Anime Tourism 88 Adds the Yamamoto Nizo Museum to its List of Must-Visit Anime Sites

13.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Anime Tourism 88 is a website for anime fans around the world that works with the anime industry and officials around the country. The site has just added the Yamamoto Nizo Museum in Goto, Nagasaki to the 2019 edition of its must-visit locations associated with anime.

 

The museum is a celebration of Japanese art director Nizo Yamamoto who is best known for his work with Studio Ghibli. The films he has worked on include Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997) and even Madhouse’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006). Visitors at the museum can expect to see background illustrations from his works, original pieces drawn from the establishment and more. The building itself is a renovated samurai house that was built during the Edo period in 1863.

 

Yamamoto himself grew up surrounded by the immense natural environment of Goto. If you visit Nagasaki, be sure to visit the museum dedicated to him.

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  • Tokyo Stroll: Goshuin Collecting #8―Azabu Hikawa Shrine, the Sailor Moon Holy Ground

    25.July.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    In the Tokyo Stroll series, we take you on a trip to various locations around Japan’s capital. One of the frequent locations are shrines where our navigator Ellie adds to her goshuin collection.

     

    In this entry, Ellie visits Azabu Hikawa Shrine which is located in the district of Azabu-Juban known for being referenced many times in the Sailor Moon series.

    Azabu-Juban station is the closest station to the shrine. Naoko Takeuchi, the author of Sailor Moon, actually lived in Azabu-Juban when the series was being serialised in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997. The shrine was used as a model for Hikawa Shrine where Rei, or Sailor Mars, worked as a shrine maiden. The shrine can be found just a 10-minute walk from the station past the rich residential area where the embassy is. It’s enveloped in a bright green oasis of trees.

    The main shrine is a vivid vermilion. Enshrined there are the deities Susanoo-no-Mikoto―the young brother of Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun and the universe―and Yamato Takeru no Mikoto. The shrine is seen as lucky for many reasons. People pray there for increased luck, business prosperity, warding off evil, better fortune, success in life, wealth, safe childbirth, protection against misfortune, academic achievement, exam success, family safety, marriage, national security, and more. When Ellie visited the shrine was decorated for Sendai tanabata.

    There are many Inari shrines in Japan which are erected to worship the god Inari. There is one here too as pictured above. It was originally located at a nearby daimyo residence for the Sendai domaign Date clan during the Edo Period but was relocated to Azabu Hikawa Shrine at the beginning of the Showa Period.

    For this reason it has strong ties with Sendai, hence the tanabata decorations, which will be there until August 8.

    It was time for Ellie to head to the chozuya (also known as temizuya) to cleanse herself before praying which is part of shrine etiquette. Take the ladle with your right hand, scoop up plenty of water, and rinse your left hand first.

    Next, switch hands. Hold the ladle with your left hand and rinse your right.

    Then take the ladle with your right hand once more, pour some water into your left hand and rinse your mouth. Never bring the ladle directly to your mouth, and do not swallow the water or spit it back into the basin. There will be an area below the basin, like a bed of rocks, where you can spit the water out.

    After rinsing your left hand one more time, pour out any remaining water into the rocks (never back into the basin), and return the ladle.

    Having cleansed herself, Ellie headed to the main shrine.

    When praying, remember this: two bows, two claps, one bow. Straighten your posture and begin with two bows.

    Clap twice, pray, and bow one final time to finish.

    It’s time for the main event. Getting that goshuin! It costs just ¥300.

    This goshuin includes a stamp of Azabu Hikawa Shrine as well as blue and pink Sendai tanabata decorations. It’s a very colourful goshuin and is only available for a limited period of time.

    Not only is Azabu Hikawa Shrine loved by locals as a place of worship, but because of its Sailor Moon references. Fans flock to the shrine, as do the staff of the ongoing Sailor Moon musical.

     

    The number of people visiting the shrine from Japan and overseas is increasing. If you’re in Tokyo, make a trip to this iconic spot.

     

    ■Information

    Azabu Hikawa Shrine

    Address: 1-4-23 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Time: Shop 9:00am-5:00pm / Shrine 9:00am-4:30pm

    TEL: 03-3446-8796

    Access: 8-minutes on foot from Azabu-Juban Station via the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line or Toei Oedo Line

    Website: http://www.azabuhikawa.or.jp

     

    Outfit

    HEART HIT HAT:¥8,000 One-piece Dress:¥16,000

    *all prices include tax (Aymmy in the batty girls)

  • Tokyo Stroll: Anna Yano Visits Famous Sites From “Penguindrum” Anime Series

    12.March.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Anna loves anime, and so she is bringing a new series to our “Tokyo Stroll” feature where she takes us on a pilgrimage to visit real life anime locations! The theme chosen by Anna for this first entry is a solo trip to Okigubo which appears in the anime series Penguindrum (which she is a huge fan of!) Just what kind of encounters will be waiting for her there?

     

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    Anna puts on the same hat as the anime’s protagonist Himari Takakura (from her own collection) and meets at the station. You can tell she is in high-spirits from behind. The train station too is exactly the same as in the anime!

     

     

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    The first location on the list was Ogikubo Second Children’s Park. Anna did get a little lost on the way there, but she managed to find the giraffe and pig park installations. In the anime, the Takakura brothers live in the house right next to this park.

     

    Anna said solemnly “I think the colourful house is a symbol of happiness for the brothers” while confirming that this was the location the house should be if it was the anime. Upon basking in the afterglow, one of the staff members that was with Anna cried out as if to cling onto something!

     

    “Survival strategy! I’ll tell it to you lowlifes who will never amount to anything.* Time to go to the shopping district and get my hands on the Penguin Drum!”

     

    [*Translator’s Note: This is a quote from the anime series Penguindrum.]

     

    Anna was taken aback by this remark.

    “I wanted to go there because that appears in the anime too!”

     

    And with that, off they went. But just what is the Penguin Drum…?

     

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    Here’s the shopping street archway that you see in the anime! It’s pretty exciting. Ogikubo is a kidn and friendly place. While strolling the streets, Anna was asking people “Where’s the Penguin Drum?!” to passers-by. Along the way, there was a shop that caught her eye! It was a kebab shop that had a deliciously inviting smell.

     

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    “I’m glad because I was reaaally hungry.”

     

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    The man’s Japanese was very good. Anna went in for the kill, asking, “Please show me your artefact that’s associated with your fate!” He kindly showed her his charm from Turkey that’s preciously decorated in the shop. Does fate relate to the Penguin Drum?! Maybe the Penguin Drum something that each person possesses… Our trip isn’t over yet!

     

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    The next location can be found on the roof of Town Seven, a shopping center at the north entrance of Ogikubo Station. It’s a wide and open space where a lot of children were playing.

     

    This is the scene when the older of the Takakura siblings, Kanba, is talking to his ex-girlfriend, when a memory-erasing red ball comes flying and hits her on the forehead.

     

    The playground equipment that appears in the background was very impressive to look at.

     

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    The children became interested in Anna’s hat. She was completely surrounded!

     

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    The next place Anna headed to was the shrine where the heated fight between the brothers unfolds. The younger brother, Shoma, becomes aware of the events surrounding his older brother, so presses him with questions. Kanba declares that he was playing parent. Anna prayed by herself in the grounds.

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    Next is the scene with the pedestrian bridge where Kanba blows up a car. We took the photo at the same angle as in the anime.

     

    Anna told a story with a serious expression.

    “He [Kanba] wasn’t always a bad guy. The fact that he did something like that. That scene shocked me.”

     

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    Anna also passed under the arch to Hakusan Towns shopping district. It seems like it has changed a little since the anime aired, but you can tell it’s the place immediately!

    Anna tottered over and shouted, “Survival strategy!” again to a lady passing through. She then made her way to a ramen shop as the lady had also mentioned which is famous among fans.

     

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    “Sanchan Ramen” is a restaurant with a 60-year history that has continued to be loved by locals in Ogikubo.

     

    荻窪の味リナちゃん(現金受け渡し)

    This is the place used as a location for handing over money between Kanba and the evil organisation. There’s a lot of fans that imitate the anime and slide envelopes with money inside on the tabe.

     

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    Of course, Anna had a bowl of ramen too.

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    And gyoza!

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    And beer!!

     

    By the way, why do you like this anime, Anna?

     

    “Penguindrum is a very deep series, it makes you think about things like love and fate. The art is cute and the music and presentation are gorgeous. I really want everyone else to watch it.”

     

    Today’s article will be broadcast on “Kawaii JAPAN-da!!” on MBS (Kansai Local). It will go on air on March 13th! Don’t miss out on Anna’s solo travel!

     

    ■Information

    MBS (Kansai Local) – Kawaii JAPAN-da!!
    Broadcast Date: March 13th at 1:59am
    *There will also be a repeat streamed on MBS Dizm (https://dizm.mbs.jp/title/?program=kawaiijapanda)

    Blu-ray BOX edition of “Penguindrum” now on sale in Japan!

     

    Artist / Model:Anna Yano

    Photographer:LOVEGRAPH

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  • Tokyo Stroll: Anna Yano Visits Real-Life Locations of ‘Durarara!!’ Anime Series

    15.May.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / SPOT

    Anna Yano is a full-blown anime freak, and this feature lets her feed that passion as she visit real life locations of her favourite anime series.

     

    The location for this second entry was Ikebukuro. When people think of Ikebukuro, there’s no other series that springs to mind quite like Durarara!! The opening video of the anime is immensely popular amongst fans for how cool it is, so Anna challenged herself to recreating it with help from people on the street who love Ikebukuro!

     

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    We begin in front of Tokyu Hands. What kind of pose is this all of a sudden, lifting your phone up in the air like that?!

     

    “I’m gathering people to recreate an Anna Yano version of various scenes in the opening!”

     

    This is actually the place where the Dollars first met in the show. It’s when Mikado Ryugamine called his pals on his mobile and found out most of the people he knew were members.

     

    “This one scene I thought was pretty relevant to today – using your mobile phone as a tool to move people.”

     

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    First up, this place! The music note monument along Sunshine Street. Anna called over two cute ladies who were in the middle of shopping in Ikebukuro. This is the best photo ever with everyone lined up in the same order – from the right Mikado Ryugamine, then Anri Sonohara, and finally Anna as Masaomi Kida!

     

    Anna gave a gleaming smile as she said, “I wanted to try coming here!” Everything’s going great from the get go. Thank you, ladies!

     

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    Moving on to the next scene, we have Russia Sushi which appears in the anime. Anna caught a nice guy who had come from Russia to visit Japan. “What a miracle to meet someone Russian in front of Russia Sushi!” The anime gods must be smiling at Anna right now.

     

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    Anna was thankful for such a nice encounter! Have a nice trip~♪

     

    やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋

    Next, the scene where the The Headless Rider rides her bike in front of Cinema Sunshine. Anna too ran with all her might!

     

    やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋

    KFC too.

     

    やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋

    Getting drenched in front of Aoyama. Anna is stretching her body.

     

    やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋

    The sky faded into twilight at Mutsumata Bridge with the the orange coloured setting sun.

     

    Be sure to check Anna’s version of the Durarara!! opening video on Kawaii JAPAN-da!! on MBS.

     

    Next on the list is the food portion of the scenes. Anna was able to ask the staff to recreate the sushi they eat in the anime at Russia Sushi, a type of Edomae Sushi.

     

    やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋

    “Tada! I actually like sushi toppings that don’t usually go with rice on normal sushi. I actually just ate hamburger sushi yesterday!”

     

    やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋

    From the left: sour cream, borscht, and mapo!

     

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    Cheese, then karaage!

     

    After filling her stomach, Anna left Ikebukuro to go to another certain place.

     

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    Smile Cafe Roots was used as a model for a place that appears in the anime. It’s a bar in Higashi-Nakano.

     

    やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋やのあんな 聖地地巡礼 アニメ デュラララ!! 池袋

    She was also able to get a cocktail like the one from the show. Anna was in a world of her own as she drank the cocktail of her beloved Shizuo. After her getting a little intoxicated, we asked Anna about the appeal of Durarara!! once more.

     

    I love Durarara!! It’s had an influence on me, so much so that I used to live in Ikebukuro. It’s been fun to go around all the places and recreate the opening. When I imagine replacing the place I live with Ikebukuro and living life keeping that a secret even from people close to me, I think they’ll gradually come to be able to like it!”

     

    ■Information

    MBS (Kansai Local) – “Kawaii JAPAN-da!!”

    Broadcasting: May 15, 2018 at 1:59am

    *The show will be rebroadcast a week later (https://dizm.mbs.jp/title/?program=kawaiijapanda)

     

    Durarara!! and Durarara!!×2

    Aired between January 2010―March 2016

    Author: Ryogo Narita (Dengeki Bunko / ASCII Media Works)

    ©Ryogo Narita / ASCII Media Works / Ikebukuro Dollars・MBS

     

    Durarara!!×2 Blu-ray & DVD Series Now On Sale

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    Model: Anna Yano

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    Writer: Ai Watanabe
    Photographer: LOVEGRAPH

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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  • Spend 24-Hours With Dolphins at Iki Iruka Park

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    Iki Iruka Park in Nagasaki Prefecture is undergoing renovation and is set to reopen on April 25 with new facilities and programs.

    Iki Iruka Park first opened in 1995. Located in the city of Iki on the island of Iki, the park enjoys up to 20,000 visitors a year. Its reopening will see a new cafe space open where the park will be open from morning time, something rarely seen on the island of Iki. The cafe menu will include items never before served in Iki such as pancakes from VERY FANCY®―a shop in Tokyo―as well as açaí bowls using local fruits and more. There will also be food served with local produce such as Iki brand beef, seasonal ingredients and so on. In the future the park hopes to be open at dinner time too as well as serve alcohol such as the Iki shochu from the shochu brewery that opened last year.

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  • Japan’s Top 10 Instagram-Worthy Locations

    13.December.2018 | SPOT

    Snaplace is a website that analyses posts on social media they they deem ‘Instagrammable.’ They have close to 6,000 spots listed on their website, and they have selected the very best from their data this year to make two Top 10 lists for 2018 – one for Instagram and one for Twitter.

     

    Instagram Top 10


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    2nd Place: Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine (Kawagoe, Saitama)
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    3rd Place: BE KOBE (Kobe, Hyogo)
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    4th Place: La Collina (Omihachiman, Shiga)
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  • BOOK & CAFE: Nagasaki Prefecture’s Best Bookstore & Cafe Fusion

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  • UNESCO Adds Nagasaki’s ‘Hidden Christian Sites’ to World Heritage List

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    Masaharu Fukuyama’s Comments:

    Congratulations on the ‘Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region’ being registered on the World Heritage list. By knowing about Nagasaki’s long history, it will allow peace for humanity in the future. Perhaps that was the reason behind this World Heritage registration.

     

    Lots of related events and exhibitions are set to be held in Nagasaki Prefecture in connection with the decision.

     

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    Nagasaki Blue Islands Project: http://nagasakiblueislands.jp/

     

  • Hotel Nampuro in Nagasaki Introduces an Infinity Pool Overlooking the Ariake Sea

    18.June.2018 | Uncategorized

    Hotel Nampuro is located in Shimabara Onsen in Nagasaki Prefecture and has been around for 110 years. The hotel recently held the grand opening two infinity pools. One gives an unbroken view of the Ariake Sea and the other a lush garden.

     

    The concept behind the pools is to get people closer to Shimabara’s natural environment. Guests can enjoy feeling the sea breeze from ideal locations close amongst Shimabara’s abundance of lush greenery and the Ariake Sea while offering an exquisite resort experience you can’t get in the city.

    The unique design of the open-air infinity pool makes it seem as if it flows into the sea itself. There’s also an observation deck next to the pool too where people can gaze across the gorgeous waters.

    The location also makes for a great power and energy spot as one can see the morning sun rise from Kumamoto across the shore. Guests can enjoy the sight in the morning, daytime and nighttime.

    The other infinity pool is built by the garden restaurant deck terrace and blends in with the surrounding nature. Beyond the horizon lies Shimabara’s waters, sky and nature which becomes one with the edge of the pool. The sky and trees also reflect on the surface of the water, making it feel like you’re floating on top of a cloud in the sky.

    The pool is around 50cm deep so children can enjoy themselves too. There are also jets fitted on the sides of the pool.

    The poolside wooden deck is fitted with tables and sofas to enhance that resort feel. They also serve breakfast and there’s a BBQ too.

    Guests can look forward to the 300+ trees in the garden being lit up in a magical and mystical performance, giving the air a touch of romance. It offers an experience like no other as you’re wrapped in a forest of lights under a starry sky.

    Consider Hotel Nampuro if your trip to Japan is taking you to Nagasaki Prefecture.

     

    ■Information

    Hotel Nampuro

    Address: 2-7331-1 Bentenmachi, Shimabara, Nagasaki

    Access: http://www.nampuro.com/access/

    TEL: 0957-62-5111

    Bookings: https://www.nampuro.com/special/tabeho.html

    Homepage: http://www.nampuro.com/

     

  • i+Land Nagasaki: The New Entertainment Resort Opening on Iojima in Nagasaki

    12.June.2018 | SPOT

    i+Land Nagasaki is a new entertainment resort that will host its grand opening on July 18.

    A former leisure facility, the establishment underwent a huge renewal and changed its name to i+Land Nagasaki on April 1, 2018. The new resort will host a huge line-up of activities including Island Lumina, which hails as Japan’s first interactive and immersive night walk, as well as yoga, SUP yoga, sea kayaking, and more. Select parts of the resort’s accommodation and restaurants have been revamped too.

    Iojima is an easy location to being just 30 minutes by car from the city of Nagasaki (or 20 minutes from Nagasaki Port via boat).

    i+Land Nagasaki covers a wide area and faces the sea. It’s split into four areas: the Port Area, Garden Area, Shimakaze Area and Lumina Area.

    In the run up to the grand opening, the new seaside BBQ facility will open in the garden area on July 1 smack bang in the middle of the island and facing the sea. Food and amenities will already be prepared for guests so you can turn up empty-handed. There’s even outdoor tents meaning you can enjoy yourself even if it rains.

    As well as each area having their own accommodation facilities, there’s also a restaurant, hot springs, a kid’s play area and more, all of which can be used by non-guests of the resort too. An array of activities are also scheduled to take place around the resort.

    The huge recommendation at i+Land Nagasaki is Island Lumina which opened on April as Japan’s first ever experienced-based multimedia night walk. You’ll be transported into a mystical and romantic world that will pleasure all five of your senses.

    Island Lumina was created by Moment Factory, a world-leading digital art group from Canada. It uses cutting-edge technology that combines light and music in a twilight forest environment. Those who enter the forest will be absorbed into an immersive story of a girl looking for a magical jewel.

     

    You can take part in a bicycle excursion tour of Iojima―which stretches across 2.26km² of the island―that’ll around 1 hour. There’s also optional tours to go and see Hashima Island, now an abandoned island and World Heritage site, as well as Oura Church, another World Heritage Site, and more.

    Take a strip to the new i+Land Nagasaki this summer and immerse yourself in nature.

     

    ■Informationi+Land Nagasaki
    Address: 1-3277-7 Iojimamachi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki PrefectureGrand Opening: July 18, 2018Price: From ¥13,800 (Pre-Tax) – Includes 1 night and 2 meals for up to 2 people
    TEL: 095-898-2202
    Official Website: https://www.islandnagasaki.jp/

     

    Seaside BBQ
    Times: Lunch 11am-3:30pm (Last Orders 2:30pm) / Dinner 5pm-9:30pm (Last Orders 9pm)

    Price:

    Lunch – Adults ¥2,800, Children ¥1,200, Toddlers (4-6 years) ¥300

    Dinner – Adults ¥3,800, Children ¥1,200, Toddlers (4-6 years) ¥300

    Area: i+Land Nagasaki Garden Area
    Seats: 340

     

    Island Lumina
    Time: Sunset-11pm (Last Entries 10:30pm) *Time will change depending on the season
    Price: Adults ¥2,400, Middle Schoolers to High Schoolers ¥1,800, Children (4-years to Elementary School) ¥1,500

    *Free for those aged 3 and below.
    Official Website: https://www.islandlumina.jp/

     

  • Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park: Events in June 2018

    19.May.2018 | MUSIC / SPOT

    There’s never shortage of things to do at Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Nagasaki absolutely packed with content from flowers to illuminations, games, music and more.

     

    Pull out your diaries and write in the dates for these events taking place at the park in June.

     

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    “Happy Rain” – A rainbow of umbrellas stretching across each location

    A whole host of events will take place at Happy Rain, and there will be plenty of food to eat and things to buy, all themed on rainbows.

     

    Umbrellas of all colours float overhead along Rainbow Street, and the multicoloured food and merchandise on sale transform the area into a colourful creation. And if it rains, you can pick up an original poncho for just ¥100 – normally sold at ¥1,500.

     

    ■Information

    Happy Rain

    Location: Harbour Town

    Running: June 1, 2018―June 30, 2018

     

    Rainbow Fireworks
    Date: June 16, 2018

    Time: 20:40-21:00
    *Special Viewing tickets available now available on the park’s website.

     

     

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    “Miffy Month” – Celebrate with everyone!

     Miffy, the adorable bunny loved all over the world, is holding a birthday event this June.

     

    Look forward to getting your hands on limited-edition Miffy merchandise and eating Miffy inspired food at the popular Nijntje Cafe. There will also be an event held with snacks thrown out to people.

     

    ■Information

    Miffy Month
    Running: June 1, 2018―June 30, 2018

     

    Miffy Birthday Party
    Location: Attraction Town (Muse Hall)

    Dates: June 2, June 9, June 16, June 24, June 30

     

     

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    “Hydrangea Festival” – 1,250 varieties of hydrangea displayed

    From the 2m tall and 10m wide ‘Hydrangea Wall’ to the magical illuminated ‘Hydrangea Herbarium,’ this new spot in Huis Ten Bosch Palace will be full of gorgeous hydrangea flowers. A social media campaign will also take place to win a coupon that can be used there.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/102391

     

    ■Information

    Hydrangea Festival

    Running: June 2, 2018―July 1, 2018

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    “Lily Festival” – 300 varieties of lilies

    In the Lily Garden, you can take an absolutely gorgeous photo at a particular lily patch made to look like a lily dress. You’ll be enveloped by the sweet scent of lilies outdoors, in the palace, the hotel, and pretty much everywhere else.

     

    ■Information

    Lily Festival
    Running: June 23, 2018―July 16, 2018

     

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    “BLAZE UP NAGASAKI 2018 in HUIS TEN BOSCH” – A rock event

    This rock event is aimed at invigorating the region of Nagasaki. In addition to SHANK who are organising this event, a total of ten artists will perform including HEY-SMITH, SiM, Crossfaith , dustbox, G-FREAK FACTORY, MEANING, SIX LOUNGE, 04 Limited Sazabys, and Kariyushi58.

     

    ■Information

    BLAZE UP NAGASAKI 2018 in HUIS TEN BOSCH
    Location: Rotterdam special area

    Date: June 9, 2018

    Time: OPEN 9am / START 11am (subject to change)
    Website: http://www.blazeupnagasaki.net/

     

     

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    Kichi Kichi Cat & Dog Walking

    This event is organised by pet magazine Inu Kichi Neko Ichi. This is your chance to get your photo taken by a professional cameraman and printed in the magazine. This one’s a must-check for pet owners.

     

    ■Information

    Inu Kichi Neko Ichi Osanpo Walking
    Location: Art Garden

    Running: June 16, 2018―June 17, 2018
    Webpage: https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/event/kichi-kichi/

     

     

    ボスコスコレクション

    3rd Bosch Cosplay Collection

    The third Bosch Cos Collection will allow special access to a place you normally can’t enter to be used a photo spot.

     

    ■Information

     3rd Bosch Cosplay Collection

    Date: June 23, 2018
    Webpage: https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/event/boschcos/

     

     

    Nagasaki Prefecture is home to one of Japan’s four biggest cities and is close to Fukuoka Prefecture. There’s an express bus you can take from Fukuoka Station to gt to Huis Ten Bosch, and overall commuting there is very easy. There’s always lots of events taking place at the park, and the ones this June can be enjoyed whether it’s sunny or rainy.

     

    Begin your summer with a trip to Huis Ten Bosch!

     

    ■Information

    Huis Ten Bosch

    https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/

     

  • Seaside Restaurant Arrives at Glamping & Beach Resort “NANGORA HILLS” in Nagaki Prefecture

    02.May.2018 | SPOT

    NANGORA HILLS is Nagasaki Prefecture’s first compact glamping and beach resort where you can enjoy the forest, ocean and stars all at once. The establishment is set to expand this summer with a new restaurant.

     

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    NANGORA HILLS opened in Goto as the city’s first glamping establishment. It offers everything  you could ask for and more with a huge range of activities that take advantage of Fukue Island’s expansive natural habitat, enveloped by the ocean and mountains.

     

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    The new service starting up at the resort is a restaurant, café and bar on top of the ocean that is Japan’s first to make use of a giant drone. There, you can also enjoy a spa service that contains a beauty salon, massages and more. Additionally, from the end of July, there will be 12m long camping trailer with a living room, kitchen, toilet and wash room, as well as an open-air ocean front bath that offers a view of the deserted island, and even a water slide connected to the ocean.

     

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    Enjoy a luxurious time this summer in Japan at NANGORA HILLS!

     

    ■Information

    NANGORA HILLS
    https://www.baracar.com

     

  • Colourful Hydrangea to Decorate Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki for Ajisai Matsuri

    13.April.2018 | SPOT

    Ajisai Matsuri (‘Hydrangea Festival’) will take place at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki from June 2 to July 1, showcasing 1,250 varieties of hydrangea.

     

    In addition to popular outdoor spots like the Hydrangea Road, the Hydrangea Wall will also be set up where the wall of a room will be covered in vibrant hydrangeas. Here, you can take your time admire the gorgeous flowers. There’ll also be a market where you can buy varieties of plans you’re interested in, as well as a tour by a hydrangea expert, a hydrangea light-up show at night, and more.

     

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    Hydrangea Wall / Huis Ten Bosch Palace
    The giant Ajisai Wall will tower 2 meters upward and 10 meters across, laced with brilliant hydrangeas of light blues, pinks and more. In the Hydrangea Herbarium, hydrangeas will be lit up in the water, and 700 hydrangeas will float in the palace rooms.

    Location: Huis Ten Bosch Palace

    Price: ¥500 (Passport Ticket) / ¥700 (Walking Ticket)

     

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    Hydrangeas & Music
    While being enveloped in the radiant rainbow hues of hydrangeas, you can enjoy the flowers together with music in the garden.

    Location: Amsterdam Square

     

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    Hydrangea Road
    1,250 types of hydrangeas will line the palace. Japan’s longest 800m pathway will also be in full bloom, making it a popular spot to take photos.

    Location: Huis Ten Bosch Palace

     

    Hydrangea Hotel
    The hotel lobby will also be filled with hydrangea colours. You will be greeted with concert timbres and beautiful hydrangeas.

    Location: Hotel Europe
    Price: Entry permitted with just a Hotel Restaurant Ticket (¥1,000). You do not have to pay to stay at the hotel to enter.

     

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    White Hydrangea Road
    In the area near the welcome gate, you will be graced by white hydrangeas. Enjoy them together with the windmill and canal.
    Location: Adventure Park

     

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    Hydrangea Market
    Lining the multitude of flowers will be a fantastic market. Not only can you admire an array of different hydrangeas, there will also be tours held every day by an expert who will guide you on the different varieties of plans, as well as a sale to pick and take home your own hydrangeas.
    Location: Location: Huis Ten Bosch Palace

     

     

    Get up close and personal with the beauty of hydrangeas at Huis Ten Bosch!

     

     

    ■Information
    Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki
    Address: Huis Ten Bosch-cho, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 9:00-22:00 (*May differ depending on the season and day)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 0570-064-110
    URL: https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/
  • Natural forest will become a space of interactive-art! “Koou Suru Mori to Shiroato – Kushimazaki Juso”

    13.May.2017 | SPOT

    Team Labo will hold “Koou Suru Mori to Joseki – Kushimazaki Juso” at Omura Shrine which stands on Kushima Shiro Ato”

    Kushimazaki Juso is a place which became a natural forest after the Kushima Castle was deserted. The place includes huge trees.

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    The project is to combine the mysterious natural forest and modern technology.

    Oomura Park will become an interactive digital art location which changes its form by the passing of people. The project includes “Koou Suru Mori to Joseki – Kushimazaki Juso,”which is an art event where colors and the resonating of sounds change when  a person walks by and “Fuyu suru, Koou suru Kyutai,”where a light bulb bobs up and down in the center of the shrine grounds.

    This event will be held between the 3rd of June, 2017 (Sat) and the 2nd of July (Sun) and “Kashobu Maturi” will be held on the 4th of June (Sun) from 11:00 to 15:00. In the largest Kasyobu Park in Kyusyu, 171 kinds of Kashobu (300 thousands of Kashobu) will showcase the park until mid June.

    呼応する森と城跡 – 玖島崎樹叢 / Resonating Forest and Castle Ruins – Kushimazaki Tree Flora
    teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

     

    The scene where the light bulb sparkles and fades out looks like it is breathing. Let’s experience the world of interactive art which combines nature and digital artforms.

     

    ■Information

    Resonating Forest and Castle Ruins – Kushimazaki Tree Flora
    Event period: June 3rd, 2017 (Sat) to July 2nd (Sun)
    Omura Park, Omurashi, Nagasaki Prefecture (Kushimazaki Juso / Omori Shrine) (〒856-0834  45-3 1-Chome, Kushima, Omurashi, Nagasaki Prefecture)
    ※The event will be cancel depending on the weather conditions.
    ※Elementary school students must come with their parents and a group consisting of only junior high / high school students must leave the venue before 20:30.

    Official site:https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/omura/

    Kashobu Maturi:http://www.city.omura.nagasaki.jp/kankousuishin/event/h28/20160605.html

     

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  • 【Nagasaki sweets】Kasutera Ice Cream Sandwich 

    10.April.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here I am in Nagasaki again!

    Today I will be showing you guys a great place to buy Kasutera Ice Cream Sandwich!

    Now a specialty of Nagasaki, Kasutera is a popular Japanese sweet sponge cake. The name doesn’t sound Japanese because it came from the Portuguese phrase “Pao de Castela”. Traditionally, there were only honey flavor, but today there are all sorts of flavors including matcha and chocolate. Kasutera is available to buy in any souvenir shops and cafes in Nagasaki.

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    I’ve had so many different flavors of Kasutera, but I never got to try Kasutera Ice, so I visited a store called New York Do. It is a 5 minute walk from Nigiwaibashi Station.

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    As I entered the store, there were various types of snacks and a big freezer. Inside the freezer there was Kasutera Ice! They had 6 different flavors: Basic, chocolate, strawberry, matcha, biwa, and sweet bean paste. The first one the staff pointed out was the biwa (Ioquat) flavored out so my friend got that. I knew right away that I was getting the matcha flavored one.

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    As I removed the Kasutera Ice from its wrapper, there was a scoop of matcha flavored ice cream sandwiched between two slices of Kasutera. The staff told us to wait 10 minutes before opening it, but we couldn’t wait that we started eating it.

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    My advice for you is to wait 10 minutes before eating it because the ice cream wasn’t melted enough for me to be able to take a bite. It is better to defrost the ice cream by putting it between your hands.

     

    Not surprisingly, the Kasutera Ice was delicious! I think all of the ice cream goes well with the Kasutera because the cake itself tastes like honey.

    If you buy just the Kasutera, you can sandwich your own favorite ice cream and make an original Kasutera ice cream!

    Information

    Address: Nagasaki ken Furukawa cho 3-17

    Phone: 095-822-4875

    Open: 10am – 6:30pm, Sundays til 5pm.

     

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