Perfume to perform for the very first time at Yasutaka Nakata’s music festival “OTONOKO”!
The OTONOKO music festival brought together an unprecedented number of attendees last year, and the event is set to return later this year. The third round of artists to perform has finally been announced – you can expect to see Perfume, 80KIDZ, and TeddyLoid performing at OTONOKO this December.
Last year’s OTONOKO was a huge success and will return on December 2nd this year at Ishikawa Sangyo Tenji in Hall 4.
The festival is produced by none other than Yasutaka Nakata, Japan’s leading musician, producer and DJ who receives huge support from artists all over the globe, and who is known as the producer for some of the Japan’s biggest acts including Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Nakata has created music for international ceremonies, public showcases, countless movies both in Japan and overseas including Hollywood blockbusters and more.
3 new artists have been added to the line-up for this year’s OTONOKO. Perfume, one of Japan’s biggest and most successful J-pop groups, will appear at the event for the first time. The group’s music has been produced by Nakata for 14 years now since the release of their single “Sweet Donuts” back in 2003. This will be their first ever performance alongside Nakata at an event.
80KIDZ and TeddyLoid will also be making a return to OTONOKO, having performed at last year’s festival.
All three of these acts are in close relations to Nakata, and you can expect to see them all there on the day. Further information regarding the event will be released at a later date, so be sure to keep up to date over on the official site!
Hyatt Centric Kanazawa Reveals Halloween Inspired Menu for October
All-day restaurant FIVE – Grill & Lounge, located within the Hyatt Centric Kanazawa hotel, will begin serving up a selection of Halloween-inspired treats beginning October 1, including cake sets, parfaits, muffins, and various lunch and dinner items.
Guests will also be able to enjoy some mischievous cocktails and mocktails inspired by witches and ghosts!
Halloween Cake Set
Black Sesame Pudding
Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich
Monster Cream Puff
Halloween Parfait Set
Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course
Halloween Muffin Box
I sWitch (Mocktail)
The Halloween Cake Set is filled with ghoulish treats, each one displaying incredible attention to detail. In the Halloween Parfait Set, guests can enjoy a tower of different sweets, including black currant and chocolate. Themed with creepy eyeball decorations throughout, it offers a variety of overlapping textures and tastes guests will want to savor until the last bite.
When thinking of Halloween, the colors orange and purple instantly come to mind. For the Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course, the menu’s creators went with a more dark theme, envisioning a ghost appearing at any moment. The entire restaurant will be decorated in black and gray, creating a truly haunting dining experience.
Don’t miss out on the Halloween Muffin Box, a set of mini-muffins made with fresh autumn ingredients, and offering a much cuter feel. Quantities are limited!
The gin-based Spooky Night cocktail is refreshing, with a bold blue color and red-rim on the glass, sure to turn your mouth bright crimson. Hallo-Wine Sangria, house-made with autumn fruits, has a unique design, with a skeleton rising from the glass! For those wanting a mocktail, the I sWitch asks guests to pour the accompanying red syrup over the cotton candy, changing both the appearance and flavor of the drink as if by witchcraft!
Which of these treats would you be after?
FIVE – Grill & Lounge Halloween
Release Date: October 1, 2021
#MissDior Art Event Held to Comemorate New Fragrance In Omotesando, Tokyo
Miss Dior, the fragrance and maison first started in 1947, is being reborn thanks to Dior perfume creator Francois Demachy.
A new MISS DIOR art event will be held to commemorate the new fragrance, inheriting the art and passion for women that inspired Monsieur Dior himself. Reservations are now open for the AS SEEN BY exhibition, held alongside the MISS DOOR MILLEFIORI GARDEN pop up store between September 1 and 12, 2021, at THE MASS/BA-TSU ART GALLERY/STANDBY in Omotesando, Tokyo.
Kojin Haruka: Reflectwo for Miss Dior 2021
Pop Up Store MISS DIOR MILLEFIORI GARDEN
The AS SEEN BY exhibition, held in Tokyo and several cities around the world, will feature MISS DIOR inspired artwork and creations from 10 female artists, including visual artist Kojin Haruka, sculptor Donna Ingrid, and designer Sabine Marcelis.
Experience the renewed MISS DIOR at the MISS DIOR MILLEFIORI GARDEN pop up store, where you can try the new Au De Perfume and it’s personalization service, alongside limited cosmetics that were inspired by the new fragrance.
Those who attend the MISS DIOR event will also be able to enjoy the guest-only cafe, which features Laudrée collaboration macaroons, with the original flavors each lined up in a package reminiscent of the colorful flowers at the MISS DIOR art event. Plus, a limited takeaway drink will be available at the exhibition cafe, allowing you to bask in the afterglow of the event even after exiting the venue. In addition, customers who connect their reservation to the official MISS DIOR Beauty LINE account will receive a free original tote bag.
A special film that delves into the history and charm of MSS DIOR will be screened at the exhibition, narrated by DIOR beauty ambassador Yoshizawa Ryo, who will guide you through the glamorous world of MISS DIOR.
You mustn’t miss the livestream with DIOR ambassador Araki Yuko, who will be attending the event via livestream to introduce the wonders of the new MISS DIOR. The stream will start on August 31 at 20:30.
Why not check out this flower-filled event where you can immerse yourself in the world of MISS DIOR for yourself?
MISS DIOR Art Event
Availability: September 1 ~ September 12, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 20:00
Admission: Free, reservations required
Location: THE MASS / BA-TSU ART GALLERY / STANDBY
Address: 5-11-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Araki Yuko Livestream: August 31 2021, 20:30 ~ 21:00
Event/Streaming Details: http://on-pp.dior.com/missdior-artevent
Official Site: https://www.dior.com/
※Admissions are limited to one per person.
※Last admissions are 30 minutes before closing.
※Opening hours and admissions are subject to Covid rules. Check the official website (http://on-pp.dior.com/missdior-artevent) for the latest information.
※Accepted payment methods at the venue include credit card, electronic money, and QR payments. Cash payments are not accepted.
Perfume To Release Second Series Of Imaginary Museum “Time Warp” NFT Artwork
19.August.2021 | MUSIC
Following the Imaginary Museum “Time Warp” – Reconstruction NFT artwork from June, Rhizomatiks will be working together with Perfume once again to release seven new NFT artworks between August 16 and 28, 2021.
Seven new Perfume NFT art pieces by live music video producer Rhizomatiks
Similar to last time, the NFTs will be unveiled at the P.O.P Festival (Perfume Online Present Festival), held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the groups debut and the 15th anniversary of their major debut. The works are based on data from the Imaginary Museum “Time Warp” performance.
The three Perfume members’ iconic poses, as choreographed by MIKIKO, were transformed into 3D data, becoming a huge topic even during the initial NFT release.
Rhizomatiks, who participated in the video production of the Perfume LIVE 2021 [polygon wave] (Pia Arena MM), have produced seven variations of 3D NFT art.
*A PoS consensus algorithm and Polygon are being used to reduce any environmental impact. The NFT art will be released on Rhizomatiks NFT marketplace NFT Experiment.
What is NFT art?
NFT (Non-Fungible Token) refers to a piece of digital artwork whose value is guaranteed by its permeance, originality, and interoperability.
It is also referred to as CryptoArt.
It started growing in popularity during Summer 2019, but due to Covid-19 the movement has taken off globally, with hefty amounts of money being exchanged through the medium.
Imaginary Museum “Time Warp” – Electro World/GLITTER/Chrome/edge/Visualization/Saisei/Time Warp
Release Date: August 16, 21:00~
※Following this, the pieces will be sold sequentially at the same time every two days.(August 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, and 28 from 21:00~)
Purchase Link: NFT Experiment https://nft.rhizomatiks.com/
For enquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Racing Miku 2021 Inspires Three New Perfumes, Now Available for Pre-Order
Perfume distributor Fairytail has started selling three new fragrances based on Racing Miku 2021! The items went on sale August 2 through the company’s online shop and Amazon.
RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum: ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum Private: ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum Tropical: ¥3,080 (Tax Included)
RACING MIKU 2021 Fragrant Hand Gel Set: ¥990 (Tax Included)
Racing Miku is a popular incarnation of the Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, created to support those in motorsports. Since 2010, she has been the mascot character for the Hatsune Miku GT Project, and is drawn by a different creator each year. These three fragrances each feature a unique portrait of the symbolic character, and were drawn by popular illustrator Morikura En.
The RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum is sporty and cool, with notes of citrus that give off a crisp and refreshing scent. The Eau de Parfum Private is more feminine, with a gentle aura of bergamot and citrus, followed closely by elegant notes of rose and peony. If you’re looking for a perfume perfect for summer, the Eau de Parfum Tropical is a more powerful fragrance characterized by the bursting sweet scents of mango and passionfruit. Which one do you think would suit you the best?
Also on sale, the easy-to-carry fragrant hand gel set is perfect to pop in your purse and use while you watch the race. The set comes in two designs: the super cute Racing Miku 2021 Nendoroid version, or the sleeker GOODSMILE RACING version.
After smelling just one of these scents, you’ll want to collect them all!
RACING MIKU 2021 Ver. Perfume/Hand Gel Set
Release Date: August 2, 2021
Where to Order:
Official Online Store: https://fairytail.jp/racingmiku/
Fairytail Parfum Twitter: https://twitter.com/fairytailparfum
GOODSMILE RACING Official Site: https://www.goodsmileracing.com/
GSR Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/goodsmileracing
Fairytail Official Online Shop: https://www.dreaming-princess.com/product/?ca=137
RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum Tropical 50ml
RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum Private 50ml
RACING MIKU 2021 Eau de Parfum 50ml
RACING MIKU 2021 Fragrant Hand Gel Set 29ml x 2
Official Site: https://www.goodsmileracing.com/
Perfume’s New Song ‘Polygon Wave’ to Feature as Theme Song for Amazon’s The Masked Singer
29.June.2021 | MUSIC
Perfume have been announced as the panelists for the Amazon Original show The Masked Singer which is set to be released on Amazon Prime Video in Japan on September 3, 2021. The J-pop trio come as the latest names to be announced as regulars for the show alongside MIYAVI, Kiko Mizuhara, and Bakarhythm. Their new song Polygon Wave, which is their first in a year, will feature as the show’s main theme song.
The Masked Singer is a popular series that has been adapted for 50 countries around the world. This Japan-original adaptation will feature 12 performers wearing masks with Oizumi Yo as the host along with and guest panellists.
Perfume comments about appearing on the show
“As a fan of the show, I’m happy The Masked Singer is being made in Japan! The show is making it possible for a lot of amazing people to come together too, so please look forward to it.”
“I never thought they’d make a Japan-original version, so I was shocked when we received the offer. It’s a chance to discover new sides and charms of the performers.”
“I was happy when we got the call. All of the performers ooze talent, even with the masks on, so it got me excited without even thinking. I think this is gonna be a show unlike we’ve ever seen before, so please look forward to it.”
About the theme song Polygon Wave
“We were given a drama song that captures a world that even people 100 years from now would yearn for. It’s refreshing, elegant, nostalgic, and light. Doesn’t it make you want to dance? It does me.”
“I am so honoured that we were picked to do the theme song for The Masked Singer! The song has an infectious and nostalgic melody that makes you relax your shoulders. It really pulls you in. That tantalising aspect of hearing the voice of someone whose face you can’t see for the mask links well with the feeling of this song. I want people to listen to it on the go while they’re gazing out of a window.”
“I feel like the song captures that image of the ‘near future’ you hear when people say the phrase, or perhaps even beyond that. [Yasutaka] Nakata never fails to create an interesting world. Look forward to seeing where Perfume goes from here.”
©2021 Amazon Content Services LLC
Amazon Original番組「ザ・マスクド・シンガー」 テーマソング 「ポリゴンウェイヴ」
話数： 本編9話 初回3話 以降毎週金曜順次配信
出演： MC：大泉洋 パネリスト：MIYAVI、Perfume、水原希子、バカリズム ほか(ゲストパネリスト出演予定)
Miraculous: Tales Of Ladybug & Cat Noir Inspired Perfume Releases in Japan
A collection of perfumes inspired by the titular characters of the French CGI animated superhero/magical girl series Miraculous: Tales Of Ladybug & Cat Noir released in Japan on May 31.
Miraculous Ladybug Eau De Parfum
A delightfully sweet and sour combination of fruits inspired by the cute and cool superhero Ladybug.
Top Notes: Mango, Passion Fruit, Orange
Middle Notes: Magnolia, Peach, Sunny Accord
Last Notes: Hibiscus, Red Fruits, Musk
Miraculous Cat Noir Eau De Parfum
A refreshing citrus fragrance inspired by the free and audacious superhero Cat Noir.
Top Notes: Citrus, Sparkling Water
Middle Notes: Ozone, Floral, White Peach
Last Notes: Musk
The packaging for each perfume bottle features colours based on Ladybug and Cat Noir, and if you put both boxes side by side, it creates a completely image of the two superheroes standing back-to-back with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
Wrap yourself in the scents of courage and confidence with Ladybug and Cat Noir’s superhero perfumes.
©2021 ZAGTOON– METHOD – TOEI ANIMATION.
Miraculous Eau De Parfum Ladybug/Cat Noir
Released: May 31, 2021 (Shipping Late June 2021)
Price: ¥3,500 Each (Tax Included)
Buy on Official Website: https://fairytail.jp/miraculous/product/
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition Opens at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
The Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition opened at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, on April 29. It was also announced that the Japanese illustrator is releasing the first artbook to compile all of his CD cover art on May 28, but the book can be bought early at the exhibition.
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition CD Artworks
Yusuke Nakamura has designed covers forASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Masashi Sada, Spitz, and more
Commentary on the CD covers written by the Yusuke Nakamura himself
Rough sketches are featured in the book
A talk between Yusuke Nakamura and Masafumi Gotoh (ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION)
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call Yusuke Nakamura one of Japan’s most prolific artists, having worked with some of the country’s biggest names such as ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Gentouki, Masashi Sada, and more. His new artbook, entitled PLAY, compiles all of his CD covers from 2002-2020, commentary, rough sketches, talks, and more. While many things from the book are explored at the exhibition, there’s plenty of content exclusive to the book too, so it’s a must-grab for fans.
Yusuke Nakamura Exhibition
Running: April 29, 2021 – May 29, 2021
Location: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Official Website: https://www.kanazawa21.jp/
Release Date: May 28, 2021
Price: ¥2,273 (Tax Included)
KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2021 to Showcase the Craftsmanship of Kanazawa
KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2021 is set to be held at Hyatt Centric Kanazawa from November 26 to November 28. The event is also taking submissions for the exhibition gallery.
Scenes from KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2019
KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa is an annual art fair that has been held in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, since 2017, showcasing the best of the region’s craftsmanship. The event is taking submissions from both young up-and-coming artisans to seasoned craftsmen. Kogei is a branch of fine art unique to Japan that promotes traditional Japanese culture such as the tea ceremony, the essence of zen, Noh theatre, and more.
This year marks the 5th run of the art fair and will be its first collaboration with Hyatt Centric Kanazawa which opened in August of last year. The hotel will display many works from local artists and act as a hub for the promotion of Ishikawa’s culture.
KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2021
2021/11/26 @ 13:00-19:00 (First View)
2021/11/27 @ 11:00-19:00 (General Opening)
2021/11/28 @11:00-18:00 (General Opening)
Location: Hyatt Centric Kanazawa (Floors 5F & 6F)
Address: 1-5 Hirooka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0031, Japan
Price: ¥2,000 (for two days)
Exhibits: 30-40 exhibits to be displayed from both Japan and overseas
Sign-up window: April 19, 2021 – June 25, 2021 at 18:00 (JST)
Sign up here: https://kogei-artfair.jp/
Daidō Moriyama x KAMU kanazawa x Fukumitsuya Collaborate On New Sake ‘Lip
Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery has collaborated with the Kanazawa-based art museum KAMU kanazawa, and prominent Japanese photographer Daidō Moriyama to release a new sake called “Lip <Junmai>” which dropped on Fukumitsuya’s online shop and three of their branches on February 22.
100 Bottles Signed by Daidō Moriyama
KAMU kanazawa is a modern art museum which centres on art expressing the culture of Kanazawa. On December 15 last year, the museum opened a new space called the “LIP BAR” which features prints of a close-up photo taken by Moriyama plastered on the walls, ceiling, and surfaces. Lip <Junmai> can be tasted at the LIP BAR from Monday to Saturday at 20:00-Midnight amongst a flurry of other cocktails.
The sake can also be bought online or in-store at Fukumitsuya, with a limited number of just 100 bottles signed by Moriyama himself.
The Sake at a Glance
The sake is an homage to Moriyama; a deep-flavoured junmaishu made with Yamada Nishiki and Kinmon-Nishiki rices.
The sleek and stylish bottle features a silver label layered with Moriyama’s famous lip shot. The regular edition bottles have English on the front and Japanese on the back. The signed edition bottles are signed by Moriyama on the front and have a unique serial number on the back. All the bottles are frosted and bear Fukimitsya’s logo. The box design was created by Kanazawa-based art director Katsura Matsuzawa.
©Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation Courtesy of Akio Nagasawa Gallery
Daidō Moriyama x KAMU kanazawa x Fukumitsuya: Lip <Junmai>
Regular Edition: ¥3,500
Signed Edition: ¥25,000 (100 Bottles)
Released: February 22, 2021
Where: Fukumitsuya Online Shop / Fukimitsuya Kanazawa / Fukumitsuya Tokyo Midtown / Fukumitsuya Higashi
Official Website: https://www.fukumitsuya.com/ext/special/lip_junmai/
Momo Mashiro Makes Solo Major Debut With Song by Yasutaka Nakata & Releases Music Video
15.February.2021 | MUSIC
Momo Mashiro made her solo major debut today (February 12) with the release of her digital single Onegai Sequencer.
Momo Mashiro is a Japanese singer who won the Lawson Dream Artist Audition, an audition run by the convenience store chain Lawson to give women working at Lawson a cool image.
The song was written by famed Japanese music producer and DJ Yasutaka Nakata. Mashiro actually feated on his song Jump in Tonight, a track included on his solo album Digital Native.
Onegai Sequencer has a ‘kawaii’ dance music and sound laced with fantastical lyrics. It is the embodiment of fantasy and has a computer sound to it.
Momo Mashiro – “Onegai Sequencer” Music Video
The song was released together with a music video today. The video was produced as an official collaboration with Lawson. Mashiro works as an employee at the convenience store in the video, which turns into a dreamy pastel-coloured game world. The entire store becomes a huge arcade to the tune of the foot-stomping beat. It was shot over the course of an entire day, which includes stop motion scenes of each item on the shelves. It’s a wondrous mix of reality and fantasy and a must-see.
The song is available to listen to on music streaming and download services, including Spotify by entering Mashiro’s name or the song title in Japanese
J-pop Group Perfume Announce New Dance Heel Model From Their ‘Perfume Closet’ Brand
12.November.2020 | FASHION
Japanese pop group Perfume have announced that Part 5 Phase 1 of their fashion project Perfume Closet will launch on November 18, 2020 at 10:00 (JST).
Perfume released their latest single Time Warp on September 16 which cemented 15 years since their major debut and their 20th anniversary as a pop group. To promote the release, Perfume held their first ever online festival, “P.O.P” Festival (Perfume Online Present Festival), on September 21 where they served fans a virtual performance using the latest technology. The group also released a book entitled Perfume COSTUME BOOK 2005-2020 on October 23 which is a collection of their outfits since their major debut.
The latest entry to Perfume Closet will be split into two Phases which will launch on the brand’s official website and via A!SMART!.
Phase 1 sees the arrival of new 6cm dance heels in three colours, a tote bag, cardholder, and more.
Black Suede | Burgundy Suede | Beige Suede
The line-up includes some items that were so popular last time that fans demanded a return as well as new colours of popular merch. The made-to-order dance heels however are new entries to Perfume Closet, cut to fine and sophisticated perfection.
Perfume Dance Heel pop-up shops where fans can try on the heels will also open in Japan, and select stores will also be stocking them. Check out the store list below.
11/18-12/1 @ Isetan Shinjuku Floor 2F
12/ 2～12/8 @ JR Nagoya Takashiyama Floor 4F
12/9～12/15 @ Hankyu Umeda Floor 4F
12/16～12/25 @ Sogo Hiroshima Floor 2F
12/26～12/31 @ Hakata Floor 4F
*Available while supplies last
Isetan Shinjuku will also be displaying Perfume’s outfit from the Time Warp music video. The release date of Phase 2 has yet to be announced.
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Announces Escape Game Based On J-Pop Group Perfume
23.September.2020 | SPOT
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS, the world’s first and Japan’s biggest puzzle-themed theme park, has announced a new escape game centred on the Japanese pop group Perfume. Titled “Escape From The Room Next To Perfume,” the game is set to hit the indoor theme park on September 22, 2020.
An escape game is a real-life interactive experience that has players solving puzzles to escape a room. The story of the Perfume game puts players on the same team as Perfume. As players wait in anticipation, an LED display made to look like a window opens to reveal the Perfume members, who greet players and encourage them on their escape. And so begins the game.
There are various items and pieces of information in the room for players to solve the puzzle, including dance poses by Perfume which give hints for the next step. It’s an interactive experience that makes it feel like Perfume are really there with you.
Perfume fans can get their hands on a range of exclusive merchandise too, like a sticker set, folder, and message cards. These items will be sold at the TMC GOODS SHOP at Tokyo Mystery Circus as well as the online stores SCRAP GOODS SHOP and Perfume’s own A!SMART.
Escape From The Room Next To Perfume
Start Date: September 22, 2020
Location: TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS
Address: APM Bldg., 1-27-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://mysterycircus.jp/perfume/