Eir Aoi Just Dropped The Music Video For Granbelm Anime Opening Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka
Eir Aoi’s LIVE TOUR 2019 Fragment oF took her on a journey across the country, performing at eight different locations to approximately 10,000 wild fans. She saw her final tour performance at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall on July 15.
The overpowering digital rock song UNLIMITED sent an instant surge of energy through the crowd. Her heart-throbbing setlist included a range of big hits that were used as theme songs for the anime Sword Art Online including Iris, INNOCENCE, Cynthia no Hikari, Ryusei and IGNITE . Her strong vocals and the passion etched onto her face enthralled the crowd.
For the encore, she performed Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka, which is the new opening theme song for the anime Granbelm. The urgent beat of the song energised the audience, who were dancing and singing as one. For the last song, she performed AURORA, which she especially prepared for this day only.
“There are times that I just cannot sing this song, but seeing the encouraging and excited faces of my fans gave me the support I needed to sing,” she said.
Eir Aoi: Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka Music Video
After the encore was over, there was a surprise for the fans. The music video for Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka, the new theme song for the anime Granbelm, was played before the crowd. Fans could not contain their wild joy at being the first people to watch the video. The music video was just released on July 16 at 8pm, so please check it out.
Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka
Full Version Streaming: https://EirAoi.lnk.to/mWSPZRVM
CD Release: August 28, 2019
First Press Version (CD and DVD, music video, photobook) : ￥1,800 ＋ tax
Regular Version (CD): ￥1,300 ＋ tax
Anime Version (CD and DVD, creditless opening song video): ￥1,600 ＋ tax
Eir Aoi Official Website: http://www.aoieir.com/
Granbelm Official Website: http://granbelm.com/
Ibaraki Prefecture Announces Official Tours of Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura
17.October.2020 | SPOT
Ibaraki Prefecture has been promoting the areas of Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura with a variety of events and programs since 2018. For 2020, one of the programs the prefecture has announced is ‘Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020’ which invites people on a trial tour around Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura.
About Mount Tsukuba
Mount Tsukuba is the doorstep to tourism in Ibaraki Prefecture, known for its iconic double peaks which has it listed officially as one of the “100 Most Beautiful Mountains in Japan.” The mountain offers 10 different courses for climbers, all of which boast gorgeous views and scenery throughout all four seasons. It also has a famous shrine halfway up the mountain known as Tsukubasan Shrine which is considered the physical enshrinement of the mountain itself. The shrine has long been a place of worship for people.
About Lake Kasumigaura
Lake Kasumigaura is the second-largest lake in Japan after Shiga Prefecture’s Lake Biwa. It is loved by locals and tourists for its beautiful natural environment and the expanse of its breathtaking view. It also has its own cycling route, Tsukuba Kasumigaura Ring Ring Road, which is an official National Cycling Route that has become a popular route with cyclists in recent years.
During the autumn season on weekends, the area offers a special long-ride cycling tour as an opportunity for people to soak up the local area, as well as kids programs, concerts for parents and their children, and other activity programs and guide tours. Bookings are now available online.
A Look at Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020
Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura – 2 Day 1 Night Sports Experience Tour
Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020 is offering a special sports tour for elementary school kids where a guide will take them to climb Mount Tsukuba and canoe around Lake Kasumigaura, amongst other activities.
A Photogenic Tour in the Small Town by the Lake Shore
atacamaki, a ‘slow photographer’ and resident of Kasumigaura, will be taking photographers on a two day trip around the lake and surrounding area with rental bicycles to teach them how to shoot photos like a pro.
Concert in Tsukuba Forest
A concert will be held for children in the forest where they can lay down on the grass and be at one with nature as they enjoy the performance. The performance will be played by Akashi Yamada, the forest instructor and a singer-songwriter.
Cycling Along the Kokai River and Near Chikusei With Tsukuba Mounta in the Background
A local guide will give parents and children a tour of Tsukuba and all the must-see spots. The 37km cycling tour will offer plenty for people to see and encourages beginners to cycling.
A Long Cycling Tour Around Lake Kasumigaura, Kitaura, and Tsukuba
The program also offers a two-day long distance cycling tour of 100km.
Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020
Mount Tsukuba PLAY Special Site: https://mount-tsukuba.com/play
Shaun the Sheep Themed Food Served Up in Japan to Celebrate 25th Anniversary
15.October.2020 | FOOD
To celebrate 25 years since the screen debut of the beloved clay animated Shaun the Sheep, a new shop and cafe called “Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand” is opening up in Kanagawa serving up themed food, drink, and desserts.
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand will open on October 15, 2020 in Kamiooka, Kanagawa, as a takeout cafe stand inspired by Shaun the Sheep. Customers can look forward to a selection of coffees and desserts based on the adorable sheep himself. And to celebrate the cafe’s grand opening, a special free show will take place there from October 15-18, 2020.
Shaun Soft Cream | ¥500 (Before Tax)
Subtly sweet soft serve ice cream topped with a Shaun the Sheep cookie.
Shaun Cafe Latte | ¥700 (Before Tax)
A foamy latte with a cute Shaun marshmallow sat on top.
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe Stand
Location: mioka LIST (Floor 6F)
Access: Directly connected to Kamiōoka Station via the Tokyu Line and Yokohama City Blue Line
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:45)
Shaun the Sheep Village Shop & Cafe
The Shaun the Sheep Village Shop & Cafe in Minami Machida Grandberry Park, which opened in November 2019, introduced a limited-time autumn menu last month which is still being served.
Shaun’s Special Meatball Spaghetti | ¥1,580 (Before Tax)
A hot meatball spaghetti served with a Shaun the Sheep waffle which can be enjoyed together with fresh cream, maple syrup, and the meat sauce.
Baby Shaun’s Forest Grape Trifle w/ Drink | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
A towering trifle topped with seasonal grapes, vanilla ice cream, grape sherbet, custard, and grape jelly for a sweet and sour autumntime mix.
Fluffy Baby Shaun Custard or Caramel | ¥250 for one, ¥1,000 for five (Before Tax)
An adorable confection enjoyed by both child and grown-up customers. The cafe has now introduced a new caramel flavour.
Shaun the Sheep Village Shop & Cafe
Location: Grandberry Park Central Court Wonder Theatre (Floor 1F)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Food Last Orders 21:00 / Drinks Last Orders 21:30)
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe: Halloween Menu
Shaun the Sheep Farm Cafe, a permanent cafe located inside Prime Tree Akaike Shopping Mall in Aichi, is serving up a special Halloween menu this year.
Shaun’s Happy Halloween Plate 2020 | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
A bright-red tomato sauce hamburger served with pumpkin cream soup and salad.
Shaun’s Happy Halloween Dessert Assortment | ¥1,180 (Before Tax)
A sweet combo of pumpkin mont blanc and a pumpkin tart.
SHAUN THE SHEEP AND SHAUN’S IMAGE
ARE ™ AARDMAN ANIMATIONS LTD. 2020
Shaun the Sheep Japan Official Website: https://www.aardman-jp.com/shaun/25th/
Pokémon Illuminations to Shine at Lake Sagami in Kanagawa
Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest, an outdoor multi-resort in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, has announced that the Kanto region’s biggest illumination event SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is set to return for 2020-2021. The event will see 6 million illuminations light up the area from November 14, 2020 to April 4, 2021.
About SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION
SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is an annual winter event held at Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest. About an hour from the main city, the event takes place up a high slope with the 6 million lights becoming one with the surrounding natural environment. The event uses the latest in lighting technology and has gotten bigger and better every year. In 2018, it was chosen as one of Kanto’s three main illumination events.
This year marks the 12th run of SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION, and this time around it’s collaborating with the Pokémon franchise with lots of colourful illuminations set to light up the area and plenty of Pokémon photo spots to take your picture with including Pikachu sleeping in the forest, Charmander taking a nap by an open-air, and more.
As well as the Pokémon illuminations, the 40,000㎡ illumination area will be split into 10 different kinds of illuminations, with each individual area having their own colourful lights. There will also be a 250 meter lift people can ride, amongst lots of other exciting things.
SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is being held with all the necessary precautions in place against COVID-19.
Address: 1634 Wakayanagi, Midori-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Running: November 14, 2020 – April 4, 2021
Illumination Times: 16:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30)
*Illumination times to begin from 17:00 starting in February
Official Website: https://www.sagamiko-resort.jp/illumillion/
Sword Art Online: Progressive Anime Series Announced
24.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME
The next chapter of the Sword Art Online anime series has been green-lit. With the completion of season two of Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, the anime’s official Twitter page and website has confirmed the adaptation of the Sword Art Online: Progressive light novels. Check out the official announcement video below.
Sword Art Online: Progressive – Anime Project Video Announcement
The six-volume Sword Art Online: Progressive is a retelling of the events from the original Aincrad arc of Sword Art Online. Further details surrounding the project have yet to be announced, so stay tuned.
© 2020 Reki Kawahara / KADOKAWA/SAO-P Project
Sword Art Online: Progressive
Official Website: https://sao-p.net/
ONE OK ROCK Announce Worldwide Live Stream ‘Field of Wonder’ for October 11
24.August.2020 | MUSIC
ONE OK ROCK have announced their first ever online concert, ONE OK ROCK 2020 “Field of Wonder” at Stadium Live Streaming, which will be streamed worldwide on October 11, 2020.
The band will perform from an audience-less venue – ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba. Tickets are now available for both Japanese and international fans via the stream’s official website.
ONE OK ROCK 2020 “Field of Wonder” at Stadium Live Streaming
Date: October 11, 2020
Stream Start Time: 18:00 (JST)
ONE OK ROCK Official Live Streaming Site: https://20201011.oneokrock.com/en_index.html
Monet & Matisse Exhibition at Hakone’s Pola Museum of Art Expanded
Pola Museum of Art in Hakone, Kanagawa is currently holding an exhibition centred on Monet and Matisse titled Monet and Matisse: Visions of the Ideal. Eight more Monet works and six more Matisse pieces were added to the exhibition on Saturday.
The exhibition opened on June 1, but due to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum was not able to obtain the full line-up of artwork from abroad that was originally scheduled to be exhibited. The entire range is now on display, including Monet’s Wisteria borrowed from Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris as well as Matisse’s tapestry The Lute from Mobilier National, also in Paris.
Claude Monet, Wisteria, 1919-1920
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris ©Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images 原画：アンリ・マティス
Henri Matisse, The Lute, 1947-1949, Pola Museum of Art
Mobilier national, Paris © Mobilier national / Isabelle Bideau
No.35 Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1907
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métro-Pole
Yves Bresson / Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole
No.80 Henri Matisse《光の縞模様のある室内》1942年 油彩／カンヴァスマティス美術館、ル・カトー＝カンブレジ
Musée départemental Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis
Photo Musée départemental Matisse, Philip Bernard
The exhibition is running until November 3, 2020, and is a chance for people in Japan to enjoy the original works from two of France’s most famous painters.
Monet and Matisse: Visions of the Ideal
Running: August 8, 2020 – November 3, 2020
*Closed September 1-3
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)
Pola Museum of Art
Address: 1285 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture
Official Website: https://www.polamuseum.or.jp/english/exhibition/20200423s01/
DEAN FUJIOKA Announces Four Weeks Of YouTube Premiere Concert Footage
06.August.2020 | MUSIC
DEAN FUJIOKA has announced that over the next 4 weeks he will premiere his live performance of My Dimension held at Osaka-jo Hall back in 2016 over on his official YouTube channel starting on August 6, 2020 at 20:00 (JST).
DEAN FUJIOKA wrote My Dimension back in 2008, a song that would go on to be released for the first time in 2013 when it was used as the main theme for the Japanese film I Am Ichihashi: Journal of a Murderer which DEAN FUJIOKA also directed and starred in.
The live performance footage to be premiered is taken from the artist’s concert DEAN FUJIOKA Special Live “InterCycle 2016”.
DEAN FUJIOKA “My Dimension” Live from InterCycle 2016
DEAN FUJIOKA will premiere more live performances over the next four weeks on his YouTube channel.
The singer-songwriter is re-releasing My Dimension under the song title Neo Dimension on August 19 which breathes new life into the 12 year-old song with new lyrics.
ReoNa’s Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Song ‘ANIMA’ Breaks 2 Million YouTube Views
The music video for ReoNa’s newest song ANIMA, which is used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, has surpassed 2 million views on YouTube. The video was released on her YouTube channel on July 12, 2020 and reached 1 million views in just five days. It broke 2 million on Sunday.
ReoNa made her name known during the broadcast of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online in April 2018 in which she performed the singing voice of the anime’s singer-songwriter character Elza Kanzaki. She also performed the Sword Art Online: Alicization ending theme song forget-me-not and the insert song Over the Rainbow in January 2019. Two years have already passed since her solo debut.
The ANIMA music video is the first from ReoNa to feature a full backing band. The high speed video also makes use of projection mapping. The full version of the music video is included on the DVD featured on First Press Limited Edition copies of the ANIMA single.
ReoNa – “ANIMA” Music Video
The song ANIMA was released on music streaming and download services on July 13 ahead of the physical single release which dropped on July 22. When the digital version came out, it immediately peaked at No. 1 on iTunes Japan in the Anime Singles category. ANIMA (Special Edition) also reached No. 1 on digital album rankings in Japan.
A special ReoNa character has also been added to the video game Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris for which the singer also performs its opening theme Scar/let. The game released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on May 21, 2020. Her character design was conceived by abec who is also responsible for illustrations in the original Sword Art Online light novels.
ReoNa | Comment
“My heart is filled with joy at getting to sing for Sword Art Online again, a series which I cherish and became a turning point for me in my life. I hope this opening theme reaches your heart, along with the characters themselves—their trials and tribulations, the paths each of them walk, and their heart and spirit. I’ve also sung my first ever theme song for a video game: Scar/let, for Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris […]”
©2017 Reki Kawahara/KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works/SAO-A Project
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Release Date: July 22, 2020
First-Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD+Photo book) VVCL1680-1681 / ¥1,600 + Tax
Limited Edition (CD+DVD) VVCL1683-1684 / ¥1,600 + Tax
Regular Edition (CD Only) VVCL1682 / ¥1,200 + Tax
Streaming Link: https://reona.lnk.to/ANIMA
ReoNa Official Website: http://www.reona-reona.com/
Eir Aoi Unveils Album Visuals for Sword Art Online Ending Song
Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld started airing its final chapter on July 11, 2020. The ending theme song I will... by Eir Aoi was revealed in the final chapter’s second trailer video. In just one week of airing, it has already amassed over 13 million views.
Regular Edition Visuals
Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Final Chapter 2nd Trailer
Eir Aoi has also revealed the tracklist and visuals for the album. Alongside the title song I will…, the album also includes Unreal Trip which was produced by Wednesday Campanella’s producer Kenmochi Hidefumi. This abstract and futuristic song will send your brain on a wild and interesting journey. The emotional rock song MY JUDGEMENT, which was produced by fellow band member and DISH//’s producer Hiroki Arai, is also on the album.
Limited Edition Visuals
The music video for I will… is set to premiere on YouTube ahead of the anime on July 17, 2020 at 22:00.
Eir Aoi’s Japan tour Eir Aoi LIVE TOUR 2020 I will…has been postponed until July 24, 2020. The performance is scheduled to take place at Kobe International House.
InformationI will…Advanced Streaming: July 20, 2020CD Release: August 12, 2020First-Press Edition (CD + DVD) VVCL1695-96 : ¥1800 + TaxRegular Edition (CD) VVCL1697 : ¥1300 + TaxLimited Edition Version (CD + DVD) VVCL1698-99 :¥1600 + TaxOfficial Website: https://www.aoieir.com/TV Anime Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Season 2Available on a number of broadcasting services from July 11, 2020.Broadcasting Services: TOKYO MX, BS11, Tochigi Television, Gunma Television, Gunma Television, MBS, Aichi Television Broadcasting, AT-X, ABEMA
RELAX FUJINO: The New Glamping Guest House Opening in Kanagawa
09.July.2020 | SPOT
Hibiya-Kandan is set to open a new glamping guest house by the name of “RELAX FUJINO” on August 21, 2020.
Just an hour and a half’s journey from the city, RELAX FUJINO is opening in Kanagawa Prefecture’s town of Fujino, a place known for its abundant nature and traditional arts. It aims to be a place where both “the heart and body can be happy.”
The guest house promises to serve guests the ultimate relaxation experience, have them feeling positive about themselves, and opening their eyes to new discoveries. They will be able to enjoy the region’s culture and nature while indulging in the kind of luxurious experience that Hibiya-Kandan is known for offering.
The glamping site is home to two separate sites: the Japanese-style “RURI” and the Western-style “ECRU,” both of which have decks offering a panoramic view of the mountain range. Each site also has its own dome-shaped tent which span 28 square meters in length. There are counter tables which offer a panoramic view of the sights, garden tables, and even BBQ spaces. This mix of indoors and outdoors makes guests feel like part of Fujino’s gorgeous natural environment. There are communal showers and toilets inside too, as well as a nearby hot spring facility.
The food served is made with plenty of organic vegetables grown in Fujino. A stay at the site means you get a free dinner and breakfast too.
There are plenty of both indoor and outdoors activities to get involved in, like yoga, coffee roasting, crafts, blueberry picking, and more.
Bookings open on August 1, 2020. If you’re in Japan this summer, then why not get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a relaxing time out in nature?
Grand Opening: August 21, 2020 (Bookings open from August 1, 2020)
Address: 4611-1 Magino, Midori-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Official Website: https://hibiya-stay.com/relax/
New Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Final Season Trailer Released
The final season of the Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld anime series is set to begin airing on July 11, 2020. The Alicization arc began airing back in October 2018. The anime is an adaptation of the popular light novel series Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara. A film, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, was released in 2017 and earned ¥4.3 billion in the Japanese box office.
A new trailer for the final season was released on Aniplex US’s YouTube channel which features the ending theme I will… by Eir Aoi. Check it out below.
©2017 Reki Kawahara / KADOMAWA ASCII Media Works / SAO-A Project
Release Date: August 12, 2020
First Press Edition (CD+DVD: ¥1,800 (Before Tax) [VVCL1695-96]
Regular Edition (CD): ¥1,300 (Before Tax) [VVCL1697]
Limited Pressing Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,600 (Before Tax) [VVCL1698-99]
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld
Initial Broadcast: July 11, 2020
Official Website: https://sao-alicization.net/
Witness 10,000 Sunflowers Bloomed in the Fields of Yokosuka Soleil Hill in Kanagawa
05.July.2020 | SPOT
The sunflower season is set to bloom on Soleil Hill, a park in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, from mid July to late August where approximately 10,000 bright yellow sunflowers will shine across the 5,000㎡ rolling expanse. And it’s free to enter.
Yokosuka Soleil Hill
Soleil Hill is a slightly elevated mass spanning 24.6 hectares which faces Sagami Bay in the Miura Peninsula. It’s a comprehensive park home to the Miura Peninsula farm as well as a host of hands-on activities. For example, you can experience picking the vegetables planted there, make your own bread, craft your own crafts, and more. You can also come into contact with various animals such as capybara and alpaca, go go-karting, sledding, and more.
Soleil Hill’s Sunflowers
Mid July to late August is the best time to see Soleil Hill’s sunflowers as this is when they are in full bloom. This period can change however depending on the weather. The spectacle of the beaming yellow flowers beneath the blue summer sky attracts over 130,000 visitors every year, making is a popular sightseeing spot. On a good day when the weather is clear, you can even see Mount Fuji and Sagami Bay.
The park has an atmosphere and aesthetic similar to Provence in southeastern France with its array of terracotta and brick buildings. In fact, the word “soleil” means “sun” in French, making it a fitting name for the sunflower fields of Soleil Hill. As well as there being plenty of photo opportunities there this year, the park will also be holding a stamp rally. Collect all of the stamps around the park and receive a prize. They even have sunflower-inspired food too.
Yokosuka Soleil Hill
Address: 4 Chome Nagai, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
Official Website: http://www.seibu-la.co.jp/soleil/