Yoshiki Collaborates With Attack on Titan in New WONDA Coffee Commercial
Yoshiki has teamed up with Asahi Soft Drinks once again in their latest commercial for WONDA coffee which sees the musician animated into the world of Attack on Titan. The commercial hit Japanese television on Thursday.
Yoshiki becomes a Survey Corps member in the new commercial
The 3D CG animated commercial sees Yoshiki as a Survey Corps member who bites his hand to turn into a Titan like Eren, but the only thing he is attacking in the video is his drum kit. He treats himself to WONDA’s “Morning Shot” coffee beverage after falling over his drums.
Check out the commercial below.
WONDA x Attack on Yoshiki Coffee Cans
Limited edition cans of the Morning Shot coffee will also be sold, featuring Attack on Titan designs. Each can also has a QR code which when scanned will take you to a website to enter the serial code written on the can to win one of the Yoshiki designs as pictured below.
WONDA x Attack on Titan Collaboration Campaign
Running: November 1, 2020 – November 6, 2020
Yoshiki Can Shipping Date: Early December 2020
Winnters: 1,000 to be chosen
Official Website: https://www.asahiinryo.co.jp/
Attack on Titan The Final Season Reveals New Key Visual Reveals December Release
25.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME
A second key visual for the upcoming fourth and final season of Attack on Titan was revealed. It has also been confirmed that the new season will be released on December 6, 2020.
Fans’ excitement only continues to surge as they can now mark a date in their calendars. Stay tuned for any further updates.
©Hajime Isayama・Kodansha / Attack on Titan The Final Season Production Committee
TV Anime “Attack on Titan The Final Season”
Initial Broadcast: December 6, 2020 (Subject to change)
Official Website: https://shingeki.tv/final/
Starbucks Japan’s Chocolate Chestnut Frappuccino® Arrives This Autumn
27.August.2020 | FOOD
The autumn leaves are set to fall on Starbucks in Japan again this year as the coffee chain announces the return of the “Artful Autumn @ Starbucks® Promotion” which is set to begin on September 2, 2020.
This year’s drink concept is “Naturally Good Artfully Simple” which hopes to have customers feeling peaceful and enjoying the transition from summer into autumn.
Autumnal beverages made with whole blended chestnuts
Chocolate Chestnut Frappuccino®: ¥590 (Tall Only)
Chocolate Chestnut Latte: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570
What makes the Chocolate Chestnut Frappuccino® so special is its use of whole blended Japanese chestnuts—the quintessential autumn flavour of the country. The delicately broken pieces of chestnut add texture to the smooth milk and coffee and invite you into the cosy embrace of the season. Starbucks has chosen chocolate as the perfect partner to the chestnut. To best enjoy the balance of both flavours, the beverage is loaded with a “Chestnut Cacao Sauce” which gives the drink’s appearance a beautiful marble effect. Everything’s topped off with a squirt of whipped cream and a topping of chocolate flakes and candied cacao nibs.
Then there’s the Chocolate Chestnut Latte, a combination of the same tasty Chestnut Cacao Sauce together with steamed milk and espresso carefully prepared by the baristas. The hot drink is completed by a topping of chocolate flakes and candied cacao nibs. The result is a wonderful mix of chestnut, chocolate, and espresso.
Another seasonal Starbucks latte
Autumn Latte: Short ¥340 / Tall ¥380 / Grande ¥420 / Venti® ¥460
The Autumn Latte is made with Starbucks Japan’s “Autumn Blend” coffee beans. It has a smooth and gentle flavour.
Autumn in Japan is a time for seriously tasty drinks and desserts, so if you’re in the country this autumn, be sure to stop on by Starbucks for an autumn coffee.
Chocolate Chestnut Frappuccino®
Chocolate Chestnut Latte
Running: September 2, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Available: Starbucks in Japan (select branches not participating)
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Tokyo’s New Starbucks Branch in Ginza is a Cafe Dream Come True For Workers and Business People
Starbucks Coffee Japan opened a new branch at CIRCLES Ginza on July 30, 2020 that will serve as a dream location for business people.
The dream coffee shop, split into two floors, offers a unique environment and service created in collaboration with Think Lab. Rather than your regular, more public Starbucks, this branch also lets customers reserve booths and meeting spaces. This includes the SMART LOUNGE™ aimed at business users, as well as solo working spaces by Think Lab.
Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza caters to both solo workers and co-workers, giving them a space to think and concentrate alone, or come together in groups to exchange ideas. Booths offer a place to host online meetings, the SMART LOUNGE lets groups arrange chairs and tables however they like, and the Think Lab—which you pay an extra fee to use—is the perfect spot for some quiet contemplation.
1st Floor: Quick TOGO experience
The first floor is for people who aren’t looking to stay at the cafe long. They are looking for a quicker experience where they can order their Starbucks drink and food and head on out. The cafe offers cashless payments, which is notable as Japan is still very much a cash-based country, as well as the Starbucks mobile order and pay service where you pick what you want on your phone and then go and pick it up.
2nd Floor: A place where you can focus
Reserve a booth for video calls and more
There are four individual half-booths which can be reserved, each of which have a screen for video calls and online meetings. These can be used for 40 minutes and can be booked in advance. The booking system was co-developed by Starbucks and Vacan.
Tables for in-person group meetings
The window tables offer a place for meetings, discussions, and business negotiations for 2-12 people. It’s a relaxing area where workers and clients can chat freely.
For those who want to work along, Starbucks has created a spacious area with individual booths where you don’t have to meet eyes or be bothered by other people.
If you’re working in Tokyo, and need a business-oriented location where you can enjoy a coffee, then look no further than Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza.
Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza
Grand Opening: July 30, 2020
Address: CIRCLES Ginza, 3-7-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 7:00-22:30
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Starbucks Japan to Open New Branch Produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara in Miyashita Park
30.July.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan is opening a new branch in MIYASHITA PARK on August 4, 2020. Set to be Starbucks Japan’s fifth “park” branch—opening inside a park—the new coffee shop is being produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment brand.
MIYASHITA PARK is a shopping complex filled with shops stocking high quality products, and stands as a new landmark of Shibuya. On the rooftop is the newly-arranged park area which has its own skate park, bouldering wall, and more. It’s home to all-new facilities, and there’s also the actual park where events can take place.
Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park offers a new style of Starbucks conceived from the mind of Hiroshi Fujiwara. Glass doors are fitted on both the front and back sides of the cafe, allowing for a full-open design. The flooring is coloured green, making it feel as if it has become one with the green outdoors of the park, and the same mesh used inside Miyashita Park is used for the ceiling.
The cafe’s design was conceived to be a unique standout in the park, specifically with the image in mind of countries outside Japan where you walk along a lone road and eventually come to a gas station.
Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park will also sell a range of merchandise at the back of the shop, as well as Starbucks coffee beans. There’s also a glass table in the middle of the cafe which slots in nicely with the overall aesthetic. The fun design together with the expanse of the park outside adds for an enjoyable combination that makes it a pleasant stay as you sip your beverage.
The regular line-up of merchandise sold at the Miyashita Park branch, such as the tumblers, are all produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment brand. Items are branded with the word “MYST” which lets you know it’s from this particular branch, as well as Fragment’s logo.
Discover a new Starbucks experience at Miyashita Park.
Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park
Address: 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Grand Opening: August 4, 2020
Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00
2020 Sanrio Character Awards: yoshikitty Places 1st Place in Three Countries
11.June.2020 | FASHION
The final results for the 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking were announced on Tuesday, with Cinnamoroll placing number one overall. Yoshiki’s collaboration character yoshiki ranked 1st place in France, Germany, and Brasil, as well as 2nd place in China and 6th place overall. This marks the 5th year that yoshikitty has ranked in the Top 10.
yoshikitty is a character based on the X Japan band member Yoshiki. The character has proven popular around the world, with merchandise so popular it never fails to sell out.
A special “Tanita Award” was also given to yoshikitty, and to celebrate, a limited-edition yoshikitty “Digital Health Meter” will be sold on the Tanita website. Costing ¥4,400 (tax included), it is now available to order until July 31, 2020, with a limited number of 100 models available.
Yoshiki thanked yoshikitty fans around the world on his official Twitter and Instagram pages for voting and making the character place so high again this year. He also said: “I wonder if I should composed a yoshikitty theme song too to express my gratitude to everyone (haha). I want to continue delivering wonderful music to you all to repay you, even just a little. Thank you.” (translated from Japanese by MMN)
Attack on Titan Season 4 Trailer Reveals Final Battle and Film Officially Announced
01.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME
The first trailer for the highly-anticipated season four of Attack on Titan is finally here along with a new key visual. With the animation efforts moved to MAPPA, the new staff have also been revealed including Yuichiro Hayashi as the final season’s director.
The following five statements were released from staff alongside the new trailer, including from Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama, the final season director Yuichiro Hayashi, the season one director and seasons 2-3 chief director Tetsurō Araki, MAPPA’s CEO Manabu Otsuka, and WIT STUDIO’s CEO George Wada. All comments translated from Japanese by MMN.
Hajime Isayama (Author, Writer and Illustrator, Attack on Titan)
“With this, the entirety of Attack on Titan has been adapted into anime. For that, I give my heartfelt thanks to all of the readers who have supported the series up to now. The manga has been serialised more than 10 years, so we’ve been together for quite some time now. To director [Tetsurō] Araki, WIT STUDIO, everyone in the Storyboard Corps, and everybody else, I would like to thank you for giving me so many happy memories—so many I could die! I would like to continue making more amazing memories together with director [Yuichiro] Hayashi and everyone at MAPPA for the continuation of the Attack on Titan anime!”
Yuichiro Hayashi (Director, Attack on Titan: The Final Season)
“I have been given the responsibility of director for the final season. My heart has been pounding since we’re in the middle of a battle in the anime, and because this is such a huge series. We’ve kindly received full cooperation from everyone at WIT as well as director [Tetsurō] Araki. They have set everything up for us up this point. The quality of the series up to now is thanks to them. The staff have poured blood and sweat into their work. We will continue that as much as possible, and put our utmost best into what we do. So please look forward to the final season of Attack on Titan!!”
Tetsurō Araki (Director, Attack on Titan Season 1 / Chief Director, Attack on Titan Seasons 2-3)
“Our beloved anime series Attack on Titan will continue with an incredible battle formation formed of MAPPA and director Yuichiro Hayashi. We’ve been mutually exchanging information with them and holding meetings for quite a long time now. I’m positive they will piece this out, no doubt about it. We are also really looking forward to seeing the continuation of Eren and everybody else’s journey!”
Manabu Otsuka (CEO, MAPPA)
“Attack on Titan is a series loved by countless fans. It will continue with a great studio, and a team of outstanding creators. I feel motivated at the fact that the studio will be part of the series’s final season. I look forward to us freely forging the final battle.”
George Wada (CEO, WIT STUDIO)
“The final season of Attack on Titan has finally been announced!! It has taken a long time for us to prepare for this, but first and foremost, I’m extremely happy that we have arrived at this point. We laid the foundations for the greatest manga ever, and the greatest team ever will be adapting the final season. I have nothing but high hopes. To all of you out there, please look forward to it!!”
The final chapter of Attack on Titan is nearly upon us. It seems only yesterday that the first season aired and took the world by storm.
In the lead up to the final season, a movie entitled Attack on Titan: Chronicle has also been announced. Releasing on July 17, 2020, it will cover everything in the first three seasons of the anime series.
Attack on Titan: Chronicle Trailer
Attack on Titan: The Final Season Trailer
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan At-Home Puzzle Game Has You Surveying Ancient Ruins
12.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
NAZO x NAZO Gekidan, a company in Japan that creates and produces interactive, real-life puzzle solving games, has made a new limited-time Attack on Titan themed game to be played from the comfort of your own home.
There is yet another mystery on our hands at the ancient ruins of Joypolis. We, the Survey Corps, have discovered new material from the relics we brought back that unravel the history surrounding those ancient ruins. You must put your heads together with your comrades with Eren, Armin, Mikasa, Hange, and Levi, and solve the mystery of the ruins!
Tickets for the game are available via NAZO x NAZO Gekidan’s official website, and participants get a free folder as pictured aboveーa must grab collector’s item for fans of Attack on Titan. The game can be played on smartphones, and has both easy and challenging sections to it.
©Hajime Isayama・Kodansha / “Attack on Titan” Production Committee
Attack on Titan: Survey the Ancient Ruins! (Japanese Title: 進撃の巨人×謎解きゲーム 謎の古代遺跡を調査せよ！)
Time: Those with puzzle-solving experiences can complete it 1 hour, but those with no experience may take 2-3 hours or more
Tickets: Now on sale
Price: ¥2,400 (Tax Included/Includes Shipping)
Official Website: https://nazogeki.stores.jp/
・This game can only be played once.
・Parts of this game make use of a mobile phone, so an internet connection is required. Any fees charged for connecting are the responsibility of the customer.
YOSHIKI Donates 10 Million Yen to National Center for Global Health and Medicine
23.April.2020 | MUSIC
YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen (approx. $100 million) to Japan’s National Center for Global Health and Medicine via YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA.
The National Center for Global Health and Medicine is a governmental medical institution researching infectious diseasesーincluding COVID-19ーas well as immunologic diseases, amongst other things. It is the only national polyclinic centre in Japan and has the biggest number of sickbeds in the country.
With the COVID-19 pandemic throwing the world into disorder, there are currently over 10,000 confirmed cases in Japan. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to see that Japan’s medical care is on the verge of collapse. YOSHIKI donated the money in response to this situation to help support medical workers fighting on the front lines.
YOSHIKI | Comment
In the US, where I live, there are over 40,000 cases of deaths over the novel coronavirus. And I’m saddened to hear that the infection is spreading in Japan too. I still can’t see any signs that it’s being brought under control. The entertainment industry which I live for and all the industries out there, myself included, are feeling the effects financially and mentally. It’s painful to see.
However, those we must all support the most right now in this situation are the people providing medical care to the patients affected by the coronavirus. I donated in the hopes that it can lend them strength, even if just a little.
And I hope that the thoughts of everyone worried while self-isolating now, and their actions, serves to lend strength to the people in the medical institutions a hundred timesーa thousand times more than what I donated […].
I also want to endeavour to support people as a musician too.
YOSHIKI donated $24,000 dollars to Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles last month to help support food shortages in the US. He also donated $100,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Fund which was created by The Recording Academy® and MusiCares© to help support struggling music artists who are having to postpone and cancel tours in response to the pandemic outbreak.
YOSHIKI Shows Off His Drum Skills in New WONDA Coffee Commercial
YOSHIKI has made another graceful return to Asahi Soft Drinks’ commercial series to promote its coffee beverage ‘WONDA.’ The commercial began airing in Japan on April 14, 2020.
In the previous commercial, we saw YOSHIKI’s beautiful handiwork on the piano. In the latest commercial, he takes to a golden drum set and displays his effortless skills as a drummer.
YOSHIKI throws his jacket to the side before taking his sticks in hand and getting in the zone. The messages that pop up on the commercial read, “I don’t want to make any compromises. No matter what anyone says. We will become men that never throw away commitment.”
This theme echoes with YOSHIKI too as will be seen in the behind-the-scenes video set to hit the air this Friday. YOSHIKI makes certain that the performance is perfect by having the staff retake the footage over and over as he earns rounds of applause for his performance.
Wonda Coffee Commercial – “Kiwameta Hito” (15 Seconds)
Initial Broadcast: April 14, 2020
Asahi Soft Drinks Official Website: https://www.asahiinryo.co.jp/
“WONDA,” “ワンダ”, and “極” are registered trademarks of Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.
Matcha Flavoured Caffè Latte to be Released by Japan’s Popular Chilled Coffee Cup Brand
09.April.2020 | FOOD
Mt.RAINIER is launching a matcha flavoured caffè latte in Japan for a limited time starting from April 21, 2020.
Mt.RAINIER launched in February 1993 as a pioneering brand of chilled coffee in a cup. Since then, the company has introduced countless flavours which retain the authentic quality of a drink you would sip on in a cafè. With the number of people working from home rising, Mt.RAINIER is looking to be an easy grab for its customers to refresh and relax them during this time.
With the Olympics being delayed until next year, 2021 is the new year expected for Japan to be in the spotlight. With many people interested and becoming interested in Japanese culture, including the Japanese themselves, the market for providing products to enjoy Japan and its culture is expected to grow. Mt.RAINIER is hopping on board this train with its new “Nippon Color Vibes” drinks series which will include beverages that capture the vibe of Japanese culture. The first drink in the line was cherry blossom flavoured, and the upcoming entry is matcha.
The Mt.RAINIER Matcha Caffè Latte blends together matcha made from leaves carefully selected by tea experts with milk and a shot of espresso.
Mt.RAINIER Matcha Caffè Latte
Release Date: April 21, 2020
Location: Everywhere in Japan
Official Website: https://www.mtrainier.jp/nipponcolorvibes/
*The Mt.RAINIER Matcha Caffè Latte will be featured on the website from April 21, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. (JST)
RADWIMPS Release New Song ‘Nekojarashi’ On Spotify and iTunes
07.April.2020 | MUSIC
RADWIMPS released their new song Nekojarashi on major download and streaming music services on April 5, 2020 including iTunes and Spotify.
Nekojarashi began featuring as part of a new commercial for Kirin’s “Gogo no Kocha” (Afternoon Tea) brand of drinks last month. The song, like the commercial, is themed on those moments of happiness that are right in front of us. Two versions of the song were released digitally: the normal version, and an orchestral versionーthe latter of which is being used in the commercial and is featured under the name of the RADWIMPS frontman Yojiro Noda.
The commercial started airing on Japanese TV last month. Japanese actress Kyoko Fukada is the face of the commercial, which promotes how there is happiness to be found in those casual moments in our everyday lives even if we do not notice them.
Kiririn Gogo no Kocha (Straight Tea/Milk Tea/Lemon Tea)
A project has also been launched where people can take the frame of the Nekojarashi CD cover and create their own original cover by inserting a photo of themselves. Once uploaded, you can post on social media with the hashtag. Photos will then be selected to feature in a video. Full details can be found here.
Yojiro Noda | Comment
“The strengths that humans get used to is something amazing. Both the good and bad. For our own reasons, we seem to love and treasure having the breakfast we are so used to, the voice of someone saying ‘I’m home,’ the route we take back going home. The trick to living a fun life in this world might not be being overambitious, but the ability to notice those little joyful moments. Another thing is the existence of our selves with whom we spend every day with. Before we know it, we realise we didn’t actually know what that meant, so we take notice and live our lives knowing it. The me that I don’t even know might still be hidden away. That’s what I wrote this song about.”
Create Your Own Nekojarashi CD Cover
Theme: Moments of happiness
Running: Until April 17, 2020 at 23:59 (JST)
Get Involved: https://umusic.digital/rad_nekojarashi
RADWIMPS Official Website: http://radwimps.jp/
YOSHIKI Donates $100,000 to COVID-19 Relief Fund to Help Struggling Music Artists
30.March.2020 | MUSIC
Today, Japanese singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer YOSHIKI donated $100,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Fund through YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA, a non-profit public interest company managed by the artist himself.
The COVID-19 Relief Fund was created by The Recording Academy® and MusiCares© to help support struggling music artists who are having to postpone and cancel tours in response to the pandemic outbreak. YOSHIKI is a board member of The Recording Academy®, which is known for presenting the Grammy Awards.
YOSHIKI said: “In a time when we are being told to conduct self-control and restraint, I’m still called out by people on whether it’s best to put shows on holdーfor the benefit of fans included. The financial damage of that is of course substantial. Many different industriesーnot just the entertainment industryーare on the verge of danger, as are people of varying positions [across society]. As someone in the world of music, I would hope there would be some way of offering help to those involved in the music industry around the world, Japan included, during this difficult time, and so I have donated to the COVID-19 Relief Fund. The danger of COVID-19 is a global problem, not just Japan. I pray from the bottom of my heart that this will all be over much quicker by everyone cooperating to conduct self-restraint and wait this out to lessen the spread of the virus, and that the entertainment industry can once again return to its thriving self.”
Steve Boom, Chairman of the Board at MusiCares, also expressed his deep gratitude to the donations which go towards relieving the burden of musicians and those involved in music. He said that everyone’s cooperation will ensure that the necessary funds and resources are there for people to continue their careers.
YOSHIKI continues to post information related to the coronavirus via his social media pages. On March 11, he interviewed Shinya Yamanaka, the director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The interview can be seen below and has English subtitles.
YOSHIKI Official Website: http://www.yoshiki.net/