Takashi Murakami unveils two new exhibitions for Tokyo and Yokohama

Legendary Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, has revealed that two new exhibitions of work will be shown in his homeland within the next twelve months. The 500 Arhats, a response to the 2011 Japan Earthquake, is to be exhibited at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo from October 31, 2015 to March 6, 2016 and Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection Soga Shohaku and Kitaoji Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer is to show for the first time at the Yokohama Museum of Art from January 30 to April 3 2016. Murakami, who recently collaborated on a collection with Vans, is also set to feature at Art Basel where Galerie Perrotin will present a solo show by the artist.

The subject of Murakami’s new art is one of the most famous motifs in Zen painting, the circle ensō that symbolizes emptiness, unity and infinity in Zen Buddhism. The 500 Arhats, a masterpiece stretching 100 meters by 3 meters in height represents the 500 wise followers who attained enlightenment, in Zen tradition. Keep an eye on Galerie Perrotin’s website for more details.

Titans attack Lawson convenience stores, bring tons of anime goodies with them

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Pokémon fans recently got some good news when word came that Pikachu will soon be taking over the city of Yokohama. It’s not just cute and cuddly anime icons running rampant in Japan this summer, though.

Next month, Lawson convenience stores across Japan are going to be invaded by the remorseless and/or skinless cast of Attack on Titan, and they’re bringing a staggering amount of merchandise with them.. 

Even with no news about the inevitable continuation of the Attack on Titan TV anime, fans of creator Hajime Isayama’s gritty epic have plenty to look forward to. On August 8, the14th collected volume of the Attack on Titan manga goes on sale, as do tickets for aNovember art exhibition focusing on the series at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo’s Ueno.

In celebration, Lawson is rolling out a huge number of Attack on Titan goodies, even by the prolific standards the franchise has already set for merchandising and marketing.

Let’s start with the edibles. Pastries, Danishes, and all other sorts of baked goods are a mainstay of Japanese convenience stores, and while we’ve got no idea what’s in the Titan Footstep Bread, we’re anxious to try it (unless it’s filled with the Titan’s favorite food, people).

 

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If you’re looking for something to cool off with during the summer heat, there’s a yogurt gelatin dessert that comes in a special collector’s glass. It’s an absolute certainty that the Levi version will sell out long before the Eren one.

 

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Ditto for these buckets of chocolate.

 

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If you’re worried that eating that much candy will make you a plump and slow-moving, and therefore an attractive target for the man-eating Titans, Lawson is ready with smaller-quantity indulgences like chewy yogurt candies and chocolate wafers, the latter of which come with a trading card.

 

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Similarly, these instant noodles come with one of eight stickers.

 

▼ We’re hoping the clerks at our local Lawson follow Levi’s example and start greeting customers with the Scout Corps salute.

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And of course, the Attack on Titan potato chips are endorsed by spud-loving Sasha.

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The downside to anime-themed food though is, obviously, that it’s gone one you eat it. If you want something more lasting, during the campaign Lawson will be selling Attack on Titan pins and magnets.

 

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Attack on Titan tissues come in two types, silly and dramatic.

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Towels only come in two varieties of wacky, though.

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We’ve got no idea what the contents of the mysteriously named Clean Up Box are, but we’re sure fastidious neat freak Levi would approve.

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Personal grooming is just as important as keeping your surroundings clean, so Levi’s face also graces the packaging for deodorant sheets, facial papers, and lip balm.

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Some parents worry about their kids spending all day reading manga and neglecting their schoolwork. The considerate Titans are willing to do their part in encouraging education though, with notebooks and erasers, and sticker-style index tabs.

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Or, if you’re more the digital type, Lawson is also selling a mouse/memo pad bundle.

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▼ Perfect for listening to your Attack on Titan opening and ending theme playlist.

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All of these items are offered for sale inside Lawson, and also provide points that can be put towards entering drawings for the even cooler Attack on Titan items below, like rubberized straps featuring the anime’s cast teaming up with Lawson mascot/best-selling fried chicken snack Karaage-kun.

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▼ It’s Titan time!

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The same illustrations also show up on the postcard sets.

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Of course, it’s not an authentic Japanese sweepstakes without clear files.

 

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We suppose you could use this towel for its intended purpose of drying your hands and face, or tie it around your neck like a scarf for the world’s laziest Mikasa cosplay costume.

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A few prizes still seem to be in the planning stage, like the stacking figure set and the poster signed by Isayama himself.

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Likewise, the figurines of Levi and Eren in their summer kimonos are just silhouettes at this point in time.

 

▼ They’re either standing on a stone path or a slice of pie.

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Still, we expect all of these to be ready to go by the time Lawson’s promotion starts on August 5, or by August 25, when it wraps up, at the latest.

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Massive Warhol exhibit visits Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, over 600 works on display

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Even before his first visit in 1956, Andy Warhol had been largely well-received by people in Japan. Pieces like “Campbell’s Soup I” are just as easily recognized here as anywhere along with other pieces of the artist’s highly prolific and vast range of work. But with this massive collection stored far away in The Andy Warhol Museum in America it’s been hard for his Japanese fans to experience it all until now.

The museum is taking its collection on a tour of Asia including a three-month stay at the Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. The exhibit titled Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal boasts nearly 700 pieces of art and film as well as some other exhibits designed to take visitors deep into his world as it existed decades ago.

Of course many of Warhol’s signature works from the “Campbell’s Soup”, “Flowers” and “Death and Disaster” series are there along with his famous celebrity portraits such as Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Works he did with Jean-Michel Basquiat are also on display.

Twenty-five pieces of Warhol’s film work will also be on display including his eight-hour epic “Empire” which is a stationary camera pointed at the landmark for the entire run-time.

This is still only a part of everything going on at the Mori Art Museum. Inside you’ll find a recreation of Warhol’s studio, “The Factory and some of his Japanese time capsules containing items he collection while visiting will be opened during symposiums. Meanwhile outside of the venue you can grab a bite from the Andy Warhol Café serving parfaits with yellow sunglasses and burgers with huge dollar signs charred into the bun.

You may also stumble across the BMW M1 he painted in 1975.

There’s also a gift shop featuring heaps of Andy Warhol merchandise, because like the man said, “good business is the best art.” And while we’re on the topic of Warhol quotes, the name of the exhibit is clearly in reference to his famous line: “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.

Love him or loathe him, I think even Warhol himself would have been surprised at how incredibly well he predicted this reality-TV and YouTube-filled culture many of us now live in.

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Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal
1 February – 6 May
Mori Art Museum
53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
10:00am – 10:00pm seven days a week
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Andy Warhol x Medicom Toy Vinyl Collectible Dolls

 

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Dropping alongside the Andy Warhol Bearbricks for the Mori Art Museum’s “15 Minutes Eternal” retrospective are two vinyl versions of Warhol from Medicom Toy. Available in both greyscale and a colorful pop-inspired motif, the toys stand 235mm tall and retail for ¥7,480 JPY (approximately $73 USD) each. Both Warhol figures – part of Medicom’s Vinyl Collectible Dolls range – are now available via project 1/6 while supplies last.
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