Important Announcement:
The Future of the International Animation Festival in Japan - HIROSHIMA

Important Announcement:he Future of International Animation Festival in Japan - HIROSHIMA
We regret to announce that the International Animation Festival in Japan – HIROSHIMA (henceforth “Hiroshima Festival” or “the festival”), which we have held with the city of Hiroshima for 36 years beginning in 1984, came to an end after its 18th edition, which took place in August 2020.  >Next

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→2021.12.27 update
Hiroshi Onishi’s Artwork is Exhibited in an Online Exhibition "Image of Creation – The Korean Society of Art and Media International Exhibition 2021”
a photo collage artwork “Thanatology 2021”
Hiroshi Onishi is exhibiting a photo collage artwork “Thanatology 2021” in an online international exhibition organized by The Korean Society of Art and Media. “Thanatology 2021” is based on his animation short of the same title.

"Image of Creation – The Korean Society of Art and Media International Exhibition 2021”
Date: December 21st (Tue.) - 28th (Tue.), 2021

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→2021.12.26 update
An Exhibition "Lemon & Sugar @Hanshin Umeda" by Daiki Aizawa, as LEMONA DESIGN, now held in Osaka.
Lemon & Sugar @Hanshin Umeda
The first exhibition of "Lemon & Sugar” is now being held in Osaka.
“ Lemon & Sugar” are lovely two characters that Daiki Aizawa, as LEMONA DESIGN, has been developing in Japan as well as internationally.
Their new silk-screen artworks, new embroidery works, and many other newly made goods are displayed, and available for purchase.
A lemonade stand aimed for supporting childhood cancer is also open at the venue!
For more information, please visit the official twitter "Lemon & Sugar”.

"An Exhibition "Lemon & Sugar @Hanshin Umeda”"
Date: December 22nd (Wed.) - 26th (Sun.), 2021
Time: 10:00 - 20:00 *Last day 10:00-17:00
Venue: Hanshin Department Store Umeda 8F, Hello-Culture 2 & 3
    1-13-13 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

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→2021.12.26 update
The DVD "Peek-a-boo!" that Dino Sato involved is released.
The DVD - Peek-a-boo!
The DVD "Peek-a-boo!" containing "Tsumiki Awase", created by Dino Sato with the stop motion animation creator Ohno Motoki has been released. The DVD is the second collection of popular anime corners from the NHK program "Peek-a-boo!".

I love anime!
Planning / Production: NHK EDUCATIONAL CORPORATION
Publisher: NHK ENTERPRISES, INC.
Sales Agency: NIPPON COLUMBIA CO.,LTD.
Price: ¥3,520 (tax excluded price ¥3,200)

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→2021.11.23 update
The Exhibitions "All about Harbor Tale" by Yuichi Ito will be held in Yokohama.
All about Harbor Tale - by Yuichi Ito
The exhibition "All about Harbor Tale" will be held to commemorate the publication of his book with a DVD, which will be published on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the work "Harbor Tale” directed by Yuichi Ito. Materials from the planning to the completion of the work, such as dolls including animation puppets, the art sets, storyboards, etc. will be exhibited. In addition, the history of the work for 10 years since its completion will be exhibited with many video materials. And a talk event will be held on December 4th with
actress Michiko Godai.

"All about Harbor Tale Exhibition"
Date: December 3rd (Fri.) -12th (Sun.), 2021
Time: 11:00-18:00 * Until 19:00 when the talk event is held
Venue: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Number 1, 2nd Floor, Space A
Organizer: I.TOON Ltd.

Jack and Betty “Harbor Tale" Screening and Talk
At the "Cinema Jack and Betty" in Koganecho, the trilogy of "Harbor Tale” as well as Yuichi’s short films will be screened. As much as possible, the director himself will hold a mini-talk every day after the screening.
Screening period: December 10th (Friday) to 16th (Thursday), 2021
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Guest talk
Talk event with actress Michiko Godai, who served as a voice actor in “Harbor Tale”.
Date: Saturday, December 4th, 17:30-

Publishing of the book "THE TALE OF HARBOR TALE"
Scheduled to be released on December 10th (Fri.)
This is a complete book with a DVD that includes the making of the work "Harbor Tale" and its screening records in 24 countries around the world.

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→2021.11.16 update
The Exhibitions by Hiroshi Onishi will be held in Kyoto.
Kyoto Contemporary Art Network Exhibition 2021 - Grief and Anima II :  the Return Destination of Life TSUNAMI2021 MUMYOU
Hiroshi Onishi will exhibit his artworks at "Kyoto Contemporary Art Network Exhibition 2021 - Grief and Anima II : the Return Destination of Life”. Also, he is invited to the two related symposiums as a speaker.

Kyoto Contemporary Art Network Exhibition 2021 - Grief and Anima II: the Return Destination of Life
In the year 2020, we have experienced the new coronavirus pandemic. We had to reaffirm that our modern civilization, which seemed to be solid, was more fragile than we had imagined, and while everyone is surrounded by an unfathomable sense of anxiety, we are once again asking ourselves what is really important in this world. As the wisdom of the East and the West teaches us, the fulfillment of our life lies in facing death, and it seems it is in this very context that the traditional Japanese sensitivity will naturally emerge in a modern form. From this perspective, the contemporary art exhibition “Grief and Anima II: the Return Destination of Life" will be held in 2021, which is the tenth year after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Venue 1, Ryosokuin, the pagoda of Kenninji Temple, will hold an exhibition symbolizing “Higan (the other side)", and the Venue 2, The Terminal KYOTO, will hold an exhibition symbolizing “Shigan (this side)".
Hiroshi will exhibit “TSUNAMI”, a video installation, at the Venue 1, and “MUMYOU”, a sound installation at an air-raid shelter, at the Venue 2.

Date: Fri. 19th Nov. - Sun. 28th Nov. 2021

Venue 1: Kenninji Tacchu Ryosokuin (Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto)
Opening hours: 10:00 - 16:00 (12:00 - 16:00 on 19th Nov.)
        Reception will end 30 minutes before closing.
Tickets (including the entrance fee for Ryosokuin):
    Adult: 1,000yen
    Junior high school and High school student: 500yen
    Elementary school students and younger: Free
    With a disability certificate: 500yen

Venue 2: The Terminal KYOTO (Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto)
Opening hours: 9:00 - 18:00 (9:00 - 17:00 on 28th Nov.)
        Reception will end 30 minutes before closing.
Tickets: admission free

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Hiroshi Onishi will be speaking at the following symposiums.

Symposium: Artist Talk "Sadness, Art and Religion"
Venue: Kenninji Tacchu Ryosokuin
Date: 18th Nov. 2021, at 14:30 - 16:30
Tickets: admission free

Symposium: "Grief Care and Art"
Venue: Zoom live-streaming
Date: 9th Jan. 2022, at 13:00 - 17:00
Tickets: admission free

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→2021.11.9 update
Latest news from Yoji Kuri!
Original stamp set Christmas of Yoji Kuri, Yoji Kuri Exhibition
Yoji Kuri's long-awaited Christmas design stamps will be released on November 11th! These original stamps were created based on Yoji’s fantastic "Christmas" motif paintings, and will be available at 733 post offices in Tokyo and in Yoji’s hometown Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, as well as at Yoji Kuri's official online shop.

Also, we are happy to announce that "Yoji Kuri Exhibition" will be held at the "art space kimura ASK?”, during November 22nd - 27th. Please enjoy various aspects of the world of Yoji Kuri, including those new works created during the coronavirus crisis.

Original stamp set "Christmas of Yoji Kuri"
Release Date: November 11, 2021
Yoji Kuri Official online shop

Yoji Kuri Exhibition
Venue: art space kimura ASK?
2nd floor, Kimura Building, 3-6-5 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Date: November 22nd (Mon.) - November 27th (Sat.), 2021 / Also open on November 23rd (Tues., Holiday).
Opening hours: 11:30-19:00
TEL: 03-5524-0771
For more details (Japanese only)

→2021.10.22 update
International Animation Day (IAD) 2021 - Coming Soon!
International Animation Day 2021
On October 28th, 1892, a French inventor Emile Reynaud (1844 - 1918) made the first public performance of animation at the Grevin Museum in Paris, using his own invention “Optical Theater.” Since 2002, ASIFA and its National Groups have been celebrating this historical day as “International Animation Day (IAD)” , intending to promote and develop animation art all over the world simultaneously. Every year, about 40 countries participate in this celebration.
“IAD 2021 in Japan” will be held in Kyoto to show inspiring animation shorts from Japan and abroad.
This year’s official IAD poster was created by Maryam Mohajer from Iran, and it will be used around the world.

International Animation Day 2021
IAD 2021 in Kyoto : Kyoto University of the Arts
*This year, "IAD 2021 in Kyoto" will be held at Kyoto University of the Arts, as a special class for their students and faculty members to prevent the new coronavirus. In case the corona virus situation will improve in November, we may be able to hold it as an extension class, which will be open to public.
Thank you for your understanding.

For more details about the International Animation Day 2021

→2021.8.4 update
The latest news of Yuichi Ito and his studio I.TOON - their works and projects!
The latest news of Yuichi Ito and his I.TOON's works and activities.
The short animation "Harbor Tale" will be broadcast to commemorate the 10th anniversary!
August 10th, 11th and 12th, all from 6:15 to 6:30 pm, on TV Kanagawa.
A 10th anniversary exhibition is also planned this autumn.
I.TOON Homepage (Japanese)
Twitter
Facebook

JARO "no good three animals" TV commercial
Talk of no good three animals, "Usopyon" edition
Talk of no good three animals, "Kodai" edition
Talk of no good three animals, "MagiraWashi" Edition

"Garden Necklace Yokohama 2021"
An urban greening event held in spring and autumn in Yokohama, where I.TOON is based. It has already been 5 years since the official mascot "Garden Bear" produced by Yuichi Ito has been active. The event will be held this autumn as well.
Autumn Satoyama Garden Official Website (Japanese)

"KNYACKI!" has entered the 26th year of TV broadcasting.
Several items of crane games are on sale! Please check those cute stuffed animals and lunch boxes from "KNYACKI!".
Eikoh Prize Official Homepage (Japanese)

Please enjoy!

→2021.2.28 update
ASIFA International is holding "Petition to the Mayor of Hiroshima City: Save the HIROSHIMA Festival”!
- - - ASIFA has extended the site, and it will stay open until March 20th, 2021.
ASIFA International is holding
Since late December, the ASIFA International Board Members started a “Petition to the Mayor of Hiroshima City: Save the HIROSHIMA Festival” in order to support the continued cooperation of ASIFA, ASIFA-JAPAN and Hiroshima City for offering the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in the same form as has been held successfully for 36 years.

The petition has received more than 5,400 signatures and many supportive comments from animation people and fans internationally, and we at ASIFA-JAPAN have been very encouraged by all your warm support.
We are looking forward to receiving more and more signatures from around the world!

The Petition site is: http://chng.it/NPJdWYDM
ASIFA has extended the site, and it will stay open until March 20th, 2021.

Thank You!

→2021.1.23 update
The original stamp set “CATS the Creation of Yoji Kuri” will be released!
Yoji KURI's Cats
Yoji Kuri’s original stamp set “CATS the Creation of Yoji Kuri” will be released on February 22nd.

This stamp set includes 10 stamps and 1 postcard based on paintings of cats by Yoji Kuri, who is now at 92, still very active in creating his artworks and represents Japanese animation art field.
Yoji’s cats are so humorous and inspiring, creating a unique surrealistic world!

February 22nd is the “Cat Day” in Japan, and this stamp set will be sold at 95 post offices in the center of Tokyo as well as in Yoji’s hometown, Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture.

For more details (Japanese only)