teamLab introduces “teamLab Future Play” to St. Louis Children’s Museum in America, giving kids the chance to get creative with the latest technology!
28.May.2016 | Uncategorized
“teamLab” opened their first “teamLab Future Play” event at The Magic House（St. Louis Children’s Museum）in America. Through the continuation of their educational project “Learn and Play! teamLab Future Park”, they have created 5 new “attractions of art” consisting of “Sketch Town”, “Sketch Town Papercraft”, “Light Ball Orchestra”, “Connecting! Train Block” and “Hopscotch for Geniuses”!
The attractions of art have been arranged so that the children are encouraged to be active with their bodies, providing them with the opportunity to move freely between the different attractions of art.
teamLab Future Play
Limited period : Saturday 28th May 〜 Tuesday 6th September 2016
Venue : St. Louis Children’s Museum（516 S Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122 USA）
A sneak peak at the “Attractions of art”:
BG, an apparel brand directed by Toua, has officially launched. The online store began accepting orders on September 7, 2023.
The name ‘BG’ stands for ‘Borderless Gradation,’ implying that the brand’s creations represent freedom without boundaries. Buyers can expect unisex items with a playful and modern touch.
No matter your age or your gender,
empower yourself just the way you are.
As sure as your heart beats, always keep your curiosity.
Make today the best day of your life.
Online Store: https://frontrowbyuuum.com/pages/bg
Mitsui Shopping Park’s LaLaport TOKYO-BAY to Collaborate with meeco
In collaboration with illustrator meeco, LaLaport TOKYO-BAY is currently holding the cashless ‘AUTUMN FESTA 2023 Find Happiness;’ event for the entire month of September.
In a special area of the shopping center, the latest fall items and fashions will be displayed along with an art exhibit dedicated to meeco’s creations. Visitors will receive an original card featuring a new illustration by meeco (while supplies last).
Be sure to browse the special website for more details.
AUTUMN FESTA 2023 Find Happiness
Running: September 1 ~ September 30
Utano Aoi and Takuma Usa to Star in Fuji TV Drama ‘Ya Boy Kongming!’
In this miraculous success story, Zhuge Kongming, a famed military strategist from the Three Kingdoms period in China, is reincarnated as a young man in present-day Shibuya. Soon after, he meets a young girl at a nightclub and devises a magical plan to help her achieve her dream of becoming a singer. The drama is an adaptation of the popular manga series Ya Boy Kongming! which has sold over 1.6 million copies. The series is serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine.
Utano Aoi will play Ichika, a member of the idol unit AZALEA. Takuma Usa’s role has not yet been announced, so tune in to see how the actor appears in the series.
Ya Boy Kongming! (Wednesday 10 Drama)
Premiere: September 27, 2023
Airing Wednesdays 22:00~22:54 *The premiere will be 15 minutes longer.
Starring: Osamu Mukai
Original Work: Ya Boy Kongming! – Yuto Yotsuba (Writer), Ryo Ogawa (Artist) / (Serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine)
Actress Utano Aoi will star in the film Boku no Naka ni Saku Hanabi (The Fireworks That Blossom Within Me).
The film is directed by Yuto Shimizu, who won the Best J. Horror Award at the Japan Film Festival Los Angeles 2022 at the young age of 20 for The Soloist. Set in his hometown of Gifu Prefecture, he penned the screenplay after being inspired by his own life experiences. This marks his first feature film as a director.
After a painful incident, protagonist Minoru slowly begins to open up to his family and friends and gradually starts to accept his fear of death, deciding to live entirely in the present. The film focuses on the finite amount of time we have on this earth and Minoru’s knowing that even that nature around him will someday disappear, which is all the more reason to show love while you can. The heroine, Jyuri Mizuishi, is played by Utano Aoi.
Crowdfunding for the film is currently underway.
<Comment from Utano Aoi (Jyuri Mizuishi)>
“Strength and weakness, harshness and gentleness…we must juggle these extremes in order to learn how to live in the midst of unfathomable loneliness and despair. I hope to show all sides of Akari with subtlety. I want to feel the sights, smells, people, and emotions of the city. At the moment, I can already feel the power that the cast and crew are bringing to the filmmaking process. I’m also looking forward to the emotional location. I’m so excited. Please look forward to the film!”
Boku no Naka ni Saku Hanabi
Director/Screenwriter: Yuto Shimizu
Producer: Ken Ochiai
Starring: Iori Abe, Masaya Kato, Utano Aoi, Kokona Sumi, Nanako Sato
Planned Length: 100 min.
Genre: Youth/Family/Human Drama
Release: Theatrical Release/At Film Festivals in Japan and Abroad
Nagomi to Serve as Image Model for PURIMANIA Purikura Machine
31.August.2023 | FASHION
YouTuber Nagomi of Nakonako cp has been chosen as the image model for FuRyu’s PURIMANIA purikura machine. The machines will be installed at entertainment facilities nationwide starting in early October.
The new model offers an exciting new sticker printing experience, with advanced retouching and makeup functions. Visitors can still look forward to the fun analog feel of creating and printing their own original stickers.
Nagomi visuals will be featured on the exterior of each machine.
FuRyu Official Website
SUNNY ONLY 1 Releases New Single ‘WASH IT’ Co-written by Close Friends and Fellow Musicians
28.August.2023 | MUSIC
On August 16, SUNNY ONLY 1 released her new digital single WASH IT.
In April, the accomplished artist released her first single in two years, So What? SUNNY ONLY 1 is also an active member of the Tokyo-based girls’ creative collective bala, and her previous release Dance like a monkey feat. Mori attracted plenty of attention. A collaboration with close friend Mori from the musical group DONGURIZU, the song was featured on Spotify’s official Electropolis playlist.
WASH IT, concluding the trilogy of solo single releases from SUNNY ONLY 1 this year, was co-written by Kyoichi Mikuriya and Hiroto Sugawara of the band Eiji, along with rapper KOHKI. These artists are close friends of SUNNY, and the track itself is a party tune filled with Afro-funk and disco beats that capture the hustle and bustle of the underground scene. WASH IT was produced by Noah Ings, an up-and-coming producer from London who also worked on SUNNY ONLY 1’s previous release.
[Comment from SUNNY ONLY 1]
“This is the last song of the trilogy. It’s the funkiest song I’ve ever written and I made it while partying with my friends, so I hope you’ll have a listen while you’re vibing and feeling good!”
WASH IT – SUNNY ONLY 1 (Digital Single)
Release Date: August 16, 2023
Streaming URL: https://orcd.co/wash_it
Kyoichi Mikuriya (Eiji)
Hiroto Sugawara (Eiji)
Takuma Usa to Appear on Stage in BREAK FREE STARS Dance Performance
Actor Takuma Usa will appear in the dance stage show BREAK FREE STARS at IHI Stage Around Tokyo starting October 23.
The show is an original work based on the non-verbal dance work BREAK FREE by Go Ueki, the first Japanese creator to win the Asian Arts Award for Best Performance at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest theater festival, in 2018. Shinjirou Kameda and Takahito Onishi wrote the adaptation for the stage.
The high-energy dance show takes place in a city where hip-hop is banned and focuses on the conflict between hip-hop stars and prison guards. It promises to make full use of video and lighting to bring the story to life.
New City is a metropolis full of people from all walks of life. In this incredible place, you can have it all. There’s one thing you can’t have, however–freedom. Young people gather at the club ‘BREAK FREE,’ a sacred space for hip-hop lovers, to search for peace of mind and a bit of freedom that no one can take away.
The government announces the Hip-Hop Prohibition, taking away these young people’s freedom. BREAK FREE’s hip-hop stars are thrown into jail and dubbed dangerous criminals.
Hip-hop is not a crime. In order to take back their freedom and protect their music, the jailed stars must fight back against an overwhelmingly powerful force.
BREAK FREE STARS
Running: October 23, 2023 – November 5, 2023
Venue: IHI Stage Around Tokyo
Director: Go Ueki
Screenwriters: Shinjirou Kameda / Takahito Onishi
Music: Tanaka Mush
Keito Kimura (FANTASTICS)
Dai Goto / Shunichi Takahashi / Shota Matsuda / Yu Yoshioka / Takuma Usa / Toyotaka / HILOMU / RYO / Yukia Takano
SHINSUKE / Dolton / KIMUTAKU / KENTA / GeN / Ryota Kamiya / Tatsuki Kawashima / Alan Abe
Admission: ¥12,500 (All seats reserved / Tax Included)
General Ticket Sales start September 30, 2023 at 10:00
Mitt 03-6265-3201 (Weekdays 12:00~17:00)
Official Site: https://www.nelke.co.jp/stage/breakfreestars/
(C)『BREAK FREE STARS』製作委員会
Licaxxx Announces Solo Performance at ZEROTOKYO Titled SINSO-Licaxxx All Night Long Set-
25.August.2023 | MUSIC
DJ and trackmaker Licaxxx will hold her first solo show since 2019, SINSO-Licaxxx All Night Long Set-, on September 9 at ZEROTOKYO in Tokyo’s Kabukicho area of Shinjuku.
Licaxxx will perform a continuous solo set from open to close on the main floor’s Z HALL. Visitors can head to the other floors to see other DJs who share a close relationship with Licaxxx to really get the party started.
SINSO – Licaxxx All Night Long Set –
Date: September 9, 2023 / 23:00 Open/Start
Venue: Shinjuku ZEROTOKYO
Admission: Pre-sale ¥2,000 / Day-of ¥3,500
Licaxxx – All Night Long Set-
Reiji Okamoto (OKAMOTO’S)
Giorgio Blaise Givvn
YAGI Friends B2B
ATARASHII GAKKO! Appointed as Image Characters for the 61st Sendenkaigi Awards
25.August.2023 | FASHION
The members of ATARASHII GAKKO! have been chosen to appear as image characters for this year’s Sendenkaigi Awards. The monthly Sendenkaigi magazine sponsors the event focusing on creativity and trends in the world of marketing.
Many people from both inside and outside the advertising world submit their creations, and the Sendenkaigi Awards has become a place for creatives to discover words that shine. This year’s applicants were encouraged to explore new ways of expression to break stereotypes and foster new ideas. The members of Atarashii Gakko! are a fitting addition to this year’s event, as the group is known for its unapologetic individuality.
ATARASHII GAKKO! will appear on official posters displayed at train stations and bookstores. The group will also appear on the cover of the October/November issue of Sendenkaigi magazine.
Sendenkaigi Awards Official Site
Hikari Shibata to Open Photo Exhibition ‘THROUGH THE WINDOW’
25.August.2023 | FASHION
Model, DJ, and photographer Hikari Shibata will hold her first photo exhibition in five years, THROUGH THE WINDOW, at the FLOAT Gallery in Tokyo for four days starting September 8, 2023.
The exhibition’s title was inspired by Shibata’s shyness, which has always led her to photograph landscapes rather than people. Many photos were taken through windows, and both the view and reflections are meaningful and personal to Shibata herself.
This year’s exhibition features photos of daily life taken in Copenhagen, Denmark’s largest city, where Shibata stayed for a total of three weeks in March 2023. It will also feature photographs snapped in Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York City.
Shibata will visit the gallery in person to present her creations. In addition to the sale of exhibited photographs, guests will also be able to purchase T-shirts, hats, and Shibata’s first photobook, the latter of which is available in limited quantities. The self-published 112-page hardcover book was entirely designed by Shibata herself. T-shirts will be available in two colors and feature the title of the exhibition, while hats will come in three colors with an embroidered graphic image of the sun reflected in a window.
THROUGH THE WINDOW (Hikari Shibata Photo Exhibition)
Running: September 8-11, 2023 / 13:00-20:00
Venue: FLOAT (3-1-9 Megurohoncho, Meguro-ku, Tokyo)
*Please be aware that admission may be restricted in the event of crowding.
Born in Kanagawa in 1997, Shibata is a model, DJ, and fashion director, known for sharing her life and unique fashion sense on social media. Her interest in photography dates to her high school days, and along with her work in Japan and abroad, she’s handled visuals for apparel brands and CD jackets. This will be her fourth photo exhibition.
After releasing the new MANINGEN EP on August 16, the members of ATARASHII GAKKO! announced that they would embark on their first overseas tour, ATARASHII GAKKO! The SEISHUN Tour, this November.
The group’s song OTONABLUE has reached an astounding 3.1 billion views on TikTok, winning the TikTok Trending Award for the first half of 2023 with over 14 million followers on the social media site. ATARASHII GAKKO! performed in New York in May and at the Head in the Clouds festival in Los Angeles in July, continuing to make headlines. Their tour will kick off at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles and continue for 10 shows across North America, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.
Before embarking on their global tour, the group will perform a solo show at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on October 29. Tickets sold out quickly, and the group’s more dedicated fans can’t wait for the rare opportunity to see ATARASHII GAKKO! perform solo in Japan.
ATARASHII GAKKO! The SEISHUN Tour
(All dates local time)
11/7 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
11/8 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
11/10 New York, NY- Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/11 Washington, D.C.- Black Cat
11/13 Toronto, ON- The Axis Club
11/15 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
11/16 St. Paul, MN- Amsterdam Bar & Hall
11/18 Mexico City, MX- Corona Capital (https://www.coronacapital.com.mx/)
12/2 Hong Kong- Clockenflap Festival (https://www.clockenflap.com/) *Tickets available anytime
12/3 Bangkok, TH- Maho Rasop Festival (https://www.mahorasop.com/) *Tickets available anytime
Spotify Presale: August 17, 2:00AM ~ Limited 1-day sale
General Sales: August 18, 10:00AM (August 19, 2:00AM JST)
Special Tour Site
MANINGEN EP – ATARASHII GAKKO!
Release Date: August 16
M3: Que Sera Sera
M4: OTONABLUE – From THE FIRST TAKE
M5: NERAIUCHI (50 th anniversary cover)
Streaming URL: https://lnk.to/MANINGEN_EP
On August 10, the apparel brand tiit tokyo released a short film titled ESCAPE starring model and talent Nagomi.
The film comes prior to tiit tokyo’s first solo pop-up shop at Shibuya PARCO, scheduled to open on August 24. The final scene of the film was filmed at Shibuya PARCO and features the location’s classic symbol–a neon ‘P.’
The story follows a woman who lives a strictly controlled life who, after witnessing an incredible scene, begins planning her escape and a new beginning. Nagomi plays the main character, a female vampire.
ESCAPE was written and directed by fashion event director and filmmaker Hajime Tsuda, who previously worked on the film Daughters. The creative director for tiit tokyo, Sho Iwata, served as fashion director.
ESCAPE (Part One)
*Part Two will be released on August 22
ESCAPE (tiit tokyo Short Movie)
Release Date: August 10, 2023 (Part One) / August 22 (Part Two)
Where to Watch: tiit tokyo’s Official Instagram / YouTube
Writer / Director: Hajime Tsuda
Fashion Director: Sho Iwata (tiit tokyo)
tiit tokyo Official Site