Enka Superstar Aki Yashiro Celebrating 50 Years in Showbiz at Shibuya PARCO
Shibuya PARCO is about to be hijacked by Enka singer Aki Yashiro! Celebrating 50 years since her major debut, the singer will transform Union Records Shibuya into Yashiro Records, and the analog version of Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 will be sold exclusively at this location. The takeover begins September 25, the exact date of her debut.
Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 album jacket
Poster on the reverse side of booklet & Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 bonus: Original Bromide (2L-size)
Limited-edition 2G T-shirt: ¥7,500 (M/L sizes available)
Aki Kannon Deco-Truck
Aki Yashiro Best Hits 50
Aki Yashiro’s Best Hits – New Recordings and New Singles
The jackets for the analog version of Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 and the 50th-anniversary Greatest Hits album were created by artist Keiichi Tanaami and photographer team TOKI, with art direction provided by Naohiro Ukawa. A number of limited-edition products featuring the new art will be sold at 2G on the second floor of Shibuya PARCO.
Aki Kannon, one of the more famous deco-trucks, will be parked on the first floor Park Avenue side of Shibuya PARCO for a limited time, from September 24-26.
Running: September 25 – October 3, 2021
Where: Shibuya PARCO B1F (Union Records Shibuya)
Official Site: https://shibuya.parco.jp/event/detail/?id=4143
Gorgeous Project Mapping Event Coming to Yamashiro Onsen in Kaga, Ishikawa
26.October.2021 | SPOT
DMM.com will sponsor a projection mapping project titled Yamashiro Night Promenade Fall 2021 on Yamashiro Onsen Street in Kaga, Ishikawa prefecture from October 30 until November 28, 2021.
The limited-time project is being organized by the Yamashiro Onsen Tourist Association with support from DMM. Under the themes of harmony and local tradition, brilliant images of flowers, water, and geometric patterns will illuminate the hot spring resort while accompanied by music. There will also be traditional Taiko performances during the event.
Yamashiro Night Promenade Fall 2021
Running: October 30 – November 28, 2021
Hours: 20:20-21:20 (Canceled for rain)
Address: Yamashiro Onsen Street in front of Hatori Ryokan (17 Onsen-dori, Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga City, Ishikawa)
Official Site: https://sousei.dmm.com/
PARCO Museum Tokyo to Hold Exhibition for Mysterious Artist manksy ☆ gataro
Manksy ☆ gataro is a mystery. The artist’s nationality, real name, age, gender, and address are unknown. His works are bizarre and jarring, and from October 22 until November 14, Shibuya PARCO will hold the ‘Mysterious Artist manksy ☆ gataro: 100th Anniversary of Death Exhibition’ where 40 original creations will be on display.
PARCO Museum Tokyo Exclusive ‘Edition Print’ (8 varieties)
Long Sleeve T-Shirt (Black, 5 varieties) *Embroidered on the front
Postcard Box (40 varieties)
Acrylic Magnet (40 varieties)
Shibuya PARCO B1 ‘Rice & Circus’ Collaboration Menu
Old Lady’s Boobs Curry: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Old Lady’s Colorful Cheese Fries: ¥850 (Tax Included)
Old Lady’s Power-Up Cocktail: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
The Emerging Art Museum -manksy ☆ gataro AR EXHIBITION-
The exhibition’s website explains that 40 original drawings discovered in an abandoned apartment will be on display for the first time. The artist had already turned to bones when these were found and left no trace of when they were created or what they represent. Various manksy ☆ gataro prints will be on sale, along with a number of exclusive pieces of exhibition merchandise. Themed dishes will also be available, and for each order, guests will receive a novelty sticker (3 varieties) at random. Don’t miss out on the special AR Exhibition at the Shibuya PARCO Art Wall!
Mysterious Artist manksy ☆ gataro: 100th Anniversary of Death Exhibition
Address: PARCO Museum Tokyo (Shibuya PARCO 4F, 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Running: October 22 – November 14, 2021
Official Site: art.parco.jp
Rice & Circus (Shibuya PARCO B1)
Running: October 22 – November 14, 2021
Hours: 11:30-21:00 (*Alcoholic beverages available until 20:00. Open at 17:00 on Tuesdays.)
The Emerging Art Museum -manksy ☆ gataro AR EXHIBITION-
Shibuya PARCO Art Wall ・Nakashibu Street
Running: October 22 – November 14, 2021
App Store | https://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/id1477168256?mt=8
Boy Band BE:FIRST to Hold First Photo Exhibition
BE:FIRST is a seven-member dance and vocal group created during THE FIRST boy band audition. Organized by BMSG, a company founded by popular rapper SKY-HI, the group immediately amassed an army of fans who immediately fell in love with the member’s incredible perseverance and passion during the audition program.
Long Sleeve T-Shirt: ¥5,800
Hand Towel: ¥900
Rubber Keychain: ¥700
To commemorate the group’s major debut on November 3, PARCO will play host to the ‘BE:FIRST Photo Exhibition “We Just Gifted” event starting on October 22 in Shibuya and November 13 in Nagoya. The showing will feature unreleased photos and videos of the audition process, and original merchandise and materials will only be available at the event. There are plans for an online photo exhibition and regional tour in the future, so keep an eye out for details!
BE:FIRST Photo Exhibition “We Just Gifted.”
Running: October 22 – November 8, 2021
Address: :Shibuya PARCO B1F Gallery X (15-7 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Running: November 13 – December 5, 2021
Address: Nagoya PARCO East Building B1F Event Space (3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya)
Admission: ¥500 (Tax Included) *Advanced Tickets Required
How to Reserve Tickets: https://art.parco.jp/galleryx/detail/?id=740
Reservations for Shibuya: http://t.livepocket.jp/t/2asx9
Reservations for Nagoya: http://t.livepocket.jp/t/t616h
New Rap Track by monyusode Inspired by 1926 Short Story ‘The Izu Dancer’
20.October.2021 | MUSIC
Female duo monyusode just released their new track With no ODORIKO on October 8, 2021. The song is available on the iTunes store and major streaming sites.
The song was inspired by the 1926 short story The Izu Dancer by Nobel Prize-winning Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. Kawabata was the first Japanese writer to win the award in 1968 and the short story follows a young boy from Tokyo traveling to Izu on a lonely summer holiday. On this trip, he repeatedly crosses paths with five traveling musicians who bring joy back to his life.
Comment from monyusode
“With no ODORIKO is a song that combines a traditional enka-style melody with modern rap. Be sure to pay attention to the lyrics!”
“The music video tells the story of a traveler who meets and falls in love with a dancer. It was shot in the town of Murata in Miyagi prefecture and features this rare and incredibly beautiful scenery. We hope you’ll enjoy the casting!”
Kadokawa Musashino Museum Celebrates First Anniversary with Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris Project
To celebrate the location’s first anniversary, the Kadokawa Musashino Museum will hold a 360-degree experimental exhibition titled Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris starting October 30. The theater continuously holds showings to help share Japanese culture with both domestic and international visitors.
Bowie as Kidomaru. Masumi Ishikawa for the Ukiyo-e Project
Momoiro Clover Z and KISS. Megumi Oishi (BALCOLONY) for the Ukiyo-e Project
In the Edo period, the price of one ukiyo-e print was 28 mon, the same as a bowl of soba noodles. The word ukiyo means ‘this world,’ and these paintings captured the familiar and the mundane. In that period of time, these creations were what television, the internet, and Instagram are to us today. In the 19th century, ukiyo-e pieces first appeared in Europe and made a large impact on impressionist artists, which continues to this day.
Danny Rose Studio has helped create a giant video space for the new exhibition, combining the old and the new. The Dreamed Japan – Images of the Floating World exhibition has been experienced by over 2 million people in France and is now coming to Japan for the first time with some new enhancements. Twelve unique works of art will be dynamically projected on a massive space, transporting visitors into an entirely new world. Clocks will tick, lanterns will dance in the air, cherry blossoms will flutter in the wind, and waves will rush overhead.
In the back of the Grand Gallery, a large number of ukiyo-e prints used by the Danny Rose Studio will be on display along with works by contemporary Japanese ukiyo-e artists.
Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris
Running: October 30, 2021 – April 10, 2022
Kadokawa Musashino Museum 1F Grand Gallery
Atarashii Gakko! and PARCO Culture Festival P.O.N.D. Release Special Collab Video
12.October.2021 | MUSIC
In 2021, the four-member girl group Atarashii Gakko! joined 88rising, a U.S.-based label helping to promote Asian music globally. Since then, they have continued to attract worldwide attention with their unique sound and eccentric choreography. Now, to promote P.O.N.D., a 10-day culture festival at Shibuya PARCO, the two have come together for a special collaborative video!
ATARASHII GAKKO! × P.O.N.D. – Pineapple Kryptonite (SHIBUYA SHORT VER.)
Produced by Money Mark, known as the best sound producer and melody maker in the alternative music world and working with the Beastie Boys for nearly 20 years, Pineapple Kryptonite has been a smash hit. Though the original music video was filmed in California, this version shows the girls fighting off a monster attacking Shibuya PARCO. The video was directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Oudai Kojima.
The video is currently available on YouTube, and will also be popping up on screens across Shibuya during the cultural festival!
Comment from the Members
“We walked around PARCO so many times our feet ached, and we shouted so loudly at the giant monster our throats were sore! The best part was messing with the avocados, gummies, and dry ice in the lab scene.
Be sure to check out the video we made with Shibuya PARCO!”
P.O.N.D. ~Encounter an Unknown World at PARCO~
Running: October 8 – October 17, 2021
Location: Shibuya PARCO (PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO, GALLERY X)
Atarashii Gakko! X P.O.N.D.
Pineapple Kryptonite (SHIBUYA SHORT VER.)
MAN WITH A MISSION Announces Two Consecutive New Albums
11.October.2021 | MUSIC
After three and half years, rock band MAN WITH A MISSION is back! The group’s new album, Break and Cross the Walls I, is set to release on November 24, 2021.
This will be the band’s sixth original album and is the first album since Chasing the Horizon was released on June 6, 2018. Fans have been anticipating a new drop from the group, and this ambitious work, conceived originally as a two-disc set, won’t disappoint. Instead of waiting until all tracks were complete, MAN WITH A MISSION has decided to release two consecutive albums instead. In an interview, the band stated that with people still suffering the effects of the pandemic, it was vital to provide fans with new music to raise their spirits as soon as possible. The second album, Break and Cross the Walls II, is scheduled to release next spring.
Break and Cross the Walls I will include 14 songs, including the popular track Merry-Go-Round which serves as the theme song for the anime series My Hero Academia. Fans will also recognize INTO THE DEEP, the theme for the Japanese release of the film Godzilla vs.Kong. Those buying the new album at specific stores will receive special bonus goods while supplies last.
MAN WITH A MISSION Presents Merry-Go-Round Tour 2021, the band’s first arena tour in two years, will start on November 30. The first day of the two-day event is titled ‘Day 1: Songs of Innocence,’ and will feature songs released between 2010 and 2013. The second day, ‘Day 2: Songs of Experience,’ will cover songs post-2013. A guest artist will also be performing an opening act, so be sure to stay up-to-date with more tour news to come!
MAN WITH A MISSION
Break and Cross the Walls I
Release Date: November 24, 2021
Official Site: https://www.mwamjapan.info/
Nagoya Castle “O.SHIRO Collection” Fashion Show Streaming Online
09.October.2021 | FASHION
GQ Japan and ITOCHU Textiles have released a video of The “O.SHIRO” Collection Vol.2 fashion show, highlighting domestic textile production areas around Japan. The video is now available on the special GQ Japan website, as well as the GQ Japan official YouTube channel.
GQ was first published in the United States in 1957 and is now published in 21 countries around the world.
The “O.SHIRO” Collection (o-shiro meaning ‘castle’ in Japanese) is a collaborative collection bringing Japanese textile producers and fashion brands together. The first event was held at Okayama Castle in 2019, with Okayama being an area known for denim production. The second event was held at Nagoya Castle, located in the famed Bishu wool production area. The theme of the most recent showing was ‘ethical consumption,’ a big topic in manufacturing. Three increasingly global brands took center stage: ANREALAGE, beautiful people, and sulvam. Models present include Taiki&Noah, Dori Sakurada, Mila Aina, and Satsuki Nakayama.
A patchwork collection from ANREALAGE using textiles from the Bishu region was released on October 4. On October 7, a collection from beautiful people will include textiles from Wakayama, while on October 14, sulvam will release a collection made from Okayama and Hiroshima denim. Certain pieces from The “O.SHIRO” Collection will be on display on the 3rd floor of Shibuya PARCO.
『GQ JAPAN』Illustration by Koji Toyama (C) 2021 Conde Nast Japan. All rights reserved.
The “O.SHIRO” Collection
When: October 20 – October 24, 2021, from 11:00-20:00
*Hours are the same as Shibuya PARCO.
Address: Shibuya PARCO 3F (15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://www.gqjapan.jp/_special/toc/2021/
Exhibition Featuring Famed Silk Fabrics from Tsuruoka in Yamagata Prefecture Now Open
Tsuruoka, Yamagata prefecture is known throughout Japan and the world for its silk production. Beginning on September 18, a new exhibition is inviting guests to see some of the incredibly beautiful fabrics to come out of the area, particularly highlighting Reiko Sudo, an innovative cloth-maker living in the area. These stunning pieces are being displayed at the Matsugaoka Reclamation Site, celebrating 150 years of history in 2021 and known as the birthplace of Tsuruoka silk. In particular, Sudo’s own Kibiso fabrics, created with the intent of blending long-held traditions with modern technologies, will be making an appearance! Kibiso refers to the first silk that comes off the cocoons in industrial silk spinning.
Kibiso Stripes & Streaks: 2018 Photo Sue McNab
Kibiso Zori: Photo Keiko Matsubara
Swinging Cherries: 2021 Photo Keiko Matsubara
An exhibit featuring the production process, original design sketches, and prototypes
Kibiso – Ogarami Choshi Sheets: 2018 Photo Keiko Matsubara
Ogarami Choshi, the byproduct of the silk mill: Photo Keiko Matsubara
The First Cultivation of the Matsugaoka Reclamation Site
Tsuruoka City is the only region in Japan where the entire silk-making process–from caring for silkworms to dying and wearing–is completed in a single place. Silk production began in 1872 when the former Shonai clam’s samurai warriors began cultivating new lands around the Matsugaoka area. During the Meiji period, a local inventor named Saito Toichi invented the automatic weaving machine, making the production of silk fabrics much quicker and easier. The new fabrics were exported around the country to be used in dresses, and silk production quickly became the area’s main industry.
Kibiso, a type of thread made from the first silk discharged from a silkworm, has been in production since 2007 and is breathing new life into the area’s industry. The thread is hard and thick, making it very difficult to work with–but once these works are completed, the textile is extremely durable. It holds moisture well, has antibacterial properties, and will help protect the wearer from UV rays. Combining new designs with functionality, Kibiso also cuts down on waste, and museums in the United States and the United Kingdom currently have some of these creations on display, with more requesting installations.
At the current exhibition, 29 unique textiles, mainly Kibiso, are hung from the ceiling. Visitors are allowed to touch each of these pieces, and can also view the entire creative process from sketches and prototypes to the final product. All pieces were created together with the members of NUNO, a textile design studio directed by Sudo. The designs were decided on through conversations with craftsmen throughout Japan. By reviewing traditional processes and helping them evolve to suit modern needs, Kibiso was born and is helping to revitalize the silk industry in Tsuruoka.
A highlight of the exhibition is ogarami choshi, a byproduct of silk production often caught in the thin metal tubes of silk mills. These can be torn into sheets and used for new creations, and by doing so, helps reduce waste.
Circular Design -Kibiso Continues-
Running: September 18 – October 17, 2021 (Planned to be extended until the end of 2021)
Hours: 9:00-16:00 (Closed on Wednesdays)
Address: Matsugaoka Reclamation Site, Silkwork-Raising Room 2F (29 Haguromachi Matsugaoka, Tsuruoka, Yamagata)
Three Unique Japanese Cafes You’ll Want to Visit Again and Again
Most of us have been spending more and more time at home over the past year. It’s time to get out for a change of scenery, and what better activity than cafe hopping! Check out these unique cafes around Japan, each offering a safe and relaxing space to enjoy a day out.
[Saitama] Bath Cafe BIVOUAC
This cafe located in Kumagaya City offers a full range of bath and sauna facilities, as well as a restaurant featuring healthy dishes filled with local, freshly-picked veggies.
[Gifu] Activity Cafe Takayama Zenko-ji
Set inside a Buddhist temple, this cafe invites anyone, regardless of faith or nationality, to enjoy a cup of tea while experiencing traditional culture. It’s also a great space to work remotely, with free Wi-fi!
Filled with plants and light, NANARIDA has been dubbed a digital detox cafe, not allowing smartphones or laptops each Sunday. Leaving your phone with the staff will grant you a free beverage, so come enjoy some tea and conversation.
TEXT： Natalie（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
The Heike Story Anime Gets New Visuals, Staff Comments Released
23.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The Heike Story, now airing on Fuji TV on Demand in Japan and Funimation in the United States, has released some new visuals. The series is set to premiere on Fuji TV’s +Ultra block in January 2022. The new visual shows a profile shot of Biwa (voiced by Aoi Yuuki), a blind priestess with the ability to see the future. A new 15-second PV has also been released, and translator Hideo Furukawa, artist Fumiko Takano, and character designer Takashi Kojima have also posted comments on the project’s official website.
The Heike Story PV (15-second version)
The 90-second version of the show’s ending theme unified perspective by Kensuke Ushio is now available to stream.
The Heike Story is based on Hideo Furukawa’s 2016 modern translation of The Tale of the Heike, an epic tale from the 13th century. It is produced by Science Saru and produced by Kyoto Animation’s Naoko Yamada, known for her directorial work on A Silent Voice, Liz and the Blue Bird, and K-On!
Comment from Translator Hideo Furukawa
The Tale of the Heike is a story all Japanese people should know, but in my opinion, many people misunderstand it. This is likely because people are typically only exposed to a very small piece of a much larger story. If you read through the entirety of the book, you’ll find plenty of examples of the horror of war. It’s sad. There’s a need to repose the souls of the dead, a need to mourn the dead. But in addition to the men who play the main roles on the battlefield, there’s even more drama depicted by women. Who knew that the main characters in The Tale of the Heike also include women? I wanted this anime series to show that. It’s vivid. Poignantly so. This series touches on points once hidden in the original work. Biwa, the main character, is sure to pull on your heartstrings.
Comment from Artist Fumiko Takano
When I began sketching the characters, I started with Shigemori, then moved on to the Heike brothers, starting with the youngest.
All of them are incredibly handsome. They’re unlike the kinds of guys I usually draw in my own manga.
In the middle of the design stage, I was shown the director’s storyboard.
I was so happy when I saw Biwa all over the place, with her round face and her curious eyes.
This series is fresh and new, and I just want to thank everyone who gave me the opportunity to be a part of it.
Comment from Character Designer, Takashi Kojima
(It’s fantastic, so be sure to watch!)
The Heike Story
Airing on Fuji TV’s +Ultra programming block in January 2022
Currently on Fuji TV on Demand and Funimation in the US
*Broadcast dates and times are subject to change.
The Heike Story original soundtrack EP/Kensuke Ushio
the beginning, boy’s own, unknown plan
Streaming URL: https://lnk.to/Heike_OST_EP
The Heike Story Ending Theme
unified perspective (90 second variation)
Streaming URL: https://lnk.to/unified_perspective_TVsize
Official Site: HEIKE-anime.asmik-ace.co.jp
New Tokyo Tourism Center ‘Have a Nice TOKYO!’ Opens to Promote Local Attractions
22.September.2021 | SPOT
Have a Nice TOKYO! (HanT), a new tourist communication center promoting both local and nationwide events and attractions, celebrated its grand opening on September 14, 2021.
This new facility aims to provide assistance and guidance to both domestic and international visitors, helping with matters relating to sightseeing, culture, food, and technology. It’s three main functions are tourism assistance, providing useful and necessary information, and selling goods from around the country. As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a major blow against the country’s tourism industry, this new venture was opened in a conveniently-located space, well-suited for the important task of helping the local and nationwide economies when the country opens to travel once again. The nearby Marunouchi Happ. Stand & Gallery, a cafe, will act as a partner facility and will offer a special menu linked to the project.
Tourism Advice & Guidance
The information counter provides helpful information for tourists regarding events, stores, and facilities in the area. In the future, a variety of tours will be available to choose from, highlighting the attractions of the region, as well as providing ticket sales, luggage storage, and sightseeing vehicles such as buses and rentable bikes.
Travel Information & Assistance
POP UP ZONE
In the POP UP ZONE, visitors can experience all sorts of unique things from around Japan using the five senses! See, hear, and taste different areas of the country using crafts, food, and technology, and get personalized recommendations regarding where to explore next!
Sale of Goods
See, smell, or taste something you liked in the POP UP ZONE? The SHOP ZONE will offer tons of different specialty products from all around Japan!
Be sure to stop by the next time you’re in Tokyo!
Have a Nice TOKYO!
Address: Mitsubishi Building 1F (2-5-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 9:00-21:00 Weekdays, weekends, and holidays. (Hours subject to change.)
Access: 3-minute walk from Tokyo Station, 3-minute walk from Tokyo Station on Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, 1-minute walk from Nijubashimae Station on Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Official Site: https://haveanice.jp/