New Pokémon Centre DX and West Japan’s First Pokémon Café to open in Osaka
A new official Pokémon Centre DX and a new Pokémon Café will open in Osaka on September 20, 2019 in Daimaru Shinsaibashi’s Main Building.
This will be the second Pokémon Centre to open in Osaka. The Pokémon café will adjoined to the shop and will be the first ever branch of the Pokémon café to have ever opened in West Japan. This is also the second permanent Pokémon café to open in Japan besides the Pokémon café in Nihombashi.
The new Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café will be situated in a bustling tourist hotspot. On your visit, you can also take a gander around the Shinsaibashi shopping district or the American Village (America-mura) which is full of entertainment. This area is thriving with department stores, special shops, big brands and so much more. Tourists from other parts of Japan and all over the world are constantly flocking to this giant marketplace.
As the worldwide exhibition event Expo 2025 will be held in Konohana Ward, Osaka, there is no doubt that Osaka is becoming more and more of a Tourist hotspot!
Osaka is a wonderful tourist destination. If you decide to visit, don’t forget to include the Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café on your itinerary!♪
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Pokémon Centre Osaka DX & Pokémon Café
Address: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building, 9
1-7-1, Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka,
Grand Opening: September 20, 2019 (subject to change)
Closed: Dependent on the closing times of Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building.
Official Website: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/gp/pokecen/osaka/
Pokémon cafe celebrates release of new Pokémon movie Detective Pikachu with new limited menu!
24.April.2019 | FOOD
The Pokémon cafe is celebrating the release of the new movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu with the release of a limited menu only available from Saturday 27th April to Sunday 30th June!
The movie is based on the Nintendo 3DS game Detective Pikachu, which is focussed around Pikachu, who is loved across the world and across generations of people. The film is the first ever live action Hollywood Pikachu film! Pikachu is voiced by Ryan Reynolds, who starred in the American hit film Deadpool. Justice Smith, who starred in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom plays the role of Pikachu’s partner Tim, and the role of Detective Yoshida is played by Ken Watanabe.
Detective Pikachu & Psyduck collaboration ¥2,570 (price after tax)
Psyduck from the movie stands by Pikachu!
Detective Pikachu Thunderbolt!? Float drink ¥1,274 (price after tax)
There’s popping candy inside! What a shocking surprise!
Detective Pikachu: Choose your Pokémon latte! ¥756 each (price after tax)
The Pokémon from the movie make a comeback in latte form and their designs look so accurate!
For every drink you order, you will receive an original Pokémon cafe clear coaster! The limited edition designs are only available from Saturday 27th April ー Friday 31st May. You can either pick a limited edition design or be given one in a lottery draw!
Celebrate the release of the film during this special time at the Pokémon cafe!
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Address: Nihombashi Takashimaya S.C. East Building (5th floor) 2-11-2 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Opening hours: 10:30 ー 22:00
Closed according to Nihombashi Takashimaya S.C. East Building hours.
Official website (where you can make reservations): https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu movie official website: https://meitantei-pikachu.jp/
Pokémon Cafe celebrates 1 year anniversary with new limited edition menu!
Nihombashi’s Pokémon Cafe will be celebrating its one-year anniversary from Thursday 14th March to Friday 26th April with the release of a special limited edition menu!
From the moment the Pokémon Cafe first opened, it was bustling with Japanese people and foreigners from all around the world. 14th March 2019 will mark a year since the cafe first opened. The special menu includes the “Eraberu Pokemon Latte”, where you can choose from 151 varieties of limited edition designs for your latte art! There is also a campaign that fans just cannot miss out on!
Sakura Afro Pikachu Marshmallow Cake ¥1,706 (price including tax)
A fluffy cake with a generous serving of marshmallows which goes perfectly with the strawberries!
Bulbasaur Vegetable Burger ¥1,490 (price including tax)
This is a rather hearty serving and is full of vegetables and nutrition!
Choose your own Pokémon Latte! Sakura Afro Pikachu ¥756 (price including tax)
Limited edition latte art! Enjoy cherry blossom-viewing with this cute Pikachu latte.♡
If you order a drink, you will receive a Pokémon Cafe original clear drink coaster with a special design! There are six designs but it seems that one is a secret rare design that you could be lucky enough to get!
Between Wednesday 14th March and Friday 26th April 2019, there will be a campaign to celebrate the cafe’s one-year anniversary. This will be held at both the Pokémon Cafe and Pokémon Center Tokyo DX.
During the campaign, you can buy “Sakura Afro Pikachu Candyfloss” or the “Sakura Afro Pikachu Smoothie” to take out. You can purchase these even if you haven’t booked a table at the Pokémon Cafe.
Join in the one-year commemoration and enjoy the new limited edition menu ♪
Pokémon Cafe address：Nihombashi Takashimaya East Building SC (5th floor), 2-11-2 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours：10:30 ー 22:00
Closed when Nihombashi Takashimaya East Building is closed.
Disney’s Aladdin Film Celebrated in Japan With Themed Cafes in Tokyo & Osaka
Disney’s new live-action Aladdin film is set to be released in Japan on June 7. To celebrate, two branches of OH MY CAFE in Tokyo and Osaka are set to collaborate with the movie from June 14 and 15 respectively.
“LOVE” is the concept of this collaboration, with everything from the cafe decor to the menu line-up steeped in the essence of romance.
Customers who book a table in advance will randomly receive one of the two above-pictured original Aladdin lunch mats.
Aladdin’s Magic Lamp Curry: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)
Receive a magical lamp of your own with this black curry which is accompanied with a fluffy meringue salad topped with your own Genie.
Magic Carpet’s Special Wrap Salad: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)
One of many Instagrammable choices on the menu, this plate comes with fried bread made in the image of Carpet and an assortment of ingredients to wrap in the bread.
Jafar’s Evil Chicken Cream Plate: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)
This chicken cream plate is inspired by Jafar and is served with a generous portion of delicate saffron rice.
Aladdin & Jasmine’s Fruit Drink (Yoghurt Flavour): With Bottle – ¥1,750 (Before Tax) / Without Bottle – ¥750 (Before Tax)
Enjoy this refreshing yoghurt drink poured on top of an assortment of delicious fresh fruits.
A Whole New World Grape Flavoured Starry Sky Drink: ¥1,290 (Before Tax)
Experience a whole new world in the starry night sky with this cloud-inspired shaved ice drink.
The cafes will also sell a range of exclusive merchandise.
Acrylic Key Ring (Aladdin & Jasmine): ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Acrylic Key Ring (Genie): ¥950(Before Tax)
Charm Set (3 Charms): ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Enter the world of Disney’s Aladdin in Tokyo and Osaka this summer.
Aladdin OH MY CAFE
OH MY CAFE TOKYO
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: June 14, 2019 – July 15, 2019
kawara CAFE&DINING Shinsaibashi
Address: Shinsaibashi Opa Floor 9F, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Running: June 15, 2019 – July 15, 2019
Aladdin OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://magic.ohmycafe.jp
Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan to open three new attractions!
15.April.2019 | SPOT
Universal Studios Japan is in the midst of its large-scale programme Universal Cool Japan that started on Friday 18th January 2019. For this programme, six of Japan’s global influential works have been turned into eight attractions! From Friday 31st May to Sunday 25th August, three more attractions will open for the summer time!
The Attack on Titan The Real attraction is based on the 3D live-action version of the anime Attack on Titan. This attraction is making a return to the park! Watch the serious faces of Erin and Levi as they prepare for attack throughout the night. Eren and Levi’s clonoids in the exhibition look so realistic you would think they are real! As season 3 part 2 is airing this month, fans will be even more hyped up!
A movie featuring both Godzilla and Evangelion is an ultimate dream that has finally been made into reality. Universal Studios will open a 3D special effects movie theatre attraction called Godzilla vs Evangelion The Real 4-D which features a battle between the two giants in the 3rd Shin-Osaka City. This original park movie features a clash of the strongest of the strong and will leave you trembling with excitement for more!
The third new attraction is called Sailor Moon the Miracle 4-D Moon Palace and features the 10 Sailor Guardians and Super Sailor Moon! Watch the Sailor Guardians transform right before your very eyes! This whimsical and miraculous experience will leave your heart thudding in your chest. The girls the world has been longing for have finally come to life! You’re bound to get emotional!
All we can do is wait in excitement for Universal Studios Japan to open their overwhelmingly thrilling attractions!
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Universal Studios Japan official website: https://www.usj.co.jp/
New Cardcaptor Sakura exhibition to open at Hirakata Park, Osaka!
From Saturday 8th June to Sunday 15th September 2019, Hirakata Park, Osaka will be hosting The Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition: Magical Art Museum. Popular manga Cardcaptor Sakura has captured the hearts of people of all ages all over the world! Now you can enter the world of Cardcaptor Sakura!
At this magical exhibition, many original works from the manga have been reproduced. The exhibition is also a place where you can experience the magic of the cards that appear in the series.
Looking for spoilers? This is what the Roppongi Hills exhibition was like: Entering the Magical Art Museum of Cardcaptor Sakura in Roppongi Hills
Illustrations drawn specifically for the exhibition by the series’ authors and illustrators CLAMP are featured in the original artwork zone of the exhibition. Make sure to look out for a photospot! This is your chance to get a picture with your favourite character!
Still wanting more? Dive into a world of fun! There’s a Kero-themed ball pit decorated with Kero’s special stickers!
There will also be a giant, fluffy Kero on display along with giant takoyaki* props to complete the attraction Osaka-style! Not only can you enjoy a giant hug from Kero, but you can take a fun picture to commemorate your trip! How about taking a picture holding the giant takoyaki for a very Osaka-like photo! There is also a magic circle photo spot that you just can’t miss!
*Takoyaki is a ball of wheat flour-based batter that is typically filled with diced octopus, cooked in a moulded pan, and then topped with various sauces and toppings. Osaka is famous for its takoyaki.
This Osaka exhibition is bound to be loads of fun! Please come visit!
Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition: Magical Art Museum
Location: Hirakata Park Event Hall 1 (1-1 Hirakatakōenchō, Hirakata, Osaka)
Running: June 8, 2019 – September 15, 2019
1st Run: June 8, 2019 – July 31, 2019 / 2nd Run: August 1, 2019 – September 15, 2019
Opening hours: 10：00 ー 18：00 (Last entries: 17:00)
June: 12 (Weds), 19 (Weds), 26 (Weds),
July: 1(Mon) ー 5 (Fri) , 10 (Weds), 17 (Weds)
September: 2 (Mon) ー 6 (Fri) , 11 (Weds)
*Some artwork and content of the exhibition will differ for both runs.
※ The animations, notes and manuscripts at the exhibition are not originals.
※Please refer to the website below for more information on prices.
Hamtaro Cafe 2020 to Open in Tokyo, Saitama, and Osaka
LEGS COMPANY has announced that it will open three cafes based on the popular Japanese character Hamtaro in Tokyo and Saitama on July 30 and Osaka on July 31.
Hamtaro is a manga and storybook series created and illustrated by Ritsuko Kawai. The series began serialisation in 1997 and an anime adaptation first broadcast back in 2000. More than 20 years later, Hamtaro continues to enjoy much popularity in Japan.
Hamtaro Cafe 2020 will be themed around sunflowers and the sea, and will serve up a fun experience perfect for the hot summer. The Ham-Hams have come out of their Clubhouse to pay a visit to the seaside and enjoy the sun. There will be sunflower and ocean themed food, drinks, and desserts for everyone to munch on.
Yakisoba On Beach Hut Sunflower Bread: ¥1,499
A plate of yakisoba and egg arranged to look like a sunflower, with Hamtaro sat right in the middle.
Cone Cappy Hide and Seek Ice Cream Parfait: ¥1,399
Cappy is wearing a cone on his head and is hiding amongst the ice cream, chocolate banana, and fresh mint.
Ham Ham Glass Drinks: Drink Only – ¥789 Each / With Glass – ¥1,789 Each
There are two drinks to choose from: the orange flavoured Hamtaro and the yogurt flavoured Bijou.
Vinyl Pouch: ¥1,300
Mascot Keyring Hamtaro: ¥1,550
The cafe will also sell a range of exclusive merchandise too, which is scheduled to be available for online purchase as well in Japan.
Ham-Ham Fans (14 Designs)
Original Coasters (15 Designs)
Those who dine at the cafe will receive a free Ham-Ham fan, and if you order a drink you’ll get a coaster too.
©Ritsuko Kawai / Shogakukan
Hamtaro Cafe 2020
Booking Price: ¥500 (4 people max per booking) *Comes with free gift
Tokyo: TOKYO BOX cafe&space / July 30, 2020 – September 6, 2020
(Address: Tokyo Solamachi Floor 1F East Yard 8, Tokyo Skytree Town, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
Saitama: BOX cafe&space / July 30, 2020 – September 27, 2020
(Address: AEON Laketown kaze Lake Town Gate 1F, 4-2-2 Koshigaya, Saitama)
Osaka: Shinsaibashi contact / July 31, 2020 – August 16, 2020
(Address: 1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture)
Official Website: https://hamutarocafe.sho.jp/
Universal Studios Japan’s ‘We are One’ Summer Festival Begins This July
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) reopened on June 19, 2020 after temporary closure as a result of COVID-19. The park is now running with strict measures in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, including practicing the 2m social distancing rule, making it mandatory to wear face masks, and so on. The park has posted a full video demonstration of the rules on their official website.
That means summertime is set to shine on USJ once again this year. The new ‘Universal Summer Parade: We are One’ event will begin on July 23 as the first parade held by the park since its reopening. Guests will be able to enjoy a fun and exciting summer at USJ with all the necessary precautions in place to ensure their safety.
Many familiar faces will gather at USJ to celebrate summer with guests, including the Minions, Elmo, Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and more. Each of them will board colourful floats for the parade during the parade, which will open with the fittingly-titled “Opening Float” followed by a flurry of unique floats like the flashy “Latin Float,” cute European-inspired “Europe Float,” the mysterious “Indian Float,” and the finale “America Float,” amongst many others. There will be music to entertain guests for laughs, smiles, and fun energy while characters and entertainers ride the floats and serve summertime vibes.
The peak moment of the parade will be when confetti rains down on guests in huge quantities. Flags can also be bought for the parade for the first time in this year. Performers and the park characters will be able to entertain guests at a distance while still connecting with them through the fun performances. A special “social distance” performance created in cooperation with the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education will also be part of the parade. This year’s parade plans to have guests dancing and smiling even more than previous years to lift some of that stress away and give them the fight and energy to continue into tomorrow.
Universal Summer Parade: We Are One
Put your hands into the air as the sun beats down and the floats arrive to a lively rhythm. ‘We are One’ is the catchphrase, so get your boogie on and explode with excitement together with the entertainers and park characters for a heated summer parade!
Running: July 23, 2020 – August 27, 2020
Location: Parade Route
Time: One per day from 11:00am (approx 40 mins)
Buy yourself a parade flag for ¥500 and wave it around to the beat of the festival!
Cool yourself off with some summer merch
Get your hands on some merch for cooling off, including the must-have summer “Handy Fan,” a “UV Poncho” which keeps you cool in the heat of the sun, a classic “Sensu” folding fan, and more.
Feel the Japanese festivities with the Universal Market
The Universal Market will give that Japanese ‘matsuri’ festival vibe. Enjoy some cool desserts, spicy food, and more.
Left: Super Hot! Turkey Leg ¥1,000 / Centre: Peach Jelly Soda: ¥650 / Right: Frappe Sundae ~Strawberry & Blue Hawaii~ ¥750
Since guest safety is the number one priority this summer, the park will not be holding its famous splash performance where guests are soaked with water by water shooters.
Additionally, the parade will also not stop in any of the usual designated places and will instead keep on moving, meaning the parade can be enjoyed from anywhere along the parade route. Guests will be able to keep plenty of distance from others as they watch the parade.
The park also released a statement on its ‘enhanced sanitation in park operations’ on its official website so you can find out more about what USJ is doing to tackle the COVID-19 spread.
If you’re in Osaka this year, you can still enjoy summer at Universal Studios Japan with all the necessary precautions in place.
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Hello Kitty Cafe to Open in Narita Airport’s Anime Deck This July
KADOKAWA is set to open a Hello Kitty themed cafe on the Narita Anime Deck—which is located on the Main Building second floor of Narita International Airport Terminal 2—for a limited time from July 3, 2020 to October 2, 2020.
The Narita Anime Deck
The Narita Anime Deck opened inside Narita International Airport Terminal 2 in November 2019. It’s an entertainment facility where travellers from around the world can experience and enjoy Japanese anime culture in various forms such as with character merchandise, food, events, and a variety of photo spots.
Hello Kitty Cafe
The facility has collaborated with numerous anime series to open up limited-time cafes since it opened. This time around it is joining paws with Hello Kitty, a face known to all across the globe. As well as themed food, drinks and merchandise, customers can take a Hello Kitty quiz, learn the history behind Hello Kitty, and more.
An Original Food Menu
Hello Kitty’s Lovely♡ Pink Curry: ¥1,500
Hello Kitty’s Gurakoro Burger: ¥1,500
Hello Kitty’s Strawberry Pancake: ¥1,400
Hello Kitty’s Strawberry Parfait: ¥1,200
An Original Drinks Menu
The incredible drinks menu is diverse, including lattes where you can get 46 different latte art designs of Hello Kitty from 1974-2019. It could be fun to pick your birth year, or a year where you have fond memories.
Hello Kitty’s Colourful Tapioca Drinks (Matcha Milk/Strawberry Milk/Milk Tea): ¥720 Each
Hello Kitty’s Marshmallow Coffee: ¥800
Hello Kitty’s Latte (46 Designs): ¥720 Each
For every item you order from the collaboration menu, you can also receive one of 46 possible original coasters once again featuring a different design of Hello Kitty between the years 1974-2019.
1st Line-Up: July 3, 2020 – August 2, 2020
2nd Line-Up: August 3, 2020 – September 2, 2020
3rd Line-Up: September 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020
If you’re travelling through Narita Airport anytime this year up to October, then be sure to head on up to the Narita Anime Deck to dine at the Hello Kitty Cafe.
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Narita Anime Deck – Hello Kitty Collaboration Cafe
Running: July 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020
Location: Narita Anime Deck Entertainment Cafe
Address: Narita International Airport Terminal 2 Main Building Floor 2F (1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba)
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:30)
No Fixed Holidays
Narita Anime Deck COVID-19 Prevention Precautions (Japanese): https://www.animedeck.jp/common/img/coronavirus_200629.pdf
Mobile Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Gets Themed Cafe in Tokyo, Osaka, & Nagoya
LEGS COMPANY is opening three cafes in Tokyo (Ikebukuro), Osaka (Umeda), and Aichi (Nagoya) based on the popular mobile game Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party for a limited time from July 31, 2020.
Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party is a rhythm and adventure mobile game that was released in Japan in 2017. It is part of Bushiroad’s “BanG Dream!” music media franchise which is centred on all-female bands.
Since summer 2017, LEGS COMPANY has opened themed cafes based around the game every year. 2017 saw the cafes focus on the vocalists of the bands in the game. In 2018, it was the keyboardists and DJs, and last year the drummers. Each theme brought with it illustrations and decorations created specifically for the cafes, as well as a food menu inspired by the characters, original merchandise, and more.
This year marks the 4th run of the annual summer cafe which will hit Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. The theme this time around focuses on the seven main bands from the game. Seven characters from the bands, including one from a new band, will welcome fans in the form of kawaii-packed dishes, drinks, and desserts.
Yamabuki Bakery’s Mini Croissant Plate (Poppin’party): ¥1,590 (Before Tax)
Kitazawa Butcher’s Stamina Croquette Curry (Hello, happy world!): ¥1,490 (Before Tax)
All of the main dishes on the menu are colourful and vivid, plated with hearty portions of delicious and nutritional goodies.
Strawberry Rock Parfait (Afterglow): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)
Colourful Doughnut Sandwich (Pastel＊Palettes): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)
This gourmet dessert is topped with fruit, so gorgeous it seems a waste to eat.
There are colourful drinks too with each colour representing a different band. Support your favourite band by getting a glass!
Pin Set 2020 ver. (7 Designs): ¥3,100
Canvas Art (7 Designs): ¥3,500 Each
Birthday Pins (4 Designs): ¥650 Each
Fans can get their hands on plenty of exclusive merchandise too, and there’s even birthday items and food available too.
Online Birthday Cake (4 Designs): ¥3,850 Each (+¥950 shipping fee)
Cushions (22 Designs): ¥3,800 Each
You can even order your own special birthday cake in Japan from the cafe, and they’re not short on exclusive merchandise.
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Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Cafe 2020
IKEBUKURO BOX cafe&space / July 31, 2020 – September 6, 2020
Address: Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ikebukuro Part 2 (Floor 4F), 1-22-8 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
UMEDA BOX cafe&space / July 31, 2020 – September 6, 2020
Address: Umeda LOFT (Floor 1F), 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
NAGOYA BOX cafe&space / July 31, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Address: LACHIC (Floor B1F), 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Booking Price: ¥650 (Before Tax) *Max 4 people per booking, comes with gift
Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Cafe 2020 Official Website: https://bang-dream-cafe.jp/
New Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Themed Menu Arrives in Akihabara
Royal Host, a family restaurant in Akihabara, is collaborating with the popular TV anime series Kaguya-sama: Love Is War to serve two different menu line-ups. The first is currently running right now until July 5, which we covered recently. This time we’ll be taking a look at the upcoming second menu which will be served from July 6.
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War is a romantic comedy manga series written and illustrated by Aka Akasaka. A 12-episode anime adaptation premiered in January. The series’s collaboration with Royal Host last year was such a success that the restaurant chain decided to bring it back again.
2nd Collaboration Menu
Five items make up this second Kaguya-sama: Love Is War x Royal Host menu.
~I Wanna Feed Miyuki Shirogane~ Kaguya Shinomiya’s Handmade Pasta: ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
A tomato cream pasta topped with salted salmon roe and seafood, and served with a side of salad and garlic bread.
~Save the Student Council~ Student Council Member’s Bonding Curry: ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
Butter rice topped with curry, spinach, melted cheese, boiled egg, and spicy onion rings. Served with a side of salad and mango dessert.
~Kaguya Shinomiya is Happy~ Kawaii Strawberry Parfait: ¥800 (Before Tax)
Bright-red sweet and sour strawberry sorbet topped with fresh strawberries.
~I Wanna Befriend Kei Shirigane~ Blue Lychee: ¥500 (Before Tax)
Lychee-flavoured soda topped with whipped cream.
~I Wanna Make Ai Hayasaka Feel Better~ Lonely Person’s Cheesecake: ¥580 (Before Tax)
A slice of cheesecake drizzled in blueberry sauce.
When you order from this second collaboration menu you will receive a free and exclusive coaster.
Mug: ¥1,580 (Before Tax)
Before Tax: ¥3,500
There’s also a selection of exclusive merchandise for fans to get their hands on too, like a mug, cushion, or acrylic stand.
©Aka Akasaka / Shueisha・Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Production Committee
Royal Host Akihabara
Address: 4-5-4 Sotokanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
1st Collaboration Menu : June 13, 2020 – July 5, 2020
2nd Collaboration Menu: July 6, 2020 – July 30, 2020
Time: 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Official Website: http://www.royal-holdings.co.jp/
SENNAN LONG PARK: Osaka’s New Recreational Facility With Food, Leisure & Sports
28.June.2020 | SPOT
Set to be the largest recreational facility in the Kansai region of Japan, SENNAN LONG PARK is set to open on July 3, 2020. The facility, which is being opened by DAIWA LEASE in Rinkuminamihama, was originally scheduled to open earlier but this was postponed due to effects of COVID-19.
What is SENNAN LONG PARK?
SENNAN LONG PARK is located nearby Kansai International Airport—the doorstep of Kansai. Its concept as the region’s largest recreational facility is to combine create a space for people to enjoy the sea, sky, and nature.
Inside people will find four separate zones: the Activity Area, Community Area, Market Area, and Glamping Area, where they can enjoy sports, food, and leisure. And in the run up to the grand opening, several places inside will open early from June 20 to 30 (10:00am-5:00pm). This includes THE BBQ BEACH in Marble Beach, the athletic spot HEARTTHROB, and RECAMP Rinku.
SENNAN LONG PARK
Address: 2-201 Rinkūminamihama, Sennan, Osaka
Grand Opening: July 3, 2020
Pre-Opening: June 20, 2020 – June 30, 2020 (*Select spots only)
Official Website: https://sennanlongpark.com/
Mew and Snorlax Charge Your iPhone With These Pokémon Cable Bites
27.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Two new Mew and Snorlax “Cable Bites” have been added to the popular iPhone accessory series and will be released in Japan in late June.
A common problem iPhone users face is their phone cable disconnecting so they can’t charge. The Cable Bite series was developed to tackle this issue. Leave it to your Pokémon to look after your cable and look super cute while doing it.
Cable Bite Pokémon Mew: ¥680 (Before Tax)
Cable Bite Pokémon Snorlax: ¥680 (Before Tax)
Take your Pokémon with your wherever you go with the Pokémon Cable Bite series.
Cable Bite Pokémon Mew / Snorlax
Available: Japan (Pokémon Center / Village Vanguard / KIDDYLAND / LOFT)
Dreams Online Shop: https://www.dreams6-shop.com/SHOP/169886/173911/list.html
Japan’s New Snack Theme Park Little Oyatsu Town Namba to Open in Osaka This October
Japanese snack company Oyatsu Town is opening a new “town-style” theme park inside the Namba Parks shopping complex in Osaka on October 2, 2020 called “Little Oyatsu Town Namba” which will be themed around Oyatsu Town’s timeless Japanese dried noodle snack “Baby Star Ramen.”
When the theme park opens, it will be taking all necessary precautions against COVID-19 to ensure guests have a safe experience.
Hoshio-kun Kitchen: Make your own Baby Star Ramen
In the Hoshio-kun Kitchen area, you will be able to choose favourite seasonings to create your very own personal Baby Star Ramen snack. Guests will also be able to make steamed bread to season too.
Hoshio-kun Fantasy Park: The amusement area
At Hoshio-kun Fantasy Park, kids and adults alike can enjoy Baby Star in a variety of interactive digital content, from music to videos, controlling your own avatar, and more.
Baby Star Dining: Enjoy lunch and dinner in the food area
Baby Star Dining features a menu arranged by pro chefs. Enjoy lunch, dinner, or cafe time. At dinner, alcohol is served too.
Oyatsu Deli: The takeout corner
Here, you can order curry bread, steamed buns, and other freshly-made tasty takeout food made using Baby Star.
Oyatsu Marche: The marketplace
At the Oyatsu Marche market, guests can get their hands on exclusive Baby Star Ramen flavours, merchandise, stationery, and more.
Bookings will open in September before the grand opening of Little Oyatsu Town Namba on October 2, 2020.
Little Oyatsu Town Namba
Address: Namba Parks 7F, 2-10-70 Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka
Grand Opening: October 2, 2020 (Subject to change)
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Subject to change)
No Fixed Holidays
Entry: Free (Select services will charge however)
Access: 7-minutes on foot from Namba Station via the south-south ticket gates of the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line or the central ticket gates of the Nankai Electric Railway / 9-minutes on foot from Osaka-Namba Station via the east ticket gates of the Nara Line
Official Website: http://oyatsu.town/
SAMANTHAVEGA’s Pokémon Bag and Accessory Collection Kits Out Pokémon Trainers
Japanese clothing and accessory brand SAMANTHAVEGA, which is popular amongst girls in Japan, has teamed up with Pokémon to release a very special collection which is sure to please all you female Pokémon Trainers out there.
The theme of the cute and fun collection is “cute//mode” and captures the essence of Tokyo-born Japanese pop culture as well as the world of Pokémon.
The collection features a line-up of bags—from shoulder bags to backpacks, tote bags and more—as well as T-shirts, bag charms, and iPhone cases. Pikachu, Eevee, Gengar, and Team Rocket are the focus of the designs.
Modelling the collection in the photos is Japanese model and actress Tina Tamashiro who also produces SAMANTHAVEGA’s bags.
Limited Edition Shopper Bag
Pokémon Series Eco Tote Bag
Those who purchase anything from the collection in Japan will receive a limited-edition shopper bag—or the eco tote bag if they spend over ¥15,000. Both are limited in stock so customers will want to grab something quick.
SAMANTHAVEGA meets Pokémon Collection
Pokémon will also take over the Samantha Thavasa Omotesando GATES pop-up digital store from July 9, 2020.
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SAMANTHAVEGA meets Pokémon collection
June 23, 2020 @ SAMANTHAVEGA Online Shop (Pre-Sale)
July 15, 2020 @ SAMANTHAVEGA Stores (Japan)
Special Pop-Up Shop
July 9, 2020 @ Samantha Thavasa Omotesando GATES Pop Up Digital Store
August 12-18, 2020 @ Hankyu Umeda
Official Website: http://www.samantha.co.jp/
Hello Kitty Takes Over Osaka’s Maid Cafe ‘@home cafe’
The Osaka branch of @home cafe—a chain of maid cafes that originated in Akihabara—is collaborating with Sanrio to serve up a Hello Kitty experience from July 1 for a limited time, with special decorations, food, and exclusive merchandise.
@home cafe Akihaabra collaborates with Sanrio characters every year. In 2018, it joined hands with My Melody and Cinnamoroll, and in 2019 with Pompompurin. In January this year, it teamed up with Hello Kitty, who is now heading to the Osaka cafe.
The cafe will be decorated with cute pictures of Hello Kitty and her twin sister Mimmy, as well as pink and yellow gingham designs for each character.
The maids at @home cafe Osaka will also wear special Hello Kitty and Mimmy maid outfits for the duration of the collaboration.
Hello Kitty’s KAWAII♡ Pink Curry: ¥1,400 (Before Tax) *Comes with a free certificate-style card
Hello Kitty & Mimmy’s Moe Moe Ribbon Pasta Plate: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
Hello Kitty’s Lovely Sweet Sandwich: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)
Hello Kitty’s Moe Moe Parfait / Mimmy’s Kyun Myun Parfait: ¥1,000 Each (Before Tax)
Okyumuka Cake Topped With a Bright-Red Apple: ¥1,000 (Before Tax)
All customers who dine at the cafe will receive one of two possible lunch mats for free. You get one of three free coasters too when you order a drink.
Hello Kitty x @home cafe Merchandise
Acrylic Key Rings (3 Designs): ¥600 Each (Before Tax)
Mirror: ¥800 (Before Tax)
See Hello Kitty and Mimmy transform into maids at @home cafe Osaka.
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Hello Kitty x @home cafe Osaka
Running: July 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020
Location: @home cafe Osaka 1F
Address: SEM Bldg. 1F, 4-19-13 Nipponbashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-22:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:20)
Official Website: http://www.cafe-athome.com/
Get Celebi & Zarude in Pokémon Sword and Shield With Pocket Monsters the Movie: Coco Tickets
Pocket Monsters the Movie: Coco was originally set for release on July 10, 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new release date has finally been set for August 7, 2020.
Trainers will now be able to get Ash’s iconic hat with the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass. Not only that, they have the chance to receive two Mythical Pokémon. But there’s a catch.
Get Movie Tickets, Catch Celebi and Zarude
To get Celebi and Zarude, players must be in Japan and have pre-ordered tickets to the upcoming new Pokémon film, Pocket Monsters the Movie: Coco. Zarude is the newest Mythical Pokémon that has yet to officially make it into Pokémon Sword and Shield, making this the first announcement on how it will be released. There is no information on an international release as of yet.
Celebi and Zarude Ticket Pre-Orders (w/ Serial Code)
Release Date: August 7, 2020
Price: General ¥1,400 / Senior ¥800 (*May differ at certain cinemas)
Available: Japan (7-Eleven, AEON, AEON Super Center, Ito-Yokado, Toys “R” Us, Uny, Bic Camera, Tsutaya Records, Amazon.co.jp, Pokémon Center, Pokémon Store, Cinemas screening Pocket Monsters the Movie: Coco)
Ash’s Iconic Hat Coming to Pokemon Sword & Shield Isle of Armor DLC
To celebrate the release of Pocket Monsters the Movie: Coco, players will soon be able to get their hands on Ash Ketchum’s iconic cap. The hat will be part of the upcoming Isle of Armor DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield.
To get the hat, players will need to have Zarude in their party, the new Mythical Pokémon. Cinemagoers will also be able to receive the hat, but details on how have yet to be announced.
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Pocket Monsters the Movie: Coco
Official Website: www.pokemon-movie.jp
Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass
Official Website: https://swordshield.pokemon.com/en-us/expansionpass/
Hilton Osaka Serves Up Hello Kitty and My Melody Themed Summer Buffet
15.June.2020 | FOOD
The Folk Kitchen on the 2nd floor of Hilton Osaka is set to serve up the “Summer Sweets Buffet Festival ~Hello Kitty & My Melody Collaboration Tea Party~” from June 19, 2020 to September 13, 2020. The menu is made up of 25 colourful and summery desserts, as well as 7 vegan desserts made without any eggs, milk or animal products.
The buffet is a step up from last year’s “Fashionable Hello Kitty Dessert Buffet” which we covered.
This year’s summer buffet tea party combo is a sweet amalgamation of finger licking and lip smacking flavours. In the middle of the “Ice Cream Cup Cheesecake” is a moist baked cheesecake topped with cream cheese—and all of this hugged by a crunchy cone.
Then there’s the “Lollipop Mousse Green Apple,” a vivid green iced candy with a fresh apple mousse filled with apple jam for a mix of sweet and sour flavours. The “Vegan Melon Cream Soda Jelly” is a melon flavoured jelly topped with a cream made from fizzy lime foam. If you’re wanting cake, then there’s the fluffy “Pineapple Chiffon Cake” topped with lots of cream.
The “Pudding à la Mode” is topped with a chocolate My Melody picture, of which there are several designs.
The vegans too have their fair share of refreshing summertime bites to enjoy too, like the “Vegan Peach Bellini” which uses agar-agar instead of gelatin. It’s a delightful combination of muscat grape jelly and peach jam. The “Vegan Chocolate Chip Cupcakes” have a fresh kick to them thanks to the fruity pineapple and soy milk combo. Other delights include the “Soy Milk Cream Fruit Bun,” “Vegan Piña Colada Panna Cotta,” and more.
The buffet also includes 5 savoury food dishes too like cold corn soup, curry, salad, and more.
On the 1st floor cafe and bar MYPLACE of Hilton Osaka, customers can order the above-pictured Hello Kitty & My Melody afternoon tea which is served in a jewellery box-like set.
Summer Sweets Buffet Festival ~Hello Kitty & My Melody Collaboration Tea Party~
Location: Folk Kitchen (Hilton Osaka Floor 2F)
Running: June 19, 2020 – September 13, 2020
[Weekdays] ¥3,950 per person / ¥1,950 for those ages 4-11 years
[Weekends/Holidays] ¥4,250 per person / ¥2,100 for those ages 4-11 years
*Comes with drink of choice from tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and others
*Listed prices do not include 10% consumption tax or service charge
Summer Sweets Buffet Festival ~Hello Kitty & My Melody Afternoon Tea Set~
Location: MYPLACE (Hilton Osaka Floor 1F)
Running: June 19, 2020 – September 13, 2020
Time: From 12:00 until it sells out (limited quantity per day)
Price: ¥3,500 per person
*Comes with drink of choice from tea or coffee
*Listed prices do not include 10% consumption tax or service charge
Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Menu line-up and opening hours subject to change.
Hilton Osaka Official Website: https://www.hiltonosaka.com/