Utano Aoi Appears in PR Videos for TV Asahi’s ‘The Future Starts Here’ Project

06.February.2023 | MOVIE

TV Asahi’s company-wide The Future Starts Here project is aimed at supporting people and inspiring them to grow and improve. Utano Aoi is now appearing in two heartfelt PR videos for the project, with one focusing on sharing your personal strengths and one about sharing your favorite things.


Even the smallest actions and the tiniest shift in a person’s mindset can move the future in a positive direction. The current theme is easy to understand–Start moving, and the future will too. These short PR videos show moments of change that can take place during a normal day in a person’s life.




  • Takuma Usa to Appear in Kijyooo no Kuron #18 ‘Kemuri no Hada ni’ Stage Play

    31.March.2023 | MOVIE

    Takuma Usa will appear in the new stage play Kemuri no Hada ni by Kijyooo no Kuron this April. The theater group is led by Yosuke Nakajima.


    Written and directed by Yosuke Nakajima, the play tells the story of an “unlikely everyday life.”




    “Sumino is dead…”


    I hadn’t heard from Masato in a while, but he called and told me. It looks like a suicide.
    So, we decided to get together.


    Masato Hirota and Sarasa Hasebe. When we were students, the four of us were always together. What did we do back then?
    I wanted to remember.


    I spent time with Sumino…the scenery is hazy…our conversations were normal…


    We didn’t see each other for a while. And then, we never saw each other again.


    “I should have at least called her…”


    I was never the best with Sumino, and I never met up with her as an adult, but now, after so long, I’ve started to remember more about her.


    This is the story of those left behind after her death.

  • Takuma Usa Appears in Short Drama series ‘Sarashiai, Konna Yoru wa Dare no Sei?’

    31.March.2023 | MOVIE

    Takuma Usa appears in the new YouTube short drama series Sarashiai, Konna Yoru wa Dare no Sei? (Exposed Love: Who’s to Blame for a Night Like This?)


    The romance-focused ensemble drama touches on a wide array of difficult subjects found in today’s society, like adultery, sugar daddies, plastic surgery, friends with benefits, doxxing, betrayal, and redemption.


    Takuma Usa, who portrays the host Tsukasa, appears in the third episode.


  • Grace Aimi to Stream XR Live Show ‘BED ROOM TRIP’

    29.March.2023 | MUSIC

    Grace Aimi‘s XR live performance titled BED ROOM TRIP will be available to stream starting March 24. The event was produced by SEP, a group of video creators involved in various genres, and BACKSPACE, a production team known for its outstanding technical video production capabilities.



    The performance brings Grace Aimi to live in an entirely virtual space, utilizing chroma key processing and 3D camera positioning with zoom and focus. With a multi-camera setup and live camera switching, the show seamlessly connects actual camera movements in the studio and virtual camera movements in the 3DCG space, making this a one-of-a-kind performance.


    Takuto Shimpo, who has produced many of Grace Aimi’s music videos in the past, was invited back to direct, and the new virtual space used for the performance was created by BACKSPACE using Unreal Engine. Aimi will perform True Feelings, My Eyes, and Are You Okay?

  • Spring 2023 Issue of Zipper Magazine Now on Sale

    28.March.2023 | FASHION

    The Spring 2023 issue of the revived fashion creator magazine Zipper was released on March 23.


    This issue focuses on the major fashion and beauty trends this spring and the globally-popular eight-member boy group ATEEZ appears on the cover clad in retro-pop Harajuku fashion. The deluxe edition also comes with a double-sided poster.


    Zipper ended its 24-year history in December 2017, but 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.

  • Yutaro to Star in Kansai TV’s Drama Series ‘Zenra Meshi’ This April

    28.March.2023 | MOVIE

    Yutaro will appear in the new Kansai TV drama series Zenra Meshi. The series is scheduled to begin airing this April during the EDGE time slot.


    The romantic comedy follows the protagonist Ichijo, a professional man hiding an incredible secret–he loves to eat naked. One day, this habit is revealed, and Ichijo finds himself quickly falling in love. Yutaro will play the role of Miki Mahiro, a young man who runs a fruit and vegetable store in Ichijo’s hometown.


    One highlight of the show is the number of tasty-looking dishes supervised by Yummy, a cooking expert who has gained incredible popularity for sharing simple recipes that anyone can make. The dishes that Ichijo and Mahiro prepare using foreign spices are especially noteworthy, and viewers will definitely want to recreate them at home.


    <Comment from Yutaro>

    “My name is Yutaro and I play the role of Miki Mahiro.


    When I first heard the name of the series, I was so confused. I’d be naked? And eating? I thought I’d need to strip, but I was told that my character didn’t need to. I was so relieved…


    My character is a young man who runs a fruit and vegetable store and likes to cook, so I tried to cook for myself as much as I could after being cast. Be sure to look forward to the cooking scenes–I did all of it myself!


    I’ve previously worked with Shori Kondo, who plays Ichijo, so we already had a good relationship. So, there were some scenes where we get pretty close to each other, but it wasn’t stressful at all. Everything went smoothly from day one. The staff has been amazing–everyone has been fun to work with, and even during darker scenes, everyone starts laughing as soon as the director yells “cut!”


    Even though this is a romantic comedy, there are sad scenes scattered throughout that will make your heart ache, and I think it will touch a lot of people’s hearts. Please look forward to it!”

  • Licaxxx’s Tokyo Community Radio to Hold “sessions,” a Training Program Open to the Public

    24.March.2023 | MUSIC

    Tokyo Community Radio (TCR), an online radio platform run by the popular DJ Licaxxx, has announced an open call for “sessions.” This unique training program will be held from April 27 to 29 at the Izu Inatori Sports Villa in Shizuoka Prefecture.


    “sessions” is a program for people who have already started learning more about DTM and want to create or release tracks that can be played by DJs, people who are already DJs, or people who are in the field who have started dabbling in DTM. The event will help those with an interest in music to further develop their skills and will allow brainstorming and networking with like-minded creators. Instead of a series of lectures, “sessions” is what the title implies–a jam session, of sorts. The moderators, including Licaxxx, will share problems they have faced during their careers and how they overcame them, helping visitors in both DTM and DJing. While these seem to be two very different processes, they are very much intertwined.


    The first event will be a 3-day, 2-night training camp in Izu, just before the outdoor music festival Rainbow Disco Club (RDC). The program will feature a focus on the technical aspects of creation, individual and group productions, direct advice from moderators and support staff, and detailed discussions on niche topics such as releasing tracks after they are made and promotion. DJs, organizers, and agents will also hold open chats. Supported by RDC and Red Bull, participants will also receive tickets to RDC as a bonus. After the training camp, they will be able to experience some of the world’s top-level DJs and trackmakers in person.


    Applications are currently being accepted until 23:59 on March 27.



    <Comment from Licaxxx>


    “TCR is launching a new training program called “sessions.”


    Focusing on dance music, it’s designed for those who have already started with DTM and want to create and release tracks to be played by DJs. It’s also perfect for people who are already DJs, or people who are in the field who have started dabbling in DTM.


    While the skills needed to DJ and the skills needed to create DTM are totally different, the paths you’ll need to take toward both are closely linked. There is no completely correct way to learn, but searching the internet tends to make people even more confused. I think that hearing from your predecessors in the craft and shaping their experiences and pieces of advice to fit your needs will help you in the best way.


    With that in mind, we’ve prepared a session rather than just a lecture, with the intention of sharing problems that we ourselves–who are active in the field–have or have had, and how to overcome them, so that we can all grow together.
    The first training camp will be held for 3 days and 2 nights in Izu, just before the RDC. The program will include advice on technical aspects for both individual production and group production, advice from creators, and detailed discussions on niche topics such as releasing tracks after they are made and promotion. We’ll also have some talks between DJs, organizers, and agents.


    In addition to the support staff listed below, we’ll be welcoming several other participants who have been invited by the management. A few open spots are still available, so be sure to apply as support staff if you have something to share with students!


    This time, participants will also get tickets to RDC thanks to the incredible support of RDC and Red Bull!!!!
    After the training camp, students will be able to experience some of the world’s top-level DJs and trackmakers in person.


    Be sure to read all the details carefully. I’m looking forward to your applications!!”



    <Comment from Rainbow Disco Club>

    “We’re so honored to be able to contribute to this program dedicated to dance music, even in a small way.
    During the three days and two nights of “sessions,” we’re looking forward to your input. Afterward, you can have all the fun you can handle at RDC!”


    Rainbow Disco Club

  • Atarashii Gakko! Releases Music Video for Popular Track ‘Otonablue’

    22.March.2023 | MUSIC

    The globally popular four-member dance and vocal group Atarashii Gakko! has released the music video for their song Otonablue, originally released in 2020.


    The live performance video of Otonablue currently has over six million views on YouTube, with related TikTok videos pulling in 400 million views to date. The song’s choreography–particularly during the chorus–became a big hit on TikTok after a television performance last year, inspiring a music video to be created.

    In the video, the members perform the retro-inspired number in nostalgic and gimmicky locations that pay homage to the Showa era. The video is a must-see for fans both young and old.


    In addition, tickets for the group’s live performance in Tokyo and Osaka, tentatively titled We’re working on some amazing new songs and we’re dying for everyone to see our newest evolution at Tokyo and Osaka ZEPP, have almost sold out. An additional performance will be held at Zepp Shinjuku on May 1.

  • Female Artist and Creator Collective bala Unveils Music Video for 1st Single ‘barla’

    22.March.2023 | MUSIC

    The Tokyo-based girl artists and creators’ collective bala has released the music video for its first single barla, released on March 8. The song was produced by Shinichi Osawa (Mondo Grosso) and written by Kenmochi Hidefumi (Wednesday Campanella).


    Music Video


    The music video fuses the virtual and real balallel world’ multiverse and includes futuristic footage using 3D scan data of bala members, surrealistic dance scenes, and street-style location shots. Fans can also spot BI, an adorable avatar character created by bala member KANO.


    Directed by YUKARI of the digital creative crew OFBYFOR TOKYO, the music video is already making a major splash. “This video packs in the charm of each individual bala member and is filled with cuteness, maturity, and retro-pop style,” said YUKARI.


    bala put the unique ‘balallel world’ on display during αU spring week 2023. The event was held from March 8 to 12 to celebrate KDDI’s αU, a new Web3 metaverse platform. An exhibition was held inside the aU apartment within Hz-Shibuya, a photo-realistic 3D experience set in virtual Shibuya. The girls appeared virtually during their αU Live, giving a special performance with their character avatars in the metaverse, allowing fans to gather and chat with one another. On March 12, the last day of the event, a real live event titled ‘bala presents balalell-party’ was held at Hz-Shibuya. The group has impressed audiences by moving back and forth seamlessly between the real and virtual worlds.


    A video of bala’s special live performance in the αU metaverse is now available on bala’s official YouTube channel. In addition, the bala exhibition featuring photos of the members is still available to view inside the αU metaverse through March 31.


    「balallel-meta-Party Ver2.0@αU metaverse」

  • [Event Report] CANDY TUNE, the Newest Idol Group from KAWAII LAB, Holds Debut Performance, FRUITS ZIPPER and IDOLATER Also Take the Stage

    16.March.2023 | MUSIC

    On March 14, ASOBISYSTEM’s idol project KAWAII LAB. held a live event at Spotify O-EAST. The event, titled KAWAII LAB. SESSION ~CANDY TUNE~, saw the first-ever performance from CANDY TUNE, the newest idol group from KAWAII LAB, also known for creating the popular groups FRUITS ZIPPER and IDOLATER.


    KAWAII LAB. is a new project by ASOBISYSTEM created to introduce Japan’s growing idol culture to the world.


    FRUITS ZIPPER is one of the most talked-about idol groups in recent memory, with their solo concert shows selling out instantly and their song Watashi no Ichiban Kawaiitokoro pulling in over 690 million views on TikTok. KAWAII LAB also produces IDOLATER, a group known for exploring the boundary of music, fashion, and other unique aspects of culture through an idol perspective.


    In March, the seven-member idol group CANDY TUNE was announced. Its members include Rino Fukuyama, Mizuki Kirihara, Natsu Minami, Nanako Ogawa, Bibian Murakawa, Shizuka Miyano, and Kotomi Tachibana.


    Tickets for this show were completely sold out in advance. The packed venue was filled with excitement, with fans looking forward to the live performance far before the show started.

    To start, Misa Kimura, a model and talent who serves as the general producer of KAWAII LAB., appeared with FRUITS ZIPPER members Suzuka Chinzei and Runa Nakagawa. Despite the project only being active for one year, she seemed to be filled with incredible emotion at the addition of CANDY TUNE to the lineup, bringing the total number of idols signed to KAWAII LAB to 19.


    IDOLATER was the first to take the stage, called out by Misa Kimura herself. Dressed in fashionable light blue outfits, the girls immediately grabbed the fan’s hearts with their cool performance of Kesenai…before moving into Endless Summer, Vapor City, Kimi ni MuCHU♡XX, and Mahou no Kagi wo Te ni Iretara in quick succession. The girl’s potential was on full display as they played hit after hit.


    IDOLATER’s stylish and clean live performance ended with DIAMOND and Endroll wo Mukaeru Mae ni.

    When Misa reappeared on stage, she announced that IDOLATER would be holding its anniversary solo concert on April 22 at Spotify O-WEST. Member Fuka Oishi was delighted to be performing at the largest venue in IDOLATER’s history. “I’m so thrilled,” she said.


    FRUITS ZIPPER took to the stage next, and the venue was immediately illuminated with colorful penlights. The members were greeted with loud applause as the starting track began to play.


    The group performed RADIO GALAXY first, and the audience’s enthusiasm was palpable as the songs jumped between various genres like a roller coaster ride, from EDM and hip-hop to idol pop and mellow tunes. Continuing into Sekai wa Kimikara Hajimaru, the sweet love song made the audience swoon as they heard the girl’s incredible vocals.


    Suzuka Chinzei also congratulated CANDY TUNE on its debut during the MC portion of the performance. FRUITS ZIPPER also promised to keep the stage lively until it was their turn to perform at their own debut show.


    The group then performed Happy Chocolate, a popular song currently trending on TikTok. Their comical and cute choreography spread into the audience where fans mimicked their moves, making it a truly sweet and memorable moment.


    As the girls began performing the fast-paced song Kanpeki Shugide☆, the mood in the venue took a turn, and things became much more lively. As expected, the group performed the massively-popular track Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro as the finale, and just as Suzuka promised, the audience was all warmed up for CANDY TUNE to finally take the stage!


    Just as was the case with IDOLATER, another major announcement was made during the MC portion. The first KAWAII LAB Official Fan Club event for FRUITS ZIPPER was announced to take place on April 10 at Shirokane Takanawa SELENE b2. The group’s first live show was originally scheduled to take place at this venue on April 10 last year, but it was postponed due to the pandemic.

    Finally, it was time for the new group CANDY TUNE to appear. Misa Kimura took to the stage first “I’m so nervous,” she said to the audience. “Can we get some cheers?”


    The fans erupted with loud applause, and soon after, the seven members of the group–Rino Fukuyama, Mizuki Kirihara, Natsu Minami, Nanako Ogawa, Bibian Murakawa, Shizuka Miyano, and Kotomi Tachibana–took their first steps onto the stage, ready to share the wonders of Harajuku with the world.


    Dressed in colorful outfits, they first performed hanamaru, a song written to cheer up anyone who listens to it. The girls were clearly a little nervous, but they danced as hard as they could, obviously doing their very best. As the song blended into Kiss Me Patissier, the audience erupted–it was hard to believe that this was the first time that the song had ever been performed live. The song is one of the most popular tracks from the group’s first album, and its flirty lyrics immediately melted fans’ hearts.

    During the MC, Murakawa, a former HKT48 member and veteran idol, spoke to the fans. “Isn’t this venue too full,” she said with a laugh. Each girl introduced herself, offering some insight into why they had become idols and what they hoped to achieve going forward. It seemed that their time chatting had cut through the tension, and they performed Nanairo Prologue in high spirits. As if in sync with the members, the fans’ voltage also rose to a fever pitch, and following the performance of Mikan na Seishun, the audience exploded with thunderous applause.
    After all four songs from the group’s first album had been performed, it was revealed that, like the senior groups in KAWAII LAB, CANDY TUNE also had a surprise to reveal. On the big screen, it was announced that CANDY TUNE’s first solo live performance would be held at Spotify O-WEST on June 27. The members immediately shouted with joy.


    “Aren’t you full yet,” Murakawa asked the audience, before announcing one more song.


    CANDY TUNE performed hanamaru again, but unlike the first time, a music video produced in secret for the occasion played on the screen. Sounds of surprise and excitement immediately erupted from those in the audience.


    The audience’s voltage was at its highest during this performance, which was synchronized with the music video featuring the members in cute cheerleader outfits and a picnic scene that their friendship with one other. Although it was their first time on stage together, the seven members showed as much poise and dignity as their seniors.


    At the end, each member shared a message with their fans. “I have a bad habit of second-guessing my own happiness. There have been so many times in my life when I wonder if I should be as happy as I am–but right now, I’m so incredibly overjoyed,” said Fukuyama.


    “I was so nervous before we got here,” said Kirihara. “But when I saw all of your faces, I knew from the bottom of my heart that I had made the right choice to become an idol!”


    “Even if I’m reborn, I hope to stand on this same stage again,” said Minami while crying.


    “I didn’t really feel like an idol until today, and I was so afraid to stand up here in front of a packed audience,” said Ogawa. “I never thought I’d be an idol,” echoed Tachibana. Both showed intense appreciation for the countless fans that had gathered at the venue.


    “I will always cherish this moment,” said Miyano. “I hope to make many more memories in the future!”


    “I never thought I could care for people so quickly after meeting them,” said Murakawa, shedding a few tears. “I have so much love and affection for everyone, and I want the seven of us to keep working hard to share Harajuku with the world. Standing here now, I know that we can become an idol group loved around the globe!”


    After each group had finished their performances, all 19 idols from all three KAWAII LAB groups stood on the same stage together.

    As a final surprise, Misa Kimura announced that KAWAII LAB. SESSION would be held on June 12 at Zepp Shinjuku, a venue scheduled to open in April. “I’m so excited that we get to perform at Zepp,” said FRUITS ZIPPER member Yui Sakurai.


    With excitement in the venue still building, the final performance and the long-awaited collaboration began. All 19 members formed a circle and began to perform FRUITS ZIPPER’s breakout hit Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro. Fans in the audience were permitted to record during this part of the concert, and after the show concluded, countless videos were posted to social media sites.


    A project to shoot a TikTok video of Happy Chocolate with the audience also took place at the end of the event. FRUITS ZIPPER member Mana Manaka gave a brief explanation of the choreography before taking a video of the fans gathered at the venue. The night ended as the idols and fans danced together.


    KAWAII LAB is continuing to produce cutting-edge idols ready to be shared with the world. With the addition of CANDY TUNE, the future is looking bright, and fans will want to watch out for what’s coming next.

    Text: Masatoshi Mayuzumi
    Photo: Shinsuke Hayashi / Miki Higashi



    Kesenai…(short ver.)
    Endless Summer
    Vapor City
    Kimi ni MuCHU♡XX
    Mahouno Kagiwo Teniiretara
    Endrollwo Mukaeru Maeni


    Sekaiwa Kimikara Hajimaru
    Happy Chocolate
    Kanpeki Shugide☆
    Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro


    Kiss Me Patissier
    Nanairo Prologue
    Mikanna Seishun
    hanamaru (MV.ver)


    Watashi no Ichiban Kawaiitokoro

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Appear as a Regular on NHK Educational TV’s ‘Let’s Play English Meets the World’

    15.March.2023 | BUSINESS

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will appear as the Novice Wizard Kyary on NHK Educational TV’s Let’s Play English Meets the World. The series will premiere on April 4, 2023.


    Yasutaka Nakata will produce the show’s opening theme and a selection of music used throughout.


    <Comment from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu>

    “I’m so thrilled to be appearing on a show I’ve watched since I was a kid!
    Even though I often perform overseas, I’m still a beginner in English. I hope I can learn together with everyone through this series!


    Also, Yasutaka Nakata is providing the opening song and quite a few tracks throughout the show.


    Some of the tracks you’ll hear are very different than the standard Kyary songs, so I hope you’ll enjoy them and sing along!”

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #19: New Idol Group CANDY TUNE Shares Thoughts on Upcoming Debut Concert

    14.March.2023 | MUSIC

    Following the success of the idol groups IDOLATER and FRUITS ZIPPER, KAWAII LAB., a project created to introduce Japan’s growing idol culture to the world, has revealed the new group CANDY TUNE! Just as candy comes in a variety of flavors and shapes, each member of CANDY TUNE has their own unique personality and passion. Keeping KAWAII LAB’s goal of bringing Harajuku to the world at the forefront of its activities, this idol group is ready to perform its pop tunes for audiences around the globe.


    The group’s name was created to convey gentleness, harmony, and sweet melodies, and on March 7, the debut album from these new idols hit all major streaming services. The titular CANDY TUNE is filled with powerful pop tracks already capturing the hearts of listeners around the world.


    In CANDY TUNE’s first appearance in the KAWAII LAB. Report series, we interviewed the members about their upcoming debut concert, KAWAII LAB. SESSION ~CANDY TUNE~. Are they ready to take to the stage?


    -Your debut concert is coming up soon! How are you feeling? Share a message with the fans!


    Bibian Murakawa

    “Hi everyone! I’m Bibian Murakawa and my member color in CANDY TUNE is pink. The seven of us have been working together during all kinds of different lessons to become world-class idols. Everyone is so cheerful and each member has her own hobbies and special skills. It’s been a blast spending time with them every day! We want the world to know what we’re like inside and out, and to love us for who we are!”


    Twitter: @bibian_ct1203
    Instagram: @murakawabibiann
    TikTok: @murakawabibiann


    Mizuki Kirihara

    “After so much training and so many different lessons, I’m happy to finally be able to perform on stage. We’re lucky to have such amazing songs and costumes, and I hope to express myself in authentic CANDY TUNE style. Just spending each day with the members and staff, in general, fills me with so much happiness, and I can’t wait to bring that joy to the fans! I just hope everyone can be happy!☺️”


    Twitter: @mizuki_ct0221
    Instagram: @kirihara_mizuki
    TikTok: @kirihara_mizuki

    Rino Fukuyama

    “I feel blessed to have had all these months of lessons and prep before our debut, and I’ve really been giving my all! I want this to be the best possible debut concert and I hope we can exceed everyone’s expectations. I know I’ll be nervous before we go on stage, but this is something that will happen only once in my life, so I want to enjoy it as much as I can! I hope you enjoy listening to our music right up until you see the live performance!”


    Twitter: @rino_ct1224
    Instagram: @rinomaru_
    TikTok: @rinomaru_


    Nanako Ogawa

    “Only a few days are left until our debut. I still can’t believe I’m about to become an idol! (Laugh)

    Thankfully, I’ve been able to interact with fans even before our debut. I feel so happy when I see people’s words of support and hear about fans keeping track of new information coming out about CANDY TUNE each day. I hope I can cheer everyone up, even if it’s just a little bit. Through CANDY TUNE, I’ll make many dreams come true and devote myself to becoming someone’s hope in this world!”


    Twitter: @nachico_ct1001
    Instagram: @__nchisan__
    TikTok: @__nachisan__


    Natsu Minami

    “Not long ago, everything felt so new and I was just trying my hardest to keep up with lessons each day. But as we get closer to our debut, I feel more and more like I’ve really become an idol. I’m both nervous and excited about what I’ll see at our first concert since it will be my first time appearing as a real idol! I’m just so happy to be a member of CANDY TUNE…I’ll keep bettering myself right up until the show on 3/14!”


    Twitter: @natsu_ct0317
    Instagram: @nattanntan
    TikTok: @nattanntan


    Shizuka Miyano

    “Each member of CANDY TUNE is very unique, and I think that really comes through in our performances. I can’t wait to show you all how much we’ve grown! So many people have supported us since before our debut, and we’ll never stop being grateful for that. Having been able to perform as idols in such a wonderful environment is a blessing. We’ll keep improving ourselves in order to give even better performances in the future, but first, we want to give our all at our debut!”


    Twitter: @shizuka_ct0530
    Instagram: @myn_szk_ct
    TikTok: @miyano_shicha.


    Kotomi Tachibana

    “I’m thankful to have been given so many opportunities leading up to our debut, like dance and singing lessons, speaking lessons, and so many other things that other idols might have never had a chance to do. I’m working hard every day to put those efforts to good use during our first live show! I have so many feelings about our first concert–I wonder what the view will be like! I want it to be a huge success, and while I’m a little anxious, I’m just looking forward to meeting the fans more than anything! ♡ I hope the concert makes everyone happy!”


    Twitter: @kotomi_ct0525
    Instagram: @kotomi_5chan
    TikTok: @kotomi_5chan




    Check out each member’s profile here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/676709


    The members of CANDY TUNE have been working hard as a team each and every day in preparation for their debut concert, focusing on the feelings they hope to convey to their new fans.


    The girls are sure to put on a memorable show, and there’s no doubt that their historical first performance will bring happiness to each and every person in attendance. Be sure to keep an eye on CANDY TUNE going forward!

  • Girl Artist and Creator Collective bala Releases First Single ‘barla’

    11.March.2023 | FASHION / MUSIC

    The Tokyo-based girl artists and creators’ collective bala has finally released its first single! The song barla, produced by Shinichi Osawa (Mondo Grosso) and written by Kenmochi Hidefumi (Wednesday Campanella) dropped on March 8.


    The song is a dance track with a late ’90s house sound. A music video teaser was posted along with the song’s release and was directed by YUKARI of the digital creative crew OFBYFOR TOKYO. The video expresses the group’s desire to resonate with Gen Z youth culture and to be a collective of artists that connects hybrid Japanese pop culture with audiences around the world.



    The music video not only includes futuristic footage using 3D scan data of bala members within an expansive virtual world, but also surrealistic dance scenes and street-style location shots. The full video will be released soon.


    The mysterious character in the music video is “BI,” an avatar character created by bala member KANO as a gateway to the Balarelle World and, a diverse collection of virtual worlds each inhabited by a member of the group. BI is also the girl’s virtual pet and the creature will be at the center of bala’s techno-expression in the future.


    Guests visiting αU Spring Week, a celebration of KDDI’s metaverse Web3 service ‘αU,’ will be able to experience a special exhibition at Hz-Shibuya featuring a virtual performance. Special live performances by bala’s character avatars and collaborative room exhibitions will also be held in the αU metaverse, a virtual world where fans can gather and enjoy conversations with other fans. On March 12, ‘bala presents balallel-party,’ a real-life live event with free admission, will be held at Hz-Shibuya. For details, please see the event website.