Vocaloid’s Sakura Miku and Virtual Singing Friends Collaborate With Illustrator Shirabi
A new collection of Sakura Miku merchandise has been released for the Spring 2021 season. The collection features original artwork by Japanese illustrator Shirabi and is available to purchase on ARMA BIANCA.
Sakura Miku is joined by her Vocaloid friends Kagamine Rin, Kagamnine Len, Megurine Luka, MEIKO, and KAITO in this collection which uses the main visual drawn by Shirabi for the Sakura Miku Pop-Up Shop that ran from March 19 to April 4 at the AMNIBUS STORE in Shinjuku Marui Annex in Tokyo.
Here’s a select look at some of the items up for grabs, all of which is sure to be a cute feast for the eyes of Vocaloid fans.
Acrylic Key Rings: ¥650 Each (Before Tax) / Whole Collection ¥5,850 (Before Tax)
Affix your favourite Vocaloid to your bag or decorate your room with these key rings featuring the most popular Vocaloid characters individually and in pairs.
If you buy the whole box of key rings, you’ll also get this bonus limited-edition key ring featuring the entire cast.
Zipper Hoodies | ¥5,980 Each (Before Tax)
The hoodie collection is a simple pullover type perfect for wearing at home, outdoors, at anime events and concerts – pretty much anywhere!
Mobile Batteries | ¥4,500 Each (Before Tax)
A lightweight and compact battery that’s handy for when your device is running out of juice.
Changing Mug | ¥2,980 (Before Tax)
A mug which changes its design when you pour a hot drink inside. Enjoy twice the amount of Miku when making your morning coffee.
Check out the mug in action in this video below.
Wappa Bento Box | ¥5,480 (Before Tax)
Take your lunch to work out enjoy a meal outdoors with this bento box that’s made from wood. It has that distinct natural wood feel and smell to it.
Coin Purse | ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
Keep your coins or other little bits and bobs safe in this cute and compact purse.
Check out the link below for the full list of merch.
Art by しらび © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net
Shirabi x Sakura Miku Collection
Released: April 15, 2021
Pinkoi x Noritake Merchandise Collection Collaboration Announced
07.July.2021 | FASHION
In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Taiwanese design gift site Pinkoi has launched a commemorative project, with pre-orders for a series of items open until July 25. The collection will release on July 26.
Pinkoi x Noritake Beer Glasses (Set of 3) | ¥8,930 (Tax Included)
Pinkoi x Noritake PVC Vinyl Bags | 3 Designs | ¥5,070 Each (Tax Included)
Pinkoi x Noritake Drip Coffee (10 Bags) | Flavours: Classic, Mandheling, Brazil | ¥3,440 Each (Tax Included)
Pinkoi x Noritake Folders | 3 Designs | ¥1,200 Each (Tax Included)
Pinkoi x Noritake iPhone 12 Smartphone Cases | 3 Designs | ¥4,460 Each (Tax Included)
The first entry to the project invites Noritake on board, a popular Japanese illustrator, who is supervising the “Pinkoi x Noritake Limited Collaboration” and its capsule collection which features the theme “In The City.” The collection is based on the three cities Tokyo, Taipei, and Hong Kong and features two of Pinkoi’s brand colours: Pinkoi Navy and Pinkoi Salmon, both created by Pantone.
In an interview on this collaboration, Noritake expressed his desire to love in a city filled with all kinds of gorgeous illustrations.
Pinkoi x Noritake
Pre-Order Window: June 30, 2021 – July 25, 2021
Early Bird Campaign: 20% off with the coupon code @noritake
Product Page: https://jp.pinkoi.com/store/pinkoi-hk-special
General Release: July 26, 2021
Early Bird Campaign: 15% off with the coupon code @noritake15 between July 26-28
Pinkoi Official Website: https://jp.pinkoi.com/
Project Sekai’s MORE MORE JUMP! Releases First Single
MORE MORE JUMP! released their first single Idol Shineitai! More! Jump! More! on music streaming and download platforms on June 23. The song is also available as background music for posting on TikTok and Instagram.
MORE MORE JUMP! is an all-female idol group in SEGA’s mobile rhythm game Project Sekai: Colorful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku. More information about the single is available on the MORE MORE JUMP! section of Crypton Future Media’s Voclaloid music label KARENT.
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MORE MORE JUMP! 1st Single “Idol Shineitai! More! Jump! More!”
Released: June 23, 2021
Download: iTunes, Amazon Music, Oricon Music Store, music.jp, Recochoku, mora, OTOTOY, mysound
Stream: Spotify, Apple Music, YouTub Music, Amazon Unlimited, LINE MUSIC, d hits, Utapass, ANiUTa, AWA, KKBOX, RecMusic
Available as BGM on TikTok & Instagram
Project Sekai on KARENT: https://karent.jp/special/pjsekai
Project Sekai: Colorful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1489932710
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.pjsekai
Popular Character Chiikawa Gets Exhibition at Sapporo PARCO
PARCO has announced an exhibition based on the popular Japanese character Chiikawa which will take place on the 7th floor of their Sapporo branch from July 3.
Bye Bye Photospot
Entrance ticket pochette bag bonus
Exclusive shopping bag
Event exclusive merchandise
Pins (10 Designs)
Chiikawa no Mori Postcard Book – Event Exclusive Edition
Chiikawa no Mori Postcard Book – Regular Edition
Hand Towels (2 Designs)
Large Tote Bag
Chiikawa is a popular character by Japanese illustrator Nagano. In Chiikawa no Mori, or Chiikawa Forest, lives Chiikawa, Hachiware, and Usagi, who enjoy relaxed lives there. Nagano’s stories of them have drawn much attention on Twitter. The event will include newly-drawn artwork, photo spots, a new animation, a game, a corner where you can write messages to Chiikawa and his friends, and much more. Pre-sales of postcard books are also available. And if you spend over ¥2,200 at the event, you get a free exclusive shopping bag.
Chiikawa no Mori
Running: July 3, 2021 – July 25, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last entries 19:30 / Until 18:00 on July 25)
Venue: Sapporo PARCO (Floor 7F)
3-3 Minami 1 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
*In case of crowding, you won’t be able to return to the exhibition room if you go onto the merchandise corner
*1 person per transaction
*Entry restrictions may be applied in case of crowding to avoid the spread of COVID-19
Price: General ¥500 / Student ¥400 / Elementary school children and below – Free
Buy Tickets: https://eplus.jp/chiikawa/
Chiikawa Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/ngnchiikawa (＠ngnchiikawa)
Official Site: https://art.parco.jp/
Ace Hotel Kyoto Commemorates 1st Anniversary With Yu Nagaba Exhibition
Ace Hotel Kyoto marked its 1st anniversary on June 11 since opening. In celebration of hitting the milestone, the hotel is collaborating with Japanese artist Yu Nagaba by displaying his work at its gallery until June 30. The works displayed are of the sights and people that Nagaba saw and penned in a memo pad while staying at Ace Hotel Kyoto. All of the illustrations were made for this exhibition and so they are being exhibited for the first time. One of the pieces is also being sold at stickers in the hotel’s shop.
Yu Nagaba‘s work
Yu Nagaba | Comment
“After I heard whispers that Ace Hotel was setting up in Kyoto, I hoped I could do something, so I was happy to take part in this project, but I also spent my time wondering what I could draw, and no ideas came to mind. After pondering I went to find inspiration by deciding to stay at Ace Hotel. I drew what came to mind during my time there as I walked the streets of Kyoto and spent time at the hotel. I drew a total of 49 illustrations in my memo pad. I painted six of my favourites on canvas. I hope people can get a feel for my experiences of Kyoto in these pieces.”
Ace Hotel Kyoto x Yu Nagaba
Running: June 7, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Location: Ace Hotel Kyoto (Floor 1F Gallery Space)
Official Website: https://www.acehotel.com/kyoto/
Yuki Tokuda x Village Vanguard Cute Illustration Collection Released
10.June.2021 | FASHION
Popular Japanese illustrator Yuki Tokuda, who is known for their adorable artwork, released a collection of items exclusively on Village Vanguard on Friday.
Girl & Animals Mug | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Densetsuno Usagi Tote Bag | ¥2,310 (Tax Included)
Ebiten iPhone Case (12/12 Pro/12mini) | ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
Densetsuno Usagi Acrylic Key Ring | ¥715 (Tax Included)
Sankakukin Acrylic Key Ring | ¥715 (Tax Included)
Densetsuno Usagi Pin | ¥385 (Tax Included)
Sankakukin Pin | ¥385 (Tax Included)
Hitogata-kun Pin | ¥385 (Tax Included)
Sticket Sheet | ¥605 (Tax Included)
Yuki Tokuda is a Japanese illustrator whose line-up of original characters have proven extremely popular with people on Japanese social media, including Hitogata-kun, his unnamed girl character, and line-up of mysterious animals and creatures. His work spans books, illustrations, 3D sculptures, and more.
HATSUNE MIKU Digital Stars 2021 Online Event Announced For August
Crypton Future Media has announced that the ‘HATSUNE MIKU Digital Stars 2021’ online music event will take place on August 29, 2021 as part of their Digital Stars project. The club event sees fans come together to party online.
Merchandise for the event is available to buy on HOBBY STOCK between May 20 and June 10.
The HATSUNE MIKU Digital Stars 2021 Compilation, a CD which is part of the annual Digital Stars series, was also released at music stores in Japan on May 18.
For more information on the event, check the official website below.
Heisuke Kitazawa Illustrations Feature in Graniph’s Fashion Collection
18.May.2021 | FASHION
Japanese apparel brand Graniph is set to release a clothing collection in collaboration with Heisuke Kitazawa, an illustrator whose diverse work has featured in publications, picture books, advertisements, and elsewhere.
T-Shirts | 3 Designs | ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Shirt One Piece | ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
One Piece | 2 Designs | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Kid’s One Piece | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
The collection features original artwork by Kitazawa. This colourful line-up is available to order until May 21 at 12:00pm (JST).
Graniph x Heisuke Kitazawa
Release Date: May 25, 2021
Order Window: May 11, 2021 – May 21, 2021 at 12:00pm (JST)
Buy online or in-store: https://www.graniph.com
Sakura Miku Blossoms On Merchandise at Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 in Aomori
Japanese anime, game, and hobby merch site CharaAni released a new collection of Sakura Miku merchandise on Monday in collaboration with the Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 festival.
Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 x Sakura Miku Line-Up
Folders | ¥450 Each (Tax Included)
Tapestries | ¥3,500 Each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stands | ¥1,500 Each (Tax Included)
Holographic Pins | ¥550 Each (Tax Included) *Blind box, designs are random
Reversible Blankets | ¥5,500 Each (Tax Included)
Scarf Towel (Art by iXima) | ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Happi (Art by iXima) | ¥6,000 (Tax Included)
Hand Towel (Art by Mamo) | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Motel Key Ring (Art by iXima) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Teacups | ¥1,700 Each (Tax Included)
Flat Pouch (Art by iXima & Mamo) | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Drum Bag (Art by iXima) | ¥6,500 (Tax Included)
Full Graphic T-Shirt (Art by Morichika) | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Full Graphic Zipper Hoodie (Art by Hechima) | ¥9,900 (Tax Included)
Fashion Mask (Art by iXima) | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Desk Mat (Art by iXima) | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Shitakawa Rayaki Dove Whistle | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Music Box: “Haru o Matsu Hito” – PolyphonicBranch feat. Hatsune Miku
The Sakura Miku x Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 collection invites on board four artists: iXima, Mamo, Hechima, and Morichika who have created original artwork for the line-up. The items can be bought both at the festival and online.
The collection also includes Sakura Miku-inspired dove whistles made by Shitakawa Rayaki Tsuchi Ningyo, a clay doll company that has been around for over 200 years. The company began in the latter half of the Edo Period when Takaya Kanegura, who had learned how to make ceramics in the town of Chikuzen in Fukuoka, was employed by the Hirosaki Domain to build a furnace.
Miku fans can also get their hands on a music box which features an original song created for the festival called Haru o Matsu Hito (“Person Waiting For Spring”). It features artwork by iXima.
Art by iXima / Mamo / へちま / もりちか © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net
Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 Merchandise
Order Window: May 10, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Event Details: https://www.hirosakipark.jp/sakura/
Music Box – “Haru o Matsu Hito”
Price: ¥10,000 (Tax Included)
Order Window: Late August 2021 – Early September 2021
Song: “Haru o Matsu Hito” by PolyphonicBranch feat. Hatsune Miku
Hatsune Miku Features in Pocari Sweat Promotion as Official Ambassador
Otsuka Pharmaceutical released a 30-second video titled “Netsunarero” on their official YouTube channel on May 6 announcing Hatsune Miku and members of Leo/need from the Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku mobile game as the official ambassadors for the Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat.
The importance of “Netsunare”
The video stresses the importance of netsunare – sweating in order to get used to the heat during summer. Leading the promoting of this message is Hatsune Miku who is followed by Leo/need, MEIKO, Mirai Akari, Fuji Aoi, and YuNi. The video features the original song Waiting for Clear Weather created by Orangestar for the Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku mobile game. The popular track has been streamed over 1.9 million times as of April 2021.
The Character Line-Up
Since December 2019, Otsuka Pharmaceutical has appointed Hatsune Miku, MEIKO, Leo/need, MEIKO, Mirai Akari, Fuji Aoi, YuNi, and other familiar faces as official ambassadors for Pocari Sweat to spread information on how to overcome Japan’s hot summer weather to the world. It is part of the beyond2020 project which Otsuka describes: “With an eye to 2020 and beyond, this cultural program will contribute to the creation of a legacy befitting a maturing society that will make the next generation proud, through Japan’s strength which consists of its local and diverse culture.”
Leo/need from Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku
Project Sekai Colorful Stage ft. Hatsune Miku is a mobile game for iOS/Android. The members of Leo/need include guitarist and vocalist Ichika Hoshino, keyboardist Saki Tenma, drummer Honami Mochizuki, and bassist Shino Hinomori. They will release their first single on June 9, 2021.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical is also holding a Twitter campaign in Japan as part of the promotion where 200 random people can win a box of seven 500ml Pocari Sweat bottles for cooling down in the summer heat.
How to Sign Up
Step 1: Follow Pocari Sweat on Twitter @pocarisweat_jp
Step 2: Retweet or quote any of Pocari Sweat’s posts featuring the hashtag #ネツナレろ (“Netsunarero”)
Running: May 6, 2021 – May 19, 2021 (Japan Only)
Campaign Site: https://pocarisweat.jp/action/pocarimiku/netsunarero/
© SEGA / © CP / © CPM / © Mirai Akari Project / © YuNi / © Fuji Aoi
Released: May 6, 2021
Official Website: https://pocarisweat.jp/action/pocarimiku/
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)
Japanese Illustrator Cotoh Tsumi Opens Exhibition in Tokyo
Japanese illustrator Cotoh Tsumi is now holding a solo exhibition of her iconic artwork at the atmos propeller street branch of Japanese sneaker select shop atmos in Tokyo. The exhibition, which is themed on girls wearing sneakers, is running until May 9.
Cotoh Tsumi became well-known for creating the visuals for the Japanese music unit YOASOBI. They also created the main visual for the atmos con Vol.8 event held last month and even released a capsule collection. Now, their “q” exhibition is being held at atmos propeller street’s Anicoremix Gallery. The subheading for the exhibition reads, “You understand surface-level cuteness, but if you say you know anything about me, you’re a liar.” The exhibition brings together illustrations from the artist’s archive.
Exclusive merchandise will also be sold such as t-shirts and posters
Cotoh Tsumi solo Exibition “q”
Running: April 28, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Where: Anicoremix Gallery (atmos propeller street)
*Prior booking is required to enter Anicoremix Gallery
Exhibition Details: https://www.anicoremixgallery.com/exhibition/cotoh-tsumi-q-2021/
atmos Official Website: http://www.atmos-tokyo.com
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.
The VOCALOID Collection LIVE
Date: April 25, 2021
Time: Open 14:00 / Start 15:00 / Finish 19:00
Venue: Makuhari Messe Hall 4