Nov 272017
 

Nothing quite says “celebration” like a nice glass of bubbly, and why not celebrate Hatsune Miku’s 10th anniversary with some sparkling wine (non-alcoholic, of course!).

The 0.0% metallic sparkling wine made by Bodegas Copaboca Bodega and imported from Spain has Halal certification, a Muslim certification agency. The bottle comes turquoise colored, and is available in two different editions: Bottle-only, or a 10th Anniversary box set, which also includes a special glass made by Lehmann Glass, a french company.

The regular edition costs 3900 Yen, while the Box Set costs 7800 Yen. While Rakuten will only ship the item within Japan, you can order this item overseas by using the Tenso proxy, which also conveniently provides an address format for Rakuten. Grab both editions from the links below!

Hatsune Miku 10th Sparkling Wine (Bottle-only): https://item.rakuten.co.jp/wineschool/10002134-390/
Hatsune Miku 10th Sparkling Wine (Box Set): https://item.rakuten.co.jp/wineschool/10002134-393/

Nov 122017
 

Following the end of the season today, Goodsmile Racing placed 3rd in the final race at Motegi and won the 2017 series SUPER GT championship! It’s Goodsmile Racing’s third championship since 2011 and 2014, respectively, plus a ZF award for the best mechanic for the team. Congratulations!

In celebration of their victory, there will be a miniature championship trophy added to all orders of figures, figma, and Nendoroid of Racing Miku 2017 Ver. In addition, the Racing Miku 2017 Ver. 1/1 scale figure will be reopen for preorder starting from tomorrow along with a list of commemorative goods (cap, mug, towel, shirt, and photo frame). The commemorative goods will be at a 30% discount.

GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP: https://goodsmileshop.com/en/

Nov 082017
 

I love it when my two favorite things, Hatsune Miku and Technology, are brought together. The latest news release from Crypton Future Media reveals that the voice of Hatsune Miku, their most popular Vocaloid software, will be coming to the Amazon Alexa digital assistant in Japan to coincide with the launch of the Amazon Echo smart speaker in the country later this year. Soon, interacting with Alexa/Miku will be a reality with “Hey MIKU!” commands, and more.

Having the popular virtual idol as the voice of your home’s digital assistant is definitely an exciting prospect for many Hatsune Miku fans, but this feature will be limited to use with Amazon Japan accounts with Prime membership, and will only be available in the Japanese language. The feature is an “Alexa Skill” (essentially an app) via the Amazon Skills download page when it becomes available.

The Amazon Echo’s Japan launch date isn’t officially announced yet, although they’re accepting applications for invites to be an early adopter. While we’ve seen concepts of Hatsune Miku as a home assistant before, we’re excited to see the idea finally come to mass-market. Here’s to hoping it gets a Westward release!

Via Crypton Future Media

Oct 302017
 

Step aside, Snow Miku! This time Hatsune Miku herself is getting her own themed car in the latest Daihatsu collaboration. For the 2018 Hatsune Miku X Daihatsu collab, the Daihatsu Move Canbus is getting the touch-up treatment to add bits of Hatsune Miku styling (specifically, that of KEI’s original Miku V2 design) to the vehicle’s interior and exterior.

For exterior accents, there’s the hood stripe decal in the shape of Miku’s tie, door mirror decal matching Miku’s “01” tattoo, rear quarter glass decal matching the pattern on Miku’s boots, fuel cap decal with Miku’s silhouette, and a rear emblem honoring Miku’s 10th anniversary.

For the Move Canbus’ interior touches, you’ll find even more customizations: steering wheel covers, shift lever covers, seat belt pads, rear seat floor mats, and seat covers!

Further details about the car’s availability and pricing is still to be announced, and Daihatsu will be posting updates on the official collaboration site, as well as the official Facebook page.

Hatsune Miku x Daihatsu site: https://www.dbsc.co.jp/lp/miku.html
Hatsune Miku x Daihatsu Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daihatsu.miku/

Daihatsu has previously collaborated with Snow Miku for the Mira Cocoa (2014) and Cast Activa (2016). Perhaps we’ll see a new Hatsune Miku x Daihatsu collaboration every 2 years? For those curious, the Move Canbus is classified as a “KEI” type car, and isn’t legal for use in the United States, and possibly other countries.

Oct 252017
 

As Hatsune Miku’s iconic appearance becomes more known around the world, Japan further recognizes her as an important symbol of modern Japan culture. This is reflected in the latest PR video from TokyoTokyo, where Hatsune Miku makes a surprise appearance. TokyoTokyo is an officially recognized tourist info page detailing Tokyo’s unique style of culture, mixing traditional with cutting-edge.

Hatsune Miku makes her appearance 7 seconds into the video, which symbolizes the theme of Tokyo offering “Unique” experiences you wont find anywhere else. She also appears in the short preview playing in the background of the TokyoTokyo homepage.

Quoted from TokyoTokyo Unique detail page:

The development of woodblock printing technology in the 18th century brought ukiyo-e prints into the mainstream of popular culture. Most arresting were the nishiki-e, or “brocade prints” made using more than 10 color print blocks, a unique Japanese art form that influenced the Impressionist artists. Meanwhile, it is now 10 years since the birth of Hatsune Miku, the Vocaloid character that symbolizes Japanese culture today. She is an example of Japan’s art finding new fans the world over.

Check out the official PR Video below!

TokyoTokyo Homepage: https://tokyotokyo.jp/
TokyoTokyo Unique Page: https://tokyotokyo.jp/old-meets-new/unique/