Sumikko Gurashi x Hokka Hokka Tei Palm Sized Plushie Campaign Launches
The Hokka Hokka Tei x Sumikko Gurashi campaign is returning again this year as part of a celebration to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Hokka Hokka’s first store opening in Soka, Saitama.
Every month, 100 lucky people who are members of the Hokka app have the chance to win a set of five palm-sized Sumikko Gurashi plushies for every Sumikko Gurashi bento they purchase at Hokka Hokka Tei stores in Japan. Each purchase comes with a QR code that can be scanned which will reveal whether they’ve won or not.
Hokka Hokka Tei x Sumikko Gurashi Campaign
Details (Japanese): https://www.hokkahokka-tei.jp/news/2021/20210422.pdf
BTS, New Era, and MLB Collaboration Items Available at BAYFLOW
17.May.2022 | FASHION
Lifestyle brand BAYFLOW has launched a triple collaboration collection! Stores nationwide are now selling items created by the popular South Korean idol group BTS, headwear and fashion brand New Era, and the MLB, the world’s premier professional baseball league.
The designs in this collection incorporate the coloring and artwork found on the covers of the BTS singles Black Swan, Dynamite, and Butter, with the MLB logo. Fans can grab baseball caps, bucket hats, and t-shirts inspired by each song.
BAYFLOW began selling these new items in stores nationwide starting May 13, 2022. In addition, two New Era pop-up shops are open for a limited time at BAYFLOW Kichijoji and AEON Mall Kawaguchi!
BTS x New Era x MLB
Release Date: May 13, 2022
Where to Buy: BAYFLOW stores nationwide
List of Stores: https://www.dot-st.com/m/bayflow/CSfMbStoreListPage.jsp
*Not available at the web store, ZOZOTOWN, or Rakuten.
New Era Pop-up Store
Locations: BAYFLOW Kichijoji, AEON Mall Kawaguchi
At BAYFLOW Kichijoji until May 31
At AEON Mall Kawaguchi until June 6
Official Site: https://www.bayflow.jp/
Graniph Releases Items Inspired by Upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film
Japanese apparel brand Graniph has revealed two collaborative t-shirts inspired by the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero film! The items are available at the Graniph online store and in select Graniph locations in Japan.
The Dragon Ball Super film series has been a huge hit worldwide. The first film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, was released in 2018. The upcoming film features a completely new story, in which the Red Ribbon Army is reformed and threatening the world yet again. Can our favorite fighters stop the bad guys before they unveil the ultimate evil weapon? Be sure to check out the film when it releases in June, and grab one of these t-shirts to wear to the theater!
Graniph x Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
Release Date: April 22, 2022
Where to Buy:
Graniph Online Store: https://www.graniph.com
Select Graniff Stores (Excluding some locations for kids)
30th Anniversary Crayon Shin-chan Cakes Available from Cake.jp
Mail order cake shop Cake.jp has unveiled three original cakes celebrating the 30th anniversary of Crayon Shin-chan! The sweets are available to order now.
Crayon Shin-chan Action Kamen Cake
Crayon Shin-chan Shin-chan Family Cake
Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden Cake
Crayon Shin-chan is a slapstick comedy series detailing the hilarious daily life of five-year-old Shinnosuke Nohara and his family.
The original manga series began serialization in 1990 and an anime series began airing in April 1992. 2022 marks the 30th consecutive year of the anime series.
The original manga series has sold over 134 million copies worldwide, and the anime has been dubbed in 30 languages and aired in 45 countries. Shinnosuke has now become a popular character around the world and one that represents Japan.
Cake.jp is offering three brightly colored cakes, each depicting different aspects of the Crayon Shin-chan anime series and the most recent film. The cakes are packed with strawberries and are perfect for both adults and children to enjoy!
Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden debuted in theaters on April 22, 2022.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Shelter Nanyo Hall in Yamagata for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
Last month, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed on the Gobi Stage at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States. The singer has now returned to Japan for the second half of her ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ seeing the singer performing 30 shows across Japan. The tour will conclude with a solo performance at Budokan in October.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities and has been attracting major attention. Kyary’s newest collaboration in Yamagata has been announced ahead of her concert there on May 13!
The singer will be collaborating with Shelter Nanyo Hall in Nanyo, Yamagata, a small town of only around 30,000 people. The hall is the world’s largest wooden concert hall, made entirely from laminated local cedar. It uses the most advanced fire-resistant technology for wood in Japan and was certified as the world’s largest by Guinness World Records in December 2015. The multi-functional hall can seat over 1,400 people, and the property also features a Japanese-style tea room, meeting rooms, an open tree-growing space, and more.
“I want the local population to be incredibly proud of this magnificent wooden structure,” said Norihito Shimanuki, the hall’s director. “Through this concert hall, we’d like to promote Nanyo and Yamagata Prefecture both domestically and internationally.”
The collaboration logo for the newest partnership was inspired by the ‘KPP NANDA COLLECTION LIVE in HAWAII’ visual. The one-night-only concert was held in July 2014. Since the main focus of this team-up is ‘wood,’ the visual’s palm tree has been transformed into a cedar tree!
A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only starting May 12. Support Japanese businesses and pick one up while you can!
Shelter Nanyo Hall Yamagata (Nanyo City Cultural Hall) x Local Power Japan Project
Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Available: May 12 – May 25, 23:59
Where to Buy:
LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Online Shop
Shelter Nanyo Hall (Nanyo City Cultural Hall): https://nanyoshi-bunkakaikan.jp
Tour Details: https://kpp10.jp/japantour2022/
Official Site: https://localpowerjapan.com
*Please allow two weeks to one month after order for product to ship. All items are made-to-order.
*A portion of shirt sales will be donated to local development and social programs.
Popular Australian Artist MULGA to Collaborate with CA4LA for Second Time
13.May.2022 | FASHION
Hat brand CA4LA is collaborating with popular Australian artist MULGA on a new collection! Mulga is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his first solo exhibition. Items from the collection will be available at CA4LA stores nationwide (excluding outlet stores), the CA4LA online store, and ZOZOTOWN starting May 13, 2022.
This marks the second collaboration between the two. Items in this collection are perfect for summer, with bright and colorful decorations commonly found in MULGA’s works. Customers will receive a commemorative 10-year anniversary MULGA magnet with each hat purchase. Each magnet was designed by the artist to express his gratitude to his fans for supporting him for the last decade.
The artist will also be holding a canvas exhibition at CA4LA’s Shibuya store from May 13 until May 31, 2022. Those visiting the exhibition will be able to purchase artwork, so be sure to attend if you have the chance!
MULGA × CA4LA
Release Date: May 13, 2022
Where to Buy: CA4LA shops nationwide (excluding outlet stores), CA4LA Online Shop, ZOZOTOWN
MULGA Canvas Art Exhibition
Running: May 13 – May 31, 2022
Venue: CA4LA Shibuya (Frame Jinnanzaka Block H, 1-2F, 1-18-2 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Fendi and Harajuku Omotesando Keyaki-kai Collaborate on #FendiTsunaguOmotesando Art Project
Italian luxury fashion brand Fendi has teamed up with Harajuku Omotesando Keyaki-kai on a new street art project! ‘TSUNAGU – Omotesando Street Art Project’ was unveiled on April 29, 2022.
The project, which aims to improve the city’s scenery and share positive messages, is on display in Omotesando, a popular area with young people. The canvas is the formal site of the Oriental Bazaar, an iconic part of Omotesando for over four decades. Under the theme of ‘hope,’ three young artists will be displaying their artwork in a massive temporary enclosure on the site. Hopefully, Japan really will open tourism soon so that guests from around the world can enjoy these inspiring pieces!
The first piece of art was unveiled on April 29 and was drawn by Dai Tamura, a young Japanese artist who has attracted worldwide attention after becoming an illustrator for the NBA. The dynamic and powerful compositions vividly depict endangered animals and plants alongside delicate flowers to symbolize hope for the futures of these beautiful creatures.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the next installation coming soon!
TSUNAGU – Omotesando Street Art Project
Location: Oriental Bazaar Former Site
Address: 5-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Official Site: http://www.fendi.com
10 Artists Collaborate on Eight Inch BABY MILO Figure Collection from BAPE
11.May.2022 | FASHION
In September 2018, ten incredibly talented artists came together to celebrate BAPE’s 25th anniversary by designing life-sized BABY MILO sculptures. These pieces of art were put on display at Space O in Omotesando Hills. After four years, those sculptures have been reimagined as eight-inch figures in collaboration with BAIT! (Much easier to display at home, right?)
The participating artists are SK8THING, mankey, Stash, James Bond, Adam Lister, Michael Lau, Eric Haze, Shepard Fairey, Shinsuke Takizawa, and Nishiyama Tetsu.
BABY MILO®️ BY A BATHING APE 10 ARTISTS 8” FIGURE BY ADAM LISTER: ¥16,500 (Tax Included)
This design was inspired by the colors of the Earth–yellow for the sun, green for the plants and trees, and blue for water. Using geometric patterns, rigid angles, and bright colors, the final product gives off a peaceful aura.
BABY MILO®️ BY A BATHING APE 10 ARTISTS 8” FIGURE BY SK8THING: ¥16,500 (Tax Included)
Reimagining BABY MILK as a haniwa, or a terracotta clay figurine, SK8THING blended elements of Japanese history into his work. Haniwa were used for ceremonial purposes in ancient Japan.
BABY MILO®️ BY A BATHING APE 10 ARTISTS 8” FIGURE BY mankey: ¥16,500 (Tax Included)
The artist mankey listed his design concept as “mirror camo BABY MILK.” The finished product is a shiny figure made from reflective material and decorated with BAPE’s classic camo.
BABY MILO®️ BY A BATHING APE 10 ARTISTS 8” FIGURE BY MICHAEL LAU: ¥16,500 (Tax Included)
The sponges used in the previous ‘WHAT WE WANT’ exhibition were used again to create this BABY MILK sculpture. On the back, fans can find classical Chinese calligraphy.
BABY MILO®️ BY A BATHING APE 10 ARTISTS 8” FIGURE BY TETSU NISHIYAMA: ¥19,800 (Tax Included)
To celebrate BABY MILO’s birthday, Nishiyama Tetsu created his figure based on a chocolate banana, a treat usually eaten during Japanese festivals. Who wouldn’t want this adorable iteration of BABY MILO on their desk?
BABY MILO®️ BY A BATHING APE 10 ARTISTS 8” FIGURE BY SHINSUKE TAKIZAWA: ¥16,500 (Tax Included)
Shinsuke Takizawa aimed to bring a 2D T-shirt design to life with his figure. The design incorporates the black color found in NEIGHBORHOOD goods, SKULL & BONE graphics, and the slogan “No. 1 CRAFT WITH PRIDE TOKYO.”
BABY MILO®️ BY A BATHING APE 10 ARTISTS 8” FIGURE BY SHEPARD FAIREY: ¥19,800 (Tax Included)
Shepard’s design concept is to raise awareness about environmental issues, global warming, and oil pollution. The top of BABY MILO features an oil spill and the figure will remind buyers to think about the big picture.
BABY MILO®️ BY A BATHING APE 10 ARTISTS 8” FIGURE BY JAMES BOND: ¥16,500 (Tax Included)
Martial artists Chris Haueter and Rob Abeyta, the founders of UNDEFEATED GYM, inspired this design. This BABY MILO loves jiujitsu and wears a traditional dougi uniform.
BABY MILO®️ BY A BATHING APE 10 ARTISTS 8” FIGURE BY ERIC HAZE: ¥16,500 (Tax Included)
Eric’s work features freehand brushstrokes to represent the current direction of his artwork. The design is organic and gives off a human touch.
BABY MILO®️ BY A BATHING APE 10 ARTISTS 8” FIGURE BY Stash: ¥16,500 (Tax Included)
In his early days of using spray paint, Stash painted on just about everything in his local park. The figure is a reinterpretation of his exciting youth.
BABY MILO®️ BY A BATHING APE 10 ARTISTS 8” FIGURE BUNDLE SET: ¥165,000 (Tax Included)
The collection will be available in a 10-piece set as well as individually. Items will be available at the BAPE STORE in Shibuya on May 14. The bundle is only available at the BAPE.COM web store, so check the special page for details.
BABY MILO®️ BY A BATHING APE 10 ARTISTS 8″ Figure Collection
Hilton Tokyo Odaiba Celebrates Free! -the Final Stroke Anime Film with Special Buffet
The final story in the Free! Iwatobi Swim Club’s anime franchise was released in Japanese theaters on April 22. To celebrate this huge event, Hilton Tokyo Odaiba will be offering a buffet inspired by the series from May 12 until July 15, 2022!
First Half Menu/First Half Dessert Buffet
Second Half Menu/Second Half Dessert Buffet
The Free! anime franchise, which is loosely based on the High Speed! light novels by Kouji Ooji, began in 2013 and includes three TV series and multiple films. Free!-the Final Stroke- The First Volume was released in 2021. The Second Volume will debut in Japanese theaters on April 22, 2022.
The series follows high school student Haruka Nanase, a gifted swimmer, as he revitalizes Iwatobi High School’s swim team and attempts to be the best swimmer in Japan.
The event will be split into two periods, each featuring different menu items focusing on different characters. Character-inspired cocktails will also be available. The merchandise available will only be up for grabs during the event.
Free!-the Final Stroke- “Good Luck on your journey” Special Course & Dessert Buffet
Running: March 12 – July 15, 2022
First Half: May 12 – June 12
Second Half: June 13 – July 15
Lottery Open: May 17, 18:00 – May 22, 23:59
General Tickets on Sale: June 3, 12:00 – June 9, 23:59
Venue: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba 2F Restaurant ‘Grillogy Bar and Grill’
Reservations / Official Site: https://odaiba.site/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with 153-year-old Kimuraya Bakery for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
Last month, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed on the Gobi Stage at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States. Her Weekend 1 performance was streamed live worldwide and trended on Twitter in both the U.S. and Japan. After an accident during the second weekend left the singer alone on stage, many wondered if she could pull of a dazzling performance. Kyary’s joy and excitement completely transfixed the massive crowd, and the artist has drawn praise from around the world for her talent and passion.
Kyary has returned to Japan to continue her ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ seeing the singer performing 30 shows across Japan. On May 7, she’ll perform at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA in Tokyo.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities and has been attracting major attention. To celebrate the Tokyo leg of the tour, a new Tokyo collab has been announced!
Kyary is teaming up with Kimuraya Sohonten, a bakery that has been in business for over 150 years. The brand is known for inventing the anpan sweet bun in 1874. Given how much this simple food has influenced Japanese culture, it seems appropriate to team up with Kyary–the singer has brought Japanese influence around the world and continues to inspire fans with her creativity and sweetness.
For the collaboration, fans will be able to purchase the aptly-named ‘Ninjari Anpan,’ based on Kyary’s hit song Ninjari Bang Bang released in 2013. The limited-edition set includes five different flavors of anpan and shows Kyary in her ninja attire on the box. Concertgoers can purchase these sweets at the show on May 7, and they will also be available at select Kimuraya stores and online.
A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only. Support Japanese businesses and pick one up while you can!
LOCAL POWER JAPAN project × 木村屋總本店
Where to Buy:
24 Kimuraya Locations
Available: May 3 – June 5, 2022
Shop List: https://www.kimuraya-sohonten.co.jp/shoplist
Kimuraya Online Shop
Available: May 3 – May 31, 2022
Kimuraya (Tokyo) x LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Collaboration T-shirt
Where to Buy:
LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Online Shop
Available: May 3 – May 16, 2022
MANON Releases Collaboration Track ‘TROLL ME’ with Producer six impala
09.May.2022 | MUSIC
Up-and-coming artist and model MANON began dabbling in the emerging genre of ‘Hyperpop’ with GALCHAN MODE produced by Lil’Yukich in 2021, continuing on to work on the song Girlfriend with producer DJ CHARI soon after. The artist has been steadily gaining popularity on TikTok and other social networking sites, and on May 6, MANON released another new track titled TROLL ME.
TROLL ME is a collaboration with six impala, a group of producers who gained attention for their remixed versions of popular songs by British rock band Bring Me The Horizon. The new track starts with an emo-rock guitar sound and clean vocals by MANON and is sure to catch the attention of hyperpop fans around the world.
Along with the song’s release, a lyric video created by six impala has been made available on YouTube. Check it out!
TROLL ME – six impala × MANON
Release Date: May 6, 2022
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/TROLLME
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Begins Collaboration with Chiba’s Choushi Electric Railway
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is staying active in 2022. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major label debut, the artist recently performed at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States. On October 21, 2021, she released her first full-length album in three years, ‘Candy Raver.’ In January, Kyary embarked on the largest tour of her career, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ which will see the singer performing 30 shows across Japan.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the “LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project” was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities, and has been attracting major attention. Announced earlier this month at the singer’s performance in Chiba, the Kyary Train finally set out on the Choushi Electric Railway starting April 29.
On April 1, Choushi Electric Railway president Katsunori Takemoto tweeted out something strange and hilarious: “Choushi Electric Railway has tons of problems, so we’ll change our name to Choushi Warui (‘In Bad Shape’) Railway starting today.” The self-deprecating post is on brand for the railway which is known for struggling with a lack of riders over the past decade. Social media blew up following the tweet, with many wondering if it was simply a poor April Fool’s Joke. Shortly after, a collaboration image between the railway and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s popular track Mondai Girl appeared. Commemorative versions of a one-day ticket for the train line are on sale now.
It was also announced that a fully-decorated collaborative train would begin running in late April, though the president remarked that the number of interior decorations would depend entirely on how much the company could fit into the budget. Of course, following this plea, support began pouring in from all over Japan. Now, the entire staff, including one new employee, is ready to welcome guests. Each ticket will come with a sticker, on which is written the president’s heartfelt plea: “I want the Kyary Train to run without any issues!” So far, so good.
The collaborative train is called the ‘Kyary Train with Plenty of Problems,’ and takes place inside a flashy pink train perfectly encapsulating the singer’s image.
Inside the train car, guests are transported into the world of the Mondai Girl music video. Pink, yellow, and blue balloons fill the space, with plenty of other homages present. The ads on display on the train are also full of confessions by Choushi Electric Railway staff, Choushi City residents, and Kyary, regarding their individual problems.
While the collab train is running, riders are encouraged to write a message of support on the right half of the sticker and post it on a special board to be erected at Kannon Station on April 18.
“I would like to renovate the old and problem-filled Kannon Station into Kyary Station,” president Takemoto said recently. He is also looking into erecting a photo booth pulling inspiration from the press conference scene in the Mondai Girl music video while cleaning up the area to draw in new customers. Be sure to check out the collaboration this spring and summer!
LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project x Choushi Electric Railway
Choushi Electric Railway ‘Problem’ Pass (1-day Ticket including Special Sticker)
Price: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy:
Choushi Electric Railway Online Shop
Tickets are available through August 31, 2022.
※Only available in a set of 2: ¥2,000 (Tax Included). Comes with 2 stickers.
Choushi Electric Railway Nakanocho Station, Inubo Station
Available through August 31, 2022
*Each pass is sold separately. Sales will end once passes sell out.
Kyoto’s Garden Museum Hiei Opens Limited-Time Collaboration Event with Violet Evergarden Anime Series
Kyoto’s Garden Museum Hiei has announced that it will host a collaboration event with Kyoto Animation’s Violet Evergarden anime franchise, entitled ‘A Story of Flowers and Letters,’ from May 3 to July 10, 2022.
The Garden Museum Hiei, an outdoor facility inspired by French Impressionism, sits near Mt. Hiei and is known for its incredible floral displays which change colors each season. “This scenery matches the image of the landscape depicted in the Violet Evergarden anime series, which led to the decision to hold this collaborative event,” the press release reads.
Visitors can enjoy collaboration visuals and standees that will only be available to see at the gardens. The event will also feature original merchandise, collaboration drinks, and a voice-recorded introduction to the facilities by Violet herself, voiced by Yui Ishikawa.
Violet Evergarden premiered in 2018. The main character, Violet, was trained to be a soldier and therefore has trouble expressing her emotions. In order to learn the meaning behind her commander’s final words, “I love you,” she embarks on a new path in life, writing letters on others’ behalf. A spin-off film was released in Japan in 2019, and a second film premiered in September 2020.
Violet Evergarden x Garden Museum Hiei ~A Story of Flowers and Letters~
Venue: Garden Museum Hiei
Running: May 3 – July 10, 2022