Experience VR Dragon Quest at VR ZONE SHINJUKU
30.April.2018 | SPOT
Japan’s biggest VR entertainment facility VR ZONE SHINJUKU introduced Dragon Quest VR to its establishment on April 27, 2018. An opening event was held prior to its introduction on April 25 to up the excitement.
Taking to the stage at the opening event was Square Enix producer Ryutaro Ichimura, Takamasa Hamano of Bandai Namco Amusement, and Yuji Horii, the creator of Dragon Quest. Horii spoke joyfully, saying “It’s been 30 years since Dragon Quest was born. This world that is laid before me is something out of a dream.”
The centre tree in the middle of the venue illuminated with the shout of Lynn. Projection mapping was used to display Yggdrasil, a quintessential sight of the Dragon Quest series.
Guests were able to get involved in VR activities after the stage talks. The moment everyone hooked themselves up to the VR they were blown away by how much it looked like they were in the world of Dragon Quest, and how expansive the green plains were.
If you’re a Dragon Quest fan then enter the world yourself with Dragon Quest VR at VE ZONE SHINJUKU!
Dragon Quest VR
Address: VR ZONE SHINJUKU, 1-29-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku
Japanese Indie Game Label Yokaze to Hold Exhibition at Taipei Game Show
27.January.2023 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese indie game label Yokaze will exhibit many anticipated upcoming titles at the 2023 Taipei Game Show. The event will be held in Taiwan from February 2 until February 5, 2023.
ghostpia’s visuals mix warm, delicate art that would be fit for an illustrated children’s book with glitch and noise effects, for a strangely nostalgic visual novel vibe. The story takes place in a snowy town where immortal “ghosts” live. When Sayoko, a girl who doesn’t belong, meets Yoru, a newcomer to town, her world begins to change. Her thoughts begin to drift outside of the town, and certain events bring her back to a lost friendship. Filled with mystery and a bit of violence, this title is being touted as a movie you can read on PC.
Release Date: 2023
Platform: Nintendo Switch™/Steam, etc.
Recolit is a pixel art mystery adventure game where players explore a strange town by following trails of light. After your spaceship crash lands in a mysterious place, you’ll have to help the residents of the town as you explore and progress through the story.
Developer: Image Labo
Release Date: 2023
Platform: Steam/itch.io (Others planned)
Kitsune: The Journey of Adashino
Kitsune: The Journey of Adashino is a 3D adventure game set in a mysterious version of Japan. One day, a fox girl and her frog friend find themselves on a mysterious island shrouded by darkness but for a few floating lights. Torii gates, food stall lanterns, and neon signs give light and color to the island. Something is lurking in the shadows, inching ever closer. Kitsune can use light to temporarily blind these demons, giving her enough time to find safe routes and hiding places. Be sure to enjoy this curious tale when it releases in the future!
Release Date: TBD
Platform: Nintendo Switch™/Steam (Others planned)
Taipei Game Show 2023
Running: February 2 – February 5, 2023
Exhibitor Name: Yokaze
Booth Number: S-24
Official Site: https://tgs.tca.org.tw/index_2c_e.php
Japan’s Largest Sake Event TOKYO SAKE FESTIVAL to be Held in Shinjuku in October
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.
Tokyo Sake Festival 2022 is bringing together forty carefully selected sake breweries from around Japan, including Inoue Seikichi, winner of the Champion Sake award at IWC 2022. Tonoike Sake Brewery, winner of Kura Master 2022’s President’s Award, will also be in attendance. The full lineup can be found on the official website.
Popular influencers and artists from Raphael to BOYS AND MEN and Ukon Takafuji will take the stage during the event, so be sure to swing by if you’re a fan of Japanese spirits!
TOKYO SAKE FESTIVAL 2022
October 4: Part 1 13:30-16:30 / Part 2 18:00-21:00
October 5: Part 1 13:30-16:30 / Part 2 18:00-21:00
October 6: 16:00-19:00
Venue: Shinjuku Sumitomo Building Triangle Square
(2-6-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Buy Tickets/Details: https://tokyosakefestival.bitfan.id/
Dev-c Group from VTuber Project VEE Debuts with Huge Ad in Shinjuku
07.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT
To celebrate the debut of Dev-c, the new VTuber unit from VEE, a giant ad has appeared in Shinjuku Station! Fans should head to the Promenade connecting Shinjuku Station to Shinjuku 3-come from September 5 until September 11 to catch a glimpse of these new talents!
The ad shows Uriyone, Anew Uparu, Cotonoha, Luminous Sweet, and Aomiya Yozuri strolling down a Tokyo street.
Spread out behind them are images of the members of Dev-a and Dev-b, who previously debuted.
VEE has managed to bring together some incredible talents so far. On the right side, fans will see Dev-c’s key visual and a message from VEE to fans, so if you’re near Shinjuku, be sure to check it out!
Dev-c Billboard Celebrating the Group’s Debut
On Display: September 5 – September 11, 2022
Location: Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Station – Promenade Area
Official Site: https://vee-official.jp/
*To prevent the spread of COVID-19, try to social distance and enjoy responsibly.
*Please do not contact station staff regarding the billboard.
Halloween Afternoon Tea Featuring AR Technology Coming to Shinjuku
From September 1 until October 31, the District Brasserie, Bar, and Lounge at the Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo will be offering a spooky Halloween-themed afternoon tea set. The tasty treats won’t be the only scary thing on the plate–the event will incorporate AR technology! By holding up your phone, you’ll be able to see monsters moving around on your plate.
The goodies will also be available for take-out, making them perfect for souvenirs or at-home Halloween parties! Nine types of Halloween sweets, six small dishes, and two tea sachets will be included. Why not spend Halloween in a more elegant way in 2022?
Kimpton Halloween MONSBLANC Afternoon Tea
Running: September 1 – October 31, 2022
Hours: 11:30-17:00 (Last Order at 15:00), 2-hour seatings
*Reservations must be made by 16:00 on the previous day.
Venue: Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo, District Brasserie, Bar, and Lounge
Official Site: https://www.kimptonshinjuku.com/jp/
Japanese Card Game SCOUT Nominated for German Game of the Year Award
09.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The card game SCOUT, designed by Kei Kajino and developed overseas by Oink Games, was nominated for the Spiel des Jahres Award in Germany on May 23, 2022. The yearly award is given to a card or board game and is known as the highest honor in the world of tabletop games. This is the second time in seven years that a Japanese-designed game has been nominated.
The Spiel des Jahres Award has been given out each year since 1979. There are three categories: Game of the Year, Kids’ Game of the Year, and Complex Game of the Year. Three board or card games are nominated from among those released in Germany in the previous year, and one is awarded the grand prize. The last Japanese game to be nominated was Machi Koro, a board game that has become extremely popular among Western audiences. The grand prize winner will be announced on July 16.
What is SCOUT?
You have suddenly been appointed as the leader of a circus. Using the members of your circus you must put together a show that will beat out your rivals. Everyone on your team has a specific role. To fill in the gaps on your team, try to scout members away from other circus groups! With the addition of just one extra person you may set off an incredible chain reaction that helps you create a show that no other circus will be able to surpass. Will you battle with your current members? Or will you wait it out and try to recruit different ones?
You will feel amazing when you make the right choices in this speedy card game!
A new version has just been released for players purchasing the game from outside of Japan. In Japan, the original version was released by One More Game.
Designer: Kei Kajino
SCOUT! – Original Version
SCOUT! – International Version
Theme Song for Initial D The Arcade Arcade Finally Hits Streaming Services
30.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
Initial D The Arcade is the tenth game in the Initial D series. Released in February 2021, one particular song from the title has struck a chord with fans. After a long wait, SCRAMBLE EYES by MOTSU vs A-One, has finally been released on streaming services starting May 25!
SCRAMBLE EYES is a fast-paced track blended with sharp vocals and engaging rap. The speedy song is perfect for Initial D, bringing to mind being behind the wheel and driving at top speed. Fans have called the song addictive, and even those who aren’t a fan of the game have been applauding the track across social media.
MOTSU and A-One have both provided comments following the song’s release.
The name SCRAMBLE EYES was inspired by the bright headlights plowing through the darkness during a particular stage in Initial D The Arcade.
I’d be so happy if the listeners could get the same tingling sensation I felt when I met A-One for the first time.
I’m so thankful to be able to create music for Initial D, a series that brought me so much joy as a child.
And collaborating with MOTSU? I absolutely adore him, so I put all of my energy into this track.
If you work hard and don’t back down, your dreams will come true.
But one of my dreams hasn’t come true yet–playing this song live!
MOTSU, let’s do it someday!
Please enjoy this track and really feel the speed and excitement as you race towards your goals!
In 2023, an anime adaptation of MF Ghost, the sequel to Initial D, is scheduled to premiere. The series takes place in the 2020s, when self-driving cars are normal Japan, and focuses on Kanata Livington, a Japanese driver who goes back to Japan after graduating at the top of his class at a racing school in England.
SCRAMBLE EYES – MOTSU vs A-One
Streaming Date: May 25, 2022
Streaming LInks: https://avex.lnk.to/MvsA
Initial D The Arcade Official Site: https://initiald.sega.jp/inidac/
MOTSU Official Site: https://avex.jp/motsu/
A-One Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/AoneJPN
Stuffed Animal Pickles the Frog Inspires Limited Time Collaboration Cafe in Shinjuku
Have you ever heard of Pickles the Frog? The adorable plush has become popular enough to inspire his own collaboration cafe in Shinjuku from May 25 until June 6! A special menu will be available at Brilliant Cafe located on the 11th floor of the Odakyu Department Store.
Green Curry Plate
Birthday Cake Plate
Fruit Tea Soda Float
As part of Pickle the Frog’s birthday celebration, the cafe will feature a limited menu of three delectable items. Why not come celebrate Pickle’s special day on June 1?
A pop-up shop will also be opened soon, so keep an eye out!
Pickles the Frog x Brilliant Cafe
Running: May 25 – June 6, 2022
Venue: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku 11F (1-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo)
Touhou Project and One Night Werewolf Collaboration Items Now Available
22.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
ARMA BIANCA, an online store specializing in original goods, is now taking orders for limited-time collaboration items between Touhou Project and One Night Werewolf!
One Night Werewolf Collaboration – Pixel Art Ver.
Preorder Purchase Bonus
Preorder Purchase Bonus
Preorder Purchase Bonus
One Night Werewolf is a card game where players take on the role of a Villager, a Werewolf, or a number of special characters with unique abilities. The goal is to figure out who the Werewolves are and to kill at least one in order to win!
The Touhou characters featured in the collaboration include Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Cirno, Youmu Konpaku, Sakuya Izayoi, Satori Komeiji, Koishi Komeiji, Remilia Scarlet, Flandre Scarlet, and Kagerou Imaizumi.
Touhou Project x One Night Werewolf
Where to Order: ARMA BIANCA
Preorders open until June 20, 2022
Cat Illustration Series mofusand Inspires Themed Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka
Popular on LINE and other texting apps and illustrated by Jyuuno, mofusand is a curious collection of cute and slightly surreal cats. As with most things that go viral in Japan, these adorable characters will be featured in a themed cafe for a limited time! The Tokyo location will open on May 19 and the Osaka location will welcome visitors starting May 26, 2022.
Cafe Visitor Bonus: Sticker (6 varieties)
Drink Order Bonus: Coaster (6 varieties)
Fried Shrimp Sandwich Plate
Grilled Vegetable Curry
Salmon Mentaiko Cream Pasta
Black Cat Pancake
Nyan Lime Nata de Coco
Green Nyanko Float / Yello Nyanko Float / Blue Nyanko Float
Nyanko Cafe Latte / Nyanko Milk Tea
All menu items draw inspiration from the many mofusand characters and are perfect for posting on social media! Special bonuses will be given to those visiting the cafe and making select purchases, and a merchandise corner will be selling limited-edition goods featuring new artwork!
BOX cafe&space Shinjuku Mylord #2
May 19 – July 10, 2022
Shinjuku Mylord 7F (1-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi
May 26 – June 19, 2022
Shinsaibashi Opa 9F (1-4-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Reservations / Official Site: https://mofusand-cafe.jp
mofusand cafe Official Twitter: @mofusand_cafe
Story Game Series POLARIS to Get Second Installment ‘Inside Blue’ in Summer 2022
27.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME
POLARIS, the story game label started by NOMEETS, will get a second installment titled ‘Inside Blue’ this summer. Preorders will open at Spring Game Market 2022 on April 23 and April 24, 2022.
POLARIS is a story game label launched in the winter of 2021. Players become characters in the story, sometimes cooperating and sometimes betraying each other to arrive at their own unique endings. An incredibly immersive experience, the first work ‘RED LINE’ sold 400 units at Winter Game Market 2021, gaining tons of positive reviews. The title has over 300 different endings and a unique design like no other title before.
The second title ‘Inside Blue’ follows a group of high school students trying to solve a summer murder mystery in a small town. This is a massive change from ‘RED LINE,’ which was set in a world filled with humans and vampires in conflict. By interacting with townspeople, attending summer festivals, and enjoying vacation, how will you solve this bizarre and terrifying mystery?
POLARIS-02: Inside Blue
Price: ¥6,000 (Tax Included)
Release Date: Summer 2022
Total Play Time: Around 150 minutes
Number of Players: 5 (No Gamemaster required)
Official Site: https://polaris.game
Pixar Fest Pop-Up Store by Small Planet to Open at Shinjuku Odakyu for the First Time
From April 13 until April 25, fans of Disney Pixar will want to visit the first floor of the Odakyu Department store in Shinjuku! The Pixar Fest Pop-Up Store by Small Planet will be selling a large collection of items featuring popular characters from Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Cars, and more!
A wide variety of PIXAR goods such as bags, towels, mugs, stationery, and apparel will be available, and the Disney Friend of Nature Pop-Up Store by Small Planet will be held simultaneously, featuring sustainable and eco-friendly Disney items.
PIXAR FEST POP UP STORE by Small Planet Goods at a Glance
[Exclusive Event Item] IC Card Case: ¥2,310
[Event Exclusive Item] Drawstring Bag: ¥660 *On sale April 16
[Event Exclusive Item] Random Pin Collection (12 varieties): ¥440 each
Purchase Bonus: Tote Bag
Purchase Bonus: Acrylic Coaster
Starting April 13, guests spending ¥6,600 (including tax) or more at the venue will receive one special tote bag while supplies last! Starting April 23, guests spending ¥2,750 (including tax) will receive a Toy Story acrylic coaster.
Disney FRIEND OF NATURE POP UP STORE by Small Planet Goods at a Glance
[Event Exclusive Item] Mug Made from Recycled Goods “Green Vibes Only!”: ¥2,310
[Event Exclusive Item] Eco Bag “Green Vibes Only!”: ¥3,190 *On sale April 15
Be sure to visit the pop-up shop to grab some exclusive merch while you can!
Pixar Fest Pop-Up Store by Small Planet
Disney Friend of Nature Pop-Up Store by Small Planet
Running: April 13 – April 25, 2022
Hours: 10:00-20:30 *Closes at 20:00 on April 17 and April 24
Venue: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku Main Building 1F, Special Venue (In front of the Central Entrance)
Address: 1-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: In front of the Shinjuku Station West Entrance
Official Site: https://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/
Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku to Open MOOMIN POPUP STORE by Small Planet
From March 30 until April 12, fans of Moomin will want to visit the Odakyu Department Store in Shinjuku for a special pop-up store!
Odakyu Preorder Items
Synthetic Leather Coaster
Stainless Steel Tumbler
(March 30 ~) Bonus for purchases of ¥6,600 or more
Pocket Thermos Bottle, Joxter Cloud Design (Not for Sale)
(April 2 ~) Bonus for purchases of ¥3,300 or more
Sea Orchestra Acrylic Keychain (Not for Sale)
(April 9 ~) Bonus for purchases of ¥5,500 or more
Snufkin & Joxter Acrylic Stand Set (Not for Sale)
The pop-up store, which was very well-received last year, focuses on Snufkin, one of the most popular Moomin characters. This year, Snufkin’s father, Joxter, will also be making an appearance. The venue will be decorated with original artwork, and a wide variety of Moomin merch will be available, including plush toys, sundries, apparel, and much more.
MOOMIN POPUP STORE by Small Planet
Running: March 30 – April 12, 2022
Address: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku Main Building 1F (1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Access: Shinjuku Station West Exit
Official Site: https://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/