Wednesday, September 02, 2015

10 Exciting Things to Do at Moshi Moshi Nippon Singapore


Sing Japanese karaoke, drink miso soup, take photos with cute Japanese girls and even sell your luxury goods! There are so many things which you can do at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL in Singapore this weekend!

It is the largest free Japanese pop culture showcase to ever be held in Singapore and there will be many exhibition booths promoting Japan's renowned technologies and services, featuring karaoke, Japanese fashion, cuisine and more!

Here are 10 exciting activities for you to enjoy at the festival!

Booth layout and mini stage timetable

1. Sing Japanese karaoke songs

LIVE DAM's futuristic-looking karaoke system

Ever longed to sing the latest anisongs or J-POP hits with your friends but never really had the chance to do so? Find yourself always bemoaning the limited selection of Japanese karaoke songs in Singapore? Well, Japan's premier karaoke operator LIVE DAM will be bringing their advanced karaoke system to Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival for everyone to try out!

LIVE DAM's karaoke booth at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL in Los Angeles
(Source: MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON official site)

Head on down to LIVE DAM's karaoke booth (Booth 11) at *SCAPE Playspace this weekend and sing your hearts out this weekend! If you're lucky, you may even catch some of the performing artists singing at the booth!

2. Take pictures with cute Japanese models

Moshi Moshi Nippon is a free-for-all festival aimed at promoting Japanese culture to the world and attracting tourists to Japan. There will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures with the many Japanese talents at the event. Photography is often prohibited at events in Japan so don't miss this rare chance to capture some special memories! After all, who doesn't like to meet cute girls and better yet, take pictures with them?

Harajuku superstar model-singers AMIAYA

The very pretty and adorable Anna Yano and irresistibly cute Hikari Shiina (Pikarin) will be at the MILPOM★ booth (Booth 9) this weekend as they are voice actresses for the anime and there will be photo sessions with them there! Find out more about the MILPOM anime below!

The cute Hikari Shiina (left) and pretty Anna Yano (right)

Harajuku twin sister models Ema and Eri Tanioku (Ema*Eri) and superstar model-singer pair AMIAYA will also be in attendance at Moshi Moshi Nippon. No details of any photo sessions with them have been released at present.

Harajuku-based sister models Ema and Eri Tanioku

However, do take note that there will be a special photo booth at the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON BOOTH (Booth 5) or at the special Photo Spot (Booth 10) where you may "take pictures with your favourite J-pop artists and models" according to the official description. We are expecting a photo session to be held there as the models are not affiliated with any of the other exhibitors.

A photo together with Yanagi Nagi? I wish!

There will also be a photo session with super popular Sanrio character Gudetama at the booth, if you are interested.

Picture with Gudetama, anyone?

3. Take pictures with cute Japanese idols

Nicamoq and Rinahamu make up BPM15Q

"New-age DJ Vocal Unit" BPM15Q, formed by idol Rinahamu, nicknamed the "princess of strawberry country (苺の国のお姫様)" and fashion model Nicamoq, will also be coming to Singapore. These cute girls can not only sing and dance well, but they can also DJ well too!

You'll definitely want a picture with BPM15Q

Get ready for the time of your life at the CHEERZ booth (Booth 6), where you may meet time, learn more about idols and possibly bring home some photos with them (as has been the case at previous CHEERZ events).

4. Learn about girl talk with MILPOM★

Anna Yano promoting MILPOM★

What is MILPOM★? It's a new original series of surreal short-form stop-motion doll animations by Bandai Namco Pictures, depicting the everyday lives of main character Milpom (voiced by Hikari Shiina) and her friends Silky (Ai Matsumoto) and Cacao (Anna Yano) in a surreal world of fashion-obsessed women where it is normal for everyone to be wearing animal head costumes.

The MILPOM★ pilot, released in March

A pilot episode was released earlier this March and the first episode will be streamed online on Sept 5th! You may watch it on-site at the festival on the day of release itself. Exclusive merchandise, which will be launched first in Singapore, will also be on sale at the MILPOM★ booth (Booth 9).

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON SINGAPORE 用のMILPOM★商品が完成しました!ペンポーチ、パスケース、リュック、かぶりもの(!)がピンクのかわいいシンガポール限定パッケージに入ってます。いよいよ今週末!!!ですよー!入場無料!シンガポールでお待ちしてます!
Posted by Milpom on Sunday, 30 August 2015

Some MILPOM merchandise that will be on sale at Moshi Moshi Nippon Singapore

5. Catch live Japanese performances all day

Niconico utaite Matsushita will be performing at Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival

Performers from Japan will be taking to the stage all day, from live singing by Niconico singer (utaite) Matsushita, AMIAYA and Hikari Shiina, to dance routines by "Tokyo Part Rock Crew" PCF and DJ sets by BPM15Q at the Mini Stage at *SCAPE Playspace on Saturday. Gudetama will even be performing on stage at 5pm. We wonder what he/she has in store for us...

The mini stage schedule for *SCAPE Playspace on both days

The action will move over to the indoor Main Stage at *SCAPE Ground Theatre on Sunday, as Anna Yano will be performing on stage along with Singapore's very own Asia Anisong-Singer Audition winner USAGI. There will also be a Harajuku Fashion Show featuring Ema*Eri, AMIAYA, local blogger Xiaxue at 2.30pm and a Cosplay Fashion Showcase. CHEERZ will be having their very own special programme on stage too, most probably featuring BPM15Q again so don't miss the two amazing girls!

Doors open at 1.30pm for the Main Stage at *SCAPE Ground Theatre on Sunday

We are so excited for the stage performances on both days as it is a rare opportunity to see so many diverse talents from Japan performing on the same stage. There will be singers, models, DJs, idols and even a dance unit. Furthermore, this is your chance to get a glimpse of Matsushita, who seldom shows her face in public. Best of all, admission is free so go all out and immerse yourself in Japanese pop culture this weekend!

6. Drink miso soup

Do you like miso soup?

Do you like miso soup? Japan's leading miso soup paste producer (amazing, isn't it?) Marukome will be bringing a special selection of miso soup products to Singapore. Savour Japan's beloved centuries-old fermented soya bean paste with free tasting at the "marukome X MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON" "MISO KAWAII" booth (Booth 1)!

Marukome's miso soup-tasting booth in Japan(Source:

7. Listen to Japanese music

Anisong, Vocaloid trance and utaite albums wil be on sale at the EXIT TUNES booth

EXIT TUNES, which had previously exhibited at AFA 2014 and CharaExpo 2015 to great success, will be returning with their anisong, Vocaloid trance and utaite albums from the top music producers and DJs. They are also the creators behind the Vocaloid 3 library, Mayu. Don't miss the great selection of music at their booth (Booth 3)! You may probably find Matsushita's CDs on sale and she might be doing signings there too!

EXIT TUNES booth at AFA 2014

8. Bring home quality Japanese products

The city of Fukuoka
(Credits: Fumio Hashimoto)

Many brands have been specially invited from Japan to exhibit at Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival. Those exhibiting include COOL FUKUOKA JAPAN (Booth 2), which is likely to be promoting products from Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan, along with FACo, an annual fashion event aimed at fashion-conscious young women.

Last year's Fukuoka Asian Collection (FACo)

Love shopping in Japan? If you haven't heard about it, the massive Japan Shopping Festival is held in Japan during every summer and winter. Plenty of high-quality made-in-Japan products will have their prices slashed for a limited time. The next edition will be held from 1 December 2015 to 29 February 2016. Some stores will even have special discounts and services especially for tourists from Singapore.

The Japan Shopping Festival(Summer 2015) had just concluded recently

The festival will be having a booth (Booth 8) at the festival. Do check it out for more information! They may be bringing in special Japanese goods or promoting tour packages.

Lastly, a wide variety of cosplay goods produced by Pure and ANIMAX ASIA goods will be also on sale at the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON booth (Booth 5). Visitors may also get their hands on exclusive gifts which are only sold at the Moshi Moshi Nippon flagship store in Harajuku, Japan. Artist goods, "including some exclusive items" will be on sale at the adjacent booth (Booth 4).

The Moshi Moshi Nippon Box in Harajuku

9. Cash out your luxury goods (No kidding)

GOLD RUSH store in Japan

In these tough times, money is hard to come by. Found too many things to buy at Moshi Moshi Nippon but find yourself short of cash? Fret not, GOLD RUSH, a luxury goods buyback store from Japan, will be having a booth (Booth 7) at the festival. You may sell your luxury products for cash on the spot, provided you own one. Isn't it convenient?

Sell them all

According to the official description, GOLD RUSH "considers all A-list authentic luxury designer handbags, watches, jewellery, various goods and offers cash out at higher prices immediately." You may be assured of their credibility as they "provide customer service with sincerity with their good record of 5 million SGD from buying 1800 customers every year".

10. End the day with a concert

The Moshi Moshi Nippon concert takes place on both days of the festival

A stellar line-up of guests has already been announced, with Japanese electronica duo CAPSULE, pop-rock band WORLD ORDER and anisong singer Yanagi Nagi headlining the festival's live concert. The free-standing concert will be held on both days, with tickets costing $88 per night available from Sistic.

yanaginagi is looking forward to meeting her fans at Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival

Stand a chance to win an autographed poster from any of the performing artistes when you purchase a ticket, limited to 80 chances per day (20 per artiste)! The line-up for the concert is below:

Sept 5th (Sat) - CAPSULE / Yasutaka Nakata / WORLD ORDER / TEMPURA KIDZ
Sept 6th (Sun) - yanaginagi / kz(livetune) feat. Anna Yano / Hachioji-P / TEMPURA KIDZ

With so many interesting things to do at Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival in Singapore, you are really spoilt for choice! There is definitely something for everyone- whether you are a J-pop music lover, idol supporter, anime fan, a cosplayer, foodie or just someone fascinated with the intriguing and peculiar Japanese culture. Go all out and immerse yourself this weekend!

Don't miss the Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival after-party at 1-Altitude on Sunday, 6 Sept!

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL in Singapore will take place this weekend, on 5 and 6 Sept at *SCAPE Ground Theatre and Playspace from 1pm to 10pm. Admission is free.

The paid concert will start at 7.30pm on both nights, with doors opening at 6.30pm.