Season two of Astro Connect’s Online Planetarium series began on Friday. The project, which has streamed every Friday since April 2020, is a chance for people to connect with the stars and space.
The project began as a means of entertainment for people who have been in lockdown and unable to go outside due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our time indoors has increased, and so Online Planetarium serves as a way for people to have fun while begin able to travel. The stream, which is in Japanese, focuses on talking about space and stars.
Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 Spring: A Line-Up Of Asian Music Artists
Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 Spring ~WORLD TRAVEL – ASIA~ is set to take place online via CANAL’s official YouTube channel on April 24. The event comes in response to the cancellation of the in-person event due to fears of COVID-19 transmission.
“World Travel” is the theme of Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 with a different region to be chosen each season, allowing for music lovers and concertgoers to enjoy a little bit of something from abroad. The theme for spring is Asian music which focuses on music from around Asia – except Japan. Viewers can tune in to see everything from Indian dancing to classical Chinese opera, Chinese erhu performance, and more. Performances will still take place at Tennozu Canal in Tokyo but will be live streamed.
14:00～14:30 coco ayumi & Ethno-Exotica Vaudeville (Indian dance)
15:00～15:30 Kanae Nozawa (Erhu)
16:00～16:30 Shinchou Gekiin (Classical Chinese opera)
17:00～17:30 HamojiN (Acapella)
18:00～18:30 Tsukiko Nakamura (Piano and hand mic)
18:40～19:10 Tsuzu King (Solo singing)
The final livestreaming of Online Planetarium Announced
13.April.2021 | MOVIE
Astro Connect, the space and astronomical project organizer, has been organised the project called Online Planetarium with ABLab, the astronomical online salon, to livestream the sky where you can observe the stars every Friday night since April 16, 2020. The final livestream will take place on April 16, 2021, which marks the first anniversary of project launching. The renewal of project will begin after April as Season 2.
We used to visit the Planetarium to explore and experience the universe with expert commentary until before the pandemic began. This time, they will deliver it to your home. You can observe the universe while listening to the interaction between a presenter and a commentator live. Also, the viewers can send questions directly to the presenter during the livestream to experience the new communication style of planetarium.
Why don’t you spend a luxurious time at home while watching the starry sky over the online planetarium?
VTuber Group Holostars Launch First Official Show On YouTube
04.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
VTuber group Holostars’ first official program on YouTube will launch on March 4 at 7pm (JST).
The program will treat fans to a whole new side of the members, the likes of which they’ve never seen. The official name and further details of the program will be announced on the first broadcast on March 4 on Holostars’ YouTube channel.
Holostarts Official Youtube Program
First broadcast date: March 4, 2021 at 7pm (JST)
Cast: Miyabi Hanasaki, Izuru Kanade, Rikka, Arurandeisu
Hololive Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFZiqLMntJufDCHc6bQixg/
Holostars Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWsfcksUUpoEvhia0_ut0bA
Official Website: https://www.hololive.tv/holostars
VTuber Group Nijisanji Release Two Songs Simultaneously to Celebrate 3rd Anniversary
The VTuber group Nijisanji are celebrating three years since their debut with the release of two new ones: PALETTE 001 – Wonder NeverLand and PALETTE 002 – Nijiiro no Puddle, both of which hit music streaming and download services on February 25, 2021.
PALETTE 001 – Wonder NeverLand
PALETTE 002 – Nijiiro no Puddle
The first new song, PALETTE 001 – Wonder NeverLand, was produced by kz (livetune) who also wrote the song Virtual to LIVE for Nijisanji’s 1st anniversary. It was recorded live in a studio with wind and string instruments and features singing from 12 streamers.
The second new song, PALETTE 002 – Nijiiro no Puddle, is performed by the internationally-beloved Japanese rock band FLOW. It’s a song about enjoying the here and now to the fullest, and also includes the voices of 12 streamers. This also marks the group’s first collaboration with FLOW, a band who is set to perform at Nijisanji Anniversary Festival 2021 on February 26, 2021.
Nijisanji Anniversary Festival 2021 Zenyasai feat. FLOW
You can follow Nijisanji’s 3rd anniversary celebrations on social media with the hashtag #nijisanji_palette.
VTuber Nijisanji 3rd Anniversary Project “PALETTE”
Simultaneous Song Release: February 25, 2021
PALETTE 001 – Wonder NeverLand: https://nex-tone.link/96905
PALETTE 002 – Nijiiro no Puddle: https://nex-tone.link/96907
Project PALETTE Details: https://music.nijisanji.jp/palette
Nijisanji Anniversary Festival 2021 Zenyasai feat.FLOW
Stream Date: February 26, 2021
Stream Time: 17:30-19:30 (JST)
Event Details: https://anniversaryfes.nijisanji.jp/eve-festival/
Buy Tickets: https://secure.live.nicovideo.jp/product/5952
Ticket Window: Available now until March 31, 2021 @ 23:59 (JST
Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido Feature in Swarovski’s Christmas Campaign
29.November.2020 | FASHION
Swarovski Japan is launching a Christmas campaign this year in collaboration with Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido’s YouTube channel “NO GOOD TV” and fashion magazine ELLE Japon.
Swarovski is an Austrian glass producer founded in 1895 that’s celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The company’s Swarovski Crystal Business is known for its craftsmanship and innovation, providing crystal glass, jewellery, and accessories to the people of the world since its inception.
As part of Swarovski Japan’s Christmas campaign, it is teaming up with Japanese musicians Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido. This is the first time the company has used male celebrities in its promotions in Japan. Together with the global women’s fashion magazine ELLE Japon, the campaign will promote Swarovski products in the run up to Christmas. A six-page feature will be included in January 2021 issue of ELLE Japon of the two musicians promoting Swarovski’s jewellery, watches, and more.
Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido posted a 14-minute video on their YouTube channel (“NO GOOD TV – Vol. 21”) with behind-the-scenes footage of their ELLE Japon photo shoot as well as other news related to the collaboration with Swarovski.
Exclusive photos of Akanishi and Nishikido which weren’t feature in either the magazine or on YouTube were also officially released on Swarovski’s official LINE account.
Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido Christmas Campaign Collaboration
Official Website: http://swarovs.ki/vl~D
AnimeLog YouTube Channel Launches Overseas With Free Anime Streams
19.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Analyzelog launched an international version of AnimeLog on November 13 which is offers free distribution of officially licensed anime content. It currently has six anime series in the pipeline including Jungle Emperor Leo (1989), Aware! Meisaku-kun, Fantastic Children, Konnichiwa Anne Before Green Gables, The World of Golden Eggs, and Hungry Heart: Wild Striker.
The Japanese version of AnimeLog launched on August 7, 2020 and as of November 17 has 296k subscribers. The channel features licensing agreements with some of Japan’s top anime companies such as Toei Animation, Nippon Animation, and Shin-Ei Animation, and more.
Over the next year, AnimeLog plans to release over 100 titles for anime fans around the world to enjoy. Be sure to subscribe to the channel below.
©NIPPON ANIMATION CO., LTD.“Before Green Gables” ™AGGLA
©Yoichi Takahashi/Nippon Animation
©TAKASHI NAKAMURA/NIPPON ANIMATION CO.,LTD.・FC PROJECT
©Dai Yoshihiko 2020
Confirmed Titles: Jungle Emperor Leo (1989), Aware! Meisaku-kun, Fantastic Children, Konnichiwa Anne Before Green Gables, The World of Golden Eggs, and Hungry Heart: Wild Striker
AnimeLog Global: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgEoMXWqA1cQuJxRhvJXKhQ
DEAN FUJIOKA Announces Four Weeks Of YouTube Premiere Concert Footage
06.August.2020 | MUSIC
DEAN FUJIOKA has announced that over the next 4 weeks he will premiere his live performance of My Dimension held at Osaka-jo Hall back in 2016 over on his official YouTube channel starting on August 6, 2020 at 20:00 (JST).
DEAN FUJIOKA wrote My Dimension back in 2008, a song that would go on to be released for the first time in 2013 when it was used as the main theme for the Japanese film I Am Ichihashi: Journal of a Murderer which DEAN FUJIOKA also directed and starred in.
The live performance footage to be premiered is taken from the artist’s concert DEAN FUJIOKA Special Live “InterCycle 2016”.
DEAN FUJIOKA “My Dimension” Live from InterCycle 2016
DEAN FUJIOKA will premiere more live performances over the next four weeks on his YouTube channel.
The singer-songwriter is re-releasing My Dimension under the song title Neo Dimension on August 19 which breathes new life into the 12 year-old song with new lyrics.
Tanabata and Milky Way Inspired Food and Drink Arrives at PLANETARIA TOKYO
KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO, a twin-dome planetarium in Tokyo’s Yurakucho district, introduced a new menu at its Cafe Planetaria on July 1, 2020.
A cafe where you can taste the stars
Cafe Planetaria’s concept is that customers happened upon it during a trip through the galaxy. It is the only cafe in space—one where you can delight in cocktails that shine bright like a nebula, or tuck into finger food that’s like fragments of planets.
The new menu hopes to serve customers a day they won’t forget after they have gaze upon the starry night sky.
How best to enjoy Cafe Planetaria
Cafe Planetaria’s menu can be enjoyed at DOME 1 inside the planetarium so you can enjoy cocktails and food while watching the starlit show. It’s open to those who aren’t using the planetarium too, so if you’re looking for a quick stop-off on your time through the galaxy and don’t have time for stargazing you can enjoy the galactic delights too.
Nebula Soft Serve Ice Cream: ¥550 (Tax Included)
This purple soft serve ice cream is inspired by nebula imagery.
Moon Parfait: ¥770 (Tax Included)
A colourful parfait topped with the moon and sweet-tasting planets.
Mercury (Cocktail): ¥880 (Tax Included)
Part of the planetary cocktail series.
Observe “Tokyo’s Milky Way”
PLANETARIA TOKYO has brought back its planetarium work Tokyo no Amanogawa o Wasurenai (Never Forget Tokyo’s Milky Way). The show makes use of works left behind by Japanese novelist Kenji Miyazawa, poets Chūya Nakahara and Yumeji Takehisa, and others, to bring viewers back to a time when you used to be able to see the Milky Way in the city of Tokyo. When the city lights switch off for the night, the former Milky Way will shine its radiant brilliance. Viewers will be able to see the same sight that so many artists and writers saw when creating works about Tokyo’s starry sky.
Make a wish upon a falling star
A popular service at PLANETARIA TOKYO that is also free is getting to see falling stars in real time with a system set up by Meteor Broadcaster. They are shown across a giant 12m long screen. On the Gregorian calendar, Tanabata is celebrated on July 7, but on the old Japanese lunisolar calendar it will fall on August 25 this year. If you’re in Tokyo around that time, why not visit the planetarium and make a wish?
Online shop to enjoy the Milky Way at home
Gallery Planetaria is a concept shop in PLANETARIA TOKYO whose concept is based around being a secret shop hidden away somewhere in the galaxy. Their online shop is selling plenty of fun items that you can only get on this side of the galaxy. The service is available in Japan only, but check out their website to see what they’ve got in stock.
Gallery Planetaria Online Shop
Starry Sky Guide: Summer – At Home Version (Narrated by Yoshimasa Hosoya)
PLANETARIA TOKYO has posted an at-home version of their summertime starry sky guide which was shown at the venue. It’s narrated by Japanese voice actor and narrator Yoshimasa Hosoya and features a 360° VR experience. Check it out here.
KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO
Address: Yurakucho Marion 9F, 2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:30-22:00 (Reception closes 21:00)
*No Fixed Holidays
*Open until 22:30 (reception closes 21:30) on weekends and public holidays
Official Website: https://planetarium.konicaminolta.jp/planetariatokyo/
2D Virtual YouTuber Group NIJISANJI Launches Official English YouTube Channel
23.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME
An official English-subtitled YouTube channel was launched for the popular 2D virtual YouTuber network NIJISANJI on June 22 to the excitement of international fans. The official name is “NIJISANJI EN.”
What is NIJISANJI?
NIJISANJI is a group of 2D virtual YouTubers known as “Virtual Livers.” The project delivers next generation entertainment with events held for the VTubers, official merchandise and digital content sold, music produced, and more. As of June 2020 there are around 100 virtual members, each with their own unique personalities, who post on video streaming platforms like YouTube.
NIJISANJI started in Japan and has since expanded to audiences in China, Indonesia, South Korea, and now English speaking countries.
An official English Twitter account called NIJISANJI World opened at the end of January this year. With the opening of the official English YouTube channel, NIJISANJI’s popularity is set to grow even more and will help to spread the word of Virtual YouTubers, or “VTubers.”
NIJISANJI World English Twitter: https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_World
NIJISANJI English Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-JSeFfovhNsEhftt1WHMvg
Magical Angel Creamy Mami Launches Her Own YouTube Channel
07.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Creamy Mami from the popular anime series Creamy Mami, the Magical Angel now has her very own YouTube channel where she appears as a 3D CG character.
What is “Creamy Mami, the Magical Angel”?
It’s a magical girl anime series by Pierrot (Naruto, Bleach, Tokyo Ghoul) which aired from 1983 to 1984. It follows the titular character Mami, a ten-year-old girl who after seeing a spaceship is granted magical powers with which she transforms into the magical girl and idol Creamy Mami.
Mami’s new YouTube channel has numerous “Creamy Exercise” videos to get people moving during the lockdown. Videos feature the anime’s opening and ending songs and more.
Creamy Exercise (Beginners) – Delicate ni Suki Shite
Creamy Exercise (Intermediate) – Love Sarigenaku
There’s also a morning exercise routine you can do in your PJ’s after waking up.
Creamy Exercise – In Your PJ’s
The Creamy Exercise videos were co-produced by Pierrot and East Field. Mami is voiced by her original voice actress Takako Ota which is sure to bring a wave of nostalgia to fans. The videos were also worked on by Fusanobu Fujiyama who was the sound director of the original show.
Stay fit while at home during the lockdown with Creamy Mami!
Creamy Mami Official YouTube Channel:
Sony & JYP Entertainment’s ‘Nizi Project’ to be Streamed on YouTube
03.March.2020 | MUSIC
Nizi Project, an audition programme co-produced by Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Labels, and JYP Entertainment (JYP), is set for global release on March 6, 2020 at 19:00 (JST) when it will drop on YouTube.
Nizi Project was first announced by J.Y. Park at a press conference in February 2019. It is based on “GROBALIZATION BY LOCALIZATION,” one of the themes of J.Y. Park’s business vision JYP 2,0. The show aims to discover new talent for a girl group, train theme, and have them head out into the world.
Global auditions were held for Nizi Project from July to August last year in 10 places around the world including Japan, Hawaii, and LA. In September of the same year, 26 entrants were chosen from over 10,000. The chosen members gathered in Tokyo for a training camp that lasted 4 nights and 5 days. Nizi Project follows this training camp, covering the process the 26 short-listed applicants were put through. The show is available to watch on Hulu, but it’s heading to YouTube next month.
A compilation of the first four episodes will air on Hulu Kessaku Theatre in Japan on March 7, 2020 at 1:30 A.M.
Catch Nizi Project on YouTube on March 6, 2020 and see the forming of this international girl’s group.
Nizi Project YouTube Schedule
Date: March 6, 2020 (First 2 episodes)
Time: 19:00 (JST)
*Subsequent episodes to be shown every Friday at 19:00 (JST)
Nizi Project Official Website: https://niziproject.com/
Witness Tokyo’s Breathtaking Milky Way Through The Eyes of History’s Famous Artists and Authors
12.February.2020 | SPOT
Have you ever wanted to see the Milky Way from Tokyo? The KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO located in YURAKUCHO MULLION launched a new planetarium experience called TOKYO MILKY WAY (東京の天の川を忘れない) on January 31, 2020. The program explores beautiful and nostalgic views of the Milky Way weaved with the famous works of three poets and artists who lived from the Meiji era to the Taishō era.
Kenji Miyazawa, Chūya Nakahara and Yumeji Takehisa contributed greatly to Japan’s rich cultural history. During their time, they were able to witness the overwhelming beauty of the Milky Way with just the naked eye. To express the Milky Way’s captivating beauty and mysterious charm, they spent their days writing novels and poems and painting. Their works are still highly admired to this day. The planetarium art experience aims to trigger nostalgia for the beautiful starry sky that has been covered up by light pollution for more than half a century. When the lights in the street are turned off, the dome glows with the beauty of the milky way.
Famous writer, entertainer and comedian Naoki Matayoshi, who won Japan’s prestigious literary award the Akutagawa Prize, is in charge of the narration for the program. Furthermore, Ringo Sheena’s song Marunouchi Sadistic (EXPO Ver.) is being used as the background music. The program has also been translated into multiple different languages. To find out more, please visit the planetarium’s website.
This program offers the wonderful opportunity to experience the feelings of history’s greatest literary masters and creative artists when they looked up to the Milky Way more than half a century ago.
TOKYO MILKY WAY (東京の天の川を忘れない)
Running From January 31, 2020 (End Date To Be Announced)
Time: Approximately 40 minutes
Location: KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO, YURAKUCHO MULLION TOKYO DOME2 (Planetarium Dome)
KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO Special Edition Website: