Giant 5-Meter Tall Dinosaur Panda Stomps Into Ueno Station
The Dinosaur Expo 2019 began at National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo on July 13, and in promotion of the exhibition, a thrilling dinosaur themed event is set to take place at the Atre Ueno shopping mall from August 1 to September 30.
Atre Ueno is located inside Ueno Station, and if you roll into the station right now you’d best be careful of the bipedal, carnivorously cute 5 meter high panda-saur. You’ll find it on display at the station’s Grand Concourse (it’s pretty hard to miss!)
You might be wondering why there’s a giant panda dressed as a fluffy dinosaur. The reason is that Ueno Zoo has its very own giant pandas which have become a symbol of the town. And the dinosaur our station panda is dressed as is the Deinocheirus, the main showpiece of The Dinosaur Expo.
In promotion of the museum’s exhibition, 19 restaurants and cafes at Atre Ueno are serving up their very own dinosaur-inspired meals―both meat for the carnivora and vegetarian for the herbivores―as well as desserts.
Head to Ueno this summer break for your fill of dino fun!
The Dino Expo 2019
Running: July 13, 2019 – October 14, 2019
Location: National Museum of Nature and Science
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Official Website: https://dino2019.jp/
Address: 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops 10:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-22:30
*Select stores have different opening hours
Official Website: https://www.atre.co.jp/store/ueno
Cow Brand Soap x BEAMS Japan Take Over Kotobukiyu Bath House in Tokyo
BEAMS Japan and Cow Brand Soap have teamed up to an event titled Sento no Susume 2021 which began on April 23. As part of the event, the two brands have come together at the popular Tokyo-based bath house Kotobukiyu where illustrations for the collaboration drawn by manga artist Mari Yamazaki (Thermae Romae, Olympia Kyklos) has been put up on the outside, inside, and along the walls.
See the illustrations being plastered in the video below.
At the bath house entrance, along the walls, and everywhere else
Fashion shoots are being held at the bath house
Limited-edition merchandise for Sento no Susume 2021
For many years, sento public bath houses have been big part of Japanese culture and are located up and down the country. They are places people go to unwind, relax, and destress. However, with times changing, they are because less part of people’s lives, and the facilities themselves are seeing significant wear and tear as well as not having successors to take over the businesses. Sento no Susume aims to revitalise sento and raise their cultural value once again by showing how they can be enjoyed. The first event was held in January and February in 2019.
This year will be the second hosting of the event and invites manga artist Mari Yamazaki on board who has given Kotobukiyu a makeover with her iconic artwork themed on exercise and bathing. Six sports are featured in her drawings for the bath house including basketball, climbing, javelin, surfing, judo, and volleyball.
Have you experienced a Japanese sento before?
Sento no Susume 2021
Running: April 23, 2021 – September 15, 2021
Address: 5-4-17 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-01:30 (Last Entries 01:05)
Closed: 3rd Thursday of every month
Official Website: http://www7.plala.or.jp/iiyudana/
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Collaboration Launching to Promote Manga’s Upcoming Live-Action Films
In promotion of the forthcoming live-action films Rurouni Kenshin: The Final and Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning, both of which will be released on April 23 and June 4 respectively this year, the series is rolling out a collaboration with Sanrio’s globally-beloved character Hello Kitty on April 14.
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Plush Toys (2 Designs) | ¥3,850 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Plush Toys (4 Designs) | ¥2,750 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty A4 Folder Set | ¥495 (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Bottle | ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Tote Bag | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Ballpoint Pens & Mechanical Pencils (2 Designs) | ¥770 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Hand Towels | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Pins (6 Designs) | ¥330 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Acrylic Stands (8 Designs) | ¥715 Each (Tax Included)
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty Sweets Paradise Collaboration Cafe
Kenshin Hello Kitty Beef Bowl / Battousai Hello Kitty Omurice
Enishi Hello Kitty Orange Crepe / Tomoe Hello Kitty Anmisu / Kaoru Hello Kitty Strawberry Pancake
Acrylic Mascot Key Rings
This marks the second collaboration between Rurouni Kenshin and Hello Kitty, the first taking place back in 2014 in promotion of Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. Fans can get their hands on a collection of cute merchandise with Hello Kitty dressed as various characters from the series, as well as tuck into a themed menu which will first be served at Sweets Paradise Ueno ABAB from April 22 before rolling out to six more Sweets Paradise branches in Japan.
©和月伸宏／集英社 ©2020 映画「るろうに剣心 最終章 The Final/The Beginning 」製作委員会
Rurouni Kenshin x HELLO KITTY
Release Date: April 4, 2021
Buy Merchandise: At Sanrio stores and shops stocking Sanrio merch in Japan
Also Available Online
PayPay Mall: https://paypaymall.yahoo.co.jp/store/sanrio/top/
*Pins and acrylic stands unavailable online, available in-store only
Rurouni Kenshin x Hello Kitty IN SWEETS PARADISE
Start Date: April 22, 2021
Sanrio Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp
Tokyo’s Masterpieces From The National Gallery London Exhibition Adds Extra Nighttime Dates
21.September.2020 | SPOT
The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo has been hosting the Masterpieces From The National Gallery London exhibition since June 18 this year, and has just announced additional nighttime hour viewings, so the exhibit will be open until 21:00 from October 13 to 17.
The exhibition brings together a special selection of 61 masterful works from The National Gallery London in Japan for the first time, such as Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Johannes Vermeer’s Lady Seated at a Virginal, and Claude Monet’s The Water-Lily Pond.
Tickets for the evening viewings between October 13 and 17 will be available to purchase from September 19 via FamilyMart, e+, and Yomiuri Shimbun’s online store in Japan. More details are available on the exhibition website.
Masterpieces From The National Gallery London Exhibition – Tokyo
Running: June 18, 2020 – October 18, 2020
Venue: National Museum of Western Art
Opening Hours: 09:30-17:30 (until 21:00 from October 13 to 17)
Exhibition Website: https://artexhibition.jp/london2020/
*The exhibition will move to The National Museum of Art in Osaka from November 3, 2020 to January 31, 2021
New Desserts Arrive at Tokyo’s Panda Themed Cafe Mainichi Panda CAFE by Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo
Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo, a cafe located on the 2nd floor of Matsuzakaya Ueno in Tokyo, has been holding its “Mainichi Panda CAFE” event since October last year where it is serving up panda themed food and drink, selling panda plush toys and books, and the cafe itself is decorated with all things pandas.
Mainichi Panda CAFE by Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo is now introducing four new panda desserts, and its exhibition theme is celebrating the birthdays of Ueno Zoo’s giant pandas Xiang Xiang and Lili.
Adzuki Bean & Warabimochi Panda Parfait | ¥1,100
Japanese style parfait topped with panda-shaped ice cream.
Panda Jonamagashi & Matcha Set | ¥1,100 *Only 4 served per day
A Japanese ‘jonamagashi’ confection made to look like a panda wearing a straw hat.
Panda Pancake-Style Dorayaki w/Orange Peel | ¥1,100 (With Coffee ¥1,430)
Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo’s signature dorayaki served pancake style and branded with a cute panda face.
Lemon Yogurt Cake Set | ¥1,210
A slice of refreshing lemon and yogurt cake.
Mainichi Panda Exhibition (Excerpt)
The cafe has a special photo exhibition on display of the cute giant panda family that is housed in Ueno Zoo.
The first 100 customers who dine at the cafe each day will receive a free postcard of Ueno Zoo’s pandas.
If you love pandas, and have visited Ueno Zoo before, then you won’t want to miss a visit to Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo.
Mainichi Panda CAFE by Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo
Address: Matsuzakaya Ueno 2F, 3-29-5 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30) *Opening hours subject to change
Sanrio Gift’s New Shop in Ueno Welcomes Hello Kitty Panda Merchandise & More
Sanrio opened a new gift shop called Sanrio Gift Gate in Ueno on January 24, 2020. This is the 107th branch of the gift shop to open in Japan, following the openning of the Asakusa branch which opened in Asakusa last year. Aimed at tourists both Japanese and foreign, it sells merchandise of Sanrio’s popular cast of characters.
The souvenir shop features a range of Ueno exclusives, including a line-up of six popular Sanrio characters wearing panda outfits.
Plush Toys (6 Designs) – ¥2,200 Each / Small Plush Toys (6 Designs) – ¥1,760 Each
Who could resist one of these cute toys? The bigger ones at 16cm tall and the small ones 11cm. The line-up includes fan favourites Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, Kuromi, and Pochacco.
There’s also pop-up cards with a variety of designs, including one that opens up into Ameya-Yokochō open-air market, another that turns into Hello Kitty and a panda sat down, and more.
Edo-Tamagawaya x Hello Kitty Pink Tonkotsu Ramen – ¥390
Budoonoki Sanrio Character Baumkuchen – ¥594 Each (Hello Kitty/My Melody/Pompompurin/Cinnamoroll)
The Salt Industry Center of Japan x Hello Kitty Table Salt – ¥248
There’s also food and snacks amongst a whole range of other goodies, all perfect as gifts and souvenirs.
Be sure to stop by Sanrio Gift Plaza the next time you’re in Ueno.
ⓒ 1976, 1996, 2020 SANRIO CO.,LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN Original Text: SANRIO CO.,LTD.
*All listed prices include tax. Sold items receive stock turnovers.
Sanrio Gift Gate Ueno
Address: Plaza U Bldg. 1F, 4-8-6 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00-20:00 (subject to change – please check website for latest info))
Other: Duty-Free/Payment possible with Alipay and WechatPay.
Shop Information: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/shop/sh8122100/
Celebrate Ueno Zoo Panda Xiang Xiang’s 2nd Birthday With ecute Ueno’s Panda Sweets & Merchandise
Shopping centre ecute Ueno has announced that it is holding a campaign entitled “Pandaful Party” from June 3 to June 30 to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Ueno Zoo’s popular panda Xiang Xiang. Panda themed desserts, food and merchandise will be sold at various stores throughout ecute Ueno.
Panda Rolled Sushi Set – ¥648 (Tax Included) @ Wakahiro (ecute Ueno)
Sushi-lovers won’t want to miss this set of rolled sushi. The three cute pandas all come with three different flavours: fried salmon, minced chicken and egg. Available at the ecute Ueno branch of Wakahiro only.
Panda Baked Sweet Potato (100g) – ¥324 (Tax Included) @ Rapoppo (ecute Ueno)
Aged potatoes are used to make this popular baked sweet potato treat, and these ones have a cute panda design♡
Parent & Child Panda Eclair (1 Eclair) – ¥380 (Tax Included) @ Dolce Felice (ecute Ueno)
These adorable eclairs feature a panda parent and cub on them. They are filled with chocolate custard and a crunchy biscuit.
Panda Case Beans – ¥972 (Tax Included) – Mameya Bankyu (ecute Ueno) *Serving June 3 – June 16 only
Inside these panda cases are black soybeans covered in chocolate and houjicha tea chocolate.
Ueno Assorted Cookies (1 Tin) – ¥1,296 (Tax Included) @ Juchheim (ecute Ueno)
Grab a cup of tea and tuck into these tin of cute assorted cookies with panda motifs on them.
Panda Cocoa (Hot/Iced) – ¥400 (Tax Included) @ UP CAFE (ecute Ueno)
This cup of hot panda cocoa can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.
Merchandise includes cute panda salt, fortunes, a squishy and more.
People can also get their hands on this exclusive Pandaful Party shopping bag on June 12, the day of Xiang Xiang’s birthday. These are limited in stock so you’ll want to start your shop nice and early!
Running: June 3, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Location: ecute Ueno (JR Ueno Station)
Address: JR Ueno Station Floor 3F, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 8:00-22:00 (*Different for some stores)
Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo to launch the perfect panda-themed cake for Children’s Day!! ♡
24.April.2019 | FOOD
From Saturday 27th April to national holiday Sunday 5th May, Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo’s Melissa Cake Shop will be selling the Oyako de panda furu cake, which is perfect for parents and children to celebrate Children’s Day!
Every year on the 5th of May, Japan celebrates Children’s Day to wish children good health and good luck for the future. As pandas have become particularly popular in 2019, this cake has incorporated this theme, creating the perfect Children’s Day cake. The Oyako de panda furu cake is made with careful attention to detail. Even the speed that the mixture is beaten and the resulting texture arising from the fineness of the batter is carefully considered. A melt-in-the-mouth sponge cake filled with strawberries was the ultimate goal.
The smooth and deep-flavour of the cream and chocolate and the overwhelmingly happy baby panda with its parent is an image that is just too cute ♡.
“May the child who eats this cake enjoy days full of happiness and grow quickly to lead a happy and healthy life” is the intention that the patissier holds close to their heart whilst making each individual cake. This rare cake is perfect for wishing happiness upon a child so make sure to get one!
Oyako de Panda Furu Cake (親子でパンダフルケーキ)
Price: ¥2,200 (price includes tax)
Available at: Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo (1st floor) Takeout Melissa
Opening hours: 10:00 ー 20:30
Selling: Sat 27/04 ー National holiday Sun 05/05 2019
※ There is only a limited number of these cakes.
Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo official website: https://www.rihga.co.jp/tokyo/shopping/melissa
Enjoy Hanami With Eimei the Giant Panda at Adventure World in Wakayama
30.March.2019 | SPOT
Adventure World in Wakayama is holding a special springtime event from March 28 to April 3 called Hanami With Eimei.
A hanami flower-viewing area will be set up in front of the outdoor breeding centere where Eimei the giant panda lives meaning you get to enjoy the cherry blossoms together with her. The cherry blossoms at the park are scheduled to be at the height of their blossom on March 30.
Bask in the warm spring sun while gazing at the beautiful pink flowers with Eimei.
Hanami With Eimei the Giant Panda
Address: 2399 Katata, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
Running: March 28, 2019 – April 3, 2019
Adventure World Official Website: http://www.aws-s.com/
The Micro Museum Hostel Ueno: A New Conceptual Hostel With a Gallery
09.February.2019 | SPOT
The Micro Museum Hostel Ueno is set to open this month in Arakawa, Tokyo.
The hostel aims to give guests an elevated accommodation experience that goes beyond simply having them sleep there for the night. It is located in Uguisudani which despite its station connecting to both the Yamanote Line and Keihin-Tōhoku Line, has a sort of nostalgic feeling to it like that of a close-knit town. The number of tourists visiting there has been on the rise in recent years as it is close to Ueno and Negishi.
As its name suggests, the hostel is home to a small museum. It was designed by Ryo Mitsui who created it so that different coloured lights shed through the outside. The entrance inside will be displayed with artwork from up-and-coming artists that will change each month.
The hostel hopes to bring in not just guests to see the museum but locals too to tie everyone to art.
The inside is minimalist yet stylish. It caters to different needs with its room variations including rooms for 2, rooms for 4 and more.
Take advantage of your overnight stay to experience something new by booking with The Micro Museum Hostel Ueno.
The Micro Museum Hostel Ueno
Address: 4-35-11 Higashinippori, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
Grand Opening: February 2019
Official Website: https://www.the-micro-museum.art
Ueno’s Historical & Former Hakubutsukan-Dōbutsuen Train Station to Open for Public Viewing
25.October.2018 | SPOT
Hakubutsukan-Dōbutsuen Station is a designated historical structure of Tokyo. In line with its opening for public viewing, it has been revealed that new installations will be set up as part of the ‘UENOYES’ project.
UENOYES was set up to promote the art and culture of Ueno Park and its surrounding areas to the rest of the world. Hakubutsukan-Dōbutsuen Station is next on the list of historical structures in Ueno to be showcased. Part of the station building will be accessible to the public in co-operation with Keisei Electric Railway and Tokyo University of the Arts. It will turn into a cultural platform where people can communicate with one another.
The installations can be enjoyed while reading into stories based on research in Ueno. Original stories have been collected from the voices of many people including director Hitsujiya Shirotama as well as members of staff from the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, Ueno Zoo, Keisei Electric Railway and elsewhere. The space is also dsigned by Sakata Akiko who works in stage design.
Guests will be led by guides as music plays both above ground and underground in the station building.
3D-printed skeletal replicas of animals can also be found at the exhibition which are printed by Kento Mori of the National Museum of Nature and Science.
Discover a new side of Ueno by following the UENOYES project.
Running: Fridays & Weekends from November 23, 2018 – February 24, 2019 (*Closed Dec 28-30)
Tim: 11:00-16:00 (Last Entries 15:30 / Limited access during busy times)
*Please check the official UENOYES website for details on how to attend.
UENOYES Official Website (English): https://uenoyes.ueno-bunka.jp/en/
UENOYES Official Website (Japanese): https://uenoyes.ueno-bunka.jp/
Cute Panda Sweets Releasing at Ginza Cozy Corner, Ueno Park Lueno
23.September.2018 | FOOD
The Ueno Park Lueno branch of Ginza Cozy Corner will release their new chestnut flavoured “Panda Yaki” on September 22.
These sweets are cooked fresh right in front of customers in the shape of a panda’s face – a reference the giant pandas of Ueno Zoo, the animals which the district of Ueno has almost become synonymous with.
The regular Panda Yaki menu comes with four flavours to pick from: custard, chocolate, adzuki bean paste, and cheese. They are popular with customers for not only being delicious, but extremely cute too.
The new entry being added to the menu is chestnut, a very familiar flavour during autumn in Japan. The cooked chewy pastry is filled with subtly sweet chestnut paste with additional diced candied chestnuts for texture.
You can pick up your own Panda Yaki either as a souvenir or to eat in one gulp while strolling around Ueno. Available this autumn only!
Help Name the Giant Panda Cub at Adventure World in Wakayama
13.September.2018 | SPOT
The giant panda cub born at Adventure World on August 14, 2018 has now turned 28 days old.
She is the smallest panda cub to be born at the wildlife park. Staff are monitoring her and her mother Rauhin 24 hours a day. The cub cannot walk yet but she’s now able to crawl around in her incubator.
The staff have noted they often see the mother is helping her baby to excrete and also lick her body clean while hugging her. Thanks to her mother’s love, the cub’s fur has turned a faint pink. She grows bigger and cuter by the day.
Adventure World has announced that it will open the panda to the public and take applications for possible names on September 13. The website for name applications is available in English and Chinese so more people can submit their ideas.
Will you be the one to name her?