Boy Band BE:FIRST to Hold First Photo Exhibition

21.October.2021 | MUSIC / SPOT

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.

 

Original Merchandise

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!

 

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    A special exhibition commemorating the 90th birthday of Rune Naito will be held at the Hanshin department store in Osaka from October 19 until October 31. Titled ‘Roots of Kawaii,’ the event will look back at the life of the esteemed artist, illustrator, writer, and designer. Known for his illustrations of large-headed baby-faced girls, he first became interested in art after discovering the works of Jun’ichi Nakahara, joining Nakahara’s company after graduating high school. In 1959, Naito got his big break, designing the cover of the girls’ magazine Junior Soleil. Following this, Naito would become active as an illustrator for a number of magazines, and from the 1960s on, he began other activities, even producing a line of commercial goods from glassware to stickers. 

     

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    Exhibition Images

    Photos from the Ikebukuro Venue

    *Contents of the exhibition are subject to change. 

     

    Exclusive Goods

    Mini Bromide Collection

    Acrylic Panel

    Acrylic Stand Figure

    Clear Folder

    Mini Acrylic Character Stands

    Tapestry

    Art Board

    Type 5 Energy Ration

    Mug (with Coaster)

    Explorer Utensil Set

    Explorer Cooking Set

    *All photos are sample images.

     

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    (Bundle)

    Mini Towel in a Turmeric Box

     

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  • Fans Can Take Pictures with BE:FIRST in Collaboration Purikura Machines

    14.September.2022 | FASHION

    Two Sega purikura machines–ROMAPI and lalamee–will start a collaboration event with BE:FIRST on September 15! Until November 7, fans can get some snapshots with their favorite members at machines nationwide.

     

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    lalamee: 24 varities / ROMAPI: 28 varieties

    Original Collaboration Effects

    Original Collaboration Stamps

    Limited Edition Original BE:FIRST Stickers

     

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    Select stores will also be holding a gift campaign where customers can get a limited original BE:FIRST sticker by showing off their purikura creations. 30 machines nationwide will also be decorated to celebrate the campaign. 

     

    BE:FIRST fans won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity to get a snapshot with their favorite member!

     

    ©SEGA

  • RecoChoku Announces Winners for Best Music of August 2022

    13.September.2022 | MUSIC

    Japanese music streaming site RecoChoku has announced the top song and album rankings for August 2022!

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    RecoChoku Monthly Music Award – August 2022 (Announced September 1, 2022)

     

    Single Ranking

    1st Place: New Genesis (Uta from ONE PIECE FILM RED) – Ado (Released June 8, 2022)
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    3rd Place: Ame Sansan – King Gnu
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    https://recochoku.jp/ranking/single/monthly/

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    3rd Place: BE:1 – BE:FIRST
    4th Place: Falling into your eyes Record – Aimyon
    5th Place: Suki Toiunowa Rock Daze! (Special Edition) – Nogizaka46

    https://recochoku.jp/ranking/album/monthly/

     

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    31.August.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

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    National Treasure. Maple Tree. Hasegawa Tohaku. (Four of Six Sides) Momoyama Period / 16th Century.

    Chishakuin Temple. [On display during the entire exhibition.]



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    Kobo Daishi Scroll

    Muromachi Period, First Year of Bun’an Era (1444)

    [On Display from November 30 until December 26, 2022]

    Kyoto Prefecture Designated Tangible Cultural Property –  Kogyo Daishi Scroll

    Kamakura Period / 13th Century

    [On Display from November 30 until December 26, 2022]

    National Treasure. Cherry Blossoms. Hasegawa Tohaku. (Four of Five Sides) Momoyama Period / 16th Century.

    [On display during the entire exhibition.]

     


    The temple is best known today for its panel paintings and gardens, the latter of which was inspired by tea master Sen-no-Rikyu. Half of the original paintings remain, with some having been lost to fire and some simply being degraded over time. 

    National Treasure. Diamond Sutra (Partial) – Zhang Jizhi

    Southern Song Dynasty, First Year of Houyuu (1253)

    [On display during the entire exhibition]

    Important Cultural Property. Mahamayuri Scroll.

    Kamakura Period / 14th Century

    [On Display from December 28, 2022 until January 22, 2023]

    Important Cultural Property. Green Maple and Waterfall. Song Dynasty / 13th Century

    [On Display from November 30 until December 26, 2022]

    Ladies at Tea. Insho Domoto. 4 sides. Showa 33 (1958)

    [On display during the entire exhibition]

     

    This exhibition will mark the first time that many of the paintings are shown simultaneously outside of the temple, including Cherry Blossoms, Maple Tree, and Pine Tree with Autumn Plants. Visitors can also enjoy National Treasures and items from the temple’s treasure trove of Buddhist Art. Would you like to come and browse these incredible pieces?

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    Massless Suns and Dark Spheres

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    Continuous Life and Death at Now of Eternity II

    Waves of Light

    Resonating Microcosms – Solidified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset

     

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     © チームラボ

  • Sneak Peak: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Anime 10th Anniversary Exhibition in Tokyo

    20.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime.

     

    To commemorate the event, a special anniversary exhibition is currently being held at Ikebukuro Sunshine City in Tokyo. Check out some highlights of the event below!

     

    Upon entering the venue, fans will be welcomed by life-sized characters and a projection of anime clips on a massive screen. 


    Bloodlines x Duels

    This area features 22 life-sized cutouts of main characters and villains from the anime series. A family tree of the Joestars and a timeline will also be on display, allowing visitors to review the many connections between each series before moving on to the next area.

    A Soul Passed Down

    This area is the centerpiece of this exhibition. Here, visitors can look back on the characters and the many struggles of the anime’s production team, with scripts, original drawings, storyboards, settings, and other materials on display.


    The exhibition is divided into rooms for each series, and each room features a different vibe. Phantom Blood, the first part of the JoJo story, is set in 1880s England, so the area has a chic and classic look.

    In the Battle Tendency area, the walls are covered with masks and images from the second series and is the perfect spot to take photos. Following this, the Stardust Crusaders area was designed to trace the footsteps of Jotaro and his friends as they traveled from Japan to Egypt.

    The Diamond is Unbreakable area offers a good look at Morioh, the setting of the arc.

    The Golden Wind arc was set in Italy, and its area is laid out like a museum to match the stylish feel of the work.

     

    The final area of the exhibition looks at the latest series Stone Ocean. The panels of the characters are surrounded by a prison-style fence, in reference to the prison in which the series is set. A large number of materials from the first season are on display, perfect for brushing up on the story before the second half begins airing this fall.

     

    A Hymn to Humanity: The Road to the Future

    This spectacular area is lined with portraits of beloved characters from the anime series and is sure to make long-time fans feel incredibly nostalgic.

     

    Goods at a Glance

     

    Collaboration Menu

    After leaving the exhibition area, guests will find a shop selling original merchandise. Some items are limited and only available at specific venues, so don’t miss your chance to grab your favorites!

     

    A collaboration cafe will offer nine tasty dishes inspired by characters from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. This will only be offered at the Tokyo venue.

     

    ©荒木飛呂彦&LUCKY LAND COMMUNICATIONS/集英社・ジョジョの奇妙な冒険THE ANIMATION PROJECT
    ©LUCKY LAND COMMUNICATIONS/集英社・ジョジョの奇妙な冒険SO製作委員会

  • THE RAMPAGE, NCT 127, and BE:FIRST Release Trailer for Crossover Song ‘Wings’

    18.August.2022 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    With over 5.56 million people seeing the films in theaters and box-office revenue of over ¥7.8 billion, the High&LoW film series has inspired audiences around Japan for years with its themes of friendship and struggle. In 2019, the film High&Low THE WORST was released as a collaboration with Hiroshi Takahashi’s manga Worst and Crows, which have collectively sold over 80 million copies. A sequel, High&Low THE WORST X, will be released in theaters nationwide on September 9, 2022.

     

    While the film itself is a massive collaboration between rivals, it will also feature a major collaboration between artists! Kazuma Kawamura and Hokuto Yoshino from THE RAMPAGE, Yuta Nakamoto from NCT 127, and Ryoki Miyama from BE:FIRST have come together to perform the song Wings. The track will be played during key scenes in the film and is sure to pull at your heartstrings.

     

    The song came to be after the four became closer acting in the film. Wings is a positive and emotional song about friendship and trust and evokes the image of irreplaceable friends and a man who will never stop moving forward.

     

    In the new trailer for the song, the images of the four artists performing the track overlap with the images of their characters in the film.

     

    Wings – HiGH&LOW THE WORST X

    https://www.flag-porter.jp/download/r4wWMAoVqQK9b6KMQdEvYnGpx8j6Jm

     

    The film is sure to be the breakout hit of the summer, bringing together powerhouses from THE RAMPAGE, NCT 127, and BE:FIRST when it releases on September 9. The characters, action, and music have all been powered up when compared to the previous film, so be sure to tune in!

     

    Comment from Kazuma Kawamura (Fujio Hanaoka) (THE RAMPAGE)

    “This song transcended the boundaries of our group and a dream crossover was able to happen.

    Without our collaboration in the film, I don’t think we would have had this incredible opportunity to work together on music so quickly. 

    We probably would have just ended up doing a cover or something like that.

    It was such a joy for us to be able to collaborate on a new piece of music that was totally our own.

    It’s a coming-of-age song that matches our roles and certain scenes in the movie perfectly, and I hope it will touch your heart!”

     

    Comment from Hokuto Yoshino (Tsukasa Takajo) (THE RAMPAGE)

    “Even though we’re all in different groups, we were so honored to come together to sing together as a foursome for this film!

    I hope lots of people will enjoy this heartwarming and tender ballad, which shows our individuality but also has a real sense of unity.

    I hope everyone will be able to experience the world of HiGH&LOW THE WORST X in theaters, and I also hope you’ll pay attention to the scenes in which this song is played!”

     

    Comment from Yuta Nakamoto (Ryo Suzaki) (NCT 127)

    “It’s rare to find a song with a medium tempo that’s so emotionally moving, and it was a fresh and fun experience to sing a song for my first movie. Although some parts were difficult, it was a great experience and I’m grateful for it. 

    Ryo and Amagai’s relationship is reflected in the lyrics of Wings, and I think that this one will make you emotional.”

     

    Comment from Ryoki Miyama (Amagai Kouhei) (BE:FIRST/RYOKI)

    “This was one of the most nerve-wracking recordings I’ve ever done.

    Singing with everyone was a valuable experience, and I really wanted to give it my all. I discussed it with the director and after a number of takes, I think we were able to get the most emotional of the bunch.

    We’re so happy to bring this film to life, and along with so many talented artists and actors, this song is really the culmination of everyone’s hard work.”

     

    ©2022「HiGH&LOW THE WORST X」製作委員会 ©髙橋ヒロシ(秋田書店) HI-AX

  • BE:FIRST to Stream Shining One (Re-recorded) on Pre-Debut Anniversary

    17.August.2022 | MUSIC

    BE:FIRST, a 7-member dance and vocal group created through BMSG’s ‘THE FIRST’ audition led by SKY-HI, performed at the ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2022 on August 12 in Chiba. The popular group performed nine songs, including the new song Scream from their upcoming first album BE:1 and a new track BF is…. The latter began streaming the same day, long before the upcoming album’s release.

    The song BF is…is a hip-hop tune that will appear on the upcoming first album. Previously, it had only been performed once at VIVA LA ROCK 2022 on April 30. The members of the group took part in the song’s production.

     

    BF is… / BE:FIRST August 12 Stream

    https://BEFIRST.lnk.to/BE1

     

    At the ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2022, BE:FIRST began their performance with BF is…, the first song on their first album and a symbol of the group. The powerful members showed off their musical prowess with their hit song Bye-Good-Bye, which has been streamed more than 100 million times worldwide. Following this, they performed Don’t Wake Me Up feat. BE:FIRST, a collaboration with Jonas Blue, the rock tune Brave Generation, and Scream

    The setlist from the festival is now available as a playlist on a number of music streaming sites, so check it out!

     

    ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2022 Setlist

    https://befirst.lnk.to/RIJF2022_SETLIST

     

    BE:FIRST announced its lineup on NTV’s Sukkiri on August 13, 2021. On August 16, the one-year anniversary of their pre-debut, the group will release Shining One (Re-recorded), a track that will also appear on their album BE:1. On the same day, fans will want to check out the group’s YouTube channel at 20:00 to catch the premiere of BE:FIRST’s mysterious video titled -???????-.

     

    -???????- / BE:FIRST

    Keep your eyes on BE:FIRST as they hurdle towards the release of their first album!

     

    ©ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2022

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