Tie-up between BLUE ENCOUNT and the “Super Ukiyo-e: The Edo Code” digital art exhibition in new commercial
25.January.2017 | SPOT
A special commercial has been released for the upcoming ukiyo-e exhibition “Super Ukiyo-e: The Edo Code” which will be held on Saturday January 1st, 2017 at Kayabacho in Nihonbashi. Tying in with the commercial is a collaboration with the 4 piece Japanese rock band BLUE ENCOUNT, whose track “HEART” is used in the video. The commercial is now available on YouTube (see below). You can find out more information on the event’s official website or follow them for the latest updates on their Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.
Comment from BLUE ENCOUNT
“We’re not too knowledgeable on the subject of “Ukiyo-e”, but we can see that it looks like a fun event for the people who do know about it from looking at the website. We received contact from the creators of this emotional event, one that utilises digital art, and they showed us immense support. We thought that our song “HEART” which is from our latest album “THE END” (KSCL2820) would be perfect, and they gladly allowed us to use it. Everything went so well that we cried! The commercial also looks really great, doesn’t it? It’s quite a melancholic sort of event. We definitely want to visit!”
The event will decipher the code of these Edo period ukiyo-e. You’ll be able to fully understand and appreciate the social conditions and cultural background of Edo, as well as enjoy all the fun things the creators of the event have in place for you.
Most ukiyo-e events up to now have been small scale and places where you can’t fully appreciate the Edo code, but thanks to the latest digital art technology, that will no longer be a problem at the Super Ukiyo-e exhibition, where you can fully immerse yourself in the culture of the Edo period.
This is the chance for all ukiyo-e lovers to get up and close with woodblock prints in a new way. Even if you’re not too familiar with the Edo period, you will absolutely love the artwork and will be able to experience is culture.
Super Ukiyo-e: The Edo Code
Dates: Saturday January 28th, 2017 to Sunday May 21st, 2017
Location: Nihonbashi Kayabacho “Special Site” 1 min from “Kayabacho” station of Tokyo Metro Hibiya line & Tozai line (Exit 6 & 12) / 4 min from “Nihonbashi” station of Tokyo Metro Ginza line, Tozai line & Toei Asakusa line
Official Website: https://superukiyoe.com
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time Anime Film Collaborates With Eye Drops Brand Sante FX
Santen Pharmaceutical has teamed up with the upcoming anime film Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time to released limited edition versions of its eye drop products Sante FX NEO and Sante FX V+. The products went on sale on June 1, 2020.
The Sante FX series is a popular eye drops brand in Japan. It has previously collaborated with Evangelion in the past, with the last collaboration happening 8 years ago for the promotion of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. The product was promoted a series of commercials under the title “Refreshing Feeling Sante FX” which featured Evangelion references. They are doing the same for the new collaboration under the title “New Refreshing Feeling Sante FX.”
Four different models will be released for both the Sante FX NEO and Sante FX V+ eye drops, including Shinji, Asuka, Rei, and Kaworu. Each features an original illustration of the characters along with colours that identify them.
A commercial was released to promote the products featuring narration by Kotono Mitsuishi who voices Misato Katsuragi in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Sante FX x Evangelion CM
A special website was launched exclusively for the product where Sante FX are carrying out eye tests in Japanese. Users can answer questions to measure the “vigilance” of their eyes. The answers they get will also present them with the Evangelion character they are.
Japanese singer DAOKO is set to release her fourth album anima initially on June 24, 2020 across music subscription and download services before it hits shelves as a CD on July 29, 2020. The record comes as her first album since Shiteki Ryoko dropped back in December 2018.
The album is being co-produced by DAOKO herself and Akito Katayose (GREAT3) who was also the sound producer for DAOKO’s self-titled album—her first to be released from a major label.
The 12-track album invites a diverse range of track makers and musicians on board who DAOKO respects. Songs will see a return to DAOKO’s iconic rap style, as well as enter new territory for the singer.
First Press Limited Edition copies of anima are coupled with a DVD featuring DAOKO’s concert at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM held in February this year as part of her “2020 Otogi no Mitoshi Tour.”
A new artist photo of DAOKO has also been released in promotion of her new album. The photo was taken by Shinkai Baba who also worked together with DAOKO on an exhibition held at Ebisu KATA.
DAOKO | Comment
“When I heard the final mastered version of my album ‘anima,’ I teared up. The album is intertwined with philosophical ideas, something which I often think about. It has an amazing sound. I felt beauty from my heart. The album is one which helps brings the light closer—a light which until now could only be seen from a distance—and one which illuminates the path ahead. I’m thankful from the bottom of my heart to all the musicians [involved] whom I admire and respect, and who helped me find a new DAOKO. This album saved me, and I hope it becomes a ray of light to those who hear it.”
Akito Katayose | Comment
“Her words stir my heart, and her voice brings about a fiery pleasure to my ears. DAOKO has been special since I met her when she was 17-years-old. Her talent is endless, and it shows on this album. She feels liberated on it. It was an incredible experience to work with her […] as well as all of the wonderful musicians who followed along, including my former friend John McEntire. I hope this beautiful and curious album echoes as a source of strength to all the unstable hearts and the world.”
Digital Release Date: June 24, 2020
CD Release Date: July 29, 2020
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥3,800 (Before Tax) [TFCC-86715]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥2,800 (Before Tax) [TFCC-86716]
DAOKO Official Website: https://daoko.jp/
SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro to Open in Tokyo’s Sunshine City On June 5
Sanrio is set to open the new SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro in on floor B1F of Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on June 5, 2020.
Just a convenient 8-minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station, SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro will serve up a menu that captures the kawaii world of Sanrio’s roster of characters.
The cafe is divided into two areas: the main cafe space, and then the wagon corner for takeout. Enjoy dining surrounded by adorable Sanrio characters on the walls and ceiling, or take your character-inspired food and drink away with you.
The cafe is putting the health and safety of its customers and staff at the top of its list in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and so will operate the cafe while taking all necessary safety measures.
If you’re in Tokyo, or the next time you’re in Tokyo, make sure you don’t pass up the chance to dine at SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro.
SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro
Grand Opening: June 5, 2020 at 10:00 (JST)
Location: Sunshine City (Floor B1F), 1-28-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
TEL: 03-5985-5600 (Open from June 5, 2020)
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
*Please note that opening hours are subject to change or closure depending on the status of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). For the latest updates, please visit Sanrio’s official website.
Loosen Up Your Mind and Body With SHIRO’s New Fragrance Bath Oils
04.June.2020 | FASHION
SHIRO is releasing three new bath oils as part of its Fragrance series which serve to loosen up your mind and body. The oils are the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing bath time and protect against dryness during Japan’s rainy season, keeping skin nice and moisturised.
Bath Oils: ¥3,800 (Before Tax)
There are three fragrances to choose from: “Soap” which envelops you in fresh fruits, “White Lily” which has a sophisticated floral scent, and the refreshing and relaxing “White Tea.”
The oils are mixed with sunflower oil and unrefined shea butter from Ghana to leave your skin feeling completely smooth and moisturised after your bath. If you’re looking for some simple yet effective body care, then you can’t go wrong by winding down from the stress of the day with these oils.
Release Date: June 11, 2020
Available: SHIRO Online Store / SHIRO branches in Japan
SHIRO Official Website: https://shiro-shiro.jp/
New Open Fruit Sandwich Shop ‘Fruits Panda by bekkaku’ Opens at Kyoto Tower
04.June.2020 | FOOD
Kyoto-based confectionery company Bijuu opened its new shop “Fruits Panda by bekkaku” inside Kyoto Tower on June 4, 2020.
Premium sandwiches made with high quality bread
Fruits Panda by bekkaku serves colourful and Instagrammable open sandwiches made from bread baked by Kyoto-based luxury bread company bekkaku which is topped with a variety of fresh fruits and one of the shop’s rich creams. The in-house made creams, whether it be the caramel cream, condensed milk cream, or another, all bring out the delicious taste of both the fruit and bread.
Strawberry Panda (Strawberries/Red Bean Paste/Condensed Milk Cream): ¥350 (Tax Included)
Topped with fresh strawberries and sweet red bean paste, this open sandwich is served with a side of velvety condensed milk cream for a harmony of flavours.
Kiwi Panda (Kiwi/Honey Cream): ¥350 (Tax Included)
Sweet and sour kiwis coupled with sweet honey is a match made in heaven that creates a refreshing aftertaste.
Banana Panda (Banana/Chocolate Cream): ¥350 (Tax Included)
Subtly sweet fried bananas and rich chocolate cream are a classic combination which create a full-bodied aroma and delicious aftertaste.
The shop will also be selling bekku’s “Tanabiki” bread, so if you visit the shop, use this opportunity to try out their luxurious loaves.
Fruits Panda by bekkaku plans to serve seasonal combinations too so customers can enjoy their open fruit sandwiches all year round.
Fruits Panda by bekkaku
Location: Kyoto Tower (Floor 1F), 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216
Ballad Version of Gibiate Anime’s Ending Theme Released For Charity
A new ballad version of the ending theme song ENDLESS ~Yami o Koete~ for the upcoming anime series Gibiate sung by Maki Ohguro was released digitally on Monday (June 1) for charity.
Gibiate is an upcoming anime series produced by Yoshitaka Amano (Vampire Hunter D; Final Fantasy video game series) and written by Ryō Aoki (Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie) that’s set to release in July 2020. The series is a collaboration from some of the biggest names in the Japanese entertainment industry, spanning anime, music, and video games.
The new ballad version of the anime’s ending song was released on the anime’s website to spread courage to the people of the world during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. All proceeds will be donated to The Nippon Foundation which is giving support to children who are being affected in some way by the virus, medical workers, and other efforts to combat the virus.
The first main visual for the anime was also released. Additionally, because the goal was reached for the latest promotional video for the anime to reach 4 million views one month before the series airs, more information about the cast, broadcast times, and more will be revealed on June 15, 2020.
Japan, 2030. A virus has infected humans throughout the world. Infected people turn into different forms of monsters based on their ages, sexes and races. The virus is named ‘Gibia’ – after being rich in variety like gibier. Just then, a pair of samurai and ninja appeared in such a blighted wasteland of Japan. They both travelled from the early Edo period, fighting together with help from a doctor who tries to find cure for Gibia. Facing ceaseless attacks from Gibia, and outlaws that attack travellers for food, they start the dangerous journey with enemies all around.
Initial Broadcast: July 2020 on TOKYO MX and other platforms
Official Website: https://gibiate.com/en/
BANDAI SPIRITS is teaming up with Nissin Foods to release the new “BEST HIT CHRONICLE 1/1 Cup Noodle,” a plastic model of Nissin Foods’s popular Cup Noodle product that you can assemble. It will be released in Japan on September 18, 2020―the day of Cup Noodle’s birthday―and will roll out outside Japan after then.
BEST HIT CHRONICLE 1/1 Cup Noodle: ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
Since launching in 1971, the instant cup noodle brand Cup Noodle has filled the bellies of people around the world. BANDAI SPIRITS has now turned the product into a a fun 1/1 scale plastic assembly kit as part of the BEST HIT CHRONICLE line.
The kit was made by 3D scanning real Cup Noodles to make it as realistic as possible, from the cup to the noodles and toppings.
The kit comes with actual ingredients used in Cup Noodles including egg, shrimp, meat, and spring onion. You get to decide how much you want to top your noodles with.
The outside of the cup can also be removed so you can see what the inside of Cup Noodle looks like.
The cup design of Cup Noodle has gone unchanged since its release, making it a very familiar sight to all who have tucked into a cup. The plastic model recreates all of its distinct features, combining the iconic white, red, and gold colours. They even have the line inside the cup which tells you where to stop pouring your hot water.
The design is so detailed it even has the ingredient list, allergy breakdown, and more—all recreated with the same font and font size.
BEST HIT CHRONICLE 1/1 Cup Noodle
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Available: Japan (Hobby shops, toy shops, online, Nissin Online, and elsewhere)
Yaoi Manga Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu Collaborates With Animate Cafe in Ikebukuro
animate cafe—a cafe chain which collaborates with popular anime series, games, and manga—is opening a new store called “DECOTTO by animate cafe” in Ikebukuro on June 24, 2020. For its first collaboration, it will collaborate with Hashigo Sakurabi’s popular yaoi manga Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu from June 24, 2020 to July 27, 2020.
CHOCOTTO DECOTTO Character Doughnuts (Tonyaka/Chunnya): ¥600 Each
animate cafe operates cafes both in Japan and overseas, and has seen countless collaborations with popular series. DECOTTO will open as a new brand of the company which will serve doughnuts inspired by anime, manga, and game characters.
DECOTTO GIFT Souvenir Doughnuts (Tonyaka/Chunnya): ¥400 Each
CHOCOTTO DECOTTO will be served as cute, decorative doughnuts based on characters. They are nothing short of Instagram-worthy.
Seasonal DECOTTO TEA: ¥600 Each (More flavours available)
Bonus Coasters (9 Designs) / Bonus Straw Markets (2 Designs) *Designs chosen randomly
DECOTTO will serve both regular doughnuts as well as seasonal flavours. When you order a doughnut or a drink, you’ll also receive a free coaster or straw marker.
Doughnut Squishies (2 Designs): ¥800 Each
Doughnut Shaped Towels (2 Designs): ¥1,000 Each
Get your hands on exclusive doughnut merchandise too.
Hashigo Sakurabi’s popular yaoi manga Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu has sold over 3.5 million copies. A 13-episode anime series aired in 2018.
“Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu” x “DECOTTO by animate cafe”
Running: June 24, 2020 to July 27, 2020
Location: DECOTTO by animate café (Animate Annex, 3-2-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo)
Access: 8 minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station
*June 24-28 is reservation only, and reservations will be allotted randomly
*June 29-July 27 will be normal service
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/decotto_donut/
Walt Disney Japan has announced that pre-sales for its new and original Disney themed yukata will open via shopDisney in Japan from June 9, 2020. Designs range from popular picks such as the Mickey Mouse yukata from last year to new designs like Alice in Wonderland.
The Mickey Mouse yukata has a white base which combined traditional Japanese prints of hemp leaves and a checked pattern with plum blossoms and Mickey. Dressing up in this gives off grown-up yet cute vibes.
The new Alice in Wonderland yukata has a navy base and features prints from the popular Disney movie made into a Japanese style design. It also comes with an obi sash featuring characters from the film on it in a casual manner, so it blends in well and isn’t too flashy. shopDisney will also sell a bag, fan and other items with this design too so you can coordinate a style with the yukata.
Several items for kids will also be sold, such as a cute Elsa-inspired yukata, a Toy Story 4 jinbei, a Bunny shoulder bag, and more.
A TSUM TSUM series of summertime yukata will also be sold from June 9, 2020 which will include Mickey & Friends designs.
RADWIMPS Releases New Song ‘cocorononaca’ On Spotify and Other Streaming Services
03.June.2020 | MUSIC
RADWIMPS released a new song entitled cocorononaca today on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music.
The song was recently revealed on the band’s social media together with a video and received much excitement from fans, prompting the band to drop the track digitally today.
On the song, band vocalist and lead guitarist Yojiro Noda said: “I pray for each and every heart that was headed towards it goal, the hearts that have tasted hope, that they can once again move towards those goals in the future. I hope that this song serves as hope for people, even if just a little.”
This is a track to check out when you’re wanting a bit of positivity. Listen to cocorononaca now at the links below.
SCANDAL Premieres Remote Video Filmed at Home On YouTube For New Song ‘Living in the city’
03.June.2020 | MUSIC
SCANDAL released their new single Living in the city digitally on June 3, 2020. It is the first ever song to be recorded by the band at home.
The song was originally written and composed by SCANDAL bassist TOMOMI during the writing of their latest album Kiss from the darkness which dropped back in February. It’s a mellow track that captures an ordinary day in Tokyo. TOMOMI commented that she feels the song will have bigger implications now during the lockdown to when the band wrote the track.
SCANDAL premiered a new remote video for Living in the city which showcases their lives at home during the lockdown.リ
SCANDAL – “Living in the city” Remote Video (Short ver.)
Tickets are also now available for SCANDAL’s upcoming livestream performance set for August 21, 2020. The livestream comes in response to the cancellation of all dates of SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 “Kiss from the darkness”.
TOMOMI | Comment
This song is about an ordinary day living in Tokyo. Tokyo is a city where it feels like if all the switches are always turned off, you’ll end up swallowed by a sense of isolation. It’s become a place where after 10 years of moving here, I want to say, “I’m home” [when I return]. A lot of the things that have made me who I am today can be found in the ordinary days spend living here. When I realised that, I found myself fallen in love with the place, and I got set to work in encasing those feelings into a song.
When I wrote this song, I never imagined we’d be releasing it at a time like this, but I feel like that now we’ve begun living a new lifestyle staying at home, this song will have different and much bigger implications to when I wrote it. It helps us rethink how much we really loved those days we took for granted.
We decided to release the song during the midst of our new stay-at-home lives, and so for the first time ever we recorded it all at our homes, and made a remote video to go with it. I hope you enjoy the song as well as seeing the band members in their homes.
Living in the city
Released: June 3, 2020
Listen Here: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/LITC
SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 “Kiss from the darkness” Livestream
Date: August 21, 2020
Time: From 19:00 (JST) (Subject to change)
Ticket Price: ¥3,000
Ticket Release Date: From May 27, 2020 at 22:00 (JST)
Buy Tickets: https://eplus.jp/821/scandal/
SCANDAL Official Website: https://www.scandal-4.com/
Online hanko store Hankos released a new collection of stamps in its “Pokémon PON” stamp line on May 30 which are based on 107 Pokémon from the Sinnoh region. Hanko are a type of stamp or seal traditionally used in place of signatures in Japan. They are crafted with people’s names and unique symbols.
Pokémon PON are made-to-order hanko stamps which feature a Pokémon of your choice and a name in Japanese writing. The Sinnoh region stamps follow the release of the Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn region themed stamps.
The 107 designs include the Sinnoh starter Pokémon Turtwig, Piplup, and Chimchar, as well as the Legendary Pokémon Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, and Mythical Pokémon Shaymin, Darkrai, and Arceus.
When ordering your stamp you pick your favourite Pokémon and give your name to be written on it. This can be your actual name, surname, pen name, social media name and so on. Keep in mind though that there is a character limit: three Kanji, five Hiragana or Katakana, and up to six alphabet letters.
There are three different fonts and several types of hanko. One type produces ink by itself meaning you don’t have to buy an ink pad. The wooden type can also be used with most banking facilities in Japan.
Pokémon PON stamps are packaged in an exclusive Pikachu and Eevee box.
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