Tulips and Nemophilas are in full bloom! 6 recommended flower festivals in Japan

17.April.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

Pollen dust is on the decline nowadays. Where are you planning to go this coming Golden Week? Below are 6 recommended flower festivals in Japan.

 

茨城こもれびの森イバライド ネモフィラ

Ibaraki Komorebi Mori no Ibaraido

In this festival, you can enjoy the contrast of spring flowers (nemophilas and tulips) in a flower garden (2,500 square meters) located in front of the entrance gate to the experience-based agricultural park in Ibaraki Prefecture, “Komorebi Mori no Ibaraido.”

 

■Information

Komorebi Mori no Ibaraido

Address:2060-1, Kimiyama, Inahikishi, Ibaraki Prefecture

Entrance fee: adults (junior high school students and older) 1,000 yen

Children (4 years old ~ elementary school students)

Below 3 years old – free
TEL:029-892-3911
Website: http://www.ibaraido.co.jp/

 

 

ぐんまフラワーパーク

Gunma Flower Park “Tulip Festa”

In this festival, you can enjoy viewing about 190 thousand flowers (50 kinds) from early April to late April. The main, big flower garden has been renewed, so you can walk inside the garden filled with tulips!

Also, Yaeszakuras (sakura) centering around Sekiyama and field flowers will bloom here and there.

 

■Information

Gunma Flower Park

Address: 2471-1, Kashiwaguramachi, Maebashishi, Gunma Prefecture

Business hours: 9:00 to 17:00

Entrance fee: adults (high school students and older) – 700 yen

Children (junior high school students and younger) – free

Website: http://www.flower-park.jp/

Tulip Festa

Period: 2018/04/07 (Sat.) to 04/30 (Mon. – holiday)
Website:http://www.flower-park.jp/flower-gardens/index/no/2

 

 

六甲高山植物園

Mount Rokko National Park (Himalaya no Hikyo ni Saku Hanabana ~Aoi Keshi to Shinku no Sakunage~”

Mount Rokko National Park will hold a special event highlighting flowers in the backlands such as Himalaya mountains centering around “Himalayan blue poppy.” About 1,000 blue poppies will bloom in the rock garden and rare varieties such as the red alpine rose named, Rhododendron arboreum will be exhibited.

 

◼︎Information

Mount Rokko National Park

Address: 4512-150, Kitarokko, Rokkosancho, Nadaku, Kobeshi

Business hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (last entrance – 16:30)
TEL:078-891-1247
Website:https://www.rokkosan.com/hana/

Himalaya no Hikyo ni Saku Hanabana ~Aoi Keshi to Shinku no Shakunage~

Period: 04/28 (Sat.) to 06/24 (Sun.)


 

 

御船山楽園 花まつり 佐賀

Saga Prefecture – Mifunayama Rakuen “Mifuneyama Rakuen Hana Matsuri”

Mifunayama Raken is designated as a National Treasure and you can enjoy viewing many kinds of spring flowers such as azaleas, Japanese wisterias and spring maples.

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/102871

 

■Information

Mifuneyama Rakuen Hanamatsuri

Address: Mifuneyama Rakuen, 4100, Oaza Takeo, Takeocho, Takeochi, Saga Prefecture

Period: 2018/05/06 (Sun.)

Business hours: 8:00 to 18:30

Entrance fee – adults 700 yen (elementary school students and older) / junior high school students (elementary school students and younger) 300 yen

Website:https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000017.000015983.htm

 

 

ガーデンミュージアム比叡

Garden Museum Hiei

Garden Museum Hiei (17,000 square meters) is an impressionist styled garden which was opened on the 14th of April.

Tulips which survived the severe winter coldness will bloom from the 28th of April (Sat.) to the 6th of May (Sun.). The garden is also offering seeds of four leaves clover in April.

 

◼︎Information

Garden Museum Hiei

Address: 4th Avenue, Shimeigadake, Shakuragatani, Shugakuin, Sakyoku, Kyotoshi

Business hours: 10:00 to 17:30

Entrance fee: adults – 1,200 yen, children (elementary school students) – 600 yen
TEL:075-707-7733
Website:https:www.garden-museum-hiei.co.jp/

 

 

あじさいの壁 長崎ハウステンボス

Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch “Ajisai Masturi”

Ajisai Matsuri (‘Hydrangea Festival’) will take place at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki from June 2 to July 1, showcasing 1,250 varieties of hydrangea. There will also be a market where you can buy a variety of plans you’re interested in, as well as go on a tour by a hydrangea expert, a hydrangea light-up show at night, and more.

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/102391

 

■Information

Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch

Address: Huis Ten Bosch Cho, Saseboshi, Nagasaki Prefecture

Business hours: 9:00 to 22:00 ※may differ depending on the season and day

Fixed holiday: None
TEL:0570-064-110
Website: https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/

 

Please refer to this article when you want to visit a spring flower festival.

 

 

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  • Mother’s Day in Japan: Flowers, Sweets & Other Gift Ideas for 2018!

    15.April.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES / FOOD

    Mother’s Day is a celebration of expressing gratitude to mothers who work so hard every day. The date on which Mother’s Day falls differs from country to country, but in Japan it falls on the second Sunday of May; this year it’s May 13th.

     

    Have you decided on a present for Mother’s Day yet?

     

    Let’s take a look at some perfect gifts you can get in Japan for this special day, from confectioneries to flowers.

     

    フラワーミッフィー

    Flower Miffy

    Flower Miffy is a flower shop inspired by the popular picture book series Miffy. The store is introducing some original gift sets just for Mother’s Day!

    The cute planser can be utilized in many ways – you can even use the pot for bits ‘n’ bobs and the tray for accessories. The set comes with the classic choice of carnations, and there’s another set of pink preserved flowers too. This is a great choice for changing up your flower gift.

     

    ◼︎Information

    Flower Miffy – Sunshine City Alpa
    Address: Sunshine City Alpa 1F, 3-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
    TEL: 03-5957-2923
    Website: http://www.benelic.com/service/miffy.php
    Online Shop: http://www.benelic-flower.com

     

     

    リーガロイヤルホテル マザーズブーケ
    RIHGA Royal Hotel – “Mother’s Bouquet”

    The “Mother’s Bouquet” looks just like a florid bunch of flowers, but it’s in fact a delicately designed delectable cake. The bottom of the bouquet, which is made of chocolate, contains hidden fresh strawberries. Together with the bite-size “Merci Maman” confectioneries, this special offer is available for Mother’s Day only. It might be fun to surprise your mother with this ‘bouquet’ as a present.

     

    ◼︎Information

    Mother’s Bouquet
    Price: \8,800 (w/ tax \9,504)
    *Only 3 available per day. You must reserve 7-days in advance.

    Merci Maman
    Price: \600 (w/ tax \648)

    RIHGA Royal Hotel – Gourmet Boutique Melissa
    Address: RIHGA Royal Hotel, 5-3-68, Nakanoshima, Kita, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
    TEL: 06-6448-2412

    Website: https://www.rihga.co.jp/osaka

     

     

    「petit bisou」デコレーションカップケーキ
    “Petit Bisou” – Decoration Cupcakes

    Petit Bisou in Ashiya sells cupcakes and baked sweets. Over on their online shop, they’re selling close to 100 different varieties of sweets and desserts. Among them – cupcakes decorated with flowers, a hugely popular gift item with female customers. For Mother’s Day, they are also selling cookie sets with “Thank You, Mother” written in Japanese!

     

    ◼︎Information

    Petit Bisou Ashiya
    Address: 7-8 Omasucho, Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
    TEL: 0797-34-6101
    Online Shop: http://www.petitbisou-ashiya.jp/

     

     

    ジブリ フラワー
    “Donguri Kyowakoku” – Studio Ghibli Character Flower Gifts

    Flowers delivered directly to homes is a popular gift every year on Mother’s Day, and Donguri Kyowakoku, a store that sells Studio Ghibli character merchandise, are doing just both instore and via their online shop “Sora no Ue.” Popular Ghibli characters such as Totoro, Cat Bus, Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service will be made into cute planters. As well as flower gifts, the store is also selling two different tea sets this year that come with tea and a glass mug.

     

    ◼︎Information

    Delivery Reservations: Accepting until 5 May 2018
    *Limited quantity. Once all have been sold the reservation window will close.
    *Online reservations via “Sora no Ue” accepted until 30 April.

    Delivery Date: 9 May 2018 – 13 May 2018
    *Specific delivery dates cannot be assigned.※

    Online Shop: http://www.benelic.com/

     

     

    プシュケ サボン 母の日ギフト
    “PSYCHE&” × “SABON” – Mother’s Day Gifts

    An arrangement of carnations co-ordinated in natural and gentle colours by PSYCHE& and a rose and lavender hand cream by SABON are being released as a set for Mother’s Day. This special gift invigorates through “sight, smell and touch.” This sincere gift is great for busy, hardworking mothers.

     

    ◼︎Information

    [PSYCHE&]×SABON Special Collaborative Gift Set
    Orders: Accepting 1 March 2018 – 7 May 2018 at 9am
    Price: \6,940
    Webpage: https://www.psyche.flowers/feature/detail/view/27

    Be sure to send your mother a wonderful present full of love this Mother’s Day.

  • Cafés and menus collaborated with popular characters in Japan are gathering much attention these days. In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended collaboration cafes/menus available on April 2018.

     

    「リラックマタウンカフェ池袋」スイーツバーガー

    Rilakkuma×Seibu Ikebukuro

    “Rilakkuma Town Café” will be opened for a limited time offer along with the 15th anniversary exhibition “Rilakkuma Towne Yokoso”

    Photogenic collaboration menus and original goods will be sold. The interiors of the shop using the illustrations of cute Rilakkuma and limited items are awesome!

     

    Detailed information:

     

    ■Information

    Rilakkuma Town Café

    Date: 2018/04/25 (Wed.) to 06/19 (Tue.)

    Address: 1-28-1, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshimaku, Tokyo

    Gourmet Stadium Ⅱ, Dining Park Ikebukuro, Seibu Ikebukuro Honten 8F

    Business hours (80 minutes): weekdays 11:30 to 21:50, holidays 11:00 to 21:20

    Entrance fee: 500 yen (tax not included), reservation must be made. ※you can enter the café if the seats are available.

    Website: http://rilakkumacafe.jp/

     

     

     

    ポムポムプリン誕生22周年!バースデーメニューを原宿・梅田・横浜・名古屋で提供開始

    Pomupomupurin’s birthday menus

    The four Pompompurin Cafe branches in Harajuku, Umeda, Yokohama and Nagoya are introducing a special birthday menu to celebrate the popular Sanrio character’s birthday. With the tasty meal you’ll receive warm and fluffy Pompompurin rice, plump roast chicken and mash potato made to look like Muffin. You can also get a gift box with a red ribbon! Those who eat a meal at one of the cafes will receive a postcard with a limited-edition birthday design and a pin badge! But be quick, because there’s only a limited amount available

     

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/98186

     

    ■Information

    Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku

    Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)

    Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station

    TEL: 03-5786-0770

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Umeda

    Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi

    Opening Hours:

    – 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) Until March 27th

    – After March 28th 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

    – Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

    Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR

    TEL: 06-6292-7140

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama

    Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from West Exit at Yokohama Station via JR

    TEL: 045-311-6750

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Nagoya

    Address: BECOME SAKAE 2F, 3-32-6 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:30 / Drinks Last Orders 19:30)

    Access: 1-minutes on foot from Sakae Station via the Meijo Line

    TEL: 052-249-8320

     

    Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com

     

     

     

    イタリアンレストラン「リストランテ マンジャーレ お台場」 アリスのスイートパレット付ランチコース

    Alice in Wonderland × Restaurant Mangiare Odaiba

    The Italian restaurant Mangiare in Odaiba has announced that it will serve up a limited-edition Alice in Wonderland themed lunch for 4 days. The Alice Sweet Palette Lunch Course will be available on April 29th, April 30th, May 5th and May 6th for ¥3,500. The three-course meal is made up of an hors d’oeuvre containing plenty of organic vegetables grown in mineral-rich red soil, a selection of entrées including seasonal soup and one of either pasta, meat or fish, and a specially made Alice-inspired photogenic dessert palette to top it all off.

     

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/96502

     

    ■Information

    Alice Sweet Palette Lunch Course
    Available: 29 April 2018 / 30 April 2018 / 5 May 2018 / 6 May 2018
    Serving Time: 11:00-15:00 (last orders 14:00)
    Price: ¥3,500 per person (*price is consumption tax and service charge inclusive)

    Mangiare Odaiba
    Address: Palazzoemare, Aqua City Odaiba 5F, 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00 / 17:00-23:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    Access: 1-minutes on foot from Daiba Station via the Yurikamome / 6-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via the Rinkai Line
    TEL: 03-3599-1899

    Website:http://www.bestbridal.co.jp/restaurant/daiba_mangiare/

     

     

     

    原宿・竹下通りコラボカフェ「ねこのごはんやさん」

    Neko no Gohanyasan × Cute Cube Harajuku

    Rather than being character-themed, this collaboration café incorporates the theme of “headwear for cats”, creating an entirely new kind of collaboration café called “Neko no Kaburimono” (Cats in headwear). Cat photographer Sakura Ishihara has displayed numerous photographs of adorable cats wearing headwear. There is not a single real cat at the exhibition so those who are allergic to cats can also enjoy this exhibition.

     

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/99802

     

    ■Information

     

    Neko no Gohanyasan

    Open: From Sunday 1st April (End date to be confirmed)

    ※ This is not a cat café and there are no real cats at this event.

     

    Neko no Kaburimono (Cats in headwear)

    Website:http://kitan.jp/products/nekosanrio

     

    Kawaiya (Cute Cube Harajuku 3F)

    Address: 1-7-1, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 10:00-22:00

    No regular closing days

    TEL:03-6463-7833

    Website:cutecubeharajuku.com/

     

     

     

    ぼのぼのカフェ

    Bonobono × TOWER RECORDS CAFÉ

    Tower Records are launching round two of their collaboration project with popular anime “Bonobono” which is currently broadcasted by the television station Fuji TV. The cute collaboration menu is themed around Easter. There are 11 collaboration goods and extras for customers to enjoy. Now let’s take a look at a few items on the menu!

     

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/99796

     

    ■Information

     

    Bonobono × Tower Records Cafe Round Two ~ Bono-chan Easter Café 〜

     

    Available at two Tower Records stores only
    Part 1: Tuesday 20th March 2018 — Thursday 12th April 2018
    Part 2: Friday 13th April 2018 — Sunday 6th May 2018

     

    Tower Records Cafe Omotesando

    Address: Imon Harajuku Building, 6-3-9, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 11:00 — 22:00(Last orders: 21:00)

    No regular closing days

    Access: 1-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line/Fukutoshin line)

    3-minute walk from Harajuku station (JR Yamanote line)

    8-minute walk from Omotesando station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon line )

    TEL: 03-5778-9491

    TOWER RECORDS CAFE Sapporo PIVOT

    Address: 5th floor PIVOT, 4 Chome Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido

     

    Opening hours: 10:00 — 20:00(Last orders: 19:00)

    No regular closing days

    Access: 3-min walk from Odori station (Namboku subway line/Tozai line (Direct connection from POLE TOWN Underground shopping centre)

    5-minute walk from Odori station (Toho subway line)

    TEL:011-241-2344

     

    Website: http://tower.jp/bonochang/

     

     

     

    セーラームーン×マイメロディ キャンディパーラー

     

    Sailor Moon × My Melody – Candy Parlor

    Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon and My Melody are teaming up to open a collaborative café called Sailor Moon × My Melody Candy Parlor for a limited period in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo and Nagoya. See everybody’s favourite magical girls and Sanrio’s popular character come to life in the form of food, sweets and drinks served only at this café.

     

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90049

     

    ■Information

    Sailor Moon × My Melody Candy Parlour

     

    Sapporo PARCO (Sapporo)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Sapporo PARCO 4F, 1-3-3 Minami, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Running: April 6, 2018 – May 14, 2018

    Opening Hours: Sunday-Friday 10:00-20:00 (food last orders 19:00 / drinks last orders 19:30) / Saturdays 10:00-20:30 (food last orders 19:30 / drinks last orders 20:00)

     

    Ikebukuro PARCO (Tokyo)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Ikebukuro PARCO Honkan 7F, 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

    Running: April 20, 2018 – May 21, 2018

    Opening Hours: Café 10:00-22:00 (food last orders 21:00 / drinks last orders 21:30) / Merchandise Shop 10:00-21:00

     

    Nagoya PARCO (Nagoya)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Nagoya PARCO West Building 8F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture

    Running: April 6, 2018 – May 21, 2018

    Opening Hours: Café 10:00-21:30 (food last orders 20:30 / drinks last orders 21:00) / Merchandise Shop 10:00-21:00

     

    Shinsaibashi 161 (Osaka)

    Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, 2F, 1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

    Running: February 17, 2018 – April 15, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (food last orders 20:00 / drinks last orders 20:30)

    *Café will close at 18:00 on April 15th (food last orders 17:00 / drinks last orders 17:30)

     

    THE GUEST café&diner Official Website: http://the-guest.com

     

    ©Naoko Takeuchi ・ PNP ・ Kodansha ・ Toei Animation

    ©1976, 2018, SANRIO CO., LTD.

     

     

     

    はらぺこあおむし×銀座マロニエゲート

     

    Harapeko Aomushi × MARRONNIER GATE GINZA

    The world of “Harapeko Aomushi (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), one of the most loved picture books in the world, will become a café. The café is open from the 18th of January 2018 (Thurs.) in Ginza for a limited time offer! The items on the menu of the café will include French toast, omelet rice, Hamburger and pasta which everybody likes.

    The healthy menu items will use lots of fresh and colorful vegetables which is for sure to make customers happy.

     

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84934

     

    ■Information

     

    Harapeko Aomushi Café

    Date: 2018,01,18 (Thurs.) to 08,31 (Fri.)

    ※the café will be closed on 02,19 (Mon.)

    Address: MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 1 (4F), Sunday Brunch, 2-14, 2nd Street, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 11:00 to 21:00

    ※a reservation must be made before visiting the café (until 17:30).

    You can sit at any seat after 17:30

     

    Website:www.harapecocafe.com

    TM & © 2018 Eric Carle LLC.

     

     

     

    サンリオ キャラクターズ ラブリーカフェ

    Sanrio Characters × Dining Park Ikebukuro

    Sanrio Characters Lovely Café” where popular Sanrio characters from back in the 80’s will gather, is open at “Dining Park Ikebukuro” located on the 8F of Nishi Ikebukuro Honten, close to the east exit of Ikebukuro Station. It is be opened from the 31st of January (Wed.) to the 17th of April (Tue.). Original menu items of the good-old characters will be sold.

     

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88086

     

    ■Information

     

    Sanrio Characters Lovely Café

    Time: 2018,01,31 (Wed.) to 04,17 (Tue.)

    Address: 〒171-0022 / 1-28-1, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshimaku, Tokyo

    Seibu Ikebukuro Honten 8F, Gourmet Stadium II

    Business hours: 11:00 23:00 (Sat, Sun and holidays – open at 10:30) ※L.O. 22:00

    Fixed holidays: according to the facility

    TEL:03-5949-5675

    Website:https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/ikebukuro/

     

     

     

    How did you like our collaboration cafés/menus recommendation? Why not visit one of the cafes introduced in this article?

     

     

  • MOSHI MOSHI BOX Questionnaire to 100 Foreigners: #2 “Where are you heading to next in Tokyo?”

    12.April.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, the director of the MOSHI MOSHI BOX.

    This is the second entry to our already-popular series where we ask questions to 100 foreigners. We give questionnaires about Japan to foreign tourists that come into the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

    The 2nd question we asked people was “Where are you heading to next in Tokyo?” Let’s take a look at the answers!

     

     

    渋谷

    1st Place: Shibuya (34 Votes)
    The most popular answer was Shibuya, which got more than double that of the 2nd place rank. It’s common to see lots of foreign tourists taking photos of Shibuya’s famous Scramble Crossing. In the questionnaire answers, a lot of people were planning to go there for fashion and shopping.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX アンケート

    I really love shopping. ―Karymoon, Mexico

     

    ・I’ve always wanted to try going to 109! I love fashion. ―Brigitte, France
    ・I’m off to buy clothes. If you’re going from Harajuku you can walk there [Shibuya] and stroll while window shopping. ―liu, China

     

     

    浅草 

    2nd Place: Asakusa (13 Votes)
    Asakusa is popular for its traditional townscape. There was an overwhelming number of people on their way to Sensou-ji Temple. Asakusa is a great for accessing other great sightseeing spots too like Skytree and Ueno.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Questionnaire to 100 Foreigners

    I want to see the beautiful, traditional streets. ―Anonymous, US

     

    ・I’m collecting goshuin from shrines, so I’m going to the famous temple of Asakusa. ―LEE SUU JUNG, Taiwan
    ・I like the traditional culture of Japan. I go to Asakusa every time I come to Japan. ―Anonymous, US

     

     

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    3rd Place: Ueno (12 Votes)
    Coming close to a tie with Asakusa is Ueno. Ueno is filled with lots of fun places to visit, like museums and the zoo, making it a great place to spend the day.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX アンケート

    I heard that the cherry blossoms in Ueno Park are beautiful, so I’m going to go there. ―Celine, France

     

    ・I’m thinking about going to the zoo and Ueno Park. ―Kati, Australia
    ・I like pandas, so I’m going to go and see Ueno Zoo. ―Bianca, Italy

     

     

    Other Answers:

    Akihabara
    I love anime! If we’re talking anime merchandise, then it’s “Akiba,” right? ―Jackson, UK

     

    Ikebukuro
    Ikebukuro is the haven for female otaku. It’s also the best since there are so many cosplay events there. ―Anonymous, US

     

    銀座

    Ginza
    I like the stylish streets. I’m gonna go there to shop. ―Adre, Portgual

     

    築地

    Tsukiji
    I love sushi! I’m going to go and eat delicious sashimi at Tsukiji. I want to experience the unique atmosphere too.

     

    新宿

    Shinjuku
    I’m going to the big UNIQLO, museum and Hanazono Shrine found only in Shinjuku. ―Anonymous, Australia

     

    東京タワー

    Tokyo Tower
    It looks fun. It’s a famous place in Japan, isn’t it? ―Sue, US

     

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX アンケート

    Did you enjoy this questionnaire? Travelers have a surprisingly similar mindset to that of Japanese people when it comes to having fun in Tokyo.

    If you have any questions about anything or topics you want us to cover then please send us a message on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/msmsnippon/

    We’ll continue to hold more questionnaires with foreign tourists at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, so be sure to drop by to see us if you’re in Harajuku!

     

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

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  • 6 Best Spots to Visit in Odaiba: Gundam, Ramen, Shopping and More!

    05.April.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    As well as being a hub for shopping, Odaiba is a popular sightseeing destination. It’s seen as being a little far from central Tokyo, but you can in fact arrive there in about 20 minutes from Shibuya and Shinjuku.

     

    Here are 6 locations in Odaiba that we recommend for foreign tourists. Be sure to take note if you’re planning a trip there!

     

     

     

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    AQUA CiTY ODAIBA

    This is Odaiba’s huge shopping complex. There’s a huge range of facilities to be found there, including a shrine, ramen, 4DX® and much more. One place you mustn’t forget to visit is Odaiba’s “Statue of Liberty” which has become a famous photo spot. It’s relatively smaller compared to the one in New York and the replica in Paris, but you’ll still see a lot of people snapping pictures.

     

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    Address: 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
    Access: 1-minute on foot from Daiba Station via all lines / 6-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via the Rinkai Line
    TEL: 03-3599-4700

    Website:www.aquacity.jp

     

     

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    Odaiba Tourist Information Center
    At this information center you will find a realistic looking android by the name of Chihira Junko. She is 26-years-old, was born on June 1st and comes in at 165cm tall. This is the only place in the world with an android permanently set up at a tourist information center. She speaks Japanese, English and Chinese.

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    Odaiba Tourist Information Center
    Address: AQUA CiTY ODAIBA 3F, 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
    Access: 1-minute on foot from Daiba Station via all lines / 6-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via the Rinkai Line
    TEL: 03-3599-4700

     

     


    Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai
    Ramen is a popular food in Japan as we discovered in our questionnaire held at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX on people’s favourite Japanese food. Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai is a collection of six famous ramen restaurants from around Japan that are popular both in Japan and overseas. They serve up an original menu that you can’t taste anywhere else.

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    Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai
    Address: AQUA CiTY ODAIBA 5F, 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
    Access: 1-minute on foot from Daiba Station via all lines / 6-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via the Rinkai Line
    TEL: 03-3599-4700

    Website:http://www.aquacity.jp/tokyo_ramen_kokugikan/

     

     

    Hello Kitty Japan
    This shop serves up a compelling collaboration between the Japanese style and Sanrio characters. It’s lined with merchandise of popular characters from Hello Kitty to Gudetama and beyond. They also sell kawaii sweets inspired by the characters in the sweets corner of their eat-in section♡

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    Hello Kitty Japan
    Address: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 2F, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Daiba Station via Yurikamome / 3-minutes from Tokyo Teleport Station Exit B via the Rinkai Line
    TEL: 03-3527-6118

    Website:https://www.sanrio.co.jp/shop/sh6204120/

     

     


    Life-Sized Unicorn Gundam – THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO
    THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO is an official Gunpla store aimed at Gunpla fans worldwide. You can enjoy Gunpla to the absolute max by buying, using, looking and learning. On the first floor there’s also a gigantic life-sized Unicorn Gundam towering at 19.7m high. Its knees and shoulders move, and it even lights up. In the evening, the statue and screen at the back showcase scenes from the anime series.

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    THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO
    Address: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 7F, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    Access: 9-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via the Rinkai Line / 10-minutes on foot from Odaiba-Kaihinkōen Station via Yurikamome / 10-minutes on foot from Daiba Station via all lines
    TEL: 03-6426-0780
    Website:https://www.gundam-base.net/

     

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    Madame Tussauds Tokyo
    Madame Tussauds Tokyo is home to over 60 realistic life-sized statues of world famous stars and celebrities from Hollywood stars to musicians, historical figures, sportsmen – the list goes on. You can take a picture with the figures on show and you can also make a giant figure of your own hand.

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    Madame Tussauds Tokyo
    Address: DECKS Tokyo Beach Island Mall 3F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Odaiba-Kaihinkōen Station via Yurikamome / 5-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via the Rinkai Line
    TEL: 03-3599-5231

    Website:https://www.madametussauds.jp/ja/

     

    Did you like our pick?

    Odaiba has so many things for you to see in one day, so make sure to visit all its great spots!

     

  • Recommended “Cherry Blossom Festivals 2018” which will be held throughout Japan

    24.March.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Cherry blossoms are about to bloom! In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended “cherry blossom festivals.”

     

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    Nagano Prefecture “Takatoo Sakura (cherry blossom) Matsuri (festival)”

    “Takato Sakura Matsuri” is an annual spring festival held in Nagano Prefecture to which about 200 thousand tourists gather. Inashi Sightseeing Committee is now holding “SAKURA-genic Instagram Present Campaign” (until the 30th of April (Mon.)) where the participants can win prizes like lodging tickets and local food items by following the festival’s official account or by sharing photos of cherry blossoms using your Instagram account. Takato Sakura Matsuri is held in Takato Joshi Park in Inahi, Nagano Prefecture from the 1st of April to the 30th of April every year. There are about 1,500 cherry trees planted inside the park and it is known as one of the 3 most famous cherry blossom-viewing spots in Japan.

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/94437

     

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    SAKURA-genic Instagram Present Campaign

    Period: 2018/03/03 (Sat.) to 04/30 (Mon.)

    Official website: http://ina-stagram.jp/

     

    Takatoo Sakura Matsuri

    Address: 1806, Nishi Takatoo, Takatoocho, Inashi, Nagano Prefecture

    Period: 04/01 to 04/30

    Opening hours: 8:00 to 17:00, high season – 6:00 to 10:00

    • Last entrance – 21:30

    Official site:

    https://takato-inacity.jp/h29/takatoh_sakuramaturi_no_goannnai

     

     

    東京・日本橋「日本橋 桜フェスティバル」

    Tokyo Nihonbashi “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival”

     “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival Planning Committee” will hold an early cherry-blossom viewing event called “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival ~Aratani Deau, Nihonbashi, Yaesu, Kyobashi~” in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo from the 16th of March 2018 (Fri.) to the 15th of April (Sun.). Nihonbashi has many beauty spots where cherry blossoms can be viewed such as Edozakura Street and Hamamachi Ryokudo. The event counts the 5th time this year and this year it will be held with the theme of “Artistic ni Tanoshimu Haru (enjoying spring in an artistic manner).” An artistic cherry-blossom viewing experience using the motifs of Edo Period’s art paper cutouts, an eating binge program with the theme of cherry blossoms and some linkage art events like music festivals and exhibitions will be held.

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88158

     

     

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    “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival ~Aratani Deau, Nihonbashi, Yaesu, Kyobashi~”

    Date: 2018,03,16 (Fri,) to 04,15 (Sun.)

    Contact: Nihonbashi Sightseeing Bureau – 03-3242-0010(10:00〜21:00)

     

    WEBSITE: “Machi Nihonbashi”

    ▶︎Japanese – http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/

    ▶︎English – http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/en/

     

     

     

    日本橋 江戸桜祭り

    Tokyo Nihonbashi “Edo Sakura Matsuri”

    Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store will hold “Edo Sakura Maturi” from the 21st of March (Wed. – holiday) to the 3rd of April (Tue.). Various kinds of items using the motifs of cherry blossoms will be sold in all floors including the food area in B1F in accordance of the blooming of cherry blossoms in Nihonbashi’s famous spots such as “Edo Sakura Street” and “Nihonbashi Sakura Street.” This is a cherry blossom festival where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the Edo Period.

     

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    Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store “Edo Sakura Matsuri”

    Period: 03/21 (Wed – holiday) to 04/03 (Tue.)

    Venue: Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, main building and each floor

    Address: 1st street, 4-1, Muromachi, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    TEL: Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store – 03-3241-3311

    URL:http://mitsukoshi.mistore.jp/store/nihombashi/index.html

     

     

     

    CHANDON Blossom Lounge 東京ミッドタウン

     

     Tokyo Midtown “CHANDON Blossom Lounge”

    Tokyo Midtown will open “CHANDON Blossom Lounge” where stylish food items as well as premium-quality sparkling wine produced in Australia named CHANDON will be offered. You can enjoy the spring season’s special food while viewing the cherry blossom road of Tokyo Midtown and enjoy the mystical world of the limited-time-offer bottle of wine named, “CHANDON ROSÉ BY TOMOYUKI YONEZU 2018.” Let’s enjoy the sparkling wine and the view of cherry blossoms.

     

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    CHANDON Blossom Lounge

    Entrance fee: free

    CHANDO Rose – 700 yen per glass. Many kinds of food and set plans will be offered.

    Period: 2018/03/16 (Fri.) to 04/15 (Sun.) 12:00 to 20:00

    Venue: Tokyo Midtown, Midtown Garden Sakura Street Area

    Address: 9-7-1, Akasaka, Minatoku, Tokyo

    URL: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/news/3935/

     

     

     

    東京・江東区「第14回 お江戸深川さくらまつり」

    Tokyo/Kotoku “14th Oedo Fukagawa Sakura Matsuri”

    “Oedo Fukagawa Matsuri” where you can view cherry blossoms while riding on a boat is known as the seasonal festival of Monzennakacho. About 270 Someiyoshino Cherry Blossoms planted along Oyoko River located to the south of Monzennakacho Station can be viewed from late March to early April. The cherry trees along Oyoko River arch out over the surface of the river making for a cherry blossom tunnel. You will surely feel like you have been transported back to the Edo Period by riding on a boat while viewing cherry blossoms at nighttime.

     

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    Oedo Fukagawa Sakura Matsuri

    Date: 2018/03/24 (Sat.) to 04/11 (Wed.)

    Venue: the areas around Oyoko River, Monzennakacho Station, Kotoku, Tokyo and Onagi River, Shirakawa Station, Kiyosumi

    URL:http://www.koto-kanko.jp/event/detail.php?eid=530

     

     

    福井県「第8回越前陶芸村しだれ桜まつり」

     

    Fukui Prefecture “8th Echizen Togei Mura Shidare Zakura Matsuri”

    Many kinds of stores selling potteries, wooden items, glass items, cloth sundries and accessories will be sold at “Echizen Togei Mura Shidare Zakura Matsuri” which will be held at Echizen Togei Village. Plus, 17 artisans who make potteries will gather at the venue and 34 workshops where you can create your own item will be available. Let’s enjoy this “experience- based” festival inside the artistic park.

     

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    8th Echizen Togei Mura Shidare Zakura Matsuri

    Date: 2018/04/14 (Sat.)/15 (Sun.) 10:00 to 16:00

    ※the event will be held even in the rain. (please note that the event might be cancelled depending on the weather condition.)

    Venue: Echizen Togei Village / Echizen Togei Park

    Address: 120-61, Ozowara, Echizencho, Nyugun, Fukui Prefecture

    URL:http://www.town-echizen.jp/

     

     

    How did you like our cherry blossom festival recommendation? Why not visit one of the cherry blossom festivals introduced in this article and experience the highlight of Japan’s spring season.

  • 7 Recommended Hot Springs in Japan to Enjoy Hanami

    23.March.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    It’s still pretty chilly outside, isn’t it? Let’s take a look at locations around Japan where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms while taking a dip in the onsen (hot spring). Being able to enjoy hanami while bathing in the hot water is really a luxurious experience – it’s something everyone should try.

     

     

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    “Marumine Kanko Hotel” – Fukushima Prefecture

    The best part about this hotel is undoubtedly their large baths with a great view! The breathtaking panoramic view from their hot springs allows for you to enjoy gorgeous sights from season to season. Their open-air baths, which are perfect for the beautiful cherry blossom season, have separate impressive themes and designs for males and females. They also have rooms that come with their own open-air baths aimed at couples and families too.

     

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    Marumine Kanko Hotel

    Address: 1128 Shimoyudaira, Otomachi Ashinomaki, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture

    TEL: 0242922121

    Website: http://www.marumine.co.jp

     

     

     

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    “Kinranso Hanayama” – Fukushima Prefecture

    You can enjoy the taking a dip in an open-air bath designed like a houseboat while soaking up the view of lush nature surrounding you. Kinranso Hanayama’s unusual baths are truly a sight to see. The baths are one with nature and offer an extraordinary experience.

     

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    Kinranso Hanayama – Bandaitami Onsen

    Address: 4-321 Atami Atamimachi, Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture

    TEL: 024-984-2111

    Website: http://www.kinranso.jp

     

     

     

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    “Fuga No Yado Chouseikan” – Niigata Prefecture

    This hot spring has a lot of history and has been known in the area since long ago. It opened 700 years ago and is a hot spring where you can naturally feel both nature and history. When the flowers are in full bloom, large cherry blossom trees fill your vision and spellbind you without you even realising.

     

     

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    Fuga No Yado Chouseikan

    Address: 4632-8 Murasugi, Agano, Niigata     Prefecture

    TEL: 0250662111

    Website: http://www.chouseikan.co.jp

     

     

     

    “Yukemuri-no-Sato Kashiwaya” – Tochigi Prefecture

    This hotel has 4 open-air baths, all of which are filled with healing water and all of which immerse you Tochigi’s lavish nature. There are separate designs for the male and female baths that are a lot of fun. Two of the open-air baths that can be reserved have giant windows with a panoramic view, allowing you to enjoy the outdoor sights to your heart’s content.

     

     

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    Yukemuri-no-Sato Kashiwaya

    Address: 62 Kawajionsen, Takahara, Tochigi Prefecture

    TEL: 0288-78-0002

    Website: https://www.kashiwaya-kawaji.jp

     

     

     

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    “Hotel Kaminoyu Hot Spring” – Yamanashi Prefecture

    This large public bath house has a whopping 7 different baths, meaning you can find and pick which one you like the most. This site also has the second largest tarufuro, a type of wooden barrel bath. What’s more is that you can experience Mount Fuji, a starry sky and cherry blossoms at night – all at once! This one sure is luxurious.

     

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    Hotel Kaminoyu Hot Spring

    Address: 17 Ryuji, Kai, Yamanashi Prefecture

    TEL: 0551-28-5000

    Website: https://www.kaminoyu-onsen.com

     

     

     

    “Bosenkan” – Gifu Prefecture

    The word “river” makes up part of the name of this hotel, referring to the existence of the nearby river that you can experience. The hotel offers a variety of plans, including one for couples as well as relaxation plan, both of which are popular. For meals, you can enjoy local beef from the city of Hida, koshihikari rice that is cultivated in Gifu’s Maze River which was selected as Japan’s best clear stream, and more. The international hit movie Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) was even the city of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture. Definitely take a trip here.

     

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    Bosenkan

    Address: 190-1 Yunoshima, Gero, Gifu Prefecture

    TEL: 0576252048

    Website: https://www.bosenkan.co.jp

     

     

     

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    “Asanoya” – Hyogo Prefecture

    There are two open-air baths at this hotel: “Hikoboshi” (Altair) and “Orihime” (Vega). In the women’s bath, Orihime, large cherry trees bloom gracefully overhead. The hotel also has baths for couples and families that can be reserved. They even have footbaths, so it might be nice to stop by on your way back from sightseeing to heal up those weary feet.

     

     

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    Asanoya

    Address: 1269 Yu, Shin’onsen, Mikata District, Hyogo Prefecture

    TEL: 0796921000

    Website: http://www.asanoya.co.jp

     

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Be sure to treat yourself to some self-indulging time at one of Japan’s many hot spring locations.

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    Japan’s largest sake event, TOKYO SAKE FESTIVAL 2022, will run from October 4 until October 6 at the Shinjuku Sumitomo Building’s Triangle Square.

     

    The event’s aim is to make sake more mainstream around the world, with the first festival taking place in 2020. Tokyo Sake Festival blends sake with entertainment, showing off the very best of Japanese culture to those who may be new to craft sake. For the third year, former NMB48 member Yui Takano will serve as ambassador. Takano is known for leaving her idol career to manage the sake specialty store Yui Sake Shop. 

     

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    NIJISANJI Fes 2022 Special Announcement Video
    https://youtu.be/st-m1G_DYS8

     

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    NIJISANJI Fes 2022 Image Song, Hurrah!!

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    Manami Aizono, Uiha Aiba, Youko Akabane, Axia Krone, Akane Asahina, Hina Asuka, Momo Azuchi, Kokoro Amamiya, Sayo Amemori, Almal Ars, Katrina Ange, Mugi Ienaga, Inui Toko, Ibrahim, Ichigo Ushimi, Muyu Amagase, Vox Akuma

     

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    The purpose of this event is to promote the appeal of the Tomakomai region, not only to those living in Japan but to those living abroad. In addition to music, the event will also feature art, food, technology, and more content that can be enjoyed by kids, families, and people of all ages and genders.

     

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    From Left: Coneflowers, Common Zinnia, Begonia, Ageratum

    From Left: Scarlet Sage (Sirius), Scarlet Sage (Bonfire), Scarlet Sage (Deep Blue), Coleus

     

    The theme for the inaugural event is ‘Seven Colors of Mount Fuji.’ Visitors will be able to take incredible pictures, with a variety of blooms springing from the Earth in seven beautiful colors. Whether you love begonias or zinnias, you won’t want to miss this one. 

     

    The venue will also feature photo spots that will be perfect for social media, from a rainbow circle bench to the ‘Yellow Door of Happiness.’ A campaign will also be held to choose the best photos of the event posted to Instagram.

    Koppe-pan (with Yamanashi Peach Butter and Whipped Cream) / Lava Fried Tofu / Bellflower Mochi Ice Cream / Jewel Soda

     

    A unique food menu featuring everything from lava-shaped fried tofu to fluffy bread with local peach butter will appear at the event.

    *Sample image.

     

    Pictures aren’t the only thing you’ll leave with–a selection of souvenirs will be on sale, including ‘Stick Jelly’ made with five types of local fruit puree. These will only be available at the event, so come have a wonderful time visiting Mount Fuji this summer!

  • NAKED Summer Festival 2022 to be Held at Nijo Castle in Kyoto

    11.July.2022 | SPOT

    This summer, the World Heritage Site Nijo Castle will host the NAKED Summer Festival 2022 event from July 22 until August 21. Visitors can explore the incredible location at night, illuminated by colorful lights and filled with summer fun.

    Festival Stalls

    Virtual Content via Smartphone

     

    The entrance gate and Ninomaru Garden will both be illuminated for the event, and a digital fireworks display will be shown on the stone walls surrounding the inner moat.  Continuing from last year, the fan-favorite NAKED Distanced Lanterns and NAKED Tsukubai will be returning.

     

    Come make some summer memories at Nijo Castle!

  • Tomakomai Mirai Fest 2022 to be Held in September

    29.June.2022 | FES / MUSIC

    On September 17 and September 18, the Tomakomai Urban Renewal Project Committee will hold Tomakomai Mirai Fest 2022, inviting guests to celebrate the area around Tomakomai in Hokkaido. 

     

    The purpose of this event is to promote the appeal of the Tomakomai region, not only to those living in Japan but to those living abroad. In addition to music, the event will also feature art, food, technology, and more content that can be enjoyed by kids, families, and people of all ages and genders.

    The main venue of the event will be the Tomakomai Civic Hall. Musical acts announced so far include Awesome City Club, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and Little Glee Monster.

     

    In the Tomakomai Civic Hall parking lot and the nearby Kirakira Park, guests can enjoy free DJ performances, mini-concerts, art and technology installations, food trucks, picnic areas, and more. In addition, the Nishikimachi and Omachi areas will be decorated with digital art, and food and beverages will be available.

     

    Advanced 2-Day tickets are available now on Ticket Pia by lottery. More performers and additional content will be announced soon, so keep an eye on social media and the official website.

  • Toyokawa Inari to Bring Back Popular Naked YORU MO-DE Event in 2022

    24.May.2022 | SPOT

    One of Japan’s Three Great Inari Shrines, Toyokawa Inari in Aichi Prefecture, will be decorated in summer-themed lights from July 22 until August 8! The popular Naked YORU MO-DE event is coming back for 2022 after attracting over 40,000 visitors last year. 

     

    Starting in 2021, Toyokawa Inari has held the Naked YORU MO-DE event monthly on the 22nd, the founding date of the shrine’s founding. Using technology, Naked’s artwork is updating the worship experience to fit into the ‘new normal,’ keeping social distancing in mind. 

     

    Jihoukan Projection-Mapping – Summer Festival ver. 

    Socially Distanced Art – Naked Distanced Lanterns, Summer Festival ver.

    Naked Tsukubai – Summer Festival ver.

    The theme for this new event is ‘a summer festival for a new era.’ Many of Toyokawa City’s annual festivals, such as the Oiden Festival and the Mitama Festival, have been canceled since the spread of the coronavirus. This new kind of festival will pull inspiration from other local events and will feature handheld firework displays, a collection of gorgeous wind chimes, and tons of night stalls for guests to enjoy alongside Naked’s digital artwork. The local handheld fireworks will be shown using projection mapping, and all of the fan-favorite Naked social distancing art projects will be transformed to suit the summer festival theme. The Naked Tsukubai hand sanitizing art project will show goldfish and fireworks in the palm of your hand, and the Naked Distanced Lanterns will be decorated with a summer firework pattern.

  • Shueisha’s Haruman!! 2022 Festival Celebrates Manga this Spring

    29.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    Shueisha is currently offering a ton of manga for free as part of Haruman!! 2022. The campaign is running until May 15 at participating locations and tons of digital manga series are available for download.

     

    ©Shueisha

     

    During Haruman!! 2022, users can read over 305 digital titles for free. This year’s theme is ‘Manga Festival,’ and manga fans can find both recent and classic titles. Why not catch up on some manga history while you can?

    A collaboration with the popular VTuber agency Hololive is also underway. One of the group’s manga-loving members will be chosen each day to serve as Editor-in-Chief of an original manga magazine.

     

    Popular authors are also commemorating the occasion with new illustrations. Eleven artists from Shueisha’s manga department have drawn popular VTubers, and these awesome images are available exclusively on the Haruman!! website.

     

    Stream Date: April 23, 2022

    Participants: Shueisha x Hololive Traveling Editorial Department

    Streaming Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFZiqLMntJufDCHc6bQixg

     

    ©Shueisha

     

    In collaboration with puzzle game creators RIDDLER, ‘The Search for the Great Manga King’s Treasure’ will be held. Pulling inspiration from One Piece, which is currently celebrating 25 years of serialization, fans will have to find clues to solve a massive mystery.

     

    Find your new favorite manga series during Haruman!! 2022.

  • Cherry Blossom Themed Drink Appears at Flower Miffy

    21.March.2022 | FASHION / FOOD

    Flower Miffy Juice Garden, a drink stand featuring Dick Bruna’s popular character Miffy, is now offering a limited-time cherry blossom beverage at its Asakusa location!

    Strawberry

    Green Apple

    Cherry Blossom Season with Miffy

     

    The Slightly Sakura Drink is inspired by springtime and features a sweet whipped topping with cherry blossom-colored copeau de chocolat. The base of the drink is sakura-colored milk available in green apple and strawberry flavors. Each beverage comes with a Miffy cookie for added cuteness!

     

    A Cherry Blossom flower arrangement is also available for purchase at the Flower Miffy online store. 

     

    Illustrations Dick Bruna Ⓒ copyright Mercis bv,1953-2022 www.miffy.com

  • BAND-MAID to Perform at the World’s Largest Festival ‘AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL’ in California

    26.February.2022 | FES / MUSIC

    Internationally beloved hard rock band BAND-MAID has been invited to perform at AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL in Sacramento, California!

     

    The festival will take place across four days, from October 6 until October 9, 2022. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, with headliners like KISS and Slipknot.

     


    BAND-MAID has also announced US stops on their global tour during 2022. More information is scheduled to be released soon!

     

     

  • NIJISANJI Fes 2022 to Take Place at Makuhari Messe in October

    13.February.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FES / MUSIC

    VTuber group NIJISANJI will hold their largest event ever in October 2022! NIJISANJI Festival 2022 will be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba for two days only, on October 1 and October 2.

     

    Last year’s NIJISANJI Festival was held in February 2021 but had no live audience due to the ongoing pandemic. This year’s event will be held in Halls 1-5 of Makuhari Messe, which is a massive space. Even more is planned for the 2022 event, so keep an eye out for more info!

     

    This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Play!’ More than 100 members–both domestic and international–will take part in the festival, which will feature booths produced by the members, concerts, interviews, food and drinks, original merchandise, and more.

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