Information on Cherry Blossom Events! Come and Enjoy the “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival”!
The “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival” will be held in the Nihonbashi area from Friday March 18th, 2016～Sunday April 10th, 2016. At this Hanami (flower-viewing) festival, you can enjoy food and take in the scenery while traversing the cherry blossom blooming streets of Nihonbashi, such as “Edo Sakura-dori” and “Nihonbashi Sakura-dori”, a traditional pastime both historical and modern. Let’s have a look at 3 of these upcoming events, all of which are free!
1) Sakura dancing in the snow storm “Japanese Sakura Highway”
Countless cherry blossoms in full bloom will be seen. A fantastic and whimsical display of cherry blossoms will fall on the paths, as if it has been enveloped by a snowstorm of petals. If you share photos you have taken onto Instagram with the hashtag #日本橋 桜フェス, you will have the opportunity to print it out with a device that will be available.
Date/Time: Friday March 18th～Sunday April 10th, 11:00～23:00 (film to be shown 17:30～20:00) (subject to change)
2) Enjoy a 2 day original menu from long-established shops “Nihonbashi Sakura Stalls”
For just two days, restaurants affiliated with the “Nihonbashi 344 Association” and restaurants in COREDO Muromachi 1 & 2 will be open for special service. As you watch the tanzaku (long cards on which Japanese poems are written) along the cherry blossom paths flutter with the blow of the spring breeze, you can enjoy a special menu designed just for this occasion.
Date/Time: Saturday March 26th～Sunday March 27th (12:00～18:00)
Location: Around Fukutoku Shrine (Nakadori, Ukiyo-shoji)
Price: Free (there is a special charge for food and drink)
※In case of rain, the event will still go ahead. In case of a storm, the event will be held in the underground walkway of Edo Sakura-dori.
3) 3 Day Excursion of Nihonbashi “Nihonbashi Sakura Bus”
The “Nihonbashi Sakura Bus” will tour the springtime Nihonbashi area. Those riding the bus will be able to enjoy seeing all of the places around Nihonbashi celebrating Hanami.
Dates: Saturday March 19th～Sunday April 10th (weekends and national holidays only)
※Service will not run on April 3rd
Locations: Nihonbashi area
(You can take the bus from: COREDO Muromachi, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi-mae; Hamacho Park, Meijiza-mae、 Ningyocho, Amazake Yokocho; Nihonbashi Takashimaya-mae; Tokyo Station, Yaesu Exit)
※Hamacho Park (Meijiza-mae) and Tokyo Station (Yaesu Exit) are drop-off only
Operating bus: Trolleybus
There are many other events to be enjoyed as part of the Nihonbashi Sakura Festival. Be sure to visit Nihonbashi this year for Hanami!
The following event pages for the festival will go online at the end of February.
■ Japanese version: http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/sakura2016/
■ English version: http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/en/sakura2016/
Anime Series Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts to Hold Advanced Screening and Chat Event Starring Cast Members
27.January.2023 | ANIME&GAME
An advance screening and chat event for the upcoming anime series Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts, set to begin airing in April 2023, will be held at Shinjuku Wald 9 on February 11.
Those lucky enough to get tickets will be treated to the first two episodes of the series followed by a chat with select cast members including Kana Hanazawa (Sariphi), Satoshi Hino (Leonhart), Yuka Nukui (Cy), and Natsumi Fujiwara (Clops).
The ticket lottery is now open on e+, and general ticket sales will open on February 3 if any tickets are left!
Be sure to check out the series when it airs this April!
Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts Advanced Screening and Chat Event
February 11, 2023
*Both include an exclusive chat with the cast after the screening of Episodes 1 and 2.
Kana Hanazawa, Satoshi Hino, Yuka Nukui, Natsumi Fujiwara
*Guest speakers are subject to change without notice.
Shinjuku Wald 9（https://tjoy.jp/shinjuku_wald9）
¥2,500 (Tax included, all seats reserved)
[How to Purchase Tickets]
◆e+ Preorder by Lottery
*Users must create a free account in order to preorder tickets.
Sales Period: January 20, 18:00 – January 29, 23:59
Limit: 2 per person
Lottery Result Announcements to be made via Email and on the official website
Annnouncement: February 3, 15:00
Payment Period: February 3, 15:00 – February 5, 21:00
*If payment is not confirmed during this period, you will not receive your tickets.
◆e+ General Ticket Sales (First-come, First-served) *Only if there are seats remaining
Sales Period: February 3, 18:00 – February 9, 20:00
In the event of additional sales, the number of seats sold may be subject to change in accordance with national and local government guidelines at the time sales begin.
Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts
Airing April 2023
Official Site: https://niehime-anime.com/
Japanese Indie Game Label Yokaze to Hold Exhibition at Taipei Game Show
27.January.2023 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese indie game label Yokaze will exhibit many anticipated upcoming titles at the 2023 Taipei Game Show. The event will be held in Taiwan from February 2 until February 5, 2023.
ghostpia’s visuals mix warm, delicate art that would be fit for an illustrated children’s book with glitch and noise effects, for a strangely nostalgic visual novel vibe. The story takes place in a snowy town where immortal “ghosts” live. When Sayoko, a girl who doesn’t belong, meets Yoru, a newcomer to town, her world begins to change. Her thoughts begin to drift outside of the town, and certain events bring her back to a lost friendship. Filled with mystery and a bit of violence, this title is being touted as a movie you can read on PC.
Release Date: 2023
Platform: Nintendo Switch™/Steam, etc.
Recolit is a pixel art mystery adventure game where players explore a strange town by following trails of light. After your spaceship crash lands in a mysterious place, you’ll have to help the residents of the town as you explore and progress through the story.
Developer: Image Labo
Release Date: 2023
Platform: Steam/itch.io (Others planned)
Kitsune: The Journey of Adashino
Kitsune: The Journey of Adashino is a 3D adventure game set in a mysterious version of Japan. One day, a fox girl and her frog friend find themselves on a mysterious island shrouded by darkness but for a few floating lights. Torii gates, food stall lanterns, and neon signs give light and color to the island. Something is lurking in the shadows, inching ever closer. Kitsune can use light to temporarily blind these demons, giving her enough time to find safe routes and hiding places. Be sure to enjoy this curious tale when it releases in the future!
Release Date: TBD
Platform: Nintendo Switch™/Steam (Others planned)
Taipei Game Show 2023
Running: February 2 – February 5, 2023
Exhibitor Name: Yokaze
Booth Number: S-24
Official Site: https://tgs.tca.org.tw/index_2c_e.php
Tuyu Releases Non-Credit Video of Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown Arc Ending Theme
The non-credit version of the Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown arc ending theme is now available.
The track is inspired by the emotionally-charged second season, which picks up where the first season left off and focuses heavily on Taiju, Yuzuha, and Hakkai Shiba. Listeners will be reminded to protect the things they care about as they listen to the powerful lyrics.
Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown Non-credit Ending
With its emotional melody and fitting lyrics, fans of the first season should be ready to face the intensity of the ongoing second season. The song is now streaming.
Be sure to tune in to the explosive second season of this globally-loved anime series!
Takemichi Hanagaki traveled twelve years back in time in order to save his girlfriend and change his life for the better. Returning to the present day after his battle with Valhalla is done, he’s now the leader of the Tokyo Manji gang. His joy is short-lived, however, as the modern gang still seems to be ruled by Tetta Kisaki, the root of all evil. Nothing has been altered, and in order to truly save his girlfriend, Takemichi needs to face things head-on.
TRIGUN STAMPEDE Opening and Ending Themes Available on One Album
An album featuring both the opening and ending themes of the anime series TRIGUN STAMPEDE will be released on a single album on February 22, 2023 from TOY’S STORE. The opening, TOMBI, is performed by Kvi Baba, while the ending, Hoshi no Kuzu α, is performed by both Salyu and Haruka Nakamura.
Preorders are now available and those snagging a copy will also be gifted an original sticker featuring the album’s artwork.
The record is only available in limited quantities and sales will conclude once the item is sold out.
TRIGUN STAMPEDE Non-Credit Ending
TOMBI, performed by Kvi Baba, was released on January 6 and has seen a surge in popularity, appearing on a number of popular playlists and reaching the top spot on the iTunes Rap and Hip-Hop chart.
The ending theme song, Hoshi no Kuzu α by Salyu and Haruka Nakamura, was released on January 13, 2023.
The jacket features an original design featuring the main character, Vash the Stampede, from the Trigun anime series.
The jacket was designed by Takahiro Yasuda, an art director and graphic designer belonging to the creative association CEKAI.
The non-credit ending video featuring the ending theme song is now available on the YouTube TOHO animation channel.
Be sure to tune into the long-awaited series TRIGUN STAMPEDE!
© 2023 内藤泰弘・少年画報社／「TRIGUN STAMPEDE」製作委員会
Record / V.A. Tombi / Hoshi no Kuzu α
Release Date: February 22, 2023
*TOY’S STORE limited item (Quantities are limited and sales will end when stock runs out.)
*Purchase bonus: Original sticker (Same design as the record jacket)
TOMBI – Kvi Baba (1st Major Single)
Streaming Sites: https://tf.lnk.to/kvibaba_tombi
Hoshi no Kuzu α – Salyu × Haruka Nakamura
Streaming Sites: https://TF.lnk.to/hoshinokuzu_alpha
BABYMETAL Releases ‘METAL KINGDOM,’ the Third Single from the Upcoming Concept Album ‘THE OTHER ONE’
26.January.2023 | MUSIC
Ahead of the release of the band’s concept album THE OTHER ONE on March 24, 2023, BABYMETAL has released a few tracks to get audiences even more pumped after a year of silence. In October 2022, the group released Divine Attack, followed by Monochrome in November.
On January 20, BABYMETAL released the song METAL KINGDOM on all major music download and streaming services worldwide.
To coincide with BABYMETAL’s 10th anniversary last year, the group announced that it would “seal” itself off from the world until further notice. In April 2022, THE OTHER ONE was announced to relaunch the group in the METALVERSE, a piece of the virtual metaverse. The upcoming concept album will be inspired by the idea of a BABYMETAL that fans don’t know, and a total of 10 songs have been discovered within THE OTHER ONE restoration project, with each song representing a specific theme based on 10 separate parallel worlds that the members have discovered. METAL KINGDOM is inspired by the parallel world ‘THRONE.’
Written as an anthem to usher in a new era, the song aims to remind people that they have the strength to inspire themselves and the ability to start down a new path. The track rises powerfully from BABYMETAL’s throne of silence heralding the beginning of a new start for the group.
BABYMETAL has finally broken the seal, and on January 28 and 29, 2023, the duo will hold the BABYMETAL RETURNS -THE OTHER ONE 2-day concert at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. More information will be announced soon, so keep an eye on social media and BABYMETAL’s official website!
METAL KINGDOM (Digital Single)
Streaming Date: January 20, 2023
Download & Stream: https://bm.lnk.to/metalkingdom
BABYMETAL RETURNS – THE OTHER ONE –
Dates: January 28, January 29
Venue: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall
Times: Doors Open 16:00 / Show Starts 18:00 (January 28)
Doors Open 15:00 / Show Starts at 17:00 (January 29)
BABYMETAL RETURNS – THE OTHER ONE – Special Site:
Tour Details: https://www.babymetal.com/tour/
CrosSing Cover Project Uploads Nanaka Suwa’s Version of Yukari Tamura’s Song ‘Fantastic future’
26.January.2023 | MUSIC
The CrosSing cover song project brings together popular voice actors to sing classic songs in their own unique style. Launched in March 2022, the YouTube channel has amassed over 150,000 subscribers and upon each song’s release, the project continuously trends on Twitter and other social media sites.
On January 18, 2023, the official CrosSing YouTube channel uploaded a recording video of voice actress Nanaka Suwa performing the song Fantastic future.
Nanaka Suwa is best known for playing Kanan Matsuura in Love Live! Sunshine!! The actress has also released two studio albums. In this new video from CrosSing, Suwa is seen performing Yukari Tamura’s popular song Fantastic future, used as the opening theme for the anime series The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat.
Fantastic future – from CrosSing – Nanaka Suwa (Recording Video)
The track is now available on numerous streaming sites and those purchasing the high-res version from mora will be able to access a special mini-interview with Suwa herself. LINE MUSIC has also started a playback campaign, and fans listening to the track over 300 times will be entered to win an autographed image!
A retweet campaign is also underway, with two lucky winners receiving Nanaka Suwa’s autograph. For details, check out the official CrosSing Twitter.
The CrosSing project released its first compilation album, CrosSing Collection Vol. 1, in September. Kana Hanazawa’s cover of Rain from Makoto Shinkai’s short anime film The Garden of Words is included as a bonus track. The track is also available on YouTube.
CrosSing Collection vol.1
Fantastic future – from CrosSing –
Streaming Links: https://CrosSing.lnk.to/SuwaNanaka_Fantasticfuture
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 3 to be Split in Two, First Half to Air in March
25.January.2023 | ANIME&GAME
It has been announced that Attack on Titan The Final Season will split its third part into two halves.
The first half will begin airing on NHK General starting March 3 at 24:25. The second half
will air sometime during 2023 with more details to be revealed in the future.
Prior to this, a special compilation of all 87 episodes will be aired on NHK General from
February 25 to February 27. Every episode of Attack on Titan that has aired to date will be condensed into seven episodes.
A new trailer has been released ahead of the beginning of Part 3 inspired by the phrase “This is Freedom.” Fans will see Eren smiling as a child, a vast difference from the man he grows to be. The despair in the video is palpable, but there is still some hope being kept alive by the characters.
Finally, to commemorate the third part of The Final Season, fans will be able to watch episodes from the series for free on the streaming service GYAO! starting January 17.
After years of massive popularity, Attack on Titan is approaching its climax. Be sure to tune into Part 3 when it begins airing in March!
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 3
Part 3, First Half Air Date: March 3, 2023 at 24:25 (NHK General)
Final Season Official Site: https://shingeki.tv/final/
Yutaro to Appear in NHK E Special Drama Series ‘Tokyo no Yukiotoko’
25.January.2023 | MOVIE
Yutaro will appear in the upcoming drama series Tokyo no Yukiotoko airing on NHK E starting February 4, 2023.
The family-centered series is packed with both humor and sorrow and tells the story of humanity living alongside a mysterious other species–the Snow People. Kouichi Yajima, known for his work on Kazeyo Arashiyo, Kounodori, and Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki, penned the screenplay.
Tokyo no Yukiotoko (Special Drama Series)
Starting: February 4, 2023 on NHK Educational TV
Airing every Saturday, 21:00-21:30 (5 episodes)
Script: Kouichi Yajima
Starring: Hayato Isomura, Kana Kita, Shingo Mizusawa, Miwako Shishido, Akari Takaishi, Tamae Ando, Manabu Hamada, Yutaro, Naoto Eguchi, Eri Tokunaga, Saori, Yasuhi Nakamura, Ron Mizuma, Kaito Yoshimura, Yui Kitamura, Shuntaro Miyao, Tamaki Ogawa, Shiro Sano, Yorie Yamashita
BiSH Reveals Artwork and Bonus Images for ‘BiSH OUT of the BLUE’ Concert Blu-Ray Release
BiSH, a punk band without instruments, has unveiled the cover art for the BiSH OUT of the BLUE Blu-ray. Fans can get their hands on this incredible release on February 15, 2023. The band has also revealed some special bonuses available at CD shops while supplies last.
BiSH OUT of the BLUE was the group’s largest-ever outdoor solo concert and was held at
the Fujikyu Highland Conifer Forest on October 22, 2022. Fans can also find a limited
edition Blu-ray/DVD which will also include live footage from the annual FiNE NATURE
SENSATiON (previously TOKYO BiSH SHiNE) free concert held at Zepp DiverCity.
Preorders are now open so be sure to check out the details below!
Matt Cab and Grace Aimi Release ‘Honemade Aishite’
Matt Cab and Grace Aimi released a cover of the song Honemade Aishite (Love Me to the Bone) on January 19, 2023.
The lyrics for Honemade Aishite were written by Kohan Kawauchi, a master author and screenwriter who also wrote the lyrics for the classic hit songs Ofukurosan and Isezakicho Blues. It was composed by Jun Kitahara, the man behind Showa era hits like Inochikurenai, Kyodai Jingi, and the theme song for Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi. Now, a massively popular song from the 1960s has been revived in 2023 with a new hip-hop sound.
Last October, Matt Cab and Grace Aimi each released a studio session video of the new track on each other’s social media pages, instantly attracting attention and rave reviews from several artists. Pulling in nearly 1 million views, there was clearly major fan demand for a full release.
The song combines a structure, melody, and lyrics that capture the feeling of the Showa era while also infusing elements of modern hip-hop and R&B.
Matt Cab & Grace Aimi
Honemade Aishite (Digital Single)
Release Date: January 19, 2023
Streaming URL: https://lnk.to/HoneMadeAishite
Lyrics: Kohan Kawauchi
Composition: Jun Kitahara
Arrangement: Matt Cab
BABYMETAL to Stream First Live Performance since Rebirth at Movie Theaters Nationwide
In October 2021, BABYMETAL announced that it would “seal” itself off from the world until
further notice. On January 28 and 29, 2023, BABYMETAL will hold the ‘BABYMETAL
RETURNS -THE OTHER ONE’ 2-day concert at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. It has been
announced that the long-awaited performance will be streamed in movie theaters the
following month, on February 23.
In the group’s first real-world performance since its rebirth, BABYMETAL will remind
audiences of how powerful they have been over the past decade. Returning through the
virtual METALVERSE to perform in another world audiences never knew existed, THE
OTHER ONE is a plan to restore BABYMETAL to its former glory while also treating fans to
an entirely different side of the band.
On March 24, BABYMETAL will release the concept album THE OTHER ONE worldwide.
After more than a year of silence, BABYMETAL is finally moving forward. Be sure to head to your local theater on February 23 to see the band in action once again!
Ending Theme for TRIGUN STAMPEDE by Salyu x Haruka Nakamura Streaming Now, New EP Announced
Hoshi no Kuzu α, the new song by Salyu × Haruka Nakamura, was released on streaming services on January 13, 2023.
The track will be used as the ending theme for the TRIGUN STAMPEDE anime series. It will be featured starting in the second episode which airs on January 14 at 23:00.
A six-song EP titled March of the Saints has also been announced, scheduled to release on March 8, 2023. Hoshi no Kuzu α will be included and the cover art has been released. Preorders are open now!