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
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
Japan Releases its First Virtual Sneakers AIR SMOKE 1™ Worldwide
23.April.2021 | FASHION
1SEC is a virtual reality company specialising in the development of AI and 3D virtual human technology. It has offices in both Los Angeles and Tokyo. It also owns its own digital fashion label, 1Block, from which it released Japan’s first-ever virtual sneakers, AIR SMOKE 1™, on Thursday (April 22).
Copyright © 2021 1SEC Inc. All Rights Reserved.
AIR SMOKE 1™
“These collectible virtual sneakers are inspired by the iconic silhouettes that we’ve all seen before. The rainbow color scheme is a symbol of diversity values, the unreal smoke gushing from the sole, the flowing texture and exuberance are inspired by the hippie movement of the past.”
Copyright © 2021 1SEC Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Stylish Bags and Sneakers Arrive at Camper’s Pop-Up Shop in Isetan Shinjuku
Shoe, boots, and sneaker brand Camper opened a pop-up shop at Isetan Shinjuku on Wednesday which is set to run until April 27. The shop is a collaboration with Japanese textile designer Masaru Suzuki who has provided his iconic designs to a collection of bags and sneakers that you can get your hands on. The shop also has a display designed by Suzuki.
Pop-Up Store Line-Up
HOP STEP LIFE | ¥19,800 (Tax Included)
ANIMAL BISCUIT | ¥22,000 (Tax Included)
CHARM POINT | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
TWINS by MASARU SUZUKI (Women’s) | ¥25,300 (Tax Included)
TWINS by MASARU SUZUKI (Men’s) | ¥25,300 (Tax Included)
TWINS by MASARU SUZUKI (Kid’s) | From ¥12,100 (Tax Included)
Men’s Building – “CAMALEON 1975” Pop-Up Store
Men’s Building Pop-Up Store Original Novelty
This marks Camper’s third long-awaited collaboration with Masaru Suzuki and the first in four years, and this time the series adds shoes to the mix in addition to the popular bags. Suzuki visited Camper’s main office in Majorca, Spain, for detailed discussions on the designs.
Suzuki is set to attend the pop-up event on April 17. Customers who spend over ¥5,500 (tax included) on this day will receive a fabric swatch signed by Suzuki. Additionally, the men’s building of Isetan Shinjuku is also opening its CAMALEON 1975 pop-up shop once again selling shoes made from recycled materials from Camper. Those who spend over ¥14,300 (tax included) at this shop will receive a free eco-friendly bag made from 100% recycled nylon.
ISETAN x CAMPER Pop-Up Store
Running: April 14, 2021 – April 27, 2021
Where: Isetan Shinjuku
ISETAN x CAMPTER/Masaru Suzuku: Main Building Floors 1F & 2F
CAMALEON 1975: Men’s Building Floor B1F
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.camper.com/
KEEN x Murasaki Sports Collaborate on Footwear Release
13.April.2021 | FASHION
Murasaki Sports and outdoor/footwear brand KEEN released a new limited-edition model of KEEN’s NEWPORT H²O shoes, the NEWPORTのH2, on April 10.
KEEN x Murasaki Sports Limited Edition “NEWPORT H2”
The designer for the alternative models is GRINDLODGE garage project who have captured the gorgeous ocean with the sun and trees reflected on the water surface on them. This design is created using the company’s grinder tool which makes each and every pair of shoes unique. The footwear is equipped with KEEN’s Newport H2 technology so they can be worn both in and out of the water.
Murasaki Sports is donating 10% of the proceeds made from these limited-edition models to Umi Sakura to help keep Japan’s oceans clean. Additionally, Umi Sakura, Murasaki Sports, and KEEN will begin rolling out their two-month #ACTIONFORCHANGE campaign this month in the run up to World Oceans Day which begins on June 8, 2021.
Murasaki Sports aims to teach more people engaged in sports such as surfing about importance preserving the environment through this campaign and footwear release. The brand is one supported by the youth of Japan, so the campaign hopes to pass down these messages of sustainability to young people.
KEEN x Murasaki Sports Limited Edition Newport H2
Released: April 10, 2021 (Limited Edition)
Where: Murasaki Sports
Online Store: https://bit.ly/3cJmKAR
#ACTIONFORCHANGE Instagram Campaign
Running: April 5, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Present for Participating: Special tongs that can be used for picking up trash, camping, and more
How to Participate
・Method A: Post a photo of you in action
Take a photo of you that captures making the ocean beautiful and post on Instagram with the hashtag #アクションフォーチェンジ and/or #ACTIONFORCHANGE and tag Umi Sakura @umisakura_official
・Method B: Repost the official campaign posts
Repost the posts on Umi Sakura @umisakura_official, KEEN @keen_japan, and Murasaki Sports’ @murasakisports_official, that have the hashtag #アクションフォーチェンジ on them along with the hashtag #アクションフォーチェンジ and tag Umi Sakura in your post.
*Winners will receive a DM from Umi Sakura’s official Twitter account (@umisakura_official)
Umi Sakura: https://umisakura.com/
New Balance Reunites With Natsume Mito on New Sneaker Collection
09.April.2021 | FASHION
It’s been seven years since New Balance Japan launched its ‘Sneaker and Me’ campaign in collaboration with Japanese model Natsume Mito. The pair have now come together again in promotion of the brand’s new edition of its 996 models, the ‘WL996’ lifestyle models for women, with Mito donning the sneakers in a look-book of outfits coordinated by Mito herself. “Even though the sneakers and their form haven’t changed since I first wore them back then,” she explains, “I really felt that these 996’s lend more room to look good on adults. I also understand why these shoes have been loved for so long. I want to become someone like that too, so I admire the appearance of the 996’s.”
Mito shows off her looks in a short interview with New Balance in the video below.
The 996 models followed the 990’s which released in 1982 as the third in the 99X series. They made their debut in 1988 in the US and have long since been enjoyed not only as running shoes but everyday shoes too. They’re a long seller in New Balance’s books.
Japanese Illustrator Mai Yoneyama Releases Limited-Edition T-Shirts
09.April.2021 | FASHION
To commemorate her exhibition “EGO” exhibition currently taking place at Anicoremix Gallery in Harajuku, Japanese illustrator Mai Yoneyama has released a collection of limited-edition t-shirts in collaboration with the sneaker brand atmos. The exhibition, which is showcasing many of Yoneyama’s works, is running until April 14.
Wear Mai Yoneyama’s iconic pop style wherever you go with these limited-edition tees.
MAI YONEYAMA x Anicoremix Gallery s atmos
Released: April 3, 2021
Exhibition Details: https://monokomono.com/events/mai-yoneyama-ego-2021/
Cute Hatsune Miku Artwork by Esther Kim Releases for MikuWorldCollab
As part of MikuWorldCollab, a project launched to have the internationally-beloved virtual singer collaborated with famous overseas IP’s, popular Korean-American illustrator Esther Kim has teamed up with Crypton Future Media to release a super cute piece of artwork of Miku.
Miku is joined by Esther Bunny, an adorable bunny created by Esther Kim. Kim was born in Los Angeles and spent her teenage years in Tokyo. Her multicultural background has influenced her art which has led to collaborations with popular fashion and cosmetic brands in South Korea, Japan, and elsewhere.
Kim has cute and stylish touches to Miku and Esther Bunny. The illustration will be released on merchandise sometime this year. Another illustration by a designer at Crypton will also be released in the near future.
Hatsune Miku x Esther Kim
Released: Marrch 29, 2021
Hatsune Miku Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfm_miku
adidas Originals Releases ABC Mart Exclusive Models
24.March.2021 | FASHION
adidas Originals released an exclusive model of its Forum Low trainers at ABC Mart in Japan on March 18. The brand teamed up with Kamiyado, a Japanese idol group from Harajuku, to create a concept video in promotion of the trainers. Check it out below.
adidas Originals x Kamiyado Concept Movie
The video features each member wearing completely different styles, but all with a sense of Japanese pop culture to them as you’d expect from a group who formed in the hub of Japanese pop and kawaii culture – Harajuku!
adidas Originals x ABC Mart Limited-Edition Models
FORUM LOW GX2722 10,989円（税込）
FORUM LOW GX0214 | ¥10,989 (Tax Included)
FORUM LOW GX4991 | ¥10,989 (Tax Included)
FORUM LOW GX4992 | ¥10,989 (Tax Included)
FORUM LOW GX4993 | ¥10,989 (Tax Included)
The trainers reimagine the original colours of the Forum Lows for the new season. The shoelaces and mid-soles are decked out with vibrant colours, and the iconic adidas Three Stripes glimmer in glitter.
アディダス オリジナルス「フォーラム ロー」ABC-MART限定モデル
The Japanese streaming service “d Hits® powered by RecoChoku,” which is managed by NTT DOCOMO, has published its ranking for the most streamed artists of February 2021. The list sees YOASOBI coming in at number one.
YOASOBI is a Japanese music duo formed of composer and Vocaloid producer Ayase and singer-songwriter ikura. The band have enjoyed much success since their formation in 2019, making it to No. 1 on Billboard Japan’s song charts as well as streaming charts in Japan. They released their first song Yoru ni Kakeru in November 2019 which blew up on Japanese social media and saw the track hit No. 5 in RecoChoku’s yearly charts for 2020 and subsequently No. 1 in d Hits’ artist charts in January this year. They released their first EP, THE BOOK, on January 6, 2021, which introduced a unique concept of turning novels in songs, effectively creating a ‘CD that you can read.’ The record reached No. 2 on Oricon’s Weekly Album Rankings and Digital Album Rankings. The duo performed their first live stream concert “KEEP OUT THEATER” in February which was viewed by 40,000 people.
YOASOBI’s success continues as the “YOASOBI Artist Playlist” on d Hits clocks in at No. 1 on the streaming site’s most listen-to playlists for the second month in a row – both January and February. The playlist includes their hits Yoru ni Kakeru, Gunjo, and Encore, as well as all tracks from their THE BOOK EP, and their new tracks Kaibutsu and Yasashii Suisei which are used as the opening and ending themes for the anime series BEASTARS. It also includes their set list from their “KEEP OUT THEATER” live stream show.
Additionally, Japanese high school singer Ado’s song Usseewa made it to No. 1 on d Hits’ most streamed songs of February 2021. The track was down at No. 11 in January, making it a huge jump up the list. The song talks about Ado’s feelings towards society and was written when the singer was still in middle school. She appeared on Music Station on January 22 where she was interviewed on the phone and also performed live for the first time. This saw the media has picking up on her in February, which help spread the word about her, leading to her making it to No. 1.
Ado | Comment
“It still doesn’t feel real, but I am over the moon that ‘Usseewa’ has been heard by so many people. I will continue to put my all in as a singer for syudou who made this song for me, for all the Vocaloid producers that have supported me, and to everyone that has listened to the song. I especially want to express thanks from the bottom of my heart to all the singers and everyone in the Vocaloid community who were the reason that I began my career. I’m still a novice, but I will continue working hard.”
Official Website: https://selection.music.dmkt-sp.jp
A BATHING APE® Releases UNKLE/MO WAX “Original Headz” Collection
BAPE will releases its new A BATHING APE® VS UNKLE/MO WAX “Original Headz” collection in Japan as well as via the brand’s US site on March 20.
UNKLE BAPE STA™ | ¥28,000 (Before Tax)
UNKLE X BAPE® TEE | ¥8,000 (Before Tax)
UNKLE POINTMAN LOGO TEE | ¥8,000 (Before Tax)
UNKLE POINTMAN LOGO RELAXED CREWNECK | ¥21,000 (Before Tax)
UNKLE x BAPE® WIDE FULL ZIP HOODIE | ¥34,800 (Before Tax)
UNKLE MWA CAMO MA-1 | ¥49,800 (Before Tax)
UNKLE MWA CAMO M-51 HOODIE JACKET | ¥49,800 (Before Tax)
James Lavelle (UNKLE)
BAPE describes this collection of sneakers, sweatshirts t-shirts, and more as: “Featuring UNKLE original point men, UNKLE sounds (both by Futura 2000 ) and Psyence fiction logos, original headz slogan and M.W.A (MO WAX ARTS ) camo, which was designed in 1999 by Ben Drury and James Lavelle featuring elements by Futura 2000 (who was collaborating with MO WAX and UNKLE, creating artwork and graphics), inspired by the graphic camouflage trend of the time, the M.W.A camo has become a constant theme throughout MO WAX and Unkle’s identity.”
atmos x New Balance Reveal Sneaker Collaboration Collection
Japanese sneaker select shop atmos is releasing new models of the M5740 sneakers in collaboration with New Balance on March 20. The models take inspiration from the beachside.
NEW BALANCE x atmos M5740AT “Beachside” | ¥16,000 (Before Tax)
The sneakers take New Balance’s iconic 574 models which were first released in the 80’s and add a 90’s wave design to create a next generation of models. They are coloured beige as inspiration from the beach with the light blue tones representing the waves of the ocean. The tie-dye section imagines the blue sky fading as the sun sets for the evening.
NEW BALANCE x atmos
Release Date: March 20, 2021
atmos Official Website: https://www.atmos-tokyo.com/
PALLADIUM x SMILEY Drop ‘Be Kind’ Sneaker Collection
Japanese brands PALLADIUM and SMILEY have released their fourth sneaker collection together. For this collaboration, the line-up’s theme is “BE KIND” and focuses on friendship, loving our neighbours, bonds, and laughter.
PAMPA HI BE KIND Black | ¥10,450 (Tax Included)
PAMPA HI BE KIND Yellow S-Rush | ¥10,450 (Tax Included)
PAMPA OX BE KIND | ¥9,350 (Tax Included)
PAMPA OX BE KIND Yellow S-Rushi | ¥9,350 (Tax Included)
The collection aims to promote smiles, happiness, and positivity to people during these dark times. The sneakers arrive in two models: PAMPA HI BE KIND which feature fun smiley faces on the heels, and PAMPA OX BE KIND which has the smiley faces in a wide print on the uppers. As well as these high-cut and low-cut versions, the collection introduces a yellow version of S-Rush models which is available at S-Rush in Harajuku as well as four other branches in Japan and online.