SHISEIDO MEN Skincare Collaborates With FC Barcelona and Captain Tsubasa

06.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

SHISEIDO MEN has teamed up with FC Barcelona and the popular soccer manga series Captain Tsubasa to launch the BARÇA x SHISEIDO FC Manga Player Generator App to promote men’s skincare. This app shows men how to properly care for their skin with a quick virtual skin checkup. Users can also BARÇA x SHISEIDO FC, a virtual football team led by SHISEIDO MEN ambassador Sergi Roberto as well as Tsubasa Ozora, the main character of Captain Tsubasa.

 

BARÇA x SHISEIDO FC Manga Player Generator

Available for a limited time now until June 29, users can take a quick skincare check-up. The collaboration aims to encourage men to learn about their own skincare concerns as well as promote the importance of skincare amongst men in a more fun and engaging way.

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  • Kyoto Tower Hotel Celebrates 110th Anniversary of Randen Tramway Service With Special Hotel Plan

    18.June.2021 | SPOT

    In commemoration of the Randen tramway service’s 110th anniversary, Kyoto Tower Hotel introduced an exclusive new one-night hotel plan on Friday at one of its rooms. The Kyoto Tower Hotel Train Room is a themed guest room experience and celebration of Randen’s long history.

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    Butter no Itoko is a Nasa-based confectionery company co-developed by Chus and Shinrinno Bokujo, a company specialising in milk from Jersey cattle. It opened a store in collaboration with Samantha Thavasa last year at Haneda Airport Terminal 2.

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    Dr. Martens X-GIRL Jadon Max | ¥37,400 (Tax Included)

    Dr. Martens X-GIRL Strap Sandals | ¥24,200 (Tax Included)

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  • Hololive x Capcom Net Catcher Release Second Merch Collection

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