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/
Italian Pop Trio Il Volo to Perform for Charity at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Film to be Released
Il Volo, an Italian operatic pop trio known for its incredible tenors, will be the first foreign artist to be filmed at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. The concert will be held without an audience and will be filmed, with proceeds going to charity.
The musical trio is known around the world for its mesmerizing harmonies. Their music manages to sound modern while still channeling tradition, making them an excellent choice to perform at the center of Japanese cultural traditions in Kyoto. The group will also perform in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.
The music video for the group’s song Grande Amore, released in 2015, has racked up over 200 million views on YouTube. Loved by fans around the world, Il Volo’s music transcends language barriers, and the group is sure to impress on their Japan tour.
Il Volo Japan Tour 2022 Live in Concert
Planning/Invite/Organization: Tate Corporation
In Cooperation with Sony Music Labels Inc., M.T. Studio
FEMM Releases Music Video for ‘Falling For A Lullaby,’ Announces European Tour Dates
07.July.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese electronic dance duo FEMM continues to impress. While still relatively unknown in Japan, the main track from their latest album Tokyo Ex Machina, We Got Each Other, managed to chart for 12 consecutive weeks on the major U.S. radio chart MEDIABASE/Activator Chart, rising as high as #48 as of June 22, 2022.
The song Fxxk Boyz Get Money, ranked in the Top 10 on Billboard’s World Albums chart and was also selected as the Best Indies Album at HMV in the U.K. The girls have continued to become popular in the U.S. in Europe.
The pandemic forced the duo to cancel all festival appearances in the U.S. and Europe. Their recent album Tokyo Ex Machina took over five years to complete.
The music video for Falling For A Lullaby is finally here featuring Jenna Andrews, who previously worked with BTS on the video for Butter. Inspired by the current cyberpunk craze, this song is worth a few dozen listens at a minimum.
Falling For A Lullaby（Music Video）
In terms of visuals, FEMM has received high acclaim from Western media outlets such as Vice, Noisey, and DAZED. The new video was made along with BRDG, a close friend with many fans around the world, and YAMACHANG, one of the best laser artists in Japan. The work stands out for its incredible use of light and color.
Starting in July, the duo will embark on a European tour. The dates are listed below, so if you live in the UK, France, or Germany, don’t miss this stellar show!
Tokyo Ex Machina
Streaming Links: https://avex.lnk.to/TokyoExMachina
FEMM- Isation UK/EU Tour 2022
July 14 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Kultur Banausen
July 16 – Paris, France – Badaboum
July 19 – Manchester, UK – Night & Day Cafe
July 20 – Huddersfield, UK – The Parish
July 21 – London, UK – Boston Music Room
July 22 – London, UK – Hyper Japan
Official Website: femms.jp/
Rock Band ONE OK ROCK Announces North American Tour This Fall
24.June.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK has steadily been expanding its activities around the world, and fans in North America are in for a treat. The band will embark on its first North American tour in three years starting on September 19, 2022, with many shows featuring You Me At Six and Fame On Fire as starting acts.
ONE OK ROCK will also release its first single of 2022, Save Yourself, on June 24. Keep an eye out for when the band comes to your town!
09/19/2022 Austin, TX – Emo’s
09/20/2022 Houston, TX – House of Blues
09/21/2022 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
09/23/2022 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
09/24/2022 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle*
09/25/2022 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
09/27/2022 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
09/28/2022 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
09/30/2022 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
10/01/2022 Boston, MA – House of Blues
10/02/2022 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
10/04/2022 Toronto, ON – Rebel
10/05/2022 Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews Hall*
10/07/2022 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
10/08/2022 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
10/09/2022 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
10/11/2022 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
10/12/2022 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/14/2022 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/15/2022 Vancouver, BC – Harbour Event Centre
10/16/2022 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
10/19/2022 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
10/20/2022 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
*Fame On Fire will not appear at these shows.
ONE OK ROCK North American Tour 2022
Tickets on sale June 22, 1:00~
From Harajuku to the world! Chasing the bright future of a rising star, FRUITS ZIPPER
FRUITS ZIPPER is a group quickly rising to stardom, debuted from “KAWAII LAB.” KAWAII LAB is a new project to introduce Japanese idol culture from “Harajuku”, a fashion town where various cultures and personalities gather, to the world. Members of the group include Amane Tsukihashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Runa Nakagawa, Manaka Mana, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.
Even before their debut, the group garnered attention for their breathtaking visuals. Their performances are so powerful, you would never expect such refined skill from such an adorable aesthetic, which is known to captivate the hearts of their fans. The group is produced by Misa Kimura, a model and TV personality who is also the general producer of “KAWAII LAB. She will utilize her experience and creativity as the leader of the idol group “Musubizm” to introduce idol culture to the world.
Expressing FRUITS ZIPPER’s world through collaborations with creators
Furthermore, even before their debut, the group drew a lot of attention because of their collaborations with many different renowned creators. Among the collaborations includes the artist photos created by video director/art director/3DCG artist YUKARI. She uses a cutting-edge trend of CG-moving techniques, in addition to still-images. The mysterious colors of bright light that embraces the girls are definitely eye-catching.
Catchy and cute choreography of FRUITS ZIPPER
Followed by the debut song “Kimino Akaruimiraiwo Oikakete,” a song with a positive message for the future, “Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro,” with its cute choreography and lyrics, won the hearts of people and was selected as one of the “TikTok Hot Songs in Japan” and charted on the Billboard. More than 13,000 videos using ”Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro” have been posted on TikTok with the hashtag “#わたしの一番かわいいところ (Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro).” The long-awaited third single “Kanpeki Syugide☆”, which was released on May 20, is an energetic tune created by music producer Manaka Suzuki.
Performances that reach into people’s hearts and minds
A pop-culture event presented by Asobisystem “ASOBE!!,” was held at Spotify O-EAST on May 26th. In addition to FRUITS ZIPPER, fellow Asobisystem members Atarashii Gakko! and IDOLATER, who is also a member of “KAWAII LAB.”, performed at the event. Many other remarkable idol groups also took part in the event, enlivening the venue.
Alongside their regular performances, they are scheduled to participate in a number of events, including the “LEADING PALETTE! and “HYPE IDOL! vol. 20” at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall both June 12th. Make sure to come and see their live performance, it’s sure to steal your heart!
Additionally, KAWAII LAB. will be serialized on “Moshi Moshi Nippon,” a website that provides the latest news of Japan to the world. The articles will be published in hopes of sharing the charm of IDOLATER and FRUITS ZIPPER with people not only in Japan, but also around the world. Details will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more from KAWAII LAB.!
Rina Sawayama’s Releases Live Footage of New Song ‘This Hell’ Performed at Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2022
02.June.2022 | MUSIC
Niigata-born singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama recently announced that she would be releasing her long-awaited new album Hold The Girl in September 2022. The artist, based in London, recently performed at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2022, a popular U.K. music festival. Her new track, This Hell, was met with massive fanfare, and those who missed her performance in person can now watch it on YouTube!
This Hell – Rina Sawayama (Big Weekend 2022): https://youtu.be/42iGscAMjTo
Along with the live performance footage, Sawayama has also revealed a lyric video for This Hell. The video is what fans would expect, harnessing the artist’s incredible creativity.
This Hell – Rina Sawayama (Official Lyric Video): https://youtu.be/yZKThkBA42M
Rina is scheduled to perform at SUMMER SONIC 2022, which will be held in Tokyo on August 20 and Osaka on August 21.
The song This Hell is the first to be released under a new partnership between Rina Sawayama’s Dirty Hit label and Universal Music Japan.
[LIVE REPORT] Atarashii Gakko! Performs at Zepp DiverCity
24.May.2022 | MUSIC
On May 20, the indescribably unique four-member dance and vocal group Atarashii Gakko! performed Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo! Given their performance at such a well-known venue, the name of their solo concert was fittingly ‘Wha–?! Graduating from Obscurity ~AG! FRIDAY AFTER SCHOOL~.’
The group signed with American multi-media company 88rising in January 2021. The label is attempting to introduce more unique Asian music to the US, and it doesn’t get much more unique than Atarashii Gakko! The girls have over 3.8 million TikTok followers, and their April single WOO! GO! was released as a tie-in with NIKE Juku, amassing praise from audiences worldwide.
As fans of the band have come to expect, the concert began with the sound of chimes, leading into the first song, Toumei Boy. Followed by an intense dance performance, fans were captivated by the show, which was performed overseas last month to an audience of 25,000 fans. Following the song Final Humanity, a bizarre video began playing, leading into the fan-favorite CANDY from the group’s EP SNACKTIME. For the first time in the group’s solo performance history, backup dancers joined them during the track Night Before the Exam.
Starting with Otona Blue, the members appeared clad in colorful decorations, making it seem as if they were singing on TV. The girls have an unprecedented stage presence that has helped them catapult their career forward, from obscurity to performing one of the most well-known venues in Tokyo. Happy Hormones shoed a cuter side to the girls, offering fans a glimpse beyond their usual hardcore dance moves. The audience joined in, waving their hands from side to side and flashing peace signs.
The Italian disco tune Fantastico began with slow-motion movements and added limbo dancing into the choreography, giving the members a chance to show off their comedic skills. Anyone who follows them on social media is well aware of how hilarious they can be!
Suddenly, a man dressed as a construction site security guard emerged on stage, performing an impressive rendition of the robot. This man turned out to be DJ Morley Robertson, who joined the girls in Intergalactic, starting with the members calling out “We are Bestie Girls!” As Atarashii Gakko! danced to this classic Beastie Boys tune, Robertson addressed the audience, shouting “The night is just getting started!”
Pineapple Kryptonite shows off the girl’s dancing skills, but the Pineapple Kryptonite REMIX treated fans to an acrobatic performance that brought the energy in the venue to the max.
Member MIZYU spoke to the audience about the choreography in WOO! GO!, the girl’s newest track, calling on them to join in. The members also performed the Spanish version of Free Your Mind, cementing their place as one of Japan’s most global acts. Towards the end of the live show, the members hugged and showed the audience how close they are as friends, bringing everyone to tears.
The Zepp DiverCity concert was a whirlwind of excitement and energy. Those in the audience could see how Atarashii Gakko! has improved since their debut, and everyone is excited to see how much higher they can soar going forward.
The archived video of the performance is officially available until May 29 at 23:59. Check out a comment from the group immediately after the concert below!
Comment from Atarashii Gakko!
“This was the best live performance we’ve ever done! With our past shows, the four of us have designed everything ourselves. This time we had a lot of other people involved, and we could really feel the love from both the staff and the audience. During the show, I felt like I was having a conversation with the audience without words. I could see everyone’s faces from the beginning to the end, and it made me so happy. Each day, we interact with so many fans through social media, but being on stage in front of them is so different. We can feel how much they love us and we can really be ourselves. Just before the show started, we reminded ourselves to just have FUN! That’s why this became our best concert ever. I hope we can share all of this love and happiness on an even bigger stage next time!”
Studio Chizu to Hold Cinematic Orchestra to Commemorate the First Anniversary of ‘Belle’
To celebrate the first anniversary of the animated Studio Chizu film Belle, a special Cinematic Orchestra will be held on August 14 at the Tokyo International Forum. The event will feature a number of other beloved Studio Chizu works.
The event will feature a symphony orchestra performing songs from many Studio Chizu films while famous scenes play on an oversized screen. The works to be featured include The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast, Mirai, and Belle.
Masakatsu Takagi will be playing piano while Hanako Oku and Ann Sally will be attending as guest vocalists.
Original merchandise will also be on sale at the venue, with some pieces featuring an incredible illustration of Belle from the feature film.
Which Studio Chizu film is your favorite?
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Summer Wars (2009)
Wolf Children (2012)
The Boy and the Beast (2015)
Studio Chizu Cinematic Orchestra 2022 ~Belle 1-Year Anniversary~
Date: August 14, 2022 / 16:00 – 17:00
Venue: Tokyo International Forum Hall A
Official Site: https://www.promax.co.jp/studiochizu-inconcert
Lottery Entry Period: May 18 – May 29 at 23:59
Available starting June 18 at 10:00
*More details to be announced at a later date.
©「時をかける少女」製作委員会2006/©2009 SUMMERWARS FILM PARTNERS/©2012「おおかみこどもの雨と雪」製作委員会/©2015 THE BOY AND THE BEAST FILM PARTNERS/©2018 スタジオ地図/©2021 スタジオ地図/©STUDIO CHIZU/©上野隆文
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Shelter Nanyo Hall in Yamagata for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
Last month, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed on the Gobi Stage at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States. The singer has now returned to Japan for the second half of her ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ seeing the singer performing 30 shows across Japan. The tour will conclude with a solo performance at Budokan in October.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities and has been attracting major attention. Kyary’s newest collaboration in Yamagata has been announced ahead of her concert there on May 13!
The singer will be collaborating with Shelter Nanyo Hall in Nanyo, Yamagata, a small town of only around 30,000 people. The hall is the world’s largest wooden concert hall, made entirely from laminated local cedar. It uses the most advanced fire-resistant technology for wood in Japan and was certified as the world’s largest by Guinness World Records in December 2015. The multi-functional hall can seat over 1,400 people, and the property also features a Japanese-style tea room, meeting rooms, an open tree-growing space, and more.
“I want the local population to be incredibly proud of this magnificent wooden structure,” said Norihito Shimanuki, the hall’s director. “Through this concert hall, we’d like to promote Nanyo and Yamagata Prefecture both domestically and internationally.”
The collaboration logo for the newest partnership was inspired by the ‘KPP NANDA COLLECTION LIVE in HAWAII’ visual. The one-night-only concert was held in July 2014. Since the main focus of this team-up is ‘wood,’ the visual’s palm tree has been transformed into a cedar tree!
A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only starting May 12. Support Japanese businesses and pick one up while you can!
Shelter Nanyo Hall Yamagata (Nanyo City Cultural Hall) x Local Power Japan Project
Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Available: May 12 – May 25, 23:59
Where to Buy:
LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Online Shop
Shelter Nanyo Hall (Nanyo City Cultural Hall): https://nanyoshi-bunkakaikan.jp
Tour Details: https://kpp10.jp/japantour2022/
Official Site: https://localpowerjapan.com
*Please allow two weeks to one month after order for product to ship. All items are made-to-order.
*A portion of shirt sales will be donated to local development and social programs.
Special Shop to Open in Tokyo and Kanagawa to Celebrate the Release of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
A special pop-up store celebrating the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero film is coming to four locations in Tokyo and Kanagawa! The film is scheduled to be released on June 11, 2022, and fans can pick up some exclusive merchandise at Shinjuku Station, Kawasaki Station, Ikebukuro Station, and Akihabara Station. The dates are listed below!
The pop-up shop will feature exclusive items decorated with popular imagery from the Dragon Ball series. Fans will also be able to grab some home goods themed around the Capsule House where Bulma lives!
As a purchase bonus, customers spending ¥2,500 or more will receive a special holographic sticker!
Each venue will be decorated, so enjoy taking some photos with your family and friends.
DRAGON BALL POP-UP STORE BY FLOWERING
Shinjuku Station / April 25 – May 8
Kawasaki Station / May 17 – May 24
Ikebukuro Station / June 1 – June 9
Akihabara Station / June 14 – June 23
Official Site: https://www.jr-cross.co.jp/
Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival to be Held at Tokyo Garden Theater
The Kirby game series turns 30 on April 27, 2022, and to celebrate this impressive event, the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival will be held on August 11!
While the event will be held in person at the Tokyo Garden Theater, fans from all over the world will also be able to watch for free on YouTube.
The concert will feature songs from the series performed by a “big-band style ensemble” made up of 35 musicians, with Kirby himself participating in real-time on an LED monitor, dancing around as fans celebrate his birthday.
Those attending the concert venue in person will be able to snag a special penlight that will sync to the music for some extra magic.
What’s your favorite Kirby soundtrack?
©HAL Laboratory, Inc. / Nintendo
Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival
Date: August 11, 2022
Japanese Pop Icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Announces Her First World Tour in Four Years
27.April.2022 | MUSIC
Following her storming sets at this year’s Coachella Festival and the 10th anniversary of her debut album, globally celebrated Japanese Pop Icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will return to the UK for the first time in four years to perform at London EarTH Concert Hall on Friday 25th November. Tickets go on sale Friday 29th April at 10am via www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Full European tour dates here.
The new UK show not only in celebration of the 10th anniversary of her debut album but will also see her perform tracks off her fifth album Candy Racer. The show also succeeds a major Japanese tour and dates across Europe.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu began her career working as a model for a number of Harajuku-based magazines. Appearing on countless covers, her outspoken style and unique worldview have attracted global attention, with her captivating doll-like appearance inspiring many to learn more about Tokyo street fashion. Kyary made her music debut in 2011 with the mini-album Moshi Moshi Harajuku produced by Yasutaka Nakata of CAPSULE fame.
The music video for PONPONPON has been viewed over 180 million times. Her hit song Ninja Re Bang Bang was remixed by globally-renowned DJ Steve Aoki for the Nintendo Switch title Ninjala. In addition to her numerous performances around Japan, Kyary has also embarked on four successful world tours. In 2021, the artist’s 10th debut anniversary, Kyary launched the new KRK LAB label.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu continues to fascinate her fans with her free-spirit and original expressions that one would never imagine from her cute appearance. Her presence as an icon of “HARAJUKU,” a combination of artist and fashion activities, has attracted attention from all over the world.
KYARY PAMYU PAMYU
When: FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2022
Where: UK, LONDON EARTH CONCERT HALL
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 29TH APRIL AT 10AM
KYARY PAMYU PAMYU IN EUROPE
MON 14 NOV 2022 GERMANY, COLOGNE GLORIA
WED 16 NOV 2022 GERMANY, BERLIN COLUMBIA THEATER
FRI 18 NOV 2022 FRANCE, PARIS ÉLYSÉE MONTMARTRE
SUN 20 NOV 2022 SWITZERLAND, ZURICH PLAZA
The Ryokan Tokyo Yugawara Opens in Kanagawa Prefecture, Features Hot Spring Bath Cafe
The Ryokan Tokyo Yugawara, a traditional-style Japanese inn and hot spring located in Kanagawa Prefecture, will open on March 18, 2022. The hot springs in the area have a storied history, appearing in the oldest collection of Japanese poems from the year 759 AD and loved by great writers such as Natsume Souseki and Ryunosuke Akutagawa. There is also a cafe inviting visitors to enjoy delicious meals as they relax in the springs.
Onsen Dojo operates and plans hot spring facilities, including the ‘Ofuro Cafe’ brand, resort facilities, and more. The company also provides support for local business investments.
The Ryokan Tokyo YUGAWARA
Grand Opening: March 18, 2022
Address: 742 Miyakami, Ashigarashimo, Yugawara, Kanagawa