Posts Tagged ‘2015’


Dec30

Happy New Year from TOMODACHI!

2015 at 04:45 pm by admin | Comments Off

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With the holiday season come and gone, TOMODACHI is looking back at what a fantastic year we’ve had with you all in 2015. We’ve hosted a number of awesome art exhibitions like our “TOMODACHI x MT Tape” event and our collaboration with the Envision fashion show this fall, along with various workshops and events with companies like San-X. Special thanks goes out to Public Functionary and all artists for helping out with some of our events throughout the year like the MT Tape exhibition, Envision Fashion show; Public Functionary has been a huge help in getting the word out to local and international artists and fans, and have helped make this year’s events bigger and better than ever! 2015 has been an amazing year at TOMODACHI, and we’re sad to see it go. However, the end of a year is also the start of the next, so we’d like to wish all of you a happy New Year! 2016 is going to be an exciting time for all of us, so we can’t wait to see what the coming months will hold for us and for all of our fans and friends. We hope that everyone had a happy and safe holiday season these past few weeks, and that we’ll all have a happy new year to come!

Nov12

Kim Jung Gi collaborates with Kaikai Kiki in new exhibit

2015 at 06:40 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Internally renowned brush-and-ink artist Kim Jung Gi has gained worldwide fame over the past few years with his super-detailed illustrations, sketches, and murals, and has been shown at a number of exhibitions across the globe. Now, Kim Jung Gi will be working together with pop art production Kaikai Kiki, created by Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami, to create a new pop-up gallery featuring his artwork! This solo exhibition will be set up at the Kyoto Shin-Puh-Kan shopping center in Japan starting on November 16th, and will feature a variety of events on the opening day, including live painting and autographs from Kin Jung Gi himself. The show will remain open until March 2016, giving fans plenty of time to check out the exhibition for themselves when it opens later this month.

Nov03

Halloween Recap & Contest Results

2015 at 10:10 pm by admin | Comments Off

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This Halloween was a blast for TOMODACHI, thanks to everyone who showed up at both of our retail locations! We had a great time handing out candy to all of our guests, plus we got to check out all of your awesome costumes! Our trick-or-treat events went off without a hitch, and it was all thanks to all of our fans and customers!

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The costume contest went well too, with a bunch of fans turning up with awesome and creative outfits to celebrate the spooky holiday. And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for; here are the results of our Halloween Costume Contest!

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Grand Prize (1 winner) – Jumbo Rilakkuma plush/4ft tall ($250 value)
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1st Place (1 winner) – one Rilakkuma Kigurumi/onesie ($100 value)
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2nd Place (2 winners) – one Totoro backpack/8″ x 10″ x5″ ($75 value)
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3rd Place (10 winners) – one Popin’ Cooking do-it-yourself candy kit ($10 value)
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Winners must come and claim their prizes at our Mall of America location by 7PM on Sunday, November 8th. Thank you so much to everyone who came out and celebrated Halloween with us, and we can’t wait to see you all again very soon!

Oct27

TOMODACHI Halloween Costume Contest

2015 at 09:56 pm by admin | Comments Off

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In keeping with the spooky celebrations this Halloween, TOMODACHI is holding a special costume contest event for all of our visitors and fans! Children and adults alike can come to either our Rosedale Shopping Center store from 1PM to 3PM or our Mall of America store from 4:30PM to 7:30PM in order to participate in our trick-or-treat candy giveaway, as well as take advantage of our 10% in-store discount.

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On top of that, visitors who come in their coolest costumes can take part in our costume contest giveaway event! In order to participate, a photo of your costume will be taken at TOMODACHI, which you can then upload to Facebook or Instagram with the tag “@tomodachi_us” or the hashtag “#tomodachihalloween”. Once the event is over, TOMODACHI representatives will vote on their favorite costume, and announce the winning entries via Facebook and Instagram on Monday, November 2nd. Remember, your costume must be family-friendly in order to qualify!

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Winners in our upcoming costume event will receive a variety of awesome prizes, such as:

Grand Prize (1 winner) – Jumbo Rilakkuma plush/4ft tall ($250 value)
1st place(1 winner) – one Rilakkuma Kigurumi/onesie ($100 value)
2nd Place (2 winners) – two Totoro backpack/8″ x 10″ x5″ ($75 value)
3rd Place (10 winners) – one Popin’ Cooking do-it-yourself candy kit ($10 value)

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Make sure to visit TOMODACHI this Halloween to take part in these awesome events and to have fun in the meantime!

Oct23

Halloween at TOMODACHI

2015 at 02:01 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Get ready to celebrate Halloween with TOMODACHI next week with our fun trick-or-treat events! Come visit our Rosedale Shopping Center location on Saturday, October 31st to take part in our candy giveaway from 1PM to 3PM. If you can’t make it out to Rosedale, don’t fret; our Mall of America location is also handing out candy as part of the MoA’s Howl-O-Ween event from 4:30PM to 7:30PM! These events offer a safe and fun way for kids and parents alike to enjoy trick-or-treating indoors, and TOMODACHI is proud to help everyone have a warmer and safer Halloween. Make sure to bring your best Halloween costume to either of our locations, and have a great time with us during this spooky celebration!

Oct22

Brand new San-X merchandise at TOMODACHI

2015 at 03:31 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Just in time for the autumn season, TOMODACHI has received a ton of new San-X merchandise and collectibles! The new merchandise features a wide assortment of San-X characters, including Rilakkuma, Kutusita Nyanko, and the new line of sushi-themed “Things in the Corner” characters. With new additions like notebooks, pencils, keychains, bowls, molds, and more, make sure to come check out the new assortment at our Mall of America location now, while supplies last!

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Oct22

Now Hiring!

2015 at 12:30 pm by admin | Comments Off

TOMODACHI is looking for new employees for both our Rosedale Shopping Center and Mall of America locations for the holiday season! We’re currently hiring sales associates and assistant managers with energetic personalities for both part-time and full-time positions, and we’d love to hear if you’re interested in working with us! If you would like to inquire about our job openings, feel free to visit either our Rosedale Shopping Center or Mall of America location to submit an application form, or visit our Contact Us page in order to download a digital application, which you can then email to us at info@tomodachi.us. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, or stop by our retail locations for more information!

Oct12

Yayoi Kusama’s mind-bending exhibit in Denmark

2015 at 02:30 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Popular Japanese modern pop artist Yayoi Kusama has just unveiled a brand-new exhibit of her famous dot-style artwork in Denmark! Located at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, her new exhibit, titled “In Infinity”, is her first comprehensive exhibit in the region, and coats the many walls of her show floor with a vast array of polka dots and mirrored installations. The effect creates the illusion of an infinite space, letting the viewers immerse themselves completely in Kusama’s artwork. The exhibit also features a number of Kusama’s sculptural work, which dots a number of the exhibits around the museum. The newly opened exhibit will remain at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art until January 24th, 2016.

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Oct06

“The Good Dinosaur” trailer

2015 at 02:38 pm by admin | Comments Off

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After releasing a teaser trailer for their upcoming film in June, Disney and Pixar have uploaded the full trailer for “The Good Dinosaur”! The film, which has been in production for over 4 years, will take place on an Earth where the dinosaurs never went extinct, and will follow the adventures of a young Apatosaurus named Arlo and a human boy named Spot. The trailer features both Arlo and Spot, along with a number of other dinosaurs that will be featured throughout the film. “The Good Dinosaur” will release in theaters nationwide on November 25th, making it a great holiday film for the whole family. Check out the trailer below, and look forward to the film this Thanksgiving!

Oct05

MIT creates “soft” 3D-printed robot arm

2015 at 01:27 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Researchers and engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT for short, are often striving to enhance technology and robotics for future use in everyday life, and their latest creation brings the future of robotics closer than ever. The new robot arm, designed by MIT’s internal research team, is made of 3D-printed silicone rubber that is soft to the touch. The arm is also equipped with a number of state-of-the art “bend sensors”, which allow the robotic arm to analyze the durability of the item in question and alter its grip strength in response. In other words, MIT’s newest robot arm has the finger strength to lift hefty objects, and at the same time is able to provide a delicate grip to firmly lift fragile objects like eggs and discs without dropping or crushing them. This advancement opens a huge number of possibilities for the arm’s application in the future, from helping out the disabled to working in dangerous situations without harm. Check out the robot’s power in the video below!

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