Friday, September 3, 2010

Upcoming Events and Exhibits

While I was at the Tokyo Anime Center (TAC) looking at the table of fliers advertising various exhibits and museums around Japan, I got to talking with one of the managers. I asked him if anything new and interesting is coming up, and he very excitedly pointed at one flier in my hands - for "Osamu Moet Moso". More details will be coming out soon, but according to the Tezuka Osamu Net site, this is an "event/stage performance" that will run from Sept. 18 to Oct. 11, at the TAC. I like the tag line on the site - "Have delusions through Tezuka". The artists to be represented will include: Jyu Ayakura, Moyoko Anno, Noichi Ito, Narumi Kakinouchi, KEI, Akemi Takata, POP, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Renji Murata, Mine Yoshizaki, among others.

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In Chichibu, which is in northwestern Saitama (northwest of Tokyo) near Gunma, the Galaxy Express in Chichibu Stamp Rally has started. Running from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, you can enter a drawing for one of 10 signed poster cards of Maetel. The stamp rally covers a large area around Chichibu, meaning you need a car, or a good bike to get all 8 stamps to get into the drawing. Several of the stamps are close to each other in downtown Chichibu, so that you can get 3 of them for obtaining the Galaxy Express clear folder. After getting the stamps, you mail the stamp sheet in to be registered, so if you want to keep the stamps, you should either bring a stamp book, or collect two sets. There were additional events in August as well, including the trains with the Galaxy Express 999 character art.

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In the listing of anime-related articles appearing in the Japanese news media, I included a link to obituary that ran in the Japan Times for Kihachiro Kawamoto (1925-2010), who had been a prolific producer of wooden puppet animation. He was also the president of the Japan Animation Association from 1989, after Tezuka, to the present. His "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" ran on NHK in the early 1980's.

At the TAC, I found a flier for the Kawamoto Kihachiro Puppet Museum, in Iida city. I'm not as big a fan of puppet animation, but the figures he created are very well-made.

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