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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  • New Idol Group from KAWAII LAB Project Reveals 2 More Members

    19.January.2023 | MUSIC

    In March 2023, a brand-new idol group from KAWAII LAB will be born, furthering the project’s aim to introduce Japanese idol culture to the world. The first two members of the mysterious group were revealed in December 2022 and two more members have just been announced.

    Following Rino Fukuyama and Mizuki Kirihara, gravure model Natsu Minami and experienced idol Nanako Ogawa have joined the new group. The number of members has not yet been revealed, but more additions to the group are expected to be announced ahead of the girl’s March 2023 debut.

     

    The group’s name and debut concert details will be announced in the future.

     

    Following the stunning success of both IDOLATER and FRUITS ZIPPER, we’re looking forward to seeing KAWAII LAB’s third group!

     

    <Member Comments>


    Natsu Minami

    “Nice to meet you! I’m Natsu Minami, but you can call me Nattan.
    I’ve worked as a model in the past, including some gravure shoots. From this point on, I’m going to use what I’ve learned to improve my singing and dancing, so look forward to it!

    This is my first time taking lessons like this and participating in recording sessions. I’ve worked alone in the past, but the other members have been so supportive and I love them already! I’ll do my best to show you all how much I’ve grown when we debut!”

    Birthplace: Tokyo
    Height: 156cm
    Birthday: March 17, 2001
    Talent: Making clothes
    Hobbies: Photography, cosplay

     

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/nattanntan
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nattanntan/
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@nattanntan


    Nanako Ogawa

    “I’m incredibly grateful to be surrounded by girls who have experience as idols and who have such amazing potential. I can’t believe I’m here.

    Now that I’m spending time with these incredibly strong members each day, I can’t wait until we make our debut!

    I’ll do my absolute best to devote myself to this group in my own way, so I hope you’ll support me!”

     

    Birthplace: Hokkaido
    Height: 160cm
    Birthday: October 1, 1999
    Talents: Figure skating, finding ♡ in my everyday life, memorizing choreography quickly
    Hobbies: Taking selfies, fortune telling, social media, watching mukbangs

     

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/__nchisan__
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/__nchisan__/
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@__nachisan__

  • New Idol Group from KAWAII LAB Project Coming in March 2023

    13.January.2023 | MUSIC

    In March 2023, a brand-new idol group from KAWAII LAB will be announced, furthering the project’s aim to introduce Japanese idol culture to the world. Two members have been announced ahead of the group’s debut.

    Rino Fukuyama and Mizuki Kirihara have been announced as members, both having former idol experience. It’s unclear how many members the group will have in total, but more details are expected to be revealed in the coming months.

     

    We’re looking forward to seeing what KAWAII LAB’s third group will be, following the stunning success of both IDOLATER and FRUITS ZIPPER.

    <Member Comments>

    Rino Fukuyama

    “I’m Rino Fukuyama, also known as Rinomaru, and I’m happy to announce that I’ll be a member of a new idol group from KAWAII LAB. It still feels like a dream, and I’m so excited to work in a totally new environment.
    Lessons have already started, and seeing the incredible potential of the other members has me so excited to see what’s to come. Honestly, I think we’re going to be one of the strongest groups out there, so be sure to stay tuned!
    I’m looking forward to taking on all kinds of new challenges. We’re all going to make our dreams come true, so please support us!”

     

    Birthplace: Tokyo
    Height: 155cm
    Birthday: December 24
    Talents: Dance, Choreography, English (Spent time abroad)
    Hobbies: Watching girls’ basketball, Cosmetics

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/aksb_rino
    Instagram: 
    https://www.instagram.com/rinomaru_/
    TikTok: 
    https://www.tiktok.com/@rinomaru_

    Mizuki Kirihara

    “I’m so happy that I’ll be an idol in this new environment with these wonderful members.
    I hope everyone will support me as I do what I love and strive to become more expressive and strong.
    We’re getting ready to show you so many different sides of ourselves, and we’ll be sure to never lose our sense of gratitude.
    I’ll pour everything I have into this and will make my dreams come true, and in the future, I want to show those who support me so many unique things!”


    Birthplace: Ibaraki Prefecture
    Height: 148cm
    Birthday: February 21, 2003
    Talent: Dance
    Hobbies: Music, Leaning languages (Korean, English)

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/kirihara_mizuki
    Instagram: 
    https://www.instagram.com/kirihara_mizuki/
    TikTok: 
    https://www.tiktok.com/@kirihara_mizuki

     

    <Comment from KAWAII LAB. Producer Misa Kimura>
    “I’m so pleased to announce that a new group is on the way from KAWAII LAB. As always, I’ll do my very best to make KAWAII LAB the best it can be–a place where these girls can be serious about their idol careers and bring audiences the biggest possible thrills. Between IDOLATER, FRUITS ZIPPER, and this new group, I hope you’re looking forward to what’s coming from KAWAII LAB!”

  • Report: FRUITS ZIPPER Holds First Concert in Taiwan for New Years Event, 70,000 in Attendance

    11.January.2023 | FEATURES / FES / MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER will hold a solo concert at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA on February 12, 2023. The idol group’s representative track Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro has pulled in over 600 million plays on TikTok. 

     

    The group debuted in April 2022 with the concept ‘from Harajuku to the world.’ Within their first year, FRUITS ZIPPER has attracted fans from around the world, holding their first overseas event in Thailand in October.

    On December 31, the girls took to the stage in Tainan, Taiwan for the Tainan Christmas and New Year’s Eve Party. Many popular Taiwanese artists, including W0LF(S), the Korean idol group EPEX, and Aaron Yan from the boy band Fahrenheit performed at the event which attracted over 100,000 people.

    Aaron Yan announced FRUITS ZIPPER as they headed to the stage and the audience quickly burst into excited cheers. While many in the audience had never heard of the idol group before, their curiosity was piqued by the sound of local fans. 

    After performing RADIO GALAXY, the members introduced themselves one by one in Chinese, much to the delight of the audience. 

    The group then performed Sekaiwa Kimikara Hajimaru. The music video for the song was uploaded to YouTube on December 25 and has pulled in over 60,000 views to date. Soap bubbles floated and sparkled throughout the venue during the song, and to show their cool side, the girls then switched to We are Frontier, a fan favorite.

    Aaron reappeared for the next MC section, interviewing the FRUITS ZIPPER members. “People in Taiwan are so incredibly kind,” said Noel Hayase. “They have been so nice to me and it’s made me so happy.” When asked how she felt about so many people in the audience knowing the song Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, Suzuka Chinsei answered with a smile. “We’re so happy that so many people love FRUITS ZIPPER and our music. You’ve given us so much love, and we’ll keep giving that love back through our music. We want to reach the whole world, the whole universe!” She finished by saying “I love you” in Chinese. 

    As expected, the girls finished their set by performing the song Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro. When the familiar intro began playing, the audience erupted in cheers, and fans danced together during the chorus. Again, soap bubbles filled the venue and the audience was transformed to match FRUITS ZIPPER’s kawaii style. As the song came to a close, the girls said goodbye in Chinese. 

    The event was broadcast live on the Taiwanese TV channel TVBS and was streamed live on YouTube, pulling in 30,000 viewers during FRUITS ZIPPER’s performance.

     

    Only eight months following their debut, FRUITS ZIPPER performed live in front of 100,000 people, with 70,000 in attendance and 30,000 viewing virtually. Given their incredible success in Taiwan, 2023 is sure to be a big year for these budding idols!

     

    Photo: Harry Huang

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #17 ~All About IDOLATER’s New Artist Photo~

    23.December.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    Culture-Holic group IDOLATER is known for exploring the boundary of music, fashion, and other unique aspects of culture through an idol perspective. 

     

    Last time, we chatted with the members about their new costumes. Today, we sat down to discuss the newest artist photo. 

     

    All About IDOLATER’s New Outfits:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/664662

     

     

    ―Tell us about shooting the new artist photo!

    Ririka: The image was shot by the ocean, and I think it really compliments the new outfits!

     

    Ayu: This was shot at Kujukuri Beach in Chiba. It was the first time we’ve shot something outside Harajuku, and it was so fun to take the bus with everyone and eat lunch together…it felt like a field trip! (Laugh)

     

    ―It’s a simple shot. That’s rare for an idol group.

    Ayu: It is! The sky and the beach really matched our new costumes. It looks so stylish.

     

    Fuka: The photo is cool and fashionable, which suits our new look!

    I think it’s hard to find an idol artist photo with such a perfect distance between the camera and the members. It really implies that an idol isn’t only cute, but also in vogue and cool. That’s what IDOLATER is going for.

     

    ―Were there any difficulties during shooting?

    Yukino: It was super cold shooting so close to the ocean. I had a really hard time, probably because it was my first time with my stomach showing, and my tummy gets cold easily! Honestly, the hardest part was starting the day at 5:30AM. But it was still fun shooting at Kujukuri Beach, including the trip itself!

     

    Kurumi: It was my first time on an ocean shoot, so I was worried about getting my outfit dirty! I walked more carefully than usual. It was cloudy when we started shooting, but it started to clear up, which made it hard for me to open my eyes because it got so bright.

     

     

    ―Do you have a message for the fans?

    Yukino: Thank you so much for supporting us! I’ve received so many wonderful compliments on the new artist photo from fans, and I’m glad you like our new costumes and makeup. I think it turned out well, and I hope you’ll keep cheering us on going forward!

     

    Kurumi: What do you think of the new photo? It’s different from the last one, isn’t it? I hope you could see a new side of us. We’ll keep showing you tons of unique parts of ourselves in the future!

     

    Ririka: Thank you so much for your support. 

    This is my first new outfit since joining IDOLATER, and I hope it shows off both the cool and the cute aspects of the group. Please keep cheering me on!


    This is the last in the IDOLATER interview series for 2022.

     

    Look forward to more IDOLATER content from MOSHI NIPPON in 2023!

     

     

  • FRUITS ZIPPER Performs for Audiences in 101 Countries in the Metaverse

    23.December.2022 | MUSIC

    The Metaverse Music Festival, a virtual event organized by the global Web3 platform Decentraland, took place starting on November 10, 2022, featuring a number of Japanese artists. 

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER was one of the performing acts, appearing on the MetaTokyo stage on November 11 and November 12.

    According to data from MetaTokyo, a total of 20,000 viewers from 101 countries around the world watched the performances, including those from the United States, Canada, Japan, Spain, Germany, and Brazil.

    This spring, the idol group FRUITS ZIPPER released the track Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, which racked up over 600 million views on TikTok. The music video has amassed over 5.5 million views on YouTube, and despite having just debuted, the girls performed at all major idol festivals over the summer.

     

    In November, the group’s second solo concert at Shibuya WWW X was a major success. In February 2023, the girls will begin the FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER scheduled to conclude at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA on February 12. The group will also perform at a New Year’s Eve event in Tainan, Taiwan. Keep an eye out for them in 2023!

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #16 ~One Year of FRUITS ZIPPER~

    16.December.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER, an up-and-coming idol group from ASOBISYSTEM’s KAWAII LAB project, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” For the past year, the girls have been transmitting what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their growing fanbase.

     

    Recently, we sat down with the members to chat about their first year as idols since debuting in April 2022.

     

    ーWhat has the past year been like as members of FRUITS ZIPPER?

     

    Manaka Mana

    “The past year has been a year of love. I’ve learned so much about myself and see my own weaknesses more than I ever have before!

    I’ve been able to encounter emotions I wasn’t even aware that I could, and I’ve even been able to recognize and verbalize a lot of new dreams and goals for the future!

    Thank you so much!”

    Noel Hayase

    “The past year has been the most packed year of my life. There was something to do every single day–it was so hectic and so fun! I could only think about how thankful I was to be part of FRUITS ZIPPER. I’m sure that we’ve all become stronger over the past year, and I want to keep working hard and expanding our activities more in the coming years!”

     

    Amane Tsukiashi

    “Every day seemed to fly by. I met and talked with so many people, and I was finally able to do the job I had always dreamed of doing.”

    ーYou performed in Thailand this year, highlighting your slogan of ‘From Harajuku to the World.’ Can you tell us any fun stories from that time?

     

    Yui Sakurai

    “I was so happy to see how many people knew about FRUITS ZIPPER–it was more than I could have ever imagined! So many fans told me how happy they were to meet me and it made me so thrilled!

    There were some fans who came from Japan too, and they joined the Thai fans to become Team Yui! I really felt like we had shared Harajuku with the world at that moment.

    I hope that we’ll keep expanding this way and visiting fans around the world. 

    It was such a warm and special day.”

    Luna Nakagawa

    “This was my first time performing overseas and I was nervous about how the audience would react. We weren’t well-known in Thailand, after all–but when we started singing Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, everyone sang along!

    The concert was so warm and the fans were so sweet, I immediately forgot that it was my first big overseas performance. I was full of adrenaline and it just turned out to be so much fun.

    That concert is still my best memory. I can’t wait to go back to Thailand to perform again.

    Since our motto is ‘From Harajuku to the World,’ I hope that we can keep expanding to other countries soon!”

    ーDo you have any goals for the next year in terms of overseas activities?

     

    Suzuka Chinzei

    “I want to do a European tour!

    I’m still studying German, but I’d love to try out my communication skills! 🥺 (I guess I could do that here too, but…)”

    Karen Matsumoto

    “I want to be friends with more overseas fans! 💖

    Honestly, I’d love to become like Kyary, an idol who is now recognized all over the world!”

    ーGive a message to your fans both in Japan and abroad!

     

    Manaka Mana

    “In 2023, I hope that I can spend more time with fans from around the world in person! I want to become stronger and care for those important to me while growing my natural gifts!

    I hope you’re all looking forwards to a powered-up FRUITS ZIPPER!

    Let’s make 2023 a great one!” 🤍

    Noel Hayase

    “Even though we’ve only just debuted, we’ve already been so blessed, invited to perform in Thailand and to spend New Year’s Eve in Taiwan. How have we been abroad so many times already? I want to keep the momentum going, spread my wings and aim for an even bigger stage! To all the international fans, just wait! We’ll keep bringing Harajuku to the rest of the world!”

  • Atarashii Gakko! Performs at Head in the Clouds Festivals in Manila and Jakarta

    15.December.2022 | MUSIC

    Popular dance and vocal unit Atarashii Gakko! performed at the Head in the Clouds music festival on December 3 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and December 8 in Manila, Philippines. Local fans showed up in droves for the incredible show.

     

    The Head in the Clouds music festival is organized by the record label 88Rising, and the event took place in Los Angeles in August. The label is known for representing Asian artists, with YOASOBI also appearing at the two shows in Jakarta and Manila.

    The Jakarta show was attended by around 20,000 people, making it as large as the United States show. The members of Atarashii Gakko!, with their addictive energy and impressive talent, quickly became a talking point among fans not only in the audience but around the world.

     

    In addition to the recent shows in Jakarta and Manila, Atarashii Gakko! recently embarked on a five-show US tour, including a solo performance at the Crunchyroll Expo in San Diego in July. Keep an eye out for what these girls will do next!

    Photo: Lindsey Blane

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #15: All About IDOLATER’s New Outfits

    09.December.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    IDOLATER is known for exploring the boundary of music, fashion, and other unique aspects of culture through an idol perspective. 

     

    We interviewed the five members about their new costumes, which were unveiled for the first time on October 23, 2022.

     

    ーTell us some highlights and stories about the new costumes!

     

    Tsukishiro Kurumi 

    “This is the second time we’ve gotten new outfits as a five-member group! 

    Our first costume was a cool green, black, and white outfit, but this time the cream-colored outfits have a more soft and warm feel.

    Fushiki and I are showing off our stomaches this time around!

    I wonder if that’s a message from the management telling us that we’re the two who always eat before live shows…the thought is scary…should I ask for seconds next time or not…

    Okuda, Oishi, and Satsuki all got normal dresses!

    Also, each member’s specific color is incorporated into their outfit! Some fans might not be sure about their favorite member’s color, but now that they’re easier to recognize, I hope fans will find it easier to wave the right penlights at our live shows! I’ll do my best as the one in charge of the color red!

    I love the skirt the most!

    It’s fun when you’re dancing–the way it flutters is a blast. The skirt’s made of more than one piece of fabric, which makes it more fluffy and beautiful.

    People group Satsuki and I together because we both have the kanji for ‘moon’ in our names. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not, but our belts have pieces that look a little like the moon! I thought it might have been a mistake and I was going to ask about it at the fitting, but I figured I was being a little too negative. There are things in this world that I don’t need to know.

     

    Fushiki Yukino

    “When I first saw the costumes, I thought they were really fresh. They even had our member colors incorporated in them, and the design was something that I’d never seen before in IDOLATER. I was super happy because we wanted the same style outfit!

    Tsukishiro always tells me that I’ve pulled my belt too tight before we go on stage! (Laugh)

    The costume is quite heavy despite how it looks, and I like the way the skirt flutters when I dance. This is the first time I’ve shown my stomach too! I think the silhouette is gorgeous.”

     

    Okuda Ayu

    “It’s a complete change from our green costumes. The five of us are all wearing neat dresses with the same design and silhouette is something we hadn’t seen before! The skirts look so fluffy and flutter so beautifully when I spin, and the high waist looks amazing. 

    The collars have a line with the member’s color and the outfit is so incredibly detailed. If you look closely, you can see that each button is different and there are small animals on the belts. Come see them in person if you can!”

     

    Oishi Fuka

    “IDOLATER has a  really cool and fashionable image, and that really comes through in these new costumes. 

    The skirt has layers of fabric and neat cutouts, and the length is long enough but also shows off our legs a little when we dance.

    Each button is different with designs that symbolize each member, and if you look closely, you can see each member’s color!”

     

    Satsuki Ririka

    “I think these new costumes are attractive and it’s so cute how the skirts flutter when we spin! They look so incredibly good on stage.

    These costumes are a bit different from our previous outfits and remind me of Nogizaka’s outfits. You’ll want to come to see them in person!”

    Keep an eye out for IDOLATER in their new outfits!

  • Report: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Tasty Time in Gastropolis Kobe – Sweets Edition

    03.December.2022 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Kobe is filled with famous sightseeing spots like the nostalgic Ijinkan 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

  • Report: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Tasty Time in Gastropolis Kobe – Kobe Beef & Nada Sake Edition

    02.December.2022 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Kobe is filled with famous sightseeing spots like the nostalgic Ijinkan 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!

     

  • 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

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