“Summer Festival in Sanrio Puroland”will be held soon! Don’t miss this “summer illumination”
29.May.2017 | SPOT
Sanrio community mascots will be active in “Summer Festival in Sanrio Puroland” from July 15th (Sat.) to September 3rd(Sun.)
The theme of this festival is “Summer illumination.” You can enjoy the half a million light bulbs shining both day and night. It will be by far the biggest indoor illumination event in Japan.
“Glitter pastel” is the theme of the daytime festival. Hello Kitty’s gorgeous and pop illumination shows will be held along with a shiny illumination show highlighting Sanrio’s community mascots.
At nighttime, “Sparkling colorful” will be the theme of the festival. Some booths and Puroland’s main area, “Puro Village” will take on a dream-like atmosphere.
In addition, Sanrio’s popular community mascots, “Cinnamonroll” and “Pom Pom Purin” will appear in the “Community Mascot Festival.”
Be sure to get these dates down in your summer schedule. Don’t miss this sparkling and glittering festival!
Salyu x Haruka Nakamura to Perform the Ending Theme for TRIGUN STAMPEDE
Salyu and Haruka Nakamura’s new song Hoshi no Kuzu α will be the ending theme song for the upcoming anime series TRIGUN STAMPEDE set to premiere on January 7, 2023. The show will air every Saturday at 23:00 on TV Tokyo and other stations. A new trailer for the series has also been released, in which you can hear a portion of the new track.
TRIGUN STAMPEDE Main PV
The new song was performed during Salyu and Haruka Nakamura’s joint concert at Yebisu Garden Hall on December 22, 2021. Carefully composed with an almost prayer-like composition, fans will be able to pick out Haruka Nakamura’s unique sound. When combined with Salyu’s captivating voice, this song is sure to leave an impression on all listeners, whether they’re a fan of the series or not.
Be sure to listen to the new song when TRIGUN STAMPEDE hits the small screen in January!
Comment from Salyu
“I’m Salyu, and I’m singing the ending theme for TRIGUN STAMPEDE.
This song was created along with my dear friend, the musician Haruka Nakamura.
The melody is powerful, encompassing a simple but intense series of emotions.
I simply sang the song honestly, going wherever my feelings led me.
We hope you enjoy the story and the lovely melody!”
Comment from Haruka Nakamura
“I wrote the song Hoshi no Kuzu with Salyu.
I was in charge of the lyrics and composition.
I’d be so happy if you read the lyrics. It’s like a letter from me to her, and she sang this letter back to me.
The world is essentially a shining star, but it’s pure chaos now.
We are all little pieces of one star, and that’s why we wanted to make this a hopeful track.
I’d be so happy if this song encompasses the worldview of TRIGUN STAMPEDE!”
Staring January 7, 2023 / Airing Saturdays at 23:00 on TV Tokyo, etc.
(TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, TV Hokkaido, TVQ Kyushu)
*Episode 1 airing January 7 at 23:15
*Dates and times are subject to change
Official Site: https://trigun-anime.com/
Attack on Titan Real Escape Game to Return to Tokyo and Nagoya to Celebrate the Final Season
07.December.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The Real Escape Game Attack on Titan The Final Season: Escape from the Five Titans, a collaboration between Real Escape Game and Attack on Titan, will be held for a limited time starting January 13, 2023.
Both this escape game and Escape from the Titan’s Forest have attracted over 250,000 visitors. The events are being held one more time to commemorate the conclusion of the series in 2023.
Visitors will be able to transform themselves into characters from the now-legendary series. Players can enjoy an incredible sense of realism, with new voiceovers recorded by Attack on Titan’s voice actors.
Will you be coming out to try your hand at this tricky game? It may be your last chance!
Attack on Titan x Real Escape Game (Escape from the Titan’s Forest)
Venue / Dates
Tokyo Mystery Circus: January 26 – March 12, 2023
Nagoya: April 13 – May 14, 2023
Attack on Titan The FInal Season x Real Escape Game (Escape the Five Titans)
Kichijoji: January 13 – March 12, 2023
Nagoya: February 23 – April 9, 2023
Official Site: https://realdgame.jp/shingeki_rv/
CAPSULE Releases ‘Give Me a Ride’ from the Upcoming Album Metro Pulse.
07.December.2022 | MUSIC
Electro-pop duo CAPSULE is celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2022. The two will release their 16th album Metro Pulse, a Synthwave and City Pop album meant to be a return to their roots, on December 14. The album’s lead track Give Me a Ride is a neo-fusion song with plenty of reimagined 80’s synthesizers, and is now available to stream. Fans can also pre-add/pre-Save the album ahead of its release.
A teaser video of the music video featuring 3D versions of CAPSULE as seen on the album jacket has also been uploaded to CAPSULE’s official YouTube page.
Give Me a Ride Teaser Trailer
Give Me a Ride – CAPSULE (Digital Single)
Streaming: December 2, 2022
Streaming URL: https://capsule.lnk.to/METROPULSE
Metro Pulse – CAPSULE (16th Album)
Release Date: December 14, 2022
450 Songs from Popular Game The Idolmaster: SideM Released on Streaming Services
Tons of music for Bandai Namco’s The Idolmaster: SideM was released on streaming services on December 2, 2022!
The Idolmaster: SideM / THE IDOLM@STER™& ©Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
About 450 songs are available to stream now.
The Idolmaster: SideM was launched in 2014 and celebrated its 8th anniversary in 2022.
A new mobile game, The Idolmaster: SideM GROWING STARS, was released in October 2021.
On the weekend that the music was released on subscription services, a live performance titled The Idolmaster: SideM 7th STAGE – GROW & GLOW – SUNLIGHT SIGN@L was held at Yokohama Arena, featuring the voice actors who play the idols.
More music from the series is scheduled to be released in the future, and fans can save a ton of playlists now, so don’t wait!
The Idolmaster: SideM
Official Site: https://idolmaster-official.jp
Amazon Music Unlimited
Other Subscription Servies
Godiva Japan Launches Animal Crossing: New Horizons Valentine’s Day Collection
Godiva Japan has announced an exclusive collaboration with Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Valentine’s Day 2023! Products in the collection will be available in limited quantities and for a limited time starting January 6, 2023 at Godiva stores nationwide, Godiva Online, the Godiva cafe, and convenience stores nationwide.
Fans of chocolate and this beloved Nintendo Switch title can find unique assortments of tasty treats decorated with images of different characters and logos from the Nintendo Switch game. Certain bundles also come with an original pouch, and some assortments are only available at certain locations or at convenience stores nationwide. A total of six items will be available.
These products will also be sold in an original collaboration-only box depicting Godiva’s 2023 Valentine’s Day collection theme, a merry-go-round, and characters from the game.
~Godiva meets Animal Crossing~
Chocolate with Game Logo
Timmy and Tommy
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (6 pieces)
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (6 pieces) with Original Pouch
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (9 pieces)
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (9 pieces) (Events Only)
Timmy & Tommy
Chocolate with Game Logo
Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (4 Pieces) *Convenience Store Exclusive
Godiva meets Animal Crossing G Chocolate Assortment & Tin (7 pieces)
Godiva meets Animal Crossing
Release Date: January 6, 2023
Where to Buy: Godiva stores nationwide, Godiva Online Shop, Godiva Cafe, Convenience Stores nationwide
*Limited quantities available
Official Site: https://www.godiva.co.jp/
Kobe’s Storytelling Restaurant FARM TO TABLE KANBE Now Open
Fans of Japan and Japanese culture may know that Kobe’s food scene is not to be missed. A new restaurant, KANBE, is now open and tells the story of the city’s food culture. The grand opening was on November 30 in Sannomiya.
The story begins with water, the source of Kobe’s food. The city’s famed fare like Kobe beef, Suma salmon, and seasonal vegetables will take the stage through storytelling, projection mapping, and uniquely planed dishes. Ingredients are served to guests the same day that they are delivered to the restaurant, offering the freshest possible experience. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of drinks made in Kobe, including Nada Gogou sake and Kobe wine. These are made using Nunobiki water from the Rokko mountain range, meaning that everything guests enjoy was truly made in Kobe.
At KANBE, visitors will chat with a storyteller who weaves the story of Kobe’s food into the experience. A chef himself, he is well-versed in cooking methods, food history, and nutrition.
The 18-meter-long counter adds to the experience by displaying seasonal scenery, the water of Nunobiki, and the night view from Mt. Rokko. Nature sounds, like the murmuring of Nunobiki Falls and the chirping of birds, also echo through the restaurant in time with the projection mapping, creating an atmosphere that feels alive.
Why not come enjoy a new kind of dining experience?
FARM TO TABLE ‘KANBE’
Opening Date: November 30, 2022
Reservations Required (May be made up to 3 days prior.)
Address: Taishin Sunset Building 7F (2-5-1 Kitanagasadori, Chuo-ku, Kobe)
Reservations/Official Site: https://www.ko-z.com/
Converse Sneakers Now Available with Designs by ASOBISYSTEM Illustrator Kayoubi
06.December.2022 | FASHIONWhite atelier BY CONVERSE, a directly-managed Converse store in Tokyo and Fukuoka, is now offering a lineup of custom shoes featuring designs by illustrator Kayoubi.
Customers can create an original pair of shoes by choosing from a selection of four different illustrations, which can be placed on the outside of the shoe and the tongue.
These sneakers will be available online and at White atelier BY CONVERSE locations.
Shoes: ALL STAR COLORS R HI
Sizes: 22.0-28.0cm, 29.0cm, 30.0cm
Available: December 1 – March 31, 2023
Locations: White atelier BY CONVERSE Harajuku / Fukuoka
NFT Project “City Pop TOKYO” and “GEMIE” Announce NFT Audition “METAVERSE’S GOT TALENT”
06.December.2022 | FASHION
SINGAPORE, Dec. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — “City Pop TOKYO,” an NFT project inspired by “City Pop,” a popular music genre from Japan, will hold a talent audition event named ” METAVERSE’S GOT TALENT” along with Entertainment metaverse platform GEMIE (CEO: John Fung). “METAVERSE’S GOT TALENT” is a brand new talent audition project which enables artists to showcase their talents in the metaverse and subsequently win a chance to become a metaverse superstar.
■City Pop TOKYO
“City Pop TOKYO,” an NFT project will hold a talent audition event named ” METAVERSE’S GOT TALENT” along with the Entertainment metaverse platform GEMIE to enable artists to showcase their talents in the metaverse.
As an NFT project, “City Pop TOKYO” is jointly funded by three companies: ASOBISYSTEM (CEO: Yusuke Nakagawa), which has a large number of diverse artists; Kingdom Labs (CEO: Maurice Ng), a venture studio in Hong Kong; and UPBOND (CEO: Gin Takahashi Mizuoka), which is developing a blockchain wallet for Web3 social adoption.
“City Pop TOKYO” plans to release 1984 NFTs based on “City Pop”, a music genre from Japan that is immensely popular worldwide, particularly among Gen Z. The project’s characters are featured in trendy outfits and makeup representing symbolic fashion styles in Japan, such as “GAL,” “SHOWA,” and “REIWA”.
To enter “METAVERSE’S GOT TALENT”, participants will first purchase a “City Pop TOKYO” NFT. NFT holders can then take part in auditions held in the GEMIE metaverse. The winner, represented by their City Pop TOKYO NFT, will be onboarded as a virtual idol under ASOBISYSTEM, and will start appearing in advertisements, releasing songs, etc. Other NFT holders from around the world can enjoy engaging in the project from various perspectives, including appearing and voting in audition events in the METAVERSE.
*These are part of the NFTs for some characters.
*Designs may change without further notice.
■METAVERSE’S GOT TALENT
The METAVERSE is powered by project partner GEMIE, Asia’s leading entertainment metaverse built around fan culture which act as the virtual hub to bridge the gap between celebrities and fans through virtual experiences and utility-focused NFTs. Users worldwide can participate in the decision making process of the show via the GEMIE metavese.
Through this project, we will work to reaffirm the usefulness of Web 3.0 technology and NFT; and further promote Japanese culture to people worldwide.
More details will be available soon, please stay tuned for updates.
Musical Program Sizuk to Perform Opening Theme for Upcoming Anime Series ‘The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World’
Sizuk, a music project started by composer Shunryu, has officially launched! The composer is known for his contributions to anime and idol music, and in this new project, Shunryu will collaborate with illustrators, lyricists, singers, and other talents to produce original content.
For the project’s debut single, Dystopia will serve as the opening theme for the anime series The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World, scheduled to premiere in January 2023. The lyrics were written by Shoko Fujibayashi and arranged by John Kanda (PENGUIN RESEARCH), with a jacket illustration by SOLANI. It was sung by AYAME, the vocalist of the rock band AliA.
The song will be released as a digital single on January 6, 2023. Be sure not to miss the anime series either!
teamLab Fukuyama Castle Light Festival Opens to Celebrate the Hiroshima Castle’s 400th Anniversary
The art collective TeamLab will hold the TeamLab Fukuyama Castle Festival of Light event at Fukuyama Castle in Hiroshima Prefecture from December 2, 2022 to January 29, 2023. The exhibition will transform the stone walls, the tower, and the outside of the iconic castle, which is currently celebrating its 400th anniversary. Light art will transform the space in different ways depending on the number of guests and the weather.
In August 2022, Fukuyama Castle recieved a major restoration with iron paneling installed on the north side, the only such restorative technique used on a Japanese castle to date. As guests walk around the keep, the included musical experience will change according to your walking speed and pace.
teamLab <Castle Tower>
The stone walls of Fukuyama Castle will depict animals shaped by flowers as they continuously die and are reborn. When guests touch the flowers, they disperse; if they continue to touch and the flowers disperse too much, the animal dies and disappears.
Built during the Edo period, the castle survived the Meiji Restoration but was damaged heavily in WWII.
teamLab <Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives in the Stone Wall>
Ovoids made of light sit at the bottom of the castle. When pushed by a person or blown by the wind, these unique creations will change color and interact with the nearly ovoids, which will change to the same color and make a similar tone.
teamLab <Resisting and Resonating Ovoids on the Stones of Oblivion>
In the Sketch Generals section, visitors can draw historical warlords associated with Fukuyama Castle, including Katsunari Mineno, the first lord of the Fukuyama domain and builder of Fukuyama Castle, Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Nagamasa Kuroda, Ieyasu Tokugawa, and Masahiro Abe. When the generals are touched, famous quotes appear in speech bubbles!
In addition, visitors can turn their own drawings of generals into pins that they can take home as souvenirs!
teamLab <Sketch Generals>
teamLab <Sketch Factory>
Several other works will be exhibited around the castle during the event as well.
The castle tower was designated a National Treasure in the early Showa era but was destroyed by fire in an air raid during World War II. It was rebuilt in 1966.
teamLab’s Digitized City project has become popular across the world, allowing the art collective to utilize real-world locales to display artworks without damaging or altering the location chosen.
With its lengthy history, Fukuyama Castle is a magnificent canvas, transforming as both visitors and nature interact with the lights. People, animals, nature, and art can live side by side, without boundaries. Wouldn’t you like to come to visit this winter?
teamLab <Walk, Walk, Walk -Fukuyama Castle>
FUKUYAMA CASTLE EXPO 2022 – teamLab Fukuyama Castle Light Festival
Running: December 2, 2022 – January 29, 2023
Venue: Fukuyama Castle (1 Chome-8-3 Marunouchi, Fukuyama, Hiroshima)
Official Site: http://fukuyamacastle.teamlab.art
Official Hige Dandism Releases Behind the Scenes Video for Subtitle Music Video
05.December.2022 | MUSIC
Popular Japanese band Official Hige Dandism has released behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of their music video for Subtitle, the theme song for the Japanese drama series silent. The video includes in-depth interviews with the band members!
Subtitle – Official Hige Dandism Music Video (Behind the Scenes)
Subtitle was written as the theme song for silent, a drama series currently airing on Fuji TV.
Currently, Subtitle has surpassed 100 million views and has topped the Billboard JAPAN Streaming Songs chart for six consecutive weeks since its release on November 30.
Official Hige Dandism will appear at the 2022 FNS Song Festival on December 7 and 14, as well as CDTV Live! Live! 4-Hour Christmas SP on TBS on December 19 and the 73rd Annual Kouhaku Uta Gassen on New Year’s Eve.
The band is currently in the middle of their SHOCKING NUTS TOUR. More details about tickets can be found on the group’s official website.
Official Hige Dandism
Official Site: http://higedan.com/
LILY BROWN Releases Fifth Collaboration Item with LE SSERAFIM’s Sakura Miyawaki
05.December.2022 | FASHION
In April, the LILY BROWN brand began a new project featuring LE SSERAFIM’s Sakura Miyawaki as a model.
The fifth item in the collaboration series will go on sale on December 9 at stores nationwide, at the official online store, and at a number of other online shops like USAGI ONLINE and ZOZOTOWN.
Ahead of release, a special page was opened on the official online store and USAGI ONLINE on December 2. Pre-orders opened the same day.
Fashion lovers will want to buy this layered item consisting of a mini dress made of shirt material and a cami slip.
The mini-length shirt dress has a large sharp collar and tucked sleeves for a fashionable look, while the cami dress has a corset-like design on the front, and the stitchwork gives it plenty of body.
The skirt is delicately embroidered with Miyawaki’s original hand-drawn flowers, and the generous amount of fabric creates a flattering silhouette for any body type.
LILY BROWN x Sakura Miyawaki
Starting December 9, 2022
Official Stores Nationwide: https://lily-brw.com/Page/shoplist.aspx
Official Online Store: https://lily-brw.com/
USAGI ONLINE: https://usagi-online.com/brand/lilybrown/
Rakuten: https://brandavenue.rakuten.co.jp/ba/shop-lilybrown/ >