Information on Cherry Blossom Events! Come and Enjoy the “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival”!
The “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival” will be held in the Nihonbashi area from Friday March 18th, 2016～Sunday April 10th, 2016. At this Hanami (flower-viewing) festival, you can enjoy food and take in the scenery while traversing the cherry blossom blooming streets of Nihonbashi, such as “Edo Sakura-dori” and “Nihonbashi Sakura-dori”, a traditional pastime both historical and modern. Let’s have a look at 3 of these upcoming events, all of which are free!
1) Sakura dancing in the snow storm “Japanese Sakura Highway”
Countless cherry blossoms in full bloom will be seen. A fantastic and whimsical display of cherry blossoms will fall on the paths, as if it has been enveloped by a snowstorm of petals. If you share photos you have taken onto Instagram with the hashtag #日本橋 桜フェス, you will have the opportunity to print it out with a device that will be available.
Date/Time: Friday March 18th～Sunday April 10th, 11:00～23:00 (film to be shown 17:30～20:00) (subject to change)
2) Enjoy a 2 day original menu from long-established shops “Nihonbashi Sakura Stalls”
For just two days, restaurants affiliated with the “Nihonbashi 344 Association” and restaurants in COREDO Muromachi 1 & 2 will be open for special service. As you watch the tanzaku (long cards on which Japanese poems are written) along the cherry blossom paths flutter with the blow of the spring breeze, you can enjoy a special menu designed just for this occasion.
Date/Time: Saturday March 26th～Sunday March 27th (12:00～18:00)
Location: Around Fukutoku Shrine (Nakadori, Ukiyo-shoji)
Price: Free (there is a special charge for food and drink)
※In case of rain, the event will still go ahead. In case of a storm, the event will be held in the underground walkway of Edo Sakura-dori.
3) 3 Day Excursion of Nihonbashi “Nihonbashi Sakura Bus”
The “Nihonbashi Sakura Bus” will tour the springtime Nihonbashi area. Those riding the bus will be able to enjoy seeing all of the places around Nihonbashi celebrating Hanami.
Dates: Saturday March 19th～Sunday April 10th (weekends and national holidays only)
※Service will not run on April 3rd
Locations: Nihonbashi area
(You can take the bus from: COREDO Muromachi, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi-mae; Hamacho Park, Meijiza-mae、 Ningyocho, Amazake Yokocho; Nihonbashi Takashimaya-mae; Tokyo Station, Yaesu Exit)
※Hamacho Park (Meijiza-mae) and Tokyo Station (Yaesu Exit) are drop-off only
Operating bus: Trolleybus
There are many other events to be enjoyed as part of the Nihonbashi Sakura Festival. Be sure to visit Nihonbashi this year for Hanami!
The following event pages for the festival will go online at the end of February.
■ Japanese version: http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/sakura2016/
■ English version: http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/en/sakura2016/
Fanfare of Adolescence Collaboration Cafe to Open in Ikebukuro
Animate Cafe, known for collaborating with a number of popular anime and game series, will be offering menu items and goods inspired by the new series Fanfare of Adolescence at DECOTTO by Animate Cafe from May 18 until June 13, 2022.
Wafer Cakes are available in eight different designs, each featuring a different character!
For an additional ¥800, guests can buy a CoLotta with the same pattern as a DECOTTO COOKIE.
CoLotta Acrylic Plate Keychains
At the collaboration cafe, guests can enjoy donuts inspired by popular characters and original merchandise only available on site. These goods feature original illustrations, so don’t miss out!
(Ｃ) Fanfare Anime Project
Fanfare of Adolescence x Animate Cafe
Running: May 18 – June 13, 2022
Venue: DECOTTO by Animate Cafe
Snoopy Fans Rejoice! First PEANUTS Cafe Opens in Osaka Inside LaLaport EXPOCITY
The first PEANUTS Cafe is now open in Osaka! Snoopy fans should head to LaLaport EXPOCITY in Suita, Osaka, to enjoy some tasty themed treats. The PEANUTS Cafe online store has also started selling exclusive merchandise.
PEANUTS Cafe Plate
Bamboo Plates with Coloring Book (Limited to 100 Sets)
Crayons with Vegetable-based Coloring
Dining scenes are often shown in the PEANUTS comic strip. This new cafe in Osaka focuses on the theme of ‘mealtime,’ the time of day that Snoopy loves the most.
Taking advantage of its location next to Expo ‘70 Commemorative Park, the area is surrounded by colorful flowers and greenery. The menu offers more health-conscious selections filled with veggies and fruits, and a special takeout menu is perfect for a picnic in the park.
In the PEANUTS comic strip, school buses always appear on the way to and from school and at certain events. A school bus exclusive to PEANUTS Cafe Osaka will welcome guests, hoping to immerse them in the world of Snoopy and his friends. Visitors can enjoy taking pictures with exclusive art as they take in the sight of a real school bus from the United States.
The cafe offers a variety of tableware to make everyday dining more enjoyable, along with souvenir sweets. Certain items are only available at the Osaka location, so be sure to visit!
© 2022 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
PEANUTS Cafe Osaka
Address: LaLaport EXPOCITY 1F (2-1 Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, Suita, Osaka)
Hours: Weekdays 11:00-21:00 (Last order 20:00) / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-22:00 (Last order 21:00)
PEANUTS Cafe Online Shop: https://www.peanutscafe.jp/online/
Official Site: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
Tea Ceremony Brand Saron Launches Customizable Matcha Shaved Ice for a Limited Time
Nara-based tea ceremony brand Saron is serving up a tasty treat perfect for the warm weather! White shaved ice with dark matcha topping is now available until mid-September, and guests are invited to adjust the taste by altering the amount of tea added.
Lately, Nara has been experiencing a major shaved ice boom. Inspired by Himuro Shrine, known for housing a guardian deity of ice, the city introduces plenty of created recipes for the summer treats each year. The tea ceremony brand Saron was founded by Nakagawa Masashichi Shouten, in business since the Edo period–so it’s safe to say that the company knows what they’re talking about!
Guests can enjoy shaved ice made from pure Yamato ice, which is frozen for 72 hours, gently shaved, and topped with Nara’s Kasiya sweet bean paste, shiratama, agar, and condensed milk that has been boiled for four hours.
To finish off this luxurious dish, guests can add koicha, a thick matcha tea with concentrated flavor and incredible sweetness and depth. Polished twice as much as typical matcha, this is a taste you’ll never forget.
Why not come enjoy this traditional Japanese sweet this summer?
Saron – White Shaved Ice with Dark Matcha Topping
Available: May 11 – mid-September
Where to Buy: Saron Nara (31-1 Ganriincho, Nara)
Official Site: https://salon-tea.jp/
Graniph Releases Items Inspired by Upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Film
Japanese apparel brand Graniph has revealed two collaborative t-shirts inspired by the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero film! The items are available at the Graniph online store and in select Graniph locations in Japan.
The Dragon Ball Super film series has been a huge hit worldwide. The first film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, was released in 2018. The upcoming film features a completely new story, in which the Red Ribbon Army is reformed and threatening the world yet again. Can our favorite fighters stop the bad guys before they unveil the ultimate evil weapon? Be sure to check out the film when it releases in June, and grab one of these t-shirts to wear to the theater!
Graniph x Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
Release Date: April 22, 2022
Where to Buy:
Graniph Online Store: https://www.graniph.com
Select Graniff Stores (Excluding some locations for kids)
The Appeal of Rising Gen-Z Singer ASA Wu, Reaching People’s Hearts with her Music
Trilingual Gen-Z singer ASA Wu is a rising star. The artist has roots in Taiwan and Japan, and the gap between her powerful voice and cute baby face is attracting attention from both the music industry and other creative fields. Since the release of her debut song Bloomer in April 2021, she has continued to gain momentum, debuting her first EP omen alongside the music video for MO-MO, a sexy electronic dance hit making waves worldwide.
ASA Wu’s highly-anticipated new single Uncolor was released on April 8, 2022, and is currently being featured as a part of the Artiswitch anime project. Artiswitch, a collaborative anime series made by SUNRISE (Mobile Suit Gundam, Love Live!) and ASOBISYSTEM, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s agency, premiered on YouTube on May 28, 2021. The series brings together a wide range of content pulling from fashion, art, and music trends, especially those found in Harajuku.
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON recently sat down with Asa Wu to chat about her career, her charm, and to get a closer look at her true self.
The Artist’s Early Interest in Music
“I’ve been singing since I was a kid. I’d sing at home and put on shows by myself. When we’d sit down for dinner, I’d tell my parents I was going to put on a dinner show. When I lived in Taiwan, before I’d go to bed, I’d ask my grandma to listen to me. But honestly, the praise I got didn’t mean much to me as a little girl. I knew a lot of kids who would do their best to help around the house just to get praise, but for me? I just wanted to make everyone happy by singing.” ―ASA WU
ASA Wu’s journey into the world of music began early in her childhood. As a young girl, she was overjoyed to see her family enjoying her singing, inspiring her to chase a music career. Her family remains her primary motivation to this day. Her voice has a warm quality to it, and it’s clear when speaking to ASA Wu that singing comes naturally to her.
Music and ASA Wu
“This might be cliche, but if I had to describe music to myself, I’d say “NO MUSIC, NO LIFE.” It’s like, when I’m sad or stressed, what do I do? Everyone has their own ways to clear their mind or destress, but for me, it’s only music. Music is easy–it can instantly change your mood. It can make you feel happy, it can motivate you. Just listening is such a simple thing to do, but it can really change your behavior and your actions. That’s what I aim to do for people with my music.”
For ASA Wu, music is akin to life itself. No matter what troubles or challenges life brings, music is there. Music can conquer stress and offer clarity when her emotions are muddled. When writing lyrics, the singer defaults to taking an emotional approach, drawing inspiration from characters in the stories she writes in her head, or from the life lessons she writes in her notebook each day. Through her music, Wu wants to share feelings that people may have never been able to express before. Just as music has supported her, she only wants her music to support others.
Uncolor Music Video
About the New Track, Uncolor
During the songwriting process for her new track Uncolor, Wu decided to express a world in which darkness and light coexist, utilizing an already-created story and beat. The singer says that her favorite lines in the song are “Feeling Sad, you were in that lonely-colored sky,” and “No matter the color, I can’t see the Night Sky.” When asked why, the singer responded candidly.
“The sky at night may look black, but depending on the state of a person’s mind, it could really look like any color. I just put that thought into words. In the lyrics, I also included the phrase “my friends,” because I wanted to reach out to everyone on earth. We’re all friends.”
During the recording, Wu was conscious of how she could share her feelings through her singing voice. The thought inspired her to darken the room in the hopes that her song could add color to it.
Uncolor is a collaboration between ASA Wu and NANCY SNAKE, an illustrator known for her psychedelic pop worldview that combines realism and romanticism. The collab was made for the ongoing Artiswitch project.
For ASA Wu, collaboration is a means of discovery, where each artist’s individual colors overlap to create something completely new. She also sees it as an encounter with another self–someone new, born from working with another person. Expectations are high for Wu going forward after seeing how much progress she has made as an artist already.
“I hope that I can convey with my voice what I want to convey with my music, and what I feel like so many of my listeners also want to convey to the world,” the singer said to those who have listened to her songs.
“When I read messages from fans, I really try to understand what they’re thinking. I often empathize with their emotions, and I want to put those emotions into my music,” Wu says. “I want people to hear my songs and think “wow, I’m so glad ASA sang this!” I hope to become an artist worthy of all of this praise, and I want people to be glad that they supported me. Look forward to what’s coming next!” The artist finished the interview with a wide smile.
ASA Wu has already inspired an army of fans with her Gen-Z outlook, warm vocals, and one-of-a-kind sound. Try taking a deep breath while listening to her new song Uncolor. Maybe there’s a message in there for you.
TEXT: Natalie（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Futako Tamagawa Excel Hotel Tokyu Introduces Room Inspired by Eric Carle’s Picture Books
16.May.2022 | SPOT
Do you remember reading The Hungry Caterpillar as a kid? If you want to relive those simpler times, a new Eric Carle concept room is now available to reserve at Futako Tamagawa Excel Hotel Tokyu! The room is opening in conjunction with the opening of Japan’s first indoor playground ‘PLAY! PARK ERIC CARLE,’ located on the 8th floor of Futako Tamagawa Rise.
A safe ‘Kids Space,’ where children can play with bare feet against the backdrop of the Tama River and Mount Fuji
Parents and children alike will fall in love with this incredible guest room fully decorated in Eric Carle’s original designs. The bright and open space features an incredible view of the Tama River and Mount Fuji, and kids can enjoy their own play space complete with artificial grass.
Souveniers for guests to take home in an original bag. *Contents will be changed periodically.
The Eric Carle room includes plenty of items for children to see, touch, and enjoy. The plan includes tickets to the new ‘PLAY! PARK ERIC CARLE’ indoor playground, along with special souvenirs to bring home!
The Hungry Caterpillar Plate: ¥2,800 (Tax Included)
Pancakes, Pancakes!: ¥1,800 (Tax Included)
The hotel’s restaurant is currently offering a collaboration menu. The 30th Dining Bar, located on the 30th floor of the hotel, will offer a Chicken Galantine Set featuring The Hungry Caterpillar, along with a dessert menu featuring a pancake set inspired by Carle’s book Pancakes! Pancakes!
© 2022 Penguin Random House LLC. ERIC CARLE, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR, THE WORLD OF ERIC CARLE logo, the Caterpillar logo and related designs, logos, and names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is published by Penguin Random House LLC.
Concept Room Accommodation Plan
Reservation Period: For two years starting April 24, 2022 (*Excluding certain dates.)
*One room available per day.
Contents: 1 room, 2 people (1 adult, one child)
Futako Tamagawa Excel Hotel Tokyu
Address: Futako Tamagawa Rise 30F (1-14-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://www.tokyuhotels.co.jp/futako-e/index.html
Gelato Pique Cafe Offering Adorable Panda Sweets for a Limited Time
16.May.2022 | FOOD
Gelato Pique Cafe is now selling panda-inspired sweets for a limited time! The Hello! PANDA promotion will be going on until June 23, 2022.
*Limited quantities available. Available while supplies last.
The limited-time menu includes a Panda Crepe made with Royal Bourbon gelato, Panda Gelato with cookies crumbles for the eyes and around the neck, and a Panda Float made with the cafe’s original blend of Guatemalan coffee and Royal Bourbon gelato.
In addition, the popular panda glasses, which sold out immediately last year, have been redesigned and are now available in limited quantities. You can grab one at Gelato Pique Cafe locations nationwide and online.
30th Anniversary Crayon Shin-chan Cakes Available from Cake.jp
Mail order cake shop Cake.jp has unveiled three original cakes celebrating the 30th anniversary of Crayon Shin-chan! The sweets are available to order now.
Crayon Shin-chan Action Kamen Cake
Crayon Shin-chan Shin-chan Family Cake
Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden Cake
Crayon Shin-chan is a slapstick comedy series detailing the hilarious daily life of five-year-old Shinnosuke Nohara and his family.
The original manga series began serialization in 1990 and an anime series began airing in April 1992. 2022 marks the 30th consecutive year of the anime series.
The original manga series has sold over 134 million copies worldwide, and the anime has been dubbed in 30 languages and aired in 45 countries. Shinnosuke has now become a popular character around the world and one that represents Japan.
Cake.jp is offering three brightly colored cakes, each depicting different aspects of the Crayon Shin-chan anime series and the most recent film. The cakes are packed with strawberries and are perfect for both adults and children to enjoy!
Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden debuted in theaters on April 22, 2022.
Extensive Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Exhibition to Open at Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido
An exhibition focusing on the Mugen Train and Entertainment District Arcs of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba will open at Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido from July 15 until August 7, 2022.
Fans of the series won’t want to miss this huge showing of Demon Slayer materials, including a video exhibit showing off some of the best fight scenes from the film and anime series on a massive screen.
Stay tuned for more details!
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Mugen Train Arc / Entertainment District Arc
Running: July 15 – August 7, 2022
Hours: 10:00-19:30 *Closing at 17:00 on August 7
*Admission permitted until one hour before closing time.
Venue: Sapporo Factory 3-jo 3F
Official Site: http://www.stv.jp/
Kaori Ishihara to Perform Opening Theme for Vermeil in Gold Anime Series
Voice actress and singer Kaori Ishihara is scheduled to release her 10th single Abracada-Boo on August 3, 2022. The song has just been chosen as the opening theme for the upcoming Vermeil in Gold anime series, which will start airing in July of this year. A new image of the artist clad in black has been released along with this exciting information.
Abracada-Boo is a fast-paced, up-tempo number with lyrics by Shoko Fujibayashi and music composed and arranged by Shunsuke Takizawa of TRYTONELABO. A bit of the song can be heard in the anime’s new trailer!
The singer will release another track, Musouteki Chronicle, on the same day. This marks the first time that Ishihara has released two singles on the same day, with both being anime tracks. Look forward to seeing what else she has up her sleeve!
First Edition (CD+Blu-ray): ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Standard Edition (CD Only with Original Illustration Jacket): ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Vermeil in Gold
Airing July 2022
Official Site: https://vermeilingold.jp
EMOCAL, a Project to Support Japanese Regions, Releases Music Using Local Sound Samples
The EMOCAL project aims to support small-town areas of Japan. As a new initiative in the project, specific soundscapes only found in certain areas of the country have been combined with music to create some unique tracks. A selection of musical artists have collaborated with the project to bring these songs to life!
EMOCAL was created by ZOWA’s original label, CatchyStuck. The project supports local regions and communities by using ASMR soundscape videos recorded in each region to convey their particular charms to all of Japan. The sounds recorded in each place are considered to be very valuable and are intended to serve two purposes: to bring tourism back after the pandemic and to provide fans of ASMR a way to experience these areas from afar.
Check out each of these unique ambient tracks created by four up-and-coming musicians! Each song is available on viviON’s ASMR platform ZOWA and on Spotify.
Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture / Ikkyuu x Hige Driver, I Love Ikkyuu
Beard Driver created this ambient track with sounds recorded inside of Ikkyuu, a ramen shop.
Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture / Miyuki no Hama x Powerless, Seiren
Powerless created this track, inspired by the sounds of waves crashing at Miyuki no Hama, a seaside recreation area 20 minutes from Odawara Station.
Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture / Wasabi Field x baker, On the silent hill
Utogi in Shizuoka city is surrounded by incredible nature. Known as the birthplace of wasabi cultivation, baker used sounds recorded in the area to create this ambient track.
Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture / Cape Tara x SeA0, Akushu
Cape Tara is a popular spot featuring an 800-meter-long sandbar at low tide. The sounds captured here were used by artist SeA0, and this track is sure to make you miss the water.
Official Site: https://catchystuck.jp/ambient/
Nakamura Keith Haring Collection Holds 15th Anniversary Exhibition, ‘Chaos and Hope’
The Nakamura Keith Haring Collection in Yamanashi Prefecture will be holding a celebratory exhibition in honor of the location’s 15th anniversary from May 14, 2022 until May 7, 2023.
In April 2007, the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection opened in Kobuchisawa, located at the foot of Mt. Yatsugatake. The only museum in the world dedicated entirely to New York-based artist Keith Haring, Kazuo Nakamura collected the works and acts as the director of the museum. Over 300 works of art are on display along with 500 other pieces, from photographs and videos to merchandise. The new exhibition features approximately 150 works.
Three Lithographs (People Ladder), 1985
Icons (Radiant Baby), 1990
Untitled (Subway Drawing), 1981-1983
The ‘Chaos and Hope’ exhibition was originally held during the museum’s first year of operation and looks back at Haring’s first experiences in New York City in 1978. The artist was present at the dawn of the hip-hop movement and was struck by the clash between typical white art and underground minority artists. In only five years, Haring rose to stardom. Sadly, while traveling the world, he contracted AIDS, passing away at the age of 31. Behind the bright and cheerful artwork he left behind, he hid his inner suffering and desire for hope and freedom.
All Keith Haring Artwork ©Keith Haring Foundation
Courtesy of Nakamura Keith Haring Collection.
Nakamura Keith Haring Collection 15th Anniversary: Chaos and Hope
Venue: Nakamura Keith Haring Collection
Running: May 14, 2022 – May 7, 2023
Official Site: https://www.nakamura-haring.com