Don’t miss Puroland’s first ever Easter event ー a day full of fun, bunnies and eggs!
23.February.2017 | SPOT
From Saturday 18th March to Tuesday 27th June 2017, Sanrio Puroland will be holding its first ever Easter event “Puro Easter”! You can catch Hello Kitty, My Melody, Gudetama and many other characters performing in a parade, take some snaps at colourful photo spots decorated with eggs, and indulge in the abundant opportunities for you to become your favourite character whilst munching through the food menu!
Celebrate Easter in style with the “Easter Celebration Parade”. A total of 7 characters including MY Melody (a bunny) and Gudetama (an egg) will be taking part, which fits perfectly with the Easter theme of bunnies and eggs!
Join in the parade by singing and dancing along with the characters, who are searching for Easter eggs throughout the parade! This parade is the perfect way to greet in the new Spring! Penlights designed with Gudetama dressed as a bunny rabbit will also be available at the parade– wave these around during the show and there’s no doubt you’ll and add to the collective celebratory feeling!
There will also be a limited Easter menu where the meals, cups and straws are all Easter egg-themed! Hold the designs in front of your face to transform into a new character —and don’t forget to snap a picture! The limited edition goods range also includes a hairband that allows the wearer to transform into a bunny!
Visit the 1st floor of Puroland during the limited period and take a photo wearing some original goods to make the perfect Easter photo! ♪
■ Event period: Saturday 18th March 〜 Tuesday 27th June 2017
■ Event contents
・Easter celebration parade performance (visitor participation)
- Bunny rabbit and Easter egg colourful photo spots
- Limited edition Easter menu
■ Official website: http://www.puroland.jp/puro-easter/
Kabukichō Sherlock Anime Ending Song by Lozareena Released on Downloading Services
Cute and edgy singer-songwriter Lozareena receives constant praise and admiration from numerous creators for her distinctive voice. She has previously featured on the NHK TV and radio program Minna no Uta. Her songs have also been played for several days in a row on NHK General TV and NHK Educational TV. Lozareena is known for having featured in the song Don’t you think feat. Lozareena by THE ORAL CIGARETTES (released by A-Sketch). Social media sites are flooding with comments on her beautiful voice.
Following the premiere of Kabukichō Sherlock on the late night anime programming block Animeism on MBS, TBS and BS-TBS on October 11, the ending theme song Hyakuoku Kounen (Ten Billion Light Years) has been released on downloading services in Japan. Upon hearing the ballad, which was produced by Seiji Kameda, the listener will feel time pass slower.
Kabukichō Sherlock fans are excited to know how the song fits into the anime. Along with the song’s digital release, artwork for the song has also been revealed. Please check out the artwork along with the single and the anime to enjoy a complete experience.
A Statement from Seiji Kameda
Lozareena’s voice is magical. There are times when her voice sounds childlike. Her voice paints an image of emotional pain entwined with strength. I have the utmost respect for her because she puts in all her effort when she sings.
Hyakuoku Kounen (Ten Billion Light Years)
Download Links: https://smr.lnk.to/TxBp6
Lozareena Official Website: http://lozareena.com/
TV Anime Kabukichō Sherlock
Premiere: October 2019, 11
Available on Animeism (MBS, TBS, BS -TBS)
Official Website: http://pipecat-kabukicho.jp/
Also available on the following Media Service Providers:
Docomo Anime Store (From October 12, 2019, every Saturday from 12:00)
AbemaTV (From October 15, 2019)
To be released on the following media service providers after October 19, 2019:
niconico（NicoNico Namahousou／NicoNico Channel)／GYAO!／Hikari-TV／Fuji TV On Demand／Bandai Channel／Hulu／J:COM On Demand／Video Pass／Anime Hodai／U-NEXT／Amazon／NETFLIX／Rakuten TV／DMM.com／Video Market／HAPPY Douga／MOVIE FULL plus
Starbucks Japan Unveils Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®
17.October.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan has announced a new beverage called the Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® which will be released at Starbucks branches (*1) across Japan from 17:22 (*2)―the time of sunset when night begins―on October 18, 2019. The coffee chain is also releasing its new “Halloween Masquerade” filter on Instagram (*3).
*1. Select branches not participating.
*2. Roll out time may differ at select branches.
*3. Instagram is a service owned by Facebook, Inc. The above-mentioned filter is not backed or managed by Instagram in any way nor is it affiliated with the service.
The Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® is themed on an evening masquerade party. It will go on sale when the sun sets at 17:22 on October 18. As the name suggests, the drink itself is black and mysterious like the night, blending together black cocoa powder with white chocolate brownie.
The jet black beverage also has a red hue to it which comes from a sweet and sour red berry sauce made from raspberries, cranberries and strawberries. It’s topped with a squirt of fluffy whipped cream, sprinkled with black cocoa powder, and drizzled with more of that red berry sauce to create that Halloween aesthetic. The black cocoa adds a delicious bitterness to the sweetness of the brownie and the sweet and sour mixed berries, creating a mouth-watering flavour combination.
The Halloween Masquerade filter was developed by Starbucks for people’s Instagram stories this Halloween. There are four masks to choose from which can be changed by just tapping on the screen. There are other cool Halloween effects on the filter to find too. Something might even pop out of your mouth if you open wide…
Starbucks Japan will also sell the above-pictured Halloween cup stands when the drinks go on sale. Limited in stock, the stands come in black and white, titled Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® or the Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino® respectively. You can buy them separately or as a set.
Experience a spooky masquerade party at Starbucks this Halloween.
Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®
Price: Tall Size Only – ¥590 (Before Tax)
Running: October 18, 2019 at 17:22 to October 31, 2019 (While supplies last)
Available: At most Starbucks Japan branches
Starbucks “Halloween Masquerade” AR Filter
Available: From October 16, 2019 at 10:30 (JST)
How to Use:
・Available from Starbucks Japan’s official Instagram profile @starbucks_j
・Download the Instagram app on your phone and access via https://sbux.jp/masq
*The filter will be removed without notice on November 1, 2019
Running: October 18, 2019 – October 31, 2019 (While supplies last)
Halloween Red Night Frappuccino® / Halloween Dark Night Frappuccino®
Price: ¥990 Each (Before Tax) *Fits Tall size drinks only, Frappuccino® drink sold separately at ¥590
Available: At most Starbucks Japan branches
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
m-flo & J Balvin’s ‘HUMAN LOST’ Animated Music Video Receives International Praise
Last week, an animated music video was released for the main theme song of the upcoming original anime film Human Lost. The song was written by m-flo and features vocals from Colombian Grammy Award-winning artist J Balvin.
It has since amassed over 200k views on YouTube, and has garnered worldwide attention, with fans praising the triple, no-borders collaboration between m-flo, J Balvin and the animated film.
The music video ranked at No. 2 on the iTunes Store, while the song made it into various Spotify playlists around the world, including New Music Friday in Asia, New Music Friday Latin in Latin America, and Tokyo Super Hits in Japan. The video has also made it onto TV in Columbia, which is the home country of J Balvin and m-flo’s own LISA. Rolling Stone described Balvin as having “made a name for himself by transcending borders, both of the national and musical variety.”
The music video was animated by internationally-acclaimed and award-winning animators Polygon Pictures, Inc and OLM Digital. The character design work for J. Balvin’s animated character was created by Yūsuke Kozaki.
Scenes of m-flo and J.Balvin are woven together with highlight scenes from the anime film Human Lost. The original animated feature film will be released in Japan on November 29, 2019. The film will be screened in the US ahead of the Japanese release on October 22 and 23 with the subtitled version rolling out on October 22 and the dubbed version on October 23. which will hit US theatres on October 22, 2019.
J Balvin is one of the world’s top artists with over 50 million monthly listeners on Spotify and more than 30 million Instagram followers. He has also performed with other global superstars including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. The song was released simultaneously worldwide on October 11.
©2019 HUMAN LOST Project
HUMAN LOST feat. J Balvin (Digital Release)
Digital Release: October 11, 2019
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin -Spanish Version-
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin -Reggaeton Remix by Nao beatz- (October 25, 2019)
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin -Reggaeton Remix by Mitsunori Ikeda- (November 8, 2019)
Streaming Links: https://m-flo.lnk.to/20191011_humanlost_jp
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin / against all gods (CD Release)
Release Date: October 23, 2019
Price: ¥1,320 (Tax Included) [RZCD-86954]
m-flo 9th Album “KYO”
Release Date: November 6, 2019
2 CDs (Album+Mix CD) + DVD – ¥5,550 (Tax Included) [RZCD-86962～3/B]
1 CD (Album) + DVD – ¥4,400 (Tax Included) [RZCD-86964/B]
2 CDs (Album+Mix CD) – ¥3,850 (Tax Included) [RZCD-86965～6]
m-flo Official Website: https://m-flo.com/?ls=ja&cache=false
J Balvin Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jbalvin/?hl=ja
Release Date: November 29, 2019 (Japan)
©2019 HUMAN LOST Project
Official Website: human-lost.jp
Shibuya PARCO Refurbishments Reveal Collaboration Exhibitions With AKIRA, AUTO MOAI, JUN INAGAWA And More
The new fully refurbished Shibuya PARCO shopping complex is set to reopen on November 22, 2019. When Shibuya PARCO closed for renovations in 2016, GALLERYX BYPARCO was moved to Spain-zaka in the centre of Shibuya. This November, GALLERY X will return to its home on the basement floor 1 of the shopping complex.
The first opening exhibition of GALLERY X is titled “AKIRA ART OF WALL Katsuhiro Otomo × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION” which will see an entire wall decorated in a collage of art by manga author and film director Katsuhiro Otomo and his legendary series AKIRA until May 2020.
The art wall is in fact a relocation of the AKIRA art wall that has existed at the infrastructure building site in Shibuya for almost two years. Parts of it was damaged over time, and so it will resurface at PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO on the 4th floor of the new Shibuya PARCO. That’s not all: there will also be valuable original works displayed as well as posters, 3D model recreations of things seen in AKIRA, the series soundtrack by Geinoh Yamashirogumi playing, 3D attractions where you can interact with a futuristic “Neo Tokyo” and much more.
AUTO MOAI (December 2019)
Kazuki Iio (Zun) (December 2019)
Misaki Tanaka (February ー March 2020)
JUN INAGAWA (April 2020)
The first exhibition will be followed by a strong lineup of exhibitions. The exhibition areas will be filled with a wide range of attractions, making it appealing for a wide range of people with different tastes.
* The above information and dates are subject to change at any moment without prior notification.
GALLERY X is full of originality and is a source of the latest entertainment culture so please check it out.
Address: Shibuya PARCO floor B1, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 21:00
Official Website: art.parco.jp/
THE MACHIYA SHINSEN-EN: Kyoto’s New Traditional & Modern Fused Hotel
17.October.2019 | SPOT
THE MACHIYA SHINSEN-EN is a new hotel that just opened on Tuesday (October 15) located just a five-minute walk from Kyoto’s world heritage site Nijō Castle. Renovated from an old Kyoto-esque townhouse, this 21-room hotel fuses traditional Japanese architecture with the modern, complete with a lounge on the first floor decked with an open space where guests can enjoy a gorgeous breakfast if they choose the option. The friendly staff will be waiting to welcome guests to the hotel like friends.
The hotel’s name derives from Shinsenen, a Japanese Buddhist temple and Kyoto sightseeing spot located just a one-minute walk from the site. The temple is home to Japan’s only “ehomaki shrine” where Toshitokujin, the goddess of auspicious directions for the current year, is enshrined. The temple is also home to an enormous and beautiful lake, and is said to provide good luck with marriage ties, something which is known to everyone in Kyoto. The “machiya” part of the hotel’s name means “townhouse” in Japanese.
The hotel combines the traditional with the modern effortlessly, with four types of suite rooms available including the spacious corner suite rooms, as well as suite rooms that focus more on traditional Japanese architecture, namely that of the old-fashioned townhouse. All suite rooms have a kitchen, washer/dryer, and other convenient amenities for those looking for a longer stay, as well as for families and larger groups.
THE SHINSEN-EN Deluxe Suite
Located on the top floor, this corner suite room offers a spacious environment and enjoys plenty of natural lighting for the window which takes up an entire wall. There are both beds as well as a tatami area with futons so you can pick how you want to sleep. There’s also a roomy washroom as well as a dining space with a fully-equipped kitchen and washer dryer. The room also has a sofa, TV, refrigerator, free WiFi, and more for your convenience.
THE MACHIYA Deluxe Suite (Dragon)
This suite room has a Japanese aesthetic with its paper sliding doors and hanging scrolls. Natural light seeps in from the ceiling window fitted to the high ceiling. As well as the Japanese-style bedroom, it also has a western-style bedroom and living room, as well as both beds and futons, so you can pick if you want a Japanese sleep or a western sleep. There is a fully-equipped kitchen and washer dryer. The room also has a sofa, TV, refrigerator, free WiFi, and more for your convenience.
THE SHINSEN-EN Suite
The entrance to this suite room has lattice doors and stone paving, welcoming you with that traditional Japanese aesthetic. The spacious room basks in natural lighting from the enormous windows. There is a fully-equipped kitchen and washer dryer. The room also has a sofa, TV, refrigerator, free WiFi, and more for your convenience.
In addition to suite rooms there are four other types including Deluxe Twin, Superior Hollywood Twin, Hollywood Twin, and Classic Hollywood Twin. The rooms enjoy indigo blue and orange colouring for a relaxed and modern feel. Each have their own washrooms, toilets, sofas and desks. Additionally, all first floor rooms can be connected, so you can turn them into full 2-3 or 4-5 people spaces.
Guests can use the first floor lounge space freely and at their own leisure. And if they choose so they can also enjoy breakfast there.
The front desk staff can speak both English and Japanese so can support foreign travelers. The hotel is situated in a great place for sightseeing, so be sure to consider booking at the all-new THE MACHIYA SHINSEN-EN if travelling to Tokyo.
THE MACHIYA SHINSEN-EN
Opened: October 15, 2019
Address: 17-1 17 Shinsenencho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Nijōjō-mae Station
Rooms: 21 (approx. 22-45㎡)
Capacity: 2-5 people
Breakfast: Served in first floor lounge for an additional fee
Official Website: https://shinsen-en.com/
Mobile Suit Gundam Themed Glasses & Case Releasing in Collaboration With OWNDAYS
Japanese eyewear chain company OWNDAYS has announced a collaboration with Mobile Suit Gundam to celebrate the anime series’ 40th anniversary.
Together, they have crafted four glasses frames inspired by four different Mobile Suits from the series. You can also snap onto each pair sunglasses lenses too, making them convenient in all weathers. The collection will be released at OWNDAYS stores in Japan as well as their online shop on December 13.
In the run up to their release, early pre-orders for a very special 1/7 scale Mobile Suit head glasses case will open at the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza branch of OWNDAYS on October 18. The case can hold up to 6 pairs of glasses.
Mobile Suit Gundam is a centerpiece of anime culture, adored and acclaimed the world over as a classic. These products will begin rolling out in 12 countries and regions in the coming months.
GUNDAM×OWNDAYS Wear the GUNDAM
Release Date: December 13, 2019 / Price: ¥11,980 (Before Tax) *Comes with lenses
The frames are made with a light and durable stainless sheet and each have a matte colour for a high-quality feel. They are inspired by Mobile Suits from the anime series. The front parts have a hardened layered structure, while the temple parts are lightweight to ensure they can be worn for long periods of time without causing discomfort.
GUNDAM HEAD CASE
Pre-Orders: October 24, 2019 / Shipping: From Early March 2020 / Price: ¥39,980 (Before Tax)
The RX-78-2 Gundam head glasses case can hold up to 6 pairs of glasses. Pulling on the antennas will release the doors to store the glasses. After storing your glasses and returning the antennas, the head will make a sound and it will flash lights.
GUNDAM HEAD CASE Early Pre-Orders
Location: OWNDAYS DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
Running: October 18, 2019 – October 23, 2019 (While stocks last)
*Only running at the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza branch of OWNDAYS
General pre-orders will begin on October 24, 2019
OWNDAYS Official Website: https://www.owndays.com/jp/ja
Japanese Sweets Brand Minamoto Kitchoan to Open Cafe Restaurant K. MINAMOTO in Ginza
16.October.2019 | FOOD
Japanese confectionery brand Minamoto Kitchoan will open a new cafe and restaurant called “K. MINAMOTO” on October 19.
K. MINAMOTO will be located on floors 2-5 at THE HOUSE, Minamoto Kitchoan’s new company building which it just moved to on October 3. The cafe-restaurant’s menu concept is dubbed “Ginza Sunny Fruits.” It takes into consideration how daily fruit consumption has greatly decreased today by serving up a luxurious fresh fruit-packed line-up.
Minamoto Kitchoan is a company that has made full use of fruits since its establishment, including the suikanshuku, a Japanese wagashi confection made of whole dried domestic persimmons. We can trust then that K. MINAMOTO will provide us with our 5-a-day.
Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Fruit Soup – ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
Seafood Lemon Cream Fedelini w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Each and every dish on the menu has fruit, all grown in Japan to ensure the a high level of quality. Since the dishes have fruity flavours, prepping them is simple, and they enjoy the colours and textures of each fruit.
Drinks haven’t been left out either. They are made with fruit purees and syrup, or are tossed in as they are, allowing for maximum fruity goodness.
Smoked Salmon, Fruit Salad & Potato Galette w/ Fruit Soup – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Autumn Fruit Almond Pudding – ¥1,760 (Tax Included)
All the staff at K. MINAMOTO have a wealth of knowledge about the menu and the fruits used in each dish. Their service creates a comfortable atmosphere, and though they are polite they are incredibly friendly, so you can call out to them without worry.
Get your fill of fruit from the all-new K. MINAMOTO, opening October 19.
Grand Opening: October 19, 2019
Address: Minamoto Kitchoan Shinhonsha Bldg. “THE HOUSE” (Floors 2F-5F), 6-9-8 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 11:30-20:30 / [Sun & Holidays] 11:30-19:00
No Fixed Closures
Minamoto Kitchoan official website: https://www.kitchoan.co.jp
This Week’s Dessert: Savouring Autumntime Matcha Sweets at ATELIER de GODIVA in Ikebukuro
One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent to ensure happiness.
I’ve been working relatively hard as of late. I had some spare time before a business meeting, so I took advantage of the occasion to treat myself to some desserts. My destination: ATELIER de GODIVA located inside Seibu Ikebukuro.
GODIVA has numerous stores throughout Tokyo, but Ikebukuro’s concept store branch has an eat-in space that’s perfect for that tea or coffee break.
ATELIER de GODIVA boasts that same level of quality when it comes to their desserts, some of which are exclusive to this branch. There are only three branches: this one in Seibu Ikebukuro (Tokyo), another in Daimaru Kyoto (Kyoto), and the last in Hakata Hankyu (Fukuoka). The cake I am showing you today is a special dessert sold only in these three branches (and is takeout only at Hakata Hankyu).
The first delight I ordered was the Mousse Matcha Cherry.
Mousse Matcha Cherry: Eat in ¥980 / Takeout ¥780 (*Matcha Ice Cream is eat-in only)
Available: Until November 26, 2019 while supplies last
The shiny cake is served on a round white plate with a dollop of matcha ice cream. The pink berry sauce is drizzled around the plate to make the plating even cuter.
Time to tuck in. This extravagant cake is supported by a fluffy matcha mousse topped with a crunchy chocolate sable. On top of that still are juicy cherries, adding a hint of freshness to the cake. The matcha glaze on the mousse has just the right amount of bitterness, which when coupled with the subtly sweet matcha mousse makes for a heavenly balance of flavours. Lined around the base of the mousse are sweet and sour dried raspberries which elevated the matcha-ness of the matcha mousse.
The matcha ice cream which it comes with when you order to eat in is rich and creamy.
I was full up after my dessert, but since I’d taken the time to come here I wanted to order a drink too… so I got a takeout Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami from a shop adjoining ATELIER de GODIVA.
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami – ¥602 (*Takeout only at the GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro branch)
This new drink is part of GODIVA’s chocolate and tea pairing series. The chefs at GODIVA have carefully selected the best varieties of tea to combine with chocolate. This one is an iced drink made with white chocolate and matcha.
It’s a mix of GODIVA’s popular smooth and sweet white chocolate and rich Uji matcha. It’s crowned with a sprinkling of bitter Uji matcha powder. All of the flavours are highlighted in this sweet drink. The crunchy white chocolate pieces you sip up as you drink are delicious. It’s the kind of drink where you’re sure to find something new each time you take a drink.
My 30-minute tea break is my little self-indulgence for the day. Spare minutes in my daily schedule affords me the chance to go and enjoy some delicious desserts. You should treat yourself to some special autumntime sweets too.
Matcha Adzuki ATELIER Tablet – ¥800
I’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. The present I bought today was a tablet chocolate handmade in the shop. The matcha white chocolate has almonds in it as well as Japanese-style chocolate mixed with adzuki. It has a strong matcha flavour and isn’t overly-sweet. You can also request for a ribbon to be tied around it for gift-giving. It’s a chocolate that’s sure to bring anyone joy.
Writer：Sayuri Mizuno（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
ATELIER de GODIVA Seibu Ikebukuro
Address: Seibu Ikebukuro B1F, 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-21:00 / [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto
Address: Daimaru Kyoto B1F, 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Mon-Sun] 10:00-20:00
ATELIER de GODIVA Hakata Hankyu
Address: Hakata Hankyu B1F, 1-1 Hakataekichūōgai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: [Sun-Thurs] 10:00-20:00 / [Fri-Sat] 10:00-21:00
Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami
Running: October 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
GODIVA Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Following up from the opening of their Shinjuku branch back in 2016, BEAMS JAPAN has announced that it will open a second branch in Shibuya on December 5, 2019. It will be found inside the new Shibuya FUKURAS which is also set to open beside Shibuya Station to this December.
Shibuya-Exclusive Field Watch – ¥15,000 (Before Tax)
BEAMS JAPAN Shibuya is set to be the second hub for BEAMS “TEAM JAPAN,” a project which aims to build a community around the brand and promotes products made in Japan. Opening with a completely original line focused on “super basic” clothing, it is sure to be a welcome addition to the streets of Shibuya―one of Japan’s leading districts when it comes to Japanese fashion and culture.
BEAMS JAPAN Hachiko Logo Long T-Shirt – ¥7,800 (Before Tax)
Scramble Crossing/Traffic Safety Caps – ¥5,800 Each (Before Tax)
The new store will stock a whole range of different clothing items, including attire exclusive to the branch such as the above-pictured caps and watch inspired by Shibuya;s tourist sites like the Scramble Crossing and Hachiko statue.
BEAMS JAPAN SHIBUYA
Grand Opening: December 5, 2019
Address: Tokyu Plaza Shibuya 2F, 1-2-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
Stocked Labels: Men’s <BEAMS> / Women’s <Ray BEAMS> <BEAMS BOY> / Other <BEAMS JAPAN> <TOKYO CULTUART by BEAMS>
BEAMS JAPAN Official Website: https://www.beams.co.jp/beams_japan/
BAND-MAID Unveil New Album ‘CONQUEROR’ Artwork & Bonus Merchandise
16.October.2019 | MUSIC
BAND-MAID have teased fans by showcasing the CD artwork for their upcoming album CONQUEROR which is set to hit shelves on December 11.
The band has worked for over a year on the new record. The unveiled artwork features the band members with flowers blooming for them, signifying the blossoming of new music.
Speaking about the artwork, vocalist and guitarist Miku Kobato commented: “We’ve put a lot of time into this album. It’s packed full of the best music we’ve ever written, which has been made possible by where we are today. I would be overjoyed if the album helps to blossom our Masters’ and Princesses’ dreams and desires.”
The album will feature 15 tracks, including the song new Dilemma which until now was untitled. If you pick up a copy of the album at select stores in Japan, you can get your hands on some exclusive goodies too as pictured above. Full details below.
Release Date: December 11, 2019
First Press Limited Edition A (CD+Blu-ray): ¥4,545 (Before Tax) [CRCP-40590]
First Press Limited Edition B (CD+DVD): ¥3,636 (Before Tax) [CRCP-40591]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥2,727 (Before Tax) [CRCP-40592]
■CONQUEROR Bonus Merchandise
*Available on a first-come, first served basis while supplies last
*Select branches not participating, please be sure to check in advance before completing your order
*If ordering online, be sure to add the additional merchandise option to your basket (please note that select services do not allow you to cancel your order upon completion)
・Amazon: Original ticket folder
・Tower Records/Tower Records Online: Original A2-Size Poster TYPE-A
・HMV/HMV&BOOKS Online: Original A2-Size Poster TYPE-B
・Disk Union: Conqueror Key Ring
・Shinseido/WonderGOO: Alternative CD Cover (MISA Ver.)
・Rakuten Books: Alternative CD Cover (AKANE Ver.)
・7 Net: Alternative CD Cover (KANAMI Ver.)
・Neowing/CDJapan: Original Folder
・BAND-MAID INTERNATIONAL WEB SHOP (https://bandmaidshop.com/): Original Pin Badge
BAND-MAID Official Website: https://bandmaid.tokyo/
BABYMETAL Thrill Los Angeles at The Forum With Their New Album ‘METAL GALAXY’
15.October.2019 | MUSIC
BABYMETAL released their long-awaited third album METAL GALAXY worldwide on October 11, following up from their hit 2016 record Metal Resistance. On this same very day, the band performed their first ever highly-anticipated US arena show at The Forum in Madison Square Garden, Los Angeles.
A slew of artists, from the pop world to the rock world, have performed at the acclaimed venue The Forum. BABYMETAL hail as the first Japanese act to headline the area. The sold-out show saw an electrifying set list of 15 tracks, including songs from their new album such as Shanti Shanti Shanti and PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO).
The arena was equipped with a giant wide screen and moving centre stage, all of which BABYMETAL made full use off to pull fans into their Metal Galaxy. Every song was welcomed with cries of cheers and a thundering applause followed by plenty of moshing and fist pumping. It was a monumental night for both the band and their American fans due to the hype leading up to the show.
When METAL GALAXY launched last Friday, it show up to No. 1 on the iTunes metal chart and rock chart around the world, including the US, UK, France, Germany, Sweden and Japan. It also made it to No. 2 on several album charts in the US, UK and Japan.
BABYMETAL will perform in Japan this November as part of the Metal Galaxy World Tour, with shows at Saitama Super Arena on the 16th and 17th and at Osaka-jo Hall on the 20th and 21st. They will be joined by British rock act Bring Me The Horizon who will perform as special guests at the already sold-out shows.
BABYMETAL recently added extra shows to the Japan leg of the tour. The additional concerts will take place at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on January 25 and 26 next year.
Photos by Taku Fujii
Release Date: October 11, 2019
Limited Edition SUN – Japan Complete Edition (2 CDs+Vinyl Size Jacket): ¥4,500 (Before Tax) [TFCC-86684]
Limited Edition MOON – Japan Complete Edition (2 CDs+Vinyl Size Jacket): ¥4,500 (Before Tax) [TFCC-86685]
Limited Edition – Japan Complete Edition (2 CDs+DVD): ¥4,200 (Before Tax) [TFCC-86686]
Regular Edition – Japan Complete Edition (2 CDs): ¥3,500 (Before Tax) [TFCC-86687]
Vinyl Edition – Japan Complete Edition (2 Vinyls): ¥5,000 (Before Tax) [TFJC-38037]
METAL GALAXY Special Website: https://www.toysfactory.co.jp/artist/babymetal/metalgalaxy20191011/
BABYMETAL Official Website: http://www.babymetal.com/jp/
MAN WITH A MISSION Drop ‘Dark Crow’ Music Video & Announce Music Documentary
15.October.2019 | MUSIC
5-piece wolf rock band MAN WITH A MISSION will release their new single Dark Crow on CD on October 23. In the run up to its release, the title track has released an early digital release today, in addition to a music video which you can see below.
The band recently began embarking on their Remember Me Tour which began at Kumamoto-Jo Hall on October 13. This show was held as part of GAMADASE KUMAMOTO, a festival created by the band in collaboration with Kumamoto to help raise money for the city. It was held originally back in 2018.
At the end of every MWAM show they will showcase a video during the encore with details of a big announcement. This time it was the announcement of the band’s first-ever music documentary MAN WITH A MISSION THE MOVIE -TRACE the HISTORY- which is set for release next year. Check out the teaser below.
Release Date: October 23, 2019
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,800 (Before Tax) [SRCL-11320～11321]
Regular Edition (CD): ¥1,200 (Before Tax) [SRCL-11322]
Anime Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,800 (Before Tax) [SRCL11323～11324]
MAN WITH A MISSION THE MOVIE -TRACE the HISTORY-
・Starring: MAN WITH A MISSION (Tokyo Tanaka, Jean-Ken Johnny, Kamikaze Boy, DJ Santa Monica, Spear Rib)
・Director: Tsuka Chenko
・Release Date: 2020
・Copyright: ©2020 “TRACE the HISTORY” FILM PARTNERS
・Film Official Website: http://mwam-movie.com/
MAN WITH A MISSION Official Homepage: https://www.mwamjapan.info/