HATSUNE MIKU Digital Stars 2021 Online Event Announced For August

26.May.2021 | FES / MUSIC

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.

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    To commemorate the end of Attack on Titan‘s 12-year saga, the editorial team at Weekly Shonen Magazine launched the ‘Final Survey Corps Application’ project on June 9 which imagines the staff and fans as part of the Survey Corps to express their love for the series. The staff at Animate and TSUTAYA stores in Japan are currently donning Survey Corps uniforms. A special online exhibition will also be held by the magazine to give thanks to fans who have supported Attack on Titan for 12 years.

     

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    Special Menu

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    The Sanrio cast join music artists for a concert

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    A new virtual experience using the latest technology

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  • Virtual Harajuku to Showcase Artiswitch’s First Original Animation by Sunrise Studio & ASOBISYSTEM

    25.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES

    Artiswitch is a Harajuku-focused fashion, art, and music project launched by Japanese animation studio Sunrise (Mobile Suit Gundam; Love Live!) and ASOBISYSTEM, who are perhaps best known as the agency that Kyary Pamyu is signed to, as well as working with other artists such as Yasutaka Nakata and promoting Japanese pop culture to the world from Harajuku where they are based. As part of the project’s launch, they will feature a pre-showing of an original animation on Virtual Harajuku on May 27, 2021 at 20:00 (JST).

     

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  • Sakura Miku Blossoms On Merchandise at Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri 2021 in Aomori

    14.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

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    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

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    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

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    12.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    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”

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    The Character Line-Up

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    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.

     

    Twitter Campaign

    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

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    10.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    As part of Disney’s Ultimate Princess Celebration, a worldwide festival themed on courage and kindness that began in April, an event titled “What is Love? ~The Secret to Shining Bright Lies in the Princess World~” will take place at Shibuya Marui in Tokyo from June 23 to July 29 this year. It will subsequently move to JR Nagoya Takashimaya from August 4 to 23 and finally conclude next year in Shizuoka where it will run from January to March.

    This event tries to answer the question “What is Love?” through a range of content that encourages the use of all five senses: visually, digitally, musically, through scent, and more.

     

    What is Love? ~The Secret to Shining Bright Lies in the Princess World~

    Visitors are guided by 12 Disney princesses who will take them on a journey of their ‘love’ in six different areas.

     

    A Look at the Event

     

    1. Introduction: 12 Shining Princesses

    At the event, you will meet the 12 princesses and learn their story, what their personality is like, and more.

    2. Opening Theater: Discover the Secrets to Shining Bright

    Attend the theatre and watch the stories of the princesses with your own eyes.

     

    3. 7 Keywords Unravelled From Their Stories

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    From Beauty and the Beast

    Using their smartphones, visitors can hold up their phones and utilise AR technology to see various scenes from Beauty and the Beast in an area inspired by the library that Beast bestowed upon Belle.

    From Tangled

    In Tangled, the King and Queen release lots of sky lanterns on Rapunzel’s birthday each year in hopes that she will see them and return. Let your own lanterns fly like in the movie and witness a beautiful spectacle.

     

    4. Music and Fragrance: Clad in Radiance Unseen to the Eye

    A unique experience combining music and fragrances inspired by the princesses, who radiate from love, will let visitors feel closer to them.

     

    5. Glowing Lines: Words That Make the World Shine

    At the Closing Theater, words and lines said by the princesses will be displayed, offering another way of enjoying their world that radiates from love.

     

    6. Prologue: Your Own Unique Story Begins

    Pick up a range of merchandise featuring designs of the exhibition’s main visual, the seven key words, and more.

     

     

    Services and Content Offered by Disney at the Exhibition

     

    Disney+

    Disney+ is a streaming service that brings together all Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic content in one place, as well as exclusives. Those at the exhibition can watch the content offered by Disney+ at the Opening Theater.

     

    Disney DX App

    The Disney DX is an app exclusive to Japan that comes as a set with Disney+. It offers the chance to see cut scenes from movies, behind-the-scenes content, and more. The exhibition utilises this app through AR experiences, so if downloaded, you’re sure to have an even more fun time.

     

    A curated list of Disney Princess music is played at the exhibition. If you head to the shop, you can pick up movie soundtracks and other albums. Disney even created a playlist themed on the princesses that’s now available on music streaming services.

  • BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Launches Event to Promote Japan’s Sento Bath Houses

    03.May.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    The Sento no Susume 2021 event being held by BEAMS JAPAN and Cow Brand Soap has now headed to BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku. As part of the event, Mizuno has held designed a ‘running course’ is collaboration with sento bath house owners who have listed their recommended spots for running.

     

    From Left: Hiroshi Fukui (Managing Director at Cow Brand Soap), Aya Terakawa (Sports Caster), Mari Yamazaki (Manga Author), Ryozo Naganuma (Kotobukiyu’s 3rd Generation Owner), Hikaru Ikeuchi (Chairman of Board of Directors)

    BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Floor 1F – Sento no Susume 2021 Pop-Up

    BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku Floor 1F – Sento no Susume 2021 Pop-Up

    BEAMS JAPAN Sento no Susume 2021 Virtual Venue

    For many years, sento public bath houses have been big part of Japanese culture and are located up and down the country. They are places people go to unwind, relax, and destress. However, with times changing, they are because less part of people’s lives, and the facilities themselves are seeing significant wear and tear as well as not having successors to take over the businesses. Sento no Susume aims to revitalise sento and raise their cultural value once again by showing how they can be enjoyed. The first event was held in January and February in 2019.

     

    The event arrived at BEAMS JAPAN Shinjuku on April 26 and  invites manga artist Mari Yamazaki on board who has given the store a makeover with her iconic artwork themed on exercise and bathing. This event combines sento bath houses with sports, and so as well as discovering bath houses to visit, you can learn find out about great running courses at the Sento Run no Susume corner. There’s also a virtual venue accessible on the official website that creates the store in 4K 3D so everyone around the world can get involved regardless of their location.

  • Vocaloid’s Sakura Miku and Virtual Singing Friends Collaborate With Illustrator Shirabi

    27.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    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.

    Bonus Item

    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

  • Hibiya Festival 2021: Musicals, Performances, and More

    26.April.2021 | FES / SPOT

    This year’s Hibiya Festival will take place around Tokyo Midtown Hibiya from April 29 to May 16. Visitors can enjoy free musicals, Japanese dance, opera, and more, all in an open space.

    Hibiya Festival main visual

     

    Peter Pan Broadway Musical – Mini Concert & Talk | Thursday April 29, 2021

     

    Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Japan’s First Rendition | Sunday May 9, 2021

     

    Hibiya Festival x Hibiya Music Festival Collaboration Stage | Saturday May 8, 2021

     

    Hibiya Outdoor Noh Performance | Thursday April 29, 2021

     

    NBA Ballet | Saturday May 1, 2021

     

    CAT-A-TAC SHOW (CAT-A-TAC) | Sunday May 2, 2021

     

    “Hibiya Ongaku Daigaku” – Shibuya Ongaku Daigaku Open Campas

     

    Hibiya Festival Program

    This year marks 40 years since the Peter Pan Broadway musical first hit Japan, and so it will be performed at Hibiya Festival 2021. The hit British musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will also be performed in Japan for the first time with a full Japanese cast. On the music side of things, music producer Seiji Kameda is spearheading the Hibiya Musical Festival. There are around 20 different slots to enjoy at the festival, all of which are free to watch and many which don’t need to be booked in advance. The festival is also producing video content this year for those unable to attend so they can still be part of the fun online.

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