Fruit of the Loom Collaborates with Illustrators Nah and Kayoubi on New Collection
09.November.2021 | FASHION
American apparel brand Fruit of the Loom is teaming up with two ASOBISYSTEM talents for a new collection! Illustrators Nah and Kayoubi, both popular with Gen Z will begin selling items from the new collaboration at ROOP TOKYO on the ZOZOTOWN site starting November 12, 2021.
Nah Collaboration Items at a Glance
A 24-year-old illustrator from Fukuoka, Nah began her career in 2018. Particularly popular on Instagram, she’s become known for using pastel colors in her sexy and cute pop art. Her concept is one word: oddball. Her main character is a girl who is one step ahead of everyone else.
Kayoubi Collaboration Items at a Glance
With charming retro designs spiced with a bit of modern flare, Kayoubi’s art inspires a love for the 80s and 90s. The artist is currently involved with a number of collaborative projects, including those will apparel brands and CD jacket designs.
The designs for the collaborative project feature cute girls in bright colors. Along with hoodies and T-shirts, bucket hats and tote bags are also available. Which design is your favorite?
Fruit of the Loom x Nah, Tuesday
Release Date: November 12, 2021
Where to Buy: ROOP TOKYO in ZOZOTOWN https://zozo.jp/shop/rooptokyo/
MAISONdes’ First Collaborative Track ‘Rally, Rally feat. Pii, meiyo’ Released
30.November.2021 | MUSIC
MAISONdes, the creator of the ‘most-used song on social media’ in 2021, has released a new collaborative track. The music video for Rally Rally is also available to watch on YouTube!
The new track has become a smash-hit in Japan, with the project’s popularity across social media continuing to grow. MAISONdes is a unique music project. Extremely popular on TikTok, it’s described only as ‘a fictional apartment building somewhere,’ where a different singer and creator features on each and every track. Each song is even labeled with a room number. This allows up-and-coming artists to collaborate in ways they never anticipated. Artist meiyo features on the new track, a creator who just recently made his major debut. The artist Pii remains a curious addition to the recent Japanese music scene, having never revealed her face and communicating her music through a self-animated character.
This new track will be used as the ending theme for the November edition of the morning show ‘Mezamashi 8.’
Popular artists like yama, Nakimushi, Kujira, Moka Sato, Riu Domura, Wanuka, and haruno have participated in the project. Released in May, ‘Yowanehaki feet. Wanuka, asmi’ won the TikTok Song Ranking four times in a row and has over 100 million views on the app. In August, vocalist asmi appeared on THE FIRST TAKE. The song also attracted a great deal of attention on Line Music, Spotify, and Apple Music.
MAISONdes Room #111 – ‘Rally, Rally’ feat. Pii, meiyo
Download/Streaming Links: https://smr.lnk.to/cq5Z4R
Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgRgH7nHGEV7q0QrtIuWoUA
Art Group Mirrorbowler to Hold Mindblowing Exhibition at Shinsaibashi PARCO
Mirrorbowler will hold their first large-scale indoor solo exhibition at Shinsaibashi PARCO in Osaka from December 19, 2021, until February 13, 2022.
Along with some truly massive pieces of artwork, the artists behind the creations will also hold workshops and release limited-edition goods at the venue to commemorate the event. Mirrorbowler is known for their expert use of light and reflection, and have participated in creating artwork for outdoor events, fashion shows, and CD jackets in the past.
Beginner Origami Art (Star)
Intermediate Origami Art (Sphere)
Mirrorbowler 2022 Calendar
Mirrorbowler Journey to the Stars Mirror
Mirror Ball Caricature Book
The theme for the exhibition is “to create something that does not exist anywhere, that has no proper name, that will never be the same twice, and that will never look the same to different people.”
Mirrorbowler’s work features light and shadow as central themes, and guests are invited to look beyond what is in front of their eyes to find something deeper and more hidden. This imagery will be blended with sounds, scents, and hidden items just asking to be found.
While there is no set route to experience the exhibition, the creators hope visitors will wander back in forth to see things from different angles. Tickets are available to preorder now, so don’t miss this memorable event!
Mirrorbowler Journey to the Stars – PLANET OF MIRRORBOWLER by ELEMENTS
Running: December 19, 2021 – February 13, 2022
Location: Shinsaibashi PARCO 14F PARCO Event Hall
Official Site: http://www.parco.co.jp
Available for direct purchase at FamiPort in FamilyMart stores.
Lawson Ticket: https://l-tike.com/mirrorbowler
Tickets can also be purchased from Loppi at Lawson or Ministop stores.
L Code: 59200 (For Admission from 12/19 – 1/16) / 59300 (For Admission from 1/17-2/13)
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse to Hold 17th Annual Art & Ice Skating Event ArtRink
30.November.2021 | SPOT
Starting in 2005 to add more color to Yokohama’s winter season, the ArtRink event held at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse combines artworks and ice skating for a bright and colorful way to spend a cold day. The 17th annual event will be held from December 4, 2021, until February 20, 2022, and will feature two artists: Moeno Ootsu and unpis, both taking part for the first time. The theme for this year’s art is ‘Stepping Out in Slippers.’
Message from the Artists
For this event, we’ve created an everyday space, ‘home,’ in a very not-everyday space: ArtRink in Yokohama.
Guests should come on an adventure that begins at the front door, then dance on ice through the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and more!
You might discover something new among the familiar furnishings and snippets of daily life.
We hope that once you leave ArtRink and return home, you’ll try to keep dancing from time to time.
Just have fun. Dance with us!
Whether you’re wearing skates, sneakers, or slippers…
Just take a step and have the best possible time this winter.
ArtRink at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Running: December 4, 2021 – February 20, 2022
Location: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Event Space
Hotel Koe Tokyo in Shibuya to Hold Solo Exhibition by Illustrator Kae Tanaka
Kae Tanaka will hold a solo exhibition at Hotel Koe Tokyo in Shibuya from November 26 until December 10, 2021. The artist has recently collaborated with popular girls group Nogizaka46 and actress Rio Uchida, and is skyrocketing in popularity throughout Japan.
Kae-chan Soft Vinyl Figures in Limited-Edition Color (By Lottery)
Over the past year, Hotel Koe Tokyo has been supporting the solo exhibitions of up-and-coming artists. This ima no koe (The Voices of Today) initiative is helping to highlight local talent that may otherwise be overlooked.
Kae Tanaka is a Tumblr-based illustrator who has garnered large amounts of attention across social media. Collaborative goods created in conjunction with the hotel will be available, all of which are unisex and created by the French brand Le Pigeon Voyageur. A special Kae-chan vinyl figure will be available by lottery.
Kae Tanaka Exhibition ‘Select’
Running: November 26 – December 10, 2021
Location: Hotel Koe Tokyo 1F ‘koe space’ (3-7 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Popular voice actors Ayana Taketatsu and Yusuke Kobayashi to feature in HAKUNA Live project MV
Social Live Streaming App HAKUNA Live released the music video teaser for the project ‘Today, I’ll be where you belong’ in collaboration with popular voice actors Ayana Taketatsu and Yusuke Kobayashi.
‘Today, I’ll be where you belong’ Project MV Teaser (30 seconds ver.)
The MV teaser is a compilation of parts featuring both Ayana Taketatsu and Yusuke Kobayashi. The full version of the MV will be available soon, so stay tuned!
A girl from the countryside lives alone in the city as she enters college, and a boy looks forward to wearing a suit to work as a new member of society.
As they embarked on a new life, they lost their normal routine of life due to Covid-19.
They are taking online classes and working remotely from home, which makes their days blur.
Then they came across HAKUNA Live and found a new “place” after spending their time alone in their room for a long time.
©MOVEFAST Company. All rights reserved.
‘Today, I’ll be where you belong’ Project
Official Site: https://movefast.company/
Socks Specialist Tabio to Launch its 2nd Collection in Collaboration with Fashion Brand Toga
26.November.2021 | FASHION
Japanese socks specialist Tabio has launched its second collection in collaboration with Toga, a Japanese fashion brand created by fashion designer Yasuko Furuta.
The collection consists of four different types of socks that combine Tabio’s technology with TOGA’s elements, including socks with the same patterns as TOGA’s garments and sheer socks that sold out immediately last time. The socks are presented in a special package that makes them the perfect winter gift. You can purchase them at the official online store and other limited edition Tabio stores.
TOGA × Tabio
Where to buy: Tabio Online Store（https://tabio.com/jp/）
10 Tabio Limited Stores (Tabio Japan GINZA SIX、Tabio Omotesando Hills, Tabio Roppongi Hills, Tabio Lumine EST, Tabio Tamagawa Takashimaya, Tabio NEWoMan Yokohama, Tabio JR Nagoya Takashimaya, Tabio Nagoya LACHIC, Tabio Grand Front Osaka, Tabio LACHIC Fukuoka Tenjin）
TOGA stores, TOGA Online Store (https://store.toga.jp/)
Cardcaptor Sakura and Sanrio Collaborate on New Collection
A new collection of goods featuring Sakura Kinomoto and popular Sanrio characters is here! The collection features everyone’s favorite magical girl combined with beloved characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, and Kuromi.
The Cardcaptor Sakura manga series was serialized from 1996 until 2000 in the monthly girls’ manga magazine Nakayoshi. In 2016, a new version of the series was released titled Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card and the magical girl series is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021. An anime series aired from 1998 to 2000, with a Clear Card adaptation airing in 2018.
This is the second collaboration between Sanrio and Cardcaptor Sakura, with the first coming in 2018 with Little Twin Stars. In these collaboration designs, each Sanrio character wears costumes made by Sakura’s best friend Tomoyo, and Sakura wears a special costume with Hello Kitty and My Melody ears. One of these designs is only available at official Sanrio stores.
Sanrio Store Designs
The Sanrio Characters x Cardcaptor Sakura series will be available starting November 26 at Sanrio stores and November 25 at the Sanrio online shop.
Drawstring Bag Set: ¥1,980
Secret Acrylic Keychains (6 varieties): ¥715 each
Acrylic keychains and charms will come in blind packaging. Five of the designs have been revealed, but there is a sixth secret one to find!
Square Tags (5 varieties): ¥660 each / A5 Clear Folder (6 varieties): ¥385 each
Special Rubber Mascot Keychains
These keychains will be available in capsule machines nationwide, and in March 2022, Cardcaptor Sakura x Sanrio plushies will also be available!
©️C,ST/K,EP,N ©️’21 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ
Sanrio Characters x Cardcaptor Sakura
A Tachikoma From Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045 Arrives at New Balance Harajuku
As a part of the brand’s 9BOX series, New Balance has released a new graphic T-shirt collection in collaboration with Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045. The items went on sale November 12, and to commemorate the release, a Tachikoma from the series has arrived at New Balance Harajuku! For those who may not have seen the series, a Tachikoma is an AI tank prominently featured in the Ghost in the Shell universe.
Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Motoko Kusanagi, the main character of the series, perfectly exemplifies the New Balance brand, which promotes ‘fearless independence.’ Five new t-shirt designs are now available, all drawn by Ilya Kuvshinov, the character designer for Ghost in the Shell SAC-2045. The collection is available at official New Balance stores nationwide, as well as the online store and participating ABC Marts. Those who purchase items from the collection will receive a collaboration sticker, and a special picture frame will be available on the New Balance official store app NB Shop.
New Balance’s flagship store in Harajuku is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and was the backdrop for the cover of Rolling Stone Japan to promote the collaboration. Fans of the anime series shouldn’t miss out on these stylish threads!
Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045 x New Balance
On Display from November 20 – December 2, 2021
Location: New Balance Harajuku
Collab Details/Store: https://shop.newbalance.jp/shop/e/eEnb-app-9boxgits
Yoshitaka Amano Exhibition Now Open at Kikka Gallery in Omotesando
Known for his work on the Final Fantasy series, Yoshitaka Amano is one of the most beloved artists in Japanese popular culture. From November 5 until November 30, an exhibition displaying many of his works is open at the Kikka Gallery in Omotesando, Tokyo. Online lottery sales of many Amano works shown in the exhibition began on November 20.
While overseas fans know him best for Final Fantasy, Amano is also the creator of many iconic characters such as Gatchaman, Tekkaman, and Casshan.
The PREMONITION OF HAPPINESS exhibition boasts 111 paintings and 3D works on display, all of which are one-of-a-kind. A number of colorful works drawn on traditional Japanese paper and bamboo plates are also attracting guests, based on his fine artwork CANDY GIRL, which he has been working on since 2015.
Furniture Maker Karimoku Releases Collaboration Collection with Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee Japan is collaborating with furniture maker Karimoku for a new collection scheduled for release on December 1, 2021. The items will be available at select Blue Bottle Coffee Cafes, at the Blue Bottle Coffee online store, and at pop-up store locations.
Karimoku is one of Japan’s leading wooden furniture manufacturers. Each of the three items in the collection was not only designed to be easy to use but to be pieces of interior decoration. Karimoku has also produced furniture for some of Blue Bottle Coffee’s cafes in the past, with their pieces being well-received for their design and comfort.
Karimoku x Blue Bottle Coffee Morning Collection
Blue Bottle cafes are known for their simple designs, and these items exemplify that, using soft curves perfect for adding warmth to any room. These items are completely sustainable and long-lasting, so why not snag one as a holiday gift?
Karimoku x Blue Bottle Coffee Morning Collection
Release Date: December 1, 2021
Where to Buy: Participating Blue Bottle Coffee Cafes (Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Flagship, Shibuya, Ginza, Minatomirai, Kyoto, Umeda Chayamachi, Kobe) / Blue Bottle Coffee Official Online Store / Pop-up Store
Official Site: https://store.bluebottlecoffee.jp/
MetaTokyo Launches First Project in the Metaverse with Genereativemasks
22.November.2021 | FASHION
The Metaverse has been in the news lately, and the future is looking more and more digital. ASOBISYSTEM, ParadeAll, and Fraction Ventures have teamed up to build Japan’s first pop-up museum focusing on generative art in MetaTokyo, an open cultural city in the open Metaverse using NFT. This will exhibit one of the largest NFT art projects in Japan, Generativemasks.
Generative art refers to artworks that are generated by code, using computer software.
MetaTokyo Pass (MetaTokyo Digital Passport)
The architecture of MetaTokyo was created by MISOSHITA, a Metaverse/VR creator active not only in Japan but around the world. The interior and exterior were designed in collaboration with Generativemasks and other contributors to make a completely unique structure in the Metaverse. The NFT MetaTokyo Pass, functioning as a digital passport, is on sale now, allowing owners to access a number of activities and special privileges, including access to exclusive events and restricted areas within the MetaVerse.
MetaTokyo is the world’s first project to connect NFTs with the MetaVerse and is the first project of its kind to be implemented globally.
Up-and-Coming Artist Rei Nakanishi to Hold Exhibition at Shinsaibashi PARCO
Shinsaibashi PARCO in Osaka is celebrating its first anniversary. As part of the celebration, young contemporary artist Rei Nakanishi will be holding a solo exhibition, VESICA PISCIS, from November 20 until November 30, 2021.
A number of artworks were made specifically for this showing, and each will show the unique style of this up-and-coming creator. Certain pieces will be sold by lottery at the venue as well.
Comment from Rei Nakanishi
My paintings always feature two conflicting themes.
I create my works using both digital and analog techniques, and complete them with skull and flower motifs, reminding us of the reality of life and death.
The theme of this exhibition is ‘black and white.’
For me, using only black and white in my works was a very meaningful challenge to take on.
By not using any color, the essence of each painting comes through more strongly and more clearly.
The exhibition’s title, VESICA PISCIS, references two circles overlapping as you see at the very beginning of cellular division.
I hope that people will take note of the refined shapes and fluid beauty of these works in comparison to those with color.
– Rei Nakanishi
Rei Nakanishi VESICA PISCIS
Running: November 20 – November 30, 2021
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (*Closing at 18:00 on November 30)
Address: PARCO Pop Up Gallery, Shinsaibashi PARCO B1F (1-8-3 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Official Site: http://www.parco.co.jp