Bajune Tobeta and Yoshikuni Dochin Release Christmas Version of Futatsu no Tsuki
18.November.2021 | MUSIC
The record label ‘Sugar Candy’ has a powerful concept: “A grain of healing.” On August 18, 2021, musician and composer Bajune Tobeta released his fifth album ‘Subarashii Shinsekai ~RELAX WORLD~’ on the label. Don’t miss the new Christmas version of this track, perfect for getting into the holiday mood!
In November, a special edition of the album hit Apple Music and iTunes, featuring plenty of awesome guest artists such as Chara, Mummy-D, Yoshikuni Dochin, Kiyotaka Sugiyama, Yui Asaka, Paula Morelenbaum, Jaques Morelenbaum, ACO, and Miho Hamasaki. The chill track Futatsu no Tsuki features Yoshikuni Dochin of the pop duo CHEMISTRY, celebrating 20 years in 2021.
Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe Offering Afternoon Tea with Cute Miniatures
If you’re looking to feel like a kid again, Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe is offering a chance to have afternoon tea with some adorable miniatures in a dollhouse atmosphere. The popular set will be reimagined during December to feature a Christmas motif, and is the perfect backdrop for Twitter or Instagram pictures!
‘Afternoon Tea for ‘me’ and ‘my friends,’ drink included: ¥1,380 per person (Tax Included)
The set includes seven beautiful desserts crafted by a pastry chef and features seasonal fruit. Whether you enjoy tea and cakes by yourself or with friends, feel free to take pictures of the miniatures for a jolt of cuteness.
Yokohama Spaghetti & Cafe
‘Afternoon Tea for ‘me’ and ‘my friends’
Available: Daily after 15:00
No reservations needed
Address: Tokyu Square 1 B1F, 2-3-2 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama (Connected to Minatomirai Station)
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hama.spa/
Manga Series Dandadan Gets Collaboration Merch at Tower Records to Celebrate Volume 3
To celebrate the release of volume 3 of the Dandadan manga series, participating Tower Records locations in Japan will be selling some collaborative merchandise starting on December 3. The items will also be available to purchase on Tower Records Online.
Acrylic Keychain (8 varieties): ¥715 (Tax Included)
*This product is limited to 16 per person.
Square Pins (6 varieties): ¥605 (Tax Included)
*This product is limited to 12 per person.
Sticker (Momo Ayase, Okarun, Aira Shiratori & Turbo-Granny, 3 Varieties): ¥880 each
Tiny Pin: ¥660 (Tax Included)
Sticky Note Set: ¥880 (Tax Included)
Towel: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Reversible Reuseable Bag: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
T-shirt (Okarun, Turbo-Granny, 2 varieties): ¥3,850 each
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Dandadan x TOWER RECORDS
Release Date: December 3, 2021 *Reversable bag will go on sale December 10
Participating Locations: Shibuya, Shinjuku, Sapporo PIVOT, Sendai PARCO, Ikebukuro, Akihabara, Machida, Kawasaki, Nagoya Kintetsu Pass’e, Umeda NU Chayamachi, Fukuoka PARCO
Tower Records Online: https://tower.jp
Eve will release his new song Aisai on December 3 at midnight on all major streaming services.
The singer-songwriter performed the explosive Kaisen Kitan, the first opening theme for the Jujutsu Kaisen anime series. The track has been streamed over 200 million times and the music video has been watched over 180 million times. With over 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube, the singer has become a viral sensation with other tracks like Parallel Lines and Faint at Night. Eve’s new track Aisai is incredibly emotional and is the perfect song to bring 2021 to a close.
The cover for the new song was made by niL, who worked on the music video for Yuseiboushi. Be sure to stream the song on December 3!
Pui Pui Molcar and Godiva Christmas Cake Now on Sale
Orders are now open for a Godiva Christmas Cake featuring the adorable hamster/car hybrid characters from Pui Pui Molcar! Godiva stores nationwide will accept orders until December 5, and those wanting to snag one can also put in an order at the Godiva online store. ZOZOTOWN is also selling collaborative goods based on this unlikely team.
Pui Pui Molcar is the first animated television series directed by Asaki Misato and it instantly captured the hearts of children and adults alike with its short episodes and fluffy characters. The series began broadcasting in January 2021, and is only the first week, the official Molcar Twitter page exceeded 100,000 followers. Following a cast of tiny guinea pigs turned into cars, it’s a fun watch for the entire family.
Pui Pui Molcar x Godiva Christmas Cake: ¥6,480 (Tax and Shipping Included)
The collaborative cake features a chocolate plate with popular Molcar characters and is topped with kiwi, grapefruit, peaches, and other fruits. The chocolate cream is made with fresh Hokkaido cream with a hint of cocoa from Central and South America. Sweets and sour strawberries give the pastry a kick, and the sponge within is incredibly fluffy. The cake also comes with a limited-edition Pui Pui Molcar keychain!
Some collaboration merchandise such as bags, plushies, and apparel, are on sale at ZOZOTOWN. Check the site for more details!
Pui Pui Molcar x Godiva Christmas Cake
Reservations are accepted until December 5, 2021
Delivery Dates: December 20 – December 26, 2021 *Delivery date cannot be specified.
Where to Order: Limited-Time Godiva stores nationwide, Godiva Online Shop
List of Stores: https://www.godiva.co.jp/boutique/storelist/?grouping=109
ZOZOTOWN Product Sales Page: https://zozo.jp/search/?p_gtagid=1273622
Award-Winning Track by Producer Kirai Hiiragi to be Performed by Kyoko Saito at MTV VMAJ 2021
03.December.2021 | MUSIC
The MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2021 will air on December 18, 2021. The show has already awarded a new special prize, the Daisy Bell Award, to popular Vocaloid producer Kirai Hiiragi for the song Love ka? For the event, Kyoko Saito from Hinatazaka46 will perform the song live.
The Daisy Bell Award is a special prize for songs created using voice synthesis software and was made after Vocaloid tracks began to shape the musical landscape more and more. With the support of ‘The VOCALOID Collection Powered by dwango,’ an event to further develop Vocaloid culture, nominees were selected from the top-ranked songs in the Vocaloid Collection in Winter 2020 and Spring 2021. Love ka? was the clear winner. Kirai Hiiragi quickly responded by simply saying “Thank you for the award, I’m so happy. Is this real?”
Kyoko Saito, who also sang as a guest vocalist for Ryokushaka at the MTV LIVE MATCH in October, will perform the track. As the diva of the idol group Hinatazaka46, she is known for her incredible singing ability, and expectations are high. Don’t miss it!
MTV VMAJ 2021 -THE LIVE-
Air Date: December 18, 2021 19:00-22:00 *Available on Hulu at the same time.
Rerun: December 24, 2021 23:00-26:00
Official Site: https://www.vmaj.jp/
Okinawan Gen-Z Pop Singer Grace Aimi Releases Debut Album
02.December.2021 | MUSIC
Born in the year 2000 to an American father and American-Okinawan mother, Gen-Z pop singer Grace Ami released her 12-track debut album on November 26. The album is comprised of both new tracks and some previously available on streaming services and was produced by Chaki Zulu. Along with the release, a teaser for the Karaoke Queen music video was uploaded to YouTube, with the full video scheduled to be released on December 6.
MV Teaser (Directed by Takuto Shinpo)
Aimi began her career by starting a YouTube channel with her younger brother. As they began posting covers to popular songs, their popularity on social media grew, and in 2020 Grace Aimi released Eternal Sunshine. She is now signed to Capitol Records US and constantly experiments with new sounds and genres, jumping between gospel R&B to rock and rap and goth-pop. Her creativity and individuality are making her a unique addition to the Japanese music scene, and she’s definitely someone to keep an eye on!
Originally from Okinawa, Grace believes that her hometown has been essential to her sensibilities as an artist. “My home island was devastated during WWII, but the people there are beautiful and genuinely happy. I hope to share that Okinawan spirit with everyone,” she says.
Release Date: November 26, 2021
Streaming Link: https://umj.lnk.to/GraceAimi_If_Album
CD Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Grace Aimi Official Site: http://graceaimi.com/
Universal Studios Japan Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Special Christmas Event
01.December.2021 | SPOT
Prior to the event’s commencement on November 26, Universal Studios Japan released a press preview to highlight this year’s Christmas event, including images of the first Christmas tree in two years since the pandemic began. This year’s theme is ‘NO LIMIT!’ and will also celebrate the park’s 20th year of operation.
The popular stage show NO LIMIT! will feature a special Christmas theme, with popular park characters like Elmo, Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and others clad in holiday costumes. The collaboration with popular girl’s band NiziU has been a major hit so far and will feature their original song FESTA! The goal of the event is to kick off a year filled with smiles.
The 20th Anniversary NO LIMIT! Christmas tree stands at the center of Gramercy Park, offering guests an excellent view from all sides. Be sure to snap a photo with your friends and loved ones to start 2022 off right!
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Christmas Event 2021
Running: November 26, 2021 – January 10, 2022
Official Site: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/ja/jp
D4DJ Unit Lyrical Lily Releases Third Single ‘Adventure King!’
30.November.2021 | MUSIC
Lyrical Lily, an all-female DJ group from the D4DJ franchise, has released their third single titled Adventure King!
The D4DJ (Dig Delight Direct Drive DJ) project is a multimedia franchise created by Bushiroad, consisting of live DJ performances, a smartphone rhythm game, and a 2020 anime series. Lyrical Lily is a DJ unit that “blossomed” from an elite private school, and the group’s genre could be described as a mix of House and Synthpop. The unit’s producer is Kou Nakamura, who also created the original story of D4DJ.
Adventure King! has the typical Lyrical Lily sound, mixing the member’s cute charms with a painfully catchy melody and voices as sweet as candy. The coupling song Sleeping Beauty highlight’s the group’s excitement about their journey to the top of the charts.
Keep an eye on these girls!
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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
Manga Artist Macoto Takahashi Collaborates With Tsudanuma PARCO for Christmas Event
Legendary shojo manga artist Macoto Takahashi is collaborating with Tsudanuma PARCO in Funabashi, Chiba, for the 2021 Christmas event from November 19 until December 25, 2021. The creator recently released an art book featuring many of his works titled ‘Macoto Takahashi’s Jewelry Box.’ An exhibition featuring mini-prints and mini-panels of works featured in the book will also be held, and merchandise will be on sale both on-site and online.
After his debut in 1953, Takahashi published the manga series Arashi wo Koete and Princess Anne. His signature style of depicting glittering stars in the eyes of his protagonists would have a lasting influence on other manga artists. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was at the helm of many magazine covers and illustrations for popular girls’ manga magazines like Nakayoshi, Shojo Friend, and Margaret. Despite his classic style, his works are still largely popular today. The main visual for the event ‘Lucky Star’ features a girl in a red Christmas-themed costume surrounded by animals, blue snowflakes, and delicate lace.
MACOTO CHRISTMAS 2021
Running: November 19 – December 25, 2021
Location: Tsudanuma PARCO 1F Entrances, Windows (Christmas Decorations) /
B Building 4F, In front of ACADEMIA Kumazawa Bookstore, Next to Escalators (Exhibition / Shop)
Online Store: https://kaeru.parco.jp/shop/detail/shop000027204/
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.
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‘Today, I’ll be where you belong’ Project
Official Site: https://movefast.company/
gelato pique café Releases its Christmas Collection Including New Menu and Goods
gelato pique café launched its Christmas collection for limited time only from November 24 to December 26.
Brown Bear Caramel Crêpe
Raspberry Caramel Cheesecake Crêpe
Caramel and Hazelnuts Hot Chocolate
Eco Bag with Chocolate Bear (Small Size)
Mug with Chocolate Bear
The theme for gelato pique cafe’s Christmas Sweets 2021 is “Brown Bear Caramel Christmas – With Pique Bear and Rich Caramel- and three new sweets and drinks are available, including a crepe topped with an adorable chocolate “Pique Bear”. As well as the food menu, two types of original goods, eco-bags and mugs, featuring the chocolate bear topping are available at gelato pique cafes nationwide and gelato pique official online store.