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Jun03

Senri Oe Preview Performance & CD Signing

2017 at 01:16 am by admin | Comments Off

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Head to Tomodachi at the Mall of America on Tuesday, June 6th for an exclusive pop-up performance and CD signing with Japanese jazz sensation and former J-Pop star, Senri Oe!

As a special mini-preview leading up to his major concert, Harukaze 2017, on Wednesday at Hamline University, Senri Oe will provide a more intimate experience for fans at Tomodachi. Copies of his latest album “Answer July” will be on hand for people to buy and have signed by the artist himself.

This performance is free and open to the public.

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ABOUT SENRI OE

In 2008, Senri Oe shelved his highly successful 25-year career as a Japanese pop star and actor to move to New York City in pursuit of a childhood dream—becoming a jazz musician. As a lyricist, composer, and arranger since 1983, Oe built a robust Japanese popular music (J-Pop) career, releasing 45 singles and nearly 20 albums, winning the Japanese Gold Disc and FNS Pop Music Awards, and hosting a talk show on Japan’s national broadcasting network. Enrolling at The New School at age 47, Oe studied under Junior Mance, Aaron Goldberg and Toru Dodo. Since graduating in 2012, Oe has worked tirelessly to embed himself in New York’s jazz ecosystem. Having established his own record label, PND Records and Music Publishing, Oe plays monthly at Tomi Jazz New York, is a regular pianist for Morning Musuko, a 17-piece big band specializing in Japanese popular music (J-pop), and has now released three albums.

For details on the Hamline performance the following day, visit: http://www.mn-japan.org/2017/02/harukaze-2017-senri-oe-in-saint-paul/

Senri Oe website: http://peaceneverdie.com/

Feb08

Valentine Special Offer

2017 at 02:55 am by admin | Comments Off

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We’re excited to share that we’ve been named one of Minnesota Monthly’s “8 Places to Shop for Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts” this year.

Now through Feb. 14th, we’re offering a BUY 3 GET 1 FREE deal! Buy three Japanese sweets and and receive one of equal or lesser value for free. Offer available at both our MOA and Rosedale locations.

While you’re here, don’t forget to pick up some adorable stationery to write your sweetheart a totally cute love note to go with their treats!

Special thanks to MNMO Style editor Jahna Peloquin, Kate Iverson and Niki Tombaga.

Dec17

Handmade Holidays: Washi Tape Earring Workshop

2015 at 01:03 am by admin | Comments Off

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Nothing says love like a gift you create with your own imagination, time and skill! Stop by TOMODACHI at the MOA this Saturday, December 19th between 1-4pm to learn how to make a simple pair of earrings out of colorful Japanese washi tape — a great gift for a friend, family member or just for yourself. We’ll have all the supplies on hand for you to make your first pair, guided by local artist and maker Kate Iverson.

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While you’re at the shop, score deals on cute holiday stocking stuffers, treats and more plus pick up a few rolls of washi tape from our vibrant selection to creatively experiment with at home!

Workshop: 1pm-4pm

TOMODACHI Mall of America

3rd Floor / Near Food Court

FREE!

* Workshop recommended for children and adults 12 and up

Nov02

Up Next@Public Functionary: SF Artist Aaron De La Cruz

2015 at 05:27 pm by admin | Comments Off

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We’re really excited to check out Public Functionary’s next exhibit Always Something featuring the graphic, graffiti-influenced artwork of San Francisco’s Aaron De La Cruz. In Always Something, De La Cruz continues his ongoing exploration of line and shape with a new body of work that includes original paintings, works on paper, a large-scale mural, 3D wood and mirror works and the debut of a new, limited edition line of wallpapers produced in conjunction with Public Functionary and artist-designed wallpaper line, Area Environments. The first release in the new PFxAE Exhibition Collection, the wallpaper will be installed as the backdrop to the exhibit, creating a layered, pattern-rich viewing experience.

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Named one of the “25 Most Important Artists” by Complex Magazine, De La Cruz relies on a simplistic yet striking visual vocabulary. He applies his free-hand style to a number different formats — primarily walls and environments — a technique he’s been perfecting for 10+ years. Each piece draws the viewer’s eye through an open-ended exploration of maze-like composition and naturally balanced strokes — beautiful both in detail and as the sum of many parts. For Always Something, the artist has developed a full-scale installation that contextualizes his work as multi-faceted, tactile design crossed with impactful contemporary art.

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In addition, a limited-edition 24″x36″ Aaron De La Cruz print will be produced by Arkitip, available exclusively for Always Something through both Public Functionary and arkitip.com after Nov 7th.

For more info on the exhibit and artist, visit the Always Something Facebook event page and rsvp HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/149127188774924/

EXHIBITION DETAILS

Opening Reception:
Saturday November 7 // 7pm-12am
FREE & Open to the Public
Music by TIIIIIIIIIIP, DRK & FALLS

Open Gallery Hours through December 5th: Tuesdays 4-8pm, Wednesdays 12-4pm, Fridays 12pm-8pm, Saturdays 7pm-11pm

Public Functionary
1400 12th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(Enter on Buchanan)

www.publicfunctionary.org

Oct07

TOMODACHI x mt tape Art Exhibit: Retrospective

2015 at 01:21 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Through the month of September, we had an amazing time hosting 19 local artists working in the medium of Japanese washi brand, mt tape. Each piece was more unique than the last, with artists creating everything from entire dresses made out of washi tape to design-based works, portraits, multi-dimensional pieces, installation art and more. Artists like Jennifer Davis and Michael Cina stayed true to their aesthetics, using mt tape to accent and embellish their beautiful, recognizable compositions, while artists such as Joshua Nelson and Lex Thompson chose to go more large scale, bringing a Minnesota wildlife themes into the equation for a fun front window display. We’re sad to see the work go, but happy to have collaborated with such talented artists — and hopefully helped them discover a new art medium in mt tape!

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Thank you to all the artists involved: Lex Thompson, James Rojas, Michael Cina, Bryant Locher, Samantha Rei Crossland, Christopher Straub, Jennifer Davis, Ashley Hay, Leekyung Kang, Jamie Owens, Rudy Fig, Christina Da Cruz, Caitlin Karolczak, Joshua Nelson, Emiel Gregor, Kao Lee Thao, Andi Hillestad, Chris Matta.

Thanks to Public Functionary, Professor Frenchy @ MCAD, along with our sponsors at Coca-Cola, SkullCandy, Masu Sushi and Robata, Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar @MOA, Shanghai Bistro, Wasabi Fusion, Freshens @MoA, Urban Decay Cosmetics, Sweetbella, and In-signity!

Special thanks to Kamoi Kakoshi / mt masking tape!

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Credit
Poster: Robert Johnston
Music: DJ Sally
Photos: Kate Iverson, Lex Thompson
Installation and set up: Mike Bishop

This show was co-curated by Public Functionary and Denny Park

More photos Click Here

Sep03

TOMODACHI x MT Event Recap

2015 at 11:41 am by admin | Comments Off

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TOMODACHI’s collaborative art event with Japanese washi brand, mt tape, opened its doors this past Saturday and we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome! We had an amazing turnout at this unique exhibition and family event, with artists giving their all to show the world just what mt tape can do with a little bit of creativity!

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TOMODACHI’s gallery debuted some amazing art and design work from 18 featured artists, who each took their own spin on using mt tape as a medium. From framed wall pieces to decorated paper mache animals, large-scale wall installations and even a miniature mt tape city, each artistic interpretation was unexpected, colorful and unique. Emerging and established artists alike took part in the exhibit, including internationally-renowned artist and graphic designer Michael Cina, pop surrealist darling Rudy Fig, whimsical painter Jennifer Davis, installation artist Leekyung Kang and many more.

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During the event, Los Angeles-based artist and architect, James Rojas, led a hands-on art activity which taught attendees about urban planning through the construction of an evolving tape-covered mini city. Throughout the day, TOMODACHI gave away complimentary mt tape and dozens of raffle prizes that included collectibles, gift cards and merchandise from our sponsors. DJ SALLY provided the musical soundtrack for the day, playing a fun mix of J-Pop, K-Pop and everything in between.

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We would like to thank everyone who made this event possible, including our friends at mt tape, all of our participating artists, sponsors, and most importantly our friends and customers who have supported us from the beginning. The show debut was a huge success, but if you weren’t able to make it to the opening, the work will remain on view through Wednesday, September 30th. Stop by TOMODACHI at the Mall of America to check out this exhibit of awesome mt-based artwork before its gone!

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Nov29

Holiday Offer!

2014 at 01:52 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Happy Holidays! Customers who spend $50 or more will receive a gift set containing one bag of Pocky and a bottle of ramune(any flavor), while customers who spend $100 or more will receive a larger gift set, which includes a bag of Pocky, a bottle of ramune(any flavor), and a 10th Anniversary TOMODACHI t-shirt. This special offer will be available at both of our stores now while supplies last, so make sure to stop by and take advantage of this one-day offer!

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Mar24

AnimeJapan 2014

2014 at 04:37 pm by admin | Comments Off

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This past weekend was host to one of the biggest anime conventions of the year, AnimeJapan 2014! Hosted on March 22nd – 23rd at the Big Sight event space in Odaiba, Tokyo, AnimeJapan 2014 was the combination of two separate events, Tokyo Anime Fair and Anime Contents Expo, into one giant weekend-long event! A wide variety of popular and upcoming anime were at the event, including popular titles like Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Madoka Magica, Sword Art Online, Tiger & Bunny, Fate/Stay Night, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and many more!

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The show featured a wide variety of display pieces, sets, and announcements to help make it a popular attraction for anime fans all over Japan! Some of the biggest news included the announcement of a new Lupin III movie, following the backstory between world-class thief Lupin and expert marksman Jigen and their fateful meeting, along with news surrounding the upcoming Saint Seiya 3D movie, which will retell the events of the Sanctuary arc!

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Alongside these reveals were a variety of cool sets, including life-size statues of characters like Goku, Astro Boy, Naruto, Luffy, and more. The show also featured representations of popular mechs, like the Tachikoma robot from Ghost in the Shell and the custom Toyota Auris based off the character Char Aznable from Mobile Suit Gundam fame. The life-size Ingram mech from the upcoming Patlabor live-action film was even featured at the event, allowing fans to get closer than ever to the giant machine.

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There was also a large presence of figures and collectibles at the event, showing off a wide variety of upcoming toy releases from GoodSmile and Bandai, including figures from popular anime like Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Girls und Panzer, and others. There was also a large booth dedicated to the currently airing Gundam Build Fighters anime, showing off a variety of Gunpla form the series and allowing fans to stand behind a replica of the Gundam controls from the show!

With such a large presence this year, AnimeJapan is sure to impress next year as well, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for more news!

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Photo Credits: Naonori Oiwa