Best Tokyo Illuminations: December 2018 to February 2019
Every year during Japanese wintertime the streets are lit up with big, bright and beautiful illuminations. They are of course held all the way up to Christmas but can be enjoyed all the way into February. Here’s our list of must-see Tokyo illuminations this year.
Keyakizaka Illuminations (Running until December 25)
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. These are the perfect illuminations to visit if you’re sightseeing in Tokyo!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/128726
Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2018 (November 8 – December 25)
The Marunouchi area is currently hosing an event titled Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2018 in collaboration with famous Japanese singer Yuming who is celebrating her 46th anniversary this year since her debut. A Christmas tree called the “Knit Tree” made in collaboration with the singer is currently on display at the Marcube on the first floor of the Marunouchi building, the main vneue for this event. The tree is decorated with dazzling illuminations as Yuming’s songs provide the soundtrack to the room.
Illumination Island Odaiba 2018 (November 16 – December 25)
Ten facilities in the Odaiba area including the shopping mall, hotels and transportation facilities are joining in with Illumination Island Odaiba 2018. Daiba Memorial Tree boasts as the biggest live tree in the city standing almost 20 meters high and 10 meters wide. The branches, which stretch an enormous 200 meters, are wrapped with 220,000 light, creating a captivating scene.
Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018 (November 9 – January 6)
Meguro River is famous for its cherry trees which line stretch 4km along the waters and bring beautiful cherry blossoms in spring. This winter, Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018 (‘Meguro River: Illuminations for Everyone’) is seeing the path along the river decorated with lights which will reflect off the water’s surface. The Fuyu no Sakura® (‘Winter Cherry Blossoms’) flower viewing spot which was a huge hit last year has made an appearance again this year. People are enjoying the ‘winter cherry blossoms’ーthe pink illuminationsーfrom the comfort of one of the three garden igloos which all have different interiors. Sitting in one of these means you don’t have to worry about wind, rain or cold weather.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/137108
Shinjuku Minamilumi Illuminations (November 14 – February 14)
The Shinjuku Minamilumi illuminations have made their sixth return to the south exit of Shinjuku Station again this year. “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 is currently adorned with many different illuminations. 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 welcoming this year’s winter.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/125425
Omohara Beer Forest Illuminations (November 15 – February 28)
The Omohara Beer Forest―located on the sixth floor rooftop of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku―is currently hosting an illumination event. The illuminations have brought a mix of natural light and gentle fairy lights to central Harajuku. 16,000 illuminations bask the surrounding space and trees with warm light. A space surrounded by trees will give rise to 16,000 illuminations with warm light. Opening hours have been extended to 11:00pm from the usual 9:00pm for the Christmas and New Year periods. A perfect place to stop by after work or shopping.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/135593
Illuminations are a big part of Japan’s winter culture, so take your friends and loved ones this year.
Japan’s Biggest Ferris Wheel Lights Up at Blue Grotto Illumination Event in Osaka
16.September.2018 | SPOT
Blue Grotto Osaka is an illumination event now taking place until September 30 at Redhorse Osaka Wheel, Japan’s tallest Ferris wheel which is located at LaLaport EXPOCITY in Suita, Osaka.
Blue Grotto is an illumination event that first appeared in Nakameguro in winter 2014. It made a return in winter 2016 in Shibuya and again in December 2017 which almost 2.7 million people turned up to. The event also made its Hokkaido debut in Sapporo this year in February. It has established itself as one of Japan’s staple illumination events enjoyed by people from both Japan and those coming from overseas.
The first time to be held in Osaka, you can look forward to gazing at the entrancing blue lights as you are lifted up up 123 meters high in one of the carriages for a full 18-minute turn. While riding the wheel you can also choose from a selection of specially prepared pasta dishes.
The pasta is made in collaboration with Nisshin Foods under their Blue Grotto brand and is named Blue Grotto Bolognese.
You can also get your picture taken inside the BLUE CUBE photo spot. The interior is fitted with mirrors and magical blue lights that create an infinitely illuminated blue world.
If you head to the Redhorse Marumie Plaza on the second floor of the wheel entrance you can also check out some exclusive Blue Grotto merchandise.
If you’re in Osaka this month then don’t miss out this chance to enjoy gorgeous illuminations, an amazing view and some delicious pasta.
Tranquil Illuminations Using Traditional Crafts at Hoshino Resort Aomoriya
22.January.2018 | SPOT
Hoshino Resort Aomoriya is a hotel where you can fully experience the culture of Aomori. From April 6th to May 31st, the residence will hold an event titled “Haru no Kirokaro Sanpo”.
*kirokaro is a word in the Aomori dialect meaning ‘to look around with curiosity’ (kyoro kyoro in standard dialect
This year, 3 new flower arrangement displays are being introduced to the resort using traditional Aomori handicrafts. The displays are also designed for you to enjoy a peaceful stroll. “Wadasa no Kadou” will use the same technique used for the nebuta floats at Tohoku Sandai Matsuri to create the image of flowers from Japanese umbrellas. “Neputa no Kadou” is an arrangement that was created by artists from the Hirosaki Neputa Festival. “Akari no Kadou” will use traditional “Tsugaru Kanyama-yaki” pottery to create tranquil illuminations.
Once the chilly days of Aomori’s springtime have passed, flowers will bloom at the end of April. To experience the spring even more, traditional Aomori crafts will be used where the flowers of nature bloom too. Japanese umbrellas creating the image of apple flowers will be set up, as well as hanging lanterns with flower patterns and designs, illuminating Aomoriya.
“Wadasa no Kadou”
Japanese umbrella arrangements will laid out with apple flowers using a technique called roubiki that is used when making nebuta floats. The lights will be transparent from the wax sections, highlighting the colours even more.
“Neputa no Kadou”
A design created by artists from the Hirosaki Neputa Festival will be set up and illuminate. To make it three-dimensional, these artisans’ work will mix together ink and dazzling colours before being lit up.
“Akari no Kadou”
The hanging lanterns will be made of traditional “Tsugaru Kanayama-yaki,” a type of pottery. The illuminations and patterns will be original designs related to Aomori, including the apple, nebuta, and yawatauma.
Experience peaceful illuminations and enjoy Aomori’s traditional culture at Hoshino Resort Aomoriya.
“Frozen Planetarium” Urara Shiraito Illuminations to be held in Karuizawa
04.January.2018 | SPOT
Shiraito Highland Way Inc. will hold an event titled Urara Shiraito Illuminations at car park 1 of the famous Karuizawa tourist spot Jōshin’etsu-kōgen National Park. The event, which is a recognised heritage site for Japan’s nightscape, will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between February 2 and March 11, 2018.
Shiraito Highland Way is a toll road that first opened in 1963 and stretches across 10km. It’s a forest path where one can see the true face of Karuizawa and is home to Shiraito Falls and Ryuugaeshi no Taki, two popular tourist spots. The event ties in with Shiraito Falls Illusion that will be held in Karuizawa in July and is a registered heritage sight for Japan’s nighttime scenery. In Japan, it’s rare for two locations to be recognised as heritage sights for the country’s nightscape two years in a row. Because of this, Shiraito Highland Way is strengthening its image as a tourist destination for Japan’s night view.
Urara Shiraito Illuminations will have installed a 5m tall and 50m wide screen where enchanting images of the sun, deep green forests, and glowing clouds will be projected against the dark nighttime sky. As well as being an event that can be enjoyed at night, it will also give you the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature in a new light and in a way you may not have noticed during the day.
The event will be held in car park 1 of Shiraito Highland Way, which is located in Jōshin’etsu-kōgen National Park. That means the light quantity, tones and production methods will be considered for the illuminations as based on the national park laws highlighted by the Ministry of the Environment.
As a gift to attendees, if you speak the words “Drive & Love” at the toll station, you will receive a disposable hand warmers completely free. On Saturday February 10th, you can also get hot drinks and hot towels, and sweets from Karuizawa Chocolate Factory will be given out to the first 200 people.
Plan a trip to the enchanting Urara Shiraito Illuminations to have yourself a truly extraordinary experience..
TV Anime The Rolling Girls Exhibition to Take Place in Tokyo This September
The Rolling Girls is an anime series produced by Wit Studio that aired in 2015. In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the girly, road movie-like series, the anime will be released in a special Blu-ray box in Japan on December 16, 2020.
The 5-year milestone will also be celebrated with an exhibition at Space Caiman in Tokyo from September 18 to 21. There will be illustrations and messages posted up from the anime’s production staff, including the director Kotomi Deai, screenwriter Yasuyuki Muto, character designer tanu, and character setter Katsuhiko Kitada, and as well as the Mob themselves—the four main characters.
The event will be one no fan will want to miss out on as staff and fans come together to express their love for the series.
A special display will also be set up which will showcase drafts and production materials from when the anime was being produced.
This includes character illustrations, image boards, character settings, original works, background art, and more. Fans can also get their hands on some exclusive 5th anniversary merchandise too.
©2015 The Rolling Girls Production Committee製作委員会
The Rolling Girls 5th Anniversary Book
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Price: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Pages: 40 (Full Colour)
The Rolling Girls Exhibition
Running: September 18, 2020 – September 21, 2020
Location: space caiman, 4-5-15 Nihonbashihongokucho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Entry Price: ¥800 (Tax Included)
*Information on tickets TBA
Official Website: rollinggirls.com
Tokyo’s New Starbucks Branch in Ginza is a Cafe Dream Come True For Workers and Business People
Starbucks Coffee Japan opened a new branch at CIRCLES Ginza on July 30, 2020 that will serve as a dream location for business people.
The dream coffee shop, split into two floors, offers a unique environment and service created in collaboration with Think Lab. Rather than your regular, more public Starbucks, this branch also lets customers reserve booths and meeting spaces. This includes the SMART LOUNGE™ aimed at business users, as well as solo working spaces by Think Lab.
Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza caters to both solo workers and co-workers, giving them a space to think and concentrate alone, or come together in groups to exchange ideas. Booths offer a place to host online meetings, the SMART LOUNGE lets groups arrange chairs and tables however they like, and the Think Lab—which you pay an extra fee to use—is the perfect spot for some quiet contemplation.
1st Floor: Quick TOGO experience
The first floor is for people who aren’t looking to stay at the cafe long. They are looking for a quicker experience where they can order their Starbucks drink and food and head on out. The cafe offers cashless payments, which is notable as Japan is still very much a cash-based country, as well as the Starbucks mobile order and pay service where you pick what you want on your phone and then go and pick it up.
2nd Floor: A place where you can focus
Reserve a booth for video calls and more
There are four individual half-booths which can be reserved, each of which have a screen for video calls and online meetings. These can be used for 40 minutes and can be booked in advance. The booking system was co-developed by Starbucks and Vacan.
Tables for in-person group meetings
The window tables offer a place for meetings, discussions, and business negotiations for 2-12 people. It’s a relaxing area where workers and clients can chat freely.
For those who want to work along, Starbucks has created a spacious area with individual booths where you don’t have to meet eyes or be bothered by other people.
If you’re working in Tokyo, and need a business-oriented location where you can enjoy a coffee, then look no further than Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza.
Starbucks Coffee CIRCLES Ginza
Grand Opening: July 30, 2020
Address: CIRCLES Ginza, 3-7-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 7:00-22:30
Starbucks Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Shibuya’s New Hotel sequence MIYASHITA PARK Connects the People to the City
01.August.2020 | SPOT
sequence MIYASHITA PARK is a new mixed-use hotel set to open inside MIYASHITA PARK on August 1, 2020.
sequence’s concept is to connect the people with the city. It offers a space for everyone whether they want a quiet time alone, whether they are sightseeing, having a work-do, celebrating a party or festival, and more. This is centred around the hotel’s three notions: “SMART,” “OPEN,” and “CULTURE.”
The hotel is inspired by the local concept of “PARK MIND” which offers guests a place to relax after a long, busy day, like in a park. It has collaborated with Tokyo-based designers and creators to bring this to life in room designs. Furniture and fittings are simple while still being of high quality.
The fourth floor entrance connects seamlessly to Miyashita Park and is home to a lobby lounge as well as the new VALLEY PARK STAND cafe and bar. Up on the fifth floor is the breakfast dining restaurant Dōngxī Restaurant & Sakaba. Up on the 18th floor, guests can enjoy a panoramic view of Shibuya, as well as dine at the entertainment restaurant SOAK whose design and concept mixes together history and the future, the West and the East. There is also art from artists coordinated by The Chain Museum.
sequence MIYASHITA PARK
Address: 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.sequencehotels.com/miyashita-park
IKEA Logo Clothing Collection EFTERTRÄDA Pre-Sales Begin at IKEA Harajuku
01.August.2020 | FASHION
IKEA Japan is launching IKEA’s first apparel and merchandise brand to feature the company’s logo. Named “EFTERTRÄDA,” pre-sales for the collection will take place at IKEA Harajuku on July 31. General sales will then begin at IKEA stores across Japan and on IKEA Japan’s official website on August 7.
The EFTERTRÄDA collection is made in Japan and takes inspiration from Tokyo culture. A special lookbook was created featuring young people who live in Tokyo wearing the collection. They were asked to focus on how they present themselves in their own homes. Each photo is a look into their private lives.
The lookbook of these five Tokyoites was shot in partnership with IKEA Harajuku to commemorate the store’s opening. This includes Japan’s most popular virtual model Imma.
IKEA Umbrella (White)
The EFTERTRÄDA simple yet stylish collection includes ten pieces of apparel and goods branded with IKEA’s official logo, such as the T-shirt, hoodie, towel, umbrella, water bottle, and more.
The collection is one to add to your wardrobe, so when visiting Tokyo, be sure to head on into IKEA to get your hands on it.
Pre-Sales: July 31, 2020 (IKEA Harajuku)
General Release Date: August 7, 2020
Official Website: http://www.ikea.jp/eftertrada
RIVERSIDE CLUB: Food, Art & Music Culture Come Together in Nakameguro’s New All-Day Lounge
RIVERSIDE CLUB officially opened on the first floor of “THE WORKS” along Meguro River in Tokyo on July 17, 2020. An all-day lounge which can be enjoyed from breakfast to dinner, its concept is a fusion of food, art, and music cultures which it calls “GOOD CULTURE SALON.”
RIVERSIDE CLUB boasts an incredible menu forged by chefs at the forefront of Tokyo’s food culture. Meals can be enjoyed while gazing at the various artwork on display, and customers can look forward to seeing collaborations with numerous apparel brands. It’s a unique space designed by adults for adults, the likes of which has never been seen before.
Comfort food is at the heart of RIVERSIDE CLUB’s menu design which they have cooked up using their own unique vision.
For breakfast, customers can enjoy a healthy smoothie made from a blend of kale, pineapple, kiwi and avocado. If they’re looking for something more classic, they can order the avocado toast served with bacon and eggs, or cold-pressed juice by SUNSHINE JUICE which hails as Japan’s first shop specialising in cold-pressed juice. The thought behind the morning menu is making sure to get both a tasty and nutritional meal down customers even if they’re in a rush.
If customers are looking for something a bit more hearty in the morning then they can check out the all-day menu where they’ll find the lounge’s fat and juicy 100% beef “RIVERSIDE BURGER.” There’s also the “Lemon Rice” provided by LEMON RICE TOKYO, a popular Shibuya-based restaurant owned by Yuhi Komiyama, the vocalist of Hoff Dylan and known as the gourmet chef of the music industry. Everything on the menu is made with Tokyo’s food culture in mind, and if you’re looking for something very Tokyo-esque, then there’s the “Hamburger Naporitan,” a bed of spaghetti topped with a hamburger.
Popular foods from NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE will also be served, such as scones, carrot cake, apple crumble, lemon pie, and more. NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE is a popular Hawaiian bakery which was originally in charge of pastries served at Diamond Head Market & Grill, which is famous for its Hawaiian lunches and scones, but subsequently opened its own store in Kyoto and became so popular that it often sells out its stock by evening time. Coffee made using specially selected coffee beans provided by Minami-Aoyama-based coffee rosters will also be served and goes perfectly with NAKAMURA GENERAL STORE’s food. Customers will be able to order their own coffees or buy their own bag of beans to take home.
RIVERSIDE CLUB has collaborated with numerous artists for graphics on show there. Their logo was created by “& Supply,” a Tokyo-based creative studio. Various artwork will be displayed, including a photograph of Lady Gaga taken by Nobuyoshi Araki for a bondage-themed photoshoot in Vogue Hommes Japan. Pieces by LEEGET, who creates graphics and illustrations, will also be displayed. RIVERSIDE CLUB will continue to serve its “GOOD CULTURE SALON” theme by promoting more artwork in the future.
RIVERSIDE CLUB also allows pets, so customers can enjoy a quiet time with their furry comrades. Pets will get their own pet-friendly menu, toys, and more in the future.
Address: 3-18-3 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://theworks.tokyo
Make Your Own Original KitKat at Tokyo’s KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya
31.July.2020 | FOOD
Nestlé Japan is opening a new branch of KitKat Chocolatory inside Shibuya’s new shopping mall Miyashita Park on August 4, 2020.
KitKat Chocolatory is a direct-to-consumer chain, serving premium, handcrafted KitKats made with top quality ingredients and production methods under full direction by Takagi Yasumasa―the owner and chef of LE PATISSIER TAKAGI. Its product line-up features a range perfect as gifts to friends, family and co-workers, or as a treat to yourself.
Japan is home to eight KitKat Chocolatory branches. The new Miyashita Park Shibuya branch will open as the fourth in Tokyo, as well as the first where you can create your own KitKat products.
My KITKAT: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
“My KITKAT” comes as the world’s first KitKat service where consumers can create their own original chocolate bars.
KitKat Waffle: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Soft Cream: ¥630 (Before Tax)
KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya will also sell a variety of unique and exclusive KitKat desserts, like luxurious soft serve ice cream topped with couverture chocolate. It will also offer a cafe menu created by Nespresso, where customers can pair Chocolatory desserts with seasonal coffee menus, and more.
Shibuya-esque wall art will decorate the interior of the shop, making for plenty of photo opportunities.
KitKat Chocolatory Miyashita Park Shibuya
Grand Opening: August 4, 2020
Address: Miyashita Park South 2F, 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/
Laforet Harajuku’s Midsummer Takeaway Desserts Include Cinnamoroll Goodies
31.July.2020 | FOOD
Eight shops inside Laforet Harajuku are participating in the shopping mall’s midsummer takeout dessert event which is taking place from August 1 to 31. This includes the new milk dessert shop “MILK MILK MILK” which opened as the first branch in Japan on July 17 this year. Desserts and merchandise of Sanrio’s popular character Cinnamoroll, who won this year’s 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking, will also be sold.
café de paris | Floor B1F
Many Many Fruits Sandwich: Mango ¥626 / Green Grape ¥561 (Tax Included) *Takeout only
Fresh fruit is packed onto these adorable looking sweet sandwiches.
CAFE CREPE | Floor 1F
Honey Summer Orange: ¥730 (Tax Included) *Takeout only
Another cute summer dessert finished with swirls of fresh cream, fresh orange, and a round dollop of ginger ice cream.
MILK MILK MILK! | Floor 2F
Milk Bottle Smoothie: ¥880 (Tax Included) *Takeout and have-in
Served in a cute milk bottle, what better way to cool down than with a cool strawberry smoothie?
Cinnamoroll Milk Pudding: ¥1,078 (Tax Included) *Takeout and have-in
Cinnamoroll Sky Beaker Parfait: ¥1,048 (Tax Included) *Have-in only
There are two tasty Cinnamoroll desserts to choose from, including the milk pudding made with Hokkaido milk and a parfait with a gradient or jelly and chocolate mint ice cream, topped with mint, and served in a beaker.
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Laforet Harajuku Summer Takeout Menu
Running: August 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
The Quintessential Quintuplets Get a Full Makeover This Summer For Season Two
Everybody’s favourite sister quintuplet is set to roll up to an all-new, revamped exhibition this summer. The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition MAKEOVER will take place at Tokyo’s Sunshine City World Import Mart Bulding in Ikebukuro from August 15 to 30 and subsequently Osaka’s Nanko ATC Museum from November 26 to December 6.
The exhibition is taking place to promote the upcoming season season of The Quintessential Quintuplets and will feature a whole new merchandise line-up, new displays, and more. Series creator Negi Haruba has also illustrated a new visual for the exhibition.
The Quintessential Quintuplets is a manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. The story follows high school student Futaro Uesugi who becomes a private tutor for the sisters of the wealthy Nakano family, all of whom have no interest in study or grades. It’s up to Futaro to change their minds.
A second season of the anime series is set to air in January 2021. A mobile game is also in the works. The game is a romance comedy puzzle game whereby the player deepens their bonds with the five sisters. Players take the role of the series protagonist Futaro through an original story with new voice acting recorded for the game.
The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition MAKEOVER
Location: Ikebukuro Sunshine City World Import Mart Bldg. Floor 4F – Hall A
Running: August 15, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Time: 10:00-20:00 (Until 17:00 on August 30)
*You must book a ticket for one of the specified slots at the link below by 16:00 the previous day
Buy Ticket: https://l-tike.com/event/5hanayome-makeover/ (L-Code: 36055)
Running: November 26, 2020 – December 6, 2020
Location: Osaka Nanko ATC Museum
*Ticket details TBA
The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition MAKEOVER Official Website: http://www.gotobun-exhibition.com/
Pikachu Ice Lollies and Frappe to Arrive at Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe This Summer
The Pokémon Cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo is introducing some refreshing Pikachu sweet treats to its menu this summer, beginning on August 1.
Pikachu Pineapple Ice Bar | ¥650 (Before Tax)
First up on the is the tropical pineapple flavoured ice bar which comes with four different variations of Pikachu’s adorable face. There’s also two different packaging designs which come in blue or pink.
Pikachu Tail Chocolate Banana Frappe | ¥700 (Before Tax)
Drink Sleeve | ¥550 (Before Tax)
For drinks, the Pokémon Cafe is serving up a chocolate banana frappe topped with Pikachu’s tail made from chocolate. The drink comes with a free sleeve of Pikachu’s chubby face.
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Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe
Address: Sunshine City Alpa 2F, 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
*Opening hours subject to change. Please check the official website before travelling.
*Duration of these limited-time menu items subject to change without notice.
*Available while supplies last.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual products may differ in colour and design.
Starbucks Japan to Open New Branch Produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara in Miyashita Park
30.July.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Japan is opening a new branch in MIYASHITA PARK on August 4, 2020. Set to be Starbucks Japan’s fifth “park” branch—opening inside a park—the new coffee shop is being produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment brand.
MIYASHITA PARK is a shopping complex filled with shops stocking high quality products, and stands as a new landmark of Shibuya. On the rooftop is the newly-arranged park area which has its own skate park, bouldering wall, and more. It’s home to all-new facilities, and there’s also the actual park where events can take place.
Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park offers a new style of Starbucks conceived from the mind of Hiroshi Fujiwara. Glass doors are fitted on both the front and back sides of the cafe, allowing for a full-open design. The flooring is coloured green, making it feel as if it has become one with the green outdoors of the park, and the same mesh used inside Miyashita Park is used for the ceiling.
The cafe’s design was conceived to be a unique standout in the park, specifically with the image in mind of countries outside Japan where you walk along a lone road and eventually come to a gas station.
Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park will also sell a range of merchandise at the back of the shop, as well as Starbucks coffee beans. There’s also a glass table in the middle of the cafe which slots in nicely with the overall aesthetic. The fun design together with the expanse of the park outside adds for an enjoyable combination that makes it a pleasant stay as you sip your beverage.
The regular line-up of merchandise sold at the Miyashita Park branch, such as the tumblers, are all produced by Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment brand. Items are branded with the word “MYST” which lets you know it’s from this particular branch, as well as Fragment’s logo.
Discover a new Starbucks experience at Miyashita Park.
Starbucks Coffee Miyashita Park
Address: 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Grand Opening: August 4, 2020
Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00
Shibuya PARCO: Food, Shopping & Events in July and August 2020
29.July.2020 | SPOT
Shibuya PARCO has a packed showcase for summertime this July and August, with pop-up shops, events, exhibitions, new products, and much more. The YUI ARAGAKI NYLON JAPAN ARCHIVE BOOK 2010-2019 photo exhibition, which sold out tickets, was posted as an online exhibition. The popular curry house Good Luck Curry, originally located in Ebisu, has moved to Shibuya PARCO. Let’s take a deeper look at the line-up.
4F PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO Relics of Kanto Through Time
Running: August 1, 2020 – August 16, 2020 | Entry Price: ¥700
New York City-based American artist Daniel Arsham is teaming up with Pokémon for a special exhibition centred around Arsham’s concept of “Fictional Archeology.” Visitors can enter for a chance to win a “Crystalized Pikachu” as well as get their hands on a variety of exhibition products. A two-meter tall Pikachu made from bronze will also be put on display on the first floor of Shibuya PARCO.
B1F GALLERY X YUI ARAGAKI NYLON JAPAN ARCHIVE BOOK 2010-2019 PHOTO EXHIBITION
Running: July 16, 2020 – July 27, 2020 (Online Exhibition) | Price: ¥300
This exhibition is centred around Yui Aragaki’s photo book YUI ARAGAKI NYLON JAPAN ARCHIVE BOOK 2010-2019 which compiles her work features in the fashion magazine NYLON JAPAN between 2010 to 2019. The book celebrates Aragaki at the age of 31, and was so popular at the time of its release that it sold out.
B1F Good Luck Curry
Good Luck Curry is a curry house managed by the chefs of Ata, a bistro in Daikanyama. Originally situated in Ebisu, the restaurant has been revamped and moved to Shibuya PARCO where they are serving a range of delicious spicy curries topped with a colourful array of vegetables.
B1F GAN-BAN FUJI ROCK COLLECTION “CREW NECK T-SHIRT” Limited Edition Sale
The “FUJI ROCK COLLECTION” of T-shirts are always so popular that their stock never fails to sell out. The new crew neck version is now available at the official FUJI ROCK shop and are being sold at Shibuya PARCO.
B1F Mirai Nihonshu-ten & SAKE BAR “Summer Sake Cocktails”
For this summer only, Mirai Nihonshu-ten and SAKE BAR are serving up two refreshing cocktails.
Left: Hakuju Salty Lemon | Right: Suzu Sweet Green
The Hakuju Salty Lemon is like a Salty Dog cocktail. It has notes of citrus and a salty sea salt bite. The Suzu Sweet Green is made with a sake known as “Kubota Suijyu” which is mixed with cocoa vinegar. It has a subtle sweetness.
Tokyo’s Sumida Aquarium Begins Summer Evening ‘Penguin Firework’ Projection Mapping Event
28.July.2020 | SPOT
Sumida Aquarium began its new “Penguin Firework” projection mapping show on July 23 which is set to run on weekends and public holidays up to August 30.
Due to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, summer firework festivals up and down Japan have had to be cancelled. Sumida Aquarium conceived the idea of this event in response to this, since fireworks are a summer pastime in Japan.
Penguin Fireworks is an 8-minute show that uses projection mapping around the aquarium’s penguin pool to create kaleidoscopic firework patterns. Together with an original music score and the sound effects of fireworks, visitors are pulled into a magical performance as the penguins swim and dance around the lights.
Enjoy Japan’s summer fireworks this year at Sumida Aquarium.
Running: July 23, 2020 – August 30, 2020 (Weekends & Public Holidays Only)
Location: Sumida Aquarium’s Penguin Pool
Times: ①17:45, ②18:30, ③19:30 (8 minutes each)
*Times subject to change in the case of other events
Official Website: https://www.sumida-aquarium.com/