August 2016

Sweet on Disney: the Magical, Petite Pastries of Cozy Corner

Sweet on Disney: the Magical, Petite Pastries of Cozy Corner

In 1948, a pastry shop called Cozy Corner opened up in the Ginza district of Tokyo. Ever since, Cozy Corner has been providing artistically gorgeous cakes, pastries and other confections at popular prices. And lately, Cozy Corner has been making confections under license from Disney that are nothing short of spectacular.

Comiket: The Biggest Assembly of Manga Fans In The World

Comiket: The Biggest Assembly of Manga Fans In The World

It's so big, it's held two times a year rather than just annually. It is held at the biggest convention facility in Japan, Tokyo Big Sight. And it is basically one big Artist's Alley, where people sell their self-published manga and art. What is it? Comic Market, or what most people call Comiket. And it is the biggest manga fan event in the world. 2016's Summer Comiket, the 90th, took place August 12-14. Comiket 91 will take place December 29-31, 2017.

Yokohama Event Guarantees a Pikachu Catch!

Yokohama Event Guarantees a Pikachu Catch!

Japanese summers are notorious for being hot and sticky. What better way to keep things cool than to organize an event where water and ice factor into almost everything? The Pokemon Company held their annual Pikachu Outbreak, featuring the most popular Pokemon character of all, and gave it a specifically nautical theme.

Weekly POP Comics® Showcase: Ribon

Weekly POP Comics® Showcase: Ribon

A new game is launched in the set time of 2699, one derived from ice skating and rhythmic gymnastics. It is called ‘Ribon’, and the objective is to conquer the seven-colored holographic ribbons in a limited amount of time in order to prosper further. In the current time of 2700, a new legend wins the latest and greatest Ribon game in the city of Emel, but she confidently knows of a newer legend to emerge. Will this new addition discover the deep, dark secrets of this game called Ribon?

Riffing Miyazaki: an art exhibit

Riffing Miyazaki: an art exhibit

Internationally, Hayao Miyazaki has to be the most beloved animator, cartoonist and manga-ka who has ever emerged from Japan. Here in the United States of America, this is very clearly the case. Miyazaki has retired, but his influence is all over the place. When you look at the works of 22 young American artists, most of who are Asian-American, you can see that Miyazaki will be influential for decades to come.