Hatsune Miku, Kizuna AI & Other Anime and Virtual Characters Performing at DIVE XR FESTIVAL
The DIVE XR FESTIVAL will be held at Makuhari Messe on September 22 and 23. It will be supported by SoftBank.
“XR” is an acronym compiling together mixed reality, augmented reality and virtual reality. The DIVE XR FESTIVAL is a crossover music festival that will bring together anime and game characters, online virtual singers, VTubers, AI and more into one place.
The first names announced for the lineup include Trickstar, UNDEAD and Knights from the idol game Ensemble Stars―for which an anime adaptation began airing on July 7―as well as ARP, a dance vocal group who focus on performing live and who also received an anime series, the most popular virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI who has over 2.6 million subscribers, and internationally beloved virtual singer Hatsune Miku.
Also joining them is the number one most watched VTuber duo HIMEHINA, Microsoft AI artist Rinna who has over 8 million subscribers (as of June 2019), and China’s number one virtual singer Luo Tianyu who will make her Japan debut at the event.
The line-up consists of a whopping 25 names spanning the XR categories. Experience the future of live music entertainment at the DIVE XR FESTIVAL. Tickets are available via all Japanese ticket vendors.
DIVE XR FESTIVAL supported by SoftBank
Location: Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall 1-3 (2-1 Nakase, Mihama Ward, Chiba)
Tickets: All Standing – ¥8,800 (Tax Included)
*Numbered tickets. Ticket must be held by those aged 3+. Those ages 2 and below not permitted entry.
September 22, 2019 – [Daytime] Open 12:00, Start 13:00 / [Evening] Open 17:00, Start 18:00
September 23, 2019 – [Daytime] Open 11:00, Start 12:00
Enquiries: SOGO TOKYO (03-3405-9999)
Official Website: https://www.project-dive.com
Sanrio Puroland to Hold First Virtual Music Festival
Get ready for your trip to Virtual Sanrio Puroland! For the first time ever, Sanrio is teaming up with U.S. company VRChat for an entirely virtual music festival, SANRIO Virtual Fes in Sanrio Puroland on December 11 and December 12, 2021. Guests will be able to enjoy the event using a VR Headset, a PC, or a smartphone.
The concert space will feature both live and virtual artists (VTubers), as well as popular Sanrio characters in a massive five-story underground space beneath Virtual Sanrio Puroland. Participants will also be able to transform their avatar into the Sanrio character of their choice during the event! High-fiving other concert-goers will result in an explosion of Hello Kitty bows, and there will be plenty of surprises during the music performances, so don’t miss it!
The lineup for the event includes Kizuna AI, Hatsune Miku+PinocchioP, AKB48(Team8), CHiCO with HoneyWorks, Haneru Inaba, Kaede Higuchi, KMNZ, VALSHE, Hakushi Hasegawa, YuNi, Pasocom Music Club, Mom, Megu Shinonome, AMOKA, Yukichi Kasaku/men, LAUSBUB, and Kinu. Plenty of Sanrio characters will also make appearances, including Hello Kitty, Cinnomoroll, Kuromi, Cogimyun, and Hapidanbui.
Who are you looking forward to seeing perform in this adorable virtual space?
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SANRIO Virtual Fes in Sanrio Puroland
Dates: December 11 & 12, 2021
Stream Open at 15:00, Show airs from 17:00-22:00
Location: Virtual Sanrio Puroland
Official Site: https://v-Fes.sanrio.co.jp
Music Festival Celebrating 10 Years of Senbonzakura Announced
Senbonzakura continues to be one of Hatsune Miku’s most popular songs, even ten years after its initial release. To celebrate an entire decade of the song, a special live performance will be held in Chiba featuring a number of popular performers who have performed Senbonzakura sometime over the past ten years.
The first round of acts have just been announced, and the event will take place at the Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba on November 21, 2021.
Performers include Vocaloid producer and bassist of Wagakki Band Asa, talented female vocalist +α/Alfakyun., violinist and cosplayer Ayasa, and massively popular YouTuber UMI☆KUUN. Also appearing is Sachiko Kobayashi, an enka singer who performed Senbonzakura at the 66th Kouhaku Uta Gassen New Year special in 2015, and Marasy, a pianist who performed the song in a 2013 Toyota Prius commercial. The MCs for the show include streamer-turned-pro host Hyakka Ryoran and voice actress Saki Fujita, who performs the character voice for Hatsune Miku.
Those who purchase a ¥30,000 (Tax Included) ticket will receive a commemorative golden happi coat and will guarantee a seat in the first five rows of the venue. The ¥15,000 (Tax Included) ticket will include a pink happi coat. General admission will cost ¥8,500 (Tax Included).
More information regarding the second round of performers will be released soon, along with more details on exclusive merchandise to be sold at the venue.
Senbonzakura 10th Anniversary Festival ~The Fearlessly Fashionable Revolution!~
Date: November 21, 2021
Address: Maihama Amphitheater (Chiba)
Doors open at 14:00, show begins at 15:00
Asa/+α/Alfakyun./Ayasa/UMI☆KUUN/Sachiko Kobayashi/Marasy, and more!
Hyakka Ryouran/Saki Fujita
Senbonzakura Festival Site: http://senbonzakurafes.com/
Senbonzakura 10th Anniversary Site: https://whiteflame.jp/10th-senbonzakura/
Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2021 Official Album on Sale, Copies Limited
KARENT, the Vocaloid music label, just released the official album for Hatsune Miku’s Magical Mirai 2021 concert! The album release comes prior to the Magical Mirai 2021 concert tour, set to be held at Intex Osaka and Makuhari Messe in October and November.
The tracklist includes the event’s theme song Hatsune Creation Myth, produced by cosMO, and Kaito’s 15th-anniversary track Rainy Snow Drop by Re:nG. The album is a mash-up of songs by tons of different Vocaloid personalities and includes the bonus track HappY EnD, a fan favorite. A DVD containing a special music video of the theme song will be included, and some fans may even find a live ticket to the concert in their CD case! Specific stores carrying the album will be giving away specific bonuses while supplies last, so be sure to check the official website. Copies are extremely limited–don’t miss out!
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Hatsune Miku – Magical Mirai 2021 Official Album
Release Date: September 29, 2021
Price: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
CD Special Page: https://magicalmirai.com/2021/goods_cd.html
Nico Nico Douga: https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/so39333547
Official Site: https://magicalmirai.com/2021/
Cafe Opens to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Hatsune Miku’s Song ‘Senbonzakura’
Manga cafe Akihabara Nagomido will hold a limited-time collaboration cafe to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vocaloid Hatsune Miku’s popular song Senbonzakura! The event will run from September 30 until November 7, 2021.
Menu at a Glance
Drinks (with coaster and muddler) *Muddler can be taken home.
Senbonzakura Rice Curry: ¥1,390 (Tax Included)
Full-Bloom Sakura Parfait: ¥1,390 (Tax Included)
Collaboration Cafe Limited Gacha Goods
Limited-edition Pins (8 varieties): ¥400 per spin (Tax Included)
Gacha Lottery Prize: B2 Poster
Senbonzakura Mug: ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura Bag: ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura B2 Tapestry: ¥3,000 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura Acrylic Stand: ¥1,900 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura Light-Up Acrylic Stand: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura x Akihabara Nagomido Castella (Plain): ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Senbonzakura x Akihabara Nagomido Castella (Cherry Blossom): ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Kurousa-P Acrylic Keychain: ¥700 (Tax Included)
Kurousa-P Acrylic Stand: ¥800 (Tax Included)
Lacquered Chopsticks: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Lacquered Bookmark: ¥770 (Tax Included)
WAKUPITA Mask (2 varieties, Miku Crest & Butterfly and Sakura): ¥1,000 each (Tax Included)
Guests can enjoy various cherry blossom displays throughout the event space, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area!
Senbonzakura 10th Anniversary x Akihabara Nagomido Collaboration Cafe
Running: September 30, 12:00 – November 7, 2021, 18:00
*The store is open 24 hours a day, but the collaboration menu will only be available from 12:00-20:00 (last order at 19:30.)
Address: Akihabara Nagomido (Sakai Suehiro Building B1F, 6-14-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://whiteflame.jp/10th-senbonzakura/
Hatsune Miku and GUMI’s Popular Duets to be Compiled In New Vocaloid Album
Vocaloid speciality label KARENT has announced that the upcoming “Digital Stars feat. MIKU & GUMI Compilation CD” album will be available for pre-order from September 13, 2021. The physical copy will be released on October 27, followed by the “Digital Stars feat. MIKU & GUMI” online music event, scheduled to be held on November 21. The music video for the event theme song “Unsung Melody” was uploaded prior to the CD pre-order date announcement.
The album starts with ‘Unsung Melody,’ a song written by monaca:factory, and is full of popular duet songs featuring Hatsune Miku and GUMI (Megpoid), such as ‘GETCHA!’ and ‘Sayonara no Asa,’ along with a selection of remixes. You can enjoy 12 songs unique to the ‘Digital Stars’ album, featuring club scene leaders such as DJ Shimamura and Dubscribe, as well as Vocaloid producers from Japan and overseas.
The physical album will come with store-specific freebies, featuring artwork by illustrators Souda and Mawaru Sanso. The goods include clear files and cans badges, depending on the location.
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Virtual Talent Kizuna Ai to Hold Global Online Fireworks Event
From her debut in 2016 until 2021, Kizuna Ai was the most subscribed VTuber on YouTube, and the one responsible for the term ‘Virtual YouTuber.’ Now, this legendary star will be holding a concert available to fans of Japanese culture around the world, while also showing off the beauty of a Japanese fireworks festival. The event will take place on Facebook’s Oculus, on the Venues app, on September 25, 2021 in Japan. Anyone who has an Oculus Quest can view the concert for free.
Oculus Venues is a VR video platform, allowing users to enjoy a variety of concerts, sporting events, and comedy shows from the front row. There’s no need to worry about grabbing expensive tickets or dealing with crowds when you can enjoy your favorite events from the comfort of your own home!
In January 2021, Kizuna Ai announced a contract with UTA (United Talent Agency), one of the four major agencies in the United States. In April and May, she went on her first virtual US tour. Under the theme of connecting with everyone in the world, Kizuna Ai is attempting this new challenge using Oculus to get closer to fans than ever before. As a guest artist, world-renowned performers HANABI will perform, blending traditional Japanese culture with cutting-edge technological art in this one-of-a-kind DJ-directed space.
Will you be tuning in to Kizuna Ai’s fireworks concert?
Kizuna Ai Virtual Fireworks Concert
Date: September 25, 2021, 12:00 (September 24, 20:00 PDT)
Where: Oculus Venues
Restream: To be streamed on YouTube (Date to be announced.)
Official Site: https://www.oculus.com/
Racing Miku 2021 Inspires Three New Perfumes, Now Available for Pre-Order
Perfume distributor Fairytail has started selling three new fragrances based on Racing Miku 2021! The items went on sale August 2 through the company’s online shop and Amazon.
RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum: ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum Private: ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum Tropical: ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
RACING MIKU 2021 Fragrant Hand Gel Set: ¥990 (Tax Included)
Racing Miku is a popular incarnation of the Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, created to support those in motorsports. Since 2010, she has been the mascot character for the Hatsune Miku GT Project, and is drawn by a different creator each year. These three fragrances each feature a unique portrait of the symbolic character, and were drawn by popular illustrator Morikura En.
The RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum is sporty and cool, with notes of citrus that give off a crisp and refreshing scent. The Eau de Parfum Private is more feminine, with a gentle aura of bergamot and citrus, followed closely by elegant notes of rose and peony. If you’re looking for a perfume perfect for summer, the Eau de Parfum Tropical is a more powerful fragrance characterized by the bursting sweet scents of mango and passionfruit. Which one do you think would suit you the best?
Also on sale, the easy-to-carry fragrant hand gel set is perfect to pop in your purse and use while you watch the race. The set comes in two designs: the super cute Racing Miku 2021 Nendoroid version, or the sleeker GOODSMILE RACING version.
After smelling just one of these scents, you’ll want to collect them all!
RACING MIKU 2021 Ver. Perfume/Hand Gel Set
Release Date: August 2, 2021
Where to Order:
Official Online Store: https://fairytail.jp/racingmiku/
Fairytail Parfum Twitter: https://twitter.com/fairytailparfum
GOODSMILE RACING Official Site: https://www.goodsmileracing.com/
GSR Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/goodsmileracing
Fairytail Official Online Shop: https://www.dreaming-princess.com/product/?ca=137
RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum Tropical 50ml
RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum Private 50ml
RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum 50ml
RACING MIKU 2021 Fragrant Hand Gel Set 29ml x 2
Official Site: https://www.goodsmileracing.com/
Project Sekai’s MORE MORE JUMP! Releases First Single
MORE MORE JUMP! released their first single Idol Shineitai! More! Jump! More! on music streaming and download platforms on June 23. The song is also available as background music for posting on TikTok and Instagram.
MORE MORE JUMP! is an all-female idol group in SEGA’s mobile rhythm game Project Sekai: Colorful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku. More information about the single is available on the MORE MORE JUMP! section of Crypton Future Media’s Voclaloid music label KARENT.
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MORE MORE JUMP! 1st Single “Idol Shineitai! More! Jump! More!”
Released: June 23, 2021
Download: iTunes, Amazon Music, Oricon Music Store, music.jp, Recochoku, mora, OTOTOY, mysound
Stream: Spotify, Apple Music, YouTub Music, Amazon Unlimited, LINE MUSIC, d hits, Utapass, ANiUTa, AWA, KKBOX, RecMusic
Available as BGM on TikTok & Instagram
Project Sekai on KARENT: https://karent.jp/special/pjsekai
Project Sekai: Colorful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1489932710
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.pjsekai
Kizuna AI x Alaina Castillo Perform ‘down 4 u’ Song Collaboration
American singer Alaina Castillo released her debut album parallel universe pt. 1 on May 29. The Japanese release of the album includes the song down 4 u performed in collaboration with the world famous virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI.
After amassing hundreds of thousands of subscribers on YouTube, Alaina Castillo was noticed by RØMANS, the Grammy-nominated producer known for working with such artists as Alicia Keys, John Legend, Demi Levato, Lewis Capaldi, and others. Since 2019, Alaina has released a string of singles and as well as an EP. She also made it onto Spotify RADAR, an emerging artist program which helps up-and-coming artists with exposure. Her hit single just a boy was also picked up by V of BTS.
Alaina is a fan of Japanese anime and anime characters. In the music video for her single wishlist which dropped last year, Kizuna AI made an appearance. Alaina herself repaid the favour by performing as a guest at the final show of Kizuna AI’s ‘Virtual US Tour’ in New York on May 30. The two artists came together once more by performing down 4 u feat. Kizuna AI, a track sung in English and Japanese. Comments from excited fans around the world flooded into the live stream.
At the end of the show, the two danced to Kizuna AI’s AIAIAI feat. Yasutaka Nakata.
This marks Alaina’s first collaboration with another artist as well as Kizuna’s first collaboration with an artist from the US.
Alaina’s new album parallel universe pt. 1 features seven tracks including pocket locket, parallel universe, make it rain, and down 4 u.
HATSUNE MIKU Digital Stars 2021 Online Event Announced For August
Crypton Future Media has announced that the ‘HATSUNE MIKU Digital Stars 2021’ online music event will take place on August 29, 2021 as part of their Digital Stars project. The club event sees fans come together to party online.
Merchandise for the event is available to buy on HOBBY STOCK between May 20 and June 10.
The HATSUNE MIKU Digital Stars 2021 Compilation, a CD which is part of the annual Digital Stars series, was also released at music stores in Japan on May 18.
For more information on the event, check the official website below.
Sakura Miku Blossoms On Merchandise at Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 in Aomori
Japanese anime, game, and hobby merch site CharaAni released a new collection of Sakura Miku merchandise on Monday in collaboration with the Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 festival.
Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 x Sakura Miku Line-Up
Folders | ¥450 Each (Tax Included)
Tapestries | ¥3,500 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stands | ¥1,500 Each (Tax Included)
Holographic Pins | ¥550 Each (Tax Included) *Blind box, designs are random
Reversible Blankets | ¥5,500 Each (Tax Included)
Scarf Towel (Art by iXima) | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Happi (Art by iXima) | ¥6,000 (Tax Included)
Hand Towel (Art by Mamo) | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Motel Key Ring (Art by iXima) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Teacups | ¥1,700 Each (Tax Included)
Flat Pouch (Art by iXima & Mamo) | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Drum Bag (Art by iXima) | ¥6,500 (Tax Included)
Full Graphic T-Shirt (Art by Morichika) | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Full Graphic Zipper Hoodie (Art by Hechima) | ¥9,900 (Tax Included)
Fashion Mask (Art by iXima) | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Desk Mat (Art by iXima) | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Shitakawa Rayaki Dove Whistle | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Music Box: “Haru o Matsu Hito” – PolyphonicBranch feat. Hatsune Miku
The Sakura Miku x Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 collection invites on board four artists: iXima, Mamo, Hechima, and Morichika who have created original artwork for the line-up. The items can be bought both at the festival and online.
The collection also includes Sakura Miku-inspired dove whistles made by Shitakawa Rayaki Tsuchi Ningyo, a clay doll company that has been around for over 200 years. The company began in the latter half of the Edo Period when Takaya Kanegura, who had learned how to make ceramics in the town of Chikuzen in Fukuoka, was employed by the Hirosaki Domain to build a furnace.
Miku fans can also get their hands on a music box which features an original song created for the festival called Haru o Matsu Hito (“Person Waiting For Spring”). It features artwork by iXima.
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Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 Merchandise
Order Window: May 10, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Event Details: https://www.hirosakipark.jp/sakura/
Music Box – “Haru o Matsu Hito”
Price: ¥10,000 (Tax Included)
Order Window: Late August 2021 – Early September 2021
Song: “Haru o Matsu Hito” by PolyphonicBranch feat. Hatsune Miku
Hatsune Miku Features in Pocari Sweat Promotion as Official Ambassador
Otsuka Pharmaceutical released a 30-second video titled “Netsunarero” on their official YouTube channel on May 6 announcing Hatsune Miku and members of Leo/need from the Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku mobile game as the official ambassadors for the Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat.
The importance of “Netsunare”
The video stresses the importance of netsunare – sweating in order to get used to the heat during summer. Leading the promoting of this message is Hatsune Miku who is followed by Leo/need, MEIKO, Mirai Akari, Fuji Aoi, and YuNi. The video features the original song Waiting for Clear Weather created by Orangestar for the Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku mobile game. The popular track has been streamed over 1.9 million times as of April 2021.
The Character Line-Up
Since December 2019, Otsuka Pharmaceutical has appointed Hatsune Miku, MEIKO, Leo/need, MEIKO, Mirai Akari, Fuji Aoi, YuNi, and other familiar faces as official ambassadors for Pocari Sweat to spread information on how to overcome Japan’s hot summer weather to the world. It is part of the beyond2020 project which Otsuka describes: “With an eye to 2020 and beyond, this cultural program will contribute to the creation of a legacy befitting a maturing society that will make the next generation proud, through Japan’s strength which consists of its local and diverse culture.”
Leo/need from Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku
Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku is a mobile game for iOS/Android. The members of Leo/need include guitarist and vocalist Ichika Hoshino, keyboardist Saki Tenma, drummer Honami Mochizuki, and bassist Shino Hinomori. They will release their first single on June 9, 2021.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical is also holding a Twitter campaign in Japan as part of the promotion where 200 random people can win a box of seven 500ml Pocari Sweat bottles for cooling down in the summer heat.
How to Sign Up
Step 1: Follow Pocari Sweat on Twitter @pocarisweat_jp
Step 2: Retweet or quote any of Pocari Sweat’s posts featuring the hashtag #ネツナレろ (“Netsunarero”)
Running: May 6, 2021 – May 19, 2021 (Japan Only)
Campaign Site: https://pocarisweat.jp/action/pocarimiku/netsunarero/
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Released: May 6, 2021
Official Website: https://pocarisweat.jp/action/pocarimiku/