Lupin the Third Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints: Available Overseas Through Tokyo Otaku Mode
Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc. (President & CEO Tomohide Kamei; herein referred to as TOM) announces the start of online sales of Lupin the Third ukiyo-e woodblock prints through its ecommerce platform, the TOM Premium Shop. The prints will be made available to fans in most countries outside of Japan*.
The ukiyo-e prints were first made available earlier this year at the special Lupin the Third event titled Lupinissimo in Isetan 2016, which was held in the Isetan Shinjuku Store in Tokyo, Japan. The prints come in five versions, with each of them featuring a key character from the Lupin series. In addition, there are also two special group versions. These extraordinarily detailed and vibrant prints were flawlessly handcrafted in the traditional ukiyo-e woodblock print style by the artisans at Takezasado, a Kyoto-based company that specializes in high quality traditional Japanese art.
The five character prints feature Lupin the Third, Fujiko Mine, Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa, and Inspector Zenigata each dressed in a kimono in a characteristic pose with their name in Japanese for a truly traditional feel that complements each character's personality.
There are also two special prints available as well. The first, titled “Goren-ezu,” combines all five character prints into one and even comes autographed by the series' creator, Monkey Punch. The second, titled “Aquatic Detective Story” (Suijo-Torimonocho), shows Lupin, Fujiko, Jigen, and Goemon racing through the canals of Venice in gondolas with loot in tow and Inspector Zenigata hot on their tail for a design sure to tickle the hearts of fans.
With the exception of “Goren-ezu,” which is currently not available for sale outside Japan, all five of the character prints and the special “Aquatic Detective Story” are currently available to fans in most countries outside of Japan through Tokyo Otaku Mode. The individual character prints are priced at $697.99 USD, and the “Aquatic Detective Story” print is priced at $1,744.99 USD. As stocks for these precious woodblock prints are very limited, fans who are interested are encouraged to place orders early to avoid disappointment.
About Tokyo Otaku Mode (otakumode.com)
On March 24, 2011, Tokyo Otaku Mode (TOM) began sharing Japanese pop culture on its Facebook page. Within 22 months, the page garnered 10 million likes. As of October 2015, it has reached 18 million likes and is among the top 50 worldleading brands on Facebook.**
In 2013, the TOM-ecommerce site, the TOM Premium Shop, launched to serve fans worldwide. TOM works directly with manufacturers to guarantee authentic products and supports independent artists through product collaboration. In September 2014, TOM secured a maximum funding of 1.5 Billion JPY through the third-party allocation of shares led by Cool Japan Fund Inc.
*Unfortunately, Lupin the Third Ukiyoe Woodblock prints are not currently available for customers in Italy, Switzerland, Malta, Monte Carlo, San Marino, Vatican, and Capodistria.
**Source: Social Bakers (http://www.socialbakers.com/)
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