Kingdom Anime Collaborates With Firsthand On Exclusive Merchandise
Creative and sustainable concept store Firsthand released a collection of items in collaboration on Wednesday (January 20) with the TV anime series Kingdom, which is set to begin airing its third season this April, and Japanese artist Kosuke Kawamura. The items are available to buy both online in Japan and at a pop-up store at OPEN STUDIO inside FREAK’S STORE Shibuya.
Firsthand is a Japanese brand centred on upcycling and sustainable production. Fans of the ongoing anime series can get their hands on a range of clothing items, phone cases, and more. If they head to OPEN STUDIO they’ll also find an illustration exhibit, a photo spot, and more. The gallery is also selling posters signed by Kosuke Kawamura.
Will you be watching Season 3 of Kingdom this spring?
Kingdom x Firsthand x Kosuke Kawamura Pop-Up Shop
Running: January 20, 2021 – January 25, 2021
Location: OPEN STUDIO, 1-31-1 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
TEL : 03-6415-7728
Where to buy the merchandise collection:
・OPEN STUDIO (Limited time January 20th-25th)
・Firsthand RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK (From January 26th)
・FREAK‘S STORE ONLINE (From January 24th) @ http://www.freaksstore.com/
・ZOZOTOWN (From January 28th) @ https://zozo.jp/shop/freaksstore/
Event Details: https://firsthand.jp/news/3609/
Socks Specialist Tabio to Launch its 2nd Collection in Collaboration with Fashion Brand Toga
26.November.2021 | FASHION
Japanese socks specialist Tabio has launched its second collection in collaboration with Toga, a Japanese fashion brand created by fashion designer Yasuko Furuta.
The collection consists of four different types of socks that combine Tabio’s technology with TOGA’s elements, including socks with the same patterns as TOGA’s garments and sheer socks that sold out immediately last time. The socks are presented in a special package that makes them the perfect winter gift. You can purchase them at the official online store and other limited edition Tabio stores.
TOGA × Tabio
Where to buy: Tabio Online Store（https://tabio.com/jp/）
10 Tabio Limited Stores (Tabio Japan GINZA SIX、Tabio Omotesando Hills, Tabio Roppongi Hills, Tabio Lumine EST, Tabio Tamagawa Takashimaya, Tabio NEWoMan Yokohama, Tabio JR Nagoya Takashimaya, Tabio Nagoya LACHIC, Tabio Grand Front Osaka, Tabio LACHIC Fukuoka Tenjin）
TOGA stores, TOGA Online Store (https://store.toga.jp/)
Cardcaptor Sakura and Sanrio Collaborate on New Collection
A new collection of goods featuring Sakura Kinomoto and popular Sanrio characters is here! The collection features everyone’s favorite magical girl combined with beloved characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, and Kuromi.
The Cardcaptor Sakura manga series was serialized from 1996 until 2000 in the monthly girls’ manga magazine Nakayoshi. In 2016, a new version of the series was released titled Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card and the magical girl series is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021. An anime series aired from 1998 to 2000, with a Clear Card adaptation airing in 2018.
This is the second collaboration between Sanrio and Cardcaptor Sakura, with the first coming in 2018 with Little Twin Stars. In these collaboration designs, each Sanrio character wears costumes made by Sakura’s best friend Tomoyo, and Sakura wears a special costume with Hello Kitty and My Melody ears. One of these designs is only available at official Sanrio stores.
Sanrio Store Designs
The Sanrio Characters x Cardcaptor Sakura series will be available starting November 26 at Sanrio stores and November 25 at the Sanrio online shop.
Drawstring Bag Set: ¥1,980
Secret Acrylic Keychains (6 varieties): ¥715 each
Acrylic keychains and charms will come in blind packaging. Five of the designs have been revealed, but there is a sixth secret one to find!
Square Tags (5 varieties): ¥660 each / A5 Clear Folder (6 varieties): ¥385 each
Special Rubber Mascot Keychains
These keychains will be available in capsule machines nationwide, and in March 2022, Cardcaptor Sakura x Sanrio plushies will also be available!
©️C,ST/K,EP,N ©️’21 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ
Sanrio Characters x Cardcaptor Sakura
A Tachikoma From Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045 Arrives at New Balance Harajuku
As a part of the brand’s 9BOX series, New Balance has released a new graphic T-shirt collection in collaboration with Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045. The items went on sale November 12, and to commemorate the release, a Tachikoma from the series has arrived at New Balance Harajuku! For those who may not have seen the series, a Tachikoma is an AI tank prominently featured in the Ghost in the Shell universe.
Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Motoko Kusanagi, the main character of the series, perfectly exemplifies the New Balance brand, which promotes ‘fearless independence.’ Five new t-shirt designs are now available, all drawn by Ilya Kuvshinov, the character designer for Ghost in the Shell SAC-2045. The collection is available at official New Balance stores nationwide, as well as the online store and participating ABC Marts. Those who purchase items from the collection will receive a collaboration sticker, and a special picture frame will be available on the New Balance official store app NB Shop.
New Balance’s flagship store in Harajuku is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and was the backdrop for the cover of Rolling Stone Japan to promote the collaboration. Fans of the anime series shouldn’t miss out on these stylish threads!
Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045 x New Balance
On Display from November 20 – December 2, 2021
Location: New Balance Harajuku
Collab Details/Store: https://shop.newbalance.jp/shop/e/eEnb-app-9boxgits
Furniture Maker Karimoku Releases Collaboration Collection with Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee Japan is collaborating with furniture maker Karimoku for a new collection scheduled for release on December 1, 2021. The items will be available at select Blue Bottle Coffee Cafes, at the Blue Bottle Coffee online store, and at pop-up store locations.
Karimoku is one of Japan’s leading wooden furniture manufacturers. Each of the three items in the collection was not only designed to be easy to use but to be pieces of interior decoration. Karimoku has also produced furniture for some of Blue Bottle Coffee’s cafes in the past, with their pieces being well-received for their design and comfort.
Karimoku x Blue Bottle Coffee Morning Collection
Blue Bottle cafes are known for their simple designs, and these items exemplify that, using soft curves perfect for adding warmth to any room. These items are completely sustainable and long-lasting, so why not snag one as a holiday gift?
Karimoku x Blue Bottle Coffee Morning Collection
Release Date: December 1, 2021
Where to Buy: Participating Blue Bottle Coffee Cafes (Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Flagship, Shibuya, Ginza, Minatomirai, Kyoto, Umeda Chayamachi, Kobe) / Blue Bottle Coffee Official Online Store / Pop-up Store
Official Site: https://store.bluebottlecoffee.jp/
Apparel Brand KANGOL Opens Preorders for Tokyo Revengers Collaboration Goods
KANGOL has officially opened preorders for its new Tokyo Revengers collaboration collection on its online store.
The KANGOL brand originated in England in 1938 and is popular among street fashion-lovers around the world. Recognizable by its signature kangaroo mark, this new Tokyo Revengers collection combines the series’ street sense with the high-quality KANGOL brand, popular among artists in the music scene.
Tokyo Revengers has proven to be a driving force in bringing Japanese anime culture to people around the world, blending science fiction, action, suspense, and classic gangster swag. The recent feature film, in particular, shows a fast-paced representation of Japanese street culture from the past to the present, with each character having their own individual style and principles. Now, using this lineup from KANGOL, fans can show off their own style. Which piece are you after?
Shoe Brand atmos to Open Limited-Time Pop-Up Shop in Collaboration With BLUE HAMHAM
19.November.2021 | FASHION
BLUE HAMHAM, the adorable character designed by animator Arimura Taishi, is teaming up with popular sneaker shop atmos for the two brand’s first-ever collaboration collection! Merchandise will include a T-shirt and hoodie, both unisex, and both available in three sizes. These will be on sale from November 19 until November 28 at the atmos online store and the atmos x BLUE HAMHAM Pop-Up Store being held at the atmos pink flagship store in Harajuku.
atmos x BLUE HAMHAM Long Sleeved T-Shirt
atmos x BLUE HAMHAM Hoodie
BLUE HAMHAM are four music-eating space hamster brothers from a planet called ‘Proxima b.’ Their animations on Twitter, TikTok, and other social media platforms have garnered over 300 million views worldwide. Bringing Tokyo sneaker culture to the world, atmos derived its name from the word ‘atmosphere,’ and aims to be a shop as natural as the air around you. This is sure to be a collab unlike any other!
Guests to the pop-up store can enjoy a photo booth, allowing visitors to take photos with BLUE HAMHAM. A special AR filter on Instagram will also let guests transform into one of these space hamsters!
atmos x BLUE HAMHAM
Collaboration Merch on Sale: November 19, 2021
atmos x BLUE HAMHAM Pop-Up Store
Running: November 19 – November 28, 2021
Address: atmos pink flagship store Harajuku (Iberia Building 1F, 6-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya)
Bajune Tobeta and Yoshikuni Dochin Release Christmas Version of Futatsu no Tsuki
18.November.2021 | MUSIC
The record label ‘Sugar Candy’ has a powerful concept: “A grain of healing.” On August 18, 2021, musician and composer Bajune Tobeta released his fifth album ‘Subarashii Shinsekai ~RELAX WORLD~’ on the label. Don’t miss the new Christmas version of this track, perfect for getting into the holiday mood!
In November, a special edition of the album hit Apple Music and iTunes, featuring plenty of awesome guest artists such as Chara, Mummy-D, Yoshikuni Dochin, Kiyotaka Sugiyama, Yui Asaka, Paula Morelenbaum, Jaques Morelenbaum, ACO, and Miho Hamasaki. The chill track Futatsu no Tsuki features Yoshikuni Dochin of the pop duo CHEMISTRY, celebrating 20 years in 2021.
Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021 and Keyakizaka Lights, Tokyo’s Signature Christmas Event, Begin
17.November.2021 | SPOT
Tokyo’s favorite Christmas event has begun! Roppongi Hills is a popular destination for shopping, eating, and having a good time, and the Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021 celebration brings the complex to life with plenty of holiday spirit. The Keyakizaka Lights signal the beginning of the Christmas season in the area, and this winter tradition is not to be missed!
The 400-meter-long Keyakizaka street is covered in over 700,000 blue and white LED lights, and the scene has become a popular representation of what Christmas looks like in Tokyo. This year’s West Walk shopping arcade will also feature the special Bon-Bon Blossom installation, a Christmas tree made to look like bonbon chocolates.
Does this look like your ideal Christmas scene?
Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021
Dates: Beginning of November – December 25, 2021
Address: Roppongi Hills (Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori, etc.)
Dates: Beginning of November – December 25, 2021
Address: Roppongi Keyakizaka Street
Bon-Bon Blossom at West Walk
Running: November 19 – December 25, 2021
Address: West Walk 2F South Atrium
Official Site: https://www.roppongihills.com
Collaboration Between Designer Tomo Koizumi and Marc Jacobs to Release in Japan Only
16.November.2021 | FASHION
Tomo Koizumi is one of Japan’s most popular up-and-coming young designers. At a young age, he began creating custom outfits for his female friends, and eventually, the editor of Vogue Italia Sara Maino posted an image of his incredible work on Instagram, netting him instant fame. Now, the creator is collaborating with Marc Jacobs on a Japan-only collection scheduled to be released on November 17, 2021.
At the 2019 New York Fashion Week, Koizumi was invited by Marc Jacobs to show his designs at the Marc Jacobs Madison Avenue store. The designer is known for his experimental and unique approach to clothing, always managing to shock audiences. This new collaboration will feature a number of colorful pieces featuring the signature stylings of Marc Jacob with Tomo Koizumi’s incredible ruffles. To celebrate this new limited-edition collab, Koizumi himself appears in many of the campaign images. Actress Yumi Adachi will also appear as a model.
Marc Jacobs’ iconic bag ‘The Snapshot’ serves as the centerpiece of the collection, along with plenty of ruffles and hairbands. A special series of one-of-a-kind garments handcrafted from scrap stock fabrics laying around in Jacobs’ atelier will be sold in limited quantities.
Tomo Koizumi x Marc Jacobs pop-up stores will appear at Isetan Shinjuku and HANKYU Umeda for a limited time from November 17 until November 23, 2021.
Tomo Koizumi x Marc Jacobs
Release Date: November 17, 2021
Online Store: https://www.marcjacobs.jp
Shibuya PARCO 2F (15-1 Udagawa-cho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Isetan Shinjuku Main Building 2F (3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Available: November 17 – November 23, 2021
HANKYU Umeda 3F (8-7 Kakuda-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Available: November 17 – November 23, 2021
Sebastian Masuda Kawaii Exhibition to be Held at 1,300-Year-Old Kanda Myojin Shrine
Sebastian Masuda, the Godfather of Kawaii, is bringing his ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ exhibition to Tokyo. If that isn’t cool enough, the event will be held from December 4 until December 12, 2021, at the 1,300-year-old Kanda Myojin Shrine, known as one of the most important shrines during the Edo period.
Kanda Myojin, the Tokyo Venue
Work at ‘Yes, Kawaii is Art’ Venue in Osaka
Related Event, 6%DOKIDOKI Fashion Show
Originally scheduled to arrive in Tokyo in September, the exhibition was postponed due to the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kanda Myojin is known as the site of the Kanda Festival, one of the three major Shinto festivals in Tokyo started by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1600. The shrine is very close to Akihabara, and has become a place for technophiles to pray for their electronics!
Sebastian Masuda is known as the Godfather of Kawaii, and his colorful and crazy art is known around the world. In 2020, Masuda asked a number of questions to fans of Japanese pop culture around the world–what is Kawaii? Why does Kawaii cross borders, generations, and gender? This new exhibition tries to find an answer to those questions while bringing some joy and excitement to the local community.
Osaka’s City of Art Kitakagaya has hosted Masuda’s exhibition since October 30, with his works spread out across three different venues. These will be open until November 30, 2021.
Additionally, on November 13, a street fashion show by Masuda’s popular Harajuku fashion brand 6%DOKIDOKI will be held at the third venue. The brand turns 26 this year.
Yes, Kawaii is Art
Sebastian Masuda’s “Yes, Kawaii is Art” Exhibition at Kanda Myojin Shrine
Running: December 3 – December 12, 2021
Address: Kanda Myojin Shrine (2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
*Details to be announced at a later date.
Venue 1: ¥500 (Weekdays) ¥1,000 (Weekends/Holidays)
Both Venue 1 + Venue 2: ¥1,500 (Viewing) ¥2,000 (Experience)
Venue 3: Free
Access: Close to Kita-Kagaya Station on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line, Exit 4
Venue 1: kagoo
Main Work: ‘Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-
Running: October 30 – November 21, 2021
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, November 17
Address: 5-4-19 Kita-Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Venue 2: Oto Building
Main Work: ‘Fantastic Voyage, Prototype II’
Running: November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
Hours: Shows at 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 *Only at 17:00 on November 14
Address: 5-5-1 Kita-Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Venue 3: Chidori Bunka
Main Work: ‘Colorful Rebellion -WORLD TIME CLOCK-
Running: November 12 – November 21, 2021
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Address: 5-2-28 Kita-Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
6%DOKIDOKI Fashion Show ‘Colorful Riot’
Date: November 14, 2021
Address: Venue 1 (Free Admission)
Official Site: https://sebastianmasuda.com/
Code Geass Celebrates 15 Years With Themed Cafe in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Anime series Code Geass is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2021. To celebrate, a winter-themed Code Geass Cafe will open in Shinjuku for a limited time, from December 2, 2021, until January 23, 2022. The cafe will feature a lineup of luxurious and stylish food and drink items to celebrate Lelouch’s birthday.
[Lelouch] Chicken Steak
[Suzaku] Demi-glace Steak
Cream Pasta with Shrimp and Mushrooms
Happy Birthday Plate
Student Council’s Afternoon Tea Set
[Nunnally] Black Tea Whipped Cream Millefeuille
Christmas Glass Parfait
New Year Glass Parfait
Lelouch, Suzaku, Nunnally
Student Council’s Tea Party (Black Tea, Coffee)
Pin (9 varieties, random)
Acrylic Keychain (9 varieties, random)
Acrylic Stand (9 varieties, random)
Clear Folder Set (2 included)
Acrylic Stand (Lelouch, Suzaku, Nunnally)
Muddler Spoon Set
Code Geass debuted in October 2006, and the series was recently re-aired in Japan with a new opening and ending theme. A new series, Code Geass: Z of the Recapture, is coming in the future.
Lelouch’s birthday is on December 5, so there will be plenty of treats to celebrate. Be sure to come give your well wishes!
©SUNRISE／PROJECT L-GEASS Character Design ©2006-2017 CLAMP・ST
Code Geass Cafe -Winter Celebration-
Address: BOX cafe&space Shinjuku Mylord Building 1 7F (1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Running: December 2, 2021 – January 23, 2022
Online Shop Open: December 2, 2021 at 11:00 – January 23, 2022 at 23:59
Cafe Official Online Shop: https://cafe-cg.jp/online_store
X-girl Collaborates with Legendary Band Grateful Dead on New Collection
15.November.2021 | FASHION
Launched in 1994 by Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) and Daisy von Furth, streetwear brand X-girl continues to create “real clothing” that allows girls to dress on their own terms. On November 5, 2021, the brand launched a new collection in collaboration with the Grateful Dead, a band representing hippie and psychadelic culture formed in 1965 in California.
X-girl x Grateful Dead Collection
Face Sweat Hoodie: ¥13,200 (Tax Included)
Butterfly L/S Tee: ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
Bear L/S Tee: ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
Bear Knit Top: ¥15,400 (Tax Included)
Pigment Dyed Crew Sweat Top: 12,100 (Tax Included)
Canvas Tote Bag: ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
Knit Bucket Hat: ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
Mobile Case for iPhone 12/12Pro: ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
The collaboration includes sweatshirts, long-sleeve T-shirts, and plenty of recognizable Grateful Dead logos and imagery. Fans of the band or the brand won’t want to miss out on these chill new products!
X-girl x Grateful Dead
Where to Buy: X-girl locations nationwide, XLARGE/X-girl shops (Not available at outlets)
https://x-girl.jp/stores/, XLARGE Naha, calif SHIBUYA
X-girl Official Online Store ‘calif’ https://calif.cc/pages/xgirl
X-girl ZOZOTOWN https://zozo.jp/shop/x-girl/
Official Site: https://x-girl.jp/