Christmas 2018 at Universal Studios Japan, Sanrio Puroland & Tokyo Disney Resort
Universal Studios Japan, Sanrio Puroland and Tokyo Disney Resort are packed full of Christmas events for this year’s holiday season. Let’s take a look at what’s going on at each park right now.
Universal Studios Japan – “Universal Wonder Christmas”
Universal Studios Japan has added a new daytime program titled Yellow Christmas to its “Universal Wonder Christmas” winter event which is running until January 6, 2019.
The main event of Yellow Christmas is seeing the cheeky Minions from the Despicable Me film franchise come together for the Minion Hacha Mecha Christmas Party. This party is bigger, better and crazier than last year’s hugely successful run. Expect to see Minions donning Christmas attire as well as appearances from Gru and Santa Claus. Yellow balloons float across the event and bubbles are blown as everyone comes together for festive merry making. The event finale sees Minion-yellow confetti shoot across the whole area. The decorations give rise to a completely new kind of Christmas aesthetic from the usual red and green combination. Embrace your inner Minion!
Sanrio Puroland – “Puro Christmas”
Sanrio Puroland’s white Christmas-themed event “Puro Christmas” is currently being held up until Christmas Day.
“The Puro Christmas” is a brand new musical that has arrived at the park to warm the hearts of its guests this Christmas. It will is centred around Hello Kitty and the Little Twin Stars (Kiki and Lala) who are joined by some other familiar Sanrio faces. The show contains lots of Christmas songs, and guests are pulled into a winter wonderland as gorgeous flurries of snow fall before them.
Magical Snow is a new attraction at the park made in collaboration with NAKED that is running for a limited time only. It takes place at Kiki & Lala Twinkling Tour, an attraction based on the Yume Star-Cloud where Kiki and Lala were born. The attraction has been turned into a snowy world for this Christmas only.
Enjoy Christmas as you never have before this year at Sanrio Puroland.
Tokyo Disney Resort – “Disney Christmas”
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are now hosting a special Christmas event this year which is running up to December 25.
Tokyo Disneyland is celebrating its 35th anniversary this Christmas. At Celebration Street, which is open at the park’s World Bazaar to commemorate 35 years, it is holding a very special performance you can only see during this holiday period. Christmas music, visuals and lights carry the Christmas spirit through the bazaar centred around Celebration Tower which is decorated in all the colours of Christmas. And for the first time ever, this year sees a Christmas tree behind Cinderalla’s castle with the 35th anniversary logo on it.
Over at Tokyo DisneySea they are hosting a range of festive events. This includes the new daytime harbor show “It’s Christmas Time” at the Mediterranean Harbor which sees Mickey Mouse and friends together with tap dancers and line dancers backed by breathtaking singers.
There are plenty of other Christmas themed events at the park too for the whole family to enjoy to be sure to check out their website.
Which of these theme parks do you want to spend your Christmas at the most?
ARK HILLS CHRISTMAS 2018: Towering Fir Christmas Tree, Christmas Market & More
04.November.2018 | SPOT
ARK HILLS CHRISTMAS 2018 is set to take place at Ark Hills in Akasaka, Tokyo from November 16 to December 25.
This year’s theme is “‘EVERGREEN’ Christmas for ARK HILLS.” The building complex’s Ark Canyon plaza will be home to a 7 meter tall fir Christmas tree which will give off the beautiful scent of fir. The tree was grown over several years in Tokachi District by Tokachi Santaland Tree. After the event it will be used again by Toride Art Project in Toride, Ibaraki.
Other Christmas decorations include countless lights strung up in the building, and in the coridoor next to hose mini trees and ice lights.
A weekend Christmas market will also run for four weeks starting from the end of November where you can get your hands on a range of miscellaneous items and food. There will also be a Christmas workshop where you can make ornaments and wreaths, and they’ll even be selling fir trees.
Winter at Ark Hills this year will give rise to an authentic evergreen Christmas as celebrated in Europe.
ARK HILLS CHRISTMAS 2018
Location: Ark Hills, Ark Canyon Plaza / Ark Hills South Tower Sunken Garden, Ark Kitchen
Running: November 16, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Time: 16:00-23:00 (subject to change)
Akasaki Nomi no Ichi in ARK HILLS ~Evergreen Christmas Market~
November 25 @ 11:00-17:00
December 9 @ 11:00-16:00
*Taking place at Ark Canyon Plaza
Hills Market in ARK HILLS ~Christmas Market~
Get your hands on local vegetables and fruit to make the perfect Christmas dinner. There will also be rare wines and sweets, miscellaneous items and more which will make for perfect presents or an addition to parties.
December 1 – December 15 @ 10:00-14:00
December 14 @ 11:00-19:00
*Taking place at Ark Canyon Plaza
Christmas Tree That Changes Colour With 2 People’s Heartbeats Arriving to Tokyo Midtown!
10.November.2018 | SPOT
P&G released the new Dual-Active Oil Serum from Pantene’s Miracle series in Japan on September 15. In line with the release, the company are currently holding a project entitled Ren’ai Hikiyose Project which says that “trust your feelings and miracles will happen.”
The 6th installation of the project is the new Pantene Miracles Xmas Ribbon Tree, an event that will consolidate the vision of the Miracle line. It will run from November 19 to December 25.
The feat of this Christmas tree is that the colours change in line with two people’s pulse. Those who visit the tree will also be given a commemorative photo taken from an angle you wouldn’t be able to take yourself.
There will also be a booth where you can have your hair styled for Christmas by a hair stylist as well as a range of other boots. Special guests will also be in attendance.
Ren’ai Hikiyose Project
Running: November 19, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Location: Tokyo Midtown, 1F Plaza, Canopy Square
French Artist Nicolas Buffe’s Art to Appear at GINZA SIX Christmas Event
30.October.2018 | SPOT
Christmastime is coming to Ginza’s biggest shopping complex GINZA SIX this year with an event that translates to GINZA SIX CHRISTMAS 2018 “Fantastic Gift”: The Tale of the Kingdom of Winter and the Kingdom of Summer. It will run from November 12 to December 25.
Photo by Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)
Christmas art by French artist Nicolas Buffe will be used for the event, with a huge piece being displayed in GINZA SIX’s symbolic open space that runs down the center of the building as well as at the front entrance facing Ginza Chuo-dori Street, the show window on floor B2F and elsewhere. There will also be an immersive piece that makes use of the latest cutting-edge AR technology.
A “tale” is always at the core of Buffe’s work, the charming visuals of which pull both kids and adults alike into their unique worlds.
The theme of this year’s tale is “gift.” The Kingdom of Summer and the Kingdom of Winter are both at their wits’ end trying to solve problems caused by both of their children. To resolve the quandary the two countries, they both send gifts to each child. To open up the cold heart of the princess of the Kingdom of Winter, she is sent the Kingdom of Summer’s elephant of light. To calm the hot-tempered prince of the Kingdom of Summer, he is sent some refreshing ice cream. Both countries are met with peace as a result.
The radiating elephant that appears in the story will also appear in the middle of GINZA SIX as a huge 4 meter plus art piece. Drones will be used to create a flying scene.
At various locations including the front entrance an app can be downloaded and used which when put up to different art pieces will make use of AR tech.
A range of items made in collaboration with Buffe will also be sold including tote bags featuring characters from the tale, four different ice candies based on the countries and more. There will be plenty of things perfect to pick as a present for someone.
・Ginza Tsutaya Books (Floor 6F): From December 1, 2018 – TBA
・SIXIÈME GINZA (Floor 2F): From November 28, 2018 – February 28, 2019
・PALETAS (Floor B2F): From November 12, 2018 – February 24, 2019
・PHILIPPE CONTICINI (Floor B2F): Date TBA
Spend a fantastical Christmas at GINZA SIX where the season for giving will be played out in the form of Nicolas Buffe’s newest creation.
GINZA SIX CHRISTMAS 2018 “Fantastic Gift”: The Tale of the Kingdom of Winter and the Kingdom of Summer
Running: November 12, 2018 – December 25, 2018
*Art installation in the middle of GINZA SIX scheduled to stay until late February 2019.
①Those who spend ¥3,000 or more including tax can receive a free cube ice cream from PALETAS on floor B2F of GINZA SIX. Available on a first-come, first-served basis. One per person.
②Those who arrive at GINZA SIZ will receive a balloon of the radiating elephant. Available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Running: December 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24 from 12:00-17:00
Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops/Cafes (B2F-5F) 10:30-20:30 / Restaurants (6F, 13F) 11:00-23:00
*Business hours differ from shop to shop.
No Fixed Holidays.
Access: Directly connected to Ginza Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Line.
Japan Coronavirus: Studio Ghibli Museum, Sanrio Puroland & Other Facilities Close Temporarily
27.February.2020 | SPOT
A number of facilities in Japan have announced temporary closures to help stop any possible spreading of the coronavirus. Please check the following closures if you’re planning a trip to Japan in February or March. New information is rolling out all the time, so for the latest updates, please check the official websites for each establishment listed below.
Last Updated: February 28, 2020 at 00:51 (JST)
Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea®
Closed: February 29 – March 15, 2020
The parks plan to reopen on March 16, 2020, however this will be decided following consultation with concerned administrative agencies and will be announced on their official website. If you have purchased tickets valid during the parks’ closing dates, please refer to the links below.
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo Disney Resort Online Tickets and Reservations: https://reserve.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/top/?language=en
Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020
Information on ticket refunds is provided on the museum’s official website.
Snoopy Museum Official Website:https://snoopymuseum.tokyo/s/smt/page/english?ima=0000
Sony Music Roppongi Museum
Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020
Information on ticket refunds will soon be provided on the museum’s official website. The TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition will be extended until April 19, 2020.
TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition Official Website: https://type-moon-museum.com/
Sony Music Roppongi Museum Official Website: https://smrm.jp/
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020
The park is scheduled to reopen on March 13, 2020, but this is subject to change depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus and news published by the government.
Tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Passport tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – September 29, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Payments for PUROPASSES bought between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled.
Payments for Anniversary Time tickets for the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled. Those who paid with cash will be refunded via registered mail.
Official Website (English): https://en.puroland.jp/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.puroland.jp/
Closed: February 25, 2020 – March 17, 2020
Refunds are applicable for tickets dated between January 22, 2020 – March 30, 2020.
Refunds will be paid in full between February 15, 2020 – March 31, 2020.
Official Website (English): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/
Toei Animation Museum
Closed: February 26, 2020 – March 18, 2020
The museum’s reopening is subject to consideration depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus. It will be announced via the museum’s official Twitter page and website.
Official Website: https://museum.toei-anim.co.jp/
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice
Official Website (English): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/english/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/
Kyoto National Museum
Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice
All events, the museum shop Benrido, and the museum cafe Maeda Coffee, have also closed temporarily.
Official Website (English): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index.html
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/jp/index.html
ARASHI EXHIBITION “JOURNEY”
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 9, 2020
Location: Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan
Official Website: https://arashiexhibition.jp/
Sanrio Harmony Land
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020
Official Website (English): https://www.harmonyland.jp/english/harmony/harmony.html
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.harmonyland.jp/welcome.html
Universal Studios Japan
Closed: February 29, 2020 – March 15, 2020
The park’s reopening will be determined after serious consideration of the current condition of the coronavirus situation. The announcement of the park’s reopening will be made on the USJ’s official website and social media. Information on handling of tickets during the break period will be posted on the official website on February 28, 2020 at 21:00 (JST).
Official Website (English): https://www.usj.co.jp/e/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.usj.co.jp/
Closed: February 29, 2020 – March 18, 2020
All planned events during the park’s closure have been cancelled and/or postponed until further notice. The park plans to reopen on March 19, 2020 subject to the current condition of the coronavirus situation. Updates will be posted on the official website. Refunds for winter season tickets will be announced at a later date.
Official Website (English): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/en/
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/
Numerous other sports and cultural events will also close for two weeks commencing February 26, 2020. If you’re travelling to Japan in February and March, please check the websites of any places you plan to visit during your trip to see if they are open.
Baymax Themed Food Flies Into Tokyo Disneyland Ahead Of New Big Hero 6 Attraction
The world is about to get its first Big Hero 6 themed park attraction, “The Happy Ride with Baymax,” at Tokyo Disneyland when it opens on April 15, 2020.
In promotion of the exciting new ride, Tokyo Disneyland has announced it will serve six different Baymax inspired menu items starting from April 8ーa week before The Happy Ride with Baymax’s grand opening.
Baymax Curry – ¥1,480 @ Center Street Coffeehouse
When you think of Baymax, you think of his white, chubby round face and body. Well, that image has been brought to life in this curry dish, with Baymax’s cute appearance recreated in the form of white rice. The dish takes inspiration from the spicy chicken wings made by Hiro’s auntie, Cass.
Special Pancake Set – ¥1,080 @ Center Street Coffeehouse / Time Served: 13:00-18:00 (Not serving June 1, 2020 – September 2, 2020)
Like the curry, this pancake set is also sold at Center Street Coffeehouse. It comes with two thick pancakes topped with Baymax’s faceーwhich is a Japanese ‘manju’ steamed cakeーassorted berries, strawberry sauce, and other delicious delights, mixing together Japanese and western flavours.
Sparkling Tapioca Tea (Cheese Cream & Berries) – ¥600 @ Tomorrowland Terrace / Time Served: 14:00-17:00
BB Popcorn w/Basket – ¥2,600 @ The Big Pop
There’s also a dessert-style drink at Tomorrowland Terrace which is a berry flavoured ice tea packed with dollops of cheese cream, as well as popcorn which comes with a popcorn basket of Baymax riding. This will be sold at the new popcorn shop, The Big Pop, which is opening on April 15.
Tuck into some cute and delicious Baymax food at Tokyo Disneyland before The Happy Ride with Baymax opens for business.
The Happy Ride with Baymax
Grand Opening: April 15, 2020
Food Menu: Serving from April 8, 2020
Tokyo Disneyland Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Disney Princess Inspired Cupcakes Released at Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan
22.February.2020 | FOOD
Disney princesses around the world won’t be able to resist the nine new cupcakes released at Ginza Cozy Corner last week in Japan.
The cupcake collection is being released to celebrate Hinamatsuri, a festival held annually in Japan on March 3, which prays for the well-being and healthy maturity of girls. The line-up can be enjoyed by child and adult Disney fans alike, and includes not only Disney princesses, but other female characters in the Disney cast. This includes Minnie Mouse, Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, and more.
Disney Girl’s Collection (Contains 9) – ¥2,700 (Tax Included)
These cute cupcakes look like they have come straight out of a Disney character toy box. They not only look pretty, but sound delicious too, like the raspberry Minnie cupcake, lemon-flavoured Belle cake, cheesecake Cinderella, and more.
Celebrate Hinamatsuri in Disney-style by picking up a box of these cupcakes at Ginza Cozy Corner.
Disney Girl’s Collection (Contains 9)
Available: February 15, 2020 – March 3, 2020
Official Website: https://www.cozycorner.co.jp/
Mario Question Blocks Appear in New York to Win a Trip to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is set to open at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in 2020ーthe year of the Tokyo Olympicsーas the world’s first theme park area centred on the world, games and video game characters from Nintendo. A whopping 60 billion yen has been injected to make the park a reality.
In promotion of the park, the “SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE” was held in New York, US on February 19.
Fans dashed to Grand Central Terminalーa tourist hot spotーwhere the event was held to play a game involving the iconic Question Blocks from the Mario video game franchise. The set-up, which brought to mind a Bonus Stage from the game, had people hitting the question blocks just like Marioーsomething which we all must have imagined doing before.
1,000 people participated in the event which they signed up to prior. It was a day of fun for not only players but onlookers too. Grand prize winners won trips to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, which is set to open before the Tokyo Olympic Games start, while all other participants got their hands on some exclusive SUPER NINTENDO WORLD merch early.
One participant said: “I love everything about Mario, so I knew I’d definitely be taking part today! I’ve loved Mario since I was a kid, I even had a plush toy of him. Mario really is exciting. I’ve always wanted to be Mario, so I’m really happy with how today turned out. I want to go to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD with my best friend and try out all the attractions. I’m sure it’s gonna be a lot of fun!” (Male, 20 / Staten Island, New York) *Translated from Japanese
One of the grand prize winners said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Nintendo’s games since I was 3-years-old. I was lucky to get to take part in the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE today, but to go and win the grand prize is an amazing feeling! I’ll be going to Japan with my girlfriend who I love so much! I’m always paying attention to news about SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. The Mario Kart attraction will definitely be a ride, I’m looking forward to it so much I just can’t wait! I always thought it would be great if they made a Mario theme park, so the fact they’re doing it in both Japan and even the US is amazing!” (Male, 20 / The Bronx, US) *Translated from Japanese
The Question Blocks also made an appearance in Times Square. The event was covered on the morning news in the US with fans visible at the event, Rockefeller Plaza, and elsewhere.
If you’re a Mario and Nintendo fan planning a trip to Japan then be sure you get to experience SUPER NINTENDO WORLD when it opens this year.
SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
Tokyo Disneyland® Celebrates Opening Of New Park Area With Special Menu Line-Up
Tokyo Disneyland’s new biggest area is set to open on April 15, 2020, which will house four new exciting facilities: the new Beauty and the Beast attraction, the Fantasyland Forest Theatre, the Baymax’s Happy Ride attraction, and the Minnie’s Style Studio.
To celebrate the new area’s opening, several restaurants and eateries in Tokyo Disneyland will serve up some special menu items. Participating restaurants are calling this special menu line-up “New Dreams, More Fun!” Let’s take a look.
Sparkling Drink (Mixed Fruits) – ¥450 @ Boiler Room Bites and elsewhere
Boiler Room Bites and other eateries in the park are serving these colourful sparkling drinks packed full of fresh fruit pieces. The cups have special designs of Disney characters like Mickey mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Baymax.
Special Set – ¥990 @ Refreshment Corner
The special set being served at Refreshment Corner is inspired by Beauty and the Beast. It includes an apple cinnamon hot dog (contains nuts), a unique combination of juicy sausage, cinnamon, caramel, and nuts.
Blue Bayou Course – ¥5,200 @ Blue Bayou Restaurant
Another Beauty and the Beast-inspired dish is this special full course served at the Blue Bayou Restaurant. Buffet-style eatery Crystal Palace Restaurant will also serve up new dishes themed on each of the four new facilities of the new area starting on June 1, with a new one being introduced with each season.
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Yellow Coloured Minnie Mouse Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Fukuoka
A new line of Minnie Mouse cafes are set to open in Tokyo and Osaka from February 28, 2020 and Nagoya and Fukuoka from February 29, 2020 for a limited time. Named “OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE,” the cafes are an official collaboration between Disney and the Japanese cafe chain OH MY CAFÉ.
The cafe takes on the theme of Minnie Mouse being a living, breathing icon of today with a positive lifestyle. This is represented through the yellow colouring of the cafe, which features her iconic polka dots as well as ribbon taking on a yellow colour. Tuck into a cute menu line-up and get your hands on some cafe-exclusive Minnie Mouse merchandise.
Cheerful Burger – ¥1,990
This healthy burger is packed full of vegetables with a black bun made in the image of Minnie’s silhouette. Feel as energised as Minnie with one bite of this tasty burger.
Beef Hash Ribbon Rice – ¥1,390
Inspired by Minnie Mouse’s iconic ribbon, this hearty dish is a beef stroganoff plated with rice and veg. The ribbon is so cute it almost seems a waste to eat!
Fruit Sandwich – Single ¥990/ With Plate ¥2,790
An absolute must-order if you’re wanting a dessert. This sandwich is piled with fresh fruits creamy yoghurt, sprinkled with poppy seeds, and doused in lemon juice.
Fizzy Lemon Squash – Single ¥690 / With Coaster ¥1,390
Charge yourself up with this fizzy lemonade and its refreshing aftertaste.
Relaxing Chamomile Tea – Single ¥490 / With Mug ¥2,090
Kick back and relax after your meal with a cup of chamomile tea♡
Heart Badge (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500
Folder – ¥350
Lunch Mat (6 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥650 (*Table reservation required)
Those who book a table in advance will be given one of six possible lunch mats chosen randomly.
If you’re in Japan for the spring, then why not stop by the OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE cafe for a Disney treat?
OH MY！MINNIE MOUSE
Tokyo: OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku Floor 3F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: February 28, 2020 – April 12, 2020
Osaka: kawara CAFE&DINER Shinsaibashi (Shinsaibashi OPA Floor 9F, 1-4-3 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Running: February 28, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Nagoya: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO (Nagoya PARCO South Building Floor 5F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)
Running: February 29, 2020 – April 26, 2020
Fukuoka: Kawara CAFE & KITCHEN KITTE Hakata (KITTE Hakata Floor 9F, 9-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka)
Running: February 29, 2020 – March 28, 2020
“OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE” OH MY CAFE Booking Website: https://mm.ohmycafe.jp/
Disney Easter 2020: Usapiyo Returns to Tokyo DisneySea® With Cute Food & Drink Line-Up
Tokyo DisneySea’s special springtime “Disney Easter” event will begin on March 27, and this year will once again see the arrival of the adorable yellow chick with rabbit ears Usapiyo to deliver a cute and fun Easter to guests in 2020.
Lots of newborn Usapiyo will stumble their way out of eggs again this year. Since they have just been born, they follow people, copy them, and try their hardest. These cute bunny-chicks will show just how charming they are in the “Tip-Top Easter” entertainment show, where they will captivate the Disney cast.
In line with the arrival of the newborn Usapiyo chicks, a line-up of 19 menu items will be served from March 20, 2020, all of which are Easter themed with motifs like Usapiyo and eggs.
Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant
Sparkling Orange Jelly Drink w/Souvenir Cup – ¥950 @ Sebastian’s Calypso Kitchen
Head to Horizon Bay Restaurant at Tokyo DisneySea to order the special hamburger set, which has an Usapiyo cheese topping. Feeling thirsty? Then pay a visit to Sebastian’s Calypso Kitchen for a refreshing orange jelly drinkーyou even get to keep the cup! The Usapiyo food and beverages available this Disney Easter are almost too cute to eat or drink.
Special Set – ¥1,070 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
Strawberry Mont Blanc w/Souvenir Plate – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
If you’re wanting something lighter, then order the egg, cheese and roast pork sandwich at Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery. You get to take the plate home too.
There’s lots of other Usapiyo and Easter treats to discover at this year’s Disney Easter at Tokyo DisneySea.
*Please note that this menu line-up is subject to change without notice, and stock is available while supplies last for certain orders
Running: March 27 – June 12, 2020
Tokyo DinseySea Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Puro Easter 2020: Sanrio Puroland’s Easter Event Will Be ‘American Oldies’ Themed
Sanrio Puroland is serving its annual “Puro Easter” event once again this spring. Taking on an American oldies taste, this cute-retro combining event will run from March 13 to June 2.
A new show and the return of 2019’s hugely successful “Egg’n’Roll Easter” show
Weekends will see the commencement of the “Easter Bunny Race,” a new show to determine who will take the place as Sanrio Puroland’s number one Easter bunny. You’ll have to turn up to the show to see what rabbit characters will be competing!
Running: March 13, 2020 – June 2, 2020 (Weekends, Public Holidays & School Holidays Only)
Location: Wisdom Tree, Sanrio Puroland Floor 1F
Last year’s “Egg’n’Roll Easter” show was so popular that it’s making a return. It combines nostalgic music and fashion of the American oldies. All of the Sanrio characters performing in the show wear cute Easter themed accessories like bunny ears.
Must-eat Sanrio Easter food and desserts
For the Easter season only, Sanrio Puroland is serving up a colourful food and dessert menu, ranging from waffles topped with banana mix ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate sauce; a curry with blue roux and snow-white omelette, and more.
There’s plenty of places to take great photos too, including at the entrance to the third floor of Puroland where there’s a juice box wearing adorable bunny ears. You can take a picture that looks like you’re enjoying a party together with Hello Kitty and the rest of the Sanrio cast.
There’s also a back panel in the first floor entertainment hall with an Easter design which serves as the perfect backdrop for a retro pop photo.
Receive an entry discount by wearing polka dots
Those who arrive to Sanrio Puroland wearing a polka dot outfit will receive am Easter discount when entering the park. This doesn’t include small items like bags, shoes, shawls or accessories. Full conditions can be found on the event page below in Japanese.
Experience Easter like never before this year at Sanrio Puroland.
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Running: March 13, 2020 – June 2, 2020
Puro Easter Event: https://www.puroland.jp/2020_puro-easter/
Soar Into The Kawaii Dream World of The Little Twin Stars For Their 45th Anniversary
Sanrio’s adorable star-themed characters the Little Twin Stars are celebrating their 45th anniversary this year. The adorable twin stars named Kiki and Lala were born into the universe in 1975 in the hyped run up to Christmas. Following their debut in the December edition of Sanrio’s monthly magazine Ichigo Shimbun, the years saw their hair colours and designs retouched here and there. The one thing that remains unchanged is the love that connects them to fans all over Japan across three generations.
As Hello Kitty was celebrating her 45th anniversary last year and with My Melody also celebrating her 45th anniversary this year, now it’s time for the Little Twin Stars’ time to shine. 45th anniversary celebrations include collaboration events and special merchandise themed around the adorable, colourful, twinkling twins which are sure to get your heart fluttering with excitement. More information on these events and merchandise will be revealed in the future. A number of special events will be held at Sanrio Puroland and we are also expecting some new merchandise to hit the shelves at the Sanrio shop this summer.
Sanrio Puroland: “LittleTwinStars 45th Anniversary”
Sanrio Puroland’s Little Twin Stars 45th Anniversary event is set to take place from April 24 – December 31, 2020. The theme of the celebration will be Mainichi Kiki & Lala, Mainichi Kirakira (Sparkle Every Day, Kiki and Lala Every Day).
Want to soar up high into the world of Kiki & Lala? As part of Sanrio Puroland’s anniversary celebrations, the attraction Kiki & Lala – Twinkling Tour is being improved to a whole new level, transforming into an even higher dreamy world where you can take photos in Puroland-limited photo booths. The attraction will only be operating on certain days.
Of course, there will be a new food menu serving up meals, desserts and more adorable treats based on Kiki and Lala’s theme colours of blue and pink. What’s more, Kiki and Lala will also take to the scene dressed in anniversary-limited costumes for a special photo event that your Instagram can’t miss out on. Add some sparkling magic to your day and plunge deep into the world of Kiki and Lala.
LittleTwinStars 45th Anniversary
Running: April 24 – December 31, 2020.
Sanrio Puroland Event Information: https://www.puroland.jp/ts45th/
Collaboration with Japanese Comedy Duo Nagareboshi
As Japanese comedy duo Nagareboshi (shooting star) is celebrating 20 years since their debut, they will be collaborating for a second time with Kiki and Lala, brightening up the year even more. Check out the collaboration design that features the four stars in Kiki and Lala’s blue and pink themes. Merchandise using this design will be sold at Nagareboshi’s Japan tour this year. More information on the tour will be released in the future. The first lineup of collaboration merchandise sold face towels and iPhone cases which became so popular that many items were sold out. If you missed out the first time, this is your chance!
Anniversary Collaboration with Detclear Facial Cleansing Gel: 6 Varieties
Kiki and Lala are collaborating with Detclear: a popular facial cleansing gel formulated for dry, sensitive skin that gently removes dead skin cells and dissolves blackheads. The collaboration Detclear Bright & Peel Peeling Jelly will be released on February 25, 2020 with six Kiki and Lala-themed bottle designs. The designs travel through time from the 1970s which sees our twinkling stars with yellow and brown hair to a retro time with a pink and aqua theme to the adorable magical unicorn theme that came out in more recent years.
Whether it’s an adorable pastel dreamworld design or one of the more nostalgic ones, you are bound to find a bottle that you really love.
Detclear Bright & Peel Peeling Jelly – Unscented
Price: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Release Date: February 25, 2020
Available At: drugstores, general stores, cosmetics shops and official beauty online shops.
Sprinkle some stardust into your life this year for Kiki and Lala’s 45th anniversary celebrations.
©’76,’20 SANRIO 著作（株）サンリオ
Little Twin Stars: 45th Anniversary
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Mickey & Minnie Mouse Cookie Cupcakes
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
For this edition of Kaori’s Easy Recipe, I used a recipe from the Disney dessert cookbook Oishii Disney Sweets Recipes to make “Mickey & Minnie Cookie Cupcakes” which make for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. It’s a super easy recipe to follow – I even made the cookies and ribbon using ingredients readily available at the supermarket. So don’t hesitate, give this easy recipe a go for yourself.
1: Ingredients (Makes 6 cupcakes measured 7cm)
2 medium eggs (40g egg yolk/60g egg white)
60g granulated sugar
2tsp vegetable oil
1-2tsp lemon juice
45g weak flour
①Put the egg yolk, vegetable oil, and lemon juice into a bowl and mix well.
②In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white and gradually add in the granulated sugar. When adding the sugar, I recommend doing it in four portions. So add one quarter of the sugar, mix, repeat.
③Once you’ve added all the sugar, mix well to incorporate into the egg white.
④Gradually add the weak flour. Do this in three portions like in step ②. Please be careful as to not mix too vigorously when adding the flour as it will result in the dough losing its loose texture and becoming firm.
3: Pour the mix into the cups so that 70-80% of the cups are full. Bake at 190℃ for 12 minutes, then bring the heat down to 170℃ and cook for a further 3 minutes.
4: Now it’s time to make Mickey Mouse. I used one big Oreo cookie and two little ones, the latter of which don’t have filling. Like in the photo below, half the bigger cookie, place the smaller ones inside, and place the bigger half back on. If you don’t have anything to stick the cookie back on, you can use the filling of the Oreo.
5: I used melted to chocolate to fix my Mickey Mouse together. If you add red M&M’s like I did in the photo below, Mickey transforms into Minnie.
6: Once the cupcakes are done baking, make an incision in the top to place the Mickey and Minnie cookies into.
7: Add some fresh cream to decorate, and your Valentine’s Day Disney cupcakes are complete!
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
There are many other cute Disney recipes available in the book that Kaori used too, so if you’re in Japan or have access to Japanese books, then why not pick up a copy?
Oishii Disney Sweets Recipes (Japanese Title: おいしい ディズニー スイーツ レシピ)
Price: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Available: Amazon Japan, Rakuten, and elsewhere
Tokyo Disney Resort® Celebrates Toy Story’s Hamm With Pig Pink Merchandise
Tokyo Disney Resort is set to show some love to Hamm, everybody’s favourite piggy bank from the Disney/Pixar animated film series Toy Story, from February 28 with the arrival of some exclusive Hamm merchandise. This includes fashion items with pink woven into it amongst other accessories and miscellaneous pig picks.
*All Hamm merchandise will be sold from March 2 with the exception of sling bags, which will be sold from March 23.
Dress up with Hamm
Short Sleeve T-Shirt: ¥3,900
The unisex t-shirts include one design with a print of Hamm’s adorable face, and another more stylish t-shirt with a retro design.
Body Bag: ¥2,900
Coins aren’t the only thing Hamm can carry for you – with the new body bag, you can entrust your personal belongings to him, like your phone, card, coins, and so on, all while looking stylishly pink.
Pass Case: ¥1,900
Other items include a pass case of Hamm’s face, as well as a cute pig ear headband. There are lots of other items in the collection too.
Pink life dining
Fill the piggy bank that is your belly with food together with the pink tumbler and plate featuring designs that are actually used at restaurants throughout Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
Mini Towel: ¥680
Hand Cream & Lip Balm: ¥2,200
The mini towel, hand cream and lip balm set, and other items are all pocket-size, so you can take them anywhere with you.
This is just a small look at the pink range that’s set to beckon spring early. Don’t miss out on these exclusive items.
*Product designs and designs are subject to change without notice
*Available while supplies last
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Release Date: February 28, 2020
Participating Shops: Planet M at Tokyo Disneyland® / Figaro’s Clothiers at Tokyo DisneySea®
Park Food Themed Miscellaneous Merchandise
Release Date: February 28, 2020
Participating Shops: Home Store at Tokyo Disneyland® / Bella Minni Collectionsat Tokyo DisneySea®
Universal Studios Japan’s New Promotional Video Sees NMB48 Members Enjoying Their Youth
31.January.2020 | SPOT
Last autumn, Universal Studios Japan released a video showcasing youngsters in enjoying their youth in the park, and it blew up on Japanese social media. The park released a new version of the video online on January, and it will hit television in the Kansai area on February 1.
The video’s theme is “Youth is a moment; youth is infinite.” We see five NMB48 membersーCocona Umeyama, Rei Jōnishi, Suzu Yamada, Ayaka Yamamoto, and Haasa Minamiーenjoying themselves in their private time at USJ. They play the part of five friends about to graduate from high school, and like them, the lighthearted nature of the video makes you want to make some memories at the park with your friends too.
The video is saying to all young people that they hope they can make special memories at USJ, deepen their bonds with their friends, and continue their friendships after graduating.
We get to see the five NMB48 members enjoying the park to the fullest, wearing park merchandise like their cute headbands and pouches, riding the attractions with smiles on the face, snapping photos, and eating food. The song that plays during the video is LILLY by Osaka-born three-piece rock band Hump Back.
USJ is set to hold numerous campaigns for students entering the park, beginning in February, including student discounts.
Video Special Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/campaign/spring2020/studentfestival/
Universal Studios Japan Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/e/