Josh Cumbee Releases ‘Sound Of Your Name’ Music Video Filmed at Mount Myoko in Japan
American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Josh Cumbee dropped his first digital single release Sound Of Your Name on Valentine’s Day. The song’s lyrics talk about having lost the love of your life, a picture of which is painted in its beautiful new music video.
Fans in the comments have expressed their love for the lyrical content, as well as Josh’s beautiful voice, but what has drawn so much attention is the breathtaking location the video was shot in. Fans have pondered over where it was shot, with some thinking it was in Canada, but it was actually shot at Mount Myoko in Niigata, Japan.
Josh Cumbee – “Sound Of Your Name” Music Video
The video was directed by Yudai Maruyama, who said: “Josh came from California, which is where I studied abroad during university, so it felt really fresh and was a lot of fun to shoot this video with him in my hometown of Niigata.”
Karin Ookoso, a model and who appears in the music video alongside, said: “The day Josh arrived we all went to the hot springs. We all bought some sweets from the candy store in front of the hot springs and ate them together. It was really fun. Josh is really kind. He learned lots about Japan, and likes the country, which made me super happy.”
A behind-the-scenes video was also released for the music videoーfilmed with an all-Japanese teamーwhere we see Josh enjoying the snowy landscape of Niigata, and chatting together with Karin. Check it out below.
Josh Cumbee – “Sound Of Your Name” Behind-The-Scenes
Josh described realising his dream of visiting the snowy Japanese mountain as like being transported into a different dimension. He said the filming lasted from early morning into the late night, but thanks to everyone involved pouring all their strength into the video, they were able to create something breathtaking. He thanked the director Yudai Maruyama, describing him as having wonderful insight, Karin whom he likened to a fairy, the staff, and his own management.
Aimyon Releases ‘Seishun to Seishun to Seishun’ Music Video
16.July.2021 | MUSIC
Aimyon posted a music video for her song Seishun to Seishun to Seishun on July 9. The track is originally taken from her 3rd single Kimi wa Rock o Kikanai which was released all the way back on August 2, 2017.
The song featured as a couple track on the single which dropped almost four years ago. It was made for a commercial for Kirin Beer’s Tanrei Green Label. It has always been a popular song amongst fans who are sure to be delighted at this long-awaited video.
Aimyon – “Seishun to Seishun to Seishun”【OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO】
The video was directed by Pennacky who also worked on Aimyon’s Choyo music video. It features Aimyon, the song’s producer Sunday Kamide, and his band in a tiny diorama of a train and its journey.
Aimyon | Comment
“I told my staff a long time ago that I wanted to make a music video of this song one day, but there wasn’t an opportunity and the days and months just began to build up. I never thought we’d pick up this song again in this way. My prayers were answered and we made a music video. We have that summer breeze and feeling of youthfulness on board. It’s an exciting video, so I hope people enjoy it together with the song.”
Pennacky (Director) | Comment
“It’s an honour to be the director of this famous song by Aimyon. I hope people who know about the song already, as well as those who have yet to hear it, will enjoy it.”
Satoyama Jujo THE HOUSE IZUMI: Rent Out a Renovated Japanese House in Niigata
15.July.2021 | SPOT
Japanese design company Jiyujin launched its new Satoyama Jujo THE HOUSE chain of accommodations this month which offer a single group of guests a one-night stay in an entire house.
The first branch to open is IZUMI which features a fully-renovated Japanese-style house located in the city of Uonuma in Niigata. A gorgeous outlook is offered from the house with an unbroken view of lush forests, rice fields, and Mt. Makihata, which is listed as one of the ‘100 Famous Japanese Mountains.’
A breathtaking view awaits guests from the open-air bath
The spacious living room
Fully renovated from a 150-year-old private house, the building is supported by beautiful wooden beams and columns, and in the middle the oe, a sunken hearth. This, along with the beams and sashigamoi joints, are made from keyaki Japanese zelkova which is an elm-like tree. This species of tree is rare even in a tree-covered region such as Uonuma. The lumber used for this house was cut, preserved, and dried out for a number of decades before being processed into building material for the house. The heart in the middle of the living room is reminiscent of a time when large families would gather around one and serves to recreate that lifestyle.
The Nishiyama region is known for is production of delicious rice. IZUMI in fact looks out over Kabanosawa, a special and important place of rice production in Nishiyama. This vantage point also gives guests an opportunity to appreciate the hot and cold temperatures of the daytime and evening, the rivers, the shape of the land, and the earth the city sits on. The drastic change in temperatures in the day and night are especially noteworthy as this, along with the basin between the mountains, gives rise to a sea of clouds.
IZUMI sits on a hill that overlooks the rice paddies, making it a perfect location for spotting the sea of clouds. Minamiuonuma’s sea of clouds has over a 70% chances of appearing in the autumn and spring seasons.
The number one reason why Japan’s old, long-standing, and precious private houses are demolished is due to the cold getting in and it being too dark inside. Even those who want to see them preserved for tradition, including those who live in them already, would rather live in a modern home. That’s why Jiyujin has begun a renovation project instead of a demolition one. By refurbishing the houses, the ancient framework can be fixed up and preserved while a range of contemporary amenities are incorporate to fit with modern lifestyles. The Satoyama Jujo accommodations are built so they can be used for over 100 years.
For dinner, there are three options for guests. The first is a dinner at SANABURI which earned itself a Michelin star in Michelin Guide Niigata 2020. The second is a meal at a restaurant that earned the status of Bib Gourmand in the same guide. The third is to prepare your own meal in the house. There are plenty of shops around the station nearby where you can buy local ingredients.
After a delicious meal, guests can take a soak in the open-air tub and enjoy gazing out across the fields and the beautiful mountains which stand almost 2,000 meters high.
Satoyama Jujo THE HOUSE IZUMI
Japanese Name: 里山十帖 THE HOUSE IZUMI
Address: 671-1, Amanosawa, Minamiuonuma, Niigata, 〒949-6433, Japan
Official Website: Opening early July 2021
Access: 7-minutes by car from Jōetsu International Skiing Ground Station (JR Joetsu Line) / 16-minutes by car from Shiozawa-Ishiuchi IC
BiSH Releases Kingdom Anime Opening Theme ‘STACKiNG’ Music Video
Japanese idol group BiSH, often called the ‘punk band without instruments,’ released the full music video for their new song STACKiNG on Monday. The track will feature as the second opening theme for the anime series Kingdom from July 18.
BiSH / STACKiNG [OFFiCiAL ViDEO]
The song is also available to listen to on major music streaming and download services. It will feature on their upcoming 4th album GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON set to release on August 4.
Official Website: https://kingdom-anime.com
Eve Releases ‘Dramaturgy’ Live Film to Celebrate Original Music Video Breaking 100 Million Views
09.July.2021 | MUSIC
In celebration of Eve’s Dramaturgy breaking 100 million views, a live music video of the song was released on his official YouTube channel.
Dramaturgy – Eve MV(Live Film ver.)
Dramaturgy is featured on Eve’s 2017 album Bunka and his second to hit 100 million views following Kaikai Kitan, the opening theme for the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen.
Eve has over 3.1 million subscribers on YouTube and over 1.1 billion views. He also enjoys 3.5 million listeners on Spotify every month.
Eve Official Website: https://eveofficial.com/
Ado’s ‘Yoru no Pierrot’ Music Video is Illustrated by KEIGO INOUE
23.June.2021 | MUSIC
Following his collaborations with virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI as well as Eve for the Jujutsu Kaisen anime opening Kaikai Kitan, Japanese illustrator KEIGO INOSUKE has now joined hands with Ado to create the music video and CD cover artwork for her new song Yoru no Pierrot (Clown of the Night).
Yoru no Pierrot is written and composed by biz, a Vocaloid producer who previously worked on Ado’s song Freudmeta. On the same day the music video dropped on June 14, advertisements lit up the big screens at Shibuya Scramble Crossing in Tokyo (see below). The video itself depicts a futuristic Scramble Crossing, illustrated by digital artist KEIGO INOSUKE whose name is known both in Japan and overseas.
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.
ASCA x Teniwoha x YOTTASUN Release ‘Villain’ Music Video
09.June.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese singer ASCA released her double A-side single Carpe Diem/Villain on June 2. The rock track Carpe Diem features as the ending theme for the ongoing anime adaptation of Square Enix’s video game The World Ends With You. The other song, Villain, is a full band cover of Teniwoha’s song of the same name. A lyric music video was posted on ASCA’s YouTube channel and features an illustration created by popular Japanese illustrator YOTTASUN.
ASCA – “Villain” Lyric Video
ASCA – “Carpe Diem” Music Video
ASCA performed live online on June 4 for fans who purchased the single at Tower Records. She will also hold another special online performance on June 27.
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Anime Exhibition Opens in Japan
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the anime series Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, which aired from 1990-1991, an exhibition is now taking place at Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum until June 20, 2021. The series was directed by Hideaki Anno who also worked on Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996) and The End of Evangelion (1997).
The exhibition features a bounty of original materials from the anime’s production, from notes jotted down by Hideaki Anno to image boards, character designs, storyboards and more by Mahiro Maeda, and so on. It’s an unmissable deep-diving opportunity into the anime classic.
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Exhibition
Running: May 15, 2021 – June 20, 2021
Venue: Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Entries 18:30 / Open from 10:00 on weekends and holidays)
Tickets: Buy at the venue or from Lawson (L-Code: 33344)
Buy Tickets Online: https://l-tike.com/event/nadia-ex
Exhibition Official Website: https://www.nadia-exhibition.com/
Snoopy Café Opens in Niigata in Collaboration With Hoshi Tabeyo Rice Crackers
Befco is collaborating its Hoshi Tabeyo star-shaped rice crackers with the lovable Peanuts comic strip to open a themed café at Hotel Nikko Niigata. Named the “Hoshi Tabeyo x Snoopy Café @ Hotel Nikko Niigata,” the café will open for a limited time from April 9 to May 9.“
Snoopy and fans of Japanese snacks can look forward to an original themed menu, with every food item and drink ordered getting them a free novelty. Of course, the café will sell its own original merchandise too. The café will be decorated in all things Peanuts and Hoshi Tabeyo, and there will even be two photo booths for snapping a commemorative photo of your fun day.
1. Snoopy Beef Stew: With a juicy meat and bouillon base, this stew is made with beef, onion, and mushrooms, all topped off with a Snoopy made from rice.
2. Snoopy Hamburger Curry: Snoopy’s rice ears are topped with a hamburger, and the curry sauce is made with fruit and vegetables. There’s even a little Woodstock made from cheese.
3. Snoopy Hot Sandwich: There are two different sandwiches, one with ham and cheese and the other with potato salad, and both have a different toasted illustration on them. These come in a free lunch box.
4. Hoshi Tabeyo Shaka Shaka Caesar Salad: A salad served in a cup drizzled in a Caesar dressing and with Hoshi Tabeyo rice crackers instead of croutons.
5. Thick Soufflé Pancake: Fat and fluffy pancakes combined with French meringue and served with a Snoopy cookie and sweet-tasting Hoshi Tabeyo. Enjoy together with the accompanying strawberry sauce.
6. Chocolate Parfait: A towering, chocolate-packed parfait layered with chocolate sauce, chocolate cornflakes, chocolate ice cream, and brownie. This is all topped off with a Snoopy cookie and Hoshi Tabeyo rice cracker.
7. Hotel Original Cookies (Set of 4): Crunchy cookies with various prints of familiar faces like Snoopy and Woodstock.
8. Lemonade: A sweet and refreshing lemonade beverage served with honey.
*Dishes 1-3 come with the Shaka Shaka Caesar Salad
*Ordering anything from the menu gets you one of four possible Hoshi Tabeyo x Snoopy postcards
© 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC（ 短縮形 © 2021 Peanuts ）
Hoshi Tabeyo x Snoopy Café @ Hotel Nikko Niigata
Running: April 9, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Location: Hotel Nikko Niigata Floor 31F
Address: 5-1 Bandaijima, Chuo Ward, Niigata
Opening Hours: 11:30-18:30 (Last Orders 17:30)
Official Website: https://www.hotelnikkoniigata.jp/sys/news/detail/323
In promotion of his new single Take Over, which dropped on Wednesday (March 10), DEAN FUJIOKA is holding a 24-hour live stream on the same day as the record’s release.
The stream will begin at 18:30 (JST) and will air music videos before DEAN FUJIOKA appears to perform live at 20:00. He will of course perform his new single, talk about his first-ever picture book Famubamu, talk to fans through video call, and more.
The singer-songwriter also released a music video for his song Plan B on YouTube which you can check out below.
The Prince of Tennis 20th Anniversary Celebrated at Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum
Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum is currently holding a special event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular manga series The Prince of Tennis. Centred on both The Prince of Tennis and The New Prince of Tennis, the event is running until February 14.
©Takeshi Konomi / Shueisha
The event is a must-visit for fans of the manga series, who will get to enjoy seeing drafts by the author, full-colour manga panels, and more. They can also get their hands on a line-up of original merchandise produced for the event.
The Prince of Tennis 20th Anniversary Exhibition
Japanese Event Title: ～連載20周年記念全国ツアー～ テニスの王子様大原画展「テニスの王子様」×「新テニスの王子様」
Running: January 16, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Venue: Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum
Address: 2-5-7 Yachiyo, Chuo Ward, Niigata
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-17:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 10:00-17:00
Exhibition Official Website: http://tenipuri.gengaten.com/
Niigata Prefecture Manga and Anime Museum Official Website: http://museum.nmam.jp
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Makes Japan’s Sado Island as Accessible Location
13.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME
The city of Sado in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture is with the Nintendo Switch™ title Animal Crossing: New Horizons by making Sado Island an accessible location in-game from December 10, 2020. It is unconfirmed whether this is a Japan-only release.
The collaboration comes in response to the decrease in the number of people able to travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, players will be able to freely visit tourist spots and areas around Sado Island remotely and virtually in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
There are 6 areas that players can visit, including the Paddy Field Art Area which has a design based on the Japanese Crested Ibis—a species listed by Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems as endangered—the Sado Kinzan area which is based on the real-life gold mine and World Heritage Site of the same name, the Sado Museum Area, Onogame Area, Lake Kamo Area, and Shukunegi Area. There’s plenty of virtual sightseeing to be done, and players can’t forget to take a photo next to the tarai-bune boats which are a popular part of Sado’s tourism.
Sado Island Original Custom Design
Sado Island have even made their own Custom Design cosmetics including the “I♡SADO” T-shirt, a Crested Ibis hat, and more.
Download Code: MA-5962-3753-4973
Museum Artwork by Local Artists
The virtual Sado Island is home to a hub where real artists of the real Sado Island can display their own custom artwork, allowing for people to come together with a sense of community and support for local artists. More artwork is set to roll out over the coming weeks, and players living in Sado will be able to display their own work in the future too.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Sado Island
Release Date: December 10, 2020
Dream Address: DA-2797-3242-0564
Custom Design Download Code: MA-5962-3753-4973
Official Website: https://www.city.sado.niigata.jp/info/data/2020/1210.shtml