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/
SNS Shonen Manga ‘GABULI’ Gets Fifth Music Video Collab Between Nilfruits and sekai
‘GABULI’ is a popular manga series published on social media by the masked and anonymous team No.965 (Croc). On December 26, 2021, the fifth music video for the series was posted to YouTube, and features a new collaborative track between Vocaloid producer Nilfruits and singer sekai. The dark dance number highlights the past of the newest heroine set to join the series. A sixth music video is currently in production and will be released in early January 2022.
Baba Yaga – Nilfruits × sekai
This marks the first collaboration between Nilfruits and the mysterious singer sekai, and even more exciting mashups are coming soon.
Released December 26, 2021
Baba Yaga – Nilfruits × sekai
Releasing Early January 2022
Title Unannounced – Aqu3ra × MARY
Official Site: https://gabuliiiiiii.com/
Popular ‘Style of Chloe’ Manga Series Gets Live-Action Series
Daisuke Imai’s popular manga series Style of Chloe is now a live-action series viewable on the VISION video portion of the ‘LINE NEWS’ smartphone service. The show premiered on December 23, 2021.
The vertical video app VISION has already streamed a number of series, including a short film by Shunji Iwai, one of Japan’s leading film directors, and the comedy series ‘Itaoism.’ The app has proven popular with those wanting something to watch on long communtes, where a cell phone is the only available screen.
Style of Chloe has been serialized irregularly in Weekly Manga Goraku since 2014, and this is the first time it has been adapted into a live-action format. Chloe is a French girl attending a Japanese high school, and despite her pretty blonde hair and blue eyes, she is obsessed with Japanese culture and historical dramas, making her speak like a samurai.
Chloe is played by Maria Tani, a multi-talented actress currently working as an exclusive model for the fashion magazine Vivi. The role of Shinji Nakamura, a boring high school boy who is secretly in love with Chloe, will be played by Kyoya Honda.
Comments from the Cast
“I think this story teaches a number of life lessons based on the Japanese Bushido spirit–even if those lessons are taught by a French girl. The words and the actions of each character gave me so many opportunities to reflect on the important things in daily life, like gratitude and compassion. Although Chloe is nearly expressionless when she speaks, each line is somehow warm and piercing. I was incredibly nervous up until the start of filming, but my co-stars and the staff were so friendly that I ended up having the best time. The shooting was short and I wish it weren’t over! I was also excited to wear a school uniform for the first time in a while.”
Daisuke Imai (Manga Author)
“I’m happy that Style of Chloe, which has been so loved by so many people, has been turned into such a wonderful series. The main character is one of the most unrealistic manga characters I’ve ever drawn, so I’m sure there will be a ton of challenges in bringing her to life. Her ingenuity in dealing with the difficulties of life, however, will surely attract a wide audience, so as a viewer I’m really looking forward to it. I hope that old fans and new fans alike will enjoy the show!”
Chloe: Maria Tani
A blond-haired, blue-eyed high school girl from France. She’s obsessed with Japanese culture.
Shinji Nakamura: Kyoya Honda
A timid high school boy. He’s shocked by how Chloe talks and acts, but can’t help but be attracted to her.
Minoru Sakashita: Hohomi Nasu
A calm but strong-hearted girl with glasses. She is close friends with Chloe.
Akihito Mukai: Kohshu Hirano
Captain and ace of the soccer team, he’s the top-ranked boy in the school’s popularity poll.
Style of Chloe on LINE NEWS VISION
Streaming Date: December 23, 2021 at 18:00~ (Airs Thursdays, 8 episodes total)
Official Series LINE Account: https://line.me/R/ti/p/%40oa-vi-chloe
Manga Author Ai Yazawa, Known for ‘NANA’ and ‘Paradise Kiss,’ to Open Exhibition in Summer 2022
Shojo manga artist Ai Yazawa will hold her own exhibition in 2022! The event will begin at Shinjuku Takashimaya in late July before traveling to Osaka Takashimaya and Yokohama Takashimaya.
Yazawa’s most popular manga series include Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai, Neighborhood Story, Paradise Kiss, and Nana. This exhibition will serve as a ‘best-of album’ for her many beloved works. Typically, Yazawa’s storylines center heavily on young women and their relationships, with each of these characters being very stylish. In the west, this inspired more interest in Tokyo street fashion.
The Ai Yazawa ALL TIME BEST Exhibition will feature over 100 original drawings and illustrations, as well as never-before-seen materials from the production of Yazawa’s many manga series and anime adaptations.
Ai Yazawa ALL TIME BEST Exhibition
Late July – Early August 2022 / Shinjuku Takashimaya 11F Event Hall
Late August – Early September 2022 / Osaka Takashimaya 7F Grand Hall
Late September – Early October 2022 / Yokohama Takashimaya 8F Gallery
*Schedule as of December 21, 2022. Dates and content are subject to change.
Ai Yazawa Gallery Official Website: https://yazawaai-ten.com/
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo Launches Second Edition of Collaboration Collection with Ron Herman
17.December.2021 | FASHION
Starbucks Coffee Japan has launched the second product in its “double the love” collection, the first collaboration with fashion brand Ron Herman, at Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo.
Castanets (white and navy) ￥2,200 each / Guiro ￥3,960/ Bell ￥4,400
The theme of “double the love” expresses the moment when you and your loved one can feel the love by choosing and giving a gift while thinking of the joy on the face of the recipient. For the second edition, under the theme of “sharing together,” a variety of musical instruments made of wood, such as castanets, guiro, and bells, as well as wooden ornaments are available to make your time with family and loved ones more enjoyable.
Ornament heart/star (red, navy, white) ￥1,320 each
Wooden ornaments in the shapes of stars and hearts can be hung on the tree or used as decorations to accentuate your room, adding to the Christmas spirit! As you reflect on this year, spend a happy time with your family and loved ones, thinking of each other and overflowing with love.
With the desire to deliver a heartwarming moment of sharing and caring for each other, the greeting card workshop “Make your gift double of your love” is scheduled to be held online from 10am on December 18 and at RHC Ron Herman Kawasaki on December 19. While drinking coffee, think of the face of the person you are sending a gift to, and spend a moment making a greeting card to express your feelings.
double the love Collation
Stores: Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo (STARBUCKS RESERVE(R) ROASTERY TOKYO), Starbucks Online Store.
*As for the limit on the number of items sold, each person can purchase up to 10 items per product.
Special Event ‘Make your gift double of your love’
Online Event: December 18, 2021 from 10:00 for 1 hour.
Join Here: rtmp://a.rtmp.youtube.com/live2
Where: RHC Ron Herman Kawasaki
When: December, 19, 2021.
Peanuts Cafe and Peanuts Diner Locations to Offer Special Christmas Menu
16.December.2021 | FOOD
Six Peanuts Cafe and Peanuts Diner locations across Japan are currently offering a special Christmas menu inspired by the world of Snoopy until December 25, 2021.
Christmas Stew Set with Bonuses: ¥3,520 (Tax Included)
Participating Locations: Peanuts Cafe Nakameguro, Snoopy Museum, Nagoya, Sunny Side Kitchen
Sunny Side Kitchen：https://www.peanutscafe.jp/product_sunnysidekitchen_xmas2021/
Christmas Hamburger Set with Bonuses: ¥3,960 (Tax Included)
Participating Location：Peanuts Diner Yokohama
Woodstock’s Merry Christmas Plan: ¥4,950 per person (Tax Included)
Participating Location： Peanuts Cafe Nakameguro
*Price per person based on two-person reservation.
*Reservations can be made up to two days in advance.
Snoopy’s I CAN’T WAIT Christmas Parfait: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Snowy Christmas Latte ~Cheesecake Flavor~: ¥880 (Tax Included)
Those who order a special food set will receive a tote bag with an adorable Snoopy and Woodstock design.
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Snoopy’s Christmas Menu
Available: December 10 – December 25, 2021
Participating Locations: Peanuts Cafe Nakameguro, Peanuts Diner Yokohama, Peanuts Diner Kobe, Peanuts Cafe Snoopy Museum, Peanuts Cafe Nagoya, Peanuts Cafe Sunny Side Kitchen
Official Site: http://www.snoopy.co.jp/
HOLOLIVE x TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN(R)” to Launch Collaborative Cafe and Merchandise.
A limited time event featuring the VTuber group “Hololive” will be held at Tokyo Skytree Town(R) from December 17, 2021 to January 31, 2022. It will feature a variety of special activities, including a riddle-solving event, a photo spot on the Tokyo Skytree(R) Observation Deck, and a pop-up store and concept cafe in the official TV station store, Tree Village.
【Christmas Menu】Running: December 17～December 25.
【Winter Manu】Running: December 26～January 31, 2022.
【Member Motif Drink】Running: December 17～January 31, 2022.
The original merchandise limited to the event includes “acrylic stand” and “New Year’s Eve udon set” featuring newly drawn illustrations of Sora Tokino and 10 other VTubers from “Hololive” in Christmas costumes and kimonos.
In addition, there will be a lottery to win a “life-size acrylic stand (installed on the watchtower deck)” with a special illustration for the 2nd anniversary. The products will be available at the event from December 17 and online from January 1, 2022.
Don’t miss this special Christmas event with Horolive!
Ⓒ 2016 COVER Corp.
Hololive x Tokyo Skytree Town(R)
Running: From December 17〜January 31, 2022.
Where: Tokyo Skytree Town(R), Tree Village.
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
©︎龍幸伸 / 集英社
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
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
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.
DA PUMP & Lead Collaborate with w-inds. on ‘The Christmas Song,’ Track Now Streaming
25.November.2021 | MUSIC
Dance vocal group w-inds. has released a new song perfect for the holiday season! The Christmas Song (feat. DA PUMP & Lead) is now available to stream. The track is from the group’s upcoming original album 20XX “We are,’ scheduled to be released on November 24, 2021.
The release has already become a trending topic in Japan. This year w-inds. is celebrating 20 years since their debut. Their first time serving as opening act was at a DA PUMP’s concert, while Lead performed as the opening act for the first time at a w-inds.’s concert. The three groups are, as expected, very close friends at this point, and this Christmas track is filled with good vibes only. The jacket artwork was designed by U-YEAH from DA PUMP, and each singer wrote lyrics for their respective parts.
The music video for the song will premiere on November 27 at 20:00, after the release of the album 20XX “We are.”
The Christmas Song (feat. DA PUMP & Lead) / w-inds.（Official Music Video）
https://youtu.be/3uE9FhIv-dU *Video will premiere on November 27, 20:00
On December 29, the w-inds. Online Show 20XX “We are” will be held, marking nine months since the duo’s last online show.
The Christmas Song (feat. DA PUMP & Lead)
Streaming Link: https://lnk.to/the_christmas_song
20XX “We are”
Limited Edition [CD+Blu-ray]: ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
Limited Edition [CD+DVD]: ¥4,000 (Tax Included)
Regular Edition [CD Only): ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Special Site: https://ps.ponycanyon.co.jp/w-inds/20xxweare/
Hotel MIMARU Offering Christmas Room in Collaboration with Awesome Store
Lifestyle shop Awesome Store is collaborating with the MIMARU hotel chain to create a secluded and supremely cozy Christmas Room. The special room will only be available from December 1 until December 25, 2021. Each spacious room features a kitchen and is decorated with plenty of holiday goodness, making it the best place to spend the Christmas season with family and friends.
Original tableware from Awesome Store will be left in each room, so guests can easily throw a Christmas party by having food delivered or grabbing takeout. There’s no need to decorate, as the space will be completely overrun by ornaments and garlands. How would you like to spend Christmas here?
Awesome Store Christmas Room
Available: December 1 – December 25, 2021
MIMARU Tokyo Akasaka
MIMARU Tokyo Nihombashi Suitengumae
MIMARU Tokyo Ueno Okachimachi
MIMARU Tokyo Ueno Inaricho
Reservations/Official Site: https://mimaruhotels.com/