Events Taking Place in Tokyo & Kyoto: January 2019

08.January.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

If you’re in Japan during the winter season and are looking for something to do then we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of events taking place in Tokyo and Kyoto this month.

 

Neko Yasumi Exhibition in Yokohama Minato Mirai

The Neko Yasumi Exhibition is currently taking place at MARK IS Minato Mirai until January 14, bringing together a collection of cat photos and merchandise from popular cat content creators.

More than 400 pieces are on display to satisfy the needs of cat lovers out there. There’s plenty of exclusive Yokohama-only merchandise as well as information on new merchandise to see, so pounce on down.

 

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Neko Yasumi Exhibition in Yokohama Minato Mirai

Location: MARK IS Minato Mirai (Floor 5F)

Address: 3-5-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

Running: December 14, 2018 – January 14, 2019

Time: 11:00-19:00 (Last Entries 18:30)

Price: ¥500 (Free for elementary school children and below)

Website:  http://tgs.jp.net/event/neko-break-yokohama

 

 

TV Anime Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan Stamp Rally

Kyoto Tower is holding a stamp rally from December 25 to January 31 themed on the ongoing anime series Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chanThe stamp rally has participants collecting stamps from three places that appear in the anime series: the Kyoto Municipal Subway, Kyoto Aquarium and Kyoto Tower.

Each spot earns you a unique stamp based on that location. What’s more is that if you get involved, the first 1,000 people at each spot will receive an original Chitose-chan folder (pictured below). Kyoto Tower has also been decorated with panels and boards displaying scenes from the anime, allowing for a full Chitose-chan experience.

 

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Chitose-chan Stamp Rally

Locations: Tokyo Tower Observation Deck Floor 5F / Kyoto Municipal Subway (Higashiyama Station, Karasuma Oike Station and Kokusaikaikan Station) / Kyoto Aquarium

Price: Free (charges may apply to access each location)

*Stamp rally paper can be obtained at each location, underground stations (on racks at ticket gates), and bus stations

*1 folder given per person (first-come, first-served)

 

Anime Panel Exhibition

Location: Kyoto Tower Floor 2F

Time: 9:00-21:00

Entry: Free

*Times subject to change from January

 

Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan Official Website: http://vap.co.jp/chitosechan/

 

 

Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System in JOYPOLIS Puzzle Game

Haregake, a creator of riddle-solving games that have brought in over 100,000 participants, has developed an all-new puzzle game called “Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System in JOYPOLIS” that is set to run at the indoor theme park TOKYO JOYPOLIS in Daiba, Tokyo from January 11 to March 17.

 

You will take the role of an executive officer and use your smartphone to talk with Shinya Kogami, Nobuchika Ginoza and Shuusei Kagari to gather clues and solve the puzzles. An incident with unknown origins took place that led to a murder… Will you be able to identify and stop the killer?

 

■Information

Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System in JOYPOLIS

Location: TOKYO JOYPOLIS

Address: DECKS Tokyo Beach 3F-5F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Running: January 11, 2019 – March 17, 2019

Reception Hours: 10:00-21:00

Access: 2-minutes on foot from Odaiba-kaihinkōen Station via Yurikamome Line / 5-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via Rinkai Line

Participating: Purchase a ticket at the theme park on the day

Ticket Price: ¥1,500 (Separate fee charged for entry to TOKYO JOYPOLIS)

TOKYO JOYPOLIS Entry Fee: Adults (18+ Years) ¥800 / Children (17-Years and Below) ¥500

Event Page: https://nazoxnazo.com/psycho-pass_ss/joy

 

©Psycho-Pass Production Committee

 

 

CORONA WINTER ESCAPE

Corona Extra is a style of drinking served with a slice of lime love by people all over the world. Corona Winter Escape is an all-new brand campaign to promote enjoying winter with Corona’s platform, “This is Living.”

 

For the campaign you can look forward to the Corona Winter Sauna, an enjoyable outdoor winter sauna opening at Shimokitazawa Cage, as well as Corona Escape, a bar in the snow situated at an altitude of 1,450m in Hakuba, Nagano.

The sauna is an authentic Finnish “löyly“ sauna in a tent, paired with outdoor baths to cool yourself down. The cool water bath and fresh air is a great combination to enhance your mind and body after which you can enjoy an ice cold Corona Extra to experience that “Winter Escape.” The event will be open from January 19 to March 17 in collaboration with Keio Dentetsu.

The Corona Escape Terrace offers a view of the snow-covered mountains which can be enjoyed with a Corona Extra in hand.

 

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CORONA WINTER SAUNA SHIMOKITAZAWA

Running: January 19, 2019 – March 17, 201
Location: 2-6-2 Kitazawa Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

Access: 3 minutes walk from Shimokitazawa Station via the Keio-Inokashira Line or Odakyu Line.

Time Slots: ①12:00-13:30 (Weekdays & Holidays Only) / ②14:00-15:30 / ③16:00-17:30 / ④18:00-19:30 / ⑤20:00-21:30

*One event ticket valid for only one of the above time slots.
*ID check carried out.
Price: ②③ ¥3,000 (Weekdays) / ④⑤ ¥3,500 (Weekdays & Holidays)

*Includes: one drink and one towel / bath robe is available for women only / please bring your own bathing suit

Capacity: 40 persons for each slot.

Website: sauna.s-cage.com

 

CORONA ESCAPE TERRACE

Running: December 22, 2018 – March 31, 2018

Business Hours: 11:00- 15:30 (Subject to change depending on the weather and snowfall)

Location: Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort, Usagidaira terrace (4487-12 Ooaza Hokujo, Hakuba-mura, Kita-Azumino-gun, Nagano)

Access: Happo-One Gondola Lift “Adam”, peak stop on mountain

 

CORONA ESCAPE BAR

unning: December 25, 2018 – March 31, 2018
Business Hours: 11:00- 15:00 (Subject to change depending on the weather and snowfall)

Location: Hakuba47 WINTER SPORTS PARK (24196-47 Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kita-Azumino-gun, Nagano)
Access: Near the exit of Quad Lift Line-C

CORONA WINTER ESCAPE: http://corona-extra.jp/event/corona-winter/


CORONA WINTER SAUNA SHIMOKITAZAWA: sauna.s-cage.com

 

Did you enjoy this list? There’s lots of events and things to experience during winter in Japan. Be sure to check out our Top 5 snow festivals taking place in Tokyo and Kyoto this month too.

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    Folder – ¥350

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    Tote Bag – ¥3,500

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    Customers who spend over ¥1,000 (excluding tax) on any of these exclusive items will receive the above-pictured limited edition bag. These are limited in stock so are available while supplies last.

    There’s plenty of places inside for fans to take great photos, so make sure you snap lots.

    Also, if you book a table in advance and order something from the menu, you’ll receive one of these 25 possible A5 folders, so be sure to book before you go!

     

     

    © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

    *All listed prices are pre-tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

  • Celebrate Tokyo Midtown’s Cherry Blossoms at MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2020 Event

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    Spring Flower Display ~Flower Art Award pre~

     

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    Nighttime Cherry Blossom Light-Up

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    Running: March 20, 2020 – April 19, 2020

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    Capy Neko Cafe is the newest animal cafe to hit Tokyo. Located in the neighbourhood of Kichijoji, right by the station, customers are able to interact with both cats and capybara at the same time.

    Japan is famous for its host of animal cafes, from the ubiquitous cat cafes to more unique ones like the owl cafe. But Capy Neko Cafe stands out from the rest as being the first cafe in Japan to combine cats and capybara.

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    ▶︎Tawashi (Male)

    Tawashi is a sensitive, affectionate, and gentle guy. He loves snacks, and he’s sure to flop down if you start petting him on the butt. Part of his daily routine is having an afternoon nap on the sofa together with the cats.

    ▶︎Dan (Male)

    The vice store manager of Capy Neko Cafe. He adores humans. He’s the kind of guy who’ll probably jump up onto you if you cover your lap with a blanket and sit on the sofa.

    ▶︎Emma (Female)

    Another member with a soft spot for humans, Emma is reserved kitty who lets everybody eat their food first. She’s a needy and spoiled girlーif she’s on your lap, you’re not getting up. She’s siblings with Dan.

    ▶︎Cream (Male)

    Cream is everybody’s idol. He’s unapologetically spoiled and a handsome guy with perfectly round black pupils.

     

    This list is just a small taste of the many cute residents to meet at Capy Neko Cafe. The cafe is also active in finding families for their rescued cats. The number of people who want to own a cat in Japan are looking to rescues now instead of pet shops. At Capy Neko Cafe, you get the best of both worlds: you can meet and interact with a cat and see if they’re a good match for you.

     

    If you’re interested in visiting Capy Neko Cafe, keep in mind that priority goes to those who have booked in advance. This can be done via their official website, so book first and look forward to kicking back and enjoying a cup of tea, coffee or soft drink before interacting with the cats and capybara!

  • Explore Kyoto With a Hot Pudding Latte From Kyo Yasaka Pudding

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    Kyo Yasaka Pudding is a shop with a new vision. Located in Kyoto’s tourist hot spot of Higashiyama ward, it’s home to a team of people who love and are well-versed when it comes to food. Their incredible purin, or Japanese custard puddings, are made carefully one by one to make people happy. These puddings are tried and tested: much trial and error was done to ensure the ingredients, flavours, technique, and appearance were perfect.

     

    On January 24, they’re set to release a new product to the menu: the Kyo Yasaka Hot Pudding Latte.

    This hot beverage combines a pudding latte, made from incredible Kyoto milk, with super rich caramel cream. It’s then topped with a mix of tempting decorations. The caramel and cream are of a high quality, with the caramel cream itself having a unique and irresistible bitter bite you won’t find anywhere else.

    This is the perfect accompaniment to a winter walk through Kyoto while sightseeing.

  • Luxury Kyoto Jewellery Brand NIWAKA Brings its Beautiful Collection to Ginza in Tokyo

    23.January.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    NIWAKA is a Japanese jewellery brand that first launched in the city and ancient capital of Kyoto. The company has announced it is set to open a special concept store in Tokyo’s district of Ginza, home to luxury shops, restaurants and outlets.

     

    The new jewellery shop will boast the biggest collection in the country, housing five floors of fashion, bridal, and high jewellery.

    NIWAKA’s jewellery is renowned the world over, even being used by Hollywood actresses at the US Acadamy Awards for four years in a row.

    The new concept store in Ginza aims to deliver everything about the NIWAKA brand, with its modern interior littered with traditional Japanese motifs. They hope to grow their name even more with stores overseas in the future.

    The outside of the store is adorned with gorgeous and sparkling wisteria installations. Their abstract design makes them look like light bunches that sway gracefully.

     

    Inside the store, each floor has its own theme, with traditional elements like lattice and paper sliding doors combined effortlessly with the modern design.

    Los Angeles was the first to try NIWAKA’s new collection which was used by famous red carpet actress, and it will now be sold in Japan at the new concept store. The first floor will include a range of fashion jewellery in the company’s “Kyo no Matsuri” range as well as all-new accessories.

    Floors 2-4 will house gorgeous bridal jewellery with centre showpieces and tables and chairs on both sides.

    Up on the 5th floor will be the high jewellery, accessed via an elevator, which brings you to an incredible sparkling bamboo thicket-like space.

     

    If you’re looking to indulge in some expensive jewellery, worn by the famous actresses of Hollywood, then be sure to check out NIWAKA and visit their new Ginza store. Be on the lookout for future branches opening up in Japan and overseas.フ

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    23.January.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Muten Kura Sushi opened the first of its its all-new chain of “global flagship” sushi restaurants in Asakusa BOX on January 22.

     

    This kaitenzushi restaurant, or “conveyor belt sushi,” aims to promote Japanese culture. It wants people, both Japanese and foreign, to rediscover the wonders of kaitezsushi, and what better place to open its first branch than Asakusaーone of the biggest tourist hot spots in Tokyo?

    The restaurant’s design and decor takes on a more traditional approach, drawing inspiration of Japan’s Edo period with classic ukiyo-e paintings and paper lanterns adorning the walls, amongst many other things. This classic image of Japan has found its way to the dining space itself too, with flat tables made from plain wood and chairs topped with tatami. This gives it that air of grace and beauty which is typically associated with traditional Japanese culture, as well as a relaxed atmosphere.

    The logo used on the restaurant’s paper lanterns, crockery, staff uniform and elsewhere was designed by Japanese art director and creative director Kashiwa Sato. It was created for the brand to be used on all future branches, including all Japanese restaurants and those planned for the US and Taiwan.

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    There’s also a smartphone app (called スマホでくら) which you can use to book a table and makes for easy checking in when you arrive at the restaurant.

    Head to Kura in Asakusa, Tokyo to enjoy Japan’s longtime affordable and delicious fast food: sushi.

  • Tokyo’s MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE Food Menu is Just Too Kawaii to Eat

    19.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    Fans of Japanese mangaka Momoko Sakura won’t be able to resist the new MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE which is set to open at Sunday Brunch in Tokyo on January 31, 2020 for six months. It’s collaboration between the manga series Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji, both by Momoko Sakura.

    The cafe is opening to promote the release of the Chibi-Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji picture book. Customers can look forward to joining the two characters on their adventures as they are vividly recreated on their plates, with food and drink inspired by the beautiful scenes seen throughout the four seasons, cherry blossoms, Mount Fuji, and more. The menu line-up is an homage to Momoko Sakura’s iconic work.

     

    Today, we finally get to take a peek at what’s on the menu at the cafe. Keep in mind this is just a small selection of what will be served.

    *Menu item names are translated from Japanese

    Homage Menu: Coji-Coji Came To Visit- ¥1,850 (Before Tax)

    Both Marko-chan and Coji-Coji are made from cookies and are flying through the air together. Below them is Mount Fuji, made from rice and adorned with cherry blossoms. It’s sat in a lake of cod roe cream sauce littered with tea leaves.

    Summer Menu: King of Sun Kingdom – ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy this healthy keema curry packed full of nutritious vegetables as well as a piece of French toast made from fresh eggs and milk. The individual suns are made from pumpkin flavoured mashed potato, while the two pals have written a letter that says “To the King.”

    Winter Menu: Three’s Company – ¥1,880 (Before Tax)

    Delicious butterfly pea and spinach purees sit atop a bed of shrimp tomato cream and pumpkin soup, creating an eye-popping mixture of colours.

    Sweets: Coji-Coji Came to Visit Baked Cheese Cake – 1 Slice w/Drink ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    This baked cheese cake celebrates the two’s meeting. You get one slice which will contain Mount Fuji and either Maruko-chan or Coji-Coji. Which will you be given?

    Sweets: A Chat in the Cold Morning Chocolate Cake – 1 Slice w/Drink ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    Layered with sumptuous mango custard cream, this cute gateaux chocolate cake is moist and delicious.

    Parfait Drink: Onigiri People & Star Festival – ¥1,700 (Before Tax)

    Inspired by the Milky Way in the Tanabata festival, this parfait drink includes jelly under which hides an assortment of fruits, cream, and vanilla ice cream. The juice itself has a squirt of cheese cream in it too.

    Special Drink: What’s The Rainbow Invitation? – ¥980 (Before Tax)

    A glass of lemonade that comes with a cafe-exclusive charm. There’s jelly inside the glass which dances and sparkles as you stir.

     

    The cafe itself will also be decorated in picture book art in the form of tapestries and other things. There will also be a display of Momoko Sakura’s work, as well as Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji merchandise up for sale.

     

    ©️Momoko Sakura ©️Sakura Production

  • See Tokyo’s Cherry Blossoms at the SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET Event

    17.January.2020 | SPOT

    SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET is set to take place in the Nihonbashi, Yaesu and Kyobashi areas of Tokyo from March 15 to April 5 this year.

    This marks the 7th run of the event. Naoki Ono, the chief editor of Kohkoku magazine, was invited on board as creative director for this year’s event, which promises plenty of cherry blossom-themed activities and content which you won’t experience anywhere else.

     

    Running alongside the festival will be the Kengai・NIHONBASHI event which will take place on March 28 and 29. This two-day event encourages people to turn off their smartphones and spend some quality time in the real world away from the digital world. There will be a food market run by local famous restaurants of Nihonbashi, which is known for its incredible food, who are preparing some special bites to eat. There will also be live performances, a book market, and much more.

     

    SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET Schedule

    The Tree Of Light –Akari Sakura-

    This cherry blossom art display will see around 100,000 LED lights bloom their beautiful radiance.

     

    Running: March 16, 2020 – March 31, 2020

    Location: COREDO Muromachi Terrace Main Roof

     

    Nihonbashi Art Street -Kotobana Mik

    Inspired by the weeping cherry trees that blossom in Nihonbashi during springtime, this art installation will react to people’s voices as they walk and talk around it, causing the trees to bloom.

     

    Running: March 16, 2020 – March 31, 2020

    Location: Naka-dori Street

     

    Sakura Menu Walk

    Around 120 participating restaurants and eateries will serve up special cherry blossom-inspired menus for the season. When you order any  of these menu items, you’ll receive a special novelty gift exclusive to the SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET event.

     

    Running: March 15, 2020 – April 5, 2020

    Location: Restaurants in the Nihonbashi area

     

    Sakura Light Up

    The town’s major facilities and establishments will be adorned and lit up beautifully with cherry blossom pink, as well the rows of cherry trees along Edozakura-dori Street.

    Running: March 15, 2020 – April 5, 2020

    Location: Edozakura-dori Street / Facilities along Chuo-dori Street

     

    Kengai・NIHONBASHI Schedule

    Kengai・SACOCHE

    10,000 bags will be given away for free for locking your smartphone inside. This will enable attendees to enjoy the here and now of the event without being distracted by technology

     

    Location: Handed out around Fukutoku Shrine

     

    Kengai・BOOK MARKET

    The book market is offering a new way to encounter books. The stock will include those featured at the Eslite Spectrum Nihonbashi pop-up shop from September 2019, as well as a selection of books from around Japan.

     

     

    This is just a small look at what to look forward to at this year’s event, there is lots more planned. More details are to be announced in the coming months, so stay tuned.

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