Namco and Sanrio Team Up for Collaborative Halloween Campaign
BANDAI NAMCO AMUSEMENT has announced Namco de Halloween 2021 -Skulls Festival!- coming September 10. The campaign will take place at over 200 Namco amusement centers nationwide, and at the online crane game site Torumo. Those participating can snag some spooky and super adorable Sanrio goodies!
Namco Limited Edition Prizes
Sanrio Characters Big Plushies
Cinnamoroll / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock second week of September)
Sanrio Characters Skull Festival! Plushies
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / Pochacco / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock second week of September)
Sanrio Characters Skull Festival! Cushions
All characters (Back side: Blue) / My Melody & Kuromi (Back side: Pink) / Cinnamoroll, Pom Pom Pudding & Pochacco (Back side: Orange) (In stock second week of September)
Sanrio Characters Jiangshi Night Plushies 2021
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / Pochacco / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock second week of September)
Sanrio Characters Spooky Night 2021 Plushies
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / Pochacco / Hello Kitty / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock third week of September)
Sanrio Characters Dreamy Dark Halloween 2021 Plushies
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock fourth week of September)
Sanrio Characters Exciting Halloween 2021 Plushies
Pom Pom Pudding / Cinnamoroll / Hello Kitty / My Melody / Kuromi (In stock first week of October)
Use the Namco Point App to get one limited-edition shopping bag each day.
During the Torumo gift campaign, 100 winners will be randomly selected to win a special Halloween blanket.
The prizes available during the campaign were designed for the event. Also, limited-edition plushies to appear in the past have returned in brand new colors! Those who use the Namco Point App and place ¥500 into one of the crane machines will receive one of five clear cards and a colorful bag. (Not available using Torumo.)
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Namco de Halloween 2021 -Skulls Festival!-
Running: September 10 – November 3, 2021
Where: Over 200 Namco amusement facilities nationwide and Torumo online crane game site
Namco Point App: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/app_dl/
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?
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
Hyatt Centric Kanazawa Reveals Halloween Inspired Menu for October
All-day restaurant FIVE – Grill & Lounge, located within the Hyatt Centric Kanazawa hotel, will begin serving up a selection of Halloween-inspired treats beginning October 1, including cake sets, parfaits, muffins, and various lunch and dinner items.
Guests will also be able to enjoy some mischievous cocktails and mocktails inspired by witches and ghosts!
Halloween Cake Set
Black Sesame Pudding
Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich
Monster Cream Puff
Halloween Parfait Set
Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course
Halloween Muffin Box
I sWitch (Mocktail)
The Halloween Cake Set is filled with ghoulish treats, each one displaying incredible attention to detail. In the Halloween Parfait Set, guests can enjoy a tower of different sweets, including black currant and chocolate. Themed with creepy eyeball decorations throughout, it offers a variety of overlapping textures and tastes guests will want to savor until the last bite.
When thinking of Halloween, the colors orange and purple instantly come to mind. For the Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course, the menu’s creators went with a more dark theme, envisioning a ghost appearing at any moment. The entire restaurant will be decorated in black and gray, creating a truly haunting dining experience.
Don’t miss out on the Halloween Muffin Box, a set of mini-muffins made with fresh autumn ingredients, and offering a much cuter feel. Quantities are limited!
The gin-based Spooky Night cocktail is refreshing, with a bold blue color and red-rim on the glass, sure to turn your mouth bright crimson. Hallo-Wine Sangria, house-made with autumn fruits, has a unique design, with a skeleton rising from the glass! For those wanting a mocktail, the I sWitch asks guests to pour the accompanying red syrup over the cotton candy, changing both the appearance and flavor of the drink as if by witchcraft!
Which of these treats would you be after?
FIVE – Grill & Lounge Halloween
Release Date: October 1, 2021
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:
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka to Offer Extremely Limited Halloween Accommodations
08.September.2021 | SPOT
The RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka has announced a spectacularly limited Halloween accommodation plan, titled ‘A Terrifying Banquet in the Mysterious Lord’s Castle.’ Only one lucky person per day can book the decorated room, which features in-room meals and more treats to discover. Reservations are open through October 28, and the room will be available from September 10 until October 31.
‘A Terrifying Banquet’ Dining Table
Skeletons in hotel uniform, ready to greet guests in the front room
This spooky setup will be held in the Fontainebleau suite, themed as a French palace. Guests will enjoy a western dinner course in the comfort (or discomfort) of the room. Decorated with black cats, ever-watchful owls and skeletons, guests can also look forward to taking plenty of photos at a designated photo spot on the sofa.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep people in their homes, the hotel created this room as a way to experience a new kind of cozy Halloween getaway. Visitors will enjoy plenty of other perks, including free parking, soft drink coupons, and breakfast the following morning.
Would you be able to sleep in this room filled with skeletons and specters?
Special Halloween Room: ‘A Terrifying Banquet in the Mysterious Lord’s Castle’
Reservations Open: September 1 – October 28, 2021
Room Available: September 10 – October 31, 2021
*Reservations accepted until 8:00AM, 3 days in advance.
Official Site: https://www.rihga.co.jp/osaka/stay/plan/halloween2021
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
Key Coffee and THE SHOP TK Collaborate for the Second Time
Classic Japanese coffee chain Key Coffee has teamed up with fashion brand THE SHOP TK for the second time. New merchandise is now available at THE SHOP TK locations nationwide!
Coffee Shop Photo T-shirts
Key Motif Embroidery
Jet Brew Tops, perfect for autumn weather
The two first collaborated in March 2009, releasing items under the theme of ‘life with coffee.’ The merchandise was incredibly well-received, and this new collaboration has a curious new theme: junkissa, or coffee shops which don’t serve alcohol. These establishments have been popular with young people in recent years.
The photo T-shirts in the collection feature images taken by photographer Toshiaki Kitaoka. Each photo was taken in carefully selected coffee shops, picked by Rina Namba, a director of the Tokyo Coffee Shop Research Institute. These include Coffee House Rouen, Koushuya, COFFEE SHOP Galant, and Cafe Crown. Each of these have a classic Showa feel, so if you get the chance, definitely check them out for that retro-Japan feel.
The sustainable material is made from post-brewed coffee powder, and is perfect for cool autumn weather. As with the first collection, the left sleeve is embroidered with the symbolic Key Coffee logo.
Grab some of these pieces for the coffee drinker in your life!
Key Coffee x THE SHOP TK
Where to Buy: THE SHOP TK locations nationwide
Jet Brew x THE SHOP TK
Where to Buy: THE SHOP TK locations nationwide, WORLD ONLINE STORE