Beer Terrace ‘Kagura’ to Open in Harajuku Next to Togo Kinenkan
Tohnichi are set to open their Kagura beer terrace again this year at Togo Kinenkan, a wedding complex in Harajuku managed by the company with a history spanning over 40 years. It will be open for a limited time only, from July 18 to September 7. It will be just a five-minute walk from Harajuku Station sitting inside the green forest of Togo which spans approximately 33,000m².
The main venue for the beer terrace will be Ae no Niwa, a banquet hall with modern Japanese décor where customers can also make reservations for groups. There are indoor seats as well as open terrace seats that face a Japanese-style garden. Guests are entertained with first-rate service thanks to the locale and can enjoy Japanese tradition and culture.
Pick from a buffet packed with high quality ingredients or head to the live kitchen corner which proves popular every year. The chef can prepare ‘braised jambon’ right in front of you, or you can enjoy ‘aligot,’ a French-style mashed potato dish made with Fresh cheese.
They will also serve special free cocktails made using 100% natural honey collected from the Togo Shrine site. Beekeeping has taken place at Togo Kinenkan since 2013 in order to continue protecting the 33,000m² natural environment.
Surround yourself in the green forest of Togo by kicking back and enjoying a meal and a drink at the beer terrace.
Togo Kinenkan Harajuku – ‘Kagura’
Address: 1-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: July 18, 2018 – September 7, 2018 (*Closed Tuesdays)
Opening Hours: 6pm-9:30pm (Last Orders 9pm)
Price: Buffet (15 items) / All-You-Can-Drink – ¥7,500 (Tax Included)
*Max stay-time 3 hours.
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station’s Takeshita Exit via JR Yamanote Line / 5-minutes on foot from Exit 5 of Meiji-Jingumae Station via Chiyoda Line or Fukutoshin Line
Omohara Beer Forest Coming to Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
The Omohara Beer Forest by Yona Yona Beer Works is opening on the 6th floor rooftop of Tokyu Plaza in Omotesando Harajuku on June 29 and will run until September 17.
Sit down in the beer forest and enjoy some of the most popular craft beer beverages from Yo-Ho Brewing Company including Yona Yona Ale and Suiyoubi no Neko. The line-up also includes a range of drinks that even people who aren’t good with beer can try easily, such as the original beer cocktails Tsubu Tsubu Kiwi and Mango Pine which you can’t get anywhere else, both made using craft beer.
In terms of food, the theme is bites you can get at Japanese summer festival food carts. The food is prepared to go perfectly with craft beer. Look forward to a huge menu that consists of juicy chicken on the bone, craft sausage, as well as this year’s newly-introduced chili dogs and soba with salted squid.
Usually, the Omohara Beer Forest operates on a free space system where you can sit anywhere, but at the new one opening in Harajuku you can order a banquet course where they’ll prepare chairs and a table for you. The course includes a ‘Matsuri Set’ which includes edamame, fried potato waffles, crunchy bite-sized fried octopus, and juicy chicken on the bean; and craft sausage and soba with salted squid.
Feast on a meal with a glass of delicious beer while enjoying the fresh, cool breeze atop the terrace.
OMOHARA BEER FOREST by YONA YONA BEER WORKS
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 6F Roof Terrace, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: June 29, 2018 – September 17, 2018
*Open only on weekends and national holidays in September.
Time: Weekdays 16:00-22:00 / Weekends 12:00-22:00 (Including during Obon on August 10-15)
*Last Orders: Food 21:00 / Drinks 21:30
4-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station via JR Yamanote Line
1-minute on foot from Exit 5 of Meiji-Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
7-minutes on foot from Exit A2 of Omotesando Station via Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Hanzonomon Line, and Ginza Line
Enjoy a BBQ at Beer Garden on Rooftop in Roppongi
A beer garden serving authentic BBQ cuisine will open for a limited period of time from April 23 on top of Ark Hills South Tower where a luxurious rooftop garden sits.
Despite being in the middle of the big city, the garden has a freeing, spacious feeling with plenty of greenery and even sofa seats.
Food includes filling T-bone steak that uses carefully selected Iwanaka roasted pork shoulder, as well as a selection of seafood and vegetables.
In addition, downstairs in the same building, you can buy meat to take to the BBQ too. Choose your favourite ingredients and enjoy cooking it on the barbeque yourself. Of course, you can use it just for à la carte and drinks too.
The plan includes the ‘Casual BBQ Course’ (¥4,800 for 2+ people) where you can enjoy beef, pork and chicken; the ‘Premium BBQ Course’ (¥6,500 for 2+ people) that includes a T-bone steak, seafood and more; and the cook-it-yourself option (¥3,300). There’s also drinks to be enjoyed with each course as well as all-you-can-drink wine.
Step away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city a little and enjoy a top-tier BBQ atop a lush rooftop garden.
ARK HILLS SOUTH TOWER ROOFTOP LOUNGE ～Roppongi BBQ Beer Garden～
Address: Ark Hills South Tower Sky Park, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
*Please use the direct elevator on the path behind the B1F Ark Kitchen ‘Etsubo’ (笑壷)
Running: April 23, 2018 – September 30, 2018
Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00
*[April-June] Saturdays 12:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 12:00-22:00
*[July-August] Saturdays 15:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 15:00-22:00
*[September] Saturdays 12:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 12:00-22:00
TEL: 03-5549-1550 (*Reception opens April 20)
No Fixed Holidays. (Except during bad weather.)
Gaze at Odaiba’s Nightscape Scenery from a Private Terrace at Italian Restaurant Mangiare
Italian Restaurant Mangiare in Odaiba is opening its private terrace to all customers for a limited time from April 23rd to July 16th. They are serving a special course that comes with a main of your choice together with free-flow alcohol including beer and sparkling wine.
You can choose from chicken, pork or beef as your main, all of which come as a meal that look like something out of a movie.
There are 4 pieces to the course, beginning with the first refreshing drink which appears out from the cold mist. This moves onto the chef’s fantastic carpaccio pasta and then grilled meat (which changes day by day), and finally a specially made dessert – the frozen mojito punch made with a mysterious herb tea that changes colour.
The course can be enjoyed together with sparkling wine, beer and other available beverages.
The private terrace is also open to general customers for a limited time, where you can enjoy a sweeping panoramic view of Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge.
Enjoy a beautiful meal with relish while gazing at a picturesque view at Mangiare Odaiba.
Address: Pallazo e Mare, AQUA CiTY ODAIBA 5F, 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo
No Fixed Holidays.
Meat×Tokyo Night View – Beer Terrace
Running: April 23, 2018 – July 16, 2018
Time: 17:30-23:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Chicken Grill Course – ¥6,000
Pork Grill Course – ¥7,500
Beef Grill C ourse – ¥9,000
*Includes consumption tax & service charge.
HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE, a Collaboration Between Hot Topic & Studio Ghibli, Gets Pop-Up Store at Shinsaibashi PARCO
Last year, the HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE collaboration appeared at AF Gallery in Harajuku from August 10 until August 28, garnering massive acclaim from fans. The collection is now being sold at Shinsaibashi PARCO until March 12, 2023.
HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE is a Studio Ghibli-inspired apparel collection by the popular American counterculture chain Hot Topic. Bringing more Japanese culture to the ongoing Studio Ghibli collaboration launched in 2014, Hot Topic stores began selling original items produced by nine Japanese creators and brands, as well as some original American items produced by Hot Topic’s executive designers.
The lineup of Japan-original items includes T-shirts, tote bags, and other items featuring exclusive artwork by up-and-coming creators. These items depict beloved characters from Studio Ghibli’s works, as well as logos created for the collaboration. Fans won’t want to miss grabbing these unique items!
Details on the Previous HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE Pop-Up Store: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/625747
Running: February 23 – March 12, 2023
Venue: Shinsaibashi PARCO B1F Pop-Up Space (1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Official Site: https://ghibli-harajukucollective-ec.com
Online Store (Open until March 31, 2023): https://ec.ghibli-harajukucollective-ec.com
HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE Official SNS:
Twitter: @harajuku_collect (https://twitter.com/harajukucollect)
FRUITS ZIPPER Valentine Pop-Up Shop to Open at Laforet Harajuku
Laforet Harajuku will host a pop-up shop inspired by the up-and-coming idol group FRUITS ZIPPER from February 1 until February 14! The FRUITS ZIPPER Valentine Pop-Up Shop will be found on the 5th floor MAKE THE STAGE area.
FRUITS ZIPPER debuted in April 2022 and embodies a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” The group’s second single Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro exploded in popularity on TikTok, pulling in over 600 million views. In February, the girls will embark on their first solo concert tour in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. This is the first FRUITS ZIPPER-inspired limited-time shop, and during the event, visuals of the group’s members will be displayed in the show windows found on the first floor of Laforet Harajuku.
◆About the FRUITS ZIPPER Valentine Pop-Up Shop
When entering the venue, fans will be greeted by a 5-meter-wide board where visitors can write and attach their messages to the FRUITS ZIPPER members on heart-shaped cards. Costumes that the members have worn on stage will also be on display, allowing fans to see each stitch up close.
Exclusive items featuring new photos of the members will be on sale at the pop-up shop. Fans can enjoy seeing the girls in their own personal style, and these items will only be available during the event! Starting February 4, tour merch for the group’s upcoming solo concert series will also be available for purchase.
◆Collaboration with Fruit Sandwich Specialty Store ‘Fruits Box Daikanyama’
Last year’s popular collaboration with Fruit Box Daikanyama, a well-known fruit sandwich shop, is happening again in 2023! Fans can find the Collaboration Gift Box for sale, including seven baked meringue goods each featuring one of the member’s colors. The box also comes with snapshots of the members, and for a few lucky fans, these snaps might be signed! The idol group and sandwich shop have also teamed up to create the Collaborative Lucky Grab Bag Lottery, including popular FRUITS ZIPPER goods and original items from Fruits Box Daikanyama. The lucky first-prize winner will receive a special set of all available February tour merchandise in all sizes.
◆Member Appearance Planned on Valentine’s Day
On February 14, the final day of the pop-up shop, the members of FRUITS ZIPPER will make an appearance! Guests will be able to participate in the first-ever hands-on event with the members, so keep an eye out for more details!
Stay up to date with the latest FRUITS ZIPPER news at the official Twitter page (@FRUITS_ZIPPER).
FRUITS ZIPPER Pop-Up Shop Exclusive Goods
Random Photo – Valentine pop-up ver. (21 varieties): ¥330 (Tax Included)
Random Pin – Valentine pop-up ver. (7 varieties): ¥500 (Tax Included)
Random Purikura Stickers – Valentine pop-up ver. (14 varieties): ¥600 (Tax Included)
FRUITS ZIPPER Valentine POP-UP SHOP
Running: February 1 – February 14, 2023
Venue: Laforet Harajuku 5F MAKE THE STAGE
*Closed on February 7 and February 8
[Fruits Box Daikanyama Collaboration Goods]
Collaboration Gift Box: ¥3,500 (Tax Included)
Collaborative Lucky Grab Bag Lottery: ¥1,500 per try (Tax Included)
Check out more details about the pop-up below!
Stay up to date:
FRUITS ZIPPER Official Twitter
FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER
Date: February 3, 2023
Venue: ReNY limited
Time: Doors open 17:30 / Show starts 18:30
Contact: Sunday Folk Promotion (052-320-9100) *Open daily 12:00-18:00
Date: February 5, 2023
Venue: Nanba Hatch
Time: Doors open 16:30 / Show starts 17:30
Contact: Kyodo Information (0570-200-888)
FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER 〜FRUITS DAY〜
Date: February 9, 2023
Venue: Shibuya WWW X
Time: Doors open 18:00 / Show starts 19:00
Contact: HOT STUFF PROMOTION (03-5720-9999) *Open weekdays 11:00-19:00
FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER 〜ZIPPER DAY〜
Date: February 10, 2023
Venue: Shibuya WWW X
Time: Doors open 17:30 / Show starts 18:30
Contact: HOT STUFF PROMOTION (03-5720-9999) *Open weekdays 11:00-19:00
FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER -TOUR FINAL –
Date: February 12, 2023
Venue: LINE CUBE SHIBUYA
Time: Doors open 17:00 / Show starts 18:00
Contact: Sunrise Promotion Tokyo (0570-00-3777) *Open weekdays 12:00-15:00
Buy tickets for all shows here: https://l-tike.com/artist/000000000899959/
Zipper Magazine’s 2022-2023 Winter Issue on Sale Now
14.January.2023 | FASHION
The Winter 2022-2023 issue of the revived fashion creator magazine Zipper went on sale on December 23.
This issue focuses on this winter’s must-know trends and is packed with coordination tips, outfit plans through spring, snapshots, hair and makeup tips, and much more.
Zipper ended its 24-year history in December 2017. In March 2022, ASOBISYSTEM teamed up with DONUTS Inc. to revive the magazine as a quarterly release. The fashion magazine, popular with Gen Z, is known for sharing details aspects of Harajuku culture and will continue to share more from the creative center of Tokyo for years to come.
Standard Edition (Cover: Nagisa Saito)
Another Edition (Cover: FRUITS ZIPPER）
Zipper 2022-2023 Winter Issue
Release Date: December 23, 2022
Publishing Company: Shodensha
Available at bookstores nationwide and online
Popular EC Brand SHEIN Opens First Permanent Brick and Mortar Store in Harajuku
The global online fashion brand SHEIN has become wildly popular, shipping goods to over 150 countries. The world’s first permanent brick-and-mortar SHEIN store will open in Harajuku, Tokyo on November 13, 2022, displaying popular styles and items perfect for the Japanese market. All items on display will be available for purchase on the official SHEIN app simply by scanning the QR code on the tag. While items won’t be available to purchase in-store, the location will be a place where curious customers can try things on and explore new trends. The store has two floors and carries women’s and men’s wear, as well as kids’ wear, pet goods, and accessories. In addition to standard fitting rooms, there will also be a photo booth and SHEIN gacha machine!
This summer, the brand held its first pop-up event in Japan, traveling to five cities over two days. In October 2022, the three-month-long SHEIN POPUP OSAKA event invited customers could try on clothes and discover new styles.
“SHEIN TOKYO is planning to hold a number of events to make the SHEIN brand more familiar to new customers. Please visit us and enjoy perusing our reasonably priced but high-quality items,” an official comment reads.
Open: November 13, 2022
Address: b-town Building C, 1, 2F (4-25-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Closed during New Year’s holiday)
Official Website: https://jp.shein.com
Popular Character Coji-Coji Inspires First Baby Brand COJI-COJI BABY
18.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION
Momoko Sakura’s popular series Chibi Maruko-chan is filled with beloved characters, and Coji-Coji has remained a fan favorite for decades. Starting in October 2022, fans will be able to grab goods from the new COJI-COJI BABY brand.
The made-for-babies merchandise line will feature new artwork. The first theme is ‘outer space,’ and little ones will love the pastel colors and playful illustrations. A promo video has also been posted to the official Coji-Coji YouTube channel.
About COJI-COJI BABY
“A snooze on the moon…
From childhood to the faraway future,
Coji-Coji is always cozy-cozy.
Such a valuable life.
Grow together with your baby.
Snuggle up with your family.
Be there to relax with those you love.
Spend irreplaceable time together.
After all of these desires and thoughts came together,
COJI-COJI BABY was born.”
Product Release Information
Sales of COJI-COJI BABY products began on October 12, 2022 on the official Eightex Japan online store.
Coji-Coji Costume Romper: ¥9,900
COJI-COJI BABY Fair Now Open!
Starting on October 15, the COJI-COJI BABY Fair is being held at Kiddy Land Harajuku and Kiddy Land Osaka Umeda.
During the event period, those who purchase over ¥4,000 (including tax) on COJI-COJI BABY products will receive an original mini shikishi. This is a perfect frame for your baby’s handprint or footprint!
Official Online Store: https://eightex.com/pages/cojicoji
COJI-COJI BABY Fair
Running: October 15, 2022 ~
Venue: Kiddy Land Harajuku, Kiddy Land Osaka Umeda
*Bonus goods are only available while supplies last
*COJI-COJI BABY products will be available starting October 15.
COJI-COJI BABY Promo Video: https://youtu.be/QyGTaz8geT0
Old-School Burger Shop Jennifer Seven Opens Location in Harajuku, Tokyo
LDFS Co. Ltd., which operates six cafes and brands in Tokyo, has opened a new location! The company currently operates THE GREAT BURGER, a gourmet burger shop in Harajuku, The Little BAKERY Tokyo, and GOOD TOWN DONUTS. Now, they’ve brought the old-school burger store Jennifer Seven to Harajuku!
Jennifer Seven is a combination general store and burger store that sells apparel, kitchen items, and groceries. While it may seem like a general store with a coffee stand at first glance, the back door opens to reveal a secret burger shop! The innovative location will serve simple burgers, not the hearty and massive gourmet burgers available next door at THE GREAT BURGER.
General stores are found in rural America and carry a wide range of daily necessities, much like a yorozu-ya in Japan. Jennifer Seven sells original apparel, sundries, and goods with a vintage flare, as well as tableware and other items from the U.S. In addition, guests can find unique food items like handmade jellies and jams, fresh fruits and local veggies, natural wines, small gifts, and plenty more.
The drive-thru coffee stand attached to the store sells GOOD TOWN COFFEE, and Chinese-American steamed buns are also available at the Harajuku location!
Each classic burger will come with simple and tasty ingredients, including the beef patty, ketchup, mustard, original burger sauce, pickles, and onions. The restaurant’s simple interior features white and vintage wood with blue-grayish green accents and was designed by the owner himself, inspired by diners and school cafeterias in rural America.
Come enjoy a classic burger at this secret burger joint!
Location: Jennifer Seven
J-cube C Building 1F (6-12-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Hot Topic and Studio Ghibli Collab Project HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE Gets Pop-Up Store in Harajuku
HARAJUKU COLLECTION, a Studio Ghibli-inspired apparel collection by popular American counterculture chain Hot Topic, is offering licensed Ghibli goods for fans in the U.S. and Canada. The collection opened its online store for those in Japan on August 10, and a limited time pop-up store has been opened in Harajuku to celebrate the release of this incredible apparel!
Japan Original Items
American Original Items
The store has a colorful exterior that shows Totoro and the Susuwatari playing together. Once inside, guests will be greeted by a massive rainbow Totoro! The shop blends the world of Ghibli with the style of Harajuku.
“If there were colorful and kawaii mushrooms in Totoro’s forest, and if it rained acorns one day, maybe he’d need a mushroom umbrella!” This colorful Totoro was inspired by this adorable thought.
The walls are decorated with artwork drawn by the creators of the original Japanese items, and guests are able to see and purchase the products in this special space. Why not visit?
© 1988 Studio Ghibli
© 1989 Eiko Kadono – Studio Ghibli – N
© 1997 Studio Ghibli – ND
© 2001 Studio Ghibli – NDDTM
© 2004 Studio Ghibli – NDDMT
HARAJUKU COLLECTIVE Pop-Up Store
Running: August 10 – August 28, 2022
Venue: AF GALLERY (3-21-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) 1F
Online Store (Japanese)
Order Period: August 10 – December 31, 2022
*Items available while supplies last.
Special Site (Japanese): https://ghibli-harajukucollective-ec.com/
Official Chiikawa Shops in Harajuku and Osaka to Hold 1st Anniversary Fair
Last year, Chiikawa Land, the first official Chiikawa shop, opened at the Harajuku and Osaka Umeda branches of KIDDYLAND. Both locations will celebrate the 1st anniversary of the shop’s opening with a special fair on August 5, 2022.
Chiikawa is a popular character first revealed by Japanese illustrator Nagano on Twitter. In December 2020, the official online store Chiikawa Market opened, and Nagano released a book compiling the manga panels they drew and posted on Twitter. The characters have become massively popular, with the artist’s social media accounts racking up over 1.1 million followers. From collaboration cafes and exhibitions to a recent anime series, the sky’s the limit for these adorable characters!
「Holographic Sticker (Not for Sale) *Designs will differ between the Harajuku and Osaka Umeda locations.
Holographic Pin (Not for Sale) / For guests spending ¥3,300 or more (including tax)
Picnic Blanket (Not for Sale) / For guests spending ¥5,500 or more (including tax)
Mug (Not for Sale) / For guests spending ¥8,800 or more (including tax)
Limited Edition Chiikawa Land Harajuku x Marion Crepes Collab
Limited Edition Chiikawa Land Harajuku x Marion Crepes Goods
Chiikawa Land Osaka Umeda Limited Edition Goods
Both the Harajuku and Osaka Chiikawa Land locations are visited by fans each day, and each store has developed unique products to celebrate the first anniversary.
The Chiikawa Land Harajuku location will offer products in collaboration with Marion Crepes, while the Osaka Umeda location will sell limited edition products featuring the characters in cute traditional costumes. Special bonuses will also be handed out to guests spending particular amounts, so why not come out and grab some new goods?
©nagano / chiikawa committee
Chiikawa Land Harajuku / Osaka Umeda – 1st Anniversary Celebration
Date: August 5, 2022
KIDDYLAND Osaka Umeda:
Manga Series ‘Eren the Southpaw’ Hijacks Reebok Harajuku and Shibuya Stores
25.July.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / SPOT
Reebok has appointed a number of popular artists in Japan and abroad to take part in their new campaign titled ‘Life is Not a Spectator Sport -Move, Move!-’ This collaboration started in March 2022.
As a part of this collaboration, Reebok is teaming up with the manga series Eren the Southpaw. Kappa’s popular ensemble drama highlights a number of creators, and has a very poignant tagline: “To all those who couldn’t become geniuses.” Reebok’s brand message matches this and is meant to be a manifesto for life, telling people to never give up, act on their own convictions, and find their own path.
Reebok Classic Store – Harajuku Interior
Stickers / Pins
Original Scene from Eren the Southpaw
To commemorate the release of Reebok’s flagship model INSTAPUMP FURY 95 in Sax Blue, a huge piece of window art was redrawn by Kappi. The artist also provided an original manga featuring an entirely new story. Fans can find this at the Reebok Classic Store Harajuku and on the official Reebok Twitter page. The Reebok stores in Harajuku and Shibuya have also been completely taken over by Eren the Southpaw, completely decorated from top to bottom in images from the series.
Release Date: July 22
Original Manga Available:
Reebok Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Reebokjp
Reebok Classic Store Harajuku
Reebok Store Shibuya
KAWAII LAB. Report #1: IDOLATER Welcomes Two New Members
KAWAII LAB. is a project spearheaded by ASOBISYSTEM with the aim of introducing the world to popular Japanese idol culture. The idol group IDOLATER was born from this idea, and in April, the girls welcomed two new members, transforming it into a fresh new 5-member group. Announced at the group’s solo concert ‘New IDOLATER’ on April 24, Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki joined the lineup consisting of Ayu Okuda, Kurumi Tsukishiro, and Yukino Fushiki.
A typical idol group is peppy and filled with energy, but IDOLATER is doing things a little differently. What is their appeal? How do they want to shake things up?
A Group Formed by Finalists from ASOBISYSTEM’s First National Audition
IDOLATER debuted in April 2019. In the spring of 2018, ASOBISYSTEM, the management company behind Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and a number of other popular talents, announced its first large-scale nationwide audition, ASOBISYSTEM THE AUDITION 2018. IDOLATER’s history began with five audition finalists–Fushiki, Okuda, Tsukishiro, and two others. The catchphrase for the audition was fitting for the group: “Seeking the next generation of talents to shape Japanese pop culture and share it with the world.”
IDOLATER Welcomes Solo Singer Ririka Satsuki & Model Fuuka Oishi
Following the departure of two members and intense restrictions imposed on the group’s activities due to the pandemic, IDOLATER continued to operate with only three members. Although they didn’t manage to get a ton of media coverage or appeal in large-scale events, the group continued to pull in new fans and gain recognition in the idol community. After a while, Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki joined the group, giving a much-needed boost to IDOLATER’s activities and energy.
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. Despite their incredible confidence, this is the first time either has worked as an idol!
IDOLATER and the Concept of ‘Idols’
The word ‘idol’ can conjure plenty of images to mind, but what does the word mean to the members of IDOLATER?
The group’s music blends together elements of city pop, future funk, and house, while still keeping true to traditional J-pop roots. The familiarity of their music makes it easy to approach, and Yukino Fushiki’s powerful voice alongside Ririka Satsuki’s melodies shower fans with some of the best vocals in the idol world.
The group’s choreography is provided by YU-KA, formerly of TEMPURA KIDZ. Her experience as both a dancer and an idol makes her an asset, and her refreshing moves are a highlight of each IDOLATER show.
A former pattern maker for a Japanese fashion brand designed the group’s costumes.
If this sounds like the idol group for you, come and check out an IDOLATER event to see the girl’s incredible appeal for yourself.
On June 19, IDOLATER will hold their second regular performance, ‘Camel,’ at Ebisu CreATO. (The title of the show was chosen because it sounded fun, not for any other specific reason.)
Stay tuned for the next report, where we’ll delve a little deeper into the life of each member of IDOLATER!
YouTube: KAWAII LAB.
Official Site: https://note.com/idolater
From Harajuku to the world! Chasing the bright future of a rising star, FRUITS ZIPPER
FRUITS ZIPPER is a group quickly rising to stardom, debuted from “KAWAII LAB.” KAWAII LAB is a new project to introduce Japanese idol culture from “Harajuku”, a fashion town where various cultures and personalities gather, to the world. Members of the group include Amane Tsukihashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Runa Nakagawa, Manaka Mana, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.
Even before their debut, the group garnered attention for their breathtaking visuals. Their performances are so powerful, you would never expect such refined skill from such an adorable aesthetic, which is known to captivate the hearts of their fans. The group is produced by Misa Kimura, a model and TV personality who is also the general producer of “KAWAII LAB. She will utilize her experience and creativity as the leader of the idol group “Musubizm” to introduce idol culture to the world.
Expressing FRUITS ZIPPER’s world through collaborations with creators
Furthermore, even before their debut, the group drew a lot of attention because of their collaborations with many different renowned creators. Among the collaborations includes the artist photos created by video director/art director/3DCG artist YUKARI. She uses a cutting-edge trend of CG-moving techniques, in addition to still-images. The mysterious colors of bright light that embraces the girls are definitely eye-catching.
Catchy and cute choreography of FRUITS ZIPPER
@fruits_zipper ハートハート #わたしの一番かわいいところ ♬ わたしの一番かわいいところ – FRUITS ZIPPER
Followed by the debut song “Kimino Akaruimiraiwo Oikakete,” a song with a positive message for the future, “Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro,” with its cute choreography and lyrics, won the hearts of people and was selected as one of the “TikTok Hot Songs in Japan” and charted on the Billboard. More than 13,000 videos using ”Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro” have been posted on TikTok with the hashtag “#わたしの一番かわいいところ (Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro).” The long-awaited third single “Kanpeki Syugide☆”, which was released on May 20, is an energetic tune created by music producer Manaka Suzuki.
Performances that reach into people’s hearts and minds
A pop-culture event presented by Asobisystem “ASOBE!!,” was held at Spotify O-EAST on May 26th. In addition to FRUITS ZIPPER, fellow Asobisystem members Atarashii Gakko! and IDOLATER, who is also a member of “KAWAII LAB.”, performed at the event. Many other remarkable idol groups also took part in the event, enlivening the venue.
Alongside their regular performances, they are scheduled to participate in a number of events, including the “LEADING PALETTE! and “HYPE IDOL! vol. 20” at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall both June 12th. Make sure to come and see their live performance, it’s sure to steal your heart!
Additionally, KAWAII LAB. will be serialized on “Moshi Moshi Nippon,” a website that provides the latest news of Japan to the world. The articles will be published in hopes of sharing the charm of IDOLATER and FRUITS ZIPPER with people not only in Japan, but also around the world. Details will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more from KAWAII LAB.!
YouTube: KAWAII LAB.
YouTube: FRUITS ZIPPER
Official HP: https://note.com/idolater
HARAJUKU App Launches Collaboration with Love Live! Super Star!! at Famous Takeshita-dori
19.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
From May 20 until June 5, 2022, AppBank is bringing fans of Love Live! Superstar!! a special treat in collaboration with the HARAJUKU app! By launching the app at a check-in spot in Harajuku, users can win a limited-edition Love Live! toy at random, such as acrylic keychains or pins.
App Splash Page
Random Toy Screen
For those winning a toy, the item can be picked up in front of the CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU Love Live! Superstar!! Wall Panel or at YURINAN Harajuku Takeshita-dori Yu-rin An. In celebration of the event, CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU will be featuring Love Live wall panels during this period, so be sure to go get some great pictures!
HARAJUKU x Love Live! Superstar!!
Running: May 20, 11:00 – June 5, 19:00
Official Site: http://www.appbank.co.jp/