KAWAII LAB. Report #2: FRUITS ZIPPER Group Interview ①

17.June.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC

FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” Ready to transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase, the group consists of seven members: Amane Tsukiashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Luna Nakagawa, Mana Manaka, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.

 

Three members of FRUITS ZIPPER sat down with us for an interview. 

 

“Could you introduce yourself?” 

 

–Noel Hayase

“Hi, everyone! I’m the youngest member of FRUITS ZIPPER, Noel Hayase, and I’m 18 years old. I’m half-German and half-Japanese, but I attended an international school, so I’m pretty good at languages. I speak Japanese, English, German, and a little French! I like to play games, watch videos, and just hang out with friends, but I also love dancing and moving my body. I also like to work with technology, and edit my own videos and songs.” 

 

–Suzuka Chinzei

“Everyone reading this on Moshi Moshi Nippon, it’s nice to meet you! 

My name is Suzuka Chinzei, but you can call me Osuzu!

I spend about ⅓ of my waking hours thinking about food, especially gyoza 🥟and fried tofu. I’d prefer my gyoza with a thin skin and filled with veggies. I’m a big fan of pairing alcohol with my food too!

I grew up in Nishinomiya in Hyogo Prefecture. Fans of the anime series The Melancholy of
Haruhi Suzumiya will be familiar with the town–I used to do the dance from that show all the
time. I’ve loved dancing since I was a kid. My mom told me that once when I was young, I
started dancing to the song Kawaii Kakurenbo, but I was crying because I didn’t WANT to dance–I just couldn’t help it. I guess I just want to dance on a cellular level. 

I started appearing on NHK Educational TV’s Tensai Terebi-kun MAX when I was in 5th grade.
Since then, I’ve started appearing on different variety shows, and I’m currently working on
Nyanchuu! Uchuu! Housou Chu-! and German for Travel

 

 

–Mana Manaka

“Nice to meet everyone!

I’m Mana Manaka–nicknamed Manafy–and my member color in FRUITS ZIPPER is light blue!

Previously, I worked at KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU, and I did my best to transmit ‘KAWAII’ from Harajuku to the world❤️

This is my first time working as an idol, but I’m going to work hard to embody the idea of ‘KAWAII’ and to create the ‘NEW KAWAII’ that FRUITS ZIPPER has to offer through music, dance, and by sharing Japanese idol culture!”

 

 

“A question for Mana–what is KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU?”

 

–Mana Manaka

“KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU is part-restaurant, part-entertainment venue, part-art installation. It was directed by Sebastian Masuda, the ‘king of kawaii,’ and guests can order really unique and colorful dishes in an amazing space designed to look like the inside of a monster’s belly!”

 

 

 

“Nice to meet you! Here’s a question from readers: why did you decide to become an idol?”

 

–Noel Hayase

“Since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to be center stage. When I saw an artist performing live, I started to think “wow, I’d love to see what they’re seeing,” so I decided to pursue a career in the music industry. Thanks to some of the connections I’ve made over the years, I’m now able to pursue the idol life! I’m glad that I chose this path because I love being on stage with the other members of FRUITS ZIPPER.”

 

–Suzuka Chinzei

“I decided I wanted to be an idol a long time ago when I ended my time on Tensai Terebi-kun MAX. Right after, I was photographed in a school uniform for Shueisha’s Aoharu Magazine. The problem was that I was already in my mid-teens at that point. I thought it was too late to become an idol, so I just put those feelings away.

After that, I had so many different opportunities to appear in different plays and variety shows, but there was always this nagging feeling in my chest. It’s hard to describe, but I just felt like something was missing. 

During that period of stress and confusion, there was a lot of discussion about my joining ASOBISYSTEM. When I looked at their website, I saw that they were recruiting members for a new idol group. I started freaking out, and my mom–who was standing next to me at the time–
said that I should talk with them about it. I went to the person in charge and asked them about what it would take to be an idol. I realized, in that moment, that I didn’t want to go the rest of my life without trying it out. Now I can say that I made the right decision, I guess. (laugh)

 

–Mana Manaka

“Harris, the content director of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE and the current manager of FRUITS ZIPPER, contacted me out of the blue and asked if I was interested in idols. When he brought up the subject, I followed my gut. I instantly knew it would be fun, so I decided to just take a leap of faith!” 

 

“Moving on, tell us about what you’ve worked on the hardest up until this point in your life.”

 

–Noel Hayase

“When I was a student, I tried to balance my studies with my performing arts activities. I had done a little modeling work before I started working as an idol, but once I joined FRUITS ZIPPER I got incredibly busy. My final exams coincided with my prep period and my idol debut! Once I
overcame all of that and successfully graduated, I felt so much stronger. (laugh)

 

–Suzuka Chinzei

“In my teens, I wanted to find a balance between being ‘normal’ and being ‘special.’ 

From a young age, I had been working in a space where I was surrounded by adults. I think that made me feel special, compared to my peers. 

But living in that world was difficult as well. There were so many things that I felt I was missing out on–things that I felt I couldn’t catch up to. 

One day, I was riding the bullet train alone. I lived in Hyogo Prefecture, but I commuted to Tokyo at least three days a week. When I passed by Nagoya, I suddenly got really sick with a fever, and my parents rushed me to the hospital. 

I remember wondering how adults dealt with things like that. There were so many days that I would call my mom from Yamagata as a fifth-grader, crying my eyes out.

The world of entertainment is so vastly different from the real world, and I desperately wanted a sense of normalcy. I needed that comfort. I’m not sure what the definition of ‘normal’ is, but I
guess I didn’t want anyone to take away that innocent childishness from me. Looking back, I worked so incredibly hard to protect it.”

 

–Mana Manaka

“During my time as a poster girl for KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU, I worked hard to create a space that people could enjoy. I wanted everyone to leave satisfied and smiling and I wanted them to come back again. Looking back on those days, every day was so happy and the space was just so welcoming. I don’t think that the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE could have been successful without the team members who worked so hard to create the best possible experience. Every moment was heaven.” 

 

“Thanks for sharing. FRUITS ZIPPER’s concept is “From Harajuku to the World.” If you end up
going abroad, what would you like to do?” 

 

–Noel Hayase

“I’d love to do a special concert in each of the countries I’ve been to. Each concert would be created for each country–we’d wear unique costumes and have unique sets. At the same time, I feel like we can bring Japanese idol culture to the world by staying true to ourselves. I can dream. I want to do something really spectacular!”

 

–Suzuka Chinzei

“Right now, I’m working on an educational program called German for Travel. I’ve learned so many phrases, so I’d like to try them out in real life–things like ordering a meal and explaining my thoughts about the food to the waiter. I do a cute dance on the show too, so I’d like to do that with the waiter too! I’m still a little too nervous to try it alone, so I’d ask our half-German member Noel Hayase–who speaks 3.5 languages!–to be next to me the whole time. 

I’d also like to lay down in the middle of the Sedona desert and see a UFO!”

 

–Mana Manaka

“I want us to appear in a major festival! 

After that, I’d love to represent Japan on the world stage at something like Japan Parade or Japan Expo. I want to spread Japanese idol culture to the world through ‘KAWAII,’ something that’s so universally loved! 

Personally, I love musicals and theme parks, so I’m hoping to travel a lot in the future.” 

 

 

“Last question. What is the most important thing about being an idol to you?”

 

–Noel Hayase

“Being an idol means always having a goal. It’s more fun and more useful to keep thinking about where I want to go and how I want to be. If I were to take part in idol activities without a goal, I’d lose sight of why I’m doing what I’m doing. I started down this path because I had a goal in mind, and I intend to keep doing so.”

 

–Suzuka Chinzei

“I think the most important thing is to make everyone happy and to increase the Earth’s
vibrations! Human beings can’t be happy-go-lucky every day–we all have our own problems and negative feelings. But I hope that our music, our videos, and our live performances can support everyone during those difficult times. 

I also think that ‘fun’ is something that spreads from person to person. When I’m performing
live, I’m truly enjoying myself from the bottom of my heart. The other members can sense
those honest feelings, and they carry them home to their families, to their friends at school, and maybe to their grandparents who they haven’t seen in a while. That sense of ‘fun’ is contagious–it lets us connect with people. I want everyone to have fun more than anything. Maybe we can make the entire world happy, in time. (laugh)

 

–Mana Manaka

“FRUITS ZIPPER wants to give everyone strength and happiness through our activities. Above all else, I value always being energetic and positive, and I always want to have fun!” 

 

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

 

–Noel Hayase

“It’s only been a short time since I debuted and I have zero experience as an idol, so there’s a
ton that I don’t know. Even still, I have a dream that I want to achieve and I will do my best to achieve it. Because I want to show everyone my dream, I’ll do my best to make it come true
with energy and a smile. I hope you’ll come along with us and support us as much as you can!”

 

 

 

–Suzuka Chinzei

“FRUITS ZIPPER will keep spreading ‘NEW KAWAII’ around the world in all kinds of ways!

I hope that we can awaken the ‘NEW KAWAII’ that’s been inside of you all along!” 

 

–Mana Manaka

“We’re just getting started, but we’re going full speed ahead! I can’t wait until we can travel and meet fans around the world. Through Japanese idol culture and our ‘NEW KAWAII,’ we hope to
connect the world and bring happiness to everyone we meet!

From Harajuku to the world!!!”

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    03.December.2022 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Kobe is filled with famous sightseeing spots like the nostalgic Ijikan neighborhood and port. The city is packed with fashionable shops and restaurants and is highly regarded for its selection of tasty sweets!

    The port city, with over 150 years of history, has fostered a unique and diverse culinary culture.

     

    Recently, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu began starring in a series of promotional videos for the Gastropolis Kobe project. The artist traveled to the city to partake in plenty of delicious treats, and MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON went along for the ride! Here are some of the singer’s favorite spots around town.

    Kobe, known as a city where East meets West, is lined with sweets shops that are unique to the area.

     

    The tea salon TOOTH TOOTH Dekoboko Sabo opened in 2019 in the Kobe City Museum and offers a menu that mixes Western food and sweets with tea and ingredients from traditional Japanese cuisine. Kyary ordered the Dekoboko Sabo Afternoon Tea Set, a collection of western sweets blended with the essence of traditional Japanese flavors. Guests are invited to enjoy their tea and sweets in a one-of-a-kind space filled with Meiji period flare and retro Western furniture. Those interested will need to make a reservation, so be sure to remember the next time you’re in Kobe.

     

    TOOTH TOOTH Decoboco Sabo

    Address: 24 Kyomachi, Chuo Ward, Kobe (Inside the Kobe City Museum)

    Hours: 9:30-17:30 (Last Order at 16:30) 

    Closed Mondays

    Official Site: https://toothtooth.com/restaurant/decoboco-sabo

    The next stop was Kobe Nankin-machi, one of the three major Chinatowns in Japan. Kobe MILK is known nationwide for its Apricot Pudding, which is made with local ingredients. The raw apricot pudding is mixed with milk brought from the foot of Mt. Rokko and other ingredients from Hyogo Prefecture. Of course, Kyary ordered some, and was amazed by its fluffy texture. You can only enjoy it in Kobe–also, the shop sells other puddings mixed with seasonal fruits, so don’t miss those either!

     

    Kobe MILK

    Address: Shin-Motomachi Building 1F (1 Motomachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe)

    Hours: Weekdays 9:30-19:00 / Weekends 9:30-19:30

    Official Site: https://kobe-milk.com

    For Kyary’s final stop, the singer visited the Moore House, a cafe located in a building with over 100 years of history. Guests are surrounded by greenery, and the Western-style building is incredibly elegant. The Strawberry Mille-feuille Kyary ordered was created by an expert patissier and based on the strawberry mille-feuille recipe from the legendary French restaurant Maxim’s de Paris in Ginza. A generous amount of custard cream complements the crispy pie crust and enhances the sweetness of the fresh strawberries. We’d recommend it with a glass of champagne–if you’re of age.

    Kitano Ijin-kan Moore House

    Address: 2-9-3 Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe

    Hours: 11:00-17:00

    Closed Tuesdays

    Official Site: https://www.kitanomoore.com/cafe/

     

    The streets of Kobe are packed with sweets that you can only enjoy if you visit. Why not come experience these incredible spots like Kyary did?

     

    Kobe Sweets Trailer: https://youtu.be/Sx9B1ZdAvlI

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    02.December.2022 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Kobe is filled with famous sightseeing spots like the nostalgic Ijikan neighborhood and port. The city is packed with fashionable shops and restaurants and is highly regarded for its Kobe beef restaurants and tasty local spirits.

     

    Facing the Seto Inland Sea, Kobe is surrounded by rich nature and produces plenty of tasty veggies while also bringing in tons of fresh fish. The port city, with over 150 years of history, has fostered a unique and diverse culinary culture.

     

    Recently, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu began starring in a series of promotional videos for the Gastropolis Kobe project. The artist traveled to the city to partake in plenty of delicious fare, and MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON tagged along. Let’s take a look at her top picks!

     

    Kobe beef is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name of this Japanese city, right?

    Teppanyaki restaurant Tajima, located in the Kobe Portopia Hotel, serves Kobe beef along with other Japanese black beef, seafood, and seasonal vegetables.

    Kyary ordered the Kobe beef loin and seasonal grilled vegetables, watching with excitement as the chef prepared the meal in front of her. The steak is made from carefully selected Kobe beef and melts in your mouth. Tajima has private rooms as well as counter seating, making it a perfect location for everything from a family get-together to a first date.

     

    Teppanyaki Tajima

    Address: Kobe Portopia Hotel 2F (6-10-1 Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe)

    Hours:

    11:30-14:30

    17:30-21:30 *Open at 17:00 on weekends and holidays

    Open Daily

    Official site:https://www.portopia.co.jp/restaurant/detail/tajima/

     

    What goes better with Kobe beef than local sake? One area of the city, Nada Gogou, has an incredibly high concentration of sake breweries.

     

    Nada Gogo Sake Brewery opened in April 2022 in a renovated building that was formerly the location of Kenbishi, a long-established local sake brewer with over 500 years of history.

     

    Visitors can enjoy sake and cuisine from 26 breweries in the area under the themes of ‘Seasonal, Local, Compatible, Fermentation.’ Here, Kyary ordered the Nada Gogou Set which includes the best possible food and drink pairings. Limited to 100 servings each day, the set includes five different sake and three seasonal small plates perfecting for pairing. The drinks and food offerings change with the seasons, allowing guests to enjoy tons of unique flavors from the region no matter what time they visit.

    Nada Gogou Brewery

    Address: 3-11-2 Mikagehonmachi, Hagashinada-ku, Kobe

    Hours: 12:00-21:00 *Opens until 20:00 on Sunday and holidays

    Closed Monday-Thursday

    Official Site: https://nadagogo.com/

     

    GOCOCU is an all-day buffet restaurant in the Kobe Portopia Hotel where guests can enjoy dishes using carefully selected ingredients from the five Hyogo provinces (Settsu, Harima, Tajima, Tanba, and Awaji) with a spectacular view of Kobe. Visitors can enjoy the chef’s specialties including roasted and grilled dishes cooked in a custom-made stone oven. The restaurant is also known for its selection of alcoholic beverages, and Kyary enjoyed the Fukuju Junmai Ginjo. This particular sake has won many awards in Japan and abroad, including a gold medal at the National Sake Competition for three consecutive years. Popular for its smooth rice flavor, this well-loved brand uses rice and rice malt grown in Hyogo Prefecture. Adults can enjoy this and many more delicious beverages during buffet hours and cocktail hours after 8:30 or 9:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

     

    GOCOCU ~Blessings of the Five Kingdoms~

    Address: Kobe Portopia Hotel 30F (6-10-1 Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe)

    Hours: 7:00-10:30, 11:30-15:00, 17:30-21:00, 20:30-23:00

    Open Daily

    Official Site: https://www.portopia.co.jp/restaurant/detail/gococu/

    Founded in 1659, Kiku Masamune is a leader in the sake industry. We visited the Kiku Masamune Sake Factory, opened to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its handy barreled sake, perfect for allowing customers to enjoy barrel-aged sake at home easily. Visitors can enjoy browsing sake barrels, with many created using traditional barrel making techniques that are still used today. They can also enjoy an exhibition of Yoshino cedar, the material used to make the barrels. Tours are by appointment only. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, so early reservations are recommended!

    Kiku Masamune Sake Factory

    Address: Uozaki Nishimachi, Higashinada-ku, Kobe

    Tour Times: 10:30~, 14:00~, 15:00~ (Each tour is approximately 30 minutes.)

    Closed during New Year’s holidays.

    Official Site: https://www.kikumasamune.co.jp/tarusake-mf/

    *No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the factory. Tastings are available at the Memorial Hall after the tour.

     

    After reading this, you’re interested in coming to Kobe, right? Enjoy some of this savory fare the next time you’re in the area. 

     

    Kobe Beef Version:https://youtu.be/-HrNq6JGO3A

     

    Nada Sake Version: https://youtu.be/cd9_f59NWIw

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #14 ~Makeup Tips from your Favorite Idols!~

    02.December.2022 | FASHION / FEATURES / MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” Ready to transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase, the group consists of seven members: Amane Tsukiashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Luna Nakagawa, Mana Manaka, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.

     

    A while back in Report #12, we chatted with Karen Matsumoto, Yui Sakurai, and Luna Nakagawa about their makeup routine and tips. This time, we’re asking Noel Hayase, Suzuka Chinzei, Mana Manaka, and Amane Tsukiashi to share their thoughts on makeup!

     

    Tell us about your favorite lipsticks and what makes them special!

    Noel Hayase

    When I do my own makeup, I use b idol’s Glossy Lip No. 08 and then layer PERIPERA’s G Tint No. 06 on the inside. I’ve tried so many b idol lipsticks and I finally found one that matches my skin color perfectly. The tinted one was a gift but I love applying it on the inside of my lips–it gives this neat blood-colored look. It also doesn’t fade which is awesome.

     

    Suzuka Chinzei

    I like THREE Lyrical Lipstick Bloom 11 RUN FREE. 

    The texture is soft, the color doesn’t fade, and the color is really cute. When I found it, I was so thrilled–it was the exact color I was looking for. Seriously, it’s the best lipstick! It’s honestly all I use in fall and winter♡

     

    -Mana Manaka

    Jill Stuart’s lip oil!

    We call the people who support us Soragumi, and some of them gave us these gifts along with letters and flowers after our first solo concert. We were so happy☁️

    I love the colors and the cloth wrapping, but I feel like it would be such a waste if I ran out so I only carry them as good luck charms. (Laugh)

     

    -Amane Tsukiashi

    DIOR ADDICT 524 DIORETTE

    DIOR ADDICT Maximizer 103 Pure Gold (This one was a gift🙇‍♂️) 

    04 rom&nd Dewiful Water Tint

    I have so many favorite lipsticks, but lately I’ve been into layering this shimmery gold maximizer with brown, orange, red, and darker lip shades. It’s really cute!🤍

     

    What do you use for your foundation?

    -Noel Hayase

    I don’t put a lot on my skin, but I do apply a makeup primer called UV Idea XL Protection Tone-Up by La Roche-Posay first. After that, I use Dior Skin Forever Skin Correct Concealer to hide dark circles and redness. That’s all!

     

    -Suzuka Chinzei

    I moisturize with VT’s CICA cream. Depending on the weather, I’ll apply Chant a Charm sunscreen followed by The Skin Minimalist by Decorte. I put on powder last. I use CANMAKE’s Secret Beauty Powder or Elegance’s La Poudre Haute Nuance. No foundation for me!

     

    -Mana Manaka

    These were also gifts, but I use Lunasol sunscreen, Dior primer, and foundation!

    The bottle is really beautiful, with the engraving…❤️

    I ran out of powder when I was in Thailand recently, so I’m just using what I bought locally!

    I don’t know if it’s because it’s makeup from a really hot country, but it goes on so smoothly that it doesn’t feel sticky at all, even with a mask on. I’ve been using it even after I got back to Japan!

     

    -Amane Tsukiashi

    CHANEL Base Hydra Luminere

    (I might upgrade.)

    CHANEL Fluid Foundation de CHANEL B10

    Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer 0N

    SUQQU Oil Rich Glow Loose Powder

    clé de peau BEAUTÉ LE REHAUSSEUR D’ÉCLAT 105 (This was a gift! 🙇‍♂️)

     

    What do you typically do when it comes to skincare?

    -Noel Hayase

    First, I use &honey cleansing balm to remove my makeup. When I heard that you could cleanse and wash your face at the same time, I gave it a try and it was amazing, so I’m never going back. After my bath and before putting on my makeup, I use a complete skin care set like La Roche-Posay’s skincare set, which includes mist lotion, toner, and skin cream. It’s not cheap, but since I started using it my skin feels so incredible. Remember to always buy products depending on what kind of skin you have!

     

    -Suzuka Chinzei

    Before makeup in the morning, I always cleanse with Bioderma. If I don’t feel moisturized enough, I apply a lotion emulsion. After cleansing at night, I use Bioderma again and then a toner emulsion. Sometimes I like doing face masks, and when I do, I use Mediplorer’s CO2 Sheet Mask. It was recommended to me by someone with really beautiful skin and it’s amazing. I also use a Cell Cure. It’s crazy after how much dirt it removes. (Laugh)

     

    -Mana Manaka

    I use lotion, then a face mask, then a serum!

    When I used the MediHeal mask that Luna recommended, I was so surprised at how good it was that I started buying and trying tons of different masks.

    I’m trying different things to see what fits and what doesn’t, and lately I’ve been buying a lot of Korean masks.

     

    Amane Tsukiashi

    I haven’t been doing much skincare, but I have been moisturizing a lot lately since my skin gets super dry. On some days I’ll do a face mask and use steam. On the day before an important photo shoot, I use my favorite CellCure 4t Plus.

     

    Oh no! You’re running late! You only have time to apply one product! What part of your face will you focus on and why?

    -Noel Hayase

    I’d only do eye makeup. In this day and age, everyone wears masks, so when you meet someone, you always make eye contact, right? Besides, if it’s just eye makeup, I can get by without base makeup, and I can do the rest of my makeup whenever. (Laugh)

     

    -Suzuka Chinzei

    I just need sunscreen!

    Sunscreen is life. It’s so important!

    Starting when I was in junior high, my parents told me to wear sunscreen, so I can’t imagine not doing it now. No matter how busy I am, I put on sunscreen, even while walking to the station.

    I was on the track team in junior high and I’d put some on every 30 minutes. 

    At the time I thought it was so annoying, but now I’m so glad my mom told me to do it. 

    (Strangely enough, my mom doesn’t wear sunscreen at all.)

     

    -Mana Manaka

    On days when I actually have a whole day off or if I’m just at rehearsal, I don’t wear makeup. I hide behind a mask and a hat! (Laugh)

    If I use anything at all, it’s sunscreen or foundation with sunscreen in it.

    It covers my eyebrows and eyes so much that I can’t see at all, but I do want to prevent spots!!! (Laugh)

     

    -Amane Tsukiashi

    Eyes!

    I always think that wearing eye makeup makes a huge difference. 

    I’d want to do my eyebrows too, but at least I can hide them with my bangs. Eyes it is!

     

  • Live Report: FRUITS ZIPPER, the Hottest Idol Group Around, Shows Incredible Growth during 2nd Solo Concert

    19.November.2022 | MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER has become a smash hit in the idol world in 2022, with the group’s track Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro pulling in over 500 million plays on TikTok. The girls held their second solo concert, Sekai wa Kimi

    kara Hajimaru, at Shibuya WWW X on November 11. Tickets quickly sold out after they went on sale following the group’s first solo concert at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM in September, which was also completely sold out.

    FRUITS ZIPPER debuted in April, with members chosen from the KAWAII LAB. idol project launched by ASOBISYSTEM. Despite being less than a year old, the members managed to perform at almost all major summer idol festivals. They also performed at SUMMER SONIC 2022. Snagging tickets for the group’s performances is not easy, as both solo shows have completely sold out after minutes of tickets going on sale.

    Many of FRUITS ZIPPER’s fans are women, though the recent concert’s ratio of men to women was about half. As the show was about to begin, fans in the audience began to hold up their penlights, each illuminated with one of the seven member’s colors.

    The special effects for the show were unique to the event, and as the music began alongside a countdown, the members appeared, dancing in perfect sync and starting the performance off on a high note. Expectations for FRUITS ZIPPER are high, with fans always waiting for them to take things to the next level.

    The excitement in the venue reached a fever pitch as the girls performed Kanpeki Shugi de and Kimi no Akarui Mirai wo Oikakete, two songs that have become staples of their live performances.

    During the MC portion, the members thanked the fans for coming out and showed just how excited they were to be on stage.

    After the chat, FRUITS ZIPPER performed a ton of popular songs in succession, including We are Frontier, RADIO GALAXY, and ReTRY&FLY. RADIO GALAXY featured a remix of the intro and dance portion, and the trio of tracks showed the cooler side of the group, which embodies the idea of NEW KAWAII

     

    The packed house was even more excited when the song Furefure Summer! began, and the audience suddenly became a sea of swirling towels and penlights.

    During the next MC, the members announced a lottery, with the winners walking away with a Polaroid photo of all the members. Each girl showed a unique expression as they drew the numbers, and fans were easily entertained by their genuine emotion and close friendship with one another. 

    The following two tracks were, of course, Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, FRUITS ZIPPER’s signature song and a major 2022 hit, and skyfeelan, which shows a softer side of the members and pulls from Tweets they’ve made in the past.

    As the song ended, a video began playing on the screen, announcing that the final show of the group’s first Tokyo/Nagoya/Osaka tour, FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER, would take place at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA on February 12. This will mark the largest venue ever for the group and the audience was instantly buzzing with excitement.

    To wrap up the show, the members performed their new song Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru, which was also the name of the concert itself. The song, which was first performed at the September concert, was released digitally on November 11. It was the perfect song to wrap up such an incredible show.

     

    As fans relentlessly begged for an encore, the members returned to the stage to perform Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro one more time.

    During the MC in between, the members thanked the audience for their cheers and chatted about the tour scheduled for next year. 

    “I want to eat Yabaton in Nagoya,” Karen Matsumoto said.

    When chatting about the final show to be held at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA, Luna Nakagawa said that it feels like “an absolutely mad event” for the group, but also expressed her enthusiasm and excitement for the show next year.

    The concert ended with a performance of Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru.

    While the solo concert didn’t feature any incredible stunts or large-scale effects, the members and staff managed to create something indescribably impressive. Without flashy special effects, the girls put on a show that brought people together and made an impression on all in attendance. 

    FRUITS ZIPPER continues to grow at an incredible pace. Each live show gets bigger and bigger, and the media is taking notice. It’s exciting to think about what these girls will do next.

     

    text:Tsukasa Hasegawa

    photo:Yuuna Yoshimori

     

  • FRUITS ZIPPER to Hold Finale of 1st Tour at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA in February 2023

    18.November.2022 | MUSIC

    On November 11, FRUITS ZIPPER held their 2nd solo concert, Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru, at Shibuya WWW X. The group’s first Tokyo/Osaka/Nagoya tour, FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER, is scheduled to take place in February 2023, and the finale will be held at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA on February 12.

     

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER’s second solo concert was also held at WWW X. Tickets were sold out immediately following the last concert, and the venue was packed to capacity. The group performed all of their popular original songs, such as their latest single Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru. Fans were also excited to hear Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, which has over 500 million plays on TikTok. 

     

    During the concert’s MC portion, it was announced that the finale of FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER would be held on February 12 at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA. This will be the largest venue in FRUITS ZIPPER’s concert history.

    Advance tickets are now available on the subscription-only community channel ‘Atsumare☆Furuppa!’ on OPENREC.tv.

    The group’s newest song Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru is now available on all music streaming services.

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER is also scheduled to perform at the Tainan Young New Year’s Eve Party countdown event to be held in Taiwan on New Year’s Eve. 

     

    <Tour Information>

    ■FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER

    Date: February 3, 2023

    Venue: ReNY limited

    Time: Venue opens at 17:30 / Show starts at 18:30

    Contact: Sunday Folk Promotion (052-320-9100) *Available daily 12:00-18:00

     

    Date: February 5, 2023

    Venue: Nanba Hatch

    Time: Venue opens at 16:30 / Show starts at 17:30

    Contact: Kyodo Information (0570-200-888)

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER 〜FRUITS DAY〜

    Date: February 9, 2023

    Venue: Shibuya WWW X

    Time: Venue opens at 18:00 / Show starts at 19:00

    Contact: HOT STUFF PROMOTION (03-5720-9999) *Available weekdays 11:00-19:00

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER 〜ZIPPER DAY~

    Date: February 10, 2023

    Venue: Shibuya WWW X

    Time: Venue opens at 17:30 / Show starts at 18:30

    Contact: HOT STUFF PROMOTION (03-5720-9999) *Available weekdays 11:00-19:00

     

    [Tickets]

    VIP Standing: ¥15,000 (Tax Included / Drinks not included)

    General Standing: ¥5,000 ((Tax Included / Drinks not included)

     

    General Sales: January 14, 10:00~

     

    ■FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER -TOUR FINAL –

    Date: February 12, 2023

    Venue: LINE CLUB SHIBUYA

    Time: Venue opens at 17:00 / Show starts at 18:00

    Contact: Sunrise Promotion Tokyo (0570-00-3777) *Weekdays 12:00-15:00

     

    [Tickets]

    Assigned VIP Seat: ¥18,000 (Tax Included)

    General Assigned Seating: ¥6,500 (Tax Included)

     

    Advance tickets available for subscription members of ‘Atsumare☆Furuppa!’ on OPENREC.tv!

    November 11 at 21:00 ~ November 14 at 23:59

    https://www.openrec.tv/subscription/user/FRUITS_ZIPPER

     

    [Notes]

    ・Up to 2 tickets per person per purchase. (Young children not permitted.)

    ・Tickets will be electronic. 

    ・The Tokyo performance on February 9 will be men-only. 

    ・The Tokyo performance on February 10 will be women-only. 

    ・Transfering or reselling tickets for a fee without the consent of the event organizer is prohibited.

     

    <Release Information>

    Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru – FRUITS ZIPPER (Digital Single)

    Release Date: November 11, 2022

    Streaming Links : https://ssm.lnk.to/SKH

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Returns to America to Perform Only Half a Year After Coachella

    08.November.2022 | FES / MUSIC

    On October 29, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu took part in Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Music Festival in Oakland, California. The following day, the popular singer also appeared at Porter Robinson + Friends, an afterparty event held in San Francisco. American fans are finding their excitement at a fever pitch as the Harajuku-based artist continues to perform abroad!

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu recently made headlines when she performed an unprecedented 62 songs at Nippon Budokan on October 19 during the final stop on her 10th-anniversary tour. Following this impressive feat, Kyary performed at yet another festival in Japan before hastily returning to the United States following her show-stopping performance at Coachella half a year ago.

     

    Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Music Festival was hosted by and featured performances by internationally acclaimed DJ and producer Porter Robinson. Other important figures in the dance music scene also appeared including SKRILLEX and RL GRIME.

     

    The event took place in a large parking lot adjacent to the Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics MLB team. Since the show took place close to Halloween, plenty of decorations could be found, and fans lined up from the early morning to get inside.

     

    Although Kyary’s performance was scheduled for quite early in the day, the audience sprawled out as far as the eye could see. As DE.BA.YA.SHI. 2021 began to play, fans began to excitedly call out Kyary’s name. In Japan, regulations are in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus, meaning that audience members are forbidden to yell during concerts–but no such precaution exists in the U.S. It was clear that Kyary was beyond excited to hear the audience’s enthusiasm, and as the show began, the artist called out “Second Sky,” to which the fans responded with excited cries. 

     

    The audience danced wildly to Candy Racer and Dodonpa, two of Kyary’s most peppy tracks, which played in succession. The singer did her best to speak English. “Hello! I’m Kyary Pamyu Pamyu from Japan,” she began. She then complimented a fan in full Kyary cosplay. “Wow! Nice costume! PONPONPON costume, so nice,” she said.

    During CANDY CANDY -Remix-, the audience raised their hands high in the air as they followed Kyary’s instructions to jump, swaying from left to right. As the audience moved in sync, a number of hit tracks began to play, including Harajuku Iyahoi and Tsukematsukeru. However, nothing could match the excitement of the moment that the intro to PONPONPON began to play. Porter Robinson, who was watching the live performance from the side of the stage, was moved to tears, and everyone could feel how big Kyary’s presence was for local fans.

    Kyary’s performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April of this year became a hot topic, showing that Kyary is still incredibly popular in the U.S. ten years after her major debut.

     

    In addition to her largest national tour to date, Kyary has made numerous appearances at music festivals in Japan and abroad in 2022. The artist’s first overseas performance during her 11th year as a performer was an incredible success and bodes well for Kyary’s future.

     

    Setlist
    2022.10.29 “Second Sky Music Festival”
    OP. DE.BA.YA.SHI.2021
    1. Candy Racer
    2. Dodonpa
    3.Invader Invader
    4. CANDY CANDY –Remix-
    5. Ninja Re Bang Bang –Steve Aoki Remix-
    6. Harajuku Iyahoi
    7. Tsukematsukeru
    8. PONPONPON –Extended Mix-
    9. Fashion Monster

    2022.10.30 “Porter Robinson + Friends”
    OP. DE.BA.YA.SHI.2021
    1. Candy Racer
    2. Ninja Re Bang Bang
    3. CANDY CANDY
    4.Crazy Party Night-Pumpkins Strike Back-
    5. Kira Kira Killer
    6. Isshin Doutai
    7. Harajuku Iyahoi
    8. Fashion Monster
    9. PONPONPON

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #13: FRUITS ZIPPER ~From Harajuku to Thailand~

    04.November.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC / SPOT

    FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM’s KAWAII LAB project, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.”

     

    This summer, the group’s track Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro took off on TikTok with the music video racking up over 500 million plays, propelling the girls into the idol spotlight. Along with regular monthly performances, tickets for the girl’s first solo concert in September and their second solo concert in November were sold out immediately. FRUITS ZIPPER is scheduled to go on tour in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka in February 2023, and even the fashion industry has become obsessed, with the group serving as the seasonal ambassadors for Samantha Vega starting in August 2022.

     

    Only six months after its debut, the members of FRUITS ZIPPER are already taking their first steps outside of Harajuku. Their first overseas trip was to Thailand, called the land of smiles. 

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER performed as one of more than 50 artists representing Thailand and Japan at the THAI-JAPAN ICONIC MUSIC FEST 2022 from October 21 to October 23. The music festival was held to commemorate the 135th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Japan.

     

    Four different stages were set up during the event, and FRUITS ZIPPER managed to attract fans not only from Japan, but from Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Myanmar, the Philippines, and other Asian countries. Many guests even knew the choreography to a number of FRUITS ZIPPER songs, including, of course, Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro. The audience was thrilled when the members addressed them in Thai, and a collaboration interview video shot with local idols was also taken. It’s now available on FRUITS ZIPPER’s TikTok channel, so check it out!

     

    We sat down with the seven members of FRUITS ZIPPER to hear about their best memories from Thailand!

     

     

    -How did you feel about your first overseas trip to Thailand?

     

    Noel Hayase

    “It was our first time performing in Thailand. Not many people knew who we were and we were far away from home, but people welcomed us with open arms. So many people came to watch us, and I was happy to see the audience dancing along to the songs!”

     

    Yui Sakurai

    “When I became an idol two years ago, Thai fans really supported me. Back then, I told them I’d love to come to see them, but I never got the chance.


    I’m happy that I was about to finally achieve that goal, or my dream, I guess, of going to Thailand to meet all of those fans. There were so many more people waiting for me than I could have imagined, and even though we couldn’t communicate very well with the language barrier, we could easily communicate through music. I was so happy.”

     

    Karen Matsumoto

    “So many non-Japanese fans came out to support us! Even though they didn’t speak Japanese, they did their best to tell us they were rooting for us, and that they loved us. I was so happy, I can’t wait to go back!”

     

    Mana Manaka

    “This was my first visit to Thailand, and part of me felt a little uneasy since everything felt so different when compared to live shows in Japan. I was allowed to take pictures and to really use my voice, and the stage configuration was really confusing. But everyone in Thailand was super welcoming and kind, and I was so happy to see them trying to learn Japanese. They’d listen to me talk and nod, looking me in the eyes, even if they didn’t understand what I was saying. It was a wonderful trip that reminded me how excited I am to travel abroad. I hope I can see everyone in Thailand again, thank you so much!”

     

    Luna Nakagawa

    “Even though I’ve been an idol for a while, this was my first trip overseas. Going to Thailand had always been a dream of mine, but at the same time, I was nervous. I didn’t know what kind of fans I’d find there, or if there would be any fans at all. But the Thai people were so unbelievably kind.


    During our performance, a girl held up a board that said ‘Lunapi’ and waved a purple penlight. She shouted that she was looking so forward to meeting me, and it made me so happy.

    We started to share information with the Thai people after our performance was decided, but it seemed that they had known about us before that. I felt that so many people had been excited about coming to see us, and now I just want to go to Thailand again to see everyone a second time. Kob kun kaa!

     

    Amane Tsukiashi

    “This was the first time I had visited Thailand, and I thought it was so beautiful. Seeing ICONSIAM was unbelievable–the biggest building I’d ever seen! I was so happy to see the fans, and so many told me that they had been waiting to meet us. Thank you so much.”

     

    Suzuka Chinzei

    “Before going to Thailand, I wondered how many local people knew about FRUITS ZIPPER and how many would actually come to see us. When we actually took the stage on the first day, there were so many Thai people, and Japanese people too! Since I was able to use my voice to the fullest in Thailand, I was thrilled when the audience could sing along with the ‘Ne, ne, ne’ part in Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro! This live show was so unique to Thailand, and it felt so much freer than live shows are in Japan right now with all the restrictions. Since there was a language barrier, I wanted to put all of my feelings and emotions into my performance. I felt like I could communicate with the audience with my eyes, and those three days of performances were so unforgettable. We’ll be back and we’ll be even stronger, so wait for us until then! Kob kun kaa!

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER is on course to become a smash hit not only in Japan, but around the world.

     

  • Atarashii Gakko! Releases New Song ‘HANAKO’

    02.November.2022 | MUSIC

    On October 31, the dance and vocal unit Atarashii Gakko! released their new song HANAKO via 88rising.

     

    Atarashii Gakko! made their world debut last year through the record label 88rising. This year, the group held a successful solo concert at Zepp DiverCity in May, followed by two sold-out solo concerts in the U.S. and a five-show U.S. tour including an appearance at the Head in the Clouds festival organized by 88rising. In a relatively short time, Atarashii Gakko! has become a smash hit with fans abroad.

     

    The new song HANAKO is based on the classic Japanese school horror story Hanako-san. The urban legend tells the story of a young girl who haunts school toilets. Manny Mark produced the song, following his involvement in the group’s previous tracks. The lyrics were written by Atarashii Gakko! themselves and the track has a bizarre yet cutesy vibe.

     

    The lyric video for HANAKO was released at midnight on October 31, with the music video dropping at 13:00 on the same day. The unintentionally chilling, ghost-story-style video set in an elementary school is also sure to make an impression.

     

    Comment from the Members

    HANAKO is the perfect spooky song for Halloween and we’re happy to release it on October 31.

     

    The song was actually being made concurrently with SNACKTIME, which we released last year! (With Money Mark, of course.)

     

    The four of us would have meetings about the melody and lyrics while we were in LA. We stopped working on the song when it was still in the demo phase, but when we went to LA this summer, we worked with Money Mark to evolve it into something new. As we continued to build it, it became creepier and creepier.

     

    It’s a ghost story. It’s all about being terrified, but also about being curious. Hanako is a popular urban legend in Japan about a ghost that haunts school bathrooms. In the legend, if you say the ghost’s name three times, it might respond…or even appear in front of you.”

     

  • Japanese Artists to Perform in MetaTokyo Area at Metaverse Music Festival

    02.November.2022 | Uncategorized

    Metaverse Music Festival will feature a MetaTokyo area this year! The event is being organized by Decentraland, a global Web3 Metaverse platform. A number of Japanese artists will perform, including Edo Lena, MISOSHITA, and Atarashii Gakko! 

     

    In the special MetaTokyo area, a giant Metaani x Kyary Pamyu Pamyu character will be dancing to the beat. The popular collab appeared in April of this year and was an instant hit with NFT fans around the world. Those with an interest in Japanese culture can also enjoy some unique content streamed in the area. The Metaverse Music Festival will be held from November 10 until November 13, 2022.

     

    Participating Japanese Artists

    According to a recent announcement from Decentraland, Ozzy Osbourne, Soulja Boy, Dillon Francis, SNH48, and others will perform at OZZFEST, a festival organized by Ozzy Osbourne. Atarashii Gakko! will perform on the main Tower of Babel Stage.

    The festival area will also feature special stages and areas in collaboration with a number of partners. MetaTokyo is one such partner sure to be a hit with audiences around the world!

     

    Within the MetaTokyo area, Metaverse diva and artist Edo Lena and Metaverse creator MISOSHITA will perform. Other J-pop artists are scheduled to perform for audiences worldwide.

     

    Giant Metaani x Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 

    A giant Metaani x Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will appear within the Metaverse. First appearing in April 2022, guests will be treated to Kyary’s popular song Dodonpa when they first enter, and will be able to take selfies with the huge character in a way not possible in the real world.

  • VTuber Idol Group UNI Mello Releases Digital Single ‘YOUTOPIA’

    27.October.2022 | MUSIC

    The virtual idol group UNI MELLO released its first original song, Find out SHANGRI-LA, in September. On October 26, the members released a second digital single titled YOUTUPIA on all major streaming services.

     

     

    UNI Mello consists of seven members: Kaede, Sekai, You, Amane, Tomoka, Shirafuji, and Shun. Each has a unique hobby and skillset, and the members have continued to grow over the past six months. On the UNI Mello YouTube channel, the members have continuously posted singing videos, as well as daily streams. 

     

    YOUTOPIA tells the story of a normal day that becomes special when you’re with the one you love. It’s a love song filled with gratitude and joy, perfect for when your day needs a pick-me-up. The First Fan Meeting event will be held on November 27, so fans of UNI Mello will want to keep an eye out for more details.

     

    Be sure to keep an eye on what UNI Mello does next by following the group on social media and on YouTube!

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Katy Perry to Perform Together for the First Time at True Colors Festival THE CONCERT 2022

    26.October.2022 | MUSIC

    The Nippon Foundation has been supporting people with disabilities in Japan and abroad for over fifty years. To mark this incredible milestone, True Colors Festival THE CONCERT 2022 will be held on November 19 and 20 at Tokyo Garden Theater. The performance aims to inspire fans to express their uniqueness. 

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will perform as a guest performer on both days of the concert, which stands to be one of the largest live events in the world put on by artists with disabilities.

     

    Kyary became a smash hit with audiences worldwide after Katy Perry praised her PONPONPON music video on Twitter, and the two are said to be fans of one another. This will be the first time that the two pop icons will perform on stage together. 

     

    “I’m looking forward to performing with so many unique artists from around the world,” Kyary said in a statement. “I’m so happy that I’m going to live my dream of performing with Katy!” 

     

  • ASOBISYSTEM Begins Auditions for New Idols Aiming for Global Popularity

    18.October.2022 | BUSINESS

    A leader in the world of Japanese pop culture, ASOBISYSTEM has announced a new idol audition under the KAWAII LAB project, launched in February to introduce Japan’s popular idol culture to the world.

     

    Those looking to apply will need to meet a few requirements. The project is searching for females between 10 and 22 years old who are not only good singers and dancers but also have unique personalities and charm. Whether an applicant has never set foot on stage before or has been an idol for years, anyone is welcome to apply. 

     

    Those who pass the audition are scheduled to debut in 2023, either as part of a new idol group, as solo artists, or as VTubers, all with the aim of global expansion.

     

    Applications will be accepted until November 13. If you’ve always wanted to become an idol, now’s your chance!

     

     

    KAWAII LAB. AUDITION 2022

    Application Period: October 14 – November 13, 2022

    How to Apply: Submit an application through the official LINE channel

    Applicant Requirements:
    ・Female, age 10-22
    ・Some experience is preferred, but newcomers welcome to apply

    ・Must be able to take lessons and perform live in Tokyo

    ・If you are currently under contract with another firm or label, please apply after obtaining proper permission from your firm or label.

    Perks: The office will cover the costs of all activities (lessons, costumes, recording time, transportation, lodging, etc.)

    Application Procedure: After adding the official audition LINE account as a friend from the official website, please send us the following information: a photo (one full-body and one close-up), and a 30-second self-introduction video explaining why you should be chosen.

     

     

    KAWAII LAB. Affiliated Artists

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER

    Under the concept of ‘from Harajuku to the world,’ FRUITS ZIPPER shares what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase.

    Twitter:https://twitter.com/fruits_zipper
    Instagram:https://instagram.com/fruits_zipper
    YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW8Q9LBGGBgK6a-u0C0h95A
    TikTok:https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSen7dJAT/

     

    IDOLATERThis CULTURE HOLIC  group explores the boundaries of music, fashion, and other unique aspects of popular culture through a unique idol perspective.

    Official HP:https://note.com/idolater
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/Official_IDLT
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/idolater_official/
    YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/IDOLATER

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