Tobu Zoo Winter Illuminations 2019-2020: A Fusion Of Lights & Music

03.October.2019 | SPOT

Tobu Zoo is set to turn on 3 million LED lights for its winter illumination event that will run from October 26 to February 11 next year.

Tobu Zoo has lots of surprises lined up for this year’s event, including an illumination installation made in collaboration with male Japanese singer Amatsuki, which will bring together lights and music. This will include a giant LED display showing music videos from Amatsuki in addition to exclusive and original videos, a 50 meter long light tunnel with Amatsuki-inspired decorations and his music playing, and more. Full details are to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Illumination Show” Giant LED Display (Location: In front of Heartful Garden)

The “Illumination Show” will make use of the biggest LED display in Japan’s Kanto region, combining music with CG visuals, and illuminated decorations will twinkle in front of it. This year, the display will also feature new full-colour lasers. Three magical and dynamic shows will light up the area, including the Amatsuki Live Illumination show.

Heartful Garden (Location: Heartful Garden)

The zoo’s Heartful Garden spans 8,000 m², and it’s here that bright and beautiful flower topiary installations will be set up.

Theatrical Projection Mapping (Location: Tobu Zoo HOLA! Event Stage) *Running from November 30, 2019

The zoo’s 1,300 capacity event stage HOLA! will make use of breathtaking ‘theatrical projection mapping’ which will be projected onto the stage and the ceiling

 

The theme of this year’s projection mapping event is an animal musical which will serve up an incredible entertainment show for the audience. Various animals will make an appearance in the form of projection mapping to tell a story with dance and music.

Cherry Blossom Illuminations (Location: East Gate, Swan Pond)

Gorgeous cherry blossom-coloured lights will be strung on the Yoshino cherry trees lining the Swan Pond, creating a pink panorama right before your eyes.

Amusement Park Illuminations (Location: Around the amusement park)

Lights will also twinkle around the attractions in the amusement park, creating a different atmosphere than daytime, and there will also be various photo areas themed on fairy tale worlds including Cinderella, Princess Kaguya, The Little Mermaid and more.

Enjoy a romantic evening with the warm, cosy lights at Tobu Zoo.

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    Entry is free, and visitors will be able enjoy an unbroken view of the structural spectacle that is Tokyo Tower too. If you’re in Tokyo this December, be sure to mark Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019 in your calendar for the holiday season.

     

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  • 4 Best Winter Illumination Events in Japan | 2019 Edition

    04.November.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Winter is almost here, which means the wintertime illuminations are set to warm the streets of Japan once again this year with their radiance. Here are 4 must-visit illuminations taking place in and around Tokyo this year.

     

    Meguro River Minna no Illumination 2019 in Nakameguro

    This year, Meguro River will be decorated with an unmissable illumination display to warm the heart. What’s more is that 100% of the energy for the illumination will be produced by recycled oil.

     

    As Shinagawa will also be lit up at the same time, visitors will be able to treat themselves to a glorious view of 410,000 cherry blossom-coloured lights. The beautiful illuminations along the riverbank of Meguro River will also be the largest illumination project along the Yamanote Line with a total length of 2.2km of riverbanks covered (counting both sides of the river).

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/266636

     

    ▼Meguro River Minna no Illumination 2019

    Locations: Gotanda Fureai Mizube Hiroba (2 Chome-9-11 Higashigotanda, Shinagawa City, Tokyo)

    Gotanda Minami Park and Meguro Riverside (2 Chome-8-8 Higashigotanda, Shinagawa City, Tokyo)

    Running: November 8, 2019 – January 1, 2020

    Times: 17:00 – 22:00 

    *The illumination project will still run in rainy weather but will be postponed in stormy weather.

    Website: http://www.minna-no-illumi.com/ 

     

     

    Tobu Zoo Winter Illuminations 2019-2020

    The “Illumination Show” will make use of the biggest LED display in Japan’s Kanto region, combining music with CG visuals, and illuminated decorations will twinkle in front of it. This year, the display will also feature new full-colour lasers. Three magical and dynamic shows will light up the area, including the Amatsuki Live Illumination show.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/260368

     

    Tobu Zoo Winter Illuminations 2019-2020

    Running: October 26, 2019 – February 11, 2020

    *Open on weekends and public holidays in November including Saitama Day on November 14, 2019

    *Open every day from December 1, 2019 to January 5, 2020

    *Open on weekends and public holidays only from January 6, 2020

    Opening Hours: 17:00-20:00 (Until 21:00 on December 24-25, 2019)

    Location: Throughout Tobu Zoo (110 Suka, Miyashiro, Minamisaitama-gun, Saitama)

    Price: Please check the official website or at the zoo

    Event Page: http://www.tobuzoo.com/event/teiki/illumination/

     

     

    Roof Star Garden at GINZA SIX

    Ginza’s biggest shopping centre GINZA SIX is set set to light up its rooftop garden with an enchanting illumination event titled Rooftop Star Garden. Standing at 56 meters high, the rooftop garden is the “closest place to the stars” in Ginza. This will be GINZA SIX’s first ever illumination event and it will shine a bright spotlight against the nightscape of Ginza’s streets.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/259779

     

    Rooftop Star Garden

    Location: GINZA SIX Garden (Building Rooftop)

    Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Running: November 26, 2019 – February 24, 2019

    *Will close during bad weather or during invitation-only events

    Time: Sunset to 23:00

    Entry: Free

    GINZA SIX Official Website: https://ginza6.tokyo/

     

     

    Omotesando Hills Christmas 2019

    This winter’s lights at Omotesando Hills will be provided with contemporary design studio we+.The illuminations at the main large staircase of the atrium will take on the theme “Christmastime seduced by water magic.” “The water-based illuminations will constantly change colour and appearance.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/255660

     

    Omotesando Hills Christmas 2019

    Running: November 13, 2019 – December 25, 2019

    Illumination Time: 11:00-23:00

    Omotesando Hills Official Website: https://www.omotesandohills.com/en/

     

     

    Did you enjoy our picks? Seeing the illuminations is a must when travelling to Japan during wintertime. Choose your location and take your friends, family and loved ones.

  • Details Drop On Netflix Anime Series Beastars’ Promotional Event Taking Place at Tobu Zoo

    28.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tobu Zoo is set to collaborate with the ongoing anime series Beastars from November 2 to December 29. New exciting details have unfolded for the event so fans can see what they have to look forward to.

     

    Original Superdeformed Illustrations

    Illustrations of the anime’s character cast in their superdeformed modes and boarding park attractions will appear around the Tobu Zoo. You’ll also spot them on a panel at the park’s Little Cabin shop.

     

    Original Merchandise

    A new and exclusive line of merchandise featuring original illustrations will be sold at Little Cabin, as well as other BEASTARS-related goodies.

    During the event, fans will randomly receive one of the above-pictured stickers for every ¥2,000 they spend on BEASTARS merch.

     

    Themed Food

    If you’ve read the manga series, you’ll know that Legoshi likes Legom’s egg sandwiches. Now fans can see what all the fuss is about too! You can pick one up for ¥500 at the kitchen car set up at Cat World.

    If fans order a sandwich, they’ll receive one of the above-pictured post cards.

    The zoo will also sell BEASTARS churros, a staple at any theme park.

    Get a churro at Snack Station for ¥500 and get one of six possible postcards too.

     

    Character Announcements

    The voice actors for Legoshi, Haru and Jack have also recorded special announcements which you’ll be able to hear throughout the zoo. These will be played at the following designated times: 10:10~/11:10~/12:10~/13:10~/14:10~.

     

    Collaboration With “Butai Meguri” App

    By using the popular app “Butai Meguri,” you can use the GPS function or read one of the the QR codes on panels placed around the zoo to take photos with characters and listen to explanations of animals by the characters. Those are as follows: 

     

    Legoshi (Chikahiro Kobayashi) x White Tiger

    Haru (Sayaka Senbongi) x African Elephant & Giraffe

    Louis (Yūki Ono) x Lion

    Juno (Atsumi Tanezaki) x Brown Bear

    Jack (Junya Enoki) x Hippopotamus

     

     

    Voice Cast Talk

    A talk will be held on November 16 by five members of the voice cast: Chikahiro Kobayashi (who voices Legoshi), Junya Enoki (Jack), Takeo Ōtsuka (Collot), Naoto Kobayashi (Durham), and Yoshiyuki Shimozuma (Voss). They will talk about the event and the BEASTARS anime series.

     

    ©Paru Itagaki (Akita Shoen) / BEASTARS Production Committee

  • 2019 Kobe Luminarie Winter Illuminations to Light Up Kobe This December

    09.October.2019 | SPOT

    The 25th Kobe Luminarie light festival will take place from December 6 to 15. The theme of this year’s festival is “25 Years, Guided by the Light of Hope” (Original Italian title: Da 25 anni, guidati dalle luci della speranza).

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    In the eastern amusement park plaza, Cassa Armonica―an illuminated church structure set up every year―will be enveloped in a large 21 meter high dome featuring an arch for the first time standing 4 meters tall in the memorial area

     

    Over in the floral clock area, the Sparri Ara wall lights twinkle beside the wisteria trees. The lights will change and transform to the sound of the music. Attendees will also be able to pick up small gifts too as well as take pictures at the various photo spots.

     

    Earthquake Talk Booth

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    International Creative Director and Executive Producer Daniel Monteverde, who has been working with Luminaire for 20 years, made the following comment: “The city of Kobe will bustle once again this year, which will mark 25 years. People will fill the streets and look to the sky while they wait for the chime of the bell to signal the illuminations. We hold the memories of the people we lost 25 years ago close to our hearts. I hope we can convey our hopes and dreams and our story to our children and the young people who will bear the next generation. I hope people will be proud of Kobe which has recovered from the earthquake.”

     

    He continues: “The Kobe Luminarie lights will shine once more for Hyogo, for Japan, and for the world. These lights are a symbol of each and every person’s devotion, their efforts, and their love. I pray that the Luminarie lights will send a message of hope to the world and continue shining in our hearts for the rest of time.” * Full comment translated from Japanese

  • Netflix Anime Series ‘Beastars’ Promotional Event to Take Place at Tobu Zoo in Saitama

    02.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tobu Zoo is set to collaborate with the upcoming drama anime series Beastars from November 2 to December 29.

    Beastars is a manga series written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. It is serialised in Weekly Shōnen Champion which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

    Beastars is set in a world of herbivores and carnivores. The story follows Legoshi, a quiet and gentle grey wolf and student at Cherryton Academy. His world is turned upside down when one of his fellow students is brutally murdered.

     

    The collaboration event will see Tobu Zoo decorated with illustrations drawn specifically for the event. There will also be exclusive and original merchandise on sale, as well as themed food and more.

     

    Beastars will premiere in Japan on Fuji TV’s +Ultra programming block on October 9. It will also be streamed exclusively on Netflix.

     

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  • 6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka

    01.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    LEGS COMPANY, LTD. has announced that it will open six Sailor Moon cafes for its Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 event across Japan this year. The opening dates differ from branch to branch, but the first two will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 3. See all the opening dates in the Information section below.

     

    LEGS held the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 event back in September 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon. The event’s theme focused around adulthood imbued with a hint of cuteness. The cafes were so popular that they had a second “encore” run in December of the same year.

     

    This year, LEGS has created an entirely new concept.

    The theme this year is “Girls Night Out,” and the menu line-up stays true to it, featuring food and drinks all ladies are sure to enjoy on a night out.

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    Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)

    Girls Night Out (Chicken Steak Plate) – ¥1,990 (Available at dinnertime only)

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    Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)

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    Acrylic Key Ring (12 Designs Chosen Randomly) – ¥650

    Clear Bag (1 Design) – ¥1,800

    Plate (1 Design) – ¥2,200

    The artwork for select cafe-exclusive merchandise was done by popular creator Etoile et Griotte who makes items for girls who love cute things, and Japanese illustrator Jenny Kaori, who creates cute, fashionable and alternative works.

    Every person who books a seat in advance (¥650 before tax) at the cafe will receive one of the 5 above-pictured ticket holders chosen randomly.

    If you dine at the cafe, you’ll get one of the 4 above-pictured lunch mats chosen randomly.

    And if you order a drink, you’ll get one of the 10 above-pictured coasters chosen randomly.

     

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  • Interact with Animals and Watch a Traditional Performance at Tobu Zoo’s Autumn Night Event

    28.August.2019 | SPOT

    Tobu Zoo will be extending their opening hours on September 14, 15, 21 and 22 to 8pm to hold a special Autumn Night event.

     

    Animal Dinner (A chance to feed the animals)

    This is a wonderful opportunity to feed the penguins and elephants. 

     

    Running: September 14, 15, 21 and 22

    Penguin Dinner Time: From 5pm

    Elephant Dinner Time: From 5:30pm 

    Price: ¥500 per group  (maximum of 25 groups)

    For both events above, the feeding time will end once 25 groups have participated. 

     

    Animal Night Guide

    This is a chance to learn about the lifestyles and fascinating features of each species directly from the team of zookeepers that raise them.

     

    Running: September 14, 15, 21, 22 

    Monkey World Jungle Night: From 6:10pm (lasts approx. 20 mins)

    Lion Night: 7:20pm (lasts approx 10 mins) 

    White Tiger Night: 7:30pm (lasts approx 10 mins) 

    * The nighttime lion and white tiger guides will replace the daytime guides running from 2:30pm and 2:40pm respectively.

     

    Traditional Theatre Performance of an Animal Ghost Story

    The team of zookeepers has prepared and handmade a traditional Japanese Kamishibai theatre performance. Kamishibai is a form of Japanese street theatre and storytelling which was particularly popular during the 90s. Join the zookeepers on a quiet evening as they tell an old yet terrifying ghost story. Make sure to check out the zookeeper’s interesting costumes too. 

     

    Running: September 15, 22

    Times: From 7:00pm (approx. 20 mins long)

    Location: Japanese Animal House (日本産動物舎)

     

    Autumn Night ZOO Special Event: Penguin Bar

    This bar is the perfect place to sip on your favourite spirits whilst enjoying the graceful view of penguins. You can also purchase merchandise here. Some of the merchandise has been designed with the inspiration of the penguins’ names and even their food. 

     

    Open: September 14, 21

    Opening Hours: 5:30pm ー 8:00pm (last orders: 7:30pm)

    Location: Penguin Land 

     

    There are so many exhibits and fun attractions running until 8pm. Enjoy a refreshing Autumn night at Tobu Zoo with your family and friends.

  • See the Snapdragons at Tobu Zoo Park’s Flower Festival

    18.May.2019 | SPOT

    If you head to Tobu Zoo Park right now you will be able to see the snapdragons in full bloom. They are located in the Campus Garden which is part of Heartful Garden, a garden made up of five areas each with their own theme.

     

    The Campus Garden is made up of over 6,600m² of flower beds. Planted on one side of the garden are winding rows of five different coloured snapdragons which will are now in the height of their bloom until early June.

    You also won’t want to miss the Rose Garden where around 220 species of roses are bunched together. From late May to early June, you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of 16 species of roses which were inducted in the Hall of Fame by the triennial World Rose Convention, as well as rose arches and gazebos.

     

    School students are set to perform a garden concert at the Welcome Garden and event stage too.

     

    Enjoy a spring day out in Japanese nature this year at Tobu Zoo Park.

  • 150,000+ Handmade Items to Adorn Saitama Super Arena for minne’s Handmade Market 2019

    09.March.2019 | SPOT

    minne by GMO Pepobo, Japan’s biggest market for handmade items*, is set to host “minne Handmade Market 2019” at Saitama Super Arena on March 30 and 31 where around 1,700 booths will sell over 150,000 handmade crafts.

     

    *According to minne as of January 2019. Taken from public records of the three biggest services holding handmade markets in Japan.

     

    minne currently sells over 9.25 million items made by over 500,000 creators. The upcoming Handmade Market is the fourth run of the event. It will be the first time to be held independently at Saitama Super Arena and hopes to spread the fun of searching and sifting.

     

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  • Hamtaro Themed Cafe Opens to Celebrate the Series’ 20th Anniversary

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    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular children’s manga and storybook series Hamtaro two themed cafes will open for a limited time in Tokyo on January 5 and in Saitama on January 10.

    The menu features a line-up of cute and heartwarming meals inspired by the adorable Hamtaro. Fans can get their hands on some exclusive celebratory merchandise too as well as enjoy the Hamtaro themed decorations.

    The Tokyo cafe requires reservations to be made in advance. Those who do so will receive one of the 4 possible original Hamtaro postcards pictured above. These are chosen randomly.

    Dining at the cafe will earn you one of the above 4 original lunch mats while ordering a drink will get you one of 16 possible coasters. These are also chosen randomly

     

    Menu (Select Items):

    Pashmina Curry & Penelope Takoyaki: ¥1,590

    Kotatsu Omurice: ¥1,490

    Sunflower Cake: ¥1,290

    Hamtaro’s Maboroshi Pancake: ¥1,390

    Balloon Bijou-chan: ¥1,090

     

    Merchandise (Select Items):

    Acrylic Key Rings (15 Designs, Chosen Randomly): ¥500 Each

    Mug: ¥1,500

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  • Abeno Harukas Illuminations 2018 in Osaka Begin on November 2

    04.November.2018 | SPOT

    Abeno Harukas is a 300 meter tall skyscraper in Osaka and one of the tallest buildings in Japan. It’s here that Abeno Harukas Tenkuu no Illumination 2018 is set to take place, an annual winter illumination event that lights up both the inside and outside of the building.

    Two new installations have arrived at Harukas 300, the building’s observatory deck which runs from floors 58 to 60, in front of the 58th floor sky garden and 59th floor elevator. This includes the new lit-illumination photo spot on the 58th floor that lights up with sensors and the arch illumination on the 59th floor.

    The arch-shaped illuminations create an overhead starry sky of lights that feel like you’re being sucked into the ceiling. The illuminations can be enjoyed from the moment you enter the observatory until you return.

     

    Other illuminations will also take over the Abeno and Tennōji-ku area. As well as Abeno Harukas, Abeno Cues Town, Abeno LUCIAS and surrounding facilities that connect with the Abeno footbridge will also glow with gorgeous lights.

     

    Be dazzled by the lights that will cover the Abeno and Tennōji-ku area this autumn and winter.

  • Tokyo Winter Illuminations 2018 – Shinjuku Minamilumi Illuminations to Return to Shinjuku Station South Exit

    04.September.2018 | SPOT

    The Shinjuku Minamilumi illuminations are making their sixth return to the south exit of Shinjuku Station again this year from November 14.

    “Minamilumi” is a portmanteau of minami no illumination (‘south illuminations’) and minna de miru illumination (‘illuminations to watch with everyone’).

    Each pedestrian area around the south exit will be decorated with different illuminations. Full details for each illumination exhibition will be available from October.

    Each location is within walking distance from the other, so you can spend a nice relaxing time strolling and seeing the different lights that will welcome the winter. Mark it in your diary and be sure to see them all.

     

    ■Information

    Shinjuku Minamilumi Illuminations

    Areas: Shinjuku Southern Terrace / Takashiyama Times Square / Shinjuku Maynds Tower / JR South Shinjuku Bldg. / JR Shinjuku Miraina Tower / Suica’s Penguin Park

    Closest Stations: Shinjuku Station (JR Line, Odakyu Line, Keio Line, Toei Shinjuku Line, Oedo Line) / Shinjuku-Sanchome Station (Fukutoshin Line)

    Running: November 14, 2018 – January 14, 2019

    Illumination Times: 5:00pm-12:00am

    *4:30pm-12:00am in December.

    *Illumination areas, content and details subject to change.

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