“Pixar the Friendship” will be held at Laforet HARAJUKU! Collaborative fashion items will be sold too
From the 14th of April 2018 (Sat.) to 13th of May 2018 (Sun.), an event featuring the animation movies of Disney and Pixar named “Pixar the Friendship Nakama to Isshoni Boken no Sekaie～ (let’s go on a journey with our friends)” will be held on 6F of Laforet Museum.
“Pixar the Friendship” will be held in Tokyo for the first time and in this event, you can take photos in photo booths of very popular animation movies of Disney and Pixar such as “Toy Story,” “Monsters Ink” and “Remember Me,” the latest works of Disney/Pixar.
Moreover, the event named “Pixar the Friendship Kaisai Kinen Disney/Pixar 2018S/S Collection | Laforet HARAJUKU” will be held too. In this event, fashion items using the motifs of the popular characters of Disney and Pixar will be sold in about 40 shops inside Laforet HARAJUKU.
Let’s enjoy this event and the fashion items.
Raise Your Own Sky Lantern at New Greenpia Tsunan in Niigata
25.February.2020 | SPOT
New Greenpia Tsunan, a resort facility in Tsunan, Niigata, is holding an exciting sky lantern event every day until March 31, 2020.
The sky lantern event is held every winter at New Greenpia Tsunan, and has returned again for 2020. It began in 2012 as a means of showing respect for and praying for the revival of disaster-stricken areas, such as the areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, the Nagano and Niigata earthquake, and so on. Every year, couples and families come together to put their prayers and wishes into the lanterns before letting them go into the night sky. The countless lanterns raised at once soar up high and light up the black cloak of the night like burning stars.
For 2020, the event will also sell lantern t-shirts, handkerchiefs, hand towels, cookies, and other themed items.
If you’re travelling in or around Niigata in Japan this year, then don’t miss New Greenpia Tsunan’s very special winter event.
Sky Lantern Event
Running: Everyday until March 31, 2020 (Except select days where the site is closed or booked)
Location: New Greenpia Tsunan (12300 Akinari, Tsunan, Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata)
Time: Weekdays – From 18:00 / Saturdays & Days Before Public Holiday – From 18:00 & 20:00 / March Onward – From 18:30
Booking: Bookings available until 17:00 on the day at New Greenpia Tsunan
Price: ¥1,500 (1 lantern)
Official Website: https://new-greenpia.com/
*In the case of stormy weather, the event will not proceed on that day
Van Gogh & Monet Inspired Tarts to be Released by Qu’il Fait Bon in Japan
23.February.2020 | FOOD
Japanese fruit tart masters Qu’il Fait Bon is promoting the upcoming London National Gallery Exhibition, which is set to arrive at Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art on March 3, 2020, with the release of two new art-inspired tarts, which will be available at Qu’il Fait Bon from the same day.
The National Gallery in London is a world famous art museum that houses countless artworks from across the generations. The museum is well-known for its collection of high quality European paintings, and the first time ever, it’s taking 61 these works for large scale exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka this year.
Orange & Mango Tart – “Sunflowers”
One Piece – ¥736
Whole Tart (25cm) – ¥7,365
This first tart is inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers series. The beautifully layered floral dessert contains matcha and honey flavoured almond cream, mango pudding, fresh orange and mango pieces, and meringue. The honey used is Bulgarian sunflower honey. Together with the beautiful, swirling meringue and the cross-section of the sliced cake, the tart strongly depicts Gogh’s gorgeous Sunflowers work.
Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Maison Ginza) / Serving: March 3, 2020 – Mid April 2020
Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Front Osaka) / August 11, 2020 – Mid September 2020
Green Fruit & Peach Mousse Tart – “The Water Lily Pond”
One Piece – ¥732
Whole Tart (25cm) – ¥7,322
The second tart is themed on Claude Monet’s The Water Lily Pond. A lily bed of fresh fruits sip atop a peach mousse, which has a gentle fragrance.
Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Maison Ginza) / Serving: April 8, 2020 – Mid May 2020
Qu’il Fait Bon (Grand Front Osaka) / July 7, 2020 – Mid August 2020
Make a day of art by heading to the London National Gallery Exhibition and finishing it off with a delicious artistic tart at Qu’il Fait Bon.
London National Gallery Exhibition
Running: March 3, 2020 – June 14, 2020
Location: National Museum of Western Art (Ueno Park, Tokyo)
Running: July 7, 2020 – October 18, 2020
Location: The National Museum of Art, Osaka (Nakanoshima, Osaka)
Official Website: https://artexhibition.jp/london2020/
Disney Princess Inspired Cupcakes Released at Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan
22.February.2020 | FOOD
Disney princesses around the world won’t be able to resist the nine new cupcakes released at Ginza Cozy Corner last week in Japan.
The cupcake collection is being released to celebrate Hinamatsuri, a festival held annually in Japan on March 3, which prays for the well-being and healthy maturity of girls. The line-up can be enjoyed by child and adult Disney fans alike, and includes not only Disney princesses, but other female characters in the Disney cast. This includes Minnie Mouse, Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, and more.
Disney Girl’s Collection (Contains 9) – ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
These cute cupcakes look like they have come straight out of a Disney character toy box. They not only look pretty, but sound delicious too, like the raspberry Minnie cupcake, lemon-flavoured Belle cake, cheesecake Cinderella, and more.
Celebrate Hinamatsuri in Disney-style by picking up a box of these cupcakes at Ginza Cozy Corner.
Disney Girl’s Collection (Contains 9)
Available: February 15, 2020 – March 3, 2020
Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Tokyo Disneyland® Celebrates Opening Of New Park Area With Special Menu Line-Up
Tokyo Disneyland’s new biggest area is set to open on April 15, 2020, which will house four new exciting facilities: the new Beauty and the Beast attraction, the Fantasyland Forest Theatre, the Baymax’s Happy Ride attraction, and the Minnie’s Style Studio.
To celebrate the new area’s opening, several restaurants and eateries in Tokyo Disneyland will serve up some special menu items. Participating restaurants are calling this special menu line-up “New Dreams, More Fun!” Let’s take a look.
Sparkling Drink (Mixed Fruits) – ¥450 @ Boiler Room Bites and elsewhere
Boiler Room Bites and other eateries in the park are serving these colourful sparkling drinks packed full of fresh fruit pieces. The cups have special designs of Disney characters like Mickey mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Baymax.
Special Set – ¥990 @ Refreshment Corner
The special set being served at Refreshment Corner is inspired by Beauty and the Beast. It includes an apple cinnamon hot dog (contains nuts), a unique combination of juicy sausage, cinnamon, caramel, and nuts.
Blue Bayou Course – ¥5,200 @ Blue Bayou Restaurant
Another Beauty and the Beast-inspired dish is this special full course served at the Blue Bayou Restaurant. Buffet-style eatery Crystal Palace Restaurant will also serve up new dishes themed on each of the four new facilities of the new area starting on June 1, with a new one being introduced with each season.
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Yellow Coloured Minnie Mouse Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Fukuoka
A new line of Minnie Mouse cafes are set to open in Tokyo and Osaka from February 28, 2020 and Nagoya and Fukuoka from February 29, 2020 for a limited time. Named “OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE,” the cafes are an official collaboration between Disney and the Japanese cafe chain OH MY CAFÉ.
The cafe takes on the theme of Minnie Mouse being a living, breathing icon of today with a positive lifestyle. This is represented through the yellow colouring of the cafe, which features her iconic polka dots as well as ribbon taking on a yellow colour. Tuck into a cute menu line-up and get your hands on some cafe-exclusive Minnie Mouse merchandise.
Cheerful Burger – ¥1,990
This healthy burger is packed full of vegetables with a black bun made in the image of Minnie’s silhouette. Feel as energised as Minnie with one bite of this tasty burger.
Beef Hash Ribbon Rice – ¥1,390
Inspired by Minnie Mouse’s iconic ribbon, this hearty dish is a beef stroganoff plated with rice and veg. The ribbon is so cute it almost seems a waste to eat!
Fruit Sandwich – Single ¥990/ With Plate ¥2,790
An absolute must-order if you’re wanting a dessert. This sandwich is piled with fresh fruits creamy yoghurt, sprinkled with poppy seeds, and doused in lemon juice.
Fizzy Lemon Squash – Single ¥690 / With Coaster ¥1,390
Charge yourself up with this fizzy lemonade and its refreshing aftertaste.
Relaxing Chamomile Tea – Single ¥490 / With Mug ¥2,090
Kick back and relax after your meal with a cup of chamomile tea♡
Heart Badge (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500
Folder – ¥350
Lunch Mat (6 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥650 (*Table reservation required)
Those who book a table in advance will be given one of six possible lunch mats chosen randomly.
If you’re in Japan for the spring, then why not stop by the OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE cafe for a Disney treat?
OH MY！MINNIE MOUSE
Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku Floor 3F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: February 28, 2020 – April 12, 2020
Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINER Shinsaibashi (Shinsaibashi OPA Floor 9F, 1-4-3 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Running: February 28, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO (Nagoya PARCO South Building Floor 5F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)
Running: February 29, 2020 – April 26, 2020
Fukuoka: Kawara CAFE & KITCHEN KITTE Hakata (KITTE Hakata Floor 9F, 9-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka)
Running: February 29, 2020 – March 28, 2020
“OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE” OH MY CAFE Booking Website: https://mm.ohmycafe.jp/
J-Pop Group Perfume to Open Fashion Pop-Up Shop ‘Perfume Closet’ at Laforet Harajuku
Worldwide famous Japanese pop group Perfume are taking their fashion project “Perfume Closet” to Laforet Harajuku where it will run in a pop-up shop from February 20-26 this year.
Perfume Closet is a fashion project helmed by Perfume which aims to connect with fans through Perfume’s music by making outfits. This is the fourth time Perfume Closet has opened, and will feature a line-up entitled “Perfume Closet 2020SS” which is part of what Perfume are calling “Phase 2,” which started in January this year and centres on clothing. It follows on from “Phase 1” which featured a line-up of miscellaneous items.
SATIN COMBI TRENCH COAT – ¥49,500 (Tax Included) / FLOWER PLEATS DRESS – ¥44,000 (Tax Included)
SHEER COMBI KNIT ¥17,600 (Tax Included) / 2 WAY PLEATS SKIRT ¥35,200 (Tax Included)
RELAX WEAR (LADIES) – ¥16,500 (Tax Included) / PLEATS SLEEVE TEE (WHITE) – ¥9,900 (Tax Included) / SHEER COMBI RELAX PANTS – ¥22,000 (Tax Included)
The pop-up shop will stock a plethora of items made by the Perfume members, who worked on the designs, chose the materials, and crafted the silhouettes. It includes everything from coats to one pieces, blouses, bottoms, as well as unisex items men can wear too like pants, shirts, and more.
Fans of Perfume and fans of Japanese fashion aren’t going to want to miss out on the new Perfume Closet, open for one week only starting next Thursday!
Running: February 20, 2020 – February 26, 2020
Location: Laforet Harajuku (Floor 2F CONTAINER)
Laforet Harajuku Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
Taro Okamoto’s Prints Exhibition to Run at Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum in Tokyo
16.February.2020 | SPOT
The Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum has announced a new exhibition entitled “Taro Okamoto’s Prints” which will run at the Tokyo-based museum from February 26 to June 28 this year.
Taro Okamoto employed many channels to try and bring art into the lives of the people. His range of expression was diverse, made up of countless genres, including the Tower of the Sun.
One form of media that Taro poured his talents and energy into was prints, ranging from lithography to etching, silkscreen, woodblock, and so on.
For Taro, art was synonymous with life and living, which he expressed over his lifetime, and which will be shown in the first ever print exhibition of his work.
Taro Okamoto’s Prints
Running: February 26, 2020 – June 28, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
LOcation: Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum (6-1-19 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo)
Access: 8-minutes on foot from Omotesando Station (via the Ginza Line, Chiyoda Line, or Hanzomon Line)
Price: General ¥650 / Elementary School Children ¥300
Official Website: http://www.taro-okamoto.or.jp/en/
Exhibition Page: http://www.taro-okamoto.or.jp/en/exhibition/next.html
IKEA Harajuku to Open in April 2020 as IKEA Japan’s First Central Tokyo Branch
15.February.2020 | SPOT
IKEA Japan has announced the opening of its first central Tokyo branch. Located inside WITH HARAJUKU, and just a 1-minute walk from Harajuku Station, the store will officially open its doors on April 25, 2020.
Harajuku is the hub of Japanese youth fashion culture, and is known the world over as one of the main tourist spots for those travelling to Tokyo. IKEA is taking its Swedish roots and planting them in the ground of central Tokyo with its spacious new storeーwhich will also have its own cafe.
If you’re travelling to Tokyo, make sure to pay IKEA Harajuku a visit during your inevitable Harajuku shopping spree.
Address: WITH HARAJUKU, 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Grand Opening: April 25, 2020
Access: 1-minute on foot from Harajuku Station via JR Line / 1-minute on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro
IKEA Japan Official Website: https://www.ikea.com/jp/en/
Disney Easter 2020: Usapiyo Returns to Tokyo DisneySea® With Cute Food & Drink Line-Up
Tokyo DisneySea’s special springtime “Disney Easter” event will begin on March 27, and this year will once again see the arrival of the adorable yellow chick with rabbit ears Usapiyo to deliver a cute and fun Easter to guests in 2020.
Lots of newborn Usapiyo will stumble their way out of eggs again this year. Since they have just been born, they follow people, copy them, and try their hardest. These cute bunny-chicks will show just how charming they are in the “Tip-Top Easter” entertainment show, where they will captivate the Disney cast.
In line with the arrival of the newborn Usapiyo chicks, a line-up of 19 menu items will be served from March 20, 2020, all of which are Easter themed with motifs like Usapiyo and eggs.
Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant
Sparkling Orange Jelly Drink w/Souvenir Cup – ¥950 @ Sebastian’s Calypso Kitchen
Head to Horizon Bay Restaurant at Tokyo DisneySea to order the special hamburger set, which has an Usapiyo cheese topping. Feeling thirsty? Then pay a visit to Sebastian’s Calypso Kitchen for a refreshing orange jelly drinkーyou even get to keep the cup! The Usapiyo food and beverages available this Disney Easter are almost too cute to eat or drink.
Special Set – ¥1,070 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
Strawberry Mont Blanc w/Souvenir Plate – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
If you’re wanting something lighter, then order the egg, cheese and roast pork sandwich at Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery. You get to take the plate home too.
There’s lots of other Usapiyo and Easter treats to discover at this year’s Disney Easter at Tokyo DisneySea.
*Please note that this menu line-up is subject to change without notice, and stock is available while supplies last for certain orders
Running: March 27 – June 12, 2020
Tokyo DinseySea Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
ART LAB KYOTO: The New Shop Opening at Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art
14.February.2020 | SPOT
ART LAB KYOTO is the new museum shop set to open at Kyocera Museum of Art on March 21, 2020 in line with the revamp currently undergoing at the museum, with design work being co-created by Japanese architects Jun Aoki and Tezzo Nishizawa.
Kyoto is known as a hub of Japanese culture, managing to maintain traditions while constantly evolving. ART LAB KYOTO will embody everything about this idea when it opens after the museum’s revamp. The spacious shop will not only sell merchandise related to the exhibitions, but books and goods related to art from Kyoto both traditional and contemporary, items in collaboration with external artists, original and exclusive sweets, and more. ART LAB KYOTO will also host events promoting the diversity of art and culture in Kyoto.
ART LAB KYOTO
Address: Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art Floor B1F (124 Okazaki Enshojicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto)
Grand Opening: March 21, 2020
Closures: Open every day until April 30, 2020 except March 23. The schedule commencing May will be posted at a later date on the official website.
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
Official Website (English): https://kyotocity-kyocera.museum/en/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Mickey & Minnie Mouse Cookie Cupcakes
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
For this edition of Kaori’s Easy Recipe, I used a recipe from the Disney dessert cookbook Oishii Disney Sweets Recipes to make “Mickey & Minnie Cookie Cupcakes” which make for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. It’s a super easy recipe to follow – I even made the cookies and ribbon using ingredients readily available at the supermarket. So don’t hesitate, give this easy recipe a go for yourself.
1: Ingredients (Makes 6 cupcakes measured 7cm)
2 medium eggs (40g egg yolk/60g egg white)
60g granulated sugar
2tsp vegetable oil
1-2tsp lemon juice
45g weak flour
①Put the egg yolk, vegetable oil, and lemon juice into a bowl and mix well.
②In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white and gradually add in the granulated sugar. When adding the sugar, I recommend doing it in four portions. So add one quarter of the sugar, mix, repeat.
③Once you’ve added all the sugar, mix well to incorporate into the egg white.
④Gradually add the weak flour. Do this in three portions like in step ②. Please be careful as to not mix too vigorously when adding the flour as it will result in the dough losing its loose texture and becoming firm.
3: Pour the mix into the cups so that 70-80% of the cups are full. Bake at 190℃ for 12 minutes, then bring the heat down to 170℃ and cook for a further 3 minutes.
4: Now it’s time to make Mickey Mouse. I used one big Oreo cookie and two little ones, the latter of which don’t have filling. Like in the photo below, half the bigger cookie, place the smaller ones inside, and place the bigger half back on. If you don’t have anything to stick the cookie back on, you can use the filling of the Oreo.
5: I used melted to chocolate to fix my Mickey Mouse together. If you add red M&M’s like I did in the photo below, Mickey transforms into Minnie.
6: Once the cupcakes are done baking, make an incision in the top to place the Mickey and Minnie cookies into.
7: Add some fresh cream to decorate, and your Valentine’s Day Disney cupcakes are complete!
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
There are many other cute Disney recipes available in the book that Kaori used too, so if you’re in Japan or have access to Japanese books, then why not pick up a copy?
Oishii Disney Sweets Recipes (Japanese Title: おいしい ディズニー スイーツ レシピ)
Price: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Available: Amazon Japan, Rakuten, and elsewhere
Tokyo Disney Resort® Celebrates Toy Story’s Hamm With Pig Pink Merchandise
Tokyo Disney Resort is set to show some love to Hamm, everybody’s favourite piggy bank from the Disney/Pixar animated film series Toy Story, from February 28 with the arrival of some exclusive Hamm merchandise. This includes fashion items with pink woven into it amongst other accessories and miscellaneous pig picks.
Dress up with Hamm
Short Sleeve T-Shirt: ¥3,900
The unisex t-shirts include one design with a print of Hamm’s adorable face, and another more stylish t-shirt with a retro design.
Body Bag: ¥2,900
Coins aren’t the only thing Hamm can carry for you – with the new body bag, you can entrust your personal belongings to him, like your phone, card, coins, and so on, all while looking stylishly pink.
Pass Case: ¥1,900
Other items include a pass case of Hamm’s face, as well as a cute pig ear headband. There are lots of other items in the collection too.
Pink life dining
Fill the piggy bank that is your belly with food together with the pink tumbler and plate featuring designs that are actually used at restaurants throughout Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
Mini Towel: ¥680
Hand Cream & Lip Balm: ¥2,200
The mini towel, hand cream and lip balm set, and other items are all pocket-size, so you can take them anywhere with you.
This is just a small look at the pink range that’s set to beckon spring early. Don’t miss out on these exclusive items.
*Product designs and designs are subject to change without notice
*Available while supplies last
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Release Date: February 28, 2020
Participating Shops: Planet M at Tokyo Disneyland® / Figaro’s Clothiers at Tokyo DisneySea®
Park Food Themed Miscellaneous Merchandise
Release Date: February 28, 2020
Participating Shops: Home Store at Tokyo Disneyland® / Bella Minni Collectionsat Tokyo DisneySea®