Tanabata Sky Lantern Festivals to Take Place in Tokyo and Kobe

09.June.2019 | SPOT

Last year, Starry Night Company (SNC) brought the Tanabata Sky Lantern Festival to Osaka. This year, they are set to host it in Tokyo and Osaka simultaneously on July 6 and 7. A total of 20,000 individual lanterns will be released over the two-day period in an even bigger and better festival than before.

 

Most lantern events held around the world use lanterns lit with fire, but for this event LED sky lanterns will be used to ensure safety. All lanterns are also fitted with a cord. One of Japan’s major lantern festivals, the event is made possible by SNC who developed the world’s first LED sky lantern.

Japanese actors Sho Aoyagi and Tsubasa Sakiyama will feature as guest speakers at the events.

 

Sky lanterns offer an entirely different kind of experience from other Japanese cultural traditions, such as summer fireworks. Those in Japan this summer won’t regret taking their special someone to this sky lantern festival.

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  • Huge Sky Lantern Festival to be Held at Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo!

    29.March.2018 | SPOT

    The Sky Lantern Festival will be held at Mitsui Outlet Park in Ryuo, Shiga Prefecture on May 3rd and 4th this year.

    日本最大級のスカイランタンイベント 三井アウトレットパーク 滋賀竜王で開催!4

    Sky lanterns are a familiar sight across Europe and Asia at events and festivals. People pour their thoughts and wishes into them before sending them into the sky. They originate from Thailand and China where they were used as a means of communication and to pray for sound health. The number of occasions where sky lanterns are being used is on the rise where they are currently used at festivals, as offerings, and at events to illuminate the night sky. They are gaining much attention in Japan especially with young girls who attend sky lanterns events in Thailand and Taiwan and post pictures on Instagram and other social media sites.

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    Sky Lantern Festival in Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo will be held across two days where around 3,000 lanterns will be sent into the sky. This is the first time a sky lantern festival will be held at Outlet Park. Not only can you watch the lights but also enjoy a spot of shopping or a meal around. If you purchase your own lantern, you can receive a shopping voucher or food coupon that can be used at Mitsui Outlet Park in Ryuo. But you can of course enjoy your time at the event without buying a lantern.

     

    At most lantern events around the world you light lanterns with fire, but this event will used LED sky lanterns instead for safety, meaning children can join in without worry.

     

    Participants can write their wishes in the lanterns and release them together with everyone at the end of the countdown. Check out the Sky Lantern Festival during Golden Week.

     

    ■Information

    Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo

    Address: 1178-694 Aza Sunayama, Oaza Kuzushi, Ryuo-cho, Gamo-gun, Shiga Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Website: https://mitsui-shopping-park.com/mop/shiga/

     

     

    Sky Lantern Festival in Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo

    Running: May 3, 2018 ― May 4, 2018

    Reception Time: From 16:00

    Lantern Collection: 18:00-18:45

    Lantern Release: 19:00 (*To all be released at once)

     

    Location: South Mall 1F

    Price: Advance Booking ¥2,500 / Same-Day ¥3,000

    *Price for one lantern.

    *Comes with a ¥800 shopping voucher and food coupon that can be used at Mitsui Outlet Park Shiba Ryuo

    (Event-only ¥300 food coupon + Mitsui Outlet Park ¥500 shopping voucher. Can be used on purchases over ¥5,000.)

    Tickets: Available via e-ticket, Ticket Pia, and Rakuten Ticket.

     

  • 2019 Japanese Lantern Festivals: Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Okinawa & More

    22.February.2019 | SPOT

    Lantern events take place in Japan throughout the whole year. The country sees many types of lanterns decorating the atmosphere from sky lanterns that float up into the night sky to towering lantern monuments, colourful lanterns that hang like paper lanterns and more.

     

    Many of these events take place in February and March and bustle with locals and people visiting from all over the country. Since last year, Hankyu Travel International has listed the lantern festivals taking place across Japan.

     

    Here are some of  the major events taking place this year. There are many to look forward to each with a different origin and meaning whether it be for religious reasons or for festive fun.

     

    Hokkaido Event

    17th Takikawa Kamibukuro Paper Lantern Festival

    Date: February 23, 2019

    Location: Area from Takikawa Station to Bell Road

    Address: 2 Chome-8-9 Sakaemachi, Takikawa, Hokkaido

     

    The Takikawa Kamibukuro Lantern Festival sees paper lanterns handcrafted by the local residents of Takikawa. Each design is entirely different from the next, so simply looking at them is enough to warm your heart.

     

    Iwate Prefecture Event

    Hanamaki Hoshi Meguro no Yoru

    Running: February 3, 2019 / February 11, 2019 / February 14, 2019

    Location: Namari Ski Cente

    Address: Nakadaira-36-1 Namari, Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture

     

    This wintertime event is exclusive to guests staying with Hanamaki Onsen.

     

    Tokyo & Osaka Event

    Tanabata Sky Lantern Festival

    Running: July 6, 2019 – July 7, 2019

    Location: Tokyo and Osaka

    Address: TBA

     

    10,000 lanterns will be launched into the night in Tokyo and Osaka in this two-day event, creating a starry sky.

     

    Niigata Prefecture Events

    Tsunan Yuki Matsuri Sky Lantern

    Date: March 9, 2019 (Pre-event to take place on March 8 too)

    Location: New Green Pia Tsunan

    Address: 12300 Akinari, Tsunan-machi, Nakauonuma District, Niigata Prefecture

     

    The town of Tsunan in Niigata has held this sky lantern festival since 2012 to offer prayers towards the reconstruction work after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. 1,000 lanterns will rise into the sky during the March 8 pre-festival and 2,000 the following day for the main event.

     

    Niigata Tsunan Sky Lantern Festival

    Running: March 17, 2019 / March 21, 2019 / March 22, 2019

    Location: New Green Pia Tsunan

    Address: 12300 Akinari, Tsunan-machi, Nakauonuma District, Niigata Prefecture

     

    Hankyu Travel International has a range of events planned for this festival including sky lanterns, fireworks, food and more.

     

    Nagasaki Prefecture Event

    Nagasaki Lantern Festival

    Running: February 5, 2019 – February 19, 2019

    Locations: Nagasaki Chinatown, Central Park and elsewhere

    Address: Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

     

    Every year the Nagasaki Lantern Festival sees over 1 million people in attendance. The event grown and expanded from a celebration of Chinese New Year from the people of Nagasaki Chinatown.

     

    Okinawa Prefecture Event

    Ryukyu Lantern Festival 2018-2019

    Running: December 1, 2018 – March 3, 2019

    Address: Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park

    Address: 1020-1 Takashiho, Yomitan-son, Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture

     

    The Ryukyu Lantern Festival has been taking place since December last year at Murasaki Mura, a theme park that reproduces the city of Naha when Okinawa was known as the Ryukyu Kingdom in the 14th and 15th centuries. The event has a magical atmosphere with its Chinese lanterns, Japanese paper lanterns and more.

     

    Be sure to use this list as reference if any of these events take your fancy and make some wonderful memories.

  • Experience the charm of summer in Hakone with the magical sight of paper lanterns illuminating the evening sky…

    22.April.2016 | Uncategorized

    From 1st June to 31st August 2016, visit “Hoshino Resort KAI Hakone” which is located in Yumoto, Kanagawa prefecture to witness a sensational historical event where the evening will be lit with lanterns to colour the cool atmosphere.

     

    As a small inn town from the Edo period, Hakone is a flourishing and bustling location, which makes it the perfect little gem for Tokaido tourists!

     

    The collapsible cylindrical paper lantern, characterised by its compatibility and shape, was once a widely used necessity in Japan until the introduction of electric torches during the Taisho era. Nowadays, there are only 2 shops that continue to create these lanterns, making them a very rare craft.

     

    Odawara’s lantern festival is held every summer but this year at “KAI Hakone”, this will be 3rd time that a Lantern light-up event will be held.

     

    Yamazaki Isamu is one of the very few workmen who strives to keep the tradition of the lanterns. Yamazaki Isamu took the lead to created an original lantern which will add a magical touch to the summer resort and paint warm colours in the cool sky of Hakone.

     

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    Please come to enjoy the warm illumination of the evening!

     

    ■Information

    ■Period:1st June ~ 31st August 2016

    ■Time:18:00~22:00

    ■Official site:http://kai-hakone.jp/miryoku/2016summer.html

    * In the case of bad weather, this event may be cancelled on certain days.

     

     

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    Worried about what to wear for Halloween this year? No need to panic. If you’re spending your Halloween in Shibuya this year, which is known the world over for its incredible Halloween festivities, then head to Tokyo Culture Culture on October 27 where a very unique event is taking place.

    Jimi Halloween is an event that takes out the stress of having to go all out for Halloween as people go dressed as ordinary people. It has been held annually since 2014, with the number of attendees growing each year. Over 800 people took part last year, all clad in their plain clothes.

     

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  • See the Ten Million Dollar Night View of Rokko Arima While Staying at Hot Spring Town

    11.October.2019 | SPOT

    The Mt.ROKKO CABLE CAR & TOURISM COMPANY has announced a 25-day bus tour which will run on weekends and holidays only from October 12 to December 22 offering a bus tour to see the amazing nightscape of Rokko Arima in Kobe.

    Arima Onsen is known as one of Japan’s leading hot spring locations. In order for more people to catch a glimpse of Rokko Arima’s incredible nighttime scenery, a new tour service has been created in collaboration with hotels and accommodation services throughout Arima for guests staying in the town to see what has been dubbed the “ten million dollar night view” from Mount Rokko.

     

    The tour will last two hours and will take guests on an enchanting journey to several locations. They will get to see the night view from Rokko Garden Terrace, gain entry to Rokko Shidare Observatory, and visit the East Rokko Observatory which is only accessible by car. The entire thing costs just ¥2,800 per person.

     

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    The 25th Kobe Luminarie light festival will take place from December 6 to 15. The theme of this year’s festival is “25 Years, Guided by the Light of Hope” (Original Italian title: Da 25 anni, guidati dalle luci della speranza).

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    In the eastern amusement park plaza, Cassa Armonica―an illuminated church structure set up every year―will be enveloped in a large 21 meter high dome featuring an arch for the first time standing 4 meters tall in the memorial area

     

    Over in the floral clock area, the Sparri Ara wall lights twinkle beside the wisteria trees. The lights will change and transform to the sound of the music. Attendees will also be able to pick up small gifts too as well as take pictures at the various photo spots.

     

    Earthquake Talk Booth

    Talks will be held discussing the origins of Kobe Luminarie and why it started. Earthquake survivors will also talk about their real experiences.

    International Creative Director and Executive Producer Daniel Monteverde, who has been working with Luminaire for 20 years, made the following comment: “The city of Kobe will bustle once again this year, which will mark 25 years. People will fill the streets and look to the sky while they wait for the chime of the bell to signal the illuminations. We hold the memories of the people we lost 25 years ago close to our hearts. I hope we can convey our hopes and dreams and our story to our children and the young people who will bear the next generation. I hope people will be proud of Kobe which has recovered from the earthquake.”

     

    He continues: “The Kobe Luminarie lights will shine once more for Hyogo, for Japan, and for the world. These lights are a symbol of each and every person’s devotion, their efforts, and their love. I pray that the Luminarie lights will send a message of hope to the world and continue shining in our hearts for the rest of time.” * Full comment translated from Japanese

  • New York-Style Cafe & Restaurant Sarabeth’s Celebrates 7 Years in Japan With Special Event in Shinjuku

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    It has been seven years since Sarabeth Levine took her New York-based cafe and restaurant Sarabeth’s to Japan back in 2012. To celebrate, the establishment will hold a special one-night event with a commemorative menu.

    “Fermented Foods” is the theme of the event, which will see an incredible line-up of premium dishes. There will also be a talk by Sarabeth Levine herself who will be in attendance.

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  • Netflix Anime Series ‘Beastars’ Promotional Event to Take Place at Tobu Zoo in Saitama

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    Tobu Zoo is set to collaborate with the upcoming drama anime series Beastars from November 2 to December 29.

    Beastars is a manga series written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. It is serialised in Weekly Shōnen Champion which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

    Beastars is set in a world of herbivores and carnivores. The story follows Legoshi, a quiet and gentle grey wolf and student at Cherryton Academy. His world is turned upside down when one of his fellow students is brutally murdered.

     

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  • Embark on An Aquatic Adventure to The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE in Tokyo

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    It has been 30 years since Disney’s The Little Mermaid came to theatres. To celebrate, The Little Mermaid cafe has dropped its anchor in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Hokkaido and will be around for a limited time only.  Curious travellers are sure to fall in love with this world filled with Disney magic.

    As a big Disney fan, curious model Kanako just could not miss the opportunity to visit, so we headed over to Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando (Tokyo) to create a tongue-tantalizing report just for you. 

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

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    Kuo Yuan Ye

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    As well as having maintained tradition, they have also released products in collaboration with rising designers. I encourage you to try their beautiful line-up yourself to taste their long, delicious history.

     

    Sarutahiko Coffee

    We have covered Sarutahiko Coffee on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON in the past when we visited the branch in Ebisu.

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    Wonder Chuan

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    Fujin Tree

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    It’s uncommon to be able to drink wine in restaurants in Taiwan, but the popular Fujin Tree serves Taiwanese cuisine and champagne in style.

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    Eslite is the bridge between Japanese and Taiwanese that aims to become a hub for Asian culture. Centred around reading, there are countless experiences to look enjoy here. Discover a new side of Nihonbashi by paying a visit.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    Happy Monster – ¥980 @ Cafe Crepe

    Delight in this cute pumpkin and fresh cream crepe, filled with pumpkin ice cream and snug in an orange crepe wrap. Housed inside is an adorable purple sweet potato mont blanc monster wearing a witch’s hat.

    A movie-themed parade will take place on Saturday October 26 at the event in line with the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival. Children and adults can take part in the parade if they dress up. The 1km parade will last 25 minutes.

    Gift bags will be given to all kids who get involved!

     

    ▼Halloween Parade

    Date: October 26, 2019

    Time: 10:30-13:30 (subject to change)

    Location: Roppongi Hills Arena

    Participation Conditions: Anybody who dressed up can join (the theme is “Movies”)

    Participation: Free

    Enquiries: 03-6406-6000 (Roppongi Hills Information)

     

     

    Halloween will hit Roppongi Hills for the entire month of October. Be sure to visit if you’re in Japan next month!

  • TOKYO CACAO: 20,000 Bars Of Tokyo-Made Chocolate to be Released

    24.September.2019 | FOOD

    Hiratsuka Confectionery Co., Ltd. began the Tokyo Cacao Project in 2003, where it began planting cacao beans on the island of Hahajima, the second largest of the Ogasawara Islands in Tokyo. The project’s aim was to produce chocolate made in Tokyo.

     

    That chocolate is finally ready for consumption, as the first-ever batch of chocolate using the beans will be released on November 1. The chocolate is called “TOKYO CACAO,” and a limited stock of just 20,000 will be sold.

    These plentiful domestic cacao beans are described as having a gentle flavour. The harvested raw cacao beans are fermented and then dried, creating a rich aroma and mild taste. A bite of this chocolate promises the deep, original taste of the cacao beans.

    The chocolate design takes on an Edo Kiriko glass style so it can be a chocolate that symbolises Tokyo. Its carefully-crafted shapely design elevates the delicate flavour of the cacao beans and the chocolate’s smooth texture. Hiratsuka Confectionery’s facility has its own “TOKYO CACAO LAB” so that the chocolate is made “from bean to bar” within Tokyo. This is where the fermentation and drying process takes place and subsequent bar production. It has taken over 10 years to create this authentic Tokyo-made chocolate.

    To ensure this chocolate can be treasured and enjoyed, it is carefully packaged and sleeved in a tin like a jewel. This exclusive, limited-edition chocolate from Tokyo is sure to be a welcomed gift to someone special.

    Hiratsuka Confectionery is planning to release some TOKYO CACAO at select stores ahead of the November release. If you’re in Tokyo this November, make sure you get your hands on some of this very special chocolate.

  • Complete a Mission and Explore Enoshima with The Mekakushi Dan

    18.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Ever dreamt of teaming up with the Mekakushi Dan from the Kagerou Project to complete a mission? Now you can and explore the wonders of Enoshima while you are at it. From September 14 to November 17, Enoshima will hold its biggest ever real life rescue game featuring Japanese mixed-media project The Kagerou Project. The event will be called Mekakucity Quest in Enoshima and will run over approximately two months.

    From games and music to novels, anime and manga, The Kagerou Project characters have dominated the scene in a large range of media forms. The Mekakucity Quest in Enoshima was created in collaboration with SCRAP, who are famous countrywide for their real life escape games. 

    This game can only be cleared by walking around Enoshima to find hints and answers to the challenges but don’t worryーThe Mekakushi Dan will be in contact with you via the messaging app LINE to help you solve the riddles. 

     

    Upon accepting your mission, you will receive a mission guide full of information on the mouthwatering gourmet food and fascinating history of Enoshima. The guide will take you on a wonderful journey of discovery through locations popular among tourists and even romantic date spots. This is the perfect way to enhance your Enoshima experience. 

    Multimedia creator Jin, who is the founder of the Kagerou Project, has teamed up with SCRAP to create this exciting real life game which is full of fun contents that anyone can enjoy. The original storyline takes advantage of the wonders of Enoshima, creating a unique experience that is not available anywhere else. It is a rare opportunity to get close to the Mekakushi Dan and simultaneously enjoy the exciting culture of Enoshima. 

     

    Your journey will start at Subana Kaikan (スバナ会館) which will be selling lots of Kagerou Project collaboration merchandise that cannot be obtained from anywhere else. Make sure to check out the official website for more information. 

    There is an exciting bonus in store for those who successfully clear the game: A surprise phone call from Ene and Shintaro! Just hearing the voice message of these two popular characters is enough to send some fans wild. Those who clear the game will also have the opportunity to take part in a special lottery for the chance to win a ticket to watch the debut screening of the anime Kagerou Daze No.9 before anyone else. This series is set to go live next spring. 

     

    *The debut screening is a private event that you can only take part in by clearing the Mekakucity Quest in Enoshima. There is no general screening event for those who do not succeed. 

     

    As the sweltering heat of summer has finally subsided, this is the perfect chance to explore the wonderful tourist spots and indulge in the delicious local food of Enoshima while facing challenges with your pals or even your partner.

  • Pompompurin Zombieland: Save Pompompurin From Zombies at Sanrio’s Horror Event

    14.September.2019 | SPOT

    Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is collaborating with Obaken, a horror experience creative company, to bring the brand new horror event known as Pompompurin Zombieland to Sanrio Puroland on November 16 and 30.

     

    Tickets will go on pre-sale for official Pompompurin ambassadors, or Pombassadors, on September 14 at 10:00am (JST) and general sales will begin on September 28 at 10:00am (JST). To find out more about Pombassadors and how to become one click here.

     

    Pompompurin Zombieland Promo Video

    Horror experience planner Obaken is set to shake the cute world of Pompompurin into a terrifying zombie-infested one. In the story, Pompompurin was happily looking for some tasty mushrooms to pick when all of a sudden he eats a poisonous one by mistake. It is your mission to deliver him the antidote to stop him from becoming a zombie. Other unfortunate victims who also ate poisonous mushrooms have died and returned as the living dead and will roam around Puroland. The antidote to save Pompompurin, who is on the brinks of turning into a green zombie, lies in the non-poisonous mushrooms located in 6 areas of the park.

    You must survive getting infected by the zombie virus and get your hands on mushrooms. If you succeed you’ll receive an exclusive Pompompurin Zombieland pin badge stating that you have cleared the mission.

    You can even pick up an exclusive Zombie Purin t-shirt. These are limited in stock and can’t be bought anywhere else.

    Additionally, if you wear a combination of yellow and brown-coloured clothing when attending the event―which are the colours of Pompompurin―you’ll get the above-pictured Zombie Purin sticker.

    Full details can be found on the event’s website below. Don’t miss out on this creepy-cute experience this autumn.

     

    ©︎’96, ’19 SANRIO

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