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My students in Ebisu
The Vantan Design Institute is located within easy walking distance from Ebisu station.

Today, my students had a field trip to Yebisu Garden Place.

This site features a large array of restaurants and shops including a Mitsukoshi department store, the Westin Tokyo hotel, the Michelin 3-star Chateau Restaurant Taillvent-Robuchon, offices, residential space and a photography museum.

A nearby fashionable site adds to the sophisticated atmosphere of the area and is one of the popular spots in Ebisu region.

Yebisu Garden Place is built on the former site of a beer brewery, where the still existing Yebisu Beer brand had been brewed since 1890.

 2012/07/24 08:04  この記事のURL  / 
Hello Kitty's 'Ichigoman' makes debut at Harajuku Kiddyland store
Sanrio has transformed its most famous mascot Hello Kitty into Ichigoman, a superhero with strawberry ears.
Hello Kitty's Ichigoman

Ichigoman made her debut at the Kiddyland toy and character goods store in the trendy Harajuku district on July 22.
Kiddyland store in Harajuku

Hello Kitty transforms into Ichigoman to fight the "monsters" born from wicked hearts. Yuko Yamaguchi(山口裕子), the third generation designer of Hello Kitty, featured Ichigoman in an exhibition of her artwork that began last year, and the superhero's popularity grew from there.

Yamaguchi joined Ichigoman during the Sunday event for photo ops and autograph signings.

Designer Yuko Yamaguchi

The superhero already boasts an entire line of character goods ― from plush figures and compact mirrors to iPhone cases and chewing tablets.



 2012/07/23 08:34  この記事のURL  / 
One Piece dishes & Chopper face paint
The Universal Studios Japan amusement park(USJ) will offer food dishes and face paint inspired by One Piece manga as a part of the promotional campaign for their 2012 "One Piece Premier Show" live performance.

One Piece Premier Show at USJ

As part of its special menu, the park will offer dishes including a "Tony Tony Chopper Popcorn Bucket" for 2,480 yen (about US$32) and a "Wise Sayings of the Mugiwara Crew Pizza" that features quotes from the series printed on strips of roasted seaweed for 4,000 yen (about US$50).

The park's Hollywood Movie Makeup store will also be offering special face paint inspired by One Piece's Chopper character for 2000 yen (about US$25).
Face paint inspired by Chopper!

Tickets to the One Piece Premier Show bundled together with an entry pass to the park is 8,900 yen (about US$113) for adults and 6,200 yen (about US$79) for children for "premier seats," and 7,900 yen (about US$100) for adults and 5,200 yen (about US$66) for children for "regular seats."
Universal Studios Japan amusement park

Both the Premier Show and the various promotions will run from July 7 to September 9.

大阪のユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン(USJ)で、「ONE PIECE」をテーマにしたイベントが開催されている。



 2012/07/22 09:15  この記事のURL  / 
Anna Tsuchiya to sing theme song for Biohazard: Damnation
Upcoming 3D CG Biohazard: Damnation anime's theme song will be "Carry On" by Anna Tsuchiya (土屋アンナ).

Anna Tsuchiya

Biohazard: Damnation is currently slated for a September 25 release in North America, between the September 14 opening of the live-action film Resident Evil: Retribution and the October launch of the Resident Evil 6 game.
Biohazard: Damnation

Tsuchiya (born March 11, 1984) is a Japanese singer, actress and model.

Her best known role in acting was as "Ichigo Shirayuri" - a rural-delinquent biker-gang girl turned fashion model - in the 2004 movie Kamikaze Girls (下妻物語).
Kamikaze Girls(2002) - Anna Tsuchiya (Left), Kyoko Fukada

This Blue Ribbon Award-winning role was loosely based on Tsuchiya's offscreen activities which she later revealed after the movie's release.
 2012/07/21 07:46  この記事のURL  / 
Dallas' Anime Fest to host new Lupin III's director Sayo Yamamoto
Anime director Sayo Yamamoto (山本沙代)will appear as a guest of honor at AnimeFest 2012 in Dallas.
Sayo Yamamoto

Sayo Yamamoto (born April 13, 1977) directed the latest addition to the Lupin III franchise, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.
Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

The newest Lupin III series in 27 years that acts as a prequel to the overall story, but focusing on Lupin's love interest and rival Fujiko Mine.

Gekkan Pen magazine

Among the anime geeks, Yamamoto's work is highly respected for its high artistic quality.

Just like the heroin, the director Yamamoto is also an enigmatic character.
AnimeFest in Dallas

AnimeFest 2012 will run from August 31 to September 3 at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

 2012/07/20 09:52  この記事のURL  / 
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