Halloween at HEP FIVE Osaka: Horror Ferris Wheel, Guillotine Photo Spot & More

06.September.2019 | SPOT

Osaka’s landmark shopping centre HEP in Umeda is just a short 3-minute walk from Umeda Station, meaning you don’t have to worry so much about looking over your shoulder to see if Michael Myers or Dracula is following this Halloween as you make your way to “HEP FIVE HORROR×HORROR AUTUMN.”

 

This bone-chilling event is set to deliver horror, beauty and fashion all in one place.

 

Junji Inagawa’s Horror Ferris Wheel

The Horror Ferris Wheel was such a hit last year that it’s set to return again this Halloween, better and scarier than ever. There will be two Ferris wheels, each inspired by two of ghost story writer Junji Inagawa’s masterpieces. Incorporating an all-new horror system, the Ferris wheels will take riders up 106 meters high for a hair-raising experience they cannot escape. Once you’re in, you’re in until the end.

 

Monster Food

Of course, no Halloween party is complete without some fang-tastic food. HEP FIVE’s restaurants have each whipped up their own unique dishes for the holiday.

 

Lulu Hashimoto’s Doll World

Lulu Hashimoto has garnered attention both in Japan and overseas as the “living doll” for her doll costume. She will be present at HEP FIVE where you can get a photo with her at the first floor entrance atrium.

 

Date: October 12, 2019

Time: Slot ① 13:00 (Floors 5F-6F), Photos at 13:30 / Slot ② 15:00 (Floors 3F-4F), Photos at 15:30 /  Slot ③ 17:00 (Floors B1F & 2F), Photos at 17:30

Locations: The initial fan greeting will take place at various places across the shopping centre, and photos will take place on the first floor atrium

Getting a Photo: Tickets will be handed out from 11:00 on the day. 15 people per slot on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Horror Show Time

Ghost performed Sadawo is set to take on the form of Japan’s most famous horror icon Sadako from Ringu while riding a Segway. Look forward to a whole host of terrifying performances.

 

Date: October 19, 2019

Times: ①12:00 (Floots 6F-7F) / ②14:00 (Floors 4F-5F) / ③16:00 (Floors 2F-3F) / ④18:00 (Floors B1F-1F)

Locations: Various places across the shopping centre

 

Guillotine Photo Spot

Get your photo taken at the guillotine photo spot at the first floor atrium and look like something straight out of a slasher movie. Make it even better by dressing up in cosplay or Halloween outfits with friends!

Enjoy a horror experience like no other this Halloween at HEP in Umeda, Osaka.

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  • Sanrio Puroland Halloween 2019: IT Chapter Two, Horror Doll House & More Spooky Events

    28.August.2019 | SPOT

    Sanrio Puroland is readying its tricks and treats for its Halloween festival this year. Titled “PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY ~KAWAII MASQUERADE~” the festival will run from September 13 to October 31.

     

    This will be the park’s first mask-themed festival and each day will be split into two slots: Day and Night. During the daytime, guests are invited to the park’s “Cute Masked Party” string of events. But when night falls, the monsters will come out for the “Beautifully Scary Masquerade Party.”

     

    IT Chapter Two Collaboration

    With IT Chapter Two right around the corner―the sequel to one of the biggest horror hits in years―Sanrio Puroland is collaborating with the film. This includes Hello Kitty taking Pennywise’s place in the movie poster.

    Hello Kitty’s Red Balloon Mousse Cake – ¥650

    In the Character Food Court on the first floor, you’ll be able to order this mousse cake inspired by Pennywise’s red balloons which is cutely topped with Hello Kitty ears. There will also be IT Chapter Two themed photo spots, and when evening sets in, red balloons will decorate the Lady Kitty House. IT might even appear somewhere in places you wouldn’t expect…

     

    Horror Content Made Even Scarier For 2019

    Prepare to have your pants scared off with the scream-inducing Ghost Pierrot Masquerade Theater. The hugely popular mission-clear style haunted house returns and is open to everyone ages 10+ years. Can you survive the attack from the ghostly clown? If he sees you, it’s over…

     

    Location: Discovery Theater (Floor 1F)

    Time: Approx. 15-minutes

    Age Limit: 10-years-old and above

     

    Lady Kitty House Transforms Into Doll House

    The Lady Kitty House always has something special planned each year, and this year it’s bringing something new. During the day the house will take on the form of a cute Halloween doll house.

    But at night, it will become a horror doll house as the dolls are turned into butterflies as a result of a curse. Look forward to an ambivalent mix of terror and beauty.

    The creeps will be made creepier on weekends and holidays one hour before the park closes when the dolls at the Horror Doll House start moving. Dress up in your Halloween attire and enjoy the hair-raising world of Lady Kitty House this year.

     

    Join The Halloween Party Ball Mask Parade

    The ball mask parade will take place on the first floor Puro Bridge. The Sanrio cast will be dressed up in ballroom attire with masks and dance elegant dances, pull onlookers into a frightening yet beautiful world.

    Kawaii Masquerade Masks: Plastic – ¥800 Each / Paper – ¥400 Each

    Join the fun by getting your hands on one of six character masks. Donning one of these may just be the thing you need to protect yourself from any ghosts in the area!

     

    Location: Puro Bridge (Floor 1F)

    Participating Cast: Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, Kuromi, Wish me mell, Pompompurin

    *More details can be found on the official homepage

     

    Halloween Photo Spots

    Have your photo taken together with the dressed-up Sanrio cast at the photo spot located in the Rainbow Hall on the third floor. Take your photo as you are or put on a mask and become one with the paintings.

     

    Halloween Food

     

    From Top Left: My Melody & Kuromi’s Masquerade Party Curry ¥1,400 / Cinnamon’s Black Halloween Ramen ¥1,100 / Masked Ball Black Omurice ¥1,300 / Dancing My Melody Corn Soup Pasta ¥1,300 / Hello Kitty’s Masquerade Dress Parfait ¥850 / Cinnamon’s Halloween Rare Cheese Tart ¥600 / Purin’s Masquerade Doughnuts ¥600

    “Black & Purple” is the theme for this year’s Halloween menu which is packed with cute character dishes and desserts. 11 items adorn the menu including Kuromi’s Black Night Cocoa which is served in the evening only.

     

    Exclusive Halloween Merchandise

    Mascots – ¥1,944 Each

    Lots of character merchandise will be sold featuring the cast in their new Halloween costumes this year, from key rings to bags and more.

     

    Dress Up & Get Discount

    As part of the Halloween celebrations, if you arrive at the park in full Halloween dress you can get a discount on Passport Tickets. Be sure to go clad in your best outfit to have the most fun!

     

     

    *All listed prices include tax

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  • Tokyo Disney Resort Reveals Its Spooky Halloween Programme and Character Costumes

    20.August.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Get ready for some spooky fun as Tokyo Disney Resort® transforms for the 52-day-long horrifically exciting Disney Halloween from September 10 to October 31. Head to DisneySea to be captivated by the new harbor show Festival of Mystique, or get spooked out of your skin at the Spooky “Boo!” Parade at Disneyland. Today, we will be revealing the spooky looks of both parks.

    Tokyo DisneySea Festival of Mystique Costumes

    Working with the main theme of a medieval European halloween, inspiration has been taken from the living creatures and waves at the port town Porto Paradiso. 

    Mickey Mouse’s costume inspiration comes from the the bones and scaly body of a sea creature. He will also be seen wearing a broach decorated with beautiful jewels. 

    Minnie Mouse’s costume resembles that of a medieval princess. You will see her in a fancy hat that bears beautiful pearls. Her costume is covered in scales on the chest and on the back which really suits her.

    Tokyo Disneyland’s Spooky Boo! Parade Costumes

    Disney friends have joined forces with a group of spooky spirits. You just can’t miss out on this rare chance to see your favourite Disney characters disguised as ghosts and skeletons. The strange and unusual atmosphere is sure to send a chilling shiver down your spine. 

    Mickey and Minnie will be completely refreshing their colourful look. Mickey’s necktie and Minnie’s skirt are very mysterious and particularly intriguing.  Please come check them out!

     

    Enjoy the beautiful costumes and the fun range of events this Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort.

     

    ©️Disney

  • Tokyo Disney Resort Unveils Its Spooky Halloween Merchandise and Food Menus

    04.September.2019 | FASHION / FOOD

    This year’s Disney Halloween is set to hit Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® on September 10. In the run up to the event, Tokyo Disney Resort released some of the parks’ Halloween merchandise early on Monday.

     

    Special Merchandise

    Long-Sleeve T-Shirt: Men’s ¥3,600 / Women’s ¥3,300 (*Men’s in picture)

    Gloves – ¥1,200 @ Grand Emporium, Tokyo Disneyland

    From skeletal hand gloves to ghostly headbands, ghoulish Mickey ears and more, Tokyo Disneyland® has you set for your Halloween dress-up this year.

    Headbands & Ear Hats @ Grand Emporium, Tokyo Disneyland & Emporio, Tokyo DisneySea

    Grab the cute pumpkin-coloured Minnie headband or cool bandage-wrapped ear hat at both parks and get your scare on.

    We recommend picking a full set, such as the skeleton t-shirt with the skele-ghost ear hat, or the bridal costume for a hauntingly beautiful Halloween. Mix and match to make your own spooky looks.

     

    Special Food Menus

    Popcorn Soda & Doughnut – ¥600 @ Captain Hook’s Galley, Tokyo Disneyland

    Forget trick-or-treat candy and order one of the many fun menu items at the parks, including this fizzy caramel popcorn flavoured beverage. The scrumptious popcorn coupled with the pumpkin flavoured doughnut make for a delightfully delicious combination.

    Chicken & Vegetable Steamed Bun – ¥600 @ Nautilus Galley, Tokyo DisneySea / Teriyaki Chicken Rubber Ring Steamed Bun – ¥600 @ Seaside Snacks, Tokyo DisneySea

    From a bandage-wrapped mummy steamed bun to a purple rubber ring steamed bun with a bat on it, Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland aren’t short of Halloween bites this year, all so cute they seem a waste to eat!

    Cassis & Passion Fruit Wine Cocktail – ¥680 @ Cafe Portofino, Tokyo DisneySea

    Whisky & Orange Cocktail – ¥680 @ Barnacle Bill’s, Tokyo DisneySea

    Choose from five striking alcoholic drinks including the Cassis & Passion Fruit Wine Cocktail, which has a perfect balance of sweet and sour, and the Whiskey & Orange Cocktail, a mix of whisky, black tea and orange cocktail for an easy-to-knock-back flavour combination.

    There is much terrifying excitement to be had this Disney Halloween. Put on your Halloween costume, order some food, and take lots of Instagrammable pictures at night. You won’t soon be forgetting your Halloween experience at Tokyo DisneySea or Tokyo Disneyland.

     

    ©Disney

    *The merchandise and menu items shown are subject to change without notice. Additionally, items are subject to selling out or discontinuation. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

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  • Complete a Mission and Explore Enoshima with The Mekakushi Dan

    18.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Ever dreamt of teaming up with the Mekakushi Dan from the Kagerou Project to complete a mission? Now you can and explore the wonders of Enoshima while you are at it. From September 14 to November 17, Enoshima will hold its biggest ever real life rescue game featuring Japanese mixed-media project The Kagerou Project. The event will be called Mekakucity Quest in Enoshima and will run over approximately two months.

    From games and music to novels, anime and manga, The Kagerou Project characters have dominated the scene in a large range of media forms. The Mekakucity Quest in Enoshima was created in collaboration with SCRAP, who are famous countrywide for their real life escape games. 

    This game can only be cleared by walking around Enoshima to find hints and answers to the challenges but don’t worryーThe Mekakushi Dan will be in contact with you via the messaging app LINE to help you solve the riddles. 

     

    Upon accepting your mission, you will receive a mission guide full of information on the mouthwatering gourmet food and fascinating history of Enoshima. The guide will take you on a wonderful journey of discovery through locations popular among tourists and even romantic date spots. This is the perfect way to enhance your Enoshima experience. 

    Multimedia creator Jin, who is the founder of the Kagerou Project, has teamed up with SCRAP to create this exciting real life game which is full of fun contents that anyone can enjoy. The original storyline takes advantage of the wonders of Enoshima, creating a unique experience that is not available anywhere else. It is a rare opportunity to get close to the Mekakushi Dan and simultaneously enjoy the exciting culture of Enoshima. 

     

    Your journey will start at Subana Kaikan (スバナ会館) which will be selling lots of Kagerou Project collaboration merchandise that cannot be obtained from anywhere else. Make sure to check out the official website for more information. 

    There is an exciting bonus in store for those who successfully clear the game: A surprise phone call from Ene and Shintaro! Just hearing the voice message of these two popular characters is enough to send some fans wild. Those who clear the game will also have the opportunity to take part in a special lottery for the chance to win a ticket to watch the debut screening of the anime Kagerou Daze No.9 before anyone else. This series is set to go live next spring. 

     

    *The debut screening is a private event that you can only take part in by clearing the Mekakucity Quest in Enoshima. There is no general screening event for those who do not succeed. 

     

    As the sweltering heat of summer has finally subsided, this is the perfect chance to explore the wonderful tourist spots and indulge in the delicious local food of Enoshima while facing challenges with your pals or even your partner.

  • Kenshi Yonezu’s New Single ‘Uma to Shika’ Achieves Record-Breaking Sales

    17.September.2019 | MUSIC

    Kenshi Yonezu released his new single Uma to Shika on September 11 and it has soon become a new record-breaking sensation. The song served as the main theme for the TBS Sunday drama No Side Game, which just aired its last episode. The Oricon Weekly Single Rankings revealed that the single has so far been sold 412,000 times, which is Yonezu’s largest sale yet.

     

    The first ever solo Japanese artist to make over 400,000 sales within the first week of a release was achieved by Tomohisa Yamashita in June 2006 with his song Daite Señorita. After 13 years and 3 months, a new record has been set by Yonezuー the perfect way to start the brand new Reiwa Era.   

    The Download Chart shows that the rank for Uma to Shika is remaining steady. The Oricon Digital Single Ranking Chart shows that the single was downloaded 74,178 times in just one week, earning the top place. Since the single’s advanced sales which started on August 12, the single has remained at No.1 for five whole consecutive weeks. 

     

    In the drama No Side Game, Hayato Kimijima (played by Yo Oizumi) works as the general manager of the company’s rugby team named Astros. He puts up a rigorous fight to keep the team from falling apart so that they can face off against their arch rival team known as the Cyclones. Despite suffering an injury, team player Jo Hamahata, who carries the spirit of the team, rises to the challenge of the fierce battle with every ounce of energy to ensure victory, gambling his sports career by wagering everything on his last shot.

     

    The team members, staff and even the team supporters joined forces as one to ensure the team’s win, putting every ounce of their body and soul into the match. The theme drama’s theme song Uma to Shika is perfect for summing up this heated moment. The overwhelming feelings of the drama resonate in Yonezu’s song and has even stretched out to inspire many viewers. Many fans are still sending in messages about their lingering feelings towards the final episode. 

  • Tokyo DisneySea’s New Halloween Show is a Thrilling Must-See

    17.September.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Disney Halloween 2019 has finally begun, and this year, Tokyo DisneySea is serving guests a dark and mysterious Halloween experience to keep them on edge. The festivities will run all the way up to October 31.

     

    We visited the park to see Festival of Mystique, an all-new colourful and flamboyant show introduced this year. Here’s our report.

    The show began with music chiming in at Porto Paradiso in Mediterranean Harbor upon which trickled out lines of costumed friends of the sea. The beautifully dressed ladies at the front then spoke of a Halloween festival that was once held at the port, and their intention to resurrect it.

    Out came a merrymaking Mickey mouse and Disney cast aboard a ship, clad in cute outfits the likes of which have never been seen before at the park.

    Donald Duck, Goofy, Chip and Dale all got off the boat and headed towards the ladies, almost as if charmed by the allure of their beautiful and bewitching singing voices. This was followed by a sudden whimper by Pluto as he looked on towards Mickey. “Pluto, you’ve got to be a good boy! We’ve put a lot of effort into this Halloween,” Mickey said to him. When he said this he began to think that something strange was going on with the festival―like something was going to happen…

    The singing and dancing ladies went on to teach the onlooking guests a few dance moves to get involved with the show. Everybody danced together with Mickey as the leader.

     

    It wasn’t long however before the mood and tone of the music took an uncomfortable turn…

    Before we realised it, Mickey had been locked inside a cage! But he was dancing and having fun literally just seconds before―what happened?!

    Luckily, Minnie Mouse comes to the rescue to save Mickey and bring the fun Halloween festivity back. She takes the lead and dances with the guests this time.

     

    So what happened to the Disney characters, and what was their fate? We don’t want to spoil the ending, so you’ll have to see it for yourself this fall!

     

    ©️Disney

  • Pompompurin Zombieland: Save Pompompurin From Zombies at Sanrio’s Horror Event

    14.September.2019 | SPOT

    Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is collaborating with Obaken, a horror experience creative company, to bring the brand new horror event known as Pompompurin Zombieland to Sanrio Puroland on November 16 and 30.

     

    Tickets will go on pre-sale for official Pompompurin ambassadors, or Pombassadors, on September 14 at 10:00am (JST) and general sales will begin on September 28 at 10:00am (JST). To find out more about Pombassadors and how to become one click here.

     

    Pompompurin Zombieland Promo Video

    Horror experience planner Obaken is set to shake the cute world of Pompompurin into a terrifying zombie-infested one. In the story, Pompompurin was happily looking for some tasty mushrooms to pick when all of a sudden he eats a poisonous one by mistake. It is your mission to deliver him the antidote to stop him from becoming a zombie. Other unfortunate victims who also ate poisonous mushrooms have died and returned as the living dead and will roam around Puroland. The antidote to save Pompompurin, who is on the brinks of turning into a green zombie, lies in the non-poisonous mushrooms located in 6 areas of the park.

    You must survive getting infected by the zombie virus and get your hands on mushrooms. If you succeed you’ll receive an exclusive Pompompurin Zombieland pin badge stating that you have cleared the mission.

    You can even pick up an exclusive Zombie Purin t-shirt. These are limited in stock and can’t be bought anywhere else.

    Additionally, if you wear a combination of yellow and brown-coloured clothing when attending the event―which are the colours of Pompompurin―you’ll get the above-pictured Zombie Purin sticker.

    Full details can be found on the event’s website below. Don’t miss out on this creepy-cute experience this autumn.

     

    ©︎’96, ’19 SANRIO

  • Tokyo DisneySea’s Dark Halloween Festivities For 2019 Begin

    14.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Disney Halloween 2019 has finally begun! The Tokyo DisneySea fun is set to run until October 31 where it will provide guests with a dark and mysterious Halloween experience that will keep you on edge… like something’s about to happen, but you’re not sure what.

    Tokyo DisneySea’s decor takes on a more grown-up bewitching look compared to Tokyo Disneyland’s cute decorations.

    Hung throughout the park you will find decorative banners featuring illustrations of Disney characters dressed in their spooky garments. This year, Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the cast invite guests into a truly bewitching wonderland.


    If you pop over to American Waterfront you’ll find some great photo opportunities, like the Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck statues waiting to welcome you at the entrance, clad in hauntingly beautiful attire and stood next to night-black pumpkins and dried flowers.


    You’ll find the rest of the costumed characters further in too. Be sure to get photos with everyone!

    Chicken & Vegetable Steamed Bun – ¥600 @ Nautilus Galley / Teriyaki Chicken Rubber Ring Steamed Bun – ¥600 @ Seaside Snacks

    Nothing has been left out from the Halloween spell this year, even the food menu and drinks which arrive in festive colours like black and purple like this bandage-wrapped mummy steamed bun and rubber ring steamed bun.

    Inside the mummy is a delicious concoction of chicken, cabbage, and other veg.

    The rubber ring steamed bun is the perfect snack to munch on as you walk around the park. It’s filled with rich teriyaki chicken wrapped in a striking purple dough.

    All of the food is packaged in cute packaging too―don’t throw it away straight away and check out which illustration you got!

    Assorted Sweets – ¥430 @ Gondolier Snacks and elsewhere

    Check out these bite-sized confections, from a mini baumkuchen cake on a lollipop stick to strawberry cheesecake and purple sweet potato cream mochi. The chewy mochi Mickey can only be described as kawaii♡

    Grape Tapioca Tea – ¥500 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    Sparkling Black Tea Tapioca Drink – ¥450 @ Hudson River Harvest

    Tokyo Disneyland’s tapioca drinks are really popular in summer, and for Halloween they’ve arrived with all-new flavours, exclusive to the Disney Halloween event.

    There’s lots to see and experience at this year’s Disney Halloween. Be sure to look everywhere, even in shop windows. And if you’re eager to see more of the food and drinks available at both parks then click here.

  • Sanrio-Style Sarazanmai Café to Steal the Scene at Tokyo and Osaka

    13.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    A café based on the popular anime Sarazanmai is coming to Tokyo on September 19 and Osaka on September 26 and will run for a limited time only. The café designs were produced by Sanrio. 

    Sarazanmai is a TV anime which was produced by animation studios MAPPA and  Lapin Track. The anime became incredibly popular when it aired between April and June 2019 on the Fuji TV programming block Noitamina. The last episode was met by an undying stream of grateful messages from fans and even those involved in the creation of the series. 

     

    Sanrio produced Sarazanmai designs which are perfect for the traditional coffee shop theme and the retro Asakusa atmosphere of the series. The collaboration cafés will open in Ikebukuro in Tokyo and Nipponnbashi in Osaka.

     

    Menu

    Football Curry of Youth: ¥1,380 (before tax)

    Football is what connects the three main characters Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. Come taste the delicious flavour of budding friendship in the form of a delicious curry at the café.   

    Pudding a la Mode of Friendship: ¥1,280 (before tax)

    The three middle schoolers are represented in the form of colourful fruit. This is a delicious dish easily enjoyed by anybody. 

    Sparkling Jelly Juice (Kazuki/Kuji/Enta): ¥650 each (before tax)

    These jelly drinks are also themed around Kazuki, Kuji and Enta. The jelly lurking at the bottom of the cup adds a wonderful accent to the flavour.  

     

    Original Goods

     

     

    Badge (10 random designs): ¥450 (before tax)

    Mug (one design only): ¥1,500 (before tax) 

    Special Bonus Goods

    Those who book seats in advance (¥500 + tax) and order from the menu will receive an original design sticker. You will be presented with one of four designs at random. 

    For each item ordered from the menu, you will receive an original design drink coaster. One of six designs will be given to you at random. 

     

    This café is the perfect place to relax at your own pace this autumn. 

     

     

    © イクニラッパー/シリコマンダーズ

  • Escape From Godzilla at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Escape Game Theme Park

    11.September.2019 | MOVIE / SPOT

    TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS’s catalogue of games just keeps on growing. The puzzle and escape game theme park has just announced the return of its escape game Escape From Shin Godzilla which is being held in collaboration with the 2016 film Shin Godzilla.

    The event was previously held last April where it ran until October, enjoying huge popularity with over 40,000 escape game-goers. Players took the role of a member of the Kyosaitai―the anti-Godzilla task force―based in Kabukicho, Shinjuku where you will be tasked with solving puzzles to defeat the colossal giant.

    The thrilling event returns once more with original visuals created to make it look like Godzilla has really invaded Kabukicho. Tickets are now on sale, and you can pick up exclusive merchandise and themed food at the venue too. Can you defeat Godzilla?

     

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  • Sanrio’s Kuromi Takes Over Harmonyland This Halloween For Devilish Events

    08.September.2019 | SPOT

    Sanrio character theme park Harmonyland in Oita has announced this year’s Halloween event, Kuromi’s Happy Halloween, which will begin on September 13. The devilish and mischievous Kuromi, whose birthday is on October 31-Halloween day-is taking over the park this year to deliver a very cute and just a tiny bit spooky Halloween to kids and adults this year.

     

    Harmonyland’s Halloween Night Party, a huge hit every year, will also return on October 26. In addition to Kuromi’s birthday event, Wish me mell, another one of Sanrio’s cute characters, will also celebrate her birthday on September 20.

    The event also has its own story. While Hello Kitty was having fun preparing for Halloween with everyone, Kuromi looked at the calendar and noticed that the park was scheduled to be closed on October 31, her birthday. Angry by this decision, the scheming Kuromi began Halloween preparations of her own.

     

    Pashakawa SWEET HALLOWEEN

    This event is a chance to meet your favourite characters, who will be dressed up in their Halloween costumes, and take a photo with them. Be sure to say the secret password to them, “trick or treat,” to get some free candy! The fun doesn’t stop there though, as there’ll be a chance to dance with the characters too.

     

    Omotenashi Hello Kitty Cafe

    Hello Kitty will serve as owner of the Hello Kitty Cafe, while Kuromi will be your maid along with the cafe staff, and Meister Cinnamon will learn your name and teach teach it to the rest of the character staff. At the end of the show, the cafe staff will change into their Halloween costumes.

     

    Halloween Photo Spots

    Special Halloween photos spots will be dotted around for Halloween where you can snap some cute pictures. From pumpkin heads of Hello Kitty, My Melody and  Kuromi to flower beds decorated with Kuromi, there will be no shortage of Instagrammable spots for photos. And when you get close to the two flower beds, you might just run into a trick set up by Kuromi herself… Also, the background music playing at the park was all chosen by Kuromi.

     

    Halloween Merch & Menu

    Of course, there will be lots of exclusive character merchandise to grab, as well as a cute themed menu designed just for Halloween.

     

    Halloween Night Party ~Pink or Black~

    The popular Halloween Night Party returns again this year, a one-night-only spectacle of lights, music and dance. The theme this year is “pink or black.” Clad yourself in one or both of these colours and have a fun Halloween night!

     

    ・Date: October 26, 2019 (18:00-21:00)

    ・Price: ¥1,000 (Everyone aged 4+) *Price is reduced to ¥500 to those who hold an annual ticke

    ・A shuttle bus will be operating for free (limited spaces)

     

    Celebrate Halloween this year together with Kuromi.

     

    ⓒ ’76, ’91, ’96, ’99, ’01, ’05, ’09, ’17, ’19 SANRIO

  • Universal Studios Japan Scales Up Halloween Events For 2019

    06.September.2019 | SPOT

    The ever-popular Universal Surprise Halloween event is set to return again this year to Universal Studios Japan and will run from September 6 to November 4.

    The event is set to be bigger than ever this year, with more attractions than ever before, as well as the event’s three main elements―Zekkyo Halloween, Otana Halloween, and Kowa Kawa Halloween―making use of the entire park. Look forward to a unique and spooky Halloween experience the very second you enter the park.

     

    Zekkyo Halloween

    Three main events run every year during Universal Surprise Halloween. The first of these we are taking a look at is Zekkyo (“Screaming”) Halloween, which plunges guests into terrifying experiences, the kind of scream-inducing encounters you conjure up in your imagination at Halloween.

     

    As part of Zekkyo Halloween, just some of the exciting and hair-raising attractions include the brand new horror maze which will see you running for your life through its twists and turns, the return of the extremely popular zombie dance show, a survival horror maze based off the Resident Evil game series, and much, much more.

     

    Otona Halloween

    Otona (“Adult”) Halloween is a more sophisticated kind of Halloween experience aimed at adults, clad with glamour and fashion, but certainly not free of scares.

     

    Halloween 2019 sees the return of the interactive theatre event Hotel Albert in a brand-new sequel, Hotel Albert 2: Requiem. We covered last year’s here, but in summary, it’s an immersive theatre experience in which guests act as participants in the play. Guests walked around the attraction as characters in the story and experienced a beautifully haunting tale unfold before them. What secrets does the sequel hold? You’ll have to attend to find out!

     

    A new horror restaurant, named Park Side Grill ~Cursed Banquet Of Roses~, will serve up magnificent meals while imbuing a sense of uncanny in its diners.

     

    Kowa Kawa Halloween

    Of course, it’s not all doom and gloom at Universal Surprise Halloween. Children will get to enjoy Kowa Kawa (“Creepy-Cute”) Halloween again this year in all its Halloween trickery. Minions and the Sesame Street cast will be present and dressed in mischievous costumes. The incredible Festa de Parade will run the street, and kids will be able to catch falling candy at Happy Trick Or Treat where it will rain down like a waterfall.

     

    USJ is a spearhead in Japan’s Halloween culture, so if you’re there for the spooky season, make sure you don’t miss out.

     

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  • Go Grape Picking, Buy Fresh Fruit and Veg & More at Hills Marche in Tokyo This Autumn

    06.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hills Marche is a market held every Saturday at ARK Hills in Tokyo, and on September 28, it is set to hold the Hills Marche 10th Anniversary “Great Harvest Festival.”

     

    Hills Marche began in September 2009 as the first project of Marche Japon which is run by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It has become one of Tokyo’s representative markets, with more than 740,000 people having attended since its establishment.

     

    The 10th Anniversary Great Harvest Festival brings together farmers from all across Japan, with fresh fruit and vegetables harvested from that morning. There will also be various events including a grape-picking session. Lots of lunch options will also be served using fresh vegetables used as the market.

     

    Farmers Band Together

    A total of 44 sellers from both Japan and overseas will set up shop for the Marche. The first 100 people to shop at over 5 stalls and collect the stamps will also receive a festival tote bag.

     

    Taste and Compare 10 Varieties Of Grape

    From popular varieties such as Shine Muscats to rarer, hard-to-find varieties, choose from 10 different types of grapes to enjoy. You’ll be surprised at how different their sweetness and sourness is!

     

    Go Grape Picking

    Have even more fun by picking your own grapes at Karayan Square. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this experience. Bring friends and family and relish in the flavours of the autumn harvest.

    Time: From 11:00

    Price: ¥500
    Anyone can join, but the grapes are limited in stock, so it’s first-come, first-served!

     

    Bistro Marche with Ark Hills Cafe

    The Ark Hills Cafe is also celebrating its 10th anniversary alongside Hills Marche and will collaborate with the market for the occasion. Tuck into a healthy buffet made with ingredients from Hills Marche and enjoy a saxophone performance by Japanese musician Shunosuke Ishikawa. There will also be discount lunches using the ingredients from the market from September 24 to 27.

    Price: General – ¥1,000 (Tax Included) / Elementary School Children & Younger – ¥500 (Tax Included)
    Time: 10:00-15:00 (Last Entries 14:00)

    Jazz Performances: ①11:15 / ②12:15 (subject to change)

    There’s plenty more to look forward to as well, including lots for parents and children to enjoy together such as workshops.

  • Warm The Cockles Of Your Heart This Christmas at HOSHINO Karuizawa Area

    06.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    This holiday season, Hoshino Resorts is set to hold a Christmas event at HOSHINO Karuizawa Area, a place managed by the company which brings together people who love culture and nature. It will run from November 16 to December 25.

     

    The event’s theme is “A Town Where Happiness Shines.” From mistletoe illuminations to xmas desserts and more, you’re sure to have the cockles of your heart warmed this year at this happiness-filled festival.

     

    Mistletoe Illuminations

    At Harunire Terrace, where 16 shops line the cosy wooden terrace, the columns and overhangs will be adorned in Christmas garlands, and mistletoe-shaped illuminations will dangle from tree branches.

     

    You can spot a lot of mistletoe in Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary. Even in wintertime the plant does not wither, instead keeping its green leaves, which in folklore has led it to be viewed as a symbol of immortality.

     

    Mistletoe is known in many cultures as a symbol of happiness. In the Western world, lovers who stand under mistletoe are expected to kiss. The warm illuminations are set to light a warm and romantic atmosphere to all those who attend.

     

    Mistletoe Lanterns

    As well as the illuminations, there will also be mistletoe lanterns hiding in the trees to celebrate romantic love this Christmas. Get ready to count down with everybody at the event as when you reach zero, all of the lanterns will turn on at the same time. There will even be mini live performances where you can sing along to Christmas songs.

     

    Christmas Sweets at Hoshino Resorts Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court

    Order the “Episode de Noel” at Hoshino Resorts Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court for a delicious Christmas sweets dessert course of 4 treats.

     

    This is just a peek inside the stocking of what’s to come at the festival. There will be a hot chocolate bar, fresh s’mores, kids events, photo spots, a Christmas market, and more. Ride your sleigh into HOSHINO Karuizawa Area this winter.

  • The Little Mermaid Themed Cafes Set Sail to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Hokkaido

    06.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Ariel is swimming to Japan this September as four branches of OH MY CAFE turn into cafes inspired by The Little Mermaid. The Tokyo and Osaka branches will open on September 21, the Hokkaido branch on September 22, and the Nagoya branch on September 27. The collaboration is being carried out by LEGS COMPANY, LTD.

     

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid was released back in 1989 as the 28th Disney animated feature film. It tells the story of the internationally-beloved Disney mermaid princess Ariel and her curiosity about the world above the sea.

     

    The cafe’s concept is “independent girl.” Each cafe will take on a stylish look and be inspired by Ariel’s unwavering heart and her strength to make her dreams come true.

     

    Menu Line-Up

    <Ariel> Veggie-Packed Pesto Pasta – ¥1,990

    If you’re vegetarian, you won’t be disappointed with this healthy, vegetable-packed pasta dish. The plate it is served on features an illustration of Ariel swimming elegantly in the ocean.

    Seaside Cream Risotto – ¥1,990

    Based on sandy beaches is this creamy risotto. If you look closely you’ll see one of Ariel’s priceless treasures from her endless collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs. Sebastian is hiding on the plate too, can you spot him?

    <Kiss The Girl> Romantic Fruit Bowl – ¥2,190<Kiss the girll>

    This romantic dish speaks for itself. Inspired by the breathtaking boat date between Ariel and Eric, the bowl includes assorted fruit, a cookie with the two lovers on it, and a side of jelly with Flounder cheering them on.

     

    Drinks Line-Up

    <Flounder> Stripey Yogurt Drink – ¥1,090 / With Coaster – ¥1,890

    Flounder is Ariel’s closest friend, so he had to be included on the menu. This cute yogurt-flavoured smoothie takes on the same colours as our stripey fish companion.

    <Sebastian> Strawberry Smoothie – ¥890 / With Coaster – ¥1,790

    Servant of King Triton and music composer, everybody’s favourite Jamaican crab Sebastian gets his very own yogurt smoothie too. Mix the strawberry sauce in well for the best flavour.

     

    Exclusive Original  Merchandise

    Acrylic Badge (5 Designs) – ¥800

    Lunch Mat (Set of 2) – ¥800

    Bag – ¥1,500

     

    Bonus Items

    Every person that books a table in advance (¥500) and orders something from the food menu will receive one of 30 possible A5 folders.

    Additionally, if they spend over ¥1,000 at the merchandise corner of a cafe, they’ll receive the above-pictured The Little Mermaid 30th shopper bag. These are limited in stock and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

     

    There are lots of other character-themed food and drinks to be enjoyed at the cafes besides these ones too. To see everything, you’ll need to visit yourself! Immerse yourself in the magical world of The Little Mermaid with cafe decorations featuring Instagrammable illustrations drawn exclusively for this collaboration.

     

    *All listed prices are pre-tax.

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual products may differ.

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