Channel 47 to Produce IKAHO ART A LIVE 2021 Event Featuring Atarashii Gakko!

14.December.2021 | MUSIC / SPOT

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!

 

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    09.August.2022 | MUSIC

    Calling all dancers! Starting August 5, Adobe began the Adobe DANCE VIDEO FES, which is accepting dance video submissions until August 31, 2022. Those wanting to participate will be dancing to one of four songs by a few very unique artists: Dodonpa by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Emome no Natsu by Lucky Kilimanjaro, STARLIGHT by iri, and WOO! GO! by Atarashii Gakko! The campaign challenges contestants to create a dance video in which they show off their original dance moves to the song of their choice. These videos can be easily edited using Adobe Premiere Rush, a piece of software that can also be installed on smartphones.

     

    If you’re not incredibly confident in your dance moves, don’t worry. Rather than contestants being judged on their technical or editing skills, dancers will be evaluated on the amount of fun they have! The event is meant to emulate the excitement of a summer festival, so both beginners and pros are invited to participate. Just record your dance and upload it to YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok with the designated hashtag.

     

    If the video you upload is selected by one of the participating artists, it will be featured in the official campaign dance video. Creators will also have the opportunity to appear in the artists’ live performances and dance videos in the future.

     

    In addition, a total of 22 entrants will be selected by drawing to receive Sennheiser wireless headphones, a 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud Complete Plan, a pair of tickets to the D.LEAGUE 22-23 season opener, or an Amazon gift certificate worth ¥30,000.

     

    Comments from Participating Artists

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: “Dodonpa is a song that’s perfect for all kinds of dances, so I hope that you’ll dance in your own special way! I’m hoping I can find an amazing dancer to perform with me at my Budokan show on October 19, so I’m looking forward to hearing from you!”

     

    Lucky Kilimanjaro: “Our band’s concept is to surprise the world every day, so we were so honored that our song was chosen!
    We hope you’ll express yourself and show us your unique dances!”

     

    iri: “My new song STARLIGHT is a difficult song to choreograph, so I’m really looking forward to seeing the dances you come with!”

     

    Atarashii Gakko!: “We’re happy to announce that our song WOO! GO! has been chosen as a track for Adobe DANCE VIDEO FES! I hope you can add some really cool edits to your videos so that they reach the largest amount of people! Whoever submits the most impressive video will get to appear in an official dance video. We’re waiting to see your dances!”

     


    Enter this contest with the same energy as if you were participating in a summer festival!

  • Atarashii Gakko! Announces First Headlining Concerts in the U.S., Tickets on Sale July 21

    22.July.2022 | MUSIC

    “YOUR NEW FAVORITE J-POP GROUP.” – Hypebae

    “Please inject this chaotic Japanese idol group straight into my veins.” – i-D

    “Whatever Atarashii Gakko! are doing next, we’re listening.” – The Fader  

    “Indescribably enticing.” – Bandwagon

     

     

    Four-member vocal-dance group Atarashii Gakko! have announced their first headlining shows in the U.S. The energetic members, who signed to 88rising in January 2021, will perform at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall on August 17th and Los Angeles’s The Roxy on August 18. Tickets are on sale now. 

    This exciting news comes days before the group performs at San Diego’s Comic-Con on July 22. Presented by anime distribution and production company Crunchyroll, the concert will be free to all Comic-Con attendees. 

    The girls will be returning to California for the first time since their impressive performance at last year’s Head in the Clouds Festival, an annual music event organized by 88rising. Their 2021 performance highlighted their new EP at the time, SNACKTIME. Produced by Money Mark, a sound producer and melody maker who worked with the Beastie Boys for nearly 20 years, the five-track EP can’t be assigned one particular genre. All it does it make the listener want to dance. 

    Atarashii Gakko! is making their career doing what most girl groups won’t do. Their name, which translates to new school, highlights their unique approach to the J-Pop scene. Instead of the typical high-pitched voices found in most Japanese idol groups, these girls prefer to sing on the level. Instead of their dance moves being perfectly in sync, they move their bodies freely to the music. Instead of acting cutesy and airheaded, they’re not afraid to make funny faces. The girls wear the standard Japanese school uniforms found in the 70s and 80s, complete with high socks and long skirts. Not afraid to be loud and over-the-top with their dance moves, the four seem to combine the more taboo and interpretive Japanese butoh style of dancing with intense headbanging and hip-hop swag. Their music combines the J-Pop of today with 70s and 80s pop, punk, rap, and techno. Can the music of Atarashii Gakko! really be defined. Not at all. That’s their superpower. 

     

     

    Atarashii Gakko! Upcoming Shows

    July 22 – San Diego, CA / Crunchyroll presents Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

    Aug 5 – San Jose, CA / Crunchyroll presents San Jose Convention Center

    Aug 17 – San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall

    Aug 18 – Los Angeles, CA / The Roxy

    Aug 20-21 – Pasadena, CA / Head in the Clouds Festival

     

     

    About 88Rising

    88rising is a global music company with roots in the United States. Highlighting Asian and Asian American artists, 88rising wants to bridge the gap between Asian and American music and help Asian artists cross over to the global music scene. The company’s impressive roster includes Rich Brian, Joji, Higher Brothers, Niki, Jackson Wang, Keith Ape, and more. They have also collaborated with a number of high-profile Japanese artists such as Verbal and Utada Hikaru.

     

     

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  • Atarashii Gakko! to Perform at 88Rising’s Head in the Clouds Music Festival in LA for Second Consecutive Year

    27.May.2022 | MUSIC

    After performing at the Head in the Clouds music festival last November, four-member vocal-dance group Atarashii Gakko! has been invited to perform again in 2022! The festival, organized by 88Rising, will take place in Pasadena, CA on August 20 and 21. 

    Last January, Atarashii Gakko! debuted globally as a part of 88Rising, a label promoting Asian music and culture throughout the American music scene. During Coachella 2022, Utada Hikaru performed on the 88Rising stage!


    At last year’s Head in the Clouds festival, Atarashii Gakko! performed for an audience of 25,000. Even though most of the audience didn’t speak Japanese, they didn’t hesitate to cheer and jump along with the music! The group has released a number of catchy new tracks since last year’s festival, so fans should look forward to some crazy new content on stage in 2022.


    On May 24, Atarashii Gakko! released Pineapple Kryptonite (Yohji Igarashi Remix). The catchy new track made an appearance at the group’s recent solo concert at Zepp DiverCity on May 20.

     

    Keep an eye on Atarashii Gakko! as they continue to take over the world!

     

    Atarashii Gakko! Profile

    A four-member dance-vocal unit known for the member’s individuality and freedom. 

    The group’s full name is ‘Atarashii Gakko no Leaders (New School Leaders).’

    Each of their explosive live performances has been choreographed by the members themselves. Their powerful dance moves are hotter than daikon radish in oden, and the group made its world debut in 2021 as a part of 88Rising, a music label promoting Asian acts and culture to the world. 

    Atarashii Gakko! has over 3.9 million TikTok followers to date. 

    As they continue to grow their fanbase, the incredibly talented girls have received a number of offers to expand their activities.

     

    Concert Photo: codyburkhardt

  • [LIVE REPORT] Atarashii Gakko! Performs at Zepp DiverCity

    24.May.2022 | MUSIC

    On May 20, the indescribably unique four-member dance and vocal group Atarashii Gakko! performed Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo! Given their performance at such a well-known venue, the name of their solo concert was fittingly ‘Wha–?! Graduating from Obscurity ~AG! FRIDAY AFTER SCHOOL~.’

     

    The group signed with American multi-media company 88rising in January 2021. The label is attempting to introduce more unique Asian music to the US, and it doesn’t get much more unique than Atarashii Gakko! The girls have over 3.8 million TikTok followers, and their April single WOO! GO! was released as a tie-in with NIKE Juku, amassing praise from audiences worldwide.

     

    As fans of the band have come to expect, the concert began with the sound of chimes, leading into the first song, Toumei Boy. Followed by an intense dance performance, fans were captivated by the show, which was performed overseas last month to an audience of 25,000 fans. Following the song Final Humanity, a bizarre video began playing, leading into the fan-favorite CANDY from the group’s EP SNACKTIME. For the first time in the group’s solo performance history, backup dancers joined them during the track Night Before the Exam.

    Starting with Otona Blue, the members appeared clad in colorful decorations, making it seem as if they were singing on TV. The girls have an unprecedented stage presence that has helped them catapult their career forward, from obscurity to performing one of the most well-known venues in Tokyo. Happy Hormones shoed a cuter side to the girls, offering fans a glimpse beyond their usual hardcore dance moves. The audience joined in, waving their hands from side to side and flashing peace signs.

     

    The Italian disco tune Fantastico began with slow-motion movements and added limbo dancing into the choreography, giving the members a chance to show off their comedic skills. Anyone who follows them on social media is well aware of how hilarious they can be!

     

    Suddenly, a man dressed as a construction site security guard emerged on stage, performing an impressive rendition of the robot. This man turned out to be DJ Morley Robertson, who joined the girls in Intergalactic, starting with the members calling out “We are Bestie Girls!” As Atarashii Gakko! danced to this classic Beastie Boys tune, Robertson addressed the audience, shouting “The night is just getting started!” 

     

    Pineapple Kryptonite shows off the girl’s dancing skills, but the Pineapple Kryptonite REMIX treated fans to an acrobatic performance that brought the energy in the venue to the max.

    Member MIZYU spoke to the audience about the choreography in WOO! GO!, the girl’s newest track, calling on them to join in. The members also performed the Spanish version of Free Your Mind, cementing their place as one of Japan’s most global acts. Towards the end of the live show, the members hugged and showed the audience how close they are as friends, bringing everyone to tears.

     

    The Zepp DiverCity concert was a whirlwind of excitement and energy. Those in the audience could see how Atarashii Gakko! has improved since their debut, and everyone is excited to see how much higher they can soar going forward. 

     

    The archived video of the performance is officially available until May 29 at 23:59. Check out a comment from the group immediately after the concert below!

    Comment from Atarashii Gakko!

    “This was the best live performance we’ve ever done! With our past shows, the four of us have designed everything ourselves. This time we had a lot of other people involved, and we could really feel the love from both the staff and the audience. During the show, I felt like I was having a conversation with the audience without words. I could see everyone’s faces from the beginning to the end, and it made me so happy. Each day, we interact with so many fans through social media, but being on stage in front of them is so different. We can feel how much they love us and we can really be ourselves. Just before the show started, we reminded ourselves to just have FUN! That’s why this became our best concert ever. I hope we can share all of this love and happiness on an even bigger stage next time!”

  • ‘Alien Artist,’ Winner of Best New Director at Kanazawa Film Festival 2021, Released

    29.March.2022 | MOVIE

    The Kanazawa Film Festival aims to ‘promote Japan’s countryside culture to the world.’ The event held from September 18 to September 20, 2021 marked the 15th anniversary. 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.

     

    The film Alien Artist was directed by Seiyo Hotani, who took home the promising director award in 2020. Given the excellent critic feedback for the movie, it has been decided that Alien Artist will be officially released this spring. Hotani is a university student studying philosophy at Kyoto University, and his directorial work certainly shows off his knowledge on the subject. The film was entirely shot in Kanazawa and Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture.

     

    Alien Artist inspired viewers with its bizarre storytelling and display of ideology and philosophy. If you could eradicate all of the ‘evil’ people on Earth, would you? Who decides who is evil? The movie follows a number of unique characters, each with their own personal stories and motivations, as the world faces destruction and rebirth. 

     

    Alien Artist

    Runtime: 90 Minutes
    Release Year: 2021
    Director: Seiyo Hotani
    Script: Hifumi Keihan
    Executive Producer: Ikuya Onodera
    Cast: Kunihiko Watanabe, Yuuritsu Maruyama, Ryofu Karuma, Rui Kiriyama, Shigeo Osako, Jirou

     

  • Pringles TikTok Dance Contests Opens, Winners to Perform with Atarashii Gakko!

    06.March.2022 | FASHION / FOOD

    Pringles, a popular brand of potato chips sold in over 140 countries around the world, has opened a new TikTok dance campaign! Those participating could win a once-in-a-lifetime prize, all by dancing alongside some special Pringles filters!

     

    Finger Heart Post / L-sign Pose / Praying Pose

    Pringles Original Long Sleeve T-shirt

     

    For the campaign, a selection of TikTok effects will make it look like dancers are popping out of a Pringles can! These effects also include hearts, stars, and music notes that pop up in time with the poses, making this challenge easy for both new and seasoned dancers.The song featured is Pringles Pringles by Frasco. 

     

    The ambassadors for the campaign are Atarashii Gakko, a popular dance and vocal unit with over 3.5 million TikTok followers. The winner of the contest will have the opportunity to co-star in a Pringles web commercial with the group, and finalists will receive a limited edition Pringles T-shirt. Don’t miss your chance to shine!

  • Yuugo Sakamoto’s New Short Film ‘Heaven’s Rush’ Now Available on Channel 47’s YouTube Channel

    23.February.2022 | Uncategorized

    A Spin-off of ‘Legendary Hit-man, Kunioka’ by a Genius in the World of Violent Film. 

     

    Channel 47 has released Yuugo Sakamoto’s latest short film ‘Heaven’s Rush’ on its official YouTube channel as part of its efforts to share the Kanazawa Film Festival with the world!

     

    ‘Heaven’s Rush’ is a spin-off of ‘Legendary Hit-man, Kunioka,’ the latest film by Sakamoto. Previously, the director created incredible films such as ‘A Janitor’ and ‘Hangman’s Knot.’ The film follows a number of assassins attacking a hitman with a 100 million yen bounty, played by Daichi Yamaguchi. At last year’s Kanazawa Film Festival, the actor also starred in Sakamoto’s film ‘Beibi Warukyure’ opposite Saori Izawa. 

     

    All filming was done in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Channel 47 was also in charge of providing English subtitles for the film, making it more widely accessible to viewers around the world. 

     

    Title: Heaven’s Rush

    Filmed in Japan. 9 minutes.

    Director/Scriptwriter: Yuugo Sakamoto

    Action Director: Kazuki Miki

    Producer: Ikuya Onodera

    Work: Takeshi Goto

    Cinematography: Tetsuro Imai

    Cast: Daichi Yamaguchi, Saori Izawa, Maya Fukuda, Ayane, Masayuki Inou

     

    Director Profile

    Yuugo Sakamoto

     

    Sakamoto was born in Osaka in 1996. At the age of 20, he wrote ‘B,’ a film following a couple on a killing spree, which won him the Student Splatter Film Festival award in 2016. His ultra-violent film ‘Hangman’s Knot’ inspired established horror film director Koji Shiraishi to say “I’m jealous of your talent.” Sakamoto won the award for promising new director at the Kanazawa Film Festival 2017. His black comedy ‘Pan’ won the Grand Prix in the short film category at MOOSICLAB, and the Grand Prix in the short film category at the Yuubari International Fantastic Film Festival. He also won the Special Jury Prize at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, his first time participating in a foreign film festival. In college, he took the independent film world by storm, with a knack for depicting realistic violence. His commercial debut ‘Family Wars’ was inspired by an actual incident and caused plenty of controversy on social media for its inappropriate content. In 2021, Sakamoto released ‘A Janitor’ starring Seiji Fukushi, ‘Baibi Warukyure’ starring Saori Izawa, and ‘Legendary Hit-man, Kunioka.’ 

     

    Click here to watch ‘HAKKEN -in Kanazawa Movie Festival-, a short film produced by Channel 47 for both the Kanazawa Film Festival and the Tatemachi Film Festival in September 2021!

    HAKKEN -in Kanazawa Movie Festival-

    YouTube: https://youtu.be/ewrScVKQGXY

  • JOYSOUND’s ‘Miruhako’ Now Streaming Concert Footage and Original Comments from Atarashii Gakko!

    22.January.2022 | MUSIC

    With a staggering 3.4 million followers on TikTok, Atarashii Gakko! is a dance and vocal performance group taking the world by storm. The members call themselves “Japan’s youth representatives in sailor uniforms ready to sing and dance,” and their humor and talent is quickly garnering international acclaim. 

     

    Certain JOYSOUND karaoke locations in Japan offer ‘Miruhaco,’ allowing guests to feel as though they’re at a live concert while in the comfort of a private room. Select locations will be showing footage from the Tokyo show of the most recent Atarashii Gakko! tour, “We’re Still Obscure but Rocking LIVE SHOWS in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka ~Their Weakness is PINEAPPLE!~ until February 6, 2022. 

     

    The group’s TikTok videos have become a hot topic across other social media platforms, and the girls recently traveled to Los Angeles to perform in the HEAD IN THE CLOUDS music festival. The ‘Miruhaco’ exclusive digest will show live performance from the final Tokyo concert held at TSUTAYA O-WEST last October. Fans can also hear some original comments from the four members.

     

  • Channel 47 Produces Special Short Video for Kanazawa Film Festival

    10.December.2021 | BUSINESS / FASHION / SPOT

    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/

    Contact: info@channel47.jp

  • ATARASHII GAKKO! Take Part in First Overseas Performance at 88rising Festival

    10.November.2021 | MUSIC

    Four-member dance and vocal group ATARASHII GAKKO! have taken the world by storm, with their hilarious TikTok account amassing over 3.2 million subscribers and their music racking up plenty of attention on streaming platforms. On November 6, 2021, the girls performed at the Head in the Clouds music festival in Los Angeles, put on by record label 88rising. This was the first overseas performance for the group, and they enjoyed putting on a crazy show for 25,000 people. 

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    As the four members took to the stage, they began their performance with Final Humanity, showing their Japanese pride to the LA audience. With their insanely energetic dance moves, they seemed more like gymnasts, obviously beyond excited for this huge opportunity.

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    After the first song concluded, the girls introduced themselves in English. When SUZUKA called out “Say ‘It feels so good,’ the audience enthusiastically responded “MECHA MECHA KIMOCHI~!” Shouting “Let’s Go Head in the Clouds,” they began their second song Night Before the Exam. Dancing with their red headbands made their singing and dancing stand out even more–if that was even possible. Fan-favorite Koi Geba was next, and the crowd was completely overwhelmed by the intensity of the girl’s movements. 

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    Intergalactic Remix snagged the audience’s attention, as the family song has roots in US culture. ATARASHII GAKKO! wore the same construction vests and helmets that the Beastie Boys wore in their 1999 music video. The classic track won big at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, and this heartfelt tribute to one of the girl’s biggest inspirations won big with the audience. Shouting out “We are Beastie Girls” got a massive reaction, and it proved to be one of the most inspiring parts of their performance. As NAINAINAI began, SUZUKA asked the audience to put their hands up, and they did so without question. There’s no doubt that this Japanese group has completely captured the hearts of US fans. 

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    For their new song Free Your Mind, the girls performed in a completely new way, backed by dancers clad in sailor uniforms. As may be expected, their newest epic Pineapple Kryptonite made a perfect climax to the show, with aliens suddenly appearing on stage to attack. Fans in the audience could even be seen holding up pineapples to show their support. As SUZUKA, RIN, MIZYU, and KANON left the stage, they told the audience they’d be back again–and given how well they performed in their first-ever overseas show, we’d agree. Next time, maybe they’ll be able to visit fans around the United States!

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    The newest ATARASHII GAKKO! single SNACKTIME will be available to stream on November 12, 2021. Five songs produced by Money Mark, who worked with the Beastie Boys and previously on Pineapple Kryptonite, will be on the new single, so be sure to listen! 

     

    On January 30, 2022, the girls will hold a live performance at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM in Tokyo. The sky’s the limit for these talented singers and dancers, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish next!

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  • Report: The Beauty of Wakayama Prefecture in Shibuya! Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021 in Shibuya, Produced by Channel 47

    01.November.2021 | BUSINESS / FEATURES / SPOT

    The Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021 in Shibuya, produced by Channel 47 and sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, was held at Shibuya CAST on October 3, 2021. 

     

    The event was held to spread the word about the Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021, the largest cultural festival in Japan, being held in Wakayama City from October 31 to November 21. Channel 47, the producer of the event in Tokyo, is a company using the power of pop culture and entertainment to share local Japanese culture with the world. 

     

    Shibuya CAST, located between the popular neighborhoods of Shibuya and Harajuku, was the perfect location for the event, and visitors enjoyed a number of presentations showing off the best parts of Wakayama. Various goods from the southern prefecture were on sale, and celebrity guests and local figures were in attendance. An original Wakayama Panda Mask Cover, produced by ASOBISYSTEM, was given to over 3,000 guests to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

     

    Click below for a video of the event highlighting the venue and talks. 

     

     

     

    A Market Highlighting Wakayama’s Cuisine

    Booths in the plaza of Shibuya CAST were set up, each selling some local goods from the heart of Wakayama, including oranges, dried plums, sake, and shochu. 

     

    Cultural Figures, Models, and Celebrities in Attendance

    On a special stage erected on the grand staircase of the venue, a series of talks were held by cultural figures, models, and celebrities, including author Alex Kerr, TV personality Martin, and members of the popular girl group Atarashii Gakko!!

     

    The guests chatted about a number of topics, from sharing what they love about Wakayama prefecture to discussing the tourism issues faced by local governments. A particularly interesting talk discussed how Wakayama intends to attract Gen Z tourists. These discussions were live-streamed on Instagram, with about 1,000 viewers outside the venue tuning in. 

     

    ▼Program

     

    Part 1 [Why Come to Wakayama? PR Showcase]

    Presenters: Saki Hontani (Model / Special Influencer for Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021), Owarai Sumitani (Wakayama-born Comedy Duo), Kii-chan (Wakayama Mascot)

     

     

    Part 2 [How Local Towns Should Approach Tourism ~How to Blend Tourism, Shibuya, and Entertainment~]

    Presenters: Alex Kerr (Writer), Hiroyo Koike (Secretary-General, Shibuya City Tourism Association), Geiko Motoyasu (Director of Industry, Tourism, and Culture, Shibuya City)

     

     

    Part 3 [Gen Z from Harajuku and Shibuya Discuss Wakayama Ver.1]

    Presenters: Yume Kawabata (Model), Mitsuki Hasegawa (Model), MIOCHIN (Model), Saki Hontani (Model / Special Influencer for Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021)

     

     

    Part 4 [Gen Z from Harajuku and Shibuya Discuss Wakayama Ver.2]

    Presenters: Atarashii Gakko!! (Music Group), Alex Kerr (Writer), Martin (TV personality), Yuutarou (Model)

     

    Wakayama Panda Mask Cover, Produced by ASOBISYSTEM and Distributed to Guests

    An original Wakayama Panda Mask Cover, produced by ASOBISYSTEM, was given to over 3,000 guests. Talent agency ASOBISYSTEM aims to promote Japanese pop culture worldwide and represents a number of popular artists, models, and creators, including Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and AMIAYA. With two available designs, TV personality Martin tweeted out images of the adorable creations. (https://twitter.com/martin_0406/status/1444163519696424963)

     

    PR for on Giant Screens in Shibuya

    The Kinokuni Wakayama Culture Festival 2021 in Shibuya was widely publicized around Shibuya on massive television screens. 

     

     

     

  • MUSER FEST.2021 -MUSIC AID- Event Holds Spin-Off Event for One Night Only

    21.October.2021 | FES / MUSIC

    Last month’s MUSER FEST.2021 -MUSIC AID- event isn’t quite over! A spin-off event, ZIP-FM presents LIVE LIVE! Super Collaboration with MUSER FEST.2021, will be broadcast online on October 22 at 21:00. Since August, collaborative live performances have been planned with different guest artists each month on ZIP-FM’s LIVE LIVE! With MUSER FEST.2021 program hosted by CHAI. This event is the culmination of these plans and the lineup is sure to get fans pumped. 

     

    Performing artists include YUNA from CHAI, Suzuka and Mizyu from Atarashii Gakko!, Tabu Zombie from SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS, and Shingo Suzuki from Ovall. Ryo Kishimoto from fox capture plan will also join the live performance as a supporting artist. An archived stream will be available for two weeks after the live show, and tickets are on sale now on the official MUSER website. 

     

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