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BABYMETAL Thrill Los Angeles at The Forum With Their New Album ‘METAL GALAXY’
15.October.2019 | MUSIC
BABYMETAL released their long-awaited third album METAL GALAXY worldwide on October 11, following up from their hit 2016 record Metal Resistance. On this same very day, the band performed their first ever highly-anticipated US arena show at The Forum in Madison Square Garden, Los Angeles.
A slew of artists, from the pop world to the rock world, have performed at the acclaimed venue The Forum. BABYMETAL hail as the first Japanese act to headline the area. The sold-out show saw an electrifying set list of 15 tracks, including songs from their new album such as Shanti Shanti Shanti and PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO).
The arena was equipped with a giant wide screen and moving centre stage, all of which BABYMETAL made full use off to pull fans into their Metal Galaxy. Every song was welcomed with cries of cheers and a thundering applause followed by plenty of moshing and fist pumping. It was a monumental night for both the band and their American fans due to the hype leading up to the show.
When METAL GALAXY launched last Friday, it show up to No. 1 on the iTunes metal chart and rock chart around the world, including the US, UK, France, Germany, Sweden and Japan. It also made it to No. 2 on several album charts in the US, UK and Japan.
BABYMETAL will perform in Japan this November as part of the Metal Galaxy World Tour, with shows at Saitama Super Arena on the 16th and 17th and at Osaka-jo Hall on the 20th and 21st. They will be joined by British rock act Bring Me The Horizon who will perform as special guests at the already sold-out shows.
BABYMETAL recently added extra shows to the Japan leg of the tour. The additional concerts will take place at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on January 25 and 26 next year.
Photos by Taku Fujii
Release Date: October 11, 2019
Limited Edition SUN – Japan Complete Edition (2 CDs+Vinyl Size Jacket): ¥4,500 (Before Tax) [TFCC-86684]
Limited Edition MOON – Japan Complete Edition (2 CDs+Vinyl Size Jacket): ¥4,500 (Before Tax) [TFCC-86685]
Limited Edition – Japan Complete Edition (2 CDs+DVD): ¥4,200 (Before Tax) [TFCC-86686]
Regular Edition – Japan Complete Edition (2 CDs): ¥3,500 (Before Tax) [TFCC-86687]
Vinyl Edition – Japan Complete Edition (2 Vinyls): ¥5,000 (Before Tax) [TFJC-38037]
METAL GALAXY Special Website: https://www.toysfactory.co.jp/artist/babymetal/metalgalaxy20191011/
BABYMETAL Official Website: http://www.babymetal.com/jp/
MAN WITH A MISSION Drop ‘Dark Crow’ Music Video & Announce Music Documentary
15.October.2019 | MUSIC
5-piece wolf rock band MAN WITH A MISSION will release their new single Dark Crow on CD on October 23. In the run up to its release, the title track has released an early digital release today, in addition to a music video which you can see below.
The band recently began embarking on their Remember Me Tour which began at Kumamoto-Jo Hall on October 13. This show was held as part of GAMADASE KUMAMOTO, a festival created by the band in collaboration with Kumamoto to help raise money for the city. It was held originally back in 2018.
At the end of every MWAM show they will showcase a video during the encore with details of a big announcement. This time it was the announcement of the band’s first-ever music documentary MAN WITH A MISSION THE MOVIE -TRACE the HISTORY- which is set for release next year. Check out the teaser below.
Release Date: October 23, 2019
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,800 (Before Tax) [SRCL-11320～11321]
Regular Edition (CD): ¥1,200 (Before Tax) [SRCL-11322]
Anime Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,800 (Before Tax) [SRCL11323～11324]
MAN WITH A MISSION THE MOVIE -TRACE the HISTORY-
・Starring: MAN WITH A MISSION (Tokyo Tanaka, Jean-Ken Johnny, Kamikaze Boy, DJ Santa Monica, Spear Rib)
・Director: Tsuka Chenko
・Release Date: 2020
・Copyright: ©2020 “TRACE the HISTORY” FILM PARTNERS
・Film Official Website: http://mwam-movie.com/
MAN WITH A MISSION Official Homepage: https://www.mwamjapan.info/
Disney Launches Merchandise Collaboration with Fashion Brand SHIPS
15.October.2019 | FASHION
The new “DISNEY DESIGN COLLECTION by SHIPS” collaboration launched on Tuesday (October 15) featuring all-new exclusive merchandise sold at Disney Store branches across Japan.
The collection, made in collaboration with fashion brand SHIPS, features simple and chic designs. Many of the items incorporate motifs from the classic Steamboat Willie, the animated short film which marked Mickey Mouse’s debut. SHIPS has even created its own original logo with their company name written in a rope-like font. The items are exclusive to Disney Store Japan.
From clothing like hoodies and caps to everyday items like a mug and notebook, this unisex collection is packed full of fun goodies for everyone to enjoy. The long-sleeved navy hoodie has a simple design with the SHIPS logo displayed proudly on the hood. The bag is made from a light material and can hold a high capacity of things. It also comes with an additional pouch for more lightweight and convenient use.
But the collaboration doesn’t stop there. It in fact goes both ways. SHIPS themselves are also selling their own exclusive items as part of the collection with Mickey Mouse motifs. Their merchandise is different from that at the Disney Store. The designs feature a retro-style Mickey, with fashion items covering all bases including men, women and kids. There’s also a tote bag, bandanas, and more.
Be sure to visit both the Disney Store and SHIPS to see what else they have in stock.
DISNEY DESIGN COLLECTION by SHIPS
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Hat: ¥2,900 (Before Tax)
Face Towel: ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
Long-Sleeved Hoodie: ¥7,000 (Before Tax)
Long-Sleeved T-Shirt: ¥4,500 (Before Tax)
Bag: ¥6,500 (Before Tax)
Mini Bag: ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
Product Page: http://disneystore.jp/ships
Indulge in a Strawberry Heaven at Hoshino Resorts KAI in Tochigi Prefecture
A new hotel plan has arrived at three branches of Hoshino Resort’s hot spring hotel brand KAI in Tochigi Prefecture where guests can enjoy the luxury of strawberries together with their stay. Tochigi is famous for growing strawberries, and so all three hotels will serve up their own unique succulent strawberry experiences. The branches in question are KAI Kawaji, KAI Kinugawa, and KAI Nikko.
For roughly the past 50 years, Tochigi has enjoyed the largest cultivation of strawberries in the whole of Japan. Hoshino Resorts KAI is taking advantage of this milestone by presenting guests with a strawberry experience they won’t forget, with the delicious fruit comprising the whole of their stay from checking in to checking out. Each hotel branch will have different varieties of strawberries in stock, and guests will discover new ways to enjoy them. They will also be presented a map highlighting different locations to indulge in strawberry desserts, so they can carry on their fruitful after checking out on the road home too.
KAI Kawaji: Strawberry Picking at a Japanese-Style Hot Spring Inn
KAI Kawaji’s “Satoyama Ichigo Taizai” (Satoyama Strawberry Stay) plan offers a one-night stay with a strawberry picking session by the watermill in the hotel grounds. The strawberries there are juicy and sweet and ripen on the stalks. During your stay, you can go and pick them at your leisure. The strawberries grown there are a variety called tochiotome which have a full-bodied aroma are sweet with the perfect amount of sourness. In the evenings, a sunken hearth will be lit at the watermill so you can stay warm in the fresh winter outdoors while you pick your strawberries. Guests can also enjoy a strawberry sweet red-bean soup made with rare white strawberries which came out as a new variety of Tochigi Prefecture strawberry in 2018. They have less sourness and are super sweet with a smooth texture.
Running: January 15, 2019 – February 29, 2019 (Check In)
Price: From ¥25,000 (1 room for up to 2 people / Service charge included / Tax not included)
Reservations/Official Website: https://kai-ryokan.jp/kawaji/
KAI Kinugawa: Taste and compare seasonal strawberries
KAI Kinugawa’s “Mingei Ichigo Taizai” (Folk Craft Strawberry Stay) plan will see the appearance of the tochihime strawberry which has been dubbed the “phantom strawberry.” This sweet variety is large and has a soft flesh and is exclusive to Tochigi. Guests will be able to taste and compare this and a handful of other types, as well as tuck into various strawberry confections. They will pick from 300 cute different bowls from the bowl gallery and pile inside them strawberries and assorted confections. In the evenings, strawberries will also be served boiled in white wine. A two-day and one-night experience you’d expect from the place that boasts the biggest strawberry haul in Japan.
Running: December 10, 2019 – February 29, 2019 (Check In)
Price: From ¥29,000 (1 room for up to 2 people / Service charge included / Tax not included)
Reservations/Official Website: https://kai-ryokan.jp/kinugawa/
Note: Limited to 5 separate bookings per day
KAI Nikko: Revel in wintertime Okunikko
KAI Nikko is located beside the grand Lake Chūzenji. Their “Zekkei Ichigo Taizai” (Spectacular View Strawberry Stay) plan will see their lobby, which offers a panoramic view of Mount Nantai, turn into a tearoom inspired by the rest stops of Nikkomou, an event that took place during the Edo Period when the Tokugawa Shogunate made their pilgrimage to Nikko. Guests can enjoy the contrast between the setting sun and the snow, as well as the pink-coloured sky when morning breaks. Taking place between sunset and sunrise, guests can tuck into rare white strawberries and warm confections made with yōkan―a Japanese jellied dessert made from red bean paste, agar, and sugar―which is a local specialty of Nikko.
Running: December 1, 2019 – February 29, 2019 (Check In)
Price: From ¥28,000 (1 room for up to 2 people / Service charge included / Tax not included)
Reservations/Official Website: https://kai-ryokan.jp/nikko/
Note: Limited to 2 separate bookings per day
Enjoy you’re a seasonal strawberry fill like never before at Hoshino Resorts KAI.
Hoshino Resorts KAI
Official Website: https://kai-ryokan.jp/en/
Full Moon Salted Caramel & Paradigm Shift Pudding Cooked Up By firando
15.October.2019 | FOOD
Mirai Image and firand have teamed up to create a new dessert brand named “firando.” Their website launched just recently, and their first products, “MANGETSU” and “PURIORI,” were shown for the first time at the 9th Tsuhan Expo which took place on September 26-27. Sales of these two confections went live on their official website on Tuesday (October 15).
During the Edo portion of Sakoku, when Japan closed its doors to most foreign trade and foreign nationals, Hirado was called “firando” and thrived as a port for international trade. During this time, caramel, then a western-style confection, found its way to Hirado, and has since resurfaced in Hirado, Nagasaki.
“MANGETSU” is the Japanese term for full moon. This salted caramel treat is made with a very special salt: it’s taken from the sea of the beautiful Hirado Island only when the tide is high during an evening full moon. It’s also made with freshly-squeezed raw milk shipped directly from the only dairy farmer in Hirado that has been passed down the generations. The dessert is completely additive-free, using no preservatives or artificial colouring. It uses the highest quality unrefined sugar from Kagoshima Prefecture that is easy on the body, with each and every grain being accounted for in the 10-second cooking progress. The milk has a rich flavour, and the full moon salt adds a pleasant accent, resulting in a refreshing aftertaste.
The “PURIORI” is a Japanese-style pudding whose concept is “going back in time.” The concept asks, “What if you went back in time to the end of the Edo period and presented nanbangashi* to the Matsuura feudal lord?” The pudding piles together the layers of Japan’s confection culture. It’s made with rare eggs from Nagasaki Prefecture that you can’t get on the marketplace.
*Nanbangashi are a variety of Japanese sweets derived from Portugal and Spain
firanodo has whipped up some seriously special and luxurious desserts here. If you find yourself in Nagano, be sure to visit their store, and don’t forget to check out their website below.
Address: 310-2 Tsuyoshichō, Hirado, Nagasaki
Products: MANGETSU / PURIORI」
Official Website: https://firando-caramel.com/
Experience Art and the Japanese Tea Ceremony Come Together at hotel koe tokyo’s Private Lounge
“hotel koe tokyo” isn’t your everyday normal hotel. Developed and produced by “koe,” the hotel brings together fashion, music, cuisine, and a luxury accommodation experience. In line with DESIGNART TOKYO 2019, the hotel has announced it will hold a reservation-only event entitled “DESIGNART TOKYO 2019: Tea ceremony by artless＋asahiyaki” at its third-floor private lounge on October 19 and 20.
Asahi ware is a type of Japanese pottery originating in Uji, Kyoto almost 400 years ago. Hosai Matsubayashi is the 16th generation master of this long-running workshop, known as Asahiyaki, and he’s set to collaborate with Shun Kawakami, an artist and art director of global branding agency artless Inc. The collaboration is being held to promote Japanese culture not only to the people of Japan but those overseas too, and “hotel koe tokyo” is the perfect place to do it due to the huge number of foreign visitors that stay at the hotel.
The two of them have taken the traditional Japanese tearoom and have put a modern spin on it. Normally, this private lounge of the hotel is only usable by guests staying there, but this reservation-only event will grant exclusive access to all. It brings together Japanese tea and art in the form of a special tea-making course. Attendees will follow Hosai Matsubayashi’s instructions and prepare their own tea. During the session, both Matsubayashi and Kawakami will give talks on their work while you enjoy your tea.
Take advantage of this special occasion to learn about the beauty of Japanese tea.
Tea ceremony by artless + asahiyaki
Dates: Saturday October 19, 2019 / Sunday October 20, 2019
Time: 4 Slots – ①12:00 / ②13:30 / ③15:00 / ④16:30 (60 minutes each)
Capacity: 10 per slot
Location: hotel koe tokyo (“koe lounge” on Floor 3F)
Content: Tea Making + Tea Art
Price: ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
*This event is reservation-only
Suiran Ranks as Japan’s Best Hotel in Condé Nast Traveler For Second Year in a Row
14.October.2019 | SPOT
“Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto” has ranked as the number one hotel in Japan for the second year in a row in the Japan’s Top Hotels category of Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 in Condé Nast Traveler.
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards lists the world’s best travel experiences as ranked by international travellers. Over 600,000 people voted Suiran as Japan’s best hotel for the second time.
Suiran is located in Arashiyama, Kyoto and first opened in March 2015 under a brand of luxury hotels known as The Luxury Collection®. The hotel’s concept is to make full use of Arashiyama’s appeal, lauded for its deep culture and history, while paving the way to the future. It houses guests from around the world who can enjoy a view of Arashiyama’s lush natural landscape which changes beautifully with the seasons, and who can experience a fusion of the traditional and the modern while being served classic Kyoto hospitality.
Speaking about the award, the hotel’s general manager Hiroyuki Hatori said the following: “I am greatly honoured that we have been given the number one spot two years in a row in this internationally-recognised poll. To all the people in the region who continue to support Suiran, and to all our guests who use the hotel, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. These results are an incentive to further work hard with our associates to ensure this is a hotel that people will love even more.”
If you are travelling to Kyoto and looking for a place to stay, why not consider the city’s best: Suiran, a hotel which continues to pass down tradition while embracing the modern?
Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto
Address: 12 Sagatenryūji Susukinobabachō, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
Access: 15-minutes on foot from Saga-Arashiyama Station / 6-minutes on foot from Arashiyama Station via Keifuku Electric Railroad / 15-minutes on foot from Arashiyama Station via the Hankyu Arashiyama Line
Rilakkuma & Korilakkuma Confections by Tabemas Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores
14.October.2019 | FOOD
Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has revealed that its next products will be Halloween-themed Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma sweets. They will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan (excluding Lawson Store 100 branches) on October 15, 2019.
These adorable confections are so cute it’s hard to choose where to even start eating them from! Both versions are wearing snug pumpkin hats.
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
To keep with the theme of autumn, Rilakkuma is pumpkin pudding flavoured (which is his favourite treat) and Korilakkuma is maple flavoured.
Stop by the ubiquitous Lawson convenience store while in Japan and grab yourself one of these treats for Halloween.
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*The photographs are for illustrative purposes only.
*Actual product may differ from the photographs.
*Please be careful not to choke on the mochi.
*The latest information can be viewed via the Bandai Candy homepage.
*Tabemas and 食べマス are registered trademarks of Bandai.
Tabemas Rilakkuma Halloween 2019: Rilakkuma/Korilakkuma
Price: ¥280 Each (Tax Included)
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Available: At chilled desserts section of Lawson convenience stores across Japan
*Not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
Product Page (Rilakkuma): https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/products/2019/4549660423898000.html
Product Page (Korilakkuma): https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/products/2019/4549660423904000.html
Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival Begins on October 18
13.October.2019 | SPOT
This year’s Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival is set to take place in Hirosaki, Aomori from October 18 to November 10.
The festival is held annually every autumn and has been since 1962. It has become a festival deeply tied to autumntime Hirosaki, with 1,000 vivid chrysanthemum trees set to bloom at Hirosaki Park this year in addition to 2,600 cherry blossom trees, which in springtime were pink and will now turn red and yellow for the autumn season.
After the sun sets during the event, the castle, park and surrounding areas will be lit up with enchanting illuminations, reflecting off the trees and surface of the moat, lending even more beauty to the area.
Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival
Running: October 18, 2019 – November 10, 2019
Location: Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden in Hirosaki Park
General (High School Students and older) – ¥320
Children (Junior High School students and younger) – ¥100
*The illuminations will run from sunset to 21:00
Strawberry Matcha & Matcha Chocolate Christmas Cakes Releasing at Itohkyuemon
13.October.2019 | FOOD
Kyoto-based tea shop Itohkyuemon is now taking orders for two Christmas cakes via its online shop: the Strawberry Matcha Ice Cream Cake Premium and the Uji Matcha Chocolate Cake Chocolat de Veil.
The luscious Strawberry Matcha Ice Cream Cake Premium is made with high-quality matcha ice cream and snow white cream and is topped with condensed milk lathered strawberries, redcurrants, blueberries, and raspberries. This doughnut-shaped cake serves 6 people who are sure to be delighted with its fresh, sweet and sour assortment this Christmas. Its flavour combination is one you won’t tired of.
The cream of the Uji Matcha Chocolate Cake Chocolat de Veil is made with an innovative pressing method. The cake itself is a matcha sponge cake with adzuki beans inside, topped with matcha mousse, raspberries and blueberries. The combination of the matcha and berries was a decision made by the artisan bakers not only to bring a sweetness and bitterness, but to create a “wow” factor. The sourness of the berries elevates the rich taste of the matcha and the sweetness of the chocolate.
Which of these Christmas cakes looks most tempting?
Wear Plain Clothes This Halloween at Shibuya’s Jimi Halloween 2019 Event
13.October.2019 | FASHION
Worried about what to wear for Halloween this year? No need to panic. If you’re spending your Halloween in Shibuya this year, which is known the world over for its incredible Halloween festivities, then head to Tokyo Culture Culture on October 27 where a very unique event is taking place.
Jimi Halloween is an event that takes out the stress of having to go all out for Halloween as people go dressed as ordinary people. It has been held annually since 2014, with the number of attendees growing each year. Over 800 people took part last year, all clad in their plain clothes.
This year’s event will be split into three slots, with a capacity of 200 people per slot. Sign-ups begin on October 15 at 12:00pm (JST).
Beauty salon client
Dressing up as someone doing something has been a popular choice at the event recently. You can come up with some creative ideas that’ll make people say, “You came as that?!”
②”I’ve seen people like that!” attire
Flea market woman
There’s always certain types of people that everyone sees, and in Japan this is one of them!
③”I get it, but I don’t get it” attire
Hawaii vibe uncle
You’ve heard all about them, but have you seen them?
Handing out tissues with pachinko ads on them
Work attire is a go-to at the plain clothes event. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is the one that started the entire movement.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
The final entry is those which are hard to categorise. They serve whatever vibes they are feeling.
Attend this year’s event and show off your own unique ideas!
Date: October 27, 2019 (3 Slots / 200 People Per Slot)
Slot ①: 11:00-14:00
Slot ②: 15:00-18:00
Slot ③: 19:00-22:00
★Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the website below
Venue: Tokyo Culture Culture (cocoti SHIBUYA 4F, 1-23-16 Shibuya, Tokyo)
Entry: Free (Apply at the link below)
TOKYO BOX cafe&space to Hit Tokyo’s Hottest Tourist Spot with Sailor Moon Cafe
On October 25, 2019 LEGS COMPANY, LTD. and TRANSIT GENERAL OFFICE INC. will open a brand new collaboration cafe space called TOKYO BOX cafe&space in one of Tokyo’s hottest tourist spots: Tokyo Solamachi®.
LEGS COMPANY, LTD. is the driving force for multiple collaboration cafes across the country. Each collaboration cafes sees a fusion of an aspect of Japanese popular culture, such as a game franchise or anime, with a delicious dining experience. Customers can enjoy meals, decor, merchandise and entertainment themed on their favourite characters. Collaboration cafes produced by LEGS COMPANY, LTD. are full of a variety of contents which stay true to the work they are based on while providing the opportunity for fans to fully embrace it.
The brand new cafe will be located in Tokyo Solamachi: a commercial complex located in a tourist hotspot at the foot of Tokyo’s famous tower Tokyo Skytree. The cafe is fitted with the latest projectors which will project videos a grand size of 200 inches across the walls to transform the space into a dynamic atmosphere. Once customers step foot into the cafe, they will immediately be immersed in the world of their favourite characters. Being located in a tourist hotspot, this cafe is sure to draw even more people to the area.
The first franchise to have its name glorified within the walls of the brand new cafe will be one of the world’s favourite anime: Sailor Moon. The Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 will be running from October 10, 2019 to January 13, 2010. Some merchandise and menu items from the Sailor Moon 25th anniversary exhibition held in 2017 will be making a comeback. The cafe’s interior will be decorated in the same style as the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017.
More details on this special cafe will be posted on the official website in a few days.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi
Open: October 25, 2019 (Subject to change)
Address: East Yard 1F, Tokyo Solamachi, Tokyo Skytree Town, 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City
Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders: 21:00)
* Advanced reservations not accepted.
* It is possible to obtain seats on the day without reservation. Waiting time is longer on busier days.
Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 Official Website: https://sailor-moon-cafe2019.jp