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The gigantic city of Tokyo is not just the core of the country’s politics and economy – it is a mess of humanity, crucible of cultures, scramble of passions each unique, humorous and mad yet lovable or perhaps discreet, as some may describe. Tokyo Maniac Events is a feature taking a look on the other side of the metropolis like sightseeing as in the weekly Monday updates Tokyo Event. It’s deeper, it’s more maniac, it’s for those who want to dwell in the deepest Tokyoite and Japanese subcultures. Check out folks, this is the place to get information on the latest news on subculture events.
March 2007
3/9 Friday – 3/26 Monday | Film Mushishi Exhibition
<Otomo Katsuhiro: The World of Fantasy and Mystery>
Manga Mushishi
(by Yuki Urushibara)
This is an exhibition opened in relation to the upcoming release of the Japanese manga-based film Mushishi, hoping to let the fans and audience experience the profound world of Mushishi by displaying costumes and sets actually used for the film. Displays also cover screen shots of the film shooting, the behind-the-scenes of Otomo Katsuhiro’s world of film and the story introduction of Mushishi, all disclosing the fantastical, deep, ephemeral and somewhat sacred world of the story.

Film Mushishi is based on a 2.9-million-copy seller manga of the same name created by female artist Urushibara Yuki, and the spectaular recreation of the mysterious and somewhat sacred world of the nature that the Japanese people have been fond of for millenniums has received worldwide recognition at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. To listen to the silent voice – to look through the transparent vision – to question the existing unexisting. Mushishi invites you to the familiar yet never-experienced world beyond five senses.
[Dates]   March 9 (Fri) – March 26 (Mon)
[Hours]   10:00-21:00
(last entry 20:30/ closes at 18:00 on the last day)
[Location]   PARCO MUSEUM
PARCO PART3 7th floor | 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
[Access]   5-min-walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit:
JR Yamanote/Saikyo Lines
Other lines connecting to Shibuya Station: Tokyu Toyoko/Den’en Chofu Lines, Keio Inokashira Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza/Hanzomon Lines
[Admission]   Adults… JPY500 / Children (grade 7+)… JPY400 /
grade 6 and below… free
(discounts available for those with stubs of the movie)
[Inquiry]   03-3477-5873
[URL]   http://www.parco-art.com/web/museum/mushishi/
(PARCO MUSEUM, Japanese))
http://www.mushishi-movie.jp (Film Official Website, Japanese)
3/22 Thursday – 3/25 Sunday | Tokyo International Anime Fair 2007
Tokyo International Anime Fair
The Tokyo International Anime Fair (aka TAF) is one of the world’s largest anime fair that takes place every spring at Tokyo Big Sight. A huge number of anime related companies and groups prepare their booths to boast off their newest products, and there are various subevents including the theaters and stages, not to forget the Tokyo Anime Award given to the best works. Every year the event invites hundreds of businesses and thousands of visitors, making bigger its fame and reputation.
(photos are from TAF 2006)
[Dates]   March 22 (Thu), 23 (Fri)… Business Day (for media, etc.)
March 24 (Sat), 25 (Sun)… Public Day
[Hours]   10:00 – 18:00
(last entry 30min before closing. event closes at 17:30 on the last day)
[Location]   TOKYO BIG SIGHT
3-21-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
[Access]   7-min-walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Station: Rinkai Line
3-min-walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon Station: Yurikamome Line
[Admission]   Door: Adults… JPY1,000 / Students (grades 7-12)… JPY500
Advanced: Adults… JPY800 / Students… JPY400
[Inquiry]   03-5298-2484 (Tokyo International Anime Fair 2007)
[URL]   http://www.tokyoanime.jp/
(Official Page, Japanese: ENG / CHN / KOR available)
2/17 Saturday – 3/25 Sunday | Japanese Sword Collection Display
Roughly 30 finest swords of the museum’s Japanese sword collection will be selected and displayed at this special exhibition. Many of them come from Bizen (present day Okayama Pref.), Yamashiro (Kyoto), Sagami (Kanagawa) and Mino (Gifu) – all of them which are famous for producing fine swords – made between the time period of late Heian to Edo Period (11-19C). At the same time as being significant weapons for samurai, katana were also pieces of ultimate art for the smiths.
Famous fine works have titles and names, yet even the infamous ones can be estimated the location of production and the name of the smith. The exhibition gives an explanation to the mechanisms of these kinds of professional estimation as well as providing a close look of some of the most excellent katana in Japanese history.
[Dates]   February 17th (Sat) – March 25th (Sun)
closed Mondays and March 22nd
[Hours]   10:00 – 17:00 (doors close at 16:30)
[Location]   Gotoh Museum
3-9-25 Kaminoge, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
[Access]   5-min-walk from Kaminoge Station: Tokyu Oimachi Line
[Admission]   Adults… JPY700
Students (elementary through college/univ)… JPY500
[Inquiry]   03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
[URL]   www.gotoh-museum.or.jp/
(Gotoh Museum Official Website, Japanese)
(Gotoh Museum English Information)
2/22 Thursday – 3/5 Monday | SAKURAN "gokusai" Display
Commemorating the release of the Japanese film Sakuran going out in theaters at the end of this month, a special exhibition <Sakuran Gokusaishoku Kenranten – Mekurumeku Oiran no Sekai (lit. Sakuran color brilliance exhibition – the dazziling world of oiran*) will be held in Shibuya.

Here at the exhibition, the world of the film Sakuran will be reproduced with actual sets built and the colorful costumes (mostly kimono for oiran) and movie props displayed. In addition to the items used in the film photographs taken by Ninagawa Mika, the director of Sakuran and a professional camerawoman add more color and taste to the displays. Tatami mats used in the film will be placed at a part of the exhibition venue allowing the visitors to take off their shoes while enjoying the exhibits. Visitors are also welcome to enjoy shopping film-related goods at the special shop.

*oiran: high rank courtesans most times pointing to those in Edo Yoshiwara
  (c)2007 Ninagawagumi "Sakuran" Film Committee (c)Anno Moyoco/Kodansha
[Dates]   February 22nd (Thu) – March 5th (Mon)
[Hours]   10:00 – 21:00
(last entry… 30min before closing / will close at 18:00 on the last day)
[Location]   PARCO MUSEUM
PARCO PART3 7th floor | 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
[Access]   5-min-walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit:
JR Yamanote/Saikyo Lines
Other lines connecting to Shibuya Station: Tokyu Toyoko/Den’en Chofu Lines, Keio Inokashira Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza/Hanzomon Lines
[Admission]   Adults… JPY500 / Students… JPY400 /
Admission free for elementary students and younger
[Inquiry]   03-3477-5873
[URL]   http://www.parco-art.com/web/museum/sakuran/
(PARCO MUSEUM Official Website, Japanese) http://www.jmode.com/madeinjapan/madein11_1.html
(Film Sakuran English information)
3/6 Tuesday – 3/28 Wednesday | Kimura Katsu Exhibition
During March the Ginza Graphic Gallery (ggg) welcomes the visitors with <Kimura Katsu “Toy Box” Exhibition>. Kimura Katsu is a leading package designer who creates a unique world with bright, rhythmical and pop designs. Since the <Kimura Katsu Package Direction Exhibition> back in 1988 this will become his second challenge at ggg. After being greeted by Snoopy at the entrance, visitors will explore through the new designs from wood blocks, paper, moji-moji art (text art) to moving boxes. The gallery on the basement floor provides a chance to browse through his past to newest works including package designs of food, cosmetics and little things. Have a peek into his pop and toy-like world.
[Dates]   March 6th (Tue) – March 28th (Wed)
[Hours]   11:00-19:00 (-18:00 on Saturdays)
[Location]   Ginza Graphic Gallery
DNP Ginza Building 7-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
[Access]   5-min-walk from Ginza Station: Tokyo Metro Ginza / Hibiya / Marunouchi Lines
10-min-walk from Yurakucho or Shinbashi Station: JR Yamanote Line
[Admission]   Free
[Inquiry]   03-3571-5206
[URL]   http://www.dnp.co.jp/gallery/ggg/
(DNP Ginza Graphic Gallery, Japanese)
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