GOODGLAS double-walled animal-themed glasses at Tokyu Department store!
27.May.2019 | FASHION
Double-walled glass pioneer GOODGLAS will be selling cute animal-themed glasses at four Tokyu Department stores for a limited time only starting from 30th May 2019. The four limited stores are Shibuya main store, Shibuya station Toyoko store, Kichijoji store and Tama Plaza Kanagawa store.
Bear: ¥3,200 + tax
Labrador: ¥3,200 + tax
The double-walled glasses will come in the following designs: Dog, cat, duck, bear, labrador, wild boar, grape, and cherry blossom.
Shiba Inu dog: ¥3,200 + tax
Bunny: 3,500 + tax
Cat: ¥3,500 + tax
From 8th June, more mug designs will be added to the series shown above! The Shiba Inu dog mug, which was fully sold out soon after it was launched for sale back in April, is making a comeback! There will also be two more brand new designs: the bunny and the cat! The Shiba Inu, bunny and cat mugs will be sold at Tokyu Department store in advance. They will be available for general sale from 14th June.
You won’t be able to stop drinking from these cute mugs so get your hands on some!
Release date: 30/05/2019
Available at:Four Tokyu Department stores
Tokyu Department store Shibuya main store (6th floor) Kitchen/ tableware section
(2 Chome-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya City,)
Tokyu Department store Shibuya station, Toyoko store (Minamikan 8th floor) Kitchen/ tableware section
(2 Chome-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya)
Tokyu Department store Kichijoji (6th floor) Kitchen/ tableware section
(2 Chome-3-1 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo)
Tokyu Department store Tama Plaza (4th floor) Japanese/western-style tableware section
(1 Chome-7 Utsukushigaoka, Aoba Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa)
For more information on GOODGLAS double-walled glasses, please check GOODGLAS JAPAN’s website: https://www.r-kj.com/
Odate City in Akita to open new tourist exchange centre featuring cute and fluffy Japanese Akita dogs!
04.May.2019 | SPOT
In the cultural northern region of Japan, a tourist exchange centre will open in front of JR Odate Station in Odate city, Akita! The centre, which is called the Akita Dog Visitor Centre (Akita Inu no Sato) will open on Wednesday 8th May.
At the Akita Dog Visitor Centre, you can fully discover Akita’s most beloved furry friend the Japanese Akita dog! The centre also contains a museum where you can learn about the history of Japanese Akita and their characteristics. There is also a tourist information desk, souvenir corner and much more! You can also visit the Japanese Akita exhibition area where you can get close to the Akita dogs or pop by the large lawn area located right next to the exhibition room to play with the dogs!
A statue dedicated to the faithful Akita dog Hachiko will be located right outside the centre. Hachiko was born in Odate city back when it was called Niidamura. Hachiko is known worldwide as the dog who waited faithfully for his owner’s return in front of Shibuya station from the Taisho era to the start of the Showa era. The Hachiko statue will be moved from its current position in the front of JR Odate station to in front of the Akita Dog Visitor Centre in order to properly greet the people and dogs who come to visit. At the grand opening ceremony on the 8th May, there will be a photo stand-in board allowing anyone to transform into the faithful dog Hachiko. You can also see a red and white curtain made to take on the appearance of the fur of a Japanese Akita ー this is going to be one fluffy ceremony!
There are also two special promotion measures to support the grand opening!
The first promotion measure is an original web video series called “Akita Inu ga Odate no Miryoku o shinan!? Odate Lesson by Akita Dog”. This is an official web series released by Odate city featuring an Akita dog teaching the world about the famous cultural wonders of Akita! From local food such as Kiritanpo (rice sticks) and delicious Hinaichidori chicken to crafts made from Akita sugi cedar wood, and spots such as the mountainous region of Tashiro Dake, this dog will show you everything! The web series is available on the YouTube channel called Akita Inu no Sato (秋田犬の里).
The second promotion measure is the release of a newspaper which will feature a countdown to the grand opening. The newspaper will contain the latest information and will be launched on Wednesday 1st May and lead up to the grand opening! The contents will be like Japan’s famous newspaper Mainichi Shimbun, but its main design theme will be the Japanese Akita. The contents will really bring out the wonders of the region’s loyal Akita dogs!
Through the Akita Dog Visitor Centre, Odate city is aiming to spread the news of the beloved Japanese Akita dog. They hope to create a facility that is loved by many people, so please come attend the grand opening ceremony of the Akita Dog Visitor Centre on Wednesday 8th May!
Akita Dog Visitor Centre (Akita Inu no Sato)
Open from: 8th May 2019.
Address: 1-13-1, Onarimachi, Odate city, Akita.
The Adorable Peach Coloured Cat Themed Set With Red Bean Paste Bread
21.February.2019 | FOOD
The Bakery Blue Jean cafe and bakery at Hotel New Hankyu Osaka has revealed a special cat themed set of items that will go on sale from February 21 for four days only. The set is arriving in time for Cat Day in Japan on February 22.
The set comes with a pre-release of the new cherry blossom flavoured red bean paste cat bread arriving at the cafe in March. It also comes with cherry blossom flavoured cat paws, macarons, cookies and more including a pink Blue Jean cat plate. This will be available on Cat Day.
Be sure to get your paws on this set quickly as they sold out in 4 hours last year!
Momoiro Neko Set
Running: February 21, 2019 – February 24, 2019
*30 to be sold on weekdays and 60 on the weekend
Price: 1 set – ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Location: Bakery Blue Jean, Hotel New Hankyu Osaka Floor B1F (1-1-35 Shibata, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture)
Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00
Squidgy Cat Paw Phone Cases Released by Felissimo Neko-bu
17.February.2019 | FASHION
Felissimo Neko-bu™ recently released a new line of cute cat paw phone cases so squidgy and fluffy you’ll want to poke them every time you pick up your phone.
Made almost as real as the real thing, these 3D phone case designs also come with an adhesive sheet to stick your phone to so you can just pop it right in there.
While in place your phone can slide up and down making for a smooth transition to photo mode. They didn’t forget the handy card pocket either to keep those important cards safe.
There are three designs to choose from and can add even more relaxation to your phone break.
As always with Felissimo Neko-bu products, part of the price of these phone cases. goes towards numerous causes including shelter for animals with no owners and for helping find them owners, as well as aiding towards getting stray cats off the street to avoid overpopulation, and for protecting animals during times of disaster.
Cat Paw Phone Cases
Released: January 29, 2019
Price: ¥2,909 (1 design per month)
→¥81 of the money will go towards the “Felissimo Cat Foundation”. (The money donated is tax exempt)
・1 design will be sold per month from the date of release. Once each has been sold sales will stop.
Product Page: https://feli.jp/s/pr19021302/2/
Gel-Type False Cat Nails Released by Felissimo Neko-bu™
05.November.2018 | FASHION
Felissimo Neko-bu™ released their new ‘Cat Nail Seals’ on their website on October 22.
The nails come with a thick and glossy transparent gel that you simply apply to stick the nails on which also give them three-dimensionality. They are perfect for people who are in a rush, want to make their nails stylish but aren’t sure how, those who don’t have time to go to a nail salon, and those who have an interest in nail art but it troublesome.
There are 4 designs to choose from.
Cat & Constellations: A girly colour combination of pink and white.
Cat Emblem: A good choice to match light skin tones with luxurious pink beige and greys. Also great for parties.
Cat and Cat Powder: A flowery design of the cat powder plant. Perfect for when you need to look flashy.
Cat Dots: A mix of greyish mint and brown to create a mildly cool look.
These high quality nail ‘seals’ have been carefully designed so they can be applied to a variety of nail shapes. They are made in such a way that it is difficult to end up with creases and wrinkles in the seals so you can apply them effortlessly. If you add a top coat of gel they’ll be even longer-lasting.
Each order comes with a set of two so you can make both hands symmetrical or asymmetrical. There are so many combinations you can make even with the same set. The cat motifs and vibrant colours are ideal for a whole range of settings, whether it’s an everyday look or you’re off to a party. They’re sure to be noticed and crop up in conversation when gathered around people. They also make for a perfect gift for cat lovers.
As always with Felissimo Neko-bu products, part of the price of these false nails goes towards numerous causes including shelter for animals with no owners and for helping find them owners, as well as aiding towards getting stray cats off the street to avoid overpopulation, and for protecting animals during times of disaster.
Show off your inner feline with these new nails from Felissimo Nekobu♪
Pukkuri Gel Style Cat Nail Seals
Price: ¥1,200 (+8% ¥1,293)
→¥36 of the money will go towards the “Felissimo Cat Foundation”. (The money donated is tax exempt)
・Set: 2 nail seal sheets (enough for both hands)
*The number of times they can be used depends on nail size.
・Size: Large Seals – 1.4cm x 1.3cm / Small Seals – 0.8cm x 0.6cm
*May not be applicable with certain nail shapes. Cannot be returned after use.
*Please cease use after 5 days of use.
・1 of 4 designs shipped per month in rotation.
(Made in Japan)
Purple-Coloured Halloween Cat Bread Set Pouncing on Blue Jean Bakery in Osaka
For a limited time only, the Blue Jean cafe and bakery located in Hotel New Hankyu Osaka will sell its new ‘Iro Neko Halloween Set’ for 7 days from October 25.
Blue Jean has taken its popular cat bread, mixed it with more ingredients to make it even more delicious and made it purple. The set itself comes with the bread and some Halloween merch and goodies.
Iro Neko Halloween Set
The bread is grape flavoured and is mixed with dried cranberries and raisins. It comes decorated with bat and witch hat shaped sablé shortbread cookies. The set also includes pumpkin flavoured cat paw and financier baked desserts. It also comes with a cute blanket which will be very useful for the coming cold season.
Iro Neko Halloween Set
Running: October 25, 2018 – October 31, 2018
*30 available per day on weekdays / 60 available per day on weekends
Price: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Available: Blue Jean Cafe & Bakery on floor B1F of Hotel New Hankyu Osaka
Selling Time: 8:00-22:00
Fluffy Cat Fur Phone Cases Released by Felissimo Neko-bu
04.October.2018 | FASHION
Felissimo’s brand of humorous items YOU+MORE! has teamed up with Felissimo Neko-bu™ and released a series of cat themed phone cases.
The cases feature three different designs of cats peeking around the back of your phone. The designs are inspired by real life kitties who bother their owners when they’re not getting attention.
The cases lock with the cat’s paws which have a magnet on them and are also made of fake fluffy fur which feels nice to touch.
The inside of the case also features a handy card holder and pocket. Your smartphone can be used by attaching it to the adhesive sheet inside which also slides up and down for when you want to snap photos.
The three cat designs include Sabatora, Mike and Kijitora. Pick your favourite!
Cat Smartphone Cases
Price: ¥3,200 each 1個 ¥3,200 (+8% ¥3,453)
→¥32 of the money will go towards the “Felissimo Cat Foundation”. (The money donated is tax exempt)
*Compatible with smartphones measuring up to 14.5cm x 7.5cm x 1cm but may be limited depending on smartphone designs.
*Depending on the shape and quality of the material of a smartphone the glue may not be able hold or the smartphone may be difficult to detach.
*The magnets may have an influence on certain cards with magnets on them including certain credit cards.
*Ensure you choose the right size when ordering your case.
*Made in China.
Product Page: https://feli.jp/s/pr181001/2/
Akita the Dog is Taking Over Shibuya to Promote Akita Prefecture
01.September.2018 | SPOT
Akita is the name of a dog (who is also of the dog breed Akita) who has been used to promote tourist information about Akita Prefecture in northern Honshu since 2016. The 4th promotional campaign will be run from September 3 to October 31.
The campaign is being taken to Shibuya in Tokyo. This is an ideal location because not only are there many tourists in Shibuya, but it’s also affiliated with the famous dog Hachiko, who was also an Akita dog born in Akita Prefecture
The campaign’s catchphrase “GO! AKITA” has been changed to “Yeah! AKITA” to express Akita the dog’s joyful voice for his hometown as well as to capture traveller’s reactions to visiting the prefecture.
Look out for the big advertising posters of Akita the dog featuring photos posted on his social media that show the beauty of Akita Prefecture such as at Nekobari Iwa and next to a Kashima (above).
10,000 free rubbish bags will also be handed out featuring an Akita the dog “Happy HalloWan!” design – with wan being the Japanese equivalent of ‘woof.’ The streets of Shibuya become very messy during Halloween, so Akita will be there to lend a paw!
Akita will be dotted all around Shibuya promoting Akita Prefecture, so be sure to find him everywhere!
Tokyo Stroll: Shopping & Sightseeing with Mozuku-kun the Dog #4 – Instagram Hat Photoshoot
In this featured series, dog lover and model Yuna Yabe heads out with her trusty partner Mozuku to visit hot spots that people and their dogs enjoy, while deepening her bond with him.
In today’s article, Yuna dresses up Mozuku with hats from a capsule toy series she likes called ‘Inu no Kaburi Mono’ (Things for Dogs to Wear).
The ‘Inu no Kaburi Mono’ series Yuna is interested in is by Kitan Club. She found capsule toy items for cats that she wanted Mozuku to try on, but she also wanted to try the dog ones, so she ended up having him wear a variety of things.
The Kitan Club hat series features 3 different designs: baseball caps, school caps and cop hats – and they all come in different colours!
First up is the black baseball caps, fittingly co-ordinated with a striped Marines uniform to complete this sporty look! A perfect outfit for exercise in the park.
Next is the white doggy cop hat. Mozuku is looking summery with the outdoor white polo shirt too. He looks like sailor!
This big dropping t-shirt gives Mozuku a kid look. He has a yellow school cap on and looks just like a Japanese kindergartener. It matches perfectly with the green!
The one Yuna wanted him to wear the most was the camo one. He’s wearing it together with a border-type Western outfit remade by her grandma. He looks like a fashionable and heroic guy!
The last look is the red and navy co-ord. Wearing matching navy caps is a lot of fun.
Yuna said, “We got to see many different sides to Mozuku today. It’s good to protect your head with a hat during summertime. If I wear a hat I can match looks with my dog, so I recommend it!”
If you’re in Japan and come across capsule toy machines, known as gashapon, then be sure to look out for this series. They’re ¥300 each.
Cute Neko no Buu-chan Merchandise Arrives at Village Vanguard
30.July.2018 | FASHION
Village Vanguard are now selling cute new merchandise for Neko no Buu-chan, an adorable cat character created by Japanese illustrator Kino Takahashi.
This cute die cut smartphone ring functions as a stand to keep your phone propped up.
The cookie tin is filled with Buu-chan cookies! The designs are just too cute to eat.
There’s even Buu-chan’s first ever line of t-shirts. There’s 3 colours to choose from. A must-have for this summer.
There’s a range of other new Buu-chan items to get your hands on too, like stickers and badges. Litter your room with this cute kitty!
Fluffy Cat Slippers Inspired by Internet Cat ‘Foo-Chan’ Released by Felissimo Neko-bu
23.July.2018 | FASHION
Felissimo Neko-bu released their second collaborative piece of merchandise with internet sensation Foo-Chan on July 18, this time in the form of slippers.
The slippers are almost like a plush toy and are insulated, meaning your feet will be warm, cushioned and comfortable.
The slippers are so fat and fluffy you’ll find yourself stroking them without even realising!
The soles are black like Foo-chan’s paws and are made of anti-skid material meaning you won’t slide all over the place.
There are three designs with different Foo-chan facial expressions. There’s his classic ‘disappointed’ look, a scornful look, and a cute expression he uses when he wants treats.
As always with Felissimo Neko-bu products, part of the price of these slippers go towards numerous causes including shelter for animals with no owners and for helping find them owners, as well as aiding towards getting stray cats off the street to avoid overpopulation, and for protecting animals during times of disaster.
Sizes accommodate those with 22.5cm-27.5cm sized feet so guys can wear them too.
Get your very own Foo-chan slippers!
Edo Cat Café: Enjoy the World of Ukiyo-e and Cats at Edo Neko Chaya
09.June.2018 | SPOT
Edo Neko Chaya is a new Edo-style cat café opening in Tokyo on June 15 for a limited period where you can enjoy the world of ukiyo-e while playing with real cats.
The concept behind this event is: “A rumour between the residents of an Edo ‘nagaya’ and cats. Travellers from across the country catch sound of the rumour and come to get a glimpse.”
The nagaya was a type of living quarters in the Edo period made like a row of houses. The cat café building is made to look like one of these. Ukiyo-e paintings and models will decorate inside and bring to life the street and atmosphere of the Edo period. There will be several zones inside building, including the cat tea room, cat ‘red light district,’ cat bath, cat nagaya, and cat plaza. Each area will be furnished with ukiyo-e that fit the scene, bringing to life the world of Edo. You’ll have the chance to learn about the deep relationship between the people of Edo and cats through the commentaries of each ukiyo-e piece.
The majority of the cats at Edo Neko Chaya are rescue cats. The number of rescue cats remains high as a result of the country’s record breaking cat boom. To raise awareness of this issue, part of the proceedings made at the café will go towards support funds tackling the issue of stray cats.
A range of original merchandise will also be sold including t-shirts, cushions, purses, book covers, phone cases, towels, hand towels, clear files, tatami coasters, stickers and more. Artists fond of cats have also agreed to support tackling the issue of homeless cats by selling limited-edition ema plaques.
But it doesn’t stop there. There will also be a chance to enjoy Edo’s food culture at -Ryogoku- Edo NOREN, join in a campaign being held in collaboration with Sumida Hokusai Museum, and more.
Immerse yourself in the world of Edo and cats at the Edo Cat Café!
Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park: Events in June 2018
There’s never shortage of things to do at Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Nagasaki absolutely packed with content from flowers to illuminations, games, music and more.
Pull out your diaries and write in the dates for these events taking place at the park in June.
“Happy Rain” – A rainbow of umbrellas stretching across each location
A whole host of events will take place at Happy Rain, and there will be plenty of food to eat and things to buy, all themed on rainbows.
Umbrellas of all colours float overhead along Rainbow Street, and the multicoloured food and merchandise on sale transform the area into a colourful creation. And if it rains, you can pick up an original poncho for just ¥100 – normally sold at ¥1,500.
“Miffy Month” – Celebrate with everyone!
Miffy, the adorable bunny loved all over the world, is holding a birthday event this June.
Look forward to getting your hands on limited-edition Miffy merchandise and eating Miffy inspired food at the popular Nijntje Cafe. There will also be an event held with snacks thrown out to people.
“Hydrangea Festival” – 1,250 varieties of hydrangea displayed
From the 2m tall and 10m wide ‘Hydrangea Wall’ to the magical illuminated ‘Hydrangea Herbarium,’ this new spot in Huis Ten Bosch Palace will be full of gorgeous hydrangea flowers. A social media campaign will also take place to win a coupon that can be used there.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/102391
“Lily Festival” – 300 varieties of lilies
In the Lily Garden, you can take an absolutely gorgeous photo at a particular lily patch made to look like a lily dress. You’ll be enveloped by the sweet scent of lilies outdoors, in the palace, the hotel, and pretty much everywhere else.
“BLAZE UP NAGASAKI 2018 in HUIS TEN BOSCH” – A rock event
This rock event is aimed at invigorating the region of Nagasaki. In addition to SHANK who are organising this event, a total of ten artists will perform including HEY-SMITH, SiM, Crossfaith , dustbox, G-FREAK FACTORY, MEANING, SIX LOUNGE, 04 Limited Sazabys, and Kariyushi58.
Kichi Kichi Cat & Dog Walking
This event is organised by pet magazine Inu Kichi Neko Ichi. This is your chance to get your photo taken by a professional cameraman and printed in the magazine. This one’s a must-check for pet owners.
3rd Bosch Cosplay Collection
The third Bosch Cos Collection will allow special access to a place you normally can’t enter to be used a photo spot.
Nagasaki Prefecture is home to one of Japan’s four biggest cities and is close to Fukuoka Prefecture. There’s an express bus you can take from Fukuoka Station to gt to Huis Ten Bosch, and overall commuting there is very easy. There’s always lots of events taking place at the park, and the ones this June can be enjoyed whether it’s sunny or rainy.
Begin your summer with a trip to Huis Ten Bosch!