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.)
JOYSOUND’s ‘Miruhako’ Now Streaming Concert Footage and Original Comments from Atarashii Gakko!
22.January.2022 | MUSIC
With a staggering 3.4 million followers on TikTok, Atarashii Gakko! is a dance and vocal performance group taking the world by storm. The members call themselves “Japan’s youth representatives in sailor uniforms ready to sing and dance,” and their humor and talent is quickly garnering international acclaim.
Certain JOYSOUND karaoke locations in Japan offer ‘Miruhaco,’ allowing guests to feel as though they’re at a live concert while in the comfort of a private room. Select locations will be showing footage from the Tokyo show of the most recent Atarashii Gakko! tour, “We’re Still Obscure but Rocking LIVE SHOWS in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka ~Their Weakness is PINEAPPLE!~ until February 6, 2022.
The group’s TikTok videos have become a hot topic across other social media platforms, and the girls recently traveled to Los Angeles to perform in the HEAD IN THE CLOUDS music festival. The ‘Miruhaco’ exclusive digest will show live performance from the final Tokyo concert held at TSUTAYA O-WEST last October. Fans can also hear some original comments from the four members.
“We’re Still Obscure but Rocking LIVE SHOWS in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka ~Their Weakness is PINEAPPLE!~” – Tokyo Performance Digest Only at JOYSOUND ‘Miruhaco’
Available at stores featuring JOYSOUND MAX GO
※Please check the special page on the Miruhaco website to see a list of participating stores.
Streaming until February 6, 2022
Price: Free *With Room Charge
How to Watch / Details: https://miruhaco.jp/archives/item2/808930/
BE:FIRST Photo Exhibition “We Just Gifted.” Ver. 2 Opens at Shibuya PARCO
In October 2021, boy band BE:FIRST held their first photo exhibition at Shibuya PARCO. Now, a second version of the exhibition is triumphantly returning to the Tokyo venue!
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 from around the world. The photo exhibition held in Tokyo, Nagoya, and online for three months starting in October attracted over 10,000 visitors.
In response to the large demand, the BE:FIRST Photo Exhibition “We Just Gifted.” recently visited Osaka, before returning to Tokyo. The first showing focused heavily on the member’s journey towards a major debut, but now, more than 80% of the photos have been replaced. Since BE:FIRST’s major debut on November 3, the boys have held their first solo concert and fan meetups. Over 200 photos of the members post-debut will be on display.
The online photo exhibition, which was scheduled to end on January 31, will be extended to coincide with the new exhibition at Shibuya PARCO. Be sure to check it out!
BE:FIRST PHOTO EXHIBITION “We Just Gifted.” Ver.2
Running: January 26, 2022 – February 8, 2022
Location: Shibuya PARCO B1F GALLERY X BY PARCO (15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 11:00-20:00 *Hours subject to change.
Admission: ¥500 (Tax Included) *Reservations required for all days. First-come, first-served. Re-entry is not permitted.
Official Exhibition Site: https://art.parco.jp/galleryx/detail/
*Content of the exhibition is subject to change without notice.
Tickets for the event are now available on the Livepocket website.
Buy Tickets: https://art.parco.jp/galleryx/detail/
Akane Shinjo from SSSS.GRIDMAN Inspires Pop-Up Store at Shibuya PARCO
From January 15 until January 30, a pop-up store inspired by the antagonist Akane Shinjo from Studio TRIGGER’s SSSS.GRIDMAN series will open on the 6th floor of Shibuya PARCO at the Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO store.
SSSS.GRIDMAN, released in 2018, has become a global hit. This limited-time shop will sell goods related to the character Akane Shinjo, with many featuring newly-drawn illustrations. The shop will double as an exhibition, with original drawings and other pieces from the show’s production available for guests to browse in the space. This was overseen by the team at Studio TRIGGER, the company behind the series. Certain surprises will also appear at the event, and a number of items will also be available for purchase online, so keep an eye out!
Masaru Sakamoto, the character designer and chief animation director for SSSS.GRIDMAN provided the original illustrations for the event.
Ⓒ円谷プロ Ⓒ2018 TRIGGER・雨宮哲／「GRIDMAN」製作委員会
Akane Shinjo Exhibition
Running: January 15 – January 30, 2022
Address: Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO, Shibuya PARCO 6F (15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Online Shop: PARCO ONLINE STORE / Tokyo Otaku Mode TOKYO
Pokemon ‘Brilliant Shining Festival’ Pop-Up Shop Opens at Shibuya PARCO
On November 19, 2021, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl were released for the Nintendo Switch. Remakes of the original Diamond and Pearl titles, fans have been loving the new graphical and quality-of-life improvements. To commemorate their release, Shibuya PARCO will open a ‘Brilliant Shining Festival’ pop-up shop where children and adults alike can come together to snag some neat new merchandise inspired by both games.
The pop-up shop will be located in the COMINGSOON event space on the first floor of Shibuya PARCO from January 2 until January 12, 2022. The interior will be completely decorated in Pokemon style, and original snacks will also be available for purchase. (Snacks will also be available for purchase from the PARCO Online Store).
Along with buying some cute merch, a special password and sticker campaign will be held during the duration of the event. Just say some special words to the shop’s employees, get a sticker exchange ticket, and use it at the pop-up store. The password is ‘Brilliant Shining Festival!’
©Pokémon. ©Nintendo / Creatures Inc. / GAME FREAK inc.
Brilliant Shining Festival Pop-Up Store
Running: January 2 – January 12, 2022
Address: Shibuya PARCO 1F (15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Hours: 11:00-20:00 (January 2-11) *Open until 18:00 on January 12
Password & Sticker Gift Campaign
Running: January 2 – January 11, 2022
Hours: 11:00-20:00 (January 2-11) *Until 18:00 on January 12
Channel 47 to Produce IKAHO ART A LIVE 2021 Event Featuring Atarashii Gakko!
From December 23 until December 26, the area around Ikaho Onsen in Gunma Prefecture can enjoy ‘IKAHO ART A LIVE 2021 Keeping Tradition Alive ~ Connecting Geiko Culture.’ The event is being produced and planned by Channel 47, and is being held with help from the Art Live Yell GUNMA Executive Committee, the Shibukawa Ikaho Onsen Tourism Association, and the Yumeji Takehisa Ikaho Memorial Museum.
This special event aims to pass on the beauty and charm of Ikaho’s hot spring culture, which boasts more than 400 years of history, along with the area’s history of geisha. Channel 47, the producer of the event, aims to convey Japanese history and culture throughout the world by using popular entertainment and new technology.
Collaborative Live Performance by Ikaho’s Trainee Geisha and Atarashii Gakko!
At 17:30 on December 23, the Ikaho Odori Performance will be held in front of the Minister of the Kingdom of Hawaii’s Residence, a designated historic site in Shibukawa City. Many dances that will be performed were passed down from geisha of old. Imagine these ancient dances with the crazy moves of Atarashii Gakko! and backup dancers from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music at Tokyo University. What kind of performance will it be?
Projection-Mapping by NAKED will Bring the Hot Springs to Life at Night
After sunset, the ‘NAKED Night Walk -Ikaho Onsen-’ illuminations will decorate the streets around the hot spring. Projection mapping based on the works of Yumeji Takehisa and Taisho Romanticism will appear on the stones beneath guest’s feet. The popular NAKED Distanced Lanterns and NAKED Flower Cleansing will also make appearances.
Promotional Videos Shot in Magnificent Locales
Using this fantastic art-filled location, a special promotional video highlighting the ‘new values of Ikaho’ will soon be revealed. Follow Channel 47 on YouTube for a notification!
IKAHO ART A LIVE 2021 Keeping Tradition Alive ~ Connecting Geiko Culture
Dates: December 23 – 26, 2021
Address: Ikaho Onsen Ishida-gai Area
Organized by Art Live Yell GUNMA Executive Committee, with cooperation from the Shibukawa Ikaho Onsen Tourism Association, Yumeji Takehisa Ikaho Memorial Museum
Planning and Production: Channel 47
Official Site: https://channel47.jp/
Collaboration Between Designer Tomo Koizumi and Marc Jacobs to Release in Japan Only
16.November.2021 | FASHION
Tomo Koizumi is one of Japan’s most popular up-and-coming young designers. At a young age, he began creating custom outfits for his female friends, and eventually, the editor of Vogue Italia Sara Maino posted an image of his incredible work on Instagram, netting him instant fame. Now, the creator is collaborating with Marc Jacobs on a Japan-only collection scheduled to be released on November 17, 2021.
At the 2019 New York Fashion Week, Koizumi was invited by Marc Jacobs to show his designs at the Marc Jacobs Madison Avenue store. The designer is known for his experimental and unique approach to clothing, always managing to shock audiences. This new collaboration will feature a number of colorful pieces featuring the signature stylings of Marc Jacob with Tomo Koizumi’s incredible ruffles. To celebrate this new limited-edition collab, Koizumi himself appears in many of the campaign images. Actress Yumi Adachi will also appear as a model.
Marc Jacobs’ iconic bag ‘The Snapshot’ serves as the centerpiece of the collection, along with plenty of ruffles and hairbands. A special series of one-of-a-kind garments handcrafted from scrap stock fabrics laying around in Jacobs’ atelier will be sold in limited quantities.
Tomo Koizumi x Marc Jacobs pop-up stores will appear at Isetan Shinjuku and HANKYU Umeda for a limited time from November 17 until November 23, 2021.
Tomo Koizumi x Marc Jacobs
Release Date: November 17, 2021
Online Store: https://www.marcjacobs.jp
Shibuya PARCO 2F (15-1 Udagawa-cho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Isetan Shinjuku Main Building 2F (3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Available: November 17 – November 23, 2021
HANKYU Umeda 3F (8-7 Kakuda-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Available: November 17 – November 23, 2021
Shibuya PARCO to Hold Godzilla vs. Hedorah 50th Anniversary Exhibition
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Yoshimitsu Banno’s 1971 film Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Shibuya PARCO is holding a special exhibition from November 12 until November 23, 2021.
The venue will feature psychedelic imagery created by video artist Akiko Nakayama and a large-scale figure made by Chandelier artist Kim Songhe. Costumes and dioramas that were used to create the film in 1971 will be on show along with highly-treasured photos from the set.
Fans of Hedorah will also be able to buy unique merchandise including figures colored by artists such as Coin Parking Delivery and Keiji Ito.
Have you seen this classic kaiju film?
Hedorah 50th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: November 12 – November 23, 2021
Address: Shibuya PARCO B1F GALLERY X (15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya)
Official Site: https://art.parco.jp/galleryx/detail/?id=800
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Collaboration Cafe Coming to Shinsaibashi and Nagoya
Originally held within Shibuya PARCO, the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon cafe is hitting the road! Starting November 11 at Shinsaibashi PARCO and November 27 at Nagoya PARCO, guests can enjoy a variety of Yashahime-themed food and merchandise for a limited time. The Shibuya location finished its run on November 9, and the new visual shows the show’s characters in front of a traditional tea house.
Food at a Glance
Drinks at a Glance
Kirara’s Manga Pancakes
(Returning Dishes) Inuyasha’s Beef Sandwich / Sesshomaru’s Cold Pasta
Four-Color Pen with Charm
Rainbow Pearl Candy Tin
Random Washi Pins (10 varieties)
Due to fan demand, certain dishes from the previous Inuyasha cafe will be returning for the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon cafe. Exclusive merchandise will be sold at the cafe and online at the PARCO online store, so be sure to check it out!
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Cafe at PARCO
THE GUEST cafe&diner Shinsaibashi PARCO
Address: Shinsaibashi PARCO 6F (1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Running: November 11 – December 26, 2021
THE GUEST cafe&diner Nagoya PARCO
Address: Nagoya PARCO 8F (3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya)
Running: November 27, 2021 – January 16, 2022
PARCO ONLINE STORE: https://bit.ly/3GUHwuA
Official Site: http://www.parco.co.jp
ATARASHII GAKKO! Take Part in First Overseas Performance at 88rising Festival
10.November.2021 | MUSIC
Four-member dance and vocal group ATARASHII GAKKO! have taken the world by storm, with their hilarious TikTok account amassing over 3.2 million subscribers and their music racking up plenty of attention on streaming platforms. On November 6, 2021, the girls performed at the Head in the Clouds music festival in Los Angeles, put on by record label 88rising. This was the first overseas performance for the group, and they enjoyed putting on a crazy show for 25,000 people.
As the four members took to the stage, they began their performance with Final Humanity, showing their Japanese pride to the LA audience. With their insanely energetic dance moves, they seemed more like gymnasts, obviously beyond excited for this huge opportunity.
After the first song concluded, the girls introduced themselves in English. When SUZUKA called out “Say ‘It feels so good,’ the audience enthusiastically responded “MECHA MECHA KIMOCHI~!” Shouting “Let’s Go Head in the Clouds,” they began their second song Night Before the Exam. Dancing with their red headbands made their singing and dancing stand out even more–if that was even possible. Fan-favorite Koi Geba was next, and the crowd was completely overwhelmed by the intensity of the girl’s movements.
Intergalactic Remix snagged the audience’s attention, as the family song has roots in US culture. ATARASHII GAKKO! wore the same construction vests and helmets that the Beastie Boys wore in their 1999 music video. The classic track won big at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, and this heartfelt tribute to one of the girl’s biggest inspirations won big with the audience. Shouting out “We are Beastie Girls” got a massive reaction, and it proved to be one of the most inspiring parts of their performance. As NAINAINAI began, SUZUKA asked the audience to put their hands up, and they did so without question. There’s no doubt that this Japanese group has completely captured the hearts of US fans.
For their new song Free Your Mind, the girls performed in a completely new way, backed by dancers clad in sailor uniforms. As may be expected, their newest epic Pineapple Kryptonite made a perfect climax to the show, with aliens suddenly appearing on stage to attack. Fans in the audience could even be seen holding up pineapples to show their support. As SUZUKA, RIN, MIZYU, and KANON left the stage, they told the audience they’d be back again–and given how well they performed in their first-ever overseas show, we’d agree. Next time, maybe they’ll be able to visit fans around the United States!
The newest ATARASHII GAKKO! single SNACKTIME will be available to stream on November 12, 2021. Five songs produced by Money Mark, who worked with the Beastie Boys and previously on Pineapple Kryptonite, will be on the new single, so be sure to listen!
On January 30, 2022, the girls will hold a live performance at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM in Tokyo. The sky’s the limit for these talented singers and dancers, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish next!
Shibuya PARCO Announces “Fan Gathering” Themed ‘Mickey Mouse Now and Future’ Exhibition
PARCO has been working with Walt Disney Japan to produce the upcoming ‘Mickey Mouse Now and Future’ exhibit, which will be held between November 19 and December 19 in the Shibuya PARCO 4F ‘PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO.’ The art collaboration project will express the present and future of Mickey Mouse, as created by Mickey-loving artists from around the world. The exhibition was curated in NANAZUKA, a contemporary art gallery in Shibuya.
Mickey Mouse embodies Walt Disney’s principles of “INNOVATION, CREATIVITY, IMAGINATION and STORYTELLING.” As the Walt Disney Company’s global ambassador, the mouse has inspired fans all around the world. He was first shown in the 1928 movie ‘Steamboat Willie’ and was voiced by Walt Disney himself.
Tanaami Keiichi, who will be displaying his art at the exhibition, described his memories of seeing the movie after the war.
“When I was a child, I watched Disney’s ‘Steamboat Willie’ at a small theatre near Meguro Station. I had only seen stop motion movies before then, so I was astonished by Mickey’s fluid movements, even drawing him in my notepad under the dim light of the emergency exit. Once I got home, I colored my drawings and began covering my bedroom walls with them. I was so satisfied, I felt like I could dance!”
Mickey Mouse also appeared in the 1940 movie “Fantasia,” which combined the splendours of classical music with brilliant colors, complete with fluid and graceful motion movements. It was considered one of the greatest movies of the 20th century and is still capturing audiences to this day.
The exhibition will feature memory-driven artwork from artists from Japan and around the world. International exhibitors include Javier Calleja from Malaga in Spain, New York-based Yoon Hyup from Korea, London-based James Jarvis from England, and the Los Angeles-based Darren Romanslli from England. From Japan, the Tokyo based Sorayama Hajime, Tanaami Keiichi, and Yoshirotten.
Javier Calleja and Sorayama Hajime have also collaborated to produce a giant 3D Mickey Mouse, which will be displayed as public art in Shibuya PARCO.
Don’t miss out on this exhibition where you can feel the artists’ love for Mickey Mouse.
Artwork by Yoshirotten
Mickey Mouse Now and Future
Duration: November 19 ~ December 19 2021
Opening Hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00
Location: PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO (Shibuya PARCO)
Address: 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Entry Fee: General Entry ¥1,000 (Free entry for elementary school aged children and younger)
Official Site: https://art.parco.jp/
Shibuya PARCO to Host Cardcaptor Sakura Cafe for a Limited Time
Popular magical girl series Cardcaptor Sakura is getting a brand-new collaboration cafe at Shibuya PARCO for a limited time! The event is happening from November 13, 2021, until January 10, 2022, and will feature an original menu inspired by the most recent anime adaptation Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card.
Plenty of sweets and themed drinks will be available, with the main character Sakura featured in the event’s key visual. How would you like to come to the ‘colorful à la mode’ cafe?
Sakura and Friends Sweets Party Set: ¥3,960 (Tax Included)
Order Bonus: Sakura Clear Lunch Mat
Sakura Doll Cake (Pink ver.): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Sakura Doll Cake (Blue ver.): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Sakura Doll Cake (Yellow ver.): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Kero’s Creamy Gnocchi -Surprise: It’s Takoyaki flavored?!- : ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Sakura’s Fruit Tea Soda: ¥990 (Tax Included, available for takeout)
Paper Lunch Mat for Visitors to the Cafe (2 varieties)
Menu Order Bonus
Acrylic Diorama Stand Part 2: ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
Swinging Keychain: ¥880 (Tax Included)
Heart Pin (Random, 6 varieties): ¥550 (Tax Included)
Stainless Steel Bottle feat. Kero, Suppi, and Momo: ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Advanced Reservation Bonus – Sakura’s Invitation (3 varieties)
The original art for the cafe was drawn by illustrator Etoile et Griotte, and fans of the long-running series won’t want to miss out!
Shibuya TOKYO PARADE goods&cafe
Running: November 13, 2021 – January 10, 2022
Location: Shibuya PARCO 6F
(Last Food Order at 19:00 / Last Drink Order 19:30)
Official Site: https://cafe.parco.jp/parade/detail/?id=7203
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
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