Famous Kabuki performer Ainosuke Kataoka has teamed up with Ishikawa Prefecture’s veteran ceramic manufacturer Nikko and 3D scanning experts K’s design lab to create a handmade 3D scan in bone china of his face wearing Kabuki’s traditional face painting called Kumadori.
The make-up describes what kind of character the performer portrays, red and white are the colors of heroes and warriors, Blue makeup can represent a ghost, spirit, or other magical creature and Greys and browns can be used sometimes, particularly when representing animals, oni (demons), yōkai (monsters..yokai watch!), or anything else inhuman.
The pattern chosen by Ainosuke Kataoka is that of Suji-kuma of the Aragato Kabuki samurai. The mask will come autographed and in a beautiful box. This is a piece of art made for true lovers of Kabuki and mask collectors.
This mask will be limited to 10 pieces only though and reservations will start at 10 Am on June the first….making it even harder to get than a kabuki ticket!
It doesn’t come cheap either at a price of ¥ 1,080,000, but that’s the price one has to pay for exclusivity and beauty…..
If you can get your hands on one of these, you’ll probably have the only copy outside Japan and that makes it even more desirable as a collector’s item.
We will try to reserve a copy for you, but in this case, we can’t make you any promises. You can’t be short strapped for money though, as shipping will be costlier than usual, you don’t want us to toss this in a big envelope, tie it to a pigeon, say a little prayer and release it…
It’s May, the flowers bloom, the birds lay eggs, the smell of fresh green grass tickles your prefrontal cortex….memories from happy times are triggered and a feeling of nostalgia flows through your body. Life is good. But May isn’t just a month of memories, it’s also a month of renewal, new wallpapers are chosen, Ikea is busier than ever and websites get a sunny make-over. Japanwebshopping has been sporting a very dark look, yeah we are freaks and we’re proud of it! Problem is that it was maybe a bit too otaku and scared away the casual shopper. We went to work and created a lighter and easier accessible site, while still holding on to our beloved black and gray (that we are great Yohji Yamamoto fans is something that goes without saying).
Let us know what you think about it, your opinion greatly matters to us.
“The true beauty and purpose of this traditional art form is brought back to life, as a new Ukiyo-e piece by skilled craftsmen (Illustrator • Wood Carver • Hand Printer) who have passed down the original techniques to subsequent generations for over 400 years.”
True Japan lovers and art lovers don’t have to be informed in the beauty and skill of Ukiyo-e, the 400 year old Japanese Traditional Woodblock Print art.
This time they partnered up with U.S.-based Epic Rights, the global brand management firm for KISS to create the best looking Ukiyo-e yet…KISS has some kind of Kabuki presence due to their make up and facial expressions (think long tongue), which makes them the perfect models.
They have created 3 unique pieces for the “international” market (which in this case means the USA and Japan) , with two pieces coming in “autographed”(by the band) and not “autographed”.
1-The artwork shows a battle scene of MOMOIRO CLOVER Z (MCZ) in vibrant, bright and colorful armor, versus KISS as the black flame, fireball monster.
2-KISS Kabuki Ukiyo-e. This portrait style is very popular in the Ukiyo-e art. The design of the Kimono comes from Aoko Roshi(47 Ronin), a touch of shine is infused with mica on the Kimono (grey area) in respect to KISS. The color inside Hauberk expresses each member of the band. The lighter color make-up symbolizes Kabuki’s Kumadori make-up.
$1,250.00 or $2,500.00 for the autographed piece
3-KISS Monstrous Ukiyo-e. The members of the band are transformed into monsters and samurai. Gene Simmons is the flying devil with the big head. Eric Singer is the ‘Nekomata (mythical two-tailed monster)’, which stands for cat monster just like his character in the band. Tommy Thayer is the ‘Nuribotoke’ a monster with the Buddha face. Paul Stanley is the warrior who fights these creatures and the front piece of the warrior’s helmet has a star shape from his persona name ‘Star Child’. Pentagram is his signature but hexagram on his armor above his knees are meant to protect from the evil.
$1,250.00 or $2,500.00 for the autographed piece
For the Japanese only(KISS fan club) market they have one more….
4-KISS Ukiyo ERI “Ukiyo Sui
The prices in Japanese yen are 108,000 yen and 237,600, which is 966,- and 2,127 dollars give or take at the present exchange rate, which means that they charge you $250 dollars for packaging, shipping and import duty(which is included in the price). If we order yours we will receive the print in the same packaging but we’ll give you the luxury to choose the courier. Folks from other nationalities have no choice than to use us in obtaining these pieces, but you too have the option to choose from several couriers.
Each print will be limited to 200 pieces!
Estimated delivery: Mid November or Early December of 2015 .
Size: 18.9 x 13.4inches (48 x 34cm)
The Ukiyo-e is Unframed yet, it is presented in a specially designed folio made specifically for the KISS Ukiyo-e series.
Material: Washi, Traditionally hand-made Japanese Paper “Echizen kizuki housho” “Echizen kizuki housho” is made by Shouhachi Yamaguchi in Fukui Prefecture. This Washi making in Fukui has a history of 1500 years. Washi was used for preserving documents in the age of the samurai. Made of all natural fibers from the mulberry tree, which allows the Washi to be very durable. Ukiyo-e would not have its form unless the Artisans had this Washi paper. And there’s only 2 Washi craftsmen left to make this Echizen kizuki housho.
All these prints are up for pre order, BUT, you can cancel your order any time during the pre-order period, Once the items are ready, the buyer will receive a notification email. Once notified, the buyer will have 24 hours to cancel before we process the payment. Once the credit card payment is processed, 5% will be charged for the cancelled order after the 24 hours.
This also counts if you order through us, your payment won’t be touched until you have received your order, this system goes for all our products and we can proudly say that we’ve never let a customer down.
Let me first thank you all dear customers/friends who have been putting your trust in our service, without your help we’d all be working for other companies and we wouldn’t enjoy our jobs/lives as much as we do now.
We’ve been getting the most surprising and unusual requests and thereby expanding our horizon in what you want and we learn what makes our fellow human being tick. Communicating with folks from all around the world has been a challenging at times (we had to bring in a part-time Spanish speaker/translator and on a rare occasion a Russian translator), but besides these rare hiccups, chatting with you through Skype/WordPress/mail and Facebook has been a blast.
We also value your input a lot, and a common complain was that our website loaded like snail…our mistake was that we tried to put as much information and connecting links in it as possible, thereby creating a headache for those without high speed internet access.
So we went a bit simpler this time, and changed the look to a more material/metal look. The pages load a bit faster and it’s definitely easier to the eye. Our love for manga and anime are also more present this time around.
This dark metallic look continues in the separate product pages.
We still haven’t completed the whole site yet though(especially the Japanese section), but we’re working hard to have it finished before Christmas.
Thank you all so much for your patience and in the meantime we will continue to be the best/safest/cheapest (and most personal) personal shopper for you.
Even 18 years after its initial publication, One Piece continues to enjoy unprecedented popularity around the world, no doubt thanks to the grueling efforts of series’ creator Eiichiro Oda. Since July, fans have been waiting with bated breath after new details emerged regarding a kabuki stage version of the beloved franchise, but that wait is now over–October 7 marked the opening performance of the play, and we’ve finally been treated to some pictures of the cast!
Before we get to the pictures, we have one more exciting announcement to share–it’s been confirmed that Super Kabuki II: One Piecewill be performed in Osaka between March 1-25 of next year. That’s great news for any One Piece fans living in the Kansai area or further from Tokyo.
This kabuki adaptationcovers the story arc between volumes 51-60 of the original One Piece manga. While it’s true that kabuki has evolved with the times considerably over the past 400 years or so, basing a play on a contemporary manga series is still an incredibly radical digression for the traditional art form. In particular, we’ve been dying to see what the 2-D characters would look like in kabuki costume, and now we’ve finally gotten a glimpse following this past Wednesday’s debut performance.
▼ An original promotional poster for the kabuki adaptation featuring the characters in their regular 2-D forms, along with some first looks at the cast
Okay, are you ready for this? Check out some pictures of the cast below!
Let’s now take a closer look at some of the individual characters.
Impressively, 39-year-old kabuki star Ennosuke Ichikawa IV plays protagonist Monkey D. Luffy, Boa Hancock, and Shanks all by himself. If you’re confused about why he would play “Pirate Empress” Boa Hancock, remember that male actors have portrayed females in kabuki since the mid-1660s.
▼ Ennosuke Ichikawa IV as Luffy
▼ Ah, so that’s how they portrayed anthropomorphic reindeer Chopper!
As fans of the series know, Luffy develops an unusual ability to stretch his body like rubber after accidentally eating a certain kind of Devil Fruit. If you’re like us, you were probably wondering how an actual human could ever pull off that tiny detail in real life–but the kabuki answer is actually quite clever (see the picture below). Additionally, some net users pointed out that the stunt was probably inspired by a dance move featured in K-Pop duo TVXQ’s 2012 music video for “Catch Me,” which was in turn inspired by Marvel’s superhero The Hulk.
▼ Top: TVXQ, otherwise known as Tohoshinki in Japan; bottom: One Piece kabuki version
If you’re a fan of One Piece, kabuki, or both, be sure to check out a performance of Super Kabuki II: One Piece, which is running October 7-November 25 at the Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre in Tokyo’s Ginza district. More detailed ticket and performance information can be found here.
One Piece is being adapted into a fully-fledged kabuki play. With the performance dates coming up within a few short months, the official kabuki website Kabukibito has released a Laboon-sized amount of new details.
Although a warning before you click ahead: if you have not read or watched One Piece up until the time skip, be aware that thar be spoilers ahead!
For those unaware, kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theater that combines drama, dance, elaborate costumes, thick makeup, lavish scenery, and the bizarre. As opposed to “higher class” Japanese Noh drama, kabuki is intended for the common man and typically involves a lot of shouting, making One Piece the perfect candidate to become a kabuki play of its own.
▼ Basically it will be like every One Piece character acting like Kumadori. Yoyoi!
The time period of the play’s story will be from the rescue of Ace from Impel Down, up until the great war that led up to his execution. It should also be noted that all actors inkabukiare male, which is going to make, uh, certain parts of One Piece a lot harder to reenact.
▼ Yeah, it should be interesting to see how they pull that off.
The show will run from October 7 until November 25 at the Shinbashi Enbujo in Ginza. Tickets for the October shows will be available starting August 20, while tickets for the November shows will be available September 20. If you’re lucky enough to live nearby and want to go, we recommend camping out the ticket website the day they go up, because they’ll move faster than Luffy at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
The kabuki world has really been making an effort to reach out to wider audiences recently, and with One Piece being adapted into a show, we wonder what they’ll come up with next. What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments section below!