Yayoi Kusama Documentary ‘Kusama: Infinity’ to be Screened at Shibuya PARCO’s New Cinema
The new cinema CINE QUINTO SHIBUYA PARCO (tentative name) is set to open in Shibuya PARCO in November this year. The mini theatre invites lovers of culture through its doors where it will screen films from across a wide range genres as well as foreign movies such as musicals. It has been announced that the first film to open the theatre will be the 2018 documentary Kusama: Infinity.
The documentary opens a window into the fascinating life and work of internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama who has been active in art for over 60 years. It explores her upbringing as well as the racial and sexist discrimination she has survived in the art world, her illness, and the many challenges she has had to come which have inspired her work which spans paintings, installations, performance art, poetry, literature and more. The film shows her life from childhood to moving to America to become independent and the difficulties she experience during her time in New York while working.
© 2018 TOKYO LEE PRODUCTIONS, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Screening: End of November 2019
Location: CINE QUINTO SHIBUYA PARCO (Tentative Name) and elsewhere
Official Website: kusamayayoi-movie.jp
Tokyo Otaku Mode Opens Its First Real Life Shop at Shibuya PARCO
Tokyo Otaku Mode (or TOM for short) is opening up their first real life shop on floor 6 of Shibuya PARCO. The shop’s theme is JAPAN CULTURE and its grand opening will occur around the end of November 2019.
Staying true to their core value of spreading Japanese pop culture to the rest of the world, the real life shop Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO will continue to sell its lines of original goods themed around anime, manga, games and much more. This boutique is a long-awaited opportunity for many fans, who will finally be able to purchase their favourite character-themed goods in person.
Shibuya PARCO is known for its cutting-edge fashion, art and music culture. As the building is undergoing some major renovations, Tokyo Otaku Mode seized the opportunity to implement their trending otaku culture. Now, pop culture will be spread even more in Japan as well as overseas.
Check out Tokyo Otaku Mode to experience the trendiest Japanese pop culture!
Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO
Open: Around the end of November 2019
Address: Shibuya PARCO (floor 6), 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Business days and hours are to be confirmed.
Tokyo Otaku Mode Official Website: https://corporate.otakumode.com/
Experience a lifetime of work from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at her exhibition “My Eternal Soul”
11.March.2017 | SPOT
Yayoi Kusama is an artist and writer who was chosen as one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People.” She opened her “My Eternal Soul” project back in 2009. The exhibition holds over 500 different creations by Yayoi. The National Art Gallery in Tokyo will be displaying an extraordinary 130 of these fantastic works until May 22nd. Let’s take a little peek into the exhibition with artist Azumi.
Before you even enter the exhibition you are graced with Yayoi Kusama’s art, such as the “Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees” among some gorgeous pieces where you can appreciate the beauty of light.
As you enter the building into the main hall you are met with an overwhelming sensation of colours from the vibrant pieces on the wall. Those pieces are the special feature of the exhibition – “My Eternal Soul.” For 8 years Yayoi has shone forward at an unbelievable pace to create more than 500 art pieces. And if you’re in Tokyo, you have the amazing opportunity to witness a quarter of them.
The exhibition offers a retrospective view of Yayoi’s works, from her earliest pieces to more recent ones.
You can see every piece at this exhibition from all kinds of different angles so it’s a lot of fun. It’s different from art pieces where you can only appreciate them from a set angle. You can instead lose yourself in discovering your own visions and interpretations of the pieces. And because of that, you’ll be glad you visited the museum when you see the 3D artwork, because it’s absolutely filled with it.
Yayoi Kusama’s work is extensively broad. From paintings to printmaking, 3D art, collages, writing, installations and more, so there’s definitely something for you to find that you’ll enjoy. That’s part of her charm. Her film “Kusama’s Self-Obliteration” is also on sale at the exhibition.
When writing this, I looked on my bookshelf and found a page on Yayoi Kusama in vol.374 of “STUDIO VOICE” (2007). In there was was a piece entitled “A Message of Love from Yayoi Kusama” which had a scent of death in it. I became charmed by Yayoi Kusama and her work I think because I feel strongly that she was concealing her anxieties. You can especially feel this with her piece “Revelation from Heaven.” The feeling you get from this minimal piece is so immense that you can almost picture the story behind it. I really love this piece that I got sucked into it for 1 and a half hours the first time I saw it. And I’m still not done with it, I still enjoy it. There’s no other painting that does that to me.
Before finishing, a final comment from Azumi. The exhibition is running until May 22nd, so make sure not miss out on the opportunity to see Yayoi Kusama’s huge scale of work.
I was able to see an overwhelming image of life and death. I think her family business of selling seeds when she was younger has had an influence on her work. She certainly had a tough childhood fighting her auditory and visual hallucinations. Her various pieces she saw during those times that she produced are an expression of the fleeting reality of life and death. There are works with connotations of sexual desire when one is young and the confusion it can bring, as well as works dealing with later youth. This is a transition that throbs deep in my chest. As I walked through the exhibition, it felt as if I was walking in the same shoes as Yayoi Kusama. I was able to find good look in seeing her, but her existence is symbolic, and I can’t help but be moved by her cute appearance and her resolution to live out life to the fullest. I want to visit the exhibition again. I hope for it to to leave a mark in history.
The National Art Center Tokyo 10th Anniversary
Yayoi Kusama – My Eternal Soul
Running: February 22nd, 2017 to May 22nd, 2017
Location: The National Art Center Tokyo, Exhibition Room 1E
Yayoi Kusama – My Eternal Soul
The Forever Museum of Contemporary Art Where Yayoi Kusama’s Works Are Showcased to Close in February
The Forever Museum of Contemporary Art (FMOCA) is a limited-time museum that has been running since June 2017. Located in Gion, Kyoto it has been announced that the museum will finally shut its doors on February 28, 2019.
FMOCA is situated inside Yasaka Kurabu, a traditional palace that was built in 1913 and is a registered tangible cultural property.
It is home to tatami-matted floors and the walls are decorated with traditional time-honoured colours of Japan such as light blue and rouge. Shoes must be taken off before you sit when you get the opportunity to relax and take in the art around you, offering the chance to see traditional and contemporary come together from the architecture and Yayoi Kusama’s works respectively.
The museum currently displays 123 works from Yayoi Kusama in its exhibition rooms including “The World of Pumpkins” as one of the exemplary motifs of her artwork.
“We hope that we can meet all [of our guests] again in another place. We hope the museum to return again in the future for everyone to enjoy. We ask for your continued support. Yayoi Kusama, Gion, contemporary art, traditional architecture, tatami, traditional Japanese gardens… Please enjoy your time here to experience things you cannot anywhere else.”
Forever Museum of Contemporary Art – Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Forever
Running: May 3, 2018 – February 28, 2019
Address: 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture,〒605-0074
Business Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Entries 17:30)
Closed: January 7-9, 2019
Price: General ¥1,500 / Junior High School Student ¥1,000 / Elementary School Student and Below – Free
Beasty Coffee by amadana Opens Flagship Store Beasty Coffee [ cafe laboratory ] in Shibuya
22.September.2019 | FOOD
Coffee brand Beasty Coffee by amadana, which uses the same coffee-making equipment and by the the top baristas in the country, as well as has delivered high quality coffee beans like them, is opening its new flagship store Beasty Coffee [ cafe laboratory ] in Shibuya on September 27.
Beasty Coffee [ cafe laboratory ] boasts inventory of stock developed by the company themselves, including its own hand-drip coffee tools, as well as original coffee bean blends, an espresso machine, and coffee roaster. The coffee house will also host workshops and other experimental activities, creating a new way to enjoy your cafe experience.
The cafe itself is renovated from a buckwheat noodle restaurant which was deep-rooted in the local area. It has a Japanese-style aesthetic with a modern approach, using mortar as its main decoration.
The furniture is walnut wood, which looks gorgeous in both Japanese and western-style decor, while the entrance has a stylish sliding door with a black frame. There is also a partition inside the cafe. All of this makes for a calm and relaxed atmosphere.
If you’re interested in ordering the hand drip coffee, there are three types to choose from. They also sell an in-house original lemonade, is a mix of lemon, which uses no preservatives, and herb tea.
The espresso machine comes in a navy colour, which is the brand’s main colour, with which the baristas can make customers coffees like cappuccino using original blends.
Behind the partitions sits two coffee roasting tester machines where the cafe will research making original blend coffees day to day to create coffee that people will love.
When you heard about a cafe that is set on creating delicious coffee every time, you want to become a repeat customer. If you’re a coffee lover then make sure you pop into Beasty Coffee [ cafe laboratory ] when it opens in Shibuya, Tokyo on September 27.
Beasty Coffee [ cafe laboratory ]
Address: 1-19-3 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Grand Opening: September 27, 2019
Business Hours: 9:00-19:00
Official Website: http://beastycoffee.com/
Poop-Themed Exhibition to Teach People All About Poop in Fukuoka
20.September.2019 | SPOT
Fukuoka PARCO and Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens are collaborating to hold a poop-themed exhibition entitled “Poop Exhibition: Poop Academy Cultural Festival in Fukuoka” on floor B1F of the south building of Fukuoka PARCO from September 27 to October 27.
There will be many elements to the exhibition. The first of these is the language section where sentences written in Japanese will be draped all across one room, each with references to poop.
Above photo taken from the Ikebukuro exhibition
In the “Outdoor Lesson” corner, there will be cased displays of different animal droppings with descriptions, enabling people to see the different shapes and sizes poop comes in.
In the “Poop Arithmetic 3rd Year Students” corner is a photo spot where you can pose like the Poop Maths Teacher as shown on the right.
At the end of the exhibition there’s an exam room where you can take a test based on what you have learned from the exhibition.
There’ll even be a range of original and exclusive merchandise.
Postcard Set (5 Designs) – ¥400
Folders – ¥300
Toilet Roll – ¥348 / Character Tape Cutter – ¥700 / Leather Futon Books (2 Designs) – ¥500 Each
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Listed prices are pre-tax. Event content subject to change.
Poop Exhibition: Poop Academy Cultural Festival in Fukuoka
Running: September 27, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Until 18:00 on October 27; last entries 30 minutes before closing times)
Location: Fukuoka PARCO South Building Floor B1F
Entry Price: ¥600 (Free entry for preschoolers)
*POCKET PARCO members get ¥100 off
Event Page: https://art.parco.jp/fukuoka/detail/?id=297
Katsuhiro Otomo’s Masterpiece AKIRA Gets Collage Art Wall Display in Shibuya
The new Shibuya PARCO shopping complex is set to open on November 22, 2019. It will house the new PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO and GALLERY X, both of which aim to promote art and culture to the people of Tokyo.
The opening exhibition is titled “AKIRA ART OF WALL Katsuhiro Otomo × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION” which will see an entire wall decorated in a collage of art by manga author and film director Katsuhiro Otomo and his legendary series AKIRA. It is a collaboration with collage artist Kosuke Kawamura.
The art wall is in fact a relocation of the AKIRA art wall that has existed at the infrastructure building site in Shibuya for almost two years. Parts of it have been damaged over time, and so it will resurface at PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO on the 4th floor of the new Shibuya PARCO. That’s not all: there will also be valuable original works displayed as well as posters, 3D model recreations of things seen in AKIRA, the series soundtrack by Geinoh Yamashirogumi playing, and more.
Down in GALLERY X on floor B1F there will be various life-sized installations. There will be a graphic design zone with exhibits from YAR spearheaded by Japanese graphic artist YOSHIROTTEN who has teamed up with numerous projects both inside and outside Japan.
Fans of AKIRA can also look forward to getting their hands on a selection of exclusive merchandise, including t-shrits made in collaboration with apparel brands.
*Product pictures are for illustrative purposes only; actual designs are subject to change without notice. Prices TBA.
Shibuya is a popular tourist spot for overseas visitors, so if you’re an AKIRA fan planning a trip there this November or December, be sure to hit up the exhibition.©MASH・ROOM/KODANSHA ©Kosuke Kawamura ©︎AKIRA ART OF WALL EXHIBITION
AKIRA ART OF WALL Otomo Katsuhiro × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION
PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO (Shibuya PARCO 4F): November 22, 2019 – December 16, 2019 @ 10:00-21:00
GALLERY X (Shibuya PARCO B1F) November 22, 2019 – December 18, 2019 @ 10:00-21:00
*Exhibitions at both sites will end at 18:00 on their final dates. Last entries to PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO are 30-minutes before closing times.
Entry Price: General ¥1,000 / High School Students and Below ¥800 / Preschoolers – Free
Grand Opening: November 22, 2019
Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops & Services 10:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-23:30 (*Select store times may differ)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://shibuya.parco.jp/
PARCO Celebrates 50th Anniversary with New Fashion Coordination Event
13.September.2019 | FASHION
PARCO has prepared a sensational autumn and winter campaign to celebrate reaching its 50th anniversary in 2019. This campaign, which is called 50 STYLES 50th PARCO, was launched on September 12 and is represented by the famous model Niki, who will be the main fashion icon for the duration of the campaign.
Hiroshi Doiji (BEAMS Communications Director)
Ayami Yamanobe: SUPER A MARKET Purchasing Agent (TOMORROWLAND Sales Department)
PARCO opened a commemoration website for the anniversary called 50 STYLES 50th PARCO. This anniversary edition website features the recommended autumn and winter fashion of the 50 brands that reside within their walls. There is also a section dedicated to the brands’ important rules of fashion, the trends to look out for this autumn and winter, and much more. There is even a Q&A column consisting of 5 hot questions and answers.
There are even special features containing some of the leading figures in the fashion industry including BEAMS Communication Director Hiroshi Doiji and SUPER A MARKET (TOMORROWLAND) Purchasing Agent Ayami Yamanobe.
In addition, there is a special lottery with the chance to win one of the brands’ recommended fashion coordination items. For the chance to win, purchase something from one of the 50 brand shops at PARCO. You will then receive a sticker with a QR code to gain access to apply to take part in the lottery. There will be a total of 51 lucky winners.
Please check the special edition website to find out which brands are taking part in this campaign.
Application period: September 12 ー October 6, 2019
51 winners will be chosen by lottery.
Prize: One item introduced in the 50 STYLES 50th PARCO recommended fashion collection.
* Prizes will be announced in mid October
50 STYLES 50th PARCO Special Edition Website: https://parco.jp/50styles/
Shibuya’s New Tourist Information Center is Open For Business at Night & Offers Airport Bus Service
31.August.2019 | SPOT
Tokyu Land Corporation has announced that Shibuya’s all-new tourist information center will be named “shibuya-san.” Located on the first floor of Shibuya FUKURAS, the tourist information and are center is set to open its doors to the public this December.
Tourist Information: Where you can become a Shibuya local
The tourist information section of the center is staffed by people from countries around the world, from Europe to Asia, most of which are non-Japanese students studying abroad. They are able to offer detailed tourist and sightseeing information for Shibuya from the perspective of a “foreigner in Japan.”
The center also does away with the ordinary set-up of most tourist information centers in which you speak to someone over the counter. Instead, tourists entering shibuya-san will be greeted directly by staff and talk to them side by side.
They also offer English guide books with a map produced by Time Out Tokyo. Time Out is a city guide service published in 108 countries around the world in 39 languages.
Art Center: Where art brings Shibuya and the world together
shibuya-san will be the first tourist information center in Japan to have its own art gallery. Being located right in front of Shibuya Station means that people visiting from around the world will be exposed to Shibuya’s culture through art. Focused on “Travel, City & People,” the art gallery will offer not only exhibitions and performances, but also events in which tourists can participate, as well as opportunities to talk directly with artists.
Open Late: Shibuya’s nightlife propelled with the center’s night hours
Almost all tourist information centers close in the late afternoon/early evening, but not shibuya-san. Shibuya’s nightlife is a huge part of the city’s culture, and so to make it more accessible to tourists, shibuya-san will be open until 11:00pm, offering helpful information and suggestions for getting around and enjoying yourself after-hours.
shibuya-san even has its own drinks counter where alcohol is served in the evenings. Events will be held there periodically where you can meet and talk with people.
Limousine Buses: Haneda Airport and Narita Airport
The bus terminal in front of the tourist center offers regular buses and will soon offer airport limousine buses from Haneda and Narita Airport. They will serve to create a new doorstep to Shibuya at Shibuya Station’s west exit for tourists visiting Shibuya. They will begin running in early December.
Whether you’re visiting Shibuya for the first time or are a returning guest, find out all there is to know about the area when shibuya-san opens this December.
shibuya-san tourist information & art center
Address: 1-2-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Services: Tourist Information Center / Baggage Storage & Delivery / Airport Limousine Bus Tickets & Service / Foreign Money Exchange / Shibuya Experience Program / Drinks Bar / Art Center / Events
Business Hours: 10:00-23:00 (*Select services will run at varying times)
Grand Opening: December 2019 (subject to change)
Official Website: https://shibuyasan.jp
*The website is currently a teaser site which opened on August 28, 2019. The full website will go live in the coming months.
BT21 Cafe Serves World Food in Shibuya, Umeda, Nagoya and Sapporo
LEGS COMPANY is opening four BT21 themed cafe called “BT21 CAFE 2019 WORLD”over the next couple of weeks. The Tokyo and Osaka branches opened on August 22. The Nagoya branch will open on September 4 and the Sapporo branch will open on September 5.
BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe will serve up many different dishes of food from around the world, all with motifs of the various BT21 character line-up. Pictured below is just a select portion of the menu and merchandise you can look forward to.
Japanese Food Plate: Temari Sushi (Salmon, Duck, Minced Tuna, Fried Tofu, Shrimp Avocado) & Meat Udon – ¥1,490
American Food Plate: Slider Burgers (Macaroni Cheese, Egg Salad, Grilled Chicken), Potatoes & Carrot Salad – ¥1,490
South Korean Food Plate: Tteok-bokki, Japchae, Yangnyeom Chicken & South Korean-Style Rice Ball – ¥1,490
Brazilian Food Plate: Churrasco, Mashed Potato & Feijoada – ¥1,490
Japanese Dessert (Left): Custard Taiyaki, Strawberry Daifuku, Berry Bean Paste Dango, Matcha Ice Cream – ¥1,290 / American Dessert (Right): American Waffles – ¥1,290
RJ (Left): Peach Calpis – ¥990 / CHIMMY (Right): Pineapple Soda – ¥990
COOKY (Left): Guava Soda – ¥990 / TATA (Right): Pineapple Soda – ¥990
Japan Acrylic Key Rings (Left) – ¥750 / South Korea Acrylic Key Rings (Right) – ¥750
Folders (Left) – ¥400 Each / Hologram Stickers (Right) – ¥500 Each
Every person who books a table in advance (¥650) will receive one of 7 possible mini fans pictured above on the left. Those who order a drink will receive one of 12 possible coasters pictured on the right.
There are lots of other cute pieces of merchandise and menu items to look forward to too. Full details can be found on the cafe’s official website below.
*All listed prices are pre-tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
BT21 Cafe 2019 WORLD
- SHIBUYA BOX CAFE&SPACE SHIBUYA 109 (August 22, 2019 – September 29, 2019)
- UMEDA BOX CAFE&SPACE (August 22, 2019 – September 23, 2019)
- NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE (September 4, 2019 – October 6, 2019)
- TOWER RECORDS CAFE at Sapporo PIVOT (September 5, 2019 – October 20, 2019)
*Cafes closed on September 30, 2019
・Price: ¥650 (Before Tax)
Official Website: http://box-cafe.jp/
The BT21 Cafe is reservation-only
Bubble Tea Gourmets THE ALLEY to Open Flagship Store in Shibuya’s Dogenzaka District
Tea enthusiasts THE ALLEY are opening a flagship store in Dogenzaka, Shibuya on September 14, 2019.
THE ALLEY’s main customers are women and office workers. It’s custom for people to go out for a cup of coffee with friends and coworkers, but THE ALLEY hopes to bring that same idea of “grabbing a coffee” to tea with their drinks line-up. Located at the top of Dogenzaka, the new branch aims to make tea even easier to enjoy while embedding a culture of tea.
Enjoy a drink between shopping or work in one of their 73 comfy seats spread across two floors, or grab a takeaway cup to sip.
“THE ALLEY x thermo mug” 300ml Tumbler – ¥3,500 (Before Tax) / “THE ALLEY x thermo mug” 300ml Stainless Steel Bottle – ¥3,500 (Before Tax)
The cafe has also teamed up with thermo mug to create a seriously stylish tumbler and stainless steel bottle. Both are limited in availability, and if you do decide to grab one, you can get a coupon for one free drink of your voice. They are perfect for using at home, out or at the office.
THE ALLEY is known for its three tea bases: Assam, Royal No. 9, and Jasmine. But the new Dogenzaka branch will have two extra exclusives. The first is White Peach Oolong which originally appeared as a limited-time flavour and in the cafe’s milk foam series. It’s now a regular at the new cafe. The other is Tieguanyin, a premium oolong tea, whose sales ended in May this year. Due to high demand, they are bringing it back to THE ALLEY Dogenzaka and plan to put it on the menu of other branches in the future.
The cafe has also incorporated paper straws to help combat the use of single-use plastic straws. This includes their thick straws used for tapioca bubble tea drinks and ordinary thin straws for their regular teas.
THE ALLEY Dogenzaka marks the cafe’s move from a tea stand into a full-fledged tea shop. If you’re in Shibuya, be sure to pay them a visit when they open on September 14.
THE ALLEY Dogenzaka
Grand Opening: September 14, 2019
Address: 1-19-11 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:00-22:30
Official Website: http://www.the-alley.jp/
Hippos Arrive Under Shibuya’s Inari Bridge as Part Of National Geographic Promotion
21.August.2019 | SPOT
The Hostile Planet documentary series by National Geographic is set to air in Japan from August 22. To celebrate the show’s airing, a promotional shoot will take place at Inari Bridge in Shibuya on August 24 and 25 where three hippos will make an appearance to help spread the word of how animals have had to adapt to the recent rapid changes in the environment in order to survive.
A Tale Of Hippo Parents & Child, Living Off Grasslands, and Rapid Environmental Changes From the Seasons
Dry seasons are becoming regular, where water is snatched away from the earth’s surface by the scorching sunlight. These are especially merciless seasons for hippos and a real threat to their survival. They cannot enter the water even for a brief moment. Their only options is to walk under the fire of the blazing sun. Their homes used to be packed full of watering holes, but now all they can do is embark on an aimless search. And the severity of this―the beating of the sun and lack of water―is becoming more and more of a problem.
Three panel cutouts of hippos will be set up under Inari Bridge to tell a story of two parents and their child who who survived these harsh conditions by escaping from Katavi National Park in Tanzania and arriving in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Running: August 24, 2019 – August 25, 2019
*In the case of rain on August 24 then the dates will be postponed to August 25 and 26. In the case of rain on August 25 then the dates will be postponed to August 26 and 27. Dates TBA if it rains on August 27. The dates will be extended if there is rainfall even when it is sunny. Additionally, the shoot will run from 11:00-17:00 on August 26 if it must fall on that day.
Location: Inari Bridge (3-21-2 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo)
Access: Directly connected to Exit 16b of Shibuya Station via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line, Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line, and Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Hostile Planet (6 Episodes)
Showing on National Geographic
Official Homepage (Japan): https://natgeotv.jp/tv/lineup/prgmtop/index/prgm_cd/2639
Lolita Singer Luna Haruna Announces Surprise Solo Live Performance at Most Recent Concert
Tokyo singer and lolita fashion model Luna Haruna finished her premium solo summer concert at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF7 on August 4. The concert title Lupa and Aries no gastronomie was named after her single Lupa to Aries which was released earlier this year in June and is so far only available on streaming services. Haruna performed once in the afternoon and once in the evening with a live band. She performed a total of 28 songs, including some brand new hits.
She launched into her concert with her hit songs Stertear, Kimi Iro Signal, Stella Breeze and Overfly. She then performed her two new fairytale-themed songs Lupa to Aries and Kaiten Mokuba live for the first time.
Afterwards, she turned to her fans and said:
“I challenged myself to something completely new this time. I want to show you all a side of me you have never seen before.”
What the fans heard next was an unexpected surprise.
She announced that she will be performing at Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE, Tokyo on November 16. The venue, packed with fans, could not contain their excitement, responding to the glorious news with cheers of joy that echoed throughout the entire room.
Her recent release Kaiten Mokuba follows the same fairytale theme as Lupa to Aries. The beautiful harmonies created by the strings pierce through the strong and pressing beat of the song. This gothic fairytale song is appropriately titled Kaiten Mokuba (Carousel) to further emphasise the distorted feeling of being spun around in endless circles. Luna is an artist who represents the lolita scene for lolita fans worldwide. This fairytale video is where her true self comes alive. Her new, mysterious visuals are a fusion of lolita fashion and Alice in Wonderland themes.
Luna Haruna Music Video: Kaiten Mokuba
The head-spinning music video shows Luna in different lolita fashion outfits. Each outfit explores the depths of a different character from Alice in Wonderland. Watch Luna spin her way through five Alice in Wonderland-themed lolita dresses including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and of course, Alice.
Luna will also be singing the theme song for the upcoming anime film Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fine, which will premiere on October 26. This isn’t the first time Luna has been involved in the Saekano anime series. She performed the theme songs Kimi Iro Signal and Stella Breeze, which were the TV anime’s first and second anime openings respectively.
The anime film opening will be written by Miku Sawai, who wrote the lyrics for the TV anime’s first and second ending theme songs Colourful and Sakura Iro Diary respectively. Miku Sawai and Luna Haruna have become massive sensations in the news for their anime hits. Just what kind of chemical reaction will unfold when these two heroines collaborate on the anime film’s opening theme song? Please keep your eyes peeled for future updates.
Luna Haruna 2019 Autumn Solo Concert (Title to be confirmed)
Date/Time: November 16, 2019 Doors Open: 16:30 Start: 17:00
Venue: Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE,
Address: Shibuya PRIME (6th floor), 2 Chome-29-5 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Ticket Prices: ￥6,480 (after tax, designated seating only).
* You can order a maximum of four tickets per concert.
*There is also a compulsory one drink fee that you must pay upon entry into the venue.
* Entry is not permitted for those under school age.
Fan Club Member-limited preorder period: August 4th (21:00) ー 19th (23:59)
Luna Haruna Official Fan Club “L-67 Luna☆Station”
・General Ticket Sales period: To be confirmed.
Queries: (Sunrise Promotion Tokyo) 0570-00-3337（10:00-18:00）
Available on most streaming services: https://harunaluna.lnk.to/OWrKt0ME
Lupa to Aries
Available on most streaming services: https://harunaluna.lnk.to/ro4yd5wD
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fine
Premiere: October 26, 2019 across Japan.
Anime Film Website: https://saenai-movie.com
Luna Haruna Official Website: http://www.harunaluna.jp/
Cute LINE Penguin Character Gets Collaboration Café in Tokyo and Osaka
04.August.2019 | FOOD
A collaboration café dedicated to the adorable penguin character Koupen chan will run over the summer period. The café will open on August 8 in Tokyo and September 5 in Osaka.
The baby emperor penguin Koupen chan, who is often the go-to sticker for many Twitter and LINE users, is illustrated by the well-known RURUTEA. Many SNS users turn to the relaxing, soft and cuddly penguin to send soothing words of encouragement and a fuzzy hug to their loved ones. No wonder our adorable penguin has over 300,000 followers on Twitter.
Yokoshima Enaga-San Burger: ￥1,490
Koupen Chan Ochazuke (Rice served with broth): ￥1,390
The first time the Koupen Chan Collaboration Café opened for a limited period was on November 2017. Now, the café is back with a refreshed image which plunges deeper into the depths of Koupen chan’s affectionate world. There are even more features packed into this year’s collaboration menu. No matter what you order, your table will be overflowing with adorable penguin love.
Pink Koupen Chan Strawberry Milk Pancake: ￥1,390 (before tax)
Two Best Friends Lemon Peach Parfait: ￥1,290 (price before tax)
Don’t forget to check out the drinks and desserts which are bound to melt your heart.
Acrylic Drink Coaster (random design ), 4 designs available: ￥900 (before tax)
Bonus Gift for Café Customers: Placemat and Paper Drink Coaster (1 of 6 designs presented at random)
You won’t just be served a cute meal, however. Customers have the chance to get their hands on original merchandise with cute café-themed designs. The designs, which were illustrated by RURUTEA, include Koupen chan as your personal café server, a pink-themed Koupen chan and even a light blue Koupen chan relaxing in the café.
The reservation period opened recently. Reservations are now being accepted via the official website. This café is the perfect place to escape from the blazing summer heat and humidity to get refreshed. Come relax and enjoy a moment of cute food and drinks in this comfortable atmosphere.
* The images shown in this article may differ slightly to the actual merchandise/menu items.
* English menu names above are not official translations.
Koupen Chan Café 2019 SUMMER
Tokyo: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE & SPACE (SHIBUYA BOX)
Address: Shibuya Loft 2nd floor, 21-１ Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Open: August 8, 2019 ー September 23, 2019
Osaka: Shinsaibashi contact
Address: 1 Chome-6-２４ Kitahorie, Nishi Ward, Osaka
Open: September 5, 2019 ー October 6, 2019
Reservations now open.
Reservation price: ￥500 (includes a complementary souvenir for making the reservation)
A limit of 4 seats can be reserved through 1 reservation.
Visiting Shibuya’s Candy Apple Store | Food Review
Hello everyone! This is Midori from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.
Candy apples are the staple food of summer festivals. A crunchy candy coating and a sweet, fruity apple is such a divine combination. It can be quite difficult to find candy apples outside of festivals. That’s where Candy Apple steps in. This is a brand new shop on the block that specialises in candy apples!
This is located just a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station’s west exit. If you check out their saved Instagram story, you probably won’t get lost. During the weekdays and on Saturdays, this is an Italian restaurant called Buonappetito. On Sundays, when the restaurant is closed, it transforms into a candy apple shop.
The shop interior is gorgeous.
I ordered the plain apple without wasting any time. This is much larger than what you would usually get at a festival. Although these are usually eaten by immediately sinking your teeth in and biting out a big chunk, you can cut your apple here and enjoy it at your own pace.
After taking your first bite, you will realise just how different this is to your normal candy apple. The apple is coated in a thin layer of candy, creating a delicious crunch. The apple is fresh, juicy and sweet. Some candy apples are made with mushy apples that are not fresh, however these apples are extremely fresh and delicious right to the last bite.
These candy apples are full of a variety of flavours.
Cinnamon Sugar: ¥600
The apple with the dusting of beige-coloured powder is cinnamon-flavoured. The sweet cinnamon scent spreads everywhere as soon as you set it on the table. The sweet flavour of the apple and the fragrant cinnamon is a match made in heaven.
The apple covered in the brown powder is cocoa-flavoured. The slightly bitter flavour of the chocolate is a perfect match for the sweet apple. The colour contrast between the brown chocolate and white apple is also beautiful. ♪
The apple with the green powder is matcha as you may have already guessed! The flavouring of the Uji matcha used for this apple was carefully balanced to maximise the flavour when combined with the apple. After you take your first bite, you just won’t be able to stop.
Blueberry Yoghurt: ¥600
The bright white dusting on this blueberry yoghurt-flavoured apple is beautiful. The blueberry scent is mild and is perfect with the yoghurt.
Black Cocoa: ¥600
The pitch black colour of the Black Cocoa Candy Apple is very appetizing. The black cocoa is even more bitter than the cocoa apple, which really brings out the flavour of the sweet apple even more.
You can even get chocolate fondue for your candy apple (¥400). By adding the fairly bitter chocolate to your candy apple, you can enjoy three different kinds of sweetness when it mixes with the chocolate, candy and the apple.
You can even order your candy apple to go, making it the perfect summer souvenir. Taking it home to enjoy is also another wonderful way to make the most of your experience.
This candy apple shop is only open on Sundays, but you can order to take away on other days.
This is a flavour that a festival candy apple will never be capable of offering. You can tuck into your apple inside the beautiful shop, or take it home to enjoy at home at your own pace.
Address: Nomura Building 1st floor, 7-12, Sakuragaocho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Open every week on Sundays only)
*Only the Italian restaurant Buonappetito is open on weekdays.
My Hero Academia X Monster Strike Collaboration Commemoration Café Menu Release
To commemorate the collaboration between mobile game Monster Strike and manga My Hero Academia, XFLAG STORE SHIBUYA, SHINSAIBASHI and +(PLUS) HANEDA are releasing a new limited period café menu, which includes brand new drinks that come with original sleeves for the cups.
Character Sodas: Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugou, Shoto Todoroki, Ochaco Uraraka, Tenya Iida
Price: ￥750 each (before tax)
If you order any drink from this café menu, you will be presented with an original badge that is chosen at random. During the commemoration period, the café space will be decorated with special illustrations and there will be special videos running for visitors to enjoy.
Limited Café Menu
Running: July 17 ー August 4, 2019
XFLAG STORE SHIBUYA
XFLAG STORE SHINSAIBASHI
XFLAG STORE +(PLUS) HANEDA