Chibi Maruko-chan Store to Open at LaLaport TOKYO-BAY in Chiba

10.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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!

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  • Spring’s Arrived Early in Chiba as the Strawberry Picking Season Begins

    18.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Chiba Prefecture is one of the leading places in Japan for growing strawberries. Thanks to its warm climate, the prefecture enjoys hearty a strawberry harvest, which it celebrates with strawberry-picking events and markets across the prefecture. The true fun in strawberry picking in Chiba is that you get to taste a variety of different types, all ripe, there and then, so you can compare flavours.

     

    To further promote the wonderful world of its succulent strawberries, Chiba Prefecture has set up a special website, and is also hosting a photo campaign entitled “Chiba Strawberry Fair 2020.” This is also the season to try an original type of strawberry grown in Chiba Prefecture called the “Chi-Ba Berry.”

     

    Check out Strawberry Fields Chiba’s special website

    The Strawberry Fields Chiba website has a wealth of information on strawberry varietiesーincluding the “Chi-Ba Berry”ーas well as places to pick strawberries in the prefecture, places selling strawberries, and more. If you’re interested in finding out more about strawberries in Chiba, then check out their website below.

     

    Strawberry Fields Chiba Official Website: https://chiba-ichigo.jp

     

    Chiba Strawberry Fair 2020

    People who post a photo on Instagram of their time in Chiba enjoying the strawberries with the hashtag #ちばいちごフェア2020 (“Chiba Strawberry Fair 2020”) have the chance to win the above-pictured Chi-Ba Berry-kun plush toy. The campaign is running until February 29, 2020.

     

    Strawberry picking season in Chiba runs until May, so if you’re planning a trip there this year, make sure you don’t leave without trying the prefecture’s famous strawberries.

  • Win Hello Kitty & Chibi Maruko-chan Prizes With Sanrio’s Lottery Draw

    09.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime adaptation, the franchise is teaming up with Sanrio’s internationally beloved character Hello Kitty.

     

    For the collaboration, cute and original artwork has been created featuring Hello Kitty and Maruko-chan hanging out together in their everyday lives, a scene that’s sure to incite a sense of nostalgia to both kid and adult fans of the longtime anime series.

    We see Maruko-chan wearing Hello Kitty’s iconic red ribbon, as well as Maruko’s grandpa Tomozo Sakura donning a hat inspired by Hello Kitty.

    There’s also an illustration of the two friends drinking milk bottles together which they bought from Mitsuya in the background, a candy shop that appears in the Chibi Maruko-chan seires.  If you look closely you can see Noguchi peeking her head from behind the shop.

     

    A special lottery draw is set to roll out in Japan at Sanrio stores, department stores stocking Sanrio products, Lawson, MiniStop, Daily Yamazaki, bookstores, and elsewhere from early June 2020. Fans are guaranteed to win a prize, which includes a line-up of nine items as well as a special top prize. Merchandise includes a takoyaki machine, hot plate, bath towel, and more.

     

    Following the lottery draw, more exciting things are set to take place as part of the collaboration.

     

    ⓒ Sakura Production / Nippon Animation

    ⓒ 1976, 2020 SANRIO CO.,LTD. TOKYO,JAPAN  著作:株式会社サンリオ

  • Food Review | Going On An Adventure With Maruko & Coji-Coji at Ginza’s MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ

    05.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    When I was a kid, I found myself relating to Maruko-chan a lot. I was bad at studying, I loved just kicking back and relaxing, was sly, was always spoiled by my mother. I’ve always thought I was just like Maruko. I spent my childhood together with her, reading Ribon magazine, reading manga, and watching anime. I love her so much that even to this day, when I’m at home on Sundays, I never fail to watch the show.

     

    Then there was Coji-Coji, who has a mellow and laid-back outlook, whose lines are sharp and quick, and who, if you see him, is sure to get a surprised reaction out of you. I was raised reading Chibi Maruko-chan, meaning I was of course a fan of the author Momoko Sakura, so it was only natural that I loved Coji-Coji which she wrote too.

    With that long introduction out of the way, it’s time for the main event. Combining the best of both worlds and my two favourites, the new MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ opened at Ginza Marionette Gate 1 on January 31 and it’s set to run until July 31.

     

    I form part of the editorial team here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, and loving Maruko-chan as much as I do, I of course had to make a trip to the cafe. I was joined by Chinese model and talent Etsuna.

    Artwork from the Markuko-chan and Coji-Coji picture book Ehon Maru Koji. The pictures have a gentle touch to them and are enough to make you feel at ease at the first glance.

    You feel warm and fluffy seeing the two of them getting along together like this.

    There’s huge pieces of artwork too like this one Etsuna is standing next to.

    The tables have these lunch mats on them. There’s two designs; one of Maruko and Coji-Coji walking across a field of grass and another with them swimming in the ocean amongst the fishes. Both are just too precious♡ I feel happy seeing the two of them having fun together. Boy, am I glad I came here.

     

    The menu line-up is overflowing with originality too, each like its own little art piece. I ordered the baked cheesecake with a drink and Etsuna got the parfait drink.

    Coji-Coji Is Here Cheesecake (w/Drink) – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    The cheesecake is topped with Coji-Coji and Mount Fuji cookies. You can get a Maruko-chan cookie instead of Coji-Coji too, but I went for the Coji-Coji one. The cheesecake has a refreshing taste with cream that’s not overly sweet. And when you add the berry sauce, it becomes a completely different delicious flavour.

    I ordered a hot black coffee as part of the set, and the mug it was serve in had an original design on it in line with the cafe’s theme. You can buy these mugs new there too.

    Onigiri Aliens & The Star Festival Parfait – ¥1,700 (Before Tax)

    This drink is inspired by the Milky Way of Tanabata. It’s topped with Maruko-chan, Coji-Coji, and alien cookies.

    Etsuna was spellbound by its gorgeous purple colour too♡

    The parfait and drink come in separate vessels、so I recommend enjoying them one at a time. After tucking into the subtly sweet fruits, vanilla ice cream, and cream of your parfait, feel even more refreshed with a sip of your cream cheese-filled drink.

    The Three Of Us Get Along – ¥1,880 (Before Tax)

    There are plenty of colourful options to choose from the menu, but the one that struck my attention the most was this tomato cream and pumpkin sauce mix which contains seafood.

    You get an edible Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji on the side too with tears in their eyes… what a melancholic expression. I feel sad just looking at this one.

    The character cookies aren’t just printed on – each and every one is hand drawn carefully. Which means the both of them have lots of different expressions! And they seem such a waste to eat (though of course I ate them all…)

    If you want to see what else is on the menu, check out our other article here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/289822

     

    Mug: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

    The cafe sells its own exclusive merchandise too, like the mug I got when my coffee and cake arrived.

    Masking Tapes – ¥350 Each / Ballpoint Pens – ¥600 Each

    B6 Notebooks – ¥280 Each

    I picked up a notebook, pen and some masking tape. Perfect for when the cherry blossom season starts.

    Hand Towel: ¥400 (Before Tax)

    Etsuna got her hands on a hand towel. Everything they have in stock is cute, so I urge you to get lost in the wares of the MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ if you visit! It’s possible to book a table in advance, but the weekends are particularly busy, so if you have a day in mind don’t forget to book.

    The MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ is packed full of Momoko Sakura’s world. It was a mix of fun, cute, sad, and relaxing.

     

    When I’m looking at Chibi Maruko-chan, I think of Sakura, and my chest feels tight and painful. But coming to this cafe made me think that when I look at Maruko-chan and her radiating personality, not just in the world of anime but in various different places, I feel that even if I’ve become an adult, I can always live my life together with Maruko-chan and Momoko Sakura, and that makes me happy. If you love Maruko-chan, Coji-Coji, and Momoko Sakura too, then be sure to jump into the picture book world of Ehon Maru Koji at MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ.

     

    ©️Momoko Sakura ©️Sakura Production

  • 5 Must-Visit Beautiful and Romantic Lantern Festivals in Japan | 2020 Edition

    02.February.2020 | SPOT

    The season for Japan’s enchanting and romantic lantern events has finally arrived, and the line-up this year is diverse, from events where lanterns are the main attraction to lantern-lined festivals and Japanese matsuri festivals.

     

    Hankyu Travel International compiled a list of these events , and we’ve pulled out some of the best ones for you.

     

    Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru | Iwate Prefecture

    This year marks the third run of “Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru,” an event held during winter for guests staying at Hanamaki Onsen. The event is comprised of many elements, including fireworks, folk entertainment, and more. People will also write wishes and messages or draw pictures on their lanterns before sending them up into the winter night sky. Afterwards, they can enjoy a dip in the hot springs at Hanamaki Onsen to warm themselves up and unwind from the day.

     

    Running: January 26, 2020/February 22, 2020/February 11, 2020/February 16, 2020/February 24, 2020

    Location: Namari Ski Center
    Address: Nakadaira-36-1 Namari, Hanamaki, Iwate

     

    ▼Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru Tour
    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kokunai/keyword/%E3%81%AF%E3%81%AA%E3%81%BE%E3%81%8D%E6%98%9F%E3%82%81%E3%81%90%E3%82%8A%E3%81%AE%E5%A4%9C/?p_baitai=9599

     

     

    China Lantern Festival | Chiba Prefecture

    Tokyo German Village is hosting its second China Lantern Festival, inspired by the typical traditional festivals held in China during spring. A selection of 30 lantern installations of varying sizes made by the world’s biggest lantern maker Lantern Group have been set up in the 50,000 square meter area. Pieces include lanterns over 10 meters long and high, lanterns floating on the water, moving lanterns, and more.

     

    Running: November 23, 2019 – April 5, 2020

    Location: Tokyo German Village

    Address: 419 Nagayoshi, Sodegaura, Chiba

     

    ▼Tokyo German Village Tour
    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kokunai/keyword/%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E3%83%89%E3%82%A4%E3%83%84%E6%9D%91/?p_baitai=9599

     

     

    Tsunan Yuki Matsuri | Niigata Prefecture

    Since 2012, the people of Tsunan in Niigata have raised sky lanterns into the sky to pray for the revival from the disaster that the Tohoku earthquake brought in 2011. It is a two-day festival, with the first day of the event taking place at night, and the second being the main day of the festival. The festival is so popular that tickets never fail to sell out quickly every year. It brings with it a host of events, from the lanterns to the snowboard straight jumping tournament, the hanging of snow lanterns, snowmobile rides, and more.

     

    Running: March 14, 2020 (There will also be a lantern event the night before on March 13, 2020)

    Location: New Greenpia Tsunan

    Address: 12300 Akinari, Tsunan, Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata

     

    ▼Niigata Tsunan Sky Lantern Festival Tour
    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/chubu-hokuriku/niigata/lantern/?p_baitai=9599

     

     

    Nagasaki Lantern Festival | Nagasaki Prefecture

    This festival was originally held during the Chinese New year by the people of Nagasaki Chinatown, but in 1994 it was given the name “Nagasaki Lantern Festival.” To date, it has been attended by over 1 million people. This year, around 15,000 lanterns of varying sizes are set to light the streets. Taking place across several areas, some standout pieces include the peach-coloured lanterns at Nagasaki Chinatown, the ceiling lanterns at Hamanomachi Arcade, the water lanterns at Nagashimagawa Park, and more. On weekends, there are also parades, traditional Chinese performance, and other exciting events. And if you head to Nagasaki Confucian Shrine (also known as Koshi-byo), you can offer a love lantern to pray for happiness in your relationship.

     

    Running: January 24, 2020 – February 9, 2020
    Locations: Nagasaki Chinatown/Central Park/Tojin Yashiki/and elsewhere
    Address: Various places throughout the city of Nagasaki

     

    ▼Nagasaki Lantern Festival

    Hankyu Travel International Tour: Hankyu Travel International

    Nagasaki Tourism Page: https://travel.at-nagasaki.jp/en/what-to-see/62/

     

    Ryukyu Lantern Festival 2019-2020 | Okinawa Prefecture

    Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park is known for having originally been used as the set for several historical drama series, and was subsequently turned into a theme park after filming was finished. The Ryukyu Lantern Festival welcomes a variety of different lanterns, including Chinese lanterns, paper lanterns, various Asian lanterns, and more, each of which bring a completely different atmosphere depending on the area you are in. This year sees the welcome return of the annual lantern contest where 45 individual lantern pieces are exhibited. There are also different street performances every day on the Night Lantern Stage, as well as projection mapping displays, the Night Lantern Cafe, and more.

     

    Running: December 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

    Location: Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park

    Address: 1020-1 Takashiho, Yomitan, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa

    Murasaki Mura Official Website: https://murasakimura.com/

     

     

    Be part of one of Japan’s many beautiful lantern festivals this year and witness some seriously breathtaking night scenes.

  • 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

  • 6 Popular Character Collaboration Cafés to Open in January 2020

    01.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Every month, Japan sees numerous collaboration cafés opening all over the country featuring the world’s most favourite characters, artists and much more. We’ve summed up the ones to look out for in January 2020.

     

    Cafe de Perochi with Seven Days War, Shinjuku

    To celebrate the anime film Seven Days War which premiered on December 13, a themed café opened at EJ Anime Theater in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The café opened in collaboration with popular creator Pantovisco who has over 680,000 followers across his social media.

     The cute menu line-up features Seven Days War-inspired food and desserts with Perochi and his friends joining in with the fun. There’s also a drinks menu with a line-up of colourful beverages and lattes which you can get various latte art drawings on.

     

    Cafe de Perochi with Seven Days War

    Running: December 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020

    Location: EJ Anime Theater Shinjuku Floor 5F (Shinjuku Bunka Bldg., 3-13-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo)

    Official Website: http://7dayswar.jp/

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/280643

     

    BT21 Café, Shibuya, Tokyo and Abeno, Osaka

    The BT21 collaboration café is currently running for the fifth time. The café opened in Shibuya, Tokyo and Abeno, Osaka on November 21, 2019 and will close on January 13, 2020. This there are more BT21 family members and friends featuring in the foods and drinks as part of the BT21 UNIVERSE series’ first-ever menu. There is lots of menu and café-limited merchandise to get your hands on too. 

    Korean Burger: ¥1,490

    Double Yangnyeom Chicken Rice: ¥1,490

     

    BT21  Café, Shibuya, Tokyo Abeno, Osaka

    Location: Shibuya BOX CAFE&SPACE (Shibuya BOX109)

    Running: November 21, 2019 to January 13, 2020
    *Closed January 1

     

    BT21  Café, Abeno, Osaka

    Location: Abeno, Abeno contact

    Running: November 21, 2019 – January 13, 2020
    Official Website: https://www.bt21.com/relations

     

    Devil May Cry 5 x Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro

    The Capcom Cafe is collaborating with the action-adventure hack and slash video game Devil May Cry 5 once again at the Ikebukuro, Tokyo branch from December 5, 2019 to January 15, 2020.

    Devil Breaker “Overture” Potato – ¥880 (Before Tax)

    Demon World Mont Blanc – ¥980 (Before Tax)

    The cafe will feature various menu items and merchandise that was sold at the Laketown branch of Capcom Cafe, as well as new meals, drinks and even more merchandise.

     

     Devil May Cry 5 x Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro

    Running: December 5, 2019 – January 15, 2020

    Address: Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro, 1-30-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders: 21:00)

    Official Website: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/ikebukuro/

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/276074

     

    Pokémon Sword and Shield: Nihombashi, Tokyo and Shinsaibashi, Osaka

    The Tokyo (Nihonbashi) and Osaka (Shinsaibashi) branches of the Pokémon Cafe are releasing their second batch of menu items in collaboration with Pokémon Sword and Shield which will be served between January 18 and March 19 next year.

    Weezing’s Chemical Change Gas Pancakes – ¥1,628

    Morpeko’s Hungry W Sauce Omurice – ¥1,628

    Pokémon Sword and Shield was released on Nintendo Switch on November 15 so if you’re a Pokémon fan in Japan, this is the perfect way to celebrate.

     

     Pokémon Sword and Shield

     Pokémon Cafe (Nihombashi, Tokyo)

    Address: Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, 2-1-2 Nihombashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 10:00-22:00

    No Fixed Holidays (Except when Nihombashi Takashimaya SC is closed)

    Reservations: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/reservation.html

     

    Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)

    Address: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Honkan 9F, 1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

    Business Hours: 10:00-21:30

    No Fixed Holidays (Except when Daimaru Shinsaibashi is closed)

    Reservations: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/reservation.html

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/283263

     

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror, Harajuku

    “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” opened in Japan’s hub of kawaii culture Harajuku on December 21 and will run until March 22 next year. The cafe is the perfect spot to relax with Korilakkuma and be entertained by projection mapping.

    Table Projection Mapping Seats: ¥2,500 per person (Before Tax)

    Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990

    The cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony, which allows customers to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables.

     

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror

    Running: December 21, 2019 – March 22, 2020 (Not running December 30, 2019 to January 3, 2020)

    Location: HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe- (4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Official Website: https://korilakkumacafe.jp/

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456

     

    MARUKO&COJICOJI CAFE, Ginza

     The MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE is set to open in Marronnier Gate Ginza, Tokyo on January 31, 2020 where it will run until July 31. It is a 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 dream collaboration picture book. Customers can look forward to joining the two characters on their adventures as they are vividly recreated on their plates.

     

    MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE

    Location: Sunday Brunch, Marronnier Gate Ginza 1 Floor 4F (2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

    Running: January 31, 2020 – July 31, 2020 (Subject to change)

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    Reservations: Opening on the official website from mid-January 2020

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284763

     

     

    How about kicking off New Year in Japan at a cute collaboration café?

  • Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji Join Hands at the MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE in Tokyo

    21.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE is set to open at Sunday Brunch in Tokyo on January 31, 2020 where it will run until July 31. It is a collaboration between the manga series Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji, both by Momoko Sakura.

     

    Sunday Brunch has collaborated with numerous franchises in the past including Shaun the Sheep and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

     

    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. From dishes to drinks and desserts, everything on the menu is original and exclusive to Sunday Brunch.

     

    The cafe will be decorated with tapestries featuring artwork in the style of the picture book, and fans can expect to purchase some exclusive merchandise too. More information is TBA, so stay tuned.

     

    ©️Momoko Sakura ©️Sakura Production

  • Sleep With the Orca Whales With Kamogawa Sea World’s Night Stay Program

    22.October.2019 | SPOT

    Kamogawa Sea World is offering a different kind of aquatic experience later this year with its new “Adult Night Stay” program which will run for 5 set days between December 7, 2019 and January 18, 2020 for those aged 18+.

    The program offers a chance to take a photo with the beluga whales as well as watch a special performance from the orcas, which is available to those participating in the night stay as well as guests staying at Kamogawa Sea World Hotel. The aquarium also has some other night-time plans in store which you can’t experience during daytime hours.

    During dinner, you’ll get to watch the orcas swim from the window while dining and chatting with the feeder and trainer of the orcas. The semi-course dinner was conceived by head chef Yamamoto and is made with seasonal ingredient.

    After food, enjoy gazing at the giant “Endless Ocean” tank.

     

    Below is the schedule for the two days.

     

    Day 1

    ・Tropical island behind-the-scenes study

    ・Pet the beluga whales (includes photo)

    ・Special orca performance

    ・Semi-course dinner with feeder and trainer

    ・Night adventure

    ・Bathe (At Kumogawa Sea World Hotel or neighbouring facility)

    ・Stay in front of endless ocean tank

     

    Day 2

    ・Watch the dolphins

    ・Breakfast at the Ocean restaurant

    ・Free roam of the aquarium

  • Stroll the Edo Streets as an Elegant Samurai and Make Tea in the Feudal Lord’s Residence

    04.October.2019 | SPOT

    Sakura, Chiba is home to important cultural heritage and even what is also known as the “Samurai Town”. Now you can stroll around the beautiful old streets of Sakura dressed as a Samurai, attend a relaxing zen session and even take part in a tea ceremony as part of a limited period tourist plan. The Samurai tour is mainly aimed at foreigners, however Japanese people who are curious about samurai culture are also more than welcome to join. 

     

    Sakura Castle Samurai Stroll

    In 2016, Sakura became one of the four cities of the Hokuso region to be designated as a Heritage site under the title “An Edo Travelogue through Four Hokuso Cities” for its preservation of the old Edo culture. Old buildings full of secrets can be spotted all over the town, creating the old atmosphere of the Edo period. Embrace the elegant remnants of the Edo period with a relaxing stroll in Samurai clothing. Who knows what you might discover.

    Your relaxing stroll will be led by a tour guide who knows a lot about the history of Sakura. This is a wonderful opportunity to take beautiful pictures of the historical Samurai house (Bukeyashiki). Your tour guide will also show you Hiyodorizaka, which is a natural path lined with a dense forest of tall bamboo trees where Samurai are said to have often pass by. Every year, the bamboo and wooden sword martial arts sessions in the program are also very popular. 

     

    ◇ Running:

    October 26

     November 9, 23

     December 14, 21

    January 11, 25

    February 8, 22

    March 12, 28

    April 9, 25

    May 9, 16

     

    ◇ Times: 9:30 ー 12:30

     *The program will still run in bad weather excluding stormy or severe weather.

    ◇ Prices:

    ¥6,500 per person (Includes lunch voucher and entry to the samurai house)

    * ¥6,000 per person when you purchase tickets as a group of 3 or more.

    ◇ Tickets

    Reservation Website: https://www.govoyagin.com/ja

    Apply Directly to Sakura City Tourism Association

    TEL: 043-486-6000

    Email: sakurashi-kankou@catv296.ne.jp

    * Phone calls will be answered in Japanese only.

     

    Zen Meditation and Tea Ceremony in the House of a Feudal Lord

    There are also guided zen meditation and tea ceremony sessions which are available for a limited period only. These guided zen meditation and tea ceremonies will take place in the Kyuhottatei ー one of Japan’s most preserved traditional-style feudal lord residences. This luxurious Edo-style mansion was built 130 years ago and is classified as an Important Cultural Property.  

     

    ◇ Running:

    October 16,

    November 7, 19

    December 6, 18

     

    ◇ Times: 9:00 ー 12:30

     *The program will still run in bad weather excluding stormy or severe weather.

     

    ◇ Prices:

    ¥10,000 per person (Includes lunch voucher, entry to the Kyuhottatei and tea ceremony participation fee.)

     

    ◇ Tickets

    Please enquire directly to the Sakura City Tourism Association

    TEL:  043-486-6000

    Email Address: sakurashi-kankou@catv296.ne.jp

    * Phone calls will be answered in Japanese only.

     

    If you are curious about Edo Samurai culture, you won’t be disappointed by this program.

  • Tokyo Disney Resort to Unlock A Whole New World in 2020: New Area, New Attractions, New Adventures

    30.September.2019 | SPOT

    Tokyo Disney Resort will be telling the guards to open up the gates to an enormous number of brand new attractions, events and much more all at once on April 15, 2020. Over the course of the year, there will be so many exciting events and programs all over the resort that you will be wanting to waltz into Disney Resort® every day. This is the perfect chance to experience your perfect Happily Ever After. 

     

    In short, Alongside the numerous seasonal programs and events, Tokyo Disneyland will be expanding Fantasyland. A new area will be built inside it called New Fantasyland, which is dedicated to the Disney film Beauty and the Beast. There will even be a new attraction called ‘Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast’, an indoor theatre called ‘Fantasyland Forest Theatre’, and much more. Along with the new Fantasyland developments, Tomorrowland will be home to the new ride ‘The Happy Ride with Baymax’ and Toontown is getting an attraction called Minnie’s Style Studio. 

     

    New Disneyland Attractions to Open on April 15, 2020

    New Attraction: Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast

    There will be a brand new large-scale attraction dedicated to the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. Enter the picturesque village of medieval France where Belle resides. Embark on a journey through the film in a dancing teacup and become part of famous scenes as the nostalgic movie music embraces you. You will want this beautiful moment to last forever.

     New Indoor Theatre: Fantasyland Forest Theatre

    This is the first ever full-scale indoor theatre to ever be built at Disneyland and it will reside in Fantasyland. The theme of the theatre is travelling the wonderful world of music with your favourite Disney characters. The live performances to take place on the stage will be undoubtedly dynamic and intense. 

    Minnie Mouse Meet and Greet Facility: Minnie’s Style Studio

    For the first time in forever, Tokyo Disneyland is setting up a greeting facility for Minnie Mouse to greet guests. Head to Toontown to meet fashion designer Minnie Mouse in her beautiful costumes. Make sure to get a picture with her! 

    *Toontown, where Minnie’s Style Studio is located, will be presented by Kodansha Ltd.

    The Happy Ride with Baymax

    If you’re a fan of Big Hero 6 then this ride is for you. Your favourite personal medical healthcare companion Baymax will pull you along on a thrilling and rather unpredictable journey. 

    * The Happy Ride with Baymax is presented by Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.

     

    Seasonal Events

    Tokyo DisneySea ‘Disney Easter’ Special Event

    March 27- June 12, 2020

    Tokyo DisneySea has some incredibly exciting news: The Usapiyo chicks are due to hatch in time for Easter! These mysterious chicks with bunny ears are sure to have your heart hopping with happiness. They will be taking part in a show held at the Mediterranean Harbor. The Usapiyo will be joining Mickey Mouse and the gang to celebrate spring and fill your heart with excitement and fun. 

     

     

    Tokyo Disneyland Special Program: ‘Happy Fair with Baymax’

    June 4 – November 1, 2020

    This program will take place in Tomorrowland and will see the park filled with decorations, photo spots, merchandise and menu items themed on Big Hero 6. Your excitement levels are bound to inflate dramatically!

     

    These are just a few exciting events that 2020 holds in store. Be Prepared for some fun!

     

    *All images in this article are illustrations. 

    ©Disney

  • Gamers! Rally Your Teammates For A New Quest: TOKYO GAME SHOW

    05.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    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. 

     

    Schedule:

    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.

     

    Schedule:

    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!

  • Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series or other franchise by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them.

     

    Before continuing this article be sure to check out our August 2019 list of character cafés as some of them are still running.

     

     

    Fate/Grand Order Cafe in Omotesando

    The third run of the Fate/Grand Order themed cafe, with designs produced by Sanrio, is taking place at OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE from September 5 to 29.

    When you book a table in advance (¥650 before tax per person) and order from the menu you’ll receive one of the above possible 16 lunch mats. And if you order a drink you’ll get one of the 16 coasters. You’ll get one of either piece of these exclusive items per item you order from the menu.

    Master & Mash Snow Field Meatballs – ¥1,490

    This dish is piled with filling sauteed meatballs and mushrooms. The cream sauce is made to look like a snowy field. It’s served with a side of jam for a succulent sweet and sour kick.

    Brynhildr & Sigurd Croquembouche Parfait – ¥1,390

    Croquembouche is often served at weddings in Italy at France. Here, it has been turned into an easy-to-eat parfait. It’s topped with salt ice cream, yogurt mousse and more, all in refreshing colours.

     

    To find out more details and what else they have on the menu, click here.

     

    © TYPE-MOON / FGO PROJECT

     

    Fate/Grand Order Design produced by Sanrio – 3rd Collaborative Cafe

    Running: September 5, 2019 – September 29, 2019

    Location: OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE (Pine Under Flat Floor B1F, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Official Website: https://fgo-sanrio-cafe.jp/

    *Reservations now open via the official website

     

     

    Love Live! & Sanrio Open Collaborative Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka

    Multimedia project Love Live!―which has spawned an anime series, manga, game, movie and more―has teamed up with Sanrio to open themed cafes in Tokyo and Osaka on August 16 and September 27 respectively.

     

    The menu features a bounty of flavourful food and drink which incorporates popular flavours, luscious taste, and hearty servings. You get a special illustration with every meal.

    An Unlikely Combination Food Plate – ¥1,390 (Before Tax)

    An interesting assortment of a mini omurice, soy sauce ramen, and a fresh tomato caprese salad. It also comes with the pictured postcard which features a blackboard design.

    Deliciousness Ensemble! Invigorating Dessert Plate – ¥1,390 (Before Tax)

    This dessert set is one fit for the gods, adorned with an apple topped castella, mini pancake laced with salted caramel ice cream, an tea-flavoured jelly. This also comes with the pictured postcard featuring different characters.

     

    Fans of both franchises can pick up plenty of exclusive merchandise too, featuring the characters from Love Live! dressed like the Sanrio cast. There are bonus items for customers who book a table in advance too. Don’t miss this first ever collaboration between Love Live! and Sanrio♡

     

    To find out more details and what else they have on the menu, click here.

     

    Love Live! Series x Sanrio Characters Cafe

    Tokyo Cafe
    Running: August 16, 2019 – October 14, 2019
    Location: HARAJUKU BOX CAFE&SPACE (Lucessimo Bldg. Floor 2F, 4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

     

    Osaka Cafe

    Running: September 27, 2019 – October 27, 2019
    Location: UMEDA BOX CAFE&SPACE( (Umeda LOFT Floor 1F, 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)

     

    Reservations: ¥500 (Before Tax)
    Official Website: https://lovelive-sanrio-cafe.jp/

     

     

    TV Anime Given Themed Cafe – Listen To The Characters’ Voices As You Dine

    Six branches of CAFFÈ & BAR PRONTO in Japan are set to collaborate with the ongoing yaoi anime series Given from September 13 to 23.

     

    The theme of the collaboration is “After Band Practice.” The cafes will serve up food inspired by the series as well as sell exclusive merchandise. The voice actors for the four main characters also recorded lines for the cafes which will play during your time there.

    Bright Red Tomato Pasta – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    Pancake Of The Day – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    To find out more details and what else they have on the menu, click here.

     

    ©︎Natsuki Kizu・Shinshokan / Given Production Committee

     

    TV Anime Given x Enter Bell at PRONT

    Running: September 13, 2019 – September 23, 2019

    Locations: PRONTO Sapporo Pole Town / PRONTO IL BAR Ochanomizu Sola City / PRONTO Ikebukuro Sunshine-dori / PRONTO Nagoya Marunouchi / PRONTO Meitetsu Gifu Station / BEERTERIA PRONTO Osaka Dojima

     

    General Reservations

    ・Running: August 21, 2019 at midnight (JST) to September 23, 2019 at 23:59 (JST)

    ・Price: ¥1,188 (Tax Included) for one person. Includes one seat and drink.

    *To make a reservation and receive the voice reminder you must have a Bandai Namco ID (free to register)

     

    Official Website: https://bpnavi.jp/enterbell/given/

     

     

    Chibi Maruko-chan Themed Menu & Merch Arrives at Tower Records Cafe Omotesando

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime series, Tower Records Cafe in Omotesando is collaborating with the franchise to turn its establishment into all things Maruko-chan for a limited time from September 5 to 29. Also, 22 branches of Tower Records as well as the Tower Records online store will sell collaborative merchandise.

    Maruko-chan’s Hamburger Plate – ¥1,500

    The collaboration will be split into two different periods with different food and merchandise line-ups. The Maruko-chan Hamburger Plate, however, will be available for the cafe’s entire duration. Hamburgers are Maruko-chan’s favourite meal, and this one is served with vegetables and a rice ball with her adorable face on it.

     

    Collaboration Period ①

    Nagasawa-kun’s Onion Soup Pasta – ¥1,500

    Served with a whole onion, this soup seeped vongole pasta is inspired by the onion-head himself Nagasawa-kun.

    Noguchi-san’s Birthday Cake – ¥1,200

    Celebrate Noguchi-san’s birthday (September 9) with this very special blueberry and milk crepe birthday cake.

    The exclusive merchandise takes on a music theme with original designs. Pick from 7 different items including a towel, tote bag, phone case and more.

     

    To find out more details and what else they have on the menu, click here.

     

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

    *Please enquire with shop staff about any food allergies.

    ⒸSakura Production/Nippon Animation

     

    Chibi Maruko-chan x TOWER RECORDS CAFE

    Running: September 5, 2019 – September 29, 2019

    Period ①: September 5, 2019 – September 17, 201

    Period ②: September 18, 2019 – September 29, 2019

    *The menu line-up and free gifts will be different for each period

     

    TOWER RECORDS CAFE Omotesando
    Address: Imon Harajuku Bldg. 2F, 6-3-9  Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:30 (Last Orders 20:30)
    Official Website: http://tower.jp/restaurants/cafe/omotesando

    *No reservations, however during busy times numbered tickets will be handed out. Details on numbered tickets will be announced on the cafe’s official Twitter page: @TRC_Omotesando

     

    Chibi Maruko-chan x TOWER RECORDS Collaboration Merchandise
    Release Date: September 5, 2019 (*Pre-orders now open)
    Available: At 22 Tower Records branches and the online store
    Tower Records Online: https://tower.jp
    Collaboration Page: https://tower.jp/chibimaru

     

    Hatsune Miku Music Cafe Opening in Tokyo & Fukuoka

    The Hatsune Miku Music Cafe has returned for the third run and is now open in Akihabara, Tokyo and Hakata, Fukuoka.

     

    The music cafe will be supported by VOCALOID music label KARENT. VOCALOID fans can look forward to dining while listening to music from their favourite characters―Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, MEIKO and KAITO―on high quality speakers and giant monitors.

    Miku’s Leek Record Curry – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    Luka’s Pink Peach Soda – ¥750 (Tax Included)

    There’s lots more merchandise, food and drinks as well as this too. You can see the full line-up on the official website. And for more details, click here.

     

    © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net

    *The rate of consumption tax is set to increase from 8% to 10% in Japan from October 1, 2019 and so the prices listed here will increase
    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

     

    ▼Hatsune Miku Music Cafe – 3rd Run

    ・Ani ON STATION AKIHABARA
    Address: Daidoh Limited Bldg. 1F, 3-1-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

    Running: August 23, 2019 – October 6, 2019
    *Closed on September 1, 2019
    *Regular hours will not run on October 6, 2019 due to the DJ event

     

    ・Ani ON STATION Hakata Bus Terminal
    Address: Hakata Bus Terminal 7F, 2-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Running: August 28, 2019 – September 29, 2019

     

    Entry Price: ¥500 (Tax Included)

    Cafe Website: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/cafe_and_bar/anionstation/special/miku_cafe3/
    Ani ON STATION Official Website: https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/cafe_and_bar/anionstation/

     

     

    BT21 Cafe Serves World Food in Shibuya, Umeda, Nagoya and Sapporo

    LEGS COMPANY has opened four BT21 themed cafe called “BT21 CAFE 2019 WORLD” in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Sapporo. BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe will serve up many different dishes of food from around the world, all with motifs from the BT21 character line-up.

    Japanese Food Plate: Temari Sushi (Salmon, Duck, Minced Tuna, Fried Tofu, Shrimp Avocado) & Meat Udon – ¥1,490

    Brazilian Food Plate: Churrasco, Mashed Potato & Feijoada – ¥1,490

    Enter the cute world of BT21 and their world food line-up. Click here for more details.

     

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

    ©BT21

     

    BT21 Cafe 2019 WORLD

    Locations/Dates:

    • SHIBUYA BOX CAFE&SPACE SHIBUYA 109 (August 22, 2019 – September 29, 2019)
    • UMEDA BOX CAFE&SPACE (August 22, 2019 – September 23, 2019)
    • NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE (September 4, 2019 – October 6, 2019)
    • TOWER RECORDS CAFE at Sapporo PIVOT (September 5, 2019 – October 20, 2019)

    *Cafes closed on September 30, 2019

     

    Reservations

    ・Price: ¥650 (Before Tax)

    Official Website: http://box-cafe.jp/

    The BT21 Cafe is reservation-only

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Be sure to visit all the character cafés you can while in Japan this month! Stay tuned for next month’s entry.

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