Happy New Year from the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Editorial Team!

01.January.2019 | FEATURES

As thanks to all of you who continue to read and enjoy our content, the staff at MMN would like to each give their own personal New Year’s messages. We have never done a staff introduction before, but like all of you, the website team is made up of 12 people who love Japanese culture. Be sure to check out their messages below, and we hope you continue enjoying MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON in 2019!


■Ryoji Kuroyanagi (Editor/Writer)

Thank you for always reading MOSHI MOSHI. My name is Kuroyanagi, but I’m known by my nickname KURO. I often go to events overseas so there may be some of you out there I have met before. I work every day so that more people around the world can learn about Japan.


My motto right now is “KENKO OF LIFE.” The word “KENKO” is Japanese for “healthy.” It’s a way of thinking that looks to challenge yourself and learn from anything and everything, to become healthy mentally and physically through rich experiences and making choices, and to lead a good-quality life.


KENKO is my number one priority for 2019. I would like to spend the year with a spirit of inquiry while endeavoring to lead a fulfilling life.


Read Kuro’s Article: 3 Ways Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Differs from the Other Titles – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Report



■Heir (Editor/Writer/Simplified Chinese Translator)

Happy New Year, everyone! My name is Heir Zhang and I’m from Guizhou in China. I joined the MOSHI MOSHI team this year. My hobbies are music, fashion, travel, socializing, delicious food and alcohol.


There’s something new to discover every day when working so it’s a lot of fun. I had a lot of interesting experiences this year through music, so I have great expectations for 2019. Please keep supporting MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON!


Read Heir’s Article: MMN Music: 5 Synthpop & Electro New Generation Japanese Artists Blowing Up Overseas


■Ellie (Editor/Writer)

Happy New Year to all of you who continue to read MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. My name is Ellie and I am responsible for the featured articles on goshuin, drawing up the character café compilation articles and more!


I generally write up articles in the FOOD, SPOT and MUSIC categories, but what I enjoy most is creating the character café articles♡ There are so many cute themed menus every month, aren’t there?


I hope to continue promoting lots of information about Japan that caters to everyone’s interests. I’ll be waiting for all of your comments on our Facebook and Twitter pages about what content you want to see. I look forward to your continued support.


Read Ellie’s Article: Tokyo Stroll: Goshuin Collecting #9―Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, an Oasis in Central Tokyo



■Midori (Editor/Writer)

Happy New Year to you all! I’m Midori. I used to work at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center but I’m now on board the website team. Most of the articles I am writing now are about kawaii food in Harajuku. There’s a lot of food in Harajuku that looks just too good to eat, so I’m working hard to write interesting, easy-to-understand articles with so that people who live far away can get the latest information from Harajuku!


Of course, I don’t just write about food, but places that make for taking photos too, and I stay up to date with current trending stores. If you’re interested in Japan’s culture of ‘kawaii’ then please be sure to give the articles a read!


I love Harajuku fashion too so I want to try making articles about that in 2019 too. I hope lots of people can come to like Japanese culture through MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. Thank you for your continued support this year!


Read Midori’s Articles:

Food – Cute & Delicious Animal Gelato at Eiswelt Gelato on Takeshita Street in Harajuku

Spot – Visiting Harajuku’s Slime Shop SLIME NYANDA


■Josh (English Translator/Editor)

Happy New Year to all of our readers at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. My name is Josh. I’m from the UK and I’m an English translator for the website.


I joined the MMN team out of a desire to use translation as a bridge between Japan and the rest of the world. I have been on the team for over 3 years now. I love Japanese pop culture, whether it’s anime or music, and want to continue delivering the latest information from the country to people around the world into 2019.


Have you all decided on your New Year’s resolutions yet? I love reading but I’m the type to end up buying a lot of books and piling them up unread, so I’d like to make an effort to properly read everything I buy this year! I also want to discover more Japanese music artists I haven’t heard yet. There’s a lot of wonderful music in Japan so it’s fun looking things up. We have a lot of music-related articles on MMN too including news and concert reviews, so be sure to check them out!


MMN will keep on delivering the latest news from Japan so please keep supporting us as we enter the New Year.


Sayuri Mizuno (Chief Editor/Writer)

Happy New Year to all of our MOSHI MOSHI readers. I am Sayuri, the Chief Editor of MMN. As well as on the website I work to promote Japanese culture overseas at events around the world.


We started the website as a means to deliver more information to the people we meet in different countries who tell us they love Japan. No matter where you live, you can stay up to date with the latest news from Japan. You can find out recommended places to visit when travelling to Japan. You can always be close to Japan, wherever you are in the world. You can meet fellow lovers of Japan. That’s the kind of website we want to make.


I like travelling and eating so I write articles about tourist destinations, food and more. If you’re interested in sightseeing in Japan or in Japanese cuisine and have some spare time, please check out my articles!


Read Sayuri’s Articles:

Sightseeing  – 3 Little-Known Places to Experience Tea Culture in Kyoto

Food – Enjoy Deliciously Rich Aged Sushi at the Newly-Opened Wadanoya in Ebisu


We want to make more contact with our readers this year and create a bigger community around the website, so we ask for your continued support in 2019.


  • Kenshi Yonezu x UNIQLO’s UT Collaboration to Hit UNIQLO Stores Worldwide

    13.August.2020 | FASHION / MUSIC

    UNIQLO is collaborating with Kenshi Yonezu for the first time for their graphic T-shirt brand “UT.” The collection will first drop in Japan on August 14, 2020 before rolling out to UNIQLO stores in New York, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.


    This also marks Yonezu’s first foray into an apparel collaboration, who has brought his unmatched creativity born from his talent as one of the top Japanese singer-songwriters in the industry as well as being an illustrator. It’s a must-grab for fans of Yonezu and style.


    Kenshi Yonezu’s Unique Illustrations & Fantastical Pictures

    The clothing line-up sees a range of original character designs including Kenshi Yonezu’s trademark cat. Designs include the characters printed large on the T-shirts, designs featuring whimsical photos, and more, all of which were supervised by Yonezu himself. The collection is made up of a range of base colours including black, white, green, pink, and more.


    Special Store Decorations

    UNIQLO 5th Ave in New York has been decorated in an illustration created by Kenshi Yonezu. This design is set to roll out at 8 UNIQLO branches around the world, including UNIQLO PARK Yokohama. The artist also took to the stage in a video premiere concert for Fortnite on August 7, 2020.



    New York 5th Ave | August 7, 2020 – August 18, 2020


    Shanghai (Video Monitor), Guangzhou | August 11, 2020 – August 24, 2020


    UNIQLO PARK Yokohama Bayside | August 10, 2020 – August 24, 2020

    Canal City Hakata | August 12, 2020 – August 31, 2020

    Sendai Izumi | August 13, 2020 – August 16, 2020

    Harajuku | August 14, 2020 – August 28, 2020

    Shinsaibashi | August 14, 2020 – August 27, 2020


    Kenshi Yonezu | Comment

    “UNIQLO is a store that has always been there since I was a kid […] and I want to give my respect to them for taking responsibility for always being there.”

  • Ninjala Version 2.0 Update Adds Worldwide Matchmaking

    13.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    GungHo has rolled out a new update to its free-to-play bubblegum shooter Ninjala, available on Nintendo Switch™, which introduces worldwide matchmaking amongst several improvements.

    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.


    The new update allows for world matchmaking in place of the previous regional matchmaking service. It has also improved the wait time for matchmaking, adjusted gum weapon parameters, improved UI, and more.


    © GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.

  • TV Anime The Promised Neverland Season 2 Teaser Visual Released

    13.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    The June 2020 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump teased the first visual for the upcoming second season of the TV anime series The Promised Neverland. It also confirmed that the series will begin airing in Japan every Thursday at 01:25am on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block starting from January 2021.

    The anime’s official website also released information on a range of plans that will take place in Japan to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the original manga.


    The Promised Neverland Anime Vote (August 11-31)

    Before the first season re-airs in Japan this October, a vote will take place where people can vote in two categories: for their favourite characters and favourite scenes. Fans are allowed to pick up to three characters for the Character category and five scenes for the Scene category.


    The Promised Neverland Anime Quiz (August 11-31)

    A quiz of 50 questions will test how much fans know about season one of The Promised Neverland. All participants will receive an online score sheet.


    The Promised Neverland Radio Title Card Illustration Applications (August 11-31)

    The official YouTube radio show for The Promised Neverland is taking applications for people to design their title card. Participants can submit whatever they like as long as it’s within the conditions, including taking photos inspired by the series.


    Celebrate Emma’s Birthday (August 17-31)

    Emma is the main character in The Promised Neverland. Her birthday falls on August 22, and so the creators are taking all celebratory messages from fans. If you tweet your message from the show’s official website you can receive a birthday illustration on her big day.

  • TV Anime Dragon Goes House-Hunting First Trailer Released

    13.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    The first promotional video for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Dragon Goes House-Hunting is finally here.


    The fantasy manga series is written by Kawo Tanuki and illustrated by Choco Aya. Serialised in the monthly magazine Monthly Comic Garden, the manga currently has six volumes out, the latest having released on May 9, 2020. It is currently being published in English by Seven Seas Entertainment.

    The Story

    The series follows Letty, who’s just no good at being a dragon. So much so that his parents kick him out of the house.

    Letty is on the road looking for a new house, but finds it no place for a legendary creature like a dragon where dwarves and other mythical creatures want a piece of him. He is joined by an elvish architect on his quest to find a new home.


    1st Promotional Video


    Stay tuned for the latest updates on Dragon Goes House-Hunting.


    ©Kawo Tanuki・Choco Aya / Mag Garden・”Dragon Goes House-Hunting” Production Committee

  • Josee, the Tiger and the Fish Anime Film’s Main Theme to be Performed by Eve

    13.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    Eve will perform the main theme song Ao no Waltz for the upcoming anime film Josee, the Tiger and the Fish which is set for release in Japan on December 25, 2020. This is the first time that the singer-songwriter has written a main theme for a film.

    Josee, the Tiger and the Fish is a novel written by Seiko Tanabe and released in 1985. The book received a film adaptation which was directed by Isshin Inudo and released in 2003. This will be the first anime adaptation.

    The animated film will be directed by Tamura Kotaro, who was assistant director for Wolf Children and director for Noragami. Sayaka Kuwamura (Strobe Edge) is working as the screenwriter, Iizuka Haruko (Inu x Boku SSChildren of the Whales) is working as the character designer, and Bones (My Hero AcademiaSpace DandyMob Psycho 100) is animating it. We will get to see an all-new interpretation of Josee led by a team of the industry’s best.


    Taishi Nakagawa will voice the university student Tsueno while Kaya Kiyohara will voice the wheelchair-bound  Josee.

    A special 60-second promotional video for the film was released and features a snippet of Eve’s new song Ao no Waltz. Check it out below.


    “Josee, the Tiger and the Fish” 60 Second Promotional Video


    Eve | Comment

    “I have been given the opportunity to perform the main theme song for Josee, the Tiger and the Fish. The first time the director showed me the storyboards for the film, it felt as if the characters were and still are really alive. I remember how moved I was by the beauty and level of detail in them, like the animation was jumping out at me. They received the song I wrote warmly. I wrote it while trying to find a commonality between Josee, who is shy and clumsy, and I questioned what exactly something that hasn’t worn away with time would look like. I’m overjoyed to have been put in charge of a small part of this film.”


    ©2020 Seiko Tanabe/ KADOKAWA/ Josee Project

  • My Band Recommendation | SEKAI NO OWARI: Captivating the Crowd in a Dreamlike World

    12.August.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    ASOBINEXT is a project launched by event management and talent agency ASOBISYSTEM, which is known for managing artists like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The project aims to create next generation icons who will promote their unique personalities and outlooks to the world using social media and in turn bring about new forms of culture.

    As part of ASOBINEXT, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON will be publishing content from each talent that is tied to ASOBINEXT in the form of their favourite and recommended things. Today, we’re taking a look at a Japanese band recommended by ASOBINEXT’s Kanon Aihara, a dancer and vocalist.



    My name is Kanon Aihara, and I’d like to share my perspective on why SEKAI NO OWARI is such a great band—one that was born from a desire to deliver entertainment to people through music.


    Incredible live performances

    SEKAI NO OWARI’s stage sets are otherworldly. They pull the crowd into a dreamlike place away from reality. I remember how moved I was being in that bright and shining place even for a moment with the towering tree, the owl, the dancing fireworks, the trains dashing past on the ceiling. How much time and effort it must have taken to create a set like that.


    Band vocalist Fukase once said on a TV show that if they can’t do the kinds of live performances they love, then they may as well disband. I really feel how great SEKAI NO OWARI when I see them wanting to continue making everyone smile and feel something deeply, and not compromising when it comes to doing the things they want to do.

    The music

    It’s truly a difficult task to understand each and every lyric; and I find it difficult to cover their music. Despite this, even if I don’t understand something in a song, I find that each and every track really gets through to me.


    Their music speaks to and is loved by men and women of all ages, whether it be their song RPG Ya which was used as a theme song for the Crayon Shin-chan anime series, the main theme song RAIN for the film Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Sazanka which was used as the theme song for the NHK broadcast of the Winter Olympics Paralympics, and so on.


    SEKAI NO OWARI – “RPG” Music Video


    SEKAI NO OWARI – “RAIN” Music Video

    The band members

    SEKAI NO OWARI is formed of four members. There was actually a time when all of them shared a house together. On a TV show the band appeared on, all of the members excluding the vocalist Fukase said, “We want to create live performances that Fukase enjoys.” Hearing those words really made me feel the love and connect the band has for each other.


    For me, SEKAI NO OWARI is a place that lets me sees dreams. It also makes me feel strongly that I want to do the kinds of things they do too!

    I believe that a lot of things are born from live performances when the artist and fans become one. Like SEKAI NO OWARI, I’m aiming to create live performances that are like going to a theme park too. The band are fun, cute, and cool, and are everything I aspire to be.


    The one thing I always want to keep doing through music is performing live. That feeling of being one with the crowd. Seeing all of their smiles fills me with a happiness I’ve never felt before. Music is expression and is free to mean whatever you want. That’s why the thing I want to do is to put my all into it for so that people enjoy themselves for all of time. I want to continuously think of and put out new, entertaining things in the future.


    Kanon Aihara
    Dancer and vocalist. Made her debut as a child actress. Currently active as a tarento (talent) with a focus on music. Since starting her music career, she has toured around all of Japan and up to now has held performed 4 solo concerts and released 4 singles. She is very particular when it comes to her live performances, and more than anything wants people to have fun and to put on theme park-like shows. Her hobbies are watching comedy programmes. She’s also a skilled snowboarder and surfer.

  • Osaka’s New Movie Star Studio is a Dream Come True For TikTok and Instagram Users

    12.August.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    Movie Star Studio is Japan’s first video shooting studio service set to open at Universal City in Osaka on August 11, 2020.

    Movie Star Studio is a dream come true for TikTok and Instagram Stories users where they can shoot a full body video and add animation, music, and other features. There are 12 booths in the studio which are fairly spacious and so can be used by groups too.

    The studio offers something that a smartphone can’t, and that’s chroma key which lets people use a green screen to add another video behind the person.

    There are currently seven different backgrounds people can choose from, each lasting 5 seconds: HEART, PINK, KIRA KIRA, SUMMER, HOLLYWOOD, DINOSAUR, and MAGIC (as of August 8, 2020).

    The studio is coloured bright pink with walls plastered with various cute illustrations so it looks like a stylish cafe. Every spot in the studio calls for a photo opportunity. There’s even a space with 25 seats for people to do their makeup.

  • SHISEIDO Opens First Global Flagship Store in Tokyo’s Ginza District

    12.August.2020 | FASHION

    SHISEIDO opened its first-ever global flagship store in Ginza, Tokyo on July 31, 2020.


    Since its founding in Ginza, the SHISEIDO brand has been fusing art and science, representing Japanese Beauty. Today, it offers a wide range of products in 88 countries and regions around the globe. SHISEIDO skincare and makeup aims to reveal and express people’s beauty on the outside, empowering them with confidence and vitality. For SHISEIDO, it is that outer beauty that brings to light your inner beauty, a notion that’s centred around the brand’s concept of feeling “ALIVE with Beauty,” something they say is achieved when beauty blooms from both the outside and inside.

    SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE follows this mantra of “ALIVE with Beauty” which it will promote to those visiting Ginza, be they Japanese or foreign. The store’s design concept is “Japanese Digital Garden” which encapsulates the image of a Japanese-style garden—something which symbolises the Japanese sense of beauty as well as nature. It will be inspired by Japanese paper, trees, and Nishijin silk fabrics, and will incorporate flowing music and lighting.


    Digiskin Tester (Makeup)

    SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE is a beauty experience that combines human touch with the latest technology. The shop caters to a multitude of beauty needs and lifestyles. Simply by taking a photo of yourself, the Digiskin Tester will find the perfect shade of SHISEIDO foundation for your skin from 30 colours. This instant tester can be combined with one-on-one counselling with the staff so you can find the right products for you.


    SHISEIDO Ultimune™

    SHISEIDO Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate N – Ginza Flagship Store Limited Edition (75ml) | ¥16,000 (Before Tax) *Available in-store only

    The building consists of three floors serving all things SHISEIDO, from their full line-up of makeup and skincare products to items exclusive to the flagship store.


    They are taking all the necessary precautions against the spread of COVID-19 so that customers can continue to enjoy the beauty experience. This includes practicing social distancing, providing alcohol gel, disinfecting tester products, having staff and customers wear masks, and so on.


    Ultimune Essence Auto-Tester

    Customers can use special dispensers set up in-store which lets them try out products without having to come into physical contact with other people.


    SHISEIDO has also launched a “virtual store” on its official website so that customers can still enjoy SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE from the comfort of their own home. Customers use VR to walk around the shop and watch help and advice videos on makeup.


    Discover your inner and outer beauty at SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE in Ginza.

  • Dine at Harajuku’s New Tarako Spaghetti Restaurant Tokyo Tarako Spaghetti

    12.August.2020 | FOOD

    Tokyo Tarako Spaghetti opened its all-new, second branch in Harajuku Omotesando on July 31, 2020. The restaurant opened its first branch back in January this year.

    To commemorate the opening of the new restaurant, it is serving up two brand new tarako (cod roe) spaghetti dishes made with Japanese dashi.

    Tarako & Kombu Umami With Dashi Spaghetti | ¥990 (Before Tax)

    The first new dish is a combination of tarako, kombu, and dashi spaghetti. This dish adds a Japanese flair to it by combining tarako spaghetti with tarako boiled in soy. The full flavour of the kombu is extracted when the dashi is poured over, creating an irresistible flavour.

    Three Fish Egg Tarako Spaghetti | ¥1,390 (Before Tax)

    The second new dish on the menu is the “Three Fish Egg Tarako Spaghetti” which combines lots of tarako with toppings of salted salmon roe and flying fish roe. There’s a whopping 100g of fish eggs on there, so you won’t be going hungry with this filling, colourful serving of spaghetti.


    Discover new kinds of tarako spaghetti dishes at Tokyo Tarako Spaghetti Harajuku Omotesando.

  • KyoAni Returns for Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S TV Anime Series in 2021

    12.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    The official Twitter account for the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid TV anime has announced that the series is set to return for season two in 2021 as Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S. Kyoto Animation is also returning to produce the animation.

    Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S teaser visual

    A teaser poster (pictured above) as well as a teaser website were posted alongside the announcement. The “S” in the second season’s title denotes that a “Super, Supreme Second Life” is about to “Start.”


    ©COOL Kyoushinja・Futabasha/ドラゴン生活向上委員会

  • Haikyu!! TO THE TOP Themed Cafe to Open at Animate Cafe in Sendai

    11.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese anime and manga merchandise chain store and cafe company Animate is set to open the new Animate Cafe Gratte Sendai on August 29, 2020. There are many Animate Cafe branches around Japan, all of which serve up menus themed on various anime, manga, and game franchises.


    The first series to land at the new Animate Cafe Gratte Sendai will be Haikyu!! TO THE TOP.

    Animate Cafe Gratte Sendai will serve the staple “Gratte,” a portemanteau of “graphic latte” where character illustrations are put on top of the cream of lattes. These beverages are currently served at the Tokyo (Shibuya and Kichijoji), Osaka, and Okayama branches of Animate Cafe.


    Haikyu!! is a sports, comedy and coming-of-age manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. Serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump, the series spanned 45 volumes, with the final volume released just last month. Season four of the series, titled Haikyu!! TO THE TOP, is still ongoing, with the second half set for release this October.

    The collaboration at the cafe will run from August 29 to September 15 where fans can tuck into a range of different Haikyu!! themed goodies like grattes, icing cookies, and more.

    All customers will receive one of the above-pictured exclusive coasters randomly selected from 12 designs.


    ©Haruichi Furudate / Shueisha・”Haikyu!!” Production Committee・MBS

  • DEAN FUJIOKA Releases Audio & Cover Art for New Song ‘Neo Dimension’

    11.August.2020 | MUSIC

    A short clip of the audio from DEAN FUJIOKA’s upcoming new song Neo Dimension, which will be a digital exclusive, is now available to listen to on the singer-songwriter’s YouTube channel until August 18 before the song is officially released on August 19.


    The song was originally written in 2008 as a self-introduction and expression of DEAN FUJIOKA’s intention as an artist. It was first released as My Dimension back in November 2013 and was used as the main theme for the Japanese film I am ICHIHASHINeo Dimension is a new recording of the song, 12 years later, which breathes new life into the original.

    The digital single’s cover art features a photo taken by DEAN FUJIOKA himself at an airport. All of the flights are cancelled, except one which is listed as ‘New Gate’—a metaphor denoting DEAN’s embarking into the future, starting with the newly-recorded Neo Dimension.


    DEAN FUJIOKA – Neo Dimension Short Ver. (Official Audio)

    DEAN FUJIOKA is currently premiering live performances over the next four weeks on his YouTube channel. His next video will drop on August 13 at 20:00 (JST) and will be his performance of History Maker taken from his set at InterCycle 2016 held back in 2016 at Osaka-jo Hall.


    DEAN FUJIOKA “History Maker” Live from InterCycle 2016