These New Kawaii Sweets by “Felissimo Nekobu” & “Corocorocoronya” are too Cute to Eat!
17.July.2017 | FOOD
“Felissimo Nekobu” and “Corocorocoronya” have teamed up to release two new neko delights: the Japanese-style meowmallow “Neko Houzui” and tinned cat bread “Pan no Kanzume”. The items went on sale online on July 7th.
The meowmallows are a Japanese-style marshmallow called “houzui” which are made using egg whites that are frozen in cold weather. They are simple, squishy, and delicious. One set includes marshmallows designed with cats with different facial expressions as well as a cute cream design.
The soft cat bread which can be stored and eaten at room temperature comes in three flavours – strawberry, chocolate cream and milk cream. The tin is so cute that you’ll hesitate to open it. They are great as a gift and to stock up on for when you get hungry and need something quick.
Part of the money made from these products go towards numerous causes including shelter for animals with no owners and for helping find them owners, as well as aiding towards getting stray cats off the street to avoid overpopulation, and for protecting animals during times of disaster.
If you’re a cat lover, then you’ll definitely want to check these items out.
Non-Credit Ending of MUTEKING THE Dancing HERO Anime Released
21.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME
MUTEKING THE Dancing HERO, an upcoming anime series based on the 1980s series Muteking, The Dashing Warrior by Tatsunoko Productions, is set to start next month! Now, the non-credit version of the ending has been uploaded to YouTube ahead of the premiere.
The ending theme for the series is Kibou no Uta by KALMA, and was previewed in the newest PV for the series. The song itself is a peppy and funky track, and one that fits with the ‘never-give-up’ attitude of the main character. Over 40 years since the original anime series premiered, this new incarnation of the sci-fi comedy is filled with color and modern updates. The illustrations were drawn by Utomaru (THINKR), the original character designer, with the video itself produced by THINKR. Kibou no Uta will be released on September 22, 2021.
A special program is also scheduled to air before the first episode of MUTEKING THE Dancing HERO premieres. The MCs for the program are Kentaro Mashiro, who plays the main character Muteki, Azusa Tadokoro, the voice behind Naomi, and Hisanori Yoshida, an announcer from Nippon Broadcasting. A number of fun videos are now available on the official YouTube channel for the series!
The series will air on TV Osaka and TV Aichi on Saturdays starting October 2, and on TOKYO MX and BS NTV on Sundays starting October 3. With only two weeks left to go, be sure to check out the official Twitter and YouTube accounts for more info!
MUTEKING THE Dancing HERO
TV Osaka: Starts October 2, 1:26AM – New Episodes Saturday
TV Aichi: Starts October 2, 1:55AM – New Episodes Saturday
TOKYO MX: Starts October 3, 23:30 – New Episodes Sunday
BS NTV: Starts October 3, 23:30 – New Episodes Sunday
*Please note that broadcast dates and times are subject to change.
MUTEKING THE Dancing HERO Pre-Premiere Broadcast Special
TV Osaka: Airs September 25, 1:41-2:11AM
TOKYO MX: Airs September 26, 23:30-24:00 / Rebroadcast: September 27, 22:00-22:30
Official Site: https://muteking.jp/
Chiba City Museum of Art Brings Ukiyo-e Exhibition to Osaka’s Takashimaya Department Store
21.September.2021 | SPOT
New Prints: The Evolutionary Beauty of UKIYO-E, featuring pieces from the Chiba City Museum of Art, will be held at Takashimaya Osaka from September 15-27, 2021.
Ukiyo-e, or woodblock prints, were exceptionally popular as a Japanese art style from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Now, a new exhibition coming to Osaka is highlighting the ‘Shin-hanga’ movement, which took place during the early 20th century and focused largely on the creation of pieces to sell to foreign markets. The man behind this movement was Shozaburo Watanabe, who commissioned artists to design prints blending traditional Japanese techniques with unique elements of Western paintings at the time, such as shadowing and different perspectives.
The exhibition will contain 120 works selected from the Chiba City Museum of Art’s Shin-hanga collection, ranging from early masterpieces such as Goyo Hashiguchi’s ‘Woman at her Bath,’ Ito Shinsui’s ‘Before the Mirror,’ as well as rich depictions of Japanese landscapes by Hasui Kawase and international landscapes by Hiroshi Yoshida.
Selection of Featured Works
Twelve Months of Tokyo: Evening Glow at Yanaka – Hasui Kawase. 1921.
The Twelve Months in Tokyo series consists of twelve paintings based on sketches made by Kawase between December 1920 and October 1921. While twelve pieces were planned, only four circular pieces and one square piece were completed. Evening Glow at Yanaka depicts a five-story pagoda glowing faintly in the light of the setting sun. Kawase has stated that as he finished sketching the piece, he heard the sound of a bell, and for some reason, he had the uncanny feeling that he needed to straighten his collar.
Sailing Boats in the Morning: Inland Sea – Hiroshi Yoshida. 1926.
Yoshida began work on the Sailing Ship trilogy in 1921 under Shozaburo Watanabe, but all of his woodblocks and most of his works were lost in the Great Kanto Earthquake. Five years later, Yoshida decided to tackle the project again, this time deciding on six pieces. In contrast to the originals under Watanabe, these pieces tackled more nuanced periods of time and give a stronger sense of tranquility. Pay attention to the slight variations in color and light.
Before the Mirror. Ito Shinsui. 1916.
This is the first Shin-hanga work by Ito Shinsui. The piece only uses three colors: red, black, and white, and utilizes serrated carving to give the impression of shadows. Using layers of rare high-quality red paint, this work has been deemed a masterpiece by fans of the movement, conveying Shinsui’s subtlety when depicting the feminine figure.
Fashions of the Modern World: Tipsy – Kiyoshi Kobayakawa. 1930.
This portrait of a modern lady is one of six in the Fashions of the Modern World series by Kobayakawa, and is regarded by many as the best in the bunch. Produced between 1930 and 1931, the artist portrayed the unique personalities of women, rather than sticking to tradition. The woman in this portrait isn’t demure or quiet, but instead shows off her short hair, a cigarette, rings, and a cocktail in her hand, showing a different side to the Japanese women of the period.
Combing the Hair. Goyo Hashiguchi. 1920.
With her overflowing black hair and elegant appearance, the subject of Combing the Hair makes it clear why this is Hashiguchi’s most representative work. The woman’s name is Tomi Kodaira, and she modeled for many of the artist’s works, being discovered by him as she was modeling at a nearby art school. The pose is said to be inspired by Rossetti’s Lady Lilith, but her expression is unique to Hashiguchi and the typical style of ukiyo-e.
Installation from Chiba City Museum of Art – Shin-hanga: The Evolutionary Beauty of UKIYO-E
Where: Takashimaya Osaka 7F, Grand Hall
Running: September 15 – September 27, 2021
Hard Rock Cafe at Ueno Station to Sell Goods Commemorating Birth of Twin Pandas at Ueno Zoo
American music-themed restaurant Hard Rock Cafe has locations across Japan, and the Ueno location is now selling some very cute black-and-white goods. At the nearby Ueno Zoo, the oldest in Japan, two giant pandas were recently born, and that’s cause for celebration! Limited quantities of these goods will be on sale at the physical location and online starting September 18, 2021!
Twin Pandas Pin #1
Twin Pandas Pin #2 (Only available at Online Shop.)
These two original pins depicting the two newly-born pandas with the Hard Rock’s signature guitar are available in gold (online only) and silver.
Grab one of these before they sell out–they’re going quick! This cute original design will look perfect as you walk through the zoo gates, ready to show your love for pandas and rock music.
Guests presenting an Ueno Zoo ticket stub or annual pass at the Ueno Hard Rock Cafe location will receive 10% off. (Full details available on the Hard Rock Cafe website.)
Congrats to the happy family!
Hard Rock Cafe Ueno Station Tokyo – Twin Giant Panda Commemorative Goods
Ueno Station Tokyo Location: September 18, 2021
Address: atré Ueno 1F (7-1-1 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Official Online Shop: Preorders begin September 17, 2021 10:00AM
Official Online Shop: https://hrcjapan.official.ec/
YOASOBI, a unit who turns short novels into music, made their debut in November 2019 with ‘Running into the Night,’ a song which exploded in popularity upon release and swept the number one spot in the music charts and went viral internationally. The monumentum was unstoppable, taking number one on the 202 Billboard JAPAN song and streaming charts, and even featuring in the 71st NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen.
On January 6 of this year, the group released their first EP ‘THE BOOK,’ which was made with the concept of “a short story turned into music.” The EP was well received, garnering attention for its release as a “reading CD.” It won first place in the Oricon Digital Album Ranking for five consecutive weeks, while the seven songs each ranked in the Apple Music TOP15 Chart and the Billboard Japan 2021 Ranking for the first half of 2021 in June. Their latest song ‘Sangenshoku’ was featured in the Billboard JAPAN TOP Artist ranking, jumping straight to 34th upon release. Their monumentum never seems to stop.
The teaser video for new song ‘Taishō Roman’ was uploaded to YouTube by YOASOBI on September 15 2021. The new song is based on the novel ‘Taishō Roman’ by NATSUMI. The short novel won the ‘YOASOBI Contest Vol.2,’ a competition held by monogatary.com and Futabasha in July 2020, with 2,086 entries overall.
The full novel was released in YOASOBI’s first EP ‘THE BOOK,’ allowing fans to enjoy the upcoming song. The CD jacket visual was also released just before the MV teaser. The teaser previews a retro atmosphere, reflecting the song title. You can also hear an excerpt of the novel as read by vocalist ikura. At the end of the video, a preview of the song is played, raising expectations for the full song even higher! Be sure to check it out.
Godfather of Kawaii Sebastian Masuda Celebrates 30 Years in Showbiz with Pop-Up Shop at Roppongi Hills
21.September.2021 | FASHION
Sebastian Masuda is a powerhouse of all things cute. From starting the popular Harajuku-based brand 6%DOKIDOKI in 1995 to creating the now-legendary music video for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s PONPONPON, Masuda is now celebrating 30 years in the industry. An exhibition of the artist’s works will be shown in an upcoming exhibition in both Tokyo and Osaka from Fall 2021 until 2022. Prior to that, a Sebastian Masuda pop-up shop is coming to Roppongi Hills and Shibuya PARCO starting this month!
From September 23 until October 17, the art goods brand Sebastian Masuda ART will hold a pop-up shop within the Mori Art Museum Shop on the third floor of Roppongi Hills West Walk. In addition to the latest art goods, including the brand-new ‘Inner Voyage’ series, a number of Masuda’s colorful art pieces will be on display, with some being for sale.
When visiting Roppongi Hills, don’t forget to head up to the 52nd floor for the 60th Anniversary Sanrio Exhibition: The Beginning of Kawaii, running from September 17 until January 10, 2022. Sebastian Masuda’s work ‘Unforgettable Tower’ will be on display when entering the event, while the Tokyo City View store will be selling some of the artist’s products! Basically, both the 3rd and 52nd floors will be nothing but kawaii.
Mori Art Museum Shop
Stickers: ¥550 – ¥2,860 (Tax Included)
Inner Voyage T-Shirt: ¥7,480 (Tax Included)
Microcosmos -Tattoo Pink & Me-
Sebastian Masuda & 6%DOKIDOKI 1995→2021
Mesh Top: ¥10,450 (Tax Included)
Long Sleeve T-Shirt: ¥8,250 (Tax Included)
DOKI DOKI Earrings: ¥4,290 (Tax Included) / Logo Plate Necklace: ¥7,590 (Tax Included) / 6% Logo Pochette: ¥6,050 (Tax Included)
Charm Pouch – Kawaii Company: ¥2,860 (Tax Included) / Sebastian Masuda STUDIO COLOR PALETTE: ¥4,400 – ¥2,860 (Tax Included) Felissimo
The Sebastian Masuda & 6%DOKIDOKI 1995→2021 event will be held from September 17 to October 3 at Hobonichi CultureN, located inside Shibuya PARCO. Guests will be able to look back at the 26-year history of the 6%DOKIDOKI brand.
2021, much like 2020, has lost a lot of it’s brightness due to the ongoing pandemic. Why not surround yourself with some kawaii goods to raise your spirits?
Sebastian Masuda Pop Up Store
Running: September 23 – October 17, 2021
Address: Mori Art Museum Shop (Roppongi Hills West Walk 3F, 6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Sebastian Masuda & 6%DOKIDOKI 1995→2021
Running: September 17 – October 3, 2021
Address: Hobonichi CultureN (Shibuya PARCO 4F, 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Noseden Artline Festival 2021 Bringing Light, Sound, and Food to the Kawanishi Area
A celebration of light, sound, and food, the biennial Noseden Artline 2021 Festival will take place from October 30 until November 23, 2021. Set in one city and three towns along the Nose Electric Railway, the regional art event began in 2013 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the rail line, and brings local artists and residents together.
The festival will be in Kawanishi and Inagawa in Hyogo Prefecture, as well as in Toyono and Nose in Osaka Prefecture, with Mt. Myoken marking the center point. Each part of the event will connect the history, industry, and tradition of the area with new and engaging creations.
The theme of the 2021 Noseden Artline Festival is ‘Enlarged Mentality.’ By taking things that are subjective, like an artist’s thoughts and senses, and applying them to the objective world that can be shared, it creates a one-of-a-kind way to connect fully with others. The event will feature local cuisine and music, as well as art focused on light, inspired by the North Star. After a year of solitude due to the pandemic, the festival hopes to remind people to cultivate, nourish, and preserve local relationships.
Art can make life more enjoyable, so why not come and see what the area has to offer?
Noseden Artline Festival
Running: October 30 – November 23, 2021
Location: Nose Electric Railway Line ~ Near Summit of Mt. Myoken
Official Site: http://noseden-artline.com/2021/
Virtual Model imma Becomes New Pinkoi Campaign Character, Web Commercial Released
21.September.2021 | FASHION
Taiwan-based e-commerce platform Pinkoi, one of Asia’s largest, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special project! Virtual model imma is the face of the campaign as a character named ‘Pin Tripper,’ and a new web commercial featuring the personality along with a song written by popular artist Daoko is now available! In addition, the newest issue of the web magazine ‘Pinkoi Zine’ is also available on the official Pinkoi website, featuring a tour of unique items from cities around Asia in the style of a travel report.
For the campaign, the Pantone Color Institute defined Pinkoi’s two corporate brand colors, ‘Pinkoi Navy’ and ‘Pinkoi Salmon Pink.’ Japanese illustrator Noritake then designed the Pinkoi x Noritake Limited Collaboration line of goods using these unique shades. These will only be available for a short time, so be sure to snag some while you can!
“Pinkoi is fun to use, because it allows you to find trendy items from cities all over Asia. I found lots of items I don’t come across very often, and items that made me feel as though I were travelling around the continent. (laugh) I hope that you’ll enjoy the new web commercial and the special ‘Pin Trip Report’ in the newest Pinkoi Zine issue! And, of course, enjoy shopping at Pinkoi too.
For this campaign, I was able to create a new song with trackmaker Yohji Igarahi. The theme was ‘sense of speed.’ I think I was able to express my identity as a rapper, while also maintaining the important image of neon lights shining at night. My impression of Pinkoi is that it has a huge variety of products not available on typical Japanese sites, and as someone who loves online shopping, I was super excited to work with them!
Pinkoi Web Commercial ‘Pin Trip’
Official Site: https://jp.pinkoi.com/event/pin-to-koisuru
Art Gallery Cafe WHAT CAFE to Open New Collaborative Exhibition with the DELTA Project
A new collaborative exhibition is coming to WHAT CAFE in Tokyo! The WHAT CAFE x DELTA EXHIBITION -EXPANSION- will run from September 25 until October 24, and will give guests some incredible pieces to ponder while sipping some warm coffee.
WHAT CAFE is an art and culture facility opened with the goal of supporting artists with promising futures in the industry. Guests can wander the gallery while enjoying a meal or beverage, with some art being available for purchase.
Flash FINCH – Ji-hae Park
Combination-cut in 2 – Saki Matsumura
Galloping on a Free-floating Planet – Yui Suzuki
real screen – Takuro Sugiyama
This exhibition was inspired by WHAT CAFE’s interest in the activities of DELTA, an art project that helps plan and organize art fairs and exhibitions around Japan. It’s mission is to create a new place connecting galleries, artists, and collectors, while also breaking the norm and making a space that is more accessible. The WHAT CAFE x DELTA EXHIBITION -EXPANSION- will feature 60 works by 17 cutting-edge artists carefully selected from seven different galleries based in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. The showing will ask visitors to expand their minds and become more flexible when pondering the meaning behind each of the pieces on display.
Does this art-gallery-meets-cafe sound like your kind of place?
WHAT CAFE x DELTA EXHIBITION –EXPANSION-
Running: September 25 – October 24, 2021
Official Site: https://cafe.warehouseofart.org
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Release Candy Racer, the Singer’s First Full-Length Album in Three Years
Celebrating 10 years since her major debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will release her fifth full-length album Candy Racer on October 27, 2021. This will mark the singer’s first full-length album release in three years, her last being Japamyu in 2018.
The fifth album, titled Candy Racer, will be produced by CAPSULE’s Yasutaka Nakata. It will feature 11 tracks, including the recently released single GENTENKAIHI, of which the wacky music video has amassed over 1 million views on YouTube. Previously released tracks Kimi ga LINE Kuretara and Gum Gum Girl will also be included, along with world fabrication, a cover of a pre-electronic CAPSULE track originally released in 2005.
Creation of the album brought together a number of creative minds who have worked with Kyary Pamyu Paymu over the years, including Steve Nakamura serving as art director, Ken Hanzawa acting as photographer, Kumiko Iijima returning as the singer’s stylist, and Shinji Konishi as Kyary’s hair and makeup artist. All of these individuals were with Kyary at the time of her debut, and have returned to encourage her to not only stay connected to her roots, but to move forward without hesitation.
The limited edition version will come with a special 64-page flipbook.
A number of bonuses have also been announced, from stickers, clear pouches, and mobile stand keychains. These will be available while supplies last, so fans looking to get their hands on some of this swag are encouraged to preorder the album.
Are you looking forward to hearing Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new tracks?
Sony Music to Release Impressive Compilation of Iconic City Pop Tracks
A two-disc album that includes songs from Ohtaki and Rainych’s first album, a compilation of 70s/80s City Pop, and Neo City Pop from the 90s onwards will be released on October 27 2021.
The album is the first compilation work from Sony Music Direct’s new ALDEIGHT label, who are proud to release this compilation featuring 31 remastered iconic songs, both new and old, that have garnered attention both in Japan and overseas following the growing popularity of City Pop.
Among the track list is ‘Kimi wa Tennen Iro’ from Ohtaka Eiichi’s ‘A LONG VACATION 40th Anniversary Edition,’ which was released on March 21 2021 with a music video soon expected to surpass 7 million views on YouTube. It also includes ‘RIDE ON TIME’ covered by Indonesian singer Rainych and evening cinema’s Yamashita Tatsuro, which gained huge popularity on YouTube.
Disc One is full of classic songs from the 70s and 80s, while Disc Two is full of iconic songs from between the 90s and now, that are said to have influenced the current Neo-City Pop sound. This definitive compilation represents the recent City Pop boom in just two discs.
Look forward to the release of this timeless CD which makes the perfect introduction to Japanese City Pop!
ALDELIGHT CITY -A New Standard For Japanese Pop 1975-2021
Release Date: October 27 2021
Price: ¥3,520 (Tax Incl.)
Official Site: https://www.110107.com/ALDELIGHTCITY
Museum-Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Releases Seven Artistic Christmas Cakes
20.September.2021 | FOOD
Museum-Hotel Gajoen Tokyo will be opening pre-orders for their Patisserie ‘Shiori Kyou 1928’ 2021 Christmas cake selection between October 1 and December 17.
The theme for this year’s Christmas cakes is “Art Temptation,” with seven unique, artistic cakes to choose from. The hotel is full of Japanese beauty and artistry, while the cake line-up features gorgeous cultural motifs and traditional crafts.
Tamatebako *Limited to 10 cakes
A shortcake with strawberries from Kayama Farm.
Pralines & Pistachio
Cassis & Fig
Coffee & Tonka
Fromage & Cru
This year’s lineup, of course, features the standard seasonal products; First is the Tamate Box, a two-tiered box made of chocolate, filled with cakes, gateaux, pound cake, and more. The Kayama Farm Strawberry Shortcake is their most popular product and is covered in high quality brand strawberries. The Stollen, with its spicy accents, is perfect for adults.
Alongside them is a selection of four new products; The Praline & Pistachio cake, which is covered in poinsettia and pine-shaped chocolate, and the Cassis & Fig is formed of four delicate, paper-cutting inspired layers. The Coffee & Tonka has a mature, bitter flavor and is topped with a Christmas tree, while the Fromage & Cru is made of a refreshing combination of cheese and apples.
Enjoy a precious moment that can be enjoyed by both adults and children with these beautiful and artistic cakes!
PATISSERIE ‘Shiori Kyou 1928″ Christmas Cakes
Reservation Period: October 1 ~ December 17 2021
Delivery Period: December 22 ~ December 25 2021
Reservation Phone Number: 03-5434-5230 (11:00-20:00)
Online Reservations・Official Site: https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/lien/xmas
Aimyon’s ‘Heart’ Chosen as Theme Song for Drama Series ‘Konnintodoke ni Han wo Oshitadakedesuga’
Singer-songwriter Aimyon will provide the theme song for the upcoming TBS Tuesday drama Konnintodoke ni Han wo Oshitadakedesuga (Only Just Married), premiering on TBS on October 19, 2021.
The drama will follow the story of a couple married under false pretenses, and will star Nana Seino and Kentaro Sakaguchi in the lead roles. The theme song, Heart, will be released on November 24.
Comment from Aimyon
I’ve never once had to rewrite lyrics over once I’ve written them, but for this song, I read them over and over, sang them, and rewrote them over again.
I kept fine-tuning the words, trying to keep them from being too cute, or too clumsy.
When you think about the shape of a heart, they’re odd. Round on top, but pointed on the bottom. They can be soft, or they can be painful. I thought they were the perfect symbol for a strained relationship!
I’m really looking forward to hearing the music in this drama series. I’m also looking forward to working with the stars of the drama, and I hope that you enjoy Heart! ♡
Comment from Nana Seino
From the moment the intro began playing, I could feel my understanding of my character Akiha expanding.
I want to thank Aimyon for providing us with such a wonderful song, and I can’t wait to see how the drama series and Aimyon’s song Heart blend together.
Comment from Kentaro Sakaguchi
This song perfectly encapsulates the frustrating and delicate relationship between Akiha and Momose.
After filming the series little by little, I hope that my acting will be as gentle and incredible as this track.