Hatsune Miku Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Exclusive Guitar Amps, Keyboards
09.October.2022 | MUSIC
To celebrate Hatsune Miku’s 15th anniversary, Yamaha Music Japan will be offering some exclusive goods for a limited time. Those interested in some themed guitar amps, keyboards, or speakers can place their orders from October 5 until November 8, 2022.
Hatsune Miku first hit the scene in 2007 as a piece of voice synthesizing software. The character, created by Crypton Future Media, has become a worldwide phenomenon and is turning 15 this year. The 10th Anniversary Magical Mirai concert, which took place in Tokyo in September, was the first location to show off the new products. If you want to snag them, be quick–they are only available in very limited quantities!
These collaboration products feature a new illustration of Hatsune Miku drawn by popular creator Sakusya2.
VKB-100 MK PACK Yamaha Vocaloid Keyboard VKB-100 Set
HS5W MIKU, Powered Studio Monitor Speaker
THR30II Wireless Miku Guitar Amp
Yamaha & Hatsune Miku Collaboration Model Goods
Preorder at Yamaha Music Shops Nationwide
Preorder Period: October 5 – November 8, 2022
*Products available in limited quantities.
Special Website: https://jp.yamaha.com/products/contents/music_production/miku_15th/
Ad Museum Tokyo and Felissimo Collab on Nail Stickers Inspired by Edo Period Trends and Showa Style
28.November.2022 | FASHION
Felissimo’s Museum Department has teamed up with Ad Museum Tokyo to release a collection of nail stickers inspired by famous works of art from the Edo Period. They also released an incense collection inspired by classic matchbooks on November 21, 2022. Nishiki-e is a type of Japanese multi-colored woodblock printing, and those interested in traditional art will love showing off their new style with these easy-to-apply stickers.
Edo Trend Nishiki-e Gel Style Nail Stickers
One Hundred Beauties from Famous Places of Edo – Ninghocho
Sixteen Female Sennin
Keisei Oyodo – Ichikawa Masunojou
Showa Modern Incense with Matchbox Labels
These incense sets were inspired by classic matchboxes, each featuring ads from the time. Each stick burns for about 10 minutes, making them perfect for use in your spare time. After using the incense, these are perfect for using as boxes for jewelry or other small items!
Ad Museum Tokyo x Felissimo Nail Stickers
Orders open November 21, 2022
Official Site: https://www.felissimo.co.jp/
Hirosaki and Hakodate to Begin Winter Tourism Campaign with Snow Miku Starting December 2022
The cities of Hirosaki and Hakodate in Hokkaido have announced that they will team up with Hatsune Miku’s popular iteration Snow Miku to promote tourism in the area this winter. A number of activities will begin in December 2022.
[Snow Miku x Hirohako] Collaboration Project
■Hirohako Winter Tourism Campaign Poster Featuring Snow Miku
・Period: Mid-November~February 28, 2023
・Locations: Facilities in both cities, tourist facilities, hotels, shopping areas
■Snow Miku Illustration Contest Exhibition Event
Over 50 illustrations have been submitted under the theme of Snow Miku and Hakodate / Snow Miku and Hirosaki. These will be on display through the winter!
・Running: December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
・Venues: Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center (Hirosaki)
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse (Hakodate)
■Snow Miku Photo Spot
Snow Miku panels featuring shamisen and apples from Hirosaki will be on display, while the Hakodate version will include references to squid fishing and footbaths.
・On Display: December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
・Locations: JR Hirosaki Station, Chuohirosaki Station (Hirosaki)
JR Hakodate Station, Hakodate Airport (Hakodate)
■Digital Stamp Rally Using the Mikunavi App
A number of panels will be installed at five checkpoints in Hirosaki and Hakodate. A total of 1,000 people–500 in each city–will win original merch including a Snow Miku mask case and decorated masking tape. All you need to do is check in!
・Available: December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
・Locations: (Hirosaki) Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center, Hirosaki City Machinaka Information Center,
Hirosaki Tourist Information Center, Hirosaki Castle Information Center, Tsugaru-han Neputa Village
(Hakodate) Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, Yunokawa Hot Spring Footbath, Goryōkaku Tower,
Hakodate Green Plaza C Block (Hakodate Lumi-Pop), Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
■Hirohako Winter Tourism Campaign Theme Song and Music Video
The tourism theme song will get a new music video that will be broadcast on YouTube, at local tourist facilities, and on TV and radio!
・On Air: December 1, 2022~
・Theme Song: Mahou no Keshiki (Lyrics/Composition: ryuryu)
■Snow Miku Welcome Announcements to be Broadcast at Tourism Facilities, etc.
A one-minute welcome announcement by Snow Miku will air at tourist facilities!
・Running: December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
・Locations: Tourist areas in both cities
■Snow Miku Filters Using AR
When each barcode is scanned with a smartphone, Snow Miku will appear on the screen! Visitors can take pictures with Snow Miku to commemorate their winter trip to Hirosaki and Hakodate.
・Available: December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
Hirosaki x Hakodate x Snow Miku Tourism Campaign
Beginning December 2022
Felissimo Releases Items Inspired by Popular Manga Series Ranma ½
On November 16, Felissimo unveiled a collection of original items inspired by Rumiko Takahashi’s popular manga series Ranma ½ on their official website. These items were made for adults to enjoy, and the collection includes plenty of apparel and items for the home. Whether you’re looking for pajamas, tote bags, or pillowcases, Felissimo’s got you covered!
Naruto Patterned Pajamas
These soft pajamas are perfect for the cold winter months and were inspired by the PJs Ranma wears in the series.
Fluffy P-chan Pouch
With his yellow bandana and fluffy body, this P-chan pouch is sure to brighten up your desk at school or work!
This scene of Ranma walking along the fence while Akane follows on the ground is one of the most well-known moments in the series. Now, fans can relive it each time they reach for a pencil or pen.
This romantic moment from the series has been immortalized on a sweatshirt perfect for adults to wear with muted colors and a sleek design.
These pass cases are perfect for your Suica card and are each printed with popular battle poses from the series.
2-WAY Earrings with Tassels
These earrings feature designs of Ranma, Akane, Shampoo, and P-chan. The tassels can be removed for a more subtle look.
Reversable Tote Bag
This tote bag features a mature black design with a print of Ranma and friends. It’s also reversible, with the opposite side a sleek white with flowers. This bag easily fits A4-size items.
Character Nail Stickers
Decorate your nails with Ranma, Akane, and Shampoo! These gel-like nail stickers are decorated with gold and silver foil. Tip: paint your nails different colors for unique effects!
These socks can be paired with a number of styles. While they were inspired by the classic manga series, there’s no reason you can’t wear them with a proper dress for a night out!
These pillowcases will bring some fun to your bedroom! Whether you want something romantic or cute, snag one of these while you can.
Felissimo x Ranma ½
Release Date: November 16, 2022
Leo/need from Project Sekai Colorful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku Releases 3rd Single
21.November.2022 | MUSIC
Project Sekai: Colorful Stage! feat. Hatsune Miku is a popular iOS/Android rhythm game and music from the title has become incredibly popular. The third single from the group Leo/need featuring the tracks From Tokyo and Ryuusei no Pulse was released on November 16, 2022.
From Tokyo is a refreshing and powerful ballad originally sung by Hatsune Miku, while Ryuusei no Pulse was originally sung by Kagamine Len.
These tracks are sure to get stuck in your head, so check them out!
First-Edition Production Bonus
Original Trading Card (5 varieties, 1 per purchase)
1 Weiß Schwarz Special PR Card (1 variety)
First-Come, First-Served Purchase Bonus
B2-size Announcement Poster
*Available while supplies last.
**Certain shops will offer unique purchase bonuses.
© SEGA/© CP/© CFM
monopo Collaborates with Kyoto-Based Brand Shokuraku Asano to Share Traditional Japanese Textiles with the World
21.November.2022 | FASHION
Global creative agency monopo is teaming up with Shokuraku Asano, a 100-year-old obi maker from Kyoto! The company is working to create a digital experience for interested viewers, sharing each artisan’s personal story. Those who love Japanese culture are welcome to enjoy traditional Japanese crafts in an entirely new way!
Using a one-of-a-kind QR obi, a new storytelling method is showing off the hard work and love that goes into the company’s textiles. A special website and video allow interested viewers to experience the process of making an obi digitally, simply by using their smartphone. Even those unable to visit Japan to see these obi in person can dive into the history of the area’s textiles and become more acquainted with one part of Kyoto’s manufacturing culture.
Kyoto was the ancient capital of Japan. The city is known for its history and preservation of Japanese culture, and prior to the pandemic, the city was constantly filled with visitors from around the world anxious to learn more about the country’s traditional culture. When the pandemic hit the world in 2020, it changed the city forever–tourists disappeared and the city became much quieter. Now that Japan has opened its borders, however, tourists are returning in droves.
While Shokuraku Asano upholds tradition, it also seeks to leave a mark on new generations by embracing new technology. This unique project is worth noting, so get your smartphone out and start learning!
We applaud monopo’s attempt to share this incredible traditional Japanese craftsmanship with people around the world.
Chiikawa and Sanrio Characters Collaborate for Special Merch Collection
19.November.2022 | FASHION
A collection of must-have goods featuring Chiikawa and Sanrio characters has been announced! The items will be available at the Sanrio Online Store on November 24 and Sanrio shops nationwide, including department stores, starting November 25. The popular character Chiikawa, created by illustrator nagano, has been invited into the world of Sanrio, and the results are perfectly adorable. The merch lineup includes 21 items from plush toys to acrylic keychains. Purchase bonuses will also be given to those snagging any of the items on offer.
Goods at a Glance
This marks the second collaboration between Sanrio characters and Chiikawa. Fans will want to grab these limited-edition goods, including fluffy plush toys, a mascot-style brooch set, pouches, tote bags, clear folders, and handy cases perfect for storing small items. These items feature completely original designs. Which one is your favorite?
Available at Sanrio stores, Sanrio corners in department stores, etc. (*Products are not carried at all locations.)
Release Date: November 25, 2022
Sanrio Online Shop
Available: November 24 at 10:00
Rakuten Marketplace: https://www.rakuten.co.jp/sanrio/
Yahoo! Shopping: https://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/sanrio/
Official Site: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/
Hatsune Miku JAPAN TOUR 2023 ~THUNDERBOLT~ Announced
Virtual songstress Hatsune Miku will tour Japan in 2023! Hatsune Miku JAPAN TOUR 2023 ~THUNDERBOLT~ will begin in Nagoya in February 2023 and will travel to Osaka, Fukuoka, Tokyo, Sapporo, and other cities in Japan. Miku won’t be the only one performing–Rin and Len Kagamine, Luka Megurine, MEIKO, and KAITO will also appear! The online lottery for tickets will open on November 18 at noon and will end on December 5 at 23:59.
Featuring a Main Visual by Aki Akane and Theme Song by jon-YAKITORY
The main visual for the tour was drawn by popular illustrator Aki Akane and features a futuristic and extremely dynamic portrait of Hatsune Miku herself.
The event theme song, titled THUNDERBOLT, will be performed by music creator jon-YAKITORY. This will be released at a later date, so stay tuned!
Original merchandise will also be available during the tour, so keep an eye on the official website and Twitter page for more details as the tour’s start date gets closer!
Hatsune Miku JAPAN TOUR 2023 ～THUNDERBOLT～
Advance Online Tickets (by Lottery): November 18 at 12:00 – December 5 at 23:59
Official Site: https://piapro.net/japantour2023
Short Film Featuring Star Wars Character Grogu and Studio Ghibli’s Dust Bunnies Released on Disney+
Over the past few decades, Star Wars has become one of the most beloved properties with fans around the world.
Grogu, known by many fans as Baby Yoda, first appeared in The Mandalorian, a series on Disney+ currently celebrating its third anniversary.
With his mysterious background and incredible use of the Force, the tiny and adorable character became a hit with fans around the world, quickly making him one of the most popular characters in the recent Star Wars series.
World-renowned Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli recently produced a short animation starring Grogu and Makkuro Kurosuke, also known as the Wandering Soot or, in the title for the short, Dust Bunnies. The characters first appeared in the film My Neighbor Totoro.
Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki have long been friends with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who readily agreed to produce the short as a symbol of their longstanding friendship. The short was directed by Katsuya Kondo.
Will you give this a watch on Disney+?
（C）2022 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.（C）2022 Studio Ghibli.
Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies
Streaming: November 12, 2022
Available on Disney+
Family Restaurant Coco’s Announces Collaboration with Uta no Prince-sama: The Movie
Japanese family restaurant chain Coco’s has announced a new collaboration with Uta no Prince-sama: The Movie! The campaign will begin on November 15.
Coco’s Original Clear Folder
Phase 1: November 15 – November 28
Phase 2: November 29 – December 12
Phase 3: December 13 – December 26
*Sample images only.
*Available while supplies last.
ST☆RISH Dream Cocotte Hamburger Steak
UUUU Wild Mud Pie
SAMURAIZM Sweet Anmitsu
Lottery Prize: Coco’s Original Big Towel
Collab Menu Purchase Bonus: Original Postcard with QR Code including Special Christmas Voice Message
Exclusive In-Store Goods
Coco’s Original Acrylic Stand (7 varieties, Random)
Coco’s Original Pin (7 varieties, Random)
Goods Available Online
180cm Banner / B2 Tapestry
The campaign will feature a collaboration menu inspired by the idol group ST☆RISH, which appears heavily in Uta no Prince-sama: The Movie, along with collaboration desserts inspired by the songs UUUU and SAMURAIZM that appear in the film. Those ordering any item from the campaign menu will receive an original Coco’s clear folder.
Shinomiya Natsuki (Taniyama Kishow), Ichinose Tokiya (Miyano Mamoru), Ajima Cecil (Toriumi Kousuke), Jinguji Ren (Suwabe Junichi), Ittoki Otoya (Terashima Takuma), Kurusu Sho (Shimono Hiro), and Hijirikawa Masato (Suzumura Kenichi). Fans will want to keep an eye out for life-size panels at select locations and exclusive merchandise!
©UTA☆PRI-MOVIE ST PROJECT
Coco’s x Uta no Prince-sama: The Movie Campaign
Start Date: November 15, 2022
*This campaign will take place at all 511 stores except the Yamaguchi Ube Airport location.
ONE PIECE FILM RED and Cake.jp Collaboration Vending Machine Appears in AEON MALL Locations
Cake.jp, a website specializing in cakes and sweets, is installing special vending machines in AEON MALL locations! These machines are part of a collaboration with ONE PIECE FILM RED.
The collaboration vending machines will offer canned cakes inspired by Luffy, Uta, and Shanks from the popular film. Each cake tin features original designs by Cake.jp and each character’s cake has a unique flavor.
Luffy: A refreshing cake with orange cream, jelly, blueberry cream, and more.
Uta: A colorful cake with a variety of flavors including melon, lemon, orange, and blueberry cream.
Shanks: A chocolate-based cake with berry cream and a perfect balance of richness and acidity.
Collaboration Vending Machine
While the Cake.jp official website sells these cakes exclusively in a set of three, the collaborative vending machine allows customers to purchase them separately. Fans of all ages will love these tasty treats, so after seeing the film why not pick up some of these sweets for yourself or a friend?
Nijigen no Mori Announces New Goods and Menu Items in Fifth Collaboration with Demon Slayer
On November 19, Nijigen no Mori, an amusement park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo, will begin its fifth collaboration with the popular anime series Demon Slayer. New merchandise, such as acrylic keychains and long-sleeve t-shirts, and menu items will be available, so fans shouldn’t miss their chance to visit!
A limited number of hand warmers with an original illustration of Kyojuro will be given to guests who participate in the Natagumo Mountain Night Walk event after November 19. Don’t let the cold weather stop you from taking part in the festivities!
Long-sleeve T-shirt (White/Black)
The new lineup of original goods includes pins, keychains, acrylic stands, and long-sleeve T-shirts featuring beloved characters from the series. All illustrations were provided by ufotable exclusively for this collaboration event.
Tanjiro’s White Dashi Udon
Kyojuro’s Spicy Korean Soup with Shredded Beef
Drinks: Original Clear Bottle (8 varieties)
Exclusive Lunch Mat
Hand Warmer with Original Design
The Demon Slayer food truck will offer warm food and drinks for the winter season. The White Dashi Udon features tasty noodles and yams, while Kyojuro’s collaboration dish is filled with spiciness. Hot drinks will be served in a special way–just pick a clear bottle featuring your favorite character!
Those who purchase items from the collaboration menu will receive a coaster with an exclusive design, and those who want to purchase a special lunch mat can do so for only ¥650. Come enjoy the cold months with your favorite characters!
Nijigen no Mori x Demon Slayer Collaboration Goods & Menu (#5)
Release Date: November 19, 2022
Official Site: https://nijigennomori.com/kimetsu_awaji/
Snidel Home Unveils Harry Potter Homewear Collection
11.November.2022 | FASHION
Through a partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, loungewear brand Snidel Home has announced a limited-edition Harry Potter collection. Items will go on sale starting November 11 and will be available at participating stores nationwide and online at USAGI ONLINE and the Snidel Home official website.
Each piece features embroidery inspired by the four Hogwarts houses and the beloved Golden Snitch. Enjoy the magical Harry Potter Collection with its college-style, vintage-inspired designs, and magical touches.
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