GEAR East Version Music & Dance Performance Show Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary
20.December.2018 | SPOT
‘Non-verbal performance’ show GEAR East Version has run its exceptionally unique show at a small theater in Japan over the past year and will pass its 1st anniversary on December 22, 2018. To celebrate, the cast have recorded messages that will be played in the lobby for a limited period, and limited-edition merchandise will be sold.
GEAR East Version allowed free entry to children back in summer as well as offered a special ¥1,000 senior discount to those aged 60+ in autumn. It has become a new must-visit location in Chiba and enjoys popularity with both adults and children.
Comment: Toshihito Kumagai (Chiba City Mayor)
“I give my heartiest congratulations to GEAR East Version which has turned one-years-old. It has actively endeavored to carry out numerous measures in Chiba including expanding the opportunities for the people of the city to experience and appreciate the excellent culture of the arts. It is a wonderful occasion that this performance will continue to be held. I pray for the continued success of GEAR East Version and the good health and happiness to all of those involved.”
Comment: Eimi Naruse (Dempagumi.inc / Fujisaki Ayane: Doll Character)
“Congratulations GEAR East Version on one year! ☆ I went to see this show because Pinky from my group Dempagumi.inc was performing in it. Just about everything was fresh and warm and sparkly. When it was over I just sat there for a while blown away. More than anything though Pinky’s doll’s hands and feet movements were beautiful and really cute! I definitely want to go and see it again! ☆Honestly, congratulations☆”
Comment: Uki Satake (9nine / Hirona Murata: Doll Character)
“Congratulations on the one-year anniversary! I was especially taken aback by the performance that used lights! It’s a show that deeply moves you despite there being no words, so I think it’s something that can be enjoyed by men and women of all ages as well as foreigners who don’t speak the language. I want everyone to see Hiroro [Murata’s] doll character, something you can’t see when you go to see 9nine [live] ♡ I want to go again, too!”
Comment: Rika Mayama (Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku / Ayaka Yasumoto: Doll Character)
“Congratulations, GEAR East on your one-year anniversary! Despite being in charge of talking [to the crowd during concerts for our group] Yasumoto stood up on stage for a non-verbal performance. In the dressing room we have a joke where she moves like a doll for us! So one day I want all of [the group] members to act like dolls at shows!
GEAR East Version
Location: Chiba Port Theater – Floor 5F, 1-35 Tonyacho, Chuo Ward, Chiba
Fridays – 13:00/18:00
Weekends – 12:00/17:00
National Holidays (From January 2019) – 12:00/17:00
Price: Adults ¥4,200 / University Students ¥3,700 / High & Junior High School Students ¥2,200 / 4-years-old to Elementary School Students ¥2,200
*Listed prices are advance payments. An extra ¥500 is added if bought on the day.
*A Kid’s Day performance takes place on the first and third Saturday every month at 12pm (free for those aged 3 and below)
GEAR East Version Official Website: http://portsquare.jp/portcircle/geareast/news/1335
Gamers! Rally Your Teammates For A New Quest: TOKYO GAME SHOW
The TOKYO GAME SHOW is in a league of its own. It is a mecca for gamers who cannot get enough of Japanese games and entertainment. This is where Japan’s major game publishers from all kinds of platforms unite to put on an enormous exhibition.
This includes the opportunity to explore games that are yet to be released as well as hear new announcements about the direction developers are steering the future of gaming. There’s no lagging behind. This is a major event for the gaming industry, raking in leagues of heroes every year.
On August 28, a total of 2,417 game booths were announced, which is the largest number the event has ever seen in its history. This event is home to games on a range of platforms including for console, smartphone and PC. The enormous variety of genres includes the most cutting-edge and latest trends including Esports, VR and much more.
For those of you who love cosplay, this event is your chance to finally meet your fantasy. The outside area of Hall 9 will have a Cosplaying Area Stage where two events will take place: a cosplay fashion show and a gathering.
On Saturday 14th, Hall 1 event stage will hold the Cosplay Collection Night@2019 event where participants and event staff will take over the stage in game character cosplay. Spectating is free, so feel free to watch as each cosplayer dominates the entire stage, showing off their excellent craftsmanship and skills as they walk the runway and strike a pose definitely worth saving in your highlights!
On Sunday 15th at 2:30 pm, cosplayers will take to the stage in units of two or more to put on a dance or combat show that you just cannot critically miss out on.
September 14 (Sat) From 12:00 ー Cosplay Runway From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway
September 15 (Sun) From 13:30 ー Cosplay Runway From 14:30 ー Cosplay Dance and Combat Shows From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway
The Gathering is where cosplayers can interact with one another and have photos taken ー the perfect opportunity to send those friend requests. On September 14, a gathering dedicated to the Final Fantasy Tales Series will take place on the Cosplay Area Stage. On September 15, there will be gatherings for the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series.
September 14 13:00-13:30 Final Fantasy Series Gathering 14:00-15:00 Final Fantasy Tales Series Gathering
September 15 12:30-13:00 Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors Series Gathering
More information on the exhibitions, booths and events will be announced on the morning of September 12 so please check it out.
There is no better way to multi kill your time than to spend the entire day at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019 ー get your tickets and GLHF!
TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019
Business Days*: September 12 & 13, 2019 (10:00~17:00)
*Business Days are open to industry and press only.
Public Entry*: September 14 & 15, 2019 (10:00~17:00)
*Doors may open at 9:30 am according to conditions on the day.
Venue: Makuhari Messe (Mihama Ward, Chiba)
Exhibition Halls 1-11/ Event Hall/ International Conference Hall
Entry Fee: Advanced tickets: ￥1,500 (after tax)
On The Door: ￥2,000 (after tax)
Those under Elementary School age can enter for free (public entry days only)
Official Website: https://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/tgs/2019/en/
Tokyo Disney Resort Reveals Its Spooky Halloween Programme and Character Costumes
Get ready for some spooky fun as Tokyo Disney Resort® transforms for the 52-day-long horrifically exciting Disney Halloween from September 10 to October 31. Head to DisneySea to be captivated by the new harbor show Festival of Mystique, or get spooked out of your skin at the Spooky “Boo!” Parade at Disneyland. Today, we will be revealing the spooky looks of both parks.
Tokyo DisneySea Festival of Mystique Costumes
Working with the main theme of a medieval European halloween, inspiration has been taken from the living creatures and waves at the port town Porto Paradiso.
Mickey Mouse’s costume inspiration comes from the the bones and scaly body of a sea creature. He will also be seen wearing a broach decorated with beautiful jewels.
Minnie Mouse’s costume resembles that of a medieval princess. You will see her in a fancy hat that bears beautiful pearls. Her costume is covered in scales on the chest and on the back which really suits her.
Tokyo Disneyland’s Spooky Boo! Parade Costumes
Disney friends have joined forces with a group of spooky spirits. You just can’t miss out on this rare chance to see your favourite Disney characters disguised as ghosts and skeletons. The strange and unusual atmosphere is sure to send a chilling shiver down your spine.
Mickey and Minnie will be completely refreshing their colourful look. Mickey’s necktie and Minnie’s skirt are very mysterious and particularly intriguing. Please come check them out!
Enjoy the beautiful costumes and the fun range of events this Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort.
Running: September 10 ー October 31
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/
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/
SORAMIDO BBQ: A Premium BBQ Serving at Kasai Rinkai Park in Chiba
Kasai Rinkai Park in Chiba is set to open SORAMIDO BBQ April 16 where you can enjoy a higher grade BBQ with meat, seafood and more all made with fantastic ingredients on a top quality grill.
Kasai Rinkai Park is easily accessible from central Tokyo and looks out over Tokyo Bay and Umihotaru, an artificial island. The BBQ is situated at a wooden terrace deck which lets in the sea breeze and feels like a resort holiday. It can also be used for all kinds of parties.
Food will include top grade meat such as Angus beef, rib eye steaks, pork chops made from Iwanaka pork, vegetable skewers. Other treats include whole-fried broccoli, grilled al ajillo with jumbo mushrooms, tacos and more.
The grill used is by Weber. It’s easy to use and rarely overcooks ingredients, keeping the fish and meat juicy and the vegetables sweet and delicious.
SORAMIDO BBQ: ¥6,000 (Before Tax) *3-hour allocation
There are three food plans on offer: the standard “SEASIDE VIEW,” “SORAMIDO which comes with lobster, curry and more, and “PREMIUM” which comes with lobster, salmon and other items. Each BBQ course comes with all-you-can-drink soft drinks. You can upgrade to all-you-can-drink alcohol for an extra ¥1,500.
KID’S BBQ: ¥800 (Before Tax)
There’s also a kid’s option for families. Enjoy a comfortable yet luxurious BBQ surrounded by nature.
Address: 6-2-1 Rinkaicho, Edogawa City, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [April 16 – October 31] 11:00-21:00 / [November 1 – November 30] 11:00-16:00
*Subject to closure in times of bad weather.
Telephone Bookings: 03-6854-8754 (9:30-22:00)
Online Bookings: https://www.tablecheck.com/shops/soramido-bbq/reserve (Available from April 1, 2019)
Kasai Rinkai Park Official Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index026.html
Chibi Maruko-chan Store to Open at LaLaport TOKYO-BAY in Chiba
A new Chibi Maruko-chan store is opening for a limited time at the LaLaport TOKYO-BAY shopping park from March 15 to May 8.
Around 400 pieces of Maruko-chan merchandise will be sold including pre-sale of 10 new items featuring cute honey designs of Maruko and her friends.
Tin Candy: ¥800 (Before Tax)
A whole bunch of original items will be sold including blueberry honey, tinned candy and more, all with adorable illustrations.
Limited-edition postcards will also be given out for those who spend over ¥1,000 at the shop (tax included). These are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t miss out!
TOKYO-BAY Chibi Maruko-chan Store
Location: LaLaport TOKYO-BAY North Building Floor 2F N-SPOT (2-1-1 Hamacho, Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture)
Running: March 15, 2019 – May 8, 2019
Time: 10:00-20:00 (Until 21:00 on Fridays, Weekends and Holidays)
TEL: 047-404-4303 (*Available from March 14)
More information regarding the event will be posted on the official Chibi Maruko-chan website and social media.
Official Website: http://chibimaru.tv/
©Sakura Production / Nippon Animation
The Peak Season is Now for 9,000 Japanese Iris Plants Blooming in Sakura Castle Ruins Park
09.June.2018 | SPOT
The peak season for Japanese irises is about to arrive. 9,000 plants of all different colours including purple, yellow and white will decorate Sakura Castle Ruins Park.
Sakura Castle was built in the Edo Period in the city of Sakura in Chiba Prefecture. The Japanese iris is a symbol of the castle town, and you can enjoy them now at the castle ruins.
The irises will also battle for bloom with surrounding hydrangeas. The flowers that grow in the rainy season are a sight to behold whether on a clear day or a wet day.
There’s also a festival taking place for the irises at the castle on June 9 and 10. The ruins will bustle with people enjoying the food and drink booths.
Enjoy a day out with family and friends alongside Sakura’s famous Japanese irises at the site of Sakura Castle.
Firefly Viewing Sessions to Take Place at Narita Dream Dairy Farm
20.May.2018 | SPOT
Chiba Prefecture’s tourist spot Narita Dream Dairy Farm (Narita Yume Bokujo) is holding four firefly exhibitions on June 2 and 3 and July 14 and 15.
The viewing sessions will take place in a specially set up pitch-black room where people can enter to see the magical glows of fluttering fireflies around them, creating an experience like that of being in space surrounded by stars.
The name of the event is Hotaru no Yuube (‘Evening Fireflies’), and the days it will be held will see the farm specially open at nighttime where several other events will also take place, including sledging whole surrounded by illuminations, seeing a lit-up area filled with animals, and more.
There are plenty of other events for kids to look forward to as well, including making light-up bouncy balls in June and a firefly research project in July. Enjoy these firefly-related events too before seeing the fireflies themselves.
In the olden days it was common to see fireflies in places close to us like rivers and rice paddies. Now you can see them at a dairy farm―and Narita Dream Dairy Farm is the only place that offers that, giving you the chance to see fireflies up so close!
Why not invited friends and family for this magical experience?
Enjoy a Girl’s Night Out Glamping at Rewild River Side Glamping Hill in Chiba
13.May.2018 | SPOT
Rewild River Side Glamping Hill is a glamping camp aimed at women that recently opened in Yoro-Keikoku, Chiba Prefecture.
Since the camp is centred around female guests, it can be enjoyed even without taking any tools. If you stay there you don’t have to worry about entire families showing up as guests, enabling you to stay up late drinking and chatting. There’s no other glamping site like it.
The grand opening was held on April 28, 2018.
The glamping site is divided into 3 areas. There is a wooden deck set up on a slope by the river on the premises of the camp. The tents are fully furnished with beds and everything else you need. Two of the sites hold four people each while the other takes six.
The camp site as a whole is built in an area that can hold around 20 sites. There is a rental plan for those new to camping who don’t need to take anything with them, and staff will be there on site for support.
Additionally, along the dry river bed, there’s an outdoor theatre. You can sit on the slope of the lawn and roll around while sipping craft beer and enjoying the movie.
There’s also a glorious barbecue as well as an agricultural experience – you can eat the vegetables you harvest straight away.
If you need to freshen up, there’s the baths which about 1,000 people can visit in a day. Even if you stay one day you can have an opportunity to use these amazing baths. There’s also plenty of services that female guests will enjoy.
So―how about a girl’s night out camping at Rewild River Side Glamping Hill?
Rental Go Kart Service BOSO KART Opens in Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture
05.May.2018 | SPOT
BOSO KART offers the chance to climb into a go kart and go riding around the streets of Minamiboso in Chiba. They have just launched a new set of courses for tourists. The kart at the front will act as a navigator, so even first-timers to go karting can get involved with the fun.
The Minamibososhi Sight Seeing Information Center started up this new set of courses in responses to the large amount of foreigners using rental karts in the city.
Go karting around the city is especially popular with foreigners there. But this go karting experience is a little different, instead serving as a tour where you can enjoy following the lead car up front to showcase places of scenic beauty.
There are three courses in total, one of which begins with the Chikura Shiokazeokoku as the starting point. The only requirements to ride are a either a driver’s licence, ordinary motor vehicle license, or international driving permit.
The service also operates on weekdays, with the starting point at Chikura Shiokazeokoku. You can also buy tickets in advance via Lawson Tickets.
Experiencing riding around Minamiboso on a go kart while checking out the sights with a tour guide!
Dig into the Toro Nama Chocobaum by cake specialists Sennen no Ki!
Sennen no Ki is a shop that specialises in Baumkuchen – a type of round cake that originates from Germany. There are currently three Sennen no Ki shops in Chiba prefecture and their best-seller is the Toro Nama Chocobaum, which sold more than 30,000 in just one year!
In order to commemorate this, Sennen no Ki will be launching an all-you-can-eat plan at their shop in Kimitsu. The plan offers customers 60 minutes to eat as much cake as they like. There is a variety of 15 Baumkuchen. The plan is called the “Sweets Baumkuchen Tabehoudai Plan” and will start on Wednesday 18th April 2018.
This luxurious plan allows customers 60 minutes to eat 15 different kinds of Baumkuchen. The variety includes, of course, their most popular cake “Toro Nama Chocobaum”, as well as the “Toro Nama Tiramisu”, which is a fusion of Baumkuchen and Tiramisu, and the “Toro Nama Matcha”, which is a matcha mousse Baumkuchen decorated with matcha sauce.
Sennen no Ki’s famous secret lies in their original Baumkuchen. They use a special original two-step recipe. Their most popular product, the Toro Nama Chocobaum, of which more than 30,000 were sold, are prepared by hand and baked so that once it enters the mouth, the syrupy texture can be enjoyed along with melt-in-the-mouth mousse. Packed with luxury, there is a deep accent to the chocolate fondue coating.
Check out the new items on the menu and the popular all-you can eat menu!
“Real Dasshutsu Game × Dragon Quest” will be held this year too at Makuhari Messe
12.February.2018 | SPOT
A real escaping-experience-based game collaborated with the very popular Japanese game “Dragon Quest”called “Daimao Zoma kara no Dassyutsu” will be held at Makuhari Messe’s exhibition halls (9 to 11) on the 11th (Sat.)/12th (Sun.)/13th (Mon.)/14th (Tue.)/18th(Sat.)/19th (Sun.) of August 2018.
The “Dragon Quest” series is a role-playing game which is loved by many people in Japan and the sales number of the all the titles (the first title was released in 1986) is more than 75 million. More than 4 thousand people visited the venue when the real escaping game, “Ryuo Meikyu kara no Dassyutu” was held in 2016.
In this game, the participators will tag a team consisting of four members to challenge many quests and fights against the great satan Zoma. Let’s enjoy the world of “Dragon Quest” by participating in this game.
Food/drink booths will be installed, and special goods will be sold.
Tickets will be sold from early April and many special events will be held.
The specially installed site announced some quizzes (10th, February to 4th March) and the persons who solve the quizzes can get a ticket (25 groups – 100 persons / lottery basis) so why not give it a try before visiting the venue?
【Tokyo Stroll】Shopping & Sightseeing with Mozuku-kun the Dog: #2 Makuhari Shintoshin Pecos Pet Mall (Part 2)
01.February.2018 | Uncategorized
Yuna Yabe is a dog lover whose eyes are set on becoming a seasoned pet owner with her beloved pet dog Mozuku. Continuing from where we left off in part one of this two-part article, Yuna will show us more of the Makuhari Shintoshin branch of Pecos, a huge pet store located in AEON Pet Mall!
In this second part, Yuna will introduce us to the 1st floor facilities of Pecos. The first thing is the 24-hour AEON Pet hospital. This animal hospital offers first aid to pets at any time of the day. They provide CT scans, X-rays, surgery and internal medic treatment, so if you feel something if off with your pup then contact them immediately. They also offer physical examinations for your pet dog. If you take them for an examination you can detect signs of illness early on, so a lot of people take their dogs for a yearly checkup. (Checkups are offered until February 28th this year)
So Yuna took Mozuku for an examination too! The results showed that he was a good weight and in very good health. He was even complimented on his nice fur. Keep being healthy, okay, Mozuku? ♪
This is the “Doctor Car” for transporting pets. The original purpose of the car is that it’s an ambulance used for pet care during natural disasters. There’s even equipment inside for emergency first-aid treatment. On normal days, it’s used for doctor’s visits and seeing injured pets.
The showpiece of Pecos in Makuhari Shintoshin is the pool facility. The aqua fitness service uses the water’s buoyancy and pressure to allow your pet to exercise in a short period of time in an efficient and low load manner. It’s highly recommended for rehabilitation after an operation and for tackling a lack of exercise! During the aqua fitness, a trainer will be there to look after your pet with the utmost care and attention, so you can feel at ease when handing them over.
This was Mozuku’s first time in the pool. He had a worried look on his face while floating in the water, so the first thing was for him to get used to it with a shower and a bath.
Your pup will wear a life jacket until it’s gotten accustomed to being in the water, so you can let them enjoy swimming without worry of them sinking. There’s also lots of toys for your dog to play with – perfect for helping them relax!
Mozuku wouldn’t settle at first in this new environment, but he got used to the water straight away and showed off his dog paddling skills. The water current in the pool is always flowing, so big dogs can enjoy swimming too.
This is a treadmill that uses water resistance. It uses the flowing power of water but isn’t a burden on your dog’s body at all. It’s rehabilitation for walking.
After a dip in the pool, it’s some for shampooing. The shampoo uses safe ingredients so it’s fine if your pup licks it off.
This is the pet hotel, a super convenient facility for if you’re on a trip or going for some shopping. The hotel charges per hour, so you can even leave your dog in the hotel’s hands if you need to do a bit of quick shopping. There’s even a beauty salon where your dog can get a trim or use one of the oxygen capsules! Mozuku refreshed himself in a capsule too after a swim in the pool.
Yuna bought Mozuku a roll cake from a shop on the second floor for being such a good boy the entire time! There was quite a lot for Mozuku to eat, so Yuna helped him out.
Pesco in Makuhari Shintoshin has it all when it comes to your dog. They even have a dog run in the facility, so you should go try it out when the weather’s nice for a stroll and some shopping!