Wagakki Band to perform at “SXSW Showcase by Live Nation”! They’re also selected for a special SXSW radio broadcast!
09.March.2016 | MUSIC
It has been announced that Wagakki Band will perform at “SXSW Showcase by Live Nation”. SXSW is the world’s largest conferences and festivals event where creators and innovators gather to showcase the latest music, film and interactive media. Wagakki Band will perform at The Des Moines Embassay located on Red River & 6th Street in Austin, Texas.
Moreover, the band’s song “Akatsuki no Ito” from their second album “Yaso Emaki” was selected for play on “Austin 100: a SXSW 2016 MIX” on National Public Radio (NPR). There are more than 1800 participating artists in SXSW, all of whom NPR’s producer must listen to. Wagakki Band are the only Japanese band to have been selected in the 100 tracks to be played, making it a brilliant achievement.
■ Wagakki Band Official Website
Naomi Osaka Revealed as Louis Vuitton’s Newest House Ambassador
15.January.2021 | FASHION
Louis Vuitton has announced tennis champion Naomi Osaka as the new face of the brand.
The Japanese professional tennis player is a three-time Grand Slam singles champion and known the world over as the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles. Lauded not only as a tennis player, but for her daring attitude to push the boundaries of fashion, she now hails as the new House Ambassador for the French fashion brand Louis Vuitton.
Osaka makes her ambassador debut promoting the fashion house’s Spring/Summer 2021 Collection campaign which is photographed by Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière.
“Aside from tennis, my most treasured passion is fashion, and there is no brand more iconic than Louis Vuitton,” says Osaka. “It is such an honour to work with Nicolas – he’s a designer I admire so much and we share a mutual love of Japanese culture and style. To become a global brand ambassador is truly a dream come true for me.”
“Naomi is an exceptional woman who represents her generation and is also a role model for everyone. Her career and convictions are inspiring. I am in awe of Naomi, she stays true to herself and doesn’t compromise on her values,” Ghesquière said.
Louis Vuitton was founded in 1854 in Paris, France. Known for its unique style which blends innovation and style, the high-quality luxury brand puts out a wide selection of products from bags and accessories to shoes, jewellery, watches, and more. It continues to maintain both creativity and elegance while keeping utility in mind, a process captured in its brand purpose “L.V the Truth.” It has opened the doors for artists, designers, and architects through its long history, and continues to push its vision when it comes to fashion items, jewellery, and more.
Naomi Osaka is the perfect candidate as the brand’s newest House Ambassador, serving bold energy, fashion, and influence, and as such it seems this is only the beginning of her style journey.
Louis Vuitton – New House Ambassador Naomi Osaka
Louis Vuitton Official Website: https://louisvuitton.com
aiko to Release New Untitled Album in March
aiko will release her 14th album on March 3, 2021. The new record, which is currently untitled, comes as the singer’s first in 2 years and 9 months after the release of her last album, Shimetta Natsu no Hajimaru. It will contain 13 tracks including her two singles Aozora and Honey Memory which dropped last year.
First Press Limited-Edition copies come in DVD and Blu-ray variants featuring the full footage of aiko’s first online live performance Love Like Rock vol.9 ~Betsuwaku-chan~. The concert, which was streamed live on her YouTube channel, was held in response to the postponement of the final two shows of her tour Love Like Rock vol.9 which began in autumn 2020. 130,000 fans turned up to the stream and aiko’s name became the number on trending search term on Twitter in Japan. The show was archived for one week and was seen 1.7 million times.
Select CD stores in Japan will couple the album with an original notebook and stickers when fans pre-order or buy the record. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The book and sticker designs will be revealed on aiko’s official website in the weeks following up to the album’s release.
It has become a tradition that aiko releases a New Year’s commercial for Japanese television, and this year was no exception, with a new one hitting the air on January 1, 2021. The full version can be seen on her official YouTube channel and features snippets from new songs from the upcoming untitled album.
aiko 14th Album – Title TBA
Release Date: March 3, 2021
First Press Limited Edition A (CD+Blu-ray): ¥4,200 (Before Tax) [PCCA-15003]
First Press Limited Edition B (CD+DVD): ¥4,200 (Before Tax) [PCCA-15004]
aiko Official Website: http://aiko.com
BAND-MAID Release ‘Manners’ Music Video From New Album ‘Unseen World’
Japanese maid hard rock band BAND-MAID are set to release physical editions of their 4th album Unseen World on January 20, 2021. But if you can’t wait one more week, then don’t worry, as the album is now available on music streaming and downloading sites, including Spotify, as of January 13.
In line with the release, the five-member maid line-up dropped a new music video for the song Manners.
BAND-MAID has announced that they will release new content every week for four weeks from January 13 starting with the music video. The video comes as the first from the new album.
BAND-MAID / Manners (Official Music Video)
To promote the release of Unseen World, a special panel exhibition will take place at participating Tower Records and HMV stores in Japan from January 20.
BAND-MAID also announced on Wednesday (January 13) the unfortunate cancellation of their concert at the Nippon Budokan which was scheduled for February 11, 2021. It will instead be replaced by a no-audience live stream at a different venue on the same day.
The members released a statement which you can read below.
Important Notice from BAND-MAID Regarding the NIPPON BUDOKAN OKYU-JI
Important Notice from BAND-MAID
To all the masters and princesses who were looking forward to BAND-MAID Nippon Budokan Okyu-ji
on February 11th, 2021. We regret to announce that we have decided to cancel the show.
We are truly sorry that we will not be able to meet you all at the Nippon Budokan.
However, we have decided that the best thing we can do now is to cancel the show.
It is truly heartbreaking to see how the pandemic situation worsens day by day, threatening
people’s health, lives, and normal daily lives. We have decided to cancel this event because
we do not want our activities to put people in danger.
We understand that this decision might bring up mixed reactions, but we sincerely hope for your understanding.
When we announced Nippon Budokan exactly one year ago, we were concerned about taking on such a huge challenge.
However, throughout the past year, we have had some restrictions on our activities due to the pandemic,
but through your generous support, we worked hard and believed that we would make the Budokan okyu-ji happen.
When we announced that we would hold our okyu-ji at the Nippon Budokan, the cheers and applause that
rang out like a thunderclap were incredible, and we still strongly remember the joy that all the members felt.
We want to perform at the Nippon Budokan again someday in the best possible condition.
We have a goal to conquer the world. Although this was an important Nippon Budokan okyu-ji,
the journey towards achieving our dream has only just begun.
Even though we had to cancel many shows due to COVID-19, we found out through the online okyu-ji that
more people worldwide are waiting for us and watching us than we could have ever imagined.
Although the future is still unclear, we will continue to bring everyone joy through our music, in our own BAND-MAID way.
We will continue to move forward toward our dreams unceasingly, and we hope that you will continue to follow us.
From all of us at BAND-MAID
Release Date: January 20, 2021
Release By: Pony Canyon Inc.,
BanG Dream! Anime Band Poppin’Party’s New Single Tops Oricon Charts
Poppin’Party dropped their 16th single Photograph last Wednesday (January 6) which has gone on to reach No. 1 on Oricon’s Weekly Single Rankings for the week of January 18. Poppin’Party is a fictional all-female band part of the BanG Dream! media franchise.
The song follows the success of the band’s 15th single, Initial/Yume o Uchinuku Shunkan ni! which was released on January 20, 2020 and also made it to No. 1 on the same charts. This positions Poppin’Party as having two number one singles.
Photograph is a bright song with a hint of melancholy, featuring solo parts by each of the band members whose individual sections follow each of their memories, as if capturing snapshots of their own personal experiences like a photograph. The single is coupled with the song Aketara Dream!, a pop track with a call-and-response section.
The Blu-ray Edition of the single includes episodes 1-13 of the mini anime series BanG Dream! Karupa☆Piko ~Omori~and a full-size lyric video of the title track.
©BanG Dream! Project ©Craft Egg Inc. ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved.
Poppin’Party 16th Single – “Photograph”
Released: January 6, 2021
Regular Edition: ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
Blu-ray Edition: ¥4,400 (Before Tax)
Official Website: https://bang-dream.com/
Mafumafu Releases ‘Yurei’ Music Video and 14 Songs Simultaneously On Spotify
Mafumafu released the music video for his new song Yurei on digital music platforms, including Spotify, on Sunday (January 10). The singer-songwriter, who celebrated his 10th anniversary on December 29, 2020, wrote the song for the new Japanese spring season special drama series Apuri de Koisuru 20 no Jouken.
The animated music video was made in collaboration with Japanese illustrator Osamu Taniguchi, the first time Mafumafu has worked with him. The video features a looping animation of a female school student sat on the floor of the classroom with just the backgrounds changing and environment. It’s a simple video that captures the feelings of loneliness and restlessness.
Mafumafu – “Yurei” Music Video
Mafumafu also released 14 songs simultaneously on music download and streaming services on Sunday including his new song Yurei, the track Yaso Hakuchumu (Short ver.) which features as the ending theme for the TV anime series Hortensia Saga, and more. The full tracklist can be found below.
Yurei was written as the theme song for the Japanese drama series Apuri de Koisuru 20 no Jouken which began airing on Sunday. The series features a cameo from Mafumafu.
Mafumafu – Digital Music Releases
Released: January 10, 2021
*Main theme song for the Nippon TV special drama de Koisuru 20 no
Yaso to Hakuchumu (Short ver.)
*Ending theme for the TV anime series Hortensia Saga
Yozora no Crayon
*2 year anniversary song for the game Identity V
Riaju ni Naritai
*Collaboration song for apparel brand Rady
*Written for the mobile game project Project Sekai Colourful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku
Kuyamu to Kaite Mirai
*Written for the mobile game project Project Sekai Colourful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku
Mafumafu Artist Page: https://A-Sketch-Inc.lnk.to/mafumafu
Written For: Japanese drama Apuri de Koisuru 20 no Jouken (Japanese Title: アプリで恋する20の条件)
Initial Broadcast: January 10, 2021
Cast: Tsubasa Honda, Yosuke Sugino, Maika Yamamoto, Reina Sumi, Takayuki Hamatsu, Shuhei Nomura, Makoto Hasegawa (THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE)
Official Website: https://www.ntv.co.jp/appkoi/
TV Anime Mo Dao Zu Shi Creditless Ending by Aimer Released
Aniplex released a creditless video for the ending theme of the Japanese dub version of the Chinese animated series Mo Dao Zu Shi on Sunday (January 10). The dubbed series was also released in Japan on the same day.
The ending theme is Kiro by Aimer and captures the immense scale and beauty of the series. The video was created by 10GAUGE who was also in charge of the opening video.
About Mo Dao Zu Shi
Mo Dao Zu Shi is an anime adaptation of Mo Xiang Tong Xiu’s Chinese web novel of the same name. The story follows Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji, two men who journey to unravel the mysteries of the spiritual world where they must fight demons, ghosts, and other beings.
At the beginning of the story, Wei Wuxian ends up experimenting with Mo Dao, or the ‘demonic path,’ a dark energy that lies underneath Xian, or immortality, something that all cultivators strive to achieve. He rises in power but is ultimately killed and reincarnated. He reunites with Lan and so their adventure begins.
Japanese Dub Creditless Ending Video:
For more info about the series, visit its official website below.
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In celebration of Chinese New Year, GUCCI launched a new collection in collaboration with the famous Japanese manga series Doraemon as selected by the brand’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele.
GUCCI recruited photographer Angelo Pennetta to create playful photoshoot for the collection which features smiling models accompanied by Doraemon inside a retro house.
The exclusive collection features over 50 items from T-shirts to hoodies, shoes, bags, headwear, a suitcase, and more. Each item combines the stylish design of GUCCI and the colourful blue and white colour of the iconic manga character.
Every item in the line-up arrives in sustainable packaging made from 100% recycled materials. GUCCI stores in Japan, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam will also welcome figures and prints inspired by the cities in these countries. The Shanghai and Hong Kong GUCCI art walls will also feature Doraemon against a GG backdrop.
The collection was released on GUCCI’s official website worldwide and will drop in-store in Japan on January 20. The GUCCI store in Shibuya PARCO will plaster up promo posters and the Ginza, Aoyama, Shinjuku, and Nagoya branches will feature recreation’s of the iconic Anywhere Door from the manga series.
Doraemon X GUCCI Collection
GUCCI Official Website: https://www.gucci.com/
Japanese Star Actor Kimutaku Features in McDonald’s TV Commercial For New Cafe Latte & Choi Mac Burger
14.January.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is teaming up with iconic Japanese actor and singer Takuya Kimura, also known as Kimutaku, once again following their collaboration with him in 2020. The star is featuring in a new commercial and campaign by McDonald’s that centres on rediscovering the value and taste of the fast food chain.
The first in a series of commercials hit Japanese televisions on Tuesday (January 12) for McDonald’s Japan’s revamped hot and iced Cafe Lattes. The second commercial will be released next Tuesday (January 19) for the Yakkii grilled ginger burger. The ¥200 burger is arriving on the menu at McDonald’s Japan the following day on Wednesday.
McDonald’s Japan Official Homepage: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Go Strawberry Picking With Hello Kitty and Friends at Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland opened a special new event last Friday (January 8) called “Sweets Puro” which is themed on strawberry picking.
Characters greet guests in their strawberry-designed outfits
Guests participate in an augmented reality strawberry stamp rally
New character videos play at the illuminations
A strawberry-packed dessert menu
Tables in the food court receive makeovers
Guests can look forward to seeing sparkly new pink-coloured illuminations, snapping sweet photos at the entrance photo spot, getting involved in the AR strawberry picking stamp rally using their smartphones, and more. They can also pay to spend one minute with the park characters who will be dressed in their strawberry outfits, and if they arrive 30 minutes before the first floor character food court opens, they can get the limited-offer morning breakfast “Strawberry Morning Bread Set.” The park will even be serving up seasonal alcoholic drinks like the Sweets Puro Strawberry Peach Sour.
The first day of the event saw the characters come out to greet guests in their adorable strawberry and dessert themed costumes. This was followed by a new illumination show, Puro Sweets Party, which took place at Puro Village, and My Melody sang and danced to the music against the bright and beautiful lights. Guests enjoyed a selection of limited-time food like the Pompompurin’s Croissant Doughnut Strawberry Sandwich and Hello Kitty’s Sweet Strawberry Milk.
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Sanrio Puroland – “Sweet Puro”
Running: January 8, 2021 – March 9, 2021
Official Website: https://www.puroland.jp
Stylish and Honey-Sweet Winnie the Pooh Bags and Accessories Released by Maison de FLEUR
14.January.2021 | FASHION
Tokyo-based gift shop Maison de FLEUR released a new Winnie the Pooh collection last Friday (January 8) via the online website STRIPE CLUB.
Winnie the Pooh Tote Bag | ¥4,990 (Before Tax)
Winnie the Pooh Round Pouch | ¥3,590 (Before Tax)
Winnie the Pooh Tissue Case | ¥3,290 (Before Tax)
Winnie the Pooh iPhone Case | ¥3,290 (Before Tax) | Case Sizes: 7/8/SE, X/XS, 11, 11pro
Piglet Tote Bag | ¥4,790 (Before Tax)
Piglet Round Pouch | ¥3,950 (Before Tax)
Piglet Tissue Case | ¥3,290 (Before Tax)
Piglet iPhone Case | ¥3,290 (Before Tax) | Case Sizes: 7/8/SE, X/XS, 11, 11pro
Winnie the Pooh Collection
Accepting Orders: January 8, 2021 – January 24, 2021
Shipping: Early May 2021
Buy Here: http://stripe-club.com/maisondefleur/
Miffy Cookies Get Baked Up by Netherlands Confectionery Theo Blom at Dick Bruna TABLE
14.January.2021 | FOOD
The popular wine bar Dick Bruna TABLE, where customers can enjoy a glass of wine with a meal together with illustrations by Dick Bruna, the creator of Miffy, is now selling a batch of Miffy cookies created by the popular confectionery Theo Blom located in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Miffy Cookies & Chocolate | ¥4,000 (Before Tax)
Miffy Cookies | ¥4,000 (Before Tax)
Utrecht is the birthplace of Miffy author and creator Dick Bruna, and Theo Blom is a place that Bruna himself actually often visited. The confectionery is known for its tins which can be reused after the contents are eaten. The cute Miffy tins are definitely keepers.
Dick Bruna TABLE – Miffy Cookies & Chocolate
Released: Mid December 2020
Location: Dick Bruna TABLE
Address: 3-1-1 Sannomiyacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe
[Weekdays] 11:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:00) / 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
[Saturdays] 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
[Sundays/Public Holidays] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://dickbrunatable.com/
Uniqlo U, the brand created by Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire and his team in Paris, is giving us the warm welcome of its Spring/Summer 2021 collection which is set to drop first in Japan on January 22, 2021 and globally on January 28, 2021. The line-up features a fitting silhouette comfortable for the warmer seasons and focuses on simple and comfy threads perfect for today’s modern lifestyle. The items come in earth tones that serve us season-changing vibes. This 10th season of Uniqlo U also welcomes a kids line-up to the collection.
The women’s collection features light and airy items made from viscose and cotton-polyester blends as well as 3D knits to give that refreshing summery feel. The sheer shirt comes in men’s stripes while the regular fit jeans have been updated with a straight silhouette. The shiny rayon tunic and dress present fluidity and soft colors while the twill skirt will come in an A-line silhouette. Coats have been cut shorter for those who are active.
The new kid’s collection added to Uniqlo U features all the classic one pieces, T-shirts, and short pants made into children’s sizes so that they too can enjoy the thrills of dressing well in comfortable, sophisticated styles.
Don’t miss the Uniqlo U Spring/Summer 2021 Collection.
Uniqlo U Spring/Summer 2021 Collection
Release Date: January 22, 2021 (Japan) / January 28, 2021 (Global)
Official Website: https://www.uniqlo.com/uniqlo-u/21ss/uk/en/