KAWAII LAB. Report #3: Introducing Two New Members of IDOLATER–a Long-Haired Model and a Gambler who Sings Too Well

24.June.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC

KAWAII LAB. is a project spearheaded by ASOBISYSTEM with the aim of introducing the world to popular Japanese idol culture. Announced at the group’s solo concert ‘New IDOLATER’ on April 24, Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki joined the lineup consisting of Ayu Okuda, Kurumi Tsukishiro, and Yukino Fushiki.

 

Today, we’re introducing the two newest members–Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki.

 

Fuuka Oishi

▼Social Media Accounts

Twitter https://twitter.com/idolater_fuka

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/idolater_fuka/

 

▼Birthday

July 25, 1999

 

▼Height

163cm

 

▼Blood Type

B

 

▼Birthplace

Chiba Prefecture

 

▼Favorite Foods

Cheesecake, High Cocoa Chocolate (86~95%), Beef Tongue, Skirt Steak, Yakitori (Gizzards, Gristle)

 

▼Favorite Musical Artists

SEKAI NO OWARI, SKY PEACE

 

▼Favorite Manga/Anime/TV Shows/Radio Shows

One Piece, Naruto, Kotaro Lives Alone

 

Best Way to Spend a Day Off

Netflix、YouTube、Hanging out at a cafe

 

▼Favorite Phrase

Different Strokes for Different Folks! Everyone is different and everyone’s great. 

 

▼Places She’d Like to Visit

Wherever I can see the beautiful ocean!

Korea, France

 

▼Favorite Part of Herself

The fact that I laugh a lot–and everything else!

 

Color

Light Blue

 

Born in 1999. With her characteristic long black hair and dainty yet listless atmosphere,
she’s a model who has been attracting attention from all sides. Supported by creators and
having appeared as a model for fashion brands, she has also starred in TV commercials and in music videos. 

 

I Want to Die – Centimillimental

https://youtu.be/d2LFIclsT7M

 

Although she has no experience singing or dancing, Fuuka brings her natural cheerfulness
to the group.

 

 

Ririka Satsuki

▼Social Media Accounts

Twitter https://twitter.com/idolater_ririka

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/idolater_ririka/

 

▼Birthday

August 17, 2000

 

▼Height

158cm

 

▼Blood Type

AB

 

▼Birthplace

Fukuoka Prefecture

 

▼Favorite Foods

Ramen, Gingko, Gyoza

 

▼Favorite Musical Artists

Avril Lavigne

Lady Gaga

Namie Amuro

 

▼Favorite Manga/Anime/TV Shows/Radio Shows

Tokyo Revengers, Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Haikyu!!

 

▼Favorite Way to Spend a Day Off

Sleep, go to the movies alone, play slot machines (Juggler machines are my favorite!)

 

▼Favorite Phrases

・There is always light beyond the clouds.

・Stick to your guns. 

 

▼Places She’d Like to Visit

Hokkaido, Guam, Dubai, London

 

▼Favorite Part of Herself

Opening my big mouth, my smile.

 

▼Goal for the Year

Performing live at Zepp!

 

▼Color

Yellow

 

With a powerful and husky voice, Ririka previously appeared on TV Tokyo’s ‘The Karaoke
Battle U-18 Utauma Koshien.’ In 2019, she appeared on AbemaTV’s ‘Koisuru Shuumatsu
Homestay’ and became incredibly popular with middle and high school students. Recently,
she appeared on Nippon TV’s ‘Monomane Grand Prix,’ and is active in a number of other
activities. 

 

Ririka Satsuki’s strength lies in her singing ability. 

Be sure to check out her song covers on TikTok!

https://www.tiktok.com/@satsuki_ririka

 

Ririka also enjoys gambling, preferring the Juggler line of slot machines. She’d like to keep
it up in the future, if she’s able. 


Her powerful, husky voice has created a kind of chemical reaction in IDOLATER. 

 

Stay tuned for the next installment of the IDOLATER series!

 

Next week’s KAWAII LAB report will focus on FRUITS ZIPPER. 

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  • KAWAII LAB. is a project spearheaded by ASOBISYSTEM with the aim of introducing the
    world to popular Japanese idol culture. The idol group IDOLATER was born from this idea
    and the five members–Aya Okuda, Kurumi Tsukishiro, Yukino Fushiki, Ririka Satsuki, and
    Fuuka Oishi–continue to take Japan and the world by storm.

     

    In this report, we’ll take a look at how the members celebrate their birthdays from the
    staff’s point of view!

     

    On an idol’s birthday, that member takes center stage.

    Fans of birthday members are always excited for these days to roll around, as they get to
    see their favorite idol featured as the star of the show.

     

    Understandably, fans prepare for every birthday celebration.

    Fans also help each other to make birthdays more exciting by providing flowers to decorate the venue and distributing special glowsticks to visitors to use during the live performances.


    Below are some impressive pictures from Fushiki Yukino’s birthday celebration on July 17,2022!

     

    We also have some pictures from Fuuka Oishi’s birthday event on July 24!

    Additionally, a birthday celebration for Kurumi Tsukishiro was held on August 11.

     

    Each event is a memorable day for the birthday girl and fans alike, as each venue is
    decorated in the celebrant’s member color! We’d like to give our thanks to everyone who
    came to celebrate!

     

    On August 21, Ririka Satsuki will celebrate her special day.

    As you can see below, IDOLATER is filled with summer birthdays. 

     

    IDOLATER Member’s Birthdays: 

    January 7 – Aya Okuda

    July 17 – Fushiki Yukino

    July 25 – Fuuka Oishi

    August 9 – Kurumi Tsukishiro

    August 17 – Ririka Satsuki

     

    A celebration for the only winter-born member, Aya Okuda, will be held on January 7,
    2023, so be sure to plan accordingly!

     

    Next week’s KAWAII LAB report will focus on FRUITS ZIPPER. 

    Stay tuned for the next installment of the IDOLATER series!

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Teams Up with Zunda Saryo as Final LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Collaboration

    02.August.2022 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu recently wrapped up her 10th-anniversary tour with an extra performance in Okinawa on July 23. After completing 30 shows over six months, the longest tour of her career, Kyary will perform a solo concert at Nippon Budokan on October 19 to truly conclude this epic tour.

     

    As part of her tour, the singer has continued to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities with the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project. At each tour location, the artist collaborates with a local company, creating special collaboration logos and products that have become the talk of social media. Kyary has announced the final collaboration for the project, bringing the total to 32. 

     

    During the national tour, the Miyagi concert scheduled for June 25 was canceled due to difficulties at the planned venue, Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi, after an earthquake hit off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture in March. Although the artist wasn’t able to hold her planned performance in the area, she still wants to share the charm of Miyagi with the rest of Japan. The singer will team up with Zunda Saryo, a leading company in the area, for a special release.

    Zunda-mochi is a traditional treat popular in Sendai. Loved for centuries, this seasonal delicacy is made by boiling and mashing young soybeans which can only be harvested for a few short days in summer before they turn yellow and ripen. These are then mixed with sugar and wrapped around a rice cake. Zunda Saryo produces many different varieties of this luxurious treat, allowing people to eat them whenever and however they like. From the Zunda Shake to the Zunda Roll Cake, these sweets contain many health benefits–they are rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. So don’t feel any guilt the next time you eat your fill!

     

    For this collaboration, Zunda Saryo’s reimagined logo pays homage to the artwork seen on the jacket of the ‘KPP 2014 JAPAN ARENA TOUR COLORFUL PANIC TOYBOX’ Blu-ray release. The company’s edamame-inspired mark has been redesigned to feature Kyary’s distinctive headpieces, and the artist can be seen smiling with a Zunda Shake in hand.

    A colorful collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only starting July 29, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Miyagi Prefecture to help repair the Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi which was damaged by the June earthquake.

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #8: FRUITS ZIPPER Members Discuss Their Hot New Track ‘RADIO GALAXY’

    29.July.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.

     

    On July 29, FRUITS ZIPPER released their 4th single RADIO GALAXY. The music video makes full use of CG to express the group’s worldview and is sure to attract attention for its immense creativity, which breaks through the borders of the idol industry. 

     

    Today, we’re sitting down with four members of FRUITS ZIPPER–Amane Tsukiashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Luna Nakagawa, and Noel Hayase–to chat about the release of RADIO GALAXY.

     

     

    When you first heard RADIO GALAXY, what did you think? 

     

    ーHayase

    “I thought it really shined, and it was like every single part of the song was totally
    different!! The rhythm changes and the overall atmosphere changes too, but that’s
    something that has become typical of FRUITS ZIPPER. Personally, I love it.”

     

    ーNakagawa

    “It’s an incredible song! I love songs that change the rhythm and tone throughout, so I was super happy to be able to sing this one!” 

     

    ーChinzei
    “It blew me away like no other song ever has. I could tell from the intro that it would
    become our signature song.” 

     

    ーTsukiashi

    “It’s so fun how the tune changes throughout. I really wanted to try rapping, so I’m glad
    that we could include that too!”

     

     

    What have fans been saying about RADIO GALAXY? What have their impressions been?

     

    ーHayase

    “I’ve heard a lot of our fans say that they love this track. During our live shows, fans love to dance along and shake their penlights in tune with the rhythm while doing our moves, you know? I’ve heard a lot of people say that keeping up with this song will be way too difficult. (laugh)”

     

    ーNakagawa

    “I’ve heard a lot of different comments! People have said it sounds fresh, it sounds cool, it’s satisfying…one person said that they’d never heard an idol song like it!” 

     

    ーChinzei

    “Everyone around me is a RADIO GALAXY fan. They’ve only seen it performed live so far, so I’ve heard a lot of fans say that they love the moment the curtain opens and we’re doing the pose. (laugh)”

     

    ーTsukiashi

    “A lot of fans have said that it’s super fun and that they don’t get sick of listening to it since the tune changes so much!” 

     

    Tell us a story about RADIO GALAXY. Maybe something that hasn’t been shared yet. 

     

    ーHayase

    “When we recieved this song, one thing hadn’t been decided–who was going to rap. We ended up all working together with our voice coach and we’d perform the rap part one by one like we were auditioning. We had so much fun taking turns rapping, and we ended up praising each other’s specific way of doing it and what we’d each bring to the song. (laugh) Finally, Misa (Kimura) each assigned us our parts, but she also listened to our thoughts and our wishes, which was wonderful.” 

     

    ーNakagawa

    “We all held an audition for the rap part since we all wanted to do it. Noel was definitely the best, so she got the part by a landslide. (laugh)” 

     

    ーChinzei

    “Right before the final chorus, there’s some neat choreography (in slow motion) as a meteor flies overhead, and the other members support me as I reach up to catch it. It’s like our hearts become one at that moment. Sometimes, if I’m really hungry, I’ll eat a meteorite.” 

     

    ーTsukiashi

    “The first line in the song is “Let’s go!” During recording, we said it over and over in all kinds of ways and they picked the best take. When I heard the finished product, I was surprised! When you see us perform this song live, I want you to compare those small nuances.”

     

     

    Leave us with one last comment, please!

     

    ーHayase

    RADIO GALAXY has become a group favorite, and it’s a song that’s incredibly important to us. I hope everyone will cherish this song along with us, and I hope that you’ll listen to it over and over and really enjoying to the max when you see us live!” 

     

    ーNakagawa

    “After only being able to hear RADIO GALAXY live, now that the music video is out, I’m happy that the fans will be able to hear it whenever they like. We also say “FRUITS ZIPPER” in the lyrics at the beginning of the song, so I really hope this will become our representative track.”

     

    ーChinzei

    “I personally love this song so much, and I want everyone else to love it too. I love it so much that I want aliens to hear it.”

     

    ーTsukiashi

    “I really think that only FRUITS ZIPPER could sing this song. I’ll sing it with care, so please listen to it as much as you can!”

     

     

    Next week’s KAWAII LAB report will focus on IDOLATER. 

     

    Be sure to stay tuned for the next report on FRUITS ZIPPER!

  • Idol Group FRUITS ZIPPER Releases 4th Single ‘RADIO GALAXY,’ Music Video Revealed

    29.July.2022 | 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.

     

    This spring, the group released the song Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, which exploded in popularity on TikTok racking up over 200 million plays. The song also ranked on the TikTok HOT SONGS list and ranked at #1 on Spotify’s viral chart. Fans requested a music video, and after its release, it pulled in over 1.1 million views in one month.

     

    The group’s long-awaited new single RADIO GALAXY was released on July 29, 2022.

    This is FRUITS ZIPPER’s 4th single, created in collaboration with trackmaker, singer, and producer YUC’e, who has provided songs for numerous artists and idols in the past.

     

    YUC’e is known for her dance music inlaid with ‘KAWAII’ elements, and the artist has become incredibly popular both in Japan and abroad. It’s no surprise that she chose to work with the adorable members of FRUITS ZIPPER, who are aiming to bring Harajuku culture to fans around the world.

     

    A music video for RADIO GALAXY was posted to YouTube ahead of the song’s streaming release.

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER’s artist photos were created by YUKARI, a video director, art director, and 3DCG artist from the digital creative company OFBYFOR TOKYO.

     

    RADIO GALAXY – FRUITS ZIPPER (Music Video)

    A special campaign to celebrate the release of the new song is ongoing on a number of music streaming sites. In addition, FRUITS ZIPPER will hold their first solo concert at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM on September 12.

     

    For a long time, RADIO GALAXY was only known to fans in the in-crowd who saw it performed at FRUITS ZIPPER live shows. Now, everyone can dance along! 

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Concludes National Tour, Final Performance to be Held at Nippon Budokan in October

    26.July.2022 | MUSIC

    On July 23, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu held an extra performance at Koza Music Town in Okinawa as a part of her 10th-anniversary tour, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE.’ The tour has also been held to promote the singer’s latest album, Candy Racer.

    The tour began on January 16 at Atsugi City Cultural Hall in Kanagawa. Kyary created the tour to both thank fans for the past 10 years of support and to help those around Japan to forget the gloomy days of the pandemic, giving them a new happy memory to hold onto.

     

    The tour was the longest in the singer’s career, with Kyary performing 30 shows over a six-month period. The tour marked the first time the artist had held a solo concert in Yamagata, Akita, Nara, Tottori, and Nagasaki. 

    “I know some of you will be watching me perform for the first time, so I’ve prepared plenty of songs to get you pumped up,” the artist called out during her first Okinawa performance. The setlist included Candy Racer and Dodonpa from Kyary’s new album, as well as classic tracks like PONPONPON, Tsukematsukeru, and CANDY CANDY for a total of 18 tracks. The venue was lively and filled with smiles until the very last moment.

    During the encore, Kyary chatted with the audience, expressing her gratitude as she wrapped up six long months of touring. 

     

    “What would it feel like to tour for six months? I had a lot of thoughts about what it would be like, but now that it’s over, I want to do it all over again. This tour made me realize how lucky I am–I get so much energy and joy from everyone. You’re the reason that I can enjoy doing these concerts. You’re all a part of me,” Kyary said. “I want to thank all of my fans! I want to thank everyone!”

    In April, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed at Coachella 2022, one of the world’s largest music festivals. The artist received incredible acclaim both in Japan and abroad.

     

    In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. 

     

    This project was a new attempt to enliven local communities by collaborating with companies that have roots in the rural locations where Kyary’s concerts were held. These company’s logos were reimagined, paying homage to the artwork associated with Kyary’s previous song releases. Over the course of the tour, Kyary collaborated with 31 local businesses, including a collab with Little Tokyo when the artist visited the U.S. in April. 

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who has overcome a number of trials and difficulties during her career, will hold her first solo performance at Nippon Budokan in six years on October 19. Tickets are on sale now, and fans can look forward to a memorable night!

     

    Photo by Masamune Maeda

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Okinawa’s Okashi Goten for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project

    25.July.2022 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu inspired music lovers around the world in April when she performed at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals on Earth. The second half of the singer’s 10th anniversary nationwide tour 31-show has begun, and in conjunction with this special event, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. As with past concert locations, a new collaboration has been announced ahead of Kyary’s June 23 performance in Okinawa, where the artist held an additional show. 

    In Okinawa, Kyary is teaming up with the popular souvenir shop Okashi Goten, known for its Beni-imo (purple sweet potato) tarts. The shop itself looks similar to Shuri Castle from the outside, and as guests enter, they’re surrounded by products made exclusively from Okinawan ingredients. This collaboration pays homage to where it all began, with the special logo inspired by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s 2011 debut mini-labum Moshi Moshi Harajuku

    Fans will be able to buy a special box of these tasty tarts, with the outside stamped with ‘Moshi Moshi Beni-imo Tart’ and a drawing of Kyary inspired by the cover of her 2011 album. 

     

    This item is now available at all shops offering Okashi Goten products and at the Okashi Goten online store.

    A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only starting July 22.

  • KAWAII LAB. is a project spearheaded by ASOBISYSTEM with the aim of introducing the world to popular Japanese idol culture. The idol group IDOLATER was born from this idea, and in April,the original three members–Aya Okuda, Kurumi Tsukishiro, and Yukino Fushiki–welcomed two new faces, Ririka Satsuki and Fuuka Oishi.
    In this report, we’re taking a look at IDOLATER’s incredible music. These are three of the staff’s favorite tracks, so be sure to give them a listen!

     

    1. Swipin’ Flickin’

     

    IDOLATER’s first original song, this track has been performed at nearly every event since its release in April 2019.
    It can be tough to break it down into one genre, but we’d call it ‘digital funk.’
    Since the original track only includes the original lineup, check out this live video of Swipin’ Flickin’ performed by all current members!

     

    Swipin’ Flickin’ – IDOLATER (Live at Ebisu CreAto, April 24, 2022)

     

     

    2. Kesenai…

     

    This was the title track of the first single CD released by IDOLATER in November 2021.
    This song highlights the cool side of the group and was the last song released by the original three members alone. The track is the culmination of the group’s hard work, and hearing it sung by five members embodies an even more powerful and expressive IDOLATER. This was also the first Japanese title given original IDOLATER song. In English, it translates to ‘unfading.’

     

     

    3. DIAMOND

     

    This track was released by IDOLATER in June 2021. The first song released by the original three members, it was a fitting start for the group, and its powerful sound is best experienced at a live concert. With the addition of two new members, the song has leveled up and become the most emotional of IDOLATER’s lineup. A video filmed and edited by member Kurumi Tsukishiro has
    been posted to YouTube.

     

    IDOLATER / DIAMOND (Making of “IDOLATER” Video)

     

    These are three of the best IDOLATER songs as chosen by our staff. But just because they’re our favorite doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t listen to the rest of IDOLATER’s incredible lineup! The group’s music is available on most music streaming services, so be sure to check them out!

    Stay tuned for the next report, where we’ll be highlighting FRUITS ZIPPER.

    Be sure to stay tuned for the next report on IDOLATER!

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Nagasaki’s Famous ‘Hamburger Shop Hikari’

    21.July.2022 | FOOD / MUSIC

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has made waves around the world since performing at Coachella, one of the world’s largest music festivals, in April. 

     

    Currently embarking on the second half of her 10th anniversary 31-show nationwide tour, the singer is gaining momentum as she aims for her solo concert at Nippon Budokan in October. As part of her tour, the singer has continued to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities with the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project. At each tour location, the artist collaborates with a local company, creating special collaboration logos and products that have become the talk of social media. Details of Kyary’s collab project in Nagasaki have been revealed after the artist performed in the prefecture on July 18.

     

    In Nagasaki, the artist will collaborate with Hamburger Shop Hikari, a beloved local restaurant that originally opened in 1951. Sasebo burgers are well known in Japan, and all ingredients are sourced from Sasebo City in Nagasaki. These burgers are much larger than the burgers you may be used to and have become a local delicacy throughout the country.

     

    After the war, a U.S. military base was established in Sasebo. The recipe for the Sasebo burger is said to have originated from a recipe found on this base in the 1950s. The collaboration with Hamburger Shop Hikari, known as the origin of these famous burgers, pays tribute to Kyary’s new single Maybe Baby. The adorable visual shows a waitress at the shop delivering tasty burgers in a hurry.

    A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only starting July 17, so grab one while you can.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with Miyazaki Chicken Nanban Shop Aji no Ogura for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project

    19.July.2022 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Currently on the second half of her 10th anniversary 31-show nationwide tour, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has continued to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities with the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project. At each tour location, the artist collaborates with a local company, creating special collaboration logos and products that have become the talk of social media. Details of Kyary’s collab project in Miyazaki have been revealed ahead of her July 16th concert. 

     

    In Miyazaki, the artist will collaborate with Aji no Ogura, which opened in 1956 and is known as the birthplace of Chicken Nanban. The dish’s roots stem from an old western restaurant called ‘London’ located in Nobeoka City, where it was often prepared for the staff. The founder of Aji no Ogura, Kai Yoshimitsu, trained at the London restaurant. Chicken Nanban is now very popular in Miyazaki and throughout Japan, featuring deep-fried breast meat marinated in sweet vinegar and topped with tartar sauce.

     

    The collaboration with Aji no Ogura pays tribute to Kyary’s latest album CANDY RACER, which is also the name of her current tour. The shop’s logo has also been transformed into something much more colorful. 

    A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only starting July 14, so grab one quickly!

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #6: FRUITS ZIPPER’s Newest Track Hits #1 on Spotify Japan’s Viral Chart

    15.July.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.

     

    The group’s second single, Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, was released on April 29,
    2022, and has been played more than 200 million times on TikTok in the two months since its release. 

    Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro was created to affirm all idols and the countless fans who
    support them. Both popular Japanese idols and everyday girls across the country have
    posted videos of themselves dancing to the song, and its positive lyrics shine through,
    oozing self-confidence while also praising the listener over and over. The track reached #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart on June 28.

     

     

    Today, we’re sitting down with three members of FRUITS ZIPPER–Karen Matsumoto, Yui Sakurai, and Mana Manaka—to discuss the incredibly popular song Watashino Ichiban
    Kawaiitokoro. 

     

     

     

    This question is for Karen Matsumoto and Yui Sakurai–what kinds of reactions have you had from fans regarding your vocals on this track?

    -Matsumoto

    “A lot of people have said that some of the lyrics are really quotable. That makes me so
    happy, I keep practicing singing the track as cutely as possible when I’m at home!” 

     

    -Sakurai

    “The track is called The Cutest Thing About Me, so a lot of fans will quote the song, telling me that I’m the cutest and that they “love, love, love it!” ♡♡ 

     

    On TikTok, I’ve seen a lot of comments asking who sings the “love, love, love it” line, and it blows my mind that so many people would talk about my singing! It was such a huge surprise and it makes me so, so happy. 

     

    I think that my fans are the best, but obviously, that’s something I really can’t say out loud…(laughs)

     

    But through music, I can express that feeling, so I’m incredibly grateful for that. ♡ (laughs)

     

    This was such an influential song for me, and I’m so glad that so many people loved the
    title and the lyrics!” ♡

     

     

     

    Tell us a story related to Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro that we haven’t heard yet.
    Something that you haven’t told fans either!

     

    -Manaka

    “When we were shooting the music video, there was a moment when the other members
    were all standing behind the camera and praising me like they were taking photos of their
    kids during graduation or something. They just kept saying how cute I was, I was so
    embarrassed! (laughs)

    Everyone was so cute that day, but they were so focused on me throughout the entire
    shoot. I feel like the word ‘cute’ was said on set so many times that day it could have
    broken a world record!” (laugh)

     

    What exactly is “Super Karen Time?”

    -Matsumoto

    “I have a solo line in the song that goes “even when we can’t meet up, I can’t stop thinking about the expression on your face.” After I sing that, I squint while I look out at the
    audience, and one fan gestured to me before shouting “Super Karen Time!””

     

     

    What do you want fans to really pay attention to when they’re listening to the song?

    -Matsumoto

    “During the part that goes ‘do you like going out with me,’ I always make a heart with my
    fingers at the fans in the middle who are watching me, so keep an eye out for that!” ♡

     

    -Sakurai

    “There are many different types of ‘cute,’ but this song, in particular, is the very fluffy and soft kind of cute. When I’m performing on stage, I flip a switch and go into 1000%
    sugary-sweet mode! (laugh)

     

    I’d appreciate it if the men out watching imagine that I’m being sugary-sweet just for them though!” (laugh)

     

    -Manaka

    “As a member of the group, I’m usually not the one acting too cutesy, but this music video was shot to be as cute as possible. I went all out and even wore my hair in high pigtails,
    which is something I’d never done live before. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it, it’s
    actually become my favorite hairstyle now!” ♡

     

     

    To conclude, tell us anything you’d like about Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro!

     

    -Matsumoto

    “I really, really love this song, and I hope you will too!!!!” ♡

     

    -Sakurai

    “I’m so glad that so many people are loving this song! So many people are listening on
    TikTok, watching the music video, and subscribing to our channel…thank you so much! 

    We’ll do our best every day to become a group that everyone loves and to make songs that everyone enjoys!” ♡

     

    -Manaka

    Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro is a song that’s packed with so much. The song, the
    dance, and the music video are all filled with so much cuteness, so if you feel like you need some of that in your daily life, please listen to it as much as you can!” ❤️

     

    Next week’s KAWAII LAB report will focus on IDOLATER. 

     

    Be sure to stay tuned for the next report on FRUITS ZIPPER!

     

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #5: The Original Members Behind IDOLATER

    08.July.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    KAWAII LAB. is a project spearheaded by ASOBISYSTEM with the aim of introducing the world to popular Japanese idol culture. The idol group IDOLATER was born from this idea, and in April, the original three members–Aya Okuda, Kurumi Tsukishiro, and Yukino Fushiki–welcomed two new faces, Ririka Satsuki and Fuuka Oishi. These five girls are taking the idol world by storm!

     

    Today, we’re introducing Yukino Fushiki, Aya Okuda, and Kurumi Tsukishiro. 

    Check out the previous introductions here:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/606964

     

    Yukino Fushiki

     

    ▼Social Media Accounts
    Twitter / Instagram

    ▼Birthday
    July 17, 1997

    ▼Height
    148cm

    ▼Blood Type
    O

    ▼Birthplace
    Himi, Toyama Prefecture

    ▼Favorite Foods

    Ramen, Yukhoe, Offal, Tako Wasabi, Donburi

    ▼Favorite Musical Artists

    YUI, Mao Abe, Zutomayo, Momoe Yamaguchi, yonige, BiSH, IDOLATER

    ▼Favorite Manga/Anime/TV Shows/Radio Shows

    Love Live!, K-On!, Kuroko’s Basketball, The Laughing Salesman

    Todaiou, Wednesday’s Downtown

    ▼Best Way to Spend a Day Off

    Eating alone, Singing karaoke alone, Watching horror movies

    ▼Favorite Phrase
    Put your heart and soul into everything you do.
    Food tastes better when someone else is paying.

    ▼Places She’d Like to Visit
    San Francisco, Saturn


    ▼Favorite Part of Herself
    My uniqueness

    ▼Goals for 2022
    To perform a concert in my hometown!
    An ad for IDOLATER to be posted in Harajuku!
    To cook for myself as much as possible!
    To write a song!

    ▼Color
    Purple

     

    Standing at only 4’10’’, the petite Yukino has an incredibly dynamic and powerful singing voice that’s essential for IDOLATER’s live performances. While the new member Ririka Satsuki uses her singing technique to make an impact, Yukino relies on pure power. 

     

    The singer has recently begun appearing on variety shows, and fans are welcome to check out her work on YouTube!

     

    [The Legendary Project is Back!] Fake Hypnotist Nishida Sends Itakura into Tears of Laughter

    https://youtu.be/wpKmmrm6c3M

     

    [Inspection] Ranjatai and Jessica Shinkuu Mess with People and it Goes too Far

    https://youtu.be/P3sid6sqyaE

     

    As the ‘little giant’ of the group, Yukino Fushiki is continuing to appear on variety shows while performing live as a proud member of IDOLATER.

     

    Aya Okuda

     

    ▼Social Media Accounts
    Twitter / Instagram

    ▼Birthday
    January 7, 2001

    ▼Height
    170cm

    ▼Blood Type
    O

    ▼Birthplace
    Fukui Prefecture

    ▼Favorite Foods

    Rice, Bread, Sweets, Salmon Roe Bowl

    ▼Favorite Musical Artist
    BiSH

    ▼Favorite Manga/Anime/TV Show/Radio Show

    Chibi Maruko-chan

    ▼Best Way to Spend a Day Off
    Cleaning the house

    ▼Favorite Word
    Happy

    ▼Place She’d Like to Visit
    Yukino Fushiki’s house

    ▼Favorite Part of Herself
    My face, my height

    ▼Goal for 2022
    To get 100,000 Instagram followers!

    ▼Color
    White

     

    IDOLATER’s fashion icon, she was chosen as a model for the newly-renewed Harajuku-focused magazine Zipper, receiving massive acclaim. 

     

    Her followers on Instagram are varied, with both domestic and international audiences taking an interest. Fans both young and old, male and female are paying attention to her account, which is approaching 100,000 followers. 

     

    Okuda studied fashion in high school and specializes in remaking clothing and creating costumes.

     

    Aya Okuda truly is the fashion icon of IDOLATER. 

     

    Kurumi Tsukishiro

     

    ▼Social Media Accounts
    Twitter / Instagram / TikTok

    ▼Birthday
    August 9, 2001

    ▼Height
    158.8cm

    ▼Blood Type
    O

    ▼Birthplace
    Saitama Prefecture

    ▼Favorite Foods

    Sukiyaki, Eel, Ramen, Oyakodon, Kakuni, Chocolate


    ▼Favorite Musical Artists
    =LOVE, ≠ME, PinocchioP

    ▼Favorite Manga/Anime/TV Shows/Radio Shows 
    A3!, My Hero Academia, Shugo Chara!, SPYxFAMILY, Kajiyarou!!!, Monday Late Show

    ▼Best Way to Spend a Day Off

    Visiting cafes, Doing otaku things

    ▼Favorite Phrases
    Today is sure to be a good day.
    Apologem. 


    ▼Places She’d Like to Visit

    Hokkaido and Okinawa! I haven’t been to either!

    ▼Favorite Part of Herself

    I like that I’m the cutest in the universe and that I work as hard as I can on things I love! I love my black eyes and my dark hair, and I eat a little faster than other people!

    ▼Goals for 2022

    I want to spend more time focusing on the little things that make me happy. I also want to become more proactive.

    ▼Color
    Red

     

    Who is the youngest but most reliable member of IDOLATER?

    Kurumi loves to socialize and often asks for the other member’s help selling limited-time merch. 

    She says that IDOLATER is the best group. 

    Kurumi is an idol lover herself and very knowledgeable about the idol world.

    Fans should always remember her greeting: “I love you more than anything in the universe!” 

     

    Stay tuned for the next installment of the IDOLATER series.

     

    Next week’s KAWAII LAB report will focus on FRUITS ZIPPER! 

     

  • Upcoming Film ‘We Are Not Alone,’ Starring Yutaro, to Release in December

    07.July.2022 | MOVIE

    The popular actor Yutaro will star in the upcoming film We Are Not Alone, scheduled to release in theaters in December 2022.

     

    The film promises to be a unique take on the world of today, focusing heavily on justice, greed, and egoism. It will be directed by Tomoaki Kaneko and produced by yucca. 


    The film will ruthlessly depict the contrast between the darkness of adults and today’s youth. It will take place in a desolate shopping district and follow the main character, Shun Miyata (Yutaro), who is not good at interacting with others, and who works part-time at a bento shop. More information will be announced on the official film website soon, so keep an eye out!

     

    Comment from Tomoaki Kaneko (Director)

    “What are we living for? Everyone has their own story,  their own reasons, and their own justifications. It may seem easy to distinguish between right and wrong, but everyone has their own beliefs, and some of those thoughts may be distorted. Rather than immediately labeling someone as ‘evil,’ the world might be made a little better if we can imagine why people do what they do. 

    This film is set in Tokyo, but the story doesn’t depict the standard ‘positive, glamorous, fun’ version of Tokyo, instead telling a more somber and lonely story. The actors expressed themselves in such a powerful way, and I was impressed by the way they took on these challenging roles. 

    This story may not be upbeat, but it can be perceived in so many different ways depending on the viewer. I hope that the positivity in the film will come through and inspire everyone to see things from a different angle.”

     

    Comment from Yutaro

    “I’m Yutaro, and I play Shun Miyata.

    I didn’t expect to be cast in the lead role after the audition, so the pressure was immediately on! But when I read the script, I was told by the director and staff that I was the only person who could play the part of Shun. I was immediately determined to do my best. 

    The film tells the story of a young man who is slowly moving towards the future and searching for his own right answer. Is love what he imagined it to be, and are the righteous words he’s been saying really righteous at all? I hope you’ll come to see the film in theaters and connect with it in some way. We are not alone.”

     

    Summary

    Shun Miyata isn’t good at interacting with people. Submitting his work to tons of publishers to fulfill his dream of becoming a novelist, the response isn’t great. Needing a change of pace, he moves to Tokyo and starts working part-time at a bento shop. The friendly and beautiful shopkeeper Yuriko Kodama and another part-time worker Yuka Kosaka welcome him to the city, and his new life in Tokyo seems to be off to a good start.


    But happiness doesn’t always last.

    One day, Shun and Yuka discover Yuriko’s secret–a brutal plan involving the entire shopping district and the local chairman Saiki.  Agonizing over their inability to take any action, Shun and Yuka begin to grow closer.

     

    What are these two young people feeling? An ordinary landscape can hold unexpected darkness, and this work will bring those fears to light. 

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