional game or audition.
*The images and designs of the characters may be used by the FRUITS ZIPPER and its members during their activities.
About City Pop TOKYO
City Pop TOKYO plans to release 1984 original NFTs based on City Pop, a music genre from Japan that is immensely popular worldwide, particularly among Gen Z. The project’s characters are featured in trendy outfits and makeup representing symbolic fashion styles in Japan, such as GAL, SHOWA, and REIWA. After the NFTs are sold out, they can be registered as talents with ASOBISYSTEM and entered into the METAVERSE’S GOT TALENT NFT talent audition using Twitter! Successful entries will be invited to have full-fledged virtual careers, appearing in ads and releasing music. Community members can participate in surveys and vote on songs and other releases, coming together to help develop new talent.
Through this project, City Pop TOKYO will work to reaffirm the usefulness of Web 3.0 technology and NFT and further promote Japanese culture to people worldwide.
Kingdom Labs is a venture studio that aims to support and invest in projects in the gaming and toC areas within the Web 3.0 domain. The company provides consistent support to entrepreneurs building innovative business models across various industries, from planning to execution. One of the company’s key strategies is to partner with large companies that are expanding their business to Web 3.0 or that exist in a different area but hope to create Web 3.0 services. Kingdom Labs takes a unique, multi-disciplinary approach to maximize the interests of investors and partners, leverage its global team, and to grow its global portfolio and investment experience. The company also operates the world-renowned NFT collection Monkey Kingdom.
Representative: CSO Maurice Ng
UPBOND offers Wallet, which easily allows customers to manage their assets and connect to many Web 3.0 services. Its non-custodial wallet enables general consumers to easily engage with Web 3.0 marketplaces and allows enterprises to obtain customer information with its decentralized identity solution. UPBOND works with top-notch Japanese corporates to bring their business into this new frontier while also updating customer relationships.
Representative: Director Takashi Mizuoka
Head Office: 6-31-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (8F)
GEMIE is an Asian entertainment-focused metaverse platform inspired by fan culture. The company aims to help artists achieve their full potential by providing them with the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to reach their goals and allowing them to interact with fans from all over the world without limitations.
Comment: “Instead of holding a talent show by region or country, why don’t we do it in the metaverse so there won’t be any geographical locations – you will be surprised how many talented artists who are worth a shot are scattered in our everyday life!”
Representative: Co-founder John Fung
Hisashi Eguchi’s Illustration Exhibition “Tokyo Girlfriend” Coming to Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, New Works to be Exhibited for the First Time
08.February.2023 | SPOT
From March 14 until April 23, 2023, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya will hold Hisashi Eguchi’s Tokyo Girlfriend illustration exhibition, set to show off the artist’s unique perspectives on people and cityscapes. The exhibition will feature new illustrations of the titular girlfriend standing in the streets of Hibiya drawn especially for this exhibition, as well as various other girlfriends both large and small.
GING NANG BOYZ Kimi to Boku no Dai 3ji Taisen-teki Renai Kakumei CD Jacket (2005)
A LONG VACATION – Eiichi Ohtaki 40th Tribute Illustration (2021) ©2023 Eguchi Hisashi
Hisashi Eguchi, a manga artist and illustrator, continues to convey the charm of the city and its people by vividly depicting Tokyo and the many unique happenings within. As Tokyo Midtown Hibiya celebrates its 5th anniversary along with many other nearby businesses, the Tokyo Girlfriend exhibition of illustrations by Hisashi Eguchi is being held to celebrate.
The exhibition will feature a new painting of the mysterious girlfriend standing in the streets of Hibiya, newly created for the Tokyo Midtown Hibiya exhibition. A number of original pieces using Pantone overlay, Eguchi’s favorite painting medium in the 80s and 90s, will also be on display for the first time.
During the exhibition period, guests can enjoy autograph sessions, live sketches in which Eguchi himself will draw a portrait of selected subject on the spot, and workshops where he will teach tips on how to be a better illustrator.
Don’t miss your chance to meet one of the greatest illustrators of the modern era!
©2023 Eguchi Hisashi
Hisashi Eguchi’s Illustration Exhibition ‘Tokyo Girlfriend’
Running: March 14 – April 23, 2023
Venue: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
Converse Sneakers Now Available with Designs by ASOBISYSTEM Illustrator Kayoubi
06.December.2022 | FASHIONWhite atelier BY CONVERSE, a directly-managed Converse store in Tokyo and Fukuoka, is now offering a lineup of custom shoes featuring designs by illustrator Kayoubi.
Customers can create an original pair of shoes by choosing from a selection of four different illustrations, which can be placed on the outside of the shoe and the tongue.
These sneakers will be available online and at White atelier BY CONVERSE locations.
Shoes: ALL STAR COLORS R HI
Sizes: 22.0-28.0cm, 29.0cm, 30.0cm
Available: December 1 – March 31, 2023
Locations: White atelier BY CONVERSE Harajuku / Fukuoka
History of OSAMU GOODS to be on Display in ‘OSAMU GOODS 45th Anniversary Exhibition’
Palette Club, a school for illustrators located in Tsukiji, will be holding a 45th Anniversary exhibition for OSAMU GOODS! The characters were created in 1976 by Osamu Harada, who is from Tsukiji, and Dusty Miller. Items featuring these adorable characters are still incredibly popular to this day.
Rare original drawings, prints, and goods from the 1970s to the 1990s, as well as Dusty Miller store bags and fan club newsletters, will be on display during the event. Those more nostalgic about these characters and those new to them will both find something to enjoy!
OSAMU GOODS 45th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: April 12 – May 22, 2022
Hours: 13:00-19:00 (Last Entry at 18:30)
Venue: Palette Club School (4-11-10 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Nostalgic and New Neo-Retro Illustrations to be Featured in New Book
14.April.2022 | FASHION
Pie International will release Neo-Retro Illustrations: A Creator’s Guide to Blending the New and Nostalgic on April 22, 2022.
In recent years, blending both nostalgic prints with modern sensibilities has become a popular trend in art, especially among young people. This “retro boom” has become a genre in itself, and this tome compiles some of the most incredible examples of this genre from 40 popular illustrators.
The book contains over 250 pieces of “neo-retro” art, blending past eras with futuristic colors and highlights.
The new book also includes interviews with the featured artists, providing a glimpse into their creative roots and personalities. The cover illustration was done by NAKAKI PANTZ.
AiLeeN / an / itousa / Inata / Inoue Noi / Oliwa / Sawako Kageyama / Kamin / Kisumi Rei / Guugorou / Kano Komori / Natsumi Sato / Michi / Sanho / Haruna Sudo / Soreeeeyu / tabi / Choo / TV♡CHANY / NAKAKI PANTZ / NANCYSNAKE / Nekopota. / noco / hachika / Hana Chatani / Hanabushi / Harawata Chanko / PHI / Catherine Hitachi / HOHOEMI / mawawiz / Mannen Mofuku / Hiro Mizuno / Monyochita Pomichi / Yoko / Rasuku / Rikku / RING / Rorurari / wacca
Hatsune Miku & 39Culture Collaboration Shop Release New Art by Popular Illustrators
The merchandise brand Cocollabo will be opening a special shop featuring Hatsune Miku and other Vocaloid goods, 39Culture 2022, at Shibuya LOFT starting March 4, 2022!
Illustration by Mo
Illustration by Hechima
Illustration by miyoru
Illustration by Mame Shinoda
The theme for this year’s 5th-anniversary event is ‘fashion and music,’ a throwback to the first event. Four illustrators–Mo, Hechima, miyoru, and Mame Shinoda–have contributed illustrations for the shop’s goods, while koya and shu have written a theme song to liven up the venue! Miku fans, don’t miss out!
Art by 藻/へちま/miyoru/篠田まめ （C） Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net
Hatsune Miku x 39Culture 2022
Address: Shibuya LOFT 6F Art & Culture Floor
Dates: March 4 – March 20, 11:00-21:00 *Closing at 18:00 on March 20
Event Theme Song: Yoru Uneru Koro Ni – koya/shu
Tenjin LOFT 5F General Sales Area: March 25 – April 10
Umeda LOFT 4F Event Space: April 14 – May 8
Sakae LOFT 4F General Sales Area: May 13 – May 25
Sapporo LOFT ESTA 6F Special Event Space: June 1 – June 14
Digimon Illustration Competition Open to Japan and United States Residents
22.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Digimon Con, an online event held by Bandai, will be held in February 2022! The event will be open to fans around the world, and the Digimon Illustration Competition is now open to fans of the series in Japan and the United States.
This free online event will feature a unique lineup of content related to the long-running Digimon franchise, including an anime segment, a game information segment, a live performance, and more!
JST: February 27, 2022 at 10:00
PST: February 26, 2022 at 17:00
EST: February 26, 2022 at 20:00
Where to Watch: The Official Bandai YouTube Channel
Digimon Illustration Competition
Starting December 17, fans from both the US and Japan can send in their best Digimon art until February 7, 2022. Detailed information, including requirements, can be found on the special Digimon Illustration Competition website!
Digimon Illustration Competition
JST: December 17, 2021 at 10:00 – February 7, 2022 at 12:00
PST: December 16, 2021 at 17:00 – February 6, 2022 at 19:00
EST: December 16, 2021 at 20:00 – February 6, 2022 at 22:00
■Theme: Cute or Cool Digimon
Choose one of the following eight Digimon and draw them in either a cool or cute scene!
Application for Participation: Fill out the form found on https://compe.japandesign.ne.jp/digimon-ic-2022/
Eligible Countries: Japan, United States
Eligibility: Applicants must be recognized as an adult in their country of residence.
Grand Prize（1 Winner）
・Winning Illustration Used in the Digimon Trading Card Game
Award of Excellence（7 Winners）
・Winning Illustrations Used in the Digimon Trading Card Game
Judges’ Special Prize（Number Undetermined）
©本郷あきよし・東映アニメーション ©本郷あきよし・東映アニメーション・フジテレビ ©BANDAI
150 Japanese Artists to be Featured in ILLUSTRATION 2022 Publication Next Month
12.November.2021 | FASHION
Selling over 110,000 copies to date, the ILLUSTRATION series shows off the current state of Japan’s art scene. Japanese artists are recognized around the world for their unique style, and 150 diverse pop-culture creators will be featured in ILLUSTRATION 2022, releasing on December 6, 2021. Compared with last year’s release, this tome will feature ninety percent new artists, keeping readers abreast of the state of contemporary illustration today.
ILLUSTRATION 2022 (Standard Edition)
ILLUSTRATION 2022 (Special Edition)
The cover art was provided by Tsumi Cotoh, known for her work with popular music duo YOASOBI. The book was designed by up-and-coming designer Arima Tomoyuki.
At the end of the book, readers can enjoy an interview with Sony Music Entertainment’s Yohei Yashiro, the man behind YOASOBI. PIEDPIPER, the general producer of Kamitsubaki Studio, also gave an interview. Tsumi Cotoh and Arima Tomoyuki also discuss the process of creating the book.
ILLUSTRATION 2022 utilizes the newest artbook printing technology, ‘Brilliant Palette,’ to deliver the most high-quality color prints. A Special Edition featuring a unique cover will be sold in limited quantities, so try to grab one while you can!
Release Date: December 6, 2021
Shoeisha Online Shop:
https://www.seshop.com/product/detail/24827 (Special Edition)
Fruit of the Loom Collaborates with Illustrators Nah and Kayoubi on New Collection
09.November.2021 | FASHION
American apparel brand Fruit of the Loom is teaming up with two ASOBISYSTEM talents for a new collection! Illustrators Nah and Kayoubi, both popular with Gen Z will begin selling items from the new collaboration at ROOP TOKYO on the ZOZOTOWN site starting November 12, 2021.
Nah Collaboration Items at a Glance
A 24-year-old illustrator from Fukuoka, Nah began her career in 2018. Particularly popular on Instagram, she’s become known for using pastel colors in her sexy and cute pop art. Her concept is one word: oddball. Her main character is a girl who is one step ahead of everyone else.
Kayoubi Collaboration Items at a Glance
With charming retro designs spiced with a bit of modern flare, Kayoubi’s art inspires a love for the 80s and 90s. The artist is currently involved with a number of collaborative projects, including those will apparel brands and CD jacket designs.
The designs for the collaborative project feature cute girls in bright colors. Along with hoodies and T-shirts, bucket hats and tote bags are also available. Which design is your favorite?
Fruit of the Loom x Nah, Tuesday
Release Date: November 12, 2021
Where to Buy: ROOP TOKYO in ZOZOTOWN https://zozo.jp/shop/rooptokyo/
Dororo Anime Soundtrack Album Illustration By Original Illustrator Hiroyuki Asada Revealed
Manga Dororo by Osamu Tezuka was made into an anime 50 years ago. This continual sensation is getting an official soundtrack which will be released on August 14. The CD will be titled TV Anime Dororo Music Collection Tamashi no Kodou. Hiroyuki Asada, who creates the original character design drafts, designed the illustration for the CD jacket, which has just been unveiled to the public.
First-Press Limited Edition Version
The whimsical illustration shows Dororo and Hyakkimaru snuggling together, alone in a vast barren desert. The first-press limited edition soundtrack version comes in a luxurious tall-size DigiPak sleeve and consists of three CDs. The regular edition contains a two-disk dual case.
The booklet will contain statements by illustrator Hiroyuki Asada and Yoshihiro Ike, who was in charge of the music. As a bonus, the CD jacket illustration has been adopted for use on an A2 poster, which will be sold at Animate stores countrywide. The design will also feature on clear files which will be sold on Amazon. Please check them out.
You can also view this illustration in advance at the TV Anime Dororo Original Art Exhibition Tamashi no Kodou, which is currently taking place. Please stop by to admire the illustration with your very own eyes.
Dororo © Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.／TWIN ENGINE Inc.
TV Anime Dororo Music Collection Tamashi no Kodou
Release: August 14, 2019
First-Press Limited Edition 2 CDs ＋ Blu-ray: ￥3,800 (before tax) AICL-3745～7
Regular Edition: ２CDs: ￥2,800 (before tax) AICL-3748～10
TV Anime Dororo Original Art Exhibition Tamashi no Kodou
Running: May 31, July 15, 2019 (July 15th is a national holiday)
Opening Hours: 12:00 ー 20:00 (※Last entries accepted: 19:45)
Closed: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Venue: space caiman (Kadokura building B1, 4-5-15, Nihonbashihongokucho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
Official Website: https://www.wani.com/special/dororo
RNB (Nankai Broadcasting) : June 28, 2019 (Friday) 2:00 am (subject to change)
MBC (Minaminihon Broadcasting): August 2, 2019 (Friday) 1:45 am
Jidaigeki Senmon Channel: November 2, 2019 (Saturday) 2:00 am
Amazon Prime Video (Available in Japan and overseas)
Official Website: https://dororo-anime.com