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/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Begins Collaboration with Chiba’s Choushi Electric Railway
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is staying active in 2022. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major label debut, the artist recently performed at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States. On October 21, 2021, she released her first full-length album in three years, ‘Candy Raver.’ In January, Kyary embarked on the largest tour of her career, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ which will see the singer performing 30 shows across Japan.
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. Announced earlier this month at the singer’s performance in Chiba, the Kyary Train finally set out on the Choushi Electric Railway starting April 29.
On April 1, Choushi Electric Railway president Katsunori Takemoto tweeted out something strange and hilarious: “Choushi Electric Railway has tons of problems, so we’ll change our name to Choushi Warui (‘In Bad Shape’) Railway starting today.” The self-deprecating post is on brand for the railway which is known for struggling with a lack of riders over the past decade. Social media blew up following the tweet, with many wondering if it was simply a poor April Fool’s Joke. Shortly after, a collaboration image between the railway and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s popular track Mondai Girl appeared. Commemorative versions of a one-day ticket for the train line are on sale now.
It was also announced that a fully-decorated collaborative train would begin running in late April, though the president remarked that the number of interior decorations would depend entirely on how much the company could fit into the budget. Of course, following this plea, support began pouring in from all over Japan. Now, the entire staff, including one new employee, is ready to welcome guests. Each ticket will come with a sticker, on which is written the president’s heartfelt plea: “I want the Kyary Train to run without any issues!” So far, so good.
The collaborative train is called the ‘Kyary Train with Plenty of Problems,’ and takes place inside a flashy pink train perfectly encapsulating the singer’s image.
Inside the train car, guests are transported into the world of the Mondai Girl music video. Pink, yellow, and blue balloons fill the space, with plenty of other homages present. The ads on display on the train are also full of confessions by Choushi Electric Railway staff, Choushi City residents, and Kyary, regarding their individual problems.
While the collab train is running, riders are encouraged to write a message of support on the right half of the sticker and post it on a special board to be erected at Kannon Station on April 18.
“I would like to renovate the old and problem-filled Kannon Station into Kyary Station,” president Takemoto said recently. He is also looking into erecting a photo booth pulling inspiration from the press conference scene in the Mondai Girl music video while cleaning up the area to draw in new customers. Be sure to check out the collaboration this spring and summer!
LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project x Choushi Electric Railway
Choushi Electric Railway ‘Problem’ Pass (1-day Ticket including Special Sticker)
Price: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy:
Choushi Electric Railway Online Shop
Tickets are available through August 31, 2022.
※Only available in a set of 2: ¥2,000 (Tax Included). Comes with 2 stickers.
Choushi Electric Railway Nakanocho Station, Inubo Station
Available through August 31, 2022
*Each pass is sold separately. Sales will end once passes sell out.
Story Game Series POLARIS to Get Second Installment ‘Inside Blue’ in Summer 2022
27.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME
POLARIS, the story game label started by NOMEETS, will get a second installment titled ‘Inside Blue’ this summer. Preorders will open at Spring Game Market 2022 on April 23 and April 24, 2022.
POLARIS is a story game label launched in the winter of 2021. Players become characters in the story, sometimes cooperating and sometimes betraying each other to arrive at their own unique endings. An incredibly immersive experience, the first work ‘RED LINE’ sold 400 units at Winter Game Market 2021, gaining tons of positive reviews. The title has over 300 different endings and a unique design like no other title before.
The second title ‘Inside Blue’ follows a group of high school students trying to solve a summer murder mystery in a small town. This is a massive change from ‘RED LINE,’ which was set in a world filled with humans and vampires in conflict. By interacting with townspeople, attending summer festivals, and enjoying vacation, how will you solve this bizarre and terrifying mystery?
POLARIS-02: Inside Blue
Price: ¥6,000 (Tax Included)
Release Date: Summer 2022
Total Play Time: Around 150 minutes
Number of Players: 5 (No Gamemaster required)
Official Site: https://polaris.game
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Chiba’s Choushi Electric Railway for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major label debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is staying active in 2022. The artist will perform at this year’s Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States, and released her first full-length album in three years ‘Candy Racer’ in October 2021. On January 16, Kyary embarked on the largest tour of her career, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ which will see the singer performing 30 shows across Japan. 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. The details of Kyary’s next collaboration project in Chiba Prefecture have been announced!
To commemorate Kyary’s performance in Chiba on April 3, the singer will be teaming up with Choushi Electric Railway, a rail line that suffered a serious lack of ridership during the pandemic but continues to power through its hardships. The line is headquartered in the city of Choushi and operates a 6.4km, 10-station line between Choushi and Tokawa. To subsidize its operations, the company began selling nure-senbei (moist senbei rice crackers), mazui-bou (‘shoddy snacks’), and more. These treats now account for about 80% of total sales, double those from its railway operations. The company is working hard to attract tourism, with the goal to become ‘Japan’s #1 Entertainment Train,’ but paying for train repairs has been difficult.
The LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project is working to revitalize the Choushi Electric Railway and the town of Choushi using Kyary’s inspiring song Mondai Girl as a motif. Mondai means ‘problem’ in Japanese, and Choushi likes to joke about being riddled with problems!
Mondai Girl was released in 2015 and attracted attention across the world for its message–everyone’s ‘normal’ looks different, and that’s okay. The song was chosen as a perfect fit for the Choushi Electric Railway, which aims to go its own way without being bound by ‘normal’ practices.
The collaboration logo was created as a tribute to the Mondai Girl music video and shows Kyary wearing Choushi Railway goggles. Special railway passes featuring this new imagery will be available for a limited time as part of the collaboration project, and a Choushi Electric Railway x LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project collaboration train is planned to go into operation at the end of April. The interior of the train will depend on how many special passes are sold. The president of the train line, Katsunori Takemoto, is a bit fearful of the project, stating “we can’t make the train too shabby inside, but we don’t really have much of a budget for it.”
The collaboration passes come with a special sticker. While the collab train is running, riders are encouraged to write a message of support on the right half of the sticker and post it on a special board to be erected at Kannon Station on April 18. The president wants everyone to pray for the safe travels of the Kyary train, so be sure to take part!
A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. It will be available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project online store starting April 1 for two weeks only!
LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project × Choushi Electric Railway
Choushi Electric Railway ‘Problem’ Pass (1-day Ticket including Special Sticker)
Where to Buy:
- Choushi Electric Railway Online Shop
Available: April 1 – August 31, 2022 http://chodenshop.com/
*Set of 2: ¥2,000 (Tax Included). Comes with 2 stickers.
- Choushi Electric Railway Nakanocho Station, Inubo Station
Available: April 4 – August 31, 2022
*Each pass is sold separately. Sales will end once passes sell out.
Choushi Electric Railway (Chiba) x LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Collab T-Shirt
Where to Buy:
LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Online Shop
Available: April 1 – April 14, 2022 at 23:59
*A portion of the proceeds from each T-shirt sale will be donated to local causes.
Azur Lane Celebrating 4th Anniversary with New Apparel Collection by ZOZOTOWN
To commemorate the 4th anniversary of the popular smartphone game Azur Lane, the fashion shopping site ZOZOTOWN has launched a limited apparel collaboration exclusive on their website. The Azur Lane Black Collection will be available until March 18, 2022.
Azur Lane is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up RPG set in an alternate timeline of World War II. Using cute female characters based on warships to battle, the game is popular with players of all ages.
Items at a Glance
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane Hoodie
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane T-shirt
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane Acrylic Stand
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane Character Blanket
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane Tapestry
Bonus – Original Pin
Lottery Prize: Super Large 50cm Acrylic Stand (Not for Sale)
The Azur Lane Black Collection features seven popular characters from the game–Friedrich der Große, Vittorio Veneto, Belfast, Bremerton, Atago, Ajax, and Unicorn. The illustrations were provided by Modare, Yatsuha, and Rag Miwano and were created exclusively for the collection. In addition to apparel, fans can also pick up acrylic stands, blankets, tapestries, and more.
For every item purchased, customers will receive one original pin. A large acrylic stand will be given away to seven lucky winners, so good luck!
Azur Lane Black Collection by ZOZOTOWN
Available until March 18, 2022 at 11:59
How to Order: https://zozo.jp/search/?p_gtagid=1328113
Official Site: https://www.azurlane.jp/
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?
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/
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/
teamLab’s Enchanting Ovoids Light Up Chiba Art Festival 2021
27.July.2021 | SPOT
Japanese digital art collective teamLab has announced their plans to set up a public art exhibition at Chiba Art Festival 2021 which will take place at Chiba Port Park from July 31 to September 5.
Autonomous Resonating Life and Resonating Trees, teamLab, 2017.
team lab will be showcasing their interactive ovoid digital art exhibit Autonomous Resonating Life and Resonating Trees. The art group describes the work: ” The resisting and resonating ovoids placed amongst the trees shine. The light of the ovoids and the light of the trees are autonomous: they shine brightly and then fade slowly, as though they are breathing. When an ovoid is pushed, the colour of the light it emits changes and the tone unique to that color echos. The light that originated from that ovoid resonates out to other ovoids and trees nearby. The tone resonates out continuously in the same way as the light, spreading throughout the ovoids and trees.”
Chiba Art Festival is one of several cultural programs hosted by Chiba Prefecture. The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are not solely for enjoying sports; they’re also an opportunity to enjoy the culture of Japan, and so the country is running many different cultural events across and around the capital. The theme of the festival is to showcase artwork that the city wishes to pass on to the next generation. Many pieces are being displayed around Chiba, including at the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, such as illustrations, photos, and more.
Chiba Art Festival 2021 x teamLab
Running: July 31, 2021 – September 5, 2021
Time: 18:30-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30)
Closed: August 18, 2021
Location: Chiba Port Park
Address: 1 Chome Chuoko, Chuo Ward, Chiba, 260-0024, Japan
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/FHCdq2FGFFNp3nio6
Art and Illuminations Fuse at Chiba Park For Nighttime Entertainment
07.July.2021 | SPOT
YohaS is set to collide the real and digital worlds at Chiba Park with an event titled YohaS 2021 Night Park Gallery which will run from July 6 to 10.
Lightning artwork (*For illustrative purposes only, art will be different for the event)
The event held back in 2019
YohaS is a collaborative project between Chiba City and Tsubakimori Komuna. It was launched to boost and develop the nighttime economy of Chiba, with its first event having taken place as the evening portion of the Ooga Hasu Flower Festival held in Chiba back in 2018. YohaS was unable to be held last year due to the pandemic and so an event was held online. This year sees its return with an event taking on the theme of “Silent Lips” which refers to the current situation with COVID-19 and how we cannot see peoples’ smiles or lips due to them wearing face masks.
The title of the YohaS 2021 event is “Night Park Gallery” which will turn Chiba Park into an art gallery and fuse it with breathtaking lighting and illuminations by Sun Effects. There will be six stages produced by Hiroaki Kumagai, a former member of Cirque du Soleil, each of which will offer equally incredible performances with their own stories from July 6-9. Visitors can also purchase YohaS wristbands, t-shirts, anti-bacterial sprays, and more.
For those still unable to attend in person, YohaS will also open an online version of the event called Virtual YohaS in Chiba Park which can be accessed via a PC or smart device.
YohaS 2021 Night Park Gallery
Running: July 6, 2021 – July 10, 2021
Opening Hours: 17:00-21:00
Location: Chiba Park
Address: 3 Chome-1-1 Benten, Chuo Ward, Chiba, 260-0045, Japan
YohaS Official Website: https://www.yohas.fun/
Identity V x Death Note Crossover Launches
06.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME
NetEase’s multiplayer horror game Identity V is currently holding a crossover event with the anime series Death Note. Running until June 27, fans of the series can look forward to seeing some familiar faces in thrilling mind battles.
Death Note is a manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata which was serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2003-2006. The manga has over 30 million copies in circulation. Its anime adaptation aired from 2006-2007. The story tells of a notebook called the Death Note where if you write someone’s name in it they die. It is one of the most well-known series both in Japan and overseas. One of the aspects of the series that draws people in most are the mind battles between its two intellectual protagonists; Light Yagami and L.
Ryuk is a Shinigami, or Death God, and is the one who drops his Death Note into the human world which is eventually found by the protagonist Light Yagami. He did this on on purpose because he was bored one day and wanted to see what would happen if a human had a Death Note. In the game, he will pursue the Survivors.
Light Yagami, the protagonist of Death Note, finds the notebook one day and after discovering its secrets, decides to rid the world of criminals and people he deems villains under the guise of Kira. He will try to escape the Hunters in the game.
L is the second main character of Death Note. Known as the world’s greatest detective, he is tasked with trying to discover why so many people are dying randomly in Japan and who this mysterious Kira is. He will fight against the Hunters.
Misa Amane is a fashion model and supporter of Kira. She also has her own Death Note and eventually becomes the Second Kira. In the game she will take on the role of an engineer and use her skills to make changes to the Manor.
A range of accessories, character actions, furniture, and more themed on Death Note are also rolling out as part of the crossover. Items include apples which are Ryuk’s favourite, Misa’s Death Note, Light’s pen, L’s handcuffs, and more.
Discover all kinds of mysterious during the event
The game is littered with mysterious to be discover and solved. Players can complete daily sign-ins to receive rewards such as Crossover Essence, collecting clues with L by participating in matches, and much more.
Identity V x Death Note Collaboration Event
Running: May 27, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Identity V Official Website: https://www.identityv.jp/2021/dnidv/en/
Premium Japanese Sake Lounge Opens Inside JR Chiba Station
After the success of the hit Ikkon-Fugetsu event held at Perie Chiba Ekiue Hiroba last autumn, a permanent nihonshu Japanese sake lounge is set to open at JR Chiba Station on April 28, offering the same kind of atmosphere as inside a luxury airport lounge.
CHIBASAKE.COM SHOP with PERIE Onliine SHOP
A sake shop will also open at the same time at the lounge where customers can scroll through different drinks they’d like to purchase using their smartphone or tablet. You can purchase sake that you enjoyed drinking in the lounge as well as pick up exclusive and original beverages available online only at CHIBASAKE, sake from different regions across Japan, and more.
That’s not all for customers’ sake experience however. Umami is a big part of Japanese food culture, and so in order that all who visit can enjoy their drink to the fullest, Japanese wineglass makers RIEDEL, who have been in the business for 260 years, have provided their special junmaishu glasses which were developed over a period of eight years. Food will also be on the menu made with ingredients local to Chiba Prefecture, and more.
Grand Opening: April 28, 2021 @ 17:00
Address: Perie Chiba Floor 3F, 1-1-1 Shinchiba, Chuo-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 17:00-22:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 12:00-22:00
Official Website: https://ikkon-fugetsu.com/
Japan’s Elephant Zoo Ichihara Elephant Kingdom to Receive Revamp For Spring 2021
20.October.2020 | SPOT
Ichihara Elephant Kingdom is the home to the largest number of elephants in Japan. The zoo has announced major renovations set for completion next spring which will allow for the elephants to live an even more enjoyable life.
Ichihara Elephant Kingdom is located in central Chiba and is home to 12 elephants. It’s also home to around 80 other species of animals like red pandas, beavers, capybaras, hippos, and more. The zoo also has a variety of attractions, like the Elephant Ride which sits behinds where the elephants live, and the Elephant Lift where you can ride up and down an elephant trunk. The Head of Ichihara Elephant Kingdom, Sayuri Sakamoto, served as the writer for the 2005 Japanese drama film Shining Boy & Little Randy. One of the zoo’s Asian elephants, Randy, was also a model for the film.
The renovations will introduce a new home for the elephants as the current one is seeing wear over time, as well as a new large-scale pond for the elephants to play in, a playground, and more. The zoo has always ensured a safe distance between visitors and the elephants so people can enjoy watching them will making sure the elephants stay happy. It is now creating new spaces to continue that service.
The water pond the zoo is building for the elephants is called Elephant Splash, and they are launching a crowdfunder on October 27, 2020 to ask for people’s help with funding the project. It will allow a new space for the elephants to play which visitors are sure to enjoy too, like seeing the 1- and 2-year-old Ramu and Momoka splashing around.
The crowdfunding project has nine different tiers including tickets to an evening cherry blossom party at the park, a chance to ride the elephants, and more. The campaign will end on January 15, 2021, the same date as Ramu’s birthday.
Ichihara Elephant Kingdom
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00 (Last Entries 15:00)
About 5 minutes from Ichihara-Tsurumai interchange of Ken-O Expressway
About 65 minutes from Tokyo station,
About 80 minutes from Yokohama station,
About 35 minutes from Haneda airport
to Ichihara-Tsurumai Bus Terminal.
About 5 minutes by our free shuttle bus from Ichihara-Tsurumai Bus Terminal.
About 10 minutes from Takataki station of Kominato railway by the zoo’s free shuttle bus.
Official Website: http://www.zounokuni.com/english/