Complete a Mission and Explore Enoshima with The Mekakushi Dan
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.
Mekakucity Quest in Enoshima
Start Point: Subana Kaikan (スバナ会館), 1-9-12, Katasekaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa
Running: September 14 ー November 17, 2019
Approximate amount of time required to complete the quest: 2 hours
Selling on September 12, 2019 (10:00ー16:00)
* Advanced tickets and more information is available on the official website.
* It is possible to obtain tickets after the ticket sale period has ended.
Official Website: https://realdgame.jp/mekakucityquest/
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.
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Running: ①November 16, 2019 / ②November 30, 2019
Capacity: 1,000 people each slot (2,000 total)
Location: Sanrio Puroland (1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo)
Universal Studios Japan Countdown Party 2020: Celebrate 1 Year Of USJ in One Night
12.September.2019 | SPOT
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has dropped some details on this year’s New Year’s celebrations. The event, titled Universal Studios Japan Countdown Party 2020, will wrap up 2019, celebrating one year of the theme park in a single night. It will begin at 7pm on December 31 and run until 2am on New Year’s Day. Pre-sale tickets to the event, called “Party Passes,” went on sale on Thursday (September 12).
The park has over 3,500 colourful fireworks in its arsenal ready to launch into the sky after the countdown, beckoning the New Year and the start of USJ in 2020. During the event, all the most popular attractions will be all-you-can-ride for a total of 26 hours. Last year’s countdown party was so popular that all of the tickets sold out. According to a survey carried out by the park, 95% of people were highly satisfied with the experience.
USJ has another incredible line-up of exciting things planned for 2019, including the special “one-night-only season events” which have been revamped this year. This consists of a variety of incredible shows and entertainment themed on each season.
The World Street Festival, which thrilled guests back in spring, will make an exciting return, as well the Extra Cool Summer event which cooled down the park with water and snow this summer.
And it doesn’t end there, because the Halloween Horror Night, which is currently running at the park, will creep its way to the New Year’s countdown party as well with the likes of the zombie dance event, in addition to the Universal Crystal Christmas event which has received a new theme this year.
There are only a limited number of tickets and no more will be released once they’re all gone, so if you’re in Japan for the New Year then make sure you’ve got yours booked!
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Universal Studios Japan Countdown Party 2020
Date: December 31, 2019
Time: From 19:00
*You can only enter the event with a Party Pass. With the Party Pass, you can enter and leave as many times as you like until 21:00. You cannot enter with an Annual Pass or regular ticket.
Date: January 1, 2020
*You can enter with a Party Pass or with one of the Studio Passes from 02:00 as long as it’s valid on January 1, 2020
Party Pass Price List
Party Pass: ¥12,900 (Tax Included)
Party Pass + Special Express Pass: From ¥22,100 (Tax Included)
Party Pass + Special Express Pass + Special Viewing Area Entry Ticket: ¥24,260 (Tax Included)
Party Pass + Special Express Pass + Special Viewing Area Entry Ticket (VIP Seat): ¥32,300 (Tax Included)
Party Pass + Special Express Pass + Special Viewing Area Entry Ticket (Lagoon): ¥27,700 (Tax Included)
Purchasing a Party Pass
Club Universal Member Pre-Sale: Available from September 12, 2019
LAWSON Pre-Sale: Available from September 13, 2019
General Sale: Available from September 17, 2019
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.usj.co.jp/countdown2020/index.html
Tokyo DisneySea’s New Halloween Show is a Thrilling Must-See
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!
Running: September 10, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Escape From the Forgotten Laboratory in Tokyo Mystery Circus and SCRAP’s Remote Escape Game
08.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese real-life escape game creator company SCRAP has launched yet another new remote escape game that began on Tuesday and will run until May 31, 2020.
“Escape From the Forgotten Laboratory” is a real-life escape game created by SCRAP that’s held at the world’s first and Japan’s biggest puzzle-themed theme park TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS. The site has teamed up with SCRAP to bring a new remote version of the game that makes use of the video call service Zoom so people can enjoy the game from the comfort of their homes.
Escape From the Forgotten Laboratory was first held for a limited time back in 2014 and was voted as SCRAP’s best event. It reappeared in 2017 and was finally introduced to TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS in February 2019. A team of up to six people take part in the game, which has been so popular that you have to buy tickets two months in advance to play. It is said to be the hardest escape game at the site to get tickets for.
Players have 60 minutes to escape the laboratory where they must solve mysteries left behind by a mad scientist, and must uncover the mystery surrounding an android that has been left behind. In the remote version, the story has been left exactly the sameーthe only difference is that even more challenges have been added to up the fun.
Only group tickets are available for the game, so team up with your friends and escape from the Forgotten Laboratory!
Escape From the Forgotten Laboratory
Running: May 5, 2020 – May 31, 2020
[May 5-6] 11:00 / 14:00 / 17:00 / 20:00
[May 7-31] Weekdays 14:00 / 17:30 / 20:00, Weekends 10:00 / 12:30 / 15:00 / 17:30 / 20:00
Escape From the Alien Research Facility in SCRAP’s New Remote Escape Game
02.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese real-life escape game creator company SCRAP has announced that a remote, at-home version of its “Escape From the Alien Research Facility” is set to run from May 1 to May 6.
You arrive at a research facility that hails as the world’s first to capture an alien. What should be a safe tour to see the alien suddenly turns into an alarming situation
“This is an emergency announcement. Our alien has regained consciousness and has begun attacking the facility. Please escape from the facility!”
You can hear screams and ruckus from one side of the wall. The situation is dire. All of a sudden you hear a transmission come through.
“This is Ridley. Is anyone still alive!?”
It seems like your only hope is this transmission system. Can you work together with Ridley to escape the research facility?
This remote version of the escape game is adapted from SCRAP’s famous masterpiece of an escape game of the same name. Players must use the video streaming service Zoom to escape the lab from home.
The escape game takes place when the alien begins its sudden assault during an online tour to see it. Participants must use the facility’s voice system to guide the lab assistants through the research facility to clear various missions and defeat the alien. Players will feel like they are in a movie as the immersive story and experience unfolds.
SCRAP is currently developing even more content for people to enjoy from the comfort of their homes.
Escape From the Alien Research Facility – Remote Play
Running: May 1, 2020 – May 6, 2020
[May 1st, 2nd, 6th] 10:00 / 12:30 / 15:00 / 17:30 / 20:00
[May 3rd, 4th, 5th] 9:20 / 11:40 / 14:00 / 16:20 / 18:40 / 21:00
*You can connect to the game 15 minutes before it starts. Make sure you are connected at least 10 minutes before.
Shonen Tantei SCRAP Group Pre-Sale: April 29, 2020 at 12:00 (JST) – April 30, 2020 at 11:59 (JST)
General Sale: April 30, 2020 at 13:00 (JST)
Ticket Price: Group Ticket ¥20,000
*Only group tickets are available with this remote game
Event Page: https://realdgame.jp/event/alien_remote.html
Use Science to Beat the Dr. Stone Escape Game ‘Escape From the Stone Cave’
29.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Escape game creators SCRAP recently teamed up with the popular anime series Dr. Stone to create a wholly original escape game centred around the series which they call “Escape From the Stone Cave.” To commemorate the launch of the real-life escape game, SCRAP also teamed up with the latest edition of Weekly Shonen Jump which went on sale on April 27, 2020.
The escape game features a completely original story with full voice acting from the cast. Participants must conduct real science experiments to solve puzzles and crack codes to escape the cave. The game was made with in collaboration with AnotherVision, a puzzle creation company that helped with the puzzles and science experiments.
The latest edition of Weekly Shonen Jump features a three-page special from SCRAP which has readers tearing up the magazine amongst other hidden secrets. Those who manage to solve the magazine puzzle will receive a special digital image from the event’s website.
SCRAP have even launched a collection of original “Escape From the Stone Cave” merchandise on their website, including science experiment puzzle kits.
Real Escape Game x Dr. Stone
・Max Players: 3 per team
・Time Limit: 40 minutes / Required Time: 50-90 minutes
・Location: SCRAP Kichijoji Nazo Building
Trio Ticket (For 3 people only)
Advance Ticket: ¥2,400 per person (¥7,200 total for 3 people)
Same Day Ticket: ¥2,700 per person (¥8,100 total for 3 people)
Pair Ticket (For 2 people only)
Advance Ticket: ¥2,600 per person (¥5,200 total for 3 people)
Same Day Ticket: ¥2,900 per person (¥5,800 total for 3 people)
Solo Ticket (For 1 person only)
Advance Ticket: ¥3,600 per person
Same Day Ticket: ¥3,900 per person
Continue Extension: ¥800 per person for 10 minutes (same-day payments only)
SCRAP Kichijoji Nazo Building
Address: 1-9-7 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Kichijoji Station’s north exit
Event Page: http://realdgame.jp/dr_stone/
Escape From the Stone Cave Merchandise: https://www.scrapgoods.jp/fs/scrap/c/dr_stone
Escape From the Werewolf Village in SCRAP’s New Remote Escape Game
25.April.2020 | SPOT
Japanese real-life escape game creator company SCRAP has revealed details for its upcoming “Escape From the Werewolf Village” escape game which is set to run from April 29 to May 6.
You’ve found yourself lost in the village of werewolves.
Every night, these werewolvesーwho disguise themselves as villagersーattack the locals.
The local villagers disappear one by one.
The werewolves are gradually approaching closer to you with a mouth full of fangs.
If you do not uncover the truth behind these attacks, and if you cannot solve the mysteries hidden in this villageー
Then you will not leave these place alive.
Do you have the guts to solve all the pieces of the puzzle and escape from the Werewolf Village?
An escape came you can enjoy online
Escape From the Werewolf Village is a popular escape game from SCRAP, and they’ve now come up with a new version that you can enjoy at home by using the video call service Zoom and the messaging app LINE.
Participating teams will give instructions to the staff at the escape game venue to collection information, crack codes, and solve puzzles to locate the werewolves hiding in the village. This is a completely different and fresh kind of escape game experience which uses online communication rather than direct communication in person.
Only tickets for groups of up to 6 will be sold, and anyone is welcome even if they have completed the escape game before or have their own regular teams for this game.
Escape From the Werewolf Village – Remote Play
Running: April 29, 2020 – May 6, 2020
Ticket Release Dates
Shonen Tantei SCRAP Group Pre-Sale: April 25, 2020 at 12:00 (JST) – April 26, 2020 at 12:00 (JST)
General Sale: April 26, 2020 at 13:00 (JST)
Ticket Price: Group Ticket ¥13,500
*A group ticket accommodates 1-6 people. The recommended amount for this game is 4-6.
Max Players: 6 per team
Time Limit: 60 minutes / Required Time: 120 minutes
*The time limit for the game is 60 minutes. Together with the prior instructions and explanations, the entire experience will last 120 minutes.
This remote game makes use of the video call service Zoom and messaging app LINE. Please make sure you have downloaded these prior to starting the game. AN internet connection is also required, so it is recommended that you play on a PC.
Event Details (Japanese): https://realdgame.jp/event/jinro_remote.html
Escape From The Labyrinth of Time with Cardcaptor Sakura in This New Escape Game
Approximately 6 million people worldwide have stepped up to the thrilling challenge of an escape game by Real Dashutsu Game. They’re now collaborating with Cardcaptor Sakura to launch a new puzzle-solving adventure called “Escape From the Labyrinth of Time” (Toki no meikyū kara no dasshutsu). The main visuals for the event along with the story have been unveiled.
The event will be launched at the world’s first ever mystery-solving theme park Tokyo Mystery Circus on April 1, 2020. The escape game will also be held in five cities across Japan. Participants are invited to join Sakura Kinomoto on a journey back in time, using the power of Sakura’s staff and cards as a Cardcaptor to solve the puzzles and crack the codes.
There’s not long to wait until the games are launched. The main visuals for the event have now been revealed. The main visuals depict Sakura at junior high school-age from the Clear Card Saga along with Sakura at elementary school-age from the Clow Card Saga.
The designs for the bonus merchandise that come with the purchase of bonus advanced tickets have also been unveiled. This includes a card with an original design of Sakura that cannot be obtained from anywhere else.
If you purchase a bonus merchandise advanced ticket, you will receive clipboard designed with the pattern on Sakura’s card book. The functional and beautiful clipboard and the cute Cardcaptor Sakura-themed card are both original merchandise that cannot be obtained from anywhere else. If you’re a fan, don’t miss out.
Plunge into the world of Cardcaptor Sakura this spring.
© CLAMP・ST／Kodansha, NEP, NHK
Real Life Escape Game: Escape From the Labyrinth of Time (Toki no meikyū kara no dasshutsu).
Game Time: 60 minutes/ Estimated Completion Time (including explanations etc) : 120 Minutes
Group Size: 4 People Max
Game Type: All start simultaneously
Tokyo Mystery Circus
Dates: April 1 – June 21, 2020
Nazo Complex Nagoya, Aichi
Dates: April 24 – July 26, 2020
Osaka secret base of scrap
Dates: June 5 – July 26, 2020
Ajito of Scrap, Tenjin, Fukuoka
Dates: May 22 – July 26, 2020
Advanced Tickets: ¥3,400
Advanced Tickets with Bonus Merchandise: ¥7,000 per person
Same Day Ticket: ¥3,900
*No same day tickets will be available if all advanced tickets have been purchased.
*If you purchase a ticket with a student discount, you must bring your student card for inspection on the day.
* For young students without ID who wish to apply a discount, the accompanying parent or guardian must bring official ID with the date of birth of the child for inspection (such as their health insurance card). If you do not bring ID, you may be asked to pay the remaining balance for a general ticket.
*Please be aware that you cannot get any kind of refund for your ticket once purchased.
Special Edition Website: http://realdgame.jp/cc_sakura/
Raise Your Own Sky Lantern at New Greenpia Tsunan in Niigata
25.February.2020 | SPOT
New Greenpia Tsunan, a resort facility in Tsunan, Niigata, is holding an exciting sky lantern event every day until March 31, 2020.
The sky lantern event is held every winter at New Greenpia Tsunan, and has returned again for 2020. It began in 2012 as a means of showing respect for and praying for the revival of disaster-stricken areas, such as the areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, the Nagano and Niigata earthquake, and so on. Every year, couples and families come together to put their prayers and wishes into the lanterns before letting them go into the night sky. The countless lanterns raised at once soar up high and light up the black cloak of the night like burning stars.
For 2020, the event will also sell lantern t-shirts, handkerchiefs, hand towels, cookies, and other themed items.
If you’re travelling in or around Niigata in Japan this year, then don’t miss New Greenpia Tsunan’s very special winter event.
Sky Lantern Event
Running: Everyday until March 31, 2020 (Except select days where the site is closed or booked)
Location: New Greenpia Tsunan (12300 Akinari, Tsunan, Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata)
Time: Weekdays – From 18:00 / Saturdays & Days Before Public Holiday – From 18:00 & 20:00 / March Onward – From 18:30
Booking: Bookings available until 17:00 on the day at New Greenpia Tsunan
Price: ¥1,500 (1 lantern)
Official Website: https://new-greenpia.com/
*In the case of stormy weather, the event will not proceed on that day
Join Senku and Escape the Stone Cave in the Official Dr. Stone Escape Game in Tokyo
Japanese escape game creation company SCRAP is teaming up with the popular anime series Dr. Stone to bring an all-new escape game entitled “Escape From the Stone Cave” to its site in Kichijoji, Tokyo. The Dr. Stone themed escape game will open on February 21, and fans of the series can also get their hands on a range of original and exclusive Dr. Stone merchandise.
The escape game features a completely original story with full voice acting. Participants will follow in the footsteps of Senku by carrying out actual science experimentsーmade in collaboration with puzzle creator group AnotherVision from the University of Tokyoーwhile solving puzzles and cracking codes to escape the Stone Cave.
Puzzle Solving Science Experiment Kit
Senku Dr. Stone
Five pieces of exclusive merchandise will be released in line with the event, including a folder, a science experiment kit, and more.
Fans of Dr. Stone won’t want to miss out on this fun event as they wait for the second season of the anime series.
©米スタジオ・Boichi / Shueisha・Dr.STONE Production Committee
Escape From the Stone Cave
Start Date: February 21, 2020
Time Limit: 40 Minutes / Time Of Arrival: 50-90 Minutes
No. of People (Group): 3 max
Location: SCRAP Nazo Building Kichijoji
Address: SCRAP Nazo Bldg. Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo)
Access: 3-minutes on foot from the North Exit of Kichijoji Station
Official Website: http://realdgame.jp/dr_stone/
5 Must-Visit Beautiful and Romantic Lantern Festivals in Japan | 2020 Edition
02.February.2020 | SPOT
The season for Japan’s enchanting and romantic lantern events has finally arrived, and the line-up this year is diverse, from events where lanterns are the main attraction to lantern-lined festivals and Japanese matsuri festivals.
Hankyu Travel International compiled a list of these events , and we’ve pulled out some of the best ones for you.
Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru | Iwate Prefecture
This year marks the third run of “Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru,” an event held during winter for guests staying at Hanamaki Onsen. The event is comprised of many elements, including fireworks, folk entertainment, and more. People will also write wishes and messages or draw pictures on their lanterns before sending them up into the winter night sky. Afterwards, they can enjoy a dip in the hot springs at Hanamaki Onsen to warm themselves up and unwind from the day.
Running: January 26, 2020/February 22, 2020/February 11, 2020/February 16, 2020/February 24, 2020
Location: Namari Ski Center
Address: Nakadaira-36-1 Namari, Hanamaki, Iwate
China Lantern Festival | Chiba Prefecture
Tokyo German Village is hosting its second China Lantern Festival, inspired by the typical traditional festivals held in China during spring. A selection of 30 lantern installations of varying sizes made by the world’s biggest lantern maker Lantern Group have been set up in the 50,000 square meter area. Pieces include lanterns over 10 meters long and high, lanterns floating on the water, moving lanterns, and more.
Running: November 23, 2019 – April 5, 2020
Location: Tokyo German Village
Address: 419 Nagayoshi, Sodegaura, Chiba
Tsunan Yuki Matsuri | Niigata Prefecture
Since 2012, the people of Tsunan in Niigata have raised sky lanterns into the sky to pray for the revival from the disaster that the Tohoku earthquake brought in 2011. It is a two-day festival, with the first day of the event taking place at night, and the second being the main day of the festival. The festival is so popular that tickets never fail to sell out quickly every year. It brings with it a host of events, from the lanterns to the snowboard straight jumping tournament, the hanging of snow lanterns, snowmobile rides, and more.
Running: March 14, 2020 (There will also be a lantern event the night before on March 13, 2020)
Location: New Greenpia Tsunan
Address: 12300 Akinari, Tsunan, Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata
▼Niigata Tsunan Sky Lantern Festival Tour
Nagasaki Lantern Festival | Nagasaki Prefecture
This festival was originally held during the Chinese New year by the people of Nagasaki Chinatown, but in 1994 it was given the name “Nagasaki Lantern Festival.” To date, it has been attended by over 1 million people. This year, around 15,000 lanterns of varying sizes are set to light the streets. Taking place across several areas, some standout pieces include the peach-coloured lanterns at Nagasaki Chinatown, the ceiling lanterns at Hamanomachi Arcade, the water lanterns at Nagashimagawa Park, and more. On weekends, there are also parades, traditional Chinese performance, and other exciting events. And if you head to Nagasaki Confucian Shrine (also known as Koshi-byo), you can offer a love lantern to pray for happiness in your relationship.
Running: January 24, 2020 – February 9, 2020
Locations: Nagasaki Chinatown/Central Park/Tojin Yashiki/and elsewhere
Address: Various places throughout the city of Nagasaki
▼Nagasaki Lantern Festival
Hankyu Travel International Tour: Hankyu Travel International
Nagasaki Tourism Page: https://travel.at-nagasaki.jp/en/what-to-see/62/
Ryukyu Lantern Festival 2019-2020 | Okinawa Prefecture
Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park is known for having originally been used as the set for several historical drama series, and was subsequently turned into a theme park after filming was finished. The Ryukyu Lantern Festival welcomes a variety of different lanterns, including Chinese lanterns, paper lanterns, various Asian lanterns, and more, each of which bring a completely different atmosphere depending on the area you are in. This year sees the welcome return of the annual lantern contest where 45 individual lantern pieces are exhibited. There are also different street performances every day on the Night Lantern Stage, as well as projection mapping displays, the Night Lantern Cafe, and more.
Running: December 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020
Location: Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park
Address: 1020-1 Takashiho, Yomitan, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa
Murasaki Mura Official Website: https://murasakimura.com/
Be part of one of Japan’s many beautiful lantern festivals this year and witness some seriously breathtaking night scenes.
▼Hankyu Travel International – Japan Travel & Tours
Solve the Puzzles Of Osaka Metro and Reach the Goal With New Subway Game
26.January.2020 | SPOT
Osaka Metro is currently holding a puzzle-solving game for passengers which will run until March 31, 2020. As of January 24, over 12,000 people have participated in this exciting endeavour.
The game requires people to ride with Osaka Metro and travel around Osaka while solving various puzzles to reach the goal. This style of escape game has proven incredibly popular in the subway around Tokyo and Nagoya, but this marks the first time it has been held in Osaka. The course is designed in such a way as to enable people to discover or rediscover the wonders of Osaka, allowing them to enjoy the many sights.
Participants must purchase a puzzle-solving kit, which comes with a 1-day train ticket to use Osaka Metro, and follow the instructions to complete the course. Once a puzzle is solved, they are granted knowledge of the next location to head to.
There is also a giant 4-meter long photo spot at Morinomiya Station which can be accessed via Osaka Metro’s Chuo Line and Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line. Snap a photo of yourself with the colourful train carriage handles, and also take a photo together with Osaka Metro’s official mascot character Nyanbarou.
After completing the event, head to the photo spot so you can add to your Osaka travel album.
*”リアル脱出ゲーム” and “ナゾトキ街歩きゲーム” are registered trademarks of SCRAP Co., Ltd.
Nazotoki Machiaruki Game “Puzzle Solve Metro Trip”
Running: November 28, 2019 – March 31, 2020
Puzzle Kit: ¥2,300 (Adults Only) at Osaka Metro stationmaster offices, and from February 29, 2020 will be available at season ticket sellers
*Comes with a one-day ticket to use with Osaka Metro
*Ticket cannot be used on the Osaka City Bus or Imazato Liner
Osaka Metro Official Website: https://www.osakametro.co.jp/en/index.php
Celebrate Tokyo Midtown’s Cherry Blossoms at MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2020 Event
24.January.2020 | SPOT
MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2020 is set to take place in Tokyo Midtown from March 20 to April 19 to celebrate and welcome the spring and the cherry blossoms.
This marks the 13th year of the event, which will take place both in Tokyo Midtown’s garden area which is home to rows of gorgeous cherry trees, as well as around the building where they have sparkling wine, sweets, flower displays, and many other exciting things planned.
CHANDON Blossom Lounge
Enjoy a luxurious cherry blossom experience this year with a glass of premium Chandon sparkling wine available at the outdoor limited-time CHANDON Blossom Lounge. This vibrant sparkling rosé wine is the perfect accompaniment to your springtime banquet and to say “Cheers!” to this year’s hanami flower-viewing in Japan.
There will also be food prepared by Nagase Mitsunao, head banquet chef at the 5-star Ritz-Carlton Tokyo Hotel, as well as incredibly decorative-looking sweets to adorn the able. There are two new types of seats available this year with Japanese twists to them, including seats in the roofed lounge where you can enjoy the cool spring weather in the evening.
Running: March 20, 2020 – April 19, 2020 (Closed in the case of stormy weather)
Time: 12:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30) *Extended to 21:00 (Last Orders 20:30) on Fridays, Saturdays and during cherry blossom full bloom
Location: Midtown Garden, Sakura-dori area
*Select seats require a reservation – full details to be released in mid-February
Spring Flower Display ~Flower Art Award pre~
Za Sogetsu is a performance unit specialising in ikebana, or flower arrangement. One of the most recognised groups in the industry, their work will displayed around various locations at Tokyo Midtown, including large-scale pieces as well as never-before-scene ones. One look at this breathtaking flower art will be enough to fill you with spring vibes.
Running: March 20, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Time: 9:30-24:00 (Galleria Floor 1F) / 11:00-21:00 (Galleria Floors 2F-3F)
Location: Galleria 1F’s Tree Shower & various locations at Galleria 2F-3F
Nighttime Cherry Blossom Light-Up
The entire 200-meter length of cherry trees in Tokyo Midtown’s garden area will be lit up with beautiful illuminations at night－a sight that never fails to drawn in countless people. Before the flowers are in full bloom, pink lights will be used to get people ready for the main show. When the cherry blossoms are at their height, white lights will be used every night.
Running: March 20, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Location: Midtown Garden, Sakura-dori area/In front of Garden Terrace
Tokyo Midtown has many other events planned for spring 2020, so don’t miss out this year.
MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2020
Running: March 20, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Location: Tokyo Midtown (9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo)
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-midtown.com
FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020: Details Revealed For Tokyo’s Flower-Themed Art Event
18.December.2019 | SPOT
FLOWERS BY NAKED is an annual flower-themed art event held by NAKED Inc., and the company has announced its next run: FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020 – Sakura – will take place from January 30 to March 1 next year at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo, where visitors can enjoy flowers an a wholly new kind of interactive experience. Tickets went on sale on December 17, 2019, and this event will mark its 5th anniversary of taking place in Nihonbashi.
To date, FLOWERS BY NAKED has seen over 500,000 people attend the events, which have become a place for Instagrammable photos with over 660,000 posts made with the hashtag #flowersbynaked.
2020’s theme is cherry blossoms, so to celebrate, NAKED has unveiled four key visuals for four gardens set for the event along descriptions. As visitors journey through the gardens, they will experience an immersive story melding the worlds of flowers and art.
“When a butterfly telling the spring dances in the snowy winter world, the page is turned and the world changes from winter to spring.”
This is where the story begins: where winter flowers bloom. But as the pages of the big book are turned, the space is transformed into springtime as the snow melts.
“When you blow dandelion as if you were playing as a child, the fluff soars up to the sky with your old memories.”
Watch as the scenery changes when you blow on the towering dandelions in this incredible interactive experience that combines real life with digital technology.
“In a shimmering space that seems to be lost in a kaleidoscope by a mirror, the sun shines even more.”
When you step into this radiant garden which is lit by the pouring sunlight, it will seem as if the entire world around you glows with the fiery light of our burning star.
“The fastest cherry blossom viewing space in Japan where you can enjoy the five senses, such as the blossoming cherry blossoms and the scent of spring.”
The river seen at the beginning of the story leads to here, a holy cherry blossom garden watched over by an enormous pink cherry tree. There is plenty to interact with in this area for visitors to experience cherry blossoms with all five of their senses.
Advance tickets for this event are now on sale, so don’t miss out.
FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020 – Sakura –
Running: January 30, 2020 – March 1, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last entries 30 minutes before closing time)
*Opening hours subject to change
Location: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall COREDO Muromachi Floors 1F + 5F (Entrance is on 4F)
Official Website (English/Japanese): https://flowers.naked.works/2020nihonbashi/
Wear Plain Clothes This Halloween at Shibuya’s Jimi Halloween 2019 Event
13.October.2019 | FASHION
Worried about what to wear for Halloween this year? No need to panic. If you’re spending your Halloween in Shibuya this year, which is known the world over for its incredible Halloween festivities, then head to Tokyo Culture Culture on October 27 where a very unique event is taking place.
Jimi Halloween is an event that takes out the stress of having to go all out for Halloween as people go dressed as ordinary people. It has been held annually since 2014, with the number of attendees growing each year. Over 800 people took part last year, all clad in their plain clothes.
This year’s event will be split into three slots, with a capacity of 200 people per slot. Sign-ups begin on October 15 at 12:00pm (JST).
Beauty salon client
Dressing up as someone doing something has been a popular choice at the event recently. You can come up with some creative ideas that’ll make people say, “You came as that?!”
②”I’ve seen people like that!” attire
Flea market woman
There’s always certain types of people that everyone sees, and in Japan this is one of them!
③”I get it, but I don’t get it” attire
Hawaii vibe uncle
You’ve heard all about them, but have you seen them?
Handing out tissues with pachinko ads on them
Work attire is a go-to at the plain clothes event. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is the one that started the entire movement.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
The final entry is those which are hard to categorise. They serve whatever vibes they are feeling.
Attend this year’s event and show off your own unique ideas!
Date: October 27, 2019 (3 Slots / 200 People Per Slot)
Slot ①: 11:00-14:00
Slot ②: 15:00-18:00
Slot ③: 19:00-22:00
★Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the website below
Venue: Tokyo Culture Culture (cocoti SHIBUYA 4F, 1-23-16 Shibuya, Tokyo)
Entry: Free (Apply at the link below)