Hot Spring Theme Park Solaniwa Onsen Osaka Bay Tower to Open in 2019

25.December.2018 | SPOT

The Kansai region’s biggest hot spring style theme park Solaniwa Onsen, spanning 16,500m², is set open on floors 2 to 5 at Osaka Bay Tower North on February 26, 2019.

 

Osaka Resort City 200 (ORC 200) changed its name to Osaka Bay Tower on March 27, 2018. Following that, Hotel Osaka Bay Tower―which welcomes all guests from business people to families―underwent a re-branding and re-opened on March 29. The tower is now set to expand its facilities even further with the grand opening of Solaniwa Onsen.

 

The hot spring theme park is themed on “Beauty, Healing, Taste.” It will be decked out with natural hot springs, stone saunas, relaxation facilities, restaurants, stores and more. Based on the concept of the Azuchi–Momoyama period of Japanese history, the park fuses traditional Japan with the modern to offer a unique and exceptional experience.

 

The area in which the park is being set up is where an already hugely popular theme park is based. A world fair is set to take place there in 2025 which will bring more international attention to the Osaka Bay area.

There will be many types of bathing experiences on offer at Solaniwa Onsen such as a natural hot spring with low alkalinity for beautiful skin, an open-air bath with the water source running into it, a bath that overlooks an immense Japanese-style garden, a bath with carbonic acid water, another that changes daily, and more. There are also baths that can be booked for 2-5 people for a more private bathe.

 

The female locker room at the park is home to Japan’s biggest powder room which spans close to 100m². There they have a range of beauty equipment, cosmetic rental services and more. The menu includes a combination of traditional food crafted by Tsubouchi Sekisai―who is said to have been a chef to Oda Nobunaga―and modern cuisine.

 

Step back into the Azuchi–Momoyama period at Solaniwa Onsen.

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  • Projecting Mapping Recreates Festival Atmosphere at Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari

    02.April.2018 | SPOT

    Odaiba Tokyo Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari is a hot spring ‘theme park’ popular with both local and foreign tourists that recreates the look and life of Edo. Projecting mapping by NAKED was brought to the entrance of the establishment on March 22, 2018.

     

     

    大江戸温泉

    The projection mapping display flies out across the hot spring water from the buildings. The footbath area themed on the 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō from the Edo Period is wrapped in ukiyo-e and patterns found on yukata, a popular dresswear in the building. 

    At “Happyaku Yacho” on the main street in the building where the stalls are lined up, paper lanterns and digital lights illuminate to recreate the atmosphere of a festival during Edo.

    Experience an Edo festival in Odaiba at Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari!

     

    ■information

    Odaiba Tokyo Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari
    Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00am Next Day (Managed until 10:00pm) 
    Address: 2-6-3 Aomi, Koto, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-5500-1126 
    URL: http://daiba.ooedoonsen.jp/

    Odaiba Tokyo Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari × Projection Mapping by NAKED
    Permanent display from March 22, 2018.
    Time: 30-minutes after sunset until 12:00pm.
    *Please note that sunset changes depending on the period.

     

  • Fujiyama Onsen: The Hot Spring Facility With a Mount Fuji View Undergoes Renovation

    12.July.2018 | SPOT

    Fujiyama Onsen is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen on July 14. Located in Yamanashi Prefecture, the site sits at the foot of Mount Fuji.

    The facility is being fitted with a new stone sauna where you can have a clear view of Mount Fuji. There’s also a new hammock resting spot as well as hot yoga classes amongst other things. All of these changes transform Fujiyama Onsen from a simple natural hot spring site into a full-day experience.

    The fourth and highest floor now has a relaxation area with a picturesque view. There’s also other stone saunas in a quiet area with the lights dimmed for winding down, as well as break rooms called ‘hot rooms.’

    Hot rooms are equipped with heated flooring and there’s a reading corner with manga and magazines as well as cushions. Everyone is free to move between the sauna area and hot rooms.

     

    *A separate fee of ¥600 is charged for use of the stone sauna area and hot room space.

    The third floor resting area has rooms with tatami flooring and a wide view of Mount Fuji as well as hammocks and a kid’s room. There are 6 hammocks – three chair types and three for laying down.

    The menu of the site’s restaurant, Fujiyama Dining, has also been updated. You can look forward to specially made Yamanashi Prefecture chicken and lots of locally source ingredients as well as beer.

     

    Hot Yoga classes begin from July 21. By exercising at high temperatures, you’ll be able to stretch your muscles much easier as well as get rid of any waste in your body. It’s also good for dieting and your skin.

     

    Gaze at Mount Fuji while having a relaxing time at Fujiyama Onsen.

     

    ■Information
    Fujiyama Onsen

    Address: 4-17-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture

    Business Hours

    ・Morning Bath: 7:00am-9:00am

    ・Regular Bath: 10:00am-11:00pm

    ・Restaurant: 11:30am-10:30pm (Last Orders 10:00pm)

    Price

    ・Morning Bath: Adults ¥620 / Children ¥310

    ・Regular Bath: Adults – Weekdays ¥1,400 / Weekends & Holidays ¥1,700

    Children – Weekdays ¥700 / Weekends & Holidays – ¥850¥1,700

    *Price includes entry fee, bath towel and face towel rental.

    *Weekday prices to adopt weekend and holiday prices during the summer season.

    *Includes stone sauna yukata and dry towel rental.

    TEL: 0555-22-1126

    Website: http://www.fujiyamaonsen.jp/index.html

     

  • 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/

     

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    24.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese company LEGS has announced the opening of the limited-time Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~. The themed cafes will open in Tokyo on October 29, Osaka on October 30, and Aichi on October 23.

    Ojamajo Doremi is an original magical girl created by Toei Animation that ran from February 1999 to January 2003. To celebrate the series’s 20th anniversary last year, LEGS opened a different Ojamajo Doremi limited-time themed cafe in collaboration with Cafe&Kitchen which welcomed lots of magical girl fans.

     

    This year once again welcomes Etoile et Griotte as the art director for the fruit parlor-inspired cafe.

     

    Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ celebrates the 20th anniversary of Ojamajo Doremi Sharp is the second series in the Ojamajo Doremi series. Fans will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive magical merchandise as well as tuck into pastel coloured fruity food.

     

     

    FOOD

    Doremi’s Cheese Steak Doria in Cherry Sauce | ¥1,699

    Steak is Doremi-chan’s favourite food, so it was a must-have on the menu. The cream cheese is coloured like Doremi, and there’s a cute musical note topping too. It comes with a cute lunch mat that looks like Doremi’s skirt.

    Hazuki’s Omurice in Porcino & Orange Cream Sauce | ¥1,399

    The omelette is made to look like Hazuki’s yellow skirt. Enjoy together with the delicious porcino sauce and orange combination.

    Onpu’s Waffles With Crepe & Mascarpone | ¥1,299

    Blueberry sauce-drizzled and mascarpone-topped waffles served with a mashed potato skirt. The sweet and sour mix is to die for.

     

    DESSERT

    Aiko’s Blueberry Float | ¥999

    A fresh blueberry float inspired by Ai-chan. Mix everything together to create a different flavour.

    Momoko’s Lemon Cheesecake Parfait | ¥1,399

    A fresh lemon cheesecake packed parfait with lots of enjoyable flavours and textures.

    Rhythm Tap Tart | ¥1,300

    Inspired by the Rhythm Taps seen in the series, the tart imagines Doremi’s transformation scene in Ojamajo Doremi Sharp.

     

    DRINK

    Onpu Melody Drink (5 Flavours) | ¥1,099

    A rainbow line-up of colourful Onpu drinks available for takeout.

     

    Movie Theater Menu

    Girls Meet Sushi | ¥1,299

    Inspired by the meat sushi that Sora and the gang eat in the animated film Majo Minarai wo Sagashite. Comes with an original postcard.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise

    Acrylic Keyrings (6 Designs) – ¥600 Each

    Letter Set (1 Design) – ¥1,200 | Folder Set (2 Designs) – ¥700

    A selection of super kawaii cafe-original merchandise is available for fans to grab.

     

    Bonus Items

    Those who book a table in advance, order a drink, or spend more than ¥2,000 at the cafe will receive one of six possible A5 folders.

     

    Become a magical girl like Doremi at the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020.

     

    ©Toei Animation

  • Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Osaka & Makuhari Now Serving Rich Chestnut Pancakes For Autumn

    20.September.2020 | FOOD

    The Tokyo, Osaka, and Makuhari branches of Hotel New Otani are now serving seasonal autumn versions of their specially made pancakes at their coffee shop and all-dining restaurant SATSUKI until November 30, 2020

     

    Fantastically fluffy pancakes

    Hotel New Otani has been serving its special pancakes for the past 10 years which have become a favourite amongst guests.

    The hotel’s pastry chefs have whisked up a variety of flavours in line with the changing seasons this past decade using strictly-selected ingredients including strawberry, melon, mango, chestnut, and more.

     

    A marriage of rich chestnut and fluffy pancake

    Hotel New Otani Specially Made Chestnut Pancakes 2020 | ¥2,800 (Before Tax/Service Charge)

    Chestnuts are the flavourful theme for autumn 2020’s pancakes, made with strictly-selected chestnut astringent skin, sweet bean jelly, and topped with a chestnut macaron.
    The pancakes are served with melt-in-the-mouth Italian ricotta. There are two different doughs, one made from coffee flour which has high nutritional value, and the hotel’s original “White Cereal” which is a combination of millets and amaranth.
    The pancakes are cooked on a low heat for about 5 minutes on each side so they rise to a fluffy 5cm thickness and become startlingly smooth.

     

    Strawberries for winter

    For this year’s winter, the hotel will be serving strawberry pancakes.

     

    Enjoy a selection of seasonal pancakes when staying at Hotel New Otani.

  • FUFU NIKKO: The New Hot Spring Hotel in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

    15.September.2020 | SPOT

    Kato Pleasure Group is set to open its 4th branch of FUFU NIKKO hotels in Nikko, Tochigi on October 2, 2020 following their Atami, Lake Kawaguchi, and Nara branches.

     

    A resort steeped in Japanese history and culture

    The site in which the hotel is located has a sacred air to it. It dates back to the Meiji Period and has continued into modern times. Upon entering the hotel, your ears are treated to the sound of classical music. Overhead you will spot high ceilings made from wood which give it a warm and welcoming atmosphere.The shadows of the outside walls, the warmth of the inviting lights, and the metallic decorations which catch the light present a calm and quiet mood.

     

    Classy and sophisticated cuisine

    Both the food and plates it is served on capture the essence and beauty of the Japanese way. Meals are prepared using seasonal ingredients from Tochigi as well as high quality foods like foie gras, truffles, and caviar. Each dish expresses elegance and refinement and combines both Japanese and Western flavours.

     

    Hot spring water sourced from Tamozawa

    All rooms at the hotel are fitted with hot springs or large baths which natural light from the outdoors shining through. In the open-air baths, guests get to experience the surrounding sights of nature coupled with the sound of the flowing stream and chirping birds.

  • Grand Front Osaka Opens New Cafe PANCAKE&books bibliotheque

    11.September.2020 | FOOD

    Grand Front Osaka opened its new cafe PANCAKE&books bibliotheque on September 11, 2020, serving a wide variety of fresh pancakes made with high quality ingredients.

    Special Fruit Genmai Guilt-Free Pancakes | ¥1,500

    These pancakes are made using gluten-free brown rice flour which creates a delicious fragrance and delightfully chewy texture to the pancakes. The pancakes are made even more chewier thanks to the incorporation of silken tofu, an ingredient which is also said to be good for dieting and the intestinal tract. The pancakes are topped with nuts and dried fruits, making them a very nutritional option.

    Strawberry & Marshmallow Brûlée | ¥1,300

    A hybrid pancake of two different desserts. It’s loaded with fluffy caramelised custard sauce to create a brûlée-like appearance and texture and is topped with sliced strawberries and roasted marshmallows. The caramel sauce drizzled on top adds a sweet and slightly bitter edge, bringing everything together.

    Whole Peach & Fromage Blanc Cream Pancake | ¥1,500

    Served with a whole juicy peach, these pancakes are combined with refreshing fromage blanc. The peach adds an ambrosial sweetness that melts perfectly with the fluffy pancakes. Complete the pancakes with a drizzle of the accompanying mint anglaise sauce.

    Kyoho Grape, Blackcurrant, & Mascarpone Cream Pancakes | ¥1,700

    A special combination of seasonal fruits including Kyoho grapes and blackcurrants. The mascarpone cream adds sweetness and the blackcurrant sauce a sour kick. If you’re wanting to taste autumn, then this one’s for you.

    Mont Blanc & Praline Cream Pancakes in Caramel Sauce | ¥1,400

    These pancakes make you feel summer changing to autumn with its fat dollops of rum-infused chestnut cream and praline cream. The chestnut cream brings a rich sweetness to your taste buds and the caramel sauce an appetising bitterness.

    Pancake Burger | ¥1,300

    bibliotheque’s incredible pancakes have also turned into hamburgers stuffed with a hand-rolled patty, melted cheddar cheese, sunny-side up egg, tomato, and lettuce.

    Eggs Benedict Pancakes | ¥1,500

    Pancakes towered with bacon, tomato, salad, and poached egg. The runny egg is a match made in heaven when combined with the homemade hollandaise sauce.

    Salmon & Ricotta Cheese Pancakes | ¥1,500

    Salad pancakes of smoked salmon, ricotta cheese, and poached egg. They are finished with rich Gruyère cheese.

    Original Milkshake “Mixed Shake” | ¥700

    A hybrid drink of authentic milkshake and Osaka’s speciality “Mixed Juice” beverage, this shake contains sakura tamago egg from Awaji Island and premium grade milk from Hamanaka in Hokkaido. It’s also made with vanilla cream and is topped with an apricot compote.

  • teamLab’s ‘A Forest Where Gods Live’ Exhibition in Saga Introduces Autumn Inspired Digital Art

    10.September.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    teamLab’s annual A Forest Where Gods Live exhibition is currently taking place at Mifuneyama Rakuen Park in Saga Prefecture until November 8, 2020. For autumn this year, the digital art team has introduced a seasonal piece entitled Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain.

    Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain
    teamLab, 2018, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Available to see for this autumn season only, ​Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain showcases Kasane no Irome, which are nuances of layered colours that were seasonal colours created in silk before Japan’s modern era, in the form of lit lamps.

    The lamps in the exhibition shine brightly and then fade. In the light, one can see the eight autumn Kasane no Irome colours: Budding Leaves, Green Leaves, Fallen Green Leaves, Yellow Leaves, Fallen Yellow Leaves, Fallen Leaves, Fallen Red Leaves, and Autumn Leaves.

    Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup
    teamLab, 2016, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Make tea in the tea house at the exhibition. Flowers will bloom inside the teacup, which if you pick up, sends the flowers scattering and spreading to the outside of the cup. Flowers will bloom infinitely as long as there is tea. For September, there are safflowers, dianthus, and Chinese asters, while next month will introduce cosmos, osmanthus, and chrysanthemums.

    Ever Blossoming Life Rock
    teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins
    teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation

    You can also see autumn flowers in the Ever Blossoming Life Rock and Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins exhibits too.

    Visitors can also get set tickers which includes entry to the exhibition as well as a dip in the Rakan no Yu hot springs of Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel. These tickets are limited to 40 people per day.

  • 5 Character Themed Cafés Running in September 2020 – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    08.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series and various franchises by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them. Let’s take a look at 5 must-visit cafés in September 2020.

     

    KUROMIMY MELODY CAFE @ EGG&SPUMA, Shinjuku Lumine EST

    Sanrio’s beloved characters Kuromi and My Melody are taking over EGG&SPUMA in Shinjuku this summer with the new KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE which is open for a limited time from August 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 and is split into two separate phases.

    There is an adorable menu line-up including two-tiered afternoon tea set with lots of sweet treats, like waffles and ice cream, all topped with Kuromi and My Melody.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/340782

     

    KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE

    Location: EGG&SPUMA

    Address: Shinjuku Lumine EST 8F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    Running: August 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

    TEL: 03-6273-0255

    Official Website: http://salt-group.jp/shop/egg-spuma/

    © 1976,  2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611679

     

    PIXAR FEST @ OH MY CAFE, Harajuku Tokyu Plaza

    OH MY CAFE, a chain of cafes in Japan, is holding a special Pixar-themed food event called ‘PIXAR FEST’ which is currently running in Tokyo and Osaka from August 28 and will open in Nagoya on September 4.

    “Keep On Smiling” is the the concept of the event, which will serve up a whole range of different foods including a Lightning McQueen exclusive on September 5, a special drink inspired by Disney Pixar’s Onward which released earlier this year, a collection of strawberry desserts centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to celebrate Toy Story‘s 25th anniversary, and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/351140

     

    PIXAR FEST OH MY CAFE

    Tokyo

    OH MY CAFE TOKYO / August 28, 2020 – November 15, 2020
    Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku (Floor 3F), 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

     

    Osaka

    kawara CAFE&DINER Shinsaibashi / August 28, 2020 – November 17, 2020
    Address: Shinsaibashi OPA (Floor 9F), 1-4-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

     

    Nagoya

    kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / September 4, 2020 – November 24, 2020
    Address: Nagoya PARCO South Building (Floor 5F), 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

     

    Pixar Fest OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://pf2020.ohmycafe.jp/

    ©Disney/Pixar

     

    Sanrio Character Collaboration Café @ POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU

    POWDER ART CAFÉ HARAJUKU is collaborating with Sanrio until mid-January 2021.

    At POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU, customers can draw their own designs on their orders, like latte art. They can also look forward to a super cute menu line-up inspired by the adorable character roster.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/338947

     

    POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU

    Address: IMON Bldg. B1F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6450-6037

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

    Official Website: https://k-tanuma.com/company#04

    © ‘76,‘79,‘89,‘96,‘01,‘05,‘20 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.L611638

     

    Miffy Café @ Tokyo Solamachi®

    In commemoration of Miffy’s 65th anniversary, the themed Miffy Café will open on the first floor of Tokyo Solamachi from September 11, 2020 for a limited time.

    The menu will serve a healthy lineup of Netherlands cuisine—in line with the heritage of Miffy’s Dutch creator Dick Bruna—and customers can get their hands on a selection of original Miffy merch.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/356067

     

    Miffy Café

    Address: TOKYO BOX cafe&space, Tokyo Solamachi 1F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

    Running: September 11, 2020 – November 3, 2020

    Reservation Fee: ¥500

    Official Website:  https://miffy-skn-65.cafe.jp/

    Illustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv, 1953-2020  www.miffy.com

     

    Hello Kitty Café @ Narita Airport

    KADOKAWA opened a Hello Kitty themed cafe on the Narita Anime Deck—which is located on the Main Building second floor of Narita International Airport Terminal 2—earlier this year which will be open for limited time until October 2, 2020.

    As well as themed food, drinks and merchandise, customers can take a Hello Kitty quiz, learn the history behind Hello Kitty, and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/336417

     

    Narita Anime Deck – Hello Kitty Collaboration Cafe
    Running: July 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020
    Location: Narita Anime Deck Entertainment Cafe
    Address: Narita International Airport Terminal 2 Main Building Floor 2F (1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba)
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:30)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Narita Anime Deck Official Website: https://www.animedeck.jp/en/narita/

     

    © 1976, 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611439

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan for the end of summer and start of autumn, then be sure to visit all the character cafes you can.

  • Universal Studios Japan Announces Halloween 2020 Event

    07.September.2020 | SPOT

    Halloween at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is set to begin on September 18, 2020 when guests will see each area around the park transformed into Halloween mode with decorations, a spooky soundtrack, and more. Popular characters at USJ will also be dressed up in their Halloween outfits ready to greet guests.

    The “Minion Monster Greeting” will be a must-see as the cheeky Minions make an appearance for some mischief. The popular annual “Universal Monsters Live: Rock and Roll Show” will also return and see familiar faces like Dracula, Beetlejuice, and other creepers perform song and dance. This year will also see a special show called “Monster de Dance” where monsters and performers will take to the street in masses and perform the ‘rat-tat-tat’ dance with guests. This dance originates from Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe’s song and music video Rat-tat-tat, and this year will be performed in a special “social distancing” version.

     

    EXILE NAOTO | Comment

    “We are returning again to Universal Studios Japan this Halloween to perform Sandaime J Soul Brother’s ‘Rat-tat-tat’ once more! This year, we’ve evolved the dance into the ‘Social Distancing Rat-tat-tat’ so that people can still enjoy the dance while keeping a distance from other people. It would make me happy to see people get involved!”

     

    Kenjiro Yamashita | Comment

    “I’m aware that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of places that people can have a good time have become few in number across the world. I’m thankful to the many people who joined in with our ‘Rat-tat-tat’ dance last Halloween. This year, we’ve powered up the dance and kept social distancing in mind so that everyone can feel safe, so please be sure to give it a go!”

     

    At USJ, which is known as the ‘holy ground for costumes and dress-up,’ they are continuing to provide exciting entertainment for people during the new normal to ensure that anyone can participate and feel safe.

     

    Halloween food and merchandise

    The Minions, Sesame Street characters, and others will be dressed up in their Halloween best. There will also be a special Halloween art display of the Minions and Snoopy at the 42nd Street Greeting Gallery.

  • Egyptian God Anime Series To-totsuni Egypt Kami to be Narrated by Tomoya Nakamura

    01.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Some new information has finally arrived for Frontier Works’s upcoming web anime series To-totsuni Egypt Kami.

     

    Synopsis: To-totsuni Egypt Kami

    Who would have thought that the Egyptian gods could be kawaii? Well, that’s exactly what they’ve become in To-totsuni Egypt Kami, a series set in Ancient Egypt where the Egyptian deities, like Anubis, Thoth, Bastet, and Ra live laid-back and relaxed lives. The series is adapted from a popular line of character mascots of the same name.

    Japanese actor Tomoya Nakamura has been confirmed as the narrator for the web anime series, whose warm and gentle voice will convey the chilled lives of the Egyptian pantheon of gods.

     

    Tomoya Nakamura – Comment

    “I think we’ll see a domino effect with the number of people who will find themselves healed by these adorable and mysteries Egyptian gods. I hope you’re sat back, relaxed, and looking forward to it.”

     

    To-totsuni Egypt Kami main voice cast

    The full voice cast for To-totsuni Egypt Kami has finally been revealed, along with comments from the members. Here are some words from the main cast.

     

    Hikaru Midorikawa – Comment

    Medjed | Hikaru Midorikawa

    “Everything about [Medjed] is riddled in mystery. His movements are bizarre , and nobody can predict what he’s going to do next. And for his finishing move, he can… shoot a laser beam from his eyes? I think for an anime series, the movements of the gods make them that much more charming.”

     

     

    Nobunaga Shimazaki – Comment

    Horus | Nobunaga Shimazaki

    “Horus is a very powerful god with the head of a falcon. He’s also a hard worker who works a busy part-time job day and night. He doesn’t get along with Set who he fights with a lot. The world of ‘To-totsuni Egypt Kami’ is really pop and cute, but somewhat mysterious. It would delight be if you enjoyed it in a laid-back manner.”

     

    Hiroyuki Yoshino – Comment

     Set | Hiroyuki Yoshino

    “The god of destruction. He doesn’t get along with Horus and always tricks and harasses him. But his appearance makes you feel calm… I guess you’ll have to look forward to the anime series to see!”

     

    Kenjiro Tsuda – Comment

    Ra | Kenjiro Tsuda

    “Ra, the god of the sun. He’s the father of everyone. He likes to sail a lot and bring back souvenirs for everyone, but there’s something more to him… Sit back and look forward to it!”

     

    *Comments translated from Japanese by MMN

     

    Initial Broadcast: December 2020

    The series will began airing online this December, including on YouTube. It is being directed by Katsuya Kikuchi (The Royal Tutor), with series composition by Yūichirō Higashide (Fate/ApocryphaFate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia), and character designs and animation direction by Suzuna Okuyama (The Royal Tutor). Check out the promotional video below.

    Themed cafe in collaboration with Animate Cafe Gratte

    Gratte cookie design

    Several branches of Animate Cafe Gratte in Japan are collaborating with To-totsuni Egypt Kami to serve themed food and drinks.

     

    To-totsuni Egypt Kami x Gratte

    Running: September 19, 2020 – November 8, 2020

    Participating Branches: Animate Cafe Shibuya / Kichijoji PARCO / Sendai / Osaka Nipponbashi / Okuyama

     

    ©yuka/To-totsuni Egypt Kami Project

  • Hello Kitty, My Melody and Kuromi Themed Dessert Buffet Whipped Up at Hilton Osaka

    27.August.2020 | FOOD

    Hilton Osaka has revealed a special dessert buffet called “Mysterious Sweets Forest ~Hello Kitty, My Melody & Kuromi’s Collaboration Tea Party~” which will be served at the hotel’s Folk Kitchen restaurant from September 18 to December 20 this year.


    Themed on a mysterious magic forest, the dessert line-up is a tantalising buffet of 25 sweet treats made with chestnuts, sweet potatoes, apples, pear and other tasty bites. The buffet will also have several photo spots for people to take cute photos, including one with a giant Hello Kitty ribbon and one with My Melody and Kuromi.

     

    Following the success of the “Summer Sweets Buffet Festival ~Hello Kitty & My Melody Collaboration Tea Party~” held at Hilton Osaka this summer which we also covered, the Sanrio characters return, this time with the cute and mischievous Kuromi joining the party.

    Mochi Mochi Doughnuts Parfait

    The “Mochi Mochi Doughnuts Parfait” is a sweet mix of Japanese gyuhi and raspberry jam topped with a doughnut that has a cute Hello Kitty chocolate on it.

    Kuromi’s Jet Black Heart Chocolate Mousse

    Kuromi’s chocolate mousse is made with fruity organic chocolate from Dominica and is topped with fruity chocolate crunch pieces for added texture.

    Magic Pudding

    The Magic Pudding is made using sweet potato and is served with a square-shaped chocolate that has different My Melody illustrations on it.

     

    There’s also the “White Candle Cake” which is made to look like a candle you would light at home, made from moist almond sponge and filled with berries and vanilla Bavarian cream. It’s finished with a chocolate Hello Kitty ribbon.

    Forest Mushroom Cinnamon Bavaria

    The hotel’s pastry chefs recommend the Forest Mushroom Cinnamon Bavaria. Their yellow colour and red dots will catch your eye, and one bite will have you hooked as sweet and sour redcurrant jelly and cinnamon Bavarian cream create a harmony of flavours on your taste buds.

    Snow Covered Gateau Chocolate

    This snow-covered chocolate cake is filled with various spices like cloves and ginger and a coating of snowy cream. This one’s really giving those winter vibes.

    Children of the Forest

    The “Children of the Forest” which are actually lemon cakes dipped in chocolate. Other desserts include the “Vegan Chestnut Cream Cupcakes” which are generously topped with mont blanc cream, “Apple Pie” made luxuriously with apples, “Mysterious Forest Mousse” which combines sour yuzu citrus with bitter matcha, and lots of others.

     

    There’s also savoury options too like curry, mushroom soup, pumpkin and mushroom salad, and more.

    Finally, Hilton Osaka’s cafe and bar “MYPLACE” is also getting in on the tea party by serving up a special Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Kuromi afternoon tea, all served in a beautiful jewellery box.

  • Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY Now On Display at Osaka’s ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum

    19.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY is currently ongoing at ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum in Osaka until August 30, 2020. Around 500 pieces of art are being shown, celebrating the beloved characters of the Moomin series created by Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson (1914-2001). The exhibition will subsequently move to Sapporo, Kumamoto, and finally Shizuoka once the Osaka one closes up.

    The exhibition’s showcase features a specially selected collection from the Moomin Museum—the world’s only museum centred on the Moomins with over 2,000 art pieces on display—illustrations and sketches from Moominvalley, and more. There’s also ukiyo-e paintings alongside the Moomins, celebrating the 100 year friendship between Japan and Finland.

     

    The Moomins are popular worldwide, especially in Japan, so if you’re travelling there this year then be sure to visit the exhibition and find out where it’s going next.

  • Pixar Animated Film Themed Food to be Served for ‘PIXAR FEST’ in Japan

    19.August.2020 | FOOD / MOVIE

    OH MY CAFE, a chain of cafes in Japan, has announced a special Pixar-themed food event called ‘PIXAR FEST’ which will run in Tokyo and Osaka from August 28 and Nagoya from September 4.

     

    “Keep On Smiling” is the the concept of the event, which will serve up a whole range of different foods including a Lightning McQueen exclusive on September 5, a special drink inspired by Disney Pixar’s Onward which released earlier this year, a collection of strawberry desserts centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to celebrate Toy Story‘s 25th anniversary, and more. Let’s take a closer look.

     

    Food

    Pixar Ball Bread: ¥790 / With Plate ¥1,690

    Any fan of Pixar will be able to instantly recognise what this subtly sweet bread is inspired by. You can order it together with a special plate too.

    Left: Ratatouille – Remy’s 5 Star Restaurant Ratatouille | ¥1,190

    Right: Monster’s Inc. – Sully & Mike’s Spaghetti Plate | ¥1,790

    Ratatouille is a comfort food of southern France, and the one served for PIXAR FEST is of course inspired by the titular film. Sully and Mike also have their own pasta dish, combining a Sully cream cheese paste and Mike guacamole potato salad.

    Left: Finding Nemo – Mr. Ray’s Friendly Tortilla Sandwich | ¥1,590

    Right: Toy Story 3 – Toy Box Cream Stew Loaf | ¥2,390

    Mr. Ray’s tortilla sandwich contains garlic chicken and egg salad, while everybody’s favourite toys have sprung out of a whole bread loaf filled with chicken stew.

     

    Drinks

    Left: Pixar – Juicy Grape Squash | ¥590, With Coaster ¥1,490
    Middle: Toy Story 3 – Straight Iced Tea | ¥490, With Tumbler ¥1,990

    Right: The Incredibles – Jack-Jack’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Smoothie | ¥990, With Coaster ¥1,590

    The drink line-up includes a bubbly grape soda, an iced tea which you can order in a tumbler featuring the Sunnyside Daycare logo, and a cute cookie smoothie that comes in a baby bottle.

     

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear’s Strawberry Fair

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear will have his own special menu items too. These are available for a limited time only from October 10 to November 24.

    Left: Toy Story 3 – Lots-o’s Strawberry Chicken Hamburger | ¥1,990

    Right: Toy Story 3 – Lots-o’-s Strawberry Drink | ¥590

    Pick from a cute and hearty chicken, vegetable, and strawberry burger and a pink-coloured strawberry beverage.

     

    Lightning McQueen & Onward’s Special Menu

    Left: Cars – Lightning McQueen’s Kachow Lightning Hamburger Sandwich | ¥1,890
    Right: Onward – Ian & Barley’s Pink Sunset Blue Mallow Tea | ¥1,090

    The tire-shaped bread is fitting for Lightning McQueen’s burger. The Onward drink is served with a side of lemon syrup which transforms the the colour of the drink into a gorgeous concoction. These items are available for a limited time only from August 28 to October 9.

     

    Merchandise

    The cafes will sell their own collection of PIXAR FEST merchandise in three different types: the “PIXAR FEST Series” which uses the cafe’s main visual for its design, the “Vintage Series” which uses a cute purple, and the “Alien Mix” which has a pop design with the Little Green Men from Toy Story.

     

    PIXAR FEST Series

    Acrylic Key Rings (12 Designs) | A4 Folder | Lunch Mat (set of 4)

     

    Vintage Series

    Pin Badges (16 Designs) | Stickers (8 Designs)

     

    Alien Series

    Eco Bag | Bath Towel | Letter Set

     

    Bonus Items

    Face Mask Cases (12 Designs) | Stickers (12 Designs)

    Customers who book a table in advance and order from the themed menu will receive one of 12 possible face mask cases. And for every ¥2,000 (tax included) they spend on the cafe-exclusive merchandise, they’ll receive one of 12 possible stickers.

    But that’s not all. If you order from the Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear menu and spend over ¥1,000 (tax included) on cafe-exclusive merchandise, you’ll receive two postcards of the fuzzy bear. These are available while supplies last.

     

    Customers can also receive a limited-edition OH MY CAFE sticker if they order something from the menu, buy some merchandise, and post their thoughts about the cafe and their items on Twitter with the hashtags #キャンペーン #PIXAR FESTカフェで最高の思い出を作ろう #OHMYCAFE.

     

    ©Disney/Pixar

  • Osaka’s New Movie Star Studio is a Dream Come True For TikTok and Instagram Users

    12.August.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    Movie Star Studio is Japan’s first video shooting studio service set to open at Universal City in Osaka on August 11, 2020.

    Movie Star Studio is a dream come true for TikTok and Instagram Stories users where they can shoot a full body video and add animation, music, and other features. There are 12 booths in the studio which are fairly spacious and so can be used by groups too.

    The studio offers something that a smartphone can’t, and that’s chroma key which lets people use a green screen to add another video behind the person.

    There are currently seven different backgrounds people can choose from, each lasting 5 seconds: HEART, PINK, KIRA KIRA, SUMMER, HOLLYWOOD, DINOSAUR, and MAGIC (as of August 8, 2020).

    The studio is coloured bright pink with walls plastered with various cute illustrations so it looks like a stylish cafe. Every spot in the studio calls for a photo opportunity. There’s even a space with 25 seats for people to do their makeup.

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