Hankyu Men’s Chooses Comedian Eiko Kano as Face of New Collection
31.August.2021 | FASHION
Comedian and singer Eiko Kano has been chosen as the new icon for Hankyu Men’s 2021 collection. The new concept, “WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD ~RESPECT FOR THE NORTH~,” is heavily inspired by life in the north, and the collection will feature a variety of useful products and services from fashion to lifestyle.
PERFECT LOVE～HANKYUMEN’S VER～
With a humor that transcends age, Eiko Kano has been appointed as the new icon for Hankyu Men’s 2021 collection, in the hopes that he can raise people’s spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the visuals, an original music video has also been released to convey the northern theme.
Kano originally debuted as the lyricist and composer for band 50TA as a prank segment on popular TV Asahi variety show London Hearts. His first album hit #9 on the Oricon charts, with the most popular track being PERFECT LOVE. His new arrangement of the song, PERFECT LOVE HANKYU MEN’S 2021AW Version, was made for this new collaboration.
HANKYU MEN’S 21AW
Hankyu Men’s Osaka: https://www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/mens/
Hankyu Men’s Tokyo: https://www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/mens-tokyo/
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/
9th Installment of Anime-Inspired Cooking Project AniCook Features Bungo Stray Dogs
AniCook, a project using anime to make cooking more fun, is already holding it’s 9th collaboration with a popular series. This time, characters from the popular anime series Bungo Stray Dogs are coming to cook up some fall treats at Shinsaibashi PARCO in Osaka from October 1 until October 26!
Sticker gifted to guests who purchase a meal or dessert (8 varieties) / Postcard gifted to guests ordering a drink (8 varieties)
Acrylic Stands (8 varieties) / 8-pack set
Pins (8 varieties) / 8-pack set
Acrylic Keychain (8 varieties) / 8-pack set
Acrylic Muddler (8 varieties) / 8-pack set
100 Limited-Edition pouches (2 varieties) available by lottery: Those spending over ¥5,000 at the cafe will be entered.
CookpadTV is behind the cafe, and continues to lead the way in quality collaboration cafes across Japan. This time, popular characters from Bungo Stray Dogs are serving up their favorite autumn-themed foods, inspiring visitors to enjoy cooking just a little more. Themed meals and sweets will be available, while the beverages are each themed on the character’s abilities. Be sure to grab some of the limited-edition merchandise only available during the event! These can now be pre-ordered on the cookpadLive cafe Online Store.
Which character would you like to see in the kitchen?
Running: October 1 – October 26, 2021
Address: Shinsaibashi PARCO 5F (1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Online Store: https://cookpadtv.stores.jp/
Official Site: http://bungo-stray-dogs.jp/
Hands-On POKEMON COLORS Exhibition Opening in Osaka for Limited Time
The globally-beloved Pokemon franchise is celebrating 25 years throughout 2021. Throughout the year, the POKEMON COLORS exhibition has opened in cities throughout Japan, bringing a barrage of bright colors, fantastic art, and Pokemon-themed activities to fans nationwide. As guests move throughout the event space, various projections and images around them change, with popular Pokemon characters popping up and flooding the world around them in color. Now, the POKEMON COLORS exhibition is set to open in Osaka beginning September 30.
Inspired by the more than 800 Pokemon species in the franchise, the POKEMON COLORS project uses sensors placed throughout the event space to track visitors movements, altering the images, music, and lighting accordingly. Meant to be a combination of pop culture and minimalist digital art, it’s an experience like no other.
160 unique goods will be available at the exhibition, from apparel and art pieces to cell phone cases and office supplies. Be sure to check it out if you’re in Osaka this fall!
©2021 Pokémon. ©1995-2021 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Running: September 30 – October 20, 2021
Address: Daimaru Museum Umeda 15F
Hours: 10:00AM – 8:00PM (Last entry at 7:00PM)
Official Site: https://pokemon-colors.com/
Kuroko’s Basketball Pop-Up Shop in Akihabara to Features New Illustrations
BANDAI NAMCO Amusement is hosting a character pop-up store for anime ‘Kuroko’s Basketball,’ featuring new illustrations of the characters dressed in trad style. The shop will be open from September 16 2021 at the Atre Akihabara Store, stocking original goods using the new artwork.
Kuroko’s Basketball Acrylic Stand trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,980 each (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Can Badge trad style ver. (7 types): ¥540 each (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball A4 Acrylic File trad style ver.: ¥550 (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Cloth Poster trad style ver.: ¥1,800 (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Spoon trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,200 each (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Fork trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,200 each (Tax Incl.)
Kuroko’s Basketball Acrylic Board trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, A Prize
Kuroko’s Basketball Jacket Style Acrylic Keychain trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, B Prize
Kuroko’s Basketball Can Badge trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, C Prize
Kuroko’s Basketball Die-cut Illustration Sheet trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, D Prize (random)
Be sure to check out this limited shop to immerse yourself in the world of Kuroko’s Basketball!
©Fujimaki Tadatoshi / Shueisha, Kuroko’s Basketball Production Committee
Hotel New Otani Announces Second PAUL & JOE Collaboration
Hotel New Otani Tokyo has collaborated with PAUL & JOE for the second time to offer a new accomodation plan, which will be available for one-night stays between December 1 2021 and January 4 2022. The rooms will not be available between December 31 and January 2.
This collaboration room will allow you to surround yourself in the world of PAUL & JOE, a Parisian brand PAUL & JOE that is extremely popular with young women in their 20s and 30s. The initial collaboration was so popular that within just 10 days, all of the available dates within three months were sold out. This Christmas edition will only be available for one month, so be sure to book while you can.
The pink and ivory room features the brand’s icon; Designer Sophie’s beloved cats, Nunet and Gypsy. The decorations also feature Crisantemo flower motifs.
Not only is the wallpaper covered in PAUL & JOE motifs, but even the smaller pieces such as cushions, curling irons, and brushes are themed too. In addition, to celebrate the festive season, the room will include a special Christmas tree, allowing you to enjoy a special Christmas with somebody special, sharing a view of Tokyo Tower.
The second round of cosmetics is focused on the 2021 CHRISTMAS COLLECTION. The ‘Lipstick Treatment’ features adorable cats wearing Santa hats, while the ‘Lipstick Limited’ comes in a luxurious Christmas red – and also features cats in hats! Plus, the new ‘Wrapping Hand Cream’ will wrap your hands in a fresh moisturising texture. In addition, the best-selling ‘Moisturizing Foundation Primer,’ which was renewed on September 1, and the P&J skincare selection (oil, lotion, cleansing), each must-haves for the upcoming dry season, have been miniaturized into take-home samples in a limited edition pouch, especially for hotel customers.
Alongside the limited cosmetic samples, there will be matching pajamas and slippers available for purchase and take home, with a that will take you even deeper into the PAUL & JOE world. While these cat-and-floral print PJs are perfect for a girls-only gathering, a men’s line has also been released due to popular demand, ideal for spending a romantic Christmas in matching pajamas.
Why not spend a wonderful Christmas in this PAUL & JOE room?
PAUL & JOE Room ~Christmas~
Friday & Saturday Rooms: September 14 2021~
Weekday & Sunday Rooms: Late October 2021
Room Duration: December 1 2021 ~ January 4 2022
※Unavailable between Dec. 31 and Jan. 21
Location: Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Reservations: https://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/stay/plan/paul-joeroom/ *Reservations can only be made online
Back to the Future Exhibition Displays Props from 1985 Film in Japan for the First Time
The Hot Toys flagship store, TOY SAPIENS Tokyo, will begin hosting a free Back to the Future event titled RETRO SAPIENS starting September 18, and running until October 31, 2021.
Along with the opening of this exciting event, the TOY SAPIENS Tokyo store is also unveiling its new location. The much larger shop is now an easy walk from Shibuya Station and Harajuku Station!
After the event at the Tokyo location concludes, the event will travel to three more TOY SAPIENS stores nationwide, to allow more fans to see these legendary props in person. RETRO SAPIENS will open in Osaka in November 2021, and in Nagoya in February 2022.
One-of-a-kind props, clothing items, and set pieces from the Back to the Future film will be on display for the first time ever in Japan during this event. If you’re a fan, be sure to come and enjoy–admission is free! A number of Back to the Future related merchandise will also be on sale, including figures, apparel, and items only available at the RETRO SAPIENS event. These limited-edition products will also be available online at the TOY SAPIENS Official Online Store starting September 21.
A special Cosbaby Keychain will also be handed out to guests who clear certain conditions while enjoying the event. Those who purchase Back to the Future merchandise will receive a RETRO SAPIENS-themed shopping bag on a first-come, first-served basis.
RETRO SAPIENS Tokyo
Running: September 18 – October 31, 2021 *September 18-20 reserved for advanced ticket holders.
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last entry at 18:30.)
Address: TOY SAPIENS Tokyo (Ichigo Jingumae Building 1F, 6-25-16 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Official Site: http://hottoys-store.jp/retrosapiens/
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?
Rihga Royal Hotel x YOURS BOOK STORE New Accommodation Plan to Discover Your New Favorite Book
15.September.2021 | SPOT
Osaka’s Rihga Royal Hotel is collaborating with book direction brand YOURS BOOK STORE to produce a one-room one-day accommodation plan titled “Once in a Lifetime ~ Professionals Choose Your Book~.” The limited-time plan will be available between September 15 and November 30, 2021.
The lounge on the executive floor, known as The Presidential Towers, was reformed in March 2020 to include a library of 1,000 books, with themes including Osaka, refreshing, relaxing, and children’s books. It was then that the room plan collaboration with YOURS BOOK STORE, who was involved in the initial book selection, was proposed.
In the “Once in a Lifetime ~ Professionals Choose Your Book~” accommodation plan, a professional will discuss with the guest to learn more about their taste, with the book director offering 3 personalized book choices per person. The guest can also take full advantage of the hotel library.
Following your trip, a book chosen especially for guests will be sent to your home, with a message card describing how your books were selected. This unique accommodation plan allows you to bask in the afterglow of your trip while waiting to see what kind of book you receive.
Why not check out this unique plan where you can receive your own personalized book recommendation?
Hotel W Osaka x PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS Unveil Limited Halloween Dessert Menu
15.September.2021 | FOOD
Opening in March 2021, Japan’s first luxury lifestyle Hotel W Osaka works with PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS to produce the ‘MIXup’ Art & Pastry Bar, which has unveiled a new Halloween themed dessert course and à la carte cake, available from September 15.
Pumpkin & Choux Cream / Ghost Montblanc / Frankenstein Cheesecake
Osaka is said to be the birthplace of Japanese cuisine, and in a similar vein, this unique ‘MIXup’ dessert course serves ‘CHEEKY’ sweets which are finished one-by-one in front of the customer. The counter-style serving has proven popular since it began in May of this year, known for the playful presentation and customer participation.
This Autumn, the menu has been transformed into the ‘TRICKY CHEEKY HALLOWEEN’ course, with eight playful new desserts available to try. The desserts feature well-known Halloween monsters, and incorporate the taste of Autumn with pumpkin, chestnut, and pear, among other seasonal flavors.
The take-out Halloween sweets lineup includes a matcha and red bean Frankenstein Cheesecake, a spooky Ghost Montblanc, jack-o-lantern shaped Pumpkin Choux Creams, and more. A limited Halloween variation of the bar’s iconic rose and raspberry Rock’n’Roll cake is also available! The recipe and baking techniques are based on the methods of PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS, with arrangements by The W Osaka.
Try out some scarily tasty sweets this Halloween with The W Osaka and PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS!
TRICKY CHEEKY HALLOWEEN
Release Date: September 15 2021
Takumi Kitamura Becomes Tommy Hilfiger’s First-Ever Japanese Ambassador
14.September.2021 | FASHION
Singer, actor, and model Takumi Kitamura has been crowned Japan’s first-ever ambassador for the Tommy Hilfiger brand. The popular talent is now being featured in promotional content for the FALL 2021 menswear collection.
The Tommy Hilfiger brand has roots in the world of music, and this collaboration is meant to celebrate Takumi Kitamura’s leadership of the popular band DISH//, and his genuine efforts to make a meaningful contribution to his community. Recently, the musician offered his music free to students who had been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tommy Hilfiger brand began a new campaign for positive social change in spring, called the ‘Moving Forward Together’ campaign, and Kitamura embodies the spirit of the new initiative.
Tommy Hilfiger himself commented on the new ambassador. “I’m incredibly thrilled to feature Mr. Kitamura in the FALL 2021 collection. We love Japan, and we love Japanese fans. This collaboration will allow us to pay tribute to Japan’s unique culture, while also expressing Mr. Kitamura’s thoughts on community in a modern way.”
The FALL 2021 menswear collection blends classic American heritage with the great outdoors. The color palette combines amber yellows and bold orange shades with simple neutrals like olive, camel, and heather gray.
Takumi Kitamura is now featured in campaign visuals and commercials in shops around Japan and abroad, as well as on the online store. A special website has also been launched to commemorate this momentous collaboration. New visuals will continue to be released until the end of the season, so be sure to check regularly!
A Twitter campaign will also be held on the official Tommy Hilfiger Japan account, using the hashtag #TOMMYXTAKUMI. By following the account (@TommyHilfigerJP) and retweeting the relevant tweet, five lucky people will win one of the looks modeled by Mr. Kitamura.
Comment from Takumi Kitamura
“I’m Takumi Kitamura, and I’m honored to announce that I have been chosen as a brand ambassador for the historic Tommy Hilfiger brand. While shooting the visuals for the FALL 2021 collection, there were a number of combinations that surprised me! Hopefully, I can convey plenty of Tommy Hilfiger’s character through this collaboration. Thank you so much for this opportunity.”
Be sure to check out Takumi Kitamura rocking these new autumn looks!
Nihonbashi Art Aquarium Museum Closes for Renewal and Relocation
The Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM will be closed on September 26 2021 to make way for new exhibits and works. The museum is scheduled to be relocated in the first half of 2022.
The ART AQUARIUM Museum opened in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on August 28 202 with the concept of “a museum where life dwells.” This will be the largest renewal in the history of the museum Museum, opened by writer and general producer Hidetomo Kimura, with the addition of more exhibits and new and improved interactive areas.
The Nihonbashi Art AQUARIUM Museum opened alongside the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic, with the expectations that visitors would come from both within Japan and overseas, thanks to the exhibitions which easily explain and represent Japan’s proud traditional culture and performing arts, but due to Covid restrictions, foreign tourists are still unable to enter the country. Despite this, the Museum saw many customers and with the closing of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the museum will be closed in preparation to relocate to the new ART AQUARIUM. If you want to see the Nihonbashi location for yourself then this is your last chance!
In addition, the “ART AQUARIUM” digital tour is being held from September 12, allowing you to appreciate the Museum in a digital format until the reopening.
Make sure to check out the Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM while you have the chance!
ART AQUARIUM Museum
Address:：1-3-9 Nihonbashihonchō, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00~19:00 (L.A 18:30)
Official Site: https://artaquarium.jp
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