Play With Pingu At Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki!
04.July.2019 | SPOT
Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki is collaborating with the world’s favourite childish penguin Pingu. This summer, Pingu will feature in the special event: Penguin-tachi no fushigina sekai Pingu summer festival (Pingu summer festival: Enter the curious world of penguins). The event will run from July 13 to September 1.
Located just a 1.5 hour bus/train ride away, Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki is in easy reach from Tokyo. It takes just 1 hour 15 minutes to reach by car.
Pingu Photo Spots
Enter the aquarium and you will find numerous Pingu-themed photo spots. Take a photo next to statues of Pingu and friends, or with an original design photo panel. This is the perfect place to create lots of good summer memories with your family or friends and take lots of fun pictures.
Chat with Pingu
You can also enjoy a fun conversation with Pingu by watching fun videos. Come play with the characters and enjoy their cute animations and unique voices. This venue is full of unique and fun experiences.
Uchiwa Fan Stamp Rally (Weekday-limited)
Explore the aquarium to locate the three stamp spots. There is a Pingu, Pinga and Robby stamp spot where you can collect your stamps to complete the picture on your uchiwa fan. Completing the picture on your fan will be as fun as completing a colouring book!
Running: Weekdays (Not running between August 13 ー 16)
※ This event will finish early if all Uchiwa fans are given away before the end of the event.
Pingu will visit the aquarium himself, so enjoy interacting with him!
Running: July 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28, August 3, 4 (8 days total).
Times: 11 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, (lasts approx. 30 mins).
Besides the above, there is so much Pingu-tastic fun to be had. Come create some special summer memories with Pingu at Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki
© 2019 The Pygos Group / (C)MATTEL, NHK, NEP, PPI
Penguin tachi no fushigina sekai Pingu summer festival
(Pingu summer festival: Enter the curious world of penguins)
Running: July 13 ー September 1, 2019
Location: Event space on floor 4 (4階企画展示室)
Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki
Address: 8252-3 Isohamacho, Oarai machi, Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki
Pingu Character Website: http://www.pingu.jp/
LEGOLAND Japan Celebrates The Grand Opening of LEGO NINJAGO World
03.July.2019 | SPOT
Looking for a fun day out with kids in Japan? LEGOLAND Japan is the perfect family day outing destination. At 1pm on July 1, the park celebrated the grand opening of the brand new area LEGO NINJAGO World. This is the first time this park has ever been expanded since opening in April 2017.
The opening ceremony featured special guests, including pop singer and actress Miki Shoji and approximately 70 students from Nagoya Shiritsu Inaei Elementary School. Miki Shoji, who also enjoys a trip to LEGOLAND from time to time, made the following comment at the ceremony:
“Whether you are a child or adult, the new LEGO NINJAGO World has many attractions such as the Flying NINJAGO that everyone can enjoy. This is the perfect place to have fun with your family this summer!”
There were many other special events held on the day of the grand opening, such as a countdown. At one point, Miki Shoji and the children even took part in a shuriken-throwing event with seven NINJAGO characters. What a spectacular day it was! After the ceremony had finished, some of the students who were selected as representatives of their school were given the opportunity to be the first to ride the Flying NINJAGO.
LEGO NINJAGO World is the eighth area of LEGOLAND Japan and is a popular area in all Legolands across the world. From the moment the children step into the NINJAGO area, they will be immersed in an entirely new world. From the surroundings to the attractions and Ninja activities, they will learn a variety of essential ninja skills.
Whether you are a child or an adult, LEGOLAND Japan invites you to enjoy a ninja experience. ♪
Address: Kinjoufutou, LEGOLAND Japan Limited, 2 Chome-2-1, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi
Hello Kitty & KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Collaboration Begins July 12
02.July.2019 | FOOD
The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in Harajuku is teaming up with Sanrio bring Hello Kitty, Harajuku culture and kawaii culture to the restaurant in a collaborative event that will run from July 12 to September 1. This year marks Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary and KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s 4th anniversary making this an event not to be missed.
“Harajuku x Kawaii x Hello Kitty” Themed Menu
Eight dishes will make up the colourful menu arriving at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE on July 12 inspired by Harajuku, kawaii culture and Hello Kitty.
Dishes include the Hello Kitty Burger packed with colourful melted cheese sauce, the Hello Kitty Harajuku Rainbow Curry which imagines Hello Kitty looking up to a rainbow after the rain lets up, and more.
Don’t forget the beautiful desserts either from a vibrant pop cake to a gorgeously layered parfait, all imbued with kawaii♡
During the event, customers who order from the collaborative menu will receive one of these original coasters featuring Hello Kitty and the restaurant’s popular character Mr. Choppy.
Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room: A Special Reservation-Only Room
Also running at the restaurant during the event will be a special reservation only “room” which can be found at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE’s popular Mel-Tea-Room area. This room will see Hello Kitty take on the theme of a Harajuku girl and be decorated in pastel colours, ribbons, strawberry cake and more. You’ll wish this room was your own!
Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room
Running: July 12, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Reservations: Once reserved please speak to the Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room staff
Slots: [Weekdays] 11:00/13:00/15:00 [Sundays & Holidays] 11:00/13:00/15:00/17:00/19:00
*2 hours per slot, limited availability
Original merchandise and novelties will also be available to purchase and pick up at the restaurant.
The collaboration is running until the end of Japan’s summer break, so if you’re here this summer then be sure to plan a trip to Harajuku to eat at the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE.
Harajuku x KAWAII x Hello Kitty
Location: KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU
Running: July 12, 2019 – September 1, 20192019年7月12日（金）から9月1日（日）
Address: YM Square Bldg. 4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Access: 5-minutes on foot Harajuku Station via JR / 1-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jigumae Station via Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
Weekdays & Saturday:
[Lunch] 11:30-16:30 (last entry 15:30 / last orders 16:00 – 90 min stay max)
[Dinner] 18:00-22:30 (last orders 22:00)
Sundays & Holidays:
11:00-20:00 (last orders 19:30)
*During busy times, a max stay time of 2 hours may be implemented.
Official Website: http://kawaiimonster.jp
teamLab Blooms Digital Sunflower Art at teamLab Planets TOKYO
03.July.2019 | SPOT
teamLab Planets is a museum in Tokyo’s Toyosu area that will celebrate one year since opening on July 7. At this museum, visitors move through water and traverse its four vast exhibition spaces.
The museum is set to showcase its new digital art piece Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity for a limited time from July 7 to 21. Koi swim on the surface of the water that stretches to an infinite horizon. The koi fish are influenced by the movement of people in the water and turn into flowers when they collide.
As well as this, the museum will serve up new summertime foods at its restaurant The Bowl Steakhouse, where it will serve shaved ice, and its food stand Everything Is In Your Hand, where it will sell sandwich wraps.
Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity
teamLab, 2016-2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Three shaved ice desserts will be sold from July 20. In the picture from the left the flavours include strawberry, matcha adzuki and mango. Each is served with velvety fresh cream in each respective flavour.
Five wraps will be served from July 13. These include Mexican Chili Con Carne, Chicken Salad, Salmon & Cream Cheese, Avocado & Shrimp, and Vegan Salad.
Cool yourself down this summer by stepping into the waters of teamLab Planets and enjoying some refreshing seasonal food.
teamLab Planets TOKYO – TOKYO DMM.com
Address: 6-1-16, Toyosu, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Running: July 7, 2018 – Fall 2020
Official Website: https://planets.teamlab.art/tokyo/
3 Must-Try Summertime Bubble Teas at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea
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
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
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
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
Tokyo Disney Resort
Clean Japanese Cosmetics Shop MAKANAI to Open in Kagurazaka
01.June.2020 | FASHION
Kagurazaka-based Japanese ‘clean’ beauty brand MAKANAI are set to open up a store in Kagurazaka, Tokyo on June 5, 2020.
The shop interior was designed by up-and-coming Japanese artists and is based around gold leaf.
The decor features gold leaf-incorporated wall and ceiling art, as well as fragments taken from Kutani ware that became damaged when it was being forged in Ishikawa Prefecture. MAKANAI is a place that prides itself on sustainability.
The main centre table, called the “Ritual Bar,” is made using the stump of a lime tree that is hundreds of years old. It is on this luxurious table that various beauty products are to be displayed. The interior designs, which makes use of wood grain, gives the shop a natural feel to it and feels nice to touch together with the products. It’s a simple yet relaxing and welcoming aesthetic that will have you staying in there for a long time without noticing.
The shop has a smart mirror which uses AI to diagnose your skin type, and there are also workshops too such as “Pure Beauty Rituals” where MAKANAI will teach you how to care for your skin. MAKANAI plans to introduce other exciting things too.
Grand Opening Commemoration Set w/ Tote Bag: ¥10,000 (Before Tax)
To commemorate the store’s opening, customers can purchase a set which comes with face lotion, moisturising oil, and face cream. Normally, all of this would cost ¥13,000 (before tax), but for the opening it will be offered at the special price of ¥10,000. It’s a great MAKANAI starter kit.
Experience MAKANAI’s brand concept of clean Japanese cosmetics for yourself at the official store when it opens on June 5.
Address: 3-1 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
MAKANAI Cosmetics Official Website: https://makanaicosmetics.co.jp/
MAXPLAN AZABU10: The New Landmark of Tokyo’s Azabu Juban District
31.May.2020 | SPOT
MAXPLAN Co. is set to open MAXPLAN AZABU10 on October 22, 2020 which is set to become the new symbol and a landmark of Tokyo’s Azabu Juban District. The building will offer many unique and extraordinary experiences.
Nakamura Suzuko (CEO, MAXPLAN Co.) | Comment
“This project borrows the strength of internationally-active architect Kengo Kuma. I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to be a driving force together with him once again. This building, which is the ‘Azabu Juban Development Project,’ will be a place that creates and discovers new collective value between companies and individuals. A place of creative symbiosis. It aims to offer well being for companies that brings about a sense of cultural values. It will be a creative space for companies and individuals to resonate, bounce ideas off, and flow with one another. I pray from the bottom of my heart that these things will serve as a connection to how we want to live in the future.”
Kengo Kuma (Architect) | Comment
“Azabu Juban is Tokyo’s intersection between tradition and the future. I wanted to create a symbol for this district of ‘fluctuations’ around its crossroads. Combining panels of varying sizes with different heights, thicknesses, and textures expresses the district’s diversity and energy. I wanted the building to blend in as part of the ‘fluctuations,’ as well as create a small 3D city which itself has ‘fluctuations’ […]”
We look forward to seeing how this new landmark and symbol of Azabu Juban brings together the traditional and the futuristic.
Building Site: 4-1-1 Azabu Juban, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Access: 1-minute on foot from Azabu Juban Station (via Tokyo Metro Namboku Line and Toei Oedo Line)
Grand Opening: October 2020 (subject to change)
Beauty Connection Ginza’s Fruits Salon Reveals Mango Menu Line-Up
30.May.2020 | FOOD
Beauty Connection Ginza and its second floor fruit course cafe Fruits Salon have been closed since April 8, 2020 as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. But that hasn’t stopped Fruits Corner wanting to deliver its tasty treats to customers as it reveals its new mango themed menu which is set to run for the whole month of June. It will be taking online orders.
Following the pear, citrus fruits, and strawberry line-ups, the new mango course is made up of four different vitamin-packed and refreshing accompaniments, all made with fresh mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture.
Mango Full Course: ¥4,400 (Tax Included)
1st. plate “Terrine”
2nd. plate “Airy Tart”
Each of the four plates, packed full of rich and sweet mangoes, offers refreshing taste to give you that early summertime vibe.
3rd. plate “Parfait”
4th. plate “Dried Fruits/Mignardises/After-Meal Drink)
The third plate is a gorgeous, eye-catching parfait centred on mango gelato and made up of delicious ingredients that all come together harmoniously. Mix everything together to create new flavours. The full course is 90 minutes, and beckons you to use all five of your senses to enjoy it.
Beauty Connection Ginza Fruits Salon
Address: 2F, 7-9-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair Launched at TSUTAYA Ginza
30.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Since the launch of the manga back in 1970, Doraemon has brought smiles on people’s faces in the form of books, anime, live-action films, collaborations with artists, and more, for the past 50 years.
To celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary, TSUTAYA Ginza has opened an online fair on its website. TSUTAYA Ginza is a place where people of all ages and nationalities come from around the world, and the number one book the store can recommend as part of Japan’s culture continues to be the first volume of Doraemon. For the entirety of 2019—that’s January to December—the first volume of Doraemon was the number one best selling book at TSUTAYA Ginza.
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Fair
Doraemon Volume 1 (Tentoumushi Comics)
Doraemon has come to be a symbol of Japan and has been passed down generations, but there probably a lot of people who don’t know how the story started. To find out, pick up a copy of volume one at TSUTAYA Ginza.
Doraemon Volume 0 (Tentoumushi Comics)
As part of the anniversary celebrations, a special volume 0 has been published. This full-colour book features 6 versions of the first Doraemon story as well as comments by the author and more.
Doraemon Mizuhiki Accessories (Pins, Earrings, Piercings)
Mizuhiki are decorative Japanese cords which are used for important ceremonial occasions such as weddings, births, and funerals. These special Doraemon mizuhiki have been turned into beautiful accessories featuring Doraemon and Dorami’s iconic blue and yellow colours respectively. They can be used for decorating clothes with and more.
This is just a peek at some of the celebratory merchandise on offer for the online fair. For the full list, check out the website below.
Doraemon 50th Anniversary Online Fair: https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/blog/humanities/14121-1501150523.html
Address: GINZA SIX 6F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 〒104-0061
Official Website: https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/
3 New Limited-Edition Botanical Drinks to Arrive This Summer at BOTANIST Tokyo
27.May.2020 | FOOD
BOTANIST Tokyo, the flagship shop of BOTANIST in Omotesando, has announced a new collection of limited-edition drinks will be served on the second floor BOTANIST Cafe from July 12, 2020. BOTANIST Tokyo is currently closed but it scheduled to reopen on June 1.
There are three new refreshing drinks to choose from, all of which can be ordered for takeout. From apple mint to grapefruit, each beverage us the perfect accompaniment for cooling you down in Japan this summer.
Refresh Soda: ¥600 (Tax Included)
A combination of grapefruit jelly and fizzy soda water make this one of those drinks that you go “Ahh!” afterwards on a hot summer’s day. There’s also a hint of sweet green apple.
Botanical Melon Soda: ¥800 (Tax Included)
This is a smoothie which blends together two types of melon soda and adds melon jelly and a dollop of ice cream. It’s like a dessert in a cup!
Banana & Avocado Refresh Smoothie: ¥720 (Tax Included)
Enjoy the sweetness of banana and sugar beet together with the smoothness texture of the avocado in this smoothie which has apple and mint mixed into it for that refreshing summertime kick.
The cafe’s regular menu has also been revised to add three new desserts.
Vegan Waffles w/Drink: ¥800 (Tax Included)
These vegan waffles are healthier for the body if you’re looking for some guilt-free indulgence. It’s topped with soy whipped cream, maple syrup, and fruits of your choice.
Lemon Cheesecake w/Drink: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
A crunchy cookie base, a creamy cheese top, and a lemon to top it all off. The combination of the salty flavour with the sour hit is a match made in heaven.
Homemade Rich Pudding: ¥500 (Tax Included)
An in-house made purin, which is a type of Japanese custard pudding. It’s a delightful mix of rich egg and subtly sweet soy whipped cream.
Customers who spend over ¥4,000 (tax included) on items in the Refresh Series will also be entered in for a chance to win a “Refresh Soda.” The soda is available while supplies last.
Serving: June 1, 2020 – July 12, 2020
Serving: From June 1, 2020
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (1st Floor – Shop / 2nd Floor – Cafe)
TEL: 1st Floor: 03-5766-3777 / 2nd Floor: 03-5766-3778
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Official Website: https://shop.botanistofficial.com/
Enter Virtual Shibuya: The New Ghost in the Shell Digital Platform
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project launched its new digital platform “Virtual Shibuya” with an opening event on May 19. The event Virtual Shibuya helped promote release of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 with talks and performances from SEKAI NO OWARI’s DJ LOVE, virtual YouTuber and member of Nijisanji Ange Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki of Future Design Shibuya, and Naohiro Ukawa of S/U/P/E/R DOMMUNE—all of whom are fans of Ghost in the Shell.
Officially recognised by Shibuya City, Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It will enable people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities. The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology will connect the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.
The guests joined over 50,000 users for the first event which went down a storm. Chinatsu Wakatsuki said: “I was amazed how much it looked like Shibuya! I can’t go to Shibuya right now, so it felt like I got to visit home again after so long.”
Shibuya was fully recreated a virtual space for people to visit
Lots of Ghost in the Shell fans gathered in the city
Everybody in this virtual world jumped into their avatar skins, including the diverse range of guests who probably would never have come together had it not been for the Ghost in the Shell theme, as well as DJ LOVE, Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki, and Naohiro Ukawa.
The real world and the world of Ghost in the Shell collide
The four performers, who were coming face to face with each other for the first time, talked to guests about what they love about Ghost in the Shell while strolling around Virtual Shibuya and having fun with fans on equal terms.
Comments from the performers
・Chinatsu Wakatsuki (Future Design Shibuya)
“I was amazed how much it looked like Shibuya! Shibuya is a place I hold near and dear to my heart. There were a lot of ‘firsts’ for me, like my first time using an avatar, and meeting new people for the first time, so I thought it was going to be difficult at first, but I found myself not nervous at all and had fun with everyone in there using this futuristic entertainment. Looking forward, au 5G will grow and the number of things we can do will as well. I hope to challenge myself as a tarento and a mum in many different things and have fun with this Virtual Shibuya!”
・“DJ LOVE” (SEKAI NO OWARI)
“It felt like I had dived right into the world of Ghost in the Shell, my favourite series. It was a wonderfully fun event which expanded on my dreams. I’m looking forward to seeing it evolve and I hope to perform live there at some point. I want to make stuff that people who haven’t been physically able to go to venues up to now can enjoy. I think it would be fun to communicate with people who participated.”
“The streets of Shibuya I know were completely transformed into the world of Ghost in the Shell, and my favourite Tachikoma made an appearance too. For a Ghost in the Shell fan like myself it was a whale of a time! Right now we have to battle with staying indoors. Me having disappeared has caused a bit of trouble, but the thrill of this virtual event has lifted my nerves. I had a lot of fun.”
You can check out footage from the event in the video below which was posted on Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project’s official YouTube channel.
The world of Ghost in the ShellVirtual Shibuya in can be experienced until May 31, 2020, so sign up while you still can.
Ghost in the Shell x Virtual Shibuya
Virtual Shibuya: https://shibuya5g.org/article/virtual-shibuya/
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/shibuya5g
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project to Launch Virtual Shibuya Platform
17.May.2020 | SPOT
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project is set to launch its new digital platform “Virtual Shibuya” on May 19, 2020. The platform is officially recognised by Shibuya City.
Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It will enable people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities.
The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology will connect the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.
1: Online Events
A variety of online events will be held inside the virtual event space. People tune into Virtual Shibuya while at home by connecting with their smartphones, PCs or VR devices. They will have their own avatar and be able to traverse the area together with other people who are connected while participating in different interactive online events. The events will also be streamed on video streaming services.
2: XR Art
Experience XR (cross reality) content which will connect both Virtual Shibuya to the real Shibuya. Those in either Shibuya will be able to experience the same content and entertainment.
The opening event for the grand opening of Virtual Shibuya will promote the release of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 with talks and performances from SEKAI NO OWARI’s DJ LOVE, who is a fan of Ghost in the Shell, as well as virtual YouTuber and member of Nijisanji Ange Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki of Future Design Shibuya, and Naohiro Ukawa of S/U/P/E/R DOMMUNE.
Ghost in the Shell Night by au 5G
Date: May 19, 2020
How to Participate
Virtual Shibuya can be accessed using a VR device, smartphone, or PC/Mac. To participate, you must create a (free) Cluster account and install the Cluster app on your device. This event will also be streamed live on YouTube Live and the official Twitter page of Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project.
Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/shibuya5g
Tokyo’s New Sake Ice Cream Shop Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Ship Ice Cream Around Japan
SAKEICE is an ice cream shop that offers a new kind of ice cream experience, combining Japanese sake and alcohol together with the frozen treat. The shop opened in Akusaka, Tokyo in March this year.
However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the store has had to close temporarily. SAKEICE wants to cheer people up during these turbulent times with their ice cream, and has therefore announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign so they can set up a website where people can order ice cream in Japan and have it delivered to them.
I tried out their ice cream
Otokoyama / Nihonshu Ice
SAKEICE’s ice cream is laced with lots of Japanese alcohol. I tried the Otokoyama and the Nihonshu Ice, the latter of which is an original ice cream flavour exclusive to SAKEICE. They both contains around 4% alcohol. I were curious exactly how they would taste.
I started with the Nihonshu Ice. The moment the ice cream hits your tongue, your taste buds are met with its smooth texture, and your nose is filled with the full bodied flavour of nihonshu. The velvety texture on your tongue as it melts is to die for. The Otokoyama has a refreshing kick to it when compared to the Nihonshu Ice. It’s creamy, but the aftertaste is refreshing, so we recommend it for people who aren’t a fan of sweet treats. Both are sure to leave you feeling satisfied, and maybe a little flushed afterwards.
These ice creams contain alcohol, so keep that in mind when coming here with minors, kids, pregnant women, or if you’re driving.
They have non-alcoholic flavours too!
Matcha / Cherry Blossom
Of course, they have non-alcoholic options too. I tried out the matcha and cherry blossom flavours.
The matcha one has an irresistible bitterness layered inside the sweetness. You get that real rich matcha taste too. The cherry blossom ice cream is a cute light pink colour and has a subtle sweetness to it. If you don’t like alcohol then you’ll definitely want to try one of delights.
Help Rescue Sumida Aquarium’s Spotted Garden Eels by Showing Your Face Online
29.April.2020 | SPOT
Something unprecedented is happening over at Sumida Aquarium. The living creatures at the aquarium are starting to forget about humans as a result of the building’s closure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, save for the aquarium staff who are looking after them. In the case of their spotted garden eels, the eels are now hiding in the sand, even when the aquarium staff check in on them.
What exactly is happening with the spotted garden eels?
Spotted garden eels by nature are extremely fragile and alert creatures, and so are prone to diving under the sand to hide themselves. Around 300 of these eels live in a single tank at Sumida Aquarium, and since they are used to people being in the aquarium all the time, they rarely bury themselves even when people get close. However, since the closure of Sumida Aquarium on March 1, 2020, a change has been seen in the spotted garden eels.
Humans not being around is the new norm for the eels. It’s as if they have forgotten about the existence of humans, and now hide themselves away when the staff come through. With the eels no longer showing themselves to the staff, it has becoming difficult to run daily checks to see if the eels are unwell, famished, and so on. The change of environment may even lead to stress of the eels fighting. It has become a serious problem for the staff to ensure they are living an adequate quality of life.
That is where Sumida Aquarium’s “Spotted Garden Eel Face Reveal Festival” comes into play. The aquarium has called for emergency measures for people to video call in to show their faces to the eels so they don’t forget about humans and so they no longer feel afraid of people being around.
Spotted Garden Eel Face Reveal Festival
The festival is a chance for people to meet the spotted garden eels from their own home by using an iPhone, iPad or computer to call in using video chat. As long as you can video call, anyone is free to join. Two sessions will be held per day where people can see the eels pop their heads out of the sand, feed, and so on.
This is the first time Sumida Aquarium has held such a project, and it may or may not work, but they won’t know unless they try. Check the dates below and see if you can get involved.
May 3rd @ 10:30-14:00 (JST)
May 4th @ 10:30-14:00 (JST)
May 5th @ 10:30-14:00 (JST)
How to Participate
Use an iPhone or an iPad to FaceTime any of the Gmail addresses below.i
１）Open the FaceTime app and enter any of the Gmail addresses. Select video call.
２）Screens will be placed in front of the water tanks with the spotted garden eels live. Once the call starts, show your face, wave your hand, and call out to them. Please note that talking loudly is strictly prohibited.
３）5 screens was the limit of what could be set up. They ask for you to call for only 5 minutes so that many different people can show their face so it feels like lots of people at a festival.
*The aquarium apologies if the eels don’t show themselves
*The aquarium apologies in the case that anything goes wrong with the call
*Only iOS can be used at this time and not Android OS
Beautiful Jellyfish Umbrellas Designed by Kamo Aquarium Will Keep You Dry
26.April.2020 | FASHION
YOU+MORE!, a brand of humorous merchandise and accessories developed by Felissimo, has teamed up with the famous Kamo Aquarium to release a series of jellyfish umbrellas.
The intricate umbrella designs were developed in cooperation with the staff at Kamo Aquarium’s Jellyfish Dream House. Three different kinds of jellyfish were used as inspiration for the umbrellas.
Moon Jelly Umbrella
YOU+MORE! Moon Jelly Umbrella – ¥1,600
Moon jellyfish are perhaps one of the most popular kinds of jellyfish out there. What may be the most striking part of this umbrella is the colour gradation which gives it a transparent effect. The edges of the umbrella are also curved, giving it a delicate silhouette and making it look even more like the real things.
The umbrella’s frames are built strong, and the material of the umbrella itself is a white glass fibre which serves not only to mimic the colour of a moon jelly, but so that you can still see through it too. (As a side note, all three of the umbrella designs are made from glass fibre.)
Northern Sea Nettle Umbrella
YOU+MORE! Northern Sea Nettle Umbrella – ¥1,600
Like the northern sea nettle itself, this umbrella features a dome shape and incorporates a stripe design. A northern sea nettle has 16 stripes, and so that many were added to the umbrella. The jellyfish staff at the aquarium praised this one as the most realistic.
YOU+MORE! Spotted Jelly Umbrella – ¥1,600
Like the northern sea nettle, the spotted jelly too as a cute dome-shaped body. If someone who has never seen one of these jellyfish umbrellas before sees this design, they’ll think of it as just having cute spotted design. However, a jellyfish enthusiast is sure to get excited as the sight of this one with its details like its orange colour and the dots around the edges.
Kamo Aquarium will begin selling limited edition versions from the end of June this year which come with an ephyra charmーthat’s the name for a baby jellyfish. The aquarium is currently closed until May 6 due to the coronavirus. The latest updates can be found on their official website.
Address: Okubo-657-1 Imaizumi, Tsuruoka, Yamagata
Official Website (Japanese): https://kamo-kurage.jp/
Official Website (English): https://kamo-kurage.jp/english/
Ornament-Like Cake Parfaits Now Being Baked Up at Pascal Le Gac Tokyo in Akasaka
05.April.2020 | FOOD
Pascal Le Gac Tokyo is the first overseas branch of internationally-recognised French-based chocolate company Pascal Le Gac which released some breathtaking new desserts to its menu on Wednesday.
Chocolate Parfait Flurry / Phrase Parfait Flurry
The original Parfait Flurry desserts are made in the image of a bloomed flower. When they were released back in April 2019, they instantly garnered attention across social media and news websites for their gorgeous design. Pascal Le Gac Tokyo has brought them back to the menu, this time in the form of cakes.
Cakes that are like parfaits
The new desserts take the same concept of the original parfaits, but instead turns them into cakes. But that doesn’t simply mean taking the parfait ingredients as they are and turning them into a cake. Rather, the cakes recreate the taste of the parfaits, so it’s like eating the real thing. The wine glass that the parfaits were served in have been recreated using icing to give that shiny effect, and the chocolate flowers have been cut thin so they are easy to eat.
Chocolate Flurry – ¥864 (Tax Included)
Starting from the bottom upwards, the Chocolate Flurry is layered with chocolate cookie pieces, chocolate flavoured almond sponge, chocolate cream, chocolate mousse, cacao flavoured vanilla cream, more chocolate cream, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and chocolate glaçage. Every part of this art piece is made with cacao.
Phrase Flurry (Tax Included)
Starting from the bottom upwards, the Phrase Flurry is layered with pistachio cookie pieces, almond sponge, pistachio mousse, strawberry mousse, lychee jelly, strawberry compote, raspberry flavoured fresh cream, strawberry chocolate, and red glaçage. The marriage of strawberry, lychee, and pistachio flavours is nothing short of heavenly.
*Please note that opening hours and closures are subject to change depending on the situation of the coronavirus outbreak. Check the cafe’s official website for the latest details.
Pascal Le Gac Tokyo
Address: 2-12-13 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30) / [Weekends] 10:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:30)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Exit 2 of Akasaka Station (via Chiyoda Line) / 1-minute on foot from Exit 11 of Tameike-Sannō Station (via Ginza and Namboku Lines)
Official Website: http://www.legac-chocolatier.jp/
Harajuku’s Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe Entertains Customers With Projection Mapping
“HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-,” a cafe in Harajuku whose name speaks for itself, has announced its second collaboration with Rilakkuma to bring the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe which will open for a limited time from April 3, 2020 to June 28, 2020.
The cafe’s first collaboration with Rilakkuma was in December last year. It was called “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” and earned itself many fans for its cute food and decor, but especially for its interactive tables which used projection mapping technology to have Rilakkuma and friends running around people’s tables.
Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456
Fruit is the theme of the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, which follows that Chairoikoguma and the other characters have gathered lots of nutritious fruit to fill up the belly of hungry Rilakkuma.
Rilakkuma’s Fruit Salad – ¥1,590
Get your fill of refreshing fruit from this fruit salad plate which has Rilakkuma poking his cute face out from behind it all. When you order this dish, you’ll need to touch the fruits that appear on the table to give them to Rilakkuma.
Korilakkuma’s Apple Cheese Gratin – ¥1,690
A combination of hot apple and melted cheese, you’ll find yourself addicted to the sweet and sour mix of flavours. Pick lots of apples with Rilakkuma and company with the projection mapping game. (*Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)
Chairoikoguma’s Orange Burger – ¥1,690
The bun of this hearty burger is branded with Chairokoguma’s cute bear face. But what happens when you squeeze Rilakkuma’s orange? (*Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)
Rilakkuma’s Maku Maku Fruit Tree Parfait – ¥1,590
Korilakkuma’s Maku Maku Strawberry Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)
Kiiroitori’s Maku Maku Peach Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)
For dessert, you have a selection of fruit-topped parfaits to choose from featuring Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori.
Rilakkuma & Friends Maku Maku Drinks – ¥790 / With Glass – ¥1,990
Warm & Fluffy With Everyone Cafe Latte – ¥890
Pick between one of the cold beverages, or if it’s a cold day, warm up with a hot drink. Feel warm and fluffy like Rilakkuma and his friends with a warm beverage after your parfait.
Exclusive Merchandise & Bonus Items
Pin Badges (9 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400
Acrylic Key Rings (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500
Get your hands on a selection of original merchandise too, including pin badges, acrylic key rings, and more.
Stickers (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)
Coasters (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)
Book a table online in advance and receive one of four possible stickers. Order a drink at the cafe and get one of the four coasters!
You’re sure to get your five-a-day when you dine at the Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, opening for spring on April 3, 2020 in Harajuku.
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Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe
Running: April 3, 2020 – June 28, 2020
Location: HARAJUKU AR BOX-table projection mapping cafe- (Lucessimo Bldg. Floor 2F, 4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Table Bookings: Now Open
*Table Projection Mapping seats for two people are ¥2,960 (before Tax)
Official Website: https://rilakkuma-fruits-cafe.jp/