Don’t Miss The Beautiful Blooming of Karuizawa Lake Garden This Summer

22.July.2019 | SPOT

Over the summer, Karuizawa Lake Garden is holding a range of events for parents and children to immerse themselves in the beautiful nature, smell the fragrant lilies, and experience the popular false anemone, water lilies and many more gorgeous flowers. Approximately 33,000m2 of space is covered with the Karuizawa’s most beautiful plants and even a lake.  

At Karuizawa, roses are particularly beautiful during the summer O-Bon festival season, flourishing more than ever in Karuizawa’s unique climate. As the roses bloom for the second time in the year during mid august, this is a particularly beautiful sight. ♪

 

The entire garden consists of eight areas where you can enjoy different sceneries. The rose garden, for example, consists of roses and a whole range of plants that flower at different times of the year, so you can enjoy the variation in appearance of the garden throughout the year. Different flowering plants and roses surround a waterfront in the rose garden. You must come witness just how beautiful it looks during the summer. 

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  • 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.

  • 20,000 Pink Flowers to Adorn Fuji-Q Highland For ‘Pink Garden’ Event

    16.June.2019 | SPOT

    The free-to-enter theme park Fuji-Q Highland is set to hold an event entitled Pink Garden at Lisa & Gaspard Town where around 20,000 pink flowers are set to bloom.

    The event is being held as a way for both local and foreign tourists to Mount Fuji to enjoy the beautiful scene of flowers with the mountain in the background. The event will follow the ongoing Yellow Garden event which is ongoing until June 23. During the full bloom period, the town’s symbolic 13 meter tall Eiffel Tower will be surrounded by 4 types of summer plants including petunias and impatiens for a total of 20,000 flowers. The best time to see them will be at the end of July.

    As well as that, a fruit-themed event entitled Fruits Festa will also be held in Lisa & Gaspard Town from June 29 to September 6. The town will be decorated in colourful flowers and fruits, and visitors can look forward to cooling down with some decorative shaved ice made by the hotel, or one of the refreshing drinks. There will also be some adorable looking fruity desserts too.

    Enter Fuji-Q Highland for free if you’re visiting Japan this summer and enjoy the gorgeous flowers with Mount Fuji as the backdrop.

  • See the Snapdragons at Tobu Zoo Park’s Flower Festival

    18.May.2019 | SPOT

    If you head to Tobu Zoo Park right now you will be able to see the snapdragons in full bloom. They are located in the Campus Garden which is part of Heartful Garden, a garden made up of five areas each with their own theme.

     

    The Campus Garden is made up of over 6,600m² of flower beds. Planted on one side of the garden are winding rows of five different coloured snapdragons which will are now in the height of their bloom until early June.

    You also won’t want to miss the Rose Garden where around 220 species of roses are bunched together. From late May to early June, you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of 16 species of roses which were inducted in the Hall of Fame by the triennial World Rose Convention, as well as rose arches and gazebos.

     

    School students are set to perform a garden concert at the Welcome Garden and event stage too.

     

    Enjoy a spring day out in Japanese nature this year at Tobu Zoo Park.

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  • Haneda Airport Releases First Bubble Tea Which Passengers Can Enjoy as They Fly

    13.August.2019 | FOOD

    XFLAG STORE + HANEDA is a small branch of XFLAG STORE and is located in Terminal 1 of Haneda Airport. On August 13th, they released three energising bubble tea flavours served in a bottle that you can take on board with you when travelling along domestic air routes. The three bubble tea flavours are; MILK TEA, HOJICHA (a type of green tea) and MATCHA. 

     

    These bubble tea flavours are limited to XFLAG STORE + HANEDA and were created with the intention of providing a splash of energizing fun to tiresome travels. 

    As long as you screw the lid on properly, you can store your delicious drink in your bag and even carry it onto your flight so you can enjoy it whilst soaring through the clouds. This is the first time a shop at Haneda airport has ever sold a bubble tea drink with the intention of flight passengers taking it on board with them.

     

    *Drinks and liquids are usually permitted on domestic flights in Japan. Please check the specific rules of your flight by referring to the official website of your airline. 

     

    To commemorate the release of the new bubble teas, XFLAG STORE + HANEDA has launched an Instagram campaign with the chance to win an Amazon gift card worth ¥10,000 (approx. 80GBP/95USD). 

     

    To take part in the Instagram campaign for the chance to win a ¥10,000 Amazon gift card, be sure to take a photo with your XFLAG STORE + HANEDA bubble tea drink and then post the picture on Instagram with the following three hashtags:

    #旅タピ #タピオカ #空の上で飲めるタピオカドリンク

    Four winners will be selected.

     

    Get your summer holidays off to a soaring start with a beautiful bottle of bubble tea. 

  • Introducing the Kawaii Girls of the World | Kawaii Fashion Snap #4: Pink Paradise

    12.August.2019 | FASHION / FEATURES

    Welcome to Episode 4 of Kawaii Fashion Snap where we get to know all about the kawaii girls of the world and their fashion. Each girl in this series has incorporated Japanese-like fashion into their wardrobe and turned it into something of their own.

     

    Today, we’ll be taking a look at outfits that make use of the colour pink♡

     

    molly

    Currently residing in Tokyo, Molly leaves a huge impression with her T-shirt that reads “ANTI WAR” in both English and Japanese. Her stylish use of cute pastel colours throughout accentuates this fashionable look, and her pink and purple hair combined with the thick sole trainers is a match made in heaven.

     

    Molly is a big fan of the Japanese idol group CY8ER and has even gotten a photo with the group―as well as several chekki photos with Rinahamu, one of the members. Be sure to check out her Instagram @pink_morii

     

    pinkmilkteahime

    The Pinkmilkteahime has us wanting to dye our own hair blue because hers looks so cute. This co-ord may look simple at first with the single big pink t-shirt, but in fact the rest of her outfit and all of her accessories are uniformly blue, which makes her hair look even more beautiful. Even the blue and pink artwork in the background is in tune with her look.

     

    On her Instagram, she posts not only more beautiful looks, but pictures of her latest purchases too―from snacks to stationery. Follow her on Instagram @pinkmilkteahime

     

    brodie

    Brodie’s baby pink jumper skirt co-ord is kawaii supreme. She is serving us regalia princess with her frilly blouse and jumper skirt which has sweet patterns on it. And if you look closely, her white phone case has a cute flower pattern design♡

     

    If you’re look for some girly styles then we highly recommend following Brodie @vanillabwunny

     

    Mimi Usagi

    Everything about the composition of this shot of Mimi Usagi can be described as cute. She has a cute character t-shirt on, and everything from her innerwear to her skirt is perfectly pink.

    Her pink cheek makeup adds a glimmering allure and helps flaunt her clearly innate kawaii. We want to try shooting a look like she has in this photo too! Be sure to follow her @usagimimichu

     

    Alexandra Bozheskova

    Alexandra has gone for a sexy style here: her simple pink one piece is stunning and laces together flatteringly with those glittery shoes. And all of the items and accessories she has with her are pink, from the chekki camera in her hand to her shoulder bag♡

     

    Alexandra’s Instagram feed is a treasure trove of exquisite and artistic looks. If fantasy takes your fancy, then make sure you follow her @sasha786x

     

     

    If you’d like to feature in the next Kawaii Fashion Snap or know somebody that would, then follow us on Instagram and post at us with the hashtag #moshimoshiphoto. We hope you look forward to the next entry!

  • Stay Cool This Summer in Kyoto at These 4 Nature Spots

    09.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    When talking about seasons in Kyoto, a lot of people are sure to point towards autumn when the leaves turn fiery red and sun yellow. But did you know that in Kyoto enjoys cool and truly beautiful summers?

     

    If you’re in the old capital this summer, or are planning to catch the sun there with a trip next year, then you’ll want to add the 4 spots in this list into your schedule, each abloom with magical foliage and verdure.

     

    We are joined by Macchan, a Japanese Instagrammer who snaps photos of sightseeing spots around Kyoto lush with greenery.

     

    Giouji Temple

    Giouji Temple is a modest thatched hut wrapped in a bamboo thicket and maple trees. The temple is detailed in the epic The Tale of the Heike in which the dancer Gio fled to the temple from her home in the capital with her mother and sister after falling out of love with Taira no Kiyomori.

     

    A visit here ensures you can enjoy the summer with more than just your eyes as you listen to the dancing of the bamboo thicket and the cries of the cicadas.

     

    Giouji Temple
    Address: 32 Sagatoriimoto Kozakachō, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Official Website: http://www.giouji.or.jp/en

     

    Adashino Nenbutsu-ji

    Adashino Nenbutsu-ji is a Buddhist temple with a history spanning 1,200 years. A memorial service for those who died without kin is taking place on August 23 and 24 at the riverbed of the temple’s west wing where candles will be lit in their honour. Lanterns are also lit in the surrounding area along the streets.

     

    Adashino Nenbutsu-ji

    Address: 17 Saga Toriimotoadashinocho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto

    Official Website: http://www.nenbutsuji.jp/index.html

     

    Fushimi Port Park

    Fushimi Port Park is a huge park home to a gymnasium and sumo area. They also have a hiking course. The sea does not reach here, but there is a canal which boats go up and down, and this is where the park gets its name. It has a bounty of trees and plants, so if you’re looking to enjoy a peaceful stroll in nature then be sure to visit.

     

    Fushimi Port Park

    Address: Yoshijima Kanaidocho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto
    Official Website: http://www.kyoto-park.or.jp/fushimi/

     

    Kan’in-no-miya Residence

    This residence was built for and used by the Kan’in-no-miya family in 1710, with Prince Naohito as its founder―the son of Emperor Higashiyama. The family lived in the house until 1877 after which they moved to Tokyo. Following the war, it was liberated and became a park, and today it is used to exhibit photography and paintings. The residence is famous for its peach trees, making it a popular spot in spring. However, in summertime, it’s much quieter, adding grace to the tranquillity of the surrounding green landscape. What’s more is that despite it being such a prestigious location, it’s free to enter! Don’t tell too many people about this secret spot.

     

    Kan’in-no-miya Residence

    Address: 3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo War, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Official Website: https://kan-in-nomiya-teiato.jp/eng/

     

     

    Macchan has visited many incredible spots around Kyoto, so if you’re in need of recommendations be sure to give them a follow.

     

    Photos: @macchan358

  • Witness the ‘Queen of Lilies’ the Golden-rayed Lily Blooming at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden

    30.July.2019 | Uncategorized

    The golden-rayed lilies (Lilium auratum) are now in bloom at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden in Hyogo.

     

    Known as yamayuri in Japan, the golden-rayed lily is the most ornate lily in the world. It is native to Japan and has a white form with golden streaks which it gets its nickname from. It has a potent fragrance which fill your nose if you visit the Rokko Alpine Botanical right now where you can witness close to 200 of these magnificent flowers.

     

    The flowers are in bloom until early August so if you’re in Japan, don’t miss this chance to see this queen of lilies.

  • Witness The Refreshing False Anemone In Full Bloom At Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden, Hyogo

    25.July.2019 | SPOT

    The beautiful false anemone flowers of Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden are currently in full bloom. 

    False anemone can be found scattered from the south to the central part of the Tohoku region. In the Kansai region, it can only be found growing wildly among the limestone rocks of Mount Omine. Each flower blooms facing downwards and has a diameter of up to 3cm. The petals are a translucent light purple colour. This is a very popular species, especially amongst photographers.

     

    This is the perfect opportunity to take beautiful photos of the refreshing flowers as they are shaken by the gentle breeze, swaying under the pure light that filters through the trees towering above them. The false anemone are predicted to be in full bloom until mid August, so please come see them.

  • Come Witness The Hello Kitty X KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ HARAJUKU Collaboration

    21.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Sanrio and Harajuku’s KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ have set out on a two-month collaboration which will run until September 1. Sitting at the heart of Harajuku, which is the home of kawaii culture, the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ is topping up its kawaii powers with the release of Hello Kitty collaboration meals and merchandise that you cannot obtain from anywhere else.

    For the collaboration, Hello Kitty has transformed her look, turning into a kawaii Harajuku girl. 

    Once you enter the café, you will immediately notice the giant cake-shaped merry-go-round called the SWEETS GO ROUND. This time, you will notice that Hello Kitty’s head garnishes the top of the cake.

    Make your way through the cafe and you will eventually come across the Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room, which is a special room that must be reserved in order to experience. On pink tatami flooring sits multiple low tea tables, representing the traditional culture of Japan in a colouful pop style. Foreigners would  just love to spend some time in this room. Looking around the room, the macarons and strawberries remain in their usual places. 

    You will notice Hello Kitty’s ribbon and even many Hello Kitty stuffed toys also decorating the room. This entire new kawaii world locked in this room was created by Sebastian Masuda. Surrounded by a world of pastel colours and kawaii decorations, you just have to take photos. 

    Reservations

    If you wish to book the Mel-Tea Hello Kitty Room, please talk to a member of staff. 

    Tel: 03−5413−6142

    Reservation Times

    Weekdays: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00

    Sundays/ Weekends: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00

    ※ Two-hour time slots ※ Number of seats is limited

     

    This is a unique opportunity to taste only the most kawaii of menus as Hello Kitty teams up with the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ. Let’s check out the menu!

    Colourful Pop Hello Kitty Burger: ¥1,680 (before tax) 

    Hello Kitty Harajuku Rainbow Curry: ¥1,580 (before tax)

    Harajuku X KAWAII X Hello Kitty SWEETS GO ROUND Cake: ¥1,480 (before tax)

    Harajuku KAWAII 原宿 KAWAII Poison Parfait: ¥2,480 (before tax )

    There are also many Harajuku-style Hello Kitty goods that you should check out. The biscuits and stickers would make the perfect souvenirs.

    Not only has the food been given a Hello Kitty upgrade, but the MONSTER CAFÉ’s iconic Monster Girls have also transformed their look for the Hello Kitty collaboration. If you are a fan of Hello Kitty or kawaii culture, you absolutely must check this out. 

     

    If you ever find yourself in Harajuku, please consider stopping by the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ to witness the Hello Kitty collaboration project. 

  • Explore The Hidden Beauty, Culture And Local Cuisine Of Hida Takayama In A Yukata

    18.July.2019 | SPOT

    Shimocho is one of the districts of Hida Takayama and is overflowing with traditional culture that you absolutely must experience. To make the most of your trip, there is a summer yukata-wearing programme running from July 20th which is the perfect opportunity to wear cooling and refreshing Japanese clothes while strolling and exploring the streets. 

     

    This year will be the 7th time the programme has been run. The Hida Takayama de Nippon no Natsu Yasumi programme allows visitors to dress in a comfortable and cooling yukata, stroll, explore, try different foods and enjoy the culture of the area. This year’s theme is “romance and yukatas” and gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy programme-limited desserts and the rich culture of the district.  

     

    Discover Hidden Beauty with the Stroll Map

    Visitors will be given a map packed with wonderful spots of the area. The map will also include the destinations of 31 shops where you can enjoy special experiences, meals and desserts that are limited to those who take part in the yukata programme. Recommended spots to visit are also drawn on the map in a very cute handwriting-like style, so you can stop by these places easily while enjoying your walk. There are even many places on the map that only a local would know about. 

     

    Some of the special benefits of the programme allow you to enjoy the best regional cuisine that Hida has to offer, including the wonderful experience of restaurants that have been loved by the locals for generations, a beef delicacy restaurant, and much more. Besides food, the programme also gives you the opportunity to witness the beautiful festival floats used during the Takayama festival at the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan. You can also enjoy experiencing baking your own senbei crackers and gold panning.  

     

    The programme includes a wide range of experiences for you to enjoy from local shops to food to culture to some new experiences. 

     An old-style café called Sabou Usagi is particularly popular with the locals. Here, the coffee is made using a vacuum coffee maker. With the summer programme, you can enjoy the delicious heart Tiramisù served here.

     

    The stroll map includes a variety of locations such as the Takayama Tourist Information Centre, Hida Takayama Tourism Convention Association, Hida Takayama Travel Hotel Association and much more. The map also includes some of the accommodations available around Takayama, some important train stations and much more. You can easily download this map from the official website. (Japanese only )  

     

    Stroll the Streets in an Elegant Yukata

    Change into a traditional Yukata that matches the beautiful surrounding townscape. There are four shops Yukata rental shops available to pick up your favourite Yukata, so there is no need to worry if you did not come prepared. There are also some accommodations that allow for yukata rental. 

    If you decide to join the Hida Takayama Nippon Natsu Yasumi programme, make sure to share your beautiful memories on Instagram with the hashtag #Hidasummer 

  • Visit 16 Cities Around Japan as a Student Ambassador With Jetstar Japan

    13.July.2019 | SPOT

    Jetstar Japan has launched a new campaign for students to become ambassadors and visit 16 countries around Japan. Applications opened students on July 11.

     

    The campaign serves to show more students how easy it is to get on a plane and travel. As an ambassador, students will be encouraged to promote the fruits of their travels.

    For a chance to join the campaign as an ambassador, students must post their own travel photo of choice on Instagram with the relevant hashtags between July 11 to August 8 this year. Winners will receive a special plane ticket that lets them travel on all the Jetstar Japan lines within the country. They must visit each location within a year and post about them on their social media places.

     

    Full details can be found below. If you’re living or studying abroad in Japan and want to see more of the beautiful sights the country has to offer, then don’t miss out on this super special opportunity.

  • Black Cheesecake & Other Delicious Seasonal Desserts Cooked Up at Daimaru Tokyo

    11.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    School’s nearly out for summer in Japan with summer break set to begin on July 20. Kids and adults alike can look forward rolling up to Daimaru Tokyo to get their sweet tooth hands on one of five special desserts available at Hoppe Town on the ground and first floor from July 17 to 23.

     

    Let’s take a look at these mouth-watering delights.

    Basket Cheesecake (8cm) – ¥400 @ Aoyama Fromage (Floor 1F)

    This cheesecake is all the rage in the dessert world this year for its eye-catching black surface. The burnt surface enjoys just the right amount of bitterness and is a perfect match for the soft, rich center.

    CAKETALE (6 Included) – ¥648 @ CAKETALE (Floor 1F)

    Tuck into one of six different of these different takes which have been turned into cat tongue biscuits. Flavours include strawberry shortcake, cheesecake, mont blanc and more, and they come in some seriously kawaii packaging which looks just like a book.

    Tokyo Saku Saku Tiramisu Panda Package (16 Included) – ¥1,080 @ Tokyo Oraikan (Floor 1F)

    Sink your teeth into these cute and crunchy rich panda tiramisu cakes♡

    Dashi Shoyu (1 Bag) – ¥388 @ Okashi Rakuichi (Floor B1F)

    This popular brand with their delicious flavours and cute packaging designs have their own shop in Senju in a low-lying part of the city where the Metropolitan Electric Railway runs through. This is their most popular product, a bag of crunchy soy sauce covered balls with a rich flavour.

    Tokyo Lemonche (Includes 8) – ¥1,555 @ Tokyo Lemonche (Floor B1F)

    A perfect summer treat, the Tokyo Lemonche is a light and refreshing lemon puff sandwich filled with lemon cream. You can really taste the original flavour of lemon in them.

     

    Make a stop by Daimaru Tokyo this summer if you’re in Japan!

  • 17 Fireworks Festivals Taking Place This Summer in Ito City

    08.July.2019 | SPOT

    This summer, Ito city will be seeing lots of large-scale fireworks festivals take place between July 20 and August 24.  

    Ito Onsen Yume Hanabi/ Ito Onsen, Ito Coast 

    The Yume Hanabi (Dream Fireworks) event will be held 10 times during the summer fireworks season. Enjoy a range of fireworks exploding before your very eyes. The sizes of the fireworks range from an outer diameter of 9 cm to 30 cm. Each day, between 1,000 and 1,500 fireworks will pierce the night sky with a beautiful show of colours. The best spot to watch these would be from a simple patch of grass in Nagisa Park. 

     

    July 20 (Sat)  20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    July 28 (Sun) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    July 30  (Tues) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

    July 31 (Weds) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

    August 2 (Fri) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 3 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 6 (Tues) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 7 (Weds) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 17 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 24 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    Usami Summer Festival  Kaijo Hanabi Taikai/ Usami Coast

    This festival remains popular among the locals but is still yet to be discovered by tourists. This is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the view at your own pace. The road leading from Usami Station is a pedestrian zone lined with stands and stalls, making it the perfect place to enjoy the festival vibes. 

    August 1 (Thurs) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

    Floating Lanterns Uchiage Hanabi/ Ito Coast

    Bright lanterns are floated down the Matsukawa river which runs through the heart of the city. As the last magical lantern makes its way down the river, the fireworks are set off into the sky, illuminating the lanterns as they float downstream.

    August 8 (Thurs) 20:50 ー 21:00 (Approx. 800 fireworks)

    Taiko no Hibiki (Echoing Drums)  Uchiage Hanabi (Ito Kaigan)

    Head over to Nagisa Park to witness the taiko drum battle. Nagisa Park is one of the best locations in Ito city to watch the fireworks. The energy from the drums will resonate throughout the entire park. As the battle reaches its climax, fireworks will soar into the sky, exploding to the beat of your heart.

    August 9 (Fri) 20:50 ー 21:00 (Approx. 800 fireworks)

    Anjin Large-Scale Seaside Fireworks Festival / Along Ito Coast 

    This is the largest fireworks festival in Ito. Over the course of an hour, approximately 10,000 fireworks will be launched from five different areas along the coast, striking vibrant streaks of colour into the night sky over the sea. The fireworks range from digital Star Mines to Niagara fireworks. For those of you who want to escape the crowds to watch the fireworks at your own pace, we recommend the seating area, where you can fully enjoy a closeup view of the breathtaking fireworks for just ¥2,000 per seat. August 10 (Sat) 20:00 ー 21:00 (Approx. 10,000 fireworks)

    Yanmono Sato Hanabi Taikai /Yawatano

    In just 30 mins, 3,000 fireworks are fired into the sky, bursting into dynamic patterns that illuminate the sea and create a scene of lingering beauty that you will not be able to peel your eyes from. The fireworks are set off right before the spectator’s eyes so you can watch the fireworks develop into spontaneous beauty right above you. 

    August 14 (Weds) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 3,000 fireworks)

    Kawana Dolphin Beach Large-Scale Seaside Fireworks / Dolphin Beach Park

    This is a popular event among locals as well as tourists. Although there are not as many fireworks, the fact that viewers can enjoy them close up more than makes up for it. Niagara fireworks that shower over the ocean and Star Mines that blossom above you are just some of the popular kinds of fireworks this festival will allow you to witness.

    August 15 (Thurs) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 2,000 fireworks)

    Ito Hot Springs Hashi Festival Fireworks/ Ito Beach

    At this unique festival, a tower made of chopsticks used at the hot springs is set on fire for a memorial service. A portable shrine overflowing with strong energy is carried through the streets as part of a parade. The event also sees hand-held fireworks, enhancing the festival vibes. The fireworks explode over the sea, colouring the sky with a scene that represents the end of summer. 

    August 22 (Thurs) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

     

    The summer holidays is the perfect time to enjoy a fireworks festival, so why don’t you check one out?

  • Kyoto is renowned for its historical architecture and richness in traditional Japanese culture, but did you know it’s also home to some extremely cute and delicious desserts? Their sweets and desserts are actually pretty popular, some of which contain motifs and little nods to the city.

     

    Today, Instagrammer meme takes us on a tour in Kyoto to try out 4 popular desserts.

     

    JEREMY&JEMIMAH

    JEREMY&JEMIMAH is a shop selling cute and colourful cotton candy. Their staple Wata-Hako cotton candy comes in 10 different flavours! In the photo we have yuzu, rose and matcha flavours. Of the two branches of the store, there is one along Furukawacho Shopping Street where you order your cotton candy for takeout, and another in Yasaka that serves cotton candy on long sticks.

    We picked up a few different ones since there are so many flavours and designs. It was fun lining them up to take a picture.

     

    We took them home to eat and they stayed nice and fluffy the whole way back. The yuzu one tasted a little herbal, like it was healthy for you.

     

    ▼JEREMY&JEMIMAH (Furukawacho Shopping Street Branch)

    Address: Furukawacho Shopping Street, 444-3 Hachikenchō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 11:00-17:00

    Official Website: http://www.jeremyjemimah.com/

     

     

    ROCCA & FRIENDS TRUCK

    At ROCCA & FRIENDS TRUCK, you can order these iced dessert matcha and houjicha lattes which are topped with yatsuhashi―a confection sold in Kyoto―shaped into various sights across the city including Kyoto Tower, Hōkanji Temple, Daimonji, a Torii gate, and more.

     

    I ordered the matcha latte. The drink itself isn’t sweet at all so you can enjoy the full original rich and bitter flavour of the matcha. The fresh cream however is quite sweet so you can mix it into the drink as much as you want to get your desired flavour.

    There are lots of great spots in the area such as the Hōkanji Temple pagoda and Yasaka Shrine so  you can snap some great sightseeing photos♡

     

    ▼ROCCA & FRIENDS TRUCK

    Address: 370 Yasaka Kamimachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rocca.truck/

     

     

    Jumondo

    We also visited Jumondo which sells Kyoto-style dango, or “sweet dumplings.” We shared three different orders amongst three people: Danraku (団楽) which comes as a set with a drink, Dandan (だんだん) which comes with matcha, and Zenzai to Aburi Kuri Kinton (ぜんざいと炙り栗きんとん).

     

    Once you order, the dango are made fresh so are served hot and chewy. Each dumpling is on the small side so are nice and easy to eat.

     

    The Danraku comes with five different dumplings including sweet soy glaze, mashed sweet bean paste, soy sauce and black sesame seed, fried, and white miso. The Dandan comes with three types of your choice and a wafer filled with mashed sweet bean paste. The Zenzai to Aburi Kuri Kinton with mashed sweet potatoes with sweetened chestnut dango. The final one comes with matcha which can be served hot or cold.

     

    Everything was tasty but my personal favourite was the yuzu flavoured white miso dumpling.

    The one that everybody raved about was the Zenzai which is a thick soup that the dango are placed into. These dumplings are bigger, not too sweet and light. The soup went really well with the dango, it was super tasty.

     

    ▼Jumondo

    Address: 76 Tamamizuchō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    TEL: 075-525-3733

    Official Website: http://jumondo.jp/index.html

     

     

    Kyo Yasaka Pudding

    Yasaka is a particularly popular tourist spot in Kyoto, and that’s where the cute purin shop Kyo Yasaka Pudding is located.

    Purin is a type of custard purring sold in Japan. The first pudding we picked up was the store’s recommended option named after the store itself, the Kyo Yasaka Pudding. It contains a transparent lemon and honey flavoured jelly inside which there are small and colourful agar agar balls and mango jelly balls.

     

    It has an enjoyable texture and a refreshing sweetness that I’ve never experienced before with other purin. It’s very tasty!

     

    There are five flavours to choose from, the others being hard, smooth, matcha and black soy bean, and houjicha black soy bean. All are served in tiny cute jars. Not only do they look great, they taste amazing too. Each is made with ingredients sourced in Kyoto including the milk, Uji matcha, houjicha, and black soy beans.

    They also sell soft serve ice cream topped with candy balls, very Kyoto-like! You can choose from vanilla, matcha, or a mix of both. I think it’ll be really fun if you can snap a photo of your ice cream with one of Yasaka’s stylish locations in the background! Speaking of which, there was a cute illustration on the wall of the store so we took our photo there.

     

    Be sure to pay a visit to Kyo Yasaka Pudding to pick up your own pudding whether as a souvenir or for yourself.

     

    ▼Kyo Yasaka Pudding

    Address: 87-4 Hoshinochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    TEL: 075-533-8338

    Official Website: https://kyo-yasaka-pudding.co.jp/

     

     

    Kyoto is full of shops selling desserts and sweets perfect to walk around and munch on while you walk its ancient streets, or to take home as a souvenir. Enjoy all the tasty things you can during your visit to this beautiful city♡

     

    Photos/Text: meme

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • It is already summer! As people return to their families in the countryside or embark on a special trip with friends, Tokyo station is just a thriving hive of busy bees. That is why today we will be introducing you to a variety of general souvenirs that you can buy at Tokyo Station and take to your friends and family. 

     

    Souvenirs for Visitors to Japan

    Tokyo Station Hand Towel (SHARED TOKYO): ¥1,404 (after tax )    ※ GRANSTA-limited 

    This hand towel is decorated with classic illustrations of Tokyo Station’s reliefs and clematis flowers. The flowers portray the message: “happiness of travellers”

    Furoshiki Patchin (SHARED TOKYO ) 1 set: ¥2,484 (after tax) 

    This is a beautiful shaped piece of wood with four holes. When you wrap your bento lunch inside a cloth, this piece of wood comes in handy when tying the corners of the cloth together. In moments, you can turn a normal piece of cloth into a useful bag. When you are going on a trip and have lots of luggage, this will come in very handy. 

     

    Character-themed Souvenirs

    Suica Penguin O-mikuji Fortunes (TRAINIART TOKYO): ¥594 each (after tax)

    Perhaps you are familiar with the Suica card, which is a form of rechargeable contactless card used to pay for train fares in Japan. For fans of the adorable Suica Penguin, which is the mascot of the card, this gift is a must. Peel off the sticker on the bottom and a red string will be revealed. Pull the string and your fortune will be revealed to you!

     

    Unusual Souvenirs

    Stained Glass-Style Bookmark (Neue ): ¥1,188 (after tax) 

    How about a luxurious stained glass-style book mark? This would make the perfect gift for any bookworm. Just having this would make you excited to get reading.

     

    Bullet Train Souvenirs 

    TOKYO STATION SOCKS (Happy Socks): ¥972 (children )/¥ 1,620 (prices after tax ) ※GRANSTA-limited 

    The pop-coloured socks are perfect for pumping energy through any child’s feet! There are also socks for adults which come in more mature colours which are easier to colour coordinate. These socks are easy to put on and are a great way to add a touch of cuteness to your look. 

    Electric Pen: E6 Series Super Komachi Shinkansen /Electric Car Pen E5 Hayabusa (Neue): ¥648 (after tax)

     Tip the pen and the bullet train will zip to Tokyo Marunouchi Station. There’s no doubt that train fans and children would love to get this present. 

     

    We hope this article helps you choose a souvenir on your next visit to Tokyo station.

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