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. 

 

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    CA4LA has announced a collection of hats inspired by the Chainsaw Man anime! The lineup includes three items: a marine cap, a bucket hat, and a cap, all of which incorporate images of popular characters from the series. Fans won’t want to miss adding these to their fashion lineup!

     

    Collection

     

    MARINE CAP

    With a bit of samurai flare, this hat’s brim is finished to look like the cutting edge of a sword with a silver leather tip. This is for more daring fashionistas and will certainly make an impact!

     

    HAT

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    CAP

    The design of this cap was inspired by the adorable Pochita. The zipper decoration around the brim resembles a chainsaw, and the size-adjustable cord is reminiscent of Pochita’s tail! 

     

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  • Godiva Japan Launches Animal Crossing: New Horizons Valentine’s Day Collection

    06.December.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Godiva Japan has announced an exclusive collaboration with Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Valentine’s Day 2023! Products in the collection will be available in limited quantities and for a limited time starting January 6, 2023 at Godiva stores nationwide, Godiva Online, the Godiva cafe, and convenience stores nationwide.

     

    Fans of chocolate and this beloved Nintendo Switch title can find unique assortments of tasty treats decorated with images of different characters and logos from the Nintendo Switch game. Certain bundles also come with an original pouch, and some assortments are only available at certain locations or at convenience stores nationwide. A total of six items will be available.

     

    These products will also be sold in an original collaboration-only box depicting Godiva’s 2023 Valentine’s Day collection theme, a merry-go-round, and characters from the game.

     

    ~Godiva meets Animal Crossing~

     

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    Isabelle

    Dom

    Marshall

    Rosie

     

    Godiva meets Animal Crossing Assortment (6 pieces)

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    Godiva meets Animal Crossing G Chocolate Assortment & Tin (7 pieces)

     

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    05.December.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

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    The song will be released as a digital single on January 6, 2023. Be sure not to miss the anime series either!

    ©御子柴奈々・講談社/「冰剣の魔術師が世界を統べる」 製作委員会

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    Ahead of release, a special page was opened on the official online store and USAGI ONLINE on December 2. Pre-orders opened the same day.

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    The mini-length shirt dress has a large sharp collar and tucked sleeves for a fashionable look, while the cami dress has a corset-like design on the front, and the stitchwork gives it plenty of body.

     

    The skirt is delicately embroidered with Miyawaki’s original hand-drawn flowers, and the generous amount of fabric creates a flattering silhouette for any body type.

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    28.November.2022 | FASHION

    Felissimo’s Museum Department has teamed up with Ad Museum Tokyo to release a collection of nail stickers inspired by famous works of art from the Edo Period. They also released an incense collection inspired by classic matchbooks on November 21, 2022. Nishiki-e is a type of Japanese multi-colored woodblock printing, and those interested in traditional art will love showing off their new style with these easy-to-apply stickers. 

     

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    Pass Case

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    2-WAY Earrings with Tassels

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    Reversable Tote Bag

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    Character Nail Stickers

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    Pillowcase

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    22.November.2022 | FASHION / FOOD

    There are plenty of events going on in Tokyo to celebrate the holiday season, but this one might be the most peculiar. Elemis, a skincare brand from England, has teamed up with bus operator Upstar for Japan’s first bus tour featuring afternoon tea! This extremely limited event will drive guests around the city to see some of the most impressive Christmas lights in Shibuya, Roppongi, Omotesando, and other spots. Only 60 seats are available each day and the bus will run from December 1 until December 25, 2022.

     

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    Global creative agency monopo is teaming up with Shokuraku Asano, a 100-year-old obi maker from Kyoto! The company is working to create a digital experience for interested viewers, sharing each artisan’s personal story. Those who love Japanese culture are welcome to enjoy traditional Japanese crafts in an entirely new way!

     

    Using a one-of-a-kind QR obi, a new storytelling method is showing off the hard work and love that goes into the company’s textiles. A special website and video allow interested viewers to experience the process of making an obi digitally, simply by using their smartphone. Even those unable to visit Japan to see these obi in person can dive into the history of the area’s textiles and become more acquainted with one part of Kyoto’s manufacturing culture. 

    Kyoto was the ancient capital of Japan. The city is known for its history and preservation of Japanese culture, and prior to the pandemic, the city was constantly filled with visitors from around the world anxious to learn more about the country’s traditional culture. When the pandemic hit the world in 2020, it changed the city forever–tourists disappeared and the city became much quieter. Now that Japan has opened its borders, however, tourists are returning in droves.

    While Shokuraku Asano upholds tradition, it also seeks to leave a mark on new generations by embracing new technology. This unique project is worth noting, so get your smartphone out and start learning!

     

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  • Chiikawa and Sanrio Characters Collaborate for Special Merch Collection

    19.November.2022 | FASHION

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    Grogu, known by many fans as Baby Yoda, first appeared in The Mandalorian, a series on Disney+ currently celebrating its third anniversary. 

     

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    (C)2022 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.(C)2022 Studio Ghibli.

  • Eve to Sing Theme Song for Christmas Comedy Film ‘Black Night Parade’

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    Popular singer Eve will sing the theme song for the film Black Night Parade, coming to theaters nationwide on December 23, 2022. A new trailer featuring the track has also been released alongside the announcement.

     

    Eve’s YouTube channel has over 4.2 million subscribers with video views of over 1.9 billion. The new song, Shirayuki, was written by the singer himself, who has become incredibly popular with overseas music fans as well. The track manages to be both gentle and powerful in equal measure, combining an orchestra with Eve’s unique vocals. In conjunction with the release of the trailer, an exclusive pre-release version of the song has been posted to TikTok.

     

    Black Night Parade Trailer: https://youtu.be/57CkdVMky4o

     

    Black Night Parade was originally manga series by Hikaru Nakamura, the creator of Arakawa Under the Bridge and Saint Young Men. The live-action film will be directed by Yuichi Fukuda, who has worked on a number of live-action film adaptations of manga series including Gintama and Kyo Kara Ore Wa! Fukuda also wrote the screenplay along with Tetsuo Kamata. The protagonist Miharu Hino will be played by Ryo Yoshizawa, while Shino Hojo will be played by Kanna Hashimoto. Taishi Nakagawa will play Kaizer Tanaka and Keisuke Watanabe will play Teppei Kohira.  

     

    The story follows Miharu Hino, a man who is completely hopeless at everything he does. He failed his entrance exam, failed at job hunting, and has no love life to speak of. After working at a convenience store for three years, he meets a man in a black Santa suit who kidnaps him, offering him a job. Miharu then begins working at Santa Claus House, a mysterious company at the North Pole that delivers gifts to children around the world.

     

    Comment from Eve

    “I’m incredibly honored because I loved both the original manga and Fukuda’s past works. I wrote this song Shirayuki with the hope that Christmas could be an important day for everyone. I would be so glad if this song makes you nostalgic for winter, making you imagine the cold air that stings your nose and the stars in the clear night sky. I love Kunehito, so I am looking forward to seeing him in the film.”

     

    ©︎2022「ブラックナイトパレード」製作委員会 ©︎中村光/集英社

  • Sailor Moon Museum Releases New Christmas Menu

    15.November.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    The Sailor Moon franchise’s 30th-anniversary museum is open from July 1 to December 30 at Tokyo’s Roppongi Museum. The series became a global phenomenon in the 1990s and remains incredibly popular with audiences around the world to this day. The museum itself is located near Azabu-Juban, where Sailor Moon took place.


     
    Volume 3 of the museum, the final installment, will take place from November 12 until the museum closes on December 30. During this period, fans can see over 100 pieces of rare Sailor Moon goods from its run in Nakayoshi magazine.

     

    All of the original color drawings currently on display will be replaced, with over 60 new pieces being added including previously unreleased works. Fans will also get a glimpse of the original drawing that appeared on the cover of Nakayoshi when the final chapter of Sailor Moon was published!

     

    Christmas Menu

    Sailor Moon Museum Christmas Pancake

    Sailor Moon Museum Cheese Melt Muffin

    Latte Art featuring Famous Quotes

     

     

    THE ALLEY Collaboration Drinks

    Christmas Tapioca Banana Pumpkin

    Princess Serenity Cream Cheese Yogurt

     

    New Christmas menu items will also be available during Vol.3. Guests can enjoy the cafe’s original Christmas tree-inspired pancakes and collaboration drinks with THE ALLEY. The main menu has also been overhauled and now includes plenty of dishes perfect for the cold winter months. The drink menu will also feature original coasters and straw tags only available at the museum.



    Will you be visiting the museum during its last few weeks?

     

    (c) Naoko Takeuchi

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