First Wave of Artists Announced for “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2015 in TOKYO”
31.August.2015 | FES
The first wave of artists for MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2015 in TOKYO have been announced. The festival will take place at Tokyo National Gymnasium for three days from Nov 6 – 8.
The theme for Day 1 is MOSHI ANI, where five anime singers, including May’n, Runa Haruna and yanaginagi, will rock the crowd with everyone’s favourite anime songs.
On the next day, the main stage titled MOSHI POP will be joined by a total of 14 J-pop artists and bands as well as “KAWAII” models, who have been touring around the world with the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON team. Participating acts include Silent Siren, Natsume Mito, Lovely★DOLL, Niji no Conquistador and Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen.
The last day of the event, titled MOSHI COOL, will showcase the Japanese club scene and subcultures with 12 artists including CAPSULE, m-flo (DJ SET), WORLD ORDER, CTS, Charisma.com and Suiyobi no Campanella.
m-flo (DJ SET)
Over the three massive days, visitors can enjoy all kinds of Japanese soul food and B-grade gourmet at JAPAN FOOD FESTIVAL, which will be located just outside the venue. The area will also be joined by Japan’s largest meat celebration, Niku Fes. Aside from all the food booths, there will be a mini stage, matsuri area and more stalls to showcase and promote Japanese fashion and beauty products, making the festival a great place to experience all aspects of Japanese culture in many different ways.
Tickets are now available to purchase on the official website. Non-Japanese can enter the festival for free with a passport.(An advance registration required.)
■MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2015 in TOKYO
Date: Nov. 6th (Fri.) – 8th (Sun,), 2015
6th: Open 4PM (main stage opens at 5PM and starts at 6PM)
7th & 8th 12PM （main stage opens at 12PM and starts 2PM）
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Gynasium (1-17-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
TEMPURA KIDZ・Runa Haruna・May’n・yanaginagi・Yun*chi …and more
Caramel・Cupitron・Silent Siren・sora tob sakana・TEMPURA KIDZ・Shiho Namba・Niji no Conquistador・NEKO PUNCH・Hanae・Natsume Mito・Musubizm・Tsukasa Mogamigawa・Yamaguchi Kassei Gakuen・Lovely★DOLL …and more
Leaders・AMIAYA・m-flo（DJ SET）・CAPSULE・Charisma.com・CTS・Suiyobi no Campanella・TEMPURA KIDZ・vivid undress・Una・RAM RIDER・WORLD ORDER …and more
▼Participating models（listed in Japanese alphabetical order）
Fumiko Aoyagi・Hiko Achinami・AMIAYA・Hitomi Ueno・Misa Kimura・Ren Koseki・Natsuko Kondo・Saki Sato・Saki Shibata・Hikari Shibata・Ayumi Seto・Shiho Takechi・Rina Tanaka・Ema Tanioku・Eri Tanioku・Asaka Taniguchi・Mai Nakaseko・Culumi Nakada・Himezawa・POCHI・MANON・Rinko Murata・Anna Yano・Yuna Yabe・Una・Yura・YuRi…and more
▼JAPAN FOOD FESTIVAL（Free admission）
Niku Fes …and more
▼Admission（All prices include tax）
Advanced one-day ticket (6th) ¥4,320 (7th or 8th) ¥4,860
7th & 8th two-day ticket ¥8,100
Three-day ticket ¥10,800
Non-Japanese can enter the festival for free with a passport and an advance registration
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2015 in TOKYO Official Site
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2015 in TOKYO Official Site (English)
CAPSULE & Other Major Japanese Artists to Perform at ageHa’s 2020 Countdown Party in Tokyo
18.December.2019 | MUSIC
ageHa is set to host one of Japan’s biggest countdown parties again this year, falling on December 31, 2019 once more.
Headlining the ARENA is English DJ and producer Sigala. He released his debut single Easy Love in 2015 which shot to number one on the UK charts. Since then, he has continued to pump out club and festival bangers such as Sweet Lovin and Say You Do. Seven of his nine singles have gone platinum, proving that he is one of the main players in the scene right now.
Another headlining act for the show, this time from Japan, is CAPSULE, the music duo spearheaded by internationally-acclaimed Japanese DJ and record producer Yasutaka Nakata who is the official producer for two of the biggest names in Japanese music: Perfume and Kyari Pamyu Pamyu. CAPSULE plan to put on a special performance for the countdown party.
banvox is also making a return from last year’s ageHa countdown concert, and CYBERJAPAN DANCERS are entering the fray for a special showcase.
In the WATER area of the venue, which is produced by WORLD CLASS and TCPT, France-based bass house duo Loge21, who have piled up t he releases since Confession, will perform in Japan for the very first time. DJ Remo-con will join the line-up as a guest too.
Over at the ISLAND area, the latest in cutting edge hip hop will take to the stage. Several DJs representing Tokyo will join rapper Jin Dogg, who is garnering attention right now, including HOKUTO, KEKKE, CHARI, and FUJI TRILL.
Finally, the BOX area will give rise to trance tunes, with performances from DJ KAYA, NORIO SP, FULLMOON RAVE, agefarre, and more.
But that’s not all, because the famous Robot Restaurantーa major tourist attraction in Shinjukuーis making an unexpected collaboration with ageHa to put on their first ever show outside the restaurant.
A variety of other celebratory things are planned for the countdown party to chime in the new year, including servings of toshikoshi soba, omikuji fortunes, goshuin seals, and more. If you happen to be in Tokyo for the New Year, then don’t miss out on this very special event.
□ EVENT TITLE
ageHa COUNTDOWN to 2020
□ OPEN – CLOSE
AFTER 3: ¥3,000
□ ADVANCE TICKETS
EARLY BIRD: ¥4,500
GOLDEN TICKET: ¥10,000
(Included : Entry Fee, 2nd Floor VIP Seat, Welcome Champagne, Exclusive Entrance, Swallowtail Butterfly Charm)入場料・2F VIP SEAT・ウェルカムシャンパン・専用入口・揚羽御守り付)
□ VIP TABLE
Event Page: http://ageha.com/COUNTDOWN2020/
m-flo & J Balvin’s ‘HUMAN LOST’ Animated Music Video Receives International Praise
Last week, an animated music video was released for the main theme song of the upcoming original anime film Human Lost. The song was written by m-flo and features vocals from Colombian Grammy Award-winning artist J Balvin.
It has since amassed over 200k views on YouTube, and has garnered worldwide attention, with fans praising the triple, no-borders collaboration between m-flo, J Balvin and the animated film.
The music video ranked at No. 2 on the iTunes Store, while the song made it into various Spotify playlists around the world, including New Music Friday in Asia, New Music Friday Latin in Latin America, and Tokyo Super Hits in Japan. The video has also made it onto TV in Columbia, which is the home country of J Balvin and m-flo’s own LISA. Rolling Stone described Balvin as having “made a name for himself by transcending borders, both of the national and musical variety.”
The music video was animated by internationally-acclaimed and award-winning animators Polygon Pictures, Inc and OLM Digital. The character design work for J. Balvin’s animated character was created by Yūsuke Kozaki.
Scenes of m-flo and J.Balvin are woven together with highlight scenes from the anime film Human Lost. The original animated feature film will be released in Japan on November 29, 2019. The film will be screened in the US ahead of the Japanese release on October 22 and 23 with the subtitled version rolling out on October 22 and the dubbed version on October 23. which will hit US theatres on October 22, 2019.
J Balvin is one of the world’s top artists with over 50 million monthly listeners on Spotify and more than 30 million Instagram followers. He has also performed with other global superstars including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. The song was released simultaneously worldwide on October 11.
©2019 HUMAN LOST Project
HUMAN LOST feat. J Balvin (Digital Release)
Digital Release: October 11, 2019
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin -Spanish Version-
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin -Reggaeton Remix by Nao beatz- (October 25, 2019)
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin -Reggaeton Remix by Mitsunori Ikeda- (November 8, 2019)
Streaming Links: https://m-flo.lnk.to/20191011_humanlost_jp
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin / against all gods (CD Release)
Release Date: October 23, 2019
Price: ¥1,320 (Tax Included) [RZCD-86954]
m-flo 9th Album “KYO”
Release Date: November 6, 2019
2 CDs (Album+Mix CD) + DVD – ¥5,550 (Tax Included) [RZCD-86962～3/B]
1 CD (Album) + DVD – ¥4,400 (Tax Included) [RZCD-86964/B]
2 CDs (Album+Mix CD) – ¥3,850 (Tax Included) [RZCD-86965～6]
m-flo Official Website: https://m-flo.com/?ls=ja&cache=false
J Balvin Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jbalvin/?hl=ja
Release Date: November 29, 2019 (Japan)
©2019 HUMAN LOST Project
Official Website: human-lost.jp
m-flo Drops Human Lost feat. J. Balvin Animated Music Video
m-flo has just dropped a brand new music video featuring Grammy Award-winning artist J.Balvin. The music video for m-flo’s dynamic collaboration song HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin will be unveiled to the public on October 11 at 12am. It is expected to follow in the footsteps of its globally inspiring creators to become a worldwide sensation.
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin/m-flo Music Video (Viewable from October 11 at 12am)
The entire music video was animated by world famous award-winning animators Polygon Pictures, Inc and OLM Digital. The outstanding character design work for J. Balvin’s animated character was created by Yūsuke Kozaki.
Scenes of m-flo and J.Balvin have been woven together with highlight scenes from the acclaimed anime film Human Lost, which was released in Japan in July and will be released in Europe and the US in 2020 and features famous voice actor Mamoru Miyano. This video is packed with intense scenes that will make your heart thud.
The song is a collaboration between the hit anime film Human Lost and the no.1 Latin urban music superstar J. Balvin. He is one of the world’s top artists with over 50 million monthly listeners on Spotify and more than 30 million Instagram followers. He has also performed with other global superstars including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Along with the release of the video, the song will also be released worldwide simultaneously and is expected to become a sensation in countries all over the world.
m-flo New Single: HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin / against all gods
Release Date: October 23, 2019
Release on Streaming and Downloading Services:
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin (November 10)
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin -Spanish Version-
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin -Reggaeton Remix by Nao beatz- (October 25)
HUMAN LOST feat. J. Balvin -Reggaeton Remix by Mitsunori Ikeda- (November 8)
Digital Streaming Links (Open from October 11): https://m-flo.lnk.to/20191011_humanlost_jp
m-flo Official Website: https://www.m-flo.com/
Sanrio Puroland’s All-Night Halloween Party to Feature Guest Performances by Scha Dara Parr, m-flo & chelmico
Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo’s theme park home to Hello Kitty and her friends, has teamed up with music company Melody fair to create a very special one-night-only Halloween party called SPOOKY PUMPKIN 2019 〜PURO ALL NIGHT HALLOWEEN PARTY〜 which will take place on October 26.
This marks the 6th year of Puroland’s all-night event which never fails to sell out every ticket every single time. This year, there will be 4 live stages instead of the usual 3 allowing for even more exciting entertainment. There will be alcohol, performances from some big names in Japanese music, appearances from the Sanrio character cast, special openings of select park attractions and restaurants, and more for a truly unique club night experience you won’t find anywhere else.
The park will be decorated in all things Halloween, and guests must dress according to the dress code which is titled “Orange or Pumpkin.”
There is a huge list of artists are lined up with 40 expected to perform. The first batch have been announced already and includes Scha Dara Parr, m-flo, chelmico, Mom, BILLIE IDLE®, xiangyu, 4s4ki, DJ To-i (from DISH//), 掌幻と昴、LEGEND Of Densetsu a.k.a. Cypress Ueno, OTOTOY FRIDAY, Makita Sports、Poseidon Ishikawa, Shaka bose, JUN INAGAWA, Kubotakai, DJ DEVILMINTKIRYU, DJ yksb, and DJ Hello Kitty. The rest are to be announced at a later date.
There will also be a special pre-celebration for Hello Kitty’s birthday which is officially on November 1.
This fun all-night Halloween festival welcomes everybody include those who have never been to a music festival or club before.
Links to where you can buy tickets are listed below. If you buy them from Reco Ticket you’ll get the above-pictured exclusive Hello Kitty ticket.
Enjoy a Halloween party like no other this year at Sanrio Puroland.
©2019 SANRIO CO., LTD.
SPOOKY PUMPKIN 2019 〜PURO ALL NIGHT HALLOWEEN PARTY〜
Date: October 26, 2019
Time: Open 22:00 / Finish 05:00 (subject to change)
Location: Sanrio Puroland (1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo)
Lineup: Scha Dara Parr, m-flo, chelmico, Mom, BILLIE IDLE®, xiangyu, 4s4ki, DJ To-i (from DISH//), 掌幻と昴、LEGEND Of Densetsu a.k.a. Cypress Ueno, OTOTOY FRIDAY, Makita Sports、Poseidon Ishikawa, Shaka bose, JUN INAGAWA, Kubotakai, DJ DEVILMINTKIRYU, DJ yksb, DJ Hello Kitty … & more TBA
Tickets: Advance ¥5,000 (Tax Included) *Available from August 3 at 10am (JST) / Same-Day ¥6,000 (Tax Included)
Reco Tickets: https://reco-ti.jp/l?dn=73001
Lawson Tickets: https://l-tike.com/spooky-pumpkim2019
Ticket Pia: https://w.pia.jp/t/spooky-pumpkin/ (P-Code: 159-441)
Event Page: https://www.puroland.jp/spookypumpkin2019/
Human Lost Anime Film Main Theme to be Performed by m-flo feat. J Balvin
Human Lost is an upcoming animated film adaptation of Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human). It is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.
The film was screened at Anime Expo 2019 in Los Angeles, which is running July 4-7, where music unit m-flo made a surprise appearance to announce that they are in charge of the film’s main theme HUMAN LOST. They also revealed that the song will feature Grammy-nominated international reggaeton singer J Balvin.
The above new teaser for the film was also released featuring the first preview of the song.
The film’s soundtrack will be composed by Yugo Kanno (Psycho-Pass anime & live-action) while the sound director will be Yoshikazu Iwanami (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse).
The m-flo members commented about their tie-up with the film. LISA spoke about the main theme, saying: “When it came to writing the melody for our part of this song, I had quite a few birth pangs, which is rare for me. Even though we were under the usual skies of Guam where we always go to record, I hit a hard wall, to the point that I escaped for a few weeks at ☆Taku’s request [laughs]. I felt a huge energy in his track and inside that power, speed, and a gentleness and effortlessness. Just by listening to his track I felt a spirit inside all of those emotions and tried to convey them through the melody, lyrics, and vocals. The song is like a roller coaster of emotions!”
VERBAL commented on the film itself: “Human Lost has a very dark and moving story based on something that could actually happen to society in the future. It was great momentum when recording the song.”
Taku Takahashi left a comment for fans looking forward to the film: “Anime is form of art that disputes in the real world. I am so grateful to be part of such a film. We’re mixing the sound in a way that it is three-dimensional so it can be enjoyed at the cinema, so be sure you go to see it!”
The film’s story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.
©2019 HUMAN LOST Project
Yasutaka Nakata, DJ KAORI & More to Perform at ASOBINITE!!! Summer Party in Tokyo
Driving the Japanese pop culture scene, ASOBISYSTEM’s annual grand party ASOBINITE!!! is back! The party will be held on Saturday 20th July at Shinkiba ageHA @STUDIO COAST.
Japan’s most iconic producer Yasutaka Nakata will be firing up the party as the resident DJ. He will be accompanied by many sensational guest performers including the DJ queen DJ Kaori; who was the resident DJ for ageHa’s 15th anniversary concert THE BEST PARTY!! Nakata’s main music unit CAPSULE will also be performing on stage for the first time in two years! TJO, TeddyLoid and many more big name DJs will also feature at the event.
Filled with summer vibes, the WATER stage will be hosting the event BIKINI NIGHT. The lineup of famous performers includes MITOMI, TOKOTO, BUNNY, iamSHUM and SHOTA. This party is going to kick off by the spacious poolside and there’s no doubt the night is gonna be a splash!
VIRTUAFREAK will be managing a spin-off stage with an army of famous VTubers who have influenced many creatives! Witness an army of wildly enthusiastic VTubers as they tear down the BOX stage at ageHa! The lineup includes Miori Ehara, Virtual Cat, and even Wani and Komori (Wani no Yaka & Hashiyan Takasaka)!
Limited early bird tickets will be released on Tuesday 28th May during the afternoon. This summer festival of Japanese stars is something you don’t want to miss so check it out as soon as you can!
ASOBINITE!!! SUMMER SPECIAL
Date: Sat 20/07/2019
OPEN 23:00 / CLOSE 05:30
On the door: ¥4,000
International guest discount (valid form of ID required) ¥3,000
20th Pass (20-year-olds only) ¥2,000
EARLY BIRD TIER 1 : ¥2,500
U-25 TICKET / (Under 25s): ¥2,750
GA TICKET / (General Admission) : ¥3,250
GROUP TICKET (5 tickets ): ¥12,500
Ticket release date: From 12:00 pm on 28th May
Shinkiba ageHa @STUDIO COAST
Address: 2-2-10, Shinkiba, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Japanese Music Artists Performing Overseas in 2019: Part 3
With summer fast approaching, concertgoers are gearing up for this year’s music festivals and live shows. We previously covered numerous Japanese bands and artists performing who overseas this year in parts one and two of this feature, but since the previous entry, even more acts have been announced.
Here is a new list of artists embarking outside Japan this summer.
For the first time in their career, rock group Suchmos are set to embark on their first ever Asia Tour this June. They will hit up 6 locations, beginning in Hong Kong before heading to Taipei, Seoul, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing.
▶︎ Suchmos ASIA TOUR 2019
2019/6/2 @ Music Zone @ KITEC, Hong Kong
2019/6/7 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei
2019/6/9/ @ YES24 Live Hall, Seoul (*w/ HYUKOH)
2019/6/12 @ B10 Live, Shenzhen
2019/6/14 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai
2019/6/16 @ Tango Live (Floor 3F), Beijing
Suchmos Official Website: https://www.suchmos.com
→News Update (June 1, 2019)
Following unexpected illness of one of their members, Suchmos have cancelled all remaining dates on their upcoming overseas tour.
Moon Star Studio 1
— [ALEXANDROS] (@alexandroscrew) 2019年4月13日
Rock band [ALEXANDROS] are also heading on tour in Asia throughout June and July. The band are currently on their “Sleepless in Japan Tour” in promotion of their newest album Sleepless in Brooklyn and will take their concerts across Asia for 8 shows, starting with Shanghai on June 21 and wrapping in Seoul on July 21. This also marks their first time performing in Shanghai and Beijing.
▶︎ Sleepless 2019 Asia Tour
2019/6/21 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai
2019/6/23 @ Beijing Omni Space, Beijing
2019/6/28 @ Jakarta (*Venue TBA)
2019/6/30 @ Moon Star Studio 1, Bangkok
2019/7/5 @ Music Zone @ E-Max, Hong Kong
2019/7/7 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei
2019/7/19/ @ Bentley Music Auditorium, Kuala Lumpur
2019/7/21 @ MUV HALL, Seoul
[ALEXANDROS] Official Website: https://alexandros.jp
SAKANAQUARIUM 2019 “834.194”
6月28日 上海＆6月30日 深セン公演
— sakanaction (@sakanaction) 2019年4月30日
Sakanaction have announced that they will play in Shanghai and Shenzhen at the end of June. Upon unveiling the news the band created their own Weibo account, a Chinese social media platform. The rock band will release their new album 834.194 in June, their first album release since sakanaction was released 6 years ago in March 2013. The Asia dates were added to their ongoing Japan tour. This will be their second set of headline concerts outside in Japan since they performed overseas for the first time back in 2013 in Taiwan. The band are known for their use of cutting-edge technology at their shows, so foreign fans can look forward to seeing what they have in store for them next month.
▶︎ SAKANAQUARIUM 2019 “834.194”
2019/6/28 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai
2019/6/30 @ A8 Live, Shenzhen
Sakanaction Official Website: http://sakanaction.jp
Earlier this month, five-piece maid rock band BAND-MAID announced the European leg of their 2019 world tour, one which will begin this June and one whose decided theme is Gekidou, or “tumultuous.” All shows on BAND-MAID’s 2018 world tour sold out completely. The initial European leg of their long-awaited new world tour will take them to 3 countries for 4 performances. They will then head to the US in September.
Related Article: BAND-MAID Announces European Leg Of ‘Tumultuous’ 2019 World Tour
▶︎BAND-MAID WORLD DOMINATION TOUR 2019 【激動】 ~gekidou~
6/22 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
6/23 – Paris, France @ Le Trabendo
6/24 @ Bochum, Germany @ Zeche
6/26 @ Hamburg, Germany @ DAS LOGOS
9/26 @ NYC Gramercy Theater, US
9/28 @ Dallas Cambridge Room, US
9/30 @ LA ECHOPLEX, US
10/1 @ LA ECHOPLEX, US
World Tour Info: https://bandmaid.tokyo/contents/241952
BAND-MAID Official Website: https://bandmaid.tokyo/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, CAPSULE, m-flo & More
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. 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. CAPSULE, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Crazy Boy, HIROOMI TOSAKA and m-flo are set to deliver Japanese entertainment to US lovers of Japanese music and entertainment.
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/
This year, Ai Otsuka celebrates her 15th anniversary since her debut. The singer-songwriter released her greatest hits album Ai am BEST, too in January this year, and she is currently in the midst of her nationwide Japan tour. 5 Asia dates have been added to the tour. Her previous Asia tour took her to just three cities: Taipei, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, but this year she is spreading her wings and will perform in Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai and Taipei.
▶︎ AIO PIANO at ASIA vol.2
2019/7/17 @ Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall, Guangzhou
2019/7/19 @ 特侖蘇音楽庁, Chengdu
2019/7/27 @ BANDAI NAMCO SHANGHAI BASE DREAM HALL, Shanghai
2019/7/28 @ BANDAI NAMCO SHANGHAI BASE DREAM HALL, Shanghai
2019/8/17 @ ATT SHOW BOX 大直, Taipei
Ai Otsuka Official Website: http://avex.jp/ai/
If you love Japanese music and a Japanese band or artist are coming to a city near you this year, then be sure to show your love and support by getting your hands on a ticket to see them live.
Yasutaka Nakata, EXILE MAKIDA & More to Perform at ASOBEACH!!! in Okinawa
The popular long-running outdoor music festival ASOBEACH!!! is heading to Okinawa this summer with two shows at Umisora Park in the capital city Naha on June 1 and 2. The festival is taking place as the finale of Okinawa E-motion which is a collection of events centred around food, music and art that will bring an early summer to locals and tourists in Okinawa.
The line-up includes Japan’s leading music producer and DJ Yasutaka Nakata, his main band CAPSULE, ☆Taku Takahashi (m-flo), EXILE MAKIDAI (PKCZ®), TeddyLoid, Yoshikazu Mera, DJ Ichiro Yatsui and more. Concertgoers can expect to enjoy a multitude of genres while feeling the cool sea breeze of Okinawa. Tickets are now on sale via Japanese ticket vendors.
Other events taking place as part of Okinawa E-motion include Magic Beach & Beach Bar Walk (May 18-19) which combines food with magic, the concert show KPP Camp (May 25) which is being produced by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Bar Walk Naha (May 25) which is bringing together famous Naha restaurants, and more. ASOBEACH!!! will be held at the same time as the popular food festival OKINAWA FOOD FLEA on June 1 and 2 so don’t miss out.
2019/6/1 @ OPEN 14:00 / START 15:00
2019/6/2 @ OPEN 14:00 / START 15:00
Venue: Umisora Park (3-3-1 Tsuji, Naha, Okinawa)
Day 1 Tickets
Advance: ¥3,000 (Tax Included)
Same-Day: ¥3,500 (Tax Included)
*No reserved seating
Day 2 Tickets
Advance: ¥5,000 (Tax Included)
*No reserved seating, no same-day tickets
Tickets via e+: https://eplus.jp/sf/word/0000132270
June 1 – Yasutaka Nakata, ☆Taku Takahashi (m-flo), TeddyLoid, Yoshikazu Mera (TeddyLoid Special Live Guest), and more
June 2 – Yasutaka Nakata, CAPSULE, EXILE MAKIDAI (PKCZ®), DJ Ichiro Yatsui, and more
*Prices are the same for adults and children. Preschoolers are granted free access.
*ID required to purchase alcohol.
Okinawa E-motion Official Website: https://www.okinawa-emotion.com/
Kizuna AI Releases Final Song ‘mirai’ From 9-Week Consecutive Release Schedule
21.December.2018 | MUSIC
Kizuna AI has finally dropped the 9th and final song from her 9-week series of consecutive releases. The song is titled mirai (Prod. ☆Taku Takahashi) and is now available for digital download.
All 8 songs prior to the new track reached No. 1 on the iTunes Store’s electronic charts. mirai is produced by ☆Taku Takahashi, a top DJ spearheading Japan’s music scene who is also active around the world. The song serves as the perfect end to Kizuna AI’s reign of nine releases, so make sure to check it out.
mirai (Prod. ☆Taku Takahashi)
Other Digital Platforms: https://linkco.re/9xr7svfp
Kizuna AI Official Website: http://kizunaai.com/
Kizuna AI Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4YaOt1yT-ZeyB0OmxHgolA
MMN Festival 2018: Report by Scarlet, a Japan-loving Brit
This year was a new challenge for the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL- the first time the event was held over four different locations around the Shibuya and Harajuku area! The stylish La Foret department store, the famous music hotspot Tower Records, the bustling shopping square Shibuya Cast and finally the traditional tranquillity of Onden Shrine. All the best of Japanese pop-culture – held within just a short distance of each other! Here were some of the highlights.
Fashion at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 set the bar high! The Harajuku Kawaii Market area in particular brought together a wide variety of styles in two days of the latest Kawaii trends. Bright, colourful fashion as well as toned down, natural fashion was displayed at booths and on stage by famous models.
Tobidase! Picture Book Show ～Storytime With Natsume Mito～
Bulldog Tanei to Kieta Hoshi (BUNKEIDO Co., LTD.) is a really famous picture book in Japan, loved by children and adults alike for its moving story. It has a very distinct art style and colour scheme – the perfect ingredients for a fashion show! Singer and presenter Natsume Mito produced the show herself – everything from the concept to shopping for the clothes in vintage shops.
When asked on stage why she chose this book in particular she answered – “The drawings are cute so easy to match fashion to. But I also thought it would be nice to use a moving story to make people smile by watching this fashion show”. Everyone who attended could write their wishes on star shaped paper and stick it on the night sky wall outside the event – just like in the picture book.
My Navi Baito Fashion Awards
Gas station workers and barmaids are not necessarily the jobs that come to mind when you think of Kawaii fashion – but the My Navi Baito Challenge Awards are here to change that stereotype! The competition showcased at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL was for fashion students with the challenge of creating cute “baito” outfits – “baito” means part time work in Japanese.
Popular models showed off the outfits on stage. Model Yano Anna commented that her moving van worker outfit was really cute with lots of lace but also very practical with big pockets, and that if the outfit was this cute, she would definitely like to do this part time work! The students, who only had one month to complete the project, were also interviewed on the key points of the outfits and any difficulties they faced. The winner was decided by audience vote over the two days.
A Lecture on Being Photogenic
In recent times social media presence is really important for models, for building their fan base and giving fans a look into their everyday lives. Many came to get tips from top models giving this panel on creating “Instagrammable” photos – which covered every topic from fashion to cosmetics to photos of food.
Rikako Ōya from popular idol group Babyraids Japan explained that she takes some of her photos on a film camera to bring out the bright colours of her clothes. She also likes taking artistic photos, such as where she used the light of Tokyo Tower reflected on her face for a very expressive, serious photo. Ellie likes to capture the beauty of nature and tradition in her outfit photos by posing at lakes and shrines. Ema on the other hand focuses on capturing the charm of cafes around Japan. She does this by framing the table to look stylish and simple but with something surprising, such as a beer or a brightly coloured blue soda. Her key tip was to always use natural light rather than filters.
Yuna’s aim is to show dog owners in Tokyo cute and fun places to go through her Instagram. There were a lot of “awws” from the audience in reaction to her photos of her dog swimming! Yuri’s photos focused more on cosmetics and beauty. One of Yuri’s most popular photos is of her nails in a Jacuzzi, where the bubbles really bring out the colours. Another signature photo she takes is a zoomed in part of her face, such as her eyes and nose, which she then posts on Instagram. It was a fun and educational panel!
One of the four locations was Onden Shrine – tucked away behind the streets between Harajuku and Shibuya. The Bon Odori was a stunning masterpiece that was not to be missed.
A procession of beautiful colours, striking makeup and the highest shoes I’ve ever seen! The wave of contrasting kimono down the path to the shrine to graceful traditional music, was combined with fast pop beats to give the show a modern twist.
Even DJ character Shimockey was happily dancing along to the music and getting everyone involved! When the performance was over the audience could even learn a special Bon Odori taught by the performers, a mash up between traditional flowing dance moves and energetic j-pop.
Fortune Telling is a tradition in Japan that dates back to the Edo period, and recently has become trendy and modern. For example, fortune teller celebrity Chamereon Takeda has over 50,000 followers on her official LINE account, and fortunes regularly appears on television and in magazines. I have always been fascinated to try tarot cards so I had my fortune told by Yuushi Kusunagi, who is also a voice actor and MC! While tarot cards are a very traditional method, he also used computer software to input my answers for part of the fortune telling. It was a really interesting experience!
YUMENOYA Kimono Salon
In a traditional x kawaii mashup, YUMENOYA Kimono Salon had a booth at SHIBUYA CAST, a market area with food, robots and even a foot spa! The kimonos are all distinctly very beautiful in kawaii colours – this is because the kimono most suited to Harajuku fashion are handpicked from rooting through hundreds at markets. You can even see some are adjusted with added colours and lace. If you think the background looks familiar, the colourful shoji (sliding paper) door is actually designed by Sebastian Masuda, the genius behind the designs of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s music videos! If you’re interested in trying this out, YUMENOYA has a permanent store on the 1st floor of MOSHI MOSHI BOX in Harajuku!
Tower Records Stage – CY8ER
The hugely famous music location for locals and tourists alike, Tower Records hosted three stages and many different acts across the weekend. I decided to check out the performance of idol group CY8ER, who have gained huge traction abroad for their bass heavy tunes and energetic performances. Many members were also already influential figures in the idol world before joining the group, and member Rinahamu is actually also the producer! Their musical genre is commonly described as Future Bass, a subgenre of EDM. It was definitely a performance to dance and chant along to, and I had a lot of fun alongside the other fans.
Harajuku Kawaii Market Stage – AmaDan and MAGiC BOYS
The Harajuku Kawaii Market stage hosted two very cool boy groups over the weekend. Sugary sweet Amato Danshi are themed completely around sweets, with some of their famous tunes being “Choux Cream” and “Chocolate”. During the bridge in one of their songs, they even gave out sweets to everyone in the audience before rushing back on stage! You could even buy sweets they recommend at a booth in SHIBUYA CAST.
MAGiC BOYS are possibly the youngest hip hop rapping group I have ever seen, the youngest member being only 13 years old and a DJ! “Ore no Kami ha Kuro” is a song that revolves around the stereotype that dying your hair in Japan gives you a rebellious image, but they think the hair you were born with is more cool. Their performance was not only energetic but also theatrical, they really put on a show!
After all of that, how will MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL top it next year? We will have to wait and see! Thanks for reading!
MMN Festival 2018: Review of Airbnb Tours Held by Popular Japanese Models
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA was held across the weekend of March 24 and 25 and promoted Japanese culture to the world from Shibuya. The event ended with huge success.
One of the popular aspects of the event were the original tours held in collaboration with Airbnb. Three models who performed on stage at the festival’s Harajuku Kawaii Market, presented by Mynavi Baito, became guides and took attendees on their own original tours.
Let’s review each of the tours so you can get a feel for walking the streets of Harajuku and participating in workshops with the models!
Guide: Yuri Suganuma – Getting Involved in a Workshop with Yuri Suganuma
Yuri ‘Yurippa’ Suganuma worked as a guide at the Swag Workshop. She learned how to make a ‘swag’ from Asami Char Tanabe, a popular type of wall decoration similar to a wreath.
What colours shall we go with?” “Aah, that’s cute!” Yurippa and those who got involved in the workshop were back and forth with each other having fun.
At the end of the workshop, everyone held their swag for a photo. It was a special workshop for those involved, who also posted their photos on social media.
Guide: Saki Shibata – Shibatabi
Saki ‘Shibasaki’ Shibata held a tour on both days of the festival called ‘Shibatabi,’ a play on her nickname where ‘tabi’ means a ‘trip’ or to travel.
On the 24th, Shibasaki took part in the CHACO workshop, something she had always been interested in. Everyone made matching piercings and earrings together before eating some lunch later on.
Originally, the group were scheduled to go to Cat Street for some shopping, but the weather was too good, and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. So, they had a change of plan and instead made a trip to Yoyogi Park. They spent hanami strolling through the park.
To wrap up, they walked back to their starting point of SHIBUYA CAST, ending the first day of Shibatabi.
On the 25th, Shibatabi began with dressing up in kimono! Each person in the group had their kimono fitted in succession, and when everyone had theirs on they departed for Onden Shrine. There, they admired the booths such as the target practice game and glimpsed the performances on stage. To commemorate the day, they received a goushuin, before heading to their next destination SHANTi. This is Shibasaki’s favourite curry soup restaurant. Everyone enjoyed eating curry together before heading back to SHIBUYA CAST and scattering
Shibatabi was like hanging out as friends with Shibasaki. She plans to hold it again every now and then, so be sure to keep up to date with her social media or check the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON website and our social media too.
Guide: Ayumi Seto – Aymmy in the batty girls Tour
Model and designer Ayumi Seto gave a tour of ‘Aymmy in the batty girls.’ The first half of the tour centered around a workshop. Everyone created their own original mugs using Aymmy designs.
The tickets for this tour were like golden tickets as there were only 5 available. Those lucky few who obtained one were a little nervous in front of Ayumi.
Following the workshop was a trip to the Aymmy in the batty girls store, where everyone was given tips and trucks for co-ords and styling with this year’s spring and summer items.
If you were one of the people who was able to spend a wonderful day on one of these exclusive tours: how did you find it?
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON will be teaming up with Airbnb again to hold future tours the way we know how. If you want the chance to get involved with one, then be sure to stay up to date via our website and social media.
MMN Festival 2018: Experience-Based Booths Packed with Japanese Charm
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA was held across the weekend of March 24 and 25 and promoted Japanese culture to the world from Shibuya. The event ended with huge success.
One of the many things attendees enjoyed were the ‘experienced-based booths.’ From traditional Japan to the country’s culture of kawaii, let’s take a look at the line-up of booths that were packed with Japanese charm.
Harajuku Kawaii Market presented by Mynavi baito: Kawaii Culture at Laforet Museum
Japan’s culture of kawaii gathered together at Laforet Museum for MMN Festival 2018. Many of the booths were popular including the accessory booths, DIY booths, and photo spots where people could go for a simple image change by putting on a wig.
Mynavi Baito held a questionnaire for attendees regarding part time jobs. They asked questions like “Do you think your part-time work outfit is cute?” and other kinds of questions you’d only hear at MMN Festival. Those who answered were gifted an original memo pad. Mynavi also presented their Challenge Award onstage in relation to the questionnaire where fashion students were made to develop their own cute part-time work outfits. The students who made the outfits as well as the popular models put on an exciting performance.
DIY: Herbarium & Swag
Asami “Char” Tnabe was invited to host a workshop on how to make “herbariums” with colourful dried flowers and a bottle, and “swags” which are wall decorations made from plants and flowers. It cost just ¥1,500.
DIY: CHACO Hydrangea Accessories
Popular flower accessory shop CHACO held their own workshop. For ¥1,000 people made their own earrings and piercings from hydrangeas, perfect for spring and summer.
DIY: Mug Workshop
Apparel brand “Aymmy in the batty girls” led a ¥1,500 workshop where people got involved in making a kawaii mug with the brand logo and designs with spring and summer items. Aymmy designer Ayumi Seto also joined in the workshop where she showed how to make a cute mug while talking with fans.
Six fortune-tellers active in the media took shifts in fours. Just ¥500 got people an expert 10-minute reading. Lots of people turned up to this booth.
Big Harajuku Debut
Popular hair dye brand FRESHLIGHT hosted their popular campaign for people to make their big Harajuku debut (#原宿デビュー大作戦). They changed up their image with colourful wigs and took photos in the kawaii pink photo booth. Prizes will be sent at a later date to those who joined in the hashtag campaign by posting on social media. The models who performed on stage also stopped by this booth where they were posting plenty of ‘kawaii’ online.
This game challenged people to throw darts onto a map of Japan. Local specialties unique to specific regions were given out depending on which parts of Japan were hit, such as kakeru miso from Nagano and cabbage cider from Gunma.
To win, people had to shoot a ball into a kawaii goal that looked just like a floral headband. Kawaii products from around Japan like accessories and cosmetics were given out depending on how many goals were scored.
OH！江戸ポップ -oh,EDO POP!!-(DODYCO)
People handmade marshmallow fondants, a photogenic dessert that originates from the US. They decorated it with flowers they cut themselves and other bits and bobs to make a castle and street, giving the Edo Period a taste of contemporary Harajuku. Timeless pop Edo desserts were brought to life at the festival.
Clarence Lee Design ～111-HAWAII PROJECT～
Japan’s first collaborative project between a Hawaiian design company that combines Japanese ukiyo-e with Hawaiian motifs and a Japanese enterprise. Thanks to the success of crowdfunding, this project will bring about an array of apparel items fusing Japan and Hawaii, such as aloha shirts with traditional ukiyo-e prints.
Hawaiian jewellery brand Aquabelle prepared a photobooth inspired by Hawaii’s sandy beaches where people could feel like they were in Hawaii from Harajuku, with white sand and hibiscus in the frame!
Hikari TV Dream
At the promotional booth for crowdfunding service Hikari TV Dream, people enjoyed making their own wooden keyholder with the same wood used in the creation of Okawa Kumiko, a brand of furniture from Okawa in Fukuoka that has been designated as ‘an art form to leave behind for the future.’ Hikari TV’s main character Hikari Kaesaru also made an appearance to excite everyone.
NOTO HI BAKARA
Those who rolled up to this booth enjoyed a game of jenga made up of hinoki building blocks. Hinoki building blocks don’t generate bacteria even if a child licks them. The wood acts as an antibacterial and pesticide. The prize included NOTO HI BAKARA ‘essential water’ made with hinoki extract.
Cute Tanuki Don’t Have It Easy Either
Ponkichi is the tanuki who came down from the mountain and just wants to kill, kill, kill humans from the manga series Kawaii Tanuki mo Raku Janai (Hakusensha). The popular foul-mouthed tanuki had his own photo spots where people took photos while hearing abuse from Ponkichi. They also made their own bad-mouth pin badges for free from 12 varieties.
Yuzawaya held a workshop to make popular herbarium piercings as well as resin piercings and earrings. The herbariums combined flowers and oil. Each class lasted 30 minutes and was a hit with people every time. Many people enjoyed making this original accessory.
Tokyo Flea Market
A flea market was held which sold personal items of the stage performers including Natsume Mito, Ayumi Seto, Rinko Murata, Yuru Suganuma, and more. The line-up included items the performers had worn in magazines and on their social media.
Don Quijote Perfume Cosmetics
The Don Quijote booth sold around 30 different brands of perfume. The staff working there were scent experts and offered advice on recommended perfumes like it was a perfume bar. Normally when you buy their perfume you have to pay a fee to get your name inscribed on the bottle, but they offered the service for free at the festival. “D Ting Eau de Toilette” by Akemi Darenogare also made its first Japan appearance.
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Market: Experiencing Japan’s Unique Culture for Free
Various aspects of Japanese culture were presented at SHIBUYA CAST. From food to art, sightseeing and moe, everything was enjoyed by Japanese people and foreigners alike.
Delivering Satoyama Spring #tamura
A promoter of local specialities from and sightseeing in Tamura in Fukushima Prefecture. They sell Youchuu Gumi, (¥400) or larva gummies, named after the popular sightseeing spot Kabutomushi Shizen Kansatsu-en. They are shaped like the real thing – the body is Calpis flavoured while the centre is filled with purple blueberry sauce, creating a strange taste. They also sold strawberries, a noted product from Tamura.
Don Quijote – Souvenir Candy
Don Quijote is a super souvenir shop, and at the festival they stocked lots and lots of confections that screamed ‘Tokyo,’ including some of the most popular snacks and common snacks, chocolates, as well as the Tokyo strawberry chocolate daifuku, a defining souvenir of the city.
This booth managed by Keihan Sangyo handled Katsukonmi, a flavourful powdered dashi made bountifully with carefully selected ingredients such as katsuo tuna, mackerel and konbu. People were able to taste test dash stocks that used Katsukonmi. They also have a future line-up planned of new products with plenty of dietary fibres perfect for dieting.
Kyo Baum has stores in Gion, Shimizu and elsewhere and specialises in Uji matcha and soy milk flavoured Baumkuchen. Lotteries were held 3 times each day to win tickets for Kyo Baum, which are the perfect eating-and-walking snack, original masu boxes, and more. There was a huge line for the lottery before it began. The matcha and sugar fondant offers a crunchy texture at room temperature, and a completely different delicious experience when melted.
MOSHI MOSHI Kimono Salon
People had the opportunity to try on kimono with a Harajuku-style spin – lots of colours, eye-catching designs, studs and more. It was free to put on yourself and take a selfie, or ¥1,000 for the staff to help you put it on and take a picture. It cost ¥4,000 to rent the kimono for as long as the booth was open. There were lots of girls enjoying the MMN Festival experience by strolling around Onden Shrine dressed in kimono!
Official Harajuku sightseeing tours were held for foreign travellers by Airbnb. “Hidden Fashion Street Tour” enabled people to enjoy Harajuku fashion, “History Tour” detailed the history of Harajuku, “KAWAII×Food Tour” combined kawaii culture with cuisine, and the “Official Tour” took people around the various MMN Festival areas. The tours were mostly aimed at foreign travellers, but lots of fans turned up at the same time as the tours to see Saki Shibata and the other models working as tour guides.
Creator MIOCHIN held a live painting session called Mio’s World where she illustrated from her colourful pop perspective. This was her first ever live painting. She completed the piece across two days using permanent markers and POSCA markers while interacting with fans.
Maebashi “Kusatsu” Support Booth
A booth promoting the city of Maebashi in Gunma Prefecture, people had the opportunity to enjoy a footbath experience in the image of Kusatsu Onsen – a famous Japanese hot spring resort in Kusatsu – right in the middle of Shibuya. People lined up one by one to rest their tired feet. It became the resting place of the festival. There was also an introduction to professional football club Thespakusatsu Gunma supported by Maebashi city, as well as fliers handed out for Susono.
SHIBUYA FASHION FESTIVAL
SHIBUYA FASHION FESTIVAL.13 was held on March 24th. A lottery was held to win special benefits that could be used at participating stores.
Amato Danshi, the six-member idol unit centred around sweets, worked at their very own café. One of their recommended chocolates was the DEL’IMMO Bon Bons which came with a kabedon (¥1,800). The kabedon is a popular way of expressing love in Japanese media, such as anime, where one person hits (don) the wall (kabe) with one hand and pins someone against it. After receiving a kabedon from the group’s members, customers were fed chocolate. What a heart-throbbing menu!
The number one maid café group Maidreamin set up shop at the festival. For the special “SAKURA Float” (¥1,100 w/ omajinai), the main maids gave cute instructions to power up the item. It was quintessentially ‘moe’ and ‘kawaii’ made with cherry blossom syrup and cherry blossom ice cream. Customers also dressed up in maid outfits and original merchandise was sold. It was a sight to behold seeing customers experiencing maid culture for the first time and really getting into the fun of it, from girls to entire families.
MUSIO, Your Curious New Friend
Musio is your robot friend who came from the future. Equipped with state-of-the-art AI, Musio is able to do things like have natural conversations and express emotions. Everyone chatted with him and had their fortunes told.
The festival took place in 5 areas, and because there was plenty to be enjoyed for free, we saw many people having fun stopping by each location throughout the day.
5 areas, 5 themes. That was MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA. This year was a huge change from last year. How did you find it? Did you have fun?
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