Play Hide And Seek at After Hours Spooky Japanese Theme Park in Osaka

09.July.2019 | SPOT

Hirakata Park in Osaka is set to host its scary nighttime horror event “Hide And Seek at Hiraka Park” again this year from August 26 to September 1. Tickets are now on sale via Lawson Tickets. The event is being held in collaboration with MBS, Yami and ICT of NTT West.

The park will take a turn for the worse as soon as evening settles and night envelops the sky, bringing a spooky shift to the usual mirthful atmosphere during the day. Something terrible will lurk in the dark after the park closes.

 

Participants of this event will need to use their electronic devices, such as a tablet or smartphone, to help them reach the goal within an hour while keeping hidden from any spirits that may be lying in wait in the shadows. We also recommend taking a spare pair of pants.

 

But that’s not all, as guests at the park can now get involved in another frightening experience using VR technology. This VR game, which is called “The Vengeful Sleep Paralysis Ghost’s Mansion,” was introduced to the park on July 6 and is available for a limited time only.

 

If you’re down for some hair-raising spooks but can’t wait until Halloween, then you know where you need to go this summer.

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  • Beautiful National Park Projection Mapping to Illuminate Shiraito Falls This Summer

    25.June.2019 | SPOT

    For eight years now, Shiraito Highland Way, Karuizawa has been showing its gratitude to its summertime visitors with a special nighttime illumination display. This year, that time has come yet again. 

     

    The illumination event will take place at Shiraito Falls (白糸の滝, Shiraito no Taki), which is a special area of conservation located in Joshin’etsu-kogen National Park. Abiding by the rules set by the Ministry of the Environment and after a careful study of the wildlife, ecosystem and natural surroundings, preparations have been made in order to hold a successful show without any negative environmental effects. This will be the first ever projection mapping event to be held in a national park in Japan amongst the nature.

    The 2019 event will be filled with a rich variety of beautiful animation to highlight the beauty of Karuizawa’s natural undertones and will also celebrate the new Reiwa era. The theme of the projection mapping will be “the birth of the earth and our prayers for the Reiwa period”. 

    This has been recognised as one of Japan’s Nightscape Heritage sites, so please come witness it for yourself.

  • Four Beer Gardens in Kyoto and Osaka To Keep You Cool In 2019

    22.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hi everyone! This is Midori from MMN’s Editorial Department.

    Now that summer is here, it’s the perfect opportunity to visit a beer garden! Having a refreshing cold beer on a rooftop during a hot summer’s day is on a whole new level. Every year, beer gardens put a lot of effort into coming up with new ideas for their customers to have the time of their lives. The entire atmosphere is an entirely new experience. That’s why today, I will be introducing you to 2019’s must-visit beer gardens in Kyoto and Osaka.

     

    Or click here to discover Tokyo’s top 5 beer gardens instead!  

     

    Korean BBQ Sakeba

    Head to the rooftop of Keihan City Mall which is attached to Temmabashi station  in Osaka for a Korea-themed beer garden. From grilled meats such as Korean grilled pork belly, (Samgyeopsal), and gourmet food such as cheese Dak-galbi (spicy stir-fried chicken), there are just so many delicious meals to try. You can treat yourself to the free self-service drinks or get your beers, highballs and lemon sours topped up as many times as you like! Korean grilled meat and beer is the perfect combination. No wonder it is so popular!

     

    ▼ Temmabashi Korean BBQ Sakeba

    Address: Keihan City Mall rooftop, 1-1 Tenmabashikyomachi, Chuo Ward, Osaka,

    Running: May 22 ー September 30, 2019 (No regular holidays.)

    ※ Closed on days of severe or stormy weather

    Opening Hours: 17:00 ー 22:30 (Last entries: 20:00)

    Official Website: https://www.matsuri-bbq.com

     

    Hotel Keihan Rooftop Beer Garden

    Before the rooftop garden opens at Keihan Hotel, Osaka, you can still enjoy alcohol at the “Choi Nomi” alcohol stand. Here, you pay for each individual drink, which is perfect for those who do not want to drink too much. You can also enjoy a couple of drinks here with friends while you are waiting for the beer garden to open. Whether you want to drink a little or go all the way, this beer garden caters for all kinds of alcohol-lovers. ♪

     

    ▼ Rooftop Beer Garden

    Location: Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande

    Address: 31 Higashikujo Nishisannocho, Minami Ward,

    Running: June 1 ー August 31, 2019

    ※ Closed during bad weather

    Opening Hours: 17:30 ー 21:00 (Last orders: 20:45) (Choi Nomi alcohol stand opening times: 16:00 ー 17:30

    Website: https://www.hotelkeihan.co.jp/Kyoto/

     

     

    Senri Hankyu Hotel

    Senri Hankyu Hotel Poolside Beer Garden also has private spaces this year, allowing you to relax in private with your friends without having to worry about others around you. Amongst all the typical drinks, you can also enjoy Smirnoff and Sangria. There will also be a variety of dance performances to keep you entertained including samba, hula and belly dancing. Grab your girlfriends and boyfriends for the perfect summer reunion party.

     

    Senri Hankyu Hotel Beer Garden

    Location: Senri Hankyu Hotel Poolside

    Address:  2-1 Shinsenri Higashimachi, Toyonaka, Osaka

    Running: June 1 ー September 30, 2019

    Opening Hours: Mondays ー Saturdays (17:30 ー 21:00)

    Last orders: 20:30),

    Sundays, national holidays: 17:30 ー 20:30 (Last orders: 20:00)

    Website: https://www.hankyu-hotel.com/home/hotel/hh/senrihh/contents/beergarden/

     

    Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto

    Right now, the rooftop of Hotel New Hankyu, is home to a beer garden. From the same rooftop, you can enjoy a view of Kyoto Tower amongst the breathtaking scenery of nightfall in Kyoto. There is also a live performance menu at the grilled dish corner, performance desserts and much more. Treat yourself to a luxurious beer garden experience.

     

    ▼Hankyu Top Beer Garden Kyoto

    Location: Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto (Rooftop )

    Address: Opposite Kyoto station (Karasuma central exit), Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto

    Running: May 17, 2019 ー September 23, 2019

    On national holiday August 16, opening hours will change due to the Gozan no Okuribi festival of Kyoto.

    Opening Hours: 17:30 ー 21:30

    ※ Open until 22:00 on Fridays and Saturdays during July and August, however a time limit of 120 minutes for each group of customers applies.

    Website: https://www.hankyu-hotel.com/hotel/hh/kyotoshh/restaurants/beergarden

     

    So, what do you think? A beer garden with friends is the perfect way to have fun with friends in the evening!

  • Ojamajo Doremi Anime Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo & Osaka

    29.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of TV anime series Ojamajo Doremi, two themed cafes named Ojamajo Doremi Cafe&Kitchen will open in Tokyo and Osaka from July 12 and August 29 respectively.

     

    Ojamajo Doremi is an original magical girl created by Toei Animation that ran from February 1999 to January 2003. The series was a huge hit with young girls in Japan when it was released, sending them into a magical daze and further spreading the love for magical girl series. The Cafe&Kitchen is aimed at today’s young girls and the girls from back then who have now turned into women. The cafe promises to be kawaii through and through.

    Doremi’s Adoration! Steak Sandwich Plate: ¥1,490

    Steak is Doremi’s favourite so there was no way the cafe was going to leave it off the menu. This steak sandwich is served in a baguette and is served with cheese sauce to make the steak even more delicious.

    Momoko’s New York Memories… Meat Ball Pasta Salad: ¥1,290

    This dish is inspired by Momoko’s memories of how New York tasted back when she lived there as a young girl. The salad pasta bowl is colourful and filled to the brim, representing Momoko’s overflowing energy and liveliness. Pour the saffron flavoured cream cheese over to make it look and taste even more American.

    Ojamajo Doremi’s 20th Birthday Cake: ¥1,190

    The Cafe&Kitchen is a celebration of the series’s 20th anniversary, so they whipped up a birthday cake fitting for a magical girl. It’s a combination of roll cake and sponge cake so you’re sure to never tire of the flavour. Help celebrate Doremi’s 20th by tucking into this whipped cream covered birthday cake!

    Magical Girl Apprentice’s Rainbow Pancakes: ¥1,190

    Based on the iconic colours of the magical girls, this stack of cute pancakes are shaped like hearts. Scoop up the anglaise sauce and eat together with the pancakes for an even sweeter flavour.

    Onpu’s Purple Tapioca Milk: ¥790

    The famous idol Onpu gets her very own brown sugar bubble tea with tapioca pearls. Served in her image colour, the drink is whipped with whipped cream and showered with rainbow sprinkles♡

    Aiko’s Blue Lemonade Float: ¥890

    You’re sure to cool yourself down in the summer heat with Aiko’s blue lemonade topped with deliciously refreshing ice cream, lime and mint.

    Acrylic Key Ring (6 Designs): ¥600

    Clear Pouch (1 Design): ¥1,500

    With art director by popular creators Etoile et Griotte, who are popular with lovers of kawaii things, the Cafe&Kitchen will also sell a selection of cute and exclusive merchandise.

    Customers who book a table in advance (¥500 per person, excluding tax) and order from the menu will receive one of the six above-pictured original clear stickers chosen randomly.

    Those who dine at the cafe will also receive one of these two possible original lunch mats.

    Finally, customers who order a drink will receive one of six possible character coasters.

    Visit the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe&Kitchen this summer to celebrate 20 years since the series first aired.

     

    *All prices listed are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only

    ©Toei Animation

  • Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL Will Take Place at Hirakata Park in Osaka

    25.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    It has been announced that Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL will be on exhibit at Hirakata Park in Osaka from September 21 to December 1.

    It was announced earlier this month that the exhibition is also to take place at the MORI Arts Center Gallery on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills MORI Tower from July 5 to September 8. The exhibition serves to plunge fans into the world of Attack on Titan in a number of different ways, from art displays to diorama reconstructions of the world and more.

     

    Advance tickets for the Hirakata Park event will be released on July 1.

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  • Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ to Open in Tokyo, Osaka & Aichi

    24.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese company LEGS has announced the opening of the limited-time Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~. The themed cafes will open in Tokyo on October 29, Osaka on October 30, and Aichi on October 23.

    Ojamajo Doremi is an original magical girl created by Toei Animation that ran from February 1999 to January 2003. To celebrate the series’s 20th anniversary last year, LEGS opened a different Ojamajo Doremi limited-time themed cafe in collaboration with Cafe&Kitchen which welcomed lots of magical girl fans.

     

    This year once again welcomes Etoile et Griotte as the art director for the fruit parlor-inspired cafe.

     

    Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020 ~FRUITS PARLOR~ celebrates the 20th anniversary of Ojamajo Doremi Sharp is the second series in the Ojamajo Doremi series. Fans will be able to get their hands on a range of exclusive magical merchandise as well as tuck into pastel coloured fruity food.

     

     

    FOOD

    Doremi’s Cheese Steak Doria in Cherry Sauce | ¥1,699

    Steak is Doremi-chan’s favourite food, so it was a must-have on the menu. The cream cheese is coloured like Doremi, and there’s a cute musical note topping too. It comes with a cute lunch mat that looks like Doremi’s skirt.

    Hazuki’s Omurice in Porcino & Orange Cream Sauce | ¥1,399

    The omelette is made to look like Hazuki’s yellow skirt. Enjoy together with the delicious porcino sauce and orange combination.

    Onpu’s Waffles With Crepe & Mascarpone | ¥1,299

    Blueberry sauce-drizzled and mascarpone-topped waffles served with a mashed potato skirt. The sweet and sour mix is to die for.

     

    DESSERT

    Aiko’s Blueberry Float | ¥999

    A fresh blueberry float inspired by Ai-chan. Mix everything together to create a different flavour.

    Momoko’s Lemon Cheesecake Parfait | ¥1,399

    A fresh lemon cheesecake packed parfait with lots of enjoyable flavours and textures.

    Rhythm Tap Tart | ¥1,300

    Inspired by the Rhythm Taps seen in the series, the tart imagines Doremi’s transformation scene in Ojamajo Doremi Sharp.

     

    DRINK

    Onpu Melody Drink (5 Flavours) | ¥1,099

    A rainbow line-up of colourful Onpu drinks available for takeout.

     

    Movie Theater Menu

    Girls Meet Sushi | ¥1,299

    Inspired by the meat sushi that Sora and the gang eat in the animated film Majo Minarai wo Sagashite. Comes with an original postcard.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise

    Acrylic Keyrings (6 Designs) – ¥600 Each

    Letter Set (1 Design) – ¥1,200 | Folder Set (2 Designs) – ¥700

    A selection of super kawaii cafe-original merchandise is available for fans to grab.

     

    Bonus Items

    Those who book a table in advance, order a drink, or spend more than ¥2,000 at the cafe will receive one of six possible A5 folders.

     

    Become a magical girl like Doremi at the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe 2020.

     

    ©Toei Animation

  • Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Osaka & Makuhari Now Serving Rich Chestnut Pancakes For Autumn

    20.September.2020 | FOOD

    The Tokyo, Osaka, and Makuhari branches of Hotel New Otani are now serving seasonal autumn versions of their specially made pancakes at their coffee shop and all-dining restaurant SATSUKI until November 30, 2020

     

    Fantastically fluffy pancakes

    Hotel New Otani has been serving its special pancakes for the past 10 years which have become a favourite amongst guests.

    The hotel’s pastry chefs have whisked up a variety of flavours in line with the changing seasons this past decade using strictly-selected ingredients including strawberry, melon, mango, chestnut, and more.

     

    A marriage of rich chestnut and fluffy pancake

    Hotel New Otani Specially Made Chestnut Pancakes 2020 | ¥2,800 (Before Tax/Service Charge)

    Chestnuts are the flavourful theme for autumn 2020’s pancakes, made with strictly-selected chestnut astringent skin, sweet bean jelly, and topped with a chestnut macaron.
    The pancakes are served with melt-in-the-mouth Italian ricotta. There are two different doughs, one made from coffee flour which has high nutritional value, and the hotel’s original “White Cereal” which is a combination of millets and amaranth.
    The pancakes are cooked on a low heat for about 5 minutes on each side so they rise to a fluffy 5cm thickness and become startlingly smooth.

     

    Strawberries for winter

    For this year’s winter, the hotel will be serving strawberry pancakes.

     

    Enjoy a selection of seasonal pancakes when staying at Hotel New Otani.

  • Grand Front Osaka Opens New Cafe PANCAKE&books bibliotheque

    11.September.2020 | FOOD

    Grand Front Osaka opened its new cafe PANCAKE&books bibliotheque on September 11, 2020, serving a wide variety of fresh pancakes made with high quality ingredients.

    Special Fruit Genmai Guilt-Free Pancakes | ¥1,500

    These pancakes are made using gluten-free brown rice flour which creates a delicious fragrance and delightfully chewy texture to the pancakes. The pancakes are made even more chewier thanks to the incorporation of silken tofu, an ingredient which is also said to be good for dieting and the intestinal tract. The pancakes are topped with nuts and dried fruits, making them a very nutritional option.

    Strawberry & Marshmallow Brûlée | ¥1,300

    A hybrid pancake of two different desserts. It’s loaded with fluffy caramelised custard sauce to create a brûlée-like appearance and texture and is topped with sliced strawberries and roasted marshmallows. The caramel sauce drizzled on top adds a sweet and slightly bitter edge, bringing everything together.

    Whole Peach & Fromage Blanc Cream Pancake | ¥1,500

    Served with a whole juicy peach, these pancakes are combined with refreshing fromage blanc. The peach adds an ambrosial sweetness that melts perfectly with the fluffy pancakes. Complete the pancakes with a drizzle of the accompanying mint anglaise sauce.

    Kyoho Grape, Blackcurrant, & Mascarpone Cream Pancakes | ¥1,700

    A special combination of seasonal fruits including Kyoho grapes and blackcurrants. The mascarpone cream adds sweetness and the blackcurrant sauce a sour kick. If you’re wanting to taste autumn, then this one’s for you.

    Mont Blanc & Praline Cream Pancakes in Caramel Sauce | ¥1,400

    These pancakes make you feel summer changing to autumn with its fat dollops of rum-infused chestnut cream and praline cream. The chestnut cream brings a rich sweetness to your taste buds and the caramel sauce an appetising bitterness.

    Pancake Burger | ¥1,300

    bibliotheque’s incredible pancakes have also turned into hamburgers stuffed with a hand-rolled patty, melted cheddar cheese, sunny-side up egg, tomato, and lettuce.

    Eggs Benedict Pancakes | ¥1,500

    Pancakes towered with bacon, tomato, salad, and poached egg. The runny egg is a match made in heaven when combined with the homemade hollandaise sauce.

    Salmon & Ricotta Cheese Pancakes | ¥1,500

    Salad pancakes of smoked salmon, ricotta cheese, and poached egg. They are finished with rich Gruyère cheese.

    Original Milkshake “Mixed Shake” | ¥700

    A hybrid drink of authentic milkshake and Osaka’s speciality “Mixed Juice” beverage, this shake contains sakura tamago egg from Awaji Island and premium grade milk from Hamanaka in Hokkaido. It’s also made with vanilla cream and is topped with an apricot compote.

  • 5 Character Themed Cafés Running in September 2020 – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    08.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series and various franchises by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them. Let’s take a look at 5 must-visit cafés in September 2020.

     

    KUROMIMY MELODY CAFE @ EGG&SPUMA, Shinjuku Lumine EST

    Sanrio’s beloved characters Kuromi and My Melody are taking over EGG&SPUMA in Shinjuku this summer with the new KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE which is open for a limited time from August 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 and is split into two separate phases.

    There is an adorable menu line-up including two-tiered afternoon tea set with lots of sweet treats, like waffles and ice cream, all topped with Kuromi and My Melody.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/340782

     

    KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE

    Location: EGG&SPUMA

    Address: Shinjuku Lumine EST 8F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    Running: August 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

    TEL: 03-6273-0255

    Official Website: http://salt-group.jp/shop/egg-spuma/

    © 1976,  2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611679

     

    PIXAR FEST @ OH MY CAFE, Harajuku Tokyu Plaza

    OH MY CAFE, a chain of cafes in Japan, is holding a special Pixar-themed food event called ‘PIXAR FEST’ which is currently running in Tokyo and Osaka from August 28 and will open in Nagoya on September 4.

    “Keep On Smiling” is the the concept of the event, which will serve up a whole range of different foods including a Lightning McQueen exclusive on September 5, a special drink inspired by Disney Pixar’s Onward which released earlier this year, a collection of strawberry desserts centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to celebrate Toy Story‘s 25th anniversary, and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/351140

     

    PIXAR FEST OH MY CAFE

    Tokyo

    OH MY CAFE TOKYO / August 28, 2020 – November 15, 2020
    Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku (Floor 3F), 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

     

    Osaka

    kawara CAFE&DINER Shinsaibashi / August 28, 2020 – November 17, 2020
    Address: Shinsaibashi OPA (Floor 9F), 1-4-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

     

    Nagoya

    kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / September 4, 2020 – November 24, 2020
    Address: Nagoya PARCO South Building (Floor 5F), 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

     

    Pixar Fest OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://pf2020.ohmycafe.jp/

    ©Disney/Pixar

     

    Sanrio Character Collaboration Café @ POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU

    POWDER ART CAFÉ HARAJUKU is collaborating with Sanrio until mid-January 2021.

    At POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU, customers can draw their own designs on their orders, like latte art. They can also look forward to a super cute menu line-up inspired by the adorable character roster.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/338947

     

    POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU

    Address: IMON Bldg. B1F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6450-6037

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

    Official Website: https://k-tanuma.com/company#04

    © ‘76,‘79,‘89,‘96,‘01,‘05,‘20 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.L611638

     

    Miffy Café @ Tokyo Solamachi®

    In commemoration of Miffy’s 65th anniversary, the themed Miffy Café will open on the first floor of Tokyo Solamachi from September 11, 2020 for a limited time.

    The menu will serve a healthy lineup of Netherlands cuisine—in line with the heritage of Miffy’s Dutch creator Dick Bruna—and customers can get their hands on a selection of original Miffy merch.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/356067

     

    Miffy Café

    Address: TOKYO BOX cafe&space, Tokyo Solamachi 1F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

    Running: September 11, 2020 – November 3, 2020

    Reservation Fee: ¥500

    Official Website:  https://miffy-skn-65.cafe.jp/

    Illustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv, 1953-2020  www.miffy.com

     

    Hello Kitty Café @ Narita Airport

    KADOKAWA opened a Hello Kitty themed cafe on the Narita Anime Deck—which is located on the Main Building second floor of Narita International Airport Terminal 2—earlier this year which will be open for limited time until October 2, 2020.

    As well as themed food, drinks and merchandise, customers can take a Hello Kitty quiz, learn the history behind Hello Kitty, and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/336417

     

    Narita Anime Deck – Hello Kitty Collaboration Cafe
    Running: July 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020
    Location: Narita Anime Deck Entertainment Cafe
    Address: Narita International Airport Terminal 2 Main Building Floor 2F (1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba)
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:30)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Narita Anime Deck Official Website: https://www.animedeck.jp/en/narita/

     

    © 1976, 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611439

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan for the end of summer and start of autumn, then be sure to visit all the character cafes you can.

  • Universal Studios Japan Announces Halloween 2020 Event

    07.September.2020 | SPOT

    Halloween at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is set to begin on September 18, 2020 when guests will see each area around the park transformed into Halloween mode with decorations, a spooky soundtrack, and more. Popular characters at USJ will also be dressed up in their Halloween outfits ready to greet guests.

    The “Minion Monster Greeting” will be a must-see as the cheeky Minions make an appearance for some mischief. The popular annual “Universal Monsters Live: Rock and Roll Show” will also return and see familiar faces like Dracula, Beetlejuice, and other creepers perform song and dance. This year will also see a special show called “Monster de Dance” where monsters and performers will take to the street in masses and perform the ‘rat-tat-tat’ dance with guests. This dance originates from Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe’s song and music video Rat-tat-tat, and this year will be performed in a special “social distancing” version.

     

    EXILE NAOTO | Comment

    “We are returning again to Universal Studios Japan this Halloween to perform Sandaime J Soul Brother’s ‘Rat-tat-tat’ once more! This year, we’ve evolved the dance into the ‘Social Distancing Rat-tat-tat’ so that people can still enjoy the dance while keeping a distance from other people. It would make me happy to see people get involved!”

     

    Kenjiro Yamashita | Comment

    “I’m aware that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of places that people can have a good time have become few in number across the world. I’m thankful to the many people who joined in with our ‘Rat-tat-tat’ dance last Halloween. This year, we’ve powered up the dance and kept social distancing in mind so that everyone can feel safe, so please be sure to give it a go!”

     

    At USJ, which is known as the ‘holy ground for costumes and dress-up,’ they are continuing to provide exciting entertainment for people during the new normal to ensure that anyone can participate and feel safe.

     

    Halloween food and merchandise

    The Minions, Sesame Street characters, and others will be dressed up in their Halloween best. There will also be a special Halloween art display of the Minions and Snoopy at the 42nd Street Greeting Gallery.

  • Egyptian God Anime Series To-totsuni Egypt Kami to be Narrated by Tomoya Nakamura

    01.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Some new information has finally arrived for Frontier Works’s upcoming web anime series To-totsuni Egypt Kami.

     

    Synopsis: To-totsuni Egypt Kami

    Who would have thought that the Egyptian gods could be kawaii? Well, that’s exactly what they’ve become in To-totsuni Egypt Kami, a series set in Ancient Egypt where the Egyptian deities, like Anubis, Thoth, Bastet, and Ra live laid-back and relaxed lives. The series is adapted from a popular line of character mascots of the same name.

    Japanese actor Tomoya Nakamura has been confirmed as the narrator for the web anime series, whose warm and gentle voice will convey the chilled lives of the Egyptian pantheon of gods.

     

    Tomoya Nakamura – Comment

    “I think we’ll see a domino effect with the number of people who will find themselves healed by these adorable and mysteries Egyptian gods. I hope you’re sat back, relaxed, and looking forward to it.”

     

    To-totsuni Egypt Kami main voice cast

    The full voice cast for To-totsuni Egypt Kami has finally been revealed, along with comments from the members. Here are some words from the main cast.

     

    Hikaru Midorikawa – Comment

    Medjed | Hikaru Midorikawa

    “Everything about [Medjed] is riddled in mystery. His movements are bizarre , and nobody can predict what he’s going to do next. And for his finishing move, he can… shoot a laser beam from his eyes? I think for an anime series, the movements of the gods make them that much more charming.”

     

     

    Nobunaga Shimazaki – Comment

    Horus | Nobunaga Shimazaki

    “Horus is a very powerful god with the head of a falcon. He’s also a hard worker who works a busy part-time job day and night. He doesn’t get along with Set who he fights with a lot. The world of ‘To-totsuni Egypt Kami’ is really pop and cute, but somewhat mysterious. It would delight be if you enjoyed it in a laid-back manner.”

     

    Hiroyuki Yoshino – Comment

     Set | Hiroyuki Yoshino

    “The god of destruction. He doesn’t get along with Horus and always tricks and harasses him. But his appearance makes you feel calm… I guess you’ll have to look forward to the anime series to see!”

     

    Kenjiro Tsuda – Comment

    Ra | Kenjiro Tsuda

    “Ra, the god of the sun. He’s the father of everyone. He likes to sail a lot and bring back souvenirs for everyone, but there’s something more to him… Sit back and look forward to it!”

     

    *Comments translated from Japanese by MMN

     

    Initial Broadcast: December 2020

    The series will began airing online this December, including on YouTube. It is being directed by Katsuya Kikuchi (The Royal Tutor), with series composition by Yūichirō Higashide (Fate/ApocryphaFate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia), and character designs and animation direction by Suzuna Okuyama (The Royal Tutor). Check out the promotional video below.

    Themed cafe in collaboration with Animate Cafe Gratte

    Gratte cookie design

    Several branches of Animate Cafe Gratte in Japan are collaborating with To-totsuni Egypt Kami to serve themed food and drinks.

     

    To-totsuni Egypt Kami x Gratte

    Running: September 19, 2020 – November 8, 2020

    Participating Branches: Animate Cafe Shibuya / Kichijoji PARCO / Sendai / Osaka Nipponbashi / Okuyama

     

    ©yuka/To-totsuni Egypt Kami Project

  • Hello Kitty, My Melody and Kuromi Themed Dessert Buffet Whipped Up at Hilton Osaka

    27.August.2020 | FOOD

    Hilton Osaka has revealed a special dessert buffet called “Mysterious Sweets Forest ~Hello Kitty, My Melody & Kuromi’s Collaboration Tea Party~” which will be served at the hotel’s Folk Kitchen restaurant from September 18 to December 20 this year.


    Themed on a mysterious magic forest, the dessert line-up is a tantalising buffet of 25 sweet treats made with chestnuts, sweet potatoes, apples, pear and other tasty bites. The buffet will also have several photo spots for people to take cute photos, including one with a giant Hello Kitty ribbon and one with My Melody and Kuromi.

     

    Following the success of the “Summer Sweets Buffet Festival ~Hello Kitty & My Melody Collaboration Tea Party~” held at Hilton Osaka this summer which we also covered, the Sanrio characters return, this time with the cute and mischievous Kuromi joining the party.

    Mochi Mochi Doughnuts Parfait

    The “Mochi Mochi Doughnuts Parfait” is a sweet mix of Japanese gyuhi and raspberry jam topped with a doughnut that has a cute Hello Kitty chocolate on it.

    Kuromi’s Jet Black Heart Chocolate Mousse

    Kuromi’s chocolate mousse is made with fruity organic chocolate from Dominica and is topped with fruity chocolate crunch pieces for added texture.

    Magic Pudding

    The Magic Pudding is made using sweet potato and is served with a square-shaped chocolate that has different My Melody illustrations on it.

     

    There’s also the “White Candle Cake” which is made to look like a candle you would light at home, made from moist almond sponge and filled with berries and vanilla Bavarian cream. It’s finished with a chocolate Hello Kitty ribbon.

    Forest Mushroom Cinnamon Bavaria

    The hotel’s pastry chefs recommend the Forest Mushroom Cinnamon Bavaria. Their yellow colour and red dots will catch your eye, and one bite will have you hooked as sweet and sour redcurrant jelly and cinnamon Bavarian cream create a harmony of flavours on your taste buds.

    Snow Covered Gateau Chocolate

    This snow-covered chocolate cake is filled with various spices like cloves and ginger and a coating of snowy cream. This one’s really giving those winter vibes.

    Children of the Forest

    The “Children of the Forest” which are actually lemon cakes dipped in chocolate. Other desserts include the “Vegan Chestnut Cream Cupcakes” which are generously topped with mont blanc cream, “Apple Pie” made luxuriously with apples, “Mysterious Forest Mousse” which combines sour yuzu citrus with bitter matcha, and lots of others.

     

    There’s also savoury options too like curry, mushroom soup, pumpkin and mushroom salad, and more.

    Finally, Hilton Osaka’s cafe and bar “MYPLACE” is also getting in on the tea party by serving up a special Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Kuromi afternoon tea, all served in a beautiful jewellery box.

  • Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY Now On Display at Osaka’s ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum

    19.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY is currently ongoing at ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum in Osaka until August 30, 2020. Around 500 pieces of art are being shown, celebrating the beloved characters of the Moomin series created by Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson (1914-2001). The exhibition will subsequently move to Sapporo, Kumamoto, and finally Shizuoka once the Osaka one closes up.

    The exhibition’s showcase features a specially selected collection from the Moomin Museum—the world’s only museum centred on the Moomins with over 2,000 art pieces on display—illustrations and sketches from Moominvalley, and more. There’s also ukiyo-e paintings alongside the Moomins, celebrating the 100 year friendship between Japan and Finland.

     

    The Moomins are popular worldwide, especially in Japan, so if you’re travelling there this year then be sure to visit the exhibition and find out where it’s going next.

  • Pixar Animated Film Themed Food to be Served for ‘PIXAR FEST’ in Japan

    19.August.2020 | FOOD / MOVIE

    OH MY CAFE, a chain of cafes in Japan, has announced a special Pixar-themed food event called ‘PIXAR FEST’ which will run in Tokyo and Osaka from August 28 and Nagoya from September 4.

     

    “Keep On Smiling” is the the concept of the event, which will serve up a whole range of different foods including a Lightning McQueen exclusive on September 5, a special drink inspired by Disney Pixar’s Onward which released earlier this year, a collection of strawberry desserts centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to celebrate Toy Story‘s 25th anniversary, and more. Let’s take a closer look.

     

    Food

    Pixar Ball Bread: ¥790 / With Plate ¥1,690

    Any fan of Pixar will be able to instantly recognise what this subtly sweet bread is inspired by. You can order it together with a special plate too.

    Left: Ratatouille – Remy’s 5 Star Restaurant Ratatouille | ¥1,190

    Right: Monster’s Inc. – Sully & Mike’s Spaghetti Plate | ¥1,790

    Ratatouille is a comfort food of southern France, and the one served for PIXAR FEST is of course inspired by the titular film. Sully and Mike also have their own pasta dish, combining a Sully cream cheese paste and Mike guacamole potato salad.

    Left: Finding Nemo – Mr. Ray’s Friendly Tortilla Sandwich | ¥1,590

    Right: Toy Story 3 – Toy Box Cream Stew Loaf | ¥2,390

    Mr. Ray’s tortilla sandwich contains garlic chicken and egg salad, while everybody’s favourite toys have sprung out of a whole bread loaf filled with chicken stew.

     

    Drinks

    Left: Pixar – Juicy Grape Squash | ¥590, With Coaster ¥1,490
    Middle: Toy Story 3 – Straight Iced Tea | ¥490, With Tumbler ¥1,990

    Right: The Incredibles – Jack-Jack’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Smoothie | ¥990, With Coaster ¥1,590

    The drink line-up includes a bubbly grape soda, an iced tea which you can order in a tumbler featuring the Sunnyside Daycare logo, and a cute cookie smoothie that comes in a baby bottle.

     

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear’s Strawberry Fair

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear will have his own special menu items too. These are available for a limited time only from October 10 to November 24.

    Left: Toy Story 3 – Lots-o’s Strawberry Chicken Hamburger | ¥1,990

    Right: Toy Story 3 – Lots-o’-s Strawberry Drink | ¥590

    Pick from a cute and hearty chicken, vegetable, and strawberry burger and a pink-coloured strawberry beverage.

     

    Lightning McQueen & Onward’s Special Menu

    Left: Cars – Lightning McQueen’s Kachow Lightning Hamburger Sandwich | ¥1,890
    Right: Onward – Ian & Barley’s Pink Sunset Blue Mallow Tea | ¥1,090

    The tire-shaped bread is fitting for Lightning McQueen’s burger. The Onward drink is served with a side of lemon syrup which transforms the the colour of the drink into a gorgeous concoction. These items are available for a limited time only from August 28 to October 9.

     

    Merchandise

    The cafes will sell their own collection of PIXAR FEST merchandise in three different types: the “PIXAR FEST Series” which uses the cafe’s main visual for its design, the “Vintage Series” which uses a cute purple, and the “Alien Mix” which has a pop design with the Little Green Men from Toy Story.

     

    PIXAR FEST Series

    Acrylic Key Rings (12 Designs) | A4 Folder | Lunch Mat (set of 4)

     

    Vintage Series

    Pin Badges (16 Designs) | Stickers (8 Designs)

     

    Alien Series

    Eco Bag | Bath Towel | Letter Set

     

    Bonus Items

    Face Mask Cases (12 Designs) | Stickers (12 Designs)

    Customers who book a table in advance and order from the themed menu will receive one of 12 possible face mask cases. And for every ¥2,000 (tax included) they spend on the cafe-exclusive merchandise, they’ll receive one of 12 possible stickers.

    But that’s not all. If you order from the Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear menu and spend over ¥1,000 (tax included) on cafe-exclusive merchandise, you’ll receive two postcards of the fuzzy bear. These are available while supplies last.

     

    Customers can also receive a limited-edition OH MY CAFE sticker if they order something from the menu, buy some merchandise, and post their thoughts about the cafe and their items on Twitter with the hashtags #キャンペーン #PIXAR FESTカフェで最高の思い出を作ろう #OHMYCAFE.

     

    ©Disney/Pixar

  • Pokémon Virtual Fest Virtual Theme Park Trailer Released

    14.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Pokémon Company’s “Pokémon Virtual Fest” is now open for business in Japan and is set to run until August 31, 2020. A trailer was posted on the official Pokémon YouTube channel in promotion of the event.

     

    Pokémon Virtual Fest | Promotional Video

    Pokémon Virtual Fest is accessible by using the ‘cluster’ app on mobile or PC. Pokémon Trainers can look forward to jumping into a fully-realised Pokémon world with themed attractions, events, and much more. More content will be added to the virtual theme park in the coming weeks.

     

    Being a theme park, Pokémon Virtual Fest of course has its own attractions like the Pokémon Ferris Wheel, the Galarian Weezing Train which gives players a tour of the park, and more. Players can watch Pokémon Sword and Shield Pokémon battles on the stage, complete various escape games, visit the store area, go to the beach, and much more. For a full run-down of the event, check out our detailed breakdown here.

     

    ©2020 Pokémon. ©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc. /GAME FREAK inc.
    Pokémon, ポケットモンスター, and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc.
    © 2017 Cluster, Inc.

  • Osaka’s New Movie Star Studio is a Dream Come True For TikTok and Instagram Users

    12.August.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    Movie Star Studio is Japan’s first video shooting studio service set to open at Universal City in Osaka on August 11, 2020.

    Movie Star Studio is a dream come true for TikTok and Instagram Stories users where they can shoot a full body video and add animation, music, and other features. There are 12 booths in the studio which are fairly spacious and so can be used by groups too.

    The studio offers something that a smartphone can’t, and that’s chroma key which lets people use a green screen to add another video behind the person.

    There are currently seven different backgrounds people can choose from, each lasting 5 seconds: HEART, PINK, KIRA KIRA, SUMMER, HOLLYWOOD, DINOSAUR, and MAGIC (as of August 8, 2020).

    The studio is coloured bright pink with walls plastered with various cute illustrations so it looks like a stylish cafe. Every spot in the studio calls for a photo opportunity. There’s even a space with 25 seats for people to do their makeup.

  • Snoopy Food Truck Rolls Up to EST Shopping Mall in Osaka

    09.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Tokyo’s Snoopy themed café PEANUTS Café is now serving up food and drink in a food truck outside of the EST shopping mall in Umeda, Osaka for a limited time until August 16.

    Lucy’s Homemade Lemonade | ¥600 (Tax Included)


    Cookies | ¥650 (Tax Included)

    The line-up includes popular takeout options from PEANUTS Café which is originally based in Naka-Meguro, Tokyo. This is a chance for the people of Osaka to enjoy the Tokyo-based cafe’s cute and tasty food.

    [Presale] Key Rings (3 Designs)  | ¥1,100 Each (Tax Included)

    The food truck will also have pre-sales of three new key rings not yet available at the PEANUTS Café. Customers can also buy the tote bag which is already sold at the café.

     

    ©2020 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

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