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

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    Luna: “This Valentine’s Day song is packed with tons of cuteness. It’s one of those songs you’ll catch yourself humming to and can’t get out of your head! My favorite lyrics are “I want to reward myself with my love,” and “I want to reward myself starting today!” I want to reward myself every day for my hard work.”

     

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    Amane: “I thought it sounded so cute and happy. When I heard that it was a Valentine’s Day song, I was shocked that it was already that time of year!”

     

    Mana: “I couldn’t get the chorus out of my head, and even before I learned the whole thing, I was humming it constantly. I instantly thought that when the song was released, it would be stuck in people’s heads for a while!”

     

     

    The Happy Chocolate dance is super cute. What do you focus on to make it extra adorable?

     

    Karen: “The video is full of us eating chocolate, and the trick making that extra cute is to focus on how you take a bite!”

     

    Noel: “I think it’s pretty easy to make a dance cute if you dance with lots of chocolate in mind! When you’re dancing, think about how sweet chocolate is, how much you love it, and how yummy it is! ♡”

     

     

    Tell us your favorite part of the Happy Chocolate music video!

     

    Yui: “I hope everyone enjoys this music video with all of us eating chocolate together!
    There is a cutout with a hashtag somewhere, so be sure to take a look at it and see what it says.🥰 Personally, I hope you don’t miss the face about 3 seconds before the end of the music video!” ♡ (Laugh)

     

    Suzuka: “I love the scenes where everyone is dressed up cooks making chocolate.♡
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    Also, look at the rings on my fingers, they are so cute!”

     

     

    Do you have any messages for the fans?

     

    Yui: “I think this song is an interesting and extremely cute pop song. I think FRUITS ZIPPER shows off so many kinds of kawaii♡ It’s NEW KAWAII!” ♡ (Laugh)

    Happy Chocolate is a wonderful song that will not only make your heart pound this Valentine’s Day, but will also bring you plenty of happiness!

    Please listen to it! 🥰”

     

    Karen: “Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, please fall in love with Karen!”

     

     

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    01.February.2023 | MUSIC

    The popular idol group FRUITS ZIPPER has released its long-awaited new single Happy Chocolate, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

     

    The group hopes the song will become the new Valentine’s Day anthem. Happy Chocolate was written by Shou Yamamoto, who previously wrote the group’s smash-hit second single Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, which currently has over 600 million views on TikTok.

     

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    Fans who watch the music video may recognize Sako Makita’s signature choreography. The artist also choreographed the dance for Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, and the new video completely captures the adorable aura of the FRUITS ZIPPER members. The music video premiered at 20:00 on February 1.

     

     

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    From February 1 to February 14, a limited-time FRUITS ZIPPER Valentine pop-up shop is being held on the 5th floor of Laforet Harajuku. Fans will be able to purchase exclusive items, see the group’s costumes, and leave notes on a giant board for the members to see. Don’t miss it!

     

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  • FRUITS ZIPPER Valentine Pop-Up Shop to Open at Laforet Harajuku

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  • 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.

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

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    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.

     

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    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.

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    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.

     

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    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!”

  • 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!

  • 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!

     

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