New Idol Boy Band SixTONES Breaks A Million Sales in 3 Days
28.January.2020 | MUSIC
On January 22, 2020, Japanese idol band SixTONES made their official debut, releasing their CD SixTONES vs Snow Man simultaneously. On January 23, they shot up to first place on the Oricon Daily Singles Ranking with 103,000 sales.
On the third day since its release, the CD was sold over a million times (1,094,000 copies).
The CD includes SixTONES’ debut song Imitation Rain which was produced by YOSHIKI (X JAPAN) and soon become a sensational rock ballad. Snow Man「D.D.」, which is also included on the CD is an upbeat tune where the boys show off their acrobatic skills in the music video – make sure to check them out!
Tokyo Disneyland® Celebrates Opening Of New Park Area With Special Menu Line-Up
Tokyo Disneyland’s new biggest area is set to open on April 15, 2020, which will house four new exciting facilities: the new Beauty and the Beast attraction, the Fantasyland Forest Theatre, the Baymax’s Happy Ride attraction, and the Minnie’s Style Studio.
To celebrate the new area’s opening, several restaurants and eateries in Tokyo Disneyland will serve up some special menu items. Participating restaurants are calling this special menu line-up “New Dreams, More Fun!” Let’s take a look.
Sparkling Drink (Mixed Fruits) – ¥450 @ Boiler Room Bites and elsewhere
Boiler Room Bites and other eateries in the park are serving these colourful sparkling drinks packed full of fresh fruit pieces. The cups have special designs of Disney characters like Mickey mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Baymax.
Special Set – ¥990 @ Refreshment Corner
The special set being served at Refreshment Corner is inspired by Beauty and the Beast. It includes an apple cinnamon hot dog (contains nuts), a unique combination of juicy sausage, cinnamon, caramel, and nuts.
Blue Bayou Course – ¥5,200 @ Blue Bayou Restaurant
Another Beauty and the Beast-inspired dish is this special full course served at the Blue Bayou Restaurant. Buffet-style eatery Crystal Palace Restaurant will also serve up new dishes themed on each of the four new facilities of the new area starting on June 1, with a new one being introduced with each season.
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Ziploc® x BEAMS COUTURE Re-Release First Collaborative Collection at BEAMS Japan
21.February.2020 | FASHION
Most of the 12 items offered in the second collaboration between Ziploc and BEAMS’s upcycle and handmade concept label BEAMS COUTUREーwhich dropped on January 29, 2020ーhave already sold out.
Their first collaborative collection, which was sold in the US last spring, is being restocked in limited supplies and will be available at a pop-up shop inside the Shinjuku branch of the BEAMS Japan store on February 20, 2020 at 11:00 A.M.
Cap: ¥5,400 (Before Tax)
Tote Bag: ¥6,600 (Before Tax)
Backpack: ¥7,800 (Before Tax)
Sacocche: ¥1,080 (Before Tax)
The pop-up shop will run until March 4, 2020, where it will stock a range of Ziploc items with designs created by Japanese art director and graphic designer Yuni Yoshida.
As part of the collaboration, eleven original Instagram GIF stamps are available to users, with designs such as fruits flying out of Ziploc bags, a Ziploc vinyl umbrella opening and closing, and many more fun ones. Try searching for Ziploc and BEAMS.
Ziploc® x BEAMS COUTURE
1st Collaboration Re-Stock
Release Date: February 20, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. (Limited Stock)
Available: BEAMS Japan Shinjuku
*Up to 3 items per person
*Available while supplies last
BEAMS Japan Shinjuku
Address: 3-32-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, Japan
Official Website: https://www.beams.co.jp
Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector Opening Theme ‘Synthetic Sympathy’ by Who-ya Extended to Release Digitally
Who-ya Extended is a creative unit centred around 20-year-old vocalist Who-ya who, despite having little information made public, made their name known with the release of their debut track Q-vism which serves as the opening theme for the TV anime series Psycho-Pass 3.
Q-vism was so popular it charted at No. 1 on iTunes Japan and Amazon Japan for digital downloads. The music video also hit 1 million views on YouTube soon after its release.
It has been announced that Who-ya Extended’s new song Synthetic Sympathy, which will feature as the opening theme for the upcoming film Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector, will be released digitally on March 9, 2020.
Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector will be released in Japan on March 27, 2020. Hear the song in the newest promotional video for the film below.
©Psycho-Pass Production Committee
TK from Ling Tosite Sigure Announces New Album ‘Sainou’ – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON
21.February.2020 | MUSIC
TK from Ling Tosite Sigure announced last year the release of a new album. More information has now been released with regards to the albumーhis fourth album in total and the first in three years.
TK’s new album is entitled Sainou, and it’s releasing on April 15, 2020. It will include such hit tracks as katharsis, which was the opening theme to the popular anime series Tokyo:re; P.S. RED I which was used as the main theme for the Japanese release of Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse; the opening theme Chou no Tobu Suisou forthe ongoing anime series pet; and his digital single melt which featured suis of rock duo Yorushika on guest vocals. First Press Edition copies of the album include a bonus CD featuring the audio taken from TK’s acoustic live show Bi-Phase Brain “R side” which was held at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo in December 2019.
Fans who purchase the new album together with TK’s single Chou no Tobu Suisou, which was released on January 22, 2020, have the chance to be invited to rehearsals for the singer’s upcoming tour which will promote the new record. Full details can be found on his website.
The 11-date tour is entitled “TK from Ling Tosite Sigure Sainou TOUR 2020” and will kick off at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM in Tokyo on April 22, 2020.
Supporting TK on tour is BOBO on drums, who has supported TK since his early days, Honoka Sato on violin, and Ichiro Yoshida on bass. MARI (Gesu no Kiwami Otome) and Kie Katagi (jizue) will also join as support members.
Release Date: April 15, 2020
First Press Limited Edition (2 Discs): ¥4,545 (Before Tax) [AICL-3886~7]
Regular Edition (1 Disc): ¥3,000 (Before Tax) [AICL-3888]
Official Website: http://tkofficial.jp/
JAPAN BONSAI: The New Portal Site For Everything About Japanese Bonsai Trees
20.February.2020 | SPOT
The JAPAN BONSAI Association opened a new portal site on Friday which hosts a wealth of information with regards to Japanese bonsai trees.
The bonsai tree has traversed overseas from Japan and become an art enjoyed by people around the world. What sparked the tree’s name to become known outside of Japan was the Tokyo Olympic Committee Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition, which was held during the run of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Around 350 bonsai and suiseki pieces were displayed at Hibiya Park in Tokyo where the Olympics took place. The exhibition garnered huge attention amongst foreigners, proving pivotal in introducing the art form of bonsai to the rest of the world.
Almost 50 years since that time, the Japanese word “bonsai” has entered the lexicon of languages everywhere. The World Bonsai Convention held in Saitama in 2017 saw 1,215 bonsai lovers from 40 countries, including Japan, in attendance, and the bonsai exhibition held alongside it saw over 45,000 attendees from countries around the world. The tendency for bonsai to be re-recognised as part of traditional Japanese art and culture also continues to grow.
In the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, JAPAN BONSAI is using the opportunity to establish “Japanese bonsai” as steadfast brand and provide a bounty of information for those interested in bonsaiーfrom amateur beginnings to professionals with their own bonsai gardens and creations.
Launched: February 14, 2020
Official Website: https://www.japan-bonsai.jp/
Starbucks Japan Reveals Cherry Frappuccino®ーThe Second Drink of Starbucks Sakura Season
20.February.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan has announced that the second drink in its Sakura Season series of springtime cherry blossom drinks will be released on February 26, 2020. Named the “Sakura Sakuranbo Frappuccino®” (Cherry Blossom Cherry Frappuccino®), this tasty-looking drink is exclusive to Japan.
Sakura Sakuranbo Frappuccino®—Savour the sweet and tangy fresh cherry pieces
Sakura Sakuranbo Frappuccino® – Tall ¥590 (Before Tax) / Available: February 26, 2020 – March 12, 2020
The new drink contains fresh and sweet cherry pieces. It uses a cherry blossom flavoured base together with strawberry milk, which adds a subtle flavour, and a sauce made from fresh cherries. Cherries in Japan also go by the name outou (桜桃), which has the Japanese kanji for sakura (cherry blossom) in it. This is because its roots come from the same family of roses.
The drink has a unique sweet and sour punch to it, and one sip is enough to make you feel like spring is here. Topped with pink, white, or blue Japanese sugar candies known as konpeitō, this drink truly offers a toast to a kawaii Japanese spring.
Customise your drink for free with “Sakura Toppings”
Free Sakura Toppings / Available: February 26, 2020 – March 12, 2020
For Sakura Season at Starbucks, customers can customise all drinks with two different colours of mochi pieces and dried raspberries shaped like cherry blossom petals. The coffee company highly recommend topping cappuccinos, white mochas, and matcha cream frappuccinos® with them. Make your drink your own!
Starbucks is also releasing a new range of merchandise, such as mugs and tumblers, with theme “Spring Misty-Rain,” on February 26. These gorgeous designs are inspired by the light rainfall in spring which falls onto the cherry blossoms and grass and makes them glisten with the light. A new cherry blossom Starbucks Card will also be available to pick up for a limited time.
Sakura Season at Starbucks is always a popular time in Japan, so if you’re planning a trip here for spring and are in need of a coffee top-up, then you’re in for a real treat.
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Reveals Solo Live Show in Los Angeles
20.February.2020 | MUSIC
After announcing that she will invade the stage at Mexico’s music festival VIVE LATINO2020 and America’s Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2020, Japanese pop princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has now revealed that she will conquer Los Angeles with a solo live show on April 14.
The last time Kyary struck America with a solo live show was two years ago in 2018 for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu World Tour 2018 THE SPOOKY OBAKEYASHIKI -PUMPKINS STRIKE BACK-. As she previously announced that she will perform in San Francisco on April 16, this now means that two cities are scheduled for a kawaii invasion at the same time as Coachella.
Don’t miss out on Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s kawaii invasions of 2020.
KYARY PAMYU PAMYU: Solo Live Performance in Los Angeles 2020
*Title subject to change
April 14, 2020
H&M has teamed up with everybody’s favourite blue hedgehog, Sonic, to release a new unisex clothing collection of 8 items featuring t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and more. This is the perfect opportunity to grab some Sonic merch with the recent release of the hotly-anticipated live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie which dropped on Valentine’s Day.
The models used for promotion of the collection, featured on Droptokyo, are all street culture icons in Japan.
Long Sleeve Top – ¥2,499 / Seiya Ohta, Hair & Makeup Artist (@ohta_seiya)
T-Shirt – ¥1,799 / Erica, Model (@hi_erica_)
T-Shirt – ¥1,799 / Kenta Shimahara, Model (@kenta_shimahara)
The collection is now rolling out across H&M stores across Japan, with select branches not participating. It was also released on the official H&M Japan website today. And to celebrate the release of the collection, the Harajuku, LaLaport TOKYO-BAY, and Shibuya branches of H&M have been decorated with Sonic the Hedgehog windows.
T-Shirt – ¥1,799 (Front)
T-Shirt – ¥1,799 (Back)
Long Sleeve Top – ¥2,499 (Front)
Long Sleeve Top – ¥2,499 (Back)
Hoodie – ¥2,999
Head to H&M this spring in Japan and pick up some exclusive Sonic goodies.
Sonic the Hedgehog Collection
Official Website: https://www2.hm.com/ja_jp/men.html
Wagakki Band Announce Greatest Hits Album For International Fans in the Run Up to Tokyo 2020 Olympics
20.February.2020 | MUSIC
Wagakki Band have the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in their mind as they announced the release of a new “global compilation greatest hits album” which compiles a list of tracks the band wants people around the world to hear. Titled Kiseki BEST COLLECTION II, the album will drop on March 25, 2020.
The band have named their name known worldwide for their fusion of rock music with traditional Japanese wagakki instruments. The new 24-track compilation album will showcase the band in all their glory, featuring tracks such as their hit cover of Senbonzakura, which has over 117 million views on YouTube (as of February 19, 2020); Sasameyuki which combines the power of rock, the beauty of wagakki, and a delicate orchestral sound; and other major tracks like Chikyu Saigo no Kokuhaku o, Children Record, and Soko ni Aru Kamoshirenai.
Kiseki BEST COLLECTION II will be released in several versions. The Music Video Edition includes 21 music videosーmusic videos which the band have come to receive international praise for. The Live Edition includes the best live tracks from the band’s concerts all the way from their solo concert at Shibuya club asia in January 2014 to their performance at Saitama Arena in 2019. There’s also the CD-only edition, as well as a special edition exclusive to the Japanese online retailer mu-mo which comes with everything from the music video and live editions, as well as a rare mini album which is hard to get your hands on today entitled Josho which was released in November 2013 before the band’s major debut under the name “Yuko Suzuhana with Wagakki Band.”
Wagakki Band will once again perform their annual New Year’s party this year on February 29 and March 1 at Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
Kiseki BEST COLLECTION Ⅱ
Release Date: March 25, 2020
Music Video Edition
CD+DVD: ¥5,500 (Tax Included) [AVCD-96469~70/B]
CD+Blu-ray: ¥5,500 (Tax Included) [AVCD-96471~2/B]
CD+DVD: ¥5,500 (Tax Included) [AVCD-96473~4/B]
CD+Blu-ray: ¥5,500 (Tax Included) [AVCD-96475~6/B]
¥3,250 (Tax Included) [AVCD-96477~8]
mu-mo Shop Edition
¥13,200 (Tax Included) [AVC1-96479~81/B~E]
2020/2/29 – Wagakki Band New Year’s Party 2020 @ Ryōgoku Kokugikan
2020/3/1 – Wagakki Band New Year’s Party 2020 @ Ryōgoku Kokugikan
2020/3/28 – Festival Nara Special Performance by Wagakki Band @ Heijo Palace
Wagakki Band Official Website: https://wagakkiband.com/
‘SAKURA Romantic Tea Party’ is Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando’s Newest Afternoon Tea Experience
20.February.2020 | FOOD
Q-pot. has revealed its new “SAKURA Romantic Tea Party” line-up which is set to be served at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, Tokyo from March 1, 2020 for a limited time.
The cherry blossom pink coloured and flavoured line-up includes a glamorous afternoon tea set, limited-edition parfaits, plated goodies, drinks, and more. “Romantic” is the key word for this beautiful Japanese springtime assortment.
Romantic SAKURA Parfait w/ Drink – ¥1,850 (Tax Included)
The tall Romantic SAKURA Parfait is layered with a mix of both Japanese and Wesrern flavours, built up delicious with cherry blossom cream cherry blossom petal-laced jelly, houjicha tea sauce and more, all of which is topped off with cherry blossom cookies and meringue.
Romantic SAKURA Mont Blanc Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)
This plate of delight features a soft mont blanc made with cherry blossom bean paste cream, rich matcha chocolate, Japanese waguri chestnut, and chestnut cream. Q-pot. CAFE offers a selection of original macarons too which you can pick from including strawberry, chocolate, lemon, and melon. Feel the call of Japanese spring with this romantic cherry blossom mont blanc.
Romantic SAKURA Afternoon Tea Set w/ Drink – ¥2,400 (Serves 1) (Tax Included) *Photo shows tea set for two
Simply put: a colourful pink and romantic afternoon tea set.
The top tier is decorated with cherry blossom St. Honoré cakes made with gorgeous cherry blossom cream, peach bavarois, strawberry cookies, and rich cream ganache-filled biscuits.
The bottom tier includes fat croissants filled with duck pastrami and cucumber that has been dressed with white wine vinegar. They’re served together with a white asparagus cream potage soup and skewered olives, mini tomatoes and pickles, creating a truly gourmet addition to your afternoon tea experience.
Romantic SAKURA Berry Blossom Tea (Hot/Iced) – ¥750 Each (Tax Included)
There’s also a cute pink cherry blossom tea that can be served hot or iced. It’s made using Q-pot CAFE.’s popular “Flower Garden” flavour which has a refreshing after taste as well as a floral and fruity sweet scent. Added to it is cherry blossom and raspberry flavouring which mixes deliciously with the milk.
Hanami Party Plan – ¥3,000 Per Person (Tax Included) *Reservation-only
You can also book a special hanami party plan which adds a sparkling beverage to the afternoon tea set together with a a cherry blossom card and a crunchy meringue. You must reserve for 2+ people, making it perfect for enjoying together with a friend or special someone.
It’s not long until March now, meaning springtime, cherry blossoms, and Hanami flower-viewing is just around the corner in Japan. Why not celebrate romantically at Q-pot CAFE.?
SAKURA Romantic Tea Party
Running: March 1, 2020 – April 26, 2020
Online Reservations: Now Open
*Afternoon tea set and hanami plan to be served until March 29, 2020
Address: 3-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: New Year’s Holidays
Official Website: https://www.q-pot.jp/eng/
SID Release ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ Opening Theme ‘delete’ Music Video
Japanese visual kei rock band SID will release their new single delete on March 4, 2020.
The song is used as the second opening theme for season three of the TV anime series The Seven Deadly Sins. The band dropped the full music video today.
We see a fierce performance from the members on a set that’s like an art exhibition with musical instruments strung in midair.
SID are set to perform two special live concerts entitled “SID LIVE 2020 -Star Forest-” at Kawaguchiko Stellar Theater in Yamanashi on May 9 and 10. The performance is to be different from any live show the band have done to date.
©️ Nakaba Suzuki・Kodansha / “The Seven Deadly Sins” Production Committee・TV TOKYO Corporation
Release Date: March 4, 2020
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,600 (Before Tax) [KSCL-3235/6]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥800 (Before Tax) [KSCL-3237]
Limited Pressing Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,600 (Before Tax) [KSCL-3238/9]
The Seven Deadly Sins
Official Website: https://www.7-taizai.net/
SID LIVE 2020 -Star Forest-
2020/5/9 @ Kawaguchiko Stellar Theater, Yamanashi (Open 16:00/Start 17:00)
2020/5/10 @ Kawaguchiko Stellar Theater, Yamanashi (Open 16:00/Start 17:00)
SID Official Website: http://sid-web.info/
Japan’s Men Skin Care Brand BULK HOMME to Release Products in France & UK
BULK HOMME, a Japanese skin care brand for men, is releasing a line of its popular products in France and the United Kingdom on March 20, 2020. To date, the company has focused in the Asian region, stocking shelves in Taiwan, China, South Korea and Hong Kong. This will be the first time the company makes its mark in Europe.
BULK HOMME placed top in the Hair Product category at Cosmoprof Bologna 2019 for its product “THE SHAMPOO,” held in Italy last March, making it the first Japanese men’s brand to do so. French professional footballer Kylian Mbappé was even enlisted as the global ambassador for the brand in June 2019.
The company is also using its European expansion as an opportunity to replace its outer packaging form a clear case to paper that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This will begin rolling out this March.
Products Releasing in France/UK
THE FACE WASH
THE SCALP SERUM
THE BUBBLE NET
BULK HOMME is aiming to be in 100 stores throughout France and the UK by March 2021, focusing on getting into upend department stores and with future plans to get into cosmetic stores.
Release Date: (France/UK): March 20, 2020
Official Website: https://bulk.co.jp/