The event is a celebration of Miku’s upcoming 10th anniversary as well as what would have been the 85th birthday of the late Isao Tomita. Tomita is remembered as one of the pioneers of electronic and synthesized music, and for composing music for many of Osamu Tezuka’s early works like Jungle Taitei (a.k.a. Kimba the White Lion), Ribbon no Kishi (a.k.a. Princess Knight), and Black Jack: Futari no Kuroi Isha. In the VOCALOID world, Tomita is also well known for composing the music for the Hatsune Miku × Isao Tomita – Symphony IHATOV. Given the history between Tomita, Tezuka, and Miku, it’s very fitting that an event would be held to celebrate all three of them!
Event Period: July 1st, 2017 ~ October 23rd, 2017 (the museum is generally closed on Wednesdays, but will be open on July 19th, July 26th, and every Wednesday throughout August)
Museum Hours: 9:30 am ~ 5:00 pm (closed to entry at 4:30)
Ticket Price: ￥700 JPY (about $7.00 USD) for adults, ￥300 JPY (about $3.00 USD) for middle and high school students, and ￥100 JPY (about $1.00 USD) for elementary school students and younger
Exhibit Location: 2nd floor exhibit hall of the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture
The main visual piece shows Miku donning Princess Sapphire‘s outfit from Princess Knight, illustrated by iXima. The exhibit features many of such crossover illustrations of Miku alongside other iconic characters from Osamu Tezuka’s most famous manga series, or even Miku drawn in Osamu Tezuka’s signature art style. When attending the event, visitors will even receive a free flyer with a featured illustration that will change each month.
- Hatsune Miku × Princess Knight illustration by iXima (main visual and will serve as the event flyer throughout July)
- Hatsune Miku × Kimba the White Lion illustration by ヒョーゴノスケ (Hyogonosuke) (will serve as the event flyer throughout August)
- Hatsune Miku × Marvelous Melmo illustration by 賀茂川 (Kamogawa)
- Hatsune Miku × Black Jack illustration by あさぎり (Asagiri)
- Hatsune Miku × Dororo illustration by さいとうなおき (Saito Naoki)
- Hatsune Miku × Unico illustration by ちゃもーい (Chamooi) (will serve as the event flyer throughout September)
- Hatsune Miku × Astro Boy illustration by ねこいた (nekoita) (will serve as the event flyer throughout October)
- Hatsune Miku × Princess Knight illustration by 柚希きひろ (Yunkel)
- Hatsune Miku × Buddha illustration by はんにゃG (HannyaG)
- Hatsune Miku × The Three-Eyed One illustration by 雪乃たまご (Yukino Tamago)
- Hatsune Miku × Phoenix illustration by 手塚プロダクション (Tezuka Productions)
Throughout the event, the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum stop will have exclusive Hatsune Miku x Osamu Tezuka Exhibit goods on sale. Note that all prices listed below do not include tax.
Other attractions include a 50cm (about 1¾ ft) tall 3D computer-generated image of Miku singing the opening theme song to Princess Knight. Suffice to say, the entire exhibit is full of must-see sights as well as sounds for any fan of Hatsune Miku or Osamu Tezuka’s works!
After you’ve feasted your eyes at the museum, you can then treat yourself to a literal feast at any of the eight restaurant locations around the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum that are serving up their own special event dish or drink! Let’s see what they’re cooking up.
Hatsune Miku Green Hiyashi-men / ￥1,300 JPY (about $13.00 USD)
Megurine Luka Raspberry Ice Cream / ￥590 JPY (about $5.90 USD)
Hatsune Miku x Osamu Tezuka Special Kakiage Donburi with Leeks Aplenty / ￥1,000 JPY (about $10.00 USD)
Hatsune Miku Frozen Lassi / ￥700 JPY (about $7.00 USD)
Finally, when you order at each restaurant location, you will get a free can badge sporting one of the exhibit illustrations! Which can badge you get differs by location. So, if you want to collect them all, you will have to have deep pockets (and stomachs) and order at every stop!