Japanese & Korean artists to perform together in Seoul: MIYAVI, SPYAIR and more!

17.March.2017 | MUSIC

The giant rock festival “2017 Korea-Japan SUPER ROCK <Great Meeting> IN SEOUL> which falls on July 1st will see a line-up of spectacular Japanese and Korean artists gather together to perform at Jang Chung Arena in Seoul.


Japanese artists include SPYAIR and MIYAVI and the Korean artists include FTISLAND and EVE. For the opening act, Japanese band Comodo Dragon will be performing.


Up to now, there have been a number of overseas events to spread Japanese music to the world, but this is the first rock festival to fuse together solely Japanese and Korean bands. Music fans in both countries went ecstatic when the line-up was announced.


Although the event is being held in South Korea, tickets will also be available for purchase in Japan at l-tike HMV.


What everyone is interested to see is not so much the live show as how the artists from both countries will interact with one another. It’s an event that will build a bridge between Japan and Korea through music. Although it’s overseas, South Korea is very close to Japan. So if you’re in Japan, how about heading on over for the event and some sight-seeing?



2017 Korea-Japan SUPER ROCK<Great Meeting>IN SEOUL

【Date】Saturday July 1st, 2017


    (Jangchung Gymnasium 241, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea)

【Line-up】MIYAVI/EVE (Korean)/SPYAIR/FTISLAND (Korean) *Opening Act: Comodo Dragon

【Organiser】B’Forest Korea


【Tickets】On sale from Tuesday March 28th, 2017 at 20:00 (l-tike HMV)

【Twitter】 https://twitter.com/KROCKxJROCK

【Facebook】 https://www.facebook.com/KROCKxJROCK


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    26.January.2022 | MUSIC

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    Ai ni Naranakattanosa Teaser (YouTube Shorts)


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    26.January.2022 | FASHION

    The newest collection between BAPE and Reebok is introducing two new unique pieces of footwear, bringing together the best of both brands. The new kicks are now on sale at participating stores around Japan, as well as the Reebok Online Shop.


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    BAPE® x Reebok CLUB C



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    Geometric Series

    Logo Jacquard Series

    Chair Motif Series


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    26.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Hikaru no Go anime series, a special pop-up store will open at Umeda, Nagoya, Tenjin and Ikebukuro LOFT locations.

    Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. Pin (10 varieties)

    Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. Double-sided Acrylic Keychain (10 varieties)

    Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. Mini Signboard (10 varieties)

    Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. BIG Acrylic Stand (5 varieties)

    Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. Victory Ema BIG Wooden Keychain (5 varieties)

    Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. Clear Folder (6 varieties)

    Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. Wooden iPhone Case (5 varieties)

    Newly-Drawn Hikaru Shindo and Akira Toya Traditional Go Outfit ver. Round Cushion (1 variety) *Double-sided

    20th Anniversary Big Wooden Stand (1 variety)

    20th Anniversary Fan (1 variety)

    20th Anniversary Logo Tote Bag (1 variety)

    Bonuses: Limited-Edition Bromide (7 varieties)


    Box Purchase Bonus

    Hikaru Shindo Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. Square Pin

    Akira Toya Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. Square Pin (AMNIBUS Exclusive)

    Hikaru Shindo vs. Akira Toya Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. Double-sided Acrylic Keychain (Limited-Edition Event Bonus)

    Hikaru Shindo & Fujiwara-no-Sai Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. Acrylic Keychain (AMNIBUS Exclusive)

    Akira Toya Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. Mini Signboard (Limited-edition Event Bonus)

    Hikaru Shindo Newly-Drawn Traditional Go Outfit ver. Mini Signboard (Limited-edition Event Bonus)



    From January 22 until March 21, 2022, for every ¥2,000 (tax included) spent, guests will receive a random bromide (7 varieties) as a bonus!




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    26.January.2022 | FOOD

    Eggs ’n Things and all Eggs ’n Things Coffee locations nationwide will offer some exclusive dishes for Valentine’s Day! The Fondant Chocolate & Strawberry Pancakes and Iberian Pork Mable Bacon Eggs Benedict will be available from January 21 until February 28, 2022.


    Fondant Chocolate & Strawberry Pancakes


    Iberian Pork Mable Bacon Eggs Benedict


    Chocolate Banana (Hot or Iced)


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    The Iberian Pork Mable Bacon Eggs Benedict features crispy, sweet, and sour Iberian maple bacon covered with plump eggs and chopped with a special cheese sauce.

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    25.January.2022 | FASHION

    The newest Yohji Yamamoto Ground Y collection was released on January 21, 2022. The spring/summer items made their first appearance in a key visual featuring actors Mai Fukagawa and Mahiro Takasugi.


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    25.January.2022 | FASHION

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    SiM’s song The Rumbling, the opening theme song for Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2, has surpassed 10 million plays on streaming sites worldwide in only one week since it’s release. The final season of the popular anime series began airing on January 10, 2022. 


    The non-credit opening video has been uploaded to YouTube and has garnered over 18 million views.


    Non-credit Opening: 


    The song made it to the top ten of the Apple Music Rock charts in 20 countries around the world, reaching #1 in Cameroon and Grenada, and the top 30 in the United States, Mexico, and France.


    Only two episodes of the series have aired so far, and fans are hooked on the explosive finale of this long-running anime. One thing is certain–SiM is already having an incredible year.

  • Trio Ohashi to Perform Theme Song for Fruits Basket -prelude- Anime Compilation Film

    25.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    A new trailer for the upcoming Fruits Basket -prelude- compilation film is highlighting the movie’s theme song, set to be performed by Trio Ohashi. The film will release in select theaters on February 18, 2022.


    The film will center around Tohru’s parents Kyoko and Katsuya. The theme song, Niji to Kaito (Rainbow and Kite) will be sure to pull at the audience’s heartstrings. The track will also be included on Trio Ohashi’s 15th-anniversary album scheduled to release on February 16, 2022.


    Trailer: https://youtu.be/G3W_3EEzzSg

    Fruits Basket initially ran in Hana to Yume magazine from 1998 until 2006 and was written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. The manga series has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. In April 2019, a new anime adaptation was broadcast on TV Tokyo, running for three years. A Fruits Basket stage show is scheduled to start on March 4, 2022.




  • Globally Popular Netflix Series ‘Squid Game’ Gets Collaboration Collection with BAPE

    25.January.2022 | FASHION

    BAPE has begun selling a new collaboration collection with the popular Korean Netflix series Squid Game.


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    The collaboration between Squid Game and BAPE includes a number of t-shirts inspired by scenes from the show. Preorders are now open until 14:00 on January 31, 2022.







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  • X-girl Announces Collaboration Collection with Horror Manga Artist Kazuo Umezu

    25.January.2022 | FASHION

    Since its early days, women’s streetwear brand X-girl has offered easy and timeless items for every kind of girl. Starting January 21, the apparel brand is teaming up with horror manga legend Kazuo Umezu for a new collection of wearable items! This coincides with Umezu’s Art Exhibition celebrating his huge body of work including The Drifting Classroom and Makoto-chan





    The collection will include three T-shirt designs, including one design being shown for the first time. One graphic was drawn by Umezu exclusively for the collection as well!

  • Naoki Nomura Exhibition “The Story of the Earth” to Open at Tsutaya Ginza

    24.January.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    From January 15 until February 4, 2022, an exhibition of Naoki Nomura’s works will be on display at the Tsutaya location in Ginza, Tokyo. The art show will feature ten ceramic works created between 2015 and 2021, tracing Nomura’s history and growth as an artist. 

    Rain. 2020

    Strawberry Girl. 2020



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    Visitors are invited to imagine their own stories as they wander the exhibition.


    Comment from the Artist

    There are so many little discoveries to be made in our daily lives.

    Through our encounters with various objects and people, through our casual conversations, our imagination expands and we invent our own stories. 

    The characters from my own stories take up residence in my mind and using my hands, I have brought them into the real world.

    Naoki Nomura