Explore Harajuku Virtually as Virtual Shibuya Announces New Harajuku Area

15.May.2021 | BUSINESS / SPOT

Virtual Shibuya has announced that its new Harajuku area will open on May 25, 2021. The virtual experience is hosted on Cluster, a virtual social media platform.

 

Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project launched the “Virtual Shibuya” back in May of last year in collaboration with KDDI, Shibuya Future Design, and the Shibuya Tourism Association. Officially recognised by Shibuya City, Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It enables people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities. The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology connects the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.

 

Virtual Harajuku is the second area to open in the service and brings together the iconic locations surrounding Jingumae Crossing such as Laforet Harajuku and Tokyu Plaza. As part of the new area’s launch, Japanese pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has been announced as a Special Supporter of the service. The singer and model made her debut on the streets of Harajuku with her unique fashion. Ten years since her debut, she will continue promoting Harajuku from the service.

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  • Tokyo City View at Roppongi Hills Welcoming Guests for Rainy Season Fun

    17.June.2022 | SPOT

    During late spring and early summer, Japan enters the rainy season. From mid-June until early July, Tokyo City View, the indoor observatory at Roppongi Hills, will be giving people a way to enjoy this dreary time. From photo spots to afternoon tea and cute menu items at the on-site restaurant and cafe, this is one of the best places to spend time in Tokyo. 

     

    Photo Spot Transforms Rainy Weather into Sunny Weather

     

    Starting June 13, three photo spots featuring colorful umbrellas will appear around Tokyo City View. Even if it’s pouring rain outside, it’s always sunny under these pop-art umbrellas! Take some shots 250 meters above the streets of the city and post them on social media!

    Normally, Tokyo City View ticket holders can enter the Sky Deck rooftop deck for an additional ¥500. For a limited time, a special set ticket including Sky Deck will be available at the on-site ticket counter! On rare sunny days during the rainy season, guests can enjoy the open-air Sky Deck, a perfect place to refresh and unwind.

     

    Running: June 13 – July 4, 2022

    Admission: ¥2,000 (General Admission, Weekdays) 

    Details: https://tcv.roppongihills.com/jp/news/2022/06/5723/

    *Certain areas of the indoor observatory will be closed during this period. 

     

    Spend a Rainy Day at THE SUN & THE MOON Cafe & Restaurant

    NY Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce: ¥1,280 (Tax Included)

    Banana Split: ¥1,150 (Tax Included)

     

    THE SUN & THE MOON Cafe and Restaurant is attached to Tokyo City View. At the cafe section, guests will be able to order some cute new items from the dessert menu to sweep away the rainy day blues. 

    The restaurant section offers a spectacular city view and is filled with greenery, intending to make guests feel like they’re in a forest in the sky. On a rainy day, you may feel like you’re in the rainforest! Come enjoy a cup of tea and gaze out at the city.

    The Roppongi Hills Observation Deck regularly hosts the Roppongi Astronomy Club. On July 7, the Tanabata Special Viewing Event will invite guests to enjoy a sparkling night view of Tokyo and the stars above. On July 15, a special Moonrise Viewing will be held, where visitors can watch the moon rise from the direction of Tokyo Skytree.

     

    How would you like to spend a rainy day in this spectacular Tokyo landmark? 

  • Ueno’s National Museum of Western Art Celebrates Reopening with Live Commentary for ‘In Dialogue with Nature’ Exhibit

    16.June.2022 | SPOT

    The National Museum of Western Art, located in Ueno Park, reopened in April 2022 after being closed for renovations for 18 months. The first special exhibition post-reopening will feature Van Gogh’s works in Japan for the first time, along with paintings depicting modern nature from both the National Museum of Western Art and the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany.

     

    To commemorate the post-renovation reopening of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, this exhibition traces the development of modern art born out of the dialogue between nature and humankind.

     

    The event was realized in collaboration with the Museum Folkwang, and both institutions were founded on private collections: that of Karl Ernst Osthaus (1874–1921) in Germany and Matsukata Kojiro (1866–1950) in Japan.

     

    The exhibition will feature over 100 paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs from both museums, spanning from German Romanticism to the art of the twentieth century, ranging from Impressionism to Post-Impressionism. 


    Guests can enjoy all aspects of the infinite expanse of nature as shown in both collections, from the smallest roadside flowers to the vast universe and all humanity contained within. Would you like to come and experience this unique exhibition?

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Famed Nagoya Tea Shop Myokoen

    15.June.2022 | FOOD / MUSIC

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu inspired music lovers around the world in April when she performed at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals on Earth. The second half of the singer’s 10th anniversary nationwide tour 31-show has begun, gaining even more momentum following the announcement of a solo concert at Nippon 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. As with past concert locations, a new collaboration has been announced ahead of Kyary’s June 19 performance in Aichi Prefecture. 

    Since its opening in 1916, Myokoen has been providing high-quality tea leaves to tea lovers around Japan. The store is known for its hojicha, or roasted green tea, which is made by roasting the leaves over a gentle flame. With a particular focus on aroma, taste, and color, this secret blend of tea leaves is selected by tea masters from all over the country. 

     

    Kyary’s collaboration with Myokoen draws inspiration from the singer’s 6th single Invader Invader (2013), in which a fashionable alien played by Kyary seeks to take over the world. The tea shop’s logo has been transformed with a bit of pop flare.

    Myokoen (Aichi Prefecture) x LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project ‘Invader Hojicha’: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)


    The special product released for the new collaboration is the Myokoen and LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Invader Hojicha. The recipe for the tea has remained unchanged for over six decades and this blend focuses on the golden color of fresh green tea after it has been roasted. This release features new packaging, and those interested can purchase a package at all Myokoen shops and on the company’s online store. Limited quantities will also be sold at the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater’s Main Hall starting at 2:00 on June 19, 2022.

    Myokoen (Aichi Prefecture) x LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project T-shirt: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)

     

    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!

  • GELATO PIQUE HOMME Limited Concept Store Opens at Hankyu Men’s Tokyo for Father’s Day

    15.June.2022 | FASHION

    Men’s roomwear brand GELATO PIQUE HOMME will open a limited-time concept store at Hankyu Men’s Tokyo from June 15 until June 21, 2022. 

     

    The store will offer a wide variety of items, including light and comfortable loungewear perfect for summer and unisex items perfect for partners. In addition, GELATO PIQUE x BE@RBRICK collaboration items will also be available for purchase. 

     

    Popular around the world, Medicom’s BE@RBRICK figure can now be purchased in full Gelato Pique loungewear, with customers able to choose between 400% and 1,000% sizes. Shoes are also available for each figure.

     

    The summer collection includes soft and lightweight items perfect for the heat, including sweatshirts, long pants, and ultra-thin shirts.

     

    Hand soap and face wash will also be available. Gelato Pique Homme’s original citrus mint blend is made with bergamot and patchouli essential oils sourced from France.

     

    Come pick up some of these items, perfect for Father’s Day!

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #1: IDOLATER Welcomes Two New Members

    10.June.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    KAWAII LAB. is a project spearheaded by ASOBISYSTEM with the aim of introducing the world to popular Japanese idol culture. The idol group IDOLATER was born from this idea, and in April, the girls welcomed two new members, transforming it into a fresh new 5-member group. Announced at the group’s solo concert ‘New IDOLATER’ on April 24, Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki joined the lineup consisting of Ayu Okuda, Kurumi Tsukishiro, and Yukino Fushiki.

     

    A typical idol group is peppy and filled with energy, but IDOLATER is doing things a little differently. What is their appeal? How do they want to shake things up? 

     

    A Group Formed by Finalists from ASOBISYSTEM’s First National Audition

    IDOLATER debuted in April 2019. In the spring of 2018, ASOBISYSTEM, the management company behind Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and a number of other popular talents, announced its first large-scale nationwide audition, ASOBISYSTEM THE AUDITION 2018. IDOLATER’s history began with five audition finalists–Fushiki, Okuda, Tsukishiro, and two others. The catchphrase for the audition was fitting for the group: “Seeking the next generation of talents to shape Japanese pop culture and share it with the world.”

     

    IDOLATER Welcomes Solo Singer Ririka Satsuki & Model Fuuka Oishi

    Following the departure of two members and intense restrictions imposed on the group’s activities due to the pandemic, IDOLATER continued to operate with only three members. Although they didn’t manage to get a ton of media coverage or appeal in large-scale events, the group continued to pull in new fans and gain recognition in the idol community. After a while, Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki joined the group, giving a much-needed boost to IDOLATER’s activities and energy.

     

    Ririka Satsuki is a solo artist based in Fukuoka with an incredible husky voice. Fuuka Oishi has previously worked as a model and is popular with creators for her sweet yet listless atmosphere. Despite their incredible confidence, this is the first time either has worked as an idol!

     

    IDOLATER and the Concept of ‘Idols’ 

    The word ‘idol’ can conjure plenty of images to mind, but what does the word mean to the members of IDOLATER?

     

    The group’s music blends together elements of city pop, future funk, and house, while still keeping true to traditional J-pop roots. The familiarity of their music makes it easy to approach, and Yukino Fushiki’s powerful voice alongside Ririka Satsuki’s melodies shower fans with some of the best vocals in the idol world. 

     

    The group’s choreography is provided by YU-KA, formerly of TEMPURA KIDZ. Her experience as both a dancer and an idol makes her an asset, and her refreshing moves are a highlight of each IDOLATER show.

     

    A former pattern maker for a Japanese fashion brand designed the group’s costumes. 

     

    If this sounds like the idol group for you, come and check out an IDOLATER event to see the girl’s incredible appeal for yourself.

     

    On June 19, IDOLATER will hold their second regular performance, ‘Camel,’ at Ebisu CreATO. (The title of the show was chosen because it sounded fun, not for any other specific reason.)

     

    Stay tuned for the next report, where we’ll delve a little deeper into the life of each member of IDOLATER!

  • Experience Japanese Culture from Anywhere with Kanda Myojin Shrine’s Virtual Space

    09.June.2022 | SPOT

    Kanda Myojin Shrine dates back over 1,270 years, making it one of the most well-known religious sites in Tokyo. Dai Nippon Printing is now making it possible for interested visitors to experience the site from anywhere in the world, unveiling the Kanda Myojin CG Space this week. Developed with approval from the shrine, the virtual space faithfully reproduces the structure and design of the location using 3D laser measurement technology and CG techniques developed by DNP over many years. The space will be open online to all audiences.

     

    A portion of the work from the Masayuki Kojo 10th Anniversary Exhibition currently behind held on-site at Kanda Myojin from June 4 until July 10 will also be available to view in the CG space. The space will also be linked to ‘Virtual Akihabara,’ developed by DNP in conjunction with the AKIBA Tourism Council. Using XR (Extended Reality), the company hopes to develop a wide variety of new communication styles.

     

    The Kanda Myojin CG Space was created by using DNP’s laser measurement technology to recreate three-dimensional objects. By using high-definition photography and photogrammetry technology, images of objects are taken from many angles, creating a realistic 3DCG space to explore. The structure of the shrine, which was rebuilt in 1934 after being damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquake, has been faithfully reproduced in every way.

    In conjunction with events held at the Kanda Myojin Museum, the Kanda Myojin CG Space will make the history of Kanda Myojin and its collection of materials, including rare ukiyo-e prints, available online for anyone to access. Through these exhibits, people both in Japan and abroad can experience Edo culture through their web browsers!

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Nara’s Kakinohasushi Hompo Tanaka for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project

    09.June.2022 | FOOD / MUSIC / SPOT

    In April, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu made a big splash around the world when she performed at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States. 

     

    The second half of the singer’s 10th anniversary nationwide tour 31-show has begun, gaining even more momentum following the announcement of a solo concert at Nippon 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. As with past concert locations, a new collaboration has been announced following Kyary’s June 5 performance in Nara.


    During the late Meiji period, persimmon leaf-wrapped sushi became a local delicacy during the summer months in Nara after the delicacies began popping up at a shopping district near JR Gojo Station. In 1973, Kakinohasushi Hompo Tanaka officially opened its doors, selling this delicacy for dine-in or carry-out. Kyary has collaborated with this famous local treat, transforming the shop’s logo into a new version inspired by the singer’s 2014 song Kira Kira Killer. The jacket art originally featured Kyary with a collection of bizarre hairstyles, but these have been turned into persimmon leaves for the collab.

    During the collaboration period, fans were able to buy specially-branded packages of Kirakira Persimmon Leaf-wrapped Sushi. While the leaves themselves aren’t edible, they act to preserve the sushi for days without refrigeration. This version contains mackerel and vinegar-soaked rice. The sushi was sold in limited quantities at Nara Centennial Hall, the venue of Kyary’s June 5 concert.

    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 June 3. Support Japanese businesses and pick one up while you can!

  • TOOTH TOOTH TOKYO in Ebisu Releases New Evening Parfait for Adults

    07.June.2022 | FOOD / SPOT

    TOOTH TOOTH TOKYO, a French bistro located in Ebisu, will offer three unique parfaits perfect for adult palates starting June 1, 2022 for a limited time.

     

    These three sweet treats are perfect for an after-meal snack or a reward for a hard day’s work. As delicious as they may be, they’re also delightful to look at, each made with care and filled with seasonal fruits. An evening at TOOTH TOOTH TOKYO will be a luxurious and colorful experience this summer.

    White Peach Fromage Parfait with Honey Tuile: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
    The melt-in-your-mouth parfait includes sweet peach covered with Earl Grey tea leaves, homemade apricot pound cake, lemon mousse, and a crispy honey tuile for a touch of luxury.

    Parfait Exotica ~Mango Quenelle and Coconut Blancmange & Pistachio: ¥1,900 (Tax Included)
    This mango treat with a dollop of coconut blancmange is made extra delicious with a pairing of pistachio ice cream. Dried pineapple and lotus flowers garnish this mature summer dessert. Enjoy the rum-soaked dried fruits!

    Caramelized Figs & Red Wine Spiced Chocolat: ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
    Juicy caramelized figs doused with spiced sangria make up the heart of this dish. The Belgian chocolate ice cream is served with a light cheese tuile, an accent with just the right amount of texture and saltiness.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Osaka’s Tsutenkaku Tower for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project

    03.June.2022 | MUSIC / SPOT

    In conjunction with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s current 10th anniversary nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. At each stop, Kyary collaborates with a local company or landmark to help bring more attention to smaller regions and businesses. The details of the artist’s collaboration project in Osaka have been revealed ahead of the artist’s performance there on June 4. 

    Kyary will be collaborating with the Tsutenkaku Tower, a symbol of Osaka that has stood tall in the Shinsekai district of Naniwa-ku since 1956. The special collaboration logo was inspired by Kyary’s 2021 dance track Dodonpa, which was recently performed during the artist’s incredibly successful set at Coachella 2022.

    Tsutenkaku has been appearing in the news often during 2022 following the installation of the Tower Slider, a see-through slide taking guests from 60 meters up to ground level as they marvel at the city views.

     

     

     

    The collaboration product is a special Tsutenkaku and LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project ticket featuring the new logo. The back of each ticket is printed with the phrase “From Osaka, let’s energize Japan!’ written in Kyary’s own handwriting. Collaboration tickets will be available for purchase from June 4 until June 19 at the Tsutenkaku Ticket Counter and Tsutenkaku Online Shop. Limited quantities will also be available at Fenice Sacay, the venue of Kyary’s Osaka concert on June 4. 

     

    A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new Tsutenkaku logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. It will be available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project online store from June 4 until July 17. 

     

    Come transmit energy to all of Japan while enjoying a trip to Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka as part of Kyary’s incredible initiative!

  • From Harajuku to the world! Chasing the bright future of a rising star, FRUITS ZIPPER

    03.June.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER is a group quickly rising to stardom, debuted from “KAWAII LAB.” KAWAII LAB is a new project to introduce Japanese idol culture from “Harajuku”, a fashion town where various cultures and personalities gather, to the world. Members of the group include Amane Tsukihashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Runa Nakagawa, Manaka Mana, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.

    Even before their debut, the group garnered attention for their breathtaking visuals. Their performances are so powerful, you would never expect such refined skill from such an adorable aesthetic, which is known to captivate the hearts of their fans. The group is produced by Misa Kimura, a model and TV personality who is also the general producer of “KAWAII LAB. She will utilize her experience and creativity as the leader of the idol group “Musubizm” to introduce idol culture to the world.

     

    Expressing FRUITS ZIPPER’s world through collaborations with creators

    Furthermore, even before their debut, the group drew a lot of attention because of their collaborations with many different renowned creators. Among the collaborations includes the artist photos created by video director/art director/3DCG artist YUKARI. She uses a cutting-edge trend of CG-moving techniques, in addition to still-images. The mysterious colors of bright light that embraces the girls are definitely eye-catching.

     

    Catchy and cute choreography of FRUITS ZIPPER

     

    @fruits_zipper ハートハート #わたしの一番かわいいところ ♬ わたしの一番かわいいところ – FRUITS ZIPPER

    Followed by the debut song “Kimino Akaruimiraiwo Oikakete,” a song with a positive message for the future, “Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro,” with its cute choreography and lyrics, won the hearts of people and was selected as one of the “TikTok Hot Songs in Japan” and charted on the Billboard. More than 13,000 videos using ”Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro” have been posted on TikTok with the hashtag “#わたしの一番かわいいところ (Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro).” The long-awaited third single “Kanpeki Syugide☆”, which was released on May 20, is an energetic tune created by music producer Manaka Suzuki.

     

    Performances that reach into people’s hearts and minds

    A pop-culture event presented by Asobisystem “ASOBE!!,” was held at Spotify O-EAST on May 26th. In addition to FRUITS ZIPPER, fellow Asobisystem members Atarashii Gakko! and IDOLATER, who is also a member of “KAWAII LAB.”, performed at the event. Many other remarkable idol groups also took part in the event, enlivening the venue.
    Alongside their regular performances, they are scheduled to participate in a number of events, including the “LEADING PALETTE! and “HYPE IDOL! vol. 20” at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall both June 12th. Make sure to come and see their live performance, it’s sure to steal your heart!

     

    Additionally, KAWAII LAB. will be serialized on “Moshi Moshi Nippon,” a website that provides the latest news of Japan to the world. The articles will be published in hopes of sharing the charm of IDOLATER and FRUITS ZIPPER with people not only in Japan, but also around the world. Details will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more from KAWAII LAB.!

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Visits Iwashita New Ginger Museum in Tochigi Prefecture

    02.June.2022 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Iwashita Foods, a staple in Tochigi Prefecture for over 123 years, has teamed up with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project! The project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities, and the singer is teaming up with the company known widely throughout the region for its ginger. Along with a selection of collaboration goods, a meet-and-greet will be held at the Iwashita New Ginger Museum in Tochigi City! Guests will be able to meet the popular mascot character Iwashika-chan in a new Kyary-inspired outfit. 


    The LOCAL POWER JAPAN PROJECT aims to bring attention and support to local industries and to inspire more tourism to rural areas that were hit hard by the pandemic. Kyary hopes to enliven local communities by collaborating with companies that have roots in the rural locations she is visiting on her current national tour. 

     

    On January 16, 2022, Kyary embarked on the largest tour of her career, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE.’ The 30 stops on the new tour include many that Kyary has not visited before, and were chosen based on the singer’s desire to perform for fans who may not typically be able to attend one of her shows.

     

    The collaboration logos created for the project were inspired by Kyary’s past releases while also keeping the spirit of the original company intact. T-shirts featuring these collaborative logos are available for a limited time, and a portion of the proceeds are given back to fund local development and social programs.

    On May 21, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu stopped by the Iwashita Fresh Ginger Museum on the way to her Tochigi concert. The singer was given a tour of the facility by Iwashita Foods president Kazunori Iwashita. A video of Kyary’s visit to the museum will be posted to YouTube soon!

     

    The mascot character of Iwashita New Ginger, Iwashika-chan, appeared at Kyary’s Tochigi concert held at Tochigi Prefectural Cultural Center in Utsunomiya on May 21, 2022. The adorable deer danced along with Kyary as Tsukematsukeru played to huge fanfare. 

     

    Iwashita New Ginger goods inspired by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu are now on sale at the Iwashita New Ginger Museum and the Iwashita New Ginger Online Shop until June 20. There are limited quantities of T-shirts and other merchandise not available anywhere else, so don’t miss out!

     

    The Iwashita New Ginger Museum holds meet-and-greets with its mascot character Iwashika-chan every Saturday and Sunday, as well as on holidays. Typically, the deer appears in seasonal outfits, but during a few appearances in June, she’ll appear in a special Kyary-inspired costume!

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Kochi Prefecture’s Katsurahama Aquarium for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project

    01.June.2022 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu concluded her tour stop in Kochi on May 29, and as expected, the singer has announced another collaboration with a local business as part of the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project! Launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities, the project has received both domestic and global attention. 

    In Kochi Prefecture, Kyary is collaborating with the Katsurahama Aquarium! Located on the water at Kochi’s famous Katsurahama Beach park, the location is filled with Kochi flare and remains a valuable and beloved place to local residents. The building has long been popular as a museum and has been both a tourist attraction and a local hangout for decades. Known affectionately by locals as ‘Hamasui,’ the 99-year-old structure has often been a hot topic for its unique advertising strategy, with Hamasui Twitter posts going viral and making their way to late-night TV programs.

     

    For the collaboration, the aquarium’s cute creepy-crawly mascot Otodo-chan has been transformed as an homage to Kyary’s music video for PONPONPON released in 2011. 

    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 27!

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