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/
Kirby Café Launches Autumn Menu in Tokyo and Fukuoka
The Kirby Café in Tokyo and Fukuoka released three new dishes for autumn last Friday (September 18).
The menu items are made with seasonal flavours like pumpkin, sweet potato, and chestnut.
Filling Autumn Plate – Salmon Cream Pasta & Pumpkin Salad Sandwich | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
One plate packed with fall flavours including a rich salmon cream pasta and pumpkin salad sandwich. If you look closely, you’ll spot cute pieces of Waddle Dee cheese.
Fallen Leaf Waterfall☆Mont Blanc and Baumkuchen With Friends | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
Rick, Kine, and Coo feature on this tasty-looking dessert plate which is a baumkuchen piled with a chestnut mont blanc cream.
Kirby’s Hot Sweet Potato Sticks | ¥1,080 (Before Tax)
Crunchy on the outside, hot in the middle, and seasoned with fresh rosemary. Kirby is a pro at inhaling food, but don’t burn yourself with these!
Kirby Café TOKYO
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Kirby Café HAKATA
Address: Canal City Hakata North Bldg. B1F, 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Book Here: https://kirbycafe.jp
Kirby Café Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/kirbycafe.jp
Review: Miffy Café at Tokyo Solamachi®
In commemoration of Miffy’s 65th anniversary, the new Miffy Café opened on the first floor of Tokyo Solamachi on September 11, 2020 and will remain open for a limited time. The café is also collaborating with Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine.
We visited the café to check out the themed menu, merchandise, and other fun things on show to see.
Stepping into the café is like stepping into a picture book world. It’s really colourful in there. My mother read Miffy to me when I was a child, so I was hit with a real sense of nostalgia when I entered the café. No matter your age, you’re sure to enjoy your time there – that’s the kind of fun atmosphere they have created.
Terrine-Style Open Miffy Sandwich | ¥1,499
I ordered the terrine-style open Miffy sandwich and Miffy orange float from the themed menu.
The open sandwich arrives in the shape of Miffy, so it almost seems a waste to eat, but it was really cute and delicious. Simply the best. It’s filled with potato salad, an avocado sauce, and salmon.
Miffy Orange Float | ¥899
The ice cream that tops the orange float is made to look like Miffy too!
Snapping a photo while drinking the float is pretty Instagrammable, so it’s a must when visiting.
All of the items on the menu have Miffy somewhere on them, meaning anything you order is guaranteed to be kawaii. They have takeout too, which is great if you don’t have much time to hang around or just don’t want to dine inside.
Speaking of which, each table in the café is separated with an acrylic board to protect customers during the pandemic, and all of them have super cute designs. Another photo opportunity for sure!
The café sells original merchandise too. The fashion items and illustrations with English on them were designed by popular Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine. There’s a whole range of different goodies, from plush toys to fashion and more.
Don’t you feel happy just looking at all these colours? You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice on what to buy.
The Miffy Café is open until October 18. You can book a table too, so if you’re in Japan during this time, be sure to visit the café website below.
Illustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv, 1953-2020 www.miffy.com
Model & Writer：Eri Tanioku
Photo: Haruka Yamamoto
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Address: TOKYO BOX cafe&space, Tokyo Solamachi 1F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Running: September 11, 2020 – October 18, 2020
Reservation Fee: ¥500
Official Website: https://miffy-skn-65.cafe.jp/
Kyoto’s Rokuo-in Temple to be Illuminated in the Autumn Evenings
25.September.2020 | SPOT
Keifuku Electric Railroad is lending its strength to Rokuo-in Temple in Kyoto this autumn to light up the ancient site in the evenings from November 14 to December 6.
Shari-den (Photo taken in 2019)
Temple path (Photo taken in 2019)
This year marks the 5th run of the autumn evening light-ups. The temple, just a four minute walk from Rokuoin Station, is known for its beautiful maple trees which blossom breathtaking autumnal colours during the fall season.
Temple reception hall with fusuma images
Fusuma image example
The temple is selling new goshuin temple stamp books this year for the light-up event. Visitors will also be able to see 56 fusuma images drawn by contemporary Japanese artist Takaya Fuji.
Rokuo-in Temple will close early next year for approximately 2 years and 9 months for repairs. The temple is also currently limiting the number of people allowed at once, making this year the best time to see the autumn leaves.
Rokuo-in Temple Evening Light-Up
Running: November 14, 2020 – December 6, 2020
Time: 17:30-19:30 (last Entries 19:00)
Price: ¥2,000 (Comes with matcha and Japanese confections)
Capacity: [Weekdays] 100 People / [Weekends] 150 People
Access: 4 minutes on foot from Rokuoin Station
Apply Here: 嵐電webサイト専用フォーム
New Natsume’s Book of Friends Anime Film to Released in Spring 2021
An official new website opened last week confirming the release of the new anime film Natsume’s Book of Friends: The Waking Rock and the Strange Visitor. It has now been revealed that the film will be released in Japan next spring.
Natsume’s Book of Friends is a manga series by Yuki Midorikawa. It has sold over 14 million copies. The new film will come two and a half years after the release of the first film, Natsume’s Book of Friends the Movie, which dropped in 2018.
A special live stream on the new will air on Aniplex’s official YouTube page here on September 26 at 12:00 (JST).
Natsume’s Book of Friends: The Waking Rock and the Strange Visitor teaser visual
Price: ¥1,500 (Ticket ¥1,000 + Bag ¥500)
Theatergoers who buy a ticket to the film in Japan will receive the following Nyanko-sensei eco bag. They can be bought as a set online here.
©Yuki Midorikawa・Hakusensha / Natsume’s Book of Friends Production Committee
Natsume’s Book of Friends: The Waking Rock and the Strange Visitor
Official Website: https://anime-natsume2021.com
Attack on Titan The Final Season Reveals New Key Visual Reveals December Release
25.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME
A second key visual for the upcoming fourth and final season of Attack on Titan was revealed. It has also been confirmed that the new season will be released on December 6, 2020.
Fans’ excitement only continues to surge as they can now mark a date in their calendars. Stay tuned for any further updates.
©Hajime Isayama・Kodansha / Attack on Titan The Final Season Production Committee
TV Anime “Attack on Titan The Final Season”
Initial Broadcast: December 6, 2020 (Subject to change)
Official Website: https://shingeki.tv/final/
Nintendo Switch’s Ninjala Launches Sonic the Hedgehog Collaboration
25.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME
The Nintendo Switch™ title Ninjala finally rolled out its collaboration with Sonic the Hedgehog on Thursday (September 24).
In the world of Ninjala, players blow bubble gum to craft different weapons and fight using the fighting style of ninjutsu. Players can also transform into nearby objects, and they must use parkour to traverse different landscapes while aiming to take down their opponents.
Players can get their hands on Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles costumes for their avatars, as well as turn into a Dr. Eggman Gum Utsusemi.
There are also IPPON decorations and stickers for players to use. All of these items are available to purchase via the in-game shop.
Enter the world of Sonic the Hedgehog in Ninjala today!
© GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.
Platform: Nintendo Switch™
Official Website: https://ninjalathegame.com/en/
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*Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch logo are trademarks of Nintendo.
Square Enix’s Tokyo Game Show Panel to Welcome Performance From RAM RIDER
Japanese musician, DJ, and producer RAM RIDER has been confirmed to be performing at Square Enix’s panel, ‘SQUARE ENIX PRESENTS at TGS 2020 Online,’ at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show event which is scheduled for September 24-27.
Square Enix will be showcasing new works like Marvel’s Avengers and KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory as well as information on Dragon Quest X Online and Final Fantasy XIV. The event will be streamed free on YouTube, Twitch, and Niconico.
Game music will meet club music when RAM RIDER serves on September 27 at 19:30 (JST) for ‘SQUARE ENIX MUSIC DJ MIX SHOW Feat. RAM RIDER.’
SQUARE ENIX MUSIC DJ MIX SHOW Feat. RAM RIDER
Date/Time: September 27, 2020 @ 19:30 (JST)
*Free to watch
SQUARE ENIX MUSIC Special Site: https://www.jp.square-enix.com/music/sem/page/tgs2020/
RAM RIDER Official Website: https://ramrider.com
RAM RIDER New Label 401: https://401u.jp
Stylish Pokémon Bags and Accessory Line-Up Revealed by French Luxury Leather Goods Company Longchamp
Longchamp, a French luxury leather goods company which first opened in Paris back in 1948, is collaborating with Pikachu from the Pokémon series on a playful new collection which will be released worldwide on October 14, 2020. Pre-sales of the collection will launch in Japan on October 9, 2020 when it will be released at Longchamp in Omotesando and Ginza, as well as online.
LE PLIAGE® Collection
See Longchamp’s iconic LE PLIAGE® collection turn kawaii with Pikachu designs. The line-up maintains the elegance of the brand while adding a chic touch of Japanese pop culture. The items also feature the Longchamp brand name written in an eye-popping monogram font.
LE PLIAGE® Cuir Pokémon (Limited-Edition Model)
This nylon bag features Pikachu wearing a jockey hat like Longchamp’s iconic logo.
LE PLIAGE® Cuir Pokémon
Only 500 of these LE PLIAGE® Cuir Pokémon bags will be sold worldwide, each with its own unique serial number. The bags also have a Pikachu hidden on the back, and the strap too features a special logo.
“Our Le Pliage bag has become a platform where all the different aspects of Longchamp can be expressed and can also take us to unknown places,” explains Sophie Delafontaine, Artistic Director at Maison Longchamp. “We hadn’t explored entertainment and gaming before. It’s a very inspiring world, particularly with Pokémon and its iconic mascot, Pikachu. Our two worlds, real and virtual, blend perfectly in this collaboration.”
Pokémon GO players will also be able to get their hands on a Longchamp bag on the game’s store to fashion up their avatars.
©2020 Pokémon. ©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAKinc.TM, ®, and character names are trademarks of Nintendo.
Longchamp x Pokémon
Japan Pre-Sales: October 9, 2020 (Longchamp Omotesando/Longchamp Ginza/Online Store)
Worldwide Release: October 14, 2020
Official Website (Japan): https://www.longchamp.com/jp/ja/
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ to Open in Tokyo, Osaka & Aichi
Japanese company LEGS has announced the opening of the limited-time Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~. The themed cafes will open in Tokyo on October 29, Osaka on October 30, and Aichi on October 23.
Ojamajo Doremi is an original magical girl created by Toei Animation that ran from February 1999 to January 2003. To celebrate the series’s 20th anniversary last year, LEGS opened a different Ojamajo Doremi limited-time themed cafe in collaboration with Cafe&Kitchen which welcomed lots of magical girl fans.
This year once again welcomes Etoile et Griotte as the art director for the fruit parlor-inspired cafe.
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ celebrates the 20th anniversary of Ojamajo Doremi Sharp is the second series in the Ojamajo Doremi series. Fans will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive magical merchandise as well as tuck into pastel coloured fruity food.
Doremi’s Cheese Steak Doria in Cherry Sauce | ¥1,699
Steak is Doremi-chan’s favourite food, so it was a must-have on the menu. The cream cheese is coloured like Doremi, and there’s a cute musical note topping too. It comes with a cute lunch mat that looks like Doremi’s skirt.
Hazuki’s Omurice in Porcino & Orange Cream Sauce | ¥1,399
The omelette is made to look like Hazuki’s yellow skirt. Enjoy together with the delicious porcino sauce and orange combination.
Onpu’s Waffles With Crepe & Mascarpone | ¥1,299
Blueberry sauce-drizzled and mascarpone-topped waffles served with a mashed potato skirt. The sweet and sour mix is to die for.
Aiko’s Blueberry Float | ¥999
A fresh blueberry float inspired by Ai-chan. Mix everything together to create a different flavour.
Momoko’s Lemon Cheesecake Parfait | ¥1,399
A fresh lemon cheesecake packed parfait with lots of enjoyable flavours and textures.
Rhythm Tap Tart | ¥1,300
Inspired by the Rhythm Taps seen in the series, the tart imagines Doremi’s transformation scene in Ojamajo Doremi Sharp.
Onpu Melody Drink (5 Flavours) | ¥1,099
A rainbow line-up of colourful Onpu drinks available for takeout.
Movie Theater Menu
Girls Meet Sushi | ¥1,299
Inspired by the meat sushi that Sora and the gang eat in the animated film Majo Minarai wo Sagashite. Comes with an original postcard.
Acrylic Keyrings (6 Designs) – ¥600 Each
Letter Set (1 Design) – ¥1,200 | Folder Set (2 Designs) – ¥700
A selection of super kawaii cafe-original merchandise is available for fans to grab.
Those who book a table in advance, order a drink, or spend more than ¥2,000 at the cafe will receive one of six possible A5 folders.
Become a magical girl like Doremi at the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020.
Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020
Running: October 29, 2020 – December 6, 2020
Location: SHIBUYA BOX cafe&space
Address: Shibuya LOFT 2F, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: October 30, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Location: Abeno Q’s Mall 4F
Address: Abeno Contact, 1-6-1 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka
Running: October 23, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Location: NAGOYA BOX cafe&space
Address: LACHIC B1F, 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Sword Art Online: Progressive Anime Series Announced
24.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME
The next chapter of the Sword Art Online anime series has been green-lit. With the completion of season two of Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, the anime’s official Twitter page and website has confirmed the adaptation of the Sword Art Online: Progressive light novels. Check out the official announcement video below.
Sword Art Online: Progressive – Anime Project Video Announcement
The six-volume Sword Art Online: Progressive is a retelling of the events from the original Aincrad arc of Sword Art Online. Further details surrounding the project have yet to be announced, so stay tuned.
© 2020 Reki Kawahara / KADOKAWA/SAO-P Project
Sword Art Online: Progressive
Official Website: https://sao-p.net/
Kawaii Kirby’s Dream Land Hand Cream Releases This September
Japanese cosmetic brand Lovisia is releasing three new hand creams with adorable Kirby packaging this autumn. The creams will begin rolling out on Lovisia’s official website, variety shops, and select Lawson stores in Japan at the end of September.
Kirby’s Dream Land Hand Cream | ¥800 (Before Tax)
“Pink Lush” is the concept attached to the hand cream line-up, which is coloured a cute Kirby pink. There are three different designs: one with Kirby on a flower bed and wearing a flower crown, another with Kirby and Waddle Dee blowing bubbles, and another with Kirby inhaling assorted fruits.
Stay moisturised with Kirby throughout autumn and winter
Made in Japan, the hand creams contain collagen and hyaluronic acid, so your hands won’t be all sticky after applying the cream. Having hand cream is a must during these times when we all need to keep our hands washed, so why not do it in style with this pink line-up?
Three fragrances to choose from
Each cream also has its own combination of scents so your hands are left smelling great too.
01 Floral Shower
Inspired by the smell of flower beds, the base fragrances include musk, amber, and sandal wood. The middle notes are jasmine, lily of the valley, and rose, while the top notes are pear and leaf greens.
02 Pure Fruity
This fruity hand cream has musk, amber, and cedarwood for the base and jasmine, rose and honeysuckle for the middle notes. It’s toped with pear and apple.
03 Fresh Soap Bubbles
The final hand cream also has musk, amber, and cedarwood for its base notes. The middle notes are jasmine, rose, and magnet, and the top notes fresh lemon and green apple.
©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc. KB20-P2209
Kirby’s Dream Land Hand Creams
Release Date: Late September 2020
Available: Lovisia, Lawson, variety shops in Japan
Official Website: https://lovisia.jp/kirby/
One Piece x Shu Uemura Collaborate On Colourful New Makeup Collection
Japanese makeup artist brand Shu Uemura’s highly-anticipated holiday collection is here. The “Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection” will launch in two parts: the first on November 1 and the second on November 15.
The special collection is inspired by the brave and heroic Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates from One Piece, one of Japan’s biggest manga and anime franchises.
The first part of the collection launching on November 1 welcomes Shu Uemura’s popular vivid eyeshadows and iconic lipsticks from the Rouge Unlimited collection while the second part is made up of a variety of face colours, accessories, and more, made specially for the holiday season. Pre-orders for both parts will launch via Shu Uemura’s website and select online stores in Japan on October 15, 2020.
Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection
Bright colours and textures inspired by the marine blue ocean, the beaming sun, and treasure—all elements that scream the adventures of One Piece. Shu Uemura invites people to join Luffy on that adventure with this new collection.
Wanted Treasure Box Eye Palette Grand Line / Wanted Treasure Box Eye Palette Thousand Sunny | ¥8,500 Each (Before Tax)
The Wanted Treasure Box Eye Palette Grand Line comes in a treasure chest-like eye palette case and boasts ten gorgeous colours, which includes numerous new colours and textures like Crushed Stone, Deep Matte, Antique Metal, and Warm Pearl. Inspired by the Grand Line ocean current in One Piece.
Rouge Unlimited Amplified / Rouge Unlimited Amplified Matte / Rouge Unlimited Matte / Rouge Unlimited Amplified Lacquer Shine | ¥3,300 Each (Before Tax) *Includes 9 colours
Each colour is based on one of the special moves performed by characters in One Piece. The colour arrangement is diverse, ranging from colours to make a statement to more casual ones. Wield the power of the Straw Hats wherever you go.
Fearless Crew High Rider Gold First / Fearless Crew High Rider Romance Dawn | ¥5,000 (Before Tax)
Smooth, silky highlight powder to accentuate the face. Colours include shining gold which glistens like pearls and sun-basked peach.
Fearless Crew Premium Brush Set | ¥6,500 (Before Tax)
The high quality mini brush set includes a face brush, cheek brush, eyeshadow brush, and eyebrow brush.
©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation
Shu Uemura x One Piece Collection
Japan Release: Part One – November 1, 2020 / Part Two – November 15, 2020
Product Page: https://www.shuuemura.jp/holiday-collection/