Wish Upon a Star at Japan’s Star Festival at Disneyland ♡

11.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

Hi everyone, this is Midori from MMN’s Editorial Department.

Are you familiar with Japan’s Star Festival called Tanabata? According to a legend that originated in China, two deities that were in love called Orihime and Hikoboshi could only meet once every year. Their meeting is represented by the stars Vega and Altair.  To celebrate the Star Festival, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are holding a special event to celebrate called Tanabata Days . This event will run from June 6 to July 7, 2019. There will be so much going on, but one thing I’m super excited about is the Tanabata Greeting Parade!

 

From Mickey and Minnie who will make an entrance by rickshaw, there are so many characters you just have to see.

Mickey and Minnie will be dressed as the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. Mickey and Minnie are always riding the giant floats at parades. As the rickshaw is so small in comparison to the floats, this is an opportunity to feel closer to them both.

Mickey and Minnie’s friends will be joining in the celebration in a completely brand new way. They will be dressed in Japanese-style clothes holding bamboo leaves. Donald and Daisy will be on the floats, but all the others will be taking part in the parade on foot! This is a fantastic way to get up close to your favourite characters.

Disney Princes and Princesses will also be making an appearance at the Tanabata Greeting Parade. On a normal day, you can sometimes see the princes and princesses around the park greeting the guests, however seeing a princess walking romantically with her prince is a completely rare and precious sight! The princesses will also not be riding on the floats so you can feel close to them.

Happily Ever After ♡

 

The music includes Disney arrangements of children’s Star Festival songs such as Bamboo Leaves are Rustling (Sasanoha Sarasara) and the nostalgic Tanabata Sama. These are songs that Japanese people grew up with and have heard many times. The park will definately deliver a very special arrangment of these songs!

 

Come enjoy the fun of the star festival this year with your favourite Disney characters!
© Disney

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  • Duffy’s Sunny Fun Special Video Release Kicks Off Summer Fun at Tokyo DisneySea®

    02.June.2019 | SPOT

    From Thursday 6th June, Tokyo DisneySea is hosting a special event called Duffy’s Sunny Fun. As we wait in excitement for this event to start, a special video has been released! The video shows Duffy and friends having a wonderful time on the beach under the sparkling sun as the breeze gently rolls in.

    Duffy and friends are having such a wonderful time talking and playing on Cape Cod beach under the blue sky of a dreamy summer’s day. Everyone is having fun in their own way and eventually, the beautiful sun and refreshing breeze sweeps Duffy away to a dreamland. I wonder what it would be like to spend a summer’s day with them…

    Truth is, you can! At the park, Duffy and ShellieMay will meet and greet guests in their new costumes. The costumes have summery designs and you’ll feel refreshed just looking at them. However, they’ll only be wearing these summer costumes for a limited time!

    When the characters come to greet you, you’ll notice that Duffy is wearing a summer-themed cool shirt and ShellieMay will be wearing a straw hat. Make sure you go say hi!

     

    As the start of summer approaches, whisk yourself over to DisneySea to create some wonderful summer memories.

     

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  • Tokyo Disneyland: Write Down Your Wishes at the Tanabata Days Event

    10.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Midori, part of the editorial team here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.

     

    Tanabata, also known at the Star Festival, is a traditional annual festival in Japan which celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and and Hikoboshi who are only able to see each other once a year. Right now at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea a special Tanabata event is being held called “Tanabata Days.” It began on June 6 and will run until July 7.

     

    During the Tanabata season in Japan, people write their wishes on tanzaku, small pieces of paper, and hang them up before praying to the stars. If you head on over to Tokyo Disneyland right now you can do just that!

    At the entrance to Tokyo Disneyland in the World Bazaar is the “Wishing Place” where guests are invited to jot down their wishes. You’ll find it by spotting the two Tanabata decorations of Mickey and Minnie. If you look really close you’ll see that the characters are holding their own washing cards too. Be sure to sneak a peek♡

    You’ll also find Donald and Daisy to the side of Cinderella’s castle.

    Guests can get their own wishing cards from one of the cast members dressed in yukata. The cards are yellow. The cast also have pens and desks prepared for guests too.

    Once you’ve written your wish the next step is to hang it at the Wishing Place. The colours of the cards are different at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Perhaps your wish will be granted?

    When the evening settles in the Wishing Place is lit up and renamed the Starlight Wishing Place. The illuminations represent the stars and constellations that float in the Milky Way, all references to Tanabata.

    You’re sure to enjoy a magical and romantic Tanabata at this event, so be sure to check it out. The visuals and lights are of course gorgeous, but the music is wonderful!

     

    Perhaps your dream to the stars will come true at Disneyland’s Wishing Place♪
    © Disney

  • Tokyo Disney Resort® Launches Pink Pop Paradise Ice Cream-Themed Goods

    04.June.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    On June 3rd, Tokyo Disney Resort®  launched “Pink Pop Paradise”. This involves the release of a new line of cute goods and treats which are designed around the theme of “ice cream”.

     

    Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Mickey Plush Toy Badge:  ¥2,200 (tax included)

    Strawberry Ice Cream Minnie Plush Toy Badge:  ¥2,200 (tax included)

    There are 13 special goods available in the Pink Pop Paradise series, including plush toy badges where Disney characters wear ice cream-coloured costumes. Examples include the Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Mickey and the Strawberry Ice Cream Minnie Plush Toy Badges.

     

    Uchiwa fan: ¥500 (tax included)

    Uchiwa fan:  ¥500 (tax included)

    An ice cream uchiwa fan that gives off the mild and sweet scent of ice cream when rubbed.

    Sun Visor: ¥3,000(税込)

    Tote Bag: ¥3,200 (tax included)

    The lineup also includes an ice cream-themed sun visor, a clear and summery tote bag and many more goods that will make you really feel like you’re at a theme park in the summer. You’ll have so much fun with these cute Pop Pink Paradise goods. 

    What about actual ice cream? A cute Mickey-themed biscuit and colourful chocolate toppings add rainbows of colour into this brand new soft serve ice cream. These ice creams, which are generously covered in all kinds of chocolatey sweetness, are irresistibly photogenic and are the perfect way to stay cool and have fun during the summer ♡

     

     

    ©Disney

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  • Tokyo Disney Resort Reveals Its Spooky Halloween Programme and Character Costumes

    20.August.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Get ready for some spooky fun as Tokyo Disney Resort® transforms for the 52-day-long horrifically exciting Disney Halloween from September 10 to October 31. Head to DisneySea to be captivated by the new harbor show Festival of Mystique, or get spooked out of your skin at the Spooky “Boo!” Parade at Disneyland. Today, we will be revealing the spooky looks of both parks.

    Tokyo DisneySea Festival of Mystique Costumes

    Working with the main theme of a medieval European halloween, inspiration has been taken from the living creatures and waves at the port town Porto Paradiso. 

    Mickey Mouse’s costume inspiration comes from the the bones and scaly body of a sea creature. He will also be seen wearing a broach decorated with beautiful jewels. 

    Minnie Mouse’s costume resembles that of a medieval princess. You will see her in a fancy hat that bears beautiful pearls. Her costume is covered in scales on the chest and on the back which really suits her.

    Tokyo Disneyland’s Spooky Boo! Parade Costumes

    Disney friends have joined forces with a group of spooky spirits. You just can’t miss out on this rare chance to see your favourite Disney characters disguised as ghosts and skeletons. The strange and unusual atmosphere is sure to send a chilling shiver down your spine. 

    Mickey and Minnie will be completely refreshing their colourful look. Mickey’s necktie and Minnie’s skirt are very mysterious and particularly intriguing.  Please come check them out!

     

    Enjoy the beautiful costumes and the fun range of events this Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort.

     

    ©️Disney

  • Disney Christmas 2019 at Tokyo Disneyland: Spend This Year’s Holiday Season With That Special Someone♡

    12.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo Disney Resort has announced this year’s Disney Christmas which will take place at Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® from November 8 to December 25. This is the Tokyo Disneyland® event line-up. For the Tokyo DisneySea® schedule, click here.

     

    Disney Christmas Stories

    Disney Christmas Stories celebrates the holiday season with a magical parade which will bring together the Disney cast members with their loved ones. The characters will dress in festive outfits and deliver to guests their own Christmas stories. Seven joyous Christmas stories will unfold before guests’ eyes, from a merry family outing with Donald Duck, his beloved Daisy Duck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, to the star couple Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

     

    The parade will seemingly stop all of a sudden which will be followed by ringing bells, signalling the start of a Christmas party. Snow will fall along the parade route, and the cast members will invite guests to join them in celebrating a heart-warming Christmas.

     

    Christmas Decorations

    An enormous 15-meter tall Christmas tree will tower over World Bazaar and illuminate the streets with its brilliant lights together with dazzling projections, combining with the festive music to create a romantic atmosphere.

     

    The plaza in front of Cinderella’s Castle will glimmer with Christmas adornments as well as Christmas presents, Winnie the Pooh decorations, and more. Each themed land across the park will also be embellished in Christmas colours, bringing a merry little Christmas to the park.

     

    Special Christmas Merchandise

    Glass Set – ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

    Around 65 special Disney Christmas themed items are set to go on sale from November 1, from glasses to cushions and more, all of which can be used for Christmastime at home. Featuring designs of the Disney characters, each item is sure to bring an air of that nostalgia we all feel at Christmas.

     

    Christmas Food & Drink


    Also available from November 1 is a very special Christmas menu made up of 15 dishes and drinks. There’s the seafood cream bread packed with melted cheese, a hot dog dressed in the colours of Christmas with its eye-catching red bun and white cheese, and more. There’s also a dish inspired by the Disney film Beauty and the Beast who are set to appear in the parade.

     

    Enjoy a very merry Christmas this year at Tokyo Disneyland.

  • Live the Disney Princess Dream With Tokyo Disneyland Hotel’s Luxurious Afternoon Tea

    25.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    If you’ve had the chance to visit Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea you will have tried the many delicious dishes and drinks on offer at its variety of restaurants. But did you ever know that Tokyo Disney Resort also offers afternoon tea?

     

    Tokyo Disneyland Hotel serves the only afternoon tea set across the entire resort on occasion in line with certain events.

    We had the pleasure of joining Disney mega fan Kanako as she went to visit the hotel to try this very special afternoon tea.

    Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is the closest hotel to the entrance of Tokyo Disneyland. The first thing you will notice upon stepping inside is its use of Victorian decor. The ceiling also stands tall, opening the entire hotel up to give it a sense of space.

    The afternoon tea is sold at the Dreamers Lounge in the lobby. In line with the Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer event currently taking place at Tokyo Disneyland until September 1, the tea set is also “hot jungle summer” themed.

    The first thing to note about the three-stack set is how refreshing and summery it looks – a perfect selection for the hot season. It comes with sandwiches, hors d’oeuvre, scones, desserts, and a choice of tea or coffee.

    Kanako started with the very top plate. The plate itself is decorated with what is supposed to look like Donald’s footprints and splashes of water.

    The dessert on the left is haupia, a traditional Hawaiian dessert made with macadamia paste and roasted coconuts. It’s crunchy and has an incredible flavour.

    Sitting temptingly next to it is the panna cotta and melon coulis. It contains a single sage leaf which adds flavourful herb notes. The entire dessert itself has a satisfyingly refreshing taste which covers your taste buds with a single mouthful.

    The middle plate features two types of scones: plain and pineapple. They come with separate servings of clotted cream and honey to lather the scones in. The latter scone is cute in that it’s actually shaped like a pineapple. It’s crunchy and delicious and goes exquisitely with the accompanying tea.

    The tea menu has many options. Kanako went for the “Darjeeling Summer” from the premium tea selection. When you order from the premium menu your tea is prepared in a sleeping pot that is both cute and extravagant as you would expect with an afternoon tea set.

    The bottom plate contains a bunch of different appetisers including tuna and okra tartar, mango and mascarpone canapé, tomato and fish capellini, keema curry quiche, and an ethnic pork sandwich.

    Kanako was very happy with her hors d’oeuvre, saying: “Everything is delicious, but I really like the combination of the pork and the slightly chewy bread for the pork sandwich!”

    The chilled cone cream scoop was very refreshing and a perfect palate cleanser.

    Finally, the cute hot jungle summer dessert plate which caught our attention from the very start. It comes with a tropical cream cheese and passion fruit mousse, white grape and shiikuwasha jelly, and Peach Melba which looks like flowing magma.

     

    You might be surprised to find out that the jungle leaves on the plate aren’t actually part of the plate’s design but in fact green chocolate carefully sprayed on.

    Even the Goofy, Mickey and event logo on the plate are delicately made from chocolate. Once you know that you’ll definitely be reaching for the camera straight away!

     

    The Peach Melba is a lovely combination of peach compote and vanilla ice cream topped with raspberry sauce and almonds. Its mix sweet and sour flavours remind one of summertime.

    It’s not everyday you see a cream cheese mousse, is it? The one that Donald is sat on. Kanako especially enjoyed its passion fruit scent and velvety texture. It’s made even more delicious when eaten together with the jelly surrounding it.

    So, which was your favourite, Kanako-chan?

     

    “Everything tasted amazing, but my favourite was the haupia♡ It’s moderately sweet, and I really liked the flavour of the coconut! Everything in the afternoon tea set is cute down to the tiniest details, so it’s perfect for taking photos for social media. I definitely wanna go again!”

     

    The Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer themed afternoon tea set is being served from 11:30-17:00 until September 1, 2019. Places are limited so I recommend making a reservation in advance.

     

    Enjoy your summer to the fullest with this tropical afternoon tea set!

     

    ©️Disney

  • Tokyo Disneyland’s Hot Jungle Summer Event Offers Up Flames, Drenching Water & Delicious Food

    16.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hi, everyone! It’s Midori from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Donald Duck is the star of Tokyo Disneyland right now with his Hot Jungle Summer festival that is running right now until September 1. It is packed full of events, limited time food and exclusive goodies all themed around summer.

     

    The limited time food is taking on water and fire motifs with restaurants serving up both cool and refreshing looking items and hot summery items. I paid a visit to the festival together with Kanako so we could try out these seasonal meals and drinks.

    Sparkling Drink (Blue Syrup) – ¥380

    We headed over to Boiler Room Bites located inside Adventureland and tired out their blue coloured “sparkling drink.” Blue syrup is added to the cup inside which chewy pieces of jelly bob up and down in the soda. Its appearance alone is enough to cool you down, it’s really pretty!

     

    They sell other sparkling drinks too, including a red coloured one with raspberry syrup and a yellow one with lemon syrup. It’s cute and fun for you and your friends to get different coloured ones♡

    For an extra ¥350 you can also get this huge yellow souvenir straw with Donald on the front. Simply kawaii♡

     

    Cream Shaved Ice (Tropical Fruits) – ¥550 (Tax Included)

    The tropical fruits flavour of Tokyo Disneyland’s popular cream shaved ice is available for the festival only. It’s a mix of shaved ice and soft serve ice cream.

    It’s sold at Troubadour Tavern in Fantasyland and comes with huge pieces of pineapple. It’s not too sweet and is the perfect refreshment for the hot summer weather.

    Special Set: ¥960 (Tax Included)

    You can get this special set at the refreshment corner of World Bazaar. It comes with a bright red hot dog topped with cheese and a vegetable sauce packed full of veggies. The sauce is spicy and will whet your appetite!

     

    It also comes with a drink and fries so you’re sure to get your lunchtime fill.

    Special Set: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)

    Camp Woodchuck Kitchen in Westernland is popular for its turkey legs. This mouthwatering set comes with a tasty hamburger seasoned with curry sauce and topped with cheese. Even in the hot summer this one is a must-try. It also comes with fries and a drink.

     

    The restaurant sells a whole load of other bites too like the onigiri burger, waffle sandwiches and more, all ideal for lunch. Sift through the menu and make your choice♡

    Mango Milk Soft Serve Ice Cream w/ Raspberry Sauce – ¥400 (Tax Included)

    If you want ice cream then you’ll want to head to Squeezer’s Tropical Juice Bar in Adventureland where they’re selling mango and milk flavoured soft serve ice cream drizzled in raspberry sauce. The sweetness of the ice cream and sourness of the raspberry sauce go together really well. It’s available for a limited time only so don’t miss out!

     

    That goes for everything else listed here, it’s all limited-time-only, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer then be sure to head on over ASAP!

     

    ©Disney

  • Tokyo Disney Resort at Night is a Must-Experience With Chill Shows & Events

    15.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo Disney Resort’s® summer events have officially begun. There are plenty of exciting events to experience during the daytime this summer at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, but there are equally as many fun evening events too.

     

    Let’s take a closer look at what you can look forward to during summer nights this year at both parks and the Disney Ambassador Hotel.

     

    Oh! Summer Banzai – Flames and water surround the Cinderella Castle

    Oh! My Summer is the first stage show to be held at the Cinderella Castle in six years and will offer up a whole new kind of summer evening entertainment at Tokyo Disneyland. It will feature the impressive use of flames and drenching sprays of water to entertain the park guests.


    A colourful jungle background will provide the setting for the show with Donald Duck as the main character who will be joined by Mickey, Minnie and other members of the Disney cast.

    Together with the thundering music, thrilling dancing and refreshing water sprays, guests can look forward to a fiery show that in fact serves to cool them down from the summer heat.

     

    If you’re looking to cool down during the day then be sure to check out the Pirates of the Caribbean themed Pirates Summer Battle and Zootopia themed Judy and Nick’s Jumpin’ Splash events too to get sprayed with cold water.

     

    Oh! Summer Banzai

    Location: Castle Forecourt, Tokyo Disneyland

    Performance Time: 20-minutes (Twice a day)

    Event Page: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tdl/show/detail/938/

     

     

    Barnacle Bill’s – Chill out with beer and sausages at DisneySea

    The blackcurrant beer cocktail and cheese-filled bone sausage set sold at Barnacle Bill’s in American Waterfront is a must-try. The beer is super refreshing accompaniment for the hot weather and goes perfectly with the sausages.

     

    Barnacle Bill’s

    Location: American Waterfront, Tokyo DisneySea

    Running: July 8, 2019 – September 1, 2019

    Official Webpage: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tds/restaurant/detail/430/

     

     

    Empire Grill – A full course meal at Disney Ambassador Hotel

    As part of the Tokyo Disneyland event Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer, the Disney Ambassador Hotel is serving a special dinner course.

    The course includes an assortment of ethnic flavours with beautiful plating. The sweetbreads doused in mango sauce have been made to look like Donald’s feet.

    For mains you can choose between quail farcie or beef loin. We ordered the latter. The meat is beautifully juicy and tender. It comes with feijoada on the side with chilli beans and vegetables. The crunchy tortillas are so delicious you’ll want seconds.

    The true standout from this gourmet course however is the dessert which is accompanied by Donald and Daisy Duck! It’s a mix of white chocolate mousse topped with fruit and jelly. The hearts on the plate add that extra kawaii flavour to this special dish. It almost seems a waste to eat it… is what we said as we wolfed it down.

    We also recommend the special Donald Hot Jungle Summer drink. Its tropical taste and colour makes it the perfect beverage for summer time.

    If you order the drink you even get one of these exclusive coasters.

     

    “Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer” Empire Grill Dinner

    Running: July 8, 2019 – September 1, 2019

    Serving: [Dinner] Weekdays 17:30-21:00 / Weekends & Holidays 17:00-21:00 (*2 hours allotted)

    Price: ¥10,000

     

    “Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer” Special Drink

    Running: July 8, 2019 – September 1, 2019

    Serving: [Lunch] 11:30-14:00 [Dinner] Weekdays 17:30-21:00 / Weekends & Holidays 17:00-21:00 (*2 hours allotted)

    Price: ¥1,300

    Official Website: http://www.disneyhotels.jp/en/dah/restaurant/index.html

  • 3 Must-Try Summertime Bubble Teas at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea

    02.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Bubble tea continues to be ever popular in Japan this summer, especially at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea which not only is selling its much-loved classics but a selection of new refreshing beverages too. Let’s take a look at three of these drinks new this July that not only enjoyable to drink but fun to look at too.

     

    Coffee Tapioca Latte

    The Coffee Tapioca Latte is appearing as part of Tokyo DisneySea’s special event Disney Pirates Summer. The colour of this coffee flavoured delight is reminiscent of the Black Pearl from the 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It’s not overly sweet and so is perfect for those who prefer more adult flavours. Enjoy the event with a cup of this pirate brew in hand.

     

    Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019

    Price: ¥500

    Available: Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery, Tokyo DisneySea

     

    Fantastic Flight Drink (Lychee Tapioca)

    Inspired by the new Soaring: Fantastic Flight attraction arriving at Tokyo DisneySea on July 23, this drink contains lemon jelly and lychee flavoured chewy tapioca pearls. Lychee flavoured tapioca pearls are for sure a rarity―have you ever seen them?

     

    Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019

    Price: ¥450

    Available: Zambini Brothers’ Ristorante, Tokyo DisneySea

     

    Sparkling Tapioca Tea (Mango & Citrus)

    For a limited time only, this refreshing Sparkling Tapioca Tea will be served up at Tokyo Disneyland, a black tea with mango flavoured tapioca and grapefruit jelly. A perfect summertime sip for the hot weather with its refreshing black tea taste and fruity fragrance.

     

    Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019

    Price: ¥600

    Available: Tomorrowland Terrace, Tokyo Disneyland (Serving at 14:00-17:00 only)

    There are plenty of other new bubble tea drinks apart from these ones too, some of which are on sale right now, such as the Tapioca Mango Drink with its foundation of tiny chewy tapioca balls, the subtly sweet Strawberry Tapioca Tea with fresh strawberries pieces in it as well as large-grained tapioca balls, and more.

     

    If you’re heading to either park be sure to order a cup of bubble tea!せ

  • Experiencing Kiki & Lala’s Art Exhibition in Omotesando | Event Report

    29.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Midori from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Tanabata, also known at the Star Festival, is a traditional festival in Japan held annually on July 7 which celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and and Hikoboshi who are only able to see each other once a year due to being separated by the Milky Way. During the festival, Japanese people write their wishes on strips of paper and hang them on bamboo and go stargazing.

     

    An eleven-day Tanabata event just began at Cat Street in Harajuku in collaboration with the Sanrio characters Kiki and Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars. The sparkly and heart-throbbing event, titled LittleTwinStars MILKYWAY MUSEUM -T A N A B A T A- PRODUCED BY LIDDELL, invites people to celebrate Tanabata together with the characters amongst its gorgeous decorations and photo spots.

    Upon entering the exhibition, visitors are met by a large crescent moon which they can sit on and hold star balloons to take a photo. The fluffy floating clouds are extremely cute too. The background also reminds one of Tanabata with its Milky Way-like starry sky.

    This pure white wreath is inspired by Lala. Normally, you would hang your wishes from bamboo during Tanabata, but at this event you can put them on this wonderful wreath♡ The more strips of paper people hang on it the more busy and beautiful it becomes!

    This cosy little booth is based on Kiki. Inside it is a bed of clouds which the Little Twin Stars are always sleeping on. The whole booth is packed full of fluffy clouds and cushions with draping stars so you can take some really nice photos. If you lay down on the bed you can see an enchanting light illuminate the ceiling. You won’t want to come away!

    Right next to this is the “Moviegenic Booth.” A video plays while inside here featuring Kiki and Lala celebrating a cute Tanabata. This is a perfect spot to put on your Instagram story! And since it’s a video it means you’ll get a different photo from everyone else.

    Floating overhead on the first floor are pink and light blue clouds which you can hang your wishes from too. If you search through them you’ll find wishes written by Kiki and Lala and their friends too, so be sure to take a look.

    Up on the second floor you can get your hands on some exclusive Kiki and Lala merchandise and dine at the themed cafe.

     

    The cafe is a collaboration with Achi Base, a cafe located in Nagano Prefecture’s village of Achi which is often called the most beautiful place in Japan for stargazing. Why not order one of their refreshing, limited-time herb teas? They are served in a cup with frozen berries. Grab a cup and serve yourself.

    The liquid in the tank is a light blue colour, but…

    When it runs into the cup it turns pink!

    Even the tables in the cafe are super cute. If you pop your cup of tea on them they make for an extra kawaii photo.

    No place in the entire exhibition has been neglected by Kiki and Lala as even behind the merchandise shelves are some sparkly pink decorations♡

     

    Items at the shop include pink badges, folders and more―plenty of stationery and other things you can use in your day-to-day life. For more info on what’s on offer check out the official website (Japanese).

     

    The exhibition runs on 8 slots per day so there is no need to worry about overcrowding and being unable to snap photos. Tickets can be found right here, so don’t miss out!

  • You Must Try These Tanabata Star Festival Desserts And Delicious Drinks

    24.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hi everyone, this is Midori from MMN’s Editorial Department.

    We are approaching the Tanabata season!

     Tanabata, also known at the Star Festival, is a traditional annual festival in Japan which celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and and Hikoboshi who are only able to see each other once a year on July 7. During this festival, many people celebrate by writing their wishes on a small, rectangular strip and then attaching it to bamboo grass. It is also the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful night sky with friends and family. What really makes Tanabata extra fun is the Tanabata-limited sweets and desserts that are decorated with Tanabata-themed designs and look very appealing. Today, I will be introducing you to those delicious, must-try desserts and drinks!

     

    TOKYO STRAWBERRY PARK: Tanabata-Limited Parfait And Handmade Jelly

    Tanabata-Limited Strawberry Parfait ¥1,200 (after tax) ※ Limited stock

    Tokyo Strawberry Park will launch its first ever Tanabata event from June 22 to July 7. They will be selling the Tanabata-Limited Strawberry Parfait which is made using Japanese strawberries; a rare fruit to be seen around summer.

    Simple Tanabata Strawberry Jelly

    Tokyo Strawberry Park will also be selling fresh and colourful Tanabata strawberry jelly which was handmade. Make sure to pour all your wishes into every mouthful. ♡

     

    ▼ Tokyo Strawberry Park

    Selling Period: June 22 ー July 7

    Address:  11-1 Daikokucho, Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa

    Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11:00 ー 16:00/ Weekends & Holidays: 10:00 ー 18:00

    Website: https://tokyo-strawberry-park.jp/

     

    Hello Kitty and My Melody Cakes at Odakyu Department Store Fair, Shinjuku

    Patisserie Mon Cher, Summer Friendly: ¥1,404/18cm

    Head to basement floor 2 of the department store’s main building where the traditional Japanese wagashi sweets are usually sold to discover the Hello Kitty and My Melody Tanabata cakes that are too beautiful to eat. This popular Dojima Roll Cake is decorated with Hello Kitty and My Melody mousse.

    Tsuruya Yoshinobu Co.,Ltd., Tanabata: ¥1,296/1 block

    The fair is full of a wide range of other unmissable Tanabata sweets that you should also check out.

     

    Odakyu Star Festival (Odakyu no Tanabata)

    Event Period: July 1 ー July 7, 2019

    Location: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku (main building ) and HALC

    Address: 1 Chome-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3342-1111

    Special Edition Website: http://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/shinjuku/

     

    Cafe Comme Ca Orihime and Hikoboshi Tanabata-Limited Cakes

    Specially-selected fruits have been used to create these artistic cakes. The cakes are themed around Orihime and Hikoboshi.

    Orihime 〜 Peach, Fig and Sato Nishiki Cherry Cake with Cream Cheese Base (Comme ca stage, Ginza branch): ¥1,100 per piece (after tax)  

    The Orihime cake is a luxuriously creamy cheesecake topped generously with sweet peaches, figs and sweet and sour Sato Nishiki cherries. The cake even contains jelly that takes on the appearance of the milky way.

     Hikoboshi 〜 Muskmelon and Mango Cake With Fromage Blanc Base  (Comme ca stage, Ginza branch:¥1,100 per piece, ¥1,026 at other Cafe comme ca branches,  prices after tax)  

    The Hikoboshi muskmelon and mango cake has a wonderful fruity fragrance. The fruit pieces rest on top of a bed of fromage blanc. This dessert is also made with jelly that takes on the appearance of the Milky Way.

     

    ▼ Cafe comme ca

    Official Website: http://www.cafe-commeca.co.jp/

     

    BOTANIST Tokyo’s Orihime and Hikoboshi Drinks Chosen By 5,000 Instagram Fans

    Approximately 5000 people voted on BOTANIST Tokyo’s Instagram in favor for the release of the High Viscosity Milk Tea and Butterfly-Pea Milk Tea to be sold for Tanabata. Both include silver leaf that reflects light beautifully, creating the image of stars twinkling in the Milky Way. Order this Tanabata-limited drink for a Tanabata Tanzaku card for writing your Tanabata wishes.  

    Viscous Milk Tea: ¥800 (after tax)

    The High Viscosity Milk Tea is a Tanabata-limited drink themed around Orihime. The deep flavour of sweet amaretto syrup can be tasted with the milk tea. The sweet yet sour, viscous tea consists of two layers and is topped with melty whipped cream for an even stronger flavour.

    Butterfly Pea Milk Tea: ¥800 (after tax)

    The Butterfly Pea Milk Tea is themed around Hikoboshi. The milk is accented with the fresh sweetness of Jasmine syrup . The drink also has two layers of refreshing, blue butterfly pea tea. The silver leaf glimmers like stars in the night sky, making it the perfect drink to enjoy on a summer’s night.

     

    ▼BOTANIST Tokyo Tanabata-Limited Drinks

    Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    BOTANIST Tokyo Official Website: https://botanistofficial.com/shop/

     

    Royal Park Hotel X Calpis Collaboration Milky Way Fair

    As soft drink Calpis celebrates its 100th anniversary and Royal Park Hotel celebrates its 30th anniversary, both parties have teamed up during the Tanabata season.

    Milky Way Afternoon Tea Set: ¥4,752 (after tax)

    The July-limited Milky Way Afternoon Tea Set uses gold leaf to create the image of the moon and stars and the Milky Way in a nighttime scenery. The intricate white bag crafted from fresh white chocolate located on the top tier will immediately catch your attention. The Panna cotta made from calpis is layered with jelly to balance the overall flavour. This is served in a glass. Other treats include Calpis marshmallows, Calpis sour cheesecake, and many other special treats.

    Calpis Collaboration Wishes Cocktail Fair

    いまSNSで人気の青いお茶「バタフライピー」とタピオカで、“天の川”をイメージしたノンアルコールカクテルなど、七夕に想いを馳せながら、お気に入りの1杯を見つけてみて。

    The collaboration fair sells four varieties of cocktails and two non-alcoholic cocktails. The bartender will use Calpis to create an imaginative cocktail themed around the Milky Way or Tanabata. The Kyoho Grape Calpis, and the Orihime, which is coloured a distinctive, fresh red colour with cranberries, are just a couple of items on the menu. Other drinks include the White Peach Calpis and the Milky Pêche, which is made from white peaches. Non-alcoholic drinks include bubble tea cocktails, and cocktails made from Butterfly Pea tea, which is currently trending on social media for its blue colour. All these drinks are specially prepared to take on the appearance of the Milky Way.

     

    The Royal Park Hotel will also have a Tanabata-limited photo spot. Come explore the range of Tanabata drinks and join in the anniversary celebrations with Calpis and the Royal Park Hotel. 

     

    ▼ Milky Way Fair in Royal Park Hotel 

    Running: July 1 ー July 31, 2019

    Address: 2-1-1, Nihonbashikakigaracho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website: https://www.rph.co.jp/

     

    Tanabata is a wonderfully unique experience in Japan, so make plenty of wishes, try your favourite sweets and drinks and have the time of your life. ♡

  • Battle The Heat With 5 Cute, Refreshing Foods and Drinks at Tokyo Disneyland

    18.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    The Star Festival celebration Tanabata Days is currently underway at Disneyland, but it’s already over 30 degrees outside. You’ll find yourself all sweaty just by standing up. That’s why today we will be introducing you to foods and drinks that will keep you cool and refreshed in this baking heat.

     

    A Cute Mickey Biscuit Ice Cream ♡

    Head to ICE CREAM CONES at World Bazaar to get your hands on a soft serve ice cream with chocolate (¥500). A wafer cone is filled with  delicious soft serve ice cream and then topped with chocolate sauce and bright, colourful chocolate. Finally, a biscuit decorated with Mickey’s winky face is placed on top. 

     

    The shop’s interior is decorated with cute pastel colours which make it the perfect spot for a picture, however, a picture with Cinderella’s castle in the background is also a grand idea.

    This is perfect for those of you who are looking for something both refreshing and cute. The ice cream has a rejuvenating flavour and tastes perfect along with the bitter cone.

     

    A Refreshing Cold Meal: Beef Salad Udon Noodles

    This one is recommended for those of you who are hungry but want to eat something cool rather than a burger. If this is you, head to Plazma Ray’s Diner at Tomorrowland for their cold beef karubi udon (¥780).

     

    Thick cold noodles are served in a delicious soup along with pieces of beef, aubergine, okra and other summer vegetables. It even includes a pink fish paste cake cut into the shape of Mickey’s face. You are bound to finish this refreshing meal quickly on a hot summer’s day.

     

    Perfect for the Peckish : A Sweet Treat

    The same shop sells a Monsters, Inc-themed Mike sandwich biscuit that is filled with chocolate ganache (¥400). This is the perfect pick-me-up when you’re in search of a quick energy boost.

    Cool chocolate and marshmallows are squished between the two biscuits. Have you noticed the giant eye on the top of the biscuit? You just won’t be able to resist taking a photo. When you’re slightly peckish, make sure to give it a try!

     

    A Moderately Sweet Refreshing Drink

    This one is for the coffee-lovers. Pop by Café Orléans to pick up the D’s Delights Vanilla Smoothie & Coffee Jelly (¥500). Underneath the vanilla smoothie is a layer of coffee jelly. The top of the smoothie is filled with cocoa. We recommend you thoroughly mix the vanilla smoothie and coffee jelly before drinking it. The sweetness of the smoothie and the bitterness of the coffee jelly are a match made in heaven. When you’re tired of walking and need something sweet and refreshing, this drink is sure to power you up back to full battery.

     

    Fruity Shaved Ice With Actual Fruit Pieces

    Last but not least is the Shaved Ice (¥400) which is sold at many places including Huey, Dewey and Louie’s Good Time Cafe. There are two flavours to choose from; Japanese pear and Japanese orange. The sauce poured all over your ice contains actual pieces of fruit that will bring you right back to life. If you pay an extra ¥400, you can get your shaved ice served in a Toy Story-themed souvenir cup that you can take back home with you.

     

    With all the sun and excitement at Disneyland, you could overheat, so please take care and make sure to rejuvenate yourself with something refreshing and delicious!
    © Disney

  • Tokyo Disney Resort® Announces Disney Halloween 2019

    17.June.2019 | SPOT

    Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® are set to host their special Disney Halloween event again this year from September 10 to October 31. Additionally, several park facilities and services will hold their own Halloween programs this year, including at the Disney Hotel, on the Disney Resort Line, at IKSPIARI, and elsewhere.

    The theme at Tokyo DisneySea this year is “a dark and bewitching Halloween.” Guests are invited to a mysterious but showy Halloween festival. The park’s first ever “Festival of Mystique” show will be held at Porto Paradiso where an evil power will creep. Mickey Mouse and the other Disney cast will work to recover Halloween from this wicked power.

    The theme at Tokyo Disneyland is “ghosts” where guests will be pulled into a spooky and exciting ghostly Halloween experience. At the “Spooky Boo! Parade,” Mickey and Minnie will don all-new ghost costumes and beckon guests to join them in the spine-chilling and enticing celebrations. When the sun sets and evening covers the sky, Halloween music, visuals and lights will arise from the World Bazaar, and a new photo spot will be present for guests to take a picture together with the ghosts.

    Cloak: ¥2,500

    Headband: ¥1,800 / Light-Up Pendant: ¥1,500

    Guests can also pick up a selection of dark and bewitching merchandise based on the Festival of Mystique show

    Special Set: ¥1,880

    Popcorn Soda & Doughnuts: ¥600

    And of course, expect to tuck into a deliciously spooky menu too.

     

    ©Disney

  • Enjoy Tanabata Star Festival-Limited Drinks and Sweet Treats at Disneyland

    13.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi everyone, this is Midori from MMN’s Editorial Department.

     

    Are you familiar with Japan’s Star Festival called Tanabata? According to a legend that originated in China, two deities who were in love called Orihime and Hikoboshi could only meet once every year. Their meeting is represented by the stars Vega and Altair.  Their meeting is celebrated yearly in Japan with the Star Festival. To join in the celebration, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are holding a special event to celebrate called Tanabata Days . This event will run from June 6 to July 7, 2019.

     

    Today I’m going to introduce you to the limited edition sweet treats you can indulge in during the Tanabata Days festival period.

    Shaved Ice with Cream: ¥550

    Check out the Troubadour Tavern Cream Shaved Ice which consists of a cute and colourful mix of blue and pink ♡. A mountain of peach shaved ice sits on of a layer of blue jelly. This is topped with soft serve ice cream and sprinkles of Tanabata stars.  

    Sparkling Jelly Drink (grape): ¥380

    Next is a drink that is limited to Boiler Room Bites and Captain Hook’s Galley: The Sparkling Jelly Drink! It will leave you feeling refreshed and full of summer vibes. Enjoy the flavour of the sparkling soda along with grape jelly which is full of flavour. It is also  fun to pop the yellow balls of jelly.

    Grape & Blue Jelly with Souvenir Mug: ¥750

    Disney has revived their tradition of desserts in souvenir cups again. This time, you can leave Disney Resort with a beautiful teacup decorated with Mickey and Minnie dressed as the Tanabata deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. This cute souvenir cup is only available during Tanabata Days, so be careful! Enjoy the beautiful color gradation of the blue and grape jelly. This is topped with a dusting of magical stars. 

     

    Not only do these summery Tanabata treats look good, but they are also very tasty. Tanabata Days ends on July 7, so if you want something, make sure you get your hands on it in time.
    © Disney

  • Tokyo Disneyland: Write Down Your Wishes at the Tanabata Days Event

    10.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Midori, part of the editorial team here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.

     

    Tanabata, also known at the Star Festival, is a traditional annual festival in Japan which celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and and Hikoboshi who are only able to see each other once a year. Right now at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea a special Tanabata event is being held called “Tanabata Days.” It began on June 6 and will run until July 7.

     

    During the Tanabata season in Japan, people write their wishes on tanzaku, small pieces of paper, and hang them up before praying to the stars. If you head on over to Tokyo Disneyland right now you can do just that!

    At the entrance to Tokyo Disneyland in the World Bazaar is the “Wishing Place” where guests are invited to jot down their wishes. You’ll find it by spotting the two Tanabata decorations of Mickey and Minnie. If you look really close you’ll see that the characters are holding their own washing cards too. Be sure to sneak a peek♡

    You’ll also find Donald and Daisy to the side of Cinderella’s castle.

    Guests can get their own wishing cards from one of the cast members dressed in yukata. The cards are yellow. The cast also have pens and desks prepared for guests too.

    Once you’ve written your wish the next step is to hang it at the Wishing Place. The colours of the cards are different at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Perhaps your wish will be granted?

    When the evening settles in the Wishing Place is lit up and renamed the Starlight Wishing Place. The illuminations represent the stars and constellations that float in the Milky Way, all references to Tanabata.

    You’re sure to enjoy a magical and romantic Tanabata at this event, so be sure to check it out. The visuals and lights are of course gorgeous, but the music is wonderful!

     

    Perhaps your dream to the stars will come true at Disneyland’s Wishing Place♪
    © Disney

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