Blue Grotto Fukuoka Illuminations 2019: Exquisite Food & Enchanting Lights
Blue Grotto FUKUOKA is an illumination event that opened at Nakasu Bridge in Fukuoka on September 16 and will run until October 6.
Nakasu Bridge is located in the shopping district Nakase, where two exhibits are taking place: “Blue Grotto” and “Blue Waterfall.” They are also offering a very special romantic and magical 30-minute boat cruise which takes passengers from Nakasu Bridge to Canal City Hakata and Hakata Bay.
As well as the breathtaking lights, passengers can look forward to a specially-prepared Blue Grotto Bolognese meal made by Nisshin Foods. Passengers will also receive an original Blue Grotto postcard courtesy of their boarding.
During the illumination event, there will be multiple food booths around Nakase Bridge serving an assortment of delicious food, including some made using Blue Grotto brand ingredients in collaboration with Nisshin Foods.
Blue Grotto FUKUOKA
Running: September 16, 2019 – October 6, 2019
Location: Nakasu Bridge (中洲懸橋), Fukuoka
Illumination Times: 18:30-22:00 (subject to change)
Access: 6-minutes on foot fromNakasu-Kawabata Station / 7-minutes on foot from Tenjin-Minami Station
Official Website: http://shibuya-aonodokutsu.jp/
Kirby Café Launches Autumn Menu in Tokyo and Fukuoka
The Kirby Café in Tokyo and Fukuoka released three new dishes for autumn last Friday (September 18).
The menu items are made with seasonal flavours like pumpkin, sweet potato, and chestnut.
Filling Autumn Plate – Salmon Cream Pasta & Pumpkin Salad Sandwich | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)
One plate packed with fall flavours including a rich salmon cream pasta and pumpkin salad sandwich. If you look closely, you’ll spot cute pieces of Waddle Dee cheese.
Fallen Leaf Waterfall☆Mont Blanc and Baumkuchen With Friends | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
Rick, Kine, and Coo feature on this tasty-looking dessert plate which is a baumkuchen piled with a chestnut mont blanc cream.
Kirby’s Hot Sweet Potato Sticks | ¥1,080 (Before Tax)
Crunchy on the outside, hot in the middle, and seasoned with fresh rosemary. Kirby is a pro at inhaling food, but don’t burn yourself with these!
Kirby Café TOKYO
Address: Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 4F (1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Kirby Café HAKATA
Address: Canal City Hakata North Bldg. B1F, 1-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Book Here: https://kirbycafe.jp
Kirby Café Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/kirbycafe.jp
Kyoto’s Rokuo-in Temple to be Illuminated in the Autumn Evenings
25.September.2020 | SPOT
Keifuku Electric Railroad is lending its strength to Rokuo-in Temple in Kyoto this autumn to light up the ancient site in the evenings from November 14 to December 6.
Shari-den (Photo taken in 2019)
Temple path (Photo taken in 2019)
This year marks the 5th run of the autumn evening light-ups. The temple, just a four minute walk from Rokuoin Station, is known for its beautiful maple trees which blossom breathtaking autumnal colours during the fall season.
Temple reception hall with fusuma images
Fusuma image example
The temple is selling new goshuin temple stamp books this year for the light-up event. Visitors will also be able to see 56 fusuma images drawn by contemporary Japanese artist Takaya Fuji.
Rokuo-in Temple will close early next year for approximately 2 years and 9 months for repairs. The temple is also currently limiting the number of people allowed at once, making this year the best time to see the autumn leaves.
Rokuo-in Temple Evening Light-Up
Running: November 14, 2020 – December 6, 2020
Time: 17:30-19:30 (last Entries 19:00)
Price: ¥2,000 (Comes with matcha and Japanese confections)
Capacity: [Weekdays] 100 People / [Weekends] 150 People
Access: 4 minutes on foot from Rokuoin Station
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Hikari no Sumika Winter Illuminations 2020-2021 to Take Place at Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika
15.September.2020 | SPOT
Toki no Sumika is set to host its 19th annual winter illumination event “Hikari no Sumika” from September 19, 2020 to March 21, 2021.
Forest of Trees Illuminations
The Forest of Trees was created together with locals and wraps visitors in a magical fantasy land of lights underneath the shimmer of stardust. This trail of trees leads visitors to the next area, the Royal Palace on the Hill.
Royal Palace on the Hill
The “Versailles Lights” water laser show entertains onlookers with a rhythmic show. A new spot has also been developed this year called “It’s a colorful world” where cuter balls of light change colour to the sounds that play. There’s also one of the world’s biggest “Bells of Love” clad in colours galore to radiate the dark night, “Slow House Twinkle,” and “Super Searchlight.”
Tunnel of Lights
Spanning 370m along, the “Tunnel of Lights” changes colours as time passes, enveloping people in a sparkling galaxy of illuminations. There’ll be plenty of photo opportunities.
Twin Trees & First Dream Bridgeツインツリーと初夢の橋
The colour of the 120-year-old fir tree at the site this year will be white. The 20 meter-tall tree will be decorated simply and gently, with more LED lights than ever before, to enhance its beauty. The “First Dream Bridge” will give rise to the “Stardust Road” of countless illuminations that run along it.
Underwater Paradise Aquarium
Around 4,500 goldfish of 200 species, including rare kinds, from all around Japan are collected here. It continues to grow as Japan’s only goldfish aquarium both in name and reality. Enjoy seeing them swim while gorgeous lights light up the room.
Hikari no Sumika 2020-2021
Running: September 18, 2020 – March 21, 2021
Address: Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, 719 KōyamaGotemba, Shizuoka
Illumination Times: 17:30-22:00
Car Park Spaces: 2,000
Enquiries: 0550-87-3700 (9:00-20:00)
Official Website: http://www.tokinosumika.com/illuminations2017/renewal/
5 Peachy Desserts to Indulge Yourself in This Summer in Fukuoka
We’ve featured many different must-eat desserts in Fukuoka on here MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. Today, we’re adding to that long list of tasty treats as we are joined by moe one again who has provided us with tasty photos from their Instagram along with descriptions of 5 peachy desserts to indulge yourself in this summer in Fukuoka.
Related Article: 5 Must-Try Desserts On Fukuoka’s Beach-Lined City Of Itoshima
Kurasukoto | Hiroo, Fukuoka
Peach Shaved Ice
This super cute-looking pink shaved ice is drizzled in a syrup made from Fresh peaches grown in Kyushu. It’s made even more refreshing with the freeze dried raspberries and crunchy pistachios. Hidden underneath everything is lots of almond jelly.
Address: 2F, 1-11-21, Hiroo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 11:30-17:00 (Last Orders 16:15)
Closed: Sunday / Monday
Official Website: https://www.kurasukoto.com/shop-hirao/
REC COFFEE | Yakuin, Fukuoka
White Peach & Lychee Tiramisu Parfait
This exquisite takeout parfait is made with a mix of white peach jelly, mascarpone, and rich espresso.
White Peach Tart
If coffee’s not to your taste, then this luxurious and cute tart topped with really thinly sliced white peach will be. It’s really refreshing, you’ll finish it in no time!
REC COFFEE Yakuin Station
Address: 1F, 1-1-26 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: [Mon-Thu] 8:00-01:00 | [Fri-Sat] 8:00-02:00 | [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-01:00
Official Website: https://rec-coffee.com/
Pâtisserie Georges Marceau | Tenjin Watanabe-dori, Fukuoka
This parfait is made with a generous portion of fresh peaches. Looking at the glass, you can see lots of different layers of goodies, so no matter where you spoon from it’s incredibly delicious. The textures of the tea sablé biscuit, mint and red shiso jelly, and nata de coco makes for a great combination.
Pâtisserie Georges Marceau
Address: 1F, 5-8-19 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Until 19:00 on Sundays)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: http://gm.9syoku.com/patisserie/
NOOICE food and coffee | Yakuin, Fukuoka
Whole Peach Plate Parfait
The name says it all: a whole stunning peach, and one served with a dollop of pistachio ice cream. Underneath the peach is an Earl Grey and mascarpone pudding. Peach and Earl Grey is simply a match made in heaven♡
NOOICE food and coffee
Address: 1-18-3 住所：福岡県福岡市中央区今泉1-18-3 1F
Tino | Ropponmatsu, Fukuoka
Cold Peach Lemon Cream Pasta
This one isn’t a dessert but a pasta dish! It has a rich flavour but the lemon cream sauce and fresh peach adds a fresh taste to it.
Address: Takahashi Apartment 2F, 4-6-25 Ropponmatsu, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: [Lunch] 11:00-15:00 | [Dinner] 17:30-21:00
Did you enjoy these picks? If you’re looking for even more desserts to try in Fukuoka then be sure to check out moe’s Instagram page which is filled with just that!
Original Japanese Text & Photos: moe
*The information about the items on this list are correct at the time of publishing. For the latest information, please visit each cafe’s official websites and social media pages.
Anime LED Manhole Covers Light Up Around Tokorozawa in Saitama Prefecture
Japanese manga and light novel publishing company KADOKAWA is promoting titles from its series catalogue in a unique way: by displaying illustrations of the series on manholes around Tokorozawa in Saitama Prefecture. The manholes were laid on August 1, 2020, and are the first manholes in Japan to feature LED lighting.
In 2003, Tokorozawa City Department of Waterworks and Sewerage became the first company in Japan to use manholes for advertising. The new LED manholes will run along the closest station to Tokorozawa Sakura Town, which was built by and is managed by KADOKAWA. That station is Higashi-Tokorozawa Station, and it will run from there past numerous facilities leading up to Tokorozawa Sakura Town.
Tokorozawa Sakura Town
Tokorozawa Sakura Town is part of the Cool Japan Forest Project, a joint project between KADOKAWA and the city of Tokorozawa. Set to have its grand opening on November 6, 2020, this large-scale facility includes an anime hotel, library museum and bookshelf theatre, restaurants, shops, and more.
LED Manhole Designs
Left: Daytime / Right: Nighttime
The LED manholes will take people right up to Tokorozawa Sakura Town, as well as function as crime prevention tools during nighttime for neighbouring facilities.
There are 28 designs in total from the following series and franchises:
A Certain Magical Index
Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin
The Five Star Stories
Anime Tourism Association Official Character “Junrei-chan”
Bungo Stray Dogs
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!
The Melancholy of Harumi Suzumiya
Date A Live
Sword Art Online
Full Metal Panic!
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Record of Lodoss War
Spice and Wolf
Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious
Tokorozawa Sakura Town
Official Website: https://tokorozawa-sakuratown.jp/
Inuyasha Spin-Off Anime ‘Yashahime’ Releases First Trailer, Promotional Exhibition to Take Place Across Japan
The first trailer for the upcoming TV anime series Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is here. The anime, which will air from October 3, serves as a spin-off series of the anime adaptation of Inuyasha which originally ran from 2000-2004 and wrapped up with Inuyasha: The Final Act in 2010.
Confirmed cast members for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon include Sara Matsumoto as Towa Higurashi, Mikako Komatsu as Setsuna, and Azusa Tadokoro as Moroha.
To promote the series, a series of exhibitions celebrating the history of Inuyasha will take place across Japan including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Niigata—the latter of which is the hometown of Inuyasha author Rumiko Takahashi. Merchandise will also be available for fans to buy.
The main visual for the exhibition
Details on tickets, merchandise, and the full content of the exhibition will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned.
ⒸRumiko Takahashi / Shogakukan・Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation・Sunrise 2009
Running: November 7, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Time: 10:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:00)
Location: Ikebukuro PARCO 7F PARCO FACTORY
*Open until 18:00 (Last Entries 17:00 on November 23
*Advance tickets to be sold but are not required
*Opening hours subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time
*Exhibition subject to sudden changes, postponement, or cancellation depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time
*For the latest details and updates, check the event’s official website and Twitter page
Niigata, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka Exhibitions
Tokyobike is set to open a new shop in Fukuoka, its first branch outside of Tokyo. The shop will have its pre-opening this week on July 23 followed by its grand opening on August 1. The store is being managed by FILAMENTS Inc. which is known for running the Hiroshima-based sports bike store “grumpy” as well as the bicycle lifestyle shop “pop grumpy.”
What is Tokyobike?
Tokyobike is a bicycle manufacturer which launched in 2002 on the east side of Tokyo. Specialising in bikes that can be enjoyed in the city and people’s everyday lives, the company now has over 200 stores in Japan, as well as three directly-managed shops in Tokyo and eight partner shops overseas.
The company’s Tokyobike Plus brand is a concept shop made in collaboration with a range of the company’s unique partners and offers a “plus” factor and value that can only be experienced with Tokyobike, showcasing a range to customers that shows them how to enjoy the bicycle life.
Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka is located in Yakuin which is just a 10-minute walk from Tenjin in central Fukuoka. It’s surrounded by bustling cafes, interior design shops, popular confectionery stores, and more. It’s also close to Ohori Park, Fukuoka Zoo and Botanical Garden, Ropponmatsu, and plenty of other places within 3km which can be easily reached by bike.
The store offers bike repairs and maintenance, sells bike-related goods which can be sifted through with a complementary cup of coffee, and staff can give information to riders on how best to enjoy riding around Fukuoka. Its interior design was conceived by Makoto Obuchi of GO!design factory Inc. who is responsible for creating the designs for the Italian restaurant Cernia in Fukuoka, the Akasaka-based izakaya Machiya Akariya, Meshiya Koyama Parking in Kego, and more.
To celebrate the opening of Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka, the first 80 customers will receive a free original Tokyobike hand towel designed by Kamawanu, a company specialising in making hand towels which are individually dyed using a traditional method known as chuusen.
Tokyobike Plus Fukuoka
Address: 16-1 Yakuinifukumachi, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
Official Website: https://tokyobike-fukuoka.com
Kyoto’s World Heritage Site Nijo Castle Announces Summer Evening Illumination Event
09.July.2020 | SPOT
NAKED, INC. has announced that it is holding a special summertime light-up event at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage Site in Kyoto, from August 8 to August 30. The company has also released its first ever 3DCG VR experience NAKED NINJA -Nijo-jo Castle- on the official NAKED, INC. online store.
Enjoy art entertainment in person or at home
NAKED, INC. has collaborated with many World Heritage Sites, Cultural Properties, tourism centres, leisure spots, and more over the years. Right now, the company is grappling with the question of what the shape of tourism, as well as art and entertainment, looks like during the COVID-19 outbreak—and what shape it will take post-pandemic. Nijo Castle is no exception, a place that enjoys tourism from both Japanese people and people overseas. In considering these issues, NAKED has conceived two different ways Nijo Castle can still entertain tourism now and in the near future.
The first is holding an event in person at Nijo Castle in the form of an outdoor light-up event that will have people wandering around as opposed to being stationary. In spring of 2017, NAKED held “Nijo Castle Cherry Blossom Festival 2017” where they hosted a variety of performances and events in line with the season. In fact, one such event was planned to take place at Nijo Castle this summer, but it had to be reconsidered as a result of COVID-19. Those involved still wanted to come up with a way that people who live close by could still enjoy some leisure time this summer, which is what led to this light-up event from NAKED.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the light-up safely by staying a set distance from one another while walking around Nijo Castle. The number of people inside at once will also be restricted. As well as this, people will need to wear masks, temperature will be regulated, and alcohol gel will be provided—all to ensure that visitors are kept safe.
The second way that NAKED has devised for people to still enjoy Nijo Castle is with the release of NAKED NINJA -Nijo-jo Castle-, the company’s first ever full 3DCG VR experience that lets people enjoy Nijo Castle online in a virtual space. This is so that people who cannot visit Nijo Castle can still enjoy its sights. NAKED plans to launch even more real and virtual, offline and online experiences in the future too in order to promote tourism in a new way during COVID-19.
Nijo Castle x NAKED Summer Special Light-Up 2020
Running: August 8, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Time: 19:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:20)
Location: Nijo Castle
Address: 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto場
NAKED NINJA-Nijo-jo Castle- VR
Price: ¥880 (Tax Included)
Official Website: https://event.naked.works/nijojo-summer2020/
Street Fighter Exhibition at Fukuoka City Science Museum Rescheduled For July
The Street Fighter exhibition “Street Fighter: Ore Yori Tsuyoi Yatsura no Sekai Ten” (Street Fighter Exhibition: The World of Those Stronger Than Me) was originally scheduled to run from March 14 to May 24 but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, it has been announced that the exhibition has been rescheduled and will take place from July 1 to September 22.
A ticket system is in place where attendees need to book a time and date in advance as a precaution against the novel coronavirus. Tickets can be bought in advance from the exhibition’s official website.
Street Fighter is a fighting video game franchise developed and published by Capcom. The first game was released in 1987 for arcades. Street Fighter II was released in 1991 is hailed as a landmark title in the series and would set the standard of fighting games that followed. The latest instalment to the series, Street Fighter V, was released in 2016, with Street Fighter V: Champion Edition following in 2019.
The Street Fighter exhibition is set to display treasured documents and art pieces from the franchise, as well as showcase a cabinet of the arcade games. With full support and cooperation from Capcom, the exhibition is a must-visit for all fans of the influential fighting game.
Here’s just a select glimpse of what to expect.
Street Fighter Gallery
This incredible gallery features a physical catalogue of game packages and cases, posters, and much more from across the series.
Memorable Street Fighter Scenes
①BONUS STAGE 2020 in FUKUOKA
Interactive Content: Destroy the car with a Surge Fist
②CONTINUE? Match Loss Facial Expression Collection
EXTRA ROUND: Secrets
A display of initial Street Fighter concepts, logos, character art, backgrounds, and more
CONTINUE: The Legend of Street Fighter Continues to Evolve
Street Fighter Exhibition (Japanese Name: ストリートファイター「俺より強いやつらの世界展」)
Running: July 1, 2020 – September 22, 2020
Closed: Tuesdays (Except August 11/August 18/September 22)
Time: 9:30-18:00 (Last Entries 17:30) (Open until 21:30 from August 7-19)
Location: Fukuoka City Science Museum (4-2-1 Ropponmatsu, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka)
Price: General ¥1,100 / High School & Junior High School Students ¥800 / Ages 4+ ¥500
Official Website: https://streetfighter.artne.jp/
Help Fukuoka’s Hotels During COVID-19 With Crowdfunding Project
17.June.2020 | SPOT
Fukuoka’s tourism industry is suffering greatly as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and so the city has launched a crowdfunding project to ask for people’s help and support.
By donating, you can receive a special ticket which can be used when travel returns to normal which can be used at hotels you have donated towards. The tiers are priced at ¥3,000 and ¥5,000, which will get you tickets priced at ¥3,300 and ¥5,500 respectively to be used in the future. If you’re thinking of travelling to Fukuoka, or already had plans booked to go there, then consider donating towards the city.
Fukuoka is a city loved by Japanese people and foreigners alike. It has a rich food culture, incredible festivals, a rich history, and an amalgamation of urban and rural scenery.
1→10, Inc. Brings Magical Shores Interactive Land Art to Siloso Beach in Singapore
19.April.2020 | SPOT
Japanese creative studio 1→10, Inc. opened up Singapore’s first ever permanent interactive land art exhibition “Magical Shores” on January 23 this year together with Lighting Planners Associates (LPA), a lighting company based in both Tokyo and Singapore.
Magical Shores spans 400 meters of Sentosa’s Siloso Beach, turning it into an immersive, multi-sensory experience of AI-operated lights and sounds which elevate the beauty of the surrounding natural environment.
Guide To Magical Shores | Siloso Beach, Sentosa:
AI technology responds to visitors on the beach, giving them a breathtaking and unique performance. Sensors are dotted around the area which use sensing data to react based on people’s movement around the beach. The AI is constantly developing as it collects big data about the temperature and climate of Siloso Beach as well as that of people’s movements.
In two of the interactive areas, people can witness the “Circle of Life” beginning with the big bang. After that there is magma, followed by heavy rainfall and eventually flowing water which gives birth to life. Cells divide as plants begin to sprout, fish swim in the sea, and birds and insects sing in the mountains. At the end, life falls, and the process begins again.
Japanese musician Masakatsu Takagi was put in charge of the music and sound design of the exhibition. Takagi is known for having written the music for Wolf Children and The Boy and the Beast. He took inspiration from his music project “Marginalia,” a sound diary where he would record the sounds of birds, insects, the wind, rain, and so on from his studio window. Takagi did field recording on the beach to capture the sounds of nature to use for the art exhibition.
Kuniyuki Takahashi also offered his musicianship to the exhibition. Based in Sapporo, he is an internationally-recognised composer. He also recorded the sounds of Siloso Beach, and together with Takagi, created the perfect soundtrack for Magical Shores.
Magical Shores is currently temporarily closed as a result of the coronavirus but will resume once more as soon as the situation allows it.
Official Website: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/magical-shores
Cherry Blossoms and Rape Blossoms Compete For Spring at Kusaba River in Fukuoka
19.March.2020 | SPOT
The town of Chikuzen in Fukuoka Prefecture is home to a 2km strip of cherry blossom trees which bloom their pink beauty along the Kusaba River in spring. The area sees countless people flock there during the Hanami season to see the trees in full bloom.
But Kusaba River isn’t only home to cherry blossoms; it also sees rape blossoms sprout their yellow flowers during springtime, which offers a beautiful contrast to the overhead pink from the cherry trees.
The place is lit up in the eveningsーa great chance to see the cherry blossoms in a different light at night.
Rich verdure lines the whole of Kusaba River, so be sure to visit if you’re heading to Fukuoka this spring to see the cherry and rape blossoms.
Address: 875 Hisamitsu, Chikuzen, Asakura-gun, Fukuoka
Bloom Period: Late March – Early April
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Shincho Bus Stop (新町バス停) via Nishi Tetsu Bus