Mapping event, “Sky Fireworks ‐FIREWORKS BY NAKED‐” will be held at Osaka Abeno Harukas

17.September.2018 | SPOT

The night-time projection mapping event, “Tenku Hanabi FIREWORKS BY NAKED –“ staged by NAKED will be held at the observation deck of “Abeno Harukas” named “Harukas 300” from September 21st 2018 (Fri.).
 “Harukas 300” has been holding the projection mapping event called, “CITY LIGHT FANTASIA BY NAKED” for the past 4 years, during the winter season. This event has gained much popularity from both domestic and foreign visitors and over 600 thousand visitors have visited the event to date.

This time, the creative team of NAKED developed an art collection, “Tenku Hanabi ‐FIREWORKS BY NAKED.” Fireworks can usually only be seen in one direction but they have successfully created fireworks that can be projected on the walls of buildings using projection mapping technology. The visitors of the event can enjoy a “colorful sky rocket experience” using projection mapping technology and they can sense technology by touching the 16m-high wall named “Twin Tower” which is located on the west side of Tenku Teien (sky garden / 58F).
  
Visitors can also enjoy watching fireworks from different angles in a space (58F to 60F) surrounded by 3-layered glass which is known as a unique aspect of “Harukas 300.” 
 
Let’s enjoy this brand-new fireworks entertainment event which is a combination of traditional fireworks and a sparkling world created using the motif of a kaleidoscope.

 

 

■Information

Harukas 300
Address: 1-1-43, Abenosuji, Abenoku, Osakashi
Business hours: 9:00 to 22:00
TEL06-6621-0300
 
Tenku Hanabi -FIREWORKS BY NAKED-
Venue: Harukas 300 (observation deck) 58F “Tenku Teien”
Date: starting from September, 21st 2018 (Fri.)
Time: After sunset ~ 21:40
Event price: Free. You can enjoy this event just by paying the entrance fee to the observation deck.
Tickets: Abeno Harukas 16F Harukas 300 (observation deck) ticket counter, Kintetsu Business Office, Family Mart

 

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    NAKED Inc. is a company that creates interactive and immersive art events. They have dazzled many at their showcases including with their projection mapping at Tokyo Station and their interactive art exhibition FLOWERS by NAKED which brought the cherry blossom season to people early. They have even taken their work overseas in Taiwan and Beijing.

     

    Did you know the company also has their very own restaurant in Yoyogi Park called TREE by NAKED?

    You must book seats to dine there which offers a very special 2-hour course. It’s a fantastical marriage of art and dining woven through projection mapping, virtual reality, lighting, aromas, music and of course, delicious food made using seasonal ingredients.

     

    If you’re looking to see some art while in Japan and enjoy great food then you can kill two birds with one stone at TREE by NAKED in Yoyogi Park. We visited the restaurant to witness and report back this new kind of interactive dining experience.

    The restaurant is just a 2-minute walk from Yoyogi Station. When you arrive, you wait at the entrance to be seated. Once 8 people had gathered for the evening dinner we were led by the guide to dim private rooms in a Japanese rock garden with tables.

     

    The course consists of six meals which each represent different stages in the life of a tree. We begin in the first room which uses projection mapping on the table and walls and are given an explanation of the courses.

    A table made in the form of a Japanese rock garden

     

    The table and room look like you’ve walked into an art exhibition. The guide who brought us to the other room took on the role of storyteller and led explained the story which would be linked by the sights and smells. They also this explanation in English.

    An entire room uses project mapping to look otherworldly

     

    After becoming completely immersed in the story we moved into the main room. This room uses virtual reality, project mapping and a dining experience to portray the story, exploring themes like the life of a tree, Japan’s four seasons and the blessing of life.

     

    (There were many other fun and interesting elements too but writing everything would spoil the experience for anyone thinking of going so we’re only showing a snippet.)

    The story begins by planting a seed in the soil. The soil is delicious! (Don’t worry, it’s not real soil)

     

    The fish swim away when you touch this projection mapping. There’s much fun to be had while waiting for food.

     

    The plates change colours to showcase Japan’s vivid seasons

     

    But it’s not just the technological performances that are striking – the food and drinks are also out of this world. The food on the menu was created by executive chef Nagatomo of restaurant and café Hoff which is located in Hatsudai, Tokyo. He designed 8 Japanese-style dishes inspired by the seasons that are made using seasonal ingredients. Drinks come with meals and you can choose from alcohol or tea. You often see alcohol paired with meals so it’s interesting to see tea paired too. You can even drink tea made by a tea expert.

    The restaurant at lunchtime. In the evening, the lights come on and the tables use project mapping.

     

    After eating the main dish we moved to the second floor. This was home to the dessert room, the final part of the story, which represented a paradise on top of the tree where you can eat the forbidden fruit.

     

    With our bellies, heads and hearts full, our first ever ‘art gastronomy’ came to a close. We got a fill of both art and food.

     

    It’s a little expensive to go, coming in at ¥23,000 (tax and service charge included) which includes the full course and drinks, but there is no other place like it where you can be immersed in such an experience that combines performance and cuisine.

     

    If you want to go eat somewhere for a special day or would like to try something you then this is somewhere you’re sure to enjoy. It’s something you have to experience at least once.

     

    ■Information

    TREE by NAKED yoyogi park

    Location: 1-10-2 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Closed: Mondays

     

    Opening Hours

    Lunch: 10:00am-4:00pm (Last Orders 3:00pm)

    Dinner: Weekdays 7:00pm-10:00pm / Weekends & Holidays 5:30pm-11:00pm

     

    Access: Exit 2 of Yoyogi Station via Tokyo Metro Line / South Exit of Yoyogi-Hachiman Station via Odakyu Line

    Restaurant Website:https://tree.naked.works/yoyogi/

    Booking:https://www.tablecheck.com/shops/treebynaked/reserve?_ga=2.203477715.213170328.1535443708-1429654797.1535443708

    *Bookings required only for Dinner times.

  • Restaurant ‘TREE by NAKED’ in Yoyogi Park Combines Traditional Culture with Ultramodern Technology

    09.June.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park has updated part of its menu and direction this month. The restaurant has introduced a completely new eating experience to its Japanese and western fusion cuisine by installing projection mapping, VR, sensors, lights, smoke, scents and music.

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    The restaurant first opened in July last year in front of Yoyogi Park in Tokyo as an experience-based art restaurant where customers can enjoy Japan’s latest cutting edge technology and next-generation gastronomy. Its popularity rose rapidly, earning itself a reputation for offering an experience that stimulates all five of the senses, as well as the restaurant’s photogenic interior decor. The restaurant accepts bookings only and allows 8 groups a day. Customers are led by a guide dressed in a kimono to on a journey through the life of a tree from its sprout to maturity. Each phase of the growth is represented by six different meals served to customers as well as two performances.

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    One of the performances incorporates koudou, a traditional Japanese performance art that takes the form of an incense-smelling ceremony. Customers are served food on plates that use projection mapping which shows the process of the four seasons changing. The course offers a variety of references to Japanese culture, including a story based on The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.

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    The menu includes a variety of ingredients and several ways of eating unique to Japan, from Japanese Black aitchbone to ochazuke with wasabi that you grate yourself and high-quality houjicha green tea made by a tea master.

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    Also, every day from 10am to 4pm, they sell gourmet deli food made using fresh vegetables like beetroot, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and purple cabbage that you can order to take away.

     

    The restaurant is gaining much attention right now. It made an appearance on TV in Hong Kong in February this year. Why not true this unique dining experience for yourself while in Tokyo?

     

    ■Information

    TREE by NAKED Yoyogi Park
    Address: 1-10-2 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Lunch 10:00-16:00 (Last Orders 15:00) / Dinner 17:30-23:00

    Slot 1: Open 18:00, Start 18:15, End 20:30 / Slot 2: Open 20:15, Start 20:30, End 23:00
    Store Information: 3 floors from B1-2F. Seats for 8 people per day. Reservations only.

    Access: Exit 2 of Yoyogi Park Station via Tokyo Metro / Yoyogi-Hachiman Station via Odakyu Line (*No car park)

    Reservations: 03-6804-9038

    Enquiry Form: https://www.tablecheck.com/shops/treebynaked/reserve

    Official Website: https://tree.naked.works/yoyogi/

  • Aqua Park Shinagawa will hold the cherry blossom-viewing event, “SAKURA AQUARIUM by NAKED”

    20.February.2018 | SPOT

    “SAKURA AQUARIUM by NAKED” is an experience-based event created under the concept of “Japanese traditional culture × digital art, the world of cherry blossoms × the world of the sea” which will be held in Tokyo’s leading entertainment park Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa from the 3rd of March 2018 (Sat.) ~ 15th of April 2018 (Sun.).

     

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    “Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa” is a place that introduces the charms of the sea world by exhibiting/performing many entertaining works and events using latest digital renditions.

    The events which will be held this spring will create a magical world using the motif of cherry blossoms popular among both Japanese people and people from abroad. They are going to offer a new type of entertainment which cannot be experienced just by viewing cherry blossoms by combing the worlds of “traditional culture of Japan × digital art” and “cherry blossoms × the sea.”

     

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    ●The theme of the events is “the latest cherry blossom-viewing entertainment surrounded by cherry blossoms”

    The leading creative company in Japan,“NAKED” will use projection mapping and art works to depict illustrations of vivid colored cherry blossoms and they will use all parts of the room including the ceiling, walls and floor. The guest of the event will be surrounded by cherry blossoms when they enter the venue.

    Let’s enjoy this beautiful spring event in this inside facility!

     

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    ●Dolphin Performance

    “A new type of dolphin show” which will deliver a“thrilling/new experience” to the viewers.

    Precisely created entertainment shows combined with a water curtain, latest technologies and skills of dolphins can be enjoyed inside a circular venue where 1,200 persons can enter (seats:1,211 + standing area) . Don’t miss this show where you can enjoy the movements of dolphins and latest technologies.

     

    <Nighttime> Night performance “Sakuragatari”

    Starting time: 19:00 / 20:30 (15 minutes)

    <Daytime> Day performance “Haru Ranman”

    Starting time: 11:30 / 13:00 /14:30 / 16:00 / 17:30 (15 minutes)

     

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    ●Exhibition area

    “Digital Sakura” will be depicted by using projection mapping technologies and art works which use the sophisticated design of “Kumiko,” a traditional architecture method. The fish exhibition uses the motif of “flower arrangement” “SAKURA AQUARIUM.”This same atmosphere is created throughout the inside of the aquarium. Each zone inside this aquarium highlights the beauty of cherry blossoms.

     

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    ●Hanaakari, a cherry blossom café bar where you can enjoy spring-limited drinks

    Lit-up choral which looks like cherry blossoms are installed inside the café to portray the magical world of cherry blossoms at nighttime and Japanese umbrellas are decorated on the tables shaped like a water tank. You can enjoy and feel the atmosphere of Japan by viewing living things while drinking alcohol. A little surprise where the petals of cherry blossoms emerge on the counter when receiving a drink can be enjoyed too.

    During the period when “SAKURA AQUARIUM” is held, four types of original drinks will be offered.

    Let’ s enjoy this latest cherry blossom viewing experience at Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa.

     

    ◼︎information

    SAKURA AQUARIUM by NAKED
    Date: 2018/03/03 (Sat.) to 2018/04/15 (Sun.)

     

    Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa

    Address: 4-10-30, Takawa, Minatoku, Tokyo (inside Shinagawa Prince Hotel)

    Business hours: 10:00 to 20:00

    *entrance will be possible until one hour before closing time.
    TEL:03-5421-1111

    URL:http://www.aqua-park.jp

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    On July 11, the day before the opening of the exhibition, there was a special opening ceremony and private viewing event held exclusively for staff and the press, which was a massive success. 

     

    Press releases of the event reveal that artists Yasumasa Morimura and Sebastian Masuda were present at the ceremony for photos and greetings. 

    Yasumasa Morimura commented with deep emotion: “I am so happy to have finally taken part in the Doraemon Exhibition. For this creation, I used lots of paper to make the costumes. I collaborated with Junko Koike, collecting lots of Doraemon manga as raw materials for the dress. As Doraemon has the power to manipulate time and space, and has the ability to create a door that leads to anywhere he desires, I thought a grey dress would be appropriate. In fact, the entire exhibition venue is just like the inside of Doraemon’s pocket ー it is packed with the work of 28 solo artists and groups. What a fun experience it is. I hope that many people in the Kansai region come see this,” he explained.

    Sebastian Masuda commented: “I’m actually the same age as Doraemon and I share the same birthday as Noby; the main character from the series. I was born with a love for Doraemon.”

     

    He then commented on his art piece: “I actually wanted to make it as big as the Budha statue at Todaiji Temple in Nara, but we wouldn’t be able to fit it in the venue so I made it two metres tall instead”, he laughed. “I collected materials from markets from all around the world, so the final piece is literally made up of the colours of the world,” he continued. 

     

    His message to the people of Osaka is: “I would love it if lots of children came to see this. It would really make my day to hear reactions from them like “whoa, it’s huge” or “that’s so cool!””

     

    Please come stop by to visit your favourite Doraemon!

  • Toy Story 4 Themed Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo& Nagoya

    12.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / MOVIE

    Did you catch Toy Story 4 at the cinema yet? If you’re in Japan this summer then you won’t want to miss the official Toy Story 4-themed cafes opening in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya on July 20 and in Hokkaido on July 21 for a limited time.

     

    The film was released just last month but is only set to hit Japanese theatres on July 12. It serves as the fourth and final film in the Toy Story series, wrapping up the story that first warmed the hearts of the public when the first movie dropped back in 1995.

     

    The cafe will be a toy box of fun for all fans of the films, featuring a Toy Story inspired menu and decorations laced with trivia.

    It costs ¥500 (before tax) per person to book a seat at the cafe. Customers who order from the menu will receive one of 13 possible stickers pictured above in the style of theatre tickets.

    Everyone who enters the cafe will also receive one of these 13 possible entry bands.

    <Woody & Bo Peep> Fateful Reunion Plate (¥1,890)

    Fans of Woody and Bo Peep should look at ordering the Fateful Reunion Plate, a chicken sandwich and vichyssoise set based on both characters’ outfits. Find the sheep hidden amongst the dish!

    <Duke Caboom> High in the Sky! Stunt Burger (¥1,890)

    Duke Caboom’s chicken burger is served with mint sauce and a heap of assorted vegetables. Fly high in the sky with the dish’s delicious combination of flavours.

    <Buzz, Ducky & Bunny> Night Carnival Pasta (¥1,790)

    This meat pasta dish is topped with colourful vegetables. Keep the fun going at the moving carnival at night!

    <Gabby Gabby & The Bensons> Afternoon Tea Set (¥1,790)

    Paying tribute to Gabby Gabby and the dummies, the afternoon tea set comes with a tuna sandwich and a fruit and yogurt sandwich. To drink you can enjoy a decaff Earl Grey tea.

    <Jessie> Pomegranate Water (¥890 or w/coaster ¥1,790)

    Feel refreshed with Jessie’s satisfyingly sour pomegranate water.

    <Slinky> Orange Yogurt Smoothie (¥890 or w/coaster ¥1,790)

    Or order Slinky’s orange flavoured yogurt smoothie with kiwi sauce.

    Ordering from the food menu will also get each person a specially-made paper apron.

     

    There are lots of other items on the menu to look forward to as well. And don’t miss out on the range of exclusive merchandise they have either.

    Acrylic Key Ring (13 Designs): ¥500 Each

    A5 Folder (10 Designs): ¥350 Each

    Mini Duralex Glass (5 Designs): ¥800 Each

     

    The Toy Story hype doesn’t seem to show any signs of stopping just yet. Be sure to visit the official Toy Story 4 cafe in Japan.

     

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    © POOF-Slinky, LLC

    *All prices include tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only and so designs are subject to change.

  • Play Hide And Seek at After Hours Spooky Japanese Theme Park in Osaka

    09.July.2019 | SPOT

    Hirakata Park in Osaka is set to host its scary nighttime horror event “Hide And Seek at Hiraka Park” again this year from August 26 to September 1. Tickets are now on sale via Lawson Tickets. The event is being held in collaboration with MBS, Yami and ICT of NTT West.

    The park will take a turn for the worse as soon as evening settles and night envelops the sky, bringing a spooky shift to the usual mirthful atmosphere during the day. Something terrible will lurk in the dark after the park closes.

     

    Participants of this event will need to use their electronic devices, such as a tablet or smartphone, to help them reach the goal within an hour while keeping hidden from any spirits that may be lying in wait in the shadows. We also recommend taking a spare pair of pants.

     

    But that’s not all, as guests at the park can now get involved in another frightening experience using VR technology. This VR game, which is called “The Vengeful Sleep Paralysis Ghost’s Mansion,” was introduced to the park on July 6 and is available for a limited time only.

     

    If you’re down for some hair-raising spooks but can’t wait until Halloween, then you know where you need to go this summer.

  • 17 Fireworks Festivals Taking Place This Summer in Ito City

    08.July.2019 | SPOT

    This summer, Ito city will be seeing lots of large-scale fireworks festivals take place between July 20 and August 24.  

    Ito Onsen Yume Hanabi/ Ito Onsen, Ito Coast 

    The Yume Hanabi (Dream Fireworks) event will be held 10 times during the summer fireworks season. Enjoy a range of fireworks exploding before your very eyes. The sizes of the fireworks range from an outer diameter of 9 cm to 30 cm. Each day, between 1,000 and 1,500 fireworks will pierce the night sky with a beautiful show of colours. The best spot to watch these would be from a simple patch of grass in Nagisa Park. 

     

    July 20 (Sat)  20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    July 28 (Sun) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    July 30  (Tues) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

    July 31 (Weds) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

    August 2 (Fri) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 3 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 6 (Tues) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 7 (Weds) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 17 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 24 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    Usami Summer Festival  Kaijo Hanabi Taikai/ Usami Coast

    This festival remains popular among the locals but is still yet to be discovered by tourists. This is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the view at your own pace. The road leading from Usami Station is a pedestrian zone lined with stands and stalls, making it the perfect place to enjoy the festival vibes. 

    August 1 (Thurs) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

    Floating Lanterns Uchiage Hanabi/ Ito Coast

    Bright lanterns are floated down the Matsukawa river which runs through the heart of the city. As the last magical lantern makes its way down the river, the fireworks are set off into the sky, illuminating the lanterns as they float downstream.

    August 8 (Thurs) 20:50 ー 21:00 (Approx. 800 fireworks)

    Taiko no Hibiki (Echoing Drums)  Uchiage Hanabi (Ito Kaigan)

    Head over to Nagisa Park to witness the taiko drum battle. Nagisa Park is one of the best locations in Ito city to watch the fireworks. The energy from the drums will resonate throughout the entire park. As the battle reaches its climax, fireworks will soar into the sky, exploding to the beat of your heart.

    August 9 (Fri) 20:50 ー 21:00 (Approx. 800 fireworks)

    Anjin Large-Scale Seaside Fireworks Festival / Along Ito Coast 

    This is the largest fireworks festival in Ito. Over the course of an hour, approximately 10,000 fireworks will be launched from five different areas along the coast, striking vibrant streaks of colour into the night sky over the sea. The fireworks range from digital Star Mines to Niagara fireworks. For those of you who want to escape the crowds to watch the fireworks at your own pace, we recommend the seating area, where you can fully enjoy a closeup view of the breathtaking fireworks for just ¥2,000 per seat. August 10 (Sat) 20:00 ー 21:00 (Approx. 10,000 fireworks)

    Yanmono Sato Hanabi Taikai /Yawatano

    In just 30 mins, 3,000 fireworks are fired into the sky, bursting into dynamic patterns that illuminate the sea and create a scene of lingering beauty that you will not be able to peel your eyes from. The fireworks are set off right before the spectator’s eyes so you can watch the fireworks develop into spontaneous beauty right above you. 

    August 14 (Weds) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 3,000 fireworks)

    Kawana Dolphin Beach Large-Scale Seaside Fireworks / Dolphin Beach Park

    This is a popular event among locals as well as tourists. Although there are not as many fireworks, the fact that viewers can enjoy them close up more than makes up for it. Niagara fireworks that shower over the ocean and Star Mines that blossom above you are just some of the popular kinds of fireworks this festival will allow you to witness.

    August 15 (Thurs) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 2,000 fireworks)

    Ito Hot Springs Hashi Festival Fireworks/ Ito Beach

    At this unique festival, a tower made of chopsticks used at the hot springs is set on fire for a memorial service. A portable shrine overflowing with strong energy is carried through the streets as part of a parade. The event also sees hand-held fireworks, enhancing the festival vibes. The fireworks explode over the sea, colouring the sky with a scene that represents the end of summer. 

    August 22 (Thurs) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

     

    The summer holidays is the perfect time to enjoy a fireworks festival, so why don’t you check one out?

  • During the summer holiday period between July and September, Aquamarine Fukushima is holding a range of events and supporting children to learn about marine life independently. Come join in the festival fun with goldfish scooping games, quoits, and much more. There will also be a fair from August 11 to 15. 

    Aquamarine Fukushima Rare Creatures Picture Book <Complete the pictures!>

    Dates: July 13 ー September 1

    Aquamarine Fukushima is displaying rare creatures and ecological systems. The children can write the name of the new creatures they discover in their own picture book. Once they have completed the picture book, it will be an original record of discoveries. As the children record the features of the animals and other organisms they discover, adults will also find this information beneficial when looking around the exhibitions. 

     

    How to take part: Pick up an application form at the entranceway on floor 1 of the aquarium main building (Honkan). The answers will all be distributed in one place. (Subject to change).

     

    Summer Aquamarine Fukushima: Children’s Answer Room

    Open: July 20 ー September 1 

    Here, all the answers to the children’s puzzles about Aquamarine life are presented in panels and explained in easy terms. Along with the picture book where the children can record interesting life forms, this is the perfect way to support independent exploration. 

     

    Goldfish scooping and Fun Fair

    You can purchase goldfish that were bred at the aquarium, or catch them yourself at the goldfish scooping area. There is also a games corner where you and your children can enjoy a range of fun activities such as quoits. 

    The goldfish building, which just opened last year, will be bringing back its 60cm-large Goldfish Nebuta lantern. To raise spirits during Japan’s O-bon lantern festival, the aquarium will be open for much longer so that a lantern event can be held in the evening. 

     

    Iwaki Traditional Vegetable Marché

    Open: August 17 ー 18 (11:00 ー 14:00)

    Head to the Aquamarine Aguri located outside Aquamarine Fukushima to purchase everyday vegetables as well as Japanese vegetables that have been grown through the cooperation of Iwaki farmers and Iwaki city. The traditional Iwaki marché sells mainly traditional summer vegetables such as okuimo potatoes, yardlong beans, beefsteak plants, kojiroi cucumbers, and much more. From local vegetables to healthy goods, everything is produced at Aquamarine Fukushima. 

     

    Iwaki Fireworks Festival 

    Enjoy the sight of fireworks soaring through the sky before your very eyes from the Aquarium grounds. This large-scale fireworks event will run until 9 pm on August 3.

     

    Running: August 11 ー 15 (8pm) . 

    ※ Last entries: Up to 1hr before closing time. 

     

    Come visit Aquamarine Fukushima for a perfect fun-filled day with the family!

  • Summer 2019 Japanese Fireworks Festivals With The Wow Factor

    30.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hello everyone, this is Midori from MMN’s Editorial Department!

    The first thing that pops into your head when you think of summer is fireworks. During the summer, Japan hosts so many large-scale fireworks events that it can be difficult to decide which one to visit. However, some festivals really stand out from the crowd. Today, I will share with you some fireworks festivals I would highly recommend for their extra wow-factor. 

     

    If you’re interested, check out the 2019 list for the top 10 fireworks festivals in Japan

     

    2019 Artistic Fireworks at Moerenuma Park, Sapporo

    Last year, this event was cancelled due to an earthquake, so excitement levels are high this year. 

    This year, the fireworks dream team have put together a special non-stop program which includes the highest fireworks in the whole country. A fireworks photo and painting competition will be held after the fireworks event day.

     

    ▼2019 Artistic Fireworks at Moerenuma Park

    Date: September 7, 2019

    Official Website: https://www.moere.jp/

     

    Relax 221m Above Ground: The RESTAURANT LUKE with SLY LOUNGE Fireworks Plan

    Fireworks events held within the city can get very crowded, so how about watching them explode beautifully in the night sky from a restaurant? RESTAURANT LUKE with SLY LOUNGE is the perfect place to watch the Sumida River Fireworks festival and its 20,000 fireworks, or the Edogawa Fireworks Festival, where 14,000 fireworks are launched. Make sure to ask for the fireworks plan if you want this experience.

    Being able to watch fireworks high in the sky is a wonderful lifetime opportunity. 

     

    ▼RESTAURANT LUKE with SLY LOUNGE

    Address: St.Luke’s Garden, 47th floor, 8-1 Akashicho, Chuo City, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3248-0211

    Firework event plans:

    July 27 Sumida River Fireworks Festival Special Plan

    August 3 Edogawa Fireworks Festival Special Plan

    Adults: ¥15,000, high school students: ¥6,000, middle school students: ¥4,000, elementary school students: ¥2,000 (Free for those under elementary school age)

    Official Website: https://www.restaurant-luke.com/restaurant.html

     

    Shin Yokohama Fireworks Festival  2019 Special Tickets

    Kohoku-ku, Yokohama will be celebrating the 80th year of the Shin Yokohama Fireworks Festival. Tickets for seats to watch the 2019 fireworks event are now being sold. The fireworks will be launched in an area that is hundreds of metres wide. For the finale, you can enjoy yellow streams of light as they fall out of the sky. As this fireworks event is taking place at Shin Yokohama, you can get seats at the Nissan Stadium or the tennis court to enjoy a beautiful night.  

    Photo: Takeshi Kanetake 

     

    ▼Shin Yokohama Fireworks Festival 2019

    Date: July 7, 2019

    Prices: Special entry area (unreserved seats): ¥2,000 (per person, 1m2 picnic sheet, 1 entry ticket).

    Tennis court garden table seat: ¥20,000 (4 people, 4 tickets, 1 garden table), Nissan Stadium north side (for legal supporters/ event sponsors and others who contributed to the event: ¥54,000 (6 people, 6 tickets, table seating).

    Official Website: http://shinyokohama-hanabi.com/

     

    Enjoy Fishing With A Beautiful Fireworks Display In The Sky at Echizen, Fukui

    Visit Echizen port to enjoy a beautiful fireworks display whilst on the hunt for fish and squid. This is a relatively cheap plan considering that you also get the chance to enjoy a beautiful view. This is a wonderful way to create special memories.

    ▼ Fishing and Fireworks in Echizen, 2019

    Date: July 13, 2019

    Price: Squid: ¥ 6,000 per person Fish: ¥7,000 per person (40 people max).

    (Includes fishing equipement. Price is the same for both children and adults).

    Official website: https://www.town-echizen.jp/SSL/experience/detail.php?id=90

     

    A Cool Night at The Pool and Fireworks Every Day at Phoenix Seagaia Resort, Miyazaki

    During the summer holidays, there will be a fireworks show every evening at Phoenix Seagaia Resort in Miyazaki prefecture. They have special seating, and also those who choose accommodation on the club floor can see the fireworks launched before their very eyes.

    You can also enjoy the night pool or barbeque and simultaneously witness the fireworks. The best part is that there is a show everyday, so there is no need to worry about fitting it in with the rest of your plans.

     

    ▼Phoenix Seagaia Resort Summer Fireworks 2019

    Event Period: Every day from July 20 ー August 31, 2019

    Official Website: https://seagaia.co.jp/

     

    This summer will be the first ever fireworks season of the Reiwa era, so how about making it extra special by attending a fireworks festival with that extra wow factor?

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