Starbucks Japan Announces Customizable Frappuccino for Valentine’s Day

12.January.2019 | FOOD / Uncategorized

Valentine’s is starting early at Starbucks Japan. From January 16 the coffee chain will be serving two customizable beverages: the Valentine Customania Cocoa and Valentine Customania Frappuccino®.

Chocolate lovers won’t be able to resist either of these beverages which both contain a blend of rich dark chocolate sauce and full bodied caramel sauce. With the Frappuccino® you can add powdered Cafe Verona® coffee beans which taste perfect with the chocolate.

 

Both drinks come with three different customizable options. Romantic tops your drink with vibrant pink strawberry meringue. Chocolate gets it sprinkled with crunchy chocolate biscuit which can also be changed to chocolate chips with the Frappuccino®. Coffee adds an espresso shot to the hot drink while the Frappuccino® has coffee added to it.

 

Enjoy a customizable drink with your date this Valentine’s season.

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  • Traditional Tatami-Style Starbucks Branch in Kyoto Wins Scenery Award

    24.November.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Kyoto Keikan Shou, or Kyoto Scenery Award, gives praise and acknowledgement to creative originality in places where the lineage of traditional culture has been fused with the contemporary, creating a harmonious scenic balance. One category in the awards is ‘Outdoor Advertising,’ and this year, Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya has taken the prize home. It was honoured for its signboard that projects on the side of the building, hanging lanterns, sheet copper doorplate and other elements which hold both stark originality while showing consideration for the traditional locale.

     

    This branch of Starbucks opened back in June 2017 in Ninenzaka, a street in Kyoto’s Higashiyama ward. The building, owned by the taxi and limousine service YASAKA GROUP, is a renovated two-storey traditional Japanese house with a history spanning over 100 years. Both the main building and fencing are preserved as ‘Traditional Architecture’ under the Sanneizaka Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. Starbucks have shown respect for the history of the building and its local area while fusing it with modern coffee culture.

    The exterior of the building lines up with all the other building along the road with its wooden signs displayed outside. The hanging lanterns features the ubiquitous Starbucks siren logo which was created back in 1971 when the coffee chain first launched. The sheet copper doorplate also exhibits the logo, and this branch boasts the world’s first Starbucks noren, or entry curtain, at the entrance. Upon entering, customers are greeted by the baristas at the counter which is decorated with paper lanterns like that of those during Hanatouro, a lantern festival in Higashiyama, Kyoto. The second floor also has a traditional tatami seating area where you must take off your shoes, offering a very different Starbucks experience that offers the same product but stays faithful to Japanese tradition.

     

    If you’re in Kyoto and fancy a Starbucks but still want to stay immersed in Japanese culture then look no further than this branch in Ninenzaka.

  • Starbucks Japan Announces Calligraphy-Inspired Goma Goma Goma Latte & Frappuccino®

    19.December.2018 | FOOD

    Starbucks Japan is starting up its second “STARBUCKS® JAPAN WONDER PROJECT” on December 26 which aims to promote the wonderful characteristics and elements of Japanese culture.

     

    The event it is looking to is a tradition observed on New Year’s Day called Kakizome, or “first calligraphy of the year.” This has inspired two drinks to lead customers into a happy new year: the Goma Goma Goma Frappuccino® that calls to mind ink and paper with its combination of black and white and the Goma Goma Goma Latte that fuses a harmonious fragrance of sesame seeds and espresso that warms you up on a cold winter’s day.

     

    Kakizome is an event that originates in the old Japanese imperial court where one would prepare their ink in the morning and write a poem while facing that year’s lucky direction. The tradition today begins on January 2 in which people write their aims, goals and wishes for the new year stroke by stroke. The paper is then thrown into a fire in the middle of January as it is said the person will be able to write a more fair hand by doing so.

    The Goma Goma Goma Frappuccino® is made with a white Frappuccino® body and combined with a sesame seed sauce to create a beautiful and very different design. The whipped cream on top is topped with black, white and gold sesame seeds for added crunch. It’s also drizzled in honey which goes perfectly with the seeds. The beverage’s bright and shiny appearance looks towards a hopeful 2019.

     

    The hot Goma Goma Goma Latte combines sesame seeds and espresso with milk for a touch of sweetness, bringing together both a Japanese and Western taste.

     

    Head to Starbucks for the coming new year where coffee meets culture.

  • Christmas Tree Inspired Frappuccino to be Released at Starbucks Japan

    29.November.2018 | FOOD

    Starbucks Japan will release its third set of drinks in an ongoing series of Christmas themed beverages at the coffee chain. The new Pistachio Christmas Tree Frappuccino® cold beverage and Pistachio Christmas Tree hot beverage will be released on December 5.

     

    Christmastime is fasting approaching in Japan―the lights sparkle and illuminate the streets and the holiday season vibe is growing. Seeing Christmas trees decorating people’s living rooms and dotted around outside is sure to elicit a mutual excitement with many people.

    Pistachio Christmas Tree Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 (Pre-Tax) *Tall size only

    Pistachio Christmas Tree: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (Pre-Tax)

     

    Starbucks have tried to capture that same feeling with their upcoming new Christmas tree-inspired drinks made with roasted pistachios and a rich, fragrant pistachio sauce. Topping both drinks is a red ribbon raspberry sauce. At the bottom of the frappuccino is a white and snowy whipped cream along with roasted academia nuts for added texture. The whipped cream too is mixed with the pistachio sauce. Its appearance truly reminds one of a Christmas tree.

     

    The hot milk in the Pistachio Christmas Tree intensifies the flavour of the pistachios while warming both your heart and body. The Frappuccino® version is perfect with all kinds of customisation just like the hot beverages. It’s best enjoyed by creating your own when ordering – it’s like decorating a Christmas tree with ornaments.

     

    The recommended customisation with the hot pistachio drink is an espresso shot. It creates an irresistible harmony with the roasted texture of the macadamia nuts and the texture of the pistachios. For the frappe, try the almond toffee syrup. It draws out the flavours of both types of nuts and creates a dessert-like taste. You should also try soy milk with either of these new drinks as it results in a richer flavour and highlights the pistachios even more.

     

    Christmas is almost upon us so why not celebrate with one of Starbucks’ special seasonal selections?

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  • Enjoy Japanese Shabu-Shabu Solo With Yamawarau’s New Spring Menu Dish

    28.February.2020 | FOOD

    Yamawarau is a chain of restaurants serving shabu-shabu, a style of Japanese hot pot, which uses carefully-selected domestic meat and seasonal vegetables for its dishes. This spring, the restaurant is releasing a new seasonal-exclusive dish on March 9, 2020.

     

    Yamawarau offers an environment where customers can enjoy shabu-shabu alone or in groups. Their round tables make it comfortable for either of these situations. The restaurant welcome both Japanese and foreign guests who flock to try their famous shabu-shabu dishes.

    Spring Herb Sakura Shrimp & Yonezawa Pork Broth Shabu – ¥1,700 (Before Tax)

    The new seasonal dish, available this spring only, is called the “Spring Herb Sakura Shrimp & Yonezawa Pork Broth Shabu.” The exquisite broth is a tasty combination of light soy sauce and kombu dashi. This herb-fragrant broth is packed with sakura shrimp, which is desiccated to intensify the smell and flavour. Added veggies include a mix of fresh greens, including arugula, watercress, and oregano. The bowl also contains spring herbs, spring onions and cabbage in season, and more.

    The pork loin used is in fact a brand of pork, known as “Yonezawa Buta Ichiban Sodachi,” which has an exquisitely refreshing flavour. The soft pork loin goes perfectly with the sakura shrimp and spring vegetables.

     

    Enjoy a classic shabu-shabu meal in Japan this spring at any branch of Yamawarau, including Omotesando, Ginza, and Nagoya LACHIC.

  • SHISHI-IWA HOUSE in Nagano Prefecture Makes Travel + Leisure Magazine’s “2020 It List”

    28.February.2020 | SPOT

    SHISHI-IWA HOUSE, a “boutique resort” located in Karuizawa, Nagano, has made it into the “2020 It List” of American travel magazine Travel + Leisure.

    Travel + Leisure is a New York-based travel magazine. “The Best New Hotels in the World (The It List)” shines a light on hotels around the world that have newly-opened or have been renovated that year.

    The “2020 It List” has placed 72 establishments around the world in its ranking. Ten of these are located in Asia, with two being in Japan: SHISHI-IWA HOUSE and Aman Kyoto.

     

    SHISHI-IWA HOUSE opened in February 2019. Described as a boutique resort, this hotel was built by internationally-acclaimed Japanese architect Shigeru Ban who won the 34th Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2014ーthe most prestigious award in modern architecture. The unique hideaway blends together nature and architecture, and is built in such a way as to strengthen the bonds between people.

    The resort accommodation has two floors, and a unique structure which makes it look curved. It has ten individual rooms and three terraces. All the rooms enjoy a breathtaking view of the gardens which enjoy gorgeous scenery all year around. It’s home to over 250 trees, including cherry blossoms, maples, and evergreens. You can also see Mount Asuma from all rooms.

     

    Planning a trip to Nagano? Why not book to stay at this little hideaway?

  • Blade of the Immortal -Immortal- Anime Promotional Visual Revealed For Television Broadcast

    28.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Blade of the Immortal is an internationally-celebrated manga series written and illustrated by Hiroaki Samura. It has sold over 5.8 million copies and has spawned anime series as well as a live-action adaptation.

     

    Blade of the Immortal -Immortal-  is the latest adaptation of the series, and is currently airing on Amazon Prime Video. It has been announced that the series is heading to television in Japan and will premiere on TOKYO MX and MBS on April 7, 2020. A new logo was unveiled in promotion of its release.

     

    ©️Hiroaki Samura・Kodansha / “Blade of the Immortal -Immortal-” Production Committee

  • Japan Coronavirus: Tokyo Disneyland® and DisneySea® To Close Temporarily Until March 15

    28.February.2020 | SPOT

    Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will be temporarily closed until March 15 to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus. Japan’s Coronavirus Countermeasures Taskforce has advised that there is a high risk of spreading the infection at large-scale sports and culture events and facilities where large numbers of people travel from across the country and congregate in one area. As many facilities and events in Tokyo are being restricted, postponed and even cancelled over the next two weeks, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea announced that both parks will close temporarily from February 29 – March 15, 2020.

     

    The parks plan to reopen on March 16, 2020, however this will be decided following consultation with concerned administrative agencies and will be announced on their official website. If you have already purchased tickets which are valid during the parks’ closing dates, please refer to the links below.

  • Tokyo Station’s White Day Fair Loaded With Loving Gifts and Souvenirs

    28.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo Station’s two shopping centresーGRANSTA, which is inside the ticket gates, and GRANSTA Marunouchi, which is outside themーare holding a White Day Fair which started the day after Valentine’s Day and will run until March 14, 2020.

     

    In Japan, Valentine’s Day usually sees girls and women giving chocolate to guys and men, which can be for both friendship or love. On White Day, the opposite happens, where guys and men are expected to repay the favour. GRANSTA and GRANSTA Marunouchi have the perfect assortment of gifts and accessories that are sure to please any girls this White Day.

     

    Tasty treats to return the favour

    These visually-appealing picks are perfect for expressing your thanks to friends and coworkers.

    Tokyo Station Exclusive: Mini Pigeon & Heart Biscuits – ¥880 @ Fairycake Fair (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: From February 15, 2020

    These cute tiny tins from Fairycake Fair are packed with crunchy and milky pigeon and heart biscuits and mini lemon yoghurt-flavoured meringues. They’re a brand new product from the confectionery shop.

    Tokyo Station Exclusive: Strawberry Pie Burger – ¥864 @ Kyobashi Senbikiya (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: February 20, 2020 – March 14, 2020 (*30 served per day)

    Adorably cut into love hearts, these pies are lovingly filled with cream, which has a subtle eggy flavour, and cream cheese

    White Day Selection – ¥3,672 (Contains 9) @ Pierre Marcolini (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: From March 1, 2020 while supplies last

    An assortment of chocolates from popular chocolate brand Pierre Marcolini, named after the famous Belgian chocolatier, which is sure to make anyone happy. It includes a new chocolate called the “Gradation Cool.”

     

    Impress with these little gems

    Here’s a selection of gifts other than sweets that are great for those seeking something unique that no one else will buy.

    Truffle Salt – ¥1,296 – @ DEAN & DELUCA (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: Now on sale

    This blended salt is a mix of summer truffle and natural sea salt. The absolute perfect gift for someone who loves cooking.

    Dashi Stock – ¥1,080 @ Kayanoya (GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1F) / Available: Now on sale

    An assortment of Kayanoya’s popular “Kayanoya Dashi” and their flavour-packed “Kiwami Dashi.” A great pick for those who want to return the favour with something out of the ordinary.

    uka nail oil 13:00 – ¥3,300 @ FruitGATHERING (GRANSTA Floor B1F) / Available: Now on sale

    Scented with refreshing mint and lemon and keeps your nails and skin nice and moist.

    ecoffee cup-WILLIAM MORRIS – ¥2,310 Each @ Neue (GRANSTA Marunouchi Floor B1F) / Available: Now on sale

    These beautifully stylish, textile-design cups are reusable, so you can take your coffee with you wherever and whenever.

  • Mairunovich Manga Gets Live-Action Adaptation Starring Hinako Sakurai and Fuju Kamio

    28.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Shojo manga magazine Margaret, which is published by Shueisha and known as the “bible” for young girls, is teaming up with online streaming service Hulu to adapt the magazine’s romance and drama series into dramas. The collaboration is called “Margaret Love Stories.”

    The news that three series have been green-lit for live-action adaptations already has fans excited. This includes Zakuri Sato’s Mairunovich (serialised 2010-2014) which has sold over 3.2 million copies over 12 volumes, Ayumi Komura’s Kami-sama no Ekohiiki (2017-2018), and Miyoshi Tōmori’s A Devil and Her Love Song (2007-2011).

     

    The first of these series to be adapted will be Mairunovich, which will be released digitally in autumn this year. The live-action will star Hinako Sakurai and Fuju Kamio as the main characters.

    Hinako Sakurai will play the part of Kinoshita Mairu, a high school girl who blames her unpopularity on how ugly she finds herself. She is bullied by her classmates for the style of her hair, which they liken to a “Poison Mushroom,” and because of her thick glasses. Feeling unconfident with herself, like all doors have been shut, she meets her saviour who will help her transform into a cute girl and rush headlong into life, love, and positivity.

    Fuju Kamio is playing the part of Mairu’s saviourーthe most handsome boy in school, Kumada Tenyu, who will help to transform her into a beautiful girl that will make every student in the school do a double take. Though this good-looking boy has a sharp tongue, he has a kind heart. Kamio is set to take on the role of this hero, whom all the girls can’t resist.

     

    The story focuses on these two characters in the series’s first-ever live-action adaptation. It’s a story about the height of youth, the feeling of falling in love, and the fear of trusting yourself to another.

    Hinako Sakurai

    Speaking about her role as Mairu, Hinako Sakurai said: “I went and read the manga when it was decided I would play the role of Kinoshita Mairu. Because of Mairu’s very plain looks, she’s left out at school. They bully her and call her a poison mushroom. But she experiences numerous forms of love, and she gradually becomes a gleaming young girl, which was wonderful to see. What does it mean to fall in love with someone? She gets hurt, but strives for love. I found myself naturally cheering her on. I’ll be sure to work hard so that she becomes a heroine loved by all who watch the show!”

     

    Fuju Kamio

    Fuju Kamio also spoke of his role as Tenyu, saying: “[He’s] the most handsome guy in school. He’s a hard person to figure out, and a high school student a little different from the rest due to his confidence when it comes to makeup. I’ve never really thought about makeup much in my life up to now, but I’ll give it earnest consideration for the role. I hope I can convey the relationship between him and Mairu honestly, as well as how he provides help to her, and the concealed kindness in his heart.”

     

    ©︎Zakuri Sato / Shueisha

  • Japan Coronavirus: Studio Ghibli Museum, Sanrio Puroland & Other Facilities Close Temporarily

    27.February.2020 | SPOT

    A number of facilities in Japan have announced temporary closures to help stop any possible spreading of the coronavirus. Please check the following closures if you’re planning a trip to Japan in February or March. New information is rolling out all the time, so for the latest updates, please check the official websites for each establishment listed below.

     

    Updated: February 28, 2020 1:00pm

    Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® 

    Closed: February 29 – March 15, 2020

    The parks plan to reopen on March 16, 2020, however this will be decided following consultation with concerned administrative agencies and will be announced on their official website. If you have purchased tickets valid during the parks’ closing dates, please refer to the links below.

     

    Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html

    Tokyo Disney Resort Online Tickets and Reservations: https://reserve.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/top/?language=en

     

     

    Snoopy Museum

    Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020

    Information on ticket refunds is provided on the museum’s official website.

     

    Snoopy Museum Official Website:https://snoopymuseum.tokyo/s/smt/page/english?ima=0000

     

     

    Sony Music Roppongi Museum

    Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020

    Information on ticket refunds will soon be provided on the museum’s official website. The TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition will be extended until April 19, 2020.

     

    TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition Official Website: https://type-moon-museum.com/

    Sony Music Roppongi Museum Official Website: https://smrm.jp/

     

     


     

    Sanrio Puroland

    Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020

    The park is scheduled to reopen on March 13, 2020, but this is subject to change depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus and news published by the government.

     

    ▶Refunds

    ・Pre-booked Tickets

    Tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.

     

    ・Original Passports

    Passport tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – September 29, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.

     

    ・Pre-booked PUROPASS

    Payments for PUROPASSES bought between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled.

     

    ・Anniversary Time

    Payments for Anniversary Time tickets for the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled. Those who paid with cash will be refunded via registered mail.

     

    Official Website (English): https://en.puroland.jp/

    Official Website (Japanese): https://www.puroland.jp/

     

     

    Ghibli Museum

    Closed: February 25, 2020 – March 17, 2020

     

    ▶Refunds

    Refunds are applicable for tickets dated between January 22, 2020 – March 30, 2020.

    Refunds will be paid in full between February 15, 2020 – March 31, 2020.

     

    Official Website (English): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/

    Official Website (Japanese): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/

     

    Toei Animation Museum

    Closed: February 26, 2020 – March 18, 2020

    The museum’s reopening is subject to consideration depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus. It will be announced via the museum’s official Twitter page and website.

     

    Official Website: https://museum.toei-anim.co.jp/

     

     

    Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum

    Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice

     

    Official Website (English): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/english/

    Official Website (Japanese): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/

     

     

    Kyoto National Museum

    Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice

    All events, the museum shop Benrido, and the museum cafe Maeda Coffee, have also closed temporarily.

     

    Official Website (English): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index.html

    Official Website (Japanese): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/jp/index.html

     

     

    ARASHI EXHIBITION “JOURNEY”

    Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 9, 2020

    Location: Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan

     

    Official Website: https://arashiexhibition.jp/

     

    Sanrio Harmony Land

    Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020

     

    Official Website (English): https://www.harmonyland.jp/english/harmony/harmony.html

    Official Website (Japanese): https://www.harmonyland.jp/welcome.html

     

     

     

     

    Numerous other sports and cultural events will also close for two weeks commencing February 26, 2020. If you’re travelling to Japan in February and March, please check the websites of any places you plan to visit during your trip to see if they are open.

  • New Kaiju Comedy Film ‘Daikaiju no Atoshimatsu’ to Release in 2020

    27.February.2020 | MOVIE

    The world never seems to be short of big SFX movies, with the announcement of Godzilla Vs. Kong set for release in the US on November 20, 2020 and Shin Ultraman in Japan in 2021.

     

    But what about a comedic kaiju (giant monster) film? Well, that’s exactly what we’re about to get with the surprise announcement that movie companies Shochiku and Toeiーwho are normally rivalsーare coming together for the first time to put a spin on the monster movie genre with a completely original script. The title of the film is Daikaiju no Atoshimatsu (“Cleaning Up After the Big Monsters”), and it’s coming this year.

     

    Ever wondered who cleans up after a giant monster wrecks a city? Who’s in charge of cleaning up a kaiju corpse?“

     

    The story is as follows. One day, a giant monster who wreaked havoc across the country dies suddenly. Its dead body is extraordinarily enormous, enough to make you do a doubleーno, a quadruple take. Time is of the essence as the gas emitting from the dead beast could explode at any moment. If it’s not taken care of immediately, it could mean disaster for the country. Someone has to do it. And that person is Arata Taito (played by Ryosuke Yamada), a member of the Prime Minister’s special forces who is responsible for the role of the field commander for this unprecedented national disaster. Before him appears Yukino Ameoto (Tao Tsuchiya), Arata’s former fiancee and a secretary for the Minister of the Environment. They are tasked with the unheard-of, unreasonable demand to “clean up the giant corpse of a monster,” which they must do using their wisdom, their scheming, and their… love?

     

    Everybody knows what happens in SFX kaiju movies, but nobody has seen into the world of what happens after. Now we’ll get to see that impossible mission unfold.

     

    Japanese actor and singer Ryosuke Yamada  (Hey! Say! JUMP), who will play the role of Arata Taito, is known for playing characters who are firm and resolute. This will be his first dive into a fully-fledged comedy movie. Tao Tsuchiya, who will play Yukino Ameoto, is climbing her way to the top in both name and reality in the industry as an actress. This will be Yamada and Tsuchiya’s first time working together.

     

    Cast Comments

    Ryosuke Yamada (Arata Taito, Special Forces)

    “When we first had talks about this film, although I’ve been in a lot of serious movies, this was my first ever talk about a comedy movie, so I felt really lost. But when they let me read the script, I saw how interesting it was that the protagonist is super serious despite being in such a ridiculous situation. So I said sign me up! I don’t really feel much pressure now. I’m going make the character interesting and go all out to be as ridiculous as I can to meet director [Satoshi] Miki’s expectations.”

     

    He continues: “The movie makes you think, ‘So this is what happens when adults try to be as silly as possible!’ <laughs> And the cast line-up is incredible, you’d think it was a lie. The jokes are really gonna come down! This is my first time working with [Tao] Tsuchiya in a film, but she’s played a lot of movies roles where she’s the serious one in a comedic situation, so  she can be both serious and humorous. I’m looking forward to seeing her in action in this one. I wondered to myself if it’s really alright for Shochiku and Toei to come together for the first time in a film like this. It’s industry-shaking. But I also think it’s really significant that such big players in the movie industry come together to go all out have fun like this too. I want to work hard to make this a film where people say, ‘Yamada and Tsuchiya’ do this kind of thing!?’ and make it one that’s more than just people playing to watch it. I ask all of your support.”

     

    Tao Tsuchiya (Yukino Ameoto, Secretary for the Environmental Minister)

    “I love heroes. Films that are called SFX talk about things that are important in life, things you can’t forgive, things that you do forgive but will never forget. Like something that satirises reality, like a real sense of danger. It has everything in there, and within that are the heroes who shine bright, who suffer, who fight. They’ve given me so much courage.”

     

    She continues: “When I came to know about heroes as a kid, there wasn’t a system in place at cinemas where you could reserve seats. You would line up in the morning. The first time I experienced experienced excitement before a film starts when it goes dark in the room might have been a Shochiku film or a Toei film. Whatever film it was, I remember getting sucked into the screen, and was intensely moved by it. When I read the script for Daikaiju no Atoshimatsu, the emotions from that memory came flooding back, and my eyes opened. And when I met director Miki, I had a hunch of the power and deepness that this film holds. I’ll stand resolute and return the favour to all those heroes as a member of the team supporting the protagonist, who’s played by Ryosuke Yamada.”

  • QUEEN BEE Release ‘P R I D E’ Music Video From New Album ‘BL’

    27.February.2020 | MUSIC

    QUEEN BEE just dropped the music video for their song P R I D E which is taken from their new record BL. The band dropped their new album BL last Wednesday, which charted at No. 3 on Oricon’s daily charts and No. 5 on Billboard Japan’s weekly album charts. 

    The music video is built up on the two CD covers for the album, including the above-pictured illustrated one drawn by manga artist Harada which blew up on social media when it was released, and the exclusive version which features a different cover.

     

    QUEEN BEE – “P R I D E” Official MV

    MOre details have also been released for the band’s upcoming two concerts at Makuhari Event Hall on April 4 and 5.

    Titled QUEEN BEE Solo Concert “Ten” −Introduction−, the first day (April 4) will be “BLACK” themed, while the second day (April 5) will be “BLUE” themed.

     

    It is anticipated that the band will fuse together their last album TEN, which was released last year and which features in the name of the two concerts, and BL.

  • BLUE ENCOUNT to Perform Ahiru no Sora Anime’s New Opening Theme ‘Hummingbird’

    27.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Kumamoto-bred Japanese rock band BLUE ENCOUNTーwho have been garnering huge attention recently for the announcement of their nationwide tour set to begin on May 13, 2020ーwill perform the new opening theme song Hummingbird for the ongoing TV anime series Ahiru no Sora. The song will be introduced to the series this April.

    Ahira no Sora is a popular basketball manga series written and illustrated by Takeshi Hinata. 51 volumes have been published in Japanese to date, making it known as Hinata’s masterpiece. Hear BLUE ENCOUNT add their positive messages into this manga seriesーone which paints a picture of youth days.

  • BT21 Cafe to Open in Tokyo and Osaka With a Spring Theme

    27.February.2020 | FOOD / MUSIC / SPOT

    The 6th run of the popular BT21 Cafe is here. The cafes will open at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi on February 28, 2020, and at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space on March 5, 2020.

    BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe has seen five runs in Japan, and has proven immensely popular amongst fans for the selection of original dishes and drinks as well as exclusive merchandise.

     

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space

    Kobu Salad & Baguettes – ¥1,690

    Chef’s Crepe – ¥1,690

    Drinks – ¥990 Each

    “Springtime” is the theme this time around. TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space will be based around a spring party, and customers will be able to order a set menu with food or dessert.

     

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi

    SHOOKY’s Brown Burger — ¥1,690

    TATA’s Very! Berry! Sandwich – ¥1,690

    Drinks – ¥990 Each

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Solamachi’s menu will be centred on the BT21 Baby Series, where all the characters have been turned into babies.

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space – “Let’s Party With You” Original Stickers and Coasters

    TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi – “BABY” Original Stickers and Coasters

    Customers can also get their hands on some original merchandise and bonus items too. Book a table and receive one of seven stickers, and order a drink to receive one of seven coasters.

  • Tokyo Tokyo Official Souvenir Shop Opens in Haneda Airport

    27.February.2020 | SPOT

    Tokyo Toyko, a website that provides information on things to do in Japan’s capital, opened its own souvenir shop, called Tokyo Tokyo Official Souvenir Shop, in EDO KOJI on February 22, 2020, which is located on the fourth floor of Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal.

    As part of an effort to promote the appeals of Tokyo to the world, Tokyo Metropolis is carrying our PR work and branding with the catchphrase “Tokyo Tokyo Old meets New.”

    Happy Daruma / Mamehapi

    Edo Kimekomi Waving Cat

    The “Tokyo Omiyage Seisaku Project” aims to develop products in collaboration with Tokyo Metropolis and local businesses with the “Tokyo Tokyo” brand. To date, 50 products (excluding colour variations) have been produced, from traditional crafts to stationery, food, and moreーall embodying the spirit of Tokyo.

    The shop design features illustrations of Asakusa and Shibuya, two a symbols of Tokyo that have been around since the Edo Period and are and hub of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture respectively. The shop is also planning to hold workshops, where you can learn to make your own daruma and origami.

     

    If you’re travelling to or from Haneda Airport, then be sure to pay a visit to Tokyo Tokyo Official Souvenir Shop where you can pick up souvenirs that combine traditional and contemporary culture.

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