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  • Sanrio Releases Hello Sweet Days Dress-Up App in the US, Canada, and South Korea

    18.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    Digital content enterprise Cocone has made Sanrio’s popular character dress-up game Hello Sweet Days available in the US, Canada, and South Korea. The app hit the overseas countries on June 10, allowing for fans outside Japan to enjoy dressing their avatars up like their favourite Sanrio characters.

    Hello Sweet Days first launched in Japan back in August 2017 and has since amassed over 2 million downloads. It rolled out to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao in 2020, and now an English version has finally been made available. There are plans to release the app to even more countries in the future.

     

    Pre-registration opened early in South Korea on May 24 when it garnered 60,000 advance sign-ups. Those who registered early even received K-pop idol-style fashion items. Since releasing last Thursday, it is now being used by over 300,000 fans in South Korea.

    Head on over to the App Store or Google Play and enjoy Hello Sweet Days in English now!

     

    © 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN Ⓗ. APPROVAL NO. S620438 ©cocone corp.

  • BAND-MAID Release Blu-ray Of Their Worldwide Live Streamed Concert

    18.June.2021 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID performed their online live stream concert ‘ONLINE OKYU-JI’ in front of fans worldwide on February 11. Fans can now relive that experience as BAND-MAID released the show on DVD and Blu-ray on May 26.

     

    In promotion of the release, the live performance of NO GOD from the show was uploaded to their official YouTube channel.

     

     

     

    BAND-MAID / NO GOD (Official Live Video)

    The concert was seen by fans across 67 countries. Their global popularity continues to soar – they even trended at 7th place on Twitter in the US on May 10, a day known amongst fans as ‘Maid Day.’


    BAND-MAID recently featured on the front cover of MASSIVE magazine’s 38th issue. A special interview was featured inside where the band talk about their new album Unseen World which dropped in January as well their future plans.

  • SCARLET NEXUS Anime’s Opening Theme ‘Red Criminal’ Performed by THE ORAL CIGARETTES

    18.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    SCARLET NEXUS is an upcoming anime series set to release on TOKYO MX on July 1. The opening theme, Red Criminal, will be performed by the Japanese alternative rock band THE ORAL CIGARETTES. The track will drop on June 30 and comes as the band’s first new song in over a year. Fans of the band and upcoming series will be able to hear a teaser of the track in an upcoming trailer planned for release this Saturday.

    SCARLET NEXUS is an upcoming action RPG developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Set to release on June 25 for Windows and previous and current gen consoles, the anime adaptation is being produced by Sunrise and was licensed by Funimation.

     

    The game’s main theme, Dream In Drive, is also performed by THE ORAL CIGARETTES. The track is taken from the band’s 2020 album SUCK MY WORLD.

     

    THE ORAL CIGARETTES are currently knee-deep in their ‘TALK & MUSEUM TOUR,’ an exhibition and talk-style event tour in promotion of their 5th album SUCK MY WORLD. The band’s ‘BKW!! Premium Members’ tour set for this autumn is exclusive to fan club members. It will be shortly followed by ‘Hall Tour 2022 SUCK MY WORLD’ which begins on January 24 next year and will take them to 17 venues across 14 cities across Japan.

     

     

    Takuya Yamanaka (THE ORAL CIGARETTES) | Comment

    “I’m over the moon that I also get to sing SCARLET NEXUS’s opening theme as well as the game’s theme. The song captures the great fate that brings Kasane and Yuito together, as well as their conflicts. Please enjoy our song when you watch the anime.”

  • Character Chiikawa themed pop-up store at JR Akihabara station opens

    18.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Chiikawa pop-up store, a pop-up store themed on the Japanese character Chiikawa, literally means ‘something small and cute’, illustrated by Nagano opens until June 21 at Japan Rail Akihabara Station Denki-Gaiguchi ticket gate.

     

    Chiikawa POP UP STORE exclusive goods

     

    New products 

     

    Purchase benefit

     

    Chiikawa manga has been serialised from 2020 on Twitter that depicts the casual everyday life of Chikawa and others. The gap between heartwarming story and adorable drawing style with occasional depiction of fear and severe reality of life is popular.

     

    The store line-ups a selection of Chiikawa themed merchandise goods such as porch, plush doll, tableware and more. Don’t miss out a wide variety of exclusive products that makes your daily life more enjoyable.  Available for purchase at official Chiikawa online store Chiikawa Market

     

    ©️nagano

  • Sanrio Characters’ Collab Café extends opening period

    18.June.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sanrio Characters’ Collab Café has extended the opening period of the cafe at Narita International Airport passenger terminal 2 until July 30. The café serves a menu of food and drink collaborated with Sanrio’s beloved characters Cinnamoroll, Hello Kitty and My Melody.

     

    Additional Menu: Cinnamoroll’s Fluffy Egg Pancake

     

    Cinnamoroll’s Fluffy Egg Pancake is on sale for a limited quantity from June 19 to celebrate Cinnamoroll’s 1st place at 2021 Sanrio Character Ranking. The pancake represents the fluffy clouds in the sky. Additionally, the 2nd edition of visit campaign limited to weekdays has been launched from June 14.  2 original coasters will be given for each menu item ordered for a limited quantity so don’t miss out! 

     

    © 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.627430

  • Tokyo Jihen’s New Album ‘Ongaku’ Features Band Commentary on Spotify

    18.June.2021 | MUSIC

    Tokyo Jihen released their new album Ongaku (“Music”) on June 9, which is now featured on Spotify Japan’s playlist series Liner Voice+ where bands read the liner notes of their record and talk about it.


    In Tokyo Jihen’s episode for Ongaku, Ringo Sheena, the frontwoman of the rock band, discusses the 13 songs on the record. She is interviewed by Masaki Uchida who has the singer dive deep into the recording of the album and other insights that you won’t hear anywhere else. Liner Voice+ is an opportunity for artists and fans to connect with one another and support each other on a deeper level.



    Spotify isn’t just a place for streaming your favourite songs or having the service personalise your listening. It’s also a chance to hear from the artists themselves with such projects as this, learn about concerts in your area, and offers other useful tools for music lovers too.

     

    Have you heard Tokyo Jihen’s Ongaku yet?

  • Kakegurui’s Creator Announces Poker Themed Multimedia Project High Card

    18.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    Homura Kawamoto, the creator of the popular manga series Kakegurui which blew up globally when the anime adaptation was released, is now working on a new poker-themed multimedia project titled High Card together with Kadokawa, TMS Entertainment, and Hikaru Muno.

    High Card main visual by Ebi

    While full details have yet to be announced, anime, manga, and novel adaptations are set to be released as part of the project. TMS Entertainment is overseeing the project with the illustrator Ebi, who developed the character designs. TMS Entertainment is one of Japan’s most renowned animation studios, known for working on some of the biggest titles such as Lupin the Third and Akira.

     

    Comments

    Homura Kawamoto (Author)

    “First and foremost, I’d like everyone to have a look at the main visual. It captures the stories of each character. Each of them are very active in their roles. If it comes to you right away, then please be sure to check out the show. If you’re looking and still unsure, there are other characters that’ll really help you out, so please wait for more information. It will come to you.”

     

    Hikaru Muno (Author)

    “The main visual has an atmosphere to it like nothing else. It’s clear to see how involved everyone is that’s working on the High Card project, it’s almost explosive at every turn. There are so many characters to love and hate and are sure to pierce the hearts of lots of people. Please look forward to the finish product with all you’ve got!”

     

    Ebi (Character Designer)

    “I designed a lot of characters for this project, but I also created a lot of flashy clothes and accessories too so I think there’ll be plenty for the eyes to enjoy. There’s a lot of that in the main visual too which really captures what High Card is all about! There’s a lot of things I’m personally looking forward to as a fan too, like the setting and story. I hope you’re all excited too!”

     

    (C) TMS

  • Popular Miffy themed double wall glass is back on sale!

    18.June.2021 | FASHION

    The new Miffy themed double-wall glass, which was released in November last year and sold out only in one day is back with new designs including standard design from previous collection. 

     

    Double-wall Miffy Glass

    miffy style Surprised 

    miffy style Sleeping

    miffy style Tears 

    miffy style Standard

     

    Don’t miss out the must-have Miffy themed adorable double wall glass!

     

    ©Mercis bv

  • Kyoto Tower Hotel Celebrates 110th Anniversary of Randen Tramway Service With Special Hotel Plan

    18.June.2021 | SPOT

    In commemoration of the Randen tramway service’s 110th anniversary, Kyoto Tower Hotel introduced an exclusive new one-night hotel plan on Friday at one of its rooms. The Kyoto Tower Hotel Train Room is a themed guest room experience and celebration of Randen’s long history.

    A look at the Randen Kitano Line

    Randen tram photos decorate the guest room

    Old train tickets and platform signs

    A tatami area, train handles, and train priority seat

    Randen Train Room souvenirs for guests

    Randen was founded in 1910 and remains the only tramline in Kyoto. It’s part of Keifuku Electric Railroad and runs from Shijo-Omiya to Arashiyama. The Randen Train Room is a trainspotter and train otaku’s paradise. Inside, guests will find historical photos of trams that have run as part of the Randen service, as well as other train-related motifs like a Randen priority seat chair, carriage handles, and more. There’s also a little tatami seating area which is perfect for sitting on and planning your next day’s trip, putting out souvenirs you’ve picked up, or just relaxing. Guests can also watch a DVD on the TV that looks at footage of Randen trains, and even listen to a CD that has train sounds on it.

  • flumpool Releases ‘Freeze’ Music Video

    17.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    flumpool released a music video for Freeze on their official YouTube channel on Saturday. The song is taken from their new single Distance which dropped on May 26.

     

    Freeze is used as the opening theme for the anime series Seven Knights Revolution: Hero Successor which is set to wrap up with its final episode on June 21. The video was filmed in the style of a live performance.

     

    flumpool – “Freeze” Music Video

     

    flumpool are currently in the midst of their Real Tour. Their show at Aichi Prefectural Art Theater will be streamed like on June 20. More details can be found on their official website.

  • GARNiDELiA’s MARiA Announces Second Photobook Release ‘THIS IS’

    17.June.2021 | FASHION / MUSIC

    Frontwoman MARiA of Japanese pop rock duo GARNiDELiA has announced that her second photobook collection THIS IS will be released on August 6, 2021.

     

    MARiA has continued to grow and mature as an artist since her first photobook MARiAL hit shelves a year and a half ago. In this beautiful new 120-page collection, she dons a whole range of different outfits from a gorgeous crimson red dress to a pretty tutu dress, a traditional kimono serving the Japanese aesthetic, and more. It’s a graceful and emotional insight into both MARiA as a woman and an artist. The art direction and shoot was conceived by top Japanese photographer Muga Miyahara whose artistic work has taken him across Japan and overseas.



    In 2020, MARiA celebrated the 10th anniversary of GARNiDELiA by taking charge of the artwork, lyrics, and outfits for the duo’s releases. She also became a model for numerous fashion brands in Japan and started gaining more fans overseas. On Weibo, the China’s version of Twitter, she has over 2.85 million followers, putting her in the Top 3 most popular Japanese female artists on the service.

     

    Last month, MARiA released her hit first solo album Utamonogatari which invites many big guest musicians on board such as Masayoshi Mamazaki, Hotaka Yamashita (Ikimonogakari), Yohei Hashiguchi (wacci), and more.は



    MARiA’s work doesn’t just stop at GARNiDELiA, a duo known for producing many songs for anime series. She continues to evolve, challenging herself to new forms of expression. Be sure to check out her new photobook THIS IS when it drops on August 6.

  • Imabari is a city in Ehime Prefecture that faces the Seto Inland Sea. Since olden times, it has flourished as an important location for marine traffic. It’s home to a bounty of recognised national treasures and historical heritage sights, and is also famous for its production of citrus fruits such as mikan. Japanese pop star, model, and icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu took a trip to this ancient city to discover its wonder and beauty.

     

    A Visit to the Historical Sea Route

     

     

    Oyamazumi Shrine

    A ‘power spot’ revered by prominent people

    Oyamazumi Shrine has been revered by prominent figures throughout history as a place dedicated to the god of the mountain, god of the ocean, and the god of war. It’s home to numerous Important Cultural Properties which are available for viewing by the public such as the armour worn by the military commander Minamoto no Yoshitsune when the Minamoto clan won the Genpei War (1180-1185), armour worn by women, and more. The shrine is also a notable power spot for the ancient tree that has stood there for 2,600 years and is now recognised as a natural monument of Japan. Power spots are places in Japan where the spiritually-inclined draw energy from.

     

    Information

    Oyamazumi Shrine

    Address: 3327 Omishimacho Miyaura, Imabari, Ehime 794-1393, Japan

    TEL: 0897-82-0032

    Opening Hours: Sunrise to 17:00

    National Treasure Building: 8:30-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)

    Official Website: https://oomishimagu.jp/

     

    Kurushima Kaikyo Service Area

    Lip-smacking food aplenty

    If you’re one for great views, then the Kurushima Kaikyo service area is a must-visit, offering a panoramic look at the Kurushima Strait of the Seto Inland Sea. The service area is very well know particularly for the Jaguchi Mikan Juice, something of a city legend in Ehime where you can enjoy fresh mikan juice straight from a tap. You can also tuck a rice bowl dish made with tachiuo hairtail caught in the Seto Inland Sea that’s made to look like Kurushima Kaikyō Bridge, or try Imabari’s soul food dish: the Imabari Yakibuta Tamago Meshi, a pork, egg, and rice bowl. Don’t pass up the chance to snap a photo at the designated photo spot with the Seto Inland Sea in the back either like Kyary above.

     

    Information

    Kurushima Kaikyo Service Area

    Address: 3-9-68 Ohamacho, Imabari, Ehime, 794-0002, Japan

    Food Court: [Weekdays] 8:00-21:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 7:00-22:00

    Shops: [Weekdays] 8:00-21:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 7:00-22:00

    Outside Shopping Area & Cafes: [Weekdays] 9:00-17:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 9:00-18:00

    Official Website: https://www.jb-highway.co.jp/sapa/kurushima.php

     

    Murakami Suigun Museum

    Dedicated to the Imabari heroes who protected the ocean


    Murakami Suigun Museum is dedicated to kaizoku—pirates, or lords of the sea—something which conjures to mind villainy or bad guys, but the Murakami pirates were also considered heroes who helped maintain order and protect the sea during the Sengoku warring period of Japan. The museum features many displays of Murakami family treasures including the battle surcoat which the pirate leader wore over his armour, proudly bearing the Murakami family crest. Visitors can wear replicas of this coat, which Kyary tired herself: “Now I’m sorta like a military commander too,” she said.

     

    Information 

    Murakami Suigun Museum

    Address: 1285 Miyakubocho Miyakubo, Imabari, Ehime 794-2203, Japan
    TEL: 0897-74-1065

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

    Closed: Mondays (or Tuesday if the Monday falls on a public holiday) / New Year Holidays (Dec 29-Jan 3)

    Official Website: https://www.city.imabari.ehime.jp/museum/suigun/

     

    Roadside Station Yoshiumi Iki-iki-kan

    A bundle of fun and entertainment in one place

    Roll on up to Roadside Station Yoshiumi Iki-iki-kan to enjoy a shichirin BBQ feast with fresh seafood caught in the Seto Inland Sea while gazing out across Kurushima Kaikyo. This building complex serves as a resting spot and is also the perfect place to purchase local souvenirs including Ehime specialty products. It’s also famous for its offering the chance to board a boat to ride around Kurushima Kaikyo, renting out bicycles, and more. You’ll also be able to meet Koro-chan, a popular fish who has lived there for 30 years.

     

    Information

    Roadside Station Yoshiumi Iki-iki-kan

    Address: 4520-2 Yoshiumichomyo, Imabari, Ehime 794-2114, Japan

    TEL: 0897-84-3710

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

    Restaurant: 10:00-16:00 (Last Orders 15:00)

    Closed: New Year’s Day (and certain days in winter)

    Official Website: http://www.imabari-shimanami.jp/ikiiki/

     

    Dolphin Farm Shimanami

    Meet the cute and friendly dolphins

     

    Dolphin Farm Shimanami, which is connected to Hakata Beach, is the best and biggest place in Japan to interact with dolphins. Visitors can get close to them and the dolphins will show off their tricks and skills. There’s even a car camping area you can stay at.

     

    Information

    Dolphin Farm Shimanami

    Address: 1673 Hakatacho Kanoura, Imabari, Ehime 794-2302, Japan

    TEL: 0897-72-8787

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

    Closed: On days with bad weath

    Official Website: https://www.df-shimanami.com/

     

    Hakata Beach

    A white sandy beach rolling out 200-meters 

     

     

    Hakata Beach is located at the base of Oshima Bridge in Hakata. The beach is famous for its salt which is best tried on their popular sweet-tasting sea salt ice cream.

     

    Information

    Hakata Beach

    Address: 1668-1 Hakatacho Kanoura, Imabari, Ehime 794-2302, Japan

    Sea Bathing: Early July – Late August

    Official Website: https://www.city.imabari.ehime.jp/kanko/spot/?a=198

     

    Imabari Towels

    High quality towels woven with tradition and technique

     

    Imabari is the biggest producer of towels in Japan. Even their white towels alone have countless types you can choose from, allowing you to pick which level of softness and comfort you want. The iconic brand logo is also impactful, capturing the quality, production, and enthusiasm that the makes have for the product. Kyary herself uses them all the time!

     

    Information 

    Imabari Towel

    Official Website: https://www.imabaritowel.jp/

     

    Sunrise Itoyama

    Need a bike?

    Sunrise Itoyama, located in the Imabari Central Cycling Terminal, is a rental bicycle service that has bikes and helmets for everyone’s needs. Rent out a bike and ride the Shimanami Sea Route which connects Ehime and Hiroshima with a series of bridges that hop across the islands of the Seto Inland Sea.

     

    Information 

    Sunrise Itoyama

    Address: 2-8-1 Sunabacho, Imabari, Ehime 794-0001, Japan

    TEL: 0898-41-3196

    Rent-a-Cycle Details: https://www.sunrise-itoyama.jp/archives/rentacycle/

    Official Website: https://www.sunrise-itoyama.jp/

     

    Marutomi

    The famous restaurant known to every local

    If you want the real experience of Imabari’s yakitori soul food, you should visit Marutomi, a yakitori eatery. Imabari yakitori is different from the usual Japanese yakitori as it doesn’t come skewered. Instead, the chicken is cut into small pieces and fried that way. One of the most popular ways to have it is with the skin on so the outside is crunchy and the inside succulent. It goes perfect with a cup of sake too.

     

    Information 

    Marutomi

    2-3-6 Katayama, Imabari, Ehime 794-0063, Japan

    TEL: 0898-23-2740

    Opening Hours: 17:30-22:00

    Closed: Wednesdays

    Official Website: https://maru-marutomi.jp/

     

    Imabari Castle

    A castle by the sea

    Imabari Castle, built by the daimyo Tōdō Takatora, is known famously as one of Japan’s three “Castles on the Sea” and was also listed in Japan’s Top 100 Castles. When it was first constructed, boats could enter the moat from the ocean. It’s a site that breathes the prosperity that Imabari has enjoyed as a significant location for maritime traffic, the same Imabari that the Murakami pirates sought to protect. Head on up to the top of the castle to stand on the observation deck and gaze at an unbroken view of the city.

     

    Information

    Imabari Castle

    Address: 3-1-3 Toricho, Imabari, Ehime, 794-0036, Japan

    TEL: 0898-31-9233

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

    Closed: December 29 – December 31

    Official Website: https://www.city.imabari.ehime.jp/museum/imabarijo/

     

    Kirosan Observatory Park

    A breathtaking spectacle to remember

    Kirosan Observatory Park is officially recognised by Setonaikai National Park. Standing atop the observation deck fills the eyes with wonder as they gaze upon a panoramic stretch of Imabari, the Seto Inland Sea, and Kurushima Kaikyo all at once. Kyary wrapped up her time in Imabari here as the sunset coloured the sky and sea in warm evening hues.

     

    Information 

    Kirosan Observatory Park

    Address: 487-4 Yoshiumicho Minamiura, Imabari, Ehime 794-2115, Japan

    No Fixed Holidays

    Open 24-hours a day

    Official Website: https://www.city.imabari.ehime.jp/kanko/spot/?a=182

     

    Imabari Tourism Information: https://www.city.imabari.ehime.jp/kanko/

     

    We hope you enjoyed joining Kyary on her adventures across Imabari, and perhaps she even got you a little curious in wanting to visit the city yourself. It’s a treasure trove filled with vistas by the sea, in nature, and in the city itself with its Important Cultural Properties. Food is also a big part of travel for many people, so you can rest assured that your belly will be satisfied in Imabari as you try their speciality mikan, fresh seafood fished in the Seto Inland Sea, and more.

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