Meet Gloomy Bear creator, Mori Chack, visit Pierrot Studios and the Sapporo Snow Festival with Pop Japan Travel

(Los Angeles, November 12, 2008) - Pop Japan Travel kicks off its 2009 in full gear with its second annual Cold Steel Tour!

Packed to the brim with exciting events, this is the tour you've been waiting for! After arriving in Tokyo, prepare for an exclusive meeting with Mori Chack, the creative genius behind Gloomy Bear, Kumakikai, Podolly, and many other gloriously grotesque, yet adorably loveable Japanese pop characters. Then, take a behind-the-scenes look at Studio Pierrot, the masterminds behind Bleach, Naruto, Blue Dragon, and Yū Yū Hakusho!

After stuffing yourself with Japanese coolness in Tokyo, fly up to Hokkaido for the legendary Sapporo Snow Festival. Now is your chance to witness life-sized replicas of dinosaurs, castles, and Egyptian monuments all made out of snow. How about getting lost in an enormous maze fabricated completely out of snow? Have a snowball fight with your friends, and then warm up with a hot bowl of Sapporo's specialty seafood ramen.

All this, plus a visit to Kamakura to participate in the traditional bean-throwing extravaganza that is the Setsubun festival, all the hipster and otaku shopping you can handle in Akihabara, Shibuya, and Harajuku, the all-you-can-drink Roppongi Kingyo theater show, a film screening of 20th Century Boys, and more! It's all coming this winter from the original Japan otaku travel company, Pop Japan Travel!

Prices start at $2,719 + tax (add $300 for Sapporo option). Sign up today to save $100 at!

Tour events are subject to change.


DIGITAL MANGA'S POP JAPAN TRAVEL is the original and premiere provider of pop culture themed tours of Japan. Since 2003, PJT has operated more than 15 tours with themes focused on Japanese anime, manga, games and more. Pop Japan tours offer a careful balance of the hyper-modern world of J-pop culture and the rich traditions of ancient Japan, and PJT is the ONLY tour agency to provide exclusive experiences such as visits to anime and game studios, meetings with manga artists, and more. Pop Japan Travel tours are organized in cooperation with IACE Travel, one of Japan's largest travel agencies.

bookmark/share with:

Press Release homepage / archives