Posts Tagged ‘Events’


Aug17

New Disney movies previewed at D23 Expo

2015 at 01:09 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The D23 Expo is a fan-run biannual convention that celebrates Disney cartoons old and new, and draws more than 20,000 fans and visitors during its three-day showing at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Here, fans are able to meet up with Disney stars, watch musicals, buy Disney merchandise, and get ready for the newest information from the multi-national animation and film company. This year’s summer D23, which was open from August 14th to August 16th, was bigger than ever, and showed off exciting teasers and trailers for some previously announced Disney films, as well as announcing some others for the very first time!

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John Lasseter, Disney’s top animation executive, took the stage at the start of the event to announce some bombshell announcements to eager fans. First off, Lasseter announced a brand-new, never before seen movie called “Gigantic”, which will be a musical based off other classic “Jack and the Beanstalk” folk tale. “Gigantic” will have songs written by the same team behind “Frozen”’s iconic themes, and is currently scheduled to released in 2018. More information was also made available regarding the upcoming 2016 film “Moana”, which has been revealed to have musical segments as well. The film will follow a teenage Pacific Islander princess and her tattooed demigod companion.

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Finally, posters were unveiled for a variety of upcoming projects, some of which were completely unknown before the expo. These include teaser posters for “Toy Story 4″, “The Incredibles 2″, and “Cars 3″, along with posters for “Finding Dory”, the sequel to fan favorite “Finding Nemo”, and “The Good Dinosaur”. Little information was unveiled about these new announcements, and all are labeled as “Coming Soon”, but Disney fans can expect to hear more about these blockbuster sequels in the coming months. On the whole, the event was a spectacular success, leaving fans worldwide thirsty for more information about these upcoming films.

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Aug06

TOMODACHI x mt tape Art Exhibit & Launch Party

2015 at 01:05 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Please join TOMODACHI at our Mall of America location for a special art exhibit and launch party featuring artwork created with Japanese washi tape brand, mt masking tape, co-presented with Minneapolis contemporary art space Public Functionary. Come down, celebrate with us and see some amazing artwork!

The TOMODACHI x mt tape exhibit will focus primarily on the use of the Japanese washi tape brand as a contemporary art medium. 18 artists were challenged to create an original piece that reflects their personal style, with a fun, pop art twist. From incorporating the tape into paintings, drawings or prints, to crafting wearable fashion pieces and facilitating in-store installations, the artists have been given free creative reign to produce vibrant, colorful works using this unconventional, dynamic material.

During the event, attendees will enjoy an interactive art activity with Los Angeles-based exhibiting artist, urban planner and Place It! innovator James Rojas, who specializes in educating people about the role that urban planning and design play in shaping how we live. Rojas will invite participants to decorate small cubes with mt tape that can either be incorporated into a mini-city installation or taken home as a souvenir. Learn more about James at www.placeit.org.

The event will also feature complimentary snacks and soft drinks sponsored by Coca Cola and TOMODACHI, in-store specials, hourly raffles and the delightful musical stylings of DJ SALLY spinning J-Pop, K-Pop and everything in between.

Participating Artists Include:

Lex Thompson
James Rojas
Michael Cina
Bryant Locher
Mike Davis
Samantha Rei Crossland
Christopher Straub
Jennifer Davis
Leekyung Kang
Ashley Hay
Jamie Owens
Rudy Fig
Christina Da Cruz
Caitlin Karolczak
Joshua Nelson
Emiel Gregor
Kao Lee Thao
Andi Hillestad
Chris Matta

Lex Thompson

James Rojas

Michael Cina

Bryant Locher

Mike Davis

Samantha Rei Crossland

Christopher Straub

Jennifer Davis

Leekyung Kang

Ashley Hay

Jamie Owens

Rudy Fig

Christina Da Cruz

Caitlin Karolczak

Joshua Nelson

Emiel Gregor

Kao Lee Thao

Andi Hillestad

Chris Matta

About mt masking tape

mt is a brand of washi rice paper masking tape produced by Japanese company Kamoi Kakoshi. It comes in a huge variety of colors, patterns, and styles, and is designed to be easily aligned and repositioned for use in crafts, interior decoration, art installation and design. Consumers and artists worldwide use the tape for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from personal projects to large-scale international art exhibitions. mt has collaborated with many designers, companies and museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Anthropologie in New York City, the Maison & Objet in Paris, the Ambiente in Germany, Ikea Japan, Uniqlo Paris, Issey Miyake boutique and more. mt tape is currently carried in Minnesota by TOMODACHI and the Walker Shop at Walker Art Center.

This exhibit is presented by TOMODACHI & Public Functionary with additional support from mt tape & Coca Cola.

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Jul15

CALL FOR ARTISTS: TOMODACHI x MT

2015 at 10:18 am by admin | Comments Off

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Greetings from TOMODACHI! We would like to invite you to participate in our call for artists for the upcoming TOMODACHI X mt art exhibit, happening August 29th at our Mall of America location.

What is mt, you ask? mt is a brand of washi rice paper masking tape produced by Japanese company Kamoi Kakoshi. mt tape comes in a huge variety of colors, patterns, and styles, and is designed to be easily aligned and repositioned for use in crafts, interior decoration, art installation and design. Consumers and artists worldwide use the tape for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from arts and crafts projects to large-scale international art exhibitions.

TOMODACHI has hosted a variety of art events and workshops over the years, and this time we’ve collaborated with mt to host an exhibit and mt launch party this coming August. This event will focus primarily on mt’s decorative tape and its use in creating art. mt has collaborated with many designers, companies and museum throughout the world, such as MoMA in New York City, the Maison & Objet in Paris, the Ambiente in Germany, Ikea Japan, Uniqlo Paris, Issey Miyake boutique and more.

WE WANT YOU!
This event will be held at our Mall of America store on August 29th, and will feature creations from a select number of talented artists and designers. The theme for the show is focused on the use of mt tape in art, so accepted artists will use mt tape (provided by TOMODACHI) to design something cool in the form of 2D pieces, 3D objects, fashion or even by covering a vehicle like a moped or bicycle — we want to hear your ideas!

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To apply, send us an e-mail with a link to your online portfolio or photo album with work samples AND pitch us an idea of what you’d like to make. Tape will be provided compliments of TOMODACHI and each accepted artist will receive a special gift bag from the shop as a thank you for participation.

Submission Deadline: July 31st / 5pm

To apply e-mail: kate@publicfunctionary.org

Jul03

Hello Kitty EVA Air in Houston

2015 at 01:52 pm by admin | Comments Off

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EVA Air has been operating a number of Hello Kitty-themed Boeing 777-300ER passenger jet planes around the world recently, with flights headed to Taipet, Singapore, Hong Kong, and other worldwide locations. Most recently, the airline began permanent service from Taipei to Houston, Texas recently, and the occasion was celebrated by a huge Hello Kitty EVA Air event in Houston on June 19th!

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The event, which was hosted alongside the inaugural flight to Houston, featured a number of fun events to mark the occasion, including dance shows on the runway as well as on-stage, along with a variety of free merchandise, exclusive photo ops, and more. The event had a space motif to the decorations and event, and Hello Kitty herself even showed up to the occasion in full space-kitty astronaut gear! The flights itself boast the standard exclusive experience fans have come to expect from EVA Air, and include a variety of Hello Kitty-themed refreshments, accessories, and merchandise. The EVA Air Boeing is now on constant circulation between Taipei and Houston following the event, so don’t miss out on your chance to travel with style thanks to Hello Kitty and friends!

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Jul03

MT workshops at TOMODACHI

2015 at 12:52 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Starting this June, TOMODACHI has been holding weekend workshops in collaboration with our friends at MT Tape! MT tape is a unique brand of washi rice paper masking tape that can be used to decorate and design anything you can imagine, and TOMODACHI is helping fans and visitors explore the possibilities of MT Tape with our free weekend workshops!

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Available at both our Mall of America and Rosedale locations every Saturday, creative minds will be given a free milk carton cutout as well as same of a variety of MT Tape colors to play with and enjoy. Our first workshop this past weekend was a huge success, with visitors creating tons of fun and cool designs with MT Tape! These workshops will be available every Saturday until August 22nd, so make sure to stop by and check out MT Tape with us!

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Jun16

mt x TOMODACHI

2015 at 04:18 pm by admin | Comments Off

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This summer, TOMODACHI is bringing design to the Twin Cities in a big way, thanks to mt tape! TOMODACHI has collaborated with mt in order to bring a number of events, workshops, and competitions to our Mall of America store as well as Rosedale store this summer, and we’re excited to share them with all of you!

What is mt tape? mt is a brand of washi rice paper masking tape produced by Japanese company Kamoi Kakoshi, whom have been designing specialty paper adhesives since 1923. mt tape comes in a huge variety of colors, patterns, and styles, and is designed to be easily aligned and repositioned for use in crafts, interior decoration, and graphic design. Consumers and artists worldwide use the tape for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from arts and crafts projects to large-scale art exhibitions! Now, TOMODACHI is proud to be presenting mt tape this summer through a number of workshops and competitions!

Throughout the summer months, TOMODACHI will be hosting workshops every Satuday from June 27th to August 22nd, and will be demonstrating and teaching visitors how to experience and work with mt tape firsthand! This is FREE workshop and samples will be available at the event, so anyone can come participate!

Along with these free workshops, customers may opt to join our mt tape competition, in which TOMODACHI will hand out gift card prizes to our favorite entries! In order to participate in the competition, customers must purchase a special $5 template from either our MoA or Rosedale location, which can be customized, cut, and folded. Customers who purchase the template will also receive 25% off of mt tape for the entry! Entries must be submitted by August 22nd to qualify, and can be entered at either of our locations. The grand prize will be a $300 TOMODACHI gift card, while second and third place will receive a $100 card and $50 card respectively.

TOMODACHI will also be hosting an art event on August 29th, in which we will be presenting a number of mt-tape inspired art pieces. The pieces at the exhibition will be specially created by artists around the Twin Cities, and will truly show off the possibilities behind mt tape as an art form as well as decoration. The winners of our workshop contest will also be shown off at the event. We will be announcing more details and festivities at the event as we draw closer to the August date, so stay tuned for more info, and make sure to check out our weekly workshops!

Jun08

Pokémon boutique opens in LA

2015 at 01:23 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The Pokémon Company, known for the Pokémon video game franchise as well as well as related merchandise, apparel, animations, and more, has opened up an exclusive fashion boutique in Los Angeles, California in a limited-time seasonal boutique! The new pop-up shop opened in the Japan LA Pop Culture Shop on June 6th, whose opening party featured unique events like character photo ops, live music from celebrity DJ Amy Pham, and hidden exclusive nail artists!

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The boutique itself will be carrying a number of exclusive releases for the boutique, including collaborative releases with Japan LA Pop Culture, Omocat, and Onch Movement. These include a 14k gold plated Pikachu necklace from Onch Movement, Ghost and Psychic-type themed shirts and sweaters from Omocat, and a reversible Pikachu, Pichu, Plusle, and Minun shirt from Japan LA.

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The pop-up will also carry a variety of other Pokémon apparel and plushies, making it a must-stop visit for fans everywhere! The store will only open for a limited time, and will close down on July 5th, so check it out while you still can!

Jun08

DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015

2015 at 11:27 am by admin | Comments Off

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Every year since its inception in 2012, the DARPA Robotics Challenge is the latest in the line of DARPA Grand Challenges which have sought to advance the future of robots and technology. DARPA, which stands for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is an agency of the US Department of Defense that designs robotics and technologies for both military and non-military work, such as computer networking, information interface technology, and life-saving robotics. The latest competition hosted by DARPA sought to challenge engineers and scientists to design robots to navigate and operate in dangerous environments to respond to natural and man-made disasters alike. The competition was founded after the events of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, and the course was designed around situations present during the disaster.

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The event has taken place in multiple stage since 2012, including a virtual challenge in June 2013 and two live challenges. The final event took place over this past weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, pitting 23 teams against each other in a timed course of eight challenges. All challenges, which included traversing over unstable rubble, turning valves, and even driving a car, had to be completed in an hour to qualify. With a grand prize of $2 million, and $1 million and $500,000 for second and third place respectively, colleges and companies from all over the world participated in the event, including representatives from the United States, Japan, Germany, Korea, Hong Kong and Italy.

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In the end, only three of the 23 teams finished the course within the time limit, each earning one of the three top prizes. Third place went to USA’s Team Tartan Rescue from Carnegie Mellon University and their red-colored robot CHIMP, while Team IHMC took second with the running man Atlas. The grand prize of $2 million dollars was won by Team KAIST from South Korea, thanks to their transforming DRC-HUBO robot, who managed to finish the entire course in under 45 minutes! With the years-long competition finally coming to a close, DARPA hopes all the innovations and technologies developed throughout the event will be put to use in saving human lives in the future.

More info: http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/

May15

Artists recreate Millennium Falcon in LEGO

2015 at 12:28 pm by admin | Comments Off

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A team of Singapore-based artists called Titans Creations have unveiled their to-scale replica of Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon spacecraft in honor of this year “May the 4th” event. Unlike the traditional LEGO Millennium Falcon sets released by the company for retail release, Titans Creations’ version strives to stay as true to the source material as possible, while keeping the craft in-scale with the LEGO figurines. That means that the Falcon is giant, measuring in at over 3 and a half feet long and including over 10,000 LEGO bricks, and recreates all the rooms and hallways of the ship seen in the beloved movie franchise.

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The Millennium Falcon was constructed without a roof so that all the inner details can be seen in detail, and includes 24 LEDs for the ship’s cockpit, engines, hyperdrive, hallways, and more. Putting even the official $500 limited edition LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon set to shame, this custom build is really a sight to behold for fans of LEGO and the Star Wars franchise.

Mar27

TOMODACHI 10th Anniversary Retrospective

2015 at 04:06 pm by admin | Comments Off

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We’ve said our goodbyes to 10 years of service this last weekend with our 10th anniversary celebrations! We got to see many of our friends and fans at the event, and were so grateful to everyone who stopped by to party with us.

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Good times were had with the numerous festivities at the store that included raffles, giveaways, live painting, live DJ, dancing and more. We were happy to help Animal Humane Society by donating all raffle sales to their cause.

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We’d also like to thank all of our sponsors who helped make this event as awesome as possible. Special thanks go out to San-X and its delegates Mori-san and Tomo-san, who provided the fabulous San-X raffle prizes, a wide variety of merchandise, and especially for flying out Rilakkuma for the meet-n-greet photo ops!

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We’d also like to thank Nick Green from Skullcandy who donated headphones, apparel and more to the event. Also sincere thanks to Red Bull for helping out with refreshments and the sweet DJ booth. Finally, thanks to DJ Bob for spinning some radical music for the event!

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We at TOMODACHI are extremely grateful to all our friends for helping us make 10 years fly by, and hope we can continue to serve all of you for many years to come!

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