World’s First Cardboard Razor Released in Japan by BARBER SAKOTA x Kai

21.June.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

Kai Corporation and BARBER SAKOTA have teamed up to release the ‘world’s first’ cardboard razor. The first 100 people to purchase a BARBER SAKOTA t-shirt or cap at Tsutaya Books Daikanyama in Shibuya between June 15 and July 2 will receive a free one.

 

Kai Corporation is no stranger to manufacturing grooming products, but this speciality razor comes for those people who want a product that really lets them enjoy the satisfaction of their grooming routine.

 

The razor was also developed in line with the SDGs, resulting in a more sustainable product that opts for paper instead of plastic. The stylish designs come in various colours with street-style typography that reads ‘KAI.’

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    03.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    ANYCOLOR, the management company behind the popular–and hectic– Vtuber group NIJISANJI, has begun sales of the second round of NIJISANJI x Sanrio Characters goods! Check out this adorable collection–which pieces are you hoping to get your hands on? 

     

     

    Rubber Straps, 5 Designs (Tsukino Mito/Shizuka Rin/Higuchi Kaede Set, Kanae/Kuzuha/Honma Himawari Set, Kenmochi Toya/Saegusa Akina/Fushimi Gaku Set, Sister Cleaire/Joe Rikiichi/Debidebi Debiru Set, Izumo Kasumi/Uzuki Kou/Suzuki Masaru Set): ¥2,000 each (Tax Included)

     

    Slide-out Pill Case, 5 Designs (Tsukino Mito/Shizuka Rin/Higuchi Kaede Set, Kanae/Kuzuha/Honma Himawari Set, Kenmochi Toya/Saegusa Akina/Fushimi Gaku Set, Sister Cleaire/Joe Rikiichi/Debidebi Debiru Set, Izumo Kasumi/Uzuki Kou/Suzuki Masaru Set): ¥1,200 each (Tax Included)

     

    Lunch Tote, 5 Designs (Tsukino Mito/Shizuka Rin/Higuchi Kaede Set, Kanae/Kuzuha/Honma Himawari Set, Kenmochi Toya/Saegusa Akina/Fushimi Gaku Set, Sister Cleaire/Joe Rikiichi/Debidebi Debiru Set, Izumo Kasumi/Uzuki Kou/Suzuki Masaru Set): ¥1,500 each (Tax Included)

     

    Die Cut Cushion, 15 Designs (Tsukino Mito, Shizuka Rin, Higuchi Kaede, Kanae, Kuzuha, Honma Himawari, Kenmochi Toya, Saegusa Akina, Fushimi Gaku, Sister Cleaire, Joe Rikiichi, Debidebi Debiru, Izumo Kasumi, Uzuki Kou, Suzuki Masaru): ¥3,200 each (Tax Included)

    Random Can Badge, 15 Designs (Tsukino Mito, Shizuka Rin, Higuchi Kaede, Kanae, Kuzuha, Honma Himawari, Kenmochi Toya, Saegusa Akina, Fushimi Gaku, Sister Cleaire, Joe Rikiichi, Debidebi Debiru, Izumo Kasumi, Uzuki Kou, Suzuki Masaru): ¥1,00 each (Tax Included)

     

     

    These five pieces of merch make up the new collection, and cover a wide range of the many members of the NIJISANJI family! From Cinnamoroll to Keroppi, these must-have goods are going fast. Who would have thought that blending our favorite Sanrio characters with Vtubers would be such a perfect match? 

  • Kageki Shojo!! Anime Series Gets Event at Tokyo’s Amusement Park Asakusa Hanayashiki

    03.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Asakusa Hanayashiki, an amusement park in Tokyo, has announced a summer event in collaboration with the ongoing anime series Kageki Shojo!! which will take place from August 21 to September 12.

    Cute original artwork illustrated for the event

    Take part in the stamp rally

    Original Ticket Folder (With Pseudo Ticket)

     

    Original merchandise

     

    Bromides: ¥550 (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Figure: ¥500 (Tax Included) / Acrylic Figures: ¥880 Each (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Keyrings | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)

    Pins: ¥300 Each (Tax Included)

    Receive a free postcard when you order a drink or dessert

    Receive a free coaster when ordering a drink

    Receive an original tote bag when buying a special ticket

    Kageki Shojo!! is a manga series by Kumiko Saiki. The anime adaptation began airing on July 4. A collection of cute original illustrations of 22 characters from the series have been drawn for the event which will be dotted around the park. Fans can also take part in a themed stamp rally, enjoy food inspired by the series, buy merchandise, and more.

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    TSUTAYA is launching a collaboration with the TV anime adaptation of Gaku Kuze’s dark comedy  manga series Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan from August 10 which will see pop-up shops open at all TSUTAYA branches where fans can get their hands on a range of newly-illustrated merchandise featuring the four main characters: Uramichi Omota, Tobikichi Usahara, Mitsuo Kumagai, and Iketeru Daga.

     

    Acrylic Stands | 4 Designs | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)/5 Folders | 5 Designs | ¥770 (Tax Included)
    /Square Pins | 5 Designs | ¥660 (Tax Included)
    /B2 Tapestry | 1 Design | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
    /Hand Towel | 4 Designs | ¥880 (Tax Included)
    /Clear Pouch | 1 Design | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

     

    Bonus Novelty Fans | 5 Designs | Free to those who purchase any of the above items

     

    Online exclusive items

     

    Big Tapestries | 4 Designs | ¥13,200 (Tax Included)

     

     

    Primo Art (R) High Class | 1 Design

     

     

    Spend over ¥2,200 on select products and receive one of 5 possible bonus fans between August 10-31.

    Join the characters of Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan this summer at TSUTAYA.

     

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  • Meiji Marble Chocolate Themed Hotel Room Opens at The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Umekoji

    01.August.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    In celebration of Meiji’s popular Marble chocolate, The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Umekoji is collaborating with the confectionery brand to offer a Marble themed hotel room for guests. The room opened on July 27.

    Showa retro-style posters, telephone, and other decorations

    Meiji’s colourful Marble chocolate was first released in 1961. It turned 60-years-old in February of this year, meaning it has continued to be enjoyed by three generations. Grandparents have passed them onto mothers and fathers, and them to their own children. Now the whole family can celebrate the chocolate in a themed hotel room in Kyoto.


    Named the Marble Room, the hotel room is decorated in seven colours just like the chocolates themselves. This includes seven individual pillows on the sofa, balloons, wall decorations, and more. There’s even a crane game inside the room where guests can obtain some chocolates for free.

     

    Also inside the room are Showa retro-style posters and a telephone, and guests can watch all of the old Marble commercials on the television which have aired these past 60 years. Guests also receive a free smartphone ring, eco bag, pouch, and other little freebies as part of the plan.

  • Art For Social Change Project Launches in Japan Using Waste to Create Art

    29.July.2021 | FASHION

    Innovation Design launched its new ‘Art For Social Change’ project at haishop in Shibuya Scramble Square on July 21 which sees artwork made from waste.

     

    According to Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, 42.74 million tonnes of garbage has been thrown out since 2019. That’s the equivalent of around 115 Tokyo Domes, or 918g of waste per person everyday. The waste cannot be exported, and so real action is required to reduce the amount of waste create on the island country of Japan, especially when thinking 20 years down the road.

     

    That’s where haishop comes in. Using caps from detergent, which are actually no longer sold, as well as plastic caps and other materials resulting from waste, it will create a new identity for waste together with consumers in the form of art. Art For Social Change aims to send a message to society to make real transformations in the world through the medium of art.

    It’s easy to imagine what happens when creating a product up to its completion, but considering what happens to it after it’s been used is a lot more difficult. Every year, the available capacity at final disposal sites decreases more and more. The important topic at hand is getting everyone in Japan to really treasure the products they buy, to conceive ideas on how to prolong longevity of the things that people purchase, and construct a new society centred on recycling and reusing. And this isn’t just a Japan problem – it’s a global one. That’s the message which Art For Social Change carries.

     

    The only conditions on participating with the project is that you agree with its goal and that you use materials on sale at haishop. Everyone is invited regardless of age or gender.

     

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    4th year students from Nitobe Bunka Elementary & Junior High School used waste materials to create ‘souvenir’ theme products which the children are helping to sell at the shop. The proceeds go back to the school itself while helping teach children about new ways of reusing and recycling.

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    29.July.2021 | FOOD

    Bubble tea shop XIE XIE PEARL is collaborating with San-X and their popular corner-dwelling characters Sumikko Gurashi with a line-up of drinks and merch until August 23.

     

    Fruit is the theme of the collaboration which arrives in a line-up of colourful beverages served in limited-time cups. Each character’s drink is loaded with toppings.

    Shirokuma’s Peach Milk | ¥756 (Tax Included)

    Neko’s Jewel Berry Lemonade | ¥756 (Tax Included)

    Tonkatsu’s Caramel Banana Milk | ¥756 (Tax Included)

    Penguin’s Jewel Mint Lemonade | ¥756 (Tax Included)

     

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    Mirrors | 5 Designs | ¥550 (Tax Included)

     

    Re-release of previous collab merch

     

     

    Free novelty stickers and pouch

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  • LINE FRIENDS Collaborates With Minions For 10th Anniversary

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  • New Cocktail Menu Gets Served at KYOTO YURA HOTEL MGallery

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    KYOTO YURA HOTEL MGallery is a hotel group based in Paris, France which operates over 5,000 hotels and resorts in 110 countries worldwide. Together with the mineral water brand Perrier, the two companies launched the ‘Perrier Promotion with KYOTO YURA HOTEL MGallery’ on July 21 which includes a special cocktail and afternoon tea line-up being served up at Lounge & Bar 1867.

    Perrier x MURAKAMI Tote Bag

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    Perrier Flower & Fruit Afternoon Cocktail | ¥1,700 (Tax Included)

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    The drinks line-up includes three mocktails which are available on the free flow drinks menu when ordering the hotel’s popular afternoon tea. The afternoon tea set was conceived by pastry chef Jennie Chiu and is packed full of summer fruits like passion fruit and mango.

     

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  • Adidas Pays Homage To Dance Culture in collaboration With atmos pink & JENNY KAORI

    28.July.2021 | FASHION

    Adidas Japan is releasing new sportswear collection in collaboration with Japanese sneaker select shop atmos pink and Japanese illustrator JENNY KAORI. The collection pays homage to dance culture.

     

    The collection will be available at adidas retail shops, Adidas app and the adidas online shop from August 7 and at the atmos stores from July 31.

     

    To celebrate the launch of collection, exclusive items will be distributed as purchase benefits at atmos pink shops and atmos online shop from July 31. JENNY KAORI’s art exhibition will be held at atmos pink Flagship Harajuku from July 31 and atmos pink Shinsaibashi from August 21. 

     

    W atmos pink x Jenny Kaori Collection

     

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    Detachable Trousers ¥9,339 (Tax Included)

     

    Detachable Trousers ¥9,339 (Tax Included)

     

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    Utility Vest ¥8,239 (Tax Included)

    Mini T-shirt ¥5,489 (Tax Included)

    Mini T-shirt ¥5,489 (Tax Included)

     

     

    Hoodie ¥8,239 (Tax Included)

     

    スウェットプルオーバーフーディー8,239円  (税込)

    Sweatshirts ¥8,239 (Tax Included)

     

    Sweatshirts ¥8,239 (Tax Included)

     

    Sakosh ¥4,059 each (Tax Included)

    Reversible Jacket ¥4,059 (Tax Included) 


     

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    ©2021 adidas Japan K.K. adidas and the Badge of Sport are registered trademarks of adidas.

  • ESTINATE HOTEL Celebrates Okinawa Branch’s 6th Anniversary With Ryu Ambe Collaboration

    27.July.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

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    Pottery in Shujiro Castle Park

     

    “Shima Map” design by Ryu Ambe to be used on posters and t-shirts

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