Gamers! Rally Your Teammates For A New Quest: TOKYO GAME SHOW

05.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

The TOKYO GAME SHOW is in a league of its own. It is a mecca for gamers who cannot get enough of Japanese games and entertainment. This is where Japan’s major game publishers from all kinds of platforms unite to put on an enormous exhibition. 

This includes the opportunity to explore games that are yet to be released as well as hear new announcements about the direction developers are steering the future of gaming. There’s no lagging behind. This is a major event for the gaming industry, raking in leagues of heroes every year. 

On August 28, a total of 2,417 game booths were announced, which is the largest number the event has ever seen in its history. This event is home to games on a range of platforms including for console, smartphone and PC. The enormous variety of genres includes the most cutting-edge and latest trends including Esports, VR and much more.

 

For those of you who love cosplay, this event is your chance to finally meet your fantasy. The outside area of Hall 9 will have a Cosplaying Area Stage where two events will take place: a cosplay fashion show and a gathering. 

On Saturday 14th, Hall 1 event stage will hold the Cosplay Collection Night@2019 event where participants and event staff will take over the stage in game character cosplay. Spectating is free, so feel free to watch as each cosplayer dominates the entire stage, showing off their excellent craftsmanship and skills as they walk the runway and strike a pose definitely worth saving in your highlights! 

 

On Sunday 15th at 2:30 pm, cosplayers will take to the stage in units of two or more to put on a dance or combat show that you just cannot critically miss out on. 

 

Schedule:

September 14 (Sat)  From 12:00 ー Cosplay Runway  From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway

September 15 (Sun) From 13:30 ー Cosplay Runway From 14:30 ー Cosplay Dance and Combat Shows From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway

The Gathering is where cosplayers can interact with one another and have photos taken ー the perfect opportunity to send those friend requests. On September 14, a gathering dedicated to the Final Fantasy Tales Series will take place on the Cosplay Area Stage. On September 15, there will be gatherings for the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series.

 

Schedule:

September 14  13:00-13:30 Final Fantasy Series Gathering  14:00-15:00 Final Fantasy Tales Series Gathering 

September 15 12:30-13:00 Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors Series Gathering

More information on the exhibitions, booths and events will be announced on the morning of September 12 so please check it out. 

 

There is no better way to multi kill your time than to spend the entire day at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019 ー get your tickets and GLHF!

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  • Tokyo’s Anime & Game Concept Hotel Announces Collaboration With Granblue Fantasy

    05.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Sunshine City Prince Hotel is currently collaborating with the anime and game media franchise King of Prism and the video game DREAM!ing to rave reviews on the hotel’s IKEPRI25 floor.

     

    The hotel has just announced that its third collaboration will be with the popular RPG video game Granblue Fantasy which will arrive in early November.

    IKEPRI25 is located on the hotel’s 25th floor and operates as a “concept floor.” Decked out with 20 rooms and 4 lounges, the floor is every anime, manga and game fan’s paradise as it themes its room on many different titles. The floor is produced in co-operation with Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc.

     

    Granblue Fantasy is a fantasy role-playing game for Android, iOS, and web browser. It launched in 2014 and is available to play in both English and Japanese. The game features music by legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu who is known worldwide for his work on the Final Fantasy series. A new title, Granblue Fantasy Versus, developed by Arc System Works (Guilty Gear series; BlazBlue series).

     

    Further details on the concept room will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned.

     

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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

  • Japan’s Poop Museum Dumps Its Load in Shanghai

    05.September.2019 | SPOT

    The poop-themed exhibition Unko Museum is set to roll into Shanghai on October 19 where it will run until January 3 next year.

     

    The museum first appeared at the entertainment facility ASOBUILD, which is connected to Yokohama Station, where it is still running as Unko Museum YOKOHAMA. It was then followed by Unko Museum TOKYO where it is still open at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. This will mark the museum’s first trip overseas.

     

    Just 4 months after opening in in Yokohama, the museum had amassed over 200,000 visitors. The subsequent Tokyo museum served to promote the new Japanese concept of “kawaii poop” to tourists both Japanese and foreign. It was a huge success and enjoyed substantially more visitors than predicted.

     

    With the museum receiving huge attention from both Japan and overseas, Shanghai was chosen as the next destination as a means to develop the concept outside Japan since Shanghai is one of the main global cities of the Asian region. There is also the fact that mainland China has a population of over 1.4 billion. The Unko Museum aims to promote and establish itself as a new entertainment experience.

     

    The museum will be set up at Joy City Shopping Mall, which is home to a whole host of experience entertainment, as well as restaurants, shops, and even a Ferris wheel. It will have the same content as the museum in Japan, including giant poop statues, the “Unstagenic Area,” a combination of the Japanese word for “poop” (unko) and the words “Instagram” and “photogenic” with cute and stylish poops, and more.

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  • Go Strawberry Picking With Hello Kitty and Friends at Sanrio Puroland

    14.January.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    Sanrio Puroland opened a special new event last Friday (January 8) called “Sweets Puro” which is themed on strawberry picking.

    Characters greet guests in their strawberry-designed outfits

    Guests participate in an augmented reality strawberry stamp rally

    New character videos play at the illuminations

    A strawberry-packed dessert menu

    Limited-edition merch

    Tables in the food court receive makeovers

    Guests can look forward to seeing sparkly new pink-coloured illuminations, snapping sweet photos at the entrance photo spot, getting involved in the AR strawberry picking stamp rally using their smartphones, and more. They can also pay to spend one minute with the park characters who will be dressed in their strawberry outfits, and if they arrive 30 minutes before the first floor character food court opens, they can get the limited-offer morning breakfast “Strawberry Morning Bread Set.” The park will even be serving up seasonal alcoholic drinks like the Sweets Puro Strawberry Peach Sour.

    The first day of the event saw the characters come out to greet guests in their adorable strawberry and dessert themed costumes. This was followed by a new illumination show, Puro Sweets Party, which took place at Puro Village, and My Melody sang and danced to the music against the bright and beautiful lights. Guests enjoyed a selection of limited-time food like the Pompompurin’s Croissant Doughnut Strawberry Sandwich and Hello Kitty’s Sweet Strawberry Milk.

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  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba x Lagunasia Theme Park Collaboration Event Begins in March

    12.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Lagunasia, a theme park managed by Laguna Ten Bosch, has announced an event in collaboration with the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which will run from March 6 to June 5.

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

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    The event will feature an immersive attraction called “Trial of Recollection: Tanjiro’s Journey” as well as a rally event to hunt down all the stickers around the theme park, a Demon Slayer themed menu line-up, exclusive merchandise, and more.

     

    Further details will be announced in the coming months.

  • 7 Days of Strawberry Dessert Love at Isetan Shinjuku This January

    10.January.2021 | FOOD

    Isetan Shinjuku has announced a special one-week event titled “7 Days of Loving Strawberries” which is centred around cute and delicious strawberry desserts and will run this month from January 13-19. Ten cafes and restaurants are participating with a sweet and succulent line-up including strawberry daifuku, strawberry shortcake, special parfaits and crepes, and more.

    Strawberry Candle Pavlova @ mihopan popcake | Two for ¥972 (Tax Included) *Limited quantities

    MIGAKI-ICHIGO Strawberry Parfait @ Ichibiko | ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

    Strawberry Shake @ Ichigo-ya Sunsunen | ¥721 (Tax Included)

    Crispy Strawberry Mille-Feuille Crepe @ Sorairo Crepe | ¥935 (Tax Included) *Limited quantities

    Strawberry Shortcake Parfait @ Shiseido Parlour | ¥1,045 (Tax Included)

    Strawberry Daifuku @ Berry UP! | ¥432 (Tax Included)

    Ripe Strawberry Milk Pudding @ Kanjyuku Ichigo Kashi Kekyusho | ¥486

    Whole Strawberry Sandwich @ Sajisakon | From ¥864 (Tax Included)

    MIGAKI-ICHIGO Strawberry Daifuku @ Seigetsudo Hoten | ¥432 (Tax Included)

  • discord Yohji Yamamoto x HUNTER Pet Accessories Drop in Tokyo

    08.January.2021 | FASHION

    discord Yohji Yamamoto, a luxury accessory brand spearheaded by Yohji Yamamoto, has launched a collaboration with German pet brand HUNTER to release a collection of dog collars, leads, and other accessories like bags and wallets.

     

    HUNTER was established in 1980 and has gone on to mark its territory across the world as a provider of high quality pet goods, praised for for the design, functionality, and safety of its products.


    Black Dog Collar & Lead

    The dog collars are fitted with studs as part of the collaboration. Both the collar and lead feature the same colouring as discord Yohji Yamamoto’s products, arriving in the brand’s signature black as well as beige, the latter of which is often used for its bags and small leather products. They are also clipped with a signature charm which has a design symbolising the collaboration.

    Beige Dog Collar & Lead

    The accessories are made from elk leather which is soft and made extra durable with double layering. Having the collar and lead the same colours also adds a sophistication to the design when fitted on a dog.

     

    The collection will be released at discord Yohji Yamamoto stores in GINZA SIX, Shibuya PARCO, and Isetain Shinjuku, as well online. More details can be found on the official website here.

     

    discord Yohji Yamamoto Black / Beige Selection


    Y BACKPACK Nylon Studs | ¥148,000


    ORIGAMI Tote | ¥98,000


    Triple Clutch | ¥58,000


    Diagonal Bag | ¥45,000

     

    Y SERIES Studs


    Y BODYBAG Studs | ¥138,000


    Y BACKPACK Studs | ¥158,000

    Small Leather Goods

    Card Mini Wallet | ¥17,000

    Key Wallet | ¥20,000

  • Harajuku’s BOTANIST Tokyo Reveals its Spring 2021 Menu

    06.January.2021 | FOOD

    BOTANIST’s flagship shop BOTANIST Tokyo is set to begin serving up its spring season menu for the new year at its second floor BOTANIST Cafe from January 8 to March 31.

    Quinoa Teapot Salad & Potage (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)

    A sophisticated salad of quinoa, crunchy carrot and red onion, tomato, and more, all served in a cute teapot.

    Salmon Salad & Waffles | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)

    Naturally sweet vegan waffles with lime-drizzled vegetables and served with slightly salted salmon and cream cheese. Pour over the maple syrup to make the cream cheese even richer and enjoy a completely different flavour.

    Cherry Blossom Jelly & Fromage Mousse (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥50 (Tax Included)

    Refreshing cherry blossom flavoured jelly made with rich and velvety soy cream. The cherry blossom petal topping and sparkly appearance of the jelly makes this a luxurious looking dessert.

    Cherry Blossom Chiffon Cake | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    A fluffy cherry blossom chiffon cake dusted with cherry blossom powder. It’s a sweet and subtly salty mix topped with fresh cream.

    Left: Three Berry Smoothie, Right: Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie (Vegan-Friendly) | ¥850 Each (Before Tax)

    The Three Berry Smoothie incorporates the chunky texture of strawberries, sweetness of blueberries, and tangy taste of raspberries, creating a rich but not overly-sweet beverage. The Strawberry & Raspberry Sweet Sake Smoothie is one to go for if you love amazake.

    Strawberry Decoration Hot Chocolate (Collaboration Drink) | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    This luxurious strawberry hot chocolate is made in collaboration with Dari K, a craft chocolate maker who uses high quality cacao beans from Indonesia.

     

    Select items on the spring menu are available for takeout as well as via Uber Eats in Japan, perfect for enjoy an indoor hanami this year.

    BOTANIST Tokyo’s first floor shop will also release its spring series of products, such as the limited edition Botanical Spring Hair Perfume.

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Event Slashes Into Kyoto Until March

    06.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    An event centred on the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is now taking place in Kyoto at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, Kyoto Railway Museum, and Shijō-Ōmiya Station and Arashiyama Station on the The Keifuku Randen Tram Line until March 14, 2021. Fans of the series can participate in a ‘keyword rally’ where they’ll be walking around Kyoto trying to locate specific words to win prizes, enjoy unique Demon Slayer exhibits at each of the venues, gets their hands on original merch, tuck into themed food, and more.

    Pins (17 Designs) | ¥440 Each (*Design chosen is random)


    Long Chocolate Baumkuchen | ¥1,080

    Merch includes pins of the anime series’s main characters, a special baumkuchen cake based on the Infinity Train from the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train film, and more. Online orders are also available in Japan at Chugaionline.

    Fans still hyped over Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, which broke records in Japan to become the highest-grossing film of all time in the country, can expect to stock up even more of their favourites for their collection at the event.

     

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  • Tokyo Welcomes New KISS,TOKYO Bench at Shibuya River Street

    02.January.2021 | SPOT

    What is being dubbed as a new sightseeing spot in Shibuya, “KISS,TOKYO,” an artistic bench, appeared at Shibuya River Street on Christmas Day. The street runs from SHIBUYA STREAM towards Daikanyama.

     

    About KISS,TOKYO

    “KISS,TOKYO” is a project and nod towards those who love Tokyo, taking inspiration from the “I♡NY” slogan and logo. Japan isn’t a country where kisses are used as greetings like other places around the world, but the bold notion of “KISS,TOKYO” expresses the feeling of love wards the people and city. It’s a mark to welcome visitors to the capital of Japan.

     

    The bench was made in cooperation with the Shibuya City Tourism Association and Tokyu and under a crowdfunder.

     

    Pop-Up Store

    A pop-up shop is now open at WIRED SHIBUYA selling merchandise with the KISS,TOKYO logo on it. It will run until January 31, 2021.

     

    If you’re planning a trip to Shibuya, make sure you get a photo with the city’s new sightseeing and tourist spot.

  • Tuck Into a Strawberry and Herb Full Fruit Course at Fruits Salon in Ginza

    01.January.2021 | FOOD

    Fruits Salon, a cafe inside Beauty Connection Ginza that serves full courses of fruit, has introduced a new strawberry and herb course to its menu which is being served until February 1, 2021.

     

    Fruits Salon opened in November last year and garnered much attention for its full course fruit dishes. In August, the cafe served up the “Peach Full Course” which proved super popular. Last month, they offered a menu centred on juicy and sweet grapes. For December and January, the course features four items that combine the taste of seasonal strawberries and fragrant herbs.

    Strawberry & Herb Full Course | ¥4,400 (Tax Included)

    1st Plate: Shortcake

    The first plate is a strawberry herb shortcake which contrasts beautiful red strawberries with white cream. It contains a jam made with milk sauce and gin, resulting in a harmonious balance between sweet and sour.

    2nd Plate: Soup

    The second plate is a hot strawberry and elderflower soup, combined with a mix of creamy yogurt, pistachio salt, and red wine reduction.

    3rd Plate: Parfait

    The third plate is the main: a milk gelato parfait with sorbet and chamomile. It also contains granita and champagne. The glass is completely stuffed to the brim and overflowing with sweet treat delights.

     

    This extravagant full course is booking-only and lasts 90 minutes. That’s 90 minutes of pure indulgence.

  • Roppongi Readies For 2021 New Year Celebrations at Tokyo Midtown

    31.December.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi is set to celebrate the New Year with a festival that will run from January 2 to 11 in 2021.

     

    New Year’s Feast

    From Left: Miyagawacho Suiren / SILIN Fuan Long Yuen / UNION SQUARE TOKYO/Kisentei

    Restaurants in Tokyo Midtown will be serving up a feast for the New Year from Japanese wagyu beef to seafood and more, all to prepare everyone for a luck-filled and positive 2021.

     

    Running: January 2, 2021 – January 11, 2021
    Participating Restaurants: Miyagawacho Suiren / SILIN Fuan Long Yuen / UNION SQUARE TOKYO/Kisentei SILIN / Philippe Mille Tokyo / Le Pain Quotidien / RIO BREWING & CO. BISTRO AND GARDEN / Pizzeria-Trattoria Napule / HAL YAMASHITA Tokyo / NIRVANA New York / Maruya / THE COUNTER Roppongi

     

    New Year’s Greeting Souvenirs

    SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya / Toraya

    There will be no shortage of New Year’s greetings souvenirs at Tokyo Midtown, whether it be a set of sake with a special 2021 Year of the Ox label from SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya or a fruity and colourful confection from Toraya. The pictured confection is made up of colourful layers to represent building up the fruits of one’s labour to achieve your dreams.

     

    Shishimai Lion Dance

    The traditional shishimai lion dance is an annual New Year’s-must in Japan. This year’s performance will see the return of taiko drumming and the fue flute, all carried out with proper social distancing measures.

    Running: January 2, 2021 – January 3, 2021

    Time: 4 times per day

    Location: Tokyo Midtown Galleria

  • Japan’s Kirby Cafe to Celebrate the Near Year With a Special 2021 Menu Addition

    31.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Kirby Cafe in Tokyo has announced a seasonal dish for the new year as part of the cafe’s “Sweet NEW YEAR 2021” celebration which it will begin serving from January 1, 2021.

    Kirby Burger & New Year Dessert | ¥1,980 (Before Tax)

    The dish comes with a miniature version of Kirby Cafe’s popular burger on a teeny-tiny plate measured at just 10cm in circumference.

    The mini dish looks super cute lined up next to the cafe’s plush toys.

    The plate that the food is served on comes as a free souvenir which you can take home with you after eating. These will be limited in stock so will be available while supplies last for the New Year.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Unveils Shiseido Beauty Square Spring 2021 Look

    31.December.2020 | FASHION

    Following her Winter 2020 look for Shiseido Beauty Square, Japanese pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is serving something different with the unveiling of her look for Spring 2021.

     

    The theme of this look is “2021: A Beauty Odyssey” with her hair, makeup, and outfit fusing together space and Harajuku-style beauty. It serves a romantic future full of hopes and dreams for the present.


    The look was once again made in collaboration with top Shiseido hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada.

     

    If you’re in need of makeup ideas for the New Year, and are in Tokyo this winter, be sure to pay a visit to Shieido Beauty Square where you’re sure to discover a new you.

  • 2021 New Year’s Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum: The Year of the Ox

    30.December.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    Tokyo National Museum has announced that it will reopen after for the New Year closure on February 2021 when it was host its 2021 New Year’s Celebration.

     

    This marks the 18th run of the museum’s annual New Year’s event based on the Chinese zodiac. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, and so the museum will see a special collection of exhibits based around oxen. There will also be traditional Japanese celebrations for the new year such as ikebana flower arrangement, taiko drumming, shishimai lion dance, and more.

    A Special Collection of Oxen Artwork

    Honkan Special Gallery Rooms 1 & 2

    Excellent ox, Important Culture Property of Japan

    Tebako Cosmetic Box, National Treasure of Japan

    Visitors will be able to learn about the history and culture surrounding ox in Japan. The exhibition is based on the Japanese proverb ushi ni hikarete zenkouji mairi which translates literally to “being pulled to the Zenkoji temple by a cow.” It refers to doing or receiving something good by accident or through the invitation of somebody else.

     

    New Year’s Lucky Omen Works

    Shōrin-zu byōbu, Hasegawa Tōhaku (16th Century), National Treasure of Japan

    Kokin Wakashū Sheets, National Treasure of Japan

    The museum will also welcome a selection of Japanese National Treasures to bring luck to the New Year.

     

    New Year’s Events

    January 2, 2021

    10:00/11:30 Taiko Performance
    13:00/14:30 Shishimai Lion Dance

     

    January 3, 2021
    10:00/11:30 Shishimai Lion Dance
    13:00/14:30 Taiko Performance

     

    January 2, 2021 – January 11, 2021
    Ikebana around the museum

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