Fendi and Harajuku Omotesando Keyaki-kai Collaborate on #FendiTsunaguOmotesando Art Project
Italian luxury fashion brand Fendi has teamed up with Harajuku Omotesando Keyaki-kai on a new street art project! ‘TSUNAGU – Omotesando Street Art Project’ was unveiled on April 29, 2022.
The project, which aims to improve the city’s scenery and share positive messages, is on display in Omotesando, a popular area with young people. The canvas is the formal site of the Oriental Bazaar, an iconic part of Omotesando for over four decades. Under the theme of ‘hope,’ three young artists will be displaying their artwork in a massive temporary enclosure on the site. Hopefully, Japan really will open tourism soon so that guests from around the world can enjoy these inspiring pieces!
The first piece of art was unveiled on April 29 and was drawn by Dai Tamura, a young Japanese artist who has attracted worldwide attention after becoming an illustrator for the NBA. The dynamic and powerful compositions vividly depict endangered animals and plants alongside delicate flowers to symbolize hope for the futures of these beautiful creatures.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the next installation coming soon!
TSUNAGU – Omotesando Street Art Project
Location: Oriental Bazaar Former Site
Address: 5-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Official Site: http://www.fendi.com
PAC-MAN Celebrates 42nd Birthday with Theme Song, Music Video, and Fortnite Collaboration
PAC-MAN is one of the most important characters in video game history, so celebrating his birthday is a given! Bandai Namco has announced a number of projects to take place in 2022 based on the theme of ‘Be PAC-TIVE!!’
PAC-MAN Official Theme Song, We are PAC-MAN!
The ‘Be PAC-TIVE’ initiative wants to inspire people to eat well and live well, and to place more importance on cultivating a healthy body and mind. PAC-MAN’s circular shape is also symbolic of a circle of friends, harmony, the spirit of cooperation, and the shape of the planet we all inhabit. Who knew that a simple character and game like PAC-MAN could be so deep?
PAC-MAN MUSEUM+ Commemorative T-Shirt
The PAC-MAN MUSEUM+, which includes 14 classic and modern titles from the PAC-MAN universe, will soon be available. New T-Shirts commemorating the release will be available on Amazon starting May 23. The birthday version of the shirt will be released on June 23, and will feature the key visual alongside a festive newly-drawn illustration.
Collaboration with Popular Online Game Fortnite
PAC-MAN will also be teaming up with the globally-popular online game Fortnite starting June 2! Players will be able to purchase items with a PAC-MAN motif.
It’s likely that you haven’t played a PAC-MAN game in a while, so why not pick one up for old times’ sake?
PAC-MAN MUSEUM™+ & ©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
STEAM および STEAM ロゴは、米国およびまたはその他の国の Valve Corporation の商標およびまたは登録商標です。
PAC-MAN Website: https://pacman.com/jp/
Tokyo Revengers and Rascal the Raccoon Collaboration Goods Coming in August
25.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
This August, collaboration merchandise between the popular series Tokyo Revenger and the character Rascal the Raccoon will be available at anime and hobby shops nationwide and Chugaionline. Preorders are open now!
Pin (12 varieties)
Acrylic Stand – Mini Character Ver. (6 varieties)
Acrylic Figure Stand (6 varieties)
Stuffed Animal Phone Strap (6 varieties)
Rubber Heart Keychain (6 varieties)
The new collection includes adorable items featuring newly-drawn illustrations of everyone’s favorite characters spending time together. Fans won’t want to miss grabbing items with their favorite Tokyo Revengers character dressed up as Rascal!
©NIPPON ANIMATION CO.,LTD.
Tokyo Revengers x Rascal the Raccoon
Release Date: August 2022
Where to Buy:
Anime and hobby shops nationwide / Chugaionline
Rhythm Game BlackStar ~Theater Starless~ Gets Collaborative Event at Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Toei Kyoto Studio Park will be holding a special collaboration with the rhythm game BlackStar ~Theater Starless~ for a limited time, from June 4 until July 10, 2022.
The Theater Starless Uzumaki Branch will be open inside the park during the event period. 26 themed cast members will even be greeting guests!
A stamp rally will be taking place along the Keifuku Randen Tram Line and during the event, a special train featuring a newly-drawn illustration of the five main characters and 26 mini-characters will be running through the streets of Kyoto!
Limited tickets will be sold for a number of collaborative events being held in the park, so be sure to grab yours while you can!
BlackStar ~Theater Starless~ in Uzumaki
Running: June 4 – July 10, 2022
Venues: Toei Kyoto Studio Park, Arashiyama Station, etc.
Official Site: https://blackstar-uzumasa.jp/
Official Twitter: @Blackstar_uzms
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.
Limited Edition Sake Released Alongside NFT Art to Share the Value of Japanese Spirits with the World
Two incredible new Junmai Daiginjo bottles, the highest-quality sake, have been released in limited quantities. Hitou ASCENDING and Touka ILLUMINATING were made by sustainable means and incorporate NFT art to share the process of sake creation with the world.
While sake companies keep traditional Japanese production methods alive, some are seeking to solve problems in the sake industry by turning to current technology, like the blockchain and NFTs. In this age of convenience and automation, this particular sake maker is aiming to show the true value and authenticity of Japanese craftsmanship to the rest of the world.
Certain types of sake can only be made and enjoyed at certain times of the year, as they are not suitable for storage at room temperature and can only be consumed for a brief period to get the best taste. Many sake fans around the world might not be aware of this, so the new NFT collaboration aims to educate!
The bottles contain unique ukiyo-e NFT art prints of a dragon and phoenix on the bottle, respectively. Those who purchase a bottle will also find the year of production and bottle number etched onto the glass with lacquer. Be sure to keep the bottle even after the delicious sake is gone!
Rice / Tobe Rice
In Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture, farmers have been cultivating this unique brand of Koshihikari rice without the help of pesticides or fertilizers for over two decades. The rice is called the best in all of Japan, and one-third of its yield is used to make sake.
Water / Pure Groundwater
The Japan Median Tectonic Line, also known as the ‘Dragon’s Vein,’ is a massive fault line that is home to numerous sacred sites, including Suwa Grand Shrine, Toyokawa Inari Shrine, Tenkawa Benzaiten Shrine, Ise Grand Shrine, and the Koyasan Mountain. The groundwater found here is some of the purest found in Japan and flows from the Bungui Pass in Ina, Nagano Prefecture. The pass has been featured in many publications as one of the most famous power spots in Japan.
Brewing / Ono Brewery
While dealing with some of the harshest winter weather in Japan, the brewery has continued to create sake the old-fashioned way–with human hands. For the creation of these two bottles, the brewers took on the challenge of making a very small amount of sake, something they had never done before. Based on the concept of “making the most of the environment,” the rice was prepared in a special room with no air conditioning under the watchful eye of the master brewer.
Bottle Art/ Ukiyo-e Artist, Shun
The art displayed on the bottle is printed in a unique way, allowing it to be put on display separately. The Japanese-style art is perfect for the collaboration and was inspired by one specific hope: that a new path will open to those who work hard after the many difficulties and troubles caused by the pandemic.
Bottle Making / Maruyoshi Kosaka Wood & Urushi Works
The circular label symbolizes the moon (water) and the sun (fire), each representing a world where different values are not only accepted but welcomed. Hand-painted and made with pure platinum and gold leaf by the talented craftsman at Maruyoshi Kosaka Wood & Urushi Works in Shiojiri, Nagano, these advanced painting techniques are sure to impress.
Each Bottle Features the Brewing Year, Number Printed in Lacquer
Marked with a unique serial number, all proceeds from the sales of these special sakes will be used to maintain and promote sustainable agriculture, support sake brewers, and bring traditional Japanese craftsmanship to the world.
Junmai Daiginjo – ‘Hitou ASCENDING,’ ‘Touka ILLUMINATING’
Official Site: https://hitoutouka.com/
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