Anime Theme Park ‘Nijigen no Mori’ Announces New Naruto & Boruto Attraction for Spring 2019

06.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Nijigen no Mori is an anime themed theme park that opened on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture last summer.

 

The park has just announced a new attraction called Naruto & Boruto Shinobi-Zato based on the internationally beloved anime series Naruto and its spin-off and sequel series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations which follows the story of Naruto Uzumaki’s son Boruto. The attraction is scheduled to open next spring.

 

Additionally, a booth in promotion of the attraction will be set up at Jump Festa 2019 which is running on December 22 and 23. The booth will provide details on the new attraction and early-bird tickets to experience it will be sold. Free flyers will also be handed out showcasing new and original merchandise.

At Shinobi-Zato you can expect to see a whole range of Naruto and Boruto themed references. This includes Hokage Rock which overlooks the Hidden Leaf Village in the series and has the faces of all the Hokage carved into it. There will even be full-size statues of characters from the series. Those who roll up to the attraction can look forward to enjoying a range of athletic activities as well as a maze and more while experiencing the recreated worlds of Naruto and Boruto surrounded amongst Awaji Island’s lush greenery. There will of course be a shop selling exclusive merchandise too. After all that, you can enjoy a bowl of ramen at series’ iconic ramen bar Ramen Ichiraku.

Naruto Athletic “Chi no Maki”: This attraction will let you experience the world of Naruto. Participants will have to overcome a string or trials and clear a range of activities in order to collect the missing seals – those seen in the series that are used for Sealing Jutsu.

 

Boruto Maze: “Ten no Maki”: This attraction will let you experience the world of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. Participants will get involved with courses at the Ninja Academy that Boruto graduated from. They must use their mind and body to escape the maze.

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  • Naruto Kabuki Play to Feature Song by Wagakki Band

    29.April.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    A kabuki adaptation of Naruto is slated for August later this year at the Shinbashi Enbujō theatre in Ginza.

     

    It has been unveiled that Wagakki Band will provide a song for the production.

    新作歌舞伎NARUTO

    Naruto was first serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999 and tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who trains in the art of ninjitsu, who must take out his enemies, and who ultimately aspires to be Hokage, the leader of the village. The series has brought in fans across the globe, with well over 220 million copies sold in over 40 countries outside Japan. Kabuki actors Bandou Minosuke and Hayato Nakamura will appear in the new kabuki adaptation where they will play the roles of Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha respectively.9

     

    Comment by Bandou Minosuke (Naruto Uzumaki):
    “On this occasion we will be borrowing the power of Wagakki Band. It’s very encouraging! No other music is better to combine the unique perspective of the original Naruto work which has spanned all ages and nationalities, and the purely Japanese image of kabuki!”

    Comment by Hayato Nakamura (Sasuke Uchiha):
    I am so happy for Wagakki Band to be kindly providing a song for the new Naruto kabuki play. Wagakki Band’s sound, which combines traditional Japanese instruments and Western instruments, though new, has a sense of nostalgia within it, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing how that ties in with the kabuki.

    Comment by Yuko Suzuhana (Wagakki Band):
    “I really wanted to do a kabuki collaboration, so I am humbly honoured for my voice to have been heard. That Wagakki Band’s sound was said to be a necessary element has realised our mutual love. We have felt the overwhelming popularity of Naruto when we have been overseas, so to be associated with such a representative piece of work from Japan through music has all of us, who have been fans of Naruto since long ago, very excited.”

    和楽器バンド
    The chemistry between the world created by the new Naruto kabuki play and Wagakki Band is something to very much look forward to.

     

    ■Information
    Naruto Kabuki

    Location: Shinbashi Enbujō, Tokyo

    Running: August 4, 2018―August 27, 2018
    Official Homepage: http://naruto-kabuki.com/

     

  • FLOW’s New Song ‘Break it down’ to Feature as Theme Song for New Naruto Game

    17.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

     FLOW will release their new double A-side single Neiro / Break it down on August 29. It has been announced that Break it down will be used as the theme song for the PC browser game Naruto x Boruto Borutical Generations.

    The song is described as the biggest hard rock song the band has produced to date. It marks the seventh track they have provided for the Naruto franchise, the previous of which have been cemented as classic in the minds of anime fans and are known for their music quality.

     

    Full details regarding the game have yet to be announced, but it is described as a large-scale shinobi battle RPG. It will be free to play and accessible through Yahoo! Game.

     

    Additionally, the other song on the single Neiro is being used as the main theme song for the ongoing Japanese drama series Sachiiro no One Room which began airing in July.

    FLOW will hold a mini live show on the Laqua Garden Stage at Tokyo Dome City on September 1 to promote the new single. Those who purchase the CD will get to high-five the band and they will receive a signed sticker.

     

    ■Information

    “Neiro / Break it down”

    On Sale: August 29, 2018

    First Press Limited Edition – ¥1,500 (Pre-Tax) [KSCL-3082~3083]

    Regular Edition – ¥1,500 (Pre-Tax) [KSCL-3084]

    Limited Pressing Edition – ¥1,500 (Pre-Tax) [KSCL-3085〜3086]

     

    FLOW Double A-Side Single “Neiro / Break it down” Release Event

    Date: September 1, 2018

    Time: 2:30pm

    Venue: Tokyo Dome City, Laqua Garden Stage

    Priority Area Entry Time: 2:00pm

     

    Attendance

    Those who purchase any of the three editions of of Neiro / Break it down at the venue on the day of the release event will receive two tickets: 1) A numbered ticket to enter the priority area and 2) A ticket to high-five the band and received a signed sticker after the show. These two tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

     

    Purchasing the CD at the event

    On Sale: From 11:00am

    Location: Next to the Laqua Garden Stage at Tokyo Dome City

     

    FLOW Official Website: http://www.flow.mu

     

  • Dragon Ball, Naruto & One Piece Feature in Jump x UT’s Last T-Shirt Collection

    25.July.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    UNIQLO has been developing a spring and summer collection this year under its illustrative t-shirt brand UT themed on ‘wearing the things you love.’ The collection is being made in collaboration with Shonen Jump which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The collection is gaining much attention, featuring some of the most memorable characters from Jump franchises.

    ©BIRD STUDIO / SHUEISHA

    ©Masashi Kishimoto Scott / SHUEISHA 

    ©Eiichiro Oda / SHUEISHA

     

    This last collection will hit UNIQLO stores and online on July 27, with t-shirts from Dragon BallNaruto and One Piece.

    ©BIRD STUDIO / SHUEISHA

    ©Masashi Kishimoto Scott / SHUEISHA 

    ©Eiichiro Oda / SHUEISHA

     

    The collection features a range of different illustrations, including Jump magazine front covers in the early days of series’ serialisations, as well as Goku vs. Cell, Sasuke and Naruto vs. Madara, the scene where Luffy and Ace part ways, and more.

     

    If you’re a fan of any of the series, these t-shirts are sure to strike a chord with you! Don’t miss out on this final collection.

     

    ■Information

    Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary UT Collection

    http://www.uniqlo.com/jp/store/feature/uq/ut/jump50th/

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  • Awaji Island’s Anime Theme Park Nijigen no Mori Announces NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO Summer Events

    17.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO is an area of Nijigen no Mori—an anime theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture—with attractions and more based on Naruto and his son Boruto. The park’s website has posted information about the ninja themed arena’s summer events.

     

    Naruto Shippuden Puzzle Solving Game

    To celebrate the birthdays of Sasuke Uchiha and Itachi Uchiha, which fall on July 23 and June 9 respectively, a Sasuke and Itachi themed puzzle solving game will be held at NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO.


    The 30-minute game has guests running around the area to find hints written on panels. There are lots of words and illustrations related to Sasuke and Itachi for the game, so it’s a must-experience for fans. Additionally, fans who purchase a ticket will receive one of four possible mini acrylic stands. These are available while supplies last.

     

    Running: July 4, 2020 – August 31, 2020
    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Reception closes 20:00)
    Price: ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
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    Boruto’s Ennichi

    An Ennichi festival will be held themed on Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. There will be six Japanese festival-style yatai carts, traditional Japanese festival games like hitting the target and fishing for water balloons, a workshop to make your own Boruto uchiwa fan, lots of booths for friends and families to have fun, and more. Each booth also is giving out its own unique character stick to visitors. Those who buy a ticket to the event will also receive a Boruto sun visor.

     

    Running: July 23, 2020 – September 30, 2020

    Business Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Reception closes 20:00)

    Price: ¥500 for 1 turn / ¥1,200 for 3 turns / ¥1,800 for 6 turns (Tax Included)

    *Separate ticket to enter the park required

     

    If you’re in Japan this summer, why not spend your time together with the characters from Naruto and Boruto at Nijigen no Mori?

     

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  • The Deluxe Edition of Spike Chunsoft’s fighting game Jump Force published by Bandai Namco Entertainment is set to hit Nintendo Switch on August 27, 2020.

    Jump Force is a fighting game that brings together a roster of over 50 characters from popular series the manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump such as One PieceNarutoDragon Ball, and many more. The game pits the characters in real world locations like New York and Matterhorn and has players battle it out.

    The new trailer showcases some of the unique gameplay features which Nintendo Switch players will be able to enjoy, such as being able to play six-player local multiplayer games. The Nintendo Switch edition is packaged with the full game plus Character Pass 1 which introduces nine new characters into the long roster.

    Those who pre-order the physical edition of the game will receive three One PieceDragon Ball, and Naruto avatar costumes and Frieza’s pod as pictured below.

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  • Japan’s Anime Theme Park Nijigen no Mori Has Naruto, Boruto & Other Exciting Events This June

    16.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Nijigen no Mori is an anime theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. Here’s a list of the latest events running at the park in June.

     

    NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO

    NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO is an area of Nijigen no Mori with attractions and more based on Naruto and his son Boruto. The area celebrated its 1st anniversary on April 20, 2020. The park is currently selling anniversary merchandise as well as other exclusive items. Guests who buy a ticket to the park online will receive a free 1st anniversary postcard.

     

    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Reception Closes 20:00)

    Price: Adults ¥1,800 / High & Junior High School Students ¥1,800 / Children (Elementary School Students & Younger) ¥500
    *Free entry for those aged 3 and below

     

    Price: ¥1,280 Each (Before Tax) *6 flavours

    There are also beverages inspired by characters from the series.

    Price: ¥1,050 (Before Tax)

    There is also a special ramen dish you can order inspired by the Akatsuki, the biggest threat to the Hidden Leaf Village.

    GRAND CHARIOT Hokutoshichisei 135°, a hotel and glamping facility located in the area, also opened its new Naruto-themed room on June 1, 2020.

     

    The room, called “Hokage no Bessou” (Hokage’s Villa), is renovated from one of the resort’s buildings, and aims to plunge guests into the world of ninjas. The room takes inspiration from the Hidden Leaf Village and its characters, with references to the series and recreated scenes littered throughout. It also offers exclusive amenities for guests to enjoy.

     

    Guests who stay in the Naruto room receive a free ticket to NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO at Nijigen no Mori.

     

    ⒸMasashi Kishimoto Scott / Shuiehsa・TV Tokyo・Pierrot

     

    Crayon Shin-chan Adventure Park

    Over at the Crayon Shin-chan shop in Nijigen no Mori, they’re selling limited quantities of a “Happy Bag” full of Shin-chan merchandise, from picnic cushions to towels and more for a total of six items.


    And for the summer season, the last entries to all attractions at Crayon Shin-chan Adventure Park have been extended. It’s a chance to work your body while enjoying the green outdoors.

     

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:30)
    Price: Adults ¥4,480 / High & Junior High School Students ¥2,880 / Children (Elementary School Students & Younger) ¥1,180 / Seniors ¥1,440
    *Free entry for those aged 4 and below. Please check the official website for weekend and national holiday prices.

     

    Phoenix Night Walk

    June 21 is Father’s Day, and to celebrate Nijigen no Mori is holding an event on the day based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga Phoenix. Dads can attend the event for free. The park is holding a birthday campaign for June for those whose birthdays were in March, April, and May since they were unable to go out due to isolation, as well as for those whose birthdays are in June.

     

    Date: June 21, 2020

    Time: 19:30-20:30

    Price: General ¥3,300 (Junior High School Students & Older) / Children ¥1,200 (Aged 5-12)2020年6月21日(日)
    営業時間:19:30~20:30(季節により異なる)
    *Free entry for those aged 3 and below.

  • Naruto Themed Hotel Room Opens at GRAND CHARIOT Hokutoshichisei 135° in Japan

    02.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    GRAND CHARIOT Hokutoshichisei 135°, a hotel and glamping facility located in Awaji, Hyogo, opened its new Naruto-themed room on June 1, 2020.

    The room, called “Hokage no Bessou” (Hokage’s Villa), is renovated from one of the resort’s buildings, and aims to plunge guests into the world of ninjas.

    The room takes inspiration from the Hidden Leaf Village and its characters, with references to the series and recreated scenes littered throughout. It also offers exclusive amenities for guests to enjoy.

    Guests who stay in the Naruto room will receive a free ticket to the popular “Naruto & Boruto Shinobi Zato” attraction at the anime theme park Nijigen no Mori on Awaji Island where the hotel is located.

     

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  • New Boruto Poster Teases Kara Arc & Kenjiro Tsuda Confirmed to Voice Jigen

    21.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    A new poster has been released teasing the upcoming Kara arc for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. The manga began in May 2016, written by Ukyō Kodachi and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto and currently serialised in V Jump. The anime series began airing in April 2017.

    The new poster teases the main characters facing off against the villainous group Kara which is led by its mysterious leader Jigen. Japanese voice actor Kenjiro Tsuda (Attack on TitanMy Hero AcademiaOne Punch Man) has been confirmed for the voice of Jigen. Tsuda commented the following.

     

    Kenjiro Tsuda (Voicing: Jigen) | Comment

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    After discussions with the supervisor Abe and the sound director Nakura over the period of one or two months, we decided to request Kenjiro Tsuda for the role of Jigen. The biggest deciding factor was how awesome his voice is. He can get across a really scary tone, the kind that if you hear it you freeze and can’t do anything, and you’re defeated.”

     

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  • FlowBack Release Boruto Ending Theme ‘Fireworks’ Music Video

    14.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    FlowBack have dropped the music video for their new song Fireworks which serves as the current ending theme for the ongoing anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

    Fireworks is the latest single from five-member boy band FlowBack, which will be released on March 11, 2020.

     

    The music video was directed by Masatoshi Takizawa, who has worked with such names as Hey! Say! JUMP, MAN WITH A MISSION, The Dance for Philosophy, and MAP6.

     

    The video comes following the hype created from the performance video of the song which sees the members dancing to the track in a single cut. In the music video, we see the five of them dancing in a forest where coloured smoke is used, and trees are lit up in different colours using CG.

     

    FlowBack – “Fireworks” Music Video (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Ending Theme)

      

    FlowBack will hold two “live signing” sessions on YouTube on February 27 and March 5 in promotion of the new single. Those who have purchased the CD on the official Limited Stand website will receive a postcard signed by the members. More details can be found on the band’s official website.

     

    FlowBack will host a series of release events from February 22 until the weekend of the release where they will perform a free mini concert.

  • FlowBack Announce BORUTO Anime Ending Single Release and Unveil Dance Video

    03.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    FlowBack is all set to release their new single Fireworks on March 11. Fireworks is the current anime ending theme song for the TV Tokyo anime BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS. The single will be sold in two formats – regular edition and limited pressing edition. More details on the tracklist and additional features is to be announced. 

     

    FlowBack ‘ Fireworks’ Performance Video (BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS Ending Theme Song)

    The official dance performance video featuring the five band members has been unveiled on YouTube. The entire video was filmed in one take and the choreography was handled by Sakura Inoue – the leader of Team “S” who has previously worked on the choreography for many famous artists worldwide including Britney Spears, modern South Korean artists and groups such as BTS, WANNA ONE, SEVENTEEN, PENTAGON and Jang Keun-suk, and even Japanese music groups such as NGT48 and DISH//. The concept of fireworks can be clearly seen in the choreography. 

    Although we have to wait a while for the CD release, Fireworks is currently available on a number of digital music services for downloading and streaming.

  • FlowBack Drops BORUTO Ending Theme Song Video On YouTube Ahead of Digital Release

    15.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Today, FlowBack’s new song Fireworks is on air as the new ending theme song for the anime BORUTO – NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS. FlowBack has also just dropped the anime version of the song on YouTube, allowing fans to hear the song before its release. 

     

    FlowBack: ‘Fireworks’ -Anime Ver.

    The anime version is a short version of the full song. You just can’t miss it if you’re a BORUTO fan. Fireworks will be released on a number of digital downloading and music subscription services from January 26. 

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  • Hello Kitty Greets Fans with Song and Dance Every Day at the HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX

    03.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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  • miwa’s Boruto Anime Opening Theme ‘Teenage Dream’ Music Video Released

    22.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The short version of miwa’s music video for her new song has been released. Entitled Teenage Dream, the song serves as the new opening theme for the ongoing TV anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

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  • FlowBack to Perform the Next Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Anime Ending Theme

    21.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been revealed that FlowBack has been put in charge of the ending theme song for the January season of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

    So far Boruto’s themes songs have been created by artists such as Little Glee Monster and miwa. FlowBack’s new song has not been released yet; in fact, they’ve only just revealed the name of the song to be “Fireworks”. More information about the song will be released over time.  The new season of BORUTO with Fireworks as its ending theme will be aired from January 12. 

    FlowBack will also release a mini concept album called “WINTER TRIP” on Christmas day this year and hold album release commemoration events all over Japan to celebrate. They will even hold a small live performance which is free to attend and a special meeting event. 

    A Statement by FlowBack:

    We’ve been watching Naruto since we were children. Seeing Naruto never give up and hearing the anime’s theme songs written by other bands has been our source of strength to make this song. Even now as adults, seeing BORUTO never throw away his strong will is a constant reminder to us. Like Boruto, we at FlowBack promise ourselves to shape our own lives with our own hands. We want our song to also become one that stays with people forever, so we’re going to deliver it to the world with everything we’ve got.

  • Starbucks to Release Two Anniversary Drinks in Kyoto and Hyogo for Only 10 Days

    06.November.2019 | FOOD

    Starbucks Coffee Japan is commemorating 20-years since opening their Kyoto and Hyogo Prefecture branches with a 10-day-limited anniversary project which will run from November 12 to November 21. The barristers of both prefectures rose to the challenge to come up with three anniversary drinks and a vote took place to decide on a winning drink for each prefecture. The winners were announced as the Kyoto Erai Matcha Matcha Frappuccino® and the Hyogo Bari Choco Haittou Frappuccino®.  

    *  Update: Starbucks Coffee Japan has just announced that the 20-year commemoration drink sales period has been postponed. The new drink launch date and limited period is yet to be announced. For more information, please follow this link (Japanese only) : https://www.starbucks.co.jp/press_release/pr2020-3224.php 

    One sip of the Kyoto anniversary drink will send your taste buds on a journey to Kyoto. The ideas for the drink originated from the Kyoto Porta West branch. The barristers of Kyoto took it in their hands to interpret the culture of Kyoto in the form of a Starbucks drink by infusing the essence of Kyoto’s historical temples and elegant flavours. The taste of Starbucks’ popular Matcha Cream Frappuccino® can be tasted in the drink. Just seeing the green colour is enough to trigger memories of the Zen Buddhist temple Saiho-ji, which is famous for its moss garden to the extent that it is even called “Koke-dera”, meaning “moss temple”.

     

    The whipped cream creates a contrast with the green matcha which will definitely spark memories of Ryoan-ji Zen temple in some keen Kyoto travellers. The drink is dusted with matcha and dark mocha powder, creating the image of green and brown leaves. The milk base fully enhances the matcha flavour. A creamy cloud of whipped cream and dusting of bitter matcha are layered to create a wonderful flavour adventure which is bound to take your taste buds on a journey off the beaten track.

    Stretching from the north to the south of the Japan, Hyogo Prefecture is the largest prefecture in the Kinki region and is home to many towns which are bursting with originality. Hyogo’s barristers created their drink based on the concept of increasing love for Hyogo Prefecture’s unique towns. The idea for the Hyogo Bari Choco Haittou Frappuccino® came from the barristers of the Himeji Minami branch. 

     

    The Port of Kobe opened in 1868 and has since flourished as the gateway to the world. Foreign culture including western confectionary has since spread across Japan with Kobe as its starting point. Considering Kobe’s history with western culture and the cold winter days that lie ahead, chocolate was chosen as the main flavour. Chocolate chips, chocolate sauce and chocolate whipped cream decorate the drink in diversity. The drink is even topped with chocolate sauce and dark mocha powder, making the perfect luxury Frappuccino® to tempt all chocoholics. After just one sip, you will immediately fall in love with the top-class chocolatey flavour. 

     

    If you’re in Kyoto or Hyogo, make sure to stop by a Starbucks to get your fill of cultural flavours.

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