Pinkoi x Noritake Merchandise Collection Collaboration Announced
07.July.2021 | FASHION
In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Taiwanese design gift site Pinkoi has launched a commemorative project, with pre-orders for a series of items open until July 25. The collection will release on July 26.
Pinkoi x Noritake Beer Glasses (Set of 3) | ¥8,930 (Tax Included)
Pinkoi x Noritake PVC Vinyl Bags | 3 Designs | ¥5,070 Each (Tax Included)
Pinkoi x Noritake Drip Coffee (10 Bags) | Flavours: Classic, Mandheling, Brazil | ¥3,440 Each (Tax Included)
Pinkoi x Noritake Folders | 3 Designs | ¥1,200 Each (Tax Included)
Pinkoi x Noritake iPhone 12 Smartphone Cases | 3 Designs | ¥4,460 Each (Tax Included)
The first entry to the project invites Noritake on board, a popular Japanese illustrator, who is supervising the “Pinkoi x Noritake Limited Collaboration” and its capsule collection which features the theme “In The City.” The collection is based on the three cities Tokyo, Taipei, and Hong Kong and features two of Pinkoi’s brand colours: Pinkoi Navy and Pinkoi Salmon, both created by Pantone.
In an interview on this collaboration, Noritake expressed his desire to love in a city filled with all kinds of gorgeous illustrations.
Pinkoi x Noritake
Pre-Order Window: June 30, 2021 – July 25, 2021
Early Bird Campaign: 20% off with the coupon code @noritake
Product Page: https://jp.pinkoi.com/store/pinkoi-hk-special
General Release: July 26, 2021
Early Bird Campaign: 15% off with the coupon code @noritake15 between July 26-28
Pinkoi Official Website: https://jp.pinkoi.com/
Hotel Gracery Taipei in Taiwan Offers the Japan Experience with New HANDS CONCEPT ROOM
23.September.2021 | SPOT
Hotel Gracery Taipei, which can be found inside Taiwan’s TOKYU HANDS Tailung, have opened the new ‘HANDS CONCEPT ROOM’ which offers the experience of visiting Japan without having to get on a plane.
‘Take a Vacation to HANDS’ Room
‘Go Camping at HANDS’ Room
TOKYU HANDS Tailung have created two new concept rooms, the ‘Take a Vacation to HANDS’ room and the ‘Go Camping at HANDS’ room. While it is difficult to visit Japan at the moment, these rooms provide an authentic Japanese experience which allows guests to experience the culture and feel the charms of Japan.
The ‘Take a Vacation to HANDS’ room is based on Mount Fuji, Japanese railways, and vending machines, which are popular even in Taiwan. Popular tourist spots are also recreated using famous characters.
The ‘Go Camping at HANDS’ room is inspired by glamping, which has become popular in Taiwan, using outdoor equipment to create a fun, indoor camping experience.
The guest-limited service also offers guests two 10% coupons, one that can be used while shopping at TOKYU HANDS Tailung and one that can be used for accommodation. During the campaign period, guests who spend over 5,000 Yuan at TOKYU HANDS Tailung will be entered into a lottery to win a one-night stay in the new themed rooms.
Try Japanese-inspired indoor camping with the new ‘HANDS CONCEPT ROOM!’
Hotel Gracery Taipei ‘HANDS CONCEPT ROOM’
Address: No. 89 Section 2, Zhongxiao East Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Official Site: https://gracery.com/taipei/
Demon Slayer and J-League Team ALBIREX Collaboration Goods Now Available
A new collaboration is bringing sports and demon-slaying together! For the SPORTS2021 x Demon Slayer event, the popular series is partnering with three sports leagues: the NPB, J-League, and B.League. Goods are now available for the long-awaited collaboration between Niigata’s ALBIREX soccer team and Demon Slayer, so sports and anime fans should snag some merchandise before it’s all gone!
Items are available to pre-order online now until 2:00 on September 27, 2021.
ALBIREX x Demon Slayer T-Shirt: ¥3,600 (Tax Included)
ALBIREX x Demon Slayer Face Towel: ¥2,100 (Tax Included)
ALBIREX x Demon Slayer Mini Towel: ¥600 (Tax Included)
ALBIREX x Demon Slayer Ribbon Magnet: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
ALBIREX x Demon Slayer Mug: ¥1,800 (Tax Included)
Don’t miss out on these one-of-a-time items!
ALBIREX x Demon Slayer
Pre-order Period: September 18, 2021 – September 27, 2021 2:00
Pre-order Site: https://www.albirexshop.com/SHOP/1142321/list.html
*Limited quantity available. Pre-orders will end when items are sold out.
Official Site: https://www.sports-kimetsu.com/
Experience the World of Demon Slayer with New AR Experience from au
21.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Starting September 23, Japanese cell phone company au will be releasing a new collaborative project with the globally popular Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series!
The new experience will allow users with a smartphone to transform into characters from the show, and reenact popular battle scenes from both the anime series and film. The collaboration is taking place to celebrate the return of the series in 2021 for it’s second season.
Demon Slayer x au AR Experience
Augmented Reality: Become Your Favorite Character!
Using a special Instagram AR filter, users can mix different backgrounds and effects from the Demon Slayer series to make it feel as though you’re a part of the action!
Famous Quotes from the Series
By pressing a button on the special collaboration site, users can enjoy a collection of 45 random vertical videos featuring their favorite characters saying their famous lines. Take a screenshot of these clips and use one as your wallpaper!
Online Puzzle Game Escape Mission: Escape from the Mugen Train
In this fun escape game, users become a member of the Demon Slayer Corps sent to the Mugen Train to help rescue passengers.
Demon Slayer AR Experience
Release Date: September 23, 2021
Virtual Model imma Becomes New Pinkoi Campaign Character, Web Commercial Released
21.September.2021 | FASHION
Taiwan-based e-commerce platform Pinkoi, one of Asia’s largest, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special project! Virtual model imma is the face of the campaign as a character named ‘Pin Tripper,’ and a new web commercial featuring the personality along with a song written by popular artist Daoko is now available! In addition, the newest issue of the web magazine ‘Pinkoi Zine’ is also available on the official Pinkoi website, featuring a tour of unique items from cities around Asia in the style of a travel report.
For the campaign, the Pantone Color Institute defined Pinkoi’s two corporate brand colors, ‘Pinkoi Navy’ and ‘Pinkoi Salmon Pink.’ Japanese illustrator Noritake then designed the Pinkoi x Noritake Limited Collaboration line of goods using these unique shades. These will only be available for a short time, so be sure to snag some while you can!
“Pinkoi is fun to use, because it allows you to find trendy items from cities all over Asia. I found lots of items I don’t come across very often, and items that made me feel as though I were travelling around the continent. (laugh) I hope that you’ll enjoy the new web commercial and the special ‘Pin Trip Report’ in the newest Pinkoi Zine issue! And, of course, enjoy shopping at Pinkoi too.
For this campaign, I was able to create a new song with trackmaker Yohji Igarahi. The theme was ‘sense of speed.’ I think I was able to express my identity as a rapper, while also maintaining the important image of neon lights shining at night. My impression of Pinkoi is that it has a huge variety of products not available on typical Japanese sites, and as someone who loves online shopping, I was super excited to work with them!
Pinkoi Web Commercial ‘Pin Trip’
Official Site: https://jp.pinkoi.com/event/pin-to-koisuru
Photography and Noh Theater Collide in New Collaboration between Hiroshi Seo and Hosho School
In a new fall collaboration, the prestigious Hosei School of Noh Theater, established during the Muromachi Period, and photographer Hiroshi Seo will present a unique blend of traditional culture. ‘Experience Noh and Art in Autumn ~Noh at Night: The Tale of the Heike ‘Kiyotsune’ x BEYOND PHOTO BY HIROSHI SEO’ will begin for four limited showings starting September 24, and will connect the photographer’s work ‘BEYOND’ with the theme of water present in the classic tale of Heike. Ancient and modern will overlap during this special autumn event, so don’t miss it if you’re in Tokyo!
The Story of The Tale of Heike ‘Kiyotsune’
During the 12th century, the Minamoto and Taira clans were at war. Awazu-no-Saburo returns to the capital after the Taira were defeated in battle, carrying with him a keepsake for his lord Kiyotsune’s wife: a lock of hair that Kiyotsune left before committing suicide. Saburo visits the wife, and upon learning of Kiyotsune’s death, she can barely stand the sight of his hair, ordering that the keepsake be returned to a shrine in Kyushu. Upon falling asleep, she sees his ghost in her dreams, and they argue over what has occurred. Kiyotsune recounts his final days, choosing suicide by drowning over capture and defeat. He is then blessed, and finds his way from Hell to eternal enlightenment.
BEYOND PHOTO BY HIROSHI SEO Exhibition
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world. Yet even during this turmoil engulfing the world, artists were trying to make a new path. Photography is but a fragment of the real world, but through the eyes of the one taking the photo, it becomes an art form, and allows us to see the world in a different way. For this exhibition, Hiroshi Seo will present several new works, including photographs from Sado Island, the home of Noh, where one-third of all Noh stages in Japan are located. This chain of water-inspired images will weave together with the story of Kiyotsune, and will tell a brand-new story for modern audiences.
Experience Noh and Art in Autumn ~Noh at Night: The Tale of the Heike
‘Kiyotsune’ x BEYOND PHOTO BY HIROSHI SEO
With Performance: September 24, 2021 (Tickets on sale now.)
No Performance: September 25, 2021 (Free admission for photo exhibition only. No admission to auditorium.)
With Performance: October 29, 2021 (Tickets on sale now.)
With Performance: November 26, 2021, 17:00 (Tickets on sale September 25.)
Address: Hosho Noh Theater, 1-5-9 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Official Site: http://www.hosho.or.jp/nohgakudo/
Crayon Shin-chan and Adorable Bunny Rabbits Available from Ikumimama Animal Donuts
Ikumimama Animal Donuts has been a popular topic on social media for it’s cute creations, many based on popular characters. Now, customers located in Japan can purchase the new Crayon Shin-chan and Otsukimi Usa-chan Donut Sets online!
Otsukimi Usa-chan Set
Otsukimi Usa-chan (White)
Otsukimi Usa-chan (Pink)
Otsukimi Dango Donuts
Crayon Shin-chan Donut Set
Otsukimi means ‘moon-viewing’ in Japanese. On the 15th day of the eighth month of the traditional Japanese calendar, it’s tradition to hold a celebration to view the harvest moon. The Otsukimi Usa-chan set is perfect to serve during a get-together as you watch the starlit sky with friends. This year, September 21 is the lucky day! Dango, or dumplings, are popular snacks to enjoy during this event, and these coconut-filled Dango Donuts are a fun twist on a traditional treat.
Shinnosuke, Shiro, Buriburizaemon, and Himawari all make an appearance in the new Crayon Shin-chan collaboration.
Which of these sugary sweets looks the most scrumptious?
niko and…Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Curious George with New Collab Items
Japanese fashion brand “niko and…” will release a collection of Curious George-inspired items to celebrate the character’s 80th anniversary. These items are now on sale at the brand’s stores nationwide, and on the official web shop, as well as on ZOZOTOWN and Rakuten Fashion.
Collaboration Items at a Glance
Remote Control Box: ¥1,540 (Tax Included) / Slippers: ¥2,090 (Tax Included) / Tissue Case: ¥4,180 (Tax Included)
Large Plushie: ¥4,840 (Tax Included) / Medium Plushie: ¥3,520 (Tax Included) / Vinyl Umbrella: ¥1,320 (Tax Included) / AC Adapter: ¥2,860 (Tax Included) / Charging Cable: ¥1,760 (Tax Included)
Masking Tape: ¥440 each (Tax Included) / Bath Chair: ¥2,970 (Tax Included) / Bath Bucket: ¥1,430 (Tax Included) / Alarm Clock: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Curious George is celebrating his 80th anniversary in 2021. In Japan, the monkey character was first introduced in 1954, and has been loved by countless people ever since. This collection combines the humorous and retro feel of Curious George with the sensibilities of “niko and…,” creating a unique mash-up of products.
Are you a fan of Curious George? Which of these products are you most likely to grab?
※Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey, are copyrighted and registered by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and used under license.All Rights Reserved.
※Universal Studios Licensing LLC（ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ライセンシング LLC）との商品化契約に基づき、株式会社アダストリアが企画・制作した商品です。
niko and… x Curious George
Release Date: September 8, 2021
Where to Buy: niko and…shops nationwide, and in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China / Official Web Shop / ZOZOTOWN / Rakuten Fashion
Online Store: http://www.dot-st.com/nikoand
Product Page: https://www.dot-st.com/cp/nikoand/202109product_zakka
Official Site: https://www.nikoand.jp
Collaborative Music Project MAISONdes Releases New Track Featuring Nagumoyuuki and riria.
12.September.2021 | MUSIC
MAISONdes is a unique music project. Extremely popular on TikTok, it’s described only as ‘a fictional apartment building somewhere,’ where a different singer and creator features on each and every track. Each song is even labeled with a room number. This allows up-and-coming artists to collaborate in ways they never expected, and leaves the listeners enjoying an all-new sound. Rather than stick to what’s comfortable, artists taking part in the project express themselves freely with their new creative partner.
Following artists like yama, Nakimushi, Kujira, Moka Sato, Riu Domura, Wanuka, and haruno, we come to Room #107. This time, Nagumoyuuki and riria are up to bat in the new single Natsukaze ni Tokeru, out September 8. Nagumoyuuki wrote the lyrics and arranged the track, while riria provided the vocals.
Room #107 – ‘Natsukaze ni Tokeru’ feat. riria., Nagumoyuuki / MAISONdes
MAISONdes began a YouTube channel in February 2021, and has already featured plenty of creators leading the new music scene. Released in May, ‘Yowanehaki feet. Wanuka, asmi’ won the TikTok Song Ranking four times in a row and has over 100 million views on the app. In August, vocalist asmi appeared on THE FIRST TAKE. The song also attracted a great deal of attention on Line Music, Spotify, and Apple Music.
In Fall 2019, singer-songwriter riria posted a video to TikTok and YouTube, in which she performs without showing her face. Currently, the artist has over 1.3 million followers on TikTok.
Nagumoyuuki is an up-and-coming composer who has written music for yama, who performed in Room #101, and who has featured massively popular singer Ado in her own work.
Comment from riria.
I was incredibly honored to participate in the MAISONdes project, and to sing Nagumoyuuki’s incredible song. It wasn’t the type of song I usually sing, so I was able to express myself in a new and fun way. Please give it a listen!
Comment from Nagumoyuuki
riria did an incredible job singing this song, which is about two people just passing the time during a quiet night. I hope you enjoy listening to it, no matter what’s going on in your life.
The illustrations used for the song were created by NANAKI PANTZ, who has also contributed to other videos from MAISONdes in the past.
This track is sure to be another hit across SNS, and the future’s looking bright for MAISONdes! Be sure to check out the rest of their tracks on YouTube.
Anohana Anime Series Commemorates 10th Anniversary with Tokyo Amusement Park Asakusa Hanayashiki
Tokyo-based amusement park Asakusa Hanayashiki, said to be the oldest such park in Japan, will hold an event starting September 18 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Anohana anime series.
The event itself will feature a brand-new illustration of the six main characters standing outside the gates of Asakusa Hanayashiki, as well as original merchandise, a menu of Anohana-inspired food, and a park-wide stamp rally. Those purchasing special tickets in advance will get exclusive offers, so don’t miss out if you’re in Tokyo!
Original Illustrations for the Event
Illustration Card (only for special ticket holders)
Ticket Holder (only for special ticket holders)
Stamp Rally Card
Special Stamp Rally Postcard
Those purchasing a dish from the special menu will receive a randomly selected coaster (7 designs) as a present.
JinTantanmen: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Menma’s Favorite Sweet Curry: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Super Peace Busters Drinks (6 varieties): ¥600 each (Tax Included)
Usamaru Shaved Ice: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Menma’s Favorite BOMBOM Croquette Burger DX: ¥550 (Tax Included)
Original Merchandise at a Glance
Hanayashiki Collaboration Original Illustration, Modern Japanese clothing ver. BIG Acrylic Stand (6 designs): ¥1,980 each (Tax Included)
Hanayashiki Collaboration Chibi Attraction ver. Pins (12 designs): ¥440 each / BOX: ¥5,280 (Tax Included) *Random
Receive a random original Bromide (6 designs) for spending over ¥2,000 on collaboration goods.
Anohana x Asakusa Hanayashiki
Running: September 18 – October 10, 2021
Location: Asakusa Hanayashiki
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (weather permitting) *Last entrance 30 minutes before closing.
Closed on: September 28 and October 5
Advance Tickets on sale from 7Ticket at 7-11 locations now.
*Information subject to change.
Event & Ticket Details: https://event.amnibus.com/anohana-hanayashiki/
SPINNS Collaborates with Popular YouTubers Uchira3shimai in New Autumn Visual
09.September.2021 | FASHION
Uchira3shimai are featured in the Autumn season visual for apparel brand SPINNS. The new visual poster appeared in store and online on September 5 2021. Four Autumn visuals will be released, alongside a new collaboration collection.
Behind the Scenes
With over 490,000 subscribers, popular YouTubers Uchira3shimai have appeared in the SPINNS Autumn visual. The new collection is titled “○○○3shimai STYLE.” The YouTubers are shown in some of SPINNS most trendy items, wearing caps, printed shirts, and flare pants.
You can easily spot the individuality of each sibling in this unmissable Autumn visual!
SPINNS x Uchira3shimai
Instore Release Date:：September 5 2021
SUPER SPINNS Fukuoka PARCO, SPINNS Nagoya, SUPER SPINNS Umeda HEP FIVE, SPINNS Shibuya 109, SPINNS Official Website
SPINNS Official Site Mail Order Acceptance Period: September 5 ~ September 12 2021
※SPINNS Website orders are processed in order of purchase
○○○3shimai STYLE VISUAL PAGE: https://www.spinns.jp/feature/202109_uchira3shimai_visual/?2
Uchira3Shimai YouTube Channel:
Maison de FLEUR to Release Second Rilakkuma Collection
07.September.2021 | FASHION
Popular Japanese accessories brand Maison de FLEUR is releasing a new collection of grown-up Rilakkuma-inspired goods, the second such collaboration for the brand. All goods will go on sale September 10 at Maison de FLEUR shops online, and at the STRIPE CLUB Online Store.
Square Tote Bag: ¥4,389 (Tax Included)
Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Frilly Tote Bag: ¥5,489 (Tax Included)
Korilakkuma & Chairoikoguma Frilly Tote Bag: ¥5,489 (Tax Included)
Rilakkuma & Kiiroitori Tissue Case: ¥3,949 (Tax Included)
Korilakkuma & Chairoikoguma Tissue Case: ¥3,949 (Tax Included)
Rilakkuma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)
Korilakkuma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)
Kiiroitori Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)
Chairoikoguma Card Case: ¥4,059 (Tax Included)
Rilakkuma Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Korilakkuma Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Kiiroitori Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Chairoikoguma Bag Charm: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Maison de FLEUR released their first collection of Rilakkuma-inspired goods last year, focusing on the character Korilakkuma. Many of the goods sold out instantly, and restocks were necessary to keep up with demand for these adorable items. This new collection focuses not only on the popular Korilakkuma, but on Rilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and the honey-loving Chairoikoguma.
This limited-time collaboration features tote bags, tissue cases, card cases, and bag charms, for a total 0f 15 different products to collect. Each features these popular San-X characters adorned with the quintessential Maison de FLEUR ribbon. The tote bags are large and spacious, while the tote bags bring a more adult flair to those wanting a touch of playfulness in their wardrobe.
Which of these fluffy goods is on your wishlist?
A BATHING APE® Teams Up with COMME des GARCONS For New Collaboration
07.September.2021 | FASHION
Japan’s representative brands A BATHING APE®︎ and COMME des GARCONS have teamed up to release a long-awaited new collection. The collection will be available in the BAPE STORE® and at COMME des GARCONS OSAKA.
The collaborations usually consist of monotone shades, but this time, neon colors will be appearing throughout the collection, including on neon logo Tee’s, emphasizing the brand appeal even further.
In addition, the CDC CAMO printed BAPE STA™ sneakers feature both brand logos on the heel, giving them a unique and limited finish. The BAPE STA™ sneakers are available in both black and white.
You won’t want to ignore this long-awaited tag-team collaboration!
A BATHING APE® x COMME des GARCONS
Release Date: September 4, 2021
Where to Purchase: BAPE STORE®, COMME des GARCONS OSAKA