A beautiful image from Universal stuidos in Osaka.
While in Tokyo a fantastic display in Ginza.
Father christmas is giving Tokyo natives some early snow this year as well.
JAPANESE POP-METAL SENSATION BABYMETAL IS HEADED FOR AN
ANIMATED ADVENTURE VIA A NEW SHORTFORM SERIES FROM
WARNER BROS.’ DIGITAL STUDIO BLUE RIBBON CONTENT, IN
COLLABORATION WITH AMUSE GROUP USA
BURBANK, Calif. (September 28, 2016) — Fresh off the triumphant finale to their unforgettable 2016 world tour in front of more than 110,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome, Japanese pop-metal sensation BABYMETAL will embark on a new adventure with an original shortform series from Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content and Japanese powerhouse Amuse Inc’s subsidiary, Amuse USA. Manager and creator of BABYMETAL Key Kobayashi (a.k.a. KOBAMETAL) is also producing. The hybrid live-action and animated project is currently in development, it was announced today by Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series.
Sam Register said: “BABYMETAL have to be seen to be believed — a mind-blowing, fun combination of pop vocals, heavy metal music and dance choreography brought to life by three incredibly talented teenage stars. We are huge fans here at Blue Ribbon Content and are extremely excited to help bring the BABYMETAL phenomenon to U.S. audiences through this upcoming digital series.”
Tatsuro Hatanaka, President, Amuse, Inc. and Amuse USA, commented: “We are grateful for Warner Bros. and Blue Ribbon Content’s interest in BABYMETAL, and to be moving onward with the project. We are very much looking forward to working on this project with Sam and his team, and hope everyone will enjoy our completed work.”
The action-adventure will take viewers inside the magical world of heavy metal music as it comes under attack, and one lonely god, Kitsune, forms the warrior band BABYMETAL to save the day. In the series, SU-METAL, YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL join together to ultimately redefine the genre. The series will also feature new live-action performances from the group, who will enter the animated world through a secret portal.
Fronted by three teenage girls with choreographed dance moves to accompany their vocals, BABYMETAL is making waves in the music industry with two chart-topping albums that have solidified the Japanese pop-metal band’s cross-continent success. In fact, the buzz-worthy group recently caught the attention of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are taking them on their first UK tour in five years.
With a name inspired by “the birth of new metal” and a goal of fusing metal and pop music, the BABYMETAL lineup includes SU-METAL, YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL. BABYMETAL has already achieved two major debut singles, both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon chart in Japan. Their first studio album also earned the #1 spot on Billboard’s World Album chart, and the official live music video for their debut album’s lead single,“Gimme Chocolate!!,” has garnered more than 60 million views on YouTube. Their sophomore album,METAL RESISTANCE, made them the first Japanese act to make the Billboard200 album chart’s top 40 in 53 years. They have also won several awards, including:
· The Breakthrough Act award at the 2015 Metal Hammer Golden Gods
· The Spirit of Independence award at the 2015 Kerrang! Awards
· MTV Europe’s Wildcard Best Japanese Act
· The Discovery Prize at GQ Japan’s Men of the Year 2015 Awards
· Women of the Year prize at VogueJapan’s Women of the Year 2015 Awards
· Best Live Act award at the 2016Kerrang! Awards
· Best Live Act award at the 2016 AIM Independent Music Awards
Since its inception, the Japanese metal dance unit has developed a devoted fan base that describes their concerts as both energetic and unforgettable. The band has also received glowing praise from the industry’s top acts, includingSlipknot’s Corey Taylor, Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Rob Zombie, who toldBillboard that BABYMETAL “are like nothing I’ve ever seen before.” The new series will take their energy from the stage to the screen with a can’t-miss adventure for all ages.
Japanese confectionery chain Ginza Cozy Corner to weigh in on the celebrations, with a stunning lineup of cakes, tarts and limited edition tins that feature some of the cutest characters from the movie alongside some edible dark foes. We’ll need to summon up every ounce of the force within to bite into these because these are the most amazing sweets we’ve ever seen!
Available from November 1 until December 21,
there are a number of special sets to choose from. The adorable nine-pack below retails for 2,160 yen (US$18) and contains (from top-left to right) a Storm Trooper cheese tart, a Wicket chocolate roll cake, a C-3PO lemon tart, Jabba the Hutt pistachio tart, a Star Wars Logo rasberry and chocolate cake, R2-D2 yoghurt cake, Darth Vader chocolate cake, The Imperial Army and Rebel Army pistachio and chocolate tart, and Yoda as a matcha powdered green tea tart.
there’s always something new popping up in the neighborhoods of Tokyo. This time the new kid isn’t so new, welcome to the Snoopy Museum.
Set to open it’s doors around March of 2016, the Snoopy Museum Tokyo is a “cooperative” effort between Sony Creative Products and the Charles M. Schulz Museum.
The Snoopy Museum will display original artwork, vintage memorabilia, and other related artifacts on loan from the Research Center on a rotating, six-month basis.
Advance tickets will become available this December, with pricing details yet to be announced. Oddly enough, the Snoopy Museum is being planned as a non-permanent (similar to the John Lennon museum) facility, and is tentatively scheduled to close its doors for good in September of 2018, we already have our eyes set on it.
Snoopy Museum Tokyo / スヌーピーミュージアム
Address: Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi 5-6
Trivia note: the name Peanuts wasn’t something the creator really like. Shultz said ” I have never been very fond of the name”
The Robot Soldier located on the rooftop garden of the Ghibli Museum.
On the museum’s roof is a garden with a life-size statue of a robot from the final episode of Lupin III Part II and Castle in the Sky.The Robot Soldier was made by the artist Kunio Shachimaru. The statue is made from bronze and took a year to create.
The first image is my original picture and the other two are my attempts to play with levels. This is from when we went to the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo (September 2014)
Fuji Television: Rafu-kun
A small blue dog who is a tad goofy but rather passionate and devoted.
Laugh loves music, especially the Beatles.
Always on the lookout for something new,
Laugh loves to browse the web on his laptop wherever he goes.
Puppy Rafu-kun is the Fuji Television mascot whose name is derived from the English word “laugh” and was originally a character for a TV show broadcast in 1998. You can find Rafu these days on all sorts of adverts and available in many types of products, but his background has not yet been made public in much detail.
I only wish I knew who designed him. Stay tuned to our YouTube channel where we will show you a lot more from Odaiba and Fuji TV.
ガンダム カット” , “Gundam Cut.” is a Gundam-themed barber shop in Aomori Prefecture, Japan.
Located far north of Tokyo,
This barber shop doesn’t actually have Gundam inspired hair cuts, but what they do have are a ton of Gundams in their driveway.