5 Summer Events in the Kanto Region – August 2018

10.August.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

Summer is still here in Japan, which means there’s still plenty of events to be enjoyed. Let’s take a look at events happening in the Kanto region in August 2018.

 

Snoopy in Ginza 2018 – Ginza Mitsukoshi

Snoopy in Ginza 2018 is a popular event currently ongoing at Ginza Mitsukoshi. This year marks the event’s 20th anniversary, so the department store has been completely taken over by cute and happy Snoopy decorations. At the entrance of the first floor you are greeted by Snoopy at the rest of the Peanuts posse celebrating the 20th run of the event. Roll on up for the ultimate Snoopy experience!

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/120299

 

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Snoopy in Ginza 2018
Location: Ginza Mitsukoshi 7F (4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Running: July 25, 2018 – August 12, 2018 (*Finishes at 6pm on August 12)
Website: http://www.mitsukoshiguide.jp/ginza/snoopy2018/
*Products are limited in quantity.© 2018 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

 

Shinjuku Kabukicho Haunted House – inSPYre

A haunted house attraction has made its way to inSPYre in Kabukicho, Shinjuku. When the event was first held tickets sold out within 30-minutes on Nico Nico Chokaigi, so in a bid to have more people enjoy the experience they have set it up once more. It is an upscaled version of the ‘Angel of Massacre’ developed by obakeyashiki producer Hirofumi Gomi.

Full Details:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/120328

 

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Angel of Massacre Horror House @inSPYre 6F

Running: August 1, 2018 – August 14, 2018

Opening Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm

Duration: 25-30 minutes

Address: inSPYre, HUMAX Pavilion Shinjuku Kabukicho 6F, 1-20-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

TEL: 03-5155-1481

Access: 3-minutes on foot from Seibu Shinjuku Station / 5-minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

Official Website: https://gamemaga.denfaminicogamer.jp/satsuriku/horror2018summer.html

 

 

Pikachu Outbreak Parade in Yokohama

Japan’s army of Pikachu is readying themselves to appear at the Pikachu Outbreak: Science Is Amazing event set to take place from August 10 to 16 in the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama. Every year, packs of Pikachu march from Queen’s Square Yokohama to Grand Mall Park, bringing in countless spectators. For the first time ever this summer, an army of Eevee will join the march. Don’t miss out on meeting the cute Pikachu and Eevee this year♡

Full Details:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/118063

 

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Pikachu Outbreak: Science Is Amazing

Date: August 10, 2018 – August 16, 2018

Location: Minato Mirai area

Participating Facilities: Queen’s Square Yokohama, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Nippon Maru, Nippon Maru Memorial Park, Landmark Plaza, MARK IS Minato Mirai, JR Sakuragicho Station, Sakuragicho Station area, Minato Mirai Line of Minato Mirai Station, Yokohama World Porters, Yokohama Cosmo World, Shinko Chuo Hiroba, Pokémon Center Yokohama

Event Website (Japanese): http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pika_event/

 

Sony Technology Summer Festival in Shibuya

Sony Square Shibuya Project is located on the first floor of Shibuya Modi and acts as an information hub for Sony’s products, and it’s there that the company are holding a summer festival until August 31. Meet aibo the robot, immerse yourself in VR and get up close with the latest technology from Sony.

Full Details:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/117435

 

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Sony de Asobu “Natsumatsuri”

Location: Sony Square Shibuya Project, Shibuya Modi 1F (1-21-3 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo)

Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm

*No fixed holidays. Closed on August 23 and January 1 and during event preparation.

Website: https://www.sony.co.jp/square-shibuyapj/

 

Gintama & Edo Wonderland Collaborative Event

Cultural theme park Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is holding a special event in collaboration with Gintama this summer which is running until October 30. This event will have you seeking out hidden treasure as you are guided by the voices of popular characters from Gintama. Participants will go around the park to each designated voice system location while solving simple puzzles inspired by the world of the series. The voice story was recorded specially for this event and includes the voices of Gintoki Sakata, Kondo Isao, Hijikata Toshiro, Okita Sougo, and Kotaro Katsura.

Full Details:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/118666

 

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Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

Address: 470-2 Karakura, Nikko-shi, Tochigi Prefecture

Website:  http://edowonderland.net/

Event Page: http://edowonderland.net/summer2018/

 

 

All of these events are easily accessible via the cities, so continue enjoying the Japanese summer by going to as many places you can!

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  • Popular Character Cafés in Japan: August 2018

    07.August.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Each month, a new themed café or menu is introduced in Japan in collaboration with popular characters. There’s a whole list of kawaii ones that make an appearance every time.

     

    Let’s take a look at some character cafés you can look forward to in August 2018.

     

    ‘Over Action Rabbit’ x VANDALISM Shibuya

    Over Action Rabbit is a popular stamp series used on the LINE and Kakao Talk messenger apps that has gained much attention in Japan and particularly with young people in South Korea. The cute and lovable rabbit is getting his own themed café that will be open for a limited period between July 21 and August 26. This is the first time a café has collaborated with Over Action Rabbit in Japan. The kawaii café will take the form of his surreal world and be decorate in pastel-coloured decor. They also have a takeout menu.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/118092

     

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    LINE Stamp “Over Action Rabbit” Character Café

    Running: July 21, 2018 – August 26, 2018

    Location: VANDALISM Shibuya

    Address: B1F Ota, 26-9 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm

    Official Homepage: http://dk311.jp/Extremely-Rabbit/cafe/

     

     

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar x Marione Gate Ginza

    The internationally beloved children’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar has its own café in Japan, and they’ve introduced some eye-catching new menu items for the summer. Everything delicious thing on the menu recreates the wonderful world of the story down to the finest of details that are sure to leave you smiling!

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/107654

     

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Café

    Address: Sunday Brunch, Marione Gate Ginza 1 (4F), 2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Running: January 18, 2018 – August 31, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm

    *Reservations must be made for those who want to visit the cafe before 5:30pm. Making reservation is unnecessary for those who are planning to visit the café after 5:30pm.

    TEL: 03-3567-3366

    Website: http://www.harapecocafe.com

     

     

    Gudetama x Dining Park Ikebukuro

    To celebrate Gudetama’s 5th anniversary, he’s launched into space to bring us a very special space-themed menu packed with dishes perfect for Instagram feeds, such as the Zero Gravity Gudetama Burger, Black Hole Jar Parfait, and much more. Drink and dine at the café to receive a limited edition Gudetama fan and coaster. Keep in mind these are limited in quantity, so you’ll want to visit quick!

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/112954

     

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    Gudetama Café – Ikebukuro

    Address: Gourmet Stadium II, Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store 8F, 1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

    Running: June 26, 2018 – September 4, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11am-11pm (Open from 10:30am on weekends & holidays)

    *Last Food Orders: 9:30pm / Last Drink Orders 10pm

    No fixed holidays except where Seibu Ikebukuro is closed.

    TEL: 03-5949-5675

    ©2013, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S590710

     

     

    Chiitan☆ x Harajuku Kawaii-ya

    Located down Takeshita Street, Harajuku’s iconic shopping spot, is Harajuku Kawaii-ya, a café that has teamed up with the kawaii otter mascot Chiitan☆. Running until September 9, the menu is filled with dishes with very unique names in Japanese which translate to things like “I’m Chiitan, the One Who Destroyed the Trampoline Someone Bought For Me… Hot Pie.” You don’t need to make any reservations. It’s first-come, first-served all day making it an easy place to get into if you’re unsure how to book in Japanese. Experience the world of Chiitan☆ in Harajuku!

     

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    Chiitan☆ x Harajuku Kawaii-ya (Produced by Animate Cafe)

    Running: August 8, 2018 – September 9, 2018

    Location: Harajuku Kawaii-ya (CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Official Page: http://kawaiiya.jp/collabo-chitan.html

     

     

    Cinnamoroll x Sapporo PARCO

    Sanrio’s popular character Cinnamoroll recently won the 33rd Sanrio 2018 Character Awards  so to celebrate, he received his very own themed café which is open at Sapporo PARCO until September 10. Enjoy the Soratobu Cinnamoroll Curry featuring Cinnamoroll flying through a green curry sky with his big ears. The dish is topped with cotton candy clouds which, when mixed with the curry, creates a unique flavour of sweet and spicy. There’s a whole list of cute dishes on the menu. Cinnamoroll and his pals will also be there to greet you as staff.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/116613

     

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    Cinnamoroll Café

    Sapporo PARCO 4F・THE GUEST cafe&diner

    Address: Sapporo PARCO 4F – THE GUEST Cafe&Diner, 1-3-3 Minami, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Running: July 27, 2018 – September 10, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-8:00pm (Food Last Orders 7:00pm / Drinks Last Orders 7:30pm)

    Official Website: http://the-guest.com

     

     

    Cardcaptor Sakura x Sakura Fantasy Cafe

    The Sakura Fantasy Caf is a new collaborative café themed on the latest entry to the Cardcaptor series, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, now open for a limited time in Tokyo (Harajuku), Osaka (Abeno) and Saitama (Koshigaya). The cafés have a photogenic themed menu as well as a photo spot and more, all with original illustrations. There’s even a line-up of original Cardcaptor merchandise you can’t get anywhere else. The menu includes a selection of cheese toast, roast beef, smoothies, pancakes and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/116035

     

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    Sakura Fantasy Cafe

    Tokyo: Harajuku Box Cafe&Space

    Osaka: DELASOUL CHARBON

    Saitama: Koshigaya Box Cafe&Space

     

    Dates

    Tokyo: July 12, 2018 – September 2, 2018

    Osaka: July 27, 2018 – August 28, 2018

    Saitama: September 6, 2018 – September 30, 2018

     

    Opening Hours

    Tokyo: 11:00am-9:40pm

    Osaka: 11:00am-9:20pm

    Saitama: 11:00am-8:00pm (Last Orders 7:00pm)

     

    Entry

    Online reservations must be made (¥600 + tax) to access the Tokyo and Osaka cafes. 80 minutes allowed.

    Reservations not taken for Saitama cafe.

     

    Reservation Bonuses

    Free luncheon mat randomly selected from 3 designs.

     

    Menu Order Bonus

    Those who order from the themed menu will receive an original coaster randomly selected from 9 designs.

     

    Official Website: https://sakura-fantsy-cafe.jp

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Be sure you get a chance to visit a character café while you’re in Japan.

  • Cheap Makeup & Accessories in Harajuku ― Showcased by “Harajuku girls” Yuna Yabe & MIOCHIN

    06.August.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Unique fashionista duo Yuna Yabe and MIOCHIN embarked on their third trip around Harajuku together. In the first trip we saw them visit 6 second hand clothing shops recommended by them, and in the second they went around finding different places to take photos.

     

    For their third entry they are showcasing places where you can buy inexpensive makeup and fashion accessories in Harajuku.

     

    “STYLENANDA” – The Cute Pink Shop

    “There’s actually I place I’ve always been curious about when walking around Harajuku. Please! I wanna go!” This was MIOCHIN’s enthusiastic request, and so they headed there – to STYLENANDA, the Harajuku flagship store, located along Takeshita Street. The pink exterior is very stylish.

    STYLENANDA is a South Korea-based fashion brand. Japan’s flagship store in Harajuku was the first branch to arrive and it attracted much attention. There are three floors decked out in cosmetic brands such as 3CE as well as a range of apparel.

    The cosmetic designs are of course flashy looking, but as cosmetic items they are also first-class quality. Additionally, because the store collaborates with so many times, you can always look forward to seeing something new no matter when you visit.

    Their hugely popular white milk cream is a must-check too. It’s a moisturising cream that naturally turns your skin white wherever you put it as pictured above. It comes in cute milk carton packaging too! The product is synonymous with the 3CE brand.

    MIOCHIN and Yuna began searching for items that best suited them. Yuna is a frequent customer at this store but this was MIOCHIN’s first time.

     

    What did the both of them end up buying? Find out at the end of the article!

     

     

    STYLENANDA’s Must-See Photo Spots

    STYLENANDA has a number of places for great photo opportunities. The store has a cute appearance wherever you look. You can see that it’s not only the cosmetic designs that look great, but every nook and cranny of the store has been tended to.

     

    If you go to then you’ve got to check out STYLENANDA!

     

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    STYLENANDA HARAJUKU FLAGSHIP STORE

    Address: OM169 Bldg. 1-6-9, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm

    Website: http://jp.stylenanda.com

     

     

    “WEGO1.3.5…” – Kawaii Bargains

    “Sorry! There’s something I forgot to buy so can we go to Takeshita Street again?” asked MIOCHIN enthusiastically. Off they went to WEGO1.3.5…, a lifestyle store that sells cute and fun pop items in three prices: ¥100, ¥300 and ¥500.

    They have everything from apparel to fashion items and accessories, socks, travel goods, cosmetics, event and party goods, souvenirs and more all for the bargain prices of ¥100, ¥300 or ¥500. Some items cost a bit more but even those are super cheap!

    They stock plenty of items trending this summer like aurora and rainbow designs. The shelves are absolutely overflowing with things to choose from, and they’re all so cheap! You might end up buying too much…

    The store also has the photo spot above which makes for a great Instagram post. Visit and try to find it yourself!

     

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    WEGO 1.3.5… – Harajuku Takeshita Street Branch

    Address: Jingumae Tower Bldg. 1F, 1-5-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6432-9301

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm

     

     

    Showing Off the Items They Bought!

    MIOCHIN

    MIOCHIN bought the white milk cream from STYLENANDA, something she’s always wanted. She also picked up the Sparkling Liquid Pigment which can be used to make up parts of your makeup. It’s a liquid type so it’s easy to spread but difficult to kink. Putting it just around your eyes leaves a gorgeous impression. It’s fine to use on your body too of course.

    At WEGO1.3.5…, she bought a unicorn boots keeper, a piggy bag, a rainbow coloured heart earrings, and a flower photo frame. Despite it all being so cheap everything really stands out and is eye catching. Will she use the unicorn in a YouTube video…?

    Yuna

    At STYLENANDA, Yuna bought some cosmetics… or so we thought, she actually got a hat and a bag! The summery material brings out that fresh vibe. The fact you can enjoy makeup as well as apparel at STYLENANDA is part of its appeal.

    She bought a heart-shaped mini dresser from WEGO1.3.5… and a pen case. She also got some cute glittery wrapping paper to use as a backdrop in her YouTube videos. With just this she can elevate her home interior aesthetic that much more!

     

    Did you enjoy their third trip to Harajuku? In this article the two of them visited two bargain stores that MIOCHIN wanted to go to. Harajuku has even more unique and appealing spots along its streets. Why not find them yourself this summer in Japan?

     

    This series can be enjoyed on their YouTube channels too, so be sure to check them out!

     

  • 6 Recommended Shaved Ice Desserts in Japan for Summer 2018

    30.July.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Shaved ice is one of the most popular desserts during summertime in Japan. It’s made with ice shaved from an ice block and drizzled in different kinds of syrups.

     

    Here’s a list of 6 shaved ice desserts you should try in Japan this summer.

     

    Strawberry Shaved Ice & Melon Shaved Ice

    Fruit Parlor Odawara is located in the city of Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture and sells desserts mixed with fresh fruits. Their strawberry shaved ice is made with around 25 sachinoka strawberries farmed locally, while their melon shaved ice uses carefully selected ripe melons and is served inside a melon. Only 10 of each flavour are available to purchase each day. They’re being sold until the end of August, so be sure to visit quick!

     

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    Fruit Parlor Odawara

    Address: 3-4-3 Uchimaru, Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 9:00am-8:00pm / [Sunday & Holidays] 9:00am-7:00pm

    No Fixed Holidays.

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

     

     

    Kazuri Chocolate Mint

    Mario Gelateria is selling a range of chocolate mint shaved ice desserts for a limited period at three of its branches. Enjoy the fluffy Kezuri Chocolate Mint at the Shibuya Hikari branch, Chocolate Mint which turns pink at the Yokohama Bayside and Minato Mirai branches, and more. The Kezuri Chocolate Mint is most recommended, made with frozen mint milk and chocolate sauce. Enjoy topped with salted chocolate mint with salt from Uyuni Salt Lake.

     

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    Mario Gelateria Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs

    Address: Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs B2F, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00

    TEL: 03-6434-1692

    Website: http://www.mariogelateria.com

     

     

    Peanut & Homemade Condensed Milk Shaved Ice

    Taiyaki Tomoean is selling a shaved ice dessert that includes a paste made in-house with crushed peanuts and a homemade syrup made with condensed milk. It’s also topped with extra peanuts, giving layers of different flavours and texture with the full-bodied taste of the peanuts and sweetness of the syrup. You won’t have eaten shaved ice like this before.

     

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    Taiyaki Tomoean

    Address: 1-35-20 Asagayaminami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-6383-2144

    Website: http://www.tomoean.net/

     

     

     

    Wicked Snow – Watermelon & Melon Shaved Ice

    Wicked Snow is a desserts cafe who are bringing back their three popular summer-only shaved ice flavours – pick from watermelon, melon, or a combination of both. The shaved ice is Wicked Snow’s own unique blend, made to look like powdered snow that melts in your mouth. Topped with plenty of watermelon and melon, this is the kind of dessert you’d expect to see on Instagram.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/113471

     

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    Wicked Snow Harajuku

    Address: Shanzerize Harajuku B1, 4-28-14, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11am-9pm (Last Orders 8:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3405-7605

    Access: 1-minute on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station via Chiyoda Line or Fukutoshin Line / 5-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station via JR Yamanote Line

    Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13207127/

     

     

    Yondaime Tokujiro Natural Ice

    In the Karuizawa Lakeside Shop of Hotel Green Plaza Karuizawa they are selling shaved ice made with natural ice from Nikko Yondaime Tokujiro, a brewery of which there are only a few located in Japan. Located in Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, this natural ice warehouse has passed down traditional methods and techniques for 4 generations since the Meiji Period. The shaved ice is topped with tochiotome strawberry sauce, original plum sauce, matcha adzuki and more.

     

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    Hotel Green Plaza Karuizawa, Karuizawa Lakeside Shop

    Address: 2277 Omae, Tsumagoi-mura, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture

    Available: Everyday from July 28, 2018 – September 2, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-4:00pm (Last Orders 3:30pm)

    Website: http://www.hgp.co.jp/inf/Z10/pdf/201806_KL_WEB用_夏フェスデータ_3.pdf

     

     

    Tamba Spring Water Shaved Ice

    Nakajima Taishodo are selling shaved ice made with large-grained adzuki beans and spring water both from the city of Tamba. The high quality beans give the dessert a sweetness, while the shaved ice, made with famous spring water from the company’s breweries, give a fluffy texture. People from Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe come all the way to see this shaved ice which stands 18cm tall!

     

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    Tamba Spring Water Shaved Ice

    Available: June 21, 2018 to mid-September

    Serving Times: From 2:00pm (Closed: Wednesdays)

    Location: Nakajima Taishodo – Tamba Honten

     

    Address: 448 Kaibaracho Kaibara, Tanba-shi, Hyogo Prefecture

    Opening Hours:

    Shop – Weekdays 11:00am-5:00pm / Weekends & Holidays 10:00am-5:30pm

    Cafe – Weekdays 11:00am-5:00pm / Weekends & Holidays 11:00am-5:30pm

    Closed: Wednesdays, New Year’s Holidays

    TEL: 0795-73-0160

    Website: http://www.ntdshop.jp/

     

     

    Looking to cool yourself off while in Japan this summer? Then how about some refreshing shaved ice?

  • List of Japanese Artists Performing Theme Songs for Popular 2018 Anime Series

    28.July.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / MUSIC

    Anime is loved by people across the world. One big aspect that can make an anime memorable for people is the music used, whether it’s an opening theme, ending theme, insert song or background music.

     

    Let’s take a look at some of the Japanese artists in charge of songs for ongoing and upcoming anime series this year. Perhaps you’ll discover a new favourite band or singer.

     

    Wagakki Band – “Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes”

    Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes is a popular mystery light novel series written by Mai Mochizuki. The series has sold over 700,000 copies and won the Kyoto Book Awards in 2016. The anime adaptation began airing on July 10, for which Wagakki Band‘s song Sasameyuki from their album Otonoe is used as the opening theme. The song is an intricate fusion of rock band power, traditional Japanese instruments, and orchestral instruments.

     

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    Wagakki Band Official Website: http://wagakkiband.jp/

     

     

     

    Yuzu – “Crayon Shin-chan”

    Folk rock duo Yuzu’s new song Mascot will serve as the newest theme song to the popular ongoing anime series Crayon Shin-chan. The song will hit shelves in Japan on August 1. Described as a ‘party song,’ Yujin Kitagawa wrote and composed the pop number which has an electro sound and elements of ska and reggae.

     

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    Yuzu Official Website: http://yuzu-official.com/pages/bigyell

     

     

    Lenny code fiction – “My Hero Academia” Opening Theme

    Lenny code fiction’s highly anticipated new song Make my story will be released on August 22. The song also features as the opening theme song to the third season of the hugely popular ongoing anime series My Hero Academia. It’s a catchy, feel-good track that can be said to be the band showing their true value. Its positive and courageous message is the perfect match for a show like My Hero Academia.

     

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    Lenny code fiction Official Website: http://lennycodefiction.com

     

     

    Masaki Suda – “My Hero Academia” Ending Theme

    Masaki Suda will release his new single Long Hope Philia on August 1. A different arrangement of the song titled Long Hope Philia (TV Limited) is being used as the ending theme for season three of My Hero Academia. The song was released digitally on July 14.

     

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    Masaki Suda Official Website: http://sudamasaki-music.com

     

     

     Maaya Uchida – “SSSS.GRIDMAN”

    Voice actress and singer Maaya Uchida released her anticipated second album Magic Hour on April 25, 2018. She will provide the ending theme for the 2018 fall anime series SSSS.GRIDMAN. The song, titled youthful beautiful, will be released as her 8th single on October 17, 2018.

     

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    Maaya Uchida Official Website: http://uchidamaaya.jp/

     

    Be sure to check out each of these songs yourself and see how they match their respective anime series.

  • 5 Must-Wear Yukata for Japanese Summer 2018

    28.July.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES

    Yukata are a traditional type of Japanese clothing originally used before and after entering a steam bath. Today, they are used as summer dress when going to events such as summer festivals and firework festivals.

     

    They come in many different colours and designs. Here’s a list of ones we recommend for summer 2018.

     

    Sailor Moon Yukata

    These Sailor Moon themed yukata have been made in collaboration with Kyoto Marubeni. Choose from five yukata sets inspired by each sailor as well a range of other chic and modern yukata. They have all the accessories you need to including obi and folding fans so you can enjoy the full dress-up experience. How about becoming a sailor this summer?

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88541

     

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    Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon Yukata

    Released: April 2018

    Available Stores: Premium Bandai, department stores, kimono stores and online stores in Japan

     

    Price:

    ・Yukata Set (Yukata + Tsukuri Obi) – ¥16,800 (+Tax) – 6 Designs

    ・Yukata – ¥38,000 (+Tax) – 7 Designs

    ・Obi – ¥15,000 (+Tax) – 4 Designs

    ・Folding Fan – ¥3,800 (+Tax) – 6 Designs

    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation

     

     

    Yukata Fukubukuro

    Kyoto based traditional Japanese clothing brand KIMONOMACHI are selling yukata fukubukuro, or ‘lucky bags.’ There are several lucky bags to choose from, including one containing a single yukata, a 2-set which includes a yukata and obi, and 4, 5 and 6-sets which include that plus accessories. Part of the reason for the popularity of these bags is that you can pick from four sizes: Small (S), Free, (F), Tall (TL), and 2L. Choose from a variety of kawaii infused yukata!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/108656

     

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

     

     

    Disney Princess Yukata

    Disney have released a range of yukata and accessories at five of their stores and online. The Ariel and Rapunzel are original designs that were specially illustrated for these yukata. No matter which you choose, all of them embrace the characters’ stories down to the tiniest of details. Pick one of these yukata and become a Disney princess this summer!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/113122

     

    ■Information

    Disney Original Yukata & Accessories

    Released: June 22, 2018

    Available: 5 Disney Stores (Tokyo Disney Resort, Shibuya Koen-Dori, Sendai Toei Plaza, Shinsaibashi, Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi) + Online

    Webpage: https://store.disney. co.jp/special/yukata.aspx

    *Please be aware that items may sell out.
    *The designs, price and release dates are subject to change.
    ©Disney

     

     

    Tokyo 2020 Emblem Yukata

    Summer 2018 marks two years until the Tokyo Olympics. Gear yourself up for the excitement this summer with these official Tokyo 2020 yukata, jinbei and accessories. Cloisonne design yukata with the Tokyo 2020 emblem on them were released on July 3, and the above indigo design will be available from early August. Both are stylish and come in a gentleman’s version and a lady’s version.

     

    ■Information

    Tokyo 2020 Official Online Shop: https://tokyo2020shop.jp/

     

     

    SCANDINAVIAN PATTERN COLLECTION

    This collection is a Northern Europe design project developed by Andfika for children. There are yukata for girls and jinbei for both boys and girls. The collection incorporates designs from three designers in Sweden and Finland. The clothes are a unique mix of Northern Europe designs and traditional Japan clothing.

     

    ■Information

    SCANDINAVIAN PATTERN COLLECTION

    Website: http://scandinavianpatterncollection.com/

     

     

    Did you like this list? There’s a lot of variation when it comes to yukata, so be sure to pick the right one for yourself this summer in Japan.

  • Travel Q&A: Best Ways to Enjoy Summertime in Japan

    24.July.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Japan is noted for is distinct season changes. Every time a new season rolls in, people change their outfit colours, and stores sell products related to the season.

     

    Summertime in Japan runs through July and August. We’ve compiled a list of things you should get involved in during the summer season when you arrive in the land of the rising sun.

     

    Natsumatsuri

    The natsumatsuri, or ‘summer festival’ is an important part of the summer experience in Japan. Throughout July and August many exciting festivals take place up and down the country. Most take place annually and are a time to celebrate shrine deities, the four seasons, and history. There are even festivals that take place across several days.

    Summer festivals mean the yatai start rolling out, or food stalls, where they sell freshly made hot takoyaki, sweet desserts and more. Buying something from a yatai and strolling around while eating is one of the best parts of a Japanese summer festival. It’s also fun to see the food being prepared on hot iron plates right in front of you.

    There are other yatai beside food carts too. There’s lots of game stalls where you can try scooping a goldfish or have a hand at yo-yo fishing. For these two games you use a poi which has a thin piece of paper attached, or a fish hook, to try and catch your own gold fish or water balloon respectively. Whatever you can scoop up you get to take home. These games are enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

     

    Summer festivals are held all around the country and all have their own unique charms, so make sure to look up if the city or town you’re visiting is holding any. It’s an opportunity to experience a Japanese tradition, so if you’re going to Japan in summer then don’t miss out.

     

    Firework Festivals

    During firework festivals people dress up in yukata and go to watch the sky light up beautifully with their friends, families or lovers. These are another special part of Japanese summers. Firework festivals are held all around Japan and each have their own unique themes and captivating fireworks. Feel part of the fun by getting yourself a yukata and heading to one!

     

     

    Beer Gardens

    You can’t have a summer without a cold refreshing beer! When you think of places to drink in Japan, izakaya tend to be the standard option, but why don’t you try something a little different? Beer gardens in Japan are often held on rooftops during the summer where people drink and eat great food with friends and family.

     

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    Shaved Ice

    Kakigori, or ‘shaved ice’ is a summer pastime in Japan which sees ice shaven thinly and topped with sweet syrup or honey. They’re the perfect combatant to the hot weather. More recently you often see shaved ice in Japan topped with fruit, and the number of strange and unique flavours has been on the rise.

     

    We hope you enjoyed our list. Be sure to make use of it and have the best summer in Japan!

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  • Kyoto’s Kurodani Temple Autumntime Illuminations Begin on November 4

    23.August.2019 | SPOT

    Konkaikōmyō-ji, also known as Kurodani Temple, is set to open its doors to the public from November 4 for its autumn illuminations.

    Kurodani Temple has a long history, best known as serving as the Kyoto Shugoshoku―the office of the Tokugawa shogunate―during the Bakumatsu period. It has relations to the Shinseigumi, a military force which was active during this time which was dedicated to suppressing anti-shogunate activities. It is also the first place that Hōnen, the founder of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism, spread his teachings.

     

    For the special opening, you will be able to see the famous chicken painting Tori-zu Oshiebari Byobu by Itō Jakuchū as well as treasures associated with Hōnen and more.

    The number of tigers on the famous tiger doors of the temple changes as you slide them.

    From the temple grounds you can enjoy a breathtaking scene of the gardens where the autumnal colours of the trees reflect from the surface of the pond.

    Kurodani Temple is also home to the Gokōshiyui Amidabutu Statue, which became the talk of the town in the media when it was dubbed the “Afro Buddha,” and looks deep in contemplation.

    There will also be performances three times a day in the evening using traditional Japanese instruments like the koto and shinobue.

    If you pay for the premium entry plan you can enter 30 minutes earlier and will be guided by one of the official gardeners or expert of the gardens.

  • Disney Christmas 2019 at Tokyo DisneySea: Spend This Year’s Holiday Season With That Special Someone♡

    18.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo Disney Resort has announced this year’s Disney Christmas which will take place at Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® from November 8 to December 25. This is the Tokyo DisneySea® event line-up. For the Tokyo Disneyland® schedule, click here.

     

    ‘Tis the season to be jolly this year at Tokyo DisneySea, where the Christmas spirit is set to fall and settle like December snow across the park with a fantastic line-up of festive entertainment programs, magical decorations and more. Guests are invited to join the Disney cast in welcoming a very merry Christmas at this year for Disney Christmas 2019.

     

    It’s Christmas Time!


    The “It’s Christmas Time!” show returns again this year to Mediterranean Harbor to wrap guests in the Christmas spirit, featuring Mickey Mouse and friends along with singers and dancers who will perform to classic Christmas tunes.

     

    Colour Of Christmas


    This magical performance takes place at nighttime on the water at Mediterranean Harbor, featuring a huge 15-meter tall shimmering Christmas tree. Held annually, this will mark the show’s eighth and final run. Disney characters including Mickey will also be present for the performance.

    The whole of Mediterranean Harbor will be wrapped in the Christmas spirit, with the huge tree in the centre and little trees all around, and onlookers all with their own wishes for the holiday season. Snow will also fall during the performance to create a romantic atmosphere.

     

    Special Christmas Merchandise

    Pouch – ¥2,000 (Tax Included)

    Around 65 very special pieces of merchandise will be available for guests to pick up, many themed on the It’s Christmas Time! show. The pouch features the cute scene of Mickey and Minnie line dancing which you will see in the show. The available plush toys also have a Christmas-y gold bell on them. All of these items will be available from November 1.

    There will also be adorable Duffy and Friends merchandise to pick up. Some of these items are themed on Cape Cod Village in winter, an area in the park which serves as a greeting spot for Duffy and his friends. These Christmas items will be available from November 6.

     

    Christmas Food & Drink

    A festive feast of 15 drinks and dishes will be served for Disney Christmas, from seafood pasta to roast beef sandwiches and more. There will also be a reindeer-inspired dessert as well as alcoholic cocktails and much, much more.

     

    Enjoy a very merry Christmas this year at Tokyo DisneySea.♡

  • Travel Japan: Turtle Rock, Oshinkoshin Waterfall & Other Must-Visit Sites in Hokkaido’s Shiretoko Peninsula

    18.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Shiretoko Peninsula was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 and is the northernmost location in Japan to have been so. Even in a place such as Hokkaido, which strikes all with its marvellous natural landscape, Shiretoko is said to be home to many secluded locations. Many of these have not been touched by the hands of man―they have been left as they are―and so one can discover sights, animals and much more that they cannot anywhere else.

     

    We are joined by Mirina, an Instagrammer who posts her experiences travelling to Hokkaido’s many sightseeing spots located in pockets of nature. She has provided us with photos of her trip to the Shiretoko Peninsula and its must-see spots.

     

    The Shiretoko Five Lakes

    The Shiretoko Five Lakes are situated inside an old-growth forest from which you can admire the grand Shiretoko mountain range in the back. Many wild animals live here such as the brown bear and black woodpecker. The view is one would expect from a World Heritage Site, with gorgeous scenery to soak up in every direction.

     

    ▶︎The Shiretoko Five Lakes

    Address: Onnebetsumura, Shari, Shari District, Hokkaido

    Shiretoko Shari Machi Sightseeing Website: https://www.goko.go.jp/multilingual_eng/index.html

     

    Turtle Rock (Cape Chashikotsu)

    Cape Chashikotsu, located on the Utoronishi side, can be seen from Shari and looks just like a giant turtle which is where it gets its nickname “Turtle Rock” from.

     

    ▶︎Turtle Rock (Cape Chashikotsu)

    Address: Utoronishi, Shari, Shari District, Hokkaido

     

    Oshinkoshin Waterfall

    Oshinkoshin Waterfall is listed as one of Shiretoko’s “8 Sights.” This towering waterfall rolls down the rocks and splits into two separate waterfalls halfway down which has given it the nickname “Two Beautiful Falls.” The are stairs that enable you to walk beside the waterfall halfway up, letting you get nice and close to the water. There is also an observation deck atop the waterfall from which you can see many sights such as the Sea of Okhotsk and Shiretoko mountain range. The waterfall is also listed as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls.

     

    ▶︎Oshinkoshin Waterfall

    Address: Utoronishi, Shari, Shari District, Hokkaido

    Shiretoko Shari Machi Sightseeing Website: https://www.goko.go.jp/multilingual_eng/index.html

     

    The Road To Heaven

    This long stretch of road spans 18km and has been dubbed the “Road To Heaven” as when observed from uphill looks like it disappears into the clouds. Situated on one side of the farmlands, one can enjoy a quiet and breathtaking view of the road. It’s also a popular road with bikers and travellers riding bicycles. It’s also a must-see from the observation deck close by.

     

    ▶︎The Road To Heaven (Japanese Name: 天に続く道)

    Address: Minehama, Shari, Shari District, Hokkaido

    Shiretoko Shari Machi Sightseeing Website: https://www.goko.go.jp/multilingual_eng/index.html

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? There are countless places to visit in Japan, and some of the best are the quiet, secluded ones. If you get the opportunity to visit Hokkaido, put the Shiretoko Peninsula on your list of must-visit places.

  • Top 4 Must-Visit Places in Ishikawa to Keep Cool This Summer – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    17.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Ishikawa Prefecture was formerly split between Kaga Province and Noto province and is still sometimes thought of as two peas in a pod. What was once Kaga Province in the now southern part of Ishikawa consists of six cities and towns including Kaga, Komatsu, Nomi, Kawakita, Hakusan, and Nonoichi.

     

    Kaga Province is home to many waterfall spots widely known as great places for keeping cool in the hot sun. Providing as great sightseeing experiences, one can bask in the negative ions of the waterfalls and overcome the summer scorch.

     

    Watagataki Waterfall

    Watagadaki gets its name from its appearance which is likened to falling torn cotton (wata being the Japanese word for the material). You will arrive right next to the waterfall when you descend down the path beside it, at which its great tumbling sound will fill you with a feeling reminding you that you are enveloped in nature.

     

    ▶︎Watagataki Waterfall (綿ヶ滝)

    Address: 1-4 Shimoyoshitanimachi, Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture

    Enquiries: 076-274-9544 (Hakusan Tourist Centre)

    Access: 50-minutes south of Japan National Route 157 via Hakusan Interchange / 60-minutes from Kanazawa Station

     

    Nanatsudaki Falls

    Nanatsudaki Falls is comprised of seven smaller waterfalls which it gets its name from. It has long been a place of worship. Six of the waterfalls are found upstream, where the water rolls beautifully over the rocks which have formed over tens of thousands of years as a result of the movement of the earth’s crust. The surrounding trees boast lush green verdure or red and yellow autumnal leaves depending on the season, offering different spectacular sights to behold whatever time of the year you visit. There’s a path you can walk along where the upper six waterfalls are so you don’t have to worry about falling in!

     

    ▶︎Nanatsudaki Falls (七つ滝)

    Address: Nagatakimachi, Nomi, Ishikawa

    Enquiries: 0761-51-2308 (Nomi no Satoyama Fan Club)

    Access: 25-minutes by car from Nomi-Neagari interchange

     

    Tsuruga Falls

     

    The water at Tsuruga Falls flows down five levels, and the biggest waterfall at the back splits into two separate waterfalls. Collectively the waterfalls tower up 30 meters high which is an incredible sight to see when up close. Tsuruga Falls gets its name from the splitting waterfall at the back which is said to look like the legs of a crane.

     

    ▶︎Tsuruga Falls (鶴ヶ滝)

    Address: Yamanakaonsen Aratanimachi, Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture

    Enquiries: 0761-78-0330 (Yamanaka Onsen Tourist Association)

    Access: 15-minutes by car from Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal

     

    Junigataki Waterfalls

     

    The name origin of Junigataki Waterfalls lies in its twelve separate falls which flow from the Gotani River. The incredible crashing sound of the water cannot be put into words; it’s an overwhelming spectacle that will have you wanting to go back more than once. In summertime it’s common to see families and young people playing in the water from up at the top of the waterfall down to the lake below. The waterfalls are a quite a distance from the city of Komatsu, but there are roads that lead right to it so it’s very accessible.

     

    ▶︎Junigataki Waterfalls

    Address: Nunohashimachi, Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture

    Enquiries: 0761-22-4111 (Komatsu City Hall)

    Access: 45-minutes by car from JR Komatsu Station

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan this summer visiting Ishikawa then be sure to pay a trip to one of Ishikawa’s many waterfalls to cool yourself off.

  • Scorch your Senses at the Spicy as Hell and Tasty as Well 2019 Food Festival Round 2 in Shinjuku

    17.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Spicy as Hell and Tasty as Well 2019 will be holding round 2 on August 16, 2019 at Okubo Park, Kabukicho in Shinjuku. This will be the event’s biggest gekikara gourmet saiten (super spicy festival) Japan has ever seen. 

    Food services that represent the spicy foods of the world have all joined forces at Kabukicho in Shinjuku; Asia’s largest entertainment district to tinge it with a luminescent spicy red colour. So far, around 0.7 million people with a burning passion for spice have made their way to the spice central to test their tolerance to the range of gourmet spicy dishes. From beginner to mania, the event caters to all levels of spice-lovers. From a tiny touch of spice to spicy as hell, there is a wide range of spice levels to choose from. The dishes served and participating shops are changed each week, so you can enjoy a new spicy experience each week. 

     

    At the 1st Round, spice fans had their fill of Ciao em Cafe’s Bún bò Huế. This café, which originates from the outskirts of Tokyo in Hana-Koganei, took part in the event for the first time. One of their signature dishes is the Vietnamese soup, which captured the hearts of many women for its perfectly balanced sweet yet spicy flavour.  Despite being Menya Mazeharu’s first time serving at the event, their queues stretched out into the sunset from morning to evening each day .

    Round 2 will see Cheese to Gibier Curry Naru Ichizoku and Tokyo spice curry Aka to Kuro spicing up the event for the first time. This is the perfect opportunity to experience Awajishima Curry made with the world’s most sense-scorching spices including ghost pepper, trinidad scorpion pepper, and the carolina reaper. Tokyo spice curry serves up red curry dishes made with ingredients traditionally used in natural Chinese food therapy. Their black curries are Kashmiri curries that will leave you feeling satisfied. 

     

    These are just a selection of the vast number of noteworthy spicy dishes. You are bound to find the perfect curry to spice up your life at this event, so please check it out.

  • A Date With Yutaro: Soaking Up the Japanese Summer Sun & Visiting the Art Aquarium | Tokyo Stroll

    16.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    It’s been a while since our last date with Yutaro. He’s been very busy with film shoots. He had some spare time today so we paid a visit to Nihonbashi for our next date. “ECO EDO Nihonbashi: Enjoy Cool Edo With All Five Senses” is an event held every year in the Nihonbashi area which takes the Edo period cultural idea of “coolness”―an in, to enjoy being cool during the summer-and puts a modern spin on it. There are many exciting things to look forward to, including the art aquarium which proves massively popular every year.

     

    We gave ourselves more time to arrive at the meeting place to be in the safe side, but it seems Yutaro-kun was already there waiting for us!

    Nihonbashi Information Center | IPPIN CAFÉ “Sparkling Herb Tea” – ¥518 (Tax Included)

    “Here, you must be boiling.” Yutaro-kun kindly offers a cup of IPPIN CAFE’s limited-edition sparkling herb tea. It’s a delicious mix of fizzy soda and lemon, a perfect refreshment for the summer. Since he ordered takeout the drink came with a goldfish straw. Goldfish are a staple sight during Japanese summer festivals so it’s very fitting for the occasion! 

     

    With our drinks in hand, it’s time to head to Nihonbashi for our Edo summer date!

    Wind-Chime Forest Path

    Lining the path between Fukutoku Shrine and Fukutoku Garden is the Wind-Chime Forest Path where around 200 Edo-style wind chimes dangled. This year, during the evenings, the path is illuminated with beautiful lighting. 

    When the breeze rolls past the wind chimes ring one by one-a cool and refreshing sound.

    “I hear each one of these Edo wind chimes are individually handmade by craftsmen.”

    When you hear the sound of the wind chimes it makes you feel cool like a gentle breeze of the wind.

     

    After strolling along the Wind-Chime Forest Path we make our way towards this year’s ECO EDO Art Aquarium event.

    The moment we step instead Yutaro is already dazzled by all the goldfish: “Wow! I knew about this place from what I’d seen online, but this my first time here! This art aquarium really is something!”

     

    The full title of the event is “ECO EDO Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM 2019 ~Edo, Coolness of Kingyo~ & Night Aquarium.”  Goldfish were a huge part of the common culture in Nihonbashi during the Edo period. This event recreates that and brings that “coolness” aspect while combining it with contemporary art by having people observe the fish in lots of different artistic environments.

    Super Oiran

    “This is the biggest fish tank, apparently it has 3,000 fish swimming inside!”

    “Seeing the light reflect on the water from the illuminations lets you see the fish in a different light, doesn’t it?”

    Looks like Yutaro-kun is having a lot of fun taking photos.

    He’s equally interested in just about every fish tank!

    These other fish tanks have a different aesthetic to them. Their Japanese-style designs make for great photos.

    Kaleidorium 3D

    “This one’s beautiful, it’s like a kaleidoscope.”

    It really does look like one. When you take a peek instead you can glimpse all kinds of colourful fish gently swimming around.

    Ceiling Kingyo

    “There’re goldfish swimming on the ceiling too. So cool! This aquarium is incredible. It brings together the great culture of Edo and contemporary art.”

     

    The Art Aquarium bustles every single year with visitors, but this year will mark its last run. It’s being held at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, so if you have the chance to go then please do.

    We of course checked out some local Nihonbashi treats too! We stopped by morozoff for some cheesecake after the aquarium.

    morozoff Kamadashi Cheesecake (Goldfish) – ¥270 Each (Tax Included)

    These cute cheesecakes with their goldfish designs are available for a limited time only. They’re filled with sweet red bean paste. They perfect with iced tea.

    “Got some! Let’s eat them while we head back.”

    Goldfish Lantern Walkway

    Our first date in Nihonbashi was so much fun. While on the date Yutaro-kun spoke about the new live-action film he’s in, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.

     

    “It’s a romance film with mind games to try and make the other person confess their love. I play the character Tsubasa. His number one highlight scene is the kabedon scene. That was my first day shooting, so I was super nervous, but I got along well with the other actors, and the atmosphere on set was harmonious, so I was able to relax for the shoots. Tsubasa is a genuine guy who will believe things that have been said to him in earnest. You’ve definitely gotta check out all his scenes throughout the film!”

     

    “A lot of the cast are the same age as me, so we were all energetic together in the waiting room. There’s a scene at the end where all the cast get together. It took 3 days to shoot so we ended up getting along really well.”

     

    “This film has made me realise that love comes in many shapes, and that mind games happen in a variety of ways between guys and girls. There’s cute scenes that express that small bit of pride that teenagers have, the embarassment they feel, when they get butterflies, scenes that will warm your heart. The film has various elements to it so I thoroughly enjoyed watching it myself. I hope that couples in love in their teens and twenties watch it, and I also hope that married couples watch it and crack up laughing too.”

     

    “In the film it’s summer break, and they go and see fireworks and stuff. It’s definitely one to watch durnig the summer. You’re gonna come watch it too, right? Shall we go?”

     

    An offer we cannot refuse! We’ll definitely go and see it with you, Yutaro-kun! 

     

    Model: Yutaro

    Writer: Yuki Yokoo

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    TALENT PROFILE

    Yutaro

    Yutaro was born in Hiroshima on June 3rd 1998. His modeling career has earned him lots of attention as a fashion icon of the new generation. The famous model also works as a “charisma” shop assistant. Yutaro has gained his reputation as a “mysterious and handsome guy” from his appearance on Japanese variety shows. His debut was made on the show “Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo” and has since then appeared on numerous different TV shows. He challenged himself to appear on stage for the very first time in March this year and is gaining popularity by the day for his diverse work.

  • Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 to Take Place at Togo Shrine

    14.August.2019 | BUSINESS / SPOT

    GLOBAL PRODUCE, a Japanese event organiser, is set to sponsor Harajuku Summer Festival 2019 which will be held at Togo Shrine in Harajuku, Tokyo on August 23. Bringing together professional event producers, the festival will combine elements of traditional Japanese culture with the latest trends.

    Food trucks and stalls will open in the dozens, including appearances from the shaved ice shop Kooriya bebe which makes its fluffy shaved ice from the natural spring waters of Mount Fuji―perfect for the hot weather―as well as Ichika, a cafe known for its tapioca Japanese tea lattes made with high quality tea leaves from Kagoshima. Current popular restaurants will also serve up delicious summertime food. There will even be the Harajuku Bon Odori 2019 dance event, and the marchers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will also be present.

    Tokyo Bijin Project will make their first ever live appearance, a group of shining Japanese women with “wisdom, dignity and compassion” who are set to speak out for other strong women. They will talk leadership, interpretation, attending to people, the spread of Japanese culture, and more.

     

    If you are in Japan for the summer then make sure you attend all of the different summer festivals you can.

  • Disney Christmas 2019 at Tokyo Disneyland: Spend This Year’s Holiday Season With That Special Someone♡

    12.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo Disney Resort has announced this year’s Disney Christmas which will take place at Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® from November 8 to December 25. This is the Tokyo Disneyland® event line-up. For the Tokyo DisneySea® schedule, click here.

     

    Disney Christmas Stories

    Disney Christmas Stories celebrates the holiday season with a magical parade which will bring together the Disney cast members with their loved ones. The characters will dress in festive outfits and deliver to guests their own Christmas stories. Seven joyous Christmas stories will unfold before guests’ eyes, from a merry family outing with Donald Duck, his beloved Daisy Duck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, to the star couple Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

     

    The parade will seemingly stop all of a sudden which will be followed by ringing bells, signalling the start of a Christmas party. Snow will fall along the parade route, and the cast members will invite guests to join them in celebrating a heart-warming Christmas.

     

    Christmas Decorations

    An enormous 15-meter tall Christmas tree will tower over World Bazaar and illuminate the streets with its brilliant lights together with dazzling projections, combining with the festive music to create a romantic atmosphere.

     

    The plaza in front of Cinderella’s Castle will glimmer with Christmas adornments as well as Christmas presents, Winnie the Pooh decorations, and more. Each themed land across the park will also be embellished in Christmas colours, bringing a merry little Christmas to the park.

     

    Special Christmas Merchandise

    Glass Set – ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

    Around 65 special Disney Christmas themed items are set to go on sale from November 1, from glasses to cushions and more, all of which can be used for Christmastime at home. Featuring designs of the Disney characters, each item is sure to bring an air of that nostalgia we all feel at Christmas.

     

    Christmas Food & Drink


    Also available from November 1 is a very special Christmas menu made up of 15 dishes and drinks. There’s the seafood cream bread packed with melted cheese, a hot dog dressed in the colours of Christmas with its eye-catching red bun and white cheese, and more. There’s also a dish inspired by the Disney film Beauty and the Beast who are set to appear in the parade.

     

    Enjoy a very merry Christmas this year at Tokyo Disneyland.

  • Seafood Heaven at Shizuoka’s New Restaurant Atami Ginza Osakana Shokudo

    11.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Atami Ginza Shopping District in Shizuoka’s seaside city of Atami is enjoying a new boom of bustling customers this year, and they’re sure to continue pouring in with the opening of its new seafood entertainment restaurant Atami Ginza Osakana Shokudo. The eatery opened its grand doors on August 8, offering fresh, flavourful seafood dishes. In the evenings, the restaurant turns into Osakana Sakaba where they serve gorgeous sake.

    Atami is home to many fishing harbours, including those in Ajiro, Izuyama, and Hatsushima. Atami’s waters are a treasure trove of sea life, offering a bounty of seafood such as mackerel, salmon, shrimp, Splendid alfonsino, shellfish, and more.

    The restaurant uses a previously vacant building which has been renovated for the opening. Their menu concept is “Atami nostalgia” which will fuse together traditional Atami food with new spins. Food is prepared in an open kitchen in a variety of ways including sashimi, grilled, steamed, and so on.

    Splendid Alfonsino Rice Bowl – ¥2,780 (Before Tax)

    The absolute must-try on their menu is their Splendid alfonsino rice bowl. It’s topped generously with huge cuts of horse mackerel, mackerel, and Splendid alfonsino, all caught fresh from neighbouring harbours.

    The restaurant also serves the ginormous Japanese spider crab which is a local speciality in the city of Izu. They are kept fresh in tanks in the restaurant. In the evening, when the restaurant turns into a bar, you can have this crab served however you like: as sashimi, grilled, or even steamed. As well as fresh seafood, they also serve vegetables and other meat, all sourced locally. Tofu, desserts and other food is too.

     

    Japan is known for its exquisite seafood. If you’re travelling to Shizuoka this summer, be sure you pay a visit to the new Atami Ginza Osakana Shokudo.

  • Stay Cool This Summer in Kyoto at These 4 Nature Spots

    09.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    When talking about seasons in Kyoto, a lot of people are sure to point towards autumn when the leaves turn fiery red and sun yellow. But did you know that in Kyoto enjoys cool and truly beautiful summers?

     

    If you’re in the old capital this summer, or are planning to catch the sun there with a trip next year, then you’ll want to add the 4 spots in this list into your schedule, each abloom with magical foliage and verdure.

     

    We are joined by Macchan, a Japanese Instagrammer who snaps photos of sightseeing spots around Kyoto lush with greenery.

     

    Giouji Temple

    Giouji Temple is a modest thatched hut wrapped in a bamboo thicket and maple trees. The temple is detailed in the epic The Tale of the Heike in which the dancer Gio fled to the temple from her home in the capital with her mother and sister after falling out of love with Taira no Kiyomori.

     

    A visit here ensures you can enjoy the summer with more than just your eyes as you listen to the dancing of the bamboo thicket and the cries of the cicadas.

     

    Giouji Temple
    Address: 32 Sagatoriimoto Kozakachō, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Official Website: http://www.giouji.or.jp/en

     

    Adashino Nenbutsu-ji

    Adashino Nenbutsu-ji is a Buddhist temple with a history spanning 1,200 years. A memorial service for those who died without kin is taking place on August 23 and 24 at the riverbed of the temple’s west wing where candles will be lit in their honour. Lanterns are also lit in the surrounding area along the streets.

     

    Adashino Nenbutsu-ji

    Address: 17 Saga Toriimotoadashinocho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto

    Official Website: http://www.nenbutsuji.jp/index.html

     

    Fushimi Port Park

    Fushimi Port Park is a huge park home to a gymnasium and sumo area. They also have a hiking course. The sea does not reach here, but there is a canal which boats go up and down, and this is where the park gets its name. It has a bounty of trees and plants, so if you’re looking to enjoy a peaceful stroll in nature then be sure to visit.

     

    Fushimi Port Park

    Address: Yoshijima Kanaidocho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto
    Official Website: http://www.kyoto-park.or.jp/fushimi/

     

    Kan’in-no-miya Residence

    This residence was built for and used by the Kan’in-no-miya family in 1710, with Prince Naohito as its founder―the son of Emperor Higashiyama. The family lived in the house until 1877 after which they moved to Tokyo. Following the war, it was liberated and became a park, and today it is used to exhibit photography and paintings. The residence is famous for its peach trees, making it a popular spot in spring. However, in summertime, it’s much quieter, adding grace to the tranquillity of the surrounding green landscape. What’s more is that despite it being such a prestigious location, it’s free to enter! Don’t tell too many people about this secret spot.

     

    Kan’in-no-miya Residence

    Address: 3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo War, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Official Website: https://kan-in-nomiya-teiato.jp/eng/

     

     

    Macchan has visited many incredible spots around Kyoto, so if you’re in need of recommendations be sure to give them a follow.

     

    Photos: @macchan358

  • Ice Cream Lovers’ Paradise: Over 100 of Japan’s Best Ice Creams Unite at Ice Cream Fair in Hokkaido

    08.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    For six days only, The most mouthwatering ice cream flavours from all over Japan are heading to Sapporo Kita 3-jo Plaza AKAPLA for the regional ice cream fair Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019. The ice cream fair will start on August 15 and end on August 20, 2019. 

     

    The concept of Aipaku® is to make everyone’s childhood dream into a reality; a paradise park where visitors are surrounded by the most delicious ice cream flavours that are found countrywide.  The Japan Ice Mania Association carefully selected heart-melting ice cream flavours from all over Japan to sell at this event. The event has been running since 2015 and has so far welcomed approximately 2 million satisfied ice cream lovers, making it the largest ice cream event in Japan. Visitors can tuck in to their ice creams straight away or buy cooler bags and dry ice at the venue to take it back home as a souvenir.

     

    This time, Aipaku Hokkaido in Sapporo 2019 is completely changing its lineup. Compared to when it was last run in 2017, this year will see many ice creams and ice cream brands that are new to Hokkaido making their debut. If you are an ice cream lover, this is a paradise world you just cannot miss out on. 

    Kikyou Shingen Soft/KIKYOUYA (¥500)

    Since being launched in 2015, this ice cream has become the star of the show at Aipaku. This ice cream is otherwise only available in Yamanashi prefecture. The beautiful scent of the soft serve ice cream’s kinako roasted soy bean will be the first thing to reach your nose. This ice cream is made with the original, rich-flavored brown sugar syrup of Yamanashi prefecture. 

    Manhattan Roll Ice Cream/ Manhattan Roll ¥850

    Roll Ice Cream is currently a big hit in Japan, so naturally it has infiltrated into this ice cream fair. This ice cream is not made using eggs like conventional ice creams. It is made with a unique combination ratio of milk, fresh cream and syrup. The result is a smooth ice cream which is rich but not overpoweringly sweet. 

    Double Ruby Fantasy/ MAISON GIVRÉE/¥600

    This is an Aipaku-limited ice cream. Its rise to fame occurred as a result of the World Championship of Pastry Ice Cream and Chocolate which took place in Milan in 2015. This Aipaku-limited soft serve ice cream was created by Team Japan’s captain and world champion pâtissier Hiroyuki Emori. It is covered in sugar-coated ruby chocolate and decorated luxuriously with almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios. The pink colour is enough to melt your heart. 

     

    Aipaku Original Häagen-Dazs Sundae/ Aipaku Official ¥800

    This is an original sundae flavour that can only be obtained from Aipaku. The ice cream is made using Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream with a generous layer of luxurious whipped cream. This is drizzled with a rich caramel sauce. Crispy feuillantine, which is made by smashing baked crêpe batter, accents the flavour and adds texture. Chunky slices of banana and salty vanilla-roasted peanuts are placed on top. This is a special sundae that ice cream-lovers will not be able to resist. 

     

    These are just a few of the vast range of ice creams you could be trying. There are just so many that you will be frozen for choice. The venue is also easy to access from Sapporo station. This is a wonderful way to leave the house and enjoy a Japanese summer whilst staying refreshed. 

     

    *Prices after tax stated above

    * The ice creams at the event may differ to the images above.

  • Pikachu Outbreak 2019: Day One Report Of This Year’s Event – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    08.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / SPOT

    The Pikachu army has returned again this year for Pikachu Outbreak 2019 which is running from August 6 to 12 in Minato Mirai, Yokohama. This year, the event also features an evening show which takes advantage of Minato Mirai’s gorgeous nightscape and couples it with exciting lighting technology.

     

    We visited the first day of the event with Chinese talent Etsuna and 7-year-old Yuugo-kun. Here’s our report!

    Upon arrival at Minato Mirai Station we were immediately met by lots of Pikachu decorations and event advertisements. And when you go through the ticket gate it plays Pikachu’s cry! If you’re visiting the event this year then be sure to listen out.

    There are lots of Pikachu to spot after leaving the ticket gates, so be sure to try finding them all.

    We alighted at Minato Mirai Station and headed straight to Rinko Park.

    When we hit the park we were greeted by a huge balloon Pikachu!

    There’s lots of other Pokémon to catch too, such as Lapras, Psyduck, and many other popular names.

    This tiny Pikachu was so cute.

     

    There are food trucks set up by the Pokémon Cafe for the event at Rinko Park so you can get your hands on some food, drinks, and ice pops.

    The Pikachu designs on the trucks are super kawaii♡

    Pikachu Pineapple Ice Bar – ¥500 (Tax Included)

    The ice pops they sell comes with one of four possible Pikachu facial expressions. They’re given randomly.

    They’re so cute they seem a waste to eat!

    Pikachu Orange Lemonade Soda – ¥500 (Tax Included)

    The drink cups have Pikachu designs too, even the lids.

    Wherever you look there’s a Pikachu, so you can take pictures literally everywhere.

     

    After we had strolled around Rinko Park, we headed to Nippon Maru Memorial Park. Usually when you visit this park they have huge boats on display but for Pikachu Outbreak, the Pikachu have swarmed the area.

    There are lots of walls with various Pokémon illustrations on them around Nippon Maru Memorial Park, such as Ho-Oh’s wings and a Pikachu balloon. They are scattered here and there, so make sure to find all of these too!

     

    Below is where you can watch the Pikachu march wearing illuminating LED costumes.

    Even the Ferris wheel at Yokohama Cosmo World was lit up with Pokémon motifs―the Pikachu and Poké Ball ones in particular were beautiful.

    After a little while, several Pikachu arrived on a boat to greet everyone. And then…

    …out came the LED Pikachu! Their synchronised pattering walk was beyond adorable. They even danced.

    But the fun doesn’t stop there. If you head to Queen’s Square Yokohama right next to Nippon Maru Memorial Park then you’ll catch the Eevee march too. Their cute pattering walks too are enough to heal your soul♡

     

    What we’ve shown you is just a snippet of the fun happening this year―there are many other exciting events happening for Pikachu Outbreak 2019.

    Photos: CHIHIRO (@chiicd5)

     

    These last photos were taken at the show in Grand Mall Park at Yokohama Art Museum which makes stunning use of projection mapping. The Pikachu don their LED costumes and perform an incredible light show for the crowd.

     

    For more details on each event check out the official website. Pikachu Outbreak is a fun day out for kids and adults alike, so enjoy this year’s event and be careful not to catch heatstroke.

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