Hello Kitty Hotel Room at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama Made Even More Kawaii

29.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

Two new guest rooms opened at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama on June 15 themed on the Sanrio characters My Melody and the Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala). Alongside these new rooms, the hotel’s Hello Kitty Room, which was introduced in 2014, underwent renovations and reopened on the same day.

Keio Plaza Hotel is about a 30-minute train ride from Shinjuku and a 3-minute walk from Keio-Tama-Center Station. It’s also close to the city of Chofu where the Rugby World Cup will be held this fall as well as located in West Tokyo, an area enjoyed by foreign tourists.

 

There are two of each rooms available and they will be permanent rooms at the hotel. The hotel already has four Hello Kitty Rooms which were introduced in November 2014 and renovated with the opening of the new My Melody and Little Twin Stars Rooms, making for a total of eight Sanrio character rooms at the hotel. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the newly revamped Hello Kitty Room.

 

My Melody Room: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/225795

Little Twin Stars Room: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/226958

 

Hello Kitty Room

 

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The Hello Kitty Room has been made even more kawaii than before.

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Several plans have also been added to the room including a breakfast plan as well as a dessert plan from which guests can choose from a Hello Kitty cake or dessert plate. Additionally, not only can guests take home the amenities, but free hotel exclusive Hello Kitty plush toys will be given to each guest for every night they stay there.

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Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

The above-pictured new Hello Kitty princess-themed photo spot has also been introduced to the room. This too is a hotel exclusive featuring an original design. Take your seat on the high heel throne and snap a picture together with the princess herself.

 

We have finally seen inside all of the new rooms at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama now: the My Melody Room, Little Twin Stars Room and Hello Kitty Room. Each room is littered with references and motifs centred around each of the Sanrio characters. Sanrio fans and overseas tourists alike won’t be able to get enough of the hospitable hotel service and ultra-kawaii spaces. If ever you’re staying in Tokyo, be sure to book a night in.

 

Writer: Ellie MMN編集部)

Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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  • Sanrio Character Awards 2019 | Event Report

    06.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. Midori here from MMN’s editorial department.

     

    The Sanrio Character Awards is a hugely popular event held in Japan every year. The winners were just recently announced, and I got to attend the announcement event.

     

    This year marks the 34th run of the awards which have become an annual custom amongst Sanrio fans. People waited with a slight nervous anticipation at Puroland where the event was held as they awaited for the award ceremony to begin.

    The ceremony began with an initial greeting by Kabuki Nyantarou before the participating characters of the awards were presented on screen. There were over 80 entries this year!

     

    They took no time at all in listing the winners in order from the top. Cinnamoroll has reigned champion for two years in a row, but taking the crown this year is Hello Kitty who is celebrating her 45th anniversary. After her were Cinnamoroll and then Pompompurin. Hello Kitty is the poster girl for Sanrio but the last time she earned the No. 1 spot was six years ago in 2013, and last year she was in 4th place.

     

    Hello Kitty is the only character since 2000 to win three years in a row. The highest streak by the other characters is just two years. When the votes began rolling in this year Cinamoroll was initially at the top with Hello Kitty in 2nd place, but halfway through they swapped places. Of course, we mustn’t forget Pompompurin and YOSHIKITTY either who followed close behind them.

     

    Firstly, let’s take a look at who received the Special Awards.

    Cogimyun―Sanrio’s flour dough fairy character―obtained a much higher ranking than last year, earning her the Hop Step Jump Award. Fans were fascinated with this announcement as Cogimyun is said to the most elusive of the Sanrio characters.

    Hello Mandy reigned in the Collaborations Category, a collaboration between Hello Kitty and Mandy Sekiguchi from Japanese boy band GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE. Sekiguchi himself surprised the crowd as he was present to receive the award alongside Hello Mandy.


    Taking home the TikTok Award this year is Marumofubiyori Moppu. Moppu is a cute white bear who likes to lounge around at home wrapped in his favourite blanket. His sleepy videos were a hit on the Japanese TikTok.

     

    Now, for the main announcements.

    Ranks 20 through 10 were announced via large cardboard panels.

     

    The top 10 were then announced in order, from 10 down to 1. Each of these popular characters were announced until just 2nd and 1st place were left to be announced. The remaining two names were Cinnamoroll and Hello Kitty, leaving fans anxious to hear who the winner of 2019 will be.

     

    And the winner is…

    Hello Kitty, with 1,647,073 votes! Not only does she take home the top award, it’s also her 45th anniversary and the first win of Japan’s Reiwa era. Cinnamoroll came in a close second at 1,584,057 votes. I saw some fans with tears in their eyes as a result of this heated battle.

    At the end, the characters lined up in a big row and celebrated their rank by holding up a card.

    To celebrate her win, it was announced that Hello Kitty will hit up Sanrio stores across Japan to show her gratitude. Exclusive merchandise will also be available for purchase to thank fans for their support. Full details can be found on Sanrio’s official website.

     

    The Awards were also held in several overseas countries with the outcomes being much different. In Taiwan Cinnamoroll was 1st place, Pompompurin 2nd place and Hello Kitty 3rd place. In China, it was Cinnamoroll in 1st place, My Melody in 2nd place, and YOSHIKITTY in 3rd place, a collaboration between X Japan member Yoshiki. And in Hong Kong it was Pekkle in 1st place, Pompompurin in 2nd place and Cinnamoroll in 3rd place.

     

    This year’s award ceremony for the internationally beloved Sanrio characters comes to an end. Congratulations, Hello Kitty!

  • Little Twin Stars Themed Hotel Room Opens at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama

    27.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Two new guest rooms opened at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama on June 15 themed on the Sanrio characters My Melody and the Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala).

     

    This year’s Sanrio Character Awards were held earlier this month. Both My Melody and the Little Twin Stars proved their popularity with fans as they came in 4th and 6th place respectively. With that in mind, what does Keio Plaza Hotel Tama have in store for fans of the characters in their new guest rooms? I’m here to let you in on the full scoop.

    Keio Plaza Hotel is about a 30-minute train ride from Shinjuku and a 3-minute walk from Keio-Tama-Center Station. It’s also close to the city of Chofu where the Rugby World Cup will be held this fall as well as located in West Tokyo, an area enjoyed by foreign tourists.

     

    There are two of each rooms available and they will be permanent rooms at the hotel. The hotel already has four Hello Kitty Rooms which were introduced in November 2014 and renovated with the opening of the new My Melody and Little Twin Stars Rooms, making for a total of eight Sanrio character rooms at the hotel. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Little Twin Stars Room.

     

    For the My Melody Room, click here here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/225795

     

    Little Twin Stars Room

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    The door to the Little Twin Stars Room bears a cute ☆ above the room number.

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    Stepping into the magical room you will see Kiki and Lala on the wall riding a unicorn and making their way to the amusement park in the clouds. Floating around the entire room are pink stars and white, fluffy clouds.

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    The star-shaped cushions are inspired by the star on the back of Kiki. Guests can fall into a magical dream together with Kiki and Lala who are sleeping with their unicorn atop a cloud on the foot throw at the bottom of the bed.

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    The curtains in all of the rooms are blackout curtains so you can have a peaceful, undisturbed sleep until morning.

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    When you flip on this floor lamp at nighttime you’ll be greeted by an illuminated illustration of Kiki and Lala.

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    The hotel has left no part of this fairy tale-like room untouched, with its pink bath tub and drawing of the Little Twin Stars on bathroom mirror too.

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    And don’t forget the Little Twin Stars Room amenities either, exclusive to guests. The plush toys are branded with an original Sanrio Character Room logo.

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    The designs of the toothbrushes are different in each room.

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    Even the cup coasters that come with the room feature original desgins exclusive to Keio Plaza Hotel Tama.

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    The adorable door signs feature Kiki and Lala sleepy for guests to not be disturbed and energetic for the room to be cleaned.

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    Be sure to snap photo of the framed cute Kiki and Lala picture too before you leave.

     

    The Little Twin Stars Room was a world full of pink dreams.  It’s sure to be popular with children♡

     

    Next time we will look at the renovated Hello Kitty Room, so stay tuned!

     

    Writer: Ellie (MMN Editorial Team)

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • My Melody Themed Hotel Room Opens at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama

    26.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Two new guest rooms opened at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama on June 15 themed on the Sanrio characters My Melody and the Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala).

     

    This year’s Sanrio Character Awards were held earlier this month. Both My Melody and the Little Twin Stars proved their popularity with fans as they came in 4th and 6th place respectively. With that in mind, what does Keio Plaza Hotel Tama have in store for fans of the characters in their new guest rooms? I’m here to let you in on the full scoop today.

    Keio Plaza Hotel is about a 30-minute train ride from Shinjuku and a 3-minute walk from Keio-Tama-Center Station. It’s also close to the city of Chofu where the Rugby World Cup will be held this fall as well as located in West Tokyo, an area enjoyed by foreign tourists.

     

    There are two of each rooms available and they will be permanent rooms at the hotel. The hotel already has four Hello Kitty Rooms which were introduced in November 2014 and renovated with the opening of the new My Melody and Little Twin Stars Rooms, making for a total of eight Sanrio character rooms at the hotel. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the My Melody Room.

     

    My Melody Room

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    I headed to the My Melody Room. As I approached the door and saw the flower above the room number my excitement began to skyrocket.

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    The ceiling features a bright blue sky with a bowed rainbow spread across it, and on the walls the hidden forest of Maryland.

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    My Melody looks like she is having a lot of fun as she rides the swing her father made for her.

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    On the beds are cushions exclusive to the hotel made in the image of the forest’s flowers. Sleeping here will have you feeling like you are sleeping right there in the forest.

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    Illustrated on the foot throw is My Melody and her closest friend, Flat. The two of them enjoying resting their heads on mushroom pillows is a cute sight.

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    All of the rooms have a USB port next to the beds so you can charge your phone by your pillow even without a Japanese plug adaptor.

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    The chest of drawers below the TV also has cute and colourful flowers on it.

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    They’re even on the curtain tieback! You’ll find flowers scattered all throughout the room so be on the lookout to find them all.

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    There’s also a hidden My Melody on the floor lamp. Be sure to find her too!

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    The bath tub in the washroom is a light blue colour inspired by blue skies, and on the mirror is a cute print of My Melody♡

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    Guests will definitely want to check out the amenities too including toothbrushes, bottled water, face lotion and more, each with My Melody logos on them. Each room has different designs. There’s also a tote bag and plush toys which you can take home with you together with everything else.

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    Both the My Melody Rooms and Little Twin Stars Rooms come with slippers with all four characters on them which you can take home with you, so you can relive the fun time you had at the hotel at home too.

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    The door signs too are super cute♡

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    The rooms also have framed My Melody illustrations too, and each one is different in both rooms. Her rooms are full of nature and plant life! If you’re staying in Tokyo with friends, family or as a couple, be sure to check out the My Melody Room.

     

    Next time we will review the Little Twins Stars Room. Look forward to it coming soon.

     

     

    Writer: Ellie (MMN Editorial Team)

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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  • Top Six Hotels on Booking.com for Nighttime Sceneries and Light Displays in Japan

    10.December.2019 | SPOT

    The diverse range and large number of accommodations and trip services found on Booking.com is phenomenal. As one of the world’s largest travel accommodation booking websites, this is the first port of call for many who want to guarantee seamless travel plans. Today we’re announcing Booking.com’s top accommodations for heart-warming light up events and nighttime views. For couples looking for a romantic getaway in Japan, let this article be your guide.

     

    Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland (Kobe, Hyogo)

    Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland is a five-star hotel located near Harborland Waterfront which enjoys an extraordinary view of the sea. The rooms are fitted with a spa bath and there is even a rooftop terrace with comfy sofas to relax. All guests are treated to a romantic view right from their window. The hotel is situated just a 20-minute walk from Kobe’s grandest winter illumination event called 2019 Kobe Luminarie. If you want to get up close to magnificent works of art, this hotel is for you.

    Review Rating: 9.5/10.

    Click here to view Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland on Booking.com

     

    Yokohama Royal Park Hotel (Yokohama, Kanagawa)

    Yokohama Royal Park Hotel is situated on floor 52 and upwards in Yokohama Landmark Tower. Being located in the second tallest building in Japan surely has its perks. Soak in the beautiful cityscape and the best view of Yokohama Bay Bridge to your heart’s content. You can only imagine the breathtaking view available in every room. Facilities in the hotel include a fitness centre with an indoor pool, eight diverse restaurants and a massage facility (fee applies). A brand new shopping mall called Yokohama Hammerhead recently opened in close vicinity which is the perfect place to spend the afternoon or have a bite to eat.  

    Review Rating: 9.0/10.

    Click here to view Yokohama Royal Park Hotel on Booking.com

     

    The Prince Park Tower Tokyo, Minato, Tokyo

    With the iconic figure of Tokyo Tower glowing right outside your window, the Prince Park Tower Tokyo stands tall in Shiba Park. Prince Park Tower Tokyo enjoys spacious rooms, entertainment facilities such as bowling and karaoke, and relaxation facilities such as saunas, massage services and much more. Limited facilities include access to the fitness centre, onsen spas, indoor swimming pool and the lounge on floor 33. You can purchase a room with the view of Tokyo Tower on Booking.com 

    Review Rating: 8.9/10 

    Click here to view Prince Park Tower Tokyo on Booking.com 

     

    Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort (Fukuoka, Nagasaki)

    Located on Mount Inasa, this hotel offers a beautiful view of Nagasaki. There is a wide variety of facilities including an outdoor swimming pool (open depending on the season) and bars. Guests can enjoy the mystical and romantic nighttime scenery from the poolside. The hotel even offers a wedding plan, making it the perfect place for couples. 

    Review Rating: 8.9/10.

    Click here to view Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort on Booking.com

     

    mizuka Nakasu 3mizuka Nakasu 3 -unmanned hotel (Fukuoka)

    This hotel is located in Nakasu, Fukuoka just 500m away from Seiryu Park, the old municipal guest palace Kihinkan Hall and the historic monument Hakata Machiya Kishin Takatoro. Each room has two bunk beds and can fit up to four guests. Enjoy the hotel’s barbeque or takoyaki set with friends or family with the fantastic nighttime view of Fukuoka. 

    Review Rating: 8.8/10

    Click here to view mizuka Nakasu 3 -unmanned hotel on Booking.com

     

    Ryukyu Onsen Senagajima Hotel (Naha, Okinawa)

    Ryukyu Onsen Senagajima Hotel’s magnificent outdoor pools, onsen, massage services and buffet restaurant that overlooks the picturesque sea at night should be enough to get your attention. You can enjoy a SPA OSa beauty treatment and even water sports or golf in the area. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the first Christmas of the Reiwa Era with your friends or family.

    Review Rating: 8/7/10

    Click here to view Ryukyu Onsen Senagajima Hotel on Booking.com

     

    If you’re visiting Japan this Christmas, consider one of these relaxing hotels and their glorious views.

     

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  • Celebrate My Melody’s 45th Anniversary at Sanrio Puroland & Sanrio Harmonyland

    05.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    My Melody is one of Sanrio’s most popular characters who made her big debut back in 1975. Next year, Sanrio Puroland and Sanrio Harmonyland are set to host events to commemorate her 45th anniversary. A range of anniversary merchandise will also be release.

     

    My Melody 45th Anniversary Fair at Sanrio Puroland

    The “My Melody 45th Anniversary Fair” will take place at Sanrio Puroland from January 17 all the way to December 13 in 2020. The theme will be “My Melody Pink Therapy” and will see Puroland dyed in all things pink and sweet.

    For the first time in five years, the My Melody Area on the 4th floor of Sanrio Puroland will undergo a revamp to feature more pink than ever before. There will be a new photo spot at the entrance of the overhauled My Melody Shop where you can see all of the best must-buy merchandise. The store will have anniversary goods, Puroland-exclusive items, a variety of My Melody merch, and more.

    The new My Melody Garden will open just through the My Melody Shop, featuring a cherry blossom tree despite the winter season, as well as pinked-out walls and flooring. Adorning the garden will be giant flowers that look like My Melody and more. Sit on one of the sofas and snap a romantic picture in this cute world of pink.

    To celebrate her 45th anniversary, a droopy-eared My Melody will don two new Puroland-original anniversary dresses.

    You can’t forget to check out the anniversary menu either, featuring a line-up of celebratory food, drink and dessert. Tuck into a lovely curry with My Melody’s face in it made from ebi katsu, or indulge in the special 45th anniversary cake.

    And don’t miss this line-up of 8 limited-edition pieces of merchandise, including a birthday doll wearing My Melody’s anniversary dress, mascot, headband with My Melody ears, and more.

     

    My Melody 45th Anniversary Fair

    Running: January 17, 2020 – December 31, 2020

    Event Page: https://www.puroland.jp/mm45th/

     

    My Melody 45th Anniversary Event in Harmonyland

    Another event taking place is “My Melody 45th Anniversary Event in Harmonyland” which begins at Harmonyland, located in Hiji, Oita, from January 17 next year.

    A greeting show will be held on January 18ーMy Melody’s birthdayーwhere My Melody herself will make an appearance dressed in her anniversary costume. There might even be a surprise visit from her rival, Kuromi!

     

    There will also be a My Melody anniversary photo spot at Harmonyland too, decorated with pink roses, as well as celebratory food, merchandise, and more.

     

    My Melody 45th Anniversary Event in Harmonyland

    Running: January 17, 2020 – December 31, 2020

    Event Page: https://www.harmonyland.jp/sp/mm45th/

    *More information to be posted on the website

     

    45th Anniversary Merchandise – 3 Designs

    A line of anniversary merchandise with three different designs will also be released at Takashimaya Shinjuku and elsewhere. The designs include the “Strawberry Cake Design” featuring My Melody eating cake with her friends, the “Message Design” with My Melody’s name written on the items, and the “Laundry Design.”

     

     

    There’s lots more planned for My Melody’s 45th anniversary too, so be sure to pay a visit to Sanrio Puroland and Sanrio Harmonyland in 2020!

     

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  • Hello Kitty Greets Fans with Song and Dance Every Day at the HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX

    03.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX on Awaji Island saw a grand opening full of excitement and emotion in August 2019. Hello Kitty is now greeting fans with song and dance every day at the new event HELLO KITTY GREETING SHOW which started on December 1. 

    Hello Kitty, who realised her dream of becoming a pianist, will perform on stage, showing off her beautiful voice and flawless dancing. The show is interactive and invites the audience to join her fun world. 

    After the show, there is the chance to have your photo taken with the star herself in the greeting event.

     

    If you’re a fan, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to get closer to Hello Kitty.

     

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  • Hotel Royal Classic Osaka: A Museum & Hotel Fusing Tradition and Innovation in an Art Museum-Style Space

    30.November.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Shin Kabuki-za is an old theatre in Osaka that has been loved by locals since it opened in 1926. The theatre is set to find new life as Hotel Royal Classic Osaka, a new hotel developed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma which is set to open on December 1, 2019. The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team received exclusive access to view the hotel before it opens to report on it and showcase how it differs completely from other hotels with its characteristic charms.

     

    Its direct connect to Namba Station means super easy access

    Hotel Royal Classic Osaka is situated in the central part of Osaka Minami. Direct access to the hotel from the Osaka Metro section of Namba Station will be made available from March 2020, allowing for easy access and the reassurance that you won’t get lost wandering the streets trying to find your accommodation. Its location means easy access for tourists and travellers with a lot of luggage, working professionals who want to shorten the distance between commutes as much as possible, and pretty much any other scenario where accessibility is a priority.

     

    An iconic building exterior combining tradition and modern innovation

    Shin Kabuki-za is known by the locals who live in the area for its magnificent karahafu roof gables. The hotel will inherit this symbolic part of the theatre’s design and restore the lower part of the building. The upper part makes use of multiple layers of aluminium to create a dynamic and intricate design, resulting in a unique appearance that fuses both the traditional formation of the original theatre with a modern touch. Thanks to Kengo Kuma’s skillful architectural work, the building merges effortlessly with the surrounding buildings while retaining the local culture.

     

    It’s as much of an art museum as a hotel

    Olympic Girl 100m by Ay-O (Takao Iijima)

    The hotel also stands tall and proud as an art museum. As you walk down its corridors, your eyes will meet a plethora of gorgeous pieces of artwork which serve to lay guests into a sense of calmness and tranquility. These works are scattered throughout the hotel, both at the front desk, guest rooms, and elsewhere, making it feel like you have really stepped into a museum of art. High-class pieces also line the walls nonchalantly, so give yourself time to appreciate the many masterpieces you’ll find there.

      

    High ceilings create spaceーspace which is nothing less than relaxing

    There are 150 guest rooms in total, consisting of Standard Rooms, Premium Rooms, and Suite Rooms. Not only does each and every room boast a beautiful and panoramic window view of Osaka’s nightscape, they also enjoy high ceilings, creating a sense of space and freedom.

    Wood is the base of all the rooms, giving them a natural and relaxed feeling. The furniture is simple which gives the rooms a minimalist design, again adding to the space and sense of luxury. We stayed in one of the Standard Rooms. Don’t let going for Standard make you feel inferior, however, as we felt the room was incredibly spacious with plenty of space to store luggage.

    Room lighting is controlled with a tablet located next to the bed. The tablets are compatible in four languages. Each icon on them also has universally easy-to-recognise pictures for easy use.

    Also, the bathtubs in Standard Rooms have a little window that looks into the main bedroom. If you’re with someone you’re on good terms with, whether friends, family or a loved one, you can communicate back and forth while you take a soak. (There is of course a sliding door so you can close it off too!)

    We were also shown around one of the Suite Rooms which are fitted with a living room and spacious washroom. It really is penthouse-level extraordinary.

    The bathrooms have a window that looks out across the city nightscape, allowing for an indulging soak with a breathtaking view. It’s not one we could afford every single time we book a hotel, on a special occasion one time it’s an absolute definite.

     

    Amenities galore to pamper your hair and body

    The rooms come with a long line-up of fantastic amenities, like comfy cotton PJs, fluffy slippers, and our personal favourite: a compressed bag for your clothing. 

    The amenities in the washroom were bountiful too, from shampoo to conditioner, shower gel and body gelーall of which, by the way, are by the Thai organic brand Panpuri. They all smelled incredible and filled the bathroom with their gorgeous scent.

    They have all your ordinary must-haves too like a hair comb, cotton buds, toothbrush, and so on.

     

    KUMO KUMO: The bar and lounge with comfy sofas

    The hotel building has a total of twenty floors. After enjoying our time in the hotel portion, we headed up to the bar and lounge KUMO KUMO on the 20th floor. Inside the elevator, piano music plays while you gaze at the several pieces of art fitted inside. There was even a piece by Yayoi Kusama, so be sure to take a look.

    When entering KUMO KUMO, there’s not only seats at the counter, but lots of sofas too with a window view.

    Jazz music flowed through the bar and lounge, which is best enjoyed with a cup of delicious sake while staring out over nighttime Osaka.

     

    HAFU is a restaurant for guests only that serves breakfast.

    Their menu consists of lots of healthy options, from fruits to salads.

    The chef will also prepare fresh hotel-grade egg and meat dishes too, amongst other delicious delights. There’s also a range of slim-friendly menu items made with foreign guests in mind. The assortment was truly incredible, we can’t recommend this place enough.

    Of course, there’s yogurt, mini sweets and other dessert-like morning treats to indulge in too. It was a breakfast for the gods.

     

    YURAYURA: A restaurant that combines Japanese and Western cuisine

    The team enjoyed lunch at YURAYURA too, a buffet-style restaurant that also seats non-guests. Their menu is an amalgamation of the Japanese and Western palate, serving carefully-selected ingredients from countries around the world.

    They had various foods from around Asia too like nasi goreng from Indonesia, as well as Korean japchae, and more.

    Other things we spotted were pincho and small-cut sweets too.

    For Japanese food there were things like freshly-fried tempura, and large cuts of roast beef which were cut there and then by the chef.

     

    What I was personally happy about was their cafe menu, with things like cafe latte and other hot drinks. It was a satisfying 90-minutes spent, wolfing down food and then enjoying some sweets with a cafe latte.

     

    5 spaces that can be used for weddings, parties & more

    The hotel building even houses two chapels, as well as banquet halls, which can be used for weddings, parties and more. The chapels have large windows that let in plenty of natural sunlight. The use of natural wood also gives the room a warm feeling to it.

    Floor 8’s HANAEMI

    There are five banquet halls in total each on a different floor and each with their own concept. Those on floors 7, 8 and 9 even have terraces for parties too. Whether you’re having a party, a wedding, or a conference, there is a room for you.

    Hotel Royal Classic Osaka’s speciality is its inclusion of leaving a part of traditional Japan in there while still letting you feel the Japan of today. Whether you’re travelling to Osaka for some sightseeing and fun, or you’re in the business scene and need a regular-use hotel, look no further. We felt connected to Osaka in our experience there, so if you’re planning a trip to Osaka, be sure to book with Namba’s newest landmark.

  • Pompompurin Cafe Reveals Christmas Menu For Harajuku, Yokohama & Umeda Branches

    27.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Harajuku, Yokohama and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Cafeーthe cafe chain centred on Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurinーis serving up two cute Christmas menu items this year from December 1 to 25.

    *Food names below are translated from Japanese

    Hurry Up Santa – Pompompurin Cheese Keema Curry – ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

    This rich and spicy keema curry is made with Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, and natural cheese. The colourful stars are made from carrot and paprika, while the spiralled Christmas cheese is a combination of spinach and mashed potato. Purin is made of rice and is waiting in anticipation for Santa to deliver his present. You’ll see he’s holding a stocking which is a made from bread and walleye pollack mayo. A hearty dish that is both delicious and adorable

    Snowman Pompompurin – Snow Covered Chocolate Tart ¥1,190 (Before Tax)

    Pompompurin has turned into a vanilla ice cream snowman and is standing next to a pistachio cream Christmas tree. They are both atop a rich chocolate tart. This cute dessert is like a Christmas garden straight out of a children’s picture book.

    If you decide you want to spend your Christmas with Pompompurin this year, then you’ll receive a free lunch mat when you order food and a free coaster when you get a drink. These are both limited in quantity, so don’t miss out!

     

    ©1996, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S603310

  • Japan Shopping Festival: Hello Kitty Supports Huge Shopping Event Aimed at Foreigners

    26.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    一The Japan Shopping Tourism Organization (JSTO) has announced that it will hold an event titled “Japan Shopping Festival” aimed at foreign tourists in Japan from December 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020.

    ①Questionnaire Campaign

    A questionnaire will be carried out for non-Japanese travellers to win round-trip tickets to Japan. Travellers will be selected randomly from a lucky draw.

     

    ②Instagram Photo Contest

    Follow Japan Shopping Festival on Instagram and post photos related to the designated themes with the hashtag #jsfphoto. The themes are: ①Memories of what you bought and experienced in Japan, ②Your favourite fruits in Japan, and ③Good things about Japan you want to boast.

    ③Coupons, Goods & Experiences

    Japan Shopping Now is one of Japan’s biggest online shopping portal sites, and they are now promoting information on Japanese shopping overseas in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean. This includes coupons, sales, and more at almost 1,000 participating stores.

     

    ④Special Events

    ・Japan Shopping Festival Tohoku (December 1, 2019 – February 29, 2020)

    This shopping festival will take place at 6 prefectures across Tohoku. Discover Japanese confectioneries, fashion, sake, fruit and more, including a tie-up with JR EAST PASS.

     

    Official Website:  http://tohoku.japanshopping.org/

     

    ・Matsuyama Shopping Festival (December 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020)

    From Okaido Shopping Street to Matsuyama Gintengai Shopping Arcade, Matsuchika Town, and more, look forward to end-of-year lucky draws, food events, shopping, and so on.

     

    Official Website:  http://matsuyama.japanshopping.org/

     

    Discover the wonders of shopping in Japan and learn more about the country with the Japan Shopping Festival.

  • TV Anime Series ‘Show by Rock!! Mashumairesh!!’ New PV & Key Visual Released

    26.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME

    Show by Rock!! is a rhythm video game developed and produced by Sanrio and Geechs. A new promotional video and key visual have been unveiled for Show by Rock!! Mashumairesh!!, a TV anime series sequel to the two short anime seasons which aired in 2016. It has also been announced that a new mobile rhythm game entitled SHOW BY ROCK!! Fes A Live will be released by Square Enix.

     

    Show by Rock!! Mashumairesh!! was announced at the event “SHOW BY ROCK!! 3969 GRATEFUL ROCK FESTIVAL” which took place on Sunday. It will begin airing on January 9, 2020.

    The key visual reveals the four main characters who make up the band Mashumairesh!!: Howan (voiced by Hikaru Tono), Mashimahimeko (Yuuko Natsuyoshi), Delmin (Misaki Watada), and Ruhuyu (Aya Yamane). They stand holding their respective instruments in Under North Zawa, where the series takes place.

    The promotional video also showcases the four characters in action to the tune of Yell and Response, an insert song from the show.

    The series is being animated by Kinema Citrus. Seung-hui Son is the director with Masayuki Kojima, who directed Made in Abyss, as the advisor. The CG parts will be animated by Polygon Pictures (Human Lost).

     

    ©2012,2019 SANRIO CO.,LTD. SHOWBYROCK!! Production Committee

  • Tokyo’s My Hero Academia Themed Hotel Rooms Unveil Designs | Tokyo Prince Hotel

    24.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tokyo Prince Hotel has announced a collaboration with the upcoming anime film My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising which is set for release on December 20, 2019. Bookings are now open for their My Hero Academia themed hotel rooms, which will be available to stay in from December 7 this year until February 29, 2020.

    The room designs and hotel plans were revealed today. There are two plans available: the “Concept Room Plan” where guests can stay in a room that recreates the world of the movie and comes with free merchandise and a themed drink, and the “Regular Room Plan,” which features a regular hotel room decked out with lots of My Hero Academia decorations, and also comes with the merch and drink.

    The concept room is split into two rooms: the first recreating the room in which the students of class 1-A meet the protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, and the second on Midoriya’s bedroom.

    Expect to see illustrations of the students as well as the Villains in the rooms too. Bookings are first-come, first-served, so don’t miss out!

     

    ©️2019 “My Hero Academia THE MOVIE” Production Committee ©️Kohei Horikoshi/Shueisha

  • This Relaxing Onsen Hotel with Picturesque Nature and Luxurious Local Cuisine is the Perfect Getaway

    17.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Japan is full of picturesque locations where you can be at one with nature and soak the tiredness of your body away in the onsen baths. If you are looking for an escape from busy working life, then you’re in luck: Today we’ll be introducing you to a modern onsen hotel which is perfect for families, lovers, and even solo travellers. 

    Escape from Tokyo on the bullet train, ride the Zairai line and finally, catch a bus. After your two-hour journey, you will arrive at onsen hot spot Uonuma city in Niigata Prefecture. Today, we’ll be heading to Tomoya Hotel. The picturesque scenery of paddy fields and mountains will unfold before your very eyes and put your mind at ease.    

    Sunlight pours over the reception desk from the giant window. It was time to check in. After being informed on meal times and private onsen rentals, I quickly headed to my room.

    I was given room 305. The warm wooden structure made the room feel lavishly large. Whether you’re snuggling up with a lover, chilling out with friends or relaxing with family, the atmosphere and size of the room allows for flexible usage.

    The Sanashi river was right outside my window. I could watch the soothing clear water flow out to the horizon for hours. 

    The room was prepared with loungewear, bath towels, toothbrushes, socks and many other amenities. It was even fitted with a fridge and water heater. 

    From the lamps lighting the stairway and hallway sofas to the displayed artwork, every item in Tomoya Hotel is a carefully selected item of special design. 

    There was even a DJ area next to the lobby which contained a surprising stash of records, CDs and DVDs which was uncountably large. Being able to discover new music and films is another admirable feature of the hotel. 

    The front lobby is filled with a fresh and liberating atmosphere. There are plenty of spots to sit and read to yourself as the melodies of records weave through the air.

    The shop sells specially selected products including locally produced juice, snacks and much more. You can even purchase Tomoya Hotel’s original skincare goods. Reading the cheerful and thoughtful comments written on the goods by the manager made it clear that every single item in the shop was chosen with the utmost care. 

    One by one, several lavish courses arrived at my door for dinner that evening. The locally-sourced ingredients and seasonal vegetables were served with Niigata prefecture’s uonuma koshihikari rice, which is famed as Japan’s best rice. 

    Nameko mushroom hotpot, salt-fried East Asian trout, tofu mixed with lotus root, and sashimi were just some of the hotel’s many original dishes that were brought to my door. As the rice was harvested from the first crop of the year, it was very sweet and so delicious that I helped myself to multiple servings without realising. The food was flavoured and seasoned very lightly to ensure that guests could fully enjoy the true flavours of the fresh harvest from the mountains and the sea. The luxurious dinner was highly enjoyable. 

    I enjoyed sipping a small glass of Tomoya’s chilled Reishu sake with my meal. This is an original recipe sake created by Tomoya Hotel and local sake brewery Tamagawa Shuzo. It was so refreshing, easy to drink and perfectly complimented every dish. The hotel provided a rich variety of alcoholic dinks including refreshing beer, carefully-selected wines, rare local sake, homemade fruit liqueurs, and more.

    The onsen is home to rich history dating back to the year 1300 when it first opened its doors to the public. There are two types of private rental onsen and large public onsen indoors. Some square-shaped baths sit right beside a small stream which branches off from the Sanashi river. Treat yourself to a soothing soak in a historical onsen while absorbing the beautiful scenery. 

    After finishing your relaxing soak, head to floor 1 of the main building to spend some time relaxing. This space is for guests to use freely and how they please. There are bookshelves lined with books and games available.

    The first floor of the hotel annexe was my favourite place. Music from a variety of genres is played here. A disco ball hangs high, splashing light across the spacious room. There is a ping-pong table, a pool table, massage chair, piano, an old Nintendo game, manga and much more. It may seem like a relaxing place at first glance, but my heart was racing with excitement as I got hooked on the games.

    The following morning, breakfast was delivered right to my room again. Seeing the tray filled with a luxurious mix of both western and Japanese-style cuisine was very pleasing to see. I indulged in yaki-fu: baked wheat gluten which is a specialty of Niigata, fried fish, rolled Japanese-style omelette, homemade cheesecake and much more. All the meals served at the hotel are made with the utmost care and precision. 

    If I were to introduce all the wonderful services and features of Tomoya hotel then there would be no end to this article. The main highlights were the delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients, the soothing onsen, the music, films and experience of art culture, and of course, the opportunity to get in touch with nature, watching the water trickle down the mountain streams as your mind discovers peace. 

     

    If you are looking to heal your body, mind and soul whilst discovering nature and art, then Tomoya Hotel is perfect for you. 

     

    Writer:Ellie(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

  • Sanrio Characters Get Together for the Last EGG&SPUMA Collaboration Cafe in Tokyo

    12.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sanrio is collaborating with EGG & SPUMA cafe which is located on the 8th floor of the shopping centre Lumine EST Shinjuku. The Sanrio Characters Cafe is set to open on November 15 and will remain open for a limited time only.

    This will be the last time that Sanrio will collaborate with EGG & SPUMA and to really make it special, the menu is grander and packed with even more of your favourite Sanrio Characters. If you are a Sanrio fan, you definitely won’t be able to resist the adorable atmosphere.

    From dinner to dessert to drinks, the menu will leave you spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for something to fill you up, then the Pompompurin Cheese Burger is for you. Pompompurin sits on the plate in burger form wearing a cute beret. Kiki and Lala’s themed dish is a tower of soufflé pancakes made to resemble a cute tree, and My Melody’s dish is a Melty Strawberry Soufflé Pancake garnished with a pink ribbon. 

    Of course, EGG & SPUMA Collaboration Cafe will be whisking up their highly popular Tea Party Set again but this time, the Sanrio presence is very intense.

    The special Sanrio-style Tea Party Set is a grand three-tier course full of intricate design. The fun feast on the first tier features a colourful jelly treat which takes on the appearance of a capsule toy machine, and playful pup Pochacco in the form of a panna cotta dessert. The second tier serves up EGG&SPUMA’s popular soufflé pancakes covered in an irresistible berry sauce. The third tier will treat you to a ribbon-shaped strawberry milk crêpe and mini chocolate cakes with My Melody and Kuromi playing on top.

    Order from the collaboration menu to receive a cafe-limited drink coaster. 

    *There are eight possible designs. Each customer will receive one coaster upon their order and they are unable to choose the design they receive.

     

    Make sure to stop by for a top up on your kawaii levels!

  • Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo to Hold Christmas Evening Party at Le Jardin Restaurant

    11.November.2019 | FOOD

    Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo has announced that it will hold a special Christmastime “Evening Party” from December 20-25 at Le Jardin, the hotel’s stylish cafe/restaurant that offers a gorgeous view of the hotel’s quiet garden landscape.

    The Evening Party will take place just a little later than afternoon tea time where customers can tuck into some succulent meat and fish. The hotel has held it for the past 14 years, and anyone that has experienced it will tell you that you’ll want to go back after trying it once.

    At the party, seasonal food is served on an extravagant 3-tier hors d’oeuvres stand together with champagne. You will never forget the taste of the chef’s specially-prepared thick cut roast beef, as well as your own choice of dessert, tea, coffee and more.

     

    The roast beef in particular is hugely popular, with repeat customers flocking to get a taste of its delicious flavour. It’s seasoned with salt, fennel, rosemary and juniper berries, and garlic before being browned in the frying pan and subsequently cooked in an airtight pack together with a mirepoix made from carrots, onions, celery and other ingredients on a low heat at 63°C for 3 hours. This is the secret to the meat’s popularity, resulting in soft and succulent heaven.

    Menu items will be served in Christmas colours, including some made to look like Christmas trees, and there is also a meal plan that includes a present.

    Enjoy a wonderful dinner time this Christmas in Tokyo at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo.

  • These Hello Kitty Kintsuba Japanese Confections are the Perfect Souvenir From Japan

    05.November.2019 | FOOD

    Confectionery company Nakataya has teamed up with Sanrio to release the Hello Kitty Kintsuba.

     

    Kintsuba is a type of traditional Japanese confection of sweet beans wrapped in wheat-flour dough. Nakataya is famous for their kintsuba, which are made with large-grained beans and red bean paste. They have maintained the flavour and quality of these confections, each of which is made with the utmost precision, and all individually.

     

    This year marks the 85th anniversary since Nakataya opened. The long-standing store hopes to bring in more foreign and younger customers by collaborating with Hello Kitty.

    They have crafted several flavours. Pictured above is the apple pie flavour, Hello Kitty’s favourite. It’s made with fuji apples from Aomori Prefecture which is known for its incredible apples. It’s mixed with white bean paste and is lightly flavoured with cinnamon.

    The mixed berry flavour is a fruity sweet and sour mix of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries which have been mashed together with white bean paste.

    The confection comes in two kinds of packaging: one designed by Nakataya’s founder Nakata (中田憲龍), and a Hello Kitty version where she is dressed as a dragonーa symbol of the shop. This is a completely original Hello Kitty design made specially for the collaboration.

    The outer packaging is made with a wrapping cloth to both pass down an aspect of traditional Japanese culture while also catering to the eco-friendly lifestyle of the modern age. It’s made from amuzen fabric and can be reused. The inner packaging is a simple paper tray so can be recycled. And if you take the wrapping cloth back to the store, they can refill it with the three Hello Kitty kintsuba confections at a discounted price.

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