Given Boys-Love Anime Film Promotion to Take Place at Tower Records Shibuya
To promote the upcoming release of the Given anime film adaptation, Tower Records Shibuya is opening an official “Given Gallery” which will take place on the store’s 8th floor from August 8 to 23.
Given is a popular boys-love (BL) manga by Natsuki Kizu that is serialised in Shinshokan’s Cheri+ magazine. An anime adaptation aired Fuji Television’s noitaminA programming block from July to September last year.
At the exhibition, fans will find a collection of coloured illustrations by the manga’s author Natsuki Kizu, display panels from the anime series, raw images taken from the upcoming film, and more.
Given x Tower Records Merchandise
Natsuki Kizu Illustrated Merchandise
Fans of the series can get their hands on a collection of exclusive merchandise at the Given Gallery.
Backstage Pass Design Postcard
Standing Panel A / Standing Panel B
Available on a first-come, first-served basis, visitors will receive one of nine possible postcards for free, each of which is designed in the style of a backstage pass. And for every ¥4,000 spent on the merchandise sold there, they will get a lottery ticket for a chance to win one of the life-sized standing panels of one the characters from the series which will be displayed at the event. Details will be announced at the event and on Tower Records Shibuya’s official website.
All visitors will be handed the “Given Gallery Quiz” when attending the event. If they answer all the questions correctly, they’ll receive a free postcard. Participants must be following Tower Records Shibuya (@TOWER_Shibuya). If you download the official Tower Records app and sign up as a member, you can get another original Given x Tower Records postcard too.
Though the Given Gallery is only taking place at Tower Records Shibuya, other branches of Tower Records will still be selling Given x Tower Records merchandise. You can find the branch list below.
Given x Tower Records Merchandise
Release Date: August 22, 2020
Branches: Sapporo PIVOT / Ikebukuro / Shinjuku / Machida / Kawasaki / Urawa / Nagoya Kintetsu Passe / Umeda NU Chayamachi / Kyoto / Tower Records Online
Running: August 8, 2020 – August 23, 2020
Location: SpaceHACHIKAI – Tower Records Shibuya 8F (1-22-14 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Time: 11:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30)
Entry Price: ¥800 (Tax Included) *1 hour slot
How to Attend: You must purchase a ticket in advance with a select time and date at the official website link below.
Official Website: http://towershibuya.jp/news/2020/07/27/147089
Release Date: Spring 2020
Official Website: given-anime.com
Second Pokémon Room Summer Vacation Project comes with Original Themed Recipes
Cosmos Hotel Management have announced a new Pokémon Room option at APARTMENT HOTEL MINIMARU, complete with special Pokèmon original recipes. APARTMENT HOTEL MINIMARU is a hotel service that offers spacious rooms and kitchen spaces, ideal for families and large groups.
You can make lasting summer memories as you cook adorable themed meals as a family in their incredible new Pokémon themed room.
Original Recipe (preview)
The dining and sleeping areas of the impressive new room are covered in Pokéball motifs, while the cute Pokémon appear to be playing hide and seek throughout the wallpaper. You’ll be greeted by a giant Snorlax plushie on the bed and have your food served on Pokèmon themed plates and cups – Perfect for Pokèmon lovers! The room will be available at MINIMARU in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.
Following their Pokémon Card Game Sword & Shield / Family Pokémon Card Game free summer vacation project, MINIMARU have prepared several original recipes for guests of the new Pokémon Room. Try making some cute Pokémon dishes and desserts in the kitchen for yourself, with recipes including Pikachu Omurice and more!
The Pokémon Room offers 7 special dinner and snack recipes for parents and children to make during their stay. The ingredients are easily obtained at the local supermarkets and cooked in the kitchen space. You can even share your handmade masterpiece on social media using the hashtag #ポケモンルームレシピ (pokémonroomrecipe).
©2021 Pokémon. ©1995-2021 Nintendo / Creatures Inc. / GAME FREAK inc.
Pokémon Room Summer Vacation Project #2
Availability: July 29 onwards
Location: Pokémon Room in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka
BiSH Collab Poster Available in Tower Records Monthly Push Campaign!
04.August.2021 | MUSIC
Tower Records have been promoting artists in-store with their Monthly Tower Push campaign, and the next group to be getting the big Tower Push will be BiSH as they promote their 4th major album, GOiNG TO DESTRUCTION, releasing on August 4, 2021.
Monthly Tower Push August | BiSH Collab Poster
Tower Records Limited Bonus: Jigsaw Puzzle *Not available with HAKAI-BAN (AVCD-96749).
Between August 1 and 31, these special collaboration posters will be available at all Tower Record and TOWERmini store. Each store will be promoting the release alongside a commemorative panel exhibit to mark the release of GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON, BiSH’s first full-length album in over 2 years.
10 lucky customers who purchase the album, available from August 4, enter the draw between August 3rd and 9th at participating stores, will win a free Monthly Tower Push A2 poster.
Those who purchase the album in store can enter the lottery on the Tower Record website using a QR code on the receipt, while customers buying online can enter the draw using the special lottery page.
A limited edition receipt will also be provided to customers who purchase BiSH’s GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON during the promotion period.
This special campaign celebrating the groups 4th anniversary is a a must-visit for any BiSH fan!
BiSH x Tower Records
Availability: August 1 ~ August 31, 2021
Official Site: https://tower.jp/
Long-Standing Kyoto Tea Wholesaler Yamamasa Koyamaen Opens Cafe in Tokyo
TZEN, a company dedicated to promoting traditional Japanese culture around the world, has teamed up with Yamamasa Koyamaen, a tea wholesaler in business since the Edo period, to open a new matcha cafe in Tokyo!
ATELIER MATCHA, a quick walk from Ningyocho station, is harnessing the concept of ‘the third wave of matcha,’ serving up premium matcha in a cozy atmosphere.
MATCHA Cookies & Cream Shake: ¥748 (Tax Included)
MATCHA with Warabimochi and Red Bean Topping: ¥748 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Jelly Cider: ¥660 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Granola and Yogurt Latte: ¥715 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Cotton Candy Milkshake: ¥748 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Affogato: ¥660 (Tax Included)
MATCHA Shot (Espresso Style): ¥220 (Tax Included) / MATCHA Water: ¥275 (Tax Included) / MATCHA Green Tea: ¥330 (Tax Included)
Supreme MATCHA Terrine: ¥660 (Tax Included)
(This is a partial menu, all prices are for those dining in.)
Matcha is becoming popular around the world. ATELIER MATCHA was created to offer customers a unique experience which showcases the true taste and culture of this beloved tea grown in Japan.
Yamamasa Koyamaen is a Kyoto institution, cultivating and grinding matcha tea leaves for 160 years. Over 1,000 tea retailers, department stores, domestic and international trading companies and hotels stock their high-grade matcha, gyokuro, sencha, and other specialty teas, making them one of the most recognized and respected names in this traditional Japanese art. The company even prefers to call themselves a ‘studio’ rather than a ‘factory’, using the 800-year history of tea cultivation in Uji, Kyoto as a starting point to create their masterpieces.
ATELIER MATCHA is Yamamasa Koyamaen’s first cafe, and also the company’s first experience selling directly to consumers.
Blending the highest-grade matcha with locally made sweets, the cafe hopes customers will enjoy these original creations while surrounded by the relaxing aroma of tea.
The matcha used in the cafe includes signature Yamamasa Koyamaen blends, including Ogurayama and Tennozan, both varieties often used in tea ceremonies. For a limited time, the cafe is offering a single-origin blend with one rare variety of matcha, as well as a beverage made with tencha, which are the leaves used to make matcha before being ground down in a stone mortar. Visitors can also enjoy gyokuro and hojicha teas, made from carefully selected leaves.
Pulling recipes from Yamamasa Koyamaen’s book ‘Kyoto Uji-Koyamaen: Simple Matcha Drinks to Enjoy at Home,’ the menu features refreshing drinks blending the traditional with the modern, with unexpected combinations of soda, fruit and yogurt. Seasonal drinks will also be making an appearance, including shaved ice in summer and chocolate drinks in winter.
The name MATCHA SHOT packs a punch, using matcha instead of espresso for a needed pick-me-up. MATCHA WATER, a refreshing cup of watered-down tea, offers a way to fully enjoy the fullness and more hidden flavors of this popular Japanese tea.
As expected, ATELIER MATCHA also has a sweets menu set to impress: these sweet treats feature only the best, created with the top 0.03% of total national matcha production. This insanely high-quality matcha is a part of Yamamasa Koyamaen’s ultimate matcha experience project, titled “ALL FOR ONE,” which provides these rare leaves to some of the country’s top professionals in various fields.
At opening, only limited qualities of the Supreme MATCHA Terrine, made by well-known pâtissier Toshi Yoroizuka, will be available.
These authentic matcha creations are perfect for a hot summer’s day, or as a gift for a friend. When in Tokyo, don’t miss it!
Address: 1-5-8 Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 103-0013, Japan
Access: 30-second walk from Ningyocho Station/5-minute walk from Suitengumae Station
Open Date: August 2, 8:00
Hours of Operation: 8:00-19:00 (Last order 18:30)
Closed on Tuesdays (Open daily throughout August)
Phone Number: 03-3667-7277
Official Site: https://ateliermatcha.com/
Winnie the Pooh POP UP SHOP Opens at First Avenue Tokyo Station
As a fitting celebration of Honey Day (August 3), popular toy and character shop Kiddyland has opened a limited-edition Winnie the Pooh POP UP SHOP within Ichiban Plaza at First Avenue Tokyo Station. The festive locale will be open until August 12.
Coinciding with the start of the event, 28 other shops around the country will also begin selling new Winnie the Pooh products featuring Kiddyland’s original design. This includes 10 Disney Avenue locations, as well as 18 Kiddyland shops around Japan.
After spending time picking up some adorable new merch, guests can also take pictures at the new Winnie the Pooh photo spot!
Beginning July 30, visitors spending over ¥3,000 will get the Heffalump can badge free of charge. (Item not for individual sale.)
After August 3, visitors spending over ¥3,000 will get the PJ Pooh can badge! (Item not for individual sale.)
Those spending ¥2,000 or more on Heffalump merch will receive two Winnie the Pooh stickers. (Stickers not for sale.)
Spend ¥3,000 or more (tax included) at participating Disney Avenue stores to receive a limited Pooh’s Nightmare badge. (Not for individual sale.)
The Heffalump plush, which went on presale July 30, is now available at 31 stores for ¥3,300 (Tax included.)
Original Design Merch
Beginning July 30, these goods are only available at the Harajuku, Osaka Umeda, and Tokyo Station Disney Avenue locations, as well as the First Avenue Tokyo Station Ichiban Plaza shop.
A5-size Mini Towel, 8 Designs: ¥660 each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keychains, 8 Designs: ¥924 each (Tax Included)
Candy Keychains, 2 Designs: ¥660 each (Tax Included)
T-Shirts, 3 designs: ¥3,190 each (Tax Included)
Tissue Pouch: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Mesh Pouch, 2 Designs: ¥2,090 (Tax Included)
Money Pouch: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Round Drawstring Pouch: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Flat Pouch: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
IC Card Holder: ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
Pouch Set: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Tote Bag: ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
Mini Reusable Shopping Bag: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Reusable Shopping Bag: ¥1,815 (Tax Included)
When you think of honey, you think of Winnie the Pooh. Released last year to massive popularity, these original designs featuring our favorite bear in cozy pajamas alongside the fuzzy Heffalump are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Those who preordered the Heffalump plush will get a few special perks!
This original collection is full of goods as sweet as honey, so try to collect them all!
©Disney. Based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works by A.A.Milne and E.H.shepard.
Winnie the Pooh SHOP
Location: First Avenue Tokyo Station’s Ichiban Plaza
Running: July 30 – August 12, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Open until 18:00 on August 12)
A total of 31 stores carry these limited-edition products, see full details here:
Official Site: https://www.kiddyland.co.jp/
Kageki Shojo!! Anime Series Gets Event at Tokyo’s Amusement Park Asakusa Hanayashiki
Asakusa Hanayashiki, an amusement park in Tokyo, has announced a summer event in collaboration with the ongoing anime series Kageki Shojo!! which will take place from August 21 to September 12.
Cute original artwork illustrated for the event
Take part in the stamp rally
Original Ticket Folder (With Pseudo Ticket)
Bromides: ¥550 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Figure: ¥500 (Tax Included) / Acrylic Figures: ¥880 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keyrings | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)
Pins: ¥300 Each (Tax Included)
Receive a free postcard when you order a drink or dessert
Receive a free coaster when ordering a drink
Receive an original tote bag when buying a special ticket
Kageki Shojo!! is a manga series by Kumiko Saiki. The anime adaptation began airing on July 4. A collection of cute original illustrations of 22 characters from the series have been drawn for the event which will be dotted around the park. Fans can also take part in a themed stamp rally, enjoy food inspired by the series, buy merchandise, and more.
Japanese Music Artists to Perform at Crocs Japan x atmos pink’s Summer Festival
Casual footwear brand Crocs Japan and sneaker select shop atmos pink are set to host a summer pop-up event titled ‘Atokuro Natsumatsuri’ at atmos pink’s flagship store in Harajuku as well as online from July 31 to August 9.
atmos is one of the leading sneaker brands in Japan, while Crocs is a staple of summertime footwear. Together, the two brands are set to deliver an array of summer season content with classic Japanese summer stalls, creating your own custom Crocs Jibbitz™, and more. Additionally, everyone who attends the event and buys something will enter for a chance to win some limited-edition merhandise.
Starting on August 2, a line-up of Japanese artists will perform live on YouTube for the event, with names such as FAKY, Yurufuwa Gang, ELLE TERESA, CHAMELEON LIME WHOOPIEPIE, Atarashii Gakko no Leaders, and more.
Running: July 31, 2021 – August 9, 2021
Location: atmos pink Flagship Shop Harajuku
Address: 6-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
August 2 @ 21:00 – FAKY
August 4 @ 21:00 – Yurufuwa Gang
August 6 @ 21:00 – ELLE TERESA
August 8 @ 21:00 – CHAMELEON LIME WHOOPIEPIE, Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders
atmos pink channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkSEEsKnBrGz0bP9XLDkSGw
atmos pink Official Website: https://www.atmos-pink.com/
Shibuya PARCO’s Dwiky KA Exhibition Collaborates With Japanese Brands and Artists
PARCO opened the Dwiky KA Exhibition at its Shibuya branch on Friday where it’s set to run until August 9. Dwiky KA is an Indonesian artist who has collaborated with many music artists and apparel brands.
Dwiky KA x HYSTERIC GLAMOUR
Dwiky KA x BiSH
Dwiky KA x Kosuke Kawamura
Dwiky KA x Kosuke Kawamura
Dwiky KA x Tappei
As part of the exhibition, a line-up of merchandise and original items is being sold, including collaborations with brands Hysteric Glamour and balansa x YAGI, artists Kosuke Kawamura and Yappei, and idol punk band BiSH.
YAGIBOY & GALLERY X presents Dwiky KA exhibition “LABRAX”
Running: July 30, 2021 – August 9, 2021
Location: GALLERY X
Address: Shibuya PARCO Floor B1F, Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Price: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Official Website: https://art.parco.jp
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan Anime Themed Cafe to Open in Ikebukuro
Animate Cafe Stand Hareza Ikebukuro has announced a collaboration with the ongoing TV anime series Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan which will see the cafe served up a themed menu, sell exclusive merchandise, and decorate the interior with original illustrations from August 25 to September 27.
Animate Cafe exclusive illustrations
Animate Cafe exclusive chibi illustrations
Collab Menu (Excerpt)
Parfait | ¥700 (Tax Included)
Latte | ¥600 (Tax Included)
Soda | ¥650 (Tax Included)
Big Acrylic Stand Keyrings | 3 Designs | ¥1,600 Each (Tax Included)
Cookies | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stand Keyrings | 6 Designs | ¥700 (Tax Included)
Rubber Keyrings | 10 Designs | ¥700 Each (Tax Included)
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan is a dark comedy manga series by Gaku Kuze that’s been serialised in Comic POOL since 2017. An anime adaptation began airing on July 6, 2021.
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan x Animate Cafe
Running: August 25, 2021 – September 27, 2021
Location: Animate Cafe Stand Hareza Ikebukuro
Booking Window: August 25, 2021 – August 29, 2021 (Online Booking)
*Booking not required from August 30 onwards
Animate Cafe Official Website: https://cafe.animate.co.jp/
Tokyo’s The Art of DC – The Dawn of Super Heroes Exhibition and What to Look Out For
The Art of DC – The Dawn of Super Heroes opened at Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills Tower last month where it’s set to run until September 5.
The exhibition shines a spotlight on DC’s Superheroes and Supervillains, such as Superman, Batman, and Joker, with over 400 exhibit items from comics to original documents and more on display. Let’s take a closer look at just some of the things for DC fans to enjoy.
World-first exhibits of film costumes
In the Suicide Squad area, the actual costume worn by Margot Robbie when she played Harley Quinn in the film is on show. The costumes worn by Bloodsport and Peacemaker in the upcoming film The Suicide Squad are also being displayed.
See the Dark Knight’s Batpod
The real Batpod used in The Dark Knight Trilogy stands in its full 3.7 meter long glory against a backdrop of night-time Gotham City.
A collection of masks worn by Heath Ledger’s Joker
The mask and outfit worn by Heath Ledger as the Joker is also being showcased. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the character in The Dark Knight. This one’s a must-see for fans of the legendary character.
Harley Quinn & Joker afternoon tea
Harley Quinn & Joker Afternoon Tea | ¥5,000 (Tax Included)
Head to THE SUN & THE MOON restaurant to enjoy an afternoon tea inspired by Harley Quinn and Joker.
Superman Sky-High Drink | ¥1,400 (Tax Included)
The Clown Prince of Crime | ¥1,400 (Tax Included)
There’s also a menu of mocktails to enjoy which are inspired by the characters of the DC universe.
Running: Until September 5, 2021
Location: THE SUN & THE MOON (Restaurant)
Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00
Official Website: http://thesun-themoon.com/
All DC characters and elements © & ™DC Comics. WB SHIELD: ™& © WBEI (s21)
The Art of DC – The Dawn of Super Heroes
Running: June 25, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Location: Tokyo City View (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Floor 52F)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:00)
Official Website: https://tcv-taod.roppongihills.com
First Official Chiikawa Shops Open at KIDDYLAND Harajuku and Osaka Umeda
KIDDYLAND has announced the opening of the first official shops themed on the popular character Chiikawa. Named Chiikawa Land, the two stores will open at the Harajuku and Osaka Umeda branches of KIDDYLAND on August 7.
Chiikawa is a popular character first revealed by Japanese illustrator Nagano on Twitter. In December 2020, the official online store Chiikawa Market opened, and Nagano released a book compiling the manga panels they drew and posted on Twitter. With over 550,000 follows on Twitter, Chiikawa has become extremely popular, with even themed cafes and an exhibition, Chiikawa’s Forest, having taken place.
Now Chiikawa get its own official shops at KIDDYLAND with merchandise featuring new and exclusive artwork drawn by Nagano and more.
Get your paws on exclusive merch at Chiikawa Land
Smartphone Stickers | 3 Designs | ¥385 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stands | 3 Designs | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)
Pins | 3 Designs | ¥330 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keyrings | 3 Designs | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)
Large Hand Towels | 2 Designs | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)
Mug | ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
T-Shirts | 3 Designs | ¥3,080 Each (Tax Included)
Positively adorable frames for pre-order
Chiikawa Art Frame – Clouds | ¥16,500 (Tax Included)
Chiikawa Art Frame – Faces | ¥16,500 (Tax Included)
Chiikawa Art Frame – Ramen | ¥16,500 (Tax Included)
For every ¥1,100 spent in a single transaction, receive one of three possible Umaibo corn sticks.
For every ¥3,300-¥5,499 spent in a single transaction, receive an exclusive hologram pin.
Spend over ¥5,500 to receive a random special gift: one of four possible lunch boxes or one of five plush pins.
Chiikawa Land shopping bag
Snap a photo at one of the photo spots
Get a stamp at both KIDDYLAND branches
Art For Social Change Project Launches in Japan Using Waste to Create Art
29.July.2021 | FASHION
Innovation Design launched its new ‘Art For Social Change’ project at haishop in Shibuya Scramble Square on July 21 which sees artwork made from waste.
According to Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, 42.74 million tonnes of garbage has been thrown out since 2019. That’s the equivalent of around 115 Tokyo Domes, or 918g of waste per person everyday. The waste cannot be exported, and so real action is required to reduce the amount of waste create on the island country of Japan, especially when thinking 20 years down the road.
That’s where haishop comes in. Using caps from detergent, which are actually no longer sold, as well as plastic caps and other materials resulting from waste, it will create a new identity for waste together with consumers in the form of art. Art For Social Change aims to send a message to society to make real transformations in the world through the medium of art.
It’s easy to imagine what happens when creating a product up to its completion, but considering what happens to it after it’s been used is a lot more difficult. Every year, the available capacity at final disposal sites decreases more and more. The important topic at hand is getting everyone in Japan to really treasure the products they buy, to conceive ideas on how to prolong longevity of the things that people purchase, and construct a new society centred on recycling and reusing. And this isn’t just a Japan problem – it’s a global one. That’s the message which Art For Social Change carries.
The only conditions on participating with the project is that you agree with its goal and that you use materials on sale at haishop. Everyone is invited regardless of age or gender.
The artworks in action
4th year students from Nitobe Bunka Elementary & Junior High School used waste materials to create ‘souvenir’ theme products which the children are helping to sell at the shop. The proceeds go back to the school itself while helping teach children about new ways of reusing and recycling.
Souvenirs created by the students of Nitobe Bunka Elementary & Junior High School
Mascara bottles made using caps from detergent bottles
Art For Social Change
Project Launch Date: July 21, 202
Official Website: https://www.innovationdesign.co.jp/
Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club x Oedo Onsen Monogatari Event Announced
The Tokyo-based bathhouse Oedo Onsen Monogatari is set to collaborate with the anime series Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club with a special event titled ‘Tokimeki Onsen Monogatari’ from July 30 to September 5. This will mark the site’s final collaboration with an anime series as the bathhouse is closing on September 5.
For the collaboration, panels and decorations featuring original artwork of the Nijigaku members is featured around the bathhouse. There’s also a special photospot featuring a backdrop of a scene taken the anime’s second episode.
A lottery draw will take place where you can pay ¥550 for a chance to win a cushion, illustrated print, or bromide. There are also 10 collab drinks as well as three pasta dishes to pick from. Fans can also get their hands on exclusive merch such as keyrings, tees, tapestries, and more.
Tokimeki Onsen Monogatari
Running: July 30, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Location: Tokyo Odaiba Oedo Onsen Monogatari
Official Website: https://corporate.ooedoonsen.jp/