Zipper Magazine’s 2022-2023 Winter Issue on Sale Now

14.January.2023 | FASHION

The Winter 2022-2023 issue of the revived fashion creator magazine Zipper went on sale on December 23.

 

This issue focuses on this winter’s must-know trends and is packed with coordination tips, outfit plans through spring, snapshots, hair and makeup tips, and much more.

 

Zipper ended its 24-year history in December 2017. In March 2022, ASOBISYSTEM teamed up with DONUTS Inc. to revive the magazine as a quarterly release. The fashion magazine, popular with Gen Z, is known for sharing details aspects of Harajuku culture and will continue to share more from the creative center of Tokyo for years to come.

Standard Edition (Cover: Nagisa Saito)

Another Edition (Cover: FRUITS ZIPPER)

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  • 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

  • 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!”

  • 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!

     

  • Live Report: FRUITS ZIPPER, the Hottest Idol Group Around, Shows Incredible Growth during 2nd Solo Concert

    19.November.2022 | MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER has become a smash hit in the idol world in 2022, with the group’s track Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro pulling in over 500 million plays on TikTok. The girls held their second solo concert, Sekai wa Kimi

    kara Hajimaru, at Shibuya WWW X on November 11. Tickets quickly sold out after they went on sale following the group’s first solo concert at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM in September, which was also completely sold out.

    FRUITS ZIPPER debuted in April, with members chosen from the KAWAII LAB. idol project launched by ASOBISYSTEM. Despite being less than a year old, the members managed to perform at almost all major summer idol festivals. They also performed at SUMMER SONIC 2022. Snagging tickets for the group’s performances is not easy, as both solo shows have completely sold out after minutes of tickets going on sale.

    Many of FRUITS ZIPPER’s fans are women, though the recent concert’s ratio of men to women was about half. As the show was about to begin, fans in the audience began to hold up their penlights, each illuminated with one of the seven member’s colors.

    The special effects for the show were unique to the event, and as the music began alongside a countdown, the members appeared, dancing in perfect sync and starting the performance off on a high note. Expectations for FRUITS ZIPPER are high, with fans always waiting for them to take things to the next level.

    The excitement in the venue reached a fever pitch as the girls performed Kanpeki Shugi de and Kimi no Akarui Mirai wo Oikakete, two songs that have become staples of their live performances.

    During the MC portion, the members thanked the fans for coming out and showed just how excited they were to be on stage.

    After the chat, FRUITS ZIPPER performed a ton of popular songs in succession, including We are Frontier, RADIO GALAXY, and ReTRY&FLY. RADIO GALAXY featured a remix of the intro and dance portion, and the trio of tracks showed the cooler side of the group, which embodies the idea of NEW KAWAII

     

    The packed house was even more excited when the song Furefure Summer! began, and the audience suddenly became a sea of swirling towels and penlights.

    During the next MC, the members announced a lottery, with the winners walking away with a Polaroid photo of all the members. Each girl showed a unique expression as they drew the numbers, and fans were easily entertained by their genuine emotion and close friendship with one another. 

    The following two tracks were, of course, Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, FRUITS ZIPPER’s signature song and a major 2022 hit, and skyfeelan, which shows a softer side of the members and pulls from Tweets they’ve made in the past.

    As the song ended, a video began playing on the screen, announcing that the final show of the group’s first Tokyo/Nagoya/Osaka tour, FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER, would take place at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA on February 12. This will mark the largest venue ever for the group and the audience was instantly buzzing with excitement.

    To wrap up the show, the members performed their new song Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru, which was also the name of the concert itself. The song, which was first performed at the September concert, was released digitally on November 11. It was the perfect song to wrap up such an incredible show.

     

    As fans relentlessly begged for an encore, the members returned to the stage to perform Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro one more time.

    During the MC in between, the members thanked the audience for their cheers and chatted about the tour scheduled for next year. 

    “I want to eat Yabaton in Nagoya,” Karen Matsumoto said.

    When chatting about the final show to be held at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA, Luna Nakagawa said that it feels like “an absolutely mad event” for the group, but also expressed her enthusiasm and excitement for the show next year.

    The concert ended with a performance of Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru.

    While the solo concert didn’t feature any incredible stunts or large-scale effects, the members and staff managed to create something indescribably impressive. Without flashy special effects, the girls put on a show that brought people together and made an impression on all in attendance. 

    FRUITS ZIPPER continues to grow at an incredible pace. Each live show gets bigger and bigger, and the media is taking notice. It’s exciting to think about what these girls will do next.

     

    text:Tsukasa Hasegawa

    photo:Yuuna Yoshimori

     

  • FRUITS ZIPPER to Hold Finale of 1st Tour at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA in February 2023

    18.November.2022 | MUSIC

    On November 11, FRUITS ZIPPER held their 2nd solo concert, Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru, at Shibuya WWW X. The group’s first Tokyo/Osaka/Nagoya tour, FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER, is scheduled to take place in February 2023, and the finale will be held at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA on February 12.

     

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER’s second solo concert was also held at WWW X. Tickets were sold out immediately following the last concert, and the venue was packed to capacity. The group performed all of their popular original songs, such as their latest single Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru. Fans were also excited to hear Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, which has over 500 million plays on TikTok. 

     

    During the concert’s MC portion, it was announced that the finale of FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER would be held on February 12 at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA. This will be the largest venue in FRUITS ZIPPER’s concert history.

    Advance tickets are now available on the subscription-only community channel ‘Atsumare☆Furuppa!’ on OPENREC.tv.

    The group’s newest song Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru is now available on all music streaming services.

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER is also scheduled to perform at the Tainan Young New Year’s Eve Party countdown event to be held in Taiwan on New Year’s Eve. 

     

    <Tour Information>

    ■FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER

    Date: February 3, 2023

    Venue: ReNY limited

    Time: Venue opens at 17:30 / Show starts at 18:30

    Contact: Sunday Folk Promotion (052-320-9100) *Available daily 12:00-18:00

     

    Date: February 5, 2023

    Venue: Nanba Hatch

    Time: Venue opens at 16:30 / Show starts at 17:30

    Contact: Kyodo Information (0570-200-888)

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER 〜FRUITS DAY〜

    Date: February 9, 2023

    Venue: Shibuya WWW X

    Time: Venue opens at 18:00 / Show starts at 19:00

    Contact: HOT STUFF PROMOTION (03-5720-9999) *Available weekdays 11:00-19:00

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER 〜ZIPPER DAY~

    Date: February 10, 2023

    Venue: Shibuya WWW X

    Time: Venue opens at 17:30 / Show starts at 18:30

    Contact: HOT STUFF PROMOTION (03-5720-9999) *Available weekdays 11:00-19:00

     

    [Tickets]

    VIP Standing: ¥15,000 (Tax Included / Drinks not included)

    General Standing: ¥5,000 ((Tax Included / Drinks not included)

     

    General Sales: January 14, 10:00~

     

    ■FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER -TOUR FINAL –

    Date: February 12, 2023

    Venue: LINE CLUB SHIBUYA

    Time: Venue opens at 17:00 / Show starts at 18:00

    Contact: Sunrise Promotion Tokyo (0570-00-3777) *Weekdays 12:00-15:00

     

    [Tickets]

    Assigned VIP Seat: ¥18,000 (Tax Included)

    General Assigned Seating: ¥6,500 (Tax Included)

     

    Advance tickets available for subscription members of ‘Atsumare☆Furuppa!’ on OPENREC.tv!

    November 11 at 21:00 ~ November 14 at 23:59

    https://www.openrec.tv/subscription/user/FRUITS_ZIPPER

     

    [Notes]

    ・Up to 2 tickets per person per purchase. (Young children not permitted.)

    ・Tickets will be electronic. 

    ・The Tokyo performance on February 9 will be men-only. 

    ・The Tokyo performance on February 10 will be women-only. 

    ・Transfering or reselling tickets for a fee without the consent of the event organizer is prohibited.

     

    <Release Information>

    Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru – FRUITS ZIPPER (Digital Single)

    Release Date: November 11, 2022

    Streaming Links : https://ssm.lnk.to/SKH

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #13: FRUITS ZIPPER ~From Harajuku to Thailand~

    04.November.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC / SPOT

    FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM’s KAWAII LAB project, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.”

     

    This summer, the group’s track Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro took off on TikTok with the music video racking up over 500 million plays, propelling the girls into the idol spotlight. Along with regular monthly performances, tickets for the girl’s first solo concert in September and their second solo concert in November were sold out immediately. FRUITS ZIPPER is scheduled to go on tour in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka in February 2023, and even the fashion industry has become obsessed, with the group serving as the seasonal ambassadors for Samantha Vega starting in August 2022.

     

    Only six months after its debut, the members of FRUITS ZIPPER are already taking their first steps outside of Harajuku. Their first overseas trip was to Thailand, called the land of smiles. 

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER performed as one of more than 50 artists representing Thailand and Japan at the THAI-JAPAN ICONIC MUSIC FEST 2022 from October 21 to October 23. The music festival was held to commemorate the 135th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Japan.

     

    Four different stages were set up during the event, and FRUITS ZIPPER managed to attract fans not only from Japan, but from Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Myanmar, the Philippines, and other Asian countries. Many guests even knew the choreography to a number of FRUITS ZIPPER songs, including, of course, Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro. The audience was thrilled when the members addressed them in Thai, and a collaboration interview video shot with local idols was also taken. It’s now available on FRUITS ZIPPER’s TikTok channel, so check it out!

     

    We sat down with the seven members of FRUITS ZIPPER to hear about their best memories from Thailand!

     

     

    -How did you feel about your first overseas trip to Thailand?

     

    Noel Hayase

    “It was our first time performing in Thailand. Not many people knew who we were and we were far away from home, but people welcomed us with open arms. So many people came to watch us, and I was happy to see the audience dancing along to the songs!”

     

    Yui Sakurai

    “When I became an idol two years ago, Thai fans really supported me. Back then, I told them I’d love to come to see them, but I never got the chance.


    I’m happy that I was about to finally achieve that goal, or my dream, I guess, of going to Thailand to meet all of those fans. There were so many more people waiting for me than I could have imagined, and even though we couldn’t communicate very well with the language barrier, we could easily communicate through music. I was so happy.”

     

    Karen Matsumoto

    “So many non-Japanese fans came out to support us! Even though they didn’t speak Japanese, they did their best to tell us they were rooting for us, and that they loved us. I was so happy, I can’t wait to go back!”

     

    Mana Manaka

    “This was my first visit to Thailand, and part of me felt a little uneasy since everything felt so different when compared to live shows in Japan. I was allowed to take pictures and to really use my voice, and the stage configuration was really confusing. But everyone in Thailand was super welcoming and kind, and I was so happy to see them trying to learn Japanese. They’d listen to me talk and nod, looking me in the eyes, even if they didn’t understand what I was saying. It was a wonderful trip that reminded me how excited I am to travel abroad. I hope I can see everyone in Thailand again, thank you so much!”

     

    Luna Nakagawa

    “Even though I’ve been an idol for a while, this was my first trip overseas. Going to Thailand had always been a dream of mine, but at the same time, I was nervous. I didn’t know what kind of fans I’d find there, or if there would be any fans at all. But the Thai people were so unbelievably kind.


    During our performance, a girl held up a board that said ‘Lunapi’ and waved a purple penlight. She shouted that she was looking so forward to meeting me, and it made me so happy.

    We started to share information with the Thai people after our performance was decided, but it seemed that they had known about us before that. I felt that so many people had been excited about coming to see us, and now I just want to go to Thailand again to see everyone a second time. Kob kun kaa!

     

    Amane Tsukiashi

    “This was the first time I had visited Thailand, and I thought it was so beautiful. Seeing ICONSIAM was unbelievable–the biggest building I’d ever seen! I was so happy to see the fans, and so many told me that they had been waiting to meet us. Thank you so much.”

     

    Suzuka Chinzei

    “Before going to Thailand, I wondered how many local people knew about FRUITS ZIPPER and how many would actually come to see us. When we actually took the stage on the first day, there were so many Thai people, and Japanese people too! Since I was able to use my voice to the fullest in Thailand, I was thrilled when the audience could sing along with the ‘Ne, ne, ne’ part in Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro! This live show was so unique to Thailand, and it felt so much freer than live shows are in Japan right now with all the restrictions. Since there was a language barrier, I wanted to put all of my feelings and emotions into my performance. I felt like I could communicate with the audience with my eyes, and those three days of performances were so unforgettable. We’ll be back and we’ll be even stronger, so wait for us until then! Kob kun kaa!

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER is on course to become a smash hit not only in Japan, but around the world.

     

  • Popular EC Brand SHEIN Opens First Permanent Brick and Mortar Store in Harajuku

    02.November.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    The global online fashion brand SHEIN has become wildly popular, shipping goods to over 150 countries. The world’s first permanent brick-and-mortar SHEIN store will open in Harajuku, Tokyo on November 13, 2022, displaying popular styles and items perfect for the Japanese market. All items on display will be available for purchase on the official SHEIN app simply by scanning the QR code on the tag. While items won’t be available to purchase in-store, the location will be a place where curious customers can try things on and explore new trends. The store has two floors and carries women’s and men’s wear, as well as kids’ wear, pet goods, and accessories. In addition to standard fitting rooms, there will also be a photo booth and SHEIN gacha machine!

     

    This summer, the brand held its first pop-up event in Japan, traveling to five cities over two days. In October 2022, the three-month-long SHEIN POPUP OSAKA event invited customers could try on clothes and discover new styles.

     

     “SHEIN TOKYO is planning to hold a number of events to make the SHEIN brand more familiar to new customers. Please visit us and enjoy perusing our reasonably priced but high-quality items,” an official comment reads. 

  • ASOBISYSTEM Begins Auditions for New Idols Aiming for Global Popularity

    18.October.2022 | BUSINESS

    A leader in the world of Japanese pop culture, ASOBISYSTEM has announced a new idol audition under the KAWAII LAB project, launched in February to introduce Japan’s popular idol culture to the world.

     

    Those looking to apply will need to meet a few requirements. The project is searching for females between 10 and 22 years old who are not only good singers and dancers but also have unique personalities and charm. Whether an applicant has never set foot on stage before or has been an idol for years, anyone is welcome to apply. 

     

    Those who pass the audition are scheduled to debut in 2023, either as part of a new idol group, as solo artists, or as VTubers, all with the aim of global expansion.

     

    Applications will be accepted until November 13. If you’ve always wanted to become an idol, now’s your chance!

     

     

    KAWAII LAB. AUDITION 2022

    Application Period: October 14 – November 13, 2022

    How to Apply: Submit an application through the official LINE channel

    Applicant Requirements:
    ・Female, age 10-22
    ・Some experience is preferred, but newcomers welcome to apply

    ・Must be able to take lessons and perform live in Tokyo

    ・If you are currently under contract with another firm or label, please apply after obtaining proper permission from your firm or label.

    Perks: The office will cover the costs of all activities (lessons, costumes, recording time, transportation, lodging, etc.)

    Application Procedure: After adding the official audition LINE account as a friend from the official website, please send us the following information: a photo (one full-body and one close-up), and a 30-second self-introduction video explaining why you should be chosen.

     

     

    KAWAII LAB. Affiliated Artists

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER

    Under the concept of ‘from Harajuku to the world,’ FRUITS ZIPPER shares what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase.

    Twitter:https://twitter.com/fruits_zipper
    Instagram:https://instagram.com/fruits_zipper
    YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW8Q9LBGGBgK6a-u0C0h95A
    TikTok:https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSen7dJAT/

     

    IDOLATERThis CULTURE HOLIC  group explores the boundaries of music, fashion, and other unique aspects of popular culture through a unique idol perspective.

    Official HP:https://note.com/idolater
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/Official_IDLT
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/idolater_official/
    YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/IDOLATER

  • Popular Character Coji-Coji Inspires First Baby Brand COJI-COJI BABY

    18.October.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Momoko Sakura’s popular series Chibi Maruko-chan is filled with beloved characters, and Coji-Coji has remained a fan favorite for decades. Starting in October 2022, fans will be able to grab goods from the new COJI-COJI BABY brand. 

    The made-for-babies merchandise line will feature new artwork. The first theme is ‘outer space,’ and little ones will love the pastel colors and playful illustrations. A promo video has also been posted to the official Coji-Coji YouTube channel.

     

    About COJI-COJI BABY

    “A snooze on the moon…

    From childhood to the faraway future, 

    Coji-Coji is always cozy-cozy.

    Such a valuable life.

    Grow together with your baby.

    Snuggle up with your family. 

    Be there to relax with those you love. 

    Spend irreplaceable time together.

    After all of these desires and thoughts came together,

    COJI-COJI BABY was born.”

     

    Product Release Information

    Sales of COJI-COJI BABY products began on October 12, 2022 on the official Eightex Japan online store.

    Coji-Coji Costume Romper: ¥9,900

     

    COJI-COJI BABY Fair Now Open!

    Starting on October 15, the COJI-COJI BABY Fair is being held at Kiddy Land Harajuku and Kiddy Land Osaka Umeda.

     

    During the event period, those who purchase over ¥4,000 (including tax) on COJI-COJI BABY products will receive an original mini shikishi. This is a perfect frame for your baby’s handprint or footprint!

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #12: Idol Perfect Makeup Tips from FRUITS ZIPPER

    14.October.2022 | FASHION / FEATURES

    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.

     

    We sat down with Karen Matsumoto, Yui Sakurai, and Luna Nakagawa to chat about all things makeup!

     

    What cosmetics do you want to use for the rest of your life?

    -Yui Sakurai

    Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Touch.

    It gives this incredibly natural-looking 3D effect!

     

    Powder and stick highlighters are great sometimes too, but when I really want to look glamorous, this is my pick! Only Radiant Touch can give you that natural look without being too heavy.

     

    And when you look tired, it can really brighten up your face. It gets rid of things that your concealer can’t erase, like dark circles and lines. 

     

    -Luna Nakagawa

    I’d choose Canmake’s Marshmallow Finish Powder! I have sensitive skin that gets irritated really easily, so I can’t use foundation, but this powder is great. I can wash it off easily, it’s free of additives, and it’s fragrance and alcohol-free. I want to use it for the rest of my life because it makes my skin look so soft and fluffy🥺

     

    -Karen Matsumoto

    Bobbi Brown’s glitter!

     

    When I use it during concerts, I get compliments from so many people, even backstage! I like using it beneath my eyes!

     

    Tell us something non-negotiable about your makeup. What is something you always do?

    -Yui Sakurai

    Shading and eye shadow!

     

    Shading and contouring give me a special kind of depth. I consider it something like magic, something that gives me my ideal look, so it’s something I have to do!

     

    When I’m doing my idol makeup, putting on eye shadow is something I really cherish.! I’ve been experimenting with different ways to apply it. It’s something that can really make an impact, and depending on how you do it, people can have a totally different impression of you. I’m doing my research to make it as cute as possible!

     

    -Luna Nakagawa

    I have to use eye shadow beneath my eyes!

     

    I like using a darker color, like Bordeaux, to make my eyes really pop!

     

    -Karen Matsumoto

    My eyelashes! I can really only beat the others makeup-wise with my eyelashes, so I always curl them and make them look their best! ♡ 

    Also, I like to apply a bolder pink blush to my cheeks! ♡

     

    What’s something readers can do to emulate your look?

    -Yui Sakurai

    Focus on the puffiness under your eyes! I’ve always gotten compliments on my puffy eyes since I was a kid, so I try to use that to my advantage when applying makeup!

    To plump them up, I add a little liquid liner, concealer, and glitter, and BAM, perfection! (laughs)

     

    -Luna Nakagawa

    It’s all about using eye shadow under the eyes…but I have almond-shaped eyes, so it’s not something that everyone can do!

     

    -Karen Matsumoto

    Eyelashes!!

     

    You’re about to be stranded on a deserted island. What are the three makeup products you take along with you?

    -Yui Sakurai

    Lipstick, concealer, and eyebrow powder.

     

    I thought that as long as I had these three things, I could still do a basic face. (laughs)

     

    I wanna bring more!! (laughs)

     

    -Luna Nakagawa

    Eyebrow pencil, La Roche-Posay Primer, and Marshmallow Finish Powder!

     

    -Karen Matsumoto

    An eyelash curler, blush, and lipstick!

     

    Did you enjoy learning more about the member’s favorite cosmetics? Their tips might help you to become an idol someday!

     

    Next week’s KAWAII LAB report will focus on IDOLATER, so be sure to check it out!

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