Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kanto Region for 2018

06.May.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

The warm spring season is almost over, and summer is coming soon. BBQ parties and beer gardens are the two most exciting events of the hot summer season. In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended BBQ parties and beer gardens.

 

Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kansai Region for 2018

 

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Saitama Prefecture – Light & Music Beer Garden
The theme of the event is a “Japanese summer festival” (Natsumatsuri) and it will take place in a traditional Japanese-style beer garden. As you come through the bamboo lantern-lit entrance, you will be engulfed by soft lights in a wide, open green space.

Ordering the special offer Roast Beef Sushi (1 person 3 pieces) gives you the chance to see the expert chef put on a fiery flambe show. There’s also a buffet with a mix of around 20 Japanese and Western foods such as skewered and grilled food, savory egg custard, sushi wrapped in fried tofu, juicy sausages and much more as well as a line-up of close to 15 drinks served free flow style including beer and Japanese cocktails.

 

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/102961

 

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Light & Music Beer Garden (Japanese: 光と音のビアガーデン~彩涼夏舞~)
Running: July 6, 2018―August 31, 2018 (*Reservations to be made 3 days in advance)
Time: 1st Slot 17:00-19:00 / 2nd Slot 19:00-21:00
Price: ¥6,000 (Price includes consumption tax and service charge)
Location: Omiya Rikyu Guest House
Address: 1-816-7 Uetakechō, Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama Prefecture
Access: 9-minutes walk from Toro Station via the JR Line.
TEL: 048-614-0811
Website:http://www.bestbridal.co.jp/guestparty/saitama/rikyu_omiya/beer-9/

 

 

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Tokyo- ARK HILLS SOUTH TOWER ROOFTOP LOUNGE ~ROPPONGI BBQ BEAR GARDEN~
A beer garden serving authentic BBQ cuisine was opened on top of Ark Hills South Tower where a luxurious rooftop garden sits. Despite being in the middle of the big city, the garden has a freeing, spacious feeling with plenty of greenery and even sofa seats. Food includes filling T-bone steak that uses carefully selected Iwanaka roasted pork shoulder, as well as a selection of seafood and vegetables. In addition, downstairs in the same building, you can buy meat to take to the BBQ too. Choose your favorite ingredients and enjoy cooking it on the barbeque yourself.

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/103521

 

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ARK HILLS SOUTH TOWER ROOFTOP LOUNGE ~Roppongi BBQ Beer Garden~
Address: Ark Hills South Tower Sky Park, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
*Please use the direct elevator on the path behind the B1F Ark Kitchen ‘Etsubo’ (笑壷)
Running: April 23, 2018 – September 30, 2018
Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00
*[April-June] Saturdays 12:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 12:00-22:00
*[July-August] Saturdays 15:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 15:00-22:00
*[September] Saturdays 12:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 12:00-22:00
TEL: 03-5549-1550 (*Reception opens April 20)
No Fixed Holidays. (Except during bad weather.)

Website: http://arkhills.beergardens.jp/
Booking: https://www.tablecheck.com/shops/

 

 

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Tokyo – LUGAR HA AMOR
LUGAR HA AMOR is a beer garden where you can enjoy an extraordinary space, foods, videos and music on the rooftop of MACHIDA MODI. The word LUGAR HA AMOR means “a place filled with love” in Portuguese. The space created under the key word of “luxury beer resort” has three kinds of comfortable sofas that are couple sofa, bed sofa and low table sofa. You can also enjoy the video show projected on the wall of the building and project a message to your precious person.

 

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LUGAR HA AMOR
Address: 6th Avenue, 2-6, Haramachida, Machidashi, Tokyo
Period: 2018/4/27 (Fri.) to 9/30 (Sun.)
Price: 3,000 yen~

Website:https://www.lugar-ha-amor.com

 

 

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TOKYO – Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu β
The rooftop beer garden, Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu β was opened on the 16th floor of Tobu Hyakkaten Ikebukuro Honten. The theme of 2018’s bear garden is “wellness.” Healthy spinach and pea sprouts are added to the Bulgogi pot as well as vegetables. The spiciness of the bulgogi pot including eight kinds of vegetables, meat, bean starch vermicelli, kimchi, toppogi can be adjusted at your own will. They also offer beer/sour/whisky servers and a gin server!

 

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Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu βAddress: 1-1-25, Nishiikebukuro, Toshimaku, Tokyo (16th floor (rooftop) of Tobu Hyakkaten Ikebukuro Honten)
Period: 2018/4/25 (Wed.) to 9/2 (Sun.)
※The whole building will be closed on 8/22 (Wed.)
※The beer garden will be closed when the weather condition is bad
Business hours: (Mon. to Thurs.) 17:00 to 23:00 (Fri., Sat., Sun. and holidays) 16:00 to 23:00
※Last order (a la carte and drink) – 22:00
※Please note that the business hours noted above might be changed
TEL: (direct) 03-6912-5955

Website:http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/

 

 

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Kanagawa Prefecture – Umi no Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer!
Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel opened their popular beer garden, Umi no Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer! The terrace is very close to the ocean, so you can enjoy eating and drinking in the beer garden while feeling the breeze from the ocean.

The theme of the dishes this year is “American-style BBQ.” Gorgeous meat dishes and American-style dishes using special spices and sauces which go well with beer, are offered. As a main dish, you can enjoy a big steak (100g.). Let’s enjoy full-fledged hotel dishes at this beer garden♡

 

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Umino Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer!
Period: 2018/6/15 (Fri.) to 9/17 (Mon, holiday)
※Except the days when events are held such as the fireworks festival
Reservation: 2018/5/15 (Tue.) 10:00~
Address: 1-1, 1st Avenue, Minatomirai, Nishiku, Yokohamashi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Business hours: Mon. to Thurs. 18:00 to 21:30 (L.O.)
Fri. to Sun, holidays 17:00 to 21:30 (L.O.)
Fees: 6,000 yen (same day) / 5,500 yen (pre-sold ticket)
(free drink – 120 minutes, table foods)

Website:http://www.interconti.co.jp/yokohama/

 

 

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Kanagawa Prefecture – BAYSIDE BEER GARDEN 2018
Three kinds of BBQ beer gardens are offered at tables cook & LIVING HOUSE in Yokohama. The first BBQ is NEW YORK BBQ where you can enjoy juicy and thick smoked pork with a special BBQ sauce. You can also make your own customized burger at your own will! They are also offering many countries’ BBQs including seafood BBQ and grilled steak! Fruits cocktails and plum wines are also available!

 

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BAYSIDE BBQ BEER GARDEN 2018 NEW YORK/MEXICO/GERMANY
Address: NEW YORK: 20184/16 (Mon.) to 2018/6/30 (Sat.)
MEXICO: 2018/7/1 (Sun.) to 2018/8/31 (Fri.)
GERMANY: 2018/9/1 (Sat.) to 2018/10/31 (Wed.)
BBQ – business hours: 17:00 to 23:00 (last entrance 20:00)
TEL:045-620-8970

Website:https://www.tablescook-livinghouse.com

 

 

Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kansai Region for 2018

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  • Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kansai Region for 2018

    05.May.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    The warm spring is rolling through and bringing us closer to the hot summer, and you know what that means in Japan? Barbeques and beer gardens!

    In this article we take a look at some BBQ and beer garden events taking place in the Kansai region this year.

     

    Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kanto Region for 2018

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    “Kyoto Tower Beer Garden” – Kyoto
    Kyoto Tower Beer Garden is located on the 10th floor rooftop of Kyoto Tower Hotel and recently underwent renovation. At the drink counter, people can make their own Instagram-worthy drinks, and a new chef’s corner has also been built where you can watch the chef prepare food right in from of you.

    There’s close to 50 drinks to choose from, and a huge menu spanning cuisine from Japan, the West and China. They also have tents prepared in case of rain or if customers wish to stay out of the hot sun. The beer garden is in perfect view of the Kyoto Tower too, so why not make a trip?

     

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    Kyoto Tower Beer Garden
    Address: Kyoto Tower 10F, 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
    Running: April 28, 2018 – September 24, 2018
    *Reservations only. Reserve by 12:00 the previous day.
    Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:30)
    Price: Adults ¥3,900 / Elementary School Students ¥2,400 / Children (Aged 3+) ¥1,500
    TEL: 075-343-9090
    Website: https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/kyoto-tower/

     

     

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    “Daimaru Beer Garden Kyoto” – Kyoto
    The beer garden as an amusement spot is a summer pastime that has continued for over 100 years and always bustles with happy faces. Daimaru Beer Garden Kyoto brought it back to life last year where it was held on a rooftop, and once again this year, it will be held on the roof of Daimaru Kyoto. It was a hit last year and will be bigger and better this year, returning as a ‘traditional’ style of BBQ. The buffet will also feature obanzai, which is a traditional type of Kyoto cuisine. It’s also open during the day, so it’s a perfect place to stop by during your Kyoto sightseeing.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106189

     

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    Daimaru Beer Garden Kyoto
    Location: Daimaru Kyoto rooftop
    Address: 79 Shijo Street Takakura Nishiiri Tachiurinishimachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
    Running: May 22, 2018―September 24, 2018
    *The event will close if it rains.
    *Closed on August 16.
    Time: 5pm-10pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)
    *Open from 4pm on Weekends & Holidays

    Telephone Booking: 075-746-5067
    *Phone bookings being taken from 1pm-8pm on May 16. Bookings taken from 11am-8pm from May 17 onwards.

    Website Booking: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/kyoto/
    *Website bookings available on the Daimaru Kyoto homepage from May 9 at 1pm.

     

     

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    “Riverside Beer Garden 2018: Matsuri BBQ” – Osaka
    This BBQ festival is aimed at adults and takes place in a spacious private area. It is currently serving food and drinks themed on Hokkaido and will switch to Kyushu & Okinawa later in August. For the Hokkaido slot, they are offering 3 plans that includes food such as juicy beef and pork, ramen salad which originates in Hokkaido, buttered jacket potatoes from Hokkaido, and more.

    For drinks, they recommend yubari king melon sour and haskap berry sour. For the Kyushu & Okinawa slot, look forward to tucking into some tartar chicken which is a famous food of Miyazaki, amongst a range of dishes and ingredients from both Kyushu and Okinawa. For drinks they are also serving sweet potato shochu, strong Okinawa liquor, mango sour and flat lemon sour.

     

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    Riverside Beer Garden 2018: Matsuri BBQ
    Running:
    Hokkaido Cuisine: May 1, 2018 to July 31, 2018
    Kyushu & Okinawa Cuisine: August 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018
    *Will close temporarily or fully in case of bad weather or natural disasters.
    *The rooftop seats (120 seats) will be open even during rain.
    Address: Keihan City Mall Rooftop, 1-1 Tenmabashikyomachi, Chuo, Osaka
    Opening Hours: 16:00-22:30 (Last Entry 20:30)
    TEL: 06-6450-6640 (Reception 12:00-22:00)
    Website: https://www.matsuri-bbq.com

     

     

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    “Beer 300” – Abeno Harukas Beer Garden – Osaka
    Abeno Harukas is the tallest skyscraper in Japan. The beer garden on the Harukas 300 observation deck has been held three times, and this year will be the fourth. It has received praise for its tall view atop 300m, as well as its immensely satisfying menu. On this year’s “BBQ Menu” you can tuck into thick-cut beef harami, roast pork shoulder, and spicy piri chicken (which goes perfect with beer), each of which can be matched with a variety of different ingredients. Drinks are self-service, so there’s no obligation to wait around, so you can enjoy the beer garden to its fullest!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/100551

     

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    Harukas 300
    Address: 1-1-43
    Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka
    Opening Hours: 09:00-22:00
    TEL: 06-6621-0300
    Website: https://www.abenoharukas-300.jp

     

     

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    “Poolside Beer Garden” – Osaka
    The Poolside Beer Garden will open at Senri Hankyu Hotel on June 1. This year, they’re serving freshly made pizza and pasta which you can see made in front of you! The drink’s menu is leveling up to 34 beverages, includes local Hokusetsu sake, and colourful cocktails that remind you for being a resort.

    There’ll even be performances like samba to enhance the resort atmosphere. Enjoy this cool, refreshing beer garden by the poolside!

     

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    Poolside Beer Garden
    Running: June 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018
    Address: 2-1 Shinsenri Higashimachi, Toyonaka-shi, Osaka (Senri Hankyu Hotel Poolside)
    Opening Hours:
    [Monday-Saturday] 17:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
    [Sunday & Holidays] 17:30-20:30 (Last Orders 20:00)
    Price: Adults ¥4,500 / Children (3+) ¥2,000
    TEL: 06-6871-2416
    Website: https://www.hankyu-hotel.com/hotel/hh/senrihh/

     

     

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    “Sorairo Kitchen in Tenshiba: Terrace BBQ Beer Garden” – Osaka
    ‘Sorairo Kitchen in Tenshiba’ is a casual Italian restaurant where they have open a BBQ beer garden on the terrace, which looks out onto the lawn.

    The roast beef shoulder, thick cut roast pork and organic vegetables with the BBQ can come with rotisserie chicken cooked on the terrace or an all-you-can-eat buffet!

     

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    Sorairo Kitchen in Tenshiba
    Address: Tenshiba Entrance Sequare, 住所:5-55 Chausuyamacho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Food Last Orders 22:00 / Drinks Last Orders 22:30)
    *Lunch menu available until 16:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 050-5286-3794
    Website: http://www.iconet.co.jp/shop/brand/06.html

     

     

    Are you hungry yet? Make sure to try a Japanese BBQ and beer garden during your trip this summer and make some nice memories!

     

    Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kanto Region for 2018

  • Top 7 Places to Eat Curry in Harajuku Not Known by Many People

    08.May.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Did you know that there are lots of places to eat irresistibly delicious curry in Harajuku, but not that many people know about them yet? Now you can get in on the secret.

    From standard Japanese-style curry to more unique flavours, here’s our list.

     

     

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    YOGORO

    This spinach-based chicken curry (¥900) is a reputable item on YOGORO’s menu, made in a tetsunabe pot! There are two types to choose from: one with spicy tomato as the base and fresh cream, and a milder version made with spinach. You can pick from pork and chicken for the meat to enjoy an original combination. We also recommend it topped with the soft-boiled egg!

     

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    Address: Komatsu Bldg. 1F, 2-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours:
    [Monday-Friday] 11:30-16:00 / 18:00-20:00
    [Saturday] 11:30-16:00
    Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays
    TEL: 03-3746-9914
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13076645/

     

     

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    Minoringo

    This Keema curry (¥900) looks just like a decorative cake. The top of the curry is flooded with cheese. Its rich flavour is simply irresistible! We also recommend the standard Keema curry without the cheese too♡

     

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    Minoringo
    Address: West Bldg. 1F, 1-22-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Toyko
    Opening Hours:
    [Tuesday-Friday] 11:30-15:00 / 18:30-21:30
    [Weekends & Holidays] 11:30-19:00
    Closed: Mondays
    TEL: 03-6447-2414
    Website: http://www.minoringo.jp

     

     

    Curry Up
    This curry house is produced by ‘A Bathing Ape’ founder NIGO. The beef & butter chicken curry (¥1,100) has a distinct mild yet rich taste to it. It’s enjoyable to enjoy two different flavours in one as seen in the picture. You can also combine your own flavours to your liking.

     

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    Curry Up
    Address: 105, 2-35-9 Jinguae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours:
    [Monday-Saturday] 11:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
    [Sunday & Holidays] 11:30-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-5775-5446
    Website: http://www.curryup.jp

     

     

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    SHANTi
    If we’re talking soup curry, then where else to go than SHANTi. The spice is on point and there’s a hearty serving of vegetables. There’s also many varieties of curry to choose from, so expect to be spoilt for choice. During lunchtime you can get a large serving of rice for free, and you’re free to enjoy a second helping, so if you’re a big eater, look no further.

     

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    SHANTi
    Address: Honorary Harajuku Bldg. 2F, 3-26-11 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:30-00:00 (Last Orders)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-5772-6424
    Website: http://www.shanticurry.com

     

     

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    BRITISH INDIAN CAFE 1930
    You wouldn’t think that this is a curry house, with its landmark stylish red wall. They serve Indian curry made the way the British do. Their popular butter chicken curry mixes together honey and fresh cream to give it its distinct sweet flavour. The faint spiciness and milk sweetness has made it a particularly popular dish with female customers. The softness of the tandoori chicken is great too. Being British-style, the curry goes well together with black tea.

     

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    BRITISH INDIAN CAFE 1930
    Address: 3-27-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:30-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 050-5590-0486
    Website: http://cafe-1930.com

     

     

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    HENDRIX
    You could call the chefs at HENDRIX spice masters. They’re extremely thorough and attentive with the timing of when they put their spices in the curry. A popular dish on their menu is their pork curry. It’s cooked gradually with a large amount of spice and has a deep flavour that doesn’t just simply scream ‘hot.’ They’re also particular about their saffron rice which complements the curry. They use only koshihikari rice from the city of Inzai in Chiba Prefecture. The fact they’re even particular about the rice means you can look forward to some truly layered flavours!

     

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    Address: 2-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:30-14:30 / 18:00-23:00
    Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays
    TEL: 03-3479-3857
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1309/A130901/13007422/

     

     

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    MOKUBABZA

    This keema curry restaurant is located on the corner of a secluded street. It originally used to open only as a night bar, but keema curry became the talk of the town for being delicious, so it came to be open during lunchtime too. The most popular item on their menu is undoubtedly their ‘Cheese Keema Curry.’ It offers a large serving of rice topped with keema curry and melty mozzarella cheese. Placed again on top of that is a perfectly round egg yolk, giving it a unique appearance. This exquisite dish is cooked thoroughly with carefully selected spices.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/38757/2

     

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    CURRY & BAR – “MOKUBAZA”

    Address: 2-28-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00 (Lunch Time) / 19:30-23:30 (Bar Time)

    Closed: Sundays & Holidays (Only closed for lunch on Sundays)

    TEL: 03-3404-2606

    Website: www.mokubaza.com/

     

    Drooling yet? You’ve absolutely got to try the exquisite curry hidden away in Harajuku. Tuck in during lunchtime or dinnertime!

     

  • The character cafe is a unique experience in Japan where a cafe collaborates with a well-known character from an anime series, games and so on and themes the decor and menu on that character. Here are some of the collaborative cafes open in May this year.

     

    Click here for part two:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106411

     

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    “Care Bear™ Cafe” – Harajuku Box Cafe & Space

    The popular Care Bear™ characters are getting their first ever collaborative cafe which will open at Harajuku Box Cafe & Space on May 20. Expect to see a photogenic and themed menu as well as plenty of perfect places to snap photos. There’ll also be an opportunity to take a picture with Care Bear™ plush toys♡ Look forward to getting your paws on the cute limited edition merchandise too available only at this cafe.

     

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    Care Bear™ Cafe

    Address: Harajuku Box Cafe & Space, Lucessimo Building 2F, 4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:40 (*80 minutes max)

    Entry: Reservations only.

    *Entry permitted on the day if there are available seats.

    Website: https://carebears-cafe.jp

     

     

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    Rilakkuma×Seibu Ikebukuro

    The ‘Rilakkuma Town Cafe’ has opened as part of Rilakkuma’s 15th anniversary exhibition ‘Welcome to Rilakkuma Town’ and will be open for a limited time only. There’s lots of menu items you’ll want to take pictures of, as well as limited edition merchandise. The interior decor is decorated in kawaii Rilakkuma illustrations drawn specially for the cafe, as is the merchandise.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/101347

     

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    Rilakkuma Town Cafe

    Running: April 25, 2018 to June 19, 2018

    Address: Gourmet Museum II, Dining Park Ikebukuro, Seibu Ikebukuro Hoten 8F (1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo)

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-21:50 / Holidays 11:00-21:20 (*80 minutes max stay time)

    Entry: ¥500 (Tax Excluded)

    *Reservations only, but entry is permitted on the same day if seats are available.

    Website:  http://rilakkumacafe.jp/

     

     

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    Neko no Gohanya-san×Cute Cube Harajuku

    On the third floor of Cube Cube Harajuku is Kawaiiya which isn’t collaborating with a character, but with a hugely popular capsule toy series by the name of Neko no Kaburi Mono, which translates to ‘cats with things on their heads.’ There is even a photo exhibition with super cute pictures of cats in hats taken by cat photographer Sakura Ishihara. There isn’t any actual cats at the event, so even those who are allergic can enjoy the event.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/99802

     

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    Neko no Gohanya-san

    Running: From April 1 until further notice

    *This is not a cat cafe. There are no actual cats.

     

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    Kawaiiya – Cute Cube Harajuku 3F

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

    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-6463-7833

    Website: www.cutecubeharajuku.com

     

     

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    Sailor Moon×My Melody Candy Parlour

    This character cafe is open in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo and Nagoya for a limited period. Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon and Sanrio’s popular character My Melody have come together to inspire an array of food, sweets and drinks you can only get at this cafe.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90049

     

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    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

     

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar×MARRONNIER GATE GINZA

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the most popular children’s picture books in the world, and it’s been turned into a cafe in Ginza. The colourful and vivid mind of illustrator and children’s book writer Eric Carle has been brought to life through food. The items on the menu excite the fun aspect of eating. Expect to tuck into everybody’s favourite French toast, omurice, hamburgers, pasta and more, all themed on the wonderful world of the world’s beloved caterpillar.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84934

     

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    Harapeko Aomushi Café

    Date: January 18, 2018 – August 31, 2018 (*closed February 19th)

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

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    *Reservation required before visiting the café by 17:30. You can sit at any seat after 17:30

    Homepage: www.harapecocafe.com

     

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    There are so many collab cafes open this month, so if you’re in Japan right now, then why not take a trip with a friend?

     

    Click here for part two:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106411

  • The character cafe is a unique experience in Japan where a cafe collaborates with a well-known character from an anime series, games and so on and themes the decor and menu on that character. Here are some of the collaborative cafes open in May this year.

     

    This part two. Click here for part one:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106286

     

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    Little Twin Stars × Voice Actress Shouta Aoi
    A café in collaboration with voice actress Shouta Aoi and Sanrio mascots Kiki and Lala, aka the Little Twin Stars, will open at Omotesando Box Cafe & Space on May 11, 2018. With pastel coloured food and desserts that’ll have you reaching for your camera over and over, why not dive into the world of the Little Twin Stars yourself?

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/103772

     

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    Shouta Aoi × Little Twin Stars Café
    Address: Omotesando Box Cafe & Space, Pine Under Flat B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Running: May 11, 2018―June 10, 2018
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:40 (80 minutes permitted)
    Reservations: ¥500 (with original sticker)
    Website:https://shoutaaoi-littletwinstars-collab-cafe.jp

     

     

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    Popular Manga ‘Grappler Baki’ × Village Vanguard
    A café themed on the popular manga series Grappler Baki is now open at the Village Vanguard Café in Lumine EST Shinjuku until June 3. Baki is a famous manga with a second anime season adaptation slated for summer this year. There are 19 items on the menu in total, all of which are inspired by the original manga, including the 14 Kilo Satoumizu. There’s also original merchandise on sale to commemorate the café.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/102844

     

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    Village Vanguard Café Lumine EST Shinjuku
    Address: Lumine EST Shinjuku 5F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-6457-7651
    Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:30-21:30
    https://www.village-v.co.jp/shop/detail/654

    Grappler Baki Collaboration Café
    Running: April 17, 2018 – June 3, 2018
    https://www.village-v.co.jp/news/item/2473

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    The Greatest Showman × Tower Records Café
    The Tower Records Café is paying homage to the hit musical The Greatest Showman with a collaborative café running from May 9 to 27. There you will find costume displays of characters that appear in the story such as Barnum, a specially crafted menu inspired by the film, and even a 360° VR experience where you can watch the performers rehearsing.

    Additionally, special promotional videos will play each day, and there’ll even be events you can participate in on weekends. This café truly captures the world of The Greatest Showman!

     

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    The Greatest Showman × Tower Records Café
    Running: May 9, 2018 to May 27, 2018
    Location: Tower Records Café Omotesando
    Address: Ido Harajuku Building 2F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders)
    Webpage: http://tower.jp/restaurants/cafe/omotesando

     

     

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    Crayon Shin-chan Movie × CHEZ MADU TV Asahi
    CHEZ MADU has partnered up with the Crayon Shin-chan movie Crayon Shin-chan: Burst Serving! Kung Fu Boys ~Ramen Rebellion~ and opened a café at Roppongi TV Asahi for a limited period. There, you can enjoy the black panda ramen which appears in the film, as well as a curry inspired by the ‘burst’ part of its title that comes with karaage, gyoza, steamed dumplings and more. This one’s a must-see for fans of Crayon Shin-chan.

     

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    CHEZ MADU TV Asashi
    Address: TV Asahi Atrium 1F, 6-9-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-6406-2188
    Website: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/hq/cafe/index.html

     

     

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    My Little Pony × Sweets Paradise
    Roll up to the My Little Pony Pinkish Cafe which is open at Sweets Paradise in Shijo Kawaramachi until May 15 and Shinjuku Mylord until May 21. At the Kyoto branch they’re serving ‘Pinkie Pie’s Matcha Cupcakes,’ a flavour representative of Kyoto. The matcha green is decorated with colourful sugar which brings to mind the vibrant world of My Little Pony, as well as strawberries, to make a ‘pop-like’ kind of matcha. There’s also ‘Twilight’s Magical Ice Parfait’ which features the purple pony on top of some ice cream, as well as drinks. Enjoy any of the 13 items on the collaborative menu.

     

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    MY LITTLE PONY Pinkish Cafe in Sweets Paradise

    Shinjuku Mylord, Tokyo – April 16 to May 21
    Shijo Kawaramachi, Kyoto – April 16 to May 15

    Price: Adults ¥1,300 / Children ¥860 / Free for those aged 3 and below
    *The collaborative café is \650 on top of the buffet price.
    *Sweets Paradise is expected to be very busy during this event. Please make a reservation in advance.
    Website: http://www.mylittlepony.jp/

     

     

    There are so many collab cafes open this month, so if you’re in Japan right now, then why not take a trip with a friend?

    Check out part one here:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106286

     

  • Introducing AFURI—Harajuku’s Michelin-Starred Ramen Restaurant

    25.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, the Director of the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    Foreigners coming to Japan love ramen, as shown in our questionnaire where it ranked 2nd place. I’m sure there’s a lot of you reading those who like it too.

     

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    Did you know, there’s actually a famous ramen place in Harajuku listed by Michelin? Today, I’ll introduce you to AFURI Harajuku, a ramen shop recognised worldwide.

     

    It’s easy to get to. Just take the JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station and it’s a 3-minute walk from there. Head left out of Takeshita Exit and make a right when you come to Nescafe Harajuku. You’ll be able to see it on your left.

     

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    The restaurant itself has a very stylish and modern exterior. You’ll actually wonder whether it’s really a ramen shop when you see it. It has a welcoming atmosphere even if you go by yourself. When we went, despite it being 3pm on a weekday, most of the seats were taken up. And half of the customers were non-Japanese! As expected of such a popular restaurant.

     

    The smell of citrus hits your nose upon entering the restaurant, something you wouldn’t expect in a place that sells ramen.

     

    The inner section of the U-shaped counter is in fact an open kitchen, giving the whole restaurant a feeling of openness, and the background music that plays is calm. It feels like you’re in a fancy café.

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    I ordered the Yuzu Salt Ramen (¥980).

     

    The toppings are simple. It comes with juicy mizuna, a boiled egg, bamboo shoots, char siu chicken fillet, and refreshing yuzu skin. You can choose from a boiled char siu packed with the chicken’s good flavour or a light and healthy chicken char siu.

     

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    The noodles are thin and a healthy mix of wholewheat flour from Hokkaido and rye. The soup is made with carefully selected ingredients such as roast chicken,  seafood and potherbs that have been carefully cooked in natural spring water from Mount Afuri. The flavour is both full-bodied and light and will have anybody who’s tasted it addicted.

     

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    There’s also a vegan ramen (¥1,350) option too made with seasonal vegetables for vegans, vegetarians and healthy eaters. It’s made with freshly-harvested Kamakura vegetables. No animal products are used in the dish, whether that’s in the noodles, soup or toppings. The salted soup goes perfectly with the vegetables. This option is also recommended for people who aren’t good with thick ramen.

     

    AFURI in Harajuku is celebrated not only by worldwide fans of ramen, but healthy eaters and vegetarians too. There’s no doubt you’ll become hooked once you give their food a try.

     

    ◼︎Information

    AFURI Harajuku

    Address: Grande Foresta 1F, 3-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10am-3am (following day)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    3-minutes on foot from Takeshita Exit for Harajuku Station

    TEL: 03-6438-1910

    Website: http://afuri.com/

    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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  • Travel Q&A: 10 Rules & On-the-House Services at Japanese Restaurants

    19.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Restaurants in Japan have a very different list of rules, on-the-house services and etiquette standards compared to other countries. If you enter a restaurant when in Japan without knowing some of these things you might make a mistake!

     

    We’ve put together a list of 10 important points to learn before dining out in Japan.

     

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    1.Don’t give tips

    The fact that you don’t need to give tips as restaurants in Japan can be bewildering to some foreign tourists. In Japan, there’s normally no service charge, unless it’s a high-end restaurant, in which case it’s possible that a service charge will be added. If you force a tip on the staff, they will get told off by their superiors later, so keep that in mind.

     

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    2.Watch out for ‘Otooshi’

    Otooshi, also known as tsukidashi, are small appetizers served at bars and establishments that sell alcohol, particularly izakaya. They will be served event if you didn’t order them, and you can be charged for them. There are numerous reasons they give for serving ootoshi, such as ‘proof that we have taken your first order’ and ‘something to eat while you wait for the first food to come out.’ Lots of tourists not accustomed to this practice have felt cheated.

     

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    3.Water is free

    When you sit down at a restaurant in Japan, you’ll be served water. Many tourists are surprised at the fact that cold water is served all year round the majority of the time in Japan. There are also establishments that serve free hot green tea instead of water.

     

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    4.The unexpected things are expensive (or cheap)

    It’s not rare for things like delivery pizza or Korean pork belly BBQ, which are extremely cheap and common foods in other countries, to be expensive in Japan. On the other hand, you can eat Japanese foods like sushi, tempura and ramen at a very cheap price.

     

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    5.You order alcohol first at an izakaya

    It’s not a set rule, but generally when you go to an izakaya, ordering a drink gives you plenty of time to read through the menu. Beer is often ordered before anything else. There’s even a set phrase for it, toriaezu biiru (‘[I’ll have] beer for now’). Try saying it in Japanese when you’re at an izakaya.

     

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    6.All-you-can services

    Restaurants in Japan often have all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink services. If you pay a set price, you can eat or drink as much as you like. Many places offer this service, including, but not limited to, izakaya, yakiniku restaurants, and sushi bars. We recommend this to people who want to pay a little to get a lot!

     

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    7.Oshibori are free

    Oshibori, or moistened towels, are given for free at Japanese restaurants. They are wet towels used to wipe your hands and face before a meal. Depending on the restaurant, you may be given a cold or hot towel. Staff at izakaya will also hand them to you. A lot of tourists praise this service as high quality.

     

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    8.Rules and menus are different at fast food restaurants

    International restaurant chains like McDonald’s and Subway are of course in Japan too. If you’re a tourist bored of Japanese food, you’ll probably want to eat something familiar like fast food. In those times, you’ll be baffled by the differences between a fast food joint in your own country and in Japan. For example, in the case of McDonald’s, the Japanese large-sized drinks are smaller than the medium-sized drinks in the US. There’s also no self-service. Instead, the staff will pour the drink for you.

     

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    9.You cannot take food into restaurants (though there are exceptions)

    One rule that puzzles a lot of people from Asia that come to Japan is the rule that states you cannot enter a place with food or drink. However, select establishments, such as food courts in large shopping malls, will permit you to do so. Be sure to do some research beforehand.

     

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    10.Take your shoes off on tatami

    At izakaya and traditional Japanese restaurants, they implement customary Japanese style seating and tatami flooring. If you’re dining at a place with tatami mats, you must take your shoes off before stepping on it. The table seats and tatami are split into different areas even if it’s the same restaurant, so even if it’s OK to wear your shoes at table seats, you’ll need to take off your shoes when using tatami in most cases.

     

     

    Did you learn something new? Sit alongside the locals when you come to Japan and enjoy some delicious Japanese cuisine!

     

    If you have any questions you want answering about Japan, then please be sure to get in touch with us on the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Facebook page!

    https://www.facebook.com/msmsnippon/

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  • Tokyo National Museum Now Showing ‘Secrets of Screen Paintings’ Exhibition in its VR Theater

    04.July.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    TNM & TOPPAN Museum Theater—a theatre set up by Tokyo National Museum, The National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties, and Toppan Printing where visitors can experience cultural assets in virtual reality—had to temporarily closed due to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, they their Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn exhibition can finally go ahead in the VR experience which will run from July 1 to October 4.

     

    Additionally, Tokyo National Museum will display Japan’s painting and cultural property Wind God and Thunder God in Room 7 of the main building from July 21 to August 10.

     

    The Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn online exhibition speaks for itself: it is a VR recreation that looks into the secrets behind two screen paintings and cultural properties—Wind God and Thunder God by Ogata Kōrin and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn by Sakai Hōitsu.

     

    VR “Secrets of Screen Paintings: Wind God and Thunder God and Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn”

    There’s something hidden behind Kōrin’s byōbu screen painting Wind God and Thunder God. Incredibly, it’s Hōitsu’s masterpiece Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn. Kōrin’s screen painting belonged to Hōitsu’s family. Hōitsu long admired Kōrin and considered him his mentor.

     

    The exhibition will dive into this secret story behind Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn, the famous painting of rain-drenched and wind-battered flowers.

     

    The ancient paintings brought to life

    The two folding screen paintings have been separated and safely stored since 1974 to ensure their preservation. The VR experience recreates the paintings’ original back-to-back form.

     

    Understand the secrets

    Wind God and Thunder God was painted on the front of the folding screen while Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn was painted on the back. By looking at both, we uncover the deeper story behind these ancient paintings.

     

    See the folding screens in the right light

    Thanks to VR technology, the folding screens can be made bigger to look at all of the little details and in the right light.

  • Little Twin Stars 45th Anniversary Celebrated at Tokyo Tower

    03.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Sanrio’s popular characters Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, Tokyo Tower is now hosting an event called “Twinkle color miracle☆” which began on July 1.

    A special projection mapping display called “TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ~Twinkle color miracle☆~” by NAKED, INC. is being shown on the second floor main deck of Tokyo Tower. This three-minute video covers the entire 30-meter long north window of the tower, showing a cluster of fireworks, the ocean, Tanabata, and other designs featuring Kiki & Lala’s iconic pastel colouring. The video can be enjoyed with the gorgeous Tokyo nightscape in the background from the window.

     

    TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ~Twinkle color miracle☆~

    Schedule
    Dates: July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020 / Time: 19:30-22:50
    Dates: August 1, 2020 – August 26, 2020 / Time: 19:30-22:50
    Dates: August 27, 2020 – September 22, 2020 / Time: 18:30-22:50
    Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150cm) Floor 2F, North Side
    Price: Adults ¥1,200 / High School Students ¥1,000 / Children (Elementary & Junior High School Students) ¥700 / Aged 4+ Years ¥500

    Tokyo Tower’s first floor cafe “Cafe La Tour” is also serving some exclusive Little Twin Stars menu items, like ice cream and drinks. If you order one of the Kiki & Lala drinks, you’ll get one of the above-pictured coasters which feature the various Little Twin Stars designs from over the years.

     

    Cafe La Tour x Kiki & Lala Collaboration
    Running: July 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020
    Time: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150cm) Floor 1F

  • Summer 2020 Parfait Fair Begins at Shiseido Parlour in Tokyo

    03.July.2020 | FOOD

    Shiseido Parlour began its annual “Midsummer Parfait Fair” at its Ginza, Tokyo branch on Wednesday which will run until August 30 and be divided into two different slots serving different parfaits. The cafe is serving up a selection of parfaits made from ice cream and local seasonal fruits under the trust that the chefs and farmers have built over the years.

    2020 Midsummer Parfait Fair: Slot ① July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020


    Furano, Hokkaido – Furano Melon Parfait: ¥2,100 (Tax Included)

    This parfait is made using Furamon melon which is grown in Hokkaido’s city of Furano between the mountains where there is a major temperature difference. The melon is ripened after being harvested and so make it nice and soft, giving a sweet and juicy flavour and fragrance.

    Sakai Nouen, Wakayama – Arakawa Peach Parfait: ¥2,300 (Tax Included)

    The “Arakawa” peach is a brand of peach grown in Wakayama Precture. The peaches are grown until their nearly completely ripe while in the tree, giving them a soft texture. Inside the sweet flavour is a sour kick, both of which explode with the juiciness of the peach in the parfait.

    Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa – Apple Mango Parfait: ¥2,700 (Tax Included)

    The “apple mango” is a type of mango grown in the hot climate of Okinawa. The mango has a super soft, melt-in-the-mouth texture and a sour tinge which elevates its rich sweetness.

    Hatake Kobo, Nagano Prefecture – Koihime Strawberry Parfait: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)

    The “koihime” is a type of summer strawberry grown in-house by Shiseido Parlour. The strawberries get plenty of water, air, and sunlight so they grow into red jewels packed full of sweetness.

     

    The second slot of the 2020 Midsummer Parfait Fair will run from August 1 to August 30.

  • Mobile Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Gets Themed Cafe in Tokyo, Osaka, & Nagoya

    02.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    LEGS COMPANY is opening three cafes in Tokyo (Ikebukuro), Osaka (Umeda), and Aichi (Nagoya) based on the popular mobile game Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party for a limited time from July 31, 2020.

     

    Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party is a rhythm and adventure mobile game that was released in Japan in 2017. It is part of Bushiroad’s “BanG Dream!” music media franchise which is centred on all-female bands.

     

    Since summer 2017, LEGS COMPANY has opened themed cafes based around the game every year. 2017 saw the cafes focus on the vocalists of the bands in the game. In 2018, it was the keyboardists and DJs, and last year the drummers. Each theme brought with it illustrations and decorations created specifically for the cafes, as well as a food menu inspired by the characters, original merchandise, and more.

     

    This year marks the 4th run of the annual summer cafe which will hit Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. The theme this time around focuses on the seven main bands from the game. Seven characters from the bands, including one from a new band, will welcome fans in the form of kawaii-packed dishes, drinks, and desserts.

    Yamabuki Bakery’s Mini Croissant Plate (Poppin’party): ¥1,590 (Before Tax)


    Kitazawa Butcher’s Stamina Croquette Curry (Hello, happy world!): ¥1,490 (Before Tax)

    All of the main dishes on the menu are colourful and vivid, plated with hearty portions of delicious and nutritional goodies.

    Strawberry Rock Parfait (Afterglow): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)


    Colourful Doughnut Sandwich (Pastel*Palettes): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    This gourmet dessert is topped with fruit, so gorgeous it seems a waste to eat.

    Grape: ¥890


    Ramune: ¥890

    There are colourful drinks too with each colour representing a different band. Support your favourite band by getting a glass!

    Pin Set 2020 ver. (7 Designs): ¥3,100


    Canvas Art (7 Designs): ¥3,500 Each


    Birthday Pins (4 Designs): ¥650 Each

    Fans can get their hands on plenty of exclusive merchandise too, and there’s even birthday items and food available too.

    Online Birthday Cake (4 Designs): ¥3,850 Each (+¥950 shipping fee)


    Cushions (22 Designs): ¥3,800 Each

    You can even order your own special birthday cake in Japan from the cafe, and they’re not short on exclusive merchandise.

     

    ©BanGDream! Project ©Craft Egg Inc. ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved.

  • Support Japan’s Cherry Farmers During Lockdown by Eating Q-pot CAFE.’s Cherry Parfait

    02.July.2020 | FOOD

    Q-pot. and Q-pot CAFE. introduced a special cherry parfait to its menu on June 27 to help support cherry farmers whose work has been affected by COVID-19.

     

    Due to less people travelling and sightseeing around Japan as a result of the lockdown and self-isolation practices, orders for cherries are being cancelled, and many festivals across Japan too are being cancelled, all of which is having a huge affect on the country’s cherry industry.

    The current season is the best time to enjoy Japan’s juicy cherries, and so Q-pot CAFE. has teamed up with a cherry farm in Yamagata, a prefecture famous for its cherries.

    Cherry Cherry Parfait (w/Drink): ¥1,850 (Tax Included)

    The “Cherry Cherry Parfait” is topped with snow-white whipped cream, crunchy meringue, and cherries for a gorgeous contrast of red and white.

    The cherries used are considered a high-grade type called “satonishiki” which has been dubbed the “King of Cherries.” They sit gracefully atop their kingdom of sweet ingredients including salt milk ice cream, chocolate, cherry jam, sponge cake, and panna cotta.

    The cherry farmers are taking all the necessary safety precautions against COVID-19 while they continue to delivery delicious cherries to the people of Japan.

  • New Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Themed Menu Arrives in Akihabara

    01.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Royal Host, a family restaurant in Akihabara, is collaborating with the popular TV anime series Kaguya-sama: Love Is War to serve two different menu line-ups. The first is currently running right now until July 5, which we covered recently. This time we’ll be taking a look at the upcoming second menu which will be served from July 6.

    Kaguya-sama: Love Is War is a romantic comedy manga series written and illustrated by Aka Akasaka. A 12-episode anime adaptation premiered in January. The series’s collaboration with Royal Host last year was such a success that the restaurant chain decided to bring it back again.

     

    2nd Collaboration Menu


    Five items make up this second Kaguya-sama: Love Is War x Royal Host menu.

    ~I Wanna Feed Miyuki Shirogane~ Kaguya Shinomiya’s Handmade Pasta: ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

    A tomato cream pasta topped with salted salmon roe and seafood, and served with a side of salad and garlic bread.

    ~Save the Student Council~ Student Council Member’s Bonding Curry: ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

    Butter rice topped with curry, spinach, melted cheese, boiled egg, and spicy onion rings. Served with a side of salad and mango dessert.

    ~Kaguya Shinomiya is Happy~ Kawaii Strawberry Parfait: ¥800 (Before Tax)

    Bright-red sweet and sour strawberry sorbet topped with fresh strawberries.

    ~I Wanna Befriend Kei Shirigane~ Blue Lychee: ¥500 (Before Tax)

    Lychee-flavoured soda topped with whipped cream.

    ~I Wanna Make Ai Hayasaka Feel Better~ Lonely Person’s Cheesecake: ¥580 (Before Tax)

    A slice of cheesecake drizzled in blueberry sauce.

     

    When you order from this second collaboration menu you will receive a free and exclusive coaster.

    Mug: ¥1,580 (Before Tax)


    Before Tax: ¥3,500

    There’s also a selection of exclusive merchandise for fans to get their hands on too, like a mug, cushion, or acrylic stand.

     

    ©Aka Akasaka / Shueisha・Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Production Committee

  • Ikebukuro’s Sunshine Aquarium to Open Magical New Jellyfish Area

    01.July.2020 | SPOT

    Sunshine Aquarium in Ikebukuro, Tokyo is set to open its brand new jellyfish area as part of the aquarium’s third major renovation on July 9, 2020.

     

    Jellyfish Panorama Tank

    Two tanks will grace this area: the magnificent moon jellyfish will dance across the 14-meter wide “Jellyfish Panorama” tank, while sea nettle jellyfish, which are known for their long tentacles, will swim in the “Jellyfish Screen.”


    The jellyfish exhibit already in Sunshine Aquarium is also being renovated, with gorgeous new flooring and walls being put in place. Six tanks will be housed here, including the 360° “Jellyfish Tunnel,” “Jellyfish Loop,” “Jellyfish Drop,” and “Jellyfish Dream.”

     

    A Spectacular Performance of Music, Smells, and Lighting

    The new jellyfish area will feature original sounds newly recorded to capture the vibe of the jellyfish’s movements. There will also be special fragrances you can smell, as well as beautiful lighting that twinkles like the swaying of the water. All of this serves to make visitors feel calm and relaxed.

     

    Exclusive Tully’s Coffee Beverage

    T’s Splash Nata de Coco in Oasis: Have-In ¥649 / Takeout ¥637

    This refreshing carbonated drink is inspired by jellyfish filled with lemon flavoured nata de coco coconut jelly. Exclusive to Sunshine Aquarium, the drink comes with one of four possible special jellyfish straw flags.

     

    Grand Opening Commemoration Products

    High Grade Jellyfish Confection: ¥400

    Limited in stock, this confection was made in collaboration with Ikebukuro’s long-stand confectionery shop Ikebukuro Miharado and also under the guidance of the aquarium’s jellyfish staff.

    Jellyfish Konjac: ¥972

    Konjac shaped just like real jellyfish.

     

    Grand Opening Commemoration Menu

    Jellyfish Cold Greens: ¥1,100 / CHUKA SHUNSAI RYOURI・HINABE SHU (Alpa Floor 3F)


    Blue Hawaii Tiny Aquarium & Jellyfish Jelly: ¥495 AGIO (Alpa Floor 3F) *15 served per day

    Select restaurants in Sunshine City Alpa will also serve up some limited-time jellyfish-inspired dishes and drinks from July 9 to celebrate the opening of Sunshine Aquarium.

  • Brown Bear & Other Tasty Shaved Ice Recipes Arrive at Tokyo’s Terrace Dining TANGO for Summer

    01.July.2020 | FOOD

    For this year’s summer season only, Tokyo-based Italian restaurant Terrace Dining TANGO is serving three original shaved ice desserts from July 1 to August 31.

    Terrace Dining TANGO is a restaurant located in The Place of Tokyo, a wedding venue that faces Tokyo Tower. Every summer, the restaurant serves special limited-time shaved ice. They use water with absolutely no impurities that is frozen slowly over a period of 48 hours. This is turned into fluffy shaved ice which the restaurant’s patissiers drizzle in specially-made sauces. This year includes their popular brown sugar syrup-drizzled brown bear shaved ice which is always well received for its cute appearance, as well as their regular strawberry milk flavour, and a new apricot kernel and mango sauce shaved ice.

    Brown Bear w/Brown Sugar Syrup: ¥950 (Before Tax/Service Charge)

    An original shaved ice conceived by Terrace Dining TANGO which never fails to put smiles of the faces of its customers every year. This year they are adding a Japanese taste to it with a houjicha tea syrup sauce. Inside the fluffy shaved ice is condensed milk and chewy tapioca. If you let the shaved ice melt it becomes like bubble tea with the tapioca pearls.

    Strawberry Milk: ¥850 (Before Tax/Service Charge)

    A classic serving of TANGO’s strawberry milk shaved ice, doused in a specially-made strawberry syrup and rich condensed milk. Hidden in the centre is a condensed milk cream, strawberry jelly, and fresh strawberries.

    Apricot Kernel Milk w/Mango Sauce: ¥850 (Before Tax/Service Charge)

    This shaved ice is topped with melt-in-the-mouth apricot kernel cream and lots of fruity mango sauce for a sweet and sour punch.

     

    Terrace Dining TANGO is a great place to visit after going to Tokyo Tower, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer then cool yourself off with some refreshing shaved ice.

  • Japan’s Pingu Exhibition to Take Place in Ginza Showcasing Lots of Noot Noot Treasures

    01.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Swiss claymation children’s television series Pingu. Japan is celebrating the milestone with the “Pingu Exhibition” which will take place on the 8th floor of Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo from August 12 to 24.

    Original material for Pingu by the show’s creator Otmar Gutmann will be exhibited, as well as the actual clay figures, dioramas, storyboards, and more that were used during the filming in Switzerland. Many of the 400 or so items on display have never been shown in Japan before.

     

    There will also be a recorded interview with Seishi Kattou, the only Japanese animator that was working in the Pingu studio at the time. But the fun doesn’t end there, as there will even be an AR attraction made using CG and original animations from the Pingu in the City 3D CG film.

     

    A peek into the exhibition

    The secret story behind Pingu’s creation

    Visitors will be able to learn about the author Otmar Gutmann as well as see production materials, storyboards, and other treasured items that give insight into how the creator and studio gave rise to Pingu.

    Exhibits: Notes from Otmar Gutmaan, storyboards, clay figures, dioramas, pilot episode screening, and more

     

    The Clay Room

    Pingu’s iconic exaggerated elastic movements are made possible through the use of clay. These movements play an important part in conveying characters’ emotions and are one element of the show’s storytelling. These movements will be exhibited in the event’s Clay Room where you’ll get to see different models morphing into different shapes. These clay figures are all handmade by the Pingu studio staff themselves.

     

    Exhibits: Clay figures, tools, Pingu studio videos, and more

     

    3DCG Animation and Pingu in the future

    Pingu in the City is a Japanese 3D CG animated series which used the same style of the original series but instead opted for computer animation, adding a different layer of charm to the internationally adored series. Visitors will be able to enjoy this digital Pingu in a variety of ways.

     

    Exhibits: Digital videos, AR, and more.

     

    There will also be exclusive Pingu exhibition merchandise on sale, as well as pre-sales of Pingu merchandise yet to go on sale.

     

    Shin Sobue (Pingu Exhibition Art Director) | Comment

    “This will be the first all-out exhibition for Pingu, a series which has transcended borders from Switzerland and the UK to Japan. This will be a happy exhibition that neatly divides everything for people to enjoy, from its mysterious language to its comical movements, story, and laid-back humour.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    ©2020 JOKER

  • Natsume’s Book of Friends Exhibition to Take Place at Animate Ikebukuro in Tokyo

    30.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Animate Ikeubkuro Temporary Store has announced a special exhibition for Natsume’s Book of Friends which will open on July 10, 2020 and be free to enter.

     

    Natsume’s Book of Friends

    Natsume’s Book of Friends is a manga series by Yuki Midorikawa. It was first published in the shojo manga magazine LaLa DX in 2003 and began serialisation in 2005. It subsequently switched to LaLa in 2008 where it continues to be published. A 74-episode anime adaptation spread across six seasons aired between 2008 and 2017.

    There are five illustrations of Nyanko-sensei and keywords scattered around the 2nd floor of Animate Ikebukuro Temporary Store. If you can find them all, you’ll receive a free folder as pictured above in the bottom right. The exhibition will also showcase illustrations drawn by Yuki Midorikawa, drafts, sined pictures, and more.

     

    ©Yuki Midorikawa/Hakusensha

  • Cute Bear Pancakes Whipped Up at IMADA KITCHEN in Tokyo’s SHIBUYA109

    30.June.2020 | FOOD

    IMADA KITCHEN in SHIBUYA109 has teamed up with Hattendo Cafe to co-create the new “Torokeru Kuma-san Pancakes” (Melty Mr. Beat Pancakes) which will be served from July 1, 2020 to August 30, 2020.

     

    IMADA KITCHEN is a food project that aims to create original food in Shibuya. Together with Hattendo, a Hiroshima brand known for its incredible cream pastries, they have created a super cute bear design pancake. Bear designs are popular with young girls in Japan.

    Torokeru Kuma-san Pancake: ¥450 (Before Tax)

    The fluffy pancakes are filled with melt-in-the-mouth, handmade custard cream, meaning a single bite lets you enjoy both the moist texture of the pancake and the melty drizzle of the custard cream. Your mouth is instantly filled with flavours of maple syrup and egg, which when combined with the accompanying berries makes for a sweet amalgamation of deliciousness.

    Torokeru Koro Tama Kuma Sandwich: ¥450 (Before Tax)

    Normally, you would have to go to Hiroshima to try Hattendo Cafe’s “Torokeru Koro Tama Kuma Sandwich,” but now it will be available to try at IMADA KITCHEN. Made with the cafe’s “cream bread,” this moist sandwich is filled with egg salad, korokke, and cabbage for a hearty meal.

  • Cute and Dreamy Tanabata Inspired Confections Arrive at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando

    29.June.2020 | FOOD

    Q-pot CAFE. is celebrating Japan’s Tanabata festival with a limited-time menu which was introduced on June 27.

    Romantic Star Plate w/Drink: ¥2,060 (Tax Included)

    This starry delight is plated with a fromage blanc filled with ganache cream and peach jelly. There’s star-shaped meringue macarons filled with cream, creamy blueberry and blackcurrant panna cotta, star-shaped chocolate to represent the Tanabata deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, and a luxurious Q-pot CAFE. macaron.

    さらに、レモンの皮を練り込み、サクッと焼き上げた星型クッキーには短冊のようにグラサージュショコラで願い事を込めて・・・クッキーを残さず口にすれば、願いもきっと叶うはず!

    Romantic Peach & Elderflower Soda: ¥750 (Tax Included)

    Refresh yourself with a summery glass of this peach and elderflower soda which is filled with blue, purple, and pink transparent jelly which twinkle like a kaleidoscope.

    Bottled Drinks (Takeout Only): ¥1,296 Each (Tax Included) *Limited quantity available / *¥100 off if you take your own bottle

    Enjoy a takeout bottle of “Aurora Lychee Tea Soda” with its romantic pink, purple, and blue gradation. This herb tea changes colour like magic, and contains marrow cheese plant, lychee puree, and Blue Curacao. The twinkling pearl powder makes it glow like an aurora.

    There is also bottled Strawberry Tea Soda, Ginger Ice Milk Tea, and Honey Lemon Vinegar Soda.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this summer, head to Q-pot CAFE. to enjoy a round of pastel-coloured Tanabata confections and drinks.

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