VTuber Group Hololive Releases First Round of Limited-Edition Regional Goods
Japan is known for its distinct regions, and visitors to the country can find extremely unique souvenirs specific to certain towns or prefectures. Even globally-loved snacks have regional variants! Now, the popular VTuber group Hololive has decided to market a collection of limited-edition goods based on particular parts of Japan. Items from the first round will go on sale at participating shops on December 18, 2021.
Tokyo Edition: Sakura Miko, Tokino Sora, Momosuzu Nene, Tsunomaki Watame
Osaka Edition: Natsuiro Matsuri, Nakiri Ayame, Himemori Luna
Fukuoka Edition: Shirakami Fubuki, Inugami Korone, Houshou Marine
Fans can snag acrylic stands, keychains, and pins featuring their favorite VTubers representing Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka. This is only the first round of goods, and the second round will be announced soon.
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Discover the wonder of Kanazawa with AMIAYA and ETSUNA with new “HAKKEN” videos produced by Channel 47
Fashion icons show the modern and historical charm of Kanazawa, Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN (16 November, 2021) – Channel 47, a company focused on globally promoting the appeal of local and popular Japanese culture through the power of entertainment, is excited to debut their new “HAKKEN” video series today, 16 November, highlighting the wonderful modern and historical tourism aspects of Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture. “HAKKEN” is the Japanese word for discovery, which is the core feeling this new video series is aiming to convey. Channel 47 wants toinspire viewers to discover the wonders of Japan’s local culture through these shortfilms.
The debut videos feature fashion icons AMIAYA and ETSUNA (both represented by ASOBISYSTEM), each exploring a different facet of what Kanazawa has to offer curious visitors. These films were produced by Channel 47 as a part of promotional efforts for the Kanazawa Film Festival held in September of 2021. These entries in the “HAKKEN” series were informed by Channel 47’s shared philosophy with the Kanazawa Film Festival, to disseminate the culture of Japan’s countryside and promote its appeal worldwide.
In the first video, twin model & singer duo AMIAYA discover the “pop” elements of the city at locations such as the Omi-machi market, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nagamachi Samurai District, and more. Along the way they sample delicacies from some of Kanazawa’s highly rated restaurants. Through their experiences viewers will see art, food, shopping, and scenery that has high appeal among visitors.
Watch “HAKKEN – Discover Kanazawa with AMIAYA”
Find AMIAYA online
Official Website: https://asobisystem.com/talent/amiaya/
AMI Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amixxamiaya/
AYA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ayaxxamiaya/
In the second video, fashion designer and influencer ETSUNA takes a different approach and wanders the traditional side of Kanazawa. Starting with a stroll in the Higashi Chaya District, her journey takes her to make ceramic art at Hokutoh, and to see historic locations such as the Ishikawa Bridge, the Gyokusen’inmaru Garden, Sannomaru Square, and more. To fit the traditional theme of her visit, she visits Kimono & Antiques Soki and gets dressed for the occasion. Viewers will see through ETSUNA’s exploration the beauty and historical legacy of Kanazawa City.
Watch “HAKKEN – Experience Kanazawa’s History with ETSUNA”
Find ETSUNA online
Official Website: https://asobisystem.com/talent/etsuna/
ABOUT KANAZAWA FILM FESTIVAL
The 15th Kanazawa Film Festival was held from September 18-20, 2021 in Theater 21 at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary art in Kanazawa. The festival has a reputation not only for the high quality of films presented each year, but also for its “New Directors with Promising Talent” program. This year 83 films were entered in the “New Directors with Promising Talent” program, and 11 of them won screening rights. The Grand Prix was awarded to MELIA’s “Experiential Tour”, for which she also received the special Channel 47 Award.
More information on the Kanazawa Film Festival can be found at
ABOUT CHANNEL 47
Channel 47 is a project that using the power of entertainment to communicate the appeal of Japan and its different regions to overseas audiences. Through planning and producing events with celebrities and personalities, Channel 47 creates content that conveys the appeal and charm of Japan’s many different regions to viewers all over the world. Channel 47 created the post-movies for the 15th Kanazawa Film Festival, held in September 2021. Additional efforts to promote the event overseas include producing
English subtitles for “Alien Painter” which was screened as a Kanazawa Film Festival Scholarship Film.
For more information about Channel 47 please contact: email@example.com
Hololive VTuber Tokino Sora’s Solo Concert to be Streamed in Theaters and Online
Tokino Sora, known as the first member of the popular VTuber collective Hololive, will hold her first live show for the first time in three years! RolePlay will be available to watch online, and will also be streaming at two movie theaters in Tokyo and Osaka.
On-Site Ticket Bonus: Role:Play Original Mask Set
The singer remains one of the most popular VTuber idols, having now appeared on television shows and in magazines. She will celebrate her fifth anniversary in September 2022. The RolePlay concert will have both a daytime and night showing and the singer’s third album will be released on November 24, so be sure to support her activities in the coming months!
Tokino Sora Theatrical Cover Live ‘Role:Play’
Date: January 22, 2022
Daytime Show: Open at 13:30 / Show Starts 14:00
Night Show: Open at 17:30 / Show Starts 18:00
Location: Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas / 109 Cinemas Osaka Expocity
Event Details: https://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/tokinosora/5th/
On-site Ticket Sales: https://virtual.spwn.jp/events/22012201-rlroleplay
General Admission Presale Tickets
Available until November 19, 2021 at 23:59
Tickets with Bonuses: ¥9,900 (Tax Included)
Ticket Bonuses: Role:Play Original Mask Set, Ticket for Aftershow Talk Event (at Theater)
On-site Ticket: ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
Available until January 22, 2021 at 23:59
Online Ticket Shop: https://virtual.spwn.jp/events/22012202-lvroleplay
Tickets with Bonuses: ¥9,900 (Tax Included)
Ticket Bonuses: Role:Play Original Mask Set, Ticket for Aftershow Talk Event (Online)
Tokino Sora 3rd Album ‘Re:Play’
Release Date: November 24, 2021
VTuber Group Hololive Announces Don Quijote Limited Illustrated Goods and In-Store Broadcast
Hololive Production’s female VTuber unit Hololive has announced a new project with discount store Don Quijote, starting on October 23 until November 21.
Mochidol (31 Types): ¥2,980 Each (Tax Incl.)
Acrylic Stand (4 Types): ¥1,480 Each (Tax Incl.)
Can Badge 4-piece Set: ¥1,480 (Tax Incl.)
A special photo spot with life-sized panels has also been set up at Don Quijote Akihabara, where Hololive’s Yozora Mel and Shirogane Noel have been appointed as Donki Girls’.
The pair will be joined by Murasaki Shion and Houshou Marine in stores nationwide, which will each be stocking the Big Acrylic Stand (4 Types), Can Badge 4-piece Set, along with the Mochidol plushie series which has over 31 variations to choose from. .
It has also been announced that between October 23 and November 21, members Yozora Mel, Shirogane Noel, Murasaki Shion, and Houshou Marine will be featured in an original in-store broadcast.
If you’re a Hololive fan then don’t miss out on this special collaboration!
10 Locations in Japan and Beyond Participating in Naked’s DANDELION PROJECT
The DANDELION PROJECT has a powerful message: we’re all connected, even during these isolating times. Naked’s interactive art project began in Tokyo, Singapore, and other cities last year, and given their success, locations are now set to open at Heian Shrine in Kyoto and Kumamoto Castle this fall.
The original idea for the project came from artist Ryotaro Muramatsu, who decided to plant (or install) dandelion art pieces worldwide and bring people together to help them bloom. Those participating in the installations are able to send their wishes for world peace on digital dandelion fluff to other locations where DANDELIONs are planted around the world, and these messages are delivered in real-time. Even those unable to attend one of these installations can participate from home on the official website.
With new DANDELION PROJECT locations set to open around Japan, places with historical significance are happy to participate, including Kamigamo Shrine and Ninna-ji Temple in Kyoto, Kumamoto Castle, and Kochi Castle. There are plans to hold more events around the world in the near future.
DANDELION PROJECT Locations
Tokyo – Tokyo Tower Main Deck
Tokyo – TBS drama series Japan Sinks: People of Hope Collaboration, Akasaka
Kyoto – Kamigamo Shrine (World Heritage Site)
Kyoto – Ninna-ji Temple (National Treasure/World Heritage Site)
Kyoto – Heian Shrine (Important Cultural Property)
Kyoto – Kosho-ji
Aichi – Kochi Castle (Important Cultural Property)
Saga – Saga Prefectural Observation Hall
Kumamoto – Kumamoto Castle (Important Cultural Property)
Korea – Seoul
Official Site: https://breathbless.com
Hololive Third Generation Members to Hold First Live Event at Tokyo Dome City Hall
The third-generation members of the globally popular VTuber group Hololive will hold their first-ever live event on November 25, 2021, at Tokyo Dome City Hall. Members Usada Pekora, Houshou Marine, Shiranui Flare, Shirogane Noel, and Uruha Rushia will take to the stage at the show, titled Fan Fun Island!
Tickets for those streaming the event online can now purchase tickets on either SPWN and Nico Nico Douga, and advanced tickets for those going to the venue are also on sale now. A number of exclusive goods will also be on sale, and those living outside of Japan will also be able to buy limited-edition merch on the English event site!
Hololive Fantasy 1st Live – Fan Fun Island
Date: November 25, 2021
Venue Opens at 17:00 / Stream Starts at 17:30 / Show Begins at 18:00
Location: Tokyo Dome City Hall
Official Site: https://fanfunisland.hololivepro.com/
Available: September 20, 2021 – December 25, 2021
Purchase from SPWN: https://virtual.spwn.jp/events/21112501-jpfantasy
Nico Nico Douga Pay-per-View Tickets:
Available: September 20, 2021 – December 25, 2021
*An archived video of the performance will be immediately available after the show. Those purchasing a ticket can watch as many times as they wish until December 25, 2021 at 23:59.
VTuber Group Hololive Debuts New Ocean-Themed Unit #UMISEA
#UMISEA is here! Comprised of two members from Hololive and two members from Hololive English, the new group is bringing together members with ocean-themed characters, and on September 19, #UMISEA released their first original song titled Domination! All the World is an Ocean. The digital release can now be streamed on Spotify and other music platforms.
The group is comprised of Japanese members Minato Aqua and Houshou Marine, as well as Hololive English members Ninomae Ina’nis and Gawr Gura. The lyrics, composition, and arrangement for the group’s first song were provided by rising artist Camellia, and a short music video is now available to watch on Hololive’s official YouTube channel. Original UMISEA merchandise will also be available soon!
Character Design: Akasa Ai (@AkasaAi)
Character Design: Kuroboshi Kouhaku (@kuroboshi)
Character Design: Nachoneko (@amsrntk3)
We’re looking forward to seeing what UMISEA does in the future, and we can’t wait for more catchy tracks!
Hololive VTuber Tokino Sora to Release Cover Album in November
Tokino Sora, the founding member of popular VTuber collective Hololive, will release her third album, ‘Re:Play,’ in November! Celebrating her 4th anniversary on September 7, the virtual idol announced that the album would be filled with unique cover tracks to commemorate her streaming milestone.
Karaoke covers are incredibly popular on YouTube in Japan, and Tokino Sora commented that this upcoming album was partly inspired by her desire to take on a similar challenge. Though the idol has released a number of original tracks in the past, this album is said to contain a number of different genres unfamiliar to the singer. ‘Re:Play‘ is set to release in November, though an exact date has not been announced. More details will be released in the coming weeks.
Starting on September 8, five unreleased songs are now available to stream as a 4th anniversary gift to fans. Four tracks are acoustic versions: Kotobakaze, Wonderland, Suki, Naichaisouda and Step and Go!! Originally the secret track in the first edition of Tokino Sora’s album Dreaming!, Seesaw Game is also available.
Which of these tracks is your favorite?
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3rd Album ‘Re:Play’
Releasing November, 2021
*More details to be announced at a later date.
Official Site: https://hololive.hololivepro.com/
5 unreleased tracks are now available for download!
Kotobakaze – Acoustic Arrange ver.: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/Kotobakaze
Wonderland – Acoustic Arrange ver.: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/Wonderland
Step and Go!! Acoustic Arrange ver.: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/Step_and_Go
Suki, Naichaisouda Acoustic Arrange ver.: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/Suki_Naichaisoda
Seesaw Game: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/Seesaw_Game
The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto Opens Meiji Era Exhibition
14.September.2021 | SPOT
A special exhibition titled ‘Japanese Landscapes Discovered: Views from and for the Outside World,’ showcasing a private collection of Meiji era paintings, is now on display at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto until October 31, 2021.
Inside the Exhibit
Inside the Exhibit
This exhibition is designed to take visitors on a journey through the Meiji period (1868-1912), the beginning of Japan’s modern era, through oil and watercolor paintings of the time, and through the landscapes and customs depicted in these pieces of art. During this time, many foreign painters visited Japan, and were inspired to paint the country’s beautiful landscapes and unfamiliar customs, bringing these creations back to their countries of origin. Japanese artists studied these unfamiliar painting techniques, and made their own culturally-inspired paintings, often selling them to foreign visitors as souvenirs.
Many works on display in this exhibition have never been shown publicly, with many being brought back to Japan from locations abroad. These include long-lost oil paintings by Kuroda Seiki and a massive newly-discovered work by Tamura Soryu. Other Japanese artists inspired by Western-style on display include Hiroshi Yoshida, Jirokichi Kasagi, Shotaro Koyama, and Ioki Bunsai.
Also on display are works by foreign artists who visited Japan during this period, including British news painter Charles Wirgman, French news painter Georges Bigot, and British landscape painters Alfred Parsons, Alfred East, and John Varley Jr. These three men in particular triggered a watercolor boom in Japan during the late Meiji period. Vibrant female painters such as British watercolorist Ella du Cane, a lover of Japanese gardens, also make an appearance.
Be sure to see these incredible depictions of Japan before they’re gone.
Japanese Landscapes Discovered: Views from and for the Outside World
Running: September 7 – October 31, 2021
Hours: 9:30-19:00 (Until 20:00 on Friday and Saturday)
Closed: Mondays, and on September 21. *The museum will be open September 20.
Tickets/Official Site: https://www.momak.go.jp/
*Admission is open until 30 minutes before closing.
*To prevent the spread of COVID-19, hours are subject to change. Please check hours before visiting.
VTuber Agency Hololive Releasing Third Round of Merchandise on Gashapon Online
31.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Hololive Productions, now a household name worldwide, has just released a new collection of rubber mascots based on some of its most popular VTuber talents. These are available on Bandai’s Gashapon Online, with sales beginning on August 24.
This third collection of adorable rubber mascot keyrings features Nekomata Okayu, Hoshimachi Suisei, Akai Haato, Nakiri Ayame, Shiranui Flare, Tsunomaki Watame, and Shishiro Botan.
Each mascot measures 7cm, one of the larger capsule products, and features an original illustration created exclusively for this release.
Prior to the release of these items in retail Gashapon machines scheduled for December, these Vtuber items are currently being sold at Gashapon Online. Items will be shipped in December.
Which member are you trying to get?
Hololive Rubber Mascot Series #3
Price: ¥500 per turn of the Gashapon
Launch Date: August 24, 2021
Gashapon Online: https://p-bandai.jp/item/item-1000162993/
*Items will be shipped in December 2021.
5 New Members Debut Under EN VTuber Group Hololive English
22.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Hololive Production has announced five new members to debut under the new English-speaking VTuber group Hololive English -Council- on August 17 2021.
Announcement PV #1
Announcement PV #2
The five new members are Tsukumo Sana, Ceres Fauna, Ouro Kronii, Nanashi Mumei, and Hakos Baelz. This special video was released to promote Hololive English -Council- on August 1.
The members’ Twitter accounts and YouTube channels have been opened, with activities starting soon. The first YouTube stream is scheduled to start on August 22 JST in a relay format.
A special preview video has been released to coincide with the announcement, shown in a story-based narrative for viewers to enjoy while they wait for the members’ debut streams.
The five members will be collaborating after their debut, so don’t miss it!
Tsukumo Sana （九十九佐命）
A member of the Council and the Speaker of “Space,” the first concept as created by the Gods.
After materializing on earth, Sana began searching for answers within astrology only to discover the Forbidden Truth, becoming an apostle of the Ancient Ones.
“Space” doesn’t just refer to the universe, but all dimensions and matter to exist. It is an endless concept, one that continues to expand eternally. Because of this, many of her actions cannot be explained by humans. However, to this she replies “Humanity just isn’t ready to understand,” contrasting her childli…. youthful appearance.
Character Design: pako (@pakosun)
YouTube Debut Schedule:
August 22 2021, 02:00 ~ 03:00 JST
Ceres Fauna （セレス・ファウナ）
A member of the Council and the Keeper of “Nature,” the second concept as created by the Gods.
She has manifested on earth as a Druid in order to save nature.
Fauna has Kirin blood flowing through her veins and horns. However, those horns are not those of a deer, instead made from the branches of a certain tree.
“Nature” refers to all organic matter on the planet excluding mankind.
It is told that her whispers, as Mother Nature, are filled with healing properties. Whether or not that is true is something only those who have heard them can tell.
While she is usually friendly, calm, and a little mischievous, those who oppose her will feel the wrath of nature.
Character Design: Tōsaka Asagi (@asagi_0398)
YouTube Debut Schedule:
August 22 2021, 03:30 ~ 04:30 JST
Ouro Kronii （オーロ・クロニー）
A member of the Council and the Warden of “Time,” the concept as created by the Gods.
To humans, this is the most distorted concept. It was by chance that she picked up the blade, but she found herself enjoying it. Humans cannot escape “Time” and very few humans even wish to be released from her prison.
Originally, the role of “Time” was to act as a cog between the other concepts. However, eventually, humans gave “Time” its own meanings with the sunrise and sunset, becoming trapped and empowering her.
While her quiet and cool personality is unchanged, she has since become prideful and sadistic over her prisoners.
Character Design: Wasa Aruk (@tsubuanfes)
YouTube Debut Schedule:
August 22 2021, 05:00 ~ 06:00 JST
Nanashi Mumei （七詩ムメイ）
A member of the Council and the Guardian of “Civilization,” a concept created by humanity.
She is a wise and skilled traveller who has seen, heard, and experienced so much that she wound up forgetting even her own name.
She was born from human will, separating her from the council members and other life forms.
“Civilization” is a man-made lifeform that demands wisdom. As Mumei was not created by the Gods, she was free to choose her own form, basing her appearance on the owl, an animal humans feel represents knowledge.
She is kind, wise, and hardworking, although her aura is said to be mysterious and somewhat pitiful. She claims to have felt lonely throughout her many years of travelling, making herself a friend out of the material that drove the development of civilization and mankind – paper.
“It may fade and tear, but a friend is always a friend…”
Character Design: Azure (@azure_0608_sub)
YouTube Debut Schedule:
August 22 2021, 06:30 ~ 07:30 (JST)
A member of the Council and the Guardian of “Chaos,” a concept created by the world.
She is the chairperson of the Council as commanded by the Gods, based on liberalism. However, both Baelz and the other members are truly convinced of her position, only obeying the Gods’ will. You mustn’t underestimate her mouse-like appearance, as mice are in fact known as harbingers of “Chaos.”
“Chaos” can be wild, fortunus, or even represent freedom.
With her dazzling grin, Baelz is never one to sit still, instead running around freely. She disagrees that rules are everything, descending upon the world with the intention of breaking them all.
She takes greatest pleasure in watching the aftermath of her destruction, often choosing to observe from the outside.
Character Design: Mika Pikazo (@MikaPikaZo)
Hololive English -議会-
YouTube Debut: August 22 2021, 08:00~
~ 09:00 JST
Official Site: https://www.hololive.tv/
Hololive x Atre Akihabara Merchandise Collection Revealed
Virtual YouTuber talent agency Hololive Production is set to release a new exclusive collection at Atre Akihabara in Tokyo on August 1.
Acrylic Panel / B2 Tapestries / Acrylic Chibi Figures
Big Silhouette T-Shirts / Holostars T-Shirt / Key Visual Graphic T-Shirt
Key Visual Acrylic Panel
Chibi Character Illustration Acrylic Figures
hololy Photo Contest
Hololive fans can get their hands on merchandise of all their favourite VTubers with this collection that will be sold exclusively at Atre Akihabara. To promote the collection, giant poster will be plastered up outside and around Atre Akihabara, with a giant one at the north entrance 3D illustrations at the south entrance. And for every ¥500 spent in a single transaction on the items, fans will receive a free character card.
Hololive Summer Festival x Atre Akihabara
Running: August 1, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Locations: Atre Akihabara 1 (1-17-6 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) / Atre Akihabara 2 (1-9 Kanda Hanaokucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Book Slot: http://hololive-summerfes.com/
Hololive’s Virtual YouTubers Minato Aqua and Shishiro Botan to Participate in Red Bull 5G
20.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME
For this year’s Red Bull 5G, Hololive Vtubers Minato Aqua and Shishiro Botan will participate as official Red Bull Virtual Ambassadors, a position they received last month. To promote the event, Lawson are running a campaign from July 20 to August 9 where you can get your hands on exclusive items, win an invitation to Red Bull 5G, and more.
The Prize List
Prize: Red Bull 5G Content Experience & Special Invitation to Attend | Conditions: Buy 6 Cans | Amount: 20 People
Prize: Red Bull 5G Original Hyper X Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headset | Conditions: Buy 4 Cans | Amount: 100 People
Prizes: In-Game Items (See List Below) | Conditions: Buy 2 Cans | Amount: 2,150 People
eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2021 SEASON UPDATE eFootball Original Tote Bag (Amount: 50 People)
Gran Turismo SPORT PlayStation®4 Red Bull X2019 Competition In-Game Download Voucher Code (Amount: 1,000 People)
Tekken 7 Original Arcade Controller Leather Balls & Buttons (Amount: 50 People)
Puyo Puyo™ Tetris® 2 Original Bead Cushion (Amount: 50 People)
Mahjong Soul Web & Android Original In-Game Item (Amount: 1,000 People)
While the prizes listed so far are limited to a certain amount of people, those who buy two cans in Japan after signing up are guaranteed to win exclusive wallpapers (pictured above) and voice notifications of inato Aqua and Shishiro Botan.
Red Bull 5G Lawson Campaign
Running: July 20, 2021 – August 9, 2021
Participating Stores: Lawson (exclusive Natural Lawson and Lawson Store 100)
Applicable Products: Red Bull Energy Drink (250ml / 355ml), Red Bull Sugar Free (20ml), Red Bull Energy Drink White Edition (250ml), Red Bull Energy Drink Purple Edition (250ml), Red Bull Energy Drink Aluminium Bottle (330ml)
*Website available July 20 – November 30