Channel 47 Produces Special Short Video for Kanazawa Film Festival
Highlights from the Kanazawa Film Festival
Channel 47, a company using the power of entertainment and pop culture to convey the appeal of Japan to the world, made a splash at this year’s Kanazawa Film Festival by producing the short video ‘HAKKEN -in Kanazawa Movie Festival.’ This was shown at both the Kanazawa Film Festival and the Tatemachi Film Festival, which were held simultaneously in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture in September 2021. The video is available to watch on the official Channel 47 YouTube channel.
「HAKKEN -in Kanazawa Movie Festival-」
The film was produced by Channel 47 to promote both film festivals. The Kanazawa Film Festival aims to ‘promote Japan’s countryside culture to the world,’ and with such similar goals, the two were perfect partners.
In conjunction with the project, Channel 47 invited AMIAYA and Etsuna (both talents under ASOBISYSTEM) as special guests to the awards ceremony of the Kanazawa Film Festival. The Channel 47 Award was given to MELIA, who also won the Promising New Director Grand Prix.
The short video highlights some of the best moments from both events and includes interviews with the Director of Eiga no Kai (The Film Association) and MELIA. There’s plenty of impressive footage to see, so check out the highlights!
HAKKEN -Discover Kanazawa with AMIAYA-
HAKKEN -Discover Kanazawa with AMIAYA-, also produced by Channel 47, shows off Kanazawa’s best pop culture tourist spots.
HAKKEN -Experience Kanazawa’s History with ETSUNA-
The final HAKKEN film produced by Channel 47 shows off the incredible depth of Kanazawa City and how much it has to offer.
The Kanazawa Film Festival is an ongoing event held by the Eiga no Kai at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa and at other venues throughout the city. The goal is to help develop the area and share countryside culture with Japan and the world. The 15th such event was held from September 18 to September 20, 2021. In addition to staging special works each year, the festival has an established reputation in the film community for its ‘New Directors with Promising Talent’ program. This year, 83 films were entered into the New Directors competition, with 11 being chosen to be screened. MELIA came out on top for ‘Experimental Tour,’ and also won a special Channel 47 award.
The Tatemachi Film Festival is organized by the Tatemachi Shopping District Revitalization Association and is held at the same time. The venue was the rooftop of Tatemachi Parking, a multi-story parking garage in the city also popular for outdoor music festivals. It was held from September 17 to September 19, 2021.
Official Site: https://www.eiganokai.com/event/filmfes2021/kanazawa/
Channel 47 is a project using the power of entertainment to share Japan and its local culture with the world. By getting popular celebrities and public figures involved, the company produces events and content that conveys the appeal of specific Japanese locales and customs to global audiences.
Official Site: https://channel47.jp/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s First Performance of ‘Maybe Baby’ Takes Place on First Day of New Tour
19.January.2022 | MUSIC
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major label debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back in the news. 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.
The first show was held at Atsugi City Cultural Hall in accordance with all local guidelines to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. Fans lined up, excited to see the artist for the first time in three years–and when Kyary took the stage clad in a bright green wig and costume, she showed her appreciation for those who have waited to see her again.
“Long time no see! I’m sorry I made you wait,” the singer said as the audience replied with massive applause. “Today, I’m starting my first tour in three years. I want to give you all a performance that will make you glad you came!”
The artist began by performing her newest track Maybe Baby for the first time. The setlist included 21 songs total including songs from Kyary’s newest album ‘Candy Racer’ and legendary tracks like PONPONPON and Fashion Monster.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the “LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project” was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. The 30 stops on the new tour include many that Kyary has not visited before, and were chosen based on the singer’s desire to perform for fans who may not typically be able to attend one of her shows. Wanting to show her gratitude, this is also a chance to inspire local industry and tourism, both of which have been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic.
Keep an eye out for what Kyary Pamyu Pamyu does next!
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Perform at Coachella 2022
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will be performing at the world-famous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California this April! Scheduled to perform at the event in 2020, Coachella was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. Back after two years, the lineup of performing artists has been posted to the official site.
This year, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and Ye (Kanye West) will be headlining the event, which also includes artists from around the world. Kyary will perform on April 16 and April 23.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her debut and is set to begin her largest nationwide tour to date on January 16. The artist will be performing 30 shows across Japan.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Dates: April 15 – 17, April 22 – 24
*Kyary will perform on April 16 and April 23
Coachella Official Site: https://coachella.com/
Coachella Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/coachella
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Official Site: http://kyary.asobisystem.com
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Releases ‘Maybe Baby,’ Opening Song for Ninjala Anime Series
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new song Maybe Baby has been officially released on streaming services! The track will be used as the opening theme song for the Ninjala anime series. The track was written by Yasutaka Nakata, and is a danceable track for children and adults alike.
Maybe Baby – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Opening Song for Ninjala Anime Series)
Maybe Baby Playback Campaign on LINE MUSIC
The opening video for the anime series is also available on Kyary’s official YouTube channel. To celebrate the release, LINE MUSIC is holding a playback campaign until January 22, 2022. The top 50 listeners will receive a Maybe Baby neck strap that is not for sale and was made exclusively for this event.
Maybe Baby (Opening Song for Ninjala Anime Series)
Playback Link: https://music.line.me/launch?target=track&item=mb00000000024edc6f&subitem=mt0000000015556a32&cc=JP&v=1
Running until January 22, 2022 at 23:59 *Entries accepted until January 23 at 23:59
Harajuku Girls Magazine Zipper to Return to Quarterly Release Schedule After 5 Years
23.December.2021 | FASHION
Popular Harajuku-based fashion magazine Zipper, which ceased publication in 2017, will return in March 2022! The rebirth of the magazine is being spearheaded as a joint venture between DONUTS Inc. and ASOBISYSTEM.
Zipper was first published in 1993 as a way to say “NO!” to traditional style. It continued to inspire creative minds for 24 years until it ceased publication in 2017, and many Harajuku-based celebrities and influencers cite the magazine as a major source of inspiration over the years. Now, this beacon of individuality and fashion is making a triumphant comeback right when the world needs it most.
In addition to the magazine, Zipper will also be available on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter, opening up the brand to fans of Japanese fashion around the world. More details will be announced in the future.
Resuming Publication in March 2022
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Explores Tomakomai, Hokkaido in New Tour Video
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is introducing potential travelers to the charms of Tomakomai, Hokkaido in a new two-part tourism video on her YouTube channel.
In the new videos, fans can see Kyary in a new light very unlike her onstage persona. Along with her tour guides, she travels for two days around this gorgeous city on Japan’s northernmost island.
The first video begins with her visit to a Red Eagles Hokkaido hockey game, quickly followed by tons of outdoor activities like canoeing and horseback riding. The singer enjoys plenty of local dishes and captures some spectacular views of Lake Utonai.
Who is the one who invited Kyary to Tomakomai anyway? Fans will have to watch to find out. Whether living in Japan or dreaming about visiting someday, these videos are sure to inspire a future trip.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu presents Around Japan
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Tomakomai Tour ~A Beautiful Trip to Tomakomai~
Release Date: December 16, 2021 (Part 1) ／ December 23, 2021 (Part 2)
Where to Watch: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Official YouTube Channel
CAPSULE Releases Music Video for New Song ‘Virtual Freedom’
17.December.2021 | MUSIC
The music duo CAPSULE is celebrating 20 years since their major debut, and their third new single for 2021 Virtual Freedom is now streaming. The highly-anticipated music video has also been released.
Virtual Freedom Streaming Links
Virtual Freedom takes listeners on a trip through the history of synthesizers and submerges you in layers of interwoven soundscapes.
Virtual Freedom Music Video
Director: KENTARO SAISHO
3DCG supervisor: HIROMU KONNO
Production: Totte.Co., Ltd
A song-sharing campaign is also underway! Follow Warner Music Japan’s Twitter account and use the Twitter share function on Apple Music, Spotify, or LINE MUSIC to share Virtual Freedom with the hashtag #VirtualFreedomCP. 50 random people selected will receive the original cassette tape photographed for the cover of the Virtual Freedom album!
Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition to Open in Kanazawa for Limited-Time
The Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition will be open at Daiwa Korinbo in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture from December 26, 2021, until January 12, 2022. The event commemorates the 10th anniversary of the anime series, and this limited-time run will be the first time the exhibition has been held in the Chubu and Hokuriku regions.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition Admission Ticket with Goods
The Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition invites visitors to relive the series’ story with newly-drawn key visuals, production materials, illustrations, videos, and much more.
In addition to original merchandise such as tapestries and new illustrations, visitors can find local acrylic charms for purchase.
Kanazawa is located close to the Sea of Japan, and visitors coming during this holiday season can enjoy the beautiful snowy scenery and delicious local fare as well!
(C)Magica Quartet／Aniplex・Madoka Partners・MBS
Puella Magi Madoka Magica 10 Exhibition in Ishikawa
Address: Daiwa Korinbo 8F Hall (1-1-1 Korinbo, Kanazawa, Ishikawa)
Running: December 26, 2021 – January 12, 2022
*Closed on January 1, 2022.
Official Site: https://10th.madoka-magica.com/madokaten/
Ayako Suwa’s New Work ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’ on Exhibition at KAMU Kanazawa
KAMU k=k, the sixth space in the private contemporary art museum KAMU Kanazawa, will officially open on December 17, 2021. The location was created as a multi-purpose exhibition space, and it’s first project will be ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’ by Ayako Suwa, active in the field of food art. The work is seat in Hakusan and Kanazawa and revolves around the themes of nature, cities, and water circulation.
TALISMAN in the woods ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of KAMU kanazawa
In the year and a half since its opening in 2020, KAMU Kanazawa has continued to inspire with unique spaces inspired by artist’s individuality. The opening of ‘KAMU tatami’ in October made a big splash, and ‘KAMU k=k’ will only be a limited space for around four years. This follows the museums philosophy that the role and shape of a city changes over time, meaning that the museum should change along with it.
KAMU k≐k Courtesy of KAMU kanazaw
The space is five meters high, and seven meters wide and deep, giving a theater-like atmosphere. Giving a wildly different impression than it’s surroundings, visitors can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime art experience.
TALISMAN in the woods ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of KAMU kanazawa
The first exhibition held in “k≐k” will be “TALISMAN in the Woods” by Ayako Suwa. Ripples will spread outside of the museum, following the theme of water circulation. Visitors will be asked to pay attention to how nature silently impacts daily life, and will be inspired to create connections with the world around them. In this exhibition, Suwa will share insight on water from Hakusan, a city supplying water to huge areas of Ishikawa Prefecture. This three-dimensional work was created by the artist during 2020 during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic. Using Cedar branches and leaves from Hakusan, the installation is on a massive scale consistent with the new space.After the exhibition, the talismans displayed in the work will be returned to the soil of Hakusan to connect the exhibition with local nature.
©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
Through crowdfunding, guests can snag a piece of Suwa’s work along with other special items. In addition to simply owning a piece of art, upon the death of these talismans, guests can participate in the ritual of returning these pieces to the forest.
TALISMAN ©Ayako Suwa Courtesy of food creation
Open: December 17, 2021
Ayako Suwa’s ‘TALISMAN in the Woods’
Exhibition Period: December 17 – December 23, 2021
Admission: ¥1300 (Ticket for all spaces) / Free for Elementary Students and Under
Closed on Mondays (unless a national holiday)
Address: KAMU Kanazawa (1-1-52 Hirosaka, Kanazawa)
*KAMU Sky is not currently open to the public.
Open Period: November 22 – December 27, 2021
Crowdfunding URL: https://motion-gallery.net/projects/kamu_ayakosuwapjt/
Platform: MotionGallery (https://motion-gallery.net/)
Channel 47 to Produce IKAHO ART A LIVE 2021 Event Featuring Atarashii Gakko!
From December 23 until December 26, the area around Ikaho Onsen in Gunma Prefecture can enjoy ‘IKAHO ART A LIVE 2021 Keeping Tradition Alive ~ Connecting Geiko Culture.’ The event is being produced and planned by Channel 47, and is being held with help from the Art Live Yell GUNMA Executive Committee, the Shibukawa Ikaho Onsen Tourism Association, and the Yumeji Takehisa Ikaho Memorial Museum.
This special event aims to pass on the beauty and charm of Ikaho’s hot spring culture, which boasts more than 400 years of history, along with the area’s history of geisha. Channel 47, the producer of the event, aims to convey Japanese history and culture throughout the world by using popular entertainment and new technology.
Collaborative Live Performance by Ikaho’s Trainee Geisha and Atarashii Gakko!
At 17:30 on December 23, the Ikaho Odori Performance will be held in front of the Minister of the Kingdom of Hawaii’s Residence, a designated historic site in Shibukawa City. Many dances that will be performed were passed down from geisha of old. Imagine these ancient dances with the crazy moves of Atarashii Gakko! and backup dancers from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music at Tokyo University. What kind of performance will it be?
Projection-Mapping by NAKED will Bring the Hot Springs to Life at Night
After sunset, the ‘NAKED Night Walk -Ikaho Onsen-’ illuminations will decorate the streets around the hot spring. Projection mapping based on the works of Yumeji Takehisa and Taisho Romanticism will appear on the stones beneath guest’s feet. The popular NAKED Distanced Lanterns and NAKED Flower Cleansing will also make appearances.
Promotional Videos Shot in Magnificent Locales
Using this fantastic art-filled location, a special promotional video highlighting the ‘new values of Ikaho’ will soon be revealed. Follow Channel 47 on YouTube for a notification!
IKAHO ART A LIVE 2021 Keeping Tradition Alive ~ Connecting Geiko Culture
Dates: December 23 – 26, 2021
Address: Ikaho Onsen Ishida-gai Area
Organized by Art Live Yell GUNMA Executive Committee, with cooperation from the Shibukawa Ikaho Onsen Tourism Association, Yumeji Takehisa Ikaho Memorial Museum
Planning and Production: Channel 47
Official Site: https://channel47.jp/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Song ‘Maybe Baby’ Announced as Theme for ‘Ninjala’ Anime Series
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has announced that her new song Maybe Baby will serve as the opening theme song for the winter anime series Ninjala, set to begin airing on January 8, 2022. The singer is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major debut in 2021, and Maybe Baby was featured on her newest album Candy Racer released in October.
Online Fan Meetup
The anime series is based on GungHo Online Entertainment’s action video game for the Nintendo Switch. In the past, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has collaborated with the game, providing her songs Gum Gum Girl and Ninja Re Bang Bang Steve Aoki Remix.
Maybe Baby was written by Yasutaka Nakata and is a danceable track featuring Kyary’s light vocals and a catchy beat that will make anyone want to move.
An online fan meetup will also take place on December 18 and will be held exclusively for members of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s official fan club, KPP CLUB. While last year’s ‘KPP ONLINE MEETUP VOL.1’ was a large online event with about 500 fans in attendance, this time it will be held in small groups of about 25 for multiple periods.
During the meetup, Kyary will give away many of her personal belongings that she has used in the past. Fans of the singer won’t want to miss out!
To commemorate 10 years of the singer’s career, members of the Fanclub will also get some new benefits and privileges including behind-the-scenes vlogs.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will start her 10th Anniversary Japan Tour on January 16. This will be the largest tour in the singer’s history, and fan club members can enjoy special passes and photo spots.
Comment from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
“I, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, will be in charge of the opening theme for the anime Ninjala! I’ve collaborated with the Ninjala game many times, so I’m very happy to be able to do the opening theme for the anime too. The title of the song is Maybe Baby, and it’s a cool song that everyone can sing along to. I hope that this song will be loved by everyone as they watch the series!”
© GungHo Online Entertainment・TV Tokyo
Broadcast Date and Time: Saturdays from 10:30-11:00 starting January 8, 2022
Airing on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, TV Hokkaido, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ninjala_JP
Official Site: https://ninjalathegame.com/
Online Fan Meetup
Date: December 18 between 11:00-19:00 (For about 1 hour)
Applications Now Closed
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Official Fan Club: https://kyary.net/
CAPSULE to Release Third New Song of 2021 on Streaming Services, Artwork Revealed
08.December.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese electronic band CAPSULE is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its major debut! The group’s two members, Yasutaka Nakata and Toshiko Koshijima, have announced the release of their third new single for 2021, Virtual Freedom. The track will release on streaming platforms on December 10 and follows Hikari no Disco and Future Wave. Cover art for the song featuring an old-school cassette tape has been revealed ahead of the song’s release.
Composer and producer for the band Yasutaka Nakata also serve as the music producer for popular group Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Virtual Freedom can now be pre-added or pre-saved on Apple Music and Spotify. Be sure not to miss out on this new song when it drops later this week!
MetaTokyo Launches First Project in the Metaverse with Genereativemasks
22.November.2021 | FASHION
The Metaverse has been in the news lately, and the future is looking more and more digital. ASOBISYSTEM, ParadeAll, and Fraction Ventures have teamed up to build Japan’s first pop-up museum focusing on generative art in MetaTokyo, an open cultural city in the open Metaverse using NFT. This will exhibit one of the largest NFT art projects in Japan, Generativemasks.
Generative art refers to artworks that are generated by code, using computer software.
MetaTokyo Pass (MetaTokyo Digital Passport)
The architecture of MetaTokyo was created by MISOSHITA, a Metaverse/VR creator active not only in Japan but around the world. The interior and exterior were designed in collaboration with Generativemasks and other contributors to make a completely unique structure in the Metaverse. The NFT MetaTokyo Pass, functioning as a digital passport, is on sale now, allowing owners to access a number of activities and special privileges, including access to exclusive events and restricted areas within the MetaVerse.
MetaTokyo is the world’s first project to connect NFTs with the MetaVerse and is the first project of its kind to be implemented globally.