Charbroiled Angus beef burgers, chilli cheese fries and satisfyingly thick milkshakes are among the reasons why this California-born chain has been able to prosper on the American fast food battlefield for well over half a century now. Carl’s Jr made an unsuccessful Japanese invasion way back in 1989, but is now giving it another shot – undoubtedly attracted by Tokyo’s overflowingly diverse burger scene and eager to keep up with the likes of fellow quality-first chain Shake Shack. Look out for their first outpost in Akihabara this spring.
【Official Report】FRUITS ZIPPER Holds Live Performance Initially Scheduled to Be Performed in America
On June 4, FRUITS ZIPPER held FRUITS ZIPPER LIVE Vol. 1 and FRUITS ZIPPER Vol. 2 at Hulic Hall Tokyo. The group recently celebrated its first anniversary. The concerts were planned and held in Japan on extremely short notice, as the girls were initially meant to perform at A-kon in Dallas, Texas on June 2 and 3. Sadly, their appearance had to be canceled, but after so many rehearsals and so much preparation, the group still wanted to put on a show for its dedicated fanbase. Hopefully, this live report can give American fans a glimpse into the incredible show!
With the event being announced on June 1, only three days before FRUITS ZIPPER took the stage in Tokyo, it was uncertain how many fans would show up. Shockingly, the hall was completely full for FRUITS ZIPPER Live Vol. 1 and FRUITS ZIPPER Live Vol. 2, and the audience immediately began cheering as the members appeared on stage. The venue went dark, and mysterious sound effects began to play, setting the scene for an incredible show.
The girls began with three fan favorites: Kimino Akaruimiraiwo Oikakete, Kanpeki Shugide☆, and Happpy Chocolate. Immediately, the hall was thrown into a frenzy, and the energy was contagious.
“Welcome to Hulic Hall! We’re FRUITS ZIPPER!”
Soon after, the girls prepared to introduce themselves in English. First, Suzuka Chinzei addressed the crowd. “I’m so glad that so many people are here even with such little notice–thank you so much! We’d like to perform in Yurakucho today as if we were in America. Is that okay?” The audience immediately responded, shouting “Yeah!”
One by one, each member shared a bit about themselves in English.
Yui Sakurai: “Nice to meet you♡ I’ll make everyone fall in love with me in just 5 seconds♡”
Amane Tsukiashi: “How are you? I’m happy to meet you!”
Suzuka Chinzei: “I brought a quick joke as a gift from Japan today! Look at me…♪Like this~♪Lunchbox~…Don’t exist!!! I hope you had a good laugh. Thank you for the big laughs!”
Karen Matsumoto: “I will do my best! Please continue to support me!”
Luna Nakagawa: “It has been my dream to perform in America, so it’s a dream come true! Thank you!”
Noel Hayase: “I wanna say thank you all your guys for coming today. Even though we announced this live concert 3 days ago and there are so many people here in front of us…I’m so happy. Let’s enjoy our day together, thank you!”
Mana Manaka: “I’m sorry that we couldn’t go to America this time but I will do my best to improve my performance and meet you all soon! Thank you for your support!”
Among the members, Noel Hayase is trilingual, fluent in Japanese, English, and German. Speaking to the audience, she got a big reaction with her impressive pronunciation. “Here we go on the next song, okay?” Next, the group performed Roller Coaster Heart, Re→TRY ＆ FLY, and Furefuru Summer!
During Furefuru Summer!, Luna Nakagawa called out to the members and audience alike. “Do you have this towel? Are you ready?” The venue was filled with fans waving their towels around to the beat of the seasonal classic.
“The next song is going to be harder…are you guys ready,” Noel called out. “More more scream,” Luna added, and soon, Going! began to play. During the group’s most famous track Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, Yui Sakurai called out in English with a request for the audience–”Let’s KAWAII dance~♡”
To conclude, FRUITS ZIPPER performed the NEW KAWAII-infused track RADIO GALAXY, followed by their latest song Chou Medetai Song ~Konnanni Shiawasede Iinokana?~. Applause rang out as the final notes sounded, with many fans in the audience congratulating the group on a successful show.
As is tradition, a commemorative photo was taken with the audience at the end of the show–this time, with some American flair.
“We are going to take a picture, and it’s going to be used on our official Twitter, so if you don’t want to be in a picture please hide your face. Hide, your, face, please,” Luna said, with the last bit in over-the-top broken Japanese. The members made their classic poses with adorable expressions on their faces.
After the photo shoot, Mana Manaka shared her gratitude with the fans in the audience. “Thank you so much to everyone who came to this concert, despite the short notice. We were really encouraged by everyone planning on going to the U.S. with us and everyone who supported our trip abroad on social media. FRUITS ZIPPER will continue to expand its activities around the world, so don’t be discouraged by this setback! Please continue to support us! Thank you for coming today!” The members smiled and said “See you!” as they left the stage.
FRUITS ZIPPER LIVE Vol. 1 and FRUITS ZIPPER Vol. 2 were held on very short notice after the group’s upcoming U.S. appearance was canceled. Despite this, the audience’s unwavering and sincere support for the girls was palpable throughout the venue. The fans raised their hands and shouted along with the group, and the performance was filled with nothing but warmth and happiness.
There’s no doubt that the girls will continue their global expansion. We’re looking forward to FRUITS ZIPPER’s performance in the U.S. sometime in the future, and as they continue to impress audiences around the world, there’s no doubt that the group will soon touch every corner of the globe.
FRUITS ZIPPER LIVE vol1.
FRUITS ZIPPER LIVE vol.2
Date: June 4, 2023
Venue: Hulic Hall Tokyo
Chou Medetai Song ~Konnanni Shiawasede Iinokana?~
Release Date: May 4, 2023
Streaming URL: https://kawaiilab.lnk.to/CSKSI
Available on all major music download and streaming sites
Sayonara Nakano Sunplaza Music Festival (Performance Information)
Sayonara Nakano Sunplaza Music Festival
Date: June 26, 2023
Venue: Nakano Sunplaza (Tokyo)
Time: Doors open 17:30 / Show starts 18:30
Premium Seat: ¥11,000 (Tax Included)
Reserved Seat: ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Please see the official event site for ticket information and additional updates.
FRUITS ZIPPER Tour Information
FRUITS ZIPPER JAPAN TOUR 2023 AUTUMN
September 3 – Zepp Namba, Osaka
September 5 – Zepp Nagoya, Aichi
September 8 – Zepp Fukuoka, Fukuoka
September 10 – BLUE LIVE HIROSHIMA, Hiroshima
September 13 – PENNY LANE24, Hokkaido
September 16 – KT Zepp Yokohama, Kanagawa
VIP Standing Ticket: ¥16,500
miniVIP Standing Ticket: ¥7,700
General Standing Ticket: ¥5,500
2F Reserved Seat: ¥5,500
*All prices include tax, drinks separate
*Tickets for Hokkaido and Hiroshima are VIP/General Standing only.
The latest information will be announced on the official FRUITS ZIPPER Twitter page
Illustrator Natsumi Sato Opens New Solo Exhibition
02.June.2023 | SPOT
Natsumi Sato’s “peloringirl series,” featuring girls sticking out their tongues in vivid pop colors with a 90s feel, has become increasingly popular. On June 2, the artist opened a new solo exhibition at A.F GALLERY in Harajuku.
In addition to many of her past creations, visitors will also be able to see newly drawn works created especially for the exhibition, as well as works from the recently released NFT project City Pop TOKYO, for which Natsumi Sato acted as the character designer.
Sato is planning on holding exhibitions in Fukuoka and Osaka in the future.
Natsumi Sato Solo Exhibition TOKYO
Running: June 2 – June 16, 2023
Venue: A.F GALLERY (Tokyo)
Address: ASOBIFACTORY 1F (3-21-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
■Natsumi Sato Gallery Visits
June 2 – June 4
June 10 – June 11
Matt Cab, MATZ, Grace Aimi, and Ace Hashimoto Release New Single ‘AGAIN’
01.June.2023 | MUSIC
Grace Aimi has teamed up with music producer Matt Cab, MATZ, and Ace Hashimoto on the new single AGAIN.
The song blends hip-hop and R&B vibes with House beats, creating a feel-good rhythmic sound with a light and easy beat. Grace Aimi’s warm, nostalgic voice and Ace Hashimoto’s smooth raps are included in the mix, resulting in a song that can easily grip people’s hearts.
AGAIN (Digital Single) – Matt Cab, MATZ, Grace Aimi, Ace Hashimoto
Release Date: May 26, 2023
Streaming URL: https://lnk.to/MMGA_AGAIN
Lyrics: Grace Aimi, Matt Cab, Ace Hashimoto
Composition: Grace Aimi, Matt Cab, MATZ, Ace Hashimoto
Arrangement: Matt Cab, MATZ
Matt Cab is a music producer and artist from San Francisco who is active in Japan. With a unique musical sense and a unique groovy sound, Cab has been active in the pop and street scenes as well as in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B, blending the boundaries between scenes and genres. In recent years, he has worked on songs for BTS, Namie Amuro, AI, JP THE WAVY, Awich, and many other popular artists. BE:FIRST’s single Kick Start shot to the top of various charts, winning 17 awards. Cab also worked on the English translation of RADWIMPS’ Weathering With You Complete Version. He was the only Japanese artist selected as one of the 50 Creators of the World at the YouTube Music Awards in New York where he also performed. In addition, Alicia Keys chose Cab’s entry to the Time Machine Remix Contest as the Grand Prize winner and invited him to attend the Grammy Awards. In his new project PLAY SOUND, he samples sounds from the streets along with anime sound effects to create new beats, posting them on TikTok and other social networking sites and amassing huge popularity. Cab has collaborated with companies and organizations such as NIKE, JAL, Fuji Safari, and the Japan Karate Federation and his Youtube channel has over 200,000 followers. His collaboration single with MIYACHI, Famima Rap, reached the top spot on Spotify’s viral chart, and his one-of-a-kind music continues to attract attention.
A musical artist from Sapporo, Hokkaido, MATZ has always been influenced by dance music, starting to create music during his teen years. His original tracks, released on SoundCloud, attracted attention from DJs all over Japan, and he performed as a supporting act at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami in 2016. After performing at Ultra Japan for two consecutive years, he released his debut EP, Composite, in 2017. The song I See You feat. Ruby Prophet reached #2 on the iTunes Dance Singles chart. Following the success of his debut album, he became the first Japanese artist to release remixes on the overseas labels Enhanced Music (U.K.) and Media Records (Italy). MATZ released his first album TIME in March 2020, continuing on to produce songs for BE: FIRST, NIJISANJI EN, SKY-HI, Kizuna Ai, NovelCore, KEMIO, Tokyo Gegegay, Yuito Takeuchi, and others. He has also produced remixes for Akiko Wada and Kumi Koda. The artist has worked on official compilations for Tokyo Girls Collection and has also produced music for a wide range of different commercials. In 2022, he made his world debut with the release of his 1st single STAY feat. SURAN from Universal Music! He is continuously attracting attention as a next-gen artist in the dance music scene.
A talented Chicago-born singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer, Brandun DeShay was an early member of Odd Future, a hip-hop collective led by Tyler, the Creator (2008-10), along with Frank Ocean and other popular musicians. He has made a name for himself through music production, songwriting, and guest performances, and due to his love and respect for Japanese culture, he moved to Tokyo for a period in 2017. He is also active in providing music for EXILE and ELLY/ CrazyBoy (Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS from EXILE TRIBE). Under the name Ace Hashimoto, he has collaborated with KOJOE, 5lack, RAU DEF, and others, and has deepened his grasp on the Japanese hip-hop scene. From 2NITE (featuring Taichi Mukai) to Great Indoors (featuring Devin Morrison & Sir Michael Rocks), he has released a slew of hits, steadily increasing his skill and experimenting with new genres and styles. His pop, mellow, and alternative R&B sound, which many say falls somewhere between Pharrell and Frank Ocean, has garnered a lot of global attention.
MANON Releases ‘L.M.S.N,’ a Collaboration with NY-based Artist Kyunchi
30.May.2023 | MUSIC
Starting in October 2022, artist MANON released new music for four consecutive months. Continuing her exploration of the HyperPop genre, her new track L.M.S.N feat. Kyunchi is now streaming.
MANON is known for releasing music with up-and-coming artists, and for this new track, she’s collaborated with NY-based HyperPop artist Kyunchi. L.M.S.N was composed by trackmaker Kiraku, who also worked on MANON’s previous release. The song is a Gal anthem, packed with Kiraku’s signature sound and ‘Gal Rap’ performed by MANON and Kyunchi.
<Comment from MANON>
“I’ve wanted to collab with Kyunchi for so long, and it’s finally happened.
When I go to parties, I have a habit of being loud and not holding back, so people tend to shoot me these judgmental looks. But I don’t care! I always think “LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE!!” This song is just that–it’s us doing what we want to do at the moment. ⭐️That’s the vibe.
I feel like gals from the 2010s are all about YOLO–they give off this super strong vibe. That’s what I was trying to channel in this track, but then Kyunchi’s bad bitch rap made it so much more intense. The jacket was also inspired by blinged-out images from the 2010s and was made by Kiraku’s friend onumi!
When you hear this song, be sure to MAKE SOME NOISE!!”
L.M.S.N feat. Kyunchi – MANON (Digital Single)
Release Date: May 24, 2023
Streaming URL: https://orcd.co/lmsn
Lyrics: MANON, Kyunchi / Prod.: Kiraku
Kyunchi is a New York-based, candy-coated, gender-bending, post-modern, hyperpop, scene kid. Not bound by age, gender, nationality, or religion, the artist debuted in 2019 with Kyunshi Shopping Spree, produced by Ayesha Erotica. In April 2022, they released Mecha Angel Genesis♡, produced by writer syva of Codomo Mental INC. WORLDWIDE☆GIRL feat. nonamera was released on August 31, produced by syva and featuring nonamera on vocals.
Shinichi Osawa, who produced the debut song barla for the Tokyo-based female artist and creator collective bala, has released his own remix of the track on all major streaming services.
This new remix comes on the heels of bala’s collaboration with bilingual rapper BBY NABE on another version of barla. Osawa’s reimagining of the song is funky and danceable, composed mainly of addicting loops that maintain the house vibes of the original song along with Kenmochi Hidefumi’s snappy lyrics. Fans of Shinichi Osawa will recognize his signature sound cultivated over many years at the forefront of the club scene.
bala members MANON and SUNNY ONLY 1 have also released solo tracks this month. On May 30, bala’s self-organized event ‘bala take me with you bala x KOMOREBI’ will be held at EBISU BATICA. As expected, the girls are aiming to take the global stage.
barla -SHINICHI OSAWA REMIX- / bala (Digital Single)
Release Date: May 17, 2023
Streaming URL: https://orcd.co/qawndpg
Osawa is a musician, composer, DJ, and producer who performs under the names SHINICHI OSAWA, MONDO GROSSO, and RHYME SO. Having produced and remixed tracks for both domestic and international artists, he has also worked on music for advertising campaigns and created soundtracks designed for unique locations. Osawa also served as the producer for a music bar focused on analog records.
In 2017, he restarted his activities as MONDO GROSSO with the album Reborn Again and Always Starting New. His latest work, BIG WORLD, has attracted media attention for its collaborations with other major music creators including Ryuichi Sakamoto and Hikari Mitsushima on the track titled IN THIS WORLD.
bala take me with you bala x KOMOREBI
Date: May 30, 2023 / 20:00-22:30
Venue: EBISU BATICA
SUNNY ONLY 1 (bala)
Preorder Tickets here
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Perform Live at FUELFEST JAPAN, America’s Largest Car Festival
25.May.2023 | MUSIC / Uncategorized
Last year, one of the largest car festivals in America was held in Japan for the first time. FUELFEST JAPAN was a massive success, bringing in an audience of over 33,000 people to Fuji Speedway and transforming the space into what felt like the world of Fast & Furious. The event is returning to Fuji Speedway on August 11, 2023, and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will be taking the stage for a live performance.
The 2023 event will be on an even larger scale. Actor Cody Walker, the brother of the late Paul Walker, will be in attendance, along with over 2,000 show cars, including many used in the Fast & Furious films. Guests can also enjoy drifting and supercar ride-alongs, a 0-200m drag race, and many other car-centric events, as well as a merchandise and food area. It’ll be difficult to see everything in a single day!
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is slated to perform at the event. The artist, now hugely popular in the United States, performed at the world-renowned music festival Coachella in 2022, as well as the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles soon after.
Whether you’re a fan of cars or just a fan of good music, FUELFEST JAPAN is sure to impress. This one-day event will be packed with content, so don’t miss this blend of Hollywood supercars and Kyary’s kawaii performance!
Date: August 11, 2023
Title: FUELFEST JAPAN, Japan’s Largest Car Festival
Venue: Fuji Speedway (694 Nakahinata, Oyama, Sunto District, Shizuoka 410-1307)
Time: Doors open at 10:00, Concert ends at 18:00
[Live Report] Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Slays the Stage at Packed Anime Central Show in Chicago
Heading towards the concert venue inside the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, it was no surprise to see the line for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s show snaking through the halls to wrap around the building. Anime Central–the largest anime and manga convention in the midwest United States–played host to the concert, and fittingly, plenty of fans were clad in over-the-top cosplay, while many others proudly wore past Kyary concert tees, touting their steadfast devotion to Japan’s most kawaii pop princess.
This would be the third stop on Kyary’s first world tour in five years, following successful shows in New York and Los Angeles.
Since her debut over a decade ago, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has steadily amassed a global following, bringing new fans into the fold with every catchy tune and feast for the eyes she releases. Her name conjures thoughts of oversized bows and danceable earworms, and just last year, the artist performed for a hyped crowd at Coachella, a music festival that needs no introduction.
In October 2022, Kyary wrapped up her lengthy 10th Anniversary Tour around Japan, performing the majority of her 105 songs at the legendary Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. During this tour, the artist made global headlines by announcing the Local Japan Project, a way to revitalize towns and cities around Japan suffering from the pandemic’s aftermath through collaborative releases with small businesses. From limited-edition foods to special pink KPP-inspired train cars, the impact was palpable–if not by sheer funds, by contagious cheeriness.
Named Japan’s Kawaii Harajuku Ambassador by the Mayor of Shibuya, Kyary dabbles in a little of everything, from fashion and dance to cultural endeavors. Her natural ease in front of a crowd has a way of pulling in an audience–and Chicago was no exception. She came prepared to share the deeper meaning of kawaii while challenging stereotypes, accepting individuality, and sharing thoughts of a more open and artistic future.
Prior to the start of the show, French DJ and trackmaker Moe Shop warmed up the crowd with an intense set that had the room shaking with a combination of bass and mass jumping. Although seating was provided for audience members, it was impossible to stay standing as the set began, featuring some of the electro-artist’s biggest hits from Baby Pink to GHOST FOOD (feat. TOREINA). As the first few seconds of CANDY CANDY (Moe Shop Remix) began, the room seemed to burst open, with more and more pink glowsticks beginning to illuminate the crowd.
Packed with kawaii devotees from wall to wall, brief quiet fell as stagehands rushed to decorate the set with POPPP icons, cueing some guests in the front to begin chanting Kyary’s name. As the venue lights dimmed, a brief film briefly introduced Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s history as if she was a character in a storybook, a hero desperate to illuminate the darkness in the world with all things pink and cute.
With her trusty dancers in tow, she finally took the stage as De.Ba.Ya.Shi. 2021, the techno-heavy first track on Kyary’s newest album Candy Racer, set the stage for a night of addictive tunes and carefree fun.
A highlight of the concert’s first half was Dodonpa, sending the crowd into an absolute frenzy. The experimental track’s erratic energy, heavy house influence, and gibberish lyrics invite anyone to sing along, regardless of mother tongue, making it an immediate fan-favorite with international Kyary fans.
Upon its release as the fifth single from Candy Racer, Kyary encouraged anyone interested to use the song in their online videos, also opening an official contest encouraging creators to send their best interpretation. The artist navigated through the tricky lyrics with relative ease as the audience egged her on, jumping along with the chorus’s hypnotic beat.
As the song concluded, fans screamed and cheered as Kyary finally began her brief English MC clad in a completely pink princess dress, complete with crown. Asking the audience their favorite color, the correct answer was obvious, and the artist nodded enthusiastically. “This is a pink show,” she stressed.
Leaping into Ninja Re Bang Bang, the artist and dancers performed the legendary choreography with ease as diehard fans imitated the shinobi hand gestures in time with the track.
In 2011, Kyary leaped from the local scene in Harajuku to the outside world with the release of PONPONPON. The bizarre and colorful music video immediately made the rounds on YouTube, and despite being relatively unknown at the time, the artist instantly had a viral hit on her hands. During the Chicago show, a remixed intro of the song, originally produced by Yasutaka Nakata, struck fans with the promise of lethal nostalgia. As the track began in earnest, Kyary bid the fans to dance along–it seemed that the request wasn’t necessary, as the audience was already in full swing.
KYARY ANAN pic.twitter.com/aw77siGxOL
— きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ (@pamyurin) May 20, 2023
Cherry Bonbon and Kyary ANAN followed, the latter of which saw fans chanting the singer’s name along with the lyrics. Though some present at the concert were likely unfamiliar with the music filling the hall, the energy was unrivaled, and it was nearly impossible to escape the waves of exhilaration and feverish fondness that penetrated the air.
If you weren’t a Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fan when you walked in, you certainly were when you walked out, whether her sound was your typical poison or not.
Invader Invader and Fashion Monster, tracks used in popular GU ads in Japan during the early 2010s, have similar staying power in the U.S., and are both credited as some of Kyary’s most popular songs. Prior to the start of Fashion Monster, a brief interlude began, in which the video monitors broadcast an impressive collection of snapshots of Kyary’s fashion over the past decade. A costume change was imminent, and when the artist returned to the stage, she donned a pink mask and pink ruffled dress, both seen during her Budokan performance late last year. Holding her mic beneath the mask seemed like an annoyance, but Kyary seemed to thrive off of the challenge, not missing a beat.
In its entirety, the setlist included nearly 20 tracks, easily checking off a bucket list item for hundreds of fans in the audience. Entry to the concert was included with a pass to the popular convention, though seating wasn’t guaranteed, causing dedicated fans to line up for hours prior to the show’s 6:30 start time.
But there were no complaints to be heard–instead, there was immense gratitude towards Kyary, her management company, and Anime Central for bringing the singer to Chicago.
Considering Kyary’s upward trajectory to date, it’s impossible to imagine a future in which the singer doesn’t continue catapulting towards the zenith of bubble pop legends in a global sense. The singer will now travel to Europe for the remainder of her world tour, and reports from there are sure to reflect the same general sentiment. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is here to stay, and kawaii culture is sure to continue its spread.
Written by Carley Garcia
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://kyary.asobisystem.com
OFFICIAL Twitter: https://twitter.com/pamyurin
OFFICIAL INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/kyarypappa/
OFFICIAL FANCLUB「KPP CLUB」:https://kyary.net/
Drama Series Zenra Meshi, Starring Yutaro, to Get Official Photo Book in June
The Kansai Television drama Zenra Meshi, starring Yutaro, is getting an official photobook release on June 23, 2023 titled Zenra Meshi Official Photobook -Our Recipes Start Here-.
The unusual romantic comedy follows an elite businessman hiding an incredible secret–he loves to eat naked to relieve his stress. One day, this habit is revealed, and Ichijo finds himself quickly falling in love.
The official photobook will include over 30 pages of gravure photos of Yutaro (Miki Mahiro) and Shori Kondo (Futa Ichijo). Set as an epilogue taking place after the main story shown in the series, Futa and Miki can be seen enjoying a picnic date with a handmade bento and spending cozy time together in PJs at home.
Also included are 20 pages of solo photos of Futa wearing a suit and posing in front of a beautiful night scene and Miki wearing a hoodie in a restaurant that smells of spices. Both shoots were intended to look as though a lover snapped the images. The photobook also includes Mizuchi’s Recipe Notebook, highlighting recipes from around the world with comments by popular cookbook author Yummy. Fans can also look forward to plenty of interviews with the cast and crew along with behind-the-scenes filming and production details.
Zenra Meshi Official Photobook -Our Recipes Start Here-
Release Date: June 23, 2023
Publisher: Tokyo News
*The book may be released on a different date depending on the area.
Amazon: Limited Edition Cover
We! Premium Limited Store: Photo (Shori Kondo)
Seven Net Shopping: Autographed Photobook (Shori Kondo or Yutaro)
*The start date and time for orders may vary depending on the store. Check each company’s website for details.
*Purchase bonuses and limited-edition copies are available while supplies last.
*Additional retailers and special offers may be added in the future.
*Availability will vary by store. Please check with each location for details.
Official Photobook Release Event
Date: June 24, 2023
More details will be released later in TOKYO NEWS magazine&mook (https://zasshi.tv/)
Licaxxx Announces Tokyo Community Radio’s Second Event Series ‘communities’ to be Held in Tokyo and Osaka
Tokyo Community Radio (TCR), an online radio platform run by Licaxxx, has announced a new event titled communities. The event will be held at Daikanyama UNIT / Saloon in Tokyo on June 30 and at Osaka JOULE on July 1.
The guest lineup includes re:ni and Laksa, two hot up-and-coming DJs and producers reshaping the UK music scene. The duo has a monthly program on NTS Radio titled re;lax, along with a party series of the same name. In February 2023, they released a new EP, Body Score, on their new label founded to explore music with faster tempos and to carry the torch of UK techno, jungle, dubstep, and grime. Each DJ is also active individually and the two have constantly been in the spotlight.
Music fans are invited to partake in this stunning musical event led by Licaxxx and targeted at the current generation of music makers as they extend beyond Asia and take their activities around the world.
re:lax (re:ni & Laksa)
Tokyo Community Radio presents ‘communities’ with re;lax
Date: June 20, 2023
Venue: Daikanyama UNIT / SALOON
Admission: ¥2,000 (Early Discount) / ¥3,000 (ADV) / ¥3,500 (At the door)
Buy Tickets: https://tokyocommunityradio.zaiko.io/item/356159
Temple Ov Subsonic Youth (a.k.a Mars89) – Live
re:lax (re:ni & Laksa)
Temple Ov Subsonic Youth (a.k.a Mars89) – Live
Tokyo Community Radio presents ‘communities’ with re;lax in OSAKA
Date: July 1, 2023
Venue: Osaka JOULE
Admission: ¥2,000 (Early Discount) / ¥3,000 (ADV) / ¥3,500 (At the door)
Buy Tickets: https://peatix.com/event/3590421/view
re:lax (re:ni & Laksa)
Guests under the age of 20 will not be allowed entry.
All guests will be subject to an ID check prior to entry. Please bring a photo ID showing date of birth. (Photocopies will not be accepted.)
If we are unable to confirm your identity, you may be denied admission.
<About Tokyo Community Radio>
TCR is a distribution platform based in Tokyo that focuses on introducing both local DJs and up-and-coming DJs from around Japan. The program features all musical genres and showcases both DJ mixes and live performances. In featured podcasts, DJs talk about their music, hobbies, and interests, allowing fans the rare chance to learn more about their favorite creators. The station also cooperates with community radio stations in other Asian cities and supports DJs and artists from Asia and beyond when they visit Japan. In addition to regular DJ sessions and podcasts, TCR also collaborates with corporate events, produces music events, and matches DJs to places and brands
CANDY TUNE Releases Heart-Snatching Second Single ‘CATCH YOU’
24.May.2023 | MUSIC
In March 2023, CANDY TUNE, the newest idol group from ASOBISYSTEM’s idol project KAWAII LAB, made its debut. The girls have been attracting plenty of attention, and their second single, CATCH YOU, is now available to stream.
The song features an addictive chorus that repeats “Catch You” and “Kyanchu,” the fan abbreviation for CANDY TUNE. The group’s members are sure that it will catch listeners’ hearts with its KAWAII band sounds, catchy pop tune, and upbeat lyrics. The music was produced by Naoki Kubo, a former member of SILENT SIREN and the sound producer of all of SILENT SIREN’s songs. Kubo has produced all of CANDY TUNE’s tracks to date.
CATCH YOU – CANDY TUNE (2nd Digital Single)
Release Date: May 20, 2023
Streaming Link: https://KAWAIILAB.lnk.to/CATCHYOU
Available on all major music download and streaming sites
1. CATCH YOU
2. CATCH YOU -Instrumental-
CANDY TUNE Solo Concert
Date: June 27, 2023
Venue: Spotify O-WEST
Time: Doors open 17:30 / Show starts 18:30
Tickets: ¥2,000 (General Standing, Tax Included, Drinks Separate)
Buy Tickets: https://l-tike.com/candytune/
ATARASHII GAKKO! Named as Ambassadors for NIKE Gamma Force
Nike’s Gamma Force line, a modern interpretation of classic 80s sneakers, will be available at ABC-MART and ABC-Mart Online. To celebrate the launch, a new visual and collaborative video featuring the members of ATARASHII GAKKO! have been released.
In the video, the girls are seen performing a flashy dance while wearing shoes from the Gamma Force line. The featured song, SUKI LIEwas featured on the group’s new EP ICHIJIKIKOKU and in standard ATARASHII GAKKO! style, the members express themselves freely while holding absolutely nothing back.
ATARASHII GAKKO! x Gamma Force Bonus Campaign
Those who purchase shoes from the Gamma Force line at ABC-MART stores or online will receive original stickers featuring ATARASHII GAKKO! One sheet will include special edition stickers, including key visuals and illustrations of the members wearing Gamma Force and their signature socks.
*One sticker sheet per purchase will be available while supplies last
*Bonus campaign begins May 11 both in stores and online
*The campaign will end once all stickers are gone
Gai Ueno to Star in Upcoming Film ‘Sensei! Kuchisake-onna desu!’
12.May.2023 | MOVIE
On July 7, the film Sensei! Kuchisake-onna desu!, starring Gai Ueno, will open in theaters.
The coming-of-age battle and horror film focuses on the unlikely relationship between an urban legend and a group of high school punks. After three punks steal a motorcycle, they realize that the owner of the bike is none other than a Kuchisake-onna–in Japanese folklore, this is an evil woman with her mouth slit from ear to ear. Gai Ueno plays the role of F1, a member of the high school gang and a hotwiring genius.
<Comment from Gai Ueno (F1)>
“I’m Gai Ueno, and I play the role of F1. Sensei! Kuchisake-onna desu! is truly a film that I want everyone to see. The characters are somehow cute and you’ll immediately love them–I’m confident that this is the cutest-ever Japanese film focused on high school delinquents. Even now, I wonder if I can personally get fired up and serious about the smallest things. Working on this movie reminded me to have the power to believe in myself. Please enjoy the movie and take the time to think back to your high school days! I’ll be waiting for you at the theater.”
<Comment from Director Yuu Nakamoto>
“I guess it’s been about 10 years since I lived in Hiroshima, where I grew up. I’m really interested in motorcycles, and one day, I was just mindlessly driving along the country roads at night. Then, from the other side of the road, I heard a noise…and suddenly, there was a woman wearing a mask walking nearby. I had this intuition…I thought “she’s not from this world,” and in that moment, I lost consciousness. Before I knew it, I was here, directing this film. Hmm…strange, isn’t it?”
High school students Takeshi (Taisei Kido) and F1 (Gai Ueno) work part-time stealing motorcycles and selling them to a gang of delinquents for cash. One day, Ayaka (Reina Kurosaki) decides to join after transferring to the boy’s school, and business booms. While trying to steal a bike parked at a deserted apartment, the group is discovered by a masked woman who seems to be the motorcycle’s owner. In a panic, Takeshi and his friends rush to escape but are quickly overtaken by the woman, who seems to have unbelievable physical abilities far beyond any other human. This woman running 100 meters in 6 seconds is actually the Kuchisake-onna, her mouth slit from ear to ear! What will happen to the group of high schoolers?! And just who is this Kuchisaka-onna?!
Sensei! Kuchisake-onna desu!
Release Date: July 7, 2023 nationwide
Starring: Taisei Kido, Reina Kurosaki, Gai Ueno, Ririka, Masanari Wada/Naomasa Musaka, Shigeo Osako, Hiroko Yashiki, etc.
Director/Screenwriter/Editor: Yuu Nakamoto (Shiryou Gundan Ikari no DIY, Fukuyama Shichou ni Ichinichi Micchakushitemita)
Official Site: https://kuchisake-onna.jp/