Collection of art works and national treasures of famous historical Japanese artists to be exhibited at Ueno/Tokyo National Museum
15.February.2018 | SPOT
A special exhibition titled, “Meisaku Tanjo – Tsunagaru Nihon Bijutsu” will be held from the 13th of April 2018 (Fri.) to the 27th of May (Sun.) at Tokyo National Museum.
About 120 art works including national treasures and important cultural assets will be exhibited at “Meisaku Tanjo – Tsunagaru Nihon Bijutsu.” The works will be exhibited in 12 themes focusing on “the connection” between each work and their social backgrounds. Both persons who are familiar with art works, and persons who are not, can enjoy this exhibition.
Many Buddhism-related art works will be exhibited such as “Yakushi Nyorai Ryuzo (Nara Period),” an important cultural asset, “Habokusansuizu (Muromachi Period),” a national treasure created by the painter Sessyu Toyo and “Yatsuhajimakieraden Suzuribako (Edo Period),” a national treasure created by the industrial artist, Ogata Korin. The strong point of this exhibition is that you can enjoy various kinds of works from different genres, periods and areas in one venue.
Many woks that are made of different materials and have unique shapes/motifs will be exhibited under the theme word “connection.” The exhibition will reveal the mysteries hidden behind the works. One of the exhibitions, “Jakuchu to Moho (imitation)” will exhibit Ito Jakuchu’s works who established a unique expression throughout his life by depicting the same motif again and again. Works of the artists’ early works and late works will be exhibited.
By comparing Sessyu Toyo’s “Shiki Kachozu Byobu,” an important cultural asset using the motif of Chinese painting and ink paintings created in the same era, or by observing “Ise Monogatarizu Byobu” where you can feel the world of “Ise Monogatari” (folktale) and traditional crafts using the motif of “Genji Monogatari (folktale), you can find the “connection” between each work.
In addition, many figure paintings/genre paintings such as Ahikawa Moronobu’s “Mikaeri Bijin” and landscape paintings such as Katsushika Hokusai’s “Kudan Ushigafuchi” will be exhibited.
Let’s enjoy many masterpieces from various genres, periods and areas.
Manga Series Tokyo Revengers Gets Exhibition at Tower Records Shibuya
Tower Records Shibuya will host an exhibition dedicated to the ongoing manga series Tokyo Revengers from September 26 to October 18. The exhibition is being held to promote the release of the 19th volume which hits shelves in Japan on September 17.
Tokyo Revengers is a manga series written and illustrated by Ken Wakui. An anime adaptation is scheduled to broadcast in 2021.
The exhibition will feature a variety of works drawn by Ken Wakui for the series, both black and white as well as coloured illustrations, as well as panels of each character, and more. There will also be an exhibit for the upcoming live-action film.
Tokyo Revengers x TOWER RECORDS OSMO Stamps (22 Designs) | ¥909 Each (Before Tax)
Tokyo Revengers Monochrome Panels | ¥30,000 Each (Before Tax, Includes Shipping)
Fans can also get their hands on a range of exhibition-exclusive merchandise, and from October, the exhibition will sell some Tokyo Revengers x Tower Records collaborative merch. There’ll be some signed artwork for sale too.
Character Business Cards (11 Designs)
And for every ¥1,000 spent at the exhibit, fans will receive one of 11 possible character business cards.
Tokyo Revengers Exhibition – Tower Records Shibuya
Running: September 26, 2020 – October 18, 2020
Time: 12:00-15:00 / 16:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:30)
Location: Tower Records Shibuya Floor 8F SpaceHACHIKAI
Entry: Free (But you must book a place online)
Exhibition Information (Japanese): http://towershibuya.jp/news/2020/09/15/148467
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Japan’s Largest Manga Exhibition MANGA⇔TOKYO Is Being Held At The National Art Center, Tokyo
The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT) introduces Japan’s distinctive culture to all areas of the world. The project started with MANGA＊ANIME＊GAMES from JAPAN which ran from June 24 – August 31, 2015. This was followed by the same exhibit held in Thailand and Myanmar. In 2018, as part of Japonismes 2018: les âmes en resonance, the NACT held the MANGA⇔TOKYO exhibition (November 29 – December 30, 2018) in Paris, France, which attracted over 30 thousand visitors. This time, the NACT will bring the renovated exhibition back to Japan.
Over 500 items are being displayed, including original drawings of manga and materials related to anime production, from a total of over 90 titles.
The largest ever MANGA exhibition in the country
The exhibition displays over 500 items such as original drawings of manga, production documents and visuals of anime and games, from the total of more than 90 titles of manga, anime, games and tokusatsu (SFX films) works that are closely related to Tokyo, in a 2000 m² exhibition space.
1/1000 Scale Giant Model of Tokyo and Visuals Installation
A 1/1000 scale giant model of Tokyo, 17m wide and 22m long, along with visuals of anime, games and tokusatsu (SFX films) works staged in Tokyo, will allow spectators to experience the intertwined relations between “Tokyo” and “MANGA.”
Exhibits are displayed so that visitors can experience the integrated reality of “Tokyo,” with scenes of various stories and memories of characters merging into the real cityscapes.
Installation to Experience Reality merged with Characters
While manga, anime, games and tokusatsu (SFX films) in Japan have been influenced by the existing city, characters from those works appear in the sphere of reality, such as at stations, on trains and at convenience stores, altering the scenes and images of the city. It has become part of everyday life for those who live in Tokyo to live side by side with characters, which this exhibition will show through various installations.
Section 1: Cycles of Deconstruction and Reconstruction
EVANGELION:2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE. ©khara
Based on the graphic novel “Akira” by Katsuhiro Otomo. First published by “Young Magazine”,Kodansha Ltd.
© 1988 MASH・ROOM/ AKIRA COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.
Depiction of catastrophic damages to Tokyo, inflicted by unprecedented natural disasters or mysterious creatures, is almost routine in Japanese manga, anime, games and tokusatsu works. This section includes works with themes of “destruction and reconstruction.”
Section 2: Life in Tokyo
The three sections Edo as Pre-Tokyo, From the Beginning of Modernization to the Post-modern City, and From the End of the Century to the Present represent different eras of Japanese history.The exhibit depicts Tokyo as a place where ordinary people live despite the surreal experience of city-wide destruction and reconstruction.
Edo As Pre-Tokyo
“Sakuran” ANNO Moyoco ©Moyoco Anno / Cork
From the Beginning of Modernization to the Post-modern City
“Rurouni Kenshin” WATSUKI Nobuhiro ©Nobuhiro Watsuki / SHUEISHA
“CITY HUNTER” by HOJO Tsukasa © 1985 by TSUKASA HOJO/NSP
From the End of the Century to the Present
“Solanin” ASANO Inio © Inio Asano / Shogakukan
“5 Centimeters Per Second” © Makoto Shinkai / CoMix Wave Films
Section 3: Characters vs. the City
The Life-sized Unicorn Gundam statue in Odaiba.
Location: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza © SOTSU, SUNRISE
The last section focuses on characters existing alongside real life, for example, in cities as mascots for promotions, in advertising and in tourism.
Explore the history between Tokyo and Japanese pop culture media at MANGA⇔TOKYO.
Exhibition title: MANGA⇔TOKYO
Dates: Aug. 12 (Wed.) – Nov. 3 (Tue.), 2020
Closed: Tuesdays (except for September 22, November 3)
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo, Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo 106-8558 Japan
MANGA⇔TOKYO website: https://manga-toshi-tokyo.jp/
Demon Slayer Exhibition to Open at Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido
Sapporo Factory is set to welcome an exhibition themed on the popular TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba from October 17 to November 8 this year.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. The popular series has over 80 million copies in circulation and spawned a hit anime series last year. The upcoming anime film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train set for release on October 16, 2020 will serve as a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series and is being animated by ufotable.
The exhibition will look back over the anime series to date, as well as the upcoming film, which will be released the day before the exhibition starts. Fans can expect a variety of exhibits at the event, from video content to artwork, as well as exclusive merchandise.
Tickets go on sale in Japan on September 15 at 17:00 via Lawson. The first round of tickets will be allocated to random people who sign up.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Exhibition (Japanese Title: TVアニメ「鬼滅の刃」全集中展)
Running: October 17, 2020 – November 8, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:30 (Last Entries 18:30)
*Open until 17:00 (Last Entries 16:30) on November 8
Location: Sapporo Factory Building 3 (Floor 3F
Review: Tokyo’s The Quintessential Quintuplets MAKEOVER Exhibition
Everybody’s favourite sister quintuplet has rolled up to an all-new, revamped exhibition this summer. The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition MAKEOVER is currently taking place at Tokyo’s Sunshine City World Import Mart Bulding in Ikebukuro until August 30 and will subsequently move to Osaka’s Nanko ATC Museum from November 26 to December 6.
At the entrance to the exhibition is a message and signature from Negi Haruba, the author and illustrator of the The Quintessential Quintuplets manga series. Nearby are messages from the five sisters, as well as a special video, both of which can only be viewed by attending the exhibition.
Dotted throughout the exhibition are numerous displays that look back at the series, as well as interviews with the author that can be read, and plenty of illustrations of the characters.
There are also photo spots where fans can take photos alongside life-sized panels of the sisters, a full display of the final chapter and turning point of the manga, the sister’s dresses, and more.
As it says in the message from Negi Haruba, the exhibition is like a photo album into the daily lives of the Nakano sisters.
All visitors to the event also receive a free mini card. Depending on the day you visit, the design will be different.
Fans can get their hands on exclusive merchandise, including items with original illustrations drawn by Negi Haruba for the exhibition, superdeformed figurines, and plenty more.
©Negi Haruba / Kodansha
The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition MAKEOVER
Location: Ikebukuro Sunshine City World Import Mart Bldg. Floor 4F – Hall A
Running: August 15, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Time: 10:00-20:00 (Until 17:00 on August 30)
*You must book a ticket for one of the specified slots at the link below by 16:00 the previous day
Buy Tickets: https://l-tike.com/event/5hanayome-makeover/ (L-Code: 36055)
Running: November 26, 2020 – December 6, 2020
Location: Osaka Nanko ATC Museum
*Ticket details TBA
The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition MAKEOVER Official Website: http://www.gotobun-exhibition.com/
Tokyo National Museum Announces ‘Journey Through Asia’ Exhibition
21.August.2020 | SPOT
Tokyo National Museum has announced its 7th run of its Journey Through Asia exhibition, and this time, the museum will feature China. The event will take place from September 8 to October 11.
The theme this year is “Legends.” This word is rooted in the legends of history, but in modern times has been attached to those in the sports and art world. It’s a word that has diversified over time, and this year’s Journey Through Asia will further build on its meaning through the lens of Asia in three perspectives: “What Legends Showed,” “What Legends Made,” and “What Legends Collected.”
The museum is currently limiting the number of people allowed in the museum at once as a measure against COVID-19. Several annual events and tours have also been postponed.
Journey Through Asia – Asian Legends
Running: September 8, 2020 – October 11, 2020
Venue: Tokyo National Museum
Opening Hours: 9:30-17:00 (until 21:00 on Fridays & Saturdays)
Closed: Mondays (Except September 21) / September 23
Price: General ¥1,800 / University Student ¥500 / High School Students and young & Seniors – Free
*You must book online in advance to visit the museum
Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY Now On Display at Osaka’s ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum
Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY is currently ongoing at ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum in Osaka until August 30, 2020. Around 500 pieces of art are being shown, celebrating the beloved characters of the Moomin series created by Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson (1914-2001). The exhibition will subsequently move to Sapporo, Kumamoto, and finally Shizuoka once the Osaka one closes up.
The exhibition’s showcase features a specially selected collection from the Moomin Museum—the world’s only museum centred on the Moomins with over 2,000 art pieces on display—illustrations and sketches from Moominvalley, and more. There’s also ukiyo-e paintings alongside the Moomins, celebrating the 100 year friendship between Japan and Finland.
The Moomins are popular worldwide, especially in Japan, so if you’re travelling there this year then be sure to visit the exhibition and find out where it’s going next.
Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY
Running: Until August 30, 2020
Time: [Tue-Fri] 10:00-20:00 / [Sat-Mon] 10:00-18:00 *Last entries 30 mins before closing time
Location: ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum (ABENO HARUKAS 16F, 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka)
Monet & Matisse Exhibition at Hakone’s Pola Museum of Art Expanded
Pola Museum of Art in Hakone, Kanagawa is currently holding an exhibition centred on Monet and Matisse titled Monet and Matisse: Visions of the Ideal. Eight more Monet works and six more Matisse pieces were added to the exhibition on Saturday.
The exhibition opened on June 1, but due to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum was not able to obtain the full line-up of artwork from abroad that was originally scheduled to be exhibited. The entire range is now on display, including Monet’s Wisteria borrowed from Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris as well as Matisse’s tapestry The Lute from Mobilier National, also in Paris.
Claude Monet, Wisteria, 1919-1920
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris ©Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images 原画：アンリ・マティス
Henri Matisse, The Lute, 1947-1949, Pola Museum of Art
Mobilier national, Paris © Mobilier national / Isabelle Bideau
No.35 Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1907
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métro-Pole
Yves Bresson / Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole
No.80 Henri Matisse《光の縞模様のある室内》1942年 油彩／カンヴァスマティス美術館、ル・カトー＝カンブレジ
Musée départemental Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis
Photo Musée départemental Matisse, Philip Bernard
The exhibition is running until November 3, 2020, and is a chance for people in Japan to enjoy the original works from two of France’s most famous painters.
Monet and Matisse: Visions of the Ideal
Running: August 8, 2020 – November 3, 2020
*Closed September 1-3
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)
Pola Museum of Art
Address: 1285 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture
Official Website: https://www.polamuseum.or.jp/english/exhibition/20200423s01/
Yowamushi Pedal Live-Action Film Promoted With Art & Movie Exhibition in Shibuya
The live-action film adaptation of Wataru Watanabe’s manga series Yowamushi Pedal was released on August 14, 2020, and to promote it PARCO is set to hold the “Yowamushi Pedal ART & MOVIE EXHIBITION” at Shibuya PARCO’s GALLERY X between August 21-31.
The exhibition will showcase various colour and full-colour displays of panels from the manga series as well as costumes used in the live-action film and more. There will also be a behind-the-scenes photo exhibit featuring photos of Ryota Bando who plays Shoukichi Naruko in the live-action film.
Acrylic Key Rings | ¥400 (Tax Included)
T-Shirt | ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
Blanket | ¥4,180 (Tax Included)
Fans can get their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise too. These items will be posted on PARCO’s online store on August 25 for those who can’t attend the event.
©️2020 “Yowamushi Pedal” Film Production Committee ©️Wataru Watanabe (Akita Shoten) 2008
Yowamushi Pedal ART & MOVIE EXHIBITION
Location: GALLERY X, Shibuya PARCO Floor B1F
Running: August 21, 2020 – August 31, 2020
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Official Website: https://art.parco.jp/
New Desserts Arrive at Tokyo’s Panda Themed Cafe Mainichi Panda CAFE by Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo
Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo, a cafe located on the 2nd floor of Matsuzakaya Ueno in Tokyo, has been holding its “Mainichi Panda CAFE” event since October last year where it is serving up panda themed food and drink, selling panda plush toys and books, and the cafe itself is decorated with all things pandas.
Mainichi Panda CAFE by Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo is now introducing four new panda desserts, and its exhibition theme is celebrating the birthdays of Ueno Zoo’s giant pandas Xiang Xiang and Lili.
Adzuki Bean & Warabimochi Panda Parfait | ¥1,100
Japanese style parfait topped with panda-shaped ice cream.
Panda Jonamagashi & Matcha Set | ¥1,100 *Only 4 served per day
A Japanese ‘jonamagashi’ confection made to look like a panda wearing a straw hat.
Panda Pancake-Style Dorayaki w/Orange Peel | ¥1,100 (With Coffee ¥1,430)
Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo’s signature dorayaki served pancake style and branded with a cute panda face.
Lemon Yogurt Cake Set | ¥1,210
A slice of refreshing lemon and yogurt cake.
Mainichi Panda Exhibition (Excerpt)
The cafe has a special photo exhibition on display of the cute giant panda family that is housed in Ueno Zoo.
The first 100 customers who dine at the cafe each day will receive a free postcard of Ueno Zoo’s pandas.
If you love pandas, and have visited Ueno Zoo before, then you won’t want to miss a visit to Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo.
Mainichi Panda CAFE by Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo
Address: Matsuzakaya Ueno 2F, 3-29-5 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30) *Opening hours subject to change
Inuyasha Spin-Off Anime ‘Yashahime’ Releases First Trailer, Promotional Exhibition to Take Place Across Japan
The first trailer for the upcoming TV anime series Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is here. The anime, which will air from October 3, serves as a spin-off series of the anime adaptation of Inuyasha which originally ran from 2000-2004 and wrapped up with Inuyasha: The Final Act in 2010.
Confirmed cast members for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon include Sara Matsumoto as Towa Higurashi, Mikako Komatsu as Setsuna, and Azusa Tadokoro as Moroha.
To promote the series, a series of exhibitions celebrating the history of Inuyasha will take place across Japan including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Niigata—the latter of which is the hometown of Inuyasha author Rumiko Takahashi. Merchandise will also be available for fans to buy.
The main visual for the exhibition
Details on tickets, merchandise, and the full content of the exhibition will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned.
ⒸRumiko Takahashi / Shogakukan・Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation・Sunrise 2009
Running: November 7, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Time: 10:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:00)
Location: Ikebukuro PARCO 7F PARCO FACTORY
*Open until 18:00 (Last Entries 17:00 on November 23
*Advance tickets to be sold but are not required
*Opening hours subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time
*Exhibition subject to sudden changes, postponement, or cancellation depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time
*For the latest details and updates, check the event’s official website and Twitter page
Niigata, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka Exhibitions
TV Anime The Rolling Girls Exhibition to Take Place in Tokyo This September
The Rolling Girls is an anime series produced by Wit Studio that aired in 2015. In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the girly, road movie-like series, the anime will be released in a special Blu-ray box in Japan on December 16, 2020.
The 5-year milestone will also be celebrated with an exhibition at Space Caiman in Tokyo from September 18 to 21. There will be illustrations and messages posted up from the anime’s production staff, including the director Kotomi Deai, screenwriter Yasuyuki Muto, character designer tanu, and character setter Katsuhiko Kitada, and as well as the Mob themselves—the four main characters.
The event will be one no fan will want to miss out on as staff and fans come together to express their love for the series.
A special display will also be set up which will showcase drafts and production materials from when the anime was being produced.
This includes character illustrations, image boards, character settings, original works, background art, and more. Fans can also get their hands on some exclusive 5th anniversary merchandise too.
©2015 The Rolling Girls Production Committee製作委員会
The Rolling Girls 5th Anniversary Book
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Price: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Pages: 40 (Full Colour)
The Rolling Girls Exhibition
Running: September 18, 2020 – September 21, 2020
Location: space caiman, 4-5-15 Nihonbashihongokucho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Entry Price: ¥800 (Tax Included)
*Information on tickets TBA
Official Website: rollinggirls.com
Studio Ghibli Exhibition to be Held in Aichi Prefecture This Summer
Aichi Prefecture and Chunichi Shimbun have revealed that they are to hold a Studio Ghibli exhibition at Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art from July 22, 2020 – September 3, 2020.
Yubaba wearing a Mask ©TS ©Studio Ghibli
The exhibition, called Ghibli no “Dai Janai” Hakurankai (Ghibli’s “Not So Big” Exhibition), will be taking all necessary safety measures against COVID-19 to ensure people’s safety.
Never before seen Ghibli material a must-see for fans
Ghibli Park’s “Seishun no Oka” (Hill of Youth) Area ©Studio Ghibli
The exhibition will look back at Studio Ghibli’s past as well as into the studio’s future. Fans will be able to look at construction materials and sketches of Ghibli Park, a new Studi Ghibli themed facility set to open at Aichi Expo Memorial Park in autumn 2022, as well as dolls of the characters from the upcoming animated film Earwig and the Witch which is being written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro. The film was originally scheduled to premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19 and will now be aired by NHK this winter.
The Cat Bus from the Studio Ghibli Museum will also be showcased at the event; stills taken from Studio Ghibli’s films such as Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Kaguya and more will be displayed; there will be a photo spot for taking photos, and much more.
Fans of Spirited Away will also be able to get their own omikuji fortunes from the giant Zeniba and Yubaba faces.
Ghibli no “Dai Janai” Hakurankai (Japanese Name: ジブリの”大じゃない”博覧会)
Running: July 22, 2020 – September 3, 2020
Location: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art Galleries A/B/H/I
Address: 1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays) *Last entries 30 mins before closure
Official Website: https://www.ghibli-daijanaiexpo.jp/