Ribon, the home of famous shoujo manga like Hime-chan's Ribbon and Marmalade Boy, will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in a big way starting next month: Sumida will be the home of the "2.5 Million Maiden Tokimeki Gallery at TOKYO SKYTREE."
The event will turn various parts of the Tokyo Skytree interior into scenes from Hime-chan's Ribbon, Marmalade Boy, Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai, and even a reproduction of the magazine's very first cover for photo opportunities. Using binoculars at the tower, visitors will be able to view romantic scenes from these manga against a natural backdrop — "as though they have enterted the cartoon world."
More photo spots will be set up for Kodomo no Omocha, Akazukin Cha-Cha, and Good Morning Call. And with the aid of an app and augmented reality tech, visitors will be able to pretend they're in the middle of Neighborhood Story, Hime-chan's Ribbon, and Tokimeki Tonight.
Living the shoujo life works up an appetite, so fortunately there will also be a themed cafe. Items include the chicken marmalade sandwich inspired by Marmalade Boy (herb chicken, cheese, lettuce, carrots, and marmalade on a bun), Pokota's Favorite Donut Plate inspired by Hime-chan's Ribbon, Akira and Midori's Marble Chocolate Parfait inspired by Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai, and Ranze's Vampire Tea inspired by Tokimeki Tonight.
The Tokimeki Gallery runs from January 9-March 31 at the Tokyo Skytree. Admission is 3,700 yen.
Source: Anime! Anime!
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