Roppongi Hills Christmas 2018: Keyakizaka Illuminations, 10m Tall Christmas Tree & More!

20.September.2018 | SPOT

Christmas at Roppongi Hills is a bustling time having brought together 7 million people last year. There will be lots happening this year, starting with Keyakizaka street being lit up from early November up to Christmas Day. Illuminations will be held in 3 places and there will be numerous events including a Christmas market and concerts.

Around 700,000 LED lights will decorate the trees of Keyakizaka street, bringing to light that charming feeling of Tokyo wintertime. This marks the 15th year of the street’s illuminations, and this year’s theme is “LIVE veil.” Passersby will be greeted with the glow of crisp blue and snow white LED lights. The bridge located in the centre of Keyakizaka street will make for a great photo with Tokyo Tower in the background.

 

Date: Early November 2018 – December 25, 2018
Time: 17:00-23:00

Location: Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori

A Christmas market will take place at 66 Plaza which will be overlooked by a towering 10m tall Christmas tree. The tree will light up during the event making for a must-visit spot with that special someone.

 

Date: Early November 2018 – December 25, 2018
Time: 17:00-24:00

Location: 66 Plaza

If you take a stroll along West Walk you’ll also see a very unique looking “knitted” Christmas tree. This specially made tree is made of a knitted material that will feel soft to touch. You’ll even be able to lie down at the base of it. The material the tree is made of will also run through the corridor of West Walk, embracing the area with warmth.

 

Running: November 16, 2018 – December 25, 2018 (subject to change)

Location: 2F West Walk South Side and Corridor

As well as the Christmas market and concert, the restaurants and cafes will also sell Christmas cakes, and there will be plenty of opportunities for Christmas shopping.

 

Take your family, friends or special someone to Roppongi Hills for Christmas this year!

 

■Information

Roppongi Hills Christmas 2018
Location: Roppongi Hills (Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori, 66 Plaza, West Walk, Roppongi Hills Arena, Oyane Plaza, and elsewhere)

 

Christmas Market 2018

Date: November 23, 2018 – December 15, 2018

Time: 11:00-21:00

*On the first day (November 23) the market will open in the evening.

*Opening times extended to 22:00 on Fridays, the weekend and December 24.

Location: Oyane Plaza

 

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  • teamLab and MORI Building Digital Art Museum Opens on June 21

    09.June.2018 | SPOT

    MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless will open on June 21 and is co-managed by Mori Building Co., Ltd. and teamLab.

    森ビル チームラボ デジタルアートミュージアム「MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM」4

    teamLab Borderless is a collection of artworks that ‘form one borderless world.’ The art encompasses the entire room from the ceiling to the floor, and each piece connects seamlessly to the other, creating an immersive world where time blurs.

    森ビル チームラボ デジタルアートミュージアム「MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM」3

    You’ll be able to create new experiences with other people by submerging yourself into world of this borderless art and exploring it with your body.

    森ビル チームラボ デジタルアートミュージアム「MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM」2

    This never-before-seen new world is created in an expansive and complex three-dimensional 10,000 square meter space by 520 computers and 470 projectors.

    森ビル チームラボ デジタルアートミュージアム「MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM」

    EPSON teamLab Borderless have created 5 worlds each with their own distinct artwork. Early bird tickets are now on sale at a discounted price. Sales end on July 31. Additionally, the opening hours will be extended by one hour from June 21 to August 31.

     

    Dive into a mesmerising 3D world and get lost amongst the borderless art.

     

    ■Information

    MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless

    Address: 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto, Tokyo

    Opening: June 21, 2018

     

    Opening Hours

    Monday-Thursday 11:00-19:00 (20:00)

    Friday 11:00-21:00 (22:00)

    Saturday 10:00-21:00 (22:00)

    Sunday & National Holidays 10:00-19:00 (20:00)

    *Last entries are 1 hour before closing time.

    *Times listed in brackets refer to extended opening times running from June 21 to August 31.

    *Business hours will defer from season to season. Check the official website for full details.

    Closed: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

     

    Early Bird Tickets (Discounted)

    Sales Period: June 7, 2018-July 31, 2018

    Price:

    Adults, High School & College Student – ¥2,400 (*Normal price ¥3,200)

    Children up to Middle School Student – ¥1,000 (*Same as normal price)

    *Prices listed include tax.

    *Early bird tickets admitted during the period June 21 to July 31 only.

    Ticket Purchasing: https://borderless.teamlab.art/jp/

     

     

    teamLab Borderless: https://www.baitoru.com/cp/teamlab-borderless/

    Official Website: http://borderless.teamlab.art/jp

    Teaser Trailer: https://youtu.be/y3quanO4bKw

     

  • teamLab to Bring Digital Art Exhibition to GINZA SIX Rooftop

    30.June.2018 | SPOT

    • Ultratechnologists teamLab are taking their Resonating Trees digital art masterpiece to the rooftop garden of GINZA SIX, the biggest shopping complex in Ginza. It will run from August 1 to September 2.

     

    The theme of the work is “Digitized Nature.” Taking place in a 56-meter roof garden, this digital art space combines sound and lights which change and transform as people walk by. This is the first time for this piece to be held in the city and offers people a dreamy experience with the nightscape of Ginza’s streets and buildings as the backdrop.

    The trees lining the garden will be individually lit up with bright and colourful lights. It will seem as if the trees are resonating with each other as they fade in and out of different colour tones. As watchers walk by, the colour tone of a tree will change and transmit to the trees next to them. The changing of colours signifies the presence of people, and in turn teamLab hopes people will become aware of the existence of other living things in the same space.

     

    Experience the latest in cutting-edge digital art technology at GINZA SIX.

     

    ■Information
    teamLab: Resonating Trees in GINZA SIX GARDEN

    Location: GINZA SIX GARDEN, GINZA SIX roof

    Running: August 1, 2018 – September 2, 2018 (*Shops and restaurants closed on August 27)

    Time: Sunset-11:00pm

    Entry: Free

    Event Page: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/ginzasixgarden

    Resonating Trees: https://www.teamlab.art/w/resonatingtrees

     

    GINZA SIX
    Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops & Cafes (B2F-5F) 10:30am-8:30pm / Restaurants (6F, 13F) 11:00am-11:00pm

    *Business hours different for select shops.

    No Fixed Holidays.

    *Shops and restaurants closed on August 27.

    TEL: 03-6891-3390 (GINZA SIX Information Desk / 10:30am-8:30pm)

    Website: http://ginza6.tokyo/

     

  • Tokyo Winter Illuminations 2018 – Shinjuku Minamilumi Illuminations to Return to Shinjuku Station South Exit

    04.September.2018 | SPOT

    The Shinjuku Minamilumi illuminations are making their sixth return to the south exit of Shinjuku Station again this year from November 14.

    “Minamilumi” is a portmanteau of minami no illumination (‘south illuminations’) and minna de miru illumination (‘illuminations to watch with everyone’).

    Each pedestrian area around the south exit will be decorated with different illuminations. Full details for each illumination exhibition will be available from October.

    Each location is within walking distance from the other, so you can spend a nice relaxing time strolling and seeing the different lights that will welcome the winter. Mark it in your diary and be sure to see them all.

     

    ■Information

    Shinjuku Minamilumi Illuminations

    Areas: Shinjuku Southern Terrace / Takashiyama Times Square / Shinjuku Maynds Tower / JR South Shinjuku Bldg. / JR Shinjuku Miraina Tower / Suica’s Penguin Park

    Closest Stations: Shinjuku Station (JR Line, Odakyu Line, Keio Line, Toei Shinjuku Line, Oedo Line) / Shinjuku-Sanchome Station (Fukutoshin Line)

    Running: November 14, 2018 – January 14, 2019

    Illumination Times: 5:00pm-12:00am

    *4:30pm-12:00am in December.

    *Illumination areas, content and details subject to change.

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    Shari-den (Photo taken in 2019)


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    Original Merchandise – Pin Badge

    Original Merchandise – Ballpoint Pen

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    Royal Palace on the Hill


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    LED Manholes

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    LED Manhole Designs

    Left: Daytime / Right: Nighttime

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    Enjoy art entertainment in person or at home

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    Guide To Magical Shores | Siloso Beach, Sentosa:

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    as exotic as you can be, inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s “Summer” – ¥2,400

    after this , you may, inspired by Paul Gauguin’s “Woman Holding a Fruit” – ¥2,200

    Enjoy one of the many creative cocktails inspired by famous artworks.

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    29.February.2020 | SPOT

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    Illumination Flower Garden

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    Enjoy the cool spring breeze and gorgeous Japanese illuminations at Hirakata Park this March.

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    Gift Area – Roppongi Hill Exclusives

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    This castella cake is made rich and moist thanks to the eggs laid by specially-bred chickens. It’s made with wasanbon fine-grained Japanese sugar,  which gives it a tantalizing smell. The logo stands out too, giving it a beautiful appearance in addition to the delicious flavour.

    Roppongi Hills Sanmaido (5 Included) – ¥702 (Tax Included) @ Ginza Matsuzaki Senbei

    The senbei rice crackers have a gentle flavour, handcrafted one by one by the shop’s master chefsーincluding the Roppongi Hills logo design of these tile-shaped rice crackersーby adding eggs and sugar to wheat flour.

    Kinanomiya Sando (Exclusive Packaging/3 Included) – ¥540 (Tax Included) @ KISSHOKARYO

    KISSHOKARYO Japan Premium “Miyabi” – ¥1,870 (Tax Included) @ KISSHOKARYO

    Munch down on these delicious chocolate cookies made with high quality soy flour, almonds, and oat milk.

     

    They’re also serving a special Japanese parfait for eating-in, made with specially-selected Uji matcha from Kyoto and homemade soy flour.

    Sankaku Box Sando – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) @ New Style Ginza Sembikiya

    Roppongi Hills Exclusive Melon Parfait – ¥2,700 (Tax Included) @ New Style Ginza Sembikiya

    Added to the thick and fluffy bread is fresh fruit and subtly sweet cream to make a refreshing sandwich. The chocolate sandwich in the left of the picture is exclusive to Roppongi Hills.

     

    The must-try is the melon parfait, which is made with melons grown in Shizuoka that have been specially selected by the shop.

    Cake Shop Miracle Collaboration Set – ¥3,456 (Tax Included) @ Kashi no Kirokujo

    This set is an assortment made by four long-standing cake makers: Akasaka Kakiyama, Obusedo, Ganyudo, and Nanohana.

    Roppongi Lingotto – ¥3,240 (Tax Included) @ Bicerin

    Caffe mocha al Bicerin – ¥660 (Tax Included) @ Bicerin

    Served in a limited-edition Roppongi Hills box, the “Roppongi Lingotto” bears the shopping complex’s logo, and is a popular gift that was even served to members of the Japanese government at the G7 Ise-Shima and G20 Osaka summits.

    When dining in, you can order a rich bicerin which is a mix of espresso, milk, and chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream that’s shaped to look like a hill.

    Raw Pound Cake Assortment – ¥1,700 (Tax Included) @ Pavlov

    Choose from seven adorable small-size cakes, including cream vanille, pistachio fruits rouges, chocolate orange, very berry, Kyoto matcha, caramel nuts, and mont blanc.

    Roppongi Exclusive GIFT – ¥918 (Tax Included) @ Jiichiro

    Wrapped in special Roppongi Hills packaging, this box contains an assortment of Jiichiro treats from their popular baumkuchen to rusk, gateau chocolat, and more.

     

    In the Food Area, seven restaurants will open serving quick, authentic food. A number of popular restaurants are also making an appearance, like Kyu Yamutei which is famous for its Osaka spice curry, as well as THAI STREET FOOD by KRUNG SIAM. The menu line-ups will include dishes exclusive to Roppongi Hills.

     

    Food Area – Roppongi Hill Exclusives

    Curry-Gear MAX – ¥1,650 (Tax Included) @ Kyu Yamutei

    This curry combines unique ingredients and spices. The ingredients and roux are switched up every month, and you can pick from one to four rouxs.

    Khao Soi No-Broth Mazemen Noodle Curry – ¥1,200 (Tax Included) @ THAI STREET FOOD by KRUNG SIAM

    This mazemen noodle curry is a spin on the hugely popular khao soi Chiang Mai ramen, made without any broth. It has the full-bodied aroma and spiciness that comes with Thai-style curry. Change up the flavour with a topping of homemade pepper.

    Fisherman’s Seafood Spaghetti alla Pescatora – ¥1,848 (Tax Included) @ Pasta & Pizza Uota

    Piled with plenty of seafood, this luxurious and specially-made tomato pasta wastes no flavour of the fish used for its rich sauce.

    Brioche Vendée N – ¥864 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie Bonheur

    A traditional brioche from Vendée in France. It’s combined with orange flower water and contains raisins soaked in Kirsch. The center is moist and just melts in your mouth.

    Seafood & Eel Dashi Chazuke – ¥1,320 (Tax Included) @ Dashi Chazuke En

    Another exclusive to Roppongi Hills is this chazuke, filled with all the flavours and sea like tuna, porgy, eel, and more. Try it as it is first and then pour over the broth.

    Spring Vegetables & Fried Fish Lunch Box – ¥900 (Tax Included) @ Dexee Deli

    A set of seasonal vegetables like edible chrysanthemums, asparagus, and cabbage, combined with fried fish, rice, and bamboo shoots.

     

    Find a whole world of food, desserts and gifts at Roppongi Hills’ new Food & Gift Area.

  • Sanrio Character Museum to Open in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills For 60th Anniversary

    08.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Sanrio is set to turn 60-years-old in August 2020. To commemorate, the company has announced that it will open a museum called “Sanrio Character Museum” in summer 2020 where it will tour around Japan until 2025. The full dates and locations have yet to be announced, but its first stop will be the Tokyo City View Sky Gallery located on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Tokyo. Details for this first stop will be revealed sometime next month.

    ⓒ ’74, ’75, ’76, ’77, ’79, ’80, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’85, ’86, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’92, ’93, ’96, ’98, ’99, ’01, ’04, ’05, ’20 SANRIO CO., LTD.

     

    Since its establishment, Sanrio has sought to spread kawaii culture to the world, as well as the message of everybody getting along and being friends. But how have gotten to this point with each passing generation? The museum exhibition will answer that very question, exploring its line-up of over 450 characters Sanrio has created over the years, including the most prominent ones like Hello Kitty, My Melody and Little Twin Stars who have been around for more than 40 years. It will also showcase characters that will be nostalgic to longtime Sanrio fans.

     

    The exhibition will peruse the history of Sanrio from before it created its characters, and delve into the origin of the company’s kawaii world. Fans can expect to see valuable prints, products, materials, and more. The exhibition will also include works made in collaboration with some of Japan’s up-and-coming and prominent artists. Expect plenty of kawaii, and plenty of what is sure to be invaluable information for Sanrio fans.

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