I can’t believe it’s tomorrow! The San Francisco Japan event “J-POP SUMMIT” is finally here!!
From 9th to 10th September, the Japanese culture event “J-POP SUMMIT” will be held at the San Francisco Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. This year, many artists, food and drink booths, and booths offering you a very “Japanese” experience have been packed into the venue. Experience Japan to the full at this event!
Make sure you look out for the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON both! This year there will be an AEON booth and MOSHI MOSHI Kimono Salon so please check it out! The AEON booth will be handing out Pokémon pin badges that were so popular in other countries that long queues had formed!
AEON stores nationwide are all Poke Stops – so what are you waiting for? Follow AEON’s SNS thread and get your hands on a Pokémon pin badge!
To commemorate Hatsune Miku’s 10th anniversary, AEON will be showing a special commemoration video. The original song and video is a must-see!
What else is there to do, you ask? You can also try on a Yutaka! Don’t worry – it’s easy! If you’re interested in purchasing it, then you can also buy it on the spot!
MOSHI MOSHI Kimono Salon manages kimono rentals in Harajuku, providing original and authentic kimonos that look just like the ones from the old traditional days. Feel free to try on kimonos here, take photos, and enjoy the range of activities! If you’re interested in buying one, then you can!
Before the artist live performance, please drop by the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON booth!
We’re looking forward to meeting you!
Luxury Kyoto Jewellery Brand NIWAKA Brings its Beautiful Collection to Ginza in Tokyo
NIWAKA is a Japanese jewellery brand that first launched in the city and ancient capital of Kyoto. The company has announced it is set to open a special concept store in Tokyo’s district of Ginza, home to luxury shops, restaurants and outlets.
The new jewellery shop will boast the biggest collection in the country, housing five floors of fashion, bridal, and high jewellery.
NIWAKA’s jewellery is renowned the world over, even being used by Hollywood actresses at the US Acadamy Awards for four years in a row.
The new concept store in Ginza aims to deliver everything about the NIWAKA brand, with its modern interior littered with traditional Japanese motifs. They hope to grow their name even more with stores overseas in the future.
The outside of the store is adorned with gorgeous and sparkling wisteria installations. Their abstract design makes them look like light bunches that sway gracefully.
Inside the store, each floor has its own theme, with traditional elements like lattice and paper sliding doors combined effortlessly with the modern design.
Los Angeles was the first to try NIWAKA’s new collection which was used by famous red carpet actress, and it will now be sold in Japan at the new concept store. The first floor will include a range of fashion jewellery in the company’s “Kyo no Matsuri” range as well as all-new accessories.
Floors 2-4 will house gorgeous bridal jewellery with centre showpieces and tables and chairs on both sides.
Up on the 5th floor will be the high jewellery, accessed via an elevator, which brings you to an incredible sparkling bamboo thicket-like space.
If you’re looking to indulge in some expensive jewellery, worn by the famous actresses of Hollywood, then be sure to check out NIWAKA and visit their new Ginza store. Be on the lookout for future branches opening up in Japan and overseas.フ
Asakusa’s New Conveyor Belt Sushi Chain Kura Sushi Offers a Traditional Japanese Space
Muten Kura Sushi opened the first of its its all-new chain of “global flagship” sushi restaurants in Asakusa BOX on January 22.
This kaitenzushi restaurant, or “conveyor belt sushi,” aims to promote Japanese culture. It wants people, both Japanese and foreign, to rediscover the wonders of kaitezsushi, and what better place to open its first branch than Asakusaーone of the biggest tourist hot spots in Tokyo?
The restaurant’s design and decor takes on a more traditional approach, drawing inspiration of Japan’s Edo period with classic ukiyo-e paintings and paper lanterns adorning the walls, amongst many other things. This classic image of Japan has found its way to the dining space itself too, with flat tables made from plain wood and chairs topped with tatami. This gives it that air of grace and beauty which is typically associated with traditional Japanese culture, as well as a relaxed atmosphere.
The logo used on the restaurant’s paper lanterns, crockery, staff uniform and elsewhere was designed by Japanese art director and creative director Kashiwa Sato. It was created for the brand to be used on all future branches, including all Japanese restaurants and those planned for the US and Taiwan.
The restaurant even has several Japanese festival games for customers to play, like target practice and ring toss. They can win coupons that can be used in the restaurant, and kids can win toys too.
Some of the staff can speak foreign languages too, and tablets that you order food from are available in 4 languages.
Staff also carry a “Langogo Genesis,” a speech translation machine, to allow for smooth customer service. It’s connected to an AI language server which can speak and translate quickly in 104 languages.
This global flagship restaurant also has a self check-in and payment system. Using touch screen, customers will be shown their seats automatically. The AI also adds up how many plates you have used by scanning their QR codes, and this is used to determine how much you need to pay. This means you needn’t wait for someone to bring the bill, you just head straight to the till.
There’s also a smartphone app (called スマホでくら) which you can use to book a table and makes for easy checking in when you arrive at the restaurant.
Head to Kura in Asakusa, Tokyo to enjoy Japan’s longtime affordable and delicious fast food: sushi.
Kura Sushi Asakusa ROX
Address: Asakusa ROX Floor 4F, 1-25-15, Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo)
January 22-26 @ 12:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
From January 27 @ 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
Official Website (English): http://www.kura-corpo.co.jp/en/
Wave, Listen to Me! Anime Series Opening Theme ‘aranami’ to be Performed by tacica
It has been announced that tacica’s new song aranami (“Stormy Seas”) will be used as the opening theme for the upcoming TV anime series Wave, Listen to Me! which is set to premiere on MBS/TBS/BS-TBS and HBC in Japan in April 2020.
The series is an anime adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s manga of the same name, serialised in Monthly Afternoon. Manga legend Samura is known in the West for writing and illustrating Blade of the Immortal.
Wave, Listen to Me! is set in Sapporo, Hokkaido where tacica formed their band. The series tells the story of Minare Koda, who one day spills her woes to a radio station worker. The next day, she hears her conversation with him over the radio. An angry Minare storms into the station to complain, only to be pulled into doing a talk show on the radio. Thus begins her adventure into delving deeper into the world of radio.
aranami was written specifically for the anime adaptation.
Shoichi Igari, the vocalist and guitarist of tacica, said: “I love Hiroaki Samura’s work, because you can guarantee that in all the harshness of the stories, there’ll be beauty and faith. However, ‘Wave, Listen to me!’ is a bit different. It’s more realistic so you can address it more directly, but more than anything people don’t die, and yet they keep killing. We can’t help but incorporate that freshness into our sound. ‘aranami’ is a song that places our work and ourselves as a band in front of each other.”
Universal Cool Japan 2020 Finally Begins: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World & More
This year’s Universal Cool Japan finally opened at Universal Studios Japan on Tuesday, where it is set to run until June 28, bringing together the ‘cool’ aspects of Japan enjoyed by the rest of the world. Four internationally beloved franchises take the spotlight for 2020: Attack on Titan, Monster Hunter World, Detective Conan, and Lupin III.
A host of lucky guests were able to experience the attractions before anyone else. Today, we hear their review and comments of the all-new rides, attractions, live shows and restaurants centred around the four big contenders which serve to fully immerse fans in their incredible worlds.
Attack on Titan’s first XR ride
The Attack on Titan manga series has celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. For this year’s Universal Cool Japan, the internationally-acclaimed series welcomes its first ever XR ride, as well as its own “Survey Corps Diner.”
Guests wear VR goggles that transport them into a 360° rendering of the world of Attack on Titan, with life-size Titans appearing before their very eyes. Guests ride a roller coaster and fly alongside the Survey Corps. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to soar up high with ODM maneuver gear, now’s your chance. The Attack on Titan XR Ride offers a thrill like no otherーone so tense you’ll be left wondering whether you will survive.
“It was so much fun! The visuals are breathtaking and connect superbly to the ride’s movements. I was completely immersed in the visuals; it really felt like I was riding a wagon. Eren and the Survey Corps members were so cool, and even the horses looked realistic. It was amazing!” (Woman, 20/Osaka Prefecture) *Translated from Japanese
The themed restaurant, “Attack on Titan Survey Corps Diner,” is so realistic to a quality you wouldn’t believe, with the Survey Corps members’ weapons and personal belongings left casually around the place. Guests can feel immersed as they listen to the conversations between the characters will chowing down on their meal, take a photo with life-sized versions of Levi and Hange, and more.
Detective Conan World’s two new attractions with Shuichi Akai have fans screaming
At Detective Conan World, fans can expect to see the appearance of the hugely popular character Shuichi Akai who is set to star in the upcoming animated film Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (releasing April 17, 2020). Four rides and attractions can be enjoyed at Detective Conan World, including the manga series’ first-ever story-packed roller coaster named Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride.
Guests can also look forward to joining Conan solve cases in Detective Conan: The Escape ~The Scarlet Bullet~, an escape game featuring an original story and a live performance by a real cast. Participants will make use of AR technology and solve the cases within the time limit to escape. Expect appearances from familiar faces too like Rachel Moore, Richard Moore, and others.
In Detective Conan x Hollywood Dream: The Ride, you’ll be placed in the passenger seat with Akai on the wheel who will use some extreme driving techniques to shake off the criminal. Look forward to plenty of thrills in this immersive experience.
“Not only do you solve cases, there’s also a gaming aspect to the challenges which require the use of the AR terminal. It’s also a team game where you work with others, so I enjoyed it with everyone else. A lot of characters make an appearance too, it was so cool.” (Female, 20/Osaka Prefecture) *Translated from Japanese
There’s also the Detective Conan Mystery Challenge in which guests take a hands-on approach to solve various incidents around the theme park. Harley Hartwell, Kazuha Toyama, and Tomoya’s love rival Momiji Ooka are also present in this game with in the form of a real-life cast.
Fans can also tuck into some mystery-themed food at the Detective Conan Mystery Restaurant which combines food and live entertainment. Fans reacted overwhelmingly to the appearance of Masumi Seraーthe sister of Akai. There’s also appearances from Amuro Tooru and Serena Sebastian too.
Lupin the Third: The Live
Witness a live cast playing the roles of the popular Lupin III, Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa XIII, Fujiko Mine, and Koichi Zenigataーthe latter of which is trying to chase down Lupin. It features live entertainment by real cast members who will perform right before guests. The reaction to this live show has been overwhelming as guests feel like they are running through Delancey Street in New York with Lupin in this interactive story.
“I was amazed to have been able to see such an amazing show right in front of me. Lupin and the gang came from above, below, left, and right. There were too many good moments. I didn’t have enough eyes! <laughs>” (Female, 20/Hyogo Prefecture)
Last year’s Lupin III restaurant, Ristorante Amore, has received an upgrade for 2020. Experience being served by Lupin himself, with his gentle approach and know-how when it comes to getting with the ladies, and Goemon Ishikawa XIII, who is aloof and has terrible romance skills. They are serving up authentic Italian cuisine.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK
The Monster Hunter video game franchise is loved the world over, and is appearing once more at Universal Cool Japan after two years. Use interactive VR technology and go hunting in the world of Iceborne, the hit expansion to Monster Hunter World, in an experience so immersive you’ll forget about the real world.
©Hajime Isayama・Kodansha / “Attack on Titan” Production Committee
©2020 Gosho Aoyama / Detective Conan Production Committee
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Universal Cool Japan 2020
Running: January 21, 2020 – June 28, 2020
*Monster Hunter World: Iceborne XR WALK running from March 20, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/universal-cool-japan2020/
Interview: Internationally Popular Japanese Artist Chocomoo Talks About Upcoming Harajuku Exhibition
23.January.2020 | SPOT
A huge exhibition of Chocomoo’s artwork is set to adorn WITH HARAJUKU HALL from August 20 to September 28 this year for “Chocomoo EXHIBITION -OUR SECRET PARTY- Supported by WITH HARAJUKU.”
Chocomoo is a Japanese artist born and bred in Kyoto. Her work is known for its originality and pop style which she draws in black and white. Her work has been used for clothing and apparel brands, for music artists, and for many other special collaborations with other companies. She is active internationally and draws huge popularity with Japanese women between the ages of 10-20. We have translated an interview with her which was just released.
“I’ve loved drawing ever since I was a kid. I’d draw in notebooks, sketchbooks. When I went to New York for the first time, too, I kept a sketch diary and would draw in the park. I was later asked by a guy who managed a gallery if I’d put my work on at his site.”
It was there at that gallery exhibiting several of her works that the first buyer came by.
“I sold my first piece of art. A piece of art drawn by an ‘ordinary person,’ not someone who was an active artist. It was about 30 dollars, if I recall, but I was super happy.”
New York helped pave the way for Chocomoo to begin her first steps towards becoming an illustrator.
She would post her art on her blog and social media, which was seen by singers and songwriters who got in touch with her. She penned artwork for their tour merchandise, album covers, and more. Recently, she collaborated with Italian car brand FIAT. They released 100 limited edition cars with her art on it. Japanese convenience store FamilyMart even sold umbrellas with Chocomoo’s illustrations on them. The reach of her work has no limits.
“When I create a piece, I incorporate a lot of positive words into it in the hopes that it lifts people up.”
One distinct aspect of Chocomoo’s art is the black and white monotone colouring. When asked why she draws in this way, she said: “I did calligraphy from elementary school to high school and was captivated by how we would write in black. When using black ink, it has a matte look to it, and when using black paint, it’s got a glossiness. I think that’s part of the reason why I do it.”
This will be Chocomoo’s biggest exhibition. She is currently working on new material and looking into the details of the exhibition. Speaking about it, she said: “I want to try evolving in a way that’s me. I’m aiming to stimulate the people who come to see my work in a different kind of way.”
She also commented on the ‘OUR SECRET PARTY’ part of the exhibition title. “It’s an exhibition of my work, but I want everyone to enjoy it like they would a party. There’s also new things to be discovered which you won’t no about unless you visit, so I put ‘secret’ in there.”
Chocomoo was asked to give a comment on her future plans and goals. She said, with a smile: “I want to steadily keep doing what I’m best at without changing what I already have, but I also want my work to reach lots of children too. I’d be happy for them to colour in my work, and I want to challenge myself to making some kind of video format aimed at kids. After that, since I’ve already painted a car, I want to go bigger and paint an aeroplane!”
Interview/Original Text: Naho Sotome (五月女菜穂)
Photos: 大黒屋 Ryan 尚保
English Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
As Chocomoo looks to expand her portfolio and reach, we look forward to seeing what she has in store for her exhibition in Harajuku.
Chocomoo EXHIBITION -OUR SECRET PARTY- Supported by WITH HARAJUKU
Running: August 20, 2020 – September 28, 2020
Location: WITH HARAJUKU HALL (1-14-30, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) *Building under construction at the time of posting this article
Exhibition Website: http://chocomoo-exihibition.com/
adidas Teams Up With Pokémon to Release First Generation Pixel Graphic Collection
adidas Japan and Pokémon have collaborated to create a new apparel collection featuring the Pokémon games’ first generation graphics. The items dropped today in Japan at adidas store branches and its online shop, Sports Authority, G-FOOT, and Pokémon Centre.
PKM PXL Unisex T-Shirt – ¥3,490 / Released: January 22, 2020
PKM PXL Unisex T-Shirt – ¥3,490 / Released: January 22, 2020
The collection includes adidas tracksuits, t-shirts, pants, short pants, and three types of footwearーwhich kids and adults alike can get behind.
ADIHOOPS MID 2.0 PKM Kids – ¥5,490 / Released: January 22, 2020
ADVANCOURT PKM Kids – ¥4,990 / Released: January 22, 2020
PKM Kids Tracksuits – ¥6,990 / Rolling out March 2020
For the kids sneakers, the adidas Advantage and Hoops Mid 2.0 uppers feature Pokémon pixel graphics, redefining the adidas shoes to give them a retro feel.
ADVANCOURT PKM Unisex – ¥7,990 / Released: January 22, 2020
PKM TRAINER Unisex T-Shirt – ¥2,990 / Released: January 22, 2020
For the adults, they can enjoy the adidas Phosphere running shoes, which feature a distinct pixel design.
You Pokémon Trainers out there that pick up an item from this collection in Japan will receive one of five possible A5-size stickers. They are limited in stock, so catch ’em all before they run out!
©2020 Pokémon. ©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc. /GAME FREAK inc.
Collection Details: https://shop.adidas.jp/campaign/pokemon/
Available at the following places:
– adidas Stores
– adidas Online Shop
– SPORTS AUTHORITY / SPORTS AUTHORITY Online Shop
– ASBee/ASBee Kids/ASBee Family/Green Box/G-FOOT Shoes Marché
-Pokémon Centre (Tokyo DX/Shibuya/Tokyo Bay Osaka/ Pokémon Centre Online
TK from Ling Tosite Sigure Releases Music Video For ‘pet’ Anime Opening Theme
The anime adaptation of Ranjou Miyake’s sci-fi human drama series pet began airing on January 6. TK from Ling Tosite Sigure’s newest single Chō no Tobu Suisō is the opening theme for the series, and his music video for it just dropped on YouTube.
TK from Ling Tosite Sigure – “Chō no Tobu Suisō” Music Video / TV Anime “pet” Opening Theme
The video was created by maxilla who also worked on TK’s music video for katharsis. He took an artistic approach for this video, which was shot in the snow. We see a man and woman performing contemporary dance across the snowy landscape and on the icy shallow waters.
TK from Ling Tosite Sigure will promote his new album with a tour starting in April. The second wave of pre-sale tickets went on sale today, you can find the link below.
TK’s longest tour to date, it will kick off at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM in Tokyo. He will be supported by a live band made up of BOBO on drums, who has supported TK and his beautiful, aggressive sound since his early days; Honoka Sato on violin; Ichiro Yoshida on bass, who first joined TK on tour last year; and on piano, MARI from Gesu no Kiwami Otome and Kie Katagi from jizue.
©Ranjou Miyake・KADOKAWA/Twin Engine Inc.
4th Album (Name to be announced)
To be released in Spring 2020 (Subject to change)
TK from Ling Tosite Sigure – “Chō no Tobu Suisō”
Release Date: January 22, 2020
Limited Pressing Edition A (CD): ¥1,500 (Before Tax) [AICL-3800]
Limited Pressing Edition B (CD+DVD): ¥2,200 (Before Tax) [AICL 3801-3802]
TK from Ling Tosite Sigure 2020 Album Release Tour
April 22: LIQUIDROOM, Tokyo
April 25: DRUM LOGOS, Fukuoka
April 26: CLUB QUATTRO, Hiroshima
April 26 (National Holiday): KT Zepp Yokohama, Kanagawa
May 9: EIGHT HALL, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
May 17: PENNY LANE24, Sapporo, Hokkaido
May 23: Namba Hatch, Osaka
May 24: Takamatsu MONSTER, Kagawa
May 29: Nagoya DIAMOND HALL, Aichi
May 31: Sendai Rensa, Miyagi
June 4: Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo
Standing – ¥5,200 (Tax Included/Separate Mandatory Drink Fee Charged Upon Entry)
2nd Floor Reserved Seating – ¥6,000 (Tax Included/Separate Mandatory Drink Fee Charged Upon Entry)
*Venues with 2nd floor reserved seating include KT Zepp Yokohama and Namba Hatch. Nakano Sunplaza also has reserved seating.
General Sale: February 29, 2020 at 10:00 (JST)
Standing/Reserved Seating Pre-Sales: January 22, 2020 at 00:00 (JST) – January 29, 2020 at 23:00 (JST) – Buy Here
2nd Floor Reserved Seating Pre-Sales: January 28, 2020 at 15:00 (JST) – January 31, 2020 at 23:00 (JST) – Buy Here
*Up to 4 tickets per person for pre-sales
TK from Ling Tosite Sigure Official Website: http://tkofficial.jp/
Initial Broadcast: January 6, 2020
Official Website: http://pet-anime.com
Make Your Own Rilakkuma Valentine’s Day Treats With Kai’s Recipe Kits
22.January.2020 | FOOD
Cupid is readying his arrows for Valentine’s Day 2020 which is right around the corner. It’s the time of the year to show your special someone that you love them with some tasty chocolatey treats.
If you’re wanting to make a grand gesture this year by making your own gifts, but are struggling for ideas or are intimidated by the task, the Kai Corporation in Japan has you covered with its collection of Rilakkuma goods. Now you can make some Instagram-worthy gifts with little effort. Let’s take a look.
Make lots of Rilakkuma chocolates with this simple tool
Rilakkuma Silicone Chocolate Maker – ¥850 (Before Tax) – Buy Here
Five different patterns of Rilakkuma, Kiiroitori, and Korilakkuma make up this silicone tray, allowing you to make lots of bite-sized chocolates at once. This is perfect for sharing between you and your loved one or amongst friends. It can be used for making gummy treats and ice for drinks too, meaning it’s useful for the entire year.
Make cute cookies by simply pressing your dough
Korilakkuma Cutter Set – ¥650 (Before Tax) – Buy Here
Anyone can make cute Korilakkuma cookies easily with this cutter set which you simply press the dough with. It comes with two different poses so you can make an assortment of them. If you know someone who’s not a fan of chocolate, then this is a perfect alternative.
Decorate your sweets and desserts with this mini chocolate tray
Mini Chocolate Tray – ¥650 (Before Tax) – Buy Here
This chocolate tray makes makes chocolate bears which can hold things like nuts and candy. They can be used in a lot of creative different ways. The tray was made in collaboration with Cookpad.
Super simple recipes that take out the work
Here are some super simple recipes that remove the labour out of making and decorating sweet treats. Learn how to make Instagrammable delights with these items and techniques.
Korilakkuma Cookie Marshmallow Sandwich – Item Used: Korilakkuma Cutter Set
All you need to do is warm some marshmallows in a microwave and stick them between two cookies for a gooey and crunchy treat. At some toppings like freeze-dried strawberries for colour and to make them even cuter.
Gateaux Chocolate Cupcakes – Item Used: Rilakkuma Face Cupcake Paper Wraps (5 Included)
Make your Valentine’s cupcakes even more adorable with these paper wraps with Rilakkuma’s kawaii face on them.
Tiny Bear Chocolates: Item Used – Mini Chocolate Tray
There are many creative ways you can utilise these tiny bear chocolates. Make them hold small candy, nuts, and other delicious bites, or just simply top them on another dessert.
Take the stress out of making something for Valentine’s Day this year with this range of items from Kai.
KAI Online Store: https://www.kai-group.com/store/
Universal Studios Japan to Offer Student Discounts in February and March
22.January.2020 | SPOT
Osaka-based theme park Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced special discounts on its “Universal Annual Pass” tickets for students which will be available from February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020. All university students, graduate students, junior college students, vocational college students, high school students, and junior high school students can get their hands on the discount by simply showing their student ID when purchasing the pass.
The pass enables the guests to enjoy the host of exciting seasonal events and attractions throughout 2020 at USJ. The park will also offer exclusive campaigns for students during the graduation and spring break seasons.
Don’t miss this chance to experience USJ’s world-class entertainment at a discounted price. Reap all the benefits of student life!
Universal Annual Pass Student Discount
Available: February 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020
*Available at the following times on the web ticket store only: January 31, 2020 at 16:00 (JST) to March 30, 2020 at 23:59 (JST)
For the student discount, the annual ticket start date must be activated between January 1, 2020 at March 31, 2020. It will then be valid for one year.
Limited To: University students, graduate students, junior college students, vocational college students, high school students, and junior high school students
Price: Student Discount – ¥21,800 (Tax Included) / Original Price – ¥26,800 (Tax Included)
・Web ticket store (until March 30, 2020)
・Universal Studios Japan ticket booth
・Universal Studios Japan Annual Pass Centre
・Lawson (Lawson Ticket via Loppi machines) (until March 30, 2020)
*When purchasing at the park, please show your student ID. Photocopies not valid.
*Discount not applied to the following tickets: “Universal Annual Pass Light” and “Universal Annual Pass VIP”
Universal Studios Japan Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/e/
OxT Release Ace of Diamond Act II ‘Everlasting Dream’ Ending Theme Music Video
OxTーthe music duo formed by Masayoshi Ōishi and Tom-H@ckーwill release their new single Everlasting Dream on CD on February 5. In the run up to its release, the song, which is being used as the current ending theme for the ongoing TV anime series Ace of Diamond II, is now available early on download and streaming services.
A music video produced by Sou Yasui was released on Monday. It features Ōishi and Tom-H@ck living out harmonious lives. It also stars Ren Ozawa who played the protagonist Sawamura Eijun in the Ace of Diamond stage adaptation. Ozawa also voices Kazunari Miyoshi in the ongoing anime series A3! which Masayoshi Ōishi wrote the opening theme for.
OxT – Everlasting Dream [Official Video]
Ren Ozawa said: “The music video was fun to shoot and be a part of! I feel relaxed watching OxT in the finished video. They’re adorable! The song is great too, the rhythm flows right through me. The lyrics are wonderful too, they give me life, like ‘I’m gonna do it!’ This song really is the best, I want use it to cheer me on everyday! It’s the perfect song to wake up to. I think I’ll be able to start each day fresh!”
OxT are set to perform alongside male singer Wolpis Carter at EX THEATER ROPPONGI on February 6, 2020 for “uP!!!SPECIAL BANQUET vol.2 projected by Live Natalie.” They will perform at ElectricLadyLand in Osu the following day on February 7 for “SCK PRESENTS Nagoya Subculture Super Live!!!!,” at Morinomiya Q’s Mall Base in Osaka on February 8, and will hold a free talk and mini live performance at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza on February 9.
Release Date: February 5, 2020
First Press Limited Edition (CD+Blu-ray): ¥1,900 (Before Tax) [PCCG.01876]
Regular Edition: ¥1,273 (Before Tax) [PCCG.01877]
Anime Edition: ¥1,273 (Before Tax) [PCCG.01878]
Download/Stream Links: https://lnk.to/EverlastingDream
OxT Official Website: http://www.oxt-music.com/
Foorin team E Releases ‘Paprika’ World Music Video Featuring Children From Across the Globe
21.January.2020 | MUSIC
Aiming to cheer everybody on in the runup to 2020 and beyond, Kenshi Yonezu formed two music groups consisting of young children called Foorin and Foorin team E to perform the Japanese and English versions of his song Paprika respectively as part of an ongoing music project.
Foorin team E’s version of the song is set to hit shelves tomorrow on January 22, and in the run up to its release, the group just dropped a world edition of the music video.
Foorin team E – “Paprika” World Video
The music video begins with the Foorin team E members at Shibuya’s famous Scramble Crossing, and we also see them dancing on the grass with Mount Fuji in the background. Throughout the video, we see children from 29 different cities from 27 countries around the world perform the Paprika dance, including from France, Greece, Singapore, Australia, Africa, South Africa, Brazil, and elsewhere.
Foorin’s Paprika music video has broken 160 million views on YouTube and won the 61st Kagayaku! Japan Record Award. The English version of the original music video was released in December last year and has amassed almost 3 million views on YouTube. The English version of the song was conceived as a chance for Japanese children to come together with the children of the world. The choreography was created by Tomohiko Tsujimoto and Koharu Sugawara.
Photo by Takako Noel
The song is available to download and stream worldwide. Those who pick up a first press edition of the CD when it releases tomorrow will also get a DVD featuring the World Video.
Foorin team E – “Paprika” (CD Single)
Release Date: January 22, 2020
First Press Edition (CD+DVD+7-Inch Packaging): ¥1,364 (Before Tax) [SECL-2540~41]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥636 (Before Tax) [SECL-2542]
Download/Stream Links: https://smej.lnk.to/s-Eba
Bonus Magnet (team E version) – Participating Stores
NHK “Paprika” Homepage: https://sports.nhk.or.jp/dream/song/
Akari Nanawo’s Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It Anime Ending Theme Music Video Hits 1 Million Views
The anime adaptation of Alifred Yamamoto’s romantic comedy manga series Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It placed number one in Akiba Souken’s poll of “Most Looking Forward to Anime Series of Winter 2020.” When the first episode dropped on January 10, the series was the second most popular trending hashtag on Twitter in Japan.
The anime’s ending theme Turing Love feat.Sou is sung by Japanese singer and musician Akari Nanawo. Its music video was released only three days ago on Saturday, and within just two days it broke one million views on YouTubeーNanawo’s fastest video to reach the milestone.
The duet song, which features male singer Sou as guest vocalist, was written by Nayutalien who has worked on many of Nanawo’s most well-recognised tracks.
“Turning Love feat.Sou” – Akari Nanawo
The music video was illustrated by Katsuya Terada while the video was produced by Inu Nora who works as the VJ when Nanawo performs live with a band. The line-up is the same as the people who created Dadadada Tenshin and Instant Heaven feat.Eve which collectively have over 15 million views.
Adzuki (＠小豆) created the dance choreography for the male and female scientists in the music video. She is known for her dance covers of Nayutalien’s songs. The video has been praised by both fans and creators for both Nanawo and Sou’s duet as well as the enticing choreography and fun animation.
The music video has also spawned countless vocal and dance covers.
Turing Love feat.Sou will be released as a single on February 5, 2020. Nanawo will also release a mini album entitled Manga Mitai na Koi ga Hoshii on April 8, which she will promote on tour in Japan in spring.
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2nd Single – “Turing Love feat.Sou/Piyo”
Release Date: February 5, 2020
First Press Limited Edition (CD+Blu-ray): ¥2,600 (Before Tax) [AICL-3823~3824]
Anime Limited Pressing Edition (CD+Blu-ray): ¥1,600 (Before Tax) [AICL-3826~3827]
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Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It
Initial Broadcast: January 10, 202
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