American Jazz Label Blue Note Records & Uniqlo Announce UT T-Shirt Collection
Universal Music Group’s jazz label Blue Note Records is teaming up with UNIQLO to release five T-shirts featuring famous album art. The covers were selected by the Grammy Award-winning president of Blue Note Records Don Was.
The new items went on sale at Uniqlo stores and online on March 21, 2022.
Comment from Blue Note Records President Don Was
“We’re delighted to work with Uniqlo to develop this new UT collection that will allow customers to immerse themselves in the designs of Reid Miles*. We can thank him for the enduring aesthetic of Blue Note constructed during the 50s and 60s. The album covers he created are works of art in themselves.”
*Reid Miles: Graphic designer and photographer known for his work on many iconic Blue Note album covers.
The Blue Note and UNIQLO collaboration began in 2011, and this fourth collaboration is also the second installment of the popular UT graphic T-shirt collection which was first released last year. The UT designers selected the shirt designs from the 30 iconic Blue Note album jackets chosen by Don Was.
The five designs are inspired by Lee Morgan’s Cornbread and The Rumproller, Freddie Hubbard’s Hub-Tones, Andrew Hill’s Judgment!, and Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch.
To celebrate this collaboration, Blue Note has released “BLUE NOTE MEETS UT,” an official playlist curated by Don Was. Be sure to give it a listen!
BlueNote Records ＆ Uniqlo ‘UT’
Sanrio Characters Inspire Limited Edition Sweets at Ministop Convenience Stores
23.May.2022 | FOOD
Japanese convenience store chain Ministop has just released some original sweets inspired by Sanrio’s most popular characters! The sweets are served up in adorable glasses and are only available while supplies last.
Sanrio Characters Black Tea Brownie
Design: Kerokerokeroppi, Hello Kitty, Tuxedo Sam, Marroncream
Sanrio Characters Chocolate Brownie
The pastel-colored glasses have a retro feel and can be reused as drinking glasses or containers for homemade sweets. Sustainable and adorable, come grab these brownies while you can!
Ⓒ 2022 SANRIO CO.,LTD
Ministop x Sanrio Characters
Black Tea Brownie / Sanrio Characters Chocolate Brownie
Price: ¥465 (Tax Included)
Available: May 19 – June 2, 2022
Gelato Pique Announces Collaboration with Twin Pandas Xiao Xiao and Lei Lei
22.May.2022 | FASHION
The Japanese loungewear brand gelato pique has launched a new series inspired by the twin pandas Xiao Xiao and Lei Lei living at Ueno Zoo! The adorable new items went on sale on May 12, 2022.
The Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan. Located in Taito-ku, it was first opened in March 1882.
To commemorate Xiao Xiao and Lei Lei’s first birthday, gelato pique has created an incredible collection of loungewear and sundries. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Giant Panda Conservation Support Fund to support education regarding pandas and conservation activities at the zoo.
Xiao Xiao & Lei Lei Collaboration
Panda Multi-use Cover
gelato pique Original Panda Series
Panda Hoodie & Shorts Set
Panda Print T-Shirt / Shorts / Dress
Small Panda Reuseable Bag
3-piece Panda Set
gelato pique Sleep
3-piece Panda Print Bed Set (Single) / Pillow Case with Panda Ears / Panda Nightcap / Panda Rug
The Panda Series celebrates both the cute twin pandas at Ueno Zoo and all other pandas around the world. Still an endangered species, gelato pique wants to help these big animals however they can. The new collection’s theme is “happy time at home.”
Panda lovers shouldn’t miss grabbing something cozy from this new collection!
gelato pique Panda Series
Release Date: May 12, 2022
Where to Buy:
gelato pique Official Online Store: https://gelatopique.com/
USAGI ONLINE: https://usagi-online.com/floor/gelatopique/?link=HD
Official Site: https://gelatopique.com/
gelato pique Sleep goods are available at the following locations:
Touhou Project and One Night Werewolf Collaboration Items Now Available
22.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
ARMA BIANCA, an online store specializing in original goods, is now taking orders for limited-time collaboration items between Touhou Project and One Night Werewolf!
One Night Werewolf Collaboration – Pixel Art Ver.
Preorder Purchase Bonus
Preorder Purchase Bonus
Preorder Purchase Bonus
One Night Werewolf is a card game where players take on the role of a Villager, a Werewolf, or a number of special characters with unique abilities. The goal is to figure out who the Werewolves are and to kill at least one in order to win!
The Touhou characters featured in the collaboration include Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Cirno, Youmu Konpaku, Sakuya Izayoi, Satori Komeiji, Koishi Komeiji, Remilia Scarlet, Flandre Scarlet, and Kagerou Imaizumi.
Touhou Project x One Night Werewolf
Where to Order: ARMA BIANCA
Preorders open until June 20, 2022
A BATHING APE Releases Dragon Ball Z Majin Buu Collection
Japan’s top streetwear brand A BATHING APE is releasing a new collection inspired by Dragon Ball Z! The two first collaborated in 2016 starting with imagery inspired by Son Goku’s childhood. In June 2020, the company released a collection themed around the Cell arc.
The newest collection was inspired by the final arc of the series, the Buu Saga, expressed in the style of BABY MILO.
The main characters from the series–Goku, Vegeta, Majin Buu, and Piccolo–are all depicted in BABY MILO style. In addition, characters such as Mr. Satan and Uub appear, perfect for more hardcore fans wanting to see lesser-known characters represented.
The lineup includes a coach jacket and hoodie featuring newly-drawn illustrations inspired by the final episode. Don’t miss this special collaboration!
A BATHING APE x Dragon Ball Z
Release Date: May 21, 2022
Where to Buy: A BATHING APE Authorized Retailers, BAPE.COM Web Store
Preorders start May 21, 2022 (Preorders will end when the item is sold out.)
Item to ship in early July
*Regular items and preorder items cannot be purchased in one order.
Official Site: https://bape.com/pages/dragon-ball-z
Ariake Garden at Izumitenku Bathhouse in Tokyo Collaborates with Love Live! for the Third Time
Ariake Garden at the Izumitenku public bath facility in Tokyo will be teaming up with Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club for the third time! The new collaboration will begin on June 6, 2022, and will include towels decorated with brand-new illustrations of the girls in yukata. Special drinks will also be for sale.
Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Towel
Izumitenku Bathhouse Original Bath Salts (Set of 2, Yukata version) / Includes random sticker (Yukata version)
Original Drawstring Bag
Why not come enjoy the world of Love Live while relaxing in a natural hot spring?
Ariake Garden x Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Tokimeki Ariake Tour! Part 3
Reservations begin on May 21 at 21:30
HARAJUKU App Launches Collaboration with Love Live! Super Star!! at Famous Takeshita-dori
19.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
From May 20 until June 5, 2022, AppBank is bringing fans of Love Live! Superstar!! a special treat in collaboration with the HARAJUKU app! By launching the app at a check-in spot in Harajuku, users can win a limited-edition Love Live! toy at random, such as acrylic keychains or pins.
App Splash Page
Random Toy Screen
For those winning a toy, the item can be picked up in front of the CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU Love Live! Superstar!! Wall Panel or at YURINAN Harajuku Takeshita-dori Yu-rin An. In celebration of the event, CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU will be featuring Love Live wall panels during this period, so be sure to go get some great pictures!
HARAJUKU x Love Live! Superstar!!
Running: May 20, 11:00 – June 5, 19:00
Official Site: http://www.appbank.co.jp/
XLARGE Releases Dragon Ball Collaboration Collection Featuring Popular Characters
Fashion brand XLARGE has announced a new collaboration to commemorate the upcoming release of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero in theaters. The film will see the return of the Red Ribbon Army, which Gohan, Piccolo, and other popular characters will have to defeat. Check out the collection below–is your favorite fighter in the lineup?
XLARGE×DRAGON BALL GOHAN S/S TEE
XLARGE×DRAGON BALL PICCOLO S/S TEE
XLARGE×DRAGON BALL CAPSULE CORP JUMPSUIT
XLARGE×DRAGON BALL ANDROID18 S/S TEE
XLARGE×DRAGON BALL BULMA S/S TEE
XLARGE×DRAGON BALL TRUNKS S/S TEE
The collection includes T-shirts featuring Gohan, Piccolo, Bulma, Android 18, and Trunks. Items will be available online and in select stores nationwide!
XLARGE x Dragon Ball
Lottery: May 18, 12:00 – May 19, 11:59
*Winners to be Announced on May 20, 12:00
Available May 21, 12:00~
XLARGE locations nationwide, XLARGE/X-girl locations (excluding outlets)
*The XLARGE x DRAGON BALL Capsule Corp Jumpsuit will only be available at the calif online store and ZOZOTOWN.
Niponbashi Takashimaya’s Le Cafe de Joel Robuchon Collaborates with Gaspard and Lisa on Limited Time Menu
Le Cafe de Joel Robuchon, located inside Niponbashi Takashimaya, is now offering a special menu in collaboration with the French children’s book characters Gaspard and Lisa! These items will be available until May 31, 2022.
Gaspard and Lisa Plate
Strawberry Galette with Gaspard and Lisa (Served with coffee or tea)
Visitors can enjoy a Gaspard and Lisa plate complete with two adorable mini-burgers served with fries and strawberry panna cotta. Those wanting a dessert can grab a buckwheat flour galette covered in strawberries!
The location will be decorated with Paris-themed illustrations from the Gaspard and Lisa picture books during the collaboration, and customers will receive an original pouch and limited edition coaster as order bonuses. Be sure not to miss this little slice of France in Tokyo!
©2022 Anne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben / Hachette Livre
BTS, New Era, and MLB Collaboration Items Available at BAYFLOW
17.May.2022 | FASHION
Lifestyle brand BAYFLOW has launched a triple collaboration collection! Stores nationwide are now selling items created by the popular South Korean idol group BTS, headwear and fashion brand New Era, and the MLB, the world’s premier professional baseball league.
The designs in this collection incorporate the coloring and artwork found on the covers of the BTS singles Black Swan, Dynamite, and Butter, with the MLB logo. Fans can grab baseball caps, bucket hats, and t-shirts inspired by each song.
BAYFLOW began selling these new items in stores nationwide starting May 13, 2022. In addition, two New Era pop-up shops are open for a limited time at BAYFLOW Kichijoji and AEON Mall Kawaguchi!
BTS x New Era x MLB
Release Date: May 13, 2022
Where to Buy: BAYFLOW stores nationwide
List of Stores: https://www.dot-st.com/m/bayflow/CSfMbStoreListPage.jsp
*Not available at the web store, ZOZOTOWN, or Rakuten.
New Era Pop-up Store
Locations: BAYFLOW Kichijoji, AEON Mall Kawaguchi
At BAYFLOW Kichijoji until May 31
At AEON Mall Kawaguchi until June 6
Official Site: https://www.bayflow.jp/
Graniph Releases Items Inspired by Upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film
Japanese apparel brand Graniph has revealed two collaborative t-shirts inspired by the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero film! The items are available at the Graniph online store and in select Graniph locations in Japan.
The Dragon Ball Super film series has been a huge hit worldwide. The first film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, was released in 2018. The upcoming film features a completely new story, in which the Red Ribbon Army is reformed and threatening the world yet again. Can our favorite fighters stop the bad guys before they unveil the ultimate evil weapon? Be sure to check out the film when it releases in June, and grab one of these t-shirts to wear to the theater!
Graniph x Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
Release Date: April 22, 2022
Where to Buy:
Graniph Online Store: https://www.graniph.com
Select Graniff Stores (Excluding some locations for kids)
30th Anniversary Crayon Shin-chan Cakes Available from Cake.jp
Mail order cake shop Cake.jp has unveiled three original cakes celebrating the 30th anniversary of Crayon Shin-chan! The sweets are available to order now.
Crayon Shin-chan Action Kamen Cake
Crayon Shin-chan Shin-chan Family Cake
Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden Cake
Crayon Shin-chan is a slapstick comedy series detailing the hilarious daily life of five-year-old Shinnosuke Nohara and his family.
The original manga series began serialization in 1990 and an anime series began airing in April 1992. 2022 marks the 30th consecutive year of the anime series.
The original manga series has sold over 134 million copies worldwide, and the anime has been dubbed in 30 languages and aired in 45 countries. Shinnosuke has now become a popular character around the world and one that represents Japan.
Cake.jp is offering three brightly colored cakes, each depicting different aspects of the Crayon Shin-chan anime series and the most recent film. The cakes are packed with strawberries and are perfect for both adults and children to enjoy!
Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden debuted in theaters on April 22, 2022.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Shelter Nanyo Hall in Yamagata for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project
Last month, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed on the Gobi Stage at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States. The singer has now returned to Japan for the second half of her ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ seeing the singer performing 30 shows across Japan. The tour will conclude with a solo performance at Budokan in October.
In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities and has been attracting major attention. Kyary’s newest collaboration in Yamagata has been announced ahead of her concert there on May 13!
The singer will be collaborating with Shelter Nanyo Hall in Nanyo, Yamagata, a small town of only around 30,000 people. The hall is the world’s largest wooden concert hall, made entirely from laminated local cedar. It uses the most advanced fire-resistant technology for wood in Japan and was certified as the world’s largest by Guinness World Records in December 2015. The multi-functional hall can seat over 1,400 people, and the property also features a Japanese-style tea room, meeting rooms, an open tree-growing space, and more.
“I want the local population to be incredibly proud of this magnificent wooden structure,” said Norihito Shimanuki, the hall’s director. “Through this concert hall, we’d like to promote Nanyo and Yamagata Prefecture both domestically and internationally.”
The collaboration logo for the newest partnership was inspired by the ‘KPP NANDA COLLECTION LIVE in HAWAII’ visual. The one-night-only concert was held in July 2014. Since the main focus of this team-up is ‘wood,’ the visual’s palm tree has been transformed into a cedar tree!
A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only starting May 12. Support Japanese businesses and pick one up while you can!
Shelter Nanyo Hall Yamagata (Nanyo City Cultural Hall) x Local Power Japan Project
Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Available: May 12 – May 25, 23:59
Where to Buy:
LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Online Shop
Shelter Nanyo Hall (Nanyo City Cultural Hall): https://nanyoshi-bunkakaikan.jp
Tour Details: https://kpp10.jp/japantour2022/
Official Site: https://localpowerjapan.com
*Please allow two weeks to one month after order for product to ship. All items are made-to-order.
*A portion of shirt sales will be donated to local development and social programs.