Experience ONE OK ROCK’s new album “Ambitions” with the world’s first wearable music jacket
08.January.2017 | MUSIC
To celebrate the release of their new album, “Ambitions”, ONE OK ROCK have developed a special jacket they call the“WERABLE ONE OK ROCK”. This jacket will enable you to listen to the band’s new music in a first of a kind experience. You can try out the jacket yourself over at Tower Records in Shibuya on the 8th floor. It will be available across January 10th and 11th.
“Ambitions” will be ONE OK ROCK’s first new album in 2 years and will hit shelves this month on January 11th. Just like their previous release “35xxxv”, this album was recorded overseas. There are 14 tracks to enjoy on Ambition including “Always coming back”, which was used for an NTT Docomo commercial, as well as “Taking Off”, which is used as the main theme song for the movie “Museum”. The first press release of the album will include a bonus track as well as a DVD featuring footage of an acoustic session.
The “WEARABLE ONE OK ROCK” is a leather MA-1 jacket fitted equipped with different sound frequencies. With speakers fitted around different parts of your body, you will be able to feel every part of the song, from the guitar solos, to the chorus, bass, and drums, making a completely new experience as if you are literally “wearing the music”. The man responsible for this magic is media artist Yoichi Ochiai who is in charge of the sound design.
The jacket has been specially prepared for the release of Ambitions and is the world’s first. Just as the title of the new song – “We are” – you’ll be listening to suggests, you will become one with ONE OK ROCK. This one of a kind jacket was designed by ONE OK ROCK’s own stylist – and there really is only one.
New Album ‘Ambitions’ WEARABLE ONE OK ROCK
Date/Time: January 10th, 2017 at 12:00-20:00 / January 11th, 2017 at 10:00-20:00
Location: Tower Records Shibuya 8F SpaceHACHIKAI (1 Chome-22-14 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Tickets will be given out at a designated counter in the Tower Records store from 10am on both the 10th and 11th. Please note that tickets are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Website: http://wearable-oneokrock.jp/ (website will go online from 10:30am on January 10th)
■Related Article: ONE OK ROCK: What’s Next for them?
Babylon Anime 3 New Cast Members Revealed, 3-Arc Story With 3 Theme Songs by Q-MHz Announced
A new promotional video for the upcoming anime series Babylon, which is set to air on TOKYO MX from October 7, has revealed three new characters and cast members.
The new characters include include Ariyoshi Hanta (voiced by Kazuyuki Okitsu), who is the best friend of protagonist Zen Seizaki; the politician Ryūichirō Nomaru (Katsuhisa Houki); and Kaika Itsuki (Ryotaro Okiayu).
The anime will have three arcs: Itteki no Doku (One Drop of Poison), Erabareta Shi (The Chosen Death), and Magaru Sekai (Twisted World). Japanese music group Q-MHz will write a different theme song for each respective arc.
The song for the first arc Itteki no Doku is titled Live and let die and will by performed by Q-MHz feat. uloco. The song is described as fast-paced, with the lyrics centring around seeking the possibility of life.
Stay tuned for the latest updates on Babylon.
©Mado Nozaki・Kodansha / Twin Engine Inc.
Music Video Released For Weathering with You Main Theme ‘Shukusai’ by RADWIMPS Featuring Toko Miura
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
InformationWeathering with You complete version (Limited Pressing Edition Box)Release Date: November 27, 2019Price: ¥7,500 (Before Tax) [UPCH-29353]Content: CD, DVD & Art Book*CD includes all 5 main theme songs from the film, both full and edited versions, in Japanese and English. Does not include the songs from the Weathering with You soundtrack released on July 19, 2019.*DVD includes Grand Escape feat. Toka Miura music video featuring clips from the film and the music video for Ai ni Dekiru Koto wa Mada Aru Kai.*Art book includes photos of RADWIMPS and cuts from the film, bringing together the real world with the world of the film in a gorgeous mash-up. Two books in one. Size: 180mm x 202mm.Weathering with You complete version (Regular Edition)Release Date: November 27, 2019Price: ¥1,800 (Before Tax) [UPCH-20540]Content: CD onlyYour Name. Soundtrack (First Press Limited Edition + Limited Pressing Edition) *ReprintsRelease Date: November 27, 2019Price: ¥6,400 (Before Tax) [UPCH-29352]Content: CD, DVD & BookWeathering with You Soundtrack (Limited Pressing Vinyl Edition)Release Date: December 11, 2019Price: ¥4,800 (Before Tax) [UPJH-20014/5]Content: 2 vinyl records (33 RPM)*Orders close on October 6, 2019*Contains the same tracks featured on the Weathering with You soundtrack released on July 19, 2019.
Weathering with You
Release Date: July 19, 2019
Writer/Director/Screenwriter: Makoto Shinkai
Production: “Weathering with You” Production Committee / STORY inc.
Production Company: CoMix Wave Films
Official Website: https://www.tenkinoko.com/
Kenshi Yonezu’s New Single ‘Uma to Shika’ Achieves Record-Breaking Sales
17.September.2019 | MUSIC
Kenshi Yonezu released his new single Uma to Shika on September 11 and it has soon become a new record-breaking sensation. The song served as the main theme for the TBS Sunday drama No Side Game, which just aired its last episode. The Oricon Weekly Single Rankings revealed that the single has so far been sold 412,000 times, which is Yonezu’s largest sale yet.
The first ever solo Japanese artist to make over 400,000 sales within the first week of a release was achieved by Tomohisa Yamashita in June 2006 with his song Daite Señorita. After 13 years and 3 months, a new record has been set by Yonezuー the perfect way to start the brand new Reiwa Era.
The Download Chart shows that the rank for Uma to Shika is remaining steady. The Oricon Digital Single Ranking Chart shows that the single was downloaded 74,178 times in just one week, earning the top place. Since the single’s advanced sales which started on August 12, the single has remained at No.1 for five whole consecutive weeks.
In the drama No Side Game, Hayato Kimijima (played by Yo Oizumi) works as the general manager of the company’s rugby team named Astros. He puts up a rigorous fight to keep the team from falling apart so that they can face off against their arch rival team known as the Cyclones. Despite suffering an injury, team player Jo Hamahata, who carries the spirit of the team, rises to the challenge of the fierce battle with every ounce of energy to ensure victory, gambling his sports career by wagering everything on his last shot.
The team members, staff and even the team supporters joined forces as one to ensure the team’s win, putting every ounce of their body and soul into the match. The theme drama’s theme song Uma to Shika is perfect for summing up this heated moment. The overwhelming feelings of the drama resonate in Yonezu’s song and has even stretched out to inspire many viewers. Many fans are still sending in messages about their lingering feelings towards the final episode.
Uma to Shika Commemoration Event
Location: Tenjin Kirameki Square
Dates and Times: Saturday, September 21 (10:00-20:00)
Sunday, September 22 (10:00-20:00)
Location: NAMBA PARKS Canyon Court
Dates and Times: Saturday, September (11:00-21:00)
Sunday, September 29 (11:00-21:00)
Official Twitter Account: @tabi_dekajake
Important Event Information:
* Please refrain from sending enquiries directly to the venues.
*As the commemoration exhibitions will be held outdoors in a public location, please act with consideration for others who are passing by.
* Events will be cancelled in the case of stormy weather. Announcements will be made on the event’s official Twitter mentioned above.
*If there are many attending this event, please cooperate as staff control the crowds by placing rules and guiding the queues.
Kenshi Yonezu: New Single ‘Uma to Shika’
Release Date: September 11, 2019
First Press No Side Limited Edition (CD+Whistle Pendant+Leather Cover): ¥1,900 (Before Tax) [SECL-2493～94]
First Press Limited Edition Version with DVD: (CD+DVD, Paper Cover): ￥1,500 (before tax) [SECL-2495～96]
Regular Edition: (CD only): ￥1,000 (before tax) [SECL-2497]
Kenshi Yonezu ‘Uma to Shika’ Special Edition Website: https://reissuerecords.net/umatoshika/
Kenshi Yonezu ‘Uma to Shika’ Streaming Links: https://smej.lnk.to/JCJ0B
Official Website: http://reissuerecords.net/
Tokyo DisneySea’s New Halloween Show is a Thrilling Must-See
Disney Halloween 2019 has finally begun, and this year, Tokyo DisneySea is serving guests a dark and mysterious Halloween experience to keep them on edge. The festivities will run all the way up to October 31.
We visited the park to see Festival of Mystique, an all-new colourful and flamboyant show introduced this year. Here’s our report.
The show began with music chiming in at Porto Paradiso in Mediterranean Harbor upon which trickled out lines of costumed friends of the sea. The beautifully dressed ladies at the front then spoke of a Halloween festival that was once held at the port, and their intention to resurrect it.
Out came a merrymaking Mickey mouse and Disney cast aboard a ship, clad in cute outfits the likes of which have never been seen before at the park.
Donald Duck, Goofy, Chip and Dale all got off the boat and headed towards the ladies, almost as if charmed by the allure of their beautiful and bewitching singing voices. This was followed by a sudden whimper by Pluto as he looked on towards Mickey. “Pluto, you’ve got to be a good boy! We’ve put a lot of effort into this Halloween,” Mickey said to him. When he said this he began to think that something strange was going on with the festival―like something was going to happen…
The singing and dancing ladies went on to teach the onlooking guests a few dance moves to get involved with the show. Everybody danced together with Mickey as the leader.
It wasn’t long however before the mood and tone of the music took an uncomfortable turn…
Before we realised it, Mickey had been locked inside a cage! But he was dancing and having fun literally just seconds before―what happened?!
Luckily, Minnie Mouse comes to the rescue to save Mickey and bring the fun Halloween festivity back. She takes the lead and dances with the guests this time.
So what happened to the Disney characters, and what was their fate? We don’t want to spoil the ending, so you’ll have to see it for yourself this fall!
Running: September 10, 2019 – October 31, 2019
This Week’s Breakfast: French Toast at Bread, Espresso & in Omotesando
Once thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spend in order to live a happy life.
It’s really easy to get to: it’s just a 5-minute walk from the A2 exit of Omotesando Station. Mornings are quiet in Omotesando, you don’t see many people walking around, so it feels like a completely different place compared to its busy streets during the day.
When you enter the cafe, the smell of freshly-baked bread is the first thing to hit your senses. I sat down on one of the comfy sofa-seats and ordered myself the French toast breakfast set.
There’s plenty of space between tables, so it’s an environment that’s easy to kick back and relax in.
Inside and outside the cafe are cute signs with that day’s recommended menu items written on them. Next time I visit I think I’ll try one of the lunchtime desserts. That’s what I daydreamed about while waiting for my French toast to arrive.
French Toast Set w/Drink – ¥800
The French toast has a subtly sweet scent. It’s made with one of the cafe’s popular foods: the butter-loaded bread known as “Muu.”
The toast’s crusts were nice and crunchy while the middle part was fluffy. The soft bread just melts in your mouth when taking a bite, and your taste buds are treated to the sweet flavour of the egg.
The toast is delicious as it is, and you can totally leave it at that and enjoy your morning breakfast. But if you want to take it to the next level then you can drizzle the accompanying honey over the toast, giving the sweetness an even richer flavour.
I’m usually not good with the characteristic sweet taste that honey has, or the bitterness layered into the overall flavour, but this honey was on the milder side so I really enjoyed it.
After my food, I enjoyed the cappuccino the barista beautifully made for me which comes as part of the set.
My 1-hour morning was spent even more relaxed than usual here. It’s much different from lunchtime which is a much busier and hurried time, so I could sink in my chair and really enjoy my drink too.
Waking up early and enjoying a relaxing breakfast. That’s all I did, but it helped ease my busy mind and soul. I’m a simple person, and I think I’ll be able to face my week and work hard at it after this.
Futsu Furu Fig Sandwich – ¥420
Futsu Uni Fruits – ¥400
I wanted to share the happiness between friends and family on this fine day where I got to eat a delicious breakfast. These sandwiches are packed full of fruits―seasonal fruits which are best enjoyed right now. If you’re wondering what other sandwiches they sell then be sure to visit.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Bread, Espresso &
Address: 3-4-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 8:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Starbucks Japan’s Autumn Beverage Line-Up Includes Golden Sweet Potato Frappuccino & Macchiato
17.September.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan has unveiled the second batch of drinks in its ongoing Artful Autumn @ Starbucks® promotion: the “Sweet Potato Gold Frappuccino®” and the “Sweet Potato Gold Macchiato.” Both will go on sale on September 10.
The concept for this year’s Artful Autumn is “Be Colourful,” and that shines true with this golden, autumnal coffee line-up.
The Sweet Potato Gold Frappuccino® contains a rich syrup made from cured sweet potato. It retains the rich, full-bodied aroma, sweetness and deep flavour of the Japanese sweet potato (satsumaimo). The drink’s main characteristic is the crunchy texture left behind from the potatoes. Its golden appearance comes from the honey and sweet potato blend sauce. This sauce swirls around the beverage which can be seen through the cup, giving it that artistic flavour required to be considered for the Artful Autumn selection. The cold coffee beverage is drizzled in this same sauce, rich in flavour and fragrance.
Each cup of the Sweet Potato Gold Macchiato is made delicately in a mix of foamed milk, sweet potato honey, and a shot of freshly extracted espresso. The combination of the sweet and rich sweet potato and full-bodied espresso roast coupled with the caramel-y flavour is a coffee match made in heaven. The hot beverage is topped with more of that incredible sauce drizzled in the classic way of a macchiato.
Warm yourself up this season with the latest in the Artful Autumn collection.
Sweet Potato Gold Frappuccino®
Price: Tall ¥580 (*Only Tall size available)
Sweet Potato Gold Macchiato
Price: Short ¥440 / Tall ¥480 / Grande ¥520 / Venti® ¥560
Running: September 20, 2019 – October 10, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
*Listed prices do not include tax
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Duffy and Friends Sweet Dreams Merchandise to be Sold at Tokyo DisneySea
16.September.2019 | FASHION
When you think about Duffy and Friends you think cute and fluffy, and that no matter what you just want to jump in and cuddle up to them. Tokyo DisneySea® agrees and so has announced that it will begin selling a range of bedtime merchandise with the theme “Duffy’s Sweet Dreams” from October 8.
Plush Toys – ¥4,000 Each
Pyjamas (Women’s M/L Sizes) – ¥5,200 Hand Cream Set – ¥2,800
Duffy and Friends look like they are having the most wonderful dreams in this cute collection. The plush toys live up to those fluffy expectations and are waiting to be hugged by you under their warm blankets. There’s also pyjamas, hand cream and other items for you to enjoy an equally peaceful sleep this coming autumn.
There are also some items which you can wear when visiting the park or when popping out.
Caps – ¥3,600 Each
Parkers (Women’s S/M/L/LL Sizes) – ¥5,400 Each
Mittons – ¥2,000 Each
Shoulder Bags – ¥3,600 Each
Co-ordinate your cut Duffy and Friends fashion with the ear-tipped caps and shoulder bags. Couple that with the mittons and a parker to ensure you stay warm. It would be a lot of fun to dress up with friends too with these items. The time for outings and pleasure trips is about to begin, so take Duffy and Friends along for the ride with you.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Duffy & Friends Duffy’s Sweet Dreams Merchandise
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Location: McDuck’s Department Store, Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Winter is Coming But Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo’s Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea Will Warm You Up
16.September.2019 | FOOD
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will begin serving its new citrus fruit-packed Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea on November 1 at the Le Jardin, the hotel’s lobby lounge which offers a view of the beautiful garden.
You’ll see yuzu and lemons throughout the year, but it is said that winter is the best season to enjoy them. Both lemons and yuzu are said to have a relaxation effect, and so Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will beckon guests through its cosy doors with the afternoon tea set’s refreshing citrus fragrance, inviting them to an early wonderful winter at the beginning of November.
The set includes an assortment of sweets including a yuzu and lemon flavoured savarin, a lemon cheesecake that squeezes out all the juicy nectar of the citrus fruit, and more. The lemons and yuzu are the citrus kingpins of this afternoon tea.
The seasonal scones are a mix of yuzu and vanilla scones and silky white chocolate scones to relieve some of the sourness. Enjoy together with a mix of dips including salted clotted cream for even more flavour.
On the savoury side of things there is a tempting mix of bites and nibbles, including the use of spicy ginger to warm up your cold body.
Welcome the winter early this year and do it in style with Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo’s new afternoon tea set.
Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea
Running: November 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019 (*Reservations available only on weekdays)
Location: Le Jardin, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Price: Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea ¥4,000 / With Welcome Drink ¥4,500 (Tax and service charge not included in price)
Le Jardin Webpage: https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/dining/le-jardin/
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Address: 2-10-8 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/
Take A Tasty Trip to Tokyo Kaikan to Indulge in Mouthwatering Marron Chantilly Desserts
16.September.2019 | FOOD
Kiyotaka Katsume (勝⽬ 清鷹) is the first ever confectioner of the 70-year-old Tokyo Kaikan. This autumn, Tokyo Kaikan is selling Mont Blanc Marron Chantilly dessertsーwhich were invented by Katsumeーfor a limited period only.
Earl Grey Marron Chantilly: ￥908
The Earl Grey Marron Chantilly is only available from October 1 to October 31. The flavour and aroma of earl grey tea leaves has been fully extracted to add to the flavour of the cream.
Premium Marron Chantilly: ￥1,500
The premium Marron Chantilly is only available from September 1 to October 31. Japanese chestnuts sourced from Kasama are shredded with whipped cream for a light and fluffy texture. This is a paradise for anyone who loves chestnuts.
Pumpkin Marron Chantilly￥908
The Halloween-themed desserts at Tokyo Kaikan are a big hit every year. This year, the Pumpkin Marron Chantilly will be taking to the scene to deliver the very best flavours of Halloween. Just looking at this Halloween-coloured dessert is enough to make your mouth water. It is such a shame that it is only selling from October 18 to 31.
Dig into one of these delicious Marron Chantilly desserts surrounded by the luxurious atmosphere of Tokyo Kaikan.
Tokyo Kaikan Main Building
Address: 3-2-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.kaikan.co.jp/en/
Adorable Hello Kitty Plush Toy & Key Ring Releasing by Steiff
15.September.2019 | FASHION
As part of this year’s celebrations to commemorate Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary, Sanrio are teaming up with German-based plush toy company Steiff to release an original Hello Kitty teddy and key ring. Orders will open on October 5 and they will be released on November 1 at Sanrio stores and select department stores stocking Sanrio goods.
The plush toys and key rings are all individually handmade in Germany and each comes with a unique serial number and packaged in a special gift box.
The left ears are tagged with Steiff’s company logo. These tags feature the serial number and the time the item was manufactured.
Embroidered on the foot of the Hello Kitty teddy is her name in gold together with a red and gold ribbon. Her arm, legs and neck are adjustable so you can pose her how you like. Both of these products are limited in stock and will discontinue once all have been sold, so if you’re looking to add to your collection you’ll want to get in there quick.
©️1976,2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. ©️Margarete Steiff GmbH 2019
Steiff x Hello Kitty
Original Plush Toy: ¥45,000 (Before Tax) *700 in stock
Original Key Ring: ¥20,000 (Before Tax) *1000 in stock
Available: At Sanrio stores and select department stores stocking Sanrio goods
*For the full listing of stores stocking the items please check Sanrio’s official website
Yahoo! Shopping: https://shopping.geocities.jp/sanrio/
Reservation Window: October 5, 2019 until all are sold
Release Date: November 1, 2019 (On October 30 on the Sanrio online shop)
Starbucks’ Halloween Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte is Bound to Possess Your Heart
15.September.2019 | FOOD
The Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte will be infiltrating Starbucks’® Chilled Cup line of beverages from September 24 for a limited period.
The ghostly touch of sweet and smooth caramel pudding is accented with a dark base note of strong coffee. If you are looking for a creamy and luxurious flavour, this is the perfect autumn treat.
Starbucks never fails to raise our spirits with their adorable themed designs. This Halloween, the cup design been invaded with an army of ghosts, pumpkins and more Halloween-themed illustrations. The heavenly golden lid adds a touch of luxury to the design and is a premonition for the sweet and rich caramel that awaits underneath.
The Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte from the Starbucks’ Chilled Cup series is bound to send chills down your spine this Halloween!
Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte
Price: ￥200 (200ml cup)
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Available at: Most convenience stores across Japan.
Product Information: http://www.starbucks.co.jp/rtd/
* Information will be published on September 24th.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Breaks 2.5 Million Sales Worldwide
15.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME
The Iceborne expansion for Capcom’s Monster Hunter World, which is available on the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One and soon PC, has shipped over 2.5 million copies worldwide, both disc and download sales combined.
Monster Hunter is a fantasy action RPG video game series that pits players against monsters in large open fields. The first game launched back in 2004 and established a completely new kind of co-op play style which allowed players to fight great beasts online with their friends. It was lauded as a social phenomenon which was called in Japanese Monhan Genshou, or “The Monster Hunter Phenomenon.”
Monster Hunter World launched in January last year and has shipped over 13.1 million copies worldwide (as of June 30, 2019). The series as a whole has shipped over 58 million (as of September 13, 2019).
The Iceborne expansion takes place after the events of World, continuing the story. Players can discover new monsters as well as come across familiar favourites. They also have access the new Master Rank quest rank, can obtain the new fixed item Clutch Claw, and more.
The game was awarded Best Ongoing Game for is expansions and downloadable content at Gamescom 2019 in Germany last month. New players to the game can purchase the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition which contains both the World and Iceborne expansions. If you’ve yet to enter the incredible world of Monster Hunter, what are you waiting for?
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
Released: September 6, 2019
Platforms: PlayStation®4 and Xbox One (Coming to PC in January 2020)
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