Pikachu turns into lingerie?! YUMMY MART’s limited edition collaboration sale to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon!
19.April.2016 | FASHION
Underwear brand YUMMY MART are helping to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon by selling limited edition Pikachu-themed lingerie. This is the first time attempt to sell Pikachu-themed lingerie anywhere around the world!
The lineup consists of panties, pajamas and other inner-wear , an eye mask and a poncho. Wear any of these and you will immediately transform into Pikachu! This selection totals up to a variety of 5 new Pikachu-themed lingerie products. Visit the YUMMY MART store or their online store（ http://yummymart.jp ）from Wednesday 20th April to purchase your Pikachu lingerie!
For this campaign, YUMMY MART have created a Pikachu-covered bra and panty set for the Pokémon Collection, however, only 3 of these unique sets have been made and therefore they will only be displayed and will not be available for purchase. From the date that the YUMMY MART Pokémon Collection launches their sales, the unique Pikachu-covered bra and panty set will be displayed at 3 YUMMY MART stores, which are; the Shibuya 109 store, the Shibuya Parco store and the Ikebukuro Parco store.
In order to commemorate the special YUMMY MART Pokémon Collection sale, YUMMY MART have created an Instagram hashtag campaign. To enter, all you have to do is take a photo in the Pikachu Narikiri photo booth at YUMMY MART then post it on Instagram with the hashtag mentioned in the information section of this article below. All the participants’ names will go into a lottery where 5 lucky winners will be selected to receive a special present!
■ Information :
YUMMY MART POKĖMON COLLECTION Commemoration sale campaign
Limited edition period： Wednesday 20th April ～ Sunday 8th May
Store names： YUMMY MART （Shibuya 109 store、 Shibuya Parco store、 Ikebukuro Parco store）
How to participate： Take a picture in the Pikachu Narikiri photo booth located at YUMMY MART and post the image on Instagram including the hashtag.
・ YUMMY MART prize（1 winner）： YUMMY MART POKĖMON COLLECTION full set ＋ YUMMY MART original goods assortment
・ PIKACHU prize（4winners）： YUMMY MART POKĖMON COLLECTION full set
※Please acknowledge that details of the campaign are subject to change.
tricot Posts Audience-less Live Video & Announces Tickets For Stream-Only Concert
01.April.2020 | MUSIC
tricot had to postpone their concert at Zepp DiverCity which was part of their solo tour and scheduled to take place on March 14, 2020. But the band still played the show, at the same time and on the same dayーjust without an audience. Instead, so that fans didn’t miss the show, they streamed the performance live to over 20,000 people. And due to calls from fans to post footage of the show, tricot posted their performance of Mazeru na Kiken, allowing both fans who saw the stream and those who couldn’t catch it to relive this legendary night.
tricot – “Mazeru na Kiken” (Audience-less Performance) at Zepp DiverCity / 2020.3.14
The band has also announced tickets to another audience-less streamed show titled “Sarushibai” that will take place on April 13, 2020 at 19:00 (JST). Tickets are just ¥1,000 and allow fans to tune into the live stream as well as view the concert for up to four days afterwards.
tricot will celebrate their 10th anniversary at Shinkiba STUDIO COAST in Tokyo on October 3, 2020.
tricot – “Sarushibai” Live Performance
Stream Date/Time: April 13, 2020 at 19:00 (JST)
Ticket Price: ¥1,000
Buy Tickets: https://tricot.zaiko.io/_item/325384
yonkey & sanari Collaborate On New Song ‘Time Slip’ & Music Video Released
01.April.2020 | MUSIC
17-year-old rap artist sanari features on the newest and 3rd single by yonkey, Time Slip, which was released today together with a music video.
yonkey composed the melody, track, and lyrics for the song. Its catchy pop melody is addictive, especially when coupled together with sanari’s silky vocals. The track is mixed with organic sounds like percussive beats and a music box sound. It’s the perfect colourful springtime song for the season.
The music video was directed by malloonx, a young high schooler and video director.
yonkey | Comment
“The theme of this song is travelling between the past and and future. It has a warm tone to it, with percussive beats that make free use of sounds from everyday life and the sound of a music box. sanari’s silky vocals match with it perfectly. I’m confident about this one! Please be sure to give it a listen!”
sanari | Comment
“When I first heard yonkey’s track, I was taken aback that an artist as incredible as this existed! I know how amazing his tracks are, and how considerate he is down to the tiniest of details. There are times when the track goes in a completely different direction to what you were expecting too, so he’s fun to listen to. But I was super glad I was allowed to sing how I felt on this pop piece!”
malloonx | Comment
“For this video I animated movements using only images. It was my first time trying it, but I think it came out pretty entertaining, even in a way for myself. The song yonkey has made is super catchy and pop. I feel good listening to it, so it was fun working on it.”
yonkey – “Time Slip (feat. sanari)”
Released: April 1, 2020 (Digital Release)
Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi: Rent An Entire Kyoto Townhouse to Yourself
01.April.2020 | SPOT
Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi is set to open in the Goshominami area of Kyoto on April 25, 2020. The single-accommodation hotel is a complete renovation of a traditional Kyoto-style townhouse.
Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi comes as the 7th branch of hotels from Kyo no Ondokoro. It’s a single building to rent for up to 4 people, who can enjoy taking a soak in the man-made carbonated spring bath which is kind to the skin and hair, using the soft water shower, and getting ready in the spacious makeup corner. It’s the perfect getaway for girl groups travelling together.
The hotel is in a convenient location for sightseeing in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The building has been completely renovated to adapt to modern lifestyle while still retaining those traditional elements of a Kyoto townhouse that was built during the Meiji Periodーand in an area that’s rich in traditional scenery.
The lounge space sofa seats are inspired by Japanese rock gardens
The lounge space, which connects the second-floor bedrooms and the washitsu Japanese-style room, are furnished with unique round sofas. All the rooms open up to each other so guests can enjoy the company of each other during their travel stay.
Hinoki cypress artificial carbonated spring bath
The round bath is made from hinoki cypress, and the carbonated water lets you stay glowing and nice and warm after you step out of it. The bathroom is also stocked full of amenities like shampoo courtesy of popular brand THREE.
Up to four people can apply their makeup together in the makeup corner
The makeup corner is big enough to sit four people so they can get ready for their day or night out together while chatting.
Colourful art pieces also adorn the walls of the makeup room, Japanese-style room and elsewhere to add a touch of beauty to them.
If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto with the girls then why not book at Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi when it opens on April 25?
Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi
Address: 341-2 Shōshōiotabichō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto, 604-0873
Grand Opening: April 25, 2020
Price: ¥30,000 per night
Bookings: Opened on March 27, 2020
Offcial Website: https://www.kyo-ondokoro.kyoto/en/
Dempagumi.inc Collaborates With Zombie Land Saga Anime
A collaboration has been announced between Japanese idol group Dempagumi.inc and the 2018 anime series Zombie Land Saga. Titled “Akiba Division vs Saga Division,” the collaboration will see Dempagumi.inc, who are based in Akihabara (also known as Akiba), and Franchouchouーthe idol group from Zombie Land Sagaーwho are based in Saga Prefecture, battle it out.
Details on how this battle will unfold and in what form have yet to be announced, but we can only begin to imagine what a clash between these two would entail: Dempagumi, who are out to save the universe, and Franchouchou, a collective of girls resurrected as zombies to save Saga.
A campaign will be held for two people to win a card signed by the Dempagumi.inc and Franchouchou members will also be held at a later date. Details on how to apply will be announced on Dempagumi’s and Zombie Land Saga’s official Twitter pages.
The first piece of information about the collaboration will be made available in Dempagumi.inc Pia, a special book releasing on April 2, 2020.
©Zombie Land Saga Production Committee
Zombie Land Saga
Official Website: https://zombielandsaga.com/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/zombielandsaga
Dempagumi.inc Official Website: dempagumi.tokyo
Dempagumi.inc Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/dempagumi
Release Date: April 2, 2020
Content: A4 all-colour book
Price: ¥1,818 (Before Tax)
Levi’s® Releases Super Mario Collection in Collaboration With Nintendo
Levi’s® has teamed up with Nintendo to release the “LEVI’S® × SUPER MARIO™” collection which dropped on April 1, 2020.
The colourful streetwear collection is a must for all fans of Mario, with embroidered appearances from popular characters such as the titular plumber, Luigi, Yoshi, and Princess Peach
Each clothing item is a nod to the game’s iconic make-up, from mushrooms and coins to Super Stars and event the game’s logo.
Like Levi’s®, Super Mario™ is a cultural icon, having appeared in over 200 games since the first video game was released in 1985. Shigeru Miyamoto, the game’s creator, is perhaps the most respected designer in the video game industry’s history.
LEVI’S® × SUPER MARIO™
Release Date: April 1, 2020
Available: Levi’s® stores in Japan & Levi’s® online store
’93 501® Selvage – ¥16,000
’93 501® Shorts – ¥8,000
Overalls – ¥16,000
Tracker Jacket – ¥14,000
Crew Neck T-Shirt – ¥4,000
Hoodie – ¥9,000
Polo Shirt – ¥6,000
501® Crop – ¥15,000
501® Shorts – ¥7,000
Short Overalls – ¥10,000
DAD Tracker Jacket – ¥14,000
Crew Neck T-Shirt – ¥4,000
Hoodie – ¥9,000
Accessories (Bandana, Bag, Hat & more) – ¥2,500 to ¥4,500
Levi’s® Japan Official Website: https://www.levi.jp/
Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu Anime Film Additional Cast Announced
Studio Colorido’s second original anime feature film Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu is set to release in Japan on June 5, 2020. The studio’s first feature film Penguin Highway released in August 2018 to critical acclaim (August 2018 release) and went on to win the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year as well as the Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation award at Fantasia International Film Festival for the best-animated feature.
Mirai Shida is voicing Miyo Sasaki, a 2nd year middle schooler who’s head over heels for Kento Hinode, who’s voiced by Natsuki Hanae. Several new cast members have been announced who will voice characters that play important roles in relation to the protagonists, like family and classmates. The additional voice cast includes Minako Kotobuki, Kensho Ono, Susumu Chiba, Ayako Kawasumi, Sayaka Ohara, and Daisuke Namikawa.
Yoriko Fukase (voiced by Minako Kotobuki) is a close friend of Muge. Masamichi Isami (Kensho Ono) is a friend of Hinode, and a good one at that in being there for Hinode who experiences the many worries we all face in our youth.
Yoji Sasaki (Susumu Chiba) is Muge’s father, and Kaoru Mizutani (Ayako Kawasumi) is her father’s lover who has no blood relation to Muge. Miki Saito (Sayaka Ohara) is Muge’s real mother.
Tomoya Sakaguchi (Daisuke Namikawa) is a young guy who’s employed at the pottery workshop run by Hinode’s family. Like Hinode, Tomoya also likes the cat Taro who enters the workshop.
The story of Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu followws Miyo Sasaki, a 2nd year middle schooler a little different from the rest, and whose classmates called her “Muge” which is short for Mugendai Nazo Ningen in Japanese which roughly translates to “Infinitely Puzzling Human.” She’s head-over-heels for her classmates Kento Hinode, who she boldly tries to attack every day, but he pays her no attention. But she’s not discouraged and continues to approach him. She also has a big secret she can’t tell anyone about. The reason for Muge not giving up on her situation with Hinode is thanks to a mysterious mask she received from a cat shop owner which allows the wearer to turn into a cat. Muge uses this power to turn into a cat every day to visit Hinode’s house.
©2020 “Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu” Production Committee
Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu
Release Date: June 5, 2020
Official Website: nakineko-movie.com
Rina Sawayama Drops New Video For Japanese Fans to Get to Know Her
31.March.2020 | MUSIC
Lady Gaga chose two of Japanese-born British icon Rina Sawayama’s tracks for her “Women of Choice” playlist on Apple Music, STFU! and Cherry. Other acts on Gaga’s curated list include Charli XCX, Grimes, HAIM, ROSALÍA, St.Vincent, TOKiMONSTA, and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Rina is described as an “experimental pop visionary who refuse to play by the rules” in the playlist.
Rina Sawayama’s international fame has continued to skyrocket over the past year. When she signed to Dirty Hit in November 2019, Matthew Healy, the front man of The 1975 who are on the same label, called her a member of the family.
Her presence in Japan continues to grow as well. She performed on the MBS television show Jonetsu Tairiku last year. She was also chosen as one of Vogue Japan’s “Women of the Year” for 2019. Her song XS was included in Spotify Japan’s “Early Noise 2020” list.
Rina is now set to garner even more fans in Japan with the release of an introductory video entitled “Who is RINA” which was posted on the official avex YouTube channel.
American-Japanese model and actress Kiko Mizuhara, who is an old friend of Rina’s, spoke of her: “She’s an audacious woman whose music shows people around the world the importance of being yourself.” (*Comment translated from Japanese)
Rina Sawayama will release her debut album SAWAYAMATwitter on April 22, 2020. Rina said on her official page: “I put my heart and soul into it, writing and producing it across 2.5 years with
Clarence Clarity and many others. It contains all my memories from 29 years.”
Release Date: April 22, 2020
Official Website: https://www.rina.online/
Ninjala Full CG Movie Shows Off Upcoming Multiplayer Action Game For the Nintendo Switch™
31.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Ninjala is an upcoming multiplayer action game set to release worldwide on the Nintendo Switch™ on May 27, 2020. In the world of Ninjala, players blow bubble gum to craft different weapons and fight using the fighting style of ninjutsu. Players can also transform into nearby objects, and they must use parkour to traverse different landscapes while aiming to take down their opponents.
Ninjala Episode 0: Ninja-Gum is Born
WNA Research Laboratory members Burton, Berecca, and Ron
Eagle City, Komerica — WNA Research Laboratory Branch
WNA researchers Burton, Berecca, and Ron continue their tireless efforts to develop “Ninja-Gum”; a mysterious substance that activates latent Ninja DNA in people descended from those legendary mercenary warriors (alt: those legendary mercenaries from days gone by).
Today, all their hard work finally pays off. It is here – on their 2,503rd attempt – that they finally succeed in producing Ninja-Gum!
Burton and Berecca can barely contain their excitement, and waste no time in trying the gum for themselves!
Stay tuned for the next episode of the animated series, and mark May 27, 2020 in your calendars for the long-awaited release of Ninjala.
© GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Genre: Multiplayer action fighting gam
Platform: Nintendo Switch™
Release Date: Worldwide May 27, 2020 (in Japan: May 28, 2020)
Languages: English, Japanese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), Korean
*Existing images of the game are of a game still in development. The game is subject to changes without notice.
*Company names, logos, product names and services are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective owners.
*Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch logo are trademarks of Nintendo.
*The information in this article are correct at the time of publishing. Subsequent announcements and information are subject to change without notice.
Official Website: https://ninjalathegame.com/en/
Producer and DJ banvox, who reigns at the forefront of Japan’s modern dance music scene, dropped his brand new EP today (March 31).
banvox’s new EP ‘SUGAR’ is a clear reflection of his hip hop roots. Guest vocalists BBY NABE and ASA Wu also feature on the tracks. There are a total of five tracks on the EP, three of which are sensational instrumentals which showcase banvox’s incredible music taste.
If you’re keen to discover the latest Japanese music trends, don’t take your eyes of banvox.
Neon Genesis Evangelion Themed Clothing Collection Released in Collaboration With X-girl
Women’s streetwear fashion brand X-girl has teamed up with Neon Genesis Evangelion to release a new collection of 15 T-shirt inspired by the internationally-celebrated anime series. T-shirts from the collection dropped on Friday last week online Calif, which has an international shipping option, as well as at various stores around Japan, and more items are set to roll out from mid-April.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is known for its deep story, memorable characters, and stylish expression. It had a huge influence on the anime industry and since its release has continued to influence countless series that have followed it.
The new collection by X-girl captures famous scenes from the anime series and its memorable characters. There are also iconic lines written in text on the T-shirts.
The short-sleeved t-shirts were released on May 27, while shirts and bags will drop around mid-April.
The new Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 animated film will be released on June 27, 2020. Get ready for it with a T-shirt from X-girl’s new collection.
X-girl x Neon Genesis Evangelion Collaboration
Sold At: All X-girl and XLARGE/X-girl stores in Japan, X-girl’s official online store, EVANGELION STORE TOKYO-01, EVANGELION STORE SHINJUKU, EVANGELION STORE HAKATA, EVANGELION STORE OSAKA, EVANGELION STORE ONLINE
Official Website: https://x-girl.jp/en/news/202003/detail792
Doraemon Manga Set Collector’s Edition Features All 45 Volumes to Commemorate 50th Anniversary
31.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME
As part of the ongoing promotions to commemorate 50 years since the Doraemon manga was first published in January 1970, pre-orders for the new “100 Years Doraemon” collector’s edition full manga set Tentōmushi Comics by are now open. And there’s some other exciting collector’s merchandise pieces to go along with it.
What’s “100 Years Doraemon”?
Specially-Selected Coloured ‘Surreal’ Picture Collection
Doraemon was born in the 22nd century, and so this collector’s edition aims to have the famous manga series make it all the way there. To ensure that happens, Fujiko Fujio’s full 45-volume collection will have expertly-crafted and carefully-considered book binding and printing.
Beautiful designs to lead Doraemon across the next 100 years into the 22nd Century
Manga cloth front covers with gold leaf on silk screen prints
All the volumes will have hardback covers, which will feature the series’s first ever cloth front covers. The silk screen printing incorporates gold leaf. The books are also thread-bound to make for more fun page turning. Pages are made from high-quality “Opera Clear Max” paper which ensures the pages do not deteriorate over time. The manga itself features completely remastered prints using the latest technology which are printed with 150 line output as opposed to the common 133 output. All volumes use Tentōmushi Comics’s Doraemon cover illustrations made by book and graphic designer Naoko Nakui.
5 Bonus Items
①Specially-Selected Coloured ‘Surreal’ Picture Collection
An assortment of cuts and illustrations from the Doraemon manga series using original colours from back when the volumes were announced. Also includes previously unreleased illustrations by Fujio F. Fujiko.
A complete index that allows you to look up what volumes characters and Secret Gadgets appear in.
A special Volume 0 will be included featuring 6 variations of the first Doraemon story.
Doraemon & Nobita-kun Figure
This figure captures the scene from Volume 40 of the manga series. The figure was created by MEDICOM TOY.
Giant Time Furoshiki Cloth
This giant 110cm x 110cm furoshiki cloth can wrap the entire three boxes which house the manga set.
100 Years Doraemon Anywhere Door Bookshelf
Store your books on this limited-edition bookshelf which is exclusive to those who purchase the 100 Years Doraemon set. Each shelf stacks 15 volumes to fit the entire collection. It’s inspired by the Anywhere Door, one of Doraemon’s many Secret Gadgets. It was co-developed with furniture maker Karimoku, MEDICOM TOY, and Shogakukan. Sign-ups for this bookshelf will be announced at a later date.
“100 Years Doraemon” 45 Volume Set
Pre-Orders: Opened March 28, 2020
Release Date: December 1, 2020
Price: ¥70,000 (Before Tax)
Binding: Naoko Nakui
Editor: 100 years Doraemon Project Team Shogakukan
*Book and bonus items design subject to change
Official Website: https://www.shogakukan.co.jp/pr/100dora/
Learn About Ito City in Shizuoka Prefecture in This Breathtaking 8K PR Video
31.March.2020 | SPOT
A new PR video for Ito City in Shizuoka Prefecture was posted on the city’s official YouTube channel on March 2, 2020 as part of Ito City’s digital marketing efforts for 2020, and it’s already garnered over 21 million views in just over two weeks.
The video was directed and editor Yuki Eikawa who has gained much attention across Japan for his touristic PR video work. It captures the most famous sights across Ito including Mount Omuro and Jogasaki Coast, and showcases the city’s food, culture, and incredible natural environments. Check it out below.
ITO City, Shizuoka, Japan in 8K HDR
Learn more about Ito on the city’s official website which has a bounty of useful information for exploring everything Ito has to offer.