Free Online Japanese Music Festival NEXT VISION JAPAN 2021 Heads Online With XR Technology
24.February.2021 | MUSIC
A collection of Japanese companies, such as IMAGICA GROUP, IMAGICA EEX, PICS, Robot Communications, IMAGICA Lab., Photron, IMAGICA IRIS, Cosmo Space, and more are coming together to host NEXT VISION JAPAN 2021 XR LIVE (NVJ2021 XR LIVE), an no-audience concert that will take place at the Geo-Cosmos stage at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Odaiba, on Tokyo. It will be streamed live on YouTube for free on March 16, 2021 from 20:00 (JST).
NVJ2021 XR LIVE will incorporate the latest in XR technology to create an entirely new online live music and future entertainment experience.
The event has an incredible line-up of artists set to perform including singer-songwriter Sayuri, Cö shu Nie who is known for their themes for the Tokyo Ghoul anime series, ixR from AKB48, ballet dancer Mizuka Ueno, the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra, and more.
According to a survey carried out on July 30, 2020 by CyberZ, OEN, and Digital InFact, it is predicted that the amount of money that will be earned from online live concerts in Japan will grow to 100 billion yen by 2024. It is fitting then that events such as NVJ2021 XR LIVE are working to create more immersive and innovative shows.
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation | Comment
“Geo-Cosmos is an exhibit that was made to connect lots of people allowing them to see the everchanging Earth from space. It uses several different pieces of scientific data to project the real appearance of the earth and shows the possibilities of 3D visual representation created by scientists and creators. This concert will serve as a new challenge for Geo-Cosmos. We hope you look forward to seeing Geo-Cosmos ‘transform’ on the live stage in this fusion of the real and the virtual.”
NEXT VISION JAPAN 2021 XR LIVE
Date: March 16, 2021 @ 20:00 (JST)
Style: No-Audience Live Stream
Platform: YouTube and elsewhere
Official Website: https://eex.co.jp/bunka/
Studio Chizu to Hold Cinematic Orchestra to Commemorate the First Anniversary of ‘Belle’
To celebrate the first anniversary of the animated Studio Chizu film Belle, a special Cinematic Orchestra will be held on August 14 at the Tokyo International Forum. The event will feature a number of other beloved Studio Chizu works.
The event will feature a symphony orchestra performing songs from many Studio Chizu films while famous scenes play on an oversized screen. The works to be featured include The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast, Mirai, and Belle.
Masakatsu Takagi will be playing piano while Hanako Oku and Ann Sally will be attending as guest vocalists.
Original merchandise will also be on sale at the venue, with some pieces featuring an incredible illustration of Belle from the feature film.
Which Studio Chizu film is your favorite?
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Summer Wars (2009)
Wolf Children (2012)
The Boy and the Beast (2015)
Studio Chizu Cinematic Orchestra 2022 ~Belle 1-Year Anniversary~
Date: August 14, 2022 / 16:00 – 17:00
Venue: Tokyo International Forum Hall A
Official Site: https://www.promax.co.jp/studiochizu-inconcert
Lottery Entry Period: May 18 – May 29 at 23:59
Available starting June 18 at 10:00
*More details to be announced at a later date.
©「時をかける少女」製作委員会2006/©2009 SUMMERWARS FILM PARTNERS/©2012「おおかみこどもの雨と雪」製作委員会/©2015 THE BOY AND THE BEAST FILM PARTNERS/©2018 スタジオ地図/©2021 スタジオ地図/©STUDIO CHIZU/©上野隆文
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Shelter Nanyo Hall in Yamagata for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
Last month, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed on the Gobi Stage at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States. The singer has now returned to Japan for the second half of her ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ seeing the singer performing 30 shows across Japan. The tour will conclude with a solo performance at Budokan in October.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities and has been attracting major attention. Kyary’s newest collaboration in Yamagata has been announced ahead of her concert there on May 13!
The singer will be collaborating with Shelter Nanyo Hall in Nanyo, Yamagata, a small town of only around 30,000 people. The hall is the world’s largest wooden concert hall, made entirely from laminated local cedar. It uses the most advanced fire-resistant technology for wood in Japan and was certified as the world’s largest by Guinness World Records in December 2015. The multi-functional hall can seat over 1,400 people, and the property also features a Japanese-style tea room, meeting rooms, an open tree-growing space, and more.
“I want the local population to be incredibly proud of this magnificent wooden structure,” said Norihito Shimanuki, the hall’s director. “Through this concert hall, we’d like to promote Nanyo and Yamagata Prefecture both domestically and internationally.”
The collaboration logo for the newest partnership was inspired by the ‘KPP NANDA COLLECTION LIVE in HAWAII’ visual. The one-night-only concert was held in July 2014. Since the main focus of this team-up is ‘wood,’ the visual’s palm tree has been transformed into a cedar tree!
A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only starting May 12. Support Japanese businesses and pick one up while you can!
Shelter Nanyo Hall Yamagata (Nanyo City Cultural Hall) x Local Power Japan Project
Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Available: May 12 – May 25, 23:59
Where to Buy:
LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Online Shop
Shelter Nanyo Hall (Nanyo City Cultural Hall): https://nanyoshi-bunkakaikan.jp
Tour Details: https://kpp10.jp/japantour2022/
Official Site: https://localpowerjapan.com
*Please allow two weeks to one month after order for product to ship. All items are made-to-order.
*A portion of shirt sales will be donated to local development and social programs.
Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival to be Held at Tokyo Garden Theater
The Kirby game series turns 30 on April 27, 2022, and to celebrate this impressive event, the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival will be held on August 11!
While the event will be held in person at the Tokyo Garden Theater, fans from all over the world will also be able to watch for free on YouTube.
The concert will feature songs from the series performed by a “big-band style ensemble” made up of 35 musicians, with Kirby himself participating in real-time on an LED monitor, dancing around as fans celebrate his birthday.
Those attending the concert venue in person will be able to snag a special penlight that will sync to the music for some extra magic.
What’s your favorite Kirby soundtrack?
©HAL Laboratory, Inc. / Nintendo
Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival
Date: August 11, 2022
Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Event Heads to Nagoya and Osaka after Successful Tokyo Run
In 2021, the Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Hypnosis Flava event was held at Mixalive Tokyo, attracting tons of attention and making fans of the franchise extremely happy. Now, the event will travel to Nagoya and Osaka!
Hypnosis Flava -The Missing Case-
CAFÉ Hypnosis Flava
Hypnosis Flava 〜 Rap Roll Buster Bros!!! （Curry-flavored Chicken）/ MAD TRIGGER CREW（Meatball）/Fling Posse（Meat Tacos）/Matenrou（Grilled Salmon）/Dotsuitare Hompo（Yakisoba with Mayo）/Bad Ass Temple (Miso Katsu)
Hypnosis Flava -Division Rap Battle-
Hypnosis Flava 〜 Mille Crepe Buster Bros!!! / MAD TRIGGER CREW / Fling Posse /Matenrou / Dotsuitare Hompo /Bad Ass Temple〜
Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle-
Hypnosis Flava ~ Jelly Soda Drink Buster Bros!!! / MAD TRIGGER CREW / Fling Posse/ Matenrou / Dotsuitare Hompo /Bad Ass Temple
Menu Order Bonus
Coaster (36 varieties)
Cafe Merchandise Corner
Sticker Set /Clear Photo Card／Square Pin Hypnosis Flava Ver.2（6 varieties) / Acrylic Block Keychain Hypnosis Flava Ver. (18 varieties) / Candy and Magnet, Hypnosis Flava Ver. (6 varieties) / Handkerchief Hypnosis Flava Ver. (1 variety)
2nd D.R.B Winner: Commemorative Acrylic Smartphone Stand (Fling Posse) / Acrylic Panel (Division Leaders) /2nd D.R.B Postcard Collection
T-Shirt /Hoodie Hypnosis Flava Ver.
The event contains three events: Hypnosis Flava -The Missing Case-, an interactive riddle-solving attraction that challenges guests to solve a mission to find the missing Division team leader, Cafe Hypnosis Flava, offering food and drinks inspired by the world of Hypnosis Mic, and Store Hypnosis Flava, a shop selling exclusive merchandise featuring newly-drawn illustrations. A merchandise corner will be set up at the cafe, where six new items will be on sale to commemorate the Nagoya and Osaka events.
©︎ヒプノシスマイク-Division Rap Battle- HypnosisFlava@Mixalive TOKYO製作委員会
Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Hypnosis Flava @ Mixalive TOKYO in NAGOYA & OSAKA
The Missing Case
Running: April 28 – May 22, 2022 (11:00-20:00)
Venue: Nagoya PARCO South Building 9F Event Space
Running: April 28 – June 6, 2022 (11:00-20:00) *Last food order 19:00 / Last drink order 19:30
Address: Nagoya PARCO South Building 8F THE GUEST cafe&diner
Running: April 28 – May 22 (11:00-20:00)
Address: Nagoya PARCO South Building 9F Event Space
The Missing Case
Running: July 1 – July 31, 2022
Venue: Shinsaibashi Opa Main Building 6F Event Space
Admission: ¥2,100 (Tax Included)
Running: July 1 – August 7, 2022
Venue: Shinsaibashi PARCO 6F THE GUEST cafe&diner
Reservation Deposit: ¥300 (Tax Included)
Running: July 1 – July 31, 2022
Venue: Shinsaibashi Opa Main Building 6F Event Space
Tickets/Official Site: https://art.parco.jp
Sanrio Puroland Opens Easter Event with Oldies Flare
Tokyo’s Sanrio Puroland has begun its annual Easter celebration! The oldies-themed Puro Easter event will run until July 5, 2022.
This year marks the third Puro Easter event, and the annual stage show has been revamped for 2022! ‘Egg ‘n’ Roll Easter! -BLAST’ will be performed in the Entertainment Hall on the first floor of the park. Fans of My Melody and Kuromi won’t want to miss out, as the popular characters will appear in brand new costumes.
Egg ’n’ Roll Easter! -BLAST-
Limited-Time Easter Photo Spot
Easter Egg Hunt Mini-Game
Puroland Special Easter Greeting
Food & Dessert Menu
Original Easter Goods
An Easter-themed photo spot is located at the entrance to the 3rd floor with pop and retro style. Fans can participate in an Easter Egg Hunt mini-game, scavenging around Puro Village searching for eggs and collecting keywords to unlock an original video. Don’t miss out on new food and merchandise during the event period, with colorful curries and pasta perfect for filling hungry tummies.
The 1st-floor Event Corner will also allow guests to interact with characters dressed in Easter costumes. Staff will be dressed in Easter outfits!
© 2022 SANRIO CO., LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN 著作 株式会社サンリオ
Running: March 11 – July 5, 2022
Tokyo Flower Carpet 2022 to Decorate Gyoko-Dori Avenue with 50,000 Flowers
The Flower Painting Culture Association of Japan will hold the Tokyo Flower Carpet 2022 event on Gyoko-Dori Avenue in Marunouchi from March 19 until March 21, 2022. Over 50,000 carnations will cover the street like an otherworldly carpet, forming images of popular Kabuki actors from the Edo Period. Yasuhiko Fujikawa, a well-known flower artist who created this flower Kabuki concept, will supervise the event.
With help from 200 local volunteers, five giant flower paintings measuring 6m x 8m will be created for the event. The theme is ‘Tokyo Restart,’ with organizers hoping to inspire residents to experience new things and find new hope as we move past the effects of the pandemic.
The flowers used in the event will be recycled and reborn as ‘flower sketchbooks’ made of recycled paper. These will be donated to special-needs schools in Tokyo to support art education for children with disabilities. Since 2018, 8,000 sketchbooks have been donated to 57 schools in the city.
Her Imperial Highness Princess Tomohito of Mikasa will be in attendance.
TOKYO FLOWER CARPET 2022
Running: March 19 – March 21, 2022
*Setup running from 9:00-15:00 on March 19
Location: Gyoko-Dori Avenue (Marunouchi 1, Chiyoda-ku)
Official Site: https://www.infiorata88.com/tokyoflowercarpet
NAKED FLOWERS 2022 Cherry Blossom Event Comes to Nijo Castle, Proceeds Support Kyoto’s Sister City Kiev
NAKED will open a new cherry blossom-inspired outdoor light-up event at Nijo Castle in Kyoto from March 18 until April 17, 2022!
This will be the first time that NAKED FLOWERS will come to Nijo Castle. Along with projection mapping on the Karamon Gate, the largest-ever projection mapping of cherry blossoms will cover the entire 140-meter-long stone wall on the east side of the inner moat.
The event will also invite guests to participate in the ‘Your Cherry Blossom’ test, which will tell you what variety of cherry blossom matches your personality. Holding the NAKED Distanced Lanterns, visitors can wander the grounds with illuminated cherry blossoms at their feet. In the garden area, when the lanterns are held over a certain spot, their colors will change!
The DANDELION PROJECT will also be a part of the event. Inspired by the idea of world peace and hopes to help transcend barriers and connect people in an increasingly divided world. This networked initiative wants to bring this change about by planting (or installing) dandelion-inspired art around the world, while it invites people visiting these dandelion exhibits to send their prayers for peace as a digital flower in real-time.
A tree-planting fund will be raising money on-site, with some of the proceeds being donated to the Executive Community of the 50th Anniversary of the Kyoto-Kiev Sister City Association to help support the city of Kiev.
NAKED FLOWERS 2022 Sakura Event at Nijo Castle World Heritage Site
Location: Nijo Castle Imperial Villa
Running: March 18 – April 17, 2022
Hours: 18:00-21:00 (Grounds close at 22:00)
Tickets / Official Site: https://flowers.naked.works/nijojo/
Hatsune Miku Symphony 2022 to Travel to Yokohama and Osaka Following Suntory Hall Performance
The Hatsune Miku Symphony 2022 event will be performed at Pacifico Yokohama and The Symphony Hall Osaka following the Suntory Hall performance later this year. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra will perform alongside visual effects, and Vocaloid fans won’t want to miss this incredible show!
In addition, the Blu-ray and CD of the Hatsune Miku Symphony 2021 Yokohama performance are now on sale. Each contains an advanced ticket application to the Suntory Hall performance. A digest video of KAITO’s 15th Anniversary song, the theme for the event, is also available to watch on YouTube.
Hatsune Miku Symphony 2021 – Yokohama Performance Digest [Orchestra Live Blu-ray & CD]
On February 5 and February 6, a Hatsune Miku Symphony 2022 booth at SNOW MIKU 2022 will be selling the 2021 Blu-ray and CD. Those buying fast enough will get an original pin.
Hatsune Miku Symphony 2022 ~Hatsune Miku,Kagamine Rin,Kagamine Len 15th Anniversary~
September 25, 2022
Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall
Conductor: Hirofumi Kurita
Performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
November 23, 2022
The Symphony Hall
Conductor: Hirofumi Kurita
Performed by the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra
Official Site: https://sp.wmg.jp/mikusymphony/
Iconic Moments from Attack on Titan Brought to Life in New Video
A new YouTube video is bringing iconic Attack on Titan moments to life. To commemorate the release of The Final Season Part 2, the video features Hiroyuki Sawano’s prolific soundtrack to the anime series being performed live while accompanied by scenes from the show. The concert was held last year at Pacifico Yokohama last year.
Attack on Titan – ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn <WMId> [Official Live]
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 is currently airing every Sunday and is available to stream on a number of global streaming services.
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2
Airing on NHK General Sundays at 24:05
Streaming on dTV, d Anime Store, GYAO!, Netflix, TELASA, Hikari TV, U-NEXT, Amazon Prime Video
Official Site: https://shingeki.tv/final/
Takashimaya Announces ‘Amour du Chocolat’ Valentine’s Day Event
27.January.2022 | FOOD
Takashimaya’s yearly ‘Amour du Chocolat’ Valentine’s Day event is known as the ‘Festival of Chocolates.’
Bringing together chocolates from around the world, this event is a way to highlight brands being introduced to Japan for the first time along with established favorites. This year’s lineup will also feature sustainable chocolates and more luxurious sweets to make 2022 feel more uplifting.
The First Chocolate Brand to Land in Japan
Luna Creation Paris Marble Collection
Yvan Chevalier Chocolate Assortment
Chocolatine Yoann Debray Snowflake & Edelweiss Assortment
Toshi Yoroizuka Truffle Banane
Sils Maria Banana & Chocolate
Bvlgari Il Cioccolato Takashimaya Original Chocolate for Sustainability
MAAHA Flower Chocolate
Ma Priere Giandujas Selection
Message de Rose TOKYO Cone Fleury 2022
Charbonnel et Walker Assortment Box for Takashimaya – England
Recchiuti Peanut Butter Confections / Sepia Box – United States
Vincent Vallee Chocolat Amour / Valentine Selection – France
Bubo Barcelona Chocolate Heart Sculpture – Barcelona
Takashimaya Limited Edition Jacques Genin Valentine’s Heart / Classic Selection
Takashimaya Limited Edition Julien Dechenaud Praline Etoile / Praline Nouveau
divan Valentine Box
The Peninsula Boutique & Cafe Bear Chocolate
Maison Mont Nord Assortment Box
Valentine’s Day at Home
Cacao Sampaka / Cacao Esplette
Amour du Chocolat
Event Ongoing at Takashimaya locations nationwide
Takashimaya Online Store:
Order by 10:00 on February 9, 2022
*Certain items may be sold during different periods.
Event Details: https://www.takashimaya.co.jp/store/special/amour/index.html
Crayon Shin-Chan’s Sengoku Period Winter Adventure Now Open at Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park
Crayon Shin-Chan’s Sengoku Period Adventure, a permanent attraction at the Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park in Hyogo Prefecture, has been transformed for the cold winter months until February 27, 2022!
During the event, guests will have to dodge the snow-like bubbles with a 99.9% hit rate as they race towards the finish line. Do you think you could handle it?
Crayon Shin-Chan’s Sengoku Period Winter Adventure
Running until February 27, 2022
Location: Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
Tickets / Official Site: https://nijigennomori.com
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s First Performance of ‘Maybe Baby’ Takes Place on First Day of New Tour
19.January.2022 | MUSIC
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major label debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back in the news. The artist will perform at this year’s Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States, and released her first full-length album in three years ‘Candy Racer’ in October 2021. On January 16, Kyary embarked on the largest tour of her career, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ which will see the singer performing 30 shows across Japan.
The first show was held at Atsugi City Cultural Hall in accordance with all local guidelines to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. Fans lined up, excited to see the artist for the first time in three years–and when Kyary took the stage clad in a bright green wig and costume, she showed her appreciation for those who have waited to see her again.
“Long time no see! I’m sorry I made you wait,” the singer said as the audience replied with massive applause. “Today, I’m starting my first tour in three years. I want to give you all a performance that will make you glad you came!”
The artist began by performing her newest track Maybe Baby for the first time. The setlist included 21 songs total including songs from Kyary’s newest album ‘Candy Racer’ and legendary tracks like PONPONPON and Fashion Monster.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the “LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project” was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. The 30 stops on the new tour include many that Kyary has not visited before, and were chosen based on the singer’s desire to perform for fans who may not typically be able to attend one of her shows. Wanting to show her gratitude, this is also a chance to inspire local industry and tourism, both of which have been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic.
Keep an eye out for what Kyary Pamyu Pamyu does next!