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.
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/
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).
Kobe Luminarie is an illumination festival that has been held annually since 1995 in commemoration of the Great Hanshin earthquake which hit Kobe that year on January 17. The event has continued as a symbol of hope for Kobe and has also become a festival associated with the winter season. Last year’s festival saw around 3.43 million people in attendance.
The “Light Bulbs” make a comeback radiating their warm light
Formerly the doorstep to foreign culture, Nakamachi-dori, lined with countless tasteful stores, will be lined with around 270 meters’ worth of decorations. The entrance decoration, named Frontone, stands almost 22 meters tall with three towering gates each connected to each other. The Sparri Ara is a wide wall of lights which runs 50 meters from Frontone all the way to Kyomachisuji Crossing. And as a special instalment to the 25th run of the festival, the light bulbs used at the first festival will be strung up to create another wall illumination from Itomachi to the East block which will be dubbed the “Memorial Zone.”
The event’s largest light dome
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
Talks will be held discussing the origins of Kobe Luminarie and why it started. Earthquake survivors will also talk about their real experiences.
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
25th Kobe Luminarie
Running: December 6, 2019 – December 15, 2019
Location: Kyu Gaikokujin Kyoryuchi and Kobe East Park (Higashi Yuenchi) (Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo)
*Times may be extended depending on the number of people. Event may be postponed in the case of bad weather.
Kobe Luminarie Official Website: http://kobe-luminarie.jp/
Netflix Anime Series ‘Beastars’ Promotional Event to Take Place at Tobu Zoo in Saitama
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.
Release Date: October 9, 2019 on Fuji TV +Ultra
*To be released on Netflix on October 8, 2019 (Japan pre-release; overseas release date TBC)
Official Website: https://bst-anime.com/
Address: 110 Suka, Miyashiro, Minamisaitama-gun, Saitama Prefecture
Official Website: http://www.tobuzoo.com/
6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka
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.
5 Sailor Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches – ¥1,590 (Not available at the Saitama cafe)
Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)
Girls Night Out (Chicken Steak Plate) – ¥1,990 (Available at dinnertime only)
Cosmic Heart Berry Sandwich – ¥1,690
Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)
Girls Night Out Drinks (10 Flavours) – ¥890 Each (Usagi Tsukino/Ami Mizuno/Rei Hono/Makoto Kino/Minako Aino/Chibiusa/Haruka Tennou/Michiru Kaiou/Setsuna Meiou/Hotaru Tomoe)
This is just a select look at what’s on the menu―there are many other themed foods and desserts too!
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.
*All prices are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation
Sailor Moon Cafe 2019
▶︎Tokyo・Shibuya: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE&SPACE SHIBUYA 109
Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019
▶︎Osaka・Abeno: Abeno contact
Running: October 3, 2019 – November 17, 2019
▶︎Aichi・Nagoya: NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE
Running: October 10, 2019 – November 24, 2019
▶︎Hokkaido・Sapporo: Coach & Four Shinkawa-Dori (Hokkaido Branch)
Running: October 18, 2019 – November 17, 2019
▶︎Kyushu・Fukuoka: kawara CAFE & DINNING KITTE (Hakata Branch)
Running: October 26, 2019 – December 1, 2019
▶︎Saitama・Koshigaya: BOX CAFE&SPACE
Running: November 14, 2019 – January 13, 2019
Reservations: Opened September 26, 2019
*¥650 per reservation. Up to 4 people per reservation. Includes bonus item.
Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 Official Website: https://sailor-moon-cafe2019.jp/
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.
Autumn Night ZOO
Running: September 14, 15, 21, 22
Opening Hours: 9:30am ー 8:00pm (last entries: 7:00pm)
* Certain events may be cancelled and opening hours may change due to the weather.
Address: 10 Suka, Miyashiro, Minamisaitama District, Saitama
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.
Tobu Zoo Park
Address: 110 Suka, Miyashiro, Minamisaitama District, Saitama Prefecture
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.
Handmade items will include popular crafts that sell out instantly when they go on sale on minne, as well as food like bread and fried snacks. There will also be workshops carried out by creators as well as booths set up by those cooperating with the event, a display of handmade items that won the 2018 minne Handmade Awards, and more. It’s a chance to get your gands on the things you like while getting to speak to those who actually made them!
minne Handmade Market 2019
Location: Saitama Super Arena
Running: March 30, 2019 – March 31, 2019
Event Page: https://minne.com/handmade-market/
Hamtaro Themed Cafe Opens to Celebrate the Series’ 20th Anniversary
14.December.2018 | FOOD
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
Above listed prices are pre-tax.
Tokyo (Omotesando) Cafe
Location: Omotesando Box Cafe & Space (PINE UNDER FLAT Floor B1F), 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Running: January 5, 2019 – February 24, 2019
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
Address: AEON Lake Town kaze (Lake Town Gate Floor 1F), 4-2-2 Lake Town Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture
Running: January 10, 2019 – February 24, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Reservations (Omotesando Only)
Price: ¥500 (Pre-Tax)
*Where there are free spaces entry may be permitted without a reservation
Reservation Bonus: Original postcard selected randomly from 4 designs
Dining Bonus: Original lunch mat selected randomly from 4 designs
Hamtaro Official Website: https://hamutaro-cafe.jp/
©Ritsuko Kawai / Shogakukan
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.
Abeno Harukas Tenkuu no Illumination 2018
Locations: Abeno Harukas
Running: November 2, 2018 – February 28, 2019
Abeno Harukas Official Website: https://www.abenoharukas-300.jp
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.
Souvenirs & Bento: Taste the Flavours of Tohoku at ecute’s Plus Tohoku Fair
29.August.2018 | FOOD
It can be tough picking out gifts and souvenirs, especially in Japan.
In this article you’ll find some great choices at 4 branches of the train station shopping complex ecute where they will hold the Plus Tohoku Fair from September 3 to 24. Get your hands on a range of food gifts and souvenirs from fruits to meat and fish, all made with ingredients from the Tohoku region of Japan.
Recommended Gift: Fruits
Fig Tart – ¥594 (Tax Included) / le billet (ecute Tokyo)
This tart is made with sweet and refreshing figs from Fukushima Prefecture. It’s made with a custard containing cream cheese. Available at ecute Tokyo only.
Raihou Strawberry Chiffon Sandwich – ¥700 (Tax Included) / OVO (ecute Omiya)
This fluffy chiffon cake sandwich is made with the finest quality eggs and is filled with raihou strawberries from Miyagi Prefecture which are known for being a luxury. Available at ecute Omiya only.
4 Fruit Sandwich – ¥540 (Tax Included) / Sandwich House Marchen (ecute Ueno, Tokyo) & Sandwich Café Oishii Marchen (ecute Omiya)
This colourful and hearty sandwich is made with a variety of fruits including La France pears from Yamagata Prefecture and apples from Aomori Prefecture. Only 30 made per day.
Shine Muscat Grape Éclair – ¥320 (Tax Included) / Dolce Felice (ecute Ueno)
When you bite into this éclair your mouth is filled with the refreshing sweetness of the fresh cream mixed with fresh fruit Shine Muscat grapes. Only 30 made per day served after 11:00am. Available at ecute Ueno only.
Baked Apple Tart – ¥1,480 (Tax Included) / Andeli (ecute Omiya)
This limited edition autumn tart is packed with Jonathan apples from Yamagata Prefecture. Only 16 available per day. Available at ecute Omiya only.
Goro Goro Kurenai no Yume Apple Pie – ¥1,296 (Tax Included) / Rapoppo (ecute Ueno) & Rapoppo mini-on (ecute Omiya)
Kurenai no yume is a new variety of apple grown in Akita Prefecture that’s a deep red all the way through the peel to the meat. This apple has been taken and made into a deliciously plump pie. Only 12 made per day.
Recommended Gift: Meat
Iwate Yamagatamura Shorthorn Beef Bento – ¥1,580 (Tax Included) / Daichi wo Mamoru Deli (ecute Tokyo)
Shorthorn makes up only 1% of the beef share in Japan. This carefully brings out all the flavour of the red meat which comes from cows that graze from spring to autumn and are raised carefully. Available at ecute Tokyo only.
Yamagata Beef Shigureni & Soboro – ¥1,000 (Tax Included) / Tsukada Nojo OBENTO&DELI (ecute Ueno) & Tsukada Farm Tokyo (ecute Keiyo Street)
This bento is made with beef carefully selected by Yamagata beef experts. The sweet and hot shiguredani complements the dish perfectly.
Yamagata Pork & Three Mushroom Cream Stew – ¥1,060 (Tax Included) / Madame Bro (ecute Keiyo Street)
The pork in this dish comes from the famous Hirata Farms in Yamagata Prefecture. It’s topped with three kinds of mushrooms. Available at ecute Keiyo Street only. Served from 11:00am-10:30pm.
Seasonal Vegetable Katsu & Hirekatsu Bento – ¥1,150 (Tax Included) / Hirata Bokujo (ecute Tokyo)
This bento comes with edamame from Yamagata and mozzerella cheese wrapped in pork from Hirata Bokujo. It also comes with pork fillets. Available at ecute Tokyo only.
Beef & Seafood Spicy Bento – ¥2,380 (Tax Included) / Kakunoshin TSB (ecute Keiyo Street)
Enjoy Japanese Black beef and oyster from Iwate Prefecture in this one bento. It comes with homemade warishita making it a very delicious bento! Only 20 made per day. Available at ecute Keiyo Street only.
Tohoku Wagyu Rice Balls – ¥390 each (Tax Included) / Omusubi Momochi (ecute Keiyo Street)
These rice balls are made luxuriously with wagyu beef from Tohoku. Only 20 made per day.
Recommended Gift: Fish
Bigeye Tuna & Sea Urchin Eggs Hokkai Don – ¥1,500 (Tax Included) / Sushi Rikizou (ecute Ueno) & Uoriki Seafood Sushi (ecute Keiyo Street)
This luxurious bento is made with raw bigeye tuna from Miyagi Prefecture and sea urchin eggs from Iwate Prefecture.
Hiraizumi Uni Gohan – ¥1,200 (Tax Included) / Furusato Ryori Fukuyoshi (ecute Tokyo) & Miyage Kasen (ecute Ueno)
This bento includes eel steamed in a specially made soy sauce dashi, chewy salmon roe from Sanriku, and kukiwakame seaweed which plays a major role in bringing out the flavours of the ocean in this dish.
Mackerel Sushi (4 Pieces) – ¥1,296 (Tax Included) / Wakahiro (ecute Ueno)
These thick mackerel sushi pieces still have the juicy fat on them and are made with vinegar. The kombu from Hokkaido brings out the deliciousness of the mackerel.
Coho Salmon & Sea Urchin Egg Bento – ¥1,167 (Tax Included) / Chirashi Sushi Kanzan (ecute Ueno)
This bento comes with a large serving of salmon from Miyagi Prefecture topped with lots of sea urchin eggs. Only 30 made per day. Available at ecute Ueno only.
Baby Scallop Pollack Cream Doria – ¥800 (Tax Included) / Humming Cafe By Plame Collome (ecute Ueno)
This dish is small but full of flavour. It’s packed with lots of sweet baby scallops from Aomori Prefecture and made with a white sauce accented by walleye pollack roe and melted cheese. Available at ecute Ueno only.
Head to one of these four ecute branches where this food from Tohoku and more is set to gather!
Cardcaptor Sakura Themed Cafe ‘Sakura Fantasy Cafe’ to Open in Tokyo, Osaka & Saitama
The Sakura Fantasy Cafe is a new collaborative cafe themed on the latest entry to the Cardcaptor series, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, that will open in Tokyo (Harajuku), Osaka (Abeno) and Saitama (Koshigaya) for a limited time starting from July 12.
The cafe will have a photogenic themed menu as well as a photo spot and more, all with original illustrations drawn just for this cafe. There will also be line-up of original Cardcaptor merchandise you can’t get anywhere else.
You must make a reservation in advance to go to the cafe, apart from in Saitama. Those who do make a reservation will receive an original luncheon mat randomly selected from a possible 3 designs. Additionally, those who order from the themed menu will get their hands on an original coaster randomly selected from a possible 9 designs.
The menu is packed full of exciting choices, including cheese toast, roast beef, smoothies, pancakes and more.
Merchandise includes a pouch, stickers, keyrings, as well as a whole range of other items. Full details can be found on the cafe’s official website.
Enter the world of Cardcaptor Sakura at the Sakura Fantasy Cafe!
Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kanto Region for 2018
The warm spring season is almost over, and summer is coming soon. BBQ parties and beer gardens are the two most exciting events of the hot summer season. In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended BBQ parties and beer gardens.
Saitama Prefecture – Light & Music Beer Garden
The theme of the event is a “Japanese summer festival” (Natsumatsuri) and it will take place in a traditional Japanese-style beer garden. As you come through the bamboo lantern-lit entrance, you will be engulfed by soft lights in a wide, open green space.
Ordering the special offer Roast Beef Sushi (1 person 3 pieces) gives you the chance to see the expert chef put on a fiery flambe show. There’s also a buffet with a mix of around 20 Japanese and Western foods such as skewered and grilled food, savory egg custard, sushi wrapped in fried tofu, juicy sausages and much more as well as a line-up of close to 15 drinks served free flow style including beer and Japanese cocktails.
Tokyo- ARK HILLS SOUTH TOWER ROOFTOP LOUNGE ～ROPPONGI BBQ BEAR GARDEN～
A beer garden serving authentic BBQ cuisine was opened on top of Ark Hills South Tower where a luxurious rooftop garden sits. Despite being in the middle of the big city, the garden has a freeing, spacious feeling with plenty of greenery and even sofa seats. Food includes filling T-bone steak that uses carefully selected Iwanaka roasted pork shoulder, as well as a selection of seafood and vegetables. In addition, downstairs in the same building, you can buy meat to take to the BBQ too. Choose your favorite ingredients and enjoy cooking it on the barbeque yourself.
Tokyo – LUGAR HA AMOR
LUGAR HA AMOR is a beer garden where you can enjoy an extraordinary space, foods, videos and music on the rooftop of MACHIDA MODI. The word LUGAR HA AMOR means “a place filled with love” in Portuguese. The space created under the key word of “luxury beer resort” has three kinds of comfortable sofas that are couple sofa, bed sofa and low table sofa. You can also enjoy the video show projected on the wall of the building and project a message to your precious person.
TOKYO – Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu β
The rooftop beer garden, Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu β was opened on the 16th floor of Tobu Hyakkaten Ikebukuro Honten. The theme of 2018’s bear garden is “wellness.” Healthy spinach and pea sprouts are added to the Bulgogi pot as well as vegetables. The spiciness of the bulgogi pot including eight kinds of vegetables, meat, bean starch vermicelli, kimchi, toppogi can be adjusted at your own will. They also offer beer/sour/whisky servers and a gin server!
Kanagawa Prefecture – Umi no Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer!
Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel opened their popular beer garden, Umi no Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer! The terrace is very close to the ocean, so you can enjoy eating and drinking in the beer garden while feeling the breeze from the ocean.
The theme of the dishes this year is “American-style BBQ.” Gorgeous meat dishes and American-style dishes using special spices and sauces which go well with beer, are offered. As a main dish, you can enjoy a big steak (100g.). Let’s enjoy full-fledged hotel dishes at this beer garden♡
Kanagawa Prefecture – BAYSIDE BEER GARDEN 2018
Three kinds of BBQ beer gardens are offered at tables cook & LIVING HOUSE in Yokohama. The first BBQ is NEW YORK BBQ where you can enjoy juicy and thick smoked pork with a special BBQ sauce. You can also make your own customized burger at your own will! They are also offering many countries’ BBQs including seafood BBQ and grilled steak! Fruits cocktails and plum wines are also available!