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.
Square Enix’s Tokyo Game Show Panel to Welcome Performance From RAM RIDER
Japanese musician, DJ, and producer RAM RIDER has been confirmed to be performing at Square Enix’s panel, ‘SQUARE ENIX PRESENTS at TGS 2020 Online,’ at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show event which is scheduled for September 24-27.
Square Enix will be showcasing new works like Marvel’s Avengers and KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory as well as information on Dragon Quest X Online and Final Fantasy XIV. The event will be streamed free on YouTube, Twitch, and Niconico.
Game music will meet club music when RAM RIDER serves on September 27 at 19:30 (JST) for ‘SQUARE ENIX MUSIC DJ MIX SHOW Feat. RAM RIDER.’
SQUARE ENIX MUSIC DJ MIX SHOW Feat. RAM RIDER
Date/Time: September 27, 2020 @ 19:30 (JST)
*Free to watch
SQUARE ENIX MUSIC Special Site: https://www.jp.square-enix.com/music/sem/page/tgs2020/
RAM RIDER Official Website: https://ramrider.com
RAM RIDER New Label 401: https://401u.jp
Stylish Pokémon Bags and Accessory Line-Up Revealed by French Luxury Leather Goods Company Longchamp
Longchamp, a French luxury leather goods company which first opened in Paris back in 1948, is collaborating with Pikachu from the Pokémon series on a playful new collection which will be released worldwide on October 14, 2020. Pre-sales of the collection will launch in Japan on October 9, 2020 when it will be released at Longchamp in Omotesando and Ginza, as well as online.
LE PLIAGE® Collection
See Longchamp’s iconic LE PLIAGE® collection turn kawaii with Pikachu designs. The line-up maintains the elegance of the brand while adding a chic touch of Japanese pop culture. The items also feature the Longchamp brand name written in an eye-popping monogram font.
LE PLIAGE® Cuir Pokémon (Limited-Edition Model)
This nylon bag features Pikachu wearing a jockey hat like Longchamp’s iconic logo.
LE PLIAGE® Cuir Pokémon
Only 500 of these LE PLIAGE® Cuir Pokémon bags will be sold worldwide, each with its own unique serial number. The bags also have a Pikachu hidden on the back, and the strap too features a special logo.
“Our Le Pliage bag has become a platform where all the different aspects of Longchamp can be expressed and can also take us to unknown places,” explains Sophie Delafontaine, Artistic Director at Maison Longchamp. “We hadn’t explored entertainment and gaming before. It’s a very inspiring world, particularly with Pokémon and its iconic mascot, Pikachu. Our two worlds, real and virtual, blend perfectly in this collaboration.”
Pokémon GO players will also be able to get their hands on a Longchamp bag on the game’s store to fashion up their avatars.
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Longchamp x Pokémon
Japan Pre-Sales: October 9, 2020 (Longchamp Omotesando/Longchamp Ginza/Online Store)
Worldwide Release: October 14, 2020
Official Website (Japan): https://www.longchamp.com/jp/ja/
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ to Open in Tokyo, Osaka & Aichi
Japanese company LEGS has announced the opening of the limited-time Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~. The themed cafes will open in Tokyo on October 29, Osaka on October 30, and Aichi on October 23.
Ojamajo Doremi is an original magical girl created by Toei Animation that ran from February 1999 to January 2003. To celebrate the series’s 20th anniversary last year, LEGS opened a different Ojamajo Doremi limited-time themed cafe in collaboration with Cafe&Kitchen which welcomed lots of magical girl fans.
This year once again welcomes Etoile et Griotte as the art director for the fruit parlor-inspired cafe.
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ celebrates the 20th anniversary of Ojamajo Doremi Sharp is the second series in the Ojamajo Doremi series. Fans will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive magical merchandise as well as tuck into pastel coloured fruity food.
Doremi’s Cheese Steak Doria in Cherry Sauce | ¥1,699
Steak is Doremi-chan’s favourite food, so it was a must-have on the menu. The cream cheese is coloured like Doremi, and there’s a cute musical note topping too. It comes with a cute lunch mat that looks like Doremi’s skirt.
Hazuki’s Omurice in Porcino & Orange Cream Sauce | ¥1,399
The omelette is made to look like Hazuki’s yellow skirt. Enjoy together with the delicious porcino sauce and orange combination.
Onpu’s Waffles With Crepe & Mascarpone | ¥1,299
Blueberry sauce-drizzled and mascarpone-topped waffles served with a mashed potato skirt. The sweet and sour mix is to die for.
Aiko’s Blueberry Float | ¥999
A fresh blueberry float inspired by Ai-chan. Mix everything together to create a different flavour.
Momoko’s Lemon Cheesecake Parfait | ¥1,399
A fresh lemon cheesecake packed parfait with lots of enjoyable flavours and textures.
Rhythm Tap Tart | ¥1,300
Inspired by the Rhythm Taps seen in the series, the tart imagines Doremi’s transformation scene in Ojamajo Doremi Sharp.
Onpu Melody Drink (5 Flavours) | ¥1,099
A rainbow line-up of colourful Onpu drinks available for takeout.
Movie Theater Menu
Girls Meet Sushi | ¥1,299
Inspired by the meat sushi that Sora and the gang eat in the animated film Majo Minarai wo Sagashite. Comes with an original postcard.
Acrylic Keyrings (6 Designs) – ¥600 Each
Letter Set (1 Design) – ¥1,200 | Folder Set (2 Designs) – ¥700
A selection of super kawaii cafe-original merchandise is available for fans to grab.
Those who book a table in advance, order a drink, or spend more than ¥2,000 at the cafe will receive one of six possible A5 folders.
Become a magical girl like Doremi at the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020.
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020
Running: October 29, 2020 – December 6, 2020
Location: SHIBUYA BOX cafe&space
Address: Shibuya LOFT 2F, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: October 30, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Location: Abeno Q’s Mall 4F
Address: Abeno Contact, 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka
Running: October 23, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Location: NAGOYA BOX cafe&space
Address: LACHIC B1F, 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Sword Art Online: Progressive Anime Series Announced
24.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME
The next chapter of the Sword Art Online anime series has been green-lit. With the completion of season two of Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, the anime’s official Twitter page and website has confirmed the adaptation of the Sword Art Online: Progressive light novels. Check out the official announcement video below.
Sword Art Online: Progressive – Anime Project Video Announcement
The six-volume Sword Art Online: Progressive is a retelling of the events from the original Aincrad arc of Sword Art Online. Further details surrounding the project have yet to be announced, so stay tuned.
© 2020 Reki Kawahara / KADOKAWA/SAO-P Project
Sword Art Online: Progressive
Official Website: https://sao-p.net/
Kawaii Kirby’s Dream Land Hand Cream Releases This September
Japanese cosmetic brand Lovisia is releasing three new hand creams with adorable Kirby packaging this autumn. The creams will begin rolling out on Lovisia’s official website, variety shops, and select Lawson stores in Japan at the end of September.
Kirby’s Dream Land Hand Cream | ¥800 (Before Tax)
“Pink Lush” is the concept attached to the hand cream line-up, which is coloured a cute Kirby pink. There are three different designs: one with Kirby on a flower bed and wearing a flower crown, another with Kirby and Waddle Dee blowing bubbles, and another with Kirby inhaling assorted fruits.
Stay moisturised with Kirby throughout autumn and winter
Made in Japan, the hand creams contain collagen and hyaluronic acid, so your hands won’t be all sticky after applying the cream. Having hand cream is a must during these times when we all need to keep our hands washed, so why not do it in style with this pink line-up?
Three fragrances to choose from
Each cream also has its own combination of scents so your hands are left smelling great too.
01 Floral Shower
Inspired by the smell of flower beds, the base fragrances include musk, amber, and sandal wood. The middle notes are jasmine, lily of the valley, and rose, while the top notes are pear and leaf greens.
02 Pure Fruity
This fruity hand cream has musk, amber, and cedarwood for the base and jasmine, rose and honeysuckle for the middle notes. It’s toped with pear and apple.
03 Fresh Soap Bubbles
The final hand cream also has musk, amber, and cedarwood for its base notes. The middle notes are jasmine, rose, and magnet, and the top notes fresh lemon and green apple.
©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc. KB20-P2209
Kirby’s Dream Land Hand Creams
Release Date: Late September 2020
Available: Lovisia, Lawson, variety shops in Japan
Official Website: https://lovisia.jp/kirby/
One Piece x Shu Uemura Collaborate On Colourful New Makeup Collection
Japanese makeup artist brand Shu Uemura’s highly-anticipated holiday collection is here. The “Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection” will launch in two parts: the first on November 1 and the second on November 15.
The special collection is inspired by the brave and heroic Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates from One Piece, one of Japan’s biggest manga and anime franchises.
The first part of the collection launching on November 1 welcomes Shu Uemura’s popular vivid eyeshadows and iconic lipsticks from the Rouge Unlimited collection while the second part is made up of a variety of face colours, accessories, and more, made specially for the holiday season. Pre-orders for both parts will launch via Shu Uemura’s website and select online stores in Japan on October 15, 2020.
Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection
Bright colours and textures inspired by the marine blue ocean, the beaming sun, and treasure—all elements that scream the adventures of One Piece. Shu Uemura invites people to join Luffy on that adventure with this new collection.
Wanted Treasure Box Eye Palette Grand Line / Wanted Treasure Box Eye Palette Thousand Sunny | ¥8,500 Each (Before Tax)
The Wanted Treasure Box Eye Palette Grand Line comes in a treasure chest-like eye palette case and boasts ten gorgeous colours, which includes numerous new colours and textures like Crushed Stone, Deep Matte, Antique Metal, and Warm Pearl. Inspired by the Grand Line ocean current in One Piece.
Rouge Unlimited Amplified / Rouge Unlimited Amplified Matte / Rouge Unlimited Matte / Rouge Unlimited Amplified Lacquer Shine | ¥3,300 Each (Before Tax) *Includes 9 colours
Each colour is based on one of the special moves performed by characters in One Piece. The colour arrangement is diverse, ranging from colours to make a statement to more casual ones. Wield the power of the Straw Hats wherever you go.
Fearless Crew High Rider Gold First / Fearless Crew High Rider Romance Dawn | ¥5,000 (Before Tax)
Smooth, silky highlight powder to accentuate the face. Colours include shining gold which glistens like pearls and sun-basked peach.
Fearless Crew Premium Brush Set | ¥6,500 (Before Tax)
The high quality mini brush set includes a face brush, cheek brush, eyeshadow brush, and eyebrow brush.
©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation
Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection
Japan Release: Part One – November 1, 2020 / Part Two – November 15, 2020
Product Page: https://www.shuuemura.jp/holiday-collection/
TV Anime Jujutsu Kaisen Opening Theme by Eve Releases October 3
It has been announced that Eve’s new song Kaikai Kitan will be released digitally on October 3, 2020.
Kaikai Kitan digital edition cover art
The song will be used as the opening theme for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Jujutsu Kaisen. Gege Akutami’s manga series Jujutsu Kaisen is serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump and has over 6.8 million copies in circulation.
Hear Eve’s new song in the latest promotional video for the Jujutsu Kaisen anime below.
©Gege Akutami / Shueisha・Jujutsu Kaisen Production Committee
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Anime Film Announces Bonus Manga For Theatergoers
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. The popular series has over 80 million copies in circulation and spawned a hit anime series last year. The upcoming anime film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, which is being animated by ufotable, is set for release on October 16, 2020 will serve as a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series.
The official Japanese Twitter account for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba film announced that theatergoers in Japan will be given a limited-edition manga when they see the upcoming film.
Rengoku Volume 0 Limited-Edition Manga
The special 84-page manga by Demon Slayer author Koyoharu Gotouge follows Kyojuro Rengoku, the Flame Hashira, on his first mission as a slayer of demons. It also features interviews with the staff and cast. The manga is limited to 4.5 million copies.
Jump Special Anime Festa 2020 Talk Show
‘Jump Special Anime Festa 2020’ will be hosted on Youtube on October 11 from 13:00 before the film is released. It will see the voice actors for Tanjiro, Nezuko, and Kyojuro discuss the upcoming film.
It’s less than a month until the release of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train. Stay tuned for the latest updates.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train
Release Date: October 16, 2020
Official Website: https://kimetsu.com
Mickey Mouse Exhibition ‘THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND’ to be Held in Roppongi
23.September.2020 | SPOT
The Asahi Shimbun and Nippon TV are set to host an exhibition centred on Mickey Mouse at the MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY in Roppongi, Tokyo, from October 30, 2020 to January 11, 2021, in celebration of 90 years since Mickey Mouse’s screen debut. The exhibition will showcase works shown at the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition held in New York in 2018-2019.
Walt Disney’s concepts and ideas are formed around innovation, creativity, imagination, and storytelling. And one character who walked that journey with him and continues to this day is none other than the iconic Mickey Mouse, who since making his first appearance in Steamboat Willie in 1928, has gone on to be a symbol of the Walt Disney Company loved by people the world over.
Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in New York
The Mickey: The True Original Exhibition held in New York looked at how Mickey Mouse has influenced art and pop culture over the years, covering everything from Steamboat Willie which hailed as Walt Disney’s first black and white sound film to over 100 colour short animations, artwork, and more.
Keiichi Tanaami – “Mickey’s Japan Tourism”
Javier Sanchez Medina – “Studio for Mickey’s hands”
The exhibition was ran from November 2018 to February 2019 and saw installations from over 20 international artists including New York-based artist Daniel Arsham and Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer Brian Roettinger.
Brian Roettinger – “(L)imitation of Sound”
DRx – “3000% Mickey Be@r”
The Tokyo exhibition will be a travel back through time, looking at Mickey Mouse from the past to the present. It will be split into three zones: “The Origin,” “The True Original,” and “Beyond.”
The Beyond zone will welcome original artwork from five Japanese artists.
Original Merchandise – Pin Badge
Original Merchandise – Ballpoint Pen
The exhibition’s museum shop will have exclusive Mickey Mouse merchandise for sale, as well as pre-sales on other items. See new official goods from works like Steamboat Willie and Fantasia as well as items designed by Japanese artists. It’s a chance to see Mickey in a variety of different ways.
Visitors to the exhibition will also receive one of four original eco-bags for free upon arrival.
MICKEY THE TRUE ORIGINAL & BEYOND
Running: October 30, 2020 – January 11, 2021
Venue: MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Floor 52F)
Entry Price: General ¥2,800 / Junior & High School Students ¥2,000 / Elementary School Students ¥1,200 / Preschoolers – Free
Official Website: mtob.exhibit.jp
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Announces Escape Game Based On J-Pop Group Perfume
23.September.2020 | SPOT
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS, the world’s first and Japan’s biggest puzzle-themed theme park, has announced a new escape game centred on the Japanese pop group Perfume. Titled “Escape From The Room Next To Perfume,” the game is set to hit the indoor theme park on September 22, 2020.
An escape game is a real-life interactive experience that has players solving puzzles to escape a room. The story of the Perfume game puts players on the same team as Perfume. As players wait in anticipation, an LED display made to look like a window opens to reveal the Perfume members, who greet players and encourage them on their escape. And so begins the game.
There are various items and pieces of information in the room for players to solve the puzzle, including dance poses by Perfume which give hints for the next step. It’s an interactive experience that makes it feel like Perfume are really there with you.
Perfume fans can get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise too, like a sticker set, folder, and message cards. These items will be sold at the TMC GOODS SHOP at Tokyo Mystery Circus as well as the online stores SCRAP GOODS SHOP and Perfume’s own A!SMART.
Escape From The Room Next To Perfume
Start Date: September 22, 2020
Location: TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS
Address: APM Bldg., 1-27-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://mysterycircus.jp/perfume/
Tokyo’s Pokémon Café Adds Eevee Frappe to the Menu
Eevee Apple Pie Frappe
The sweet tang of the apple combines with the caramel to create a tasty dessert drink, topped with whipped cream, crunchy piece bits, and a cute Eevee tail cookie.
Buy the separate Eevee sleeve to put on your drink to make a fully complete and adorable Eevee frappe♡
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Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café
Address: Sunshine City Specialty Shop Area Alpa Floor 2, 3-1-2 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
Ruriko Temple’s Five Story Pagoda to be Lit Up With Magical Illuminations
22.September.2020 | SPOT
The Five Story Pagoda of Ruriko Temple is a National Treasure of Yamaguchi Prefecture. The site is commemorating the 600th anniversary since the birth of Sesshū Tōyō, the Japanese master of ink and wash painting, with a special event on September 26 and 27 and October 10 and 11.
The Five Story Pagoda was built in 1442 using skilful architectural techniques from the mid-Muromachi period. It is considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful pagodas.
1,000 candles are set to be lit along the pathway to the pagoda, lighting up the way with enchanting light. The spectacle is set to be posted on the official Yamaguchi Prefecture PR YouTube page so that more people can enjoy the show.
2020 marks the 600th anniversary of Sesshū Tōyō who is considered the most prominent master of ink and wash painting in Japan. In his mid 30’s, he visited Yamaguchi so that he could cross over to China on the Ōuchi clan’s mission to Ming China. He returned to 1483 where he based himself and worked until he passed away in 1506 at age 87.
Sesshū Tōyō 600th Anniversary Commemoration
Running: September 26, 2020 / September 27, 2020 / October 10, 2020 / October 11, 2020
Candle Lighting: 18:30-21:00
Enquiries on the day: 083-934-6630
*The YouTube video is scheduled to be posted on September 30, 2020. Subject to change depending on the weather.
*To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the site is limiting the number of people allowed at the site at once.
Yamaguchi Prefecture PR Official YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/user/PrefYamaguchiKouhou