Additional Information! Maidreamin, Kendama Performers, TOTTI CANDY FACTORY to Participate & Character DJ Festival Will be Held

23.March.2018 | FEATURES / FES / SPOT

The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Executive Committee will hold the country’s biggest inbound event for promoting Japanese pop culture to the world, “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA,” across the areas of Shibuya and Harajuku on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25. New artists have been added to the event line-up as well as their performing dates. Registration for the event is also now open. Those who register for the festival will receive an original bag as thanks.

 

Register Here: https://mmnf2018.peatix.com

 

This year’s MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL will take place in four main locations. Here are the artists who will perform as well as the content and activities to be held at each location.

In this article, we will take a detailed look at the stage performances and booths you can expect to see at Onden Shrine.

 

 

EASY – The Kendama Performer

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EASY is a professional kendama (“sword and ball”Japanese toy) performer who is performing throughout the world. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy his breathtaking kentama performance!

 

 

 

Maidreamin

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The popular cast members of the maid café, “Maidreamin” will gather at Onden Shrine! They will grab ojou-sama (ladies) and goshujin-samas’ (masters) hearts with their songs and dance performances.

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/98007

 

 

TOTTI CANDY FACTORY

TOTTY CANDY is popular for its giant rainbow-colored cotton candy. Cotton candy is eaten by many people as an Ennichi (hopping day) food. This cotton candy named TOTTY CANDY has the essence of Harajuku-style!

 

 

Character DJ Festival

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DJs disguised as popular characters will perform on-stage at Onden Shrine and will grab audience’s hearts with their tunes and fantastic performances. DJs – Shimockey and coroton and many more.

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<Free Entry to MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA>

Register for free entry to this year’s festival!

To register, place visit the Peatix website below and follow the instructions. Upon completing your registration, you will receive a QR Code from Peatix that you must take with you and present at each area on the day of the event.

Click here to register.

*Upon registering, you will be signed up as a MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Member where you will receive newsletters and other information. You will also be signed up to Omotenashi Platform.

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018

Those that register for the event in advance will receive an original bag as thanks. There are 1,500 bags available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will find in them one of either popular products from KitKat Chocolatory: the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson” (¥500) or the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson Matcha” (¥500). Bear in mind that stocks are limited, so don’t forget to sign up early!

 

 

■Information

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

Venue: LAFORET MUSEUM HARAJUKU, SHIBUYA CAST, TOWER RECORDS Shibuya, Onden Shrine

Date: 03/24 (Sat.), 25 (Sun.)

Time: 11:00 to 21:00 ※the opening hours differ depending on the venue

Official site:https://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/

Pre-register (free):http://mmnf2018.peatix.com

 

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  • MMN Festival 2018 – SHIBUYA CAST: Ren Koseki Visits Maid Café “Maidreamin”

    22.March.2018 | FEATURES / FES / FOOD / SPOT

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA will take place in Harajuku & Shibuya on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25. The festival will take place in 4 main areas. One of them is SHIBUYA CAST which is where we will hold the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON MARKET where you can enjoy Japanese food while taking in the cherry blossom scenery. Maid café group Maidreamin will also appear at the market. With that in mind, Ren Koseki dropped by the café in Shibuya to see what they’re all about. Maidreamin has recently become popular with female customers too who pop in for the maid experience. Ren had her fill by trying their great food, watched a live performance and got involved in dressing up.

     

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    Maidreamin offers an experience like no other, taking on the concept of a “dream country littered with ‘moe’ and ‘kawaii’ for all customers who enter.” This is expressed in many ways as expected from a dream country. When you enter the café, it’s said that you’re entering the country. Upon entering, you are greeted, and a ceremony is held to welcome you into the country. When you blow on the candle and it lights up you become a goshuin-sama (master) if you’re male or ojou-sama (lady) if you’re female. Animal ears will ‘sprout’ from the top of your head when you enter the Maidreamin country as you’re given an animal Alice band to wear.

     

     

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    All food and drink items on the menu come with either a Maidreamin ‘omajinai’ service or a drawing performance. Omajinai is when you chant a spell together with a maid to make your meal even tastier. Be sure to try chanting “oishikunaare, moe moe kyun♡” (“abracadabra, become delicious♡”) together with your maid. Those who want even more fun should get the “LOVE Kakuteriimin” (\1,240). A maid will call your name while making a cocktail right in front of you and put on a truly moe performance. It’s recommended for friend groups and work colleagues. Ren ordered strawberry milk. You can order from either a non-alcoholic and alcoholic menu.

     

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    The menu is so plentiful you’ll keep saying “cute” without even thinking. You can of course omurice, a classic maid café dish where you can request a maid to draw something on it, as well as the animal parfait which was just updated at the end of February. It’s proven popular with overseas influencers and girls in Japan for its cute appearance, delicious tasty and amount. Friends get together to each order the Bear (chocolate banana), Cat (vanilla), Dog, (tea), Panda (matcha) and Rabbit (strawberry) parfaits and take a group photo.

     

     

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    This is the \880 “Mori no Kokage no Usa-chan Parfait” (Bunny Under the Forest Bower Parfait). You can get a “Sakura Float” to go with the parfait (\1,100. Comes with the maid omajinai). We really want you to try it!

     

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    Ren has actually been to Maidreamin before. She had been wanting to try on the maid outfit again, so she transformed into a maid with “Magical Change” (\3,240), a popular original Maidreamin maid outfit that you can wear at the café. Among the maids there are 3 different outfits: “Training,” “Original” and “Dream Outfit”. Only a select few can wear the Dream Outfit. It’s a yearned for uniform whose wearer is known to have gone through the most strict and demanding reception training in the maid café industry. Only famous and successful applicants can wear it.

     

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    After changing into your maid outfit, take a commemorative chekki photo (\800). When taking a photo on stage where the maids perform live you can get a nice photo album and a maid will draw on the photo for you. It will encapsulate your time in the country!

     

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    Maidreamin has many overseas fans, so much so that they received an offer to perform the song for Anime Expo 2017 which is held in Los Angeles every year. If you order from the ‘Live Menu’ you can see them perform live too.

     

    Look out for the ♪ badge on maids’ uniforms. This will tell you if they are a maid that performs live and who has a repertoire of over 10 songs they can perform. Shiorin gave an energetic performance for Ren. Those who want to have even more fun with the live show can buy a “Magical Stick” penlight. If you hand over your penlight to a maid that’s off stage, they might even dance otagei for you with the penlight, a type of choreographed dance performed by fans at idol shows! All of the maids at Maidreamin can perform otagei, making it the only maid café where all the maid staff can do it.

     

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    During the MMN Festival, you can catch popular Maidreamin maids including Dorisu, who gave Ren the welcome ceremony, as well as Hinata and Amo on the live stage at Onden Shrine on Saturday March 24 at 13:30-14:00. Hinata is a member of Moe Kami 8, a group formed by popular members of the maid café. The three of them will perform together with the top 17 maids of maid idol unit QSCS, who have over 450 members.

     

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    The services below are scheduled for the Maidreamin booth at MMN Festival 2018. Since the maid dress-up time is different from the café’s normal time, this is your chance to enjoy eating a parfait and more while dressed as a maid, something you normally can’t do. This is a must-do for both first timers, regular customers and cosplayers alike.

     

    Sakura Float (w/ Maid Omajinai Good Luck Chant): \1,100 (tax incl.)

    Chekki Photo (w/ Drawings by Maid + Album): \800 (tax incl.)

    Maidreamin Maid Cosplay (30 Outfits): Outfit Rental – Advance Booking \3,980 / Same-Day Booking \4,500 (Return Time: 12:00-17:00)

    Rubber Keyring (Maid Outfit Version): ¥600

    Animal Alice Band: ¥600

     

    Free Pre-Registration⇒

    https://maidreamin.com/information/detail.html?id=2282

     

    ■Information

    Maidreamin Shibuya

    Address: Houraiya Bldg. B1, 30-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Access: 7-minutes on foot from Shibuya Station “Hachiko Exit”

    TEL: 03-6427-8398

    Opening Hours:

    Monday-Thursday, Sunday, Holidays 13:00-23:00

    Friday, Saturday, Day Before Holidays 13:00-05:00

  • MMN Festival: Traditional Japanese Performance Art, Omatsuri Experience & More at Onden Shrine!

    12.March.2018 | FEATURES / FES / SPOT

    The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Executive Committee will hold the country’s biggest inbound event for promoting Japanese pop culture to the world, “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA,” across the areas of Shibuya and Harajuku on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25. New artists have been added to the event line-up as well as their performing dates. Registration for the event is also now open. Those who register for the festival will receive an original bag as thanks.

     

    Register Here: https://mmnf2018.peatix.com

     

    This year’s MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL will take place in four main locations. Here are the artists set to the perform as well as the content and activities to be held at each location.

     

    In this article, we’ll take a detailed look at the stage performances and booths you can expect to see at Onden Shrine.

     

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    The theme at Onden Shrine is “Tying Links with the Gods of Harajuku.” “Ennichi” is held at the traditional Onden Shrine. Stalls are a must-have at Japanese festivals, so you can expect to see plenty of them for the MMN Festival lined with food, offering classic activities such as yo-yo fishing, and more. A stage will also be set up at the shrine where you can look forward to seeing a traditional Japanese ‘taiko’ drum performance and more, as well as getting involved with the mizuhiki workshop where you’ll learn how to make your own decorative cord to tie envelopes with! Onden Shrine will be packed with content that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

     

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    STAGE CONTENT: YUMENOYA Ukon Takafuji Japanese Dance Show & Bon Odori

    The “Takafuji Dance Company” is a pioneer of traditional Japanese dance that boasts a history of 100 years. Ukon Takafuji is the second generation of the company as well as the producer and chairman of “JAPAN CULTURE ENTERTAINMENT -YUMENOYA-” who is set to put on a traditional Japanese dance show. It is an “experienced-based” show meaning you yourself can join in to dance Bon Odori.

     

    Not only will there be classic Bon Odori hits playing such as Tokyo Ondo, but also a performance of Tokyo Bon 2020 choreographed by Ukon Takafuji, a song co-produced with “COOL JAPAN TV” that has taken the world by storm online with a collective 100 million plays across video streaming platforms.

     

     

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    STAGE CONTENT: Satsumasendai Odoridaiko

    A Japanese drum (taiko) group made up of girls in their teens and 20s. Besides Japanese drums, their stage performance also captivates fans around the world with other traditional Japanese instruments such as the shinobue, as well as traditional Japanese dance.

     

     

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    STAGE CONTENT: Awa Odori Dance TAKARABUNE

    TAKARABUNE is a creative dance group of Awa Odori, a traditional type of Japanese dance that boasts a 400-year history, who challenge themselves to creating new possibilities for this traditional Japanese artform. You must not miss this stage performance by Japan’s sole professional Awa Odori dance group!

     

     

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    BOOTH CONTENT: Learn Shrine Etiquette!

    Staff will co-ordinate and teach you the manners and etiquette associated with shrines. It’s a great chance for newcomers to Japanese shrines and maybe even an opportunity for those in-the-know to learn about them again.

     

     

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    EXPERIENCE: Amezaiku Tsuruhuji

    Last year’s amezaiku workshop was hugely well-received, so we’re bringing it back this year! You will learn how to sculpt rabbits, bears and other animals from candy, so be sure to try challenging yourself♪

     

     

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    EXPERIENCE: Kimusubi Mizuhiki Workshop

    Mizuhiki are special cords that tie envelopes used for monetary gifts. Did you know that there are a lot of kawaii ones around recently? Mizuhiki artist Kaori Hunaki will hold a workshop at the booth where you can learn how to make your own kawaii mizuhiki!

     

     

    Register for Free Entry into MMN Festival!

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    Those that register for the event in advance will receive an original bag as thanks. There are 1,500 bags available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will find in them one of either popular products from KitKat Chocolatory: the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson” (¥500) or the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson Matcha” (¥500). Bear in mind that stocks are limited, so don’t forget to sign up early!

     

    How to Register

    To access MMN Festival, you must register in advance. (Admission is free of charge. Select festival contents however will charge a fee.)

     

    To register, place visit the Peatix website below and follow the instructions. Upon completing your registration, you will receive a QR Code from Peatix that you must take with you on the day of the event.

     

    Click here to register.

     

    Please display your QR Code at each location on the day of the event.

     

    *Upon registering, you will be signed up as a MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Member where you will receive newsletters and other information. You will also be signed up to Omotenashi Platform.

     

    ■Information

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

    Official Event Website: https://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/index.html

     

  • MMN Festival 2018: Laforet Harajuku — Natsume Mito’s Self-Produced Picture Book Themed Fashion Show With Guest Models

    22.March.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / FES / SPOT

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA will take place in Harajuku and Shibuya on Saturday March 24th and Sunday March 25th. Model and artist Natsume Mito has produced her very own show titled Tobidase! Picture Book Show ~Storytime With Natsume Mito~  that she’s set to showcase at  Laforet Museum Harajuku on March 24th.

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    This marks the first fashion show Natsume Mito has produced and will be based on a book she has chosen: Bulldog Tantei to Kieta Hoshi by Tomonori Taniguchi (BUNKEIDO Co., LTD.)

     

    The story is as follows. The stars have disappeared from the sky. During this time, a letter arrives for the bulldog detective requesting he search for the lost stars. He accepts and heads out to find them. He’s able to locate them, but why did they disappear, and who sent the letter…? This exciting story is full of heart and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

    Natsume Mito, Yuri Suganuma, Ema Tanioku, Eri Tanioku, Aino Kuribayashi, Chie Tsuji, Abe Akari, Saki Shibata, Rinko Murata, Manaka Arai, Alice Ikeda

    In an entirely experiment, the world of the book will be brought to life through fashion! Natsume Mito will read the book aloud and models will take to the stage to thrill the audience. The line-up features a string of fantastic models representing the aomoji-kei fashion culture: Yuri Suganuma, Ema Tanioku, Eri Tanioku, Aino Kuribayashi, Chie Tsuji, Abe Akari, Saki Shibata, Rinko Murata, Manaka Arai, Alice Ikeda, Una, Anna Kawamura, and more.

     

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    Everything from the picture book to the model selection, casting and even the stage performance itself including the walking and lighting was thought up by Natsume Mito herself.

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    The outfit styling has also been entirely done by Natsume Mito. She dropped by some of her favourite second-hand clothing stores to pick out clothes which she made into outfits for each model while thinking about the role casting and story of the picture book. She even remade some outfits herself to fit the image of the show!

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    Finally, here’s a message to everyone from Natsume Mito:

    I love picture books and I love fashion too so I and thought it’d be fun to create a fashion show that combined those two worlds, so I decided to create a picture book fashion show. The art in this book is cute and the story is really moving. I wanted to do a show that presented a sparkly world, so I chose this book.

     

    I did things like coordinate clothes, and I was super excited when thinking up the performance! This is my first time trying this, so there are still parts that I can’t imagine how they’ll turn out, but I’ll work my hardest so that everybody who comes to watch will have smiles on their faces and get sucked into the world of the book. I want to create a stage performance so that people can come to be interested in picture books.

     

    I’m also thinking up content that everybody can enjoy, so please be sure to come by! I’m also posting videos of the show being prepared on Instagram stories, so please check if out if you’d like.

     

    Todibase! Picture Book Show ~Storytime With Natsume Mito~ will begin at 13:40 on Saturday March 24th at Laforet Museum Harajuku. Don’t miss Natsume Mito’s first challenge!

     

    ■Information

    Todibase! Picture Book Show ~Storytime With Natsume Mito~

    Location: Laforet Museum Harajuku

    Date: Saturday March 24, 2018

    Time: 13:40 START (subject to change)

    *Please note that admission may be restricted in case of overcrowding.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA
    Locations: SHIBUYA CAST. / Tower Records Shibuya / Laforet Museum Harajuku / Onden Shrine
    Dates: Saturday 24 March – Sunday 25 March
    Time: 11:00-21:00 *Times differ at each area
    Official Event Website: https://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/
    Free Pre-Registration: http://mmnf2018.peatix.com

  • MMN Festival 2018 – Laforet Harajuku: MAGiC BOYZ, Yutaro and Other Stage Contents on March 25th!

    17.March.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / FES / SPOT

    It’s finally March, which means “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA” (MMN Festival) is almost here.

     

    This year’s MMN Festival will move away from the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and take place around the Shibuya and Harajuku area! We will deliver Japanese culture to the world to the fullest in the form of music, fashion, food, tourist experiences and more from Shibuya.

     

    This year’s MMN Festival is free for all to enter! But don’t forget: you must register in advance to attend.

     

    Register here:

    https://mmnf2018.peatix.com/

     

    This year’s main locations are Laforet Museum HarajukuTower Records ShibuyaSHIBUYA CAST., and Onden Shrine. All locations are free to enter upon registering in advance.

     

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    Let’s take a detailed look at the stage content and performances you can look forward to at Laforet Harajuku on 25 March.

     

     

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    Slot 1 – 13:00 Start

     

     

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    TALK: A Lesson on Being Photogenic – Hosted by Popular Models

    A host of models will offer tips & tricks on taking Instagram-worthy photos as well as a range of how-to’s! The line-up includes Rikako Ōya (Babyraids Japan) who has an article series on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, Ellie, Yuri Suganuma, Ema Tanioku and Yuna Yabe will look at cuts from each of their posts will checking their Instagrammable points. You may even get to hear about their top secret techniques and backstories behind their photoshoots.

     

     

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    TALK: April Horoscope Rankings: Zodiac Signs with Guest Fortune Teller

    Hikari Shibata, a model who receives huge support for her fashion and lifestyle posts from girls of her generation, will have her fortune told by Chamereon Takeda through horoscopes. Chamereon Takeda has published 18 books to date. She has become famous for her predications which are so on point you’ll end up laughing. She currently has over 50,000 followers on her official LINE account, and she has appeared on TV, radio and in magazines.

     

    In addition, the constellations will be ranked on stage in relation to love! This is your opportunity to see and experience a fortune-telling by the real-life Chamereon Takeda, who you normally have to book to see. It promises to be a fantastic stage performance. Her fresh and humour-filled dialogue can be enjoyed even with beginners to fortune-telling. Look forward to it.

     

     

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    LIVE: Amato Danshi

    Amato Danshi will return for a second performance on 25 March. They are a six-member idol group whose concept is themed on the world’s trending sweets. Their songs too are centered around sweets, such as Shu Cream (Cream Puff) and Taiyaki. The group are also recognised for giving food reviews in their songs. A book on sweets is scheduled to be released from them in May. Their performance is a must-see as they head towards expanding their activities. Also, a café called “Amato Café” will open at SHIBUYA CAST. for the festival selling sweets recommended by the members! Sweet lovers must make sure to check out the performance and the café.

     

     

     

     

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    TALK: “Spring Cosmetic Recommendations” with Noah Satou & Ren Koseki
    Model and band vocalist Noah Satou will introduce recommended spring cosmetic items together with model Ren Koseki, who has appeared on TV and radio and has over 100k followers on Twitter.

     

    The two of them post videos of themselves trying out cosmetics on their YouTube channel. You may get to hear about their recent finds as well as secret make-up techniques!

     

     

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    FASHION: Mynavi Baito presents Challenge Award
    Mynavi Baito will return once more on March 25. They are known for their slogan Suki wo, baito ni (“Make your passions your job”). They are a website that posts information about part-time jobs. At MMN Festival, the company are set to present a project titled “Big Challenge of the Youth” which will have students enrolled in design schools get involved in creating kawaii part-time job outfits to promote to the world! The outfits will be exhibited on stage at the Harajuku Kawaii Market where models Yuri Suganuma, Mei Nagasawa and Anna Yano will dress in them. You will be amazed at how much these fashionable outfits will exceed your expectations. Look forward to an exciting stage event created by the youth of today.

     

     

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    LIVE: MAGiC BOYZ

    MAGiC BOYS are a hip-hop group made up of three high school students MCs Toma, Ryuto and Mahiro, and elementary school student DJ Jo. They have earned the portmanteau nickname “Magibo” from their fans. They have released one album to date, have collaborated with recognized Japanese rappers as well as up-and-coming artists and have received support from music providers. And that popularly is growing at a fast rate! Their performance is an absolute must-see as they ride their budding momentum!

     

     

     

     

    Slot 3 – 17:00 Start

     

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    TALK: Q&A with Yutaro!
    Yutaro is active as a star shop assistant at the second-hand clothing store 3to2bunno1 in Harajuku, as an actor and as a model. He has been featured numerous times on TV and in magazines.

     

    Yutaro is going to hold a public Q&A session at the festival where you might have the opportunity to hear things you normally wouldn’t be able to from him about his private life, fashion and more! If you attend, this might be your chance to have a direct conversation with Yutaro!

     

     

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    FASHION: Learn Japanese Spring Trend Styles with Shibasaki & Rinko

    Saki Shibata and Rinko Murata are models who have gained immense popularity with teenage girls. They have also appeared in countless magazines. The two of them are going to hold a market onstage selling their own personal items! They will give a lecture on styling points such as introducing co-ords using the items on sale at the market and suggestions on possible co-ords you could create with them.

     

    And of course, you’ll be able to purchase their everyday clothes there too! The personal items that will be exhibited are scheduled to go up on the event website in advance so don’t forget to check them out.

     

     

     

    <Free Entry to MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA>

    Register for free entry to this year’s festival!

     

    To register, place visit the Peatix website below and follow the instructions. Upon completing your registration, you will receive a QR Code from Peatix that you must take with you and present at each area on the day of the event.

     

    Click here to register.

    *Upon registering, you will be signed up as a MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Member where you will receive newsletters and other information. You will also be signed up to Omotenashi Platform.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018

     

    Those that register for the event in advance will receive an original bag as thanks. There are 1,500 bags available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will find in them one of either popular products from KitKat Chocolatory: the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson” (¥500) or the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson Matcha” (¥500). Bear in mind that stocks are limited, so don’t forget to sign up early!

     

     

    ■Information

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

    Locations: SHIBUYA CAST. / Tower Records Shibuya / Laforet Museum Harajuku / Onden Shrine

    Dates: Saturday 24 March – Sunday 25 March

    Time: 11:00-21:00 *Times differ at each area

    Official Event Website:https://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/

    Free Pre-Registration:http://mmnf2018.peatix.com

  • New Performers Added to Festival Line-Up! At Tower Records-Nemuri Haru, Monari Wakita and at Laforet Harajuku-Noah Sato, Yoshiaki and Michi!

    09.March.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / FES / FOOD / MUSIC / SPOT

    The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Executive Committee will hold the country’s biggest inbound event for promoting Japanese pop culture to the world, “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA,” across the areas of Shibuya and Harajuku on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25. New artists have been added to the event line-up as well as their performing dates. Registration for the event is also now open. Those who register for the festival will receive an original bag as thanks.

     

    Register Here: https://mmnf2018.peatix.com

     

    This year’s MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL will take place in four main locations. Here are the artists set to the perform as well as the content and activities to be held at each location.

     

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    <Harajuku Kawaii Market presented by Mynavi Baito>

    Location: Laforet Museum Harajuku (Laforet Harajuku 6F)

    Themed on the concept of “Find Japan’s Kawaii♡,” you will turn into a kawaii girl in this area simply by turning up with a selection of fashion, beauty, fortune-telling, DIY and more.

     

    Three additional performers have been added to the festival’s line-up. They include Noah Sato, Yoshiaki and Michi.

     

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    Noah Satou will join model Ren Koseki on stage to introduce their recommended spring cosmetics. The two of them use a lot of cosmetics as seen in their online videos where they test them out, so they are set to showcase their recommended products.

     

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    Yoshiaki and Michi will feature on stage with Youtuber Megane, whose appearance has already been announced. The three of them will host a talk show discussing their private lives as popular models and Youtuber respectively.

     

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    It has also been announced that Megane , Yoshiaki and Michi will join the flea market where personal items of the on-stage performers will be sold, including Natsume Mito, whose appearance has become the talk of the town. Expect to see an array of items from the performers you can’t buy anywhere else.

     

     

    ■Harajuku Kawaii Market presented by Mynavi Baito

    Location: Laforet Museum Harajuku

     

    March 24th Performers

    ・MC: Yuri Suganuma / Rei Maruyama

    ・Fashion & Talk Stage (Alphabetical Order):

    Akari Abe / Chamereon Takeda / Aino Kuribayashi / Ren Koseki / Saki Shibata / Ayaka Segawa / Ema Tanioku / Eri Tanioku / Chie Tsuji / Mei Nagasawa / Fusedy / Michi / Natsume Mito / Rinko Murata / Megane / Anna Yano / Yoshiaki

    ・Live Performance: Amato Danshi

     

    March 25th Performers

    ・MC: Yuri Suganuma / Rei Maruyama

    ・Fashion & Talk Stage (Alphabetical Order):

    Ellie / Rikako Oya (Babyriads Japan) / Chamereon Takeda / Ren Koseki / Noah Satou / Saki Shibata / Hikari Shibata / Ema Tanioku / Mei Nagasawa / Rinko Murata / Anna Yano / Yuna Yabe / Yutaro

    ・Live Performance: Amato Danshi / MAGiC BOYZ

     

    ・Personal Item Flea Market Participants: Ren Koseki / Hikari Shibata / Yuri Suganuma / Ayumi Seto / Ema Tanioku / Eri Tanioku / Chie Tsuji / Natsume Mito / Rinko Murata/ Michi/Megane / Anna Yano / Yuna Yabe/Yoshiaki

     

     

     

    渋谷店外観

    <Featuring Japanese new music「MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL」>

    Location: Tower Records Shibuya B1F CUTUP STUDIO / Tower Records Shibuya Rooftop

    Down on B1F in the CUTUP STUDIO, influential artists and music media companies that have hooked up with many promising artists and new talent will become official curators of this special stage event together with MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON (MMN) to host an exclusive showcase of must-see up-and- coming artists. Also, up on the rooftop, MMN will oversee an idol stage event with a line-up consisting entirely of idol groups that MMN want to recommend to international audiences. It will be jam-packed full of Japanese ‘kawaii.’

     

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    Performing artists added to the line-up include Nemuri Haru and Monari Wakita. They will appear on the “Live Natalie meets MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON” stage which features a list of artists chosen by Natalie Music, Japan’s number one music news site, that best represents the concept behind the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Project.

     

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    In addition, music artist MANON has been announced as the opening act of the event, who has garnered much attention from mindful music listeners.

     

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    Four new idol acts have also been added to MMN’s “MOSHI MOSHI IDOL SPECIAL” stage: QUEENS, Nankini!, C-Style, and Kus Kus. They are ready to bring even more excitement together with the already announced 8 other idol groups.

     

    ■MOSHI MOSHI MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Location: Tower Records Shibuya B1F / Rooftop

     

    March 24th Performers:

    ・Opening Act

    MANON

     

    ・Spincoaster Stage

    Mizuki Ohira / SIRUP / The Wisery Brothers /SIR UP/The Wisely Brothers

     

    ・WREP BATTLEFIELD presents Batotsuku (19:00 START)

    MC: Zeebra / Hachi Moji

    DJ: YANATAKE

    MC BATTLE: MC Seishain / MC MIRI/Kizal / SAM / SHO GEN / Datemegiri / TKdakurobuchi / NillNico / 8×8=49 / FRANKEN / Yuma / (+one more artist TBA)

     

    MOSHI MOSHI IDOL SPECIAL

    QUEENS / Kus Kus / CY8ER / C-Style / Jewel☆Neige / Nankini! / Yamakatsu / …and more

     

     

    March 25th Performers:

    ・Live Natalie meets MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders / SHE IS SUMMER / Nemuri Hary / MISMOPE / Luby Sparks / Monari Wakita

     

    MOSHI MOSHI IDOL SPECIAL

    APPARE! Harajuku / Sakadori Hasshinkyoku / C-Style / sora tob sakana / NEO JAPONISM / Lucky Doll / Yamakatsu / …and more

     

     

     

     

    <Enjoy Hanami Early in Shibuya: “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Market”>

    Location: Shibuya Cast

    The theme of this market is to experience Japan’s flower-viewing season early in Shibuya. Gaze at cherry blossoms while indulging in traditional Japanese food, sweets and sake, and enjoy the stalls selling fresh Japanese produce and more. The market will offer a food experience only possible in Japan.

     

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    The “Moshi Moshi Kimono Salon” has been added to the festival. This rental kimono salon located in the Harajuku Tourist Information Center will have its own booth at SHIBUYA CAST where you can have a kimono fitted to enjoy hanami.

     

    At the Don Quijote booth, they will sell must-have items for hanami, such as sake, as well as typical Shibuya souvenirs. “Shibu Fes” – the fashion event that takes over the streets of Shibuya – will also have its own booth where they will be handing out “fashion bonuses” that can be used when shopping (March 24th only).

     

     

     

    穏田神社

    <Tie Links With the Gods of Harajuku: “MOSHI MOSHI ENNICHI”>

    Location: Onden Shrine

    Traditional Japanese performance art, character DJs and more will take to the stage at Onden Shrine, a site steeped in tradition. Experience an array of food, drinks and workshops at this Ennichi event.

     

     

    薩摩川内踊り太鼓

    創作舞踊集団寶舟

    On stage, Satsumasendai Odoridaiko will put on a performance using Japanese instruments like the taiko drums and shinobue, as will TAKARABUNE, Japan’s only professional Awa Dori group, a traditional type of Japanese dance that boasts a history spanning 400 years.

     

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    A character DJ festival will also take place, with DJs dressed up as Shimockey and coroton.

     

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    In the Ennichi area, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the manners and etiquette of Japanese shrines, get involved in a workshop to sculpt amezaiku animal candy, and learn how to make a kawaii mizuhiki cord which is used to tie envelopes. MOSHI MOSHI ENNICHI is overflowing with fun and exciting content that can be enjoyed by locals and overseas visitors alike.

     

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018

    <Entry to the Festival is Free!>

    All four main areas of the festival are free to enter. However, there are some places that require you to register beforehand, so we recommend signing up in advance. Those that register for the event in advance will receive an original bag as thanks. There are 1,500 bags available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will find in them one of either popular products from KitKat Chocolatory: the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson” (¥500) or the “KitKat Chocolatory Moleson Matcha” (¥500). Bear in mind that stocks are limited, so don’t forget to sign up early!

     

    ■Summary: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2018 in SHIBUYA

    <Festival Date>

    24 March 2018 – 25 March 2018

    <Festival Time>

    11:00-21:00 (Subject to Change)

    <Organizer>

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Executive Committee

    <Support>

    Shibuya City / Shibuya City Tourism Association

    <Co-Operation>

    TOKYU CORPORATION / SHIBUYA CAST. / Tower Records Japan Inc. / Laforet HARAJUKU / Religious Corportation Onden Shrine / Jnnovations, Inc.

    <Sponsors>

    Mynavi Baito / NIPPON PAINT HOLDINGS CO.,LTD / Bijuu co.,ltd. / KitKat Chocolatory /Amato Danshi / Maidreamin / Don Quijote Co., Ltd.

    <Content Partners>

    Gurunavi, Inc. / Airbnb Inc. /Natalie / Spincoaster / WREP

    <Festival Locations>

    Shibuya & Harajuku Area (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

    <Main Locations>

    Laforet Museum Harajuku / SHIBUYA CAST. / MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center / Onden Shrine / Tower Records Shibuya

    <Festival Contents>

    Experienced-Based Content / Live Performances / Fashion / Participative Content / Tour Services / Inbound Services / …and more

     

    <Festival Price>

    Free (*Some festival contents will charge a fee)

    Those who wish to participate in the festival must register in advance (https://mmnf2018.peatix.com). Select content does not require registration.

    <Official Website>

    http://fes18.moshimoshi-nippon.jp

    <Social Media>

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/moshi_fes

     

    <Related Websites>

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp (Available in English, Japanese and Chinese)

     

     

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    Model: Yutaro

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    Hey, readers. It’s Midori again, from MMN’s editorial team.

     

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    Tokyo Disney Resort has announced this year’s Disney Christmas which will take place at Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® from November 8 to December 25. This is the Tokyo Disneyland® event line-up. For the Tokyo DisneySea® schedule, click here.

     

    Disney Christmas Stories

    Disney Christmas Stories celebrates the holiday season with a magical parade which will bring together the Disney cast members with their loved ones. The characters will dress in festive outfits and deliver to guests their own Christmas stories. Seven joyous Christmas stories will unfold before guests’ eyes, from a merry family outing with Donald Duck, his beloved Daisy Duck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, to the star couple Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

     

    The parade will seemingly stop all of a sudden which will be followed by ringing bells, signalling the start of a Christmas party. Snow will fall along the parade route, and the cast members will invite guests to join them in celebrating a heart-warming Christmas.

     

    Christmas Decorations

    An enormous 15-meter tall Christmas tree will tower over World Bazaar and illuminate the streets with its brilliant lights together with dazzling projections, combining with the festive music to create a romantic atmosphere.

     

    The plaza in front of Cinderella’s Castle will glimmer with Christmas adornments as well as Christmas presents, Winnie the Pooh decorations, and more. Each themed land across the park will also be embellished in Christmas colours, bringing a merry little Christmas to the park.

     

    Special Christmas Merchandise

    Glass Set – ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

    Around 65 special Disney Christmas themed items are set to go on sale from November 1, from glasses to cushions and more, all of which can be used for Christmastime at home. Featuring designs of the Disney characters, each item is sure to bring an air of that nostalgia we all feel at Christmas.

     

    Christmas Food & Drink


    Also available from November 1 is a very special Christmas menu made up of 15 dishes and drinks. There’s the seafood cream bread packed with melted cheese, a hot dog dressed in the colours of Christmas with its eye-catching red bun and white cheese, and more. There’s also a dish inspired by the Disney film Beauty and the Beast who are set to appear in the parade.

     

    Enjoy a very merry Christmas this year at Tokyo Disneyland.

  • Ice Cream Lovers’ Paradise: Over 100 of Japan’s Best Ice Creams Unite at Ice Cream Fair in Hokkaido

    08.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    For six days only, The most mouthwatering ice cream flavours from all over Japan are heading to Sapporo Kita 3-jo Plaza AKAPLA for the regional ice cream fair Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019. The ice cream fair will start on August 15 and end on August 20, 2019. 

     

    The concept of Aipaku® is to make everyone’s childhood dream into a reality; a paradise park where visitors are surrounded by the most delicious ice cream flavours that are found countrywide.  The Japan Ice Mania Association carefully selected heart-melting ice cream flavours from all over Japan to sell at this event. The event has been running since 2015 and has so far welcomed approximately 2 million satisfied ice cream lovers, making it the largest ice cream event in Japan. Visitors can tuck in to their ice creams straight away or buy cooler bags and dry ice at the venue to take it back home as a souvenir.

     

    This time, Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019 is completely changing its lineup. Compared to when it was last run in 2017, this year will see many ice creams and ice cream brands that are new to Hokkaido making their debut. If you are an ice cream lover, this is a paradise world you just cannot miss out on. 

    Kikyou Shingen Soft/KIKYOUYA (¥500)

    Since being launched in 2015, this ice cream has become the star of the show at Aipaku. This ice cream is otherwise only available in Yamanashi prefecture. The beautiful scent of the soft serve ice cream’s kinako roasted soy bean will be the first thing to reach your nose. This ice cream is made with the original, rich-flavored brown sugar syrup of Yamanashi prefecture. 

    Manhattan Roll Ice Cream/ Manhattan Roll ¥850

    Roll Ice Cream is currently a big hit in Japan, so naturally it has infiltrated into this ice cream fair. This ice cream is not made using eggs like conventional ice creams. It is made with a unique combination ratio of milk, fresh cream and syrup. The result is a smooth ice cream which is rich but not overpoweringly sweet. 

    Double Ruby Fantasy/ MAISON GIVRÉE/¥600

    This is an Aipaku-limited ice cream. Its rise to fame occurred as a result of the World Championship of Pastry Ice Cream and Chocolate which took place in Milan in 2015. This Aipaku-limited soft serve ice cream was created by Team Japan’s captain and world champion pâtissier Hiroyuki Emori. It is covered in sugar-coated ruby chocolate and decorated luxuriously with almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios. The pink colour is enough to melt your heart. 

     

    Aipaku Original Häagen-Dazs Sundae/ Aipaku Official ¥800

    This is an original sundae flavour that can only be obtained from Aipaku. The ice cream is made using Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream with a generous layer of luxurious whipped cream. This is drizzled with a rich caramel sauce. Crispy feuillantine, which is made by smashing baked crêpe batter, accents the flavour and adds texture. Chunky slices of banana and salty vanilla-roasted peanuts are placed on top. This is a special sundae that ice cream-lovers will not be able to resist. 

     

    These are just a few of the vast range of ice creams you could be trying. There are just so many that you will be frozen for choice. The venue is also easy to access from Sapporo station. This is a wonderful way to leave the house and enjoy a Japanese summer whilst staying refreshed. 

     

    *Prices after tax stated above

    * The ice creams at the event may differ to the images above.

  • Pikachu Outbreak 2019: Day One Report Of This Year’s Event – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    08.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / SPOT

    The Pikachu army has returned again this year for Pikachu Outbreak 2019 which is running from August 6 to 12 in Minato Mirai, Yokohama. This year, the event also features an evening show which takes advantage of Minato Mirai’s gorgeous nightscape and couples it with exciting lighting technology.

     

    We visited the first day of the event with Chinese talent Etsuna and 7-year-old Yuugo-kun. Here’s our report!

    Upon arrival at Minato Mirai Station we were immediately met by lots of Pikachu decorations and event advertisements. And when you go through the ticket gate it plays Pikachu’s cry! If you’re visiting the event this year then be sure to listen out.

    There are lots of Pikachu to spot after leaving the ticket gates, so be sure to try finding them all.

    We alighted at Minato Mirai Station and headed straight to Rinko Park.

    When we hit the park we were greeted by a huge balloon Pikachu!

    There’s lots of other Pokémon to catch too, such as Lapras, Psyduck, and many other popular names.

    This tiny Pikachu was so cute.

     

    There are food trucks set up by the Pokémon Cafe for the event at Rinko Park so you can get your hands on some food, drinks, and ice pops.

    The Pikachu designs on the trucks are super kawaii♡

    Pikachu Pineapple Ice Bar – ¥500 (Tax Included)

    The ice pops they sell comes with one of four possible Pikachu facial expressions. They’re given randomly.

    They’re so cute they seem a waste to eat!

    Pikachu Orange Lemonade Soda – ¥500 (Tax Included)

    The drink cups have Pikachu designs too, even the lids.

    Wherever you look there’s a Pikachu, so you can take pictures literally everywhere.

     

    After we had strolled around Rinko Park, we headed to Nippon Maru Memorial Park. Usually when you visit this park they have huge boats on display but for Pikachu Outbreak, the Pikachu have swarmed the area.

    There are lots of walls with various Pokémon illustrations on them around Nippon Maru Memorial Park, such as Ho-Oh’s wings and a Pikachu balloon. They are scattered here and there, so make sure to find all of these too!

     

    Below is where you can watch the Pikachu march wearing illuminating LED costumes.

    Even the Ferris wheel at Yokohama Cosmo World was lit up with Pokémon motifs―the Pikachu and Poké Ball ones in particular were beautiful.

    After a little while, several Pikachu arrived on a boat to greet everyone. And then…

    …out came the LED Pikachu! Their synchronised pattering walk was beyond adorable. They even danced.

    But the fun doesn’t stop there. If you head to Queen’s Square Yokohama right next to Nippon Maru Memorial Park then you’ll catch the Eevee march too. Their cute pattering walks too are enough to heal your soul♡

     

    What we’ve shown you is just a snippet of the fun happening this year―there are many other exciting events happening for Pikachu Outbreak 2019.

    Photos: CHIHIRO (@chiicd5)

     

    These last photos were taken at the show in Grand Mall Park at Yokohama Art Museum which makes stunning use of projection mapping. The Pikachu don their LED costumes and perform an incredible light show for the crowd.

     

    For more details on each event check out the official website. Pikachu Outbreak is a fun day out for kids and adults alike, so enjoy this year’s event and be careful not to catch heatstroke.

  • Lolita Singer Luna Haruna Announces Surprise Solo Live Performance at Most Recent Concert

    05.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Tokyo singer and lolita fashion model Luna Haruna finished her premium solo summer concert at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF7 on August 4. The concert title Lupa and Aries no gastronomie was named after her single Lupa to Aries which was released earlier this year in June and is so far only available on streaming services. Haruna performed once in the afternoon and once in the evening with a live band. She performed a total of 28 songs, including some brand new hits.

     She launched into her concert with her hit songs Stertear, Kimi Iro Signal, Stella Breeze and Overfly. She then performed her two new fairytale-themed songs Lupa to Aries and Kaiten Mokuba live for the first time. 

    Afterwards, she turned to her fans and said:

    “I challenged myself to something completely new this time. I want to show you all a side of me you have never seen before.”

    What the fans heard next was an unexpected surprise. 

    She announced that she will be performing at Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE, Tokyo on November 16. The venue, packed with fans, could not contain their excitement, responding to the glorious news with cheers of joy that echoed throughout the entire room. 

    Her recent release Kaiten Mokuba follows the same fairytale theme as Lupa to Aries. The beautiful harmonies created by the strings pierce through the strong and pressing beat of the song. This gothic fairytale song is appropriately titled Kaiten Mokuba (Carousel) to further emphasise the distorted feeling of being spun around in endless circles. Luna is an artist who represents the lolita scene for lolita fans worldwide. This fairytale video is where her true self comes alive. Her new, mysterious visuals are a fusion of lolita fashion and Alice in Wonderland themes. 

     

    Luna Haruna Music Video: Kaiten Mokuba 

    The head-spinning music video shows Luna in different lolita fashion outfits. Each outfit explores the depths of a different character from Alice in Wonderland. Watch Luna spin her way through five Alice in Wonderland-themed lolita dresses including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and of course, Alice.  

    Luna will also be singing the theme song for the upcoming anime film Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fine, which will premiere on October 26. This isn’t the first time Luna has been involved in the Saekano anime series. She performed the theme songs Kimi Iro Signal and Stella Breeze, which were the TV anime’s first and second anime openings respectively. 

     

    The anime film opening will be written by Miku Sawai, who wrote the lyrics for the TV anime’s first and second ending theme songs Colourful and Sakura Iro Diary respectively. Miku Sawai and Luna Haruna have become massive sensations in the news for their anime hits. Just what kind of chemical reaction will unfold when these two heroines collaborate on the anime film’s opening theme song? Please keep your eyes peeled for future updates. 

     

    Photos: ©美澄

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