Tokyu Hands to Open New Branch at Singapore Changi Airport
28.January.2019 | SPOT
Tokyu Hands has announced that it will open a new branch at the new Jewel Changi Airport set to open at Singapore Changi Airport in spring this year. This will be the chain’s fourth branch to open in Singapore.
Tokyu Hands is a Japanese department store which describes itself as “the one-stop shop chock-full of many products unique to Japan.” Its stores stock a wide variety of products, and those visiting the new Jewel branch too can expect to get their hands on a range of items from Japan including high-quality living ware, hobby and lifestyle products and more.
If you’re passing through Singapore Changi Airport be sure to pop in for a visit this spring.
Tokyu Hands Jewel (Temporary Name)
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard #02-203 Jewel Changi Airport Singapore 819666
Business Hours: 10:00-22:00 (subject to change)
Opening: Spring 2019
Official Website: https://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/en/
Appreciate Kumamoto’s Culture at New Tokyu Hands Store in Amu Plaza Kumamoto
Tokyu Hands is opened a new lifestyle shop called Hands Be inside Amu Plaza Kumamoto in front of JR Kumamoto Station April 23. The shop will sell a range of everyday products from beauty to stationery, seasonal, and more, that showcase Kumamoto’s culture and craftsmanship. Whether it be for yourself or a gift for someone else, there’s something for everybody.
Kurikawa Uchiwa Shoten
Kurikawa Shoten is a specialist in Japanese uchiwa fans that first opened in 1889. Kumamoto is the third biggest producer of uchiwa fans together with Kyoto and Marugame and is the only place passing down the traditional kutani craft of fans. Their fans are durable and long-lasting, enjoyed as gifts at children’s birthday parties, weddings, as well as at company commemorations and elsewhere. To celebrate Hands Be’s opening, the Kurikawa Shoten is providing fans with original colours exclusive to the new store.
Coffee Arrow is a coffee shop that opened in Hanabatacho in the central ward of Kumamoto back in 1964. Customers can get their hands on a range of original coffee beans, merchandise, and more.
Coming together during these times
BLUE SEED BAG
“HOLD hands be Happy” is the message written on the recyclable, eco-friendly BLUE SEED BAG which is made using washed blue sheets that were actually used as part of the restoration efforts after the Kumamoto Earthquake struck in 2016. The bags are a reminder that even though many of us can’t hold hands with us during the pandemic, we are still connected by our hearts.
Javasparrow is a manufacturer and service focused on creating products around “familiarity” and “connection.” The Wesign is a set of two lights that connect to Wi-Fi. These unique lights can be used by lovers or family members who live apart or long-distance, so that you know when the other is on or offline, helping everyone feel connected.
Original bandana available for the grand opening
Hands Be is also offering a free bandana for the opening to anyone who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included).
Hands Be Amu Plaza Kumamoto
Opening Date: April 23, 2021
Where: Amu Plaza Kumamoto Floor 3F, Kasuga, Nishi-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto
Official Website: https://hands.net/
Kyoto’s Popular Ramen Restaurant MENBAKA Kyoto Fire Ramen to Open New Branch in Singapore
MENBAKA Kyoto Fire Ramen, a ramen restaurant in Kyoto that’s particularly popular with foreigners in Japan, is expanding overseas by opening a new branch on the 5th floor of Singapore Orchard in Singapore on November 24, 2020.
MENBAKA Kyoto Fire Ramen
Menbaka first opened in 1984 and has gone on to become a popular ramen bar, focusing on the use of green onion in its dishes for its flavour and fragrance enhancement. In recent years, the Kyoto branch has seen a significant increase in the number of foreign visitors to Japan dining at the restaurant, and in 2017 it ranked number six in the country on Tripadvisor as the most popular restaurant in Japan with foreigners. It has gone on to be reported on in news and media outlets, including the video created by the Japan National Tourism Organization as part of its global campaign.
MENBAKA Kyoto Fire Ramen Singapore
The Singapore branch will open as a franchise of SOUTH EAST ASIA FOOD ENTERTAINMENT PTE. LTD. with carefully-selected suppliers and ingredients to ensure the taste is as close to the Japanese as possible. The restaurant will serve not only ramen but food entertainment as well.
Singapore Orchard, where the restaurant is opening, is a shopping mall and major tourist destination of Singapore. Like other countries around the world, Singapore is having to restrict the number of foreigners entering the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which has also led to restaurants limiting the number of available tables, social distancing measures being put in place, and so on. The restaurant’s opening date was originally scheduled for April 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic so its grand opening is now scheduled for November 24.
If you’re in Singapore and want to try some authentic Japanese ramen at the same time, be sure to visit MENBAKA Kyoto Fire Ramen.
MENBAKA Kyoto Fire Ramen
Address: Cineleisure Orchard 5F, 8 Grange Rd, Singapore 239695
Opening Hours: 12:00-21:00
No Fixed Holidays
Jurassic World Café by PARCO Opens in Singapore
PARCO Pte Ltd, the Singaporean division of Japanese department store chain PARCO, opened the new Jurassic World Café at ION Sky on the 56th floor of the ION Orchard shopping centre in Singapore on November 6, 2020. The café comes as the first Jurassic World Café to open in South East Asia and serves an original line-up of food and drink, an exhibit of everybody’s favourite Velociraptor Blue from Jurassic World, a selection of exclusive merchandise, and more.
Jurassic World Café Singapore
The Jurassic World film series is hugely popular in Singapore, and so it’s only fitting that the country gets its own themed cafe. The menu is diverse, consisting of a special selection created by PARCO’s own The Guest Cafe & Diner as well as local food like Nasi Lemak, unique picks like the Brachiosaurus Mint Pandan beverage, and much more. There will even be a merchandise shop for fans to pick up a souvenir on their way home.
PARCO Singapore has collaborated with The Guest Cafe & Diner, a cafe which collaborates with franchises and of which there are five branches in Japan, on five separate occasions up and down South East Asia, including the Minions Cafe which opened for a limited time in Singapore in 2017. PARCO Singapore is continuing to expand its reach outside of Singapore with other collaborative cafes and exhibitions.
Danger lurks at every corner in Jurassic World, and that fact is captured in the menu line-up.
Cafe Bonus Items
There will also be special gifts given to customers.
To see the full line-up, be sure to check out the official website below and pay a visit to Jurassic World Café Singapore.
Jurassic World Café Singapore – A concept by PARCO
Location: ION Sky, ION Orchard Floor 56F, MRT Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Running: November 6, 2020 – January 3, 2021 (Closed November 13)
Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00
Official Website: www.jurassicworldcafe.sg
1→10, Inc. Brings Magical Shores Interactive Land Art to Siloso Beach in Singapore
19.April.2020 | SPOT
Japanese creative studio 1→10, Inc. opened up Singapore’s first ever permanent interactive land art exhibition “Magical Shores” on January 23 this year together with Lighting Planners Associates (LPA), a lighting company based in both Tokyo and Singapore.
Magical Shores spans 400 meters of Sentosa’s Siloso Beach, turning it into an immersive, multi-sensory experience of AI-operated lights and sounds which elevate the beauty of the surrounding natural environment.
Guide To Magical Shores | Siloso Beach, Sentosa:
AI technology responds to visitors on the beach, giving them a breathtaking and unique performance. Sensors are dotted around the area which use sensing data to react based on people’s movement around the beach. The AI is constantly developing as it collects big data about the temperature and climate of Siloso Beach as well as that of people’s movements.
In two of the interactive areas, people can witness the “Circle of Life” beginning with the big bang. After that there is magma, followed by heavy rainfall and eventually flowing water which gives birth to life. Cells divide as plants begin to sprout, fish swim in the sea, and birds and insects sing in the mountains. At the end, life falls, and the process begins again.
Japanese musician Masakatsu Takagi was put in charge of the music and sound design of the exhibition. Takagi is known for having written the music for Wolf Children and The Boy and the Beast. He took inspiration from his music project “Marginalia,” a sound diary where he would record the sounds of birds, insects, the wind, rain, and so on from his studio window. Takagi did field recording on the beach to capture the sounds of nature to use for the art exhibition.
Kuniyuki Takahashi also offered his musicianship to the exhibition. Based in Sapporo, he is an internationally-recognised composer. He also recorded the sounds of Siloso Beach, and together with Takagi, created the perfect soundtrack for Magical Shores.
Magical Shores is currently temporarily closed as a result of the coronavirus but will resume once more as soon as the situation allows it.
Official Website: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/magical-shores
DJ Arisa Komiya from OMOTENASHI BEATS Celebrates First Overseas Performance at Anime Festival in Singapore
03.December.2019 | MUSIC
Last October, Zepp Divercity, Tokyo was filled with excitement and thrill as the Anime Rave Festival Vol.2 took place, which saw the appearance of a brand new DJ at the scene: Arisa Komiya from OMOTENASHI BEATS.
What’s more, it hasn’t even been two months since the DJ released her CD full of non-stop anisongs called SUPER OMOTENASHI BEATS vol.1 × DJ Arisa Komiya on October 2 and she has already leaped across a border for her first ever overseas performance at Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2019, which flies the flag for Japanese culture and aims to spread the love for Japanese music. The festival was held at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Arisa Komiya took to the stage on the second day of Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2019. The floor shook in beat to the thudding fans and the entire evening was a great success. The DJ’s kicked off her overseas debut at C3AFA AKIBA STAGE, which was met with a swarm of hiphop fans. Next, she performed on the LUMICA stage, which saw a sea of penlights sway in beat, each fan unshakable with admiration. Komiya left the venue being assured of her strong fanbase in Singapore.
DJ Arisa Komiya is sure to continue performing in Japan and overseas. Keep an eye on her and OMOTENASHI BEATS because they are sure to have a lot in store for everyone.
SUPER OMOTENASHI BEATS vol.1 × DJ Arisa Komiya
Release: October 2, 2019
A 35-Track Mix CD of Non-Stop Anisongs by Love Live! Sunshine!! School Idol Group Aqours Member DJ Komiya Arisa.
CD: ¥2,338 (Before Tax)
CD + Blu-ray: ¥4,074 (Before Tax)
*Blu-ray includes the NONSTOP MIX BACKGROUND MUSIC VIDEO and MAKING VIDEO
Purchase Here: https://omotenashibeats.jp/discography/shop.php?id=1030637
OMOTENASHI BEATS Official Website: https://omotenashibeats.jp/
Japanese Cafe Chain PRONTO Announces Second Overseas Branch in Singapore
Japanese cafe chain PRONTO has announced that it will open its first Singapore branch at Capital Square Singapore on June 17. This is only the second of overseas branches, the first being located in Shanghai.
The area that PRONTO is opening in is Shenton Way, a commercial and business district. It is just a five-minute walk from Raffles Place MRT Station and a one-minute walk from Telok Ayer MRT Station.
PRONTO decided to open a branch in Singapore as the country has a high rate of people who enjoy eating out, and it’s also home to a lot of office workers. Just like it does in Japan, PRONTO will operate both a cafe and bar so that customers can enjoy the establishment from morning to evening time.
The counter shares its space with the rest of the room, giving it a spacious atmosphere. This also makes the bar feel like a relaxed and carefree sake bar. The interior is built to feel like a slightly special private location. The outside also has a takeout corner which is connected to a seated terrace area.
During cafe time customers can enjoy coffee and authentic pasta while at bar time they can sip on 4 types of The Premium Malt’s, high balls, and tuck into delicious Italian cuisine. The cafe caters to every customers’ needs, whether they’re an office worker on a weekday or tourists and locals on the weekend. Be sure to stop by if you’re in Singapore.
PRONTO SINGAPORE (Capital Square)
Address: 23 Church Street,#01-02/03 Capital Square Singapore 049481
Grand Opening: June 17, 2019
Business Hours: [Mon-Thurs] 7:30-23:30 (Last Orders 23:00) / [Fri] 7:30-02:00 (L.O. 1:30) / [Sat] 11:00-22:00 (L.O. 21:30) / [Sun] 11:00-22:00 (L.O. 21:30)
*Cafe time runs until 17:00
PRONTO Official Website: https://www.pronto.co.jp/
Traditional Japanese Fireworks Fuse With Cutting-Edge Technology for STAR ISLAND 2019 in Tokyo & Singapore
29.May.2019 | SPOT
This year marks the third year of STAR ISLAND, a firework festival set to take place at Toyosu Gurui Park on July 20, 2019. Tickets are now on sale.
STAR ISLAND will collapse together traditional Japanese fireworks with the latest in cutting-edge technology including 3D sound, lighting and show performances. This immersive entertainment experience will stimulate all five senses of attendees as they enjoy the show with against panoramic backdrop of Tokyo’s towering skyscrapers.
Past STAR ISLAND event
The tickets for STAR ISLAND sell out every single year. 2019 will be its fourth run and it promises to scale things up to greater heights as the event is moved to Toyosu Gururi Park for the first time.
Past STAR ISLAND event
The event will now house two children’s areas for families which have proven popular each year as well as new BBQ seats.
Past STAR ISLAND event
This year, STAR ISLAND is expanding its experience overseas. Up to now, the event has been held at Odaiba Seaside Park in Tokyo for two years in a row since its inception in 2017. At the end of 2018, it embarked to Singapore for the New Year’s event “Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019” where it was the main attraction, showcasing its wondrous and moving content to people from 86 different countries.
STAR ISLAND will return to Singapore for the same event for the 2020 countdown. Before that, it will make its way to Saudi Arabia for Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 on September 23, 2019, the same date the kingdom was founded.
If you get the chance, make sure to book your tickets to witness STAR ISLAND 2019 for yourself.
STAR ISLAND 2019
Date: July 20, 2019
Time: 16:00-21:00 (*Will go ahead if it rains but stop during stormy weather)
Location: TOKYO STAR ISLAND (Toyosu Gururi Park, 6-5 Toyosu, Koto Ward, Tokyo)
Enquiries: Kyodo Tokyo 0570-550-799 (Weekdays 11:00-18:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-18:00)
Official Website: http://www.star-island.jp
STAR ISLAND 2019 Schedule
2019/7/20 – STAR ISLAND 2019 in Toyosu Gururi Park, Tokyo
2019/9/23 – STAR ISLAND in Saudi Arabia
2019/12/31 @ STAR ISLAND in Singapore
Shiseido and teamLab Collaborate at New Shiseido Forest Valley in Singapore
Shiseido Forest Valley is an immersive new indoor forest in Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore. Together with this new area, Shiseido has is also collaborating with teamLab on their new art installation SENSE. By opening Shiseido Forest Valley in Jewel Changi Airport which is used by people across the globe, Shiseido will be able to increase their international presence.
Jewel is a mixed-development and expansion of Changi Airport which describes itself as a “gateway where the world meets Singapore, and Singapore meets the world.” This 1.46 million sq ft complex is built up of gardens, attractions, retail and more all of which integrates with nature and sits under a stunning steel and glass dome.
Shiseido Forest Valley bathes in natural sunlight and is surrounded by nature with plants at every turn and a giant waterfall in the centre. teamLab’s SENSE installation combines nature, beauty and art through a Japanese aesthetic. Relax and take a stroll through the forest and enjoy the sights, sounds and tranquillity.
SHISEIDO FOREST VALLEY
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore (Inside Jewel Changi Airport)
Location: Shiseido Forest Valley, Jewel Changi Airport 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore
Opened: May 13, 2019
Open: 24-hours a day all year round
Shiseido Official Website: https://www.shiseido.co.jp/index.html
Future Firework Entertainment Event ‘STAR ISLAND’ Heads to Singapore
04.November.2018 | SPOT
STAR ISLAND is an event that describes itself as ‘future firework entertainment.’ The show has been held twice in the past and sold over 30,000 tickets. Now, for the first time ever, the fireworks will be exploding overseas.
STAR ISLAND Singapore Countdown Edition will welcome the New Year at The Float @ Marina Bay in Singapore at 23:00 on December 31, 2018.
STAR ISLAND brings together top creators in Japan to evolve Japan’s firework culture. Some big names include creative director Kenji Kohashi, the 150-year-old firework company Marutamaya Ogatsu Fireworks, 3D sound pioneer Katsuyuki Seto, globally-active lighting engineer AIBA, and more.
The event offers new ways to enjoy watching fireworks. The ‘Bed Area’ lets you gaze up at the lights while laying on a bed. The ‘Dinner Area’ is a place where can enjoy a meal while watching the fireworks. The ‘Kids Area’ is perfect for families, allowing attendees to see the explosions with their children. The event has given rise to a brand new business model that combines multiple paid-seating areas with fireworks.
STAR ISLAND has been held two years in a row in 2017 and 2018 at Odaiba Kaihin-Koen in Tokyo. Now, with backing from the Singaporean government, it is headed to what is said to be the largest region in Asia. The huge New Year’s countdown will take place with Singapore’s landmark Marina Bay Sands in the background.
12,000 fireworks will be launched, with each individual one firing to each beat of the music in sync. Cutting edge sound technology will propel the music which will blare from over 300 individual 3D sound speakers for a full 360° experience. A string of performances will take place on stage, including one from the LED BAND who combine the fireworks with 3D sound and lighting to create a rainbow of colours. The kid’s area will be decked out with a jungle gym, ball pit and breast-feeding area for mothers.
Celebrate the coming new year Japanese-style in Singapore.
STAR ISLAND SINGAPORE COUNTDOWN EDITION in conjunction with Marina Bay Singapore Countdown
Date: December 31, 2018
Time: 23:00-02:00 (Open from 17:00) (Local Time)
Location: The Float @ Marina Bay (20 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039805)
*Event will go ahead even if it rains.
Japan: Available November 3, 2018 from 11:00 (JST) at http://w.pia.jp/t/starislandsingapore/
Singapore; Available November 1, 2018 (Local Time) from 15:00 at https://star-island.sg/
Official Event Website
A new design was added to the series of lip balm included inside “omamoris” (Japanese charms) called “Fuku Fuku Lip”
06.February.2018 | FASHION
“Fuku Fuku Lip” is a product which was released in November of 2017 and it has gained a high reputation. From the 6th of January 2018, the new products (17th, 18th, 19th designs) “Fujiyama,” “Daruma” and “Hanabi” were added to the series.
You can wear them or give them as a gift to person who are precious to you.
“Fuku Fuku Lip” was created under the concept of introducing “omamori” to many people in a fun manner.
It is a new style of omamori which has a modern design and includes a lip balm inside.
The cuteness of the series gained much popularity and took the first place in the lip balm category sales in November and December.
Luck will come to persons with moist lips. “Fuku Fuku Lip” which brings luck can be used in everyday life or as a gift to foreign guests.
Fujiyama – This product has an illustration of Mount Fuji which is known as the symbol of luck in Japan and a shiny full moon. The product has a premium feel and is suitable to be used as a gift for celebration events.
Daruma – A product which has the pattern of a daruma which is known as the “God of exams.” The product has a cute design which is colored in beige and has a red string attatched.
Hanabi – Hanabi (fireworks) are often set off on Lunar New Year in China and is known as a symbol of celebration. The product has a delicate pattern of a golden string and a white string on top of a black colored surface.
The products have the scent of “yuzu” (Japanese citrus fruit) which has been used in Japan from a long time ago. The products uses the rare essence of yuzu produced in Japan.
Let’s call in luck by using “Fuku Fuku Lip.”
Japanese-style restaurant Ippudo opens in Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar Centre—with a sake bar!
16.June.2017 | FOOD
A brand new Ippudo has just opened its doors in Singapore (on June 14th), making it the 9th in the country. Located around the popular Tanjong Pagar Centre, a place packed full of offices and restaurants, Ippudo sells Japanese sake and ‘otsumami’ (snacks to go with alcohol). It is a cafe/restaurant and is situated where plenty of sunlight can get in to brighten up the gorgeous room.
Ippudo dishes out lots of different Japanese-style food, such as ramen, as well as drinks, and boasts a brand new bargain lunch set and a sake bar serving all kinds of Japanese alcohol.
Ramen, sake, otsumami and much more—there’s plenty to choose from as they serve up tasty Japanese-style cuisine.
Pokémon themed cafe to open in Singapore for the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon!
06.November.2016 | FOOD
Back in May this year, “THE GUEST cafe&diner” opened a Pokémon cafe (Full Title: Pokemon cafe@EWF-a Concept by PARCO) in Singapore for a limited time in their first ever overseas project. Due to its popularity, the Pokémon cafe returns, this time in celebration of the release of the newest games, Pokémon Sun and Moon on the Nintendo 3DS. There will be an all new menu, with desserts themed around the Alola region, drinks based on the new Pokémon, and more.
「Pokémon cafe＠EWF-a Concept by PARCO」
Open: Thursday November 24th, 2016 to Sunday February 19th, 2017
Location: EWF (Bugis Junction, 4F (04-05))
※Everything with Fries (EWF) is a cafe in Bugis Junction and is the location for the Pokémon cafe.
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