Friday, 22 April 2016

Sailor Moon Exhibition and Chibi Usa cafe in Roppongi Hills

This Sailor Moon exhibit had been announced months before its opening, because its location would be "Mori tower" in Roppongi, which meant that it would be a really big deal. Mori tower only usually showcases the best and most thought-out exhibitions. It is also a very mature and professional setting, meaning that the final products are always polished and well produced. The opening weekend people queued for over an hour to enter!

Sailor Moon is still at the height of popularity in Japan right now, with the release of season three Sailor Moon Crystal - a revamp of the original series. This exhibition features artwork from both the original and new series, attracting both old and new fans.

Once you arrive at the tower you have to purchase a ticket at the booth, one ticket is 1,800 yen for adults, which is pretty reasonable. Then you have to take the elevator up, it is actually on the 52nd floor! The elevator moves at extremely high speeds and it makes your ears pop, I wouldnt recommend this for people who have a phobia of heights, like me.

The view was extraordinary though! one could be mistaken for thinking you were standing on the observation deck of Tokyo Tower or Sky tree, it was the perfect setting for the exhibition too as Sailor Moon is set in the city and often features the skyline.

This was a "Mahou Shoujo" or "Magical girl exhibition" so naturally my friends and I wore "Mahou-kei" a magical girl inspired sub-style of Japanese fashion to keep with the theme.

Actually within the exhibition, photography is mostly prohibited, so I highly recommend visiting. The first part is a timeline of the story of Sailor Moon in hand-colorized sketches. Everything was incredibly detailed and painstakingly done by hand, not only with paint and pens; but also collage, spray, pencils and all other kinds of mixed media. Seeing it so close in person was really inspirational and brought a tear to my eye. At the beginning of the exhibition there is a huge mural of Princess Serenity, laden with jewellery, I included the Japanese girls in the photo for scale. This was one of my favorite pieces - the colors, art style and mood were all perfect. I hope this gives you a taste for what the actual exhibition is like!

This was the signature piece, which was used on the promotional material for the exhibition. Usagi resting on the moon and looking dreamily into the sky, this perfectly captured everything Sailor Moon means for me and signed by the original artist - Naoko Takeuchi

Around the building there were also giant water-color style sailor moon prints, hopefully you can tell from the photo, but they were colossal, and each one really captured the spirit of each character.

This exhibition was not only of art, but also goods! Sailor Moon is also famous for having such a large collection of goods, costumes, stationary and cosmetics. A lot of it is very valuable as the original series is so old, so most of the merchandise was behind glass. Replicas of some of the weapons and jewellery was also on display! It made me want to increase my collection;  some my favorite pieces were actually the newer dolls which were a collaboration with Japanese doll maker "pullip".

In addition, there was not one, but two gift stores for Sailor Moon goods including stationary, confectioneries, figures and even ear phones. I picked up some trading cards and clear files to keep my papers organized at work.
 Before we left we took a promotional photo *pictured at the top* in a special photo area they set up with a camera, you could have a small photo for free or a big one for 1,200en.

As we exited the exhibition there was a bonus section - The Chibi Usagi cafe!
Usually you have to wait anything from thirty minutes to one hour to enter the cafe, but luckily we went on a rainy Friday afternoon, so we only waited about ten minutes.

The inside isn't overly themed, but the tables are decorated with Sailor Moon characters, they play the original sound track and there are screens showcasing clips of Sailor Moon Crystal.
The menu was pretty ranged, with a burger, curry and spaghetti option for main, and multiple desserts and a drink for each sailor scout.

We all opted for the Usagi burger!

Despite it being alarmingly pink in nature, the bun tasted normal and the burger was pretty tasty, with an egg and also cheese and salad included. Apart from the cherry on top, it tasted like a very ordinary, decent burger accompanied with star shaped hash browns and pickles.

Next for dessert, I ordered the Princess Purin! This was my favorite part of the meal and really well constructed! The compact was made from half of an almond macaron and jelly for the jewel, resting on raspberry sorbet and a single pudding, encircled with fruits. It was also my first time trying dragon fruit, the whole dish was very delicate and fresh.

Next, my friend ordered the Chibi Usa mousse. This dessert looked incredible, but actually my friend said she didn't even know what flavor the black part was and it wasn't delicious, so I wouldn't recommend it.

 Next was the kind of jelly parfait that my other friend tried. This was also very fresh, with different flavors of jelly and again, raspberry sorbet. Everyone thought that the moons were made out of cheese, but actually it was chocolate icing! A nice surprise.

Lastly our drinks; I chose Sailor Jupiter - a melon based drink, while my friend took the Sailor Mars drink - based on mixed berries. The drinks were a little similar and all contained a certain energy drink that Sailor Moon is promoting at the moment. We also received a free can of it as we were leaving!

In conclusion, this event is the best Sailor Moon themed event I have ever attended, and I have attended a lot. The cafe food was well crafted and the exhibition was both modern and nostalgic. I left feeling both inspired and content. The exhibition actually finishes in June, so there is plenty of time to attend! The website also states that they may change some things or add more goods as it progresses, which is worth another trip.

1 comment:

  1. omg!!!! *0* everything looks so awesome!! <3
    and you all look so pretty *----*