Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Announces Collaboration with 165-Year-Old Confectionary Shop ‘Koeido’

15.February.2022 | FOOD

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 recently 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. In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the “LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project” was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. Following a T-shirt collaboration with a 156-year-old kamaboko shop in Kanagawa, Kyary has teamed up with Gunma-based ekiben maker Oginoya to release her own bento box!

 

On February 6, Kyary held a concert in Okayama–the next stop on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project. This time, the singer is collaborating with a 165-year-old Japanese confectionary shop named Koeido. The store is famous for its original kibidango, a type of sweet mochi dumpling.

 

As part of the ‘Collaboration Logo’ project, partner companies see their traditional logos transformed as a tribute to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s works. This time, the motif was inspired by ‘KPP BEST,’ an album released in 2016.

Original Kyaridango: ¥1,300 (Tax Included) / 15 pieces 

 

 

These tasty ‘Original Kyarydango’ have the same taste as traditional kibidango, but feature Kyary’s face printed in edible ink. These sweet sets were sold in limited quantities at the Okayama Civic Hall, and are now available to purchase on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website until February 20.

 

A T-shirt featuring the collaboration logo has also been revealed. The front features the Original Kyarydango and the updated logo, while the back is decorated with the Kyary 10th Anniversary logo and project logo. The shirt is also available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website. 

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    Four members of FRUITS ZIPPER sat down with us for an interview about their overseas
    aspirations. 

     

    Could you introduce yourself?

     

    -Luna Nakagawa

    “Hi, everyone, I’m Luna Nakagawa! My talent is having perfect pitch. I absolutely love to
    sing, and lately, my favorite song to sing is Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.

    My dream is to become a Living National Treasure and to become the Alicia Keys of the idol world!” 

     

    Amane Tsukiashi

    “I’m Amane Tsukiashi, 22 years old from Okayama Prefecture. My blood type is O and my
    favorite foods are ramen and Motsunabe. 

    My hobbies are watching movies and dramas, collecting makeup, solo karaoke, flower
    arranging, idol appreciation, and eating!”

     

    Yui Sakurai

    “Everyone reading this on Moshi Moshi Nippon, it’s nice to meet you! I’m Yui Sakurai, and my member color is mint green!

    My favorite things are tea, ramen, strawberries, fashion, and makeup research. I also have two professional nail certifications!
    In my photos, I might come off as really cool and stoic, but to be honest, I’m usually
    smiling. A fan told me that my smile makes me look like one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, so now I have the brilliant nickname ‘Seven Gods of Fortune Smile’”

     

    Karen Matsumoto

    “I’m Karen Matsumoto, and my color is baby pink! I’m 20 years old and my special skill is
    piano! I have no experience singing and dancing, but I’ll do my best to keep up with the
    other members!”

     

     

    To get started–when you think about other countries, what pops into your head? 

     

    Yui Sakurai

    “I imagine incredible scenery! The last time I went abroad for work, I did my best to
    communicate with fans. Even though I couldn’t speak their language, they were so friendly and they seemed to understand my thoughts. They smiled at me so much, so I think I’ll get along with foreign fans right away!” (laugh)

     

    -Luna Nakagawa

    “I think of broadening my horizons, learning about other cultures, and meeting new people. 

    In my experience studying abroad, I could really feel the difference in values and ways of
    thinking when communicating with people my age.

    I was amazed when I could experience things I had never seen in Japan. I thought that
    another country’s culture was amazing and I wanted to imitate it. At the same time, it
    made me realize that I was proud to be Japanese too. When you travel abroad, you
    discover so much and become a more empathetic and kind human. It made me realize that there were plenty of things that I didn’t even know about myself, so I hope that by
    traveling more, I can learn more.” 

     

    Amane Tsukiashi

    “I imagine the unknown.
    The only foreign country I’ve ever been to is Korea. I know that there are so many cultures, landscapes, and worlds out there that I’ve never seen before.” 

     

    Karen Matsumoto

    “When I went to Taiwan on a school trip, I loved the tapioca and the rice so much. It made me wonder what other delicious food is waiting for me out there!” 

     

    Imagine you end up going abroad as FRUITS ZIPPER. What do you think you’d do better than the other members?

     

    Amane Tsukiashi

    “I’d be good at keeping the mood going and taking on challenges. 

    I want to experience cultures that don’t exist in Japan, so I want to actively try new things–not just food, but local attractions and even skydiving!” 

     

    -Luna Nakagawa

    “I’ve studied abroad but I don’t speak English fluently. 

    When I go abroad, for some reason, I become a much stronger communicator with much more confidence. I feel like I’ll be best at communicating with the locals in the spirit of “it’ll work out somehow.” (laughs)

     

    Yui Sakurai

    “I’ve been trying to figure out what I could do best…

    This is a tough question! (laugh)

    People don’t know most of what’s going on in the world, 

    and I’ve been told that my reaction to things abroad is pretty huge. 

    Since we’ll have a ton of first-time experiences abroad, 

    I want to keep my big reactions coming. 

    That way, even fans who aren’t with us can watch from wherever they are

    and get a taste of what we’re experiencing! (laugh)

    That counts, right? 

    Or maybe I just want to go sightseeing.” (laugh)

     

    Karen Matsumoto

    “The other members tell me that I’m a good communicator. Even when I was a student,
    my grades in English weren’t great, but I still had the top grades in communicative English, so I feel like I can speak it somehow!” (laugh)

     

    While abroad, you’re told that you can do anything you want for a whole day. What would you do?

     

    Yui Sakurai

    “I’d eat good food, explore some beautiful places, do some shopping, and get a massage
    under the stars before I went to sleep! (laugh) 

    I’d like to see the ocean too! 

    The last time I went abroad for business, I didn’t get to do much sightseeing, so I want to
    do lots of things unique to wherever I’m visiting.”

     

    -Luna Nakagawa

    “I want to try out some extreme attractions, like some of those huge roller coasters they
    only have overseas. In some places, I want to experience the local culture too, of course. 

    If I go to Hollywood, I wanna meet Dwayne Johnson.” (laugh)

     

    Amane Tsukiashi

    “I want to rent a car so I can drive around and see all sorts of different landscapes. 

    I’ve always loved driving, nature, beautiful scenery, and going to places I’ve never been
    before, so I’d like to combine all of those things into one.”

     

    Karen Matsumoto

    “I’d want to go shopping with my friends!” 

     

    What do you think would happen if you traveled abroad with the FRUITS ZIPPER members?

     

    Amane Tsukiashi

    “The group is filled with super energetic members who give their all during every event, so I think that if an event takes place on Halloween, they’d do something great with costumes and things like that. Just imagine how fun that would be!” 

     

    -Luna Nakagawa

    “Someone will definitely end up causing trouble, like losing their passport or wallet. To be
    specific, I feel like Mana will lose her passport and Karen will lose her wallet. Suzuka’s always eating weird food so she’ll probably get food poisoning.” 

     

    Yui Sakurai

    “Luna and Noel both speak English, so I’m sure they’ll have great conversations with the
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    Even in Japan, the two talk to each other in English a lot and seem to have a lot of fun!

    I usually try to listen to their conversations, but I have no idea what they’re saying. I’ll
    probably end up making friends with the locals through gestures and facial expressions!” 

     

    Karen Matsumoto

    “I think I’ll end up getting lost!” 

     

    Thank you so much for chatting with us. Is there anything you’d like to say before we wrap up?

     

    Yui Sakurai

    “Thinking of going abroad and traveling the world is such a huge concept, it’s hard for me
    to imagine, but it makes me so happy to think that the number of people who will be happy to see us will expand beyond our borders. I believe that idols have the power to make
    people happy even if they can’t speak your language, and that’s the kind of idol I want to
    be. We’ll do our best to live up to our concept, “From Harajuku to the World!” 

     

     

    -Luna Nakagawa

    “Someday I want to go on an overseas adventure with FRUITS ZIPPER and have a real-life meet and greet with fans!!!

    I hope to create many wonderful memories with my fans in the future!” 

     

     

    Amane Tsukiashi

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    Karen Matsumoto

    “I want to be able to perform overseas as often as possible, like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu!!” 💪🏻

     

     

    The next KAWAII LAB Report will focus on IDOLATER!

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    A campaign to win some amazing collaboration goods is also underway. By taking a picture of the pop-up space and posting it on Twitter with the hashtag #MonsterOOR, 10 lucky winners will receive a collab poster signed by the members of ONE OK ROCK.

     

    Fans of the band or the energy drink won’t want to miss visiting this shop! The band’s new song Save Yourself will be playing at the venue, so be sure to head over to Shibuya for a listen. 

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    Antique Silver Pin with Organization Motif

    Lining with Loid Forger Embroidery

    Adjustable Size using Velcro

     

     

    Anya Ver. Beret

    A Stella Star Pin, Merits at Eden Academy

    Original Lining with the Eden Academy and CA4LA Logos

    Adjustable Size using Velcro

     

    Loid Forger is an undercover spy who acts under the codename Twilight. The hat he often wears in the series has been perfectly reproduced by CA4LA, with a slick design featuring an antique silver pin with the logo of his organization and his name stitched inside the lining. 

     

    Anya’s adorable beret is based on her Eden Academy uniform. This hand-stitched hat is available in either child or adult sizes! The Stella Star pin, considered a merit at Eden Academy, accents the side of the hat. The inner lining features a unique pattern perfect for fans!

     

    Enjoy being fashionable while also showing off your love for SPYxFAMILY!

     

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    24.June.2022 | FASHION

    In an effort to clean up areas around Japan, everyone’s favorite lazy bear is teaming up with the Social Sports Initiative’s SpoGOMI! Rilakkuma is currently on his own nationwide tour, traveling from the northernmost to the southernmost points in Japan over 18 months. Guests visiting each event will be able to find unique prefecture-based environmentally-friendly merchandise. 

     

    SpoGOMI is an entirely new sport started in Japan, combining a traditional sport with trash pickup! It’s always more fun to turn a chore into a game, and participants compete to see who can pick up the most garbage. 

     

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    Merchandise (Exclusive to the Hokkaido Area)

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    Canvas Tote Bag (S)

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    Along with the standard rules, a new version of the game inspired by Rilakkuma will be introduced, perfect for both children and adults to enjoy.

     

    After helping to clean up, why not enjoy some delicious local food and sightseeing? Join Rilakkuma in his efforts to clean up Japan and connect local communities. 

     

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  • KAWAII LAB. Report #3: Introducing Two New Members of IDOLATER–a Long-Haired Model and a Gambler who Sings Too Well

    24.June.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    KAWAII LAB. is a project spearheaded by ASOBISYSTEM with the aim of introducing the world to popular Japanese idol culture. Announced at the group’s solo concert ‘New IDOLATER’ on April 24, Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki joined the lineup consisting of Ayu Okuda, Kurumi Tsukishiro, and Yukino Fushiki.

     

    Today, we’re introducing the two newest members–Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki.

     

    Fuuka Oishi

    ▼Social Media Accounts

    Twitter https://twitter.com/idolater_fuka

    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/idolater_fuka/

     

    ▼Birthday

    July 25, 1999

     

    ▼Height

    163cm

     

    ▼Blood Type

    B

     

    ▼Birthplace

    Chiba Prefecture

     

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    Cheesecake, High Cocoa Chocolate (86~95%), Beef Tongue, Skirt Steak, Yakitori (Gizzards, Gristle)

     

    ▼Favorite Musical Artists

    SEKAI NO OWARI, SKY PEACE

     

    ▼Favorite Manga/Anime/TV Shows/Radio Shows

    One Piece, Naruto, Kotaro Lives Alone

     

    Best Way to Spend a Day Off

    Netflix、YouTube、Hanging out at a cafe

     

    ▼Favorite Phrase

    Different Strokes for Different Folks! Everyone is different and everyone’s great. 

     

    ▼Places She’d Like to Visit

    Wherever I can see the beautiful ocean!

    Korea, France

     

    ▼Favorite Part of Herself

    The fact that I laugh a lot–and everything else!

     

    Color

    Light Blue

     

    Born in 1999. With her characteristic long black hair and dainty yet listless atmosphere,
    she’s a model who has been attracting attention from all sides. Supported by creators and
    having appeared as a model for fashion brands, she has also starred in TV commercials and in music videos. 

     

    I Want to Die – Centimillimental

    https://youtu.be/d2LFIclsT7M

     

    Although she has no experience singing or dancing, Fuuka brings her natural cheerfulness
    to the group.

     

     

    Ririka Satsuki

    ▼Social Media Accounts

    Twitter https://twitter.com/idolater_ririka

    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/idolater_ririka/

     

    ▼Birthday

    August 17, 2000

     

    ▼Height

    158cm

     

    ▼Blood Type

    AB

     

    ▼Birthplace

    Fukuoka Prefecture

     

    ▼Favorite Foods

    Ramen, Gingko, Gyoza

     

    ▼Favorite Musical Artists

    Avril Lavigne

    Lady Gaga

    Namie Amuro

     

    ▼Favorite Manga/Anime/TV Shows/Radio Shows

    Tokyo Revengers, Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Haikyu!!

     

    ▼Favorite Way to Spend a Day Off

    Sleep, go to the movies alone, play slot machines (Juggler machines are my favorite!)

     

    ▼Favorite Phrases

    ・There is always light beyond the clouds.

    ・Stick to your guns. 

     

    ▼Places She’d Like to Visit

    Hokkaido, Guam, Dubai, London

     

    ▼Favorite Part of Herself

    Opening my big mouth, my smile.

     

    ▼Goal for the Year

    Performing live at Zepp!

     

    ▼Color

    Yellow

     

    With a powerful and husky voice, Ririka previously appeared on TV Tokyo’s ‘The Karaoke
    Battle U-18 Utauma Koshien.’ In 2019, she appeared on AbemaTV’s ‘Koisuru Shuumatsu
    Homestay’ and became incredibly popular with middle and high school students. Recently,
    she appeared on Nippon TV’s ‘Monomane Grand Prix,’ and is active in a number of other
    activities. 

     

    Ririka Satsuki’s strength lies in her singing ability. 

    Be sure to check out her song covers on TikTok!

    https://www.tiktok.com/@satsuki_ririka

     

    Ririka also enjoys gambling, preferring the Juggler line of slot machines. She’d like to keep
    it up in the future, if she’s able. 


    Her powerful, husky voice has created a kind of chemical reaction in IDOLATER. 

     

    Stay tuned for the next installment of the IDOLATER series!

     

    Next week’s KAWAII LAB report will focus on FRUITS ZIPPER. 

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    23.June.2022 | MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” The girls have just released the music video for their 2nd digital single Watashino Ichiban Kawaii Tokoro (The Cutest Thing About Me).

     

    The group is ready to transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase.

     

    Watashino Ichiban Kawaii Tokoro – FRUITS ZIPPER 

     

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER has been going strong since its launch in April this year, appearing at numerous idol events and selling out tickets to its solo shows immediately after they went on sale.

     

    The song Watashino Ichiban Kawaii Tokoro has exploded in popularity on TikTok, racking up over 200 million plays.

     

    The song also ranked on the TikTok HOT SONGS list and charted on Spotify’s viral chart for three weeks in a row.

     

    Initially, no music video for this song was planned, but due to fan response and the track’s huge popularity, the decision was made to produce one after all. The video is filled with the ‘NEW KAWAII’ that FRUITS ZIPPER wants to be known for, so check it out!

     

    To commemorate the release of the music video, a playback campaign is currently underway on Spotify from June 23 until June 29. Fans will be able to see a different member on Spotify Canvas for each day of the campaign.

     

    Don’t miss the share campaign! Seven winners will be chosen by random drawing to win an autographed Polaroid snapshot of the FRUITS ZIPPER members.

  • FamilyMart Starts Pokemon Campaign, Pikachu Pineapple Frappe Now Available

    23.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    FamilyMart stores nationwide have started a campaign in collaboration with the free-to-play mobile game Pokemon Cafe ReMix! From June 21 until July 18, visitors will be able to pick up some special treats and exclusive merchandise.

     

    Pikachu Frappes

    A new addition to the Frappe series, customers will be able to enjoy Pikachu’s Pineapple Frappe starting June 21, featuring Pikachu in a cute cafe uniform. Made with golden pineapple pulp, the drink is perfect for summer, offering a refreshing sweet and sour taste. There are three cup designs available–one with Pikachu in red, one in blue, and another in green.

     

    Original Merchandise Campaign

     

    Part I: June 21, 10:00~ / Original PP Coaster (4 varieties)

    Part 2: July 5, 10:00~ / Cafe Menu Design Original Memo Pad (4 varieties)

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    Collecting stamps on the FamilyMart app can also net fans some special prizes! At the same time, Pokemon fans can use the app to win tickets to Pokemon GO Fest 2022 Sapporo.

     

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  • Japanese Artist VERDY Releases Minions Collaboration Collection

    22.June.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    To commemorate the upcoming film Minions: The Rise of Gru, a new apparel collection has been unveiled! The new items were made by VERDY, the artist behind popular projects like Girls Don’t Cry and Wasted Youth, both of which have been noticed by celebrities overseas. Prior to the collection’s launch online on July 1, fans can buy items from the limited-edition collection at Universal Studios in Los Angeles starting June 17 and at Universal Studios Japan starting June 24. 

     

    VERDY is an incredibly popular artist who has garnered attention around the world, and his products are often seen with celebrities and big names in Japan and abroad. He has collaborated with a number of top brands in the past.

     

    Collection

    The first collaboration between the two, Minions x Vick, was released in 2020 to huge popularity, selling out within one minute of release. This second collaboration was created to satisfy huge fan demand, offering up tons of items featuring Otto, a Minion who will appear in the new film, and VERDY’s signature character Vick. Fans can purchase T-shirts, hoodies, long sleeve shirts, hats, keychains, skateboards, and more. 

     

    This is the only time you’ll be able to snag these unique items, so don’t miss out!

     

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  • Attack on Titan Inspires Collaboration Folding Bike from DAHON

    21.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    The world’s largest folding bike brand DANON has revealed a new collaboration with the popular series Attack on Titan! This bike features unique branding and coloring perfect for fans of the long-running manga and anime series. 

     

    Dahon is the world’s largest manufacturer of folding bicycles with a two-thirds market share in 2006. The company was founded in 1982 by David T. Hon, a former laser physicist, and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with assembly factories in China, Macau, and Bulgaria. Full-scale production started in 1984.

    Attack on Titan Bike: ¥89,100 (Tax Included)

    The bike will go on sale at the PCPSHOP on June 20 at 17:00. Only 139 units are available, and fans of the Scout Regiment will be happy to see its color and badge displayed proudly on the bike’s body. A special bag is also included. 

     

    Grab one as soon as possible if you’re interested!

     

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  • MARiA from GARNiDELiA and luz Release Duet Track, Music Video

    20.June.2022 | MUSIC

    GARNiDELiA vocalist MARiA released the music video for Cafe Latte no Uta, her duet track with luz, on June 15, 2022.

     

    The track will be included in the singer’s second solo album Memories, which will go on sale on June 22 and is now available on streaming services. Cafe Latte no Uta was composed by PENGUIN RESERACH’s kemu with lyrics written by both Horie and luz.



    Cafe Latte no Uta feat. luz


    A release event has also been announced, scheduled to take place on June 22 at Tower Records Shibuya. The singer will hold a solo concert at Toyosu PIT on July 3. In exciting news, MARiA will be performing in an upcoming stage play, Quantum, which will be performed in Tokyo and Osaka for 23 total shows.

     

    Although still very active in her work with GARNiDELiA, MARiA has been breaking new ground in her solo work, collaborating with a number of artists and creators. Keep an eye on what she does in the future!



    Comment from MARiA

    “I had a meeting with luz and kemu, and when we started chatting, we decided that since our voices are more adult, it would be perfect if we made a more sexy song. 

    All three of us have lived our lives as part of internet culture, so this song really shows off our history with all of its strengths!

    This is a song best listened to with headphones on–we really used our breath a lot, especially in the gaps between the music.

    Be sure to enjoy the perfect harmony between me and luz!”

  • UNIQLO Releases UT Collection Inspired by the Great Museums of the World

    20.June.2022 | FASHION

    UNIQLO’s graphic T-shirt brand UT has launched an artful new collection! The Museums of the World collection of men’s shirts features beloved museums like the Tate Modern, the Louvre, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and more. This valuable collection was made possible by UNIQLO’s continued art initiative, as the company has continued to work with museums around the world to share the wonders of art with as many people as possible.

     

    A Collection Allowing Customers to Enjoy the World’s Best Museums as Part of Their Daily Lives

    This collection brings together some of the world’s most beloved museums, with designs inspired by the exteriors of these well-known homes of art. The Louvre design fully captures the iconic pyramid, while the contemporary MoMA is expressed with simple lines. The name of each museum is also printed on one sleeve for extra style.

     

    UNIQLO’s Art Initiative

    UNIQLO has partnered with some of the world’s leading museums over the years. Through free admission programs, sales of collaborative products and various events, these museums aim to provide opportunities for more people to experience and deepen their understanding of art.

     

    May 2013 – Present / The Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA) 

    March 2016 – Present / Tate Modern (London, England) 

    September 2017 – Present / Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, USA) 

    March 2018 – Present / Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (Barcelona, Spain)

    February 2021 – Present / Louvre Museum (Paris, France)

     

    Don’t miss this unique collection! Which museum would you like represented in your wardrobe?

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