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Nov30

The UNABOMINABLE Yodi Book Signing with Christopher Straub

2017 at 09:39 pm by admin | Comments Off

Head to Tomodachi at Mall of America on Friday, Dec 8th for an exclusive book signing and meet and greet with Christopher Straub for his new book The UNABOMINABLE Yodi.

Christopher Straub and yodi

Christopher Straub and yodi

Be the first to get your hands on a copy of The UNABOMINABLE Yodi, as well as its adorable matching plush toy and other related merchandise. The illustrated children’s’ book tells the tale of a little yeti that wants to do good things, unlike his abominable older brothers. Ideal for ages 3-6 and makes a great holiday gift!

Complimentary snacks will be served and Tomodachi will be offering a special FREE gift for customers purchasing the book and plush bundle!

About Christopher Straub

Christopher Straub is a Minnesota fashion and accessories designer who gained national exposure on season 6 of hit television show, Project Runway. Since his time on the show, Christopher has worked on projects with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Maurices, Target, Yoplait and PBS. He’s also been featured in such magazines as US Weekly, Star, People, and O Oprah Magazine and is a regular guest on Fox 9’s The Jason Show. Though fashion is still his primary focus, Straub has found success with his series of children’s books (Albert the Confused Manatee, Rocky the Confused Platypus, and Albert’s Underwater ABCs) and the development of a number of plush toys. https://christopherstraub.com

HOURS
Fri, Dec 8th from 4pm-7pm

Nov27

Holiday Special offer #1

2017 at 07:38 pm by admin | Comments Off

FREE with $25 purchase!

Calpico

Try these delicious sweet and tart healthy Calpico! Available in mango, lychee, white peach and original flavor..

Every $25 spent, you will receive a bottle for FREE.

Nov24

Senri Oe's Holiday Jazz @tomodachi

2017 at 02:11 pm by admin | Comments Off

Head to Tomodachi at the Mall of America on Tuesday, Nov 28th from 4-6pm for an exclusive pop-up performance and CD signing with Japanese jazz sensation and J-Pop star, Senri Oe!

photo by Becky Yee

photo by Becky Yee

This special mini concert at Tomodachi follows on the heels of Senri’s performance at the MSP international airport, as part of their annual Holiday Performance Series. Senri Oe will provide a more intimate Holiday experience for fans at Tomodachi. Copies of his latest album will be on hand for people to buy and have signed by the artist himself.

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Fun facts: Senri composed soundtrack music for Three Doraemon movies! Doraemon: Nobita’s Great Adventure in the south seas(1998), Doraemon: Nobita Drifts in the Universe(1999), Ending song for Doraemon: Nobita and legend of the Sun King(2000). Senri also composed the theme song “Dream” for Sanrio’s show in Japan.

Nov24

Black Friday Special

2017 at 01:48 pm by admin | Comments Off

Black Friday is here and that means deals galore at Tomodachi! We’re your one stop shop for unique pop culture gifts, cool stocking stuffers and fun imported snacks and candy. Stop in to receive the following tasty incentives!

BlackFri Deal

Mall of America Deals

(Hours: 5am – 10pm)

Spend $25 and receive free Strawberry Hi-Chew
Spend $50 and receive free Green Tea Pocky
Spend $100+ and receive above gifts + bag of Green Tea KitKats

Rosedale Center Deals
(Hours: 6am – 10pm)

Spend $25 and receive free Calpico Drink
Spend $50 and receive free Chocolate Pocky
Spend $100+ and receive above gifts + bag of Hi-Chew

Oct09

Rafiq Bhatia feat. Michael Cina & Hal Lovemelt: Breaking English

2017 at 08:27 pm by admin | Comments Off

Head to the Walker Art Center on Saturday, October 21st for an unparalleled music and art experience with Rafiq Bhatia feat. Michael Cina & Hal Lovemelt: Breaking English . Featuring the musical stylings of composer Rafiq Bhatia set against a lush backdrop of work by renowned painter and art director, Michael Cina, and video mixing by Hal Lovemelt

Michael Cina, Paragon

Michael Cina, Paragon

RAFIQ BHATIA: BREAKING ENGLISH
WITH VISUAL ART BY MICHAEL CINA AND HAL LOVEMELT
IAN CHANG: SPIRITUAL LEADER

World premiere
Copresented with Walker Art Center
Commissioned by Liquid Music, Walker Art Center, Jazz Gallery and Newfields: A Place for Nature & the Arts
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8pm (purchase tickets)
William and Nadine McGuire Theater, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Aug07

Pusheen Party2 / 2017

2017 at 05:28 pm by admin | Comments Off

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to Pusheen Party on Saturday — we had a blast and we hope you did too. Extra special thanks to our event partners GUND and Pusheen, as well as our celeb judges for the fashion contest Christopher Straub, Samantha Rei and Beth Hammarlund; DJ Don Greene for providing tunes, photographer Stacy Schwartz for working our Photo Booth, Jonathan Peterson and Insignity for tech support, Tricia Heuring of Public Functionary for judging our art contest, Jodi P at GUND for coming all the way to MN for our event, prize giveaway sponsors Hard Rock Cafe Mall of America and Pepper Palace Mall of America, and all of our employees and friends who helped make it happen. And also thanks to everyone who got their pic snapped in the photo booth — you all look great! More pics are posted on our FB page, so click below to find your pic and feel free to tag yourself and share!

At Pusheen Party, we were proud and excited to be the first to introduce the NEW Super Pusheenicorn from Gund! Hitting shelves in October, this huggable plush features snow white fur, a pink tail, colorful mane, lavender moon applique and a glittering silver horn that lights up. Pet Pusheen to activate magical sounds and lighting effects. PRE-ORDERS ARE OPEN NOW VIA OUR WEBSITE! Reserve yours today by visiting us online. http://shop.tomodachi.us/products/super-pusheenicorn.html

Pushhen Part2 @tomodachi MoA 2017

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All photo by Stacy Schwartz @Tomodachi MoA

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Super Pusheenicorn @tomodachi MoA/Pusheen Party2, 2017

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Jul10

Dress to Win: Pusheen Fashion Contest

2017 at 07:39 pm by admin | Comments Off

As part of our 2nd Pusheen Party on July 29th, we invite you to show off your style in your best Pusheen-inspired look for a chance to win awesome prizes and gift cards to Tomodachi! Looks can be anything from cosplay to kawaii to face painting and beyond — anything goes as long as it ties back somehow to our friend Pusheen. Check out the photos below featuring a few looks from last year’s contest for inspiration!

Possible ideas:

- Original fashion with Pusheen iconography
- Handmade Pusheen props that match your outfit
- Elaborate Pusheen nail art or makeup
- a styled look using Pusheen colors and concepts

1st Prize: 24″ Pusheen Plush + $100 TOMODACHI Gift Card & Gift Bag
2nd Prize: 10″ Pusheen Donut Plush + $50 TOMODACHI Gift Card & Gift Bag
3rd Prize: Pusheen Blindbox + $25 TOMODACHI Gift Card & Gift Bag

Judging will take place at 4PM sharp outside of Tomodachi MOA during Pusheen Party on July 29th.

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Celebrity Judges:

Beth Hammarlund: Fashion writer and publisher of l’etoile magazine
www.letoilemagazine.com

Christopher Straub: Fashion and toy designer, Project Runway season 6 contestant & children’s book author
www.christopherstraub.com

Samantha Rei: Fashion designer, author/illustrator & Project Runway Season 16 contestant (premiering 8/17!)
www.samantharei.com

Set 4

Jul10

Pusheen Instagram Coloring Contest + Download

2017 at 07:27 pm by admin | Comments Off

Participate in our Instagram coloring contest leading up to Pusheen Party on July 29th to win awesome Pusheen-related prize packages!

Guest art curator Tricia Heuring of award-winning art space, Public Functionary, will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the creative category — so create to impress! 3 winners will also be chosen at random, giving everyone a chance to win.

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HOW TO ENTER:

1. Download our free Pusheen coloring page HERE

2. Create your best art work using the coloring page, either by hand or digitally — anything goes!

3. Follow @tomodachi_us on Instagram

4. Upload a photo of your finished piece to Instagram, tag @tomodachi_us and include hashtag #pusheenparty2

Winners will be announced July 30th!

RULES & INFO: 1 entry per person/Instagram account. We will accept entries world-wide and ship prizes to winners at no charge. If you do not have Instagram and wish to enter, e-mail your entry to info@tomodachi.us

Jul08

Pusheen Party!

2017 at 06:51 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Tomodachi, Gund & Pusheen Present: PUSHEEN PARTY!

Please join us on Saturday, July 29th from 2pm-6pm for the 2nd Pusheen Party at Tomodachi at the Mall of America! This fun, family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

To celebrate our favorite character, we’ll be partnering with Pusheen and Gund to create a colorful, fun event for all ages. Enjoy DJ sets by Don Greene throughout the day, a Pusheen photo booth with photographer Stacy Schwartz, interactive art activities including a coloring wall and Instagram coloring contest, a Pusheen-inspired fashion contest with prizes and celebrity judges, product giveaways and multiple hourly prize drawings for Pusheen items, gift cards and more.

BE THE FIRST IN LINE AT 2PM!

The first 150 customers lined up at 2pm will receive an EXCLUSIVE limited edition, hand-numbered screenprint, created especially by Pusheen for the event!

PUSHEEN FASHION CONTEST: 4PM

Come dressed to impress in your best Pusheen-inspired look for your chance to win awesome prizes! Looks can be anything from cosplay to kawaii to face painting and beyond — anything goes as long as it ties back somehow to our friend Pusheen and makes us smile. Prizes will be awarded in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Judging will take place at 4pm sharp outside of Tomodachi MOA.

Fashion Contest Judges:

Christopher Straub: Fashion and toy designer, Project Runway season 6 contestant & children’s book author // www.christopherstraub.com

Samantha Rei: Fashion designer & author/illustrator // http://samantharei.com

Beth Hammarlund: Fashion writer and publisher of l’etoile magazine // www.letoilemagazine.com

INSTAGRAM COLORING CONTEST
(Runs now through July 29th)

Participate in our Instagram coloring contest leading up to the event to win awesome Pusheen-related prize packages!

Guest art curator Tricia Heuring of award-winning art space, Public Functionary, will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners — so create to impress! 3 winners will also be chosen both at random, giving everyone a chance to win.

1. Download our free Pusheen coloring page HERE
2. Create your best work using the coloring page, either by hand or digitally

3. Snap a picture of your finished piece

4. Follow @tomodachi_us on Instagram

5. Upload your photo to Instagram, tag @tomodachi_us and include hashtag #pusheenparty2

Winners will be announced July 30th!


DETAILS:

Saturday, July 29th, 2017
2pm to 6pm / Free
Costume Contest: 4pm

TOMODACHI Mall of America
316 North Garden
Bloomington, MN 55425

Hashtag: #PusheenParty2
Follow: @tomodachi_us
Web: www.tomodachi.us

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/

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