Japanese Music Artists to Perform Live “At Home” in New Airbnb “Music×Travel” Collaboration Campaign
05.August.2017 | MUSIC
Space Shower TV, managed by Space Shower Networks, Inc., is one of Japan’s biggest music channels, and they have just started their very first collaborative campaign. On August 3rd, Space Shower TV launched THE LIVE HOUSE ～Ouchi wa, Saikou no Live House.～, a collaboration with Airbnb, a popular accommodation booking service used by travelers all over the world.
The aim of this collaboration is to have music artists use Airbnb to travel and get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. By heading out to different locations and tasting the local food, coming into contact with the locals and such, the project hopes to have the artists express the inspiration they have acquired through music.
Two artists from Office Augusta will be in “THE LIVE HOUSE” – Fukumimi and Awesome City Club. As part of the first installment, select members of Fukumimi (Kyoko, Sukima Switch, Yuu Sakai, Seiya Matsumuro) will hold a live concert on August 20th at a location in Nagano on Airbnb which will be streamed live. The video will be available to watch live on YouTube.
This live performance will see the artists performing in much more at-home environments as offered by Airbnb, something much different from their usual routine of playing a big venue. It’s an opportunity to see their faces up close as they perform, something you can’t normally do at a live show.
In addition, Awesome City Club will be performing a secret live show at an Airbnb location in Kagawa. It will fall on September 4th and 3 lucky groups of 6 people will be invited via a lottery draw. It’s a dream chance to enjoy a live performance right at home in your staying quarters.
Fukumimi will perform at the end of August and Awesome City Club in mid September. A movie documenting each of their travels will be shown on Space Shower TV, so people who miss the live stream can catch up with everything from there. Full details can be found by keeping up to date via the official Airbnb Twitter (@Airbnb_jp) and Facebook (@AirbnbJapan) pages as well as via Spacer Shower TV (@spaceshowertv). You can also check the campaign website.
Don’t miss out on this unique occasion to see a concert much different from any summer festival or show you would normally attend.
Lolita Singer Luna Haruna Announces Surprise Solo Live Performance at Most Recent Concert
Tokyo singer and lolita fashion model Luna Haruna finished her premium solo summer concert at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF7 on August 4. The concert title Lupa and Aries no gastronomie was named after her single Lupa to Aries which was released earlier this year in June and is so far only available on streaming services. Haruna performed once in the afternoon and once in the evening with a live band. She performed a total of 28 songs, including some brand new hits.
She launched into her concert with her hit songs Stertear, Kimi Iro Signal, Stella Breeze and Overfly. She then performed her two new fairytale-themed songs Lupa to Aries and Kaiten Mokuba live for the first time.
Afterwards, she turned to her fans and said:
“I challenged myself to something completely new this time. I want to show you all a side of me you have never seen before.”
What the fans heard next was an unexpected surprise.
She announced that she will be performing at Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE, Tokyo on November 16. The venue, packed with fans, could not contain their excitement, responding to the glorious news with cheers of joy that echoed throughout the entire room.
Her recent release Kaiten Mokuba follows the same fairytale theme as Lupa to Aries. The beautiful harmonies created by the strings pierce through the strong and pressing beat of the song. This gothic fairytale song is appropriately titled Kaiten Mokuba (Carousel) to further emphasise the distorted feeling of being spun around in endless circles. Luna is an artist who represents the lolita scene for lolita fans worldwide. This fairytale video is where her true self comes alive. Her new, mysterious visuals are a fusion of lolita fashion and Alice in Wonderland themes.
Luna Haruna Music Video: Kaiten Mokuba
The head-spinning music video shows Luna in different lolita fashion outfits. Each outfit explores the depths of a different character from Alice in Wonderland. Watch Luna spin her way through five Alice in Wonderland-themed lolita dresses including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and of course, Alice.
Luna will also be singing the theme song for the upcoming anime film Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fine, which will premiere on October 26. This isn’t the first time Luna has been involved in the Saekano anime series. She performed the theme songs Kimi Iro Signal and Stella Breeze, which were the TV anime’s first and second anime openings respectively.
The anime film opening will be written by Miku Sawai, who wrote the lyrics for the TV anime’s first and second ending theme songs Colourful and Sakura Iro Diary respectively. Miku Sawai and Luna Haruna have become massive sensations in the news for their anime hits. Just what kind of chemical reaction will unfold when these two heroines collaborate on the anime film’s opening theme song? Please keep your eyes peeled for future updates.
Luna Haruna 2019 Autumn Solo Concert (Title to be confirmed)
Date/Time: November 16, 2019 Doors Open: 16:30 Start: 17:00
Venue: Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE,
Address: Shibuya PRIME (6th floor), 2 Chome-29-5 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Ticket Prices: ￥6,480 (after tax, designated seating only).
* You can order a maximum of four tickets per concert.
*There is also a compulsory one drink fee that you must pay upon entry into the venue.
* Entry is not permitted for those under school age.
Fan Club Member-limited preorder period: August 4th (21:00) ー 19th (23:59)
Luna Haruna Official Fan Club “L-67 Luna☆Station”
・General Ticket Sales period: To be confirmed.
Queries: (Sunrise Promotion Tokyo) 0570-00-3337（10:00-18:00）
Available on most streaming services: https://harunaluna.lnk.to/OWrKt0ME
Lupa to Aries
Available on most streaming services: https://harunaluna.lnk.to/ro4yd5wD
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fine
Premiere: October 26, 2019 across Japan.
Anime Film Website: https://saenai-movie.com
Luna Haruna Official Website: http://www.harunaluna.jp/
Sailor Moon Show Restaurant To Open in Azabu Juban, Tokyo
Dining on Sailor Moon-themed food while being entertained by a live Sailor Moon musical is a dream come true for many. On August 15, 2019, a show restaurant called Sailor Moon-SHINING MOON TOKYO will open in Azabu Juban, Tokyo.
Japan has already surprised many with the release of a Sailor Moon 2.5D Musical. This is a type of modern Japanese musical theatre based on anime where the characters are brought into the real world. This new show restaurant is aiming even higher, offering a completely new form of live entertainment.
There isn’t a better place for the restaurant to open than Azabu Juban, where the Sailor Moon characters are often seen in the anime. In fact, Azabu Juban is a holy land for all Sailor Moon fans, attracting fans from all over Japan and even from overseas. Once fans heard the news of the show restaurant, excitement spread like wildfire.
There is no doubt that this original show is a fantastic opportunity to delve deep into the world of Sailor Moon. There will also be the opportunity to try meals and drinks that are based on the anime which is not sold anywhere else. Of course, there will also be an area dedicated to the sale of original goods.
The official website was published ahead of the grand opening of the restaurant. General ticket sales will be launched at 10 am on July 21. Enjoying Sailor Moon-themed meals and drinks while being entertained by a Sailor Moon stage show is a completely unique experience that many are curious about.
©️Naoko Takeuchi, PNP, Sailor Moon –SHINING MOON TOKYO –
Sailor Moon –SHINING MOON TOKYO –
Location: Basement Floor 1, Joule A, 1 Chome-10-10 Azabu Juban, Minato City, Tokyo
Grand Opening: August 15, 2019
※ Ticket sales start at 10 am on July 21, 2019
General Ticket Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Website: https://sailormoon-shiningmoontokyo.com/
Eir Aoi Just Dropped The Music Video For Granbelm Anime Opening Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka
Eir Aoi’s LIVE TOUR 2019 Fragment oF took her on a journey across the country, performing at eight different locations to approximately 10,000 wild fans. She saw her final tour performance at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall on July 15.
The overpowering digital rock song UNLIMITED sent an instant surge of energy through the crowd. Her heart-throbbing setlist included a range of big hits that were used as theme songs for the anime Sword Art Online including Iris, INNOCENCE, Cynthia no Hikari, Ryusei and IGNITE . Her strong vocals and the passion etched onto her face enthralled the crowd.
For the encore, she performed Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka, which is the new opening theme song for the anime Granbelm. The urgent beat of the song energised the audience, who were dancing and singing as one. For the last song, she performed AURORA, which she especially prepared for this day only.
“There are times that I just cannot sing this song, but seeing the encouraging and excited faces of my fans gave me the support I needed to sing,” she said.
Eir Aoi: Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka Music Video
After the encore was over, there was a surprise for the fans. The music video for Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka, the new theme song for the anime Granbelm, was played before the crowd. Fans could not contain their wild joy at being the first people to watch the video. The music video was just released on July 16 at 8pm, so please check it out.
Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka
Full Version Streaming: https://EirAoi.lnk.to/mWSPZRVM
CD Release: August 28, 2019
First Press Version (CD and DVD, music video, photobook) : ￥1,800 ＋ tax
Regular Version (CD): ￥1,300 ＋ tax
Anime Version (CD and DVD, creditless opening song video): ￥1,600 ＋ tax
Eir Aoi Official Website: http://www.aoieir.com/
Granbelm Official Website: http://granbelm.com/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Yasutaka Nakata & CRAZYBOY to Perform at QTAQUEST LIVE in Los Angeles
27.March.2019 | MUSIC
The biggest names in Japanese pop music are set to take over Los Angeles at QTAQUEST LIVE and OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY which is set to take place at THE NOVO by Microsoft on July 3, 2019.
With support from LDH JAPAN and LDH USA, the event is a celebration of Japanese pop culture that brings together a lineup of some of the most famous names in the industry.
Both OTAQUEST LIVE and OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY serve as the opener to Anime Expo, the biggest anime convention in the US, which will run from July 4 to 7.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
OTAQUEST LIVE begins at 6:30pm and will see CRAZYBOY, HIROOMI TOSAKA, m-flo, CAPSULE, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu take to the stage to deliver American fans the ultimate J-pop entertainment experience.
OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY will begin later at 22:00 which will welcome to the stage ☆Taku Takahashi, TeddyLoid, and Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE) for a late-night extravaganza of Japanese dance music.
Tickets go on sale March 28, 2019 at 10:00am (US Time).
Date: July 3, 2019
Time: OPEN 17:00 / START 18:30
Location: THE NOVO by Microsoft, Los Angeles, California, US
Line-Up: CRAZYBOY / HIROOMI TOSAKA / m-flo / CAPSULE / Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY
Date: July 3, 2019
Time: OPEN/START 22:00
Location: THE NOVO by Microsoft, Los Angeles, California, US
Line-Up: ☆Taku Takahashi / TeddyLoid / Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE) / …and more
Event Website: https://live.otaquest.com/
ASOBISYSTEM and Airbnb Join Up to Bring Models as Tour Guides to MMN Festival 2018
ASOBISYSTEM Co., Ltd and Airbnb Japan, Inc. have joined up to promote the expansion of the appeal of Japan’s multilayered culture and regional communities. Firstly, to further interest in Harajuku’s unique culture, the two companies are offering numerous experience-based services.
ASOBISYSTEM is centered around promoting more “fun” (asobi) to today’s age. They focus on Harajuku culture, something distinctive of Japan. In doing so they have supported and helped grow the culture that is born on the streets of Harajuku including fashion, music and lifestyle. In the beginning, it was just in Japan, but since then they have continued to be active in promoting Harajuku culture worldwide. Harajuku is a town steeped in fascination, and ASOBISYSTEM are focused on it becoming a melting pot cultural area recognised by the people of the world.
Airbnb was established in 2008. They have interacted with a multitude of regional communities and offer a unique travel experience that enables people to connect with the culture of their place of destination. Airbnb aims to realise a world where you can travel to live life.
The first plan of action for ASOBISYSTEM and Airbnb is offering official tours with popular models who will serve as tour guides for MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA which will take place on March 24 and March 25! There are 3 models who will work as tour guides: Saki Shibata, Ayumi Seto and Yuri Suganuma. To experience each of their special tours you must book in advance, so be sure to check them out ASAP.
Full details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/96761
Experience the ever-growing culture of Harajuku with Airbnb.
Japanese artists that are active overseas are attracting attention every year. Let’s take a look at some Japanese artists (together with some music videos) who are preparing to embark overseas on tour.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu held her first ever Halloween themed solo concert “THE SPOOKY OBAKEYASHIKI ~PUMPKINS STRIKE BACK~” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on October 28th and 29th last year. The show was inspired by Japanese haunted houses, known as obakeyashiki, and saw 15,000 fans creep up to the venue. The horror movie-esque trailer that was released to advertise the concert, as well as the stage performance at the show itself, became the talk of the town in Japan. Now, Kyary’s Halloween show is heading overseas on a world tour! Kyary will deliver an original performance for her international fans who have been awaiting her return!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/94229
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – “Ninja Re Bang Bang”
Jin Akanishi received “Asian Most Popular Japanese Artists” at the 20th China Music Award (CMA) in April 2016. He also ranked in at 31st place in “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2015” by TC Candler, a US Independent Critics movie website, in 2016. It has been announced that his performance at Makuhari Messe Hall in Chiba Prefecture set for 30 March 2018 as part of his JIN AKANISHI LIVE TOUR 2018 “Blessèd” will be screened live at theatres across Japan as well as Vie Show Cinemas Taipei Hsin Yi in Taipei and FESTIVAL GRAND CINEMA and GH Citywalk in Hong Kong.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/93041
Jin Akanishi – Fill Me Up (Official Music Video)
amazarashi, who released their fourth album Chihou Toshi no Memento Mori in December last year, and Aimer, who recently released her fourteenth single Ref:rain / Mabui Bakari, are teaming up to head on tour together. amazarashi × Aimer Asia Tour 2018 will take the two artists to Shanghai, Taiwan and Singapore. This dream collaboration between two original and unique artists comes in response to the burning desire emitted from people for them to play in Japan, garnering them much attention from fans of both artists.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/85769
Amazarashi – “Monday” Trailer
Aimer – “Mabui Bakari”
LiSA is an international rock heroine who has earned a reputation both in Japan and overseas. In addition to dates in Japan, her LiVE is Smile Always～ASiA TOUR 2018～ will take her to Singapore on July 21st, Hong Kong on August 11th, and Taipei on August 18th. More dates are scheduled to be announced. Nobody can contain their excitement for more news!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/80914
LiSA – “Thrill, Risk, Heartless” -YouTube EDiT ver.-
Five-member rock band FLOW will hold a tour titled FLOW 15th Anniversary TOUR 2018 “Anime-Shibari” ―Latin America Tour― which will take them to Brazil, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile for 9 performances starting in July. FLOW have been working actively in foreign countries since they started working in Dallas, U.S.A. in 2006. They have been held shows in numerous countries and in 2015 they held a world tour in 8 countries around South America. So far, they have visited 18 countries and played 43 concerts. Full details for FLOW’s overseas tour can be seen via their official Facebook page, so don’t forget to check it out.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/89887
FLOW – “GO!!! ～15th Anniversary ver.～” (Music Video Full Ver.)
Cornelius performed his first nationwide tour in Japan in almost 9 years back in November. The “Mellow Waves Tour” saw the Shibuya-kei artist tour across 8 cities for 8 performances. The curtains closed for the final date of a hugely successful tour last year. But Cornelius announced a “Mellow Waves Tour 2018″ which will see him embark across Mexico and North America between March 3rd and March 20th. This will be his first overseas tour since releasing his latest album “Mellow Waves” on June 28th. Cornelius will first perform as a headliner at Festival NRMAL in Mexico City before making his way to North America where he will also have CDs and LPs for sale.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/76634
Cornelius – The Spell of a Vanishing Loveliness
In 2016, SCANDAL toasted to ten years since their formation, and this autumn, they will celebrate their 10th anniversary since their major debut. The band released their eighth album HONEY last month which peaked at number one on Japan’s iTunes album charts on the day of release and ranked number one in iTunes J-pop charts across the globe including Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Peru. SCANDAL will held on their SCANDAL ASIA TOUR 2018 “HONEY” in June. Anticipation is high for Japan’s representative all-female band.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/91560
SCANDAL – “Platform Syndrome”
Look forward to these internationally active Japanese artists coming to a city near you in 2018!
Celebrate Christmas with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and other unBORDE artists at their Christmas live!
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Shinsei Kamattechan, and RIP SLYME are all members of unBORDE. This year, the artists of unBORDE will be delivering an omnibus live event called “unBORDE Xmas Party 2017”.
There are six music acts taking part for the Christmas live, one of whom is AIMYON – a singer-songwriter from Nishinomiya, Hyogo, who released her first full album in September. She will be joined by Stardust Promotion’s Nagoya idol group Team Syachihoko, who will release their first best album on 18th October, and the girl band yonige, who are from Neyagawa, Osaka and released their first major full album in September. The stage will also be occupied by RöE, the new music sensation that is planning their major debut with unBORDE next year, the three-person ensemble WANIMA from Kumamoto who will join unBORDE from March next year, and the world famous Harajuku icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu!
The first round of tickets to be released will be issued to celebrate 7 years of unBORDE. The “lucky seven” extremely rare tickets will be launched for sale from noon of Saturday 21st October through “WIZY”. This ticket comes with the benefit of obtaining an unBORDE Xmas official T-shirt that cannot be purchased anywhere except for at this event. Those who possess the rare lucky seven tickets will be given priority entrance into the venue. There are only 777 of these rare tickets available!
Get your hands on a special ticket and enjoy Christmas!!
Spend some quality relaxation time at an old Japanese residence—4 lodging rooms recommended by Airbnb
04.September.2017 | SPOT
Autumn will soon be upon us as we gradually approach the end of summer. Today, we will take a look at several private rooms recommended by Airbnb located in old Japanese residences where you can stay and spend some leisurely time while immersing yourself in the tail end of summer.
This townhouse was build 100 years ago and was renovated back in 2013. It is located in the heart of Kyoto and is conveniently accessible during a sightseeing trip.
This traditional townhouse was built by Japanese artisans and is a very impressive-looking building indeed! Part of the charm can also be accredited to the small garden which you can view from the 1st floor.
“Nihon Kaoku Hibiki no Yado” is a reconstructed lodging that was officially selected as a tangible cultural property. The grounds have spanned 13223m2 since the end of the Edo period and are home to trees that are more than 300 years old, allowing you to truly feel the history of the place.
There is no doubt that your soul will grow warm if surrounded by lots of people around a saucepot at the hearth.
“MAYUDAMAHOUSE” was built 134 years ago at the prefectural boundary of Gunma and Nagano. It is surrounded by many hot springs, including Shima Tamura which became the model for Kusatsu Onsen and Spirited Away.
The back of the house is dotted with edible wild plants which you can eat as they are with things like tempura. Another highlight of this locations is the freedom to enjoy as much nature to your heart’s content.
Located in Kawagoe, also known as “Little Edo,” this townhouse is a designated important scenic structure of the city. It’s a long-standing machiya-zukuri, or traditional wooden townhouse.
You can kick back and relax under the hori-gotatsu, an earlier version of the modern kotatsu, or unwind in a bathtub made from granite and cypress.
It’s the perfect lodging to destress and remedy fatigue. There’s also a room tucked away upstairs, meaning you can sneak off for a while on your own little adventure.
How about spending your trip discussing your summer memories while feeling like you’re living in an old time Japanese house?
Immerse yourself in nature at one of these remote islands in Japan
28.August.2017 | SPOT
Taking an island trip has become a popular way of travelling in recent years in Japan—and rightly so. Heading over to an island means a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big and busy cities to kick back and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation time, with nothing but the tranquil and all-embracing ocean in view.
Airbnb has a long list of rooms that you can stay at offered by many wonderful hosts around Japan’s numerous islands. We’re going to recommend 3 of these rooms to you today for those of you thinking about travelling to one of Japan’s islands.
Okinawa/Iriomote Island: A lodging located in a village surrounded by sugarcane fields
Iriomote Island is one of Yaeyama Islands that the sits at the southernmost part of Japan. The majority of the island is filled with untouched subtropical jungles and mangrove trees. It is also home to various endangered animals, such as the critically endangered Iriomote cat which lives exclusively on the island.
The room available to stay at on this island is an individual room offered by a host family. This room is recommended for people who have an interest in living at Okinawa’s isolated islands and those who wish to experience what it’s like to live there. Guests will also be greeted by a loving mixed breed Ryukyu Inu.
Comment from the host – Rei
“This island is a place where one can experience living among nature. Why not come and try out living like the people here on the island, with gratitude and prayer, moving in rhythm with the waxing and waning of the moon?”
Kagoshima Prefecture/Koshikijima Islands: A room renovated as a boathouse
The Koshikijima Islands float in the East China Sea, approximately 30km West from the Satsuma Peninsula of Kagoshima Prefecture. This gorgeous remote island is also a designated quasi-national park. The room that is available has been renovated into and opened as a boathouse, something long cherished by fishermen. It features a traditional engawa, a type of veranda that surrounds a house, and gives you the opportunity to feel what it’s like to live every day on the island. You can also enjoy various activities enabled by the island by asking the host, such as sea kayaking, climbing cliffs, head out on a night tour and more.
Comment from the host – Kenta
“You can enjoy strolling the island at ease with our village guide in hand made made by us for leisurely walking, and we also recommend heading out on one of the rental bicycles. We can also take you around the village and samurai residences on the island. We recommend this room for people that want to stay on the island at ease.”
Shimane Prefecture/Daikon Island: Enjoy a relaxing stay on the second floor of a cafe by the sea
Daikon Island is situated in the middle of Nakaumi in Shimane Prefecture near Matsue. It is famous for its tree peonies. The available room sits by the sea with a window that boasts an ocean view. The first floor of the building is actually a cafe where you can enjoy pizza cooked in a stone oven, coffee made using the cafe’s own blend, and more. The terrace from which you can see the ocean also has a small handmade tree house and swing. This stay is recommended for families too.
Comment from the host – Hiroshi
“It’s a small island, so you can leisurely enjoy all of the nature it has to offer by renting a bike for free and heading around the island, or get on a rental boat and see Nakaumi on the horizon.”
So if you’re thinking of taking and island trip, make sure to have a relaxing time and immerse yourself in all the nature the island has to offer. Why not go all out and travel to one of the places above?