6 Japanese Music Festivals to Visit During Golden Week
Hi, readers. I’m Heir from the MMN editorial department.
Japan’s week of holidays known as Golden Week is about to begin. This year there are a whopping 10 holidays in a row, and during that time, lots of festivals are set to take place up and down the country.
Have you ever experienced a Japanese festival yourself? In this article I’m going to recommend 6 music festivals taking place during Golden Week that won’t fail to excite music lovers.
1. ARABAKI 2019 (Miyagi)
ARABAKI ROCK FEST is one of the main rock festivals in Japan that takes place in the Tohoku region. The event came to be as a way to promote Japan’s native culture up and down the country through a fusion of history, culture and rock music.
A total of 52 artists are set to perform this year including Aimyon, Wednesday Campanella and QUEEN BEE. Enjoy two days of music while getting up close and personal with Tohoku culture.
ARABAKI ROCK FES.2019
Date: April 27, 2019 – April 28, 2019
Location: Michinoku Park, Kawasaki, Miyagi Prefecture
Official Website: https://arabaki.com
2. FM802 REQUESTAGE (Osaka)
This live event will take place at Osaka-jo Hall on April 29. Six huge names in the Japanese music industry will take to the stage for this one-night show: ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, [ALEXANDROS], UVERworld, King Gnu, THE ORAL CIGARETTES, and Motohiro Hata.
FM802 30PARTY SPECIAL LIVE Kiyo Bank presents REQUESTAGE 2019
Date: April 29, 2019
Time: Open 15:00 / Start 16:00
Venue: Osaka-jo Hall
Official Website: https://funky802.com/requestage/
3. Kyoto Mirai Matsuri (Kyoto)
Kyoto Mirai Matsuri 2019 will take place at Minami-za, Kyoto’s oldest kabuki theatre, where the latest cutting-edge technology will clash with contemporary culture. The event will take place both in the day and at night offering their own unique experiences.
The line-up includes artists such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, BiSH, m-flo, CAPSULE and more. This is a chance to witness traditional Japanese culture combine with modern art, so if you’re in Kyoto this Golden Week be sure to check it out.
Date: April 30, 2019 – May 5, 2019
Venue: Minami-za (198 Shijo Dori, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
Official Website: https://www.miraimatsuri.com
4. VIVA LA ROCK 2019 (Saitama)
VIVA LA ROCK, or VIVA LA for short as it’s known, is a rock festival that has taken place every May since 2014. The event invites a line-up of next generation artists that represent the “now” of the Japanese music scene.
An incredible 97 artists will be at this year’s festival including ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, UVERworld and KEYTALK. As well as music, concertgoers can look forward to food, outdoor BBQs, DJ performances and much more.
VIVA LA ROCK 2019
Date: May 3, 2019 – May 6, 2019
Venue: Saitama Super Arena
Official Website: https://vivalarock.jp/2019/
5. JAPAN JAM 2019 (Chiba)
JAPAN JAM is a huge music festival that has taken place every Golden Week since 2010. This outdoor event will take place at Soga Sports Park where attendees can look forward to a line-up of 54 artists and musicians such as Aimer, Fujifabric, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Gesu no Kiwami Otome, miwa―the list goes on.
JAPAN JAM 2019
Date: May 4, 2019 – May 6, 2019
Venue: Soga Sports Park, Chiba
Official Website: http://japanjam.jp
6. TOKYO M.A.P.S (Tokyo)
Another annual Golden Week event―this one since 2008―TOKYO M.A.P.S is a celebration of music, art and performance. The line-up this year features Trio Ohashi, Kitri, Ukigumo and more.
What’s great about this event is that it’s free to attend! Kick back and enjoy the live performances of a line-up of incredible artists in a relaxed environment.
J-WAVE & Roppongi Hills present TOKYO M.A.P.S ohashi Trio EDITION
Date: May 5, 2019 – May 6, 2019
Venue: Roppongi Hills Arena
Official Website: http://www.tokyomaps.jp
Golden Week is a time for fun and games, so if you’re in Japan, be sure you get to experience one of its many music festivals!
Hello Kitty Summer Event Themed On the Undersea Palace Princess Oto-hime Kicks Off in Hyogo
The Hello Kitty media art facility and restaurant HELLO KITTY SMILE on Awaji Island kicked off a summer event on July 1. Titled “HELLO KITTY SMILE Oto-hime Ryugu-jo Beach Summer Festival,” the event is set to run until the end of August.
Digital fireworks set the summer vibe
Catch your own Sanrio figure
Decorate your own Sanrio character ceramic
Children’s meal at the Party Terrace
Hello Kitty afternoon tea at the Party Balcony
Spicy tortilla at the Garden Terrace
The event is themed on Oto-hime, the princess of the underwater palace Ryugu-jo which features in the Japanese folktake of Urashima Taro. It focuses on Hello Kitty and is a celebration of Bon odori, a type of dance that takes place during the Japanese summertime Bon Festival. Hello Kitty performs the dance on stage, and the audience can join in with handclapping, dancing, and waving the free fan they receive upon entering the venue. Visitors can also buy a ticket to meet Hello Kitty, and those who do receive a free plush toy along with a photo with the Sanrio queen herself.
At the event, visitors can enjoy Sanrio versions of all the fun things Japanese summer festivals, or natsumarui, have to offer like catching a Sanrio figure instead of a goldfish, painting ceramics, making vinyl prints, squirting water pistols, jumping on a giant trampoline, and so much more.
Other things to look out for include special screenings at the HELLO KITTY SMILE theatre and the firework projection mapping show. The event also has four different restaurants which are serving limited-time, seasonal summer treats: the Party Terrace, Party Balcony, Restaurant Tamatebako, and Garden Terrace.
Ⓒ2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L627610
HELLO KITTY SMILE Oto-hime Ryugu-jo Beach Summer Festival
Japanese Event Title: HELLO KITTY SMILE 乙姫竜宮城 海辺の夏祭り
Running: July 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Opening Hours:10:00-19:00 (Last Entries 18:00)
*Brunch served exclusively on weekends and public holidays at the Party Terrace at 9:00-10:00 (last orders 10:30)
Address: 985-1 Nojimahikinoura, Awaji, Hyogo 656-1721, Japan
Official Website: https://awaji-resort.com/hellokittysmile/
Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival Announced For Fall in Sapporo
Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi are set to collaborate at a special festival centred entirely around the characters which will run at Sapporo Factory from September 17 to November 28.
Rilakkuma, Sumikko Gurashi, and you are invited to the festival which will be split into two areas: the Rilakkuma Pavilion and Sumikko Gurashi Pavilion where the characters will be present to greet guests. The event is taking on a magical theme which imagines the spirits of San-X, the company who created Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi, casting a mysterious magic on the festival to bring happiness to all.
There’s plenty for fans of the characters to enjoy including fun photo spots, exclusive merchandise, and much more.
If you’re in Sapporo this autumn, don’t miss the Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival.
Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival
Running: September 17, 2021 – November 38, 2021
Venue: Sapporo Factory 3 (Floor 3F)
Address: 4 Chome-1-2 Kita 2 Johigashi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0032, Japan
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 13:00-17:00 (From 10:00 on September 17) / [Weekends] 10:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)
Closed: Thursdays (Except September 23, 2021)
TEL: 011-272-9302 (10:00-17:00 except weekends and holidays)
Official Website: https://ntv.co.jp/rilakkuma-and-sumikko-fest/
Sakura Miku Blossoms On Merchandise at Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 in Aomori
Japanese anime, game, and hobby merch site CharaAni released a new collection of Sakura Miku merchandise on Monday in collaboration with the Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 festival.
Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 x Sakura Miku Line-Up
Folders | ¥450 Each (Tax Included)
Tapestries | ¥3,500 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stands | ¥1,500 Each (Tax Included)
Holographic Pins | ¥550 Each (Tax Included) *Blind box, designs are random
Reversible Blankets | ¥5,500 Each (Tax Included)
Scarf Towel (Art by iXima) | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Happi (Art by iXima) | ¥6,000 (Tax Included)
Hand Towel (Art by Mamo) | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Motel Key Ring (Art by iXima) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Teacups | ¥1,700 Each (Tax Included)
Flat Pouch (Art by iXima & Mamo) | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Drum Bag (Art by iXima) | ¥6,500 (Tax Included)
Full Graphic T-Shirt (Art by Morichika) | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Full Graphic Zipper Hoodie (Art by Hechima) | ¥9,900 (Tax Included)
Fashion Mask (Art by iXima) | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Desk Mat (Art by iXima) | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Shitakawa Rayaki Dove Whistle | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Music Box: “Haru o Matsu Hito” – PolyphonicBranch feat. Hatsune Miku
The Sakura Miku x Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 collection invites on board four artists: iXima, Mamo, Hechima, and Morichika who have created original artwork for the line-up. The items can be bought both at the festival and online.
The collection also includes Sakura Miku-inspired dove whistles made by Shitakawa Rayaki Tsuchi Ningyo, a clay doll company that has been around for over 200 years. The company began in the latter half of the Edo Period when Takaya Kanegura, who had learned how to make ceramics in the town of Chikuzen in Fukuoka, was employed by the Hirosaki Domain to build a furnace.
Miku fans can also get their hands on a music box which features an original song created for the festival called Haru o Matsu Hito (“Person Waiting For Spring”). It features artwork by iXima.
Art by iXima / Mamo / へちま / もりちか © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net
Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 Merchandise
Order Window: May 10, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Event Details: https://www.hirosakipark.jp/sakura/
Music Box – “Haru o Matsu Hito”
Price: ¥10,000 (Tax Included)
Order Window: Late August 2021 – Early September 2021
Song: “Haru o Matsu Hito” by PolyphonicBranch feat. Hatsune Miku
Yui Aragaki Features in H&M’s Golden Week 2021 Campaign
05.May.2021 | FASHION
H&M announced on April 27 that their promotional ambassador for Golden Week 2021 is none other than Japanese actress, model, and singer Yui Aragaki. The clothing company created a campaign video with her and conducted a behind-the-scenes interview which MMN has translated.
Yui Aragaki Interview (Excerpt)
Q: How did you react when you were appoint an H&M Ambassador?
“My first impression when they invited me along was excitement. It was something new, so I thought it might lead to even more new things. It felt exciting.”
Q: How do you relate to the ‘Let’s Change’ concept for this campaign?
“I feel like people around the world somewhat feel that we just are changing, rather than having to change. I think this campaign serves to act as the impetus for each person to think about what they want to change. And getting to become the ambassador for that is really worthwhile. Once people know and are aware of what they think, they can begin to recognise and digest it. And I hope that that becomes second nature to them. Even if they can’t relate to a certain change, it’s important for them to acknowledge it.”
Q: What efforts are you taking when it comes to sustainability?
“I’m still learning when it comes to sustainability, but I do use H&M’s Garment Collecting service. No matter what, clothes are consumable goods, so of course I take care of them. Some items are lifelong, but some I have to change depending on how I’m feeling, or depending on the environment. I’m thankful that there’s somewhere I can take them to where they can be used for something else. It feels good to drop them off.”
The Let’s Change campaign encourages people to recycle their clothes as well as take their own shopping bag which earns customers Conscious Points as a reward. Yui Aragaki is donning seasonal earth colours made from sustainable materials for the campaign.
H&M Let’s Change
Released: April 27, 2021
Royal Park Hotel Begins Serving Limited-Time Desserts For Golden Week
01.May.2021 | FOOD
For this year’s Golden Week, Royal Park Hotel in Tokyo is serving up a limited-time selection of two desserts on its first floor cafe and bakery IKI: the Koinobori Roll Cake and Animal Sweets & Pastries, both of which are available now until May 5. It’s also selling two different mont blancs for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Carp streamer-inspired roll cake and animal pastries
Koinobori Roll Cake – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
Animal Sweets & Pastries: Sheep Cheesecake, Bear Tiramisu, Rabbit Mousse – ¥540 Each / Piglet Pastry, Dog Pastry, Chick Pastry – ¥324 (Tax Included)
This line-up of takeout desserts and pastries are made at the hotel’s own cafe and bakery IKI, all of which have been made to celebrate Children’s Day which falls on May 5 every year. This includes a moist chocolate and strawberry carp streamer roll cake which is popular at IKI every year. There’s also a cute selection of animal delights including the light and fluffy Sheep Cheesecake, mascarpone cream and coffee Bear Tiramisu, and a sweet and tangy Rabbit Mousse made from assorted berry mousse and jelly, as well as three pastries made to look like a chick, dog, and piglet.
Serving: April 29, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Happy Father’s Day & Happy Mother’s Day Specials
Mother’s Day Mont Blanc / Father’s Day Mont Blanc – ¥1,944 Each (Tax Included)
The Mother’s Day Mont Blanc is a wonderfully light combination of strawberry jelly, fresh strawberries, white chocolate mousse, and strawberry cream. The Father’s Day version is made with a fresh mascarpone cream, a mont blanc base that’s made from chestnut and blackcurrant jam, chocolate cream, and caramelised nuts.
Mother’s Day Mont Blanc: May 7, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Father’s Day Mont Blanc: June 18, 2021 – June 20, 2021
Monthly Breads: May & June
Each mother, IKI releases limited-time breads or pastries. For May, customers can enjoy the rich Edamame & Bacon Parmesan France and the bitter Chocolate Cream Cornet. In June, there’s an Orange Cream Cornet made with sliced orange peel, and the Tomato Rustic which is crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, combining tomato and cheese. There’s also Shokupan made with matcha and large-grained adzuki beans.
Edamame & Bacon Parmesan France / Chocolate Cream Cornet (Dark Chocolate) – ¥302 Each (Tax Included)
Orange Cream Cornet – ¥302 / Tomato Rustic – ¥302 / Shokupan (Matcha & Adzuki Bean) – ¥648 (Tax Included)
May Monthly Bread: May 6, 2021 – May 31, 2021
June Monthly Bread: June 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Royal Park Hotel Golden Week Desserts
Start Date: April 29, 2021
Address: royal Park Hotel, 2-1-1 Nihonbashikakigarachō, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.rph.co.jp/event/GWevent2021.html
Laforet Harajuku Announces LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK
Golden Week is almost here in Japan, and so Laforet Harajuku is readying itself for its special LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK event which will run from April 24 to May 9.
Around 60 stores inside the Harajuku-based shopping centre are participating in this event where shoppers can get their hands on a new wardrobe full of outfits, a stock of items and accessories, and more. There is also a special item available at Charles Chaton on Floor 4F of Laforet that is made as part of a triple collaboration between the store, DJ and music producer Night Tempo, and Rie Kanou, the author of the manga series Slow Motion wo Mou Ichido. At FRAPBOIS on Floor 1.5F, there’s a selection of t-shirts, shirts, one pieces and other must-grabs created in collaboration with Osamu Goods. And that’s just a taste of the many exclusives to be sold and doesn’t take into account all the other events that will take place at this year’s LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK. Let’s dive deeper.
The Little Cat Shop by MILKBOY | April 30 – May 9 | Floor 1F Entrance Space
The Little Cat Shop by MILKBOY is a cat-themed shop by three brands: MILK, MILKBOY, and LAND. It will incorporate hit motifs from the brands’ past line-ups as well as introduce all-new trends. As well as clothes, there are accessories, sofvi toys, and other items, each woven with each of the brand’s touch. There will also be a raffle to win exclusive sofvi toys made by notable sofvi artists like IZUMONSTER and Konatsuya. Plus, all customers who spend over ¥10,000 will get an original sticker.
Cat eyes dress ¥32,450 / CAT EYES SHIRTS ¥19,250 / CAT TOWER TEE ¥8,800 / MISCHIEF cat Frill TEE ¥13,200 / Ribbon CAT TEE ¥7,920 (Tax Included)
Kuttsuketemiyou Picture Book Pop-Up Shop | May 1 – May 16 | Floor 2F POP UP SHOP SPACE
Kuttsuketemiyou is a picture book by contemporary artist Ken Kagami and it’s getting its first pop-up shop at Lofret Harajuku. The humorous book sees Kagami seeing what would happen if he tried attaching certain things to animals. It’s a work of artistic nonsense enjoyed by children and adults alike, and fans of the quirky story can get their hands on a range of merchandise featuring the cute creatures. Kagami will also be doing signings.
Kuttsuketemiyou Book ¥1,650 / Mug ¥2,750 / Tote Bag ¥4,180 / T-Shirt ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
ABEMA 5th Anniversary Laforet Harajuku Campaign
In celebration of ABEMA’s 5th anniversary, it is holding a limited-time campaign in collaboration with several popular Japanese TV shows such as Koi to Ookami ni wa Damasarenai and Black Cinerella. ABEMA is a Japanese video streaming website. During the campaign, customers who spend over ¥2,000 at select stores will receive a limited-edition Black Cinderella sticker and a ticket to an online event centred on Koi to Ookami ni wa Damasarenai. They can also enter a raffle to win signed merchandise from the shows if they show their receipt and have spend over ¥2,000.
Harajuku Shopping Week 2021 | April 28 – May 7
Shoppers who spend over ¥1,000 at select stores will receive a scratch card that may net them a ¥1,000 coupon.
UNDER GROUND SNAP Photoshoot | April 29 – May 8 @ 12:00-16:00
A photoshoot will take place down on Floor B1.5F. Those who sign up can have their photo taken professionally by Gothic and Lolita Market which will be featured in the early June 2021 edition of Laforet Harajuku’s tabloid as well as on HARAJUKU POP WEB. Info on how to apply can be found on LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK’s official website.
LAFORET GOLDEN WEEK
Running: April 24, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Where: Laforet Harajuku
Address: 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/special/gw_2021/
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 to Promote Sustainability, Eco-Friendliness, and an Organic Lifestyle at Yoyogi Park
15.April.2021 | SPOT
This year’s Earth Day Tokyo will take place at Yoyogi Park from April 17-18 where messages of eco-friendliness, organic products, sustainability, ethics, and inclusiveness will be at the core of various events held as part of the festival.
This year marks Earth Day Tokyo’s 20th run as part of the global Earth Day initiative and brings together environmental NPOs, charities, and locals. Due to COVID-19, in-person events will only take place on April 17 and 18 but the festival will run online from April 17 to 25.
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 Concert
Concerts will take place across the two-day Yoyogi Park festival. Many musicians and guests have committed themselves to the future of the planet at the Earth Day Tokyo’s concerts, with past line-ups including Japan’s King of Rock Kiyoshiro Imawano, UA, BONNIE PINK, and more.
This year will see performances from Itou Seikou ITP, Kenichi Nagira, yae, scoobie do, Taiji Sato, Nozomi Nobody, hachi_Aigoz, tico moon, Rokuta Yanagiya, and Ichido Ryutei.
Every single product at the market booths has a story, and visitors will be able to hear about them from the makers in-person as they shop. And the items sold at the market will be different each day, stocking something to add a little environmental consideration into our lives.
C. W. Nicol’s “Nicol’s Forest Kitchen” sausages help plant forests
The late Welsh-born Japanese writer, actor, and singer-songwriter C. W. Nicol was the Executive Committee Chairman for Earth Day Tokyo from 2000 until his passing last year. He also launched Nicol’s Forest Kitchen in 2011 which has been a regular at Earth Day Tokyo to help protect Japan’s forests. The food stall will make an appearance this year too.
C. W. Nicol began to wonder how he could help raise people’s interest in forests as well as help revitalise forests that had been destroyed. Nicol’s Forest Kitchen project was his answer: to spread awareness through food, and in doing so, the project could help build up forests.
Visitors separate garbage themselves with the help of volunteers
At the Eco Station, volunteer staff will help direct visitors in separating garbage properly, raising awareness on the proper procedures which they can take away home with them.
Earth Day Tokyo 2021 @ Yoyogi Park
Running: April 17, 2021 – April 18, 2021
Where: Yoyogi Park
Earth Day Tokyo Official Website: https://www.earthday-tokyo.org
Little Glee Monster and Other Japanese Artists Announced For Tokyu Musix Challenge
Tokyu Musix Challenge is set to take place at Bunkamura Orchard Hall this year on March 7 at 18:00.
2020 saw the cancellation of music events across the world, with Japan being no exception. Shibuya, Tokyo’s hub of countless live music venues and halls, was particularly affected by the effects of the pandemic. But the energy and power that music artists hold is one they can offer to brighten up peoples’ time during today’s times. That’s where Tokyu Musix Challenge comes in, a new kind of music festival that will bring together a multitude of genres, and where better for it to be held than the cultural melting pot that is Shibuya.
This year will be the first run of the festival, where a collaboration between classical music and contemporary pop music will clash at Bunkamura Orchard Hall. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which is recognised as Japan’s oldest symphony orchestra, will play alongside acts such as Little Glee Monster, Ai Higuchi, Win Morisaki, Meimi Tamura, Kayoko Yoshizawa, ROTH BART BARON, and more. And the line-up is set to grow as more performers will be announced in the lead up to the event.
Comments from the Artists
Little Glee Monster
“We are really looking forward to feeling the fresh breeze of our music colliding with the grand scale of an orchestra. We’ll be sure to play our part so that we don’t lose to the overwhelming performance of everyone in the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, but also so that our music complements theirs. We hope that everyone can have a good time and feel good from the strength that music has.”
“In 2020, we may have all lived kind of complicit with so many options in front of us leading down different paths. A certain friend might have gone to a drinking party, another might not have seen their lover for a long time. What choices do we make? We become darker depending on our choices. In Shibuya, a city that continues to change, I will sing my unchanged songs.”
“Over this past year, the respect I have for the position I’m in where I can express myself has really sunk in. I’m so happy I’ve been able to get involved with this challenge. And getting to sing with an orchestra, it’s magnificent. I’m so excited about what’s to come.”
“I can’t contain my excitement at a genre collaboration between classic, which is the foundation of music, and pop which is strongly tied to Shibuya. I think I’m going to start feeling tense at getting to perform alongside everyone in the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and singers of all different kinds of music. We don’t have a lot of freedom today during the pandemic, but I will work my hardest so that I can deliver love through music from the city of Shibuya.”
“My chest roars and having the opportunity to perform along side Japan’s oldest and longest-running Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the legendary Orchard Hall. It’s my first time experiencing singing with an orchestra, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the songs will be structured, and how my voice will sound, when we do it.”
Tokyu Musix Challenge
Date: May 7, 2021
Time: Doors 17:30 / Start 18:30 / End 20:00
Venue: Bunkamura Orchard Hall
Address: 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥7,000 (Tax Included)
Buy Tickets: https://l-tike.com/st1/tokyu_musix_challenge
Tokyu Musix Challenge Official Website: https://tokyu-musix-c.com
Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE Announces Art Festival by the Beachside
04.April.2021 | SPOT
The incredible Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE, a beachside cafe which offers guests a breathtaking ocean view along the Okinawan coast, has announced the upcoming Beachside Art Festival which will take place from April 10 to May 9. The festival will bring together artwork from a range of artists born and raised in Okinawa and leading the island’s youth culture. There will be a range of events from live painting to workshops, exhibits, and more.
The participating artists have all taken part in personal art exhibits, art events, showcased their work at concerts, and more both inside and outside Japan, but due to COVID-19, many events have of course been cancelled. Beachside Art Festival will serve as a way to display their wonderful works while supporting them at the same time.
The Artist Line-Up
MACHIDA visiting BANTA CAFE to check the feel of the ocean and their artwork
Vibrant artwork with the ocean as the backdrop
Visitors will be greeted by artwork dotted across various locations around BANTA CAFE. If they follow the top of the cliff down to the beach they will find sofas to sit on which have also been decorated with the artists’ artwork. Then there’s the Goro Goro Lounge with its enormous window that stretches an entire wall and offers a panoramic view of the sea. Here, visitors can look out at the artwork which will look like it’s floating above the horizon. All drinks ordered also come with a free sticker featuring artwork by the four participating artists.
Experience art-in-the-making with live painting
DENPA and MACHIDA will host their own live painting sessions where they will take inspiration from the surrounding environment.
HAYATO MACHIDA @ April 10, 2021 / April 11, 2021
DENPA @ April 18, 2021
Times: 11:00-13:00 / 14:00-17:00
Where: In front of BANTA CAFE on the beach
Have a go at traditional Okinawan bingata dyeing
Visitors can have a go at making their very own coasters from nine different colours using a traditional Okinawan stencilled dyeing technique known as bingata.
Running: April 24, 2021 / May 1, 2021 / May 2, 2021 / May 5, 2021
Times: 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00 / 16:00 (Each slot lasts approx. one hour)
Where: Iwaba Terrace
Price: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Note: Online booking required
Take home a souvenir at the beachside museum shop
A museum shop will be open for the event on weekends and holidays where you can pick up art prints, stickers, postcards, and other mementos.
Opening Days: Weekends & Public Holidays
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Where: Beachside Terrace
Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE – Beachside Art Festival
Running: April 10, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Where: Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE, Okinawa
Official Website: https://banta-cafe.com/en/
elrow Launches Worldwide Up & Coming Talent DJ Contest
International club event organiser elrow opened global applications for its “Up & Coming Talent” DJ contest on Thursday which is set to run until March 14. Anyone around the world who is aged 18+ can submit their applications via elrow’s official website.
Up&Coming Talent | elrow
Application Period: March 18, 2021 – April 14, 2021
Conditions: Aged 18+
Apply Here: https://www.elrowupncoming.com/
The contest’s mission is to find and co-create up and coming talent and help them build their careers so that they can find independent success in the music industry. They are looking to “discover and promote the new headliners of tomorrow.”
Several panels of judges will take part in selecting applicants. elrow is looking for two artists from around the world who have both DJ and production knowledge. Successful applicants will be added to elrow’s roster of artists for a minimum for one year. It’s a must for bedroom artists and dance music-lovers looking to make it in the industry.
Up&Coming Talent | elrow
Application Period: March 18, 2021 – April 14, 2021
Conditions: Aged 18+
Apply Here: https://www.elrowupncoming.com/
Goldfish Festival to Take Place This Summer at Hoshino Resorts Aomoriya
19.March.2021 | SPOT
If you’re looking to experience Aomori’s culture, then Hoshino Resorts Aomoriya is the hotel to stay at. Every year throughout the year the accommodation hosts many festivals. This summer, guests can look forward to the Goldfish Festival which will run from June 1 to August 31. Inspired by local tradition, the hotel will be decorated with paper goldfish floats—including one towering 3-meters tall—known as kingyo nebuta or kingyo neputa in Japanese. Shaved ice will also be served to help guests cool off.
Kingyo Nebuta goldfish floats, a summer tradition of Aomori
Aomori is synonymous with its myriad of goldfish festivals. The must-have decoration at these festivals are their goldfish floats which are lit up in the evenings. Their origin lies in the tsugaru-nishiki, a species of goldfish found only in Aomori’s city of Tsugaru. People revered them back in the day and so created the floats to showcase that. They are a symbol of summertime Aomori and adored by locals and tourists alike.
Kingyo Sukui Yatai: Challenge yourself to Japanese festival goldfish scooping
A new stall arrives at Hoshino Resorts’ Goldfish Festival this year: the classic Japanese goldfish scooping experience, a common sight at summer festivals. The goldfish you catch can be ‘rented’ and taken to your hotel room. Guests have to meet certain requirements if they want to be able to take the fish home with them. The staff look after the fish every day so guests can rest assured they are treated well. Goldfish scooping will be held with social distancing measures in place, with only one group allowed in the stall per turn.
4 Exciting Things to Look Forward to
Surrounded by over 450 ningyo neputa goldfish floats
Goldfish ice cream made in the form of traditional Japanese amezaiku candy art
Where: Yottemare Sake Bar
Price: ¥900 (Before Tax)
Take your scooped fish to your hotel room
Where: Jawamegu Plaza
Price: ¥500 (Before Tax)
Includes: 2-3 fish, fishbowl, air pump
Over 30 summer yukata to pick from with goldfish designs
Where: Jawamegu Plaza
Price: Adults ¥500 / Kids ¥300 (Before Tax)
Shigakko Kingyo Matsuri Festival
Running: June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Where: Hoshino Resorts Aomoriya
Conditions: Must be a guest staying at the hotel
Event Details: https://hoshinoresorts.com/ja/hotels/aomoriya/
Iconic Japanese Mascot Kumamon Takes Annual Festival Online to Thank Fans
14.February.2021 | SPOT
Kumamon is a Japanese mascot many are sure to have seen. It was created in 2010 as a way to promote Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan.
Each year, Kumamon brings fans together at an event called “Kumamon Fan Gratitude Festival in TOKYO.” This year, for the safety of fans, it will be held digitally—from Tokyo rather than in Tokyo—with an online stream via Kumamon’s official YouTube channel Kumamon TV on February 12 at 20:00 (JST). Kumamon is currently in the last stages of preparing what is sure to be an equally fun event for fans.
You can follow Kumamon on social media at the links below. Be sure to tune in for the stream this Friday.
Kumamon Fan Gratitude Festival 2021 from TOKYO
Japanese Event Title: くまモンファン感謝祭2021 from TOKYO 特別映像だモン！
When: February 12, 2021 @ 20:00 (JST)
Kumamon Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/KumamonTV
Kumamon in Tokyo Blog: http://www.kumamon-tokyo.com/
Kumamon Tokyo Staff Official Twitter: @KumamonStaff
Kumamon Official Website: https://kumamon-official.jp/