Concert Review: RADWIMPS Open Japan Tour With 2 Nights in Chiba to Crowd of 70,000

25.June.2019 | MUSIC

RADWIMPS played at ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba on June 22 and 23. Across the two days they performed in front of 70,000 people.

 

The three-piece rock band began their 2018 “ANTI ANTI GENERATION TOUR” in Nagano on June 8. The tour is still ongoing and so full details on the full set-list are being kept under wraps, but this is a review of the band’s first night in Chiba.

The introductory background music sounded throughout the outdoor stadium ten minutes after the scheduled start time of 6PM. The entire area rung with the sound of 37,000 howling voices as the members stepped onto the stage. The crowd clapped along to the dynamic beats of the song as they sung while colourful motion graphics were projected onto the stage’s huge LED screen.

Yojiro Noda (Vocals/Guitar/Piano) screamed at the crowd, “Are you ready!?” after which support members Mori Mizuki and Toshiki Hata, both on drums, switched the gear into overdrive. Guitarist Akira Kuwahara and bassist Yusuke Takeda joined Noda in walking up and down the stage freely, aggressively shredding their instruments to stir up the crowd’s excitement.

Noda was the first to give an MC: “This is our first headline stadium show. Thank you for selling it out! Seems like something big is happening today, am I right!?”

 

Surely enough this was the first headline show at a stadium for RADWIMPS, and that fact laced a special mood and atmosphere throughout the entire concert. Their performance was proof of their unrivalled musicianship which was imbued with a scale fitting for stadium level.

During Banzai Sensho, both the band members and the fans came together to sing together powerfully and in unison. They livened things up with PAPARAZZI, a song that has dark aspects but is also sensational. They also performed the familiar Oshamashama which reverberated even more than usual as Yoda introduced each member who battled it out with their own solos.

Yoda also said the following: “The rain has stopped, hasn’t it? I guess we really are weathering with you!”

 

This was of course a reference to Weathering with You, the newest animated film from Makoto Shinkai which RADWIMPS wrote the soundtrack for. They also wrote the soundtrack for Your Name. also by Shinkai. The weather and set list lined up perfectly as the band went on to perform one of the main themes from the upcoming movie, Ai ni Dekiru Koto wa Mada Aru Kai.

The song wove together gentleness and intensity into one. It is a ballad that is human yet mystical throughout. At the end of the performance, the band also announced details on the film’s soundtrack as well as details surrounding the film which is set for release on July 19, 2019.

 

RADWIMPS’s tour will wrap up with two final shows at Marine Messe in Fukuoka on August 13 and 14.

 

Text: Shoichi Miyake

Photo: Takeshi Yao

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    10.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MOVIE

    LEGS COMPANY opened two cafes themed on the hit anime film Weathering with You in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and October 10 respectively. The cafes will run for a limited time only.

    We paid a visit to the Tokyo branch which opened inside OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE which is only a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station.

     

    The new blockbuster hit from internationally-acclaimed animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back on July 19 and has since amassed over 13 billion yen (approximately US$131 million) in the box office. It was seen by 7.5 million people in the first 34 days of its release, and over 10 million after 75 days. Its huge success has cemented itself in the Japanese animated film industry as another monumental masterpieces from Shinkai. The film has also been nominated for Best International Feature Film for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards set to take place on February 9, 2020.

    While sat in the cafe you can watch scenes from the film on the giant screens while the main songs performed by RADWIMPS play.

     

    The cafe menu features a line-up of drinks, dishes and desserts inspired by the characters and moments in the series, including the chahan set prepared by Hina for Hodaka, the Hodaka Welcome Party Set, and more.

    Teru Teru Omurice – ¥1,490

    This is the dish I ordered to eat. I couldn’t resist how cute it was. It’s inspired by the teru teru bōzu that Nagi makes, a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. The doll’s head is made of mashed potato. He’s sat on a bed of ketchup rice filled with vegetables and bathed in a delicious sauce. This one’s too cute it almost seems a waste to eat♡

    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490

    For dessert I ordered another teru teru bōzu treat. This one is made from gyūhi, a type of Japanese confection made from rice flour. Its head is filled with vanilla ice cream, and if you turn it over, you’ll find Japanese pudding underneath, and under that granola. It’s finished with a lining of bright blue lychee jelly around the outside for a hint of freshness.

     

    The cafe offers plenty of other dishes that will leave any Weathering with You fans spoiled for choice.

    Hina’s Handmade Sesame Oil Infused Pea Sprout Potato Chahan Set – ¥1,490

    A chahan set lovingly prepared by Hina for Hodaka. Chop up the spring onions that come on the side and add them to the soup just like Hina does in the film! This is a hearty set sure to fill you up.

    Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590

    This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. If you’re looking for a healthy green meal packed with veggies then you’ll love this one.

    Clearing Up Weather Tiramisu – ¥1,490

    This refreshing matcha tiramisu is inspired by the scene when Hina and Hodaka reunite, with the sauce representing the sunlight and the cotton candy the rainy clouds. Pour the sauce over the cotton candy and watch the clouds clear up.

    Acai Bowl of the World’s Secrets – ¥1,390

    Enjoy the main key visual of the film right on top of your plate. The mild flavour of the yogurt coupled with the refreshing kiwi is a mouth-watering combination. The colours are really beautiful, too.

    Swirling Snow Whipped Latte – ¥990

    Inspired by the immense snow that spirals around Tokyo in the film, a cup of this whipped cream latte is perfect as a post-meal wind-down.

    Left: The Fine Weather That Day (Grapefruit) – ¥1,690 / Right: The Sunset That Day (Cranberry) – ¥1,690

    These two drinks are for takeout, and are based on iconic scenes in the film, specifically when the turns fine and the sunset. They are served in exclusive cafe-original bottles. Both flavours are sweet, sour and refreshing. Plus, you can reuse the bottles.

    If you order one of the many drinks from the menu you’ll receive one of six possible coasters chosen randomly.

    The cafe has plenty of exclusive merchandise on their shelves too.

    Sparkly Rain Smartphone Case (7/8 Ver. & X Ver.) – ¥3,900 Each

    When you shake these iPhone cases, it looks like the rain is falling.

    Raindrop Stickers (10 Designs) – ¥400

    Don’t you just want to collect all of these cute raindrop stickers?

    If you book a seat in advance (¥650 before tax per person) you will receive one of six possible bromide pictures chosen randomly, so don’t forget to reserve in advance.

     

    Plunge yourself into the world of Weathering with You at either one of these cafes, now running until November 17.

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. All listed prices are pre-tax prices.

    ©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series or other franchise by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them.

     

    Before continuing this article be sure to check out our September 2019 list of character cafés as some of them are still running.

     

    Ariel Heads to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Hokkaido for The Little Mermaid Cafe

    Ariel is swimming to Japan this September as four branches of OH MY CAFE turn into cafes inspired by The Little Mermaid. The Tokyo and Osaka branches will open on September 21, the Hokkaido branch on September 22, and the Nagoya branch on September 27. The collaboration is being carried out by LEGS COMPANY, LTD.

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid was released back in 1989 as the 28th Disney animated feature film. It tells the story of the internationally-beloved Disney mermaid princess Ariel and her curiosity about the world above the sea.
    The cafes celebrate 30 years since the film’s release. The cafe’s concept is “independent girl.” Each cafe will take on a stylish look and be inspired by Ariel’s unwavering heart and her strength to make her dreams come true.

    <Ariel> Veggie-Packed Pesto Pasta – ¥1,990

    If you’re vegetarian, you won’t be disappointed with this healthy, vegetable-packed pasta dish. The plate it is served on features an illustration of Ariel swimming elegantly in the ocean.

    Seaside Cream Risotto – ¥1,990

    Based on sandy beaches is this creamy risotto. If you look closely you’ll see one of Ariel’s priceless treasures from her endless collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs. Sebastian is hiding on the plate too, can you spot him?

    <Flounder> Stripey Yogurt Drink – ¥1,090 / With Coaster – ¥1,890

    Flounder is Ariel’s closest friend, so he had to be included on the menu. This cute yogurt-flavoured smoothie takes on the same colours as our stripey fish companion.

    <Sebastian> Strawberry Smoothie – ¥890 / With Coaster – ¥1,790

    There are lots of other character-themed food and drinks to be enjoyed at the cafes besides these ones too. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE

    Locations/Dates
    ・Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku) / September 21, 2019 – November 9, 2019

    ・Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi / September 21, 2019 – November 10, 2019

    ・Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / September 27, 2019 – November 10, 2019

    ・Hokkaido: Cafe Interlude / September 22, 2019 – October 14, 2019

    Official Website: https://mermaid.ohmycafe.jp/

     

     

    Sarazanmai Cafe Designed & Produced by Sanrio Opens in Ikebukuro and Osaka

    Two cafés based on the popular anime series Sarazanmai have arrived in Tokyo and Osaka. The café designs were produced by Sanrio.

    Football Curry of Youth: ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    Football is what connects the three main characters Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. Come taste the delicious flavour of budding friendship in the form of a delicious curry at the café.

    Pudding a la Mode of Friendship: ¥1,280 (Before Tax)

    The three middle schoolers are represented in the form of colourful fruit. This is a delicious dish easily enjoyed by anybody.

    Sparkling Jelly Juice (Kazuki/Kuji/Enta): ¥650 Each (Before Tax)

    These jelly drinks are also themed around Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. The jelly lurking at the bottom of the cup adds a wonderful accent to the flavour.

     

    This café is the perfect place to relax at your own pace this autumn. For more information, check out our full article here.

     

    Sarazanmai Café (Designs Produced by Sanrio)

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    ・Ikebukuro, Tokyo: September 19 ー October 27, 2019

    ・Nipponnbashi, Osaka: September 26 ー November 5, 2019

    Advanced reservations accepted from 7pm on September 6, 2019

    Reservation Fee: ¥500 (comes with a bonus for reserving)

    Official Website: https://sarazanmai-sanrio-cafe.jp/

     

     

    My Hero Academia Themed Cafe Opening at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO in Tokyo

     

    A cafe based on the hit TV anime series My Hero Academia will open at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO on October 12.

     

    Drinks Menu

    Drinks – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)

    Original Latte Art (11 Designs) – ¥700 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Food Menu

    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Katsu-Lover Midoriya’s Pork Rib Noodles / Eijiro Kirishima’s Crunchy Kakiage Don – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

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    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Ochaco Uraraka’s Japanese-Style Dessert Set with Matcha Milk – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tenya Iida’s Source of Strength Orange Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)

     

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    U.A. Dessert Plate – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tsuyu Asui’s Kero Kero Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy a fun selection of food, drinks and desserts inspired by the My Hero Academia character cast. There’s a whole bunch of merchandise to get your hands on too. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼SEGA Collabo Cafe My Hero Academia

    Running: October 12, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    Location: SEGA Collabo Cafe Ikebukuro GiGO (SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO Floor B2F, 1-21-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

     

    Schedule

    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    *Menu items and coaster designs will change for each menu

    *More details can be found on the SEGA Collabo Cafe official website

     

    Cafe Website: https://sega-collabocafe.com/ikebukuro/heroaca02.html

    My Hero Academia Official Website: https://heroaca.com/

     

     

    Weathering with You Anime Film Themed Cafes Opening in Tokyo & Osaka

    Two cafes filmed based on the hit blockbuster anime film Weathering with You will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and 10 respectively for a limited time. The cafes are being opened by LEGS COMPANY.

     

    The cafes have a beautiful menu lined up inspired by the world of Weathering with You. In addition to the themed decorations set to line the cafes, fans can also get their hands on a range of exclusive cafe merchandise and bonus items.

    The Most Delicious Dinner in Your Life – ¥1,590

    This dish is a complete recreation of the dinner Hodaka eats in the film which he describes as the most delicious he has ever eaten in his 16 years of living. Enjoy a hearty burger together with clam chowder soup and fries.

    Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590

    This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. Complete the set together with one of the “Dreamy” beverages from the drinks menu.

    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490
    The teru teru bōzu is a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. This assortment includes candy, fruits, and the doll itself holding a cute umbrella.
    Dreamy Peach Soda – ¥790
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    ▼Weathering with You Cafes

    Locations/Dates:
    ①OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE (Pine Under Flat B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) @ October 8, 2019 – November 17, 2019

    ②Osaka Shinsaibashi contact (1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture) @ October 10, 2019 – November 17, 2019

     

    Table Reservations:

    Price: ¥650 (Before Tax) *Includes bonus item

    *Advance table reservations opened on September 24, 2019

     

    Weathering with You Cafe Website: https://tenkinoko-cafe.jp/

     

     

    ‘LISA LARSON Fika TOKYO’ Cafe Opens in Collaboration With Swedish Ceramicist Lisa Larson

    Sunday Branch Marronnier Gate Ginza is a cafe in Ginza that has collaborated with a number of different characters and artists, including Shawn the Sheep since 2017, The Very Hungry Catterpillar in 2018, and Leo Lionni since 2019.

    Mikey Plate

    ​Inspired by Larson’s popular cat character Mikey, this healthy dish includes almond milk rice with a side of greens.

    Lion Plate

    The adorable round Lion looks like he has been taken right out of Larson’s works and put onto a plate.

    Baby Mikey Gateau Chocolate

    These baby Mikey chocolates take on a ceramic appearance like Larson’s work and are filled with sesame and cocoa powder.

     

    Enjoy food and art come together at LISA LARSON Fika TOKYO. Keep in mind that reservations get priority, so be sure to book a table in advance. For more information, check our full article here.

     

    ▼LISA LARSON Fika TOKYO

    Running: October 4, 2019 – January 27, 2020 (Closed January 1, 2020)

    Location: Sunday Branch Marronnier Gate Ginza 1 Floor 4F (2-2-14, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

    Website/Reservations: https://www.marronniergate.com/topic/detail/115

    6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka

    LEGS COMPANY, LTD. held the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 event back in September 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon. The event’s theme focused around adulthood imbued with a hint of cuteness. The cafes were so popular that they had a second “encore” run in December of the same year.

     

    This year, LEGS has created an entirely new concept. The theme this year is “Girls Night Out,” and the menu line-up stays true to it, featuring food and drinks all ladies are sure to enjoy on a night out.

    5 Sailor Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches – ¥1,590 (Not available at the Saitama cafe)

    Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)

    Cosmic Heart Berry Sandwich – ¥1,690

    Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)

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    ▼Sailor Moon Cafe 2019

    Dates/Locations

    ▶︎Tokyo・Shibuya: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE&SPACE SHIBUYA 109

    Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019

    ▶︎Osaka・Abeno: Abeno contact

    Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019

    ▶︎Aichi・Nagoya: NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE

    Running: October 10, 2019 – November 24, 2019

    ▶︎Hokkaido・Sapporo: Coach & Four Shinkawa-Dori (Hokkaido Branch)

    Running: October 18, 2019 – November 17, 2019

    ▶︎Kyushu・Fukuoka: kawara CAFE & DINNING KITTE (Hakata Branch)

    Running: October 26, 2019 – December 1, 2019

    ▶︎Saitama・Koshigaya: BOX CAFE&SPACE

    Running: November 14, 2019 – January 13, 2019

     

    Reservations: Opened September 26, 2019

    *¥650 per reservation. Up to 4 people per reservation. Includes bonus item.

     

    Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 Official Website: https://sailor-moon-cafe2019.jp/

     

     

    How did you like this list? Be sure to enjoy all of the café collaboration cafes this October and November!

  • ‘Rakuen’ Film Main Theme ‘Ichiru’ by RADWIMPS’ Yojiro Noda Feat. Mone Kamishiraishi Music Video Released

    30.September.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    Rakuen (“The Promised Land”) is an upcoming film written and directed by Takahisa Zeze, who is known for his masterful work on the suspense mystery drama films 64: Part I and 64: Part II. Set for release on October 18 this year, the film is an adaptation of best-selling Japanese author Shuichi Yoshida’s short story of the same name. It will star Gō Ayano, Hana Sugisaki, Kōichi Satō, Akira Emoto, and Nijirō Murakami.

     

    It was revealed last month that film’s main theme Ichiru (“Thread of Hope”) was written, composed and produced by RADWIMPS frontman Yojiro Noda. He is joined by popular singer and actress Mone Kamishiraishi on vocals. Kamishiraishi provided the voice for Mitsuha Miyamizu in the 2016 hit anime film Your Name which RADWIMPS wrote the music for.

     

    A music video for the song has just been released. It has also been revealed that the song will be released as a digital single on October 14, 2019.

     

    The music video was directed by Takahisa Zeze and Atsushi Unno, the director and assistant director for Rakuen respectively. It was shot in July, with most of the filming taking place in Nagano where the story is set. Zeze expressed his wish for Kamishiraishi to feature in the background of the film itself in the music video. The video features iconic locations from the film, including the Y-shaped road―quiet possibly the most symbolic. The video features not only actual scenes from the film, but newly-shot scenes too made just for the music video.

     

    Speaking about the music video, Mone Kamishiraishi comments: “I was given the opportunity be part of the making of this music video with the Raken film team gathered together, including Zeze, the director. I am honoured to have been able to visit such iconic scenes from the film. It was a really memorable moment, and an experience I will keep for me with live.”

     

    She continues: “I listened to Ichiru a bunch of times while we shot the music video, but that feeling I had when I first heard it and my heart shook, and how moved I was when I first let my voice out to sing it, have gone unchanged. Yojiro [Noda] said, ‘I hope this song becomes a ray of light at the end of the film.’ I have always been able to feel that, from the lyrics to the power it holds and the music that pulls on your heartstrings.”

     

    She concludes her statement saying: “I believe this is a song that purifies the heart, like a cold breeze, even if you’re going through hard or unfair times. So listen to it on repeat and take that message from it. And I hope you enjoy watching the music video. We shot it with much love.”

    In Rakuen, a little girl is kidnapped along a Y-shaped road but the perpetrator isn’t caught. 12 years later, another girl is kidnapped along the same road. A man living close to the area of kidnappings lives together peacefully with his pet dog who is a coping mechanism to help forget his wife who passed away. He is pushed into deeper isolation after coming into disagreements with the locals in the area which causes him to lose his mind, leading to an incident nobody could have imagined. The truth to everything lies behind the two kidnappings and three peoples’ fates.

     

    ©2019 “Rakuen” Production Committee

  • Weathering with You Anime Film Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo & Osaka

    26.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MOVIE / SPOT

    Two cafes filmed based on the hit anime film Weathering with You will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 8 and 10 respectively for a limited time. The cafes are being opened by LEGS COMPANY.

     

    The new blockbuster hit from internationally-acclaimed animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back on July 19 and has since amassed over 10 billion yen (approximately US$101 million) in the box office. It was seen by 7.5 million people in the first 34 days of its release. Its huge success has cemented itself in the Japanese animated film industry as another monumental masterpieces from Shinkai. The film has been nominated for Best International Feature Film for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards set to take place on February 9, 2020.

    The cafes have a beautiful menu lined up inspired by the world of Weathering with You. In addition to the themed decorations set to line the cafes, fans can also get their hands on a range of exclusive cafe merchandise and bonus items.

     

    Menu

    The Most Delicious Dinner in Your Life – ¥1,590

    This dish is a complete recreation of the dinner Hodaka eats in the film which he describes as the most delicious he has ever eaten in his 16 years of living. Enjoy a hearty burger together with clam chowder soup and fries.

    Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set – ¥1,590

    This one-person set was made lovingly by Natsume when Hodaka comes to work at the same company as her, K&A. Complete the set together with one of the “Dreamy” beverages from the drinks menu.

    Hina’s Handmade Sesame Oil Infused Pea Sprout Potato Chahan Set – ¥1,490

    A chahan set lovingly prepared by Hina for Hodaka. The soup becomes even more delicious with the spring onions.

    Nagi’s Teru Teru Bōzu À La Mode – ¥1,490

    The teru teru bōzu is a traditional Japanese doll used to prevent rain and bring good weather. This assortment includes candy, fruits, and the doll itself holding a cute umbrella.

    Clearing Up Weather Tiramisu – ¥1,490

    This refreshing matcha tiramisu is inspired by the scene when Hina and Hodaka reunite, with the sauce representing the sunlight and the cotton candy the rainy clouds.

    Dreamy Peach Soda – ¥790

    The Dreamy drink is an original beverage based on the drink that appears at Hodaka’s welcoming. The one in the film is alcoholic, but this is a non-alcoholic peach soda. Enjoy together with the Hodaka’s Welcome Party Set.

    Sweet Growth Drink – ¥1,090

    A fruity soda based on the small cat that Hodaka meets in an alleyway and names “Ame” (Rain).

     

    Original Merchandise

    Raindrop Stickers (1o Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400

    Tote Bag – ¥2,400

     

    Bonus Items

    If you book a seat in advance you will receive one of six possible bromide pictures chosen randomly.

    And you’ll also get one of six possible coasters if you order from the drinks menu.

     

    There are lots of other gorgeous-looking menu items and merchandise available in addition to the ones we have shown. If you loved Weathering with You, then be sure to visit one of the cafes!

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. All listed prices are pre-tax prices.

    ©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • Music Video Released For Weathering with You Main Theme ‘Shukusai’ by RADWIMPS Featuring Toko Miura

    17.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    The new blockbuster hit from internationally-acclaimed animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back in July and has since amassed over 10 billion yen (approximately US$101 million) in the box office.

     

    A music video for the movie edit of the film’s main Shukusai by RADWIMPS featuring Toko Miura has just been released on the band’s official YouTube page. The gorgeous video is inspired by the film’s story, with the change in sunny weather simultaneously uplifting peoples’ feelings.

     

     

    The video features a lone Toko Miura in a cave with the sunlight shining down. The life that exists down in the cave begins to bloom at the sound and echo of Miura’s bright and clear voice.

     

    RADWIMPS, who are responsible for the film’s entire soundtrack, have announced that they will release a new album entitled Weathering with You complete version on November 27, 2019. The album will include all 5 main themes, including both the full versions and versions edited down for the film.

     

    It has also been announced that the first press limited edition of the Your Name soundtrack, which sold out instantly back in 2016, will receive reprints on November 27.
    The Weathering with You soundtrack will also be released on vinyl on December 11.

     

    ©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • Weathering with You Anime Film Limited Edition Soundtrack by RADWIMPS Announced

    09.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    The latest blockbuster hit from legendary animator and film director Makoto Shinkai Weathering with You dropped back in July and has since amassed over 10 billion yen (approximately US$101 million) in the box office. Japanese rock band RADWIMPS, who are responsible for the film’s entire soundtrack, have announced that they will release a new album entitled Weathering with You complete version on November 27, 2019.
    The album will include all 5 main themes, including both the full versions and versions edited down for the film. This includes Grand Escape which features Japanese singer and actress Toka Miura which she performed together with RADWIMPS for the first time recently to close the band’s show at Yokohama Arena.
    The album is set to be released in several versions, including a limited pressing edition which comes in a gorgeous box. This special edition not only features all of the aforementioned tracks, but English versions of the five main themes too, as well as a music video for Grand Escape feat. Toka Miura featuring clips from the film, an art book, and more.
    It has also been announced that the first press limited edition of the Your Name soundtrack, which sold out instantly back in 2016, will receive reprints on November 27.
    The Weathering with You soundtrack will also be released on vinyl on December 11.
  • Following the successful film Your Name, Makoto Shinkai has produced yet another masterpiece called Weathering with You (Tenki no Ko), collaborating yet again with RADWIMPS. RADWIMPS’ released their brand new album called Weathering with You (Tenki no Ko) on July 19. Until now, their song Ai ni Dekiru Koto wa Mada Aru Kai has made quite a few brief appearances in the promotion in the movie including in the movie trailers and has stirred quite a sensation. 

    Today, along with the release of the album, the official music video went public. Each scene of the video has been depicted beautifully. As the weather changes, each scene shifts perfectly in response, portraying the beautiful world of the film flawlessly. The music is filled with the strong and intense yet gentle and kind vibes of RADWIMPS that you absolutely cannot miss. 

    The new album includes a total of 31 songs, consisting of the five main theme songs and the 26 songs that are used as background music in the film. Please check out their emotion-filled album and then see the movie for yourself to see just how RADWIMPS have added colour and emotion to scenes of the film. All songs from the album have been released by major streaming services such as iTunes and Rekchok, so please check it out. 

     

    There is also a special bonus scheme running to treat those who purchase the new album from a shop. The bonus involves the free giveaway of a CD-sized card with a special design that represents the five main songs from the album. The pattern on the card varies from shop to shop, so please find out more information about this scheme by visiting their official website if you are interested. 

     

    ©2019 Weathering with You Production Committee

  • RADWIMPS Weathering with You Anime Film 5 Main Themes Unveiled

    03.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    The titles of all five theme song from RADWIMPS new album Weathering with You, which is set for release on July 19, have been unveiled. RADWIMPS are in charge of the anime film’s soundtrack, following their work on Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 film Your Name.

    We have already heard Ai ni Dekiru Koto wa Mada Aru Kai and Grand Escape (Movie edit) feat. Toko Miura in the film trailers. The other three tracks are titled Kaze-tachi no Koe (Movie edit)Shukusai (Movie edit) feat. Toko Miura, and Daijoubu (Movie edit). The entire soundtrack will consist of 31 tracks divided into 5 theme songs with vocals and 26 BGM tracks. We look forward to seeing at what point each of these songs will feature in the film.

     

    Fans of RADWIMPS and the film can get their their hands on five different CD size cards related to each respective theme song when purchasing the album at select stores in Japan. Full details below.

     

    ‘Weathering with You’ Special Trailer

    The gorgeous new extended trailer released yesterday looks back at Makoto Shinkai’s works and how his style has developed over the years.

     

    ©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • Anime Film ‘Weathering with You’ Trailer Released Featuring Main Theme by RADWIMPS & Toko Miura

    30.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    A new 90-second trailer has just been released for Weathering with You, the next animated film by internationally acclaimed Japanese director Makoto Shinkai (Your Name.The Garden of Words).

     

    The film’s soundtrack is being left to rock band RADWIMPS, and in the new trailer, we get to hear two main theme songs: Ai ni Dekiru Koto wa Mada Aru Kai as well as the new Grand Escape (Movie edit) which features Japanese actress Toko Miura. Check it out below.

    As Makoto Shinkai himself spoke about, the trailer features an array of sounds, from the howling wind and patter of the rain to the summery music of RADWIMPS and clear, beautiful and mysterious voice of Toko Miura.

    Grand Escape (Movie edit) feat. Toko Miura came about after RADWIMPS vocalist Yojiro Noda expressed his desire to have a female vocalist sing in place of him. The song sees Toko Miura take over as the main vocalist of the track in which the world finally gets to hear the power of expression in her voice.

    The trailer details additional members to the voice cast. This includes lauded actor and a spearhead of the Japanese film industry Shun Oguri who is set to appear in the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong film in 2020. He will play the role of Keisuke Suga, a writer who meets the protagonist Hodaka Morishima while they are both on a ferry to Tokyo.

     

    Actress and model Tsubasa Honda, who is noted for the diversity of her work, will voice Natsume, a college student who works in the same company as Suga and has a fiery curiosity for gathering information to write about. Legendary actress Chieko Baisho will voice the elderly lady Tomi who makes a request of the two main characters Hodaka and Hina.

     

    The other just-announced cast also includes Sakura Kiryu as Nagisa Amano, an elementary school student and younger brother of Hina; Sei Hiraizumi as Yasui, an old police detective who pays a visit to Suga’s office after an incident in the city; and Yuuki Kaji as Takai, another detective and Yasui’s accomplice who appears before Hodaka and the others as part of the investigation.

    The above-pictured new key visual was also released alongside the trailer. It pictures the moment when the rain finally lets up and the sun starts to shine through the clouds. The beautiful image is inherently Makoto Shinkai-esque.

    The film’s soundtrack by RADWIMPS will drop on July 19, the same date the film itself is set for release. It will feature five main theme songs with vocals including the two in the trailer as well as 27 instrumental tracks.

     

    ©️2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • Makoto Shinkai’s Anime Film ‘Weathering with You’ Soundtrack by RADWIMPS to Feature Toko Miura

    27.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    It was revealed last month that Japanese rock band RADWIMPS will perform the soundtrack for the upcoming animated film Weathering with You which is being written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. RADWIMPS teaming up with Shinkai caused an uproar of excitement within the anime community.

     

    It has now been announced that RADWIMPS are set to collaborate with female actress Toko Miura on the soundtrack.

    The idea to have Miura on board began with RADWIMPS vocalist Yojiro Noda wanted to have somebody else sing instead of him, specifically a female singer. Over a period of one year the band held auditions to find the perfect female voice that best fits with the film. After listening to many applicants, the voice to grab the hearts of both RADWIMPS and film director Makoto Shinkai was that by young female actress Toko Miura who has received high praise for throughout her filmography, including that in the 2015 Japanese drama comedy One Huff and Puff Journey, as well as drama series, but with this decision in place she is now sure to garner huge attention for her singing ability.

     

    Noda commended the mysterious power Miura’s voice which he said brings on the sun no matter the weather.

     

    Further details on the film’s soundtrack, which is set for release on the same day as the film, have also been announced. It will feature five main theme songs with vocals including Ai ni Dekiru Koto wa Mada Aru Kai which can be heard in the film’s promo, as well as 27 instrumental tracks.

     

    The story of Weathering with You follows Hodaka Morishima, a high school student who leaves his home on an island to move to Tokyo. He finds a job as a writer but when he starts working he finds that it rains every single day. He meets a mysterious young girl named Hina Amano who is able to manipulate the weather to stop the rain and clear the sky.

     

    Ever since Shinkai sent RADWIMPS the film’s script back in summer 2017 he and the band have had regular secret meetings to bring their next collaboration to fruition following the success of the band’s work on the director’s own Your Name. (2016).

     

    Speaking about the band’s work with Toko Miura, Yojiro Noda comments: “When it was decided that we would write the music for Weathering with You, I was allowed to give some of my own suggestions. The first thing was that I wanted to have a song in there sung by someone other than myself, a female voice. The reason for that was because I wanted to have a different perspective from [Your Name], and because I wanted the song to have a bigger sense of presence, something with the female [voice] has, which would encapsulate the film. So we decided to hold auditions which lasted around a year.”

     

    He continues: “The moment Miura let out her voice, it had this overwhelming and strange power which I feel could bring on the sun no matter the weather. Though it was raw and didn’t have any editing on it yet, it was a great thing for this film to bring her on board to sing the song. I look forward to hearing what she will sing next after this film.”

     

    The film’s director Shinkai Makoto also spoke of Miura: “An actor or actress’s voice sounds more like something from the real world as it is. It carries something that exceeds the person’s emotions a little. That’s the impression I had with Toko Miura’s voice. ‘Let’s make the instant Toko’s voice shines the instant that the movie shines’ Those are the kind of things I spoke about with RADWIMPS when creating the film. I hope that you all look for that instant in the cinema.”

     

    Toko Miura herself also commented: “When I first had the pleasure to meet the Weathering with You team, I really felt how much time and love they had all put into the film. I’m so happy from the bottom of my heart that they have entrusted those same feelings to my voice. The recording was carried out slowly and carefully under Noda’s directions over two months. When the finished music arrived, I listened to it, sang, sent it back, repeat. It was like sending letters back and forth to each other, it was a lot of fun. It’s a kind song that watches over the two [protagonists] in the film and occasionally cheers them on. I look forward to the day everyone gets to hear it and watch the film.”

     

    Weathering with You will be released on July 19, 2019.

  • RADWIMPS Will Perform Soundtrack for Makoto Shinkai’s New Film ‘Weathering With You’

    10.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    It has been announced that Japanese rock band RADWIMPS will perform the soundtrack for the upcoming animated film Weathering with You written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. The film is set for release on July 19, 2019.

     

    The veil has finally been lifted on the highly-anticipated next movie from Shinkai with the first promo video that also features the main theme song by RADWIMPS.

     

    It has already been three years since Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 film phenomenon Your Name. took the world by storm. The romantic fantasy drama also featured music written by RADWIMPS. The theme song written by them for Shinkai’s new animated feature is entitled Ai ni Dekiru Koto wa Mada Aru Kai. When Shinkai received the song he felt strongly that this was a film he had to make.

    The story follows Hodaka Morishima, a high school student who leaves his home on an island to move to Tokyo. He finds a job as a writer but when he starts working he finds that it rains every single day. He meets a mysterious young girl named Hina Amano who is able to manipulate the weather to stop the rain and clear the sky.

     

    The promo video that was released today features scenes compiled by Shinkai himself. We see once more the beautifully delicate world that Shinkai has crafted with the sky and rain. We also get to hear RADWIMPS’s song which elevates the emotional tone of the visuals.

     

    Shinkai first made the offer to RADWIMPS for this film in August 2017. Like with Your Name., he and the band have had regular meetings throughout the entire writing and production process. The film will contain many vocals parts written by RADWIMPS for important scenes in addition to the rest of the soundtrack.

    Yojiro Noda, the frontman for RADWIMPS, released the following statement regarding their involvement: “We are RADWIMPS and we have been tasked with writing the music for Makoto Shinkai’s film Weathering with You. In the summer of 2017, we suddenly received an e-mail from him asking if we would read the film script. I replied saying I would gladly do so. That’s where our story with Weathering with You begins.”

     

    He continues: “Even now they are working diligently on the film. We have been given the chance to be involved in the story side of things more than last time. I feel happy to be able to work on something with such stable teamwork. Every single day we are e-mailing Shinkai back and forth as we progress with the work. Perhaps we’re even more incessant than couples in love. Shinkai is no different from the first time we worked with him. He looks at his work more dead on, genuinely, stubbornly, and sometimes clumsily than anyone else. And all the staff are fully supporting him. I am proud to have the opportunity to join him on a new adventure once more.”

     

    He finishes by saying: “I sometimes feel as if I’ve hit a wall, but I will squirm my way forward. I will go with eagerness and not lose just like Hodaka and Hina [in the film]. I hope everyone who watches this film are filled with sunny joy. Please look forward to it.”

    Director Makoto Shinkai also commented on working with RADWIMPS for the music: “I sent Yojiro the script for Weathering with You that I had then only just completed on August 26, 2017, exactly a year after the release of Your Name.. At first, I hadn’t intended to send him an offer to write the music, but I personally had to know what kind of sounds he could hear in his head from reading this script. I subsequently received [the song] Ai ni Dekiru Koto wa Mada Aru Kai, and felt strongly that this was a film I had to make. I understood deeply within myself the reason why I had sent Yojiro the script.”

     

    He continues: “The first conversation I had with them when it was decided that we would make the film together with RADWIMPS once more was: ‘Let’s do this as if it’s our first time’ and ‘Let’s do something different from before.’ We wouldn’t do the same thing but we would do something more interesting. Because we worked together every single time, and with Your Name. in mind, I felt in my mind that we would be able to deliver to viewers something even better. That’s the same for the film overall. It’s different from last time, but to ensure there’s even more surprise and excitement packed in, the staff are giving it everything they’ve got right now.”

     

    He concludes: “I would be overjoyed if people look forward to seeing and hearing the new story and music.”

  • With March almost at an end, the number of Japanese artists announcing performances overseas continues to rise. This is a list of 7 Japanese artists performing outside Japan in the first half of 2019.

    TK from Ling Tosite Sigure

    TK from Ling Tosite Sigure has received huge international attention for his collaborations with Tokyo Ghoul which have been enjoyed by countless non-Japanese fans on music streaming services. This includes unravel which was used as Tokyo Ghoul’s first opening theme, and katharsis, the second opening theme for season two of Tokyo Ghoul:re. The singer is set to take his ‘katharsis Tour’ to Asia this April.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/183546

     

    ◼︎Information

    Tour 2019 in Asia

    2019/4/5 @ CLAPPER STUDIO, Taipei

    2019/4/7 @ Music Zone@E-Max, Hong Kong

    2019/4/9 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    Enquiries: info@free-planet.net (Japanese/Chinese/English)

     

    TK from Ling Tosite Sigure Official Website: http://tkofficial.jp/

     

    Kana Hanazawa

    Kana Hanazawa is lauded for her immense work in voice acting. She is also hugely successful as an artist and singer.

    Hanazawa is set to become the first Japanese female solo artist to perform at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on April 14, 2019. She boasts overwhelming popularity in China for her work in anime as well as her hit songs. Her Chinese fans’ dreams are about to be realised as she performs for them a long-awaited show.

     

    ◼︎Information

    KANA HANAZAWA Concert 2019 in SHANGHAI

    Date: April 14, 2019

    Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai

     

    Kana Hanazawa Official Website: http://www.hanazawakana-music.net/

     

     

    Radwimps

    RADWIMPS dropped their recent album ANTI ANTI GENERATION in December last year and recently announced a live tour which includes their first ever solo stadium show. The band are also set to perform two dates at the 2019 Strawberry Music Festival in China.

     

    ◼︎Information

    2019 Strawberry Music Festival

    Radwimps Performance Dates:

    2019/4/26 @ INTERNATIONAL INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE PARK, Chengdu

    2019/4/28 @ SHANGHAI COMMUNITY SPORTS CLUB, Shangai

     

    RADWIMPS Official Website: https://radwimps.jp

     

    ONE OK ROCK

    ONE OK ROCK has become one of the most popular Japanese rock bands overseas. They recently released their first album in nearly two years Eye of the Storm on February 13, 2019 and have announced a 10-date UK & European tour set to take place throughout May.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/171983

     

    ◼︎Information

    EYE OF THE STORM UK & EUROPEAN TOUR 2019

    5/8 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz Manchester

    5/10 – London, UK – The Roundhouse

    5/12 – Tilburg, NL – 013 Poppodium

    5/13 – Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk Victoria

    5/14 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys Neue Welt

    5/15 – Warsaw, Poland – Hala Kolo

    5/17 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer

    5/19 – Budapest, Hungary – Dürer Kert

    5/20 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Velky Sal

    5/22 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle

    5/23 – Milan, Italhy – Fabrique

    5/24 – Zurich, Switzerland – X-TRA

    5/26 – Boulogne-Billancourt, France – La Seine Musicale

     

    ONE OK ROCK Official Website:http://www.oneokrock.com

     

    Aimer

    Aimer recently announced that she will head to Asia in June on a 5-date tour entitled Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour. She previously performed in Asia last year alongside amazarashi, but this marks her first ever solo tour thhere. The theme of the tour is “sun and rain” which ties in with the concepts behind her forthcoming albums Sun Dance and Penny Rain.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/185602

     

    ◼︎Information

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Taipei

    Date: June 8, 2019 (18:30 OPEN / 19:30 START)

    Venue: Taipei International Convention Center (TICC)

    Price: 3400 / 2800 / 2200 / 1800 TWD

    *The date on which tickets will be released has yet to be announced.

     

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Hong Kong

    Date: June 14, 2019

    Venue: MacPherson Stadium

    Price: 980 / 780 HKD

    *The date on which tickets will be released has yet to be announced.

     

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Guangzhou

    Date: June 16, 2019

    Venue: Guangzhou Beilei Theatre

    *The date on which tickets will be released has yet to be announced.

     

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Shanghai

    Date: June 22, 2019

    Venue: National Convention & Exhibition Center (Shanghai)

    *The date on which tickets will be released has yet to be announced.

     

    Aimer “soleil et pluie” Asia Tour in Tokyo

    Date: June 29, 2019 (17:00 OPEN / 18:00 START)

    Venue: TOYKO DOME CITY HALL

    Organisers: agehaspring, aspr

    Support: Sony Music Labels Inc.

    Price: ¥7,500 (Tax Included) + ¥500 drink fee

    Ticket Release Date: May 25, 2019 (*2 tickets max per order)

    Enquiries: DISK GARAGE (050-5533-0888)

     

    Fan Club Pre-Sale Tickets for Tokyo Concert

    Ticket Window: April 17, 2019 at 12:00 – April 24, 2019 at 23:59

    Payment Window: April 26, 2019 at 18:00 – May 7, 2019 at 23:00

     

    Tour Details (Japanese): http://www.aimer-web.jp/news/archive/?504960

     

    suchmos

    Suchmos will release their 3rd studio album THE ANYMAL on March 27, 2019. The rock group are currently knee deep in their 2019 arena tour and are set to perform alongside HYUKOH in Seoul, South Korea in June. Tickets go on sale on April 2 at 12:00 (South Korea time).

     

    ◼︎Information

    THE LIVE Vol.2:Suchmos & HYUKOH
    Date: June 9, 2019

    Venue: Yes24 Live Hall (South Korea)

    Ticket Vendor: http://ticket.yes24.com

    Suchmos Official Website: https://www.suchmos.com

     

    Wednesday Campanella

    It has been announced that Wednesday Campanella will perform at the Second Sky Music Festival at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, California on June 15. This marks Wednesday Campanella’s second time performing at a festival in the US following her appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw in October 2017.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/184064

     

    ◼︎Information

    Second Sky Music Festival

    Date: June 6, 2019

    Festival Website: https://secondskyfest.com/

    Wednesday Campanella Official Website: http://www.wed-camp.com/

     

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