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/
British Beauty Brand Elemis Sponsors Christmas Afternoon Tea Bus Tour Through Tokyo
There are plenty of events going on in Tokyo to celebrate the holiday season, but this one might be the most peculiar. Elemis, a skincare brand from England, has teamed up with bus operator Upstar for Japan’s first bus tour featuring afternoon tea! This extremely limited event will drive guests around the city to see some of the most impressive Christmas lights in Shibuya, Roppongi, Omotesando, and other spots. Only 60 seats are available each day and the bus will run from December 1 until December 25, 2022.
5 Unique Features of the Elemis Special Christmas Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
① Enjoy a Special Christmas Afternoon Tea Menu by Elemis
A special Christmas menu will be available on board, including a Santa Claus shortcake and a party popper-inspired sandwich.
② Travel on a Bus Filled with Elemis Christmas Decorations
Inside the bus, guests can enjoy fir trees and original decorations inspired by the Elemis holiday collection!
③ Best-Selling Elemis Goods will be Gifted to Guests!
Guests will receive a trial size of Elemis’ best-selling Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm as a Christmas present!
④ A Special Gift Campaign will run from November 15 until December 25
Prior to the start of the bus tour, a campaign will be held on Instagram and Twitter. Winners will snag tickets for the bus tour and an Elemis makeup set worth over $12,000!
⑤ Travel on a Special Route to Enjoy Tokyo’s Christmas Lights!
The bus tour will take visitors to some of Tokyo’s best Christmas locales, from Shibuya and Omotesando to Keyakizaka and Roppongi. The 90-minute journey starts and ends in Omotesando.
How would you like to enjoy Tokyo’s Christmas lights on a British bus enjoying some of the best beauty products on Earth? Get into the holiday spirit with this unusual and unique tour!
Elemis Christmas Afternoon Tea
Running: December 1 – December 25, 2022 *Not running December 12, 13
1st Service / 15:00~16:30
2nd Service / 17:00-18:30
3rd Service / 19:00-20:30
Length: 90 minutes
Departure Point: In front of the Shioda Building (5-10 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Price: ¥6,800 (Adults, Tax Included) / ¥3,000 (Children, Tax Included)
Popular Swimming Anime Free! to Hold 10th Anniversary Event at Saitama Super Arena in Summer 2023
The popular anime series Free! will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special event at Saitama Super Arena on August 13, 2023. Cast members from the series, including Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Mamoru Miyano, Tsubasa Yonaga, and Daisuke Hirakawa, will be in attendance. Free! -the Final Stroke- The Second Volume will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5, 2023, and will include a priority purchase application ticket for the special event. Check out the official website for details!
The Free! anime franchise, which is loosely based on the High Speed! light novels by Kouji Ooji, began in 2013 and includes three TV series and multiple films produced by Kyoto Animation. The three anime series–Free!, Free! Eternal Summer, and Free! Dive to the Future–have been incredibly popular around the world. The first part of Free! The Final Stroke was released in theaters last year, with the second part hitting theaters in April 2022. Fans won’t want to miss out on the exciting 10th-anniversary activities in 2023!
Free! 10th Anniversary Special Event
Date: August 13, 2023
Venue: Saitama Super Arena (8 Shintoshin, Chuo-ku, Saitama)
Cast: Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Mamoru Miyano, Tsubasa Yonaga, Daisuke Hirakawa, more
Free! -the Final Stroke- The Second Volume Blu-ray＆DVD
Release Date: April 5, 2023
Price: ¥11,000 (Tax Included)
Official Site: http://fs.iwatobi-sc.com/
Fruit-Filled Afternoon Tea Inspired by Japanese Folktale Momotaro Announced
Kawagoe Prince Hotel, located in an Edo-period castle town in northwest Tokyo, will begin offering a special afternoon tea set starting July 1, 2022. Inspired by the Japanese folktale Momotaro, the summer fruit-filled tower of treats will be available until August 31, 2022.
The top plate of the three-tiered set features tasty peach and cheese mousse, peach meringue, macadamia nut chocolate, and Kibi Dango put together to resemble the hero of the story, Momotaro. On the middle tier, visitors will find sweets inspired by the many animals found in the story, from the monkey and dog to the pheasants. Guests can enjoy many summer fruits including mango and kiwi.
Those who come to the store in a yukata (summer kimono) and follow the official Kawagoe Prince Hotel Instagram will receive a special fruit platter.
Come enjoy the world of Momotaro as you wander around this historical Japanese town!
Japanese Folk Tale Afternoon Tea ~Momotaro~
Available: Weekdays from July 1 – August 31, 2022
Times: 2 90-minute seatings a day *Limited to 10 groups each day
Seating 1: 11:30-13:00
Seating 2: 13:15-14:45
Venue: Etoile Buffet Restaurant (9F)
Ryusenji Temple Offering Gorgeous Paper-Cut Summer Goshuin Shrine Seals with a Wish for Peace
03.June.2022 | SPOT
Ryusenji Temple in Saitama is offering some exclusive summer goshuin! Goshuin are stamps or seals given to worshippers at shrines and temples around Japan, where somebody will stamp your goshuin-cho (stamp book) with the site’s unique seal along with the temple’s name and the day you visited handwritten in ink.
The two new goshuin feature summer fireworks and a cooling fan design. These will be available from June 1 until August. They might sell out, though, so be quick!
Summer Exclusive Paper-Cut Overlaid Goshuin: Fireworks and a Wish for Peace
The Fireworks and a Wish for Peace goshuin use five kinds of paper to depict fireworks in the summer night sky.
Fireworks are a popular summer tradition in Japan. It’s said that fireworks were born following the discovery of gunpowder and its use in guns when some decided to use the substance to make something beautiful rather than use it as a weapon.
Because of this, many see fireworks as a symbol of peace. The current war between Russia and Ukraine has seen gunpowder used as a horrific weapon used to end the lives of many innocent people, and this special goshuin was made in the hopes that the war will come to an end as soon as possible. Gunpowder should be used in fireworks to bring people happiness instead.
Summer Exclusive Paper-Cut Overlaid Goshuin: Refreshing Good Luck Charm
The Refreshing Good Luck Charm shows a traditional Japanese summer scene with a fan and goldfish swimming in clear blue water.
Fans are used by many Japanese to keep cool during the summer months, and some are even said to have the power to ward off illness and evil spirits. Goldfish are often seen during summer festivals, where visitors try to scoop them up using an easily-breakable net in a fun game with family and friends.
Goldfish became popular during the Edo period and were considered to be lucky creatures capable of bringing happiness into one’s home and bringing financial fortune.
If you’re heading to Saitama, why not add these intricate goshuin to your book?
Saitama Yakuyoke Kaiun Daishi
Address: 3712 Mikajiri, Kumagaya, Saitama
Official Site: https://yakuyoke-kaiun.jp/
‘Shirokuma Cafe’ Collaboration at EJ Anime Hotel Extended
Since January 2022, EJ Anime Hotel, an experimental hotel offering rooms in collaboration with various works of anime, comics, and games, has offered a Shirokuma Cafe room at participating Hotel Monterey locations around Japan. The collab is to celebrate the anime series’ 10th anniversary and is also available at Kurumayama Kogen Skypark Hotel in Nagano Prefecture. Due to popularity, the room will be available to book until May 31, 2022. This is the first collaboration room produced by EJ Anime Hotel to be developed for a resort hotel.
Guest Room (Hotel Monterey Sapporo)
Exclusive Take-home Goods – Shironuma Cafe Luncheon Towel
Original Picnic Basket Dinner (Hotel Monterey Only)
Bonus: Original Pin
In the collaboration room, guests can enjoy newly-drawn character panels, special voiceover messages for guests only, and collaboration goods that they can be taken home. Hotel Monterey locations will offer an optional picnic-themed dinner that can be brought to the room!
During the collaboration period, Hotel Monterey Ginza, Hotel Monterey Osaka, and Hotel Monterey La Soeur Osaka will be holding a giveaway event to celebrate the 10th-anniversary of Shirokuma Cafe, so don’t miss it!
*Actual products may differ from the above images.
Shorokuma Cafe Collaboration Room produced by EJ Anime Hotel
Hotel Monterey Sapporo / Sendai / Ginza / Osaka / Kobe
Hotel Monterey La Soeur Osaka / Hotel Monte Hermana Fukuoka
・Kurumayama Kogen Skypark Hotel
Available: April 1 – May 31, 2022
Kurumayama Kogen Skypark Hotel
Anime Series ‘Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendo’ Inspires New Attraction at Seibuen Amusement Park
Seibuen Amusement Park in Saitama Prefecture is ready to open an attraction based on the popular anime and novel series Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendo! The incredible experience will open on April 27, 2022.
Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendo is a children’s novel series written by Reiko Hiroshima and illustrated by Jyajya. With 16 volumes currently in circulation, an anime series was adapted by Toei Animation in 2020. The story centers on the mysterious candy shop Zenitendo, which only lucky people can find. The shop’s owner is an old woman named Beniko who can recommend the perfect candy for each person’s troubles. But things might turn out as hoped if people eat the sweets in the wrong way…whether Beniko’s sweets bring fortune or misfortune is up to the people who receive them.
Guests visiting the park will be able to visit Zenitendo, which is located somewhere on Sunset Hill Shopping Street–but the exact location will not be revealed. Only lucky guests will be able to find its location, but once you do, it will feel as though you’ve been transported into the story!
Beniko will be handing out mysterious candy that has never appeared at the park before, so don’t miss out on this unique experience!
Mysterious Candy ‘Possibly Lucky Cookie’
Baku Baku Wafer / Dou-dou Donut
Along with this new attraction, visitors will be able to experience Zenitendo in plenty of other ways! Plenty of merchandise inspired by the series will be on sale, including apparel and sweets.
*The attraction is currently under development. The final product may differ from the above images.
Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendo: The Real
Opening Date: April 27, 2022
Location: Seibuen Amusement Park, Sunset Hill Shopping Street
Ride Admission: ¥110
*A separate one-day admission ticket is required to enter the amusement park.
Where to Buy: Online, on-site ticket booth
Official Site: https://www.seibu-leisure.co.jp/
Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival to Open at Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Saitama
Popular Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi characters will be taking over Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Saitama from April 16 until May 22 during the Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival! Guests will be greeted by the characters themselves, and will be able to participate in tons of fun activities, photo spots, and more!
The festival will have a full lineup of exclusive merchandise only available at Tokorozawa Sakura Town, from cute and useful items like clear folders to fans to use during the summer heat.
A limited collaboration menu with Kadokawa Shokudou will also be available during the event. The ‘Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival Picnic Plate’ is full of fun finger foods that are easy for both adults and children to eat and includes a special lunch mat. Guests can also participate in a commemorative photo session with the characters dressed in new costumes!
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Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival
Running: April 16 – May 22, 2022
Closed on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday of each month (If Tuesday is a national holiday, the festival will be open on that date, and closed the following day.)
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing).
Venue: Tokorozawa Sakura Town, EJ Anime Museum (Kadokawa Musashino Museum 3F)
Official Site: https://www.ntv.co.jp/rilakkuma-and-sumikko-fest/
Tobu Zoo Saitama to Hold Tokyo Revengers Collaboration Event
The popular anime series Tokyo Revengers is coming to Tobu Zoo in Saitama! From March 12 until May 15, 2022, a limited collaboration event will bring everyone’s favorite characters to this gorgeous locale in Miyashiro.
The event will feature original illustrations of Tokyo Revengers characters in animal hoodies, as well as collaboration tickets with special offers, original merchandise, themed food, and mini-games. More details will be released soon, so stay tuned!
Tokyo Revengers x Tobu Zoo Saitama
Running: March 12 – May 15, 2022
Location: Tobu Zoo Saitama
Official Site: https://www.tobuzoo.com/event/details/1845/
Attack on Titan Collaborates with Tobu Zoo on New Sketchbook, Other Products
The online commerce site ARMA BIANCA has opened preorders for some collaborative products between Attack on Titan and the Tobu Zoo.
Tobu Zoo, located in Saitama, combines a zoo, an amusement park, numerous gardens, and more. A new sketchbook is available as part of this collaboration and is perfect for amateurs and professionals. The brand is one of the most popular art brands in Japan.
Collaborative Sketchbook: ¥935 (Tax Included)
Three designs are available, featuring Eren, Levi, and a group shot of Eren, Jean, Erwin, and Levi. Featuring a rough texture, the pages are rough and durable and are perfect for watercolor. Fans can use it as a notebook too!
Collaborative Sketch Book
Available in 3 varieties (Eren, Levi, Group)
Size: 113 x 165 x 16mm
Order Online: https://armabianca-shop.com/products/title/70,413
Nagato Yumoto Onsen in Yamaguchi Illuminated for a Limited Time
18.January.2022 | SPOT
From January 28 until February 27, 2022, Nagato Yumoto Onsen in Yamaguchi Prefecture will host the ‘Otozuregawa Uta Akari,’ a light-up event based on a poem by children’s poet Mizusu Kaneko.
The event will feature poem narration and music, with motifs created by children and students in the city set up to create an unforgettable scene. The ‘Uta Akari Gentou Rondo,’ a light performance set to a poem reading, and thousands of light bowls created by young people in the city will be prepared at the venue.
Sound and Light Entertainment ・Gentou Rondo Area
Welcomed by 3,000 Lights ・Misuzu’s Garden Area
Welcomed by 3,000 Lights ・Misuzu’s Garden Area
New Area・Dreaming Fish Area
Hage Ware Lampshades・Light of the Earth Area
Misuzu’s Garden Area（Onyu, Lawn Area）
About 3,000 elementary and junior high school students in the city created light motifs for the event. Inspired by the timeless poetry of Misuzu Kaneko, these illuminations will warmly welcome visitors.
Otozuregawa Area（Onshinkawa Onsen Park）
Large-scale lighting motifs created by local residents and workshop participants will be installed along the river. The slowly flickering illuminations will seem to float atop the gently flowing water, creating a fantastic scene.
Dreaming Fish Area（Onshinkawa Onsen Park）
In 2022, the event will take up more space on the property. A fish-shaped light will be placed in the center of Onshinkawa Onsen Park, and guests will be invited to see the many sea-inspired works donated by kindergarten and nursery school students.
Light of the Earth Area（NearOntoshoku)
Lampshades made of local Hagi ware will be installed along the riverside path near the hot spring resort. More than 20 of these lampshades were made by local elementary school students along with cooperation from teachers from the Fukagawa Kiln. The crafting school has a history of 360 years in the Minose area near Nagato Yumoto Onsen.
Gentou Rondo Area（Near Bamboo Forest Stairs)
Watch as shadow puppets dance to the music and recitation of poems by Misuzu Kaneko! The lights in the bamboo grove and plaza will playfully change as the night goes on.
Running: January 28 – February 27, 2022
Illumination Hours: Sunset (around 17:30) – 22:00
Address: Nagato Yumoto Onsen (Fukawayumoto, Nagato, Yamaguchi)
Entry Free: Free
Two Capcom Cafe Locations Offer Limited-Time Haikyu!! Collaboration Menu
From January 7 until February 24, 2022, two Capcom Cafe locations will hold a special collaboration event featuring menu items and goods from the popular anime and manga series Haikyu!! The menu items have been announced, and the Capcom Cafe Aeon Lake Town in Saitama and the Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro locations will be posting more information on their official sites, so fans should be sure to check them out!
① Hinata’s Tamago Kake Gohan-Style Fruit Daifuku Parfait: ¥1,408 (Tax Included)
Sprinkle this dish with brown sugar syrup to give it a sweet kick!
② Kageyama’s Stamina Up! Indian Curry: ¥1,738 (Tax Included)
This Indian curry with banana chutney and yogurt sauce was inspired by Tobio Kageyama’s favorite dish, Poached Egg Curry.
③ Bokuto’s Owl Cake: ¥1,738 (Tax Included)
Baked with the image of Koutarou Bokuto in mind, this dome-shaped cheesecake is almost too adorable to eat.
④ Akaashi’s Original Galette: ¥1,738 (Tax Included)
This galette is covered in buckwheat flour dough and goes perfectly with a side salad.
⑤ Kuroo’s Strawberry Coke: ¥880 (Tax Included)
A drink made in Kuroo’s image. It was inspired by his school colors!
⑥ Kenma’s Pudding Parfait: ¥1,408 (Tax Included)
Inspired by the character’s hair color, this parfait is served with apple pie topping and cat cookies.
⑦ Atsumu’s Hot Caramel Cafe Latte: ¥880 (Tax Included)
This piping hot beverage was made with caramel sauce the color of Atsumu’s hair.
⑧ Atsumu’s Black Sugar Syrup and Black Sesame Seed Iced Latte: ¥880 (Tax Included)
This rich drink is perfect for those wanting something a little stronger!
Menu Order Bonus: 1 Original Placemat
Original Drink Order Bonus Coaster (1 selected randomly, 10 varieties)
For every ¥3,000 yen spent on the cafe menu (including tax), guests will receive one randomly-selected bromide-style postcard. (13 varieties)
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Running: January 7 – February 24, 2022
Capcom Cafe Aeon Lake Town
Address: Aeon Lake Town kaze 3F (4-2-2 Lake Town, Koshigaya-shi, Saitama)
Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro
Address: Q Plaza Ikebukuro 3F (1-30-3 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo) http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/ikebukuro/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Capcom_Cafe/
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capcomcafe/
Capcom Cafe Aeon Lake Town Reservations https://reserve.resebook.jp/resty/webrsv/rsv_vacants/vacant/s014341101/17014/1222?fixshop=1
Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro Reservations https://reserve.resebook.jp/resty/webrsv/rsv_vacants/vacant/s014341101/20190/1221?fixshop=1
Pokemon Manhole Cover Project Comes to Saitama for the First Time
On November 5, 2021, Tokorozawa in Saitama prefecture received three Pokemon-themed manhole covers as part of the ongoing Poke Lids project.
The new installations feature Dragonite, Dratini, Corviknight, Dragonair, and Skarmory. Each cover was designed to highlight Tokorozawa’s scenery, and these three are the first to be installed inside Saitama prefecture.
The Poke Lids project features completely original art, and each serves as a PokeStop in the mobile game Pokemon GO. Many are located in smaller towns and areas, and this has brought more tourism and attention to some of Japan’s more charming hidden gems.
The next time you’re in Japan, try to find ‘em all!
Poke Lid Locations in Tokorozawa
- Dragonite Poke Lid: 1-13 Namiki, Tokorozawa, Saitama
- Dratini and Corviknight Poke Lid: 143-3 Matsugo, Tokorozawa, Saitama
- Dragonair and Skarmory Poke Lid: 1 Hiyoshicho, Tokorozawa, Saitama
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Official Site: https://local.pokemon.jp/manhole/