Wakayama Culture Festival 2021 Coming to Shibuya
ASOBISYSTEM, in cooperation with the Agency for Cultural Affairs, will hold the Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021 in Shibuya on October 3, 2021. The event will be free to attend, and will take place at Shibuya CAST, a modern commercial facility located between Shibuya and Harajuku.
The Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021, taking place in Wakayama Prefecture from October 30 to November 21, is the one of the largest cultural festival in Japan. This event will bring many popular presentations and goods from Wakayama to Shibuya, allowing Tokyo residents to experience some of the beauty and traditions of this area of the Kansai region. A number of celebrity guests will be in attendance, and local Wakayama goods will be on sale. Measures will be taken during the event to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Promoting the Wakayama Culture Festival Throughout Shibuya!
In a special collaboration with SHIBUYA TELEVISION, the largest media outlet in the Shibuya area, a promotional video produced in Wakayama Prefecture will be aired on eight large screens in the Shibuya area from September 27 to October 3. Select restaurants in Shibuya will also serve dishes featuring ingredients from Wakayama for a limited time.
Get the Wakayama Panda Mask Cover for Attending!
An original Wakayama Panda Mask Cover, produced by ASOBISYSTEM, will be given to visitors on the day of the event. *Quantity limited.
If you’re in the Tokyo area, be sure to come out to this special event where you can experience the charm of Wakayama!
Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021 in Shibuya
When: October 3, 11:00-17:00
Where: Shibuya CAST. (1-23-21, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Content: Wakayama Product Market / Stage Show, etc.
Guests: To Be Announced
Organized by: Agency for Cultural Affairs
Planning: ASOBISYSTEM / Channel 47
* In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the event may be subject to admission restrictions, changes in content, or performance cancellations.
The Appeal of Rising Gen-Z Singer ASA Wu, Reaching People’s Hearts with her Music
Trilingual Gen-Z singer ASA Wu is a rising star. The artist has roots in Taiwan and Japan, and the gap between her powerful voice and cute baby face is attracting attention from both the music industry and other creative fields. Since the release of her debut song Bloomer in April 2021, she has continued to gain momentum, debuting her first EP omen alongside the music video for MO-MO, a sexy electronic dance hit making waves worldwide.
ASA Wu’s highly-anticipated new single Uncolor was released on April 8, 2022, and is currently being featured as a part of the Artiswitch anime project. Artiswitch, a collaborative anime series made by SUNRISE (Mobile Suit Gundam, Love Live!) and ASOBISYSTEM, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s agency, premiered on YouTube on May 28, 2021. The series brings together a wide range of content pulling from fashion, art, and music trends, especially those found in Harajuku.
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON recently sat down with Asa Wu to chat about her career, her charm, and to get a closer look at her true self.
The Artist’s Early Interest in Music
“I’ve been singing since I was a kid. I’d sing at home and put on shows by myself. When we’d sit down for dinner, I’d tell my parents I was going to put on a dinner show. When I lived in Taiwan, before I’d go to bed, I’d ask my grandma to listen to me. But honestly, the praise I got didn’t mean much to me as a little girl. I knew a lot of kids who would do their best to help around the house just to get praise, but for me? I just wanted to make everyone happy by singing.” ―ASA WU
ASA Wu’s journey into the world of music began early in her childhood. As a young girl, she was overjoyed to see her family enjoying her singing, inspiring her to chase a music career. Her family remains her primary motivation to this day. Her voice has a warm quality to it, and it’s clear when speaking to ASA Wu that singing comes naturally to her.
Music and ASA Wu
“This might be cliche, but if I had to describe music to myself, I’d say “NO MUSIC, NO LIFE.” It’s like, when I’m sad or stressed, what do I do? Everyone has their own ways to clear their mind or destress, but for me, it’s only music. Music is easy–it can instantly change your mood. It can make you feel happy, it can motivate you. Just listening is such a simple thing to do, but it can really change your behavior and your actions. That’s what I aim to do for people with my music.”
For ASA Wu, music is akin to life itself. No matter what troubles or challenges life brings, music is there. Music can conquer stress and offer clarity when her emotions are muddled. When writing lyrics, the singer defaults to taking an emotional approach, drawing inspiration from characters in the stories she writes in her head, or from the life lessons she writes in her notebook each day. Through her music, Wu wants to share feelings that people may have never been able to express before. Just as music has supported her, she only wants her music to support others.
Uncolor Music Video
About the New Track, Uncolor
During the songwriting process for her new track Uncolor, Wu decided to express a world in which darkness and light coexist, utilizing an already-created story and beat. The singer says that her favorite lines in the song are “Feeling Sad, you were in that lonely-colored sky,” and “No matter the color, I can’t see the Night Sky.” When asked why, the singer responded candidly.
“The sky at night may look black, but depending on the state of a person’s mind, it could really look like any color. I just put that thought into words. In the lyrics, I also included the phrase “my friends,” because I wanted to reach out to everyone on earth. We’re all friends.”
During the recording, Wu was conscious of how she could share her feelings through her singing voice. The thought inspired her to darken the room in the hopes that her song could add color to it.
Uncolor is a collaboration between ASA Wu and NANCY SNAKE, an illustrator known for her psychedelic pop worldview that combines realism and romanticism. The collab was made for the ongoing Artiswitch project.
For ASA Wu, collaboration is a means of discovery, where each artist’s individual colors overlap to create something completely new. She also sees it as an encounter with another self–someone new, born from working with another person. Expectations are high for Wu going forward after seeing how much progress she has made as an artist already.
“I hope that I can convey with my voice what I want to convey with my music, and what I feel like so many of my listeners also want to convey to the world,” the singer said to those who have listened to her songs.
“When I read messages from fans, I really try to understand what they’re thinking. I often empathize with their emotions, and I want to put those emotions into my music,” Wu says. “I want people to hear my songs and think “wow, I’m so glad ASA sang this!” I hope to become an artist worthy of all of this praise, and I want people to be glad that they supported me. Look forward to what’s coming next!” The artist finished the interview with a wide smile.
ASA Wu has already inspired an army of fans with her Gen-Z outlook, warm vocals, and one-of-a-kind sound. Try taking a deep breath while listening to her new song Uncolor. Maybe there’s a message in there for you.
TEXT: Natalie（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Gelato Pique Cafe Offering Adorable Panda Sweets for a Limited Time
16.May.2022 | FOOD
Gelato Pique Cafe is now selling panda-inspired sweets for a limited time! The Hello! PANDA promotion will be going on until June 23, 2022.
*Limited quantities available. Available while supplies last.
The limited-time menu includes a Panda Crepe made with Royal Bourbon gelato, Panda Gelato with cookies crumbles for the eyes and around the neck, and a Panda Float made with the cafe’s original blend of Guatemalan coffee and Royal Bourbon gelato.
In addition, the popular panda glasses, which sold out immediately last year, have been redesigned and are now available in limited quantities. You can grab one at Gelato Pique Cafe locations nationwide and online.
Idol Group FRUITS ZIPPER Announces First Solo Concert
11.May.2022 | MUSIC
FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” On May 3, the girls held a free solo concert titled “Find my Cutest Part,” attracting tons of new fans and lighting up social media.
Tickets for the group’s first concert on April 10 at Shirokane-Takanawa SELENE b2 sold out instantly, and the girls have been looking for a way to give back to their incredibly passionate fans. Sadly, the April 10 performance was postponed after the members and staff tested positive for COVID, so the content was changed and admission was free!
During the show, FRUITS ZIPPER announced that their introductory live show will now be held on July 16 at the same venue. The girls also announced that their first solo concert will be taking place on September 12 at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM.
Stay tuned to see what FRUITS ZIPPER does next!
FRUITS ZIPPER Debut Rerun Performance ‘Towards the Future’
Date: July 16, 2022
Venue: Shirokane-Takanawa SELENE b2
Doors Open 16:00 / Show Starts 17:00
Tickets: VIP ¥10,000 / Advance Tickets ¥3,000 / Day-of Tickets ¥3,500
FRUITS ZIPPER 1st Solo Concert (Title to be Announced)
Date: September 12, 2022
Venue: Ebisu LIQUIDROOM
Time: To be announced
Official Site: http://asobisystem.com/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Announces First Solo Budokan Appearance in Six Years Following Success at Coachella
10.May.2022 | MUSIC
In April 2022, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed at the world’s largest music festival Coachella, held in California. Following this incredible moment in her career, the singer played a solo concert at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. American fans were thrilled to see her return to the states after three years, with any overseas performances canceled due to the pandemic.
During the most recent stop on her domestic tour, Kyary announced that she would be performing a solo concert at Nippon Budokan for the first time in six years. The concert will be the final stop on the singer’s 10th-anniversary tour and will be held on October 19, 2022.
The announcement was made on May 7, the first day of the second half of Kyary’s current tour. The LINE CUBE SHIBUYA in Tokyo housed the singer upon her return from the states and tickets were sold out with fans excited to see what beloved tracks the Harajuku symbol would perform!
The setlist for the performance featured highlights from Kyary’s decade-long career. The artist performed Candy Racer from her new album; Invader Invader, a current smash-hit on TikTok; the ever-popular Harajuku Iyahoi; the Halloween anthem Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkins Strike Back~; and Gentenkaihi, the track celebrating Kyary’s special anniversary.
During the MC portion of the performance, Kyary shared details of a certain moment during Coachella that made a huge impact on her. The singer was concerned that no one would show up to her concert, as she was scheduled to perform at the same time as global stars Billie Eilish and 21 Savage.
“Kyary, it’ll be fine,” one of her dancers said. “We’ll be on stage together. You’re not alone, so go out there and do what you always do!” Such a powerful message brought Kyary to tears.
During the second weekend performance, Kyary performed alone for the first time in her decade-long career after her dancers suffered from a sudden illness. She wrote their initials on her hands during her set to keep them with her. She emotionally thanked the audience for coming and said that she would not have been able to perform if the fans hadn’t given her the strength to do so.
Starting with a show in Yamagata on May 13, Kyary will tour 16 more cities around Japan. She will then perform at the Second Sky Music Festival hosted by Porter Robinson at the end of October in the U.S. Her world tour, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR CANDY WAVE, will start in November.
Advance tickets for the Budokan concert will be available to fan club members until May 16. The official website will begin general sales on May 20.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 -TOUR FINAL-
Date: October 19, 2022
Venue: Nippon Budokan
Doors Open 17:30 / Show Starts 18:30
Tickets: ¥7,700 (Tax Included)
KPP CLUB Presale Tickets
Available until May 16 at 23:59
Join the KPP CLUB here: http://kyary.net/
Official HP Preregistration
May 20, 18:00 – May 29, 23:59
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE
Tour details: https://kpp10.jp/japantour2022/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR CANDY WAVE
KAWAII LAB. Group IDOLATER Adds Two New Members, First Live Video with Five Members Unveiled
28.April.2022 | MUSIC
IDOLATER is now a five-member group after adding two fresh faces! The idol group is part of KAWAII LAB., a project aiming to introduce the world to popular Japanese idol culture. Announced at the group’s solo concert ‘New IDOLATER’ on April 24, Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki have joined the current lineup, Ayu Okuda, Kurumi Tsukishiro, and Yukino Fushiki.
IDOLATER was formed after becoming finalists in the ASOBISYSTEM THE AUDITION 2018 competition, and the girls are known for exploring the boundary of music, fashion, and other unique aspects of culture through an idol perspective.
Ririka Satsuki is a solo artist based in Fukuoka with an incredible husky voice. Fuuka Oishi has previously worked as a model and is popular with creators for her sweet yet listless atmosphere. This is the first time either has worked as a model.
Check out the group’s first performance as five members below!
Swipin’ Flickin’ – IDOLATER (Live at Ebisu CreAto, April 24, 2022)
IDOLATER will also begin holding regular concerts at Ebisu CreAto starting in May 2022.
Comments from New Members
My name is Fuuka Oishi, and I’ve just joined IDOLATER.
When it comes to singing and dancing, I’m very inexperienced, but with the help of the other members, I’ll practice hard each and every day!
The first time I stood on stage, it really hit me–I’m becoming an idol. When I saw the fan’s kind faces in the audience, my nervousness turned into fun!
IDOLATER will continue to grow and evolve into something great, so I hope you’ll keep an eye on us!
Although I’ve just started my life as an idol, I have big dreams. I’ll do my best to make it to Budokan!
I’ll do my best as a member of IDOLATER, a group I love so much.
Please support me!
I’m Ririka Satsuki, a new member of IDOLATER.
I used to be a solo singer, and this is my first time as an idol. I’m really nervous but also incredibly excited about what the future will bring. The other members are always making me laugh and giving me the strength to do my best.
If there’s one goal that drives me more than anything, it’s my dream of performing at Budokan.
We want our fans to come along too!!!!
I’ll do my best, so please continue to support me!
Upcoming Regular Performances
IDOLATER Performance Vol. 1 “A Certain Woman”
May 22, 2022
Doors Open 14:30 / Show Starts 15:00
Venue: Ebisu CreAto
Lottery for Priority Tickets: April 25, 19:00 – April 28, 23:59
Announcement of Winners: April 29
Advance Sales Period: April 30, 20:00 – May 21, 23:59
GUCCI LOVE PARADE Experience Space and Cafe Opens at Miyashita Park in Shibuya, Tokyo
GUCCI LOVE PARADE TOKYO, an interactive event themed around the brand’s latest collection GUCCI LOVE PARADE, is now open at Miyashita Park in Shibuya, Tokyo, until May 31, 2022. Guests are invited to enjoy the glamour of old Hollywood reimagined in a contemporary way with Gucci’s one-of-a-kind aesthetic. Three distinct locations are open, each ready to surprise you!
The new Gucci event features a special installation celebrating the brand’s collection presented last November on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Fashionistas can wander around the decorated spaces, browsing looks embodying the free spirit of Hollywood stars. A photo spot is also available, making visitors look as though they’ve traveled to Hollywood Boulevard. Others feature a backstage area and a retro game room. What kinds of photos would you want to take?
On the first floor of RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK North, the GUCCI SNEAKER ROOM will be open for a limited time! The shop pays homage to Miyashita Park, the current center of street culture and fashion in Tokyo, by offering a wide variety of Gucci sneakers. The fourth floor of Hotel sequence Miyashita Park is now home to Gucci Cafe by Valley Park Stand, offering menu items inspired by a Hollywood-based Italian bar.
During the event period, visitors can participate in a special stamp rally. The only way to play is by connecting from the official Gucci LINE account. Visitors who visit the three locations and collect the appropriate stamps will receive a special GUCCI LOVE PARADE gift only available at this event. (While supplies last.)
GUCCI LOVE PARADE TOKYO
Running: Everyday between April 23 – May 31
Address: Miyashita Park (6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Event Details: https://on.gucci.com/LoveParadeTokyo1
Hong Kong and Virtual Exhibition to Reimagine Japanese Contemporary Art, Fashion as NFTs
26.April.2022 | FASHION
From April 21 until May 15, 2022, Startbahn is holding the ‘Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality’ exhibition at a pop-up venue in Hong Kong! A virtual showroom by VIRTRIX is also open for those who can’t attend in person.
‘Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality’ utilizes blockchain technology and NFTs to showcase cutting-edge Japanese creativity in the worlds of fashion, art, and crafts, bringing the physical and virtual worlds together. The lineup was brought together by Startbahn, a leader in blockchain and Web3 infrastructure in Japan. Participating artists include fashion stars Tomo Koizumi and Anrealage, ceramic artist Takahiro Koga, and Yumi Kishi, known for creating digital portraits using artificial intelligence. The latter has appeared in Vogue and worked with Nike.
Participating Fashion Brands / Designers, Artists
Fashion Brands / Designers
B-OWND / Takahiro Koga
SBINFT Market Artists:
Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality
Running: April 23 – May 15, 2022
Venue: Shop Go1, K11 Art Mall (K11 Car Park, 18 Hanoi Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong)
Virtual Showroom / Official Site: https://www.virtrix.io/startbahn/madeinjapan3.0
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with America’s Largest Japantown ‘Little Tokyo’ for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
22.April.2022 | FASHION
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu recently performed at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the U.S. Keeping the momentum going, the singer gave her first solo performance in four years at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on April 18, 2022.
The LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project, launched alongside Kyary’s current Japan tour to help energize rural Japanese locales, made its first appearance in America on April 19. Little Tokyo in Los Angeles has the largest number of Japanese people in the United States, making it the perfect place to hold a commemorative event. During the celebration, panels of each participating company and region were on display, and Kyary herself explained the project to the visitors in person.
This initiative aims to bring attention and support to local industries and to inspire more tourism to rural areas. The 30 stops on the new tour include many that Kyary has not visited before, and were chosen based on the singer’s desire to perform for fans who may not typically be able to attend one of her shows.
Little Tokyo, the largest Japanese town in the U.S., is located in downtown Los Angeles and was established at the end of the 19th century. The collaboration logo with Little Tokyo features a colorful retro theme and is an homage to Kyary’s first album Pamyu Pamyu Revolution. Products made in collaboration with the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project are now on sale for a limited time at several Little Tokyo stores.
A collaboration T-shirt is also on sale, featuring the new logo on the front and Kyary’s 10th-anniversary logo and project logo on the back. These are available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project for two weeks starting April 20, so get one before they’re gone!
Little Tokyo x LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
Participating Shops *Only available on-site.
Sweets: Fugetsu-Do https://www.fugetsu-do.com/index.html
Bread: Okayama Kobo Bakery & Cafe https://www.okayamakobousa.com/dtla
Donuts: Cafe Dulce https://cafedulcelittletokyo.square.site/
T-shirt: Bunkado https://www.bunkadoonline.com/
Where to Buy
LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Online Shop
Available: April 20 – May 4 at 23:59
*Please allow 2 weeks to 1 month from order completion for the product to ship.
*A portion of T-shirt sales will be donated to select programs for local development and social betterment.
Official Site: https://localpowerjapan.com
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Performs at Coachella, the World’s Largest Music Festival
Photo by Kirby Gladstein
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is celebrating her 10th anniversary in the best way possible–by performing at Coachella 2022! The artist played an incredible set at the event in Indio, California starting on April 16, 2022.
The headliners for the 2022 event included Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Swedish House Mafia, and The Weeknd.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was selected to perform at the GOBI STAGE for the performances held on April 16 and April 23, the dates headlined by Billie Eilish. The Weekend 1 performance was streamed worldwide on YouTube.
Photo by Kirby Gladstein
The GOBI STAGE, where Kyary was the closing act performing at the same time as Billie Eilish, 21 Savage, and other popular artists, was nearly overflowing during her set.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who has been a Japanese pop culture and Harajuku icon to fans around the world for the last decade, appeared wearing a dress created for the occasion by the fashion brand MIKIO SAKABE, who the artist has been wearing since high school. The artist performed Candy Racer from her latest album, and even those hearing Kyary for the first time couldn’t help but dance along.
Photo by Kyoichi Ichimura, Ocean Photo Studio / WANANN, Inc.
Turning into a beatboxer, Kyary also performed the globally popular track Dodonpa, along with her legendary song PONPONPON which has amassed over 180 million views on YouTube. During her performance, images of the recently announced Metaani x Kyary Pamyu Pamyu NFT flashed in the background.
In total, Kyary performed 10 songs, including the popular TikTok track Invader Invader and Harajuku Iyahoi.
Photo by Kyoichi Ichimura, Ocean Photo Studio / WANANN, Inc.
This weekend, those with YouTube Premium will be able to watch the Weekend 2 stream. Kyary’s performance will be archived for one week, so watch it before it’s gone!
A YouTube Premium pre-show will also air on April 23, 2022 on Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s official channel.
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS HARAJUKU Announces ‘My Ty Rooms Harajuku’ Collaboration
ASOBISYSTEM, a company aiming to broadcast Japanese pop culture from Harajuku to the rest of the world, has teamed up with Rokuyon Corporation for a special collaboration! Rokuyon manages unique private accommodations throughout Shibuya in Tokyo, and with help from Meteor APAC, the Japanese distributor of Ty’s beloved Beanie Baby stuffed animals, a new collaboration room will be available to book for a limited time only.
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS HARAJUKU, a home-sharing facility produced by ASOBISYSTEM, is offering a Ty-inspired room from April 23 until May 22, 2022. The room looks more like an art gallery than a guest house and was designed by Ty’s content director Harris.
Children can enjoy a number of Ty amenities, while adults will enjoy taking home a Ty A3-sized tote bag to remember their unique visit. Those taking the tote bag will be able to fill it with all the Ty stuffed animals they want for only ¥1,650 (Tax Included)!
A social networking campaign exclusively for guests will also be underway soon! Those posting with the hashtag #moshimoshirooms and #ty will receive one free Ty plush toy!
My Ty Rooms HARAJUKU
Available: April 23 – May 22, 2022
Address: MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS HARAJUKU (2-18-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Access: 8-minute walk from Meijijingu-mae Harajuku Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line/Fukutoshin Line
Wakayama’s Adventure World Opens Spring ‘Picnic with Animals’ Event
Adventure World, located in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, has opened its 2022 Spring Festival until April 10, 2022. The event includes a limited-time picnic menu inspired by adorable animals, with desserts made using fresh local fruits.
Kannonyama Fruits Garden Collaboration Menu
Adventure World Original Menu
2022 Spring Festival
Running: March 19 – April 10, 2022
Address: Adventure World, Shirahama, Wakayama
Tokyo Revengers Anime Series to Get Special Live Event in June
The Tokyo Revengers anime series will hold its first live event on June 19 at Bellesalle Shibuya Garden B1 HALL C!
Voice actors Yuuki Shin (Takemichi Hanagaki), Yuu Hayashi (Manjiro Sano), Masaaki Mizunaka (Keisuke Baji), Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Takashi Mitsuya), and Sho Karino (Chifuyu Matsuno) will perform character songs live on stage. The live event titled ‘TV Anime Tokyo Revengers 2nd Anniversary & Formation Memorial! Tokyo Manji Gang Live’ will celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the series’ first season.
Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown Arc Trailer
Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!