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.

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  • Witness the Vibrant Yellow Nikkōkisuge Flower at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden

    11.July.2019 | Uncategorized

    The high season to catch a glimpse of the beautiful nikkōkisuge (Hemerocallis esculenta) flower at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden is happening right now.

     

    The nikkōkisuge blooms in the high plains and is recognised as a sign of summer. The full bloom period for the flower in the subalpine zone is June, but the best time to see them in high plains is July where 2,000 clusters of the bright yellow beauties sprout their vibrant leaves. The yellow beds make for some seriously summery Instagram posts.

    They live a fleeting life as they only bloom for a single day, opening in the morning and closing in the evening. A single stem is home to abundant flower buds, and they are long so they can bloom from one to the next. If you are in Hyogo this July we highly recommend witnessing this ephemeral sight.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Luxury Inn ICHIJO with only Six Rooms Opens In Kami, Hyogo Prefecture

    30.September.2021 | SPOT

    Accommodation and restaurant company Saika opened ICHIJO, a luxury inn with six rooms, on September 22 2021.

     

    Restaurant Monomi Yuyama

     

    ICHIJO Jigokumushi

     

    ICHIJO Jigokumushi Matsuba Crab

     

    Guest Room ‘Miyabi (elegant)’

     

    Guest Room ‘Soso (graceful)’

     

    Private Bath ‘SANKEI (mountain view)’

     

    Private Bath ‘KAI (sea)’

    Open Lounge ‘ISARIBI’

     

    Meditation Room ‘MU’

     

    Smoothie & Soup Shop ‘mellow’

     

    A buffet is available offering wonderfully fresh and seasonal seafood, Tajima beef, Yaka pork, and a selection of local vegetables. Saika have made the most of the inn’s location in a town known for its fish, offering a delicious all-you-can-eat menu. In addition, local brand crabs such as Kasumi and Matsuba will be added to the butter throughout the autumn and winter seasons. You can also enjoy a bowl of Takikomi rice with seasonal soup stock, fresh sashimi, and even charcoal-grilled dried fish.

    The ICHIJO Jigokumushi is a fascinating area where a large amount of steam can be seen rising from the ground. The area can be used as a lounge, workspace, and reading area outside of meal times. The hall is all-inclusive, meaning you can make the most of the variety of local sake, draft beer, soft drinks, and snacks at no additional charge. 

     

    You can relax in the two private baths, which both boast water from the Kasumi hot springs. The ‘KAI’ bath has an infrared sauna installed, while the SANKEI features a mist sauna, allowing you to chill out while enjoying the fresh hot springs. 

    The inn also provides a large communal bath with open air facilities through the Sadasuke sister inn, which is adjacent to ICHIJO.

    If you’re looking to heal both body and heart, why not try the meditation room?

     

    Smoothie and soup shop ‘mellow’ will be opening at the same time as ICHIJO. Guests staying at the inn will be able to purchase food and drink from inside the store, while general customers can use the takeout window. The delicious fruit and vegetables used in the food were grown in the San’in region by Saika, who are experienced in agriculture production.

     

    Relax your body and soul with the new ICHIJO inn!

  • Noseden Artline Festival 2021 Bringing Light, Sound, and Food to the Kawanishi Area

    21.September.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    A celebration of light, sound, and food, the biennial Noseden Artline 2021 Festival will take place from October 30 until November 23, 2021. Set in one city and three towns along the Nose Electric Railway, the regional art event began in 2013 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the rail line, and brings local artists and residents together. 

     

    The festival will be in Kawanishi and Inagawa in Hyogo Prefecture, as well as in Toyono and Nose in Osaka Prefecture, with Mt. Myoken marking the center point. Each part of the event will connect the history, industry, and tradition of the area with new and engaging creations. 

     

    The theme of the 2021 Noseden Artline Festival is ‘Enlarged Mentality.’ By taking things that are subjective, like an artist’s thoughts and senses, and applying them to the objective world that can be shared, it creates a one-of-a-kind way to connect fully with others. The event will feature local cuisine and music, as well as art focused on light, inspired by the North Star. After a year of solitude due to the pandemic, the festival hopes to remind people to cultivate, nourish, and preserve local relationships. 

     

    Art can make life more enjoyable, so why not come and see what the area has to offer?

     (C)Kousei Ikeda(SPEKTRA)

  • #MissDior Art Event Held to Comemorate New Fragrance In Omotesando, Tokyo

    22.August.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    Miss Dior, the fragrance and maison first started in 1947, is being reborn thanks to Dior perfume creator Francois Demachy.

     

    A new MISS DIOR art event will be held to commemorate the new fragrance, inheriting the art and passion for women that inspired Monsieur Dior himself. Reservations are now open for the AS SEEN BY exhibition, held alongside the MISS DOOR MILLEFIORI GARDEN pop up store between September 1 and 12, 2021, at THE MASS/BA-TSU ART GALLERY/STANDBY in Omotesando, Tokyo.

    Kojin Haruka: Reflectwo for Miss Dior 2021

    Pop Up Store MISS DIOR MILLEFIORI GARDEN

     

    The AS SEEN BY exhibition, held in Tokyo and several cities around the world, will feature MISS DIOR inspired artwork and creations from 10 female artists, including visual artist Kojin Haruka, sculptor Donna Ingrid, and designer Sabine Marcelis.

     

    Experience the renewed MISS DIOR at the MISS DIOR MILLEFIORI GARDEN pop up store, where you can try the new Au De Perfume and it’s personalization service, alongside limited cosmetics that were inspired by the new fragrance.

     

    Those who attend the MISS DIOR event will also be able to enjoy the guest-only cafe, which features Laudrée collaboration macaroons, with the original flavors each lined up in a package reminiscent of the colorful flowers at the MISS DIOR art event. Plus, a limited takeaway drink will be available at the exhibition cafe, allowing you to bask in the afterglow of the event even after exiting the venue. In addition, customers who connect their reservation to the official MISS DIOR Beauty LINE account will receive a free original tote bag.

     

    A special film that delves into the history and charm of MSS DIOR will be screened at the exhibition, narrated by DIOR beauty ambassador Yoshizawa Ryo, who will guide you through the glamorous world of MISS DIOR.

     

    You mustn’t miss the livestream with DIOR ambassador Araki Yuko, who will be attending the event via livestream to introduce the wonders of the new MISS DIOR. The stream will start on August 31 at 20:30.

     

    Why not check out this flower-filled event where you can immerse yourself in the world of MISS DIOR for yourself?

  • Anime Theme Park Nijigen no Mori to Hold Second Kakashi & Obito-themed Escape Game

    20.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    A special event is coming to the Naruto-themed area of Nijigen no Mori, an anime theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo prefecture! The Naruto Shippuden x Escape Game: #009 Kakashi & Obito event is taking place from August 21 to October 10!

     

    A look at NARUTO & BORUTO Shinobizato

    A look at the game

    Participation bonus: 4 special wooden phone straps with new illustrations

     

    The first escape game in the series was held in 2020 to positive feedback. It was first held to celebrate Kakashi’s birthday, which is September 15, and all visuals of both him and Obito are completely new and made for the event. 

     

    Guests can also write their celebratory messages on special ‘petal stickers’ and place them on the character panel of their choice!

     

    Would you like to come celebrate Kakashi’s birthday? 

     

    ©Masashi Kishimoto /Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Pierrot

  • Japan’s Poké Lid Project Lays Down New Manhole Covers in Hyogo Prefecture

    16.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Three new Pokémon manhole covers were unveiled in Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture on August 11, as part of the Poké Lid project. The new designs depict the legendary Pokémon Lugia, Bayleef, Aromatisse, and Cloyster. These are the first Poké Lids to be placed in Hyogo. 

     

    Including these new additions, the total number of Pokémon-themed manhole covers across Japan is now 201. The project began with the installation of a Eevee manhole cover in Ibusuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture in December 2018. 

     

     

     

    Each one features completely original Pokémon art, and going on a pilgrimage to visit each of them has become a popular new fad. The project aims to promote local tourism by using these internationally-loved characters. 

     

     

    There are also plans to turn each cover into Pokéstops, used in the popular location-based Pokemon GO smartphone game. 

     

    Which Poké Lid would you like to find first? 

     

     

    ©2021 Pokémon. ©1995-2021 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.

    Pokemon, Pokémon and Pokémon are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures and Game Freak.

     

  • Naruto and Boruto Summer Event Begins at Nijigen no Mori

    29.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Nijigen no Mori, an amusement park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo, began a summer event at its Naruto and Boruto-themed zone on July 22 which is set to run until September 30.

     

    Event-exclusive stickers

    The event includes a huge water gun event where 25 litres of water will be sprayed to cool down guests during the hot summer event. With themed character panels displayed around the park, join Naruto and the gang, including Zabuza and Haku, for some summer fun. All guests receive a free original sticker too.

    © 岸本斉史 スコット/集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ

  • Milkshake Shaved Ice and Milk Frozen Desserts Served Up at Motosue in Hyogo

    20.July.2021 | FOOD

    The new Motosue Hanare has opened next to Motosue Kurakuen in Hyogo where they are selling a range of desserts including the Milkshake Shaved Ice and Milk Frozen.

     

    Milkshake Shaved Ice Pudding | ¥1,290 (Tax Included)

    Milkshake Shaved Ice Sweet Potato | ¥1,350 (Tax Included)

    Milkshake Shaved Ice Matcha Adzuki | ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    Milk Frozen Chocolate Banana | ¥650 (Tax Included)

    Milk Frozen Strawberry | ¥720 (Tax Included)

    Eggy Bread | ¥750 (Tax Included)

    Using milkshake as the base ingredients, the shave ice line-up gets its super fluffy texture from free range eggs. There are three flavours to enjoy, such as the pudding one which is topped with a whole Japanese pudding, adding a smooth and velvety texture to the fluffy shaved ice. Each is a perfect pick for cooling down during the summer season.

     

    The ‘Milk Frozen’ desserts use frozen milk for the base and are topped with fruit. Each is made carefully handmade one by one, and they are even more refreshing than the shave ices. The eggy breads also come in a range of flavours including plain and custard.

  • Hello Kitty Summer Event Themed On the Undersea Palace Princess Oto-hime Kicks Off in Hyogo

    09.July.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Hello Kitty media art facility and restaurant HELLO KITTY SMILE on Awaji Island kicked off a summer event on July 1. Titled “HELLO KITTY SMILE Oto-hime Ryugu-jo Beach Summer Festival,” the event is set to run until the end of August.

    Digital fireworks set the summer vibe

    Catch your own Sanrio figure

    Decorate your own Sanrio character ceramic

    Children’s meal at the Party Terrace


    Hello Kitty afternoon tea at the Party Balcony

    Spicy tortilla at the Garden Terrace

    The event is themed on Oto-hime, the princess of the underwater palace Ryugu-jo which features in the Japanese folktake of Urashima Taro. It focuses on Hello Kitty and is a celebration of Bon odori, a type of dance that takes place during the Japanese summertime Bon Festival. Hello Kitty performs the dance on stage, and the audience can join in with handclapping, dancing, and waving the free fan they receive upon entering the venue. Visitors can also buy a ticket to meet Hello Kitty, and those who do receive a free plush toy along with a photo with the Sanrio queen herself.

     

    At the event, visitors can enjoy Sanrio versions of all the fun things Japanese summer festivals, or natsumarui, have to offer like catching a Sanrio figure instead of a goldfish, painting ceramics, making vinyl prints, squirting water pistols, jumping on a giant trampoline, and so much more.

     

    Other things to look out for include special screenings at the HELLO KITTY SMILE theatre and the firework projection mapping show. The event also has four different restaurants which are serving limited-time, seasonal summer treats: the Party Terrace, Party Balcony, Restaurant Tamatebako, and Garden Terrace.

     

    Ⓒ2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L627610

  • Chibi Maruko-chan x Coji-Coji Pop-Up Shop to Open in Tokyo and Hyogo

    20.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Nippon Animation has announced the Maruko & Coji-Coji Fest, two pop-up shops that will open at Kita-Senju Marui in Tokyo and Kobe Harborland umie in Hyogo on April 20 and 29 respectively.

     

    Inside the Kita-Senju Marui store

     

    New merchandise

    Acrylic Key Rings | ¥880 Each (Tax Included)

    Sticker | ¥385 (Tax Included)

    Postcard | ¥275 (Tax Included)

    Mugs | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)

    Bonus Item: Wrapping paper bag

    The Maruko & Coji-Coji Happy Fest welcomes an all new series of original artwork themed around snacks and sweets. Fans will be able to enjoy pre-sales of new merchandise, and all who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) will be given a free wrapping paper bag.

  • Hello Kitty Themed Restaurant HELLO KITTY SMILE Launches 3rd Year Anniversary Event

    22.March.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Hello Kitty-themed media art venue and restaurant HELLO KITTY SMILE is celebrating 3 years since its opening on Awaji Island back in April 2018 with a special anniversary event that’s running from March 20 to May 31.

     

    Challenge yourself to puzzles in the Princess’s Palace of the Dragon King

     

    Enjoy a musical performance with the Smile Parade

     

    Win Hello Kitty freebies

     

    Tuck into the anniversary menu

    Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea | ¥3,500 (Tax Included)

     

    Acrylic photo frame with every menu order

     

    Acrylic photo frame with every menu order

     

    HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX

    There are many exciting things happening to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of HELLO KITTY SMILE, from performances and events to exclusive merchandise, a themed menu, and more. But that’s not all, as visitors have the chance to win tickets to the HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX theatre restaurant. Only ten groups can win per day for the duration of the celebrations.

     

    Ⓒ2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L617982

  • Sweet Strawberry Desserts Get Baked Up at Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets

    16.February.2021 | FOOD

    Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets, an outdoor shopping centre in Hyogo, is having a strawberry-loaded time with a selection of desserts made with strawberries harvested in Sanda as well as a market themed on strawberries. The event is taking place from February 12 to March 21.

     

    The line-up doesn’t shy away from strawberries in anyway, with the sweet and succulent red gems being used for crepes, pancakes, pizzas, drinks, and more.

     

    The Sandai Ichigo Marche arrives for the first time at Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets where visitors can buy whole bunches of strawberries of different types directly from the harvesters. It is being held on February 13 and 14 and March 13 and 14. And you can’t have a strawberry festival in Japan without enjoying a strawberry daifuku either, kindly provided by the old-time Sanda-based confectionery store Matsuedo.

     

    Sanda Strawberry Menu (Prices Include Tax)

    The menu features a line-up of desserts made with numerous strawberry varieties gathered in Sanda, such as the akihime and benihoppe. Each is made by different participating shops.

     

    Tana Forno

    Sanda Benihoppe Chocolate S’mores Pizza – ¥748 / Strawberry Squash – Single ¥550, Set ¥495

    The dessert pizza is a perfect combination of benihoppe strawberry and chocolate.

     

    Delifrance

    Kobe-Sanda Strawberry Anpan – ¥300

    Moist sweet bread with low-sugar coarse sweet bean paste, whipped cream, and strawberries.

     

    Canvas

    Sanda Strawberry Mixed Berry Crepe – ¥649

    A triple whammy of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries decorate this crepe.

     

    Kua’aina

    Strawberry Pancake Brûlée – ¥930

    A pancake brûlée loaded with strawberries.

     

    Crazy Crepes

    Sanda Strawberry Crazy Ichigo – ¥750

    Enjoy the natural flavours of the strawberries as they are without any additions like chocolate.

    Sandai Ichigo Marche

    At the Sandai Ichigo Marche, visitors can buy strawberries, vegetables, strawberry daifuku, and more. It’s a celebration of all things Sanda.

     

    Running: February 13, 2021 / February 14, 2021 / March 13, 2021 / March 14, 2021
    Time: 11:00-15:00 (While supplies last)
    Location: Garden Court (Will move under the galleria in front of the food gallery if it rains)

    Enjoy the delicious taste of seasonal strawberries grown in the lush environment of the Rokkō Mountains.

  • Rapeseed Flower Festival Offers a View of 100,000 Plants With Mount Fuji in the Background

    12.December.2020 | SPOT

    The Rapeseed Flower Festival is set to bloom on Soleil Hill, a park in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, from December 18 when around 100,000 bright yellow rapeseed flowers will shine across the flower beds.

    Turnip Rape (Photo taken December 1, 2020)

    Soleil Hill is a 5,000㎡ rolling expanse in the Miura Peninsula in Yokosuka, Kanagawa. The turnip rape is an early springtime flower that is blooming around a month earlier this December due to there not having been many typhoon disasters in the area this year, which will welcome the flower’s peak blossom.

    Photo taken last year with 100,000 turnip rapes, Sagami Bay, and Mount Fuji in the shot

    The flowers bloom for a long period from December to March, around 100 days, and the incredible view can be enjoyed with Sagami Bay and Mount Fuji in the background.

     

    Rapeseed Flower Festival

    Photo taken last year at the of December with the rapeseeds in full bloom

    The Rapeseed Flower Festival will run from December 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020 in line with the turnip rape’s peak blossom. Visitors can enjoy a selection of food inspired by the flower beds and view as well as take part in a variety of programs.

    Mount Fuji & Rapeseed Curry | ¥1,000 (Before Tax)

    The Mount Fuji & Rapeseed Curry is inspired by the view of Mount Fuji and the flower beds during a sunset as represented by the red curry.

    Rapeseed Herbarium Workshop | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)

    Visitors can try making their own rapeseed herbarium in a bottle at the crafts workshop too.

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