Cute Hatsune Miku Artwork by Esther Kim Releases for MikuWorldCollab

02.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

As part of MikuWorldCollab, a project launched to have the internationally-beloved virtual singer collaborated with famous overseas IP’s, popular Korean-American illustrator Esther Kim has teamed up with Crypton Future Media to release a super cute piece of artwork of Miku.

Miku is joined by Esther Bunny, an adorable bunny created by Esther Kim. Kim was born in Los Angeles and spent her teenage years in Tokyo. Her multicultural background has influenced her art which has led to collaborations with popular fashion and cosmetic brands in South Korea, Japan, and elsewhere.

 

Kim has cute and stylish touches to Miku and Esther Bunny. The illustration will be released on merchandise sometime this year. Another illustration by a designer at Crypton will also be released in the near future.

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  • Columbia x SHIPS Drop Outdoor and Streetwear Style T-Shirt Collection

    18.April.2021 | FASHION

    Innovative outdoor-wear brand Columbia and select shop SHIPS have come together to release their new limited-edition RED HILL BUTTE TEE t-shirt collection.

     

    The line-up makes use of Columbia’s Omni-Freeze Zero technology which keeps wearers cool in hot, humid, and sweaty, environments, and Omni-Wick which pulls moisture away from the body so sweat can evaporate quickly. Whether it be for camping or regular everyday use this spring and summer, the collection is a must-have for the hot weather.

    RED HILL BUTTE TEE | ¥6,050 (Tax Included)

    Colours: Black / Beige / Navy

    Sizes: S / M / L

    Embroidery on left of chest

    The design weaves in Columbia’s DNA, taking inspiration from their fishing gear archive.

     

    Back print

    A fusion of nature and the city, paying homage to Portland, Oregon.

     

    OMNI – FREEZE ZERO

  • Jujutsu Kaisen Themed Sento Bath House Merchandise to be Released

    17.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / FOOD / SPOT

    Japanese bath house chain Gokuraku-yu, which is known for its diverse line-up of baths from open-air to jet, will launch a campaign in collaboration with the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen on April 23.

     

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Gokuraku-yu RAKU SPA Collab Campaign

     

     

    RAKU SPA Ticket + Jujutsu Plus Set

    Those who buy the Jujutsu Kaisen ticket set at RAKU SPA (¥760) will receive one of 4 possible hand towels

     

    Merchandise Batch ①

     

    Pins (8 Designs) | ¥500 Each (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Stands (8 Designs) | ¥780 (Tax Included)

    Hand Towel | ¥780 (Tax Included)

    Pouch | ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

    Pin Set | ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Stands (4 Designs) | ¥1,650 Each (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Key Ring | ¥980 (Tax Included)

    Bag | ¥1,680 (Tax Included)

    Sticker Set | ¥1,280 (Tax Included)

    T-Shirt | ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

    Die-Cut Postcard Set (2 Designs) | ¥1,580 Each (Tax Included)

    Folder Set | ¥890 (Tax Included)

     

     

    Merchandise Batch ②

    Key Rings Each ¥480 (Tax Included) / Flags ¥1,080 Each (Tax Included)

     

     

    Online Shop Exclusives

    A1 Poster ¥1,680 (Tax Included) / A2 Poster ¥1,480 (Tax Included) / Four Posters Set ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

     

     

    Themed Food (10 Items)

     

    Drinks (4 Flavours) | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)

    Coasters (12 Designs)

    Fans can stock up on a range of sento bath house-related merchandise featuring both chibi and normal designs of their favourite Jujutsu Kaisen characters. A second batch of merchandise will also be added on May 14. There’s even themed food to be enjoyed at Gokuraku-yu restaurants which comes with a free coaster.

     

    Gokuraku-yu branches will be decorated with pictures and tapestries of Jujutsu Kaisen for the duration of the collaboration, and there will be photo spots where fans can snap pictures at the bath houses. The campaign can be followed on Japanese social media with the hashtags #極楽じゅじゅやすみ #極楽湯 #らくスパ.

     

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  • Upcoming Fate/Grand Order Anime Film Paladin; Agateram to Collaborate With First Kitchen

    17.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese fast food chain First Kitchen is launching a collaboration on April 19 with the upcoming anime film Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot 2 – Paladin; Agateram at First Kitchen and Wendy’s First Kitchen branches in Japan. The film is set for release on May 5, 2021.

     

    Exclusive limited-edition presents 

    For every ¥900 spent at First Kitchen during the campaign, customers can receive a selection of merchandise freebies when they show the official campaign tweet on Twitter or the campaign’s website to the restaurant staff. This includes one of 8 possible folders which are available from April 19 to May 3, and one of 8 possible pins which are available from May 3 to 16.

     

    Additionally, if customers show staff that they are following First Kitchen on Twitter and have retweeted the campaign post, they’ll be entered for a chance to win a B2-size poster.

     

    12 branches of First Kitchen will also be decorated with pictures and posters from the anime film.

  • Chibi Maruko-chan Meets Miffy in Cute Merchandise Collaboration

    16.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    The beloved Chibi Maruko-chan from the manga of the same name is joining hands (or paws) with the Dutch children’s book character Miffy at the upcoming Maruko Meets Miffy fair that will be held at 16 branches of Miffy Style and 19 branches of KIDDYLAND in Japan for the whole month of May.

    The creator and author of Miffy, Dick Bruna, was actually a friend of Momoko Sakura, the creator and author of Maruko-chan. They first met in 1999 when Sakura visited Dick Bruna’s atrium in Utrecht for an interview on her book Fujisan. 20 years later, their works come together at this special event that pays homage to their meeting and works.

     

    Over 100 pieces of merchandise will be sold at the event, from stationery to gadgets, plush toys, and more. The exclusive cute artwork designed for the event is also sure to make fans feel warm and fluffy inside.

     

    A small look at just some of the items on sale

    <Clockwise> Socks ¥418 / Small Clear Case ¥748 / Memo Pad ¥495 / Mirror ¥1,485 / Blue Key Ring ¥528 / Yellow Key Ring ¥528/ Flat Pouch ¥1,320

    <Clockwise> Square Glass Phone Case ¥3,168 / Plushie ¥3,850 / Wireless Charger ¥3,278 / Mechanical Pencil & Two-Colour Ballpoint Pen ¥550 / AirPods Pro ¥2,178 / Mascot Key Ring ¥1,980 / 4000mAh Lithium Ion Polymer ¥4,378

    <Clockwise> Mug ¥1,650 / 5.5 Inch Plate ¥1,100 / 8.5 Inch Plate ¥1,760 / Bowl ¥1,210

     

    Get a free bonus item

    Fans who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) on any of the Maruko Meets Miffy merchandise will receive this free mini notebook too!

  • SNIDEL x PUMA Collaborate on Clothing Collection

    15.April.2021 | FASHION

    Japanese women’s fashion brand SNIDEL released a new collection of clothing in collaboration with PUMA on April 16.

     

     

     

    SNIDEL x PUMA Crew Neck Sweater | ¥8,800 (Tax Included)

    SNIDEL x PUMA Sneakers | ¥11,000 (Tax Included)

    SNIDEL x PUMA Jacquard Dress | ¥9,900 (Tax Included)

    The collection features light sporty and streetwear colours and materials with feminine details added to every piece for a laid-back and stylish look.

  • Retro Street Fighter Clothing Collection Releases in Collaboration With HUF

    15.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Fashion brand HUF, which was established in San Francisco back in 2002, has released a new Street Fighter Collection featuring vintage, 8-bit designs.

     

     The collection is sure to be a nostalgia fest for fans of Capcom’s iconic series, with designs featuring characters, stages, and more from Street Fighter in the form of shirts, tees, socks, hats, fleeces, and accessories.

    The two resort shirts feature the background art of memorable stages from the games as well as Blanka’s Electric Thunder and more. There’s also a skateboard deck series for collectors which include references to the bonus stages.

    A special HUF X hoodie featuring a Street Fighter arcade machine has also been added to the line-up amongst other must-grabs.

  • Jujutsu Kaisen Collaborates With Bakauke Rice Crackers

    14.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese snack company Befco, which is known for a range of different products like Bakauke, Hoshi Tabeyo, Seto Shio, and more, is collaborating with the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen on its Bakauke rice cracker snacks. The items went on pre-sale at select convenience stores on April 12 and will roll out elsewhere on April 19.

     

    Jujutsu Kaisen x Bakauke Soy Sauce Flavour | ¥120 (Before Tax)           

    Following the success of the first collaboration in February, Befco is coming together with Jujutsu Kaisen again with all-new packaging for the soy sauce flavour of its bite-sized Bakauke senbei rice crackers.

     

    Each bag also comes with one of the five stickers pictured above.

     

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  • TETRIS® Gummy Candy Releases in Japan

    14.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese candy company UHA Mikakuto has collaborated with the video game TETRIS® to launch pre-sales on their new Tsumu Gummy TETRIS® which hit shelves on Monday (April 12) in Japan.

    Tsumu Gummy TETRIS® | ¥370 (Before Tax)

    The colourful gummies arrive in seven different forms, shaped and coloured like the blocks in TETRIS®, meaning you can stack them as well as eat them. They are an assortment of green grape, red grape, orange, and strawberry flavours, and one pack weighs in at 180g.

     

    Tetris ® & © 1985~2021 Tetris Holding.

  • The VOCALOID Collection Online Concert Adds 11 Artists to the Line-Up

    14.April.2021 | MUSIC

    Dwango has announced 11 more artists for the upcoming The VOCALOID Collection LIVE event which will take place on April 25, 2021 as part of the The VOCALOID Collection ~2021 Spring~ Supported by Tobu Top Tours project.

     

    The VOCALOID Collection LIVE is a gathering of some of the biggest Vocaloid producers in the industry. The newly-announced artists include Capital Rhythm, Kozue Aikawa, Ririri, ATY, Ayasa, Ryota Kikuchi (Anoatari), SHiN, Yamato, and Wakazaemon, as well as WOOMA and Yasutatsu who are known for their hit music videos Usseewa and Readymade respectively.

     

    “The VOCALOID Collection x MECRET” 5 Biggest Tracks of the Top 30 Ranking

    MECRE is a platform that lets creators look for and meet creative partners. For this collaboration, the Top 5 songs of the VOCALOID Collection Top 30 Ranking will be released officially from Sony Music Labels and receive royalties.

     

    How to Get Involved

    Creative an original song using the VOCLAOID software and post to Nico Nico during the VOCALOID Collection event. Submissions must be set with the tag “ボカコレ2021春TOP30.” Submissions will be accepted from April 24 at midnight to April 25 at 19:00 (JST). More details here.

  • Japanese Artists Associated With The TEA-ROOM Launch Art Production and Management Company

    13.April.2021 | FASHION

    Mucha Kucha is announced the launch of a new art production and management project that aims to create a space and opportunities for people to discover the Japanese spirit and value through performances and products created by artists associated with the The TEA-ROOM.

     

    The project brings together seven diverse artists from different backgrounds whose mission is to “Respect and Go Beyond.”

     

    Art Production & Management Project

    Participating artists will showcase their experience and personalities in a variety of ways as part of the project in an effort to create new possibilities within Japanese culture while seeking to elevate cultural value.

    The TEA-ROOM productions

    Exhibits

    Performances

    Collaborations

    Art and products

     

    Participating Artists

    Souryou Matsumura (Tea Ceremony Instructor)

    Shiho Sakamoto (Confectioner)

    Fumihiko Sano (Artitect/Artist)

    Gentaro Yokoyama (Potter)

    MAMI (Calligrapher)

    RYOTA HAGIWARA (Flower Arranger)

    Masahiro Inoue (Paperer)

    The TEA-ROOM (Art Collective)

  • KEEN x Murasaki Sports Collaborate on Footwear Release

    13.April.2021 | FASHION

    Murasaki Sports and outdoor/footwear brand KEEN released a new limited-edition model of KEEN’s NEWPORT H²O shoes, the NEWPORTのH2, on April 10.

     

    KEEN x Murasaki Sports Limited Edition “NEWPORT H2”

    The designer for the alternative models is GRINDLODGE garage project who have captured the gorgeous ocean with the sun and trees reflected on the water surface on them. This design is created using the company’s grinder tool which makes each and every pair of shoes unique. The footwear is equipped with KEEN’s Newport H2 technology so they can be worn both in and out of the water.



    Murasaki Sports is donating 10% of the proceeds made from these limited-edition models to Umi Sakura to help keep Japan’s oceans clean. Additionally, Umi Sakura, Murasaki Sports, and KEEN will begin rolling out their two-month #ACTIONFORCHANGE campaign this month in the run up to World Oceans Day which begins on June 8, 2021.


    Murasaki Sports aims to teach more people engaged in sports such as surfing about importance preserving the environment through this campaign and footwear release. The brand is one supported by the youth of Japan, so the campaign hopes to pass down these messages of sustainability to young people.

  • Mister Donut Japan Releases 2nd limited- edition Gion Tsujiri Matcha Doughnuts

    12.April.2021 | FOOD

    Mister Donut Japan released its new tasty collection of limited-edition doughnuts in collaboration with Gion Tsujiri, the famous tea shop in Kyoto from April 9. 

     

    The Line Up

     

    Fluffy Uji Matcha Mochi with Black Honey 

    Fluffy Uji Matcha Mochi with Soybean Whipped Cream 

    Fluffy Uji Matcha with Azuki Red Beans Mochi 

    Pon de Double Uji Matcha

    Pon de Double Uji Matcha with Black Honey Mochi

     

    Pon de Double Uji Matcha with Soybean Whipped Cream and Azuki Red Beans 

    Uji Matcha Chocolate, Azuki Red Beans and Rice Cake Balls Pie

     

    Special Edition: Mister Donut Voucher Card with Masaki Sudaミ

     

    The 1st edition of collection released on March 12 with the theme of colouration 

    that enhances the colour of matcha. The new edition launching this time was developed with the theme of Japanese ingredients such as black honey that brings harmony with matcha.  “Fluffy Uji Matcha” series consist of 3 flavours made of luxurious Kyoto Uji Matcha with fluffy donut which marks its first appearance of this year. “Fluffy Uji Matcha with Black Honey” is a glossy doughnut coated with matcha chocolate with black honey filling. A wide variety of doughnut featuring 7 combinations of matcha and Japanese ingredients are unbearably delicious and unmissable. 

     

    Mister Donut holds a promotional campaign in collaboration with the Japanese movie God of Kinema starring Masaki Suda, current image model of the brand. 

     

    During the campaign, follow Mister Donut’s official Twitter account and upload pictures of the collection with hashtag  “#ミスドでつや抹茶” and 428 lucky customers can win a voucher worth ¥500 with exclusive design features Masaki Suda.  Additionally, 67 lucky customers who have also participated in the 1st edition of Mister Donut ×Gion Tsujiri collection campaign previously can receive a voucher worth ¥2,000. 

     

    Enjoy popular limited-edition doughnuts with Gion Tsujiri until your heart’s content. 

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