Aimer’s new song “Kachou Fuugetsu” makes its debut at digital art exhibition “The Mysterious Restaurant of the Food God”
Aimer is a female singer known for her deep and husky voice – one that if you hear just once, will never leave your mind.
The immersive digital art exhibition “The Mysterious Restaurant of the Food God,” which is being handled by multimedia entertainment studio “Moment Factory,” begins today on January 28th. A pre-open event was held yesterday.
The exhibition is “a restaurant-style exhibition centred around washoku, or Japanese cuisine” where you can experience food from the best cooks while enjoying cutting edge digital art technology from Moment Factory. Aimer’s new song “Kachou Fuugetsu” is used as the image song for the event, and it had its first play on the pre-open day.
“Moment Factory” used their state of the art technology to create a beautiful, Japanese themed atmosphere with 7 screens as Aimer sang her new song, “Kachou Fuugetsu.” The stunning, mysterious scene was so gorgeous that it would make you swallow your breath. Moment Factory have created projects for more than 350 shows including at concerts for lots of famous artists such as Madonna, as well as at the Sagrada Família in Barcelona. That kind of genius combined with Aimer’s unique and enchanting singing voice mesmerised the audience in the 5 minutes the show played.
“The Mysterious Restaurant of the Food God” is running from January 28th to May 21st over in Kayabachō, Nihonbashi. Don’t miss your chance to experience it.
Aimer Official Website: http://www.aimer-web.jp/
The Mysterious Restaurant of the Food God
Open: Saturday January 28th, 2017 to Sunday May 21st, 2017
Location: “Special Site” in Kayabachō, Nihonbashi
Closest Station: 1 minute walk from the 6th exit at Kayabachō Station via the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and the Tozai Line.
Josh Cumbee Releases ‘Sound Of Your Name’ Music Video Filmed at Mount Myoko in Japan
American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Josh Cumbee dropped his first digital single release Sound Of Your Name on Valentine’s Day. The song’s lyrics talk about having lost the love of your life, a picture of which is painted in its beautiful new music video.
Fans in the comments have expressed their love for the lyrical content, as well as Josh’s beautiful voice, but what has drawn so much attention is the breathtaking location the video was shot in. Fans have pondered over where it was shot, with some thinking it was in Canada, but it was actually shot at Mount Myoko in Niigata, Japan.
Josh Cumbee – “Sound Of Your Name” Music Video
The video was directed by Yudai Maruyama, who said: “Josh came from California, which is where I studied abroad during university, so it felt really fresh and was a lot of fun to shoot this video with him in my hometown of Niigata.”
Karin Ookoso, a model and who appears in the music video alongside, said: “The day Josh arrived we all went to the hot springs. We all bought some sweets from the candy store in front of the hot springs and ate them together. It was really fun. Josh is really kind. He learned lots about Japan, and likes the country, which made me super happy.”
A behind-the-scenes video was also released for the music videoーfilmed with an all-Japanese teamーwhere we see Josh enjoying the snowy landscape of Niigata, and chatting together with Karin. Check it out below.
Josh Cumbee – “Sound Of Your Name” Behind-The-Scenes
Josh described realising his dream of visiting the snowy Japanese mountain as like being transported into a different dimension. He said the filming lasted from early morning into the late night, but thanks to everyone involved pouring all their strength into the video, they were able to create something breathtaking. He thanked the director Yudai Maruyama, describing him as having wonderful insight, Karin whom he likened to a fairy, the staff, and his own management.
GODIVA’s Irresistible Chocolixir Sakura Drink Available This Spring
23.February.2020 | FOOD
GODIVA Japan Inc. is releasing a new chocolate drink as part of their Chocolixir series. The new drink flavour “Chocolixir Sakura” will be sold from February 16 to April 9, 2020 at GODIVA shops only.
Chocolixir Sakura: ¥630 (Before Tax)
Cherry blossom jelly and pink chocolate curls rest on top of a white cloud of whipped cream to create the appearance of cherry blossom petals. The drink creates the image of beautiful sakura petals as they reflect off the water’s surface, creating the warm image of the rays of the spring sun. The sweet aroma and creamy melt-in-the-mouth white chocolate is divine. This chilled drink also contains small pieces of smashed white chocolate, creating a fun texture in your mouth.
It looks just as wonderful as it tastes. One sip will fill your heart with the refreshing vibes of spring. GODIVA’s velvety smooth chocolate drinks are always to die for. You just have to try it.
Selling: February 16, 2020 – April 9, 2020
*In limited supply, available while stocks last.
Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp
Flower Themed Projection Mapping Show to Take Place at Kyoto National Museum
23.February.2020 | SPOT
A special projection mapping show directed by NAKED is set to take place at Kyoto National Museum from March 6, 2020 to March 15, 2020. This breathtaking light performance is entitled “Light & Food Ensemble 2020 ~Evening Flower Banquet Directed by NAKED~”.
The special evening performance is part of the Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatourou 2020 event, which is centred around lanterns.
NAKED aims to bring new light on Kyoto’s gorgeous evenings with an incredible display of music, lights and projection mapping at Kyoto National Museum’s gardens. Lasting 10-15 minutes, projection mapping will spread cross the wall of the Meiji Kotokan Hallーan Important Cultural Property of Kyoto with a history spanning over 120 yearsーwith kaleidoscopic patterns including yuuzenzome, or “Yuzen silk printing,” which is used on kimono displayed in the museum.
Meiji Koyokan Hall has been protected since the Meiji Period. Spectators will be able to witness a story unfold of beautiful flowers over the generations through music and lighting.
The entire garden will be lit up and bring life to many great spots for taking photos. This special event will allow visitors to experience the cool spring evening like never before. It will also see the first ever display in collaboration with Oniwa Ueji, which has a 250+ year history and is part of Higashiyama’s culture.
There will also be food available to eat at the event full of the flavours of Kyoto. Enjoy ticking into dishes you won’t be able to taste anywhere else.
Light & Food Ensemble 2020 ~Evening Flower Banquet Directed by NAKED~
Location: Kyoto National Museum
Running: March 6, 2020 – March 15, 2020
Time: 18:00-20:30 (Last Entries 20:00)
*Open until 21:30 (Last Entries 21:00) on Fridays and Weekends
*Kyoto National Museum will close at 17:00 (Last Entries 16:30) on March 6, 7, 13, and 14
Official Website: http://ensemblekyoto.com/
NAKED SAKURA AQUARIUM: Cherry Blossoms and the Sea Come Together at Tokyo’s Maxell Aqua Park
23.February.2020 | SPOT
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa has announced the holding of a new exhibition entitled “NAKED SAKURA AQUARIUM” which will run at the Tokyo-based aquarium from March 1, 2020 to April 19, 2020.
Offering “cutting-edge Tokyo entertainment,” the exhibition is combined music, lighting, and visuals with living beings. Using the latest in leading edge tech, visitors will be treated to a visual treat of animals living harmoniously with the season. The exhibition promises you will notice something new with each visit. Enter a world of spring like never before as cherry blossoms and the ocean come together through digital art.
Cherry Blossom Tayori
The entrance to the aquarium will be in full bloom with cherry blossoms. The water tanks in the centre will be perfectly pink and house madai snapper, a type of fish also nicknamed “sakura-dai” around this season.
Spilling Cherry Blossoms
This area will be like an atrium, with water tanks and showcases lined up beautifully next to each other and decorated with cherry blossom art flowers. The water tanks, which bring to mind the image of a “banquet,” will house sakura-dai, sea goldie, and other fishes.
Dancing Cherry Blossom Garden
In the immersive Patterns area, you can see the “possibilities” of the four seasons as digital art works to combine a seasonal landscape with the sea creatures on display.
Also in the Dancing Cherry Blossom Garden will be Cape penguins who will put on a performance using their physical abilities. The performance, which is split into two parts, will make use of projection mapping. The first part will see the bloom of yaezakura cherry trees, while the second part will have jacaranda, also called the “purple cherry blossom,” a flower that blooms in South Africa where Cape penguins originate.
Dolphin Performance Day Version – Cherry Blossom Dance
The daytime dolphin performance sees visitors gathering in the amphitheatre. This interactive performance is inspired by springtime banquets and Hanami flower-viewing. Enjoy seeing the dolphins dance high-speed to the rhythm of Japanese rock music.
Dolphin Performance Night Version – Cherry Blossom Story
The nighttime dolphin performance uses the water, lighting, visuals, and music to celebrate cherry blossoms in the evening. Enjoy a more delicate, but powerful performance from the dolphins, and see the flowers in all their beauty.
Jewellery Fish Rumble
The ceiling and walls of the spacious Jewellery Fish Rumble area all have reflective mirror surfaces. Countless pink and blue illuminations light up this evening cherry blossom-themed area, where you can enjoy a digital Hanami experience together with the jellyfish.
Katou Flower Lantern
The NAKED SAKURA AQUARIUM cafe and bar is adorned with a cylindrical water tank with illuminated coral. The cafe/bar is inspired by Katou, which is when the evening light feels like it is being lit up by fully bloomed cherry blossom flowers. The menu includes a selection of cherry blossom and matcha drinks, as well as a selection of sweet treats perfect for the Hanami season.
3 Dango & Mini Taiyaki – ¥500 (Red Bean Paste/Cream)
Sakura Mizu-warabi Rice Cake – ¥500
Enjoy a completely different kind of Hanami experience at Maxwell Aqua Park.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
NAKED SAKURA AQUARIUM at Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa
Running: March 1, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Address: Shinagawa Prince Hotel, 4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Prices: General (High School Students and Older) ¥2,300 / Elementary-Middle School Students ¥1,200 / Children (4+ Years) ¥700
Exhibition Page: http://www.aqua-park.jp/special/snowaquarium2019/en_index.html
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa Official Website: http://www.aqua-park.jp/aqua/en/
Van Gogh & Monet Inspired Tarts to be Released by Qu’il Fait Bon in Japan
23.February.2020 | FOOD
Japanese fruit tart masters Qu’il Fait Bon is promoting the upcoming London National Gallery Exhibition, which is set to arrive at Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art on March 3, 2020, with the release of two new art-inspired tarts, which will be available at Qu’il Fait Bon from the same day.
The National Gallery in London is a world famous art museum that houses countless artworks from across the generations. The museum is well-known for its collection of high quality European paintings, and the first time ever, it’s taking 61 these works for large scale exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka this year.
Orange & Mango Tart – “Sunflowers”
One Piece – ¥736
Whole Tart (25cm) – ¥7,365
This first tart is inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers series. The beautifully layered floral dessert contains matcha and honey flavoured almond cream, mango pudding, fresh orange and mango pieces, and meringue. The honey used is Bulgarian sunflower honey. Together with the beautiful, swirling meringue and the cross-section of the sliced cake, the tart strongly depicts Gogh’s gorgeous Sunflowers work.
Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Maison Ginza) / Serving: March 3, 2020 – Mid April 2020
Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Front Osaka) / August 11, 2020 – Mid September 2020
Green Fruit & Peach Mousse Tart – “The Water Lily Pond”
One Piece – ¥732
Whole Tart (25cm) – ¥7,322
The second tart is themed on Claude Monet’s The Water Lily Pond. A lily bed of fresh fruits sip atop a peach mousse, which has a gentle fragrance.
Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Maison Ginza) / Serving: April 8, 2020 – Mid May 2020
Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Front Osaka) / July 7, 2020 – Mid August 2020
Make a day of art by heading to the London National Gallery Exhibition and finishing it off with a delicious artistic tart at Qu’il Fait Bon.
London National Gallery Exhibition
Running: March 3, 2020 – June 14, 2020
Location: National Museum of Western Art (Ueno Park, Tokyo)
Running: July 7, 2020 – October 18, 2020
Location: The National Museum of Art, Osaka (Nakanoshima, Osaka)
Official Website: https://artexhibition.jp/london2020/
The Perfect Protector: Shiseido’s New Sunscreen is Highly Heat and Water Resistant
23.February.2020 | FASHION
Shiseido has announced the release of its new sunscreen “The Perfect Protector” which roll out worldwide in 85 countries on May 1, 2020. It will also be released at around 420 department stores and the company’s website in Japan.
In 2015, Shiseido released a new sunscreen that used “Wet Focus Technology,” meaning it was highly resistant to water, sweat and other liquids, as well as providing strong UV protection. It went on to win the Prix d’Excellence de la Beauté in the French fashion and beauty magazine Marie Claire in 2017.
The company’s new product, The Perfect Protector, makes use of SynchroShield™ーa combination of Wet Focus Technology and Heat Focus Technology, meaning this sunscreen is not only highly resistant to liquids, but heat too, ensuring even greater skin protection when you’re exposed to the sun. The skin care ingredients used in the sunscreen also protect your skin from drying out. The sunscreen feels light on the skin and is quickly absorbed too, so your arms aren’t left white from the cream.
Shiseido – The Perfect Protector
Price: ¥5,170 (Tax Included)
Official Website: https://www.shiseido.com/ca/en/
Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition Drops On Nintendo Switch With New Gameplay Features
22.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition was finally released on Nintendo Switch™ on February 20, 2020.
Twin brothers Dante and Vergil clash
The secrets of the birth of Lady, a Devil Hunter, is important to her story
The original Devil May Cry 3, released on February 17, 2005, centres on the story between Vergil and Dante and their dysfunctional relationship. The game was an influential title in the series that showcased the possibility of subsequent games to come. Fans will now be able to enjoy it anywhere with the Nintendo Switch™ port.
New “Style Change” system allows players to change styles without stopping gameplay
Local co-op play as Dante and Vergil in Bloody Palace
The Switch port introduces several new gameplay features, including “Style Change” which lets players change their weapons at the tap of a button, as well as co-op play in Bloody Palace.
If you’ve yet to play Devil May Cry 3, or are a longtime fan, then don’t miss out on the most definitive experience to date.
©CAPCOM CO., LTD. 2005, 2020 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition
Released: February 20, 2020
Genres: Action-adventure, hack and slash
Official Website: http://www.devilmaycry.com/3/
Kate Spade New York Reveals Japanese Cherry Blossom Inspired Collection
Optimistic femininity is at the core of Kate Spade New York’s brand, and that is upheld with the revealing of their new “Cherry Blossom” collection which is set to drop this spring.
Nicola Glass, the Creative Director at Kate Spade, was inspired to design the Cherry Blossom collection after her many times seeing her favourite flower, the Japanese cherry blossom, when visiting Japan. The colourful line-up features a variety of pink shades and flower prints.
from left: molly cherry blossom large satchel in black ¥53,000, molly cherry blossom medium satchel in tutu pink ¥45,000, spencer cherry blossom zip around continental wallet in soft pink multi ¥31,000
from left: spencer cherry blossom small dome cosmetic ¥11,000, spencer cherry blossom wrislet in soft pink multi ¥14,000, iphone case cherry blossom liquid glitter in clear multi ¥6,000
Nine items adorn the floral collection, including two sachel bags, two wallets, two fragment card cases, a cosmetic pouch, key ring, and iPhone case. The collection will be released at Kate Spade New York stores in Japan (select branches not participating) on February 26, 2020. Japan will also get some exclusive colours not available anywhere else.
Cherry Blossom Collection
Release Date: February 26, 2020
Official Website: https://www.katespade.jp/
URBAN SENTO: The New Brand Making Japanese Bath House Clothing Stylish
“JAPAN MADE PROJECT” is a project launched by Japanese apparel shop URBAN RESEARCH which aims to revitalise regions around Japan by building local communities with businesses and creators around the country while also looking to take a step back to reconsider what is appealing about each of those regions.
As part of this new project, URBAN RESEARCH has announced its plans to establish “JAPAN MADE PROJECT TOKYO” on March 20, 2020. Focusing on Tokyo, this branch of the project will see the launch of “URBAN SENTO.” This will focus on the potential of sento, or “bath houses,” in the city, which will also include a new line of bath house clothing made in collaboration with Kosugi-yu a sento located in the Tokyo district of Koenji.
Public bath houses play an important part in Japanese culture by contributing to people’s mental health and creating communities. This is especially so in a city as busy as Tokyo. That’s where URBAN SENTO comes in, which will encourage the rediscovery of the city’s appealing culture through sento.
Pre-sales for the new clothing line opened on the URBAN RESEARCH online store on February 14, 2020. It features a collection of must-have items for the bath house, whose message is to spread the bath house lifestyle.
To ensure the clothing is comfortable as bath-wear, the collection is made from high quality cotton provided in collaboration with HAAG, a brand managed by Smile Cotton. This cotton is nice and soft and does not rub against the skin. Smile Cotton’s materials are even endorsed by the Japan Atopic Dermatitis Patients Association.
Crew Neck T-Shirt – ¥7,700 (Tax Included) | Sizes: Small/Medium/Large | Colours: White/Light Grey/Black
One Piece – ¥13,200 (Tax Included) | Sizes: Small/Medium | Colours: White/Light Grey/Black
Short Pants – ¥12,100 (Tax Included) | Sizes: Small/Medium/Large | Colours: White/Light Grey/Black
ZIP Parker Hoodie – ¥16,500 (Tax Included) | Sizes: Small/Medium/Large | Colours: White/Light Grey/Black
Pouch (Medium Size) – ¥3,080 (Tax Included) | Colours: White/Navy/Orange
The mesh pouch can be taken into the bath with you. Put your shampoo or other bath products in with you and take a dip.
Miscellaneous Items: IKEUCHI ORGANIC x URBAN SENTO
The bath towels you can use at Kosugi-yu are made by IKEUCHI ORGANIC. They come in two sizes and are incredibly soft on the skin.
Oragnic 120 Bath Towel – ¥5,060 (Tax Included) | Colours: White/Grey
Oragnic 120 Face Towel – ¥1,980 (Tax Included) | Colours: White/Grey
Kimura Soap x URBAN SENTO
The products used for cleaning yourself at Kosugi-yu, as well as what’s used for washing the towels, is soap provided by Kimura Soap. This pure soap, crafted by artisans by cooking in kettles, is friendly to the environment and the skin. It can be used at the bath house, in the bath at home, or even for your laundry.
Body Soap (Hinoki Cypress/Lavender) – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
This body soap gently lathers your skin in bubbles and leaves your skin filling refreshed. Both the hand soap and body soap feel good to use.
The a video and main visual were released for URBAN SENTO, which feature Japanese music artists Yusuke Emoto and Aoi Nogi as the models.
JAPAN MADE PROJECT TOKYO “URBAN SENTO”
Pre-sales: Opened February 14, 2020
Available: URBAN RESEARCH online store
*Only a select number of items are available in the pre-sale
General Sale: March 20, 2020
Available: URBAN RESEARCH online store / URBAN RESEARCH Jinnan / URBAN RESEARCH Namba CITY / URBAN Famima!! Toranomon Hills Business Tower
*Store list subject to change
Official Website: https://media.urban-research.jp/news/61847/
Disney Princess Inspired Cupcakes Released at Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan
22.February.2020 | FOOD
Disney princesses around the world won’t be able to resist the nine new cupcakes released at Ginza Cozy Corner last week in Japan.
The cupcake collection is being released to celebrate Hinamatsuri, a festival held annually in Japan on March 3, which prays for the well-being and healthy maturity of girls. The line-up can be enjoyed by child and adult Disney fans alike, and includes not only Disney princesses, but other female characters in the Disney cast. This includes Minnie Mouse, Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, and more.
Disney Girl’s Collection (Contains 9) – ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
These cute cupcakes look like they have come straight out of a Disney character toy box. They not only look pretty, but sound delicious too, like the raspberry Minnie cupcake, lemon-flavoured Belle cake, cheesecake Cinderella, and more.
Celebrate Hinamatsuri in Disney-style by picking up a box of these cupcakes at Ginza Cozy Corner.
Disney Girl’s Collection (Contains 9)
Available: February 15, 2020 – March 3, 2020
Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Rurouni Kenshin Live-Action The Final/The Beginning Movies Drop First Trailer
It was revealed last Friday that Japanese-American actor Mackenyu will play the part of Enishi in the upcoming ‘Final Chapter’ film adaptations of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s popular manga series Rurouni Kenshin. Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final and Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning will premiere in Japan on July 3, 2020 and August 7, 2020 respectively.
The original Rurouni Kenshin manga, along with its anime adaptation, is an internationally beloved series the world over that has made it to over 100 countries worldwide, including North America, UK, Europe Hong Kong, South Korea, and so on. It is one of the best-selling manga series, with over 72 million copies in circulation.
Fans have finally been given a first look at the movies in the form of a special promotional trailer.
In the trailer, we get to see Kenshin fighting in several tense-looking battle scenes. We also see several of the characters from the cast, including Kaoru Kamiya, Sanosuke Sagara, Megumi Takani, and Yahiko Myojin. At the end of the trailer, we see Kenshin confronting Enishi in a grand and epic sword fight.
The staff that have worked on the film series since the first film, released in 2014, have continued to exceed fans’ expectations when it comes to level of quality. Knowing that this is the most important arc for Kenshin, the team knew that the series wouldn’t be over unless they shot this last chapter, and so they endeavoured to deliver to fans only the best of everything. Fans of Takeru Satoh, who plays Kenshin in the film series, agreed from the start that this role is well-suited to him. He returns in The Final and The Beginning to reprise his role for the last time after one year of hard work working on the films.
The films were shot over a period of seven months, ending in June 2019, across 43 locations in Japan including Kyoto, Nara, Saga, Mie, Hyogo, Kumamoto, Hiroshima, Tochigi, Saitama, Fukuokaーthe list goes on.
The Final and The Beginning are looking to be worthy closures to the film series. With the release of this first mini trailer, fans won’t be able to settle until the films’ release.
©Nobuhiro Watsuki / Shueisha ©2020 “Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final/The Beginning” Production Committee
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final
Release Date: July 3, 2020
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning
Release Date: August 7, 2020
Official Website: http://rurouni-kenshin.jp
Gorgeous Ukiyo-e iPhone Cases Released by ARTiFY in Japan
Smartphone case brand ARTiFY showcased its Klimt and ukiyo-e glitter cases at art museums in Japan last year, which was a huge hit. They were so popular that the company has decided to make them available to consumers online.
The brand’s name, ARTiFY, means to “make something into art.” But for them, that doesn’t simply mean a piece of art to look at: it’s things you can wear, things you use in your everyday life and beyondーbringing life and art together and making it more fun and integrated.
ARTiFY’s products are on the rise. You can find their products at the Ukiyo-e exhibition at the Fukuoka Art Museum’s museum shops, and in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the number of souvenir shops aimed at foreign tourists they are stocked in are set to go up.
Ukiyo-e iPhone Glitter Cases
Designs: Soma no Furudairi by Utagawa Kuniyoshi / The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai / Fine Wind, Clear Morning by Hokusai
Released: February 10, 2020
Price: ¥3,960 (Tax Included)
Compatible With: iPhone6, 6s, 7, 8, iPhoneX/Xs, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
Available: Art museums, museums, online stores and elsewhere in Japan