Ōharano Shrine’s First Ever Autumn Evening Illuminations to Light Up in November
25.October.2018 | SPOT
Ōharano Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the historical and nature-lush prefecture of Kyoto. For the first time ever, a special illumination event will take place against the gorgeous autumnal colours from November 17 to 25.
The road leading up to the shrine runs from the first torii gate right up to the shrine itself. This entire path is lined on either side with trees glowing with reds and yellows. This is where a whole host of illuminations will light up the area. Rows of bamboo hanging lanterns will line the path to create a mysterious and alluring atmosphere.
On November 17th and 18th the event will take on the theme of “water and light” during which attendees will be able to put their wishes onto votive lanterns at Koizawa Pond. Popular restaurants from Kyoto will also set up stalls over these two days.
Experience the wonderful clash of illuminations and autumn-time colours in Kyoto.
Ōharano Shrine’s First Autumn Colour Evening Light Up: Light & Water
Location: Ōharano Shrine (1152 Ōharano Minamikasugachō, Nishikyō Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
Light-Up Period: November 17, 2018 – November 25, 2018 (17:00-21:00)
Special Event: November 17, 2018 – November 18, 2018
Price: ¥600 (Free for those under the age of 12)
Year of the Rat Sees Cute Mouse Nibble Cracker on Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Nagoya
14.December.2019 | FOOD
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan will release an adorable doughnut just in time to celebrate the Year of the Rat in 2020. The doughnut is limited to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts JR Nagoya Takashimaya branch and will be sold from December 26 for a limited time.
The Krispy Kreme Premium Mouse doughnut is part of KKD JR Nagoya Takashiyama branch’s Premium series, which creates premium quality doughnuts of cake-like quality that are not sold elsewhere. Each doughnut is decorated carefully instore luxuriously with fluffy whipped cream and other deluxe ingredients.
The Krispy Kreme Premium Mouse is a pudding-flavoured chocolate doughnut covered in yellow butter crunch. A cute mouse made from fluffy whipped cream peaks through the doughnut hole with bitter chocolate for the face and ears. The doughnut hole contains the perfect filling for a whipped cream mouse: cream cheese. Bathing happily in delicious cream cheese, the mouse is seen tucking in to an irresistible cheesy snack made from cheddar cheese.
This mouse is just too adorable to eat.
Krispy Kreme Premium Mouse
Release Period: December 26, 2019 ー Mid January 2020 (Subject to Change)
Price: ¥300 (Before Tax)
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts JR Nagoya Takashiyama
Address: JR Nagoya Takashiyama Floor 1 Kita Block, 1-1-4, Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi
Opening Hours: 10:00 ー 20:00
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan Official Website: https://krispykreme.jp/
Rakuten Travel Reveals the Most Booked Onsen Regions of 2019
14.December.2019 | SPOT
Japan’s largest online travel site Rakuten Travel has announced the 2019 rankings for the most popular onsen spots in Japan. Having calculated the number of people staying at an onsen resort multiplied by the number of days they stayed, the rankings reveal that the winner has been the same for six years in a row now: Atami in Shizuoka.
Atami in Shizuoka has established its reputation as one of the leading locations for onsen in Japan. Its high quantity of hot spring water has earned the area top spot on Rakuten Travel’s rankings for six years in a row now. Along with easy access from Tokyo and its range of leisure facilities, this is a popular location for couples and even families with children.
In second place is Beppu Onsen, Ōita prefecture which has also made it into the rankings for six years in a row. Rakuten Travel’s customisable domestic travel package “Raku-Pack” has proven to be particularly popular among travellers to this region. “Raku-Pack” includes your airline ticket, access to all accommodations offered by Rakuten Travel across Japan, and free usage of rental services. Starting with Ōita prefecture’s first ever ANA InterContinental resort in Beppu (InterContinental – ANA Beppu Resort & Spa), more than 10 travel accommodations have opened this year and next year sees even more resort development.
In third place is Gunma Prefecture’s Kusatsu Onsen which has risen by one place since last year. This year, Sainokawara Open-air Bath (Sainokawara Rotenburo) received high amounts of praise for their mixed bathing day and changed this to be offered on a weekly basis as a result. A variety of events and tourist spots are constantly opening including the steepest zip line in Japan which will open in April.
For more information on places to visit in Japan, please visit Rakuten Travel’s website.
Tokyo Sushi Restaurant Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure Opens New Branch in Shibuya
14.December.2019 | FOOD
Edomae sushi restaurant Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure, which is known for its strict use of organic ingredients, just opened its second branch in Tokyo Plaza Shibuya following its first branch in Omotesando Hills.
Sasashigure is a type of sasanishiki rice grown completely organically without the use of any chemicals or fertilisers. It is grown by Akinori Kimura who is known for its “Miracle Apples,” the world’s first apples grown without pesticides.
Sasashigure rice yields 40% less rice quantity in one-tenth hectare than regular rice, but it has a natural sweetness and elevate flavour, with each and every grain savoured in a mouthful.
If you’re all for healthy eating and protecting the environment, and happen to be in Tokyo looking for some sushi, be sure to visit the new branch of Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure in Shibuya.
Tsukiji Tamasushi Sasashigure
Address: Shibuya FUKURAS 6F, Tokyu Plaza Shibuya, 1-2-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Tokyu Plaza Shibuya is closed)
Official Website: http://www.tamasushi.co.jp/
Sano ibuki’s Seven Days War Anime Film Theme ‘Omajinai’ Features in Special YouTube Video
Sano ibuki released his debut album STORY TELLER last month and has already reverberated across Japan, with ibuki being praised as an up-and-coming newcomer. He released his first single, Sensou Zenya/Omajinai/Spirit on Wednesday.
The track Omajinai features as one of the main themes for the anime film Seven Days War which hit Japanese theatres yesterday on December 13. In line with the hotly-anticipated release of the movie, a special video was released on Sano ibuki’s YouTube channel in collaboration with it. Check it out below.
The anime film is an adaptation of Osamu Souda’s short novel series Seven Days War (Bokura no Nanokakan Sensou), which has over 20 million copies in print. Sano’s three-track single tells the story of the children’s battle against the adults.
Omajinai is a ballad full of hopes and prayers. Sano ibuki conversed with the film’s director Yuta Murano on numerous occasions on how and when it should be used during the movie. The special collaborative video features the beautiful and iconic scene with the lanterns being raised into the night sky with other memorable scenes interwoven throughout.
Sano ibuki 1st Single – “Sensou Zenya/Omajinai/Spirit”
Released: December 11, 2019
First Press Regular Edition: ¥1,200 (Before Tax) [UPCH-89415] *Includes special framed CD cover
Regular Edition: ¥1,200 (Before Tax) [UPCH-80526]
Sano ibuki Official Website: https://www.sanoibuki.com/
Seven Days War
Release Date: December 13, 2019
Based on: Seven Days War (Bokura no Nanokakan Sensou) by Osamu Souda (KADOKAWA Tsubasa Bunko/KADOKAWA Bunko/KADOKAWA)
Official Website: http://7dayswar.jp/
Seven Billion Dots’ Granblue Fantasy Opening Theme ‘Stay With Me’ Reaches No. 1 On Charts
Seven Billion Dots released their major debut EP Stay With Me on Wednesday, and it’s been revealed that the title track Stay With Me has shot up to No. 1 on Japan’s national radio charts.
Seven Billion Dots is a three-piece Japanese rock band made up of vocalist Masafumi, guitarist Ken and drummer Lyo.
Stay With Me features as the opening theme for season two of the ongoing TV anime series GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation.
Check out the music video below, which has garnered over 650 million views on YouTube in just two weeks and praising comments from fans not only in Japan but around the world.
Seven Billion Dots plans to announce tour information in the near future, so watch this space for announcements and keep up to date via the band’s official website and social media too.
©GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation Project
Major Debut EP – “Stay With Me”
Release Date: December 11, 2019
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,500 (Tax Included) [ESCL-5302]
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,800 (Tax Included) [ESCL-5300~01]
Limited Pressing Edition (CD+DVD): ¥2,000 (Tax Included) [ESCL-5303~04]
2019.12.14 @ Tower Records Tsudanuma, Chiba
2019.12.15 @ Tower Records Shizuoka, Shizuoka
2019.12.18 @ HMV Sapporo Stellar Palace, Hokkaido
2019.12.21 @ Tower Records GranTree Musashi-Kosugi, Kanagawa
2019.12.22 @ Tower Records Machida, Tokyo
2019.12.29 @ Tower Records Lalaport Tachikawa Tachihi, Tokyo
2020.01.12 @ Tower Records Kawasaki, Kanagawa
2020.01.30 @ Yokohama BAYSIS
2020.02.23 @ Shibuya WWW
2020.03.14 @TENJIN ONTAQ
2020.03.15 @TENJIN ONTAQ
2020.03.14@ HAPPY JACK 2020 ~Show Must Go On~
2020.03.15@ HAPPY JACK 2020 ~Show Must Go On~
Seven Billion Dots Official Website: https://www.sevenbilliondots.com
SILENT SIREN Release ‘HERO’ Music Video and Open Digital Pre-Orders
13.December.2019 | MUSIC
SILENT SIREN will celebrate their 10th anniversary next year, but before that they are releasing a digital EP entitled HERO which will officially drop on digital music platforms on December 20, 2019. But for fans who can’t wait one more week, the band have been treated them today be releasing the title track HERO early, as well as opening iTunes pre-orders for the full EP.
The title track HERO was written for SILENT SIREN’s annual special end-of-year live concert which will take place again this year Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium once again on December 30. The song is different from anything we’ve heard from Sai Sai in the past, taking on a more youthful punk sound.
Check out the HERO music video released today below.
The EP includes the already-mentioned HERO, as well as OVER DRIVEーwhich is the current ending theme for the AbemaTV programme Imappo TVーas well as a 2019 re-recording of their song Evening Star taken from the second album of their indie era Brazil. Those who purchase the EP on iTunes will also get a bonus track: a live version of All Right ~”Ima” o Kakeru~ taken from their concert at the Nippon Budokan on November 13, 2017. The track will be available to listen to from December 20.
Fans who purchase the EP on iTunes between December 13 and 19 will get it at a discounted price: ¥509 down from the regular price ¥917.
Digital EP – “HERO”
Release Date: December 20, 2019 (Digital Release)
Price: ¥713 (4 tracks on iTunes only for ¥917)
*Title track HERO to be released early on December 13, 2019
Download/Stream: https://umj.lnk.to/hero Link available from December 13, 2019
SILENT SIREN Official Website: http://silent-siren.com/
PSYCHO-PASS 3 Story to Conclude With FIRST INSPECTOR Film in Spring 2020
It was announced at the end of the eighth and final episode of PSYCHO-PASS 3 that a new film entitled PSYCHO-PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR will include the third season’s story when it releases in the spring of 2020.
PSYCHO-PASS was first released in 2012, with a second season following it up in 2014 and a film subsequently in 2015. A new film trilogy entitled Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System was released this year, followed by the third season of the anime series, PSYCHO-PASS 3.
The new PSYCHO-PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR movie will feature Who-ya Extended performing the opening theme. They also performed the season three opening theme Q-vism.
Who-ya Extended is a creator’s unit centred around 20-year-old vocalist Who-ya. They made their debut with Q-vism, which enjoyed immense success for such a new artist, clocking in at No. 1 on the iTunes charts in Japan as well as ranking as the most popular digital download on Amazon Japan at No. 1. The group have only release key visuals and have no plans to perform live, making them the talk of the scene as they continue shrouded in mystery. Despite being so mysterious, as soon as they released the Q-vism music video on YouTube, it skyrocketed to one million views in no time.
The opening theme for PSYCHO PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR is entitled Synthetic Sympathy and can be heard in the first promotional video for the upcoming film below.
Who-ya Extended said: “We are honoured for our second release to be used as the main theme for the movie following the TV anime series. As someone who loves the plastic outlook of the world that PSYCHO-PASS has, set in a near future, we worked tirelessly to create a song that continues to live up to the franchise. I believe what we have created will pierce the core of people who listen to it like a flash of lightning […]”
PSYCHO-PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR
Official Website: psycho-pass.com/
Who-ya Extended debut single – “Q-vism”
Now On Sale
First Press Limited Edition: ¥1,500 (Before Tax) [SECL-2525~2526]
Limited Pressing Edition: ¥1,500 (Before Tax) [SECL-2528~2529]
Regular Edition: ¥1,200 (Before Tax) [SECL-2527]
Who-ya Extended Official Website: www.wyxt.info
chelmico’s Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! Anime Opening Theme CD Cover Unveiled
chelmico is a rap duo formed by Rachel and Mamiko. The group released their second album Fishing back in summer and promoted it with a sold-out 6-date hall tour across Japan.
The duo are set to perform the opening theme song Easy Breezy for the upcoming anime series Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! which is set to begin airing on January 5, 2020. The song will be released as a digital single on January 17, 2020. In the run up to its release, the official cover artwork has been revealed.
The cover was designed by Ryuji Ohkura who has worked on all of chelmico’s artwork.
A new promotional video for Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! was also posted on the anime’s official website. You can hear Easy Breezy in the video, so check it out below.
Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! Promotional Video
chelmico will also release a music video for Easy Breezy on the same day the single is released: January 17, 2020, so be sure to mark it in your calendars.
©︎2020 Sumito Owara・Shogakukan / “Eizouken” Production Committee
chelmico – Digital Single “Easy Breezy”
Release Date: January 17, 2020 (Digital Release)
chelmico Official Website: http://chelmico.com
TV Anime Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na!
Initial Broadcast: January 5, 2020 (NHK General TV)
Initial Broadcast: January 5, 2020
Streaming (Japan): https://fod.fujitv.co.jp/s/genre/anime/ser5a86/
Official Website: eizouken-anime.com
My Hero Academia Pop-Up Shop to Open at Ikebukuro Sunshine City in Tokyo
Bandai Namco Amusement is opening a My Hero Academia pop-up shop at the new Namco Ikebukuro facility which itself is set to open this winter at Sunshine 60 Street. The pop-up shop will run for a limited time only from December 20, 2019 to January 19, 2020.
*The pop-up shop will be open before Namco Ikebukuro fully opens
To date, this pop-up shop has hit Shinjuku, Nagoya, Hakata and elsewhere across Japan since March 29 this year. The shop features official designs and illustrations drawn specifically for itself, themes of which include the cool Heroes laughing in the face of adversity, wearing festive headbands and happi coats, and more. These designs feature on exclusive merchandise, and there is even a raffle mini game where fans can win tapestries, pin badges, and other limited edition goodies.
Fans can also get involved in a digital roulette game which has been held at the other pop-up shops, which features a background image featuring the characters from the series, where they can win more items. New prizes will be included at both Nambo Ikebukuro and Namco Umeda.
And to promote the upcoming anime film My Hero Academia – Heroes: Rising, Namco Ikebukuro is holding a campaign for fans to win one of three possible postcard designs from the film.
©My Hero Academia Production Committee ©️2019 “My Hero Academia THE MOVIE” Production Committee ©️Kohei Horikoshi/Shueisha
*The information in this news release is up to date at the time of posting. Information regarding the event is subject to change without notice.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
My Hero Academia Character Pop Store
Running: December 20, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Address: Ikebukuro Sunshine 60 Street Floor B1F, 1-22-10 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Pop-Up Shop Website: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/chara_shop/heroaca/
My Hero Academia Official Website: https://heroaca.com/
To enter the campaign, you must download the Namco App (ナムコアプリ) and follow Namco Ikebukuro as one of your favourites. Those who follow the store will receive a coupon to receive a postcard. If they show this coupon to a staff member at the store, they will receive one of three possible My Hero Academia – Heroes: Rising postcards chosen randomly. Available on a first-come, first-service after Namco Ikebukuro opens. Exclusive to the Namco Ikebukuro branch.
Store Website: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/game_center/loc/ikebukuro/
Akasaka Yuuga: The New Japanese Restaurant in Tokyo’s Gourmet Warzone Akasaka
13.December.2019 | FOOD
Akasaka is known as a warzone when it comes to gourmet restaurants, but a new contender has arrived. Akasaka Yuuga opened this month in Akasaka Ni-chome, Tokyo. This restaurant serves Japanese style cuisine featuring carefully selected flavours taken from across the country.
Yuuga gets most of their fish from Choshi Port, which boasts the best fish yield in Japan, as well as other carefully chosen seafood from across Japan in addition to seasonal vegetables. They bring out the full flavour of their ingredients, all of which are matched to the current season. They even serve Japanese black beef.
Their concept centres on how recognised and loved Japanese food is internationally. The restaurant makes full use of Japan’s traditional food culture and prepares food using a variety of cooking methods. Everything in the restaurant is carefully considered to ensure diners enjoy their meal experience with all five senses, from not only the food but the decor and hospitality too. There are also counter seats available for customers who want to watch their food being prepared while they talk, whether to their friends or with the skilled chefs, offering an unforgettable dining experience for Japanese people and foreigners alike. There are also private eating booths for those who want to eat with friends, family, or celebrate a special day.
Nijushisekki refers to the days that divide the solar year into twenty four equal sections and highlight the longest days of sun in summer, the shortest days in winter, and the days being the same in spring and autumn.
The dishes at the restaurant reflect these regular changes; the dishes are not bound strictly by Japanese cuisine, but make use of various cooking and preparation methods, with thought and consideration put into every dish.
Japanese Black Beef
Yuuga prides itself not only on seasonal vegetable and fish-filled menu, which is both a feast for the belly and eyes, but on the beef used in its course meals too.
Yuuga serves Japanese black beef which comes from a rare breed of cow which is difficult to rear. It has a distinct rich flavour and low melting point which gives it a melt-in-the-mouth texture.
There are three courses to choose from that cater to customers desires, costing ¥8,000, ¥12,000, and ¥20,000 respectively. This includes appetisers, and customers can choose from a range of wines from around the world select by sommeliers, as well as champagne, whisky, and of course sake and shochu.
Address: Yamaguchi Bldg. 1F, 2-14-8 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays
Official Website: http://yuuga.ku-shin.jp
Fortnite T-Shirts Releasing From UNIQLO’s UT Brand
UNIQLO has announced that it is releasing a new line of t-shirts from its graphic t-shirt brand UT themed on the internationally-beloved video game Fortnite. They will hit UNIQLO stores and UNIQLO’s online shop in Japan on December 20, 2019.
Fortnite is an online game that since releasing in 2017 from Epic Games in 2017 has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon.
While fans wait in anticipation for Chapter 2 Season 2, they can support their favourite game with something from this collection of 13 items, which includes t-shirts and sweaters.
The front part of this Durr Burger t-shirt is actually embroidered. Cool, chic designs are characteristic of this collection.
The iconic Loot Llama, or Loot Pinata, was of course going to be included in the line-up.
This design features the character known as Cuddle Team Leader. The front features just the logo, which is embroidered. Simple but stylish.
This t-shirt simply says “Fortnite” on the front while the back reads “Slurp Juice.”
This white hoodie simply reads “Fornite” on the front.
Featuring the character Leviathan, this design is made in the style of a college sweater.
Another character design, and this time it’s t he Black Knight. It has a characteristic metallic silver print.
Support your love of Fortnite with a choice from this collection, featuring iconic characters like Loota Llama and Cuddle Team Leader as well as the popular Slurp Juice item and more.
©2020 Epic Games
Release Date: December 20, 2019
Men’s T-Shirts (8 Designs) – ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Men’s Sweaters (5 Designs) – ¥2,900 (Before Tax)
Available: At UNIQLO stores in Japan and the online shop
Special Site: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/store/feature/uq/ut/fortnite/
Handmade Christmas Chocolate Santa and Snowman Released at ATELIER de GODIVA in Kyoto
13.December.2019 | FOOD
GODIVA Japan released two new chocolate products at the Daimaru Kyoto branch of ATELIER de GODIVA, a chocolate shop which combines GODIVA’s skilful craftsmanship with chocolate artistry. Named “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Santa Claus” and “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Snowman,” the two chocolate artworks were released on Wednesday and are available until December 25.
Each and every one of these chocolate sculptures are handmade in-store by the shop’s chefs. They are exclusive to ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto and the perfect Christmas treat to adorn any Christmas party this holiday season.
These cute Christmas-exclusives not only taste delicious, but are fun to look at. Santa is sat in a chimney ready to deliver the presents while the snowman is sat next to a Christmas tree looking warm with its scarf.
Both of these are limited in stock and won’t be available ever again after they sell out, so don’t miss out.
ATELIER Christmas Showpieces
Running: December 11, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Price: ¥1,500 Each (Before Tax) *Takeout only
Available: ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto (Daimaru Kyoto B1F, 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
GODIVA Japan Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp