Music Festival Celebrating 10 Years of Senbonzakura Announced
Senbonzakura continues to be one of Hatsune Miku’s most popular songs, even ten years after its initial release. To celebrate an entire decade of the song, a special live performance will be held in Chiba featuring a number of popular performers who have performed Senbonzakura sometime over the past ten years.
The first round of acts have just been announced, and the event will take place at the Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba on November 21, 2021.
Performers include Vocaloid producer and bassist of Wagakki Band Asa, talented female vocalist +α/Alfakyun., violinist and cosplayer Ayasa, and massively popular YouTuber UMI☆KUUN. Also appearing is Sachiko Kobayashi, an enka singer who performed Senbonzakura at the 66th Kouhaku Uta Gassen New Year special in 2015, and Marasy, a pianist who performed the song in a 2013 Toyota Prius commercial. The MCs for the show include streamer-turned-pro host Hyakka Ryoran and voice actress Saki Fujita, who performs the character voice for Hatsune Miku.
Those who purchase a ¥30,000 (Tax Included) ticket will receive a commemorative golden happi coat and will guarantee a seat in the first five rows of the venue. The ¥15,000 (Tax Included) ticket will include a pink happi coat. General admission will cost ¥8,500 (Tax Included).
More information regarding the second round of performers will be released soon, along with more details on exclusive merchandise to be sold at the venue.
Senbonzakura 10th Anniversary Festival ~The Fearlessly Fashionable Revolution!~
Date: November 21, 2021
Address: Maihama Amphitheater (Chiba)
Doors open at 14:00, show begins at 15:00
Asa/+α/Alfakyun./Ayasa/UMI☆KUUN/Sachiko Kobayashi/Marasy, and more!
Hyakka Ryouran/Saki Fujita
Senbonzakura Festival Site: http://senbonzakurafes.com/
Senbonzakura 10th Anniversary Site: https://whiteflame.jp/10th-senbonzakura/
Music Video for Vocaloid Producer Hifumi’s New Song Released, Track Available to Stream
08.December.2021 | MUSIC
Vocaloid producer Hifumi has been posting music on YouTube and Niconico for years. Now active as a popular singer-songwriter, the creator released the new track Tadaima, Anata on December 3 across streaming services. A music video has also been uploaded to YouTube.
The new track has a winter feel and tells the story of the separation between a man and a woman. The title translates to ‘I’m home, honey,’ and at first glance, it seems cut and dry–but the lyrics are much deeper than even fans may expect.
Comment from Hifumi
“The theme of this song is ‘parting.’ The lyrics I wrote were pulled from my own regret–that I could have done more for the people I love.
I would have been happier if I could have been the kind of person who influenced people in positive ways with my words and my actions.
When making the song, I used a traditional Chinese instrument called a Yangqin.
If you listen closely, you can hear it at the end of the second chorus.
It goes well with Japanese instruments and has a charming and unique sound. I hope to continue incorporating different instruments into my work and take on more interesting challenges in the future.
The illustrations in the music video were created by the illustrator Sako. The delicate expression of light and the expressive portrayal of the characters really captured the atmosphere of my song.
This track is filled with my own personality, and I hope that as many people as possible can enjoy it.”
Tadaima, Anata – Hifumi
Illustrations: Sako (https://twitter.com/35s_00)
Subscriptions & Downloads: (https://orcd.co/tadaimaanata)
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHG5yLvj57pnMNm6perFrZA
TV Anime Series ‘Run with the Wind’ to Hold Orchestral Concert in Tokyo
The concert featuring the TV anime series Run with the Wind based on the novel Run with the Wind by Shion Miura, will be held on December 29, 2021 at Ebisu The Garden Hall.
For this concert, Production I.G, the animation company that produced the anime series Run with the Wind, will be involved in the video production. Based on scenes selected by composer Yuki Hayashi, the video has been re-edited for the concert and will be delivered with a live performance by the gorgeous musicians.
The day will surely be a special one, where you can enjoy the music of the special band orchestra alongside a number of masterly scenes. Don’t miss this chance to experience the world of the film before the Hakone Ekiden, the university relay race in January that the characters are striving for!
Original work: Run with the Wind by Shion Miura (Shincho Bunko)
TV Anime ‘Run with the Wind’ Orchestral Concert
When: December 29, 2021 from 18:00（Gates open at 17:30）
Where：Yebisu the Garden Hall
Kyodo Tokyo https://tickets.kyodotokyo.com/kazetsuyoconcert
E plus https://eplus.jp/kazetsuyoconcert
Ticket Pia https://w.pia.jp/t/kazetsuyoconcert
Lawson Ticket https://l-tike.com/kazetsuyoconcert
Rakuten Ticket http://r-t.jp/kazetsuyoconcert
Official Site: https://kazetsuyo-anime.com
Live Puzzle Game, ‘The Little Wizard and Monsters,’ to be Held in Cosplay City Matsudo
22.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Ready to put your thinking caps on? Gather your best friends and head to Matsudo City in Chiba (about 40 minutes from Tokyo Station) for the real puzzle-solving game ‘The Little Wizard and Monsters ~Enter the Costume Contest, ya hear?~, taking place from December 4, 2021, until March 27, 2022. During the event, guests will have to search for clues in the area around Yabashira Station on the Shin Keisei Line, as well as the 21st Century Forest and Square Park.
The 21st Century Forest and Square Park and Yabashira Station are both very familiar to those in their 20s and 30s who love pop culture, and this event was planned in the hopes that people would learn more about the area. While attempting to solve the puzzle, guests will find plenty of very Instagrammable spots and locations perfect for cherry blossom viewing as well!
Live Puzzle Game ‘Little Wizard and Monsters’ ~Enter the Costume Contest, ya hear?~
Running: December 4, 2021 – March 27, 2022
*Closed Mondays and During New Years Holiday (December 29 – January 3)
Free to Enter
Official Site: https://nazotoki-plus.com/
Creative Brand HAKU to Hold Stone Exhibition in Nagareyama
21.November.2021 | SPOT
For two days only, HAKU, a creative brand known for its underground art experience, will feature some of its unique works at Starts Otakanomori Hall in Nagareyama City, Chiba prefecture.
The inside of the Philharmonic Hall will be transformed with lights and sound to mirror the natural environment surrounding the city. Within this immersive space, images will be projected on the ceiling, walls, and floor, and visitors will be surrounded by the sounds of the river, insects, wind through the trees, and more.
Visitors will be given sensors to track them in real-time, allowing more interactivity with the digital environment. The water flowing through the venue changes its flow based on guest movement. What do you think of this bizarre experience?
#AppearanceYokohama Concert to Feature Real Artists Beside VTubers
Net label Appearance will hold a special live event on November 28, 2021, featuring popular VTubers and music artists at Yokohama Bronth at the Miratomirai waterfront area in Yokohama.
The #AppearanceYokohama event will feature Mashiro Ayano, a singer popular for performing tracks for popular anime series such as Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works and Darwin’s Game. VTuber sifar is popular throughout Japan for her rock tracks, while cosplay girls band mimiQ_Lyric aims to deliver Japanese pop culture to the world.
Those interested will be able to purchase streaming tickets through Z-aN, and anyone in Japan can also buy tickets at the venue. The live stream will feature HD multi-angle footage so viewers can enjoy the full range of the show. Performing VTubers will utilize Monolis, a system allowing them to go anywhere and interact with people in their life-sized forms. This is in cooperation with the Wasabi Music School.
Who are you excited to see perform?
Date: November 28, 2021
Doors Open at 15:30
Address: Yokohama Bronth 2F (5-3-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa)
Official Event Site: https://appearance.site
Streaming Tickets: https://www.zan-live.com/live/detail/10123
Venue Tickets: https://t.livepocket.jp/e/7hjlj
Four New Pokemon Manhole Covers Appear in Katori City, Chiba Prefecture
On November 10, 2021, four new Pokemon-themed manhole covers were unveiled in Katori City, Chiba prefecture. These will be the first appearance of the Poke Lids project in both the city and prefecture and each will feature landscapes specific to the area. Pokemon featured in these new covers include Galarian Farfetch’d, Falinks, Florges, and Lotad.
The Poke Lids project features completely original art, and each serves as a PokeStop in the mobile game Pokemon GO. Many are located in smaller towns and areas, and this has brought more tourism and attention to some of Japan’s more charming hidden gems. Going on a pilgrimage to visit these locations has become a popular new fad, so be sure to try it out once Japan opens!
Poke Lid Locations in Katori
- Galarian Farfetch’d Poke Lid: 109-14 Sawara, Katori, Chiba
- Falinks Poke Lid: 1722-1 Sawara, Katori, Chiba
- Florges Poke Lid: 4549-1 Sawara, Katori, Chiba
- Lotad Poke Lid: 4053-3 Sawara, Katori, Chiba
©Pokémon. ©Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Official Site: https://local.pokemon.jp/manhole/
Sanrio Puroland to Hold First Virtual Music Festival
Get ready for your trip to Virtual Sanrio Puroland! For the first time ever, Sanrio is teaming up with U.S. company VRChat for an entirely virtual music festival, SANRIO Virtual Fes in Sanrio Puroland on December 11 and December 12, 2021. Guests will be able to enjoy the event using a VR Headset, a PC, or a smartphone.
The concert space will feature both live and virtual artists (VTubers), as well as popular Sanrio characters in a massive five-story underground space beneath Virtual Sanrio Puroland. Participants will also be able to transform their avatar into the Sanrio character of their choice during the event! High-fiving other concert-goers will result in an explosion of Hello Kitty bows, and there will be plenty of surprises during the music performances, so don’t miss it!
The lineup for the event includes Kizuna AI, Hatsune Miku+PinocchioP, AKB48(Team8), CHiCO with HoneyWorks, Haneru Inaba, Kaede Higuchi, KMNZ, VALSHE, Hakushi Hasegawa, YuNi, Pasocom Music Club, Mom, Megu Shinonome, AMOKA, Yukichi Kasaku/men, LAUSBUB, and Kinu. Plenty of Sanrio characters will also make appearances, including Hello Kitty, Cinnomoroll, Kuromi, Cogimyun, and Hapidanbui.
Who are you looking forward to seeing perform in this adorable virtual space?
©‘21 SANRIO ©’21 SANRIO SP-M © ‘21 SANRIO S/F・G 著作(株)サンリオ
©AKB48 ©Kizuna AI ©BANDAI NAMCO Arts Inc. ©ANYCOLOR, Inc. Art by KEI ©Crypton Future Media, INC.
SANRIO Virtual Fes in Sanrio Puroland
Dates: December 11 & 12, 2021
Stream Open at 15:00, Show airs from 17:00-22:00
Location: Virtual Sanrio Puroland
Official Site: https://v-Fes.sanrio.co.jp
Singer yama to Hold Two-Day Planetarium Concert at Tokyo Skytree Town
Konica Minolta Planetarium TENKU will hold a special two-day live event featuring one of the most beloved singers of this generation, yama. LIVE in the DARK w/yama will take place on December 8 and 9, in which the artist will be surrounded by glittering stars as he sings some of his more popular tracks.
By holding a concert inside a planetarium, guests will be able to focus more intently on the sounds being made while surrounded by darkness. The video production during the performance will be handled by HERE., a visual design studio known for working with other popular artists. Would you want to experience a live show in such a unique venue?
LIVE in the DARK w/yama
Dates: December 8 & 9, 2021
Times: 1st Stage – Doors Open 17:30, Show Starts 18:00 / 2nd Stage – Doors Open 19:30, Show Starts 20:00
Official Site: https://planetarium.konicaminolta.jp/livedark/yama
ticket board: Presale Tickets (By lottery)
Running: November 2 at 12:00 – November 7 at 23:59
General Tickets (First come, first served)
On sale November 17 at 20:00~
J-WAVE SPARK LIVE Vol. 5 to Feature Sayaka Yamamoto and SHE’S
04.November.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese FM radio station J-WAVE (81.3 FM) has announced its fifth live event coming to Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo. The station’s popular late-night program SPARK takes place from Monday to Thursday at 24:00-25:00 each week and is the inspiration for these incredible performances. This time, Sayaka Yamamoto and SHE’S will both be taking the stage on December 9, 2021.
Sayaka Yamamoto serves as SPARK’s MC each Monday. Piano-rock band SHE’S collaborated with the singer on her song oasis released in February, with vocalist and keyboard player Ryouma Inoue producing the track and SHE’S arranging and performing the music.
I’ve worked with SHE’S musically in the past, and I’m so excited to work with them again like this. It will also be the first time for me to perform against an entire band alone, so I’m also super nervous. I’ll do my best to put on a great show!
After arranging and producing the song oasis for Yamamoto, she invited us to see her solo concert. I remember getting goosebumps because she had evolved so much, and she was so incredibly cool. I can’t wait to see what kind of live show this will turn out to be, and I hope we can sing something together!
SHE’S Vocalist Ryouma Inoue
J-WAVE SPARK LIVE Vol.5
Airing: December 9, 2021 / Doors open at 17:30, Show starts at 18:30
Where: Zepp DiverCity Tokyo
J-WAVE SPARK LIVE Vol.5: https://www.j-wave.co.jp/topics/entry_spark05/
*Presale ticket lottery open until November 9 at 23:59 at https://www.j-wave.co.jp/topics/entry_spark05/
Official Site: http://www.j-wave.co.jp/original/spark/
BE:FIRST First Solo Concert to Stream Exclusively on the Hulu Store
01.November.2021 | MUSIC
BE:FIRST, the 7-member boy’s group created from winners of SKY-HI’s 6-month “THE FIRST” audition, will make their debut on November 3 with the single Gifted. On November 5, the group will hold its first-ever solo concert. This milestone will be available to watch live exclusively on the Hulu Store and will be available for a week after the live stream.
The group is made up of members SOTA, SHUNTO, MANATO, RYUHEI, JUNON, RYOKI, and LEO. The music video for their song Shining One has been viewed more than 10 million times in the past two weeks, making this one group to keep an eye on!
BE:FIRST “FIRST” One Man Show -We All Gifted.-
Live Stream Date: November 5, 2021, at 22:00
*The archived video will be available to watch immediately after the live stream until November 12 at 23:59
Ticket Price: ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
*Tickets Available until November 12 at 21:00
Male VTuber Group Holostars to Hold First Live Event
The talented members of Holostars will hold their first live event on December 26, 2021 at J:COM Hall Hachioji in Tokyo! The Vtubers taking part are Hanasaki Miyabi, Kanade Izuru, Arurandeisu, Rikka, Astel Leda, Kishida Temma, Yukoku Roberu, Kageyama Shien, and Aragami Oga.
Tickets for the virtual event are now on sale on SPWN. Those wanting to attend the physical event can also enter the lottery for on-site tickets. Exclusive merchandise will also be available to celebrate the group’s first-ever live show!
HOLOSTARS 1st ACT 「JOURNEY to FIND STARS!!」Supported By Bushiroad
Date: December 26, 2021
Broadcast begins at 17:30, show begins at 18:00
Address: J:COM Hall Hachioji (Southern Sky Tower Hachioji 4F, 4-7-1 Koyasumachi, Hachioji, Tokyo)
Directly connected to the south exit of JR Hachioji Station
7-minute walk from Keio-Hachioji Station
On-site Ticket: ¥8,000 (Tax Included, all seats reserved)
Official Site: https://1stact.hololivepro.com/
1st Advance Tickets (Lawson Ticket) / Lottery
Available to Enter until October 31 at 23:59 (https://l-tike.com/st1/holostars)
*Limited to 2 tickets per person.
Announcement of Winners/Payment Period: November 4 – November 7, 2021, at 23:00
2nd Advance Tickets / Lottery
Available from November 13 at 12:00 until November 21 at 23:59 (https://l-tike.com/st1/holostars)
*These pre-order tickets are by lottery only.
Confirmation/Payment Period: November 25 at 15:00 – November 28 at 23:00
Reservation Period: December 4 at 12:00 – Day of Performance (https://l-tike.com/st1/holostars)
Streaming Tickets are available until December 31, 2021
Streaming Tickets + Special Bonus Coupon available until December 31, 2021
*The archived stream will be available immediately after the live performance and can be viewed as many times as you like until January 26, 2022, at 23:59.
Purchase Streaming Tickets: https://virtual.spwn.jp/events/21122601-jpholostarslive
Available until November 7 at 23:59
Merchandise Details: https://1stact.hololivepro.com/goods
Purchase Goods (from Japan): https://virtual.spwn.jp/events/21122601-jpholostarslive/goods
Purchase Goods (from Overseas): https://shop.geekjack.net/collections/holostars-1st-act
Concert Hashtag: #ホロスタ1stACT (#Holostars1stACT)
Atlus Announces Additional Persona 25th Anniversary Concert in December
Atlus has announced a second Persona 25th Anniversary symphonic concert performance will be held in December. Tickets for the first performance in November sold out almost immediately, and the advance ticket lottery for the new December performance began on October 22, 2021.
The concert will feature orchestral and jazz versions of music from the entire Persona series, from Revelations: Persona all the way to Persona 5. Footage from each game will be shown as the music is played, and vocalists from several Persona titles are scheduled to appear including Lyn, Tomoko Komiya, Yumi Kawamura, and Shihoko Hirata.
The daytime performance will feature suites from Revelations: Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, and Persona 3. The evening performance will continue with pieces from Persona 4 and Persona 5.
More announcements regarding the 25th anniversary of the Persona series are scheduled to appear throughout 2022.
Daytime Performance – 25th Anniversary Persona Symphonic Concert, A Program
4 pieces from Revelations: Persona
Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
4 pieces from Persona 3
Evening Performance – 25th Anniversary Persona Symphonic Concert, B Program
4 pieces from Persona 4
5 pieces from Persona 5
25th Anniversary Persona Symphonic Concert (Additional Performance)
General Ticket Sales & Advance Ticket Lottery: https://eplus.jp/persona-sc25/
Date: December 12, 2021
Daytime Performance – 25th Anniversary Persona Symphonic Concert, A Program
Venue Opens: 12:30 / Performance Begins: 13:30
Program: Program A
Date: December 12, 2021
Evening Performance – 25th Anniversary Persona Symphonic Concert, B Program
Venue Opens: 17:00 / Performance Begins: 18:00
Program: Program B
Address: Sumida Triphony Hall (1-2-3 Kinshi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)