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 Greeting

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

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  • 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. ♪

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    02.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

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

     

    Coffee Tapioca Latte

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

     

    Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019

    Price: ¥500

    Available: Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery, Tokyo DisneySea

     

    Fantastic Flight Drink (Lychee Tapioca)

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

     

    Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019

    Price: ¥450

    Available: Zambini Brothers’ Ristorante, Tokyo DisneySea

     

    Sparkling Tapioca Tea (Mango & Citrus)

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

     

    Running: July 8 – September 1, 2019

    Price: ¥600

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

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

     

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

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  • BT21 Amusement Park Event to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka

    14.May.2022 | FASHION / FOOD / SPOT

    NAMJATOWN, a theme park located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, will be holding a special BT21 event from May 14 until June 12, 2022! The ‘BT21 MerryLand ~Welcome to our Dreamy World!~’ event celebrates the popular LINE FRIENDS characters, and guests can enjoy lots of games and treats!



    The event recreates MerryLand, an amusement park in the BT21 member’s dreams. Guests can participate in three unique mini-games inspired by amusement park attractions, along with a stamp rally and riddle-solving game! Original merchandise and menu items will also be available.

     

    Original Mini-Games

    BT21 MerryLand Spinning Ferris Wheel / BT21’s  Whirling Teacups ♪ / The Full Stomach Yum-yum Wagon

     

     

    Mini-Game Prizes

    A Prize: Relaxing Cushion (7 varieties)

    B Prize: Bandana (7 varieties)

    C Prize: Mini Acrylic Stand (7 varieties, random)

    D Prize: Character Pin (7 varieties, random)

     

    *The design for A Prize and B Prize will differ depending on the mini-game.
    (Guests can choose the design for each game.)
    *For C Prize and D Prize, the design is the same for all mini-games.

     

    Venue Exclusive Project! Rally Game

    Rally Game Prizes

    Participation Prize: Mascot Rubber Charm (7 varieties, random)
    *Prizes are the same for each Rally Game.

     

    Original Merchandise

     

    Original Food & Drinks

     

    Soft Drink with Acrylic Coaster / Fortune Latte (14 varieties) / Icing Cookie (7 varieties)


    Those unable to attend the event can head to the Namco Parks Online Store to play some web-based mini-games offering the same prizes! Certain pieces of merchandise will also be available for purchase online.

     

    Following Tokyo, the event will head to HEP FIVE in Osaka from July 2 until July 24 and Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka from August 5 until August 28.

     

    ©Bandai Namco Amusement Inc.

  • Special Shop to Open in Tokyo and Kanagawa to Celebrate the Release of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero

    10.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / SPOT

    A special pop-up store celebrating the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero film is coming to four locations in Tokyo and Kanagawa! The film is scheduled to be released on June 11, 2022, and fans can pick up some exclusive merchandise at Shinjuku Station, Kawasaki Station, Ikebukuro Station, and Akihabara Station. The dates are listed below!

     

     

    Exclusive Products

     

     

    Special Bonus

     

     

    Product Lineup

     

     

    Shop Displays

     

    The pop-up shop will feature exclusive items decorated with popular imagery from the Dragon Ball series. Fans will also be able to grab some home goods themed around the Capsule House where Bulma lives!

     

    As a purchase bonus, customers spending ¥2,500 or more will receive a special holographic sticker!

     

    Each venue will be decorated, so enjoy taking some photos with your family and friends.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Collaborates with 153-year-old Kimuraya Bakery for LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project

    09.May.2022 | FOOD / MUSIC / SPOT

    Last month, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed on the Gobi Stage at Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States. Her Weekend 1 performance was streamed live worldwide and trended on Twitter in both the U.S. and Japan. After an accident during the second weekend left the singer alone on stage, many wondered if she could pull of a dazzling performance. Kyary’s joy and excitement completely transfixed the massive crowd, and the artist has drawn praise from around the world for her talent and passion.

     

    Kyary has returned to Japan to continue her ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ seeing the singer performing 30 shows across Japan. On May 7, she’ll perform at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA in Tokyo.

     

    In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities and has been attracting major attention. To celebrate the Tokyo leg of the tour, a new Tokyo collab has been announced!

     

    Kyary is teaming up with Kimuraya Sohonten, a bakery that has been in business for over 150 years. The brand is known for inventing the anpan sweet bun in 1874. Given how much this simple food has influenced Japanese culture, it seems appropriate to team up with Kyary–the singer has brought Japanese influence around the world and continues to inspire fans with her creativity and sweetness. 

    For the collaboration, fans will be able to purchase the aptly-named ‘Ninjari Anpan,’ based on Kyary’s hit song Ninjari Bang Bang released in 2013. The limited-edition set includes five different flavors of anpan and shows Kyary in her ninja attire on the box. Concertgoers can purchase these sweets at the show on May 7, and they will also be available at select Kimuraya stores and online.

     

    A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only. Support Japanese businesses and pick one up while you can!

  • NAKED FLOWER AQUARIUM -Bring You Happiness- Event Opens at Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa

    02.May.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    Tokyo’s Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa has opened its seasonal event NAKED FLOWER AQUARIUM -Bring You Happiness- until June 19, 2022.

     

    The aquarium has been continuously developing entertaining exhibits and events based on the beauty of each season. The creative company NAKED uses projection mapping to transform the space with cherry blossoms in spring and fireworks in summer, allowing guests to enjoy a special atmosphere indoors.

     

     

    Welcome Flower Gate 

    Marine Forest 

    Blooming Street 

    Jellyfish Ramble 

    Floral Café Bar 

     

    For spring, the Aqua Park has been decorated with gorgeous flowers and lush greenery. The new event uses state-of-the-art technology to surround visitors with a spectacular view of early summer. Each area of the aquarium was inspired by the subtheme of ‘bringing happiness,’ with seven different Happiness Experiences for guests to enjoy. These experiences offer things like healing sound effects and scents made to calm the mind and offer additional immersion.

     

    The popular dolphin performance has both a day and night show. The day version offers guest participation, in which the dolphins will show off their choreographed moves. The night version was inspired by the early summer sea and uses projection mapping to bring the underwater world to life in a spectacular way.

  • BTS Characters ‘TinyTAN’ to Appear at Cafes in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, and Miyagi

    25.April.2022 | FOOD / MUSIC / SPOT

    The popular BTS chibi characters TinyTAN will be featured at TinyTAN Cafe locations in five cities for a limited time! Nine locations will be open across Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, and Miyagi starting April 21, 2022.

     

    The TinyTAN characters were designed by the seven members of BTS to embody their “second selves.”

    Select Cakes: ¥990

    Fruits Deco Style: Strawberry, Fruits Deco Style: Mango, Fruits Deco Style: White Grape: ¥1,760

     

    The menu is packed with desserts, including seven different types of cakes each inspired by a member of TinyTAN.

    American Sundae Style Chocolate Cookie, American Sundae Style Caramel Nuts, American Sundae Style Pistachio Honey: ¥1,870

    Afternoon Style Tea: ¥3,190

     

    The Afternoon Style Tea includes a base plate that can be customized with guest’s favorite fruits and chocolates. Two types of TinyTAN Select Cakes will also be included to share!

    Ham (2 types) & Scrambled Egg Peanut Butter Sandwich: ¥1,760

    Cafe Style Drink & Cake Set *Prices vary based on drink selection.

     

    Guests can choose from colorful bagel sandwiches, pancakes, and open sandwiches, along with a selection of sweet drinks to match each meal.

     

    Bonuses

    Acrylic Stand (7 varieties, random): ¥1,320

    Sticky Note Roll: ¥880, Acrylic Nameplate (7 varieties): ¥990 each

     

    Original cafe merchandise and special offers will make visiting the TinyTAN Cafe even more exciting!

     

     

    © BIGHIT MUSIC. All Rights Reserved

  • Tasty Half-Moon Sandwiches Coming in Second Doraemon Tokyo Banana Collaboration

    18.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Doraemon Tokyo Banana Half-Moon Sandwiches are coming on April 1, 2022! These tasty snacks come in a pack of eight and are sure to make the perfect gift.

     

     

     

    This release of Doraemon Tokyo Banana is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Tokyo Banana brand and the 50th anniversary of Doraemon. Why not enjoy your daily snack time with these cute treats?

    Each sandwich is filled with chocolate-banana cream with the dough baked into a crispy, savory crust with a winking Doraemon on both sides.

     

     

    ©Fujiko-Pro,Shogakukan,TV-Asahi,Shin-ei,and ADK ※画像はイメージです

  • History of OSAMU GOODS to be on Display in ‘OSAMU GOODS 45th Anniversary Exhibition’

    15.April.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    Palette Club, a school for illustrators located in Tsukiji, will be holding a 45th Anniversary exhibition for OSAMU GOODS! The characters were created in 1976 by Osamu Harada, who is from Tsukiji, and Dusty Miller. Items featuring these adorable characters are still incredibly popular to this day.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise

    Rare original drawings, prints, and goods from the 1970s to the 1990s, as well as Dusty Miller store bags and fan club newsletters, will be on display during the event. Those more nostalgic about these characters and those new to them will both find something to enjoy!

  • NAKED Collaborates with Uta no Prince-sama Game for Special Art Installation

    14.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Creative company NAKED is bringing the world of Uta no Prince-sama to life! From April 16 until April 24, fans will want to come to Ikebukuro Sunshine Plaza to see MAJI LOVE KINGDOM MEMORIES, a sensory photo booth decorated with floral art.

     

    The first Uta no Prince-sama game was released in 2010, with an anime series following in 2011. In 2019, the first Uta no Prince-sama film, Maji LOVE Kingdom, was released.

     

    NAKED’s project mapping and digital art are being used to create unique photo booths where guests can take pictures with their favorite idols as seen in the 2019 film.

     

    Each photo booth was created using a variety of techniques, combining video, sound, scent, and even wind. The flowers included in each booth were inspired by the flowers that members of ST☆RISH, QUARTET NIGHT, and HE★VENS wear on their chests. How often do you get to experience a 3D photo booth with your favorite fictional boys?

     

    Guests can also enjoy a unique AR experience at the venue by using NAKED INC PLAY!

     

    ©︎UTA☆PRI-MOVIE PROJECT

  • Kyo Hayashiya and Hayashiya Shinbei Offering Special Parfaits Perfect for Spring

    11.April.2022 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hibiya Hayashiya Shinbei in Tokyo Midtown Hibiya is now offering a scrumptious Strawberry Matcha Parfait until April 24, 2022! If that’s not up your alley, four Kyo Hayashiya locations in Shinjuku, Omiya, Yokohama, and Ikebukuro will begin offering a Matcha and Berry Mascarpone Parfait from April 1 until May 8, 2022. 

     

    Strawberry Matcha Parfait

     

    The Strawberry Matcha Parfait is an eye-catching mix of green and pink, reminiscent of cherry blossoms and bright green grass. Green tea blends with rose jelly and lychee sorbet, offering a refreshing taste with a hint of bitterness. The sweet accent of crunchy chocolate feuillantine gives each bite a little kick.

     

    Matcha and Berry Mascarpone Parfait

     

    The Matcha and Berry Mascarpone Parfait mixes the deep, bitter taste of Uji matcha, the sweet and sour taste of berries, and the gentle sweetness of mascarpone cream. The berry sauce is blended with crunchy chocolate feuillantine, a layer of whipped cream, green tea jelly, green tea ice cream, and milk panna cotta. To finish, it’s garnished with refreshing raspberry sorbet, bittersweet matcha ice cream, and fresh strawberries.

  • Hotel New Otani Tokyo to Hold Fourth Collaboration with Paul & Joe

    08.April.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    From April 1 until June 30, 2022, Hotel New Otani Tokyo will hold its fourth collaboration with the Paris-born fashion brand Paul & Joe! One specially designed room will be available per day. The brand is extremely popular with women in their 20s and 30s, and those wanting to reserve a room will want to act quickly, as the previous collab room was booked up almost immediately!

     

     

    The pink and ivory interior is dotted with chrysanthemums and images of Gipsy and Nounette, the iconic cats of brand designer Sophie. Everything from the couch cushions to the hairbrush is completely inspired by Paul & Joe.

     

    Items Only Available in the Paul & Joe Room

     

    4th Collaboration Cosmetics

     

    Limited Edition Pajama and Slipper Set with Room Plan

     

    The fourth cosmetic collection has been sourced from the Les Vacances series, a collection made to take on summer vacation. The lineup includes a body primer sunscreen made to moisturize and protect and an ‘After Sun Oil’ with a floral citrus scent perfect for use after outdoor lounging.

     

    A special Les Vacances-themed spa bag will also be available for guests to take home. Enjoy taking it to the pool, to the spa, or simply while taking a stroll around the hotel. 

     

    Guests can also take home a sample of the brand’s Protecting Foundation Primer, a makeup base that has taken home a number of Best Cosmetics Awards. Selected skincare samples, such as lotions and oils, will also be included in the room package. 

     

    One of the collaboration plans will also allow guests to take home an exclusive pair of pajamas and slippers decorated with an adorable cat design. 

     

     

    *Guests cannot choose the pajama color or slipper pattern.
    *The design of pajamas and slippers is subject to change without notice.

     

  • Cherry Blossom Menu Appears at Cafe Accueil Ebisu for a Limited Time

    04.April.2022 | FOOD / SPOT

    Cafe Accueil Ebisu is currently offering a limited Sakura-themed menu featuring pancakes, afternoon tea, and drinks until April 10, 2022.

     

    Sakura & Strawberry Pancakes

     

    Sakura Afternoon Tea

     

    Special Latte with Cherry Blossoms

     

    The seasonal menu includes Sakura & Strawberry Pancakes with pale pink and strawberry red accents, and savory items such as a croissant with cherry cheese cream. Guests can also enjoy Sakura Afternoon Tea, a colorful 12-item menu featuring cherry and strawberry delights. Come enjoy the coming of spring at this gorgeous Tokyo cafe!

     

  • UNDER WATER SPACE in Yokohama Illuminated in Cherry Blossom Colors for Spring

    04.April.2022 | SPOT

    UNDER WATER SPACE, a limited-time aquarium space event located at Yokohama World Porters, is lighting up a portion of the event space in gorgeous cherry blossom colors until April 10, 2022 to coincide with the 2022 cherry blossom season!

     

     

     

    The pink-lit space and swimming fish give an entirely new feel to the UNDER WATER SPACE event. You won’t want to miss experiencing this magical spring illumination! 

     

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