Archive for October, 2014


Oct30

Hello Kitty Con opens to excited crowds

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The moment awaited by Hello Kitty fans across the world has finally arrived: the first official Hello Kitty Con has opened its doors! Located at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles, California, the con has been widely anticipated since its announcement earlier this year, and anticipates over 25,000 visitors from all over the world during the weekend-long event! The Con opened its doors late Wednesday night to select VIP visitors, and has since opened its doors to all visitors. The Hello Kitty Con stands as a tribute to Hello Kitty, who is celebrating her 40th anniversary this year, and includes a number of exhibits, attractions, merchandise, and activities to help celebrate the occasion.

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Some attractions at the con include giant replicas of classic Hello Kitty merchandise, including her original 1974 vinyl coin purse, as well as miniature kitchens, teacups, and other photo op attractions around the show floor. There are also exhibits located within the Con which tailor to specific types of Hello Kitty merchandise from the past 40 years, ranging from fashion to food to collectibles. A variety of exclusive, limited edition collectibles are also available at the event, ranging from figures, apparel, jewelry, make-up, and more.

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The Con will also be host to Hello Kitty-themed entertainment as well as merchandise! Attendees can visit the an interactive arcade, where a number of Hello Kitty carnival games await, as well as photo booths and gift corners. The Con will also host a sneak peek at Sanrio’s latest Hello Kitty stage show, titled “Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival”, which will hit stages worldwide in 2015. A number of panels and talks will also be held throughout the show, including talks from Hello Kitty museum curator Dr. Christine Yano, as well as talks hosted by fans and other authorities on everything Hello Kitty. There will even be tattoo parlors stationed around the convention for dedicated adult fans to get inked up with some iconic Hello Kitty graphics!

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The Hello Kitty Con comes as the new Hello Kitty museum exhibit, “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”, opened earlier this month in Los Angeles, and is part of a city-wide celebration of the character. Including restaurant promotions, hotel decorations, and more, Los Angeles is definitely the place to be for any die-hard Hello Kitty fan this weekend! But don’t fret if you can’t make it; the Hello Kitty Con is planned to travel across the nation and worldwide over the next three to five years, so keep your eyes open for more news!

Oct30

Flying car takes to the skies

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Auto company AeroMobil has been working on prototypes for flying cars since the 1990s, with advances in technology and new prototypes bringing their dream vehicle closer and closer to reality. Now, the company has unveiled their latest prototype, the AeroMobil 3.0, which is finally ready to take to the skies! The vehicle debuted on October 29th at the 2014 Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria, and has taken several test drives and flights, as seen in the video below.



This newest prototype was built in 10 months, using high quality composite materials in this chassis, and includes avionics equipment, parachute deployment systems, autopilot, and more. The car itself features retractable wings and two seats for a passenger, and is capable of reaching 100 mph on the road, as well as 124 mph in the air. With the AeroMobil 3.0, the designers hope to gain certification for use on European roads and airspace, and will continue fine-tuning specifications to make the vehicle ready for retail in the near future. Flying cars have been a fantasy for people across the world since the invention of the car and the plane, and now we’re closer than ever to see that dream become a reality!

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Oct24

Purikura at TOMODACHI

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Take fun photos with friends and family with the new Purikura photo machines at TOMODACHI! Purikura is a Japanese photo booth machine which originally debuted in July 1995. Created by video game and arcade companies Atlus and SEGA, the machines have since become a huge hit across the world, and several varieties of these booths have appeared over the past two decades.

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What is Purikura? Purikura, or プリクラ, is short for プリント倶楽部, or Print Club. Purikura was originally synonymous with specific machines, but now stands for the photo booth phenomenon in Japan as a whole, covering all different manner of photo booth machines and experiences. Each machine features different specific features and technology, ranging from editing hair and eye color to even allowing users to alter the size of their facial features to achieve an anime-esque look. These machines have become a popular icon of Japanese culture, and have started to spread to different nations all over the world.

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Operating the Purikura booths is a fun and intuitive experience, allowing groups of people to quickly snap their photos and edit them to their liking. To use a Purikura booth, which are designed for customers of all ages to enjoy, customers will first decide on a theme for their photo session. These themes each provide a different set of colored backgrounds and sticker for users, so choose your favorite!

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Once this is done, users will choose the brightness level of their photos, and start snapping! There are a wide variety of colored and themed backgrounds to choose from, and there are even overlays than be used to create fun photos and unique posing opportunities.

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After taking their photos, the booth will move these photos to the machine’s touchscreen tablets, where the photos can be enhanced with stamps, stickers, glitter, frames, and even hand-drawn messages and characters. Once completed, the machine prints out the edited photos onto glossy sticker paper, which can be cut up and used as framed photos, stickers for your favorite notebook or wallet, or whatever else you can imagine!

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TOMODACHI has a Purikura booth set up at our Rosedale Shopping Center location, and will have a new Purikura booth at our Mall of America store by Friday, October 24th as well! Make sure to stop by, alone or with friends, and give these fun booths a spin!

Oct23

TOMODACHI Halloween 2014 Trick or Treat event

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With October 31st right around the corner, make sure to visit TOMODACHI this Halloween to take part in our Trick or Treat event! Come visit our Rosedale Shopping Center location on Friday, October 31st to take part in our candy giveaway from 5PM to 7PM. On top of that, our Mall of America location is also taking part, and will be handing out candy and treats from 4:30PM to 7:30PM! Make sure to wear your best Halloween costume to either of our locations, and have a great time with us during this spooky celebration!

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Oct23

Artist creates world’s largest underwater sculpture

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Artist and sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has been know for his underwater art installations, including a variety of human sculptures, and even recreating underwater architecture and even a house. Now, Taylor has finished his largest piece yet, and the largest underwater statue in the world! Titled “Ocean Atlas”, this statue of a kneeling Bahamian girl is meant to evoke the imagery of the legend of Atlas from Greek mythology, who carries the world on his back. While not nearly as large as the Greek Titan, Taylor’s “Ocean Atlas” towers over its landscape off the beach of Nassau, Bahamas, measuring over 17 feet tall and weighing 60 tons!

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The art was commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, and was so large that Taylor had to create a new technique in which the piece was assembled underwater, rather than crafted on dry land and then lowered into its aquatic display. The process took advantage of using miniatures to plan out the piece beforehand, as well as the use of large cranes to lift the pieces into place. The “Ocean Atlas” herself, like Taylor’s previous underwater works, is crafted from a material made with ph-neutral materials that encourage wildlife to live and thrive on its surface. In time, the statue will become a living artificial reef habitat, making the piece an artistic statement as well as an environmental movement!

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Oct23

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron teaser trailer

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Originally leaked as still screenshots from closed-doors media reveals during this month’s New York Comic-Con, the first trailer for Marvel’s upcoming “Avengers 2″ movie has finally been released to the public! The trailer shows off a number of important plot elements for the upcoming movie, including Iron Man’s new Hulkbuster armor, as well as our first look at the origins and powers of the movie’s new villain, Ultron! Created by Tony Stark, otherwise known as Iron Man, as a sentience peacekeeping program, Ultron is shown to go rogue and attempts to enact his own means of achieving peace. The trailer also shows us our first look at two new heroes, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, alongside the beloved heroes from the first Avengers, which include Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. The newest installment to Marvel’s line of superhero films is scheduled to hit theaters nationwide on May 1, 2015.

Oct21

Disney announces 2016 animated film

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Disney has been making a name for itself as a multimedia film company, ranging from recent projects like the big-screen adaptation of “Big Hero 6″ to recent live-action films like their Marvel films and the upcoming Star Wars sequels. Not ones to forget their original animated film heritage, Disney has recently revealed the first piece of art for their newest upcoming movie, “Moana”! The film studio recently revealed vague plot information and story details for the film, which will follow the 14-year-old Polynesian navigator Moana Waialiki as she journeys across the ocean and through mystic landscapes to complete an ancient quest. The story will be based heavily on folklore and legendary monsters and environments, and is set to incorporate a new style of CG that mimics the look of painted canvas. Earlier today, Disney announced that the film, originally scheduled to release in 2018, is now set to hit theaters on 2016, and released the first piece of promotional artwork for the movie! More info and trailers are sure to be revealed as we close in on the 2016 release date, so keep your eyes open for news on the latest Disney animated film!

Oct21

Yoshitomo Nara exhibiton at London

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Yoshitomo Nara is often considered one of the most renowned Japanese artists of the 1900s, creating his own unique style of artwork and sculpture over the past decades. Now, Yoshitomo’s artwork has gone on display in his biggest exhibition in the United Kingdom to date in the new exhibit, “Greetings from a Place in My Heart”! This new exhibit, which has recently gone on display at the Dairy Art Centre in London, England, is a comprehensive retrospective of Yoshitomo’s work over the past 30 years, and features a large number of previously unreleased work and never-before-seen sketches. Over 200 art pieces are featured in this exhibition, and includes his more recent bronze sculptures as well as his infamous paintings and other artwork. The exhibit will remain open at the Dairy Art Centre until December 7th, and is planned to appear at the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Denmark next year.

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Yoshitomo Nara, born in Hirosaki in 1959, is one of the most influential artists to emerge from Japan’s 1990s pop art movement. Studying at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in the 1980s, and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany from 1988 to 1993, Nara has since assembled a cult-like following centered around his child-like illustrations. Drawing inspiration from the anime and manga characters that he was exposed to during his childhood, Nara creates characters, usually small children, who possess similar cartoon-like qualities, with highly stylized features and especially large eyes. However, Nara’s illustrations of children are often more menacing and devilish than they are cute and innocent. These images touch on broad social and cultural topics, such as violence and the rigidity of social structures in Japan. Since his first solo exhibition at Blum & Poe Gallery in 1984, Nara has had nearly 40 solo exhibitions worldwide, including Iceland, Japan, France, and the United States.

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Oct21

Hello Kitty museum opens in Los Angeles

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Hello Kitty has had a huge year so far, with a huge number of events, merchandise, and the upcoming Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles to celebrate the character’s 40th anniversary. In order to celebrate the history of the character alongside the upcoming Hello Kitty Con, the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles recently opened its doors to a brand-new exhibit for the iconic kitty character, titled “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”! The exhibit, which opened on October 11th, is the first large-scale museum exhibition of its kind in the United States, and is dedicated to the history behind Hello Kitty as well as its merchandise and artwork.

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The exhibit features a number of classic Hello Kitty merchandise from the past decades, including the very first piece of Hello Kitty memorabilia ever created: a 1975 vinyl coin purse, emblazoned with the mascot’s face. Alongside items like stationery, apparel, and purses, Hello Kitty eventually exploded into a worldwide phenomenon, spawning video games, television shows, and collaborations with artists and big-name companies across the globe. The exhibit pays tribute to all aspects of Hello Kitty’s past, and features merchandise, paintings, sculpture, apparel, and more.

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The exhibit will remain open to visitors until April 26, 2015, and will be open alongside the upcoming Hello Kitty Con at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which opens from October 30th to November 2nd. Along with this, a variety of restaurants across the downtown Los Angeles area are currently participating in a “Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt” event, in which fans can visit and purchase Hello Kitty-themed meals and restaurant items, and receive exclusive Hello Kitty merchandise alongside the courses. With the upcoming Hello Kitty Con already nearly sold out, and expecting to draw over 25,000 visitors, Los Angeles will soon become the place to be for Hello Kitty fans across the nation!

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Oct20

Futura opens exhibit in Moscow

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Urban artist and designer Futura has been known for his grafitti artwork and character design, taking advantage of abstract shapes and mediums to create his work. His work, often meant to be seen on the streets, has now been put on display in a gallery in Moscow, Russia! Futura’s latest exhibit, titled “TIMEWARP”, went on display at the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture, and features his pieces on cold drab brick walls. While the setting is contrary to most modern art exhibits, the setting was carefully chosen by Futura and curators to remain true to his art, which was born on the streets in similar environments. The show, which explores the concept of time through Futura’s iconic abstractions, opened to the public on October 14th, and will remain at the museum until November 4th. Check out these photos to see some of Futura’s artwork on display!

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