Sneaker Art Project artrA to Hold Final Exhibition in Osaka and Tokyo

12.November.2021 | FASHION

Street culture is ever-evolving, and sneakers play a big part in street fashion. Combining sneakers and art, the artrA project is about to wrap up its first successful season. SNKRDUNK, Japan’s premier sneaker selling app and popular shoe shop atmos have teamed up for this exhibition, which will feature the famous AIR JORDAN 1. These exhibitions have taken place in seven cities across Japan since July. The final exhibitions will be held in Osaka in November and in Tokyo in December. 

 

A total of 26 up-and-coming illustrators, graphic designers, and even ukiyo-e artists have come together for this unique event. The artwork in this exhibition will incorporate the AIR JORDAN 1 brand, and merchandise featuring this street-styled artwork will be available at the venue.

 

Those who purchase a T-Shirt on-site will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of AIR JORDAN 1 sneakers. In addition, a special lottery will allow winners to purchase a pair of sneakers to take home. 

 

Be sure to keep an eye out for the second season of the artrA project brought to you by ASOBISYSTEM!

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    During the second weekend performance, Kyary performed alone for the first time in her decade-long career after her dancers suffered from a sudden illness. She wrote their initials on her hands during her set to keep them with her. She emotionally thanked the audience for coming and said that she would not have been able to perform if the fans hadn’t given her the strength to do so.

     

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    Last month, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed on the Gobi Stage at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States. Her Weekend 1 performance was streamed live worldwide and trended on Twitter in both the U.S. and Japan. After an accident during the second weekend left the singer alone on stage, many wondered if she could pull of a dazzling performance. Kyary’s joy and excitement completely transfixed the massive crowd, and the artist has drawn praise from around the world for her talent and passion.

     

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    In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities and has been attracting major attention. To celebrate the Tokyo leg of the tour, a new Tokyo collab has been announced!

     

    Kyary is teaming up with Kimuraya Sohonten, a bakery that has been in business for over 150 years. The brand is known for inventing the anpan sweet bun in 1874. Given how much this simple food has influenced Japanese culture, it seems appropriate to team up with Kyary–the singer has brought Japanese influence around the world and continues to inspire fans with her creativity and sweetness. 

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    A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only. Support Japanese businesses and pick one up while you can!

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    06.May.2022 | FASHION

    Popular illustrator and alcohol ink artist Jiji will release her first artbook in May! 

     

    Images

     

     

    Behind-the-Scenes

     

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    IDOLATER was formed after becoming finalists in the ASOBISYSTEM THE AUDITION 2018 competition, and the girls are known for exploring the boundary of music, fashion, and other unique aspects of culture through an idol perspective. 

     

    Ririka Satsuki is a solo artist based in Fukuoka with an incredible husky voice. Fuuka Oishi has previously worked as a model and is popular with creators for her sweet yet listless atmosphere. This is the first time either has worked as a model. 

     

    Check out the group’s first performance as five members below!

     

    Swipin’ Flickin’ – IDOLATER  (Live at Ebisu CreAto, April 24, 2022)

    IDOLATER will also begin holding regular concerts at Ebisu CreAto starting in May 2022.


    Comments from New Members

     

    Fuuka Oishi

    My name is Fuuka Oishi, and I’ve just joined IDOLATER.

    When it comes to singing and dancing, I’m very inexperienced, but with the help of the other members, I’ll practice hard each and every day!

    The first time I stood on stage, it really hit me–I’m becoming an idol. When I saw the fan’s kind faces in the audience, my nervousness turned into fun!

    IDOLATER will continue to grow and evolve into something great, so I hope you’ll keep an eye on us!

    Although I’ve just started my life as an idol, I have big dreams. I’ll do my best to make it to Budokan!

    I’ll do my best as a member of IDOLATER, a group I love so much.

    Please support me!

     

    Ririka Satsuki

    I’m Ririka Satsuki, a new member of IDOLATER.

    I used to be a solo singer, and this is my first time as an idol. I’m really nervous but also incredibly excited about what the future will bring. The other members are always making me laugh and giving me the strength to do my best. 

    If there’s one goal that drives me more than anything, it’s my dream of performing at Budokan. 

    We want our fans to come along too!!!!

    I’ll do my best, so please continue to support me!

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