Foorin and Foorin team E Energise the World with Debut Performance of Paprika
20.November.2019 | MUSIC
Foorin is a music unit made up of elementary school children with music and lyrics produced entirely by Kenshi Yonezu. Their song Paprika aims to cheer everybody on in the runup to 2020 and beyond. Foorin teamed up with Yonezu’s English native children group Foorin team E for the debut of a 10-children version of Paprika which was performed at ABU TV Song Festival in Tokyo.
Foorin team E was recently formed on November 14 from Yonezu’s intention to expand Paprika’s cheerful message to children all over the world. Together with Foorin, the team of 10 delivered a power-packed performance of Paprika before a sea of broadcasters from Korea, Turkey, Vietnam, India and other asian countries and an audience of 3000 at the ABU TV Song Festival in Tokyo, which sets the stage for artists to represent Japan to the world.
In an interview with Foorin team E before the performance, main vocalist Jasmine stated her excitement for sharing Paprika with people all over the world.
Paprika has already become such a big sensation in Japan that children naturally dance when the song is played. The performance kicked off with the Japanese version of Paprika by Foorin, who were buzzing all over the stage in excitement and singing and dancing energetically. Upon hearing the hook of the song on the word “Paprika”, even the audience joined in on the blooming flower hand motions which are in the dance. The entire performance proved just how popular Paprika has become and how much it is loved all over Japan.
Led by Foorin onto the stage, Foorin team E looked ready. The two groups danced and sung together, performing the English version of Paprika. The dazzling performance was bursting with the fun and uplifting atmosphere of the song. As smiles spread from cheek to cheek onstage, smiles in the audience were also in full bloom, energised by the children’s performance.
As Paprika cheers us on into 2020 and beyond, the day when Paprika becomes a song to which children all over the world happily sing and dance to is getting closer.
Foorin and Foorin team E will also perform for the first time at the 70th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen, making this New Year an extra special one for your family.
Photographer: Yusuke Yamatani
NHK Paprika Official Website: https://sports.nhk.or.jp/dream/song/
How Does The World View Japan’s Sexual Culture? Check Out TENGA’s Report
19.January.2020 | SPOT
With the Tokyo 2020 Games just over the horizon, tourism is expected to rise in Japan. There is a lot of news out there about Japanese food, traditions and lifestyle that never fails to rake the tourists in. Today, we’ll be looking at something the average tourist doesn’t go poking their nose in – sex culture.
TENGA is a Japanese company that develops, manufactures and sells of items for sexual pleasure for men. TENGA is a globally popular brand and sells products in over 60 countries worldwide.
TENGA products, news and monthly newsletter Gekkan TENGA, which releases findings related to sex culture, are just some of the ways that the company conducts research into Japan’s sexual culture. Gekkan TENGA‘s latest report aims to discover how the world views sexual culture in Japan and sexual culture around the world. The report includes surveys conducted in nine countries including Japan and a discussion with foreign residents living in Japan. For those of you who don’t know a lot about Japan’s sex culture, we’re here to enlighten you!
Global Report on Masturbation
Following their global study in 2019, TENGA produced the TENGA 2019 Self-Pleasure Report that explores the difference in attitudes towards sex in different countries. Afterwards, the results were shown to a group of foreigners who reside in Japan for an open discussion.
In the last year, how satisfied have you been with your partner’s sexual performance?
In the US, China and various countries in Europe, approximately 70% of participants in the survey expressed moderate or high levels of satisfaction. On the other hand, Taiwan, Korea and Japan showed lower satisfaction levels with Japan lingering behind at a mere 40%.
Chinese Male: Mr. L
Perhaps the Japanese are experiencing lower levels of sexual satisfaction with their partners due to the large amount of stimulating media, manga and such which gives rise to unrealistic expectations.
Spanish Female: Ms G
Maybe the satisfaction levels in Spain are much higher because more people talk openly to their partners about what they want their partners to do for them.
The study suggests that many Japanese people are not entirely satisfied with their and their partner’s sexual relationship. Japan being loaded with a vast variety of stimulating materials does seem to be a likely a reason for this. Seeing such a low satisfaction rate result makes one question whether the Japanese feel lonely.
Would you say that Masturbation is healthy?
The US and European countries mostly answered “yes” to this but to varying degrees. The “yes” percentage for Japan, however, was on the low side. Majority of Japanese participants answered “neither healthy or unhealthy”, making it seem that masturbation is not widely considered as a major contributor towards health in Japan.
Discussion: How does the world view sexual culture in Japan?
After showing the results of the survey to a group of foreigners of different nationalities residing in Japan, a discussion took place. All participants seemed to agree that one of the biggest surprises they discovered in Japan was the large number of love hotels.
Ms. G from Spain: I was surprised to see so many love hotels in Japan.
Ms. T from Canada: Same here! It’s quite rare to see establishments solely built for sex in other countries.
Mr. C from America: In America, some people go to motels for sex but they weren’t built for that purpose.
Ms. G from Spain: In the west, most people have sex in their own homes. If couples choose to stay at a hotel, it’s usually to treat themselves, for example, a romantic getaway at a resort for their anniversary.
Ms. L from China: The walls of Japanese residences are quite thin so considering family, love hotels do seem essential.
Ms. T from Canada: I think it’s amazing that Japan has these hotels which are easy to identify and are catered towards people who want to have sex.
Is there anything about Japan’s sexual culture that surprises you? Each country has its own attitudes towards sex, however, Japan’s sexual culture is very unique. The newsletter Gekkan TENGA publishes back issues on its official website. Check out the link in the information section below for more information.
Newsletter Gekkan TENGA
Back Issues: https://www.tenga.co.jp/topics/category/g-tenga/
Tokyo’s MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE Food Menu is Just Too Kawaii to Eat
Fans of Japanese mangaka Momoko Sakura won’t be able to resist the new MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE which is set to open at Sunday Brunch in Tokyo on January 31, 2020 for six months. It’s collaboration between the manga series Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji, both by Momoko Sakura.
The cafe is opening to promote the release of the Chibi-Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji picture book. Customers can look forward to joining the two characters on their adventures as they are vividly recreated on their plates, with food and drink inspired by the beautiful scenes seen throughout the four seasons, cherry blossoms, Mount Fuji, and more. The menu line-up is an homage to Momoko Sakura’s iconic work.
Today, we finally get to take a peek at what’s on the menu at the cafe. Keep in mind this is just a small selection of what will be served.
*Menu item names are translated from Japanese
Homage Menu: Coji-Coji Came To Visit- ¥1,850 (Before Tax)
Both Marko-chan and Coji-Coji are made from cookies and are flying through the air together. Below them is Mount Fuji, made from rice and adorned with cherry blossoms. It’s sat in a lake of cod roe cream sauce littered with tea leaves.
Summer Menu: King of Sun Kingdom – ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
Enjoy this healthy keema curry packed full of nutritious vegetables as well as a piece of French toast made from fresh eggs and milk. The individual suns are made from pumpkin flavoured mashed potato, while the two pals have written a letter that says “To the King.”
Winter Menu: Three’s Company – ¥1,880 (Before Tax)
Delicious butterfly pea and spinach purees sit atop a bed of shrimp tomato cream and pumpkin soup, creating an eye-popping mixture of colours.
Sweets: Coji-Coji Came to Visit Baked Cheese Cake – 1 Slice w/Drink ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
This baked cheese cake celebrates the two’s meeting. You get one slice which will contain Mount Fuji and either Maruko-chan or Coji-Coji. Which will you be given?
Sweets: A Chat in the Cold Morning Chocolate Cake – 1 Slice w/Drink ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Layered with sumptuous mango custard cream, this cute gateaux chocolate cake is moist and delicious.
Parfait Drink: Onigiri People & Star Festival – ¥1,700 (Before Tax)
Inspired by the Milky Way in the Tanabata festival, this parfait drink includes jelly under which hides an assortment of fruits, cream, and vanilla ice cream. The juice itself has a squirt of cheese cream in it too.
Special Drink: What’s The Rainbow Invitation? – ¥980 (Before Tax)
A glass of lemonade that comes with a cafe-exclusive charm. There’s jelly inside the glass which dances and sparkles as you stir.
The cafe itself will also be decorated in picture book art in the form of tapestries and other things. There will also be a display of Momoko Sakura’s work, as well as Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji merchandise up for sale.
©️Momoko Sakura ©️Sakura Production
MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE
Location: Sunday Brunch, Marronnier Gate Ginza 1 Floor 4F (2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
Running: January 31, 2020 – July 31, 2020 (Subject to change)
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Reservations/Official Website: http://www.marucoji-cafe.com
Chat With My Melody Via Text Message Everyday With Sanrio’s Official New App
19.January.2020 | FASHION
My Melody’s birthday was yesterday (January 18), and in the run up to it, Sanrio released a new smartphone app on Friday named “Itsudemo Issho ni My Melody” (Together Always With My Melody). Described as a “healing app,” the app is My Melody’s way of cheering on those who are working hard every day; it continues her support of healing people on Twitter and radio with her personality.
This app was developed together with fans, with 300 of them participating in a questionnaire for it. It has three major functions including “Text Chat,” “Schedule,” and “Alarm,” all of which incorporate everybody’s favourite bunny.
Receive texts from My Melody with Talk Chat
The Talk Chat function enables you to chat with My Melody via text messages. Replies are given 24 hours a day, so you can send her a text at any time, whether it’s idle chit-chat or telling her a secret you can’t tell anyone else. Whatever it is you want to talk to her about, her words are sure to leave you feeling warm and fluffy.
The messaging service has 12 special stamps which can only be used on the app. If you send a certain stamp, you’ll even receive a call from My Melody. You can also customise the chat backgrounds as you please.
My Melody keeps your days organised with the Schedule
Using the app’s cute calendar, you can enter your schedule for each month.
My Melody will even send you reminders of upcoming plans in the chat too, even if the app is closed, so you won’t miss a thing.
There are 10 “Schedule Seals” you can use depending on what kind of reminder you are setting. Depending on which seal you use, My Melody will send you a different message. Setting a schedule has never been so much fun!
Look forward to waking up to My Melody’s voice with the Alarm
The Alarm function makes use of My Melody’s voice, which is sure to support you during your busy days. There are six voice functions you can set, from waking up in the morning to break time and more.
Additional convenient functions to be released in the future
More functions are set to be released in the future, including the Weather function in March which will have My Melody informing you what the weather will be like outside. If you ask her about the weather in the chat room, she’ll tell you the weather type, temperature, and more to help you prep for each day.
Download the My Melody app and make your days even more fun♡
Itsudemo Issho ni My Melody
Compatible With: iOS 12.0 and beyond (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) and Android 5.0 and beyond
milet’s Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Ending Theme Released Digitally
Milet will release her new EP Prover/Tell Me on February 19, 2020. In the run up to its release, the singer just dropped the track Prover today digitally ahead of the CD. The song is being used as the second ending theme for the ongoing TV anime series Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia.
milet is a Japanese singer-songwriter whose debut track inside you took home the Tokyo Drama Award last year. It also dominated the Recochoku Yearly Charts foro 2019, placing number one in the Download and Streaming categories for New Artist. milet made her industry-shaking debut in March last year, and continues to march forward with unstoppable force.
Together with the early release of Prover, the song’s official music video was also posted on the singer’s official YouTube channel.
The video was shot in a single take, and sees milet alone aboard a tiny boat with the vast night sky above her. A great storm surges, but we see her pull through, with a flock of birds flying overhead towards the end.
milet – “Prover” MUSIC VIDEO
milet is set to embark on her “Green Lights” tour from March 6, 2020. The tour will take her to 7 locations for 8 shows including two performances at Akasaka BLITZ in Tokyo.
ⒸTYPE-MOON / FGO7 ANIME PROJECT
Release Date: February 19, 2020
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,500 (Before Tax) [SECL-2535~2536]
Regular Edition (CD): ¥1,250 (Before Tax) [SECL-2537]
Limited Pressing Edition (CD+DVD: ¥1,600 (Before Tax) [SECL-2538~2539] *Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia CD cover
milet Official Website: http://www.milet.jp/
Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia
Initial Broadcast: October 5, 2019
Official Website: https://anime.fate-go.jp/ep7-tv/
Tokyo Disneyland’s Very Very Minnie! Event is a Must-Experience For Minnie Mouse Fans
Fans of Minnie Mouse won’t want to miss her special “Very Very Minnie!” event that she is hosting at Tokyo Disneyland right now until March 19. Expect to see plenty of cute decorations, experience eating cute food, and getting your hands on some cute merchandise♡
Hand washing area
You’re sure to have never experienced hand washing like this before. Keep your hands clean at the park with this special soap which when dispensed is shaped like Minnie Mouse wearing her iconic ribbon. This is available for the duration of the event only, so head to Tomorrowland or Critter Country to try it out.
Exclusive Minnie merchandise
Around 80 pieces of limited edition Very Very Minnie! merchandise are being sold for the event.
Parkers – Medium ¥4,900, Large ¥5,200 / Cap – ¥3,000 / Scarf Towel – ¥1,500
Dress up like Minnie Mouse with one of the two parkers, one featuring white and black polka dots of different sizes, and the other with red and white ones. There’s also a cute cap, and scarf towel, so you can enjoy the event even more.
Cushion – ¥2,300
Hand Cream Set – ¥1,600
Wall Pocket – ¥2,900 (*Items in pockets sold separately)
There’s also a cushion which you can put your hands in to keep warm this winter, a set of hand creams, a useful wall pocket which you can store various items inーand many more items, up to 80 of them!
When looking for something to eat, make sure you try out one of the many Minnie-themed food and drink items.
Cranberry Vanilla Mouse Cake with Souvenir Plate – ¥800 / Yoghurt & Raspberry Mouse with Souvenir Cup – ¥800 / Served at: Sweetheart Cafe
At the Sweetheart Cafe, you can get your hands on one of two of these desserts which come with their own free souvenirs which you can take to use at home. You won’t be able to resist the addictive sweet and sour flavour of the berries.
Special Set – ¥1,980 / Served at: The Plaza Inn
The Plaza Inn has a very special set prepared: a hearty meal featuring two hamburgers, ice cream for dessert with a white chocolate mousse adorned with Minnie’s ribbon, and more.
Popcorn with Buckets – ¥2,300
You’ll find this bucket sold at the popcorn wagon next to The Gazebo. It features a design of Minnie looking good in various outfits. If you’re wanting popcorn at Very Very Minnie! then look no further.
Minnie Mouse’s influence can be felt all over Tokyo Disneyland right now, so make sure you see everything when visiting for Very Very Minnie!
Very Very Minnie!
Running: January 10, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Naotaro Moriyama’s Somali and the Forest Spirit Opening Theme CD Cover Design Revealed
The CD cover for the digital release of Naotaro Moriyama’s song Arigatou wa Kocchi no Kotoba (TV Version) has been unveiled. The song is used as the opening theme for the onoing TV anime series Somali and the Forest Spirit which began airing on January 9.
The anime edit version of the track is set for digital release on January 24.
The cover design is the same as the teaser visual release for the anime series, featuring the Somali and Golem meeting each other for the first time. The song is the first by Naotaro Moriyama’s to be written for an anime series.
The song received a flood of love on Japanese social media when it first hit the air, with fans commenting how it brought them to tears for how beautiful it is.
Arigatou wa Kocchi no Kotoba will be made available across all major download and streaming platforms on January 24 including iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, LINE MUSIC, Recochoku, and so on.
Arigatou wa Kocchi no Kotoba (TV Version)
Release Date: January 24, 2020 (Digital Release)
Naotaro Moriyama Official Website: http://naotaro.com/
Somali and the Forest Spirit
Initial Broadcast: January 9, 2020 on AbemaTV, TOKYO MX, and BS Nippon TV
Official Website: https://somali-anime.com/
See Tokyo’s Cherry Blossoms at the SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET Event
17.January.2020 | SPOT
SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET is set to take place in the Nihonbashi, Yaesu and Kyobashi areas of Tokyo from March 15 to April 5 this year.
This marks the 7th run of the event. Naoki Ono, the chief editor of Kohkoku magazine, was invited on board as creative director for this year’s event, which promises plenty of cherry blossom-themed activities and content which you won’t experience anywhere else.
Running alongside the festival will be the Kengai・NIHONBASHI event which will take place on March 28 and 29. This two-day event encourages people to turn off their smartphones and spend some quality time in the real world away from the digital world. There will be a food market run by local famous restaurants of Nihonbashi, which is known for its incredible food, who are preparing some special bites to eat. There will also be live performances, a book market, and much more.
SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET Schedule
The Tree Of Light –Akari Sakura-
This cherry blossom art display will see around 100,000 LED lights bloom their beautiful radiance.
Running: March 16, 2020 – March 31, 2020
Location: COREDO Muromachi Terrace Main Roof
Nihonbashi Art Street -Kotobana Mik–
Inspired by the weeping cherry trees that blossom in Nihonbashi during springtime, this art installation will react to people’s voices as they walk and talk around it, causing the trees to bloom.
Running: March 16, 2020 – March 31, 2020
Location: Naka-dori Street
Sakura Menu Walk
Around 120 participating restaurants and eateries will serve up special cherry blossom-inspired menus for the season. When you order any of these menu items, you’ll receive a special novelty gift exclusive to the SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET event.
Running: March 15, 2020 – April 5, 2020
Location: Restaurants in the Nihonbashi area
Sakura Light Up
The town’s major facilities and establishments will be adorned and lit up beautifully with cherry blossom pink, as well the rows of cherry trees along Edozakura-dori Street.
Running: March 15, 2020 – April 5, 2020
Location: Edozakura-dori Street / Facilities along Chuo-dori Street
10,000 bags will be given away for free for locking your smartphone inside. This will enable attendees to enjoy the here and now of the event without being distracted by technology
Location: Handed out around Fukutoku Shrine
The book market is offering a new way to encounter books. The stock will include those featured at the Eslite Spectrum Nihonbashi pop-up shop from September 2019, as well as a selection of books from around Japan.
This is just a small look at what to look forward to at this year’s event, there is lots more planned. More details are to be announced in the coming months, so stay tuned.
Bunjee Jump From the Top of Kyoto Tower With Their New VR Experience
17.January.2020 | SPOT
Have you ever wondered what the thrill of bungee jumping would be like, but are too afraid of heights to even consider putting it on your bucket list? Have no fear, because Kyoto Tower is bringing a new VR bungee jumping experience to the top of the building which will be available to experience from February 1 for a limited time.
This VR experience was first brought to the tower in the fall of 2018, and this year it is making its grand return. After the event originally ended, there was huge demand for it to be held again.
Those brave enough to have a go at this VR bungee jump (or bungy, depending where you are from), will go above and beyond the 100 meter observation deck to the highest accessible point of Kyoto Towerーup 120.9 metersーwhich is normally closed off to the public, to the special VR deck which has been prepared.
The experience will offer you not only the thrill of jumping from Kyoto’s tallest structure, but the chance to gaze upon a panoramic view of the beautiful city too.
Kyoto Tower VR Bungy Jump
Running: February 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020
Time: 12:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:45)
Location: Kyoto Tower Observation Deck – Floor 1F (the 11th floor of Kyoto Tower)
・VR Bungy Ticket: ¥800 (Tax Included)
・Observation Deck & Bungy Set Ticket (Tax Included): Adults: ¥1,400 (Individual Purchase: ¥1,600)/High School Students: ¥1,300 (Individual Purchase: ¥1,450)/Elementary & Junior High Students: ¥1,100 (Individual Purchase: ¥1,350)
*Ages 7+ only
*Set tickets are available to purchase on floor 1F of Kyoto Tower
*Run times subject to change
*Ticket charges applied for ages 7+; those aged below 7-years-old are not permitted to use the VR system
*An entry ticket to the Kyoto Tower observation deck is not necessary to experience the VR system
Official Website: https://vr-bungee.com/
Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll & Pompompurin Japanese Wagashi Confections Releasing at Lawson Convenience Stores.
17.January.2020 | FOOD
Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll and Pompompurin are the latest to be picked up by character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas. These wagashi sweets will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan (excluding Lawson Store 100 branches) on January 21, 2020.
The character line-up is based on the top three winners of the 2019 Sanrio Character Awards which we covered last summer. Hello Kitty came first place at the awards, and so she has gotten a special limited edition design for the sweets series. Cinnamoroll was second on the award list, and this is his first time joining Tabemas. Third place was Pompompurin who appears once again with Tabemas due to his popularity.
The ‘Tabemas’ brand name is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
In line with the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, Hello Kitty is donning a kawaii rat outfit. Cinnamoroll’s charm point is his big ears and pink cheeks.
Each confection is filled with a different flavour bean paste: Hello Kitty is cheese, Cinamoroll is milk, and Pompompurin is of course Japanese custard pudding, or ‘purin,’ flavoured. They maintain that delicate flavour of traditional Japanese wagashi while having cute contemporary designs. You’ll be happy to know that all of the colouring is natural tooーno synthetic colours were added.
Perfect as a delicious treat, but don’t forget to snap a photo for Instagram first! Each of them is also limited in stock, so don’t miss your chance to grab one at the nearest Lawson store to you while in Japan.
© ’76,’96,’01,’20 SANRIO APPR.NO.S604062
Tabemas Hello Kitty 2020 / Tabemas Cinnamoroll / Tabemas Pompompurin 2020
Price: ¥280 Each (Tax Included)
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Available: At chilled desserts section of Lawson convenience stores across Japan
*Not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100
*Available while supplies last
Product Page: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/sanrio3/
Check Out Tokyo Disneyland’s Adorable ‘It’s Very Minnie!’ Show
Tokyo Disneyland has launched its Minnie-tastic programme Very Very Minnie on January 10 and it will run until March 19, 2020. The programme is packed with exciting limited period events including themed decorations, merchandise and special foods and drinks. Today we’ll be focussing on the It’s Very Minnie! show.
Presented at Showbase, It’s Very Minnie! is a musical revue show featuring Minnie Mouse and her Disney friends. The show is a mixture of Latin music, romance and even club scenes. As Minnie and friends dance rhythmically to the music, their colourful costumes colour the stage in a variety of styles. Each show lasts approximately 25 minutes.
Minnie dances in a classic red and white polka dot outfit. Her performance to Minnie Oh Minnie will have you singing along in no time.
As the lively music kicked in, Donald, Chip and Dale took to the stage in their Latin costumes.
As the music was constantly switching, the characters and dancers changed costumes at lightning speed.
Finally, Mickey and Minnie danced together. Just watching the couple dance will warm your heart.
Seeing Minnie in a beautiful pink dress, the crowd couldn’t help but scream “so cute!”
The show was a mix of the park’s many nostalgic tunes and Minnie in her many adorable outfits. From the very moment the intro played and Minnie’s figure appeared, fans instantly went wild. Watching fans chant their love for Minnie was very touching to see.
The timing of the dancers and characters was perfect. They even got down from the stage to interact with the audience, who were singing and clapping along to the music with excitement.
Some songs and costumes in the show were even having their debut. The stage was buzzing with so much excitement that it was impossible to look away.
Just watching Minnie’s variety of expressions will make you fall in love with her even more. You will want to go see her again and again. This is one of the best shows in history that Disneyland has ever put on.
Whether you’re a Minnie fan or not, anybody is bound to enjoy this fun-filled show.
Very Very Minnie!
Running: January 10 – March 19, 2020
Special Edition Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/fantasy/veryveryminnie/index.html
It’s Very Minnie! Special Edition Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/fantasy/veryveryminnie/show.html
Kawaii Fashion Magazine LARME’s 44th Issue Includes Pokémon Inspired Outfits & More
17.January.2020 | FASHION
The 44th issue of self-described “sweet girly artbook” fashion magazine LARME was released today (January 17).
Nagisa Saitō makes her second appearance in the =LOVE section
Japanese music artist Nagisa Saitō made her debut appearance in LARME 043 and received a huge reaction from readers in the =LOVE section of the magazine. In the latest issue, she showcases trending spring makeup for the start of the new year, explains how to make your lips look juicy and tempting, and more.
Maika Yamamoto becomes a mystery foreign exchange student
Maika Yamamoto is serving various hair and fashion styles in the new issue inspired by foreign exchange students from various countries, including a lycéenne from France, a beautiful blonde-haired girl from Russia, a hot girl from Mexico, a girl from a samgyeopsal shop in South Korea, and a traditional-looking girl from England.
Stylish collaboration with Pokémon
LARME has collaborated with Pokémon to bring Pokémon-inspired outfits. See Marina, Chisato Yoshiki, Cocona Umeyama, and Natsue Tokomoto dress like Pikachu, Scorbunny, Bulbasaur, Eevee, Ho-Oh, Gengar, Mew, and Vulpix (Alola version).
And plenty more kawaii content
There’s lots of other cute content to took forward to in the first issue of 2020 too, including a lolita maid Valentine’s co-ord, the LARME models’ various interpretations of “girly” shown in a chronology of how their styles have matured, and more.
Learn all about the latest in Japanese fashion trends in the new spring-themed issue of LARME.
LARME 044 MARCH
Release Date: January 17, 2020
Available: At bookshops, convenience stores, and online bookshops in Japan
Price: ¥609 (Before Tax)
LARME Official Website: http://www.larme-magazine.jp
Kenshi Yonezu-Produced Foorin team E ‘Paprika’ Single’s CD Bonuses Revealed
17.January.2020 | MUSIC
Aiming to cheer everybody on in the runup to 2020 and beyond, Kenshi Yonezu formed two music groups consisting of young children called Foorin and Foorin team E to perform the Japanese and English versions of his song Paprika respectively as part of an ongoing music project.
Foorin team E’s version of the song is set to hit shelves on January 22, and in the run up to its release, the CD covers as well as the bonus item included with the CDs have been unveiled.
First Press Edition
The CDs are being released in First Press Edition and Regular Edition copies. First Press copies are packaged in a 7-inch cardboard jacket and include a poster-size card with the lyrics on them as well as a DVD featuring the song’s music video. The CD covers as well as Kenshi Yonezu’s music video for Paprika were drawn by Japanese artist Ryu Kato.
Additionally, select participating stores will couple their CDs with the above-pictured magnet.
All royalties made from both Foorin and Foorin team E’s versions of the songーboth the physical and digital releasesーwill be donated to the Japan Sports Promotion Centre which helps train next generation athletes.
Foorin’s Paprika music video has broken 160 million views on YouTube and won the 61st Kagayaku! Japan Record Award. The English version of the music video was released in December last year and has amassed almost 3 million views on YouTube.
Photo by Takako Noel
Be sure to check out both music videos and support Foorin and Foorin team E’s future endeavours!
Foorin team E – “Paprika” (CD Single)
Release Date: January 22, 2020
First Press Edition (CD+DVD+7-Inch Packaging): ¥1,364 (Before Tax) [SECL-2540~41]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥636 (Before Tax) [SECL-2542]
Download/Stream Links: https://smej.lnk.to/s-Eba
Bonus Magnet (team E version) – Participating Stores
NHK “Paprika” Homepage: https://sports.nhk.or.jp/dream/song/