History & Culture

Experience the Energy that Gave us Cool Japan at the "1980s Exhibition"



The 1980s marked a time in history when the world couldn't take its eyes off Japan. If the start of the 20th century had brought Japanese tradition to global attention, then the 1980s shouted where Japanese culture was heading. Through this exclusive exhibition at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi you can relive this exciting time and see the origins of the Japan we know and love today.

219_02.jpgNot only was the Japanese economy booming, but along with this energy new Japanese cultures were born at a staggering rate. Looking back, so much of what would go on to epitomize cool contemporary Japan actually has its roots in this era, and it is astonishing to think of the pioneering spirit and sheer scale of creative energy that defined this era.

While much of this emerging culture would go on to have a global impact in time, there was so much that would never leave Japan, making this the perfect chance to experience this culture first hand for the first time.

Split into five different categories, the exhibition invites you back to this formative decade and when you leave you are sure to feel its influence wherever you look!


Booming Bubble-era Fashion
1980s fashion was a revelation in self-expression for Japanese people. Through mannequins and clothes from the era you can relive the fashion revolutions that would sow the seeds for the fashion tribes to follow.

Lifestyle Revolutions
The booming market in home computing encapsulated by Nintendo's Famicom or Family Computer brought gaming into the home, and mobile phones changed people's lives outside it.

The Birth of Otaku!
The 1980s gave us too many iconic anime and manga series to count, and the surrounding culture of games, models and character goods lives with us to the present day.


New Subcultures on the Rise
Starting with idols, and extending to pro-wrestling, T.V. talents and so much more, this was the era of the fandom, many too niche to mention!

The Changing Face of Leisure
Even karaoke owes its origins to the 1980s, but so too do Japanese amusements parks, and dining culture.

If you want to take a piece of the era home with you, then don't forget to visit the limited shop where you can enjoy replicas of iconic items that could only have come from the 1980s.

1980s Exhibition


August 1st - 13th, 2018

Opening Times

10:00 - 18:30
(Closes at 18:00 on the final day and entry will be permitted until 17:30)


Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Annex 7F, Exhibition Hall

Floor guide


800 Yen (Including tax)
Student discounts are available

Discount Coupon

100Yen OFF Coupon

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