Change the Way You Hear With Japan’s New KIKIMIMI Ear Accessory
10.April.2021 | FASHION
Japanese website and app developer HYGE Interface has teamed up with UNNeutral to release two new colours of the KIKIMIMI, an ear accessory for expanding sound. The clear and grey editions launched on Monday.
KIKIMIMI enhances the way the user hears as well as sharpens their hearing ability. It was developed in response to people wanting to hear the voice of the person in front of them more clearly. The two new colours are a result of users’ desires for a more natural colour selection that can fit in with daily use for everyday situations.
The KIKIMIMI has caught the attention of people during the lockdown due to the difficulty in being able to hear someone wearing a face mask. It also helps the wearer hear a television more clearly as well as the voices of people during at-home video calls. It has many users, both indoors and outdoors, from cinemas and theatres to listening to music, hearing the sounds of nature outdoors and camping, and more.
KIKIMIMI Clear & Grey
Released: April 5, 2021
Yamada Mall: https://ymall.jp/store/jaclife/e37720210303a00002/
KIKIMIMI Official Website: http://kikimimi.fun/
Godzilla Energy Drink Releases in Japan to Promote Godzilla vs. Kong
In promotion of the Godzilla vs. Kong movie, Japanese soft drink manufacturing company Cheerio Corporation released a new energy drink called GODZILLA ENERGY on April 30.
The Godzilla franchise began in 1954 with the first movie release. Since then, it has gone on to receive 29 films, three animations, and three Hollywood adaptations. An anime series began airing last month, and Godzilla vs. Kong was released worldwide on March 31 (but is releasing in Japan on May 14).
GODZILLA ENERGY is imbued with the full force of Godzilla’s energy so you too can stomp relentlessly on your way to victory. The 500ml can has today’s standard 210mg caffeine and 630mg arginine今.
The can’s design features a monstrous image of Godzilla with a neon logo and the drink itself is the same vibrant colour.
TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.
Released: April 30, 2021
Where: Japan (Cheerio Online Shop / Cheerio Vending Machines in Japan / Stores in Japan)
Godzilla Official Website: https://godzilla.jp
HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s New Hotel Plan Lets Guests Cool Down in the Summer With an Edo Period Stay
09.May.2021 | SPOT
HOSHINOYA Tokyo is shining the spotlight on Japan’s Edo period culture once again this summer with a new hotel stay experience, Edo Suzumi (“Edo Cooling Down”), which will run from June 1 to August 31.
Air cons are common in Japan, but they didn’t exist during the Edo Period. The people of Edo therefore had to find alternatives for cooling down during the hot Japanese summer heat. HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s new hotel plan will showcase just this by preparing special guest rooms for cooling off, making tsuri shinobu ornamental plans, making tea with both Japanese and Chinese ingredients, and more. Desserts made with sweet sake, something which townsfolk enjoyed drinking during the cool summer evenings, will also be served when the sun sets.
Edo Suzumi: 3 Things to Look Forward to
1. Guest rooms specially prepared with the Edo Period in mind
Guest rooms will be decorated with cool indigo-dyed cloth. They will also feature a number of things that the people of Edo observed to cool down during the summer blaze, such as goldfish, tsuri shinobu, seasonal flower prints, and more. The colour blue reminds one of water and so when seen it is said to make one feel cooler by reducing the pulse, number of breaths, and blood pressure.
Guests will be able to make their very own tsuri shinobu, a decorate hanging fern made from moss and bamboo which is suspended like a wind chime to create the same refreshing sensation during summer.
2. HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s new Suzumi Seats cool you off in the evenings
In the evenings, water will be sprayed on the hotel plaza floor, in the same area as where the new Suzumi Seats are. During the Edo Period, people would lay out suzumidai seats and sit outdoors in the evenings when the temperature drops. At HOSHINOYA Tokyo, guests can do the same while enjoying a sweet sake parfait made with seasonal peach compote and edamame mousse. Sweet sake has a good balance of glucose and amino acid, and so people during Edo times would drink it to replenish nutrients and cool down their body.
3. New tea blends with Japanese and Chinese ingredients
Ice was a valuable resource during the Edo Period, and so it’s said that many people would drink hot drinks during the summer and cool off by sweating. Various ingredients were sold for making tea in the towns, such as loquat, liquorice, cinnamon, and more, which would be mixed together. Guests will be able to try making their own original tea blends.
Summer cooling was a big part of Edo culture and a way of life that was experienced using all of the senses, such as hanging chimes and ferns, observing goldfish, and more. This unique life can now be experienced at HOSHINOYA Tokyo this summer.
Japanese Plan Title: 江戸涼み滞在
Running: June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Where: HOSHINOYA Tokyo
Bookings: https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo/ (Must be made 14 days in advance)
Price: From ¥59,000 (1 room for 2 people. Tax, service charge, and accommodation not included)
Capacity: 1 group of up to 2 people per day
Notes: For guests of HOSHINOYA Tokyo staying in the Kiku (菊) rooms
Official Website: https://hoshinoya.com/en/
3D Phantom®: Experience 3D With the Naked Eye at Media Ambition Tokyo 2021
09.May.2021 | SPOT
Life is Style, a company that develops 3D holographic advertising signs, is set to showcase its new 3D Phantom® at Media Ambition Tokyo (MAT) which is taking place at Tokyo City View from May 12 to 23.
3D Phantom® is a 3D holographic display that uses LED lights on fast-spinning blades to create eye-popping 3D effects. At the event, the technology is set to transform the horizon that can be seen from the Roppongi Hills observations deck by forming light and images at the boundary between the land and sky.
Yoichi Ochiai (New Media Artist) | Comment
“My works are themed on change and transformation, visuals and materials, calculated nature and mass. I continue to attend MAT every year as I’m creating expression using media equipment. This time, I’ve endeavoured to create something that takes advantage of MAT’s location behind high above the city. I wondered what it would look like if I created something on the horizon that can be seen from the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills, how I could change the horizon digitally to make it something more material. After searching to see if there was some kind of transparent display that would build on top of the horizon that not damage the beauty of the location, I came across 3D Phantom. With this technology, I believe I’ve been able to transform the view beautifully into one long line. Please see it for yourself.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)
Tomodachi wa Kuma Original Honey Sake Releases in Japan
08.May.2021 | FOOD
Liquor Innovation’s online sake store KURAND collaborated with Saiki Tamumu’s popular character Tomodachi wa Kuma to release an original label honey sake. The drink is available to purchase until May 31 at 17:00 (JST).
Tomodachi wa Kuma Honey Sake
Free original glass
The honey beverage features an original label in collaboration with Tomodachi wa Kuma, a popular character in Japan who saw 38,000 customers dine at his themed cafe last year, over 100,000 books sold, and lots of merchandise sold.
The bottle label has the adorable bear dressed as a bee eating honey comb and being scolded by other bees.
Tomodachi wa Kuma Honey Sake
Order Window: April 30, 2021 – May 31, 2021 at 17:00 (JST)
Shipping (Japan): Late June 2021
Price: ¥4,500 (Tax Included)
Freebie: Tomodachi wa Kuma Original Glass
Product Page: https://kurand.jp/products/tomodachihakuma
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition Opens at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
The Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition opened at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, on April 29. It was also announced that the Japanese illustrator is releasing the first artbook to compile all of his CD cover art on May 28, but the book can be bought early at the exhibition.
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition CD Artworks
Yusuke Nakamura has designed covers forASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Masashi Sada, Spitz, and more
Commentary on the CD covers written by the Yusuke Nakamura himself
Rough sketches are featured in the book
A talk between Yusuke Nakamura and Masafumi Gotoh (ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION)
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call Yusuke Nakamura one of Japan’s most prolific artists, having worked with some of the country’s biggest names such as ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Gentouki, Masashi Sada, and more. His new artbook, entitled PLAY, compiles all of his CD covers from 2002-2020, commentary, rough sketches, talks, and more. While many things from the book are explored at the exhibition, there’s plenty of content exclusive to the book too, so it’s a must-grab for fans.
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition
Running: April 29, 2021 – May 29, 2021
Location: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Official Website: https://www.kanazawa21.jp/
Release Date: May 28, 2021
Price: ¥2,273 (Tax Included)
Shonai Hotel Suiden Terrasse Reopens With New Sauna Area
08.May.2021 | SPOT
Shonai Hotel Suiden Terrasse reopened on April 29 after refurbishments to install a new sauna. The hotel, located in Yamagata Prefecture, is known for being situated atop rice paddies. Along with the sauna, it has also introduced a new spa program and healthy new menu made using organic vegetables grown by the hotel company itself.
An authentic Finnish-style sauna
The sauna is based on the Finnish-style löyly sauna, fully equipped with an authentic kiuas sauna stove inside which sauna stones are placed to heat up the room. Hinoki scented water is also used in the sauna.
The Sauna Features
The male sauna features hexagonal designs on the seats, ceiling windows, and bath. The seats can be moved around freely so guests can decide how high they wish to sit for optimal heat customisation. The sauna rooms overlook the rice paddies outside, and there’s open-air baths outdoors too so guests can feel at one with nature.
The women’s sauna is also a löyly type but uses raised benches instead of chairs. After sweating it out, guests can head to one of the outdoor baths and enjoy the view and sky.
There’s also a bar where guests can order local beers, sake, and wine, as well as fruit juice and ice cream. While relaxing, they can pick out from one of the 1,000 books available.
As well as fitness and massage services, morning yoga will begin this June. The MOON TERRASSE restaurant is also introducing new healthy dishes and drinks made with organic local ingredients.
SHONAI HOTEL SUIDEN TERRASSE
Address: Shimotorinosu-23-1 Kitakyōden, Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0053, Japan
Official Website: https://www.suiden-terrasse.yamagata-design.com/
Stay in Harajuku’s Yados Jingumae Hotel if You Love Art
Japanese company Rokuyon, which is responsible for creating a variety of hotel plans in Shibuya including at our own MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS, has launched a new project for guests of various hotels who are fans of brands and artists.
For their first endeavour, Rokuyon has teamed up with Yados Jingumae which has undergone major renovations. Guests staying in Room 202 this spring can enjoy a range of artworks as part of the room’s exclusive Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition, while in summertime Room 301 will incorporate furniture by Sekai Class.
Yados Jingumae Room 202: Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition
CHiNPAN | April 23, 2021 – May 30, 2021
CHiNPAN began their career as an oil painter after getting selected at the 2008 Asia Creative Art Exhibition at The National Art Center in Tokyo. They explore the possibilities of oil painting by not limiting themselves to just paper. “Fusion” is the theme of their work which has taken them to creating visuals for shops, fashion, music, and more.
BANBU | June 10, 2021 – July 19, 2021
BANBU is a 24-y-ear-old artist who studied art abroad in Canada and New York after graduating at a vocational school in Japan. Currently based in Tokyo, they create colourful and eye-catching graphics with their three-eyed character.
Hotel Stay x Artists Come Together
“Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition” is the theme of Room 202 which will collaborate with different illustrators, video makers, photographers, and other artists every 1-2 months, shining the spotlight on each of their unique visions.
Yados Jingumae Room 301: Sekai Class
Hotel Stay x Furniture
Vintage furniture and artwork from around the world will be brought together in Room 301 so guests can experience a ‘world living’ experience. What’s more is that all of the furniture, art, and items on display will be purchasable, and will change on a fixed schedule.
Harajuku Night Owl Art Exhibition
CHiNPAN Exhibition: April 23, 2021 – May 30, 2021
BANBU: June 10, 2021 – July 19, 2021
Rokuyon Official Website: https://rokuyon.co.jp/
Popular Senior Japanese Instagrammers Bon and Pon Feature in Sunny clouds 2021 Summer Collection Promo
07.May.2021 | FASHION
Japanese fashion brand Sunny clouds has teamed up to release its Summer 2021 collection. Modelling the line-up are Bon and Pon, two popular Japanese seniors from Sendai in their 60’s who blew up online for their coordinated matching outfits. They have almost 830k followers on Instagram.
<Sunny clouds> Pon’s Panel Striped Women’s One Piece | ¥5,900 (Before Tax)
<Sunny clouds> Bon’s Panel Striped Men’s Shirt | ¥5,600 (Before Tax)
Bon and Pon blew up on Instagram in 2016 for their coordinated outfits. The two of them enjoy dressing up together and travelling, visiting art museums, and enjoying life.
As part of Sunny clouds’ Summer 2021 collection, the fashionable duo, who love stripes, are donning matching striped outfits, complete with their signature specs. The items are made from 100% cotton and serve a refreshing vibe.
Dragalia Lost Sound Collection Announced For June 2021 Release
It has been announced that a new album compiling the in-game event music from Dragalia Lost will be released on June 30, 2021. Dragalia Lost is an action role-playing smartphone game developed by Cygames and published by Nintendo.
The two-disc album features artists such as TAKU INOUE, ANCHOR, SiN, Shūhei Mutsuki, Sekihan, M･A･O, BlooDye, Setsuko (from Kuhaku Gokko), Takayoshi Tanimoto, Shiki Aoki, Megumi Ogata, Hironao Nagayama, and more. The first disc features 16 tracks while the second has 22 instrumental tracks. It also comes with a lyric booklet and 60-page artbook. Each copy of the album is also coupled with an application ticket to receive an in-game item.
DRAGALIA LOST SONG COLLECTION is a must-grab for fans of the game.
DRAGALIA LOST SONG COLLECTION
Release Date: June 30, 2021
Where: Amazon Japan / Tower Records / HMV Japan / TSUTAYA / Rakuten Books / TOY’S STORE
Dragalia Lost Official Website: https://dragalialost.com/jp/
LINE Disney Tsum Tsum Puzzle Game Breaks 90 Million Downloads
07.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese messaging app LINE announced that their casual puzzle game LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum has broken 90 million views. The popular game launched a collaboration with the Star Wars franchise on Tuesday which is set to run until May 31.
LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum is based off Disney’s collectable stuffed toy series. The game launched first in Japan on January 29, 2014, before rolling out to the US, UK, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere on July 1 of the same year. Tsum Tsum and 400-or-so characters are popular around the world with the toys having appeared in Disney films, commercials, at events, and more.
In celebration of the puzzle game reaching 90 million downloads, the Today’s Mission feature is offering a 10x bonus. The game is also collaborating with Star Wars until the end of May where Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper are making an appearance. And for the duration of May, the game’s title logo and background music has been changed into traditional Japanese styles.
Tsum Tsum Tenka Touitsu Event
Another in-game event is also ongoing where players can receive pins and a Princess Minnie by clearing the mission.
©& TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
90 Million Download Celebratory Events
Running: May 4, 2021 – May 31, 2021
LINE Disney Tsum Tsum Official Website: https://www.disney.co.jp/games/dtt.html
Kyoto Animation have announced a two-part anime film for their popular anime franchise Free!. Titled Free! The Final Stroke, the films will be released on September 17, 2021 and April 22, 2022 respectively. Cinema tickets are set to go on sale in Japan on May 28 and come with a free folder.
The Free! series began in 2013 when KyoAni released the first season of the internationally-loved swimming anime. Since then, three seasons have been released as well as five movies.
Free! The Final Stroke Announcement Video
Stay tuned for more details in the run up to both films’ releases.
Free! The Final Stroke
Part One: September 17, 2021
Part Two: April 22, 2022
Free! The Final Stroke Official Website: http://fs.iwatobi-sc.com/
Blue Lock Manga Series Announces Exhibition in Shibuya to Promote 14th Volume
07.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME
In promotion of the 14th volume of Muneyuki Kaneshiro’s manga series Blue Lock, an exhibition will take place at SpaceHACHIKAI inside Tower Records Shibuya in Tokyo from May 15 to June 6.
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Character illustrated cards
This will be Blue Lock‘s first-ever exhibition since it began serialisation in 2018. It will feature displays of manga drafts, uncoloured illustrations, and more. There will also be a special spot for taking photos. A collection of exclusive merchandise will be available for fans to buy, as well as free bonus items when a purchase it made.
BLUE LOCK EXHIBITION
Running: May 15, 2021 – June 6, 2201
Opening Hours: 19:30-20:00 (Last Entries 19:30)
Location: Tower Records Shibuya Floor 8F (SpaceHACHIKAI)
Event Details: https://towershibuya.jp/news/2021/04/26/153196
Tower Records Shibuya Official Website: https://towershibuya.jp/