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Shuichi Motohashi× Chisako Takashima

GINZA CONNECTIVE VOL.68

Shuichi Motohashi× Chisako Takashima

2017.07.03

An interview series featuring Ginza people in conversation with violinist Chisako Takashima. With a special fondness for Ginza, which holds many memories both from her professional and private lives, Takashima explores Ginza from various dimensions with her guests.In this volume, she welcomes Mr. Shuichi Motohashi of the Merchandising Department of Nippon Animation Co., Ltd., which has created many popular anime productions, including the World Masterpiece Theater series and Chibi Maruko Chan.

Forty-year-old Rascal, a best-seller today

Motohashi
Another unchangingly popular works is Rascal.
Takashima
Today? I wonder why.
Motohashi
It has been forty years since Rascal was first aired on TV. When LINE came out, we decided to create an original series of stamps and Rascal was named among the candidate characters.
Takashima
I see.
Motohashi
The problem was that LINE stamps needed to represent emotions, but the original Rascal character did not express his emotions.
Takashima
That must have been challenging.
Motohashi
Yes. To give Rascal the functions of a LINE stamp, we decided to deform him.
Takashima
That must have been one great decision to make!
Motohashi
We came up with a very expressive two-head Rascal.
Takashima
I see.
Motohashi
We have so far released our thirteenth Rascal series and every new series has ranked first.
Takashima
I purchase Rascal stamps too! I am a great fan of Rascal!
Motohashi
Thank you. The stamps are not only popular among those in their 30s and 40s who are familiar with the anime, but are also purchased by teenagers and young people in their 20s.
Takashima
That is interesting. We can never tell what may occur out of the blue.
Motohashi
Yes, that was unexpected.
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「あらいぐまラスカル」 © N.A.

The Ginza brand is supported by its attractive people

Takashima
Why is your office in Ginza?
Motohashi
Our headquarters are located in Tama, so we don’t really need an office in Ginza.
Takashima
But you chose to have one.
Motohashi
Yes. When I asked my father why, I was told that my grandfather liked “No. 1” in everything.
Takashima
Do you mean that you have an office in Ginza because Ginza is No.1?
Motohashi
So I have heard (laughs).
Takashima
He must have been a stylish thinker.
Motohashi
Yes. And as a result, we have been able to connect with people in Ginza and create new products.
Takashima
New products?
Motohashi
The Ginza guidebook is one of them. It was originally made for travelers from overseas. The characters from Chibi Maruko Chan teach the reader Japanese rules and manners.
Takashima
(Looking at the guidebook) This is adorable! Letting anime characters speak the works is an effective way of communicating messages.
Motohashi
Yes. The characters from Chibi Maruko Chan are all very outspoken, so in the guidebooks, we have them finding people doing the wrong thing and advising them how things are done in Japan.
Takashima
I see.
Motohashi
I should also mention…
Takashima
Yes?
Motohashi
Maruko-chan and her family and friends are dressed more nicely than usual because they are visiting Ginza.
Takashima
You are right! (laughs)
Motohashi
They were drawn exclusively for the guidebooks.
Takashima
What a luxurious guidebook!
Motohashi
Other new engagements include our collaboration with Ginza Matsuzaki Senbei to make “Shamido” crackers with pictures of Chibi Maruko Chan painted on them and joining hands with Ginza Natsuno, specializing in Japanese tableware, to make chopsticks featuring Rascal.
Takashima
This is cute too.
Motohashi
This could not have been accomplished were it not for our office in Ginza.
Takshima
I see. By the way, what do you think makes Ginza so attractive?
Motohashi
I would say “the people”. This is something I strongly feel watching the young executives that I have become acquainted with through “Ginmikai,” an association of young business owners in Ginza. Each member has his own charm. I believe Ginza’s beauty comes from the glittering people who work here.
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「銀座ガイドブック」 ©S.P/N.A.

Chisako Takashima

Violinist. Takashima started taking violin lessons from the age of 6. After a successful career abroad, she moved her home base to Japan, where she currently performs in concerts across the country. Highly noted for her character in TV and radio appearances, she has currently opened up her career to more diverse fields with an unchanged focus on her profession

Chisako Takashima official website

Shuichi Motohashi

Born in Tokyo in 1984. After being graduated from university, Motohashi joined Nippon Animation Co., Ltd. after working for a real estate company. He currently belongs to the Merchandising Department. He is the grandson of Koichi Motohashi, founder of the company. He has a passion for golf that has developed to a level exceeding that of a hobby.

Nippon Animation Co., Ltd.

Written by Kyosuke Akasaka; Place of interview: Nippon Animation Co., Ltd.

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