Miniature Exhibition: A Tiny Christmas in Your Hands, Begins November 30
21.November.2018 | SPOT
BACON are a company known for holding the Sleeping Cat Exhibition earlier this year, a popular photography exhibition that saw 500,000 people in attendance. Now they are set to hold a miniature Christmas exhibition from November 30 to December 25 at TODAYS GALLERY STUDIO in Tokyo.
The exhibition will see Koruha, who has over 70,000 followers on Instagram, as well as tole painter Enchanter appear for the first time, amongst others. Returning this year will be Rikko who boasts more than 50,000 followers on Instagram and 1/87 no Teihen Salary Man in addition to a range of other creators also popular online.
This year will see a range of winter inspired pieces in addition to a line-up of miniature 3D designs. Most pieces on display will also be available to purchase. Popular creator Hikarinohana who is known for creating miniature food is also set to sell a range of limited edition Christmas items.
The first 3,000 people to turn up to the event will also receive an original Christmas card.
Each and every piece on display is painstakingly handcrafted down to the finest of details to look like the original thing. Originally it was going to be an exhibition of just miniature items, but photos will also be displayed at the exhibition.
The exhibition promises to feel like you are really lost in a miniature world. Photos are permitted at the entire event too.
There will also be a special corner decked out with miniature fruits, taiyaki and more created by Sweet Palette nana. A video will be shown for the very first time showcasing how the food is made.
K.C. Factory have created a range of new pieces too all fitted with illuminations including a Christmas tree.
Enter the world of a miniature Christmas this year at TODAYS GALLERY STUDIO!
The World of Miniature Photo Exhibition
Location: TODAYS GALLERY STUDIO Floor 5F (5-27-6 Asakusabashi, Taito Ward, Tokyo)
Running: November 30, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Closed: Mondays (*Open December 24)
Entry Price: ¥500 (Free for those aged 3 and below)
Exhibitors: 20 (subject to change)
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?
Be Spirited Away at Nagoya Castle’s Night Walk Event ‘NIGHT CASTLE OWARI EDO FANTASIA’
07.November.2018 | SPOT
To celebrate the restoration of Nagoya Castle’s Hommaru Palace and its opening to the public, an event titled NIGHT CASTLE OWARI EDO FANTASIA is set to run from December 1 to 16, an immersive night walk that will have people strolling around the castle grounds when the sun goes down. The planning, production and performances are all developed by NAKED.
NAKED are a creative company who use projection mapping and installations to further draw out the historical and architectural beauty of certain locations. This has included the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site Nijō Castle, Hirado Castle in Nagasaki Prefecture and more.
NAKED are set to attach new value to Nagoya Castle with their immersive night walk which will showcase the phantasmagorical beauty that falls on the castle when the sun goes down.
The whole of the castle grounds will be met with lights and music. Dazzling images will be shone onto the outside wall of the eastern side of Hommaru Palace, and fantastic projection mapping will recreate the sights of Owari Province.
Nagoya Castle x NAKED – “NIGHT CASTLE OWARI EDO FANTASIA”
Location: Nagoya Castle (1-1 Honmaru, Naka Ward, Nagoya)
*Entry from the East Gate only
Running: December 1, 2018 – December 16, 2018
Time: 18:00-20:30 (gate closes at 21:00) *Will still run even during irain
Price (Tax Included)
High School Students and Older: Advance – ¥1,000 / Same Day: ¥1,200
Senior Nagoya Citizens: Advance – ¥680 / Same Day: ¥880 (*Must provide proof of age and address)
*Includes fee for entry to Nagoya Castle (Entry not permitted to Honmaru Palace or Tenshukaku)
Ticket Sale Period
Advance: October 22, 2018 at 10:00m – November 30, 2018 at 23:59 (JST)
Same-Day: December 1, 2018 at 00:00 – December 16, 2018 at 20:00 (JST)
Lawson Ticket (L-Code: 43193 / Purchasable at Lawson and MINISTOP), Ticket Pia (P-Code: Regular Ticket: 991-982 / With Food & Drink Ticket: 991-983), 7-Eleven, Family Mart, e+, Chunichi Shimbun+
Event Website: http://nagoya-nightcastle.com
NAKED Inc. Website: http://naked-inc.com
Future Firework Entertainment Event ‘STAR ISLAND’ Heads to Singapore
04.November.2018 | SPOT
STAR ISLAND is an event that describes itself as ‘future firework entertainment.’ The show has been held twice in the past and sold over 30,000 tickets. Now, for the first time ever, the fireworks will be exploding overseas.
STAR ISLAND Singapore Countdown Edition will welcome the New Year at The Float @ Marina Bay in Singapore at 23:00 on December 31, 2018.
STAR ISLAND brings together top creators in Japan to evolve Japan’s firework culture. Some big names include creative director Kenji Kohashi, the 150-year-old firework company Marutamaya Ogatsu Fireworks, 3D sound pioneer Katsuyuki Seto, globally-active lighting engineer AIBA, and more.
The event offers new ways to enjoy watching fireworks. The ‘Bed Area’ lets you gaze up at the lights while laying on a bed. The ‘Dinner Area’ is a place where can enjoy a meal while watching the fireworks. The ‘Kids Area’ is perfect for families, allowing attendees to see the explosions with their children. The event has given rise to a brand new business model that combines multiple paid-seating areas with fireworks.
STAR ISLAND has been held two years in a row in 2017 and 2018 at Odaiba Kaihin-Koen in Tokyo. Now, with backing from the Singaporean government, it is headed to what is said to be the largest region in Asia. The huge New Year’s countdown will take place with Singapore’s landmark Marina Bay Sands in the background.
12,000 fireworks will be launched, with each individual one firing to each beat of the music in sync. Cutting edge sound technology will propel the music which will blare from over 300 individual 3D sound speakers for a full 360° experience. A string of performances will take place on stage, including one from the LED BAND who combine the fireworks with 3D sound and lighting to create a rainbow of colours. The kid’s area will be decked out with a jungle gym, ball pit and breast-feeding area for mothers.
Celebrate the coming new year Japanese-style in Singapore.
STAR ISLAND SINGAPORE COUNTDOWN EDITION in conjunction with Marina Bay Singapore Countdown
Date: December 31, 2018
Time: 23:00-02:00 (Open from 17:00) (Local Time)
Location: The Float @ Marina Bay (20 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039805)
*Event will go ahead even if it rains.
Japan: Available November 3, 2018 from 11:00 (JST) at http://w.pia.jp/t/starislandsingapore/
Singapore; Available November 1, 2018 (Local Time) from 15:00 at https://star-island.sg/
Official Event Website
Disney Christmas 2019 at Tokyo DisneySea: Spend This Year’s Holiday Season With That Special Someone♡
Tokyo Disney Resort has announced this year’s Disney Christmas which will take place at Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® from November 8 to December 25. This is the Tokyo DisneySea® event line-up. For the Tokyo Disneyland® schedule, click here.
‘Tis the season to be jolly this year at Tokyo DisneySea, where the Christmas spirit is set to fall and settle like December snow across the park with a fantastic line-up of festive entertainment programs, magical decorations and more. Guests are invited to join the Disney cast in welcoming a very merry Christmas at this year for Disney Christmas 2019.
It’s Christmas Time!
The “It’s Christmas Time!” show returns again this year to Mediterranean Harbor to wrap guests in the Christmas spirit, featuring Mickey Mouse and friends along with singers and dancers who will perform to classic Christmas tunes.
Colour Of Christmas
This magical performance takes place at nighttime on the water at Mediterranean Harbor, featuring a huge 15-meter tall shimmering Christmas tree. Held annually, this will mark the show’s eighth and final run. Disney characters including Mickey will also be present for the performance.
The whole of Mediterranean Harbor will be wrapped in the Christmas spirit, with the huge tree in the centre and little trees all around, and onlookers all with their own wishes for the holiday season. Snow will also fall during the performance to create a romantic atmosphere.
Special Christmas Merchandise
Pouch – ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Around 65 very special pieces of merchandise will be available for guests to pick up, many themed on the It’s Christmas Time! show. The pouch features the cute scene of Mickey and Minnie line dancing which you will see in the show. The available plush toys also have a Christmas-y gold bell on them. All of these items will be available from November 1.
There will also be adorable Duffy and Friends merchandise to pick up. Some of these items are themed on Cape Cod Village in winter, an area in the park which serves as a greeting spot for Duffy and his friends. These Christmas items will be available from November 6.
Christmas Food & Drink
A festive feast of 15 drinks and dishes will be served for Disney Christmas, from seafood pasta to roast beef sandwiches and more. There will also be a reindeer-inspired dessert as well as alcoholic cocktails and much, much more.
Enjoy a very merry Christmas this year at Tokyo DisneySea.♡
Running: November 8, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #11 – ‘Hatoya’ in Asakusa
In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Hatoya which is located in Asakusa Shin-Nakamise Arcade.
The streets of Tokyo’s historical district of Asakusa are packed to end with cafés. You can be spoiled for choice, but Hatoya stood out to me in particular as it’s an especially old café. Business there began back in 1927 but the actual building was built back in the Taisho period, meaning its history spans more than 90 years ago!
The outside appearance of the shop is smart and chic so it’s very easy to spot. I couldn’t tell by looking from the outside, but the inside is full of old decorations and odds and ends which make you feel the history of the café.
One reason why I wanted to visit this place so much is because I was drawn to their logo. It’s really retro-kawaii so I just couldn’t resist!
You should take some photos too if you visit.
It was time to head inside. It’s really comfy and cozy in there; the atmosphere was nice and relaxed.
Framed on the wall is a map of the Asakusa area during the Taisho era. Hatoya became famous back then because people could buy coffee for a mere 5 sen (a single sen is one-hundredth of a yen).
When business first began at Hatoya, because the café was opposite the stage door of a theatre, all of the famous actors and actresses would pop in. Some include famous Japanese comedian Roppa Furukawa and film actor Kiyoshi Atsumi who played Tora-san in the film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo.
I ordered the café’s popular hotcakes which cost ¥600. They have been making these same hotcakes since before the war.
They were nice and fluffy and had a deliciously gorgeous brown colour. The flavour was out of this world when the butter melted from the heat of the hotcakes and mixed together with the syrup.
The portion might look like a lot but they are fluffy and have a light flavour so can be finished with no problem.
And is the café’s signature milkshake (¥500).
It’s so refreshing that you can knock it back all in one go. It has a simple flavour but it tasted so good!
I also ordered the ¥600 cream soda, my favourite beverage.
I’ve been to many cafés, and have covered many in this series, but this is the first I have dined at with such a deep history. I found myself enthralled by the stories of the owner who has continued to treasure the café and maintained it all the same since it opened. I feel like I have learned about a world I never knew about. The next time I go to Hatoya with a friend I’ll be sure to let them in on its history. I encourage you to visit too!
Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)
Address: 1-23-8 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:00-17:30
No Fixed Holidays
Tabelog Page: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13076130/
“Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.
Gundam Artist Yuji Kaida Exhibition Announced For Osaka Umeda LOFT
To celebrate 40 years of Yuji Kaida’s illustration artwork for the Gundam series, an exhibition entitled Yuji Kaida Gundam Gallery will take place on the fifth floor LOFT Forum of Umeda LOFT in Osaka from August 23 to September 8.
Yuji Kaida is known for his longtime work on box art for Gunpla model kits. The exhibition will feature a gorgeous collection of his iconic Gundam artwork, covering traditional art from Mobile Suit Gundam to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing to digital art in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
Over 70 pieces illustrated by Kaida will be displayed, each categorised into one of four themes. Many of these will include artworks being shown to the public for the first time such as the Gwazine-class battleship.
There will also be enormous towers of piled-up Gunpla boxes, a showcasing titled “Maiking of Hi-νGUNDAM” the process of digital art, and more.
The exhibition is an absolute must-visit for all fans of the Gundam franchise.
©Sotsu Co., Ltd.・Sunrise Inc.
Yuji Kaida Gundam Gallery
Running: August 23, 2019 – September 8, 2019
Time: 11:00-21:00 (Until 18:00 on September 8) *Last entries 30-minutes before closing time
Location: LOFT Forum, Umeda LOFT Floor 5F, 16-7-5 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka
Entry Price: Adult ¥500 (Includes novelty gift) / High School Children & Below ¥400 (Includes novelty gift) / Elementary School Children & Below – Free
Official Website: https://art.parco.jp/
Disney Christmas 2019 at Tokyo Disneyland: Spend This Year’s Holiday Season With That Special Someone♡
Tokyo Disney Resort has announced this year’s Disney Christmas which will take place at Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® from November 8 to December 25. This is the Tokyo Disneyland® event line-up. For the Tokyo DisneySea® schedule, click here.
Disney Christmas Stories
Disney Christmas Stories celebrates the holiday season with a magical parade which will bring together the Disney cast members with their loved ones. The characters will dress in festive outfits and deliver to guests their own Christmas stories. Seven joyous Christmas stories will unfold before guests’ eyes, from a merry family outing with Donald Duck, his beloved Daisy Duck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, to the star couple Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
The parade will seemingly stop all of a sudden which will be followed by ringing bells, signalling the start of a Christmas party. Snow will fall along the parade route, and the cast members will invite guests to join them in celebrating a heart-warming Christmas.
An enormous 15-meter tall Christmas tree will tower over World Bazaar and illuminate the streets with its brilliant lights together with dazzling projections, combining with the festive music to create a romantic atmosphere.
The plaza in front of Cinderella’s Castle will glimmer with Christmas adornments as well as Christmas presents, Winnie the Pooh decorations, and more. Each themed land across the park will also be embellished in Christmas colours, bringing a merry little Christmas to the park.
Special Christmas Merchandise
Glass Set – ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Around 65 special Disney Christmas themed items are set to go on sale from November 1, from glasses to cushions and more, all of which can be used for Christmastime at home. Featuring designs of the Disney characters, each item is sure to bring an air of that nostalgia we all feel at Christmas.
Christmas Food & Drink
Also available from November 1 is a very special Christmas menu made up of 15 dishes and drinks. There’s the seafood cream bread packed with melted cheese, a hot dog dressed in the colours of Christmas with its eye-catching red bun and white cheese, and more. There’s also a dish inspired by the Disney film Beauty and the Beast who are set to appear in the parade.
Enjoy a very merry Christmas this year at Tokyo Disneyland.
Running: November 8, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 45th Anniversary at the Hello Kitty Collection Exhibition in Chiba
07.August.2019 | SPOT
Lovers of Sanrio and all things Hello Kitty won’t want to miss the 45th Anniversary Hello Kitty Collection Exhibition currently being held at Sogo Chiba until August 15.
The event look backs at the kawaii history of Hello Kitty with a huge range of old and new merchandise. There’s also photo spots for taking cute photos, a wall of Hello Kitty plush toys, touch interactive digital videos, and much more.
If you’re looking to stock up on your collection of Hello Kitty merch then you have around 850 items to choose from including goodies exclusive to the event, pre-sales of items to be released at a later date, and more. There’s even a pottery workshop as well as a chance to take your photo with the real Hello Kitty.
Kawaii Chronicles: Hello Kitty Design Museum
Get ready to witness a wide selection of Hello Kitty goods from across generations, including rare and vintage items no longer manufactured. Witness the history of Hello Kitty’s kawaii world and how things changed through the years to fit each generation.
Digital Content & Plush Toy Wall
Get interactive with Hello Kitty with the wall mapping – touch the wall and see the visuals change. There’s also another wall completely full of Hello Kitty toys which makes for a really cute photo opportunity.
Photo With Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty will be present on August 12 in a beautiful kimono ready to have her picture taken with you! Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before each session. Spaces are limited so make sure you’re on time!
Date: August 12, 2019 at 11:00/13:00/15:00
Location: Floor 6F Event Hall
No. of People: 20 per shoot
Paint your very own ceramic Hello Kitty ornament. You colouring it means that yours will be unique and the only one in the world♡
Running: August 7, 2019 – August 15, 2019
No. of People: 30 per day
Hello Kitty Kawaii Market
Get your hands one one of 850 pieces of Hello Kitty merchandise from plush toys to stationery, interior items and more. Many of these items are exclusive to the exhibition.
Mascot Holder – ¥1,728 (400 Available – 1 Per Person) / Acrylic Key Ring – ¥648 / Mug – ¥1,080 / Hand Towel – ¥756
Replica Classical doll – ¥17,280 / Mini Mascot Brooch (20 Designs) – ¥1,080 Each (1 Per Person) / A4 Folders (Includes 2) – ¥486
Enter the adorable world of Hello Kitty this summer and help her celebrate her 45th anniversary.
45th Anniversary Hello Kitty Collection Exhibition
Running: August 7, 2019 – August 15, 2019
Time: 10:00-20:00 (Until 17:00 on August 15) *Last entries are 30-minutes before closing time
Location: Sogo Chiba Floor 6F Event Hall (1000 Shinmachi, Chuo Ward, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture)
Price: Adults & University Students ¥500 (High School Students & Younger – Free)
*Those with a disability certificate can enter the exhibition for free (including one guardian)
Sogo Chiba Official Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/chiba/
Become Poop and Travel Through the Body in Kyoto’s Bizarre Exhibition
The Toei Kyoto Studio Park―a theme park in Kyoto modelled after the Edo period of Japan―is set to hold an exhibition from next month titled “A Bizarrely Great Adventure Through the Body” in which you can travel through a giant model of a body to learn all about faeces.
The event is themed on the best-selling children’s book series Grossology by Sylvia Branzei which gives humorous but straightforward descriptions of bodily functions and various medical conditions.
Stinky Poop (Unchi Kusai), the ninja mascot of the event, will join visitors on their adventure as they experience the gross potential of the human body: burps, farts, bodily odours, and more.
A total of fifteen attractions will make up the event where kids and adults can discover the “secrets” of the human body.
At the Sneeze Shutter you will learn why we sneeze by firing balls―the “foreign substance” entering the nose―into the giant nostrils which will cause it to become itchy. If you can get five balls into the nose it will let out a sneeze and blown out the balls.
The Kidney Game
At the Kidney Game you will help deliver urea, sugar, and other materials necessary for the kidney to the blood vessels to understand how the kidney functions.
Poop Fortune Telling
Sit on a real toilet and a poo character will appear on the monitor to tell you your fortune that day.
Learn all about poo at the display board which features lots of interesting information.
Why do we burp when we drink fizzy beverages? Burp Kid will explain it to you.
Take a photo with the giant poo
At the end of your trip to the event, take a commemorative photo next to the giant poo pile and butthole.
This is just a snippet of what there is to see at Kyoto’s bizarre poo exhibition. Visit to learn all about something we all do but don’t talk about!
A Bizarrely Great Adventure Through the Body (Japanese: からだのふしぎ大冒険)
Running: September 14, 2019 – December 15, 2019
Price: General (13+ Years) ¥800 / Children (3-12 Years) ¥600
*A separate fee will be charged for entry to Toei Kyoto Studio Park
*Children aged 2-years and below are permitted free entry
Event Page (Japanese): http://www.toei-eigamura.com/event/detail/240
Set tickets for the event and entry to Toei Kyoto Studio Park are now on sale at FamilyMart.
Adults: Park Entry ¥2,100 + Event Entry ¥800
Junior High School Students: Park Entry ¥2,000 + Event Entry ¥800
Children (3-12 Years): Park Entry ¥1,600 + Event Entry ¥600
*By buying this set you get ¥100 off what you would pay for purchasing them separately. The first 2,000 people to buy a children’s ticket set will receive a plush toy
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Address: 10 Uzumasa Higashihachiokachō, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
Moomin Stand in Asakusa Releases Strawberry Daifuku Milk Drink
On July 16 this year, a new branch of Moomin Stand―a drinks shop inspired by the Finnish children’s books The Moomins―opened in Asakusa, one of the most popular tourist spots in Tokyo.
Moomin Stand serves original fruity beverages, drinks with rich milk bases and more, all with chewy tapioca-like pearls.
Moonmin Stand is produced by Moomin Café. The first branch opened in Kichijoji and proved popular with women in their 20s and 30s, high school and university students, and families with children. It continues to enjoy flurries of customers; you’re guaranteed to be lining up on weekends.
Strawberry Daifuku Milk – ¥700 (Before Tax)
The newly-released Strawberry Daifuku Milk drink is exclusive to the Asakusa branch. Its mix of sweet and sour strawberry flavour with the chewy pearls gives a texture reminiscent to daifuku, a traditional Japanese confection which takes mochi and stuffs it with a sweet filling. The drink has a delicious white bean paste base and is topped off with fresh pieces of strawberry.
The café interior is decorated with beautiful illustrations from The Moomins making for plenty of great photo opportunities. There is also a bar to lean on as well as spaces on the wall to rest your back on to relax with your drink after walking around.
All drinks also come with a cute Hattifattener straw toy that bites onto straws and pens which you can take home with you.
After you’ve taken a stroll around Asakusa and seen the Kaminari gate, Nakamise Shopping Street and Sensō-ji temple, why not stop off at Moonmin Stand for refreshments?
Moomin Stand Asakusa
Address: 1-1-12 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
Moomin Stand Branch List: http://www.benelic.com/moomin_cafe/moominstand/
Stawberry Daifuku Milk (Cold)
Price: ¥700 (Before Tax)
Released: July 16, 2019
*Comes with Hattifattener straw toy
Sebastian Masuda And Other Phenomenal Artists Create Outstanding Doraemon Exhibition
17.July.2019 | SPOT
28 artist groups and individuals have created artistic pieces to represent Japan’s favourite animated character Doraemon. From July 12 to September 23, 2019, you can see these magnificent creations at the Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 which will take place at Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan.
The Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019 features a range of artists who exhibit their works in Japan and even in foreign countries. This is a fantastic chance to meet a range of new Doraemon that the world has never seen. This event covers a range of genres through modern art that is overflowing with creativity and dedication for the anime character that has grasped the nation.
On July 11, the day before the opening of the exhibition, there was a special opening ceremony and private viewing event held exclusively for staff and the press, which was a massive success.
Press releases of the event reveal that artists Yasumasa Morimura and Sebastian Masuda were present at the ceremony for photos and greetings.
Yasumasa Morimura commented with deep emotion: “I am so happy to have finally taken part in the Doraemon Exhibition. For this creation, I used lots of paper to make the costumes. I collaborated with Junko Koike, collecting lots of Doraemon manga as raw materials for the dress. As Doraemon has the power to manipulate time and space, and has the ability to create a door that leads to anywhere he desires, I thought a grey dress would be appropriate. In fact, the entire exhibition venue is just like the inside of Doraemon’s pocket ー it is packed with the work of 28 solo artists and groups. What a fun experience it is. I hope that many people in the Kansai region come see this,” he explained.
Sebastian Masuda commented: “I’m actually the same age as Doraemon and I share the same birthday as Noby; the main character from the series. I was born with a love for Doraemon.”
He then commented on his art piece: “I actually wanted to make it as big as the Budha statue at Todaiji Temple in Nara, but we wouldn’t be able to fit it in the venue so I made it two metres tall instead”, he laughed. “I collected materials from markets from all around the world, so the final piece is literally made up of the colours of the world,” he continued.
His message to the people of Osaka is: “I would love it if lots of children came to see this. It would really make my day to hear reactions from them like “whoa, it’s huge” or “that’s so cool!””
Please come stop by to visit your favourite Doraemon!
The Doraemon Exhibition Osaka 2019
Running: July 12, 2019 ー September 23, 2019 (74 days)
※ No closed days.
Venue: Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan (next to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan)
Address: 1-5-10, Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka
Open: 10:00 ー 17:00 ※ Last entries: 30 mins before closing time
Middle/High School: ￥1,200
4 y/o ー Elementary School: ￥800
Enquiries: (Hello Dial) TEL: 050-5542-8600 (8:00 ー 22:00, no holidays)
Osamu Watanabe’s Mouthwatering Museum of Sweets Showcases Giant Candy Unicorn & More
Have you heard of Osamu Watanabe? You won’t forget his name by the end of this article. He is an installation and contemporary artist that draws his inspiration from the world of sweets and confections. He has drawn much attention not just in Japan but overseas too in countries like the US, Italy, Turkey, Indonesia and China with his various exhibitions.
Watanabe is set to take his “Museum of Sweets” exhibition to Shinjuku where it will open at the Odakyu Department Store on July 31.
The candy creations will be split throughout 9 different areas such as the titular room Museum of Sweets as well as the Forest of Sweets, Banquet of Sweets, Sweets Aquarium and more, all of which are sure to tickle the taste buds of sweet tooth visitors.
What’s more is that you are permitted to take photos, opening the door for countless photo opportunities for Instagram.
Osamu Watanabe will also be present to host a workshop on 4 separate days so you can craft your own cookie charm using materials Watanabe actually uses in his creations.
Enter a fantastic candy land cooked up by the one and only Osamu Watanabe.
Museum of Sweets
Running: July 31, 2019 – August 14, 2019
Time: 10:00-20:00 (Until 20:30 from August 7-13 / Until 17:00 on August 14)
*Last entries 30 minutes before closing times
Location: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku Floor 11F
Entry: General ¥600 / High School & Junior High School Students ¥400 / Elementary School Students & Younger – Free
*If you are disabled you and a guardian can get in for free if you take a physical disability certificate
*Those who hold an Odakyu Points Card or Odakyu Ladies Club Card can get ¥100 off entry (applicable only to those who have a card)
Odakyu Department Store Official Website: http://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/
Workshop: Make a Cookie Charm With Osamu Watanabe!
Running: August 3, 2019 / August 4, 2019 / August 11, 2019 / August 12, 2019
Slots: 13:00 / 13:30 / 14:00 / 14:30 / 15:00 / 15:30 (Each Day)
Participants: 10 per slot
Applying: Please apply at the department store from 10:00 on the day
Osamu Watanabe Official Website: http://watanabeosamu.tokyo/profile_en.html
Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition Bound For Nagasaki This Summer
The second run of the Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition is set to take place at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki from July 13 to September 23. The event is focused on longtime Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and centres on specific “words” he wishes to convey through this work.
The exhibition had its first run in Tokyo back in April this year. We covered that event in detail so be sure to give it a read.
The enormous 3-meter tall Yubaba & Zeniba centrepiece will return at the Nagasaki exhibition. Visitors can draw omikuji fortunes from the display which have Suzuki’s keywords written on them along with his explanation of them. You can take these home with you―a perfect addition for your Studio Ghibli collection!
An extremely special merchandise shop will also open at the site with exclusive items and products on sale and decor and decorations that will have you feeling you have stepped right into an enchanting world woven by Studio Ghibli.
Fan: ¥702 (Tax Included)
Get your hands on an official Spirited Away fan to cool yourself down at the event this summer. On one side is an illustration of Yubaba and on the other some powerful words from Suzuki.
Tote Bag: ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
Express your love for Studio Ghibli everyday with this tote bag featuring the same illustration of Yubaba―which is the main visual for the exhibition―on the side. It’s big enough to be worn on your shoulder making it a convenient day-to-day item.
Tea-Towel: ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
This beautiful tea towel is made in collaboration with dyed goods company Chikusen who have been around since the Edo period. It has a traditional indigo blue colour and is made from high quality material. A perfect gift and souvenir for any fan of Studio Ghibli.
We can’t forget the themed food menu either. You’ll find it on the first floor of Huis Ten Bosch at the Tea Salon.
Bath House Dessert: ¥850 (Tax Included)
A fitting dessert for any guest of the Spirited Away bath house, look forward to a bamboo charcoal-black chocolate-sprayed vanilla ice cream, colourful sugar candy and a cookie. It’s also served with iced corn tea.
Toast For Adventure Lovers: ¥650 (Tax Included)
Served with a glass of iced corn tea is a delicious egg-topped slice of toasted baked in the hotel bakery. Like you see in anime series, it makes you want to grab it, shove it between your teeth and run outside on an adventure.
Any fans of Studio Ghibli’s work aren’t going to want to miss out on this very special event. If you’re in Japan this summer be sure you get to go.
©️TS ©️Studio Ghibli
Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition
Running: July 13, 2019 – September 23, 2019
Location: Huis Ten Bosch Art Museum, Huis Ten Bosch (1-1 Huis Ten Bosch Machi, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture)
Time: 9:00-21:00 *Depending on day – check official website for details
*Free for those who hold any of Huis Ten Bosch’s passport tickets including the 1-Day Passport, Moonlight 4 Passport, After 5 Passport, VIP Premiere Passport, and Yearly Passport
*For those who hold a Sansaku (Walking) ticket: Adults ¥800, Children ¥700, Toddlers & Preschoolers ¥500
*For those who hold a Harbour Zone-only ticket: Adults ¥1,600, Children ¥1,400, Toddlers & Preschoolers ¥1,000
(Harbour Zone Entry Price: Adults & Children ¥1,000, Children & Preschoolers ¥500)
Huis Ten Bosch Official Website: https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/
Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’ CD Cover Displayed at Otsuka Museum of Art
Since Kenshi Yonezu released his single Lemon in March last year, it has gone on to enjoy huge success, reaching numerous milestones.
The song was written as the main theme for the TBS drama Unnatural which aired in January 2018. Its music video was released the following month and garnered huge views in an instant, and after just 475 days it had reached over 400 million. It was also the first Japanese music video to gain 300 million. Lemon has also sold over 300 million copies. It is the first song to rank three times in a row on Billboard JAPAN Hot 100: for both halves of 2018 and the first half of 2019.
Photo by Tomokazu Yamada
Speaking of its continued success, Yonezu comments: “I am thankful. It exceeded my expectations a long time ago, but I’ve been very interested to see just how far it will go. I’m mostly unaware of my own songs. I’d like it to continue to be loved by people.”
As a show of gratitude to how much Lemon has resonated with people, the CD cover art will be displayed permanently at the Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima in the form of a ceramic tile from July 30.
Touban, or “ceramic tiles,” don’t lose their colour or deteriorate and so can keep their colour and shape for up to 2,000 years.
“Lemon” Touban Exhibit
Exhibiting: From July 30, 2019 (*permanent exhibition)
Location: Otsuka Museum of Art, Sistine Hall (Fukuike-65-1 Narutochō Tosadomariura, Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture)
Size: 93cm x 93cm
Otsuka Museum of Art Official Website: http://o-museum.or.jp/
Kenshi Yonezu Official Website: https://reissuerecords.net/
Dororo Anime Soundtrack Album Illustration By Original Illustrator Hiroyuki Asada Revealed
Manga Dororo by Osamu Tezuka was made into an anime 50 years ago. This continual sensation is getting an official soundtrack which will be released on August 14. The CD will be titled TV Anime Dororo Music Collection Tamashi no Kodou. Hiroyuki Asada, who creates the original character design drafts, designed the illustration for the CD jacket, which has just been unveiled to the public.
First-Press Limited Edition Version
The whimsical illustration shows Dororo and Hyakkimaru snuggling together, alone in a vast barren desert. The first-press limited edition soundtrack version comes in a luxurious tall-size DigiPak sleeve and consists of three CDs. The regular edition contains a two-disk dual case.
The booklet will contain statements by illustrator Hiroyuki Asada and Yoshihiro Ike, who was in charge of the music. As a bonus, the CD jacket illustration has been adopted for use on an A2 poster, which will be sold at Animate stores countrywide. The design will also feature on clear files which will be sold on Amazon. Please check them out.
You can also view this illustration in advance at the TV Anime Dororo Original Art Exhibition Tamashi no Kodou, which is currently taking place. Please stop by to admire the illustration with your very own eyes.
Dororo © Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.／TWIN ENGINE Inc.
TV Anime Dororo Music Collection Tamashi no Kodou
Release: August 14, 2019
First-Press Limited Edition 2 CDs ＋ Blu-ray: ￥3,800 (before tax) AICL-3745～7
Regular Edition: ２CDs: ￥2,800 (before tax) AICL-3748～10
TV Anime Dororo Original Art Exhibition Tamashi no Kodou
Running: May 31, July 15, 2019 (July 15th is a national holiday)
Opening Hours: 12:00 ー 20:00 (※Last entries accepted: 19:45)
Closed: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Venue: space caiman (Kadokura building B1, 4-5-15, Nihonbashihongokucho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
Official Website: https://www.wani.com/special/dororo
RNB (Nankai Broadcasting) : June 28, 2019 (Friday) 2:00 am (subject to change)
MBC (Minaminihon Broadcasting): August 2, 2019 (Friday) 1:45 am
Jidaigeki Senmon Channel: November 2, 2019 (Saturday) 2:00 am
Amazon Prime Video (Available in Japan and overseas)
Official Website: https://dororo-anime.com