Re:Zero Characters Ram and Rem Birthday Goods Available at Shibuya Marui
Starting February 2, 2022, Shibuya Marui begin selling Ram and Rem birthday goods! The popular characters from the anime series Re:Zero will be featured in brand-new illustrations exclusively for the event, showing them in their pajamas on a plethora of merchandise. Two birthday sets have been announced ahead of the event’s start date.
Ram & Rem Birthday Celebration 2022 Mug
Ram & Rem Birthday Celebration 2022 Full Color Tote Bag
Ram & Rem Birthday Celebration 2022 Canvas Art
Ram & Rem Birthday Celebration 2022 Acrylic Stand Keychain
Ram & Rem Birthday Celebration 2022 Birthday Set A
Ram & Rem Birthday Celebration 2022 Birthday Set B
Birthday Set A will include a blanket and pillow, while the B Set will feature a trendy hoodie with silhouettes of Ram and Rem. The bag is also split into two colors with motifs of each character. Which girl is your favorite?
Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World Ram & Rem Birthday Celebration 2022 in Shibuya Marui
Goods On Sale Starting February 2, 2022
Official Site: http://bushiroad-creative.com
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Announces ‘LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project’ to Support Rural Areas
20.January.2022 | Uncategorized
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major label debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back in the news. The artist will perform at this year’s Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States, and recently released her first full-length album in three years ‘Candy Racer’ in October 2021. On January 16, Kyary embarked on the largest tour of her career, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ which will see the singer performing 30 shows across Japan.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the “LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project” was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. The 30 stops on the new tour include many that Kyary has not visited before, and were chosen based on the singer’s desire to perform for fans who may not typically be able to attend one of her shows.
This initiative aims to bring attention and support to local industries and to inspire more tourism to rural areas.
This project is a new attempt to enliven local communities by collaborating with companies that have roots in the rural locations where these concerts will be held. These company’s logos have been reimagined, paying homage to the artwork associated with Kyary’s previous song releases. T-shirts designed with each of these collaborative logos will be on sale for a limited time, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the local community for development and social contributions.
For the encore of the first live show, Kyary wore a collaboration logo T-shirt inspired by Suzuhiro Kamaboko, a company in Kanagawa Prefecture. The artist also introduced the project and its aim to the excited audience. More collaborations will be announced through July 2021.
Check out the ‘LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project’ website for more details!
Comment from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
“This tour is to commemorate my tenth anniversary, and as I travel all over Japan to express my gratitude to those who have supported me over the past decade, I also want to do something for everyone else. I’m happy to support these local companies and I’d like to work with them to revitalize the entire country. We’ll be engaging in all sorts of collaborations around Japan, so look forward to it!”
January 16, Kanagawa Performance: Suzuhiro Kamaboko
Suzuhiro Kamaboko, a long-established fish paste store in Odawara that has been in business for 156 years, has agreed to take part in the project. Their normally navy blue brand logo has received a major makeover in colorful pink, green, and purple hues.
The T-shirts featuring the new collaboration logo on the front and the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th anniversary logo and ‘LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project’ logo on the back are now available for purchase!
*Otono Kuni (From 4th Album ‘Japamyu,’ 2018)
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/otonokuni
January 29, Gunma Performance: Oginoya Kamameshi
Oginoya, the largest Ekiben shop in Japan, was established 136 years ago in Yokokawa, Gunma Prefecture.
Their main dish, Touge no Kamameshi,’ has been sold for over 60 years and often makes appearances at events all over Japan. The company’s logo has been reborn through the lens of Kyary’s popular song Tsukematsukeru. A special kamameshi dish will also be prepared for the project, and will be sold in limited quantities at the Gunma concert venue on January 29, Kyary’s birthday!
*Tsukematsukeru (1st Single, 2012)
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/tsukematsukeru
May 20, Fukushima Performance: Kourakuen
Kyary will appear in commercials for Kourakuen as part of the project. The company started as a small diner in Aizuwakamatsu and is now is a national chain of ramen restaurants serving over 54 million people a year! The new logo and collaboration details will be revealed at a later date, so keep an eye out!
LOCAL POWER JAPAN project
Maybe Baby (Written and Composed by Yasutaka Nakata)
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/KPP_MaybeBaby
5th Full Album ‘Candy Racer’ (Produced by Yasutaka Nakata)
Buy the CD: https://nippon-columbia.lnk.to/CANDYRACER
Tour Details: https://kpp10.jp/japantour2022/
Lawson Ticket: https://l-tike.com/kpp10th/
Crayon Shin-Chan’s Sengoku Period Winter Adventure Now Open at Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park
Crayon Shin-Chan’s Sengoku Period Adventure, a permanent attraction at the Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park in Hyogo Prefecture, has been transformed for the cold winter months until February 27, 2022!
During the event, guests will have to dodge the snow-like bubbles with a 99.9% hit rate as they race towards the finish line. Do you think you could handle it?
Crayon Shin-Chan’s Sengoku Period Winter Adventure
Running until February 27, 2022
Location: Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
Tickets / Official Site: https://nijigennomori.com
Curious George and Sumikko Gurashi McDonald’s Happy Meals Now Available
20.January.2022 | FOOD
McDonald’s locations across Japan are now offering Curious George and Sumikko Gurashi Happy Meals for a limited time!
The Curious George set features six different toys that can be assembled and controlled by turning the gears. This year’s theme is inspired by creativity, shape recognition, and teaching children how things work. When the colorful gears on the toy are turned, the force is transmitted to the swing, Ferris wheel, seesaw, and other items, causing George to swing and spin! The first set of toys include ‘George’s Seesaw,’ featuring George and the Man in the Yellow Hat, and ‘George’s Swing,’ featuring George happily swinging back and forth. The second set will include ‘George’s Ferris Wheel’ and ‘George’s Rocket Ride.’
The Sumikko Gurashi includes six kinds of puzzles decorated with illustrations of popular characters. The theme of these toys is color and shape recognition, imagination, and communication. The front side of each puzzle shows Sumikko and Minikko, and the backside displays an illustration of a story related to a particular Sumikko character. By putting the pieces together one by one, children develop their ability to recognize shapes and move their fingers with increased dexterity. The inside of the case that comes with the puzzle is decorated with stories about Sumikko and her friends. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sumikko Gurashi, a new character called ‘Deshi’ will appear on the case as well, and by scanning the QR code on the back of the case, customers can play an original mini-game!
From January 8 until January 10, participating locations will also be giving away Curious George and Sumikko Gurashi stickers with the purchase of each set.
Curious George Happy Meal
Sumikko Gurashi Happy Meal
McDonald’s Official Site: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Mister Donut Collaborates with Belgian Royal Chocolate Brand Wittamer
20.January.2022 | FOOD
Mister Donut locations nationwide are now selling products from the ‘misdo meets Wittamer’ collection, developed in collaboration with the Belgian royal patisserie brand Wittamer. These tasty treats will be available at participating shops until late February.
Since 2017, under the brand slogan “Good Things Come to Mister Donut,” the brand has collaborated with a number of companies from around the world to invigorate its already delicious selection of sweets. To start 2022, the beloved donut chain is teaming up with Wittamer to bring their ‘Chocolat Samba’ and ‘Praline Chocolat’ to customers throughout Japan.
The newly-developed chocolate donut batter is made by applying the same method to make cakes to donuts, creating a light mouthfeel very much like taking a bite of chocolate cake. By combining it with ganache cream and whip, the flavor becomes even richer. It might be difficult to take a bite of something so beautiful, but if you’re near a Mister Donut, you should give these a try before they’re gone!
misdo meets Wittamer Collaboration
Chocolat Samba: ¥200 (Without Tax)
The donut’s chocolate dough is covered with ganache cream and filled with ganache whip. Pay close attention to the glossy texture inspired by the Chocolat Samba cake.
Chocolat Hazlenut: ¥200 (Without Tax)
Covered in graham cracker hazelnut cream and filled with ganache whip, the cocoa powder on top takes the flavor to new heights.
Chocolat Caramel: ¥200 (Without Tax)
Caramel mocha cream and ganache blend together with caramel chocolate and nuts for a decadent and luxurious treat.
Chocolat Blueberry: ¥200 (Without Tax)
Chocolate dough and blueberry jam blend seamlessly with ganache cream. Topped with raspberry-flavored chocolate flakes, this is a showstopper.
misdo meets Wittamer Collaboration
Running: January 7 – Late February
Available at Participating Mister Donut Locations Nationwide
Official Site: https://www.misterdonut.jp
atmos and PINKS Collaborate on Classic Sneaker-Inspired ‘SNEAKER PINKS’ Collection
19.January.2022 | FASHION
atmos, a shop sharing Tokyo’s sneaker culture with the world, has collaborated with the mysterious character PINKS, created by Acky Bright, for an intense new collection. Blending the classic and the futuristic, SNEAKER PINKS and atmos have begun selling the new items at atmos-Tokyo.com
Personality: The leader of the PINKS, she easily combines both power and kindness.
Her megaton kick can destroy any armor with ease.
She can also freely control her long blue hair.
Personality: The speediest member of PINKS. Using her overwhelming agility, she easily tosses her opponents and tears them apart with her sharp claws. She always goes for the gold.
Personality: The mood maker of the group, she’s full of energy and always smiling. She can jump over a building in a single leap. Even when things are tough, she can turn the situation around with her natural positivity.
Personality: Quiet and calm, she’s the group’s chief strategist.
With plenty of combat experience, unparalleled intelligence, and ample physical strength, she’s admired by the other members.
Personality: Although she’s the smallest member of PINKS, she makes up for it with her blunt tongue and powerful personality.
A maniacal warrior, she cuts her enemies down with her laser blade.
Personality: The most mysterious of the group, En-040 is like everyone’s little sister.
Always aiming for top marks, she’s tough and dependable, but also moody and sometimes unpredictable.
Personality: With a consistent poker face, she always gets her work done without hesitation or complaint.
She can fire powerful laser beams from the palms of her hands and is able to fly, making her the best at aerial combat.
Personality: The idol character of PINKS, she has amassed plenty of male fans. With a calm personality, she’s always smiling.
Personality: The group’s secret weapon, she’s packed with the latest technology.
Her ability to bury her enemies with ease has earned her the respect of the other members of the group.
Mona-125 / Mone-101
Personality: These twins have been around since the early days of the group.
With strong legs and massive arms, they’re as tough as they look.
Acky Bright has worked across a number of genres and mediums, including character design, concept art, and live painting. He has also provided cover art for DC Comics. For the third installment of this collaboration, 10 different sneakers were designed as ‘prototypes,’ with each being based on a specific mecha suit.
These unique characters and concept are still shrouded in mystery. Their identities and future developments will be posted on social media, so be sure to follow the official atmos account! Which girl is your favorite?
BE:FIRST Photo Exhibition “We Just Gifted.” Ver. 2 Opens at Shibuya PARCO
In October 2021, boy band BE:FIRST held their first photo exhibition at Shibuya PARCO. Now, a second version of the exhibition is triumphantly returning to the Tokyo venue!
BE:FIRST is a seven-member dance and vocal group created during THE FIRST boy band audition. Organized by BMSG, a company founded by popular rapper SKY-HI, the group immediately amassed an army of fans from around the world. The photo exhibition held in Tokyo, Nagoya, and online for three months starting in October attracted over 10,000 visitors.
In response to the large demand, the BE:FIRST Photo Exhibition “We Just Gifted.” recently visited Osaka, before returning to Tokyo. The first showing focused heavily on the member’s journey towards a major debut, but now, more than 80% of the photos have been replaced. Since BE:FIRST’s major debut on November 3, the boys have held their first solo concert and fan meetups. Over 200 photos of the members post-debut will be on display.
The online photo exhibition, which was scheduled to end on January 31, will be extended to coincide with the new exhibition at Shibuya PARCO. Be sure to check it out!
BE:FIRST PHOTO EXHIBITION “We Just Gifted.” Ver.2
Running: January 26, 2022 – February 8, 2022
Location: Shibuya PARCO B1F GALLERY X BY PARCO (15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 11:00-20:00 *Hours subject to change.
Admission: ¥500 (Tax Included) *Reservations required for all days. First-come, first-served. Re-entry is not permitted.
Official Exhibition Site: https://art.parco.jp/galleryx/detail/
*Content of the exhibition is subject to change without notice.
Tickets for the event are now available on the Livepocket website.
Buy Tickets: https://art.parco.jp/galleryx/detail/
Upcoming Anime Series ‘My Isekai Life’ Releases First Trailer, New Key Visual
19.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The upcoming ‘My Isekai Life’ anime adaptation has a new key visual and trailer. Six new slime cast members have also been announced.
The light novel series has been a huge hit since its release in 2017, selling over 5 million copies to date. The tenth volume went on sale in November 2021, and a manga series is running in Manga UP! magazine. An anime series is on the horizon, set to premiere in 2022 It will be animated by REVOROOT, with Pony Canyon is producing the music.
The series follows Yuji Sano, who works at a company that is horrible to its employees. After heading home to do some overtime work, he gets a message on his computer reading “You have been summoned to an alternate world!” This game-like world is complete with status bars and special skills, and Yuji quickly becomes aware of his own magical powers. His journey in this other world begins when he follows a slime, the weakest of all monsters.
Six voice actors portraying the many slime characters have been announced along with the exciting new trailer. They include Hikaru Tono as Sura, Mai Kanno as Surapacchi, Haruna Mikawa as Mayusura, Erisa Kuon as Surahappa, Nichika Omori as Higesura, and Miharu Hanai as Pekesura.
These six members will be posting content on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok on a monthly basis to promote the series, so check it out!
Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!
My Isekai Life
Official Site: https://tenseikenja.com
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s First Performance of ‘Maybe Baby’ Takes Place on First Day of New Tour
19.January.2022 | MUSIC
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major label debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back in the news. The artist will perform at this year’s Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States, and released her first full-length album in three years ‘Candy Racer’ in October 2021. On January 16, Kyary embarked on the largest tour of her career, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ which will see the singer performing 30 shows across Japan.
The first show was held at Atsugi City Cultural Hall in accordance with all local guidelines to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. Fans lined up, excited to see the artist for the first time in three years–and when Kyary took the stage clad in a bright green wig and costume, she showed her appreciation for those who have waited to see her again.
“Long time no see! I’m sorry I made you wait,” the singer said as the audience replied with massive applause. “Today, I’m starting my first tour in three years. I want to give you all a performance that will make you glad you came!”
The artist began by performing her newest track Maybe Baby for the first time. The setlist included 21 songs total including songs from Kyary’s newest album ‘Candy Racer’ and legendary tracks like PONPONPON and Fashion Monster.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the “LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project” was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. The 30 stops on the new tour include many that Kyary has not visited before, and were chosen based on the singer’s desire to perform for fans who may not typically be able to attend one of her shows. Wanting to show her gratitude, this is also a chance to inspire local industry and tourism, both of which have been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic.
Keep an eye out for what Kyary Pamyu Pamyu does next!
Hotel Made Entirely of Ice Opens in Tomamu, Hokkaido
19.January.2022 | SPOT
Hoshino Resort Tomamu, one of the largest stay-and-go snow resorts in Hokkaido, will open a hotel made entirely of ice from January 20 until February 28, 2022. The ceiling, walls, and furniture will all be made of ice, and guests can also enjoy an outdoor ice bath! In addition, a new Ice Dinner will be on offer, where visitors can enjoy a beautiful table surrounded by ice overlooking a forest of white birches while staring up at the starry winter sky.
The seamless dome-shaped ice structure is about 8.5 meters in diameter and 3.5 meters high. Sleeping bags will be provided to guests to keep them warm and comfortable until morning.
Visitors can enjoy a hot spring in the open winter air in Shimukappu Village’s Scan Portopia Yunosawa Onsen.
The aforementioned Ice Dinner features three ice-themed dishes and welcomes guests to sit at a table made entirely of ice surrounded by majestic nature.
The appetizer includes iced vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers, and cauliflower. Each is dipped in a warm garlic sauce, balancing the sweetness of the veggies, which become more sugary when cold.
The main course, Iceberg Bouillabaisse, is covered with ice. This begins to melt as the soup pot is slowly heated in front of the guests, revealing gorgeous seafood like cod and shrimp. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds!
The frozen fruit dessert mixes strawberries and kiwis with hot wine and a touch of cinnamon. Sweet and sour flavors come together to end the night on a high note.
Running: January 20 – February 28, 2022
Price: ¥28,000 per person, per night (Includes tax, service charge)
Check-in: 21:40-22:00 / Check-out: 8:00
Capacity: 1 group per day (Minimum 1 guest, maximum 2 guests)
Eligibility: Must be elementary school age or older and staying at Tomamu The Tower or Hoshino Resort RISONARE Tomamu
*Must be made at least 1 week in advance.
Merch Inspired by Anime Series Blue Period Available on Online Lottery Site Challenge Kuji
18.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Digital lottery site Challenge Kuji is now offering limited-edition products inspired by the Blue Period anime series until February 4, 2022.
Fans can attempt to win a variety of products only available during this event, including a huge acrylic stand and a multi-use case perfect to hold masks or tickets.
A Prize: Big Acrylic Stand
B Prize: Multi-Use Case
C Prize: Picture Frame Pin
D Prize: Bromide Set
Five characters appear on these limited-edition goods: Yatora Yaguchi, Ryuji Ayukawa, Yotasuke Takahashi, Haruka Hashida, and Maki Kuwana.
Blue Period Special Lottery
Price: ¥650 per turn (Tax Included)
Running: Until February 4, 2022 at 23:59
*Products expected to ship between late March and late April 2022
NIJISANJI Members Comment on 4th Anniversary LIVE ‘FANTASIA’ Day 2 Costumes
The NIJISANJI FANTASIA Day 2 event will be held at Pia Arena MM in Yokohama on January 23, 2022, and will feature many of the company’s most popular male VTubers. Ahead of the concert, the eight participating members have released comments regarding their matching costumes for the event. General ticket and online ticket information have also been announced!
While many members of NIJISANJI have performed on stage before, this is the first time that all 16 male and female performers will be dressed in matching costumes. Although the costumes are all the same, each performer will be wearing something personalized to make them stand out and to keep their uniqueness and individuality.
Check out the member’s motifs and comments below!
S-seat Bonus: Acrylic Panel with Autographs / PlayPic Card with Voice Messages from the Performers
Performer Comments on Matching Costumes
Individual Motif: A dagger at his hip
“I’ve finally got a real sword! I’m not the same person I was yesterday. Please enjoy the show!”
Individual Motif: An angel wing hair decoration
“When I first saw these matching costumes, everything felt real. I thought they were so gorgeous!
For my individual motif, I chose a stylish angel wing hair decoration.
I made sure that my dancing looked cool and that the audience could really see my legs, so enjoy the show!”
Individual Motif: Lapel Pins on his chest
“Thank you so much for this incredible outfit! Being true to my usual self, I’m ready to venture onstage with my usual lapel pins. (I took off my earrings in the key visual because I was afraid they’d get caught, but I promise I’ll be brave enough to wear them in the show!”)
Individual Motif: Bodypaint print on his left arm
“I chose the bodypaint motif as a sign of love and peace, and a symbol of our passion for the songs we sing at our concerts. I hope you enjoy the costumes, and I hope you enjoy the show!”
Individual Motif: An everyday accessory around his shoulders
“I really love this costume because it’s sparkly and glamourous, but it also has elements of what I usually wear!!!”
Individual Motif: A crown
“I imagined myself as a king who would soon be standing on a massive stage. I’ve participated in the VTuber King Ranking in the past, but now I’m ready to go for the gold in this contest of music!”
Individual Motif: A rose on his chest
“This is my first time singing on stage, and I hope to be as gorgeous and mesmerizing as the rose upon my chest! Let’s raise our voices!!”
Individual Motif: A gold nameplate on his chest
“This gold nameplate signifies that I’m operating at a higher state of combat power than usual.”