MMN Festival 2018 Report: Idol Stage at Tower Records Shibuya Rooftop SKY GARDEN
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA delivered Japanese culture to the world from Shibuya. The event saw 16,000 people attend across the two-day period to experience a new kind of Japanese festival.
This report will cover the Featuring Japanese new music “MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL” event that took place at SKY GARDEN on the rooftop of Tower Records Shibuya, a place which which has built a history of music in Shibuya.
Idols are one aspect of Japanese culture that Japan can boast to the world. The event showcased a line-up of idols groups that MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON (MMN) want to introduce to the world. Let’s take a look at the idol stage which was packed full of Japanese ‘kawaii’!
Kicking off the performances on Day One was two-member idol unit C-Style from the city of Kisarazu. They left a strong impact on the crowd dressed in red and blue sailor outfits and donning sunglasses.
Next was another two-member unit, Kus Kus. Their perfectly coordinated choreography captivated the audience as they danced to the tune of easy-listening electro pop.
Wyenra were the third act. If you were to divide shadows and sunshine they are a group who certainly bring the ‘shadow,’ wrapping the crowd with the dark side of springtime weather.
The fourth group were dancing rock idols QUEENS. Wyenra debuted this year on February 10th while QUEENS debuted on January 31st. You would never know these groups had formed so recently with their magnificent performances.
As the sun started setting on SKY GARDEN, Jewel☆Neige stepped onto stage wearing dazzlingly beautiful white and silver outfits. The audience made a huge display of their excitement with the group’s unshakable performance.
Act number six was 5-member group CY8ER. There was a sense of mutual elation with everyone gathered in the crowd with the group’s Japanese-esque-incorporated future bass songs with easy choreography that even first-timers seeing the group could copy.
The seventh group on stage was Nankini! Unfortunately, one member was unable to make it, but the remaining two put on a thrilling performance with everything they had. If you wanted to see them three of them together then be sure to check out another one of their events.
The final idol group of Day One was Yamakatsu whose fired up performance also had the people in the crowd psyched and singing as they wrapped up the day with the right amount of exhilaration.
The top batters for Day Two were C-Style once again. For the second day the members wore special green happi coats which had the Japanese character ‘mo’ (も) on the back.
Following them was NEO JAPONISM who made their debut in December 2017. Their ‘neo’ sound had the crowd pumped. Their outfits had a mode taste to them and incorporated a traditional Japanese style which looked pretty even on an outdoor stage.
Act three was Yamakatsu who also performed on Day One. They put on a galvanizing performance to even more people this time. And although they didn’t perform it on this day, people are looking forward to their new single distopia set to hit shelves on April 17th.
Next was The Dance for Philosophy for which over 400 people turned up to the roof. The group wowed the packed venue with their funk numbers and outstanding vocal abilities.
PPP!PiXiON were next to grace the stage. Despite one member graduating from the group leaving them with four members, there was some serious support from the fans as each of them put on an energetic performance.
Sakidori Hasshinkyoku who went on stage as the sixth act began their performance with their song Karimen Destiny which was released in February. They wrapped up their setlist with their staple track Gimirepa and brought much excitement to the floor.
Following them was APPARE! Harajuku who are tied to the same studio as Sakidori Hasshinkyoku. Their setlist also inevitably livened the atmosphere, and their final song Harajuku Sunny Day had the crowd so pumped as if the building was going to fall down.
As night turned and the rooftop turned to black, the progressive sound and singing abilities of the four members from sora tob sakana established their style as unique – even in the idol world.
Pulling the curtains shut on Day Two was idol group Lovely Doll. The performance from the seven members was the kind of performance you’d expect from such a seasoned group. They finished up Day Two with Calendar Girl which was voted as the number one most popular song amongst fans.
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL in SHIBUYA 2018
MMN Festival 2018 Report: Onden Shrine – Bon Odori and an Array of Ennichi Food
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA promoted Japanese culture to the world from Shibuya. Over the course of two days, MMN delivered a new kind of Japanese festival to 16,000 people.
In this article, we report on Onden Shrine – one of the four areas of the festival – where the gods of Harajuku are enshrined. Let’s take a look at the line-up of performances for the stage area as well as the variety of booths!
Satsumasendai Odoridaiko opened the stage with a team made up entirely of women who struck their drums like thunder. Dressed in traditional outfits, the traditional sound of their drums rippled through across the event.
The members of maid café group Maidreamin put on a full-force idol performance, captivating the crowd with their catchy music and kawaii dance moves!
Next on stage was kendama performer EASY, who is also active overseas too. His skilful performance with his kendama – a toy enjoyed by both children and adults – garnered him huge rounds of applause.
Then it was character DJ time, which all the kids had been waiting for! Shimockey of Shimo-Kitazawa and Coroton of Gunma Prefecture were there to entertain. They both sang and danced together with the children! Shimockey and Coroton were also very popular outside DJ time too.
Last on stage was Ukon Takafuji of YUMENOYA for the Japanese dance show. At the end, all the performers, attendees and venue staff joined in with Bon Odori dancing! Everyone got involved from children to adults, overseas tourists and the character DJs.
Harajuku Rainbow Cotton Candy
The colourful cotton candy store from Takeshita Street in Harajuku TOTTI CANDY FACTORY served up a special event-only menu. They sold a numer of things, including TOTTI Rainbow (¥800) which was a combination of 5 flavours: plain (white), strawberry (red), carbonated (blue), and lemon (yellow). Cotton candy is a common treat sold at shrine food stalls, but TOTTI give a Harajuku spin to it. People carrying cotton candy around Onden Shrine really decorated the area.
Mizuhiki artist Kaori Funaki was invited to hold a workshop for people to create ‘mizuhiki’ which are special cords that tie envelopes used for monetary gifts. There was also individual mizuhiki related merchandise on sale, such as chopstick rests.
Global Kendamas Network was established to help spread the use of kendama, a popular sport originating from Japan that has given rise to pros around the world. Kendama performer EASY performed on stage, kendama for pros were sold, and people tried out kendama themselves.
Onden Shrine Omamori
Omamori and other items are sold at Onden Shrine. The god of beauty is enshrined at Onden Shrine, so the small, round omamori charm for “Beauty” (¥500) was very popular amongst girls. With foreign tourists, the omamori for “Victory” was popular.
Learn Shrine Etiquette
As part of the Harajuku tours by Airbnb which began and finished at SHIBUYA CAST, people were taught the proper manners and etiquette to praying at Japanese shrines, including about torii gates, temizuya, hishaku, and the main shrine building. Foreign tourists with an interest in Japanese culture were happy to get involved.
Frisbee Strike Out
At this booth, people had to throw a frisbee 6 times. When they got 1 line of bingo they picked one item they liked, and when they got 2 lines they picked two. Even if people didn’t get bingo, awards were still handed out to participants. The line-up included regional Japanese specialties such as “Soy Sauce Mochi” from Oita Prefecture and staple souvenir from Fukushima Prefecture “Brown Sugar Manju”.
Target Practice Game
The target practice game is common at Ennichi, but this was a special MMN Festival version. People had 5 shots per turn, and depending on how many targets they shot down, the number of prizes would change. Those who couldn’t land a shot weren’t left out however and were gifted low calorie chocolate. Prizes included tins of oden, tom yum flavoured okaki, and more.
Did you enjoy the events at Onden Shrine? We took elements from traditional Japanese matsuri festivals and put a MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON spin on them. During the Onden Shrine events, we were able to receive cooperation from local people and those associated with the shrine prior to the festival until the end of the festival.
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON would like to continue holding even more events in the future where locals and those visiting Shibuya and Harajuku can have fun together.
MMN Festival 2018 Report: Natsume Mito Helps Children Paint Day Care Center for Happy Wall Project
On March 24th for MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA, Japanese paint company ROOMBLOOM held the Happy Wall Project which they have been doing since 2014, an activity that contributes to society.
The Happy Wall Project is a volunteer project based on the idea of enrichening one’s life even more through painting. The first run was held at Hiratsuka Children’s Center and has since made its way to 21 educational facilities and welfare institutions across Japan.
With backing from Shibuya City and the Shibuya Tourism Association, ASOBISYSTEM, who produce the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL, held the Happy Wall Project as a workshop for children at Mirai∞LABO KIDS, a daycare facility located on Cat Street in Ura-Harajuku, to promote the growth and prosperity of Shibuya and Harajuku.
On the day, enrolled students and graduates of Mirai∞LABO KIDS worked with children with Down’s syndrome and autism who are members of the painting group atelier A as well as people associated with Nippon Paint Holdings to create a picture book amongst other arty things. Natsume Mito also received approval to get involved.
The project they worked on was painting 3 of the walls at Mirai∞LABO KIDS. They didn’t use monochromatic colours for the biggest wall – they painted a circus tent. This is the symbol of the institution. Circus members have an unbroken fighting spirit. They challenge themselves to things other people don’t. These are all indispensable elements children must possess. There’s a hope in the center to one day give birth to someone who will go on to work in the circus after leaving.
Natsume Mito spoke with the children to decide on what paints to use for the colour scheme of the circus tent. Instead of strong, darker colours, they decided to go with lighter pastel colours so that the children can feel calm. It was quite a challenge however as there were 189 paints to choose from. For the circus tent they chose “Birthday Present” pink, “ALOHA!” light blue, and “Grass Hopper” green. For the sides of the wall they used “Little Kiss” cherry blossom colour. The colour names were all unique and exciting.
The smaller children began painting first. There were children who had fun using their hands instead of paint brushes to put hand prints on the wall. Smaller details and parts of the painting that were higher up were left to the older children. People of all ages worked together and helped each other out, and after about an hour, the paint project was completed.
When it came to snack time to wait for the paint to dry, Natsume Mito played hide and seek with the kids. A sense of connectedness through working together rang through the room. It was a warm atmosphere, and the laughing never stopped.
After tearing off the masking tape the painting was complete. The adult guardians who watched over the work applauded everyone for their admirable efforts.
The daycare center was now bright thanks to the paint job. And a picture of a new circus tent was now in the room. The children will likely never forget about the place they helped decorate.
▼Check out this video which captures footage from the day.
MMN Festival 2018 in Shibuya: Laforet Museum Harakuku – Day 2 Report
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA was held across two days where Japanese culture was delivered to the world from Shibuya.
As the gentle spring air embraced us, the Harajuku Kawaii Market saw at Laforet Museum Harajuku its second run on day two of the festival, with more appearances from hugely popular models and artists.
Kicking off the stage events for Day 2 was Rikako Ōya (Babyraids Japan), Ellie, Yuri Suganuma, Ema Tanioku, and Yuna Yabe who held their talk session A Lesson on Being Photogenic. The six photo experts looked pictures from their articles on the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON website while giving tips and tricks on how to make yourself more Instagrammable.
Chamereon Takeda returned once more to the stage for day to with her Zodiac Sign Rankings. Hikari Shibata had her fortune told with western astrology and tarot cards. Hikari herself loves fortune telling. According to her tarot reading, “If you’re crazy about something you won’t be able to escape, but if you think before you act, you will have good fortune.”
At the end of the talk session, the horoscopes for April were announced. 1st place went to Cancer. Everyone in the audience, too, was happy to hear the ranking list.
Next on stage was the Fashion & Hair Dye Talk Session with Hikari Shibata, Yuri Suganuma & MIZUKI (KORD) presented by FRESHLIGHT. Popular models Hikari Shibata, Yuri Suganuma and MIZUKI (KORD) welcomed guest Michelle, who’s influential in China. The four of them chatted about their experiences with hair dyeing as well as their recommended hair colours for spring.
Michelle was asked about the hair dyeing scene in China. She said that light colours are popular over there during spring. It’s common to see a lot of people with pink hair, the same as in Japan. On the FRESHLIGHT website there’s a video of MIZUKI skilfully demonstrating how to dye your hair, so be sure to check it out.
Amato Danshi were last on the list for the first slot. There was a real sense of oneness with the audience as if the hype from day one still lingered! During their high-tempo song Chocolate, the guys surprised everyone by throwing actual wrapped chocolate into the crowd. Everyone went crazy!
After a short break, Noah Satou and Ren Koseki opened the stage for the second slot. Their talk session centred around their Recommended Spring Cosmetics, where they introduced a variety of cosmetics from high brand to low price. It seems like the two of them are into coral this spring. They said that it can be used for a much more toned down look compared to pink.
Mynavi Baito presented their Challenge Award again on stage. Three teams of fashion students were challenged to create cute part-time work outfits which were worn on stage by Yuri Suganuma, Mei Nagasawa and Anna Yano. Team 95 created an izakaya outfit, Team Hikari produced a gas station uniform, and Team Twinkle served up moving-company couture.
The audience made their vote and Team Hikari came out on top as winners this time! One big point about their outfits was how it echoed not only the kawaii of Harajuku, but of Japan. The three of them, all born in 1995, have gotten along and been on the same wavelength since they started designing the outfit. Their victory smiles left a big impression.
A huge cheer welcomed MAGiC BOYZ onto the stage, a hip-hop group formed of three high school DJs Toma, Ryuto and Mahiro, and elementary school DJ Joe. To begin the set, the audience did some call and response with Joe, shouting “Majibo!” (short for MAGiC BOYZ) and “Kawaii!” Their passionate Japanese rap cemented their performance as the most enthusiastic, high frenzy of the day.
Yutaro stepped onto stage next to answer people’s questions in his Q&A segment. He answered everyone’s questions honestly, such as “Where did you plan your first trip to?”, “If your boyfriend’s fashion style is uncool, how should you get him to fix it?” and “What type of girl do you like, and what hairstyle?” Everyone was absorbed in his answers.
The final event to wrap up the stage was Learn Japanese Spring Trend Styles with Shibasaki & Rinko♡. Saki Shibata and Rinko Murata introduced co-ords using their own personal items and offered suggestions and tips.
A flea market was also held on stage where people could enter a lottery to purchase personal items from models that attended the festival. People that bought Saki and Rinko’s items were overjoyed after hearing them tell the story behind each one! Harajuku Kawaii Market took place on March 24th and 25th. It promoted Japan’s kawaii culture from Harajuku and proved a roaring success.
MMN Festival 2018 in Shibuya: Laforet Museum Harajuku – Day 1 Report
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA is currently being held across Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25, serving Japanese culture to the world from Shibuya. Day one ended with huge success. Laforet Museum Harajuku, one of the four areas of the festival, was home to the Harajuku Kawaii Market take place, an event themed on the concept of “Find Japanese Kawaii♡”. The market was lined with a whole host of booths where people got up close with Japanese fashion, beauty, fortune-telling, DIY and more. But that’s not all.
The stage was graced by models heavily active in Harajuku-style fashion magazines, popular social media influencers, and others, all of whom shook the house.
Kicking off the stage performances was none other than Amato Danshi, a six-member male idol group whose concept centres around sweets and candy. “We want to spread the greatness of sweets even more!” They sure weren’t lying with those words, as the guys surprised the audience by gifting everyone sweets during their set. Things got really exciting during their high-tempo track Shu Cream (“Cream Puffs”) as the crowd joined in with the group members in some seriously energetic dancing!
With excitement still rippling through the room, “Mynavi Baito presents Challenge Award” was next on stage. Nine fashion students were split into teams of three who were challenged to create cute part-time work outfits to promote to the world. Yuri Suganuma, Mei Nagasawa and Anna Yano stepped out onto stage and presented the outfits by wearing them. Team 95 created an izakaya outfit, Team Hikari produced a Gas Station uniform, and Team Twinkle served up moving-company couture.
The audience were made to vote for a winner with a raise of hands. The winners of the Challenge Award were Team Twinkle and their mover outfit! They went away with a cash prize of ￥100,000. Tears were even seen from the team upon hearing the announcement. It was a moving stage event – you could see their passion and how hard they had all worked.
Natsume Mito put on her fashion show where the tender and slightly mysterious world of Tomonori Taniguchi’s picture book Bulldog Tantei to Kieta Hoshi (BUNKEI Co., LTD.) was brought to life with performances from Japanese models Akari Abe, Manaka Arai, Alice Ikeda, Anna Kawamura, Aino Kuribayashi, Saki Shibata, Yuri Suganuma, Ema Tanioku, Eri Tanioku, Chie Tsuji, Rinko Murata and Una while Natsume Mito read the book aloud.
Natsume wore a smile of joy on her face when the fashion show came to an end. She announced, “It was a challenge to bring to life and convey something that you imagine in your head. I want to go on to create the opportunity to produce more picture book stage shows!”
The first slot of performances came to a close and led into slot two. Youtuber Megane and models Yoshiaki and Michi were invited as guests for a talk session. They showed lots of private photos while giving backstory to each of them. They also blurted out frank insights into each of the pictures which had people in stiches.
In a talk show with popular illustrator Fusedy and Koseki Ren, the two of them gave their cherished opinions of the topic of romance. It was very much a talk between two people who have known each other for 4 years. They were on the same wavelength. It was a girl-talk which showed no sign of stopping as they chatted with plenty of “I know, right!” and “Tell me about it!” moments as Ren empathised with the contents of Fusedy’s book.
Next on stage was none other than Rilakkuma! To realise Shibuya’s recent appointment as a city for international tourism and culture, an inauguration ceremony was held on stage to name Rilakkuma an official Shibuya Tourism Ambassador!
Seeing that had people sighing in adoration with accompanying exclamations of “kawaii.”
With three more stage events wrapped up, it was time to move on to slot three. The first of the performances was the “Fashion & Hair Dye Talk Session with Ren Koseki, Hikari Shibata, Yuri Suganuma, Ayumi Seto and MIZUKI (KORD)” presented by FRESHLIGHT. Popular models Ren Koseki and Ayumi Steo, as well as popular stylist MIZUKI (KORD), chatted about their experiences with dyeing their hair, recommended hair colours for spring, and more.
that when it comes to spring, it’s all about warm colours. When you want to shake things up a bit for going out during spring break, why not go for an easy and comfortable image change with hair dyes from FRESHLIGHT?
Fortune-teller Chamereon Takeda read Mei Nagasawa – who loves spirituality and going to shrines – for romance and work in her “Love Compatibility Rankings: Zodiac Signs” session. Chamereon Takeda used western astrology and tarot readings for Mei, who was interested in her marriage partner. She was told “Your luck will increase for both romance and work starting this autumn. It will be a time where you form a bond with someone you need, and break away with someone you don’t.”
In the second half of the show, Chamereon Takeda also announced the rankings for love compatibility for each zodiac sign. Coming in 1st place was the Taurus! The scene of people devouring the demonstration was a sight to behold – as if people really wanted to hear their destinies.
The final act of day one was a talk session with Saki Shibata, Ayaka Segawa, and Rei Maruyama. The three of them work as a model, artist & nurse, and performer respectively. Their open and honest discussion focuses on their careers. The conversation got pretty lively as expected from three friends!
That’s it for day one at Harajuku Kawaii Market. Look forward to the performances on stage on day two!
MMN Festival 2018 Report: Natsume Mito Produces and Performs First Show “Tobidase! Picture Book Show 〜Storytime With Natsume Mito〜”
MOSHI MOSHI FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA was held in Shibuya and Harajuku on March 24th and 25th. On Saturday March 24th, model and artist Natsume Mito held her first ever fashion show Tobidase! Picture Book Show ～Storytime With Natsume Mito～ at Laforet Museum Harajuku.
Natsume Mito fully produced the fashion show which was themed on Bulldog Tanei to Kieta Hoshi (BUNKEIDO Co., LTD.), a picture book by Tomonori Taniguchi. The story is as follows. The stars have disappeared from the sky. During this time, a letter arrives for the bulldog detective requesting he search for the lost stars. He accepts and heads out to find them. He’s able to locate them, but why did they disappear, and who sent the letter…? This exciting story is full of heart and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Natsume Mito read the story aloud while a cast of Japanese models brought the world of the book to life through fashion. Models that performed included Yuri Suganuma, Ema Tanioku, Eri Tanioku, Aino Kuribayashi, Chie Tsuji, Abe Akari, Saki Shibata, Rinko Murata, Manaka Arai, Alice Ikeda, Una, and Anna Kawamura. Natsume Mito styled the outfits in the image of everything from the bulldog detective to the animals, moon and stars. The models were immersed in their roles and walked and posed as directed.
Bulldog Detective (Eri Tanitoku) & Gorilla (Rinko Murata)
Bulldog Detective (Ema Tanioku) & Owl (Una)
Bulldog Detective (Ema Tanioku) & Starfish (Saki Shibata)
Bulldog Detective (Eri Tanioku) & Stars (Yuri Suganuma, Chie Tsuji, Aino Kuribayashi, Akari Abe, Rinko Murata, Manaka Arai)
At the end of the show, the models that performed spoke with the stage presenter Rei Maruyama and gave their thoughts on this first ever fashion show.
Anna Kawamura (Tortoise): Beret – Caorinomori / Hairband attached to hat, Brooch – Barairo no boushi / Bootsu – gREEN DOT / other personal items UNA (Owl): Innerwear, Jacket, Fringe Skirt – Barrack Room / Tulle Skirt – Gaijin / Hat, Choker – MARTE / other personal items Yuri Suganuma (Star): Neckband – SPINNS / Lace Pants – gREEN DOT / other personal items Chie Tsuji (Star): One Piece, Shoes – daidai / Camisole One Piece – Barrack Room / Necklace – CA4LA Bridal / other personal items Ema Tanioku (Bulldog): Shoes – daidai / other personal items
Eri Tanioku (Bulldog): Jacket, Shoes – HUG / Blouse, Hat – SPINNS / other personal items Alice Ikeda (Moon): Belt – HUG / Pumps – gREEN DOT / other personal items Manaka Arai (Star): One Piece – MARTE / Hair Accessory – CA4LA Bridal / Pumps – Gaijin / other personal items Rinko Murata (Star): Lace Gown – Barrack Room / Shoes – RANDA / other personal items Saki Shibata (Starfish): One Piece – gREEN DOT / Neckband, Pumps – Gaijin / Hair Accessory – CA4LA Bridal Aino Kuribayashi (Star): One Piece – Gaijin / Lace Top – gREEN DOT / Hat – Barairo no boushi / Hairband attached to hat – Caorinomori / Sandals – RANDA
Natsume Mito Comment:
“I went and produced a show that combined a picture book with fashion. This was my first time doing this, so I was worried perhaps due to my own self-satisfaction. I was finally able to feel relief after hearing claps from people who came to watch (laughs). Thank you so very much to everybody who came! And to all the models who performed too. I’m happy that the outfits I put together went perfectly with everyone. I can see once again how difficult it was to convey what was in my head to the staff too. It was a very good learning experience. I want to try creating another stage show that conveys the wonder of loving picture books together and the fun of fashion!”
Tobidase! Picture Book Show ～Storytime With Natsume Mito～ wrapped up with much success. Look forward to the many things Natsume Mito will challenge herself to next!
Outfit Co-Operation: Gaijin / CA4LA / Caorinomori / gREEN DOT / SPINNS / daidai / HUG / Barairo no boushi / Barrack Room / MARTE / RANDA
MMN Festival 2018 Report: MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL & Up-and-Coming Artists at Tower Records
The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Project has one goal: to promote Japanese pop culture to the people of the world. On March 24th and 25th, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA was held, delivering Japan’s popular culture to the world from the Shibuya and Harajuku area.
There were several places this year’s festival took place. One of those locations was Tower Records Shibuya, where we held a music event titled “Featuring Japanese New Music: MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL.” Here, music artists with huge influence in the scene, as well as music media companies who have hooked up with new talent, came together as curators to deliver a fantastic showcase of promising artists. The event took place at the CUTUP STUDIO on B1F of Tower Records Shibuya.
Day One at the CUPUP STUDIO saw many performers. This included MANON, a hopeful new artist signed to ASOBISYSTEM, as well as three other artists recommended by music media company Spincoaster: SIRUP, Mizuki Ohira with Kobayashi Utena, and The Wisely Brothers.
Recognised R&B artist SIRUP warmed and spellbound the room with his sugary vocals and mellow, infectious beats.
Mizuki Ohira rocked the steelpans while Kobayashi Utena played the marimba, giving rise to an exotic musical co-performance. Three-piece female band The Wisely Brothers sent forth new-age girl power with their heavy garage rock. They also spoke about there being so much manga in Japan as one of the things they like about the country.
The second half of the event was graced by an MC battle produced by WREP, a hip-hop radio channel, hosted by Zeebra and Hachi Moji. Four spectators from the audience were appointed as team leaders and had to create teams from the 12 battle MCs present at the show.
The 4 teams battled it out in a tournament for the title of best MC. MCs that participated in the battle included MC Seishain, MC Matsushima, MC MIRI, Kizal, SAM, SHO GEN, Datemegiri, TKdakurobuchi, NiLL Nico, 8×8=49, FRANKEN, and Yuma.
Team SHO GEN, TKdakurobuchi & NiLL Nico and Team MC Matsushima, MC Seishain & SAM came out victorious. At the end of the battle, the chief members of the teams SAM and TKdakurobuchi clashed in a final battle with SAM taking the crown. The winning team took home a cash prize with the hip-hop fans in the crowd in a flurry of excitement. This marked the end of the first day.
For Day Two, Natalie Music worked as curators for the live stage event “Live Natalie meets MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.” MISMOPE were the first on stage with their spacey performance, followed by Nemuri Haru, who left a huge impact with her mad mix of poetry and rap.
Monari Wakita fitted in nine songs in 30 minutes, demonstrating her multi-layered musicianship. The packed-out CUTUP STUDIO also got involved with some fiery call & response.
Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders wowed the audience with their infectious outlook and sharp, nimble dancing. During their song Saishuu Jinrui, which is the lead song taken from their first major album Mae Narawanai released on March 21st, they demonstrated their acrobatic bodies to the tune of a lively piano.
Five-member band Luby Sparks, who are recognised in the British alternative rock scene, also announced their new vocalist Erika for the first time.
The last performer of the day was SHE IS SUMMER, who performed a string of popular hits such as Machiawase wa Kimi no Iru Shinsen and Tobikiri no Oshare Shite Wakarebanashi wo. The two-day festival came to a close with MICO’s energetic, jumpy performance.
Idol Group FRUITS ZIPPER Announces First Solo Concert
11.May.2022 | MUSIC
FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” On May 3, the girls held a free solo concert titled “Find my Cutest Part,” attracting tons of new fans and lighting up social media.
Tickets for the group’s first concert on April 10 at Shirokane-Takanawa SELENE b2 sold out instantly, and the girls have been looking for a way to give back to their incredibly passionate fans. Sadly, the April 10 performance was postponed after the members and staff tested positive for COVID, so the content was changed and admission was free!
During the show, FRUITS ZIPPER announced that their introductory live show will now be held on July 16 at the same venue. The girls also announced that their first solo concert will be taking place on September 12 at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM.
Stay tuned to see what FRUITS ZIPPER does next!
FRUITS ZIPPER Debut Rerun Performance ‘Towards the Future’
Date: July 16, 2022
Venue: Shirokane-Takanawa SELENE b2
Doors Open 16:00 / Show Starts 17:00
Tickets: VIP ¥10,000 / Advance Tickets ¥3,000 / Day-of Tickets ¥3,500
FRUITS ZIPPER 1st Solo Concert (Title to be Announced)
Date: September 12, 2022
Venue: Ebisu LIQUIDROOM
Time: To be announced
Official Site: http://asobisystem.com/
Popular illustrator and alcohol ink artist Jiji will release her first artbook in May!
This is the first collection of works by Jiji to be compiled and released. ‘Jiji ILLUSTRATION AND MAKING BOOK’ will include around 110 illustrations, including both past creations and new images made exclusively for the book’s release. The compiled illustrations were made in a variety of ways, including with alcohol ink, fountain pens, and by digital means.
Jiji ILLUSTRATION & MAKING BOOK
Release Date: May 2022
Price: ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
KAWAII LAB. Group IDOLATER Adds Two New Members, First Live Video with Five Members Unveiled
28.April.2022 | MUSIC
IDOLATER is now a five-member group after adding two fresh faces! The idol group is part of KAWAII LAB., a project aiming to introduce the world to popular Japanese idol culture. Announced at the group’s solo concert ‘New IDOLATER’ on April 24, Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki have joined the current lineup, Ayu Okuda, Kurumi Tsukishiro, and Yukino Fushiki.
IDOLATER was formed after becoming finalists in the ASOBISYSTEM THE AUDITION 2018 competition, and the girls are known for exploring the boundary of music, fashion, and other unique aspects of culture through an idol perspective.
Ririka Satsuki is a solo artist based in Fukuoka with an incredible husky voice. Fuuka Oishi has previously worked as a model and is popular with creators for her sweet yet listless atmosphere. This is the first time either has worked as a model.
Check out the group’s first performance as five members below!
Swipin’ Flickin’ – IDOLATER (Live at Ebisu CreAto, April 24, 2022)
IDOLATER will also begin holding regular concerts at Ebisu CreAto starting in May 2022.
Comments from New Members
My name is Fuuka Oishi, and I’ve just joined IDOLATER.
When it comes to singing and dancing, I’m very inexperienced, but with the help of the other members, I’ll practice hard each and every day!
The first time I stood on stage, it really hit me–I’m becoming an idol. When I saw the fan’s kind faces in the audience, my nervousness turned into fun!
IDOLATER will continue to grow and evolve into something great, so I hope you’ll keep an eye on us!
Although I’ve just started my life as an idol, I have big dreams. I’ll do my best to make it to Budokan!
I’ll do my best as a member of IDOLATER, a group I love so much.
Please support me!
I’m Ririka Satsuki, a new member of IDOLATER.
I used to be a solo singer, and this is my first time as an idol. I’m really nervous but also incredibly excited about what the future will bring. The other members are always making me laugh and giving me the strength to do my best.
If there’s one goal that drives me more than anything, it’s my dream of performing at Budokan.
We want our fans to come along too!!!!
I’ll do my best, so please continue to support me!
Upcoming Regular Performances
IDOLATER Performance Vol. 1 “A Certain Woman”
May 22, 2022
Doors Open 14:30 / Show Starts 15:00
Venue: Ebisu CreAto
Lottery for Priority Tickets: April 25, 19:00 – April 28, 23:59
Announcement of Winners: April 29
Advance Sales Period: April 30, 20:00 – May 21, 23:59
Idol Group Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku to Open One-Day ‘Ebisen Cafe’ in Omotesando
The popular idol group Shuritsu Ebisu Chugaku will open a one-day-only cafe in Omotesando on May 1, 2022! The location will open in conjunction with CookpadTV, which hosts the popular show ‘Shiritsu Ebisu Culinary Institute.’
The members of Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku are passionate about cooking, making this the perfect project. Since October 2021, the girls have streamed their cooking stories and ideas on CookpadLive, and now, they’re ready to put their hearts and souls into each and every item on this cafe menu. Visitors will also be able to purchase original merchandise on-site and see some of the member’s costumes!
Reservations for the cookpadLive Ebisen cafe are required, and the lottery for reservations is open now. Some of the menu items and original goods offered at the cafe are also available for purchase on cookpadLive’s official E-commerce site, so don’t worry if you aren’t able to attend in person on May 1!
The cookpadLive Ebisen Cafe will feature a special lunch time, dinner time, and cafe time. The nine members of Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku will appear in three teams for each session.
cookpadLive Ebisen Cafe
Address: cookpadLive cafe Omotesando
Open: May 1, 2022
Lunch 12:30 – 13:30
Cafe 16:00 – 17:00
Dinner 19:30 – 20:30
E-commerce Site: https://cookpadtv.stores.jp/
GUCCI LOVE PARADE Experience Space and Cafe Opens at Miyashita Park in Shibuya, Tokyo
GUCCI LOVE PARADE TOKYO, an interactive event themed around the brand’s latest collection GUCCI LOVE PARADE, is now open at Miyashita Park in Shibuya, Tokyo, until May 31, 2022. Guests are invited to enjoy the glamour of old Hollywood reimagined in a contemporary way with Gucci’s one-of-a-kind aesthetic. Three distinct locations are open, each ready to surprise you!
The new Gucci event features a special installation celebrating the brand’s collection presented last November on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Fashionistas can wander around the decorated spaces, browsing looks embodying the free spirit of Hollywood stars. A photo spot is also available, making visitors look as though they’ve traveled to Hollywood Boulevard. Others feature a backstage area and a retro game room. What kinds of photos would you want to take?
On the first floor of RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK North, the GUCCI SNEAKER ROOM will be open for a limited time! The shop pays homage to Miyashita Park, the current center of street culture and fashion in Tokyo, by offering a wide variety of Gucci sneakers. The fourth floor of Hotel sequence Miyashita Park is now home to Gucci Cafe by Valley Park Stand, offering menu items inspired by a Hollywood-based Italian bar.
During the event period, visitors can participate in a special stamp rally. The only way to play is by connecting from the official Gucci LINE account. Visitors who visit the three locations and collect the appropriate stamps will receive a special GUCCI LOVE PARADE gift only available at this event. (While supplies last.)
GUCCI LOVE PARADE TOKYO
Running: Everyday between April 23 – May 31
Address: Miyashita Park (6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Event Details: https://on.gucci.com/LoveParadeTokyo1
Three Tower Records Locations to Hold Event Featuring Virtual YouTuber Unit KMNZ
07.April.2022 | MUSIC
From April 8 until April 17, a KMNZ pop-up shop will be open at three Tower Records locations! Fans of the virtual YouTuber unit, composed of Lita and Liz, should head to either Tower Records Shibuya, Nagoya Kintetsu Passee, or Umeda NU Chayamachi to get some limited-edition goods.
Presale Event Merchandise
A number of goods featuring newly drawn illustrations of KMNZ will be available during the event period, and those spending a certain amount will receive a bonus!
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KMNZ Pop-up Shop at Tower Records
Running: April 8 – April 17, 2022
Locations: Tower Records Shibuya / Nagoya Kintetsu Passe / Umeda NU Chayamachi
Tokyo Revengers Anime Series to Get Special Live Event in June
The Tokyo Revengers anime series will hold its first live event on June 19 at Bellesalle Shibuya Garden B1 HALL C!
Voice actors Yuuki Shin (Takemichi Hanagaki), Yuu Hayashi (Manjiro Sano), Masaaki Mizunaka (Keisuke Baji), Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Takashi Mitsuya), and Sho Karino (Chifuyu Matsuno) will perform character songs live on stage. The live event titled ‘TV Anime Tokyo Revengers 2nd Anniversary & Formation Memorial! Tokyo Manji Gang Live’ will celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the series’ first season.
Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown Arc Trailer
Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!
SPY x FAMILY Collaboration Cafe Coming to Omotesando, Nagoya, and Umeda
To celebrate the upcoming anime adaptation, the popular manga SPY X FAMILY is teaming up with Tower Records cafe for a special collaboration! From April 13 until May 8, three Tower Records Cafe locations will feature menu items inspired by the series’ characters. The collaboration cafe will take place at Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, Nagoya Sakae SKYLE, and Umeda NU Chayamachi.
Anya’s Hamburger Plate
Loid’s Pesto Pasta
Yor’s Chicken Salad Plate
Anya’s Ice Cream Crepe
Yor’s Apple Pie
Anya’s Strawberry Milk
Loid’s Coffee & Milk
Yor’s Rose Tea
Damian’s Melon Soda
Becky’s Cassis Soda
Franky’s Espresso Tonic
SPY x FAMILY Print Latte (Random)
SPY x FAMILY Take-out Drink
Exclusive Cafe Bonus
The collaboration merchandise features new illustrations of Loid, Anya, and Yor playing some jazz. Are you excited about the anime’s premiere?
SPY x FAMILY Collaboration Cafe
Locations: Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, Nagoya Sakae SKYLE, Umeda NU Chayamachi
Open: [Round 1] April 13 – April 25 / [Round 2] April 26 – May 8, 2022
*Cafe bonuses will feature a different design during each round.
Official Site: https://tower.jp/spyfamily-cafe
Available at 29 Tower Records locations and at Tower Records Online (https://tower.jp)
Preorders open at noon on March 30
*Items cannot be ordered at the cafe.
Sales begin April 13, 2022
The Quintessential Quintuplets Film Gets New Visual, Tower Records Pre-Sale Bonuses
Five Tower Records locations have begun selling special merchandise inspired by the upcoming film version of The Quintessential Quintuplets! These items will be available until March 18 and feature newly-drawn illustrations of the five main characters.
The series follows the daily life of Futaro Uesugi, a high school student hired as a private tutor for a group of identical quintuplets. At the beginning of the story, readers learn that Futaro will marry one of the five Nakano sisters–Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, or Itsuki–but the identity of the bride is unknown until the end of the story.
Sakura Dress Oversized Acrylic Stand (5 varieties): ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Sakura Dress Mug (5 varieties): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Sakura Dress Clear Folder (6 varieties): ¥440 (Tax Included)
Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki are wearing special cherry blossom dresses perfect for the spring season. Which girl is your favorite?
*Designs cannot be chosen and will be given at random.
The pop-up store is now open at five Tower Records locations: Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Shinjuku, Nagoya Kintetsu Passe, Umeda NU Chayamachi, and Amu Plaza Hakata. Guests spending ¥2,000 or more (including tax) will get a limited-edition bromide on a first-come, first-served basis. The goods are also available at the Tower Records online store!
The Quintessential Quintuplets Film Pop-Up Shop in Tower Records
Merch Available: March 4 – March 18, 2022
Locations: Tower Records Shibuya, Shinjuku, Nagoya Kintetsu Passe, Umeda NU Chayamachi, Amu Plaza Hakata
Special Page: https://tower.jp/article/feature_item/2022/02/17/4001
Dresses by Fashion Designer Tomo Koizumi on Special Display at Bunkamura in Shibuya
Tokyo Bunkamura will display a collection of dresses by designer Tomo Koizumi during Shibuya Fashion Week from March 15 to March 30! Koizumi is known around the world for utilizing frills and unique colors in his creations.
Tomo Koizumi provided costumes for MISIA, who sang the national anthem at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony. The dresses on display are from the Spring/Summer 2022 collection, and what better place than Bunkamura to display them? The museum is a major supporter of local culture and art and shouldn’t be missed on a trip to Tokyo!
Tomo Koizumi’s World of Frills
Running: March 15 – March 31, 2022
Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
Location: Bunkamura 1F Main Lobby
FRUITS ZIPPER, the New Idol Group from ASOBISYSTEM, Reveals 7 Members
01.March.2022 | MUSIC
ASOBISYSTEM’s recent KAWAII LAB project seeks to introduce Japan’s growing idol culture to the world. The new group FRUITS ZIPPER was born from this idea, and the girls will hold their debut concert at Shirokane-Takanawa SELENE b2 on April 10, 2022.
The group’s concept is ‘from Harajuku to the world.’ FRUITS ZIPPER will transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase.
Although the name seems strange, it has a meaning–FRUITS, to bear fruit, and ZIP, meaning ‘to give energy,’ is the perfect title for such a young and exciting group. The girls hope to ‘grow through idol activities, starting as seeds and growing into something more.’ They also hope to bring some happiness to those around the world. The producer of the group is model and celebrity Misa Kimura, who is also the general producer of KAWAII LAB. A lover of idols for years, Kimura previously served as the leader of the idol group Musubizm. This will be her first time acting as a producer.
Images of the seven members of FRUITS ZIPPER have been unveiled. Rather than being still images, they are dubbed as CG ‘moving art photos.’ A style that has been trending overseas in recent years, these images were created by YUKARI, a video director, art director, and 3DCG artist from the digital creative company OFBYFOR TOKYO.
The lottery for VIP tickets to the first FRUITS ZIPPER concert will open on February 26.
Keep your eyes on FRUITS ZIPPER and get ready for their exciting debut!
FRUITS ZIPPER Member Profiles
FRUITS ZIPPER Debut Concert ‘FIRST CONTACT’
Location: Shirokane-Takanawa SELENE b2
Date: April 10, 2022
Doors Open at 16:00 / Show Starts at 17:00
Tickets: VIP ¥10,000 / Advance Tickets ¥3,000 / Day-of Tickets ¥3,500
Ticket Sales: https://eplus.jp/
VIP Lottery Open: February 26 – March 2, 2022 at 18:00
Advance Ticket Sales Start March 5, 2022
VIP Benefits: Front-row seats, limited-edition T-shirt, limited-edition VIP Pass
Hakuoki Gets Collaboration Cafe with Chugai Grace Cafe at Shibuya MODI
Popular anime OVA Hakuoki and Chugai Grace Cafe are teaming up for a collaboration at Shibuya MODI from March 4 to March 27, 2022.
Hanami Basket with Kyoto-style Dashimaki Sandwiches
Cherry Blossom Pancakes
Hijikata’s Soft Sakura Martini
Acrylic Figure Stand (6 varieties)
Fortune Polaroid Collection (12 varieties)
Fortune Name Card Acrylic Keychain (6 varieties)
Fortune Pin (Random, 6 varieties + holographic versions)
2022 Desktop Calendar
Limited-Time Guest Bonus: Choice of Paper Lunch Mats
Limited-Time Offer for Menu Orders: Random Postcard
Purchase Order Bonus: Random Holographic Card
The event will feature a collaboration menu perfect for spring. Original merchandise using newly-drawn illustrations will be on sale both at the venue and online!
Hakuoki x Chugai Grace Cafe
Running: March 4 – March 27, 2022
Location: Shibuya MODI 7F, Chugai Grace Cafe
Reservations Now Open
Order Period: March 4 at 11:00 – March 27 at 23:59
Items to Ship May