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.
Tanabata Sky Lantern Festival
Running: July 6, 2019 – July 7, 2019
Locations: [Tokyo] Tokyo German Village @ 9:30-21:00 / [Kobe] Venue TBA @ 15:00-21:00
Estimated No. of People: 20,000 on both days (5,000 per day at each location)来場予定数：2日間 約20,000名（各会場1日あたり5,000名）
Ticket Price: General ¥6,250 (Includes Entry + 1 Sky Lantern) / Children (6-12 Years) ¥2,250 (Includes Entry + 1 Sky Lantern) / Children (0-5 Years) Free (Entry Only)
Ticket Enquiries: 06-4301-3004
Event Page (Japanese): https://www.snc-jp.com/2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Hankyu Travel International Official Website: https://www.hankyu-travel.com/?p_baitai=9599
Hankyu Travel International – Japan Travel & Tour Information: https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kokunai/?p_baitai=9599
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.
Please come to enjoy the warm illumination of the evening!
■Period：1st June ～ 31st August 2016
* In the case of bad weather, this event may be cancelled on certain days.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Features in Summer Promotional Poster For Shiseido Beauty Square in Harajuku
A new summer key visual was released on July 10, 2020 for Shiseido Beauty Square, a beauty facility in front of Harajuku Station, featuring Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who is an ambassador for the establishment.
Beauty Square’s concept aims to have people discovering their beauty, having fun, sharing experiences, and learning the latest in the scene. Visitors will be able to purchase cosmetics and makeup products, participate in interactive digital content, experience the salon where hair and makeup artists will beauty up customers, and more. Focused on younger customers, Beauty Square is a place to find your inner beauty, and what better place to do it than in Harajuku—Tokyo’s hub for youth fashion, beauty, and culture?
The new key visual conceives Harajuku’s night sky lit up by bright and vivid fireworks, with Kyary’s hair and makeup an expression of the balance and harmony of beauty. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu conveys the sense of beauty and transience of Japanese fireworks and a midsummer night’s dream. Kyary will continue to collaborate with “Beauty Diversity” focused company Shiseido’s top hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada on a variety of beauty projects that will stimulate people’s curiosity when it comes to beauty.
Opened: June 18, 2020
Address: WITH HARAJUKU Floor 1F, 1-14-30 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://beautysquare.tokyo/
*Website available in English, Japanese, and Chinese
Japanese Tea Flavoured Shaved Ice For Takeout at Susumu Chaya in Tokyo and Kagoshima
11.July.2020 | FOOD
Japanese tea shop Susumu Chaya started up a takeout service for shaved ice on Tuesday (July 7) at all of its branches including in Kagoshima as well as Jiyugaoka and Shibuya’s DESCENTE TOKYO in Tokyo.
The shaved iced takeout service was originally only available at the two Tokyo branches, but now customers in Kagoshima can enjoy the tea-flavoured desserts.
Matcha Shaved Ice: ¥750 (Before Tax)
Made using Susumu Chaya’s “koicha,” a rich and full-bodied matcha variety.
Houjicha Shaved Ice: ¥750 (Before Tax)
The houjicha shaved ice is made using only first-grade tea leaves picked by Susumu Chaya. It has a refreshing taste.
The shaved ice can be ordered for takeout or eaten inside the cafes. Enjoy the full flavour of Japanese tea coupled with a refreshing portion of shaved ice.
Susumu Chaya Kagoshima
Address: 27-13 Uenosonochō, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Access: 8-minutes on foot from Kagoshima-Chūō Station
Susumu Chaya Tokyo Jiyugaoka
Address: 1-25-5 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
Closed: Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Jiyugaoka Station’s front entrance via the Ōimachi Line
Susumu Chaya DESCENTE TOKYO Shibuya Meiji Dori
Address: 6-19-21 Jingumae, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 4-minutes on foot from Exit 16 of Shibuya Station
Official Website: https://susumuya.com/
Hoshinoya Tokyo Ranks Number One On ‘World’s Best Awards 2020 Top Hotels in Tokyo’
11.July.2020 | SPOT
Travel + Leisure published their “World’s Best Awards 2020 Top Hotels in Tokyo” list on July 8, 2020 on which Hoshinoya Tokyo, managed by Hoshino Resorts, placed No. 1.
“World’s Best Awards” is a list of the top hotels as ranked by travel magazine Travel + Leisure’s user ratings. The hotel category takes into account the facilities, location, service, food, and more offered at each hotel.
Established in Otemachi, Tokyo in July 2016, Hoshinoya Tokyo is a ryokan-style hotel which has two basement floors and 17 upper floors. It has a traditional Japanese ryokan vibe to it with its tatami mats, sliding doors, bamboo materials, and more, plus guests must take their shoes off at the entrance. And while it has traditional elements, it caters to the modern lifestyle, combining the best of both worlds. It offers guests a chance to easily experience Japanese culture and what it’s like to stay in a ryokan.
Address: 1-9-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Check In @ 15:00 / Check Out @ 12:00
Access: 10-minutes on foot from Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi North Exit / 2-minutes on foot from Otemachi Station’s A1 and C2 exits (via Tokyo Metro)
Official Website: https://hoshinoya.com/en/
THE AOYAMA GRAND HOTEL to Open on the Former Aoyama Bell Commons Grounds This Summer
10.July.2020 | SPOT
THE AOYAMA GRAND HOTEL in Aoyama, Tokyo will officially open on August 5, 2020. Set to be a new landmark of Tokyo as “a hotel where you have fun,” the establishment will house 42 rooms and a restaurant which serves everything from food around the world to authentic Japanese cuisine. Table bookings for the restaurant opened on July 1, 2020.
THE AOYAMA GRAND HOTEL is opening on the former Aoyama Bells Commons building which is just a 3-minute walk from Gaiemmae Station. The hotel is managed by Plan・Do・See who also manage 6th by ORIENTAL HOTEL (Yurakucho), ORIENTAL HOTEL (Kobe)< WITH THE STYLE (Fukuoka), THE LUIGANS (Fukuoka), and more.
Gaiemmae in Aoyama is a hub for fashion and culture in Japan which is visited by people all over the world. THE AOYAMA GRAND HOTEL will slot nicely into place in the area, serving a timeless experience with its polished and relaxing atmosphere and incredible restaurant.
All guest rooms are fitted with a unique mid-century modern style design that maintains both the welcoming vibe of the region and brings a contemporary feel. Rooms are made to offer an experience akin to living there, where guests can look forward to indulging all their senses.
The bathroom amenities offered are provided by Oltana, making this the first hotel in Japan to stock the company’s products. The items were developed specially for THE AOYAMA GRAND HOTEL and blend essential oils with Japanese fermentation methods. Everything from the raw materials to the finish product is made in Japan, and all are made sustainably and ethically.
Welcoming guests at the hotel entrance is THE BELCOMO on the fourth floor which offers a delicious casual dining experience whether it be for lunch, dinner, coffee, or an evening drink.
On the same floor is SHIKAKU, a counter-style restaurant serving authentic and seasonal Japanese food that is prepared before guests’ eyes with fresh ingredients.
And hidden on the 19th floor where the guest rooms are located is Aoyama Sushi Kanesaka, a sushi bar that serves exquisite sushi courses made with artisanal care and the utmost care.
Opening on the hotel’s top floor this autumn too is TRATTORIA ANDREA ROSSI, a classic Italian restaurant which will serve simple yet delicious dishes, wines, and desserts prepared in front of customers. On the same floor, a rooftop bar called THE TOP will also open where you can enjoy seasonal original cocktails, specially-selected wines, champagnes, and more.
THE AOYAMA GRAND HOTEL
Address: 2-14-4 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥60,000-¥120,000 (2 people for 1 room)
Check In From 15:00 / Check Out By 13:00
Official Website: https://aoyamagrand.com/en/
Enjoy Miffy and a Glass of Wine at Dick Bruna TABLE Opening in Kobe This July
10.July.2020 | FOOD
Dick Bruna TABLE is a new wine bar set to open in Kobe, Japan on July 17, 2020 where customers can enjoy various wines from around the world. The bar is themed around the popular children’s author and graphic designer Dick Bruna (1927-2017) who is known for his popular character Miffy.
The first bar of its kind to be centred on Bruna, table bookings for both the bar and cafe spaces opened on July 1. Customers who book before July 16 will receive two free original Dick Bruna TABLE coasters.
Dick Bruna TABLE is split into 4 floors. The first floor is the takeout counter, the second the merchandise shop and a cafe which is designed to be like a Dick Bruna studio, the third is the wine bar which is made to look like an old cafe in Utrecht, the city where Dick Bruna lived, and the fourth is the event space where exhibitions and parties will take place. There’s also a special VIP room on the top floor.which include a takeout counter, merchandise shop, cafe, wine bar, and event space.
Takeout Counter & Entrance
The staircase that leads from the first floor takeout counter to the second floor is like a gallery with various Dick Bruna artworks scattered around. There are plenty of chances snap some photos.
Cafe & Shop
The cafe and shop are like a studio dedicated to Dick Bruna’s many works. They have a warm welcoming atmosphere to them thanks to the old wooden beams and white walls and lights. The merchandise area and cafe areas blend seamlessly into one.
The wine bar, inspired by old cafes in Dick Bruna’s beloved home of Utrecht, serves authentic wine. The brick tiles are reminiscent of the streets of Utrecht and, together with the old wood, give it an inviting vibe. The bar also houses many paperbacks bound and designed by Dick Bruna.
Event Space & VIP Room
The event space is painted a simple white. It can be used for art exhibitions, workshops, parties, and more.
Head to Dick Bruna TABLE to enjoy both the cute world of Dick Bruna’s characters as well as a delicious glass of wine.か
IIIustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv,1953-2020 www.miffy.com © Dick Bruna
Dick Bruna TABLE
Address: 3-1-1 Sannomiyacho, Chuo-ku, Kobe
[Weekdays] 11:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:00) / 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
[Saturdays] 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
[Sundays/Public Holidays] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://dickbrunatable.com/
Sanrio Characters Come Together at Tokyo’s New POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU
The new limited-time character cafe POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU is set to open in Harajuku, Tokyo from July 15, 2020 to mid-January 2021.
From July 15 to mid-October, the cafe will be centred on the Top 10 characters of this year’s Sanrio Character Ranking, an annual event where fans around the world can vote for their favourite Sanrio characters. The cafe will subsequently celebrate the 45th anniversaries of both My Melody and Little Twin Stars until mid-January next year.
At POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU, where the customers can draw their own designs on their orders, like latte art, Sanrio fans can look forward to a super cute menu line-up inspired by the adorable character roster.
My Melody Sweet & Sour Strawberry Shaved Ice
Tuxedo Sam Seafood Coquille Plate
If you’re visiting Harajuku any time up to January next year, be sure to stop by POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU to make your own kawaii Sanrio character dishes.
POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU
Address: IMON Bldg. B1F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
Official Website: https://k-tanuma.com/company#04
Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke & Other Studio Ghibli T-Shirts to be Sold at GBL MIYASHITA PARK in Tokyo
GBL, an online clothing company whose stock features designs from Studio Ghibli’s animated feature films, is set to open its first store at MIYASHITA PARK in Shibuya, Tokyo on July 28, 2020 inside RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK.
MIYASHITA PARK is a shopping complex filled with shops stocking high quality products. GBL MIYASHITA PARK will sell a range of fun, exclusive Studio Ghibli t-shirts with designs taken from popular films from the studio.
The theme of this year’s line-up is t-shirts that have a “second-hand” design to them. There are 28 t-shirts to choose from including colour variations. Six of these are exclusive to GBL MIYASHITA PARK.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind T-Shirt (Pure White): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)
Princess Mononoke T-Shirt (Grey): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)
Kiki’s Delivery Service T-Shirt (Red): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)
The range is made from soft cotton and is inspired by American style t-shirts. To reduce the collar from stretching over time, twill tape is wrapped around the neck part of the t-shirt. The t-shirts are also stone washed during the manufacturing process to ensure they are both soft and have that ‘used’ quality to them.
Laputa: Castle in the Sky T-Shirt (Grey): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)
Porco Rosso T-Shirt (Black): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)
Whisper of the Heart T-Shirt (Navy Blue): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)
Sizes come in Small, Medium, Large, XL, and XXL. The collection is a must-have for any fan of Studio Ghibli.
GBL MIYASHITA PARK
Address: MIYASHITA PARK South (Floor 3F), 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:0021:00
No Fixed Holidays
*You must book in advance to visit RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK
GBL Brand Website: http://www.gbl.tokyo
Lipton to Serve Iced Parfaits at New Fruit Tea Stands in Tokyo and Osaka This Summer
08.July.2020 | FOOD
Japanese black tea brand Lipton is opening two pop-up tea stands this summer called “Lipton TEA STAND Fruits in Tea.” They will open in Daikanyama and Osaka from July 10 and Kichijoji from July 22.
Lipton opened its two permanent tea stands “Lipton TEA STAND” in Nagoya and Hakata in winter 2018 in an effort to make black tea more accessible to people. The drinks menus at these stands are diverse, ranging from simple black tea to their “Fruits in Tea” range which are teas filled with fresh fruits, royal milk tea, desserts, and more.
Passion Fruits: ¥1,200 (Tax Included) (+¥150 for honey milk) / Strawberry: ¥1,200 (Tax Included) (+¥150 for condensed milk)
Lipton’s “Fruits in Tea” opened as a new way for people to enjoy black tea in summertime. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lipton has decided to whip up some refreshing “Happy!” new iced parfaits for beating the hot weather. Their popular custom menu lets you a variety of vitamin-packed fruits, herbs, and more to your iced tea.
Frozen tea is the base of the iced parfait and retains the original flavour of the black tea. Added to that is ice and fruits inside a tumbler, all of which is layered to look like a parfait with a shaved iced quality to it. The “Passion Fruits” flavour is topped with passion fruit syrup and frozen lemon, orange, and kiwi, while the sweet and sour “Strawberry” is a mix of strawberry syrup and frozen strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Both options are sure to keep you cool during the hot Japanese summer.
Original Iced Tea “Fruits in Tea”: Tumbler ¥1,000 (Tax Included) / Cup ¥600 (Tax Included)
Lipton’s popular custom menu lets you choose from four tea bases, like Earl Grey and green tea. You can then pick your base fruits, like pineapple or strawberry, topping fruits such as kiwi and mango, and then a special flavour like mint. Finally, choose your syrup, such as lemon, and you’v got your own custom beverage for the summertime.
Lipton TEA STAND Fruits in Tea
Location: Sign Daikanyama (Daikanyama Station, 19-4 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Running: July 10, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Location: Sign Kichijoji (Atre Kichijoji Honkan 1F, 1-1-24 Kichijoji Minamicho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo)
Running: July 22, 2020 – September 22, 2020
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Location: Diamor Osaka (Diamond Floor B1F, Osaka-eki-mae, 1-10 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Running: July 10, 2020 – September 22, 2020 (Closed August 19, 2020)
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
Fruits in Tea Official Website: http://brand.lipton.jp/leaf/fruits_in_tea/
Harajuku’s Fresh Cream Shop MILK Releases Milky Soft Serve Parfaits For Summer
08.July.2020 | FOOD
MILK, a fresh cream shop in Harajuku, is set to hold a new summertime fair this year called “Milky Soft Fair” which will begin on July 8, 2020.
From Left: Kiwi ¥650 / Peach ¥650 / Strawberry ¥650 / Mango ¥650 / Condensed Milk Coffee Jelly ¥630
MILK’s “Milky Soft Serve Parfait” usually only comes in one simple flavour, but for the Milky Soft Fair, they are serving up juicy mango, strawberry, and kiwi flavours, fruity peach, and bitter coffee jelly. The summery parfaits are made with fresh cream, fresh fruit, and rich soft service ice cream. The perfect dessert for keeping cool in the hot Japanese summer!
Address: THE SHARE 1F, 3-25-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
Official Website: http://milk-craftcream.com/
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Tanabata Celebrations Begin in Japan
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is an upcoming anime film set for release on October 16, 2020. The film is a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series adapted from Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
In the run up to its release, the film is being promoted in collaboration with Japan’s annual Tanabata festival which takes place every year on July 7. A special website opened today which features wishes written in Japanese and illustrations drawn by 31 voice actors and actresses from the anime series—as well as the main characters, including Tanjiro. It is customary on Tanabata to write a wish on tanzaku, which are small pieces of paper, and tie them to bamboo. Additionally, three special announcements have been made to celebrate Tanjiro’s birthday on July 14.
The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga has sold over 80 million copies. Along with its highly successful anime adaptation from last year, the series has won the anime community the world over, earning a high reputation for its thrilling fight scenes and memorable characters. The film was announced at the end of the anime’s final episode, teasing the “Mugen Train” arc of the story. Today, the day of Tanabata, marks just three months until the release of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train.
As well as the voice cast, five of the anime’s main characters have posted their own wishes over on the special Tanabata website. Tanjiro, a kind and gentle soul who is devoted to family, wrote: “I pray that everyone can live happily!” Such a wish is just like Tanjiro, who shows kindness to everyone even if they’re a demon. His sister, Nezuko, who is a demon herself and who can’t write, instead just tied her tanzaku paper up. You can tell she puts all of her trust in Tanjiro with whom she has a strong bond. Zenitsu simply wrote, “I wish that I can get married!!!!” Inosuke drew a picture of his favourite food, tempura, and Rengoku wrote the mantra “Daily Diligence!!”
You can check out the rest of the cast’s wishes over on the official Demon Slayer Tanabata website, all of which are written in Japanese.
Finally, to celebrate Tanjiro’s birthday which falls on July 14, three special things have been planned in Japan. Firstly, a special “Tanjiro Birthday Party” show will air on ABEMA on July 14 at 21:00 (JST) where the main voice cast Natsuki Hanae (voice of Tanjiro), Akari Kito (Nezuko), Hiro Shimono (Zenitsu), and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Inosuke) will appear. Secondly, there will be a marathon of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime series on ABEMA on July 11 and 12. Lastly, ufotable Cafe will be collaborating with the series for Tanjiro’s birthday, serving food inspired by the anime and more.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train
Release Date: October 16, 2020
Distributors: Toho / Aniplex
Official Website: https://kimetsu.com
Kyoto’s Famous Kifune Shrine Celebrates Tanabata With Bamboo Lamp Light-Up
07.July.2020 | SPOT
Kifune Shrine, which is dedicated to the god of water Takaokami no Kami, is currently holding evening illuminations with Tanabata bamboo lamps until August 15, 2020.
About Kifune Shrine
Kifune Shrine is one of Kyoto’s foremost historical shrines. Records show that the shrine was already built in 677 during the reign of Emperor Tenmu. It is located near the source of Kamo River and is dedicated to the god of water who is said protect Kyoto’s water sources. The area is also known for kawadoko which is where Kibune’s restaurants build platforms over the river where visitors can enjoy their meal as the water flows beneath them.
Kifune Shrine and Tanabata
Tanabata is said to originate from the Suijinsai Festival (Water God Festival), with the stars themselves as the god of water. At Kifune Shrine, which is dedicate to Takaokami no Kami—the god of water—people not only pay their respects to the blessing of water, but hold Tanabata events as well as the Kifune Water Festival.
For this year’s Tanabata event, bamboo lamps will be lit up with wishes written on them by people.
Tanabata Shinto Rituals and the Kifune Water Festival
Tanabata Shinto rituals and the Kifune Water Festival will be held on July 7 where people will express their gratitude to the god who watches over Kifune’s waters as well as pray for water’s blessing throughout the year.
Kifune Shrine Tanabata Bamboo Lamp Light-Up
Running: July 1, 2020 – August 15, 2020
Time: From sunset to 20:00
Location: Kifune Shrine, 180 Kuramakibunecho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Official Website: http://kifunejinja.jp
Tanabata and Milky Way Inspired Food and Drink Arrives at PLANETARIA TOKYO
KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO, a twin-dome planetarium in Tokyo’s Yurakucho district, introduced a new menu at its Cafe Planetaria on July 1, 2020.
A cafe where you can taste the stars
Cafe Planetaria’s concept is that customers happened upon it during a trip through the galaxy. It is the only cafe in space—one where you can delight in cocktails that shine bright like a nebula, or tuck into finger food that’s like fragments of planets.
The new menu hopes to serve customers a day they won’t forget after they have gaze upon the starry night sky.
How best to enjoy Cafe Planetaria
Cafe Planetaria’s menu can be enjoyed at DOME 1 inside the planetarium so you can enjoy cocktails and food while watching the starlit show. It’s open to those who aren’t using the planetarium too, so if you’re looking for a quick stop-off on your time through the galaxy and don’t have time for stargazing you can enjoy the galactic delights too.
Nebula Soft Serve Ice Cream: ¥550 (Tax Included)
This purple soft serve ice cream is inspired by nebula imagery.
Moon Parfait: ¥770 (Tax Included)
A colourful parfait topped with the moon and sweet-tasting planets.
Mercury (Cocktail): ¥880 (Tax Included)
Part of the planetary cocktail series.
Observe “Tokyo’s Milky Way”
PLANETARIA TOKYO has brought back its planetarium work Tokyo no Amanogawa o Wasurenai (Never Forget Tokyo’s Milky Way). The show makes use of works left behind by Japanese novelist Kenji Miyazawa, poets Chūya Nakahara and Yumeji Takehisa, and others, to bring viewers back to a time when you used to be able to see the Milky Way in the city of Tokyo. When the city lights switch off for the night, the former Milky Way will shine its radiant brilliance. Viewers will be able to see the same sight that so many artists and writers saw when creating works about Tokyo’s starry sky.
Make a wish upon a falling star
A popular service at PLANETARIA TOKYO that is also free is getting to see falling stars in real time with a system set up by Meteor Broadcaster. They are shown across a giant 12m long screen. On the Gregorian calendar, Tanabata is celebrated on July 7, but on the old Japanese lunisolar calendar it will fall on August 25 this year. If you’re in Tokyo around that time, why not visit the planetarium and make a wish?
Online shop to enjoy the Milky Way at home
Gallery Planetaria is a concept shop in PLANETARIA TOKYO whose concept is based around being a secret shop hidden away somewhere in the galaxy. Their online shop is selling plenty of fun items that you can only get on this side of the galaxy. The service is available in Japan only, but check out their website to see what they’ve got in stock.
Gallery Planetaria Online Shop
Starry Sky Guide: Summer – At Home Version (Narrated by Yoshimasa Hosoya)
PLANETARIA TOKYO has posted an at-home version of their summertime starry sky guide which was shown at the venue. It’s narrated by Japanese voice actor and narrator Yoshimasa Hosoya and features a 360° VR experience. Check it out here.
KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO
Address: Yurakucho Marion 9F, 2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:30-22:00 (Reception closes 21:00)
*No Fixed Holidays
*Open until 22:30 (reception closes 21:30) on weekends and public holidays
Official Website: https://planetarium.konicaminolta.jp/planetariatokyo/