Awaken your inner Ninja by visiting the special ‘THE NINJA- ninjatte nanja!?-‘ exhibition!
31.March.2016 | SPOT
This summer from Saturday 2nd July, come along to the Miraikan in Odaiba, Tokyo to witness the exhibition ‘The NINJA –ninjatte nanja!?-‘ (Also known as the ‘Ninjaten’)
Even though the word ‘Ninja’ is widely known and widely used across the world, their existence still remains a complete mystery. However, in recent years, results from studies conducted at Mie University have revealed the reality and truth about Ninja!
At this exhibition, explanations of the Ninja way, including details of their knowledge and abilities and the strength of their heart, technique and body, will be given. The exhibition will also introduce special ninja training including details about secret Ninja methods of walking, running and jumping, and their ability to throw shuriken (small star-shaped throwing blades).
The Ninja arts of infiltration, memorisation and communication used for survival in the modern age will also be introduced. On the scientific side, a peak into the Ninja diet, knowledge of astronomy and climate, neuroscience and gunpowder will also be available to learn at the event.
Approximately 200 exhibits presenting Ninja weapons and Ninja clothing is planned to be displayed at the event! You don’t want to miss out on this groundbreaking revelation!
Shu Takada Wins World Yo-Yo Contest 2019 in Art & Performance Category
14.August.2019 | MUSIC
Japanese acrobat yo-yo performer Shu Takada took part in this year’s World Yo-Yo Contest which took place at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Ohio from August 7-10. For the first time in his professional yo-yo career, Takada took home the win in the Art & Performance category. This marks his 6th world title acquisition.
The theme of Takada’s performance was “SHINOBI” which combined yo-yo tricks with acrobatics and ninja moves. His unique performance enthralled the audience and allowed him to take home the top award as well as the Artistic Award.
No description could do his performance justice as he transformed into a cool yo-yo ninja, flipping his body and swinging his LED-equipped yo-yo like a shuriken.
His outfit was provided by NINJA PROJECT, which mixed the iconic black ninja colour with a sporty look, turning it into his own awesome style.
No photography or filming was allowed at the event, but if you’re wondering if ninja still exist in real life, then you’ll want to check out the video above posted on Takada’s YouTube channel, where he has plenty of other yo-yo related content too.
Shu Takada Official Website: http://www.shutakada.com
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Offers Luxurious Accommodation Plan & Tea Ceremony Experience For Families
05.August.2019 | SPOT
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, a highly prestigious and magnificent 4-star hotel located in Shinjuku, is now serving an all-new “luxurious” family package which includes a tea ceremony experience and much more. It is currently running from July 20 to September 1.
The rooms offered in the accommodation plan are the hotel’s popular Wide Twin Rooms located on the Premier Grand club floor. Use of the Club Lounge is included in the package. The Wide Twin Rooms include two roomy queen-size beds which span 1.53 meters wide which allow parents to sleep comfortably with their children. Rooms also feature their own bathroom facilities.
The package also includes a check-in simulation for children aged 6-12 years where they can get a feel for what it’s like to check-in. They will fill in their own check-in cards with parents and receive a ticket for the tea ceremony experience. They will be able to take their card home with them and take a commemorative photo.
The tea ceremony experience will be held on the hotel’s 10th floor in the “Shofuan,” an authentic tearoom that has been in the hotel since it opened in 1971. Parents and children will receive proper instruction from the tea ceremony teacher before pouring their own tea, allowing them to learn about traditional Japanese culture and etiquette. They will receive a special certificate of completion at the end.
If you’re travelling to Japan as a family this summer then enjoy it in luxury at Hotel Keio Plaza Tokyo.
Tea Ceremony Experience and Luxurious Accommodations for Families
Running: July 20, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Price: ¥18,450 per person for the Wide Twin Rooms on the Premiere Grand Club Floor *Usage for 2-4 people (Includes use of the Club Lounge, breakfast, and includes service charge and tax)
①Tea Ceremony experience for overnight guests (1.5 hours required, children of preschool age or younger cannot participate but are welcome to watch)
②Simulated Club Lounge check-in experience for children and special commemorative photographs available between 2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
③Amenity items for mother use (skin care products etc.)
④Commemorative certificates of stays and tea ceremony completion, and photographs presented to guests
⑤Complimentary late check-out at 12:00p.m. (Normal check-out time is 11:00a.m.)
⑥Complimentary use of Sky Pool facilities
Enquiries & Reservations: +81-35322-8000
Keio Plaza Official Website: https://www.keioplaza.com/
See Traditional and Modern Japanese Culture Collide With Yukata, DJs & More at Tokyo’s Hamarikyu Gardens
The three-day Hamarikyu Oedo Cultural Festival will take place at the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo from August 23 to 25. It will be produced by international fashion designer and stylist Junko Koshino.
The boisterous festival is a coming together of Japan’s traditional Edo period and modern times which will be celebrated with a myriad of exciting experiences.
The centrepieces of this year’s event are the DJ performances and Yukata Fest which will take place around the two 6-meter tall pillars in the garden’s plaza. DJ KOO will appear as a special guest on Friday August 23rd while Japanese models Arina Urahama, Sayaka Shimizu and YORI will take the spotlight on Saturday 24th wearing Edo-style outfits with a contemporary pop spin all made by Junko Koshino.
During the Yukata Fest, there will be taiko drumming along to the DJ performance. Three people from the Eitetsu Fu’un no Kai―a group supervised by famous Japanese musician Eitetsu Hayashi―will be the drummers. The Fest will mash together traditional Japanese music with modern DJing.
Expect to be thrilled with an up-close performance of kendo swordsmanship, iai―the art of drawing one’s sword―and a showcasing of naginata, a type of long pole weapon. There will also be a play area where you can play karuta with the Hyakunin Isshu one-hundred poems which was popular during the Edo period, blow bubbles, and more.
And of course, there’ll be plenty of Japanese food to tuck into as well served at one of the many booths. This includes namie yakisoba, a local speciality soba noodle dish adored by the people of Fukuoka which will be served as part of maintaining the culture, a Fukushima no Sake standing bar which has won the top award in the Shinshu Kanpyokai 7 years in a row, and so on.
Specially prepared traditional Japanese wagashi confections produced by Junko Koshino will also be sold as part of a collaboration project with Ito En who are sponsoring the event and holding a special tea party. They are limited in availability, and those lucky few who do get a spot will be able to enjoy tea and sweets while enjoying a view of the spectacular Japanese-style gardens at the Nakajima No Ochaya cafe.
Visitors will also be able to pick from a wardrobe of bright and colourful yukata, including some designed by Junko Koshino, at one of the booths at the festival and have them fitted on from them. Those who arrive already dressed in a yukata will receive free entry to the festival!
You’ll completely forget you’re in the boisterous city of Tokyo while at this traditional x modern fusion of a festival. If you’re in Japan this summer, then don’t miss out. More details of the festival and its content can be found on the official website below.
Hamarikyu Oedo Cultural Festival 2019
August 23 @ 17:00-21:00
August 24 @ 11:00-21:00
August 25 @ 11:00-17:00
*Hamarikyu Gardens are open from 9am as usual while the festival is running
Location: Hamarikyu Gardens (1-1 Hamarikyuteien, Chuo Ward Tokyo)
Price: General ¥300 / 65+years ¥150 (Free for elementary school children and younger, residents of Tokyo, and middle school student residents and younger)
*Free entry for those wearing a yukata
Official Website: https://hamarikyu-event2019.jp/
LEGOLAND Japan Celebrates The Grand Opening of LEGO NINJAGO World
03.July.2019 | SPOT
Looking for a fun day out with kids in Japan? LEGOLAND Japan is the perfect family day outing destination. At 1pm on July 1, the park celebrated the grand opening of the brand new area LEGO NINJAGO World. This is the first time this park has ever been expanded since opening in April 2017.
The opening ceremony featured special guests, including pop singer and actress Miki Shoji and approximately 70 students from Nagoya Shiritsu Inaei Elementary School. Miki Shoji, who also enjoys a trip to LEGOLAND from time to time, made the following comment at the ceremony:
“Whether you are a child or adult, the new LEGO NINJAGO World has many attractions such as the Flying NINJAGO that everyone can enjoy. This is the perfect place to have fun with your family this summer!”
There were many other special events held on the day of the grand opening, such as a countdown. At one point, Miki Shoji and the children even took part in a shuriken-throwing event with seven NINJAGO characters. What a spectacular day it was! After the ceremony had finished, some of the students who were selected as representatives of their school were given the opportunity to be the first to ride the Flying NINJAGO.
LEGO NINJAGO World is the eighth area of LEGOLAND Japan and is a popular area in all Legolands across the world. From the moment the children step into the NINJAGO area, they will be immersed in an entirely new world. From the surroundings to the attractions and Ninja activities, they will learn a variety of essential ninja skills.
Whether you are a child or an adult, LEGOLAND Japan invites you to enjoy a ninja experience. ♪
Address: Kinjoufutou, LEGOLAND Japan Limited, 2 Chome-2-1, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi
Enjoy The Beautiful View of Tokyo’s Nighttime Sky And Sea With The Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan
28.June.2019 | SPOT
Spending a cool night overlooking the beautiful calm water at Odaiba and relaxing in the gorgeous pool sounds like an excellent way to spend summer nights in Tokyo. Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is launching their summer-limited plan called Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan 2019 to allow you to do just that.
The Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan 2019 comes with a delicious food menu that serves a variety of luxurious, mouthwatering dishes that look just as luxurious as they taste. Some examples include; mini hotdogs with chicken and vegetable sauce aurore, barbeque sauce spare ribs, and much more. They even serve all-you-can-drink top quality Jacquart champagne, which is a global top class wine chosen by many airlines and hotels.
This hotel offers a unique view of the night sky and night waters of Tokyo from an open terrace. Guests can gaze at the relaxing view whilst enjoying delicious food and luxurious champagne. The Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan offers the perfect getaway for friends and couples.
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba’s Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan 2019
Running: July 5 ー September 1 (Weekdays only, reservations required. Please reserve at least three days before the date of your visit).
※ Closed between August 13 and 16. (Please obtain further information on opening and closing dates and times using the official website and telephone numbers listed below.)
Opening Hours: 16:00 ー 21:00 (Last entries: 19:30)
Prices: General: ￥11,000/ One Harmony members: ￥10,000
※ A restriction of up to 4 One Harmony members are permitted per group.
※ Entry prices included in prices stated above.
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
Address: 2 Chome-6-1 Daiba, Minato City, Tokyo
Access: Direct connection from Daiba Station (Yurikamome line)/ Approx. 10-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station (Rinkai Line)
Telephone no: 03-5500-6711（main number）
Official Website: https://www.tokyo.grandnikko.com/
LEGO NINJAGO World Grand Opening! Check out the Ninja Food Menu!
LEGOLAND JAPAN is no doubt the perfect day trip for families with kids (and adults who still haven’t grown up). 13:00 on Monday 1st July will be a very special moment for the park… as it will be celebrating the grand opening of LEGO NINJAGO World! This will be the first time the park has ever been extended since opening!
Except Dubai, all countries/states in the world that are home to a LEGOLAND own a NINJAGO World too ー and they are so popular! Now, it’s about time that the country of ninja actually gets a LEGO NINJAGO World! It will be the eighth area of the park. From the moment you enter, you will be immersed in a ninja world! Rise up to the challenges set by the activities and plunge into all the attractions to better your ninja skills!
The new area is home to three new attractions. The Flying Ninjago will be the first to catch your eye. This is a gigantic ride that adults and kids are bound to get a thrill out of! Two brand new rides called Lloyd’s Spinjitzu Spinners and Kai Sky Master will have their world debut at LEGOLAND JAPAN!
Apart from the attractions, there’s so much more fun stuff to do to immerse fully in the NINJAGO experience.
Jay’s Lightning Drill
Cole’s Rock Climb
Polish your fundamental ninja skills with Jay’s Lightning Drill and Cole’s Rock Climb. NINJAGO World also contains many new lego models. The largest in the area is the 4-metre tall Samurai robot lego model!
Spin Tower Burger Set【Brick House Burger】¥2,000 (price after tax)
Shuriken Pancake【Naruto Table】¥450 (price after tax)
To commemorate the birth of NINJAGO World, there are so many ninja-themed meals, treats and desserts being sold all over the new attraction area and throughout the theme park!
Challenge your ninja skills, enjoy the thrilling rides and indulge in the delicious ninja food at LEGO NINJAGO World!
LEGO NINJAGO World
Grand opening: Monday 1st June 2019 at 13:00
Address: Kinjoufutou, LEGOLAND Japan Limited, 2 Chome-2-1, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi
Become a Ninja in VR, Tuck Into Ramen & More at Osaka Castle Park
JO-TERRACE OSAKA is a restaurant and shopping complex at Osaka Castle Park. On May 30, the facility is set to open Osaka Castle Shitamachi, a line of shops where you can experience all the great things from Osaka and the Kansai region from food to activities.
This traditional-modern fusion of Kansai-style establishments will make use of JO-TERRACE OSAKA’s main space which covers 893m². Its concept is to be a “third place” of Japanese experiences. The term third place refers to public spaces like shops, cafes, clubs and so on―separate from the “first place” (the home) and “second place” (the workplace).
In the lane of ramen shops, which take on a traditional-modern look, various kinds of ramen from across Japan will be served up to customers. Restaurants will include those that were first established in Kansai as well as the most popular restaurants in the ramen scene right now.
Over at VR NINJA Yasuke you can feel what it’s like to be a real ninja, VR-style. Aimed at foreign tourists, this service is available in English, Chinese and Korean.
At WAHAKU you can tuck into some delicious and high quality wagyu beef and taste different brands of sake.
There are lots of other exciting things to look forward to as well, so if you’re ever travelling to Osaka Castle be sure to pop in.
Address: JO-TERRACE OSAKA E TERRACE 2F, Osaka Castle Park, 3-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka
Grand Opening: May 30, 2019
Business Hours: 11:00-21:00
Official Website: http://emarche.co.jp/
Get a Night Pass to the teamLab Borderless Digital Art Museum in Odaiba
17.May.2019 | SPOT
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless is an art museum co-managed by MORI Building and teamLab which is home to a borderless world without any maps in sight. The museum is currently displaying its spring display until the end of May.
It has been announced that this summer, from July 13 to September 1, the museum will extend its weekday hours to weekend hours where it will stay open until 21:00. They will also begin selling a limited number of Night Passes which enables guests to enter the museum from 18:00 for a closer, more intimate interaction with the exhibitions.
If you’ll be in Japan this summer then take advantage of this opportunity to enter teamLab’s immersive borderless world of digital art.
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless
Address: 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Price: Adults – ¥3,200 / Children – ¥1,000 / Disability Discount – ¥1,600
Night Pass: Price: Adults – ¥2,900 / Children – ¥1,000 / Disability Discount – ¥1,500
*Night Pass available from July 13 to September 1 only. Entry from 18:00 permitted.
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10:00-19:00 / Weekends 10:00-21:00
*Opening hours to run from 10:00-21:00 all week from July 13 to September 1.
*Last entries are one hour before closing time.
Closed: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
*Also closed Saturday June 22 and Saturday August 10. Open on Tuesday August 13.
Official Website: https://borderless.teamlab.art/
Ise Ninja Kingdom is full of fun stuff to do! You can enjoy wearing the same clothes as Japanese people did long ago! We recommend you try it.
Take a stroll around Ise Ninja Kingdom and enjoy travelling backwards in time.
The revived castle grounds are full of photo spots! You can try on luxurious kimonos and take loads of Instagram-worthy photos! You can also dress up like a ninja and challenge yourself to a ninja adventure! This is your chance to embrace your inner ninja!
Although junk food comes to mind when one thinks of a theme park, Ise Ninja Kingdom has a lot of carefully prepared food. In the castle town, you can eat the same food that ninja would eat. There’s plenty that adults as well as kids would enjoy. You can indulge in the Ise buffet or premium gourmet food that is all made using locally sourced fresh ingredients.
This is your chance to have an authentic experience of foods such as Sobauchi, and even watch chefs prepare tuna. You can watch, experience and eat!
According to an online survey conducted among leisure parks across the country in March 2019, Ise Ninja Kingdom was acknowledged as the “best cosplay theme park”, the theme park with the tastiest food” and the best “ninja theme park”!
This is where you can make the memories of a lifetime so bring your family and friends to Ise Ninja Kingdom!
Ise Ninja Kingdom
Address: 1201-1 Futamicho Mitsu, Ise
Official website: http://www.ise-jokamachi.jp/
The New VR NINJA DOJO in Kanda Combines the Ninja Experience With Virtual Reality
05.March.2019 | SPOT
The new VR NINJA DOJO is set to open in Kanda, Tokyo on March 18, 2019.
Aimed at overseas visitors to Japan, the new entertainment facility blends the real and the virtual to provide an immersive virtual reality ninja experience. The building itself―from the exterior to the interior―take on traditional Japanese decor with tatami mats, sliding doors and more.
It is set up in such a way that even those not wearing the VR headset can enjoy the experience, allowing for everyone to come together even if the dojo is packed with people. The entire operation is carried out in English too, so ninja participants don’t have to worry if their Japanese isn’t up to scratch.
Everybody will carry out real ninja training before heading to the VR portion of the operation where they will be challenged against a real fully-trained ninja.
Get involved in a whole new kind of ninja experience at the new VR NINJA DOJO.
VR NINJA DOJO
Grand Opening: March 18, 2019
Address: Takebashi Bldg. Floor 1F, 2-15-15 Uchi-Kanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Target Guests: Visitors from abroad or foreigners living in Japan
*Free for foreigners if they bring a Japanese friend
Official Website: https://vr-ninja.jp/
teamLab Borderless Digital Art Museum Unveil Springtime Display
09.February.2019 | SPOT
teamLab Borderless is a digital art museum co-managed by MORI Building and teamLab that seeks to create a “borderless world” made possible by digital art. For this spring only the museum has announced a limited time display that will run from early March to late May.
The digital art pieces will take guests through a world of spring. Springtime flowers like Daphne odora and Astragalus sinicus will bloom in Spirits of the Flowers while plum blossoms and tree peonies will decorate Flowers – Layered Ultrasubjective Space. A spring scene will also unfold over in Memory of Topography, and Cherry blossom coloured lights will illuminate Forest of Illuminating Lamps.
Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke (Running: Early March – Late April)
Two new displays will be exhibited inside Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke for spring only. This includes the Cherry Blossom display with lamps lit up in that distinct pink colour and the Spring Hills & Fields display where the colours of five different flowers will radiate including four types of Japanese kerria and peach tree plants. When a person stands next to a lamp the light resonates to the next two lamps and this continues, spreading the lights across the room. This happens until all of the lamps have shone once brightly before returning to the first lamp.
Spirits of the Flowers (Running: Early March – Late April)
Flowers bloom and change throughout the year, and this rings true with this art installation. March will see the arrival of Daphne odora and in April Astragalus sinicus.
Flowers – Layered Ultrasubjective Space (Running: February 9 – Late May)
Plum blossoms will be rendered through February and March while April and May will give rise to tree peony displays. teamLab explains how “flowers are born, they grow, bud, blossom and in time the petals scatter and they die and fade away. The flowers repeat the process of birth and death endlessly.” This process is recreated at Layered Ultrasubjective Space.
Memory of Topography (Running: Early March – Late May)
This installation depicts a rural mountain landscape of different elevations, and from March onward will give rise to elements of spring. teamLab explains that as the seasons change so does the appearance of flowers and insects. They highlight how even if you don’t see scenery changing, including the landscapes, it always is and will never be the same twice, meaning a single moment in nature will never be repeated and can never be seen again.
Experience nature and the latest technology come together this spring at teamLab Borderless.
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless
Address: 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10:00-19:00 / Weekends 10:00-21:00 (*Last entries are 1 hour before closing time)
Closed: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Also closed February 18th-20th but open February 12th and 26th.
Price: Adults – ¥3,200 / Children – ¥1,000 / Disabled Discount – ¥1,600
Official Website: https://borderless.teamlab.art/
Ehomaki Sushi Rolls to Eat in 2019: Heart-Shaped Rolls, Doraemon Rolls & More
Setsubun is an annual event in Japan that takes place on February 3. It is the day before spring and is a time when Japanese people perform a ritual called mamemaki in which beans are scattered to ward off evil.
Another element of Setsubun is the consuming of ehomaki. These large sushi rolls are to be eaten facing a set direction each year for good health all year round. This year’s direction is East-Northeast.
We have created a list of ehomaki to be enjoyed in 2019 that includes classic rolls and more unique ones.
AEON’s ehomaki can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike
AEON Retail has announced 22 varieties of ehomaki to be sold at nearly 400 branches of AEON and AEON Style on February 2 and 3. This includes Sushi Yoshitake’s Goku Ehomaki―made by a Michelin 3-star restaurant that has ranked in the Michelin guide for 8 consecutive years―which incorporates sushi techniques from before the Edo period; as well as the Doraemon Ehomaki.
Thick ehomaki stuffed with sea urchin, caviar and more at Daimaru Tokyo
Daimaru Tokyo is now serving over 150 varieties of egomaki until February 3. This includes a fully-packed ehomaki made with 19 ingredients including sea urchin, caviar, tuna, fugu and more. There’s also a red king crab ehomaki that lovers of crab won’t be able to resist.
Strawberry-filled ehomaki roll at InterContinental Yokohama Grand
InterContinental Yokohama Grand’s “Ehomaki Rolls” sell out every single year, and they’re set to return once more in 2019 for a limited time. Available from January 26 until February 3, this dessert ehomaki is pumped with 2 varieties of high quality fresh cream and 5 whole sweet strawberries.
Matsuzakaya Nagoya’s Heart-shaped ehomaki♡
The Nagoya branch of Matsuzakaya is serving 140 types of ehomaki in 40 of its stores on floor B1F. One of the most eye-catching options is the cute heart-shaped ehomaki that’s filled with shibazuke, flying fish roe and shrimp tempura. There are only 50 of these being sold so be sure to get your hands on on quick!
Feeling hungry yet? When in Japan, do as the Japanese do and get your hands around a delicious ehomaki.